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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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Drawing attention to straws:

A mind-boggling 500 million plastic straws are produced around the world every day, and most are used for just a few minutes and then discarded.

June 16, 2018 midnight read more..

Photo Gallery: Children's Park Re-build

From cutting boards to cooking meals to hauling concrete, dozens of tasks occupied a community-wide force last week in the impressive task of building a new playground at Hood River Children’s Park.From cutting boards to cooking meals to hauling concrete, dozens of tasks occupied a community-wide force last week in the impressive task of building a new playground at Hood River Children’s Park. Several hundred residents, from age 4 and up, helped out.

June 13, 2018 midnight read more..

Wednesday ‘Walkshop’

The community is invited to join urban planning expert Dan Burden for an event June 6 that is in part an open-air, on-foot assessment of an evolving commercial-residential district, the Heights.

June 2, 2018 midnight read more..

Sheriff’s Department seeks input

Hood River County Sheriff Matt English and his staff have been hosting a series of community meetings this spring for the public to learn about the department’s resources and responsibilities in light of budget cuts for 2018-19 and more severe cuts expected starting in 2019.

May 30, 2018 midnight read more..

Board hears bond update, HRV lockdown report

Expanding bilingual education, an update on construction bond projects, and a report on the expanded lockdown drill at Hood River Valley High School all figure in a diverse agenda at tonight’s Hood River County School District Board meeting.

May 23, 2018 midnight read more..

Judge upholds $36.6 million Eagle Creek restitution

In a six-page ruling, Circuit Court Judge John A. Olson on Monday upheld all but a fraction of the $36.6 million in restitution requested by the Hood River County District Attorney’s Office that a Vancouver youth pay for damages in the September 2017 Eagle Creek fire.

May 22, 2018 12:22 p.m. read more..

Taking Back the Drugs

Skyline Hospital in White Salmon served as the drop-off site for the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 28. Skyline was the Columbia Gorge regional take back site for people in Hood River and Wasco counties in addition to Klickitat and Skamania counties in Washington.

May 5, 2018 midnight read more..

Digging into Arbor Week

A diverse line of deciduous trees now graces Rand Road near Cascade following a community Arbor Week project on April 22 and April 27.

May 2, 2018 midnight read more..

Children’s Park playground removed

Hood River Children’s Park closed April 22 and by April 23, removal of the play structure was in full force. In this photo, the last portion stands on Wednesday morning.

April 28, 2018 midnight read more..

‘Major asset’ leaves HR School Board

Mark Johnson has separated himself from a racist comment attributed to him, and separated himself officially from the Hood River County School District Board of Directors, on which he has served since 2005.

April 28, 2018 midnight read more..

Coe Building renovation

In March, crews from Griffin Construction took out “a dozen dump truck loads” from the historic Coe Building — asbestos, flooring, ceiling tiles, and old pipes, among other near-century-old building material — as renovation of the Hood River County School District building continues on Eugene Street.

April 21, 2018 midnight read more..

‘Paths of Water and Earth’

The orchards of Hood River Valley and the water that sustains them find a branch in bustling downtown Hood River, via the newest downtown public art piece.

April 18, 2018 midnight read more..

Goodbye, old park

Bright balloons whipped in the wind Saturday for the swan song for the 26-year-old Children’s Park play structure.

April 11, 2018 midnight read more..

The Remains Wall

The six-month Remains mural project, on Third Street/Industrial Way/Columbia Street, has redefined the northern edge of downtown Hood River. In spring 2017, Nic Vik and Nate Chavez spent weeks power-washing grime and moss from the gray-green wall to prepare it for what they would paint on the plain surface in summer and fall 2017: vibrant images of native fishers, drones, wasps, flowers, apples, mountains, flying hats, a rocket sturgeon, and a certain mystery lady.

April 7, 2018 midnight read more..

Manager Search

Consultant Phil McKenney convenes a listening session Monday at Hood River Fire Hall to hear from community members about what they would like to see in a new city manager.

April 4, 2018 midnight read more..



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