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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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Helping Hands gets $10,000

Verizon grant will boost shelter outreach services for children

Childhood pleasures such as going to a playground, a swim in the city pool, or a visit to a museum are rare for children who have experienced domestic violence.

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Friday hijinks: Where to find Halloween fun

Halloween falls on Friday this year, undoubtedly adding to the festive feeling of the night of trick-or-treating, showing off costumes, and activities for kids (and adults).

The Loop of Fine Wire

Postcard packs his bags

The following trifle has kept growing since I started it years ago, prior to the currently-popular social media platforms. In a year or two, it could probably be written again with Instagram the one slipping out of town unnoticed. Who can foresee the future? But I hate to envision one without postcards.

State Street ‘Mad dash’ paving happens downtown

Also, detours at 12th and May on Sunday and Monday

Look for “a mad dash to the finish” on the State Street Urban Renewal Project, with paving throughout the weekend, according to city inspector Gary Lindemyer.

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Legislative candidates speak at Forum

Nystrom, Johnson, Thomsen, Bruce Colt, Blackburn share their views

State Legislature candidates gave their view of Oregon’s problems, and possible solutions, in a forum Thursday in Hood River.

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Mayor candidates debate tonight

Join Greg Colt, Paul Blackburn for Wednesday debate

Mayoral candidates Greg Colt and Paul Blackburn face off tonight, Oct. 22, in a debate at Dog River Coffee, a follow-up to an exchange between the two men (see sidebar below) at last Thursday’s Hood River Rotary joint appearance.

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Mark’s Mozart Mix: Voci, Sinfonietta combine to present a grand choral work

What’s old, as in 1791, is new, and that’s the joy of it for a group of 100 Gorge musicians.

West Side Fire Local Option Levy: Here’s the need

On the Nov. 4 ballot, West Side Fire District voters will be asked to determine a request by the district board for its first Local Option levy over and above the standing property tax levy.

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Glass to fabric for quilt winner Charlene Fort

Plenty of helping hands, working with cloth, dough, or glass, have combined on behalf of Helping Hands Against Violence.

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Rat Rod comes home

Gary Fisher, Resurrected Rust team leader, delivers the rat rod “Roadmaster Jr.” to Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum on Oct. 11.

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Prevention, and treatment, require an active body and mind

Exercise, healthy diet, and plenty of sleep are part of the prevention.

General Election ballots to be mailed on Friday

HR candidates start ‘Office Hours’ café appearances Thursday; forum added Oct. 23

General Election ballots go out Friday to 11,270 voters in Hood River County. Expect it in the mail Saturday or Monday.

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Harvest Fest celebrates nature’s bounty

The festival of the county’s bounty happens this weekend in Hood River and Odell, and all around the Hood River Valley.

HR city election events scheduled

Mayoral debate on Oct. 22, ‘Office Hours’ events start Oct. 16

Voters in the City of Hood River will be able to hear directly from mayor and council candidates in two public events.

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A young mother found dead

Police release few details about investigation

An “always smiling” young mother is dead, and Hood River Police are investigating.

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Sculptor Heather Soderberg-Greene forges a love of the Gorge as she transforms as an artist

A sculpture is static. Heather Soderberg-Greene is not.

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Unoccupied car knocks down two cycles

Locked, found running and in drive – with no one around

The dispatch call was an odd one: a vehicle going uphill on Oak was reported to have knocked over two motorcycles, and stuck in place atop the bikes.

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Pear, apple pie bakers join in ‘Eat Dessert First’ street party for Helping Hands

The umbrellas kept the rain away and a pie baking tradition returned after a six-year hiatus Saturday in downtown Hood River.

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Marijuana forum

Dr. Kevin Sabet, Ph.D, former Drug Control Policy Advisor to the White House and Executive Director of Smart Approaches to Marijuana non-profit, speaks at Friday’s Marijuana and Our Youth forum at Hood River Valley High School’s Bowe Auditorium.

Cornhusker fan knows how to pick ‘em

The top dog in Division 1 college football might be unclear right now, but the Hood River News weekly football contest, now in week four, has a definite premier picker.

Landing at university: A parent’s rite of passage

We delivered Delaney to school last week, in a ritual numerous parents of college students can appreciate.

Doctors start work in Hood River

Jeffrey Pulk at Cascade Eye; Nic Buser at Summit Family

The newest eye doctor at Cascade Eye Center had the goal of finding a great place to work and live.

Mark Peters of Odell dies from crash injuries

Oregon State Police (OSP) has confirmed that an Odell man involved in a Sept. 12 crash at an intersection on Highway 97 near Wasco in Sherman County died Wednesday.

‘Eat Dessert First’ event Saturday invites bakers and pie lovers

It’s so close you can almost taste it.

The making of the calendar

Photographer Peter Marbach branches out, in more ways than one, with scenic calendar produced in a new partnership with Columbia Gorge Press

New views of old favorites.

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HRV celebrates homecoming

Students dressed as superheroes, nerds and animals are just part of the fun as 2014 homecoming takes over this week at Hood River Valley High School.

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Biggest crowd ever celebrates hops and ales at 11th annual fest

To get to the beer, you had to walk past the hops.

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The Ale List

The Ale List is an occasional series on local beers

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Under Way: Eight years in the making, Mariana finds water — what will be home port for Hood River man’s giant catamaran?

One of the largest boats ever launched at the Port of Hood River is safely in the water, but the catamaran Mariana remains in an uncertain position: what will be its home port?

Hops Fest returns this weekend

11th annual event celebrates NW ales

Every Hood River County brewery will be there – and plenty of friends.

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‘Big Art’ stands ready to surprise, inspire

“Big Art” is off the ground, so to speak.

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All lines point to the coming new season

In many cultures, the September equinox is a sign of fall (autumn) in the northern hemisphere. In Greek mythology fall is associated with when the goddess Persephone returns to the underworld to be with her husband Hades. It was supposedly a good time to enact rituals for protection and security as well as reflect on successes or failures from the previous months.

4-H State Fair champions agree: give the rabbits credit

Talk about coming through in a hutch.

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Wildfire damages homes near Underwood

A wildfire sparked by a power line damaged three homes and burned 8.5 acres on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River near Underwood Thursday afternoon, but was mostly contained as of Friday morning.

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Witness ‘Cemetery Tales’ Sept. 19-21

Idlewilde is the scene for fifth annual living history event

True stories live in Cemetery Tales.

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Fire breaks out on cliffs West of White Salmon

A wildfire broke out Thursday afternoon at about 3 p.m. on a cliff near White Salmon, just west of the White Salmon River bridge, coming close to a home on the bluff.

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Weather, volunteers enable biggest Fly-In

A record 300-plus visiting planes landed at the Fly-In last weekend at Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum.

Go ahead, take the Big Art walking tour

Outdoor gallery of large sculptures graces the waterfront, downtown

Two notations about sculptures in the new “Big Art” walking art gallery: one of them spins, and the other is not yet in place.

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‘It is high time we put our money toward this’

In education forum, Supt. Dan Goldman calls for action on improving literacy

Dan Goldman used data to vigorously agree with Nancy Golden on her statement, “the single-most important investment a country can make is ensuring as many students as possible are reading well when they leave third grade.”

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‘Resurrected Rust’ goes for glory

Hood River team heads to national ‘Rat Rod’ competition

Remember your first $3,000 car?

Words flow smoothly for Counihan

Victory, even a shared one, has a pleasant sound to state co-champion speller Sean Counihan of Hood River.

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Ellen Dittebrandt: The Art of Living

Ellen Dittebrandt’s gifts are already missed.

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Regional health workers certified

It all started with El Nino Sana.

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State Street work will impede traffic

Downtown Urban Renewal gets going in earnest on Tuesday

After the Labor Day flags of Monday starts the flagging on Tuesday.

Seven people file to run for HR Council

Former city manager Bob Francis among candidates seeking election

Seven candidates have filed for election to Hood River City Council, including former City Manager Bob Francis and former Mayor Bob Palmer, while in Cascade Locks the mayor and council incumbents are the only people to file as of 10 a.m. Tuesday.

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Communities mourn loss of artist, firefighter and friend Ellen Dittebrandt

Memorial planned for this weekend

Ellen Dittebrandt — artist, firefighter and triathlete — died Sunday after she was struck from behind by a vehicle on Interstate 84.

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Fire damages planting area along 12th Street

A kite stuck on power lines caused sparks to fly and a grass fire to break out on the Heights on Friday.

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Savor Summer

Kids get into the getting out

Thinking of an educational adventure for your kids next summer?

Mosier resident dies in I-84 accident

Ellen Dittebrandt, 52, was a local firefighter, EMT and artist.

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