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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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Planting a ‘Monofir’

What looks like a tall Ponderosa pine or Douglas fir near Tucker Road is a new 111-foot AT&T “monofir” cell-tower, approved by Hood River County in June.

December 30, 2017 midnight read more..

Observing Hanukkah

Menorahs contributed by the Hood River Havurah Group, a community of Jewish residents throughout the Columbia River Gorge, debuted for Hanukah this year in Hood River (Overlook Memorial on State Street, shown) and in White Salmon.

December 23, 2017 midnight read more..

The Porch, Dec. 23 edition

WELL SAID: “Why did I walk though crowds of fellow-beings with my eyes turned down, and never raise them to that blessed Star which led the Wise Men to a poor abode! Were there no poor homes to which its light would have conducted me?” — Marley’s ghost, in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

December 23, 2017 midnight read more..

Shop with a Cop

Officers, from left, are Juan Pulido, Brent Goe, Jeremy Cervantes, Isaac Miller, Erin Mason, Houston Webb, Sal Rivera, and Don Cheli.

December 20, 2017 midnight read more..

No one hurt in Mt. Hood Railroad derailment

The first evening run of the Mt. Hood Railroad “Train to Christmas Town” derailed late Friday afternoon about four miles south of Hood River, with no injuries. Four train cars, with about 200 passengers aboard, slid off the tracks but stayed upright, according to MHRR General Manager Ron Kaufman.

December 6, 2017 midnight read more..

CAT bus adds Odell and Cascade Locks service

CAT’s new executive director, Patty Fink, has announced that the local bus service provider will move to expanded fixed route service Dec. 4, while also providing its traditional dial-a-ride service.

December 2, 2017 midnight read more..

A Christmas Carol: Plays for Non-Profits presents a compassionate classic

“You are about to show me shadows of the things that have not happened, but will happen in the time before us. Is that so, spirit?” Scrooge’s longest night receives a fresh take starting Dec. 2 from the large cast of “A Christmas Carol,” directed by Lynda Dallman, on stage at Wy’east Middle School.

November 29, 2017 midnight read more..

Lisa Muñoz: Talking steps toward broadening community

Latina Lisa Muñoz spoke Nov. 8 at Hood River forum from the perspective of a native Hood Riverite who grew up doing orchard work, went on to gain two degrees in college, and returned to her community to do oral history work at The History Museum of Hood River County.

November 22, 2017 midnight read more..

Remains Wall

The Remains wall mural, on Third Street/Industrial Way/Columbia Avenue, is finished.

November 22, 2017 midnight read more..

Elks honor veterans at annual breakfast

Veterans Day morning was a packed house at Elks Lodge. Derek Larson went from passing out prizes in a special Veterans’-only drawing, then dealing with a small emergency as reported by Exalted Ruler Gordon Leigh.

November 15, 2017 midnight read more..

Waiting for Godot

“We always find something, eh Didi, to let us think we exist?” Estragon (David Dye, right) asks his friend Vladamir, aka Didi (Kathleen Morrow), in “Waiting for Godot,” the classic absurdist tragicomedy by Samuel Beckett, written in 1953 and still asking questions humans are still trying to figure out.

November 4, 2017 midnight read more..

Painting Paris Fair

Historic Paris Fair Building over the past week has received a new coat of paint — Stonington grey, to be precise — with charcoal accents on the storefront, according to Claudia von Flotow of Key Development, which owns the building at Oak and Fourth streets.

October 18, 2017 midnight read more..

Westside Plan directed to city council

The wide-ranging Westside Area Concept Plan (WACP) moved on, with plenty of grinding gears, to its next phase, initial review by Hood River City Council, following an often-contentious meeting the evening of Oct. 11 at the Hood River Fire Hall. About 100 people filled the meeting room.

October 18, 2017 midnight read more..

HRMS water turned off, boiler chemicals enter pipes

The water system at Hood River Middle School has been turned off since Thursday morning after water described as smelly, yellowish, and cloudy emerged from drinking fountains and faucets. It was the result of an installation error that allowed a chemical solution used in the school’s new boiler to enter the potable water system, according to Principal Brent Emmons.

October 14, 2017 midnight read more..

Distillers’ welcome

Erin Campbell, manager of the Hood River Distillers’ tasting room, samples some Boda’s Kitchen delectables during the Oct. 6 Business After Hours gathering at the tasting room on Oak Street in downtown Hood River.

October 14, 2017 midnight read more..


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