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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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Kaleidoscope: 'Art' and the pigments of friendship

Center for the Arts presents a comedy about aesthetic and emotional discernment

How do you judge a piece of art?

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Now, the clean-up

First the snowfall, now the melt.

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Helping Hands tries a tasty benefit

“Squeeze the Pig” was the rallying cry for a night of bacon and poetry on behalf of the Helping Hands Against Violence organization.

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Light but thick: snow hits the Gorge

Power company, tow owner offer safety and prevention tips for snow and ice

With a state-high snowfall in Parkdale and up to 10 inches in Hood River, January’s question “where’s our winter?” got a resounding answer Thursday.

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City Police’s Jake Ferrer honored for 2013 DUII enforcement efforts

People will drive when they should not do so, and Jake Ferrer is adept at catching them at it.

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Improvement projects continue downtown, on Heights

Expect east Oak Street closures

Urban Renewal takes a turn next week – literally.

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Meadows holds out hopes for Cooper Spur ski season

As February arrives, Hood River County’s backyard hill, Cooper Spur Ski Area, remains closed for lack of snow, but owner Mt. Hood Meadows stands ready for when the white stuff finally arrives.

HR Distillers returns to roots with Clear Creek purchase

A landmark Hood River County distiller is selling to his larger neighbor.

City narrows manager selection to final five

Council hears update on parking survey

What Mayor Arthur Babitz calls “an impressive group” of city manager candidates will meet the public late next month.

‘Hard Pressed Cider Fest’ announced at Chamber of Commerce event

Pressing news emerged from the annual Chamber of Commerce annual Membership event Monday.

Town Hall lunch diners enjoy meal donated by Cooper Spur

The weekly senior meals program at Mount Hood Town Hall had a special guest Jan. 23: a guest chef.

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Chamber gives out 2013 honors, awards and thanks

A record number of tuxedos — at least since the Roaring ‘20s — was seen Friday night at the Chamber of Commerce Membership Appreciation event at Columbia Gorge Hotel.

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School district considers ways to reduce buses

The typical family weekday schedule may be in for a change this fall.

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Martin leads Eagles with 10 in CRC opener

The 7-9 Pendleton Buckaroos used a considerable size advantage and accurate shooting to hand the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys basketball team a 79-45 defeat Thursday in the Eagles’ Columbia River Conference opener.

Oldies but goodies

Chevy prop, musical selections help tell the story in ‘Driving Miss Daisy,’ ending its benefit run this weekend

Oldies but goodies:

Doctor teaches class on healthy habit change

Dr. Shelley Smith won’t cut you any slack on your New Year’s Resolution.

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Kaleidoscope: Working ahead of schedule on State

Four months to go on major Urban Renewal project for downtown Hood River

Crestline’s Jake Hamilton sat in the excavator with its toothed-bucket the size of a small dorm fridge and nudged a 10-inch trowel off a concrete box he needed to pick up.

MLK Day speakers call for immigration rights

About 250 people filled Riverside Community Church sanctuary on Monday for the Martin Luther King Day service organized by Gorge Ecumenical Ministries, titled “MLK’s Dream Lives On: Building a Community of Justice for All.”

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Romuls West seasons well in downtown Hood River

The Romuls rotation is complete.

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In ‘crazy’ 2-on-5 finale, JV girls hang-on for win

Two HRVHS junior varsity players proved that two-fifths is not half bad.

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Kaleidoscope: What would you do?

Don Butzin took a stand. Serving in the Army, he wrote a letter in December 1944 to the Hood River American Legion after they took the names of 16 Japanese-Americans from the Hood River veterans honor roll.

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Pistil: Room to work and ‘not just a hat company anymore’

If anyone needed a bigger place to hang its hat, it was the folks at Pistil.

Rookie robotics team wins FFL qualifier

Middle school Horizon 1 advances to state tournament

“Horizon 1” has established itself on the robotics landscape.

HRV girls defeat Sprague

Relentless defense, teamwork and contributions from role players boosted the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls hoops team to a 56-50 win over Sprague on Jan. 10 at Vannet Court.

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$438K grant means new things for HRVHS

State grant helps shops retool in a major way

CTE is the new ABC.

School board meeting: Supt. Goldman announces comprehensive review of bus services

School board meeting A large skyward project and an extensive ground-level review of student transportation services were just two matters before the Hood River County School Board of Directors in its meeting Wednesday.

Hawks outplay HRV in cross-town matchup

Horizon rides seven-game winning streak against struggling Eagles squad

The Horizon Hawks boys basketball team built a big lead over the hosting Hood River Valley High School Eagles Friday night, and held onto the win despite a furious fourth-quarter rush led by Eagle reserves.

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HR starts the home stretch on cancer awareness ride

Stephen Swift concedes he might be riding homeward to die.

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Gorge Soup is on Feb. 14

Event offers youth a chance to win funding for projects, ideas

Gorge Soup is on, with changes.

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On Stage at CCA: Driving Miss Daisy

Dramatic production benefits three local nonprofits

Everyone wants to be in the driver’s seat.

Round Table: Rocking to classical: Nothing changes with New Year’s Day

What I called Classicalia is over. But as with a good piece of music, the melody remains. On Jan. 1, 2013, I listened to U2’s “New Year’s Day,” as I do every NYD, and then switched to Bach, Beethoven and beyond for the rest of the year.

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First baby of 2014

Keller Mason arrives early, as expected

Not every newborn baby gets ceremonial spotlights from Hood River Police, but Keller Everett Mason did. Keller, son of Tamme and Erin Mason of Hood River, has the honor of being the first baby born in 2014 in Hood River.

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Eagle boys hoops falls to Franklin at buzzer

Austin Martin’s last-ditch three point attempt from the top of the key met the top of the rim on its way down, and with a clang the Franklin Quakers escaped with a 47-43 win over the Hood River Valley High School Eagles on Dec. 30.

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A slice of local life: Barman Jimmy Dey savors the conversation

“Dark and Stormy” might be Jim Dey’s favorite drink, but this barman’s way is just the opposite: calm and peaceful.

Port plans to sell Expo Center

Deal depends on zoning swap of waterfront properties

Expo Center, one of Hood River’s largest structures, is one step closer to undergoing a major change.

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Bird Count, guided hikes, eagle watching join New Year list of outdoor activities

Cold, yet active: that’s the forecast for the end of 2013 and the start of 2014, outdoors in the mid-Columbia Gorge.

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Chronicling ‘the continual feast’: 2013 readerboard year

Our annual celebration of roadside spiritual (and other) messages this year adds a new contributor: Hood River Seventh-Day Adventist Church installed a signboard in September.

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Class project, food drive exemplify Christmas spirit

Giving can be a lesson, and a fun one.

ROUND TABLE: This Christmas film list is merry but not quite right

For your Christmas reading enjoyment, perhaps by that leg lamp in the window: a website called Ranker reports that viewers rated “A Christmas Story” the greatest Christmas movie of all time.

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Persistence pays as Eagles add two to win column

Two games in two nights with two-point margins both times.

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The Last Lantern

Paper lanterns enthralled the crowd at the Dec. 13 downtown holiday tree lighting event, but it will be the last year the Chamber of Commerce sets the flame-lit ornaments aloft, according to Chamber Executive Director Mike Glover.

ROUND TABLE: Bring on the beloved ‘Snow Bowl’ headcases

Bowl season is upon us; which means There Will Be Food. Even at the Fight Hunger Bowl I doubt they’ll cancel concessions.

Kids relish ‘Shop With A Cop’

The rules of Shop With A Cop are two: no air-soft guns and all video games and movies purchased must be age appropriate.

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Vagabond Lodge grows, stays connected to ‘50s origins

Vagabond Motel only looks like a classic motor court motel like those popular in the 1950s.

Lions give 2013 grants

Tuesday’s 14th opening of a community checkbook — Hood River Lions Foundation annual grants — distributed a total of $48,912 in gifts.

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Eagles score early, but Scots prevail

Turnovers plague HRV in home opener; team looks to bounce back at Sandy tourney

The Hood River Valley High School boys basketball team started the 2013-14 season Tuesday with steals, quick baskets, defensive rebounds and an 11-3 lead over the visiting, and favored, David Douglas Scots.

Blood drive’s lucky 26

The Thanksgiving blood drive at Hood River Elks yielded 82 total pints of blood donated, just shy of the goal of 84, said coordinator Margo Parker.

ROUND TABLE: Walkin’ man Dave Phelps quietly retires

And the walkin’ man walks …”

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The Best Christmas pageant ever: Hilarity, with a message

As CAST reprises ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever,’ stage mom in 2009 becomes director for 2013 show

Chaos within mayhem: sounds like any Christmas experience, right?