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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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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..

‘Call it disruption’

In a talk on climate change Monday in Hood River, the term “think globally, act locally,” was never uttered, but the spirit of the phrase was evident in the room.

March 24, 2018 midnight read more..

The Ale List: New releases and a late-spring homecoming

Breweries in the Gorge alliance has grown by one more member, Ferment Brewing. Owners Dan and Jenn Peterson are amidst a rebranding program as they prepare for their physical move to the SkyLab building, under construction on the waterfront at Second and Portway.

March 24, 2018 midnight read more..

Flag Waiver: Artist Michael Stevens wants ‘patriotism with heart’

Mosier Artist Michael Stevens’ cones are bullets and the artist has made malleable these killing objects and turned them into pleas for compassion: bullets take the place of the stars in the American flag, and a heart-shaped flag bears words such as forgiveness, tolerance, equanimity, and love.

March 24, 2018 midnight read more..

The Ale List: Logsdon, pFriem gain gold honors

In January, Draft magazine rated the Vienna Lager from pFriem Family Brewing among the top 17 U.S. beers of 2017, saying, “Outside of Vienna, Mexico or, well, anywhere, pFriem’s is as perfect an example of the style as you’ll find.”

March 14, 2018 midnight read more..

Feast of Words

Several hundred people filled the Hood River Library downtown branch Saturday night for the eighth annual Feast of Words, sponsored by the Hood River Library Foundation.

March 14, 2018 midnight read more..

School District spells out policy on walkout

Students who participate in today’s national school walkout will be in violation of school policy, but not necessarily subject to discipline, according to documents issued by the Hood River County School District.

March 14, 2018 midnight read more..

City agrees to sale of Morrison Park property

Hood River City Council, in a special meeting on Tuesday, March 6, authorized a purchase option agreement between the city and Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation for Lot 700 — also known as Morrison Park — contingent on development of an affordable housing complex that includes a sizable park/open space element.

March 10, 2018 midnight read more..

Schools, County gather Wednesday for safety forum

About 30 community members attended a Wednesday work session between educators and public safety officials, a 90-minute round table to assess existing and potential practices and policies aimed at ensuring and improving student safety.

March 3, 2018 midnight read more..

Change at May Street

The last pieces of the Larry Madsen pavilion at May Street Elementary School were removed Thursday and Friday as Kirby Nagelhout Construction continues with early preparations for construction of a new school on the Hood River County School District site.

March 3, 2018 midnight read more..

City Council ponders gun control stance

Gun control, not a normal city council topic, was joined Monday night on the discussion list with such things as street repairs and appointment of a judge and hiring of a city manager.

February 28, 2018 midnight read more..

Responding to gun violence

“We take the safety of our kids unbelievably seriously,” Hood River County School District School Superintendent Dan Goldman said Monday, decrying the copycat threat made to Hood River Valley High School via social media on Feb. 16.

February 28, 2018 midnight read more..

Pass the Pig

City employee Machel Jubitz leans in to kiss the porcine visitor, held by FFA’s McKenzie Snyder, a Hood River Valley High School senior, in the annual “Pass the Pig” fundraiser for FFA.

February 28, 2018 midnight read more..

Bacon bonanza

Helping Hands Against Violence drew bacon-forward entries from nine local restaurants Feb. 23, including Lake Taco at the Aporkalypse Now fundraiser at Springhouse Cellars.

February 28, 2018 midnight read more..

Oates files for Board President

Orcharding and school board work are just two of many hats Mike Oates has worn in his life and how he hopes to add another: President of the Hood River County Board of Commissioners.

February 24, 2018 midnight read more..

The Porch, Feb. 24 edition

WELL SAID: “We don’t remember everything, but I’d like to know who’s in charge of what we forget. If there’s a system, it escapes me.” — Thomas McGuane

February 24, 2018 midnight read more..

School District breaks ground for first new building in 49 years

“We’re going to be witnessing a transformation here,” said Superintendent Dan Goldman at the start of the new May Street School project Feb. 12, welcoming a crowd of 100 or so people that included students, staff, school board, construction crew, and community members.

February 17, 2018 midnight read more..


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