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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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City Council hones new ‘in-lieu’ fee

Gov. Brown to visit CL, HR on Friday

The pendulum-like “in-lieu” fee issue took another swing Monday after a lengthy discussion by Hood River City Council.

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‘The Tangled Skirt’

Director Judie Hanel presents the Steve Braunstein play “The Tangled Skirt” in an unusual theatrical setting, River Daze Café.

Thank you, firefighters

More images of community appreciation expressed to firefighters and first responders: Charburger Restaurant, a private vehicle on the Heights, and Hood River Seventh Day Adventist’s signboard on Cascade Avenue.

Editor’s Notebook: Helping kids be better readers is a SMART move

I won an award and haven’t even bragged about it to my brothers.

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Clear sky opportunities: Things to do now that smoke has lifted in Gorge

Cancelled school and community events, and a general limitation of activity in the Gorge have been the norm since Sept. 2, thanks to the Eagle Creek fire.

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WAAAM Fly-In dampened, but not done in, by heavy smoke

To the surprise of no one living here, the Eagle Creek fire had a damping influence on turnout at the Hood River Fly-In.

The Ale List: Hood River Hops Fest returns Sept. 23

The 14th annual Hood River Hops Fest pours fresh-hopped ales from around the Northwest Sept. 23 in what has become a hugely-popular mainstay fermentology event in Oregon.

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Eagle Creek blaze 11 percent contained

Tuesday morning update

Firefighting containment levels inched up to double digit percentages on the Eagle Creek fire, which is burning roughly 35,600 acres in the Columbia Gorge Tuesday morning.

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Three Flags and a pit stop

Back on Sept. 1, when Gorge smoke was more of a bothersome haze than a choking blanket, approximately 300 motorcyclists passed through Hood River en route to Puerto Penasco, Mexico.

Seasonal carousel: do not change the page on your calendar …

Editor’s Notebook

Things are confusing, with smoke filling the air and cool temps inverting like fall on the heels of summer heat.

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‘Remarkable’ community comes up big for Red Cross fire shelter in Stevenson

A half-hour sprinkle of rain and a box of Krispy Kremes brought relief Thursday to the American Red Cross Shelter in Stevenson.

City picks up parking on Monday

Parking is bound to be the hot topic on Monday at Hood River City Council.

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Odell fire camp supports a growing cadre of firefighters

The largest firefighting department in Oregon is at work in the rugged hills of the Eagle Creek/Indian Creek fire.

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Trail mix: a few observations on a Labor Day weekend beset by wildfire

Editor's Notebook

An ongoing event such as the Eagle Creek/Indian Creek fire will produce many stories. After two days covering the event in Cascade Locks and environs, here are a few observations, with no pretense of having personally experienced hardship or difficulty.

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Shelter Scenes: Cascade Locks evacuation update

By Tuesday morning the evacuation orders in Cascade Locks had been heightened and “everybody’s ready” to get out of their homes, according to Joe Wampler, deputy with Hood River County Sheriff’s Office.

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‘Day hike’ turns into overnight rescue along Eagle Creek trail

UPDATED: Tunnel Falls is not designed to sleep anyone, let alone 140 people, but it was the scene of the biggest and most famous impromptu campout in years in Hood River County.

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Eagle Creek Fire expands to 10,000 acres

Fires are raging throughout the western Columbia River Gorge, burning thousands of acres, forcing evacuations, and choking transportation corridors.

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The Porch for Sept. 2 edition

WELL SAID: “If books didn’t have chapters, we wouldn’t know when to stop reading and have lunch.” — George Earley, the sage of Mt. Hood

Don Benton leaves a life of giving to others

Don Benton, Hood River’s grand uncle, died Tuesday at age 68.

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2017-18 school year starts on Tuesday

What’s old is new in some schools as the 2017-18 year starts up.

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Beyond the Loft: 6 Street's next 25 years

Long-time regulars at Sixth Street Bistro and Pub might remember that loft.

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‘Canoe’ coming

In Parkdale, The Blue Canoe café is taking shape, with opening around Oct. 1.

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Farmworker Celebration: Gracias, Campesinos

The first Farmworker Celebration in Hood River on Sunday in Jackson Park honored long-time orchard employees.

Dr. T. J. Finlayson joins Marshall dental office

Navy veteran and father of three, Dr. T.J. Finlayson recently joined the dental offices of Dr. Dennis Marshall, 1835 Belmont Drive, on the Heights.

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Road 44 Fire defeated

Crews caught and quickly controlled a 400-foot fire off the 44 Road, reported at 10 a.m. Sunday, southeast of Parkdale.

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Eclipse recap: A mid-morning dusk descends on the Gorge

On Aug. 21 shortly after 10 a.m. the morning looked like 8:15 p.m. as the 98 percent totality eclipse shaded the Gorge in brief dusk conditions for about two minutes, and caused a notable drop in air temperature.

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School registration starts

Students registered at Hood River Middle School Thursday.

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Nate Chavez benefit events continue at Underground

A Silent Auction and Party to benefit the family of Chavez will fill Underground Music Station on Aug. 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., is in back. Underground Station is located at 500 Industrial Way.

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First Farmworker Celebration hits Jackson Park Sunday

The community’s first celebration of farm workers happens Sunday at Jackson Park from 2-8 p.m.

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Peace Village in Mosier draws 150 campers

The 11th annual Columbia Gorge Peace Village last month drew a record 150 campers to Mosier School for a week of active learning about social justice, environmental citizenship, wellness, collaboration, media literacy, and self-empowerment.

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New lodgings

Andreas Ochoa of Rogue Adventures Group power-washes the roof of Hood River Adventure Lodge at Oak and 13th streets as workers prepare for opening on about Sept. 15.

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Golden Eagle

The old picnic shelter is gone and where it stood is the new asphalt base for tennis and pickleball courts and basketball hoops at Golden Eagle Park.

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School Construction

Construction continues at both middle schools in the Hood River County School District as Kirby Naglehout Construction crews and sub-contractors work to prepare the heavily remodeled buildings for school reopening Sept. 5.

The Ale List: Full Sail and Harrington team up with Red Ale

Full Sail Brewing last week released Harrington’s Bourbon Aged Northwest Red Ale, sales benefiting the Harrington Family Foundation, which provides collegiate scholarships and mentorship support to Oregon’s future leaders. “This beer is 100 percent in the red zone,” said Oregon Duck legend and former NFL quarterback Joey Harrington. The release is available for a limited time in 16.9-ounce bottles and on draft (10.2 percent ABV, 39 IBUs).

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FILL THE BOOT

Engineer Jason Wilkins of Hood River Fire and EMS accepts a donation from a motorist during the Aug. 5 “Fill the Boot” campaign at 13th and Cascade streets.

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Nuttin’ to do? Our final daily activity summer guide for the Gorge

As the end of summer nears, remember there is more to do than just watch the eclipse. Here is the final installment of our School’s Out-to-Labor Day list of one-a-day activities for the busy Gorge summer. (As this is intended for fun, we have not included “back to school shopping.”)

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‘He helped me see things in a different light’

Nate Chavez’s work speaks for ‘Los otro de lado’ by m. Eugene

Nate Chavez brought energy to all he did, and the response following his death seems to be in keeping with that.

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EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: Two guys, one contested parking space, two police officers: one wonders

The paper was out and an otherwise quiet Tuesday afternoon brought a scanner call I just had to go check out: two drivers refusing to relinquish one parking spot. What we heard was that one guy was preparing to back into a space when another guy squeezed in and stole it from behind. But both were stuck at angles, and blocking traffic.

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Wy’East honors firefighters’ memory

“We honor and try to keep the memory of all our deceased brothers and sisters alive so they are never forgotten,” Fire Chief Greg Borton said Sunday at the Odell fire hall.

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The Ale List: pFriem celebrates, gets a national ‘Best’ nod

A national nod comes pFriem Family Brewery’s way upon the celebration of its fifth anniversary.

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Wyden vows to push for government transparency

‘Not on my watch’ is Senator’s slogan at Cascade Locks town hall

On Sunday, Sen. Ron Wyden came close to creating a new acronym: NOMY. “Not On My Watch.”

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HRMS: A school transformed

Hood River Middle School will be a “smart building with an old look,” said the man overseeing the transformation of one of the county’s most iconic structures.

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The not so simple ‘hike to the falls’

MSN ‘best of’ list gives nod to the Gorge, again

We sure are popular here in the Gorge.

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Middle school revamps in full swing

Wy’east and Hood River middle schools are seeing major facility changes this summer.

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Curb appeal

City of Hood River Public Works employee James Faring carefully applies a fresh coat of paint to the curb on 17th Street Wednesday, part of a mid-summer detailing of curbs, crosswalks, stop lines and other street surfaces.

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A very busy Thursday and Friday

Families in the Park series returns Aug. 3, First Friday events downtown on Aug. 4

Families in the Park starts its new season Thursday, and Friday brings another long list of events for all ages in Hood River.

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SUMMER SHAKESPEARE: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Plays for Non-Profits performed on the lawn

William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” opens Aug. 3, in dinner theater, on the lawn at Stonehedge Gardens.

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Nuttin’ to do? Every day, we’ve got you covered this summer

Summer passes the halfway point now that August is upon us, yet plenty of summer fun remains to be had around here. Here is the latest installment of our summer-long list of one thing a day to do in the Gorge.

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Columbia Gorge United Way gives $275,000 for 2017

Columbia Gorge United Way held its annual funding allocation social at Best Western Plus Hood River Inn on Tuesday, handing out checks to 36 agencies in Wasco, Hood River, Sherman, Klickitat and Gilliam counties.

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Photo gallery: Hood River County Fair

Scenes from the Hood River County Fair; photos by Kirby Neumann-Rea

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