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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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True mail: concluding a year-long letter-a-day affix-tion

My goal of writing a letter a day in 2016 is nearly finished. Three to go.

Bid on unique art benefit by Dec. 31

The community has three days to bid on a painting for a unique non-profit benefit that is itself a unique piece of artwork.

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PARCEL-EBRATIONS

Patrons line up, and a U.S. Postal Service employee works the window for parcel pickups, Tuesday at the Hood River Post Office.

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Meeting Santa

Second-grader Nolan Buel finds presents as names are called by his dad, Brandon Buel.

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Honorary Fire Crew

Firefighters Diego Vaca, left, and Kip Miller, right, welcome Finbar O’Donoghue, right, and his friends Jackson Bullock, left, Van Aiken and Jenner Baumhackl, aboard a Hood River Fire Engine for a special ride to school at May Street Elementary last month.

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Goodies to Go

Bonnie Taylor, left, talks with volunteer Darlene Daggett as she picks up her orders of holiday breads and cookies from the Fresh Start Culinary Program.

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HRVHS food drive continues through Jan. 6 — prizes are on the line

Food helps bolster shelves at FISH

Due to snow days and a general slow-down from the pre-holiday snow storm, the Hood River Valley High School food drive has been extended through Jan. 6 to the public, and to Jan. 12 at the school.

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Snow turns to ice, slush in the Gorge

Two weeks of snow and ice appeared to abate Monday night, with warming temperatures and rain turning much of the snow to slush.

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Un-stuck

Hood River Towing’s Kenton Chandler loosened a jackknifed semi stuck at Third and Cascade streets

County Commission votes to allow DeeTour Hotel

Hood River County Board of Commissioners on Monday overturned the Planning Commission ruling against DeeTour Hotel, developed by Apollo Land Holdings, saying the proposal meets the county Comprehensive Plan as an allowed use.

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‘Polar Express’ delayed: Train-and truck collide Monday in Pine Grove

North Pole was half a mile away, but riders on Polar Express Monday night were delayed in meeting Santa Claus.

The Ale List: Winter beer events: Solera releases ‘Wheat Rye-It’ Dec. 17

State: local breweries find niche in growing crowded field

News item: “Oregon’s craft beer industry is slowing down after a decade of explosive growth, but a state economic analyst says the outlook is good for neighborhood microbreweries.”

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Santa Visits

Alexia Aguilar, a Westside Elementary kindergartener, hugs Santa Claus Thursday during the annual Hood River Rotary holiday luncheon in the Gorge Room at Best Western Plus Hood River Inn.

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Corwin Carr’s ‘Freestyle’ takes flight

Nike launches Hood River boy’s aviation-inspired apparel design

Ideas take flight in the hands and mind of Corwin Carr, 11, of Hood River.

Lions make annual gifts

For the 19th year, it happened just before Christmas: The Hood River Lions Foundation Trust grants.

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Snow hits Hood River, Gorge ice storm warned

A winter storm walloped the Columbia River Gorge Thursday, leaving Hood River with at least six inches of snow — and an ice storm warning effective until early Saturday morning.

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The Porch for Dec. 10

WELL SAID: “We can worry about it or we can just wax our skis.” — David Skakel, of Mosier, with the proper attitude about the winter storm.

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'Owen Meany': Edgy, sardonic pageant

This comedic play is both theatrical AND theological.

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Standing up for Standing Rock

Destination: Cannon Ball, N.D. Two Mosier men are heading to the frozen plains this month to support the protesters at Standing Rock.

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‘Food Security Coalition’ starts work

Fighting hunger formally started with lunch.

City nears ‘Sanctuary’ status

Sanctuary: a place of refuge and protection — Merriam Webster. Sanctuary city: official status by a city as resisting enactment of federal immigration policies.

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‘He had an incredible gift for helping other people’: Sunday’s Meyer concert tributes Tim Ellis

A concert Sunday honors one of Hood River’s true musical friends, the late Tim Ellis. Violinist Aaron Meyer will dedicate Sunday’s annual holiday concert to guitarist Ellis, his long-time “musical sidekick,” arranger, and musical director.

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Watch a new ’12 Days’ song

Ever heard “The 12 Days of Christmas”?

Council to act on Title 5 rental rules

HR Council meets on Monday and Tuesday

Hood River City Council meets on two consecutive evenings this week — its regular meeting Monday and Tuesday’s special meeting held solely to consider passage of an emergency ordinance on Title 5. This pertains to rules for short term rentals in residential zones.

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The Porch for Nov. 26

WELL SAID: “Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.” — J. Robert Moskin

The Ale List: Fruit comes forward at Logsdon, pFriem

Fruit gains a big lift this month with three beers made from unusual fruits, pouring at pFriem Family Brewing and Logsdon Farmhouse Ales. Both are redolent, colorful ales, distinct but not overpowering with the flavor and aroma of their essential fruit: plums at Logsdon (Zuur Pruim — sour plum in Flemish) and at pFriem the blueberry Bosbesson and Farmhouse made from … kumquats.

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Warming Shelter opens Nov. 27, at ‘new’ locations

The Hood River Warming Shelter remains in transition, with a one-week delay for opening.

County Votes: After Johnson win, Reynolds says work not over in Dist. 52

Ballot tabulation is not quite through for the 2016 General Election and Democrat Mark Reynolds said he’s not done working for future votes.

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‘Toasted Cheese Day’

The math classroom of Troy Tactay fills with the aroma of cheddar in the twice-monthly lunch gathering “Toasted Cheese Wednesday” on Nov. 9.

Walden and Johnson re-elected; CL write-ins could affect city races

Hood River County voters went heavily for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, 6,359 (59.5 percent) to 3,223 (30.2 percent) and gave a solid edge to challenger Mark Reynolds in his failed bid to unseat Mark Johnson in the State House Dist. 52 race.

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Chair Affair Nov. 11

The annual “Chair Affair” event for Westside Elementary will be Nov. 11 at Springhouse Cellars from 6-10 p.m.

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90th anniversary event generates fond memories, hope for the future

The gathering was the first of its kind, at least in years.

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Chocolate and WINGS

Organizer Erika Doring congratulates Matthew Williams, 11, upon his winning the first “For Love Of Chocolate” bake-off, and $100, Sunday at Springhouse Cellars.

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‘Wheels of Hope’ transports Hood River family

“I want a faster car!” said Kaius Johnson, 5, fueled by a new bouquet of balloons.

The Porch, Nov. 5

WELL SAID: “Elections determine who is in power, but they do not determine how power is used.” — Paul Collier

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Bunny Weather

Warm autumn sunshine brings out the class pet in Penny Davis’ fourth-grade classroom for recess Wednesday at Westside Elementary.

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The Art in Farming: 'Harvesting Our Stories' project revealed in film screening Nov. 10

Collaborations that began in the fertility of summer reach their reveal in the season of harvest.

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Counting on the counting: Secretary of State visits, says ballot process for Nov. 8 solid in Oregon

Ballot preparation time included a special visitor in advance of the Nov. 8 General Election.

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Gov. Brown extols Gorge health care program

Gov. Kate Brown spent Wednesday in Hood River, focusing on health and education.

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‘Remember Minoru’: Hood River community honors a civil rights hero

He was a 25-year-old man who challenged FDR.

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Furniture burn pile brings down power line

Owner Amy Cannon, center, tells friends what happened Monday afternoon when her furniture burn pile ignited the power line running above the fire at her home on Country Club Road.

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The Ale List: pFriem ranks tops in Oregonian brewery list

Rating pFriem Family Brewing as producing “some of the best Belgian-style beers west of the Mississippi — and good IPAs, too,” The Oregonian newspaper last week gave the four-year-old Hood River Brewery its number one spot in its list of top 10 breweries in Oregon. Pfriem, is the only Gorge brewery on the list. Breakside, Barley Brown, Deschutes and The Commons rounded out the top five.

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Honoring Citizen Min

Hundreds gathered last week at centennial birth anniversary events for Minoru Yasui, native son and civil rights advocate who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

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What’s the BUZZ on pollinators?

Bees are critical to pollination, and new sculptures in the community will become homes to bees while standing as artistic representations by middle school students.

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Deputy DA speaks on domestic violence

A ‘profound lack of understanding’

Calling it “a disease that touches all of us,” Deputy District Attorney Carrie Rasmussen told her own family’s story of domestic abuse, as keynote speaker at the Helping Hands Against Violence candlelight vigil Oct. 12 at Georgiana Smith Gardens.

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Eagles football gives Bucks a fight

The fight remains in the winless Hood River Valley High School Eagle team, and they gave one to Pendleton Friday.

Storm fears impede water polo tourney splash

A water polo “what if” put a disappointing twist on the Hood River teams’ efforts Saturday.

Dr. Erin Burnham receives state honor

Dr. Erin Burnham of Hood River is EMS Medical Director of the Year for 2016.

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