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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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Wyden calls out USFS over stalled Mt. Hood landswap

Sen. Ron Wyden joked at Saturday’s town hall meeting that “there’s no script, no teleprompters” in his town halls. The Hood River town hall, his 734th, was a wide-ranging forum attended by about 75 people. Wyden discussed trade, education, infrastructure, Medicare reform, foreign policy, oil train transport and many other issues, but when it came to stalled land swap between Mt. Hood Meadows and US Forest Service, Wyden was clearly working without a script.

The Ale List: Solog Fest returns

The second annual Solog Festival will return to Parkdale on an August date to be announced, said brewer Jason Kahler of one of two breweries involved in the collabora-fest, Solera Brewery of Parkdale and Logsdon Farmhouse Ales of Hood River. Watch The Ale List for details.

Fire watch: Lightning storm Illuminates the fact that Gorge fuels remain tinder-dry

Like flash pots in a stadium rock show, the lighting and thunder impressed with nature’s power Sunday night.

Farmers Irrigation asks users to reduce water use

Farmers Irrigation District is making it official: keep your lawn brown for much-needed conservation of water.

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Tuesday crash near Odell

All occupants escaped serious injury in this two-car head-on crash Tuesday at about 1 p.m. at Highway 35 and Willow Flat Road.

Cider Central: Cider group chooses ‘Spoke and Sail’ name

The June 17 Hood River News edition mentioned two new cideries due to open this summer and fall in Hood River.

Prevention Program thanks its supporters

Prevention supporters said one goodbye and issued numerous thank yous on June 16 at an appreciation luncheon at China Gorge Restaurant sponsored by the Hood River county Prevention Department.

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‘Hydration Station’ opens downtown

Water pours freely at the new “hydration station” at Shortt Supply at Second and Oak streets.

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City takes first look at housing ideas

The figure 2,000 hasn’t been as important since we hit the millennium.

A foundation for affordability

Council to hear housing strategy Monday

The City of Hood River’s draft Housing Needs Analysis and the Hood River Housing Strategy gets its first public look on Monday.

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‘Beach Bash’ celebrates, wakes things up June 25-28

This is a case of “at home, go big.”

Parks-Rec hosts community meeting June 24 on ballfields development

Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District hosts a community meeting Wednesday on sports field and park development, with an emphasis on potential acquisition of an 8.29-acre parcel located just south of City Limits near Tucker Road.

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‘The Home Place’

Frances Goe Arnold and Ken Goe talk about 100 years of farming during Sunday’s celebration at the Goe farm on Webster Road just outside of Odell.

FISH food bank holds open house Saturday

FISH Food Bank is fully permitted for occupation, and the organization celebrates Saturday with a ribbon cutting and open house, followed by a dance, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Editor's notebook: Overcoming, and understanding, the tourist’s PTSQ Syndrome

On Sunday I found myself crossing a busy street in Cannon Beach, though I was stopped short of a rash and dangerous act.

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Wind stokes Thursday morning brush fire

About 1,000 customers lost power after blaze next to freeway

A wind-rocked power line apparently sparked and caused Thursday morning’s fire that resulted in about 1,000 electrical customers losing power.

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HRV students continue streamside enhancement

Cleaning out your desk in the final days of school is one thing.

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The ‘Reset’ on State Street

City celebrates Urban Renewal completion

The new street trees added needed shade as the City of Hood River formally dedicated the 18-month State Street Urban Renewal Project on the warm evening of June 5.

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Finale for ‘15 as HRV, Horizon award diplomas

Eagle voices filled the evening air with a choral farewell Friday evening.

Audition: an intimidating word for what is an enjoyable community experience

Editor's Notebook

My first foray into community theater happened nearly nine years ago when I was asked to be in a production of “Our Town” in which community members were cast in the roles matching their real-life jobs.

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Planks for the memories: ‘Park Your Age’ folly fills its last space

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It’s been 57 years since the creation of Velcro and I know of a 57-year-old man who defines sticking to it.

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‘Gorge’ book released

Linda and John Hardham of Cook, Wash., meet writer Janet Cook, seated at left, and photographer Peter Marbach at Wednesday’s book release event and photo presentation at Columbia Center for the Arts, attended by about 40 people.

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Light load, sharp turn

The driver of an empty moving van heading east on Sherman Street attempted a left turn onto angular E. Second Street Thursday and got pinched by the slope and an oak tree and home on the northeast corner.

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HRV Engineering Fair highlights long list of First Friday events

A unique “pizza” party is planned for downtown Hood River on Friday.

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So long and ‘See You Again’

The time is nearly here: commencement events for the Class of 2015.

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Parking change at Cascade Lot

Public Works crew installs new signage, the kiosk, and heat-thermal striping on Thursday morning as the City of Hood River prepares for a change in the parking system at the Cascade Avenue parking lot — at Fifth and Cascade across the street from the Post Office — to a shared parking lot effective June 1.

Editor's Notebook: Travel writers are forever passing the basalt in flavoring this place

News that Sunset magazine gave Hood River its “Best Adventure Town” award was welcome indeed, and deserved, given our “startling breadth of experiences.”

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Café sales relieve Nepal

Lauren Bardenett adds the flourish to a coffee drink at Doppio, 310 Oak St., where all day May 27 the café will donate 10 percent of proceeds — drinks and food — to help an earthquake-damaged Nepal village of Kumari.

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State St. pedestrian signals soon to be up and running again

Getting two antennas to talk to each other was Tuesday’s task for Land Electric owner Rafael Landeros, right, and Joe Zargo, at the pedestrian-controlled crosswalk signal on State Street at the Hood River Library.

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Hood River County election results

Two members of the Columbia Gorge Community College board kept their positions, based on unofficial results from the May 19 Hood River County Special Districts election.

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‘What you do is heroic’: School District honors retiring educators

Twenty-two educators are leaving full-time service of Hood River County School District this spring. Superintendent Dan Goldman thanked them in Monday’s gathering at the Hood River Valley High School cafeteria.

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The Ale List: 64 oz. taproom and growler station opens

A packed house for Saturday’s soft opening gave Lorraine Lyons and Rod Steward a sense of what to expect at their new tap room, 64 oz.

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The Downtown Lady: 10 years after its expansion, Georgiana Smith Gardens undergoes more changes

In 2005, two years after the successful expansion of the Hood River County Library, the grounds surrounding the Jacobethan-style library building were completely renovated.

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On the corner of Rand and Canine

All eyes are on Cobey the dog, who would not leave the car after a Tuesday afternoon two-car collision until his owner was out.

Security concerns at CGCC highlight board meeting

April 29 incident prompts calls for review of safety policies, procedures

Faculty members and a student voiced strong concerns over safety policies and procedures at Columbia Gorge Community College facilities in Tuesday’s board meeting at Indian Creek campus.

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Tons of tutus for Lila May

Fun run raises over $10,000

“I get knocked down/But I get up again/No, you’re never going to keep me down...”

Hood River City Council says utility rates going up

Monday’s City Council meeting proved to be like a syllabus of summer work for Hood River City staff, council, and even citizens.

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Hail storm damage still being assessed

Wednesday’s surprise hail storm caused some damage in lower Hood River valley orchards, but the extent is still being assessed.

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New home for FISH

Caleb Bell carries Irene Best’s favorite yellow stool, one of the final items to depart the long-tike FISH food bank home in Concordia Lutheran Church on the Heights.

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‘Good People’ at Columbia Arts Center

The title of the play is itself full of irony: “good people,” the phrase used in South Boston and elsewhere to loosely describe firm acquaintances for whom you know, both the good and not-so-good.

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Village assisted by Hood River residents in need after Nepal earthquake

Leader asks for help after village with connections to Hood River is hit hard by last month’s earthquake

“Kumari people are in big difficult situation and all your supports and help will big relief at this moment.” Those words are from Jagat Lama of Kumari, Nepal, a village assisted in the past two years by Hood River residents.

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Shooting at Hood River Marina: Underwater search yields suspect’s handgun

The motive was not clear but fortunately for investigators the river was, in the case of Saturday’s shooting at Hood River marina.

Earth Week networking

Winners of the first Business Competition by Gorge Owned drew 125 or so people to The Pint Shack Thursday, where five businesses gave their pitches and three earned enough audience votes to snare the right to apply for a no-interest Kiva Zip non-profit loan for start-ups.

The Porch: April 25

WELL DONE: Ink drawings by Kristina Cancelmi (above) on display through April 30 at Dog River Coffee. These bittersweet observations on love and life employe images and words, including a lyric by the 1980s Scottish band Big Country. Cancelmi is the graphic artist for Full Sail Brewing.

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Special rose delivery

Gordy Sato delivers roses to Brookside Manor Friday, a sort of Rotary Roses, part 2: Sato, a Hood River Rotarian and Parkdale orchardist, organizes the annual rose sale on the third Thursday of each April.