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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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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.

Rookie robotics team wins FFL qualifier

Middle school Horizon 1 advances to state tournament

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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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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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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Persistence pays as Eagles add two to win column

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

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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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.

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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.

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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?

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.

Alert senior detects scam in ‘Fruit Packer’ call

Sheriff: Never give personal information on the phone.

Wilma Packer said, “I’m glad I stopped to think,” after an apparent scam phone call on Tuesday morning.

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City plans new parking survey

Mayor calls for methodical, permanent parking use monitoring system

The city will get the data first before making any big decisions on parking.

ROUND TABLE: Walkin’ man Dave Phelps quietly retires

And the walkin’ man walks …”

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Nazarene Church hosts Drive-through Nativity

Don’t let a few pipes along the road keep you from making the Nativity pilgrimage this weekend.

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Scenic, yet slick

Friday weather causes numerous accidents, some events canceled

The winter weather is forecast to continue this weekend with frigid temperatures falling into the single-digits in some areas.

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The Subterranean puts new on the old

Chris Lynn opens restaurant in former North Oak space

Old is new and new is old at one of Hood River’s newest restaurants, and Chris Lynn is back in the business.

Holidays bring a long list of music events

December is music month in Hood River.

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Downtown prepares for holidays

State Street will be cleaned up and ready for Friday night

State Street should “clean up real good.”

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Plates and Bowls: Two ways that ceramics serve arts education, FISH food bank

Looking for a unique holiday gift that helps art programs in Hood River County?

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The aftermath: Bin burn investigation continues, DFG leader thanks firefighters

Authorities are asking for help from anyone with information on the nighttime Nov. 25 fire at Diamond Fruit Growers in Odell.

Dee man arrested on meth, endangerment charges

A 44-year-old Dee man was arrested on drug charges Nov. 27 in a multi-agency operation that culminated an investigation by Hood River County Sheriff’s Office.

HRVHS French Week celebrates culture

Students broke bread together at HRVHS just before the Thanksgiving break, but it had nothing to do with pilgrims.

A different display: Columbia Gorge Hotel hangs a new, musical, set of lights

Call it a holiday rarity: a Christmas tradition that’s actually delayed a week or so.

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Ryan dials back debt dispute with $200K payment

City Council action: Schultz hired as new interim manager

The debt dispute between the City of Hood River and Ryan’s Juice is all but over.

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Kaleidoscope: A Snapshot in Time

Museum exhibit reveals the photography and adventurous spirit of Alva Day

“Bear Wallow, 12:50, 11-6-39”: so says the caption on the Autographic camera image of a smiling man clothing a hat while standing in a field. The rustic, plain-faced image befits its subject, the photographer Alva Day (born in Colorado, 1887, died in Oregon in 1955, and buried at Idlewilde Cemetery).

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Massive blaze destroys thousands of empty bins at Diamond Fruit

A pillar of fire rose over Odell Monday night as flames devoured 10,000 plastic fruit bins on Diamond Fruit property at AGA Road and Odell Highway. Firefighters came from every department in the valley, deploying 12 tenders and engines including the Tower 3 from Hood River Fire Department. The fire was reported at about 7:20 p.m. “It looked like a Roman candle, flames sticking straight up,” said Pat Roy, who lives on AGA Road directly across from the fire.

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‘Empty Bowls’ help fill food banks

Students make artful bowls for unique take-home meal Thursday

Soup’s on, and every bite’s delicious and every bowl is different.

Opening day crowd helps ring in Bealls store

Large-scale department store back on Heights for first time in 13 years

The first thing to know about Thursday’s grand opening of Bealls store in Hood River is that nearly 100 people waited in 40-degree weather, some slipping into the foyer for warmth, to be the first in the doors of Hood River’s newest store at 9 a.m.

ROUND TABLE: A year of classical music heads to fine finale

In March I wrote a column, “Rock On, John Field,” about the start of my year-long regimen of limiting my active musical listening to classical music and its cousins. Irishman John Field wrote energetic music that, while 225 years old, just rawks.

Local merchants get behind Fashion Gala

Friday’s annual event benefits Christmas Project

Your turn, Fashionistas.