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Monk assaulted in Hood River

Following his assault on Feb. 29, Kozen Sampson is feeling “grateful I was not terribly hurt.”

Editor's Notebook: Getting back to that letter-a-day affix-tion

Just as I did in 2003 and in 2005, I am writing a letter a day.

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Oven-baked anniversary: Andrew’s Pizza shapes up a 25th-year celebration

Twenty-five years in, Andrew McElderry allows himself an un-appetizing description of the first pizzas he ever made.

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Hearts of Gold Awards: FISH, long-time health promoter honored

A service group that goes back to 1969 and a woman who has served her neighbors for 25 years received the Hearts of Gold Awards Saturday.

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‘Warm Hearts’ help HR Warming Shelter

Hood River Warming Shelter closes next week but it will have a boost to start the 2016-17 season courtesy of customers of Columbia Bank.

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Fitt Loft raises new health opportunities

Plenty of work went into the newest workout space in town.

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The Porch for March 5

WELL SAID: “Mend your own fences and own your own crazy/Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy.” — Kacey Musgraves

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Art of the Dragon: May Street celebrates student creations

It will be dinner with the dragons.

Gorge Providence Hospital CEO leaves

Ed Freysinger, who plans a sabbatical, praises Gorge health providers

Ed Freysinger, Providence Gorge Service Area CEO, has stepped down, and the health service provider has started a search for his replacement.

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Heights dining choices quickly expand

The Heights’ newest gathering places are Pine Street Kitchen, which started serving pizza and pasta on Tuesday, and Spoke and Sail Cidery, coming March 10 with its small-batch ciders emphasizing local fruit aged in barrels.

The Ale List: pFriem gains WW honors

The annual Willamette Week Oregon Beer Awards are in, and pFriem Family Brewers did well, with six awards including Brewery of the Year and Best Brewpub Experience. Willamette Week also named its Double IPA as eighth among the Top 10 beers of the year.

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Oak Grove Store

“A place to remember,” is how owners Patricia Huff and Betty Paddock describe their new Oak Grove Store.

City starts hearings on short-term rentals

Meanwhile, builder sounds an alarm on pending ‘crisis’

The city’s pointed initiative on short term rentals (STRs) starts the formal adoption process next week.

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The Porch for Feb. 20

WELL SAID: “Well done is better than well said.” – New Beginnings Church readerboard, White Salmon.

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Hood River School Board okays bond request

The Hood River County School District Board made a deep Primary Election ballot all the deeper.

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Gorge Floods of ’96 revisited

Roads ruined. Houses damaged. Irrigation systems broken.

City Council approves ‘symbolic’ step on gun control

City Council Monday heard from local and state agency representatives on alcohol concerns and took a “symbolic” statement on gun control.

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Father of the Bride

Show opens Feb. 12

The vexing phone keeps ringing and it’s attached to a cord coming out of the wall. The furniture has doilies on it, teenagers read the newspaper at the breakfast table, and a middle class suburban family employs a maid.

The Ale List: ‘Zwickelmania’ returns, Full Sail taps Wheatwine

Oregon Craft Beer rolls out another Zwickelmania, a chance to get an inside look at breweries, on Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 120 or more breweries around the state, including four in the Gorge.

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School District readies capital facilities bond

Board meets tonight to decide on 20-year, $57 million proposal

School improvements take center stage in tonight’s Hood River County School District Board of Directors meeting.

City Council hears happy financial news

The Barrel Springs subdivision issue caught the attention of City Council Monday, along with alcohol concerns and a “symbolic” statement on gun control.

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Pfriem plans to expand to entire Halyard Building

Hood River’s fastest-growing brewery, pFriem Family Brewing, is preparing to expand for the fourth time in less than four years in operation.

McBride, Kitt announce County Board candidacies

Voters will have a choice on May 17 in the Hood River County Commission Position 2 race.

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The Ale List: Sense of Place lecture focuses on ‘hoppy history’

Today brings the chance to hear about beer from one of Oregon’s true experts, Dave Logsdon: Full Sail founding brewer, co-founder of Wyeast Labs and, for the past eight years, the man whose name is on a long list of award-winning Belgian-style ales.

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Dough-n’t miss this pizza party

Super Bowl 50 is Sunday

Super Bowl weekend arrives — finally — and anyone wanting to watch the Broncos vs. Panthers can find it in plenty of places, from private parties to big-screens in local bars and restaurants.

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About 400 people packed the hall for ”EdStravaganza,” the 51st birthday party for Ed Wilder on Jan. 27.

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Warming Shelter: Helping Those Who Are Without

“I hear so much flak out on the street. I get flipped off, people say ‘get a job.’ I hear so much BS — it just rolls off my shoulder. I’m like, ‘Whatever you think, it doesn’t matter anymore. I’m goin’ on.’” — Chuck, a Warming Shelter guest

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Tourism summit: Travel Oregon hosts first-of-its-kind vision session in Hood River

Finding new, efficient ways to get people to see the wonders of the Gorge was the focus of the recent Tourism Studio event in Hood River.

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On tap: New local ales, places, and Zwickelmania 2016

Oregon Craft Beer rolls out another Zwickelmania, a chance to get an inside look at breweries, on Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 120 or more breweries around the state, including four in the Gorge.

Ed Wilder: A determined road back to da Brewshop

Ed Wilder has always been a one-on-one guy. You go into da Brewshop in Hood River to sample one of the fine ales he curates by instinct, and you get Ed’s focus, even if it’s a brief one before moving on to the next customer.

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MLK Day Celebration: 'Let us fight for justice'

Part rally, part seminar, part testimony on climate change, and part concert, the Martin Luther King Day events drew hundreds of people to Riverside Community Church Monday.

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HRVHS robotics runs the table at League

The hosting Hood River Valley High School robotics teams dominated the on-field play and the awards section of Saturday’s League First Technology competition.

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Ellen Dittebrandt and Judith Cunningham: Women of Substance

Untitled work. That’s what the placard says next to many of the paintings in “Women of Substance,” on exhibition in the Columbia Art Gallery through Jan. 31.

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City and Port plan to install parking meters on waterfront

No formal action has yet been taken, but it looks like parking meter fees will rise to $1 per hour, from 75 cents, as early as this summer.

The Porch: Jan. 16

WELL SAID: From late last year, on The Mesquitery chalkboard, and an excellent thought for the New Year:

‘Militia’ standoff continues, but coyote hunt will go on

The normally wide open spaces of southeast Oregon have been crowded of late, and now comes the Third Annual Harney County Coyote Classic near Burns and Crane this weekend.

Gorge Stamp: Crown Point graces new $22.95 issue honoring the Gorge

If you plan to send a box via Priority Express come Tuesday, you can attach a scenic slice of the Gorge.

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Searchers find two men after night on mountain

Favorable weather and snow conditions, an animal den, and sharp-eyed pilots helped bring two skiers off Mount Hood alive and well Sunday after an unplanned night camping out.

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City will acquire new ‘passive’ park land between boat basin and new hotel

The City of Hood River gained new park property on the waterfront on Monday night.

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2015 from the files

The year 2016 is settling in with its own personality — hefty snowpack, high desert dramas and elections at all levels — but for our second Kaleidoscope of the year, we take one last look back at 2015, and some of the photos that never made it into the paper.

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Freebridge Brewery opens in The Dalles

Freebridge is spanning a beer production gap in the Gorge.

Election filing season starts; many openings on May ballot

The filing season is up and running, even if the candidates aren’t quite all doing so yet. This will be a big election year in America, and it involves a great many candidates not named Clinton or Trump.

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County Commissioner Maui Meyer decides he won’t run for reelection

Time for a change, Maui Meyer says. Meyer, the Hood River representative on Hood River County Board of Commissioners, said Monday he will serve out his term in 2016 and not run for reelection.

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‘Bennie’ Berg is county’s first baby of 2016

Benjamin Andrew Berg is both a miracle and a first.

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The Readerboard Year, 2015: ‘Soul custody’ and other roadside words

Humor and homilies, friendly greetings, and fire and brimstone.

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2015 in Review: June to December

Three murder cases — including one discovered Dec. 28 — were major stories in 2015 and so was water, as in the plan to bottle it in Cascade Locks.

Eagles empty-handed at Barlow tourney

Turnovers and an injury to a key player hampered Hood River Valley Eagles in this week’s tournament at Sam Barlow High School.

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Drought Days: 2015 in review

January through May

“Snowpack lacking.”

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Make it Champagne or Fresh Air (or both) this New Years

Wear a mask — for any occasion — this New Year’s.


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