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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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The Ale List: pFriem expands operations, ales

No way to take in all the Zwickelmania stops on Feb. 25, but I made it to two. It’s the two-weekend (as of this year) celebration at breweries of the art of brewing, and drinking, fine ale.

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Bag Ends: Hood River law reducing plastic takes effect Wednesday

“Paper or plastic?” is now an obsolete phrase at Hood River’s largest stores.

Editor's Notebook: Inside a tense moment during an otherwise peaceful protest march

Oblige me while I weigh in on a letter to the editor published during my week of vacation at the end of February.

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The Hays Stay: E & L Auto brothers sell landmark, but they’re not going anywhere

Hood River says goodbye to a family business dating to 1955 — though not completely.

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New mural, and the Library celebrates Feb. 18

Hood River Library celebrates its children’s section renovation project starting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 18.

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‘I can fix this!’

Building owner Brad Perron, left, and friends salvage parts of a 110-year-old Philadelphia-made carousel from the wreckage of Perron’s storage building in Dee on Monday.

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The Ale List: Best of Craft honors Gorge breweries

Zwickelmania returns Feb. 25

Zwickelmania has expanded to two weekends.

Morrison Park: City re-zone request gets hearing on Tuesday

The hotly-contested Morrison Park rezone issue goes before Planning Commission on Feb. 21, meeting at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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A Book Bundle

Celebrate reading: Getting through the winter with News staff picks

Hood River News staff shares what they're reading now.

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Truck Fire

Hood River Fire Department’s Adam Wheat applies water to a vehicle engulfed in flames Sunday afternoon on the westbound exit 62 on-ramp to Interstate 84.

City adds boom to oil train stance

In diverse agenda, Council okays SDCs for upgraded park

The City of Hood River will seek to add a virtual boom line to its existing opposition to fossil fuel transport through the Gorge.

The Porch: Winter driving, dripping and draining edition

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Where does all the white go when the snow melts? Well, since it involves melting, perhaps that is next week’s question, or the week after that …

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City presents Westside plan

Feb. 15: City updates “concept” for options on roads, housing, parks and other issues

What are the “long-term choices, issues, and opportunities for the Westside Area” of Hood River?

Trump wall, ACA repeal get Walden thumb’s up

Dist. 2 rep conducts ‘telephone town hall’

Keep elements of the ACA but not the ACA.

Jan Virk: ‘It’s truly been an honor’

One of Hood River County’s longest-standing elected officials left stepped out of the public eye last month after 18 years of service.

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City Retirees

Mayor Paul Blackburn, right, presents four retirees — with a total of 100 years’ service to the city — with retirement plaques at Monday’s City Council meeting.

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The Porch: Our many slippery slopes

Giving into the juggernaut winter, here is an all-weather, chains off edition of The Porch, asking the question: Will we now add “Yaktrax” to that list of standard Hood River equipment?

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Pedestrian dangers cited as digging out begins

Among the quietest places in the Gorge was Interstate 84 for the past four days; the freeway finally reopened at 11 p.m. Thursday.

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Library Opens

Weather-related closures have kept patrons out of the Hood River Library in the past week, but on Friday, that changed.

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MLK Day speakers retain hope, voice cautions

Hope, awareness, and action. Those are the concepts to take forward, speakers said Monday at the Martin Luther King Day events at Riverside Community Church, sponsored by Gorge Ecumenical Ministries.

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The Ale List: Brewers in Gorge fest showcases local ales

It was not Hood River’s first beer fest.

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Voices at rally say ‘Keep Obamacare’

More than 80 people attended an outdoor rally for health care Sunday in Hood River, braving 15 degree weather and standing in the snow at Overlook Memorial Park at Second and State streets.

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Freeze Frames

Looking for winter work, these three May Street students used a snow day off from school on Wednesday to drum up some snow shoveling business. From left are Grant Hardy, 11, Massimo Blanco, 11, and Sawyer Clement, 10.

Author, climber Leif Whittaker gives ‘My Old

Waucoma Bookstore, Columbia Center for the Arts and Double Mountain Brewery are hosting author Leif Whittaker for a book talk Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave.

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City moves ahead with ‘Sanctuary’ status

Waterfront parking changes postponed

Long discussions of sanctuary city and waterfront parking at city council led to a planned resolution on the former and a delay in the latter.

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Shelter moves

Hood River Warming Shelter host Sandy Spellecy, right, briefs shelter volunteers Leigh Hancock, center, and Michelle Nijhuis on procedures at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, the shelter site last week. On Jan. 8, the shelter moved to Covenant Christian Church.

The Ale List: B.I.G. plans first ‘Holiday Hangover’ Fest

Breweries in the Gorge (B.I.G.) is offering its first “Holiday Hangover Brew Fest” in downtown Hood River. B.I.G. is a non-profit organization that is comprised of 12 breweries located in the Columbia Gorge region of Washington and Oregon, spanning from Washougal to The Dalles.

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Portland group buys Hood River Hotel

Downtown’s “cornerstone” has new owners.

City Council talks Sanctuary Monday

Waterfront merchants ask City to consider a plan to share off-street parking

The sanctuary city proposal and a revisiting of a parking meter decision highlight Monday’s agenda for Hood River City Council, meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

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Hood River hotel sold

The iconic Hood River Hotel has been sold to a group of Portland investors.

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2016 year in review: High heat, enduring snow

Part Two: July to December

More snow. Six new inches fell in Hood River on Jan. 2, and nine or more inches in the upper valley, bringing the Gorge to within five days of one solid month with snow on the ground — the snowiest December in memory for the valley floor.

Editor’s notebook: Xs and Os: University coaches’ pay forsakes the rest of the funding alphabet

An open letter to Rob Mullens, University of Oregon athletic director.

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Q and A with Maui Meyer: ‘I don’t think you ever put anything behind you’

Maui Meyer came to Hood River for the surfing, and it is that verb, in an allegorical sense, he uses to describe his next phase of life. Meyer hopes to be appointed by the governor’s office to the Regional Solutions Team and plans to serve on the Rural Development Initiative, a non-profit group.

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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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HRVHS students continue donation drive for food banks through January

An end of the year is now a new year effort. The Hood River Valley High School food drive has been extended through January.

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‘Well done is better than well said’: A church readerboard year

This was the year that a readerboard stirred up some controversy.

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Tracks to '26: Annual questions: 9-year-olds talk about life

We met them in Kindergarten. Now, they are third-graders.

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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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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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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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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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‘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.

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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.

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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Un-stuck

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

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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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