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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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We Remember Christmas: Hood River News staff members look back ...

For me, the holiday season doesn’t officially begin until I hear the opening notes of the music from “Scenes from the Nutcracker.” The festive costumes and magical storyline from the CGDA ballet performance never fails to put me right in the holiday spirit, ready to eat Christmas cookies and make snow angels.

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Hood River Sew and Vac closes Dec. 26

Quilting is a literal and figurative thing for Eileen Utroske, who will close Hood River Sewing and Vacuum on Dec. 26 after 14 years.

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Snowy conditions leveling off, crews deep in clean up

The first true snow storm of the season blew in during the early hours of Thursday morning, and continued to batter the Hood River Valley throughout the afternoon, as streets caked with icy residue and powder turned to rain and slush.

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Tracks to '26 annual questions: 8-year-olds talk about life now and what is ahead

“Tracks to ‘26,” a yearly inquiry into what drives and inspires six young hearts and minds, returns for installment 3 of 13.

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Uplifting Tom

Every time Tom Yates talks to groups of Providence Down Manor Village residents, he has a joke or a trivia quiz.

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Gorge Triathlon folks show up in Force

The force awakened and filled the Family Man Trail on Post Canyon with a cast of classic characters Saturday.

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Couple makes lucky Christmas box find

Fortuitous was the find in a box of Christmas items for Gary Jones and Tammy Stewart of Mt. Hood.

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The Ale List: Awards for pFriem; Logsdon serves brasserie fare

It’s a happy December for the brew crew at pFriem Family Brewers, with its Gose earning an international honor and its German-style Pilsner gaining kudos from the national beer magazine Draft.

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No one hurt as tree smashes kids’ bedroom

Winds topped a huge pine tree that fell through the Murray family’s children’s bedroom Wednesday morning on the Heights.

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‘Today we are part of making things right’

HRMS history teacher Sarah Segal and students honored

Hood River Middle School Teacher Sarah Segal received the Gilder Lehrman Oregon History Teacher of the Year award Friday, but immediately called up a group of students to share the honor.

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Climate Vigil in Hood River: 'This work we cannot do alone'

About 50 people attended Friday’s 45-minute vigil on climate change, held at Riverside Community Church, literally shedding light on their hopes and fears on the global future.

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‘Get Wilder’ events serve one beloved beer-meister

The big news regarding beer, and the people who drink it and local craft beers in general, comes down to an intriguing business story — Laurelwood’s plans to brew under contract at Full Sail — and an inspiring personal one — the rallying of support for gregarious owner Ed Wilder of da Brewshop.

Editor's Notebook: Sweet layers of Thanksgiving Eve coincidence

Twice I’ve listened to John Coltrane’s jazz masterpiece “A Love Supreme,” on the radio a few years ago and, for the first time, in a live concert c. 1990 at Fort Worden Theater in Port Townsend, Wash.

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The tough and tender art of Kelly Phipps

Don’t call her “shovel girl” anymore.

The Porch, for Nov. 28

WELL SAID: “Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.” ― Cassandra Clare

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Looking for fun? Try mini-golf this weekend

Hood River’s only full-size indoor “Glow in the Dark” 18-hole mini-golf course opens its doors again at Immanuel Lutheran Church, at Ninth and State streets.

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On Stage for Christmas

Emelie Pennington-Davis, 15, left, and Anson Campbell, above right, are the youth element of CAST’s production of “Miracle on 34th Street,” the classic tale of faith in Santa Claus, told in radio theater style and directed by Gary Young.


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