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Kirby Neumann-Rea

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In focus: Camera clubs meet in HR

In focus: The essential photographic term “aperture” means opening, and this weekend’s Convention of the Columbia Council of Camera Clubs creates a wide opening for anyone interested in learning more about the subject.

Air Guitar rocks on

Staff remember — and repeat — glory days

Shortly after its birth as a sideshow, Air Guitar evolved into the main event.

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A slice of local life -- Garrit Stoltz makes wines of influence

“I make wine in the oldest house in town, down in the old mortuary,” said Garrit Stoltz, a 1998 graduate of Hood River Valley High School who has charted a global path to where he is now, crafting unique wines, one barrel at a time.

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Government shutdown felt in Gorge

USDA Forest Service office closed due to Federal funding issue

As lawmakers squabble in Washington, D.C., the effects of the federal government shutdown that began on Tuesday are already being felt in the Gorge.

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Driver sideswipes cars, ends up in hand cuffs

Angie DeHart did not need to call her insurance agency Wednesday after her parked car was damaged on the Heights.

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Teaching Justice: Sarah Segal earns national award

Room 502 at Hood River Middle School is a virtual globe, and its students all travelers.

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A slice of local life: Alfredo Elisa works, runs, and cooks

Alfredo Elisea took a break from work Thursday afternoon to run up and down with a bunch of 14-year-olds

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Crush Hour

Gorge Harvest in Hood River

Demonstrating the “push down,” Carey Kienitz, winemaker at Springhouse Cellar in Hood River, said 2012-13 are shaping up as prime wine years in the Gorge. Kienitz stirs the 1.5 tons of merlot grapes in one of 18 fermenting tanks that will fill the winery by the end of this weekend, one of the busiest times for wines in the area.

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HRV Athletic Hall of Fame honorees tip hats to long list of supporters

The Hood River Valley High School Athletic Hall of Fame banquet was a night of laughter and tears, and likely some of the most touching 10 minutes of video ever delivered by a basketball coach.

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Bomb threat empties HRVHS

Classes back to normal Tuesday

A bomb threat found in a bathroom stall emptied Hood River Valley High School Monday, sending students and staff home just before lunch.

ROUND TABLE: Calm prevails as bomb threat forces dispatch home

Niko Yasui was as calm as can be, welcoming me as I arrived unannounced at the counter of the HRVHS main office on Monday morning.

Bomb threat used as a civics lesson

A civics lesson that everyone can relate to took place Tuesday morning at Hood River Valley High School.

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Labor shortage challenges farmers to pick fruit in time

A wealth of pears and a dearth of people to pick them.

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Suspect arrested U.S. Bank robbery

Authorities book 28-year-old man in connection with

About 20 people watched from across the street Monday at 4:30 p.m. as Hood River Police arrested Timothy Bryan Glenn, 28, of Hood River, as the suspect in the Sept. 12 bank robbery of the Hood River branch of U.S. Bank.

ROUND TABLE: After arrest, time to cleanse our moral palates

Thankfully, serious crimes such as a bank robbery do not happen every day.

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Beaucoup bikes, big bridge walk highlight Cascade Locks’ weekend

A pipe band led a crowd across the Bridge of the Gods and the old fire hall filled with bicycles in Cascade Locks last weekend.

Understanding the past is more complex than we think

Roger Blashfield of Hood River, who portrays Philip Carroll in Cemetery Tales, wrote this observation about his participation in the program and what it means to him. Philip Carroll’s was a life spent partly in Hood River, and it ended here, but in researching Carroll, Blashfield found that Carroll’s reach went far beyond Hood River.

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Schools go on lockdown

Hood River County School District buildings in Hood River, and Horizon Christian School, went into the district’s second lockdown in memory Thursday about 45 minutes after the U.S. Bank robbery occurred on the Heights.

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The hunt continues

Police search for suspect in U.S. Bank armed robbery

A suspect wanted in connection with an armed robbery that occurred at the U.S. Bank Hood River branch Thursday morning is still at large as of Friday morning.

Weekend events hail Historic Highway linkage

The spotlight falls Saturday on the newest portion of a freshly minted global top 10 destination (sidebar, at right) in the Historic Highway Revived event near Cascade Locks.

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Kaleidoscope: The Big Huddle

Under Friday night lights, community rallies HRVHS tradition

Fireworks and plenty else burst forth in customary style under perfect weather conditions Sept. 6 at Hood River Valley High School.

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West Side spreads the word

Former fire chief makes donation for electronic sign

Anyone traveling Tucker Road just south of Hood River has seen the new sign at West Side Fire Department. Three weeks ago the department made the change from a static sign to one with that is digitally programmed with changing illuminated messages.

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Hollywood in Cascade Locks: Filming for ‘Wild’ starts in October

Hollywood will take its place at the popular counter at East Wind Drive-in in Cascade Locks.

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‘A nice swim’

499 people make the annual Labor Day ‘Cross Channel’

Many familiar faces dried off in the warm morning sun Monday after completing the 71st annual Roy Webster Cross Channel Swim.

Cascade Locks celebrates PCT Days this weekend,

The next two weeks will be tales of the trails in the Cascade Locks area.

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A slice of local life -- The Woods give Rivertap new light

The long hallway at Hood River’s “speakeasy” is now a matter of choice.

Back to school: District fine tunes for first classes Tuesday

The school year got off to an upbeat start — literally — for the staff of Hood River County School District.

Lots to do on Labor Day

Labor Day weekend is here, and with it a Hood River signature for this weekend, and all others, the Roy Webster Cross Channel Swim.

ROUND TABLE: Taking joy in number five, one day at a time

Look out, lucky 7: Our friend 5 is in town.

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A Hero's welcome: Gold Medal exhibit in Portland honors Nisei veterans

The heroes rose slowly but stood tall. Oregon Nisei veterans, including Shig Imai of Hood River, received gratitude and applause Saturday in two ceremonies welcoming them and inaugurating the Oregon Historical Society visit of the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling “American Heroes” exhibit at Oregon Historical Society, sponsored by Oregon Nikkei Endowment. “Japanese American Nisei Soldiers and the Congressional Gold Medal” stays in Portland through Sept. 29 in one of only seven stops around the country.

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Lure of Luhr: Gallery opens at Museum

The reunion started with hugs in the lobby of The History Museum of Hood River County.

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A soaring prevention message

Community creates massive mural declaring Wy’east to be a ‘zona libre’

The largest mural in Hood River County faces west on the back of the historic grandstands at Wy’east Middle School — a community facility used year-round for the county fair and other events, and recreation including soccer and Ultimate Frisbee. There are actually two murals, both giving a prevention message; the main one on the west side of the grandstands and a smaller one on the east.

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What’s the big picture for Hood River County schools?

Hood River County School board hears about changes, projects for 2014-15

Schools are preparing for big changes in 2014-15. In a meeting that was part summer wrap-up and part fall preview the Board of Directors of Hood River County School District conducted a wide variety of business Wednesday, including news on how two statewide assessment and reporting programs will affect local schools.

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Interim City Manager hired

Council also revises Waterfront Park design

Two tiers for Waterfront Park.

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Keeping up with quilts

Quilting is an indoor activity, except when it comes to the new Bridge of the Gods Quilt Block Trail.

Scratches below the surface: 13 views of the prickly, noble blackberry

Much of my weekend was spent elbow-deep in thorns.

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Searchers find body of Polish climber on Mount Hood

Sebastian Kinasiewicz apparently fell 2,000 feet to his death

An air and ground search resumed Tuesday morning for a Polish man, Sebastian Kinasiewicz, in the Tilly Jane area on the north side of Mount Hood, and an Oregon Army Blackhawk helicopter crew spotted Kinasiewica's body at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. He apparently fell aabout 2,000 feet, to the 9,100 feet level on the north face of the mountain, in a place known as Climber's Left Chute, according to Sgt. Petet Hughes of the Hood River County Sheriff's Department.

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Landscape changes on State Street

Urban Renewal project creates downtown detours as crew begins building retaining wall and sidewalk

Boulders rolled on State Street Thursday as a three-man crew used an excavator and hand shovels to sculpt the earthen bank on the south side of the street.

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Tree removal highlights bark beetle problems

City orders cutting of two infested trees in Jackson Park and on Rand Road

Trees dying from the widening bark beetle infestation problem in the Gorge will be removed at Jackson Park and on Rand Road this week.

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A 'massive effort' as rescue crews use chain saws to recover snowboarder buried by collapsed glacier

In a first for rescue and recovery efforts on Mount Hood, chain saws were used on the White River glacier Sunday to cut away ice and retrieve the body of a 25-year-old Colorado snowboarder.

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Mayor Babitz says he will not resign

Mayor Arthur Babitz said Monday that calls for him to resign are unfounded and based on secondhand information.

ROUND TABLE: Taking bids on assorted asphalt observations

No solid center stripe on what follows, but tell me, if, as a column, this can pass ...

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Kitzhaber hears calls for reform

Local government officials told Gov. John Kitzhaber Wednesday they support his call for a one-day special session of the Oregon Legislature to deal with education funding reform including revisions to the Public Employee Retirement System.

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Work starts Monday on State Street

Look for one-way daytime traffic in August; ‘heavy work’ starts after Labor Day

Work on phase one of State Street redevelopment, a retaining wall and sidewalk, begins Monday on the State Street Urban Renewal Project.

Round Table: The Fair Moments we’d love to have told

A beaming Emma Laney and her armload of ducks.

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Fair moments: News staff returns from County Fair with stories to share

Once upon a time, like at last year’s Hood River County Fair, I dreamed that someday I would have unlimited time to actually look at the exhibits instead of just following my kids around and watching them ride roller coasters in varying degrees of scariness (not for them, but for me).