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Windsurfing Association buys popular Swell City launch site

Big news from the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association, which has purchased the popular Swell City windsurfing launch off Washington State Route 14 about 4 miles west of the Hood River Bridge terminus. According to Julia Norman, a sailor familiar with Swell City, it was open to public use for a daily usage fee or yearly […]

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When this snack tray rolls around, you know you’re gonna wanna nibble …

Lots of stuff going on in and around the Hood this month. Here’s a roundup of items worth your attention … Several readers shared link to a nice Gorge plug, “36 Hours in Hood River, Ore.,” that appears in the April 6 print and online editions of the NY Times. … It’s Passport month for […]

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Mystery solved: Meet the new courts, same as the old courts (just … newer)

You may have seen the teaser ad in the Hood River News, but you haven’t yet read the news behind the ad. Buzz readers asked for details. Clearly, there are passionate tennis people out there. “Do you have any info on the big yellow advert in Wednesday’s HR News?” wrote local therapist Sally Reichmuth. “People […]

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Double Mountain chalk artist Ayers tells tales behind the ales

Ever look up from your coaster and cold one over at Double Mountain Brewery, and find yourself thinking, “OMG, that is some amazing artwork up on the wall.” Thank Anneke Ayers — and Jarod Jensen. Jensen did a lot of the panels before Ayers took over in July 2013. That’s when Ayers, a University of […]

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Coming soon to a Hood near you, the sound of backhoes and hammers

Signs of spring, or an economic rebound, or all of the above? Several significant construction projects are moving through the planning process. Hood River Planning Director Cindy Walbridge gave us a quick overview: Sieverkropp Subdivision, has been approved by the city Planning Commission, for 98 units east of Rosauers out to the edge of the […]

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Layoffs at Cloud Cap send 25 workers scrambling for other gigs in UAS sector

Cloud Cap Technology, one of Hood River’s tech-sector success stories, is reported to have laid off about 25 percent of its work force on Monday. Dan Coulom, public relations manager, confirmed that the layoff affected 25 positions. “UTC Aerospace Systems reviews its business plan regularly to ensure that our units around the world are staffed […]

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Tubs of ice cream arrive just in time for annual opening at Mike’s

Tubs and tubs and tubs of ice cream moved quickly Monday morning from the delivery vehicle from Prince Puckler’s Gourmet Ice Cream in Eugene to the freezers below and behind the serving shed at Mike’s Ice Cream in Hood River. Why all the hubbub? Duh. It’s all in preparation for the noon opening of Mike’s […]

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The Dalles ranks 20th on Smithsonian list of top small towns to visit

(Editor’s note: This is an update to an earlier post, including graphic above and link to Portland Business Journal about fastest-growing cities in Oregon. Thanks to Hood River Port Commissioner Jon Davies for the tip.) Bravo, to The Dalles, for scoring placement on Smithsonian magazine’s list of the twenty best small towns to visit. E-mail […]

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