Sept. 20, Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde through its Spirit Mountain Community Fund awards $32,000 to the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs, among other Oregon tribes. Political foes over the issue of a Cascade Locks casino, they’re all family in other ways. Nice. …

Wine Country Weekends, a feature of Portland Monthly magazine, highlights the high life of the Hood. Read what their writer has to say about everything from South Bank Kitchen to Celilo to Nora’s Table to Syncline Winery to the Gorge White House to Wy’East Vineyards … oh, man, there’s just too much good stuff to DO out here. Get on it, would you? …

Pay attention to the new double-dip sign above the entry off 1st Street into the parking lot for Mt. Hood Railroad, featuring the railroad and Springhouse Cellars winery tasting room. Speaking of which, the railroad is running Friday Night Wine Trains with a single Gorge winery featured on successive nights. …

Hey, did I really hear there’s a possibility of woodfire pizza in downtown Hood River, to join the pies from Pietro’s, Andrew’s and Double Mountain? Lots of back and forth. Ask the potential tenant, says the landlord. Hmm. Proof positive that the world loves pizza, or the pizza-making world loves the idea that the world loves pizza. Oh, where might it land? What’s empty? What’s a prime location? What didn’t sell bicycles formerly, but did sell expensive round things? Look North, before you look South. Ran into the potential tenants the other day, and they were pulling their hair out at the inability of the landlord to provide precise monthly utility costs. Oh, somewhere between $200 and $6000. Huh? $6K for heat and light? How much pizza pays for that? ….

Confirmed, notice of services no longer needed delivered late Friday to (now) former Chamber executive Mary Closson. Chamber President Mark Brown informed members via e-mail on Tuesday. Closson brought some good things to the membership — networking and programs — but fell shy in other areas, to hear the insiders. Hell-oh. Phone log? Return the messages — they’re your members! And your staff. Best to all. Onward and upward. …