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Saturday, February 28

 

Hard work pays off for Nordic standouts

Teacup Nordic standouts Nils Engbersen and Sam Wiley were on the road last weekend for a Junior National qualifier race in Spokane. Both skiers placed high enough to represent the Pacific Northwest at next month’s Junior Nationals race at Donner Pass, Calif.

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Jones wins Puerto Rico Tri

USA Triathlon reports that Hood River native and elite triathlete Erin Jones (HRVHS class of 2009) earned the top spot on the podium earlier this month at the 2015 Punta Guilarte CAMTRI Triathlon American Cup in Puerto Rico. It was the first career ITU win for Jones, who finished the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run course in 2:09:56

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CSRT standouts shine at modified Four-Way race

The annual Mount Hood Four-Way took place at Timberline Resort last weekend, but due to lack of snow the event was actually a two-way. The cross country and jumping elements of the unique contest had to be cancelled due to low snow, but slalom and giant slalom races went off without a hitch.

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Car crashes into Parkdale Bicentennial Garden

Just last summer Parkdale’s Bicentennial Memorial Garden began to once again take shape and bloom under the combined efforts of the Parkdale Garden Club, the Central Gorge Master Gardeners and the Parkdale Grange.

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Friday, February 27



Wednesday, February 25



Hawks win Big Sky

The No. 1 ranked Horizon Christian Hawks boys basketball team won its fifth straight Big Sky Conference title with two district playoff wins over the weekend at Hermiston High School.

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Pet of the Week: Hugs is a snuggler who lives up to his name

Hugs was brought in with Kisses and she really helped him settle down and learn to be a lap dog, and they were stinkin’ cute, but Kisses got adopted right away, leaving Hugs to find his own family. He’s doing very well in his foster home, and is quite the character! He’s playful, and can be silly and sweet, but really more of a snuggler than a player! Hugs likes to give hugs.

February 25, 2015 midnight read more..


HRVST brings home state hardware

Hood River Valley Swim Team members Marina Castaneda, Michelle Graves, Shea Kasenga and Thea Smith brought home a trove of medals over the weekend from the 10 and Under Oregon Swimming Championships in Corvallis.

February 25, 2015 midnight read more..


Truax headed to U18 Nationals

Hood River Valley High School senior and Cooper Spur Race Team alumni Elle Truax qualified for next month’s U18 U.S. National Skiing Championships in Copper Mountain, Colo. Traux will be racing in the speed events of Super G and Downhill.

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Rhoades presents in White Salmon

The Friends of the White Salmon Valley Community Library invite the public to attend a presentation by Seattle cinema scholar Lance Rhoades, titled “American Indians in Cinema: Participation Onscreen and Behind the Scene” on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. in the library’s Sprint/Baker Gallery.

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No shows at Maryhill amphitheater this year

At the request of, and in cooperation with Washington State Department of Transportation and Washington State Patrol, Maryhill Winery & Amphitheater will be taking a one-year hiatus from its summer concert series.

February 25, 2015 midnight read more..
 

Feast of Words benefits Library Foundation March 7

The Hood River County Library Foundation invites you to eat, drink and be merry in the library at the fifth annual Feast of Words, their annual gala fundraiser, on Saturday, March 7, from 6-9 p.m. The event will include exquisite desserts and savory appetizers, local wine and beer, and live music in the beautiful downtown Hood River Library.

February 25, 2015 midnight read more..
 

Child rape charges filed in Skamania Co.

Detectives with the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 37-year-old Tualatin man Feb. 18 after they learned he had come to Skamania County with the alleged intent of transporting a juvenile female back to Oregon to have sexual contact with her.

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Gun range meeting NRA safety standards coming to Dallesport

Gun enthusiasts of the Columbia River Gorge will soon have a place to let off some steam — or ammunition. Thanks to the efforts of Klickitat County Commissioner Rex Johnston, Klickitat County Engineer Jeff Hunter, and several others, a gun range will be opening in Dallesport this coming summer.

February 25, 2015 midnight read more..
  

Yesteryears: Odell Rural Fire Protection District receives new fire trucks in 1955

1935 — 80 years ago: With the new fall of snow on Mount Hood last week, skiing conditions on the mountain are now better than they have been all winter, according to Crag Rat Fuller, who, with Bob Barker and “Rusty” Fowler, made the trip from the junction to the Hut on Tilly Jane creek by way of the ride trail last Sunday. Several inches of new snow on top of the semi-ice beneath made skiing fast and delightful.

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Tuesday, February 24



Saturday, February 21



CCA issues call for ‘Best of Gorge’ exhibit in May

Columbia Center for the Arts announces a call to artists of the Gorge to submit work for the annual “Best of the Gorge” show this June and July at Columbia Art Gallery. All artists who reside in the Gorge, as well as member artists, are invited to submit work for an exhibit that showcases the best art the Gorge has to offer. Artists must reside in the mid-Columbia region from east of the Sandy River to Goldendale (see www.columbiaarts.org for a map).

February 21, 2015 midnight read more..


Hook project provides great new river access

A welcomed addition to the Hood River Waterfront is quickly taking shape, and with a finish date of the end of February, the new river access at the west end of the Hook will be ready for windsurfers, kayakers and stand-up-paddlers who come out of the woodwork in droves as winter winds down and the river-recreation season rapidly approaches.

February 21, 2015 midnight read more..


Missoula Children’s Theatre brings Oz to Parkdale

Parkdale Elementary School is teaming up with Missoula Children’s Theatre! Audiences will skip down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy and her friends when the MCT and more than 45 local students perform an original musical adaptation of the timeless favorite, The Wizard of Oz.

February 21, 2015 midnight read more..


HRV ski team still unstoppable in league racing

Mt. Hood Ski League action continued on the slopes of Mt. Hood Meadows last weekend, where the resort’s grooming staff has done a commendable job keeping courses up-to-speed despite an extremely limited snowpack.

February 21, 2015 midnight read more..


Melodi Johnson makes difference as nurse, legislator’s wife

Melodi Johnson is recognizable as the wife of Rep. Mark Johnson, R-Hood River. After all, her face adorned his campaign fliers during the last election cycle, too (definitely not her idea), and she is often seen at a variety of events, either alone or with her husband.

February 21, 2015 midnight read more..


Drug dog goes from Shelter to Sheriff

One of the newest additions to the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office has already been making a name for himself around the department, helping deputies make drug bust after drug bust — and looking pretty adorable in the process.

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HRV boys bumped to CRC No. 2

The Pendleton Buckaroos scored early and often to win a pivotal matchup Tuesday night on their home court against the Hood River Valley varsity boys basketball team. The 72-60 outcome, fueled by Buckaroo Wes Persinger’s game-high 22 points, breaks the tie for the lead and establishes the pecking order in the Columbia River Conference with a week left in regular-season action.

February 21, 2015 midnight read more..


Luchsinger replaces Munk as head HRV boys lacrosse coach

With spring weather already in the air, high school athletes are about to gear-up and hit the great outdoors for the final season of the school year. New to the lineup of coaches for Hood River Valley High School, Matt Luchsinger will replace Jon Munk as head varsity boys lacrosse coach.

February 21, 2015 midnight read more..


Oil train issue is heating up again

The focus on oil trains running through the Gorge has largely remained on the Washington side, where the vast majority of crude, particularly coming from the Bakken formation in North Dakota, enters the National Scenic area.

February 21, 2015 midnight read more..


Clink! A Taste of Oregon exhibit visits History Museum

Celebrate the wonders of Oregon wine and the people who make it possible in Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine, a traveling exhibition curated by the Oregon Historical Society in collaboration with local history organizations and industry leaders.

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‘Species Art Making’ series starts Feb. 25

Join Peace Village and the Art of Community, Feb. 26 at the Design Studio of local artist, CJ Rench (1457 Barker Road) for the first of four free workshops to create large-scale paper maiche puppets and costumes for a Procession of Species celebration on Earth Day, April 25.

February 21, 2015 midnight read more..
   

Spring Election: Ballot filing deadline approaches

John Kitzhaber has cleared out his desk and Gov. Kate Brown faces the tough challenge of picking up the pieces, rebuilding faith and fostering legislation. She’s as able as any public servant in the state and all Oregonians should wish her the best in a time when the state needs steady leadership.

February 21, 2015 midnight read more..
   

GTA hosts Feb. 25 forum on technology, community

Many social theorists agree that community life has been transformed by communications technologies. Is community disappearing or strengthening as we gaze at smartphones, video games, online movies, and web pages? How do these technologies both connect and disconnect us? Where online do we engage deeply with friends, family, and neighbors alike?

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Friday, February 20



Wednesday, February 18

       

Darryl Lloyd tells Mt. Adams tales Sunday

Mt. Adams is like an old friend to professional photographer Darryl Lloyd, who will present “Time and Change on Mount Adams” Saturday, the next presentation in the Regional History Forum, at the Original Wasco County Courthouse in The Dalles.

February 18, 2015 midnight read more..
 

Gorge Commission, Klickitat County sign pact

In a historic agreement — nearly 18 months in the making — Klickitat County will devote planning staff time to help the Columbia River Gorge Commission process land use applications within its borders.

February 18, 2015 midnight read more..
    

HRV basketball continues quest for league title

With a 74-64 win Friday night at The Dalles, the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys basketball team is all but guaranteed an appearance in the 5A state championships; the mission now will shift from simply qualifying for a post-season to earning the best possible ranking going into the tournament, and from simply staying afloat in a rebuilding year to claiming the first Columbia River Conference title in team history.

February 18, 2015 midnight read more..
  

Kegler's Corner: Len Hickman is back

Last week we had some remarkable league action on the friendly boards at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes, and when the dust settled a truly eclectic mix of bowlers who shot the most over their averages ended up making our coveted Team of the Week. This particular lineup is particularly special because it’s comprised of three new faces who have never made it before

February 18, 2015 midnight read more..
   

Funland finale?

For Lynn and Dollie Rasmussen, 2015 will be a landmark year, but without the land.

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Tuesday, February 17



Saturday, February 14



Updated: Schools face grim budget projection

A cold million. That’s how much less the Hood River County School District can expect to receive in State School funding in the next biennium, based on current spending projections out of the Oregon Legislature.

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Elks Lodge names Bell, McLean January students of the month

Joy Bell and Lucy McLean have been selected as January Students of the Month by the Hood River Elks Lodge and were presented $100 checks at a recent Lodge meeting. Both are seniors at Hood River Valley High School. They, along with the other monthly winners, will be honored at a banquet on May 31 of this year.

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‘Pass the Pig’ happens Tuesday

National FFA week is Feb. 15-22 this year and the Hood River Valley FFA Chapter has several activities planned at the local level. The first activity in the community is the “Pass The Pig” fundraiser, which will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 17 beginning at 9 a.m.

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Youth wrestlers bring home state hardware

A selection of Hood River’s toughest young wrestlers were in Parkrose last weekend for the 2015 Oregon Wrestling Association Kids State Folkstlye Championships. After the full day of wrestling, eight local boys found themselves on the podium and two were hailed state champions.

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Teacup Nordic racers compete in Utah

The Teacup Nordic Junior Racing Team is a cross-country skiing team that trains regularly at Teacup Lake Nordic Club on Mount Hood. The team trains year-round to race at Junior National Qualifier races around the Pacific Northwest. By earning five qualifying times, an individual can join the Pacific Northwest all-star team and compete at Junior Nationals in Truckee, Calif.

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Maxam Nutraceutics’ Jim Cole hit with injunction

A U.S. District Court judge has ordered a permanent injunction against Hood River businessman James Cole, who has been accused by the federal government of selling “adulterated” and “unapproved” dietary supplements under his company Maxam Nutraceutics.

February 14, 2015 midnight read more..


Friday, February 13



Man charged with murder in 2009 Eagle Creek death

A Bend man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of a Portland woman that occurred in 2009 west of Cascade Locks. Stephen Wagner Nichols, 40, was arrested Feb. 12 at the San Francisco Airport for allegedly murdering Rhonda Kristen Casto, who was 23 when she died Monday, March 16, 2009 on the popular Eagle Creek Trail.

February 13, 2015 4:50 p.m. read more..


Wednesday, February 11

 

HRV Wrestlers second at Oregon City

In their final tournament of the season before this weekend’s 5A Special District 4 Championships (Friday afternoon and all day Saturday in Hood River), Hood River Valley High School varsity wrestlers traveled to Oregon City on Saturday for a nine-team tournament.

February 11, 2015 midnight read more..


Eagles lose close one to Bucks

A thrilling Columbia River Conference matchup between league title contenders Hood River Valley and Pendleton resembled the intensity and atmosphere of the state finals, with a near capacity Vannet Court crowd providing the Eagles an emotional boost as they took on the No. 12 ranked Buckaroos.

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HRV girls bring home team title from state qualifier

Six Hood River Valley High School wrestlers traveled to Cottage Grove High School on Saturday for the annual Oregon womens state wrestling qualifier, and after a full day of wrestling, the Eagles had two champions, five state qualifiers and a new trophy hailing them the top female high school wrestling team in the state for the 2014-15 season.

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Crompton honored as scholar athlete

Hood River Valley High School senior Patrick Crompton has been selected as one of 16 Oregon high school football players to be honored next month as a top scholar athlete at the 54th annual Portland Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame awards banquet.

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Burglar hits CL School, church

The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information related to two burglaries in Cascade Locks that happened on the night of Jan. 5.

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Travelogue part four: Learning yoga by sacred Ganges

My mother and I hopped off the plane in New Delhi, India, and were submerged into a new world. The sun beat down on our skin at 110 degrees and our ears filled with sounds of cars honking and loud voices speaking a language we didn’t know. It was only a tad different from Hood River. A slight breeze in India feels like a miracle, whereas a breeze in Oregon is a reason to bundle up more.

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HRV Nordic team finds snow in Bend for skate race

The Hood River Valley Nordic team traveled to Bend over the weekend, where it found enough snow to continue the season’s OHSNO league race series. The race was originally scheduled for Mt. Hood, and was planned to be a “Pursuit” style race with both classic and skate legs, but the lack of snowpack and dire weather predictions forced a move to central Oregon, where the mountains have a bit more snow.

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Horizon hoops rolls Dufur on path to Big Sky title

The 1A No. 1 ranked Horizon Christian School varsity boys basketball team continued to dominate the Big Sky Conference as it notched two more wins last week to extend their conference win streak to 44 games. Horizon (11-0 Big Sky, 19-3 overall) won 58-25 Friday at Arlington (1-10, 3-18), followed by a 54-45 come-from-behind home win Saturday over the No. 11 ranked Dufur Rangers (9-2, 13-7).

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Zwickelmania tour returns Feb. 14

Zwickelmania is the annual one-day event in Oregon, this year on Feb. 14, when breweries open their doors to casual and hardcore beer fans from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 100 breweries, both big and small, are participating with meet-the-brewer events and beer samples.

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Education Foundation announces teacher grants

The Hood River County Education Foundation has awarded more than $12,000 in grants to Hood River County School District educators to fund innovative approaches to education. Hood River Valley High School was the big winner with seven grants selected for funding. Those grants will provide microscopes, a ceramics kiln, videography equipment, art supplies, and classroom library books.

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WAAAM hosts Second Saturday event Feb. 14

The Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum officials said thanks go to Consolidated Aircraft Coatings for their donation of polyfiber aircraft covering materials to help complete its most recent airplane restoration project.

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NRCS office moves

The Hood River office of the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has been re-located to the USDA Forest Service Hood River Ranger District office, 6780 Highway 35, Mt. Hood-Parkdale.

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Cascade Observations: Books’ great beginnings

Signs and signals are everywhere that 2014 is behind me and the New Year has formally arrived. Bank statements recapping last year’s paltry interest earnings arrive in the mail box; I no longer write “2014” on dated material; and it’s time, once again, to recap the previous year’s reading history.

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Yesteryears: Valley digging out after winter storm hits in 1985

1915 — 100 years ago: Assuming that in the near future the present fertile farms of Western Oregon will be in urgent need of fertilizing materials, State Engineer Lewis has recommended some action to be taken to make use of the great kelp beds along the Oregon coast in order to save the enormous amount of potash which is annually going to waste.

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Tuesday, February 10



Saturday, February 7

   

Parkdale man alive after struck by train

It’s a “miracle,” police said, that a man sitting cross-legged on the railroad tracks in downtown The Dalles late last Friday was not killed when he was hit by a train travelling 15 mph.

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Local kids move on in FTC Robotics

Twenty-three teams of students in grades 7-12 from schools around the Gorge participated in the First Tech Challenge (FTC) Qualifying Tournament at The Dalles Middle School last Saturday, Jan. 31.

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Sen. Thomsen, Rep. Johnson share thoughts on Leg. Session

The 2015 Oregon Regular Legislative Session began on Monday in Salem and Hood River Republican legislators Sen. Chuck Thomsen and Rep. Mark Johnson are gearing up to promote their bills while also facing a Democratic majority in both the House and the Senate.

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Hood River Supply reports record year

Hood River Supply held its 65th annual meeting on Feb. 3 at the Pine Grove Grange. The meeting was called to order by Board Chairman John Wells. President/CEO Pat McAllister reported on the past years audited financial results for the fiscal year ending on Sept. 30, 2014.

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Ordinance to revise ‘unusual’ BOCC land use review process

The Hood River County Planning Commission will hold a hearing next week to decide whether it should amend an “unusual” zoning ordinance that currently does not allow the Board of County Commissioners to modify land use decisions made by the planning commission.

February 7, 2015 midnight read more..
 

Danger Zone: Improvement or impairment?

The amenities and upgrades on State Street are visible now that the Urban Renewal streetscape project is done: new pavement, better and wider sidewalks, underground utilities, landscaping, and pedestrian plazas featuring benches, drinking fountains, and more.

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Then & Now: Replay coming to HRVHS Feb. 9

Eastern Oregon University Musical Theatre program is onstage at the Hood River Valley High School Bowe Theatre Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. for a full program of popular music and dance from the past 50 years.

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Fabric donation helps WAAAM finish project

The Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum officials said thanks go to Consolidated Aircraft Coatings for their donation of polyfiber aircraft covering materials to help complete itsmost recent airplane restoration project.

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Zack signs to play for Humboldt State

Collete Zack will soon trade the blue and gold of the Hood River Valley Eagles for the green and yellow of the Humboldt State Lumberjacks. Zach, a senior at HRVHS, signed a letter of intent Wednesday – National Signing Day — to play soccer for the D2 school in Arcata, Calif.

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Friday, February 6

 

Wednesday, February 4



Dan Spatz named director of Education Foundation

Dan Spatz was named as the new Executive Director of the Hood River County Education Foundation, the board announced Monday. On Feb. 8 Spatz will step down from his post as Chief Institutional Advancement Officer and Executive Director of the CGCC Foundation at Columbia Gorge Community College. Spatz will begin his new, part-time, HRCEF position on Feb. 9.

February 4, 2015 midnight read more..
   

HRVAC elects new officers

The newly elected Board of the Hood River Valley Adult Center held their organizational meeting and elected the following officers:

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Father-Daughter dance returns Feb. 21

Young ladies and older ladies and their fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers and male mentors are invited to an evening designed to celebrate the importance of these special relationships. The Third Annual Columbia Gorge Young Life Father/Daughter dance will take place on Saturday Feb. 21, from 6-8 p.m. at the Hood River Elks Club at 3rd St. and Cascade Avenue.

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Strong return of spring chinook anticipated

Anticipating another strong return of spring chinook salmon, fishery managers from Washington and Oregon recently set the initial 2015 fishing season to run through April 10 on the lower Columbia River.

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Juneuary

Patches of grass and rocks poke through the snow below the Mt. Hood Express chair lift at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Area Saturday afternoon as sunny skies and warm temperatures continued to melt the already dismal snowpack.

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Marquez wins Elks Invite, HRV girls shine

Hood River Valley wrestling had four top-five placers and finished fifth overall in the 18-team Elks Memorial Invitational tournament over the weekend at HRVHS. Highlighting the all-day affair for the Eagles were Jason Shaner, Christian Marquez, Junior Manzo and Steven Swafford, who placed third, first, sixth and fourth, respectively.

February 4, 2015 midnight read more..


Julie Salcido tackles County’s code enforcement backlog

Hood River County created the new post of code enforcement coordinator last fall, and on Oct. 1, 2014, Julie Salcido took on the task of managing the intake, investigation and resolution of various land use, health and safety ordinances within the county, not including the cities of Hood River or Cascade Locks.

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Tuesday, February 3

 
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