PERS rides in State should deal with it before the next Session

The State of Oregon might look at Friday’s worrisome news on PERS as an opportunity.

Choosing Tools: Hunger, and now housing

Thousands of our neighbors will get a major help next month with nutrition challenges they may face, via the opening of the FISH headquarters on Tucker Road.

The spectrum: Final weekend of Blossom Time is fun, but more than that

This weekend is the third of three for Blossom Time, which has evolved into a multi-faceted critical mass of activities and events by groups that are vital to the Hood River community.

Green acts count

This is Earth Day, though plenty has happened last weekend and will happen this weekend as the greater Gorge community rallies around the need to conserve, reduce, and help the earth recover.

Victim’s name release was a mistake not to be repeated

Last week the Hood River News did something that should not have happened: we published the name of a victim of a felony abuse crime.

A Blossom Welcome

How do you rebrand a fruit blossom?

Town Hall: In a classroom setting, local officials talk education and more

Monday’s pre-town hall meeting with Sen. Jeff Merkley (story, A1) was well-attended, and as effective a half-hour gathering of a group of public officials as you could ever expect to see.

Proclamation: Governor Kate Brown names April as Child Abuse Prevention Month

Governor Kate Brown encourages the citizens of Oregon to join communities around the nation in proclaiming April to be Child Abuse Prevention Month. April is dedicated to raising awareness of child abuse and neglect and the factors that create risk.

‘Back to School’: Make your voice, or presence, known

Overheard: “This time of year you can’t get them to do anything.” That was one high school teacher to another, Monday morning as students returned to class following Spring Break.

Toxic gauntlets: Clear the smoke on tobacco policies

Hood River City Council is right to be notching up its tobacco use policy.

Hood Plate: Put pitons on special plate for the mountain

Flags Lowered: David Frohnmayer

She stands there, patient, dedicated, and stately, never wavering, save her undesired glacial melting.

Sunshine and Rights: An illuminating ‘media conspiracy’ protects the public’s interests

Each spring for 10 years now, a vast media conspiracy has rolled across the hills and plains of this nation. Journalists of every stripe – cartoonists to commentators to hard news reporters – have been in on it. And not just journalists, but politicians, educators and librarians, as well as members of nonprofits and civic groups.

Stop Scree: The slippery slope of school funding

Any hiker knows the feeling of climbing on scree.