Flags Lowered: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Gov. Kate Brown on Monday ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff immediately until the day of internment in honor of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Feb. 13.

Editorial: Pool Queue

Take a breath, and talk about, the public pool’s role in the community.

School Bond: District crafts a solid plan to put before voters this spring

The Hood River County School District Board of Directors is poised to make a major decision for children tonight.

Flags Lowered: Seaside Police Sgt. Jason Goodding

Gov. Kate Brown has ordered all flags at public institutions to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Feb. 12, in honor of Seaside Police Sgt. Jason Goodding.

MAILS and Marijuana: Legislators right to work to stamp out a bad, old regulation

Great acronym, great move: the Marijuana Advertising in Legal States (MAILS) Act has made its legislative debut, courtesy of Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and their state counterparts, Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici.

Staying Alive: ‘AED’ is the latest example of many ways firefighters serve the county

Local firefighters found a fitting alternate meaning of the acronym AED — which officially means automatic external defibrillator, but now also stands for “Amazing Ellen Dittebrandt” for the firefighter (and artist, and athlete) who was a cornerstone of Hood River Fire & EMS and lead CPR instructor who tragically died in August 2014.

Flags Lowered: LCpl. Ty L. Hart

Governor Kate Brown has ordered all flags at public institutions to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset in honor of Lance Corporal Ty L. Hart on Saturday, Jan. 30,the date of his memorial service.

Staying Power: Yes, let us ‘keep good people here’

Like two halves of a clamshell, the issues more and more form a whole: Tourism and affordable housing.

Tourism costs: ‘Studio’ is a welcome program, but keep in mind overall impacts

News comes this week that Hood River receives “most romantic” honors from OregonLive.

Trail Guides: Park buy illuminates the possible, so add lights and other features for waterfront accessibility

For starters, the name “Nichols Park” seems like the most likely name for what will become the city’s newest park.

Well Placed: Rescue effort receives, and deserves, much gratitude

A Crag Rats annual banquet is an opportunity for well-placed thanks and well-placed jests.

On the agenda

This week brings a variety of important agenda items with local elected bodies.

Editorial: Harney protest: Please, no ‘bad time’ at Malheur

News item: “The Harney County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a community meeting to discuss safety concerns and the disruptions caused by the behavior of those at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. … to address a wide range of community concerns and the steps being taken to ensure everyone’s safety. Media can attend, but Sheriff Dave Ward is only taking questions from Harney County community members.”

Good Luck Grab Bag: Goals and ideas for 2016

Picking up where our “Wish List” left off last issue, here is our New Year “good luck grab bag” — though most of what’s involved here is hard work and cooperation.

2016 Wishes: Welcomes, partnerships, and the chances for markable impacts

Hood River County is among Oregon’s smallest in area and population, but it draws national and international attention for its scenic, recreational, cultural, and culinary values.