On Feb. 1, the 2016 February session will officially begin. You may recall that annual sessions were approved by the voters in 2010 and the even-year sessions were limited to 35 days and intended to give the legislature an opportunity to make needed budget adjustments and to consider “minor” policy needs. Each legislator is limited to introducing just two bills, with just a little more than one week to pass your bills out of committee.
The holidays are so hard for those who have lost a loved one. Whether it was one week ago or five decades ago, the brightness of the season, the emphasis on joy and family, can tap the vein of grief that we are feeling, making us teary, sad, low in energy, and finding it hard to get through.
This past week I had the opportunity to attend the National Association of Counties’ Safe and Secure Counties symposium in Colorado Springs, in El Paso County, Colo. I had the privilege and honor to attend the memorial service for Garrett Swasey, the officer killed in the Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting.
With Thanksgiving upon us, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is reminding Oregonians to keep fire safety front and center when cooking and preparing holiday meals.
The 2015 fire season was worse than any on record and summertime temperatures are steadily escalating. Increasing the average summer temperature by just one degree Fahrenheit results in an increase of 420 wildfires in the State annually, according to estimates by the Oregon Department of Forestry.
The City of Hood River is expected to grow by 4,500 people in the next 20 years. As the city grows we need to carefully plan for our future so that Hood River becomes a stronger, healthier, and more vibrant community, not just a bigger one. Public parks have a pivotal role in enhancing quality of life. We need to provide for the future livability of Hood River by investing in parkland now.
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) this week announced that he supports a major mental health reform bill moving through the U.S. House of Representatives.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month: New legislation gives support and certainty to victims of violence
Recent tragedies cause us again to reflect on the topic of violence in our society.
In Hood River County, it is impossible to separate water from our local economy or our identity. It is critical for our farms and orchards, as well many other businesses we depend on. With the drought this summer, many families learned firsthand about water conservation.
While the U.S. celebrates National Farm to School Month in October, Oregon finds itself at the front of the line in supporting programs that provide healthy, nutritious, and locally-grown foods to children.
On Oct. 8, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell reviewed the 2015 fire season and provided insight into longer term trends and challenges for the agency during testimony before the House Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee. He issued that testimony in a press release Thursday.
At its 38th annual meeting the Hood River Valley Residents’ Committee (HRVRC), welcomed keynote speaker Gil Kelley, director of citywide planning for San Francisco and former planning director of Portland. Kelley, also a part-time resident of Mount Hood, opened his talk with a quote: “In livable cities is the preservation of the wild.”
Domestic violence thrives when we are silent, but if we take a stand and work together, we can end domestic violence.
Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to think about the following situations and plan just in case