Hood River Valley Parks and Rec has been awarded a $494,000 grant from the Oregon State Parks Local Government Grant Program via the State Lottery Commission for development of Barrett Park. The District is in danger of having to decline the funds if it cannot obtain the development permit previously approved by the County Board of Commissioners. Without a permit, the money cannot be spent and the land will remain in its current undeveloped state indefinitely.
Despite the Washington Supreme Court’s recent decision, the Whistling Ridge Energy Project remains a poorly sited and designed project that threatens the Columbia Gorge’s scenery, wildlife and communities, while promising little to no benefits for a region already oversaturated with wind energy. Fortunately, the court’s decision is not the final word in the public debate over this ill-conceived proposal.
“I think the American people are tired of war.”
As students head back to school for 2013-14, it’s good to keep in mind the impact that teachers can have on young people.
The lead story from Saturday, Aug. 17 News, “What’s the big picture for schools?”, describes the new Oregon Kindergarten Assessment program as a measurement of …“early literacy, math, social-emotional development and self-regulation.” Rep. Mark Johnson emphasizes the word readiness, “because readiness is essentially what OKA looks at.” And he asks us to keep an open mind on OKA, saying “it is an assessment to help us determine how we’re doing in that early pre-K(indergarten). We need to assess.”
With the annexation to the City of the Westcliff Drive lodging properties decided upon, the implications will come to bear on a wider range of our local Hood River economy than many expect.
Unfortunately, one doesn’t have to look far to see the increasing evidence of the latest beetle to wreak havoc on our pine trees.
When I was first elected to the Hood River City Council in 2006, our city was in crisis. Our finances were terrible — the city’s three major operating funds were more than $1 million in the red, and the central part of the plan to fix them was to keep increasing water and sewer rates.
It has become an epidemic. If you look out your window you can see them everywhere now, rapidly dotting the once-green landscape with their bright orange colors.
At the same time Oregon’s largest daily newspaper, The Oregonian, was scheming to reduce its delivery days from seven to four, it also was continuing with plans to launch neighborhood newspapers in the Portland suburbs of Forest Grove and Beaverton
The end of the 2013 Legislative Session is now imminent, and as we see too often, those in charge down here have waited until the 11th hour to push the most controversial legislation through. Introduced to the Senate was a tax package marketed to all of us (and you) as a “Grand Bargain.” Sounds nice, right?
If you read the Parkdale column on a regular basis you know that our oldest son, Camden Ball, has been deployed to Afghanistan with the United States Army since last November.
For the last 16 years, my company, McDowell & Son, has served the Hood River area, providing local homeowners with construction and residential energy efficiency services.
I have an announcement regarding one of our members, and about what “Service Above Self” is all about.
Long ago, it became part of my morning routine to look at the Department of Defense casualty list and pay my respects to the fallen. This ritual started when my son, a Marine, began a series of deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.