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May 19 ballot: Filing date nears; many positions still lacking candidates

The May 19 Special Districts election will call on voters to choose who will lead the boards and commissions that oversee special taxing districts all over the county, including several that cover the entire county.

As March 19 ballot filing deadline nears, many elected positions have no candidates

Wanted: water, sanitation, port and transportation directors.

Oil train issue is heating up again

Report shows increased oil going through the Gorge

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.

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Updated: Schools face grim budget projection

‘Disappointed’ Supt. Goldman heads to Salem

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.

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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Beer to home and outdoor education highlight local legislators' bills

As the Legislature convenes Monday, a look at what bills local lawmakers are sponsoring

The Regular Session of the Oregon State Legislature opens Feb. 2 — Groundhog’s Day! — and Hood River legislators Rep. Mark Johnson and Sen. Chuck Thomsen have sponsored a total of over a dozen bills for the upcoming session.

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At town hall, Walden faces tough climate

A dialog, and silent protest, on climate change wove through U.S. Rep. Greg Walden’s hometown town hall meeting at Hood River Adult Center, attended by about 75 people.

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Walden town hall

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden listens as high school students urge him to put a high priority on climate change, during Saturday’s town hall at Hood River Adult Center, attended by about 75 people.

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Walden holds Town Hall meeting Saturday

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) holds his first town hall meetings in 2015 beginning on Saturday, with events scheduled in seven counties: Hood River, Wasco, Umatilla, Wallowa, Union, Baker, and Malheur.

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City, county elected officials start new year with oath of office

Mayor announces next council meeting postponed in light of UO football game

The business of transition involved hugs and handshakes, cake, and checks to sign as city and county elected officials formally took office on Monday.

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2014 in review

Land use squabbles, marijuana dispensaries, budget woes, and a historic win for the HRVHS soccer team were just some of the many stories the Hood River news reported on in 2014. Here’s a look back at some of the top stories from each month. Stories are categorized by the month in which they were published.

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U.S. Rep. Walden honors HRV boys soccer team

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today in recognition of the Hood River Valley High School boys’ soccer team which brought home the title of ‘State Champions’ this year in the 2014 Oregon 5A state championship. Hood River is my hometown, and both my son and I are proud graduates of Hood River Valley High School, so this victory is especially sweet."

Representative Mark Johnson named to critical legislative committees

Salem, OR — Representative Mark Johnson has been selected by House Speaker Tina Kotek to serve on the following committees during the 78th Legislative Assembly:

Thomsen gains a seat at the education table

Salem, OR — State Senator Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River), entering his fifth year serving Oregon Senate District 26, will continue to serve on the important budget-writing Full Ways and Means Committee, and the Senate Business and Transportation Committee.

Council votes 4-3 against Walmart expansion

In a lengthy four-hour land use hearing that was fraught with controversy, the Hood River City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday night to deny the expansion of Walmart's store on Wasco Avenue.