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Rep. Mark Johnson stumps for education, criticizes Salem’s

Mark Johnson called his Thursday talk to Hood River Rotary “the good, bad and the ugly.”

Governor accepts applications for 7th District post

Paul Crowley to retire July 1

Gov. John Kitzhaber has begun accepting applications for a judicial position on the Circuit Court for the Seventh Judicial District to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Paul G. Crowley of Hood River. The governor thanked Judge Crowley for his service to Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, Wasco, and Wheeler counties and said he will fill the position by appointment. Judge Crowley’s retirement takes effect July 1.

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County sets medical marijuana ban hearing for April 21

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners will be seeking the public’s input next month on whether or not it should temporarily ban medical marijuana dispensaries from setting up shop in the county’s unincorporated areas.

March 11 is final day to file for May primary

March 11 is the filing deadline for anyone wanting to run for three open positions on the Hood River County Board of Commissioners on May 20 Primary Election ballot.

Mark Johnson carries bill on apprenticeship

SALEM — Rep. Mark Johnson, R-Hood River, co-carried House Bill 4058 on the House Floor. HB 4058 amends the 40-40-20 educational goals to include apprenticeship programs registered with the State Apprenticeship Training Council.

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Job creation a focus of Sen. Merkley town hall meeting

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley was in Hood River Tuesday morning as part of keeping his 2008 promise of holding a town hall meeting in each of Oregon’s 36 counties every year.

Sen. Merkley holding Hood River town hall Jan. 21

Senator Jeff Merkley will hold town halls in Hood River, Wasco, Gilliam and Sherman Counties this week. He will update constituents on his work in Washington, DC and answer their questions and invite their suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America.

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Upcoming meetings

United for Marriage backers continue collecting signatures

The Hood River Committee of Oregon United for Marriage collected in excess of 450 signatures in the week before Christmas in a drive to place a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot.

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The news keeps flowing: Year in Review Part 2

There were plenty of fish in the river but regional water supplies were far from plentiful in 2013. Those are just two highlights of news in the Hood River News in the second half of the year. Here is a summary of events covered from July to December 2013, with a few updates. (Part I ran in the Jan. 1 edition.)

Marriage Equality initiative petition makes rounds

The Oregon United for Marriage Hood River Committee will be gathering signatures from Dec.16-22, from Oregonians who would like to see the Marriage Equality initiative on the November 2014 ballot.

Marriage Equality initiative gathers signatures

The Oregon United for Marriage Hood River Committee will be gathering signatures from Dec.16-22, from Oregonians who would like to see the Marriage Equality initiative on the November 2014 ballot.

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County votes against cutting Dep. DA hours

A county recommendation to cut hours from a deputy district attorney position was voted down by Hood River County commissioners during their regular meeting Monday night.

Marriage Equality group starts work in Hood River

A petition drive to place a Marriage Equality amendment to the Oregon constitution on the November 2014 ballot recently took it first steps to organize in Hood River.

Johnson announces run for re-election

Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River) announced this week that he will file his candidacy for re-election as state representative to House District 52 for the 2014 campaign cycle. House District 52 encompasses Hood River, Cascade Locks, Corbett, Sandy, parts of Estacada and Gresham, as well as other communities within the Hood River, Clackamas, and Multnomah Counties.