Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden introduced a bill last Wednesday that would compel federal regulators to investigate every major oil train derailment.
Jeff Hecksel will step into Hood River County’s top staff position on Aug. 15. The Hood River County Board of Commissioners voted Monday afternoon to hire Hecksel, signing off on his employment contract.
On the third ballot, Tim Counihan prevailed as appointee to Hood River City Council.
Sean Corcoran, Tim Counihan, Tina Lassen, Teresa Ocampo, Megan Saunders, Scott Skelton, Elizabeth Whelan
On Monday, City Council will add a seventh member, on appointed basis, following interviews during the 6 p.m. regular meeting at City Hall.
In a wide-ranging meeting Monday, Hood River City Council heard new staff suggestions on short term rental regulations, received a report of an unusual development with the new Hampton Inn hotel project, and voted unanimously to place on the Nov. 8 ballot a measure proposing a 3 percent city tax on marijuana items as allowed by Oregon law.
The public will get a chance to meet five candidates for the Hood River County administrator post at an evening reception Wednesday.
UP says oil train traffic will resume through Gorge
A day after Union Pacific announced oil trains will begin rolling through the Columbia Gorge again, a federal report blamed the railroad for the fiery derailment in Mosier.
Hood River County decided Monday to pursue a new affordable housing tool ushered in by an inclusionary zoning bill.
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) hit Hood River on his town hall sweep Saturday evening.
At Mosier gathering, Washington city leaders support Gorge mayors
A week after an oil train derailment in Mosier, a pair of city leaders from Vancouver and Spokane joined local mayors to show their explicit stance against crude-by-rail traffic through the Northwest.
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Portland, will hold town hall meetings in Mosier and Hood River on Saturday. He is expected to discuss his call for a ban on oil train traffic in the Gorge, but as part of the sessions will take questions on any topic the public wishes to ask.
Some of Oregon’s highest elected officials have called for a moratorium on oil traffic through the Columbia River Gorge in the wake of Friday’s derailment of a Union Pacific oil train in Mosier.
The Libertarian Party hopes to shake up the presumed Republican-Democrat contest for presidency, and Hood River’s Scott Scrimshaw has a stake in their fight.
Hood River City Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday to take up the process of choosing a new member of council.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is scheduled to appear tonight at the Hood River Marina.
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