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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.

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Sen. Thomsen will run for re-election

Democrat Robert Bruce of Sandy will oppose HR Republican

Chuck Thomsen announced his plans Wednesday to run for a second term as Dist. 26 State Senator.

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‘Kicking the can down the road’: Walden alone in vote against shutdown deal

Citing an unwillingness to “kick the can down the road,” U.S. Rep. Greg Walden of Hood River, voted against a bill Wednesday that ended the 17-day federal government shutdown and prevented the nation from potentially defaulting on its debts.

Government shutdown hits ground

Water planning, land use implications foreseen at county level

As the federal government shutdown stretches into its second week, its far-reaching impacts are becoming increasingly more apparent.

Walden: Forest bill is lifeline

More than $120M has been spent to fight fires

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., says 2013 has been the worst wildfire season in Oregon since 1951 — more than $120 million was spent on suppression activities — and that is a major reason to allow managed harvests in federally owned forests.

Thomsen appointed to Emergency Board

Sen. Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River) has been appointed to the Legislative Emergency Board, a committee that oversees allocation of state resources through the interim until the 2014 session convenes next February, and deals with any emergency issues that may arise.

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Mayor Babitz says he will not resign

Mayor Arthur Babitz said Monday that calls for him to resign are unfounded and based on secondhand information.

City plots course for finding new manager

Mayor says he will not seek re-election

The searches are on.

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Empassioned Rep. Gutierrez draws crowd

Illionois Congressman fires up audience of 400

A visiting Illinois Congressman received a raucous reception Saturday in a forum on immigration reform at Hood River Middle School’s auditorium.

Legislature approves funding for ‘Regional Center for Innovation’

Rep. Mark Johnson, R-Hood River, announced Monday that the Legislature approved the Committee on Capital Construction’s recommendation to fund $7.35 million for the Columbia Gorge Community College Regional Center of Innovation for the 2013-15 biennium.

Illinois Congressman visits July 13 for public forum on immigration reform

Causa Oregon will host a forum on immigration reform July 13, with guest speaker U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., an immigration reform proponent. The event will be at noon at Hood River Middle School, 1602 May St. The community is welcome to attend.

City Council wrangles with TRT allocation plan

Hood River City Councilors met May 28 to plow through some tough issues — the likely reason behind the large audience packed into the city hall chambers. On the agenda: an Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals remand (send-back) of the council’s decision previously approving the Naito development at the waterfront, and a Chamber of Commerce proposal addressing the potential shift in transient room tax dollars away from the Visitor Council budget.