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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mayor Arthur Babitz said Monday that calls for him to resign are unfounded and based on secondhand information.
Mayor says he will not seek re-election
The searches are on.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jan Veldhuisen Virk and Mark Johnson easily kept their seats on the Hood River County School District Board of Directors in voting in the May 21 Special Districts election. Virk gained 1,683 votes (66.9 percent) to 792 for Tim Counihan, a research biologist running for school board for the first time. Johnson was the only name on the ballot for Position 6, but write-in candidate Mary Reynolds gained 39.7 percent of the votes in the 314-207 race.
Incumbant school board candidates Mark Johnson and Jan Veldhuisen-Virk easily won re-election in the two most high profile contested races in the May 21 special election.
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