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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.

Virk, Johnson, win re-election

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.

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Election results: Johnson, Veldhuisen-Virk retain school board seats

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.

Meet the candidates: Parks and Rec District

Ballots are due May 21 for the Hood River County Special Districts election.

Meet the candidates:Parks and Rec District Ballots are due May 21 for the Hood River County Special Districts election. In one race, four people are running for two open positions on the board of the Hood River County parks and Recreation District.

Sen. Thomsen holds town hall on Friday

State Senator Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River) will hold a town hall, hosted by Turtle Island Foods on Friday, May 17 to discuss his outlook on Salem progress and take questions and feedback from anyone in attendance.

Rep. Johnson hosts town hall meeting on education

This Saturday: Dr. Frank Toda and Janet Hamada will be guest speakers

SALEM—Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River) will be hosting an in-district town hall on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. to provide a legislative update, focusing specifically on K-12 and higher education issues.

Johnson crafts official microbe proposal for Brewer’s yeast

Small but potent is the “bug” that could become the Oregon State Microbe, the first designation of its kind in the U.S.

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Johnson, Thomsen sound PERS alarm

CASCADE LOCKS —Chuck Thomsen and Mark Johnson of Hood River held their first joint town hall meeting Thursday at the Port Pavilion Building, a gathering attended by 25 people.

Special Districts ballot finalized

The names are in. Filings concluded Thursday for the May 21 Special Districts election in Hood River County. Ballots will be mailed in a little over a month.

Special District election filings trickle in

March 21 is the deadline to run for office

March 21 is the filing deadline for the May 21, 2013, special district election.

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HR lawmakers support in-state ‘tuition equity’

Two Hood River-based Republican representatives recently joined forces in an effort to pass a tuition equity bill for undocumented students in Oregon.

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Eighth-graders quiz Rep. Greg Walden

Topics include coal, forest funds, gun violence and bullying

Students got to know the issues, and got to know the legislator, in Friday’s classroom Q-and-A with Rep. Greg Walden.

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Three city council members call it quits in Cascade Locks

The “new” council has abruptly changed in Cascade Locks. Randy Holmstrom, Mark Storm and Brad Lorang have left the council, submitting their letters of resignation to city hall, one week after their first public meeting with a newly elected mayor and two new council members.