Minoru Yasui honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom

‘Unsung Hero’ gains Medal of Freedom

Hood River native son Minoru Yasui, who forged a life as a champion of civil rights first by breaking the law for walking down a Portland street, will be posthumously honored with the Congressional Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

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Energy meeting brings interest of renewal

More than 50 people gathered on Nov. 6 at the Hood River fire station to explore ways Hood River can increase its investment in clean energy and benefit from local energy projects. On the same day that President Obama rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline, local government leaders, including city councilors and State Rep. Mark Johnson, came together with city staff, business owners, residents and regional experts to discuss Hood River’s clean energy future.

Johnson convenes recreational liability forum

Thursday event looks at ‘outdated’ Ski Activities Statute

State Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River) will host a forum Thursday to discuss Oregon’s current Ski Activities Statue and how it relates to recreation based businesses in Oregon. The event will happen from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Benson Ballroom of Columbia Gorge Hotel.

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Mayor talks outreach at state conference

Mayor Paul Blackburn spoke at a recent League of Oregon Cities conference on his efforts to connect with Spanish-speaking citizens.

Meriwether moving on: Hood River County administrator to retire June 2016

Hood River County administrator David Meriwether has announced he will retire next June, after 15 years on the job.

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City of Goldendale gets new mayor

Members of the Goldendale City Council made a smooth transition to a new mayor last Tuesday, following the earlier resignation of former mayor Clint Baze.

Gorge Commission announces new executive director

Krystyna U. Wolniakowski has been named as Executive Director of the Columbia River Gorge Commission.

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Nichols runs for Wasco Co. Commissioner

Longtime local reporter and news director Rodger Nichols has filed for Wasco County Commissioner Position 2 for the May 2016 primary election.

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Judge Stauffer seeks re-election

Judge Janet Stauffer has filed for re-election to her position as circuit court judge of the Seventh Judicial District. The judicial district encompasses Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler Counties.

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Planners hear feedback on farm zoning update

Dozens crowded into the Hood River County Board of Commissioners meeting room Wednesday to take part in a Planning Commission hearing addressing a countywide farm use zoning update.

Rep. Johnson hosts energy forum in Hood River

Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River) will host a forum next Wednesday to discuss Oregon’s current energy policies and priorities.

Walden accepts requests for tickets to Pope’s visit

Rep. Greg Walden reminds Second District residents that his office is still accepting requests from residents of Oregon’s Second District for tickets to take part in Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. Capitol this month.

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Recreational pot sales easing in statewide Oct. 1

Third medical marijuana dispensary opens downtown

Just months before early recreational marijuana sales germinate across Oregon, a third medical marijuana dispensary comes to Hood River.

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Governor Brown Q & A

‘We’re going to need to take proactive measures,’ Kate Brown says of drought and other effects of global warming

Oregon Governor Kate Brown sat down with the Hood River News editorial board Friday morning to discuss the prescient issues Oregon faces, part of her day-long visit to Hood River.

County adopts oil train resolution, approves 911 improvements

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners signed multiple resolutions into action at a regular meeting Monday night — most notably, one declared tighter enforcement on oil trains rolling through the Gorge, and one reallocated $7,000 to the County 911 Emergency Dispatch radio system, which police and emergency officials have called “poor to non-existent” in some areas.