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Lolley sex abuse case could go to trial

Case could go in January 2015 if unresolved

A child sexual abuse case that has been subject to proceedings in Hood River County Circuit Court since late last year may end up going to trial in January 2015 if a settlement isn’t reached in time.

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Nichols Landing appeal hearing to be continued

A public hearing held Monday night regarding an appeal filed against the Nichols Landing project has been continued until early next month due to new evidence submitted on the record.

No leads in Astro armed robbery

Police continue to investigate an armed robbery that occurred at the Astro gas station in Hood River Wednesday morning, and are still looking for a suspect in the case.

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Serious injuries in Highway 35 crash

A two-car crash that occurred south of Odell on Highway 35 Thursday afternoon sent three to the hospital, two with serious injuries, according to state police.

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OWRC upholds ruling on Oxbow water right

Nestlé water bottling project inches forward

A proposal to build a Nestlé water bottling plant in the Gorge took a small step forward on Thursday when a state commission ruled that a water right the corporation needed for the bottling plant should not be canceled despite the concerns of environmental groups.

HRCSO looking to squelch radio issues

Spotty service raises safety concerns

Interference, poor signal strength, and lack of service altogether are plaguing local law enforcement radio systems and the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office is trying to figure out why.

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Opportunities for comment on park and ride

Weigh in via petition, site meeting or public comment period

It was originally a project that was approved without notification of the general public, but now the proposal for the Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort park and ride slated for the community of Mount Hood is open for public comment.

State denies key permit for proposed coal terminal

Critics hail decision as a ‘huge blow’ to Port of Morrow project

After more than two years of public review, analysis, and permit filings, delays, and extensions, the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) announced on Monday that it had rejected a crucial permit needed for the construction of the Coyote Island coal export terminal proposed for the Port of Morrow.

Portion of Powerdale pipe to be removed

Walking trail section of pipeline untouched

After decades in the dirt, 2,600 feet of steel pipe that comprised part of the late Powerdale Dam on the lower Hood River is marked for removal. Columbia Land Trust, a Pacific Northwest river conservation group that owns part of the land the pipeline is on, announced it is removing the half-mile section on the southern end of the fragmented pipeline in order to make way for riparian restoration efforts.

Nichols Landing appeal pushed back to Aug. 25

An appeal hearing challenging the city of Hood River’s decision to award a permit for the Nichols Landing hotel and retail development has been pushed back to later this month at the request of the project applicants.

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