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Community-based groups in the Columbia River Gorge have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of ending the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR) contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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In preparation for the City of Hood River’s annual strategic planning work session, City Council seeks community input and ideas on priority projects to help achieve the City Council’s stated goals for the community. Community members are invited to contribute ideas via a print questionnaire…

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State Sen. Bentz (R-Ontario) announced his intention to resign from the Oregon State Senate, effective Jan. 2, 2020, in order to dedicate time to his Second Congressional District campaign.

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Hood River County’s Public Safety Services Survey is now live at hoodrivercounty.net. There is also a link on the county’s homepage, co.hood-river.or.us, and a Spanish translation will be online soon, also accessible from the county’s homepage. The survey will close on Dec. 15.

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The year 2035, not 2050, gained official designation as carbon emission net-zero goal year in a new Climate Emergency resolution passed by Hood River City Council.

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Two residents have offered their names for an open seat on Hood River City Council. Gladys Rivera has submitted her application to City Hall to fill the open seat vacated this fall when Kate McBride was appointed to fill out the term of mayor.

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Noise complaints at the Ken Jernstedt Airfield are on the rise and, in response, the Port of Hood River is initiating an extensive public outreach campaign to help understand how the airport is being used, and what can be done to mitigate impacts on surrounding neighborhoods.

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Two Gorge students represented Oregon in Washington, D.C., earlier this month at the second annual Chief Science Officers International Summit.Chief Science Officers are middle and high school students who are elected by their peers to become STEM ambassadors at school and in their communiti…

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One chief petitioner and one opponent of a forthcoming charter amendment ballot measure spoke to both sides of the issue Thursday at a Hood River Rotary luncheon at the Columbia Gorge Hotel. Below are highlights of their responses.Measure 14-67 would amend the City of Hood River Charter, ask…

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The 2019 fire season officially ended for the Central Oregon District in late September, but local emergency management is already working to prepare for the 2020 fire season — especially after recent Public Safety Power Outages in northern California highlighted just what problems Hood Rive…

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The Nov. 5 special election is on the horizon.Here are important things to remember, starting with the fact that all ballots must be received by the Elections Office 8 p.m. on election night, Nov. 5.Remember: Postmarks do not count.

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Ballots were mailed Oct. 16 for in-state residents eligible to vote on either of two local measures on the Nov. 5 Hood River County special election ballot.If you are a voter in precincts 1-6 and you haven’t received a ballot by Oct. 21 but think you should, call the Elections office at 541-…

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Recent cool temperatures and precipitation have brought an end to the 2019 fire season for Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Central Oregon District. At 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, fire season was officially terminated, according to an ODF press release.

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The Hood River County (HRC) Community ID has officially launched, with 76 county residents registering for their cards during a launch event hosted by The Next Door at Hood River Valley Christian Church on Tuesday.

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Mayor Kate McBride moved up from city council Monday, assuming the duties after a unanimous council vote to appoint her as interim mayorMcBride, who had been Council President for three years, appeared along with Ed Wilder and Jason Garrett Gibson in a 45-minute Q-and-A session that Gibson i…

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The Historic Columbia River Highway Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Hood River at the Hood River Library, located at 502 E State Street.On the agenda: Historic Highway State Trail: design updates. Updates on the project to repair the viaducts at M…

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Hood River City Council has appointed two council members, Jessica Metta and Tim Counihan, to a subcommittee charged with creating interview questions that will be presented to applicants for the mayor vacancy.

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Gov. Kate Brown’s Child Welfare Oversight Board recently shared a progress report on key initiatives launched over recent months focused on bringing Oregon children in out-of-state facilities back to Oregon, and hiring more caseworkers to protect children and work more closely with families.…

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The public will have another chance to provide input on the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge Replacement Project on Thursday, Sept. 12, during a project meeting at the White Salmon Fire Department. The meeting runs 4-6 p.m., and there will be a reserved time for public comment.

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Paul Blackburn turned the gavel over to Mayor Pro Tem Kate McBride at the Aug. 26 meeting, and also gave her his copy of Roberts Rules of Order, codifying a new mayoral tradition.

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Hood River County has had three major changes in management over the last year: Robbie Johnson and Tina Ruffin were hired as Juvenile director and director of Budget & Finance, respectively, in January, and Eric Walker officially transitioned from interim director of Community Developmen…

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Oregon’s U.S. Second District, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) will hold town halls this week in Sherman, Gilliam, Morrow, Harney, and Wasco counties.

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Here’s a back-to-school reminder from Kim Kean, Chief Deputy Director of the Hood River County Clerk’s office.This time of year, college students heading to school need to make sure their address is up to date for receiving their ballots in the mail.Students should update their voter registr…

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Mayor Paul Blackburn received the key to the city at Monday’s Hood River City Council meeting, his last as mayor after years serving as mayor and council member.

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The Port of Hood River is working to define a fine structure for vehicles repeatedly avoiding the toll on the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge.

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