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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee extended the Proclamation 20-25 “Stay Home – Stay Healthy,” stating that the extended proclamation shall remain in effect through May 4.

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Hood River County officials have ordered the closure all forest areas, specifically recreational forest road use. These include forest roads, trails and county forest land. Prohibited used include camping, hunting, fishing, walking, hiking, running, equestrian use, bicycling, motorized vehic…

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Exactly 25 people gathered in a conference room — with a small crowd gathered in the hallway outside the door — for a special meeting at 3:30 p.m. on March 19, where the commissioners would decide whether they were going to pull the Public Safety Local Option Levy from the May 2020 ballot. T…

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Last week, the Hood River Board of County Commissioners adopted an emergency declaration for the coronavirus emergency response. Hood River City Council also adopted an emergency declaration for the COVID-19 emergency response on March 19.

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With the filing deadline three days away, a new race has been created for the May 19 Primary Election for Hood River County.Ballots will go out in early May.Carrie Rasmussen has filed for the Hood River County District Attorney position. Rasmussen has been a Hood River County deputy district…

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Sen. Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River) is subject to a possible recall, in the wake of the Oregon Republican House and Senate members’ decision to walk out of the Oregon Legislature’s 2020 short session last month and leave the state.The GOP members have taken issue with procedural disagrements c…

The U.S. Forest Service will release online permits on March 1 at www.recreation.gov for hikers heading to Dog Mountain on weekends from April 18 to June 14 this year.

(Editors note: A single case of presumed COVID-19 was reported in Oregon Friday. That case is awaiting confirmation. See related story)

Oregon officials announced the state’s first presumptive case of coronavirus, a disease that has killed thousands and sickened more as it has spread across the world.

In 2017, The Dalles and Hood River were each designated by the Oregon State Legislature as a “Medal of Honor City” as petitioned by the Bend Heroes Foundation.

The Wasco County Board of Commissioners will consider Senate Bill 1530, or cap and trade, at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the county courthouse, 511 Washington St., suite 302.

Crews from the City of The Dalles will paint fresh markings at the Webber Street railroad crossing beginning at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 25-26, weather permitting.

The Oregon Department of Revenue (DOR) will host a series of meetings in the first week of March in central Oregon, eastern Oregon and the Columbia River gorge to provide information to business taxpayers and tax professionals about the administrative rules for Oregon’s new Corporate Activit…

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Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden held a town hall meeting Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center. With attendance around 75 people, questioners were chosen through a raffle system, and they asked questions or voiced concerns they had.

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The OneGorge Advocacy Group’s seventh annual “Gorge-ous Night in Salem” will take place the evening of Feb. 19, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Mission Mill Spinning Room at the Willamette Heritage Center complex in Salem.

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden held a town hall meeting Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center. With attendance at around 75 people, participants were chosen through a raffle system and given a chance to ask questions or voice their concerns.

As the 2020 legislative session enters its third week, the Legislature has passed its second deadline for bills to remain viable.

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The public has a chance to weigh in during a public hearing on the county’s Public Safety Local Option Tax Levy proposal at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the first-floor conference room of the County Business Administration Building, 601 State St., Hood River.

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The Port of Hood River is working to develop its 2020-2026 Strategic Business Plan, the primary guiding policy document for the next six years, and is seeking public input on Port services, facilities, goals and objectives.

n a mediated settlement, the fire district dropped the lawsuit against its union, the union agreed not to use the logo that spurred the suit, and each side will pay its own attorney fees.

City Councilor Russ Brown resigned his position on The Dalles City Council Feb. 6, citing personal reasons, and the council will appoint a predecessor to serve the remaining three years of his term by majority vote.

For years, city police would issue warnings for equipment violations on vehicles, only to see the same vehicle, still unrepaired, driving around later on. Under a new program, called “Fix-it Ticket,” The Dalles city officers will issue tickets instead of warning

The Wasco County District Attorney can’t continue to hold elected office as a prosecutor after being suspended from practicing law, according to the Oregon Department of Justice. As of Feb. 10, the state justice department will take over the duties of DA Eric Nisley until Gov. Kate Brown app…

The Dalles City Council on Jan. 27 approved additional repair of the city’s Sorosis water reservoir to address issues discovered as contractors worked to clean and paint the interior of the three-million-gallon tank, located on the hill above Sorosis Park.

Northern Wasco County PUD will be accepting applications for Economic Development grants until 5 p.m. on April 17.

The federal grazing fee for 2020 will be $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.35 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the USDA Forest Service. The 2019 public land grazing fees were also $1.35.

The Dalles Toastmasters Club and a speech contest Saturday, Feb. 8, is scheduled 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library in The Dalles. Also, The Dalles Mayor Rich Mays will host his monthly “Second Saturday” gathering at Cousin’s Restaurant, 2114 W. 6th Street, The Dalle…

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U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) spoke Wednesday at a House Energy and Commerce joint subcommittee hearing entitled “Out of Control: The Impact of Wildfires on Our Power Sector and Environment.” This hearing is the third hearing the Committee has held on air quality and the effects of wi…

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Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) have urged the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the international coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC).

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The Port of Hood River is working to develop its 2020-2026 Strategic Business Plan, the primary guiding policy document for the next six years, and is seeking public input on port services, facilities, goals and objectives.

Following an unsuccessful recruitment to fill the city attorney position upon the retirement of City Attorney Gene Parker in March, The City of The Dalles’ council approved a service contract with Campbell Phillips, PC, of The Dalles to provide the city with legal services at their regular m…

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