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Precious few positives have come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, but one happy development is the Wasco County Clerk’s Office becoming a go-to regionally and even nationwide for getting marriage licenses via video conference.

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Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) answered questions about COVID-19 and other current topics during his appearance at a Hood River Rotary Club meeting held via Zoom last week.

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Janelle Sandoz, a nurse at North Central Public Health District, is one of several staffers who are now working as contact tracers, calling people to let them know they’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

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This fall, Oregon’s K-12 students may finally get to return to their classrooms for the first time in half a year, based on new state safety guidelines. But school won’t look the same as it did before COVID-19.

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Hood River County pivoted on its previous stance Monday, voting 3-2 Monday to ask the state to approve its move to Phase 2 reopening, effective June 12.

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Wasco County was approved to enter Phase 2 of reopening last Friday, June 5, which means gatherings can be larger, pools can open and restaurants and bars can stay open later.

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Hood River County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on Friday to end its COVID-19 Local Emergency Order, along with the ban on transient use of overnight accommodations including motels, short-term vacation rentals, hosted home shares, bed and breakfasts, RV parks and campgrounds and …

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U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden have announced that $5 million in federal funding will be distributed to 102 rural health clinics in Oregon to help boost their coronavirus testing capacity.

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The recall effort against Sen. Chuck Thomsen has failed. Chief petitioner Lara Dunn of Hood River said Monday said COVID restrictions impeded efforts to gather enough signatures by the June 2 deadline. She said signature gatherers collected 2,600 signatures in just a few short weeks.

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Hood River County Board of Commissioners will hold a special business meeting at 2 p.m. Friday to take potential action on reopening recreation areas and rescinding restrictions on transient housing.

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Final unofficial election results (last updated on the Oregon Secretary of State’s website at 4:35 a.m. on May 20) for May 19 primary show 8,319 votes cast by 15,049 eligible voters in Hood River County, a 55.28 percent turnout. 

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Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer — already a national public figure for his defiance of enforcing Initiative-1639 — now says he will refuse to enforce aspects of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s social distancing order because they are unconstitutional.

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As the key May 15 coronavirus “reopening” date approaches, Hood River County officials — and local businesses and other gathering places — await approval of the county’s so-called reopening plan.

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Oregon’s U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that tribal communities in Oregon will receive over $430,000 to support the needs of elders and in an effort to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.

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A city charter update for The Dalles and a Hood River County Public Safety Tax levy are highlights of the May 19 Primary Election, for which ballots were mailed April 29.

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Voters will soon be asked to answer yes or no to the question: “Shall Hood River County levy $0.78 per $1,000 assessed value for public safety services for five years beginning 2020? This measure may cause property taxes to increase more than three percent.”

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The Hood River Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is actively seeking new board members, and there will be three director positions on the November 2020 ballot. Now is the time for landowners who are interested in the work of the SWCD to find out more, said a press release.

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Student meals, labor negotiations, hiring, and construction are among the normal business aspects of running a school district that are proceeding in new and unusual ways in Hood River County School District among COVID-19 closures and restrictions.

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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.

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Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) answered questions about COVID-19 and other current topics during his appearance at a Hood River Rotary Club meeting held via Zoom last week.

featured
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Janelle Sandoz, a nurse at North Central Public Health District, is one of several staffers who are now working as contact tracers, calling people to let them know they’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

  • 0

This fall, Oregon’s K-12 students may finally get to return to their classrooms for the first time in half a year, based on new state safety guidelines. But school won’t look the same as it did before COVID-19.

featured
  • 0

Hood River County pivoted on its previous stance Monday, voting 3-2 Monday to ask the state to approve its move to Phase 2 reopening, effective June 12.

  • 0

Wasco County was approved to enter Phase 2 of reopening last Friday, June 5, which means gatherings can be larger, pools can open and restaurants and bars can stay open later.

featured
  • 0

Hood River County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on Friday to end its COVID-19 Local Emergency Order, along with the ban on transient use of overnight accommodations including motels, short-term vacation rentals, hosted home shares, bed and breakfasts, RV parks and campgrounds and …

  • 0

U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden have announced that $5 million in federal funding will be distributed to 102 rural health clinics in Oregon to help boost their coronavirus testing capacity.

  • 0

The recall effort against Sen. Chuck Thomsen has failed. Chief petitioner Lara Dunn of Hood River said Monday said COVID restrictions impeded efforts to gather enough signatures by the June 2 deadline. She said signature gatherers collected 2,600 signatures in just a few short weeks.

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Hood River County Board of Commissioners will hold a special business meeting at 2 p.m. Friday to take potential action on reopening recreation areas and rescinding restrictions on transient housing.

featured
  • 0

Final unofficial election results (last updated on the Oregon Secretary of State’s website at 4:35 a.m. on May 20) for May 19 primary show 8,319 votes cast by 15,049 eligible voters in Hood River County, a 55.28 percent turnout. 

  • 1

Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer — already a national public figure for his defiance of enforcing Initiative-1639 — now says he will refuse to enforce aspects of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s social distancing order because they are unconstitutional.

featured
  • 0

As the key May 15 coronavirus “reopening” date approaches, Hood River County officials — and local businesses and other gathering places — await approval of the county’s so-called reopening plan.

  • 0

Oregon’s U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that tribal communities in Oregon will receive over $430,000 to support the needs of elders and in an effort to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.

featured
  • 0

A city charter update for The Dalles and a Hood River County Public Safety Tax levy are highlights of the May 19 Primary Election, for which ballots were mailed April 29.

featured
  • 0

Voters will soon be asked to answer yes or no to the question: “Shall Hood River County levy $0.78 per $1,000 assessed value for public safety services for five years beginning 2020? This measure may cause property taxes to increase more than three percent.”

  • 0

The Hood River Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is actively seeking new board members, and there will be three director positions on the November 2020 ballot. Now is the time for landowners who are interested in the work of the SWCD to find out more, said a press release.

featured
  • 0

Student meals, labor negotiations, hiring, and construction are among the normal business aspects of running a school district that are proceeding in new and unusual ways in Hood River County School District among COVID-19 closures and restrictions.

  • 0

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.

  • 0

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…

featured
  • 0

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…

  • 0

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.

  • 0

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…

featured
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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.

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