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Hood River County’s two tax measures — a 5 percent Prepared Food and Beverage Tax and a $0.89 Public Health and Safety Local Option Levy — will be on the May 21 ballot, the county commission decided yesterday after a short public hearing.

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After rescheduling twice , Rep. Greg Walden held a town hall at 8:30 a.m. this morning at the Hood River Armory, which was attended by approximately 120 people.

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Chanting “Stop denying the earth is dying,” Hood River Middle School students skipped school this afternoon and marched through downtown Hood River, carrying signs protesting pollution and government inaction to climate change as part of the worldwide youth Climate Strike.

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Despite being on opposite sides of the aisle, and the hallway in the state capitol, Sen. Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River) and Rep. Anna Williams (D-Hood River) are collaborating in support of their shared constituents.

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Elected positions from special districts throughout Hood River County will be up for re-election.Deadline to apply is March 21.Anyone interested in filing should contact the County Elections Division.Two posts are open on the Hood River Port board: Position 4, held by Brian Shortt, and Posit…

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Two candidates have already been interviewed for the temporary Justice of the Peace for Cascade Locks Justice Court position but, worried that confusion about residency requirements deterred people from applying, the Hood River County Board of Commissioners passed a motion Monday to reopen t…

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Dennis Richardson, Oregon Secretary of State and former candidate for governor, died at his Central Point home Tuesday night, his office announced Wednesday. He has been fighting brain cancer for months.

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Hood River County residents will get the chance this Thursday to learn more about the county’s proposed tax measures planned for the May ballot, as well as the county’s current financial situation.

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The informal meeting was a chance for the port to brief Walden on the project’s status, and to get advice on avenues they can explore to find federal funding and to possibly expedite the process.

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Approximately 60 of Sen. Ron Wyden’s (D-Oregon) constituents gathered in Hood River Middle School’s auditorium Monday evening for Sen. Wyden’s 925th official town hall.

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Town halls originally scheduled for Baker, Wallowa, Union, Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam, Hood River and Wasco counties the week of Jan. 21 will be rescheduled for later dates and announced accordingly, said a press release.

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As of publication, the government has been partially shut down for 27 days, and with both sides of the aisle unwilling to budge, is expected to stay shut for a while yet.

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Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) will be in Hood River County on Jan. 21 at 3:30 p.m. in the Hood River Middle School auditorium, 1602 May St., Hood River, and in Wasco County on Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. at Dufur School, 802 NE Fifth St., Dufur.

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Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), representing western states on the House Republican Steering Committee, voted with his fellow Republicans to not seat Rep. King on any House Committees for the 116th Congress.

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Hood River City Council will hold its annual goal-setting meeting on Jan. 12 at 8:30 a.m. at the Hood River Fire Station, 1785 Meyer Parkway, Hood River, next to Hood River Aquatic Center.

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Hood River County is accepting applications for a temporary Justice of the Peace for Cascade Locks Justice Court to serve while sitting Justice of the Peace John Harvey goes on a year-long sabbatical.

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The idea behind the aquapark is to create something that waterfront users of all ages and skill levels can use, since most of the current activities, such as windsurfing and kiteboarding, require some sort of expertise.

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Recent court decisions have increased liability for organizations like the Port of Hood River and Mt. Hood Meadows who allow public recreational use of property that they own, without much guidance for these organizations on what they should do to protect themselves from damage claims going forward.

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At a special meeting held on Jan. 7, the Hood River County Board of Commissioners worked out the details of two proposed tax measures — a prepared food and beverage tax and a local option levy — that the board intends to put on the May 2019 ballot.

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Indivisible Columbia Gorge in conjunction with Columbia Gorge Women’s Action Network will be hosting a Day of Action on Jan. 5, from noon to 1 p.m. at the wall by the County Courthouse at 309 E. State Street in Hood River entitled, “StoneWalled by Walden”.

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As his term comes to a close, Dist. 52 Rep. Jeff Helfrich sat down with the News to talk about his term.

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The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) upheld Hood River County’s decision on Monday to grant Apollo Land Holdings, LLC, an extension on their permit to establish an amphitheater on their property at the former Dee Mill site.

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After getting the results back from two budget workshops held during the fall, Hood River County intends to pursue a food and beverage tax and an operating levy.

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The day before Thanksgiving, State Senate District 26 challenger Chrissy Reitz sent out a press release to thank the community for their support and to announce that she was formally suspending her campaign, effectively conceding to incumbent Senator Chuck Thomsen.

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The 2018 General Election is officially over, and the results are in. None of the official results changed from the preliminary results issued the week of Nov. 6, although two races that many considered to be up-in-the-air were officially decided.

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The race was too close to call in the days and weeks following the Nov. 6 election and many anticipated that it would end with an automatic recount, but Thomsen ended up coming out on top with a .35 percent margin — just above the .20 percent threshold for an automatic recount.

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Hood River County is working to modify Short Term Rental (STR) regulations, and an amendment to the current rules could be open for public hearing in January.

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By law, any vote result separating candidates by one-half a percentage point or less means an automatic hand recount. As of press time, incumbent Chuck Thomsen (R-Pine Grove) has 29,344 votes to Democrat Chrissy Reitz’s 29,086, according to the latest figures from the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office.

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U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., defeated Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner Tuesday night but credited his opponent for mounting a “relentless” campaign that earned more votes than any of his previous opponents.

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Crowds organized in Hood River, The Dalles and around the country Thursday evening to protest Matthew Whitaker’s appointment as acting Attorney General, a move that put him in charge of overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential foreign meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

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Though she lost the U.S. Representative District 2 race to incumbent Rep. Greg Walden (R) on Nov. 6, Jamie McLeod-Skinner said that by narrowing the gap in some of the district’s major counties, she proved that it is possible to go up against the 20-year incumbent.

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According to Indivisible Columbia Gorge, the local organizer, over 100 protesters attended from Hood River, Trout Lake, Mosier and Parkdale.

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