Hood River County Commission’s worst nightmare has come true: Both revenue requests failed on the May 21 Special Districts Election ballot.
After nearly nine months of deliberation, Hood River County officially amended its Short Term Rental (STR) Regulations, following a divided Board of Commissioners vote Monday evening. The ordinance will go into effect June 20.
Both revenue requests from Hood River County failed on the May 21 ballot.Chrissy Reitz easily secured her Position 1 seat on the Hood River County School Board, and Kristi Chapman will be the newest Port of Hood River Commission member.On Measure 14-65, the five-year local option levy, the v…
Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden are pressing Veterans Affairs about wait times at the Department of Veterans Affairs Community-Based Outpatient Clinic in Salem, which, according to a report by the Statesman Journal newspaper, is subjecting veterans to multi-month waits for …
Over the weekend, someone placed this sign in Morrison Park, home to a disc golf course, trails and picnic tables, as a comment on the Hood River City Council’s recent decision upholding the rezoning of Morrison Park, aka Lot 700, for a future as shared affordable housing and a developed par…
Loran Ayles, District 1 Hood River County School Board candidate, is downplaying his conviction six years ago on the misdemeanor crime of Identity Theft.
As the May 21 election nears, Hood River County continues to receive questions and comments about its proposed measures on the upcoming local ballot. Residents may expect a voter pamphlet providing information on candidates and measures; however, a voter pamphlet will not be distributed sinc…
Two challengers — Loran Ayles and Stephen Shwiff — face incumbent Chrissy Reitz, the current board chair, in the race for Position 1 on Hood River County School District Board of Directors.
Courtesy of Thrive Hood River are these candidate responses — submitted in preparation for the Special Elections forum on May 8 at Hood River Hotel; doors open at 5:30 p.m., the forum starts at 6 p.m.
After meeting for another discussion on NORCOR’S cost increases and a proposed subsidy increase for Hood River County, the Board of Commissioners accepted an unofficial proposal made by Commissioner Rich McBride: Asking the NORCOR board to consider reducing the subsidy increase to $150,000 —…
Hood River County Residents have already started receiving their ballots for the May 21 Special District Election and have no doubt noticed that it includes two revenue measures: 14-65, a Public Health and Safety Five Year Local Option Levy, and 14-66, a Prepared Food and Beverage Tax. (See …
After cutting out a controversial section of the draft ordinance, the Hood River County Board of Commissioners has continued its hearing on changing Short Term Rental (STR) regulations to May 20.
With preparations for wildfire season already underway, Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joined five western Senate colleagues in calling on the Trump administration to reverse proposed funding cuts to critical wildfire prevention and forest restoration projects throughout t…
About 40 people gathered at Overlook Memorial Park at Second and State Streets for a rally urging the release of the full Robert Mueller report on President Trump and his activities. The protest was organized by Indivisible Columbia Gorge, and was one of hundreds of protests around the count…
The Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge will be closed to all vehicle traffic for several nights in April for replacement of the lift span motors, as some work requires a large crane lift of heavy equipment to the top of both lift span towers, the Port of Hood River announced Wednesday…
The names are in and, while most of the positions will go uncontested, several races will be on the May 21 Special Districts Election ballot for Hood River County.
Hood River Sheriff’s Office held a joint boat operations-dive exercise at Hood River Marina Sunday, with Skamania County Sheriff’s Office Dive Rescue and Recovery Team.
“The president needs to work with Congress within the boundaries of the Constitution,” U.S. Rep. Greg Walden said in his March 15 town hall message, on one of the first political subjects he brought up: President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency over border security funding.
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 Monday after a short public hearing.
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) held his long-awaited town hall at the Hood River Armory last week, where he was almost immediately met with a restless audience shouting out questions and comments.
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.
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.
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.
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…
Oregon Second District Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) has rescheduled the Hood River and Wasco County town halls that were postponed in January.
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…
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, March 6, when members of the public and state government will honor the life of Oregon's 26th Secretary of State Dennis Richardson at the State Capitol in Salem. Fl…
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.
After 18 months of looking for additional revenue to address its major budget deficit, Hood River County is officially presenting voters with two possible solutions: A prepared food and beverage tax and a public health and safety levy.
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.
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.
The Hood River County Board of Commissioners met again on the tax revenue and expense options issue in a work session last week, where they debated whether to go out for both of their tax proposals in the upcoming May election, or to hold the local option levy until November.
An STR ordinance was ready for approval Tuesday night, but after hearing public testimony and staff comments, the board decided to continue the hearing to February in order to make some changes to the draft.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In her 2019 inaugural address, Brown called on legislators to work together to address Oregon’s pressing issues, including climate change, affordable housing and education reform.
Newly-elected District 52 Rep. Anna Williams was sworn into office at the State Capital on Jan. 14, alongside her 59 fellow representatives, during the first gathering of the State House of Representatives for the 2019 Legislative Session.
The Oregon legislature wants to try to settle a complaint accusing legislative leadership and administrators of creating a hostile work environment at the capital.
Avoiding the “false narrative of parks versus affordable housing,” as resident Tom Camero cautioned city leaders, dominated public comment Saturday at the annual Hood River City Council goal setting session.
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