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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.

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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 —…

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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 …

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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.

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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…

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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…

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“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.

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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 Monday after a short public hearing.

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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.

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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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