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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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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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Coordinators for the Bridge Replacement Project were impressed with the turnout at its community forum earlier this month, where interested community members were invited to learn more about the project and give input on the process.

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The Port of Cascade Locks recently announced Olga Kaganova as its new deputy general manager. Kaganova recently moved to the Cascade Locks area from Portland, where she worked at a job corps center with the U.S. Department of Labor.

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On Dec. 7, at approximately 8:45 a.m., Laura Green’s body was located by marine deputies west of Stevenson along the banks of the Columbia River. She was recovered and transported by Skamania County Sheriff’s Office vessel to Cascade Locks, where she was taken to the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.

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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 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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Anna Williams wrested the Oregon House Dist. 52 position away from Rep. Jeff Helfrich (R-Hood River), while Dist. 26 State Sen. Chuck Thomsen (R-Pine Grove) and his Democrat challenger, Chrissy Reitz, are locked at 50 percent of the vote each, in Nov. 6 General Election voting in Hood River County.

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Ballots may be placed in drop boxes at the County Building on Sixth and State and at Cascade Locks City Hall, or to a box on the counter of the third-floor Elections Office at the County Building. (Or at any county Elections Department in Oregon before 8 p.m. Nov. 6.) Remember to sign the outer envelope with your own signature and sign only your own ballot.

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Beginning Oct. 11 through Oct. 25, informal individual coffee/happy hour gatherings with candidates running for Mayor and City Councilor will be hosted at Kickstand Coffee & Kitchen.

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The Port of Cascade Locks Commission has hired Mark Johnson as the Port Government Affairs Manager. As Government Affairs Manager, Johnson will lead Port efforts to influence legislation to benefit the Port and the community of Cascade Locks.

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The Port of Cascade Locks will hold a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12 at Marine Park Pavilion to educate the community regarding the results of the Airport Feasibility Study and begin to focus on the future use of the State-owned property.

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Kathy Tittle filed this week for election to the position of Mayor of Cascade Locks. She will seek to unseat Mayor Tom Cramblett, who has filed to serve a fourth term. The Nov. 6 General Election ballot will also see races for the three open city council positions in both Hood River and Cascade Locks.

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“In a Landscape: Classical Music in the Wild,” is a unique outdoor concert series where the pianist, Hunter Noack, plays live on a nine-foot grand piano, transported to different rural landscapes across the Pacific Northwest on a trailer that doubles as a stage.

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Cascade Locks FISH Food Bank Coordinator Martha LaMont, left, talks Monday with Cheryl Kolbe, center, of the Portland-based Freedom from Religion Foundation, and Mary Payne of Columbia Market.

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Cascade Locks’ economic development took a step forward July 6 with the ribbon cutting at the new Herman Creek Business Park.

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The Hood River County Library District will host a grand opening party at the new and expanded library space at the Cascade Locks Elementary School on July 7 at 5:30 p.m.

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A proposed $10.2 million General Fund budget for Columbia Gorge Community College’s 2018-19 fiscal year will be considered by the college’s board of education June 12 following recommendation for approval by budget committee members in May.

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Three Native American anglers declined medical treatment after rescuers pulled them from the cold and wind-shipped Columbia River waters near Wyeth on Wednesday morning.

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A fire lit a fire under Cascade Locks businesswoman Caroline Park, and for her efforts the Oregon Tourism Commission (Travel Oregon) awarded Park its Travel Volunteer of the Year for 2017.

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A two-vehicle wreck Tuesday resulted in an injured patient and vehicle debris scattered on Highway 35.

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