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The Hood River County Board of Commissioners voted to approve the county’s $13.48 million budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year, under the condition that they would take steps in the coming weeks and months to cut costs.

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The rare sound of applause and cheering filled the Hood River County meeting room Monday night when the commission amended the 2019-20 budget to accept funds from the Friends of the Oak Grove Park for continued maintenance of the day-park through the end of 2019.

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Now is the time to begin impeachment, to clamp down on excessive pricing by Big Pharma, to actively respond to “climate chaos,” and end the degradation of the American Constitution by the current administration, and fellow members of Senate.

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Parkdale native Courtney Erikson, 23, needs a double lung transplant — and family and friends are hosting a spaghetti feed on Sunday, June 23 at the Hood River County Fairgrounds Community Building to help raise funds.

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When George Johnson was elected to the Oregon State Elks Association Hall of Fame on April 27, he became one of only two Hood River Elks Lodge No. 1507 members to ever receive the prestigious award — the other being John Buckley, who was elected to the hall of fame last year.

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Local residents Brian Robb, center, Chuck Gehling and Tad Johnston get some Q-and-A time with ODOT engineer Zachary Horowitz, far left, Tuesday during the Heights Urban Renewal Agency open house at Hood River Armory. ODOT described plans for crosswalk changes, to start in mid-June, Heights r…

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Construction to widen the roadway at two intersections — Tucker Road at Guignard Drive (pictured) and Country Club at Barrett Drive — is right on schedule and is expected to be completed by the end of this month. ODOT is leading the project, with help from Hood River County, to make the inte…

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Hood River County and five partner organizations involved in the development of the Hood River Energy Plan are working collaboratively to meet the ambitious goals of the plan.

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Planning is underway for improvements in the Heights Urban Renewal District, and near-term and longer-term projects will be the focus of a community meeting on Tuesday, June 4 from 6-7:30 p.m. The Hood River Urban Renewal Agency will facilitate the meeting at the Hood River Armory to provide…

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Since both of Hood River County’s revenue measures failed on the May 21 Special District Elections ballot, the Board of Commissioners must decide whether to make severe cuts now — including permanently closing departments — or hold out in hopes that the voters will pass the levy if it’s rewo…

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After receiving a significant amount of public testimony, the Port of Hood River decided to abandon the idea of developing a seasonal water-based family entertainment center, also known as an aquapark, in Nichols Basin.

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Hood River Garbage received approval from Hood River County and the City of Cascade Locks to enact a 2.61 percent recycling surcharge — allowing Hood River Garbage to begin moving some material to recycle processors in Portland.

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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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Oak Grove Park received a generous amount of TLC last week, when volunteers of all ages from the community, Friends of Oak Grove and the Insitu Volunteer Committee got together to complete a wide variety of tasks in the park. Friends of Oak Grove would like to thank: Volunteers for their har…

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Beneath tents adorned with dozens of paper flags, each bearing the name, internment camp number and birthdate of a Hood River area resident of Japanese descent who was interned during World War II, the Japanese Heritage Garden celebrated its 10th anniversary on Friday, May 17, with a series …

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A celebration in support of Hood River Valley High School sophomore Jesus Ledezma, a member of the HRVHS boys’ soccer team who was recently diagnosed with leukemia, brought a large crowd to the high school gym and cafeteria Thursday evening. While the number hasn’t been finalized, teacher Ca…

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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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Hood River Adopt A Dog hosts Art of Bark gallery show and silent auction on May 17 from 6-10 p.m. at the Hood River Hotel. Artists’ portraits of selected adopted pets will be unveiled and sold along with calendars bearing the portraits. Proceeds benefit HRAAD; more at hoodriveradoptadog.org.…

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No one was hurt Monday in an unusual accident on Interstate 84, about a half-mile west of exit 62. A pickup truck being towed by a semi struck the concrete divider and the semi jackknifed. Hood River Police, Oregon State Police and Hood River County Sheriff responded, along with Columbia Riv…

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It’s lunchtime May 8 for Kirby Nagelhout Construction workers at the May Street School project. Project supervisor Mike Carter hands out tickets for a prize drawing for employees of Kirby Nagelhout during the safety week luncheon, held in the construction headquarters lot across from the pro…

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HRVHS Girl Up is collecting used bras and sports bras for local women in need as well as for homeless shelters around the United States. Locally, the bras will be distributed through Helping Hands Against Violence Women’s Shelter and FISH Food Bank with the help of the high school PERIOD Club.

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Brandon David Backman, 44, Hood River, pled guilty to one count of attempted online sexual corruption of a child, a felony, at Hood River County Circuit Court on Monday, April 8. He was sentenced to 60 months of supervised probation, 240 hours of community service, 20 days incarceration (wit…

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