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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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The coalition is challenging the validity several rule changes that EFSC and ODOE adopted in October 2017 — rules that, the coalition claims, “dramatically curtain transparency and public participation in permitting decisions for large power plants throughout Oregon,” said a December 2017 press release.

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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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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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Hood River County held its first Budget Workshop at the Fairgrounds Community Building in Odell last week; and a second, identical workshop will be held at the Hood River Valley Adult Center next week. The Hood River Valley Adult Center is located at 2010 Sterling Place in Hood River. For more information, contact Hood River County Administration at 541-386-3970, or email administration@co.hood-river.or.us.

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A solid track record and a Republican presence in the Oregon delegations are among the reasons U.S. Rep. Greg Walden lists as to why he is deserving of a ninth term as Oregon’s Second District House Representative. What follows is a Q-and-A with the candidate, edited for length.

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Hood River’s two mayoral candidates, incumbent Mayor Paul Blackburn and city council member Susan Johnson, took part in a candidate forum at Hood River Rotary Club’s Nov. 1 meeting to answer questions.

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New federal legislation directed at combating opioid addictions mark “a day of hope for families who are dealing with opioids and other substance,” U.S. Dist. 2 House Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) said in a telephone press conference with reporters Oct. 24. The bills were signed into law that day by President Donald Trump.

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Jamie McLeod-Skinner is running for the chance to provide what she feels is a fresh perspective and new energy in Congress on behalf of House District Two. She is running against what she believes to be a lackluster and partisan record by the office-holder, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) and ineffective representation of his constituents.

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Given that this is the first time in years that a sitting mayor faces a challenge from a sitting City Council Member, we take a closer look at the Blackburn-Johnson race, with these interviews done on the phone on Oct. 17...

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