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With the filing deadline three days away, a new race has been created for the May 19 Primary Election for Hood River County.Ballots will go out in early May.Carrie Rasmussen has filed for the Hood River County District Attorney position. Rasmussen has been a Hood River County deputy district…

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Sen. Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River) is subject to a possible recall, in the wake of the Oregon Republican House and Senate members’ decision to walk out of the Oregon Legislature’s 2020 short session last month and leave the state.The GOP members have taken issue with procedural disagrements c…

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The City of Hood River is accepting applications for its Budget Committee, composed of the governing body (city council) and an equal number of electors (seven) appointed by the governing body. Appointments to the Budget Committee are for three-year terms, and the committee meets as often as…

SALEM—Democrats in the Oregon House moved Thursday to force Republicans back to the Capitol Thursday, issuing subpoenas to 21 state representatives that would compel them to explain their disappearing act from Salem.

SALEM — The Capitol became a place without Republicans Tuesday, an extraordinary act of defiance of the control by Democrats.Their absence is grinding to a halt votes in the House and the Senate, plugging the political pipeline meant to cure immediate needs of Oregonians.

The Wasco County Board of Commissioners will consider Senate Bill 1530, or cap and trade, at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the county courthouse, 511 Washington St., suite 302.

The Oregon Legislature swung back into action in February. With Democrats holding the majority of the House of Representatives with 38 members, Daniel Bonham, Republican house caucus deputy leader and 59th district representative, is part of the minority with 22 members.

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Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden held a town hall meeting Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center. With attendance around 75 people, questioners were chosen through a raffle system, and they asked questions or voiced concerns they had.

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The OneGorge Advocacy Group’s seventh annual “Gorge-ous Night in Salem” will take place the evening of Feb. 19, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Mission Mill Spinning Room at the Willamette Heritage Center complex in Salem.

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden held a town hall meeting Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center. With attendance at around 75 people, participants were chosen through a raffle system and given a chance to ask questions or voice their concerns.

As the 2020 legislative session enters its third week, the Legislature has passed its second deadline for bills to remain viable.

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U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) spoke Wednesday at a House Energy and Commerce joint subcommittee hearing entitled “Out of Control: The Impact of Wildfires on Our Power Sector and Environment.” This hearing is the third hearing the Committee has held on air quality and the effects of wi…

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Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) have urged the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the international coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC).

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The Fifth Annual “Gorge-ous Night in Olympia” is planned for Wednesday, Feb. 5, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Columbia Room of the Washington state Capitol Building located at 416 Sid Snyder Avenue. The reception, hosted by Representatives Gina Mosbrucker (R-Goldendale) and Chris Corry (R-Ya…

On Monday, Jan. 27, House Republican Deputy Leader Daniel Bonham (R-The Dalles), Jefferson County District Attorney Steven F. LeRiche and voices for the victims of quality of life crimes will provide details on House Bill 4122, also known as Ezra’s Law, at a press conference 1 p.m. in the Je…

Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released a statement Jan. 23 applauding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for providing a new definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS).

Rep. Lynn Findley (R-Vale) was appointed Jan. 8 to the District 30 Senate seat, formerly held by Senator Cliff Bentz, who resigned earlier this year to run for Congress.

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The activist group Hood River Indivisible organized Thursday’s protest at Second and Oak streets in response to intensification of violence between the U.S. and Iran, which peaked with last week’s killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Iraq by the United States military. The 4:30-5:3…

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Getting involved in your community can be as simple as finding a local issue that you care about — be it land use, public safety, parks, schools, etc. — and attending a public meeting or two for an agency that deals with that topic. Most groups hold their regular meetings on weekday evenings…

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Oregon restaurants and retail stores — including grocery stores — are no longer allowed to provide single-use checkout bags. Reusable paper, plastic and fabric bags can still be provided, but retailers are required to charge at least 5 cents per bag (restaurants may still provide paper bags …

Oregon Second District Congressman Greg Walden’s October decision not to run for re-election is having a ripple effect in Eastern Oregon. State Senator Cliff Bentz, whose 30th District includes the eastern portion of Wasco County, is resigning on Jan. 2 to run for Walden’s seat in the U.S. H…

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In preparation for the City of Hood River’s annual strategic planning work session, City Council seeks community input and ideas on priority projects to help achieve the City Council’s stated goals for the community. Community members are invited to contribute ideas via a print or online for…

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Embracing her son and then her mother, Gladys Rivera celebrated her appointment Monday as the first Hispanic woman to serve on Hood River City Council.

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The Hood River County Public Safety Services Survey will stay live through Dec. 15, so county residents still have some time to submit input before county staff compile the responses for the county commissioners to consult while they craft a public safety levy for either the May or November …

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Community-based groups in the Columbia River Gorge have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of ending the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR) contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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In preparation for the City of Hood River’s annual strategic planning work session, City Council seeks community input and ideas on priority projects to help achieve the City Council’s stated goals for the community. Community members are invited to contribute ideas via a print questionnaire…

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