Category Archives: Hood River News

State Forestry announces: Fire season officially in effect

Fire season is now officially in effect on all Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) protected lands. The announcement comes after the ODF Northwest Oregon and North Cascade protection districts declared fire season on July 1. ODF’s Southwest Oregon District was the first to declare fire season June 1. Fire season is declared at the local […]
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Another Voice: ‘I’ll keep fighting for paid family and medical leave’

Monday, June 10, was Mom’s Equal Pay Day. That’s the day in 2019 when mothers’ wages “caught up” to what fathers earned in 2018 alone. That’s because mothers, on average, are paid 69 cents for every dollar earned by fathers. Women are almost half the workforce, and 86 percent of women have children. In nearly […]
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Oregon Attorney General testifies in support of stronger gun laws

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum testified before the Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee on April 2 in support of stronger guns laws, specifically creating stronger regulations of untraceable “3D-printed” firearms and other “ghost guns,” said a press release. Source: Oregon Attorney General testifies in support of stronger gun laws

Gov. Kate Brown supports school safety bill

Governor Kate Brown joined students and members of the Oregon Task Force on School Safety in support of Senate Bill 584, the Oregon Safe to Learn Act, said a press release from Brown’s office. “Oregon has not been untouched by violence in schools, and I don’t want any other parents to lose their children to […]
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Gov. Brown renews annual food drive

Gov. Kate Brown this week announced the launch of the Governor’s State Employees Food Drive, the 37th annual partnership with the Oregon Food Bank that has resulted in millions of dollars raised to support the more than 260,000 Oregonians who receive food from a food pantry each month. Source: Gov. Brown renews annual food drive […]
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Gov. Kate Brown calls for action in inaugural address

In her 2019 inaugural address, Brown called on legislators to work together to address Oregon’s pressing issues, including climate change, affordable housing and education reform. Gov. Kate Brown gave her inaugural address Monday afternoon at a joint session with the State House of Representatives and the State Senate. “Today is a little bittersweet or me, […]
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Global warming impacts: Legislature receives ‘urgent warning’ in new report

The effects of climate change, predicted over the last three decades, are now arriving in Oregon, challenging Oregon communities, businesses and households — and heralded by the wildfire smoke that has choked Oregon towns from Ashland to Sisters to Portland over the last two years. That’s the urgent message leading off the 2018 edition of […]
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Friends of the Columbia Gorge challenge Department of Energy in supreme court

On Wednesday — exactly one year after they filed an appeal against the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC) and the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) — a coalition of nine conservation agencies, led by Friends of the Columbia Gorge, appeared before the Oregon Supreme Court. Source: Friends of the Columbia Gorge challenge Department of […]
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Go ‘Yard’

Time to act on transforming state land on Cascade for affordable housing. Last week, the Oregon Court of Appeals reversed and remanded a decision from the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals that originally upheld the City of Hood River’s rezoning of Morrison Park, also known as Lot 700, for affordable housing, open space and […]
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State Court of Appeals remands Morrison Park rezone

On Tuesday, the Oregon Court of Appeals reversed and remanded a decision from the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals that originally upheld the City of Hood River’s rezoning of Morrison Park, also known as Lot 700, for affordable housing, open space and regional trail connectivity. Source: State Court of Appeals remands Morrison Park rezone […]
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