Category Archives: Hood River News

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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Port to meet with FHWA on bridge replacement

The Port of Hood River needs a federal agency to take the lead on the bridge replacement project before it can move forward, and they’ll soon determine whether the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is willing to take that on. “It makes most sense” for FHWA to serve as lead agency, said Project Director Kevin Greenwood, […]
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ODE hosts culinary training at HRVHS 

Schools from around the state, including Hood River, Mosier, Phoenix, Union and Oregon Child Development Coalition (OCDC), gathered on Aug. 17 at Hood River Valley High School for a culinary lesson by Child Nutritional Specialist Jessica Visinsky, Oregon Department of Education. The lessons are hosted five times a year in various parts of the state, […]
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Summer pear harvest begins, outlook good

Summer pear harvest began in the lower valley this week, with winter pear harvest expected at the end of the month, said Mike Doke, executive director of Columbia Gorge Fruit Growers, in an email last Wednesday. The earliest pick date for Starkrimson is Aug. 5, and Aug. 11 for Bartletts, he said. Winter pear harvest, […]
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Protect yourself from wildfire smoke

As wildfire season continues to rage on, health concerns regarding wildfire smoke become more prevalent. Wildfire smoke is dangerous because it is a mix of gases, like carbon monoxide, and fine particles from burning trees and other plant material. This particulate matter (PM) varies in size, with larger particles (PM10 or higher) irritating the eyes, […]
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Port proposes bridge timeline 

he Port Commission hosted a work session Tuesday to continue discussing issues surrounding a plan that could replace the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge by 2025. Tuesday’s work session was the second in a series to provide information and encourage discussion on aspects of the complicated issues involved with the bridge replacement project. The first […]
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Another Voice: Short-term rentals: the ‘Get-Away Boom’ saps livability

Hood River’s volcanic rise in housing costs is biting into our livability. A four-year-long surge in STRs (vacation rentals) is especially alarming. Since 2015, our median home price has been the undisputed highest county in Oregon. Today it’s $525,500 — about $100,000 more than Portland, Ashland or Bend. Hood River’s average renter needs to work […]
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