Category Archives: Hood River News

Another Voice: Weyerhaeuser clearcuts violate community values 

We recently became aware of Weyerhaeuser’s plans to clearcut approximately 250 acres south of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail located east of Hood River. Many residents and visitors recreate on this trail to enjoy the scenic beauty and natural splendor the experience provides. We are very concerned by the size and visibility of […]
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Why it’s important to learn about volcanoes in Oregon

On Sunday, May 18, 1980, at 8:32 a.m., the bulging north flank of Mount St. Helens slid away in a massive landslide — the largest in recorded history. Seconds later, the uncorked volcano exploded and blasted rocks northward across forest ridges and valleys, destroying everything in its path within minutes. Source: Why it’s important to […]
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Bridge of The Gods: Pedestrian crossing plan gets initial funding

The Port of Cascade Locks, in partnership with the Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA), have been working together for the past few years to facilitate enhancements to the Bridge of the Gods (BOG), including a pedestrian lane on the span, according to a port press release. Source: Bridge of The Gods: Pedestrian crossing plan gets […]
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Walden gains Energy Secretary commitment on BPA privatization

No asset sales without Congressional action. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, last week secured a commitment from Energy Secretary Rick Perry to not sell off assets of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) without Congressional authorization, Walden’s office said in a press statement. During a hearing at the Energy […]
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County moves to keep same NORCOR funding 

Despite talks about closing the regional jail’s juvenile facility, Hood River County leaders moved Monday to maintain their portion of overall funding to Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility for the next budget cycle. Source: County moves to keep same NORCOR funding | Hood River News

Another Voice: Gun safety advocates examine Helfrich vote

The Oregon legislature recently passed HB 4145, closing the “boyfriend loophole” and providing much-needed protection for victims of domestic violence. Representative Jeff Helfrich’s “Another Voice” article (April 7 Another Voice) tried to explain his “no” vote on the bill. Source: Another Voice: Gun safety advocates examine Helfrich vote | Hood River News

‘Gorge Express’ expands to HR

Oregon Department of Transportation’s waterfall shuttle service rolls eastward to Hood River this summer. Source: ‘Gorge Express’ expands to HR

County holds budget talks next week | Hood River News

Next week looks busy for the Hood River County Board of Commissioners and budget committee, with a pair of government meetings concerning financial shortages and a land use dispute. Source: County holds budget talks next week | Hood River News

Jurgen Hess appointed to Hanford Board

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has appointed Hood River resident Jurgen Hess to the Oregon Hanford Cleanup Board. The board most recently met Monday and Tuesday in Mosier. Source: Jurgen Hess appointed to Hanford Board | Hood River News

Oregon Legislature passes achievement gap bill

Hood River leaders’ bill addresses ways to reduce number of at-risk students. The Oregon House and Senate have both approved legislation aiming to reduce Oregon’s achievement gap among at-risk students. Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Helfrich (R-Hood River) and Sen. Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River), HB 4044 requires the Chief Education Office (CEO) to work with local […]
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