Category Archives: Hood River News

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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Rapid snow melt, dry spring indicate critically low summer water supply 

Snow present at only five monitoring sites. The June Water Supply Outlook Report from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service predicts water shortages across much of Oregon this summer. Unseasonably warm temperatures in May, combined with a drier than normal snow season, will mean significantly low streams in many areas. Source: Rapid snow melt, dry […]
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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