‘Big ask’ for Gorge Commission budget

Director to ask states for budget that would expand staff five-fold

With a report in hand saying its staffing should be at 25 employees, the Gorge Commission is fixing to go big when it makes its next budget requests to Oregon and Washington.

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City holds Naito hearing

At issue: Nichols Boat Basin hotel remand

The City of Hood River Planning Commission has set a public hearing for Monday, July 7, to decide on whether a hotel and retail development proposed for the Nichols Boat Basin is in compliance with the city’s comprehensive plan.

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Ewald and Maurer retire from CGCC after 30 years

With the end of the 2013-2014 academic year, Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) is bidding “adieu” to two longtime members of its academic community.

Green Drinks talks bicycles in Cascade Locks July 8

Interested in learning more about the burgeoning effort to support bicycling and the way it connects to the local economy?

Tour the Middle Fork Irrigation District System

Ever wonder where the water comes from to feed Hood River’s local orchards?

What’s happening with broadband Internet in the Gorge?

This question, and many more, came to the Klickitat-Skamania Local Technology Planning Team when they started asking communities and businesses about how, where, and why they are using the internet.

Gorge Commission looks at oil trains

After not acting on requests in May and June to take a stand against oil and coal shipments in the Gorge, Gorge commissioners promised a frustrated crowd last month it would do so in July.

Historic Highway open following landslide

The Historic Columbia River Highway reopened at early in the afternoon of June 24 — nearly three weeks after a rock slide closed the road at the Stark Street Bridge east of Troutdale.

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A splitting headache: Rain splits cherries, but damage is variable

The concerns packhouses and orchardists had regarding the weather forecast were realized late last week when early summer rains swept through the Gorge and split cherries that were ripening in many Hood River Valley orchards.

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‘Everyone’s story deserves to be told’

County Museum supporters throw party to thank Connie Nice

Hugs were a mixed blessing for Connie Nice Monday at the reception in her honor.

County creates code enforcement position

Hood River County has been peppered with complaints of various potential land use and building code violations committed by some of its residents, and those complaints have been piling up faster than the county can resolve them.

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Understanding judgment

Judge — and climber — Paul Crowley looks back on dedicated career, and looks forward to a new summit: retirement

Seventh Judicial District Presiding Judge Paul Crowley of Hood River says it is time to take on new challenges because life is not meant to be too comfortable. In an interview first published in The Dalles Chronicle, he looks back on two memorable cases and talks about dispensing justice and the isolation of the role.

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Geotechnical work underway on ‘new’ section of Historic Highway

Physical work has begun on a project that will restore a long-dormant section of the Historic Columbia River Highway in Hood River County to its former glory when it was first constructed nearly 100 years ago.

Port ‘highly likely’ to receive grant for Nichols Boat Basin

The Port of Hood River recently received word that it is in line to receive a $445,000 state grant to help construct a waterfront bike and pedestrian trail located on the west bank of the Nichols Boat Basin.

Punchbowl grant a no-go

While the Port of Hood River’s proposal for a waterfront trail at Nichols Boat Basin will almost certainly receive funding, a county proposal to acquire 102 acres of land around Punchbowl Falls for a public park will almost certainly not.