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No to oil trains

Union Pacific’s poor stewardship of the tracks as revealed by federal findings and the ominous likelihood of another derailment, worse than the one at Mosier June 3, points simply to the need to end oil train travel through the Gorge.

HR Parks District needs to answer for open meetings law violations

A general sense of gratitude must go out to the volunteer elected officials, and usually underpaid appointed ones, serving special taxing districts, for the tasks they have agreed to do: making small, medium and large decisions, usually without much recognition, attention, praise or criticism.

Flags Lowered: Victims in Orlando shooting

Gov. Kate Brown on Monday ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff immediately until sunset on Thursday, June 16 in honor of the victims of the Orlando shooting.

Community Works: Donate to fireworks, enter the fair, or get involved in a deeper way

Community-building comes in many forms. Here are four to think about for early summer and beyond:

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Right by rail: Union Pacific must step up

The damage is done, and yes, it could have been far worse.

Commencement Etiquette: It’s a formal event and should be treated that way — for everyone’s sake

More than 1,100 students are graduating from Yamhill County high schools this year. Willamina High, which traditionally opens graduation season, will graduate its 44-member class Saturday. The bulk of the commencement events will follow two weeks later: McMinnville and Newberg, Friday, June 10; Amity, Dayton and Sheridan Saturday, June 11; and Yamhill-Carlton Sunday, June 12.

Congrats, grads: Scholars excel with help in many directions

Commencement ceremonies are less than a week away. Early June is a time both tense and magical as students (and teachers) bear down on the final business of the school year and preparations for the ceremonies themselves.

Memorial Day: ‘We need to think about how to respond’

Organizers and speakers in Monday’s Memorial Day observance struck the right tone with the combination of solemn tribute, history lesson, and community gathering. Children, teens and adults of all ages were involved in the 90-minute event, attended by more than 400 people at Idlewilde Cemetery.

Eagle Boys: Congratulations to Barajas, Kennedy, and all of Eagle track and field

When the seniors toss their caps at next month’s graduation ceremonies at Henderson Field, if they find one flung all the way to Indian Creek Road they’ll know whose it is.

Yes to School Bond

No increase in taxes, but big increase in value for students and community Hood River County School District facilities serve our children, and serve the community in general.

No on 14-55: But not a ‘yes’ to Nestlé

The folks who worked to get Measure 14-55 on the ballot deserve credit for action based on concern, and they raise important questions about resource use and the scope of decisions made by government in the interest of business.

Water in Cascade Locks: Move the meeting, please

The water question in Cascade Locks is a prime example for a need for a change of venue.

Commanding Support: Congratulations to World-bound Occam’s Razor robotics team

Don’t call it remote control: these kids are in command.

Flags lowered: Victims of the attack in Brussels

Gov. Kate Brown ordered on Tuesday that all flags at Oregon public institutions be flown at half-mast until sunset on Saturday, March 26 as a mark of respect for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Brussels.

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