A Blossom Welcome

How do you rebrand a fruit blossom?

Town Hall: In a classroom setting, local officials talk education and more

Monday’s pre-town hall meeting with Sen. Jeff Merkley (story, A1) was well-attended, and as effective a half-hour gathering of a group of public officials as you could ever expect to see.

Proclamation: Governor Kate Brown names April as Child Abuse Prevention Month

Governor Kate Brown encourages the citizens of Oregon to join communities around the nation in proclaiming April to be Child Abuse Prevention Month. April is dedicated to raising awareness of child abuse and neglect and the factors that create risk.

‘Back to School’: Make your voice, or presence, known

Overheard: “This time of year you can’t get them to do anything.” That was one high school teacher to another, Monday morning as students returned to class following Spring Break.

Toxic gauntlets: Clear the smoke on tobacco policies

Hood River City Council is right to be notching up its tobacco use policy.

Hood Plate: Put pitons on special plate for the mountain

Flags Lowered: David Frohnmayer

She stands there, patient, dedicated, and stately, never wavering, save her undesired glacial melting.

Sunshine and Rights: An illuminating ‘media conspiracy’ protects the public’s interests

Each spring for 10 years now, a vast media conspiracy has rolled across the hills and plains of this nation. Journalists of every stripe – cartoonists to commentators to hard news reporters – have been in on it. And not just journalists, but politicians, educators and librarians, as well as members of nonprofits and civic groups.

Stop Scree: The slippery slope of school funding

Any hiker knows the feeling of climbing on scree.

Spring Ahead — and get alarmed

Budget help needed

March 8 marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time and serves as a good reminder for Oregonians to test their smoke alarms. The Office of State Fire Marshal is urging residents to test their smoke alarms before automatically changing the batteries.

Layers of Success: Local high schoolers set high standards in competitive endeavors

Not every success registers as a medal or trophy, and any success is best viewed as a work in progress.

EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: Tumbling 10th grader takes down teachers in true test of twisters

A Sunday cartoon resonated with me, following a fun event on Friday night.

Filing Time: March 19 deadline nears to enlist for Special Districts ballot

Stan Benson of Hood River quietly exited the Hood River County Planning Commission this week after 25 years of service. Benson deserves thanks for a quarter-century of service in what is largely a thankless role.

Youths Matter: Keeping kids safe, and sustained, includes showing them support

Keeping kids safe is the basic goal with our annual “Just Say No!/Soli Di No” special section in this edition.