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State Forester calls on Oregonians to prevent human-caused fires

“Wildfire activity in Oregon has escalated significantly since Friday, particularly in eastern Oregon,” said Doug Decker, Oregon State Forester.

Another Voice: Rely on facts for a solution on housing affordability and vacation rentals

Hood River is an expensive place to live. Buying or renting a home is more costly than many other communities.

ANOTHER VOICE: Legal pot: now what? Down the rabbit hole?

Following the passages of Measure 91 and Senate Bill 460, medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon will begin limited cannabis sales to adult consumers on Oct.1.

Hood River housing options are out of reach

The cost of renting or buying a home is increasingly out of reach for all of us. Our housing affordability challenge puts us at risk of losing what has made the Gorge, and our diverse hometowns, a wonderful place to live, work and play.

Another View: Diverse local economy depends upon housing availability to all workers

An incredibly important discussion is happening in Hood River city hall right now. Hiding behind the dry name “Buildable Lands Inventory and Housing Needs Analysis” is a study which raises fundamental questions about what kind of community we will have in coming decades. The report looks at the cost and availability of housing for our growing city over the next 20 years, and the picture it paints isn’t pretty.

ANOTHER VOICE: Ombudsmen needed to advocate for residents of care facilities

Bear with me a bit as we take a look at how it would be to be confined to a small room.

Education: Oregon Promise bill holds just that

At 6:05 p.m. on July 7 the 2015 Oregon Legislative Session came to an end. The final days and hours of a session are filled with the consideration of a huge amount of policy and budget bills that must be passed before the final gavel falls.

Brown lawn time: Outdoor water saving tips

You don’t need Hood River County’s recent drought declaration to recognize that we’re facing an unusually dry year. With the Hood River running at 39 percent of normal, a nearly non-existent snow pack, and temperatures over 100 degrees in June, everyone has water on their minds.

ANOTHER VOICE: Don’t let Gorge become the next Lac Megantic

On July 6, 2013, a train carrying highly flammable oil from the Bakken region derailed and burned in the town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, resulting in explosions so violent that several city blocks were flattened and 47 victims were incinerated, 5 of whom were never found.

Another Voice: Don’t bottle up long-term health and vitality of Cascade Locks

I urge you to reconsider Cascade Locks’ plan to enter into a contract with a private corporation to provide hundreds of millions of gallons of water annually to be bottled and sold.

ANOTHER VOICE: Sen. Ron Wyden in support of ‘blueprint for trade done right’

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced Monday he will support moving forward on trade legislation that the Senate will consider this week.

Another Voice: Look ahead to celebrate Historic highway

The Yesteryear’s section of the News for the year 1915 has mentioned the great amount of auto traffic generated by the newly completed Columbia Gorge Highway.

Nixon’s Legacy: Celebrating the Deleted Expletive

WTFF?

I may not be the deepest of thinkers — in fact, some have said my well is not just shallow but was dug with a spade — but I like to think that I can recognize and appreciate the philosophical bent in others, even in the most unlikely of circumstances.

Young Voices: Exploring the nation through women’s wrestling

Over spring break, I went on a trip to visit colleges that offered women’s wrestling. While I was touring around Missouri and Kentucky, I learned about a tournament called Body Bar National Women’s Wrestling Tournament that is in Dallas, Texas.

Young Voices: Let’s lead the way in ending plastic bag use

I am writing this letter to request your assistance in creating a plastic bag ban or fee in Hood River. I believe it would positively affect our city in a variety of ways.

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