In attending the City Council meeting on April 11, I listened to testimony on Measure 14-55. The most important part of this meeting for me was after the meeting was adjourned. I would like to share what took place.
Lost in the emotional arguments about short term vacation rentals (STRs) is a simple fact: an overwhelming majority of Hood River residents support STRs and smart policies that both address community concerns and maximize economic growth.
Hood River County residents will soon receive their ballots in the mail. Among the other measures and issues at stake, voters will exercise a choice to honor a long-standing promise made to our students generations ago: To provide our children with exceptional educational opportunities and strong schools.
If you stopped by a Fred Meyer store in Vancouver, Wash., last weekend looking for your favorite liquor, you might be surprised by what’s missing.
Besides being an elected member of Cascade Locks City Council, I own and operate a business here. I write on my own behalf and that of my constituents who support Measure 14-55. We believe it is important that people understand some of the reasons that many, many Cascade Locks residents support a yes vote on Water Protection Measure 14-55 and why we oppose Nestlé’s proposed water bottling plant.
On March 21, the Hood River Planning Commission came out in overwhelming support of regulations on short term vacation rentals (STRs). After carefully studying housing data and hearing substantial public testimony, six out of seven commissioners heartily endorsed “The Portland Plan,” designed to preserve the livability of Hood River and help retain our limited housing for residents.
Sometimes bad things happen, and rather than pull you into despair, they lift you up. That is how we feel about getting called by Full Sail’s lawyer and told to change our name. The situation could have broken us were it not for you, the Gorge community — our family.
Few have forgotten the anguish of stunted crops and terror of devastating forest fires last year because of the meager snowpack that yielded paltry irrigation water and tinder-dry soils. The snowpack was far below normal last year, not for lack of precipitation (which was normal), but because of how unusually warm it was. Much more of the mountain precipitation fell as rain rather than snow.
I admit it, I watched the Oscars Sunday night. I’d only seen two of the Best Picture nominees and couldn’t care less about who won for Best Costume Editing in an Animated Short. I tuned in because, not unlike a presidential primary debate, it can be wonderful theater to watch out-of-touch blowhards trying to “trend” with their “passion” for the crisis du jour.
If you Google “arcane bureaucratic tool,” the Department of Defense Directive (DODD) should be high on the results list. That said, these little-known directives can be very influential in how the Pentagon conducts its day-to-day business. However, Robert Work, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, recently signed out a DODD that may just be the most meaningful climate-related document that Defense has released.
On Feb. 1, the 2016 February session will officially begin. You may recall that annual sessions were approved by the voters in 2010 and the even-year sessions were limited to 35 days and intended to give the legislature an opportunity to make needed budget adjustments and to consider “minor” policy needs. Each legislator is limited to introducing just two bills, with just a little more than one week to pass your bills out of committee.
The holidays are so hard for those who have lost a loved one. Whether it was one week ago or five decades ago, the brightness of the season, the emphasis on joy and family, can tap the vein of grief that we are feeling, making us teary, sad, low in energy, and finding it hard to get through.
This past week I had the opportunity to attend the National Association of Counties’ Safe and Secure Counties symposium in Colorado Springs, in El Paso County, Colo. I had the privilege and honor to attend the memorial service for Garrett Swasey, the officer killed in the Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting.
With Thanksgiving upon us, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is reminding Oregonians to keep fire safety front and center when cooking and preparing holiday meals.