During harvest time for corn, the heavy yet melodic rhythm of “El Novillo Despuntado,” a ranchera song performed by an iconic figure for Mexican campesinos, echoes on the southern plains in Jalisco, Mexico.
If there is any positive outcome to the Mosier oil train derailment on June 3, it is that many more people are asking the right questions about oil trains traveling along the Columbia River and through our communities. These are questions that challenge our complacency and call for us to stand up for our values as residents of the Columbia Gorge.
For the last six months, Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District has partnered with us, Hood River Valley Residents Committee, to explore the feasibility of creating a new 20-acre community park at the corner of Fairview and Belmont, catty corner from Westside Elementary School.
Hood River County voters made history in the May 17 election.
The Mosier train derailment on June 3 was a terrible accident. But from the accident, we have learned many valuable things. As the members of the Oregon House who represent the Gorge region in Salem, it was especially instructive for us to be able to witness first-hand how legislation passed in the 2015 session impacted the reaction to events that occurred that weekend
Bethel Church in White Salmon is a place where we sing, pray, hear poetry and scripture, and reflect together in worship on the sermon and our own stories that it brings up. We love potlucks and sidewalk chalk and working for justice.
Last week a train carrying crude oil in 16 tank cars derailed in the tiny river town of Mosier — 42,000 gallons spilled, 32,000 gallons burned, and 10,000 gallons clogged the municipal wastewater plant. As horrible as it is, the community of Mosier and everyone depending on the Columbia River got lucky.
Let us help to change the story of destruction and greed
A note to the graduation class of 2016:
Thank you to the voters of Hood River County for your overwhelming support of our youth and our schools with the passage of Measure 14-58, the school facilities bond. Our school district educators are humbled by your vote of confidence and your dedication to the future of our community - our children.
Water is something none of us can live without. It can be easy to take for granted, but we can’t prosper as a community, or even make it though the day without it.
Measure 14-55 reminds me of the “Big Box” ordinance passed years ago, limiting the size of retail stores in Hood River.
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.