County continues marijuana hearings

Hood River County Board of Commissioners heard another round of impassioned testimony as they drew closer to adopting a set of rules for marijuana businesses outside city limits.

Jim Crary challenges Greg Walden for Dist. 2

Retired Ashland attorney lists campaign finance reform as his top goal

Retired attorney Jim Crary, a Democrat from Ashland, is running to unseat longtime U.S. Rep. Greg Walden from Oregon’s Second Congressional District.

DeeTour hotel decision appealed to County Board of Commissioners

Backers of a hotel add-on at DeeTour, a proposed concert venue in the upper valley, have challenged Planning Commission’s decision to deny the project.

Q and A, Oregon House District 52 opponents

Mark Reynolds and Mark Johnson discuss their views for candidacy.

‘Double hit’: Ballots, tax statements in the mail

An estimated 14,000 ballots – a county record – go out Wednesday, meaning they will arrive in homes in the next few days, at the same time as the new quarterly property tax statements from Hood River County

Ecumenical Ministries hosts voter forums

Gorge Ecumenical Ministries (GEM), an interfaith organization composed of representatives from area faith communities and churches, invites community members to attend voter forums in White Salmon and Hood River this month for political candidates.

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HR Council candidates gather

All four candidates for three open positions on Hood River City Council spent the morning together Oct. 8 at Saturday Market greeting voters.

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Hecksel seeks ‘common threads’ in county leadership

Hood River County Administrator Jeff Hecksel has begun to settle into the county’s top post.

District 52 race: Johnson leading Reynolds in campaign funding

Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River) has gathered more campaign funds than his competitor, Odell Democrat Mark Reynolds, in the hotly contested Oregon House District 52 race.

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Tribal members protest Nestlé deal in Salem

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Columbia River tribal members dressed in traditional regalia came to the Oregon State Capitol on Wednesday to protest persistent attempts to bring a Nestlé water bottling plant to Hood River County, where voters rejected the plan in a ballot measure in May.

Hood River City Council to hold Monday hearing on short term rentals

Hood River City Council meets Monday at 6 p.m. and will hold a hearing on proposed additions to Title 5 of the Municipal Code, which sets down licensing, fee and registration requirements for operating short-term rental properties in the city.

County Board sets final vote on STR rules

Hood River County Board of Commissioners on Monday tagged the end of their deliberations on rules for short term rentals outside of city limits.

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Rail proposal draws fire

‘We know we dodged a bullet,’ Mosier mayor says during five-hour session in The Dalles

Perhaps just two or three years ago, Union Pacific Railroad’s plan to add roughly four miles of new track in the Columbia River Gorge near Mosier probably would not have sparked much of a fuss. But times have changed.

Council, mayor races in Cascade Locks, Hood River

Labor Day is nearly here, and that means the elections season will begin in earnest.

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HR Council adopts STR regulations

On a night when a local builder decried “the critical lack of affordable housing” and called for city action on the issue, Hood River City Council adopted short term rental regulations a year after the issue came to dominate its docket.