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County passes farm land zoning code update, sets 'agritourism' event rules

With their final meeting of 2015, the Hood River County Board of Commissioners wrapped up one of the year’s most intricate and high-profile land use decisions: the farm and forest model code update.

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No one hurt as tree smashes kids’ bedroom

Winds topped a huge pine tree that fell through the Murray family’s children’s bedroom Wednesday morning on the Heights.

Anti-water bottling petition garners 1,600 signatures

‘Protection Measure’ will go before voters in May 2016 election

Members of conservation group Local Water Alliance turned in 1,600 signatures Monday for their proposed voter measure, which aims to block water bottling companies from operating within the county, including Nestlé.

Water ballot group to turn in 1,600 signatures today

Conservation group Local Water Alliance will turn in more than 1,600 signatures for their proposed voter measure, which aims to block water bottling companies within the county.

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Walden’s Scenic Area transportation bill pushes forward in Washington

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) announced Tuesday he has secured language in the final draft of a U.S. congressional transportation agreement, which would include roads and bridges in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in the federal funding pool.

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Roots and Branches: ‘They represent what is best in us’

The story behind the story is always the most fascinating for me.

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President honors ‘Citizen Min’ Yasui

Almost one hundred years ago, a child was born into a Hood River family of Japanese immigrants who settled in this valley seeking the American Dream. Masuo and Shidzuyo Yasui were a hardworking, industrious and gentle couple dedicated to building a community where their budding family could thrive.

A Map to the STRs: City Council rallies recommendations for regulating rentals

Break down the big task or get broken down by it. City Council chose the former tack Monday in its continued meeting on the controversial topic of how to regulate short-term rentals — STRs — giving city staff a “roadmap” to follow, according to City Manager Steve Wheeler.

Minoru Yasui honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom

‘Unsung Hero’ gains Medal of Freedom

Hood River native son Minoru Yasui, who forged a life as a champion of civil rights first by breaking the law for walking down a Portland street, will be posthumously honored with the Congressional Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

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Energy meeting brings interest of renewal

More than 50 people gathered on Nov. 6 at the Hood River fire station to explore ways Hood River can increase its investment in clean energy and benefit from local energy projects. On the same day that President Obama rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline, local government leaders, including city councilors and State Rep. Mark Johnson, came together with city staff, business owners, residents and regional experts to discuss Hood River’s clean energy future.

Johnson convenes recreational liability forum

Thursday event looks at ‘outdated’ Ski Activities Statute

State Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River) will host a forum Thursday to discuss Oregon’s current Ski Activities Statue and how it relates to recreation based businesses in Oregon. The event will happen from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Benson Ballroom of Columbia Gorge Hotel.

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Mayor talks outreach at state conference

Mayor Paul Blackburn spoke at a recent League of Oregon Cities conference on his efforts to connect with Spanish-speaking citizens.

Meriwether moving on: Hood River County administrator to retire June 2016

Hood River County administrator David Meriwether has announced he will retire next June, after 15 years on the job.

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City of Goldendale gets new mayor

Members of the Goldendale City Council made a smooth transition to a new mayor last Tuesday, following the earlier resignation of former mayor Clint Baze.

Gorge Commission announces new executive director

Krystyna U. Wolniakowski has been named as Executive Director of the Columbia River Gorge Commission.