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City, county elected officials start new year with oath of office

Mayor announces next council meeting postponed in light of UO football game

The business of transition involved hugs and handshakes, cake, and checks to sign as city and county elected officials formally took office on Monday.

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2014 in review

Land use squabbles, marijuana dispensaries, budget woes, and a historic win for the HRVHS soccer team were just some of the many stories the Hood River news reported on in 2014. Here’s a look back at some of the top stories from each month. Stories are categorized by the month in which they were published.

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U.S. Rep. Walden honors HRV boys soccer team

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today in recognition of the Hood River Valley High School boys’ soccer team which brought home the title of ‘State Champions’ this year in the 2014 Oregon 5A state championship. Hood River is my hometown, and both my son and I are proud graduates of Hood River Valley High School, so this victory is especially sweet."

Representative Mark Johnson named to critical legislative committees

Salem, OR — Representative Mark Johnson has been selected by House Speaker Tina Kotek to serve on the following committees during the 78th Legislative Assembly:

Thomsen gains a seat at the education table

Salem, OR — State Senator Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River), entering his fifth year serving Oregon Senate District 26, will continue to serve on the important budget-writing Full Ways and Means Committee, and the Senate Business and Transportation Committee.

Council votes 4-3 against Walmart expansion

In a lengthy four-hour land use hearing that was fraught with controversy, the Hood River City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday night to deny the expansion of Walmart's store on Wasco Avenue.

Walden: ‘We're making farmers and workers illegal’

On immigration reform, Rep. Walden calls for ‘long View,’ says Obama order would ‘poison the well’

In Hood River Saturday, Greg Walden coined a 2014 variation of the old saying, "we put a man on the moon, why can't we ..." The issue was immigration reform, which Walden, the newly-elected Second District Congressman, said must include visa reform, border security and a consistent guest workers program, all of which he thinks can be managed through technology.

How you voted: Hood River Co. vote totals

Nov. 4, 2014 election, final unofficial

Turnout: 8,508 of 11,495 registered voters – 74.01 percent

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The geography of Hood River County’s vote

Precinct-by-precinct breakdown shows political divisions

The narrative that has dominated this year’s midterm elections coverage has seemed to focus on two things: the sweeping victories enjoyed by the Republican Party and relatively low voter turnout.

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Blackburn voted Hood River Mayor

Chuck Thomsen, Mark Johnson, Greg Walden win re-election

Paul Blackburn will be the next mayor of Hood River, defeating Greg Colt by a 2-to-1 margin in the Nov. 4 General Election.

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Initial election results: Blackburn wins HR mayor race

Brun, Johnson, Cornelison leading Hood River council vote getters

Initial election results show Paul Blackburn defeating Greg Colt by a wide margin in the race to succeed mayor Arthur Babitz.

General Election concludes Nov. 4

Cascade Locks Council write-in effort in place for Buzzy Nielsen

Tuesday is the day General Election ballots must be turned in by 8 p.m.

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Legislative candidates speak at Forum

Nystrom, Johnson, Thomsen, Bruce Colt, Blackburn share their views

State Legislature candidates gave their view of Oregon’s problems, and possible solutions, in a forum Thursday in Hood River.

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Mayoral debate focuses on growth

Colt and Blackburn tackle topic of development at Dog River debate

For most elections, “It’s the economy, stupid,” that is often the key issue.

West Side Fire Local Option Levy: Here’s the need

On the Nov. 4 ballot, West Side Fire District voters will be asked to determine a request by the district board for its first Local Option levy over and above the standing property tax levy.