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.
“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."
Salem, OR — Representative Mark Johnson has been selected by House Speaker Tina Kotek to serve on the following committees during the 78th Legislative Assembly:
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.
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.
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.
Nov. 4, 2014 election, final unofficial
Turnout: 8,508 of 11,495 registered voters – 74.01 percent
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join Greg Colt, Paul Blackburn for Wednesday debate
Mayoral candidates Greg Colt and Paul Blackburn face off tonight, Oct. 22, in a debate at Dog River Coffee, a follow-up to an exchange between the two men (see sidebar below) at last Thursday’s Hood River Rotary joint appearance.