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Mark Johnson carries bill on apprenticeship

SALEM — Rep. Mark Johnson, R-Hood River, co-carried House Bill 4058 on the House Floor. HB 4058 amends the 40-40-20 educational goals to include apprenticeship programs registered with the State Apprenticeship Training Council.

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Job creation a focus of Sen. Merkley town hall meeting

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley was in Hood River Tuesday morning as part of keeping his 2008 promise of holding a town hall meeting in each of Oregon’s 36 counties every year.

Sen. Merkley holding Hood River town hall Jan. 21

Senator Jeff Merkley will hold town halls in Hood River, Wasco, Gilliam and Sherman Counties this week. He will update constituents on his work in Washington, DC and answer their questions and invite their suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America.

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Upcoming meetings

United for Marriage backers continue collecting signatures

The Hood River Committee of Oregon United for Marriage collected in excess of 450 signatures in the week before Christmas in a drive to place a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot.

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The news keeps flowing: Year in Review Part 2

There were plenty of fish in the river but regional water supplies were far from plentiful in 2013. Those are just two highlights of news in the Hood River News in the second half of the year. Here is a summary of events covered from July to December 2013, with a few updates. (Part I ran in the Jan. 1 edition.)

Marriage Equality initiative petition makes rounds

The Oregon United for Marriage Hood River Committee will be gathering signatures from Dec.16-22, from Oregonians who would like to see the Marriage Equality initiative on the November 2014 ballot.

Marriage Equality initiative gathers signatures

The Oregon United for Marriage Hood River Committee will be gathering signatures from Dec.16-22, from Oregonians who would like to see the Marriage Equality initiative on the November 2014 ballot.

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County votes against cutting Dep. DA hours

A county recommendation to cut hours from a deputy district attorney position was voted down by Hood River County commissioners during their regular meeting Monday night.

Marriage Equality group starts work in Hood River

A petition drive to place a Marriage Equality amendment to the Oregon constitution on the November 2014 ballot recently took it first steps to organize in Hood River.

Johnson announces run for re-election

Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River) announced this week that he will file his candidacy for re-election as state representative to House District 52 for the 2014 campaign cycle. House District 52 encompasses Hood River, Cascade Locks, Corbett, Sandy, parts of Estacada and Gresham, as well as other communities within the Hood River, Clackamas, and Multnomah Counties.

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Sen. Thomsen will run for re-election

Democrat Robert Bruce of Sandy will oppose HR Republican

Chuck Thomsen announced his plans Wednesday to run for a second term as Dist. 26 State Senator.

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‘Kicking the can down the road’: Walden alone in vote against shutdown deal

Citing an unwillingness to “kick the can down the road,” U.S. Rep. Greg Walden of Hood River, voted against a bill Wednesday that ended the 17-day federal government shutdown and prevented the nation from potentially defaulting on its debts.

Government shutdown hits ground

Water planning, land use implications foreseen at county level

As the federal government shutdown stretches into its second week, its far-reaching impacts are becoming increasingly more apparent.

Walden: Forest bill is lifeline

More than $120M has been spent to fight fires

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., says 2013 has been the worst wildfire season in Oregon since 1951 — more than $120 million was spent on suppression activities — and that is a major reason to allow managed harvests in federally owned forests.