Legislation will help expedite trail

Nichols Basin: Walden, Merkley support Water Resources bill

New language inserted into a federal water resources bill that’s awaiting legislative approval could help the Port of Hood River speed the development of a waterfront pedestrian trail planned for the west bank of the Nichols Boat Basin.

‘Crossing’ to a Consortium: Oregon and Washington legislators confer in summit

The Columbia Gorge Consortium invited lawmakers from Olympia and Salem who represent districts in the Columbia River Gorge to attend a bi-state legislative summit Friday, May 16 in White Salmon. Five legislators were on hand for the occasion.

Election 2014: Three Democrats seek U.S. House nomination

The May 3 edition carried profiles of Republican contenders for the U.S. House District 2 position: incumbent Greg Walden of Hood River and Dennis Linthicum of Beatty, in Klamath County. The vote May 20 will determine who runs in the November General election.

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Dennis Linthicum wants incumbents replaced with true conservatives

Dennis Linthicum, 58, decided to take on 16-year incumbent Greg Walden out of the belief that “establishment Republicans” are steering the party — and nation — in the wrong direction.

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Greg Walden believes seniority, familiarity count in the capital

Greg Walden is seeking his ninth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing eastern Oregon in the 2nd Congressional District.

May 20 Primary Election ballots are in the mail

Weekend tasks: Mow the lawn, check the oil, open your ballot.

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Sen. Wyden hosts town hall at HRVHS

When Ron Wyden told an auditorium full of students, “Let’s focus on the big issues and just have some fun,” he went first.

Medical marijuana decisions coming soon

County Commission, City of Cascade Locks to consider moratoriums

Local governments will be voting in the next couple weeks on whether to adopt ordinances that would place up to one-year moratoriums on medical marijuana dispensaries that are now legally allowed to operate in the state of Oregon.

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Rep. Mark Johnson stumps for education, criticizes Salem’s

Mark Johnson called his Thursday talk to Hood River Rotary “the good, bad and the ugly.”

Governor accepts applications for 7th District post

Paul Crowley to retire July 1

Gov. John Kitzhaber has begun accepting applications for a judicial position on the Circuit Court for the Seventh Judicial District to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Paul G. Crowley of Hood River. The governor thanked Judge Crowley for his service to Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, Wasco, and Wheeler counties and said he will fill the position by appointment. Judge Crowley’s retirement takes effect July 1.

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County sets medical marijuana ban hearing for April 21

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners will be seeking the public’s input next month on whether or not it should temporarily ban medical marijuana dispensaries from setting up shop in the county’s unincorporated areas.

March 11 is final day to file for May primary

March 11 is the filing deadline for anyone wanting to run for three open positions on the Hood River County Board of Commissioners on May 20 Primary Election ballot.

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.