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Patrick Mulvihill

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Rivers to retire

County Board Chair will not seek re-election

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners’ presiding member will stand down from his post.

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Self-serve gas law emerges in Hood River

Customers can legally pump their own gas around the clock at certain stations in Hood River County, reversing a decades-long ban.

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Rep. Walden talks children’s health insurance funding

Denounces Trump remarks

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden hopes an agreement funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is close at hand for Congress.

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Sen. Wyden pitches new bridge bill

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden has introduced a bill that would create a grant program for repairing and replacing outdated bridges.

HR County seeks grants for Kingsley campground projects

Replacing Kingsley Campground after a planned flood will take grant support.

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Hood River Port hires bridge replacement project director

The Port of Hood River has hired a new specialist as it takes steps toward replacing the interstate bridge.

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ODFW: No wolves released in HR Co.

Rumors that wolves have been let loose in the Hood River Valley sparked local conversations — but according to the Oregon Department of Wildlife, those stories were false.

Bridge electronic tolling system goes online

When toll rates go up Feb. 1, crossings at the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge will be cheaper for residents who are signed up for electronic tolling.

Final decision on Vancouver oil terminal nears

Following a recommendation by Washington state energy regulators to deny a Columbia River oil terminal, Gov. Jay Inslee will have the last say on the project’s outcome.

Mt. Hood land exchange heads to Trump’s desk

A long-delayed land swap on Mount Hood that sets out areas for commercial development and protected forest land has cleared Congress.

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Winter Traveler

A hawk glides over Catherine Creek trail west of Lyle, Wash., near the Columbia River overlook point on a cool December weekend.

County could place sales tax on May ballot

A voter measure that would create a local sales tax is in the works.

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Freezing rain, snow?

Wintry conditions possible on Christmas weekend

Travelers will face a chance of freezing rain or snow during the holiday traffic scramble.

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New building to host Australian UAV engine company Orbital

A drone engine manufacturer from West Australia has chosen Hood River for its expansion into the United States.

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County backs NORCOR, calls for changes

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners on Monday made clear their confidence in Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility, following public concerns over treatment of youths at the jail.

HR County joins response on facility

Following a deeply critical report about juvenile inmate conditions at the regional jail, Hood River County will join a multi-county response drafted by attorneys.

Sales Tax: County gets mixed results from survey

A public survey about a proposed countywide sales tax got a lukewarm reception.

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State Trail: ODOT mulls options for crossing Mitchell Pt.

As work presses into winter on the Wyeth portion of the Columbia River Historic Highway State Trail, transportation agencies are considering alternatives for the next piece of the endeavor: Mitchell Point.

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Hwy 30 bridge work nearly finished, expect delays this week

Repair and replacement work is nearly complete for three bridges on Highway 30 east of Mosier.

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Forum explores environmental, business impacts of Eagle Cr. fire

More than 200 people turned out for a forum reflecting on forest ecology in the wake of the Eagle Creek fire.

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Eagle Creek fire contained, but not ‘out’

Officials have termed the smoldering Eagle Creek fire completely contained — but not extinguished.

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Panel votes to deny Columbia River oil hub

The energy panel recommended denial of a proposed riverside oil train terminal that has drawn controversy in Columbia Gorge communities.

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House District 52: Counties will select from three candidates

Three finalists have been named in the search to fill a vacant District 52 seat in the Oregon House.

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County plans expansion of Kingsley Campground

Hood River County is mulling improvements to a replaced Kingsley Reservoir Campground after an irrigation project floods it.

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As ‘smoke clears,’ HR forum explores post-fire ecology

A Hood River forum will examine what comes post-Eagle Creek fire and how the public can get involved in the forest’s recovery.

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Highway Crash Monday

A two-vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near Mosier caused a traffic crawl Monday afternoon. No serious injuries were reported in the wreck, in which a semi-truck and a passenger van were damaged.

County vets energy plan, eyes STR rules

Hood River County Board of Commissioners on Monday took a first glimpse at an energy plan on the table for five local government boards’ consideration.

City Council: Parking resolution passes, new firefighter approved

At its fifth meeting on the topic, Hood River City Council on Monday adopted a resolution changing fees developers must pay for impacts of on-street parking.

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Private company floats bridge replacement plan

A Colorado infrastructure investment company on Nov. 7 introduced a proposal to replace the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge.

Wrecks clog snowy Mt. Hood passes Wednesday

ODOT: Winter’s here

A tangle of vehicle crashes Wednesday night on Mount Hood signaled the onset of volatile winter road conditions.

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Truck hauling mobile home crashes in Hood River

A semi-truck hauling a manufactured home crashed and jackknifed Monday morning.

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Truck hauling mobile home crashes in HR Monday

A semi-truck hauling a Marlette manufactured home crashed shortly before 10 a.m. Monday and struck a guardrail on Interstate 84 westbound near milepost 63.

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Eagle Creek fire trail closures in force

Citations issued for illegal entry

Trails in the scorched Eagle Creek fire area remain dangerous, according to the U.S. Forest Service, and some people who illegally passed barricades have been cited.

Governor calls off Nestlé water exchange

Citing legal issues and costs, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown asked state officials Friday to quash a water exchange with Cascade Locks that would make possible a Nestlé water bottling plant.

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Beach work

AN EXCAVATOR operated by John Mann, Port of Hood River facilities manager, unearths a boulder at Event Site on the Hood River Waterfront, to assemble a new rock wall.

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Rains cause minor landslides on Hwy. 30

A flood warning heightened concerns about landslides in the Columbia Gorge, but the torrent didn’t close any major transportation routes over the weekend.

HR County declines request to take on Area Aging Agency

Hood River County has turned down a request from the state Department of Human Services to absorb services offered by the Area Agency on Aging.

Port submits Lot 1 plan

Planning Commission to consider subdivision

The Port of Hood River has sent to city planners a subdivision application for the last patch of developable land on the Hood River waterfront.

Hood River Port takes input on bridge toll hike

Bridge toll costs on the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge will ramp up in February, plans anticipate, and the Gorge community has started weighing in.

Hood River County to direct $550K for park septic fixes

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners decided Monday to put $550,000 worth of transient room tax revenue toward county park septic system repairs over the next several years.

HR Bridge toll hike hearings begin Tuesday

The first in a pair of hearings concerning a proposed bridge toll increase at the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge kicks off Tuesday.

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CL Port prepares 10-year Marine Park plan

A plan is on the table for the Port of Cascade Locks as it charts out Marine Park’s next decade.

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Bridge busy: Maintenance causes round of delays

The Hood River-White Salmon Bridge will see a busy October as bridge works presses on, but some anticipated closures have been lifted.

Blasted! Expect freeway delays

Planned explosions along I-84 are part of historic trail work

A series of rock blasts along Interstate 84 west of Hood River will occasionally delay fall travelers.

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Rescued bald eagle released back into wild

The raptor, which state crews found lying injured in a creek near Post Canyon in April, spent months recuperating at Rowena Wildlife Clinic before its release Thursday afternoon.

Officials: Fire won’t be out until rain, snow

The Eagle Creek fire will likely keep burning until weather helps put it out, fire team reports state.

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Bridge vandalism delays maintenance work

A suspected vandalism case hit the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge in late September, leaving graffiti and damaged equipment.

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Governor promises recovery aid for Hood River County

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown visited Cascade Locks and Hood River Friday in her second official trip in this county since the Eagle Creek fire broke out a month ago.

County board okays Verizon cell tower again

A 100-foot cell tower planned for construction near Hood River Valley High School has shrugged off another round of legal challenges from a nearby resident.

Fire activity ‘limited’ despite dry week

Dicey weather didn’t outrage the Eagle Creek fire, which showed subdued activity as firefighters pressed on with repair efforts.