HOOD RIVER — Catherine Dalbey, director of human resources, and Deputy George Economou, Hood River County Sheriff school resource deputy, presented the results of a multi-agency tabletop safety drill conducted May 27 in the Hood River Valley High School gym.
HOOD RIVER — The Hood River City Council officially adopted a $54 million budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year, levying property taxes and accepting state revenues.
HOOD RIVER — “Get out of your fuzzy slippers, guys,” said Hood River Mayor Kate McBride at the June 14 Zoom-based meeting of city council. “You’re going to have to put on your real shoes.” The council agreed that the next meeting, June 28, will be in-person, although virtual options are bein…
HOOD RIVER — Forth is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the launch of The CRuSE Project, a program for community carsharing in Hood River, at 11 a.m. on June 24 at the Hood River Fire Department, 1785 Meyer Parkway.
The Skamania County Auditor’s Office will open a special three-day candidate filing period from June 29 through July 1for offices that did not have filings during the regular filing period.
HOOD RIVER — In mid-May, East Fork Irrigation District (EFID) celebrated a project now underway to pipe and pressurize 56 miles of open-ditch irrigation canals.
The Hood River City Council has appointed Will Norris interim city manager beginning July 1, current City Manager Rachael Fuller’s last day. Norris has been the city’s finance director and assistant city manager since 2016.
With the opening of Hood River Common House at the end of May, the Kitts family added another business to their corner of town. The new bottle shop and lounge, located beneath the Ruddy Duck, is the third business for the Mike Kitts and Tassie Mack family at Oak and Fifth streets, joining th…
Valerie Bruggeman, 18, is the first student to be awarded the Ford Scholar Program award at Horizon Christian School, Hood River, since 2014. Bruggeman is a two-sport athlete, playing soccer and track and field, competing in the sprint, pole vault and relay events. She will attend George Fox…
HOOD RIVER — Hood River County School District Superintendent Rich Polkinghorn and department heads Catherine Dalbey, Bill Newton, Anne Carloss and Patricia Ortega-Cooper presented an update on the district’s equity plan at the May 26 board meeting.
HOOD RIVER — Hood River Valley High School will double the size of its summer school program and offer students more options to regain credit, participate in experiential learning classes, and get back on track for graduation this year.
The Hood River and Cascade Locks branches are open for Library Express Services. Patrons are invited into the buildings for 30 minutes. They can pick up holds, browse for books, or use a public computer. No appointment needed! There are occupancy limits in the Children’s Library in Hood Rive…
Port of Hood River’s Board of Commissioners June 1 considered renewing a three-year contract with Kevin Greenwood, the Hood River-White Salmon bridge replacement project director since 2018 (results unavailable by press time).
Hood River’s Heights-area residents and users said they want a livable community with improvements that balance safety with business access and mixed-use development.
The Central Gorge Master Gardener Association has selected four Master Gardeners as recipients of the Master Gardener of the Year and Behind the Scenes Awards for their contributions to the OSU Extension Central Gorge Master Gardener program.
Hood River — Residents near the Ken Jernstedt Airfield may get a little noise relief this summer, thanks to a quieter propeller on the tow plane used by the Hood River Soaring group. The non-profit organization uses gliders to provide pilot training and sport gliding staged from a Glider Por…
HOOD RIVER — Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) has installed its newest child advocates: Tori Ratliff, Kathy Nishimoto, and Monica Carson, Hood River; Carol Goter, Mosier; and Brigitte Barnes, Stevenson.
The radio stations of Bicoastal Media, Gills Point S Tire and Auto, Ray Schultens Motors, Washington Gorge Action Program, Car Stereo Specialists, and Columbia Veterinary Hospital are teaming up for the seventh year to help a Columbia Gorge family in need. Wheels of Hope will provide a strug…
After three years of looking for the perfect buyers, Peggy Thompson, founder and owner of Hood River Coffee Roasters, has sold the business to Mike and Susie Margotta of Birmingham, Ala. She’s spent the past three months helping the Margottas with the transition.
HOOD RIVER — Visit Hood River opened a visitor center and office within common area space at the History Museum of Hood River County, located at 300 E. Port Marina Drive, Hood River, on May 1. The visitor center reopening is a significant leap forward for Visit Hood River, following a year o…
Despite pandemic challenges, many of Hood River’s waterfront activities and river sports are resuming this summer, and in some cases, expanding. For example, the Port of Hood River Board of Commissioners last month approved a use agreement with a new sailboat charter company that will begin …
The same night Hood River City Council gave its final approval to new middle-income housing codes, it revitalized plans aimed at expanding affordable housing in the city.
Hood River — Hood River residents have until May 20 to participate in a survey about plans to build affordable homes and apartments on the city-owned seven-acre site along Rand Road, at the west end. The city will include community comments in its development plans, due for completion in June.
Fire Chief Leonard Damian, Hood River Fire & EMS, reported firefighters were dispatched to an active fire at Lone Pine Motel, located at 2429 Cascade Ave., at 8:57 a.m. on Wednesday, May 5. The damage was contained to one unit.
The cities and counties of the Columbia Gorge are making plans now to spend the millions coming next month from the American Rescue Plan Act, the same act that awarded stimulus funds to individuals. The funds to governmental bodies are meant to offset losses caused by the pandemic.
HOOD RIVER — The City of Hood River’s revenue did not decline last year as expected, due in large part to in-coming federal pandemic stimulus funds known as the American Rescue Plan. City Manager Rachael Fuller and Finance Director Will Norris presented the fiscal year 2021-22’s proposed bud…
The Hood River County Transportation District Board has appointed John Andoh to serve as assistant executive director of Columbia Area Transit (CAT), with a transition to the position of executive director in July 2022, when current Executive Director Patty Fink retires.
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Hood River — COVID-19 rates are going up in Hood River County, Hood River County School District Superintendent Rich Polkinghorn told the board at the April 28 public meeting. Moving from Low Risk to Moderate Risk — and again to High Risk — is a reminder that the pandemic is not over, he said.
Hood River — Hood River County School District (HRCSD) and Hood River Education Association (HREA) reached a tentative settlement on a new three-year collective bargaining deal in the early hours of Thursday, April 22, during its third meeting with a state-assigned mediator. The HRCSD Board …
Joel Madsen directs both Mid-Columbia Housing Authority and Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation. The two organizations have separate but related roles working towards a single goal: promoting and administering affordable housing in the Gorge.
The Hood River City Council has chosen Jensen Strategies, a Portland firm, to help recruit its next city manager. Rachael Fuller, the current city manager, announced her resignation in March and leaves July 2.
HOOD RIVER — The City of Hood River had contracted Gorge Tree Surgeon to complete tree pruning in the following areas, beginning Tuesday, May 11 through Thursday, May 13:
Carola Stepper, LAc, RN retired, founded Cascade Acupuncture Center, LLC in 2005 by opening the Hood River clinic in downtown Hood River at 104 5th Street. In 2006, a second clinic was added in downtown The Dalles, inside the Medical Arts Building at 414 Washington St. The Dalles clinic move…
Two Oregon structures, including one in Hood River, have received 2021 Wood Design Awards from WoodWorks – Wood Products Council, which celebrate excellence in wood building design and spotlight its continued rise in popularity across the U.S. According to a press release, “the awards recogn…
Hood River County School District (HRCSD) and Hood River Education Association (HREA) reached a tentative settlement on a new three-year collective bargaining deal in the early hours of Thursday, April 22, during its third meeting with a state-assigned mediator. The HRCSD Board of Directors …
Hood River — Hood River Distillers has announced promotions for its two lead distillers. Joe O’Sullivan has been promoted to Master Distiller for the entire Hood River Distillers portfolio, and Caitlin Bartlemay has been elevated to Head Distiller of Clear Creek Distillery.
Gorge Rebuild-It Center will be the site of a free, hard to recycle plastics collection event on Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in honor of Earth Day.
New windows, a restored neon sign, and an upgraded entry on Cascade Avenue were the visible exterior improvements done over the winter at Hood River Elks Lodge. Meanwhile, inside the the lodge, the organization was doing an extensive remodeling on the second floor. At a soft opening on March…
While a new bridge awaits funding amid a flurry of meetings, studies and reports, the nearly century-old Hood River/White Salmon Interstate Bridge will get some needed repairs this year.
Hood River County School Board members and administrators celebrated the return of all students to in-person classes at their April 14 board meeting, held at May Street Elementary as well as broadcast live via Google Meet.
The Hood River County Library District is offering browsing and Computer appointments at the Hood River branch Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon to 6 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Hood River County Health Department has announced a COVID vaccine clinic for Thursday, April 15, with a goal of reaching farmworkers and household family members of frontline workers,
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