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In response to the rise in COVID cases throughout the Gorge, the Port of Hood River met virtually on August 24. Conversations centered around planned repairs and testing of the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge and changes at the Ken Jernstedt Airfield. Engineers gave updates on the …

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In response to the rise in COVID cases throughout the Gorge, the Port of Hood River met virtually on August 24. Conversations centered around planned repairs and testing of the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge and changes at the Ken Jernstedt Airfield. Engineers gave updates on the planning for replacement of lift span’s deteriorating wire ropes and live load testing related to the lowered weight limit imposed in March. Considerably far along on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Project Director Kevin Greenwood expects the final draft to be presented sometime early next year, after he announced a delay for the final EIS.

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John Andoh, assistant executive director at Columbia Area Transit, was fired by the board Wednesday, Aug. 18. Andoh began work under a probationary contract with the agency on May 1.

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HOOD RIVER — The potential Westside Park is slowly becoming a reality for Hood River Parks and Recreation District. The 20-acre plot of land directly northwest of Westside Elementary School has been sitting mostly unoccupied for years. The Parks and Recreation organization is considering pur…

Hood River — City of Hood River residents could be smelling strange odors and seeing smoke associated with their household plumbing and the city sewer system during daylight hours Aug. 12-13 as city utility crews “smoke test” the system, according to a press release from the city’s utility d…

The Port of Cascade Locks has been allocated $1.3 million from the 2021 Oregon Legislature to support key projects and economic development in Cascade Locks. The funds were secured by Sen. Chuck Thomsen from American Recovery Act money that Oregon received and was made available for legislat…

The Hood River Planning Commission June 21 approved a small development — two houses and eight townhouses — on the hillside on E. Eugene Street. The approval includes 47 conditions which must be met by the Portland developer, Inland Pacific Oregon, to continue the project.

The White Salmon Planning Commission has approved the city’s draft comprehensive plan with minor amendments. The 100-page document now proceeds to the White Salmon City Council for final approval and adoption.

Hood River County Commissioners on June 21 approved its $70.6 million budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year, including $28.2 million in unappropriated funds. Unappropriated funds are carried over from the previous year.

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Mill land that once supported the small community of Dee for more than 80 years is for sale, according to a listing with real estate broker Maui Meyer of Cooper West, in Hood River.

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Kicking off the second phase of the Hood River-White Salmon bridge replacement, the Port of Hood River’s Board of Commissioners on June 22 approved agreements that aim at managing and raising money for the estimated $400 million project.

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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.

Signs of the post-pandemic times: The Port of Hood River will begin public in-person meetings in its regular session at 5 p.m. June 22 at the Port office conference room, 1000 E. Port Marina Drive, Hood River. The conference room is on the east side of the port reception area, which is curre…

HOOD RIVER — Effective July 1, the rates for System Development Charges (SDC)throughout the entire Hood River County Parks District will increase. They will be $6,077 for single-family dwellings, $4,384 for multi-family, $3,524 for lodging units and $2,716 for Farm Worker Units. Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District will be collecting SDCs throughout Hood River County, excluding Cascade Locks.

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Nearly all COVID-19 restrictions could be lifted in as early as just over two weeks, Gov. Kate Brown said Friday.

The state is about 127,000 adults short of the goal of getting at least one shot of vaccine into 70 percent of eligible residents.

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The progress of the Bi-State Working Group had Port of Hood River Board of Commissioners in a self-congratulatory mood June 1.

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 County is willing to work with the City of Hood River to provide affordable housing on properties along Rand Road and Wine Country Avenue. On May 17, county commissioners announced support for a joint project by adding the county’s two acres to the city’s seven to create a larger …

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Five Oregon counties — including Hood River County — moved to the most permissive risk category for the spread of COVID-19 on Friday, May 21. Washington County, the state’s second-most populous county, is also among the five.

Hood River — Hood River County’s Budget Committee May 13 approved the 2021-22 county’s $43.1 million all-funds budget, adding salary increases to last-minute changes. The general fund, the portion of the budget supported in part by property tax revenues, makes up $23.4 million of the total.

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.

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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.

A wide range of special taxing districts — ports, school districts, fire districts and others — will be on the May 18 Hood River County Special Districts election ballot for the purpose of electing members, commissioners or directors. The election will conducted by mail.

Oregon’s congressional delegation found themselves trapped by protestors who stormed the Capitol in protest of the Electoral College vote to verify the election of Joe Biden as President.

Oregon Second District Rep. Cliff Bentz told Columbia Gorge News he feels discussion of the 25th Amendment and Impeachment “are not productive toward the goal of a peaceful transition and will only divide our country more.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Jan. 6, Oregon’s U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley's office released the following statement after a mob, incited by President Trump, assaulted police officers and stormed the Capitol, and a group of Republican senators attempted to block the congressional certification of the Ele…

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A previous version of this article incorrectly identified WSP project leader Angela Findley. 

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Judge Paul Crowley of Hood River, who served Gorge communities for more than 22 years as an Oregon District and Circuit Court judge before retiring in 2014, has been awarded the Oregon Senior Judge of the Year award by the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. 

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