• Gorge COVID-19 Notices, Closures, and Cancellations
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce Checklist for Small Businesses for Coronavirus Small Business Loans. Hood River County website for COVID-19 Information:  GetReadyGorge.com Wasco County website for COVID-19 Information Follow “Wasco County, Oregon – COVID 19 Information Center” on Facebook for the latest local information.  Klickitat County Emergency Management Skamania County COVID-19 Website Mid-Columbia Economic Development District […]
  • Agencies Ask Outdoor Enthusiasts To “Do The Right Thing”
    The U.S. Forest Service and more than a dozen other federal, state and local agencies in and around the Columbia River Gorge are conducting a social media campaign encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to “do the right thing” and comply with public health directives to stay home and reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Public lands and water […]
  • D21 Decides To Hire Interim Superintendent From Within
    The North Wasco County School District 21 Board has decided not to hire one of the three finalists for the Superintendent’s position it interviewed in mid-March, deciding instead to choose from its current administrators to fill the role on an interim basis in 2020-21 and resume the external search next year.  In a statement, board […]
  • HR Electric Co-Op Returning Money To Members
    Hood River Electric Cooperative is returning $367,915 to members this month as a result of a capital credit retirement authorized by its Board of Directors.  The co-op typically retires capital credits in November, but the board authorized this special springtime retirement to assist members who may be facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  […]
  • Washington COVID-19 Numbers Updated As Of Wednesday
    The Washington State Department of Heatlh has started to be able to update its COVID-19 statistics after its system became overwhelmed by in particular the number of negative tests it was computing.  In its latest numbers, as of the end of Wednesday there had been 6,585 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Washington, with 262 fatalities.  […]
  • HR County Closes Forest To Recreation; Stops Transient Lodging
    The Hood River County Commission approved a resolution to close County forestlands to recreation and all transient lodging facilities during a special meeting on Thursday.  Commissioners made the move after seeing numbers of out-of-town visitors using forest trails in recent weekends, making it difficult to maintain social distancing protocols.  Many of the commissioners commented during […]