• Questions To Answer Before Deciding Action On Waldron/Gitchell Building
    The City of The Dalles will do more study before determining the future of the Waldron/Gitchell Building.  The City has received a proposal from local archeologist Eric Gleason that would involve forming a non-profit agency to assume the building, stabilize and restore it, and potentially move it from its current location on East First alongside […]
  • Wheeler Announces Retirement Plans
    Hood River City Manager Steve Wheeler has announced his plans to retire this summer.  Wheeler told the City Council that in all likelihood his retirement will be effective July 1, which is the beginning of the 2018-19 fiscal year, but he is willing to stay on past that date to help with a smooth transition.  […]
  • HR County Commission Holds Sales Tax Worksession
    The Hood River County Commission discussed the first draft of a proposed two percent limited sales tax ballot measure to avoid major budget cuts at a worksession on Monday.  Much of the discussion centered on exemptions.  Prescription drug, fuel, and grocery purchases will be exempted, with much of the discussion surrounding how far to go […]
  • Long-Term Building Codes Solution Will Take Time
    With an interim arrangement to have the state building codes division handle building permits in Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, and Wheeler counties now in place, attention now turns to developing a long-term solution.  Mid-Columbia Council of Governments had handled building codes issues for those counties, but that organization is being dismantled.  County Commissioner Rod Runyon says […]
  • Johnson Happy With Capital Budget And Hirst Fix
    Washington 14th District Representative Norm Johnson says he’s happy with the compromises that led to approval of a $4.2 billion capital budget last week, noting the district will benefit from a number of projects that received funding.  Johnson thinks the entire state will benefit from both the capital budget and the so-called Hirst fix that […]
  • Measure 101 Ballots Due Tuesday
    Time is running out to return ballots in Oregon in the vote asking Oregonians whether they approve of assessments on hospitals, health insurers and managed care companies that would leave Medicaid as it is now in the state untouched.  The deadline to return Measure 101 ballots is Tuesday at 8 p.m.  County election officials recommend […]