• SRS Renewal Won’t Solve HR County Budget Issues
    While many members of the Northwest Congressional delegation were lauding restoration of two years of funding for the Secure Rural Schools program for counties with federal forest lands, it won’t be a panacea for Hood River County’s budget issues.  The County currently faces a need to cut one-point-six million dollars to balance its 2018-19 budget.  […] The […]
  • Wyden And Walden Happy With Wildfire Provisions In Omnibus Bill
    Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is hailing the inclusion in the omnibus spending of provisions to end the practice of “fire borrowing,” the Forest Service taking funds from its fire prevention budget to pay for fighting large wildfires.  Wyden says he and Idaho Senator Mike Crapo have been trying for years to make large wildfires eligible […] The post Wyden And Wal […]
  • Studded Tire Season Extended To April 15
    The Oregon and Washington transportation departments have extended studded tire season in the two states until the end of the day on April 15.   Travelers normally can use studded tires from November 1 through March 31.  State laws grant each state’s transportation department the ability to extend the studded tire season when necessary based on […] The post […]
  • Utility Work Planned On East 12th In The Dalles
    The Dalles Public Works Department will kick-off the 2018 utility service improvement season on East 12th Street between Kelly Avenue and Dry Hollow Road.  No parking zone signs are being placed today ahead of street closures on Monday.  Motorists are asked to park vehicles outside of the work zone during work hours.  On Monday crews […] The post Utility Wor […]
  • March 22 Prep Sports Roundup
    Track and Field Hood River Valley’s boys grabbed eight first place finishes at at meet in McMinnville on Thursday.  Chad Klaas and Jonah Tactay won two events apiece for the Eagles.  HRV’s girls won three events, including two by Katie Kennedy.   Columbia won the boys portion of five-school meet at Seton Catholic, while Trout […] The post March 22 Prep Sport […]
  • CAPECO Named As Area Agency On Aging For The Region
    The Community Action Program of East Central Oregon, or CAPECO, has been designated as the Area Agency on Aging to serve Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties.  The Oregon Department of Human Services’ Aging and People with Disabilities program sought a new entity to assume the role of the AAA in the five […] The post CAPECO Named As Area […]
  • Omnibus Bill Changes Wildfire Funding; Renews SRS
    The omnibus spending bill deal reached in Congress includes language to allow wildfires to be treated as natural disasters and allow firefighting efforts to be paid for through disaster funding rather than entirely out of the Forest Service budget.  Oregon Second District Congressman Greg Walden says this can help end a vicious cycle of depleting […] The pos […]
  • White Salmon Council Moves Forward With Pool District Concept
    White Salmon City Councilors to move forward with a petition to create a metropolitan park district for a new summer swimming pool only, with an eye toward putting it on the ballot sometime this year.  The district boundaries would be the same as for the White Salmon Valley School District but excluding Skamania County, and […] The post White Salmon Council […]
  • NWPRD Working On Master Plan
    Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District is embarking on developing a 20-year master plan.  District Executive Director Scott Baker says the district has never done a master plan.  The district has done listening sessions at various locations, and after establishing the North Wasco County Aquatics Center, Baker indicates the big question they have […]
  • HR Waterfront Children’s Playground Reopens
    The City of Hood River’s Waterfront Park children’s playground has reopened a couple of weeks before Children’s Park will close for its rebuilding.  The waterfront playground had been closed for nearly six months to allow new sod to establish itself and equipment replacement.  Old wooden structures in the Children’s Park at 9th and Eugene are […] The post HR […]