• 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 Skam […]
  • 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 […] The post Agencies Ask O […]
  • 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 […] The post D21 Decides T […]
  • 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.  […] The post Washington […]
  • 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 […]
  • Oregon COVID-19 Update Shows New Case In Hood River County
    The Oregon Health Authority reported 90 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday to bring the total number in the state to 826, with a new case reported in Hood River County.  That brings Hood River County’s total cases to three, while Wasco County remains at seven, with none in Sherman or Gilliam counties.  There have also […] The post Oregon COVID-19 Update Shows Ne […]
  • Modeling Shows Social Distancing Lowering Transmission Rates
    Oregon state epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger said during a media briefing today that while the latest modeling suggests that current social distancing measures could be cutting COVID-19 transmission rates between 50 to 70 percent, those steps must continue to be observed to keep flattening the curve.  Sidelinger says the model shows with the current socia […]
  • The Dalles Man Sentenced To Federal Prison On Child Porn Charges
    A 42-year-old man from The Dalles was sentenced Thursday to seven years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for transporting and possessing child pornography.  According to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Portland, Jonathan David Murphy had pleaded guilty on February 27 to one count each of transportation and possession of child […] […]
  • Disinfectant Giveaway Planned
    A Hood River-based cleaning company will be offering free bottle refills of commercial grade disinfectant to anyone who needs it.  Pure Gorge Cleaning says it has a surplus of the disinfectant.  They will use a drive-thru system to give out the disinfectant on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Hood River Alliance […] The post Disinfectant Giveaway Planned […]