Tuesday, April 30, 2013
SALEM—Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River) will be hosting an in-district town hall on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. to provide a legislative update, focusing specifically on K-12 and higher education issues.
“There are some exciting opportunities for our local education efforts to be assisted by state investments. There is also much to discuss regarding the budget situation what impact that may have locally,” said Rep. Johnson.
“I think it’s important that citizens know what we’re working on in Salem and how it affects our schools, families, and our communities as a whole.”
Dr. Frank Toda, president of Columbia Gorge Community College, will be speaking, providing some insights on what is happening at the local level. Janet Hamada, director of The Next Door Inc., will also present information on current legislation of interest to the local Hispanic community.
Rep. Johnson is serving his second term on the Hood River County School Board and is a past chairman. In Salem, he serves on the Higher Education and Workforce Development committee.
The town hall will be held on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m.–11 a.m. at Columbia Gorge Community College, Hood River Campus in the library commons area. The campus is located at 1730 College Way in Hood River. It is free to attend and open to the public.
“I always enjoy spending time speaking with and listening to the members of my community, answering questions and receiving feedback on what else we can be doing in Salem as we move forward,” said Johnson.
If you’d like a particular question or topic covered at the town hall, or if you would like more information about the event, email Mark@RepMark
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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge