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HR County Commissioners approve garbage rate hike

Increase larger than last year’s

Garbage rates will be going up again in January following a decision from the Hood River County Board of Commissioners to approve a request for the increase from Hood River Garbage.

Gorge Commission receives a mixed message on funding

Budget to stay mostly flat; increases had been earmarked for oil, coal train issue

A year after its executive director warned the agency was on the “verge of collapse” due to a lack of funding, the Columbia River Gorge Commission will not be receiving the financial boost it had hoped for.

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Exit Mayor Babitz

Outgoing Mayor Arthur Babitz (right) accepts a plaque adorned with a key to the city from City Manager Steve Wheeler at the conclusion of Monday night’s Hood River City Council meeting.

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Hood River City Council lays out the Waterfront's future

Council unanimously passes waterfront refinement plan

In what was one of its last actions of 2014, and for some, one of their last actions as city councilors, the Hood River City Council voted Monday evening to pass an ordinance implementing the Waterfront Refinement Plan, which sets down design concepts and zoning restrictions for future development at the Hood River Waterfront.

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DeeTour appeal fails due to deadlock

County Planning Commission votes 3-2 to deny appeal

An appeal against a concert and event venue planned for the unincorporated town of Dee has failed after Hood River County Planning Commissioners were unable to muster enough votes to make a decision Wednesday evening.

City of Cascade Locks sells old fire hall

The city of Cascade Locks’ old fire hall finally has some new owners.

Agreement reached on controversial Lava Thin

Vista Ridge Trailhead off limits as groups push for more wilderness

After attracting controversy from environmental groups earlier this year, a compromise has been reached that will help move forward a thinning project proposed on Mt. Hood National Forest land west of Parkdale.

Gorge Commission hears coal, oil transport update

Representatives from governors’ offices plan to attend Dec. 9 meeting

Representatives from both the Oregon and Washington governors’ offices plan to be in town next week to provide an update on what each state is doing to address coal and oil transport through the Gorge.

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HR City Council votes down Walmart expansion

Councilors vote 4-3 against; unknown if Walmart will appeal

In a lengthy land use hearing that was fraught with controversy, the Hood River City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday night to deny Walmart’s application to expand its Hood River location, ruling that the store’s vested right to do so had expired since expansion of the store hadn’t moved forward in years.

Council votes 4-3 against Walmart expansion

In a lengthy four-hour land use hearing that was fraught with controversy, the Hood River City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday night to deny the expansion of Walmart's store on Wasco Avenue.

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