Ben Mitchell

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Feds slash timber payments to counties

Funds greatly reduced as Secure Rural Schools ends

Counties that have federal forestland within their borders recently received some bad news after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that this year’s federal timber payments to counties would be drastically reduced due to Congress’ failure to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools Act.

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Giving a boost to Gorge Commission

Legislation would create taskforce, fund more employees

The Gorge may be renowned for its beauty, but the law that protects the area, the National Scenic Act, and the entity that implements it, the Columbia River Gorge Commission, aren’t always so visible.

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Tensing up: Bridge lift span issue tied to cables; re-tension work likely this summer

The Hood River Bridge’s lift span has not been setting correctly and an engineering firm contracted with the Port of Hood River believes it has discovered why.

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Punchbowl Falls park idea sees a flurry of feedback

A call for public input on a plan to develop a county park around Punchbowl Falls has been warmly received by area residents, hundreds of which have already provided feedback on what the future should hold for the popular waterfall near Dee.

DeeTour can proceed

Developer says timeline for music venue TBD

A music venue planned for construction in Dee can now move forward after a local land use watchdog group made the decision to not continue pursuing an appeal it had filed against the project.

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CL City Council approves water rights transfer for Nestlé plant

City to file application, ODFW still on the fence

Cascade Locks took another step forward this week to bring Nestlé to the city by approving an application for a transfer of water rights that will ultimately help supply spring water for a proposed water bottling plant.

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Walmart heads back to LUBA

Retailer files notice of intent to appeal with state agency over store expansion

Just over a month after it was made, a decision rendered by the Hood River City Council on whether Walmart should be allowed to expand its Hood River store has been appealed at the state level.

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Groups seek public input on Punchbowl

First of two public meetings on park proposal held Tues.

Hood River County and conservation groups want to turn an area around a popular waterfall near Dee into a public park and are looking to the public for input on the plan.

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2014 in review

Land use squabbles, marijuana dispensaries, budget woes, and a historic win for the HRVHS soccer team were just some of the many stories the Hood River news reported on in 2014. Here’s a look back at some of the top stories from each month. Stories are categorized by the month in which they were published.

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New cell tower planned for Windmaster Corner

Verizon holds off on Multnomah Road tower

Verizon Wireless is seeking county approval to build a cell tower near Windmaster Corner after deciding to shelve plans, at least for the time being, for a tower that was to be located on Multnomah Road.

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