Could decide fate of Walmart expansion
A public hearing that could decide the fate of a planned expansion for the Walmart store in Hood River will be held Dec. 2, although how exactly that meeting will be conducted is still being sorted out.
Park and ride goes to Planning Commission review on Nov. 12
A Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort park and ride proposed for the community of Mt. Hood has been put on hold while the county addresses an appeal from a neighboring property owner challenging the county’s decision to approve the project.
The Hood River County Board of Commissioners passed one measure regulating marijuana and split on a second Monday night at the conclusion of two public hearings dealing with the drug’s evolving status in Oregon.
Miguel Quintana-Soto in custody for murder of Cecilia Campuzano-Ortiz
A Hood River man is behind bars and has been indicted by a grand jury for murder for allegedly killing the mother of his child.
After it failed due to a subpar voter turnout in May, a measure that would charge Cascade Locks electric customers a fee to support the city’s fire and EMS department is heading back to the ballot this November.
HRVPRD examining idea of smaller parcels, more playing fields
The question of how Hood River County will solve its ball field shortage is still up in the air as the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District continues to search for viable parcels that could be home to new public recreation facilities.
You may have seen the mailers this summer or the full-page color ads in recent weeks in the News from Walmart regarding a potential expansion of the retailer’s Hood River location, asking citizens write or call the city and voice their support for the store’s expansion.
Opponent plans appeal of Mt. Hood project
Hood River County has approved a ski resort’s park and ride planned for the community of Mt. Hood, but the lead opponent of the project has already announced she intends to appeal the decision.
Organizer of popular production cites time, money, lack of location as reasons
Hood River Fire and EMS Lieutenant Paul Henke loves scaring children.
The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler, the leaves are beginning to turn colors, and snows are slowly creeping from their summer homes on mountain summits down the rocky slopes of the Cascades.
After 85 years downtown, Sheppard’s plans to relocate to new waterfront locale
Farm and orchard equipment retailer Sheppard’s has been at its location near the corner of First and State streets in downtown Hood River since the beginning of the Great Depression, but it appears it’s time for a change.
Public hearing scheduled for Oct. 13
The end of a six-month moratorium on the siting of medical marijuana facilities in Hood River County is rapidly approaching and the county will soon hold a public hearing on whether it wants to extend that ban.
A sewer pump failure Thursday evening at the Columbia Gorge Community College Indian Creek campus in Hood River resulted in the closure of the campus to faculty, staff, and students on Friday.
Two Gresham teenagers have been charged with second degree assault after allegedly pistol-whipping a man at a Cascade Locks motel early Tuesday morning.
Hood River Valley Residents Committee appeals decision to approve Dee music venue
An outdoor music venue planned for the community of Dee has been put on hold due to an appeal filed by a local land use watchdog group that says the county made missteps in its approval process.
A climate change march held Sunday afternoon in downtown Hood River drew approximately 200 people, many of whom were children.
The vote on a measure that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state of Oregon is fast approaching and some municipalities are considering passing their own cannabis taxes beforehand in case the measure is approved.
Fall officially began earlier this week, and not long after, the first official precipitation of the season followed.
Police have released the names of two individuals arrested in a traffic stop Friday, one of whom was allegedly involved in a foot pursuit that temporarily shut down the Union Pacific rail line near Hood River.
The Hood River County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating an assault that took place at a Cascade Locks motel early Tuesday morning.
Approximately 200 people marched through downtown Hood River Sunday afternoon.
URA authorizes execution of purchase and sale agreement
The long-awaited deal that would bring an end to the Naito Development/Friends of the Hood River Waterfront dispute over Nichols Landing may not be quite done yet, but a big step forward was taken Monday night.
The Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District is looking to add another spur to the Indian Creek Trail network with the hopes of improving access to those who live around the Pacific Avenue area of the Heights.
Recommends council approves change to Expo Center parcels
A plan to redevelop the Expo Center property at the Port of Hood River took a small step forward Monday night with the Hood River Planning Commission voting to recommend that the city council approve a rezone and site plan review needed to develop the land.
Train traffic on the Union Pacific rail line was briefly shut down Friday morning as law enforcement pursued a male suspect who allegedly fled during a traffic stop made by the Hood River Police Department.
With a small volunteer pool and faced with rising costs, the city of Cascade Locks is looking for a way to draw more volunteers to its Emergency Medical Services department.
A ballot initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state of Oregon hasn’t yet been passed by voters, but Hood River County will consider passing its own marijuana tax beforehand just in case they do.
If you’ve noticed some smoky skies and spectacular sunsets and sunrises in the Gorge lately, a wildfire currently burning near Estacada is the culprit.
The Hood River Planning Commission will meet this Monday to address two items needed before development planned near the Expo Center property at the Port of Hood River can move forward.
Earlier this week, the Hood River County Planning Department approved a commercial land use permit for DeeTour, a music and event amphitheater planned for the old mill site at the corner of Lost Lake Road and Dee Highway.
A wildfire sparked by a power line damaged three homes and burned 8.5 acres on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River near Underwood Thursday afternoon, but was mostly contained as of Friday morning.
While the county works on the decision, the park and ride is currently the subject of multiple filings that have been submitted to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA).
Planning dept. gets flurry of feedback on MHM park and ride
A proposal for a ski resort park and ride located in the community of Mount Hood has garnered dozens of public comments from county residents — the vast majority of which say they are opposed to the project.
Agreement includes construction of waterfront hotel and commercial building, creation of new city park
After two years of legal challenges, it appears the controversy between Naito Development and Friends of the Hood River Waterfront is finally coming to an end.
Work likely won’t start on it for at least a few months, but construction plans for the next phase of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail have been submitted to the county for permitting.
Parks-Rec focus is on undeveloped sites
An ad hoc committee formed to find a suitable location for a dog park in Hood River has narrowed down its list of potential sites and largely scrapped plans to place the facility on already existing park sites.
Crash occurs at Ninth and State
A brief police chase early Monday morning ended suddenly when the juvenile driver of the pursued vehicle slammed directly into a power pole in Hood River, shearing the pole in half.
The city of Hood River is now home to not one, but two medical marijuana dispensaries.
A bomb threat phoned in to law enforcement by an anonymous caller resulted in the temporary closure of the Hood River Bridge Wednesday night.
Case could go in January 2015 if unresolved
A child sexual abuse case that has been subject to proceedings in Hood River County Circuit Court since late last year may end up going to trial in January 2015 if a settlement isn’t reached in time.
A public hearing held Monday night regarding an appeal filed against the Nichols Landing project has been continued until early next month due to new evidence submitted on the record.
Police continue to investigate an armed robbery that occurred at the Astro gas station in Hood River Wednesday morning, and are still looking for a suspect in the case.
Spotty service raises safety concerns
Interference, poor signal strength, and lack of service altogether are plaguing local law enforcement radio systems and the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office is trying to figure out why.
Nestlé water bottling project inches forward
A proposal to build a Nestlé water bottling plant in the Gorge took a small step forward on Thursday when a state commission ruled that a water right the corporation needed for the bottling plant should not be canceled despite the concerns of environmental groups.
A two-car crash that occurred south of Odell on Highway 35 Thursday afternoon sent three to the hospital, two with serious injuries, according to state police.
Weigh in via petition, site meeting or public comment period
It was originally a project that was approved without notification of the general public, but now the proposal for the Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort park and ride slated for the community of Mount Hood is open for public comment.
Critics hail decision as a ‘huge blow’ to Port of Morrow project
After more than two years of public review, analysis, and permit filings, delays, and extensions, the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) announced on Monday that it had rejected a crucial permit needed for the construction of the Coyote Island coal export terminal proposed for the Port of Morrow.
Walking trail section of pipeline untouched
After decades in the dirt, 2,600 feet of steel pipe that comprised part of the late Powerdale Dam on the lower Hood River is marked for removal. Columbia Land Trust, a Pacific Northwest river conservation group that owns part of the land the pipeline is on, announced it is removing the half-mile section on the southern end of the fragmented pipeline in order to make way for riparian restoration efforts.
An appeal hearing challenging the city of Hood River’s decision to award a permit for the Nichols Landing hotel and retail development has been pushed back to later this month at the request of the project applicants.
County provides opportunity for public comment on project
Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort plans to reduce the scope of a park and ride planned for Mount Hood after residents and adjacent property owners raised concerns over the project’s potential impact.