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Hood River hires Steve Wheeler to serve as new city manager

Steve Wheeler, currently interim director of planning and development at Metro in Portland, will become the new city manager of Hood River. Mayor Arthur Babitz said he was pleased to announce Wheeler’s selection. He said Wheeler has accepted, “pending approval of his employment contract at our March 10 city council meeting.” Babitz said Wheeler brings […]

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ODOT re-opens I-84 travel through Hood River on one eastbound lane

Eastbound traffic on Interstate 84 resumed through Hood River — via one lane of travel — at 9 p.m. Sunday night. According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, work to clear debris from last Wednesday’s landslide progressed faster than originally expected. As a result, ODOT was able to reopen at least one lane of travel […]

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ODOT reopens I-84 … to Cascade Locks. Monday is target for Hood River

In response to public outcry asking essentially, “Hey, why penalize us?”, the Oregon Department of Transportation on Friday evening reopened I-84 Eastbound from Troutdale to Cascade Locks. The freeway remains closed between there and Hood River, while work continues to remove the massive rock slide that closed both eastbound lanes on Wednesday evening. Numerous travelers […]

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As if snow weren’t enough fun, bridge work to cause Tuesday delays

This from the Port of Hood River. Plan ahead for possible delays on Tuesday, Feb. 10, while the Port’s bridge engineer conducts routine electrical and mechanical inspections on the lift span. The Port’s notice included the proviso “weather permitting” (we’re not sure what this weather permits, except falling on your keester). The Port says all […]

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CGCC opens application for Gorge Scholars free-tuition program

High school seniors with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher may now apply for two years of free tuition offered under the Gorge Scholars program at Columbia Gorge Community College. Applications are being accepted through July 1, 2014. Get full details about the program and application process at the Gorge Scholars web page. […]

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Five finalists for Hood River City Manager post to visit, meet public Feb. 26-27

The five finalists for the vacant position of Hood River City Manager will be in Hood River Feb. 26 and Feb. 27 for meetings with the public and panels composed of City Council, staff, local professionals and citizens. “The common thread is that all five candidates have extensive experience serving local governments in senior management […]

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Growth in employment of talented tech workers fuels regional, Hood River county payroll boom

In a recent casual chat with Dallas Fridley, the Oregon Employment Department’s regional economist, he mentioned that Hood River County ranked third in the state for median income. Third? You gotta be kidding, right? Nope. In a follow-up conversation, Fridley said the number points clearly to one major — but perhaps unappreciated — recent trend: […]

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Care to share your thoughts on gubmint? Sen. Merkley is coming to town

Sen. Jeff Merkley is making two town hall visits to the Gorge this week, both mid to late morning, one in The Dalles, the other in Hood River. So, if you’d like to attend either appearance, you best ask your boss for a little leave time to, you know, engage in that democracy thing we […]

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