Washington 14th District State Representative Norm Johnson has confirmed he is seeking re-election. Continue reading
Declining weighted enrollment, a history of spending down reserves, and increased operational cuts have led to a 2014-15 budget with reductions for the Hood River County School District. The reductions include one full time equivalent teacher reduction at the elementary level, one-and-three-quarters in the middle schools that would diminish the world language program at that level, and two at Hood River Valley High School that will mostly impact the alternative education program and the diversity of electives. Other staffing cuts will occur in community education, special education support personnel, and administrative level, plus there will be reductions in discretionary spending. District Superintendent Dan Goldman says without an increase in state funding support during the next legislative session, there will be more cuts next year, and reserves are still being used to balance the budget this time. He added the rationale for using reserves in 14-15 was based on the knowledge they will have to make cuts next year without a funding jump. There was a motion to pass the budget, but committee members decided to meet again this Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Hood River Valley High School to give the public an opportunity to provide more comment.
A 24-year-old Parkdale area man has been reported as missing. Continue reading
The Port of Hood River Commission has approved a purchase agreement to buy the nine-acre lower Hanel mill site off Highway 35 near Odell from Hanel Development Group. Continue reading
Klickitat County Commissioners are moving ahead with plans to have their planning department assist residents in the National Scenic Area with land use applications to the Columbia River Gorge Commission. Continue reading
North Wasco County School District 21’s budget committee received the proposed 2014-15 fiscal plan at their first meeting on Tuesday. Continue reading
The Dalles 11, Hood River Valley 6: Payton Eaton went four for four with a home run and five runs batted in as the Eagle-Indians salvaged the final game of a three-game series with the Eagles. Continue reading
CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, is looking for volunteers in Hood River, Wasco, and Sherman counties. Continue reading
Fire season will be arriving soon, and for now the projection for the Columbia River Gorge is for a normal season. Continue reading
Next week will be filing week for Washington’s August primary election. Local positions open in both Klickitat and Skamania counties include Commissioner and PUD board positions, Assessor, Auditor, Clerk, Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff, and Treasurer. Filings will be taken at the Klickitat County elections’ office in Goldendale next week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, and at the Skamania County elections’ office in Stevenson between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Both counties also offer on-line filing at their websites. Candidates for multi-county or statewide offices need to file with the Washington Secretary of State’s office.