The process to establish the budget for the 2014-15 school year in the North Wasco County School District 21 is underway. Superintendent Candy Armstrong is hoping this budget represents the beginning of the district leaving a pattern of cutting program to beginning to recover some of what has been lost. Armstrong says the district would like to restore some full-time positions at both the high school and middle school while dealing with growing elementary schools, while at the same time looking at everything the district does to find improvement. The D-21 budget committee will meet for the first time in early May.
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has announced plans to be in the Mid-Columbia for a series of town hall meetings next week. Wyden has town halls planned next Tuesday (April 15) at Hood River Valley High School at 12:15 p.m. and the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles at 3 p.m., next Wednesday (April 16) at 11 a.m. at Condon High School and 2 p.m. at Fossil Charter School, and next Thursday (April 17) at 10:10 a.m. at Sherman Junior/Senior High School. The Fossil town hall will be the 700th Wyden will have held since becoming a Senator in 1996, and was the location of his first that year.
This coming weekend will bring the first appearance of the latest festival to come to the Hood River Valley. The Hard-Pressed Cider Fest is scheduled for Saturday, the first weekend of the three-weekend Blossom Time promotion in the area. Hood River County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mike Glover says they wanted to do something geared toward the Mid-Valley and take advantage of the growing number of hard cider makers in the area along with the Blossom Time marketing already in place. The Cider Fest will take place this Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. at Mt. Defiance Cold Storage on 3315 Stadelman Drive. Tickets are $10 dollars and include a commemorative mug and four three-ounce taste tokens, and are available at www.hoodriver.org.
As spring gets underway, forest owners are watching to see if winter cold will help reduce an outbreak of bark beetles in the region. Continue reading
A subcommittee chaired by Oregon Second District Congressman Greg Walden held a hearing on ensuring the security, stability, and freedom of the global Internet. Continue reading
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will limit the services available to visitors at Roosevelt Park near Roosevelt beginning this month. Continue reading
Hood River Valley 7, Gladstone 0: Ryan Ward pitched a one-hitter, striking out six on the way to the Eagles’ fifth victory in six games. Continue reading
Wasco County Commissioners voted unanimously to issue a mass gathering permit for the “What The?” music festival to be held at Wolf Run Ranch southwest of Dufur. Continue reading
Two Mid-Columbia residents have been selected to receive regional lifetime achievement awards at the 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Awards later this month. Continue reading