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Farm Bureau opposes sale of Limmeroth Ranch

When the Wasco County Board of Commissioners signed a letter supporting the sale of the Limmeroth Ranch in the Deschutes River corridor to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in October, 2013, there was zero opposition. Well, there is now. Leading the group of unhappy nearby landowners at the June 3 meeting was Dean McAllister, who is also the vice president of the Wasco County Farm Bureau. “The government already owns 54 percent of Oregon,” McAllister said. “Why do they need another 10,000 acres? When is it enough for the state?” The purchase of the Limmeroth Ranch would add to the Lower Deschutes Wildlife Area, which was established in 1983 when the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation donated 2,758 acres. In 1986, the foundation gave another 5,158 acres to the department.

Paid sick leave bill moves ahead

Over strenuous Republican objections, the Legislature’s joint budgetary committee on Friday approved a statewide policy requiring employers to give workers paid sick leave.

Protecting the ‘people’s building’

Foundation has asked the Oregon Legislature to provide $168 in the 2015 session to get construction underway

Town halls scheduled in Gilliam, Sherman

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., will host town halls in Gilliam and Sherman counties on Saturday, May 30. The meeting at the North Gilliam County Rural Fire Protection District firehouse, 1500 Railroad Ave., in Arlington, begins at 8 a.m. Walden will be at Bob’s Texas T-Bone, 101 East First Street in Rufus, at 10 a.m. to meet with constituents.

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Farmers get help with drought

Agency to provide funding for mitigation measures on cropland, ranches, forests

Mileage tax program revs up

Motorists will get gas tax credit

Man falls from moving car

HOOD RIVER — On Sunday, May 24, 2015, Hood River County Deputies were dispatched to Highway 281 near Airport Road after witnesses reported a man laying face down in the ditch.

Car careens into Cascade Locks home

CASCADE LOCKS — On Saturday May 23, just after 10 a.m., Hood River County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a residence on Clark St., near the corner of Forest Lane in Cascade Locks, on a report of a single vehicle crash.

Wyden extends help to Gold Star dads

A bill sponsored by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., that would extend the same federal hiring preference to fathers that is available to mothers of service members killed or permanently and totally disabled in action has cleared the Senate.

Bend man pleads ‘not guilty’ in HR murder trial

HOOD RIVER (AP) — An Oregon man has pleaded not guilty to killing his girlfriend while they hiked in the Columbia River Gorge six years ago.

House acts on police cameras

SALEM — With national attention focused on the use of force by police, the Oregon House overwhelmingly approved two bills Tuesday seeking clarity on the use of cameras worn by police officers or held by citizens.

UP president visits gorge

Railroad chief addresses safety issues

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Oil spill plan is being updated

Draft is online, public asked to leave comments

Crude oil refinery proposed

Trains would supply first refinery on Columbia

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Officials protest education budget

Opponents say achievement is tied to funding

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