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Weed of the month: English ivy

English ivy is a rapidly growing evergreen vine typically seen growing on hillsides, climbing trees, growing over fences and up the sides of houses. It out-competes other plants for soil, sunlight and water. English ivy can kill large trees by suffocating their trunks and weighing down branches. A mature English ivy plant can weigh up to 2,100 pounds, with trunk-like stems that can be nearly a foot thick.

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Take precautions as air quality decreases

Wildfires are raging across the state and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and public health officials are urging residents to take precautions amid smoke.

Hood River County holds Energy Plan meetings

Through a series of town hall meetings, Hood River County invites the public to learn about and provide insights into a countywide Energy Plan that charts a course for the future.

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Gorge gets challenged to ‘Drive Less’

The Oregon Drive Less Challenge pulls up soon. Its finish line: energy efficiency.

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Polallie in two parts: Forest Service splits up Mt. Hood timber thin

The U.S. Forest Service will divide a timber thinning and fuels reduction project on the north slope of Mount Hood into two parts.

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Fire update Monday: Growth moderates, evac levels stay same

The Eagle Creek Fire saw some growth this weekend, up to about 34,000 acres, but crews were able to dig in and defend key areas. The blaze is still 7 percent contained.

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County Public Health Department: Tips on protecting yourself from harmful air

Heavy, unhealthy smoke in the Hood River area has prompted questions regarding the use of masks. The best protection is to avoid smoke altogether by staying inside.

Friends calls on public to stay out of the Gorge

On the afternoon of Sept. 2, a wildfire erupted in the Eagle Creek area. The wildfire has now grown to over 30,000 acres — including new fires that have started on the Washington side of the Gorge.

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Odell fire camp supports a growing cadre of firefighters

The largest firefighting department in Oregon is at work in the rugged hills of the Eagle Creek/Indian Creek fire.

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Fire meeting: Highlights from the Unified Command fire information meeting Thursday at Hood River Valley High School

‘Be patient. It’ll go out one of these days. They always do.’

About 800 people filled the bleachers an another 2,000 or so tuned in via TV and YouTube as speakers gave updates on the Eagle Creek-Indian Creek fire.

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Feds asked to sidestep salmon rules

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group that represents farmers is calling the costs of saving imperiled salmon in the largest river system in the Pacific Northwest unsustainable and is turning to the Trump administration to sidestep endangered species laws.

Kalama port drops methanol shoreline permiting appeal

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — The Port of Kalama is dropping its appeal of the state's shoreline permit for the Kalama methanol plant, removing a major challenge to the permit.

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Fire images: Sept. 6 edition

Photos of Eagle Creek Fire.

‘Love your Columbia’ events return Saturday

Community clean-up events and celebrations are coming back to the Columbia Gorge.

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Golden Eagle

The old picnic shelter is gone and where it stood is the new asphalt base for tennis and pickleball courts and basketball hoops at Golden Eagle Park.

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