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Rail company pledges to fight coal dust

BNSF will use two coats of sealant on loads

In a bid to eliminate coal dust, BNSF Railway will start spraying a second coating of sealant on coal cars in Pasco, before they enter the windy Gorge, a rail official said last week. Andrew Johnsen, assistant vice president of state government affairs for BNSF, which operates on the Washington side of the Gorge, told the Gorge Commission Sept. 9 the railway would do whatever was needed to eliminate coal dust.

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Fire burns portion of in-lieu site on White Salmon River

A fire that started around 6 a.m. Monday destroyed most of the lower section of the in-lieu fishing encampment used by the Yakama Nation at the confluence of the White Salmon and Columbia Rivers, according to a report by the White Salmon Enterprise.

Climate change march happens Sunday in Hood River

A Columbia Gorge climate gathering and march takes place Sunday in Hood River at Riverside Community Church, Fourth and State streets.

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Hazy skies in Gorge caused by fire near Estacada

If you’ve noticed some smoky skies and spectacular sunsets and sunrises in the Gorge lately, a wildfire currently burning near Estacada is the culprit.

Wyoming appeals Oregon’s denial of coal port

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming is appealing Oregon’s recent decision to deny an application to build a coal terminal at the Port of Morrow, on the Columbia River.

Groups plan suit over Northwest oil-response plan

SEATTLE (AP) — Environmental groups say they plan to sue the federal government for failing to ensure that regional oil-response plans don’t harm endangered species.

Wash. governor says no to extending Hanford deadline

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson said they will not extend Friday’s deadline for resolving a dispute with the U.S Department of Energy over cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s most polluted nuclear weapons production site.

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Record return

As predicted, this year’s run of Fall Chinook salmon returning to the Columbia River is setting all-time historic records.

Gorge Commission budget spurs protest

For the first time in its 27-year history, both the chair and vice chair of the Columbia River Gorge Commission have resigned their posts – but are staying on the commission – in a disagreement over the budget.

Green again, with work

We appreciate the Aug. 30 article on the recent Indian Creek site fire.

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ODOT submits plans for new Historic Hwy segment

Work likely won’t start on it for at least a few months, but construction plans for the next phase of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail have been submitted to the county for permitting.

Pinchot Collaborative turns focus to Upper WS River-Gotchen Creek

Last week, a group of residents who share a common interest in taking care of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest gathered around the Trout Lake Big Tree to collaborate on how to do so.

Dog park list narrowed down

Parks-Rec focus is on undeveloped sites

An ad hoc committee formed to find a suitable location for a dog park in Hood River has narrowed down its list of potential sites and largely scrapped plans to place the facility on already existing park sites.

OWEB offers grants for watershed health

Do you have natural resource concerns on your property, but don’t have the funds to fix them?

It’s still summer:Ways to save water

Rain actually does go away on summer days in the Pacific Northwest and during this dry time, when vegetables and flowers bask in sunlight, water use and costs can increase substantially.

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