Zombie coal subsidy returns and gets killed again

Call it the zombie subsidy.

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County approves Punchbowl plans

County commissioners authorized an application for a state grant to create a public park at Punchbowl Falls Thursday night.

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County to decide on Punchbowl Falls plans

The Hood River County board of commissioners will meet for a special work session at 5 pm Thursday March 19 to approve or deny designs for a county park at Punchbowl Falls, a waterfall near Dee. If approved, the county would apply for an Oregon state park grant.

Final oil transport study outlines key steps for Legislature

The Washington Department of Ecology recently delivered the final oil transportation study to state legislators outlining key recommendations to improve public safety in response to the rapid increase of oil transportation through Washington.

White Salmon orders downtown lot owner to abate dangerous properties

The City of White Salmon has issued an enforcement letter to the owner of two lots on the south side of downtown Jewett Boulevard to abate the dangerous conditions and public nuisances that exist on the properties.

Dry winter prompts discussion on water use ordinance for Bingen

The Bingen City Council is considering an ordinance that would make overuse of water in circumstances of drought or water shortage punishable by fine or even jail time.

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Craftsman David McClure ‘builds’ life in HR

David McClure, of the Dave McClure, Co., and its subsidiary Hood River Woodworking, has made a name for himself over the past two decades he’s lived and worked in Hood River.

Underwood Community Gardens begins third season

The Underwood Community Gardens begins its third season with all 21 garden spaces leased and a new Board of Directors: Sally M. Stillman, President; Molly Hamlin, Vice President; and Kirby Richards, Treasurer. Like most Community Gardens, UCG is a gardener-led organization that relies on all participants to enhance the community experience.

City, county officials restart riverfront park discussion

Is a riverfront park in White Salmon’s future?

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Put a price on carbon, council votes

Hood River became the second city in Oregon to adopt a resolution calling on the Oregon Legislature to enact laws creating a price on carbon as a means to stem global warming.

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Three fires in four days raise concerns

One fire jumped a creek, another came close to a home and a third nearly took out a greenhouse.

City asks comments on carbon

Climate change: HR council takes input on Monday:

A carbon pricing resolution, along with affordable housing, wastewater treatment plan funding, and public art, make for a busy Hood River City Council agenda on Monday.

Oil train issue is heating up again

Report shows increased oil going through the Gorge

The focus on oil trains running through the Gorge has largely remained on the Washington side, where the vast majority of crude, particularly coming from the Bakken formation in North Dakota, enters the National Scenic area.

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Hook project provides great new river access

Should be done by the end of the month

A welcomed addition to the Hood River Waterfront is quickly taking shape, and with a finish date of the end of February, the new river access at the west end of the Hook will be ready for windsurfers, kayakers and stand-up-paddlers who come out of the woodwork in droves as winter winds down and the river-recreation season rapidly approaches.

Gorge Commission, Klickitat County sign pact

In a historic agreement — nearly 18 months in the making — Klickitat County will devote planning staff time to help the Columbia River Gorge Commission process land use applications within its borders.