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Riverside UCC votes for fossil fuel divestment

Riverside Community Church in Hood River has become the first faith-based congregation in the Gorge and the first within the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC) to vote to divest funds from the fossil fuel industry.

Hearings begin this week on Longview coal terminal

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Residents can weigh in on a coal-export terminal proposed near Longview at upcoming public hearings.

White River campground closed

Sandy — The White River Station Campground, located along the Barlow Road on the Barlow Ranger District, is closed to the public until later notice due to safety concerns related to the White River migrating into the campground.

Newborn season: Fish and Wildlife says leave young wildlife in the wild

May and June are the months when newborn animals are getting their start in the wild. Help them out by giving them space and leaving them alone.

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Water bottling ban passes, legal questions remain

Measure 14-55, which blocks large-scale bottling companies like Nestlé from tapping into county water sources, sailed through the May 17 Primary Election with 69 percent of votes.

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Beacon Rock Trail reopens to hikers

The iconic Beacon Rock Trail has reopened to the public Saturday after being closed most of the season due to extensive storm damage.

White Salmon submits shoreline plan for review

White Salmon doesn’t have much in the way of shorelines of statewide significance, but the city is still required by the Washington Department of Ecology to have a plan for managing what it has.

Fruit fly fight begins in TD, Mosier

Cherry Fruit Fly models developed by Oregon State University indicate that the pest emerged in The Dalles this month.

Cougar sighted May 4

On the evening of May 4, Hood River Police responded to a call of a cougar killing a deer near a residence.

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Water measure campaigns fight over Measure 14-55

Voters have been asked whether to block large-scale bottling corporations like Nestlé from tapping into waterways in Hood River County, with campaigns in favor and against running at full steam.

Going Solar: Amateur astronomer provides safe view of our nearest neighborhood star

“What we’re doing is reducing the brightness of the sun by 100,000 times,” Bob Yoesle said of his solar viewing telescope system that he brought to The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles last Saturday afternoon.

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Dry conditions return, along with wildfire threats

A hot and dry April punctured hopes that winter’s generous snowpack and rain would hold out enough to leave conditions wetter than usual.

Study lays out impacts of Longview coal terminal plan

SEATTLE (AP) — A coal-export terminal proposed along the Columbia River in southwest Washington state could have unavoidable, significant impacts on greenhouse gases emissions, vessel traffic and rail safety, according to an environmental review released Friday.

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BPA expects ‘normal’ water year for dam operations

PORTLAND — The Bonneville Power Administration is looking at a normal water year after putting in place dry-year operations in 2015. Record-setting precipitation in December and a wet March have helped boost this year's water supply forecast.

Coastal oil terminal project scrapped, backers report

WARRENTON — Oregon LNG confirmed last week that a $6 billion terminal and pipeline project on the Skipanon Peninsula was scrapped because Leucadia National Corp., the New York-based holding company that financed the project, decided to cease funding.

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