Wyden launches federal bill to spur Mt. Hood land exchange

Sen. Ron Wyden has introduced a U.S. Senate bill attempting to speed up a delayed land exchange between Mt. Hood Meadows resort and the U.S. Forest Service.

HR Alert System helps home emergency plans

Barb Ayers, Hood River County Emergency Program manager, added a timely update to her column in the Sept. 26 News on emergency preparedness. In it, she said:

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Superb Moon

Hood River photographer Stephen Datnoff provided this image of Sunday’s supermoon, aka Blood Moon.

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Indian Creek Fire is nearly out

Cause still unknown in Sunday blaze that scorched sections of popular trail

This one could have been far worse.

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Controlled burns on Mt. Hood forest

The Hood River and Barlow Ranger Districts of the Mt. Hood National Forest will be carrying out fall prescribed burns as early as next week and continuing into October with pile burns.

International Peace Day marked Sept. 21 at Wyeth

In honor of the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21, Columbia River Fellowship for Peace will hold a celebration at Wyeth Campground that afternoon.

Groups appeal BPA’s approval of Whistling Ridge

Impacts of wind farm debated

Environmental groups Friends of the Columbia Gorge (Friends) and Save Our Scenic Area (SOSA) filed a petition for judicial review in the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last week challenging a recent decision by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) to approve the Whistling Ridge Energy Project’s application to connect to BPA’s energy grid.

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Wishram fire in mop-up stages, evacuations lifted

GOLDENDALE — The Klickitat County Sheriff’s office has lifted Level 3 evacuation notices for Wishram as the nearby Horsethief Butte fire that threatened homes is reported to be 90 percent contained. Reports on Monday put the fire at about 8,000 acres.

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Work day honors Jerry Cranmer

September 10 dawned bright and clear for the annual day of service in honor of Jerry Cranmer. Friends, family and community members met at Waterfront Park at 9 a.m. — as they have for the past three years — and spent the morning completing grounds-keeping tasks.

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Inge Echterhoelter brings zero waste lifestyle to HR

Last October, Inge Echterhoelter examined her kitchen and wondered what it would look like to cook her family’s meals without prepackaged ingredients.

Family geocache event scheduled for Sept. 12

Enjoy an afternoon walk, geocache style, and learn about local history while treasure hunting at The Dalles Lock and Dam Visitor Center Sept. 12.

Rep. Johnson hosts energy forum in Hood River

Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River) will host a forum next Wednesday to discuss Oregon’s current energy policies and priorities.

'Every Kid in a Park' gives free park passes

The Obama Administration has launched the “Every Kid in a Park” program, which strives to protect national outdoor spaces and to ensure that every 4th grader in America has the opportunity to visit and enjoy federal lands and waters.

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Gene Mielke — and fellow RAGS — keep swimmers safe

When participants dive off the Sternwheeler early Monday morning to take part in the 73rd annual Roy Webster Cross Channel Swim, members of a Gorge amateur radio group will be helping to ensure it all goes safely.

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Columbia Gorge Discovery Center dedicates renewable energy exhibit

Grants provide funds to build renewable energy exhibits, provide STEM education

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center dedicated their Renewable Energy Exhibit with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, August 28, 2015. The interpretive exhibit on solar energy includes schematics of solar energy systems and a real-time display of solar energy being produced.