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Defeat the Heat: Officials urge safe beach use, paddling preparedness

Hood River faces temperatures around 98 degrees Saturday, with no tailing cooldown — Sunday may rear up as a scorcher in the triple digits.

Columbia sturgeon season returns

ASTORIA (AP) — What fights like a salmon, looks like a shark and has the dense meat of a chicken? White sturgeon, apparently.

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‘Insanely photographic’ Hood River

Historic Highway, Trillium Lake also gain online favors

Just in time for the summer rush: The web site Culture Trip has revealed its list of “The Most Beautiful Towns to Visit in Each U.S. State” and Hood River has been named the most beautiful in Oregon.

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Public access planned at Powerdale Corridor

Columbia Land Trust has announced that the new Powerdale Recreation and Access Plan will be presented to the public on June 27 at a meeting hosted by the Hood River Watershed Group from 6–8 p.m. at the Hood River Library.

Agreement near in Sherman Co. weeds dispute

Azure Farms, Inc., and the Sherman County Court appear close to reaching an agreement about how to keep noxious weed seeds from spreading to neighboring properties and beyond.

Poison hemlock can kill

Poison hemlock (Conium maculatum) is currently flowering throughout Hood River County. It is important to be able to identify poison hemlock to prevent accidental ingestion.

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Fire season back

Risk outlook ‘usual’ despite recent wet

Fire season has rekindled at its ordinary threat level, despite a remarkably snowy winter.

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Protest energizes oil debate

Anti-oil train rally hits Mosier School on anniversary of derailment

One year after an oil train derailment roiled communities throughout the Columbia Gorge, hundreds gathered at Mosier Community School to remember the fiery wreck and speak out against proposed fossil fuel terminal developments.

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Tours of historic Cloud Cap Inn begin June 25

In cooperation and partnership with the Hood River Crag Rats Mountain Rescue Organization, the Hood River Ranger District will once again host free interpretive tours of historic Cloud Cap Inn.

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Soil and Water District receives ‘Water Bank’ grant

The Oregon Water Resources Department has awarded more than $411,000 in eight grants for water conservation, reuse and storage feasibility studies. The Hood River Soil and Water Conservation District will receive $50,330 to assess the viability of a Hood River water bank to increase summer stream flows. They will match the grant dollars for the $101,980 study.

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Columbia Land Trust receives Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative grant

Columbia Land Trust received good news May 1 — the conservation group has been awarded a $5,000 grant from The Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative, a group formed in 2013 by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Land Trust Alliance.

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Rare sighting

This mountain lion was spotted by Michael Schock north of Post Canyon.

Weed of the Month Puncturevine: painful pest invades Hood River

Puncturevine is a sprawling annual plant that forms a dense mat with very sharp, spiny seed heads. This weed has infiltrated Hood River County from the east.

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Wild lawn

Jurgen Hess leads a group from the Lawn Alternatives Class, hosted by EnviroGorge through Hood River Community Education.

Underwood Community Gardens provides summer children’s programs

Underwood Community Gardens welcomes the community to celebrate children and wellness in the garden this summer with gardening programs at the Underwood Community Center.

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