A Small Big Year 2015: Friendly bird counting competition in the Gorge

Join your friends and neighbors in the Gorge by tracking each species you count in both Hood River County and Klickitat County throughout 2015, now through Dec. 31, 2015.

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Punchbowl Falls park idea sees a flurry of feedback

A call for public input on a plan to develop a county park around Punchbowl Falls has been warmly received by area residents, hundreds of which have already provided feedback on what the future should hold for the popular waterfall near Dee.

SOLVE group asks for spring clean-up projects

SOLVE is accepting applications for volunteers to lead Earth Day projects for the 26th annual SOLVE IT event.

Crash into Columbia River near Arlington prompts spill clean-up

On Jan. 5, at approximately 6 a.m., Oregon State Patrol troopers from The Dalles Area Command were dispatched to Interstate 84 approximately 10 miles east of Arlington to check on a male subject who was reported to be walking down the middle of the freeway.

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Groups seek public input on Punchbowl

First of two public meetings on park proposal held Tues.

Hood River County and conservation groups want to turn an area around a popular waterfall near Dee into a public park and are looking to the public for input on the plan.

Soil-Water District holds annual meeting Thursday

Hood River Soil and Water Conservation District holds its annual meeting Thursday at the Experiment Station offices, Experiment Station Road, south of Hood River.

Oregon allows Wyoming, Montana to participate in terminal appeal

Wyoming and Montana, two major coal states, will be allowed to participate in an appeal of Oregon’s permit denial for a Columbia River coal export terminal.

Gorge Commission receives a mixed message on funding

Budget to stay mostly flat; increases had been earmarked for oil, coal train issue

A year after its executive director warned the agency was on the “verge of collapse” due to a lack of funding, the Columbia River Gorge Commission will not be receiving the financial boost it had hoped for.

Flood alert issued as heavy rains pound Northwest

Meteorologists are warning of heavy rainfall throughout the Pacific Northwest, with potential for river flooding.

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Hood River City Council lays out the Waterfront's future

Council unanimously passes waterfront refinement plan

In what was one of its last actions of 2014, and for some, one of their last actions as city councilors, the Hood River City Council voted Monday evening to pass an ordinance implementing the Waterfront Refinement Plan, which sets down design concepts and zoning restrictions for future development at the Hood River Waterfront.

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City Council passes resolution opposing coal, oil transport

Citing threats to public safety and the Gorge economy, Hood River City Council passed a resolution Monday calling for a ban on coal and oil transports through the Gorge

Agreement reached on controversial Lava Thin

Vista Ridge Trailhead off limits as groups push for more wilderness

After attracting controversy from environmental groups earlier this year, a compromise has been reached that will help move forward a thinning project proposed on Mt. Hood National Forest land west of Parkdale.

Hanford nuclear site updates

Feds: Nuke site cleanup request is too expensive; B Reactor historic park advances

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Ambre Energy sells North American assets in bid to save coal ports

An Australian company behind two proposed coal ports in the Pacific Northwest recently sold its North American assets to a Denver private equity firm in an apparent bid to stave off a cash crisis, regulatory filings show.

Gorge Commission hears coal, oil transport update

Representatives from governors’ offices plan to attend Dec. 9 meeting

Representatives from both the Oregon and Washington governors’ offices plan to be in town next week to provide an update on what each state is doing to address coal and oil transport through the Gorge.