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Earth Day celebrations highlight businesses, community leaders and clean-up projects

To celebrate Earth Day, many different groups have come together to organize events around the Gorge.

ODOT announces long-term repairs on Highway 26

Look for delays in areas west of Government Camp

Construction will delay travelers over Mt. Hood on U.S. 26 with congestion, one hour road closures, 20-minute traffic stops and increased truck traffic west of Government Camp. This project will take place April through October in 2015 and 2016.

Fire incident conference meets in Vancouver

Agencies from region look at 2015 fire season

The 2015 Northwest Incident Management Team Review Conference will be held in Vancouver on April 7 – 10 at the Vancouver Convention Center.

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Making the best of what Mother Nature brings: With a fickle snow year, Meadows is forced to get creative

The last time the News wrote about Mt. Hood’s snowpack was Feb. 4 of this year, and we, just like many others in the region, were hopeful that the typically prodigious snowfall months of February and March would help turn around what had been a dismal winter recreation season.

Envirogorge offers Nature Space Awards

The Hood River nonprofit advocacy organization Envirogorge is renewing its Nature Space Awards for 2015.

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.