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Wildfires spread haze throughout the state

Smoke from wildfires currently burning in the southern, central and eastern regions of Oregon has spread throughout most of the state, the Oregon Department of Forestry reported, reducing visibility, but having minor impacts on air quality.

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A connecting ritual

An airborne arc of water tossed in Monday’s event suggests the connections

The 50 people gathered Monday for the health of the Columbia River invoked the names of many rivers and waterways where they had lived or had seen human impacts: the Pacific Ocean and Great Lakes, San Francisco Bay, Gulf of Mexico, Chesapeake Bay, Columbia, Willamette, Mississippi, Colorado, Merced, Potomac, Thames, James, Shannon, and the Mekong.

Vigil for river planned Monday

A multi-faith prayer vigil for the Columbia River takes place at 6 p.m. Monday at Waterfront Park.

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Fire chars part of Indian Creek Trail

Neighbors knock down blaze with hoses

A ground fire along Indian Creek is under investigation after it flared along the popular Indian Creek trail Thursday afternoon, with no damage to property.

Friends of HRW appeal Naito ruling

Appeal heard at Aug. 11 council meeting

A hotel and retail development slated for the south end of the Nichols Boat Basin is on hold once again after opponents appealed a decision by the Hood River Planning Commission that would have allowed the project to move forward.

Coal transport: Judge eyes port records status

PORTLAND (AP) — A federal judge said Tuesday he would weigh whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must release environmental review documents involving a proposed coal port criticized by environmentalists.

USFS hopes to open Cloud Cap Road ‘soon’

The U.S. Forest Service is aiming to have Cloud Cap Road open this season for the first time in over a year, which has been closed since 2013 due to dead trees finally toppling years after they were burned in a wildfire in the Mt. Hood National Forest.

Gorge Commission urges moratorium on new fossil fuel transport in Gorge

Commission asks governors to impose hold until comprehensive risk assessments can be completed

After prompts from the public during recent meetings, the Columbia River Gorge Commission has taken a stance on oil and other fossil fuel transported by rail through the Gorge.

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Parks and Rec to hold public meeting on possible dog park

Hood Riverites love their dogs — so much so, in fact, that if things go as planned, Fido, Spot, and Rover may get their very own public park.

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Work continues at Seattle oil train derailment

SEATTLE (AP) — Railroad crews have reopened tracks where an oil train derailed early Thursday in Seattle, but work continues on three damaged tanker cars.

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Columbia River Gorge’s pikas may be valuable indicator species for climate change

The Columbia River Gorge is home to an unusual population of pikas, possibly the most adorable harbingers of climate change.

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Neighbors protest tree takedown

Wilson Street neighbors are protesting the cutting of two black walnut trees on the site of a new multi-family housing development near 12th Street.

Public invited to give input on White Salmon River fish

Goals and priority focus areas to conserve fish habitat in the lower White Salmon River are being sought this month through an interactive online discussion. The online meeting is part of a process to develop a Fish Habitat Conservation Strategy for the lower six miles of the White Salmon River. Input from landowners, residents, recreationists, businesses and land managers is needed to design a successful strategy.

Fire restrictions issued on east side of Mt. Hood

Due to extremely dry and hot weather conditions on the east side of the Mt. Hood National Forest, officials have issued public use restrictions effective Friday, July 11.

Naito hotel remand remains unresolved

City record to stay open for further evidence intake

In a debate that has now lasted well over a year, proponents and opponents of a development slated for the south shore of the Nichols Boat Basin continued their verbal sparring Monday evening during a public hearing over whether or not the proposal has met land use criteria.