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Lights out: Going dark in the Columbia River Gorge

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents Lights Out: Going Dark in the Columbia Gorge, on Friday, Jan. 22. Bob Yoesle will talk about the effects and hazards of light pollution. A dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by the 7 p.m. program, which is free to the public. Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is located at 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles.

Gorge Climate Change Network charts a year’s progress

Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network (CGCAN) held its third annual holiday party and potluck on Dec. 15 at Riverside Church, attended by about 50 people. The Pioneer Room at the church was decorated by Cyndi Strid with evergreen garlands and candles at each table and a 25-foot Christmas tree.

Landslide Concerns: Danger increases following heavy rain periods

The National Weather Service notes that with the heavy amount of snow and rain this month, flooding remains a concern in north and central Oregon coast, the central Willamette Valley, the central Columbia River Gorge, the north and central Coast Range, and the northern Oregon Cascades and Cascade foothills.

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Drought ends for Western Ore., lingers in East

Heavy rain, snow alleviate drought

Western Oregon has finally escaped the drought that has plagued it since last spring.

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Dallying Downtown

Snow puts a winter look on Ruddy Duck, Fifth and Oak streets, which got a new structural look in late 2015 with the addition of an entry awning and corner gazebo, both highlighted here in six inches of snow Thursday morning.

GO! ‘Sense of Place’ talk rescheduled

The Sense of Place lecture, “Glacier Caves of the Pacific Northwest: Hidden Laboratories under the Ice,” has been rescheduled to Jan. 20.

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Talk describes Cougar Creek Fire devastation

The Mount Adams Cougar Creek Fire Forum on Dec. 11 was a success. Around 110 people attended on that dark and stormy night, almost filling the Columbia High School library in White Salmon. Darryl Lloyd, of Friends of Mount Adams, provided the following transcription of the event.

Riverkeeper director receives state award

Brett VandenHeuvel, Columbia Riverkeeper executive director and attorney, received the Oregon State Bar Environmental and Natural Resource Section’s annual Leadership and Service Award on Thursday, Dec. 10.

Anti-water bottling petition garners 1,600 signatures

‘Protection Measure’ will go before voters in May 2016 election

Members of conservation group Local Water Alliance turned in 1,600 signatures Monday for their proposed voter measure, which aims to block water bottling companies from operating within the county, including Nestlé.

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Climate Vigil in Hood River: 'This work we cannot do alone'

About 50 people attended Friday’s 45-minute vigil on climate change, held at Riverside Community Church, literally shedding light on their hopes and fears on the global future.

Oil train hearing workshop scheduled Wednesday at library

Friends of the Columbia Gorge and Columbia Riverkeeper will be holding a workshop on how to prepare and give testimony at the upcoming oil train hearings.

Soil -Water District starts annual native plants sale

The Hood River Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) has begun taking orders for their annual native plant sale. They’ve got a great selection of native plant species at fantastic prices.

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Recent poll: Majority of Washington voters oppose coal-by-rail

Polling results released Oct. 9 from a September telephone survey of 1,200 Washington citizens found that “a strong and growing majority of voters in Washington oppose proposals to ship coal through Washington along rail lines for the purposes of export to Asia.”

‘Connecting’ to climate change Friday at noon

Voices raised as Paris meeting starts

Local citizens are asked to attend a mid-day “Remembering Our Connection” vigil on climate change on Friday, Dec. 4, from 12:15-12:45 p.m. at Riverside Community Church in Hood River

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Watchdog groups fight oil hub

Gorge environmental advocates protest Vancouver proposed train terminal

The oil train issue has rekindled in the Columbia River Gorge.