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City Of Bingen receiving fire response trailer from BNSF

The City of Bingen and BNSF Railway established a memorandum of understanding last week for the city to house a BNSF Fire Response Trailer within city limits.

A busy weekend for firefighters, but ‘benign’ Fourth

While dazzling in their patriotic sizzle, fireworks stack the workload for local firefighters every July.

Farmers Conservation Alliance irrigation program recognized

Energy Trust, FCA receive state Clean Energy Leadership award

Energy Trust of Oregon and Farmers Conservation Alliance (FCA) announced last month that their Irrigation Modernization Program received the 2016 State Leadership in Clean Energy Award given by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA).

Tour mill and logging sites July 16

Join managers of the Mt. Hood Forest Products Mill, U.S. Forest Service and Hood River County Forestry Department for a behind-the-scenes look at our local forestry industry, from planting to processing.

‘Weed of the Month for June’ is the invasive Scotch broom

Scotch broom was introduced as an ornamental along highway corridors and in western Oregon as a dune stabilizer.

WSDOT to repair damage to SR-14

A series of unfortunate events surrounding State Route 14 in the Columbia Gorge is leading the Washington State Department of Transportation to schedule a contractor to come in and repair damage to the roadway.

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Railroad to replace bolts after Mosier derailment

PORTLAND — Union Pacific Railroad said it will replace a type of bolt on its track that led to a fiery oil train derailment in Mosier on June 3.

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HR Port seeks bridge cost reimbursement

A flood of overload traffic from the Mosier derailment took a toll on the Hood River-White Salmon Bridge.

Brush fire near Dufur contained

The Jewel Road Fire was reported Saturday at 4:30 p.m. burning in grass and brush on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands west of Dufur in central Oregon.

‘Operation Dry Water’ this weekend

The Marine Board and law enforcement from 32 counties and the Oregon State Police will be participating in Operation Dry Water during the weekend of June 24-26 as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence of intoxicants (BUII).

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Delayed burn pile fire

Firefighter John Stehlik hoses a burn pile Thursday that had been set more than five weeks ago. The fire spread to four-tenths of an acre before Wy’East Fire District personnel responded and controlled its spread through blackberries and into nearby woods.

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Federal report blames railroad for Mosier derailment

UP says oil train traffic will resume through Gorge

A day after Union Pacific announced oil trains will begin rolling through the Columbia Gorge again, a federal report blamed the railroad for the fiery derailment in Mosier.

Portland leaders ask governors to ban oil-by-rail

PORTLAND (AP) — Portland and Multnomah County leaders on Tuesday urged the governors of Oregon and Washington to push Congress for a permanent ban on oil-by-rail in the wake of a fiery train derailment along the Columbia River.

What happened to sea lion ‘Ray?’

“Ray,” a 1,300-pound male California sea lion, was a well-known fixture at The Dalles Marina, where he took up residence on a tenant’s dock in 2011. For years, he was a highly visible member of the river community, hauling himself out on a marina dock each day and feasting on salmon migrating through the river.

ODOT asks for oil train moratorium

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon transportation officials are asking federal rail authorities to suspend crude oil trains in the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia River Gorge until there is a better understanding of what caused a fiery derailment there this month.