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Hazardous waste: Tri-County Recycling events — 2016

From David Skakel, Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program comes this list of Community Events for 2016. These are free events where community members and businesses can safely dispose of unwanted pesticides, paint, solvents, oil, batteries, and other toxic substances.

Gorge Stamp: Crown Point graces new $22.95 issue honoring the Gorge

If you plan to send a box via Priority Express come Tuesday, you can attach a scenic slice of the Gorge.

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Councilors rail on oil terminal

Proposal draws fire from City, local groups at hearing

Controversy over oil trains in the Gorge has ramped up as three Hood River City Councilors and numerous local environmental groups speak out against a proposed Tesoro-Savage terminal in Vancouver.

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.

Sense of Place talk on glacier caves rescheduled for Jan. 20

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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Report: Oregon trashed more, recyled less in 2014

A new report from the state Department of Environmental Quality says people in Oregon sent more garbage to landfills and recycled less in 2014.

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.