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Tour Portland gardens with study groups May 22

OSU Home Extension Services invites the community to join the Mid-Columbia Family and Community Education Study Groups on their annual Spring Tour, set for May 22.

Gorge park plan meeting this Thursday

Members of the public will have an opportunity to help shape the future of parks in the Gorge this Thursday in Hood River.

Kitzhaber opposes Ambre coal terminal

Governor sets May deadline for export site application

Gov. John Kitzhaber has taken his strongest stand against a proposed coal export terminal proposed at the Port of Morrow in Boardman, saying it should be rejected and setting a May 31 deadline for a state decision on the project.

Gorge Commission rejects scenic area ban

Despite its legal staff saying the Gorge Commission had authority to ban growing and selling marijuana on the Washington side of the national scenic area, the commission took a pass on the idea.

CL Port approves more Nestlé test wells, hires interim EDM

During a busy meeting on April 17, the Cascade Locks Port Commission approved an agreement with Nestlé Waters North America that allows the corporation to drill more test wells on port property.

Tease photo

Can artificial glaciers be grown on Mount Hood?

Watershed Group meets Tuesday

A pioneering method of bringing more ice on the north side of Mount Hood will be the topic of the Hood River Watershed Group’s meeting on Tuesday, 7 p.m. at the OSU Extension meeting room, 2990 Experiment Station Road, Hood River (turn north just after Your Party and Rental Center).

Root rot closes Herman Creek campground

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Forest Service is temporarily closing Herman Creek Campground/Horse Camp, located just east of Cascade Locks and 47 miles from Portland, to protect public health and safety. This temporary closure is expected to last throughout the 2014 summer season, and the public will be notified when the campground is reopened.

Security, tax base concerns lead Lyle school board to restrict Cherry Orchard access

Hikers wishing to access Friends of the Columbia Gorge-owned Lyle Cherry Orchard property can no longer reach the trail via Lyle High School following a decision by the school board.

Repair work to begin on Benson Bridge

Repairs on the historic Benson Bridge at Multnomah Falls are scheduled to begin this week. The bridge suffered damage from a rock fall that occurred early in the morning Jan. 9. Catworks Construction, a construction company from Battle Ground, Wash., was awarded the contract for repairs and plans to complete the project by Memorial Day weekend.

Nominations sought for LeFevre award

Gorge Owned (GO!) is accepting nominations for the fourth-annual Tod J. LeFevre Sustainability Champion Awards, which celebrates people who are working on innovative, creative solutions to the environmental, economic and social issues facing the Gorge.

New Gorge Commission Recreation Committee sees high interest from community

A new committee created specifically to address the high demands of the recreation landscape throughout the Columbia River Gorge gained ample attention from community groups and landowners at its first meeting.

Friends of Mount Adams hosts

Three nationally known experts on wilderness will speak at a conference at Trout Lake on May 3, sponsored by the nonprofit Friends of Mount Adams.

Ambre Energy asks permit delay

Ambre Energy, the Australian company proposing to build a coal export terminal in Boardman, has requested another permit delay from the state of Oregon.

Snowpack is close to average

Late season storms bring SWE to 93% at Mt. Hood

Fantastic February transitioned into marvelous March on Mount Hood, and as this winter’s erratic attitude improved dramatically from depressing December, it delivered enough snow by the start of spring to end in an almost average April.

Mosier evaluates critical water issues

Maintaining regional watersheds remains a critical factor when it comes to supporting Wasco County infrastructure, particularly in Mosier’s watershed. That’s according to District Watershed Coordinator Anna Buckley, who told the Board of Commissioners March 19 about some of the biggest problems that currently inhibit the area watersheds’ efficiency and what the councils are doing to address those issues.