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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.

Tour the Middle Fork Irrigation District System

Ever wonder where the water comes from to feed Hood River’s local orchards?

Gorge Commission looks at oil trains

After not acting on requests in May and June to take a stand against oil and coal shipments in the Gorge, Gorge commissioners promised a frustrated crowd last month it would do so in July.

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Crag Rats and Forest Service host tours of historic Cloud Cap Inn

In partnership with the Hood River Crag Rats Mountain Rescue Organization, the Hood River Ranger District will be hosting free interpretive tours of the historic Cloud Cap Inn. This opportunity to tour the inn, discover its history, and enjoy the majesty of Mt. Hood will be offered on Sundays this summer beginning July 27, weather and road conditions permitting, and will continue through Labor Day.

Historic Highway open following landslide

The Historic Columbia River Highway reopened at early in the afternoon of June 24 — nearly three weeks after a rock slide closed the road at the Stark Street Bridge east of Troutdale.

Make way for fireworks: Spit closed July 3, other Port areas restricted

The Fourth of July holiday will limit access to Port of Hood River property beginning July 3, when the Hood River Eye Openers Lions Club begin setting up its fireworks display just west of the mouth of the Hood River.

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A splitting headache: Rain splits cherries, but damage is variable

The concerns packhouses and orchardists had regarding the weather forecast were realized late last week when early summer rains swept through the Gorge and split cherries that were ripening in many Hood River Valley orchards.

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Geotechnical work underway on ‘new’ section of Historic Highway

Physical work has begun on a project that will restore a long-dormant section of the Historic Columbia River Highway in Hood River County to its former glory when it was first constructed nearly 100 years ago.