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Imagine cohousing in the Gorge: Authors, cohousing architects coming to HR Oct. 21

Gorge Cohousing hosts a public presentation Oct. 21 with Charles Durrett and Kathryn McCamant, two leaders of the cohousing movement in the U.S. The event begins at 7 p.m. at Springhouse Cellars. There will be an additional two-day workshop Oct. 22-23. For more information or to RSPV, email friends@gorge-cohousing.com or go to www.gorgecohousing.com.

DEQ fines Hood River $2,380 for wastewater violations

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued a $2,380 civil penalty to the City of Hood River for violating environmental standards at its municipal wastewater treatment plant.

Oregon’s drought taking toll on conifers

Conifer trees are struggling in Oregon's recent drought streak.

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Pollinators: students create art with function

An innovative arts-meets-ag project is now in place at Hood River FISH Food Bank garden on Tucker Road, in a collaboration with Hood River County students, and the Arts in Education of the Gorge, directed by Shelley Toon Lindberg.

Planned burns coming to Gorge

Fire managers at the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area are planning a set of prescribed burns over the next few months as the region cools down with early fall.

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Repairs start Tuesday along eastbound I-84 to reduce rockfall danger near Hood River

A project to reduce the threat of rockfalls on the south side of Interstate 84, west of Hood River, gets underway Tuesday, Sept. 6. Work will last until next spring.

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Rail proposal draws fire

‘We know we dodged a bullet,’ Mosier mayor says during five-hour session in The Dalles

Perhaps just two or three years ago, Union Pacific Railroad’s plan to add roughly four miles of new track in the Columbia River Gorge near Mosier probably would not have sparked much of a fuss. But times have changed.

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Next Door launches ‘Latino Hike’ program

The Sierra Club and Latino Outdoors collaborated with local nonprofit The Next Door to offer a free, Spanish-language Latino Hike Leader training on Aug. 20-21. The training took place primarily on Indian Creek Trail and covered all the essential skills for preparing and going on a hike, as well as skills for leading groups in the outdoors

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PGE announces upcoming biomass day at Boardman Coal Plant

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Cleaning up forest clutter might be good for more than just curtailing large wildfires in Oregon.

Wildfire emergency declared in 20 Washington counties

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday proclaimed a state of emergency for 20 counties in response to multiple wildfires in Eastern Washington threatening homes, businesses, public infrastructure and natural resources. Inslee toured the Spokane-area fires Tuesday morning.

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Mosier rail track expansion hearing Tuesday

Union Pacific Railroad plans to build a second set of tracks east and west of Mosier, boosting the number of trains rolling through the Columbia River Gorge by five to seven per day, the railroad estimates.

Archers urged beware of fire dangers, note new regulations

The last full weekend in August means the start of archery season for deer and elk (the season opens Saturday, Aug. 27). And like every start to hunting season, bowhunters will be faced with high to extreme fire danger across Oregon.

Washington responders to get notice of oil train shipments

Emergency responders in communities along oil train routes in Washington will start receiving advance notice of the shipments this fall.

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‘Hotter, earlier, longer’: Groups plan to sue EPA over river temperatures

Dead fish clogged the Columbia River and its tributaries last summer in what environmental groups called the river’s worst salmon kill in recorded history.

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Talking about bags

Mayor Paul Blackburn talks with Shallon Courser, Hood River Walmart representative, at Wednesday’s “plastic bag summit” at Hood River Library.