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Gov. Brown asks state agencies to pull back on Cascade Locks water transfer

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has intervened on the cross water rights transfer that would make possible Nestlé’s proposed water bottling plant in Cascade Locks.

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Water districts assess ‘tenuous’ drought outcome

Hood River County’s water sources hit the hurdles of virtually zero snowpack on Mount Hood and record high temperatures this summer, but irrigation district managers feel the impact on users was a “close call” averted.

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Water ballot OK'd for signatures

Hood River County approved citizen group Local Water Alliance Monday to proceed in gathering signatures for a ballot measure that would bar large-scale commercial water bottling operations within the county, including Nestlé’s proposed plant in Cascade Locks.

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River Travelers

Hood River native Rachel Mallon, left, prepares to leave Hood River marina Monday with Leah Shamlian, as part of an adventure sponsored by OAR Northwest, a non-profit outdoor education program based in Washington state. Mallon and Shamlian are on a 45-day row from the Columbia River headwaters in British Columbia to the mouth of the river.

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City accepts leaves

Take branches, brush to the Transfer Station

Beginning Oct. 28, Hood River City residents may dispose of leaves at the City Public Works facility at 18th and May Streets. Disposal hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please check in at the office before dropping off leaves. Residents will be required to empty any bagged leaves.

Presentation explores native soils, plants of the Gorge

Soil is the foundation of our natural resources, our wealth, our food — and most of us know very little about it. Friday, Oct. 27, starting at 7 p.m., the public is invited to a free presentation: “Soil: What it is and how it works with our native plants.”

‘Foreshock’ climate change lecture on Saturday

“Foreshock: Climate Change in the Gorge,” has been condensed to a one-day workshop hosted by Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.

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Prepare now for summer water conservation

Irrigation season ended Sept. 30, but for many irrigators in the valley, it ended sooner.

Regulated fire closure ends, but continued caution urged

Fire restrictions will be reduced on private and non-federal public forest and rangelands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Central Oregon District. The regulated closure which has been in effect since June 19, 2015, will be terminated as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Fire season will remain in effect for the Central Oregon District (COD) until significant widespread rain falls throughout the district.

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Radio Quake drill prepares for 9.0

Gary Hollister of Odell monitors the control equipment connecting radio operators around the county in Saturday’s Hood River County ARES/RACES participation in a statewide communications exercise, dubbed “Quake Ex II”— simulating amateur radio operators’ response in case of a destructive 9.0 earthquake in Oregon.

Locals participate in global rhino-elephant march

Hood River participated as the only Oregon event in last weekend’s Global March for Elephants and Rhinos. Some cities also rallied for tigers and lions as citizens spread awareness to the rapid decline of iconic species, mostly due to increased poaching in wildlife trafficking.

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One bicyclist’s weekly refreshing ride

Dave Karlson is doing his bit to drive less, but he’s not carpooling, he’s hopping on his bike about once a week for an invigorating 22-mile ride to work.

Radio groups hold emergency exercise at fire hall Oct. 10

‘Quake Ex-II’ open to public

On Saturday, Oct. 10 the Hood River County ARES/RACES team will participate in a State Wide Communications Exercise from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Riverkeeper hosts speaker on Hanford in White Salmon

Columbia Riverkeeper is hosting a free event Sunday in White Salmon featuring speaker Dr. Ceiridwen Terrill, a Concordia University professor who will be walking 225 miles from Portland to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in an effort to raise awareness about the history and cleanup of the nuclear site on the Washington side of the Columbia River.

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Mt. Hood Forest Service seeks public feedback from visitors

Starting this month, forest visitors on Mount Hood will see interviewers working at recreation sites and along Forest Service roads. The trained interviewers will want to know about your visit to the Mt. Hood National Forest.