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New waste collection bins’ debut

Council chambers take on an unusual look Monday as Jim Winterbottom, right, of Waste Connections, the contractor for solid waste disposal with the City of Hood River, presents to Hood River City Council Monday on a proposal for a set of substantial changes to waste collection service in the city.

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Herrera Beutler to BPA on wires: ‘Get it done’

At a meeting Monday in White Salmon, U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler bluntly told the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) it should immediately get safety marker balls placed on its new transmission lines across the Columbia River.

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Crews contain wildfire near Condon Monday

A fire near Condon burning 33,587 acres was fully contained Monday, officials reported.

Vancouver bans future oil refineries, storage facilities in the city

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Vancouver City Council has voted to prohibit new or expanded crude oil storage facilities in the city.

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Mosier groundwater contaminated after derailment spill

Regulators have found contaminated groundwater at the site of the June 3 fiery oil train derailment in Mosier.

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‘MOSIER’ Act demands derailment investigations

Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden introduced a bill last Wednesday that would compel federal regulators to investigate every major oil train derailment.

‘Slopeside Sustainability’ Saturday at Meadows

Mt. Hood Meadows’ weekend scenic chairlift ride and hiking experience will be “cleaned up” Saturday, July 23 at a Slopeside Sustainability and Mountain Cleanup Day.

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Plans approved to reinvigorate Golden Eagle park

County planners greenlight improvements to park next to Hood River Valley HS

Plans to reinvigorate Golden Eagle Park have winged closer to fruition.

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Economic Symposium

The Dalles cherry grower Ken Bailey of Orchard View Farms, keynotes the Mid Columbia Economic Development District economic symposium Wednesday at Hood River Middle School.

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Nordic Club kicks off Tilly Jane Cabin capital campaign

A capital campaign for the rehabilitation of the historic Tilly Jane A-frame on Cooper Spur is now underway.

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Nichols Basin habitat restoration underway

Young environmental stewards armed with buckets and plastic shovels did their part last Wednesday in the broad local effort to restore a wildlife habitat on the Hood River waterfront.

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Columbia River salmon fishing deal in the works

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal authorities are working on a plan aimed at deciding how much sport, commercial and tribal fishing for salmon and steelhead will be allowed in the Columbia River and its tributaries as part of a long-term agreement starting in 2018.

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Stop Oil Trains

About 90 Gorge residents gathered Wednesday in front of Mosier Community School for a group photo as part of a day of consciousness about rail-borne fossil fuel transportation.

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Riverkeeper sues feds over Coulee Dam pollution

SEATTLE (AP) — An environmental group sued the federal agency that operates the nation’s largest hydropower producer Wednesday, saying operations at the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state are polluting the Columbia River in violation of federal clean-water laws.

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City Of Bingen receiving fire response trailer from BNSF

The City of Bingen and BNSF Railway established a memorandum of understanding last week for the city to house a BNSF Fire Response Trailer within city limits.