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Authorities preparing for ‘tough’ fire season

With high temperatures and drought conditions predicted for most of the state of Oregon this summer, firefighting agencies throughout the Gorge are already girding themselves for what is expected to be a challenging wildfire season that is already underway.

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Another bark beetle outbreak bad news for Douglas fir

As Ponderosa pine trees throughout the Gorge continue to wither and redden due to the California Fivespined Ips another type of bark beetle has begun swarming and attacking Douglas fir trees, as well.

Safety, environmental risks top concerns at oil transport meeting

Preparation for potential incidents stemming from oil train traffic in Klickitat County was the hot topic of discussion at a meeting in White Salmon last week.

CGCAN forum on oil trains yields stark numbers, muted optimism

Action Network looks to limit regional fuel export terminals

Oil and coal transport opponents rallied some dramatic numbers in a multimedia forum Monday convened by the Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network at Riverside Community Church.

Dog Falls fire fully contained

A fire that started earlier this week on the Washington side of the Gorge is all but out, according to fire officials.

Study aims to track WS River recreation

A University of Arizona study to be conducted throughout this summer will try to map the use of the White Salmon River by rafters and kayakers.

SDCs for new homes in Park District to increase

Effective July 1, the rates for system development charges throughout the entire Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District will increase by 6 percent and will be $2,761 for single-family dwellings, $1,973 for multi-family and $2,649 for manufactured homes. HRVPRD will be collecting the SDCs throughout Hood River County, excluding Cascade Locks.

Wildfire season gets underway in the Gorge

The Dog Mountain and Augspurger trails have been temporarily closed for public safety due to the nearby Dog Falls fire burning on the Washington side of the Gorge in Skamania County. Both trails start from the Dog Mountain trailhead. The trails have been cleared of any visitors and signage is posted at the trailhead informing visitors of the closure.

Work hard; enjoy nature with Washington Trails

The Washington Trails Association hosts regular work parties throughout the year; and during the summer and fall features a weekend event each month.

Klickitat Democrats host panel discussion on coal

WHITE SALMON — A public information panel to address issues of concern to Klickitat County and the Columbia River Gorge over coal and oil transport will be June 2 at 6:30 p.m. at White Salmon Library.

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Challenge grant builds momentum for Celilo art installation

Momentum continues to build for Maya Lin’s sixth and final Confluence Project site along the Columbia River system. The Oregon Community Foundation announces a special, one-time capital grant of $150,000 to help build the curved, elevated walkway at Celilo Park near The Dalles. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

Concerns voiced for lower White Salmon River’s future

Residents, recreationists, fishermen, business owners, biologists, and more turned out last Saturday for a meeting to swap ideas and discuss concerns regarding what could be in store for the future of the lower White Salmon River.

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Port, city hope to protect lives with new waterfront sign system

The Port of Hood River has many names for its various waterfront and land features. The Hook. The Spit. The Marina Beach. The Marina Green.

State grant won’t be used for Barrett Park

HRVPRD votes to invest $494K grant at a TBD park site

A $494,000 state grant Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District received nearly two years ago to develop Barrett Park won’t be spent on the park site anymore.

State Parks says Barrett Park grant could be used for alternate HR site

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has decided to hold off on executing a grant agreement for Barrett Park while the state tries to figure out if Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District’s proposed development for the land still qualifies for funding — or if the money should be used to develop another site of HRVPRD’s choosing.