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Cascade Observations: Putting light to a face in the dark corner

I’m a list maker. When the school year ends each June, I make my “To do” list, envisioning a productive summer mixture of professional study, deep cleaning, overdue visits with friends, produce preservation and a bit of exploration

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The ‘centerpiece’ blossoms: Phase 2 is complete at Waterfront Park

Phase 2 is complete at Waterfront Park, seven years after a 2007 start that saw some skeptics

Sunbathers, soccer players, sandcastle builders and snugglers.

Skamania Co. responds to coinciding river rescues

At 5:08 p.m. on Aug. 9, Skamania County EMS (SCEMS), Skamania County Fire District #4 (SCFD #4), and Skamania County Fire District #5 were dispatched to 1.5 miles past Dougan Falls on the Washougal River, to an area commonly referred to as Naked Falls, for swimmer with a shoulder injury.

DEQ extends comment period for coal terminal

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has extended the comment period for the draft 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Coyote Island Coal Terminal project in Boardman. Comments will be accepted by email, mail or online by Wednesday, Sept. 24.

Second Mt. Adams community forest purchase completed

Mt. Adams Resource Stewards announces completion of the second Mt. Adams Community Forest purchase — a 284-acre property known as the Pine Flats Forest between Glenwood and Trout Lake.

Road work to cause delays on Washington side of Gorge

Granite Construction is scheduled to begin resurfacing Washington State Route 141 Monday morning, starting at the Skamania County line.

Body found near Oneonta Gorge tunnel

At approximately 8 a.m. on Sunday, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a body seen along the side of the Historic Columbia River Highway by a passerby just east of the Oneonta Gorge tunnel.

Entertainment Update for Aug. 13

United Way benefit Sept. 5; Pacific Crest Trail Days Sept. 5-7; more

Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog: Perfectly good Broken Down Guitars

Musicians are known for breaking things. The other week, I helped out my friends in the Liberty Bond Jug Band, a band, by the way, that technically shouldn’t even need electricity to play music — and by the end of the gig, we had one questionably-functioning pre-amp and another guitar with only five strings left.

Gorge Quilt Show returns this week

The Columbia River Gorge Quilters’ Guild (CRGQG) will present its annual Quilt Show at the Hood River Middle School, Aug. 14-16.

Sallie Ford stops by with new band Aug. 15

Sallie Ford’s new sound comes from an all-girl rock band. But as far as she can tell, there’s only one thing that’s really changed as far as touring and playing shows with her old band.

Entertainment Update for Aug. 9

River City goes punk Aug. 12; Amber Charms returns Sept. 6; more

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Gorge Fruit Growers’ Jean Godfrey has big heart for orchard industry

Jean Godfrey, executive director of Columbia Gorge Fruit Growers (CGFG), has a detailed job description with a simple purpose.

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A sweet snack in a cool place

The best fruit in the fair is not available to eat.

Dean Kelly to serve as Tucker Road Baptist pastor

Pastor Dean Kelly Jr. is the new pastor at Tucker Road Baptist Church, 1455 Tucker Road, succeeding Rev. Joe Gonzalez.