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Hazy skies in Gorge caused by fire near Estacada

If you’ve noticed some smoky skies and spectacular sunsets and sunrises in the Gorge lately, a wildfire currently burning near Estacada is the culprit.

Cascade Locks offering incentive program for EMS volunteers

With a small volunteer pool and faced with rising costs, the city of Cascade Locks is looking for a way to draw more volunteers to its Emergency Medical Services department.

CG Lions review Sternwheeler Days

Congratulations, and a caution, came from President Pat Hesgard of the Columbia Gorge Lions Club as the group last week reviewed the successful Sternwheeler Days 2014 event, the group’s annual major project.

Wyoming appeals Oregon’s denial of coal port

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming is appealing Oregon’s recent decision to deny an application to build a coal terminal at the Port of Morrow, on the Columbia River.

Groups plan suit over Northwest oil-response plan

SEATTLE (AP) — Environmental groups say they plan to sue the federal government for failing to ensure that regional oil-response plans don’t harm endangered species.

Authorities release new details on missing Kentucky men

Oregon State Police (OSP) and Hood River County Sheriff’s Office (HRSO), working in cooperation with Kentucky State Police (KSP), are continuing to ask for the public’s help to locate a father and son whose vehicle was found last week along Highway 35 in the Mt. Hood area. With this weekend’s expected warm weather and the potential for many visitors and hikers in the Mt. Hood area, some new details are being released after confirming the men were in the area last week.

Sheriff Log for Sept. 13

All calls were responded to within the City of Hood River.

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Pet of the Week: Lolo is a 10-pound hiking pal

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Lolo as the program’s adoptable pet of the week. They describe him as follows:

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Witness ‘Cemetery Tales’ Sept. 19-21

Idlewilde is the scene for fifth annual living history event

True stories live in Cemetery Tales.

Public hearing on port zoning Monday

The Hood River Planning Commission will meet this Monday to address two items needed before development planned near the Expo Center property at the Port of Hood River can move forward.

County approves DeeTour venue

Earlier this week, the Hood River County Planning Department approved a commercial land use permit for DeeTour, a music and event amphitheater planned for the old mill site at the corner of Lost Lake Road and Dee Highway.

Pumpkin Funland and Corn Maze opens Oct. 1 at Rasmussen Farms.

A sneak preview will be held Sept. 20-12 during the Pear Party.

Cultural Trust offers grants

Do you have a great art display or show you’d like to produce?

Cascade Observations: Testing, Testing, Testing

PEGGY DILLS KELTER

A photograph taken in September 1961 shows a scrawny 5-year old girl with a chapped nose, glasses, and wispy blond hair.