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Smith case aggravates HRCSO staffing crunch

Relief is on the way, but for the next nine months staffing levels at Hood River Sheriff’s Office are way down.

Oregon’s drought taking toll on conifers

Conifer trees are struggling in Oregon's recent drought streak.

Planned burns coming to Gorge

Fire managers at the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area are planning a set of prescribed burns over the next few months as the region cools down with early fall.

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A memorial climb

On Sept. 11, the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the east coast, volunteers and paid staff of the City of Hood River Fire and EMS donned turnouts and tanks and did a commemorative stair climb starting at Overlook Memorial Park at Second and State.

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Pasture fire near Parkdale extinguished

A fire burned a quarter acre of brush on a rural property at Boneboro Drive, north of Parkdale, on Friday afternoon.

Police Log, Aug. 29 to Sept. 10

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

Sheriff Log, Sept. 4 to 9

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

Annual Pig Bowl returns Saturday

The 14th annual Pig Bowl, a friendly flag football game between Oregon and Washington law enforcement officer teams, will be Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at Wahtonka Football Field.

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HR Sheriff’s deputy arrested on sex abuse charges

A deputy with the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office was arrested Friday, Sept. 9, for allegedly sexually abusing a child while off duty.

Sheriff Log, Aug. 28 to Sept. 3

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

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Wyeth brush fire doused, fire conditions around county still uneasy

A fire along Herman Creek Road — between Cascade Locks and Hood River — burned about an acre and a half of brush in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area Monday before crews extinguished it.

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Rail proposal draws fire

‘We know we dodged a bullet,’ Mosier mayor says during five-hour session in The Dalles

Perhaps just two or three years ago, Union Pacific Railroad’s plan to add roughly four miles of new track in the Columbia River Gorge near Mosier probably would not have sparked much of a fuss. But times have changed.

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Snapped tree, snagged traffic

A large tree crashed down on Cascade Avenue in front of Walmart at about 5 p.m. Thursday.

Police Log, Aug. 9 to 28

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

Sheriff Log, Aug. 21 to 27

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