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Patrick Mulvihill

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County vets energy plan, eyes STR rules

Hood River County Board of Commissioners on Monday took a first glimpse at an energy plan on the table for five local government boards’ consideration.

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Highway Crash Monday

A two-vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near Mosier caused a traffic crawl Monday afternoon. No serious injuries were reported in the wreck, in which a semi-truck and a passenger van were damaged.

City Council: Parking resolution passes, new firefighter approved

At its fifth meeting on the topic, Hood River City Council on Monday adopted a resolution changing fees developers must pay for impacts of on-street parking.

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Private company floats bridge replacement plan

A Colorado infrastructure investment company on Nov. 7 introduced a proposal to replace the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge.

Wrecks clog snowy Mt. Hood passes Wednesday

ODOT: Winter’s here

A tangle of vehicle crashes Wednesday night on Mount Hood signaled the onset of volatile winter road conditions.

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Truck hauling mobile home crashes in Hood River

A semi-truck hauling a manufactured home crashed and jackknifed Monday morning.

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Truck hauling mobile home crashes in HR Monday

A semi-truck hauling a Marlette manufactured home crashed shortly before 10 a.m. Monday and struck a guardrail on Interstate 84 westbound near milepost 63.

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Eagle Creek fire trail closures in force

Citations issued for illegal entry

Trails in the scorched Eagle Creek fire area remain dangerous, according to the U.S. Forest Service, and some people who illegally passed barricades have been cited.

Governor calls off Nestlé water exchange

Citing legal issues and costs, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown asked state officials Friday to quash a water exchange with Cascade Locks that would make possible a Nestlé water bottling plant.

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Beach work

AN EXCAVATOR operated by John Mann, Port of Hood River facilities manager, unearths a boulder at Event Site on the Hood River Waterfront, to assemble a new rock wall.

HR County declines request to take on Area Aging Agency

Hood River County has turned down a request from the state Department of Human Services to absorb services offered by the Area Agency on Aging.

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Rains cause minor landslides on Hwy. 30

A flood warning heightened concerns about landslides in the Columbia Gorge, but the torrent didn’t close any major transportation routes over the weekend.

Port submits Lot 1 plan

Planning Commission to consider subdivision

The Port of Hood River has sent to city planners a subdivision application for the last patch of developable land on the Hood River waterfront.

Hood River Port takes input on bridge toll hike

Bridge toll costs on the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge will ramp up in February, plans anticipate, and the Gorge community has started weighing in.

Hood River County to direct $550K for park septic fixes

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners decided Monday to put $550,000 worth of transient room tax revenue toward county park septic system repairs over the next several years.

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CL Port prepares 10-year Marine Park plan

A plan is on the table for the Port of Cascade Locks as it charts out Marine Park’s next decade.

HR Bridge toll hike hearings begin Tuesday

The first in a pair of hearings concerning a proposed bridge toll increase at the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge kicks off Tuesday.

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Bridge busy: Maintenance causes round of delays

The Hood River-White Salmon Bridge will see a busy October as bridge works presses on, but some anticipated closures have been lifted.

Blasted! Expect freeway delays

Planned explosions along I-84 are part of historic trail work

A series of rock blasts along Interstate 84 west of Hood River will occasionally delay fall travelers.

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Rescued bald eagle released back into wild

The raptor, which state crews found lying injured in a creek near Post Canyon in April, spent months recuperating at Rowena Wildlife Clinic before its release Thursday afternoon.

Officials: Fire won’t be out until rain, snow

The Eagle Creek fire will likely keep burning until weather helps put it out, fire team reports state.

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Bridge vandalism delays maintenance work

A suspected vandalism case hit the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge in late September, leaving graffiti and damaged equipment.

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Governor promises recovery aid for Hood River County

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown visited Cascade Locks and Hood River Friday in her second official trip in this county since the Eagle Creek fire broke out a month ago.

County board okays Verizon cell tower again

A 100-foot cell tower planned for construction near Hood River Valley High School has shrugged off another round of legal challenges from a nearby resident.

Fire activity ‘limited’ despite dry week

Dicey weather didn’t outrage the Eagle Creek fire, which showed subdued activity as firefighters pressed on with repair efforts.

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Eagle Cr. Fire impacts dwindle despite size

In sheer size, the Eagle Creek fire hasn’t significantly diminished — 48,573 acres Tuesday — but its burden on traffic and firefighting resources is leveling off as fall weather settles in.

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Fire stalled, landslide threat remains

Little growth came at the Eagle Creek fire since cooler weather and rain settled in.

Walden proposes Gorge forest restoration bill

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) has introduced a bill that fast-tracks salvage logging and reforestation projects within the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and other scenic areas stricken by wildfires — such as the Eagle Creek fire.

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Rain eases Eagle Creek Fire, evacuations lifted

Generous rain has somewhat calmed the 48,000-acre Eagle Creek Fire, which crews have nearly half-contained Tuesday.

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Fire rages, rain coming

Evacuations raised to west Hood River

The Eagle Creek fire, burning 41,550 acres Friday, has been 28 percent contained.

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Caller reports fireworks use before blaze

Moments before a small fire broke out along Indian Creek Trail on the Heights Tuesday night, a caller told Hood River Police a group of juveniles were using fireworks.

HR Police: Caller reports fireworks use before blaze

Moments before a small fire broke out along Indian Creek Trail on the Heights Tuesday night, a caller told Hood River Police a group of juveniles were using fireworks.

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Polallie in two parts: Forest Service splits up Mt. Hood timber thin

The U.S. Forest Service will divide a timber thinning and fuels reduction project on the north slope of Mount Hood into two parts.

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Gorge gets challenged to ‘Drive Less’

The Oregon Drive Less Challenge pulls up soon. Its finish line: energy efficiency.

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Eagle Creek blaze 11 percent contained

Tuesday morning update

Firefighting containment levels inched up to double digit percentages on the Eagle Creek fire, which is burning roughly 35,600 acres in the Columbia Gorge Tuesday morning.

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Eagle Creek Fire burns on Friday

Progress made, challenges ahead

The battle against the Eagle Creek fire — though far from over — pushed ahead this week, as crews squeezed containment lines to 7 percent.

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HR County considers fire emergency declaration tonight

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight to discuss declaring an emergency in response to the Eagle Creek and Indian Creek fires.

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Eagle Creek Fire expands to 10,000 acres

Fires are raging throughout the western Columbia River Gorge, burning thousands of acres, forcing evacuations, and choking transportation corridors.

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About 150 hikers trapped by fire at Eagle Creek Trail

Reports: those stranded will likely stay in forest overnight

A second wildfire along Eagle Creek Trail has trapped a group of about 150 hikers Saturday. Rescue efforts for that group and an unconfirmed number of other trail users are underway.

Kingsley Campground closes Tuesday for year-long project

Recreationalists will get their last chance this weekend to visit Kingsley Reservoir Campground before it closes for more than a year due to an irrigation project.

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Mosier intersection redesign project kicks off Saturday

Leaders in Mosier are taking a hard look at road improvements for busy intersections along and near the town’s main thoroughfare, U.S. Highway 30.

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Trail network emerges at Punchbowl Falls Park

Waterfall views and shady paths await hikers at Punchbowl Falls Nature Park.

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Smoke update: Wildfire in Gorge slowly growing

The Indian Creek Fire slowly grew to 335 acres Tuesday, despite aggressive air attacks, and smoke from larger fires around the region has once again hampered air quality in the Gorge.

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Garage destroyed, home damaged in Pine Grove fire

A family in Pine Grove evaded injury when a fire incinerated the garage at their home on Mohr Drive Wednesday.

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Indian Creek Fire grows to 327 acres

Trail closures extended by two miles

The Indian Creek Fire, west of Cascade Locks, has spread to 327 acres, spurring more forest trail closures this week.

County seeks new options for revenue

Leaders representing Hood River County are eyeing fresh funding sources that could ease budget issues.

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Trump puts HR County closer to storm relief funds

President Donald Trump signed a disaster declaration for Oregon this month, putting Hood River and three other Oregon counties in line for recovery funds in the wake of January’s ice storm.

Lost boy found safe near Parkdale

A youth went missing in the woods southwest of Parkdale, prompting a search by emergency officials that proved quick and successful.

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Power line fire doused Monday

A power pole caught fire on Guignard Road Monday but utility and fire crews teamed up to choke the flare-up in less than an hour.

Cascade Locks man sentenced for attempted murder

A man from Cascade Locks pled guilty Wednesday to trying to kill the mother of his two children at the family’s home.

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