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Patrick Mulvihill

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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.

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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.

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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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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At Wyeth, trail edges westward

Eastbound drivers on Interstate 84 have noticed crews hard at work building a new segment of the Columbia River Historic Highway State Trail, at Wyeth.

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Wildfire haze hurts Gorge air quality

A shroud of smoke caused by fires around the Pacific Northwest has hemmed in the Columbia Gorge.

Indian Creek Fire mapped at 83 acres

Aug. 4 update

The Indian Creek Fire, a smoky blaze in the woods west of Cascade Locks, grew slightly to 83 acres this week and has evaded containment.

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105 degrees: Heat wave hits the Gorge

Blistering temperatures have come in what’s set to be Hood River’s hottest week in several years.

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Smoky Indian Creek blaze will be burning for ‘a long time’

A fire in westernmost Hood River County that broke out in early July hasn’t been silenced. Officials estimated its size at more than 70 acres this week.

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Solar ‘pioneer’: Renewable energy project coming to HR public works

A group of renewable energy leaders gathered Thursday to celebrate a solar array slated for construction atop the Hood River Public Works building.

Cell tower at Idlewilde approved

A 104-foot cell tower has been approved for construction on a piece of property next to Idlewilde Cemetery.

Eagle Creek fire flares up

A smoldering wildfire near Eagle Creek Trail flared back up Wednesday, growing this week by an estimated 5 to 7 acres.

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Recreation: overhaul underway at Golden Eagle Park

Golden Eagle Park at Hood River Valley High School has entered its transformation from an overgrown patch of land into a multi-use public destination.

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Two sworn in at Port, one to go

The Hood River Port Commission swore in two commissioners: Ben Sheppard and John Everitt.

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Medical building emerges on Hood River waterfront

Buildout started this week inside upper floors of the medical building on the Hood River waterfront that will house a new Mid-Columbia Medical Center outpatient care facility.

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‘Punting’ and moving: Legislators talk 2017 session

A turbulent session for the Oregon Legislature wrapped up July 7, resulting in a new transportation package as well as a flurry of bills — some successful, some not — from policymakers representing Hood River.

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