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Pinchot Forest holds Huckleberry open house Dec. 8

The Pinchot Partners and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest are hosting a casual open house Thursday, Dec. 8, to talk about huckleberry areas. The open house will be in Packwood at the Packwood Fire Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

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Cost of Mosier derailment adding up

Vancouver (AP) — Six months after a train hauling Bakken crude oil derailed in Mosier, officials in Washington, Oregon, and elsewhere are still tabulating a bill to send to Union Pacific Railroad.

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Standing up for Standing Rock

Destination: Cannon Ball, N.D. Two Mosier men are heading to the frozen plains this month to support the protesters at Standing Rock.

Sense of Place Lecture Series: Crag Rats: Eight decades of mountain rescue service

When the Crag Rats Mountain Rescue beeper goes off, the call may take the elite team of Gorge residents racing up a mountain peak to rescue an injured hiker, scaling a rocky ledge to revive a hiker who has fallen over a cliff, into a blizzard to search for missing skiers, or to a mountain airplane crash scene for body recovery.

Dams scoping meeting in The Dalles Tuesday

The Bonneville Power Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will host a public meeting Tuesday, Dec. 6 to seek public input on developing a plan to save endangered wild salmon and steelhead in the Columbia and Snake rivers.

HR County announces forest road closures

Hood River County Forestry Department requested and the Hood River County Board of Commissioners approved a temporary seasonal closure of gates on forest roads in the Northwest Area, Trails Program Coordinator Henry Buckalew reported this week.

State Parks Day Use permits now on sale

Give the gift of the great outdoors this holiday season with an annual Oregon State Parks day-use parking permit.

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Klickitat Canyon NRCA may expand before year's end

The Klickitat Canyon Natural Resources Conservation Areas (NRCA) may double its size before the year is through.

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Watch a new ’12 Days’ song

Ever heard “The 12 Days of Christmas”?

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A Thanksgiving bulge — in Northwest electrical use — seen again this year

Bonneville Power Administration operators are prepared for the energy anomaly that they see every Thanksgiving Day. They have planned for an unusual bulge, or peak, in the morning as millions of people across the Pacific Northwest gather to cook meals, which rely heavily on the use of ovens and other appliances. After the big meal, system operators will be on hand to ramp power down during the tryptophan drop off.

Weather Service issues flood watch

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch from Thursday morning

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Feds grant $28M for Mitchell Point crossing

Oregon Department of Transportation has found a light at the end of the tunnel in its endeavor to fully restore the Historic Columbia River Highway as a single trail.

ODOT notes work this week on I-84

Look for paving this week on 14 miles of Interstate 84 from the Sandy River (just east of Troutdale) to Multnomah Falls, 7 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Agencies plan to study federal dams

After nearly two decades, the federal government is taking another look at how to operate and maintain its network of dams through the interior Columbia Basin.

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Westside Plan

About 60 people attended the open house Nov. 17 for the Westside Area Concept Plan, conducted by the City of Hood River, at Hood River Fire Station.

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