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‘Operation Dry Water’ this weekend

The Marine Board and law enforcement from 32 counties and the Oregon State Police will be participating in Operation Dry Water during the weekend of June 24-26 as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence of intoxicants (BUII).

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Delayed burn pile fire

Firefighter John Stehlik hoses a burn pile Thursday that had been set more than five weeks ago. The fire spread to four-tenths of an acre before Wy’East Fire District personnel responded and controlled its spread through blackberries and into nearby woods.

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Federal report blames railroad for Mosier derailment

UP says oil train traffic will resume through Gorge

A day after Union Pacific announced oil trains will begin rolling through the Columbia Gorge again, a federal report blamed the railroad for the fiery derailment in Mosier.

Portland leaders ask governors to ban oil-by-rail

PORTLAND (AP) — Portland and Multnomah County leaders on Tuesday urged the governors of Oregon and Washington to push Congress for a permanent ban on oil-by-rail in the wake of a fiery train derailment along the Columbia River.

What happened to sea lion ‘Ray?’

“Ray,” a 1,300-pound male California sea lion, was a well-known fixture at The Dalles Marina, where he took up residence on a tenant’s dock in 2011. For years, he was a highly visible member of the river community, hauling himself out on a marina dock each day and feasting on salmon migrating through the river.

ODOT asks for oil train moratorium

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon transportation officials are asking federal rail authorities to suspend crude oil trains in the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia River Gorge until there is a better understanding of what caused a fiery derailment there this month.

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Rain damage on cherries ‘Too Soon to Tell’

Frost fans and helicopters, like this one above an orchard in Odell, have been employed the past few days as rains moved through the valley at just the wrong time for cherry growers.

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Wyden debriefs with Mosier firefighters

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., held a private debriefing session Sunday morning with Mosier firefighters about the June 3 oil train derailment in their community.

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Vista House hosting summer song circles

CORBETT — Voices will join together at Vista House this summer.

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Golden Rule Peace Boat visits the Gorge

Stop includes potluck, anti-nuke forum

The historic Golden Rule anti-nuclear sailboat is in Hood River, hosted by Columbia Riverkeeper.

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Elected officials demand oil-by-rail moratorium in Gorge

At Mosier gathering, Washington city leaders support Gorge mayors

A week after an oil train derailment in Mosier, a pair of city leaders from Vancouver and Spokane joined local mayors to show their explicit stance against crude-by-rail traffic through the Northwest.

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Sheared screws blamed in train derailment

The Mosier train derailment was caused when an unknown number of large screws, used to provide extra stabilization to rail ties on curves, sheared off — something a railroad official said he’d never seen before in a derailment.

House passes Mt. Hood land exchange bill

A bill aiming to speed up a long-stalled land exchange between the U.S. Forest Service and Mt. Hood Meadows ski resort has cleared the House.

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Train cleanup continues

With the roughly 280,000 gallons of oil remaining in the 16 derailed train cars in Mosier offloaded Wednesday morning, and stored in The Dalles, work began right away on removing the cars themselves.

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Tribes call for block on fuel trains

‘How many more derailments are there going to be?’

Tribal leaders have voiced a stern demand: no more oil and coal trains through the Columbia River Gorge.

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