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Zoning overhaul focuses on farms, forest

Planners schedule hearing in September

The Hood River County Planning Commission is ironing out a comprehensive zoning code update that redefines farm and forest use across the county.

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Cougar sighted again, Thursday on Heights

A cougar was seen on the Heights for the second time in four days.

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Half of Columbia River sockeye salmon dying due to hot water

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — More than a quarter million sockeye salmon returning from the ocean to spawn are either dead or dying in the Columbia River and its tributaries due to warming water temperatures.

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Northwest set to train for monster quake

If doomsday watchers are correct, any minute now the I-5 corridor and everything west of it, from Vancouver, B.C. to northern California, will be toast. Burnt, crumbled toast.

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Residents Committee sues U.S. Forest Service

Local group sees no other option over delays in Mt. Hood land exchange

A local land use watchdog group, the Hood River Valley Residents Committee, filed a lawsuit Monday against the U.S. Forest Service over slow action in carrying out a congressionally mandated land exchange with Mt. Hood Meadows.

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Author Kristy Athens at Library on Aug. 22

Oregon boasts a multibillion-dollar agricultural economy that includes both industrial agriculture and small-scale efforts such as community supported agriculture memberships, farmers markets, and community gardens.

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Drought: It’s official

Hood River Co. and two-thirds of Oregon are now designated

Hood River County joins two more counties on Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s drought emergency list.

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Mt. Hood Meadows summer events series kicks off next weekend

Runs, hikes, music, and educational events in store for resort’s second summer season

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort usually asks its patrons to “pray for snow,” but for the month of August, “pray for sun,” would be probably be a better request.

Fried fish: heat brings more fish kills, regulations

In the wake of continued above-average high temperatures, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has instituted new fishing regulations to help mitigate the stress on salmon and other fish that has been caused by the heat and low water levels.

‘It’s dry out there:’ Parkdale, Wy’east firefighters respond to pair of challenging fires

Two fires, each hard to get to in their own ways, challenged local firefighters in the past week.

County adopts oil train resolution, approves 911 improvements

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners signed multiple resolutions into action at a regular meeting Monday night — most notably, one declared tighter enforcement on oil trains rolling through the Gorge, and one reallocated $7,000 to the County 911 Emergency Dispatch radio system, which police and emergency officials have called “poor to non-existent” in some areas.

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Punchbowl Falls park granted

OPRD awards funding for park at falls

Oregon Parks and Recreation District has awarded Hood River County a $470,000 grant to acquire and develop a park at Punchbowl Falls, a waterfall near Dee.

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Hot temperatures stressing Pacific Northwest fish

Fish and wildlife agencies encourage anglers to focus on warm-water fish

Cooler weather finally returned to the Gorge this past weekend, ending a two-week period where the mercury refused to dip below 90 degrees and on more than one occasion, soared into the triple digits.

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Forest ecologist talks ‘rebirth through fire’

In the case of forest fires, redemption lies in ruin.

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Dee blaze contained

Quick collective response to heavy drought conditions

A wildfire near Dee consumed roughly three acres of trees and brush Tuesday — and threated nearby orchards and homes — but a valley-wide response wrestled down the flames within hours.

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