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Green again, with work

We appreciate the Aug. 30 article on the recent Indian Creek site fire.

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ODOT submits plans for new Historic Hwy segment

Work likely won’t start on it for at least a few months, but construction plans for the next phase of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail have been submitted to the county for permitting.

Pinchot Collaborative turns focus to Upper WS River-Gotchen Creek

Last week, a group of residents who share a common interest in taking care of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest gathered around the Trout Lake Big Tree to collaborate on how to do so.

Dog park list narrowed down

Parks-Rec focus is on undeveloped sites

An ad hoc committee formed to find a suitable location for a dog park in Hood River has narrowed down its list of potential sites and largely scrapped plans to place the facility on already existing park sites.

OWEB offers grants for watershed health

Do you have natural resource concerns on your property, but don’t have the funds to fix them?

It’s still summer:Ways to save water

Rain actually does go away on summer days in the Pacific Northwest and during this dry time, when vegetables and flowers bask in sunlight, water use and costs can increase substantially.

Hiker rescued after fall on Mt. Adams

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The Yakima County sheriff’s office says a hiker who fell and injured himself on Mt. Adams on Sunday has been rescued.

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Fire damages planting area along 12th Street

A kite stuck on power lines caused sparks to fly and a grass fire to break out on the Heights on Friday.

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OWRC upholds ruling on Oxbow water right

Nestlé water bottling project inches forward

A proposal to build a Nestlé water bottling plant in the Gorge took a small step forward on Thursday when a state commission ruled that a water right the corporation needed for the bottling plant should not be canceled despite the concerns of environmental groups.

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Local volunteers replenish Parkdale Bicentennial Gardens

What Upper Valley residents are seeing lately isn’t a mirage, but rather the oasis of the Bicentennial Gardens in Parkdale, taking shape once again through the combined hard work and efforts of the Parkdale Garden Club, The Central Columbia Master Gardeners and the Parkdale Grange.

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One dead in Mt. Hood NF flash flood

An Illinois man is dead after getting swept away in a flash flood on the Sandy River last week.

State denies key permit for proposed coal terminal

Critics hail decision as a ‘huge blow’ to Port of Morrow project

After more than two years of public review, analysis, and permit filings, delays, and extensions, the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) announced on Monday that it had rejected a crucial permit needed for the construction of the Coyote Island coal export terminal proposed for the Port of Morrow.

Portion of Powerdale pipe to be removed

Walking trail section of pipeline untouched

After decades in the dirt, 2,600 feet of steel pipe that comprised part of the late Powerdale Dam on the lower Hood River is marked for removal. Columbia Land Trust, a Pacific Northwest river conservation group that owns part of the land the pipeline is on, announced it is removing the half-mile section on the southern end of the fragmented pipeline in order to make way for riparian restoration efforts.

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E.Coli advisory posted, then lifted, at Waterfront Beach

Event Site, Hook water quality ‘meets standards’ according to County Health

Update to print story: City Public Works director Mark Lago called Hood River News at 4 p.m. Friday to say that Thursday’s E. Coli alert on Waterfront Beach has been lifted, following latest tests by Riverkeeper. “The beach is open again,” he said.

DEQ extends comment period for coal terminal

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has extended the comment period for the draft 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Coyote Island Coal Terminal project in Boardman. Comments will be accepted by email, mail or online by Wednesday, Sept. 24.