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Wildfire emergency declared in 20 Washington counties

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday proclaimed a state of emergency for 20 counties in response to multiple wildfires in Eastern Washington threatening homes, businesses, public infrastructure and natural resources. Inslee toured the Spokane-area fires Tuesday morning.

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Mosier rail track expansion hearing Tuesday

Union Pacific Railroad plans to build a second set of tracks east and west of Mosier, boosting the number of trains rolling through the Columbia River Gorge by five to seven per day, the railroad estimates.

Archers urged beware of fire dangers, note new regulations

The last full weekend in August means the start of archery season for deer and elk (the season opens Saturday, Aug. 27). And like every start to hunting season, bowhunters will be faced with high to extreme fire danger across Oregon.

Washington responders to get notice of oil train shipments

Emergency responders in communities along oil train routes in Washington will start receiving advance notice of the shipments this fall.

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‘Hotter, earlier, longer’: Groups plan to sue EPA over river temperatures

Dead fish clogged the Columbia River and its tributaries last summer in what environmental groups called the river’s worst salmon kill in recorded history.

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Talking about bags

Mayor Paul Blackburn talks with Shallon Courser, Hood River Walmart representative, at Wednesday’s “plastic bag summit” at Hood River Library.

Give to the river Aug. 20: ‘Love Your Columbia Day’

The third annual Love Your Columbia Day takes place in Hood River Aug. 20, with special cleanup, restoration and celebrations along the river.

Kids invited to learn at Bonneville Dam Aug. 24

Fourth graders to receive “Every Kid in a Park” passes

Summer is winding down, and next year’s passes for fourth graders will soon be available at Bonneville Dam.

Judge upholds denial of Columbia River coal dock

An administrative law judge in Oregon on Friday found that state regulators acted within their authority when they rejected a proposed coal terminal on the Columbia River that would funnel millions of tons of American coal to power-hungry Asia each year.

Learn about ‘zero-waste’ at Green Drinks

Learn how to turn your waste stream into a resource stream at the next Green Drinks.

Hood River mayor convenes Aug. 17 summit on possible ban of plastic bags

The community is invited to join a discussion, convened by Mayor Paul Blackburn, about reducing consumption of single-use plastic carry out bags by barring their use in Hood River County retail stores and encouraging use of reuseable carry out bags made with other materials.

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Earth Bag Initiative: Aug. 17 summit starts plastic bag ban discussion

The community is invited to join a discussion, convened by Mayor Paul Blackburn, about reducing consumption of single-use plastic carry out bags by barring their use in Hood River County retail stores and encouraging use of reuseable carry out bags made with other materials.

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Gorge leaders oppose Vancouver oil terminal as hearings wrap up

Gorge leaders spoke out against a proposed oil-by-marine terminal in Vancouver as hearings over the project’s fate came to a close July 29.

Green Drinks meets Aug. 17, highlights ‘zero waste’

Learn how to turn your waste stream into a resource stream at the next Green Drinks on Aug. 17.

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Gorge Gleaning celebrates launch of new community project

Columbia Gorge Gleaning invites the community to a kick-off event on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at 3322 Thomsen Road in Pine Grove, south of Hood River.

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