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‘Water is survival': County Commission declares drought

Three main irrigation districts request users cut back by 25 percent

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to pass a countywide drought declaration at a special meeting Wednesday. The resolution will go to Gov. Kate Brown’s desk for executive action.

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100°⁰and up?

Stay cool as you can, keep safety rules in mind

Dangerously hot weather is predicted for Oregon and Southwest Washington through Sunday.

‘Country Garden Tour’ June 27 in Upper Valley

‘Country Garden Tour’ June 27 in Upper Valley

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Heat is on

Local law, fire leaders urge safety

It’s going to be a scorcher. With an anticipated surge of locals and tourists hitting the Columbia River and other natural water playgrounds throughout Hood River County, local law enforcement and safety officials are urging caution.

Klickitat County considers two-year ban on new pot businesses

GOLDENDALE — The Klickitat County Planning Commission was one vote shy of unanimity in its meeting Monday night in proposing a two-year ban with a sunset clause on new marijuana businesses to the County Commissioners. The vote has no binding authority but rather serves as a recommendation for action to the county commission. No action would affect existing county businesses.

Washington cross-mountain endurance race coming August 7

Runners will scale the Cascade Mountains of Washington in August — from St. Helens to Mt. Adams.

Cascade Locks holds town hall on Nestlé

The city of Cascade Locks is hosting a town hall meeting Thursday, facilitated by a neutral party, to hear questions and comments from the public regarding Nestlé’s proposed water bottling plant.

HR Watershed Group plans meetings to look at conserving water

Hood River Watershed Group will hold its next meeting June 23 at 6 p.m. at the OSU Extension Meeting Room, 2990 Experiment Station Drive.

Columbia River Gorge oil train traffic sharply declines

Portland — (AP) Oil train traffic through the Columbia River Gorge has declined one-third or more from its peak amid an oil price decline that has pressured crude-by-rail shipments nationwide.

Washington Supreme Court: Skamania County in violation of GMA

Ruling remands lawsuit back to Clark County Superior Court

The state Supreme Court this week handed a victory to environmental advocates who argued that unzoned forestland in Skamania County is in violation of the Growth Management Act.

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Teen rescues Punchbowl Falls swimmer

Barros honored as ‘Crag Rat for the day’

It was a big week for Claudia Barros — the 17-year-old graduated from high school Friday and saved a woman from drowning near Punchbowl Falls Sunday.

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HRV students continue streamside enhancement

Cleaning out your desk in the final days of school is one thing.

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Wind stokes Thursday morning brush fire

About 1,000 customers lost power after blaze next to freeway

A wind-rocked power line apparently sparked and caused Thursday morning’s fire that resulted in about 1,000 electrical customers losing power.

Workshops set for bird and pollinator habitats

Learn to create habitat around your home at the Hood River Watershed Group’s upcoming Backyard Habitat Workshop on Saturday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Rally looks at sea lion predation

Faced with unprecedented levels of predation from growing numbers of sea lions in the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, leaders from the Columbia River Treaty Tribes, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), and the recreational fishing community were joined at a public gathering on the shore of the Willamette River by Oregon U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader and hundreds of concerned citizens to support the passage of federal legislation to protect endangered salmon.