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I-84 reopens following rockslide

To the great relief of travelers and Columbia River Gorge businesses, all lanes of Interstate 84 opened Monday afternoon following the cleanup of a weather-related landslide that forced the closure of the freeway’s eastbound lanes for several days.

Four arrested at landslide traffic control

During the evening of Feb. 12, Hood River County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisting with traffic control on Interstate 84 after a landslide closed eastbound lanes at milepost 61.

‘Crop Talk’ at Rockford Feb. 20

Rockford Community Grange will be the host of another informal gathering of farmers, gardeners and other growers of food in the Mid-Columbia Gorge region, Feb. 20 from 5:30-7 p.m.

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Now, the clean-up

First the snowfall, now the melt.

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New cell tower for Hood River

The nation’s largest cellular phone provider is looking to install a 100-foot-high cell tower in a field off Multnomah Road, which the company says is necessary to improve cell coverage for its customers in the Hood River Valley.

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Light but thick: snow hits the Gorge

Power company, tow owner offer safety and prevention tips for snow and ice

With a state-high snowfall in Parkdale and up to 10 inches in Hood River, January’s question “where’s our winter?” got a resounding answer Thursday.

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County examining RC flying proposal

With the exception of the Westside Community Trail, Barrett Park has remained largely undeveloped as Hood River County Parks and Recreation has fought and continually lost battles to develop public recreation facilities on the 31.4-acre parcel located on the west side of Hood River.

New Columbia fish plan is little changed

PORTLAND — The federal government’s management plan for protecting salmon and steelhead populations imperiled by federal dams in the Columbia River basin differs little from its earlier version and continues to rely heavily on habitat improvement.

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County split on proposal to expand wilderness areas in national forest

A conservation group seeking wilderness expansion in the Mount Hood National Forest got a mixed response from Hood River County Commissioners last week after asking to a proposal that would designate well over 3,000 acres of national forest in the county as protected wilderness.

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Meadows holds out hopes for Cooper Spur ski season

As February arrives, Hood River County’s backyard hill, Cooper Spur Ski Area, remains closed for lack of snow, but owner Mt. Hood Meadows stands ready for when the white stuff finally arrives.

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‘Lava Restoration’ forest thin draws heat

Environmental group calls project ‘a significant assault’ on forests

A proposed U.S. Forest Service timber thin west of Parkdale has caught the eye of environmental groups and resulted in an outpouring of public comment from those concerned about the potential impact of the project — officially named “Lava Restoration.”

Scenic Area offers first firewood sale in decade

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area will be offering its first firewood sale in 10 years, at Collins Slide, near Home Valley, Wash., from Feb. 10-27.

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County pursues grant to purchase Punchbowl property

102-acre area in Dee currently owned by Western Rivers Conservancy

There are plenty of options in the Gorge for a summer swim, but Punchbowl Falls on the West Fork of the Hood River near Dee is a favorite of many.

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ODOT to start work on final portions of Historic Highway

Marking the beginning of an end to nearly three decades of restoration efforts, the Oregon Department of Transportation is poised to start physical work this spring on reconnecting the final portions of the Historic Columbia River Highway.

Bonneville Lock and Dam seeks volunteers

PORTLAND, Ore. – Would you like to meet people from all over the world and teach them about historic places, or help protect our natural resources? Bonneville Lock and Dam needs volunteers on weekends during the spring, fall and winter months to help run its visitor centers, powerhouse display gallery, bookstore and Natural Resource program.