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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.

Warming water temperatures prompt early fish release

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released six million fish from Little White Salmon and Willard National Fish Hatcheries on Wednesday and Thursday — a week earlier than normal.

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Signs promote dormant lawns, water conservation

‘For Fish and Farms’

Interested in an easy way to use less water this summer? Consider not watering your lawn.

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Irrigation Limitations: Farmers water district goes to rotation schedule

The FID Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday declaring an emergency authorizing the district to implement water rotation procedures to address drought conditions.

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Port opens Nichols trail

Parking expanded along the waterfront

The Port of Hood River is wrapping up construction at the west end of the Nichols Basin Trail, opening the bicycle and pedestrian path to the beach just in time for Independence Day festivities.

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Dave and Sarah Kalousdian spark fun on the Fourth

Dave Kalousdian’s Fourth of July will be different this year, but only just.

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Dripping, soaking, or just plain going dry

What are large users of water around the county doing to reduce? We called public agencies, and some private, Wednesday and Thursday to find out:

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Tucker-ed Out

Swimmers pause on the Hood River bank just below Tucker Bridge, where property owner Bob White is trying to get word out that access is not allowed.

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HR Parks District presents Guignard Road park proposal

A new park for the south part of Hood River took one step closer to reality last week.