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80 gallons of oil spilled into Columbia Thursday

Roughly 80 gallons of oil were spilled into the Columbia River by a vessel near Kalama, Wash., the state’s environmental agency said Friday.

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‘Crop Talks’ are back

Rockford Grange is starting up the annual Crop Talks, an informal discussion group about the joys, frustration and benefits of growing food, on Feb. 22.

Gorge Owned ‘Sense of Place’ lecture series returns March 2

Gorge Owned’s next Sense of Place Lecture Series will be “The Trust for Public Land in the Columbia Gorge: The Untold Conservation Story,” with Bowen Blair on Wednesday, March 2 at the Columbia Center for the Arts.

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Hansell supports ODFW’s decision to delist gray wolves

Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Athena, is pleased to see a bill upholding a state agency’s decision to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list making headway in the current legislative session.

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Into the thick of 'thinning'

USFS, local groups talk Polallie Fuels Reduction plan

The U.S. Forest Service met face to face with the public Wednesday to discuss the Polallie Cooper thinning and fuels reduction project.

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Gorge Floods of ’96 revisited

Roads ruined. Houses damaged. Irrigation systems broken.

NW tribes seek to restore Columbia River salmon runs

SPOKANE, WASH. — Some Northwest tribes in the next 20 years want to achieve a long-held dream: restoring wild salmon runs above the giant Grand Coulee Dam.

Steelhead, Chinook fishing clinic Feb. 27

Local fisherman Greg Short and the Hood River Watershed Group are hosting their annual Steelhead and Spring Chinook Fishing one-day clinic.

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Polallie Cooper thinning project draws passion from groups

Forest Service schedules public meeting Wednesday

The U.S. Forest Service is planning a nearly 3,000-acre forest thinning and fuels reduction project on the north slope of Mount Hood, drawing more than a thousand written comments from Oregon environmental advocates and local biking groups.

Up Up! Farm Film Festival continues Feb. 12 at Rockford Community Grange

Gorge Grown Food Network and the Rockford Grange will present the next movie in the Up Up! Farm Film Festival series on Feb. 12 at Rockford Community Grange, on Barrett Drive a mile west of Windmaster Corner, located south of Hood River.

‘Solarize’ campaign relaunches Feb. 1

Gorge Owned offers incentives for solar

Gorge Owned (GO!) is working with local solar contractors and partners to offer discounted, bulk rates on solar panel installations to homeowners in Klickitat, Skamania, Wasco and Hood River counties.

Hedges and hedgerow workshop Saturday

The Underwood Conservation District (UCD) is inviting the public to come and learn about hedges and hedgerows during a workshop Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Underwood Community Center.

Underwood Community Garden announces plans for new season

The Underwood Community Gardens begins its fourth year with plans for enhancement to the gardens and plans for various workshops and presentations and an off-site visit or two – all open to the general public.

Dog River hosts avalanche awareness program on Jan. 21

The Mt. Hood National Forest Service will be presenting an avalanche awareness program on Jan. 21 and Feb. 25 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Dog River Coffee, 411 Oak Street, Hood River.

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'The climate is always changing'

Retired energy consultant issues call to reverse climate trend for agriculture

When Mark Cherniak, a retired energy consultant living in Mosier, spoke about climate change on Thursday, the message was stark: It’s not going to get better; it’s only going to get worse. And we can’t afford to wait any longer to reverse the trend.