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Agreement near in Sherman Co. weeds dispute

Azure Farms, Inc., and the Sherman County Court appear close to reaching an agreement about how to keep noxious weed seeds from spreading to neighboring properties and beyond.

Poison hemlock can kill

Poison hemlock (Conium maculatum) is currently flowering throughout Hood River County. It is important to be able to identify poison hemlock to prevent accidental ingestion.

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Fire season back

Risk outlook ‘usual’ despite recent wet

Fire season has rekindled at its ordinary threat level, despite a remarkably snowy winter.

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Protest energizes oil debate

Anti-oil train rally hits Mosier School on anniversary of derailment

One year after an oil train derailment roiled communities throughout the Columbia Gorge, hundreds gathered at Mosier Community School to remember the fiery wreck and speak out against proposed fossil fuel terminal developments.

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Tours of historic Cloud Cap Inn begin June 25

In cooperation and partnership with the Hood River Crag Rats Mountain Rescue Organization, the Hood River Ranger District will once again host free interpretive tours of historic Cloud Cap Inn.

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Soil and Water District receives ‘Water Bank’ grant

The Oregon Water Resources Department has awarded more than $411,000 in eight grants for water conservation, reuse and storage feasibility studies. The Hood River Soil and Water Conservation District will receive $50,330 to assess the viability of a Hood River water bank to increase summer stream flows. They will match the grant dollars for the $101,980 study.

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Columbia Land Trust receives Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative grant

Columbia Land Trust received good news May 1 — the conservation group has been awarded a $5,000 grant from The Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative, a group formed in 2013 by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Land Trust Alliance.

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Rare sighting

This mountain lion was spotted by Michael Schock north of Post Canyon.

Weed of the Month Puncturevine: painful pest invades Hood River

Puncturevine is a sprawling annual plant that forms a dense mat with very sharp, spiny seed heads. This weed has infiltrated Hood River County from the east.

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Wild lawn

Jurgen Hess leads a group from the Lawn Alternatives Class, hosted by EnviroGorge through Hood River Community Education.

Underwood Community Gardens provides summer children’s programs

Underwood Community Gardens welcomes the community to celebrate children and wellness in the garden this summer with gardening programs at the Underwood Community Center.

‘Connect to Your Cause Fair’ June 4

Have fun, sing, dance, eat food and join a diversity of community groups, nonprofits and causes on Sunday, June 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the first ever "Connect to Your Cause Fair.”

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Mosier rally marks oil train anniversary

Members of advocacy groups and political leaders will gather Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of an oil train wreck in Mosier.

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Campus Pride Work Day

Hood River Valley High School students spent second period on May 17 working to clean up campus — inside and out.

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Pick of the Week: ‘Living in the Era of Mega-Fires’ May 24

Dr. Paul Hessburg will present “Living in the Era of Mega-Fires” on Wednesday, May 24 at 7 p.m. in the Hood River Middle School auditorium. This traveling presentation comes in the form of fast-moving, short topic-based talks interspersed with video vignettes, according to a press release.

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