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Three fires in four days raise concerns

One fire jumped a creek, another came close to a home and a third nearly took out a greenhouse.

City asks comments on carbon

Climate change: HR council takes input on Monday:

A carbon pricing resolution, along with affordable housing, wastewater treatment plan funding, and public art, make for a busy Hood River City Council agenda on Monday.

Oil train issue is heating up again

Report shows increased oil going through the Gorge

The focus on oil trains running through the Gorge has largely remained on the Washington side, where the vast majority of crude, particularly coming from the Bakken formation in North Dakota, enters the National Scenic area.

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Hook project provides great new river access

Should be done by the end of the month

A welcomed addition to the Hood River Waterfront is quickly taking shape, and with a finish date of the end of February, the new river access at the west end of the Hook will be ready for windsurfers, kayakers and stand-up-paddlers who come out of the woodwork in droves as winter winds down and the river-recreation season rapidly approaches.

Gorge Commission, Klickitat County sign pact

In a historic agreement — nearly 18 months in the making — Klickitat County will devote planning staff time to help the Columbia River Gorge Commission process land use applications within its borders.

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‘Somebody yelled ‘Falling!’ and I looked up, and here they come ...’

A first-hand account of wild double rescue on Mount Hood

JAN. 31, 2015: Erik Broms was climbing down from the summit of Mount Hood Saturday morning when two climbers roped together came plummeting down the mountain, right at him.

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Scouts show tireless ‘can-do’

Lack of snowpack exposed an ugly mountainside scene, but a group of Scouts quickly dealt with it.

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Mt. Hood snowpack lacking

There’s still hope, but as dismal winter continues, water worries grow

For those who have been snow dancing, it may be time to learn some new steps.

Yellow, Friends

Seen this week, six medium-sized birds whose yellow plumage is unusual, at least for the Heights.

‘Solarize’ campaign starts with launch party Feb. 3

Gorge Owned, local contractors offer incentives

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

A Small Big Year 2015: Friendly bird counting competition in the Gorge

Join your friends and neighbors in the Gorge by tracking each species you count in both Hood River County and Klickitat County throughout 2015, now through Dec. 31, 2015.

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Punchbowl Falls park idea sees a flurry of feedback

A call for public input on a plan to develop a county park around Punchbowl Falls has been warmly received by area residents, hundreds of which have already provided feedback on what the future should hold for the popular waterfall near Dee.

SOLVE group asks for spring clean-up projects

SOLVE is accepting applications for volunteers to lead Earth Day projects for the 26th annual SOLVE IT event.

Crash into Columbia River near Arlington prompts spill clean-up

On Jan. 5, at approximately 6 a.m., Oregon State Patrol troopers from The Dalles Area Command were dispatched to Interstate 84 approximately 10 miles east of Arlington to check on a male subject who was reported to be walking down the middle of the freeway.

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Groups seek public input on Punchbowl

First of two public meetings on park proposal held Tues.

Hood River County and conservation groups want to turn an area around a popular waterfall near Dee into a public park and are looking to the public for input on the plan.