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Gorge Commission looks at oil trains

After not acting on requests in May and June to take a stand against oil and coal shipments in the Gorge, Gorge commissioners promised a frustrated crowd last month it would do so in July.

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Crag Rats and Forest Service host tours of historic Cloud Cap Inn

In partnership with the Hood River Crag Rats Mountain Rescue Organization, the Hood River Ranger District will be hosting free interpretive tours of the historic Cloud Cap Inn. This opportunity to tour the inn, discover its history, and enjoy the majesty of Mt. Hood will be offered on Sundays this summer beginning July 27, weather and road conditions permitting, and will continue through Labor Day.

Historic Highway open following landslide

The Historic Columbia River Highway reopened at early in the afternoon of June 24 — nearly three weeks after a rock slide closed the road at the Stark Street Bridge east of Troutdale.

Make way for fireworks: Spit closed July 3, other Port areas restricted

The Fourth of July holiday will limit access to Port of Hood River property beginning July 3, when the Hood River Eye Openers Lions Club begin setting up its fireworks display just west of the mouth of the Hood River.

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A splitting headache: Rain splits cherries, but damage is variable

The concerns packhouses and orchardists had regarding the weather forecast were realized late last week when early summer rains swept through the Gorge and split cherries that were ripening in many Hood River Valley orchards.

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Geotechnical work underway on ‘new’ section of Historic Highway

Physical work has begun on a project that will restore a long-dormant section of the Historic Columbia River Highway in Hood River County to its former glory when it was first constructed nearly 100 years ago.

Port ‘highly likely’ to receive grant for Nichols Boat Basin

The Port of Hood River recently received word that it is in line to receive a $445,000 state grant to help construct a waterfront bike and pedestrian trail located on the west bank of the Nichols Boat Basin.

Punchbowl grant a no-go

While the Port of Hood River’s proposal for a waterfront trail at Nichols Boat Basin will almost certainly receive funding, a county proposal to acquire 102 acres of land around Punchbowl Falls for a public park will almost certainly not.

Cherries look good, but weather and labor a concern

The cherry harvest is underway in Hood River County and the fruit is looking good, with ripening slightly ahead of schedule.

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Crews quickly knock down Owens fire

A wildfire that began sometime early Wednesday morning on the site of an active timber sale on Hood River County Forestry Department timberland has been brought under control by fire crews.

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Authorities preparing for ‘tough’ fire season

With high temperatures and drought conditions predicted for most of the state of Oregon this summer, firefighting agencies throughout the Gorge are already girding themselves for what is expected to be a challenging wildfire season that is already underway.

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Another bark beetle outbreak bad news for Douglas fir

As Ponderosa pine trees throughout the Gorge continue to wither and redden due to the California Fivespined Ips another type of bark beetle has begun swarming and attacking Douglas fir trees, as well.

Safety, environmental risks top concerns at oil transport meeting

Preparation for potential incidents stemming from oil train traffic in Klickitat County was the hot topic of discussion at a meeting in White Salmon last week.

CGCAN forum on oil trains yields stark numbers, muted optimism

Action Network looks to limit regional fuel export terminals

Oil and coal transport opponents rallied some dramatic numbers in a multimedia forum Monday convened by the Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network at Riverside Community Church.

Dog Falls fire fully contained

A fire that started earlier this week on the Washington side of the Gorge is all but out, according to fire officials.