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Second Mt. Adams community forest purchase completed

Mt. Adams Resource Stewards announces completion of the second Mt. Adams Community Forest purchase — a 284-acre property known as the Pine Flats Forest between Glenwood and Trout Lake.

Nichols Landing appeal pushed back to Aug. 25

An appeal hearing challenging the city of Hood River’s decision to award a permit for the Nichols Landing hotel and retail development has been pushed back to later this month at the request of the project applicants.

Containment grows on Rowena fire

Evacuations have all been lifted in the Rowena Fire zone and residents are now able to return to their homes, but firefighters are still working in the area so spectators are asked to stay away.

Local crews part of first response to Rowena fire

The number of personnel fighting the Rowena fire has grown to approximately 700 since the Rowena fire was declared a conflagration the morning of Aug. 6, but one of the first groups of fire crews to arrive on scene were departments from Hood River County.

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MHM reduces scope of Park and Ride

County provides opportunity for public comment on project

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort plans to reduce the scope of a park and ride planned for Mount Hood after residents and adjacent property owners raised concerns over the project’s potential impact.

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Rowena fire blows up

Hundreds evacuated as red flag conditions fuel Gorge fire

In visit to fire, Governor Kitzhaber warns of growing suppression costs

Army Corps agrees to monitor dam pollution

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — For the first time in its history, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will have to disclose the amount of pollutants its dams are sending into waterways in a groundbreaking legal settlement that could have broad implications for the Corps’ hundreds of dams nationwide.

Railway, state officials talk crude oil transport at resident-led forum

The same day White Salmon residents heard from the Federal Railroad Administration, Washington State Department of Ecology, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Corporation on oil train transport through the Gorge, the U.S. Department of Transportation made moves on changing standards governing tank cars nationwide.

Wildfires spread haze throughout the state

Smoke from wildfires currently burning in the southern, central and eastern regions of Oregon has spread throughout most of the state, the Oregon Department of Forestry reported, reducing visibility, but having minor impacts on air quality.

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A connecting ritual

An airborne arc of water tossed in Monday’s event suggests the connections

The 50 people gathered Monday for the health of the Columbia River invoked the names of many rivers and waterways where they had lived or had seen human impacts: the Pacific Ocean and Great Lakes, San Francisco Bay, Gulf of Mexico, Chesapeake Bay, Columbia, Willamette, Mississippi, Colorado, Merced, Potomac, Thames, James, Shannon, and the Mekong.

Vigil for river planned Monday

A multi-faith prayer vigil for the Columbia River takes place at 6 p.m. Monday at Waterfront Park.

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Fire chars part of Indian Creek Trail

Neighbors knock down blaze with hoses

A ground fire along Indian Creek is under investigation after it flared along the popular Indian Creek trail Thursday afternoon, with no damage to property.

Friends of HRW appeal Naito ruling

Appeal heard at Aug. 11 council meeting

A hotel and retail development slated for the south end of the Nichols Boat Basin is on hold once again after opponents appealed a decision by the Hood River Planning Commission that would have allowed the project to move forward.

Coal transport: Judge eyes port records status

PORTLAND (AP) — A federal judge said Tuesday he would weigh whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must release environmental review documents involving a proposed coal port criticized by environmentalists.

USFS hopes to open Cloud Cap Road ‘soon’

The U.S. Forest Service is aiming to have Cloud Cap Road open this season for the first time in over a year, which has been closed since 2013 due to dead trees finally toppling years after they were burned in a wildfire in the Mt. Hood National Forest.