‘The Perpetual Farm’ to kick off Gorge Grown Winter Film Series on Jan. 23

Can we farm forever? That is precisely the question that producers of the documentary film The Perpetual Farm set out to discuss. Gorge Grown Food Network will launch its Winter Film Series on Jan. 23 with a screening of “The Perpetual Farm” at North Shore Café, located at 166 E. Jewett Blvd. in downtown White Salmon. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the 30-minute documentary will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Mud Matters: Simple steps toward health management

Driving around the Hood River Valley in winter, it is easy to notice a lot of damaged pastures and livestock standing hoof-deep in mud. This time of year we tend to accept mud as a fact of life, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You can avoid most mud problems by taking a few steps to manage the soil and water on your land.

Progress made on Hanford cleanup, but challenges remain

It’s been almost 25 years since the U.S. Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Washington Department of Ecology entered into an agreement to clean up the Hanford Site — widely considered to be the most contaminated nuclear site in the nation.

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Storm packs a punch, but damage minimal

Wet and windy weather brings much-needed mountain snow

Storm packs If you were one of the well-over-1,000 people who lost power Saturday morning, you can blame Mother Nature.

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Crash spills diesel into East Fork

Icy roads send semi over the edge

A steep grade and slick road conditions caused a semi-trailer to go over an embankment along Highway 35 Wednesday morning and narrowly miss taking a plunge into the icy East Fork of the Hood River.

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The news keeps flowing: Year in Review Part 2

There were plenty of fish in the river but regional water supplies were far from plentiful in 2013. Those are just two highlights of news in the Hood River News in the second half of the year. Here is a summary of events covered from July to December 2013, with a few updates. (Part I ran in the Jan. 1 edition.)

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Bird Count, guided hikes, eagle watching join New Year list of outdoor activities

Cold, yet active: that’s the forecast for the end of 2013 and the start of 2014, outdoors in the mid-Columbia Gorge.

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The Last Lantern

Paper lanterns enthralled the crowd at the Dec. 13 downtown holiday tree lighting event, but it will be the last year the Chamber of Commerce sets the flame-lit ornaments aloft, according to Chamber Executive Director Mike Glover.

CRG National Scenic Area announces new personnel

Lynn Burditt, area manager for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (Forest Service), announced new employees in three positions:

December debuts with record rainfall

The month of December is only a few days old, but Hood River already has one weather record in the books.

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Biologists are ‘cautiously optimistic’ about year’s big returns of fall chinook to the Hood River

This year, fall chinook have returned to the Columbia River in numbers that astound sportsmen and fish biologists alike.

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Dog owners: Beware of salmon poisoning

The active fall chinook run has brought many spawning salmon to the sandy shores of the sandbar and the Hood River, which writhe and die upon the shoals after completing their reproductive duties.

Forest Recreation Trails Committee seeks applicants

Three Forest Recreation Trails Committee member’s terms are due to expire on Jan. 1.

City asks for help with leaves, trees, sidewalks, drains

The City of Hood River issues autumnal reminders regarding leaves, sidewalks, drains, and branches:

Crew hauls trash from Indian Creek

On Sunday, Nov. 3, Indian Creek Stewards and community volunteers picked up about 10 cubic yards of garbage, including an armchair, propane tanks, and a lot of plastic along Indian Creek in the area from 12th Street to the Union Street substation.