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Cloud Cap Inn tours beginning June 21

Parkdale — The Mt. Hood National Forest Service will be hosting free interpretive tours of the historic Cloud Cap Inn starting June 21 through Labor Day on September 7, weather and road conditions permitting. The Hood River Ranger District is inviting the public to tour the inn, discover its history, and enjoy the majesty of Mt. Hood.

Recycling on wheels: HR Lions set up mobile stations

People wishing to easily recycle deposit-value beverage containers have a 24/7 option.

Marbach, Cook partner with Columbia Gorge Press on new Gorge Scenic Area book

The Columbia Gorge Press has ventured in to the book publishing arena with a stunning new photo essay project with Peter Marbach and Janet Cook.

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Mount St. Helens ‘Crater Glacier View Climb’ offers view like no other

Mount St. Helens Institute is leading multiple guided trips this summer to an up-close view of Crater Glacier from a vantage point on the north side of the mountain.

Friends of the Columbia River Gorge sue USDOT over oil train safety rules

Seven U.S. environmental groups, including Friends of the Columbia River Gorge, filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department of Transportation’s new crude-by-rail safety rules, calling them too “weak” to prevent fiery derailments.

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Derailment in Midwest heats up oil train discussion in Gorge

A train that derailed and caught fire last Wednesday in rural North Dakota was hauling crude oil from the state’s oil patch, raising questions nationwide and in the Columbia River Gorge regarding the efficiency of new federal safety standards for oil trains.

Union Pacific president visits

Railroad chief meets with local leaders

The top executive for Union Pacific Railroad and his communication team met Tuesday with city, county and port officials in the gorge to discuss safety concerns related to crude oil shipments.

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Hail storm damage still being assessed

Wednesday’s surprise hail storm caused some damage in lower Hood River valley orchards, but the extent is still being assessed.

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Forest service hosting free fishing clinics for kids

The Barlow Ranger District and Hood River Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest will be hosting free fishing clinics for kids. The Barlow Ranger District event will take place on Saturday, May 9, and Hood River Ranger District’s fishing clinic will take place on Saturday, May 16. Both events will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 1 p.m.

Community Resiliency Programs continue May 2

Stevenson Grange 121’s 2015 Community Resiliency Programs continue with a Walk-In Plant Clinic given by the Central Gorge Chapter of the OSU Master Gardeners (Hood River) and a Seed and Plant Swap, on Saturday, May 2, from 12 to 3 p.m., in the Stevenson Community Library Gallery.

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Doug Nichols ‘blessed’ at wastewater treatment plant

Doug Nichols, Project Manager for Hood River Public Works, has a job that not many people understand: Wastewater treatment.

Earth Week networking

Winners of the first Business Competition by Gorge Owned drew 125 or so people to The Pint Shack Thursday, where five businesses gave their pitches and three earned enough audience votes to snare the right to apply for a no-interest Kiva Zip non-profit loan for start-ups.

Plant class series starts

Columbia Gorge Community College, in partnership with the Discovery Center, will offer a series of plant stewardship class this spring.

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Invasive mussels found on boat at Ontario

ONTARIO, Ore. – Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife technicians discovered Zebra mussels on a boat at the Ontario boat inspection station Friday. The boat being hauled from Lake Erie in Ohio is the first vessel of the 2015 inspection season found to be infested with the invasive mussels.

DGCC wind program open house May 11

Ribbon cutting, tours available

Columbia Gorge Community College’s Renewable Energy Technology (RET) program will host an open house on May 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at its new home in the Fort Dalles Readiness & Workforce Innovations Center on The Dalles campus.