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Free recreational crabbing this weekend

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to make it easy for anglers to kick off the new year with a free fishing weekend on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

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UP Railroad agrees to changes

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The nation's largest freight railroad has agreed to more thorough inspections and maintenance improvements after a fiery oil train derailment in Oregon and the discovery of more than 800 potential safety violations across its sprawling network.

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Mt. Hood National Forest seeks outfitter guides to serve youth, underrepresented groups this winter

The Mt. Hood National Forest will be accepting proposals for new outfitter guide temporary use permits during the open season from Jan. 1 through March 1.

Congress passes Columbia River Restoration Act

Oregon legislators laud Congressional passage of river cleanup bill

The U.S. Congress has passed a bill allowing the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a grant program dedicated to Columbia River cleanup work.

Forest Service military internship offered in Trout Lake

The Forest Service’s Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the Mt. Adams Institute are jointly offering an 11-month internship to military veterans to support and improve the Scenic Area’s Special Uses program.

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Snow turns to ice, slush in the Gorge

Two weeks of snow and ice appeared to abate Monday night, with warming temperatures and rain turning much of the snow to slush.

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Stay ready for winter: American Red Cross issues cold weather and heating safety tips

While the Red Cross encourages you to stay off the road if possible, if you have to drive in snow or freezing rain, follow these tips about how to drive safely in winter weather.

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Winter officially starts today: some snow and ice rules to remember

Snow and freezing temperatures bring dangerous travel conditions to highways in the Gorge.

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Un-stuck

Hood River Towing’s Kenton Chandler loosened a jackknifed semi stuck at Third and Cascade streets

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Thanks for ’Comfort and Joy’; Shelter shifts to Riverside

Hood River Warming Shelter moved Sunday to Riverside Community Church, Fourth and State.

Weather info for Monday, Dec. 19

Chains are required on I-84 from milepost 64 to Cascade Locks. According to dispatchers, traffic is backed up westbound from milepost 48; semis are stopping in the middle of the freeway and chaining up.

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Ducks Unlimited

Steve Pribyl, left, Fred Coleman and Rich Thurman display awards received by the Gorge Chapter of Ducks Unlimited for excellence in gross and net fundraising efficiency at their February 2016 banquet and auction.

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Oregon State Parks hosts ‘First Day’ hikes

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) joins America’s State Parks in sponsoring “First Day” hikes in 21 Oregon State Parks on New Year’s Day.

Controlled burns scheduled in Gorge

Drivers on Interstate 84 in the Columbia Gorge will see controlled burns across the river, in Washington, soon

Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute to hold volunteer workshop in January

The Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute will host a free workshop on environmental education in the Gorge on Wednesday, Jan. 11 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Hood River Library meeting room, 502 State St.

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