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Climate Vigil in Hood River: 'This work we cannot do alone'

About 50 people attended Friday’s 45-minute vigil on climate change, held at Riverside Community Church, literally shedding light on their hopes and fears on the global future.

Oil train hearing workshop scheduled Wednesday at library

Friends of the Columbia Gorge and Columbia Riverkeeper will be holding a workshop on how to prepare and give testimony at the upcoming oil train hearings.

Soil -Water District starts annual native plants sale

The Hood River Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) has begun taking orders for their annual native plant sale. They’ve got a great selection of native plant species at fantastic prices.

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Recent poll: Majority of Washington voters oppose coal-by-rail

Polling results released Oct. 9 from a September telephone survey of 1,200 Washington citizens found that “a strong and growing majority of voters in Washington oppose proposals to ship coal through Washington along rail lines for the purposes of export to Asia.”

‘Connecting’ to climate change Friday at noon

Voices raised as Paris meeting starts

Local citizens are asked to attend a mid-day “Remembering Our Connection” vigil on climate change on Friday, Dec. 4, from 12:15-12:45 p.m. at Riverside Community Church in Hood River

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Watchdog groups fight oil hub

Gorge environmental advocates protest Vancouver proposed train terminal

The oil train issue has rekindled in the Columbia River Gorge.

Friends of Mt. Adams host ‘Cougar Creek burn’ forum

The Friends of Mount Adams organization (FOMA) is presenting a free public forum, “Mt. Adams Cougar Creek Burn: The Future,” on Friday, Dec. 11, 7 to 9 p.m. at Columbia High School Library in White Salmon.

Gorge Owned presents ‘Glacier Caves of the Pacific Northwest’

Until recently, little was known about the extent and value of glacier caves hidden under the Cascade Mountains. But new studies show that these caves are much more than just curious holes in the ice; they serve as valuable climatic and volcanic indicators, and laboratories for astrobiological studies.

Yakama Agency shocks KPUD with $65M fire damage claim

In an Oct. 21 letter to the president of Klickitat County Public Utility District’s board of commissioners, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Yakama Agency issued a demand for payment of more than $65 million for calculated losses due to the Mile Marker 28 Fire of July 2013.

Climate change march happens Sunday in HR

Citizens will march Sunday in Hood River as part of a “global mobilization” on climate change, in advance of the Paris summit Nov. 30- to Dec. 11.

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Tile for a Change

First Friday on Nov. 4 featured a unique citizen art project with a purpose.

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Community Conversation’ on local agriculture at Grange

Gorge Grown hosts a “Community Conversation” on local agriculture Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. at Rockford Grange. Everyone is welcome to attend, be they vendors, shoppers, or community partners.

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From hostile to habitat

Willow Ponds neighborhood bands together on community wetlands project

Where once there was a bristling tangle of bramble and noxious weeds, the Friends of Willow Ponds are shaping a patch of healthy wetlands for native creatures to enjoy.

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Energy meeting brings interest of renewal

More than 50 people gathered on Nov. 6 at the Hood River fire station to explore ways Hood River can increase its investment in clean energy and benefit from local energy projects. On the same day that President Obama rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline, local government leaders, including city councilors and State Rep. Mark Johnson, came together with city staff, business owners, residents and regional experts to discuss Hood River’s clean energy future.

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Gorge Ecology Institute gives WS students hands on education

Fifth grade students at Wallace and Priscilla Stevenson Intermediate School in White Salmon got a chance to experience outdoor education and stewardship firsthand thanks to a Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute program funded by Hood River’s annual Festival of the Fly.