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Extension hosts bark beetle workshop Wednesday

White Salmon, Wash. — Pine trees continue to redden and die throughout the Columbia River Gorge. It looks like the bark beetle outbreak will continue through 2014. That’s not good news for foresters and landowners.

Rubber wristbands show pollution in air, water and food

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University scientists have created a fashion accessory that doubles as a pollution detector.

Wet weekend weather could bring landslides

PORTLAND, Ore. – The National Weather Service anticipates a strong, wet storm for northwest Oregon and southwest Washington tonight. Saturated soil conditions could lead to additional landslides, especially in the Coast Range, Willapa Hills, North Oregon Cascades, and Columbia River Gorge.

Swarm of earthquakes recorded under Mt. Hood near Government Camp

The ground is shaking under Government Camp — even though the people who live there can barely feel it.

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Glass is half-full for Western water supply outlook

Columbia Basin snowpack benefits from late-season precipitation

Even as some areas in southern Oregon continue to endure drought conditions, normal to above normal precipitation in the form of rain and snow in northern Oregon, Washington and British Columbia are good news for river flow along the Columbia River — and that means good news for fish, farmers, forests, firefighters, irrigation districts and everyone else who relies on a good water supply through the summer and fall months.

Help needed with Library garden

The OSU Master Gardener Association wants to make the west border of the library landscaping beautiful again so that it is an asset to the park, not an eyesore. Public participation is welcome.

EFID, Dee Irrigation present fish project results

The Hood River Watershed Group will host presentations by Doug Hart with the Dee Irrigation District and John Buckley with the East Fork Irrigation District on their latest water conservation projects.

USFS lifts closure order for Cloud Cap Road

The United States Forest Service recently announced it has lifted the closure order for Cloud Cap Road located on the northeastern flank of Mount Hood in the Hood River Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest.

Three tributaries of Columbia River designated wild steelhead gene banks

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today designated three tributaries of the lower Columbia River as “wild steelhead gene banks,” where it will no longer release steelhead raised in fish hatcheries.

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USFS aims to open bridge at Multnomah Falls by Memorial Day

An iconic pedestrian bridge at Multnomah Falls that was damaged by a large falling rock earlier this year is expected to be restored by Memorial Day Weekend, according to the United States Forest Service.

Volunteers sought for trail work party March 29

Hood River County will be holding a trail work party March 29 to begin construction of the Pinemont Loop Connector.

OTC resolves to make Historic Trail completion a ‘priority’

The completion of the Historic Columbia River State Highway Trail is an endeavor that has enjoyed wide public support, but finding enough money to finish the ambitious project hasn’t been as easy to come by.

Logging activities will affect Family Man area

Hood River County Forestry issued the following advisory this week:

Serious crack in Columbia dam affects hydroelectric system

EPHRATA, Wash. (AP) — A crack in a spillway pier at the Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River is a serious situation, but not a threat of downstream flooding even in a worst-case scenario, a spokesman for the Grant County Public Utility District said.

‘Active Hope’ retreat focuses on climate change

Women and men of the Columbia Gorge are invited to participate in “Active Hope” on March 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Trout Lake Abbey, in Trout Lake, Wash. (The event was rescheduled from its earlier date due to the February snowstorms.)