Radio groups hold emergency exercise at fire hall Oct. 10

‘Quake Ex-II’ open to public

On Saturday, Oct. 10 the Hood River County ARES/RACES team will participate in a State Wide Communications Exercise from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Riverkeeper hosts speaker on Hanford in White Salmon

Columbia Riverkeeper is hosting a free event Sunday in White Salmon featuring speaker Dr. Ceiridwen Terrill, a Concordia University professor who will be walking 225 miles from Portland to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in an effort to raise awareness about the history and cleanup of the nuclear site on the Washington side of the Columbia River.

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Mt. Hood Forest Service seeks public feedback from visitors

Starting this month, forest visitors on Mount Hood will see interviewers working at recreation sites and along Forest Service roads. The trained interviewers will want to know about your visit to the Mt. Hood National Forest.

Wildfire in southeast Mt. Hood forest

A wildfire in the Barlow Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest swelled to an estimated 10-12 acres over the weekend.

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Historic Highway Trail work about to begin

Construction on a key piece of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail between Cascade Locks and Hood River is slated for late fall.

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County moves to ‘fine-tune’ short-term rental rules

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners heard a report last Wednesday by Beth Goodman, a consultant for ECONorthwest firm, which revealed short-term rentals are rarer than expected outside the city’s urban growth boundary.

Wyden launches federal bill to spur Mt. Hood land exchange

Sen. Ron Wyden has introduced a U.S. Senate bill attempting to speed up a delayed land exchange between Mt. Hood Meadows resort and the U.S. Forest Service.

HR Alert System helps home emergency plans

Barb Ayers, Hood River County Emergency Program manager, added a timely update to her column in the Sept. 26 News on emergency preparedness. In it, she said:

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Superb Moon

Hood River photographer Stephen Datnoff provided this image of Sunday’s supermoon, aka Blood Moon.

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Indian Creek Fire is nearly out

Cause still unknown in Sunday blaze that scorched sections of popular trail

This one could have been far worse.

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Controlled burns on Mt. Hood forest

The Hood River and Barlow Ranger Districts of the Mt. Hood National Forest will be carrying out fall prescribed burns as early as next week and continuing into October with pile burns.

International Peace Day marked Sept. 21 at Wyeth

In honor of the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21, Columbia River Fellowship for Peace will hold a celebration at Wyeth Campground that afternoon.

Groups appeal BPA’s approval of Whistling Ridge

Impacts of wind farm debated

Environmental groups Friends of the Columbia Gorge (Friends) and Save Our Scenic Area (SOSA) filed a petition for judicial review in the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last week challenging a recent decision by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) to approve the Whistling Ridge Energy Project’s application to connect to BPA’s energy grid.

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Wishram fire in mop-up stages, evacuations lifted

GOLDENDALE — The Klickitat County Sheriff’s office has lifted Level 3 evacuation notices for Wishram as the nearby Horsethief Butte fire that threatened homes is reported to be 90 percent contained. Reports on Monday put the fire at about 8,000 acres.

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Work day honors Jerry Cranmer

September 10 dawned bright and clear for the annual day of service in honor of Jerry Cranmer. Friends, family and community members met at Waterfront Park at 9 a.m. — as they have for the past three years — and spent the morning completing grounds-keeping tasks.