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SDCs for new homes in Park District to increase

Effective July 1, the rates for system development charges throughout the entire Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District will increase by 6 percent and will be $2,761 for single-family dwellings, $1,973 for multi-family and $2,649 for manufactured homes. HRVPRD will be collecting the SDCs throughout Hood River County, excluding Cascade Locks.

Wildfire season gets underway in the Gorge

The Dog Mountain and Augspurger trails have been temporarily closed for public safety due to the nearby Dog Falls fire burning on the Washington side of the Gorge in Skamania County. Both trails start from the Dog Mountain trailhead. The trails have been cleared of any visitors and signage is posted at the trailhead informing visitors of the closure.

Work hard; enjoy nature with Washington Trails

The Washington Trails Association hosts regular work parties throughout the year; and during the summer and fall features a weekend event each month.

Klickitat Democrats host panel discussion on coal

WHITE SALMON — A public information panel to address issues of concern to Klickitat County and the Columbia River Gorge over coal and oil transport will be June 2 at 6:30 p.m. at White Salmon Library.

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Challenge grant builds momentum for Celilo art installation

Momentum continues to build for Maya Lin’s sixth and final Confluence Project site along the Columbia River system. The Oregon Community Foundation announces a special, one-time capital grant of $150,000 to help build the curved, elevated walkway at Celilo Park near The Dalles. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

Concerns voiced for lower White Salmon River’s future

Residents, recreationists, fishermen, business owners, biologists, and more turned out last Saturday for a meeting to swap ideas and discuss concerns regarding what could be in store for the future of the lower White Salmon River.

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Port, city hope to protect lives with new waterfront sign system

The Port of Hood River has many names for its various waterfront and land features. The Hook. The Spit. The Marina Beach. The Marina Green.

State grant won’t be used for Barrett Park

HRVPRD votes to invest $494K grant at a TBD park site

A $494,000 state grant Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District received nearly two years ago to develop Barrett Park won’t be spent on the park site anymore.

State Parks says Barrett Park grant could be used for alternate HR site

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has decided to hold off on executing a grant agreement for Barrett Park while the state tries to figure out if Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District’s proposed development for the land still qualifies for funding — or if the money should be used to develop another site of HRVPRD’s choosing.

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Lure of Hood claims another climber’s life

Recovery of 57-year-old’s body on hold due to mountain conditions

The body of a man who died while climbing Mount Hood on Tuesday has been identified, but recovering the man’s body has so far proven too dangerous for local rescuers to attempt.

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Megan Saunders: Braving bears and briars to monitor the health of the Hood

On paper, Megan Saunders has not just one, but two job titles, and in reality, should could have many more.

Authorities searching for fallen Mt. Hood climber

Hood River County Sheriff’s Office spent Tuesday looking for a man who was believed to have fallen about 1,000 feet while climbing Mt. Hood.

HRVRC files intent to appeal RC flyer decision with LUBA

The Hood River Valley Residents Committee has announced it intends to appeal to the state level a recent county planning decision that approved a land use permit for a radio-control flyer field at Barrett Park.

Input sought on White Salmon River fish conservation at May 17 public meeting

Presentation and discussion to focus on lands previously affected by Condit Dam

WHITE SALMON, WA – A long-term vision, goals and potential focus areas for future habitat conservation in the Lower White Salmon River will be discussed during an upcoming public meeting sponsored by the Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group and the White Salmon River Watershed Management Committee. The meeting will be held Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Husum Fire Hall.

Discovery Center hosts Mother’s Day dinner, free guided wildflower walk

THE DALLES — The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is offering free admission to everyone during the annual Mother’s Day Extravaganza on May 11. The first 50 mothers will receive a special gift from the Columbia River Trading Company.