Man found in ‘whiteout’ on Mt. Hood

CLACKAMAS COUNTY (AP) — Search and rescue teams on Friday reached a man who became stranded while climbing on Mount Hood in whiteout conditions.

Invasive mussels stopped at Idaho border

ONTARIO — Quagga mussels once again were prevented from entering Oregon and potentially causing millions in damage to the state’s water systems and ecosystems, Oregon Department of Wildlife reported in a news release.

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Hatchery life changes fish genetics, OSU study finds

A new study out of Oregon State University lays to rest the debate over whether hatchery life changes fish at the genetic level.

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The Daily Bread: Sumitra’s Dream

“Where your talents and the needs of the world meet, there lies your purpose.”

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Land trust to preserve final Mill Creek Ridge piece

VANCOUVER, WASH. — A land conversation group announced Monday they have acquired 115 acres of wildlife habitat for preservation at Mill Creek Ridge, located southwest of The Dalles.

Go Solar: tri-county energy campaign in full swing, accepting more applicants

Gorge Owned (GO!) is working with local solar contractors and partners to offer discounted, bulk rates on solar panel installations to Gorge homeowners in Skamania, Wasco and Hood River counties. Klickitat County residents can apply as well, although financial incentives are less in that county.

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80 gallons of oil spilled into Columbia Thursday

Roughly 80 gallons of oil were spilled into the Columbia River by a vessel near Kalama, Wash., the state’s environmental agency said Friday.

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‘Crop Talks’ are back

Rockford Grange is starting up the annual Crop Talks, an informal discussion group about the joys, frustration and benefits of growing food, on Feb. 22.

Gorge Owned ‘Sense of Place’ lecture series returns March 2

Gorge Owned’s next Sense of Place Lecture Series will be “The Trust for Public Land in the Columbia Gorge: The Untold Conservation Story,” with Bowen Blair on Wednesday, March 2 at the Columbia Center for the Arts.

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Hansell supports ODFW’s decision to delist gray wolves

Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Athena, is pleased to see a bill upholding a state agency’s decision to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list making headway in the current legislative session.

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Into the thick of 'thinning'

USFS, local groups talk Polallie Fuels Reduction plan

The U.S. Forest Service met face to face with the public Wednesday to discuss the Polallie Cooper thinning and fuels reduction project.

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Gorge Floods of ’96 revisited

Roads ruined. Houses damaged. Irrigation systems broken.

NW tribes seek to restore Columbia River salmon runs

SPOKANE, WASH. — Some Northwest tribes in the next 20 years want to achieve a long-held dream: restoring wild salmon runs above the giant Grand Coulee Dam.

Steelhead, Chinook fishing clinic Feb. 27

Local fisherman Greg Short and the Hood River Watershed Group are hosting their annual Steelhead and Spring Chinook Fishing one-day clinic.

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Polallie Cooper thinning project draws passion from groups

Forest Service schedules public meeting Wednesday

The U.S. Forest Service is planning a nearly 3,000-acre forest thinning and fuels reduction project on the north slope of Mount Hood, drawing more than a thousand written comments from Oregon environmental advocates and local biking groups.