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Snowy conditions leveling off, crews deep in clean up

The first true snow storm of the season blew in during the early hours of Thursday morning, and continued to batter the Hood River Valley throughout the afternoon, as streets caked with icy residue and powder turned to rain and slush.

Former union treasurer indicted on theft, identity fraud charges

A former treasurer for the Hood River branch of a national communication workers’ union is accused of stealing funds and committing identity theft.

Sheriff’s Office reports rise in phone scams

The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office has seen a rise in reported phone scams. Some common scams reported by residents of Hood River County include:

Sheriff's log, Dec. 7 to 13

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River.

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OSP seeks public’s help with illegal duck killing in CL

The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public’s help to identify the person, or multiple people, responsible for the unlawful killing of 15-20 Coot Ducks near Government Cove in Cascade Locks.

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Marine deputies rescue man from Columbia River at CL waterfront Friday

A quickly formed law enforcement team saved a man from drowning in the cold waters of the Columbia River Friday at the Cascade Locks Marine Park, pulling him onto a boat to safety.

Sunday fire displaces families in Arlington

A fire broke out in Arlington on Sunday, Dec. 6, displacing four adults and one child, according to a report by the American Red Cross Cascades Region.

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SWAT standoff closes Highway 97 south of Biggs last week

What began as an Oregon State Police trooper checking out a vehicle along the shoulder of Highway 97 last Wednesday turned into an almost four-hour SWAT team standoff with the driver.

Rufus city administrator sentenced for theft, misconduct

The former city administrator of Rufus pleaded guilty Nov. 20 to first-degree aggravated theft and official misconduct. She will serve 30 days in jail in two two-week stretches in December and January.

Sheriff Log, Nov. 23 to 29

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River.

Police Log, Nov. 17 to 21

All calls were responded to within the City of 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.

Sheriff Log, Nov. 15 to 22

All calls were responded to within the County of Hood River.

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Storm smacks Gorge

Fallen trees close freeway mid-week, power goes out in Cascade Locks

High winds and rain pummeled the Columbia River Gorge Tuesday, toppling trees and closing Interstate 84 eastbound from Troutdale to Hood River for the night.

Sheriff’s Office, MINT serve narcotics search warrants

Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force (MINT) conducted an investigation into the possession and delivery of methamphetamine which led to search warrants at 2350 Montello Ave., and 1623 Fifth Street, both in Hood River, on Nov. 12.