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Kingsley Campground closes Tuesday for year-long project

Recreationalists will get their last chance this weekend to visit Kingsley Reservoir Campground before it closes for more than a year due to an irrigation project.

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Trail network emerges at Punchbowl Falls Park

Waterfall views and shady paths await hikers at Punchbowl Falls Nature Park.

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Smoke update: Wildfire in Gorge slowly growing

The Indian Creek Fire slowly grew to 335 acres Tuesday, despite aggressive air attacks, and smoke from larger fires around the region has once again hampered air quality in the Gorge.

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Garage destroyed, home damaged in Pine Grove fire

A family in Pine Grove evaded injury when a fire incinerated the garage at their home on Mohr Drive Wednesday.

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Indian Creek Fire grows to 327 acres

Trail closures extended by two miles

The Indian Creek Fire, west of Cascade Locks, has spread to 327 acres, spurring more forest trail closures this week.

County seeks new options for revenue

Leaders representing Hood River County are eyeing fresh funding sources that could ease budget issues.

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Trump puts HR County closer to storm relief funds

President Donald Trump signed a disaster declaration for Oregon this month, putting Hood River and three other Oregon counties in line for recovery funds in the wake of January’s ice storm.

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Power line fire doused Monday

A power pole caught fire on Guignard Road Monday but utility and fire crews teamed up to choke the flare-up in less than an hour.

Lost boy found safe near Parkdale

A youth went missing in the woods southwest of Parkdale, prompting a search by emergency officials that proved quick and successful.

Cascade Locks man sentenced for attempted murder

A man from Cascade Locks pled guilty Wednesday to trying to kill the mother of his two children at the family’s home.

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At Wyeth, trail edges westward

Eastbound drivers on Interstate 84 have noticed crews hard at work building a new segment of the Columbia River Historic Highway State Trail, at Wyeth.

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Wildfire haze hurts Gorge air quality

A shroud of smoke caused by fires around the Pacific Northwest has hemmed in the Columbia Gorge.

Indian Creek Fire mapped at 83 acres

Aug. 4 update

The Indian Creek Fire, a smoky blaze in the woods west of Cascade Locks, grew slightly to 83 acres this week and has evaded containment.

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105 degrees: Heat wave hits the Gorge

Blistering temperatures have come in what’s set to be Hood River’s hottest week in several years.

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Smoky Indian Creek blaze will be burning for ‘a long time’

A fire in westernmost Hood River County that broke out in early July hasn’t been silenced. Officials estimated its size at more than 70 acres this week.

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Solar ‘pioneer’: Renewable energy project coming to HR public works

A group of renewable energy leaders gathered Thursday to celebrate a solar array slated for construction atop the Hood River Public Works building.

Cell tower at Idlewilde approved

A 104-foot cell tower has been approved for construction on a piece of property next to Idlewilde Cemetery.

Eagle Creek fire flares up

A smoldering wildfire near Eagle Creek Trail flared back up Wednesday, growing this week by an estimated 5 to 7 acres.

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Recreation: overhaul underway at Golden Eagle Park

Golden Eagle Park at Hood River Valley High School has entered its transformation from an overgrown patch of land into a multi-use public destination.

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Two sworn in at Port, one to go

The Hood River Port Commission swore in two commissioners: Ben Sheppard and John Everitt.

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Medical building emerges on Hood River waterfront

Buildout started this week inside upper floors of the medical building on the Hood River waterfront that will house a new Mid-Columbia Medical Center outpatient care facility.

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‘Punting’ and moving: Legislators talk 2017 session

A turbulent session for the Oregon Legislature wrapped up July 7, resulting in a new transportation package as well as a flurry of bills — some successful, some not — from policymakers representing Hood River.

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Electric Fence fire

A firefighter with West Side Fire Department hoses down hotspots at a one-eighth acre pasture fire in south Hood River Monday evening.

Oil train safety bill dies in Salem

A bill targeting safety plans for oil spills failed to pass before the Oregon Legislature adjourned its 2017 session Friday.

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Gorge wildfires burning more than 300 acres

Heralding the official start of fire season, a handful of large wildfires have burned in the Gorge since July 4.

Land Board sides with watchdogs against Dee hotel

After rising to the state’s highest land use appeals board, the legal back-and-forth over a proposed 50-room hotel in Dee has set back the development’s progress.

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Fire prompts closures at Eagle Creek Trail

Forestry officials are warning the public to avoid certain trails west of Cascade Locks due to a fire burning an estimated 6-7 acres Friday.

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Fire prompts closures at Eagle Creek Trail

Forestry officials are warning the public to avoid certain trails west of Cascade Locks due to a fire burning an estimated 6-7 acres Thursday.

Cascade Locks Port talks Ravenwood sale, airport study

Talking points on the table Thursday for the Port of Cascade Locks include a pending land sale on WaNaPa Street and a grant application for an airport feasibility study.

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School board sends off Russo, gets health clinic report

School Board said goodbye to a board member and checked the pulse on a school-based health clinic Wednesday.

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County board slates $200K in Windmaster Plan for Airport

Hood River County Board of Commissioners, acting as the Windmaster Urban Renewal Agency, took action June 19 toward a plan amendment that would divert renewal funds toward a grant supporting Ken Jernstedt Airfield.

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Motorcyclist killed in spilled lumber crash

A Brookings man died following a motorcycle crash on Highway 35 near Mt. Hood Meadows Monday afternoon.

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U.S. Hwy 30 bridge work underway

Crews have launched an overhaul of three historic bridges on the Columbia River Historic Highway east of Mosier. Road work began this week, and the endeavor will press on into fall.

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Shoreline trail widened under HR Bridge

Shoreline Trail got special attention this month, with new paving and safety improvements.

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Defeat the Heat: Officials urge safe beach use, paddling preparedness

Hood River faces temperatures around 98 degrees Saturday, with no tailing cooldown — Sunday may rear up as a scorcher in the triple digits.

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County will acquire 400 forest acres

Board adopts construction excise tax

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners decided Monday to purchase two tracts of forest land totaling 400 acres from a private timber company, Weyerhaeuser, for $1.78 million.

Hood River Marina shooting case suspended

Judge: suspect cannot assist in defense

A man charged with shooting and injuring a stranger at the Hood River Marina in April 2015 has been determined incapable of helping in his own defense.

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Hwy. 30 repaved at Rowena rock slide

A damaged section of the Columbia River Historic Highway has been repaved.

CL Council talks water exchange legal fees Monday

Elected leaders in Cascade Locks are still considering the legal ramifications of a water exchange needed to bring a Nestlé bottling plant to town, according to budget plans.

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Fire season back

Risk outlook ‘usual’ despite recent wet

Fire season has rekindled at its ordinary threat level, despite a remarkably snowy winter.

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Protest energizes oil debate

Anti-oil train rally hits Mosier School on anniversary of derailment

One year after an oil train derailment roiled communities throughout the Columbia Gorge, hundreds gathered at Mosier Community School to remember the fiery wreck and speak out against proposed fossil fuel terminal developments.

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County hits pause button on courthouse

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners have asked the state judicial department to put the pause on a courthouse replacement project.

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Traffic changes planned at busy Bridge of the Gods

A burst of Memorial Day weekend traffic signaled a hectic summer for the Bridge of the Gods.

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Truck cab destroyed in Friday morning highway fire

A truck fire on Interstate 84 in west Hood River left the vehicle damaged.

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Mosier rally marks oil train anniversary

Members of advocacy groups and political leaders will gather Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of an oil train wreck in Mosier.

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Three injured in Highway 35 Odell junction crash

A nearly head-on collision at Highway 35 and Odell Highway left three adults from the Parkdale area with injuries Thursday evening.

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Paul Henne’s electronics store unplugs after 50 years

Paul Henne’s TV & Stereo Center, one of the oldest existing businesses in the Hood River Heights, will be powering down at the month’s end.

Gorge Scenic Area planning grant uncertain

A grant that helps fund Hood River County land use planners’ implementation of federal Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area rules may get cut, leaving questions as to which agency will handle certain permits for new development.

Ex-deputy sentenced for luring a minor

A former Hood River County Sheriff’s deputy pled guilty May 11 to crimes he committed against a minor while off duty.

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‘No’ on NORCOR bond, close races for Port, Schools

Early returns from the May 16 Special District Election show tightly contested races and a narrowly rejected operations levy at Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility.

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