Rain fell Monday morning, but an un-permitted burn pile at a Hood River mobile home park was immediately doused by firefighters.
Pacific Power is implementing a new fire-safety measure called the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), where the company shuts down power to at-risk areas during dangerous weather conditions that could cause wildfires.
As part of its public wildfire education and outreach campaign, Pacific Power has released more information on its new proactive wildfire safety measure, the Public Safety Power Shutoff, printed below. Q: What is a Public Safety Power Shutoff?
Scotch broom was introduced as an ornamental along highway corridors and in western Oregon as a dune stabilizer. It is now one the most extensive forest weed species.
A cougar was shot and killed by a deputy with the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office during an incident at a Cascade Locks residence Friday night.
During the week of May 20, a group of 15 participants converged on the Snake River in Hells Canyon for a planning exercise in the event the Columbia River Basin tests positive for quagga or zebra mussels.
An electric car-share program could be coming to Hood River for a three-year test run. Forth, a nonprofit trade association based in Portland, is in the process of applying for a federal grant that would allow them to place up to five electric vehicles in Hood River.
Hood River County and five partner organizations involved in the development of the Hood River Energy Plan are working collaboratively to meet the ambitious goals of the plan.
The Port of Hood River has agreed to continue discussions with the Hood River Energy Council about the possibility of setting up a community solar project at the Hood River Airport.
Summer hiking season is upon us, and state, federal and non-profit groups are encouraging people to plan ahead at ReadySetGorge.com before they venture to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
People living near cherry orchards should expect spraying to begin as soon as May 25, in the Mosier area, as orchardists combat the first emergency of the Western cherry fruit fly.
Oak Grove Park received a generous amount of TLC last week, when volunteers of all ages from the community, Friends of Oak Grove and the Insitu Volunteer Committee got together to complete a wide variety of tasks in the park. Friends of Oak Grove would like to thank: Volunteers for their har…
Beneath tents adorned with dozens of paper flags, each bearing the name, internment camp number and birthdate of a Hood River area resident of Japanese descent who was interned during World War II, the Japanese Heritage Garden celebrated its 10th anniversary on Friday, May 17, with a series …
The Mt. Hood National Forest announced that a portion of the 16 Road, sometimes referred to as “Red Hill Road” within the Hood River Ranger District, will be closed for the remainder of May and most of June due to timber harvest operations taking place in the area.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center invite the public to celebrate the 26th Annual Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This annual commemoration highlights the spectacular journeys that migratory birds take each year as they trav…
The Port of Hood River announced that contract crews from Abhe & Svoboda completed their work a week ahead of schedule, and the remaining nighttime bridge closures scheduled for this project (May 19-23) have been canceled.Abhe & Svoboda completed all repairs to the bridge portal fram…
Members of the Hood River Watershed Group, an organization dedicated to improving the local watershed, gathered at The Ruins last week to talk about the importance of the watershed and the group’s upcoming 2040 plan, expected to be released early next year.
Over the weekend, someone placed this sign in Morrison Park, home to a disc golf course, trails and picnic tables, as a comment on the Hood River City Council’s recent decision upholding the rezoning of Morrison Park, aka Lot 700, for a future as shared affordable housing and a developed par…
Visitors spending time along the waterfront will see a number of new signs installed in the coming months, each offering valuable safety and directional information, as well as info on local history and geography.
Local fire agencies and prevention organizations urge the public to consider alternatives to burning yard debris, as unseasonably warm and dry conditions are already causing fires across the state.
Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) sounds lovely — but it is not. This very invasive deciduous tree has spread vigorously along waterways, roadways and agricultural areas, said a press release.
Despite high winds and splashes of rain, Earth Week’s hallmark event, the Parade of Species, went off without a hitch Saturday morning. Community activists, the Hood River Valley High School Earth Action Club and 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize winner Nguy Khanh marched from Waterfront Park…
Spring has finally arrived in Oregon. Warming weather trends, snow melt and dwindling rain showers are all giving way to greener grasses, vibrant flowers and the desire to get out and do some yardwork.
Oregonians are coming to grips with the need to prepare for wildfire, even in the relatively moist forests of the Columbia Gorge and Cascades.
Shoppers can choose from a large selection of edible plants and perennials at the Rockford Grange Plant Sale Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Rockford Grange, 4262 Barrett Drive, Hood River.
On April 7, Friends of the Columbia Gorge announced Colleen Wright, of Lake Oswego, as the grand prize winner of its fourth annual photo contest.
With preparations for wildfire season already underway, Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joined five western Senate colleagues in calling on the Trump administration to reverse proposed funding cuts to critical wildfire prevention and forest restoration projects throughout t…
Columbia Land Trust and the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District announced March 15 they are partnering on a plan to add a stretch of trail to Hood River’s Indian Creek trail network.
Hood River Sheriff’s Office held a joint boat operations-dive exercise at Hood River Marina Sunday, with Skamania County Sheriff’s Office Dive Rescue and Recovery Team.
The Joan Burchel Fund of the Gorge Community Foundation is requesting grant proposals from Columbia River Gorge non-profits for its annual funding cycle. The deadline for applying is Friday, May 3; grants will be awarded in July.
The shortest month of the year delivered record breaking snowfall across the state, dramatically improving Oregon’s summer water supply outlook, said a USDA press release.
Chanting “Stop denying the earth is dying,” Hood River Middle School students skipped school this afternoon and marched through downtown Hood River, carrying signs protesting pollution and government inaction to climate change as part of the worldwide youth Climate Strike.
Just when the roads were finally clear and the piles of snow on the side of the road were starting to melt, Hood River got another big dump of snow Sunday night, and snow continued accumulating through Monday afternoon.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking qualified applicants to fill two soon to be vacant positions on the Fish Restoration and Enhancement (R&E) Program Board.
City and county residents should expect sub-freezing temperatures all week and a new snow storm this weekend, with snow continuing to fall into next week.
Friends of the Columbia Gorge honored Sofie Larsen-Teskey as its Youth Activist of the Year at its an annual appreciation dinner Jan. 23 in Portland.
Crystal Springs Water District has signed a lease with Hood River County for about 1.62 acres of designated county forestland on the northeast side of Middle Mountain for construction of a water reservoir site that will improve water pressure for the Odell area.
While new markets have yet to open up, Jim Winterbottom, district manager of The Dalles Disposal/Hood River Garbage, continues to urge residents to continue to recycle as usual, even though comingled materials are still being landfilled.
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