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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.

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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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The coalition is challenging the validity several rule changes that EFSC and ODOE adopted in October 2017 — rules that, the coalition claims, “dramatically curtain transparency and public participation in permitting decisions for large power plants throughout Oregon,” said a December 2017 press release.

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The weeks after Halloween are when both Hood River city and county’s public works departments take the time to make sure that all of their equipment is ready for winter.

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The Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program held a farmers-only event at Hood River Garbage Service on Halloween to allow farmers to get rid of items such as unused pesticides and herbicides. Tri-County will hold another event specifically for households and businesses to dispose of waste on Nov. 16 in Hood River and Nov. 17 in The Dalles.

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A network of active fault lines have been discovered on Mount Hood, which pose serious danger to the cities of Hood River, Odell, Parkdale, White Salmon, Stevenson, Cascade Locks, Government Camp and the Villages at Mount Hood — as well as Portland — researchers announced Monday.

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The Port of Hood River added its name to the list of agencies that have adopted The Hood River County Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan, a document that details the area’s prominent natural hazards and lays out mitigation strategies.

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The Hood River Library District will debut Makerspace Programming in its remodeled space in the children’s area of the Hood River Library starting in October.

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The Port of Hood River needs a federal agency to take the lead on the bridge replacement project before it can move forward, and they’ll soon determine whether the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is willing to take that on.

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Cooler temperatures might be right around the corner with the coming of autumn, but Hood River County is still in the summer season. And it’s been a hot one.

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The Columbia River Gorge Commission gave the Hood River County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) a status update on “Gorge 2020,” its National Scenic Area Management Plan review process, at the BOCC’s work session last Monday.

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The Memaloose 2 Fire is currently estimated at 167 acres and 65 percent contained, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) reported. Suppression efforts are now focused on strengthening containment lines and mopping up the interior of the fire.

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One of the world’s foremost authorities on Mount Adams, Darryl Lloyd offers up his 70 years of hiking, climbing and photographing Mount Adams in his new book, “Ever Wild: A Lifetime on Mount Adams.” Columbia Center for the Arts, Waucoma Bookstore and Carpe Diem Books will host Lloyd for an author talk and book signing on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. in the CCA theater to celebrate the book’s launch.

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Hood River County, in partnership with Sustainable Northwest, Pacific Power, and the Oregon Clean Power Cooperative, welcomes the public to the Hood River County Health Department building, 1109 June St., on July 31 at 11 a.m. for the ribbon cutting event for a new 24-kilowatt rooftop solar array.

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A 25-acre wildfire was discovered late Sunday afternoon on the Clackamas River Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest, south of Mt. Hood.

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One lane of eastbound Interstate 84 is closed Thursday morning at Mitchell Point, three miles west of Hood River, as firefighters contain a fire, approximately half-acre in size, that started at about 3 a.m. Thursday.

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Fire season is back in Oregon. Too soon, it seems, for residents still recovering from last year’s devastating Eagle Creek fire. That fire, first reported Sept. 2, 2017, after a teen set off fireworks during a burn-ban, burned 50,000 acres in the 90 days it ran loose and though it has been fully contained, has yet to be completely extinguished.

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Emily Martin, Cascade Mountain School director, was recently recognized by The Garden Club of America as the 2018 Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award winner for outstanding contribution to the environmental education of youth.

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A mind-boggling 500 million plastic straws are produced around the world every day, and most are used for just a few minutes and then discarded.

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PORTLAND — The June Water Supply Outlook Report from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service predicts water shortages across much of Oregon this summer. Unseasonably warm temperatures in May, combined with a drier than normal snow season, will mean significantly low streams in many areas.

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The South Gifford Pinchot Collaborative (SGPC) is hosting a public workshop June 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the Hegewald Center, 710 S.W. Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, to gather public input on the future management of developed recreation sites on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest (GPNF).

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The Hood River waterfront recreation beaches and parks are effectively shrinking as high water levels in the Columbia River climb higher up the shoreline. The spring runoff is causing high water levels throughout the Columbia/Snake River system, but local concerns are focused on water safety in the run up to Memorial Day weekend.

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A peculiar war is being waged on the Columbia River as tribes seek to keep sea lions from decimating salmon runs, and the sea mammals refuse to give up the all-you-can-eat buffet.

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It’s looking like maintaining an adequate water supply will not be an issue this spring and summer in Hood River County — as long as users do their part to conserve.

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Cindy Thieman, Hood River Soil and Water Conservation District coordinator, received the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) District Employee Partnership Award at a ceremony April 18, held in Seaside and hosted by the Oregon Conservation Education and Assistance Network.

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Hood River Rotary helped make Hood River trash-free for Earth Day.

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