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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…

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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 …

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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. 

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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This year, a number of Earth Week events are planned by Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network and others.

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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.

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March’s Tree of the Month is this sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua, shown above), many of which are growing in and around Hood River.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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