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Hood River County officials have ordered the closure all forest areas, specifically recreational forest road use. These include forest roads, trails and county forest land. Prohibited used include camping, hunting, fishing, walking, hiking, running, equestrian use, bicycling, motorized vehic…

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As the coronavirus pandemic upends life in the United States and makes public rallies and community events impossible, Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network (CGCAN), which had planned a series of earth-centered events for April, is announcing it will shift to digital outreach instead.

 Two recreational white sturgeon fisheries in the Columbia River upstream of Bonneville Dam will close during the upcoming week under rules adopted today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington while a third remains open until its harvest guideline is met.

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In a time of increasing wildfire activity, Oregon State University Extension Service has implemented a new statewide fire program to facilitate forest and range management plans for reducing fire risk.  The program will also promote increased understanding of fire risk and methods for managi…

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Andrew Rosenberg works out of his office in The Dalles. After a year of legal salvage of road-killed deer and elk, biologists are finding the data collected statewide useful.

A bald eagle flies over Hess Park on the Washington side of the Columbia River last weekend. The raptors gather in numbers around The Dalles Dam on both sides of the river. The photographer counted over 40 of the large birds last weekend, counted from shore in Oregon and Washington. The Klic…

The Dalles Dam Visitor Center will host its 10th annual Eagle Watch Saturday, Jan. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Watch as bald eagles roost in their natural habitat along the Columbia River.

‘First Day’ hikes will be held throughout Oregon on New Years Day, including a morning hike at the Deschutes River State Recreation Area east of The Dalles and an afternoon hike to the west at the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail in Mosier. To the east, Cottonwood Canyon and Smith…

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“Forgotten Toxic Waste Dump on the Columbia: The Bradford Island Story” is next in the Sense of Place series on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Columbia Center for the Arts. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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The 2019 fire season officially ended for the Central Oregon District in late September, but local emergency management is already working to prepare for the 2020 fire season — especially after recent Public Safety Power Outages in northern California highlighted just what problems Hood Rive…

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Alix Danielsen, Watershed Restoration and Outreach project manager for Hood River Watershed Group, will be presenting on the “Clean Rivers Coalition: An Introduction to Oregon’s Statewide Clean Water Outreach Campaign” on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. at the OSU Extension meeting room, 2990 Exp…

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Standing on the banks of a calm section of the Columbia River that was once Celilo Falls on Columbus Day — reclaimed as Indigenous Peoples’ Day — representatives from the Yakama and Lummi nations called for the federal government to remove three hydroelectric dams in the lower Columbia river…

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“We hear the planet say ‘enough is enough,’ and we hear the voices of our young people asking us to use our power to adopt a serious, urgent climate recovery plan.” — John Boonstra, Gorge Climate Action Network, speaking at the Sept. 20 climate action rally in Hood River.

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Recent cool temperatures and precipitation have brought an end to the 2019 fire season for Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Central Oregon District. At 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, fire season was officially terminated, according to an ODF press release.

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The Cascade passes in Western Oregon may see the season’s first dusting of snow Friday and Saturday, a reminder to travelers to be prepared if driving conditions become dangerous.

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Columbia Riverkeeper invites the public to fall work parties at the Nichols Natural Area on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 5-7 p.m. with pizza and drinks; and Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon with coffee and donuts.

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Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has terminated Regulated-Use Closure for lands within the Central Oregon District (COD) effective Sept. 16. Lands affected include private, county, and municipal ownership inside the Central Oregon District Protection Boundary, which includes Wasco and Hoo…

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 Starting on Friday, Sept. 20, and running through Sept. 27, youth and adults from around the Columbia Gorge will kickstart a week of climate action, participating in a worldwide strike for the climate. They will join millions of other people across the globe calling attention to the climate…

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Klickitat PUD will host dignitaries and members of the public this month to dedicate and tour its new renewable natural gas plant located near Roosevelt, Wash. The event will include keynote addresses by Washington’s Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Curtis King on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m., fol…

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The Oregon Tourism Commission, dba Travel Oregon, has awarded more than $470,000 in matching grant funding to organizations around the state to enhance, expand and promote the tourism industry.

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English ivy is a rapidly growing evergreen vine. You typically see it growing on hillsides, climbing trees, growing over fences and up the sides of houses. It out-competes other plants for soil, sunlight and water. English ivy can kill large trees by suffocating their trunks and weighing dow…

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Mount Hood National Forest Supervisor Richard Periman signed the Decision Notice and Finding or No Significant Impact (DN/FONSI) on Aug 15 to allow the installation of four volcano monitoring stations on the upper flanks of Mt. Hood. The unmanned remote monitoring stations will be located in…

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Better ways to combat invasive weeds, developing planning tools to sequester carbon in forests, creating pollinator habitat on irrigation pipeline corridors — these are just a few applications that will come to fruition in the coming years because of funding from USDA’s Natural Resources Con…

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Better ways to combat invasive weeds, developing planning tools to sequester carbon in forests, creating pollinator habitat on irrigation pipeline corridors — these are just a few applications that will come to fruition in the coming years because of funding from the United State Department …

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It was a big year for The Next Door’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). So big, in fact, that the program needed an extra work crew to complete its projects in Hood River and Wasco counties.

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The Hood River Energy Council is requesting $10,000 from its four governing jurisdictions — Hood River County, the City of Hood River, the Port of Hood River and the Port of Cascade Locks — for implementation of the Hood River Energy Plan through the 2019-20 fiscal year.

A citizen-proposed ordinance concerning a ban on the distribution of retail plastic carryout bags and the regulation of what kinds of alternative carryout bags could be offered by White Salmon’s retail establishments has been referred to the White Salmon City Council’s Community Development …

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Providence Brookside Manor will soon generate its own clean, renewable power thanks to a funding award from Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program participants. The money will support the installation of solar panels at Providence Brookside, a facility in Hood River providing memory care and assis…

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Have you noticed the new crop identification signs displayed around the valley?  Members of Oregon Women for Agriculture have been placing the signs along roadways and train tracks to help inform the public about what crops they are passing.

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