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The Wasco County Board of commissioners split over whether to endorse the current draft of the Climate Change Action Plan presented to them by Columbia River Gorge Commission on Aug. 3, as the board and staff sought clarification of language implying restrictions on agriculture within Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

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It used to be an industrial site, but now, Nichols Natural Area is, well, a natural area.

Located on a roughly 3-acre conservation easement on the banks of the Columbia River at the Hood River Waterfront, the former Nichols Boatworks property has undergone quite a few changes in the last several years.

After considerable effort, public meetings, and input from a variety of users, Hood River County’s Parking Permit Program for the County Forest Fee Parking Zones begins today, May 4. The program will be carried out by Hood River County’s Forestry Department.

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HOOD RIVER — Fresh off her back-to-back gold medals in the 2021 ICF Stand Up Paddleboard World Championships, Fiona Wylde has returned to Hood River to accomplish something arguably more important than any SUP race: Teaching water safety.

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HOOD RIVER — After years of delays due to poor weather conditions, threats of wildfire, holdups in permitting and supply chain issues, the Kingsley Reservoir expansion project is nearing completion. On April 14, Farmers Irrigation District (FID) Manager Les Perkins told Columbia Gorge News t…

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Join the Hood River Watershed Group on March 29 for a virtual presentation from 6-8 p.m. Lisa Naas Cook and Jessica Olson, planners with the Columbia River Gorge Commission, will present the Commission’s Draft Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) and discuss shared priorities for climate action…

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The City of Hood River Public Works Department, park advocates and neighborhood volunteers worked to remove what a neighbor described as “a mountain of trash” from an abandoned, unauthorized campsite at Morrison Park in the city of Hood River last week.

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HOOD RIVER — The Hood River County Commission is drafting a “Letter of Concern” in response to Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Sen. Ron Wyden’s proposed legislation for conservation and protection of the Mount Hood Recreation Area and the Columbia River Gorge. On Jan. 18, Congressman Blumena…

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The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a climber in distress from the summit of Mount Hood on Saturday morning, Jan. 22, at about 9:50 a.m. A 27-year-old Eugene man, Iain Moses, reported his equipment was failing and he could not descend the mountain. He was climbing alone.

HOOD RIVER ­— Victoria Kohner-Flanagan has been named Red Bull’s Emerging by Black Diamond’s photography contest winner for her picture of Jack Nugent climbing “Queen of Heartbreaks” route in Pine Creek Canyon near Bishop, Calif. Kohner-Flanagan was a 2016 graduate of Hood River Valley High …

The Central Gorge Master Gardener Association is a group of volunteers who give of themselves and their talents. Recently, the CGMGA recognized outstanding Master Gardeners for their service to the Association and their community.

The Hood River City Council approved two separate contracts for construction upgrades at the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) at the Hood River Waterfront location. The newly hired City Manager, Abigail Elder, was in attendance for her first meeting since stepping into the position. Tempora…

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HOOD RIVER — Numerous tasks and chores around yards and public spaces come with fall’s colors and falling leaves. The City of Hood River reminds the community of seasonal services to help.

Gardening education and advice is needed now more than ever. The OSU Extension Master Gardener program is training new community educators in 2022, who will help provide advice and support for Oregon’s growing community of gardeners. Due to the COVID pandemic, training new Master Gardeners w…

HOOD RIVER — The Hood River County Board of Commissioners is considering an ordinance to establish a parking permit program for Post Canyon. If adopted, designated fee parking zones on county forest land would be identified with the goal of managing recreational use in the county’s tree farm…

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Thrive Hood River will host a free webinar, Land Use 101, on Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with guest speaker Greg Holmes. To register, contact jackie@thrivehoodriver.org.

In response to the rise in COVID cases throughout the Gorge, the Port of Hood River met virtually on August 24. Conversations centered around planned repairs and testing of the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge and changes at the Ken Jernstedt Airfield. Engineers gave updates on the …

HOOD RIVER — On Aug. 10, a team from Protect Our Parks Hood River (POP) joined Mike Parziale, supervisor with Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation, for a Morrison Park clean-up. The morning’s primary goal was a major push to remove some of the heavy overgrowth of invasive blackberries at t…

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Hiking the short Hood River Pipeline Trail is to cross paths with history, stewardship, nature and modern art all mixed together into a unique, 2.8 mile adventure.

The out-and-back trail (officially the Hood River Penstock Flume Pipeline Trail) begins at the Powerdale Substation just upstream from downtown Hood River, with access via a short paved (mostly) access road off Highway 35 an estimated 1/2 mile from Interstate 84.

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Once again, as high summer temperatures enter the region, our houseless and most vulnerable community members are at extreme risk of heat and sun exposure that threatens their health and well-being.

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HOOD RIVER — The potential Westside Park is slowly becoming a reality for Hood River Parks and Recreation District. The 20-acre plot of land directly northwest of Westside Elementary School has been sitting mostly unoccupied for years. The Parks and Recreation organization is considering pur…

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In the summer of 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy funded a project to bring environmentally clean transportation to the Gorge. Clean Rural Shared Electric Mobility (CRuSE) project is hoping to “demonstrate that round trip plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) car sharing can serve rural communit…

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Mill land that once supported the small community of Dee for more than 80 years is for sale, according to a listing with real estate broker Maui Meyer of Cooper West, in Hood River.

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A Hood River man was struck with lightning Sunday while taking photos on Ehrck Hill, near the community of Odell.

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The progress of the Bi-State Working Group had Port of Hood River Board of Commissioners in a self-congratulatory mood June 1.

Port of Hood River’s Board of Commissioners June 1 considered renewing a three-year contract with Kevin Greenwood, the Hood River-White Salmon bridge replacement project director since 2018 (results unavailable by press time).

The Central Gorge Master Gardener Association has selected four Master Gardeners as recipients of the Master Gardener of the Year and Behind the Scenes Awards for their contributions to the OSU Extension Central Gorge Master Gardener program.

Hood River — Residents near the Ken Jernstedt Airfield may get a little noise relief this summer, thanks to a quieter propeller on the tow plane used by the Hood River Soaring group. The non-profit organization uses gliders to provide pilot training and sport gliding staged from a Glider Por…

Despite pandemic challenges, many of Hood River’s waterfront activities and river sports are resuming this summer, and in some cases, expanding. For example, the Port of Hood River Board of Commissioners last month approved a use agreement with a new sailboat charter company that will begin …

HOOD RIVER — Protect Our Parks Hood River, a non-profit parks advocacy group, is building tee-pads and removing invasive species to make Morrison Park a better place for disc golfers and others who enjoy the park.

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