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Motorists stopped for road work on Highway 14 between Carson and Stevenson have been held up just long enough to spot a mountain goat which has taken to watching traffic from atop a cliff.

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Hood River County School Board will not act on a change to in-person learning prior to its Jan. 27 meeting. New state metrics, statistics on COVID-19 positivity cases, were scheduled to be issued Jan. 19.

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A fifth person from Klickitat County has died of COVID-19, the Klickitat County Health Department (KCHD) announced late Wednesday afternoon.According to a press release, the KCHD was notified of the death of a community member on January 19, 2021. The individual was from White Salmon, age 71…

A fire Thursday morning, Jan. 14, destroyed a motorhome and damaged a second at Columbia River RV Park in Dallesport.

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With a 2022 levy vote date in mind, Hood River City Council agreed last week to slow down the process toward building a new police and community justice facility in downtown Hood River.

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Klickitat County Fire District #3, which covers 50 miles in Southwestern Klickitat County, including towns such as Husum, BZ Corner, Snowden and the White Salmon urban growth area, is nearly set to go to bid for improvements to the district’s facilities.

Today we are inundated with information, especially with the advent of social media — where anyone can share their cat pictures, thoughts and suspicions. With all this noise, it is our responsibility to know what is accurate and what is not.

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At 6:52 p.m. Jan. 2, Hood River County Sheriff’s Deputy Caitlin Please was on regular patrol in Cascade Locks when she received a dispatch call that a man was believed to be preparing to jump from the Bridge of the Gods, which spans the Columbia at the west end of the city.

The Hood River Valley High School Speech and Debate competed Jan9-10, virtually, at the Hap Hingston Forensic Invitational at Pacific University. For the Sweepstakes (teams with most points), HRVHS took second place. In Lincoln Douglas Debate, Sadie Smith took gold; Mel Glatter, Jacob Kaplan…

Hood River Watershed Group hosts “Irrigation Modernization in Hood River and Beyond,” a Zoom presentation, on Jan. 26 from 6-8 p.m. Pre-registration for the meeting is requested at us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrd-qqrTMvGtyzBAoj5j6lOE7_w5KabTiD.

The Dalles made national and international hospitality industry headlines when Sara Hearn, general manager of Fairfield Inn and Suites in The Dalles was named both General Manager of the Year and Diamond General Manager of the Year for 2019. Hearn won the coveted Diamond General Manager of t…

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Vaccinations for the COVID-19 virus continues in phases set by the state, and vaccines based on age alone are not yet available in Wasco, Sherman and Gilliam counties, all served by the North Central Public Health District (NCPHD), according to a press release from Shellie Campbell, interim director.

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The Bingen-White Salmon Police Department has added another officer to its ranks, and this time, the department did not have to look very far.

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The Dalles — Three candidates for superintendent of North Wasco County District 21 (NWCSD) have been named and interviews scheduled following a unanimous decision by the school board to move forward following an executive session and work session of the school board Jan. 5.

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A fire Thursday morning, Jan. 14, destroyed a motorhome and damaged a second at Columbia River RV Park in Dallesport. 

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The Dalles City Council earmarked an addition $100,000 in COVID-19 grant funds to fitness facilities and restaurants suffering due to statewide closures, with an additional $50,000 available for small businesses. The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce will again work with city staff to solicit applications and set criteria for the grants.

On Jan. 15 at noon, bells will be ringing throughout Hood River County to honor community members who have died due to COVID-19.

White Salmon — Children in the White Salmon Valley School District’s after-school program, A-List Adventures, received coats, sweaters and hats this fall and winter, thanks to a number of community donations.

It seems as if once or twice a year I feel I need to write about the latest scams, from Medicare scams to sweepstakes and lottery scams. So, just as sugar ants return in the spring (well at least in my kitchen!), vaccine scams are beginning to circulate. So here are just a few reminders.

Oregon Second District Rep. Cliff Bentz told Columbia Gorge News he feels discussion of the 25th Amendment and Impeachment “are not productive toward the goal of a peaceful transition and will only divide our country more.”

The White Salmon Valley School Board is set to vote on a proposal to reopen to in-person instruction, the first time since last March most students in the district would be able to make a return to the classroom.

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The Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is hosting its 8th Annual Blanket Drive today, Saturday, Jan. 9, at the former Chronicle building at Third and Federal in downtown The Dalles from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Join historian and journalist David Mould on a journey to borders, both real and imagined in this virtual event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13. 

In his latest book on travel, history and culture, Postcards from the Borderlands, Mould explores the meaning of borders. Are they simply political and geographical, marked by posts, walls and fences, or should we think of them more broadly? Some borders, set by surveys and treaties, take no account of geography, language or culture. There are borders within countries — physical, economic and social. And finally, there are the borders of our minds — the way we may think of unfamiliar places. 

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Doug Kelly started Dec. 1 as Chief Administrative Officer and Fire Marshal for West Side Fire District, succeeding Jim Trammell, who has retired from fire service after 50 years.

“Through the Eyes of An Elder” is a monthly column in The Columbia Gorge News. Sponsored by the Aging in the Gorge Alliance, guest writers address a variety of topics with a focus on older adults, their families and loved ones, and caregivers. Suggestions for future columns (topics, intervie…

This year our dine and drink business locations throughout the Gorge have suffered with closures. You can help support your favorites by purchasing take out and gift cards. Many of these business will offer curb-side delivery and some will deliver to your home. Let’s keep the Gorge going strong!

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