Friends of the Columbia Gorge’s Gorgeous Wildlife webinar series, led by local specialists in their respective fields, returns just before Halloween with another look at a favorite critter from our previous programs, the bat.

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THE DALLES — Cleanup of all remaining fire debris is underway at The Dalles Marina, with cleanup, recovery and disposal operations overseen by Northwest Maritime Consultants (NMC) under contract with the Port of The Dalles, which owns the boat basin. The entire “D finger” dock at the west en…

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For the first time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set limits on oil and hot water pollution from four federal dams in the Lower Snake River. The EPA will now require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) to collect pollution samples, report data to the EPA and th…

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PORTLAND — The Oregon Zoo welcomed some big-time royalty recently: King, a 3,000-pound rhinoceros from Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo, arrived in town Sept. 10 and is making himself at home at the zoo’s new Rhino Ridge.

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…

Whether you have a small lot or a large acreage, you can implement environmentally friendly land management strategies to reduce fire danger and prevent future catastrophic loss. First, you must understand fire behavior. With that knowledge, inventory your land and assess the risks to create…

Rush skeletonweed (Chondrilla juncea) is a member of the sunflower family. In its rosette stage it resembles common dandelion, with hairless, deeply irregular toothed leaves. It even exudes a milky white juice when torn, like dandelion. Once the plant flowers, the rosettes wither and long, w…

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Oregon’s senators are among seven Western Democrats who say they are including steps to counter climate change in the federal budget resolution and other measures pending before Congress.

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Are you new to farming or ranching, or thinking about becoming a producer? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is here to help. Oregon’s Beginning Farmer Rancher (BFR) Team and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) small farm and organic specialists are offering an opportunity …

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Regulated-Use Closure restrictions within Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Central Oregon District eased beginning on Sept. 22. There will be no change to the activities restricted, including all prohibiting open fires (campfires, warming fires, and cooking fires).

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The National Forests of Oregon and Washington in Region 6 of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service are transitioning their firewood program to become a free use program to the public. Those who receive free use permits may use firewood for cutting, manufacturing, handling, or oth…

TROUT LAKE — Mt. Adams Institute is closely monitoring the increases in COVID-19 case numbers and current public safety recommendations. Based on that information, the October, November, and December Sense of Place Lectures will be online via Zoom. Tickets are now available at mtadamsinstitu…

Two separate lawsuits are marking new updates to a proposal to construct a “glamour camping” site in Klickitat County.

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Work to repair a section of Larch Mountain Trail No. 441 near Multnomah Falls began Sept. 20 and is anticipated to take four to five weeks. During this time, the section of trail beyond Benson Bridge will be closed to public access. There will also be intermittent closures of the entire trai…

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The Oregon Water Resources Department is asking Oregonians who rely on wells for their water use to report dry wells or low producing wells online. Visit the dry well webpage at www.oregon.gov/owrd/drywell and click on the link to report your dry well.

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Drivers seeking to cross into Washington on the Highway 197 bridge in The Dalles were detoured east to the Maryhill Bridge in Biggs Thursday evening through Monday morning. The long drive offered some dramatic views on Friday evening as the sun set over the Columbia Hills above Browns Island…

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East Fork Irrigation District has hired Steve Pappas as its new district manager. Pappas is originally from John Day, and received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Portland. He has worked for more than 20 years in the natural gas industry, overseeing and managing large pipeline p…

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Orchard owners and operators surrounding the Wasco County Landfill are working with federal and state agencies on a plan to mitigate a super-abundance of ravens and other birds at the landfill.

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In response to extremely low returns to date of Columbia Basin upriver summer steelhead, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has adopted additional emergency rules to increase protections for wild summer steelhead in certain Oregon Columbia River tributaries, including the Deschute…

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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A month after Klickitat County rescinded a moratorium on solar development applications outside the county’s Energy Overlay Zone, national energy company Cypress Creek Renewables voiced interest in constructing a solar farm outside of Goldendale in Klickitat County. The company recently held…

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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.

The wild and scenic beauty of the lower Deschutes River draws supporters from around the world. The Native Fish Society and the Deschutes River Alliance are two organizations with a deep connection to the river and the wild fish that call it home.

Wildfire season has begun, and combined with record-breaking heat and drier than normal conditions on the West Coast, it is important for residents to be prepared for potential impact in their communities. In 2020, Oregon saw one of their most destructive fire seasons, burning 1.07 million a…

The Dalles City Councilor Dan Richardson skips across Mill Creek in Thompson Park in The Dalles during a Columbia Gorge Toyota and Honda sponsored community cleanup Saturday, Aug. 14. The cleanups are planned to continue the second Saturday of each month through February. Due to smoke and ho…

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Regions of Klickitat, Hood River and Wasco counties are being impacted by unhealthy air quality brought about by increased wildfire smoke and excessive heat. Last week in Oregon, DEQ air quality ranking placed Hood River (104) and The Dalles (116) air quality as “unhealthy for sensitive grou…

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HOOD RIVER — OSU Extension Forestry & Natural Resources, Oregon Department of Forestry, Hood River County Emergency Management and others are offering a wildfire preparedness in Hood River County presentation online Aug. 25 from 6-7:30 p.m.

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A proposed closed-loop pumped hydro storage facility near Goldendale is again moving forward. The Goldendale Energy Storage Project proposes to store “clean” energy generated by wind and solar projects.

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THE DALLES — Do you love The Dalles and the Columbia Gorge region? If you have photos of The Dalles, or want to take a few, this is your chance to help the city and possibly earn a prize. The City of The Dalles is re-envisioning their municipal website and we are looking for high resolution …

Gorge residents encouraged to reduce exposure to poor air quality conditions

Regions of Klickitat, Hood River and Wasco counties are being affected by unhealthy air quality brought about by increased wildfire smoke and excessive heat — especially at higher elevations as found in the Trout Lake, Glenwood, Goldendale, Bickleton and Roosevelt areas. In Oregon, DEQ air quality ranking placed Hood River (104) and The Dalles (116) air quality as “unhealthy for sensitive groups” (https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map). Pendleton, with an index of 155, was ranked as unhealthy.

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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.

Two back-to-back hearings commenced under a hearing examiner late last month concerning the proposed Under Canvas luxury camping site near Husum.

Meeting canceled; FISH offers free food boxes; Families in the Park Aug. 12; ORE seeks volunteers at Oregon State Fair; Washington State Bag Ban Oct. 1; Herrera Beutler hosts town hall Aug. 17; Live theater in August; Moose celebrate Aug. 28

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Klickitat County is considering a continuation of legal arguments in connection to a land dispute with the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation over a sizeable acreage that partially overlaps into the county.

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Across the Pacific Northwest, wheat harvests have been affected by the hot and dry weather. Both yields and quality are significantly lower than usual, spurring an earlier-than-usual harvest and concerns about protein levels.

Gov. Kate Brown says Oregon is the first state in the nation to require its largest utilities to generate all their power carbon-free by 2040, while it helps low-income customers share in benefits and cushions them from negative economic effects.

Columbia Gorge residents and outdoor recreating visitors see wildlife on a continual basis. Many wildlife species are found in the Gorge due to our diversity of forest, mountain, and high desert habitats, many wildlife species. While we don’t mind seeing smaller animals like birds and squirr…

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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