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Snowfall shut down the Interstate 84 bridge replacement project late last week in Hood River but not before Carson and Company crews cut their first large hole in the bridge deck as they removed several 10-foot slabs of concrete and rebar. A forklift picks up each slab after mechanical punch…

Sunday, Feb. 13: Snow, mainly before 11 a.m., with a high near 27 degrees; north wind 5-7 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1-3 inches possible. Saturday evening, snow likely, mainly before 11 p.m. Clo…

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Join Friends of the Columbia Gorge on Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 6-7:30 p.m. for a free, live webinar exploring eagle winter migration, behavior, and biology; the history of the Gorge Eagle Watch program; local efforts to protect migrant and resident eagle populations; and viewing opportunities f…

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Stevenson Warming Shelter has extended hours during times of severe weather conditions, such as we are experiencing this week. Stevenson Warming Shelter has protocols in place for both night and day operations during severe weather conditions (predicted temperatures <32F, snow covered gro…

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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.

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.

A turbine at The Dalles Dam spilled up to 200 gallons of oil Dec. 3, and the  Corps of Engineers deployed booms, skimmers, and removed the unit from service.

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Access to clean water is a human right. It is hard to imagine the tap not working, especially during a pandemic. Yet thousands of people at the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Indian Reservation are living without safe drinking and washing water.

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Mark Twain is quoted as saying, “Whiskey is for drinking. Water is for fighting over.” Most of us understand the value of water, and depending on where you live, you may have a lot of water or very little. We don’t know a lot about groundwater and how long it will sustain us as we continue t…

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I’ve been thinking about how different the holidays may look for most of us this year — if you’re used to having a large gathering and this year it’s pared down to just a few, you may find yourself much less stressed and with a little extra time on your hands, hallelujah! I’m thinking this m…

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The western side the Mt. Hood National Forest suffered extensive and severe damage as a result of the historic Labor Day windstorm that brought down tens of thousands of trees and fueled wildfires across the Cascades. 

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Hood River, Ore. — On Sunday, a multi-agency team of expert mountain rescuers conducted a technically challenging mission to recover the body of Austin Mishler, 27, from high on the north side of Mount Hood, according to a Nov. 6 press release.

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MT. HOOD, ORE. – On Wednesday, Oct. 28 at about 5 p.m., the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing climber on Mount Hood. The search for missing climber Austin Mishler, 27, of Bend, Ore., ended Thursday, Oct. 29 at about 2 p.m., when his body was discovered in a cr…

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There is something decidedly welcoming and comforting about houseplants, which is what I seek during trying times — and these are trying times. The old standards, philodendron and spider plants, are still around (and I believe those macramé hangers are making a comeback), but there are so ma…

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It really does take a whole village — and because kindness knows no boundaries, the devastating wildfires are proof of the Northwest’s enduring spirit of generosity.

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Portland General Electric Company announced Oct. 17 it has permanently shuttered its Boardman Generating Station in Eastern Oregon’s Morrow County. The closure fulfills an agreement PGE reached with stakeholders, customer groups and regulators in 2010 to significantly reduce air emissions fr…

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The 70th Annual Washington State Weed Conference will be offered online and free to the public, according to the Washington Vegetation Management Association and the Washington Invasive Species Council.

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Just as you’ve worked your way through “500 Ways to Cook Zucchini and Tomatoes,” the Equinox thankfully rolls around and you can finally begin to compost all those spent plants.

Tri-County Recycling hosts its next Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection at Mosier School on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Collection is free to residents and businesses of Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties.

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Fall is approaching and the snow in the mountains is gone, temperatures are warm, and water levels in local streams and rivers are low. Snowpack and precipitation continue to be below normal and temperatures are above normal, causing a strain on local water supplies, impacting fish habitat a…

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The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for a portions of the Cascade foothills, including portions of the following counties, Hood River, Multnomah, Clackamas, Marion, Linn, Lane, Douglas, Coos, Jackson, and Klamath for Thursday, Sept. 17, 5 p.m., through Sept. 18, early…

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The Hood River Watershed Group will host its first virtual meeting and presentation on Sept. 22 from 6-8 p.m. Benjamin Clemens from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will present on The Wondrous Lives of Pacific Lamprey – A Story of Complexity, Diversity, & Adaptability. 

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The Hood River County fruit harvest is in full swing. The first two photos above, of Boscs in Odell and apples in Pine Grove, were taken before the onset of wildfire smoke, and orchardists have had to respond to the air quality crisis to safeguard workers’ safety as the harvest continues.

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As the smoke rolled in over the Columbia River Gorge this weekend, residents in West Klickitat County found help had arrived in the form of KN95 masks, thanks to coordination by community leaders.

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The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced Friday it is extending the closure of all of the lands it manages east of the Cascades to recreation due to high fire danger through Sept. 17. DNR staff this week will evaluate the possibility of extending the closure, enac…

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Agencies throughout the Columbia River Gorge are responding to hazardous smoke blanketing the region and much of the state.

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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