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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.

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Early this morning Mt. Hood Meadows public safety reported a small fire at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Area, about 0.25 mile east of the Shooting Star chair lift in the Heather Canyon drainage.  There is an engine crew and hand crew already responding to the fire, supported by a helicopter dropping…

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Weather and Fire Behavior: Much of the state is under a Red Flag Warning today through Tuesday as a dry cold front moves through the area bringing high winds with gusts up to 35 miles per hour. Temperatures are expected to reach the low 80s today and drop into the low 70s on Tuesday. The fir…

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Weather and Fire Behavior: Extreme drought and continuing high temperatures will impact the fire throughout the day.  With temperatures in the 90s and low relative humidity, unburned islands in the fire interior are very dry and can be ignited by nearby smoldering fuels or blowing embers. Li…

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Weather and Fire Behavior: Hot and dry weather conditions with temperatures in the 90s and lower humidity will continue to impact fuels along the fire perimeters and unburned islands in the fire interior. Terrain driven light winds will keep fire active into early evening. Extreme drought an…

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Weather and Fire Behavior: Hot and dry weather conditions with temperatures in the 90s and lower humidities will impact fuels along the fire perimeters and unburned islands in the fire interior. An afternoon low pressure system will bring in winds gusting into the 20’s from the west/northwes…

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The City of White Salmon is considering leasing land to a U.S. Cellular subsidiary on a city-owned parcel on N.W. Strawberry Mountain Road. If approved, the lease would net the city $900 per month in rent in the first year of the contract. The catch? It would open up the possibility for a ce…

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Work has begun on an aggressive new round of tree removal at Sorosis Park, focusing on 100-plus trees at the front of the park along Scenic Drive, a park official said.

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Temperatures are expected to climb into at least the mid-90s this week in some parts of Oregon. Health officials are recommending people prevent heat-related illnesses that can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

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Due to extreme fire danger, Hood River County Forest, Forest Roads and Trails are temporarily closed to recreational use, including camping, between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. The order was effective Aug. 27, and continues until further notice.

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Dawn Rasmussen has always considered herself a prepared person. Since she and her husband decided to move into their house near The Dalles four years ago, she knew she would have the threat of wildfire looming in her backyard.

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On Monday night, Aug. 17, near Pine Grove in Hood River County, a four-helicopter rotation came to the rescue when fire broke out just east of Old Dalles Road.

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July Maus was driving home from work around 4:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12, when she noticed smoke rising roughly 500 yards below her family’s home on in Mosier.

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The Mosier Creek Fire is fully lined and “isn’t going anywhere,” Oregon Department of Forestry representatives reported during the agencies first virtual public fire meeting of the 2020 fire season Saturday evening.

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Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Central Oregon District increased restrictions for forest operations and the public beginning July 27. These restrictions are intended to reduce the risk of fire ignition on lands within the Central Oregon District in Lake, Harney, Deschutes, Crook, Wasc…

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Klickitat County successfully responded to the counties first large fire during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release from Klickitat County Emergency Operations Center. Early preparation was key to their success, the release stated.

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Puncturevine is a sprawling annual plant that forms a dense mat with very sharp, spiny seed heads. Also known as goathead, puncturevine has branched stems that can spread up to 6 feet wide, stemming from a single crown. Flowers are small, yellow and have 5 petals. The leaves are hairy, 1-3 i…

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On June 13, residents reported a Hood River business owner illegally dumping a load of what the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office believes to be agricultural lime (results are pending) on Canyon Road in Odell, located just south of Sylvester Drive.

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Oregonians are getting back outdoors just in time to encounter newborn fawns, elk calves and other young wildlife in the wild or even in their backyard. This is the time of year when deer fawns are born — and there is a chance you will come upon one that’s all alone.

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