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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…

Columbia Gorge CASA Board President Julie Nygaard has announced that Susan Erickson will leave her role as CASA executive director this fall when she and her family move away from the Gorge.

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THE DALLES — A 40th death from complications of COVID-19 in Wasco County has been reported by the North Central Public Health District (NCPHD). A woman died Sept. 11 at Mid-Columbia Medical Center (MCMC). She tested positive two days prior to her death. It is the 40th death for the county.

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HOOD RIVER — Protesters took to both sides of Eugene Street on Oct. 13 before the Hood River County School District Board Meeting at the Coe Administration Building.

HOOD RIVER — Hood River County School District was notified Aug. 19 that Gov. Kate Brown had issued a new directive legally requiring all K-12 school district staff, substitutes and volunteers to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 18.

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The City of White Salmon is considering acquiring State Route 141 from its junction with State Route 14 to the alternate junction.

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HOOD RIVER — A former employee of Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital has a filed a notice of intent to sue Hood River County, Hood River County District Attorney’s Office, former Hood River DA John Sewell, and the State of Oregon, asserting a claim for damages over allegations Sewell vi…

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A deadly spike in COVID-19 infections that began just before Independence Day should near its end around Christmas, a new state forecast said Thursday, Oct. 14.

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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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HOOD RIVER — When the calendar turns to Nov. 1, the City of Hood River will have a new city manager. Abigail Elder was chosen from a pool of three finalists. Elder’s most recent experience comes from the City of Beaverton where she was the director of community services and engagement. She a…

WHITE SALMON — Washington Rep. Gina Mosbrucker (R-Goldendale) is calling for a special legislative session to focus on fixes to recent police reform legislation that went into effect earlier this year.

FEMA — Federal Emergency Management Act — is providing financial reimbursement for funeral and cremation expenses for those who have lost a loved one due to COVID-19, and Jack Trumbull, owner of Anderson’s Tribute Center, is providing assistance to anyone interested in accessing these funds,…

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…

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Domestic violence affects millions of people each year and has far-reaching consequences for those experiencing it, their families, and their communities.

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Wearing green ONA shirts and holding signs, nurses from Mid-Columbia Medical Center (MCMC) and their supporters held another rally in The Dalles on Oct. 7. Nurses handed out flyers asking the community to contact MCMC’s chairman of the board of trustees and demand that the administration agr…

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of additional doses of certain COVID-19 vaccines for specific groups. Please make note of the differences between these two types of additional doses:

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In the course of the pandemic, roughly10% of Wasco County residents have contracted COVID, 2,685 people have been infected, and 39 have died, according to Health Officer Dr. Mimi McDonell of North Central Public Health District (NCPHD), speaking before the Wasco County Board of Commissioners…

More than 100 people gathered in downtown Hood River on Oct. 2 in solidarity with Women’s Marches across the U.S. The Hood River event, held at the corner of Oak and Sixth streets, focused on abortion rights. Guest speakers shared personal stories of abortion, and several pieces of art were …

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THE DALLES — In the Sept. 23 school board meeting, Superintendent Carolyn Bernal announced that starting the week of Oct. 4, District 21 is initiating an opt-in, on-site rapid COVID testing program for students as an additional mitigation measure against the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

The month of September was focused on a retention event for resource (foster) families. For District 9 — Wasco, Hood River, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties — certification staff and Resource Parent Recruitment and Retention Champion Marvin Hamilton worked to promote an event that all r…

After living for the past 40 years in the Mid-Columbia Gorge and serving on multiple non-profit boards, Marc Harvey is joining the Lyle School District Board of Directors.

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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.

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The board of directors for Hood River County School District (HRCSD) have adjusted two protocols for school board meetings. The school district will implement these revised protocols on Wednesday, Oct. 13, when the board is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Nathaniel Coe Administration Center.

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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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Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley celebrates at Volcanic Bottle Shoppe in Hood River for a toast with some local beverages, followed by a discussion on economic development. Those attending include several leaders from the Gorge area: Mark Zamiller (Hood River city council), Arlene Burns (Mosier mayo…

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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…

The month of September is designated as National Preparedness Month, a time to “raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time,” according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA; see ready.gov/September). This year’s th…

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

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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