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A parade of flags leaves Goldendale High School in remembrance of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Jacob Bertram photos

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A fire boss fixed wing aircraft flies parallel to the cliff above southwest The Dalles, in the vicinity of Eagle Caves, on Aug. 31, tamping down the leading edge of the fire, which was contained below the ridge. The fire, burning in brush and oak, threatened homes above and below the cliff. …

On Aug. 15, Hood River Police Officer Emelike Delancy made a traffic stop near the Marina Shell station. During the traffic stop, more than two pounds of methamphetamine, one ounce of heroin, two firearms and cash were seized. The firearms were possessed by a convicted felon. Three individua…

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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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August 19, 2021. 4:20 p.m. Update: Oregon Public Broadcasting published a report confirming Sheriff Songer recently contracted COVID-19. Songer said in the report he was hospitalized for five days and is recovering at home with the help of oxygen. He plans to return to work in "a couple days."

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Prineville — Recent thunderstorm activity has increased fire starts in Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Central Oregon District, which includes lands in the Columbia River Gorge. While these storms have brought with them isolated precipitation and increased humidity it is not enough to mitigate the record dry fuel conditions across the area, according to an ODF press release.

Kiel Nairns, Acting Unit Forester for The Dalles Unit, cautions landowners and the public, not to get complacent with the recent precipitation. “The moisture from these thunderstorms is only going to dampen fuels for a few hours, and then we’ll be back to the same extreme fuel conditions.”

The current Wasco County district attorney filed a bar complaint in April against the former district attorney and his chief deputy regarding the former DA’s decision not to disclose a disciplinary letter against former The Dalles Police Officer Jeffrey Kienlen, Columbia Gorge News has learned.

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On the afternoon of July 6, NORCOR Corrections Deputy Alicia Talley was fishing with her daughter near the Columbia River when she heard someone’s cries for help. Talley immediately located a man calling for help for his girlfriend and her young son, both of which had been swept away by the …

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At approximately 3:17 a.m., Hood River Police officers responded to a nuisance call regarding a subject yelling and throwing fireworks in the 100 block of E. State Street. Hood River Police responded to the area and found a male, later identified as Herbert Victor Blount, 38, of Tyrone, Ga.,…

This September, The Dalles community will see the return of the Pig Bowl for its 18th year.

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The Lyle Hill fire is somewhere between 150 to 200 acres, according to the latest update giving by the public information officer on scene, Ben Shearer.Around 100 personnel were on the scene Tuesday afternoon, a day after the fire was reported in the hills above the community of Lyle, Wash.,…

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On July 3, Hood River Police Officer Sgt. Sal Rivera made a traffic stop on a 1982 Dodge pickup at the intersection of Highway 30 and Highway 35. The traffic stop was regarding a theft case Det. Erin Mason had been working on, according to a press release.

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On July 3, Hood River Police Officer Sgt. Sal Rivera made a traffic stop on a 1982 Dodge pickup at the intersection of Highway 30 and Highway 35. The traffic stop was regarding a theft case Det. Erin Mason had been working on, according to a press release.

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Drought and extreme heat create early fire warnings, firework bans and fires throughout the Columbia River Gorge.

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The Valley View Fire (also called the Sunset Valley Fire) burned an estimated 987 acres southeast of The Dalles on Thursday evening, July 1, 2021. The fire was first reported around 3:45 p.m. on the 3100 block of Valley View Drive near The Dalles. Strong winds pushed the fire, which was burning in mostly brush and wheat, in a southeast direction, forcing evacuations and road closures. The fire damaged one barn, several outbuildings, multiple vehicles and a portion of a cherry orchard.

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The Valley View Fire was reported late Thursday afternoon on Valley View Drive, located on the southeast edge of The Dalles and at the right side of the photograph. Highway 197 was closed to traffic as the fire approached the highway south of the city.

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HOOD RIVER — On Wednesday, June 30, just after 2 p.m. the Hood River County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a child missing in the water on the Columbia River at Nichols Boat Basin in Hood River. A 10-year-old girl from Portland fell out of an inflatable raft that she was riding in…

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Three wildfires are currently burning in Wasco County. The Wrentham Market Fire east of Dufur; the S-503 fire on the Warm Springs Reservation and the Rattlesnake Fire in the South Junction area.

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WHITE SALMON — A statement released by Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer — which called for the arrest, detainment and recommendation for prosecution of governmental officials he unilaterally believes are acting outside the bounds of the constitution — drew pushback from county commissione…

Last Tuesday was Hallie Clark’s second day interning with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), and she spent part of it herding three speedy, skittish fawns to safety along a busy road.

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Firefighters responded to three fires Friday morning, June 25, burning adjacent to Interstate 84 near Rowena, and while working to put these fires out two additional starts were discovered along the freeway. These fires, named the Milepost 78 Fire, burned grass, brush and timber primarily wi…

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THE DALLES — The Home At Last Humane Society released a statement June 17 thanking everyone who helped them evacuate the shelter in The Dalles following a June 1 fire threat.

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Firefighters responded to three fires Friday morning, June 25, 2021, burning adjacent to Interstate 84 near Rowena, and while working to put these fires out two additional starts were discovered along the freeway.

THE DALLES — Oregon OSHA recently issued The Dalles restaurant Last Stop Saloon an $8,900 citation, which owner Todd Carpenter has appealed.

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In April, Pat Ashmore retired from his five year service as Police Chief of The Dalles, and officially handed over the title to Washington native Tom Worthy.

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Due to extreme fire conditions, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has imposed a complete ban on activities likely to start a fire on national wildlife refuges in the Mid-Columbia River Fire Zone. Ban is in effect June until midnight, Sept. 30.

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THE DALLES — In what fire officials warn may be a prelude to the summer fire season, the Mile Post 85 fire Wednesday, June 2, closed Interstate 84 and forced the evacuation of nearby communities.

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WISHRAM — An armed The Dalles man was arrested May 31 following a pursuit and standoff with police that ended in Wishram, Wash., east of The Dalles.

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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