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HOOD RIVER — Construction has begun on a five-mile section of the Historic Columbia River Highway, known as the Mitchell Point. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and other organizations have teamed up to construct a new segment of the popular Mitchell Point Tunnel. The tunnel wa…

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THE DALLES — On the third floor of the Wasco County Courthouse, five felons stood patiently awaiting their hearing time — 10 a.m., on Jan. 6 with a snow delay. Two hours later, they walked out free, having had their convictions vacated — the first in the state through a new process laid out …

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Klickitat County Undersheriff Tim Neher announced late last month that he is running to succeed his current boss, Sheriff Bob Songer, in the November election.

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No. 1: Pandemic shadowed 2021; No. 2: Jan. 6 attack sharpens divide, draws criticism; No. 3: Schools reopen to in person learning; No. 4: Google growth plans move forward; No. 5: College opens new housing, skills center; No. 6: Heat, not just fires, impact Gorge; No. 7: Law enforcement highlights; No. 8: SDS Lumber Company sells operations, timberland; No. 9: MCMC announces plans for new hospital; and No. 10: Man struck by lightning 'once-in-a-lifetime event'

PORTLAND — King, the Oregon Zoo’s male black rhino, will have some company soon: Jozi, a 9-year-old female rhino from the Milwaukee County Zoo, is now settling in at Rhino Ridge too. Caregivers hope the rhino pair will hit it off and perhaps eventually add to the population of this criticall…

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Rep. Gina Mosbrucker, ranking Republican on the House Public Safety Committee, expressed serious concerns last week about a new bill that would reduce penalties for murder resulting from drive-by shootings in Washington state.

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The Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge Bi-State Working Group (BSWG) met Dec. 13 to address finance issues, timeline updates and design contracts. The group is comprised of mayors Kate McBride (Hood River), Martha Keethler (White Salmon), Betty Barnes (Bingen), and county commissioner…

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The director of the state housing agency says she would welcome a full audit of how money was spent on federal and state emergency rental assistance programs — but only after tenants submit their applications and landlords receive their money.

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U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced last week the Oregon Department of Forestry will receive more than $2.2 million in federal funds to help cover costs from fighting the Mosier Creek Fire that destroyed eight homes and threatened hundreds of others in the Columbia River Gorge in…

Consolidated Community Credit Union (CCCU), now with a branch in Hood River, released its first-ever Pets Calendar, featuring “stunning, adorable photos from CCCU’s Pet Calendar Photo Contest,” said a press release.

Farmers raising small herds of beef cattle, pigs or other meat animals in Oregon may have an easier time processing their meat for sale at farmers markets or grocers under rules being considered by the state Agriculture Department.

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The new omicron variant of COVID-19 will sweep into Oregon over the next two to four weeks, setting new records for infections and filling hospitals beyond capacity.

HOOD RIVER — Sustainability is at the forefront of every farmer’s mind in the Columbia River Gorge. A new Gorge-based Agricultural-Technology Education Alliance (ATEA) is being organized engage the next generation of farmers using new technologies in the agricultural field. The project’s aim…

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The new “test to stay” option for schools was quickly put into use on its first day of implementation early last week at a North Wasco County School District 21 school, and allowed several students to stay in school rather than go home to quarantine, according to a press release from the Nor…

The likely arrival of the new omicron variant and questions about its strength and speed are clouding an otherwise cautiously optimistic outlook of the course of COVID-19 in Oregon, according to a new state report.

The December Weed of the Month is English holly (Ilex aquifolium), a fitting invasive for the season when we “deck the halls with boughs of holly.” While English holly does make a festive decoration, it is not welcome in natural areas where it crowds out native plants.

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Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at Margie’s Pot Shop in Bingen Sunday evening, Dec. 5. No one was harmed.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced a major federal grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that will help reimburse significant costs for providing non-congregate shelter to Oregonians who lost their homes or were displaced …

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The public is invited to review and comment on the draft 2022-2027 Columbia Gorge Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) covering Hood River, Wasco, and Sherman counties in Oregon and Klickitat and Skamania counties in Washington. The region develops the CEDS every five years as …

I would like to reintroduce myself: My name Andrea Flores-Reyna. I work for Oregon State University Extension Service here in the Gorge as the Juntos Program coordinator. For a while now, we have been sheltered due to COVID-19 and it feels great to be transitioning back into in person working.

WASHINGTON, DC — In November, Congressman Cliff Bentz (R-Ore.) introduced H.R.6019, a bill that would codify the Trump Administration’s Northern Spotted Owl (NSO) Critical Habitat Revision, which would fine-tune the NSO’s habitat designation and remove about one million acres of non-NSO habi…

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When Selma Pierce died Dec. 1, 2020, after a car struck her while she was walking near their home in West Salem, Dr. William “Bud” Pierce took several days off before he resumed his medical practice in Salem.

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