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BINGEN — Imagine leaving your home, country, and immediate family to arrive in a new country, with a new language and a new family, all at 10 years old. For one White Salmon woman, this was her reality, and she works hard now to help others who have been through similar experiences.

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WHITE SALMON — Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation (CCHC) announced it will purchase White Salmon’s affordable housing complex, Rhine Village. The purchase will extend the time in which the housing development will maintain its affordability.

The Dallesport Industrial Park, which is owned and operated by the Port of Klickitat and located north of The Dalles in Washington, will receive $99,000 in federal funds designated for economic development in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (see related story, this page) to upg…

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Bingen — Washington Gorge Action Programs (WAGAP) has announced that it will require all employees and volunteers throughout the organization to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 18.

The Lyle School message on their website stated, “What a great start to the 2021-2022 school year! We’re back to 100% in-person, face-to-face learning. We’re working hard to keep it that way, including following the state’s safety requirements and we whole-heartedly appreciate the support of…

A Washington judge has decided not to halt Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer’s cougar sighting response program.

On Aug. 24, a group of community members, led by Kirsten Dennis and other Columbia Gorge Woman’s Action Network (CGWAN) members, welcomed White Salmon Valley School District staff on the first day of their contracted school year. “It was a show of appreciation and support for all they do to …

County fairs aren’t just about corndogs, curly fries, sno-cones, and bouncy houses. There are a lot of local kids and their parents who put a huge effort into what they prepared and brought to the fair, and, boy it sure showed!

BINGEN — When a system works as designed and allows someone to provide the highest level of service, it can bring immense satisfaction, especially when it enables someone to help another human being improve their quality of life.

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The Lyle School District Board of Directors is seeking a district resident to fill an at-large position on the board, which was vacated by Lisa Bren on July 28. The appointee will serve through the next general election in 2023, and may file for election to the position.

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In October, White Salmon Valley Community Library looks forward to KOOBDOOGA (“A Good Book” read backwards) where the community will read and discuss “A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia.”

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A hearing examiner upheld the Klickitat County Planning Department’s environmental determination following a lengthy appeal hearing on luxury camping company Under Canvas’ plans to develop a “glampsite” near Husum, Wash. The hearing examiner concurrently approved the company’s conditional use permit.

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In response to the rise in COVID cases throughout the Gorge, the Port of Hood River met virtually on August 24. Conversations centered around planned repairs and testing of the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge and changes at the Ken Jernstedt Airfield. Engineers gave updates on the planning for replacement of lift span’s deteriorating wire ropes and live load testing related to the lowered weight limit imposed in March. Considerably far along on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Project Director Kevin Greenwood expects the final draft to be presented sometime early next year, after he announced a delay for the final EIS.

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Dollar General Corporation is considering opening a store in Bingen. The company recently applied for an environmental determination ahead of development plans to construct a one-story commercial building on the lot currently inhabited by the vacant McDonald’s building on 910 W Steuben Street, west of downtown.

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The CDC issued a health advisory today about a rapid increase in ivermectin prescriptions — now up 24-fold over pre-pandemic levels — and reports of severe illness associated with use of ivermectin products to prevent or treat COVID-19, according to North Central Public Health (NCPHD) in The Dalles.

Ivermectin is not FDA approved for use in preventing or treating COVID, and has not been proven as a way to prevent or treat it. Calls to poison control centers have gone up nationwide as a result of people taking ivermectin improperly, NCPHD reported.

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Photographs from the first day of school in White Salmon.

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Klickitat County will make one last stand to seek a favorable ruling in the Tract D land dispute.

In a split 2-1 vote last Tuesday, the Klickitat County Board of Commissioners signified their intent to appeal their case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Vaccination rates continue to rise steadily in Wasco, Sherman and Gilliam counties, but COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are also climbing as the surge in Delta variant COVID cases continues.

As of Friday morning, Aug. 27, MCMC had no open ICU beds, and 26 percent of its patient beds were taken by COVID positive patients. It has had to turn away ambulances due to increased volume in its ER. Also Friday, it re-instituted its policy of not allowing visitors due to the surge.

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A month after Klickitat County rescinded a moratorium on solar development applications outside the county’s Energy Overlay Zone, national energy company Cypress Creek Renewables voiced interest in constructing a solar farm outside of Goldendale in Klickitat County. The company recently held…

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Residents of Trout Lake School District who are interested in getting involved in the community are invited to run for election in the Trout Lake Community Council. Each fall, three positions are up for election, each for a three-year term.

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Sheriff Bob Songer is planning on being back to work after recovering from his COVID-19 illness, he said in an interview with Columbia Gorge News.

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The beginning of the new week brought a torrent of bad numbers that measure the skyrocketing spike in COVID-19 cases in Oregon.

Oregon’s hospitals continue to head toward unknown medical territory as the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients hit 937 in a report Monday, 37 more than Sunday. There 253 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit beds, up 22 from the day before.

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Hiking the short Hood River Pipeline Trail is to cross paths with history, stewardship, nature and modern art all mixed together into a unique, 2.8 mile adventure.

The out-and-back trail (officially the Hood River Penstock Flume Pipeline Trail) begins at the Powerdale Substation just upstream from downtown Hood River, with access via a short paved (mostly) access road off Highway 35 an estimated 1/2 mile from Interstate 84.

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A proposed closed-loop pumped hydro storage facility near Goldendale is again moving forward. The Goldendale Energy Storage Project proposes to store “clean” energy generated by wind and solar projects.

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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."

Two back-to-back hearings commenced under a hearing examiner late last month concerning the proposed Under Canvas luxury camping site near Husum.

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Klickitat County is considering a continuation of legal arguments in connection to a land dispute with the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation over a sizeable acreage that partially overlaps into the county.

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Gorge communities continue to see a sharp increase in COVID-19 infections, with Wasco County reporting 96 cases over the last two weeks, an infection rate which would have placed the county into the “extreme risk” category under previous state metrics.

WHITE SALMON — The White Salmon Valley School Board held its first meeting with new superintendent Sean McGeeney on July 22, when the board approved the budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

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Sockeye salmon arriving at the Little White Salmon River west of Hood River are covered with lesions and dying due to high water temperatures in the main stem of the Columbia River.

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Since Friday, July 23 through late morning Friday, July 30, Wasco County has had 62 cases of COVID-19. More were coming in Friday afternoon.

Of those 62 cases, 55 were in unvaccinated people.

GOLDENDALE — Throughout Klickitat County, there is a tremendous need for licensed childcare providers to serve all ages, especially infants and toddlers. In 2019, community members in Goldendale created the Klickitat County Childcare Committee (KCCC). Last year, the group secured a planning …

WHITE SALMON — New applications for short-term rental permitting, development, designation, construction, expansion, creating, locating, and siting within White Salmon city limits will not be considered in the near future, as the White Salmon City Council approved a six-month moratorium on s…

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