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A fifth person from Klickitat County has died of COVID-19, the Klickitat County Health Department (KCHD) announced late Wednesday afternoon.According to a press release, the KCHD was notified of the death of a community member on January 19, 2021. The individual was from White Salmon, age 71…

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A fire Thursday morning, Jan. 14, destroyed a motorhome and damaged a second at Columbia River RV Park in Dallesport.

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With a 2022 levy vote date in mind, Hood River City Council agreed last week to slow down the process toward building a new police and community justice facility in downtown Hood River.

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The Bingen-White Salmon Police Department has added another officer to its ranks, and this time, the department did not have to look very far.

On Jan. 15 at noon, bells will be ringing throughout Hood River County to honor community members who have died due to COVID-19.

White Salmon — Children in the White Salmon Valley School District’s after-school program, A-List Adventures, received coats, sweaters and hats this fall and winter, thanks to a number of community donations.

The White Salmon Valley School Board is set to vote on a proposal to reopen to in-person instruction, the first time since last March most students in the district would be able to make a return to the classroom.

Gorge residents are invited to participate in a celebration of the life, work and dreams of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — virtually — on Monday, Jan. 18. The theme of this year’s celebration, sponsored by Gorge Ecumenical Ministries (GEM), is a paraphrased quote by Dr. King: “We are tied…

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Skyline Health has begun its COVID-19 vaccination pilot program, offering doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to all of its employees and to frontline healthcare workers from the community who are eligible to receive the shot in the first rounds of distribution.

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The White Salmon Valley Pool Metropolitan Park District approved an engineering and architectural contract with Spokane-based consultancy ALSC Architects during their Dec. 10 meeting, the next step on the way to completion of the proposed community pool.

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Recent high daily COVID-19 case counts in Wasco County are not due to significant outbreaks but rather to the rapidly increasing spread of the disease and its prevalence in the community, according to a Dec. 22 press release from North Central Public Health District (NCPHD.)

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WHITE SALMON — The Washington State Department of Commerce has selected Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation’s (CCHC) White Salmon Assisted Living Facility to receive funding in the 2020 Housing Trust Fund application cycle.

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Natural gas service to 5,500 customers affected by last week’s outage was fully restored by NW Natural on Sunday, Dec. 27, according to a press release.

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The Dalles — Wasco County continues to see growth in COVID-19 infections and remains classified as being at extreme risk for COVID-19, and a real-world consequence of that is that there are currently COVID-19 outbreaks in all five of its long term care facilities, Mimi McDonell, health offic…

Members of the community have been hard at work these past couple of months pulling together Washington Gorge Action Programs’ Tree of Joy program this year, and it was all worth it in the end. With 200 children accounted for, local families in need will be able to give gifts to their little…

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NW Natural is estimating a restoration in service to gas lines in White Salmon on Tuesday, while Hood River customers can expect service to be restored Wednesday, according to a press release.

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White Salmon — COVID-19 cases are rising in Klickitat County, evidence which Mount Adams Fruit’s management team is pointing to as a factor in the outbreak at the Bingen facility, which was announced Dec. 11.

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Five women wearing down jackets and gloves spread out across a patio on May Street in Hood River. They lunge and squat as a child watches curiously from the back of a passing tandem bike.

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Skyline Health is encouraging the use of the Washington Exposure Notifications (WA Notify) tool. The WA Notify app works through smartphones to alert users if they may have been exposed to COVID-19.

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Radio Tierra, the local Spanish/English community radio station, announced that Garrett Sharp is the new president of its Board of Directors and that Nubia Contreras has accepted the nomination to serve as the board’s vice president. Both Sharp and Contreras accepted nominations and began th…

White Salmon — The White Salmon City Council approved the 2020-21 budget at the Dec. 2 meeting, finalizing an agreement which will see funds dedicated to hiring a land use planner as well as a social worker within the Bingen-White Salmon Police Department.

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A public hearing on a subdivision application for a multifamily housing project resulted in a consensus vote by the Bingen City Council to continue the public hearing into the new year.

North Central Public Health District (NCPHD) has found a significant amount of Wasco County’s recent spike in COVID-19 cases is due to Thanksgiving gatherings, according to a Dec. 9 press release from the district.

Klickitat County Health Department (KCHD) reported Dec. 11 over 30 individuals from a facility in Bingen have tested positive for COVID-19. The positive cases resulted when the facility performed extensive COVID-19 testing for their staff as a part of their commitment to workforce and commun…

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A reminder: Lyle Lions Club Christmas Food Boxes are waiting for those who call in advance and set a schedule for pick up, as it is by appointment only this year. Make that call now ... then set your reminder for the pick-up dates of either Saturday or Sunday, Dec. 19 or 20. Call Joan at 509…

December may be the season of giving — but it’s typically a challenging time to collect enough blood donations. Add in a pandemic, and this year could be even tougher than usual. That’s why the American Red Cross is urging those who are feeling well to give the gift of life by donating blood…

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Klickitat County is expecting their first shipment of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to arrive this week, according to a Klickitat County Health Department press release. The exact date of arrival is still unknown.

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WHITE SALMON — Three Bingen/White Salmon-area organizations — CultureSeed, Gorge MakerSpace and the White Salmon Valley Education Foundation — have received grants from the Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund to support out-of-school programming for vulnerable youth.

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WHITE SALMON — Three Bingen/White Salmon-area organizations — CultureSeed, Gorge MakerSpace and the White Salmon Valley Education Foundation — have received grants from the Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund to support out-of-school programming for vulnerable youth.

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Abbie Vermiere and her team at Pixán Taqueria & Cantina had originally expected to open up a steakhouse in White Salmon ... until March happened and the coronavirus swept across the country. 

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White Salmon is bringing the cheer to this year’s holiday season with new holiday decor, a virtual tree lighting, and with some help from Community Partners, angels and ornaments which line the drive up Dock Grade road. In the virtual tree lighting event, hosted last Saturday on Mayor Marla …

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Christmas tree permits for the Mt. Hood National Forest are now available to purchase at local vendors and online through Recreation.gov. Purchase a permit, as well as download cutting area maps and tree cutting tips at tinyurl.com/mthoodtreepermit. 

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A previous version of this article incorrectly identified WSP project leader Angela Findley. 

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WHITE SALMON — Three Bingen/White Salmon-area organizations — CultureSeed, Gorge MakerSpace and the White Salmon Valley Education Foundation — have received grants from the Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund to support out-of-school programming for vulnerable youth.

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Separate burglary and domestic violence reports led to arrests of suspects tracked down at length, including an on-foot pursuit, according to information from Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer.

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Mark Twain is quoted as saying, “Whiskey is for drinking. Water is for fighting over.” Most of us understand the value of water, and depending on where you live, you may have a lot of water or very little. We don’t know a lot about groundwater and how long it will sustain us as we continue t…

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The Underwood Community Council will soon finalize their merger with the Underwood Park and Recreation District, completing a years-long effort to secure a steady revenue stream for the Underwood Community Center building on School House Road.

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Crew from LaRusso Construction from Portland smooths some of 220 cubic yards of concrete to create the floor slab at the White Salmon School District’s new multi-purpose building, underway at the east end of the Columbia High-Henkle Middle School campus. The project is the largest structure …

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CORRECTION: A Columbia Gorge News article on Nov. 11 stated little scholarship money would be available. This was incorrect. According to Jim White of the Trout Lake Community Foundation, the organization has built up an endowment to provide for scholarships during uncertain times. “We thus …

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