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Washington voters have recently received ballots to submit for the Aug. 3 primary election. The primary election will decide the top-two candidates to continue on to the Nov. 2 general election. Washington State conducts elections primarily through mail-in ballots; an Accesible Voting Unit is available at the Klickitat County Auditor’s Office in Goldendale. The deadline for ballots to be sent to voters was July 16 — if you have not received your ballot, contact the Klickitat County Auditor’s Office.

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The City of White Salmon hired a full-time land use planner — the first position of its kind within city ranks. The creation and filling of the position fulfills a key goal for the administration.

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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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An 18-year-old man received a criminal citation for using illegal fireworks near the Lyle sandbar, which investigators are pointing to as the cause of the fire that sparked on the west side of town on Independence Day last Sunday.

Washington State Department of Transportation will begin work this week on S.R. 14, two miles east of Bingen, to stabilize the slope north of the state highway in an effort to reduce the potential for rocks and debris to fall on the highway.

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Peace Corps volunteers are going door to door in The Dalles to spread the word about the mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic at St. Mary’s Academy. The clinic is only here through next Wednesday, July 14, and this is a final push to get the word out.

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A fire which started in a field near Spring Street in White Salmon Thursday afternoon has been contained, fire officials said.

The White Salmon Planning Commission has approved the city’s draft comprehensive plan with minor amendments. The 100-page document now proceeds to the White Salmon City Council for final approval and adoption.

GOLDENDALE — Klickitat County has a severe shortage of licensed childcare options, especially for children aged 6 and under, according to a recent study commissioned by Klickitat County Childcare Committee (KCCC) using grant funding from the Washington State Department of Commerce. In Golden…

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

The new Sohler Scholarship Fund, created by the family of the late George “Larry” Sohler, a community leader who passed away in March 2021, will provide scholarships for seniors at Hood River Valley High School beginning with the class of 2022 to pursue skilled vocational training. Sohler ha…

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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…

Aurora Solar is planning for development of a second solar farm in the Bickleton area of Klickitat County.

BINGEN — The Bingen Wastewater Treatment Plant improvement project is nearly complete, with about a month to go on the rest of the updates planned for the plant, which services the cities of Bingen and White Salmon.

Concerned parties will have to wait another month to testify and learn the results of two widely anticipated back-to-back hearings on separate aspects of a proposal to develop a luxury camping site near Husum, Wash.

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David West of Centerville was the proud winner of the Klickitat County Republican’s raffle for an iTargetPro. Garrett Towle, the KCR’s fundraising chairman, organized the fundraiser, which lasted approximately 8 weeks. The winning ticket was drawn at the KCR’s Central Committee meeting in Ju…

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Gorge Youth Mentoring (GYM), a program of The Next Door, announces its summer-time virtual fundraiser: GYM Gets You Moving!

GOLDENDALE — Klickitat County Health Department (KCHD) was notified June 9 that the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, commonly known as the UK variant, has been identified in Klickitat County, according to a press release.

After two years of pandemic-impacted learning, the Class of 2021 can graduate with pride. They did so at the Lyle Football Field June 5. First though, they cruised through Dallesport and Lyle. Building on the success of the 2020 Senior Cruise, the group followed an expanded route in both Dal…

Our three Glenwood high school and junior high school rodeo cowgirls did very well at the State Finals in Okanogan. In the high school rodeo, Joslyn Arnold finished in fourth place for the year in breakaway roping, which qualified her for the National High School Rodeo Finals in Lincoln, Neb…

The future White Salmon Valley Pool will feature one eight-lane, 12-foot-deep lap pool and one main building for showers, dressing rooms, lockers, a ticketing office and mechanical and chemical components in initial construction, according to consensus met to confirm key aspects of the desig…

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NW Natural, the natural gas company serving Bingen and White Salmon customers, is preparing to upgrade their gas distribution system by installing 1.5 miles of pipeline in Bingen and White Salmon.

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GOLDENDALE — Klickitat County Health Department (KCHD) was notified on June 9, 2021 that the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 was identified in Klickitat County, according to a press release. COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 is also known as the United Kingdom variant. It is recognized by the CDC and Washin…

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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.

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Klickitat County commissioners voted to lift the moratorium on solar developments subject to a conditional use permit at their regular board meeting May 24.

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WHITE SALMON — A search and rescue team last week recovered a body, which is believed to be a Husum woman missing since May 24.

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The progress of the Bi-State Working Group had Port of Hood River Board of Commissioners in a self-congratulatory mood June 1.

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At long last, the Rotary Club of Bingen and White Salmon and Mt. Adams Chamber of Commerce held the 2021 Community Cleanup event last weekend.

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A group of six Columbia High School students invented a device, through extracurricular work with local afterschool program Gorge MakerSpace, that helps a third-grade student with a speech disorder communicate in the classroom. The invention scored the group first place May 16 at Project Inv…

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A lawsuit seeks to declare Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer’s cougar sighting response program illegal.

As the contractors prepare to report back to the White Salmon Valley Pool Metropolitan Park District on initial cost estimates of the pool project, the board is beginning to have discussions on the feasibility of spending money on some desired features that have been included in preliminary …

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Those visiting popular recreation sites along the Lewis River in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Lewis River Recreation Area can expect some changes this year. Visitors who park within the Lewis River Recreation Area will now be required to obtain a reserved parking ticket during the busy visitor season: June 15 through Sept. 30.

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SDS Lumber Company is partnering with an international financial advisory firm to assist with the company’s plans to divest its and sister company Stevenson Land Company’s corporate assets, Columbia Gorge News has learned.

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After receiving reports of three positive COVID-19 cases last weekend, Klickitat County Health Department announced notification of an additional 14 COVID-19 cases in individuals associated with Goldendale High School last Friday.

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