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Columbia High School senior Jacob Lockman has been named a 2021 National Scholar by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. Lockman will receive a $25,000 scholarship.

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About 1.6 million people’s personal data may have been compromised by a “security incident” at a company hired by the Washington State Auditor’s Office (SAO) for services including temporary data storage, according to a press release from SAO.

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The Oregon Dept. of Transportation (ODOT) will impose a lower load rating on the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate bridge effective March 3, the Port of Hood River announced in a press release.

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Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s pediatric program has been awarded a 5-star designation in Oregon’s Patient-Centered Primary Care Home program. The 5-star rating is the highest available designation and is given only to those institutions and programs that meet the topmost of rigorous standards.

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Soroptimist International of Mt. Adams is hosting a community paper shred fundraising day on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the White Salmon Columbia Bank parking lot. Residents and small businesses may bring up to five banker size boxes (or the equivalent of that size in other …

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Inspired by the Feb. 3 Columbia Gorge News article “The Dalles 2021 Distinguished Citizens Awards Banquet,” Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association (CGOA) has added its own appreciation for these six individuals and two organizations by presenting each winner with two free tickets to a CGOA liv…

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-3) took center stage last week in the U.S. Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump after the 3rd District Republican came forward with an account of the former president’s actions during the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection. She was among 10 R…

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The Southwest region of Washington is meeting three of the state’s four required targets this week, as it advances — along with the entire state — to Phase 2 of Governor Jay Inslee’s “Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery” reopening plan.

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Stevenson Warming Shelter has extended hours during times of severe weather conditions, such as we are experiencing this week. Stevenson Warming Shelter has protocols in place for both night and day operations during severe weather conditions (predicted temperatures <32F, snow covered gro…

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Hood River — Starting Feb. 1, the Hood River County Library District went fine free for all patrons. “Fine free” means that patrons will not be fined daily for overdue materials. This change is a part of an institutional movement from libraries nationwide, guided by the recommendations of th…

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A new Latino Outreach consultant has been added to the team at Washington Gorge Action Programs (WAGAP) to support the Spanish speaking community throughout its service area in Skamania and Klickitat counties.

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A 17-year-old skier from Trout Lake survived after getting stranded in whiteout conditions on Mount Adams last weekend, thanks to emergency communications and navigations systems as well as the expediency of a group of five mountaineers who braved the winter weather to make the climb through…

The Klickitat County Board of County Commissioners is making a return to remote meetings this week, according to Board Chairman Dave Sauter.

Hood River County remains at the Red or Extreme Risk level through Feb. 11, at a minimum, according to officials with the Hood River County Health Department. The county continues to receive additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine weekly, and moves to vaccinate educators in designated clini…

Third street, the primary eastbound route through downtown The Dalles, was closed following a late night water main break Saturday, Jan. 30. Roads are expected to remain closed through Thursday, Feb. 4, as repairs to the line and damaged roadways are repaired, according to information from t…

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Jamie Kreps McNab taught at Whitson Elementary School in White Salmon for most her adult life. In the wake of her passing late last year, her children are setting up a scholarship fund in her memory, as a way to honor her commitment to teaching and inspiring younger generations.

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Insitu, an aerial drone manufacturer based in Bingen, Wash., will pay $25 million to settle allegations that the company outfitted the drones with used components rather than new parts.

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Klickitat County is delaying the scheduling of a public hearing to consider a conditional use permit application submitted by Under Canvas to develop 27 acres of forestry land into a luxury camping site. County staff cited two separate appeals submitted against a revised SEPA (State Environm…

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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…

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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