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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.

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

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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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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A month after Klickitat County rescinded a moratorium on solar development applications outside the county’s Energy Overlay Zone, national energy company Cypress Creek Renewables voiced interest in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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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.

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.

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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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.

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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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!

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

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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Correction: In last week's article on Pony Espresso, Columbia Gorge News mixed up the names of the owner of Summit Excavation LLC and the owner of the building which will house the future restaurant. Jake Strain owns Summit Excavation LLC, while Russell Kramer owns the Blue Barn RV Park and …

The radio stations of Bicoastal Media, Gills Point S Tire and Auto, Ray Schultens Motors, Washington Gorge Action Program, Car Stereo Specialists, and Columbia Veterinary Hospital are teaming up for the seventh year to help a Columbia Gorge family in need. Wheels of Hope will provide a strug…

On Friday, April 9, Insitu’s new CEO Megan Davies traveled to three Gorge non-profit organizations to distribute $10,000 in donation checks to representatives from Hood River Adopt-a-Dog, FISH Food Bank and Columbia Gorge CASA.

WHITE SALMON — Skyline Foundation will host SHINE ON! — a virtual event — Saturday, May 15 through Sunday, May 16. The event will host a silent auction with more than 40 items to bid on and an opportunity to donate directly. It will be accessible via your mobile devices or computer. The two-…

District No. 4 (LFD) has been busy responding to multiple car accidents along Highway 14 and Old Highway 8 Rowland Lake, along with multiple accidents along Highway 142. With the great weather we’ve been having, more people are venturing out to enjoy the outdoors. Please pay attention, watch…

We are shocked and saddened to hear of the recent, sudden passing of Mary Anita Leaton Addington. Mary Anita was the daughter of Bill and Sylvia Leaton and spent her entire life here in Glenwood. She and her husband, Vern, raised their children, Vernadean and Bill, on the family ranch. Mary …

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White Salmon — A public hearing will continue next month for the Klickitat County Board of Commissioners to decide whether to approve a rezoning proposal to redesignate an 80-acre forestry parcel in the Trout Lake Valley as a General Rural zone.

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