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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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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…

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.

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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.)

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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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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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.

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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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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Drywall and sheet rock were going up last Wednesday on the Skyline Health campus construction site in White Salmon, marking progress on the emergency department expansion and renovation project, which began last August.

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Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer doubled-down on his stance on the statewide COVID-19 restrictions, calling Governor Jay Inslee’s latest round of COVID-19 restrictions “illegal and unconstitutional,” and reminded citizens that sheriff’s deputies will not be enforcing the guidelines in a N…

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White Salmon — White Salmon schools will now begin their transition to a hybrid model of in-person and remote learning starting Nov. 30, two weeks later than originally slated.

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Dickey Farms, 511 W. Steuben St., Bingen, hosts a family-friendly “Mini Harvest Fest” Oct. 24-25. Every child is invited and Halloween costumes are encouraged, said a press release. The event will include apples, cider, candy, pumpkins, corn on the cob, tamales, pizza, hot chocolate and more…

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General Election Day, and the start of election results week, is just under two weeks away. 

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 The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, has released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and admini…

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