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Start of school year just days away

The start of the 2016-17 school year is approaching quickly for school districts in western Klickitat County. Following is a rundown of new happenings, new programs, and new staff in the Lyle, Glen-wood, Klickitat, and Trout Lake school districts. A look at what’s new in the White Salmon Valley School District will appear in the Sept. 1 issue of The Enterprise.

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Governor declares wildfire emergency in 20 counties, including Klickitat

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday proclaimed a state of emergency for 20 counties in response to multiple wildfires in Eastern Washington threatening homes, businesses, public infrastructure and natural resources. Inslee toured the Spokane-area fires Tuesday morning.

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Mt. Adams Park and Rec District slates property tax levy election

This November’s ballot includes Proposition 1 for a levy to fund the Mount Adams Park and Recreation District (MAPARD).

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DNR bans campfires across the state

With the arrival this week of the most dangerous fire weather of the year, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark expanded the statewide burn ban effective Aug. 17 to prohibit all campfires on DNR-protected lands through Sept. 30.

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Remembering the Historic Columbia River Highway

Robert Hadlow presents “Remember, Restore, Reconnect: The Historic Columbia River Highway,” on Friday, Sept. 9, at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum in The Dalles.

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County fire agencies respond to trio of SE Washington fires

The effort to contain three fires in southeastern Washington farm country last month included fire crews from Klickitat County.

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New study looks at juvenile fish production

On White Salmon River

If you remove it, they will come. That was the expectation among fish scientists as they contemplated the removal of the Condit Hydroelectric Project from the lower White Salmon River prior to the fall of 2011.

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County’s new building director wears more than one hat

From blueprints to brick and mortar, Klickitat County’s new building director has been on both sides of the county’s building spectrum.

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Artists head outdoors to capture light, vistas of Columbia Gorge

Since the late 19th century artists have worked outdoors – or en plein air – at paint-splattered easels and battling the elements to capture the beauty of nature. Pacific Northwest Plein Air event keeps this tradition alive in the Columbia River Gorge.

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El Riconcito Express brings Bingen eats to White Salmon

Lunch-goers hankering for tacos now have an option north of Bingen to satisfy south of the border cravings.

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Bingen City Council approves preliminary plan for Humboldt St.

Changes are afoot for Bingen’s Humboldt Street next summer, if everything goes accordingly. Last Tuesday, Bingen’s City Council passed a motion choosing a preliminary design outlining parking along Humboldt Street. Two options were presented to the City Council by Mike Meskimen of Gray & Osborne Inc. Consulting Engineers.

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Ecology adopts new clean water rule

Following extensive outreach, the Department of Ecology last week adopted a water quality rule that safeguards the health of Washington’s people and its economy.

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Tracking big trees in Gorge counties

This past year, Darvel and I have been doing a lot of bushwhacking and exploring for big trees in three states.

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Pool season coming to an end

The 2016 season for the White Salmon City Pool is quickly drawing to a close.

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White Salmon Farmers’ Market cultivating idea of eating locally

Tuesday evenings have been a busy affair at Rhinegarten Park this summer, since the move of the White Salmon Farmers’ Market.

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Pilot dies in Dallesport crash

A U.S. Coast Guard aircrew witnessed and responded to a plane crash at around 11 a.m. Monday while re-fueling at the Columbia Gorge Regional/The Dalles Municipal Airport.

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Practice makes perfect: EMS personnel train for mass casualty incident

It was a warm and windy Saturday afternoon on which the agitated husband yelled at the first emergency medical responder to arrive at the scene of the car-bus accident. His wife, who was driving, got ejected from the driver’s seat and came to rest on her back, just outside the open door.

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State launches medical marijuana database, recognition cards

Starting last month, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) changed its requirements for medical marijuana patients. Medical patients must now hold recognition cards issued by medical marijuana distributors.

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Skyline Hospital tax levy renewal winning big

The Skyline Hospital property tax levy renewal was passing by a significant margin Tuesday night, according to preliminary Primary Election returns. Official results will be released Thursday evening.

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White Salmon trying to secure more water rights

The City of White Salmon’s effort to secure a long-term source of drinking water for its customers got a boost in May.

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