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CHS freshman on his way to national youth bouldering championships

Ashton Hoomans, a Columbia High School freshman, is preparing for the USA Climbing Youth Bouldering Nationals this weekend. He has been climbing with The Circuit Bouldering Team out of Portland, Ore., for the past eight years and this year marks the third time he has qualified for nationals

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Gorge One presentation highlights North Shore Expo

Local businesses, community members, and interested patrons mingled freely during the Mt. Adams Chamber of Commerce third annual North Shore Expo.

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Sixth-grader wins first round of geography bee

Chris Nelson, a sixth-grader at Wallace and Priscilla Stevenson Intermediate School, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee on Saturday, Jan. 27, and now has a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.

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WDFW seeking input on 10 land proposals

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is inviting public comment through Feb. 12 on 10 proposals to acquire land for fish and wildlife habitat and public recreation.

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CHS girls can clinch No. 3 seed

Columbia High girls basketball took one on the chin last Thursday on its Senior Night. Trico League-leading La Center delivered the knockout by a score of 65-27. The loss dropped CHS to 5-5 in league play, though not from third place, with two games to go: at King’s Way and at Seton.

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Reminder: Library moving to temporary service

The following are details regarding the upcoming library closure plan:

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AG questions derailment data, emergency plan for proposed oil terminal

The Washington Attorney General’s Office filed its concerns last Friday in the environmental review of a proposed crude oil terminal in Vancouver.

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Tarwater Tavern serving up prohibition era cocktails, late night entertainment

Tarwater Tavern, located in downtown White Salmon, is now officially open.

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What’s in the sky: February

Our shortest month is a bit longer this year, with 29 days instead of 28. Happy Leap Year!

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Studying the effect of climate change on native populations

Ecologist Terry Chapin finds native Alaskan communities prefer solving own problems to taking handouts from the government

Growing up, Stuart Chapin III, or Terry, remembered visiting his grandmother in White Salmon, before he and his family moved to the area. Now, after retiring from the University of Alaska as a professor of ecology in the biology department, Chapin has been studying the effects of global warming on boreal native populations outside of Fairbanks, Alaska.

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PUD’s stored energy project gets another rejection notice

Klickitat County PUD’s effort to license a closed-loop pumped storage hydroelectric energy project that it initiated in 2009 sustained another setback last month before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission — this time due to environmental concerns raised by a redesign of part of the project.

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Friends oppose pot operations in NSA

Columbia River Gorge Commissioners listened to public comments during their Jan. 12 meeting regarding the implementation of Oregon’s Measure 91 and Washington Initiative 502.

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SAR volunteers honored for outstanding efforts

On Tuesday night, Jan. 12, Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer thanked the Klickitat County Search & Rescue volunteers at the annual appreciation dinner in Goldendale.

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Everybody’s brews into Chefs Week

Chefs Week PDX, the week-long culinary event held throughout Portland, pairs West Coast and local chefs to collaborate on dinners, desserts, and parties. This year, Chefs Week PDX invited two breweries to join the fun. Everybody’s Brewing (White Salmon), and Double Mountain (Hood River) were each paired with prominent Portland chefs to create a beer together.

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Bruins sweep home double-dual meet

Columbia High swept its only home double-dual meet of the wrestling season here last Thursday.

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Library closing Feb. 1 for remodeling

Fort Vancouver Regional Library District will temporarily close its White Salmon Valley branch for remodeling, beginning Monday, Feb. 1, through early March.

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Intermittent full bridge closures planned for tomorrow morning

Due to the forecast of inclement weather on Tuesday, Port of Hood River bridge engineers have re-scheduled planned full closures of the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge tomorrow morning, Jan.15.

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CHS girls basketball wins third in a row

Columbia High girls basketball won its third straight game here Monday with a 53-10 rout of Trico League opponent Seton.

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Bruins boys basketball nets first Trico victory

By a score of 63-50, Columbia High’s boys basketball team registered its first 1A Trico League victory and second win overall here Monday night versus Seton.

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Hospital Board hires agent to spearhead clinic purchase talks in clinic purchase

The Board of Commissioners of Skyline Hospital passed a resolution Tuesday morning, Jan. 6, in regard to the potential purchase of NorthShore Medical Group assets after the topic was previously addressed during a December 2015 meeting.

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