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State attributing sockeye die-off to drought conditions

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife closed the upper Columbia River on July 26, from Rocky Reach Dam upstream to Chief Joseph Dam, to protect this year’s run of sockeye salmon, which are suffering from drought-related effects.

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WS seeking drought funding for Jewett Springs diversion

Drought relief preparations are moving along in the city of White Salmon.

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Fire District No. 3 board working on fire chief succession

Klickitat County Fire District No. 3 commissioners are working on a process for replacing Fire Chief Charles “Chuck” Virts, who has given the district a retirement date of March 30, 2016.

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Bingen moves comment period for critical areas ordinance

The City of Bingen’s Critical Areas Ordinance, Ordinance No. 2015-06-646, written comment period has been extended until Friday, July 31, at 5 p.m. and the item moved to be discussed during the August 18 city council meeting.

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Women running wild in Trout Lake

The fourth Wild Woman Trail Marathon, 50K Run and Relay was recently held in Trout Lake.

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SR 14 tunnels will be closed for two nights

State Route 14 between mileposts 57 and 61 will be closed in both directions for two nights next week, starting Thursday, July 30, at 8 p.m., the Washington Department of Transportation announced on Monday.

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White Salmon seeking public input on pool study through survey

White Salmon’s Pool Committee wants to know if you have filled out the White Salmon Pool Survey yet. If you live anywhere in the pool’s service area, your input is needed to determine the future of the municipal swimming pool, the committee says.

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Art & Wine Fusion party marking a dozen years

It’s shaping up to be quite an exciting showcase of regional wines, ciders, artistic talent, and culinary food. This year White Salmon’s annual Art & Wine Fusion party (the 12th in a row) is scheduled for Saturday, July 25, from 3 to 10 p.m.

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Ways to conserve water and tips for preserving water

Even though summer’s been in full swing for some time there’s always time to start practicing precaution when using water, and making sure to conserve indoor and outdoor water use as often as possible for the remainder of the summer.

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Summertime cooking club keeps Lyle youngsters’ appetites whetted

The Lyle Youth Summer Cooking Club met for the second time on Tuesday, July 14, at Lyle’s Activity Center. The free club drew in 15 participants for its second meeting of the summer.

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Fire crews closing down on Mt. Adams fires

Fire crews fighting a series of wildfires on the west flank of Mt. Adams, in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, are making head way.

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KB4C, planned as one-off, going strong in ninth year

Last weekend on the Columbia River, a barrage of colorful kites launched for the ninth annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer (KB4C) fundraiser, an event that fuels the continuing success of Athletes 4 Cancer (A4C), a nonprofit that offers week-long adventure camps for cancer fighters and survivors ages 18-40.

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Indicted TL man remains at large

The June 9 disappearance of Trout Lake resident David F. Tilton has become a bit of a mystery to federal authorities that want to bring him in for questioning.

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Washington’s new law restructures I-502 tax

The State of Washington’s marijuana law was restructured and signed into law Tuesday, June 30, by Gov. Jay Inslee. The signed measure restructures Initiative 502’s three-tier tax structure.

Costa Norte FC completes successful inaugural season

Costa Norte Futbol Club finished up its inaugural season on a successful note beating Hood River BSC in a friendly game on Sunday. The U-8 boys won 4-2 and the U-10 boys won 5-2. Costa Norte Futbol Club (FC) is the competitive soccer team that formed late last winter.

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KPUD seeking Supreme Court review of appellate court’s opinion on fire cost law

PUD No. 1 of Klickitat County (KPUD) and its insurer have asked the state Supreme Court to review an April 30 appellate court decision that ruled the utility district is subject to Washington’s fire cost recovery statute.

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7 steps to take now to reduce wildfire hazards

Record-busting heat, a drier-than-normal early summer and an ongoing drought pose several complications for people in the greater Columbia Gorge – including an early and prolonged wildfire season.

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Draft trail maps revealed at Lyle community meeting

Members of the Lyle Community Trails Committee and community gathered Wednesday, July 1, at Lyle’s Activity Center to discuss a proposed trail system for the Friends of the Columbia Gorge Cherry Orchard and adjacent Department of Natural Resources property.

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County will be well-represented at this year’s Pan Am Games in Toronto

Two athletes with strong ties to Klickitat County will be competing in the 2015 Pan American Games, which get under way tomorrow in Toronto, Ontario.

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Service adapting to warmer riverscapes with early fish releases

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released six million fish from Little White Salmon and Willard National Fish Hatcheries last Wednesday and Thursday, July 1 and 2. A week earlier than normal, the release of these upriver bright fall Chinook is in response to warming waters in the Columbia River Gorge.