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2015 Independence Day celebrations abound in Gorge

For those who are staying put for the weekend, there’s plenty to do in White Salmon, and its surrounding communities, to celebrate this year’s Fourth of July.

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Community gathers to dedicate new entry sign, memorials at Bingen park

Members of the Bingen and White Salmon community gathered Saturday afternoon, June 27, in Bingen’s Daubenspeck Park to observe the unveiling and dedication of the new skate park sign and honorary plaques.

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Governor proclaims extreme wildfire risk; DNR’s burn ban now bars fires, campfires

The Governor and the Commissioner of Public Lands last Friday took steps to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires in Washington during the 2015 drought and current heat wave.

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Lyle Schools hire new super

The Lyle School District Board of Directors announces that Andrew Kelly has accepted the position of K-12 superintendent/principal.

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DIY fireworks at the Port

As it has for the past eleven years, the Port of Klickitat will host the annual do-it-yourself fireworks event at Bingen Point the night of July 4.

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WS pool study now in council’s hands; survey being set up

Consulting engineer Mike Wellman delivered the initial draft of a feasibility study for White Salmon municipal pool improvements to the City Council on June 3, initiating a project review and selection process under the auspices of the council and city staff.

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County planners recommend 2-year ban on pot businesses

Klickitat County’s citizen Planning Commission is recommending to the County Board of Com-missioners that it enact a 2-year moratorium on the establishment of new marijuana-related businesses and the expansion of existing ones, in unincorporated Klickitat County.

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Stevenson Grange sponsors preparedness demonstration

Stevenson Grange #121 and Stevenson Community Library co-sponsored a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) demonstration recently at the Stevenson Community Library. The event is a continuation of the Grange’s 2015 Community Resiliency Programs with CERT.

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July 1 meeting set in Lyle to discuss draft trail maps

Lyle’s Community Trails Committee will meet Wednesday, July 1, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Lyle Activity Center (the old Lyle School) to discuss draft trail planning maps for the Lyle Cherry Orchard property, owned by Friends of the Columbia Gorge, and adjacent Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) land. The public is welcome to attend.

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White Salmon claims another Babe Ruth title

White Salmon’s Babe Ruth team captured its fourth consecutive Columbia Gorge Babe Ruth League championship last Sunday in The Dalles with an 11-3 victory over East Cascade Electric, of The Dalles.

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Klickitat County’s fire danger rating moved up to ‘high’

The fire danger rating on Klickitat County lands protected by the state Department of Natural Resources went from “moderate” to “high” last Saturday, the DNR announced the day before.

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Trout Lake man goes missing in apparent attempt to elude arrest

A Trout Lake man has gone missing in an apparent attempt to avoid arrest and prosecution on federal criminal charges.

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Lifetime learner, teacher is city’s newest councilor

White Salmon’s newly appointed city councilor is also a candidate for the office in this fall’s General Election.

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Get ready for Father’s Day weekend rodeo

The 2015 Ketchum Kalf Rodeo Queen is 15-year-old Shania Weifenbach. Shania is the daughter of Steve and Sonya Shields of White Salmon. Shania is a straight-A student at Columbia High School where she just completed her freshman year.

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Radio broadcast coming from Bingen

Radio Tierra and Columbia Center for the Arts are proud to present the live radio broadcast of Independence Eve at the Bingen Theater, July 3, 7 to 9 p.m. featuring the music of the “Columbiaires” of “It’s a Wonderful Life” fame, singer/songwriter Alonza Garbanzo, Mariachi Los Temerosos De Juan Antonio, Harmony of the Gorge, the poetry of William Stafford, Tongue Twisters with Kirby Neuman Rae, and much, much more.

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Bingen approves resolution covering crude oil shipments

Bingen City Council members adopted and approved proposed resolution 2015-006, regarding Transportation of Crude Oil through the city of Bingen, during the council’s open public meeting Friday June 5 at City Hall in Bingen.

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White Salmon boy, 6, gets his Make-A-Wish

“Join the dark side, we have cookies,” was one of the signs superimposed over a life-size cut out of Darth Vader at the home of Amy Miller, Mat Cox, and their son Connor Miller-Cox on Sunday, June 7.

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Sign up for summer reading at the library

Children, teens and adults, too, can have fun and earn rewards while keeping their reading skills sharp with no-fee summer reading programs at the White Salmon Valley Community Library.

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CHS’s Equestrian Team wraps up seventh season

Columbia High school, unbeknownst to most, is part of Washington High School Equestrian Team (WAHSET), and it just finished its 7th year of competition.

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Gorge Grown receives grants for veggie program

Gorge Grown Food Network is the recipient of a $20,000 grant from the Jerome S. and Barbara Bischoff Discretionary Subfund of The Oregon Community Foundation to fund a new Veggie Prescription pilot program in the Columbia River Gorge.