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What’s in the sky: April

April, our first full month of spring. After a long winter, it sounds good! We are now past the first day of spring, and Earth’s northern hemisphere is tilted toward the Sun. Day length during April will increase by almost an hour and a half.

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City Council splits 3-2 against proposed diversity declaration

In a 3-2 split, the White Salmon City Council voted down a motion to adopt Mayor David Poucher’s proposed declaration of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Taking a page from retirement’s book

WS librarian checks out after 22 years

After steering the White Salmon Valley Community Library (WSVCL) for 22 years, branch manager and community librarian Jennifer Hull announced this month she will be taking on her next grand voyage: retirement.

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Work moving along on NorthShore Medical Group clinic

After sitting idle and buried under snow throughout the winter months, activity has resumed again at the site of the new Northshore Medical Group building off State Route 14, east of the Hood River Bridge.

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Long-term repairs for SR 14 slated for spring

State Route 14’s growing collection of potholes has routine drivers more than shaken up over the road’s poor condition.

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Underwood Gardens starting 5th year

The Underwood Community Gardens begins its fifth year with exciting plans for community gardening as well as various workshops and presentations – both on-site and off-site. All are open to the general public.

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Henkle students take home top prize at Wind Challenge

Although it was a fierce competition, only a few teams walked away as wind turbine champions as students from around the Gorge took part in the 4th annual Google Wind Challenge at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center in The Dalles.

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EMS District grant request for equipment turned down

It was a good news, bad news kind of meeting for Klickitat County Emergency Medical Services District No. 1’s board of directors.

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White Salmon News roundup

Rope in some local news with the White Salmon News roundup.

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‘King of Roads’ film documentary premieres at Discovery Center

The public is invited to the premiere of “King of Roads,” on Friday, Feb. 24, at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by the 7 p.m. program.

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Cultivate Columbia Gala honoring Margaret Walker, celebrating the arts

The Skyline Foundation will host its annual fundraising gala Cultivate Columbia on Saturday, March 11, in the hospital’s event space, which overlooks the Columbia River Gorge. This year’s event will honor community volunteer Margaret Walker for her decades of compassionate service to Gorge communities – while celebrating the arts and bounty of our region.

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Snow berms in your driveway? Volunteers can shovel it away

Need to have your driveway shoveled out?

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Fire Prevention: Get your chimney checked

This past week yet another home was severely damaged by a fire likely caused by a chimney problem. Our prolonged cold weather has prompted higher use of all types of heating appliances and each has its own risks and safety requirements. Wood burning stoves and chimneys require close inspection and regular maintenance. Even the high efficiency catalytic stoves can create a hazard.

Behind the snow day: deciding whether to close or delay school

This winter has been rough on White Salmon Valley School District. Last week, students attended school for two days, Thursday and Friday, both days had two-hour delays.

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WS pool project advances to pricing phase

White Salmon’s swimming pool project has moved into a new phase: estimating the cost of building the pool design selected by the City Council on Jan. 4.

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