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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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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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Revisiting the Cougar Creek Fire

Veteran mountaineer Darryl Lloyd previews forum that’ll take a geographic view of burn

The Friends of Mt. Adams will be hosting a free public forum Friday, Dec. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Columbia High School’s library to discuss the future of communities and burned forest areas as a result of the 2015 Cougar Creek Fire. The fire burned almost 54,000 acres from Aug. 10 to Sept. 15, and was caused by lightning.

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Love and marriage: 75 years and counting for loving couple, Bugs and Rainy Hill, of Trout Lake

Lorraine “Rainy” and Walter Eugene “Bugs” Hill will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary Saturday, Oct. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the White Salmon Elks Lodge, all are welcome. The couple married on Nov. 15, 1940 and have celebrated the 25th, 50th, 60th, and 70th anniversaries since their union.

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Columbia High student earns Eagle Scout rank

On Friday, Sept. 18, Boy Scout Troop 282 sponsored by the Hood River Lions Club held a Court of Honor at the Rockford Grange Hall in Hood River in recognition of eight outstanding young men, including one from White Salmon.

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WS Jazz Band alums come together for reunion gig

Members of the White Salmon Jazz Band (WSJB) met in spite of a smoky Saturday, Aug. 22, in Bingen for a reunion concert that doubled as practice before performing at the Huckleberry Festival that will take place Sept. 11 through Sept. 13.

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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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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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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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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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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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Schools come together for Art for the Sky event

Lyle High School hosted artist Daniel Dancer of Mosier last Friday for the district’s Art for the Sky event. Students from Dallesport Elementary, the Wishram School District, Lyle Secondary School, and Lyle community members participated in the event, creating a human painting of a salmon in a field behind the high school.

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New police officer glad to be back in NW

Ashley Hackett is excited to be living in White Salmon. The cooler weather is a nice change from the humidity of Virginia, although she confesses to not having experienced the intense winters that are expected of the Columbia Gorge.

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Nature series lecturers present ideas for improving the lot of local wildlife

April’s “Wild About Nature” series continued at the White Salmon Valley Community Library last Friday and featured speakers Jim Hulbert, talking about Nesting Habits of Western Bluebirds, Tree Swallows, and Wood Ducks; and Tom Snellgrove, who spoke about the efforts he and his wife have taken to preserve the wildlife and habitat on their 10-acre home.

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