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Bingen sees dining choices in town dwindle

The city of Bingen saw some changes toward the end of this year in terms of what’s offered in town for quick bites with the closure of two burger joints. Killer Burger, which was located downtown between Growlerz and an Insitu space, and McDonald’s, at 910 W Steuben St., closed their Bingen location doors for good Nov. 30.

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NorthShore moving, offers property to Skyline Hospital

Skyline Hospital’s Board of Commissioners met Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Skyline Hospital to consider an action item regarding the acquisition of the NorthShore Medical Group’s (NSMG) property and buildings that neighbor the hospital.

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School Board OKs study of proposed pool site

The White Salmon Valley School Board approved a motion last Thursday to allow the City of White Salmon’s swimming pool committee and paid consultant to proceed with a study of a proposed site on school district property.

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Flooding mars upper valleys

Heavy rain last Tuesday night caused flooding in the Trout Lake and Glenwood areas and led to the evacuation of one home in Trout Lake last Wednesday, according to Klickitat County’s Department of Emergency Management.

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Gorge Commission looking at marijuana laws

During the Columbia River Gorge Commission’s (CRGC) meeting Tuesday, Dec. 8, commissioners requested staff to prepare a memo providing guidance for the six counties of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in planning for the implementation of Oregon’s Measure 91, and Washington Initiative 502.

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Fourteen Gorge teams advance to state robotics tournament

Over 300 kids aged 9 to 14 from schools all around the Gorge showed off their robotic talents the last two weekends as part of the international robotics competition known as FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL).

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2016 WS budget offers new projects and new hires

Public works projects, vehicle purchases, and the hiring of a full-time building inspector/code enforcement officer are among the highlights contained in the City of White Salmon’s recently approved 2016 operating budget.

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Electric rate hike on KPUD agenda for Dec. 8 meeting

In order to keep its financial house in order, Klickitat County PUD must raise the retail rates it charges customers for electricity usage.

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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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Holiday greenery harvest adjusting to ‘Godzilla El Nino’

Harvest of evergreen boughs for holiday garlands and wreaths got a late start thanks to the warmest October on record. Just what the economic impact is won’t be clear until the holiday season is over.

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Clark College in Bingen hosting an open house highlighting offerings, tuition

Clark College will host an open house on Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at its Bingen campus, 310 S. Larch St., in the Zepher Building.

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Big winds blow through county’s west side

The storm that blew through Tuesday, Nov. 17, had White Salmon-area public works and utility crews busy trying to keep pace with falling trees blocking roads and knocking out power lines. Customers around Northwestern Lake and Spring Creek, in Husum and on Snowden, and along parts of State Route 141 all lost power Tuesday afternoon.

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Recent poll: majority of Washington voters oppose coal-by-rail

Polling results released Oct. 9 from a September telephone survey of 1,200 Washington citizens found that “a strong and growing majority of voters in Washington opposes proposals to ship coal through Washington along rail lines for the purposes of export to Asia.”

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Public hearing looks at expansion of Skamania County conservation area

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was met with no opposition during its public hearing in Stevenson on Thursday, Nov. 12. The hearing was held to discuss a proposed boundary expansion for the Stevenson Ridge National Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) near Table Mountain.

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BIA shocks KPUD with $65M fire damage claim

In an Oct. 21 letter to the president of Klickitat County PUD’s board of commissioners, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Yakama Agency issued a demand for payment of more than $65 million for calculated losses due to the Mile Marker 28 Fire of July 2013.

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