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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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Fifth-graders taking part in White Salmon River restoration

Outdoor education and stewardship opportunities along the White Salmon River increased for fifth-grade students at Wallace and Priscilla Stevenson Intermediate School.

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House bill makes CRGNSA eligible for funding

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) spoke Friday, Nov. 6, at The Port of Hood River Marina Center about the recent “Bridges in National Scenic Areas” amendment, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, Nov. 5.

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Kula Chiropractic Sports & Wellness opens doors to help community

Kula Chiropractic Sports & Wellness Center on Nov. 5 held its official Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand-opening celebration.

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Poucher winning re-election again as mayor of White Salmon

Tuesday night’s preliminary General Election returns showed White Salmon Mayor David Poucher on his way to winning a second re-election.

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School District applies for rebates to pay for new buses

The White Salmon Valley School District applied for a Clean Diesels rebate program Thursday, Oct. 29, through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to potentially replace three buses in the district’s bus fleet. The grant is lottery-based and provides a $25,000 rebate for each newly purchased bus.

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