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Families receiving food stamps will see reduction in benefits

Individuals receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will notice a reduction in the amount of funding provided through the program starting this month.

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WS considering city-run marijuana shop

City Council’s first attempt at beginning process fails with tie vote

Concerns regarding cost and community impact bubbled to the surface of a special meeting of the White Salmon City Council focused on potentially seeking a license to open a retail marijuana shop.

County Board enacts moratorium on siting of marijuana facilities; local cities unaffected

Klickitat County’s moratorium on the siting of commercial marijuana enterprises in unincorporated areas of the county is now in its second week.

MAPARD moving ahead with aquatic center project

The Mt. Adams Park and Recreation District’s board of commissioners has decided to proceed with development of an aquatic center in the west end of Klickitat County via the efforts of the district’s all-volunteer Aquatic Committee.

WS accepts another annexation proposal

Annexation again topped the agenda of the White Salmon City Council, which had only a minor quorum of councilors present for its first meeting in October.

Bingen to survey residents for interest in compost pickup

Bingen residents will find a survey in the mail with their next water bill inquiring whether or not compost curbside pickup is a desired service in the community.

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Federal government closure hits close to home

The Mt. Adams District of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest might have closed due to the shutdown of the federal government, but local fish hatcheries are able to maintain full staffing.

WIC can survive govt. shutdown through Oct.

Despite the ongoing shutdown of the federal government, families dependent on the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) will continue to be able to access the program through October.

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WSCC candidate says she’s eager to serve city

Kimberly H. Hoppus is many things, including: a wife and mother, a wildlife biologist and environmental consultant, and a teacher of Bikram yoga. She can now add to her list of experiences the title of first-time candidate for public office.

Jobs continued climbing in August, while unemployment rate inched up

Washington added jobs for the 11th straight month in August, gaining a seasonally adjusted estimate of 5,300 jobs, according to the latest monthly report from the Employment Security Department.

Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex, including Conboy, closed due to shutdown

The Federal Government will be closed as current funding expired on Sept. 30. Due to this event, the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex will be closed to the public. This includes: Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Glenwood; Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, Othello; Cold Spring National Wildlife Refuge, Hermiston, Ore.; McKay Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Pendleton, Ore.; McNary National Wildlife Refuge, Burbank; Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge, Toppenish; Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge, Irrigon, Ore.; and Hanford Reach National Monument, Richland.

Weekly gas update

Average retail gasoline prices in Washington have fallen 1.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.71 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,666 gas outlets in Washington.

SAR sets rare winter training

Klickitat County Search and Rescue (SAR) is gearing up for an extra recruiting and training cycle this winter and is looking for a few good men and women.

Pertussis cases triple in Northwest: immunization recommended for pregnant woman.

Due to substantial increases in reported Pertussis cases (aka: Whooping Cough), an urgent call has been put out for every pregnant woman to get a Tdap immunization during every pregnancy.