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State attributing sockeye die-off to drought conditions

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife closed the upper Columbia River on July 26, from Rocky Reach Dam upstream to Chief Joseph Dam, to protect this year’s run of sockeye salmon, which are suffering from drought-related effects.

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WS seeking drought funding for Jewett Springs diversion

Drought relief preparations are moving along in the city of White Salmon.

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SR 14 tunnels will be closed for two nights

State Route 14 between mileposts 57 and 61 will be closed in both directions for two nights next week, starting Thursday, July 30, at 8 p.m., the Washington Department of Transportation announced on Monday.

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White Salmon seeking public input on pool study through survey

White Salmon’s Pool Committee wants to know if you have filled out the White Salmon Pool Survey yet. If you live anywhere in the pool’s service area, your input is needed to determine the future of the municipal swimming pool, the committee says.

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Indicted TL man remains at large

The June 9 disappearance of Trout Lake resident David F. Tilton has become a bit of a mystery to federal authorities that want to bring him in for questioning.

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Washington’s new law restructures I-502 tax

The State of Washington’s marijuana law was restructured and signed into law Tuesday, June 30, by Gov. Jay Inslee. The signed measure restructures Initiative 502’s three-tier tax structure.

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Draft trail maps revealed at Lyle community meeting

Members of the Lyle Community Trails Committee and community gathered Wednesday, July 1, at Lyle’s Activity Center to discuss a proposed trail system for the Friends of the Columbia Gorge Cherry Orchard and adjacent Department of Natural Resources property.

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KPUD seeking Supreme Court review of appellate court’s opinion on fire cost law

PUD No. 1 of Klickitat County (KPUD) and its insurer have asked the state Supreme Court to review an April 30 appellate court decision that ruled the utility district is subject to Washington’s fire cost recovery statute.

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7 steps to take now to reduce wildfire hazards

Record-busting heat, a drier-than-normal early summer and an ongoing drought pose several complications for people in the greater Columbia Gorge – including an early and prolonged wildfire season.

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Service adapting to warmer riverscapes with early fish releases

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released six million fish from Little White Salmon and Willard National Fish Hatcheries last Wednesday and Thursday, July 1 and 2. A week earlier than normal, the release of these upriver bright fall Chinook is in response to warming waters in the Columbia River Gorge.

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2015 Independence Day celebrations abound in Gorge

For those who are staying put for the weekend, there’s plenty to do in White Salmon, and its surrounding communities, to celebrate this year’s Fourth of July.

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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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DIY fireworks at the Port

As it has for the past eleven years, the Port of Klickitat will host the annual do-it-yourself fireworks event at Bingen Point the night of July 4.

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WS pool study now in council’s hands; survey being set up

Consulting engineer Mike Wellman delivered the initial draft of a feasibility study for White Salmon municipal pool improvements to the City Council on June 3, initiating a project review and selection process under the auspices of the council and city staff.

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County planners recommend 2-year ban on pot businesses

Klickitat County’s citizen Planning Commission is recommending to the County Board of Com-missioners that it enact a 2-year moratorium on the establishment of new marijuana-related businesses and the expansion of existing ones, in unincorporated Klickitat County.

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