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WS considering other water supply sources after grant request rejection

White Salmon administrators are regrouping after a federal agency turned down its request for a $500,000 grant to help cover the cost of restoring Jewett Springs as a supply source for the city’s sprawling regional water system.

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Crews making steady progress on Cougar Creek Fire

At roughly 22,600 acres, the 10-day-old Cougar Creek Fire burning six miles northwest of Glenwood, in southwestern Yakima County, is now the sixth-largest active wildfire going in the state.

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SR 14 paving and chip sealing coming to Bingen and beyond

Following is an update of planned road work in the Bingen area, from the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Columbia Gorge Office: State Route 14, 6th Street to Bingen Paving and Chip Sealing — mileposts: 63.45 to 67.10.

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KPUD restructuring its debt, offering to reissue $80.3 million in bonds

PUD No. 1 of Klickitat County (KPUD) planned to restructure $80.3 million in bonded indebtedness this week through the issuance of electric system revenue and refunding bonds on Wall Street.

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WS not calling for more conservation after water line break

A water emergency declared Sunday morning by White Salmon Mayor David Poucher was lifted at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

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Spontaneous combustion blamed for bark pile fire at SDS complex

A watchman making rounds on the SDS Lumber Company complex Sunday night detected a fire in a bark pile at around 11:30 and called it in for an agency response.

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Prescribed fires planned for east end of the Gorge

When conditions allow, fire managers at the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area will implement prescribed fires for hazardous fuels reduction and habitat restoration.

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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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