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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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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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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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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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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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Local man sues county, DSHS for negligent investigation

A White Salmon man is suing the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office, the state Department of Social and Health Services, and a DSHS employee for negligence in their conduct of an investigation of alleged child sexual abuse in December 2012.

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Weekend closure coming up for WS area roads

Klickitat County sent out more than 700 notices to west-side residents and a host of emergency response agencies recently about an upcoming weekend road closure that will impact segments of NW Loop and Snowden roads.

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County Board seeks more information regarding ATV use

The Klickitat County Board of Commissioners will be looking at a range of alternatives on how to implement a proposed ordinance that would allow specific wheeled all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to be driven on county roads designated for such use.

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WS voters have a choice in 2015 mayoral election

White Salmon voters will find just one contested race before them — the one for mayor — when they open their 2015 General Election ballots later this month. The race pits two-term incumbent David Poucher against City Councilor Bill Werst, who was elected to the council in 2011.

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County proposing to let ATVs on some county roads

A proposed ordinance before the Klickitat County Board of Com-missioners would allow the operation of certain wheeled non-highway vehicles on about 18% of the county road system.

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White Salmon seeking solution to ADU billing snafu

The White Salmon City Council is awaiting guidance from the city’s Operations Committee regarding the definition of an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) and how, or if, the city should be billing these additional residential units for water and sewer services.

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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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