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Former police officer pleads guilty to lying under oath, falsifying record; sentenced to community service

A former Bingen-White Salmon police officer accused of doctoring an official police report and obtaining a search warrant under false pretenses has been sentenced to perform 30 days of supervised community service and pay $1,700 in court fees and restitution over the next 24 months as punishment for his crimes.

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Security, tax base concerns lead Lyle School Board to restrict Cherry Orchard access

Hikers wishing to access The Friends of the Columbia River Gorge-owned Lyle Cherry Orchard property can no longer reach the trail via Lyle High School following a decision by the school board.

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Bingen makes moves on ATV-use ordinance

Bingen residents would be able to ride all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on roads within the city with speed limits less than 35 miles per hour if the city council passes an ordinance it began examining at a meeting last Tuesday night.

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April 12 is Vic Wild Day in White Salmon

The White Salmon City Council approved a proclamation by Mayor David Poucher declaring April 12, 2014 as Vic Wild Day in honor of the White Salmon native who won two snowboarding gold medals at February’s Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

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Two high-speed chases in two days end in crashes

A case of a suspected stolen vehicle turned into a high-speed escape attempt last Thursday afternoon and ended south of Trout Lake when the driver of the suspect vehicle crashed it into an informational sign at the intersection of State Route 141 and Warner Road.

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WSV Schools to modify tobacco policy, prohibit e-cigarettes on campus

The White Salmon Valley School District is taking steps to keep electronic cigarettes and smoking devices off of school property.

Major event planning, training play key roles in emergency readiness

Here’s the situation: A fire that started on the railroad tracks south of State Route 14, between Dock Grade and the White Salmon River, has jumped the highway and is now working its way up the White Salmon bluff toward numerous homes. Are local emergency responders ready to work together to take on such a major event?

In Husum-BZ area Required cultural resource surveys proving costly

An unanticipated and potentially expensive step could be awaiting those interested in buying and developing some properties in the Husum and BZ Corner area.

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Veteran law enforcers talk qualifications, share plans for next 4-year term

A pair of veteran law enforcers who have nearly 70 years of combined law enforcement experience have entered a wide-open race that will determine who will be Klickitat County’s next sheriff.

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Whitson fourth grade moving to new ‘intermediate school’ at Henkle because of growth

By the time the next school year rolls around the current third-grade class at Whitson Elementary School will move up as fourth graders to a new “intermediate school” that will be formed in the current fifth-and-sixth-grade wing at Henkle Middle School.

WUTC staff recommends lower garbage rate increase

Solid waste regulatory staff for the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) is recommending a temporary 5.8 percent rate increase in residential rates for Klickitat County’s primary waste collection company.

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Interstate 84 reopens after landslide

Roads throughout the Columbia River Gorge were impacted by multiple landslides — some serious —late last week and into the weekend.

Proposed law would cap number of early release, late start days for schools

A bill proposed by a senator out of Ferndale would limit the amount of early release and late start days school districts can use in a year.

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Multiple rock slides occur throughout the Gorge Wednesday and Thursday

Roads throughout the Columbia River Gorge were impacted by multiple rock slides—some serious—Wednesday night and Thursday.

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Have you voted yet? School districts looking for voter approval on levies

School districts across Klickitat County are asking voters to turn out next month to support property tax levies that will help pay for school programming and maintenance and operations expenses that state basic education funding does not cover.