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Amber Marra

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Growth leads to expansion at Little Oak Montessori

Big things are happening for Little Oak Montessori School in White Salmon.

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CHS principal leaving at end of school year

When the Columbia High School class of 2014 crosses the stage at graduation at the end of the school year and they prepare to leave the high school forever, they’ll be followed by Principal Troy Whittle, who is set to take another job as of June 30.

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Cascade Mountain School offers two community days

Cascade Mountain School wants to take members of the community on a walk on the wild side.

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Sunday evening fire leaves two Lyle residents homeless

A “smoldering cigarette” has been pegged as the cause of a fire that left a Lyle mother and her son without a home on Sunday.

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Local jr motocross riders finish first season on high note

Jace and Danner Greenwood, 9 and 7, of Husum, both earned spots on the XTC Racing Team after their first season of racing motocross. The boys will be fundraising for their upcoming spring and summer seasons on May 3.

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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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Local Rotary exchange student excels at Junior National XC championships

A Finnish exchange student through the White Salmon-Bingen Rotary pulled off a shining performance at the 2014 Cross Country Skiing Junior National Championships in Stowe, Vt. in early March.

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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.

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Attack of the Bark Beetles: Fivespined Ips still a problem in Gorge

Workers with Luciano Tree and Maintenance Service remove bits and pieces of a pine tree infested with bark beetles off of Highway 141 near White Salmon on Monday.

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Skyline Hospital aims to revive out-patient operations with two surgeons

Skyline Hospital has hired two general surgeons to get to the bottom of those medical needs that require a special touch.

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Arg! Whitson Elementary presents Blackbeard the Pirate

The Missoula Children's Theatre casted between 50 and 60 students for the production of Blackbeard the Pirate last week.

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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‘Out of this world’: Vic Wild speaks about gold medals, growing up, and moving away

The last few weeks have been busy for Vic Wild. Winning two gold medals in the span of four days during the winter Olympics in Russia in the men’s Parallel Giant Slalom and Parallel Slalom, closing ceremonies, and the wave of media attention directed at the first American-born athlete to compete for Russia has led Wild to refer to it all as “the busiest time of my life.”

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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.

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Vic-torious: Olympian Wild rides to two gold

White Salmon has produced some amazing things over the years and now it can add "gold-medal-winning Olympian" to that list.

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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.

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Bus drivers monitoring stop paddle violations

Bus drivers responsible for transporting students to and from school in White Salmon have started assessing how many motorists pass a stopped bus while students are loading or unloading.

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Photo: Snowfall hits White Salmon

Niki Phelps takes in a snowy walk with his Chihuahua, Toby, on Thursday.

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Wild racks up two Olympic golds

White Salmon has produced some amazing things over the years and now it can add "gold-medal-winning Olympian" to that list.

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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.

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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Going hard in the paint...and hardwood: Klickitat business refinishes gym floors

Roger Mortensen has been retired from education for years, but somehow he still manages to find himself inside schools.

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School Board OKs trimester schedule for Columbia High

Columbia High School will operate on a five-period trimester schedule beginning the 2014-2015 school year.

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Survey favors more trails; residents question results

The results of a survey aimed at evaluating local interest in an expanded non-motorized trail system on the Lyle Cherry Orchard property show that a little more than half of Lyle residents who responded support more trails in the area.

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Changes blowing in for Bingen’s Zepher

Like some other technology companies in the Gorge, Zepher, Inc. is looking to expand its horizons.

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School Board vote on CHS schedule expected Jan. 23

The fate of Columbia High School’s schedule will be in the hands of the school board at their Jan. 23 meeting.

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Henkle MS Lego-leaguers headed to state competition

For the first time this year the youngest Lego-leaguers at Henkle Middle School will join their older counterparts at the state competition.

Meeting revealing GT2T survey results set for Jan. 22

The results of a survey pertaining to adding more trails to the Lyle Cherry Orchard property will be revealed and discussed at a meeting at the Lyle Activity Center on Jan. 22.

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COR Cellars pegged as winery of 2013 by Seattle publication

Luke Bradford has poured his heart into the making of wine.

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Rollover accident on Snowden results in no injuries

Emergency personnel responded to a single-vehicle rollover accident last Friday morning about three miles up Snowden Road in White Salmon.

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White Salmon Boy Scout creates 'Bingen, WA Welcomes You' signs

Kevin Horton Schleicher, 16, stands with the “Bingen Welcomes You” sign on the east side of town that he spent more than a year designing and building along with a second sign on the west side of town.

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Taking it to the limit: Gravity bikers find perfect place for road rush

On any given day, Courtney Road can be associated with beautiful views of the Gorge and the Coyote Wall trailhead at its base.

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Pot growers, processors sifting through logistics of licensing, compliance

There are hundreds of potential entrepreneurs taking advantage of the new Initiative 502 that passed last December making the recreational sale and use of marijuana legal for adults throughout the state, but in Klickitat County there have been 13 applications to produce, 11 to process, and four to sell it in a free and fair market, the waters of which have thus far been untested from a regulatory point of view until now.

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Happy Holidays from all of us here at The Enterprise!

All of us here at The White Salmon Enterprise wish you and yours a happy and safe holiday.

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WGAP to no longer deliver to food banks due to lack of funding

Three food banks in Klickitat County and one in Skamania County are looking for ways to ensure food continues to make it to the shelves and to those in need after the Washington Gorge Action Programs (WGAP) was forced to eliminate its delivery services indefinitely.

WSV School Board sets date for 3-year M&O levy election

In February voters will get to decide whether or not to fund a $2.63 million levy approved by the White Salmon Valley School Board of Directors.

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Photo: Welcoming Dr. Roscoe's Bicycle Repair

Justin Black, owner of Dr. Roscoe's Holistic Bike Repair, cuts the ribbon officially opening his shop at 209 W. Steuben Street in Bingen with his wife, Kate Black; daughter, Lynette, 7; nephew, and Dylan, 4.

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Executive director: Gorge Commission on ‘verge of collapse’ due to funding issues

Shortages in funding to the Columbia River Gorge Commission are leading to compromises in terms of how effective the agency can be when it comes to addressing the planning needs of the National Scenic Area, according to its executive director.

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Lyle residents air grievances over GT2T proposal

A torrent of opposition to the Gorge Towns to Trails (GT2T) project became apparent at a recent emergency Lyle community meeting when residents voiced concerns and displeasure regarding the proposal led by Friends of the Columbia Gorge.

Open house planned regarding proposed Lyle community trail system

An open house is being hosted by the Friends of the Columbia Gorge regarding the Gorge Towns to Trails project on Dec. 11 between 5 pm to 7:30 pm at the Lyle Activity Center.

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Photo: 'Tis that season again

Columbia High School students recently helped unload Christmas trees at Dickey Farms in Bingen for a few community service hours.

Open house set for proposed Lyle trail system

An open house is being hosted by the Friends of the Columbia Gorge regarding the Gorge Towns to Trails project on Dec. 11 between 5 pm to 7:30 pm at the Lyle Activity Center.

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Goldendale police chief addresses animal control to Bingen City Council

After a lull in coverage, Bingen will be seeing a steady presence of a new animal control officer the city shares with Goldendale, according to a report by the Goldendale police chief.

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Photo: Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at The Enterprise!

A rafter of turkeys nonchalantly make their way across Dock Grade Road on a rainy Tuesday morning.

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2014 Bingen budget will include water rate, property tax increases

The Bingen City Council took its first step toward finalizing the 2014 budget last week by approving a resolution and an ordinance that will increase property taxes by 1 percent.

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Preparing for the feast: Underwood farmer raises heritage turkeys for first time

For the past 22 weeks, Lee Lynn Thompson has been taking care of 52 mischievous, meandering, crop-munching, fence-jumping, gobbling occupants of the small farm she leases off of Cook-Underwood Road.

Federal agency’s ruling raises questions for widow and family of late WS miner

It’s been one year since Tonya Aldrich got the call. Her husband, Rick, had been in an accident while operating a road grader at his job as a mine superintendent at Avery Pit near Wishram and she needed to go to the hospital right away.

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