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Amber Marra

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White Salmon’s Margee Berry seeking another cooking crown

Whether it’s building a better burger in Napa Valley or cooking with cranberries in New York, Margee Berry has made the rounds when it comes to being competitive in the kitchen.

Former Insitu contractor gets 3 months in jail for selling trade secrets in 2011

A Kentucky man who previously worked for Insitu has been sentenced to three months in prison after it was found that he sold trade secrets connected to drones in 2011.

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Before market, Scratch-A-Lot Farm’s chickens, turkeys know only comfort

Life is pretty sweet for the chickens and turkeys of Scratch-A-Lot Farm in Mill A.

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Railway, state officials talk crude oil transport a resident-led forum

The same day White Salmon residents heard from the Federal Railroad Administration, Washing-ton State Department of Ecology, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Corporation on oil train transport through the Gorge, the U.S. Department of Transportation made moves on changing standards governing tank cars nationwide.

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Letting the flowers shine: Eyrie Road Flowers makes brief WS Farmers Market appearance

Beautiful things come out of Susan Coulon’s basement. As the most consistently cool part of her White Salmon home, Coulon’s basement serves as the studio for Eyrie Road Flowers, which will be making an appearance at the White Salmon Farmers Market during the last two Tuesdays of July and in September.

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After product delay, Margie’s Pot Shop delivers

On Tuesday, July 15, Bart Cohn strolled into Margie’s Pot Shop in Bingen and became the first person to ever purchase legal recreational marijuana in Klickitat County.

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Tuesday waterline break disrupts WS water service

A waterline break off of Cherry Street on Tuesday will disrupt service for White Salmon residents while it is repaired through the afternoon.

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Belief in organic farming keeps Columbia Gorge Garlic going

Columbia Gorge Garlic has been with the White Salmon Farmers Market since the beginning.

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Investigation says WS officer justified in stun gun incident

A Bingen-White Salmon Police officer will face no corrective action following an incident in which he used a stun gun to subdue a local man last month.

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White Salmon native goes for title of Miss Portland Pin-Ups

Most people in White Salmon know Katie Layne as the bubbly owner of Katie’s MoJava in Bingen. What they might not know is that Layne is a Bombshell.

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Margie’s Pot Shop in Bingen one of first licensed in state

After years of working as a pharmacist, Margie Lemberger finally has her own drug store.

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Local Youth Center lends a hand at White Salmon Farmers Market

Even the youngest members of the community are helping out at the White Salmon Farmers Market.

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Snowden’s Stonework Farm experiments in its first year at WS Farmer’s Market

A merchant marine and two archaeologists decide to start a farm… So goes the story of Stonework Farm, one of the newest vendors at the White Salmon Farmer’s Market, which held its first gathering of the season at Feast Market and Delicatessen on Tuesday, July 1.

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Fireworks OK in WS for July 4 celebration, still banned in Bingen

It’s that time of year again to observe the independence of the United States via the ignition of the veritable rockets and their red glare, at least in White Salmon, anyway.

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Bingen City Council begins talking about food truck ordinance

Bingen city officials have started examining how to regulate new mobile restaurants that might roll into town.

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Fermented foods coming to WS Farmers’ Market via Blue Bus

For Colin and Kristin Franger it all started in a big blue bus.

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Insitu’s Eagle Point facility shines for grand opening

A little more than a month following its 20th anniversary, Insitu opened the doors to its new facility last Thursday.

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Farmers’ Market opening July 1; will accept EBT, WIC benefits

Those receiving food stamp benefits will be able to use them at the White Salmon Farmers’ Market when it opens on July 1.

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Photo: 80th Annual Ketchum Kalf Rodeo

Cowboys tried to stay on bucking broncos at the 80th annual Ketchum Kalf Rodeo in Glenwood last Sunday.

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Sheriff’s retirement announcement sparks accusation of ‘politics’

Klickitat County Sheriff Rick McComas will officially retire from his position on June 30, according to a letter submitted to the Klickitat County Board of Commissioners.

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Bike accident leads to use of stun gun by police

A stun gun was used on a 22-year-old White Salmon man after he became combative with police and paramedics following a bike accident in town last week, according to police reports.

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Despite hole in ground, Farmers’ Market still to be hosted by Feast

The crater next to Feast Market and Delicatessen will not prohibit the White Salmon Farmers’ Market from opening there next month.

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Photo: Spring Fest 2014 parade rolls through WS

A sun-filled Saturday made for the perfect setting for this year's Spring Festival.

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The Bingen, WS, surrounding community remembers fallen soldiers for Memorial Day

Photo: Daniel Whitten and Taylor Wiley place pennies on name plates along the Walk of Honor at the White Salmon Cemetery on Memorial Day.

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New Insitu building nearing completion

In a matter of days, Insitu employees will begin moving into the nearly complete Eagle Point.

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Beer, vegetables served up at Acadian Farm and Brewery

Like every other farm in the history of farming, Acadian Farm in Carson grows vegetables.

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Hopes, concerns voiced for future of lower WS River

Residents, recreationists, fishermen, business owners, biologists, and more turned out last Saturday for a meeting to swap ideas and discuss concerns regarding what could be in store for the future of the Lower White Salmon River.

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Law enforcement, local community remember fallen officers at service

Law enforcement officers from across the Columbia River Gorge and members of the Bingen and White Salmon community gathered at Fireman’s Park last week to honor those who protect, serve, and some who have made the ultimate sacrifice to do so.

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Phase 2 of Bingen skatepark officially declared complete

The scene at the Bingen skate park was joyous as kids of all ages skated, scooted, and explored the new addition that was finally declared complete last Tuesday.

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Photo: Substantial damage reported after fire at Underwood home

Multiple fire agencies responded to a fire that broke out Monday morning at 61 Ternahan Road in Underwood.

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WS Backyard Half Marathon hits 7th year benefitting CHS XC

After six straight years of growth, the White Salmon Backyard Half Marathon is looking not only for an increase in participants this year, but also to up the amount it can help out some of the youngest runners within the community.

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Police agencies team up for Operation S.A.F.E.

A swarm of officers were on the lookout for those who commit stop-paddle violations in the White Salmon and Husum area last week as part of Operation S.A.F.E.

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LCB: No lottery needed in Klickitat County for ‘pot’ retail licenses

Four potential marijuana retailers will continue the licensing process through the Washington Liquor Control Board after it was determined that a lottery to narrow the playing field was not needed in Klickitat County last week.

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Klickitat County's first ‘pot’ processing/production licenses granted

Klickitat County’s first licensed marijuana production and processing facility is officially up and running.

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CHS hosts second Garden Symposium

Students from multiple schools on both sides of the Columbia River got to learn about everything from sheep shearing and wool spinning to composting and garden planting at the Garden Symposium at Columbia High School on Earth Day.

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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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Growth leads to expansion at Little Oak Montessori

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

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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