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Amber Marra

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Husum Hills Golf Course to close May 1

After a half of a century, western Klickitat County’s premier golf course is set to close this spring.

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Vaccines harder to come by as flu season continues

Those who have not obtained a vaccination against influenza might have a harder time finding somewhere that still has the immunization available at this point in the flu season.

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BPAC holding open house Jan. 28 to discuss creation of walk routes

Anyone who walks, runs, bikes, or just lives in White Salmon is invited to an open house seeking input on the creation of maps that would show walking routes through the area.

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Sign-ups for aid to remove dead pine trees end Jan. 31

The Underwood Conservation District is continuing to offer the opportunity for landowners who remove pine trees killed by the California fivespined ips to be partially reimbursed through late February as long as they sign up by the end of January.

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Medicaid changes impact thousands in Klickitat County

New Medicaid enrollees and those previously not assigned to a managed care plan under Apple Health, Washington’s Medicaid program, are now covered by an insurer called Amerigroup.

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Smooth and blue: Tai Chi comes to Bingen

Craig Rundell wants his students to be strong, steady, and relaxed.

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WSV Schools navigating multiple state, federal inititatives this year; assessment forum Jan. 21

As the transition into a new year occurs, the White Salmon Valley School District continues to work through a series of complicated and time consuming state and federal initiatives aimed at improving schools, students, teachers, and administrators.

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Dirt Hugger settles in at Dallesport location

After four years in The Dalles, Dirt Hugger, LLC is finally establishing itself.

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White Salmon Lego League teams headed to state competition

Teams of students from White Salmon are headed to the FIRST Lego League (FLL) state competition in January.

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White Salmon Farmers Market experiences growth

The White Salmon Farmers Market saw growth in multiple areas last summer, including gross sales totals for vendors.

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Six-month moratorium on new pot businesses continued

No new marijuana businesses will be permitted in Klickitat County’s unincorporated areas until a six-month moratorium lapses or is called off by county commissioners.

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Local fire agencies go all in on regional FEMA grant

Multiple Klickitat County fire departments and districts have submitted a joint application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to obtain a grant that would supply firefighters with new equipment.

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I'm Dreaming of a White Salmon and Holiday Wassail kick off holiday happenings

Fiona Grabb, 5, peeks under the White Salmon Christmas tree during the “I’m Dreaming of a White Salmon” holiday celebration and tree lighting festival Saturday night. Children were able to select a small present from under the tree while others roasted marshmallows and sipped hot cocoa and cider before the tree became illuminated with holiday spirit.

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Filling in of hole near Feast Market delayed

Cold weather and ongoing litigation have delayed the filling of a hole next to an organic market and deli in downtown White Salmon.

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Break-in at Dallesport Airport results in arrest

One person was arrested following a particularly destructive burglary of the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport last Friday.

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73 years later Lyle resident remembers Pearl Harbor

Max Fletcher was there when the bombs fell.

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Call to readers: Show us your spirit of giving!

Jackson Porter, 8, of Bingen, is in the spirit of giving this holiday season and we want to hear about yours, too.

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White Salmon Schools prepare for new state assessments

This spring, many students in the White Salmon Valley School District will take a new standardized test meant to align with the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.

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Needs of children keep Lyle resident busy turning out garments

Every year churches and civic organizations all over the country box up miscellaneous items and send them to be distributed to children across the globe.

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Clark College campus looking to refine CADD offerings

As the first quarter wraps up at the Bingen campus of Clark College, its CADD program is taking shape and is set to evolve based on student and community needs.

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Snowy roads make for treacherous driving conditions throughout area

Roads throughout the county, including Spring Street in White Salmon where this truck slid partially over an embankment, were extremely slippery throughout the day last Thursday and prompted the closing of most Gorge area schools.

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Controversial hole at downtown business to be filled soon

The gigantic hole that has plagued an organic market and deli in the downtown White Salmon area will be filled while litigation continues between former and current property owners regarding soil contamination.

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New Insitu CEO Hartman ushers in ScanEagle 2

As the Insitu Group’s new leader, Ryan Hartman sees his company as coming full circle.

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Fire destroys two structures near Broughton Mill

A fire completely destroyed two buildings near the old Broughton Mill in Skamania County Wednesday afternoon.

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With grant, UCD aims to help landowners with removal of dead pine trees

In an attempt to wrangle the scourge of pines in the Gorge that is the California fivespined ips, the Underwood Conservation District is offering assistance to landowners who need to take down trees that have been attacked by the bark beetles.

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For local first responders, oil train exercise was ‘a real eye-opener’

As trains carrying crude oil stream through the Gorge on a weekly basis, the area’s emergency responders are busy preparing for potential derailments and the chaos that could follow.

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Klickitat Co. Jail escapee, Loyd, found in Portland

UPDATE: The Klickitat County Sheriff's Office has reported that Charles W. Loyd was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after a brief vehicle pursuit in Portland.

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County reinstates pot ban; doesn’t affect existing rights

A little less than a year after allowing a prior moratorium to lapse, recreational marijuana businesses in Klickitat County’s unincorporated areas have been put on hold.

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Wholesale marijuana bakery takes steps to locate shop in east Bingen

A bakery that would produce marijuana-infused edibles has obtained a conditional use permit to locate on Steuben Street in Bingen.

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White Salmon City Council accepts $55,000 donation for feasibility study to upgrade pool

The City of White Salmon will use a $55,000 donation from the Mary Hoyt Stevenson Foundation to conduct a feasibility study on its existing pool.

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White Salmon Council turns down proposed pot store lease

A lease that would have allowed a recreational marijuana shop to locate at the park-and-ride next to the Hood River Toll Bridge fell through following a White Salmon City Council vote last Wednesday.

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School board considering renaming intermediate school after late resident

The latest addition to the White Salmon Valley School District might be getting a new name in honor of late, longtime resident, Wallace “Wally” Stevenson.

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White Salmon planning to lease property to pot retailer

The White Salmon City Council is considering a lease agreement for a section of the city-owned park-and-ride off of State Route 14 with Esverdeado, an applicant for a license to sell recreational marijuana.

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Fires spur Skamania Co. to issue emergency burn ban

An emergency burn ban was instated by Skamania County Monday morning after two fires less than one week apart damaged homes in the vicinity of Cook-Underwood Road.

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Despite Goldendale ban, county pot entrepreneurs continue business as usual

Despite the passage of a six-month moratorium on the production, processing, and retail sales of recreational marijuana in Goldendale, it’s business as usual for growers and retailers throughout the rest of the county.

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Photo: Cycle Oregon rolls through Klickitat County

Around 2,000 cyclists peddled into Lyle Sunday morning as the first stop of this year’s route for Cycle Oregon.

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Fires spur Skamania County to issue emergency burn ban

An emergency burn ban was instated by Skamania County Monday morning after two fires less than one week apart damaged homes in the vicinity of Cook-Underwood Road.

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Clark College finds temporary campus

Clark College has nailed down a location for its new campus in Bingen—for now.

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New school year rolls out with three new principals

On Aug. 26, fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students walked into a new academic year, a new school, with a new principal at White Salmon Valley Intermediate School.

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In wake of product shortages, another pot shop is planning to open in Klickitat County

Earlier last week, Margie Lemberger greeted customers at Margie’s Pot Shop in Bingen with some unfortunate news.

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South Gifford Pinchot Collaborative turns focus to upper WSR, Gotchen Creek area

Last week, a group of residents who share a common interest in taking care of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest gathered around the Trout Lake Big Tree to collaborate on how to do so.

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Bingen, WS renew policing agreement, OK new water pact

After years of mediation spurred by the purchase of a police vehicle, the city councils of Bingen and White Salmon have accepted a renewed interlocal agreement to share law enforcement resources.

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Resource stewards add 280 acres to their community forest effort

After two years of fundraising, Mt. Adams Resource Stewards (MARS) has expanded the lands they manage by 280 acres.

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As start of school approaches WSVSD still uncertain about loss of NCLB waiver

Changes to the configuration of the White Salmon Valley School District continue to leave the administration in a state of limbo when it comes to what the loss of Washington State’s No Child Left Behind waiver will mean for the upcoming school year.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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