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Amber Marra

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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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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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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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Clark College finds temporary campus

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

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Growth leads to expansion at Little Oak Montessori

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

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