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Amber Marra

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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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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.

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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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.

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Everybody’s big day: Canning operation begins at WS brewery

Enjoying a refreshing beer from Everybody’s Brewing here, enjoying it there, and enjoying it just about anywhere just became a possibility thanks to the new canning operation in White Salmon’s premier brew pub.

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Drug charges brought against pair involved in Bingen chase

An attempted traffic stop in Oregon turned into a vehicle leading law enforcement officials on a chase across the Hood River Toll Bridge and through Bingen on Friday.

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School recognizes Veterans Day with solemn ceremony

The White Salmon Cemetery’s Walk of Honor was lined with Columbia High School students paying their respects to the local veterans present and those who made the ultimate sacrifice last Friday.

Multiple police entities involved in chase through Bingen Friday

An attempted traffic stop in Oregon turned into a vehicle leading law enforcement officials on a chase across the Hood River Toll Bridge and through Bingen on Friday.

Families receiving food stamps will see reduction in benefits

Individuals receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will notice a reduction in the amount of funding provided through the program starting this month.

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Columbia Land Trust working through Phase 4 of Klickitat River restoration

Passing through a green gate and onto an aging asphalt surface, the haul road next to the Klickitat River appears to be mostly unchanged until about a few miles in.

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WS considering city-run marijuana shop

City Council’s first attempt at beginning process fails with tie vote

Concerns regarding cost and community impact bubbled to the surface of a special meeting of the White Salmon City Council focused on potentially seeking a license to open a retail marijuana shop.

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Insitu CEO Morrow says diversifying products, customer base are ‘vital’ to company’s future

It was 1998, and Steve Morrow just happened to be leafing through an edition of Smithsonian Mag-azine when an article about a tiny airplane caught his eye.

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CHS Homecoming Parade 2013

The Columbia High School Homecoming Parade went off without a hitch on Thursday when the Bruins took to the streets of White Salmon.

Renowned Buddhist monk to visit White Salmon

The monks of the Pacific Hermitage will welcome Ajahn Jayasaro back to White Salmon next week.

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Bingen tattoo artist is top dog at convention

Nathaniel “Aka” Davis knows how to get under people’s skin.

Two vying for Pos. 2 on WSV School Board this General Election

The White Salmon Valley School District School Board will have one new face after the Nov. 5 election.

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Principal plans to propose trimester schedule for CHS

After three years of extensive research, Columbia High School Principal Troy Whittle is ready to make some changes to his school’s class schedule.

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WS Youth Center garners $13,000 grant to support its meal program

The White Salmon Community Youth Center will be able to dish up one more meal every week after being granted $13,000 for the Super Sacks and Suppers program.

Bingen to survey residents for interest in compost pickup

Bingen residents will find a survey in the mail with their next water bill inquiring whether or not compost curbside pickup is a desired service in the community.

WIC can survive govt. shutdown through Oct.

Despite the ongoing shutdown of the federal government, families dependent on the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) will continue to be able to access the program through October.

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Federal government closure hits close to home

The Mt. Adams District of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest might have closed due to the shutdown of the federal government, but local fish hatcheries are able to maintain full staffing.

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Bingen skatepark will close during construction beginning Oct. 7

The Bingen skatepark will be temporarily closed beginning Oct. 7 while Phase 2 of the park is constructed.

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Abundant pear harvest shows promise, some frost damage with few pickers

While growers in the Gorge have found themselves in the midst of a plentiful yield of all types of pears, a late frost and a workforce of pickers spread thin have been cause for some challenges throughout the harvest.

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No drama zone: Parents, principals express concern over lack of theatre program at middle, high schools

For the first time in 17 years, Columbia High School and Henkle Middle School will be without a drama program after the resignation of the schools’ theatre teacher last year.

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With Aerovel, McGeer tries for civilian unmanned aircraft application

Upon walking into the expansive wooden home off of Oak Ridge Road in Husum, an unexpected site awaits.

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Three Dutch friends finally meet the WS soldier they brought home

On a rainy Monday morning, a crowd gathered at the Klickitat County Cemetery this week to wait for three guests of honor who helped transport a special member of the community home after 68 years.

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White Salmon Valley Education Foundation reaches $1.3M funding mark

In the fall of 2005, a group of parents of students in White Salmon began searching out fundraising opportunities to benefit the three small schools their children attended.

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Avast! Pirates Fish and Chips comes to Bingen

A new-to-Bingen option for lunch sailed into town last week.

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Gas tanks removed from Feast in time for last Farmers' Market

Contractors lifted an enormous gas tank out of the ground near Feast Natural Market and Delicatessen last Friday.

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Common Core bringing big changes to curriculum, testing

Educators in the White Salmon Valley School District along with those across the country are preparing to tackle a whole new set of benchmarks and standardized tests in the coming school years.

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Aging gas tanks removed from Feast property

Contractors dug a large hole to remove an enormous gas tank near Feast Natural Market and Delicatessen last Thursday.

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Common Core standards bringing big changes to curriculum, testing

Educators in the White Salmon Valley School District along with those across the country are preparing to tackle a whole new set of benchmarks and standardized tests in the coming school years.

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NorthShore to offer Obama Care enrollment starting Oct. 1

NorthShore Medical Group will be one of two locations in Klickitat County where those eligible can enroll for low-cost health insurance through the Affordable Care Act beginning Oct. 1.

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Bingen reaches its first union agreement

After more than a year of negotiations, Bingen and the International Union of Operating Engineers reached an agreement regarding cost of living increases and insurance benefits.

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In the pursuit of smoke: Klickitat Co. man heads to Africa to study atmospheric impacts

After 12 years of being in the clear, Darold Ward is coming out of retirement to help NASA monitor smoke produced by fires in Africa.

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White Salmon Valley Schools get back into the swing of things

Last Thursday marked the first day back for students of the White Salmon Valley School District for the 2013-2014 school year.

Scam convinces users of computer virus

When Pam Moore got a phone call from a man claiming to be from Microsoft last week, she knew to immediately hang up the phone.

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WS school board approves $15,000 supplement to keep preschool going

The White Salmon Valley School Board voted to budget $15,000 for the community preschool program at their most recent meeting to supplement a shortfall within Educational Service District 112.

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The Enterprise welcomes new teachers to White Salmon!

The White Salmon Valley School District is bringing in 10 new teachers and staff members this school year and they are ready and raring to go. Here is a little about each of the new hires:

With state OSPI, White Salmon schools takes “high risk” NCLB waiver in stride

After Washington, along with two other states, was recently designated as being at “high risk” of losing its waiver regarding No Child Left Behind benchmarks, the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction on down to local school districts are working on ways to better measure student growth.

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Bingen-White Salmon Police, multiple entities involved in Thursday manhunt

A manhunt that spanned most of Thursday morning and afternoon resulted in the Bingen-White Salmon Police Department and other law enforcement entities apprehending a man wanted for multiple warrants in Klickitat and Skamania counties.

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Sister companies take care of “computer nerd whatchamacallit stuff”

For Ryan Kreps, of RADCOMP Technologies, and Holly Cate, of Holly Cate Consulting, the path to success has been one and the same.

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2012 Klickitat Co. Rodeo Queen hands reins to special needs sister

Melody Nilson wants to be just like her big sister.

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Hiring new Henkle Middle principal a challenge

Two schools in the White Salmon Valley School District will have new administrators this year.

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