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Amber Marra

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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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Photo: Snowfall hits White Salmon

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

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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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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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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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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.

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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.