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The White Salmon Valley School Board delayed a decision on what model of education the district will use once school reopens in the fall. A vote was originally planned for Thursday evening’s regular board meeting but was not placed on the agenda, with Superintendent Jerry Lewis citing the ne…

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The White Salmon City Council appointed its newest member last Wednesday, bringing the council back to full strength after the departure of former Councilor Amy Martin. The council appointed resident Jim Ransier, one of three candidates being considered for the role. Ransier has been a resid…

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Masked up and socially distant, volunteers from the League of Women’s Voters of Klickitat and Skamania County are registering people to vote in anticipation of the Aug. 4 primary. Have you registered to vote? They will sign you up on the spot. Find the stand in the parking lot across from Ha…

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Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer spoke at a “We the People” rally, organized by the Klickitat County Republican Party, where he blamed the protests in Portland and Seattle and the law enforcement response on “left-winging, spineless politicians that buy into changing our country to a soci…

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The Summit to Summit Men’s Ministry of the Gorge is sponsoring a Gorge-Wide Law Enforcement Appreciation Barbecue Picnic for all law enforcement personnel in the Gorge area along with their families, according to a press release forwarded to Columbia Gorge News by Klickitat County Sheriff Bo…

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Candidates running for local and state offices spoke on various issues at an editorial board meeting of the Goldendale Sentinel this past Friday, fielding questions from both the community and the board.

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Gorge Black Lives Matters events in the past two weeks included two in the small Washington community of Lyle, population 500.

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A volunteer of “Lyle Good Food News” wishes to relay to you a reminder that from their conglomerate of various Lyle organizations and State Washington Gorge Action Program (WaGap) a grand open house is planned at the Lyle Activity Center, on the corner of Third and Klickitat streets for July…

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We have enjoyed seeing videos of graduations for the various schools in our county and around the U.S. showing creative ways to allow seniors to have a meaningful graduation that complies with state guidelines.

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A proposed commercial development on former logging grounds in western Klickitat County is receiving backlash from residents and a local environmental group who argue the location does not fit the proposed use of the land.

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While July 4 pyrotechnics will return to The Dalles this year, with limited public gathering space available, three other Gorge fireworks shows —Bingen, Cascade Locks and Hood Rive — will not happen in 2020.

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Students at Columbia High School in White Salmon graduated in person this weekend, momentarily unmasking while on stage to receive their diplomas.

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The upcoming races for open positions on the Klickitat County Board of Commissioners have been finalized.

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The Emergency Operations Center, in Unified Command with the Klickitat County Public Health Department, addressed concerns regarding the county’s increasing Covid-19 case count in a June 9 in a press release.

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The Klickitat County Public Health Department in Unified Command with the Department Emergency Management (EOC) received notification on May 26 that Klickitat County is now eligible to apply for a Phase 2 variance based on meeting the new positive case threshold, according to a press release…

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The White Salmon Valley Education Foundation will receive $100,000 in funding for the White Salmon Valley School District’s Health and Wellness Center, to be utilized in the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years. Funding is provided by the Southwest Washington Accountable Community of Health …

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Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office was notified May 16 that a reported stolen trailer was at a residence on Bates Road in White Salmon. The Sheriff’s Office as well as the Bingen-White Salmon Police Department responded, as the previously reported trailer was linked to a certain vehicle.  

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Portland native Kristoffer Lindstrom, MSW, LICSW is Skyline Health Medical Clinic’s first behavioral health consultant. He began caring for patients in May and invites those in need of behavioral health services to schedule an appointment.

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Efforts to construct a domestic violence shelter in Klickitat County continue steadily, with just under half the funding goal met.

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On May 16, the Klickitat County Sheriff's Office was notified that a reported stolen trailer was at a residence on Bates Road in White Salmon. The Sheriff's Office, as well as the Bingen-White Salmon Police Department, responded. The report was the previously-reported trailer was linked to a…

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Columbia Gorge News presents ways to help around the Gorge during the COVID-19 pandemic. If your group would like to be included in the listing, email information to Trisha Walker at twalker@hoodrivernews.com.

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The Klickitat County Emergency Operations Center in Unified Command with The Public Health Department released clarifications regarding recreational activities in the county May 14. The new clarification opens up additional low-risk sports and activities, which offer an opportunity to enjoy …

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Klickitat Public Utility District has concerns about the impacts in the community due to the COVID-19 crisis and state mandated business closures. In the interest of public safety and regional economic stability, improving access to energy assistance those impacted by COVID-19 is a priority,…

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Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer — already a national public figure for his defiance of enforcing Initiative-1639 — now says he will refuse to enforce aspects of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s social distancing order because they are unconstitutional.

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Memorial Day comes May 25 and COVID-19 concerns have canceled events, including the annual ceremony at White Salmon Cemetery.

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Columbia Gorge News presents this list of ways to help neighbors around the Gorge during the COVID-19 pandemic. If your group would like to be included in the listing, email information to Trisha Walker at twalker@hoodrivernews.com.

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Days after Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee signed an order outlining a phased approach to reopening the state, officials from Klickitat County’s Unified Command presented the latest information on the public health crisis to the White Salmon City Council, and outlined what reopening Klickitat County m…

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With the weather warming up, locals and out-of-towners alike are itching to get outside and enjoy sunny days in the Gorge, and while multiple agencies are working to reopen recreation in the Gorge, it is a challenge to get those sites back open safely.

The COVID-19 Gorge Community Response Fund, established by the United Way of the Columbia Gorge and the Healthy Gorge Initiative, has awarded more than $62,000 in grants within the past month to 13 local nonprofits to address the immediate needs faced by these organizations and their clients…

Pacific Power’s charitable arm, the Pacific Power Foundation, has committed $250,000 for immediate support to critical community-serving organizations in Oregon, Washington and California.

Klickitat County has establishing a ban on outdoor burning for Klickitat County Burn Ban Zone One defined as lands East of the Klickitat County Fire District No. 7 eastern boundary to include, but not limited to, Klickitat County Fire Districts Nos. 2, 9 and 10; outside the jurisdiction of t…

With the transfer of ownership with the newspapers, Lyle News column will be printed in the Columbia Gorge News every other week, while the Goldendale Sentinel will continue to print the column weekly.

We’re still adjusting to changes required in order to comply with closures and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Last week, Glenwood students began their online classes with their teachers. Laptop computers, text books, and work packets have been distributed to all the student…

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Local government elected officials from the Mid-Columbia Region have formed a bi-state working group that meets regularly to collaboratively address issues and take actions necessary to keep the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate bridge replacement project moving forward as the required envi…

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the country, community members are preparing for a local influx of patients by securing extra surge capacity adjacent to Skyline Hospital.

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