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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.

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

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

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…

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 …

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.  

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.

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

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…

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 …

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,…

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.

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

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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

Klickitat County has been awarded Federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

Crestline Construction has been given authorization by the City of White Salmon to resume work on the Jewett Water Main Improvements Project.

Restrictions on some outdoor recreational activities in Washington were lifted Tuesday, May 5, but the partial reopening does not mean that the state is relaxing its stance on safety precautions.

Mid-Columbia Medical Center (MCMC) will temporarily furlough some employees beginning Sunday, May 3, due to loss of revenue from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release issued April 24.

With tolling on the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge set to resume on May 1, the Port of Hood River is continuing to urge community members to set up a BreezeBy account to avoid being charged the extra administrative fees that come with the new all-electronic tolling system.

Bobby Begay, 51, a Celilo Village leader, Yakama tribal member and Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commssion’s (CRITFC) lead fish technician, died Friday, April 25 from COVID-19 complications, according to a Facebook post from CRITFC.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has adopted a regional, metrics-driven approach to re-opening the state’s economy, and eastern Oregon counties will likely be among the first to begin the process, Sen. Lynn Findley (R-Vale) told constituents during a virtual town hall Thursday, April 23.

A collaboration of community organizations across western Klickitat County has received word they will be awarded a grant to launch a Community-Clinical Linkages Program.

Fewer sights may be more valuable at this time than a newly planted flower garden.

First responders rescued three hikers Thursday from a closed-off area below the Lower Falls Recreation site in Skamanaia County.

This Friday is National Arbor Day. First celebrated 1874 in Nebraska, this annual holiday is one holiday that proposes to the future, rather than reposing on the past.

In early March as the Covid-19 virus spread across China and Italy, it appeared to be a distant but increasingly inevitable train-wreck, a crisis hurtling down a fixed trajectory towards world-historic proportions. As anxiety grew, Chris Hipskind, a shop teacher at Columbia High School in Wh…


The Glenwood Ketchum Kalf Rodeo is coming up on Father’s Day weekend, June 15 and 16. For the first time in the rodeo’s 85-year history, a grand marshal has been chosen to lead the rodeo parade on Sunday, the 16th and this year the honor goes to 91-year old Hazel Bertschi Parsons of White Salmon.

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