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Cheap dam fix brings ‘Incredible biological benefit'

Upper Columbia River sockeye salmon that have amazed in recent years with record returns to the Okanogan River system now have more room to roam with new access to an area where potentially more fish can rear, and keep those adult returns strong.

Columbia River fall salmon seasons kick off this Friday with Buoy 10 opener

1.5 million Chinook salmon predicted to return to the mouth of the Columbia this year could set a modern record.

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Editorial cartoons from July 29

Editorial cartoons from July 29, 2014

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All-around beatdown

From a solid pitching output by Dylon Jinkins in the first game, a heroic effort by injured ace Tyler Westin, to a semifinals comeback Saturday and an game-ending, state-title clinching acrobatic stab by catcher Denzel Arellano, there was nothing going to stop the 15U freight train known as The Dalles All Stars.

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The best view of the gorge

So far this hasn’t been the best year for Janet and me to put our kayak in the river and go for a nice easy float down the Columbia River.

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China reports deadly attack

BEIJING— A mob armed with knives rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed on Islamic militants, state media reported Tuesday.

Tribal leaders say auto racing plan still alive

BEND (AP) — Tribal officials say they haven’t given up on the idea of an auto racing complex on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Central Oregon.

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Shuttering coal at home, sending it abroad

BOARDMAN — The largest power plant in Oregon, the Boardman Coal Plant, sat idle one day earlier this summer, “cold steel” in industry parlance, its dirty power no longer wanted on an electricity grid that is becoming greener.

Senior news: Remembering the good ol’ days has benefits

When you listen to an old favorite song, smell a certain perfume or browse through a picture album, are long-forgotten images and emotions triggered? That is nostalgia.

Letter to the editor: Where did the money go?

To the editor: So, the city has been charging extremely high fees for our water and sewer, all the while stating, for almost 40 years, that the reason rates have been raised continuously over that time, is due to the need for upgrading the system, then placing the increases into the general fund, to use for other purposes.

Letter to the editor: What’s happened?

To the editor: What is happening to our state and nation? Forest fires so terrible and why? Well, we have not taken care of our resources. We had to protect the spotted owl, we couldn’t cut down our trees. We lost most of our lumber mills. Can’t have clear cuts, can’t even clear out the diseased trees.

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Editorial: What price a cure?

A new hepatitis C treatment that costs $1,000 per pill and its affect on Medicaid budgets is raising the scrutiny of a pair of U.S. senators, including Oregon’s Sen. Ron Wyden with good reason.

Dream season is cut short

CG ‘AAA’ Hustlers lose two in Super Regional tourney

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For the record, July 29

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 29, 2014.

Megafloods will be featured Aug. 3

The Hood River County Library District and the Columbia Gorge Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute host Dr. Victor R. Baker from the University of Arizona for a presentation on Megafloods on Earth, Mars, and Beyond. The presentation will be in the Hood River Library Reading Room Saturday, Aug. 3 at 1 p.m.

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Shaniko Days returns Aug. 2

Shaniko Days falls on the first Saturday of August, Aug. 2 this year. Most activities start on Saturday, however for the second year, Friday night is Movie Night.

Drone almost blocks California firefighting planes

SHINGLE SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — A private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered efforts to attack the flames from the air, but firefighters made enough progress to allow most of the 1,200 people under evacuation orders to return home Monday.

Gorge panel mulls budget

Agency seeks more staff to fulfill mission

Group: no Fukushima radiation in Oregon

SALEM (AP) — A group testing West Coast waters for radiation from a damaged Japanese nuclear power plant says no evidence of contamination has been found in Oregon.

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Carrico honored for heroism

Detective Jamie Carrico has received The Dalles Police Department Medal of Valor in recognition of actions to preserve public safety that put his own life in jeopardy last year.

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