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Dog River waterline project faces delay

A little more study will be needed on the Dog River Pipeline Replacement Project in The Dalles before the first shovelfuls of dirt get turned.

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Scenic Area celebrates birth

November 2016 marks three decades since a reluctant President Ronald Reagan signed the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act into law. Reagan reportedly held his nose while he penned a crucial turning point in the long-simmering battle over the gorge’s fate.

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The battle over a state-owned forest

This land is your land? Elliot State Forest for sale

COOS BAY (AP) — In December, the Oregon State Land Board will meet to announce the fate of the Elliott State Forest after public testimony. Last year, the board decided to sell off 82,500 acres that belong to the Common School Fund because it was hemorrhaging money. After several lawsuits, one over violations of the Endangered Species Act, the state began looking for a way to compensate for the $4 million loss that state land director Jim Paul said the school fund has incurred since 2013.

Groups, BNSF reach deal on coal dust suit

A coalition of environmental groups last Tuesday reached a tentative agreement with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF), signaling the end of a three-year court tussle over coal pollution.

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TD pipeline protester sets out to N. Dakota

For Thanksgiving this year, The Dalles resident Solea Kabakov will be offering herself as a shield to protect Native American elders offering prayers in protest of an oil pipeline in North Dakota.

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New line on track in Mosier

County gives green light to project

Wasco County has given a green light to Union Pacific Railroad’s expansion plans for the Mosier area. On Sept. 26, the county planning commission voted 5-2 to approve the railroad’s “Mosier Double Track Extension” project, although there are multiple conditions attached to the approval.

Helicopter activities resume in scenic area

With the decrease in fire risk this fall, helicopter activity will resume in the upper Catherine and Major Creek areas as part of a project to restore historic forest types in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The area is located northwest of Lyle and the Klickitat River.

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Dying fir, pine trees dot horizon

It is not unusual to see orange, rust and brown foliage dotting the landscape during the fall months, but when evergreens start changing colors, it’s indicative of a problem, Oregon Forestry Department officials say.

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Fall Perch

Fall Perch

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River Traffic

A fishing boat set up to work with gillnets motors down the Columbia River in The Dalles as a tanker train, typically used to transport oil by rail, waits on a Burlington Northern Santa Fe side line near Dallesport for the eastbound Amtrak passenger train to pass.

Dark sky presentation Saturday in Mosier

DARK SKIES AND LIGHT POLLUTION PRESENTATION Memaloose State Park, Interstate 84, Mosier, OR 97040

$20M suit filed against AmeriTies

In a bid to compel the company to improve emissions control, two women have filed a $20 million lawsuit against AmeriTies West in The Dalles, alleging nuisance, trespass, and negligence.

Cleanup complete in Dallesport

After nearly a decade of effort, the Port of Klickitat is closing the door on the environmental cleanup of the Recycled Aluminum Metals Company (RAMCo) disposal site located at its Dallesport Industrial Park.

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OR weekend fire danger ‘extreme’

Weekend weather forecasts call for lightning, and fire conditions are rated as “extreme” due to dry fuels and warm temperatures, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). This year fires caused by lightning are significantly fewer than the 10-year average in central Oregon, but human-caused fires are on the rise.

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Odors high from tie plant

Initial air quality testing of naphthalene levels from the AmeritTies plant were far from posing immediate health risks, but are concerning for long-term health, officials say.

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