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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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Chocolate Butterfly

The color of rich chocolate, a small butterfly sits on the leaves of a Lupine flower in rural Wasco County in this photo by high school photographer Flora Gibson.

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Sen. Wyden hears from firefighters

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., held a private debriefing session Sunday morning with Mosier firefighters about the June 3 oil train derailment in their community. Wyden then held a public meeting that was attended by emergency responders from multiple agencies, government officials, tribal leaders and interested residents.

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Tribes unite in opposition to oil trains

Tribal leaders have voiced a stern demand: No more oil and coal trains through the Columbia River Gorge. Leaders from the Yakama Nation, Lummi Nation, Warm Springs and Umatilla tribes gathered in Mosier Thursday morning to publicly condemn fossil fuel traffic by rail through the Gorge — an impassioned response to last Friday’s derailment.

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Oil from Mosier stored in TD

With the roughly 280,000 gallons of oil remaining in the 16 derailed train cars in Mosier finally offloaded Wednesday morning, and stored in The Dalles, work began right away on removing the cars themselves.

Tribes gather in Mosier Thursday

The Yakama Nation, with Northwest tribes, will host a press conference on the lown of Mosier Elementary School in Mosier today, June 9, at 10 a.m., according to a press release from Columbia River Keeper.

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DEQ hears concerns

Pete Shepherd, interim director of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, said one of the most important things he’s learned in his more than 23 years of public service is “the importance of listening to people speak from their heart in the place where they live.”

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The Dalles Air Coalition wants Hope [Arkansas]

This is the conclusion of a three-part series exploring the controversy over odor and emissions at Amerities West: When Amerities South, located in Hope, Ark., had its grand opening in 2011, Warren Nelson, director of Amerities Holdings, told the Hope Star “This land is clean and will be kept clean.”

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