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