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Home at Last seeks stability for property

In a presentation to the Wasco County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, Kris Boler, executive director of Home at Last Humane Society, formally requested the county “gift the [animal shelter] property and facility at 200 River Road with a reversionary clause.”

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Conservation corner: Winter crops a blessing

We know Thanksgiving hasn’t even arrived yet, but as usual, many minds (and television commercials) are already skipping over the day of thanks to what they will buy as Christmas gifts.

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Regional jail greenhouse earns state honor

Innovation is the watchword when it comes to our hometown, homegrown Master Gardeners.

‘Aquaponics for Everyone’ scheduled in White Salmon

Gardeners looking to produce even more of their own food may want to consider one of the upcoming classes in aquaponics scheduled in White Salmon.

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Home office gathering dust? Consider other options

The home office, it seems, is going the way of the fax machine.

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A different bulb: try alliums

Beautiful and sturdy with a flair for the dramatic, alliums are a graceful way to add color and architectural dimension to a garden.

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Extension Cord: Expect the best; plan for the worst

September is National Preparedness Month. Throughout the nation, various agencies like the American Red Cross, Extension Services, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), local fire departments and emergency medical services staff, churches and utility companies are partnering to sponsor “Get Ready” events.

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Extension Cord: Plant bulbs now for a colorful spring display

Spring flowering daffodil, tulip or crocus bulbs planted in the next few weeks will bloom next spring, bringing a welcome early splash of color to the home landscape.

Soundproofing Tips turn your home into a Quiet Sanctuary

All around us, life is getting louder. But home should be a place to relax and unwind. Between televisions, cell phones, computers and video games, it’s sometimes hard to find peace and quiet within the walls of your home.

Let’s face it; working on a roof is no fun

It is hard to get paint, tools and hardware up the ladder, once on the roof there is no level place to set things down.

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Following the Qult Block Trail

It starts in Cascade Locks, but creators hope it will expand east to Goldendale, The Dalles

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Busy households demand more of space

Multi-tasking rooms are vital

Washing clothes in the bedroom. Sending email from the laundry room. Busy Americans are demanding more from each room in the house, and spaces designed for multiple functions are popping up all over floor plans, design blogs and magazine spreads.

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Benefit questioned of mobile apps for toddlers

WASHINGTON — Can a mobile app really teach a baby to find her nose? Or learn to recognize letters and numbers? Not according to an advocacy group that filed a complaint Wednesday with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that two popular baby app developers — Fisher-Price Inc. and Open Solutions — are trying to dupe parents into thinking their online games make infant and toddlers smarter.

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Extension Cord: Take the pressure out of pressure canning

The start of the food preservation season can bring mixed emotions for me. On the one hand, I am thrilled by the plethora of fresh, local fruits and vegetables and the opportunities we have here in the gorge to put up just about any kind of fruit, vegetable, or protein through canning, drying, freezing, or fermenting.

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Creativity by the yard: thinking beyond grass

Grass isn’t always the best groundcovers for a yard: It’s thirsty at a time when water is becoming scarce; it attracts fewer pollinators; it requires expensive chemicals to maintain, and it must be disposed of if you bag as you mow.

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