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Small business centers offer help in wildfire recovery

As people confront severe smoke and wildfire damage throughout the Gorge, Small Business Development Centers at Columbia Gorge Community College and across Oregon are offering help for affected businesses.

Gorge wildfire destroys 2 homes, fake firefighter arrested

PORTLAND (AP) — Wildfire has destroyed another two homes in the Columbia River Gorge, and sheriff's deputies arrested a man who falsely claimed to be a firefighter, officials said Thursday.

For the Record for September 8, 2017

Police, fire, and medical reports from September 8

Fire management practices criticized

SALEM (AP) — Intense wildfires plaguing much of the West have rekindled controversy over logging restrictions and fire management practices that critics say have created explosive fire seasons.

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Help for kids in their middle years

(Editor’s Note: Following is the second of three installments on programs offered by The Next Door, Inc., and what you can do to help children and their families). We all had that awkward moment when we were kids where we wondered where we fit into the world.

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Dufur teacher focuses on tech

Dezirah Remington selected for special conferences, committees

It is turning into a very busy summer and fall for Dufur High School teacher Dezirah Remington, so it’s lucky that she likes to stay active. Over the past few months, Remington has been accepted for three special outside programs.

Walden talks politics, Trump, future of GOP

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore, said it has gone largely unreported that the House has approved more than 300 bills within the first six months of 2017 — more than under the Obama, Clinton and both Bush administrations during the same period. “We are getting a lot done this year,” he said. “That’s what the people elected us to do and that’s what I stay focused on.”

TD school on track to open Friday

Improving air quality Thursday afternoon suggested North Wasco County School District may be able to resume classes Friday.

For the Record for September 7, 2017

Police, fire, and medical reports from September 17

Crews make headway on Eagle Creek fire

The Eagle Creek/Indian Creek fire is currently 5 percent contained, according to the National Forest Service’s official Facebook page posting Thursday morning. A community meeting with information about the Eagle Creek and Indian Creek fires will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, in Hood River Valley High School’s Bowe Theater.

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Fire devastates Gorge — and nature lovers

TROUTDALE — A fast-moving wildfire chewing through Oregon's forestland is threatening more than homes and people. It's also devouring the heart of the state's nature-loving identity.

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Program helps kids get a good start in life

(Editor’s Note: Following is the first of three installments on programs offered by The Next Door, Inc., and what you can do to help children and their families). Some days we look good on the outside, but on the inside we feel sad and afraid. Greta feels like this every day.

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Gas Leak

In a downtown corridor already choked with heavy smoke from wildfires in the region, firefighters with Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue investigate a large natural gas leak at the corner of Federal and E. Second streets Wednesday afternoon.

Smoke closes D21 schools

North Wasco County schools closed Thursday because of poor air quality, which reached hazardous levels Wednesday night before lowering this morning to “unhealthy” levels.

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Arsonist targets Sherman county

A series of human-caused fires have plagued Sherman County’s backroads since July, and there’s a $6,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.


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