Pacific Northwest

Apply by Nov. 1 for fire funds

A task force of local ranchers and farmers from Wasco and Sherman counties will help decide how $27,000 in a wildfire relief fund should be distributed. Ken Polehn, president of the Wasco County Farm Bureau, said the funds will be used for losses not compensated by insurance or other public and private relief funds.

October 23, 2018 2:39 p.m. read more..

WorkSource hosts job fair

WorkSource Columbia Gorge has partnered with local employers from across the Gorge to host a job fair in Washington Thursday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Elks’ Lodge, 124 NE Church Avenue, White Salmon. Participating employers need electronics assemblers, composite engineers, maintenance technicians, database administrators, cabinet makers, and more.

October 16, 2018 2:34 p.m. read more..

Daycare workers charged

Daycare workers have been criminally charged after a baby died at the illegally-operated Mama Shell’s Daycare in Hood River, the Oregonian/OregonLive first reported Wednesday.

October 12, 2018 3:37 p.m. read more..

A matter of death or life

Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP) is starting an educational push to rally public support for changes in the law that will make it more difficult to execute condemned prisoners. Ultimately, the group will ask voters to replace the death penalty with life sentences.

October 12, 2018 2:49 p.m. read more..

Fire danger “moderate”; open fires prohibited

Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue has been monitoring the fire danger levels determined by the Oregon Department of Forestry. The current fire danger is listed as MODERATE and regulated use requirements are still in effect. Open fires are prohibited.

October 10, 2018 11:13 a.m. read more..

Brown moves to adopt environment regulations

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown wants to guard against a rollback of federal environmental rules by moving them into state law where the Trump administration couldn’t touch them. “As states, we can take a leadership role in preventing the erosion of core laws that protect our environment,” Brown said in remarks at an event at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry Wednesday.

October 9, 2018 3:18 p.m. read more..

ODF loosens fire ban

The Oregon Department of Forestry’s central Oregon district will terminate the Regulated Use Closure for district lands Oct 9 as cooler fall weather combined with precipitation over the weekend has improved conditions.

October 9, 2018 2:42 p.m. read more..

Gorge bike path opens

CASCADE LOCKS—Six miles of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, the paved bicycle and walking path closed for nearly 13 months by the Eagle Creek Fire, have re-opened between John B. Yeon Trailhead and Cascade Locks. The historic highway remains closed between Bridal Veil and Ainsworth, a six mile section, with no timeline yet for re-opening.

October 9, 2018 2:20 p.m. read more..

River Watch

A sparrow eyes the photographer from a tree along the Riverfront Trail in The Dalles. The popular hiking trail skirts the Columbia River for much of the distance between the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and The Dalles Marina.

October 5, 2018 2:07 p.m. read more..

Prescribed burns underway in Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area will conduct prescribed burning in the eastern Gorge this fall and winter as part of an ongoing fire fuels management program that hopes to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires and improve forest health. “We’re coming into a weather window – which means temperatures, humidity, and ground moisture are just right for successfully burning while still maintaining control of the fire,” said Roland Rose, a fire fuels planner with the national scenic area.

October 2, 2018 2:54 p.m. read more..

Anti-ICE rally heads to TD

A seven-day walk to demand an end to the housing of immigration detainees in Oregon began Sunday in Sheridan and ends at the regional jail in The Dalles Saturday. Both towns have correctional facilities that hold detainees.

October 2, 2018 1:44 p.m. read more..

John Day Dam celebrates 50th anniversary

On Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, a 50th anniversary ceremony was held at the John Day Dam powerhouse. As part of the ceremony, Kevin Moynahan, operations project manager at the dam, recapped the history of the facility.

September 28, 2018 3:07 p.m. read more..

Drug conviction disparities decline

SALEM — A disparity in the rate of drug possession convictions between blacks and whites in the state has declined dramatically as a result of an anti-racial profiling law that took effect over a year ago, according to a report by the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. The 2018 law reduced from felonies to misdemeanors crimes for possessing “personal use” amounts of six drugs.

September 28, 2018 2:40 p.m. read more..

Burn bans continue on east side forests in OR, Wash

A burn ban remains in effect in the Mt. Hood National Forest east of Hwy. 35 and south to the forest boundary due to dry conditions and lack of rain. The ban includes campfires, recreational shooting and off road vehicle use and is in effect through Oct. 31 or until lifted. A burn ban also remains in place for eastern Klickitat County through Oct. 31.

September 28, 2018 2:36 p.m. read more..


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