Pacific Northwest

Trash contaminates Gorge waste recycling hopes

Gorge waste managers Hood River Garbage/The Dalles Disposal and Tri-County Hazardous Waste and Recycling Program are still coming to terms with how a Jan. 1 recycling policy change is affecting local programs.

March 19, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

City considers street funding

The Dalles City Council is set to follow the recommendation of its public works director to not use $150,000 from the general fund during fiscal year 2018-19 for street maintenance and repairs.

March 14, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Port of HR holds first reading of partnership rules

At a Feb. 6 meeting of the Hood River Port Commission, Kevin Greenwood, project director for the replacement of the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge, invited Steve Siegel, of Siegel Consulting LLC, to guide the first Port Commission review of the draft administrative rules that would govern the public-private partnerships related to the replacement. This was the first draft of the rules that the Port of Hood River must establish, according to the Oregon State Legislature, which opened the possibility for public-private partnerships on infrastructure in 2016.

March 12, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

DISH Net scam concerns local resident

Les Gardipee of Browns Creek Road, southwest of The Dalles, fielded a suspicious phone call Monday afternoon from someone claiming to represent DISH Networks and is concerned that other residents may end up getting scammed.

March 6, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Birds of a feather

A California jay pauses in a tree at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center with what appears to be a nut.

March 1, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Dell Road disrepair sparks concern among residents

Dell Road, a local access road that connects Highway 30 with State Road near Mosier, is in such a state of disrepair that those who rely on it for access to their homes have turned to the county for maintenance support. However, the county does not have resources to help, explained Arthur Smith, Wasco County public works director on Feb. 21. He asked for the county board to help come up with a feasible solution to the problem.

March 1, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Gift to Senate GOP leader created quandary

SALEM — Ted Ferrioli, the Senate Republican leader in Oregon until he stepped down in January, was presented with a beautiful wool blanket by leaders of Native American tribes as a parting gift, throwing him into an ethical quandary. The issue confronting Ferrioli, who represented a huge swath of eastern Oregon covering canyonlands, mountains and high desert with cowboys, loggers and Native Americans among his constituents, is detailed in an Oregon Government Ethics Commission report.

February 28, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Fire rating improves for district

A long-awaited improvement in a fire rating for those living in the Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue district will mean lower insurance costs, said Fire Chief Bob Palmer.

February 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Wyeth trail takes shape in Gorge

High above Interstate 84 west of Hood River, constructions crews were hard at work Friday assembling pieces of an over-land bridge that will reconnect abandoned stretches of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. Drivers will see delays in the construction area, starting Friday, Feb. 16.

February 14, 2018 1:30 p.m. read more..

Long-time Judge Carey dies, age 76

As good with a gavel as he was with a wrench, Wilford “Will” Carey died Feb. 3, leaving a long legacy of community service. The attorney, judge and car collector was 76.

February 7, 2018 12:31 p.m. read more..

Permit process changes

State building codes officials were finally equipped to answer local stakeholders’ questions at a meeting Tuesday evening, where they assured local contractors that the state building codes division would operate as similarly to MCCOG as possible.

February 2, 2018 1:10 p.m. read more..

Wash. Gov denies Vancouver terminal, opponents praise move

A planned oil train terminal that has drawn controversy in some Gorge communities suffered its heaviest blow yet when Washington Gov. Jay Inslee denied the project’s permit Monday, siding with state environmental regulators. The Tesoro-Savage terminal that was proposed for the Columbia River shore in Vancouver would have boosted the number of fossil fuel trains rolling through the Gorge.

February 1, 2018 1:17 p.m. read more..


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