Pacific Northwest

Brown seeks federal assurance on OR pot

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown wants President Donald Trump to assure her that Oregon's legal cannabis industry is safe from federal prosecution. President Trump reportedly made a deal this week with a Colorado senator to protect the legal cannabis industry there, but it's not clear whether it extends to Oregon.

April 17, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Turkey Traditions

Two male turkeys display in an open area along old Highway 30 in Rowena, west of The Dalles.

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

Ruling makes it easier to rebuild

The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled farmland dwellings can be rebuilt even if they were demolished more than five years ago, reversing a previous legal decision. Preservationists call the ruling ‘devastating’ to farmland.

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

Steam engine rolls through Gorge

Vancouver’s BNSF railyard is hosting a venerable visitor for the next few days: a working steam locomotive, according to a report from The Columbian.

April 11, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

OR seeks input on coordinated care

The Oregon Health Authority will hold three meetings at the end of April to gather public input about the coordinated care model and the state’s Medicaid reforms. The Dalles — April 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wahtonka High School, 3601 West 10th St.

April 11, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

They’re Back!

An osprey checks out a nesting platform near Spearfish Lake, east of The Dalles Dam. The osprey migrate every winter, returning to the Columbia River in the spring to nest.

April 10, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Sea lions focus of fish survival war

NEWPORT — The 700-pound sea lion blinked in the sun, sniffed the sea air and then lazily shifted to the edge of the truck bed and plopped onto the beach below. Freed from the cage that carried him to the ocean, the massive marine mammal shuffled into the surf, looked left, looked right and then began swimming north as a collective groan went up from wildlife officials who watched from the shore. After two days spent trapping and relocating the animal designated #U253, he was headed back to where he started — an Oregon river 130 miles from the Pacific Ocean that's become an all-you-can-eat fish buffet for hungry sea lions.

March 22, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Spring Hike

Hikers on a Friends of the Columbia Gorge trail in Mosier pause at a falls on Mosier Creek during a bird watching hike Monday morning.

March 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

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..


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