Pacific Northwest

Gov. Brown reaches out to rural Oregon

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown was eager on the campaign trail to tell voters she would represent all regions of the state. “I’m the only candidate in this race with a track record of bringing Republicans and Democrats together, urban and rural Oregonians together, to tackle the problems facing Oregon,” Brown said during one debate. A month after her reelection, she is following through on that claim.

December 11, 2018 2:07 p.m. read more..

Bill focuses on predation

Bipartisan legislation to protect endangered salmon and steelhead from sea lion predation has been passed by the U.S. Senate. “For too long, predatory sea lions have been taking an unhealthy chomp out of Oregon’s salmon and steelhead stocks,” said Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR).

December 11, 2018 1:32 p.m. read more..

Tax hikes a ‘challenge’

SALEM — Thousands of Oregonians could see more money taken out of their paychecks and companies would be writing bigger checks to fund Gov. Kate Brown’s proposed budget and revamp the state’s education system. Brown needs to find $2.6 billion more than is already being paid in state taxes to cover her proposals for the state’s next two-year budget. It’s likely much of that sum would come from corporate or personal income tax increases.

December 7, 2018 2:09 p.m. read more..

Tribal housing moves forward

Much of a century has passed since the federal government promised to replace tribal housing lost when dams inundated fishing villages along the Columbia River. Now, two separate housing projects seeking to fulfill that promise are both making headway.

December 7, 2018 2:07 p.m. read more..

Feeding Station

A Red-breasted Sapsucker feeds on an ornamental pine. The holes it makes to access the tree’s sap quickly heal, and are also a food source for hummingbirds, especially the Rufus hummingbird.

December 4, 2018 2:57 p.m. read more..

Pipeline funding delayed

The City of The Dalles has applied three times to the state for a $1 million grant to help replace the leaking, wooden, century-old Dog River pipeline, which provides half the city’s water. It has gotten closer to funding each time, and in mid-November, state staffers finally recommended the grant be funded. But then the Oregon Water Resources Commission delayed a decision on the staff recommendation until early next year.

November 30, 2018 2:01 p.m. read more..

Oregon Zoo marks 31st ‘ZooLights’

PORTLAND — The Oregon Zoo’s annual Christmas display, styled “ZooLights,” is back this year with a walk-through winter wonderland of more than 1.6 million colored lights. “Attendance has been off the charts the past several years,” said Ivan Ratcliff, the zoo’s guest services manager.

November 27, 2018 2:16 p.m. read more..

Highway 30 reopens

For the first time since the Eagle Creek Fire, six miles of the Historic Columbia River Highway and several popular trails near Multnomah Falls have reopened. Reopened Gorge trails include the well-known Angels Rest, Wahkeena, and Larch Mountain Trail.

November 27, 2018 1:49 p.m. read more..

Camp Fire fund

Riverside Community Church in Hood River is working to put together a fund for the Schuepbach/Merz family and invites community members to send donations to the church, P.O. Box 656. Checks can be made out to Riverside Community Church, Schuepbach/Merz Fund.

November 23, 2018 2:12 p.m. read more..

Gilliam County grant enables housing

Work has officially begun on a single-family home in Arlington, thanks to a new loan and grant incentive program in Gilliam County. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Nov. 1 at the construction site, celebrating the first construction project to be funded through the Gilliam County Attainable Housing (GCAH) program administered by Pioneer Community Development Corporation (PCDC).

November 20, 2018 2:27 p.m. read more..

Fall Feast

A Cedar Waxwing feeds on fruit in the parking area of Columbia River Center, 400 Mt. Hood St., The Dalles.

November 20, 2018 1:58 p.m. read more..

Fire destroys shop

Wamic Auto Parts & Repair, one of only two businesses in Wamic, was destroyed by fire Wednesday night, Nov. 14.

November 16, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Fence repair help offered

Wasco County farmers and ranchers may be eligible for federal assistance to repair fencing destroyed by the summer’s wildfires, a local agency announced. The Wasco/Hood River County Farm Service Agency said farmers and ranchers have until Nov. 30 to contact the local FSA office and request assistance through the Emergency Conservation Program.

November 16, 2018 2:09 p.m. read more..



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