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A Blueprint for Hanford Cleanup? That’s What Feds Propose

The feds say they need to put together a central plan for cleaning up the vast amounts of radioactive waste at the Hanford nuclear reservation. But first, you get your say. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has a poor history not just of cleaning up the Hanford nuclear reservation, but even planning to clean it up. DOE has tried, and failed, in recent years to complete two environmental impact statements (EISes) on aspects of the Hanford project. Now, the feds have a bright new idea: Combine and widen the scope into a single mega-EIS, which would provide a blueprint for cleaning Hanford once and for all. Thursday, in Hood River, citizens have the chance to question that process..

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Mosier Company Creates Function, Beauty By Recycling

There’s an interesting, inspiring article in the Hood River News about a Mosier company that recycles bicycle parts into candle holders, stools, bottle-openers and truly beautiful clocks. The company, Resource Revival, has a unique supply challenge: "We can’t order it, like some sort of widget. Used chain exists ephemerally, and then it’s gone." But then, "This one-pound piece of garbage can become 10 products. That’s the magic of what we do." Do I see a recycled skiing parts craftsman in the Gorge’s future? A windsurf-into-furniture-maker?

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The Secret, Lost Lives of Farmers

by Tomi Owens Mark and Rhonda Fischer own an orchard in the Hood River Valley near Parkdale, Oregon. Like the orchard, skiing is a Fischer family tradition. Mark’s parents taught him and Rodney and Jeremy have been skiing and snowboarding since they were five. Rhonda is a snowboarder, too. They spend the winter on the Mt. Hood snow pack and when spring thaw comes the same snow will melt into the Hood River, flow into the valley and irrigate the orchard. What should I say to Mark and Rhonda? To Rodney and Jeremy? Something blithe like "Enjoy it while you can?"  I am the outsider in this valley, in this county, in this state. I am not from here yet still I must cry out some kind of warning. Measure 37; the Warm Springs casino proposed for Cascade Locks; the sale of 730 acres of Forest Service Land in a National Scenic Area? It's a three-ring act. The circus has come to town, blowing horns and banging the big drum of Progress. And, just as in Ray Bradbury's dark classic Something Wicked This Way Comes, this circus comes promising to grant you your dearest wish...

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A Big Week for the Cascade Locks Casino

It was a big week for the proposed Warm Springs casino in Cascade Locks: A number of local officials, including Hood River County Commissioner Carol York, traveled to testify at a Senate hearing; and meanwhile, the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs released a scoping report for the casino project. Oh, yeah, and this issue of Portland Monthly magazine includes an article, "The Gamble In the Gorge," that looks at the controversy, the tribal community, the proposal — and casts it, in part, as a struggle not just of Indian tribes trying to prosper in a white man’s world, but pitted against one another for that prosperity. Unfortunately, since the magazine’s papercentric editors don’t put their content online (except for the first few paragraphs), you’ll have to track down a paper copy to read the piece...

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As Bend Get Popular, Poor Are Shown the Door

If the upside of an urban growth boundary is keeping a lid on sprawl, what’s the downside? Pricing people out of their community. It’s happened to some in Hood River. Some say it is, or may soon, happen in The Dalles. Here’s how it’s happening in Bend, according to the Bulletin: The "price of raw subdividable land in Bend soared, reaching $100,000 per acre in 2003 and flying to $400,000 by late 2005, Bratton Appraisal Group owner Dana Bratton told a Bend Chamber of Commerce audience last week." Guess who has subdividable land? Trailer park owners...

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Opinionators: Lawmakers Need To Gird Their Loins, Show Courage and Engage Measure 37

The Oregon Supreme Court’s Tuesday decision upholding Measure 37 has thrust the state into a critical time for our lawmakers to craft a measured, thoughtful revision of Oregon’s land use laws. That’s the gist of many bloggers and other opinion class. Indeed, the decision has every typist clack-clack-clacking out thoughts. Here are a number of them: In one of the most penetrating and thoughtful posts, Worldwide Pablo warns that we may be approaching the "worst of all possible worlds," and says, "Oregon’s land-use fate was sealed years ago. Since moving to Oregon in 1979, WWP has been witness to [and has frequently kvetched about] the nearly sociopathically selfish extremism of the developer class on the one hand, and government’s "we know better than you" motherland-management ethos on the other hand. ... Oh, there’s a revolution brewing, make no mistake about it. Measure 37 is only the beginning..."

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Third Sexual Assault In Hood River Results in Arrest

It's been a tough new year Hood River's sense of tranquility: A spree of rapes and attempted rapes has hurt a couple women, and frightened who knows how many more. There was the Jan. 12 rape of a Markham Road woman; the attempted assault of a woman in the Heights on Jan. 23; then, a Collins Road woman was raped at knifepoint in her home Tuesday morning. This time, though, the alleged attacker didn't get far: The brave woman freed herself and alerted authorities, who captured a suspect within half an hour, reported the Hood River News.

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GreenWorks Unveils Three Designs for a Hood River Waterfront Park

The landscape design firm, GreenWorks presented three alternative designs for Hood River's waterfront park this week. And, the Port of Hood River gave the City of Hood River the deed to the much-debated, seven-acre Lot 6. GreenWorks landscape architect, Mike Abbaté, presented the plans to a crowd of almost 90 people in a meeting Wednesday. The purpose of the meeting and of a duplicate meeting Thursday night in Odell was to find out which of the three alternatives best meets the community's needs and wants. You can see the plans on the City of Hood River's web site. At the bottom of the page is a survey to vote for your choice. The plans and survey forms will be displayed at 11 locations around the county. Surveys must be returned by Feb. 20.

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Good For Fish, Good For Farms

For years, Farmers Irrigation District has had a number of debris screens, and two hydroelectric plants. Oregon's 1996 winter flooding washed away the protective screens. Instead of looking around for someone else to solve the problem, the district staff designed a horizontal screen, and installed a prototype on their Hood River diversion. Tests proved that fish passed over the screen with zero mortality. No dead salmon, steelhead, trout. Not even a scale damaged.   And the screen blocked debris, while providing water for farms. "The screen design they produced and patented, they then licensed to the non-profit Farmers Conservation Alliance to ensure all screen profits went to the common good," says Julie Davies O'Shea, director of Farmers Conservation Alliance. The new screen goes on sale this month.

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A One-Liner

A joke about Bend, but it fits well some places in the Gorge, too: "Diversity means Subarus of different colors."

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