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White Salmon’s Mayor Sees Torches, Pitchforks After Firing Police Chief

A political brouhaha is bubbling up in the quiet communities of White Salmon and Bingen. The two share a police chief. Just who that is, however, is sort of up in the air: White Salmon's Mayor Roger Holen removed the chief from his office last month — and that's brewed up resentment among both city councils, the police department and at least 404 area residents who have signed a petition demanding the chief's reinstatement. (And you thought only national politics were interesting!) The White Salmon Enterprise has this story on the imbroglio.

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Social Worker: Domestic Violence On the Rise in Klickitat County

The Columbian is running an article today (Feb. 13) on a spike in domestic violence cases in Klickitat County. The article is actually an interview in Q-and-A format with the director of Programs for Peaceful Living, a domestic violence prevention and coping organization in the county. Quote: "Domestic violence is by far the most prevalent, particularly in Goldendale. The number of cases has risen dramatically as the economy has gotten worse. A lot of these people don't have jobs." One thing about the article that sticks in my mind’s craw: Was the timing of the article sort of clumsy, coming as it does on the heels of Valentine’s Day? Or, rather, a brilliant counterpoint to the commercialized silliness of the faux holiday?

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The Path Less Followed Leads to Wyeth

by Tomi Owens The rain passes reluctantly from the peaks and the parting fogs reveal a narrow declivity in the mossy hills. There, resting in the shadows, is Wyeth. Off Interstate 84, just east of Cascade Locks, the modest Wyeth campground is now closed for the winter. Here the seldom-used Forest Service Trail 411 embarks on a steep climb from the damp, mystic gloom that envelopes Gorton Creek up to the stony heights that tower over the Columbia. Trail 411 then continues for five miles to isolated North Lake. It's a challenging, beautiful and rewarding hike. But I don't go to hike. I go to Wyeth to reflect on its history and wonder about its future. For 60 years, the dramatic history of Wyeth has been, perhaps intentionally, lost. Nothing remains of the Civilian Public Service camp that housed conscientious objectors here from Dec. 1941 until July 1946. The story of these men who refused to fight in World War II has been buried beneath the forest loam, overgrown and forgotten...

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Feds Want to Sell Columbia Gorge Acreage

President Bush's recently-released 2007 federal budget request to Congress proposes to sell nearly 200,000 acres of public forest land around the country. That was the news earlier this week. Today, Friday, we learned that the Forest Service lands eligible for sale include 730 acres in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. The great majority of the Gorge land proposed for sale is on the Washington side of the river. Properties proposed for sale range from one end of the Gorge (near Cape Horn) to the other (near Wishram).

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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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County Cracks the Whip, Trying To Tame Thompson

Geoff "Buff Daddy" Thompson and partner Angelo Simione have as many as nine months to wait before they can open the View Point Inn, above Corbett, as an operating business. If they follow the law and wait for Multnomah County's planners to hold public hearings and issue permits, that is. But why wait? Well, they aren't, allege Multnomah County officials.The update, in Willamette Week, is the latest in Thompson's long effort to open the inn, and an equally long-running feud with public officials.

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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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Oregonians Love The Outdoors — But Does It Love Them?

Oregon's outdoors seem to be suffering from its share of bullies and jerks, at least if a few recent, totally unscientific personal anecdotes are any indication. Item: A friend Nordic skied four miles up hill this weekend and turned around for the long, hard-won downhill glide back to find his painstaking tracks stomped into mush by some snowshoers who had followed behind. Item: An 8-year-old skier trying out the sport with her dad is knocked down by some feckless snow boarder who hit her from behind. What's the deal, people? Are you snow-blind? Is this the working out of an increasingly selfish culture? Really, who knows? But Paul Keller's article, "Call of the Wild," in this Sunday's Oregonian had a startling figure: There were 4,000 Oregonians hurt or lost in the woods, slopes and rivers in the past eight years. Of those, 400 hikers, skiers, swimmers, campers, hunters, mushroom-pickers, boaters, you-name-it, have died or are presumed dead. Keller wasn't making this point, but perhaps the numbers do: Those thoughtless snowshoers and reckless skiers? Maybe they're not being mean or aggressive. Maybe, if the numbers have a point, they're just dumb.

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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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Gorge Kayaker Hopes To Make Waves With New Film

Nate Herbeck moved to Hood River for the water. The white water, that is. Now, having shot his first kayaking film,Liquid Insanity, Herbeck is highlighting the best local pools, runs and falls. Herbeck's 40-minute film debuts at River City Saloon in Hood River on Friday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m., and it’s free... (Photo by Ryan Scott.)

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