• Pacific Power Wildfire Mitigation Plan Includes Power Shutoff Provisions
    Pacific Power will be presenting its updated wildfire mitigation plan to the Oregon Public Utility Commission on Tuesday, including provisions for what is termed a “Public Safety Power Shutoff” in areas that have been identified at high risk of fast-spreading wildfires, and portions of the Hood River-Mosier area are among them.  Pacific Power Senior Vice […]
  • Oregon House Passes Oil Train Safety Bill
    The Oregon House of Representatives has passed a bill that would create new fees on oil train cars to pay for spill prevention and planning in the state.  The House passed the bill on a 55-3 vote, sending it to the state Senate for consideration.  Along with the fees, which would go to the state […]
  • Hood River Deals With Fires Near I-84; RV In The Dalles Burns
    Hood River fire crews were kept busy on Interstate 84 just west of the city over the weekend.  On Saturday morning, crews responded to a reported fire near the train tracks at Mitchell Point on milepost 58, closing a westbound lane of the freeway for a time and putting out the fire by early afternoon.  […]
  • Bridge EIS About 30 Percent Complete
    Work on the environmental impact statement for replacement of the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge continues, with project manager Kevin Greenwood saying they are about 30% complete and on track to finish by the end of 2020.  The EIS is required under the National Environmental Policy Act.  Greenwood says the EIS is a big component […]
  • TD Tourism Traffic Good In The Spring
    Summer time is about a week away, but there is evidence of increased tourist traffic in The Dalles.  The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Lisa Farquharson says the numbers for spring have been good, and started to pick up as April started. Farquharson does say they do get calls from potential visitors worried about […]
  • CGCC Offering UAV Certfication Training
    Columbia Gorge Community College has become the first institution in the Pacific Northwest offering “Trusted Operator Program ‘Level One’” certification training for commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicle pilots.  “Level One” is the first of three certification levels established by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles International, a global non-profit dedicated to the advancement of autonomous systems and […]