Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Columbia River Gorge Heat Advisory


Its hot, so hot that we have a heat advisory from Battlefield, WA to Eugene, OR and everywhere in between. High temperatures are expected to hit between 95F to 100F throughout the Willamette Valley as well as the Western and Central Columbia River Gorge area. Learn how long this heat is expected to last by reading the Heat Advisory below.
... HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM WEDNESDAY TO 9 PM PDT FRIDAY FOR THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY AND WESTERN AND CENTRAL COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE...
A HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM WEDNESDAY TO 9 PM PDT FRIDAY.
* TIMING: WEDNESDAY THROUGH AT LEAST FRIDAY.
* UNCERTAINTY: 90F TEMPERATURES MAY PERSIST INTO THE WEEKEND... WITH THE HOTTEST TEMPERATURES LIKELY IN THE CENTRAL COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE AND SOUTHERN WILLAMETTE VALLEY.
* HIGH TEMPERATURES: 95F TO 100F.
* LOW TEMPERATURES: 55F TO 65F.
* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: EUGENE... SPRINGFIELD... CORVALLIS... ALBANY... SALEM... MCMINNVILLE... HILLSBORO... PORTLAND... OREGON CITY... GRESHAM... VANCOUVER... BATTLE GROUND... WASHOUGAL... ODELL
* IMPACTS: DO NOT LEAVE CHILDREN AND PETS UNATTENDED IN AUTOMOBILES.
SRC: Learn ways to take extra precautions during this Heat Advisory at: www.cgsentinel.com/v2_news_articles.php?heading=0&story_id=7358&page=72

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Western Pond Turtles let loose in the Columbia River Gorge


The population of Western Pond Turtles has grown in the Columbia River Gorge, thanks to the Western Pond Turtle Recovery Project. The program started in the early 1990's when there were less than 100 Western Pond Turtles in Washington, according to the Oregon Zoo. According to a district wildlife biologist at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, there are now as may as 800 turtles in four different populations in the Columbia River Gorge. Learn why the Western Pond Turtle Recovery Project in the Columbia River Gorge has not declared victory yet by reading more about the turtle's hurtles below.
Almost 25 years in, the Western Pond Turtle Recovery Project has been a success by most accounts. But is there an end point? Can the effort ever declare victory?
"With any species recovery program, the goal is a self-sustaining animal population without human intervention," Cutting said.
Western pond turtles in the Gorge aren't there yet, Anderson said. One target is having four separate populations of at least 200 animals, he said. The four current populations — three in Skamania County, one in Klickitat County — haven't reached that level yet. And there are other considerations than just numbers, Anderson said.
"We want to have an evenly distributed number of younger and older turtles in the population," Anderson said.
The program has helped the species rebound in the region by plucking hatchling turtles from the wild, then raising them for 11 months in the safe confines of captivity. With controlled summer-like conditions year-round, the animals feed and grow faster than they normally would. When the juvenile turtles are large enough to fend for themselves, they're released back into the wild.
The Oregon Zoo and Woodland Park Zoo take the role of raising the animals while they're in captivity. The task of monitoring and tracking the turtles falls to WDFW, Anderson said.
The turtles' survival rates have been very high after release, according to the Oregon Zoo. But some mortality is inevitable. Among the biggest threats to the turtles are predators like bullfrogs and loss of habitat — likely the main reasons their numbers declined in the first place, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Leanne Veldhuis said in an email.
The turtles have also had to cope with disease, Anderson said. WDFW officials earlier this month trapped and evaluated some turtles affected by a disease that creates small lesions on the shell, he said.
WDFW also conducts periodic population estimates as part of its monitoring efforts, Anderson said. Turtles are often marked so they can be identified and observed at later visits.
If the population were declared healthy, officials would go through a de-listing process to remove the western pond turtle as a threatened species.
SRC: Read the entire article about Western Pond Turtles let loose in the Columbia River Gorge at: www.columbian.com/news/2015/jul/26/turtle-program-slow-steady-columbia-river-gorge/

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Rock of Ages Loop Hike


When you need an intense hike with some major elevation gain in the Columbia River Gorge, head over to the Rock of Ages Loop Hike. This hike begins at the Horsetail Falls Trailhead which is not far from Multnomah Falls. After a sharp bend in the trail and before hitting Ponytail Falls there'll be a non-maintained entry trail for the Rock of Ages Loop Hike. This hike is not for beginners and should be hiked with caution. The breath taking views of the Columbia River Gorge will be well worth your efforts. Learn details about this trail below.
Rock of Ages and Saint Peter's Dome are two large rock formations standing like Roman soldiers guarding Yeon Mountain in the Columbia River Gorge. While there is no well-worn trail down to either of the formations themselves, the Rock of Ages hike offers some unique perspectives these basaltic domes, while taking you to three lesser-known but worthwhile viewpoints in the Gorge.
This is a primitive, but well-worn trail along a steep, non-maintained path. Parts of the hike are scrambles with some exposure and hikers should be cautioned in less than optimum weather conditions. At about a 1000ft/mile the first stretch of this hike rivals any in the Gorge in terms of difficulty. 
SRC: Find detailed directions for the Rock of Ages Loop Hike at: www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Rock_of_Ages_Loop_Hike

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Biking the Larch Mountain Loop


Are you ready for a 6 mile extreme bike ride in the Columbia River Gorge area? If so the Larch Mountain Loop has what you're looking for. Take the Gorge Scenic Highway to the junction between the Women's Forum overlook and the Vista House at Crown Point to get on Larch Mountain Road. From there you'll travel up 14 twisty miles to the parking lot where your Larch Mountain Loop biking journey will begin. Learn details about the Larch Mountain loop below.
This is a steep up-and-down loop, with fast turns and bumpy roots and rocks. The loop starts at the top, so you get the descent before the climb out. The bike-legal loop is Upper Trail 441, Trail 446, and Upper Trail 424, and you can also do the Trail 444 cutoff, which is extra-technical. Be sure not to go below Trail 446 on either Trail 441 or 424, as those sections are not open to bikes. Also be sure to catch the view at Sherrard Point while you’re there.
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SRC: Learn more about the Larch Mountain Loop at: rideoregonride.com/mountain-biking/larch-mountain-loop/

Monday, July 20, 2015

100th Anniversary of the Historic Columbia River Highway


The Historic Columbia Highway turns 100 years old this August. It is not an exaggeration to say this is a truly beautiful looking highway. Currently The Oregon Department of Transportation is working to reconstruct the highway, which was the country's first scenic highway. Although only 10 miles remain for the reconstruction it is still a huge task. Learn more about The Historic Columbia River Highway below.
The Historic Columbia River Highway runs through the Columbia River Gorge from Troutdale to The Dalles. It was built in segments and dedicated in 1916 as the nation's first scenic highway. It functioned as the main road into Portland from the east until opening of I-84 in the 1960s.
These days, the Historic Columbia River Highway is used predominantly for hiking and cycling, with some sections still accessible to cars (including the Troutdale to  Crown Point and Multnomah Falls section). When completed, the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail will span 75 miles and will serve as a scenic and alternative bicycle route for I-84 between Portland and The Dalles.
Five of the 10 missing miles have been funded. Construction will begin in September on the Shellrock section, followed next year on the Wyeth section.
That still leaves a proposed five-mile, $32 million project on both sides of Mitchell Point, just west of Hood River, to complete the route between Portland and The Dalles. Funding is still needed for that project.
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SRC: Watch an amazing Reconnecting The Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail video at: www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2015/07/columbia_gorge_highway_trails.html

Thursday, July 16, 2015

11th Annual Citizen's Police Academy


Want to know how to Help Prevent Crime in your Home, Neighborhood or Workplace? Want to learn about the Training and Expertise of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office? Learn all this and more by joining The City of Wood Village and The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in the 11th Annual Citizen's Police Academy for FREE. Learn details for the 11th Annual Citizen's Police Academy below.
Registration for the 11th annual Citizen’s Police Academy is now open.  The Citizen’s Police Academy is a 12 week program designed to provide a working knowledge of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office in a Fun and Interactive way.  Class starts September 9th
This course is informational only, and will not certify you to become a law enforcement or public safety officer.
Application deadline is 4:30pm Friday, August 28, 2015
SRC: Stay updated on the 11th Annual Citizen's Police Academy by visiting: www.ci.wood-village.or.us/events/11th-annual-citizens-police-academy/

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The Bridge of the Gods Peace Jam

Gresham's United Earth group is organizing The Bridge of the Gods Peace Jam for July 17th and 18th, 2015. Enjoy a peaceful music filled weekend in Cascade Locks by joining the Peace Jam to promote ecotourism in the Columbia River Gorge and to raise funds for a peace-oriented school curriculum. Learn about the Bike Peace Music Festival also taking place in Cascade Locks this weekend, below.
The inaugural event, dubbed a Bike Peace Music Festival, takes place on Thunder Island July 17 and 18. Two hundred campsites are reserved on the island near Cascade Locks for bicycling tourists who ride to the festival with their own camping gear.
The event is a fundraiser for The Nobel Peace Curriculum. United Earth is working with the Reynolds School District and charter schools to develop the curriculum.
Marcus Nobel, executive director of United Earth, says he’s working with local governments, business groups and the Rotary Club to promote ecotourism in the Gorge. 
SRC: Learn more about The Bridge of the Gods Peace Jam at: portlandtribune.com/sl/266701-140794-peddle-to-the-gorge-camp-out-and-hear-music-this-weekend

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Troutdale's 43rd Annual Summerfest

Join Troutdale in their Summerfest celebration on Saturday, July 18th 2015. This will be Troutdale's 43rd annual Summerfest and with the summer we've had so far we can expect tons of fun in the sun! Anyone travel along the Columbia River Gorge will not want to miss out on this community wide event. Learn more about the 2015 Troutdale Summerfest below.
The 43rd annual Troutdale SummerFest will be on Saturday, July 18th, 2015. It will begin with performances in Troutdale’s Mayor’s Square before the parade at 11:00. The parade will go from downtown Troutdale and to Glenn Otto Park, a little over half a mile away. It will probably finish by 12:00 or 12:30, depending on the number of entries. It will be broadcast by Metro East Media. The parade will be followed by afternoon entertainment and vendors in Glenn Otto Park. Afternoon entertainment and vending are being arranged separately from the parade.
SRC: Find more information about the 43rd annual Summerfest in Troutdale at: www.westcolumbiagorgechamber.com/troutdale-summerfest-2015/

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Wood Village Nite Out

Walk over to the Wood Village Baptist Church for the community celebration of Wood Village's Nite Out. Join your neighbors in free food, drinks, entertainment and more on Friday, July 17th 2015. Wood Village Nite Out will be from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and you'll want to get there early for a good view of the parade. Learn more about the Wood Village Nite Out below.
Bring the whole family to the 16th Annual City Nite Out is on Friday July 17th from 5-9pm at the Wood Village Baptist Church located at 23601 NE Arata Rd. The event will start with an emergency vehicle parade through the City (Click Here to View the Parade Route) at 5pm, and the event itself will start at 5:30pm. There will also be a RedCross Blood Drive from 3-8pm. Please click Here to sign up to donate blood at the event.
Help us with our SnowCap Food Drive. Bring two cans of food to the event, and help out needy families in East County
SRC: Learn more about the Wood Village Nite Out at: www.ci.wood-village.or.us/events/city-nite-out-july-17th/

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Kids Explore The Columbia River Gorge during Camp


The Northern Wasco Park and Recreation District's kayak camp explored The Columbia River Gorge last week. These campers were taught the history of the river while exploring it. Although high winds cut one of their trips short the campers were able to build important team working skills while on The Columbia River. Read more about these campers below.
Beginning Monday morning, campers paddled from Riverfront Park out to the islands. Tuesday’s plan was to go down to the port, dock the kayaks, walk to the Lewis and Clark fort area and learn about the river’s history. However, high winds cut the trip short.
Felker planned to make the journey again later in the week as well as head east down the other end of the river to a pond to see carp. But regardless of what the kids explored, Felker said the camp was about “building confidence and teamwork.” Their motto was “Safety first, teamwork second.”
“I went over questions about the seriousness of the river and they repeated the answers back to me so they’re listening,” Felker said. “Meeting new people and being able to work together, I think is also really important.”
The kayak camp is one of many camps offered by parks and recreation this summer.
Goonies camp, which is full, takes place July 13-15.
“We’re going to be doing kind of what they did in the movie,” Felker said. “The first day we’re going to be doing the Mosier tunnels because it will kind of represent the Cannon Beach area. We’re geo-caching, finding latitude and longitude and answering clues to take them to the buried treasure. The last day we will be watching the movie and taking the Goonies oath.”

SRC: Learn more about the remaining summer camp sessions at: http://www.thedalleschronicle.com/news/2015/jul/10/exploring-gorge/www.thedalleschronicle.com/news/2015/jul/10/exploring-gorge/

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Help make transit better on the Eastside


You could help make transit better in East Portland, Gresham, Fairview, Troutdale and Wood Village! By taking a brief  survey about the transit system you'll be providing much needed information to make future transportation easier for everyone on the Eastside. Bonus points: Complete the survey by July 17th and you could win 10 Adult 1-Day Passes! Learn details about making transit better on the Eastside below.
Through the end of 2015, we are asking for feedback and ideas for improving bus service, bus stops and street crossings in the communities of East Portland (generally east of I-205), Fairview, Gresham, Troutdale and Wood Village. As part of our Eastside Service Enhancement Plan, we are holding a series of community conversations and conducting surveys to gather feedback from riders, community groups, businesses and other stakeholders. 
SRC: Take part of this Survey before July 17th and you could wind 10 Adult 1-Day Passes at: www.ci.wood-village.or.us/hot-topics/help-make-transit-better-in-east-portland-gresham-fairview-troutdale-and-wood-village/

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Wood Village Park Survey

The City of Wood Village is encouraging their community residents to take part in the city's Park Survey. The survey is only 15 questions and will help in the creation of Wood Village's first citywide Park System Plan. Learn more the Wood Village Park Survey below.
The City of Wood Village is conducting a short survey to assess the recreational needs of community residents to create its first citywide Parks System Plan.

The new Plan will establish a path forward for providing high quality, community-driven parks, trails, open space and recreation amenities throughout the city. The Plan will establish priorities and recommend specific projects for the city's parkslands for the next 10 years. Final review and adoption of the Plan tentatively is scheduled for August 2015.
The survey consists of 15 questions and takes on average about 5 minutes to complete. Residents of all ages are encouraged to participate.
SRC: If you're a resident of Wood Village, Oregon you can take the Park Survey at: www.ci.wood-village.or.us/

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Troutdale Summerfest 2015


Join Troutdale in their Summerfest celebration on Saturday, July 18th 2015. This will be Troutdale's 43rd annual Summerfest and with the summer we've had so far we can expect tons of fun in the sun! Anyone travel along the Columbia River Gorge will not want to miss out on this community wide event. Learn more about the 2015 Troutdale Summerfest below.
The 43rd annual Troutdale SummerFest will be on Saturday, July 18th, 2015. It will begin with performances in Troutdale’s Mayor’s Square before the parade at 11:00. The parade will go from downtown Troutdale and to Glenn Otto Park, a little over half a mile away. It will probably finish by 12:00 or 12:30, depending on the number of entries. It will be broadcast by Metro East Media. The parade will be followed by afternoon entertainment and vendors in Glenn Otto Park. Afternoon entertainment and vending are being arranged separately from the parade.
SRC: Find more information about the 43rd annual Summerfest in Troutdale at: www.westcolumbiagorgechamber.com/troutdale-summerfest-2015/

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Gem and Mineral Show in Cascade Locks


Join Cascade Locks on July 10th through the 14th for the Gem and Mineral Show. Enjoy the Gem and Mineral show with beads, rough and polished rocks, dinosaur eggs, crystals and more.

Learn more about the Gem and Mineral Show in Cascade Locks at: www.westcolumbiagorgechamber.com/event/cascade-locks-gem-and-mineral-show-4/

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Have a Happy 4th of July along The Columbia River Gorge


Have a Happy 4th of July along The Columbia River Gorge!



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Corett Fun Fest 2015 Lineup

Join the Corbett Fun Fest this Fourth of July for a full day of fun in the sun. While in Corbett you'll enjoy great music, food, activities and East County's only fireworks show. Don't miss out on this Fourth of July fun in Corbett Oregon. Learn what is included in your Corbett Fun Fest tickets below.
Wristband Ticket Price of $10.00 per person or purchase online here before the event. ( Infants 3 & under free.)
• All of the entertainment, fun zone and fireworks are included in your ticket!
• Parking is still $5. All money goes to fund the Corbett 4th of July event, and local non-profits benefitting the Corbett Area.
• We will also have two or three working ATMs on site this year.
Your ticket includes:• July 4th Fun Fest wristband with exit and re-entry privileges all day
• Access to all inflatables, water slide, paddle boats, walk on water ball, mechanical bull, and rock wall
• All free or donation vendor booths such as kids crafts, games, info booths, etc.
• All on-stage entertainment
• Fireworks viewing
• You are free to bring in your own food and beverages (no alcohol, smoking, fireworks or illegal substances, coolers will be checked!)
It does not include:• Parking
• Any vendors that are requesting money for their services such as; food, beverage, handmade crafts, face painting, toys, entertainment merch, etc.
SRC: Order your Corbett Fun Fest Tickets at: www.corbettfunfest.com/buy-your-tickets-here/

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