Skamania County Burn Ban in Effect

Effective immediately, due to continued extreme weather conditions, Skamania County has declared and emergency burn ban against ALL outdoor fires regulated by Skamania County, including recreational fires (camp fires).

Water rationing lifted in Lyle

On behalf of the Lyle Water System, the Klickitat PUD will be lifting the water rationing effective Tuesday 9/16/14.

Operators were successful with replacing the failing pump and were able to bring the water level back to normal in the upper reservoir.

We appreciate everyone’s efforts and cooperation.

Goldendale City Council votes 6-month moratorium on marijuana shop

09 16 14 Crowd at Goldendale City Council on mariuana moratoriumMore than 50 people crowded into a packed Goldendale City Hall last night, proponents and opponents of a six-month moratorium on the producing, processing or retail sales of marijuana in the Goldendale city limit. Some 18 people gave public comment, though opponents of the moratorium were livid that public comment was allowed only after the council unanimously voted to institute the ban. They were also upset that two local supporters of the ban — Karen Hinsley and Dr. Michael Gannett — were allowed to make lengthy presentations to the council, each in excess of 10 minutes, while all others were limited to a maximum of three minutes.

The ban, as passed by the council, which will take effect in five days and prohibit any of those activities until March or until the city lifts the moratorium. Several councilors made changes in the ordinance, which was obviously copied from another jurisdiction. As originally proposed, the reason for the moratorium was to give the city time, and that the city intends to enact appropriate zoning, land use regulations and/or business licenses to accommodate the production, processing or sales of recreational marijuana. Councilors voted to change the word “intends” to “may.” Several council members have made it clear they would prefer an outright ban, while others aren’t so sure.

The ordinance did require a public hearing within 60 days. Council members voted to hold that hearing next Monday night, Sept. 22 at City Hall at 7 p.m.

To hear the comments of the 18 people who testified, click on the grey podcast bar below.

Goldendale City Council voting tonight on retail marijuana moratorium

The Goldendale City Council will vote tonight on a six-month moratorium on any legal marijuana growing, processing or retail operations in city limits. That proposed ordinance is in response to a special city council meeting September 4 at which 25 local residents expressed their views on the subject, with the majority in opposition. The meeting was called after it was revealed that the state of Washington has received an application for a retail marijuana store to be located at 650 Llama Lane, near the intersection of Broadway and Highway 97.

Tonight’s meeting is set for 7 p.m. at City Hall.

You can read a copy of that proposed ordinance by clicking on the red PDF button below


Update: I-84 @ US97 Interchange – Biggs Junction Construction for the Week of September 15, 2014


MP 104.5 and MP 0 to 2

KERR Contractors is building a modernization project at the Biggs Junction Interchange. The project will significantly widen US97 and all of the interchange ramps. The project also includes new retaining walls, bridges and signals. The work will take place in stages to minimize any traffic delays. The first stage will take place this summer, and it will include constructing the West half of the new US97 bridges over I-84 and UPRR. The project will be completed in the summer of 2015.


During the week of September 14th – September 20th the contractor will be performing bridge demolition, constructing retaining walls and working on ramp construction outside of the roadway. Impacts to traffic will be minimal during the next few weeks


I84 is reduced to one lane in both EB and WB direction. Speeds on I84 through the work zone have been reduced to 50 MPH.

Large number of salmon return to Columbia River

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of salmon are making their way from the ocean up the Columbia River this month, a windfall for salmon eaters and tribal and recreational fishermen in the Pacific Northwest.

It’s one of the largest runs since dam construction blocked river passage for fish. The run is forecast at 1.5 million salmon by year’s end — though fish managers say the final number may turn out to be lower.

More than 460,000 adult chinook have already passed over the Bonneville Dam on their way to spawning areas in native streams. That’s the first dam salmon cross in their migration upriver.

Monday’s 67,521 chinook were the largest single-day return since the dam was built in 1938.

Fish managers attribute the large run to good ocean conditions and improved habitat.

Rocky road? I-84 qualifies after dump truck spill

BOARDMAN, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police say eastbound Interstate 84 near Boardman was indeed a rocky road after a dump truck spilled its load of large rocks.

Police say a truck pulling a large belly dump trailer was traveling on the highway Friday afternoon when the trailer’s gate opened and rocks spilled onto the freeway. One vehicle was reported damaged.

The Oregon Transportation Department quickly got equipment to the site and removed the rocks.

Boardman is located in northeast Oregon.