CGCC to host Vaccination Events

Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) will host two vaccination events at the start of fall term. The first event will be held at The Dalles campus amphitheater on Wednesday, September 29th from 12:00-2:00 pm and the other at the Hood River campus parking lot on Thursday, September 30th from 12:00-2:00 pm.

Currently enrolled students who vaccinate at the event will be given four free credits toward their next or current classes. Community members who vaccinate at the event will be given a voucher for two free community education courses*.

Students and community members who receive a single-shot vaccine will be credited or given a voucher immediately. Those who receive the first portion of a dual-shot vaccine will be given information on how to claim their free credits/voucher when they complete their second jab.

Those already vaccinated who show their completed vaccine card will be entered into a drawing for vouchers for credits (students) or community ed classes (community members). If a vaccinated person brings an unvaccinated person who gets vaccinated at the event, they’ll get an extra entry into the drawing!

Lunch will be provided on a first come-first served basis.

*Some restrictions may apply to course selection. See voucher for details or contact Jonathan Neptune at

Klickitat County Burn Ban Extension Zone 3 – Oct. 15-2021

Due to the high wildfire hazard conditions experienced this summer and continued lack of sufficient precipitation, Klickitat County is extending the ban on outdoor burning within Klickitat County Burn Ban Zone Three, defined as lands between the western boundaries of Klickitat County Fire Districts #4, 12 and 15 then north on the Klickitat River to the north county line, to the west county line, to include but not limited to Klickitat County Fire Districts #1, 3, 8 and 13; outside the corporate limits of any city or town; the jurisdiction of the Yakama Indian Nation; and the jurisdiction of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and prohibiting the issuance of burning permits except for authorized agricultural burning. Residential barbecues will be allowed. Said ban on outdoor burning shall be in full force and effect through October 15, 2021. The public is directed to check with the appropriate authorities concerning burning restrictions within the corporate limits of any city or town. To read the full resolution go to

Mt. Hood welcomes new Forest Supervisor

PORTLAND, OR- Pacific Northwest Regional Forester Glenn Casamassa announced the selection of Meta Loftsgaarden as the new Mt. Hood National Forest Supervisor. Loftsgaarden joins the Forest Service from the State of Oregon and currently serves as the Executive Director for the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, a state agency that supports community-based conservation, habitat restoration, and improved water quality.

She will begin working in her new position in early October.

“The depth and breadth of Meta’s experience in natural resources, land management and conservation issues will be an important asset in her work on the Mt. Hood National Forest,” Casamassa said. “This is a forest that sits at the intersection of western Oregon’s urban and rural communities, where thoughtful and strategic land use and conservation are critically important to preserving open space while supporting the region’s growing recreation economy.”

Loftsgaarden’s career experience includes numerous leadership positions supporting local economies, communities, and science-based restoration and conservation.

Prior to joining OR Watershed Enhancement Board, she worked for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service on partnership and policy issues including farmland protection, working forestland easements, and strategic conservation.

In Montana, she promoted economic and natural resource policies as the head of the state’s agriculture Marketing and Business Development Bureau and as the Governor’s office deputy communications director.

Loftsgaarden has a Masters of Public Administration from Portland State University and a Bachelor of Science from Montana State University. 

“I appreciate the opportunity to join the outstanding team on the Mt. Hood National Forest,” Loftsgaarden said. “This iconic forest represents so much of what we in Oregon care about – the environment, outdoor recreation, and strong local natural resource economies. I look forward to helping support the work of our Forest Service employees and partners as we sustainably manage this incredible resource.”

Mt. Hood National Forest spans more than one million acres of forested mountains, lakes, and streams in Oregon’s Cascade Range and surrounding foothills. It provides drinking or agricultural irrigation water for about a third of the state’s population and is one of the most visited national forests in the Pacific Northwest. For more information visit:

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster dose recommended for certain individuals

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) will immediately begin offering booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to certain individuals following recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices (ACIP), and Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup.

At least six months after completing the primary Pfizer vaccine series, the following individuals should receive a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine:

  • People 65 years of age and older,
  • People 18 years of age and older living in a long-term care setting, and
  • People 50 – 64 years of age with underlying medical conditions or those at increased risk of social inequities.

Additionally, the following individuals who completed a Pfizer vaccine series at least six months ago may receive a Pfizer booster dose:

“COVID-19 vaccines continue to be highly effective in reducing the risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death, even against the highly transmissible Delta variant,” said Secretary of Health Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH. “As COVID-19 continues to evolve, booster doses will further protect vaccinated people who are at high-risk and those whose protection has decreased over time.”

At this time, there are not yet recommendations for people who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and FDA will evaluate data in the coming weeks and may make additional recommendations for other vaccine types. However, certain people who are immunocompromised can receive a third dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) following recommendations last month from the FDA, ACIP, and Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup.

COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective and are recommended for everyone 12 and older. Currently, there is plenty of vaccine available across the state for everyone who needs a dose. To find a vaccine location near you, visit Vaccine Locator or call the COVID-19 Information Hotline at 1-800-525-0127, then press #. Language assistance is available.

The DOH website is your source for a healthy dose of information. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Sign up for the DOH blog, Public Health Connection. 

State Board Awards Salmon Recovery Grants

OLYMPIA–The Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board today announced the award of $21 million in grants across the state to aid in salmon recovery.

The grants, given annually, went to 105 projects in 29 of the state’s 39 counties. The grants will pay for work to restore salmon habitat, including repairing degraded habitat in rivers, removing barriers blocking salmon from reaching the ocean, and conserving pristine habitat.

“Salmon are important to every Washingtonian, whether they spend time fishing, eat salmon, rely on salmon for their business or use salmon in their cultural celebrations,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “It’s imperative that we improve the areas salmon need, and these grants help do that.”

Below are awards for projects in Klickitat County:

Columbia Land Trust Grant Awarded: $167,134
Conserving Upper Rattlesnake Creek

The Columbia Land Trust will use this grant to conserve 1.6 miles of Rattlesnake Creek, a
tributary to the White Salmon River. This purchase will protect important spawning habitat and
120 acres of creek-side habitat. The area is connected to land owned by the state Department of
Natural Resources, and once purchased, will complete the conservation of the upper reaches of
this tributary. Permanently protecting this habitat is increasingly important because of growing
development pressure in the lower reaches of the creek. The creek is used by mid-Columbia
steelhead trout, which is a species listed as threatened with extinction under the federal
Endangered Species Act. The Columbia Land Trust will contribute $1.5 million in a federal grant.
Visit RCO’s online Project Snapshot for more information and photographs of this project.

Eastern Klickitat Conservation District Grant Awarded: $165,000
Designing Fish Access to Pine Creek

The Eastern Klickitat Conservation District will use this grant to develop a conceptual design to
restore fish access to Pine Creek. Fish passage into the Pine Creek watershed is blocked at the
confluence with the Columbia River by State Route 14 and a railroad. Restoring fish passage
would open 4.5 miles of federally designated critical habitat for steelhead and potentially allow
access to additional habitat upstream. With fish passage restored, Pine Creek would provide
11 percent of the spawning area in Water Resource Inventory Area 31. The creek was used
historically by mid-Columbia steelhead, which is a species listed as threatened with extinction
under the federal Endangered Species Act, and is used by Chinook salmon. The Eastern Klickitat
Conservation District will contribute $30,000 in donated labor. Visit RCO’s online Project
Snapshot for more information and photographs of this project. (21-1248)

Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group Grant Awarded: $160,000
Designing Restoration of Lower Snyder Creek

The Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group will use this grant to complete a conceptual
design to improve habitat in the lower 1.3 miles of Snyder Creek and in a side channel of the
Klickitat River where it meets Snyder Creek. Snyder Creek is one of only a few perennial
tributaries in the lowest 40 miles of the Klickitat River. The enhancement group will develop
alternatives to improve habitat and work with stakeholders to select one alternative for a final
design. The project area includes a cement-lined stream channel that runs through the former
Klickitat Mill and the former log sorting yard. Landowners are interested in planning for habitat
improvements concurrent with planning for revitalization of portions of the old mill site to
benefit the local community and economy. The creek is used by mid-Columbia steelhead, which
is a species listed as threatened with extinction under the federal Endangered Species Act. The
Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group will contribute $28,300 in state and federal grants.
Visit RCO’s online Project Snapshot for more information and photographs of this project.

Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group Grant Awarded: $110,725
Improving Fish Passage and Habitat in Rattlesnake Gulch Creek

The Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group will use this grant to improve fish habitat and
make it easier for fish to access Rattlesnake Gulch Creek, which feeds Swale Creek, an important
tributary to the Klickitat River. To improve fish access to the Rattlesnake Gulch Creek, the
enhancement group will remove a small concrete dam and replace two road culverts with
bridges. The existing road culverts, which are pipes and other structures that allow streams to
pass under roads, partially block passage to the east and west forks of the creek. The work will
open 3.5 miles of habitat to fish use. To improve fish habitat, the enhancement group will
remove a berm and railroad ties next to the creek, and place logs and other woody materials in
the creek to create more complex habitat features. The enhancement group also will plant trees
and shrubs along the creekbanks. Planting trees and bushes shades the water, cooling it for fish.
Plant roots also keep soil from entering the water, where it can smother fish spawning gravel.
The creek is used by mid-Columbia steelhead, which is a species listed as threatened with
extinction under the federal Endangered Species Act. The Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement
Group will contribute $19,700 in a federal grant. Visit RCO’s online Project Snapshot for more
information and photographs of this project. (21-1203)

HCHD: Quarantine Guidelines

Given the recent rise in new COVID-19 cases throughout the county, the Hood River County Health Department is unable to reach out to positive individuals in a timely manner for case investigation and quarantine guidance. We are concerned for your health and well-being and are working as fast as we are able to contact positive individuals. Please answer the phone for our COVID-19 case investigators when they call.

In the meantime, if you have tested positive for COVID-19, it is important that you adhere to the following instructions, even if you are vaccinated:

  • Immediately isolate yourself for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, or date of positive test if you are without symptoms
  • Notify any individuals you have had close contact with starting 2 days before symptom onset, or 2 days before your positive test if you have no symptoms

o Close contacts should quarantine for 14 days following exposure to a positive individual

  • Notify your medical provider if you are at high risk for complications. This includes being older than 65 and/or having a chronic medical condition such as high blood pressure, heart or lung disease, an autoimmune disorder, cancer diagnosis or have undergone cancer treatment in recent years, obesity, or diabetes
  • Call the Health Department at 541-386-1115 and ask for a case investigator if you have questions or need assistance to get food, medicine, rental or utilities assistance, alternative housing, or a letter for your employer

Thank you for helping us slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our community.

Restrictions Eased on ODF Protected Lands in Central Oregon District

[Prineville, Ore.]  Regulated-Use Closure restrictions within Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Central Oregon District will ease beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.  There will be no change to the activities restricted, including all prohibiting open fires (campfires, warming fires, and cooking fires).  The primary change to the Closure is restriction of activities such as mowing of dried grass and chainsaw use between the hours of 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.  Details for all activities impacted by Fire Season and the Regulated-Use Closure are available at

“We recognize that recent moisture and cooler temperatures has reduced fire danger across the District, however warmer than average temperatures are forecast for the next week or more with no expected precipitation,” explains Mike Shaw, District Forester.  “We want to make sure that our restrictions are focused on the timing and activities we believe have a strong potential to ignite fires.”

The lack of precipitation, combined with drought conditions and extremely dry fuels continues to keep the risk of wildfire ignition elevated even as we transition to fall.  Shorter days and increased humidity can give a false sense of reduced fire risk during these transition seasons.  Weather patterns in the fall can change rapidly with increased winds and warm afternoons after a cooler morning.  Following the Regulated-Use Closure restrictions limits potential fire ignitions from sparks or embers. 

Fire Season remains in effect, debris burning, including burn barrels, are not allowed at this time. Additionally, many counties and local fire departments have burn bans in effect.

Failure to follow current restrictions may result in a citation or liability for fire suppression work.  Wildfires cause damage to Oregon’s natural resources, including affecting water, soil and air quality and impact local communities.  These restrictions affect Central Oregon District protected lands in Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Hood River, Jefferson, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Wasco, and Wheeler counties.

For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information and unit offices, please visit

MCMC Announces New COO

(THE DALLES, Ore. – Sept. 21, 2021) — Mid-Columbia Medical Center has appointed Camie Overton, MBA, FACHE, as its chief operating officer, effective immediately. Overton joins the hospital’s executive leadership team and will report directly to MCMC President and CEO Dennis Knox.

Ms. Overton is a healthcare veteran who brings to MCMC extensive hospital leadership experience, most recently serving as chief executive officer at Curahealth Tucson Hospital in Arizona. She previously served as vice president and interim CEO of Yuma Regional Medical Center where she successfully led multiple service lines, including cardiac, orthopedics, women and children programs, oncology and all related ambulatory operations. Overton has also served as market president for United Surgical Partners International, Inc. in Arizona and Nevada.

At MCMC Overton will assume responsibility for all acute care and ambulatory care operations. She will work closely with Chief Clinical Officer Don Wenzler and Chief Medical Officer Serene Perkins M.D. to ensure that local residents have access to the highest quality, patient-centered care and that all programs are operating optimally and efficiently. With

Wenzler’s announced retirement next year, he will be transitioning additional responsibilities to Overton over the coming months.

“We are thrilled to have an executive with Camie’s depth of experience join our leadership team at such a critical juncture in our hospital’s 120-year history,” said Knox. “MCMC has evolved from a community-based hospital into a one-of-a-kind healthcare system unique to the Gorge. With Camie on our team, we will continue to evolve and expand to meet our

community’s growing healthcare needs and to ensure local residents have access to excellent care close to home.”

Overton received her Master of Business Administration and her Bachelor of Arts in management from the University of Phoenix. She is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Founded in 1901, Mid-Columbia Medical Center is a nationally recognized hospital dedicated to serving residents of The Dalles and its surrounding communities. In 1992, MCMC became the first hospital in the nation to integrate the Planetree philosophy of patient care, which emphasizes the need to address a person’s intellectual, environmental, emotional and spiritual concerns in addition to their physical needs. As a Planetree-affiliated hospital, MCMC works to provide a caring, nurturing and educational environment; puts great efforts into humanizing and demystifying the medical experience; and strives to empower people to become active partners in their own healthcare. For more information visit

Healthcare Scholarships Awarded

THE DALLES, OR —The Columbia Basin Care Foundation has awarded $12,500 in scholarships to seventeen local area students pursuing careers in health care during the upcoming college 2021-2022 school year.

Scholarships of $500 up to $2,000 were awarded in two categories: Residents of the Columbia River Gorge and Employees of Columbia Basin Care, a skilled nursing facility located in The Dalles.

Recipients of the 2021 Columbia Basin Care Foundation Scholarships are: Jeremy Fogle, Crystal Janson, Kaylee Towle, Carla Barajas, Kayla Bailey, Kylie Moltzen, Ellie Stone, Karen Jesch, Grace McLaughlin, Lily Galvez-Galzada, Nicole Christiansen, Kristen Stembridge, Preslee Clark, Karen Granados, Ivonne Sanchez, Ashly Ringer and Robin Jackson.

Jeremy Fogle, of Hood River, attends nursing school at Columbia Gorge Community College. A U.S. Navy veteran, he began his 13 years of medical experience as a Hospital Corpsman. While serving with a Marine Battalion for 3 years, he experienced combat medicine and first aid during two deployments to Afghanistan. His goal is to become a critical care nurse in an intensive care unit.

Crystal Janson,
of The Dalles, attends Columbia Gorge Community College. She is registered in the 2-year Nursing program and working towards her bachelor’s degree in science of nursing. A mom with 4 children, her focus is on Midwifery. She currently works at MCMC in The Dalles as a CMA 2.

Kaylee Towle, of Lyle, Washington, is a recipient of a Columbia Basin Care Foundation scholarship and is planning on a career in healthcare.

Carla Barajas, of White Salmon, Washington, will be starting her second year at the end of September in the nursing program at Columbia Gorge Community College. She began working in the healthcare industry, her passion, in 2013. For the last four years she has been a Medical Assistant at MCMC Cardiology clinic, and her goal is to work in a hospital setting as a Cardiology nurse. 

Kayla Bailey, of Dufur, attends Columbia Gorge Community College with the goal of becoming a registered nurse. From a young age she wanted to work in healthcare, and says her mom inspired her to become someone’s helping hand in their time of need. Kayla currently works at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in the COVID-19 Department.

Kylie Moltzen, of The Dalles, completed her Associates Degree for Registered Nursing at Columbia Gorge Community College this past spring. She’s now working toward her bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Oregon Health and Sciences University and hopes to expand her education to Midwifery or Nurse Practitioner. Currently she works in the Labor and Delivery department at MCMC in The Dalles and hopes to become a labor and delivery nurse.

Ellie Stone, of The Dalles, is in the pre-nursing track at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington and plans on applying to nursing schools in December. Her future plans include receiving her bachelor’s in nursing and RN license as she is excited about helping people when they are at their most vulnerable. She is currently a licensed Certified Nursing Assistant.

Karen Jesch,
of The Dalles, is a Certified Nursing Assistant at Columbia Basin Care in The Dalles and is currently in the nursing program at Columbia Gorge Community College. She is considering a career as a Nurse Practitioner.

Grace McLaughlin,
of The Dalles, is a recipient of a Columbia Basin Care Foundation scholarship. She plans on pursuing a career in healthcare.

Lily Galvez-Galzada,
of Parkdale, is working towards her RN degree in the nursing program at Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles and plans to work towards her master’s degree in nursing in the future. She hopes that becoming a nurse will allow her to use her personal understanding of the Hispanic culture to bridge the gap with members of that community.

Nicole Christiansen, of Goldendale, Washington, graduated from CGCC in June with her Associates Degree in Nursing and is now working towards her bachelor’s degree at Boise State University. She hopes to eventually get her master’s degree as either a Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator. Currently she is an acute care RN at Klickitat Valley Health in Klickitat, WA. 

Kristen Stembridge, of Hood River, attends school at Columbia Gorge Community College and is a Columbia Basin Care Foundation scholarship recipient and is planning to pursue a career in health care.

Preslee Clark, of The Dalles, is a nursing student at Columbia Gorge Community College. Born with a congenital heart defect, she became inspired by the nurses who cared for her and supported her through her toughest times. She’s currently a C.N.A. at OHSU in Portland and hopes to make a meaningful impact on her patients like so many nurses did for her.

Karen Granados
, of Hood River, will be starting her second year in the nursing program at Columbia Gorge Community College, with an interest in public health. As a child, Karen was curious about what doctors and nurses do, sparking her interest in healthcare. Now she enjoys learning how the body works and helping people with their health. She currently works as a CNA at a skilled nursing facility.

Ivonne Sanchez,
of The Dalles, is passionate about healthcare and currently in the nursing program at Columbia Gorge Community College. After receiving her associates degree there, she plans on pursuing her bachelor’s degree and eventually her master’s degree to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.

Ashly Ringer,
of The Dalles, is in the nursing program at Columbia Gorge Community College. She currently works for Columbia Basin Care as a dietary aide and says she enjoys working in healthcare can’t wait to be a nurse and be able to care for many more people.  

Robin Jackson,
of The Dalles, has over 23 years of healthcare experience, 16 of them at Columbia Basin Care, currently as a Certified Nursing Assistant and Certified Medication Aide. Robin is in the nursing program at CGCC and planning on graduating with her degree in nursing in June 2023. She loves her career in healthcare and says it has taught her how to be patient, caring and compassionate for those around her.

The Columbia Basin Care Foundation is the charitable arm of Columbia Basin Care. Located in The Dalles, Columbia Basin Care is the region’s only independent, nonprofit facility for short-stay rehabilitation and long-term care.

Real-time assessments help Stevenson-Carson’s teachers customize learning to the individual needs of each student

Monday, September 20, 2021-Stevenson, WA-Stevenson-Carson School District regularly analyzes student progress using assessments several times throughout the school year to provide data on areas students show strength and areas that need more attention. During the 2019 school year, the district switched to a new platform called iReady which provides even more detailed analysis to improve student learning and performance district-wide. 

Regular assessments give teachers and staff valuable data on how students learn and where they stand in real-time which can be used to tailor additional studies for students who are excelling in an area while also provide support for students who may be struggling. “Studies show that students who struggle can become frustrated with assignments they find too challenging,” said Sarah Dodson, Principal of Carson Elementary. “Conversely, students who already know how to do work can become bored and lose interest.”

Students take diagnostic assessments using iReady three to four times throughout the school year. “iReady works like a ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ story with the program adapting to each student’s unique strengths and areas of growth based on how they answer the questions,” explained Dodson. “The results provide valuable resources for teachers to better adapt how they teach and what they focus on to fit their students’ needs.”

The software helps assess where students learning stands with detailed analysis. “iReady analyzes discrete skills at each grade level which helps us figure out how to group students proficient in certain areas and those who need intervention,” said Dodson. “The platform provides a very user-friendly way to help focus on what kids need in order to learn.”

In addition to the individual needs of each student, iReady provides guidance on what the teaching staff needs to address on broader levels from classroom to grade level to school-wide. “From our data, we learned that our third graders are missing some foundational skills in mathematics thanks to the beginning of the pandemic,” said Dodson. “Accordingly, we developed ways to address these missing skills.” Additionally, by using the platform multiple times throughout the school year, teachers can see trends developing over time. “With more data, our teachers see consistent trends over time which helps them dig deeper and use the results to inform their teaching techniques,” said Dodson. 

By knowing students’ areas of strength and areas that need more focus, teachers can challenge those who are excelling while ensuring they give extra attention to those who may be struggling. “Due to the pandemic and remote learning last year, identifying where students need additional help has become vital,” said Dodson. “Many students have gaps in their learning that need to be addressed to help them progress.”

The teachers find most students enjoy using iReady. “They learn to make goals in their own learning, take control of it, and get excited when they meet and exceed their goals,” said Dodson. “We present academic growth awards, and students cheer each other on for their academic accomplishments.”

Many students enjoy setting the pace of their own learning. “You get to challenge yourself by making your goals bigger and what you learn bigger,” said Jovany Hernandez, a fifth grader. “I really like math and really like to challenge myself by setting further and further goals.”

Chance Welschmeyer, also in fifth grade, agreed with his classmate. “Setting goals helps us be more motivated and when you succeed you receive a certificate showing you reached your goal,” he said. “Also, you can set reasonable goals which helps you improve by letting you reach your goal and then set a higher more difficult one after you’ve succeeded.” 

Students struggling with certain lessons find iReady gives them the additional help they need. “When I was having trouble with math, iReady helped by telling me when I got a problem wrong and showing me,” said fifth grader Reina Fields. Kira Hohlman, a classmate, found iReady helped her develop interests, too. “Before I started using iReady, I really didn’t like reading a lot,” she said. “It helped me get interested in reading because it has really interesting stories that made me want to read even more.”

Studies have shown children learn more effectively when they can take ownership of their learning. “We want to help kids become partners in their learning by setting goals and seeing their own improvement,” said Dodson. “Once they take ownership and pride in their learning, we will see real improvement, and that skill will be on they will use for their whole lives.”

Parents and community members interested in learning more can watch this video on iReady’s website: 


White Salmon Traffic alert for week 9/20, and 9/27

WHAT:              To ensure consistent service to our valued customers and meet future growth in the area, Northwest Natural is planning a 1.5-mile, 8-inch pipe system project in White Salmon from Bingen to White Salmon, Washington.

NW Natural anticipates traffic impacts in the nearby area. Traffic updates will be provided throughout the project.

WHERE:           Phase 1 is complete. Phase 2, currently underway, is from the intersection of E. Jewett Blvd and Dock Grade Road to the intersection of NE Tohomish Street and N. Main Avenue in White Salmon.

Please proceed with caution in this area during these construction times and observe all temporary traffic control devices. Thank you for your patience.

WHEN:             September – October 2021. Construction with flaggers directing traffic is anticipated between the hours of 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The week of Sept. 20, into the week of Sept 27, crews will be working on NE Tohomish between NE Estes and Main St. 

NE Church St, between Jewett and NE Tohomish, will be closed during the remainder of the construction project. Parking access is for local tenants only. There will be intermittent single-lane traffic on Main St., at the intersection of NE Tohomish when crews are working there. Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic.

Paving is scheduled for Sept 23, on Jewett Blvd /Hwy 141 from Grandview to NE Estes, then up NE Estes towards NE Tohomish. Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic.

Questions may be directed to Tonya Brumley, NW Natural community liaison, 503-610-7954.

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