2016 Volunteers of the Year: Don and Alona Steinke
Don and Alona Steinke pose with their Volunteer of the Year award, Feb. 1, 2017. (photographer: Michael Horodyski)

2016 Volunteers of the Year: Don and Alona Steinke

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Conservation Organizer Ryan Rittenhouse remarks on activists' inspiring work on behalf of the Gorge and the planet.

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Pianist Greg Lief Volunteers Beautiful Music to Protect the Gorge
Greg Lief performs at The Old Church, March 2016. (photographer: Stan Hall)

Pianist Greg Lief Volunteers Beautiful Music to Protect the Gorge

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Creative volunteerism is pianist Greg Lief’s legacy for the Columbia Gorge

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Environmental and Health Groups File to Intervene in Union Pacific Lawsuit
Aerial view of Union Pacific's oil train derailment and fire at Mosier, June 3, 2016. (photographer: Paloma Ayala)

Environmental and Health Groups File to Intervene in Union Pacific Lawsuit

Monday, January 23, 2017

The railroad company’s lawsuit seeks exemption from Gorge protection laws.

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Union Pacific Railroad Sues to Exempt Itself From Gorge Protections
Mosier, OR, as seen from Friends of the Columbia Gorge's Mosier Plateau property. (photographer: Paloma Ayala)

Union Pacific Railroad Sues to Exempt Itself From Gorge Protections

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The lawsuit in Federal Court comes just seven months after the Mosier oil train fire.

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Washington Department of Natural Resources Denies Lease for Columbia River Coal Export Terminal
Coal dust blows off a coal train traveling through the eastern Columbia Gorge. (photographer: Julie Coop)

Washington Department of Natural Resources Denies Lease for Columbia River Coal Export Terminal

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The decision should mean the end for the proposed coal export terminal, which would have been the largest coal export terminal in the U.S.

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Here's What You Made Happen for the Gorge in 2016
Sunset viewed from Washington SR-14 in the Columbia Gorge. (photographer: James Holloway)

Here's What You Made Happen for the Gorge in 2016

Thursday, December 15, 2016

As the sun sets on the year, take a look at the fruits of your support.

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Dueling Appeals Filed in Union Pacific’s Rail Expansion in Columbia River Gorge
Mosier, OR, autumn 2016; a single railroad track is visible on the north side of the town, near the Columbia River. (photographer: Paloma Ayala)

Dueling Appeals Filed in Union Pacific’s Rail Expansion in Columbia River Gorge

Monday, December 12, 2016

Union Pacific has appealed Wasco County’s denial of its rail expansion proposal near Mosier, OR. For different reasons, Friends and two other groups have also appealed the county's decision.

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Vancouver Oil Terminal Foes Renew Objections at Hearing
Large screens show speakers their time limits while speaking to members of the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council at the Nov. 29, 2016 hearing to discuss the Vancouver Energy draft construction stormwater discharge permit. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)

Vancouver Oil Terminal Foes Renew Objections at Hearing

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

EFSEC meeting focuses on draft construction stormwater permit.

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Why REI’s #OptOutside Is Only Half the Journey
Outreach Manager Maegan Jossy, Executive Director Kevin Gorman, and Outdoor Programs Coordinator Kate Lindberg will #optoutside on Black Friday.

Why REI’s #OptOutside Is Only Half the Journey

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Executive Director Kevin Gorman: Love the Gorge this Thanksgiving weekend, but with the kind of love a parent has for a child.

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BNSF Railway Required to Address Coal Train Pollution
Blow off from a coal train on the BNSF rail line pollutes the eastern Columbia Gorge. (photographer: Julie Coop)

BNSF Railway Required to Address Coal Train Pollution

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Agreement in principle requires study of coal train covers, $1 million in environmental restoration plus coal cleanup

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