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July 13, 2011

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Flags flying the David Thompson Brigade makes its way to Thunder Island in Cascade Locks Sunday. To commerorate the 200th anniverary of David Thompson, a French fur trapper/ cartographer who charted the entire Columbia River from source to mouth in 1811, becoming the European to travel the entire river, a group of 120 adventurers from Canada and the United States, are re- tracing his route by canoe.

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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive

The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge



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