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BIGGS — If Hell froze over, it would still be warmer than the Columbia River is mid-winter during high winds. The type of bone-chilling cold that the Gorge can experience is excruciating for those dressed in anything less warm than a recently disemboweled tauntaun.

Some call Montana’s Glacier National Park the Crown Jewel of our national park system. I wouldn’t argue that, but I personally feel that all of our national parks have a crown jewel look, but some have some extra jewels in the crown and Glacier is among those. I don’t have enough fingers and…

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The nonprofit Volcanic Legacy Community Partnership (VLCP) is recruiting new members to its board of directors to plan projects to promote tourism and the economic vitality of local communities along the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway. The VLCP is an all-volunteer board, according to a news release.

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GEARHART WILDERNESS — One Saturday morning in late July, several trucks, horse trailers, two Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) field trucks, and a handful of passenger vehicles convened at the Blue Lake trailhead that leads into the Gearhart Wilderness.

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The hike had been pleasant and enjoyable. Following the Pacific Crest Trail north from where it crosses the Dead Indian Memorial Highway toward Brown Mountain is pure pleasure. It’s a section with relatively few elevation variations that ambles through lush pine forests, often alongside towe…