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The East Fork of Hood River

Activists with the environmental group Bark, who call themselves the “defenders of Mount Hood,” are challenging a 3,000-acre timber sale planned for the north side of the mountain.

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Ingrid Backstrom doing her thing.

Super-skier Ingrid Backstrom will appear at the Chasing Shadows Warren Miller film in downtown Portland Friday night.

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Robot-shot from the sky. Photo from Cape Productions

Mt. Hood Meadows and Timberline announced last week that they will be among the first ski areas in the nation to offer commercial drone video services to skiers and snowboarders. How much change will this bring to Mount Hood? What are the benefits? What are the risks? Who likes the idea? Who doesn't?

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Cape Productions is first to market with drone services at ski areas. Photo from Cape Productions

A fast-growing company that shoots and sells aerial drone footage of skiers and snowboarders has landed exclusive contracts with Mt. Hood Meadows and Timberline for 2015-16.

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Matthew Drake, President of Mt. Hood Meadows.

Mt. Hood Meadows President Matthew Drake and his allies have been trying for years to complete an ambitious land deal that would protect more than 700 acres around Cooper Spur and make Meadows a major property owner in the nearby Mt. Hood town of Government Camp.

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We are so due. Photo by Grant Myrdal

Recent history teaches us that only a fool would forecast Mount Hood winter weather in October. So I am going to resist the temptation to predict a huge snow year for 2015-16, El Nino or no. But one thing I can predict with full confidence is that many, many good times will be had on Mount Hood this winter.

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The deal would preserve 770 acres on the northeast side of Mount Hood.

Senator Ron Wyden has introduced a bill to force the Forest Service into action on the long-delayed Mt. Hood Land Exchange.

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Meadows hopes to build on its success as a winter resort with year-round services.

Mt. Hood Meadows Chief Operating Officer Jake Bolland has announced an organizational restructuring to focus on year-round recreational and hospitality experiences that includes new vice president positions for Steve Warila, Jeremy Riss and Matt Troskey.

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The CamoNest XL from ENO Hammocks has room for the whole family.

I admit, I’m late to the hammock party.  I’ve seen the pictures floating around the social interwebs for years…  people hanging out on packable hammocks in their backyards, at music festivals and in the backcountry. But those who know me know I am not that good at lazy time.

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It all flows downhill.

The annual cleanup of the headwaters of the Salmon River on Mount Hood will be followed by an on-the-water cleanup of the lower Sandy River, a week later and 50 miles downstream, so if you miss any plastic trash on the first day you still might be able to snag it before it reaches the ocean.

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