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Safety concerns close White River Station Campground

The White River Station Campground, located along Barlow Road on the Barlow Ranger District, is closed to the public until further notice based on safety concerns related to the migration of the White River into the campground. During the winter of 2015-16, several sites were lost as the river encroached into the campground. Over the past few years, the White River has been changing its course upstream and downstream of the campground. Because of this, the banks of the river at the campground are unstable and deeply undercut, creating a safety concern. This concern is worsened by the potential for high flows because of glacial runoff during the summer and debris flows resulting from storm events. White River Station Campground will remain closed until further notice as specialists determine whether camping can be managed safely in this location. For more information, visit: fs.usda.gov/activity/mthood/recreation/camping-cabins

Next First Friday to be held June 3

The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its next First Friday on June 3. First Friday is a community event that invites the public to enjoy music, art, entertainment and dining at area establishments from 5-8 pm on the First Friday of the month. Participating businesses also offer a raffle jar, and patrons receive a ticket for a purchase that is based on each location’s choice.

June’s First Friday theme is “Sandy Has Gone to the Birds,” and there will be a game of bingo to play at participating businesses. Visitors who return the bingo card to the chamber will be entered into a drawing for a prize. In addition, AntFarm Cafe and Bakery will be building bird houses and have other activities for young First Friday attendees.

Cloud Cap Inn tours begin July 10

Starting July 10, the Hood River Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest will allow the public to join free interpretive tours of the historic Cloud Cap Inn. Tours will start at 11 a.m. and at 1 p.m., last approximately 45 minutes to one hour, and will continue through Labor Day, weather and roads permitting. Cloud Cap Inn started out as an elite mountain retreat and is now a search and rescue base for the Hood River Crag Rats, which is the oldest search and rescue organization in the United States. Cloud Cap Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The tours will be limited to 12 people per tour. Reservations are required as the reservation system protects the inn and ensures a quality historical presentation. For more information or to sign up for a tour, contact the Hood River Ranger District Information Desk at 541-352-6002.