Happy New Year!! 2020 is sure to be full of adventures for us. We’ve decided to hike at least 52 hikes this year, one for each week. We’ll let you know if we succeed. We started off the new year by hiking around the Fort Cascades National Historic Site near the Bonneville Dam on the Washington side of the Columbia. What a fascinating hike! We totally recommend it to anyone who enjoys being out and about, especially any history buffs, as markers along the trail hint at the activity here in a bygone era.

For those of you that love art be sure to check out the Red Trillium Gallery in Troutdale. And for all of you who are community-minded and want to support good causes there are three fund-raising events to learn about within these pages, one for the Skyline Foundation, one for Fly Salem, and another for the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Museum.

Some important laws were placed into effect recently, one of utmost importance was the Columbia River In-Lieu and Treaty Fishing Access Sites Improvement Act, we hope that this will help some people who are in dire need of more healthy living conditions. We hope to bring you continuing coverage on the progress that is made concerning this issue.

January 2020 is Human Trafficking Awareness Month…this is a devastating issue in the United States and the world. Slavery has not been abolished; it always has been and still is a horrific crime against humanity. If you or someone you know is a victim of this crime, please reach out to the National Human Trafficking hotline at 1-888-3737-888, or find other resources at www.WATraffickingHelp.org

We would like to express how thankful we are to our advertisers. Our hope is to move the economic dial in a positive direction with every issue we print, every ad we place and every article we write. Please spend time at our advertisers place of business and tell them you appreciate the fact that they support this locally own small business.

And of course Angela!!! Where would be be without our fabulous advertising specialist! Thank you for all you do!

~Rick and Lori