Thursday, May 8, 2014

Book Beginning: Bridging a Great Divide: The Battle for the Columbia River Gorge by Kathie Durbin


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I have just returned from a hike in the Columbia Gorge and it reminded me how much we owe Kathie Durbin for giving us the story of how this magical place was preserved – and how the battle to keep it continues.
-- From the Foreword by Roberta Ulrich to Bridging a Great Divide: The Battle for the Columbia River Gorge by Kathie Durbin, published posthumously by Oregon State University Press.

There have been battles over every man-made change in the Columbia Gorge -- dams, freeways, bridges, hotels, casinos, houses, and now the view-spoiling, bird-killing wind turbines.  As a reporter for The Oregonian, Durbin covered these controversies and became an expert in the history and politics of the Columbia Gorge.  Bridging a Great Divide is Durbin's legacy for all those who love the Columbia Gorge as she did.

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