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The bar pilots of the Columbia River brave every kind of weather for one of the most hazardous jobs in the maritime industry- helping ships navigate the treacherous Columbia bar. And visit Wasco County and discover why residents call Dufur home!

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Columbia River Bar Pilots

OPB | Oct. 20, 2016 8:30 p.m.

Bar pilots brave weather & dangerous seas as they help commercial ships navigate the treacherous Columbia bar.

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Why Dufur?

OPB | Oct. 20, 2016 8:30 p.m.

Join us for a tour of Wasco County and get a look at small town living as we meet some of the interesting characters that call Dufur, Oregon home.

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Major Support Provided By: Dorothy D. Gage

Additional Support Provided By: the Coit Family Foundation, Fred and Clara Dolen Charitable Foundation, Kay Kitagawa and Andy Johnson-Laird, Christine and David Vernier, and the Greenfield/Hartline Habitat Conservation Fund of the Nature Conservancy.

Special thanks for support by: The Roundhouse Foundation, Jon and Nancy Decherd, Bonnie and Peter Reagan