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Gov. Kate Brown this week announced the launch of the Governor’s State Employees Food Drive, the 37th annual partnership with the Oregon Food Bank that has resulted in millions of dollars raised to support the more than 260,000 Oregonians who receive food from a food pantry each month.

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Inclement weather impacts local services: TUESDAY UPDATE: Columbia Gorge Comm. College: Both campuses closed. UPDATE 6:13 a.m.-North Wasco County Schools will be CLOSED Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 due to inclement weather. OCDC Headstart: 2 hour delay for The Dalles and Odell Centers. (Effective tomorrow - Tue Feb 5th) Goldendale Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late Hood River Co. Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late, AM/PM Buses on snow routes White Salmon Sch. Dist.: Closed. Parent/Teacher conferences canceled for today. Mid-Columbia Children's Council: The Dalles/Wahtonkah 2 hour delay; Tygh Valley Head Start 2 hr delay; Carson AM class canceled, PM class on time; Petersburg AM class 11-2:30, bus on snow route, PM class canceled; OCDC Headstart: 2 hour delay for The Dalles and Odell Centers. Parkdale bus on snow routes. Klickitat Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late (Effective - Tue Feb 5th) Lyle Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late, No AM preschool, AM/PM Buses on snow routes (Effective - Tue Feb 5th) Columbia Gorge Comm. College: Opening at 10 am. Classes scheduled prior to 10:00 am are canceled on both campuses. (Effective - Tue Feb 5th) Centerville Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late (Effective - Tue Feb 5th) Wishram Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late, No AM preschool. No Zero Period (Effective - Tue Feb 5th) Sherman Co. Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late (Effective - Tue Feb 5th) So. Wasco Co. SD: 2 Hours Late (Effective - Tue Feb 5th) MONDAY Columbia Gorge Community College: Both campuses will be closing at 5 p.m. Dufur School District will be closed, as of 7:46 a.m. update. UPDATE Sherman County. School District: Closed UPDATE Mid-Columbia Children's Council: Tygh Valley Head Start: Closed South Wasco County SD: 2 Hours Late

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UPDATE: Leslie Drapiza was successfully reunited with her family and friends at the Starvation Creek Trailhead early Tuesday morning. Rescuers from the Hood River Crag Rats, the 304th Rescue Squadron and Multnomah County Search and Rescue were able to extricate her from difficult terrain in the area of Lancaster Falls on Warren Creek.

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The Gorge Roller Girls are in their second season of play with the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), an international league with more than 400 active teams.

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Hood River Valley High School Speech and Debate Team took home several trophies from the Jean Ward Invitational tournament held Jan. 19-20 at Lewis and Clark College.

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In November, educators and school children got a champion. The homeless got an advocate and environmentalists got a steward. But perhaps the people most happy with Gov. Kate Brown’s re-election reside in Oregon’s union shops.

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U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden fielded wide-ranging questions from students and community members at Dufur School Tuesday, and in response to one, said attorney general nominee William Barr considers presidents “royalty” and above the law. “In his actual own words, he pretty much thinks the president is royalty,” Wyden said of Barr at the town hall meeting.

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President Trump announces Friday government will reopen for three weeks while negotiations continue

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Water and power both went out Monday morning for some residents on Country Club Road. It was an unrelated double-whammy involving a Kia hitting a power pole on Country Club just south of Belmont Drive and a hit-and-run to a fire hydrant nearby on Alameda Road.

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We’ve all heard it before: Americans need to improve their health. We can all do better about exercise. What if all it took was a different way of thinking to get us moving?

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Due to changes in the calendar for the House of Representatives announced Jan. 15 by Democratic leadership, Representative Greg Walden’s (R-Hood River) town halls originally scheduled for Baker, Wallowa, Union, Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam, Hood River, and Wasco counties the week of Jan. 21 will be rescheduled, according to a press release.

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Oregon Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) will hold town halls in Dufur Jan. 22 and Hood River Jan. 21. Meetings will also be held in Benton, Linn, Clackamas, Polk, Jackson, Josephine, Multnomah, Crook, Jefferson and Deschutes counties, according to a press release from Wyden.

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Closures and delays for Jan. 17 Columbia Gorge Comm. College: Opening at 10 a.m. All classes scheduled before 10 a.m. canceled on both campuses. One Community Health in Hood River and The Dalles will be opening at 10 a.m. North Wasco County School District 21 will be on a 2 hour delay North Wasco County School District #21 will be on a 2 hour delay Traction tires advised. Oversize Vehicles Prohibited, on US 97, both directions, from milepost 16 to milepost 23.

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Due to the shutdown, the SNAP program is issuing its February benefits early — on Friday, Jan. 18 — and will not be issuing any more benefits for that month.

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The Performing Arts Initiative, a nonprofit formed in 2016 for the purpose of building a state of the art performing arts center in the Gorge, has just launched three major efforts aimed at moving their dream closer to reality: A new logo, a new, improved website, and the formation of a consortium of area businesses that give financial support to the project.

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Due to changes in the calendar for the House of Representatives announced today, Jan. 15, by Democratic leadership, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) town halls originally scheduled for Baker, Wallowa, Union, Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam, Hood River, and Wasco counties the week of Jan. 21 will be rescheduled for later dates and announced accordingly.

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Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) will pursue an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with The Dalles and Wasco County for $3.5 million in enterprise zone funds and proceed with a $7.6 million full faith and credit bond for construction of a skill center and housing project at The Dalles campus following a unanimous vote by the Board of Education at its January board meeting.

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The partial shutdown of the federal government, which was in its record-setting 24th day Monday, has closed two area offices, the Farm Service Administration in The Dalles and the Barlow Ranger District office in Dufur. Some 25 percent of the federal government is impacted by the shutdown.

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Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) will hold 16 town halls in 15 eastern Oregon counties in January. He will be in The Dalles Thursday, Jan. 24, 10:30 a.m., at the Oregon Veterans Home, 700 Veterans Dr., and in Hood River at 8 a.m. the same day at the National Guard Armory, 1590 12th St.

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Following federal requirements, Mid-Columbia Medical Center has posted on its website its standard pricing for everything from baby aspirin to ER visits to medical procedures. With an eye to improving transparency and allowing cost comparisons, federal law required all hospitals to post their pricing on the internet by Jan. 1.

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Closures Wednesday, Jan. 9, as of 7 a.m. Update: 7:42 a.m. South Wasco County School District now CLOSED Head Start /Early Childhood Centers: Mid-Columbia Children's Council: Tygh Valley Head Start now CLOSED

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Volunteers in Action, a free service program of Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, has one mission: To support people in maintaining independence through compassionate relationships.

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A child with measles, a rare but highly contagious airborne disease that carries the potential for serious health complications, was in The Dalles over the holidays, visiting a local store and a museum on Dec. 29 and Dec. 31.

This year our dine and drink business locations throughout the Gorge have suffered with closures. You can help support your favorites by purchasing take out and gift cards. Many of these business will offer curb-side delivery and some will deliver to your home. Let’s keep the Gorge going strong!

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