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The ongoing surge COVID-19 , driven by the highly contagious delta variant, appears to have peaked in Oregon and the Columbia River Gorge, but hospitals, healthcare workers and emergency responders continue to see an increase in patients needing emergency and critical care.

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Lawnmower racing was birthed in a place where ideas become realities. Irishman Jim Gavin sat in a southern England pub and pondered how to make motor racing more affordable. He landed on something that nearly every homeowner has in their backyard: a lawnmower. 

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Between Sept. 1 and Sept. 8, schools in Wasco and Sherman counties reported 19 cases of COVID-19. School-based cases can be reported among students, staff or volunteers. None were due to transmission in the school setting, according to a press release from North Central Public Health District (NCPHD).

First Interstate Bank holds ‘Volunteer Day;' CASA offers fall training; 2021 HRVHS Yearbooks Available; Second annual Artisan Market Sept. 18-19

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The CDC issued a health advisory today about a rapid increase in ivermectin prescriptions — now up 24-fold over pre-pandemic levels — and reports of severe illness associated with use of ivermectin products to prevent or treat COVID-19, according to North Central Public Health (NCPHD) in The Dalles.

Ivermectin is not FDA approved for use in preventing or treating COVID, and has not been proven as a way to prevent or treat it. Calls to poison control centers have gone up nationwide as a result of people taking ivermectin improperly, NCPHD reported.

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Vaccination rates continue to rise steadily in Wasco, Sherman and Gilliam counties, but COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are also climbing as the surge in Delta variant COVID cases continues.

As of Friday morning, Aug. 27, MCMC had no open ICU beds, and 26 percent of its patient beds were taken by COVID positive patients. It has had to turn away ambulances due to increased volume in its ER. Also Friday, it re-instituted its policy of not allowing visitors due to the surge.

Kiyokawa named to Dean’s List, Becker earns Dean’s List honors, Linfield announces Dean’s List, EOU spring 2021 graduates, EOU spring Dean’s List announced

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THE DALLES — On Aug. 19, the entire District 21 School Board and leadership team came together for an in-person work session at The Dalles Middle School, where they went into detail on a comprehensive draft plan for reopening D21 Schools for the 2021-22 School Year.

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The beginning of the new week brought a torrent of bad numbers that measure the skyrocketing spike in COVID-19 cases in Oregon.

Oregon’s hospitals continue to head toward unknown medical territory as the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients hit 937 in a report Monday, 37 more than Sunday. There 253 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit beds, up 22 from the day before.

You did it! To celebrate its golden anniversary of service to the Gorge community, The Next Door’s 50th Anniversary Campaign sought to raise $50,000. You exceeded that goal, gifting more than $57,000!

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Gorge residents encouraged to reduce exposure to poor air quality conditions

Regions of Klickitat, Hood River and Wasco counties are being affected by unhealthy air quality brought about by increased wildfire smoke and excessive heat — especially at higher elevations as found in the Trout Lake, Glenwood, Goldendale, Bickleton and Roosevelt areas. In Oregon, DEQ air quality ranking placed Hood River (104) and The Dalles (116) air quality as “unhealthy for sensitive groups” (https://oraqi.deq.state.or.us/home/map). Pendleton, with an index of 155, was ranked as unhealthy.

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Once again, as high summer temperatures enter the region, our houseless and most vulnerable community members are at extreme risk of heat and sun exposure that threatens their health and well-being.

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Gorge communities continue to see a sharp increase in COVID-19 infections, with Wasco County reporting 96 cases over the last two weeks, an infection rate which would have placed the county into the “extreme risk” category under previous state metrics.

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Since Friday, July 23 through late morning Friday, July 30, Wasco County has had 62 cases of COVID-19. More were coming in Friday afternoon.

Of those 62 cases, 55 were in unvaccinated people.

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Starting July 29th, any Wasco County resident who receives their 1st COVID-19 vaccine at participating locations will get a $50 Visa gift card.

Meanwhile, Wasco County reported 44 COVID cases in just three days this week, 39 of them amongst unvaccinated people. The highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 is surging in Oregon and is driving increasing cases and hospitalizations.

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Hood River County School District (HRCSD) looks forward to continuing to work with three staff members who assumed new leadership roles within the school district beginning July 1. In addition, it welcomes a new transportation director who joined the team this June, just in time for supporti…

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The Valley View Fire was reported late Thursday afternoon on Valley View Drive, located on the southeast edge of The Dalles and at the right side of the photograph. Highway 197 was closed to traffic as the fire approached the highway south of the city.

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La Gobernadora Brown ha firmado una orden ejecutiva para levantar todas las restricciones de salud y seguridad de COVID-19, que incluyen el mandato de máscara en todo el estado de Oregon y el sistema de nivel de riesgo del condado, efectivo a partir del miércoles 30 de junio. Ya no habrá res…

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The City of The Dalles' commercial dock off Union Street, downtown The Dalles, will be closed July 3 and 4 to allow for docking of cruise ships, according to city staff. Those attending the Fort Dalles Fourth will not be able to access the docks. The Riverfront Trail and Festival Park will r…

HOOD RIVER — One hundred years after the era of flappers and bootleggers, The History Museum of Hood River welcomes the Roaring 2020s with its latest exhibition, “Cheers: From Teetotalers to Tasting Rooms.”

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A medida que las altas temperaturas del verano entran en la región, nuestros miembros de la comunidad sin hogar y más vulnerables corren un riesgo extremo de exposición al calor y al sol que amenaza su salud y bienestar. En respuesta, Mid-Columbia Community Action Council (MCCAC) se ha asoci…

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As high summer temperatures enter the region, our houseless and most vulnerable community members are at extreme risk of heat and sun exposure that threatens their health and well-being. In response, Mid-Columbia Community Action Council (MCCAC) has partnered with the City of Hood River, St.…

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In the late 1980s, barges of waste were sailing across U.S. waterways with no place to call home, in response to “not in my backyard” opposition to the siting of new landfills in certain states. Wanting to help, newspaper publishers set out to find a solution to the waste problem and called …

With upcoming warm weather and dry forecast, wildfire season is upon us. It is critical that you prepare yourself and your family in the event of an evacuation.

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Graduated seniors at Hood River Valley High School throw their caps into a blue sky as commencement ceremonies conclude Friday evening, June 11. A heavy rain shower greeted family and friends gathered for the ceremony, but as the senior class prepared to take their places, the rain ended and…

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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