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Those age 65 and older in Wasco, Sherman and Gilliam counties who signed up for the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility notification have been sent booking links by email, according to a March 4 press release from North Central Public Health District.

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Yup, that’s right — free seeds for your garden! If you haven’t heard about the 2021 "Grow This: OR Garden Challenge," well, pull up a chair and let me share. This is an annual challenge, which started March 1, promoted by Oregon State University in conjunction with Oregon Supplemental Nutrit…

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Wasco County (The Dalles), made the jump all the way from the worst level, extreme, to the best level, lower, skipping over the “high” and “moderate” categories. Hood River County moved from the “high” risk category to “moderate.”

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Wasco County remains in the “extreme risk” category due to community spread of COVID-19, but a recent and significant drop in positive cases means the county will move down at least to the “high risk” category next week, and likely to the “moderate risk” category, The North Central Public Health District confirmed Friday.

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The Dalles — Snow is forecast for the Gorge starting Thursday morning through Friday, and North Central Public Health District (NPCHD) has vaccine clinics (invitation only) scheduled for Thursday and Saturday at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center in The Dalles. At this time, NCPHD is planning on holding the clinics as expected, according to a press release.

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THE DALLES — Dr. Carolyn Bernal has been selected as the new superintendent of North Wasco County School District 21, pending successful contract negotiations. The school board voted unanimously in support of hiring Dr. Bernal on Monday, Feb. 1.

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Vaccinations for the COVID-19 virus continues in phases set by the state, and vaccines based on age alone are not yet available in Wasco, Sherman and Gilliam counties, all served by the North Central Public Health District (NCPHD), according to a press release from Shellie Campbell, interim director.

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The Dalles City Council earmarked an addition $100,000 in COVID-19 grant funds to fitness facilities and restaurants suffering due to statewide closures, with an additional $50,000 available for small businesses. The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce will again work with city staff to solicit applications and set criteria for the grants.

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The Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is hosting its 8th Annual Blanket Drive today, Saturday, Jan. 9, at the former Chronicle building at Third and Federal in downtown The Dalles from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Join historian and journalist David Mould on a journey to borders, both real and imagined in this virtual event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13. 

In his latest book on travel, history and culture, Postcards from the Borderlands, Mould explores the meaning of borders. Are they simply political and geographical, marked by posts, walls and fences, or should we think of them more broadly? Some borders, set by surveys and treaties, take no account of geography, language or culture. There are borders within countries — physical, economic and social. And finally, there are the borders of our minds — the way we may think of unfamiliar places. 

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SALEM — Governor Kate Brown on Dec. 31 issued the following statement regarding planned defiance of her Executive Orders, which have reduced the spread of COVID-19 across Oregon:

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The Dalles — Starting Monday Jan.4, The Dalles Public Works crews will be conducting curb-to-curb street sweeping throughout the city. Crews will begin working from the east side of town sweeping on specific routes. The sweep will continue throughout the month.

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Two patients at Mid-Columbia Center in The Dalles died of COVID-19 earlier this week, North Central Public Health District reported in a Dec. 23 press release. The first patient, who tested positive on Dec. 15, died Monday, Dec. 21. The second patient tested positive on Dec. 5 and on Tuesday, Dec. 22.

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The City of The Dalles Beautification Committee announced the winner of the Holiday Decorations award Dec. 21, Nic Jenkins of 2510 E. 9th St., The Dalles.

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Recent high daily COVID-19 case counts in Wasco County are not due to significant outbreaks but rather to the rapidly increasing spread of the disease and its prevalence in the community, according to a Dec. 22 press release from North Centeral Public Health District (NCPHD.)

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The City of The Dalles is now accepting applications for Small Business Relief Grants from eligible small businesses and small non-profits, based in The Dalles. The application period will close at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21. 

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Eric and Shari Bosler of White Salmon are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married Dec. 22, 1970, in Santa Barbara, Calif. Family includes Megan (and Jeremy) Thompson and grandsons Jarrett and Maxwell, of The Dalles and Hilary (and Gabe) Flynn and granddaughters Paige an…

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Dale and Judy Nicol celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at home in Hood River on Nov. 26, 2020. After they were married, Dale reported for duty aboard the USS Vance, DER-387, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and the couple resided on Oahu for the first three years of their marriage. In keeping wi…

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Ed and Kathy (Johnson) La Motte, of Underwood, celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 19. Kathy is a retired teacher from the White Salmon Valley School District and Ed is retired from many years at Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery. Family includes daughter Darcie La Motte-Waage an…

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North Central Public Health District (NCPHD) receives numerous calls daily regarding COVID-19. Here are some of the common questions and the answers to them.

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North Central Public Health District (NCPHD) has found a significant amount of Wasco County’s recent spike in COVID-19 cases is due to Thanksgiving gatherings, according to a press release from the district.

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The new warming shelter in The Dalles has been full since its opening in early November, and while they started off without electricity, they do now and The Dalles City Councilor Darcy Long-Curtiss reports that operations have been going well with no major problems.

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White Salmon is bringing the cheer to this year’s holiday season with new holiday decor, a virtual tree lighting, and with some help from Community Partners, angels and ornaments which line the drive up Dock Grade road. In the virtual tree lighting event, hosted last Saturday on Mayor Marla …

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Christmas tree permits for the Mt. Hood National Forest are now available to purchase at local vendors and online through Recreation.gov. Purchase a permit, as well as download cutting area maps and tree cutting tips at tinyurl.com/mthoodtreepermit. 

A turbine at The Dalles Dam spilled up to 200 gallons of oil Dec. 3, and the  Corps of Engineers deployed booms, skimmers, and removed the unit from service.

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The Salvation Army food bank in The Dalles is critically short of food and need financial help, according to Chris Zukin, board president of The Dalles Community Meal.

Restaurant and other business organizations say the $55 million promised by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown for pandemic relief is a good first step, but not nearly enough to prevent widespread closures caused by her temporary “freeze” to slow the spread of COVID-19.

A screenshot of Hood River Valley High School Speech and Debate member Jacob Kaplan competing in the Wilson Speech and Debate Tournament Nov. 14. All competitions are currently virtual due to COVID. Kaplan took first place in Open Informative Speaking at the Nov. 14 Wilson Speech and Debate …

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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