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As distance learning became the norm for the 2020-21 school year, many extracurricular activities — from sports to robotics, culinary and other clubs — had to get creative in order to operate at all. The Dalles High School Theater Department did just that.

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Nearly all COVID-19 restrictions could be lifted in as early as just over two weeks, Gov. Kate Brown said Friday.

The state is about 127,000 adults short of the goal of getting at least one shot of vaccine into 70 percent of eligible residents.

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HOOD RIVER — Hood River Valley High School will double the size of its summer school program and offer students more options to regain credit, participate in experiential learning classes, and get back on track for graduation this year.

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Peter Lawson, Hood River Valley High School (HRVHS) community works instructor, received the Statewide Excellence Award at the annual Oregon Statewide Transition Conference in May. Lawson has led the community works program at HRVHS for the past five years, building a classroom with students…

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Hood River’s Heights-area residents and users said they want a livable community with improvements that balance safety with business access and mixed-use development.

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After receiving reports of three positive COVID-19 cases last weekend, Klickitat County Health Department announced notification of an additional 14 COVID-19 cases in individuals associated with Goldendale High School last Friday.

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Klickitat County Health Department (KCHD) was notified of an additional fourteen COVID-19 cases in individuals associated with Goldendale High School (GHS) this week after receiving reports of three positive COVID-19 cases last weekend. In response, GHS will move to remote learning only beginning Monday, May 24.

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The Klickitat County Health Department (KCHD) was notified of three positive COVID-19 cases associated with Goldendale High School over the course of the weekend and is currently investigating close contacts and possible transmissions.

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Unofficial results in the 2021 May 18 district election, from the Oregon Secretary of State website, primarily contested races in Hood River and Wasco counties.

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Five Oregon counties — including Hood River County — will move to the most permissive risk category for the spread of COVID-19 this Friday, May 21. Washington County, the state’s second-most populous county, is also among the five.

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On Monday, May 10, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved to expand the use of Pfizer vaccine among adolescents 12-15 years old. Hood River County will be able to begin administering Pfizer to this age group once regional approvals are received in the following days. Those age …

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The Klickitat County Health Department (KCHD) was notified of the death of a community member on May 13, 2021, according to a press release. The individual was 48 years of age and had tested positive for COVID-19. They were transported from Klickitat County to a Portland area hospital where they later died. It is unknown at this time if the individual had any underlying health issues that affected their health in addition to having COVID-19. Klickitat County has had a total of 830 COVID-19 cases to date.

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Fire season restrictions begin Saturday, May 15, in The Dalles units of the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), according to a press release. Forest land in Wasco and Hood River counties will be impacted by the restrictions.

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According to the release, from April 4 to mid-day April 16, Wasco County had 43 cases. The county had 22 cases in all of March.

Wasco County has been at the lower risk category since Feb. 26. New risk levels will be announced Monday, to take effect next Friday.

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Goldendale, April 13 – All Klickitat County Providers administering Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will pause administration of the vaccine until further notice following the guidance of the CDC, FDA, and Washington State Department of Health. Approximately 450 doses of Johnson and Joh…

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Paving is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 29 to repair roadway damage due to a water main break that occurred in the downtown area of The Dalles. Road closures are expected to be in place most of the week beginning Monday and continuing through Thursday, April 1, or until work is complete.

The Minoru Yasui Legacy Project, in collaboration with the Japanese American Museum of Oregon, will host the annual Minoru Yasui Day celebration online this year with a free and live Zoom meeting. “Immigrants and Refugees: The Path to Justice” will be held Sunday, March 27 from 1-3 p.m. Regi…

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You may have heard that Columbia Gorge News is going to a paid digital platform. We’ve done editorials, print ads and even put up one of those obnoxious pop-up ads on our website, so I’m really hoping we’ve reached you!

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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.

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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