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THE DALLES — Mid-Columbia Senior Center hosted their 2021 Wasco County Ageless Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m.

The Ageless Awards honor volunteers 75 and older for their contribution to their community. Each year, there are four awards given out. This year, the winners were Sherry Munro, Duane and Sue Powell, Darrell France, and Mary Davis and the Fort Dalles Floozies.

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Several members of the public walked out of Thursday’s North Wasco County School Board meeting in reaction to the board’s approval to dismiss The Dalles High School faculty member Wayne Gibson.

HOOD RIVER — County Chair Mike Oates announced that he will not seek re-election in 2022. Near the end of the Nov. 15 County commissions meeting, Oates declared his intention to step away from the chair position. Oates has been in his current position since December 2019. He hoped his announ…

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HOOD RIVER — Newly hired City Manager Abigail Elder, and Community Engagement Coordinator Nubia Sánchez-Contreras jumped right into the swing of things on Nov. 1 when they were given guided tours around City Hall and other departments.

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The City of White Salmon honored the city’s late longtime mayor, Roger Holen, at a council meeting last week.

Soroptimist, in partnership with the Hood River Valley Adult Center, is launching its annual collection of feminine hygiene supplies for women and girls in need. Donations of tampons, pads, shampoo, conditioner, and toothpaste are being collected inside the Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place,…

Well, it’s the beginning of the holiday season — when we enjoy the company of family and also gain seven pounds by the start of the New Year! But while visiting with parents, children, grandchildren, or all three, it can be difficult navigating around and through past hurts and slights that …

When the COVID-19 pandemic closed its live performances in 2020, Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association Artistic Director Mark Steighner and board of directors had one goal: “To keep our performers engaged and to provide as much as possible an uninterrupted flow of musical entertainment, educa…

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The Port of Cascade Locks is facing a federal civil rights claim for alleged racial discrimination against Puff Factory owner Jacqueline Alexander. That claim is currently under litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon: No ruling has yet been made, as incorrectly reported in the Columbia Gorge News on Nov. 10.

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Dr. Judy Richardson of The Dalles wholeheartedly recommends the pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for her young patients ages 5-11 and her own nieces and nephews.

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TD Community Thanksgiving; VSO holds winter drive; Windermere hosts coat, blanket drive; Skyline Health ‘Thanks-For-Giving’ food drive; HRVAC Meals on Wheels

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The sale of SDS Lumber Company and Stevenson Land Company’s vast holdings of timberlands and operations was finalized last week, Nov. 17.

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Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital is accepting nominations through Friday, Dec. 3 for the annual Heart of Gold event, taking place March 5.

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Local butcher and grocery, Treebird Market, is working with community partners to expand into the former Hood River News building by summer 2022.

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At a Senate Education Committee meeting on Monday, superintendents and representatives from school boards and teachers associations detailed dire staffing situations across the state that are harming students and even potentially violating federal law.

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Oregon’s state coffers continue to add personal and corporate income taxes at a record pace, state economists told lawmakers, although there are other signs that pace will slow soon.

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Prepare yourself and your loved ones for the holidays by getting vaccinated if you haven’t already, or plan to get a booster dose if you are eligible. Beginning this week, there will be a drive-thru vaccine clinic at the Hood River Marina that can accommodate 1st, 2nd, and 3rd doses and boos…

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Skamania County sheriff’s deputies arrested Logan Cantwell, the subject of a multi-day manhunt, at a Stevenson, Wash. apartment complex Wednesday afternoon.

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THE DALLES — The Dalles City Council voted unanimously to enter into a new water agreement with Google at their city council meeting on Monday, Nov. 8.

Oregon Humanities has awarded $717,000 in COVID-19 Emergency SHARP grants to 60 nonprofit organizations and federally recognized tribes across the state. Seventy-eight percent of the organizations that were awarded are led by Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC) communities, are…

GOLDENDALE — Klickitat County is eying a 3% reduction in expenses for next year’s budget, according a preliminary budget summary outlining proposed changes to operations for the 2022 fiscal year. The county public works department submitted a proposal for a decrease in their budget by $5.6 m…

HOOD RIVER — During the Nov. 10 meeting of the Hood River County School District Board of Directors, special recognition was given to military veterans who now work for HRCSD.

The Wasco County District Attorney’s office has partnered with a Portland-based nonprofit defense organization to outsource manpower on an ongoing case review that stemmed from revelations of deceptive behavior by former The Dalles Police Officer Jeffrey Kienlen.

The Hood River City Council approved two separate contracts for construction upgrades at the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) at the Hood River Waterfront location. The newly hired City Manager, Abigail Elder, was in attendance for her first meeting since stepping into the position. Tempora…

The suspect in the ignition of a July 4 fire that burned near the Lyle, Wash., sandbar pleaded not guilty Aug. 4 to a charge of reckless burning in the second degree.

A Hood River police officer was indicted on several charges related to domestic violence in August, Columbia Gorge News has learned.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently provided a $600,000 grant to spur economic development and revitalize underdeveloped parcels in and around The Dalles. The grant went to Wasco County, the City of The Dalles and the Port of The Dalles, and last year those entities formed the …

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THE DALLES — Wasco County commissioners expressed support Nov. 9 for contracting with up to two online engagement services to gather public input and track community sentiment regarding the relocation of athletic fields from county-owned land to property north of the railroad tracks to make …

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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and classes were suddenly online, a lot of teachers found themselves thrust into different roles. Though many just went from teaching their subject in-person to teaching it in an online format, Jen Hart found herself teaching a new subject entirely.

Okay, I admit it. I have hypochondriac tendencies. I’m always asking myself if this dark lesion or sharp pain or tiredness is a sign of something serious and whether I should make an appointment with my primary care provider?

WHITE SALMON — Skyline Health is collecting canned and dry goods through Nov. 24 with all items benefiting the local food bank. Non-perishable donations can be dropped off in the main lobby of the hospital located at 211 Skyline Drive in White Salmon. Monetary donations are also accepted.

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Today, Tuesday, Nov. 16, Wasco County District Attorney Matthew Ellis announced that Logan Cantwell is being charged with Attempted Murder in the First Degree, Attempted Assault in the First Degree, Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Criminal Mischief in the Fi…

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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