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Whether it is painting a sunset illuminating the Columbia Gorge, writing a poem expressing the indescribable joys of grandchildren, or creating a walking stick out of a hand carved handle attached to a discarded pole, these are all creative acts: Fashioning something unique and personal out …

In the first regular board meeting since the White Salmon Valley School District’s reopening process, Superintendent Jerry Lewis updated the board on the progress of the multiple bond projects nearing completion, and administrators gave reports to the board on how each school is handling the…

The City of White Salmon approved the closing of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan documents and acknowledged the Jewett Street Water Main Improvement project as complete during a special meeting of the city council last Thursday.

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When Herbal Revival Apothecary opened Oct. 1, 2019, owner Nicole Ryan was off and running. Selling a variety of all-natural and herbal-infused products, the new business landed on its feet and Ryan was happily connecting to a lot of local residents. “We had lots of events, including a witche…

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The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the Small Business Development Center at Columbia Gorge Community College to bring nationally-known speaker Beth Z (Beth Ziesenis) to The Dalles. She will be presenting “29 Tech Tools to Create Cool Content for Social Media.”

Hood River County Health Department director Trish Elliott said the local system is prepared to vaccine thousands of people but is getting doses in the hundreds, and decried the lack of supply coming to the department and to primary care providers (PCPs) the county works with to distribute a…

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Phil Williams, currently vice principal at The Dalles High School, will be stepping in as the principal at Chenowith Elementary for the remainder of this school year following the immediate resignation of Monica Darnall, who had planned to leave at the end of the year, according to a press r…

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The City of The Dalles council and the Wasco County board of commissioners will publicly review a proposed Strategic Investment Program (SIP) agreement with Google for the development of property Google has purchased in The Dalles — primarily consisting of the former aluminum plant site and …

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The City of The Dalles council and the Wasco County board of commissioners will publicly review a proposed Strategic Investment Program (SIP) agreement with Google for the development of property Google has purchased in The Dalles — primarily consisting of the former aluminum plant site and the rodeo grounds — at two joint public meetings scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Feb. 17 and 5:20 p.m. Feb. 22, according to a Feb. 10 press release from Wasco County.

Over the past eleven months, the pandemic has turned our lives upside down: We’re staying home more and seeing friends less. But many folks are coping by engaging in this 100 year old, low tech activity: Jigsaw puzzles. You can work on a puzzle for days or even weeks; they’re fun; and what m…

Because of this thoughtful and caring community, The Next Door’s year-end fundraising campaign had its most successful year yet, raising over $187,000.

This past year has put Americans to the test. The pandemic of 2020 has put us all on edge. It continues to be a global tragedy. In addition to creating overwhelming health concerns and a tremendous loss of life, it has highlighted economic instability and exacerbated poverty. More and more i…

PORTLAND — NW Natural customers in Oregon can expect a credit on their February bill, as the company issues $9.1 million in bill credits for services provided at the company’s underground natural gas storage facility at Mist, Oregon, as well as from efficient pipeline capacity management.

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Columbia Gorge CASA is recruiting volunteers to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates — or CASA volunteers — advocates for local children in foster care.

The Dalles — The City of The Dalles has sufficient “employment buildable lands” to meet state growth requirements despite those lands being owned in large parcels by Google and Walmart and not readily available for use, according to an inventory presented to the council Jan. 25.

After a spinal cord injury in 2014, Erin Smith (not her real name) was suffering from severe fatigue. Her home had become cluttered with mail and paperwork, which was out of character for her. Erin had heard about the Bridges to Health program through a friend who was a client, so she enroll…

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Do you live in Hood River, Wasco, or Sherman counties and want to talk about the local food system? A group of community organizations is gathering information for the latest update of the Columbia Gorge Community Food Assessment.

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Stevenson — The community-based group One Prevention Alliance (OPA) is looking for the right person to help the coalition reduce drug and alcohol abuse in Skamania County through early intervention, education, and community outreach.

An end to this nightmare is in sight, but it will just be a mirage unless enough of the population is immune to the virus to make the spread from person to person unlikely. This is called community immunity or herd immunity and can be accomplished by people either being exposed to the virus …

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Many know OF the garden, but most don’t know ABOUT the garden. Let me start at the very beginning ... there were once two Hood River churches, Asbury United Methodist Church and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, that decided to join forces to become Spirit of Grace Church. Located at 1140 Tucker…

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Starting Feb. 1, the Hood River County Library District is going fine free for all patrons. “Fine free” means that patrons will not be fined daily for overdue materials. This change is a part of an institutional movement from libraries nationwide, guided by the recommendations of the America…

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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