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White Salmon — Children in the White Salmon Valley School District’s after-school program, A-List Adventures, received coats, sweaters and hats this fall and winter, thanks to a number of community donations.

It seems as if once or twice a year I feel I need to write about the latest scams, from Medicare scams to sweepstakes and lottery scams. So, just as sugar ants return in the spring (well at least in my kitchen!), vaccine scams are beginning to circulate. So here are just a few reminders.

The White Salmon Valley School Board is set to vote on a proposal to reopen to in-person instruction, the first time since last March most students in the district would be able to make a return to the classroom.

“Through the Eyes of An Elder” is a monthly column in The Columbia Gorge News. Sponsored by the Aging in the Gorge Alliance, guest writers address a variety of topics with a focus on older adults, their families and loved ones, and caregivers. Suggestions for future columns (topics, intervie…

2020 has been quite a ride. And with all the stay-at-home orders and cancellations, you may be thinking, “I’m not adding this year to my age — I didn’t use it!” But we’re tough and resilient, knowing from every experience there is something to learn.

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I am a member of Soroptimist International of Mt. Adams. If you ask me why, the quote from a young woman our club recognized sums it up for me: “Receiving the Live Your Dream Award was the first time I ever really felt like maybe I was worth believing in,” said Bailey McManus, 2016 Live Your…

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Skyline Health has begun its COVID-19 vaccination pilot program, offering doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to all of its employees and to frontline healthcare workers from the community who are eligible to receive the shot in the first rounds of distribution.

The Dalles — The Mid-Columbia Housing Authority and Columbia Gorge Housing Authorities have received 80 new “mainstream vouchers” and approximately $560,000 in annual budget authority from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief a…

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The Klickitat County Health Department (KCHD) was notified of the death of a community member on Jan. 4. The individual, from Goldendale, was 86 and had tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 24. They were transported to Mid-Columbia Medical Center, where they died.

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The case stemming from a motorist collision with a Williams NW Pipeline facility has been referred to Klickitat County Prosecuting Attorney David Quesnel.

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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.

December is generally a month when we have revised deadlines, thanks to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. This year, both fall on Fridays — which not only gives our staff two three-day weekends in a row, but doesn’t interfere with our usual Monday print deadline.

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WHITE SALMON — The Washington State Department of Commerce has selected Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation’s (CCHC) White Salmon Assisted Living Facility to receive funding in the 2020 Housing Trust Fund application cycle.

Cooper Spur Ski Area, the oldest continuously operating ski area on Mount Hood, is open for the 2020-2021 season.

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... And how lovely will it be to put your basket in the crook of your arm and pluck those gorgeously perfect vegetables, or flowers from their stems for a lovely arrangement?! Okay, I think that might have been a scene from a movie I saw once.

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Q: I received a home preserved gift for the holidays. How do I know it's safe to eat?A: What a great question! Home preserved food gifts are common over the holidays and they are given with thoughtfulness and care; however, it is certainly important to consider the safety of these home prese…

Members of the community have been hard at work these past couple of months pulling together Washington Gorge Action Programs’ Tree of Joy program this year, and it was all worth it in the end. With 200 children accounted for, local families in need will be able to give gifts to their little…

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Poinsettia and Christmas cactus are the quintessential holiday plants. Whether you purchase them or are the lucky recipient of a lovely floral gift, keeping them happy after the tree is gone and decorations packed away, doesn’t take much.

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Members of the Gorge Women In Black advocacy group stand on Oak Street in Hood River on Dec. 18, in support of peace and social justice concerns, as they do each Friday, The women remain silent except to answer questions. From left in front are Sara McCaffrey, Lani Roberts, Margaret Tomas, a…

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For the sixth year, and in the spirit of the holidays, Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR) adults in custody (AIC) will receive something special for Christmas, according to a NORCOR press release.

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A public hearing on a subdivision application for a multifamily housing project resulted in a consensus vote by the Bingen City Council to continue the public hearing into the new year.

Don’t these days feel like when you had that dinner guest who was eating too much, drinking too much, and staying too long — and you just couldn’t get him to leave? Well, with the first vaccines arriving soon, we can start shoving him out the door. But until then we need to stay vigilant — p…

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 Dec. 9 press release from the district.

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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