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My daughter, an introvert, finds living in our extrovert world uncomfortable: Social gatherings, networking, meet and greets. But during these months of social limitations, she’s told me, with a smirk on her face, “Now the extroverts have to live in my introvert world!”

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U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden chatted live online with Wasco County residents May 2, offering to help with problems that ranged from supporting clinics by attracting professionals and replacing expensive medical equipment to housing for low and middle-income residents. The problems — and the solutions…

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Licensed child care providers who operate in-person services throughout Washington have an opportunity to apply for grant funding through the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) to help them stay open during continued COVID-19 conditions, according to a press release from Washi…

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Wasco County has updated and reopened its COVID-19 Emergency Business Grant program to support businesses impacted by the county's move to the Extreme Risk Category on April 30. Funds were provided by the State of Oregon. Grants will be made based on the number of employees between 0 and 50,…

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The “Take a Bite Out of COVID” mobile vaccine event at several venues in downtown The Dalles last Friday, May 7, was an unqualified success. It was well received, ran smoothly and easily exceeded expectations.

Wasco County dropped a level to “high risk” for COVID-19 due to a change in state guidelines, but infection numbers remain high and without a change in the state metrics, the county would still be in the “extreme risk” category, according to information provided by the North Central Public H…

The cities and counties of the Columbia Gorge are making plans now to spend the millions coming next month from the American Rescue Plan Act, the same act that awarded stimulus funds to individuals. The funds to governmental bodies are meant to offset losses caused by the pandemic.

HOOD RIVER — The City of Hood River’s revenue did not decline last year as expected, due in large part to in-coming federal pandemic stimulus funds known as the American Rescue Plan. City Manager Rachael Fuller and Finance Director Will Norris presented the fiscal year 2021-22’s proposed bud…

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Last Stop Saloon in The Dalles was one of six plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against the Oregon Lottery in Marion County Circuit Court on April 19, 2021, according to the plaintiffs’ petition for judicial review.

Hood River — COVID-19 rates are going up in Hood River County, Hood River County School District Superintendent Rich Polkinghorn told the board at the April 28 public meeting. Moving from Low Risk to Moderate Risk — and again to High Risk — is a reminder that the pandemic is not over, he said.

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Hood River — Hood River County School District (HRCSD) and Hood River Education Association (HREA) reached a tentative settlement on a new three-year collective bargaining deal in the early hours of Thursday, April 22, during its third meeting with a state-assigned mediator. The HRCSD Board …

On May 4, Walmart announced a new COVID-19 vaccine milestone: Immunizations are now available to customers and associates in all of their more than 5,100 pharmacy locations nationwide. This includes the 45 Walmart pharmacies in Oregon.

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Back in 1971, The Next Door was established in direct response to a community need. At that time, the organization served teen boys who were slipping through the cracks — those in trouble with the law, not attending school, and in need of counseling, education, and, most of all, love.

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Mid-Columbia Senior Center, The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce and North Central Public Health District have launched a campaign in hopes of increasing COVID-19 vaccination numbers in Wasco County, MCSC Communications Specialist Rachel Harrison said last week.

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Klickitat County is establishing a ban on outdoor burning for Klickitat County Burn Ban Zone One from May 1 to Sept. 30, 2021, Klickitat County Emergency Management officials announced this week.

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Over the last week, Klickitat County has seen a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases compared to the case counts that have been reported over the last couple months, county health officials announced in an April 23 news release. As of April 23, there have been 27 new cases since Sunday, April…

In spite of the pandemic, several area musicians have found an enthusiastic new audience through Age+ Circles of Care. Age+ Circles of Care is a program that connects older adults to volunteers in The Dalles and Mosier to help them with supportive services. Volunteers help with grocery shopp…

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The Spring Community Clean Up Event 2021 that usually takes place in May of each year is canceled, according to a press release from the City of The Dalles Public Works. To maintain social distancing and minimize the possible spread of COVID-19, the decision was made to again cancel the Spri…

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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…

Staying strong can mean many things — physically, psychologically, emotionally strong. We’ve heard from the experts that exercise is one of the important ways we can maintain fitness, health and vitality. But finding the right program that fits our lifestyle and abilities as we age can be ve…

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The U.S. reported a record over the weekend, with more than 4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in 24 hours, according to Hood River County Health Department. “The country now averages more than 3 million doses daily, according to CDC data. We will continue to work with our communi…

Living under a cloud of COVID uncertainty and doubt, and worrying about our friends, family, businesses and communities, it’s easy to slide into life’s doldrums. Jackson Rainer addresses this state of mind in his post “How to be More Optimistic,” found on the Next Avenue website.

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Rheva Wren’s newsletter project, featuring Joki the goldendoodle and Lumi the ragdoll cat, came about from the desire to let those residing in care centers know they weren’t forgotten during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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All unemployed Oregonians will continue to get uninterrupted supplemental benefits of $300 per week under an extension of federal programs contained in President Joe Biden’s pandemic recovery plan, which is now law.

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Wasco County reported on 10 cases of COVID-19 in the past two-week reporting period, and the state risk level map shows all of central Oregon, from the Columbia River to California, in the “green” or lower risk category. “We are crushing it here in central Oregon,” said Mimi McDonell, health…

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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