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THE DALLES — On June 23, Home at Last Humane Society released the results of a recent survey that aimed to better understand community priorities for animal management in the region and how to pay for those services. Home at Last is Wasco County and neighboring counties’ primary resource for…

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Comunidades commemorated Juneteenth with more than 50 Latino community members at the Riverside Church in Hood River on June 19. The intent was to learn about the importance of the significant day to the African American community and initiation of the new federal holiday.

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The Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) is hosting the 2022 Hidden Bottle Hunt from July 6-10 by hiding six commemorative bottles in parks and trails throughout the state. Clues for the statewide hunt will be posted daily on the Oregon BottleDrop website leading treasure hunters to …

Staffing at The Dalles/Wasco County Public Library has been a challenge, but summer programs will be getting under way in June and the library’s mix of virtual and in-person programing is working well, Librarian Jeff Wavrunek told the Wasco County Board of Commissioners in early June.

HOOD RIVER — Horizon Christian School graduate Augustina “Gus” Decker has been accepted into the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. On Saturday, June 11, she ended her high school career and began her next big endeavor. Director of Admission Liaison Officer in the sta…

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GOLDENDALE — The Goldendale Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with members Goldendale Observatory, Carriger Solar Project and Friends of Gorge Area Parks (FOGAP), held a special Summer Solstice Celebration at Goldendale Observatory State Park on Tuesday, June 21.

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Due to current weather conditions, on June 14 the Klickitat County Board of County Commissioners rescinded Resolution number 05722, dated May 31; therefore, the Burn Ban for Zone Three did not go into effect on June 15 as scheduled.

The White Salmon Valley School Board will undergo discussions to consider whether to a put a levy or a bond out to the community for a vote in the Feb. 23 elections.

Consider the title “Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.” The first three words tell you where it is, the fourth word tells you how important it is, the last word tells you what it is, but the fifth word tells you why it is.

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In partnership with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Oregon Primary Care Association, One Community Health (OCH) opened two COVID test-to-treat centers on June 1 for OCH patients and individuals from underserved communities with plans to expand access in the coming months to the ent…

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Signal change in The Dalles; City of The Dalles water report; Klickitat trailhead construction proposed; Correction

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Body cameras will soon become part of the every-day gear worn by Wasco County Sheriff deputies following board approval of a 5-year, $73,000 contract approved June 1 by the Wasco County Board of Commissioners. The contract will provide cameras, cloud data storage and new cameras every 18 months.

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Larry Broschart, Hood River resident and USS Oregon commissioning committee member, attended the May 28 event in Groton, Conn.; Oregon Gov. Kate Brown was also in attendance.

Elder abuse is a widespread problem in every culture, and once a year, recognition is given during the month of June. This provides an opportunity for communities worldwide to promote a better understanding of the abuse and neglect of older persons. Protecting our elderly population is the f…

THE DALLES —Summer school and enhancement opportunities were discussed at the May 26 North Wasco County District 21 School board meeting. The opportunities were broken down by grade level in a presentation made by Educational Success and Innovative Programming Director Kimberly Tyskiewicz, a…

Last month the cities of Bingen and White Salmon submitted joint grant applications, request $200,000 from Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to participate in a car-sharing program.

Editor’s note: U.S. Senator Ron Wyden held town hall meetings in The Dalles and Hood River on June 3. The following summary draws from both.

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HOOD RIVER — The school shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24 was very much on the minds of administrators, board members and the lone public commenter at the June 1 Hood River County School District board meeting, held in person at Hood River Valley High School.

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THE DALLES — Wasco County has banned the use of consumer fireworks for the summer, and Hood River County will consider a similar ban June 16 as authorities prepare for a potentially severe fire season exacerbated by drought in much of the state.

“We’re spending a lot of time getting ready for what looks like a very tough fire season,” U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden told Wasco County residents during an online town hall Friday, June 3. “I think this is a year when we are going to see, once again, that these fires are not your grandfather’s fire…

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THE DALLES — City crews and contractors will begin work on several pavement preservation projects the week of June 20.

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Local health care and social service organizations are seeking input from community members regarding topics “ranging from local health resources, barriers to care and gaps in service, to trends regarding health and family lifestyles” by through a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), ac…

Local nonprofit Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is raffling off a one-of-a-kind playhouse, valued at $5,200, to one lucky person. Proceeds from tickets purchased will go towards supporting CASA’s advocacy for children experiencing foster care in Hood River, Wasco, and…

HOOD RIVER ­— On March 23, President Joe Biden and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced $2.9 billion available in funding opportunities for major infrastructure projects under Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Multimodal Projects Discretionary Grant (MPDG) program. P…

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The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup (WSSSRW) has recommended that a Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose be made available to children ages 5-11 at least five months after receiving the last dose in their primary vaccine series. The decision comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Admin…

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Wasco County has been contributing staff time to Mid-Columbia Center for Living (MCCFL) to help the behavioral health agency weather a “perfect storm” of challenges brought about by significant changes in staffing and funding and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in May the board agre…

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Local health care and social service organizations are conducting a community health needs assessment to understand the strengths, needs and challenges impacting health in the Columbia River Gorge.

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Growing up in White Salmon, Geoff Babb had always been a huge lover of nature and spending time outside. Between his work as a fire ecologist and his love for outdoor activities like skiing and backpacking, his active lifestyle had always been really important to him.

Last week, Walla Walla County Prosecuting Attorney James L. Nagle declined to file criminal charges against a sitting Klickitat County commissioner over an Oct. 28, 2021, incident where minors were served alcohol at his vacation rental.

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HOOD RIVER — The Hood River-White Salmon Interstate bridge will be closed to all traffic for a 72-hour period beginning at 12:01 a.m. the morning of Friday, June 10 through 11:59 p.m. the night of Sunday, June 12.

Bridges in The Dalles and Cascade Locks will be open during the closure.

As of 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, Secretary of State Shemia Fagan reported 937,445 ballots had been returned of 2,948,373. That pegs the statewide voter turnout at 31.8%, slightly above the 2018 turnout, the last non-presidential year primary election in Oregon.

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THE DALLES — The feasibility of citing an athletic complex on property near the regional jail that was recently transfered to Wasco County ownership as part of a tax agreement with Google will be the subject of a grant-funded “brownsfield” study if a request by th

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THE DALLES — The Head Start program in Maupin has temporarily closed due to the loss of its only certified teacher, which has forced the program to adopt a “home-based” model that offers homework and limited classroom time with parents on site, according to Nancey Patten of Child Care Partners.

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Klickitat County is establishing a ban on outdoor burning for Klickitat County Burn Ban Zone Two, defined as lands between the Klickitat County Fire District 7 eastern boundary west to the western boundaries of Klickitat County Fire Districts 4, 12 and 15, then north on the Klickitat River t…

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PORTLAND — On May 9, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) introduced the Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge Recreation Enhancement and Conservation (REC) Act. The bill contains a groundbreaking model of tribal co-management directing the Forest Service to co-develop a management plan with the …

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White Salmon Valley Pool Metropolitan Park District will be hosting a virtual town hall this coming Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m.

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