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Wasco County (The Dalles), made the jump all the way from the worst level, extreme, to the best level, lower, skipping over the “high” and “moderate” categories. Hood River County moved from the “high” risk category to “moderate.”

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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…

A wide range of special taxing districts — ports, school districts, fire districts and others — will be on the May 18 Hood River County Special Districts election ballot for the purpose of electing members, commissioners or directors. The election will conducted by mail.

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Wasco County remains in the “extreme risk” category due to community spread of COVID-19, but a recent and significant drop in positive cases means the county will move down at least to the “high risk” category next week, and likely to the “moderate risk” category, The North Central Public Health District confirmed Friday.

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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.

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Join Friends of the Columbia Gorge on Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 6-7:30 p.m. for a free, live webinar exploring eagle winter migration, behavior, and biology; the history of the Gorge Eagle Watch program; local efforts to protect migrant and resident eagle populations; and viewing opportunities f…

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The Dalles — Snow is forecast for the Gorge starting Thursday morning through Friday, and North Central Public Health District (NPCHD) has vaccine clinics (invitation only) scheduled for Thursday and Saturday at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center in The Dalles. At this time, NCPHD is planning on holding the clinics as expected, according to a press release.

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THE DALLES — Dr. Carolyn Bernal has been selected as the new superintendent of North Wasco County School District 21, pending successful contract negotiations. The school board voted unanimously in support of hiring Dr. Bernal on Monday, Feb. 1.

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The Wasco County District Attorney’s office has dismissed “a handful” of cases and released one defendant from Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles — the latest update to an ongoing two-pronged case review and investigation into a The Dalles police officer’s credibili…

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, Ore., as well as from efficient pipeline capacity management.

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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…

Hood River Adult Center and local firefighters teamed up as they do every year for Christmas Eve delivery to Hood River County Meals on Wheels clients. Wy’East Volunteer Association and West Side Fire Department volunteers carry baskets to private cars and agency rigs to make the deliveries …

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A group of Gorge tourism organizations and chambers of commerce has teamed up to create a guidebook full of “COVID-safe winter itineraries” for day trips to communities from Troutdale to Trout Lake and everywhere in between.

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Insitu, an aerial drone manufacturer based in Bingen, Wash., will pay $25 million to settle allegations that the company outfitted the drones with used components rather than new parts.

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Hood River Police and Fire departments respond to a single-car accident shortly after 1 p.m. Jan. 22 on State Street just west of Sixth Street. Carlos Martinez Caraza of Dallesport drove his vehicle across the westbound lane and hit a tree, according to Police Lieut. Don Cheli. Caraza became…

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Hood River County School Board will not act on a change to in-person learning prior to its Jan. 27 meeting. New state metrics, statistics on COVID-19 positivity cases, were scheduled to be issued Jan. 19.

The Hood River Valley High School Speech and Debate competed Jan9-10, virtually, at the Hap Hingston Forensic Invitational at Pacific University. For the Sweepstakes (teams with most points), HRVHS took second place. In Lincoln Douglas Debate, Sadie Smith took gold; Mel Glatter, Jacob Kaplan…

Hood River Watershed Group hosts “Irrigation Modernization in Hood River and Beyond,” a Zoom presentation, on Jan. 26 from 6-8 p.m. Pre-registration for the meeting is requested at us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrd-qqrTMvGtyzBAoj5j6lOE7_w5KabTiD.

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A fire Thursday morning, Jan. 14, destroyed a motorhome and damaged a second at Columbia River RV Park in Dallesport. 

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The Dalles City Council earmarked an addition $100,000 in COVID-19 grant funds to fitness facilities and restaurants suffering due to statewide closures, with an additional $50,000 available for small businesses. The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce will again work with city staff to solicit applications and set criteria for the grants.

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The Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is hosting its 8th Annual Blanket Drive today, Saturday, Jan. 9, at the former Chronicle building at Third and Federal in downtown The Dalles from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Join historian and journalist David Mould on a journey to borders, both real and imagined in this virtual event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13. 

In his latest book on travel, history and culture, Postcards from the Borderlands, Mould explores the meaning of borders. Are they simply political and geographical, marked by posts, walls and fences, or should we think of them more broadly? Some borders, set by surveys and treaties, take no account of geography, language or culture. There are borders within countries — physical, economic and social. And finally, there are the borders of our minds — the way we may think of unfamiliar places. 

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Doug Kelly started Dec. 1 as Chief Administrative Officer and Fire Marshal for West Side Fire District, succeeding Jim Trammell, who has retired from fire service after 50 years.

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Matthew Swanson M.D., hospitalist director for Skyline Health, wrote a memo outlining frequently asked questions about the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. He then updated the memo to give more detailed information about the Moderna vaccine later; updates in parentheses.

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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.

Hood River City Public Works Department will accept Christmas trees at its facility at 18th and May, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. through Wednesday, Jan. 20.

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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