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A bald eagle perches on a cliff overlooking the Columbia River Gorge May 14 just off of State Route 14 near Lyle, Wash. and enjoys a sunny Fri…

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Vernon Labsch, above left, celebrated his 100th birthday Sunday, July 20, at his home south of The Dalles. A World War II veteran of the Army …

Vernon Labsch, above left, celebrated his 100th birthday Sunday, July 20, at his home south of The Dalles. A World War II veteran of the Army …

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Boaters at Pine Hollow Reservoir will soon have new and improved launch facilities, and the years-long effort to replace one boat ramp and repair another was celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony.

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The Dalles’ 10U Little League All-Stars were eliminated from playoff contention after back-to-back mercy-ruled losses to Bend North and Bend South in District 5 action this weekend from Madras.

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UPDATE: ODOT: US197 south of The Dalles, near Dufur, now closed from milepost 14 south to milepost 34 due to wildfire. ODOT on scene. Detour not established. Motorists should find alternative route. As of 7 p.m.: LEVEL TWO: GET SET (Previously @ Level 1) The area of "the blinking light" (Hwy 197 & 216) all the way to Conroy Rd and the top of Sherar's Bridge is now under level 2, North to the current level 3 zone. This includes Hulse Rd, Tygh Ridge Rd, and all points in between. Begin to prepare for the possibility of evacuating. #SouthValleyFire 08/01/18 @ 1918 UPDATED EVACUATIONS: #SouthValleyFire LEVEL 3 (Go now) In addition to the previous 83000 blk of Rail Hollow Rd (to the forest boundary) Sheriff Magill has added all of Winslow Rd and Shell Rock Rd and all points in between. The Wasco County Sheriff's Office has issued Level 3 (GO NOW) evacuations for the 8200 block of Rail Hollow Road to the Mount Hood National Forest boundary. Crews are engaged with a fire Southwest of Dufur.

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Moro — The Substation Fire, which started southeast of The Dalles on Tuesday afternoon, moved further east today driven by high winds. Firefighters saw heightened activity on the north and the south ends of the fire. More than 50,000 acres in Sherman and Wasco Counties are affected. Highway 97 from Biggs Junction to milepost 67, the junction with Highway 197, was closed Wednesday evening.

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A 25-acre wildfire was discovered late Sunday afternoon on the Clackamas River Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest, south of Mt. Hood.