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The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the Small Business Development Center at Columbia Gorge Community College to bring nationally-known speaker Beth Z (Beth Ziesenis) to The Dalles. She will be presenting “29 Tech Tools to Create Cool Content for Social Media.”

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Wasco County’s significant job loss and slow economic recovery throughout 2020 was in line with most of the state — disastrous — but Hood River County’s economic recovery has been slower.

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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 Friday, Feb. 26, and likely to the “moderate risk” category, according to the Nort…

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The Oregon Dept. of Transportation (ODOT) will impose a lower load rating on the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate bridge effective March 3, the Port of Hood River announced in a press release.

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Twelve counties, including Hood River County, will see fewer COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and activities beginning Friday as the state dropped risk level ratings for counties due to a decline in new infections.

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Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s pediatric program has been awarded a 5-star designation in Oregon’s Patient-Centered Primary Care Home program. The 5-star rating is the highest available designation and is given only to those institutions and programs that meet the topmost of rigorous standards.

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Soroptimist International of Mt. Adams is hosting a community paper shred fundraising day on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the White Salmon Columbia Bank parking lot. Residents and small businesses may bring up to five banker size boxes (or the equivalent of that size in other …

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Inspired by the Feb. 3 Columbia Gorge News article “The Dalles 2021 Distinguished Citizens Awards Banquet,” Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association (CGOA) has added its own appreciation for these six individuals and two organizations by presenting each winner with two free tickets to a CGOA liv…

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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 …

Sunday, Feb. 13: Snow, mainly before 11 a.m., with a high near 27 degrees; north wind 5-7 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1-3 inches possible. Saturday evening, snow likely, mainly before 11 p.m. Clo…

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Amos Tee, 23, received a 75 month prison sentence after pleading guilty to four counts of attempted assault in the first degree, according to a Feb. 10 press release from Wasco County District Attorney Matthew Ellis. The resolution of the case resulted from a judicial settlement conference o…

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The City of The Dalles Housing Code Update project is currently underway. The purpose of the project is to bring the city into compliance with House Bill 2001 and to continue to implement recommendations from the city’s Housing Strategies Report prepared in 2017.

The Dalles — The City of The Dalles has sufficient “employment buildable lands” to meet state growth requirements despite those lands being owned in large parcels by Google and Walmart and not readily available for use, according to an inventory presented to the council Jan. 25.

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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…

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

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Vaccinations for the COVID-19 virus continues in phases set by the state, and vaccines based on age alone are not yet available in Wasco, Sherman and Gilliam counties, all served by the North Central Public Health District (NCPHD), according to a press release from Shellie Campbell, interim director.

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The Dalles — Three candidates for superintendent of North Wasco County District 21 (NWCSD) have been named and interviews scheduled following a unanimous decision by the school board to move forward following an executive session and work session of the school board Jan. 5.

Oregon Second District Rep. Cliff Bentz told Columbia Gorge News he feels discussion of the 25th Amendment and Impeachment “are not productive toward the goal of a peaceful transition and will only divide our country more.”

Gorge residents are invited to participate in a celebration of the life, work and dreams of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — virtually — on Monday, Jan. 18. The theme of this year’s celebration, sponsored by Gorge Ecumenical Ministries (GEM), is a paraphrased quote by Dr. King: “We are tied…

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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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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.

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Recent high daily COVID-19 case counts in Wasco County are not due to significant outbreaks but rather to the rapidly increasing spread of the disease and its prevalence in the community, according to a Dec. 22 press release from North Central Public Health District (NCPHD.)

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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.

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A meeting was held Monday, Dec. 28 at Zim’s Brau Haus in The Dalles to discuss businesses around the state planning to open for on-premises business on Jan. 1, defying the governor’s mandate.

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Natural gas service to 5,500 customers affected by last week’s outage was fully restored by NW Natural on Sunday, Dec. 27, according to a press release.

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The Dalles — Wasco County continues to see growth in COVID-19 infections and remains classified as being at extreme risk for COVID-19, and a real-world consequence of that is that there are currently COVID-19 outbreaks in all five of its long term care facilities, Mimi McDonell, health offic…

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A group of businesses in Wasco County have been strategizing and preparing for a legal battle as they seek to challenge the governor’s order restricting indoor gatherings due to COVID-19.

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White Salmon — COVID-19 cases are rising in Klickitat County, evidence which Mount Adams Fruit’s management team is pointing to as a factor in the outbreak at the Bingen facility, which was announced Dec. 11.

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A grand jury indicted a resident of The Dalles last Tuesday on multiple assault charges and unlawful use of a deadly weapon after a Dec. 4 stabbing at a residence on the 1900 block of W. 13th Street.

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Purchase and citing of a total of 18 Pallet emergency shelters for the homeless was given the go ahead by The Dalles City Council in a 3 to 2 consensus at the regular Council meeting Dec. 14. Twelve additional shelters will be purchased and installed just west of the six shelters currently i…

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Five women wearing down jackets and gloves spread out across a patio on May Street in Hood River. They lunge and squat as a child watches curiously from the back of a passing tandem bike.

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The City of The Dalles is now accepting applications for Small Business Relief Grants from eligible small businesses and small non-profits, based in The Dalles. The application period will close at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21. 

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.

Cyndie Pierce of Cyndie’s Paparazzi and Bling helps Erika Miller of The Dalles select gifts during “We wish you a merry marketplace” at The Dalles Civic Auditorium Saturday, Dec. 12.

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The new warming shelter in The Dalles has been full since its opening in early November, and while they started off without electricity, they do now and The Dalles City Councilor Darcy Long-Curtiss reports that operations have been going well with no major problems.