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Several members of the public walked out of Thursday’s North Wasco County School Board meeting in reaction to the board’s approval to dismiss The Dalles High School faculty member Wayne Gibson.

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The Port of Cascade Locks is facing a federal civil rights claim for alleged racial discrimination against Puff Factory owner Jacqueline Alexander. That claim is currently under litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon: No ruling has yet been made, as incorrectly reported in the Columbia Gorge News on Nov. 10.

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THE DALLES — The Dalles City Council voted unanimously to enter into a new water agreement with Google at their city council meeting on Monday, Nov. 8.

The Wasco County District Attorney’s office has partnered with a Portland-based nonprofit defense organization to outsource manpower on an ongoing case review that stemmed from revelations of deceptive behavior by former The Dalles Police Officer Jeffrey Kienlen.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently provided a $600,000 grant to spur economic development and revitalize underdeveloped parcels in and around The Dalles. The grant went to Wasco County, the City of The Dalles and the Port of The Dalles, and last year those entities formed the …

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THE DALLES — Wasco County commissioners expressed support Nov. 9 for contracting with up to two online engagement services to gather public input and track community sentiment regarding the relocation of athletic fields from county-owned land to property north of the railroad tracks to make …

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The City of The Dalles is embarking on The Dalles Vision 2040 process and wants to hear from as many local voices as possible. The visioning process kicked off Nov. 8 and will involve multiple opportunities for community input through Dec. 6.

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THE DALLES — Mid Columbia Medical Center has proposed building a new state-of-the-art hospital campus on property owned by Wasco County west of Weber Street in The Dalles, and relocating the Kramer Field currently located on the property across the railroad tracks to 35 acres slated to be tr…

Students enrolled in Advanced Manufacturing, Construction Technology and Aviation Maintenance at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) will receive tools for their new trades thanks to support from the Roundhouse Foundation, according to a press release from CGCC.

THE DALLES — The North Wasco county District 21 school board unanimously voted to approve and adopt the virtual learning curriculum Acellus as the online learning option for virtual academy students in the Oct. 28 regular meeting, .

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The Wasco County Board of Commissioners approved the fee increase as requested by the Wasco County Landfill and Waste Connections, operator of The Dalles Disposal and recommended by the Solid Waste Advisory Committee during their regular meeting Nov. 3.

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The Dalles City Council voted unanimously to enter into a new water agreement with Google at their City Council meeting on Monday, Nov. 8.

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday morning that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for children ages 5-11. Vaccine appointments are available at local doctor’s offices and several local pharmacies.

Appointments will not be available through North Central Public Health District at this time.

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THE DALLES — Mid Columbia Medical Center has proposed building a new state-of-the-art hospital campus on property owned by Wasco County west of Weber Street in The Dalles, and relocating the Kramer Field currently located on the property across the railroad tracks to 35 acres slated to be tr…

THE DALLES — Both Wasco County and the City of The Dalles have approved a Strategic Investment Program (SIP) agreement between the city, county and Google (Design LLC). The agreement allows for tax breaks for up to two new server facilities and related warehouses on Google-owned property in …

North Central Public Health District (NCPHD) has reported a 41st death from COVID-19 in Wasco County. The person tested positive on Oct. 15 and died on Oct. 19 at Mid-Columbia Medical Center.

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THE DALLES — The City of The Dalles is looking to appeal the decision recently made by District Attorney Matthew Ellis that would require them to release data related to Google’s water usage to The Oregonian.

“Break Ground with Us” was the Deschutes Rim Clinic Foundation’s ground-breaking event Oct. 9 for construction of a new clinic in Maupin.

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Last week, the Northwest MuralFest event board released the top five voted on topics that will be painted about in next year’s Walldogs Northwest Muralfest event.

THE DALES — Wasco County unanimously approved a Strategic Investment Program (SIP) agreement between the county and Google (Design LLC) on Oct. 20. The agreement was largely unchanged from that first reviewed by the commission at the beginning of the year, and presented at public hearings be…

THE DALLES — Celebrate Halloween with a day dedicated to creepy crawly bugs and bats on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. This event is geared toward kids and is free for all kids who arrive in costume. Adults and kids without costumes pay regular m…

A tow truck and a Klickitat County Sheriff deputy respond to a non-injury, single vehicle crash along Dallesport Road. The vehicle went off the road at the end of a long straight stretch, prior to the curve detailed by the yellow warning sign.

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THE DALLES — Cleanup of all remaining fire debris is underway at The Dalles Marina, with cleanup, recovery and disposal operations overseen by Northwest Maritime Consultants (NMC) under contract with the Port of The Dalles, which owns the boat basin. The entire “D finger” dock at the west en…

THE DALLES — The Columbia Gorge Education Service District (ESD) has announced a grant from Google to support the district’s goal of creating and increasing school-based mental health services for students in Wasco County. The $100,000 grant will help Columbia Gorge ESD fund additional progr…

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THE DALLES — A 40th death from complications of COVID-19 in Wasco County has been reported by the North Central Public Health District (NCPHD). A woman died Sept. 11 at Mid-Columbia Medical Center (MCMC). She tested positive two days prior to her death. It is the 40th death for the county.

When you live in an area for a long time — maybe even your whole life — it’s not uncommon to forgo local tourist attractions. That being said, if you’re a Gorge area local looking something interesting, fun, and nearby for your next “staycation,” make sure to put The National Neon Sign Museu…

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For Korbin McComas’s ninth birthday, he asked his guests for donations to Babies First, a program at North Central Public Health District (NCPHD) that helped him in his first years of life after he was born weighing just over 3 pounds.

FEMA — Federal Emergency Management Act — is providing financial reimbursement for funeral and cremation expenses for those who have lost a loved one due to COVID-19, and Jack Trumbull, owner of Anderson’s Tribute Center, is providing assistance to anyone interested in accessing these funds,…

Dr. Marta Yera Cronin, president of Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC), has chosen to be part of Presidents for Latino Student Success and the Excelencia in Action network, according to a press release from CGCC.

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In the course of the pandemic, roughly10% of Wasco County residents have contracted COVID, 2,685 people have been infected, and 39 have died, according to Health Officer Dr. Mimi McDonell of North Central Public Health District (NCPHD), speaking before the Wasco County Board of Commissioners…

Lyle, Wash. — October 6, 2021 — To reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires and improve forest health, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area will conduct prescribed burning in the eastern Gorge later in the week, possibly Friday-Saturday, October 8-9, 2021.

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