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On the afternoon of July 6, NORCOR Corrections Deputy Alicia Talley was fishing with her daughter near the Columbia River when she heard someone’s cries for help. Talley immediately located a man calling for help for his girlfriend and her young son, both of which had been swept away by the …

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Even as the highly transmissible delta variant of COVID-19 rapidly spreads, vaccines continue to remain effective at preventing illness, hospitalization and death. In June, 36 of 37 people who got COVID-19 in Wasco County were unvaccinated, according to North Central Public Health District (NCPHD).

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Former long-time Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley is suing Oregon’s attorney general and her deputy, and Wasco County, alleging his due process rights were violated when he was removed from office over a temporary suspension of his law license by the Oregon State Bar.

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City of The Dalles Codes Enforcement is addressing properties with puncture vine, commonly known as goat head, in violation of The Dalles Municipal Code.

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THE DALLES — The Dalles City Council voted unanimously to transfer ownership of Aviation Management Services at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport from Dave and Aryn Rasmussen to Jeff Renard.

This September, The Dalles community will see the return of the Pig Bowl for its 18th year.

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Many, if not most, people involved in the wine industry know of Zelma Long. Considered one of the foremost winemakers in the world, she was a female pioneer in California wine, rising through the ranks at Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa during the 1970s. After that, she served as winemaker at …

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The Lyle Hill fire is somewhere between 150 to 200 acres, according to the latest update giving by the public information officer on scene, Ben Shearer.Around 100 personnel were on the scene Tuesday afternoon, a day after the fire was reported in the hills above the community of Lyle, Wash.,…

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The Dalles — OSU Master Gardeners are resuming the free, annual “Saturdays at The DIG” Summer Gardening Series. These short garden talks begin at 9 a.m. at The Dalles Imagination Garden (The DIG), located in the Port District of the The Dalles at the corner of Steelhead Way and Klindt Drive.…

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The Dalles — The Mid-Columbia Health Foundation’s annual Tournament of Tradition Golf Benefit is expected to bring in just over $26,000.

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The Beautification Committee announces the May/June award recipient of the Beautification Award. Lynn and Marlene Long (pictured here with The Dalles Mayor Rich Mays) put a lot of thought into making their garden a seasonal delight. Their garden and home is at 2401 Mt. Hood St. and easily vi…

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Peace Corps volunteers have been going door to door in The Dalles to spread the word about the mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic at St. Mary’s Academy. The clinic is only here through Wednesday, July 14, and this is a final push to get the word out.

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Peace Corps volunteers are going door to door in The Dalles to spread the word about the mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic at St. Mary’s Academy. The clinic is only here through next Wednesday, July 14, and this is a final push to get the word out.

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The Original Wasco County Courthouse is back on its normal summer schedule after the COVID-19 closures. Days and hours are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Drought and extreme heat create early fire warnings, firework bans and fires throughout the Columbia River Gorge.

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The Valley View Fire (also called the Sunset Valley Fire) burned an estimated 987 acres southeast of The Dalles on Thursday evening, July 1, 2021. The fire was first reported around 3:45 p.m. on the 3100 block of Valley View Drive near The Dalles. Strong winds pushed the fire, which was burning in mostly brush and wheat, in a southeast direction, forcing evacuations and road closures. The fire damaged one barn, several outbuildings, multiple vehicles and a portion of a cherry orchard.

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The Valley View Fire was reported late Thursday afternoon on Valley View Drive, located on the southeast edge of The Dalles and at the right side of the photograph. Highway 197 was closed to traffic as the fire approached the highway south of the city.

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Three wildfires are currently burning in Wasco County. The Wrentham Market Fire east of Dufur; the S-503 fire on the Warm Springs Reservation and the Rattlesnake Fire in the South Junction area.

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The City of The Dalles' commercial dock off Union Street, downtown The Dalles, will be closed July 3 and 4 to allow for docking of cruise ships, according to city staff. Those attending the Fort Dalles Fourth will not be able to access the docks. The Riverfront Trail and Festival Park will r…

Avery Winwood has liked telling stories her whole life, mostly through theater, which she has been involved with since she was just 8 years old.

The new Sohler Scholarship Fund, created by the family of the late George “Larry” Sohler, a community leader who passed away in March 2021, will provide scholarships for seniors at Hood River Valley High School beginning with the class of 2022 to pursue skilled vocational training. Sohler ha…

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THE DALLES — Wasco County and the city of The Dalles continue to work on a tax abatement agreement for new Google server facilities in The Dalles.

Last Tuesday was Hallie Clark’s second day interning with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), and she spent part of it herding three speedy, skittish fawns to safety along a busy road.

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Firefighters responded to three fires Friday morning, June 25, burning adjacent to Interstate 84 near Rowena, and while working to put these fires out two additional starts were discovered along the freeway. These fires, named the Milepost 78 Fire, burned grass, brush and timber primarily wi…

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THE DALLES — The Home At Last Humane Society released a statement June 17 thanking everyone who helped them evacuate the shelter in The Dalles following a June 1 fire threat.

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THE DALLES — The Wasco County Board of Commissioners will resume limited in-person board meetings in July, with a hybrid format that will allow continued access through the Zoom platform. In-person public access to the meetings, which will resume at the courthouse, will be contingent on the …

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THE DALLES — The Northern Wasco County Aquatic Center in The Dalles will be closed until further notice pending a liquid chlorine delivery.

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THE DALLES — The Dalles City Council voted Monday to pass an ordinance amending many sections of the city’s land use code to increase housing supply in The Dalles.

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THE DALLES — The Dalles City Council approved a contract for the reconstruction of West 15th Street by Granite Construction at their meeting on Monday.

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Gorge Youth Mentoring (GYM), a program of The Next Door, announces its summer-time virtual fundraiser: GYM Gets You Moving!

First Book Hood River and First Book Wasco County were busy this spring providing books to kids who would not normally have a chance to own them.

THE DALLES — Oregon OSHA recently issued The Dalles restaurant Last Stop Saloon an $8,900 citation, which owner Todd Carpenter has appealed.

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Ariana Acevedo knew she wanted to study music in college. Aiming high, she looked into Juilliard, but found the famous school leans more to the classical side: Think music theory and Mozart.

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In April, Pat Ashmore retired from his five year service as Police Chief of The Dalles, and officially handed over the title to Washington native Tom Worthy.

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Students at Dry Hollow raised $3,000 to purchase trees at Sorosis Park in The Dalles. Classes competed to raise funds, with the winning class choosing which staff member got to "kiss the pig." The pig, Penelope, was provided by River City Saloon owner Clare Kirkwood. Pictured Left to Right: …

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