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.

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Christmas tree permits for the Mt. Hood National Forest are now available to purchase at local vendors and online through Recreation.gov. Purchase a permit, as well as download cutting area maps and tree cutting tips at tinyurl.com/mthoodtreepermit. 

A turbine at The Dalles Dam spilled up to 200 gallons of oil Dec. 3, and the  Corps of Engineers deployed booms, skimmers, and removed the unit from service.

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The Salvation Army food bank in The Dalles is critically short of food and need financial help, according to Chris Zukin, board president of The Dalles Community Meal.

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Mark Twain is quoted as saying, “Whiskey is for drinking. Water is for fighting over.” Most of us understand the value of water, and depending on where you live, you may have a lot of water or very little. We don’t know a lot about groundwater and how long it will sustain us as we continue t…

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Volunteer Carmen Myers, part of a team from Columbia Bank, hustles Thanksgiving Day meals to cars lined up in the parking lot outside St. Mary’s Academy in The Dalles to receive a holiday meal. In the background, shuttling meals from kitchen to delivery area, is fellow volunteer Henry Warth.…

Dain Penrose, an employee with Insituform Technologies, inserts a remote-operated device into a sewer line on W. 10th Street in The Dalles, which will be used to locate connections as part of the Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) process of installing pipe linings. The firm will be working on multi…

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Mid-Columbia Center For Living (MCCFL) violated Oregon labor law in its dealing with a new bargaining unit of Oregon AFSCME, certified in July, which represents all MCCFL employees, according to a ruling by Oregon Employee Relations Board (ERB).

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