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In a burst of ambition, the Dufur FFA Chapter decided in August to attend the national FFA convention in October. A flurry of creative fundraising, generous donations and community support made the dream a reality.

On Jan. 8, new treat shop Berries by Felice held a grand opening to officially open its doors to The Dalles community. With a heartfelt speech, an official ribbon cutting, and some hot chocolate for those waiting outside, Berries by Felice opened its doors and welcomed its first customers.

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THE DALLES — In the Dec. 16 virtual meeting, the North Wasco County District 21 School Board voted to end the Riverbend Community School Charter in a “mutual agreement” between the NSCSD school board and the Riverbend Community School.

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This year, The Dalles will be host to the Walldog’s NorthWest Muralfest, where hundreds of artists will be traveling from around the nation to spend four days painting 15 murals on different buildings around town. In October, the National Neon Sign Museum held an event for community members …

The Wasco County Forest Collaborative steering committee nominated John Paul Anderson as the forest products representative, a choice approved by the board unanimously at their Dec. 16 board meeting.

Newlyweds Colton and Sam Smith lost their Dallesport house to fire last Thursday. Less than 48 hours later, thieves stole much of what they’d managed to salvage.

The Wasco County Board of Commissioners appointed two community members to the Wasco County Fair Board, drawing from a pool of four applicants.

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THE DALLES — The grass will soon be greener at The Dalles Country Club golf course over the summer if a project to extend a water line from a nearby county-owned well to the edge of the Club’s property line comes to fruition over the next few months.

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A Wasco County grand jury indicted Logan Cantwell, the subject of a multi-day Gorge-wide manhunt, on a charge of attempted murder in the first degree last Thursday. The grand jury simultaneously cleared a Wasco County sheriff’s deputy of any possible wrongdoing for using his service weapon.

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North Central Public Health District reported last week the death of a 47th Wasco County resident from COVID-19. The person tested positive Oct. 1 and died Nov. 2 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland.

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The Wasco County Cultural Trust Coalition is now accepting grant applications for 2022 projects. Grants are available to individuals and organizations for projects in the arts, humanities, and heritage. Applications and guidelines can be found on the website: www.wascoculturaltrust.org. Gran…

So many people were eager to join Columbia Gorge Honda Toyota in raising funds for replanting Sorosis Park with the first ever Turkey Trot Benefit Run organizers ran out of race numbers. Well over 200 runners and walkers participated, raising $3,260 for the park replanting effort. Pictured l…

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Central Oregon Animal Friends, the parent organization of Home at Last Humane Society, has extended their holiday auction until 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 15.

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The ELFF Food Drive is underway now until 9 p.m. at Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue 1400 West 8th, The Dalles.

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Residents in Hood River and White Salmon celebrated the holiday season last week with community tree lightings and other festivities Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3-4. In Hood River, downtown streets were closed to traffic and crowds gathered to enjoy a static parade, tree lighting and shopping, with most downtown retail stores open for business. Live jazz music was performed early in the evening, and parade entries were parked down the middle of Oak Street.

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Part of last weekend’s Christmas in the Gorge event in Stevenson was the 19th annual Nativities in the Gorge community nativity display, held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on N.W. Gropper Road.

The long running event displays as many as 650 creches on loan by members of the congregation, as well as other local communities in the Gorge as far away as Goldendale, said Coral Zimmerman, Nativities in the Gorge Committee. “Some are private collectors; some of the nativities have been donated to the event to be kept by the church and displayed every year,” she said.

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The Dalles City Council decided Monday, Nov. 22, to create a climate change task force following a presentation by Debi Ferrer on behalf of Protect Oregon’s Progress. The efforts to create the task force will be coordinated by Interim City Manager Daniel Hunter in collaboration with Ferrer a…

North Central Public Health District’s COVID-19 team has had a “front row” seat, as one team member put it, to seeing how the virus behaves in people — and how people behave in response.

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THE DALLES — Mid-Columbia Senior Center hosted their 2021 Wasco County Ageless Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m.

The Ageless Awards honor volunteers 75 and older for their contribution to their community. Each year, there are four awards given out. This year, the winners were Sherry Munro, Duane and Sue Powell, Darrell France, and Mary Davis and the Fort Dalles Floozies.

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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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