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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THE DALLES — In the Sept. 23 school board meeting, Superintendent Carolyn Bernal announced that starting the week of Oct. 4, District 21 is initiating an opt-in, on-site rapid COVID testing program for students as an additional mitigation measure against the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

Oregon and Washington law enforcement personnel met head to head in The Dalles Saturday, Oct. 2, to battle it out on the football field in the annual Pig Bowl flag football event.

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After five years of working to bring their vision of a new and expanded healthcare clinic to the residents and visitors in South Wasco County, The Deschutes Rim Health Clinic and Deschutes Rim Clinic Foundation will soon bring that vision to reality.

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BINGEN – A consortium of three entities — Seattle-based Twin Creeks Timber, LLC, The Conservation Fund, and Carson, Washington-based WKO, Inc. — have agreed to acquire SDS Lumber and Timber Companies, according to a press release. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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The ongoing surge of COVID-19, driven by the highly contagious delta variant, appears to have peaked in Oregon and the Columbia River Gorge, but hospitals, healthcare workers and emergency responders continue to see an increase in patients needing emergency and critical care.

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The ongoing surge COVID-19 , driven by the highly contagious delta variant, appears to have peaked in Oregon and the Columbia River Gorge, but hospitals, healthcare workers and emergency responders continue to see an increase in patients needing emergency and critical care.

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THE DALLES — “Virtual implementation” of new financial accounting software saved Wasco County thousands of dollars, with $35,000 budgeted for travel coming in at about $1,500, and reduced service fees as well.

The Dalles Kiwanis Club celebrated its second annual “Stuff-the-Bus” project recently. The three-day event in late August produced enough school supplies to literally fill a bus on loan from the local school district.

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Between Sept. 1 and Sept. 8, schools in Wasco and Sherman counties reported 19 cases of COVID-19. School-based cases can be reported among students, staff or volunteers. None were due to transmission in the school setting, according to a press release from North Central Public Health District (NCPHD).

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Columbia Gorge Community College is postponing a ribbon-cutting originally planned for Saturday, Sept. 11, as COVID cases escalate throughout the region.

THE DALLES — North Wasco County School District 21 has appointed Stephanie Bowen as director of communications and community engagement, according to a press release from the district. A new position, Bowen will be facilitating communications to keep staff, parents, media and the general pub…

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As part of the state-wide “We Care” movement, a group of The Dalles locals took 12 boxes full of snacks and other treats to Mid-Columbia Medical Center as a ‘thank you’ to medical professionals working through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Orchard owners and operators surrounding the Wasco County Landfill are working with federal and state agencies on a plan to mitigate a super-abundance of ravens and other birds at the landfill.

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Armed security guards are patrolling Google facilities in The Dalles and a Bonneville Power Administration-owned substation in Rufus. The security response comes after the FBI logged a threat “to infrastructure in The Dalles area.”

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THE DALLES — The Dalles City Council is expected to vote on whether or not to partner with a company that would bring e-scooters to the city as a means of public transportation at their next meeting on Sept. 13.

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When Casey Hardi and Zoe Mitchell met working at a little bakery in Davidson, Calif., they never would have imagined that, just a few years later, they would be living in Hood River with a backyard full of ducks, their own business and a booth at the farmers market.

“It’s been sort of a crazy ride,” Hardi said.

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The North Wasco County School Board voted to renew the Riverbend Community School Charter agreement for the next three years

On Aug. 26., the board met at The Dalles Middle School for their regular monthly meeting.

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THE DALLES — Community service providers, county agencies and local supporters are working with Mid-Columbia Community Action Council (MCCAC) to site and develop a “navigation center” in The Dalles, according to a press release. MCCAC is the Community Action Agency serving Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties.

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