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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.

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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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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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.

TYGH VALLEY — Teresa Clemence and Teresa Dunsmoor run a business calls T Sells Seashells, where they sell little sculptures composed of seashells and other odds and ends. They sell at fairs, like the Wasco County Fair.

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THE DALLES — On Aug. 19, the entire District 21 School Board and leadership team came together for an in-person work session at The Dalles Middle School, where they went into detail on a comprehensive draft plan for reopening D21 Schools for the 2021-22 School Year.

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THE DALLES — As the Delta variant of COVID-19 raises public concern over large gatherings, Columbia Gorge Community College is modifying its plans for a ribbon-cutting at the college’s new workforce skills center and student residential hall in September.

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THE DALLES — School District 21 in The Dalles is planning for a return to full-time, in-person learning this fall, but is also making contingency plans should state guidelines change and considering alternative learning options for “medically fragile” and immunocompromised students.

After 16 months of limited operations, Wonderworks Children’s Museum, 206 Madison St., The Dalles, reopened Aug. 13. For the month of August, admission is free.

The wild and scenic beauty of the lower Deschutes River draws supporters from around the world. The Native Fish Society and the Deschutes River Alliance are two organizations with a deep connection to the river and the wild fish that call it home.

The Dalles City Councilor Dan Richardson skips across Mill Creek in Thompson Park in The Dalles during a Columbia Gorge Toyota and Honda sponsored community cleanup Saturday, Aug. 14. The cleanups are planned to continue the second Saturday of each month through February. Due to smoke and ho…

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THE DALLES — Do you love The Dalles and the Columbia Gorge region? If you have photos of The Dalles, or want to take a few, this is your chance to help the city and possibly earn a prize. The City of The Dalles is re-envisioning their municipal website and we are looking for high resolution …

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Once again, as high summer temperatures enter the region, our houseless and most vulnerable community members are at extreme risk of heat and sun exposure that threatens their health and well-being.

As more people are vaccinated to reduce the risk from COVID-19, many parents in the Mid-Columbia region are returning to the workforce. But the high cost and scarcity of affordable child care is a challenge, both for the general public and students attending Columbia Gorge Community College.

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Across the Pacific Northwest, wheat harvests have been affected by the hot and dry weather. Both yields and quality are significantly lower than usual, spurring an earlier-than-usual harvest and concerns about protein levels.

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The Columbia Gorge Veterans Museum, formerly located in what was previously the American Legion building on Second Street in The Dalles, has recently opened its doors in a new location.

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One Community Health is hosting a series of back to school health fairs to help kids catch up on their health care before the school year starts, according to a press release. The fairs will take place at One Community Health’s clinics in Hood River and The Dalles and are for kids ages 2-17.

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THE DALLES — Last month, Theresa Peters stepped down from her interim position as North Wasco County District 21 superintendent, and officially passed the duties over to Dr. Carolyn Bernal.

The Dalles — Wasco County Commissioners gave the nod July 21 to working in partnership with North Central Public Health District (Health District) to re-purpose, repair and remodel the county-owned “Annex A” building, which will allow the health district to consolidate their staff in a singl…

On July 22, Carolyn Bernal attended her first regular school board meeting as District 21’s new superintendent. Bernal was officially selected to take over for Interim Superintendent Theresa Peters in February and began her duties July 1.

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THE DALLES — When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in 2020, The Granada Theatre in The Dalles, like all businesses across the Gorge, found itself faced with a new and startling reality. With closures and changes in regulation around every corner, the Granada could’ve very easily been lost in the…

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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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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 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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