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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.

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


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: 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.


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 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.


THE DALLES — Mid Columbia Medical Center has proposed building a new state-of-the-art hospital campus on property owned by Wasco County west of Weber Street in The Dalles, and relocating the Kramer Field currently located on the property across the railroad tracks to 35 acres slated to be tr…

Students enrolled in Advanced Manufacturing, Construction Technology and Aviation Maintenance at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) will receive tools for their new trades thanks to support from the Roundhouse Foundation, according to a press release from CGCC.

THE DALLES — The North Wasco county District 21 school board unanimously voted to approve and adopt the virtual learning curriculum Acellus as the online learning option for virtual academy students in the Oct. 28 regular meeting, .

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The Wasco County Board of Commissioners approved the fee increase as requested by the Wasco County Landfill and Waste Connections, operator of The Dalles Disposal and recommended by the Solid Waste Advisory Committee during their regular meeting Nov. 3.

THE DALLES — Both Wasco County and the City of The Dalles have approved a Strategic Investment Program (SIP) agreement between the city, county and Google (Design LLC). The agreement allows for tax breaks for up to two new server facilities and related warehouses on Google-owned property in …


THE DALLES — The City of The Dalles is looking to appeal the decision recently made by District Attorney Matthew Ellis that would require them to release data related to Google’s water usage to The Oregonian.

“Break Ground with Us” was the Deschutes Rim Clinic Foundation’s ground-breaking event Oct. 9 for construction of a new clinic in Maupin.

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Last week, the Northwest MuralFest event board released the top five voted on topics that will be painted about in next year’s Walldogs Northwest Muralfest event.

THE DALES — Wasco County unanimously approved a Strategic Investment Program (SIP) agreement between the county and Google (Design LLC) on Oct. 20. The agreement was largely unchanged from that first reviewed by the commission at the beginning of the year, and presented at public hearings be…

THE DALLES — The Columbia Gorge Education Service District (ESD) has announced a grant from Google to support the district’s goal of creating and increasing school-based mental health services for students in Wasco County. The $100,000 grant will help Columbia Gorge ESD fund additional progr…

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…


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…


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.

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