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…

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THE DALLES — A 40th death from complications of COVID-19 in Wasco County has been reported by the North Central Public Health District (NCPHD). A woman died Sept. 11 at Mid-Columbia Medical Center (MCMC). She tested positive two days prior to her death. It is the 40th death for the county.

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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…

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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.

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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 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.

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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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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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THE DALLES — Local nurses employed by Mid-Columbia Medical Center (MCMC) in The Dalles, and represented by the Oregon Nurses Association (OMA), reported “encouraging movement from MCMC” following a rally downtown The Dalles Thursday, Aug. 19.

Bargaining between MCMC and the nurses union continued Wednesday, Aug. 25, with both sides reporting progress.

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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 — 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.

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A proposed closed-loop pumped hydro storage facility near Goldendale is again moving forward. The Goldendale Energy Storage Project proposes to store “clean” energy generated by wind and solar projects.

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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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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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Gorge communities continue to see a sharp increase in COVID-19 infections, with Wasco County reporting 96 cases over the last two weeks, an infection rate which would have placed the county into the “extreme risk” category under previous state metrics.

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Gorge communities continue to see a sharp increase in COVID-19 infections, with Wasco County reporting 96 cases over the last two weeks, an infection rate which would have placed the county into the “extreme risk” category under previous state metrics.

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…

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Former long-time Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley is suing Oregon’s attorney general and her deputy, and Wasco County, alleging his due process rights were violated when he was removed from office over a temporary suspension of his law license by the Oregon State Bar.

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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.

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THE DALLES — Wasco County and the city of The Dalles continue to work on a tax abatement agreement for new Google server facilities in The Dalles.

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THE DALLES — The Wasco County Board of Commissioners will resume limited in-person board meetings in July, with a hybrid format that will allow continued access through the Zoom platform. In-person public access to the meetings, which will resume at the courthouse, will be contingent on the …

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THE DALLES — The Dalles City Council voted Monday to pass an ordinance amending many sections of the city’s land use code to increase housing supply in The Dalles.

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THE DALLES — The Dalles City Council approved a contract for the reconstruction of West 15th Street by Granite Construction at their meeting on Monday.