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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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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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The CDC issued a health advisory today about a rapid increase in ivermectin prescriptions — now up 24-fold over pre-pandemic levels — and reports of severe illness associated with use of ivermectin products to prevent or treat COVID-19, according to North Central Public Health (NCPHD) in The Dalles.

Ivermectin is not FDA approved for use in preventing or treating COVID, and has not been proven as a way to prevent or treat it. Calls to poison control centers have gone up nationwide as a result of people taking ivermectin improperly, NCPHD reported.

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When Suzanne Thomas was laid off from her position as an in-home caregiver, she really didn’t know what she was going to do. Being in her 50s, it almost felt too late to start over or go back to school. However, as a single woman, she knew she needed to make ends meet somehow.

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Steve Garza, the new priest at St. Peter Catholic Church in The Dalles, comes to the parish after a 35-year career in the U.S. Forest Service.

His unusual route to the priesthood began after his wife, The Dalles native Maria (Nelson) Garza, died of gastric cancer in 2010.

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THE DALLES — Two protests for medical freedom were held at The Dalles post office on Wednesday, Aug. 25 and Friday, Aug. 27 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The call for medical freedom was in response to the enforcement of mask and vaccine mandates, both by the U.S. and state governments as well as private businesses.

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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.

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.

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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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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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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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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.

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Sockeye salmon arriving at the Little White Salmon River west of Hood River are covered with lesions and dying due to high water temperatures in the main stem of the Columbia River.

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Starting July 29th, any Wasco County resident who receives their 1st COVID-19 vaccine at participating locations will get a $50 Visa gift card.

Meanwhile, Wasco County reported 44 COVID cases in just three days this week, 39 of them amongst unvaccinated people. The highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 is surging in Oregon and is driving increasing cases and hospitalizations.

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