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THE DALLES — Multiple members of the community voiced concerns about the potential adoption of the Employment Buildable Lands Inventory (BLI) at the regular city council meeting on Sept. 12.

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A group of children make the acquaintance of “Ellie,” a search-and-rescue dog from Wasco County. Ellie found and led to safety two hikers on Mount Hood last month, said Jim Jones of the Wasco County Search and Rescue K-9 Unit. All were participating in a Wasco County Safety Fair in The Dalle…

HOOD RIVER — Hood River Shelter Services (HRSS) and Mid-Columbia Community Action Council (MCCAC) have announced that they will be working together to operate a warming shelter in Hood River this winter.

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Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s daycare program, Great ‘N Small, recently turned 40, marking four decades of providing childcare to healthcare professionals in The Dalles.

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The suspect in a shooting in The Dalles last week was arrested in the Goldendale area Thursday, Sept. 15, according to a press release from the City of The Dalles police department.

THE DALLES — Landowners requesting Wasco County assistance in repairing Seven Mile High Road and Ridge Road in the Seven Mile Hill area were encouraged to contact a private contractor during Wednesday’s meeting of the Board of Commissioners Sept. 7.

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THE DALLES — It was a long time coming, but partners in the building and the outfitting of two new facilities at Columbia Gorge Community College — a skills center and on-campus student housing, both at The Dalles campus — celebrated the opening of both with a ribbon-cutting Saturday, Sept. 10.

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Dakota and Greg Wilkins love a good party.

The couple, married in 2021, live in North Bonneville and, having lived in the area most of their youth, are well acquainted with The Gorge. They both have full time careers — Dakota teaches kindergarten and Greg works in the restaurant/brewery industry — but when the idea of a cool, vintage truck turned party vehicle came up, Dakota couldn’t get it out of her head.

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City of The Dalles police are seeking information regarding a shooting in which a man was injured that occurred in the west end of the city Friday, Sept. 9 at 8:30 a.m., according to a news release posted on the department's Facebook page. A blue truck may have been involved in the incident,…

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When Kim McCullough started as a clerk typist for Wasco County in the 1980s, she had to take a civil service test to make sure she was prepared for the job. With questions focusing on math, grammar and clerical skills, it seemed like it would cover all that she needed. However, neither the test nor McCullough herself could ever have predicted how much more she would end up doing.

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While human anglers toiled through 90 degree temperatures this summer, northern pikeminnow, a native salmon predator with a bounty on its head, lived apparently unaffected by the heat.

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On Saturday, Sept. 24, the Pig Bowl will be making its 2022 return, with a few changes this year.

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Columbia Gorge Community College is home to America’s newest aviation maintenance technician training program upon official recognition this month by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Sept. 30 marks the end of burn bans across Klickitat County, and as private individuals begin to prepare their slash piles, so too will Mt. Adams Resource Stewards prepare for prescribed open burns in state forests.

Long-time community volunteer Corliss Marsh is a successful entrepreneur who loves teaching and helping others discover the importance of education.

During the superintendent’s report at the Aug. 25 North Wasco County school board meeting, Superintendent Carolyn Bernal broke down what COVID-19 management will look like within District 21 for the upcoming 2022-23 school year.

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As the Hood River Cherry Company wraps up its 29th cherry harvest, owner Katy Klein and Field and Packing Plant Manager Kristoff Fowler — also Klein’s son — couldn’t be happier with the outcome despite unpredictable spring and summer weather.

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THE DALLES — The Salvation Army thrift store on E. Third Street, downtown The Dalles, has closed as the Salvation Army Corps begins a transition to a social services center. Church operations, held at the same location, will also end.

During last week’s North Wasco County School Board Meeting, Superintendent Carolyn Bernal, along with D21 Communications Director Stephanie Bowen, Chief Financial Officer Kara Flath, Teaching, Learning and Assessment Director Lauren Merklin, D21 Director of Human Resources Sandy Harris and Amy Hampton, officially presented the district’s five-year strategic plan.

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Improvements to the south campground and day-use area at Viento State Park, seven miles west of Hood River, have started as part of an overall project constructing the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail from the park east to Mitchell Point, according to the Oregon Parks Department.

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Former Haven From Domestic Violence Executive Director Tara Koch, who is currently accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the organization, was set to have her plea hearing Aug. 22 at 9:45 a.m. However, no plea took place due to Koch not yet having a defense attorney.

THE DALLES — City of the Dalles Climate Resiliency Committee dug into potential areas of work and research during their Aug. 12 meeting, considering potential impacts and limitations on their role of providing recommendations to the city and county.

On Aug. 15, Oregon Nurses Association announced one of its member leaders “filed a class action lawsuit against Providence St. Joseph Health for wage theft, seeking injunctive relief to stop Providence from continuing to shortchange frontline health care workers” in a press release.

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The Illinois-based company that operates an aluminum processing facility in The Dalles, Hydro Extrusion USA, has been charged with violating the Clean Air Act by negligently releasing a hazardous air pollutant from its facility, endangering employees and nearby community members, according to the U.S. District Attorney’s office in Oregon.

After four years as Vintage Dufur Days and two years off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dufur Threshing Bee made its official return Aug. 13.

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Every student is taught the subject of history in school, but not every student learns about the history of their own school. According to archives at The Dalles School District Archives Museum, education has been taking place in The Dalles since 1854, with 2022 marking 168 years of not only…

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Tim Neher, was reassigned to the position of detective, effective Aug. 16.

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Earlier this year, just three days into her job, Xena, an enthusiastic rookie with the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, proved her worth during an arrest.

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Mid-Columbia Medical Center (MCMC) and Adventist Health announced today, Aug. 11, the approval of a non-binding letter of intent for MCMC to join Adventist Health. If finalized, MCMC would become part of Adventist Health’s Oregon Network, which includes other medical centers in Portland and Tillamook and more than 47 other clinics.

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The Wasco County Board of commissioners split over whether to endorse the current draft of the Climate Change Action Plan presented to them by Columbia River Gorge Commission on Aug. 3, as the board and staff sought clarification of language implying restrictions on agriculture within Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

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The Oregon Department of Forestry recalled the use of its wildfire risk map on Thursday, Aug. 4, after public criticism that the online tool is causing home insurance rates to increase or not be available at all.

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Twenty scholarships were awarded to students in 2022’s Art Camp, which is once again hosted in The Dalles Art center after its 2020 cancellation and 2021 year in the The Dalles Civic Auditorium, according to Executive Director J. Scott Stephenson.

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Patty Gallardo’s children mean the world to her. But for more than two decades, her status as an undocumented immigrant left her in constant fear of deportation. Add to that stress the fear of potentially being separated from her family.

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Recent hot, dry weather in the Gorge was accompanied by a flurry of fires in The Dalles and Wasco County, with five boathouses burned at the Port of The Dalles Marina, a home destroyed in a conflagration on Juniper Flats, the community swimming pool evacuated due to a nearby brush fire and Highway 197 and Interstate 84 closed twice as fires burned nearby.

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