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Gorge Youth Mentoring (GYM), a program of The Next Door, announces its summer-time virtual fundraiser: GYM Gets You Moving!

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First Book Hood River and First Book Wasco County were busy this spring providing books to kids who would not normally have a chance to own them.

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Ariana Acevedo knew she wanted to study music in college. Aiming high, she looked into Juilliard, but found the famous school leans more to the classical side: Think music theory and Mozart.

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Students at Dry Hollow raised $3,000 to purchase trees at Sorosis Park in The Dalles. Classes competed to raise funds, with the winning class choosing which staff member got to "kiss the pig." The pig, Penelope, was provided by River City Saloon owner Clare Kirkwood. Pictured Left to Right: …

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THE DALLES — For years, employers across the nation have struggled to find employees with relevant skills. In the U.S., high school students receive much less work-based learning than in other countries even though there is evidence that students involved in career and technical education du…

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Elijah Perkins isn’t put off that the University of Chicago’s best known catch phrase is “where fun goes to die.”

THE DALLES — Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley honored Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps volunteers during a virtual town hall Tuesday, June 1, for Wasco County residents.

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THE DALLES — In what fire officials warn may be a prelude to the summer fire season, the Mile Post 85 fire Wednesday, June 2, closed Interstate 84 and forced the evacuation of nearby communities.

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WISHRAM — An armed The Dalles man was arrested May 31 following a pursuit and standoff with police that ended in Wishram, Wash., east of The Dalles.

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The Mile Post 85 fire, ignited just east of Pinewood Mobile Manor west of The Dalles Wednesday, June 2, is now estimated to have burned 170 acres and is 70% contained, according to Fire Chief Bob Palmer of Mid-Colulumbia Fire & Rescue. 

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Due to loss of water pressure in the distribution system on the night of June 2, potentially harmful bacteria could be present in The Dalles’ water supply, and the city has advised customers June 3 not to drink the water without first boiling it for 1 minute. Residents in an area generally limited to east of Lewis Street to Thompson Street, from East 9th to East 19th streets are impacted. However, if you lost water service on the night of June 2nd or morning of June 3rd, you were affected and should follow this advisory even if outside of the area described, according to a press release from the City of The Dalles public works department. A map showing the affected area is available on the City’s website at http://thedalles.org.

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The Dalles High School Graduation will be taking place Saturday, June 5, 2021 beginnng at 10:30 a.m. at Sorosis Park. The first potion of the ceremony will be the procession of the graduates, the hearing of speakers, and the ceremonial moving of tassels. In order to keep attendance low, only…

Ariana Asevedo — Harris & Anna K. Stout Memorial Scholarship; The Dalles High School Student First Generation Scholarship; Carter Family Orchards Scholarship and Randy Rood Memorial Scholarship.

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Timber burned in the White River fire last summer has been successfully salvaged for lumber due in large part to the work of the Wasco County Forest Collaborative, an advisory work group focused on building relationships and trust among a mixed group of forest users and land owners working with the Barlow Ranger District of Mt. Hood National Forest.

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For Ashlyn Jones, attending The Dalles’ Riverbend Community School has been nothing short of life-changing.

Jones, 16, of The Dalles, says she used to struggle with her grades. She didn’t get along with her teachers. She didn’t think college was a viable option for her.

Not anymore. Since enrolling at Riverbend in November, Jones is thriving, loves her classes, and is thinking of attending culinary school — a dream she had previously deferred because she didn’t think she would get good enough grades to get in.

THE DALLES — Joson Singh has been focused on customer convenience since he was 12 years old and first worked for his uncle at the original Center Market, a convenience store located on Center Street in Salem. The family-owned business franchise now has 30 locations, and Singh runs two of the…

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Those visiting popular recreation sites along the Lewis River in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Lewis River Recreation Area can expect some changes this year. Visitors who park within the Lewis River Recreation Area will now be required to obtain a reserved parking ticket during the busy visitor season: June 15 through Sept. 30.

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THE DALLES — In mid-March of 2020, like thousands of other establishments, The Dalles Wasco County Public library shut its doors to the public, unable to offer more than curbside service in order to comply with statewide safety guidelines and help slow the spread of COVID-19. As of May 18, 2021, the library is open and welcoming the public once again.

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SDS Lumber Company is partnering with an international financial advisory firm to assist with the company’s plans to divest its and sister company Stevenson Land Company’s corporate assets, Columbia Gorge News has learned.

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Jesse Larson earned good marks in preschool, but he remembers realizing in first grade, at the tender age of 6, that he had to really apply himself to get top grades.

THE DALLES — Officer Kris Wood of The Dalles Police Department has received a letter of commendation based on the bravery and dedication to duty reflected in his actions taken the night of Thursday, April 15.

At approximately 10:45 p.m. that evening, emergency responders were dispatched to The Dalles Bridge on a report that a person had jumped from the bridge.

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The Dalles — Money earmarked for the school district over the past five years from an early Google enterprise zone agreement has funded physical repairs and improvements throughout the North Wasco County School District 21 (D21), Chief Financial Officer Kara Flath told the Wasco County Board of Commissioners last Wednesday, May 5.

The radio stations of Bicoastal Media, Gills Point S Tire and Auto, Ray Schultens Motors, Washington Gorge Action Program, Car Stereo Specialists, and Columbia Veterinary Hospital are teaming up for the seventh year to help a Columbia Gorge family in need. Wheels of Hope will provide a strug…

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Wasco County has updated and reopened its COVID-19 Emergency Business Grant program to support businesses impacted by the county's move to the Extreme Risk Category on April 30. Funds were provided by the State of Oregon. Grants will be made based on the number of employees between 0 and 50,…

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The “Take a Bite Out of COVID” mobile vaccine event at several venues in downtown The Dalles last Friday, May 7, was an unqualified success. It was well received, ran smoothly and easily exceeded expectations.

Wasco County dropped a level to “high risk” for COVID-19 due to a change in state guidelines, but infection numbers remain high and without a change in the state metrics, the county would still be in the “extreme risk” category, according to information provided by the North Central Public H…

Only 3.4 percent of applicants got accepted to Harvard this year, the most competitive year in the university’s history. And Yahir Santillan-Guzman of The Dalles High School is still in shock that he’s one of them.

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Last Stop Saloon in The Dalles was one of six plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against the Oregon Lottery in Marion County Circuit Court on April 19, 2021, according to the plaintiffs’ petition for judicial review.

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Joel Madsen directs both Mid-Columbia Housing Authority and Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation. The two organizations have separate but related roles working towards a single goal: promoting and administering affordable housing in the Gorge.

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Hood River — If COVID-19 restrictions continue to improve, this summer’s tourist season in the Columbia Gorge promises to be better than last year — much better.

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The Dalles — If you’ve been wondering what new businesses are planned for the renovation of the old Recreation Building, at least part of the answer was revealed at the April 20 Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Area board meeting.

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A small home at the west end of Foley Lakes in The Dalles burns Wednesday afternoon, April 21, 2021. Crews from Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue and Dallesport Fire Department responded to the fire. Homeowner William Hardy, 67, said everyone was able to exit the home without injury, but noted th…

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A third surge of COVID-19 cases has begun in Wasco County, and the county will likely move up at least one, and likely two, risk categories in the coming week, according to a press release April 16 from North Central Public Health Department (NCPHD).

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According to the release, from April 4 to mid-day April 16, Wasco County had 43 cases. The county had 22 cases in all of March.

Wasco County has been at the lower risk category since Feb. 26. New risk levels will be announced Monday, to take effect next Friday.

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Large groups of people are newly eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 5, including frontline workers and their age-eligible family members living with them, and those 16 and older with underlying health conditions as defined by the CDC.

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Paving is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 29 to repair roadway damage due to a water main break that occurred in the downtown area of The Dalles. Road closures are expected to be in place most of the week beginning Monday and continuing through Thursday, April 1, or until work is complete.

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