Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation is currently accepting applications for the waitlist for a home repair program. Funding will be available through a Community Development Block Grant with no interest and deferred payment loans up to $30,000.August 29, 2015 1:36 p.m. read more..
The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory and Blowing Dust Advisory for high winds in parts of central and eastern Oregon, and sections of Washington. Red Flag Warnings are in effect for the Central Mountains of Oregon, the Blue Mountains, the Columbia Basin, Wallowa County and Asotin County for gusty winds.August 29, 2015 12:25 p.m. read more..
When an almost 92-year-old veteran showed up at American Legion Post 19 earlier this month, members scrambled to find him a place to stay and help him access other services. Mayor Steve Lawrence, finance director for the post, said it became apparent during the ordeal that veteran groups needed to get better organized.August 26, 2015 4:29 p.m. read more..
Cooler temperatures, lower winds help Oregon firefightersAugust 25, 2015 6:52 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I would like to recognize Sherman County Commissioner Mike Smith for his leadership, in developing an easy way to access internet Broadband to very rural counties by connecting to existing 911 systems for placing Internet antennas. It is a low-cost method of potentially bringing Internet access to millions of rural residents all over the USA. He is the first in the country to access this kind of innovative solution for rural residents who want to be “connected” to the Internet.August 25, 2015 5 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND (AP) — Officials are starting to report some containment of the wildfire that destroyed 36 houses near John Day, Oregon, but gusty winds were expected to continue on the southeast flank.August 21, 2015 3:28 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Hi my name is Nevaeh and I just want to talk about fun things to do for kids like me. The community put in a new swimming pool and that was a good idea but some people don’t want to swim every day and don’t have the money. But what can we do during the winter? So I had an idea that we should get a roller skating rink.August 20, 2015 12:04 p.m. read more..
To the editor: After reading the article about Ray the sea lion I am enamoured with him. Now I am not a crazed animal rights activist nor am I a boat house owner who has to put up with his massive destructive size. I honestly feel like we should leave him alone, in the 4 years he’s been living in our area I haven’t heard of any major drop in salmon numbers or any stories of mass destruction due to his presence, outside of a drooping dock and occupied deck.August 20, 2015 12:03 p.m. read more..
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is prohibiting all campfires in state parks due to high fire danger. The ban includes but is not limited to designated fire pits, tiki torches and candles. The ban also extends to fires on ocean beaches.August 20, 2015 11:59 a.m. read more..
Around Oregon and throughout the West, another fire season is well underway. Overstocked, diseased, and bug-infested forests are at risk of the massive and catastrophic wildfire that clog our air with smoke and threaten our streams. All this while our mills are starving for a reliable supply of timber and people need jobs.August 11, 2015 4:43 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I would like to thank all the Babe Ruth volunteers who so graciously helped in hosting the 13-15 Pacific Northwest Regional Tournament. I have often been told by our National organization that Babe Ruth volunteers are the best in the nation. Given the 105 degree plus temperatures during the tournament these people proved the point and went way beyond the call of duty to get the job done.August 11, 2015 4:41 p.m. read more..
Optimism, joy and hope jump to the forefront as fall sports are fast approachingAugust 10, 2015 9:08 a.m. read more..
Do you feel a sense of unease thinking about our world today? Thank God that He is waking you up to have "ears to hear and eyes to see" what is happening, and a chance to get ready...spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically. According to many prophetic voices, there is a Great Storm coming upon our country and our world, a chastisement for sin and a fiery cleansing of the earth.August 8, 2015 5:44 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Honestly, the Dallesport Fire Department is one of the finest I have ever seen. Men and women donate their time and energy to benefit our community and sometimes they save a home or a life. This is amazing! We all benefit from their hard and dirty work!August 8, 2015 5:17 p.m. read more..
There is life the way you want it to be and then there is reality. A good example of that difference in outlook was on display this week at three public meetings. Citizens and government leaders weighed in on Google’s proposal for a third expansion of its holdings tied to another 15-year property tax break.August 8, 2015 5:15 p.m. read more..
To the editor: On July 1, within an hour’s time, over 40 cyclists and walkers signed a statement that they would regularly use a now overgrown portion of the Riverfront Trail to commute to work or appointments at Water’s Edge.August 6, 2015 2:22 p.m. read more..
To the editor: The Gorge Technology Alliance (GTA) works to promote the Columbia River Gorge as an excellent place to locate and operate businesses in the technology sector. Our beautiful region, including Wasco, Hood River, Sherman, Klickitat, and Skamania counties, is an attractive place for growing technology companies.August 6, 2015 2:20 p.m. read more..
The Sherman County High School Graduating Class of 1965 met at the Sherman Jr/Sr. High School on July 18 to celebrate their fiftieth class reunion. They enjoyed a catered lunch followed by a classmate’s program where they became kids again.August 6, 2015 2:05 p.m. read more..
Dan Telles finished secondAugust 6, 2015 10:25 a.m. read more..
To the editor: This week (August 9-15) is National Health Center Week, and the Gorge should be proud to have its own community health center — with sites in Hood River and The Dalles, serving members of Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Skamania and Klickitat Counties. Like other federally-supported health centers, One Community Health (formerly known as La Clinica del Cariño) makes the costs of care affordable, with the quality of care as good as any one finds in private practices – and studies prove it.August 4, 2015 12:46 p.m. read more..
To the editor: The Gorge Technology Alliance (GTA) works to promote the Columbia River Gorge as an excellent place to locate and operate businesses in the technology sector. Our beautiful region, including Wasco, Hood River, Sherman, Klickitat, and Skamania counties, is an attractive place for growing technology companies. The Gorge is home to multiple broadband and telecommunications services that provide the infrastructure diversity for tech companies to do their jobs, and some of the best recreation and scenery in the country for employees and their families to enjoy.August 4, 2015 12:45 p.m. read more..
To the editor: If you have children in school or follow education in the news, you probably hear a lot about “STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). And for good reason. People working in these industries typically earn twice the median wage ($30 per hour) than the average across other sectors ($16 per hour). Even more, one out of every nine jobs in Oregon is STEM-related — and that figure is growing. That is why providing quality STEM education for Oregon’s students is critical.August 4, 2015 12:44 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Last week I listened in on a national conference call with U.S. Rep. John Delaney of Maryland who discussed the Open Our Democracy Act, HR 2655, which he recently introduced. The call was convened and hosted by Jackie Salit, President of IndependentVoting.org, the largest association of independent voters in the country of which I’m a part. On the call, we got the inside scoop on this important legislation.August 1, 2015 1:57 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I’d like to send out a big THANK YOU to Fort Dalles Rodeo Association for once again, hosting a spectacular rodeo here in The Dalles! It was amazing to watch the Fort Dalles Rodeo Association and its many volunteers come together to provide fun, family entertainment for our community. It is encouraging to see so many organizations come out to support the event.August 1, 2015 1:56 p.m. read more..
To the editor: While attending The Dalles Rodeo, I wore my favorite The Dalles Lion’s Club baseball cap. I have many hats, but this one I will choose before even my University of Oregon hat. Sometime after the National Anthem, I noticed my hat was missing. I desperately retraced my steps but could not find it. I checked on the way out at the gate for any lost and found items that may include my lost white cap with the lion’s logo. No luck.August 1, 2015 1:55 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Homosexuality is the Emperor’s New Clothes. You have to see homosexuality as wonderful or you are unfit for your position or you are stupid or you are incompetent! Does a child have to tell you the truth? If you investigate the role of fathers and their children’s homosexuality you’ll find that their relationship wasn’t good (maybe only as perceived by the child). I leave it to you to get online and investigate what is meant by good in this situation. Actually, many if not most societal problems are caused by fathers’ failures. True Christians don’t believe homosexuals or anyone else should be harassed — that’s nonsense. Asking true disciples of Christ, though, to support a homosexual marriage is like asking a Muslim to draw a picture of the prophet Muhammed. I presume you wouldn’t consider doing that.August 1, 2015 1:54 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I think Rep. Huffman’s political barometer was acting up a bit when he decided to support the proposed Google Tax Abatement. When I explain to folks how the enterprise zone that worked so well to get Google to set roots here and excused them of several hundred million dollars of property tax is being offered for a third time, people are thinking it is time for Google to start paying their fair share.August 1, 2015 1:51 p.m. read more..
The Fourth of July celebration may be heading for fireworks of a different type. Skunked by extremely hot weather, the Fort Dalles Fourth Committee sold fewer concert tickets and hot dogs than expected. It came up $5,000 short, and asked the city to cover it.August 1, 2015 1:47 p.m. read more..
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