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First Foods ceremony lives on

Long ago, when the world began, the Creator called a grand council of all plants and animals. He asked each for a gift to give the helpless new humans, who needed help to survive. The very first to come forward was salmon, which offered his body to feed the people. Water then promised to provide a home for the salmon. The Creation Story posted on the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission’ website explains that both water and salmon were to be honored for their sacrifices, which is done through the First Salmon Feast each year.This religious ceremony must occur before open fishing can take place.

April 20, 2018 2:25 p.m. read more..


AmeriTies emissions reduced

The state Department of Environmental Quality has released 2017 air quality monitoring data showing naphthalene levels emitted by AmeriTies West are almost half of what they’ve been previously, a spokesperson said. As part of a voluntary odor-reducing effort, AmeriTies changed its creosote formula in December 2016 to cut the amount of naphthalene in half.

April 19, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Standing against violence

The difficult thing about stats to show the number of people who have survived sexual violence is that most incidents go unreported, say advocates from HAVEN of the Columbia Gorge.

April 19, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Kirchhofer wins big with DYW

Megan Kirchhofer, a junior at The Dalles High School, was crowned Distinguished Young Woman of Wasco County 2019 last Saturday. Nine scholarships totaling $18,000 were awarded to high-school girls during the program at The Dalles High School on April 14.

April 19, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
 

Seniors honored at Riverhawk track meet

In a final show of appreciation, The Dalles track and field program offered congratulations and high praise to 15 seniors before a three-team meet held Tuesday at Sid White Field.

April 19, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
 

Veterans’ Service Office Job Fair April 20

The second annual job fair hosted by the Veterans’ Service Office of Hood River and Wasco counties, and the 1186th Military Police Company of the National Guard, will be 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the Hood River National Guard Armory, 1590 12th Street in Hood River.

April 19, 2018 2:23 p.m. read more..


LifeFlight open house Saturday

The LifeFlight crew is opening the doors to its new hangar at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport for an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21. The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce will lead off the celebration with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12:15 p.m., followed by light refreshments, tours of the facility and a meet-and-greet with flight crews.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Poetry Slam inspires students

The libraries of North Wasco County School District recently held the 12th annual Poetry Slam, a series of writing and reciting competitions, at Chenowith, Colonel Wright and Dry Hollow elementary schools, The Dalles Middle School and The Dalles High School. The slam is a means of celebrating National Poetry Month and National Library Week, both organized by the American Library Association.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


OR considers healthcare ideas

SALEM — A legislative task force will look to three other states Friday for information about how they regulate health care costs. The Joint Interim Task Force on Health Care Cost Review will hear testimony at its meeting April 20 from health care officials in Vermont, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


HR County moves to keep NORCOR funding

Despite talks about closing the regional jail’s juvenile facility, Hood River County leaders moved Monday to maintain their portion of overall funding to Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility for the next budget cycle.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Car prowlers caught, items unclaimed

Additional charges of mail theft were added to charges against a The Dalles man recently accused of burglary and multiple car prowls. Aaron Ray Haberman, 20, was initially booked into the regional jail April 6 with 13 counts, including theft, car prowling, burglary and probation violation. Also charged was a male juvenile, who was released to his parents.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


High Flyers

A helicopter is used to record video as the Southern Pacific 4449 steam locomotive runs west on the Washington shore near Dallesport earlier this month.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
  

Letter to the Editor: Vote Schwartz

To the editor: County commissioners are responsible for a wide variety of issues requiring experience, expertise, judgement and compassion. Kathy Schwartz has shown that she has served in many roles involving management, budgeting, health-related issues and organizational team work.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Re-elect board

To the editor: I have had the privilege of knowing, and working with Wasco County judges, and commissioners, for more than 40 years. The current Wasco County commission is, and has been, effective, responsible, and has gained needed experience.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Support Kathy

To the editor: This letter is written in support of Kathy Schwartz, candidate for Position 3 as Wasco County commissioner. I have known Kathy for many years, both as a devoted mother of two and as a nurse at Mid-Columbia Medical Center.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Keep Runyon

To the editor: I have had the pleasure of a great working relationship with Wasco County Commissioner Rod Runyon on Association of Oregon Counties committees. I admire the outstanding efforts he puts into serving veterans and I appreciate that he encourages other county commissioners to be involved.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

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