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Letter to the Editor: Vote McLeod-Skinner

To the editor: It's August and supposed to be the quiet season for politics, but, at the federal level anyway, events seem to be getting louder and more erratic. There's no telling what will happen between now and November's election. We do know what our congressman, Greg Walden, has been doing: Not much.

August 10, 2018 2:47 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Walden working hard

To the editor: “We owe our loyalty to each other and to our children’s children, not to party politics,” DaShanne Stokes. It seems that Greg Walden could find a cure for cancer and yet some unreasonable partisans would still oppose him, putting partisan politics ahead of making positive accomplishments.

August 10, 2018 2:47 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Salvation Army praise

To the editor: I know we all have thanked the firemen, ranchers, families, and friends throughout the last three weeks and four large fires, but I want to thank the Salvation Army for their presence at these huge local fire events.

August 10, 2018 2:46 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Thank you for help

To the editor: The Conroy family of Maupin, Tygh Valley and The Dalles would like to extend a huge thank you to the firefighters, farmers, ranchers, friends, neighbors and local, state and federal air and ground support, who have put their personal lives on hold during this fire season.

August 10, 2018 2:45 p.m. read more..

Cronin settles in as CGCC president

It’s been a busy month for Dr. Marta Cronin, the new president at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC): She’s moved across the U.S., from Port St. Lucie, Fla., to The Dalles, which included a road trip of 3,100 miles. A month on the job, she has settled in, found a place to call home, and attended her first board meeting.

August 10, 2018 2:42 p.m. read more..

Community school gets $2M grant

The good news just keeps coming for Wahtonka Community School officials. First they achieved a long-standing goal of becoming a charter school. Then they got a $2 million grant.

August 10, 2018 2:32 p.m. read more..

D21 approves bond measure language

Taking a key step toward the November school facilities bond election, the D21 school board unanimously approved the official language for the $235 million measure Aug. 6.

August 10, 2018 2:29 p.m. read more..

Fire aftermath clouds future

Dufur Gap Road rancher Mike Filbin is relieved that U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., was successful in his bid to have the federal government allow emergency grazing on some preserve lands. The South Valley Fire came within 15 feet of destroying Filbin’s home and outbuildings last week.

August 10, 2018 2:27 p.m. read more..

Getting at the root

The roots of domestic violence lie in childhood trauma and Louise Bauschard, founder and executive director of Voices Set Free, is on a mission to stop the cycle of aggression and victimization. Bauschard said evidence-based research shows that children who grow up with exposure to violence tend to have lifelong physical and psychological issues to grapple with.

August 10, 2018 2:15 p.m. read more..

Crates Way Fire

A fire in the Precision Lumber building in the industrial park on Crates Way broke out early Friday afternoon. Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, joined by other agencies, was on the scene soon after the fire broke out and evacuated The Port of The Dalles office and other nearby offices. The cause of the blaze is unknown at this time.

August 10, 2018 2:01 p.m. read more..

Giving back to farm workers

Providing health care to migrant farm workers not only meets a critical need but acknowledges the important contribution these families make to the local economy, says Jon Soffer, a nurse practitioner with Mid-Columbia Medical Center. “I think it’s critical for us to give back to this community by improving their health because they are a cornerstone of the industry,” he said.

August 7, 2018 2:23 p.m. read more..

‘Dallesport Drags’ ready to roll

The sights, sounds and smells of high-speed motorsports action have drag racing fans looking forward to the Dallesport Drags on Sunday, Aug. 12, at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport. Thousands of spectators are expected to watch nearly 100 competitors in the drag races, sponsored by C.H. Urness and Fun Country Sports.

August 7, 2018 2:14 p.m. read more..

‘Wheels of Hope’ to roll through Gorge

The radio stations of Bicoastal Media, Griffith Motors and Washington Gorge Action Programs are teaming up again this year to help a Columbia Gorge family in need. “Wheels Of Hope” will provide a deserving family lacking transportation options a vehicle to help them meet their daily travel needs.

August 7, 2018 2:07 p.m. read more..

‘Heroes’ event draws rave reviews

Law enforcement officials and firefighters converged on Fred Meyer Saturday morning but there was no emergency — personnel from several area agencies were taking children school shopping. “We’ve never done this before, I think it’s going to be pretty cool,” said Wasco County Chief Deputy Scott Williams.

August 7, 2018 2:02 p.m. read more..

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