Storm could impact regional transportation
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter weather advisory for the coming weekend, with “significant snow and or ice accumulations” over much of central Oregon, including the eastern Columbia River Gorge, including The Dalles.
Columbia Gorge Community College: The Dalles and Hood River campuses are closed. North Wasco County Schools will be closed on Thursday, December 15th, 2016 due to inclement weather. Mid-Columbia Children's Council: White Salmon Head Start and Early Head Start Childcare will be opening 2 hrs late at 8:30; Goldendale Head Start & Early Head Start 2 hours late; The Dalles and Wahtonka EHS/Head Start and Childcare closed; Petersburg Head Start Closed; Carson site AM & PM closed; Lyle Sch. Dist.: Closed Hood River Co. Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late, Buses on snow routes. Elementary Schools will begin at 9:40; Middle School at 10:25; High School at 10:20. White Salmon Sch. Dist.: Closed Centerville Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late, Buses on snow routes Dufur Sch. Dist.: Closed So. Wasco Co. Sch. Dist.: Closed Horizon Christian - Hood River: Closed Sherman Co. Sch. Dist.: Closed Goldendale Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late State of Oregon: State agencies closed in Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Sherman, Wasco counties. Opening at noon: Portland-metro, Salem-metro, Lane and Lincoln county offices. Updates: http://oregon.gov/das/pages/buildingclosures.aspx UPDATE Contact info, for media use only: Matt Shelby Communications Strategist 503-378-3118 Matthew.Shelby@oregon.gov
City Manager Julie Krueger has made the determination to close the City Offices today, Wednesday December 14, due to adverse weather conditions. All non-essential employees are being sent home at 3 p.m. City Offices will open on Friday, December 16, if weather permits. This closure includes employees at The Dalles/Wasco County Library. Columbia Gorge Community College: All classes beginning at 3:00 pm and after are canceled. Campus offices will remain open. All Wasco County offices will be closed as of 3 p.m. today - Wednesday, December 14, 2016. Lyle Sch. Dist.: Evening activities canceled. Winter Holiday Program Cancelled, no Afterschool Program Wishram Sch. Dist.: Winter program canceled. Rescheduled for Friday at 1:15. NCPHD is closing at 4pm today, December 14, 2016, due to inclement weather.
North Wasco County Schools will be CLOSED on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 due to incoming inclement weather. Dufur School District: Closed Mid-Columbia Children's Council: Closed. Petersburg AM class starts at 11 am, Parent Transport, PM class and Parent night canceled. The Dalles head Start Closed. Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s Mindfulness Breath Work class scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight, Dec. 14 at Water’s Edge has been canceled.
UPDATE: ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood: The westbound lanes of Interstate 84 are now open between Hood River and Troutdale but the eastbound lanes remain closed with no ETA for re-opening.Motorists should drive slowly and use caution. The Oregon Department Of Transportation closed eastbound Interstate 84 through the Columbia River Gorge Saturday morning from Troutdale to Hood River, milepost 17 to milepost 64, after icy conditions caused numerous accidents. The westbound lanes remain open. ODOT will re-open the road when conditions improve and the the road is safe again. UPDATE: ODOT requesting tuckers halted by closure of I-84 westbound at Hood River to park in The Dalles instead of traveling to Hood River. No truck parking available in HR and no parking on freeway permitted. Exit 82 to 6th and 7th St's. in The Dalles. CANCELLED: Wahtonka Community School Holiday Bazaar has been rescheduled from Saturday, Dec. 10, to Saturday Dec. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Wahtonka Campus. Santa pictures. Cost $2 or 2 cans of food, to benefit Community
Sherman County School District Superintendent Wes Owens announced that the district cancelled school and all basketball games for Friday, Dec. 9. North Wasco County Schools will be CLOSED on Friday, December 9th, 2016 due to inclement weather. All events/activities are canceled. District 7 Circuit Courts are closed today – affecting Wasco, Hood River, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler counties. All Hood River County Library District locations - Hood River, Cascade Locks, and Parkdale - will be closed on Friday, December 9, due to inclement weather. Columbia Gorge Community College: Campuses closed Friday Dec.9th.
A list of weather related school and program closures for Thursday: UPDATE: Columbia Gorge Community College: Campuses will be closed at noon Thursday Dec. 8th and all day Friday Dec. 9th. UPDATE: TDHS games and choir events cancelled. TDMS Games, builders club cancelled. UPDATE: Friends of D21 Music Fundraiser - braveART, Paint Party - CANCELED UPDATE: Dry Hollow Elementary School: Winter Program for 1st grade, 5th grade and Valhalla - CANCELED UPDATE: Mosier Community / Middle School: Family Night, Dinner & Performance - RESCHEDULED for Tuesday, December 13th, 2016.
HOOD RIVER - Hood River County Sheriff's Office Emergency Management advises that NOAA/National Weather Services is predicting the Columbia River Gorge and particularly the Hood River Valley will have significant snow and possible high wind impacts tomorrow (Thursday), December 8th through Friday. Storm arrival is predicted to be around 10am and they warn to not be fooled by mild conditions in the morning hours. Snow will be continuous all day and night with 5-10 inches of snow at river level. Snow will turn to freezing rain with a 1/4 to 1/2 inch of ice predicted. Wind gusts of 55 to 75 mph may occur in the western gorge. Please plan accordingly. Transportation will be significantly hampered and there is potential for power outage and other secondary problems.
UPDATE: Nineteenth street in the area of Mid-Columbia Medical Center is now open to traffic, vehicle and pedestrian, as crews from Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue respond to a leaking oxygen tank, according to Wasco County emergency dispatch.
CenturyLink repairs phone outage
CenturyLink switch located in The Dalles is problem source
A male and female, both wearing masks and brandishing guns, held up a gas station on the west end of town late Sunday night and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, police say.
A vehicle crashed at Riverfront Park and The Dalles Marina, and the driver reportedly ran into the river Thursday afternoon. Investigation ongoing. Details in Friday's Chronicle.
Jose Luis Martinez-Robledo, 48, a teacher's aide at The Dalles Middle School, was arrested at his home Oct. 12 and is charged with two counts of Sexual Harassment, according to a joint statement by Northern Wasco County School District (NWCSD) Superintendent Candy Armstrong and Sergeant Douglas Kramer of The Dalles Police.
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