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New line on track in Mosier

County gives green light to project

Wasco County has given a green light to Union Pacific Railroad’s expansion plans for the Mosier area. On Sept. 26, the county planning commission voted 5-2 to approve the railroad’s “Mosier Double Track Extension” project, although there are multiple conditions attached to the approval.

Kirchhofer certified for retirement services

Douglas Kirchhofer, financial advisor for Northwestern Mutual, has earned the Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP) professional designation from The American College, Bryn Mawr, Penn.

Tennison leads nursing team

Leana Tennison has been named the new Director of Nursing at Columbia Basin Care, a not-for-profit nursing home in The Dalles offering long-term care and short-term rehabilitation. She joined Columbia Basin in September, managing the clinical needs of over 60 residents and providing leadership to a team of caregivers, according to a press release from the care facility.

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Investment in Golf

Mike Urness (left), president of The Dalles Country Club, accepted deliver of four Toro mowers from Bill Franzke, territory manager for Western Equipment & Irrigation in Sherwood, on Monday. Urness said each of the four mowers is designed for a specific use in maintaining fairways, greens, tee-boxes, and rough at the golf course.

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Tum-A-Lum Lumber honored

Tum-A-Lum Lumber Company of Hood River has been named to LBM Journal magazine’s Century Club in recognition of the company’s 110 years of service to the communities it serves, which today includes The Dalles and Pendleton. “We’re honoring lumberyards with a century or more of service to their communities and to our industry,” said Rick Schumacher, LBM Journal publisher and editor.

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McDonald named ‘Entertainer of the Year’

Jill McDonald of The Dalles, with her husband Thom, have been named as “Entertainers of the Year” by Paint Nite and were recognized at the company’s annual awards gala held in Boston, Mass., last week.

Dufur holds firm on Pastime license

City will still recommend denial

Cliff Wirtz, owner of the Dufur Pastime, asked the Dufur City Council Tuesday to reconsider its decision to recommend that his annual state liquor license not be renewed.

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Tech Talks to begin in Oct.

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce and Google are launching a first of its kind educational series for the community called “Tech Talk” on Oct. 5. The idea was sparked at this year’s Googlefest at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, which introduced members of the business, nonprofit and educational community to Google tools and techniques that might benefit their work.

Google will buy acreage

Google purchased 42 acres of industrial land in June and has made a prospective purchase agreement to buy another 96 acres — the old Northwest Aluminum smelter site.

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Mosier market closing

Between the two of them, Dong and Kim Choi, owners of Mosier Market, have been opening their doors to customers at 8 a.m. every morning, 365 days a year, for 26 years. “All those years, not even one day off,” said Kim.

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MCMC expanding in HR

Mid-Columbia Medical Center has signed a lease to occupy 12,500 square feet of the medical building now under construction in Hood River, immediately west of the new Hampton Inn.

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'Momma’ celebrates Monday

The new owners of Momma Jane’s Pancake House in The Dalles make a great husband-wife team: “Barry (Springer) likes quality food, I pride myself on customer service,” said Kaye Smith.

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Ricarte to lead TDC

Veteran reporter RaeLynn Ricarte has been named executive editor of The Dalles Chronicle. Ricarte has more than 20 years of experience in journalism and been a reporter and editor in The Dalles since 2010. She has worked for Eagle Media Northwest, the parent company of the Chronicle, for over 16 years. “It’s an honor to announce RaeLynn as executive editor. She’s a tireless worker who has a passion for the news industry, as well as a specific passion for continuing the Chronicle’s success as a news operation,” said Joe Petshow, president of Eagle Media.

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A new, wet world for yoga ─ paddleboarding

Amie DiGennaro has combined her love of standup paddleboarding with her love of yoga, renting boards and teaching classes in The Dalles. “It’s essentially yoga, but instead of a firm mat, you are on the board,” DiGennaro explained.

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RV park gets green light

Sometime next spring, The Dalles will be a little more welcoming of recreational vehicles. On Aug. 18, The Dalles Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve a 10-space RV park that will be located on a one-acre site at 3821 W. 10th Street, directly east of Chenoweth Creek.

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