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Misfit toys: UPS expects 1.3M returns in one day

WASHINGTON (AP) — Christmas is the season of giving, and January the month of returns. UPS expects to deliver 1.3 million packages back to retailers on Jan. 5, celebrated by the delivery service, but no one else, as "National Returns Day."

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Chamber asks city for tourism support

Efforts to promote tourism in and around The Dalles have been gathering momentum in recent months, and leaders of The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce are asking city officials to provide more money to cover staffing costs.

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Drilling into the heart of the community

It might seem a bit unusual for a dentist office to take a lead role in a campaign designed to bring community residents closer together. Yet that is just what has been happening at the Keilman Dental Clinic, 421 W. Ninth Street, in The Dalles.

Google supports tech programs

December grants to spark interest in STEM careers

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Tonkin sale doesn’t affect TD

Many of the Ron Tonkin’s 21 dealerships have sold to a Spokane-based company, but not the automotive business in The Dalles, or several others. “Nothing is going to change locally,” said Steve Ross, general manager of the West Sixth Street business.

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Home to the cleanest dogs around

The Dalles may soon be known as a city with some of the cleanest dogs in the gorge, thanks in part to a new downtown business. On Dec. 12, Pawsh Spa opened at 204 E. Second Street, and several dogs have already been brought in for grooming.

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Merchants pleased with holiday sales

The lines at the post office in The Dalles are much longer than normal as Christmas approaches, with customers mailing gift boxes to friends and family members living out of the area.

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TD funeral home opens

Jack Trumbell has a mystery to solve at Celilo Chapel, his new business in The Dalles.

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Guru on the Move

Tech Guru, a new business serving The Dalles area, celebrated with a ribbon cutting on Nov. 29 in front of The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce building at 404 W. Second Street.

Tum-A-Lum to acquire Marson and Marson

Tum-A-Lum Lumber, a chain of retail building material centers in Oregon, announced last week it had reached an agreement in principle to acquire Marson and Marson Lumber Inc. in Leavenworth, Wenatchee, Chelan and Cle Elum, Wash.

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Schertenleib named top Realtor

Being the best realtor seems to run in the family for sisters Becky Schertenleib and Nan Wimmers, co-owners of Columbia Gorge Real Estate in The Dalles.

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New member

Eres Beauty Salon celebrated joining The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 23 with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony in front of the salon at 512 W. Ninth Street. Left to right are: Camille Terry of the chamber; Melissa Flores, a student at the Gorge Academy Beauty School who plans to work at Eres; Eres owner Erendida Cruz; Abigail Jara, stylist at Eres; and Teryl Whistler, a new stylist at the salon who focuses on gel nails and eyelash extensions.

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Fine dining near a bend in the river

While taking a walk along the Columbia River one day in July, Martin Schwarzbach literally stumbled onto his dream business. “I just happened to be on the riverfront trail this summer and saw a ‘for lease’ sign,” said Schwarzbach, who is now the owner of the newest eatery in The Dalles — Bent River Restaurant.

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Chamber plans ‘old’ new look

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce is making some history of its own. The headquarters of the local chamber office – at 404 W. Second Street – will soon have an appearance closer to what it originally looked like.

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Grass Valley native joins clinic

There’s a new veterinarian available to the community. Jana von Borstel has joined the Mid-Columbia Veterinarian Clinic in Goldendale.

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