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Lights out for the Granada block?

The Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency Advisory Committee voted 7-2 Tuesday to reject all proposals received for the Granada Block properties and put all three structures — the theater, Recreation building and Blue building — back on the market with conditions on redevelopment. The decision is only a recommendation to the Urban Renewal Agency Board – made up of The Dalles City Council ─ which has the final say.

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A Perfect Look

Perfect Look in The Dalles has been named Salon of the month for February by Beauty Management Inc., the corporate owner of Perfect Look Salons. It isn’t the first time the salon has received the award, but it has been awhile, said Mary Lavine, manager and stylist.

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Hearts of Gold recognized for caregiving

For the third year, Hearts of Gold Caregivers has received the "Home Care Pulse" Leader in Excellence award from Home Care Pulse, a firm that oversees private duty home care. The Leader in Excellence Award is given to those home care businesses that consistently score among the highest in 18 or more areas, as measured by Home Care Pulse.

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Finding life’s Holistic Essentials

Holistic Essentials in The Dalles has new owners dedicated to the art of natural healing. Alexandria Eck, co-owner with her partner Seth Raehsler, purchased the business in December of last year. For Eck, taking on a natural health-related business has its roots in her own experience. “I’ve been into health food for the last four or five years. I was on a lot of medications, ever since I was a kid,” she said. “I was taking five medications when I was 16.” Each time she started a medication, it created problems that caused more medication to be taken, she said. “Now I take none, it’s all natural herbs.”

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Navigation locks to be upgraded

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $10.5 million contract to a Vancouver, Wash., company to increase navigation lock reliability and safety at The Dalles Lock and Dam on the Columbia River.

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A new home for Nissan

Nissan owners and enthusiasts have a new space to call “home” in The Dalles, with dedicated teams to meet their needs as owners — or prospective buyers — of Nissan vehicles.

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The business of matrimony

With her first bridal fashion shown in years behind her, Nancy Fork of The Dalles Wedding Place is pleased but exhausted. “We had a very successful show,” she said. “But it was so much work.” With 24 girls and women showing two dresses apiece, some three — Fork showcased over 50 wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses and flower girls outfits. In addition, 10 men and boys showed off her collection of Tuxedo styles.

Granada plan still in limbo

The Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Advisory Committee declined last week to pursue negotiations for a sale and renovation of the Granada Theater until there is more information about the scope of work and how it will be paid for.

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Momma Jane’s reopens

Momma Jane’s Pancake House reopened Wednesday under “new” – actually previous – ownership after a three-week closure that had bereft customers taking to social media to mourn and wonder why. Jane Sheppard, who owned Momma Jane’s from 1999 to 2010, recently took the business back from the woman she’d been selling it to on contract.

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Gorge Garden Center opens new store in TD

Capitalizing on eight year's success in Hood River, the Gorge Garden Center has opened a second store at the Port of The Dalles Industrial Park. Dave Rutkowski of Hood River, co-owner with Steve Scott of Portland, is thrilled with the new location at 3721 Klindt Dr.

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Officials dissect Granada plans

City officials are reviewing three proposals for revitalization of the Granada block; one for a hotel conference center, another for a cultural/performing art facility and the third establishing an archeological dig site for tourism and education.

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Tenant sought for former Windseeker Restaurant space

Mid-Columbia Producers, which purchased the Windseeker Restaurant building last year, is looking for a new tenant, said Manager Jeff Kaser.

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Montira’s Market offers variety

It's early afternoon, and Montira Spitzer is busy working at a stove top in the back corner of Montira's Asian Market, 302 W. Second Street, downtown The Dalles. She is preparing to restock a case of hot take-out lunches near the front entrance. CORRECTED: Montira's Asian Market is at 302 E. Second Street, not west.

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Investing in people gives Crestline the edge

When Crestline Construction was recognized as the 2016 Business of the Year by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce, Operations Manager Erik Kerr had no trouble articulating why he felt the company had received the award.

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Celebrating community with our Unsung Heroes

Community involvement was celebrated Thursday evening at the annual “Unsung Heroes” banquet hosted by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce. “An unsung hero is a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for their deeds and qualities,” explained Lisa Farquarson, executive director of the chamber, about the criteria for selecting seven people and a business as outstanding contributors to local society in 2015.

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