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I’ve learned a lot in my first week in The Dalles

One night last week I drove to Portland to see one of my favorite authors, who was reading from his latest work at Powell’s City Books. I had a great time and it’s nice that Portland is close enough to occasionally take trips like that. But on my way back to The Dalles I nearly ran out of gas.

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Elegance of the Empress

The Paddle Wheel Lounge offers live vocals and piano for entertainment. The Show Lounge is an activity center during the day, featuring everything from BINGO to magic acts, and is the scene for live musical entertainment every night. During the past year, the Empress has won accolades from critics for its dining experiences and hospitality. Lunder takes pride in those reviews because it means the hard work going on behind the scenes is gaining good reports from guests. “They get to enjoy such beautiful scenic views and we provide them with information about the history of the river and the communities they visit,” he said.

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Wine and steel

Local shop fabricates tanks for wine, beer

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Wilkinson graduates, joins auctioneer team

Shawn Wilkinson of Auction Sales Company in The Dalles has graduated from Western College of Auctioneering in Billings Montana. Wilkinson completed the intensified course of auctioneering, public speaking, and auction business management.

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Sly named director by Springs Living

The Springs Living, an Oregon-owned senior housing company, has named Toni Sly executive director of The Springs at Mill Creek in The Dalles. In January, Sly began managing all aspects of The Springs at Mill Creek including independent living, assisted living and memory care services.

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Maryhill named Winery of the Year

Area winery named PNW ‘Winery of the Year’ by mag

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Kickstarting a new brewery

Defiance Brewery, a new craft brewery and taproom in The Dalles, plans to open a brewery this summer and is seeking additional funding through a Kickstart.com fundraising campaign.

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Hearts of Gold receives award

Hearts of Gold Caregivers, of Hood River, has received the best of home care Leader in Excellence Award from Home Care Pulse, the leading firm in quality assurance for private duty home care.

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Hearthwarmers has new owner

Chris Mumford, owner of Hearthwarmers Firewood in The Dalles, has sold his operation to Andew Mason, owner of Andrew Mason Tree Service, LLC of Lebanon.

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Galleries unite at Westwind

Westwind Frame and Gallery, 412 E 2nd St, The Dalles, now offers the full range of pricing and services of both Westwind and Crown Prints under one roof, according to owner Marty Hiser.

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Campbell joins Timmons Law

Kristen Campbell has joined Timmons Law PC as an associate attorney. Campbell, a Michigan native, fulfilled a lifelong dream when she relocated her family to the Columbia River Gorge two years ago. She is a 2001 summa cum laude graduate of Michigan State University College of Law. Prior to relocating, Campbell spent the majority of her career in a large, regional Midwest law firm. Prior to that, she clerked for the Michigan Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.

Food co-op idea progresses

Planning for a local food co-op in The Dalles continues, and a founding team has formed to further explore the option.

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Signs of the Times

Traditional woodworking, computer based design merge at Haskins Wood 'n' Designs

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Bakitchen owner retires

Mike and Elaine Walch, husband and wife co-owners of Mike’s Bakitchen LLC, 216 Court St., have sold their bakery and will retire Feb. 25. Mike Walch has been baking goods in The Dalles and the Columbia River Gorge for 25 years. As owners of Mike’s Donuts and More LLC.

In-home care agency expands to TD

Helping Hands Home Care Northwest HHHC of Portland added a branch office in The Dalles in November, expanding their service area to include Wasco and Sherman counties as well as Hood River county. Company president Toby Forsberg said in a news release, “In a growth industry and with the demand we have seen throughout our service territory, it made perfect sense to add a branch in the growing communities of Hood River and The Dalles.

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