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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tim Urness of C.H. Urness Motors in The Dalles has been named president of the Oregon Automotive Dealers Association and will serve through June 30, 2017.
Burger King in The Dalles is getting a makeover, and will soon feature the latest Burger King style and image.
Columbia Basin Care is dramatically improving its outdoor space with the creation of a park-like space featuring a picnic pavilion and wheelchair-friendly pathways. The park is being created on a one-acre parcel of land adjacent to the nursing home, at the corner of Webber and 11th streets. Lined with mature trees, the area has remained largely undeveloped and under-utilized.
Petco Foundation has awarded a $7,5000 grant to Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue (CGCR). The grant will help the local nonprofit's spay and neuter program for homeless cats in the Columbia River gorge.
The group trying to build a local food co-op is still plugging away at gaining members, but is also looking at starting a “pop- up store” in the meantime to generate income and provide an outlet for sales of locally made food. The mobile store the Community Harvest Cooperative Grocery board is mulling would be periodically set up wherever a location can be found, said Kathy Ursprung, president of the co-op board.
Students in The Dalles received a boost Saturday, picking up free backpacks filled with school supplies at Verizon wireless retailer TCC, located at 400 Mt. Hood St., Suite 100. The national backpack giveaway provided backpacks filled with pencils, folders, glue and other school supplies.
Participants from throughout the Columbia Gorge attended “Googlefest” in The Dalles Tuesday, participating in a variety of educational workshops geared toward helping nonprofits, educators and small businesses make use of Google’s offerings in their work.