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.
A Prineville family that owns five hotels in eastern Oregon has received city approval to build a sixth: an 80-room, four-story hotel at Sixth and Snipes in The Dalles. Rich Priday, a retired Les Schwab Tire Center executive, filed to build the motel through an entity called The Dalles LLC. He could not be reached for comment. The motel will face Sixth Street, and the city is requiring a 25-foot right of way be dedicated to the city so Sixth Street can be widened at that point to add a center turn lane, said The Dalles Planning Director Dick Gassman.
Maria Muske started her journey to Oregon when she graduated from high school in Minnesota. “I wanted to see something different, I wanted to be on the West Coast,” she explained. California was too populated, Seattle too gloomy: Muske set her sights on Portland.
The Dalles Chronicle netted seven awards in the 2016 Oregon Better Newspaper Contest for articles, editorials and graphics that were published last year. Reporter Neita Cecil received second place in the Best Enterprise Reporting category for a series of five stories in October and November written about the plight of a homeless mother and her five children. The articles unfolded as events occurred, including the removal of the children from motel room after the mother was arrested for a warrant involving methamphetamine use. The children, who were unable to attend school because of their situation, were sent to live with their father in Yakima.
This fall, the city of Mosier will ask local voters whether they want to impose a 3 percent city tax on marijuana retailers’ sale of “certain marijuana items.” On July 20, the Mosier City Council approved placing a ballot measure on the Nov. 8 general election ballot asking citizens for the authority to levy a tax on the sale of recreational marijuana.
The fourth annual United Way benefit concert and 21-and-older block party drew the biggest crowd ever to Clocktower Ales Friday night, supported by a host of The Dalles’ businesses.
Agreements are now in place for distribution of Google funds for use on 11 projects that will provide an immediate benefit to area communities. Wasco County and the City of The Dalles set aside $250,000 of the $1.45 million initial payment made by Google, through Design LLC, as part of its third Enterprise Zone property tax abatement deal.