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50 years of ‘Burgers made with love’

Big Jim's has been selling “Hamburgers made with Love” in The Dalles for 50 years, and current owners Rex and Beth Tegen are ready to celebrate. “It all started in 1950, when Sam Yoder opened a drive-in named 'Dutch Treat,' which lasted until 1956, when Tom Foley purchased the drive-in and renamed it 'Irish Treat,'” reads a history of the restaurant printed on their current menu. “Foley ran the drive-in until 1962, when the location closed with the construction of Interstate 84.”

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Economic issues focus of capitol trip

Bob McFadden represents local concerns to DC

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Strong cruise season expected

Passengers from the American Empress sternwheeler are greeted as they arrive in The Dalles Tuesday afternoon. It was the first docking of the tourist season and three cruise ships are scheduled to arrive in The Dalles each week until late November. A representative from The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce and Fort Dalles Floozies greet each vessel and passengers and crew are given information about things to do in the area and places to see.

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Alleyway change opposed

y of The Dalles staff met with more than a dozen business owners last Friday to hear concerns about vacating the alleyway behind Tony’s Town and Country to accommodate Tokola Development’s proposal to build 50 apartments as well as retail outlets.

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Vet rewards caregivers

Five restaurants donate meals for ‘Hidden Heroes’

Skyline hospital expands transitional care

WHITE SALMON – In support of an overall plan to meet the needs of the Columbia River Gorge community today and in the future, Skyline Hospital has expanded its transitional care program.

O’Brien certified to help military buy, sell

Lynette O’Brien, a broker with Columbia River Properties in The Dalles has earned the nationally recognized Military Relocation Professional (MRP) certification. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) awards the MRP certification to realtors who work with military personnel and veterans to find housing solutions that best meet their needs and allow them to take full advantage of their military benefits.

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Twisted Vine hopes to serve all gardeners of all types

With a plethora of garden stores catering to marijuana growers in the Portland area, and another in Hood River, Maria Museke and her partner Cole Griffiths decided to locate their garden store in The Dalles. “We saw a need for a garden store in The Dalles,” Mueske explained. “There aren't many stores east of here.” After eight months in business at 747 E. Second Street, next to Hank's Auto, they are encouraged they made the right choice.

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Ready when you are: Chef provides meal service

If you have ever dreamed of having a personal chef in your own kitchen preparing your favorite dishes, dream no more – Joyous Mouthful Personal Chef Service has come to The Dalles. Joyce Drzewiecki, owner and chef, doesn't just cook meals: She plans the menu, does the shopping and customizes her recipes to suit her customers dietary needs. “I have a seasonal menu, and folks select the items they want,” she explained. “They choose the items and the quantity, I then customize that.”

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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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