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Getting Prepared

About 100 visitors to the Fort Dalles Readiness Center Wednesday evening learned more about the dangers a Cascadia Subduction Earthquake could create around the region. Besides the earthquake talk, 10 emergency preparedness agencies and companies set up booths to help residents around the region get better prepared for surviving any disaster.

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Bull Tour highlights area ranches

Around dawn on April 7, over 175 people boarded school buses or climbed into their own vehicles to tour four ranches on the 59th Bull Tour. Co-sponsored by the Oregon State University Extension Service and the North Central Livestock Association, the annual event is an opportunity for ranchers and farmers to discuss agricultural practices and conservation measures they are taking to ensure good stewardship of the land.

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Easter celebrations planned

Celebrations of Easter are being planned around The Dalles.

Preparing for the big quake

Experts will discuss local threat

Based on historical geological patterns and physical scientific evidence, it’s widely believed that the Pacific Northwest is long overdue for a major earthquake originating off the Oregon or Washington coast. To help residents of the Gorge region prepare for this possible calamity —the predicted earthquake is routinely referred to as “The Big One”— Columbia Gorge Community College will host an emergency preparedness fair in The Dalles next week.

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Service with a Smile

Andrew Johnson with Cousin’s Inn and Restaurant serves salad with a smile during “An Evening With HAVEN” Thursday night at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center. The fundraising event brought together culinary experts from throughout The Dalles.

Agency seeks to leave MCCOG

The new director of the Area Agency on Aging, which has long been housed in the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments, proposes separating from that entity in a bid for cost savings. “The AAA can no longer sustain growing indirect cost in the MCCOG model, at the expense of programs and services,” AAA Director Caroline Wood wrote in a report to the AAA’s advisory council.

Budget wouldn’t affect Meals on Wheels

Since President Trump’s budget proposal was announced last month, the local Meals on Wheels program heard from numerous people who feared it faced potential cuts. The good news is the two streams of federal funding it does get, which represents about 20 percent of its total resources, come from two programs that are not targeted for cuts in the Trump budget.

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An Evening With HAVEN

Local chefs, wine, beer and music will be the centerpiece of the 17th annual “An Evening With HAVEN” Thursday evening, 5:30 p.m. at Fort Dalles Readiness Center. Tickets are $35.

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A volunteer void

Losing ‘life of the party,’ ‘best friend’ tough blows for Mid-Columbia Senior Center

In a cruel one-two punch, Mid-Columbia Senior Center and Meals on Wheels lost its two most significant volunteers early in March when both died two days apart after short illnesses. Betty Harlan, 84, was the life of the party, and if a party wasn’t afoot, she’d see to it that one was organized, said Denise Patton, director of Meals on Wheels, which is housed in the senior center.

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Bike race rolling into The Dalles

More than 400 bicycle racers will gather in The Dalles this weekend for two days of racing and rides as the Fifth Annual Gorge Roubaix Bike Race and Gorge Gravel Grinder Ride come to town.

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Vets home recruits volunteers

Volunteering at the Oregon Veterans’ Home is more about play than work, say Dan and Vickie Brindell, who reside near Lyle and have been taking residents on social outings for years. “Don’t be bashful, come and see what’s it all about,” urges Dan, who spent six years in the Army reserves.

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‘Soulcollage’ at The Dalles library

Clyde Sanda, a former interfaith chaplain at Heart of Hospice, will be at The Dalles/Wasco County Library on Thursday, April 6, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Warming Place sets record

In its record-setting run over the seemingly endless winter, the warming shelter in The Dalles was open 94 nights. It was even open on its last night of the season, March 18.

Jobs, employees converge at fair

Event is Saturday at armory

Columbia Gorge Community College, Oregon Employment Department and East Cascades Workforce Investment Board will be connecting employers and prospective employees at the Columbia Gorge Job Fair on Saturday, March 25.

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VSO in need of more volunteers

Mark Fortin, an Army veteran, started volunteering at the Wasco County Veterans’ Service Office in the spring of 2016, and sees it as a way to help other military families.


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