Google grant helps bridge digital divide
Patrons of The Dalles Wasco County Library can now check out mobile wi-fi “hotspots,” cellular-based units that allow the user to connect to the internet for free.
As the snow slowly melts and the temperature warms a bit, the warming shelter in The Dalles is soldiering on, continuing its record-setting stretch of continuous days of operation.
The Dalles/Wasco County Library never had a dedicated teen services staff member until spring of 2015, when the library hired Megan Hoak away from a public library in Florida.
A $25,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) is expected to provide a major boost for a local shelter geared to protect young people dealing with troubled home lives.
The annual master gardeners class offered by the Oregon State University extension office has extended its enrollment period for its upcoming courses until Wednesday, Feb. 1 because of the snowy weather.
The annual St. Mary’s Academy family carnival is set for this Friday, Jan. 27, at 5:30 p.m. at the school, located at 10th and Cherry Heights.
Organizers target Memorial Day
The Dalles is going to have a little bit more of a military presence starting in 2017. The Mid-Columbia Veterans Memorial Committee (MCVMC) and American Legion Post 19 in The Dalles are working together to create a military museum that will be housed in a section of the American Legion building, which is located at 201 E. Second Street.
“Lolli needs to play” was recently posted by a juvenile girl from The Dalles on a Portland website advertising “escort services.” Nita Belles of Bend wasn’t surprised to see the ad from an underage girl in a rural community. She said labor and sex trafficking takes place everywhere, even though people tend to think of it as a “big city problem.”
Despite difficult travel conditions, The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Distinguished Citizens Award Banquet was well attended Thursday evening. The event took place at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center and drew several hundred people who came to celebrate the achievements of eight community members.
Players and coaches shovel snow for three days last week
While the temperature outside was in the teens with record amounts of snow on the ground, players and coaches from The Dalles football program helped clear 32 driveways and walkways of excess snow in a show of outreach and giving back.
Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill and other local, state and federal emergency response managers are asking residents to prepare ahead for freezing rain and flooding in the days ahead that could bring power outages. “Community resiliency is what we are after here,” said Magill. “We don’t want people to be panicked, we want them to be prepared.”
The just-concluded first fundraising drive by the group hoping to build the Gorge Youth Center was “an almost unheard of” success, said group founder Joe Martin.
Live. Work. Connect. With those three small words, Opportunity Connections —- a nonprofit organization that assists people with disabilities in The Dalles, Hood River and elsewhere in the Columbia River Gorge — accurately describes its approach to helping people.
Remembering the largest, bloodiest conflict of WWII
The 72nd anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, the largest and bloodiest conflict in World War II in terms of U.S. casualties, was Dec. 16, and a local Army veteran recently took time to reflect on that historic time.
Saturday's Holiday Breakfast at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center and Saturday Night Bingo have been cancelled.