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Chenowith Elementary School is holding its Open House today, Sept. 10. At 6:15 p.m. during the event Columbia Gorge Arts Commission will dedicate a student-created glass project that has been installed over the pond in the courtyard area.

New laws affect schools

Some are so new, impacts remain unknown As schools in Oregon opened their doors for the new school year this week they had to factor in more than 100 laws passed by the Oregon legislature in 2013 that affect school districts in some way.

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Safe Schools yields lasting benefit

Improvements include systematic changes, training, cameras and more Now that the $2.7 million Safe Schools Healthy Students grant has officially ended, some local programs will be disappearing while others will be sustained by other sources.

Grant aims at workforce

Some students not ready to learn in school When numerous job applicants can’t answer a company’s question, “What is 50 percent of 100?” it is time to educate Oregon’s children differently, says Dan Spatz, development director for Columbia Gorge Community College.

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Band has big plans for 2013-14

Director: Camp attendance shows promise

Band students showed up in force for band camp recently, forecasting a good year for The Dalles Wahtonka High School’s marching band.

Gorge Gatherings to benefit college

Food, fun and friends come together this summer in “Columbia Gorge Gatherings.” The new annual series of events to benefit Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation’s permanent endowment.

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Open house focuses on workforce housing

Project employs local contractors Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation is focusing on affordable workforce housing in its latest project, but while most of the nonprofit organization’s development deals with multiple apartment units, this endeavor is focusing on one single-family home at a time.

OSU president visits, promises education ties

Gorge staffer will help coordinate effort Dr. Edward Ray, president of Oregon State University, visited The Dalles and Hood River Thursday to talk about developing partnerships that will create more educational opportunities in rural areas of the state. Toward that end, the university’s Division of Outreach and Engagement is recruiting for a full-time employee who will work out of Columbia Gorge Community College. The Oregon Open Campus Education Coordinator will be charged with strengthening the bonds between business, industries, government and educational institutions in the region.

OSU focuses on innovation

CORVALLIS — Administrators of the Venture Accelerator at Oregon State University have chosen the first 12 research concepts or spinoff companies to participate in the program, which is designed to spur the creation of new companies from university-based research, according to a university announcement.

New schedule set for The Dalles Wahtonka

‘Selectives’ added to the lineup Administrators at The Dalles Wahtonka High School are already preparing for the coming school year, including rolling out a brand new schedule that will increase instruction time.

Survey says: Kids these days are happier being a kid

LOS ANGELES — Seven-year-old Hannah Thome munched on a chocolate cookie after getting home from cheerleading camp last week and mulled the question, brow furrowing over her wide blue eyes. Did she want to be older?

Ore. tags $1.2M for local food in schools

This fall, Oregon school districts will reap local harvests in a big way, thanks to new funding from the Oregon Legislature. In the session concluded July 8, the Legislature awarded nearly $1.2 million for Farm to School and School Garden programs for the 2013-15 biennium.

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It's fair time

The Wasco County Fair is only three weeks away! For nearly all my life, the county fair has been a highlight of the summer. As a young child, the county fair was equated with my annual treat of cotton candy. As a 4-H member, fair meant a chance to exhibit my projects (hoping they were good enough to earn a purple ribbon — a rarity back then) and hang with friends.

College wins accreditation

Toda: Exciting time for CGCC Columbia Gorge Community College has completed its seven-year journey to achieve independent accreditation. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities announced Wednesday that the gorge college had earned more flexibility to develop instructional programs and provide services to students.

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Extension Cord: Explore the underwater world of ROVology

How do we explore the depths of the ocean “where no man has gone before?” What type of technology can help us clean up polluted waterways? How can we safely collect data from the deep, dark sea? The answer is remotely operated vehicles or ROV’s.

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