Gorge Life

Robotic surgery comes to MCMC

When Dr. Marc McAllister does traditional prostatectomies at Mid-Columbia Medical Center, he works directly over the patient, through a long lower abdomen incision. But since July, he’s had another option: sitting at a console 10 feet away from the patient, peering through a high-def 3D monitor as he manipulates the four intricately maneuverable robotic arms of the da Vinci surgical system—one with cameras—which access the patient through pinpoint incisions.

November 23, 2018 1:56 p.m. read more..

Gift drive for foster youth Nov. 27

This year over 120 children in the Gorge will be spending their holidays in foster care, and area residents can help make them a little brighter by donating a holiday gift. Avenue Properties, Columbia Gorge CASA and Mid-Columbia Health Foundation have joined forces to create a Foster Youth Holiday Gift Drive, Nov. 27 through Dec. 15.

November 20, 2018 2:35 p.m. read more..

Community Thanksgiving

A free community Thanksgiving Day meal will again be offered in The Dalles Thursday, Nov. 22, from noon to 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Academy, 1112 Cherry Heights Rd.

November 20, 2018 1:52 p.m. read more..

Project ELFF runs Dec. 4-6

Project ELFF (Everybody Loves a Fire Fighter) will be hitting the streets Dec. 4-6, as it celebrates its 32nd year of collecting non-perishable food for local food banks. Fire apparatus will be announcing their presence in neighborhoods with lights and sirens going, said Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue Chief Bob Palmer.

November 20, 2018 1:50 p.m. read more..

Beauty school gets makeover

The Gorge Academy of Cosmetology’s slogan is “creating beauty inside and out” and that doesn’t only apply to making people look fabulous. Owner Kerri Weed and her husband Tom have rehabbed the inside of the circa 1890s building at 422 E. 2nd St.—where they peeled up five layers of flooring to reveal the original, rich wood flooring—and are now working to do the same on the outside.

November 20, 2018 1:48 p.m. read more..

Stories and Poetry

Wednesday, Nov. 14, was a great day for poets in The Dalles, with stories and poetry at the library with Native American storyteller Ed Edmo and a visit from Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford.

November 16, 2018 2:33 p.m. read more..

Natural Magic

The greatest gift you can give your family for Christmas is quality time, and local author Jane Gibson has made that easier with a new adventure-filled novel that everyone can enjoy. “I wanted ‘The Scarlet Tortoise Expedition’ to speak to every person, no matter what their age,” she said.

November 16, 2018 2:11 p.m. read more..

Regional healthcare provider sees funding increase

One Community Health has been awarded $99,631 by one of its two major funders, the Health Resources and Services Administration/Bureau of Primary Health Care. In addition, the Columbia Gorge Coordinated Care Organization’s Regional Quality Pool provided $302,900 in funding for the year, an increase of $80,800 compared to the award given in 2017.

November 13, 2018 3:21 p.m. read more..


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