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Art classes for youth spur creativity, build skills

“Tell me about your painting,” says Hood River artist Sarah Starr as a youngster approaches her with a wet canvas during Summer Art Camp at The Dalles Art Center. It’s a question Starr asks frequently, allowing the young artists in her class to show her their work and seek advice, or just more paint, without her making any sort of judgement or assumption about their painting.

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Night Visitor

When Denise Ellis set up a trail camera in her backyard, she was hoping to catch photographs of raccoons at her fountain. Instead the camera, which is triggered automatically by heat and motion, caught this image of an owl visiting the fountain during the night.

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Smoke creates health hazard

There are currently no active wildfires in the Wasco, Sherman and Gilliam counties; however, smoke coming from fires elsewhere has caused poor air quality in The Dalles. North Central Public Health District reminds residents to take precautions to avoid illness due to wildfire smoke inhalation.

Well-being surveys set out

A wellness survey landed in several thousand mailboxes in The Dalles to establish a baseline for the Blue Zones Project as it begins a three-year effort to improve community wellness.

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Plein Air contest comes to Gorge

Laurel Bushman of Hood River didn’t discover her passion for painting landscapes until eight years ago, but the retired educator’s talent with oils has placed her among 40 artists selected to compete in the 2017 Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge event. Plein Air denotes the 19-centry style of painting outdoors, which was a central feature of French impressionism.

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Looking Back on July 30, 2017

From the archives of The Dalles Chronicle

Wasco Fair gets bigger and better

The Wasco County Fair has historically been held on the third full weekend in August. Due to low attendance the past few years, the county decided to move the Wasco County Fair dates this year to one week later, Aug. 24-27, allowing for the addition of new attractions, vendors and a bigger, better carnival for fair attendees to enjoy.

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Who is Our Lady of Fatima and what is the story of her apparitions?

On May 13, 1917, the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, appeared to three shepherd children from a poor family in the poor parish of Fatima in rural Portugal. The children were Lucia dos Santos and her two cousins, Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto.

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Fatima statue coming to TD

Hundreds are expected at a once-in-a-lifetime event, when a world-famous religious statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be on display at St. Peter Catholic Church in The Dalles Aug. 3-4 as part of a national tour of peace.

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Free pheasant hunts open

SALEM — Youth hunters (age 17 and under) can sign up now for ODFW’s free pheasant hunts happening around the state, including Tygh Valley, in September.

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Granada Theater renovations moving fast

As July comes to a close, renovations to the Granada Theatre in downtown The Dalles are in high gear, and it won’t be much longer before the theater reopens. “We are on track for the grand reopening gala Nov. 10, 11, and 12,” said Chuck Gomez, co-owner of the theater at the corner of Second and Washington streets.

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Looking Back on July 23, 2017

From the archives of The Dalles Chronicle

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New chief plans future of MCMC

Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s new president and chief executive officer, Dennis Knox, wants to see urgent care clinics established in both The Dalles and Hood River. Knox is confident that his 37 years of experience as a health care executive, and co-founder of Urgent Point, a national company, will help move those projects, and many others, forward.

Fishermen encouraged to use ‘best practices’

CLACKAMAS – Facing some of the lowest steelhead returns on record, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has already curtailed steelhead fishing seasons throughout the Columbia River basin by adopting rolling season closures, reduced bag limits, and a night angling closure for all species.

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Looking Back on July 16

Looking Back on July 16, from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle.

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