New youth basketball league gears up

In an effort to give youngsters around the region more opportunities to learn basketball skills and gain game experience, Brian Stevens is organizing the “Gorge Hoops Youth League,” a new youth league that will be open to kids from first through eighth grade. The first games are scheduled for early November.

September 30, 2017 12:40 p.m. read more..

Pollinator Party

Artist MacRae Wylde of Hood River invites the community to his Highline Drive home Sept. 30 to learn about a project to build habitat for native bees. Habitat as art happens in the form of sculptures, metal homes for hard-working Mason bees, already in place in Hood River, Odell, and Moro.

September 26, 2017 12:54 p.m. read more..

School libraries note ‘Banned Book Week’

The week of Sept. 24 kicked off autumn programming for School District 21 libraries with a variety of celebrations. The first is “Banned Book Week," a time to increase awareness of the importance of intellectual freedom and First Amendment rights in America.

September 26, 2017 12:26 p.m. read more..

Local speller takes top spot

Most people have never heard the word “qiviut,” let alone are able to spell it correctly. It refers to the luxuriously soft underwool of the musk ox. Local speller Sonja Jacobsen sailed through that word, along with words like crepuscular, phloem, and sybaritic, to take the state title in the highest division at the Oregon State Spelling Bee in Salem Sept. 2.

September 22, 2017 1:26 p.m. read more..

Flag-raising honors 9-11 victims

Sixteen years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, a coordinated series of attacks by terrorists shocked the nation and left nearly 3,000 people dead. On Monday, the anniversary of that tragic day, students at Colonel Wright Elementary School in The Dalles gathered around the flagpole in the school’s courtyard to observe a ceremonial raising of the American flag as a way to reflect on that dark day and honor the victims of the attacks.

September 12, 2017 1:21 p.m. read more..

Jumpstart race is coming on Sept. 26

The 21st annual Jumpstart Elementary Cross Country races are fast approaching and more than 300 boys and girls from kindergarten through fifth grade are expected to join in on the fun, starting at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Sorosis Park.

September 9, 2017 11:55 a.m. read more..

Dufur teacher focuses on tech

It is turning into a very busy summer and fall for Dufur High School teacher Dezirah Remington, so it’s lucky that she likes to stay active. Over the past few months, Remington has been accepted for three special outside programs.

September 8, 2017 1:25 p.m. read more..

Sixth grader heads to state spelling bee

Pyeper Walker, 11, an incoming sixth grader at Sherman Elementary, headed to Salem Saturday to take part in the Oregon Statewide Spelling Championship at the Oregon State Fair. “I am very proud to represent my county in the state spelling bee. It will be really exciting to compete against other spellers from Oregon, but I will also be nervous,” Pyeper said earlier this week.

September 1, 2017 3:08 p.m. read more..

Rotary program promotes peace

Since the early 1970s, The Dalles Rotary Club has sponsored the Rotary Youth Exchange, which provides high school students with the opportunity to study in a foreign country.

August 29, 2017 1:13 p.m. read more..

Sonrise has new leadership

Two weeks before he was hired to take the helm at Sonrise Academy in The Dalles, Frank Sarvabui almost pitched his administrator’s certificate, thinking he would not need it anymore. “I was going through some old paperwork and came across it. I thought, ‘I oughta just toss this out’ but for some reason I couldn’t — and it turned out to be a God thing,” he said.

August 23, 2017 1:44 p.m. read more..

New A.D. knows value of sports

Matt Morgan is ready to get to work. Morgan, the new athletic director/vice principal at The Dalles High School, was hired July 26 and is already serving in his new role.

August 15, 2017 1:50 p.m. read more..

‘Inventors camp’ challenges youth

Middle school students from around the Mid-Columbia were challenged this week at “Inventor’s Camp,” a hands-on science and technology camp introduced by Oregon State University and hosted by the OSU Extension Service of Wasco County and Columbia Gorge Community College.

August 10, 2017 1:38 p.m. read more..

Nañez wins state DYW honors

Jessika Nañez, an incoming The Dalles High School senior, was named Oregon’s Distinguished Young Woman Saturday in Salem, winning a $3,000 scholarship and the option of full-ride scholarships at various colleges nationwide.

August 8, 2017 1:24 p.m. read more..


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