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No-interest loans offered

Washington Federal is offering a 90-day interest-free loan for federal workers through the government shutdown period for an amount equal to the net take-home pay for up to six missed paychecks. It is available to any eligible federal government employee, current customer or not, living within the bank’s eight-state territory.

January 18, 2019 2:27 p.m. read more..
  

CGCC project funds approved by county

The Wasco County Commission approved entering into an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) to help fund the Skills Center and Housing Construction Project at Columbia Gorge Community College during its regular session Jan. 16. The agreement between the county, city and college dedicates $3.5 million in Enterprise Zone funding to the project.

January 18, 2019 2:08 p.m. read more..


Town halls announced

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) will hold town halls in Dufur Jan. 22 and Hood River Jan. 21. Meetings will also be held in Benton, Linn, Clackamas, Polk, Jackson, Josephine, Multnomah, Crook, Jefferson and Deschutes counties, according to a press release from Wyden.

January 18, 2019 2:06 p.m. read more..


Town halls postponed

Due to changes in the calendar for the House of Representatives announced Jan. 15 by Democratic leadership, Representative Greg Walden’s (R-Hood River) town halls originally scheduled for Baker, Wallowa, Union, Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam, Hood River, and Wasco counties the week of Jan. 21 will be rescheduled, according to a press release.

January 18, 2019 2:05 p.m. read more..


Dallesport cache found

A traffic stop Jan. 12 in The Dalles led to the discovery of a cache of stolen items in Dallesport, according to The Dalles Police Department. Juan Miguel Angel Medina, 24, of The Dalles, and Christopher Zoey Schwarzbach, 24, of Dallesport, were arrested following the stop near The Dalles marina.

January 18, 2019 2:01 p.m. read more..


Union Street underpass fenced off

The Oregon Department of Transportation has installed fencing beneath two overpasses in The Dalles to prevent transients from camping under them. “We don’t like doing it; it’s not a situation we like to be in,” said ODOT spokesman Peter Murphy. But the camping creates a situation “that simply has to be taken care of.”

January 18, 2019 1:57 p.m. read more..


Doing good with wood

The words ‘thank you’ are often such a throwaway nicety that it’s striking to hear them when they actually come from the heart. There was no doubt about the depths of gratitude felt by the steady stream of people who showed up last Wednesday morning to get a free load of firewood from Wasco County’s wood program.

January 18, 2019 1:53 p.m. read more..


Weather delays announced

Closures and delays for Jan. 17 Columbia Gorge Comm. College: Opening at 10 a.m. All classes scheduled before 10 a.m. canceled on both campuses. One Community Health in Hood River and The Dalles will be opening at 10 a.m. North Wasco County School District 21 will be on a 2 hour delay North Wasco County School District #21 will be on a 2 hour delay Traction tires advised. Oversize Vehicles Prohibited, on US 97, both directions, from milepost 16 to milepost 23.

January 17, 2019 6:36 a.m. read more..
 

Walden town halls postponed

Due to changes in the calendar for the House of Representatives announced today, Jan. 15, by Democratic leadership, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) town halls originally scheduled for Baker, Wallowa, Union, Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam, Hood River, and Wasco counties the week of Jan. 21 will be rescheduled for later dates and announced accordingly.

January 15, 2019 4:50 p.m. read more..
 

Winter waterfowl

A great blue heron stands on a small island in a pond at the corner of River Road and Klindt Drive in The Dalles as a pair of mallard ducks swims by in the background.

January 15, 2019 2:42 p.m. read more..


Partial shutdown impacts local offices

The partial shutdown of the federal government, which was in its record-setting 24th day Monday, has closed two area offices, the Farm Service Administration in The Dalles and the Barlow Ranger District office in Dufur. Some 25 percent of the federal government is impacted by the shutdown.

January 15, 2019 2:37 p.m. read more..

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