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Second Memaloose fire declared conflagration

Governor Kate Brown has declared the Memaloose 2 Fire, burning near the Memaloose State Park east of Mosier, a conflagration. The declaration cleared the way for the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire. The Office of State Marshal’s Blue Incident Management Team, and six structural task forces from Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Clatsop, Columbia, and Marion counties will arrive early afternoon and begin working to protect structures. An estimated 100 homes are at risk, according to media reports. Evacuations for Wasco County are as follows: <strong>LEVEL 1 (GET READY) evacuation notice for the following: </strong> Starting at the bottom of the Rowena Loops to the west end of Tooley Lake, both sides of Interstate 84 and both sides of Hwy 30 as well as Mayor State Park. <strong>LEVEL 2 (GET SET TO GO) evacuation notice for the following: </strong> The intersection of State Road and Marsh Cutoff to Dell Road. This includes both sides of the road. <strong>LEVEL 3 (GO NOW) evacuation notice for the following:</strong> The intersection of Highway 30 and Marsh cutoff all the way east to the bottom of the Rowena loops, this includes both sides of the Highway 30, Rowena Dell, Rowena Overlook, Canyon Way all the way down to Rowena Ferry Road. Starting at the bottom of the Rowena Loops to the west end of Tooley Lake, both sides of Interstate 84 and both sides of Hwy 30 as well as Mayor State Park.

August 11, 2018 5:11 p.m. read more..

Crates Fire damages Precision Lumber

A fire in the Precision Lumber building in the industrial park on Crates Way broke out early Friday afternoon. Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, joined by other agencies, was on the scene soon after the fire broke out and evacuated The Port of The Dalles office and other nearby offices. The cause of the blaze is unknown at this time. Additional photos

August 10, 2018 4:24 p.m. read more..

Memorial Day Funds

Chris Mumford, left, founder of Got Your Six, a band that seeks to raise public awareness about veterans’ issues, accepts a $2,400 check from Chris Saunders, a National Guard soldier and sales representative at Tonkin Subaru in The Dalles.

August 10, 2018 3:24 p.m. read more..

Cronin settles in as CGCC president

It’s been a busy month for Dr. Marta Cronin, the new president at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC): She’s moved across the U.S., from Port St. Lucie, Fla., to The Dalles, which included a road trip of 3,100 miles. A month on the job, she has settled in, found a place to call home, and attended her first board meeting.

August 10, 2018 2:42 p.m. read more..

Community school gets $2M grant

The good news just keeps coming for Wahtonka Community School officials. First they achieved a long-standing goal of becoming a charter school. Then they got a $2 million grant.

August 10, 2018 2:32 p.m. read more..

D21 approves bond measure language

Taking a key step toward the November school facilities bond election, the D21 school board unanimously approved the official language for the $235 million measure Aug. 6.

August 10, 2018 2:29 p.m. read more..

Fire aftermath clouds future

Dufur Gap Road rancher Mike Filbin is relieved that U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., was successful in his bid to have the federal government allow emergency grazing on some preserve lands. The South Valley Fire came within 15 feet of destroying Filbin’s home and outbuildings last week.

August 10, 2018 2:27 p.m. read more..

Getting at the root

The roots of domestic violence lie in childhood trauma and Louise Bauschard, founder and executive director of Voices Set Free, is on a mission to stop the cycle of aggression and victimization. Bauschard said evidence-based research shows that children who grow up with exposure to violence tend to have lifelong physical and psychological issues to grapple with.

August 10, 2018 2:15 p.m. read more..

Giving back to farm workers

Providing health care to migrant farm workers not only meets a critical need but acknowledges the important contribution these families make to the local economy, says Jon Soffer, a nurse practitioner with Mid-Columbia Medical Center. “I think it’s critical for us to give back to this community by improving their health because they are a cornerstone of the industry,” he said.

August 7, 2018 2:23 p.m. read more..


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