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County eyes codes work

Wasco County has rescinded its tentative decision not to take on building codes services now that it has learned services would probably be moved to Pendleton and a large local cash reserve could be lost. Building codes services had been provided for years by the now-disbanded Mid-Columbia Council of Governments (MCCOG), a five-county entity that operated out of The Dalles and closed shop earlier this year.

November 2, 2018 2:37 p.m. read more..

City siren test Nov. 8

The City of The Dalles will test the city hall emergency siren at noon Thursday, Nov. 8. In a real emergency, the siren would sound several times and residents should tune to a local radio station for instructions.

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

Union Pacific boosts CGCC welding

Welding students at Columbia Gorge Community College’s campus in The Dalles will have an expanded array of equipment to work with thanks to a $12,900 donation from Union Pacific Foundation. The contribution will be used to purchase additional “stick” welders as well as more advanced equipment used in alloy welding.

November 2, 2018 2:18 p.m. read more..

Stafford to visit CGCC

Oregon’s Poet Laureate, Kim Stafford, will give a public reading Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., in the lecture hall at The Dalles campus of Columbia Gorge Community College, Building 2, 400 East Scenic Drive. The reading is part of a two-day college visit that also includes classroom discussions with students.

November 2, 2018 2:07 p.m. read more..

A symbolic meeting

It was not your typical calligraphy lesson: last Tuesday, students at The Dalles High School painstakingly wrote their names in Japanese characters, guided by visiting Japanese students. As for the 13 Japanese students, who were on their last day of an exchange through the Sister City program between Miyoshi City, Japan, and The Dalles, they had the tough job of finding the right combination of Japanese characters, called kanji, to sound out each student’s name.

November 2, 2018 2:05 p.m. read more..

TD nixes Blue Zones request

The Dalles City Council declined to make a contribution to the local Blue Zones Project, saying its budget for the year was already established, but invited the community wellness program to apply next year. The dilemma for the Blue Zones Project, however, is that it is facing a January deadline to show it has a local commitment of $197,000 to keep the three-year program operational, said Dr. Mimi Mcdonell, who chairs the group’s sustainability committee.

November 2, 2018 2:03 p.m. read more..


A skeletal pirate and its parrot, equally bony, was on hand to greet the adventuresome at City Park for the Monsters in the Park after Dark event on Halloween day.

November 2, 2018 2:01 p.m. read more..

Health agency says cost may be high

SALEM — State health officials say they want a substantial tax to drive down smoking and binge drinking. About 20 percent of Oregonians smoke, exceeding the national average and increasing their risk for strokes, lung cancer and heart disease. It’s the state’s highest cause of preventable death. Nearly 2,000 people died from alcohol overuse in the state in 2016, making it Oregon’s third most common cause of preventable death. State officials think they can use tax policy to improve public health and reduce health care costs.

October 30, 2018 2:44 p.m. read more..

Accords renewed

States, tribes and three federal agencies continue to work side by side for the good of endangered salmon and steelhead as they extend the historic Columbia Basin Fish Accords for up to four more years.

October 30, 2018 2:40 p.m. read more..

Holiday Craft Kickoff

Jack Smith, The Dalles, shows off his creations at the Oregon Veterans Home craft bazaar Saturday, Oct. 27.

October 30, 2018 2:24 p.m. read more..


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