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County wants figures on building code reserves

As was predicted when a multi-county regional government entity dissolved earlier this year, the fate of a $3.9 million reserve fund for building codes services has ended up being a key point of contention. The state wants Wasco County to decide whether it will take over building codes services before the state starts the difficult task of figuring out how to divide the reserve among the counties.

December 14, 2018 1:38 p.m. read more..


Walden reports on security

Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released a cumulative report Friday identifying core strategies to addressing and preventing cybersecurity incidents.

December 14, 2018 1:36 p.m. read more..


Dalles man charged in Minnesota rape

A man from The Dalles was charged with raping and choking a woman in his Minnesota hotel room on Nov. 30. Jimmy Jay Hortiz, 42, who lives in the 2900 block of West 10th Street, was in Bloomington on business, according to the charging document from Hennepin County.

December 14, 2018 1:33 p.m. read more..


“Picture-Perfect Health”

Looking at Rose Buchanan today, you’d never guess that she struggled with chronic weight gain and related complications that potentially put her life at risk for 35 years. Today, this lifelong resident of The Dalles appears to be in perfect health.

December 14, 2018 1:29 p.m. read more..


Court rules against Walmart permit

State officials wrongly granted a wetland fill permit to Walmart for a proposed super-store in The Dalles, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday in a precedent-setting case. In issuing a fill permit to Walmart in 2013, the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) wrongly stated that it was “inconclusive” whether public need outweighed damage to wetlands, the court ruled.

December 13, 2018 2:52 p.m. read more..


OR court rules against Walmart

The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) improperly issued a wetlands fill permit to Walmart for a proposed superstore in The Dalles. In issuing the fill permit, DSL said it was “inconclusive” whether the project would meet a public need that outweighed damage to wetlands. The Appeals court said the agency is required to find that a project meets a public need, and therefore the permit was wrongly issued. The matter was reversed and remanded back to the DSL. A fuller story on the ruling will appear later today.

December 13, 2018 9:48 a.m. read more..


Warming shelter seeks volunteers

For the first time in its nine-year history, the Warming Place, an overnight winter shelter for the homeless, was unable to open a few cold nights recently due to lack of volunteers. The Warming Place has about half the volunteers it had last year, and just a quarter of what it had the year before that, said Ed Elliott, who chairs the Warming Place board. “We’re way down.”

December 12, 2018 4:33 p.m. read more..


Gov. Brown reaches out to rural Oregon

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown was eager on the campaign trail to tell voters she would represent all regions of the state. “I’m the only candidate in this race with a track record of bringing Republicans and Democrats together, urban and rural Oregonians together, to tackle the problems facing Oregon,” Brown said during one debate. A month after her reelection, she is following through on that claim.

December 11, 2018 2:07 p.m. read more..
  

Urgent care plans announced

The Bistro at Water’s Edge will be closed and the physical therapy gym space shifted around to make way for an urgent care clinic, Mid-Columbia Medical Center announced. Plans are to put the clinic where the physical therapy performance gym is now, on the south side of the first floor of the Water’s Edge facility.

December 11, 2018 1:33 p.m. read more..


Bill focuses on predation

Bipartisan legislation to protect endangered salmon and steelhead from sea lion predation has been passed by the U.S. Senate. “For too long, predatory sea lions have been taking an unhealthy chomp out of Oregon’s salmon and steelhead stocks,” said Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR).

December 11, 2018 1:32 p.m. read more..


Beloved teacher, choir director dies

Lloyd Walworth, a beloved retired high school choir teacher and founder of a community choir, died last Friday, Dec. 7, after a several-month battle with brain cancer. He was 72. “He’s a larger than life person,” said his widow, Diane Walworth.

December 11, 2018 1:30 p.m. read more..


A Festival of Trees

Community members turned out in force Saturday morning for the Community Day portion of the Festival of Trees, sponsored by Avenue Properties — The Gorge.

December 11, 2018 1:29 p.m. read more..


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