Wanting to create exciting and engaging programs that would get teens thinking about their futures, Megan Hoak, teen services coordinator at The Dalles-Wasco County Library, got a national grant for Teen Tech Week, an annual program that will take place in libraries all across the country from March 6-12. The Dalles-Wasco County Library is one of only 20 libraries in the country to receive the $1,000 Youth Adult Library Services Association grant and the only recipient in Oregon.February 26, 2016 2:31 p.m. read more..
Tim Roosenberg, an author and pastor for 25 years, has delivered his Islam and Christianity in Bible Prophecy seminar all over the country and even the world. Starting today and running through Sunday, March 6, he’ll be at The Dalles Adventist School to give a free prophecy presentation that Roosenberg said is “unlike any they’ve ever seen before.”February 26, 2016 11:34 a.m. read more..
When Cycle Oregon came through Shaniko and asked for 24 volunteers, Goldie Roberts, the town’s 75-year-old mayor, had to be creative. “We have a population of 24 when the kids are in town, not counting the dogs,” she said. According to the 2010 census, the population of Shaniko, located in Wasco County 75 miles south of The Dalles, is 36 but Roberts believes that number is high. There are 21 registered voters and seven kids, ages 14 months to 18 years. Five of them ride a school bus 26 miles to Maupin.February 20, 2016 5:53 p.m. read more..
Wasco County Sheriff Rick Eiesland has given his retirement date—April 30. Speaking to the board of commissioners Wednesday afternoon, Eiesland’s comments were brief. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my job and time here in Wasco County,” he said. “It’s time to let the young guys take over. Things have changed so much. It’s overwhelming.”February 18, 2016 3:45 p.m. read more..
Two robotics teams from The Dalles had to wait for an award ceremony to see if they would advance to the Oregon Championship or if their season would end Sunday at the super qualifiers level. Both received good news as the Bazinga Bots took one of three Inspire Awards and Sa-BOT-age was given the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award to move on to the state tournament Feb. 27-28 at Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland.February 17, 2016 3:22 p.m. read more..
When Fr. Joseph Levine became the priest of St. Peter Catholic Church in The Dalles more than three years ago, he realized there were many families in the parish who couldn’t afford to send their kids to the Catholic school across the street.February 12, 2016 12:08 p.m. read more..
The order to initiate has been signed and the boundary has been drawn. Wasco County will now hold its first of two public hearings on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. in the Wamic School Community Center to discuss forming a non-taxing parks and recreation district in South Wasco County.February 3, 2016 2:11 p.m. read more..
Matt Post donated his 70-inch waist jeans to Goodwill and got rid of most of his old pictures. The 30-year-old doesn’t want to relive the past but instead look to the future. “I just did not want to see myself at that again,” Post said. “I did not want that to be an acceptable return for me.”January 27, 2016 11:54 a.m. read more..
HOOD RIVER—Work done all the way back in July paid off Saturday for the Bazinga Bots. The Dalles robotics team won the Connect Award at the FIRST Tech Challenge Mid-Columbia and Central Oregon Championship, which went to the team that most connected with their local science, technology, engineering and math community.January 22, 2016 6:38 a.m. read more..
A few years ago, Sandy Macnab picked up a Sherman High School sports program and started counting the number of kids who came from farm families. Out of 19 players, he found three who had any kind of association. An Oregon State Extension agent, Macnab spent 37 years making sure those other 16 weren’t missing out.January 16, 2016 1:08 p.m. read more..
Inspired to fix a broken boat ramp at Pine Hollow Reservoir, a group of motivated South Wasco County citizens want to form a non-taxing parks and recreation district. At Monday’s Wasco County Board of Commissioners meeting, they got a consensus to move forward.January 14, 2016 1:08 p.m. read more..
Nearly 98 percent of the unincorporated lands in Wasco County are available to grow marijuana after the board of commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance Monday night. The ordinance restricts any marijuana businesses from taking place in rural residential zones, which is 1.1 percent of the county, but allows growing and processing in Exclusive Farm Use zones, which makes up 75 percent. Forest Zones, F1 and F2, take up nearly 23 percent and allow growing but not processing. It also includes setbacks—1,000 feet for schools, public parks, daycares and churches, and 200 feet from residential zone properties.January 13, 2016 2:04 p.m. read more..
Voting statewide will become even more convenient in 2016. Starting Jan. 1, Oregon Motor Voter, the state’s new voter registration law, will take effect and automatic voter registration will be available to those who are eligible to register to vote and apply for an original, renewal, or replacement license, permit, or ID card at the DMV. Once someone applies for a license, they will receive a card and a pre-paid postage return envelope from the Oregon State Elections Office.December 29, 2015 1:12 p.m. read more..
The annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will take place Thursday, Nov. 26, from noon to 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Academy in The Dalles. Sponsored by the Salvation Army, the free meal is prepared by 50-60 volunteers who will begin work next Monday and continue on Tuesday and Wednesday.November 18, 2015 1:36 p.m. read more..
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