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Teen Tech week starts March 8

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..

Prophecy seminar comes to The Dalles

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..

Students practice kindness

Kindness has been the theme at The Dalles Middle School over the last month as students and staff alike have been inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.

February 24, 2016 1:24 p.m. read more..

A ghost town speaks

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..

Sheriff ready to retire

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..

TD robotics teams qualify for state

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..

Youth shelter finds home

Linda and Gary Casady spent four long years looking for a house they could turn into the Youth Empowerment Shelter. Late last year they finally found it and signed a one-year lease on Jan. 1.

February 16, 2016 11:21 a.m. read more..

TDHS awarded Nike funding

The Dalles High School will offer a new elective next year, thanks to a $30,909 grant from the Nike School Innovation Fund.

February 12, 2016 12:42 p.m. read more..

Priest donates $30,000 to St. Mary’s Academy

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..

South county to hold parks, rec hearing

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..

Local man loses 114 pounds

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..

Kramer seeks re-election

Wasco County Commissioner Steve Kramer announced his candidacy for a second term at The Dalles Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Breakfast earlier this month.

January 26, 2016 12:24 p.m. read more..

Bazinga Bots ‘connect’ at championship

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..

An Education In Agriculture

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..

South Wasco moves to repair boat ramp

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..

Wasco County passes marijuana rules

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..

$2M grant award for mental health

On behalf of the Mid-Columbia Center for Living, Wasco County received a $2 million Community Development Block Grant to help build a $6 million outpatient community mental health facility in The Dalles.

January 8, 2016 2:57 p.m. read more..

St. Paul’s priest comes from Navajo land

Rev. Richard “Red” Stevens, the new Priest-in-Charge at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in The Dalles, credits Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas for pushing him into the ministry.

January 8, 2016 11:40 a.m. read more..

County to rule on marijuana

Twenty-five years ago, Linda Taylor opened a ballet school in The Dalles and raised two kids who graduated from The Dalles High School. Now, Taylor wants to grow marijuana.

January 5, 2016 2:55 p.m. read more..

Voting gets easier with auto signup

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..

State Champions

Dufur defeats Crane to capture seventh Class 1A title in football program’s history

December 1, 2015 11:07 a.m. read more..

Thanksgiving meal prep starts Nov. 23

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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