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Emily Fitzgerald

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Daycare workers charged

Daycare workers have been criminally charged after a baby died at the illegally-operated Mama Shell’s Daycare in Hood River, the Oregonian/OregonLive first reported Wednesday.

October 12, 2018 3:37 p.m. read more..

Gorge Commission seeks comment on ‘Gorge 2020’

The Columbia River Gorge Commission gave the Hood River County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) a status update on “Gorge 2020,” its National Scenic Area Management Plan review process, at the BOCC’s work session in August. The Gorge Commission intends to finish revising the plan by late 2019, and the revision process completely finished by spring 2020.

September 11, 2018 2:46 p.m. read more..

Fighting on the front lines with Station 8

Fire season is back in Oregon. Too soon, it seems, for residents still recovering from last year’s devastating Eagle Creek Fire. In the aftermath, many residents have banded together to work on helping the Gorge heal and shown how deeply the community is affected by the wellbeing of its landscape — just like Colorado, environmental journalist Heather Hansen says.

June 19, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Gorge transit routes celebrated Saturday

Car-free travel throughout the Columbia River Gorge just became a lot easier. Starting June 11, CAT officially began Monday-Friday service on four fixed routes: One that makes the trip between Hood River and The Dalles about eight times a day, another that goes from Hood River to Cascade Locks about seven times a day, one between Hood River City and Upper Valley that makes about nine roundtrips a day, and one in Downtown Hood River that offers about 12 roundtrips a day.

June 14, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Mom Prom returns for Jase

After a year off, Mom Prom is back June 30 to benefit Jase Gibson, an infant from Dufur fighting a rare type of cancer called neuroblastoma.

June 14, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

CGCC students may get tuition discount

Full-time students at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) may soon get a discount on tuition. The college proposes to incentivize full-time enrollment with the “15th Credit and Above Free” concept, under which the school would only charge a student tuition for their first 14 credit hours per term and any additional credits, up to 20 per term, would be tuition-free.

June 7, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Transit to expand in Columbia area

Columbia Area Transit (CAT) will expand coverage beginning June 11 to include an intercity service between Hood River and The Dalles, along with fixed routes in Hood River between Upper Valley and Rosauers and between Cascade Locks and the Hood River port transfer site.

June 5, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Rutledge region’s Teacher of Year

Matt Rutledge, a fourth/fifth grade teacher at Mosier Community School, was named 2019 Regional Teacher of the Year for the North Central region, receiving a $500 cash prize and a candidacy for Oregon’s 2019 Teacher of the Year.

June 4, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Hops and Hogs for Father’s Day

If you are looking for something new to do with dad for Father’s Day, the first Gorge Hops and Hogs Fest in downtown The Dalles might be just the ticket. The barbecue contest will be held at the Lewis and Clark Festival Park on Saturday, June 16, and is sponsored by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce and Sedition Brewing Company.

May 31, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

‘Five women’ opens Friday

The Dalles Theater Company opens Alan Ball’s “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” at the Columbia Gorge Community College theater June 1, with performances 7 p.m. on Fridays June 1 and 8, Saturdays June 2 and 9, with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on June 3. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.

May 30, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Work begins on mental health complex

After eight years of planning and setbacks, The Mid-Columbia Center for Living is getting started on its community mental health facility at 1040 Webber Street in The Dalles.

May 29, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Dining with murder, mystery

The Spotlight Players and The Granada Theatre will host a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, Eileen Moushey’s “The Wedding from Hell,” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2.

May 28, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Searching for memories

No stranger to road-trips, local author Teresa Bruce recommends ditching the overly-convenient GPS and going for big, crinkled fold-out maps instead. Though she currently lives in Washington, D.C., Bruce came home last week to visit family that still lives in Maupin and stopped by Klindt’s on May 14 to talk about her memoir, “The Drive: Searching for Lost Memories on the Pan-American Highway.”

May 22, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Progress made on county plan

Wasco County made progress on updating its comprehensive land use plan last week as the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved amendments on the plan’s first two chapters at a May 17 hearing.

May 22, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Piece by Piece

Quilting is becoming more popular in the Gorge after dying down in the years following a boom of popularity in the 1930s and ‘40s, said Kim Vogel, president of the Columbia River Gorge Quilters Guild.

May 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Students prepare to visit Miyoshi City, Japan

The Dalles Sister Cities Association is preparing to send a new delegation of 12 students and four adult chaperones to The Dalles’ sister city — Miyoshi City, Japan — in early July. To raise money, the association is hosting a “Jubilee for Japan” at the Sunshine Mill on Saturday, May 19, 5 to 7:30 p.m.

May 15, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

CGCC nursing program gets boost

Nursing students starting at Columbia Gorge Community College next fall will enter a new program designed to meet changes in the industry and increase access to four-year degrees. The curriculum also allows students a seamless transition from community college to Oregon Health & Science and University, where they can take an additional year of coursework to earn a bachelor’s of science in nursing.

May 14, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Back in time with ‘Xanadu, Jr.’

It’s not often that modern-day middle-schoolers are willing to embrace ‘80s fashion choices like crimped hair and legwarmers, but The Dalles Middle School’s student cast and crew dive straight in with their performance of the ‘80s pop-rock musical comedy “Xanadu, Jr.”

May 10, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

‘Left brained’ for the arts

After 10 years serving as director of The Dalles Art Center, doing everything from scheduling shows to scrubbing toilets, Carmen Toll has decided to retire at the end of next month.

May 9, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Robotic teams wind down after contests

Robotics students from The Dalles have had success in national and international competition, with the middle school team bringing home a first-place trophy from a competition in Lincoln City last weekend. The high school team, Binary Kaos, made an appearance at the VEX Robotics World Championships in Louisville, Ken.

May 8, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Art exhibit bridges differences

A free photography exhibition is on display inside the vacant Brama Cafe building, 303 East Third Street, 3-6 p.m., Tuesday-Friday every week through May 28. Friday’s grand opening featured a chance to meet a dozen or so of the photographers in attendance, live music from acoustic guitarist Benjamin Blakely, light refreshments and a People’s Choice contest where attendees voted for their favorite photo.

May 7, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Six honored for ‘Eagle Watch’ support

Six volunteers were honored for long-time support of The Dalles Dam Eagle Watch with Volunteer Excellence Coins from the Corps Foundation. “What volunteers began as a one-time event for our agencies has snowballed into an annual expectation by the community. It continues to grow, thanks to our excellent volunteers,” said Amber Tilton, a park ranger with The Dalles Lock and Dam.

May 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

A Gift of Music

The Dalles Middle School music department, which includes band, choir and musical theater, received a $1,000 grant from Northwest Honda Dealers and a matching donation from Griffith Honda, totaling $2,000 for the department. The two checks were formally presented to principal Sandy Harris, music director Leslie Sullivan, and all 300 students involved in the TDMS music department after a brief performance by the seventh and eighth grade marching band and the color guard on the school field April 25.

May 1, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Grant apps filed for Maupin

A Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) grant for two transportation projects in Maupin could be available in 2022. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), with Wasco County and the Bureau of Land Management, filed the grant application earlier this month.

April 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Housing, skill center considered for CGCC

A 72-unit student housing complex and a skill center are proposed for the Columbia Gorge Community College campus in The Dalles and must be built by 2022, the condition set by a state grant of $7.3 million. The proposed Treaty Oak Skills Center and campus housing project includes a skill center with attached structure and two main housing buildings, costing $14.6 million.

April 24, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

MCEDD updates strategy

Twenty technological assistance and public works projects, 10 in Oregon and 10 in Washington, have been identified as high-priorities in the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District’s updated regional strategy, which means their completion would best benefit community economies. The projects identified in the plan can use placement on the list to seek state and federal funding.

April 16, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Dufur school district seeks bond

Dufur School District received a bond fund-matching commitment of $4 million last month under the Oregon School Capital Improvement Matching (OSCIM) program, the district announced last week.

April 12, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Cherry festival goes big screen

The Dalles Chamber of Commerce invites one and all to “Return to the Planet of the Cherries” April 27-29, for the 39th annual Northwest Cherry Festival.

April 10, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Gorge artists celebrate in TD

For its 12th anniversary, the Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour is hosting its first ever preview night, 6-8 p.m., April 11, at the Granada Theater in downtown The Dalles. The 1920’s Art Deco theater officially reopened this year after owners Chuck Gomez and his wife, Debra, finished the renovations they began in July 2017, after becoming the theater’s owners in March of that year.

April 9, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

‘Ladybug Girl’ comes to life in The Dalles

A chalkboard served as an easel in the corner of Klindt's Booksellers & Stationers Thursday evening as David Soman asked the kids sitting around him how to draw his character, “Ladybug Girl.” He told them he needed crazy music to get in the drawing mood.

April 6, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Wasco County Commission Position 1: Scott Hege

Scott Hege is proud of the work the county commission has done in recent years but believes he can always do better. That requires a thick skin, communication and a focus on problem solving, qualities he says are important in a county commissioner.

April 5, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Wasco County Commission Position 1: Roy Justesen

Roy Justesen wants to make big changes to the Wasco County Board of County Commissioners to help create a louder voice for everyone within Wasco County, specifically amplifying the voices of the rural community and addressing land-use issues.

April 5, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Confluence Project renews plans

The Confluence Project—spanning 438 miles and over 12 years of work to be the largest public art project in the nation—is now making headway on their sixth and final project site, Celilo Park. Confluence Project executive director Colin Fogarty asked the Wasco County Commission for a second letter of support at its March 21 meeting.

April 4, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Wasco County Commission Position 3: Kathy Schwartz

Kathy Schwartz believes that her public service background and willingness to ask hard questions will bring the change that she says Wasco County needs to move forward. A resident of The Dalles, Schwartz is running for County Commissioner, Position 3, against incumbent Rod Runyon.

April 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

‘Last Days’ celebrates 40 years

Following a somewhat rocky dress-rehearsal, Last Supper director Erich Dorzab told the Last Days of Jesus cast, “even if it’s not in the script, the Holy Spirit will give you the words to say.” As the Last Days of Jesus pageant celebrates its 40th anniversary, the cast and crew reflect on how the four-day pageant depicting the last week of Jesus’ life has impacted their own lives in remarkable ways.

March 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Juvenile jail budget questioned

Wasco County Commissioner Rod Runyon questioned Hood River County’s ability to decline paying for the juvenile detention facility, saying that was a decision for the regional jail board, not the county. Runyon said a headline in a March 20 Chronicle article, “HR County may ditch juvenile jail,” was a misnomer.

March 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Blue Zones project sums up efforts

The Dalles Blue Zones project recently updated the Wasco County Board of County Commissioners about several projects in the works to meet their goal of engaging 15 percent of the community, age 15 and up, by the end of three years. Other goals for the three-year program include enacting both short and long-term community policies concerning the manmade environment, food and tobacco.

March 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Students explore hands-on technology

STEM classes at The Dalles Middle School allow students to design and build working roller-coasters, bridges — even civil-war era technology. More than that, students learn how to see failure as an opportunity.

March 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

‘Bridges to Change’ plans expansion

Entering its second year in The Dalles, Bridges to Change intends to greatly expand its existing program to help people released from jail and prison reintegrate into society. In 2017, the nonprofit opened its first house on 11th Street in The Dalles, offering sobriety programs, job services, community building and lifeskills.

March 22, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Multnomah Falls view opens

Multnomah Falls’ lower viewing platform is open to the public for the first time since it was closed over six months ago due to the Eagle Creek fire, the Oregonian/OregonLive reported Monday.

March 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD to celebrate Independence Week

The fifth annual Independence Day celebration in The Dalles will extend over a week, from Thursday, June 28, to Wednesday, July 4. The Fort Dalles Fourth Committee, which organizes the event, said the fireworks display will take place June 30, following a concert in the Lewis & Clark Festival Park. The Patriot’s Parade is on July 4, one of four events planned for that day.

March 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

‘Googlers’ host community party

Google officially opened its third building Thursday in The Dalles — the Taylor Lake data center — following the completion of its first phase of construction. To mark the occasion, the internet search giant allowed the families of its employees, referred to as “Googlers,” local government leaders and some community members a rare glimpse of its new facility.

March 19, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Student walkout tribute to victims

Students at The Dalles High School participated in a 17-minute national walkout March 14 at 10 a.m. The date and length of the walkout were a tribute to the 17 victims who were fatally shot on Valentine’s Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Fla.

March 15, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Rise & Shine horse camp

Local children with special needs will soon have the opportunity to spend some of the summer learning social, sensory-processing and motor skills—with horses. Rise & Shine, a therapeutic riding program at Camp Morrow, is for children between 4 and 12 with special needs, particularly those on the autism spectrum or with sensory-processing challenges.

March 14, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Teen joins D.C. forum

17-year-old Isaak McLemore, a junior at Sherman County School, continues to impress his community as he prepares to attend a youth leadership forum in Washington D.C. focusing on national security. This is not the first time McLemore (formerly Kemp, having recently changed his last name) has participated in this type of national event.

March 12, 2018 3 p.m. read more..



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