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DePriest Spaghetti Feed to benefit family

Helping a family in need is not often as easy as eating spaghetti, but it will be this Friday at the Jerri Walker DePriest (JWD) Memorial Endowment Fund’s annual Spaghetti Feed, a benefit that will raise money for the Gibson family.

January 17, 2018 2 p.m. read more..


TD Chamber ‘pulls out the stops’ Thursday

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce will pull out all the stops this week as it hosts the annual Distinguished Citizens Award Banquet, an honored community tradition that recognizes individuals and businesses “who go the extra mile to help out in any way they can and never ask for anything in return.”

January 17, 2018 1:20 p.m. read more..


Sister City applications due Friday

The Dalles Sister Cities Association recently had a group of delegates return from a trip to Miyoshi City — The Dalles’ sister city in Japan — where they attended the World Rafting Championship and forged lifelong connections with people halfway around the world. Sister Cities also has an application open until this Friday for local students to travel to Miyoshi City next year.

January 17, 2018 1:15 p.m. read more..


Sushi comes to TD

The Dalles is home to a lot of good food, from community institutions like Spooky’s to new attractions like Rivertap Restaurant, but for years, the town has lacked a sushi restaurant. There are a couple of highly-rated sushi places down the road in Hood River, but now The Dalles residents don’t have to make the drive to get the popular food.

January 12, 2018 1:39 p.m. read more..


Sawyer’s now owned by fourth generation

Jared Sawyer and his wife, Cora, are excited to announce that they are now the sole owners of Sawyer’s True Value & Just Ask Rental. The couple are the fourth generation of the family business that started with Shirley and Gladys Sawyer in 1940.

January 11, 2018 1:36 p.m. read more..


Tobacco sales age raised to 21

The legal rights new adults get in Oregon when they turn 18 is officially down by one, as enforcement and fines for Tobacco 21, a law raising the legal purchasing age of tobacco products from 18 to 21, began the first of this year.

January 9, 2018 1:24 p.m. read more..


Greene celebrates 101st birthday

Columbia Basin Care Facility staff are seeing more and more residents celebrating birthdays over 100 — they currently have two residents aged 103 and 105, respectively. Another resident, Jean Greene, turned 101 last week.

January 9, 2018 1:17 p.m. read more..


City nonprofit grant funds available

Nonprofit organizations are invited by the City of The Dalles to apply for grants during the month of January that will fund projects and programs that spur economic growth or provide a social benefit to the community.

January 3, 2018 1:27 p.m. read more..


First baby of 2018 arrives Jan. 1

The first baby of 2018, Callen Burke, was delivered at 3:17 p.m. Jan. 1 to mother Sarah Burke, 31, and father Brian Burke, 30, at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles.

January 3, 2018 1:24 p.m. read more..


Chinatown exhibit to close

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center soon bids farewell to a yearlong exhibit, “A Community Forgotten: Uncovering the Story of The Dalles Chinatown.” Before it goes, the Discovery Center will host “Chinese Puzzles,” a dinner and presentation Jan. 12 featuring author and curator Marilyn Urness on her experience investigating The Dalles’ largely forgotten Chinese community.

January 2, 2018 1:58 p.m. read more..


A&P closes, owner looks back

After serving The Dalles for 35 years, A&P Recycling closes its doors as founder and owner Paul Lepinski retires at the age of 78. “I feel that I did a good community service over the years,” Lepinski said.

December 28, 2017 12:38 p.m. read more..


High-speed pizza arrives in TD

A MOD Pizza opened earlier this month on Mt. Hood Street and already it’s become a part of The Dalles community. MOD offers a nontraditional way to order pizza, allowing customers to build their own pizzas with no additional costs or limits on the number of toppings they can add.

December 27, 2017 12:49 p.m. read more..


Jacobson awarded for ‘exemplary service’

Wayne Jacobson’s career as an internationally recognized expert on hearing aids and hearing health became his passion after he fitted his first patient with a hearing aid in 1976. Forty-two years later, in early December of this year, Jacobson became the fourth-ever recipient of the Marylene Freshley Award, which honored his “years of exemplary service and commitment to the hearing health industry.”

December 22, 2017 10:50 a.m. read more..


Investing in history

The house Bev and Alan Eagy bought for seven dollars at an auction (seven times the assessed value) and worked on for 11 years is finally finished and will soon be open to the public as The Victor Trevitt Guest House. “The first year was just making it not fall down,” Bev Eagy said about the restoration, describing the deteriorated condition of the house, including buckshot in the walls and major structural problems.

December 20, 2017 1:09 p.m. read more..


Sharing Music’s Memories

Nursing homes aren’t usually grim, but for some they can be: Nursing home residents are typically at the ends of their lives, dealing with conditions too severe for their families to handle alone. Isolated from their loved ones and the outside world, it’s easy for some residents to become catatonic, as Walter Lutz discovered in the Columbia Basin Care Facility’s lunchroom one afternoon in 2008 while visiting his dying mother. And so, a couple years later, Lutz carried an accordion up to the nurses’ station at Columbia Basin and asked permission to play live music for the residents.

December 16, 2017 11:45 a.m. read more..


‘Makerspace’ coming soon

Community members have enthusiastically received the Teen Programming and Digital Media Room at The Dalles-Wasco County Library since its opening last June, so much so that funds will now be used to add another technological advancement: a dedicated “makerspace.” The technology lab will be installed in what is now the periodicals’ section on the second floor (the periodicals will be moved to another shelving unit around the corner.)

December 15, 2017 1:06 p.m. read more..


Columbia Gorge Food Bank to open

The Columbia Gorge Food Bank, a transitional program of the Oregon Food Bank, will soon open in The Dalles to provide supplies for communities in Wasco, Hood River and Sherman counties. The Oregon Food Bank began to serve these communities two years ago, when local need surpassed what the Mid-Columbia Community Action Council could handle.

December 13, 2017 1:07 p.m. read more..


Sleep Center expands in HR

Ronelle Masters and her husband, Alejandro, have enjoyed success since celebrating the grand opening of their second Downey Sleep Center in Hood River this past May.

December 12, 2017 1:09 p.m. read more..


Minor injured in shooting

A local man allegedly shot a minor in the neck with an AR-15 Saturday afternoon. Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 1500 block of Quinton Street at 2:32 p.m. and arrested Jordan Fus, 20, on numerous charges including assault in the third degree, violation of probation and felon in possession of a firearm.

December 12, 2017 1 p.m. read more..


Santa comes to The Dalles

The Dalles Main Street welcomes a special guest once again this holiday season and children are invited to meet and have their picture taken with him on one of two different Saturdays. “Santa in the Downtown” takes place across from Petite Provence from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 9 and Dec. 16.

December 7, 2017 11:48 a.m. read more..


Dufur advances in STEAM competition

Dufur High School is among 255 national finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, which encourages students to tackle real-world issues in their communities using skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

December 6, 2017 1:05 p.m. read more..


Teen attends advocacy training

When 15-year-old Isaak Kemp walked into a Sherman County town hall meeting two years ago to ask a question about how tax codes would continue to support the private business sector under a new president, his community was impressed. Now, they have even more reason to be, as Kemp travelled solo from Wasco to Pittsburgh this past October to attend a training for the Climate Change Reality Leadership Corps, a network of environmental activists that’s part of a larger non-profit titled The Climate Reality Project.

December 5, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..
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