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Mark Gibson

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Denny’s remodel has local flavor

Denny’s in The Dalles celebrated its recent remodel by serving up an all-day Grand Celebration last Wednesday, April 20, giving diners a first look at its all-new, locally-inspired design and updated features. “We feel very positive about the changes,” said District Manager Peter Keller during the celebration.

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50 years of ‘Burgers made with love’

Big Jim's has been selling “Hamburgers made with Love” in The Dalles for 50 years, and current owners Rex and Beth Tegen are ready to celebrate. “It all started in 1950, when Sam Yoder opened a drive-in named 'Dutch Treat,' which lasted until 1956, when Tom Foley purchased the drive-in and renamed it 'Irish Treat,'” reads a history of the restaurant printed on their current menu. “Foley ran the drive-in until 1962, when the location closed with the construction of Interstate 84.”

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Economic issues focus of capitol trip

Bob McFadden represents local concerns to DC

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Assessor talks taxes

When Jill Amery, Wasco County assessor and tax collector, finished her presentation at The Dalles Rotary Club meeting Wednesday and asked for questions, local Realtor Dennis Morgan was the first to chime in.

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City’s first dog area unleashed

Firehouse Park off-leash site to be pilot project

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Twisted Vine hopes to serve all gardeners of all types

With a plethora of garden stores catering to marijuana growers in the Portland area, and another in Hood River, Maria Museke and her partner Cole Griffiths decided to locate their garden store in The Dalles. “We saw a need for a garden store in The Dalles,” Mueske explained. “There aren't many stores east of here.” After eight months in business at 747 E. Second Street, next to Hank's Auto, they are encouraged they made the right choice.

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Ready when you are: Chef provides meal service

If you have ever dreamed of having a personal chef in your own kitchen preparing your favorite dishes, dream no more – Joyous Mouthful Personal Chef Service has come to The Dalles. Joyce Drzewiecki, owner and chef, doesn't just cook meals: She plans the menu, does the shopping and customizes her recipes to suit her customers dietary needs. “I have a seasonal menu, and folks select the items they want,” she explained. “They choose the items and the quantity, I then customize that.”

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Finding life’s Holistic Essentials

Holistic Essentials in The Dalles has new owners dedicated to the art of natural healing. Alexandria Eck, co-owner with her partner Seth Raehsler, purchased the business in December of last year. For Eck, taking on a natural health-related business has its roots in her own experience. “I’ve been into health food for the last four or five years. I was on a lot of medications, ever since I was a kid,” she said. “I was taking five medications when I was 16.” Each time she started a medication, it created problems that caused more medication to be taken, she said. “Now I take none, it’s all natural herbs.”

Fourth secures future

Fort Dalles Fourth, the group that started a July 4 fireworks show in 2014, has restructured and entered into partnerships with The Dalles Main Street Program and The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce to provide a solid future of growth for the July 4 activities.

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A new home for Nissan

Nissan owners and enthusiasts have a new space to call “home” in The Dalles, with dedicated teams to meet their needs as owners — or prospective buyers — of Nissan vehicles.

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The business of matrimony

With her first bridal fashion shown in years behind her, Nancy Fork of The Dalles Wedding Place is pleased but exhausted. “We had a very successful show,” she said. “But it was so much work.” With 24 girls and women showing two dresses apiece, some three — Fork showcased over 50 wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses and flower girls outfits. In addition, 10 men and boys showed off her collection of Tuxedo styles.

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Gorge Garden Center opens new store in TD

Capitalizing on eight year's success in Hood River, the Gorge Garden Center has opened a second store at the Port of The Dalles Industrial Park. Dave Rutkowski of Hood River, co-owner with Steve Scott of Portland, is thrilled with the new location at 3721 Klindt Dr.

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Giving Harney County a voice

When the Burns Chamber of Commerce contacted Meadows Outdoor Advertising in The Dalles about purchasing a billboard thanking the many law enforcement officers who worked with Harney County during the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, it got more than it asked for.

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CGCC okays roof replacement, core themes

The roof over the lecture hall in the main building of the Columbia Gorge Community College campus will be replaced and insulated.

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History Mystery and Looking Back

Looking Back on February 7, from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle.

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A Man on a Mission

‘First day’ postmark and stamp draws collector up Columbia

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Montira’s Market offers variety

It's early afternoon, and Montira Spitzer is busy working at a stove top in the back corner of Montira's Asian Market, 302 W. Second Street, downtown The Dalles. She is preparing to restock a case of hot take-out lunches near the front entrance. CORRECTED: Montira's Asian Market is at 302 E. Second Street, not west.

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Investing in people gives Crestline the edge

When Crestline Construction was recognized as the 2016 Business of the Year by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce, Operations Manager Erik Kerr had no trouble articulating why he felt the company had received the award.

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Gambling for a good cause

"Bingo!” The triumphant cry rings from the back of the room and runs like a ripple through the crowd, breaking the quiet tension created by the game. A volunteer moves to the winner’s table, reads the winning numbers aloud: “One. Three. Seven. Seven. Five.” The volunteer calling the game, Gary Patton, checks the numbers on a computer screen, confirms a winner. “We have a Bingo!”

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Celilo station returns to service

The Celilo Converter Station in The Dalles went back online Thursday, Jan. 21, with the completion of a $370 million modernization of the one-of-a-kind station, according to the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).

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Keeping the home fires burning

With proper maintenance, wood stoves are safe option

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Gorge postmark now available

Customers at The Dalles Post Office can now request a Columbia Gorge postmark. All that is needed to obtain the free postmark at each of the seven locations is a stamped envelope or card. Post Offices in Bridal Veil, Cascade Locks, Corbett, Hood River, Mosier and Troutdale also have the postmarks available at customers’ request.

College considers potential cost of president search

Looking forward to the upcoming budget process for the 2016 /17 fiscal year, the cost and process of a possible national search for a new college president was discussed by the board at its January board meeting. That issue was raised because President Frank Toda has entered the second year of a two-year contract. No decision has yet been made as to whether or not his contract will be extended.

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OR trashed more, recycled less

Wasco did not reach goal set by state DEQ

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Lions reap harvest from tree pick-up

Disposal of holiday trees funds projects

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Industrial cleaner helps homeowners remove graffiti

Taggers have once again been targeting The Dalles with spray painted graffiti — some of it vulgar, some of it threatening — but those whose properties have been hit need not repaint or call a specialist, said Barbara Pizzola of A's Sewing.

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Salvation Army donations down

Organization nervous about meeting needs

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Soldier receives Purple Heart

Sgt. Anderson wounded in Taliban attack

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Thinking big: Mill lights up for Christmas

As many businesses in The Dalles engage in the happy challenge of decorating for the Christmas holiday — stringing lights, creating window displays, hanging snowflakes —Sunshine Mill Winery at the east end of downtown faces a unique challenge: How do you effectively decorate a massive, historic industrial monument dominating the east end of the downtown core?

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Festival of Trees celebrates 20th season

Popular event raises money to fight cancer

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Remembering Ernie Kuck

Cattleman, historian, philanthropist, he left his mark on Wasco County

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Rufus looks to boost its regional presence

Businesses join chamber en mass

Business doffs camo caps to help veterans for vets

TD Oil Can Henry’s joins company fund drive for vets

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House fire Tuesday night

Blaze started on porch

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Halloween brings boom times to shop

Costumes to Suit your Fancy

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Game shop creates ‘hang-out’ with ‘Magic’

Hang-out caters to ‘social’ games

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Bakery features Mexican, American recipes

The recent opening of La Ideal Bakery, 315 W. Third St. in The Dalles, was something of a family affair. Jose Flores partnered with his nephew Thomas Baltazar and his daughter Anna Flores, 23, manages the store on the weekends. Flores has no bakery experience, so his nephew and daughter provide the kitchen expertise – they worked together at a bakery in Beaverton.

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TD college honors UCC victims

Vigil held by all state community colleges Wednesday in a show of solidarity

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Sprucing up the downtown corridor

Five employees from Payne West Insurance, 312 Federal Street, The Dalles, were among the volunteers repainting street light bases downtown with a fresh coat of black paint.

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They aren’t ‘tobacco pipes’ any more

When Oregon legalized recreational sale of marijuana last Thursday, Oct. 1, a hand written, purple sign appeared in the Third and Federal window of MsFitz downtown The Dalles: “Pipes 10% off.”

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A better place for fish

Project will help mitigate flood impact, provide habitat for fish

Oregon Main Street comes to The Dalles Oct. 7

Oregon's annual Main Street Conference will be held in The Dalles Oct. 7-9, and will feature a gathering of presenters from around the nation. About 200 regional participants are expected to participate in the three-day convention, with presentations held in the Civic Auditorium, 323 East Fourth, and the I.O.O.F. Building of the International Order Odd Fellows, 421 1/2 E. Second St., downtown. Socials will be held at The Dalles Art Center, 220 E 4th St., and Sunshine Mill Winery, 901 E. Second St.

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Fresh fish flow through Gilmore Fish Smokehouse

There are some very large fish being unloaded this week at Gilmore Fish Smokehouse, located at 167 Highway 197, near Dallesport.

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CGCC revamps security rules

News plans in place for TD, HR campuses

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TD chiropractic office closes

John M. Donovan, DC, is closing his chiropractic practice at 405 E. Second Street after 26 years in that location.

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Gun range coming soon

Dallesport will be site of new shooting area

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Flying into an industrial future

New industrial park dedicated

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TD athletics get a ‘boost’

New Booster Club will raise funds for uniforms, team needs

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Vehicle ‘impacts’ Hanks Auto Sales

Crash damages car sales office

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Dufur celebrates new fire station

New facility privately funded

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