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Mark Gibson

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Working, and growing, in the woods

Young crews trim trees, repair trails — and learn life skills

It’s been a busy couple of months for two teams of young adults planting trees and fixing trails in the Mount Hood National Forest.

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A new, wet world for yoga ─ paddleboarding

Amie DiGennaro has combined her love of standup paddleboarding with her love of yoga, renting boards and teaching classes in The Dalles. “It’s essentially yoga, but instead of a firm mat, you are on the board,” DiGennaro explained.

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Fire burns truck on Sevenmile Hill Road

A pickup truck hauling a load of hay caught fire as it approached the summit of Seven Mile Hill Road from the east Tuesday afternoon. The fire was reported at 3:30 p.m., and spread to the load of hay and into nearby grass bordering. Twenty acres were burned, and the road was closed for several hours before the fire was extinguished and crews wrapped up around 8 p.m. Crews responding included Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, Dallesport Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Department of Forestry and Mosier Fire Department. Scenic Area fire crews were also dispatched.

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Crews respond to crash Friday morning

UPDATED A two-vehicle crash occurred Friday morning at about 6:30 a.m. on Interstate 84 eastbound around milepost 86.

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Tim Urness named association president

Tim Urness of C.H. Urness Motors in The Dalles has been named president of the Oregon Automotive Dealers Association and will serve through June 30, 2017.

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History Mystery

The photograph above was scanned from a 4- by 5-inch black and white negative from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle in 1958 — But the negative image of an undated glossy print. The envelope label reads, “Sherar’s Bridge Hotel” in pen, with “House (copy)” added in pencil

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Burger King undergoing major remodel

Burger King in The Dalles is getting a makeover, and will soon feature the latest Burger King style and image.

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Vintage Dufur Days events

Vintage Dufur Days events kick off Saturday morning, Aug. 13, with a parade down Main Street, Dufur, at 10 a.m. Artisan and food booths and a large Farmer’s Market hosted by Gorge Grown Food Network Saturday and Sunday. Displays and living history at the Dufur Museum all weekend, located across Main Street from the field events. These include a spinning demonstration and quilt show sponsored by the Columbia Fiber Guild, narrated tours of the blacksmith shop once used by Everett Metzentine and other displays.

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Reliving the end of an era

Horsepower gives way to tractors with first annual Vintage Dufur Days

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Plane crashes at TD airport

Local pilot crashes, transported with injuries

Chronicle award list

The Dalles Chronicle netted seven awards in the 2016 Oregon Better Newspaper Contest for articles, editorials and graphics that were published last year. Reporter Neita Cecil received second place in the Best Enterprise Reporting category for a series of five stories in October and November written about the plight of a homeless mother and her five children. The articles unfolded as events occurred, including the removal of the children from motel room after the mother was arrested for a warrant involving methamphetamine use. The children, who were unable to attend school because of their situation, were sent to live with their father in Yakima.

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Bodies of two missing men found in Mt. Hood National Forest

The bodies of two men from Kentucky were found Thursday evening, July 23, off the Dog River Trail, south of Parkdale. Evidence suggests the pair died in a murder/suicide, according to information provided by the Hood River County Sheriff. The trail is accessed off the east side of Highway 35 in the Mount Hood National Forest.

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An unexpected party

The Bram Bratá Steel Band performed a free concert at The Dalles Civic Auditorium Wednesday noon hosted by The Dalles Rotary Club.

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Gamez joins CGCC board

J. Carmen Gamez, horticulture manager for Orchard View Farms, was sworn in to serve on the Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education Tuesday. He will replace M.D. Van Valkenbergh, who retired from the board in June. Gamez, 52, first came to The Dalles from California in 1972 when he was a boy. He attended the migrant education program for two years, and began working as a picker for Omeg Orchard as a teenager.

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Michoacana grocery expands

Store offers wide range of Mexican, American products

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Scoopy Doo takes on dog doody

If you own a dog, there is at least one chore you likely don’t care for: Cleaning up your yard or kennel and disposing of the feces. Molly Blatz and Robert Weems are counting on the squeamishness of most dog owners when faced with that particular chore, and hope the distasteful task will fall to Scoopy Doo Mobile Service, their new dog feces removal service.

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Fire threatend homes; fawn rescued

FINAL UPDATE One fire fighter sustained a minor injury Thursday from a bee sting and a spotted deer fawn was rescued from the fire area a turned over to Rowena Wildlife of Mosier. No homes were destroyed, and 8 to 10 homes were threatened. One tractor and two disc machines were destroyed in the fire. UPDATED 5:15 a.m. Friday A swift moving wildfire is burning east of The Dalles, and threatens homes in the Moody Road area, west of the Deschutes River. Celilo Village and Heritage Landing east of The Dalles were evacuated, according to Stan Hinatsu of the U.S. Forest Service.

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Seeking a way forward

Sitting in the shade of a small migrant labor housing unit near The Dalles, John Jessup of White Salmon chats in Spanish with cherry picker Francisco Tamayo of Yuba City, Calif., as he relaxes after a long, hot day working in the orchards.

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Laboring for better health

Health workers promote better diet

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Brophy named grand marshal

Dan Brophy, a decorated Marine combat veteran and The Dalles outpost leader for Pointman Ministries, will take the role of grand marshal for the local Fourth of July parade. “I think the Fourth is a time for us to appreciate America, and celebrate in an appropriate way the freedom we have as a nation,” Brophy said of serving as “pointman” for the third annual Independence Day celebration.

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A moment in history

A bronze fountain at Lewis and Clark Festival Park downtown The Dalles will be dedicated at noon July 4, immediately following the Fourth of July parade downtown. The fountain depicts three members of the Corps of Discovery expedition battling high winds as they attempt to launch a dugout canoe into the Columbia River in 1805. The fountain is the work of Jeff Stewart, a local artist living near Dufur.

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Bikes ride through pub

Poker Run raises money

A motorcycle rolls through the front entrance to Route 30 Bottles and Brew downtown The Dalles Saturday, one of a handful passing through the establishment on a painted highway before exiting into the parking area in the back.

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What happened to ‘Ray?’

“Ray,” a 1,300-pound male California sea lion, was a well-known fixture at The Dalles Marina, where he took up residence on a tenant’s dock in 2011. For years, he was a highly visible member of the river community, hauling himself out on a marina dock each day and feasting on salmon migrating through the river.

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Wagons Ho!

Dry Hollow Fourth graders explore the Oregon Trail

McFadden resigns from Port Commission

Bob McFadden, president of the Port of The Dalles Board of Commissioners, will finish his term as a commissioner at the end of June, he announced to the board Wednesday.

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Oil train derails, burns in Mosier UPDATED

Mike Heiser, a resident of Mosier, had purchased some plants Friday and was just getting ready to put them in the ground around noon when he heard a big crash and the “whoof” of an explosion. He saw smoke west of town, and heard another “whoof.” Heiser drove to where the Mosier exit overpass crosses the train tracks and saw that at least eight tanker cars had derailed about 100 yards from the overpass, and one was burning.

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Mosier train derailment spills oil, sparks fire

UPDATED WITH PHOTOS Mike Heiser, a resident of Mosier, had purchased some plants Friday and was just getting ready to put them in the ground around noon when he heard a big crash, the “whoof” of an explosion.

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Airport to host fire tankers, crews

Base will bring at least 15 workers to region for three months

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Wasco artist honored

Roger Marines, a sophomore at South Wasco High School, is the local winner of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has announced. The Hood River County winner is Elizabeth Munoz, a senior at Hood River Valley High School.

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Vintage Memories

Fashion show brings new life to the past

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Pikeminnow fishery opens

The northern pikeminnow bounty fishery got underway in a big way this year, with 7,523 fish caught in The Dalles area during the first full week of fishing, according to data provided by the Bonneville Power Administration. In the John Day Dam area, 823 fish were caught in the same time period.

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‘Parklets’ serve as patios

Two new “parklets,” small outdoor seating areas placed in the street, each sized to replace a single parking space, will be added downtown The Dalles this summer.

Marina water system work approved

The Port Commission of The Dalles unanimously authorized construction of a new water delivery system for The Dalles Marina at a cost of $40,646 and a personal services contract with water master and engineer David Griffin to oversee the installation for an amount not to exceed $2,000. The installation contract will be awarded to Summit Excavation. Griffin is the sole proprietor of Rockranch Enterprises of Goldendale.

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Looking Back on May 8

Looking Back on May 8, from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle

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New slide ready for action

A plastic slide at Tree Top Play Park in The Dalles that was destroyed by arson Feb. 21 has been replaced and is now open for use.

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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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