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Mark Gibson

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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.

February 24, 2016 1:21 p.m. read more..


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.

February 17, 2016 3:28 p.m. read more..


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.

February 12, 2016 12:30 p.m. read more..
   

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.

February 3, 2016 2:45 p.m. read more..


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.

January 27, 2016 11:59 a.m. read more..


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!”

January 23, 2016 2:28 p.m. read more..


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).

January 23, 2016 2:26 p.m. read more..
 

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.

January 20, 2016 12:50 p.m. read more..


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.

January 20, 2016 12:46 p.m. read more..
  

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.

December 23, 2015 1:54 p.m. read more..
  

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?

December 4, 2015 3:18 p.m. read more..
       

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.

October 14, 2015 1:32 p.m. read more..
 

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.

October 7, 2015 2:45 p.m. read more..


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.”

October 7, 2015 2:42 p.m. read more..
 

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.

September 16, 2015 12:12 p.m. read more..
         

Wynne Mae of TD remembers namesake

When American aviator Wiley Post arrived in Detroit, Mich., on Aug. 6, 1933, within a month of being the first to fly solo around the world in his Lockheed Vega aircraft, the Winnie Mae, one of those gathered to greet the famed pilot was amateur Detroit pilot Nelson H. Clark.

July 7, 2015 5:03 p.m. read more..


Columbia River Music closes

After 30 years serving as a hub for musicians throughout the gorge, Columbia River Music, downtown The Dalles, will fall silent July 25 as store owners Greg and Shirley Weast and salesman Dan Ross retire from the world of retail instrument sales.

July 3, 2015 11:21 a.m. read more..
      

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