Organizers exceed requirements It’s official: What the Festival is coming to Wasco County on July 26. The Wasco County Board of Commissioners approved the county’s first-ever outdoor mass gathering permit for the music and art festival planned at Wolf Run Ranch outside Dufur for between 4,000 and 5,000 participants.May 10, 2013 10:25 a.m. read more..
Court Street will be closed from Seventh to Third streets Parts of three city streets will be closed Saturday, May 11, to make room for a different kind of traffic: Soapbox derby cars built by students for the Gorge Gravity Games.May 8, 2013 12:22 p.m. read more..
Rosanne Parry inspired by life experiences Like many authors, Rosanne Parry draws from her own life experiences for inspiration for her books.May 7, 2013 11:55 a.m. read more..
School board candidate Dean McAllister isn’t waiting to see if he’s elected before digging into the issues. The candidate to represent Zone 2 in North Wasco County School District 21 has been attending school board meetings, the Oregon School Boards Association trainings and the Achievement Compact Committee meetings.May 4, 2013 7:39 p.m. read more..
Plans to hold a large music and art festival outside of Dufur this summer drew criticism during a two-hour public hearing this week.May 3, 2013 11:47 a.m. read more..
Some people see a need and say, “Someone should do something about that.” Others see a need and fill it. Bonnie New, founder of the Mentor for Success program, is one of the latter. She started the program, which matches adult mentors with teenagers ages 14-20 lacking a stable adult role model at home, when she saw her own children go through the difficulties of being a teenager and transitioning into a post-high school world.May 2, 2013 1:16 p.m. read more..
As one of the original members of the North Wasco County School District 21 school board, Dave Jones says he hopes to continue to put his decade of experience and knowledge of the district to good use.May 1, 2013 12:55 p.m. read more..
If there is one thing voters can count on if they vote for John Nelson, he says, it’s his sense of commitment.May 1, 2013 12:49 p.m. read more..
High schoolers build turbines for challenge Nineteen high school students from The Dalles, Maupin, Lyle and Klickitat gathered recently at Columbia Gorge Community College to test their technology and science skills in the second annual High School Wind Challenge on April 20.April 30, 2013 1:07 p.m. read more..
Students at Chenowith Elementary School will soon be enjoying a “sound lab” with music-writing software and other perks paid for by their own fundraising efforts. Music teacher Corin Parker said she is pleased by the amount of money the students were able to raise through their “Run for the Arts” events.April 23, 2013 2:12 p.m. read more..
After helping save St. Peter’s Landmark, Doug Leash has worked to protect the historic church for 40 years St. Peter’s Landmark is a defining characteristic of The Dalles’ silhouette, but in 1971 it almost disappeared from the landscape altogether.April 20, 2013 5:58 p.m. read more..
Citizens interested in learning more about a proposed wind power facility in southern Wasco and Sherman County will have the opportunity to attend an open house in Shaniko next week.April 19, 2013 12:19 p.m. read more..
South Wasco High School made the final four in Saturday's state championships for Oregon Battle of the Books. The school competed in a pool of 12 high school state finalists, drawn from a field of 41 participating high schools across the state.April 16, 2013 2:33 p.m. read more..
Kids perform with Cascade Singers choir A new community choir for children is looking for new members to prepare for concerts on May 31 and June 1. The newly formed Cascade Children’s Choir will perform with the Cascade Singers during their next concert, titled “Music from Movies and Musical Theatre.”April 16, 2013 2:31 p.m. read more..
Sherman County has offered to provide administration for a regional hub that will provide early childhood services.April 9, 2013 12:21 p.m. read more..
Destination Imagination team gets third A pair of ninjas, a mysterious treasure and a fairy disguised as a rock helped a Destination Imagination team from The Dalles Middle School end their season with a third-place medal at state.April 9, 2013 11:35 a.m. read more..
Officials scour budget for funds As Wasco County looks for solutions to its road budget problem it is becoming increasingly clear that the loss of federal timber receipts is going to mean a decrease in road quality unless the county can find another revenue source. “We have been looking for that goose with the golden egg, but we haven’t been able to find it yet,” said Chuck Covert, chairman of the Road Advisory Committee.April 4, 2013 11:54 a.m. read more..
Thanksgiving is all about the turkey, Valentine’s Day brings chocolate, and cookies for Santa are a must at Christmas, but everyone knows it just wouldn’t be Easter without eggs. Eating the eggs, however, seems to be an afterthought. Easter eggs are for dyeing, decorating with wax, rolling on the White House lawn with a spoon, hiding them and hunting for them.March 30, 2013 3:24 p.m. read more..
Twenty residents of Sherman County have filed for 19 positions up for special elections May 21. The most contested position on the ballot is for Position 3 of the Sherman County Health District, where Clifford Jett, Jayme Thompson Alsup and Scott Belshe are facing off. Bert Perisho and Larry Hoctor are running for Positions 4 and 5, respectively.March 29, 2013 12:06 p.m. read more..
As it faces lean financial times ahead, Wasco County is going through each department with a fine-toothed comb, looking for ways to save money and run more efficiently. The exercise has also been a learning opportunity for the Board of County Commissioners.March 26, 2013 4:56 p.m. read more..
On a recent afternoon a room full of middle school and high school students were hard at work. School was already done for the day, but these students chose to stay and work on their projects for the 4-H technology group. Some worked on “sugo bots,” others on soapbox derby cars or underwater robots or designing video games.March 26, 2013 12:36 p.m. read more..
Generations young and old came together Thursday for a common cause as seniors and children from Colonel Wright Elementary marched against senior hunger. A brief downpour of hail didn’t stop the group as they marched around the Mid-Columbia Senior Center.March 22, 2013 12:38 p.m. read more..
The number of disciplinary referrals at Colonel Wright Elementary has dropped significantly since the beginning of the year, according to Principal Greg Bigalow.March 19, 2013 2:27 p.m. read more..
Students in the Talented and Gifted program at North Wasco County School District 21 had the opportunity for a little extra enrichment this month at outdoor school. The trip on March 6-8 included camping, hiking, exploring fossils, using a telescope and learning about Native American culture at the Hancock Field Station in the vicinity of Fossil, Ore.March 19, 2013 1:54 p.m. read more..
If there is one thing that the 2012 presidential election made clear, it is that Republicans are going to have to figure out how to attract more minority and youth voters to their ranks if they ever want to win a presidential election again. It’s simple math.February 27, 2013 7:38 p.m. read more..
The Harmonaires, a jazz choir from The Dalles Wahtonka High School, have been spreading cheer around town with musical Valentines, including this rendition of “Pretty Little Angel Eyes” in the Chenowith Elementary School front office on Feb. 13. From left to right are Quinn Farquharson, Hannah Lupkes, Madeleine Morgan, Kellina Coy and Kathleen Albrecht. Photo by Jade McDowellFebruary 14, 2013 12:38 p.m. read more..
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