Jesse Burkhardt

Government reporter

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J.D. Jesse Burkhardt is the government reporter for The Dalles Chronicle.

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Gleaners feel winter sting

The Windy River Gleaners has been struggling to keep enough food on the shelves to help community members in need. Bad weather has halted food deliveries, forcing the organization to curtail office hours and pare back volunteer-led fundraising activities.

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Senior care that feels like home

The Dalles has a relatively large senior population. And as the number of senior citizens in The Dalles who need care increases, a new business has stepped up to help meet the need.

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Paulsen takes over Main Street Program

Jeremiah R. Paulsen has been hired to serve as the new executive director of The Dalles Main Street Program.

Council lists key goals for 2017

Annual workshop provides blueprint for city’s progress

The Dalles City Council recently gathered to review current goals for the city and discuss priorities for 2017.

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Civic serves up rebuilt kitchen

Slowly but surely, The Dalles Civic Auditorium, located at 323 E. Fourth Street, is being renovated — a section at a time. On Monday, another major piece of the puzzle fell into place, as the second-floor ballroom kitchen was completed after more than three years of planning, fundraising and effort.

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In celebration of (local) beer

Two local breweries join annual festival

Later this month, beer enthusiasts will be able to get “behind the scenes” at numerous Oregon breweries, including two right here in The Dalles. In February, breweries will participate in the ninth annual “Zwickelmania,” a craft beer celebration sponsored by the Oregon Brewers Guild, a nonprofit trade association representing the state’s independent breweries.

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Massive gate replaced at TD dam

On Tuesday morning, contractors used heavy-duty cranes to lower a new upstream gate at The Dalles Lock & Dam. The gate, which weighs 110.5 tons, is a vital piece of machinery for operation of the navigation locks, and represents the most important component of the annual maintenance upgrades and repairs at the dam this winter.

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Library builds learning space for teens

The Dalles/Wasco County Library never had a dedicated teen services staff member until spring of 2015, when the library hired Megan Hoak away from a public library in Florida.

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Youth shelter gets grant

A $25,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) is expected to provide a major boost for a local shelter geared to protect young people dealing with troubled home lives.

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Keeping carpets looking young

Taurus Carpet Cleaning has been tending to local carpets since the summer of 2005, and the business is not planning to slow down anytime soon.

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