Jesse Burkhardt

Government reporter

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

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Internship program ready to roll

TD company will focus on training

It’s only natural that “Gorge Works,” a technical career internship program organized by the Port of the Dalles and Columbia Gorge Community College, will have its formal kickoff on Oct. 6. That’s because Oct. 6 is “Manufacturing Day” in the United States, a day for celebration of “modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.”

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Granada looking grand

Celebration of reopening scheduled Nov. 10 to 12

With work on the exterior of the Granada Theater almost complete, the owners of the historic, 1929-era theater are ready to schedule a “Grand Opening Gala” in November. Mayor Steve Lawrence said the work on the theater has been transformational.

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Fire hurts businesses

It has been a very difficult few months for businesses in The Dalles and around the Columbia River Gorge area.

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Aero Drone adds software mission

Mosier resident taking Tygh Valley startup on a new path

Tygh Valley is becoming a little bit more of a “Mecca” for drone activity in Oregon. A growing startup business — Tygh Valley-based Aero Drone Corporation — is opening a new front in its operations with a plan to create software to help manage fleets of drones.

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Flag-raising honors 9-11 victims

Sixteen years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, a coordinated series of attacks by terrorists shocked the nation and left nearly 3,000 people dead. On Monday, the anniversary of that tragic day, students at Colonel Wright Elementary School in The Dalles gathered around the flagpole in the school’s courtyard to observe a ceremonial raising of the American flag as a way to reflect on that dark day and honor the victims of the attacks.

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Dufur teacher focuses on tech

Dezirah Remington selected for special conferences, committees

It is turning into a very busy summer and fall for Dufur High School teacher Dezirah Remington, so it’s lucky that she likes to stay active. Over the past few months, Remington has been accepted for three special outside programs.

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SAPA celebrates safety

Although many area residents may not even realize there is still an aluminum manufacturing facility operating in The Dalles, the SAPA Extrusion North America plant at 2929 W. Second Street continues to expand and invest in its growing work force. On Thursday, Aug. 24, SAPA – which stands for Scandinavian Aluminum Profile Association – held its second annual “Health and Safety Day” on the front lawn of its facility, and dozens of employees turned out to enjoy a free lunch catered by Beachwood Eatery in The Dalles.

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Rotary program promotes peace

Youth Exchange project opens the world to area high school students

Since the early 1970s, The Dalles Rotary Club has sponsored the Rotary Youth Exchange, which provides high school students with the opportunity to study in a foreign country.

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Riverenza set to become ‘The Riv’

Some alterations are planned for the Riverenza Espresso Bar & Café, located at 401 E. 10th Street in a century-old stone building, an impressive structure that once housed the Church of Christ. The Riverenza, which first opened as a coffee shop in November 2007, is now gearing up for new ownership and a new direction. “We are in a transition phase,” said Noah Blakely, who is in the process of purchasing the business with his wife and co-owner, Lauren.

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County hears update on ‘Gorge 2020’ plans

It’s running a tad late, but representatives of the Columbia River Gorge Commission (CRGC) are optimistic the “Gorge 2020 Management Plan Review & Update Process” will be in draft form by the summer of 2019.

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