Jesse Burkhardt

Government reporter

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

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Working with Wonder

Children’s Museum hits 40

The fun never seems to stop at the Wonderworks Children’s Museum of the Gorge.

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Portland wants to stream TD’s weather

Portland television station KGW would like to include The Dalles as part of its network of regional weather cameras, and the forecast suggests it may happen this year.

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Penney’s closing leaves emptiness

Store has been serving region from downtown TD since World War I

The news earlier this year that the J.C. Penney store in downtown The Dalles was closing hit employees and customers alike fairly hard, and when the store finally locks its doors at the end of July, it will truly be the end of an era. The Penney’s store at 212 E. Second St. has been a mainstay of the downtown area since 1914, more than a century ago.

City OKs paying Civic project debt

The Dalles City Council voted unanimously July 10 to authorize a small outlay to allow the Civic Auditorium to retire a line of credit it had been paying for about seven years. Before the vote, two council members questioned why the issue was not an action item on the agenda, and expressed strong reservations about how the decision was being handled.

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Lottery funds give the Civic a giant lift

Those lottery tickets everybody buys and few win with are about to pay off handsomely for The Dalles Civic Auditorium.

City OKs changes to marijuana grows

Following a brief presentation from Steve Harris, the city’s planning director, The Dalles City Council voted unanimously Monday to change the city’s marijuana ordinance to boost odor control.

City cancels airport operation contracts

Two companies given six months’ notice of termination

The Dalles City Council voted unanimously Monday evening to cancel contracts with two firms managing operations at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport in Dallesport. Following an executive session in which the mayor and councilors discussed possible litigation, the elected body reconvened in open session to take action regarding the airport.

‘Latin Wave’ radio to air Sunday

Pando’s team will air first ‘live’ show at 6 p.m.

Events are taking off quite a bit faster than first anticipated for the new Hispanic radio show in town, “La Onda Latina del Gorge,” or “Latin Wave of the Gorge.” The show’s first “recorded live” segment will air this Sunday, July 9, with the broadcast starting at 6 p.m.

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Managers get Marina ship-shape

Private entity contracts to run port-owned site

If you’ve visited The Dalles Marina in recent weeks, you’ve probably noticed some significant upgrades to the facilities. As of Jan. 1, management of the marina’s community of houseboats was transferred to The Dalles Marina, LLC.

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Cascade Square gets $4M renovation

Grand opening for new mall look planned for September

A major renovation project is moving along as scheduled at the Cascade Square Shopping Center in the 1400 block of West Sixth Street. Work on the 1970s-era mall, which rosters nearly 20 different businesses, began in April and is expected to wrap up in September.

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