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Jesse Burkhardt

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Incumbent faces challenge

For CGCC Board of Education Position 7, two candidates are competing: Incumbent board member Charleen R. Cobb is asking voters for another four-year term, while challenger Kevin McCabe wants voters to bring a new voice to the seven-member board.

April 25, 2017 1:28 p.m. read more..

Three vie for CGCC seat

Four of the seven seats on the Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education will be on the upcoming special election ballot, and this year, the positions have generated a lot of interest, with all four slots being contested.

April 21, 2017 12:49 p.m. read more..

McGlothlin to lead Cherry Festival Parade

With a long history of service in The Dalles community to his credit, Timothy McGlothlin — a Lions volunteer and member of The Dalles City Council — has been selected to serve as Grand Marshal for this year’s Northwest Cherry Festival.

April 20, 2017 9:47 a.m. read more..

College board discusses ‘sanctuary’ status

Members of the Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education on Monday indicated general support for a resolution that has been under consideration designating the college a “Sanctuary College.”

April 19, 2017 12:18 p.m. read more..

Four vie for three port seats

In the May 16 special election, four candidates are competing for three seats on the Port of The Dalles Board of Commissioners. The five-member board makes decisions about developing or selling land and which economic development projects to pursue, among other topics.

April 18, 2017 1:28 p.m. read more..

The Dalles names judge

The Dalles City Council has selected Jason Corey to be the city’s new municipal court judge. Corey is a partner with Dick, Dick & Corey, a law firm in The Dalles that specializes in probate and estate planning, family, business, real estate, and criminal cases.

April 14, 2017 1:08 p.m. read more..

Reaching for sky by digging in dirt

When construction companies around the Columbia River Gorge started getting too busy to take on new jobs, Tim Brown knew it was the right time for him to step up. “With the economy turning up, there is a need for a lot more work happening,” said Brown, who co-owns Skycam Construction with his wife, Rachel.

April 12, 2017 1:30 p.m. read more..

Preparing for the big quake

Based on historical geological patterns and physical scientific evidence, it’s widely believed that the Pacific Northwest is long overdue for a major earthquake originating off the Oregon or Washington coast. To help residents of the Gorge region prepare for this possible calamity —the predicted earthquake is routinely referred to as “The Big One”— Columbia Gorge Community College will host an emergency preparedness fair in The Dalles next week.

April 11, 2017 1:19 p.m. read more..

A celebration in music

Playing music has a rejuvenating impact on many people, and members of the Gorge Winds Concert Band say their experiences have been especially rewarding.

April 8, 2017 9:44 a.m. read more..

Phone scam targets local businesses

On Thursday, Detective Steve Rue of The Dalles Police Department warned residents of the area that a telephone scam has been targeting local small businesses. “We’ve had at least three or four cases in The Dalles,” said Rue.

April 7, 2017 1:06 p.m. read more..

Judge: No thank you

The search for a new Municipal Court Judge is back to “square one” after the judge selected by The Dalles City Council declined to accept the position.

April 7, 2017 1:05 p.m. read more..

Main Street working on ‘historic’ grant

The Dalles Main Street will soon learn whether a grant the organization applied for in mid-March will bring funds to help in the “preservation and adaptive reuse” of the historic Herbring House at 313 W. Fourth Street in The Dalles.

April 5, 2017 1:26 p.m. read more..

MCCOG hires Meriwether

On March 28, the MCCOG board voted unanimously to hire David Meriwether, who previously served as administrator for Hood River County, to serve as interim director. Meriwether started work on Monday, April 3.

April 5, 2017 1:15 p.m. read more..

Council puts repairs on hold

There is no shortage in the number of streets in The Dalles that suffered damage over the long winter, but some members of The Dalles City Council say that doesn’t mean every street needs to be repaired and are calling for a fresh look at priorities.

March 31, 2017 12:47 p.m. read more..

The Dalles sells Granada Theater

The historic Granada Theater building in downtown The Dalles has been sold to new owners. Charles Gomez and Debra Liddell, who do business as Charles Gomez Productions, paid $60,000 for the property and committed to pay for a list of upgrades to the exterior and interior of the theater.

March 30, 2017 12:58 p.m. read more..

New route proposed for Riverfront Trail

Details of a proposed alternate route for the final segment of The Dalles Riverfront Trail will not be made public until they are presented to the city council, but trail supporters are hopeful the end is finally in sight.

March 28, 2017 1:33 p.m. read more..

Columbia River Herbals opens second shop

Columbia River Herbals, a retail outlet for medical-grade and recreational marijuana, has been working for several months to transform an empty and deteriorating former Arby’s restaurant at 2630 W. Sixth Street into an active and thriving enterprise.

March 22, 2017 1:40 p.m. read more..

ODOT, city ink E. Second repaving deal

On one stretch of East Second Street, the city will be able to repave the roadway for a relatively inexpensive amount, thanks to an agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation.

March 21, 2017 1:40 p.m. read more..

Wheels turn at new TD bike shop

From the time he was a young kid growing up in The Dalles, Calvin Lepinski always had a passion for bicycles and bicycling. So, it was just a matter of time before he turned his love of cycling into a business.

March 15, 2017 1:33 p.m. read more..

Federal court dismisses UP lawsuit

The legal back and forth over the proposed four-mile extension of a railroad siding at Mosier continues. On March 8, U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken dismissed a lawsuit filed by Union Pacific Railroad in January because the railroad failed to include three Indian treaty tribes as defendants in the case.

March 14, 2017 1:23 p.m. read more..

Celebrating our Native cultures

For those who love to read and appreciate the value of the written word, The Dalles is the place to be in April. As part of the American Indian Cultural Festival, four Northwest authors who have written books about native cultures will be coming to The Dalles for more than a week of literary activities.

March 11, 2017 1:30 p.m. read more..

CGCC considers ‘sanctuary’ status

The politics swirling around national immigration issues have reached The Dalles. On Tuesday, March 14, the Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education will discuss a resolution creating “sanctuary campus” status for CGCC in The Dalles.

March 10, 2017 12:39 p.m. read more..

City eyes parking

Employee parking is a big cause of the downtown parking shortage, a task force reported to The Dalles City Council last week. The task force recommended the city eventually build a multi-story parking garage to handle what is expected to be increasing needs for parking.

March 9, 2017 1:26 p.m. read more..

Merkley hears from town hall crowd

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) took the concept of town hall meetings literally into overdrive Saturday as he barnstormed across four counties — Wasco, Hood River, Sherman and Gilliam — to meet with constituents. Merkley’s day included public forums in The Dalles, Hood River, Rufus and Arlington as he continued his tradition of holding at least one town hall in every county of the state each year.

March 7, 2017 12:44 p.m. read more..

City eyes tobacco-free Festival Park

Signs in most public parks of The Dalles stipulate that tobacco products and vaping are not allowed. Yet at Lewis & Clark Festival Park, there are no signs regarding tobacco use, and members of The Dalles City Council believe there should be.

March 3, 2017 1:32 p.m. read more..

Peachey stepping down

The Dalles Municipal Court Judge Tom Peachey will soon be stepping down. “It is with a heavy heart and some sadness that I submit my resignation as The Dalles Municipal Court judge effective April 1,” Peachey wrote in a Feb. 24 letter addressed to Mayor Steve Lawrence; Julie Krueger, city manager of The Dalles; and Gene Parker, city attorney.

March 2, 2017 1:20 p.m. read more..

Changes behind the glass

Later this month, Nichols Art Glass will begin undergoing a transformation as owner Andy Nichols guides his artistic glass-blowing business down a slightly different channel. Nichols, who has operated out of a small studio at 912 W. Sixth Street in The Dalles since 2001, plans to temporarily close the business soon to remodel the space and reorient the creative direction of his artwork.

March 1, 2017 6:16 p.m. read more..

Tribal housing replacement funded

Last week, a group of Northwest senators announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will soon begin replacing tribal housing lost decades ago when dams were built along the Columbia River and rising waters forced many people to relocate.

February 24, 2017 1:37 p.m. read more..

Officers ‘take a load off’

The Dalles Police Department’s new load-bearing equipment vests represent an innovation that has been welcomed by officers. In October, the department obtained 19 of the new vests, which are designed to perform a relatively simple task: they redistribute gear from the hips of officers to their shoulders, relieving them of weight that causes health problems.

February 24, 2017 1:19 p.m. read more..

Three Kings Organics opens in TD

The marijuana business in The Dalles is expanding. On Feb. 2, a new recreational marijuana outlet, Three Kings Organics, opened at 224 Terminal Ave. in The Dalles, just down the street from Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Tum-A-Lum Lumber.

February 22, 2017 12:33 p.m. read more..

Council awards hangar contract

Now that the snow is finally melting, infrastructure projects are starting to come out of virtual hibernation — including a large and important one at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport in Dallesport.

February 21, 2017 1:10 p.m. read more..

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.

February 16, 2017 1:07 p.m. read more..

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.

February 15, 2017 1:17 p.m. read more..

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.

February 2, 2017 1:21 p.m. read more..

In celebration of (local) beer

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.

February 1, 2017 1:20 p.m. read more..

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.

February 1, 2017 1:12 p.m. read more..

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.

January 27, 2017 1:40 p.m. read more..

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.

January 27, 2017 1:18 p.m. read more..

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.

January 25, 2017 1:23 p.m. read more..


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