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Military museum planned soon in The Dalles

Organizers target Memorial Day

The Dalles is going to have a little bit more of a military presence starting in 2017. The Mid-Columbia Veterans Memorial Committee (MCVMC) and American Legion Post 19 in The Dalles are working together to create a military museum that will be housed in a section of the American Legion building, which is located at 201 E. Second Street.

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‘Safety first’ sparks council discussion

With the region being impacted by a series of winter storms since December, employees of the city of The Dalles have been sent home early, advised to come in later, or told to take the day off altogether due to unsafe travel conditions. Councilor Taner Elliott asked his peers if they had any comments or suggestions regarding the city’s policy of excusing employees from work on days when bad weather rolls in and conditions are potentially hazardous.

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Spatz honored for city service

Long-Curtiss takes oath

The "changing of the guard" on The Dalles City Council was delayed a week due to the ongoing rough weather the region has been experiencing. Finally, on the evening of Jan. 16, bad weather held off just long enough for the council to honor the departure of Councilor Dan Spatz, and then administer the oath of office to his replacement, Darcy Long-Curtiss.

County alarmed over state budget

Technical assistance grants not included in Brown’s proposal

Wasco County officials are concerned about the proposed budget presented by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown for the 2017-19 biennium, which does not include grants to help local jurisdictions meet statewide land use planning requirements.

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UP files suit on Mosier project

Union Pacific Railroad has sued the Wasco County Commission in federal court over its rejection of a proposed expansion of tracks near Mosier.

Mayor chooses working groups

The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence has made a series of appointments to fill several expired or vacant terms on a variety of local boards and committees.

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A ‘Helping Hand’ with home health

Helping Hands Home Care has been in business in the Portland area for about 30 years, but is relatively new to the Columbia River Gorge. “Our staff have been providing everything — housekeeping, meal prep, transportation, personal care and medication management,” explained Mary Gailley, regional manager for Helping Hands, adding that the business also provides foot care for clients, help with dressing and bathing, doing the laundry, and even care for a client’s pets and plants.

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City strains under snow

The unending series of snowstorms hammering The Dalles and the entire Columba River Gorge region in recent weeks are creating a lot of extra work for public works crews. The good news is, the snow removal operations are not busting The Dalles’ budget — at least not yet.

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Sgt. Hall to hang up uniform

Oregon National Guard Sgt. First Class Benjamin Hall is retiring from his job overseeing operations at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, the home of Delta Troop, 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry. Hall has been assigned to The Dalles unit since November 2011 and has spent more than 25 years in the military.

Recreation pot available in TD

Columbia River Herbals was the first medical marijuana retailer in the city of The Dalles, and business owner Norm Brock has now been given a green light to expand into a new realm. “We’ve received approval for a marijuana retailer’s license from the state for our downtown location,” said Brock, adding that his shop began selling recreational pot effective Jan. 1.

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First baby of 2017 arrives in TD

Once the clock struck midnight and 2017 was ushered in on Sunday, it wasn’t long before the first baby of the new year was delivered at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles.

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Chamber hosts award banquet Jan. 19

It’s nearly that time of year again! The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce is making plans to honor outstanding citizens from around the local community with its annual Distinguished Citizens Awards Banquet.

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Art connects with opportunity

Live. Work. Connect. With those three small words, Opportunity Connections —- a nonprofit organization that assists people with disabilities in The Dalles, Hood River and elsewhere in the Columbia River Gorge — accurately describes its approach to helping people.

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Portland exports laughter to TD’s Route 30

When the new year arrives, Portland will be exporting some laughter to the city of The Dalles. Starting in January, Route 30 Bottles & Brews, at 317 E. Second Street in downtown The Dalles, will be featuring comedy acts every first Saturday of the month.

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Chamber asks city for tourism support

Efforts to promote tourism in and around The Dalles have been gathering momentum in recent months, and leaders of The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce are asking city officials to provide more money to cover staffing costs.

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Sister Cities gears up for 2017

The Dalles Sister Cities Association is preparing for another year of cultural exchanges with its sister city of Miyoshi City, Japan, and local students are being invited to sign up for the opportunity.

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Drilling into the heart of the community

It might seem a bit unusual for a dentist office to take a lead role in a campaign designed to bring community residents closer together. Yet that is just what has been happening at the Keilman Dental Clinic, 421 W. Ninth Street, in The Dalles.

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Union Pacific, opponents file appeals

In November, the Wasco County Board of Commissioners reversed an earlier decision by the county’s planning commission and voted unanimously to deny Union Pacific Railroad’s application to add several miles of new track through the Mosier area. With the county’s denial, an appeal from the railroad was virtually guaranteed, and it came on Dec. 9.

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Home to the cleanest dogs around

The Dalles may soon be known as a city with some of the cleanest dogs in the gorge, thanks in part to a new downtown business. On Dec. 12, Pawsh Spa opened at 204 E. Second Street, and several dogs have already been brought in for grooming.

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Merchants pleased with holiday sales

The lines at the post office in The Dalles are much longer than normal as Christmas approaches, with customers mailing gift boxes to friends and family members living out of the area.

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Christmas joy on wheels

Area disposal companies prepare fleet of bikes for holiday gifts

Kevin Green, a district manager with The Dalles Disposal, is putting on a different hat this month. It’s a Santa Claus hat because, with Christmas coming soon, Green is working to produce a big sack of goodies he plans to hand out to youngsters around the local community.

‘Meet and greet’ draws slim crowd

About 40 people turned out on a cold Wednesday evening for the city’s inaugural “meet and greet” in the council chambers at The Dalles City Hall.

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Riverfront Trail closes in on completion

Final segment will detour from north side of I-84

Since 1988 – nearly 30 years ago – Dan Durow has been involved with creating a trail from what is now the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center to The Dalles Dam.

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Schertenleib named top Realtor

Being the best realtor seems to run in the family for sisters Becky Schertenleib and Nan Wimmers, co-owners of Columbia Gorge Real Estate in The Dalles.

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Airport project readies for take off

As operations at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport continue to expand and diversify, new facilities are on the drawing board to keep up with increasing demand.

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‘Critical needs’ identified in TD

Like a patient getting a full physical, The Dalles Public Works Department now knows what it’s like to be poked and prodded while being thoroughly examined.

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New member

Eres Beauty Salon celebrated joining The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 23 with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony in front of the salon at 512 W. Ninth Street. Left to right are: Camille Terry of the chamber; Melissa Flores, a student at the Gorge Academy Beauty School who plans to work at Eres; Eres owner Erendida Cruz; Abigail Jara, stylist at Eres; and Teryl Whistler, a new stylist at the salon who focuses on gel nails and eyelash extensions.

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Fine dining near a bend in the river

While taking a walk along the Columbia River one day in July, Martin Schwarzbach literally stumbled onto his dream business. “I just happened to be on the riverfront trail this summer and saw a ‘for lease’ sign,” said Schwarzbach, who is now the owner of the newest eatery in The Dalles — Bent River Restaurant.

Final vote counts released by county

The results of the Nov. 8 general election for the city of The Dalles have been finalized and made official.

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Chamber plans ‘old’ new look

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce is making some history of its own. The headquarters of the local chamber office – at 404 W. Second Street – will soon have an appearance closer to what it originally looked like.

New land use law firm serves Wasco County

A fourth-generation Oregon attorney is opening a new law firm that will serve central and eastern Oregon, including Wasco County.

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Creating a haven for collectors

A new store that opens this weekend in the downtown business district will be a haven for collectors in The Dalles.

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City focuses on treatment plant

Work session geared to nail down final design, costs

The city of The Dalles is ready to begin upgrading its aging wastewater plant, and work could begin as soon as January.

Dog River waterline project faces delay

A little more study will be needed on the Dog River Pipeline Replacement Project in The Dalles before the first shovelfuls of dirt get turned.

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Local marijuana shops ‘race’ to open new shops

With a city ordinance in place that prohibits stores that sell marijuana from being within 1,000 feet of each other, two potential businesses on the western side of The Dalles are competing to be the first to open.

Sole newcomer speaks of goals

With Mayor Steve Lawrence and two incumbent members of The Dalles City Council — Linda Miller and Taner Elliott — all being re-elected on Nov. 8, the city’s government will remain largely the same going into 2017.

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Voters clear on marijuana tax

Voters left no doubt Nov. 8 about their views on whether marijuana retailers in The Dalles should pay an extra tax.

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Bond passes, mayor retains seat

Election Day 2016 in The Dalles turned out to be a good time to be an incumbent in the various races for city offices.

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A ‘pressure cooker’ of a job

The company’s slogan says: “Safety is our guide; quality is our pride.” AmeriTies West, located at 2453 Tie Plant Road, about a mile east of the downtown business district, has been producing railroad ties in The Dalles since the 1920s.

Klebes joins TD city staff

Will assist Krueger in office

Matthew Klebes, who has been serving as director of The Dalles Main Street for the past three years, has been hired as the assistant to City Manager Julie Krueger.

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County denies UP’s Mosier track project

Following a Wednesday evening appeal hearing that stretched over five hours, the Wasco County Board of Commissioners reversed an earlier decision by the county’s planning commission and voted unanimously to deny Union Pacific’s application to add several miles of new track through the Mosier area.

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Local campaigns prepare for big night

It’s no surprise that political partisans on both sides of this year’s presidential contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton see the election from completely different points of view. But the passion they feel for their respective candidate seems to cut across political boundaries.

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Chevy brand gets rebirth in The Dalles

State of art showroom like a ‘new dealership’ in town

Since buying the former Bob Stone Subaru auto dealership in December of 2014, new owner Tonkin Auto Group has become known as the place to go in The Dalles to purchase one of the popular Subarus. And while the focus on sales of Subarus will remain just as strong going forward, the growing auto dealership is about to turn a spotlight in a fresh direction.

I-84 paving plans

It’s still more than a year away, but at its Oct. 26 open house at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, officials with the Oregon Department of Transportation displayed plans for repaving of Interstate 84 from Rowena to Hood River.

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Consultants present draft housing study

The city of The Dalles faces some daunting challenges in providing sufficient housing at the right price for workers and those who want to live here. In a Thursday evening presentation at The Dalles City Hall, representatives of Johnson Economics, a market analysis and economic modeling firm based in Portland, and Angelo Planning Group, an urban and community planning business in Portland, presented a draft of a “Housing & Residential Buildable Lands Needs Assessment” to members of the city’s Technical Advisory Committee.

Google funds Wi-Fi

It was a brand new system five years ago, but as technology has advanced, the Google-financed free Wi-Fi system in The Dalles needs an upgrade to keep it running efficiently.

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Appeals filed on Mosier project

Wasco County to hear appeals

Following the Wasco County Planning Commission’s recent 5-2 decision to approve Union Pacific Railroad’s proposed double-tracking project in Mosier, three appeals have been filed — including one from the railroad itself.

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City issues growth report

The city of The Dalles has issued a preliminary economic growth report that found most people who work here commute, and most commuters travel as far as 50 miles.

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Sinclair Dinocare

A dinosaur has been spotted in The Dalles. The gas station at 801 E. Third Street, which used to be under the Shell banner, has been “rebranded” as a Sinclair station.

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A cool dream comes true at DQ

Fulfilling a dream that spanned nearly two decades, Barbara Land — the longtime manager of Dairy Queen in The Dalles — has now become the owner of the business.

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