A new committee is working toward creating a predictable environment for development In the saga of local building projects like Walmart and the regional jail’s Dakine building, the U.S. Clean Water Act’s wetlands rules have been seen as the “ogre” that has held development at bay, in some cases for years, but a new committee is working on a way to resolve wetlands issues before specific construction is even contemplated.
Citizens asked to try to avoid burning now Burning permits issued by Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue will become invalid effective May 20, and burning within the jurisdiction will be banned, but fire officials are urging people to avoid burning even before that date as a result of higher than usual fire danger.
Tourists aren’t the only people who can acquire a keepsake representing The Dalles, and discover local businesses in the process.
One Community Health celebrates the grand opening of its new health care facility at 1040 Webber St., with a grand opening and ribbon cutting Saturday, May 18. The ribbon-cutting ceremony begins at 10 a.m. The building will be open for tours until noon.
Student drivers from around the Mid-Columbia gathered Saturday, May 11, to test their skills in engineering and driving at the Gorge Gravity Games.
Kelly Stone: putting kids first Being the parent of six children would be challenge enough, but Kelly Stone has also home schooled each of those children, and her youngest child has special needs. She’s also been a single mom for the past two years and she works from home for an educational software company, writing children’s books, editing and tutoring online writing students.
An approximately half-hour foot chase through Columbia Gorge Regional Airport grasslands took less time than it might have had not an Oregon State Police airplane been approaching the airport at the time the suspect fled.
The clinic is a partnership with Oregon Health and Science University Fresenius Medical Care North America welcomes guests to its grand opening celebration this afternoon, from 3 to 6 p.m., which marks the first time a dialysis clinic has been based in The Dalles.
Tip of the hat to Catherine Ruggles, a physical therapist with Visiting Health Services in The Dalles for being named the therapist of the year by the Oregon Association for Home Care. Ruggles provides therapy in both Sherman County and the south end of Wasco County. Some of her patients report feeling much more hopeful after physical therapy intervention.
Eric Nerdin hopes to reclaim the North Wasco County School District seat he held for two years during the transitional time when The Dalles and Chenowith districts consolidated into North Wasco County School District 21.
The story of Aaron Bowman’s decision to run for the North Wasco County School Board 21 seat being vacated by Brian Stahl stretches back to the birth of his son, who was born with multiple physical special needs.
Fuels are drying out, says fire chief
Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue calls on surrounding agencies for help with simultaneous wildfires on Sevenmile Hill and Mill Creek.
May is Creative Beginnings Months so take some time to enjoy the creativity that surrounds us in the Columbia River Gorge, from nature’s handiwork in the form of abundantly beautiful native wildflowers (see our front page today), to the abundant talents of local artists and musicians, you can’t shake a stick without finding a painter, musician, poet or performer.
With video and photos The longest Cherry Festival Parade in recent memory had plenty to make crowds smile. Here are some of the entries that drew special notice:
Organizers of the Room to Read campaign are making advancements toward raising $200,000 in the local community to add 4,000 square feet of space to The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library to house sections for children and young adults and are hoping a benefit event this Friday will help the cause.
The Port of The Dalles could see businesses building as early as next year at its future Chenoweth Business Park.
Lindsey Shouse wants to help people capture the special moments and milestones they want to remember forever. Shouse recently launched “That Good” Photography at 502 Washington St. in The Dalles.
A new beginning: Fresenius Medical Care North America is celebrating the launch of its new dialysys clinic in The Dalles with an open house Wednesday, May 8, from 3 to 6 p.m.
Education doesn’t always come from a classroom and Amy Krol’s studies took her to Senegal in 2012, where she learned that something as simple as a soda bottle can be seen as a small household miracle by people who need it.
SPECTATORS WATCH as heavy equipment bites into the former Albertsons supermarket building at West Sixth and Cherry Heights. Goodwill has indicated an intent to build a store and other commercial space on the site.
Berkoviches provide audio and security installation services Laura and Dan Berkovich of The Dalles recently launched JD Audio, specializing in custom audio installs and auto security.
Tina Skeele is collecting yarn, knitting needles and crochet hooks in The Dalles to help better the lives of women half a world away.
Activities center on parade, Fourth Street events The 2013 Northwest Cherry Festival revives some crowd favorites and brings some new elements to the table under this year’s theme, Cherry Enchantment. “We are reviving Little Royal Ann and Royal Andy,” said Lisa Farquharson. “We’re also bringing back King Bing and Queen Ann.”
Randy and Dawn Barrett are 2013 King Bing and Queen Ann
Sherman County rancher and businessman Jon Justesen has announced his plans to run as a Republican for the seat of Oregon governor next year.
ICICLES FORMED on cherry blossoms along Mill Creek Road as orchardists used irrigation and fans to warm trees early Wednesday morning, April 17. “When water freezes, it releases energy in the form of heat,” explained Lynn Long, OSU Wasco County Extension Agent, “so that’s the point of running irrigation is to take advantage of that energy that is released in freezing.”
Erin Ford of The Dalles had already passed the finish line of the Boston Marathon, collected her belongings and headed to the underground train station when dual bomb blasts the afternoon of April 15 killed three people and wounded more than 140.
Still youthful after 73 years: At the age of 73, every anniversary is something to celebrate and that’s what Sawyer’s True Value and Just Ask Rental is doing this week through Sunday April 21.
The Quezadas open new gorge eatery downtown Carlos and Socorro Quezada want to help downtown The Dalles grow with their new restaurant, La Cabaña. The Quezadas have remodeled the interior at 400 E. Second Street and will celebrate their grand opening Saturday, May 4, with live music from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Sixty-two finishing competitors, 1,143 pounds lost and these folks found the way to win — and lose — at the Slim Down
Bragging rights went to Mike Woodside on Wednesday, April 10, in what has become known among the “infamous” Burgerville morning coffee group as the Great Burgerville Free Throw Shootout between Woodside and John Hutchison.
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden wants to stop an initiative from the United Nations’ 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications in its tracks that would allow countries to tax Internet use that travels through their borders.
Federal bills aim at timber revenue to aid hard-hit areas As some of Oregon’s southwestern counties hover near bankruptcy after the loss of federal payments in lieu of timber receipts, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) talked April 10 about a new bill designed to help those hardest-hit counties.
Cherry Growers plans to diversify product line, boost capacity in The Dalles Cherry season is still a few months away, but Oregon Cherry Growers is experiencing a lot of activity on its downtown The Dalles property.
The return of tour boats to the Union Street marine terminal is just around the corner and local people are working with a goal of making The Dalles a destination travelers just can’t pass up.
Odyssey Tours by Liz has opened for business in Dallesport, and owner Liz Clark offers to design travel experiences catered specifically to the wants and needs of the client.
Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District took another big step toward adding a second five megawatt hydropower plant, the Freedom Project, on The Dalles Dam fishway.
For the first time in a decade, Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District approved a schedule of rate increases in response to wholesale power increases from Bonneville Power Administration.
Ten years after it first opened in The Dalles, Studio Hair and Nails is celebrating the grand opening at its new location, 1008 W. Sixth St. in The Dalles.
Show your best cherry face: Friday is the last day to enter the Cherry Enchantment Window Decorating contest for Northwest Cherry Festival. The Cherry Festival theme is “Cherry Enchantment,” which should be good inspiration for local store window imagination.
It's never too soon to be thinking about preparing for a garden full of colorful dahlias for late summer or fall. These showy, long-blooming flowers come in enough choices to satisfy just about any appetite for color, size and design. Dinner plate blooms can be as big as the china they are named after, but more petite varieties may satisfy other tastes.
When Edgar Ashbrenner drew his first breath, Babe Ruth was still six years away from his professional baseball debut with the Boston Red Sox, humanity didn’t yet know about world wars or Great Depressions, and movie fans were still 18 years away from hearing John Barrymore and Mary Astor utter the first words on the silver screen in “Don Juan.”
Portland General Electric is bringing a shorter, retooled Cascade Crossing high-capacity transmission line project back before property owners and the public.
LOCAL LAW enforcement agencies are teaming up with Spooky’s restaurant to help Special Olympics Oregon. On Friday, March 22, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Saturday, March 23, between noon and 8 p.m., law enforcement representatives will become “celebrity servers,” and assist in serving, bussing, greeting and talking to diners about Special Olympics.
What’s the next big trend that The Dalles needs to pick up on to boost its economy? That was the question posed to Michael Gallis, a strategist from North Carolina, during a strategic planning presentation March 14 put on by the Port of The Dalles.
Spirit month: March is Employee Spirit Month. Consultant Steve McClatchy says businesses can energize their employees by supporting or helping them set, pursue and accomplish their own personal and professional goals. “Movement toward goals and improvement in our lives is what alleviates stress, creates a feeling of balance, and keeps your workforce feeling refreshed and energized,” McClatchy said.
Todd Chase of SCS Group, one of the consultants involved in the strategic planning effort at the Port of The Dalles, brought the super-regional and global discussion of analyst Michael Gallis (see front page) down to the local level March 14 with a discussion of local areas of economic opportunity.
Kristin Klindt and Joaquin Perez are the newest husband-wife team to take ownership of Klindt’s Booksellers and Stationers in The Dalles.
Friday, Feb. 15, started out as an ordinary day for Carol and Clarence Renno until something a bit extraordinary helped save Clarence’s life. He is alive and able to talk about the experience today because of a combination of his wife’s quick action and a robotic medical device that allowed specialists to examine him from 80 miles away.
It’s a good thing when a fundraising event outgrows its previous location, and that’s what has happened to the Barlow Gate Grange’s Lenore Walters Scholarship benefit. In the past, the event was held at the grange hall in Wamic, but fire safety laws have prompted organizers to move to the larger South Wasco County High School in Maupin this Saturday, March 16. The event starts at 5 p.m. and continues through 7 p.m. Admission is $15 per person.