Local orchards saw almost three-quarters of an inch of rain June 25 and the effect of that rain on the local cherry crop isn’t good, but still hasn’t been fully evaluated.
The Friends of the Columbia Gorge organization hasn’t determined whether it will pursue further legal remedies after its challenge to the gorge commission’s Regional Air Quality Strategy was shot down June 19 by the Oregon Court of Appeals, but its conservation director says the commission needs to do more to protect air quality.
24-hour cancer fundraising relay starts at 10 a.m. Saturday Putting fun in fundraising is the idea behind this year’s Relay for Life event in The Dalles, happening over 24 hours this Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, at the Wahtonka campus Sid White Field.
Court: Gorge air quality plan is valid strategy The Oregon Court of Appeals affirmed the gorge commission’s Regional Air Quality Strategy for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area on June 19, rejecting a Friends of the Columbia Gorge challenge that claimed it neither provided enough remedies, nor even constituted a strategy.
A group of seven longtime The Dalles-area real estate brokers create a local branch of the Copper West Properties firm based in Hood River.
Molly Donnell has joined Windermere Glenn Taylor Real Estate as a broker in The Dalles, and will be assisting both buyers and sellers with real estate sales.
I'll love you, dear, I'll love you till China and Africa meet and the river jumps over the mountain and the salmon sing in the street. — W. H. Auden Singing your way: Salmon may not be singing in the street, as W. H. Auden wrote, but the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Yakama tribes began their commercial sales from the summer fishery this week.
Eloy Pando has visions of one day seeing one of his contestants working with a superstar on “The Voice.”
Bright sunlight streams through the windows at The Dalles Art Center as “Big Brother” Lloyd Walworth and his “Little Brother” Alex, 12, soak in scenes from paintings by Leslie Peterson, showing family, work and relaxation from an earlier time.
When The Dalles Civic Auditorium was built back in 1921, it was meant as a community center for the benefit of all The Dalles residents, and when a group of volunteers banded together more than 20 years ago to preserve the building, they had the same thing in mind — and its supporters hope citizens recognize that and sign on as supportive members of the organization.
Labor contract also eliminates furlough days North Wasco County School District’s board of directors approved two labor contracts and an annual budget June 11, and were able to rescue a handful of positions previously targeted for elimination, and restore operations to a full school year without furloughs.
Redline Tactical, LLC, opened recently at 213 E. Third St. selling guns and related equipment, ammunition and services.
Programs help spur economic growth in five-county region Most of the time over the past few years news about businesses and lending has been bad, but Eric Nerdin and Mary Merrill say there are loans to be had for gorge businesses — and help in getting them.
Paranormal investigators say there’s more in the unused upper stories of historic buildings than empty space In the days before routine automobile ownership allowed cities to sprawl in single-family suburban style, The Dalles was a much more compact city, with downtown businesses estaIn the days before routine automobile ownership allowed cities to sprawl in single-family suburban style, The Dalles was a much more compact city, with downtown businesses established on the ground floors of buildings, and living quarters built on the upper two or three stories.blished on the ground floors of buildings, and living quarters built on the upper two or three stories.
Nationally respected artist painted in Klickitat County One artist’s unique perspective on the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest is the subject of the upcoming exhibit, Eanger Irving Couse on the Columbia River, appearing June 8 through Sept. 2 at Maryhill Museum of Art.
Directors for the Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District work year-round toward maintaining a reliable and affordable power supply for many Wasco County residents, but once a year they get to hear about who else is working on behalf of the community — when they consider annual PUD economic development grants.
Rain has little effect on mid-season varieties Orchardists with early ripening cherry varieties saw some significant cracking as a result of the heavy rains this past week, but cherry interests want to assure the public that there are still plenty of cherries for picking and eating.
Singer-Songwriter puts his best on ‘Carved Wood Box’ Cal Scott returns to his singer-songwriter roots in his latest CD, “Carved Wood Box.”
Owners will leave longtime downtown storefront, continue in different form Greg and Francie Mengis are moving Mengis Vacuum Sales and Service out of its longtime storefront location at 305 E. Second St., but will continue to service vacuums and sewing machines for their regional customers.
Vogue Knitting puts Imperial Stock Ranch in upper echelon of the knitting industry A unique tourism event will bring an economic boost to south Wasco County this weekend — with a stop in The Dalles Friday — when Vogue Knitting focuses on the Imperial Stock Ranch for one of its series of exclusive destination weekend experiences.
Word on the Street for May 21
The City of The Dalles has been awarded the certificate of achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for their comprehensive annual financial report for the year ending June 30, 2013.
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.