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As the novel coronavirus took hold in Oregon, workers who perform one of life’s most routine jobs — pumping gas — started to panic.

In Pacific City, visitors in town for the first weekend of spring break swarmed one service station, prompting employees to walk off the job and forcing the station to close.

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Oregon voters can vote from the comfort of your own home with vote by mail ballots, and the Wasco County elections team is working to make sure ballots will mail out on time on April 29 (earlier for Military/Overseas and absentee voters), said County Clerk Lisa Gambee in a press release.

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Northern Wasco County PUD has assured customers the agency would keep the lights on during this difficult time.  “We have suspended disconnects and late fees and will work with customers when we come out of this unprecedented situation,” stated a press release.

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A new resource will help eligible Oregon businesses pay for expenses tied to making their workplaces safer against the coronavirus and responding to the impact the pandemic has had on workers.

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Not sure what to expect from the health department in Wasco, Sherman, Hood River and Gilliam counties as Oregon responds to the COVID-19 crisis?

Following are answers to some of the most common questions being asked, provided by North Central Public Health District (NCPHD). The Hood River County Health Department also works under these guidelines.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected so many, in our community and beyond. In this time of stay-at-home mandates, it’s no surprise that small businesses are struggling to keep their doors open.

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North Wasco County School District No. 21, in response to Oregon Department of Education guidelines released Tuesday, March 31 that make significant changes to state guidance for how public schools across the state are to deliver instruction will be shifted away from “supplemental instruction” only to “Distance Learning for All,” according District Superintendent Candy Armstrong.

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The state and federal governments have made funds available to help shelter homeless folks in The Dalles, according to Chris Zukin, chair of the Community Meal board.

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OHA has received flexibility from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to remove barriers for Oregonians to qualify for, enroll in, and stay enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan (OHP). Key changes include:

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The command PIO Unified Command team headed by Wasco, Sherman and Gilliam county governments, North Central Public Health districts and Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue is requesting donations for the COVID-19 response effort, according to Stephanie Krell, PIO Unified Command Team.

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Sports

The Dalles track and field head coach Garth Miller has joined forces with co-owner of Kainos Coffee and Pizza and TDHS graduate Marten Boyden on a coffee fundraiser to help offset growing costs ahead of the upcoming 2020 spring campaign.

Ever since she started her run at The Elks Hoop Shoot four years ago, Maupin native Julie Hull has had lofty goals of making it to the National Championships in Chicago, being considered a top shooter and going 25-for-25 on the big stage of regionals.

On a recruiting trip to Western Oregon University in late January, Dalles Seufalemua had his teammate and friend Okean Green by his side.

The campus tour, team and coach meetings and the vibe were a perfect fit.

Bringing together a group of eight sixth graders and a fifth grader from local communities such as Hood River, White Salmon, Mosier, North Bonneville and The Dalles, The Gorge Elite Basketball team captured its fourth tournament championship last weekend in Hood River and qualified for the 500-team state tournament this weekend in Spokane, Wash., but action was halted due to the Coronavirus scare.

Head coach Jesse Alsup had his third grade boys basketball team called the Splash Brothers hitting on cylinders last week, as they cruised to a perfect 4-0 record to grab first place at the season-ending Columbia Gorge Classic Tournament put on by Flames Basketball last Sunday in Hood River.

The Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy also had a handful of other teams showcased on the hardwood at the Columbia Gorge Classic and the Pacific League Tournament last weekend to complete the 2019-2020 winter hoops session, with the seventh grade boys taking first place, and three other earning runner-up honors.

Gorge Life

Oregon Health Authority assured Oregonians Sunday, March 22, 2020, that walking, running, biking and other activities were acceptable while practicing social distancing (keeping a physical distance of three to six feet between yourself and others while in public.) Eating healthy, getting exercise and plenty of sleep are important ways to help keep your body resilient, OHS said. Read more

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