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Inclement weather impacts local services: TUESDAY UPDATE: Columbia Gorge Comm. College: Both campuses closed. UPDATE 6:13 a.m.-North Wasco County Schools will be CLOSED Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 due to inclement weather. OCDC Headstart: 2 hour delay for The Dalles and Odell Centers. (Effective tomorrow - Tue Feb 5th) Goldendale Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late Hood River Co. Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late, AM/PM Buses on snow routes White Salmon Sch. Dist.: Closed. Parent/Teacher conferences canceled for today. Mid-Columbia Children's Council: The Dalles/Wahtonkah 2 hour delay; Tygh Valley Head Start 2 hr delay; Carson AM class canceled, PM class on time; Petersburg AM class 11-2:30, bus on snow route, PM class canceled; OCDC Headstart: 2 hour delay for The Dalles and Odell Centers. Parkdale bus on snow routes. Klickitat Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late (Effective - Tue Feb 5th) Lyle Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late, No AM preschool, AM/PM Buses on snow routes (Effective - Tue Feb 5th) Columbia Gorge Comm. College: Opening at 10 am. Classes scheduled prior to 10:00 am are canceled on both campuses. (Effective - Tue Feb 5th) Centerville Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late (Effective - Tue Feb 5th) Wishram Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late, No AM preschool. No Zero Period (Effective - Tue Feb 5th) Sherman Co. Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late (Effective - Tue Feb 5th) So. Wasco Co. SD: 2 Hours Late (Effective - Tue Feb 5th) MONDAY Columbia Gorge Community College: Both campuses will be closing at 5 p.m. Dufur School District will be closed, as of 7:46 a.m. update. UPDATE Sherman County. School District: Closed UPDATE Mid-Columbia Children's Council: Tygh Valley Head Start: Closed South Wasco County SD: 2 Hours Late

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In November, educators and school children got a champion. The homeless got an advocate and environmentalists got a steward. But perhaps the people most happy with Gov. Kate Brown’s re-election reside in Oregon’s union shops.

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U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden fielded wide-ranging questions from students and community members at Dufur School Tuesday, and in response to one, said attorney general nominee William Barr considers presidents “royalty” and above the law. “In his actual own words, he pretty much thinks the president is royalty,” Wyden said of Barr at the town hall meeting.

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President Trump announces Friday government will reopen for three weeks while negotiations continue

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Due to changes in the calendar for the House of Representatives announced Jan. 15 by Democratic leadership, Representative Greg Walden’s (R-Hood River) town halls originally scheduled for Baker, Wallowa, Union, Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam, Hood River, and Wasco counties the week of Jan. 21 will be rescheduled, according to a press release.

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Oregon Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) will hold town halls in Dufur Jan. 22 and Hood River Jan. 21. Meetings will also be held in Benton, Linn, Clackamas, Polk, Jackson, Josephine, Multnomah, Crook, Jefferson and Deschutes counties, according to a press release from Wyden.

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Closures and delays for Jan. 17 Columbia Gorge Comm. College: Opening at 10 a.m. All classes scheduled before 10 a.m. canceled on both campuses. One Community Health in Hood River and The Dalles will be opening at 10 a.m. North Wasco County School District 21 will be on a 2 hour delay North Wasco County School District #21 will be on a 2 hour delay Traction tires advised. Oversize Vehicles Prohibited, on US 97, both directions, from milepost 16 to milepost 23.

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Due to changes in the calendar for the House of Representatives announced today, Jan. 15, by Democratic leadership, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) town halls originally scheduled for Baker, Wallowa, Union, Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam, Hood River, and Wasco counties the week of Jan. 21 will be rescheduled for later dates and announced accordingly.

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Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) will pursue an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with The Dalles and Wasco County for $3.5 million in enterprise zone funds and proceed with a $7.6 million full faith and credit bond for construction of a skill center and housing project at The Dalles campus following a unanimous vote by the Board of Education at its January board meeting.

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The partial shutdown of the federal government, which was in its record-setting 24th day Monday, has closed two area offices, the Farm Service Administration in The Dalles and the Barlow Ranger District office in Dufur. Some 25 percent of the federal government is impacted by the shutdown.

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Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) will hold 16 town halls in 15 eastern Oregon counties in January. He will be in The Dalles Thursday, Jan. 24, 10:30 a.m., at the Oregon Veterans Home, 700 Veterans Dr., and in Hood River at 8 a.m. the same day at the National Guard Armory, 1590 12th St.

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Following federal requirements, Mid-Columbia Medical Center has posted on its website its standard pricing for everything from baby aspirin to ER visits to medical procedures. With an eye to improving transparency and allowing cost comparisons, federal law required all hospitals to post their pricing on the internet by Jan. 1.

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