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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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Closures Wednesday, Jan. 9, as of 7 a.m. Update: 7:42 a.m. South Wasco County School District now CLOSED Head Start /Early Childhood Centers: Mid-Columbia Children's Council: Tygh Valley Head Start now CLOSED

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A child with measles, a rare but highly contagious airborne disease that carries the potential for serious health complications, was in The Dalles over the holidays, visiting a local store and a museum on Dec. 29 and Dec. 31.

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The first baby of 2019 born in The Dalles at Mid-Columbia Medical Center was Jackson James Modar, pictured above in the arms of his father, Travis Modar. Resting is his sister, Harmony Modar, 3.

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A second and final round of trade mitigation payments meant to assist farmers suffering from damage due to “unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations” has been announced by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, and farmers in Wasco and Hood River counties are encouraged to apply by the Jan. 15 deadline.

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Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released a cumulative report Friday identifying core strategies to addressing and preventing cybersecurity incidents.

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State officials wrongly granted a wetland fill permit to Walmart for a proposed super-store in The Dalles, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday in a precedent-setting case. In issuing a fill permit to Walmart in 2013, the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) wrongly stated that it was “inconclusive” whether public need outweighed damage to wetlands, the court ruled.

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President Donald J. Trump has proclaimed Wednesday, Dec. 5 as a national day of mourning throughout the United States. The Postal Service will observe the national day of mourning and suspend delivery service on that date. Due to this decision, the Wednesday Chronicle will be delivered on Thursday.

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A six-mile section of the Historic Columbia River Highway reopened shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23. This stretch of road between Bridal Veil and Ainsworth State Park has been closed since Sept. 4, 2017, and the start of the Eagle Creek Fire. The the recovery included the removal of about 9,000 trees in danger of falling on the road and installation of more than 3,000 feel of protective fencing. Visitors as always should be alert when traveling on roads in the Gorge. Go to Tripcheck.com for highway conditions.

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Wamic Auto Parts & Repair, one of only two businesses in Wamic, was destroyed by fire Wednesday night, Nov. 14.

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Wasco County farmers and ranchers may be eligible for federal assistance to repair fencing destroyed by the summer’s wildfires, a local agency announced. The Wasco/Hood River County Farm Service Agency said farmers and ranchers have until Nov. 30 to contact the local FSA office and request assistance through the Emergency Conservation Program.

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The D21 school board will host the first of several listening sessions next Thursday, Nov. 15, at the middle school to hear from citizens in the wake of a resounding defeat of its $235 million bond authority measure. The measure went down with just a 40.8 percent yes vote.

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U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., defeated Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner Tuesday night but credited his opponent for mounting a “relentless” campaign that earned more votes than any of his previous opponents. “No one’s run a more aggressive campaign against me than Ms. McLeod-Skinner — she worked hard and gave voters a choice,” he said.