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A man and his cows patiently wait out a snowstorm at their home on E. 14h St., east of Oregon St.

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A Dimetrodon, or prehistoric reptile, dominates a yard on 15th St. near Oregon. “I love dinosaurs,” explained creator Conner Wilson, 9, pictured at right. He was assisted by his brother Bryce, 6, who built a blue cave visible in the background.

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Dennis Miller had time to kill while he was stuck for 18 ½ hours in the epic Interstate 84 westbound shutdown Tuesday and Wednesday by Cascade Locks.

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Amanda Phillips’ favorite days are when she puts in six miles of running in the morning and then another 15 after she finishes teaching girls’ PE at The Dalles Middle School. “You get such a great feeling of accomplishment,” she said of those 21-mile days.

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An inaugural event to provide services to the homeless drew about 100 people Jan. 30, far exceeding the organizers’ expectations. Called the “Community Connection,” the event was created by The Dalles Housing Solutions Coalition to not only reach the homeless, but those who can help the homeless.

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A mature bald eagle spreads its wings while perched in the area of the John Day Dam in this photo captured by the photographic team of Gary Elkinton and Carl Gentry, both of The Dalles.

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Put three accomplished tattoo artists under one roof and watch the friendly competition commence. Between them, Jacob Hanks, Jon Heiser and Denver Monaghan have over 40 competitive awards in their various specialties. They line the walls at their bright and roomy new location, at 1101 W. Sixth St.

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Stonehenge and World War I will be the subject of the first 2019 Regional History Forum Saturday, Feb. 2, 1:30 p.m. at the Original Wasco County Courthouse, 410 W. Second Place, The Dalles.

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The Dancing with the Gorge Stars Mirror Ball Trophy winner was Gorge Mickens from MCMC, left, performing Ballroom Hip Hop to MC Hammer’s “You Can’t Touch This.” Second place runner-up was Maria Peña of North Central Public Health District, right, performing the salsa to Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie.”

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The Oregon Heritage Commission is offering grants to qualified museums for collections, heritage tourism, and education and interpretation projects. Awards typically range between $2,000 and $10,000.

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Visitors gather across from The Dalles Dam powerhouse during the annual Eagle Watch event at the dam visitor center. Bald eagles migrate into the area every winter, attracted by a run of shad, a small but abundant fish with a deeply forked tail.

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A great blue heron stands on a small island in a pond at the corner of River Road and Klindt Drive in The Dalles as a pair of mallard ducks swims by in the background.

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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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Weekend hikers look out over Miller Island and remnants of the Oregon Trail just west of Biggs Junction. The six-day forecast calls for fog, freezing fog and a chance of snow early in the coming week.

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Under new rules that took effect Jan. 1, the salvage of deer and elk struck accidentally by vehicles is now legal in Oregon, provided an online permit is submitted at www.odfw.com/roadkill within 24 hours of the salvage.

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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. The North Central Public Health District learned of the case late on Thursday, Jan. 3, and notified area health providers that same day.

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Six local residents will be matching skills in a variety of dance styles for the sixth annual Dancing with the Gorge Stars. The dance contest, along the lines of television reality shows “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” starts at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at The Dalles High School auditorium. The event is a fundraiser for the Mid-Columbia Concert Association.

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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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One day about a year ago Todd Mock was jogging along the Columbia River when he felt divinely guided to go toward a pile of big rocks under The Dalles bridge. There, he saw smoke from a warming fire and things strewn about. He ran off to buy a sandwich and came back to the bridge, saying to the pile of rocks: “’I was sent from the Lord. I’ve got a sandwich for you.’”

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The Black History 101 Mobile Museum will visit The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library’s Community Room on Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum’s founder, former social studies teacher Khalid el-Hakim, will give a talk from 12 to 1 p.m.

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It was a good year for pikeminnow anglers in the Columbia and Snake rivers. More than 3,000 people registered for the 2018 Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program. Combined, they spent more than 23,000 angler-days catching and removing 180,271 of the salmon-eating fish, which helps protect young salmon and steelhead from predation.

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Columbia Basin Care, a nursing home at 1015 Webber Street in The Dalles, has been named among the ‘Best Nursing Homes’ in an annual ranking from U.S. News & World Report.

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Elizabeth Leon spent the two days before church on Sunday crying because her daughter Timarra Roth, stationed in South Carolina with the Air Force, wouldn’t be home for Christmas. But a few minutes into the Dec. 23 service at The Dalles Christian Vineyard Fellowship, Leon was crying again, for an entirely different reason: she was holding Timarra in a tight embrace, the culmination of a surprise visit long in the making.