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Gorge Ecumenical Ministries will be facilitating a community conversation on what it means to live in these pandemic times.  The meeting will take place online via Zoom video conference on Wednesday June 3, 2020 at 7 p.m.  Please visit  gorgeem.org to register for this event. 

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Employment Department officials have defended their performance in handling a record number of Oregon unemployment claims filed within the past two months, while Congress added three new programs extending benefits and expanding eligibility during the coronavirus pandemic.

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A herd of pronghorn antelope rest in a wheat field near Fulton Canyon in Sherman County, east of The Dalles. 

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For the last eight weeks, I’ve focused on COVID-19 related issues, from how to receive your Economic Impact Payment (which most of you should have received by now), through coping with self-isolation, to last week’s column about how to wear and care for your facemask.

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After a long waiting period the Columbia Center for the Arts (CCA) will reopen its doors on Friday, June 5 to celebrate First Friday with the exhibit, “Essential: Ebb and Flow.”

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Some ODFW wildlife areas that allow overnight stays reopened to camping beginning May 20. Lower Deschutes Wildlife Area and White River Wildlife Area, both in Wasco County, are among those reopened.

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The Hood River County Library District will begin offering curbside services and library material returns at the Hood River County Library on Thursday, May 28, and the Cascade Locks and Parkdale branches on Saturday, May 30. Cardholders may reserve and pick up books, movies and more, all whi…

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Four-year-old Izzak Tumlinson was the right kid in the right place at the right time.Last Wednesday, May 20, he was at home when he went into the bathroom and saw a family friend lying on the floor, eyes closed.Little Izzak immediately ran to his mom, who called 911. The woman, who’d become …

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Maupin Market is conveniently located on Deschutes Avenue in the heart of downtown Maupin, Ore. Whether you are visiting the area for outdoor recreation like whitewater rafting, hiking or steelhead fishing or are a local resident in need of some household staples, Maupin Market has everythin…

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With businesses and recreation areas opening, local police agencies will return to a more proactive policing model.

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Beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, Crestline Construction began work at the intersection of W. Second and Cherry Heights traffic, in front of Auto Zone, on a revision project for the City of The Dalles.

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Wasco County voters elected Matthew Ellis as their new District Attorney, retained county commissioner Steve Kramer and approved a revised charter for the City of The Dalles in the May 19 primary election.

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