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The Dalles community members gather at the Neon Museum downtown Tuesday morning, Jan. 14, for a televised announcement of the city's nomination as one of the "top five" cities in the running for a season with Small Business Revolution, a small business makeover show. An interview with local …

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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued a nearly $1.3M penalty to Hydro Extrusion USA LLC for multiple air quality permit violations at its aluminum recycling facility in The Dalles on Jan.8, according to a press release from DEQ.

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Makeovers are coming in several forms on East Second Street these days.

Nichole Jellum, 43, opened Beau Toi (pronounced Bo-twa) day spa and salon at 308 E. second St. last October. She and husband, Matt, have also been making over the building, the former site of Aero Print.

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Conservative estimates put 15,000 cruise- ship tourists on the streets of The Dalles in 2019, according to The Dalles Mainstreet Program.

And they had money.

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Mobile food vendors previously liscensed in The Dalles as transient merchants will be operating under new food vendor permits in the coming year, following adoption of new codes by The Dalles city council in December.

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Christmas came a little early Friday at Chenowith Elementary in The Dalles as local car dealership Tonkin of The Gorge arrived to provide some early holiday cheer with each student receiving a set of Y-ties—curly, elastic, no-tie shoelaces—along with other holiday treats.

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Amanda Hoey, executive director of Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), has been named the next chief executive officer (CEO) for the Oregon Wheat Commission and Oregon Wheat Growers League.

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Michael Morter, with the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB), is presenting an overview on selecting and working with contractors at a Power Breakfast sponsored by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce 7 to 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3.

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Marcus Swift sat in the law office of attorney Dale Riesberg in the early ‘90s. A lot. He was just a kid then in Crofton, Nebraska. Money was tight. His single mom struggled: the attorney helped his mother with collections and legal advice.

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Tony Murray called the early part of his life old school, one of a last in his generation of Millennials. From the age of 18 to 24, his life read like a text book. High school, college, job – he ran a well tread route.

Everything since then? Not so.

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Windows on Christmas—The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Window display contest winners were announced following the Starlight Parade Nov. 29.

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Murray recently purchased the chiropractic business of Mary Zega and renamed it Tone Chiropractic.  He has re-branded the office at 818 W. 6th St., and is now taking on new patients.

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The Dalles is in the running to be on a TV show that would bring a $500,000 investment to six local small businesses and the community.

It was recently named a top 10 finalist to be featured on “Small Business Revolution,” a web series available on Amazon Prime and Hulu

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An intensive three-year water quality study of the Deschutes River drainage—which includes the Deschutes, Crooked and Metolius rivers—has been completed and information on their findings were made available at an open house in The Dalles Monday night at The Riv. The study found that “there are many ways in which the Deschutes is thriving...other aspects of river health, such as nutrient and algae levels, are more concerning.”

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Real estate brokers throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington are gearing up for Windermere Real Estate’s annual Share the Warmth campaign. Now through Dec. 18, Windermere brokers will be collecting new or gently used adult-sized coats and twin-sized blankets for community members in need.

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Surprised, surrounded by media microphones and cameras, Ashely Raby of The Dalles still took a moment to call home and let them know she would be late. “I’m going to be a little bit late,” she told her mom. “I just won a car.”

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It should be a comfort to everyone to know that the person who made sure the remodeled Fred Meyer building is structurally sound graduated at the top of her high school class. What makes it more special is that her high school is right here in The Dalles. Sohaila Starks graduated from The Dalles-Wahtonka High School in 2009, then went on to get bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Oregon State University.