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Aaron Carter first came to The Dalles years ago on a visiting high school football team. Now he’s moving his family here for his new post as managing partner at the new Columbia Gorge Toyota and Columbia Gorge Honda dealerships, formerly Griffith Motors.

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The new owners of the Recreation Building downtown received a $200,000 state grant to help restore the façade of the building. Todd Carpenter and his wife Carla McQuade applied for the grant through The Dalles Main Street for funding provided by Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

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Teri Hownslow has been busy the past few months. Not only has she pulled together all the paperwork and training she needed to license her new daycare facility—she has named it Adventure Academy LLC—she has been remodeling her historic home to accommodate the children she hopes to care for.

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Shoppers will see major changes at The Dalles Fred Meyer in the next six months as the company reconfigures the store to maximize grocery space to meet demand. The remodel also creates dozens of new jobs in our area, which is already experiencing a tight labor market, with the unemployment rate for Wasco County hovering around 4 percent according to the state employment department.

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David Griffith still has plenty on his plate, with posts on several community boards and a sideline in auctioneering, but he has retired from the auto dealership business.

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Jason Bustos, pictured right, owner of the McDonald’s franchises in The Dalles, was thanked recently by the Oregon National Guard unit in The Dalles for donating breakfast and dinner to 70 local guardsmen in March at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center. Pictured with Bustos is Capt. Chris Perro…

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Trained as a mariner and former chief mate for the American Empress tour boat, which frequently docks in The Dalles, Scott Stephenson is now executive director at The Dalles Art Center. Stephenson replaced former director Carmen Toll.

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Even after 45 years of fly fishing, Paul Anderson will tell you he is still learning. Anderson, a well-known fly casting instructor and avid outdoorsman, is the proud owner and sole employee of Flyfishing Strategies Fly Shop, a business that has managed to thrive alongside the ever-changing cycles of salmon and steelhead that swim in the nearby Columbia River.

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Under new ownership, the Recreation Building in downtown The Dalles is heading for major renovations, inside and out. Todd Carpenter and his wife Carla McQuade, who transformed the former Vault into the Last Stop Saloon, bought the building from the city of The Dalles urban renewal agency for $50,000 and have big plans for their latest acquisition.

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The Gorge Works Internships is putting the call out to high school and college students—and anyone looking to enter the workforce or change careers for that matter—to apply for its program.

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Nominations are open for the 2019 Tradition of Compassion Philanthropy Awards, a Mid-Columbia Health Foundation event Feb. 7.

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The Dalles Blue Zones Project, a community wellness endeavor, has asked to extend its funding deadline to August, and hopes to band together with two other Blue Zones Projects in the state to seek grant funds.

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The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce 2019 Man of the Year, Tim McGlothlin, paid tribute to his wife Laura at the chamber’s annual awards banquet Thursday. McGlothin was one of eight honorees at the annual event. Woman of the Year was Eileen White; Mary Gailley and her business, Helping Hands Home Care NW, were business of the year; David Wagenblast won Outstanding Agricultural Achievement; Katie Ortega was Educator of the Year; the Wasco County Dispatch Center was Outstanding First Responder; Jake Dollarhide was Outstanding Youth of the Year; and Corliss Marsh was Volunteer of the Year.

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Completely gone is the notorious downtown bar, The Vault, and in its place, opening in mid-January, is the Last Stop Saloon, a midscale family-friendly restaurant and bar with soaring ceilings and original historic brickwork.

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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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