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Oxygen is a funny thing—you put two atoms together and you can breathe —thanks to blue green algae.

But if you can get three to cohabitate in ozone, well then, my friend, you can do some laundry.

Really well.

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There’s something strange in your neighborhood, so put your tennis shoes on and get ready to walk!

The Dalles Main Street will be leading fearless guests on a series of macabre, ghost-story-filled historic walking tours Friday and Saturday nights in October.  Guides lead as guests explore historic—and some say haunted—downtown The Dalles, bringing stories of spirits who linger in the shadows and terrifying tales of murder and mayhem.

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Aryn and Dave Rasmussen began their first day as operations managers of the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport May 1 of this year following the retirement of previous manager Chuck Covert.

“I do most of the day-to-day stuff because my husband is a pilot for Compass Airlines,” said Aryn. “He helps me out when he’s not flying. It was very exciting to come back to the area—we’ve been trying to get back for a while.”

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After a multi-year hiatus, Gorge Bedquarters is back in business, selling affordable, like-new mattresses and unusual wood furniture, and it’s again at 1800 W. 10th St., in the same building as Bustos and Hernandez Construction.

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A draft request for qualifications and proposals for the redevelopment of the Tony’s Building, 401 E. Second St., downtown The Dalles, was sent back to the drawing board by the Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency Aug. 20.

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An estimated 11.6 tons of water weight fell on the Recreation Building’s roof during a storm Aug. 9, and officials heard Tuesday the city’s urban renewal agency has insurance on the structure, whose viability has been unknown since its roof began failing.

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Framing is moving along quickly at the Holiday Inn Express Construction site on West Sixth next to Franz Bakery.

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Portland, OR – July 8, 2019 — The Springs Living has promoted Lisa Maynard to the position of Chief People Officer (CPO). In this role Maynard will develop human resource strategies focused on recruiting, training, developing and retaining the best employees for the company’s senior living c…

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When JC Penney shuttered its doors in downtown The Dalles two years ago, the silence was palpable.

The 22,000-square-foot space drew thousands and was known to keep its parking lot full, even on Sundays. Its closure was even postponed for several weeks in the summer of 2017 due to its popularity, with the retailer sending additional goods from other closing stores to be marketed in The Dalles.

The silence is over.

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Tokola Properties is no longer interested in redeveloping the former Tony’s Town & Country building downtown, but still hopes to do some kind of development in The Dalles, a city official said.

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Combining the notion of an occupational trade with the fact that The Dalles is a railroad town, owner Richard Ellis came up with the name Steamtrain Glass for his smoke shop, now located at 410 ½ East Second Street.

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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.