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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 sign at The Dalles Inn reminds passing motorists that more than 40 restaurants and pubs have takeout available in The Dalles, despite dining room closures and restrictions on gatherings. A full list of businesses open for takeout — members and non-members alike — can be found on the home p…

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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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Oregon is moving into the third stage of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, but still has a long way to go until it is over, the House Interim Committee on Health Care heard Thursday.

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With many businesses and recreation areas opening up, and the Memorial Day weekend approaching, more traffic is expected, and local police agencies will follow a more proactive policing model.

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Columbia Area Transit resumed operating limited services between The Dalles, Hood River, Cascade Locks, and Portland With Covid precautions in place, on May 11.

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Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer — already a national public figure for his defiance of enforcing Initiative-1639 — now says he will refuse to enforce aspects of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s social distancing order because they are unconstitutional.

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The State of Emergency of the City of The Dalles declared March 17, and extended through May 15 has been has extended to May 29 in alignment with state  and Wasco County emergency orders.

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Gratitude University, a program that teaches the importance of gratitude and how to incorporate a gratitude practice into one’s daily life, launched for the Hood River Valley community after a pilot program at Parkdale Elementary. 

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Now into May, and with Hood River County looking to reopen, “it will be vital for masks to be used as we interact with people outside our own family circle,” said Hood River Environmental Health Supervisor Mike Matthews on May 13. “As Oregon is reopening and restrictions are being lifted on …

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Many Oregon businesses are now allowed to reopen under the state’s Phase 1 guidelines, but attorneys have yet to determine how these eased social-distancing restrictions affect a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of several Oregon businesses requesting relief from the state’s coronavirus-relat…

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Memorial Day comes May 25 and COVID-19 concerns have canceled events, including the annual ceremony at White Salmon Cemetery.

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Columbia Gorge News presents ways to help around the Gorge during the COVID-19 pandemic. If your group would like to be included in the listing, email information to Trisha Walker at twalker@hoodrivernews.com.

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