Short news and event reports from February 23
Mosier Community School hit the jackpot when it applied to the Masonic Lodge in The Dalles for funding for school supplies and got all 12 of its requests fully funded for over $3,000. The money from the Masonic Lodge paid for items including books, math and art supplies, sensory tables and benches for the school’s garden.
A project to connect people with the Indigenous history of Celilo Falls is on hold due to opposition from the Yakama Nation tribal government, according to a Confluence Project press release.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) will hold town halls in the Gorge March 15. The day will begin with a town hall 8:30 a.m. at the Hood River Armory, 1590 12th St., Hood River, followed by one in The Dalles at 11:15 a.m. at the Civic Auditorium, 323 E. 4th St.
If it were on an episode of “Antiques Roadshow,” a French doll and her clothing, newly on display at the Discovery Center, would definitely be a “find.” The doll, dating from about the 1850s, has exquisite hand-made finery, which sparked the concept of children’s “fashion in Paris,” a doll appraiser told the museum.
A traffic stop Feb. 11 in The Dalles yielded nearly $90,000 worth of methamphetamine and heroin, according to The Dalles Police Department Brian Roy Snyder, 49, of Aurora, was arrested at Sixth and Chenowith Loop after he was pulled over for failing to stop at a stop sign, said Detective Sergeant Eric Macnab.
Amanda Phillips’ favorite days are when she puts in six miles of running in the morning and then another 15 after she finishes teaching girls’ PE at The Dalles Middle School. “You get such a great feeling of accomplishment,” she said of those 21-mile days.
In the wake of a man’s death last summer while fighting fire on agricultural land, and the fines his employer incurred because of it, farmers need more clarification on firefighting rules, an official said.
A judge ruled the regional jail’s contract to house immigration detainees does not violate state law, but its practice of notifying federal officials of the release dates of foreign-born prisoners does.
Kevin Dwayne Hester, 34, was arrested Jan. 31 on multiple charges by the Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force (MINT) following the execution of a search warrant at 220 E. 12th St., Apt. C.
Starting Saturday, Feb. 16, Sorosis Park will close as a contractor removes 35-40 dead and dying trees throughout the park that are infested with the mountain pine beetle.
The Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District (NWCPRD) will be updating programs and parks this spring with new exercise equipment planned at Sorosis Park and a swim pass program for individuals and families on the Oregon Health Plan.
An inaugural event to provide services to the homeless drew about 100 people Jan. 30, far exceeding the organizers’ expectations. Called the “Community Connection,” the event was created by The Dalles Housing Solutions Coalition to not only reach the homeless, but those who can help the homeless.
The roller derby match between the Gorge Roller Girls and the Storm City Roller Girls at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center last Saturday drew fans from around the Gorge. The Gorge Roller Girls are in their second season of play with the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), an international organization with over 400 active leagues.
A mature bald eagle spreads its wings while perched in the area of the John Day Dam in this photo captured by the photographic team of Gary Elkinton and Carl Gentry, both of The Dalles.
Funding for street maintenance and ADA upgrades in The Dalles is inadequate and the city council is considering adding a $5 transportation fee to city utility bills as one part of a long-term funding solution.
Put three accomplished tattoo artists under one roof and watch the friendly competition commence. Between them, Jacob Hanks, Jon Heiser and Denver Monaghan have over 40 competitive awards in their various specialties. They line the walls at their bright and roomy new location, at 1101 W. Sixth St.
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.
Those long bus rides for Dufur school students are a lot quieter these days, reports bus driver Josie Turner. That’s thanks to a Google project which has installed wi-fi on three buses, given each student in the school a Chromebook, and even provided tutors for the bus rides to help with homework.
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden fielded wide-ranging questions from students and community members at Dufur School Tuesday, and in response to one, said attorney general nominee William Barr considers presidents “royalty” and above the law. “In his actual own words, he pretty much thinks the president is royalty,” Wyden said of Barr at the town hall meeting.
Jessie Godsil, her burned and swollen right arm bandaged from the fingers to above the elbow, chased after her four-year-old, Kiva, in the foyer of the motel they were staying in. “Ouch,” she whispered as she hoisted him into her lap. On Friday, Jan. 18, Godsil had raced out of her burning house on Nevada Street, Kiva in her arms. Her path to the door forced her past the burning sofa in the living room where the fire apparently started. Kiva wasn’t hurt.
The Oregon Heritage Commission is offering grants to qualified museums for collections, heritage tourism, and education and interpretation projects. Awards typically range between $2,000 and $10,000.
Visitors gather across from The Dalles Dam powerhouse during the annual Eagle Watch event at the dam visitor center. Bald eagles migrate into the area every winter, attracted by a run of shad, a small but abundant fish with a deeply forked tail.
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.
Washington Federal is offering a 90-day interest-free loan for federal workers through the government shutdown period for an amount equal to the net take-home pay for up to six missed paychecks. It is available to any eligible federal government employee, current customer or not, living within the bank’s eight-state territory.
The Wasco County Commission approved entering into an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) to help fund the Skills Center and Housing Construction Project at Columbia Gorge Community College during its regular session Jan. 16. The agreement between the county, city and college dedicates $3.5 million in Enterprise Zone funding to the project.
A traffic stop Jan. 12 in The Dalles led to the discovery of a cache of stolen items in Dallesport, according to The Dalles Police Department. Juan Miguel Angel Medina, 24, of The Dalles, and Christopher Zoey Schwarzbach, 24, of Dallesport, were arrested following the stop near The Dalles marina.
The words ‘thank you’ are often such a throwaway nicety that it’s striking to hear them when they actually come from the heart. There was no doubt about the depths of gratitude felt by the steady stream of people who showed up last Wednesday morning to get a free load of firewood from Wasco County’s wood program.