One of Aaron Bowman’s earliest memories is feeling lousy and going to the doctor for it. Decades of frustrating doctor’s visits later, Bowman was finally diagnosed five years ago, at age 36, with an “ultra rare” disease called Familial Chylomicronemia Syndrome (FCS).
A nationally recognized expert on the effects of screen time on the developing brain is in The Dalles for a free talk Monday, March 18, kicking off a four-part series of talks hosted by YouthThink. Dr. Dimitri A. Christakis, from Seattle Children’s Hospital, will be speaking from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Dalles Middle School.
More teens are engaging in after-school activities and programs at The Dalles-Wasco County Library as the teen-focused redesign of the upstairs mezzanine nears completion and a unique team of two librarians work to create new programs and opportunities. “They call us the ‘dynamic duo,’” laughed Jeannie Glaspy, who now shares the teen librarian position with Zulema Martinez.
Talks are underway exploring the possibility of criminal cases in The Dalles Municipal Court being turned over to Wasco County for handling, the Wasco County Commission heard March 6.
Eight people were arrested March 4, when the Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force (MINT) executed a search warrant at 1300 East 14th Street, The Dalles, as part of an investigation of the distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school.
The regional jail will establish a free complaint line so inmates can directly reach the top two officials at the jail, and healthier menus, hopefully with local produce, are also planned.
Jenni Donahue, an instructional aide at Parkdale Elementary, was chosen as the SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) Volunteer of the Year for the program’s Northeast Area, which serves Baker, Gilliam, Hood River, Morrow, Umatilla and Wasco counties.
Dawn Rasmussen was appointed to the vacant Zone 2 board position on the D21 school board Thursday night. She has also filed as a candidate for the post and will be on the May 21 ballot.
Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey, the overseeing sheriff for the regional jail, is a planner. He likes to anticipate what might be needed 5 to 10 years from now. At his behest, the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility (NORCOR) board created a dedicated reserve fund Feb. 28 that would be used as a savings account for things like a new roof, new cameras and new heat pumps.
The Warming Place, which was unable early in the season to staff the shelter all nights of the week, has gained enough volunteers to stay open when needed, an official said.
Pacific Power plans to install about 9,000 new “smart” electrical meters in Hood River, Grass Valley, Moro, Mosier, Rufus and Wasco starting the week of March 4 and continuing through April.
Point Man International Ministries has expanded its outreach programs in The Dalles, serving area residents and veterans alike, according to outpost leader Michael Knopf, MCPO, US Navy, Retired.
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.