The annual Distinguished Citizen Awards Banquet begins 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Fort Dalles Readiness Center, 400 E. Scenic Dr., The Dalles.

The event is presented by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce and ISU Insurance Services-The Stratton Agency.

Those wishing to purchase a ticket can call 541-296-2231 or email

The Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is hosting its 6th Annual Blanket Drive Jan. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the parking lot at 523 E. Third St., across from Sawyer’s Ace Hardware. Items collected from this drive will be donated to The Warming Place in The Dalles and to Gilliam & Sherman County Emergency Management.

The Warming Place is in need of warm socks and other warming item such as coats and gloves. Donors can simply pull up to the curb to drop off new or gently used (and washed) blankets, socks and other warming items.

For more information about this blanket drive or the Medical Reserve Corps, please contact Tanya Wray at or call 541-506-2631, visit the North Central Public Health District webpage at, or visit the Wasco County MRC Facebook page.

North Wasco County School District 21 is seeking qualified applicants to fill two vacant positions on the school board (for Zones 2 and 7 respectively.)

Candidates must live in Wasco County and within the boundaries of the zone for which they are applying. Zone descriptions and maps, along with applications in English and Spanish, can be found at

Interested persons should contact Cindy Miller, Executive Assistant, at 506-3420 ext. 1002 or

A completed application may be submitted to the Superintendent’s Office at 3632 West 10th Street, The Dalles, or emailed to Cindy Miller at

A request to use existing retail building to accommodate indoor, climate controlled personal storage and retail sales of moving supplies was approved by the Wasco County Community Development director Jan. 3 by administrative decision. The property, located at 2640 W. 6th St., is owned by Americo Real Estate Company.

The recreational sturgeon season in The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam) closed effective Jan. 7 under rules announced by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington. The states decided to close the sturgeon sport fishery based on catch projections which indicate the 135 fish guideline may be achieved by Friday evening. Catch rates have been high since the season opened Jan. 1, with an estimated 69 fish kept through Jan. 3.

Sturgeon fishing remains open in the Bonneville and John Day pools, where the guidelines are 325 and 105 fish, respectively.

Retention sturgeon fishing is closed below Bonneville Dam and below Willamette Falls under permanent sport fishing regulations.

Except for specific sanctuaries, catch-and-release sturgeon fishing remains open in all of these waters, even when retention seasons are closed.

Oregon State University has announced the names of students who made its Scholastic Honor Roll during the fall term.

A total of 1,483 students earned straight-A (4.0). Another 4,752 earned a B-plus (3.5) or better to make the listing. To be on the Honor Roll, students must carry at least 12 graded hours of course work.

Students named from Sherman county were Mason J. McKinney (city of Wasco), Senior, Crop and Soil Science, appearing in the 3.5 or Better category.

The following students from Wasco County were listed:

Dufur—3.5 or Better: Jonathan A. Buntin, Senior, Computer Science.

Maupin—3.5 or Better: Nathan D. Duling, Freshman, Business Administration.

Mosier—3.5 or Better: Quinn Fetkenhour, Senior, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Serena C. Giunchigliani, Sophomore, English.

The Dalles—Straight-A Average: Eliot A. Fenwick, Sophomore, Agricultural Sciences; Milo X. Sprague, Sophomore, Physics.

The Dalles—3.5 or Better: Patrick A. Beville, Junior, Civil Engineering; Angel Esiquio Ruiz, Junior, Psychology; Joseph R. Linebarger, Junior, Political Science; Leon D. Linebarger, Sophomore, Physics; Michael A. Middleton, Freshman, Finance; Angela M. Miller, Senior, History; Samantha A. Minnick Mengis, Senior, Kinesiology; Celeste T. Richardson, Freshman, Zoology; Sara D. Robinson, Sophomore, Biology.

Wamic—Straight-A Average: Matthew R. Gragg, Freshman, Pre-Computer Science.

The Cascade Singers community choir welcomes new members for its spring season.

Work has begun on a choir festival in February and the annual St. Patrick’s Day concert.

A late spring concert will feature women composers.

The Singers meet under the direction of Miles Thoming-Gale Sundays, 7 to 9 p.m., at Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union Streets, The Dalles.

One-hour work sessions also happen 7 p.m. Thursdays at First United Methodist Church.

Rehearsals are open to all interested singers.

For further information contact the director at

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