MORO – Saturday marked a historic moment for the Dufur boys and girls track teams. Both groups captured Big Sky Conference championships in the same season, a first for the girls since 1999, while the boys last accomplished their title feat in 2007.
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The Dancing with the Gorge Stars Mirror Ball Trophy winner was Gorge Mickens from MCMC, left, performing Ballroom Hip Hop to MC Hammer’s “You Can’t Touch This.” Second place runner-up was Maria Peña of North Central Public Health District, right, performing the salsa to Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie.”
The partial shutdown of the federal government, which was in its record-setting 24th day Monday, has closed two area offices, the Farm Service Administration in The Dalles and the Barlow Ranger District office in Dufur. Some 25 percent of the federal government is impacted by the shutdown.
A child with measles, a rare but highly contagious airborne disease that carries the potential for serious health complications, was in The Dalles over the holidays, visiting a local store and a museum on Dec. 29 and Dec. 31. The North Central Public Health District learned of the case late on Thursday, Jan. 3, and notified area health providers that same day.