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Google Opens New Facility

Google held a grand opening for its new facility next to the Columbia Gorge Industrial Center in The Dalles on Thursday.  The first phase of the building has been completed, and Darcy Nothnagle of Google says employees will now start moving in.  Fifty new jobs will be created by the new building.  This is the third building Google has opened in The Dalles.  At the opening Google announced it was giving another $100,000 grant to North Wasco County School District 21 for technology projects, and $50,000 to The Dalles-Wasco County Library District to expand its internet hotspot lending program.

Inslee Signs Three McCabe Bills

Three bills authored by Washington 14th District State Representative Gina McCabe were signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee on Thursday.  One was Erin’s Law, which requires the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to establish a coordinated program to provide age-appropriate information and training pertaining to the prevention of sexual abuse of students.  Another will explore ways to expand the availability of sexual assault nurse examiners in hospitals throughout Washington, and the third requires the Washington State Patrol to work with tribal law enforcement and organizations to conduct a study to increase state resources for reporting and identifying missing Native American women throughout Washington.

Wind Challenge And STEM Fair Saturday

The Google Wind Challenge and STEM Fair takes place Saturday at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center.  In the Challenge, 39 teams of high school and middle school students from around the region race against the clock in an all-day competition to design and build the strongest and fastest wind turbine.  In addition, Jessica Metta of the Gorge Technology Alliance says the STEM Fair that runs concurrent with the Challenge gives students of all ages a chance to take part in hands-on activities.  The Wind Challenge runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday while the STEM Fair will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Fort Dalles Readiness Center.

March 15 Prep Sports Roundup


Hood River Valley 7, Gresham 3:  The Eagles scored five runs in the first inning on the way to moving their record to 1-1 on the season.

Dufur 7, Country Christian 6



Hood River Valley 5, Gresham 0:  Lauren Decker struck out five on the way to pitching a six-hit shutout as HRV won for the second straight time to start the season.  Zoe Munn drove in three runs and Kaylin Winans two for the Eagles.

Portland Christian 30, Stevenson 20


Boys Tennis

Hood River Valley 8, St. Helens 0

Goldendale 3, Cle Elum-Roslyn 2


Girls Tennis

Goldendale 4, Cle Elum-Roslyn 1


CGCC Board Seeks Budget Committee Members

The Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education is seeking interested people in Hood River and Wasco counties who would like to serve on the panel’s budget committee.  Committee members are appointed to a three-year term.  Those who are interested in being on the CGCC budget committee should send a letter of interest with qualifications, telephone, and address to the Board of Education, Columbia Gorge Community College, at 400 East Scenic Drive in The Dalles, zip code 97058.  Deadline for consideration is April 2.

City Of The Dalles Issues Political Sign Reminder

As we enter into the political season, the City of The Dalles is reminding residents to observe rules on the posting and removing of political signs.  Campaign signs can only be placed on private property, and can be up for the 60 days prior to the election in which candidates or issues are to be voted upon.  In addition, signs must not obstruct vision clearance areas at traffic intersections.  Signs must be removed no later than the fifth day following the election.  For more information, call The Dalles Planning Department at 541-296-5481, extension 1132.

North Wasco PUD Accepting Economic Development Grants

Northern Wasco County PUD will be accepting applications for economic development grants until April 18.  The PUD Board allocated $50,000 this year to help fund local economic development projects.  No application can be for more than $20,000. Applicants must document non-profit status; not be a religious affiliated entity; and have not been funded more than twice in any five-year period.  Projects shall be for infrastructure or property with a life expectancy of at least five years and are located within the Northern Wasco County PUD service area.  A brief history of the requesting organization and description of project should also be included.  Applications may be obtained at the Northern Wasco County PUD Office on 2345 River Road in The Dalles, online at nwascopud.org; or by calling 541-298-3302.

Cherry Festival Event Entries Open

Entries are being taken for a pair of Northwest Cherry Festival events.  The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce is once again conducting the Northwest Cherry Idol singing contest.  The preliminary round is underway with competitors uploading their videos to our Cherry Idol Facebook event page.   After the preliminary round concludes on April 13th, judges will select the top five adult and kid contestants to move on to sing live at the Cherry Festival.  This contest is open to all ages, with minors under the age of 18 needing written parent consent.  Audio or video clip submissions may be delivered to The Dalles Chamber or uploaded to the Cherry Idol Facebook event page by April 13.  Meanwhile…entries for Little Miss Royal Ann and Little Mr. Royal Andy are being taken at Rivermark Community Credit Union on 1240 West 6th Street in The Dalles.  Drop off a 5 by 7 photo of your child and fill out an application to enter.  Public voting will run from April 9th to the 20th.

March 14 Prep Sports Roundup


Gresham 11, The Dalles 3:  The Gophers scored four runs in the first inning and built an 8-1 lead after three innings, as the Riverhawks fall to 1-1 on the season.



Hood River Valley 9, Barlow 3

Liberty 6, The Dalles 5


Boys Lacrosse

Hood River Valley 10, Westview 6


Girls Lacrosse

Hood River Valley 9, St. Mary’s 4:  Kathryn Koenig scored four goals for the Eagles as they won their season opener.

Students Take Part In Walkout

Some area high school students took part in 17-minute walkouts Wednesday morning protesting gun violence.  They took part in a nationwide call to honor the 17 students killed in a shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school and demand stricter gun laws.  A large number of students took part at Hood River Valley High School, gathering near the flagpole at the school’s front entrance.  Hood River County School District Superintendent Dan Goldman estimated about two-thirds of the students at the school took part, noting everything was orderly and students returned to classes after it was over. White Salmon Valley School District Superintendent Jerry Lewis said about 100 students at Columbia High School walked out, adding the event was very peaceful and orderly.

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