Jesse Burkhardt

Government reporter

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J.D. Jesse Burkhardt is the government reporter for The Dalles Chronicle.

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Home at Last launches kennel project

Home at Last Humane Society of The Dalles is embarking on a major renovation project that the shelter’s dogs are likely to love. “We’re launching a capital campaign to have the main kennel area completely redone,” explained Anita Clason, shelter manager.

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Library unveils new media room

OR Cultural Trust, Google provided most of funding

The Athenaeum — the fancy and unusual name for the innovative new Teen Programming and Digital Media Room at The Dalles-Wasco County Library — is now open for business. At noon on Thursday, approximately 80 people attended a grand opening for the new facility, geared to provide young community members with a place of their own to study, create, and learn.

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Mosier project denied again

Extended railroad siding would impact tribal rights

It appears the legal dance over Union Pacific Railroad’s proposed siding project will continue. On Tuesday, the Columbia River Gorge Commission (CRGC) rejected UP’s appeal, thereby denying the railroad’s bid to build an extended railroad siding at Mosier.

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Spanish radio show fills growing need

There’s a new radio show in town. Local radio personality Eloy Pando launched “La Onda Latina del Gorge,” or “the Latin Wave of the Gorge,” on June 4, and the program will air every Sunday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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City, county team up to battle teen alcohol use

Proclamation calls for awareness, help from community adults

With June graduation ceremonies and the resulting parties cropping up like dandelions in an open field, a team of local officials have joined together to raise awareness of the dangers of use of alcohol and drugs by those under the age of 21.

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Council calls for joint exec session

After meeting in a special executive session on Monday, June 5, The Dalles City Council called for an unusual three-way closed door session with Klickitat County Board of Commissioners and the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport Board of Directors. The purpose of the session is “to consult with legal counsel concerning current litigation or litigation likely to be filed.”

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Dallesport wary of tribal housing

About 50 local residents showed up at the Dallesport Community Center Monday evening to discuss a possible housing project that a tribe wants to place on private property. Bill Morris, a member of the Dallesport Community Council, organized the June 5 meeting. He wanted residents to discuss a proposal by the Yakama Nation Housing Authority, which is considering buying a 47.5-acre parcel in Dallesport.

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New Life Flight hangar finally takes wing

A group of dignitaries picked up their golden shovels Wednesday morning and marked the official groundbreaking for the construction of a new aircraft hangar at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport in Dallesport.

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The Dalles gets a beauty lesson

Gorge Academy of Cosmetology will accept up to 40 students every term

Entrepreneur Kerri Weed wanted to give her students a career they can take anywhere, and when she opened a cosmetology school in The Dalles in March, she began making good on her goal.

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NORCOR bond failed by 41 votes

Final tally in jail tax shows narrow defeat

The regional jail tax rate measure has been defeated by 41 votes. In final results from the May 16 special election, the tally was 4,211 No votes, 50.2 percent; versus 4,170 Yes votes, 49.8 percent. A total of 8,381 voters were cast.

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