J.D. Jesse Burkhardt is the government reporter for The Dalles Chronicle.
Deadline for submissions is coming up fast
As the end of 2017 approaches, it’s time to consider nominations for The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce “Distinguished Service Awards” that are given out in January. Chamber members are invited to nominate an individual or business that represents the qualities outlined in the various award descriptions.
Wide-ranging meeting touches on safety, better communication
Representatives of the two major railroads that operate in the Columbia River Gorge and government leaders from around the area recently met in an effort to bridge communication gaps amid controversy. In a “listening summit” that stretched over six hours at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center in Stevenson, railroad officials from Union Pacific (on the Oregon side of the Columbia River), and BNSF (on the Washington side), met with local mayors, county officials, and other community leaders to discuss a variety of issues.
Port undertakes new project
The Port of The Dalles will increase the size of Klindt Cove Kiwanis Park by another 1.25 acres, expanding onto an adjacent lot to the west. Kathy Norton, assistant to the port director, said the upcoming development calls for additional parking, a walking path, heating for the restrooms, landscaping of the new lot, and a butterfly garden.
Owner requests $3,000 to advertise theater reopening
Granada Theater owner Chuck Gomez appealed to The Dalles City Council on Monday for $3,000 to market the grand reopening the weekend of Nov. 10, but was denied that request.
The Dalles City Council has taken action to avoid a potentially costly legal battle with a marijuana business located within 1,000 feet of another pot shop, which is not allowed under a city ordinance. After meeting in executive session on Sept. 25, members of the city council returned to open session and voted 4-0 to pull the plug on legal moves against Columbia River Herbals LLC and its owner, Norm Brock.
Masons help give kids an extra reason to read more books
For several years, it has been a tradition for members of the Masonic Lodge in The Dalles to purchase bicycles and then donate them to local schools as an incentive to encourage youngsters to do more reading. Hew Hillis, master of Wasco Masonic Lodge No. 15, said members have engaged in the program since 2014.
There’s a significant new player in the area’s recycling network. Emerald Systems LLC is a sustainability consulting and materials management company based in Tygh Valley, and the startup business has big plans.
Decisions in faraway China may soon have a direct, and possibly damaging, impact on local recycling programs. According to Jim Winterbottom, district manager of The Dalles Disposal/Hood River Garbage, China is poised to ban the import of many materials that are currently recycled in that country. “Drastic changes that have been announced in the international recycling markets within the last three months are causing a potential crisis in terms of our recycling industry on the West Coast in particular,” Winterbottom explained.
In an effort to give youngsters around the region more opportunities to learn basketball skills and gain game experience, Brian Stevens is organizing the “Gorge Hoops Youth League,” a new youth league that will be open to kids from first through eighth grade. The first games are scheduled for early November.
The Cascade Square Shopping Center celebrated the completion of its major renovation project with a ribbon-cutting and other festivities on Sept. 16, and now the merchants are hoping the changes make a difference in their bottom line.