Weekend events


The big three-day Home, Garden and Sportsman show kicks off Friday at noon in the Joan Frey arena at the Klickitat County fairgrounds in Goldendale. Nearly 100 vendors will be on hand for the weekend, Free parking and free admission.

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, in partnership with the Oregon Peace Officers Association, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, and the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, is hosting the Oregon Criminal Justice Career Fair at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem today and Saturday. The reason for this first-ever statewide event is that agencies around the state are looking to hire more than 500 qualified employees to fill positions at city, county, state, tribal, university and federal law enforcement agencies. Agencies are looking to fill sworn-in positions in police, corrections, parole and probation and emergency communications and non-sworn staff including chemists, nurses, and those working in crime scene investigation.

Flyfishing Film Tour 2nd Floor  IOOF Building above Pioner Electric in The Dalles Friday and Saturday. Doors Open at 5:30, Tickets $15 at Klindts and Flyfishing Strategies Fly Shop


Bob Yoesle from Friends of the Goldendale Observatory will present a solar viewing free to the public Saturday, April 30 from 10 am to 4 pm at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles. Using special safely-filtered telescopes you can view the surface of the sun. This event is free, and will be held, weather permitting, on the museum lawn. Museum admission still applies for visitors who wish to see the exhibits.

It’s the annual Wind Challenge program Saturday 9 am to 5 pm at The Dalles Civic Auditorium. Nearly 40 teams of local middle school and high school students learn about wind turbine technology and design, and apply their skills in an all-day competition to build, test, and present their wind turbine models to a group of judges. There will also be a STEM fair with exhibitors including OMSI and the Bonneville  The event is sponsored by Google, the Gorge Technology Alliance and Columbia Gorge Community College.

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife free youth fishing clinic. Saturday 8:30 am to 1 pm at Mayer State Park. Children 11 and under are invited (license required for children 12 and older) all children must be accompanied by an adult. Loaner gear available or bring fishing gear. Free hot dogs and soft drinks!

The White Salmon Valley Community Library will host the library’s first annual Repair Cafe on Saturday, April 30th from 1-4 pm in the library’s Sprint/Baker Gallery. During the Repair Cafe community members are invited to bring in broken items (that they would otherwise throw away) and local volunteers (who enjoy fixing things) will try to fix them. Bring in anything from clothing needing some stitches and small equipment (like vacuum cleaners) to bicycles. Should your item need any replacement parts, please bring the replacement parts along with the item to be repaired. Although there’s no guarantee that we’ll be able to fix your item, we’ll certainly try.

Enjoy dinner and a show for the whole family Saturday 6 pm at Columbia Gorge Dance Academy, 2600 May Street in Hood River. Enjoy a family style gourmet 4-course dinner provided by Stephani’s Table and wine from Syncline Winery plus a show by the dance students. Take the whole family for just $75. The event is a fundraiser for the academy.


The Civic Auditorium will be hosting the 3rd Annual Open House celebrating Historic Preservation Month Sunday, May 1st from 11am to 3pm. The event is open to the public. This year’s theme is “This Place Matters.” Local organizations and individuals who have recently conducted or are currently conducting historic preservation on their buildings were invited to share photographic displays of their projects. Among those invited are: Fort Dalles Museum, Wing Hong Hai Co. (owned by Eric Gleason), IOOF Building, Herbring House (owned by Victor Johnson), and St. Peter’s Landmark. The open house will include tours of the Civic Auditorium, photographic displays of local projects, and information on historic preservation. In addition, the Civic Auditorium Historic Preservation Committee will be kicking off their Theatre Renovation Capital Campaign during the open house.

May 1st the Sherman County Historical Museum opens for the season and visitors are welcome daily 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. through October. Along with viewing artifacts and photographs of the past check out the temporary display The Art of Taxidermy. Visit the museum Sunday, May 1st from 2pm to 4pm and learn more about taxidermy, preservation and local wildlife with Joe Dabulskis.  Come see Joe as he works on and demonstrates how taxidermy is done while enjoying his stories and appreciation of our local wildlife.

Wind Challenge and STEM Fair Saturday April 30 at TD Civic Auditorium

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Dave Karlson laughingWind Challenge is blowing into the Gorge on April 30, 2016 at the Civic Auditorium, 323 East Fourth Street in The Dalles! Wind Challenge is a hands-on program that fuels student interest in science, technology and wind energy! The 2016 event is being organized by the Gorge Tech Alliance with support from Columbia Gorge Community College and Google.

During the event, teams of middle or high school students learn about wind turbine technology and design, and apply their skills in an all-day competition to build, test, and present their wind turbine models to a group of judges. A hands-on STEM Fair keeps the participants busy and is open to the public.

Prizes are given to the three high school teams and the three middle school teams whose wind turbines had the fastest speed for transferring the kinetic energy and the most electrical power generated. More than 200 students participated in 2015


Help The Dalles move up the grant ladder to repair 100-year-old wooden pipeline

The sourcde - Dog River

The source – Dog River

The Destination -reservoir behind Crow Creek Dam

The Destination -reservoir behind Crow Creek Dam

This century-old wooden pipeline carries water from Dog River to Wicks Reservoir. Photo courtesy The Dalles Public Works.

This century-old wooden pipeline carries water from Dog River to Wicks Reservoir. Photo courtesy The Dalles Public Works.

Citizens of The Dalles have an opportunity to help a badly needed water project move up the evaluation ladder for a chance at a state water grant.

The photo above shows a metal patch on the 100-year-old wooden pipeline that delivers half the drinking water to The Dalles. Yes, we said wooden.   It is a 20-inch diameter wooden-stave pipeline (made out of wooden “slats”) with a wire wrapping to hold it together.

It leaks. Badly.

In the height of the spring and summer flow it leaks one million gallons of water per day.

It needs to be replaced, and that will cost in the neighborhood of $8 million. The City already has $4 million, an unusually large 50 percent match

The city is currently ranked 23 out of 37 applicants seeking funds for infrastructure improvements.

Dave Anderson, director of The Dalles Public Works Department, believes community members can help boost the city’s ranking and improve chances of obtaining a state grant to replace the aging water line.

Anderson said the line runs about 3.5 miles and transfers about 54 percent of the city’s water supply from Dog River to the South Fork of Mill Creek.

“This pipeline is deteriorating and at risk of catastrophic failure,” he said.

He is asking people to email Jon Unger, grant program coordinator for the Oregon Water Resources Department at waterprojects@wrd.state.or.us and urge action on The Dalles project. Unger can also be reached at 503-986-0869.

The deadline for comments on ranking is Friday, April 29, at 5 p.m.

Below is a section of the grant application. The whole application can be found here.

Dog River pipeline application combo


City will front money for three-concert series

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The City of The Dalles will sponsor three concerts this year in The Dalles after a proposal by Randy Haines and Nolan Hare passed by a three to two vote at The Dalles City Council Monday night. Two large concerts featuring name artists will be held July 3 on the Fourth of July weekend and August 13 in conjunction with the Cruise the Gorge event. A more modest concert will be held September 10, honoring local schools. The concerts will be held at the Lewis & Clark Park event site between First Street and I-84.

The city has agreed to spend up to $96,500 on the concert series, including $15,000 for publicity, and will receive all the proceeds from ticket sales. Haines and Hare said the city would likely retrieve all its costs, and could even make money on the deal.

Councilors Tim McGlothlin and Russ Brown voted against the proposal on the grounds the city did not have money to spare on a gamble.

Tanner Elliot, who originally sounded as if he was going to oppose the proposal, joined Councilors Dan Spatz and Linda Miller in approving the deal. He said later that he was convinced by the Haines and Hare track record and experience in staging concerts.

Paving on East 10th and Monroe streets

Heads up for drivers. The City of The Dalles Public Works will be repaving two streets this week, East 10th Street from Dry Hollow to Lewis Street and Monroe Street from 3rd Street north to the alley. Construction will take place from 6 am to 6 pm tomorrow and Wednesday. On both days no access or on-street parking will be allowed. Motorists are encouraged to use East 9th or East 11th Streets as alternative routes to avoid the East 10th Street work zone and Madison Street or Taylor Street as alternate routes avoid the Monroe Street paving project.