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Google provides WiFi Hotspots for checkout at Wasco County Library branches

Mayor Steve Lawrence, right, is the first to check out a portable wi-fi unit from The Dalles-Wasco County Library. He is joined by Google’s Dave Karlson, left, and head librarian Jeff Wavrunek

(To hear our interview with Google’s Darcy Nothnagle about the grant, click on the grey podcast bar at the bottom of the page.)

THE DALLES, Ore., February 14, 2017 – At an event held today, The Dalles-Wasco County Library announced that, thanks to a grant from Google, library patrons will be able to check out WiFi hotspots, similar to the way that they would check out a book. The program provides library patrons with mobile access to the internet for free, and is the first program of its kind in Oregon.

Through this WiFi Hotspot Lending Program, library patrons in The Dalles and Maupin with a current library card can check out hotspots for three-week periods. Laptop computers will also be available for checkout through the library.

“Google has bestowed a unique opportunity for learning on the library and the students of The Dalles,” said The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence.

The goal of the new program is to bridge the digital divide in Wasco County. Household income is one of the major factors that hinder people from accessing the internet.

“Having internet access isn’t just a luxury these days, it’s a necessity for school assignments, applying for jobs, and staying connected with the world,” said Darcy Nothnagle, Google. “We hope this program will provide greater access and greater opportunity for the entire community.”

Google and the library hope this program will not only help increase access, but also critical digital literacy skills. Over the last 2 years, Google has contributed approximately $200,000 in funding through several different grants for The Dalles-Wasco County Library for technology enhancements, including upgrades to library computers and enhancing the wifi at the Library, and for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in the new wing.

In 2015, Google also provided an $87,880 grant for the Maupin Broadband Project to assist in bringing high speed broadband to the Maupin Community and establishing free public Wi-Fi at Maupin’s Riverfront Park and the Maupin Branch of the Wasco County Library District. The grant also connected the Branch Library to the Main Library in The Dalles and provides free internet on library computers for patrons.

“We’re excited to partner with Google to provide this new WiFi Hotspot Lending Program to our local patrons,” said Jeff Wavrunek, district librarian, The Dalles-Wasco County Library. “Google’s support has been key to enhancing our ability to assist patrons through technology and programs.”

This program is just one way Google is committed to playing a positive role in The Dalles-Wasco County community. Since 2008, Google has awarded more than $1.6 million to Wasco County nonprofits and schools.

Tooley Water District meeting Feb 17, 7 pm at NWCPUD board room

Tooley Water District has a scheduled board meeting to take place February
16th, 2017 7:00 p.m. at the Northern Wasco County Public Utility District
Boardroom.

For more information please see the Tooley Water District Web site:
http://www.tooleywater.org/

Additional specific meeting information (including agenda) is available here:
http://www.tooleywater.org/node/113

Weekend events Feb 10-12

FRIDAY
Team Mosier meets tonight at 5 pm at the Mosier Community Library

SATURDAY
Free Saturday movies continue this weekend at Columbia Cinemas in The Dalles. Doors open at 9:15, show starts at 10 a.m. Youth Think will be collecting canned food donations. This week’s movie is Minions.

The Second Saturday of each month the WAAAM Air and Auto Museum opens the doors to roll out and run some of its antique airplanes and cars. Visitors watch airplane operations up close and may get to ride in old cars too. Open 9-5. Activities 10-2. WAAAM is located three miles from downtown Hood River at 1600 Air Museum Road.

Celebrate St. Valentine’s Day with a gift for your loved ones made by one of Goldendale’s many Artisans. Saturday, February 11th, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Old Grange Hall at 203 E. Darland. Make Valentine’s Day special this year.

History programs resume at the Original Wasco County Courthouse this weekend. Tomorrow at 1:30 Julie Reynolds presents a program on “Naomi Pike Schenck: Survivor of the Ill-Fated Donner Party.” The Saint Cecelia window in Old St. Paul’s Chapel on Union St. is a memorial to a niece of Naomi, who lived in The Dalles after escaping the 1846 tragedy in the Sierras. It is second in the 2017 Regional History Forum series that takes place Saturdays during February. The initial program on the Vogt Opera House was postponed due to weather and is rescheduled to Mar. 4. There is a TV monitor on the ground floor of the 1859 courthouse to serve those unable to climb the stairs. Coffee and cookies will be served after the program.

Saturday is the annual meeting of the North Central Livestock Association at the Grass Valley Pavilion. Social hour at 5 pm, dinner at 6 includes tri-tip, au gratin spuds, cowboy beans and more. Guest speaker is Oregon Cattleman’s Association Executive Director Jerome Rosa. Cost is $25 please RSVP with Sherman OSU Extenstion office.

Valentine’s Dinner & Dance at The Dalles Eagles, Dinner from 5 – 7pm, Dance 9p – Midnight Menu: Chicken Cacciatore over Egg Noodles, Salad, Garlic Bread and Cake for Dessert. Valentine’s raffle for a giant stuffed teddy bear and box of chocolates for your sweet valentine! This is a 21 and over event open to both members and non-members. Proceeds from the Valentine prize raffle and Valentine’s dinner benefit the Max Baer Heart Foundation. Tickets $10 for dinner, $5 cover charge for dance.

SUNDAY

Final flea market for the season at The Dalles Civic Auditorium Sunday from 11 a.m. To 4 p.m. Tables for vendors $20, admission for shoppers is free

Klickitat PUD says snow and ice coming off BPA lines caused outages

The Bonneville Power (BPA) transmission line that feeds the west end of Klickitat County has been experiencing temporary outage problems  due to snow and ice coming off the lines and trees.  BPA is aware of the issue and is patrolling lines, but is facing challenges in getting to the areas due to snow and ice. When this happens approximately 5,000 customers in Bingen, White Salmon, Snowden, the Hwy 141 corridor north through Husum & BZ Corners, Glenwood and Trout Lake all lose power. This started happening at 10:20am and again at 11:40am Thursday.

General Manager Jim Smith says that as we unthaw and snow and ice start melting off trees and power lines, customers should be prepared for outages.  Temporary blinking of lights could occur as well.

Please check our website for continuous updates on the outage situation.

Closures, delays and cancellations for Thursday, February 9 UPDATE 8:25 a.m.

Closures, delays and cancellations for Thursday, February 9

SCHOOLS

Columbia Gorge Comm. College – The Dalles Campus will open at 10 am. Hood River campus will open at noon. All classes scheduled before opening time have been canceled.

CLOSED

Goldendale Sch. Dist. – Closed

Centerville Sch. Dist. – Closed

Dufur Sch. Dist. – Closed

Hood River Co. Sch. Dist. – Closed

Horizon Christian – Hood River – Closed

Klickitat Sch. Dist. – Closed. District Basketball game, pending weather this afternoon

Lyle Sch. Dist. – Closed, No AM preschool

Mill A Sch. Dist. – Closed

North Wasco Co. SD 21 – Closed

So. Wasco Co. Sch. Dist. – Closed

Sherman Co. Sch. Dist. – Closed

Skamania Sch. Dist. 2 – Closed

Stevenson-Carson Sch. Dist. – Closed

St. Mary’s Academy closed

White Salmon Sch. Dist. – Closed. No parent/teacher conferences today. FBLA trip is on standby.

Wishram Sch. Dist. – Closed

TWO HOURS LATE

Glenwood Sch. Dist. – 2 Hours Late, No preschool

Mt. Pleasant Sch. Dist. – 2 Hours Late, Buses on snow routes

Trout Lake Sch. Dist. – 2 Hours Late

HEAD START

Mid-Columbia Children’s Council – Goldendale Center Closed; PETERSBURG Head Start CLOSED; White Salmon Head Start and Early Head Start childcare CLOSED; Belmont AM class canceled, PM class on time; COUNTRY CLUB Closed Parent Meeting canceled; Carson Head Start CLOSED; Belmont Closed; The Dalles Head Start and EHS closed. The Dalles/Wahtonka Child care closed.

OCDC Headstart – Parkdale – CLOSED. The Dalles Centers – CLOSED

OTHER

The Mid-Columbia Senior Center and Meals-on-Wheels are closed today

Klickitat County offices opening two hours late today.

City of The Dalles offices opening at 9 am today

Hood River, Wasco and Sherman County Circuit Courts will open at 9:00 a.m.

Goldendale Senior meal is cancelled for Thursday Feb. 9th.

Republic Services will not run the garbage and recycle routes in Klickitat County today. They will service today’s customers on the next regular service day and take additional items at no cost at that time. Please have items available at 7am on the next regular service day. Transfer stations will be open the regular hours today; 9am to 5pm.

Last night’s meeting of Team Mosier was rescheduled to Friday February 10 at 5 pm at the Mosier Community Library

The meeting of the Sherman County Wheat League and Farm Bureau scheduled for February 9th has been cancelled.

The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society has cancelled its meeting and program for this Saturday, February 11th.

Closures, delays and cancellations for Wednesday, Feb. 8 UPDATE: 4:29 p.m.

Cancellations for Wednesday, February 8th

  • Columbia Gorge Community College– Hood River Campus closed at noon. Classes beginning at 2 pm or later on The Dalles campus canceled. The Dalles Campus will close at 3 pm.

North Central Public Health District closed for today.

Klickitat County Offices Closed @ Noon due to the weather.

Wasco County offices close @ Noon, 2/8/17. Essential services, such as law enforcement, emergency dispatch and road crews will be on duty.

7th Judicial District – Wasco County Circuit Court will close at 12:00 pm and Hood River County Circuit Court will close at 3:00 pm on 2/8/17

St. Mary’s The Dalles, all after school activities cancelled. Extended care will operate as normal.

Northern Wasco County PUD office closing at 3:00 today, 2/8

Team Mosier 2/8/17 meeting rescheduled for Friday, 2/10/17 at 5:00 pm at the Mosier Community School

The Dalles Chamber:

*Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for Wednesday, Feb 8 at 5:15pm for Immense Imagery has been POSTPONED till March 8th at 5:15pm.

*Government Affairs has been CANCELLED for Thursday, February 9 at 7:00am!

Goldendale Senior meal is cancelled for Thursday Feb. 9th.

Sherman County Wheat League & Farm Bureau Meeting for Thursday Feb. 9th has been cancelled.

The Columbia Gorge Genealogical  Society has cancelled its meeting and program for this Saturday, February 11th.

School Info for Thursday, February 9th, as of Feb 8th at 4:27pm:
• OCDC Headstart – Parkdale and The Dalles Centers 2 hours late. (For Thu. Feb 9th) Posted: Wed. 8th, 02:21 PM
• Glenwood Sch. Dist. – 2 Hours Late, No preschool. Check for Updates (For Thu. Feb 9th) Posted: Wed. 8th, 02:26 PM
• North Wasco Co. SD 21 – 2 Hours Late (For Thu. Feb 9th) Posted: Wed. 8th, 03:03 PM
• St.Mary’s Academy – 2 Hours Late (For Thu. Feb 9th) Posted: Wed. 8th, 03:17 PM
• Centerville Sch. Dist. – 2 Hours Late, Buses on snow routes (For Thu. Feb 9th) Posted: Wed. 8th, 03:57 PM

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Closures, delays and cancellations for Wednesday, February 8

SCHOOLS Closed

• Dufur Sch. Dist. – Closed

• Goldendale Sch. Dist. – Closed

• Centerville Sch. Dist. – Closed

• Mill A Sch. Dist. – Closed

• Klickitat Sch. Dist. – Closed

• Skamania Sch. Dist. 2 – Closed

• Stevenson-Carson Sch. Dist. – Closed

• White Salmon Sch. Dist. – Closed. Parent/Teacher conferences canceled for the day.

• Horizon Christian – Hood River – Closed

• Lyle Sch. Dist. – Closed

• Wishram Sch. Dist. – Closed

SCHOOLS 2 Hours Late

• So. Wasco Co. Sch. Dist. – 2 Hours Late

• Hood River Co. Sch. Dist. – 2 Hours Late, Buses on snow routes

• Sherman Co. Sch. Dist. – 2 Hours Late

• Trout Lake Sch. Dist. – 2 Hours Late

ON TIME BUT SLOW

North Wasco School District 21 is starting on time but buses are running slow.

HEAD START

• Mid-Columbia Children’s Council – Petersburg Head Start closed; WHITE SALMON HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START CHILDCARE CLOSED; Carson Head Start Closed;Goldendale Center Closed; Parkdale Head Start CLOSED; COUNTRY CLUB AM canceled, PM class and EHS Combo 10:30-2; Maupin Head Start 2 hour delay

• OCDC Headstart – Parkdale Center is closed; The Dalles Center 2 hours late.

OTHER

• Skamania Co. Public Transit – No Skamania AM transit

• No Mt. Adams Transportation Hood River Run

• Senior Meal in White Salmon at the Pioneer Center is cancelled today