Insurance firm expands into agricultural community
The managers of Pendleton-based Wheatland Insurance Center long ago realized that setting up a branch office in The Dalles made good sense, because Wheatland focuses on providing farm and crop insurance for rural, agricultural communities. And the expanding company made its move early this year.
Owner asks city for more time to comply
Citing a failure of the business to comply with conditions of its site plan permit, The Dalles Planning Department has revoked the “site plan review” permit for A&P Recycling. The key issues the city wants to clear up are the company’s method of outside storage and lack of screening.
Strong market fuels growth
In a small sign of a thriving real estate market in The Dalles, Columbia Gorge Real Estate is making a new hire to keep up with strong business levels.
Eagle Media, the company that owns The Dalles Chronicle and Hood River News, is making a bold new move with the Aug. 1 appointment of Chelsea Marr to be publisher over both Gorge publications.
Husband and wife team earn ‘Good Neighbor’ recognition
Charles and Irene Kornegay, who own the Five Mile Quarry about seven miles southwest of The Dalles, have won recognition from the Oregon Department of Geology & Mineral Industries for their efforts to restore rock quarry lands that had been inappropriately mined.
Money will fund all-inclusive marketing for the festivities
Promoters of the annual Neon Cruise weekend in The Dalles are trying a new approach to marketing this year, and have enlisted a bit of help from the city of The Dalles. The city-wide Neon Cruise party is Aug. 11-13, and the city recently approved $5,000 to assist with a marketing campaign across the region.
Grand opening for new mall look planned for September
A major renovation project is moving along as scheduled at the Cascade Square Shopping Center in the 1400 block of West Sixth Street. Work on the 1970s-era mall, which rosters nearly 20 different businesses, began in April and is expected to wrap up in September.
On May 27, co-owners Kevin and Sherry Perry opened Celilo Paddle Company in Riverfront Park because they wanted to share their love of paddleboarding, which involves standing, lying or kneeling on a paddleboard and navigating with a kayak-style paddle.
Shareholders of CenterPointe Community Bank will meet July 6 in Hood River to vote on a merger with Inland Northwest Bank, based in Spokane, Wash.
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.
Businesses wanting to learn how to use social media and digital marketing to increase sales are invited to the “Power Breakfast” hosted June 9 by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce.
Two members of the business community in Moro are organizing a new event to bring people to the community.
City offers 20 percent less than the chamber wanted for 2017-18
During The Dalles City Council’s May 22 meeting, The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce officially accepted the city’s proposal to provide 80 percent of what the chamber asked for in its budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year.
A brewery from The Dalles will soon be sending a little bit of Belgium over to Portland as part of the 11th annual “Cheers to Belgian Beers Festival.”
New owners ask public to help locate old photos
According to Chuck Gomez, the new owner of the Granada Theater in downtown The Dalles, “a ton of stuff has been happening” at the 1930s-era theater. “The city has been very pleased with our progress,” he added.