Putting the Gorge to Work; Cherry Growers Takes on New Owners; Fresh Growers Take New Direction; Ware is RARE-ing to Go at the Port; Park Partners Get Rolling; Immunity Tops Oregon Bills Impacting Ports
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Putting the Gorge to Work

An enthusiastic group of Columbia Gorge business leaders is working with the Port of The Dalles, Columbia Gorge Community College and other organizations to help enhance the region’s talent supply line through a regionally-based internship program.

Mid-Columbia Producers, Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, Griffith Motors, Insitu, Cloud Cap/UTC Technology, SDS Lumber Co., and Custom Interface are at the table, serving as the steering committee for Gorge Works Internship Program, an effort to build the Gorge workforce.

The program’s goal is to offer ...
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Cherry Growers
takes on New Owners

Cherry Growers riversideThe processing arm of Oregon Cherry Growers Inc. is now officially Oregon Cherry Growers LLC (OCG), a wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Coast Producers, a Lodi, California-based agricultural cooperative.

The sale was finalized June 15 after the sale by the Port of The Dalles of some remnant land parcels that were located within the Cherry Growers Downtown and Riverside properties.

“I think they will be good members of the community,” says Marty Hutchinson, Plant Manager for Riverside. “I don’t see that changing.”
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Fresh Growers Take
New Direction

The fresh cherry grower members of Oregon Cherry Growers Inc. in The Dalles area are taking on a new name and new focus as Oregon Cherry Growers’ processing arm comes under the ownership of Pacific Coast Producers.

The growers have begun operating as Cascade Cherry Growers Inc.

“We’re still a co-op and we still have the same bylaws, but we have to go through some divisions,” says Dan Ericksen of The Dalles, Cascade’s Chairman of the Board.
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Ware is RARE-ing to Go at the Port

Bayoán Ware of Chicago, Illinois, has been selected to work on special projects with the Port of The Dalles for 11 months starting in September as a RARE Planner (Resource Assistance for Rural Environments).

Projects he will be working on include the Gorge Works Internship, updating the Port’s strategic plan, developing a feasibility study for a food production innovation facility, and developing strategies for an application process to expand urban areas into the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
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Conceptual drawings show expansion plans including new landscaping, added parking, a strolling path and a butterfly garden for Klindt Cove Kiwanis Park. Future stages include play equipment and a covered picnic area.

Park Partners Get Rolling

The Port, Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation and The Dalles Kiwanis Club are working on a plan to expand the Klindt Cove Park.

The first stage of the expansion will take shape over the coming year with the help of a $50,000 grant from the Oregon Parks Department.

"The idea for the expansion started a couple of years ago with a conversation with members of the Klindt family," says Kathy Norton of the Port, who is spearheading the project. 
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Immunity Tops Oregon Bills Impacting Ports

Oregon Ports are among the public and private landowners whose employees are now protected under Oregon's recreational immunity laws.

The 2017 Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 327 which extends that immunity in response to a Portland case where a citizen successfully sued an employee of the City of Portland (Johnson v. Gibson) for injuries sustained in a city park. The case had big significance for any public or private land owner allowing public recreational use on their land.
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