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INSIDE: Port Commission Turns 85, Mid-Columbia Producers Buys Grain Elevators, Gorge Works Wraps Out Year
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Port Commission Turns 85

Eighty-five years and 1,021 monthly meetings and counting. The August 8 meeting of the Port of The Dalles was 85 years to the day after the first meeting on August 8, 1933. "When I first got on here, Precision Lumber and the two incubator buildings at the entry to Crates Way were about it," says Mike Courtney, the longest-serving commissioner in the Port's history. He has served on the commission since 1996. 

 

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Mid-Columbia Producers Buys Grain Elevators

It might come as a surprise for some to learn that Mid-Columbia Producers has owned its grain elevators in The Dalles for less than two months. Grain cooperative Manager Jeff Kaser delivered a check for the purchase price to Port Executive Director Andrea Klaas in July. The sale is a long-expected transaction. The Port has been leasing the property to MCP since March 1998 and the lease provided for the purchase within its first 20 years. "The Port usually sells land for business development, but we stepped in to provide new facilities at a time when Mid-Columbia Producer's business model was changing and needed elevators that better served the need," Andrea says.
Gorge Works interns, from left, Adolfo "Andy" Alvarez, Hannah Kempf, and Kaleena Rodda pose during a Professional Development Workshop. At right, intern Miron Kosovan tries on the gear of a familiar profession during another workshop.

Gorge Works Wraps Pilot Year

For Stephanie Kalez, preparing for a job interview isn't just about being prepared for the question about strengths and weaknesses. "What do you bring? What does it look like? What do you want to create?" Stephanie had Gorge Works interns probing their inner desires and motivations in the final Professional Development Workshop of their summer internships. 

"This internship has helped me grow as an individual, knowing what I want to go out and pursue in a career. It's helped me a lot," says Andy Alvarez, accounting intern at Oregon Cherry Growers. Andy, from White Salmon, liked the finance presentation best because it ties in to his Business major at Central Washington University.

The Professional Development Workshops are designed to help interns better prepare for the realities of the working world, as well as how they can better manage their lives and contribute to their communities.

"All the connections you make really help you out, and having a paid internship really helps you out," Andy added. "You're learning and you get paid, what's better than that?"

Andy and the other interns also were able to live at home while interning because the focus of the Gorge Works Regional Internships is to provide opportunities to connect local residents to skilled careers within the Columbia Gorge. 

Other interns lived in The Dalles, Dallesport and Husum while interning at Oregon Cherry Growers, Insitu and SDS Lumber. 

Gorge Works coordinators are already planning for the program's second year. If you would like to host a Gorge Works intern, contact Kathy Ursprung at 541-298-4148 or kathy.ursprung@portofthedalles.com.
 
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