The Dalles Swimming Pool Opens

It’s easy to get excited about the opening of The Dalles Swimming Pool this weekend. The renovation is a great example of what can be created when people work together.  This exciting project has been a long time in the planning and came to fruition thanks to the dedication of some hardworking and determined locals. The occasion marks a milestone of achievement for this community.

Saturday’s grand opening begins at 1pm and lasts until 4pm. The pool will remain open until 6pm.

The newly completed upmarket facility is a user-friendly pool that has been designed to provide the best of facilities –the latest pool technology and easy accessibility for users. The eight lane, 50 meter pool has something for everyone with a 140 foot water slide, diving board and an aquatic climbing wall. There is a 1,800 foot splash park on the grounds that will be free and open to the public.

There are new, expanded locker rooms, with additional showers added outdoors. The Parks and Recreation offices will be on the second floor of the building.
This is a huge asset for The Dalles area and will be a great gathering place for friends and family alike.

Well done to our community and this wonderful group of volunteers and supporters. We look forward to making the most of this great facility.

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The Hot Topic of Wildfires

It’s that time of the year again.
The season when we are reminded that some of the qualities we most enjoy in the eastern Gorge- our warm, dry climate and beautiful natural landscapes – create potential wildfire conditions.

Fire is a beneficial force in our ecosystem, but it is hard to think about that when a wildfire is burning in our community. We can however take steps to reduce risk of loss to a wildfire. By taking steps to make your property “fire safe,” you can learn to live with fire season.

According to the Oregon Department of Forestry, creating defensible space around your home is the best way to protect your home from wildfire. The first 30 feet surrounding your home is the most critical – and there are some simple actions that homeowners can take to help protect their homes from wildfire that are easy, quick, and relatively inexpensive, such as:
• Removing dead and dying debris – particularly from places that it piles up near the    home such as in gutters and planters, any “valleys” that can catch debris that embers and sparks can blow onto – the most common way for a wildfire to damage or destroy a home
• Storing firewood at least 20 feet away from the home or completely covering it to protect it from those same blowing embers and sparks.
• Properly maintaining the plants that are in the area – pruning, removing dead and dying materials, and keeping them well-watered and green.
• Planting fire-resistant plants in your landscape.
While these steps do not ensure that your home will survive a wildfire, they substantially increase the chances that it will.

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The Dalles Gets a Dash of COLOR!

20150516_085321May 16th, 2015 is going down as one of THE most colorful days in our city’s history. The community rallied together to welcome and support a family friendly, fun and charitable event, hopefully the first of many to come.

Color Dash came to town, registering over 1000 participants, with 50% of the funds raised going to support The Dalles Chamber of Commerce and Mid Columbia Health Foundation’s “Level the Playing Field” drive, to revamp and improve The Dalles High School’s weight room and weight equipment.

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Maupin Daze 2015


If you are looking for something fun this Saturday, take a drive to South Wasco County and town of Maupin for Maupin Daze 2015.  There are many activities to take part in from a parade and community garage sales, to Grills and Grapes at Maupin Hardware, Bands, Foods and much more!  Activities start at 10 am and admission is free!  For more Information go to  While you are enjoying the sunshine, Deschutes River and many activities, you might also want to check out some of our South Wasco County Listings.



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Real Estate Scams and You….

Real-Estate-Internet-MarketingWith the advent of the Internet, real estate sales and marketing were set on an exciting path, leading to greater visibility and marketability, bringing real estate listings to the forefront of the American and World markets. All at the click of the keyboard and mouse.

Real estate has always been a very visual business; it is more visual then ever, with clients examining homes (and professionals) online before they ever view them in person. This has also opened up a terrifyingly new way for scammers to not only rob people of their money, but also put the public, homeowners, and their properties in danger.

Sellers, please be sure you know exactly where your broker/agent plans on marketing your property, and be sure all photos have a watermark or copyright mark on them.

Buyers and Renters, if it is too good to be true, it usually is! If you see a property for sale or rent online, PLEASE check with a licensed real estate professional to be sure it is a legitimate sale or rental listing. Legitimate real estate brokers, agents, and property managers will most likely never ask you to wire funds without viewing the property, doing a background check, and all the necessary paperwork. If you run across a scam, or are the victim of one, please notify the proper authorities.

Click here for an article from Yahoo News about just such a problem, plaguing both home sellers and renters alike.

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The Dalles was BUSY this past weekend!

This past weekend, The Dalles was a hub of activities, with the 36th Annual Northwest Cherry Festival activities bringing in people from near and far. The Cherry Festival Parade, one of the largest I have had the pleasure of attending, wound its way from Cascade Square through downtown The Dalles, delighting young and old alike.

RFL Co-Chair Cyndi Vipperman, Tim Willis with Habitat Restore, and Mike O'Brien, RFL Logistics Chair.

RFL Co-Chair Cyndi Vipperman, Tim Willis with Habitat Restore, and Mike O’Brien, RFL Logistics Chair.

Lynette O’Brien, Oregon Realtor with Columbia River Properties, and her family walked with the Relay For Life The Dalles Area, encouraging others to take up the walk against cancer. This year’s event, June 20th, will follow a new format, running from 8 AM to Midnight instead of the usual 24 hours. They are gearing up to bring a jam-packed event with lots of fun and entertainment, as well as fundraising, out to the Sid White Field at Wahtonka Campus.

The Good Smoke BBQ float won First Prize with their adorable float of cute little Cherries. Several wonderful bands delighted parade watchers and participants alike, including The Dalles Middle School, The Dalles High School, and Hermiston.

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Columbia River Properties Opens Satellite Office

FRONT2-3 CroppedColumbia River Properties celebrated the opening of their Satellite Real Estate office in Maupin with Business After Hours on March 12th.  Sharing office space with them will be the Maupin Area Chamber of Commerce.pic 2

Rob & Susie Miles, of Imperial River Co.,  co-hosted the event with Columbia River Properties & Maupin Area Chamber of Commerce. Catering provided by Terry Cobb of Cobblestone Catering.


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Real Estate Market Action for February 2015

The February Real Estate Market in The Dalles and surrounding areas saw the following activity:

February 2015 Market Statistics

For information on real estate resources in Wasco and Sherman Counties, please check out our link at Columbia River Properties.

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Relay For Life The Dalles Celebrates a Milestone


Photo by Spencer Harmon Relay For Life The Dalles 2014

This year, Relay For Life The Dalles Area will be celebrating a milestone, 15 years of local walking to benefit the American Cancer Society.  American Cancer Society as a whole will be celebrating 30 years of walking, all started by one man, Dr. Gordy Klatt, in Tacoma, WA in 1985. In that first year, Gordy walked 24 hours, logging more than 80 miles on a track at the University of Puget Sound, and raising $27,000.

Now his dream, his vision for raising vital funds to fighting cancer, has spread around the world, and has raised more than $5 Billion to aid in research, prevention, education and support for cancer patients and families everywhere. Relay For Life is more than just a group of people getting together for a maximum of 24 hours, walking a track. It is about a community, a loose knit family, working together to put an end to a terrible group of diseases.

This year’s loc20150312_174918al theme is Old School Vegas, and we’re encouraging EVERYONE in the community to get involved. We’ll be in the Cherry Festival Parade (April 25th), and will have community events for everyone to attend. Please be sure to check out our Relay For Life The Dalles Fundraising Page. This is your go-to source for all things Relay in The Dalles area. Car Washes, Garage/Yard Sales, Bake Sales…the list goes on and on.

Help us make this year our BEST EVER. Our next community meeting is April 9th, 6pm, at Celilo Cancer Center in the Columbia Room. Bring the FUN! We look forward to seeing you there!

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Fort Dalles Rodeo Banquet and Queen Coronation in The Dalles, OR.

Real estate broker Rocky Webb and Shawn Wilkinson of Auction Sales Co. had a Rough and Wild time while volunteering at the Fort Dalles Rodeo Annual Banquet, Queen Coronation and Benefit Auction. Carsen Cordell, The Dalles, was crowned the 2015 and 50th annual Rodeo Queen. This was a fun night and a great start the to the 50th year celebration of Rodeo in The Dalles.

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