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    A6   Wednesday, January 8, 2020
The Dalles Chronicle
A bald eagle flies above the Columbia River near the John Day Dam. The large birds are winter residents of the Gorge area, and frequently
gather in large numbers near the areas dams.
Gary Elkinton photo
Dam hosts eagle watch Jan. 18
The Dalles Dam Visitor
Center will host its 10th an-
nual Eagle Watch Saturday,
Jan. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Watch as bald eagles roost
in their natural habitat along
the Columbia River.
The visitor center will be
open for live raptor presen-
tations, provided by the U.S.
Forest Service, Columbia
Gorge Discovery Center and
Rowena Wildlife Clinic.
Visitors are welcome and
encouraged to bring their
own scopes and binoculars;
there will be a limited num-
ber available for use. This
event is free and accessible to
those with disabilities.
The Columbia River is an
excellent food source for
bald eagles, which migrate
each winter in search of
food. These “snow birds” use
the green space below the
dam as a winter home. The
Dalles Dam Visitor Center
offers a front row seat to view
Mid-December through
mid-February is the best time
to visit Seufert Park for bird
watching. The park, adjacent
to The Dalles Dam Visitor
Center, is open to the public
for day use.
The Dalles Dam Visitor
Center is located off exit 87
of I-84, traveling east on Bret
Clodfelter Way. Inclement
weather may cause the
event to be rescheduled. For
more information, contact
The Dalles Lock & Dam
Ranger Office at 541-506-
8475 or visit www.nwp.
To stay up to date on all
Portland District events,
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Get more information
about raptor viewing op-
portunities in the Columbia
River Gorge at www. or www.
Gorge Owned (GO!) closing
After nearly 20 years, the
board of the Columbia Gorge
Earth Center, doing business
as Gorge Owned (GO!), voted
to dissolve the organization
in early 2020.
Founded in 2000 and
established as a 501(c)3
in 2003, the Earth Center/
Gorge Owned is a commu-
nity-building organization
working to boost social,
economic and environmen-
tal resilience throughout the
Columbia River Gorge. In its
early days, it was known for
organizing an annual Earth
Day celebration and Green
Home Tour and establishing
the Gorge ReBuild It Center,
which in 2009 spurred off
to become an independent
nonprofit. The Earth Center
rebranded as Gorge Owned
in 2013, which is how it’s
known today.
The Earth Center/
Gorge Owned pioneered
long-standing community
and economic-development
programs such as the Sense
of Place Lecture Series, Gorge
Green Drinks and GO! Local,
a buy local campaign, as well
as environmental programs
like Weatherize Oregon Now,
GO! Solar and the Gorge
Green Home Tour.
These programs resulted
in more than 150 homes
receiving and/or installing
energy-saving measures and
rooftop solar panels, and
more than 100 homes with
sustainable building features
being toured by residents and
visitors alike.
For the past nine years, the
Earth Center/Gorge Owned
recognized local environ-
mental leaders—students,
individuals and business-
es—with the annual Tod
J. LeFevre Sustainability
Champion Awards. In addi-
tion to these long-standing
programs, The Earth Center/
Gorge Owned organized
dozens of stand-alone events
ranging from author read-
ings, film screenings, a book
discussion group, a sustain-
able business conference,
bike-to-work and school
events, and most recently,
“Bridging the Gorge” facilitat-
ed community discussions.
While these programs
have been largely successful,
changes in leadership and
staffing, difficulty recruit-
ing new volunteers, and a
growing landscape of simi-
larly-focused Gorge-based
nonprofits and programs led
the current board to decide
to close its doors in the New
Year, according to Board
President Becky Brun.
“We came to this decision
after a great deal of thought
and discussions with both
current and former board
members and employees,”
said Brun, who has been a
volunteer, employee and
board member with Gorge
Owned since 2009. “While
this was a hard decision, the
board of Gorge Owned feels
that the communities of the
Gorge are very well-support-
ed by existing nonprofits.”
Brun noted that the Earth
Center/Gorge Owned played
an important role in the com-
munity in its commitment
to serving as a fiscal sponsor
for numerous programs that
The Sense of Place lecture
series, now in its 10th year,
will continue as planned,
with monthly lectures taking
place January-April at the
Columbia Center for the Arts,
according to a press release.
The Sense of Place lecture
series will continue into
the future, with Mt. Adams
Institute planning to host the
program in 2020-21.
Based in Trout Lake,
Mt. Adams Institute has
a mission to strengthen
the connection between
people and the natural world
through education, service
learning, career development
and research, according to a
Deadline to place
an obituary -
Midweek edition:
Noon, Monday
Weekend edition:
Noon, Thursday
Saturday, January 7
County Medical Reserve Corps
(MRC) is hosting its 7th Annual
Blanket Drive from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. All items collected will be
donated to The Warming Place
in The Dalles. The Warming
Place is also in need of warm
socks. Other warming item
(such as coats and gloves) will
also be accepted. Stop by the
parking lot at 523 East 3rd St.,
across the street from Sawyer’s
Ace Hardware. Donors can
Brenda Sue Roberts-Bukkila
June 15, 1957 ~ December 25, 2019
B r e n d a S u e Ro b e r t s –
Bukkila, 62, of Aitkin, Minn.,
died Wednesday, December
25, 2019, at her residence. She
was born June 15, 1957, in
Walla Walla, Wash. Her fami-
ly and friends nicknamed her
“Boo – Boo.”
She graduated from high
school in Wishram, Wash.,
and then from Mid-Columbia
Community College with a
degree in Business Management.
Brenda was united in marriage to Brian D. Bukkila
September 16, 2000, in Las Vegas, Nev. She worked and
managed many different jobs throughout her life and
she loved to prepare and cook meals for her family.
She was preceded in death by her mother Mary
(Ford) Roberts; and sisters Terri and Donna.
She is survived by her husband Brian of Aitkin; fa-
ther John Roberts; children Kevin (Samantha Sol-
heim) Hanson of Wishram, Wash., Derek Hanson
Wishram, Wash., Ben Bukkila of Sturgis, S.D.; grand-
children Cain Solheim, Merci Wildey, Trent, Jameson,
Makayla and Quinten Hanson, Emory, Coralynn and
Liam Bukkila; brothers and sisters Shelly, Jennifer,
Connie, Renee, Kim, and Johnny; and many other spe-
cial relatives and friends.
A celebration of Brenda’s life will be held at a later
Sorensen-Root Thompson Funeral Home and Cre-
mation Services of Aitkin, Minn. assisted with
Lung Cancer • Other Cancers
press release.
“Mt. Adams Institute is
a perfect home for Sense
of Place,” said Becky Brun,
board president, Earth
Center/Gorge Owned. “On
behalf of the entire board, we
very much thank the many
individuals, businesses and
organizations who have
invested their time, talents
and financial resources in
the organization over the
years, especially former
employees. Thanks to all of
you, the many seeds we have
sown together will far outlive
our organization, and that’s
something for which we can
all be proud.”
to place an
went on to establish their
own nonprofits, including
Gorge Grown Food Network,
ReBuild It Center, Rediviva!,
Mt. Adams Institute and
Leaders for Tomorrow. For
the last two years, it has
provided fiscal sponsorship
for Hear in the Gorge, an
award-winning podcast pro-
duced by Hood River resident
Sarah Fox.
The Dalles Meals On Wheels
is in need of volunteer drivers
to deliver meals to our home
bound individuals. We deliver
meals to over 100 people a day
Monday through Friday. Seven
volunteers are needed each
day to ensure seniors and the
disabled have access to ade-
quate nutrition. Deliveries start
around 11 a.m. Most drivers are
done by noon. Call 541-298-
8333 to get an application or
stop by our office located in The
Dalles Senior Center, 1112 W.
9th St, The Dalles.
Community Emergency
Response Team (CERT) Training
comes to The Dalles in January,
with three options available: Two
weekends; Friday, Jan. 10, 5:30
– 9 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 11, 9
a.m. to 4 p.m. or Friday, Jan. 17,
5:50 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday,
Jan. 18 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or as
a six-week series on Thursday
evenings beginning Jan. 16 and
ending Feb.20; or a week-long
series starting Monday, March 9
through Friday, March 13, from
1 – 5 p.m.
simply pull up to the curb to
drop off new or gently used and
washed blankets, socks and
other warming items.
Thursday, January 9
meetings are held every
Thursday at noon at Spooky’s,
visitors welcome. This week’s
meeting includes presentation
by Steph Hoppe from Columbia
Gorge Community College
Foundation on their scholarship
program. For more information
go to
Saturday, January 11
Night Bingo at the Mid-Columbia
Senior Center, 1112 W 9th
Street, The Dalles. An additional
$850 payout for a blackout in
55 numbers or less on the final
game. Minimum buy-in is $10.
Doors open 4 p.m., Bingo at 6
p.m. Ages 8 to 18 years must be
accompanied by a legal guard-
ian. New players encouraged to
arrive by 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 16
meetings are held every Thursday
at noon at Spooky’s Pizza in The
Dalles, visitors welcome. This
week’s meeting includes a presen-
tation by Tracy Witkowski, who
will talk about foster parenting.
For more information go to www.
Thursday, January 23
meetings are held every
Thursday at noon at Spooky’s,
visitors welcome. This week’s
meeting includes presentation by
Carol Dowsett, new principal at
Col. Wright Elementary School.
For more information go to www.
Thursday, January 30
meetings are held every
Thursday at noon at Spooky’s
Pizza in The Dalles, visitors
welcome. This week’s meeting
is a club business meeting. For
more information go to www.
Home is where
feel it.
Independent Living
Assisted Living
Memory Care
Respite Care
3325 Columbia View Dr., The Dalles
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