Welcome to Fall everyone! I hope you are all ready to jump into the holiday season. Be sure to check out our Shop Local – Shop The Gorge pages of this issue. With nine kids between us and 17 grandkids spread out from Oregon to Oklahoma Rick and I are not exactly sure when we will be doing our Christmas shopping, but we will happily be shopping locally.

The weather has been absolutely amazing lately, so we have been going on as many hikes as we can fit into our schedule. Just today we decided to hike up to Ponytail Falls, just above Horsetail Falls….What a great hike and Ponytail Falls did not disappoint.

This issue was a fun one to create. I am proud of my good friend Lisa Farquharson for being chosen by her peers as the Chamber Executive of the Year, she truly earned this award and is a dynamo for not only The Dalles, but for the Columbia Gorge region. Good job Lisa!!!
I had a great time visiting with Mike Erland and Sarah Gilbertson of Fun Country Powersports. They are true champions in the outdoor recreation arena and customers come from far and wide to visit their store. Stop in and say hi, you’ll be glad you did.

We had a wonderful encounter with some visitors from China. Read all about our adventures with them on page 16.

There are so many wonderful businesses that call the Columbia River Gorge area home and we are so blessed to have some of the best among our advertisers in this issue of The Gorge Business News. We appreciate your support and please know that we just couldn’t publish this paper without you.

If you have any comments or suggestions please feel free to message us on facebook, write us an email, text us, or give us a call. We always love to hear from our readers and strive to make each issue of The Gorge Business News better than the last one.

And if you see our sales manager, Angela, please tell her she’s doing a great job…we are so absolutely blessed to have her as part of our team and is a huge reason why The Gorge Business News is a success.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a very Merry Christmas everyone, and may 2020 bring you much happiness, personal growth and family unity.

Rick and Lori Roach