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For the record, July 25

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 25, 2014.

Lightning caused small fires, quickly extinguished

State and federal fire authorities are spotting one to two small lightning fire starts every day since thunderstorms boomed through north central Oregon Wednesday, but they’ve been quickly extinguished.

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Langer heads to Distinguished Young Women competition in Salem

Wasco County winner aims for forensics career

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Editorial cartoons from July 24

Editorial cartoons from July 24, 2014.

‘AAA’ Hustlers prepped for Super Regional

Legion squad ready to show heart at tourney in Dallas

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15U All-Stars are on a mission

Babe Ruth baseball team ready to take on all challengers at state event in Ontario

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New lightning fires arise

Not clear how many new starts may grow into large fires.

Letter to the editor: Unanswered

To the editor: I have been a plumber in this community for over 50 years. I know we need to have good sewer and water systems and keep rates affordable for business and our citizens, particularly those on fixed incomes. In the recent Chronicle article, our city manager admitted that our water and sewer rates are “some of the highest in Oregon.” He failed to mention that these already high rates are scheduled to go even higher and higher over the next several years.

Letter to the editor: Good neighbor

To the editor: Thanks to my daughters, Dee Hill, Donna Smith and Loretta Commander this 94-year-old lady got to spend the night with my sister-in-law Donna Davis at the new Fairfield Inn.

Letter to the editor: Cheaper then bottled water

To the editor: I offer a different comparison from your “Rates…” article. Just for illustration, I chose The Dalles, $0.00526 per gallon for the first 10,000 gallons. The next best price alternative is to purchase water from a grocery at $0.432 per pint or $3.42 per gallon.

Letter to the editor: A big waste

To the editor: In response to the “Where’s the Pride?” letter to the editor printed Tuesday, July 22, I would like to point out that keeping lawns lush and green throughout the summer season requires massive amounts of water — especially when it is as hot and dry outside as it has been. It is completely understandable that many folks are choosing to conserve water rather than to boast lush lawns nowadays, both for the sake of their pocketbooks and the environment.

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Editorial: Feds effectively limit timber industry

The Oregon Department of Forestry’s annual report on timber production shows the need to increase logging on federal lands.

Columbia Arts celebrates the wild river gorge

Columbia Center for the Arts goes wild in August. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, “Art in the Wild” hits the Columbia River Gorge for the month of August and covers all things wild.

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Arts and entertainment, July 24

Arts and entertainment calendar from July 24, 2014.

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Feeding time

KALI SANDOZ, 8, of The Dalles entered this photo described as Elizabeth and Judah bottle-feeding a baby goat in The Dalles Chronicle’s Summer Youth Photo Contest.

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Puddles in July

A pedestrian, his umbrella rolled up but ready, walks in front of the Civic Auditorium on Fourth Street in The Dalles.

Mounsey arraigned on Measure 11 charges

Esten Alton Mounsey, 39, of The Dalles will be represented in a rape and sexual assault case by Amy Lammers of the gorge firm Morris, Smith, Starns and Sullivan.

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Medicaid enrollees strain Oregon system

PORTLAND — Low-income Oregon residents were supposed to be big winners after the state expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul and created a new system to improve the care they received. But an Associated Press review shows that an unexpected rush of enrollees has strained the capacity of the revamped network that was endorsed as a potential national model, locking out some patients, forcing others to wait months for medical appointments and prompting a spike in emergency room visits, which state officials had been actively seeking to avoid.

For the record, July 24

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from july 24, 2014.

Unwelcome guest lingers in Grass Valley area

Cougar has been ‘hanging out’ since July 16 sighting

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