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State won’t study loans

The state said it didn’t have enough resources to investigate a claim by an electrician that large cash reserves from building codes fees were improperly used as internal loans by the entity that manages building codes services. The March 2 letter from the state’s building codes division to that managing entity, the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments, said, “The division does not have adequate staff resources to evaluate these loans or further this investigation.”

Building codes issues debated

MCCOG seeks role in study

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Traditions of Compassion

CAROL RODERICK, left, was named outstanding volunteer of the year during the 2015 Tradition of Compassion awards ceremony Thursday night at the Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue station off Webber Street. She was selected for her work with the Wasco County School District 21 and the National Guard. David Neitling was named outstanding philanthropist for his work on the Riverfront Trail, his dedication to Habitat for Humanity and his donations to the tennis court resurfacing project at Sorosis Park. Hire Electric was named outstanding philanthropic corporation for donated services to local veterans and support of community events. Mid-Columbia Community Action Council was named outstanding community service organization for their work to help people in need improve their lives. The event was sponsored by Griffith Motors and catering sponsor and host was Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue.

City has ‘neon’ moment

A neon sign museum may be sited in downtown The Dalles within the next two years, which city officials believe will attract more tourists and create other economic development opportunities.

Sherman zapped by Country

No. 2 Cougars hold off late Husky rally for 50-40 win

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Riverhawks show playoff poise

No. 11-ranked The Dalles knocks off Liberty 56-40 in a state play-in showdown

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The art of birds focus of show

It’s all things avian at the Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., in Hood River, during the month of March.

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Editorial cartoons from March 5

Editorial cartoons from March 5, 2015.

Oregon needs more auditing capacity

What are the biggest differences between Oregon and Washington? They pump their own gas, and we don’t? They have a sales tax and we don’t? They have NFL and Major League franchises and we don’t? Yes, yes and yes. There is another significant distinction, which is glaring in the wake of the Cover Oregon fiasco and the departure of Gov. John Kitzhaber.

Letter to the editor: Best kept secret

To the editor: One of the best kept secrets in Wasco County is the distance that Russell Jones, our Veterans’ Service Officer, and his assistant, Patrick Wilbern, will go to help the men and women who seek their services. For the few of you who don’t already know it, I am a Marine mom and my bio son (a Post 9/11 veteran who went on five adventures in the Middle East) and one of my adopted sons have received help from Mr. Jones and Mr. Wilbern. My adopted Marine deployed to Iraq in 2008 when he was 17. I sent boxes of goodies and decorations for his 18th birthday celebration, which he said was complete with “fireworks” from the enemy.

Letter to the editor: Construction congrats

To the editor: Congratulations to all who participating in preparing and presenting the information concerning the construction on parts of Scenic Drive. This information was presented in the council chambers on the night of Feb. 25. It was a job well done and I thank you.

Letter to the editor: Disappointed in story

To the editor: In reading A Living Heritage I am disappointed in the inaccuracy of the Keith Mobley story. I remember Vern and Margie Mobley well. I can remember hunting with my dad on the ranch that my grandparents, Walt and Faye Beyer eventually sold to the Mobley family after leasing it to them for years. Please make sure that your articles are accurate.

Service awards tonight, March 5

The Mid-Columbia Health Foundation will give out its annual Tradition of Compassion philanthropy awards tonight, March 5, at Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue’s Station 1, 1400 West Eighth Street.

Mom accused of tossing son off bridge enters plea

NEWPORT (AP) — A former Hood River woman accused of throwing her 6-year-old autistic son to his death off a bridge on the Oregon coast last November has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

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Mom on quest to help son recover

Medical bills have piled up

CGCC lays off five workers

Officials grapple with projected $2.4M deficit

For the record from March 5

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from March 5, 2015.

Layoffs begin at CGCC, continue through June

Dr. Toda, President of Columbia Gorge Community College announced staff reductions in a college-wide message last week, according to a press release from the college. The initial layoff included five college employees across multiple departments, the release said.

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South Wasco High School receives Wells Fargo grant

Check for $10,000 to be used for campus upgrades

Riverhawk girls riled up for state

In facing a high-energy, trapping defensive team like the Liberty Falcons, The Dalles head coach Dan Telles said his team needs to limit mistakes and use scoring balance to extend the season another week.

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