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Christmas tree permits available

SALEM (AP) — Sales of Christmas-tree permits for the Mount Hood National Forest are now available, and permits for the Willamette National Forest go on sale the day after Thanksgiving.

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A Fight for Life

Cheree Gillette recently attended the funeral of a 34-year-old childhood friend who died of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. The loss of her friend particularly shook Gillette, because she herself had nearly died from the same illness early this year.

Campus closure plans suspended

The Columbia Gorge Community College board wants to revisit a planned closure of the Hood River campus — to offset a $1.6 million budget deficit — so those plans have been put on hold. That news was delivered Thursday afternoon by Dr. Frank Toda, president and chief executive officer of the college.

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Light up the holidays

The Dalles Main Street invites volunteers to get into the spirit of the holiday season Tuesday, Nov. 25, by putting up white Christmas lights in the downtown blocks, starting at 7 a.m.

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Dufur legend calls it a career

Volleyball coach Kelly Darden wins 449 matches and four state titles in her 21 years

Three on Parks board under fire

In a busy meeting Wednesday night, the parks board first received a petition with 89 signatures seeking the reinstatement of Scott Green as director, then was told a recall effort would begin against the three members who voted for his ouster.

Green files complaint with labor bureau

Fired Parks and Recreation Director Scott Green filed a complaint with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Nov. 7, alleging violations of his civil rights.

Sherlock Holmes finishes run Saturday

VAGABOND MADELEINE Morgan, left, is moved along by an Irish policeman in Thursday’s performance of Sherlock Holmes and the Portal of Time at The Dalles High School. Final performances are tonight, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and two performances Saturday, Nov. 22, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before the show.

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Sunny memory

THE METAL FISH on the Interstate 84 bridge at the west end of The Dalles are silhouetted against the rising sun in the days before winter weather moved in to shroud the area. Warmer weather is coming — but so is the rain — and a glimpse of the sun may still be days away.

Youth misses key signs of concussion

High school player didn’t recognize what was happening

Concussions treated head on

In the just-concluded fall sports season at The Dalles High School, 22 student athletes received concussions, officials say, well below the 35 that occurred last year.

CGCC to close Hood River campus

Budget deficit prompts quick action

Dr. K: Eye drops provide relief for swollen eyes

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have allergies, and my eyes are affected the most. They’re puffy, red and itchy. What can I do? DEAR READER: Pollens, animal dander, dust mites and mold: The same allergens that cause sneezing and an itchy nose and throat can trigger allergy symptoms that affect your eyes, too. If your eyes are red and itchy, you may also have tearing, mucous discharge and swelling of your conjunctiva (the inside of your eyelid). This constellation of symptoms is known as allergic conjunctivitis. It can be uncomfortable, but it is not a threat to vision.

For the record from Nov. 20

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Nov. 20, 2014.

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Rangers trying to break through

With all of the hoopla and congratulations lobbed towards the Dufur Rangers after a semifinal football playoff win last week, as a group, they know the journey is far from over. Just two more wins will cap a memorable season.

Letter to the editor: Thanks for smile

To the editor: On Monday, Nov. 17, Dutch Bros. had a huge sale. All drinks, all day, $1. Of course, the lines were very long. We all waited our turn, except for a truck load of young men who cut in front of four patiently waiting customers.

Letter to the editor: Revival time

To the editor: If the majority of U.S. citizens wanted the House and the Senate to work with the president to repair and rehabilitate America’s decline brought on by “The Obama Nation,” Democrats would have been elected. And still the Commander-in-Chief doesn’t get it.

Letter to the editor: Long donation list

To the editor: The Dalles truly is a great place to live and work. As the executive director of the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation I get to see, firsthand some of this city's best and brightest!

Editorial: Timber will have a role in economies

The New York Times ran a story in its Saturday editions about Sweet Home and the town’s attempts to redefine itself now that federal forests don’t produce nearly the level of timber that they have in the past. The story likely was of interest to the paper’s readers, but it probably didn’t tell Oregonians anything they don’t know.

Wash. to sue over tank vapors

SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington plans to sue the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor to protect workers from hazardous vapors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear site, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Wednesday.

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