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Letter to the editor: No race war

To the editor: Thank you, Mark Gibson, for your inspired and thoughtful response to Tuesday’s editorial question, “Is racism growing worse in the U.S.?” You looked at respected resources, and drew your conclusions from them and from your own experience. I hope your co-editor had a chance to thoroughly read your writing, because it may help her feel less threatened by national events. There is no way an “anti-cop ideology is being promoted by our president.” This is inflammatory nonsense.

Letter to the editor: Debt owed

To the editor: It’s been just over a month since the recent fiery train derailment in Mosier, and all the oil cars are long gone.

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Walden addresses GOP

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden was one of the first speakers at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland that began Monday, and has been present each night since. “I think it’s a political convention with a lot of players but I think it’s all coming together,” he said in a telephone interview with The Chronicle Thursday morning prior to an appearance on C-Span.

Mosier groundwater contaminated by oil train spill

PORTLAND (AP) — A monitoring well installed after last month's train derailment near Mosier has detected oil contamination in the ground water.

Woman harasses dispatch center

In a rarity, the Wasco County 911 Center called police to report its own dilemma: a woman who incessantly called the dispatch center, perhaps 50 times over two days, last week.

County mulls tax break

The Wasco County Commission is mulling adoption of state legislation that would exempt property taxes for families of first responders who lose their lives in the line of duty.

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An unexpected party

The Bram Bratá Steel Band performed a free concert at The Dalles Civic Auditorium Wednesday noon hosted by The Dalles Rotary Club.

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Hustlers put season on the line at home tonight

A win over Pendleton sets up Super Regionals bid

Needing to win three of four games this past weekend, the Hustlers nearly swept a pair of league doubleheaders, but still won three games to set up a one-game playoff against Pendleton at 6 p.m. tonight at Bob Williams Field.

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Athletics East squad caps solid summer

Johnson, Bullock and Rising end on a high note

Three middle school athletes determined to fare well in their final meets of the summer for the Athletics East program were able to end on a high note in their respective events earlier this July. Emily Johnson, of The Dalles, accomplished great times and personal records during her running campaign, and she did well enough to earn a berth into the USATF Regional meet in Seattle. Elli Rising, of Goldendale, and Hood River’s Chloe Bullock also capped their solid summer at the Tracktown Youth League finals on Saturday, July 9, at Historic Hayward Field, with Rising nearly winning two events and Bullock picking a victory in her lone run at 400-meters.

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Cummings looking forward to 2017 season

13U group takes summer as a learning experience

With time to let the 2016 Babe Ruth baseball campaign sink in, The Dalles head coach Greg Cummings is already circling the calendar for next year and beyond. Last weekend in West Linn, TD went 1-2 in state action, losing their finale 18-2 in mercy-ruled fashion to the West Linn ‘A’ team.

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14U Stars soaking in their historic run

After clinching regional crown, team focused on World Series

It was history in the making. The shock and amazement is still yet to sink in – the 14U Babe Ruth All Stars are the Pacific Northwest Regional softball champions. In five games, the Stars posted a 4-1 record and outscored their opponents by an 81-49 margin, capping this inspiring run with a 23-13 victory over Kuna in the title game played Friday at Settlers Park in Meridian.

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TD throws a party for United Way

The fourth annual United Way benefit concert and 21-and-older block party drew the biggest crowd ever to Clocktower Ales Friday night, supported by a host of The Dalles’ businesses.

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Plenty of pelicans

Growing crowds of large white birds on rocks by The Dalles Dam have drawn plenty of notice this year. They’re American white pelicans, and they were first spotted locally a few years ago by wildlife officials, but this summer, the population has just exploded.

Posse ‘de-spooks’ horses

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Posse will provide ceremonial and public safety services at two events in August, an opportunity to test the arduous training they have undertaken in recent weeks to ready their horses for interaction with crowds. “The de-spooking clinic and equine confidence course the posse recently completed is so important,” said Sheriff Lane Magill. “It helps them with horsemanship so that they have control when they get in crowds. Training like this allows the posse to be used for a lot of things, from search and rescue to parades.”

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Orchard View celebrates end of harvest

Employees rewarded for hard work with food, entertainment

For the record, July 20

Police, fire and medical reports from July 20, 2016

What's Happening from July 20

Nonprofit events calendar from July 20, 2016

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An ‘Evening of Excellence’ for TDHS

The Dalles High School: “Evening of Excellence” held its annual recognition night on May 13. The purpose of the “Evening of Excellence” is to recognize students who, in the judgment of their teacher, have displayed that outstanding “spark” and love for being in a particular class.

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Band for vets gets underway

Chris Mumford held the first rehearsal Thursday for a new band being formed to raise money for veterans’ causes. He hopes to attract enough musicians in coming weeks to split the group between country and rock so they can cover a wider variety of venues.

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Two die in Dufur area crash

Two Dufur residents died in a single-vehicle rollover crash Sunday evening on Boyd Loop Road just outside Dufur, according to the Oregon State Police. Both the driver, Tamara Janine Kucher, 40, and Hunter William Reese Spears, 21, who was riding in the bed of the 1994 Chevrolet 1500 extended cab pickup, were ejected when the vehicle lost control on a turn and rolled down an embankment, said Sgt. Kaipo Raiser. Both died at the scene.

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