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Fire destroys local home

A home, wellhouse and woodshed at 6569 Reservoir Road were destroyed by fire late Wednesday night. A mother and daughter who were home escaped unharmed, and all but two cats were accounted for, according to witnesses at the scene. Both residents left the home and called 911 from a neighbor’s house across the street.

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Overturned semi backing up I84 at Rowena

Traffic is backed up in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Rowena due to a semi-truck that overturned and has to be removed from the roadway. Expect a complete traffic stop and travel delays through that area.

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Michoacana grocery expands

Store offers wide range of Mexican, American products

For the record from July 13

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 13, 2016

TD police honor 5 fallen officers

Four officers from The Dalles Police Department have gone to Dallas to pay respects to the five police officers slain there last week by a sniper.

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Oil car upgrades roll slowly

BILLINGS, Mont.— Accident-prone tank cars used to haul crude oil and ethanol by rail could remain in service for another 15 years under federal rules that allow companies to phase in upgrades to the aging fleet, according to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. Transportation officials and railroad representatives have touted the rules as a key piece of their efforts to stave off future disasters, following a string of fiery derailments and major spills that raised concerns about the crude-by-rail industry.

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Birthday girls wait for party

A party on Sunday for three friends who turn 95 tomorrow has been expanded to include five other people from Sherman County who also celebrate birthdays this week. Leta Ann Reckmann of Grass Valley, daughter of Eilene Eslinger, has organized the event, which takes place at 2 p.m. July 17 at Sorosis Park.

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Summer chore

Summer's chore

Schools test low for lead levels

While high lead levels were found in drinking water in some Portland schools, tests done on schools here produced results significantly below actionable levels. Testing was done in mid-June, with 74 samples taken at Chenowith, Dry Hollow and Colonel Wright elementaries, Wahtonka Community School, The Dalles High School and Mosier Community School. The EPA recommends that school water supplies showing lead levels above 20 parts per billion (ppb) be taken out of service.

Burglary suspect caught

It’s rare to find the culprits in a burglary, but an alert neighbor helped lead police to a suspect who was recently charged in connection with three burglaries in The Dalles. Pedro Ayala Solorio, 21, of 3125 Gilhouley Rd., Odell, was indicted by a Wasco County grand jury last week on eight counts: three counts of first-degree burglary, three counts of theft and two counts of criminal mischief.

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County updates 'identity'

The challenge presented to a team of Wasco County employees in March was to design a logo that represented the vision statement “Pioneering Pathways to Prosperity” and reflected the agricultural and scenic setting of the area.

Letter to the editor: High value

To the editor: The Board of Directors and staff of Wonderworks Children’s Museum of the Gorge in The Dalles would like to publicly thank the 16 volunteers from Google who came to the Museum in June as part of GoogleServe.

Letter to the editor: Wildfire help

To the editor: We would like to thank everyone who helped fight the wildfire that burned our property on Sunday, July 3rd. Your quick response helped to save our home, buildings and livestock. We are very grateful.

Letter to the editor: Very grateful

To the editor: The Kaser family and those involved in the farming operation would like to extend our gratitude toward all the agencies and individuals who responded on Thursday, June 30, to the Fifteen Mile Fire east of The Dalles.

Crosstalk: How much red tape is necessary?

How much red tape is necessary?

What's Happening from July 12

Nonprofit events calendar from July 12, 2016

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Tharp says Crush can hold their heads high

14U travel softball team made gains on and off the field in 2016

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Young 12U Stars heading into postseason

Team getting its first taste of postseason regional play

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Looking Back on July 10

Looking Back on July 10, from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle.

Commentary: Jury service is an important part of system

In my position as Circuit Court Judge for the 7th Judicial District, I am charged with reviewing requests to be excused from jury service. Each quarter the court summons 500 jurors to appear for jury service. Of that number, many are returned as undeliverable. Several others are excused on the basis of age (70 years or older), or documented illness.

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