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US to end policy that let legal pot flourish

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Obama-era policy that had paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

January 4, 2018 1:37 p.m. read more..

County scrambles to fill codes gap

The deadline is approaching for the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments to stop providing building code services and Wasco County officials are scrambling to get another local office set up. “We’re still trying to put all the pieces together,” said Steve Kramer, chair of the county commission for 2018.

January 4, 2018 1:36 p.m. read more..

Cold Country

A cold east wind ripples an American flag near Highway 97 south of The Dalles. In the background, snow has melted from portions of a wheat field exposed to the sun, but remains in furrows and shadows.

January 4, 2018 1:34 p.m. read more..

Probe finds wrongdoing

SALEM — Cylvia Hayes, the girlfriend of former Gov. John Kitzhaber, used her official position for personal gain, an investigator with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission concluded in a report released Wednesday.

January 4, 2018 1:33 p.m. read more..

Blanket drive is Saturday

The Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) will host its fifth annual Blanket Drive Saturday, Jan. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot at 523 East Third Street across from Sawyer’s True Value.

January 4, 2018 1:31 p.m. read more..

Internship program launches in Gorge

Gorge employers were regularly saying they had trouble filling well-paying, good-benefit jobs, even though they didn’t even require a college education. Enter Gorge Works, a new program through the Port of The Dalles that offers paid summer internships and apprenticeship opportunities. It began taking applications for internships in mid-December, and the application period closes Jan. 31.

January 4, 2018 1:30 p.m. read more..

SWC boys lose three straight

Coming off a 52-50 home victory against Country Christian on Dec. 21, the South Wasco County boys’ basketball team lost games against Nixyaawii, Griswold and Echo over a three-day span by an average margin of 23.6 points, including a 41-39 heartbreaker last Friday to Griswold.

January 3, 2018 1:49 p.m. read more..

No. 8 Lady Redsides end skid with win over Echo

Playing three games in three days, the South Wasco County girls’ basketball team was put to the test in a pair of tournament games and a Saturday matchup against Echo, scoring a 1-2 record over that stretch. At the Bouncin’ Cancer Tournament at Helix High School, the No. 8-ranked Lady Redsides lost by an 84-25 score versus No. 6-ranked and undefeated Nixyaawii and suffered another setback on Friday, 43-36, against No. 15 Griswold.

January 3, 2018 1:47 p.m. read more..

No. 12 Hawks take one at Dulich Tourney

The Dalles High School went 1-2 over three days at the Vince Dulich Tournament held at Astoria High School, with the lone win coming on a Jacob Hernandez buzzer-beater against 3A Rainier in a 77-75 victory on Friday. In that matchup, the No. 12 Riverhawks trailed late in the fourth quarter, but a few bounces went their way down the stretch to turn the tide.

January 3, 2018 1:44 p.m. read more..

In Stitches

Volunteers at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center made 120 quilts in 2017 and provided 89 to recipients of Meals on Wheels.

January 3, 2018 1:30 p.m. read more..

Local man killed by train Dec. 30

A local man who was hard of hearing was killed Dec. 30 when he was hit by a train near the intersection of West Second and Cherry Heights Road. The train conductor told police he repeatedly sounded his horn — “It felt like 50 times,” he told officers — but Strunk did not “make an effort to turn or look at the train.”

January 3, 2018 1:28 p.m. read more..

City nonprofit grant funds available

Nonprofit organizations are invited by the City of The Dalles to apply for grants during the month of January that will fund projects and programs that spur economic growth or provide a social benefit to the community.

January 3, 2018 1:27 p.m. read more..

First baby of 2018 arrives Jan. 1

The first baby of 2018, Callen Burke, was delivered at 3:17 p.m. Jan. 1 to mother Sarah Burke, 31, and father Brian Burke, 30, at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles.

January 3, 2018 1:24 p.m. read more..

Chinatown exhibit to close

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center soon bids farewell to a yearlong exhibit, “A Community Forgotten: Uncovering the Story of The Dalles Chinatown.” Before it goes, the Discovery Center will host “Chinese Puzzles,” a dinner and presentation Jan. 12 featuring author and curator Marilyn Urness on her experience investigating The Dalles’ largely forgotten Chinese community.

January 2, 2018 1:58 p.m. read more..

Sherman girls finish at 1-2 in tournament action

Riding a six-game losing streak, the Sherman Huskies led 21-14 at the half and finished on a 24-18 second-half run to dispatch of Wallowa by a 45-32 margin for seventh-place honors during final-day girls’ basketball action at the Optimist Christmas Classic in La Grande.

January 2, 2018 1:54 p.m. read more..

Sherman beats Powder Valley

To get into the tournament championship, Sherman faced off against No. 15 Powder Valley in a semifinal contest, and Luke Martin racked up a career-high 18 points to lead the Huskies to a 66-42 victory.

January 2, 2018 1:52 p.m. read more..

No. 1 Huskies score Optimist Classic title

The two-time defending state champion Sherman Huskies are off to an 8-1 start and a No. 1 ranking, and head coach Gary Lewis still feels his group has yet to put an entire game together. At the Optimist Christmas Classic in La Grande, the Huskies wrapped up a 3-0 run with a 55-33 victory over the 2A classification’s No. 11-ranked squad, Elgin, in the championship game Friday at Eastern Oregon University.

January 2, 2018 1:48 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Moving livestock

To the editor: This is a PSA for going into the new year for those folks who maybe new to living in an area with agriculture all around them: Occasionally a farmer needs to move livestock from one area to another and sometimes the easiest, quickest and safest way is to just run them down a county road. Should someone be driving and come across this livestock drive, stop your vehicle and wait until the farmer has let you know it is ok to pass.

January 2, 2018 1:46 p.m. read more..

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