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Undergrads build prosthetic arm for 10-year-old violinist

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — The pressure was on for Abdul Gouda and his classmates at George Mason University: not only did their graduation depend on the success of their project, but so did the hopes of impossibly cute 10-year-old girl. Fifth-grader Isabella Nicola wanted to play the violin, but she was born with no left hand and a severely abbreviated forearm.

Letter to the Editor: Civic engagement

To the editor: A recent spate of letters to the editor have come to the defense of our Second District Rep. Greg Walden by reprimanding town hall attendees for bullying, hypocrisy, divisiveness, rudeness, and intolerance toward the man who is elected to represent us in Congress. What they failed to mention was Mr. Walden's statement at every town hall welcoming the heated exchange, saying, "this is what a healthy democracy looks like."

Letter to the Editor: Not part of solution

To the editor: Last week I attended the town hall held here in The Dalles and have decided to write this letter about what I heard and what I expect to come about as a result of his “listening” efforts.

Letter to the Editor: Stabilize market rates

To the editor: Most people receive health insurance through their employer. Suppose for a moment that your company changed its benefit plan to match proposed AHCA changes, waiving protections for pre-existing conditions and community rating.

Letter to the Editor: Urge Walden vote

To the editor: In 2008, Congress enacted a law we call GINA, the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act, to prohibit employers and health insurance companies from discriminating against individuals on the basis of their most private and personal information, their genetic make-up. House Bill 1313, recently introduced to the House of Representatives by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), would take away much of the protection GINA gives us.

Letter to the Editor: Haters, be ashamed

To the editor: Mama Hattie and my Sunday school teachers taught me that to hate was a diabolical sin. An example is the nightly proliferation of low-level jokes and questionable humor thrown at Trump on television talk shows.

Letter to the Editor: Keep digging safe

To the editor: After a long and dreary winter, it's time for outdoor spring projects to start. NW Natural reminds contractors, homeowners and landscapers to call 811 when a project involves digging 12 inches or lower.

Letter to the Editor: International salute

To the editor: What a lovely idea to switch the July celebration from our national holiday to Canada Day, July 1.

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Looking Back on April 23, 2017

From the archives of The Dalles Chronicle

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Mishap sends car into office building

The Dalles’ Northwest Cherry Festival got off to an unusually impactful start on Friday – with an incident that wasn’t part of the scheduled activities.

Foibles of the “Willie Dee”

The USS William D. Porter, a naval destroyer, sank on June 10, 1945, with Seaman First Class Ted LaDoux, now a longtime resident of The Dalles, aboard. All 300 sailors made it to safety, but the Willie Dee, as she was known, settled 2,400 feet to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, another victim of World War II’s famous Battle of Okinawa.

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Manning the ‘big guns’ at sea

Ted LaDoux checks the mail every day, sometimes twice. Any day now, he should be receiving long overdue campaign medals he earned over 70 years ago, in the waning days of World War II.

Kaitlin Wenz leads Horizon

Horizon Christian sophomore Kaitlin Wenz and teammate Paulina Finn ended up 1-2 in the 400-meter race and the track and field boys and girls had four top-5 outcomes at the Bruin Invitational.

Huskies net seven top-5 finishes at Bruin Invite

Desiree Winslow, Isaiah Coles have best efforts for Sherman

Keenan Coles, Owen Christiansen, Isaiah Coles and Desiree Winslow turned in the best performances for the Sherman Huskies at the 12-team Bruin Invitational Friday afternoon in White Salmon, Wash.

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TD golfers place third at Raven Rumble

Snodgrass, Vassar and Ford wind up with 81s

The Dalles boys’ golf squad had four players score in the 80s to wrap up third place in the team standings with a 327 team score Friday at the Raven Rumble Golf Tournament held on the Eagle Crest Ridge Course in Redmond.

SWC gets nine victories

South Wasco County picked up eight firsts and had 11 personal records at the TVC Track Meet Thursday in Madras.

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Roster shakeup used as a lesson

Coach preps TD girls on how to deal with adversity

The Dalles girls’ tennis coach Debby Jones used Thursday’s league match against Hermiston as a shock to the system of her players by mixing and matching athletes into different roles to test their mental strength.

TD boys get past HRV, 5-3

All four doubles teams racked up wins and James Pashek came out ahead in his No. 2 singles match to help The Dalles boys’ tennis team to its first win over Hood River Valley in more than four years in a league match played Tuesday at The Dalles High School.

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The Dalles boys edged out by Hermiston

Both teams get four wins, but Bulldogs inch ahead on sets, 10-9

Riding high off its first win over Hood River Valley in more than four years, The Dalles boys’ tennis team played Hermiston to a 4-4 draw, but was edged out in total sets won, 10-9, in a league match played Thursday on the campus of Hermiston High School.

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Three vie for CGCC seat

Four of the seven seats on the Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education will be on the upcoming special election ballot, and this year, the positions have generated a lot of interest, with all four slots being contested.

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