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Vet lashes out at homeless plan

An Iraqi war veteran was escorted by police out of The Dalles City Council meeting Monday after he stridently accused the elected body of violating the free speech rights of the audience and the civil rights of the homeless. “I took an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution against all enemies, foreign or domestic,” said Joshua Farris, a local resident who told the council he deployed to Iraq in 2003 and had also been stationed in Korea and Germany.

Local Marine celebrates with EMS challenge

Hal Woods celebrated the Marine Corps Birthday on Friday, Nov. 10, by challenging his fellow emergency responders to donate snack and hygiene items for care packages that will be sent to troops in Afghanistan. “I am reaching out to all of you in this community, especially law enforcement and firefighters who are on the front lines at home, to help give our warriors a touch of comfort,” he said.

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In the wrong place at the right time

‘I’m a warrior... It is literally how God put his DNA stamp on my body’

Roger Howe of The Dalles took his place in the long family lineage of military service when he enlisted in the Army in 1968 and shipped out to Vietnam the same year. “I am a warrior — I’m a warrior for Christ and I’m a warrior for real,” said Roger.

A wild and rewarding ride

No matter what path a person travels, at some point the trail has to come to an end. That is where I find myself in November 2017, as I will be leaving The Dalles Chronicle today and heading out on the path of “semi-retirement.”

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Hage resigns from Home at Last position

The woman asked to help turn around the struggling animal shelter in The Dalles as it contended with a ringworm outbreak has quit her volunteer post, citing interference from the shelter board.

Vets, kids get together on Thursday

Veterans Day ceremonies take place Thursday at two schools in The Dalles and community members are invited to attend. The events to honor those who have served begins about 9 a.m. at The Dalles Middle School, 1100 East 12th Street, when an H60 Coast Guard helicopter from Astoria lands on the football field. Also on scene will be a 40-foot utility boat.

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Indian Autumn

The “Columbia River Indian Autumn” celebration at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center attracted a host of celebrants Saturday.

What's Happening from November 5, 2017

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Warming Place seeks volunteers

The Warming Place opens Nov. 19, and volunteers are needed to run the shelter, which opens on the coldest nights to give the homeless a respite from winter weather.

What's Happening from October 29

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Veterans challenged to help troops

Army veteran Roger Howe gave a large cash donation to the Holidays for Heroes Committee Wednesday to use for care packages that will be sent to troops in Afghanistan — and he is challenging other veterans to do the same. “The fact that we are here, still walking and talking, and we have experienced what our troops are going through — we get what it means to get something from home,” said Howe, who deployed to Vietnam in 1968 with the 101st Airborne Division.

Downtown welcomes ‘Trick-or-Treaters’

The Dalles downtown trick or treat activities will take place next Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 3 to 5 p.m. Orange pumpkin flyers in windows will indicate which businesses are participating in this annual Halloween event. Parents are encouraged to park in the parking lot across from The Dalles City Park (Fifth and Union streets) and walk to keep downtown traffic to a minimum.

What's Happening from October 22

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Region’s native culture celebrated Nov. 4

The “Columbia River Indian Autumn” celebration is Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive. Admission is free for the event that features artisans, musicians and vendors from regional tribes.

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A fateful ride to Lone Pine

This four-part series looks at the Lone Pine Native American treaty fishing in-lieu site, which overlooks The Dalles Dam. The first article describes homeless advocate Dorothy Rodriguez’s push to help meet needs at the site.

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