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Not for Sale

“Lolli needs to play” was recently posted by a juvenile girl from The Dalles on a Portland website advertising “escort services.” Nita Belles of Bend wasn’t surprised to see the ad from an underage girl in a rural community. She said labor and sex trafficking takes place everywhere, even though people tend to think of it as a “big city problem.”

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Chamber honors leaders

Despite difficult travel conditions, The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Distinguished Citizens Award Banquet was well attended Thursday evening. The event took place at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center and drew several hundred people who came to celebrate the achievements of eight community members.

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TD football continues tradition of giving back

Players and coaches shovel snow for three days last week

While the temperature outside was in the teens with record amounts of snow on the ground, players and coaches from The Dalles football program helped clear 32 driveways and walkways of excess snow in a show of outreach and giving back.

Prepare now for freezing rain or floods

Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill and other local, state and federal emergency response managers are asking residents to prepare ahead for freezing rain and flooding in the days ahead that could bring power outages. “Community resiliency is what we are after here,” said Magill. “We don’t want people to be panicked, we want them to be prepared.”

Youth fundraiser a success

The just-concluded first fundraising drive by the group hoping to build the Gorge Youth Center was “an almost unheard of” success, said group founder Joe Martin.

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Art connects with opportunity

Live. Work. Connect. With those three small words, Opportunity Connections —- a nonprofit organization that assists people with disabilities in The Dalles, Hood River and elsewhere in the Columbia River Gorge — accurately describes its approach to helping people.

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Battle of the Bulge

Remembering the largest, bloodiest conflict of WWII

The 72nd anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, the largest and bloodiest conflict in World War II in terms of U.S. casualties, was Dec. 16, and a local Army veteran recently took time to reflect on that historic time.

Events cancelled at Senior Center

Saturday's Holiday Breakfast at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center and Saturday Night Bingo have been cancelled.

‘Got Your Six’ throw party

The new band “Got Your Six” is throwing a Christmas party Dec. 22 at the Oregon Veterans’ Home that will include a buffet and holiday music, all at no charge.

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Donor doubles coat drive yeild

With the successful 2015 winter coat drive already under its belt, Columbia Bank set out this year to repeat the effort.

TD city to hold ‘meet and greet’

The city of The Dalles invites the community to attend a “Meet and Greet” event on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the city council chambers at The Dalles City Hall.

Downtown hosts Santa Saturday

The annual Santa in the Downtown event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, and again on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the former Griffith Motors building, 523 E. Third Street (across from Sawyer’s True Value).

What's Happening from Dec. 1

Nonprofit events calendar from Nov. 1.

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Mosqueda honored for leadership

Sharla Mosqueda, executive director at Flagstone Senior Living, has received an Executive Director of the Year award for her performance and dedication to local seniors and their families.

Fix sought for bus flap

In mid-October, a miscommunication led two local parents to believe their little girl was missing, when she was actually safely being taken to her babysitter on the local LINK bus.

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