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Recruits recall first day

SAN DIEGO — Garrett Berg and Hunter Leonard, both 18, remember the chaotic night they arrived at Marine Corps Recruiting Depot San Diego as the most traumatic of the eight weeks they have now spent in training.

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A moment of shame

SAN DIEGO — Yesterday I told you all about what happens when recruits arrive at the Receiving Center to be processed for training. The chaos where every move is orchestrated by drill instructors is designed to disorient young males (all females train at Parris Island, S.C.) and prepare them for a grueling 13 weeks of boot camp. Today it was our turn. I couldn’t help but groan when our bus pulled up outside the center shortly after 7 a.m. and Sgt. David Alvarado was waiting on the curb with a small horde of other DIs, Marine sergeants and officers.

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New colors for local NG unit

The Oregon National Guard unit based at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center formally switched its unit designation in a ceremony Sunday at the readiness center.

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Boot camp chaos begins...

Editor’s Note: RaeLynn Ricarte, managing editor of the Chronicle and mother of a Marine veteran, is at Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego this week to cover the Educator’s Workshop, involving teachers from Oregon and Seattle. She is the first Marine mom/reporter to attend the workshop, and will provide a series of reports through the week.

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Marine mom heads to ‘Hollywood’ training

We all know that a 57-year-old sedentary editor would never survive Marine Corps boot camp — but I’m headed there next week anyway.

PGR hosts ‘gathering of respect’ at OVH

Community members and motorcyclists are invited to provide residents of the Oregon Veterans’ Home with a social outings Saturday and provide some of their “wish list” items.

Fun at Fairway Follies

The Dalles Country Club is throwing a party for the community in a little more than two weeks that includes music by three different groups on the lush front lawn. “This is our way of reaching out to be part of the community,” said Jason Miller, a club member and one of the organizers.

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Rollover Crash

The Dalles City Councilor Russ Brown was first on the scene of a vehicle accident Monday morning (his truck is in the background) that trapped a woman in her smoking car along Highway 197 about 15 miles south of Maupin.

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Car cruise shifts into gear

If you love cars, The Dalles, Dufur and Dallesport are the places to be this weekend. The annual “Cruise the Gorge Classic Car Show” will feature a wide variety of cars and other vehicles in a variety of settings -- from stationery to cruising to racing -- and the events are free to spectators.

What's Happening from August 5th

Nonprofit events calendar from August 5th

Arts and Entertainment

Arts and entertainment calendar from Aug. 4, 2016.

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ADA celebrates a birthday

Since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, the world has become a much friendlier place for people who get around in wheelchairs or face other access-limiting disabilities.

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Guard adopts cemetery

The Pioneer Cemetery got some TLC from the National Guard during a drill weekend in mid-July, and the local unit plans to “adopt” the historic site and care for it.

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Civil War veteran honored

More than 150 years after the Civil War ended, the remains of a Union soldier are going home for a burial with full military honors. The cross country journey of the late Jewett Williams begins in Oregon and ends in Maine, with two stops in the gorge on Monday, Aug. 1. Area residents are being urged by Rod Runyon, Northeast District ride captain for the Patriot Guard Riders, to pay their respects to Williams when the carrier holding his cremated remains has brief stops in Cascade Locks and The Dalles.

Chronicle award list

The Dalles Chronicle netted seven awards in the 2016 Oregon Better Newspaper Contest for articles, editorials and graphics that were published last year. Reporter Neita Cecil received second place in the Best Enterprise Reporting category for a series of five stories in October and November written about the plight of a homeless mother and her five children. The articles unfolded as events occurred, including the removal of the children from motel room after the mother was arrested for a warrant involving methamphetamine use. The children, who were unable to attend school because of their situation, were sent to live with their father in Yakima.


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