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D21 eyes tax issue

With a goal of putting a bond measure on the May 2017 ballot, the school district will soon begin reaching out to the community regarding new buildings.

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Refugee talk spurs students

Local students gained an appreciation for their own fortunate circumstances and empathy for the plight of refugees following a talk from the logistics chief of the United Nation’s refugee program.

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Enjoy a taste of Samoa

“Celebrating American Samoa,” a fundraiser set for this Saturday, Nov. 5, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, is a cultural showcase put on by local students hoping to visit Samoa next spring.

TDMS teacher’s aide jailed, charged

A male classroom aide at The Dalles Middle School was arrested last week and is accused of inappropriately touching two female students at school.

Police: Local clown threat a hoax

Police say reports are unsubstantiated and not credible about a possible clown attack Friday at local schools, but they will patrol the schools anyway, so students “are safe and also feel safe,” said The Dalles Police Chief Patrick Ashmore.

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Community ed classes start

Community education classes are starting up again this Thursday at Wahtonka Community School, with a range of classes from guitar to knitting to movie discussions.

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Sponsors help bring bullying speaker

With the help of sponsors, St. Mary’s Academy is bringing Jodee Blanco, billed as the country’s most sought-after anti-bullying speaker, to The Dalles for a daylong workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

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Anti-bullying speaker in The Dalles September 20

Jodee Blanco was bullied at school from the fifth grade on. An “old soul” who was different and didn’t fit in, she was beaten, stoned, teased, left out, and invited to fake parties as a set-up. Now she’s a New York Times bestselling author who has taken the principles of her top seller, “Please Stop Laughing at Me,” to over 500,000 students at speaking engagements around the world and across the U.S. Her next stop will be in The Dalles, on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at St. Mary’s Academy.

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Working, and growing, in the woods

Young crews trim trees, repair trails — and learn life skills

It’s been a busy couple of months for two teams of young adults planting trees and fixing trails in the Mount Hood National Forest.

D21 scores up

Year-end test results across the school district were mostly encouraging, and, in particular, officials are excited to release updated data on the high school in October.

D21 studies ‘long term’ bond option

With five aging schools to contend with, the school board is considering the idea of asking voters to approve a single, large, long-term “bond authority” that would give the district enough cash to eventually replace them all.

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Reliving the end of an era

Horsepower gives way to tractors with first annual Vintage Dufur Days

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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.

Gorge Community Foundation awards scholarships and more

Gorge Community Foundation awarded more than $190,000 in scholarships and grants in May and June, benefiting students from several local communities as well as a wide range of public service initiatives across the bi-state region.

Summer camp “Animal habitats of the gorge” offered

What would it be like to be a bear, a fox, a raccoon, or an eagle? Kids ages 5 to 9 years old can explore “Animal Habitats of the Gorge” during a day camp Aug. 1-4, 9 a.m. to noon at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive. Children will get to choose a favorite wild animal, then learn about each animal’s habitat.

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