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Francis retiring as MCMC CEO

Duane Francis, longtime president and CEO of Mid-Columbia Medical Center, has announced his retirement, effective Oct. 31.

Step into 'Blue Zone' for healthy life

The secrets to a long and happy life can be found in the way a community chooses to eat, move, and play, according to a study undertaken by National Geographic that has spawned a healthy choice initiative in Oregon and other states. The nine common strength areas of cities with the oldest active inhabitants on the planet will be shared Thursday by Aaron Patnode, executive director of the Blue Zones Project in Oregon.

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Hospital creates financial hub

Potential patients can find help in one office, get an estimate of costs.

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Seeking a way forward

Sitting in the shade of a small migrant labor housing unit near The Dalles, John Jessup of White Salmon chats in Spanish with cherry picker Francisco Tamayo of Yuba City, Calif., as he relaxes after a long, hot day working in the orchards.

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Laboring for better health

Health workers promote better diet

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ALS claims local woman

An inspiration to all she met, MariAnne Sansour has succumbed to ALS, known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, after a six-year battle that she fought on her own terms, with faith, grit and humor. Ironically, her death, on May 13, occurred during ALS Awareness Month. She was 69.

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The Dalles Air Coalition wants Hope [Arkansas]

This is the conclusion of a three-part series exploring the controversy over odor and emissions at Amerities West: When Amerities South, located in Hope, Ark., had its grand opening in 2011, Warren Nelson, director of Amerities Holdings, told the Hope Star “This land is clean and will be kept clean.”

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DEQ to test air quality in The Dalles

This is the second of three stories centered on the controversy over odor and emissions at Amerities West in The Dalles; Air monitors, used to measure naphthalene levels, will arrive to The Dalles by the end of the month, confirmed Brian Boling, a laboratory manager for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

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A ramp for Uli - and friends who made it

At age 15, progressing muscular dystrophy has robbed Ulises Elizarraras Perez of the use of his legs and largely stilled his arms.

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Tea is served April 16

Event benefits Pink Project program for cancer patients

Skyline hospital expands transitional care

WHITE SALMON – In support of an overall plan to meet the needs of the Columbia River Gorge community today and in the future, Skyline Hospital has expanded its transitional care program.

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Healthy Eating

Lauren Kraemer, assistant professor with Oregon State University Extension Service, helps serve a meal Thursday evening at One Community Health, 1040 Webber Street in The Dalles. The free meal, which featured homemade soups and salad dressing, was followed by a class to help people feed their family and eat healthy. The program in English and Spanish will be offered every second Thursday of the month. Meal begins at 5 p.m. Partnering with OSU Extension and One Community Health is the Vegie Prescription program of the Gorge Grown Food Network.

MCMC draws up plans for new tower

Saying it would add efficiency and improve services, Mid-Columbia Medical Center is hoping to build a 70,000-square-foot patient tower at its hospital campus in The Dalles.

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‘Go Red’ focuses their attention on youth

A local grade schooler recently had a triglyceride level of 262 — well above the normal range of six to 100 milligrams per deciliter for this measure of fat in the blood.

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Local man loses 114 pounds

Matt Post donated his 70-inch waist jeans to Goodwill and got rid of most of his old pictures. The 30-year-old doesn’t want to relive the past but instead look to the future. “I just did not want to see myself at that again,” Post said. “I did not want that to be an acceptable return for me.”

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