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Looking Back on February 25, 2017

From the archives of The Dalles Chronicle

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A medal goes home

In a surreal sequence of events, The Dalles resident Richard Hicks’ insomnia led to the return, after nearly 50 years, of a Purple Heart medal to a Vietnam veteran who lives in Georgia.

May nixed for TD bond vote

While ideas varied on how best to go about replacing or updating the school district’s buildings at a Tuesday meeting, there was unanimity on one point: a bond vote should not be held in May.

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Uplifting Elevator project funded

The Uplifting Elevator project at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center has been eight years in the making, work has begun, and the committee overseeing the project has met its $400,000 goal and took down the “fundraising thermometer” on Wednesday.

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Tribal housing replacement funded

Last week, a group of Northwest senators announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will soon begin replacing tribal housing lost decades ago when dams were built along the Columbia River and rising waters forced many people to relocate.

For the Record for Feb. 24

Police, fire, and medical reports from February 24, 2017

Build resiliency, cope with stress

The response to stress is primarily determined by a person’s perception of an event, transition or problem, says Ann Farris, personal trainer and health coach at The Dalles Fitness and Court Club. Her quest is to help people find balance in their lives and build resiliency to manage stress.

‘Doc’ focuses on veterans

A Navy corpsman, known as “Doc” to the Marines he cared for, is returning to his hometown of The Dalles to take on the role of program director at the Oregon Veterans’ Home. “I’m really passionate about helping other vets so I bring a very positive attitude to this job,” said Michael Springston, a 2004 graduate of The Dalles High School.

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Officers ‘take a load off’

The Dalles Police Department’s new load-bearing equipment vests represent an innovation that has been welcomed by officers. In October, the department obtained 19 of the new vests, which are designed to perform a relatively simple task: they redistribute gear from the hips of officers to their shoulders, relieving them of weight that causes health problems.

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Immigration rules explained

Over 100 people attended an immigration workshop Wednesday night, getting tips from an immigration lawyer on their rights and how to respond to contacts from immigration officers. The workshop came just days after sweeping new deportation rules were announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

For the Record for Feb. 22

Police, fire, and medical reports from February 22, 2017

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Three Kings Organics opens in TD

The marijuana business in The Dalles is expanding. On Feb. 2, a new recreational marijuana outlet, Three Kings Organics, opened at 224 Terminal Ave. in The Dalles, just down the street from Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Tum-A-Lum Lumber.

Honoring those who build community

The Mid-Columbia Health Foundation has announced nominees for the 2017 Tradition of Compassion Philanthropy Awards to recognize people who donate their time and talents to build a healthy community.

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OSP traffic stop results in bust

Two suspects were caught with more than 13 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop Monday in Wasco County.

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Starved horse euthanized

A horse so weakened from starvation it couldn’t stand was euthanized Sunday and another horse on the same Pleasant Ridge property was surrendered to a horse rescue operation. Both horses were at least several hundred pounds underweight, said Kim Mosiman, executive director of Troutdale-based horse rescue Sound Equine Options (SEO).

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