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Looking back on January 11, 2017

From the archives of The Dalles Chronicle

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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.”

Corps to assess ice jam risk on Snake River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ deployed a team of technical experts Friday to assess ice jam conditions and flood risks on the Snake River in Oregon and Idaho, according to a press release. The ice jam appears to be at least 10 miles long, stretching from Washington to Payette County on the Snake River in Idaho and Malheur County in Oregon, according to local observations.

For the Record for Jan. 20

Police, fire, and medical reports from January 20, 2017

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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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‘Safety first’ sparks council discussion

With the region being impacted by a series of winter storms since December, employees of the city of The Dalles have been sent home early, advised to come in later, or told to take the day off altogether due to unsafe travel conditions. Councilor Taner Elliott asked his peers if they had any comments or suggestions regarding the city’s policy of excusing employees from work on days when bad weather rolls in and conditions are potentially hazardous.

Closures and delays, Friday Jan. 20

Interstate 84 re-opens through gorge

All lanes of Interstate 84 are again open in the Columbia River Gorge between Troutdale and Hood River, milepost 17 to milepost 62. The road has been closed since about 2 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 17 from a snowstorm that arrived three days after an ice storm struck the area. The storms brought down trees and power lines and left behind huge snowdrifts. ODOT crews, working around the clock, were able to re-open the road about 11 p.m. Thursday. The road is safe but travelers should still use caution. The Historic Columbia River Highway remains closed. Go to TripCheck.com for updates on road conditions. Due to inclement weather concerns, the SAT Testing scheduled for Saturday, January 21st, 2017 will be postponed until Saturday, February 4th, 2017 - doors will be open at 7:45 AM at The Dalles High School main campus. For additional information, please contact The Dalles High School Main Office at 541-506-3400. NWC Schools will be on a 2 hour delay for Friday, January 20th, 2017 due to inclement weather. Columbia Gorge Community College: Hood River campus closed. The Dalles campus open normal business hours.

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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.

For the Record for Jan. 19

Police, fire, and medical reports from January 19, 2017

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OR Guard helps with inauguration

Fifty members of an Oregon National Guard unit with a presence in the gorge travelled this week to Washington, D.C. to support the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.

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Winter weather hurts business

On the heels of what was a lackluster Christmas for downtown businesses thanks to bad weather, frigid, snowy conditions in January have kept sales well below normal.

Stranded trio rescued Sunday

Rescuers on snowmobiles retrieved three people Sunday who got stranded as they tried to walk out of their wooded cabin home off Fivemile Road after running out of propane and fuel.

Closures and delays for Thursday, Jan. 19

North Wasco County School District 21 will open with a two hour delay Thursday, Jan. 19. Wishram Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late, No AM preschool OCDC Headstart: Odell and The Dalles Centers - 2 hours late. Columbia Gorge Community College: Both campuses will open at 10 am. Classes scheduled before 10 am are canceled, classes starting at 10 am or after will run as scheduled.

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Boaters warned of debris in area rivers

Last week's historic snowfall and the projected warm, and wet forecast this week sets up the perfect scenario for potential flooding on Oregon rivers, especially west of the Cascade Mountains. And with flooding comes debris flows with trees, root wads, and other material that can impact the safety of boaters on the water.

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Electrical fire displaces 21 residents

An electrical fire Sunday at American Village apartments in the 2400 block of West 10th Street displaced 10 adults and 11 children from six units. No one was injured.

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