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Citizens urge NORCOR to seek tax levy

A group of citizens pressuring the regional jail to end its contract to hold immigration detainees are now encouraging the jail board to ask voters again to pass a permanent tax rate. In a letter presented to the jail board at its April 26 meeting, the newly formed NORCOR Community Resources Coalition recommended putting the tax levy back on the ballot, on the condition that it would mean termination of the federal contract to hold immigration detainees.

May 10, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Back in time with ‘Xanadu, Jr.’

It’s not often that modern-day middle-schoolers are willing to embrace ‘80s fashion choices like crimped hair and legwarmers, but The Dalles Middle School’s student cast and crew dive straight in with their performance of the ‘80s pop-rock musical comedy “Xanadu, Jr.”

May 10, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Navy pilot taxis toward Salem

The campaign of Greg Wooldridge is soaring as he shares with Oregonians how the leadership skills he learned during 27 years of Navy service — including a world tour as commanding officer of the Blue Angels precision aerobatic team — can create a more efficient and accountable government. “Trust and clear expectations are key,” said the gubernatorial candidate, who brought his message to The Dalles Tuesday evening.

May 10, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
 

VSO changes hours

The Wasco County Veterans Service Office has changed its hours to accommodate more walk-in clients while allowing personnel to spend uninterrupted time filling out the paperwork for benefit and compensation claims. The new hours at the 201 Federal Street office are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and the office is open only for special appointments on Friday, which is the day two service officers will spend putting together files for submission to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

May 10, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Marine moms take aim at D21 policy

Two Marines will not be allowed by school policy to wear dress blues to their June 9 high school graduation, but administrators have made some concessions to recognize their military service. The mothers of Zain Hartsook, 18, and Brayden Anderson, 17, believe their sons should be granted an exemption to the requirement that they wear traditional cap and gown to The Dalles High School commencement exercise.

May 9, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


‘Left brained’ for the arts

After 10 years serving as director of The Dalles Art Center, doing everything from scheduling shows to scrubbing toilets, Carmen Toll has decided to retire at the end of next month.

May 9, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
 

Youth center event May 12

This Saturday, May 12, at a land dedication event at the site of the proposed Gorge Youth Center, new architect’s renderings will be unveiled, including what’s billed as a “cool new feature.”

May 9, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Jail budget passes through committee

With the relief of knowing Hood River County won’t seek to curtail its jail subsidy payment, the regional jail budget committee approved a proposed budget with no staff changes on April 26.

May 9, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


‘Pioneers’ celebrate deep family roots

Wasco County Pioneer Association named the 2018 Pioneers of the Year — John Lundell and Joanne Brewer — Saturday at its 96th annual meeting at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center. Attendees had a rare opportunity to view 80 of the association's collection of over 250 picture boards.

May 8, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
 

More help for grade schoolers

The school district is proposing adding six aides, two per elementary school, to contend with a notable increase in kindergarteners and first graders who are disruptive and unable to settle. Now, those kids are sent to the principal’s office, which is seen as punitive. The goal is to create a separate room in each elementary, staffed with an aide, where kids can go to calm down.

May 7, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Starnes eyes big changes

Patrick Starnes, running as an Independent for Oregon governor, thinks every political candidate should spend time on a school board. “As a school board member, you hire and fire teachers, close schools … you really learn the aches and pains of the community,” he said in a recent interview at The Dalles Chronicle.

May 7, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

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