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Fire district seeks bond

With a 20-year building bond retiring soon, Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue is asking voters to approve a new $3.85 million bond to replace aging fire apparatus and ambulances and do property maintenance. Property taxes would not increase if the Nov. 8 bond passes, said Fire Chief Bob Palmer.

Google will buy acreage

Google purchased 42 acres of industrial land in June and has made a prospective purchase agreement to buy another 96 acres — the old Northwest Aluminum smelter site.

Old Lady Canyon fire rekindles

Wildfire rekindled Monday afternoon in the area of 782 Old Highway 8 in southeast Klickitat, rapidly spreading west and south toward Highway 14 and the area of Sundale, Wash. As of 6:30 p.m. Monday, the fire had burned approximately 3,500 acres, according a press release from the Klickitat County Sheriff's Office.

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Looking Back on September 11

Looking back on September 11, from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle.

Horses, mules killed in Sherman

Four horses and two mules that escaped their pasture are dead after being struck Friday by a big rig hauling potatoes in Sherman County.

Hood River sheriff deputy charged for private misconduct

Marc Smith, a deputy with the Hood River County Sheriff's Office, was arrested for crimes relating to off-duty conduct Sept. 9. Hood River County Sheriff Matt English was notified Sept. 8 of an incident involving Smith and alleged serious misconduct that was unrelated to Smith’s duties as a deputy. English immediately placed Smith on administrative leave and then requested that the Oregon State Police conduct an investigation into the allegations. On Friday, Smith was lodged at Northern Oregon Regional Corrections on charges of luring a minor, two counts of sexual abuse in the third degree, one count of public indecency and two counts of private indecency. At this time, the investigation is ongoing. According to English, the goal of his agency is to be transparent with the public. However, he noted that further release of information at this time could compromise the integrity and sensitive nature of this investigation.

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A moment seared in time

Firefighters look back 15 years to the day of the deadliest terror attack in world history

Bob Palmer recently watched a documentary about United Airlines Flight 93 and was struck by the bravery of passengers who stared death in the face as they made a desperate attempt to stop terrorists from killing more Americans on Sept. 11, 2001. “They were the real heroes of the day,” said Palmer, chief of Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue in The Dalles. Flight 93 took off from Newark International Airport in New Jersey about 8:42 a.m. and had originally been headed for California.

For the Record from Sept. 9

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Sept. 9, 2016

Art center director hacked

The personal Facebook page of Carmen Toll, executive director of The Dalles Art Center, was hacked between Wednesday night and Thursday morning by someone who “friended” her contacts and then asked for donations to a grant program. “We don’t think anyone was scammed but, if they were, they need to contact the police and file a report,” said Lettie Young, assistant director of the center.

9/11 memorial planned Sunday

Community members are invited by Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue to join emergency responders Sunday for an observance of the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the East Coast. Firefighters and law enforcement officials will gather at 7 a.m. at Station One, 1400 W. Eighth Street in The Dalles, for the short program. “When 9/11 happened, the mantra became ‘Never Forget,’ and I think that was not just so that we would remember the losses of that day; it was something that we needed to cement in our minds so that we would guard against it happening again,” said Fire Chief Bob Palmer. Palmer opens the ceremony on Sept. 11 by recounting the events of 9/11, and then Chaplain Marilyn Roth will give the invocation.

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‘Vampire Squadron’ reunites

Air Force pilots served during Vietnam war

In an era when drone aircraft increasingly patrol the skies, members of the Vietnam War-era “Vampire Squadron” – called that because the unit’s missions were usually flown at night -- are coming to The Dalles to reconnect and reminisce about the time they served together in wartime.

Delay in today's print edition

Due to a technical glitch in our printing process, today's paper

Arts and entertainment calendar

Arts and entertainment calendar from Sept. 8

Museum features Keith Blaylock

Sherman County resident and metal artist Keith Blaylock is the Sherman County Historical Museum’s featured artist for September. Blaylock was born and raised in Moro, and graduated from Sherman County High School. He has been farming on the family farm, which he now enjoys with his son.

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Exhibit celebrates final weekend with music

The “Hummm” modern art exhibit ends its run in The Dalles with a free live concert Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Morin Printing Building, 308 Washington St. Artist Midori Hirose and Cascade Singers are collaborating in the event, to be held on the second floor of the building, part of historic Vogt Opera House.

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