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For the record from Sept. 8

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Sept. 8, 2016.

Smith runs as write-in

When Sherman County Commissioner Mike Smith narrowly lost the Republican primary last May to challenger Joe Dabulskis, plenty of people asked him to run a write-in campaign. He wasn’t interested at the time, but has decided to throw his hat in the ring after all.

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Mosier market closing

Between the two of them, Dong and Kim Choi, owners of Mosier Market, have been opening their doors to customers at 8 a.m. every morning, 365 days a year, for 26 years. “All those years, not even one day off,” said Kim.

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Rail project draws fire at TD hearing

Union Pacific Railroad’s plan to add roughly four miles of new track near Mosier might not have been controversial several years ago. However, times have changed, primarily due to several derailments involving trains carrying crude oil that exploded and burned and — in one particularly horrific accident in eastern Canada — took the lives of dozens of people.

For the record, from Sept. 7

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Sept. 7, 2016.

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The festive business of books

On Saturday, Sept. 10, Klindt’s Booksellers and Stationers hosts its third Northwest Author Festival from noon to 3 p.m. One of three book-related festivals hosted by the store, the festival is rooted in a community need, said Joaquin Perez, co-owner of the bookstore with Kristin Klindt. “We get a lot of local authors throughout the year who want to promote their book,” Perez explained.

Fishing derby Sept. 24

The 10th annual salmon and steelhead tournament in Wasco is Saturday, Sept. 24. Check in at Heritage Landing, on the mouth of the Deschutes River. Registration is from 5 to 8 a.m., fishing will take place in the Celilo pool of the Columbia River. Tournament fishing in the Deschutes River will not be allowed.

Fall library programs begin

Children in grades K-4 are invited to The Dalles-Wasco County Library every week for after school activities. On the fourth Tuesday of each month, beginning Sept. 27, the library will be offering Tuesday Tales at 4 p.m.

Library to celebrate author Roald Dahl

The Dalles-Wasco County Library will join bookstores and libraries around the world in celebrating Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday Tuesday, Sept. 13, 4:00 p.m. Dahl was author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and other children and young adult books. This free program will include games, crafts and treats all based on Roald Dahl’s children’s books. The Dalles-Wasco County Library currently has a display of books by Roald Dahl for children and adults to check out and read.

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Keale to perform in TD

Hawai’an Musician Walt Keale performs at Gorge Community Music Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. on the upstairs stage.

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Airport upgrades near end

Major runway improvements at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport are almost completed, and a big FAA grant will help finalize the project. According to Rolf Anderson, one of the airport’s managers, the airport - which is jointly owned by the city of The Dalles and Klickitat County in Washington - began working on safety and operational improvements to Runway 31-13 in 2012 to meet Federal Aviation Administration requirements.

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'Neighboring’ event to be held in Wamic

Barlow Gate Grange members invite area residents to come to Wamic on Saturday afternoon to enjoy “neighboring” time at an ice cream social while learning a little about local history.

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Cougar killed on Browns Creek

On Sunday evening, Tammy Reed stepped out of her house on Browns Creek Road and saw a full grown mountain lion just three feet away from her. It was “just sitting there next to my garbage can, next to my water dishes for my cat. And it didn’t even flinch and it just stared at me and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, am I hallucinating?’”

Planning director hired

The city of The Dalles will soon have a new planning director. City Manager Julie Krueger announced Monday that Steven Harris has been hired to replace Dick Gassman, who is retiring. Harris starts Oct. 17.

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'American Pickers’ headed to Oregon

“American Pickers,” the History channel show that follows two antique collectors as they travel back roads in search of a great find, is looking for collections to “pick” in Oregon this month.


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