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OR board votes to sell oldest state forest

SALEM (AP) — Oregon's state Land Board voted 2-1 on Tuesday to sell the state's oldest public forest. Gov. Kate Brown, the board chair, clashed with its sole Republican member as she attempted to keep the preserve in public hands and at least delayed the sale.

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Paulsen takes over Main Street Program

Jeremiah R. Paulsen has been hired to serve as the new executive director of The Dalles Main Street Program.

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Schools to make up days lost to weather

Last week, District 21 Superintendent Candy Armstrong updated the Chronicle about calendar changes to make up for snow days. The next day, Thursday, Feb. 9, schools were closed due to bad weather.

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Library offers ‘hotspots’

Google grant helps bridge digital divide

Patrons of The Dalles Wasco County Library can now check out mobile wi-fi “hotspots,” cellular-based units that allow the user to connect to the internet for free.

For the Record for Feb. 14

Police, fire, and medical reports from February 14, 2017

Council lists key goals for 2017

Annual workshop provides blueprint for city’s progress

The Dalles City Council recently gathered to review current goals for the city and discuss priorities for 2017.

Program keeps inmates out

A program to lower the number of inmates returning to the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities in The Dalles appears to be working, based on early results, says administrator Bryan Brandenburg.

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Spring Peek

Big smiles adorn the faces of a honey bee and a lady bug gradually emerging from the winter’s snow Tuesday morning in front of the historic Mill Creek Schoolhouse at the Sandoz Farm south of The Dalles.

New schools cost estimated at $161M

With each school facilities meeting, the numbers for replacing all buildings in the school district are getting more closely refined. The latest number is $161 million, which is for only construction costs, and in today’s dollars.

For the Record for Feb. 10

Police, fire, and medical reports from February 10, 2017

TDHS grad rate jumps

Sharp increase in graduating students shows disrict on track

The Dalles High School has seen a huge improvement in its graduation rate, which jumped from 68.3 percent in 2014-15 to a whopping 83.2 percent in 2015-16. The figure is a measurement of the percentage of students who graduated “on time,” or within four years. “I’m very pleased,” said Candy Armstrong, superintendent of School District 21. “That’s a huge jump.”

For the Record for Feb. 9

Police, fire, and medical reports from February 9, 2017

DA considers cycle of death cases

Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley started 2017 with two death cases to handle, and added two more during the month of January.

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Cold keeps them busy

The long, grueling winter has meant a sharp uptick in work for certain local businesses. Insurance agents, auto body shops and heating companies are among the businesses slammed as the gorge endures a relentlessly cold, snowy winter.

Delays and closures for Thursday, Feb. 9; D21 closed

The Mid-Columbia Senior Center and Meals on Wheels is closed. UPDATE: North Wasco County Schools will be CLOSED today, Thursday, February 9th due to inclement weather. Columbia Gorge Comm. College: Both campuses closed. UPDATE Government Affairs meeting has been CANCELLED for Thursday, February 9 at 7 a.m. Mid-Columbia Senior Center is closed Columbia Gorge Comm. College: The Dalles Campus will open at 10 am. Hood River campus will open at noon. All classes scheduled before opening time have been canceled. Goldendale Sch. Dist.: Closed UPDATE Mid-Columbia Children's Council: Goldendale Center Closed; PETERSBURG Head Start AM Class 11-2:30, PM Class Canceled, Bus on regular schedule; The Dalles Head Start A.M. class canceled, PM class 10-1:30. The Dales/Wahtonka Child Cares open at 9:00. White Salmon Head Start and Early Head Start childcare CLOSED; Carson Head Start AM class canceled PM Class on time; Belmont AM class canceled, PM class on time; COUNTRY CLUB AM class canceled, PM class 10:30-2; UPDATE Due to winter weather conditions throughout Klickitat County and the concern for public and employee safety, the Board of County Commissioners have ordered all County government offices to open two hours late on Thursday, February 09. 2017. Due to the inclement weather, all One Community Health locations will open at noon today. So. Wasco Co. Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late Trout Lake Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late White Salmon Sch. Dist.: Closed. No parent/teacher conferences today. FBLA trip is on standby. Horizon Christian - Hood River: 2 Hours Late. We are monitoring the ice situation. Hood River Co. Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late, Buses on snow routes

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