Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley can’t say enough about his newest employee. Kurt Cochran, who is helping digitize the office’s huge backlog of paper files, “has a great sense of humor,” Nisley said. “He’s got a great work ethic. He gets to work early and he stays late.” Cochran has a disability, and the attorney’s office was recently named the “Best New Employer” by the Mid-Columbia Employment First team at an awards banquet.
Three dogs who had been dead for 24 to 48 hours were pulled from a man’s vehicle in the 3500 block of West Second Street on Oct. 1. He has been charged with one count of first-degree animal neglect regarding all three animals.
Police, fire, and medical reports from October 10
The Dalles City Council has taken action to avoid a potentially costly legal battle with a marijuana business located within 1,000 feet of another pot shop, which is not allowed under a city ordinance. After meeting in executive session on Sept. 25, members of the city council returned to open session and voted 4-0 to pull the plug on legal moves against Columbia River Herbals LLC and its owner, Norm Brock.
A case of whooping cough was reported Monday at The Dalles High School, and parents are urged to contact their primary care provider if their child develops a cough or a cough with fever.
Oregon Rep. Knute Buehler is visiting The Dalles on Thursday to talk with GOP leaders about his campaign to oust Gov. Kate Brown, who he strongly criticizes for “failed leadership.” “I am traveling the state listening and learning,” said Buehler, who resides in Bend and represents House District 54.
The Oregon State Police bomb squad was called to an address in the 2500 block of East 12th Street Friday night on a suspected explosive device, which turned out to be fake, police said.
Port of the Dalles-based NüCulture creates plant-based spreads
The Dalles-based NüCulture creates a creamy cashew spread that is dairy-free alternative to cheese spread.
What are the leadership qualities the next president of Columbia Gorge Community College should possess to best reflect the needs of our region? In the wake of the Sept. 29 resignation of Dr. Frank Toda, who served as CGCC’s president since 2001, the public is being invited to join college faculty, staff and students next week in helping answer that question through a series of community forums.
Police, fire, and medical reports from October 8
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Masons help give kids an extra reason to read more books
For several years, it has been a tradition for members of the Masonic Lodge in The Dalles to purchase bicycles and then donate them to local schools as an incentive to encourage youngsters to do more reading. Hew Hillis, master of Wasco Masonic Lodge No. 15, said members have engaged in the program since 2014.
Police, fire, and medical reports from October 5
There’s a significant new player in the area’s recycling network. Emerald Systems LLC is a sustainability consulting and materials management company based in Tygh Valley, and the startup business has big plans.