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Native Americans protest effort to bottle water in town

SALEM (AP) — Native Americans dressed in traditional garb came to the Oregon State Capitol on Wednesday to protest persistent attempts to bring a Nestle water bottling plant to an Oregon county that rejected the plan in a ballot measure in May. One protester is on a hunger strike.

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River Traffic

A fishing boat set up to work with gillnets motors down the Columbia River in The Dalles as a tanker train, typically used to transport oil by rail, waits on a Burlington Northern Santa Fe side line near Dallesport for the eastbound Amtrak passenger train to pass.

ODOT video of vintage vehicles touring the gorge

ODOT video of vintage vehicles touring the gorge

Madras women killed in Portland crash

A Madras woman died in a crash on Highway 213 in Clackamas Aug. 10. OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle versus a pedestrian on Highway 213 at SE Overland Street in Clackamas at about 11 p.m.

Body found on mountain

Rescuers believe a body found on Mount Adams Sunday was that of a missing hiker who worked at Sushi Okalani in Hood River. Robert Burroughs, 60, of Stevenson, was hiking alone in mid-July when he fell from a high slope and suffered serious injuries.

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Civil War veteran honored

More than 150 years after the Civil War ended, the remains of a Union soldier are going home for a burial with full military honors. The cross country journey of the late Jewett Williams begins in Oregon and ends in Maine, with two stops in the gorge on Monday, Aug. 1. Area residents are being urged by Rod Runyon, Northeast District ride captain for the Patriot Guard Riders, to pay their respects to Williams when the carrier holding his cremated remains has brief stops in Cascade Locks and The Dalles.

Pot tax on Mosier ballot

This fall, the city of Mosier will ask local voters whether they want to impose a 3 percent city tax on marijuana retailers’ sale of “certain marijuana items.” On July 20, the Mosier City Council approved placing a ballot measure on the Nov. 8 general election ballot asking citizens for the authority to levy a tax on the sale of recreational marijuana.

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‘Packy’ explores his new home at OR zoo

North America’s oldest Asian elephant bull, named “Packy,” is now exploring his new outdoor habitat at the Oregon Zoo in Portland.

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Bodies of two missing men found in Mt. Hood National Forest

The bodies of two men from Kentucky were found Thursday evening, July 23, off the Dog River Trail, south of Parkdale. Evidence suggests the pair died in a murder/suicide, according to information provided by the Hood River County Sheriff. The trail is accessed off the east side of Highway 35 in the Mount Hood National Forest.

Gorge Community Foundation awards scholarships and more

Gorge Community Foundation awarded more than $190,000 in scholarships and grants in May and June, benefiting students from several local communities as well as a wide range of public service initiatives across the bi-state region.

County allots Google funds

Agreements are now in place for distribution of Google funds for use on 11 projects that will provide an immediate benefit to area communities. Wasco County and the City of The Dalles set aside $250,000 of the $1.45 million initial payment made by Google, through Design LLC, as part of its third Enterprise Zone property tax abatement deal.

Child welfare draws lawsuit

Two former child welfare workers in The Dalles filed a wrongful termination suit saying they were fired after alleging children were put at risk and even harmed by willful violations of state law.

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House Speaker tours The Dalles

For the first time that anyone could remember, the Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives visited The Dalles to meet with officials and learn about rural economic development, education, health care, and housing needs. The first stop Thursday for Tina Kotek, D-Portland, was at The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce’s weekly Government Affairs Committee meeting, which took place at the Barbecue Restaurant on Sixth Street.

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A new look at urban renewal

Councilor pleased about city move to revamp agency

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Wolf advocate ousted

The Wasco County Wolf Compensation Committee voted 4-2 Wednesday to oust Debra Lutje, one of two wolf advocates, for comments she made in an opinion piece that was published Jan. 29 in The Dalles Chronicle.

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