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Celilo station returns to service

The Celilo Converter Station in The Dalles went back online Thursday, Jan. 21, with the completion of a $370 million modernization of the one-of-a-kind station, according to the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).

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Gorge postmark now available

Customers at The Dalles Post Office can now request a Columbia Gorge postmark. All that is needed to obtain the free postmark at each of the seven locations is a stamped envelope or card. Post Offices in Bridal Veil, Cascade Locks, Corbett, Hood River, Mosier and Troutdale also have the postmarks available at customers’ request.

Local deputies travel to Burns

Wasco County is sending pairs of deputies to do five-day community policing stints in Harney County, as the militia takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge continues. Chief Deputy Lane Magill and Sgt. Chris McNeel took the first shift, going to Burns, the seat of Harney County, on Monday, Jan. 4 and returning Friday, Jan. 8.

Walden: A plea for change

Greg Walden address the U.S. House on situation in Harney County, Oregon. VIDEO

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Ranchers react to E. Oregon land dispute

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association believes the federal government has violated the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by requiring two members of the Hammond family in Harney County to serve more time behind bars.

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No fears of militia in Wasco County

Two members of the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office went to Harney County yesterday as part of a mutual aid request to help contend with an armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Winter weather advisory for Oregon

ODOT Warns of Winter Weather Hazards

Sunday weather/road advisories

Weather advisory US 97 both directions Weather advisory, Traction Tires are Advised and No Oversized Loads on US 97 both directions from milepost 3.0 to milepost 16 beginning at 9:43 am on December 20, 2015 until further notice.

Drought ends for W. OR, lingers in East

SALEM (AP) — Western Oregon has finally escaped the drought that has plagued it since last spring. A drought outlook map released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Thursday shows Western Oregon either not in a drought or in a situation where drought removal is likely, reported The Statesman Journal.

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Chronicle turns a page

Frank Perea II takes lead role at local paper

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Groups rally against oil hub

Opponents in Gorge fight train transport

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Hunting the “Dismal Nitch”

Lewis and Clark campsite on Wash. shore

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Homeless camps emptying out in Umatilla, Hermiston

PENDELTON (AP) — It used to be a community of sorts, a haven for some of Umatilla's most down and out. Now the stretch of woods along the Umatilla River between the high school and River Road is quiet. The improvised homeless camp that used to be nestled against the river banks is gone. In its place is a red and white sign proclaiming "No camping," the "N'' defiantly whited out.

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When Driving gets Dicey

DMV testers tough it out

Arlington seeks to attract events

As the owner of an Old West-style chuckwagon catering service in Arlington, “Rattlesnake” Rod McGuire is used to cooking for large parties. Which is how McGuire came up with the idea to build a landmark events center in the community, where people from across the region could have weddings, festivals and other large get-togethers.

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