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Fire highlights fall danger

Temperatures may be getting much cooler as the calendar moves into autumn, but the risk of wildfires has not significantly diminished. A grass fire that started Wednesday night on Doane Road south of The Dalles vividly demonstrates the point.

For the record from Sept. 22

Police, medical, fire and lottery reports from Sept. 22

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Curious kids quiz cop

The questions came fast and furious. Have you ever seen a dead person? Ever shot anyone? Ever been pulled over? Ever been tased?

For the record from Sept. 20

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Sept. 20, 2015.

For the record from Sept. 16

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Sept. 16, 2016

Dufur holds firm on Pastime license

City will still recommend denial

Cliff Wirtz, owner of the Dufur Pastime, asked the Dufur City Council Tuesday to reconsider its decision to recommend that his annual state liquor license not be renewed.

For the record from Sept. 15

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Sept. 15, 2016.

For the record from Sept. 14

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Sept. 14, 2016

For the record from Sept. 13

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Aug. 13, 2016

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Fire district seeks bond

With a 20-year building bond retiring soon, Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue is asking voters to approve a new $3.85 million bond to replace aging fire apparatus and ambulances and do property maintenance. Property taxes would not increase if the Nov. 8 bond passes, said Fire Chief Bob Palmer.

Old Lady Canyon fire rekindles

Wildfire rekindled Monday afternoon in the area of 782 Old Highway 8 in southeast Klickitat, rapidly spreading west and south toward Highway 14 and the area of Sundale, Wash. As of 6:30 p.m. Monday, the fire had burned approximately 3,500 acres, according a press release from the Klickitat County Sheriff's Office.

Horses, mules killed in Sherman

Four horses and two mules that escaped their pasture are dead after being struck Friday by a big rig hauling potatoes in Sherman County.

Hood River sheriff deputy charged for private misconduct

Marc Smith, a deputy with the Hood River County Sheriff's Office, was arrested for crimes relating to off-duty conduct Sept. 9. Hood River County Sheriff Matt English was notified Sept. 8 of an incident involving Smith and alleged serious misconduct that was unrelated to Smith’s duties as a deputy. English immediately placed Smith on administrative leave and then requested that the Oregon State Police conduct an investigation into the allegations. On Friday, Smith was lodged at Northern Oregon Regional Corrections on charges of luring a minor, two counts of sexual abuse in the third degree, one count of public indecency and two counts of private indecency. At this time, the investigation is ongoing. According to English, the goal of his agency is to be transparent with the public. However, he noted that further release of information at this time could compromise the integrity and sensitive nature of this investigation.

For the Record from Sept. 9

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Sept. 9, 2016

Art center director hacked

The personal Facebook page of Carmen Toll, executive director of The Dalles Art Center, was hacked between Wednesday night and Thursday morning by someone who “friended” her contacts and then asked for donations to a grant program. “We don’t think anyone was scammed but, if they were, they need to contact the police and file a report,” said Lettie Young, assistant director of the center.

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