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Wildcats slam door on TD’s season

Wilsonville defense reigns in 39-32 state play-in win

Teen Tech week starts March 8

Wanting to create exciting and engaging programs that would get teens thinking about their futures, Megan Hoak, teen services coordinator at The Dalles-Wasco County Library, got a national grant for Teen Tech Week, an annual program that will take place in libraries all across the country from March 6-12. The Dalles-Wasco County Library is one of only 20 libraries in the country to receive the $1,000 Youth Adult Library Services Association grant and the only recipient in Oregon.

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Prophecy seminar comes to The Dalles

Tim Roosenberg, an author and pastor for 25 years, has delivered his Islam and Christianity in Bible Prophecy seminar all over the country and even the world. Starting today and running through Sunday, March 6, he’ll be at The Dalles Adventist School to give a free prophecy presentation that Roosenberg said is “unlike any they’ve ever seen before.”

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Students practice kindness

Kindness has been the theme at The Dalles Middle School over the last month as students and staff alike have been inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.

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A ghost town speaks

When Cycle Oregon came through Shaniko and asked for 24 volunteers, Goldie Roberts, the town’s 75-year-old mayor, had to be creative. “We have a population of 24 when the kids are in town, not counting the dogs,” she said. According to the 2010 census, the population of Shaniko, located in Wasco County 75 miles south of The Dalles, is 36 but Roberts believes that number is high. There are 21 registered voters and seven kids, ages 14 months to 18 years. Five of them ride a school bus 26 miles to Maupin.

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Sheriff ready to retire

Wasco County Sheriff Rick Eiesland has given his retirement date—April 30. Speaking to the board of commissioners Wednesday afternoon, Eiesland’s comments were brief. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my job and time here in Wasco County,” he said. “It’s time to let the young guys take over. Things have changed so much. It’s overwhelming.”

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TD robotics teams qualify for state

Two robotics teams from The Dalles had to wait for an award ceremony to see if they would advance to the Oregon Championship or if their season would end Sunday at the super qualifiers level. Both received good news as the Bazinga Bots took one of three Inspire Awards and Sa-BOT-age was given the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award to move on to the state tournament Feb. 27-28 at Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland.

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Youth shelter finds home

Linda and Gary Casady spent four long years looking for a house they could turn into the Youth Empowerment Shelter. Late last year they finally found it and signed a one-year lease on Jan. 1.

TDHS awarded Nike funding

The Dalles High School will offer a new elective next year, thanks to a $30,909 grant from the Nike School Innovation Fund.

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Priest donates $30,000 to St. Mary’s Academy

When Fr. Joseph Levine became the priest of St. Peter Catholic Church in The Dalles more than three years ago, he realized there were many families in the parish who couldn’t afford to send their kids to the Catholic school across the street.

TD, Wasco County split Google payment

The City of The Dalles and Wasco County received its annual $250,000 payment from Google for the first enterprise zone agreement.

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Sa-BOT-age prepares for robotics Super Qualifiers

In their winning alliance with SteelHead, Sa-BOT-age racked up more combined points than any robotics teams in the state.

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Wasco County unhappy with short session

Wasco County Commission Chair Rod Runyon went to Salem Monday to testify during the first day of the Legislature short session and was not happy with what he saw.

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South county to hold parks, rec hearing

The order to initiate has been signed and the boundary has been drawn. Wasco County will now hold its first of two public hearings on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. in the Wamic School Community Center to discuss forming a non-taxing parks and recreation district in South Wasco County.

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Calvary Baptist holding trap shoot

Fun begins Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

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Local man loses 114 pounds

Matt Post donated his 70-inch waist jeans to Goodwill and got rid of most of his old pictures. The 30-year-old doesn’t want to relive the past but instead look to the future. “I just did not want to see myself at that again,” Post said. “I did not want that to be an acceptable return for me.”

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Kramer seeks re-election

Wasco County Commissioner Steve Kramer announced his candidacy for a second term at The Dalles Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Breakfast earlier this month.

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Teach a man to fish

Retired educators return to Haiti

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Bazinga Bots ‘connect’ at championship

HOOD RIVER—Work done all the way back in July paid off Saturday for the Bazinga Bots. The Dalles robotics team won the Connect Award at the FIRST Tech Challenge Mid-Columbia and Central Oregon Championship, which went to the team that most connected with their local science, technology, engineering and math community.

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An Education In Agriculture

A few years ago, Sandy Macnab picked up a Sherman High School sports program and started counting the number of kids who came from farm families. Out of 19 players, he found three who had any kind of association. An Oregon State Extension agent, Macnab spent 37 years making sure those other 16 weren’t missing out.

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South Wasco moves to repair boat ramp

Inspired to fix a broken boat ramp at Pine Hollow Reservoir, a group of motivated South Wasco County citizens want to form a non-taxing parks and recreation district. At Monday’s Wasco County Board of Commissioners meeting, they got a consensus to move forward.

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Wasco County passes marijuana rules

Nearly 98 percent of the unincorporated lands in Wasco County are available to grow marijuana after the board of commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance Monday night. The ordinance restricts any marijuana businesses from taking place in rural residential zones, which is 1.1 percent of the county, but allows growing and processing in Exclusive Farm Use zones, which makes up 75 percent. Forest Zones, F1 and F2, take up nearly 23 percent and allow growing but not processing. It also includes setbacks—1,000 feet for schools, public parks, daycares and churches, and 200 feet from residential zone properties.

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Year’s snow pack already higher

The December snow course measurements are in and City of The Dalles Public Works Director Dave Anderson has reason to be optimistic.

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$2M grant award for mental health

On behalf of the Mid-Columbia Center for Living, Wasco County received a $2 million Community Development Block Grant to help build a $6 million outpatient community mental health facility in The Dalles.

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St. Paul’s priest comes from Navajo land

Rev. Richard “Red” Stevens, the new Priest-in-Charge at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in The Dalles, credits Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas for pushing him into the ministry.

YouthThink nets Healthy Living grant

Prescription medication misuse and abuse is now higher than tobacco use among Wasco County 11th grade students, according to a 2015 state survey.

County to rule on marijuana

Twenty-five years ago, Linda Taylor opened a ballet school in The Dalles and raised two kids who graduated from The Dalles High School. Now, Taylor wants to grow marijuana.

PUD names new manager

Roger Kline chosen to lead organization

Voting gets easier with auto signup

Voting statewide will become even more convenient in 2016. Starting Jan. 1, Oregon Motor Voter, the state’s new voter registration law, will take effect and automatic voter registration will be available to those who are eligible to register to vote and apply for an original, renewal, or replacement license, permit, or ID card at the DMV. Once someone applies for a license, they will receive a card and a pre-paid postage return envelope from the Oregon State Elections Office.

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A Runner’s High

Hougthtelling tackles ‘Extreme Running’ in Everest Marathon

Search stalled for new finance director

County job has been posted since July, few applicants

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Perfect pitch, classically trained

The Dalles 9-year-old plays with mom at First United Methodist, St. Peter’s Catholic Church

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Gross retires from forestry career

A look back on service that began in 1962

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TD man takes center court

Prominski scores in free throw contest

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Choir sings ‘Because of Jesus’

Concert a time of worship and to remember the true meaning of Christmas

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Bank launches ‘Warm Hearts Winter Drive'

The Dalles branches organize help for homeless

Few turn out for code discussion

Vision is for ‘one-stop-shop’

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Robotics teams advance to state

4-H team first in robot design

Marijuana ordinance drafted

Businesses restricted in residential zones

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Christmas fair is ‘gift to community’

Food, music and making gifts part of annual event

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MCMC hires athletic trainers

Doctor seeks more support for schools

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The Dalles wrestlers open season

Riverhawks senior has eye on 4A state title

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State Champions

Dufur defeats Crane to capture seventh Class 1A title in football program’s history

Google gives size of center

Port closes sale of 24-acre property for facility

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Rangers stun Perrydale in semis

Dufur scores game-winning touchdown in final minute

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Therapy dog stars in calendar

Havanese named ‘Mocha’ has been visiting MCMC for almost nine years

Thanksgiving meal prep starts Nov. 23

The annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will take place Thursday, Nov. 26, from noon to 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Academy in The Dalles. Sponsored by the Salvation Army, the free meal is prepared by 50-60 volunteers who will begin work next Monday and continue on Tuesday and Wednesday.

First graders tour cruise ship

Students’ visit to the American Empress included meeting captain, music

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Gorge Winds pilot retires

Music director and former pilot Sam Grotte retires from concert band

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TDHS theater group opens 2015-16 season

First show is a spy spoof staged at a high school in 1961 during the Cold War


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