Jade McDowell

Reporter

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I am a reporter for the Chronicle covering youth, K-12 education and county government. I've been with the Chronicle since June 2011 and did an internship here in 2009. I'm a The Dalles Wahtonka High School alumna and graduated from Brigham Young University in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in print journalism.

Recent Stories

New laws affect schools

Some are so new, impacts remain unknown As schools in Oregon opened their doors for the new school year this week they had to factor in more than 100 laws passed by the Oregon legislature in 2013 that affect school districts in some way.

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Band has big plans for 2013-14

Director: Camp attendance shows promise

Band students showed up in force for band camp recently, forecasting a good year for The Dalles Wahtonka High School’s marching band.

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Teens keep things running at base camp

Local youths find work with firefighters Most teens are finishing out their summer with a vacation or time at the pool, but a few local students are finding out what it takes to run an emergency camp for firefighters.

Evacuation orders given to seven new roads

More evacuations were ordered Thursday as the Blackburn fire spread.

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FIRE ROARS WEST

Fire complex balloons to 11,335 acres, burns a fourth home A change in wind direction and the threat of evening thunderstorms had firefighters worried as the day shift headed out to the Government Flats Fire Complex Thursday morning.

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Fire roars back: Thursday morning update

Fourth home lost to blaze

A change in wind direction and the threat of evening thunderstorms had firefighters worried as the day shift headed out to the Government Flats Fire Complex Thursday morning.

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Third home lost in Blackburn fire, updated 4 p.m. Aug. 21

Fire complex burning 8,731 acres

A third home has been lost to the Blackburn fire and many residents are staying to defend their homes despite evacuation orders.

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Fire still on the loose

Tuesday morning fire update

More than 50 homes were evacuated as the lightning-caused Government Flat Fire Complex grew to 6,725 acres.

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Obrist Road evacuated as fire escalates

A level three evacuation order was issued for Obrist Road Monday afternoon as the Blackburn Fire escalated.

Cost of rural care eyed

Providers seek aging research in outlying areas

Rural and urban communities have different needs, and the local Area Agency on Aging thinks it is time to remind the state of that.

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