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Jade McDowell

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Oregon Wellness Award goes to Chenowith

Local school recieves praise for initiatives

Students and staff at Chenowith Elementary School were celebrated Monday for their commitment to healthy living. The school was one of three in Oregon recognized with the 2013 Oregon Wellness Award.

Event centers on Sanctuary vision

Community leaders have a plan for making The Dalles a better place, and citizens can learn about it during a May 21 presentation by author and national speaker Dr. Sandra Bloom.

Try year-round classes, says Blatz

If local schools are going to meet the statewide goal of having 100 percent of students graduate from high school by 2025, Ernie Blatz thinks they need to change the way they do business.

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District 21 staff air concerns

Teachers fear contract impasse Teachers and classified staff showed up en masse Tuesday night to encourage the school district to do everything possible to successfully settle their contracts before the end of the school year.

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Hood River author ‘blown away’ by kids’ writing

Author of Red Hand Adventures hosts contests Young aspiring writers who feel like adults don’t take them seriously have a friend in Hood River author Joe O’Neill.

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Changes planned for Biggs

Open house set May 15 The public is invited to an open house May 15 to learn more about the $14.4 million construction project planned for the Interstate 84 and Highway 97 interchange in Biggs.

County OKs WT Festival

Organizers exceed requirements It’s official: What the Festival is coming to Wasco County on July 26. The Wasco County Board of Commissioners approved the county’s first-ever outdoor mass gathering permit for the music and art festival planned at Wolf Run Ranch outside Dufur for between 4,000 and 5,000 participants.

Q-Life to retire debt three years early

If all goes well, the “Q-Life” network in The Dalles is set to retire its debt three years ahead of schedule.

District set to cut 7.5 jobs

Pending budget cuts music, P.E. Seven and a half jobs are set to become the next casualties of North Wasco County School District 21’s budget struggle.

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Gravity games roll into downtown The Dalles

Court Street will be closed from Seventh to Third streets Parts of three city streets will be closed Saturday, May 11, to make room for a different kind of traffic: Soapbox derby cars built by students for the Gorge Gravity Games.

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Author talks ‘vampire-free fiction’ during TD visit

Rosanne Parry inspired by life experiences Like many authors, Rosanne Parry draws from her own life experiences for inspiration for her books.

D21 School Board zone 2: DeanMcAllister, digging into the issues

School board candidate Dean McAllister isn’t waiting to see if he’s elected before digging into the issues. The candidate to represent Zone 2 in North Wasco County School District 21 has been attending school board meetings, the Oregon School Boards Association trainings and the Achievement Compact Committee meetings.

Festival raises neighbor issues: Farmland is not festival land, says land owner

Plans to hold a large music and art festival outside of Dufur this summer drew criticism during a two-hour public hearing this week.

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Adult mentors needed in gorge

­­­Some people see a need and say, “Someone should do something about that.” Others see a need and fill it. Bonnie New, founder of the Mentor for Success program, is one of the latter. She started the program, which matches adult mentors with teenagers ages 14-20 lacking a stable adult role model at home, when she saw her own children go through the difficulties of being a teenager and transitioning into a post-high school world.

Election, School Board Pos. 4: Dave Jones, decade of board experience

As one of the original members of the North Wasco County School District 21 school board, Dave Jones says he hopes to continue to put his decade of experience and knowledge of the district to good use.

Election, School Board Pos. 4: John Nelson, a sense of commitment

If there is one thing voters can count on if they vote for John Nelson, he says, it’s his sense of commitment.

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Windmills show student ingenuity at CGCC event

High schoolers build turbines for challenge Nineteen high school students from The Dalles, Maupin, Lyle and Klickitat gathered recently at Columbia Gorge Community College to test their technology and science skills in the second annual High School Wind Challenge on April 20.

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Sonrise students shine during convention

Competition nets 29 medals for kids Students at Sonrise Academy in The Dalles came away with memories, new friends and 29 medals during a recent set of competitions for students in private Christian schools in the region.

A ‘breath of fresh air’ in Boston

The news that the Boston Marathon bombing suspects were no longer on the loose was a “huge breath of fresh air” to Sam Vawter, but he says reminders of the tragedy are still very present around Boston.

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Event spotlights Mosier

Benefit helps keep teachers in classrooms Blown glass chandeliers, original paintings, a trip to Hawaii and more will go to the highest bidders Saturday during the annual Made for Mosier auction.

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Students find voice in poetry

Poetry slam draws all ages Twelve poets showed off their skills during the annual poetry slam hosted by North Wasco County School District 21 in honor of National Poetry Month.

Run for the Arts raises over $3,800

Students at Chenowith Elementary School will soon be enjoying a “sound lab” with music-writing software and other perks paid for by their own fundraising efforts. Music teacher Corin Parker said she is pleased by the amount of money the students were able to raise through their “Run for the Arts” events.

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A passion for St. Peters's

After helping save St. Peter’s Landmark, Doug Leash has worked to protect the historic church for 40 years St. Peter’s Landmark is a defining characteristic of The Dalles’ silhouette, but in 1971 it almost disappeared from the landscape altogether.

Event focuses on Wasco County wind project April 24

Citizens interested in learning more about a proposed wind power facility in southern Wasco and Sherman County will have the opportunity to attend an open house in Shaniko next week.

Wasco county seeks public input on road budget

Citizens will soon have a chance to air their views about how Wasco County should handle the upcoming shortfall in its road budget.

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South Wasco, Mosier teams fare well in book battle

South Wasco High School made the final four in Saturday's state championships for Oregon Battle of the Books. The school competed in a pool of 12 high school state finalists, drawn from a field of 41 participating high schools across the state.

Cascade Children’s Choir makes sweet music

Kids perform with Cascade Singers choir A new community choir for children is looking for new members to prepare for concerts on May 31 and June 1. The newly formed Cascade Children’s Choir will perform with the Cascade Singers during their next concert, titled “Music from Movies and Musical Theatre.”

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SCALE SAVANTS: Slim Down "losers" win big

Sixty-two finishing competitors, 1,143 pounds lost and these folks found the way to win — and lose — at the Slim Down

School district authorizes cuts

It’s unknown whether budget will force layoffs

D21 seeks input on loan

Reflecting on past complaints has prompted North Wasco County School District 21 to add a layer of transparency and accountability to possible new funding efforts by creating a Project Oversight Committee.

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Counties eye childhood role: Sherman offers to administer five-county hub

Sherman County has offered to provide administration for a regional hub that will provide early childhood services.

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Community shows support for Girl Scout troop

The local Girl Scout troop is feeling the love after experiencing community support from several quarters.

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Students dream up ninjas from Candyland

Destination Imagination team gets third A pair of ninjas, a mysterious treasure and a fairy disguised as a rock helped a Destination Imagination team from The Dalles Middle School end their season with a third-place medal at state.

Wasco County lacks road funding

Officials scour budget for funds As Wasco County looks for solutions to its road budget problem it is becoming increasingly clear that the loss of federal timber receipts is going to mean a decrease in road quality unless the county can find another revenue source. “We have been looking for that goose with the golden egg, but we haven’t been able to find it yet,” said Chuck Covert, chairman of the Road Advisory Committee.

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A humble food is the heart of child’s play at Easter

Thanksgiving is all about the turkey, Valentine’s Day brings chocolate, and cookies for Santa are a must at Christmas, but everyone knows it just wouldn’t be Easter without eggs. Eating the eggs, however, seems to be an afterthought. Easter eggs are for dyeing, decorating with wax, rolling on the White House lawn with a spoon, hiding them and hunting for them.

School district, fire board see contested races

Voters will see several contested races on their ballots during May 21 elections for special districts.

Three vie for health post on Sherman County ballot

Twenty residents of Sherman County have filed for 19 positions up for special elections May 21. The most contested position on the ballot is for Position 3 of the Sherman County Health District, where Clifford Jett, Jayme Thompson Alsup and Scott Belshe are facing off. Bert Perisho and Larry Hoctor are running for Positions 4 and 5, respectively.

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The Dalles provides setting for book

Winnie the Pooh may have lived in the Hundred Acre Wood and Peter Pan was from Neverland, but the heroine of the children’s book “Dream Again” had her adventures someplace a little more familiar: The Dalles.

Shortfall brings ‘rainy day’ for District 21

An unexpected shortfall in state funds is forcing North Wasco County School District 21 to use up its rainy day option.

Wasco County combs through budget

As it faces lean financial times ahead, Wasco County is going through each department with a fine-toothed comb, looking for ways to save money and run more efficiently. The exercise has also been a learning opportunity for the Board of County Commissioners.

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At 4-H group, students explore tech world

On a recent afternoon a room full of middle school and high school students were hard at work. School was already done for the day, but these students chose to stay and work on their projects for the 4-H technology group. Some worked on “sugo bots,” others on soapbox derby cars or underwater robots or designing video games.

Young adults losing fear of pot

The rise of medical marijuana and legalized recreational use has coincided with a rise in students who think the drug isn’t harmful, according to YOUTHTHINK coordinator Debby Jones.

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All ages march against senior hunger

Generations young and old came together Thursday for a common cause as seniors and children from Colonel Wright Elementary marched against senior hunger. A brief downpour of hail didn’t stop the group as they marched around the Mid-Columbia Senior Center.

Discipline issues fall at Col. Wright: Principal credits check-in program

The number of disciplinary referrals at Colonel Wright Elementary has dropped significantly since the beginning of the year, according to Principal Greg Bigalow.

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Field trip is school with a view: Students learn of fossils, stars and evolution

Students in the Talented and Gifted program at North Wasco County School District 21 had the opportunity for a little extra enrichment this month at outdoor school. The trip on March 6-8 included camping, hiking, exploring fossils, using a telescope and learning about Native American culture at the Hancock Field Station in the vicinity of Fossil, Ore.

New AAA director fixing rifts

After three months on the job as the Area Agency on Aging director, Marvin Pohl says he believes his work in strengthening community partnerships is already starting to pay off.

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Pope selection is big event for St. Mary’s kids

Students at St. Mary’s Academy in The Dalles were so excited about the new pope that they wanted to stay inside and watch the news instead going out to recess, according to principal Kim Koch.

Free online maps offer details on local lands

Finding out property information in Wasco County no longer involves making a formal request to the county and waiting for it to be filled.

The Millennial Take: 'I wish I could be a Republican'

If there is one thing that the 2012 presidential election made clear, it is that Republicans are going to have to figure out how to attract more minority and youth voters to their ranks if they ever want to win a presidential election again. It’s simple math.

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Pretty Little Angel Eyes

The Harmonaires, a jazz choir from The Dalles Wahtonka High School, have been spreading cheer around town with musical Valentines, including this rendition of “Pretty Little Angel Eyes” in the Chenowith Elementary School front office on Feb. 13. From left to right are Quinn Farquharson, Hannah Lupkes, Madeleine Morgan, Kellina Coy and Kathleen Albrecht. Photo by Jade McDowell