Neita Cecil


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Neita Cecil covers general news for The Dalles Chronicle.

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HR County may ditch juvenile jail

Facing a potential $2 million budget shortfall, Hood River County has informally asked the regional jail what the fiscal impact would be if the juvenile detention facility was closed. The possibility was discussed at a budget hearing of the four-county Northern Oregon Regional Correctional facility last Wednesday.

March 19, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Burn to learn

The key message to the fire crews was this: When it hits 1,000 degrees in there, it’s time to get out. “There” was the new four-story fire training tower at Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue’s main station at Eighth and Webber.

March 16, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Blue Zones walking groups begin

A smattering of blue umbrellas moved along the Riverfront Trail Tuesday as a group of hardy walkers, undeterred by a light rain, participated in the Blue Zones Project’s first walking group.

March 15, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Students create ‘Ruination’

As school projects go, it’s perhaps on the unusual side, but “Ruination,” a new strategy game created by Wahtonka Community School students, has kept nine students busy for four months now. Freshman Brandon Pentz, 14, said he’s been so absorbed by the project that he’s even working on it after school, something he normally doesn’t do.

March 14, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Committee meets to consider new high school plan

A new high school could have the same square footage as the current one, but with more efficient usage of space, would accommodate 25 percent more students, a consultant said last Thursday. At the first of four meetings of the high school master planning committee, architect and consultant Richard Higgins with BLRB Architects said better use of space would mean a new high school could accommodate 1,035 students, up from the 800 housed at the current high school.

March 13, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Cochenours feted at party

Les Cochenour has a long and illustrious record of community — particularly military — support, of which his stint as The Dalles mayor in the 1990s is just one highlight. He and wife, Jody, are moving to Bend and a going-away party for them is set for 4 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the Portage Grill in Shilo Inn.

March 13, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Celebrating 35 years

Running strong as it marks its 35th anniversary, Community Meal has served hundreds of thousands of meals over the decades, all through volunteer efforts. Community Meal will celebrate the milestone at its annual meeting on Tuesday, March 13.

March 10, 2018 noon read more..

Blue Zones activities ramp up

Marielle Kowaleski is newish to the Gorge, having moved here two years ago, and she dropped in on the Blue Zones Project’s inaugural “Friends at Five” event to socialize. The get-together at the Blue Zones office on Klindt Drive, which is open to anyone who wishes to attend, drew just a handful of people, but Kowaleski was glad she came.

March 8, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Future Chef challenge at TDMS March 17

For the second year, young chefs will compete at The Dalles Middle School on Saturday, March 17, to win the title of Future Chef. This year, six students in grades one through five will be preparing their favorite healthy Asian fusion recipe.

March 7, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

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