Neita Cecil

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Neita Cecil covers general news for The Dalles Chronicle.

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Chess students nab awards

The Dalles High School freshman Noah Holloran tied for fourth place among all high school students in the individual competition at the state chess championship earlier this month in Portland.

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AmeriTies complaints aired at meeting

Sometimes emotional residents cited their health problems and made calls to close AmeriTies West at a meeting Tuesday to discuss air quality monitoring focused on naphthalene emissions from the tie plant.

School district scholarship fund grows

Several non-profit fundraising affiliates of the school district are seeing high-dollar donations and a raised profile, taken by school board members as signs of increasing community support for education.

Jail works with immigration agency

Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill explained at a meeting Saturday that a 1987 state law prohibits city, county and state police from acting in any capacity to help with immigration efforts. However, if a person is arrested, state law allows — and federal law requires — the local jail to provide that information to immigration officials.

ID rules explained

“Driving while Hispanic.” That’s the crude joke that highlights the fears of the Hispanic community that they are targeted by police for their skin color. Given ramped up immigration efforts under President Donald Trump, that fear has reached a fever pitch. But a series of meetings between local police and Hispanics has sought to address and assuage those concerns.

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Crosswalk action nets 29

In just over three hours Monday, 29 people were ticketed in the first of four enforcement actions in The Dalles targeting drivers who don’t stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. The number of tickets would’ve been higher, but sometimes the three officers assigned to write tickets were already busy on a stop so they couldn’t ticket other violators, said Jeff Kienlen, the city’s traffic enforcement officer.

Air quality meeting set Tuesday

A meeting is set for Tuesday, March 21 to discuss the final results of air quality testing that found naphthalene remains below levels that might produce immediate health concerns, but exceeds levels for lifetime exposure.

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Working with Wood

Woodcraft and art mix to create magic in Danny Minor’s workshop

Danny Minor’s woodworking specialty is everything, basically. If you can describe it, Minor can make it.

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Woman dies in stabbing

Charlene Caldwell was killed Thursday afternoon at 1021 E. Ninth St. Her grandson, Garrett Jack Brennan, 25, was arrested and charged with murder and unlawful use of a weapon. An autopsy on Caldwell, who was 71, is set for today, but “it is believed the cause of death is a stab wound,” according to a press release from The Dalles Police Chief Patrick Ashmore.

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New high school tops facility list

Replacing the high school is by far the top priority of a facilities committee studying replacing nearly all the schools in the district. Its second priority is replacing Chenowith Elementary.

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