Neita Cecil

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Neita Cecil covers faith, Columbia Gorge Commission, fire and general news.

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Valkenburgh memorial Sat.

A memorial service for Meredith “Van” Van Valkenburgh, who practiced law for over 60 years in The Dalles and passed away last month, is set for Saturday, Oct. 1. The service begins at 2 p.m. and will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1805 Minnesota St.

Elementary school goes on lockdown

The grade school in Maupin went into lockdown for a time Wednesday morning because a man was asking questions about when children would be out and around, according to police logs.

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TDMS teacher nabs Carnegie gig

Leslie Sullivan teaches her music students at The Dalles Middle School the importance of striving for their dreams. On Oct. 2, she will live out one of her own by singing at Carnegie Hall.

Cop charged by dog, fires weapon

A city police officer responding to a call last Thursday afternoon of two dogs attacking chickens had to shoot several times when one of the dogs charged at him.

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Pipe bomb found at Rowena Crest

A Portland man taking pictures at Rowena Crest Friday afternoon spotted what turned out to be a pipe bomb, which was detonated by the Oregon State Police bomb squad hours later.

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Curious kids quiz cop

The questions came fast and furious. Have you ever seen a dead person? Ever shot anyone? Ever been pulled over? Ever been tased?

High bar to remove liquor license

A spokeswoman for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission on Monday laid out rigorous standards that must be met in order to deny a liquor license to an establishment.

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Sponsors help bring bullying speaker

With the help of sponsors, St. Mary’s Academy is bringing Jodee Blanco, billed as the country’s most sought-after anti-bullying speaker, to The Dalles for a daylong workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

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Anti-bullying speaker in The Dalles September 20

Jodee Blanco was bullied at school from the fifth grade on. An “old soul” who was different and didn’t fit in, she was beaten, stoned, teased, left out, and invited to fake parties as a set-up. Now she’s a New York Times bestselling author who has taken the principles of her top seller, “Please Stop Laughing at Me,” to over 500,000 students at speaking engagements around the world and across the U.S. Her next stop will be in The Dalles, on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at St. Mary’s Academy.

Dufur holds firm on Pastime license

City will still recommend denial

Cliff Wirtz, owner of the Dufur Pastime, asked the Dufur City Council Tuesday to reconsider its decision to recommend that his annual state liquor license not be renewed.

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