Neita Cecil


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Neita Cecil covers general news for The Dalles Chronicle.

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School board members quit

In the wake of the resounding defeat of the $235 million school bond, two school board members have quit. Ernie Blatz, the longest serving member of the board, who said he has served since 2004 or 2005, said, “I’ve been trying to get a high school since 2003, and I’m just done trying to get it. Let somebody else work on it.”

November 13, 2018 2:01 p.m. read more..

Police patrols to focus on DUI, cell phones

The Dalles Police Department has been awarded three grants to do emphasis patrols targeting driving while intoxicated, cell phone use, and failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. The patrols will start this month and continue through next September, and the public will get advance notice each time.

November 13, 2018 1:57 p.m. read more..

District 21 school bond fails

The D21 school board will host the first of several listening sessions next Thursday, Nov. 15, at the middle school to hear from citizens in the wake of a resounding defeat of its $235 million bond authority measure. The measure went down with just a 40.8 percent yes vote.

November 9, 2018 1:28 p.m. read more..

Wyman violates release terms

Former Dufur track coach Ty Lee Wyman, convicted in August of sex abuse against two students, was sent to prison earlier than planned because he violated terms of his release.

November 6, 2018 2:03 p.m. read more..

County eyes codes work

Wasco County has rescinded its tentative decision not to take on building codes services now that it has learned services would probably be moved to Pendleton and a large local cash reserve could be lost. Building codes services had been provided for years by the now-disbanded Mid-Columbia Council of Governments (MCCOG), a five-county entity that operated out of The Dalles and closed shop earlier this year.

November 2, 2018 2:37 p.m. read more..

A symbolic meeting

It was not your typical calligraphy lesson: last Tuesday, students at The Dalles High School painstakingly wrote their names in Japanese characters, guided by visiting Japanese students. As for the 13 Japanese students, who were on their last day of an exchange through the Sister City program between Miyoshi City, Japan, and The Dalles, they had the tough job of finding the right combination of Japanese characters, called kanji, to sound out each student’s name.

November 2, 2018 2:05 p.m. read more..

TD nixes Blue Zones request

The Dalles City Council declined to make a contribution to the local Blue Zones Project, saying its budget for the year was already established, but invited the community wellness program to apply next year. The dilemma for the Blue Zones Project, however, is that it is facing a January deadline to show it has a local commitment of $197,000 to keep the three-year program operational, said Dr. Mimi Mcdonell, who chairs the group’s sustainability committee.

November 2, 2018 2:03 p.m. read more..

D21 bond election complaint filed

A local woman has filed a complaint with the state alleging the school district violated election law by using persuasive, rather than explanatory, language in describing a bond measure to build new schools. District 21 Superintendent Candy Armstrong said, “We do not believe that we have violated Oregon election law, but we will fully cooperate with the investigation.” (This story has been updated with comments from Trudy Lupkes from the Strong Community Schools Political Action Committee.)

October 26, 2018 3:41 p.m. read more..

TDHS seeks wood scraps

Got any scrap wood lying around, or maybe some tools that could be put to use? Or maybe you know a thing or two about carpentry and would like to help the next generation pick up some skills. The Dalles High School woodworking teacher Jonathan Kranzley is restarting a construction class at the high school, and is putting out a call for wood, tools and volunteers.

October 26, 2018 2:42 p.m. read more..

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