Neita Cecil

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Neita Cecil covers general news for The Dalles Chronicle.

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‘Blue Zones’ project seeks city funding

The Blue Zones Project, a three-year community wellness endeavor now in its second year in The Dalles, is about $82,000 short of local funding for this year, but an appeal will be made to the city next month. Dr. Miriam McDonell will ask The Dalles City Council at its Sept. 24 meeting to review information presented by Blue Zones, and then will come back to its Oct. 8 meeting to request funding.

September 21, 2018 2:31 p.m. read more..


PUD surveys energy efficiency

The Northern Wasco County PUD has launched an online survey to learn how aware customers are of energy efficiency programs and how willing they might be to participate in them. Results could help tailor marketing efforts and the PUD’s strategic direction as it considers new programs to both stay competitive and help customers keep their power bills down.

September 21, 2018 2:14 p.m. read more..


Grant sought for Dry Hollow traffic

The city will apply for a state grant to improve traffic flow at pick-up and drop-off time at the highly congested Dry Hollow Elementary School. It should know by January if it was successful.

September 21, 2018 2:11 p.m. read more..


Jail governance change discussed

The jail board reached consensus on the concept of not replacing its outgoing administrator, and instead switching to a jail commander format used in all other jails in the state. The board will meet again Oct. 1 to get more details from the sheriffs and juvenile administrators who would play a larger role in overseeing the four-county jail.

September 21, 2018 2:07 p.m. read more..


Pig Bowl benefits three families Sat.

Three local families will benefit from the popular annual Pig Bowl fundraiser this Saturday, Sept. 22, which pitches Washington and Oregon law enforcement against each other in flag football. The game, which starts at 7 p.m., is at Wahtonka football field. Tickets are $3 single or $10 per family.

September 18, 2018 2:10 p.m. read more..


Governor hears fire issues

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown visited Sherman County last week and heard from farmers and cattlemen that repairing roads and fences were top issues following the summer’s devastating fires.

September 18, 2018 1:20 p.m. read more..


Jail head protests ‘littering’

For many months, jail board meetings have often featured sharp words between jail officials and citizens who oppose the jail’s contract to house immigration detainees. Last week’s jail board meeting was no different. Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility (NORCOR) Jail Administrator Bryan Brandenburg opened the Sept. 12 meeting by addressing citizens in attendance, saying a bunch of golden shoes were left behind and a sign was pitched over the jail fence following one of the daily anti-contract protests at the jail.

September 18, 2018 1:18 p.m. read more..


AmeriTies settlement OK’d, but few opt in

Only around 200 people out of an estimated 5,600 households have filed for compensation so far as part of the settlement of a class action nuisance odor lawsuit against AmeriTies West LLC. The deadline for filing a claim for compensation is Sept. 22.

September 14, 2018 1:42 p.m. read more..


Park proposals presented

A possible mini golf course at Thompson Park, a dog park on 14th Street and RV/camping at Riverfront Park are among the ideas being considered as the parks district works on a 20-year master plan. Over a year ago the Northern Wasco County Parks & Recreation District launched on an 18-24 month master planning process.

September 11, 2018 2:11 p.m. read more..


Federal charges filed on pot scheme

A Hood River man who previously lived in Mosier was charged in federal court last month as part of two “vast conspiracies” to traffic marijuana grown in Portland to Texas, Virginia and Florida, officials said. The office of the U.S. Attorney in Oregon announced six people were charged, including Cole William Griffiths, 30, of Hood River who is accused of conspiring to manufacture marijuana in Hood River and shipping it to Florida.

September 11, 2018 2:05 p.m. read more..

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