Neita Cecil

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

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Chronicle award list

The Dalles Chronicle netted seven awards in the 2016 Oregon Better Newspaper Contest for articles, editorials and graphics that were published last year. Reporter Neita Cecil received second place in the Best Enterprise Reporting category for a series of five stories in October and November written about the plight of a homeless mother and her five children. The articles unfolded as events occurred, including the removal of the children from motel room after the mother was arrested for a warrant involving methamphetamine use. The children, who were unable to attend school because of their situation, were sent to live with their father in Yakima.

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Champion dancer fires up viewers

A recent exchange of students from American Samoa visiting The Dalles was such a success that the local students – from Wahtonka Community School – hope to visit Samoa next year. The visiting group of students are part of a peer leader program that draws students from various local schools, said Moelilia Seui, executive director of the program, Intersections, Inc.

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Making the transition

In a wide-ranging interview that touched on everything from bras to bathrooms, a transgender woman who hopes to meet her grandchildren living in The Dalles quipped that she’s transparent about being transgender. Growing up in conservative Roseburg, Kim Mason was then 9-year-old Tim Mason when she realized she was different. She began playing dress-up, and once fashioned an old yellow rain jacket into a skirt. She’d steal her mother’s lipstick and paint her toenails.

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A life filled with secrets

Kim Mason has spent a lifetime living with secrets. First was the dawning realization during her childhood in Roseburg — she was a boy named Tim Mason then — that she was trapped in the wrong body.

Woman harasses dispatch center

In a rarity, the Wasco County 911 Center called police to report its own dilemma: a woman who incessantly called the dispatch center, perhaps 50 times over two days, last week.

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Two die in Dufur area crash

Two Dufur residents died in a single-vehicle rollover crash Sunday evening on Boyd Loop Road just outside Dufur, according to the Oregon State Police. Both the driver, Tamara Janine Kucher, 40, and Hunter William Reese Spears, 21, who was riding in the bed of the 1994 Chevrolet 1500 extended cab pickup, were ejected when the vehicle lost control on a turn and rolled down an embankment, said Sgt. Kaipo Raiser. Both died at the scene.

Two die in Dufur crash

Two Dufur residents died in a single-vehicle rollover crash Sunday evening on Boyd Loop Road just outside Dufur, according to the Oregon State Police. Both the driver, Tamara Janine Kucher, 40, and Hunter William Reese Spears, 21, who was riding in the bed of the 1994 Chevrolet 1500 extended cab pickup, were ejected when the vehicle lost control on a turn and rolled down an embankment, said Sgt. Kaipo Raiser. Both died at the scene.

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The Dalles group close to France attack

Five women from The Dalles on a month-long tour of Europe left a fireworks show in Nice, France, just 10 minutes before an attacker drove a truck into the crowd, killing over 80. After the Bastille Day fireworks show finished Thursday night, Paula Fairclo and her friends first headed to a café to get gelato, but decided against it because the crowds on the mile-long seaside promenade were too massive.

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Pokémon invades The Dalles

Anyone over a certain – rather youngish ─ age is probably baffled with the sudden international phenomenon that is the virtual reality game “Pokémon GO.” But not CheyAnne Lynn. A lifelong Pokémon fan, the 21-year-old The Dalles resident said, “I got it literally three minutes after it launched in the United States. That’s how long it took it to download.” That was clear back on July 6. In the mere week since, as Pokémon has taken over the airwaves and social media feeds, she’s been playing the game practically every waking minute. “I just got a Pokémon while walking in here,” she told a reporter as she came for an interview at the Chronicle.

TD police honor 5 fallen officers

Four officers from The Dalles Police Department have gone to Dallas to pay respects to the five police officers slain there last week by a sniper.

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