Neita Cecil

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

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Evacuations: 'Controlled chaos'

Telling people to leave their home, or not return, is tough

Parks director put on leave, pool on target

Board hires employment attorney to investigate ‘personnel matter’

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A rarity: log trucks in town

It’s 4 a.m., and you’re tucked in bed “sawing logs,” but SDS Lumber Co. is up and at ‘em, sawing logs for real, clearing a patch of timber burned in last year’s Government Camp Fire Complex.

Tagging spree targets east The Dalles cars

Ten residents near Dry Hollow Elementary School woke up Tuesday morning to find their vehicles had been spray-painted with dirty words and drawings.

Flaming tempers a factor in firefight

When a wildfire is raging, the public’s focus is, of course, on the fire itself and the herculean efforts to stop it. But the sundry human experiences as a consequence of a fire also demonstrate the wider impact such an event can have.

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Blaze destroys home, damages two others

The Rowena Fire, listed this morning as 35 percent contained, claimed its first residence yesterday as a home that had been evacuated burned at Foley Lakes Mobile Home Park.

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Fire sweeps over Rowena

Fire forced the evacuation of seven homes in Rowena last night and the steep terrain, combined with high winds and expected high temperatures today, were ideal conditions for a big fire, an official said. As of 9 a.m. this morning, Wednesday, Aug. 6, the fire was at around 200 acres and rapidly growing, said spokesman Justin de Ruyter with the Oregon State Fire Marshal incident command team.

Boundary group hopes to iron out problem lines

The first of four work sessions to finally firm up gorge urban area boundaries, which have remained unclear for 28 years, is set for Wednesday, Aug. 6 in The Dalles.

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ACTS teaches job skills at fruit stand

A fruit stand run by ACTS (Acclaiming Christ Through Sports) is not only raising money for an upcoming mission, but is teaching kids business skills and a work ethic.

Antelope nets free emergency vehicles

Fire chief tracks down gear, equipment for rural station

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