Neita Cecil

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

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City hears concern about homeless

A property owner near downtown told The Dalles City Council Monday that transient problems have spiked in recent years and his land has become “a prime transient homeless camp.”

MCMC draws up plans for new tower

Saying it would add efficiency and improve services, Mid-Columbia Medical Center is hoping to build a 70,000-square-foot patient tower at its hospital campus in The Dalles.

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The Dalles Police Chief to retire

Police Chief Jay Waterbury announced he would retire July 1 at Monday’s The Dalles City Council meeting. He received a standing ovation after making a few remarks about his long career. When he retires, he will have served almost 42 years in law enforcement, almost 41 of them for The Dalles police, 20 of them as its chief. He began work here Aug. 11, 1975, at age 23. He told the council, “I don’t really want to go but it is getting close to being the time to go.”

Grassroots education Committee continues work

A smaller but dedicated group of people are continuing to work on ways to help the school district improve attendance, graduation rates and teacher morale.

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‘Go Red’ focuses their attention on youth

A local grade schooler recently had a triglyceride level of 262 — well above the normal range of six to 100 milligrams per deciliter for this measure of fat in the blood.

Home invasion follows stabbing

A woman and her children barricaded themselves in an upstairs bedroom after a stabbing suspect entered their home yesterday morning, officials said. No one at the home was injured, according to a post by the woman’s husband, Doug Kirchhofer, on Facebook yesterday.

Home invasion follows stabbing

A woman was home alone with her children when a man who had just been “involved” in a stabbing nearby entered her house at 18th and Morton this morning, law officers said.

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Restoring eyesight abroad

A medical doctor specializing in eye care, Dr. John Willer recently returned from Guatemala mission

D21 considers drop in enrollment

D21 considers drop in enrollment

Public health waits for cash

The North Central Public Health District, increasingly short staffed since a budget cut last summer and other staff departures, may get a cash infusion from a regional health organization Wednesday. The Columbia Gorge Health Council, which governs state-funded health care for low income residents, got a sizeable “bonus” for meeting certain health goals set up by the state.

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