Neita Cecil

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

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Full slate for Fourth of July

Parade, fireworks and fountain dedication planned for holiday

On Waterbury

Several people were asked share their thoughts on The Dalles Police Chief Jay Waterbury, who retires Thursday, June 30 after 41 years with the department. Here are their comments:

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A changing of the guard

Police work has improved over his 41 years of service

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Historic Brexit vote rocks Britain

An expat views historic results from U.S. home

Action urged on school plan

Like more formal polling done earlier, a handful of surveys taken at last Saturday’s school facilities symposium found almost equal support for a variety of new building options. The school district paid for a survey of 300 likely voters that found top support for a new high school, with a middle college a close second.

TDHS seeks mentorships

The Dalles High School is working with the grassroots community group on building a mentorship program, the school board heard last Thursday.

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Dedicated to Bernie

Solea Kabakov, a lifelong peace activist and resident of The Dalles, will be a delegate for Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. She is one of two pledged delegates for Sanders from the Second Congressional District, which covers much of eastern Oregon.

New info in sex abuse case

A police interview with the senior pastor of First Christian Church showed that church officials had “expressed concerns” about the behavior of a youth leader who was eventually convicted of sexually abusing teen girls. Michael Cele Stephens, 20, was sentenced to 15 years in prison early this year for sexually abusing six teen girls. He met his victims through the church youth group and 4-H.

Poll shows school tax support

In welcome news for school officials, a poll of 300 likely voters found 55 percent were willing to pay more taxes to repair or replace schools if the money is spent accountably and ensures access to a high quality modern education.

Orlando vigil set Thursday

A vigil for the victims of the Orlando, Fla., mass shooting is set for Thursday, June 16, at 6:30 p.m. in Lewis & Clark Festival Park at the foot of Union Street. Early Sunday, a lone gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

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