Neita Cecil



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

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Parks director named

Scott Baker, the new director of the Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District, originally set out to be a middle school science teacher.

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Clerk: OR vote secure

Heightened concerns nationwide about voting fraud are even being expressed here in Wasco County. “We had one man come in to today and say, ‘I’m concerned about voter fraud, can you tell me about these voters?’” said Wasco County Clerk Lisa Gambee on Tuesday.

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M98 to boost HS graduation

With 10,000 Oregon students failing to graduate from high school every year, Measure 98 aims to reduce that number by boosting career and technical classes and adding dropout prevention measures.

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Long-Curtiss seeks office

Darcy Long-Curtiss got her first taste of community political involvement as a high schooler in The Dalles, when she participated in a city visioning meeting and it piqued her interest. She now hopes to further that involvement by gaining a seat on The Dalles City Council. She is one of three candidates seeking to fill council Position 2, which is being vacated by Dan Spatz. Also running are Dana Journey, a police officer for the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission, and Clay Johnson, who works at a desalination plant in The Dalles.

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Walden auctions flag

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden was on hand Saturday at a fundraiser for local soldiers and veterans, where he auctioned off a flag to be flown over the U.S. Capitol and a guitar painted in a flag theme.

Year of transition for PUD

It has been a rough transition year for the Northern Wasco County PUD, which got a new general manager, Roger Kline, in January after 22 years under previous manager Dwight Langer.

TDMS teacher’s aide jailed, charged

A male classroom aide at The Dalles Middle School was arrested last week and is accused of inappropriately touching two female students at school.

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Guard fundraiser Saturday

A fundraiser for local soldiers, featuring casino games, live music, a light show, live and silent auctions, dinner and a fajita bar is set for this Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center. Doors open for the “Guards Cards and Guitars Casino Night” at 5 p.m. and the public is welcome.

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Crary seeking to oust Walden

Retired attorney Jim Crary, a Democrat from Ashland, is running to unseat longtime Congressman Greg Walden from Oregon’s Second Congressional District. “I’ve always been politically aware and involved,” Crary said. “There are so many issues that drive me crazy. I kept kind of a log, a word document, starting with Citizens United.”

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Measure 97 about fairness

Editor’s Note: On Friday, the Chronicle ran a story about the opposition of local farmers, agricultural organizations and the The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce to Measure 97. Today, we feature the other side of the story: Local teacher Phil Brady sees Measure 97 – which would hike taxes on the highest earning corporations in Oregon – as a way to bring fairness to the tax structure and improve the lives of Oregonians.

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