Neita Cecil

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Neita Cecil covers general news for The Dalles Chronicle.

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Headed to DC

TDHS junior to attend journalism conference

The Dalles High School junior Roman Sarabia has at least one part of his summer planned out: he’s heading to Washington, D.C., in July for a weeklong journalism conference. He was nominated to attend by a teacher, although he doesn’t know which one, since they asked to remain anonymous.

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Testing wits on ‘Idiotest’

This Thursday, on the Game Show Network, The Dalles native Spike Huntington-Klein will test his wits on the TV show “Idiotest.”

Foibles of the “Willie Dee”

The USS William D. Porter, a naval destroyer, sank on June 10, 1945, with Seaman First Class Ted LaDoux, now a longtime resident of The Dalles, aboard. All 300 sailors made it to safety, but the Willie Dee, as she was known, settled 2,400 feet to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, another victim of World War II’s famous Battle of Okinawa.

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Manning the ‘big guns’ at sea

Ted LaDoux checks the mail every day, sometimes twice. Any day now, he should be receiving long overdue campaign medals he earned over 70 years ago, in the waning days of World War II.

TD named as Blue Zone site

Aiming for a “community transformation,” a health-promotion organization has selected The Dalles as its newest Blue Zones Project demonstration site.

Man stabbed Wednesday eve

A 24-year-old The Dalles man remains in intensive care this morning following a stabbing in the area of 11th and Trevitt at around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to city police.

D21 plans school facilities polling

With clear priorities from a facilities committee to build a new high school first, the D21 school board is looking at its next steps in the process, which will include more public polling.

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Driving with dangerous distractions

Spurred by the death of a family friend because of a distracted driver, Larry Fairclo has started a campaign to raise awareness about the problem. His first stop? The Northwest Cherry Festival Parade.

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Brother, sister named royalty

Mary Leighton said she plans to dress up for her role as this year’s Cherry Festival Queen Anne, but her brother, Chuck Sandoz, named King Bing, said, “I’m not.” The duo came into town for an interview the other day, taking a brief break from working at Sandoz Farm, a Mill Creek operation that’s been in the family since 1880. Asked how they got selected for this year’s royalty, Sandoz said, “I treat it like it’s jury duty. You kind of get called sooner or later.”

Jail hiring plans aired

A new jail contract with an as-yet unnamed county, and more beds rented for immigration detainees, has NORCOR officials poised to add a number of new positions. “An additional 22 inmates increases the workload significantly,” said Bryan Brandenburg, administrator.

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