Neita Cecil

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Neita Cecil covers general news for The Dalles Chronicle.

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Starved horse euthanized

A horse so weakened from starvation it couldn’t stand was euthanized Sunday and another horse on the same Pleasant Ridge property was surrendered to a horse rescue operation. Both horses were at least several hundred pounds underweight, said Kim Mosiman, executive director of Troutdale-based horse rescue Sound Equine Options (SEO).

MINT arrests 9

Nine people were arrested on drug related charges in January and February by the Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force, according to a press release from MINT.

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Editorial: Hard work pays off spectacularly

Hearty congratulations are in order for the stunning turnaround of the graduation rate at The Dalles High School.

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For the Love of Music

Every Tuesday after the final bell rings, Chenowith Elementary music teacher Corin Parker hosts 47 students from grades three through five at her after-school choir. Practice lasts for 45 minutes, and it’s just one of the efforts that recently earned her the Excellence in Elementary Music Education award from the Oregon Music Education Association.

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Restaurant stance draws ire, backing

The Baldwin Saloon joined other restaurants across the U.S. in being closed Thursday in support of the national “Day Without Immigrants” protest, drawing both ire and applause on social media. Juanita’s Market closed at 3 p.m. Thursday, leaving messages in Spanish and English on its doors saying it would close in support of a Day Without Immigrants.

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First closed night for shelter

For the first time in 73 days, the warming shelter at St. Vincent de Paul was closed Wednesday night, though weather forecasts indicate it will be reopening soon. The criteria for opening the shelter are if it’s 30 degrees or below, including windchill, or 35 degrees or below if there’s precipitation, said Ed Elliott, chair of the Warming Place committee. Though it was raining, it was supposed to reach a high of 37 last night.

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Schools to make up days lost to weather

Last week, District 21 Superintendent Candy Armstrong updated the Chronicle about calendar changes to make up for snow days. The next day, Thursday, Feb. 9, schools were closed due to bad weather.

TDHS grad rate jumps

Sharp increase in graduating students shows disrict on track

The Dalles High School has seen a huge improvement in its graduation rate, which jumped from 68.3 percent in 2014-15 to a whopping 83.2 percent in 2015-16. The figure is a measurement of the percentage of students who graduated “on time,” or within four years. “I’m very pleased,” said Candy Armstrong, superintendent of School District 21. “That’s a huge jump.”

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Cold keeps them busy

The long, grueling winter has meant a sharp uptick in work for certain local businesses. Insurance agents, auto body shops and heating companies are among the businesses slammed as the gorge endures a relentlessly cold, snowy winter.

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Blue Zones decision awaited

Hopefully by next month The Dalles will learn if it has been accepted as a Blue Zones Project, having raised the needed $200,000 first-year local contribution to qualify for the three-year health and well-being initiative.

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