Neita Cecil

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

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Snow leads to TD bus mishap

A school bus loaded with middle schoolers had to lock its brakes when it was cut off by another driver as it turned into the Wahtonka campus parking lot Thursday, and it slid into a fence, damaging both fence and bus.

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Donor doubles coat drive yeild

With the successful 2015 winter coat drive already under its belt, Columbia Bank set out this year to repeat the effort.

Two dogs go on spree, kill feline

A pair of dogs went on a spree in Murray’s Addition last Thursday, killing a cat, biting a man’s pant leg, and attempting to get at chickens and other dogs before being caught and taken to the animal shelter.

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Homeless profile still rising in TD

Transients in The Dalles are becoming more numerous and more visible, police officers say. Longtime officers with 20-plus years on the force say the problem is much more notable than earlier in their careers.

Fix sought for bus flap

In mid-October, a miscommunication led two local parents to believe their little girl was missing, when she was actually safely being taken to her babysitter on the local LINK bus.

$30K match pledge for center

Early November brought announcements of two major donations to a planned Gorge Youth Center in The Dalles. Now a third donor has stepped forward with a pledge to match $30,000 in contributions.

D21 eyes tax issue

With a goal of putting a bond measure on the May 2017 ballot, the school district will soon begin reaching out to the community regarding new buildings.

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The French Connection

Dylan Corson is learning German. Monica Abarca, who already knows Spanish, is now taking on Korean and Japanese. Both are students at The Dalles Middle School and they and others are planning to join two language classes that will start up in December.

Protest trip cancelled

The Dalles resident Solea Kabakov decided against joining the Standing Rock protest in North Dakota against the Dakota Access Pipeline, citing the dangers of the increasing unrest there. “The situation there has escalated to really being what I would describe as a true conflict,” she said.

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TD pipeline protester sets out to N. Dakota

For Thanksgiving this year, The Dalles resident Solea Kabakov will be offering herself as a shield to protect Native American elders offering prayers in protest of an oil pipeline in North Dakota.

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