Neita Cecil



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

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Stine seeks senate seat

Young challenger for Wyden in Senate race

Two preschools unite in Moro

In the final educational merger in Sherman County, two non-profit pre-schools, one in Moro, one in Wasco, have agreed to combine into one entity starting in the fall.

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Sex offender gets 15-year sentence

A 2014 graduate of The Dalles-Wahtonka High School, Michael Cele Stephens, was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison for sexually abusing six girls aged 13 to 15.

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Drug dragnet: Busts have big impact

Last year, police in The Dalles started getting calls from other police agencies, asking them, “What’s going on there? Our drug dealers are afraid to go to The Dalles.” What was going on was a regional drug task force went into high gear, cranking out 30-plus search warrants in 2015, up from around five or six the year before, when staffing was lower.

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Full at last

A final burial at Pioneer Cemetery, established in 1860

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A ramp for Uli - and friends who made it

At age 15, progressing muscular dystrophy has robbed Ulises Elizarraras Perez of the use of his legs and largely stilled his arms.

Transient numbers increase

Over the winter, The Dalles not only saw a significant increase in transients using an overnight shelter on very cold nights, but most were people who longtime volunteers had never seen before.

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FannieMae moves to demolish house

The burned house at 10th and Mt. Hood will finally be demolished, a city official reported Monday. The house has been vacant for over a year, since the homeowner died in a fire that he set after facing eviction.

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Tea is served April 16

Event benefits Pink Project program for cancer patients

Boundary lines drawn

The Gorge Commission will finally check something off its to-do list that has been languishing there for nearly 30 years: Defining the boundaries of the 13 urban areas in the scenic area.

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