Neita Cecil


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Neita Cecil covers general news for The Dalles Chronicle.

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Blue Zones may seek grant funds

The Dalles Blue Zones Project, a community wellness endeavor, has asked to extend its funding deadline to August, and hopes to band together with two other Blue Zones Projects in the state to seek grant funds.

January 22, 2019 1:41 p.m. read more..

Occupants escape fire

One occupant was burned as they escaped a fire that destroyed much of their home Friday afternoon in the 1400 block of Nevada Street. The second occupant was not injured.

January 22, 2019 1:40 p.m. read more..

Eight named to chamber honors

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce 2019 Man of the Year, Tim McGlothlin, paid tribute to his wife Laura at the chamber’s annual awards banquet Thursday. McGlothin was one of eight honorees at the annual event. Woman of the Year was Eileen White; Mary Gailley and her business, Helping Hands Home Care NW, were business of the year; David Wagenblast won Outstanding Agricultural Achievement; Katie Ortega was Educator of the Year; the Wasco County Dispatch Center was Outstanding First Responder; Jake Dollarhide was Outstanding Youth of the Year; and Corliss Marsh was Volunteer of the Year.

January 18, 2019 5:19 p.m. read more..

Dallesport cache found

A traffic stop Jan. 12 in The Dalles led to the discovery of a cache of stolen items in Dallesport, according to The Dalles Police Department. Juan Miguel Angel Medina, 24, of The Dalles, and Christopher Zoey Schwarzbach, 24, of Dallesport, were arrested following the stop near The Dalles marina.

January 18, 2019 2:01 p.m. read more..

Union Street underpass fenced off

The Oregon Department of Transportation has installed fencing beneath two overpasses in The Dalles to prevent transients from camping under them. “We don’t like doing it; it’s not a situation we like to be in,” said ODOT spokesman Peter Murphy. But the camping creates a situation “that simply has to be taken care of.”

January 18, 2019 1:57 p.m. read more..

Doing good with wood

The words ‘thank you’ are often such a throwaway nicety that it’s striking to hear them when they actually come from the heart. There was no doubt about the depths of gratitude felt by the steady stream of people who showed up last Wednesday morning to get a free load of firewood from Wasco County’s wood program.

January 18, 2019 1:53 p.m. read more..

Partial shutdown impacts local offices

The partial shutdown of the federal government, which was in its record-setting 24th day Monday, has closed two area offices, the Farm Service Administration in The Dalles and the Barlow Ranger District office in Dufur. Some 25 percent of the federal government is impacted by the shutdown.

January 15, 2019 2:37 p.m. read more..

Jail helped ICE, plaintiffs claim

The regional jail is “purposefully assisting” immigration officials, in violation of state law, an attorney argued at a court hearing last Thursday. Court filings also indicated the jail since January 2017 has held dozens of immigration detainees who had no criminal history. The jail has repeatedly said it did not do so.

January 15, 2019 2:37 p.m. read more..

College seeks skill center, campus dorm

Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) will pursue an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with The Dalles and Wasco County for $3.5 million in enterprise zone funds and proceed with a $7.6 million full faith and credit bond for construction of a skill center and housing project at The Dalles campus following a unanimous vote by the Board of Education at its January board meeting.

January 15, 2019 2:34 p.m. read more..

Final arguments in jail lawsuit made

A ruling is expected within a month on a 2017 lawsuit that alleges the regional jail violated Oregon’s “sanctuary” law by housing immigration detainees. Wasco County Circuit Court Judge John Wolf said at the conclusion of a Thursday hearing, in which both sides asked the case be ruled in their favor, that he expected whatever decision he reached to be appealed, so he wanted to take the time to carefully lay out his reasoning in a written opinion.

January 11, 2019 3:42 p.m. read more..

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