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Neita Cecil

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Area prepared for Ebola

Vaccinations are a more pressing need

Blazers coming to The Dalles

Rip City flag will be raised at waterfront park

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‘Magical’ facelift at Wahtonka

Zion Lutheran paints for ‘day of service’

Car pursuit hits backyards

A wanted man crashed through multiple yards and fences Thursday night eluding police, who found him more than three hours later and arrested him on multiple charges – including the original warrant.

Home at Last gains facility deed

Details to be worked out with Wasco County

Even fiction writing requires research

While a fiction writer obviously has a lot of license to make things up, there’s still tons of research that goes into it, said author Ron Lovell, who will be at the Oct. 18 Northwest Authors Festival at Klindt’s Booksellers.

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Heeding the call of the muse

Sharon Duerst got idea for first novel ‘Mending Stone’ from a compelling dream

Pool contracts still under review

Officials hope to sign documents soon

Hemp use in America dates to early colonial times

King required settlers in Va. to grow crop

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M91 sparks spirited debate

Measure 91 would regulate and tax manufacture and distribution of marijuana in Oregon, for use by people age 21 and over. People over 21 could legally have four homegrown marijuana plants and eight ounces of usable marijuana at a given time, 16 ounces in solid form at a given time, and 72 ounces in liquid form for noncommercial purposes. They cannot have more than one ounce of usable marijuana in a public place. Possessing more than these amounts carries criminal penalties ranging from a felony to a violation, depending on the amount. Taxes raised will go to schools, drug treatment and police. It preserves current landlord-tenant rights and retains workplace drug-free laws. Two views on the measure: Pot should stay illegal" and "Prohibition should end."

Pink Project gives comfort to women with cancer

The money raised by The Dalles High School students will help The Pink Project, a local charity, bring comfort to women diagnosed with cancer. Doreen Koch of The Dalles, a breast cancer survivor and founder of Project Pink, said her group averages one new comfort bag a week, and has given out 200 in the last three years.

D21 boosts enrollment and graduation rate

Numbers easily exceed projections

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Thinking Pink at TDHS

The art classrooms at The Dalles High School are filled with 25 or so decorated bras, and other students are busily painting pink signs — all in an effort to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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New Wednesday ‘Gathering’ starts

Casual meal offers informal fellowship

HAL seeks ownership OK

Shelter officials intend to replace aging building

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PUD scam takes new twist

Scammer had PUD number in cell’s caller ID

Neighborhood issues continue

Parent upset resident took photo of son

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‘No one can be left behind’

Sarah Brady is learning about culture, and herself, in two-year adventure

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From a propulsion lab to a Sunday pulpit

Former engineer new pastor at Life in Christ

Bids for pool are due today

High number of bids expected

Online game leads to bullying

Woman asked for money by game player

Women settle abuse suit

Civil case decided out of court

Journal reveals early years of St. Mary’s

Four Sisters from Portland sent to open school in TD

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St. Mary’s Academy marks 150th

Students to create 25-year time capsule

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St. Vinnie’s reopens Thursday

Revamped thrift store will have more retail space and a more visible donation spot

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Pool bids out, demo Oct. 6

Officials hope demolition work will begin around Oct. 6 on the old pool, as the construction phase of building a new 50-meter pool finally gets underway.

RV, shop razed by flames

Firefighters do not yet know cause of blaze

Youths charged in historic TD home fire

Two boys, ages 12 and 14, are slated to enter pleas Oct. 7 to charges of first-degree arson in a June fire that destroyed a partially burned historic home on West Fourth Street in The Dalles.

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Birds die after powder spill

The Dalles Transfer Station was evacuated and city public works staff kept on lockdown when a powder spill at the transfer station apparently killed some birds Thursday, Sept. 18.

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NW Natural helps prepare for trouble

Food, family activities, giveaways offered at Sept. 20

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Independence, yea or nay?

Local expats await the Scottish independence vote, on tap for Sept. 18

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Incredible Voyage

Unique hovercraft ‘Nemotoad’ takes maiden voyage

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Backpack food program grows

The backpack program, started over two years ago by First United Methodist Church to help feed homeless students for the weekend, is growing again.

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Challenges made in sufferer’s honor

ALS challenge has netted millions

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Presbyterian church welcomes new minister

Dr. Tom Pipkin left a big-city church in the South to become senior pastor at Gateway Presbyterian Church in The Dalles, partly because he wanted more time to just hang out with folks and minister by hiking and fishing with them.

Pool demolition costs lacked key elements

Estimate did not include admininstration costs

Gorge Commission budget spurs protest

Budget request would restore some funding

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Rapping priest performs at parish center

Fortuna was jazz musician before entering the priesthood

Pool demo bids exceed budget estimate

A local contractor says his bid to demolish Ted Walker Pool was double the general contractor’s estimate, and the other bidder on the project was significantly over that estimate also.

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Evacuations: 'Controlled chaos'

Telling people to leave their home, or not return, is tough

Parks director put on leave, pool on target

Board hires employment attorney to investigate ‘personnel matter’

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A rarity: log trucks in town

It’s 4 a.m., and you’re tucked in bed “sawing logs,” but SDS Lumber Co. is up and at ‘em, sawing logs for real, clearing a patch of timber burned in last year’s Government Camp Fire Complex.

Tagging spree targets east The Dalles cars

Ten residents near Dry Hollow Elementary School woke up Tuesday morning to find their vehicles had been spray-painted with dirty words and drawings.

Flaming tempers a factor in firefight

When a wildfire is raging, the public’s focus is, of course, on the fire itself and the herculean efforts to stop it. But the sundry human experiences as a consequence of a fire also demonstrate the wider impact such an event can have.

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Blaze destroys home, damages two others

The Rowena Fire, listed this morning as 35 percent contained, claimed its first residence yesterday as a home that had been evacuated burned at Foley Lakes Mobile Home Park.

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Fire sweeps over Rowena

Fire forced the evacuation of seven homes in Rowena last night and the steep terrain, combined with high winds and expected high temperatures today, were ideal conditions for a big fire, an official said. As of 9 a.m. this morning, Wednesday, Aug. 6, the fire was at around 200 acres and rapidly growing, said spokesman Justin de Ruyter with the Oregon State Fire Marshal incident command team.

Boundary group hopes to iron out problem lines

The first of four work sessions to finally firm up gorge urban area boundaries, which have remained unclear for 28 years, is set for Wednesday, Aug. 6 in The Dalles.

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ACTS teaches job skills at fruit stand

A fruit stand run by ACTS (Acclaiming Christ Through Sports) is not only raising money for an upcoming mission, but is teaching kids business skills and a work ethic.

Antelope nets free emergency vehicles

Fire chief tracks down gear, equipment for rural station

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Lane Co. takes over thrift

Organization will still fund local services

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