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Neita Cecil

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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

Gorge panel mulls budget

Agency seeks more staff to fulfill mission

Gorge panel seeks halt to oil trains

The gorge commission has asked for a moratorium on all new coal and oil transports through the gorge until a risk analysis is done and measures are in place to avoid derailments and provide mitigation should they occur.

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Moro sends mission to Mexico

A group from Moro Presbyterian Church went on a mission to a poor migrant town in northern Mexico, where they helped in a variety of ways, from plumbing to painting to providing hygiene instruction.

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Israel trip is life changing for visitors

Group travels grueling path seeking insight

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FLASH communication device aims to help wildland firefighters

Exclusive tech turns radios into self-forming cell towers

High school neighbors hope for end to youth loitering woes

Officials hope the just-opened Community School, a year-round alternative school at the Wahtonka campus, eases problems neighbors near the high school have with young people hanging out in front of their homes all day.

SEC settles with Babikian

Holds released on Columbia District vineyard

‘Big ask’ for Gorge Commission budget

With a report in hand saying its staffing should be at 25 employees, the Gorge Commission is fixing to go big when it makes its next budget requests to Oregon and Washington.

Skateboarders risk harm, violate law when street riding

Officer: Riding on streets is illegal, dangerous

Community Meal looks for funding

Organization missed deadline for United Way grant, needs $2,750

Creek E. coli subsides

Outflow level no longer acute

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Vacant house destroyed by second fire

Police are treating blaze as arson

Gorge Commission looks at city lines

Panel aims for perspective on boundary issue

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Serving God & Country

Lingering effects from Iraq service prompt Del Griebel to give up the pulpit

Split pipe is source of E. coli

Repairs scheduled for old sewer main

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Students sweat out Memorial Day for a SEAL

In an unusual observance of Memorial Day, a dozen middle schoolers will do a particularly grueling CrossFit workout in honor of a fallen Navy SEAL and all veterans.

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Parking incident illustrates teen troubles near high school

Reports include drug and alcohol use, urination and littering

Canvassers seek stream comments

New rule would ‘clarify’ Clean Water Act protection targets

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A Working Pair

Slower pace and working with horses drew Carrie Swearingen to carriage driving

Saturday Kids’ Fair offers free activities at Wahtonka campus

The annual Wasco County Kids’ Fair this Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will have the same fun, free activities as always, it’s just at a new location — the Wahtonka Campus.

City finds Wright Street E. coli source

Crew chief hopes for speedy repairs

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The Gift of Music

After 26 years of freely sharing his time, expertise and passion for music, Greg Weast has decided to hang up his baton

Church news in brief

Church news in brief.

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‘Young Life’ club popular among students

Young Life just started a club in The Dalles, and it is already proving popular, with 20 students attending the first few meetings on Mondays in a family home on Lewis Street.

City workers to dig up Wright St. seeking pipe

Work began today in Ericksen’s Addition

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Student launches plane rides for charity

As part of a school project, William Decker, a ninth grader from The Dalles who attends Horizon Christian School in Hood River, has arranged for a Kodiak bush plane to offer rides locally as a fundraiser for a Christian charity.

Unitarian Universalists select Zimmerman

The Mid-Columbia Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has called the Rev. Judy Zimmerman to serve as its first “settled” minister — meaning she’ll be the first to reside in the area.

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City posts E. coli risk on Mill Creek

Public works makes plans to dig up street

Herbicide spilled near Deschutes

Ranger says it was first incident in two decades, did not reach the river.

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Stolen cross returned to Emanuel Baptist Church

A 10-foot aluminum cross stolen off Emanuel Baptist Church last fall was soon found – serving as a memorial at the site of a double-fatal crash by Wishram.

Fire district seeks insurance rating review

Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue has asked to be reevaluated by the rating entity that downgraded its status in 2008, which caused an increase in homeowners and business insurance within the district.

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Pulpit Rock Easter marks milestone

The 90th annual Pulpit Rock Easter sunrise service is set for Sunday, April 20, at 6:30 a.m.

Klickitat Co. offers scenic aid

Planners could do ground work

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No Gnomes Here

Mike Lakowski’s garden art leans toward the beer variety

Gorge Commission rejects scenic area ban

Despite its legal staff saying the Gorge Commission had authority to ban growing and selling marijuana on the Washington side of the national scenic area, the commission took a pass on the idea.

‘Mystery pipe’ search persists

In the continuing search for the source of the Mill Creek “mystery pipe,” two more houses in Ericksen’s Addition will get dye-tested Wednesday.

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Scene locations change for Last Days

The Last Days of Jesus pageant begins its four-day run Thursday, April 17, at a new location, Calvary Baptist Church, where the Last Supper and Garden scene will be played.

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"Mystery pipe" dumps human waste in Mill Creek

Since at least August 2012, a “mystery pipe” has been dumping extremely high levels of human waste into Mill Creek, and officials so far cannot find its source, despite extensive efforts.

Ferguson: Collaboration will be benefit to county

Wasco County Commissioner Position 1 candidate Nora Ferguson said she’s a team player and collaborator who focuses on relationship-building and getting things done. She faces first-term incumbent Scott Hege in the May 20 primary election. The winner will be the sole candidate in the November general election.

Fatherhood event set for April 12

With the message that their presence in family life matters deeply, a free daylong workshop aimed at fathers is set for Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.

Teen office aide fearful after phone harassment

A phone call that began with, “The Dalles Wahtonka High School, student speaking,” ended with the male caller threatening to rape the female student who answered the call.

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Cherry of a Ride returns April 12

The 10th annual Cherry of a Ride, a fundraiser for St. Mary’s Academy, is slated for Sunday, April 13, and will offer five different courses through cherry orchards and wheat fields. The courses, which will suit every level of rider, wind through cherry orchards and wheat fields and some withvistas of the Columbia River.

Fire station designer named

Upgrade drawings due by June

Prowler gets a big surprise

Police in car startle would-be thieves

Vineyard faces sale ban

Martin: Issue is between courts and Babikian

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Backpack ministry success prompts expansion

The folks at First United Methodist Church say they can see God’s handiwork in how quickly and smoothly their new program to feed homeless students on weekends has expanded.

Dream backer turns nightmare

Martins left in challenging straits by Babikian

Waste vote under review

Whether Wasco County or the North Central Public Health District will oversee the Tri-County Household Hazardous Waste and Recycling Program is still undecided despite a unanimous vote last October of the Tri-County Hazardous Waste and Recycling steering committee to have Wasco County serve as its lead agency.

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