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Neita Cecil

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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

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.