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Neita Cecil

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Vault gets new owner

Sale is part of OLCC deal

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Student recognized for sportsmanship

Wahtonka Community School student Damon Spangle was given an award by a local gaming business recently. And it wasn’t because he’s some huge gamer, it was for how he conducts himself as a person. Oregon Trail Games, which is hosting Wagon Con, a first-ever gaming convention in The Dalles in April, wanted to “highlight a kid in our community who is living the Wagon Con ideals of sportsmanship and positive attitude,” said Aaron Bowman, a convention organizer.

Home search nets guns

A Pine Hollow man was arrested Thursday afternoon on drug charges and 11 counts of being a felon in possession of a weapon.

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Slide burned at Tree Top

Late Monday morning, parks employees removed a plastic slide that was destroyed by fire early Sunday at Tree Top Play Park.

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Momma Jane’s reopens

Momma Jane’s Pancake House reopened Wednesday under “new” – actually previous – ownership after a three-week closure that had bereft customers taking to social media to mourn and wonder why. Jane Sheppard, who owned Momma Jane’s from 1999 to 2010, recently took the business back from the woman she’d been selling it to on contract.

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Local students deliver hot meals

For three years now, students at St. Mary’s Academy have delivered Meals on Wheels once a month to senior and disabled citizens in The Dalles.

TDHS grad rate up

Graduation rates at The Dalles High School are steadily increasing, with just-released data showing a 68.3 percent graduation rate, up from 64 percent the year before, and well above the 59.7 percent posted in 2012.

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Taggers hit the east side

A rash of tagging was reported over the weekend, mostly on the eastside between East 8th and 11th streets, police said.

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City hears concern about homeless

A property owner near downtown told The Dalles City Council Monday that transient problems have spiked in recent years and his land has become “a prime transient homeless camp.”

MCMC draws up plans for new tower

Saying it would add efficiency and improve services, Mid-Columbia Medical Center is hoping to build a 70,000-square-foot patient tower at its hospital campus in The Dalles.

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The Dalles Police Chief to retire

Police Chief Jay Waterbury announced he would retire July 1 at Monday’s The Dalles City Council meeting. He received a standing ovation after making a few remarks about his long career. When he retires, he will have served almost 42 years in law enforcement, almost 41 of them for The Dalles police, 20 of them as its chief. He began work here Aug. 11, 1975, at age 23. He told the council, “I don’t really want to go but it is getting close to being the time to go.”

Grassroots education Committee continues work

A smaller but dedicated group of people are continuing to work on ways to help the school district improve attendance, graduation rates and teacher morale.

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‘Go Red’ focuses their attention on youth

A local grade schooler recently had a triglyceride level of 262 — well above the normal range of six to 100 milligrams per deciliter for this measure of fat in the blood.

Home invasion follows stabbing

A woman and her children barricaded themselves in an upstairs bedroom after a stabbing suspect entered their home yesterday morning, officials said. No one at the home was injured, according to a post by the woman’s husband, Doug Kirchhofer, on Facebook yesterday.

Home invasion follows stabbing

A woman was home alone with her children when a man who had just been “involved” in a stabbing nearby entered her house at 18th and Morton this morning, law officers said.

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Restoring eyesight abroad

A medical doctor specializing in eye care, Dr. John Willer recently returned from Guatemala mission

D21 considers drop in enrollment

D21 considers drop in enrollment

Public health waits for cash

The North Central Public Health District, increasingly short staffed since a budget cut last summer and other staff departures, may get a cash infusion from a regional health organization Wednesday. The Columbia Gorge Health Council, which governs state-funded health care for low income residents, got a sizeable “bonus” for meeting certain health goals set up by the state.

Help to get clean, sober

About 30 percent of clients on parole and probation in Wasco County are also social service clients of the Department of Human Services. The goals of these two entities for this minority of shared clients can often coincide: to get the client clean and sober and into stable housing and employment.

Agency focuses on child welfare, safety

Plenty of concern is voiced regionally about the welfare of children, with tips flowing into an area child abuse hotline at the rate of about 150 calls per month. The vast majority do not amount to anything, but every caller is thoroughly questioned by one of the two full-time screeners who take calls from a five-county area including Gilliam, Sherman, Wheeler, Hood River and Wasco counties.

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Housing pinch felt locally

One need look no further than local Facebook pages to see the bind facing people seeking affordable housing in the gorge.

D21 seeking talk with CGCC

Following an executive session, the school board Wednesday reached a consensus to pursue talks with the community college on a “facilities concept.”

Local deputies travel to Burns

Wasco County is sending pairs of deputies to do five-day community policing stints in Harney County, as the militia takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge continues. Chief Deputy Lane Magill and Sgt. Chris McNeel took the first shift, going to Burns, the seat of Harney County, on Monday, Jan. 4 and returning Friday, Jan. 8.

Trimester is a success at TDHS

The new trimester schedule at The Dalles High School has delivered on expectations, with increases in attendance and grades and drops in discipline issues.

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Keeping calm at a crash

Trooper soothing presence during traumatic times

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Pool leaks repaired

Pool leaks repaired

Birth control law takes effect

On Jan. 1, Oregon became the first state in the U.S. to allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control pills and patches, although so far, few pharmacists, and none in The Dalles, have taken the required training.

DA subpoena canceled

Judge concerned about process

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No fears of militia in Wasco County

Two members of the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office went to Harney County yesterday as part of a mutual aid request to help contend with an armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

D21 studies school options

Consultant to be hired for facilities assessment

D21 wins suit filed by teachers

Jury rules that no work promises were made

Bar advances DA complaint

Association investigates alleged misconduct

Water break stops classes at school

Broken city water line leads to closure at St. Mary’s Academy

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Guard bestows honor

Roderick receives a national award for service

Teacher job-loss suit tried

D21 accused of breaking employment promise

Citizens propose new HS

Three sites described

D21 tackles school attendance

School works on plan to keep kids in class

County delays health decision

Wasco County has decided to wait another year before making a decision about whether to leave the regional health district. An agreement governing the three-county entity allows withdrawal decisions only at the end of a year, with the withdrawal being effective six months later.

Rufus official sentenced

Former city official gets time for theft of funds

Facilities group to air plans

Group will present plans Dec. 2

School backers air needs

Grassroots effort seeks to boost D21 scores

Homeless kids with dad

The father of the five children who lived in a shed for a time has requested a modification of his parenting plan in order to give him custody.

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Teens named AP Scholars

Students earn top 8 percent rank in world

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‘Sheep pit’ waste arrives in Wasco County

Tons of dirt, hides transported to county dump

Youth center events set

Plans aired at two sessions

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Attorney chooses Christ over law

Wilson makes life-changing decision based on her faith

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Workgroup considers homelessness

Work group already taking steps

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Lizzy shines in her Nike shoes

Middle schooler partnered with company to design a unique set of footwear

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Fire guts 13th Street home Monday

Second fire destroys shop in Dallesport

Vet’s service sparks display

Family gives TD a gift of fireworks in his name