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Neita Cecil

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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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Bethany Lutheran to launch new school

Bethany Lutheran Church in The Dalles is opening a new elementary school in fall 2014. Called Columbia Lutheran School, it will be housed within the church itself, in rooms that will soon be remodeled into sizeable classrooms, said Pastor Jesse Jacobsen.

Gorge Commission OKs Murdoch pact

Settlement leaves Arndt boundary in place

Trailer in Wamic destroyed by fire

Confusion exists among agencies about occupancy status of tenants

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St. Mary’s sends teams to Mathcounts

Students crunch the numbers

Public Meetings from March 3

Public Meetings from March 3

In game world change is constant

The computer gaming industry changes at such a rapid clip that it sees in just one year the equivalent of 10 years of change in other industries.

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A World of Games

Game maker wants to put gorge on the map

Church news in brief, Feb. 27

Church news in brief.

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Surgeon takes skills to impoverished Guinea

Dr. Jeff Mathisen went to Africa the first time to spell a surgeon who needed to take a month off for training and some down time.

St. Vincent’s struggles

Social services could be affected

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Fire destroys former motel at Biggs Junction

Fire destroyed a five-unit former motel at the far west end of Biggs Junction yesterday morning, Feb. 24, but all four residents escaped safely, and law officers helped them remove their belongings.

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Haunted by a Murder

Emotions surface over child’s birthday

Church news in brief, Feb. 14

Church news in brief, Feb. 14, 2014.

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Jepson retiring from ministry after 63 years

Dr. Julius Jepson, pastor at Life in Christ Center, is giving his last sermon Feb. 23, and will be retiring after 63 years in the ministry.

Waste role sparks county conflict

Both Wasco County and public health want hazardous waste function

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Recovery class expands to include kids

An addiction recovery program at Covenant Christian Community Church is offering a second program aimed at children of those battling or in recovery from addictions.

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New windows will lower costs, make church cozier

As shepherds of a historic building, members of United Church of Christ Congregational have their hands full with ongoing maintenance requirements.

Chicken gang makes a break

Neighbor complains over fowl deeds

Officer shooting ruled justified

The Dalles Police Det. Jamie Carrico returned to work today after a Klickitat County coroner’s inquest ruled his 2013 fatal shooting of a rape suspect in Wishram was justifiable homicide.

Willamette companies fined for illegal dumping of hazardous waste

Wasco County Landfill workers unknowingly handled the substance, which can catch fire if exposed to water.

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Nazarene church welcomes new pastor

The Dalles Church of the Nazarene welcomed a new pastor in December, Aaron Mednansky, a South Dakota native who left a small church there to come here.

Church news in brief

Church events in brief, from Jan. 24, 2014.