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Neita Cecil

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Three on Parks board under fire

In a busy meeting Wednesday night, the parks board first received a petition with 89 signatures seeking the reinstatement of Scott Green as director, then was told a recall effort would begin against the three members who voted for his ouster.

Concussions treated head on

In the just-concluded fall sports season at The Dalles High School, 22 student athletes received concussions, officials say, well below the 35 that occurred last year.

Locals get ready for Ebola

Emergency responders receive special training

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Missionaries speak about German work

Local woman has lived in Karlsruhe 11 years

Health pacts have still not been signed

County support levels not firmed up

Gorge planner joins county

Brewer adds nine years of experience to local office

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Committee thanks vets with short fireworks display

A 10-minute fireworks display will take place at 6 p.m. on Veterans Day, in an effort by the Fort Dalles Fourth of July Committee to raise awareness of veterans and their needs.

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Christmas drive gets a new push

Fay Kiser has spread the word on project

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Village effort helps band

Many hands aided in project

More are targeted by PUD scam

Local businesses seem to be the focus

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Invisible inventor

Geza Liskay’s accomplishments are as impressive as they are unknown

Holliday lauded for service

Worked 34 years for ambulance

Board views on termination of director

The Northern Wasco County Parks & Recreation District board voted to terminate the contract of its longtime executive director, Scott Green. Nikki Lesich, Catherine Whalen and Travis Dray voted in favor of terminating the contract, while Dean Dollarhide and Marcus Denney voted against it. Green said the close vote to terminate him after nine years on the job “raised a lot of eyebrows” in the parks district.

Petition started to get Green rehired

Local Realtor Dennis Morgan started circulating a petition Wednesday to get Scott Green’s job back as head of Northern Wasco County Parks & Recreation District.

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Freedom House closing its doors

Residents must leave by the end of November

Bids due on remodel plan for second fire station

Projected cost for renovations is $450,000

Wonderworks now owns their building

Final grant completes long project

Assessment shows gorge work underfunded

Commission historically short-staffed, report says

Study finds gorge commission at odds

A recent study of the Gorge Commission found the regional body is at deep odds over a number of significant points, but it is also, interestingly, the most collegial commission in memory.

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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