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Local youth train to ‘share hope’

Two members of the local Church of Latter Day Saints will soon be sharing their faith with people in Hong Kong and Argentina.

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Walden tours The Dalles Dam

Congress seeks to boost power generation

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., went on a tour of The Dalles Dam Saturday to see a new navigation lock gate and discuss power generation and environmental issues with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers administrators.

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Editorial: Railroads essential to commerce

It was hardly surprising that the politically-driven Columbia Gorge Commission decided last week to reject Union Pacific’s proposal to build an extended railroad siding at Mosier. UP attorneys rightfully questioned why their project was being seen in an almost totally different light by commission officials in 2017.

Walden talks shooting, threats

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., said having a rifle-wielding gunman open fire during a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning in Alexandra, Va., brought home the potential danger of serving in a political office. “This is evil, it’s horrible, it’s unacceptable,” he said.

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Benchmark of Success

Third generation carpenter will celebrate 1,000th building at June 17 party

Ken Ingebo built his own tool shed when he was 10, something that didn’t seem unusual to his father and grandfather, carpenters who had taught him how to wield a hammer as soon as he was old enough to hold it. On Saturday, June 17, Ingebo will put the 10th notch — one for every 100 metal pole buildings — on his hammer handle at a celebration of his 1,000th structure.

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Editorial: Government needs more watchdogs

Government needs more watchdogs

Azure, county cultivate weed plan

Azure Farms, Inc., and the Sherman County Court appear close to reaching an agreement about how to keep noxious weed seeds from spreading to neighboring properties and beyond.

Power breakfast to focus on marketing

Businesses wanting to learn how to use social media and digital marketing to increase sales are invited to the “Power Breakfast” hosted June 9 by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce.

Elliott faced with appeal, settlement options

Ethics commission finds TD official in violation of conflict, conduct laws

After hearing comments from three city officials Friday, the Oregon Ethics Commission voted 7-1 to uphold the staff findings of a six-month investigation that found Taner Elliott in violation of two conflict of interest laws and two involving his use of an elected office.

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Kicking the ball to a new level

Matthew Dallman played soccer on the world stage for nine years and wants to give area youth that same opportunity. To help children and teens hone skills that benefit them on the field, as well as in life, Dallman has arranged for the Portland Pilots men’s soccer team to hold a three-day clinic in The Dalles.

Report: Elliott violated ethics laws

The Oregon Ethics Commission has preliminarily determined that The Dalles City Councilor Taner Elliott violated conflict of interest laws by taking actions that benefitted his development company. Resident Chip Wood, who filed a complaint about Elliott’s actions last fall, was informed Thursday that the commission will decide today what Elliott’s penalties will be.

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All you need is — 100% love

Wasco County has been recognized by the National Association of Counties for its “100 percent Love” culture initiative that was adopted last year.

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Putting a human face on loss

Heat radiating off pavement in front of the Veterans’ Memorial at Kelly Viewpoint didn’t stop a crowd from gathering to pay respects to America’s war dead.

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OSP team wins work site award

The Dalles Area Command of the Oregon State Police has received the Work Site of the Year award from the agency’s Department Awards Committee.

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Memorial Day observances planned

Memorial Day observances are planned in The Dalles and Wasco on Monday, May 29, and each community is marking the annual event in a different way.

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Azure weed plan takes root

Sherman County residents expressed anger Wednesday not only about Azure Farms, Inc., violating local and state weed control laws, but urging a social media uprising against enforcement action.

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Sherman plows into weed issue

Ecclesia of Sinai, which owns the land used by Azure Farms, Inc., is using Old Testament verses as grounds to not recognize the authority of Sherman County to enforce removal of noxious weeds on about 2,000 acres in and around Moro. David Stelzer, president of Azure, which is headquartered in Dufur, said Ecclesia is his company’s landlord, a separate entity from the organic farming operation.

State probes councilor’s actions

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission has spent the last several months investigating a claim that The Dalles City Councilor Taner Elliott used his position to vote for changes in land use policies that saved him thousands in development fees.

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Scam offers ‘millions’

Greg Barnes woke up Monday to learn that he had become a millionaire – five times over. Barnes ascribes to the old adage that, “If something seems too good to be true, it probably is,” so he didn’t actually believe he was being gifted with instant wealth.

Mother’s Day features ‘Six’

Mother’s Day at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum will be made more festive with a performance by the new local band “Got Your Six,” which formed primarily to raise money for veteran causes, but is also open to supporting other events.

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Reaffirming the meaning of sacrifice

Out of a sense of duty and respect, local troopers have joined a statewide effort to ensure the gravesites of 32 troopers who died in the line of duty are cared for and their names remembered.

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Clouds gather over Sunshine Mill

The Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency board was conflicted Wednesday about how to deal with a request by the owners of Sunshine Mill to have a balloon payment of $350,000 forgiven 12 days before its due date.

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County updated on Google grants

The Wasco County Commission spent April getting updated about the status of Immediate Opportunity projects that are paid with Google funds.

Six arrested in MINT stings

The Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force recently arrested six people at two residences during narcotics-related investigations in The Dalles.

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Train painting gifted to county

A painting that hung on the wall of the late Wilma Roberts’ studio in The Dalles has been gifted to Wasco County by a friend of the artist.

Wyden talks Trump, policy

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., met Friday with constituents and students in the auditorium of The Dalles High School at his 810th town hall since taking office in 1996, and his 21st in Wasco County.

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County tours lockup

Wasco County Commissioners Rod Runyon and Steve Kramer performed their annual inspection of the regional jail Wednesday and both were impressed with the efficiency of operations.

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Planetree library services moved

Mid-Columbia Medical Center has closed its Planetree Health Resource Center office downtown The Dalles to build a digital platform.

County adopts new vice-chair position

The Wasco County Commission recently took steps to make sure someone was in the position to make decisions when the other members were unavailable. Commissioner Steve Kramer was appointed vice-chair April 5 after Chair Rod Runyon and Commissioner Scott Hege announced plans to be gone for an extended period of time.

MCMC reduces workforce

Administrators move to improve financial health

Last week, Mid-Columbia Medical Center was forced by budget constraints to reduce its workforce by 11 positions, including both manager and staff-level jobs.

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Winter molds, fungus concern farmers

The negative side of having snow on the ground for a record number of days is the emergence of snow mold, a fungus that thrives in a cold, dark environment. Harsh weather also encouraged the growth of another fungal disease, stripe rust, which is airborne and so spreads easily.

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Walden draws fire at TD, HR forums

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., came under fire Wednesday from angry constituents who wanted to chastise him about supporting President Donald Trump’s policies, or question his support for Republican plans to overhaul federal programs, including health care and immigration.

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Farmer’s protest aired in House

Family’s costs for health care see huge jump

When Sherman County farmer Darren Padget recently visited U.S. Rep. Greg Walden’s office in Washington, D.C., to complain about a more than 400 percent increase in his family’s health insurance premium, he didn’t expect to have that information shared in a House floor speech.

Suicidal man sparks TD school lockdown

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office responded to Chenowith Road, near the entrance of Foley Lakes Mobile Home Park, on a report that a suicidal man was on the premises with a gun.

Walden to hold two town halls April 12

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden will hold town hall meetings during the congressional spring break next week in Hood River and The Dalles, two of six public forums during April in his Second Congressional District.

Plane crashes at local airport

A small plane carrying a couple from The Dalles landed short of the runway at a local airfield Friday afternoon and was severely damaged after hitting rocks, but neither passenger sustained more than minor injuries.

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Cow gases permeate Salem debate

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association is concerned that two bills in the Legislature to regulate “dairy emissions,” or cow flatulence, are setting the stage for rules that will adversely affect ranchers throughout the state.

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Vets home recruits volunteers

Volunteering at the Oregon Veterans’ Home is more about play than work, say Dan and Vickie Brindell, who reside near Lyle and have been taking residents on social outings for years. “Don’t be bashful, come and see what’s it all about,” urges Dan, who spent six years in the Army reserves.

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A changing landscape

It’s hardly surprising that properties along von Borstel Road in Sherman County would be inhabited by von Borstels, but it is notable that so many members of the family remain in agriculture at a time when small farms are on the decline.

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Farmers: Get ready for ICE

Timothy Bernasek, legal counsel for the Oregon Farm Bureau, is seeking to educate farmers about their rights if ICE agents show up to look for illegal immigrants during growing and harvest seasons.

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Gorge life on tap in Salem

Aaron and Kelley Lee, owners of Sedition Brewing in The Dalles, have had two opportunities in just as many weeks to pour their own craft beers and others from the region for state leaders.

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VSO in need of more volunteers

Mark Fortin, an Army veteran, started volunteering at the Wasco County Veterans’ Service Office in the spring of 2016, and sees it as a way to help other military families.

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‘It’s better to be busy’

Few volunteers are willing to donate 63 years to the same cause, but Marlys Krein of The Dalles believes enough in the mission of the American Red Cross to have done just that.

Honoring first responders

The VFW Post 2471 Auxiliary will host its 28th annual Emergency Responder Appreciation Dinner on Wednesday, March 15, at Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue’s Station One. The meal served to firefighters/medics and law enforcement officers from three agencies starts at 6 p.m. at the 1400 W. Eighth Street fire station.

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Editorial: Women’s strike was misguided

Wednesday’s “A Day Without Women” strike was misguided because organizers encouraged women to skip work, even though it is by embracing responsibilities that we get recognition as valuable and contributing members of society.

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Altruism rewarded at foundation’s program

For the 11th year, the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation gave awards to individuals, organizations and corporations for altruistic acts that benefitted area communities.

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Training future leaders

Royal Rangers utilize outdoor activities to teach life lessons

Lucas Knopf, 8, and Joseph Derryberry, 8, can each list plenty of things they like about being a Royal Ranger — including camping, fishing and other outdoor activities —but community outreach tops their lists.

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Basic training for joint surgery

David Deurwaarder signed up for Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s “Joint Camp” to learn what to expect before, during and after a total knee replacement. “The purpose of the class is to de-mystify what is going to happen,” said Kim Hartley, a registered nurse and coordinator of the program.

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Trump sinks water rules

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday to begin the legal process of rolling back federal jurisdiction over small waterways, including some stock ponds and irrigation ditches. “I think this is the direction we need,” said Keith Nantz, a Maupin rancher who chairs the Political Action Committee of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association.

Build resiliency, cope with stress

The response to stress is primarily determined by a person’s perception of an event, transition or problem, says Ann Farris, personal trainer and health coach at The Dalles Fitness and Court Club. Her quest is to help people find balance in their lives and build resiliency to manage stress.

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