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Tax break eyed for Google

Public hearings set next week The City of The Dalles and Wasco County have negotiated an agreement with Google to provide the company with millions in tax breaks in exchange for a long-term investment in public services.

Tax break proposed for new Google facility

The City of The Dalles and Wasco County have negotiated an agreement with Google that will provide the company with a start-up tax break for new facilities in return for an $800,000 per year investment into public services.

Court overturns Dufur child pornographer sentence

Authorities will seek new sentence for Dufur child pornographer The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out the sentence of a Dufur man convicted of child pornography charges because statements he made in treatment were used against him in a federal court.

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Remembering missing soldiers

Community urged to stand in solidarity with families Friday, Sept. 20

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Brumfield trims 150 pounds

Losing weight has helped Brumfield eliminate the need for medications

Chris Brumfield was in a deep depression at the start of 2013 after losing a job and separating from his wife at a time when he was experiencing serious health problems.

Pepsi opposes Bargeway road cost

The Dalles City Councilor Linda Miller supported the protest by Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company about the high cost of local development fees by voting Monday against the $175,546 assessment levied on the business for roadwork.

Perkins wants Senate reform

Borrowing is ‘crippling’, candidate says Jo Rae Perkins wants to take Jeff Merkley’s seat in the U.S. Senate to help regain control of a federal government that is usurping states’ rights and bankrupting the nation.

Grant aims at workforce

Some students not ready to learn in school When numerous job applicants can’t answer a company’s question, “What is 50 percent of 100?” it is time to educate Oregon’s children differently, says Dan Spatz, development director for Columbia Gorge Community College.

DA takes on rape case judge

Paperwork could slow trials The day after Wasco County Circuit Judge Janet Stauffer exonerated a teenage rape suspect last week of all charges (http://bit.ly/14YOTep), Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley began taking steps to stop her from hearing any new criminal matters from his office.

Google helps veterans

Veterans are invited by Google to learn more Friday about tools that are available to help warriors transition back into civilian life.

Agencies on weekend fire and traffic alert

Thousands of families spend the Labor Day weekend enjoying one last summer romp before the kids head back to school and that makes for heavy traffic along major roadways.

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Cameras planned for troublesome areas

Devices on light poles are not cameras

The City of The Dalles will soon be installing surveillance cameras at the Lewis and Clark Festival Area and nearby Union Street Marine Terminal to stop a growing problem of graffiti and vandalism.

Teen not guilty

Judge rules for defendant in rape trial

The teenage defendant in a local rape case broke into a smile and then began crying Tuesday after being exonerated of eight charges brought against him by the state on behalf of an ex-girlfriend.

Rape case defense succeeds in judge-only motion

Prosecution fails in motion against judge

The attorney for a teenage male accused of raping his girlfriend requested to waive a jury trial based, in part, on the possibility that race could play a role in the verdict.

Couple lands in sign court

Yard sale sign case is first city tried to prosecute

Missy Dunagan said if a citizen is going to be threatened with arrest or hauled into court to fight payment of a large fine, it should be for some type of offense greater than posting a yard sale sign.

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Joint meeting to address gas tax, roads

City and county look for solutions

The Dalles City Council and Wasco County Commission are expected to decide Monday whether to send a tax measure that would fund a combined road district to voters in November.

Mayor assures landowners

City-county meeting will eye boundary lands

The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence assured several landowners in the urban growth boundary last week that one of their disputes with the city’s land-use policy could be resolved in the near future.

Mayor assures landowners

The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence assured several landowners in the urban growth boundary last week that one of their disputes with the city’s land-use policy could be resolved in the near future.

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Hunting trip for combat veterans

Wasco County ranchers prepare to host four wounded warriors

A group of Wasco County emergency responders and ranchers are finalizing plans to provide four wounded warriors with a hunting trip this fall.

Fundraiser to aid Kessell

A classmate of Christopher Kessell is organizing a fundraiser to cover medical bills and equipment needs that are related to a February car crash that left him paralyzed from the waist down.

OSU president visits, promises education ties

Gorge staffer will help coordinate effort Dr. Edward Ray, president of Oregon State University, visited The Dalles and Hood River Thursday to talk about developing partnerships that will create more educational opportunities in rural areas of the state. Toward that end, the university’s Division of Outreach and Engagement is recruiting for a full-time employee who will work out of Columbia Gorge Community College. The Oregon Open Campus Education Coordinator will be charged with strengthening the bonds between business, industries, government and educational institutions in the region.

Vets reach out to peers

Soldier suicide prompts action he recent suicide of an Oregon National Guard soldier with ties to The Dalles has spurred two veterans to take action in hopes of preventing another tragedy.

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Cars are Vollmar family affair

Family will compete in both Show in the Shade and Threshing Bee car shows this weekend No one gets a free ride at the Vollmar household in The Dalles – but there is plenty of help to steer in the right direction.

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Auxiliary tags veteran graves

A fraternal organization in The Dalles is taking steps to ensure that flags are placed on the grave of every veteran at two Independent Order of Odd Fellows’ cemeteries each Memorial Day.

Smith medical bill won’t cost county much

County responsibility is fraction of $250K tab Wasco County officials are breathing a sigh of relief that the vast majority of medical bills for a deceased murder suspect aren’t going to be paid by local taxpayers.

City changes setback rules for carports

Residents of The Dalles will soon be allowed to build carports closer to their property line.

Garage sale signs still a council issue

Attorney: Enforcement hasn’t had desired effect The Dalles attorney Gene Parker said regulation of yard and garage sale signs has not yielded the desired results this summer but he is optimistic that time will bring a culture change.

City helps business serve ATV customers

The Dalles City Council has fulfilled what staffers called an “unusual” request to help a local business serve customers. Fun Country Power Sports, 1318 W. Second St., will soon be able to legally send all-terrain vehicles, commonly known as ATVs, across the highway to fill up their gas tanks.

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Vertical Housing Zone approved downtown

City hopes to encourage downtown living

The City of The Dalles wants to encourage downtown building owners to convert vacant space upstairs into apartment units.

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Rapoza wins extension

Mayor vows it is the last he will support for the developers

The seventh architectural rendering of a hotel next to the historic Granada Theatre was shown Monday to the Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency board of directors.

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Vet’s website to be ‘hub’ for happenings

New cameras offer panoramic view of The Dalles, monument

Gary Pratt envisions the Mid-Columbia Veterans Memorial Committee’s new website as the “hub” of happenings in the region for those who have served.

Contractors given a break

State halves classroom hours

Experienced contractors in Oregon are being given a break on the number of hours they have to spend in continuing education classes to keep their license.

City promises fee change

Lot partition no longer defined as development Landowners in The Dalles will soon not have a fee associated with carving out one or two new lots from their property.

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234th Army Band performs

Admission is free to Sunday concert “Oregon’s Own” 234th Army Band will perform Sunday at The Dalles Civic Auditorium. Admission is free. Mayor Steve Lawrence said it is appropriate to have the military ensemble play in the Civic, 323 East Fourth Street, because it was built as a memorial to veterans. The concert will take place July 21 at 2 p.m.

Police seeking nurse abuse victims

The Portland Police Bureau is seeking to learn whether patients at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles have also been sexually abused by Jeffrey Neyle McAllister, a former nurse accused of crimes in Portland.

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Patriot Guard Riders plan Sat. Veterans’ Home visit

Local members of the Patriot Guard Riders are rolling into the Oregon Veterans’ Home Saturday to pay their respects to residents.

College wins accreditation

Toda: Exciting time for CGCC Columbia Gorge Community College has completed its seven-year journey to achieve independent accreditation. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities announced Wednesday that the gorge college had earned more flexibility to develop instructional programs and provide services to students.

Gun bills fail in Oregon legislature

New mental hospital, updated school procedures planned Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, said four main gun control bills failed to move through the Senate during the 2013 legislative session due to an outpouring of opposition emails, letters and phone calls from Oregonians.

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A look back at 2013 session

Huffman sponsored four bills that have become law Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, was successful in getting the four bills he sponsored through the 2013 session and extra money for education, economic development and veteran care in Wasco County.

City tables gas tax plans

Road conversation will continue The Dalles City Council has tabled — for now — asking voters in November to approve a 3 cent per gallon increase in the city gas tax to pay for street improvements.

City to keep flouride in water after hearing

Dentists testify of flouride benefits despite opposition The City of The Dalles will keep fluoridating part of its water supply despite accusations by opponents that it is immoral and illegal to “mass medicate” citizens.

Hearing outlines Field suit; alleges 'concealment and deceit'

Hospital defends response Mid-Columbia Medical Center contends that administrators knew of only two out of 12 sexual abuse complaints against Dr. Frederick Field when a police investigation began in 2011.

City to revise land rules

Council jumps over rules to resolve Dennee partition issue John and Gerry Dennee won a victory Tuesday when The Dalles City Council granted the minor lot partition they had been seeking since 2007 without added development costs.

Fireworks can be triggers for vets

Fourth of July fireworks might be a celebration of America’s independence but can be a time of great anxiety for veterans. “How ironic and gut-wrenching that the very soldiers who sacrificed so we could celebrate our freedoms are the ones who suffer most on this day,” said author Welby O’Brien in his book “Love Our Vets: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD.”

Extreme times lead to extreme emotions

Wasco County Veteran Service Officer Russell Jones said June has been designated as National PTSD Awareness Month to focus attention on the psychiatric effects of trauma.

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‘Hidden Wounds’

Feelings of guilt from military service contributed to alcoholism for the late Wayne Ryan Air Force veteran Wayne Ryan battled alcoholism for decades before his body could no longer overcome the medical complications caused by his addiction.

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Tiny Beetle, Big Problem

Rural landowners in The Dalles and Hood River need to be on the watch for a beetle that not only infests pine trees but carries a fungus that will also plunder nutrients.

Grants expand city budget

$53.1 million budget adopted The City of The Dalles budget for fiscal year 2013-14, which begins Monday, is $53.1 million, a 1.4 percent increase from last year due largely to planned expenditures of grant and urban development funds.

Man accused in Wednesday knife attack

A man believed to be homeless has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly using a knife Tuesday night to settle an argument with another man.

The Dalles mulls road district

The Dalles City Council was asked by county officials Monday to put off a decision about asking voters to approve a 3-cent-per- gallon gas tax increase to fund repairs for dilapidated streets.