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RaeLynn Ricarte

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Celebrating community with our Unsung Heroes

Community involvement was celebrated Thursday evening at the annual “Unsung Heroes” banquet hosted by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce. “An unsung hero is a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for their deeds and qualities,” explained Lisa Farquarson, executive director of the chamber, about the criteria for selecting seven people and a business as outstanding contributors to local society in 2015.

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2016 A ‘transformative’ year ahead

A ‘transformative’ year ahead

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Young hired by city of Fairview

Nearly eight months after former City Administrator Samantha Nelson submitted her resignation to the city of Fairview, a permanent replacement has been announced. Nolan Young of The Dalles will take on the post as of Jan. 25.

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Fort Dalles Days suspended

With no professional rodeo on the horizon for 2016, the Fort Dalles Days Steering Committee has decided to temporarily discontinue activities built around that event. “We just decided as a group that it would be best to go on a hiatus,” said Susan Buce, a member of the committee.

Town hall focuses on new marijuana law

The Dalles City Council is holding a town hall Jan. 25 to provide information about the new recreational marijuana law as well as gather citizen input. Community members are invited to attend the meeting, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers at city hall, 313 Court Street.

Eluding leads to prison

Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley said Wednesday a man who attempted to elude police in two pursuits has been sent to prison to learn a couple of valuable lessons. “When you see the red and blue lights behind you, you need to stop,” he said. Even more importantly, Nisley said William A. Henry, 40, of The Dalles, needs to learn that it doesn’t pay to violate the law by selling drugs.

Congress swamps federal water rules

Ranchers and farmers are applauding a move by Congress to roll back federal authority over small waterways, including some stock ponds and irrigation ditches. “I think the House sent a very clear message,” said U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, whose Second Congressional District encompasses Wasco County.

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The start of a ‘big’ year in TD

New brewery comes to TD

Mother, son bonding time

The Fort Dalles Readiness Center comes to life Friday, Jan. 15, with “Night in the Museum” activities to provide mothers and sons with plenty of bonding moments. Wonderworks, the Fort Dalles Museum and Maryhill Museum have all contributed exhibits to set the stage for the fifth annual Mother Son Jammin’ Fun Night. The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the center, 402 E. Scenic Drive.

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Gorge Stars Shine

St. Mary’s Academy Principal Kim Koch wins mirror ball trophy

Walden: A plea for change

Greg Walden address the U.S. House on situation in Harney County, Oregon. VIDEO

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Senior asked to gather input on education needs

Senior asked to gather input on education needs

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Dancing with the Gorge Stars

Six square off for trophy

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Ranchers react to E. Oregon land dispute

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association believes the federal government has violated the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by requiring two members of the Hammond family in Harney County to serve more time behind bars.

Wyden hosts TD town hall

Senator to visits three counties on Tuesday

City adopts grant policy

Nonprofits must now request funds in January

City hazy about pot sales

Council to host town hall, gather citizen input

City to interview top four choices

Council will meet manager candidates in mid-January

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Arrest made in poaching case

Carcasses lead OSP troopers to other finds

Three jailed after two raids

Authorities seize meth, heroin

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Deputies brave the elements for public safety, caution drivers to be wary

Deputies brave the elements for public safety, caution drivers to be wary

City boosts pay for police supervisors to stop inequity

The Dalles Police Department is having problems getting officers to move into supervisory positions due to pay inequities.

New plan unveiled for fireworks, festival

Partnership changes blueprint for 2016

‘Shop Local’ receipts down

Chamber seeks help with holiday campaign

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Home ‘sweet’ home

Gingerbread festival draws all ages together

Shifting gears for speed bump

ODOT gets ready for freeway speed increase

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Henry’s great adventure

Mom calls for firefighters to rescue climber

Enterprise Zone: A tool for growth

Fifty-two people gathered for Monday’s town hall meeting to learn how establishing an Enterprise Zone in The Dalles has helped with job creation. “It’s a unique tool in terms of giving direct benefits to businesses,” said Arthur Fish, business incentives coordinator for Business Oregon, which oversees the zones.

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Speed leads to crash

A Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue crew had to use the Jaws of Life Saturday morning to peel back the roof of a wrecked vehicle at the waterfront to extricate a seriously injured passenger.

Shop Small, big results

Businesses report steady foot traffic Saturday

Panel to focus on economics

City, county, state officials will talk of enterprise zones

City to pare down manager resumes

Group will work Dec. 9 to select top five or six finalists

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Growers overcome weather, bugs

Harvest in 2015 went better than expected, despite many challenges

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Snowman brings a flurry of fun

‘Olaf’ kicks off annual Shop Local contest

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Alvin Clark: A life of service

Wife remembers man, cafe owner, and volunteer

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Shop Small wins big

Matthew Klebes, director of The Dalles Main Street, is promoting a new campaign that allows community members to show support for small businesses downtown. “Shop Small Saturday” takes place Nov. 28 and Klebes believes it will create an interactive opportunity for customers.

Yacht Club could float marina plan

The Dalles Yacht Club is interested in taking over management of the marina and is likely to float a proposal by the port commission in the near future. In September, The Dalles Port Commission voted unanimously to get out of the marina business by the end of 2016.

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Ray to be moved soon

Officials make final plans to relocate large male sea lion

Ten arrested in three MINT drug busts

Search warrants executed at Seventh Street apartments, Snipes Street residence

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Sentinels on the move

Tomb Guard seeks help to establish a National Salute

Magill files for sheriff seat

Chief deputy ready to lead local agency

Stand Down for vets Nov. 7

Agencies offer a wide variety of services

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Writing ‘South of Wisdom’

Author takes readers on a western adventure starting in E. Oregon

Mayor invites pot advocate to share stance with council

Former addict wants more stores, revenue

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Teen perception survey sparks concern

YouthThink seeks more answers

City stops water rate hike

Residents get a break for first time in 10 years

Council approves Granada repairs

The marquee at the Granada Theater will soon be repaired and more letters and numbers purchased to allow full use of both sides.

Salary range set for manager hunt

City council signs contract with Slavin to begin search

Murder at veterans’ home

Wife accused of stabbing husband in room

Leash hands in Granada keys

Email sent to city officials about maintenance needs