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RaeLynn Ricarte

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City wi-fi service expands

Google donation funds project

Drug case could set precedent

Standoff subject could be drugged against his will

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Officials warn about Mill Creek flood risk

Homeowners along Mill Creek, and some downtown business owners, are being asked by two public agencies to explore their flood insurance options due to the possibility of excessive runoff from a higher elevation as a result of damage caused by last summer’s wildfires.

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City: Hoop in street can remain

Portable basketball hoop is on lightly traveled cul de sac off a dead end street.

Rapoza wins another year

Developer says project will get done

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An Air of Industry

Federal, state and local partnership drives airport development

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Robbery case hinges on meds

DA wants to compel medication

Wasco County Circuit Judge Janet Stauffer will decide by Dec. 18 whether an accused robbery suspect should be forcibly medicated for schizophrenia so he can aid in his own defense.

Garbage rates to rise in ‘14

Increase averages 1.9 percent

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Commission takes field trip

Bus tour shows street improvement challenges

City eyes garbage rate hike

Higher operation costs blamed

Wrong-way drive nets 70 months

A man who drove the wrong way on Interstate 84, led police on a high-speed chase, and attempted to ram three patrol cars is now idling behind bars for 70 months. “His behavior was irresponsible and outrageous,” said Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley. “He was very lucky that he or someone else wasn’t killed.”

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Attorneys help vets navigate Veterans Administration

Oregon Bar gives training on military culture, law

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TD turns out to honor vets

Gray skies but no rain on Nov. 11 ‘Thank You’ parade

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New troopers strengthen regional state police

Office covers largest geographic patrol area in state

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World War II Navy vet gets wish of a lifetime

Navy Veteran James Corsale, 92, recently visited the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. He resides at the Oregon Veteran’s Home in The Dalles and joined the ranks of other former service members on the Journey of Heroes, a trip arranged by Wish of a Lifetime and Vital Life, two nonprofit organizations dedicated to honoring seniors.

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The Dalles City files foreclosures

Action is aimed at collecting on unpaid liens

Mayor: Bikes boost local economy

Cyclists sought for committee

City rescinds nonremonstrance waiver

Councilor: 'This just seems weird to me'

TD faces funding challenge

LOC report educates citizens about tax system

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Warriors on the Hunt

Local residents treat veterans to a woodsy weekend

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Jury awards $2.4M to trio

MCMC administrators not liable

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In the face of cancer, Hunt strives for normal

Marti Hunt missed only one day of work during weeks of chemotherapy for breast cancer because she was determined to keep life as normal as possible.

Francis: limited knowledge

Hospital chief testifies to lack of information

Storby: job is to substantiate crime

Diane Storby, vice-president of operations at Mid-Columbia Medical Center, was asked Thursday why she hadn’t asked police to investigate a patient’s sex abuse complaint in 2008.

Lawsuit testimony ends this week

Closing arguments scheduled Monday

Witnesses express doubt over misdeeds

Doctors and nurses talk about crowded MCMC operating room

Allen: job and reputation at stake

MCMC chief offered to set meeting with police Brenda Allen, the woman credited with “bringing down Dr. Frederick Field” took the stand Friday as the last witness in the plaintiff’s civil trial against Mid-Columbia Medical Center.

Sex abuse victim sues TD church

Events occurred in 2006-07 First Christian Church in The Dalles is being sued for millions by the female victim of a former youth minister who pleaded guilty to sex abuse in May 2013.

Lawyer: ‘red flags’ ignored

Kafoury: Victims could have been fewer The attorneys for three women molested by Dr. Frederick Field say the number of victims could have been reduced if hospital officials had not ignored a series of “red flags” over a three-year period.

Attorney finds flaw in MCMC opening statement

The attorney for Mid-Columbia Medical Center provided information during an opening statement at the start of the current civil trial that was subsequently refuted by the plaintiffs’ attorney.

Woman, 72, imprisoned for theft

A 72-year-old caregiver from Antelope has been sent to prison for helping herself to money in the checking account of a widower and forging the deed to give herself the house of another.

Officer: lack of reports hindered arrest in sex abuse case

Attorney Gregory Kafoury orchestrated a line of questioning Friday intended to show Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s failure to be forthcoming about sex abuse complaints against an anesthesiologist could have provided him with time to molest an employee.

Remarks lay out MCMC suit: Respondent opening statement

Andrew Efaw, an attorney from Colorado, warned jurors Wednesday to be on the lookout for “red herrings” in the civil trial against Mid-Columbia Medical Center taking place at the Wasco County Courthouse in The Dalles.

Remarks lay out MCMC suit: Plaintiff opening statement

Portland attorney Gregory Kafoury promised jurors in his opening remarks Wednesday that their service in the multi-million civil suit would be “one of the memorable experiences of your lifetime.”

Remarks lay out MCMC suit

The multi-million dollar civil suit against Mid-Columbia Medical Center began Tuesday and revolves around the 2012 conviction of Dr. Frederick Field, an anesthesiologist, for sexual abuse of patients and co-workers.

Court warns jury; Social media chatter forbidden

Judge Paul Crowley lectured the jury in a multi-million lawsuit against Mid-Columbia Medical Center Wednesday, Oct. 3, about posting messages about their service on Facebook or through other forms of social media.

Planning group eyes rule changes

Meeting will cover first round of land use law changes

MCMC on trial in abuse suit

The civil trial against Mid-Columbia Medical Center involving the sexual abuse of patients by a former anesthesiologist begins today, Oct. 1, in the Wasco County courtroom of Judge Paul Crowley.

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Celebrating Google’s growth

A Google executive announced at Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony in The Dalles that $600 million will be invested in a new data center, three times the requirement for a tax break.

City, county OK Google pact

Internet giant saves millions, will still pay most taxes in county

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Massive 'colon' debuts at health fair Saturday

Mid-Columbia Medical Center is hoping to reduce the high rate of advanced-stage colon cancer in the area with an unusual show-and-tell for businesses and organizations.

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 (, Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley began taking steps to stop her from hearing any new criminal matters from his office.