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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.

While you were sleeping...

Several months ago, most residents of The Dalles were sleeping while 120-foot-long trucks rumbled through city streets.

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Readiness Center links military, college purpose

In seven months, Oregon National Guard soldiers will be training in the same building where college students are studying for careers in renewable energy.

Corps says no to coal study

Authority confined to facilities The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not study the potential environmental impact of having coal trains pass through communities along railroad lines on their way to three Northwest export terminals.

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Jail sees budget decline

Settled problems reduce revenue requirements The Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities in fiscal year 2013-14 are expected to be down, which means there will be no increase in the share of costs paid by the four owner counties.

College takes on new plan

Columbia Gorge Community College is hiring three employees to help more students reach their career goal by earning an associate’s degree or higher.

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Be kind to your knees: Injuries, obesity and genetics play roles in knee woes

Baby Boomers might be aging, but many are determined not to give up the active and healthy lifestyles that characterize their generation.

City tables plans for new hybrid professional job

The City of The Dalles has postponed hiring a new employee to assist with legal matters and economic development projects until further research can be done.

Veteran rep fears mishandling of disability claims

Wasco County Veteran Service Officer Russell Jones is concerned that federal officials may be denying old disability claims, only to restart them again so it appears that a backlog of cases has been dealt with.

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Fire destroys Foley Lakes residence

Blaze leaves eight people homeless WITH PHOTO GALLERY AND VIDEO An older single-wide trailer was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon and investigators believe the cause of the blaze was a faulty electrical wire underneath the residence.

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Mother reflects on loss, meaning of life

Kate Alvarez says fire taught her a valuable lesson Kate Alvarez said she, like most Americans, sometimes put too much priority on material possessions — until she watched her house go up in flames.

Partition bill nears approval

City will seek governor veto Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, picked up seven supporters for House Bill 3479 – lowering the amount charged for local lot partitions — in yesterday’s floor vote. The approval by a 53 to 3 margin came about, said Huffman, because the mandate that fees be lowered from more than $150,000 in some cases to a maximum of $5,000 will apply only to The Dalles.

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TD council eyes gas tax increase

Proposed hike is first in city in 27 years The Dalles City Council is inviting residents to comment on a proposal to pay for repair of dilapidated streets with a 3 cent per gallon increase in the city’s gas tax.

Drone bill on path to governor’s desk

Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, is on the homestretch to get a bill approved that protects civil liberties when drones are used by law enforcement agencies to gather information.

Senate helps landowners; City manager to ask governor for a veto

City manager to ask governor for a veto State legislation that will drastically change the way The Dalles handles lot partitions is now two steps away from becoming law.

City mulls doubling gas tax Monday, June 10

The Dalles City Council will discuss doubling the local gas tax — from 3 to 6 cents per gallon — at Monday’s meeting as one way to cover the cost of street improvements.

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Table tennis anyone?

The Columbia Gorge Table Tennis Club started with humble beginnings in The Dalles home of Joe Cruz, an avid player, about four years ago.

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Protester returns as Nisley foe

West sees ‘culture of corruption’ A former Wasco County resident is using a new tactic to oust District Attorney Eric Nisley on grounds the elected official fosters a “culture of corruption.”

Landowner charge bill heads to Oregon Senate

State remedy has been trimmed to The Dalles only A bill being considered by Oregon legislators to limit the charge for a landowner in The Dalles to partition a lot has been narrowed down to deal only with the local city.

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Soggy Service

With Video USMC Capt. (retired) Dan Brophy addressed about 50 community members who braved the rains of May 27 to attend the annual Memorial Day observance at Kelly Viewpoint.

Lindell returns to jail after violation

Judge cautions about another strike Angela Lindell, a former athletic coach at Dufur School District, has spent most of the week in jail for twice violating her probation by consuming alcohol.

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Paying respect to America’s war dead

Lane Magill is keynote speaker on Memorial Day American Legion Post 19 has pared down the number of Memorial Day services in The Dalles — from six to two — in an effort to increase community attendance.

Knifing suspect gets new charge

Benefit May 25 will help with victim's costs

Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley has been successful in his bid to increase the potential prison sentence for a man accused of fatally stabbing his roommate. The Wasco County Grand Jury, after reviewing evidence in the death of Josh Davitt, 23, has indicted Scott Olenick, 26, of first-degree manslaughter. During the time Davitt was hospitalized at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Olenick faced prosecution for first-degree assault.

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Hanks father and son make their marks in ink

Tatto artists are racking up the accolades

Jacob Hanks has won 14 competition trophies in the two years since he opened a studio at 508 B Washington Street in The Dalles. His father, Larry, has become a respected legend in Hawaii after 45 years of painting exquisite designs on living canvases.

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Korean vets honored

Officials mark 60th year end to Asian war

Thirty Korean War veterans who reside at the Oregon Veterans’ Home in The Dalles were honored last week at a special ceremony that also served as a cultural enrichment experience.

Bookkeeper back to jail

Judge: Sheriff cannot rewrite inmate’s sentence

A former bookkeeper at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center who was convicted of embezzlement is headed back to jail after an early release that sparked a court discussion about the sheriff’s authority in Wasco County.

District Attorney fights inmate release

Sheriff frees bookkeeper sentenced for stealing funds Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley is taking steps to put an inmate freed by the sheriff back in jail.

Columbia Gorge Community College nears accreditation

Columbia Gorge Community College officials hope the last hurdle has been cleared to achieve independent status after five years of a rigorous self-examination process.

City eyes pay increases

The Dalles City Council will consider a 2 percent raise for non-union employees at Monday’s regular meeting. Nolan Young, city manager, is recommending approval of the pay increase that will be effective July 1. His staff report states that 33 non-union workers have received a much smaller cost of living adjustment in recent years than 47 employees in two unions.

City council chastised at town hall

Lot partition fees called unfair The Dalles City Council was chastised Monday for driving citizens to seek help from the legislature to lower the “unfair” cost of partitioning a lot.

Knifing victim Davitt dies

Alleged attacker faces Measure 11 violence charge The victim of a stabbing, Josh Davitt, 23, of The Dalles, died Tuesday evening — three days after he was taken off life support at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.

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Cinco de Mayo: A tale of two countries

The annual Cinco de Mayo — May 5 — celebration across the U.S. is more than just a tribute to Mexican heritage — it is a reminder about the important role the neighboring country played in ending America’s Civil War.

House OKs charge limiting bill

Monday The Dalles town hall looks at charges, other issues The Oregon House of Representatives approved a bill Thursday to limit the amount of money The Dalles can charge for a lot partition.

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Victim struggles after attack

Riter wants to move to escape memories of hammer attack Kathryn Riter is trying to heal — both physically and emotionally — after being viciously attacked by an ex-boyfriend wielding a hammer in January.

Roommate dispute ends in stabbing

Victim of April 29 knife attack remains in critical condition A man from The Dalles was arrested early Monday morning for allegedly stabbing his roommate following a verbal dispute that turned into a physical altercation.

State tackles The Dalles city fees: No other Oregon city charges so much

No other Oregon city charges so much for lot partitioning John and Gerry Dennee could not afford the $52,111 bill levied by the City of The Dalles if they partitioned their East 10th Street property to create two lots instead of one.

Hilton eyes Granada block

Franchise needs deal to move A representative of Hilton Hotels and Resorts told city officials Monday that the company is interested in siting a Hampton Inn in downtown The Dalles.

Oregon gun bills go to vote

Ferrioli doesn’t expect any to survive Sen. Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day, said four gun control bills are headed for a vote in the Oregon Legislature but he doesn’t expect any to become law.

Convicted coach returns to court

Angela Lindell violates probation tied to 2012 sex offender sentence Angela Lindell, a former athletic coach at Dufur School District, was back in court Monday for her second probation violation involving alcohol consumption.

Pipe bomb found in The Dalles house

Device lacked explosives A pipe bomb that turned out to be empty of explosives was found Sunday morning by renters at 1083 Irvine Street and authorities in The Dalles are seeking the person who left it there.

New development charges on The Dalles city agenda

Increase would apply to $17M plant upgrades The Dalles City Council will consider Monday whether to raise the charge for sanitary service provided to new or expanding development from the current maximum of $1,789 to $2,572 or somewhere in between.

Renewal keys other changes

Renovations at The Vault intended to compliment new hotel Michael Leash plans to turn The Vault Bistro and Lounge into “the largest sports bar in the Columbia Gorge” as part of the redevelopment of the Granada block in downtown The Dalles.

Coal foes sue BNSF: Clean Water Act is suit basis

Columbia Riverkeeper and several other conservation groups have issued an ultimatum to Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad: Clean up coal debris along the tracks or face a lawsuit.

Walmart signs The Dalles lease

Conditions filed for 150,000-square-foot center Walmart has signed a 99-year lease for property at the west end of The Dalles to house a 150,000 square foot super center.

Coal-fired controversy in the Gorge

Bid to factor climate change into exports raises concern over lost jobs Wasco County Commissioner Scott Hege has joined the ranks of Northwest business leaders concerned that the political battle over coal exports could result in further erosion of U.S. jobs.

Vet claims bottlenecked

The wait time for U.S. combat veterans to get a claim processed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has jumped by more than 2,000 percent in the past four years.

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Number of waiting veterans rise dramatically

The number of veterans waiting longer than 240 days to get disability claims processed by the U.S. Department of Veterans has jumped to 800,000 in the past four years.

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Local veterinarian braves tundra for Iditarod

Moose, not bears, are the biggest threat to sled dogs racing almost 1,000 miles across the frozen Alaskan wilderness. That was one of the many interesting aspects of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race that Sterling Thomas of The Dalles learned when he recently volunteered as a veterinarian.

House votes for early voter registration at 16

The Oregon House of Representatives voted Tuesday in favor of allowing 16-year-olds to register to vote when they obtain a driver’s license.