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Part one of a four-part series investigating impact of mental illness on law enforcement.

Over a 12-hour period in early May, a mentally ill woman called police at least 17 times, eight of them by walking 12 blocks to the police station and calling from a phone there after her boyfriend took her phone away.

Police repeatedly interacted with her, either coming to her house when she called, or when multiple neighbors called to say she was outside screaming. They drove her home twice from the police station, only to have her walk back downtown to call again.

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Washington biologists have been working hard to save the endangered western pond turtles in the Gorge, and new efforts are underway to diagnose and treat turtles suffering from a potentially fatal condition that is damaging shells of adult turtles in ponds near the Columbia River.

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Local medical providers are encouraging The Dalles residents to take a step toward better health with Walk with a Doc, a health program that brings doctors and patients together to walk. The walks will take place every Saturday at 8 a.m. at Sorosis Park, starting on Saturday, July 20, 2019.  

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A flock of white pelicans fly up from a rock below The Dalles bridge. The birds are common on the inland river in summer. Oregon also has brown pelicans, which live on the coast.

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After several years of knitting and scrapbooking, Katy Bowman was seeking a new crafting challenge. So she decided to teach herself how to make crochet dolls.

That decision would eventually result in a brief burst of internet fame for Bowman, a clamoring for the dolls that she modeled after her favorite singer, Beyoncé, and best of all, a letter from Beyoncé’s people.

Sure, it was a boilerplate cease and desist letter, but still.

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For head coach Steve Sugg, last season’s goal was for the young Hustlers to enjoy success while playing against ‘A’ competition.

In 46 American Legion games, the Hustlers racked up a 29-17 overall record, won a Zone 2 championship and added a 1-2 finish at the American Legion State Tournament in North Bend last August.

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The smell of cooking bacon regularly wafted through The Dalles High School this past school year, emanating from Room 307, where Julie McIntire teaches an enticing array of cooking classes.

McIntire came to TDHS two years ago to restart the school’s cooking program, which had been dormant for five years.

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An unusually cool and windy June has meant a later-than-normal start for cherry harvest, which is now in its second week. Initial cherries were smaller than desired, but hopes are cherries picked this week will be bigger.

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US Senator Jeff Merkley opened his town hall in The Dalles  June 15, with three big issues facing the nation that he said keep him up at night: Corruption, underinvestment and carbon pollution.

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The  Fort Dalles Riders Club hosts the return of rodeo in The Dalles with the  Hell on Hooves Rough Stock Rodeo this weekend, June 28-29, presented by C.H. Urness Motor Company and Y102 Gorge Radio. The event will feature professional bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and barrel racing, as well as mutton bustin’ and Mexican dancing horses.

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Calen Morelli, a famous magician you’d normally have to go to Las Vegas to see, will be doing two special shows June 28 and 29 at the Maupin Legion Hall as a fundraiser for the building.

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An interestingly shaped cloud captures the light of the setting sun Sunday night in The Dalles.

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