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On Monday, Jan. 27, House Republican Deputy Leader Daniel Bonham (R-The Dalles), Jefferson County District Attorney Steven F. LeRiche and voices for the victims of quality of life crimes will provide details on House Bill 4122, also known as Ezra’s Law, at a press conference 1 p.m. in the Jefferson County Courthouse, 129 SW E St. in Madras.

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A new History Mystery photo, responses to last week's mystery photo, and looking back 100 years to see what happened on Jan. 24-25 over the decades.

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 On Saturday, Jan. 25, the 2020 Women in Agriculture Conference will offer women in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Alaska and Hawaii a unique opportunity to gather in three different locations for a one-day event featuring knowledgeable speakers, inspiring stories, networking with other producers and practical advice for learning new skills.

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A bald eagle flies over Hess Park on the Washington side of the Columbia River last weekend. The raptors gather in numbers around The Dalles Dam on both sides of the river. The photographer counted over 40 of the large birds last weekend, counted from shore in Oregon and Washington. The Klic…

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Filmmakers Michael Peterson and Steven Hawley will present at Big Sky TEDx in Montana Jan. 28 on the issues raised in their award-winning documentary film, “Dammed to Extinction.” A local screening in Hood River is planned on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at Hood River Valley High School.

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Duane Witter struck out on his own this summer, starting Genesis Septic Solutions.

He did not have much of a choice. Fresh off a stint with Speedy Septic, Witter soon had a customer that needed a septic tank installed. He did the job after acquiring his Oregon Department of Environmental Quality license and bond.

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The Dalles is one step closer to being the featured town on Season 5 of Small Business Revolution, an online video program. The city is competing against four other U.S. towns: Benicia, Calif.; Fredonia, N.Y.; Livingston, Mont. and Spearfish, S.D. 

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Cascade Singers community choir welcomes new members for its spring season. Work has begun for a choir festival in February and the annual St. Patrick’s Day concert. A late-spring concert will feature a cantata and other works by J.S. Bach. The Singers meet under the direction of Miles Thomi…

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Oregon Senator Lynn Findley, who has been appointed to finish the term of former Senator Cliff Bentz, will be in Salem beginning in February for the six-week legislative short session representing District 30. Findley is asking constituents to contact his office if they have questions or comments about the bills or issues working through the legislative process.

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As colder air moves into the Pacific Northwest, bringing freezing temperatures and snow across the region, Energy Trust of Oregon is offering advice on how to keep your home comfortable while not wasting money on added energy costs.

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A local group that hosts events to bring services to the homeless is moving its third such event, on Thursday, Jan. 30, to the Civic Auditorium, providing much more room and more privacy for medical services.

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Delays and closures for Thursday, Jan. 16. Updates will be added at top as they are received.

North Wasco County Schools will be CLOSED on Thursday, January 16th, 2020.  This is an updated message (5:15 AM).

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