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One of the sex abuse victims of a former Dufur coach has sued Dufur School District and three officials, alleging the district violated her civil rights by failing to prevent the coach’s predatory behavior.

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Gene Parker, longtime city attorney for The Dalles, has announced he will retire in March 2020, giving the city time to find a replacement he can help train.

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Mary Davidson, a long-time dental hygienist with One Community Health, received the “David Low Service Award” from the Western Regional Examining Board (WREB), which develops and administers competency assessments for the state agencies that license dental professionals.

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The Dalles Police Chief Patrick Ashmore said Wednesday no more information would be released regarding the officer-involved fatal shooting last Saturday night, including the name of the officer, until the district attorney releases his findings.

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Climate change and US energy policy concerns were raised by a number of citizens addressing Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) at a town hall March 15, in The Dalles.

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Area livestock producers suffering losses of animals or feed due to this winter’s storms may be eligible for the USDA’s livestock indemnity  and feed loss assistance programs, according to Lissa Biehn, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director in Wasc…

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Braulio Robledo watched from inside his house Saturday night as a neighbor across the alley began firing rounds from his porch, and then was shot and killed by police.

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After voting in support of making the Mueller investigation report public on Thursday, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) returned to Oregon for a town hall meeting in The Dalles March 15, where his vote was met with applause.

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A man who was shot and killed by a city police officer Saturday, March 16, as he stood on his porch firing a rifle, had been the subject of a number of calls to police in recent weeks.

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One of Aaron Bowman’s earliest memories is feeling lousy and going to the doctor for it. Decades of frustrating doctor’s visits later, Bowman was finally diagnosed five years ago, at age 36, with an “ultra rare” disease called Familial Chylomicronemia Syndrome (FCS).

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A nationally recognized expert on the effects of screen time on the developing brain is in The Dalles for a free talk Monday, March 18, kicking off a four-part series of talks hosted by YouthThink. Dr. Dimitri A. Christakis, from Seattle Children’s Hospital, will be speaking from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Dalles Middle School.

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Nathan Nanez, a senior at The Dalles High School, was chosen to represent the Eastern Oregon area as part of a campaign called Oregonians for Student Success. He was one of four students selected statewide.

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More teens are engaging in after-school activities and programs at The Dalles-Wasco County Library as the teen-focused redesign of the upstairs mezzanine nears completion and a unique team of two librarians work to create new programs and opportunities. “They call us the ‘dynamic duo,’” laughed Jeannie Glaspy, who now shares the teen librarian position with Zulema Martinez.

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Talks are underway exploring the possibility of criminal cases in The Dalles Municipal Court being turned over to Wasco County for handling, the Wasco County Commission heard March 6.

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The sixth annual Google Wind Challenge is blowing into the Gorge Saturday, March 16, at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center in The Dalles.

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If you get a ticket from The Dalles police, the era of having a little extra wiggle room to deal with it is over.

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Eight people were arrested March 4, when the Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force (MINT) executed a search warrant at 1300 East 14th Street, The Dalles, as part of an investigation of the distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school.

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The regional jail will establish a free complaint line so inmates can directly reach the top two officials at the jail, and healthier menus, hopefully with local produce, are also planned.

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The death Tuesday, March 5, of a 49-year-old woman found in a camper is under investigation, according to Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley.

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SALEM—Oregon on Feb. 28 enacted the nation’s farthest-reaching law limiting rent increases and restricting no-fault evictions, providing immediate protection to roughly 1 million renters across the state.

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A fox sparrow approaches a feeder near The Dalles. Fox sparrows are similar to the song sparrow, which is also common in Wasco County, but are larger and bulkier, with a heavier and more yellow bill.

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Jenni Donahue, an instructional aide at Parkdale Elementary, was chosen as the SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) Volunteer of the Year for the program’s Northeast Area, which serves Baker, Gilliam, Hood River, Morrow, Umatilla and Wasco counties.

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WASHINGTON—The federal grazing fee for 2019 will drop to $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.35 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the USDA Forest Service.

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The last day of school for District 21 was moved to Wednesday, June 19, from its original date of Thursday, June 13, to make up for missed days of school.

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Dawn Rasmussen was appointed to the vacant Zone 2 board position on the D21 school board Thursday night. She has also filed as a candidate for the post and will be on the May 21 ballot.

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After more than 25 years on the job, Mary Reilly, 91, is retiring as office assistant for Cascade Eye Center in The Dalles.

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With six of seven seats on the D21 school board up for election in May, a crowded candidate field is anticipated, with at least three contested races so far.

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Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey, the overseeing sheriff for the regional jail, is a planner. He likes to anticipate what might be needed 5 to 10 years from now. At his behest, the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility (NORCOR) board created a dedicated reserve fund Feb. 28 that would be used as a savings account for things like a new roof, new cameras and new heat pumps.

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The Warming Place, which was unable early in the season to staff the shelter all nights of the week, has gained enough volunteers to stay open when needed, an official said.

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The OSU Extension is again offering its “Master Naturalist Eco Region” course in Wasco County, as well as in Hood River County. Applications are due by March 15.

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Pacific Power plans to install about 9,000 new “smart” electrical meters in Hood River, Grass Valley, Moro, Mosier, Rufus and Wasco starting the week of March 4 and continuing through April.