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Perhaps alone among crime trends, it’s actually good news when reports of sexual assaults go up. That means more victims are willing to come forward, said Jenna Cohan of HAVEN from Domestic and Sexual Violence in The Dalles.

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Grace Stoddard likes to recount that on her first date with her future husband, he brought along a butterfly net and caught two white butterflies. “In those days, it was not so cool to chase butterflies on your first date,” she quipped.

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In a rarity, $1,600 that an elderly woman in The Dalles was scammed out of was recently returned to her by postal inspectors, who made a special trip here from Portland to do so. But an alarming aspect of this case was that the scammers remotely changed the woman’s phone number, “not once, but twice,” in an effort to isolate her, said Gwen Koski, postmaster in The Dalles.

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Bre Birchfield, second from left, was named Distinguished Young Woman of Wasco County April 13. She received $6,500 in scholarship funds. Riley Brewer, right, was named first alternate ($3,000) and scholastic winner ($2,500.) Also pictured is finalist Halle Haskins ($2,000), left, Jenna Mill…

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Do you have a question for candidates for special districts in the May 21 election? The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce and Mid-Columbia Senior Center are hosting a Candidates’ Forum on Tuesday, April 23, in the Senior Center, 1112 West Ninth St., The Dalles. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event begins at 6 p.m.

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The driver involved in a vehicle pursuit which began in The Dalles April 15 and ended with a crash near Rowena has been identified as Jessica Widner, 32, according to an updated press release from The Dalles Police Department.

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Even after 45 years of fly fishing, Paul Anderson will tell you he is still learning. Anderson, a well-known fly casting instructor and avid outdoorsman, is the proud owner and sole employee of Flyfishing Strategies Fly Shop, a business that has managed to thrive alongside the ever-changing cycles of salmon and steelhead that swim in the nearby Columbia River.

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Editor’s note: The three candidates for Zone 1 on the D21 school board, Mary Morehouse, Rebecca Thistlethwaite and Erica Flores, bring a variety of motivations to their decision to run. Following is a summary of their statements, made either to the Chronicle or at a recent candidates forum hosted by the Wasco County Republican Central Committee. Each was asked why they ran, what skill set they bring, and what their vision

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Editor’s note: The Chronicle is profiling the 13 candidates for the six open positions on the D21 school board. This installment features unopposed candidate Dawn Rasmussen in Zone 2.

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The Chronicle is profiling the 13 candidates for the six open positions on the D21 school board. This installment features unopposed candidate Dawn Rasmussen in Zone 2.

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The Chronicle is profiling the 13 candidates for the six open positions on the D21 school board. This installment features Maggie Rocha and David Jones, who are seeking the Zone 3 position.

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The Wasco County Republican Central Committee held a D21 school board informational candidate forum at its monthly meeting in April. Eight of the 13 candidates for the non-partisan positions attended. The Chronicle is presenting their responses in a series of articles. Following are the statements of the three candidates for Zone 5, Sherry Perry, Bethani Frantz-Studebaker and Josh Farris.

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The Wasco County Republican Central Committee held a D21 school board informational candidate forum at its monthly meeting in April. Eight of the 13 candidates for the non-partisan positions attended. The Chronicle is presenting their responses in a series of articles. Following are the statements of the three candidates for Zone 6, Trudy Lupkes, Cassie Ware and Jose Aparicio.

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More than a dozen citizens asked the Wasco County Commission April 3 not to submit a letter of support it wrote for the Summit Ridge wind project east of Dufur. The commission opted to table the matter.

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SALEM — Lobbying is largely synonymous with interest groups, but every year, government agencies big and small spend money to amplify their interests at the Capitol.

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City crews broke up and removed a log jam on Mill Creek behind the Mid-Columbia Senior Center at the Ninth Street bridge Monday morning as heavy rains caused localized flooding throughout the area.

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In a proposed budget that anticipates new staff, small pay increases, a sizable insurance rate hike and much higher food costs, the regional jail is seeking a 16 percent increase in funding from its four member counties.

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One Community Health (OCH) in The Dalles hosted the Casey Eye Van on Saturday, March 23, helping nearly 100 people with its free vision exams, glasses, and ophthalmology and additional health care referrals.

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With the completion of a $2 million high-density fiber optic broadband network, the rural community of Maupin is now among the state’s most competitive when it comes to internet access.

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The state has asked the Oregon Supreme Court to reverse an appeals court ruling against Walmart, saying it created a “dramatic change” in the way wetlands fill projects are considered.

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The Dalles City Council will again review proposed increases and changes in police, building department and utility hookup fees at its Monday, May 13 council meeting. The changes were proposed for the police and planning departments, and a change in how utility connections are billed was proposed for public works.

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Next-door neighbor Melissa Conover, center, takes charge of a cat after firefighters rescued it from inside a home at 102 Harris in The Dalles early Thursday afternoon, April 4. The back porch of the home was in flames as firefighters arrived. Additional details were not available at press time.

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As a way to support the community’s most vulnerable families, The Next Door Inc. is hosting a donation drive for an upcoming Community Baby Shower.

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The cruise ship American Song docks in The Dalles for the first time March 27. Described as the “flagship in the new series of contemporary riverboats from American Cruise Lines,” the ship has a capacity of 184 guests, modern design features and contemporary styling, according to the cruise line.

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The 2019 season of the Trailhead Ambassador program, an initiative designed to equip visitors to the National Scenic Area in the Gorge and Mount Hood, will kick off on Earth Day, April 20, and the program organizers are currently looking for volunteers.

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As with much advice from pediatricians, when it comes to keeping screen time in check, prevention is better than cure, Dr. Dimitri Christakis said March 18.

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For more than 20 years, motorcyclists have come to the Northwest Cherry Festival to participate in the “Teddy Bear Ride” that precedes the Cherry Festival Parade. They donate stuffed animals for Mid Columbia Medical Center, and hospital staff pass on the bears to kids who need comfort during stressful times.

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The Next Door celebrated with a Tribute to Celilo Falls event featuring an open house and unveiling of the new mural on the outside of its building at 1113 Kelly Ave. The event was held Saturday, March 9, just one day shy of the anniversary of the flooding of the falls by The Dalles Dam.

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Four members of Boy Scout Troop 395, based at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center in The Dalles, are due to reach Eagle Scout status and were presented with flags and certificates by U.S. Representative Greg Walden at a town hall meeting in Wasco Sunday, March 31. Pictured are, left to right, Dar…

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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness month, and The Dalles police officers and state troopers will be increasing patrols on Thursday, April 11, looking for drivers who are violating Oregon’s distracted driving law.

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Under new ownership, the Recreation Building in downtown The Dalles is heading for major renovations, inside and out. Todd Carpenter and his wife Carla McQuade, who transformed the former Vault into the Last Stop Saloon, bought the building from the city of The Dalles urban renewal agency for $50,000 and have big plans for their latest acquisition.

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Nathan Nañez, a senior at The Dalles High School, attended a lobby day in Salem with three other students — two from Coquille School District and one from Redmond High School — to meet with legislators and discuss state funding in education.

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For probably 10 years now, Sherman County law enforcement have dealt with calls about a herd of feral cows. “I call them feral because they just roam the canyons. They’re everywhere,” said Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey. “When I say feral—I mean mean. I’m scared of them.”

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Students from The Dalles robotics teams achieved multiple awards and top-five finishes at the VEX Robotics state championship in Salem this month, and The Dalles Middle School’s team, System Overload, beat 57 high school and 12 middle school teams to finish 3rd overall, won the Middle School Excellence Award and qualified for the VEX Robotics World Championship.