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The Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) is making progress toward construction of a skills center and on-campus housing. The former is intended to provide students with expanded education opportunities,  while the latter will offer 72 units of housing.

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The D21 board authorized staff last week to seek proposals from companies that could help in the search for a new superintendent.

Superintendent Candy Armstrong told the North Wasco County School District 21 board July 9 that staff would send out the request for proposals almost immediately. Proposals will be due July 31.

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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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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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The Northern Wasco County School District #21 Scholarship Foundation named Jaeden Biehn as Outstanding Senior Girl of the Year scholarship recipient, and Nathan Nanez as Outstanding Senior Boy of the Year.

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Fifth grader Xavier Rose hands off a leaky can of water during a water relay at Colonel Wriight Elementary Wednesday, June 11. About 73 fifth grade students participated. Firemen with Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue helped with the event, providing fire hoses and keeping the three large garbage…

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The Dalles High School Senior Anthony Zapien never envisioned himself taking Advanced Placement courses in high school. But thanks to his participation in a skill-building program, he told the school board recently he feels he passed his recent AB biology test.

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About 60 teachers and supporters marched through downtown Wednesday after school as part of a statewide action in support of increased school funding. They back proposed state legislation that would help reduce class size and restore cut programs like career classes, music, and PE. It would …

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The Thunderbolts, a group of six 4H girls attending Maupin Grade School, recently placed first in the Destination Imagination state academic tournament for Oregon and earned the opportunity to participate in global finals in Kansas City, Missouri, May 22 through 25.

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Sophie Miller, a Dufur High School senior, received her state Future Farmers of America (FFA) degree at the Oregon State FFA convention in Redmond over spring break.

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A detailed assessment of 15 buildings in School District 21 found many are in poor shape and warrant replacement, and most of the rest will move into that category in a few years. The high school had the worst ratings, with all three buildings on campus rated too poor to warrant repair.

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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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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

is for the school district.

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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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