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A new graffiti ordinance in The Dalles puts a tight timeline on property owners to remove graffiti—just five days, or 14 days in case of hardship—but there will also be a free service to have it removed.

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Regulated Use closure has been declared for the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District, which includes Wasco and Hood River counties. The closure is intended to reduce wildfires related to high-risk activities as wildland fuels dry out.  Private, municipal and state-owned la…

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Columbia Gorge Community College is seeking public input on how well the institution is doing its job of providing better access to jobs training and an affordable pathway to higher education.

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The Dalles Police Department will begin looking for an armored vehicle to provide defensive protection for officers and citizens alike, as the police chief told officials he felt the city was on borrowed time in terms of unacceptable risk to officers.

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Remembering Bill Hulse is the goal of a group of volunteers in Wasco County.  In addition to serving as Judge of the Wasco County Court during the Rajneesh years, William L. (Bill) Hulse played a major role in national wheat marketing organizations.  He was also a leader in the creation of w…

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Tokola Properties is no longer interested in redeveloping the former Tony’s Town & Country building downtown, but still hopes to do some kind of development in The Dalles, a city official said.

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The Dalles city council adopted the city’s 2019-20 fiscal year budget of $67.7 million June 10 as proposed by the city budget committee.

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One Fire Boss firefighting aircraft arrived June 1 at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport in Dallesport, and a second is due to arrive by July 1 where both will be based through the summer.

This will be the third year the Washington Department of Natural Resources has based the single-engine tanker aircraft in Dallesport for the summer fire season.

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The Dalles City Council on Monday unanimously approved a permit system for RV parking on city streets, and modified current on-street parking restrictions for RVs and oversized vehicles to allow for vehicles in violation to be impounded and towed 24 hours after the posting of the first $20 citation.

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The third time may prove a charm in a years-long effort to replace and repair two boat ramps at Pine Hollow Reservoir. After two rounds of bids came in at $140,000 over, and then $75,000 over, the $210,000 budget the South Wasco Park and Recreation District has for the boat ramps, changes to the project scope have brought the bid amount much closer to the budgeted amount, an official said.

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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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The Wasco County Commission voted unanimously April 17 to give up public ownership of Davis-Cutoff Road, a .85-mile county road that serves as a connection between Highway 197 and Eight Mile Road. The road is located several miles southeast of The Dalles.

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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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