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SALEM — A veteran Republican senator absent for a month from the Capitol said Wednesday that her health is improving and that she is “working hard” to return to the 2019 Legislature.

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SALEM — A veteran Republican senator absent for a month from the Capitol said Wednesday that her health is improving and she is “working hard” to return to the 2019 Legislature.

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SALEM — A veteran Republican senator absent for a month from the Capitol said Wednesday that her health is improving and she is “working hard” to return to the 2019 Legislature.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD) is nominating applicants for its budget committee. Interest forms are available electronically at www.mcedd.org, or at the MCEDD offices at 515 East Second Street The Dalles.

To the editor: After the recent partial government shutdown, it should be clear that holding federal workers and contractors hostage because Congress and the president can’t reach a budget agreement is a cruel and costly way to govern. One of the chief responsibilities of Congress is to pass a budget. Congress needs to do the work it was elected to do and should be held accountable when it doesn’t.