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This week an outside expert begins a policy and practice review of the juvenile detention facility, which came under intense criticism in December, causing other entities to stop sending kids here.

Two newly appointed state legislators representing citizens in the area will tour Maupin on Monday and then introduce themselves to community members at a “meet and greet” forum. Senator Clifford Bentz, R-Ontario, and Rep. Daniel Bonham, R-The Dalles, will be in south Wasco County from 9 a.m. to noon on Jan. 23.

Wasco County officials reversed themselves Friday and said they would be comfortable lodging youth in the local juvenile detention facility after announcing Wednesday they would send juveniles elsewhere following a critical report on the facility. An emergency meeting of the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility board was held Friday morning. Wasco County asked for the meeting, prompted by the Dec. 5 release of a scathing report on the facility by Disability Rights Oregon (DRO). The DRO report said conditions at the facility were “inhumane,” with some youth kept isolated from others for weeks at a time, and juveniles being made to follow punitive, counterproductive rules like not looking around or asking the time. Some youth behaviors, including those caused by mental issues, resulted in punishment and isolation, the report said, which only exacerbated mental issues, leading to more punishment and isolation.

A tall crane lifts a beam to the top of a Google building under construction at the Port of The Dalles Wednesday afternoon. The building was photographed from the Riverfront Trail, looking over Chenowith Creek. Immediately behind the photographer is the current Google server facility.

EUGIYNIY CUTS a final stone to size as he finishes the day’s work remodeling the entry way at Columbia Basin Care Facility, which is undergoing extensive renovation, Wednesday evening Sept. 24. He and co-worker Vadim were facing an outside wall with stone, and are with GNM of Portland.

Mayor Steve Lawrence is hosting a meeting for people interested in improving bicycle facilities in The Dalles. The meeting will be Wednesday, Dec. 11, starting at 5:30 p.m.