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One occupant was burned as they escaped a fire that destroyed much of their home Friday afternoon in the 1400 block of Nevada Street. The second occupant was not injured.

A seven-day walk to demand an end to the housing of immigration detainees in Oregon began Sunday in Sheridan and ends at the regional jail in The Dalles Saturday. Both towns have correctional facilities that hold detainees.

The regional jail board unanimously voted Friday to offer John DeVaney, a lieutenant at a large Nevada jail, the position of jail administrator. However, on Monday, he declined the offer. The jail board will have a special meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at noon at the regional jail to discuss its options, said outgoing Jail Administrator Bryan Brandenburg.

To the editor: I am deeply concerned about the contract our public jail, NORCOR, has with ICE, and the holding of immigrant detainees at our public jail. Over the past year, I have worked to raise awareness around this issue, and have realized that many local people are not aware that NORCOR contracts with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

A finalist group of five candidates for the administrator position at the regional jail will be considered at an Aug. 2 executive session of the jail board. The executive session will produce a list of three finalists who will be interviewed.

The Squally Point Fire was held to 19 acres Tuesday afternoon. Reported just before 2 p.m., the fire was burning in grass and brush approximately four miles northwest of The Dalles, near the Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center. The fire is human caused and under investigation, but is not suspicious in nature.

To the editor: Who are we, as Americans? This question haunts me as I watch refugees and immigrants being dehumanized and harmed at our border and around the country. My heart breaks as I try to imagine the horrors they face at the hands of our own government.

UPDATE: As of July 9, 8 a.m., the Wasco County Sheriff's office in cooperation with Memaloose Fire Command has lifted all evacuation notices for residents directly affected by the Memaloose fire. The westbound rest area will remain closed until further notice: Refer to Trip Check Oregon for updates regarding the rest area. Memaloose park remains open for campers with current reservations only. Firefighters worked on Saturday to complete fireline around the sixty-five acre Memaloose Park Fire, located 23 miles west of The Dalles. Sunday morning the fire was 35 percent contained as of Sunday. Firefighters from Mosier Fire Department, Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area assisted Oregon Department of Forestry in the suppression effort providing water tenders, fire engines and fire fighters.