Neita Cecil


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Neita Cecil covers general news for The Dalles Chronicle.

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Parent questions lack of grant

As the Nov. 6 vote approaches on a $235 million bonding authority to replace four schools, a local woman caused a stir on social media last weekend questioning the district’s decision not to seek a $4 million matching grant for the project. A district official said North Wasco County School District 21 tried but failed to get two smaller planning grants that would’ve helped the district create the extensively detailed reports necessary to seek the larger grant.

October 16, 2018 2:33 p.m. read more..

Charges filed in Cruise crash

A Portland man was indicted on seven charges, including assault and reckless endangerment, stemming from a crash at the Neon Cruise in August in downtown The Dalles. The most serious charge against Ronald Leroy Madorin, 53, was third-degree assault, a Class C felony.

October 9, 2018 2:16 p.m. read more..

Council at large candidates voice their views for the city

Candidates John Fredrick, Rod Runyon and Brian Stevens, who are seeking the city council post being vacated by Taner Elliot, provided the written answers to a series of questions posed by the Chronicle. The three candidates for the at-large position spoke about what they see as key issues facing the city and how they feel Google funds should be distributed.

October 9, 2018 2:11 p.m. read more..

Anti-ICE march ends in The Dalles

A seven-day march/caravan seeking to end housing of immigration detainees in Oregon concluded Saturday with about 175 people marching through downtown The Dalles to the regional jail. A local group, Gorge ICE Resistance, has picketed the jail daily for over 520 consecutive days in an effort to get the jail to drop its contract to house immigration detainees.

October 9, 2018 2:05 p.m. read more..

Jail to try new format

The jail board reached consensus Oct. 1 to try running the jail without an administrator for the rest of the fiscal year, on a trial basis. The board also accepted the Oct. 31 resignation of Administrator Bryan Brandenburg.

October 5, 2018 2:12 p.m. read more..

Anti-ICE rally heads to TD

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.

October 2, 2018 1:44 p.m. read more..

Wasco County wins appeal vs. Wood

The Oregon Court of Appeals sided with Wasco County in a Sept. 19 decision, ruling that a 2015 lawsuit brought by The Dalles resident Chip Wood was correctly ruled moot by a trial court. Wood sued the county commission after it voted in December 2014 to leave the North Central Public Health District.

October 2, 2018 1:40 p.m. read more..

‘Blue Zones’ project seeks city funding

The Blue Zones Project, a three-year community wellness endeavor now in its second year in The Dalles, is about $82,000 short of local funding for this year, but an appeal will be made to the city next month. Dr. Miriam McDonell will ask The Dalles City Council at its Sept. 24 meeting to review information presented by Blue Zones, and then will come back to its Oct. 8 meeting to request funding.

September 21, 2018 2:31 p.m. read more..

PUD surveys energy efficiency

The Northern Wasco County PUD has launched an online survey to learn how aware customers are of energy efficiency programs and how willing they might be to participate in them. Results could help tailor marketing efforts and the PUD’s strategic direction as it considers new programs to both stay competitive and help customers keep their power bills down.

September 21, 2018 2:14 p.m. read more..

Grant sought for Dry Hollow traffic

The city will apply for a state grant to improve traffic flow at pick-up and drop-off time at the highly congested Dry Hollow Elementary School. It should know by January if it was successful.

September 21, 2018 2:11 p.m. read more..

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