Neita Cecil


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Neita Cecil covers general news for The Dalles Chronicle.

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Development starts by Sorosis

The new 33-lot Park Place development near Sorosis Park, featuring views of two mountains and The Dalles’ cityscape, is breaking ground in January, with move-in dates next summer. The first phase of Park Place will have 13 homes and the second will have 20.

December 18, 2018 1:57 p.m. read more..

D21 to seek planning grants

District 21 is seeking grants to do a long-range facilities plan and facilities assessment, and also plans to seek a $4-million matching grant from the state when it again asks voters to fund new schools.

December 18, 2018 1:55 p.m. read more..

County wants figures on building code reserves

As was predicted when a multi-county regional government entity dissolved earlier this year, the fate of a $3.9 million reserve fund for building codes services has ended up being a key point of contention. The state wants Wasco County to decide whether it will take over building codes services before the state starts the difficult task of figuring out how to divide the reserve among the counties.

December 14, 2018 1:38 p.m. read more..

Dalles man charged in Minnesota rape

A man from The Dalles was charged with raping and choking a woman in his Minnesota hotel room on Nov. 30. Jimmy Jay Hortiz, 42, who lives in the 2900 block of West 10th Street, was in Bloomington on business, according to the charging document from Hennepin County.

December 14, 2018 1:33 p.m. read more..

Court rules against Walmart permit

State officials wrongly granted a wetland fill permit to Walmart for a proposed super-store in The Dalles, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday in a precedent-setting case. In issuing a fill permit to Walmart in 2013, the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) wrongly stated that it was “inconclusive” whether public need outweighed damage to wetlands, the court ruled.

December 13, 2018 2:52 p.m. read more..

OR court rules against Walmart

The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) improperly issued a wetlands fill permit to Walmart for a proposed superstore in The Dalles. In issuing the fill permit, DSL said it was “inconclusive” whether the project would meet a public need that outweighed damage to wetlands. The Appeals court said the agency is required to find that a project meets a public need, and therefore the permit was wrongly issued. The matter was reversed and remanded back to the DSL. A fuller story on the ruling will appear later today.

December 13, 2018 9:48 a.m. read more..

Warming shelter seeks volunteers

For the first time in its nine-year history, the Warming Place, an overnight winter shelter for the homeless, was unable to open a few cold nights recently due to lack of volunteers. The Warming Place has about half the volunteers it had last year, and just a quarter of what it had the year before that, said Ed Elliott, who chairs the Warming Place board. “We’re way down.”

December 12, 2018 4:33 p.m. read more..

Urgent care plans announced

The Bistro at Water’s Edge will be closed and the physical therapy gym space shifted around to make way for an urgent care clinic, Mid-Columbia Medical Center announced. Plans are to put the clinic where the physical therapy performance gym is now, on the south side of the first floor of the Water’s Edge facility.

December 11, 2018 1:33 p.m. read more..

Beloved teacher, choir director dies

Lloyd Walworth, a beloved retired high school choir teacher and founder of a community choir, died last Friday, Dec. 7, after a several-month battle with brain cancer. He was 72. “He’s a larger than life person,” said his widow, Diane Walworth.

December 11, 2018 1:30 p.m. read more..

Tribal housing moves forward

Much of a century has passed since the federal government promised to replace tribal housing lost when dams inundated fishing villages along the Columbia River. Now, two separate housing projects seeking to fulfill that promise are both making headway.

December 7, 2018 2:07 p.m. read more..

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