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Wasco County backs juvenile facility

Wasco County will likely reverse its Wednesday decision to stop sending youth to the local juvenile detention facility in reaction to a scathing report on the facility, with a county official saying Friday he was comfortable with sending local youth there.

For the Record for December 8, 2017

Police, fire, and medical reports from December 8

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Trump rolls back oil train rules

PORTLAND (AP) — The Trump administration has angered environmental groups and some residents of the Columbia River Gorge by rolling back a 2015 rule on oil train safety. The Obama administration rule change required trains carrying highly explosive liquids to have electronically controlled pneumatic brakes installed by 2021 — systems intended to help prevent fiery oil train wrecks like the one that happened in the Oregon last year, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported Thursday.

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Guatemala trip planned

For the second year, a group of students studying Spanish at The Dalles High School is heading to Guatemala on a service trip to bring water purifiers to desperately poor Mayan residents on Lake Atitlan. This year’s group is twice the size, with 10 students. On their nine-day trip next spring, they will work with Worthy Village, a non-profit, to distribute the simple water purifiers to families.

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Christmas Carolling

Two classes of enthusiastic Colonel Wright sixth graders are arranged on the steps of the Wasco County courthouse as they prepare to sing a selection of carols Wednesday afternoon.

Pike sentenced to prison for killing

Zoey Pike, 21, was sentencing to 99 months in prison Thursday for killing Nathan Preyapongpison in January of 2017.

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Vet ID Cards now available

The long-awaited Veterans ID Card is finally available as an alternative proof of military service. “The new identification is something that veterans have been asking about for many years,” said Wasco County Veterans’ Service Officer Russell Jones.

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Art workshops offered

The Dalles Art Center is offering five classes during “2017 Winter Break Art Camp” Dec. 20-23. Classes are for ages 6 to 14. Signups are at The Dalles Art Center, 220 E. 4th Street, The Dalles.

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Holiday Harvest

Alexis “Lulu” Taylor, 10, of Sunnyside, Wash., cuts a tree at Green Ridge Tree Farm, 3715 Browns Creek Road, The Dalles.

Memorial focuses on loss, healing

“Everybody has scars and you will remember exactly how you got them, even though the wound has healed over,” said Tim Willis, pastor, celebrant speaker and “general problem fixer” for Celilo Chapel in The Dalles. “My father died in 2000 and every Christmas I get a little sad about it.” He invites people who want to honor lost friends and family to attend the “Tree of Remembrance Memorial” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the chapel, 202 E. Fourth St.

Santa comes to The Dalles

The Dalles Main Street welcomes a special guest once again this holiday season and children are invited to meet and have their picture taken with him on one of two different Saturdays. “Santa in the Downtown” takes place across from Petite Provence from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 9 and Dec. 16.

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Scathing report faults jail

A sharply critical report on the juvenile detention facility at the regional jail claimed youth weren’t allowed to “look around” or ask what time it was, and they spent hours a day isolated in their cells. The report by Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) cited “harsh and purposeless rules” and harmful, outdated and counterproductive practices, including solitary confinement.

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Winter Shelter

A Boxelder bug (Boisea trivittatus), with orange markings on its wings and bright red eyes, hunts for a crevice in the bark of a Ponderosa Pine where it can shelter for the winter. The insects often overwinter in large groups.

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Hwy 30 bridge work nears completion

Expect delays throughout week

Repair and replacement work is nearly complete for three bridges on Highway 30 west of Mosier. Oregon Department of Transportation’s $3.8 million project is wrapping up over the next few weeks, according to spokesman Peter Murphy.

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Civic hosts Trail Band

Concert first in the newly-heated space

The Trail Band returns to the Civic Auditorium on Monday for its 24th annual concert — and this year people will not have to bring blankets into the theater to stay warm. The theater has been closed since last December for roof and HVAC (Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning) system repairs. The Trail Band will be the first performance in adequately heated space, although the cold has not stopped tickets from selling out in the past.

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