Joel Vaught was picked by the North Wasco County School District 21 Board to assume the vacant zone 5 seat during their meeting on Thursday evening. Vaught was picked from a pool of five candidates that members of the board said were all strong options for the position. The Zone 5 seat represents a portion of The Dalles south of 7th Street between Trevitt and Mt. Hood streets to the west and Jefferson, Madison, and Kelly to the east. Vaught assumed his seat on the board immediately at the meeting.