Substation Fire grows to 36,000 acres

UPDATE: As of 1:36 p.m., the Substation Fire is now estimated at 36,000 acres. Wasco Electric reports that a minimum of 90 power poles have been lost and crews have been working through the night to get new poles up, work that is expected to continue through the weekend. Families in the fire zone southwest of The Dalles are reporting that the Gary Van Orman’s house at 6857 Robert’s Market Road has been destroyed by the fire. Read more...

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Families request privacy

The VanOrman and Ruby families are requesting privacy from media inquiries while they are dealing with fire-related tragedies. At this time, the Ruby family is struggling to cope with a death and the VanOrman family with the loss of an extended family member and their home. They ask that reporters refrain from contacting friends and family about the situation and grant them peace.

July 19, 2018 2:41 p.m. read more..


Fire jumps Deschutes again Thursday morning

The 50,000-acre Substation fire jumped the Deschutes River where it empties into the Columbia River Thursday morning, and a level 3 evacuation was called for Biggs Junction, said Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill.

July 19, 2018 12:26 p.m. read more..


Man killed in fire identified

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office this morning identified the man who died Wednesday in the Substation fire as John Ruby, a 64-year-old longtime Wasco County resident. The press release stated the fire is “incendiary in nature” and is being investigated by the sheriff’s office, the Oregon State Police, Oregon State Fire Marshal, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.

July 19, 2018 11:22 a.m. read more..


Substation fire evacuations expanded

Moro — The Substation Fire, which started southeast of The Dalles on Tuesday afternoon, moved further east today driven by high winds. Firefighters saw heightened activity on the north and the south ends of the fire. More than 50,000 acres in Sherman and Wasco Counties are affected. Highway 97 from Biggs Junction to milepost 67, the junction with Highway 197, was closed Wednesday evening.

July 19, 2018 5:39 a.m. read more..


Tractor operator killed in fire

On July 18 at approximately 1:30 p.m., Wasco County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call of a burnt tractor. Deputies located the tractor and also located the operator of the tractor a short distance away, deceased. It appears the tractor operator died as a result of exposure to the fire.

July 18, 2018 4:16 p.m. read more..


Substation Fire grows to 36,000 acres

UPDATE: As of 1:36 p.m., the Substation Fire is now estimated at 36,000 acres. Wasco Electric reports that a minimum of 90 power poles have been lost and crews have been working through the night to get new poles up, work that is expected to continue through the weekend. Families in the fire zone southwest of The Dalles are reporting that the Gary Van Orman’s house at 6857 Robert’s Market Road has been destroyed by the fire.

July 18, 2018 8:12 a.m. read more..


Celilo Brush Fire

Level 3 (evacuate now) evacuations now include Emerson Loop Road and Company Hollow Road. Additional crews are being dispatched to 4700 block of Eight Mile Road, where two houses are threatened. Highway 197 has been closed at approximately milepost 3 as a brush fire that started just south of the Celilo Converter Station moves southeast. Evacuations are underway in the area of Five and Eight Mile Creeks, and multiple fire and law enforcement agencies have been dispatched. Level 3 (Go) evacuation orders have been issued from Eight Mile Road to Emerson Loop Road and Eight Mile Road to junction with 15-Mile Road, both sides of road, according to Wasco County Sheriff's office.

July 17, 2018 4:20 p.m. read more..


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Stars can’t get the bounces in two losses

With The Dalles hitting the field against West Linn and Gresham-Barlow this weekend at the 14U Babe Ruth State Championships, there was a disadvantage in terms of cohesiveness and flow. In two state matchups, The Dalles was eliminated from postseason contention after losses to West Linn and Gresham-Barlow, capped by a season-ending 16-5 mercy-ruled loss Saturday in tournament play in The Dalles.

July 17, 2018 2:42 p.m. read more..


Hustlers boost win total to 24 in Sunday sweep

The Columbia Gorge Hustlers lost the first two games at the Seaside Wood Bat Tournament to Seaside and Hood River by a combined 18-8 spread, but bounced back for a lopsided win against Madison and added a two-game sweep over league opponent, St. Helens, Sunday.

July 17, 2018 2:40 p.m. read more..


TD All-Stars capture state championship

Sometimes it is the smallest factors that can push teams over the top. In Saturday’s state-title clinching win over East Portland, The Dalles’ Keon Kiser engaged in a 12-pitch at-bat that not only led to the early departure of East Portland’s starter, but opened the door to a four-run third inning in what turned into a 13-3 mercy-ruled victory Saturday in Babe Ruth baseball action at Kramer Field.

July 17, 2018 2:38 p.m. read more..


Officials earn Les Schwab bids

Two long-time members of the Mid-Columbia Football Officials Association, Terry Stephens and Gene Saldivar, were selected to participate in the 71st annual 2018 Les Schwab Bowl at Hillsboro Stadium on June 16.

July 13, 2018 2:35 p.m. read more..

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"Blueberry Jam" sessions Tuesdays

Area musicians are invited to join the “Blueberry Jam” session on the second and fourth Tuesday in the basement of the Civic Auditorium. The gathering, sponsored by Got Your Six, a group that formed two years ago to support veteran causes, convenes at 6:30 p.m. and continues until “whenever” twice each month.

July 16, 2018 1:52 p.m. read more..


“Raised Country” Music Festival Aug. 5

The “Raised Country” music festival in Antelope at 1 p.m., Aug. 5, on the church lawn will feature music, entertainment, a Chuckwagon BBQ and kids’ activities all in one location, according to a press release.

July 13, 2018 2:50 p.m. read more..


Maryhill Winery to discontinue concerts

The Aug. 25 Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite show at Maryhill Winery will be the last concert at the beautiful 4,000-seat amphitheater as the winery, one of Washington state’s largest, has decided to discontinue future summer concerts after 2018, according to a report by the Goldendale Sentinel.

July 13, 2018 1:57 p.m. read more..

Opinion



Letter to the Editor: Thank you

To the editor: It is a brave thing to do…to take a stand on the I.C.E. issue and let that stand be publicly recognized on a street corner day after day, or at a rally. I am thankful that I live in a time and place where that is possible. But this letter is not about that debate. This letter is to express appreciation for the approximately 60 NORCOR employees who have made a commitment to public safety by working with adult, juvenile, mentally ill inmates, and immigration detainees.

July 17, 2018 2:07 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Justice for all

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.

July 17, 2018 2:06 p.m. read more..
 

Editorial: Land dispute has deep roots

Harney County ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond were released from a federal prison in California this week and flown home to Burns in a private jet, where they were greeted by a crush of well-wishers and family.

July 13, 2018 2:14 p.m. read more..
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