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‘The flames were like lava’

Kylee VanOrman-Ruby said neighboring farmers did everything they could to save her parents property, but Tuesday’s fire was driven by strong wind gusts that couldn’t be controlled. “Everyone tried to get ahead of it, but it was everywhere — it was just unbelievable,” she said. Read more...

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‘The flames were like lava’

Kylee VanOrman-Ruby said neighboring farmers did everything they could to save her parents property, but Tuesday’s fire was driven by strong wind gusts that couldn’t be controlled. “Everyone tried to get ahead of it, but it was everywhere — it was just unbelievable,” she said.

July 20, 2018 1:55 p.m. read more..


Substation fire top priority in U.S.

The 70,000-acre Substation fire, threatening 900 homes in Sherman County, became the top priority fire in the nation Thursday, an official said. It was 15 percent contained as of Friday morning.

July 20, 2018 7:57 a.m. read more..


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..

Sports



Swimmers get stronger

Across the board, a majority The Dalles swim team showed vast improvements on their times at the 52nd annual Pendleton Open from July 6-8 in Pendleton. Of the impressive group of swimmers, all of TD’s points were scored by the 9-year-old and under swimmers with Sam Ford, 7, scoring the most points at 28.

July 20, 2018 2:54 p.m. read more..


All-Stars expect a tough challenge at regionals

Hunter Padberg said he and his teammates are not settling on one accomplishment, they have their hearts set on much more. Even with a state championship in the bag, the focus of The Dalles’ 13-15-year-old All-Stars is putting together another all-around slate of games at the Babe Ruth Regional Tournament at David Douglas High School in Portland.

July 20, 2018 2:53 p.m. read more..


Heroes all around as Hustlers clinch league

Starting the bottom of the seventh inning down 7-2, the Columbia Gorge Hustlers battled back with a dramatic comeback to clinch a league title, as Baily Hajicek smacked a three-run triple to tie the score at 7-7, and after a walk to Michael Armstrong, Johnson executed a perfect RBI squeeze bunt, which plated Hajicek for the winning run in CG’s 8-7 win and two-game sweep over Hillsboro.

July 20, 2018 2:51 p.m. read more..


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..

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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..

Opinion



Letter to the Editor: No more ‘pay to play’

To the editor: Many thanks to the TDC for a great article covering Jamie McLeod-Skinner’s recent visit to Wasco County. It is exciting to have a candidate for Congress who is so qualified, and so truly concerned for the well-being of all of US in Eastern Oregon.

July 20, 2018 2:19 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Legalized extortion

To the editor: It pains me (no pun intended) that in the USA, the first thing you think of when you get hurt or need to go to the hospital is....can I afford it, how much will it cost or maybe I'll just put it off because I can't afford the hospital. What a shame in this big, rich, powerful country of ours the leading cause of bankruptcy is hospital bills.

July 20, 2018 2:18 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Treasonous words

To the editor: I watched in horror this morning, while our president openly admitted to the act of high treason. He did so when he conceded to the will of Vladimir Putin over our own justice department, as to the nature of allegations against Russian officials.

July 20, 2018 2:17 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Upset over inaction

To the editor: Over a year and a half ago, I purchased a rose bush from Parks and Recreation for the memorial garden in honor of my husband. Darrell dedicated over 48 years to this city (county) in law enforcement. I thought it only fitting that he should have a memorial in his name. I hadn’t learned my lesson yet!

July 20, 2018 2:16 p.m. read more..
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