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County retains wolf advocate

Wasco County Commissioner Scott Hege called Debra Lutje’s opinion piece that ran Jan. 29 in The Dalles Chronicle “offensive” to ranchers but it wasn’t enough to remove her from the Wolf Compensation Committee. Chair Rod Runyon and Commissioner Steve Kramer agreed as all three voted against taking Lutje off the committee that includes one other wolf advocate, two ranchers and two business representatives.

D21 scores improve

As Penny Grotting was analyzing winter test results from the local elementary schools, she began to notice something.

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Estep engineers music revue

A senior engineer at Insitu, Garry Estep was long retired from the music industry when he was asked to read for a small part in The Dalles Theater Company’s presentation of “Sordid Lives” last year. Next thing he knew, Estep was on stage in his underwear, which led to him joining the theater company’s board of directors, performing in another play—“Dracula the Musical”— and now he’s him directing “The Quintessential Rogers and Hammerstein.”

TD girls play strong

The Dalles girls’ tennis team made sure to put exclamation point on a solid league campaign with an 8-1 win over Pendleton Tuesday in The Dalles. “Real solid efforts all around,” said TD coach Debby Jones. “Pendleton is a lot younger this year as opposed to past years and we were determined to show respect, but dominance all at the same time.” Robin Pashek defeated Jenna Senter by scores of 6-1 and 6-2 at No. 1 singles, and at No. 2, Brittany Bernstein added a 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 triumph over Brandy Brown. Yahira Alvarez also needed three sets to upend Gabby Cuthbert, winning 6-4, 5-7, 10-4 at No. 4 singles, and Natalie Varland defeated Kelsey Cartnell 8-2 in a No. 5 pro-set match. Johanna Wilson and Kiana Pielli breezed past Anne James and Isabelle Chapman, 6-0 and 6-0 in their No. 1 doubles match, and the No. 2 duo of Emma Smith-Ell and Rebekah Kohltfarber outworked Denae Smith and Jessie Patterson by scores of 6-2 and 6-2. Abby Minnick and Ellie Trujillo tacked on a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 3 doubles, and Cassie Vazquez and Tiani Langston dominated their No. 4 doubles match over Bradi Reynolds and Heather Wilcox, 6-1 and 6-0. TD was in Hood River tonight for its final league match, and then head to Bend for the two-day district tournament starting on May 13.

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Health warning issued on Columbia in The Dalles

An operational failure at The Dalles wastewater treatment plant, combined with a rain event, resulted in discharge of treated but non-disinfected wastewater Wednesday evening through early Thursday morning.



    Athlete of the Week: Maddy Bradford

    Athlete of the Week Profile Name: Maddy Bradford Sport: Softball Grade: 12 Favorite Class: AP English Favorite Athlete: Buster Posey Favorite Food: French Fries Favorite Movie/TV Show: A League Of Their Own Last Week: Maddy Bradford pitched four games last week and won three, including the program’s first win over Pendleton in 10 games, 9-8, on April 23. The senior led the Riverhawks to a two-game sweep over Hood River Valley Saturday by scores of 2-0 and 9-5. In 14 innings pitched, Bradford struck out 16, allowed 13 hits and three earned runs, and also chipped in three hits, including a home run and two RBIs. She is currently leading the team in RBIs, total hits and home runs. Coach Quote from Steve Garrett: “Maddy has become an awesome team leader, not with words or talk, but by her example on the field. She has stepped up her game to make her a force to be reckoned with, both in the pitching circle as well as at the plate. Kudos to Maddy for an awesome week and season so far.”

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    No. 3 Sherman wallops Heppner

    Troutman excels, Fields hits slam to lead Huskies

    Kyle Fields provided the muscle. Ace pitcher Brett Troutman tapped dance on a minefield, but made the pitches down the stretch to give the No. 3 Huskies their sixth consecutive win, 5-2, over Heppner Tuesday in a Blue Mountain Conference baseball matchup played in Heppner.

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    Sisterhood of the flying rackets

    TD’s tennis duo is making their mark in the 5A ranks

    Johanna Wilson is the boisterous and gregarious player. Kiana Pielli is the shy, demure athlete. Their styles on the tennis court are different in many ways, but also very similar – they want to win. This season, the duo has combined forces and skill set for a dominant run through their schedule with a 15-1 match record and a 30-2 set-win differential. What started as an afterthought early in the season has reaped plenty of benefits for The Dalles’ No. 1 doubles team.

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    Dance Academy puts on gold medal performance

    Team fares well at Onstage New York in Portland

    Gold awards were flying for members of The Dalles Dance Academy this past weekend at the Onstage New York Dance Competition held at the Portland Convention Center. TD received top awards in the Teen, Junior and Mini-Division, in areas such as Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater and Solo, as its competition came from approximately 50 studios around the Pacific Northwest and 861 dancers in this regional event.

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    Memaloose Hills a favorite hike

    The Memaloose Hills have become one of Janet’s and my favorite places to enjoy nature’s wonderful wildflower shows. The hiking trails are user friendly, never too crowded and the variety of flowers almost endless. And to add another plumb to the pudding the forest service has mapped out a 6.5 miles loop hike that starts at Memaloose rest stop on the east bound lane of I-84; just three miles east of Mosier, Oregon.

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    Looking Back on May 1

    Looking Back on May 1, from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle

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    Women leading more and more churches

    A little over five years ago when Deb Allen became the first woman pastor at the United Church of Christ, which has been in The Dalles for more than 150 years, she didn’t think it was a big deal. Allen had already blazed the same trail at UCC churches in Wisconsin and Washington.

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    Denny’s remodel has local flavor

    Denny’s in The Dalles celebrated its recent remodel by serving up an all-day Grand Celebration last Wednesday, April 20, giving diners a first look at its all-new, locally-inspired design and updated features. “We feel very positive about the changes,” said District Manager Peter Keller during the celebration.


    Letter to the editor: Vote Nichols

    To the editor: I have known Rodger Nichols for more than 30 years, and believe he is the kind of person we want representing us on the Wasco County Commission. I admired his work so much that I hired him away from The Chronicle to be the news director for our group of radio stations. He has done an excellent job, and I will be sorry to lose him when he takes office next January.

    Letter to the editor: Falsehoods

    To the editor: This election will have a permanent negative effect on the U.S.A. At the last election, I felt that would be the last normal election. Knowing what I do about end-times and prophecy, we are in very troubling times.

    Letter to the editor: Top choice

    To the editor: Oregon is fortunate in having three outstanding Democratic candidates for the office of Secretary of State, Richard Devlin, Val Hoyle and Brad Avakian, who all bring their respective strengths to the race. However, I would urge Oregon Democrats to cast their vote for Brad Avakian to be our next Secretary of State.

    Letter to editor: Thank you

    To the editor: Wasco County 4-H would like to thank The Dalles Fitness and Court Club for generously donating the use of its pool to local area students involved in the underwater robotics ROV program. TDFCC has allowed our two teams access to their pool for several weeks so that students can ready themselves for the upcoming competition to be held in North Bend, Oregon April 29-30.

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