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OR court rules against Walmart

The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) improperly issued a wetlands fill permit to Walmart for a proposed superstore in The Dalles. In issuing the fill permit, DSL said it was “inconclusive” whether the project would meet a public need that outweighed damage to wetlands. The Appeals court said the agency is required to find that a project meets a public need, and therefore the permit was wrongly issued. The matter was reversed and remanded back to the DSL. A fuller story on the ruling will appear later today.

December 13, 2018 9:48 a.m. read more..

Volunteers needed at warming shelter

For the first time in its nine-year history, the Warming Place, an overnight winter shelter for the homeless, was unable to open a few cold nights recently due to lack of volunteers. The Warming Place has about half the volunteers it had last year, and just a quarter of what it had the year before that, said Ed Elliott, who chairs the Warming Place board. “We’re way down.”

December 12, 2018 4:33 p.m. read more..

Gov. Brown reaches out to rural Oregon

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown was eager on the campaign trail to tell voters she would represent all regions of the state. “I’m the only candidate in this race with a track record of bringing Republicans and Democrats together, urban and rural Oregonians together, to tackle the problems facing Oregon,” Brown said during one debate. A month after her reelection, she is following through on that claim.

December 11, 2018 2:07 p.m. read more..

No. 3 Sherman takes out Damascus Christian

MORO – The Sherman Huskies defeated a pair of 2A schools earlier this season by large margins. Their first big test came in the form of Damascus Christian, a squad that was riding a four-game winning streak and sat atop the 1A rankings. Luke Martin scored 19 of his game-high 30 points in the second half and the duo of Keenan Coles and Wade Fields combined for 28 points to spearhead a 68-63 boys basketball win Saturday in Moro.

December 11, 2018 2:04 p.m. read more..

Redside boys and girls pull off tourney sweeps

For the first time since the 2015-2016 season, the South Wasco county boys basketball team earned a tournament championship after pulling wins against Crow, Mohawk and Camas Valley at the three-day Cougar Tournament ending Saturday in Crow. In Saturday’s title contest, SWC overcame foul difficulties and still managed to get a combined 53 points from Garrett Olson and Oscar Thomas to preserve a 59-40 victory over Camas Valley.

December 11, 2018 2:01 p.m. read more..

Hawks increase win total at Muilenburg

Last year, The Dalles scored 45 points and placed 16th out of 20 schools at the Muilenburg Wrestling Tournament in La Grande. This time around, the Riverhawks racked up 21 wins from eight different grapplers, 15 by pinfall, JR Scott and Mauricio Carrera each placed, and the team totaled 78 points for 13th place in the 18-team tournament.

December 11, 2018 2 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Hateful system

To the editor: One of the difficult responsibilities of a person who has been enlightened by the one truth is that he must testify against the current political system. The “system” is a dying patient. My wonderful politically-minded citizens do the same but they apply a different style

December 11, 2018 1:42 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Tribe right to build

To the editor: Decades after Celilo Falls was taken away for all time, we are finally making progress with restoring tribal housing. This Federal promise must not be disregarded, as so many have been. It is time to be honorable in our dealings with our neighbors. Since time immemorial, Celilo was the oldest continuously inhabited spot in the western United States, flooded in the name of “progress for all.”

December 11, 2018 1:42 p.m. read more..

Urgent care plans announced

The Bistro at Water’s Edge will be closed and the physical therapy gym space shifted around to make way for an urgent care clinic, Mid-Columbia Medical Center announced. Plans are to put the clinic where the physical therapy performance gym is now, on the south side of the first floor of the Water’s Edge facility.

December 11, 2018 1:33 p.m. read more..

Bill focuses on predation

Bipartisan legislation to protect endangered salmon and steelhead from sea lion predation has been passed by the U.S. Senate. “For too long, predatory sea lions have been taking an unhealthy chomp out of Oregon’s salmon and steelhead stocks,” said Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR).

December 11, 2018 1:32 p.m. read more..

Beloved teacher, choir director dies

Lloyd Walworth, a beloved retired high school choir teacher and founder of a community choir, died last Friday, Dec. 7, after a several-month battle with brain cancer. He was 72. “He’s a larger than life person,” said his widow, Diane Walworth.

December 11, 2018 1:30 p.m. read more..

A Festival of Trees

Community members turned out in force Saturday morning for the Community Day portion of the Festival of Trees, sponsored by Avenue Properties — The Gorge.

December 11, 2018 1:29 p.m. read more..

Gorge railroads topic of talk

Learn about the history of railroading in the Columbia River Gorge from Bill Burgel, former chief train dispatcher for Union Pacific, Friday, Jan. 25 at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. Tickets for the 6 p.m. dinner and program are $16, 7 p.m. program only, $5.

December 7, 2018 2:41 p.m. read more..


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