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Looking back, June 9

June 9

20 Years Ago-1993

A fund-raising drive to raise $142,664 help fund athletics and activities in The Dalles School District was officially launched on Monday, but that drive began with $55,025 already pledged. Those pledges are from employees and physicians at Mid Columbia Medical Center, MCMC President Mark Scott, who is serving as a spokesman for The Dalles School District no. 12 Activities Foundation, said that solicitors will begin approaching others in the community within a few days. The total cost of funding activities and athletics at the high school and middle school is $384,445, including transportation. Scott said each business in town should think of the long term viability of its business as it relates to having an excellent school district with broad-based academics, activities and sports. He said it would be devastating to every business in the community of programs at D-12 schools continue to be downsized. He said families would not stay in a district where these programs are not offered.

Construction costs of the Oregon Trail Living History Exhibit at Crate’s Point are the cause of the $200,000 plus budget deficit at The Dalles Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. The CVB budgeted $411,077 for building the interpretive park. The real cost, the CVB board heard last night, is about $594,535, said City Manager William Elliott.

40 Years Ago-1973

Shad are passing over the fish ladders of Columbia River dams in record numbers but whether the season itself will produce a new record for this species of fish will not be know until latter. The Portland District Corps of Engineers reported a shad run of 116,000 at Bonneville Dam for May, highest since the agency started its regular fish count in 1938. The fish continued coming in such numbers that by June 6, the Bonneville tally had soared to 209,719. The count at The Dalles Dam on that date was 170, 508.

City police are investigating the burglaries of two local businesses over the weekend as well as two other incidents of possible theft. The Ski Establishment was the other local firm hit, with that break-in occurring between 9:30 and 11:20 pm on Sunday. A front door of the establishment was kicked in, breaking the lock, and a Mizutani bike valued at $260 was taken from where it had been hanging in the window. A tire pump that goes with the bike was left behind.

60 Years Ago-1953

A stepped-up effort to arrange for government removal of the Terrace Gardens housing project from the site of the new grade-junior high school was initiated at a special meeting last night of the District 12 school board. Concern was expressed because the Public Housing Administration still has not acknowledged a letter asking for removal of the housing project from the district-owned track on E. 12th street.

The district plans to call for bids this summer for construction of the new school, for which a $785,000 bond issue was approved May 19.

Dalles City Police were wearing new summer uniforms today—a standard uniform being adopted by police departments around the state. The uniform consists of a light blue shirt with dark epaulets and the insignia in gold thread: “Dalles City Police,” on the left shoulder, plus dark blue trousers with a light blue stripe.

80 Years Ago-1933

Petitions for the recall of county Judge F.L. Phipps and Commissioner George Chamberlain of Mosier were circulated in The Dalles today sponsored by members of the Wasco County Unemployment association and the DuNord Club. The recall move against the two county court commissioners is the outgrowth of demands by the unemployment group to rotate state highway and county road work and to pay the workers in cash instead of one-third cash and two-thirds provisions.

The move also is seeking the reduction of county expenses, principally by the slashing of the salary paid the county road master or the elimination of the office entirely.

Judge Fred W. Wilson today refused to hang a sign saying “trials and decisions mean nothing here” on the courthouse door when he sentenced Les Holt, Shaniko fiddler to pay a fine of $387.70, the cost of his trial, or serve the sentence out in the county jail.

“The court either has to be a court or nothing, Judge Wilson said. “We either are institutions of power or we might as well not function. Holt was given until today to secure the fine. He reported to the court his morning, through his attorney, Frank G. Dick, he had been unable to secure the funds.

100 Years Ago-1913

With a deliberation and slowness that was almost majestic, 15 steel dump cars belonging to the Oregon-Washington Railroad & Navigation Company, this afternoon, slid into the water which has partially filled the hole between the main-line tracks and service tracks.

Women of The Dalles will not only have their first opportunity to cast their ballots at the polls a week from today, but they will also have the privilege of voting for a member of their own sex if they care to do so. Mrs. W. A. Bell, wife of the district attorney, has consented to become a candidate for the office of school director.


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