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April 13

20 Years Ago-1994

Up to 24 layoffs – 14 from the sheriff’s office alone – are being contemplated in budget talks at Wasco County. With a $2.3 million budget, the 46-employee sheriff’s office is by far the largest in the county’s $9 million general fund, which also includes offices like the treasurer, assessor, clerk and planning. With a looming $866,000 overall county budget shortfall, all county departments were asked to create scenarios for diminished budgets. Sheriff Art Labrousee was asked to present scenarios of what his department would look like with a minimum of a $450,000 loss. One scenario was closing the antiquated, inadequate 20-bed jail, which is an inefficient, expensive operation – the most costly in the state – because of requirements stemming from a court decree. The other scenario is keeping the 18-staff jail open, but paring down the law enforcement section to just five or six employees, Labrousee said.

More than 23 people will lose their jobs if The Dalles School Board adopts a budget submitted by District 12 administration. Reductions of $875,896 and the elimination of 23.6 staff members in The Dalles School District are both part of a $11.7 million general fund budget being reviewed by the D-12 budget committee. That proposed budget calls for 22.1 general fund staff reductions, including teachers and aides. The total staff reduction will be 23.6, which comes on top of this year’s 36.5 staff cuts. Major proposed staff reductions include the assistant superintendent position, plus part time secretarial and office assistant positions district wide; 1.5 teaching positions and three other positions.

40 Years Ago-1974

The Dalles Port commissioners approved a long range sewer plan for Port of The Dalles properties at their meeting Monday night. They agreed to submit the plans to the Department of Environmental Quality for approval. The ultimate plan is to hook up with the Dalles City sewer system, but that might be as much as ten years away. This idea has to go to the city for approval. The port has to get bids on a temporary sewer system to serve the Mt. Fir chipping mill, but they first have to get a DEQ okay on this system. DEQ has tentatively approved this interim system.

All of the testimony favored a community college for the Dalles area at the State Board of Education’s public hearing here Wednesday night. Both young and old said they believe education is one of the answers to many social and economic ills in this area. The County Court room at the courthouse was not large enough to hold the people who turned out for the hearing, which was conducted by Carrol deBroekerl, associate superintendent for the state board. The proceeding were recorded, and a report to the board is expected either April 19 or May 17.

60 Years Ago-1954

Water consumption is increasing in The Dalles as the city enters the yard irrigation season, Water Supt. Frank Johnson reported today. The increase in consumption became noticeable last week, he said, and more water is being tapped from the watershed. Meanwhile, the trunk water line from the new Sorosis reservoir to the easterly half of the city is nearing completion and is expected to be ready for use sometime next week. The new line will relieve the low pressure problem in the easterly fringe of the city that has compelled alternate-day yard irrigation during past spring and summer seasons. Drilling of the new well at 13th and Jordan Streets is proceeding at a slow but steady pace.

Importance of achieving the 200-pint quota at the next Red Cross blood drawing, set for May 10, was emphasized here last night. Representatives of many civic and social groups of The Dalles area gathered at the Girl Scout Lodge last night to discuss filling the quota and heard Dr. Victor Mills and Dr. John Skirving tell how the blood supplies are used in this county. Mrs. L.A. Littleton, service chairman of the Wasco County Red Cross blood program, told the group that over 800 pints of blood were used in the county last year while about 930 pints were collected here.

80 Years Ago-1934

Dairymen of this district will operate in “close harmony” with the Oregon milk control board in eliminating trade practices not consistent with the board’s orders, it was decided at a meeting here yesterday of Waco County milk distributors, producers and store dealers. Organization of the Wasco County Dairy association was completed and George Barker, Frank Hunsicker, Paul Agigius, L.E. Emerson and John Broer, all of The Dalles, were chosen as directors. The directors were planning to meet again tonight to elect permanent officers for the association. According to the by-laws adopted at the meeting, the objects of the association shall be to encourage better and more economical methods of production and distribution of fluid milk, to work in close harmony with the Oregon milk control board, to eliminate trade abuses not consistent with good business and in violation of the orders of the board, and to act as a clearing house for the associations’ members on any reported violations of state law or control board orders.

The Dalles has been chosen as the place where the U.S. army board of engineers will conduct its hearing into the advisability of immediate construction of ship docks in the Bonneville Dam, and dredging a deep water channel in the Columbia River between the dam and Vancouver Washington. Local proponents of the sea locks were informed this morning by Major Charles F. Williams, district engineer at Portland, that The Dalles has been chosen for the hearing.

100 Years Ago-1914

Sam Small, the interesting humorist, lecturer and author, who will lecture in the Vogt theatre tonight at 8 o’clock, is a man of exceptional attainments. He was born in Knoxville, Tenn., a city which his family forbears founded. He was graduated with high honors from Emory and Henry college in Virginia and after admission to the bar in Tennessee became private secretary to ex-President Andrew Johnson and followed that statesman’s political fortunes to the United States senate. He is one of the best known and one of the best trained journalists, being for many years editor of a leading southern newspaper, and attained national prominence during the years he was with the noted Atlanta Constitution.

Coroner Burget and his jurors, who have been thoroughly investigating the explosion on the Dalles-Celilo canal works, which killed four last Wednesday, will resume and conclude their probe this evening. The climax of all the testimony regarding the unusual number of missed fired holes which have been discovered on the big project was the sensational evidence furnished the inquisitorial body Saturday afternoon when R.S. Morris, steam shovel engineer, swore that in one day he had unearthed at least 20 missed holes. Any one of these holes contained enough powder to have caused a fatal explosion like that of last week, had the shovel struck the exploder.


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