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Word on the street: What’s in a logo? a team’s spirit

Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn't do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another.

— Vince Lombardi

You know you’re from The Dalles if: What you’re talking about right now isn’t the state of affairs in the Middle East, the economy or the ebola outbreak in Africa, it’s team mascots. Quite a lively discussion is going on right now over at the “You know you’re from The Dalles if...” Facebook page in response to Victoria Osborne’s Chronicle article on the school board’s plan to decide on a logo for The Dalles High’s new mascot, the Riverhawks.

The response there is largely positive to the logo brought to the board June 26 by the school’s principal and athletic director. In the team’s crimson and gold colors, it depicts an osprey (aka riverhawk). It’s characteristic shaggy head is reminiscent of a chief’s headdress, thereby retaining a small remnant of the team’s past mascots. Trailing from one of the feathers is a meandering river.

You can weigh in before the July 10 board meeting on Facebook and with the Chronicle story online at

Yeehaw after hours: In honor of Fort Dalles Days and the Fort Dalles Pro Rodeo, The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours will be on Tuesday next week so it doesn’t conflict with the first day of rodeo action.

C.H. Urness Motor Co. is the host of the meet-and-greet event that runs from 5 to 7 p.m. They’ll host grubb over the campfire with Cousins, cold ones on draft from Clock Tower Ales, 50/50 chances with the pioneers in red and rewards for the wanted. So grab your boots and bandana and git along little dogies.

New at The Springs: The Springs Living senior housing company has a new community opoerations director serving The Springs at Mill Creek here in The Dalles and four other sites around the state, mostly in the metropolitan area.

Laura Larson’s responsibilities will include maintaining the level of service each community focuses on, aiming for highly satisfied and happy residents, qualified and capable employees and a relaxing, homelike environment.

Larson, a graduate of Umpqua Community College and Arizona State University, holds an assisted living administrator certification from the Oregon Health Care Association.

Her experience in the field dates back to 1983, and she is currently an approved state-mandated consultant for the State of Oregon, as well as a state-approved mentor trainer in the Oregon Intervention System & Positive Behavior Support.

PUD changes: Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District recently gained site plan approval for a new parking lot at 2400 River Road, on land the utility purchased from Northwest Aluminum. The plan requires quite a few details from the PUD, including a detailed lighting plan to limit light pollution, a drainage plan, a Delayed Development Agreement for public improvements on the site, among many other requirements.

The future of garbage: David Skakel of Tri-County Hazardous Waste is in the spotlight Thursday at the Chamber’s government affairs committee meeting. And, yes, he’ll be talking about the future of garbage. The breakfast meeting starts at 7 a.m. at The Barbecue Restaurant, 1013 W. Sixth St., in The Dalles.

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