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October 12

20 Years Ago-1994

Though The Dalles is better than most at collecting traffic fines and ambulance fees, it has room for improvement, an audit concluded. The audit recommended the city send uncollected fines and fees – which total over $550,000 right now – to a collection agency. That recommendation was just one of three minor criticisms contained in the audit, which awarded the city its third consecutive “unqualified opinion,” the highest rating possible. The three specific criticisms received was two more than last year, but far fewer than the nearly 30 received three years ago. The auditors check the city’s internal accounting controls and review its books, said Finance Manager Don Gower. They are looking both for actual errors, or signs the internal controls may not be able to catch all future errors.

Enabling students to offer their time and talent to others in community service is one of the goals at St. Mary’s Academy. For many years, St. Mary’s has had an afterschool program called Sunshine Smilers. Those students, Kindergarten through Seventh Grade, who choose to be a part of this group, visit Columbia Basin on a weekly basis in the fall and in the spring. This affords the opportunity for intergenerational activities and relationships. The students walk to Columbia Basin, spend about a half hour with their friends and walk back to school by about 3:45. The program is able to function due to the generous help of Colleen Ballinger.

40 Years Ago-1974

Remodeling and refinishing at Chenowith Middle School items that could cost District 9 some money—although not much in either case—were among the topics during the calmer sessions of the school board meeting Thursday night. Most of the attention was directed toward the facts committee reports on consolidation studies, but before that the work and other problems at the Middle School occupied a prominent place on the agenda. One of these reports, made by curriculum coordinator Denny Peterson, included the obituary of the skating program that has been held for several years at the middle school. The skate committee has announced it will no longer hold that program. However, part of their agreement had been to refinish the school gym. They have approximately $1,100 in that fund but a quote on the job put that project at around $1,600. Peterson felt the board should get other bids, but if they aren’t lower, the job could cost the district some money. Later, it was indicated the skate group has total resources of around $1,300 and may give it all to refinishing the gym.

September shipping through The Dalles Lock was down 61,000 tons over last year and freight is down 6000,000 for the year through September. Up bound freight was all petroleum products except 21,903 tons listed as miscellaneous. The Dalles handled 100,698 tons unbound. 16,853 tons down bound. Down bound freight was grain except for 895 tons of miscellaneous. There were 119 lockages with 106 commercial towboats, 289 barges, 20 pleasure crafts, and 10 miscellaneous crafts through the dam.

60 Years Ago-1954

The Dalles chamber of Commerce yesterday voted approval for a water fluoridation program here. Its resolution requests Dalles City council to draw up a plan for adding fluoride to city water to reduce tooth decay. The chamber will also help support the measure by publicity if necessary, it was decided. Dr. Victor D. Mills, who heads the chamber’s public health committee, said there will probably be organized opposition here, as in other Oregon cities, by some religious groups to fluoridation. But, he pointed out, the Mid-Columbia Dental Society has given full support to the plan. Dr. Mills read a letter from the Oregon Board of Health which “strongly urges” fluoridation of water in cities of the state. The National Dental Society has approved the method also, Dr. Mills explained.

Formation of a family counselling clinic under the direction of Donald Derby of the Oregon Mental Health Association was announced today. There will be no charge for the service, which is offered by a group of local ministers, physicians, attorneys and businessmen. A counselors will be available for personal conferences each Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. in a room of the county courthouse provided by the Wasco County Court. Those serving as counselors are doing so in the hope that those who have domestic or other problems may be aided by such counseling, the announcement said.

80 Years Ago-1934

A public demonstration of modern firefighting methods, as a means of acquainting Dalles residents with the manner in which the local fire department operates will be staged Thursday night at 8 o’clock at Third and Federal Streets it was announced today by Chief L.L. Mohr. The city’s new pumper truck will be used in some of the demonstrations. First on the program will be a demonstration with and without the pumper by Squad 1, under the direction of Captain R. F. Brace. Two 100-foot lines will be laid from a hydrant, using hydrant pressure, and then two 100-foot lines will be laid from the pumper. The second event will be a demonstration of booster pumps, under the direction of C. H. Lowry. Both the light and heavy trucks will be used, with explanations given as to procedure.

The last cards in the hands of The Dalles having been played in the tournament with the state highway commission to decide whether routes L-1, L-2, L-3, L-4 and sometimes X, Y and Z shall be used as the new west entrance to the city, city officials and business interest leaned back today awaiting the commission’s next move. Figures estimates, pros and cons, whys, wherefores and whereas’ s were batted back and forth for something like five hours at Tuesday’s session, after the locals had cooled their heels on the veranda at Hotel Dalles for 60 minutes awaiting the arrival of the opposing team. Impassioned pleas on the part of leading businessmen not to condemn The Dalles to the status of a one through-street town fell on deaf ears as the commission engineers proved with a pocket ruler that it was only one inch further from a proposed extension of third Street to L-1 than it was to L-3, and that if a “Y” was going to be built anyhow, “Y” not build it that much further, or 550 feet in real distance.

100 Years Ago-1914

All teachers in Wasco County have been offered assistance from the University of Oregon in covering the required work from the new State Reading list, the offer having just been received at the office of County Superintendent of Schools C. T. Bonney.

The superintendent, under section 24 of the school laws of Oregon for 1913, may not register any teacher until he is satisfied that at least one of the state reading list books has been covered. The state university suggests that because of pressure of other work county superintendents may find supervision of this sort difficult. It has therefore prepared study helps, and is ready to assist the superintendent and the teachers in any of several ways.

Contracts have been awarded by the directors of the school district number 12 for the partial furnishing of the new high school building.

Twelve bids were opened and there were representatives of seven companies present at the meeting which was held last Friday evening. The Northwest School Furniture Company of Portland was awarded the contracts to furnish 420 opera chairs for the auditorium at $2.10 each, and 180 folding chairs at $12.85 per dozen. Haywood Brothers & Wakefield of Portland will furnish 50 tablet arm chairs for the lecture and commercial department use at $3.05 each. The Savage-Scofiled Company of Tacoma is to supply slate blackboards at 24 4-10 cents per square foot.


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