Stories for April 2015


Thursday, April 30


Letter to the editor: Hats off to Chamber

To the editor: Hats off to the The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce. The best Cherry Festival ever! Great parade with bands and people from all over. You did a great Job in putting this together. So many things to do and see.

April 30, 2015 4 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Thank you, Dufur

To the editor: The Oregon Rally Group, on behalf of the Oregon Trail Rally, would like to extend its thanks and gratitude to the people of Wasco County, and particularly Dufur, for their continued support of our event. This year, we had over 50 competitor teams participate in the rally in Dufur, along with several hundred team support staff and event volunteers. The rally was a huge success, and continues to be a huge draw for both competitors and fans around the county.

April 30, 2015 3:59 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Any new refinery must internalize costs

The following editorial appeared last week in the East Oregonian regarding a proposed oil refinery on the West Coast: Does it make sense to build a new oil refinery on the banks of the Columbia River in Longview, Wash., especially one that will be supplied with crude oil via rail? No, but this answer is not quite so clear cut as environmental advocates make it seem. Riverside Energy Inc. indicates it is looking into several locations in Oregon and Washington for a new West Coast refinery that would turn crude oil — likely from the Bakken field of North Dakota and Alberta — into gasoline and other products. The company says it is far from firmly settled on Longview, though its very name — Riverside — suggests that a facility based on Columbia River transportation and water may be a fundamental aspect of its business plan.

April 30, 2015 3:57 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, April 29


Tuesday, April 28


Grass fire

Crews from Mid Columbia Fire and Rescue and Dallesport responded to the 4600 block of Orchard Road on a report of a grass fire at 5:45 p.m. April 26. The fire was knocked down and controlled quickly. Property owner advised she returned home and noticed the fire. The cause is unknown.

April 28, 2015 12:42 p.m. read more..

Saturday, April 25


Looking Back, April 26

April 26 20 Years Ago-1995 An agreement signed Tuesday by the Northern Wasco County PUD earns it a $3 million settlement from the Bonneville Power Administration, after the federal agency terminated its agreement to build the McNary Dam Hydroelectric project.

April 25, 2015 1:12 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Google article humor

To the editor: I must admit that I look forward to the occasional articles on Google that are published in The Chronicle. I find them humorous and always good for a laugh. In particular the statement from Scott Hege in regards to the $800,000 Google is paying out instead of taxes. Supposedly twice as much as anyone else is paying.

April 25, 2015 12:54 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Cruelty is disgusting

To the editor: Details in The Chronicle of the senseless injury inflicted upon a helpless cat are deeply troubling. How anyone can view torturing an innocent, voiceless victim and then leaving it to die a slow, agonizing death is beyond my understanding. Such cruelty is disgusting, reprehensible and criminal.

April 25, 2015 12:53 p.m. read more..

Proud Graduate

AMBER ASHLEY, above right, graduated from Family Dependency Court on Tuesday, April 7. Family Dependency Court is a program developed to help participants achieve total abstinence from substance abuse and to promote self-sufficiency and return the participant to the community as a productive and responsible citizen. The program is voluntary and a personal choice. One year ago Amber Ashley made the choice to get clean and be reunited with her daughter. She celebrated her graduation from the program with many friends and family members who attended to show their support for a job well done. Judge Janet L. Stauffer, left, presided.

April 25, 2015 12:49 p.m. read more..

Friday, April 24


Thursday, April 23


Wednesday, April 22


Letter to the editor: Thanks for support

To the editor: Flagstone Senior Living would like to thank MCMC’s Spiritual Health Center for their recent support as we grieved the passing of a number of cherished residents in our Memory Care Unit.

April 22, 2015 4:58 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Big and little Jesus

To the editor: Most people believe in Jesus. Some believe he was an influential person in history. Some believe he was a prophet, but second to another, later, wiser, voice. Some are very religious about their belief and put up Christmas lights and Nativity scenes.

April 22, 2015 4:57 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Google’s fair share

To the editor: Google is good for our town. I think most would agree with that statement, but there are many who have concerns about how the tax abatements work and whether our city/county/state is receiving a fair tax revenue stream from the new data storage center.

April 22, 2015 4:55 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Mayor, give the chamber its due!

It has been bewildering to watch The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence attempt to wring measurable tourism outcomes from the work plan presented the last two years by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce.

April 22, 2015 4:30 p.m. read more..

Schwartz backs health district

Volunteer Kathy Schwartz, asked by Wasco County to help study public health delivery options, believes a public health district is the best way to go and hopes to convince the county of it.

April 22, 2015 3:32 p.m. read more..

Historic Chinese Building open for tour

Thanks to its relocation to First Street, the Northwest Cherry Festival this year offers a rare glimpse into a little known era of local history: that of the Chinese settlement in The Dalles dating back to the 1880s.

April 22, 2015 3:05 p.m. read more..

Festival includes sport lineup

While many patrons of the Northwest Cherry Festival will be watching the parade and seeking out the carnival and stage entertainment, there will also be plenty for sports fans to see.

April 22, 2015 3 p.m. read more..

2015 Northwest Cherry Festival

In its 36th year, the Northwest Cherry Festival will look a little different in 2015 as it moves to First Street. Expanding to three days, the festival will officially begin Friday, April 24, at 2 p.m. with a tribute to the community, but events surrounding the festival stretch out over a week.

April 22, 2015 2:53 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, April 21


Saturday, April 18


Friday, April 17


Thursday, April 16


Wednesday, April 15

Gerding to lead Columbia Basin

Geoff Gerding took a long and winding route and now he’s right where he belongs. “I always wanted to work in long-term care,” said Gerding, the new executive director of Columbia Basin Care Facility, the only not-for-profit skilled nursing facility in The Dalles. Founded in 1964, Columbia Basin has been in service to the community for over 50 years.

April 15, 2015 4:47 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, April 14


Saturday, April 11


Top Dog!

TD border terrier knocks top-ranked rival off first-place platform at famous show

April 11, 2015 11:06 a.m. read more..

Friday, April 10


Thursday, April 9


Wednesday, April 8


Tuesday, April 7


Saturday, April 4


Letter to the editor: Fireworks important

To the editor: I am writing to you in order to voice my words of the importance in regards to the Fourth of July fireworks display. As a child who grew up in The Dalles, the fireworks display is one of my many fondest memories.

April 4, 2015 4:36 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Following the rules

To the editor: Some have called into question the value of certain types of investigations done at the behest of the Office of The District Attorney. Oregon law provides that prosecution of crime is about accountability, reformation, deterrence and responsibility for one’s actions.

April 4, 2015 4:36 p.m. read more..

Good Friday

Setting the stage for Easter Sunday, The Last Days of Jesus Pageant re-enacted the trial and crucifixion of Jesus Friday night starting on the Wasco County courthouse steps and progressing to The Dalles Wasco County Library for the crucifixion scene. The burial scene followed at First Christian Church, where the resurrection scene will also be held Easter Sunday at 8 a.m.

April 4, 2015 4:23 p.m. read more..

Friday, April 3


Thursday, April 2


Wednesday, April 1

A holistic approach to essentials

When it comes to natural health products, Amanada Ramey doesn’t need to tell you she has a passion for them, it’s evident in every word she says. “I’ve seen the difference it makes in my families health,” she explains. “I want food like my grandparents ate.”

April 1, 2015 5:05 p.m. read more..

Majestic Moment

AN ALL-AMERICAN photo with a scenic view of Mount Hood was taken March 29 by Kylee VanOrman-Ruby at the VanOrman Ranch on Roberts Market Road.

April 1, 2015 4:24 p.m. read more..

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