Stories for August 2015


Monday, August 31


Saturday, August 29


Housing repair help available

Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation is currently accepting applications for the waitlist for a home repair program. Funding will be available through a Community Development Block Grant with no interest and deferred payment loans up to $30,000.

August 29, 2015 1:36 p.m. read more..

MCMC ‘tithes’ to charity

Nearly 40 local not-for-profit organizations were the beneficiaries of more than $52,000 in checks from Mid-Columbia Medical Center during an event celebrating the hospital’s unique community “tithing” program.

August 29, 2015 1:34 p.m. read more..

Young explorer

JULIET ISRAEL, 2, of The Dalles, explores the nooks and crannies of Tree Top Play Park at Sorosis Park in The Dalles Thursday.

August 29, 2015 12:28 p.m. read more..

Wind advisory issued for eastern Oregon, sections of Washington

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory and Blowing Dust Advisory for high winds in parts of central and eastern Oregon, and sections of Washington. Red Flag Warnings are in effect for the Central Mountains of Oregon, the Blue Mountains, the Columbia Basin, Wallowa County and Asotin County for gusty winds.

August 29, 2015 12:25 p.m. read more..

Friday, August 28


Thursday, August 27


Mountain visitor

A MOUNTAIN chickadee (Poecile gambeli) pulls a ripe seed from a sunflower in Wasco County Aug. 24.

August 27, 2015 12:44 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 26


Mayor calls for vet forum

When an almost 92-year-old veteran showed up at American Legion Post 19 earlier this month, members scrambled to find him a place to stay and help him access other services. Mayor Steve Lawrence, finance director for the post, said it became apparent during the ordeal that veteran groups needed to get better organized.

August 26, 2015 4:29 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 25


Letter to the editor: Good leadership

To the editor: I would like to recognize Sherman County Commissioner Mike Smith for his leadership, in developing an easy way to access internet Broadband to very rural counties by connecting to existing 911 systems for placing Internet antennas. It is a low-cost method of potentially bringing Internet access to millions of rural residents all over the USA. He is the first in the country to access this kind of innovative solution for rural residents who want to be “connected” to the Internet.

August 25, 2015 5 p.m. read more..

TD hiker found

PARKDALE — Lost hiker David Bullock of The Dalles was located Sunday, Aug. 22, and reported in good condition by the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office.

August 25, 2015 4:53 p.m. read more..

County goes live with eCourt Sept 14

asco, Hood River, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties are among those that will “go live” with an electronic court case management system Monday, Sept. 14.

August 25, 2015 4:52 p.m. read more..

Monday, August 24

Saturday, August 22

Friday, August 21


Wild water slide

CALEB PARSONS, 12, The Dalles, swoops down the water slide at the Northern Wasco County Aquatics Center Thursday afternoon. The new pool, which opened in June, will end its season on Labor Day, Sept. 7.

August 21, 2015 3:20 p.m. read more..

Thursday, August 20


Letter to the editor: TD needs roller rink

To the editor: Hi my name is Nevaeh and I just want to talk about fun things to do for kids like me. The community put in a new swimming pool and that was a good idea but some people don’t want to swim every day and don’t have the money. But what can we do during the winter? So I had an idea that we should get a roller skating rink.

August 20, 2015 12:04 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Ray is a 'river lion'

To the editor: After reading the article about Ray the sea lion I am enamoured with him. Now I am not a crazed animal rights activist nor am I a boat house owner who has to put up with his massive destructive size. I honestly feel like we should leave him alone, in the 4 years he’s been living in our area I haven’t heard of any major drop in salmon numbers or any stories of mass destruction due to his presence, outside of a drooping dock and occupied deck.

August 20, 2015 12:03 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 19


Tuesday, August 18


Monday, August 17


Saturday, August 15

Friday, August 14

Thursday, August 13

Nine miles of streets to be chip sealed

Street work will be starting the week of August 17 as The Dalles and Wasco County public works crews chip seal about nine miles of streets within the Urban Growth Boundary.

August 13, 2015 5:26 p.m. read more..

Warm Springs home burned

Rail Hollow fire contained UPDATE: Highway 26 has again been closed in the Warm Springs area, as of Thursday afternoon.

August 13, 2015 5:25 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 12


Tuesday, August 11


Commentary: Time to stop catastrophic wildfires, create jobs

Around Oregon and throughout the West, another fire season is well underway. Overstocked, diseased, and bug-infested forests are at risk of the massive and catastrophic wildfire that clog our air with smoke and threaten our streams. All this while our mills are starving for a reliable supply of timber and people need jobs.

August 11, 2015 4:43 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Babe Ruth thanks

To the editor: I would like to thank all the Babe Ruth volunteers who so graciously helped in hosting the 13-15 Pacific Northwest Regional Tournament. I have often been told by our National organization that Babe Ruth volunteers are the best in the nation. Given the 105 degree plus temperatures during the tournament these people proved the point and went way beyond the call of duty to get the job done.

August 11, 2015 4:41 p.m. read more..

Monday, August 10

Saturday, August 8

Faith matters: Uneasy? ‘Be a sign of hope to others’

Do you feel a sense of unease thinking about our world today? Thank God that He is waking you up to have "ears to hear and eyes to see" what is happening, and a chance to get ready...spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically. According to many prophetic voices, there is a Great Storm coming upon our country and our world, a chastisement for sin and a fiery cleansing of the earth.

August 8, 2015 5:44 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: City worth visiting

To the editor: Visiting The Dalles is always a special treat. Why do we go there? My sister and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. George McDonald, live there. We live in Orlando, Fla., and try to visit as often as we can.

August 8, 2015 5:20 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Fire support needed

To the editor: Honestly, the Dallesport Fire Department is one of the finest I have ever seen. Men and women donate their time and energy to benefit our community and sometimes they save a home or a life. This is amazing! We all benefit from their hard and dirty work!

August 8, 2015 5:17 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Google deal a lesson in reality

There is life the way you want it to be and then there is reality. A good example of that difference in outlook was on display this week at three public meetings. Citizens and government leaders weighed in on Google’s proposal for a third expansion of its holdings tied to another 15-year property tax break.

August 8, 2015 5:15 p.m. read more..

Veterans wanted at the fair

The Wasco County Fair theme, Aug. 13-16, is “Hometown Heroes” and the Oregon State Extension Service is seeking photos from members of 4-H or FFA who have served in the military for an exhibit.

August 8, 2015 9:37 a.m. read more..

Agency seeks foster parents

Next Door’s Foster Parent Recruiter, Amy Lindley, will host an informational open house on three different dates at Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, 1400 W. Eight Street in The Dalles.

August 8, 2015 9:36 a.m. read more..

Friday, August 7

Swimming for a cause

The Dalles Swim team participants took part in the fundraiser Dolphin Dive at the North Wasco County Aquatic Center last Friday in The Dalles.

August 7, 2015 11:39 a.m. read more..

Thursday, August 6

Letter to the editor: Foot path needed

To the editor: On July 1, within an hour’s time, over 40 cyclists and walkers signed a statement that they would regularly use a now overgrown portion of the Riverfront Trail to commute to work or appointments at Water’s Edge.

August 6, 2015 2:22 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: A culture of unity

To the editor: When our small community works together, we accomplish great things. Examples are the new swimming pool, the addition to the library and the Fourth of July celebration.

August 6, 2015 2:21 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Google brings support

To the editor: The Gorge Technology Alliance (GTA) works to promote the Columbia River Gorge as an excellent place to locate and operate businesses in the technology sector. Our beautiful region, including Wasco, Hood River, Sherman, Klickitat, and Skamania counties, is an attractive place for growing technology companies.

August 6, 2015 2:20 p.m. read more..

SHS class celebrates 50th reunion

The Sherman County High School Graduating Class of 1965 met at the Sherman Jr/Sr. High School on July 18 to celebrate their fiftieth class reunion. They enjoyed a catered lunch followed by a classmate’s program where they became kids again.

August 6, 2015 2:05 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 5


Campfires restricted in state parks

State Park campfire restrictions are in place in the Columbia Gorge, middle and southern portions of the Willamette Valley, on southern Oregon coastal beaches, and a few locations east of the Cascades.

August 5, 2015 2:41 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 4

One final stand

The Dalles’ 13-15 All Stars open eyes with 3-2 overall record, semifinals berth

August 4, 2015 1:39 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Proud of health care

To the editor: This week (August 9-15) is National Health Center Week, and the Gorge should be proud to have its own community health center — with sites in Hood River and The Dalles, serving members of Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Skamania and Klickitat Counties. Like other federally-supported health centers, One Community Health (formerly known as La Clinica del Cariño) makes the costs of care affordable, with the quality of care as good as any one finds in private practices – and studies prove it.

August 4, 2015 12:46 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Google growth great

To the editor: The Gorge Technology Alliance (GTA) works to promote the Columbia River Gorge as an excellent place to locate and operate businesses in the technology sector. Our beautiful region, including Wasco, Hood River, Sherman, Klickitat, and Skamania counties, is an attractive place for growing technology companies. The Gorge is home to multiple broadband and telecommunications services that provide the infrastructure diversity for tech companies to do their jobs, and some of the best recreation and scenery in the country for employees and their families to enjoy.

August 4, 2015 12:45 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Google helps youth

To the editor: If you have children in school or follow education in the news, you probably hear a lot about “STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). And for good reason. People working in these industries typically earn twice the median wage ($30 per hour) than the average across other sectors ($16 per hour). Even more, one out of every nine jobs in Oregon is STEM-related — and that figure is growing. That is why providing quality STEM education for Oregon’s students is critical.

August 4, 2015 12:44 p.m. read more..

Monday, August 3


Saturday, August 1

Letter to the editor: A govt. for the people

To the editor: Last week I listened in on a national conference call with U.S. Rep. John Delaney of Maryland who discussed the Open Our Democracy Act, HR 2655, which he recently introduced. The call was convened and hosted by Jackie Salit, President of, the largest association of independent voters in the country of which I’m a part. On the call, we got the inside scoop on this important legislation.

August 1, 2015 1:57 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Benefit for women

To the editor: I’d like to send out a big THANK YOU to Fort Dalles Rodeo Association for once again, hosting a spectacular rodeo here in The Dalles! It was amazing to watch the Fort Dalles Rodeo Association and its many volunteers come together to provide fun, family entertainment for our community. It is encouraging to see so many organizations come out to support the event.

August 1, 2015 1:56 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Rodeo generosity

To the editor: While attending The Dalles Rodeo, I wore my favorite The Dalles Lion’s Club baseball cap. I have many hats, but this one I will choose before even my University of Oregon hat. Sometime after the National Anthem, I noticed my hat was missing. I desperately retraced my steps but could not find it. I checked on the way out at the gate for any lost and found items that may include my lost white cap with the lion’s logo. No luck.

August 1, 2015 1:55 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Fulfilling God’s law

To the editor: Homosexuality is the Emperor’s New Clothes. You have to see homosexuality as wonderful or you are unfit for your position or you are stupid or you are incompetent! Does a child have to tell you the truth? If you investigate the role of fathers and their children’s homosexuality you’ll find that their relationship wasn’t good (maybe only as perceived by the child). I leave it to you to get online and investigate what is meant by good in this situation. Actually, many if not most societal problems are caused by fathers’ failures. True Christians don’t believe homosexuals or anyone else should be harassed — that’s nonsense. Asking true disciples of Christ, though, to support a homosexual marriage is like asking a Muslim to draw a picture of the prophet Muhammed. I presume you wouldn’t consider doing that.

August 1, 2015 1:54 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: It’s about fair share

To the editor: I think Rep. Huffman’s political barometer was acting up a bit when he decided to support the proposed Google Tax Abatement. When I explain to folks how the enterprise zone that worked so well to get Google to set roots here and excused them of several hundred million dollars of property tax is being offered for a third time, people are thinking it is time for Google to start paying their fair share.

August 1, 2015 1:51 p.m. read more..

Editorial: ‘Forced marriage’ comes with baggage

The Fourth of July celebration may be heading for fireworks of a different type. Skunked by extremely hot weather, the Fort Dalles Fourth Committee sold fewer concert tickets and hot dogs than expected. It came up $5,000 short, and asked the city to cover it.

August 1, 2015 1:47 p.m. read more..

WWII stories from the Columbia River

he Oregon Historical Society and the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center present “Oregon Transformed: World War II Stories on the Columbia River,” Thursday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. An optional dinner preceeds to the program at 6 p.m.

August 1, 2015 1:40 p.m. read more..

TD woman missing in Troutlake area

TROUT LAKE, Wash. (AP) — Search and rescue teams on Friday were looking for an 87-year-old Oregon woman from The Dalles who went missing while picking huckleberries near Trout Lake in southwest Washington.

August 1, 2015 1:34 p.m. read more..

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