Stories for July 2015


Friday, July 31


Thursday, July 30


Letter to the editor: New record system

To the editor: Next week, the five Mid-Columbia Outpatient Clinics will begin converting to a new electronic health record system. We believe this upgrade will help us work more efficiently and effectively. The new system will also give our patients access to their own health information through an online portal called My Chart.

July 30, 2015 12:23 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Ghastly mistake

To the editor: You made a ghastly mistake in placing the dark black “Sex Abuser...’ headline above the picture of the honorable young man ( Fritz) who is battling Tourette’s syndrome, in your July 22 2015 issue. At first glance especially when the paper is folded, it looks like he is the perpetrator. What a thoughtless and inconsiderate layout.

July 30, 2015 12:22 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, July 29

Letters lead police to Eugene

EUGENE (AP) — A Eugene area man was detained for questioning and then released late Tuesday in connection with suspicious letters that were sent to 24 county sheriff’s offices, two Portland TV stations reported.

July 29, 2015 11:52 a.m. read more..

Civic chat

Community members, businesses, faith-based organization leadership and representatives from civic groups are invited to a discussion about building volunteerism and promoting citizen engagement in area events.

July 29, 2015 11:50 a.m. read more..

Help wanted

Organizers of the annual Pig Bowl competition between law enforcement agencies in the Mid-Columbia are are seeking a family or individual to raise money for at the 2015 event, which takes place in September.

July 29, 2015 11:49 a.m. read more..

Sunshine in The Dalles

Early morning sun bathes the Sunshine Mill at the east end of The Dalles Wednesday morning. High today is predicted to reach 100 degrees, 106 on Thursday and 107 on Friday. Temperatures are expected to remain in the triple digits through the weekend.

July 29, 2015 11:48 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, July 28


Letter to the editor: Proud of police dept.

To the editor: As I hear about national cop abuse of power the more proud I am our Police Department. Over the 4th of July weekend they and the Sheriff's Office handled 78 calls, most involving excessive drinking. Angry drunks are so unpredictable and prone to excessive violence that I cannot imagine stepping in to stop it. They didn't choke hold anyone, shoot a minority, use excessive force or haul people in on trumped up charges.

July 28, 2015 2:02 p.m. read more..

Monday, July 27

Saturday, July 25


Letter to the editor: Awesome article

To the editor: I would like to thank The Chronicle for the awesome article about Travis Fritz. He is a wonderful young man who, in his young life, has overcome many obstacles. It is great to know that he has finally gotten the recognition that he so richly deserves.

July 25, 2015 1:45 p.m. read more..

Friday, July 24


Poker fund

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES with Military Heroes Vice President Hal Woods receives a $6,600 check from Cristie Amaral, director of the Maupin Chamber of Commerce.

July 24, 2015 2:49 p.m. read more..

Fire: Be ready to roll!

The single most important thing a resident of Wasco County can do to prepare for an emergency is to sign up for the Citizen Alert program

July 24, 2015 2:37 p.m. read more..

Thursday, July 23


Wednesday, July 22

Impact on a small scale

Small-­scale agriculture will be the focus of a presentation by Kristy Athens, an outreach specialist with the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District in Wallowa County, Saturday, Aug. 22, 4 p.m. at the Hood River Library.

July 22, 2015 4:31 p.m. read more..

Home Watch accredited

AOK Home Watch of Hood River, which provides absentee homeowner services, has been named an accredited member of the National Home Watch Association. Anita Ozols, owner of AOK Home Watch, has over a decade of experience working in vacation rentals, property management, and homeowner associations, and now concentrates on running the Hood River operation.

July 22, 2015 4:27 p.m. read more..

BPA offers new history DVD

The Bonneville Power Administration is offering another free DVD of historical films related to public power in the early years.

July 22, 2015 4:21 p.m. read more..

Huffman looks back at 2015 legislature

The Oregon Legislature adjourned its 2015 session a little more than two weeks ago and Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, is pleased about making progress on several issues despite his party’s minority status.

July 22, 2015 4:18 p.m. read more..

Sex abuser gets 20 years

A man from The Dalles was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday for sexually abusing two teen males who were close family friends of his. The incidents were 12 years apart.

July 22, 2015 4:11 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, July 21


Rodeo Parade

THE FORT Dalles Days and Rodeo parade works its way east on Second Street downtown The Dalles Saturday, July 18.

July 21, 2015 11:52 a.m. read more..

Monday, July 20


Saturday, July 18


Letter to the editor: Larger than what? Bacteria?

To the editor: I just received my new Century Link phone book for the Columbia Gorge. It proclaims that it has larger print. That made me happy since I could not read the last phone book without a magnifying glass.

July 18, 2015 3:21 p.m. read more..

Chronicle nets 15 state, national awards

The Dalles Chronicle has scored 14 state and national editorial and photography awards and a top spot in graphic design. Eleven awards were presented Thursday to publisher Marilyn Roth at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association conference at Salishan Lodge in Gleneden Beach.

July 18, 2015 3:13 p.m. read more..

Friday, July 17

Time to trim trees

The City of The Dalles is asking residents to check the condition of trees and shrubs that extend over sidewalks, streets and alleys

July 17, 2015 1:44 p.m. read more..

Thursday, July 16


Wednesday, July 15


Whooping cough outbreak in TD

The Dalles has an unwelcome guest this summer that goes by the formal name of Bordatella pertussis, but most people just call it whooping cough.

July 15, 2015 4:12 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, July 14


Letter to the editor: Water rates unfair

To the editor: I was pleased to see the city is taking a look at the water rates. I think it is probably good to look at other cities but, as the mayor says, it is hard to make comparisons — every city is different. The way the water rates are currently calculated in The Dalles is not fair.

July 14, 2015 3 p.m. read more..

Free museum admission July 18

The Fort Dalles Museum is offering free admission as part of Fort Dalles Days Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Surgeon’s Quarters, Antique Vehicle Buildings, and the Anderson House and Barn will all be opened to visitors.

July 14, 2015 2:58 p.m. read more..

Flea market supports National Guard

A flea market will take place Sunday, July 19, to support The Dalles and Hood River National Guard. The event is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot behind Klindt’s bookstore and west of the Wasco County Veterans Service office. Donations can be taken to the second floor office of Fort Dalles Readiness Center this week during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

July 14, 2015 2:54 p.m. read more..

Missing Person: TD, Wasco County citizen alert

Missing: 63 year old Hispanic female, Lucia Flores. Last seen in the area of Reservoir Road, The Dalles. Wearing a pink shirt, black pants, pink shoes, carrying a black bag and blue Walmart bag. She has been missing since approximately 4 PM, Monday, July 13th. Residents living in the area of Reservoir Road are urged to check their property, including outbuildings. Please call 541-296-5454 if seen.

July 14, 2015 2:37 p.m. read more..

Grass fires sparked along Highway 197

A member of the Mid Columbia Rural Fire Protection District runs a hose out as he fights a grass and brush fire on Highway 197 south of The Dalles at milepost three Tuesday, July 14 in the afternoon. Fires were also reported at milepost 4, Eight Mile Road and Boyd Loop Road, at their junction with Highway 197.

July 14, 2015 1:01 p.m. read more..

Monday, July 13

Saturday, July 11


Fort Dalles Days event schedule, 2015

Fort Dalles Days is July 10-19 in The Dalles, with lots of family-friendly activities scheduled, including the Fort Dalles Days NPRA Pro Rodeo July 16-18 and Summerfest July 18.

July 11, 2015 3:54 p.m. read more..

Friday, July 10


Thursday, July 9


Letter to the editor: Kudos to ODFW

To the editor: While I agree with Mr. Summer’s ‘Hats off to ODFW (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)’ for purchasing the land on Tygh Ridge/breaks of the Deschutes, I feel differently about what it should mean.

July 9, 2015 3 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Wasting time, fuel in Biggs

To the editor: This past week I followed a semi down Highway 97 from Wasco about 11 a.m. No vehicles ahead of us. I arrived at Biggs Junction with all of the new wide turning lanes and double lanes on both access ramps off of I-84.

July 9, 2015 2:59 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Thanks for service

To the editor: Linda Brown, Wasco County Clerk retired on June 30. I want to express my appreciation for Linda Brown’s loyal service to the people of Wasco County. She served over three and one-half decades and always had the interests of the people first in her mind.

July 9, 2015 2:57 p.m. read more..

Hot weather, cool river

A POWER boat serves double duty as a diving platform on the Columbia River offshore from The Dalles Marina Wednesday afternoon as swimmers seek relief from a high of 102 degrees.

July 9, 2015 2:52 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, July 8


Wheat fire

CREWS FROM Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue mop up a fire in a wheat field along Benson Road, south of The Dalles.

July 8, 2015 5:28 p.m. read more..

Officers race to ‘fireworks’

The spectacular display of pyrotechnics at The Dalles waterfront on July 4 went unnoticed by local police, who were dealing with a different type of fireworks. A spate of domestic violence calls between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. necessitated that personnel from The Dalles Police Department call in help from Oregon State Police and the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office.

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

Tuesday, July 7


Letter to the editor: Time for change

To the editor: Rural Oregonians in general and East Oregonians in particular are growing increasingly dismayed by the manner in which Oregon’s legislature and Oregon’s urban dwellers have marginalized their values, demonized their lifestyle, villainized their resource-based livelihoods, and have classified them as second class citizens at best.

July 7, 2015 5:19 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Hats off ODFW

To the editor: Saw a pickup the other day with a bumper sticker on it that read, “Anyone but Hillary” accented with a little cross-eyed mule. Hmm. People in America are uninformed, but someone must be paying attention to all the lies she has or is putting out. That is when and if she bothers to talk to anyone. More on this later…

July 7, 2015 5:19 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Market support

To the editor: Every Saturday morning farmer and craft vendors sell their goods at the City Park, on Court Street, in The Dalles. There are vegetables, fresh fruit, baked goods, nuts, wood products, jewelry, flowers, fresh meat, and more! The market opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m.

July 7, 2015 5:16 p.m. read more..

Street closure

Thompson Street between East 10th and 12th will be closed to through traffic, including emergency vehicles, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 8 and 9.

July 7, 2015 5:09 p.m. read more..

Kiwanis host Honald service

The late Gary Honald will be remembered in a Celebration of Life on Sunday, July 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium in The Dalles, The date would have been Honald’s 80th birthday, a day that he took great delight in reminding everyone about The Dalles Kiwanis Club meetings, paying $1 for the privilege. each week.

July 7, 2015 5:08 p.m. read more..

Wynne Mae of TD remembers namesake

When American aviator Wiley Post arrived in Detroit, Mich., on Aug. 6, 1933, within a month of being the first to fly solo around the world in his Lockheed Vega aircraft, the Winnie Mae, one of those gathered to greet the famed pilot was amateur Detroit pilot Nelson H. Clark.

July 7, 2015 5:03 p.m. read more..

Friday, July 3

A look at Independence Day

In June of 1776, Thomas Jefferson was pressed by a committee from the Second Continental Congress to write an explanation for colonists, and justification for the rest of the world, about why it had become necessary to seek independence from British rule.

July 3, 2015 11:41 a.m. read more..

Columbia River Music closes

After 30 years serving as a hub for musicians throughout the gorge, Columbia River Music, downtown The Dalles, will fall silent July 25 as store owners Greg and Shirley Weast and salesman Dan Ross retire from the world of retail instrument sales.

July 3, 2015 11:21 a.m. read more..

Mountain moon

The moon sets behind Mount Hood at sunrise Thursday, July 2, viewed from the Mill Creek Valley south of The Dalles.

July 3, 2015 10:59 a.m. read more..

TDHS receives exercise gear

Last week The Dalles High School received new POWER-LIFT equipment to place in their refurbished weight training facility through “Level the Playing Field,” a project of the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation, Mid-Columbia Medical Center and North Wasco County School District 21.

July 3, 2015 9:15 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, July 1


Cheadle graduates from drug court

WASCO COUNTY Circuit Judge Janet Stauffer, left, stands with an overjoyed Lisa Cheadle during a recent Drug Court graduation. Cheadle, 50, who resides in The Dalles, was also celebrating being clean and sober for one year.

July 1, 2015 3:42 p.m. read more..

Dee Hill healing

Dee Hill, accidentally shot in the stomach May 16 by her dementia-sufferer husband, former sheriff and police chief Darrell Hill, was released from the hospital June 26, a family member said.

July 1, 2015 3:22 p.m. read more..

Health clinic will lay off workers July 7

The health district confirmed last week that it will lay off two people on July 7, reducing walk-in clinic hours from five days a week to one. The clinic will be open on Wednesdays, the day least likely to be affected by holiday closures, said Teri Thalhofer, director of the North Central Public Health District, at its June 23 board meeting.

July 1, 2015 3:14 p.m. read more..

Agencies put brakes on road dispute

The City of The Dalles and Wasco County have resolved a longstanding dispute over transfer of public roads in urban fringe areas. After years of contention, the two agencies have developed a work plan for streets that shares responsibility.

July 1, 2015 3:09 p.m. read more..

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