Stories for June 2015


Tuesday, June 30


Letter to editor: Good neighbors

To the editor: I was amazed and grateful for a recent effort to stop a wildfire near Heritage Landing at Deschutes State Park on Thursday, June 25. A small car fire lit off the tinder dry grasses along highway 30 just west of the bridge crossing the Deschutes river. It occurred at about 8:30 p.m.

June 30, 2015 1:10 p.m. read more..

Fire threatens Pinewood, now contained

UPDATED 12:45 p.m. A 12 to 15 acre fire that threatened Pinewood Mobile Manor by the Discovery Center this morning is contained and no structures were lost, according to Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue.

June 30, 2015 12:07 p.m. read more..

Saturday, June 27

Fort Dalles 4th schedule of events

Fort Dalles Fourth will kick off the Fourth of July weekend with a James Otto concert. The Grammy-nominated country artist will be performing his newest hit “Somewhere Tonight.” VIP tickets cost ($25), General Admission ($15) are sold at The Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. on Friday July 3 at Lewis and Clark Festival Park.

June 27, 2015 12:51 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Good neighbors

To the editor: An investment in Rural Oregon for nearly 60 years, Outdoor School has provided high-quality, place-based science education to generations of Oregon students. Launched in 1957 in southern Oregon, Outdoor School is a tradition that has enriched and inspired over one million Oregonians.

June 27, 2015 11:53 a.m. read more..

Beat the heat — Outdoors!

The one thing that I don’t deal very well with is heat and it looks like thermometers in The Dalles will be in the triple digits through July 4. And that makes me cranky. I don’t like hot weather, but after living in the gorge for several decades I have found three sure fire ways to stay cool even when you can fry an egg on the sidewalk:

June 27, 2015 11:41 a.m. read more..

Fire season a time for caution

The Oregon Department of Forestry has suppressed 301 fires so far in 2015 and 227 were started by people, according to an agency report.

June 27, 2015 10:27 a.m. read more..

Friday, June 26


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Monday, June 22


Saturday, June 20

Commentary: Revitalize Main Street Act supports state, local economies

The dismissal of the Revitalize Main Street Act (SB 565) published by the Chronicle reflects a short-sighted view of the state’s role in the economic health and safety of communities, stating that any investment in the restoration of historic infrastructure takes money from schools. A more holistic view sees that schools and local services depend on healthy local economies – the very thing SB 565 strives to address.

June 20, 2015 6 p.m. read more..

Piano sale success

To the editor: The Dalles Art Center would like to extend a big thank you to all the volunteers and supporters that helped turn the “All That Jazz” Piano Auction Event into a success. Thank you to the Education Foundation as well as Ernie Blatz and Carol Roderick for representing the D21 School Board.

June 20, 2015 5:58 p.m. read more..

What's happening from June 21

New entries KIWANIS PROGRAMS: Kiwanis meetings are held every Thursday at noon at Spooky’s and visitors are welcome. June speakers include: Jun. 11, Carolyn Purcell, speaking about what’s new at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and upcoming events. Jun. 25, is the monthly club business meeting. For more information go to www.

June 20, 2015 5:50 p.m. read more..

Vendors wanted

The Dalles Main Street invites businesses to apply to be vendors for The Dalles Main Street’s upcoming Summerfest, July 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the downtown blocks.

June 20, 2015 5:48 p.m. read more..

Friday, June 19


Moving ahead

Sherman off to a quick start in opening day of home tournament pool play matchups

June 19, 2015 1:49 p.m. read more..

Thursday, June 18


Letter to the editor: Help our wildlife live

To the editor: The young of the year are on the ground! I have protected fish and wildlife for 50 years in the Mid-Columbia area. As a now-retired Fish and Game officer, and while I worked, I picked up hundreds of dead wildlife off our roads, from Silver Gray Squirrels to elk.

June 18, 2015 12:34 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Thank you Peachey

To the editor: Thank you, Mr. Peachey, for showing justice and defending a public servant, Eric Nisley, whose purpose is to keep our town focused and intact, yet who has to contend with being badgered by those who admire and envy him to the point that their own personal satisfaction is gained by bringing up the individual’s shortcomings, which we as human beings all have.

June 18, 2015 12:33 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Take Four-Way test

To the editor: Because two of the three Wasco County Commissioners are former Rotarians, and District Attorney Eric Nisley and Wasco County Counsel Brad Timmons are current members of The Rotary Club of The Dalles, a reminder seems timely in light of recent activity at the courthouse: THE FOUR-WAY TEST — The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships.

June 18, 2015 12:32 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Shame on county

To the editor: Shame on You Wasco County! The county seems to have some major issues. Is the county using my tax payer dollars to hire extra auditors, lawyers and staff to prove a point? The many articles that have appeared in our paper are ridiculous and quite embarrassing to me as a citizen of Wasco County. It’s nothing but a “he did”, “she did”, “he said”, “she said,” it makes the ones that are in charge of running our county look incompetent.

June 18, 2015 12:30 p.m. read more..

Historic Balch Hotel announces summer concert series

DUFUR — The Historic Balch Hotel located in sunny Dufur Oregon announces its summer concert series highlighting four amazing groups June-September. Kicking off the summer series this Saturday, June 20th from 5-8 p.m. on the grounds at the Balch will be Fields of May.

June 18, 2015 12:27 p.m. read more..

Fort Dalles Days events begin July 10

The annual Fort Dalles Days celebration offers almost two weeks of family activities, including the Fort Dalles Days NPRA Pro Rodeo July 16-18. The Second Annual Chili Cook-off kicks things off Saturday, July 11. The cook-off is a benefit for Family Services at The Next Door. Enter your favorite Chili recipe in the contest or come down and sample some of the best chili in the territory.

June 18, 2015 12:26 p.m. read more..

Loose gravel

CREWS CLEAN loose gravel from the surface of Scenic Drive in preparation for paving as the first phase of a stabilization project nears completion June 17.

June 18, 2015 12:19 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, June 17


Hunting class offered in TD

SALEM — The 115 hunters who drew a bighorn sheep or Rocky Mountain goat tag and other interested hunters are invited to an orientation on July 18 at 9 a.m. in The Dalles.

June 17, 2015 4 p.m. read more..

Vets offered host of services Saturday

The Hometown Heroes focus in The Dalles continues through July 4 and involves an event this Saturday to help veterans access services to improve their quality of life. Jennifer Borne, disabled veteran outreach program coordinator for Worksource Oregon’s office in The Dalles, is organizing Veteran Resource Day on Saturday, June 20. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community Meals location, 315 West Third Street, veterans will be able to get help from Wasco County Veteran Service Officer Russell Jones. He will provide assistance to file claims for benefits and compensation. In addition, representatives from several agencies will be available to provide information about housing and other social programs. The Vet Mobile Center out of Salem will also be on site to offer counseling.

June 17, 2015 3:58 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, June 16


Monday, June 15

Fire destroys TD trailer

A mobile home at Viewpoint park in The Dalles was destroyed by fire late Monday morning. Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue crews worked to keep the flames from spreading to nearby properties. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. More information will be provided in Tuesday's Chronicle.

June 15, 2015 12:47 p.m. read more..

Saturday, June 13


Letter to the editor: Research needed

To the editor: Your Sunday (June 7) article on oak woodlands was excellent for oaks west of the Cascades and in California, but is somewhat misleading for oaks in Wasco County. For instance Sudden Oak Death Syndrome is “taking out the larger oaks” in California and Southern Oregon, but it does not affect White Oaks, the only kind in Wasco County. This article talks about conditions and research in California and the West Side because absolutely no oak research has been done east of the Cascades. Oak woodlands in the Willamette Valley and Puget Sound areas are unhealthy, and that is where all the research and restoration ideas for oaks are coming from.

June 13, 2015 1:49 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: An honorable man

To the editor: I have known Eric Nisley since he was a boy in school. He was a good kid and grew up to be a good and honorable man. Our town is fortunate to have him. Thank you to Tom Peachey for addressing that disgusting article which, by design, appeared to be an attempt to publicly humiliate Eric and his family. The designer of said article is either seriously ill-informed or has a severe mean streak, which is not an attractive quality.

June 13, 2015 1:48 p.m. read more..

The best of days at the Davis carnival show

While some describe Disneyland as “The Happiest Place on Earth,” grade-schoolers from Maupin found the Northwest Cherry Festival carnival a close competitor during a visit behind the scenes April 24.

June 13, 2015 1:22 p.m. read more..

Friday, June 12


Thursday, June 11

Gorge Winds perform Sunday

The Gorge Winds Concert Band will host a combined concert with the Tualatin Valley Community Band Sunday, June 14, 3 p.m., at the Wy’east Middle School Performance Center, 3000 Wy’east Road in Odell.

June 11, 2015 2:40 p.m. read more..

Return to Pioneer Days in Shaniko

Shaniko kicks Pioneer Days on June 20-21. The streets of Shaniko will be filled with activities such as coal-forge blacksmithing, gunfights, and kids’ pioneer games to offer a glimpse into the past. The focus of the event is Shaniko’s pioneers who left their mark.

June 11, 2015 11:52 a.m. read more..

Children’s Theater audition is June 15

An audition for the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) production of Sleeping Beauty will be held Monday, June 15 at The Dalles High School from 10 a.m. to noon. All those auditioning should arrive at 9:30 a.m. and plan to stay for the entire two hours. The play will be performed on Saturday, June 20, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Dalles High School.

June 11, 2015 11:51 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Deep gratitude

To the editor: Thank you to the Wasco County Masonic Lodge #15 AF & AM for their generous sponsorship to The Dalles Art Association Summer 2015 Children's Art Camp.

June 11, 2015 11:50 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Amazing market

Wow! Opening day for The Dalles Farmer’s Market. Almost 400 shoppers moved through the market SSaturday. Sixteen vendors — handcrafted furniture, local honey, meat products (pork, beef and lamb), vegetables and much more.

June 11, 2015 11:49 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Public good?

To the editor: I have been bothered for some time (and I am not alone) about the listing in the Chronicle of admissions to the hospital. With all the forms we have to sign regarding privacy at the hospital why is it posted in the paper? Is this even legal?

June 11, 2015 11:48 a.m. read more..

Maupin madness

The Maupin Madness Poker Run and Bike Show is Saturday, June 13, at the Imperial River Company. Registration 8-10 a.m., free breakfast 7:30-10:30 a.m., Party begins at 4 p.m. Bike show is 5 to 6:30 p.m., with trophies and raffle prizes. Collect poker cards along a 200 mile route, $15 first hand, $5 second. Live music begins at 4 p.m. Proceeds will be split between Wounded Warrior Project and Outdoor Adventures with Military Heroes. More information, 541-993-7797.

June 11, 2015 11:44 a.m. read more..

Drought shouldn’t impact hydro dams this summer

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho — Despite one of the worst drought years on record, hydroelectric dams in the Pacific Northwest should not see their operations disrupted too much this summer, a regional power planning group was told Wednesday.

June 11, 2015 11:43 a.m. read more..

Farm Bureau opposes sale of Limmeroth Ranch

When the Wasco County Board of Commissioners signed a letter supporting the sale of the Limmeroth Ranch in the Deschutes River corridor to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in October, 2013, there was zero opposition. Well, there is now. Leading the group of unhappy nearby landowners at the June 3 meeting was Dean McAllister, who is also the vice president of the Wasco County Farm Bureau. “The government already owns 54 percent of Oregon,” McAllister said. “Why do they need another 10,000 acres? When is it enough for the state?” The purchase of the Limmeroth Ranch would add to the Lower Deschutes Wildlife Area, which was established in 1983 when the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation donated 2,758 acres. In 1986, the foundation gave another 5,158 acres to the department.

June 11, 2015 11:41 a.m. read more..

Up in the reins

Dufur Ranger baseball has four players on all-state list; Tibbets a first teamer

June 11, 2015 11:12 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, June 10


Windermere opens new HR office

HOOD RIVER – Windermere Real Estate, the largest regional real estate company in the Western U.S., announced today that the company has opened an office at 315 Oak Street in Hood River.

June 10, 2015 12:37 p.m. read more..

Burn ban, June 13

Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue will institute a ban on all outdoor pile burning effective Saturday, June 13. The restriction applies to all properties with the boundaries of the fire district. Individuals outside The Dalles City limits with a valid burning permit and an approved burn barrel may continue to burn, but are responsible for any fires resulting from the use of a burn barrel and may be liable for all related costs.

June 10, 2015 12:35 p.m. read more..

Mom prom June 19

Tickets are still available for the Mom Prom June 19 at the Civic Auditorium, a benefit for four-year-old cancer sufferer Lila May Schow of Hood River. Tickets are available for $25 at Klindt’s Booksellers, 315 E. 2nd St., and The Dalles Wedding Place, 402 E. 2nd St. There is no dress code for the 21-and-over event, which begins at 8 p.m. Lila May’s family just learned that her rare cancer has spread to her bones, a devastating development.

June 10, 2015 12:34 p.m. read more..

FamFest set for June 13

A full day of activities is planned at the first ever Fam Fest this Saturday, June 13 at the Lewis and Clark Festival Park, with events from ziplines to a climbing wall to pedal go carts and dodgeball.

June 10, 2015 12:31 p.m. read more..

Four new staff for kindergarten

Dry Hollow School will be the final elementary to add all-day kindergarten in the upcoming school year, and the proposed school district budget has four new staff positions to implement the change.

June 10, 2015 12:27 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, June 9


Letter to the editor: Complaint deceptive, misleading

To the editor: I write to address your recent article regarding Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley. I have been a practicing attorney in The Dalles for the last 36 years. I am truly saddened by this bar complaint, which is both deceptive and misleading.

June 9, 2015 11:36 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Heartfelt thanks

To the editor: On the day after Memorial Day several awesome students, as well as staff members from The Dalles High School came to my house and put in many hours of work to help me out. When I came home from school that afternoon, I was shocked and happily surprised to see they had painted my house, done a lot of yard work and planted flowers, and had fixed up the screens and doors on my back porch. They also built a ramp so I can now wheel my father into the house, and they replaced the front porch light. They replaced some windows, fixed my wash basin, and repaired electrical outlets. They did more things than I can list in this letter.

June 9, 2015 11:35 a.m. read more..

Teens assess tobacco sales

Teens in the Columbia Gorge participated in tobacco retail assessment in Wasco County and Hood River in April, visiting 50 tobacco retailers and attempting to purchase tobacco as underage teens in a partnership between Youth Think of The Dalles and the Hood River Valley High School Health Media Club. The underage youth, with parental and law enforcement permission, entered retail stores and attempted to purchase tobacco products.

June 9, 2015 11:30 a.m. read more..

Local OSP wins hoops title

The Dalles dominated the recent 2015 Oregon State Police basketball tournament in Newport, taking home the championship trophy after a six-game winning streak. The basketball tournament, a longstanding tradition, features troopers or their immediate family members. Troopers from The Dalles area command won the tournament three years in a row from 2000 to 2002, then won again in 2005.

June 9, 2015 11:30 a.m. read more..

Rolling slowdown

Motorists traveling I-84 east of The Dalles should be prepared for “rolling slowdowns” near the Celilo railroad bridge into July as Western Construction, contractors with the Bonneville Power Administration, use helicopter airlifts to haul electrical transmission lines from the Washington side of the Columbia River to the Oregon side.

June 9, 2015 11:26 a.m. read more..

Paid sick leave bill moves ahead

Over strenuous Republican objections, the Legislature’s joint budgetary committee on Friday approved a statewide policy requiring employers to give workers paid sick leave.

June 9, 2015 11:26 a.m. read more..

Class of 2015

The Dalles graduates walked by a mural of faces from the Class of 2015 as they entered Amotan Field for Saturday morning’s ceremony.

June 9, 2015 11:24 a.m. read more..

Saturday, June 6


House, brush fire burn Friday in TD

A house fire in The Dalles Friday morning was soon followed by a brush fire in the afternoon. Bryan Hanson got home just in time Friday morning or else the fire that did most of its damage in the laundry room could have been much worse. After running errands downtown, Hanson said he heard the smoke alarm before he even pulled into his house on 2110 East 14th Street in The Dalles.

June 6, 2015 11:29 a.m. read more..

Museum treasures coming to Maryhill

Seattle-based author Harriet Baskas will be the keynote speaker for Maryhill Museum of Art’s annual conference June 24-26. Baskas is a regular contributor for NBC News Travel and CNBC Road Warrior and an author of several books, including Washington Icons, Oregon Curiosities, Washington Curiosities and Museums of the Northwest, and Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can’t or Won’t Show You.

June 6, 2015 11:18 a.m. read more..

Conservation corner: Oak woodlands important habitat for many

For thousands of years the oak has been relied upon for a variety of uses, not only as a major food source, but wood for fire, utensils, and medicines. They are also critical habitat for a number of plant and animal species. Western Native American cultures actively managed their oak woodlands and savannahs in order to ensure the health of these trees for optimum acorn harvesting.

June 6, 2015 11:13 a.m. read more..

Commentary: Commissioner must advocate for Eastern Oregon

One of the duties of the Oregon Senate is to confirm or not confirm the governor appointees to the many state boards and commissions. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Commission is one of those commissions, and I believe one of the most important citizen boards we have in all of state government.

June 6, 2015 11:11 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: In defense of the DA

To the editor: My name is Josh Marquis and I have been the district attorney in Astoria since 1994. Having been active in the Oregon District Attorneys Association (ODAA) made up of all 36 elected county prosecutors, I served as president of that organization in 2001. For at least 15 years I have known Eric Nisley and consider him a friend. Eric was selected to be the ODAA’s president just a few years ago.

June 6, 2015 11:10 a.m. read more..

Legislature should drop declawing bill

In the early days of a legislative session, you might hear legislators talk about “cats and dogs,” and it’s not a reference to animals. Rather, the phrase refers to a certain type of bill that flourishes in the first half of a session. A “cat and dog” bill tends to be on a specific and narrow topic that often is close to the heart of a particular legislator. Each session tends to generate a lot of these bills — hence the phrase “cats and dogs.” Many of them are silly. Some of them generate some press coverage because they often tend to cover unusual topics. And most of them die in the first few weeks of a session — a useful reminder that one of the important functions of a Legislature is to kill bills. So it was surprising to learn this week that a “cat and dog” bill still is very much alive in this session — and that the bill deals with actual cats and dogs.

June 6, 2015 11:03 a.m. read more..

Friday, June 5


Dee Hill still hospitalized

Dee Hill, accidentally shot in the stomach May 16 by her husband, Darrell Hill, a retired sheriff and police chief who has dementia, is still hospitalized, but has improved to stable condition, a family spokesperson said.

June 5, 2015 7:01 a.m. read more..

Thursday, June 4

Wednesday, June 3


Insitu CEO honored by Boy Scouts of America

Steven Sliwa, formerly of Insitu, has been awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award following his nomination by the Cascade Pacific Council, Hood River, Oregon and the Boy Scouts of America. This award is granted to Eagle Scouts who, after 25 years, have distinguished themselves in their life work and who have shared their talents with their communities on a voluntary basis.

June 3, 2015 2:48 p.m. read more..

County counsel addresses filing

Wasco County counsel Brad Timmons said the bar complaint he filed against Wasco County’s district attorney was his first in 25 years of law practice in Oregon, and a “difficult step” to take.

June 3, 2015 2:13 p.m. read more..

Secret subpoena at issue in dispute

The chief allegations in a recent bar complaint against Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley center around an investigation he launched of a county employee.

June 3, 2015 2:08 p.m. read more..

Redside girls hitting the hardwood

Looking to make a big splash in the Big Sky Conference next winter, the South Wasco County Redside girls’ basketball team made its first appearance of the summer session with a pair of wins Monday at The Dalles Middle School.

June 3, 2015 1:32 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, June 2


Camp, fish for free on June 6

State parks throughout Oregon invite the public to camp and play for free the weekend of June 6-7 in celebration of State Parks Day and Free Fishing Weekend.

June 2, 2015 11:23 a.m. read more..


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