HOOD RIVER — Columbia Gorge Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) has introduced their newest child advocates: Mike Uffelman and Janis Miller from White Salmon, Katie Wallace and Amber Strain, The Dalles, Trena Gray and Donna Birtwistle, Sherman County and Grace Parson and Maria Miller, Hood River.March 31, 2015 2:53 p.m. read more..
One night last week I drove to Portland to see one of my favorite authors, who was reading from his latest work at Powell’s City Books. I had a great time and it’s nice that Portland is close enough to occasionally take trips like that. But on my way back to The Dalles I nearly ran out of gas.March 31, 2015 12:44 p.m. read more..
A city police sergeant working graveyard heard someone shaking a can of spray paint in the wee hours of Friday morning. Not long after, two teens were in custody, one of whom admitted to over 100 instances of graffiti. The Dalles Police Sgt. Dan Nelson was “sitting dark” in his patrol car downtown when he heard the rattle of a can of spray paint within a block of his location.March 31, 2015 12:28 p.m. read more..
I have never worked for a union shop, but several members of my family have, both in the public sector, which includes the most prominent unions today, and the private sector, where union membership, representing only 7 percent of America's workforce, is at its lowest level since the 1930s. In the private sector, it's hard to sympathize with, for example, the dock workers currently battling shipping companies at the Port of Portland.March 31, 2015 11:54 a.m. read more..
Howell and Cuevas pick up four top-10 finishes apieceMarch 31, 2015 11:45 a.m. read more..
The Paddle Wheel Lounge offers live vocals and piano for entertainment. The Show Lounge is an activity center during the day, featuring everything from BINGO to magic acts, and is the scene for live musical entertainment every night. During the past year, the Empress has won accolades from critics for its dining experiences and hospitality. Lunder takes pride in those reviews because it means the hard work going on behind the scenes is gaining good reports from guests. “They get to enjoy such beautiful scenic views and we provide them with information about the history of the river and the communities they visit,” he said.March 31, 2015 11:23 a.m. read more..
TILLAMOOK — One of the fun parts in having children is discovering the ways they reflect you, not just in eye color or the shape of their nose, but in the ways they interact with the world. My daughter, Lucy, is a tiny ball of lunatic energy. At just a few months, she was rolling around our living room. At 5 months, she’s crawling all over the house, seeking out brave new corners of our dwelling like a miniature Starship Enterprise.March 28, 2015 1:53 p.m. read more..
About 183 million years ago most of the Four Corners area was a vast desert covered with sand dunes that were up to 2,500 feet high. Through the ages, the loose sand became sedimentary sandstone carved by both wind and water. And the water carried minerals which gave the sandstone a wide variety of colors. This is the Colorado Plateau which has the greatest number of National Parks in the nation. The plateau basically starts at Bryce Canyon, Utah, and then stair steps down to the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River.March 28, 2015 1:50 p.m. read more..
Shawn Wilkinson of Auction Sales Company in The Dalles has graduated from Western College of Auctioneering in Billings Montana. Wilkinson completed the intensified course of auctioneering, public speaking, and auction business management.March 25, 2015 1:06 p.m. read more..
The Springs Living, an Oregon-owned senior housing company, has named Toni Sly executive director of The Springs at Mill Creek in The Dalles. In January, Sly began managing all aspects of The Springs at Mill Creek including independent living, assisted living and memory care services.March 25, 2015 1:01 p.m. read more..
SALEM — Oregon legislative leaders said Monday that they’ll push ahead this week with a schools budget criticized as inadequate by education interests. House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney, both Democrats, said it’s important to provide school districts with certainty as they develop their budgets.March 24, 2015 1:58 p.m. read more..
Munoz, Coy and Singhurst take singles victoriesMarch 21, 2015 1:55 p.m. read more..
With two golfers making their varsity debuts, The Dalles boys’ golf team had returning state-qualifier Chase Snodgrass shoot a 78 to lead the Hawks to a fifth-place team finish with a tally of 363 at Friday’s Riverhawk Golf Invitational at The Dalles Country Club.March 21, 2015 1:51 p.m. read more..
SALEM (AP) — A “major technical glitch” in Oregon's crime victim notification system triggered thousands of false notices Friday evening about the release of inmates, including one on a notorious killer, officials and news reports said.March 21, 2015 1:44 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I get them all the time and, even after having the number blocked to telemarketers, or whatever one wants to call this, the calls still come. I decided to play a game with the pests, and lately I have had fewer calls. When the phone rings and it is a nuisance call, here is what to do (Be sure the call is not a friend or anyone important. Be real sure):March 20, 2015 7:16 a.m. read more..
To the editor: The Dalles will never be a tourist town so make it a destination town. On the plus side, we have the Fort Dalles Museum, a first class disc golf course at Sorosis Park and we’ll have a new swimming pool and host first-class bicycle and car events.March 20, 2015 7:16 a.m. read more..
To the editor: What a huge article on Friday the 13th with the DA making a mountain out of a molehill over 54 dollars. What a waste of taxpayer dollars for this conflict! The employee, David Skakel, just wanted to use some paint for his office! Let’s see now, if Eric Nisley’s wife was a county commissioner, would he have done this? Seems to me he is just mad that his wife didn’t make it.March 20, 2015 7:14 a.m. read more..
ASTORIA (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals has upheld state rules curtailing the use of gillnets on the main stem of the Columbia River. Commercial fishermen shunted to side channels and tributaries by the rules challenged them in court. The nets have long been the primary method of commercial fishing on the Columbia. Critics said the nets hurt salmon because they catch fish indiscriminately, hauling in endangered species.March 20, 2015 6:16 a.m. read more..
EUGENE (AP) — Health officials in Oregon are investigating a possible sixth case of meningococcal disease at the University of Oregon. School spokeswoman Jen McCulley says the case involves a 20-year-old male student who lives off campus.March 20, 2015 6:15 a.m. read more..
Eighth-grade grappler scores a second-place finishMarch 20, 2015 6:09 a.m. read more..
To the editor: My name is Glenn Pierce. I have been retired for two years from the North Central Public Health District (previously named Wasco/Sherman Public Health Department). I was the former Environmental helath Specialist for 27 years in Wasco, Sherman and Gilliam counties.March 18, 2015 4:20 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I would like to thank The Dalles Fitness and Court Club for donating use of their pool to the 4-H Robotics Program.For the past two weeks, TDFCC has kindly allowed us the use of their pool in preparation for the upcoming Marine Advanced Technology Education Center (MATE) competition in late April. The 4-H Tech Club hopes to send a team of The Dalles students to the competition which involves designing, creating, and refining submersible robots to complete missions related to this year’s theme: Science and Industry in the Arctic.March 18, 2015 4:20 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Oil? In Our Gorge? Get Outta Here!!! Nestled in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area are the Hood River, Bingen/White Salmon, Cascade Locks, The Dalles and Stevenson communities enjoying the economic benefits of tourism and agricultural bounty. Hood River county can boast of having the third lowest unemployment rate in Oregon.March 18, 2015 4:19 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Every time I see “DA” or “Nisley” in the paper I read it first. It brings a warm glow and feeling of safety to see our tax dollars at work on our behalf. That not only his time/our taxes, but the time/taxes spent in investigations by TD Police Dept., other officials, and witnesses in his pursuit of dangerous criminals is well spent. His latest effort is to prosecute a dastardly man...March 18, 2015 4:17 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND — After a veteran posted on Craigslist that his American flag was stolen, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden offered to fly a flag above the Capitol for him. Earlier this week, Jack Miller told KATU he was disgusted after learning someone had stolen his father's American flag from his Southeast Portland home.March 18, 2015 3:56 p.m. read more..
According to OSP Lieutenant Pat Shortt, at approximately 8:25 a.m. Monday, March 16, Wasco County Sheriff's Deputies arrived at 1100 Mt. Hood St., in The Dalles, to serve civil papers on the resident living there. As deputies knocked on the door gunshots were heard from within and deputies fell back and requested additional police to respond. Officers arriving at the scene created a perimeter and attempted negotiations with the occupant. Shortly thereafter, smoke began to come from inside the residence.March 17, 2015 10:35 a.m. read more..
Oscar Ortiz, a sophomore at The Dalles High School, still remembers how he felt as a young child hearing the music in videos his dad brought from Mexico. “I was just kind of awestruck. I don’t know how to explain it. It just amazed me, the way everything sounded,” he said. “Ever since, I’ve loved music.” Today, at the ripe old age of 16, Ortiz has amassed a variety of instruments as he pursues his wide-ranging love of music.March 14, 2015 12:56 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I understand how important it is for this town to have something for young adults and teenagers to do. I think that more needs to be done to provide some form of activity since the pool was pushed back. I have no problem with the skate park, and I think that it is beneficial to the community. What I have a problem with is that a governmental organization that receives money from the county is begging for $5,000 to create a sun shade.March 14, 2015 11:15 a.m. read more..
To the editor: Bravo and Congratulations to the kids at The Dalles Middle School in their performance of Annie Jr. last weekend. The students worked really hard, they are very talented, and the play was a great success. Thank you to Leslie Sullivan for orchestrating an outstanding performance!March 14, 2015 11:14 a.m. read more..
To the editor: The lawsuit filed against the Wasco County Commissioners by Chip Wood is valid and necessary. The decision by the commissioners to leave the regional health district seems to be ill advised and not thought through, and possibly violated public meeting law.March 14, 2015 11:13 a.m. read more..
EUGENE (AP) — A fifth student has developed the same contagious bacterial infection that killed one student and sickened three others this year, the University of Oregon said Thursday night.March 13, 2015 4:48 p.m. read more..
RICHMOND, Va. — The public’s right to see government records is coming at an ever-increasing price, as authorities set fees and hourly charges that often prevent information from flowing.March 13, 2015 4:46 p.m. read more..
The Dalles High School Theatre Department will be performing “Godspell,” one of the longest-running off-Broadway musicals, beginning March 12, at 7:30 p.m. The musical is based on parables from the book of St. Matthew. The playful and poignant score by Stephen Schwartz includes such songs as “God Save the People,” “All Good Gifts” and the international hit “Day By Day.” The music is a driving force and combined with vaudevillian antics and theatrical play creates a joyous, poignant, spiritual experience for the audience, regardless of individual religious beliefs or practices. Performances will be at The Dalles High School Auditorium March 12-13, at 7:30 p.m., March 14 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., March 19-20 at 7:30 p.m. and March 21 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m., performances start at 7:30. Tickets are $6.50 for adults and students and $5 for senior citizens and children under 12. Performers include Ema Erikson as John the Baptist and Judas, Erick Hoffmeyer as Jeffery, Felix Brantner as Lamar, Murphy Goldsberry as Herb, Whitney Scott as Robin, Tatiana Diamond as Joanne, Caitlan Snow as Peggy, Mia Kochis as Sonia and Ashley Claussen as Gilmer. In the chorus are April Alvarez, Stephanie Kunz, Avery Cardosi, Kyle Tucker and Madeliene Morgan.March 13, 2015 7:56 a.m. read more..
Scott claims regional crown; Preston 2nd, Cloud gets thirdMarch 11, 2015 1:37 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I believe it was an Eastern Oregon representative who stated, “The low carbon fuel standard is a tax that ‘is not’ spent on highway maintenance. I see it as a legislated “flat tax,” considering how many people purchase gasoline.March 11, 2015 7:27 a.m. read more..
To the editor: Due to financial problems, there is a mass exodus happening at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC). There were staff layoffs at the end of February and an email to the staff indicated layoffs will happen through June. In addition to the layoffs, many staff are leaving of their own accord, getting new jobs elsewhere.March 11, 2015 7:25 a.m. read more..
To the editor: This is an open call to all students and faculty that were a part of the first, and only, graduating class The Dalles Wahtonka “Union” High School in 2005. The class officers are in the process of planning our “10 Year Reunion,” and are looking to send out invitations this month. If you would like to receive an invitation or information about the reunion, please email TDWHS2005@gmail.com.March 11, 2015 7:23 a.m. read more..
Some geologists have calculated a 10 to 14 percent probability that the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the Oregon and Washington coast will produce an earthquake event of magnitude 9 or higher in the next 50 years. Others suggest that this risk could be as high as 37% for earthquakes of magnitude 8 or higher. Such a quake could generate a 50-foot tsunami.March 7, 2015 4:28 p.m. read more..
GRANTS PASS — Archaeologists have uncovered a stone tool at an ancient rock shelter in the high desert of eastern Oregon that could turn out to be older than any known site of human occupation in western North America. The find was announced Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which controls the land on which the site was found.March 7, 2015 4:21 p.m. read more..
The state said it didn’t have enough resources to investigate a claim by an electrician that large cash reserves from building codes fees were improperly used as internal loans by the entity that manages building codes services. The March 2 letter from the state’s building codes division to that managing entity, the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments, said, “The division does not have adequate staff resources to evaluate these loans or further this investigation.”March 6, 2015 5:06 p.m. read more..
CAROL RODERICK, left, was named outstanding volunteer of the year during the 2015 Tradition of Compassion awards ceremony Thursday night at the Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue station off Webber Street. She was selected for her work with the Wasco County School District 21 and the National Guard. David Neitling was named outstanding philanthropist for his work on the Riverfront Trail, his dedication to Habitat for Humanity and his donations to the tennis court resurfacing project at Sorosis Park. Hire Electric was named outstanding philanthropic corporation for donated services to local veterans and support of community events. Mid-Columbia Community Action Council was named outstanding community service organization for their work to help people in need improve their lives. The event was sponsored by Griffith Motors and catering sponsor and host was Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue.March 6, 2015 5:03 p.m. read more..
What are the biggest differences between Oregon and Washington? They pump their own gas, and we don’t? They have a sales tax and we don’t? They have NFL and Major League franchises and we don’t? Yes, yes and yes. There is another significant distinction, which is glaring in the wake of the Cover Oregon fiasco and the departure of Gov. John Kitzhaber.March 5, 2015 2:52 p.m. read more..
To the editor: One of the best kept secrets in Wasco County is the distance that Russell Jones, our Veterans’ Service Officer, and his assistant, Patrick Wilbern, will go to help the men and women who seek their services. For the few of you who don’t already know it, I am a Marine mom and my bio son (a Post 9/11 veteran who went on five adventures in the Middle East) and one of my adopted sons have received help from Mr. Jones and Mr. Wilbern. My adopted Marine deployed to Iraq in 2008 when he was 17. I sent boxes of goodies and decorations for his 18th birthday celebration, which he said was complete with “fireworks” from the enemy.March 5, 2015 2:49 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Congratulations to all who participating in preparing and presenting the information concerning the construction on parts of Scenic Drive. This information was presented in the council chambers on the night of Feb. 25. It was a job well done and I thank you.March 5, 2015 2:48 p.m. read more..
To the editor: In reading A Living Heritage I am disappointed in the inaccuracy of the Keith Mobley story. I remember Vern and Margie Mobley well. I can remember hunting with my dad on the ranch that my grandparents, Walt and Faye Beyer eventually sold to the Mobley family after leasing it to them for years. Please make sure that your articles are accurate.March 5, 2015 2:46 p.m. read more..
Dr. Toda, President of Columbia Gorge Community College announced staff reductions in a college-wide message last week, according to a press release from the college. The initial layoff included five college employees across multiple departments, the release said.March 4, 2015 4:32 p.m. read more..
Check for $10,000 to be used for campus upgradesMarch 4, 2015 1:27 p.m. read more..
Kristen Campbell has joined Timmons Law PC as an associate attorney. Campbell, a Michigan native, fulfilled a lifelong dream when she relocated her family to the Columbia River Gorge two years ago. She is a 2001 summa cum laude graduate of Michigan State University College of Law. Prior to relocating, Campbell spent the majority of her career in a large, regional Midwest law firm. Prior to that, she clerked for the Michigan Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.March 4, 2015 1:07 p.m. read more..
It’s mid-day on a Saturday in February, and artist Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield is pulling on a pair of heavy work gloves. “I melted my first ones,” she says as she heads out the back door of her working studio at Lone Pine dressed in jeans and a work shirt and takes a short trail down an embankment. She is headed for “the pit,” a large hole about 3 ½ feet deep currently capped by large sheets of corrugated sheet metal. Portions of the covering metal are blackened by heat and smoke.March 4, 2015 10:53 a.m. read more..
Technology is constantly changing and, as most of us would agree, much too fast. But the upside is that the technology is becoming more intuitive and responsive. If you have any “techie” questions, you can drop in at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center at 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. Or, if you have an iPad or iPhone, I will attempt to answer your questions. I can often help or at least give you some direction before you ask for professional help.March 4, 2015 7:29 a.m. read more..
DRY HOLLOW Elementary School second grader Chase Wetherell reads to librarian Terrie Woodward, affectionately known as “Mrs. Woody,” on Monday, March 2. Asked why Mrs. Woody was dressed in a Cat in the Hat costume, Wetherell answered, “I know: Dr. Seuss’s birthday and wacky day.” She bought the costume online 20 years ago and has faithfully worn it every year on Dr. Seuss’s birthday, which is celebrated as Read Across America Day. For all these years she’s also faithfully read to students her favorite Dr. Seuss book, “Horton Hatches the Egg.”March 4, 2015 6:56 a.m. read more..
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