Stories for May 2015


Saturday, May 30


History Mystery: East TD in 1953

A number of people provided information on this photograph, including Duane McLaughlin, Larry, Sherry and Chris Kaseberg, Terray Harmon, Gary Conley, Daniel, Irene Sullenger, L. Piles, Mark Roth and Mike Phillips. The aerial photograph was taken Dec. 2, 1953, and is labled “By-Pass Route.” Interstate 84 and Highway 197 and The Dalles dam have yet to be built. The photograph was scanned from a 5 by 7 inch negative from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle.

May 30, 2015 3:54 p.m. read more..

Healthy aging at the senior center

Director Scott McKay said the mission of the Mid-Columbia Senior Center is “to promote healthy aging by providing opportunities for people to explore, connect and contribute.” With five different exercise classes, a Brain Fitness Club and many more activities like table tennis and Wii Bowling, the senior center has accomplished that mission.

May 30, 2015 12:25 p.m. read more..

PURE YOGA: Hot studio health

Shannon Red Cloud needed just three yoga classes to find her calling.“I never felt better in my life,” Cloud said. “Every cell in my body was just alive. After my third class, this is what I realized I wanted to do and that I wanted to share it with our community.”

May 30, 2015 12:10 p.m. read more..

ARCHERY: A sport for all ages

Archery was an important military and hunting skill in the Stone Age, when bows and arrows replaced spear-throwers as projectiles. For thousands of years, warriors used bows in battle and hunters took down big game to feed their families with a steady aim. Although guns eventually replaced archery as the weapon of warfare, thousands of archers are still hunting the forests of the U.S.

May 30, 2015 11:21 a.m. read more..

Books, bags donated to children’s book bank

The Mid-Columbia Celilo Daughters of the American Revolution chapter donated over 550 books for the Children’s Book Bank, a nonprofit organization located in Portland, which will now distribute them in the metro area to low income preschool and grade school children.

May 30, 2015 10:46 a.m. read more..

Public Health may cut its clinic hours

The public health walk-in clinic for immunization and birth control could see its hours cut from five days a week to one due to a proposed smaller cash payment from Wasco County, the health district director said.

May 30, 2015 10:42 a.m. read more..

Friday, May 29


Thursday, May 28


Letter to the editor: United for change

To the editor: In response to a recent editorial, the United Employees of Columbia Gorge Community College, AFT-Oregon Local 4754, on behalf of 51 faculty and classified employees, want the gorge community to know we are committed to furthering the quality of public higher education in our community.

May 28, 2015 11:41 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Spotlight on Sunshine

To the editor: It was a blast from the past! There’s nothing that compares to finding old friends and reconnecting with them — especially if you’ve watched them on national television. One day, last August, I took a gamble and decided to friend my old friends, Jim and Molli Martin. It had been over 20 years since we’d spoken, so it was a gamble; and to make it even more of a gamble they were now in the national spotlight with their new venture of Copa di Vino at Sunshine Mill.

May 28, 2015 11:40 a.m. read more..

Editorial: Job market better for new college grads

This year’s college graduates will enter the best job market since the early stages of the Great Recession, which officially started when this year’s seniors - at least those who finished in four years — were freshmen in high school.

May 28, 2015 11:39 a.m. read more..

Town halls scheduled in Gilliam, Sherman

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., will host town halls in Gilliam and Sherman counties on Saturday, May 30. The meeting at the North Gilliam County Rural Fire Protection District firehouse, 1500 Railroad Ave., in Arlington, begins at 8 a.m. Walden will be at Bob’s Texas T-Bone, 101 East First Street in Rufus, at 10 a.m. to meet with constituents.

May 28, 2015 11:35 a.m. read more..

Fly-in raises funds for local fire district

Plane and helicopter rides, $1,750 worth of cash prizes in a golf ball drop and the chance to ride in a P-51 Mustang fighter-bomber are just a few things on the menu for the Dallesport Fire Department fly-in at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport on Saturday, June 13 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

May 28, 2015 11:34 a.m. read more..

TD readies for plant overhaul

The Dalles will soon have the first wastewater treatment plant in the Northwest overhauled by using design-build methods that are geared toward making new construction go more smoothly. The $4.8 million project to update capacity and replace aging equipment is going through the design phase with Mortenson Construction and Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, an engineering firm, working closely together on plans.

May 28, 2015 11:31 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 27


In fashion at the courthouse

Marge Harding, who began her career as a home economics teacher at The Dalles High School and now resides in Oregon City, will present a program titled “Did They Really Wear That to the Courthouse?” at the Original Courthouse Annual Meeting Saturday, May 30, at 1:30 p.m. at the original courthouse, 410 West 2nd Place.

May 27, 2015 4:49 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 26

Man falls from moving car

HOOD RIVER — On Sunday, May 24, 2015, Hood River County Deputies were dispatched to Highway 281 near Airport Road after witnesses reported a man laying face down in the ditch.

May 26, 2015 1:50 p.m. read more..

Car careens into Cascade Locks home

CASCADE LOCKS — On Saturday May 23, just after 10 a.m., Hood River County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a residence on Clark St., near the corner of Forest Lane in Cascade Locks, on a report of a single vehicle crash.

May 26, 2015 1:48 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Disagree with opinion

As per Ms. Ricarte’s assumption, “If we don’t sign the agreement with Pacific Rim nations, they will undoubtedly gravitate to China…government ownership over private enterprise.” How naïve, RaeLynn, as we look at the next paragraph.

May 26, 2015 1:44 p.m. read more..

Honoring the Fallen

VANDEE MAUSER from American Legion Post 19 greets the crowd gathered Monday in front of the Veterans’ Memorial at Kelly Viewpoint for the annual Memorial Day observance to honor America’s 1.25 million war dead.

May 26, 2015 12:12 p.m. read more..

Sunday, May 24

Friday, May 22


Thursday, May 21


Feline Friend

A HOUSE cat named “Fuzzhead” stalks through tall grass in rural Wasco County. The picture was taken and submitted by a reader. The Chronicle welcomes reader’s photograph: Email submissions to TDCphotos Include the name of the photographer and a description of the subject.

May 21, 2015 3:21 p.m. read more..

10U Crush swings for the fences

PLAYERS representing The Dalles’ 10U Cherry City Crush softball team gather for a photo after competing against Hood River at the two-day TD Invitational ending on May 16.

May 21, 2015 11:44 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 20


Hill faces third surgery today

Dee Hill opened her eyes briefly Tuesday morning and will have a third surgery today, Wednesday, after being accidentally shot Saturday by her husband, who has dementia.

May 20, 2015 4:35 p.m. read more..

Sherman’s season ends at Irrigon

Playing for a chance at district berth, Irrigon pitcher Austin Rice allowed one run on two hits with 11 strikeouts in his six innings to lead Irrigon to an 8-2 Blue Mountain Conference win over Sherman County Tuesday at Irrigon.

May 20, 2015 11:28 a.m. read more..

Martin, Semlor win two district matches

The Dalles seniors Griffin Martin and Ethan Semlor were able to grab a pair of wins to advance to the doubles quarterfinals, but lost in straight sets in the next round and were eliminated by an 8-4 score in the consolation rounds at the two-day Class 5A Special District 1 tennis championships ending Saturday in Sunriver.

May 20, 2015 11:25 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 19


Memorial Day Prep

COMMUNITY RESIDENTS joined members of the Mid-Columbia Veterans Memorial Committee on Saturday to replace fencing near the Veterans’ Memorial at Kelly Viewpoint in preparation for Monday’s Memorial Day observance at noon.

May 19, 2015 11:55 a.m. read more..

Walk for a Cause

A HOMEMADE RV pulled by Lawrence Scible, who is better known by his spiritual name, Ras Ible, passed through The Dalles Monday headed toward Hood River.

May 19, 2015 11:52 a.m. read more..

Monday, May 18

Saturday, May 16


History Mystery and Looking Back

A number of people recognized the photo above as The Dalles Soda Works, 900 E. Second St., The Dalles, including Shari McConnell, Russ Brown, Mike Kilkenny, Susan Ortega, Bill Johnson, Lee Langston, Sheri Estivias, Gary Connley, Glenda Rosa, George Bradly, Jake Grossmiller, Petie Biddle and Mary Davis.

May 16, 2015 4:13 p.m. read more..

Wasco County quake

THE DALLES (AP) — The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network says two small earthquakes have been recorded in the Northwest, one in northern Oregon and the other in north-central Washington. No damage was reported from either.

May 16, 2015 3:54 p.m. read more..

Friday, May 15


Wyden extends help to Gold Star dads

A bill sponsored by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., that would extend the same federal hiring preference to fathers that is available to mothers of service members killed or permanently and totally disabled in action has cleared the Senate.

May 15, 2015 10:39 a.m. read more..

Thursday, May 14


Wednesday, May 13


Flying with ‘feather leather’

Katie Wallace of The Dalles and Christy Marquez of Maupin are finding they have a feather to fly with. Co-owners of 2BlondesCrafting, the friends are marketing their fashion craft throughout the area, and appear to have found a niche with their long, feather-shaped “feather leather” earrings.

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

Oil industry challenges train rules

BILLINGS, Mont. — The U.S. oil industry has filed a court challenge to new rules aimed at reducing the risk of catastrophic accidents involving crude moved by rail, following a string of fiery derailments in recent years. The American Petroleum Institute’s petition to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., would set aside a requirement for improvements to railroad tank cars that are known to fail during accidents.

May 13, 2015 1:38 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 12


Letter to the editor:CGCC endorsements

To the editor: There are three open Hood River positions on the May ballot for community college board members in the Columbia Gorge Community College district. After serving for 15 years, I’ll be stepping down to possibly apply for part-time teaching positions at the college when they arise.

May 12, 2015 5:15 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Found treasure trove

To the editor: Today, I visited the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center with my wife, daughter and two grandchildren for the Mother’s Day Brunch and open admission. I must admit that it has been years since I visited the exhibits.

May 12, 2015 5:14 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Reorganize CGCC

To the editor: I recently had the privilege of chairing the Columbia Gorge Community College budget committee. The committee spent 10 1/2 hours over three evenings carefully studying the proposed budget. They engaged in a spirited debate which did credit to the public budget process. While the committee only has legal authority in approving a budget, we took the additional step of making two recommendations to the college board:

May 12, 2015 5:13 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: David and Goliath

To the editor: In order for the Republican Presidential Candidate to actually win the 2016 election, he or she must stress and overemphasize a new “David and Goliath” approach. In this day and age the Republican nominee has to not only go up against the Democrat candidate, but also the large as a barge mainstream media who were impressively instrumental in reserving Obama an oval office position in 2008 and 2012.

May 12, 2015 5:11 p.m. read more..

Egg, turkey meat prices rise as bird flu spreads

DES MOINES, Iowa — Prices for eggs and turkey meat are rising as an outbreak of bird flu in the Midwest claims an increasing number of chickens and turkeys. Market experts say grocery stores and wholesalers are trying to stock up on eggs, but there’s no need to worry about having enough turkeys for Thanksgiving. The cost of a carton of large eggs in the Midwest has jumped nearly 17 percent to $1.39 a dozen from $1.19 since mid-April when the virus began appearing in Iowa’s chicken flocks and farmers culled their flocks to contain any spread.

May 12, 2015 3:20 p.m. read more..

Prisoners at Spooky’s

Mama Jane’s Pancake House lead cook Minvera Cornejo, left, and owner Kristy Long participated in the Muscular Dystrophy Association Lock-Up Friday. Local business owners and community leaders were “locked up” at Spooky’s Pizza and called family, friends and co-workers to make donations towards their “bail.” In its first year in The Dalles, the fundraiser collected $10,000.

May 12, 2015 3:18 p.m. read more..

Cherry fruit fly fight begins

Cherry Fruit Fly models developed by Oregon State University indicate that the cherry fruit fly emerged in The Dalles on Sunday, May 10.

May 12, 2015 3:16 p.m. read more..

Dufur drops 2 games to Regis and Burns

Riding a 15-game winning streak, the No. 5-ranked Dufur Rangers faced two top-6 ranked teams on the road and came away with a 9-3 loss to No. 4 Regis and a 2-0 setback Friday versus No. 6 Burns in a non-league games played in Madras.

May 12, 2015 11:49 a.m. read more..

Saturday, May 9


Professor shoved at CGCC

A man upset over a test repeatedly pushed a teacher at Columbia Gorge Community College last week, and was finally pinned down by the teacher and other students until police arrived. Kelly B. Petteys, 50, of Parkdale was arrested Wednesday, April 29, on charges of harassment, second-degree disorderly conduct, second-degree criminal trespass, fourth-degree assault and resisting arrest, said The Dalles police Chief Jay Waterbury.

May 9, 2015 12:58 p.m. read more..

City ponders new economic staffer

The Dalles City Council is considering the addition of a new full-time “project coordinator” position under the auspices of economic development.

May 9, 2015 12:54 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Historic visit

To the editor: Our book group just spent a delightful evening at the Ft. Dalles Museum discussing Molly Gloss’s book Hearts of Horses and viewing many of the old saddles made here by Kuck and Bonney among others. The new director, Cal McDermott, gave us some insight into the changes being made in the museum’s displays as well. If you haven’t stopped in lately, I highly recommend a visit!

May 9, 2015 12:48 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Dog police

To the editor: PLEASE to all you dog owners, the weather is getting too HOT to bring your dogs to town shopping. I go to Safeway and park out at the end of the parking lot, and guess what? So do the people who leave their dogs in hot cars. Either because they know it’s wrong or to keep them from barking at people. Either way, just don’t do it — that one-inch cracked window isn’t releasing enough heat. I crack all my windows when I go in and when I get in it’s HOT and I have no dog waiting, mine is safe and sound where he should be, at home.

May 9, 2015 12:46 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Keep up good work

To the editor: I am a veteran from 1969 to 1971 and have been getting health care from the Portland VA medical center and The Dalles Community Based Outpatient Clinic for many years. They have given me all the care that was possible; helped me deal with pain and medicines.

May 9, 2015 12:45 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Do your part to prevent wildfires

Oregon is in a drought situation due to record low rainfall and snow pack levels, which will greatly increase the potential for catastrophic wildfires and a huge firefighting bill for taxpayers. Fire educators believe it could be the driest summer that the Northwest has seen for 25 years. Last year, the Oregon Department of Forestry’s gross large-fire costs were $75.6 million and the net cost was $47.6 million.

May 9, 2015 12:36 p.m. read more..

Road work

Both lanes of West Third Place from the intersection with Trevitt Street and east to Lincoln Street will be closed to traffic, including emergency vehicles, Monday through Thursday, May 11-14, for street surface work.

May 9, 2015 12:34 p.m. read more..

Friday, May 8


Thursday, May 7

Letter to the editor: Candidate support

To the editor: This letter is in support of the two candidates running for Sherman County School Board, Liz Mills and Bill Martin. I have served on the school board with both and appreciate their diligence and conviction to the students of Sherman County and the success of the school district.

May 7, 2015 3:24 p.m. read more..

Palmer heads to exclusive training

Accepted to eight of the 11 elite college theater programs he auditioned for, The Dalles High School senior Jordan Palmer has settled on the prestigious Boston Conservatory. His freshman class will be the first to enter a new program at the conservatory called contemporary theater.

May 7, 2015 3:10 p.m. read more..

Jumpstart youth track meet set for June 2

The District 21 Elementary School Physical Education team wants to keep kids active during the summer months, so the timing of the 10th annual Jumpstart Track and Field Extravaganza is perfect in many ways.

May 7, 2015 2:14 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 6


Then and now

SHAKER VILLAGE buildings are dwarfed by The Dalles Bridge over the Columbia River Tuesday evening. Photographed from Bret Clodfelter Road.

May 6, 2015 12:17 p.m. read more..

House acts on police cameras

SALEM — With national attention focused on the use of force by police, the Oregon House overwhelmingly approved two bills Tuesday seeking clarity on the use of cameras worn by police officers or held by citizens.

May 6, 2015 11:58 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 5


Community Clean-up

Benjamin Slusher helps unload an old hot tub out of a truck Saturday morning at the Wasco County yard on the corner of West 10th and Walnut Street as part of The Dalles 28th annual Community Clean-up.

May 5, 2015 1:48 p.m. read more..

Saturday, May 2


Friday, May 1

Letter to the editor: Use sanctions better

To the editor: I'm glad that economic sanctions are sometimes used as an alternative to war, but I think there is a better way of using sanctions than the way we are using them now. As far as I know, the current method we use is to impose sanctions and leave them in place until the targeted government changes policy due to the hardships created by the sanctions.

May 1, 2015 1:11 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Pure stupidity

To the editor: Your opinion piece in the April 26 edition of The Chronicle, "Background checks make sense," is pure stupidity. Nothing about this law makes sense, it is purely a building block in the gun-grabbers grand plan. It is nothing more than an ill disguised first step to a firearms registration.

May 1, 2015 1:10 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: A godly man

On a sunny Saturday, April 25, several hundred people came to Calvary Baptist Church to share a Service of Thanksgiving for the life and ministry of Rustin “Rusty” Kimsey. They filled the church and crowded into the doorways and antechamber. Episcopalian prelates, Saint Paul’s parishioners, pastors of other denominations and people from far away and near and of all walks of life were gathered in a truly ecumenical service.

May 1, 2015 1:09 p.m. read more..

CGCC faculty censures Toda

Faculty at Columbia Gorge Community college voted April 25 to submit a letter to the CGCC Board of Education censuring college President Frank Toda and calling for his resignation.

May 1, 2015 12:08 p.m. read more..


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