Stories for November 2015


Sunday, November 29


Saturday, November 28


Friday, November 27


Wednesday, November 25


Turkey Time

Community Thanksgiving Dinner noon to 3 p.m. at St. Mary's Academy

November 25, 2015 10:50 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, November 24

Pair arrested in HR drug bust

The Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics task Force arrested a man and woman Nov. 19 on drug charges during execution of a search warrant at 4625 Orchard Road. William Hammond III, 36, and Cassie Crabtree, 31, were taken into custody at the residence.

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

Saturday, November 21


Distinguished Young Women raise funds

Fall fundraisers are underway for the Distinguished Young Women scholarship program in The Dalles. Eighteen young women will be participating. Program participants are partnering with JD Smith Jewelers for the seventh year. There are hundreds of gorgeous pieces to choose from in many price ranges. Sales will raise funds for the program.

November 21, 2015 2 p.m. read more..

Christmas gifts needed

The Salvation Army is in need of individuals and groups to adopt families for Christmas. Participants purchase gifts, or gifts and food, for the family’s Christmas celebration.

November 21, 2015 1:55 p.m. read more..

Friday, November 20


Thursday, November 19

Letter to the editor: Stop forest gridlock

To the editor: After 20 years of endless gridlock in our federal forests, it's time to address the underlying crisis threatening the health of our rural communities and millions of acres of forests each year lost to wildfire by restoring active, sustainable management to these public lands.

November 19, 2015 3:24 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Youth center support

To the editor: For many years it has been the desire of everyone who cares about children and teenagers in the Mid-Columbia to see a youth center built to help them reach their greatest potential. A positive affordable and safe place for youngsters to go and be mentored by encouraging adults while doing fun activities. A place where young people can take part in music, art, sports, computers and drama, just to name a few, while also learning valuable life skills.

November 19, 2015 3:22 p.m. read more..

Homeless kids with dad

The father of the five children who lived in a shed for a time has requested a modification of his parenting plan in order to give him custody.

November 19, 2015 3:18 p.m. read more..

Raffle supports education

The Dalles Chapter BF, P.E.O., a non-profit that promotes education for women, is having a fundraiser and basket raffle this Saturday at St. Mary's Academy

November 19, 2015 12:03 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 18


New transmission line links Big Eddy, Goldendale

PORTLAND (AP) — For the second time in two weeks, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) energized and brought into service a new 500-kilovolt transmission line, this time connecting central Washington and Oregon. The 28-mile, single-circuit line connects BPA’s Big Eddy Substation in The Dalles to the new Knight Substation northwest of Goldendale, Wash.

November 18, 2015 1:37 p.m. read more..

Thanksgiving meal prep starts Nov. 23

The annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will take place Thursday, Nov. 26, from noon to 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Academy in The Dalles. Sponsored by the Salvation Army, the free meal is prepared by 50-60 volunteers who will begin work next Monday and continue on Tuesday and Wednesday.

November 18, 2015 1:36 p.m. read more..

Wind storm sweeps NW, I-84 closed

SEATTLE (AP) — At least three people have died and hundreds of thousands were without power on Tuesday as a severe storm packing high winds unleashed across the Northwest. In Oregon, thousands were without power in the greater Portland area and a flood watch was issued for the northern Oregon coast through Wednesday. State officials said heavy rain caused Portland's sewer system to overflow into the Willamette River and residents were urged to avoid contact with the river through Thursday evening.

November 18, 2015 1:32 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, November 17

High wind warnings issued

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for sections of NE eastern Oregon, including Wasco, Sherman and Klickitat counties. Travelers are advised to be prepared for high winds, especially while operating high profile vehicles such motor homes, travel trailers or commercial trucks. Travelers should also be prepared for possible delays due to downed trees and watch for blowing debris, dust or snow. MAIN IMPACT COUNTIES: Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Jefferson, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, Wheeler, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Kittitas, Klickitat, Walla Walla, and Yakima.

November 17, 2015 11:57 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Unique opportunity

To the editor: The departure of the city manager, the arrival of two new city councilors coupled with a visionary mayor gives us a unique opportunity. We have an opportunity to look at alternative models and approaches to providing city services.

November 17, 2015 11:39 a.m. read more..

Saturday, November 14


Editorial: Wolf plan needs to be balanced

The looming court battle over the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission’s decision to remove gray wolves from the state endangered species list is a prime example of the growing disconnect between people in urban centers and food producers in rural areas.

November 14, 2015 9:51 a.m. read more..

Friday, November 13

Hollande: Several dozen dead in attacks around Paris

PARIS (AP) — Several dozen people were killed in a series of unprecedented attacks around Paris on Friday, French President Francois Hollande said, announcing that he was closing the country's borders and declaring a state of emergency.

November 13, 2015 3:23 p.m. read more..

A big squeeze

THE DALLES Kiwanis Club joined with the club-sponsored Builders Club for the annual Apple Squeeze

November 13, 2015 2:29 p.m. read more..

Thursday, November 12


Safety guard

THE NEWLY formed student safety patrol at Chenowith Elementary School recently made a presentation to the North Wasco County School District 21 board.

November 12, 2015 2:23 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Oregon has room for improvement

Oregon's Gov. Kate Brown doesn't think 2016 is the right time to add more money to the state's ailing highway system. Rather, she wants to concentrate her effort on raising the state's minimum wage.

November 12, 2015 1:12 p.m. read more..

Shop Small wins big

Matthew Klebes, director of The Dalles Main Street, is promoting a new campaign that allows community members to show support for small businesses downtown. “Shop Small Saturday” takes place Nov. 28 and Klebes believes it will create an interactive opportunity for customers.

November 12, 2015 1:09 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 11


Yacht Club could float marina plan

The Dalles Yacht Club is interested in taking over management of the marina and is likely to float a proposal by the port commission in the near future. In September, The Dalles Port Commission voted unanimously to get out of the marina business by the end of 2016.

November 11, 2015 2:07 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, November 10


Letter to the editor: Veterans Day tribute

To the editor: He went wherever his country called. He did his job whether menial or magnificent. He followed orders, sometimes that he did not like. He felt the fear of danger and the thrill of success.

November 10, 2015 1:36 p.m. read more..

Shaniko election ends in a tie vote

A recent Shaniko election is proof every vote counts.When 16 of the city’s 21 registered voters decided whether to impose a five year local option levy for fire protection last Tuesday, the result was an 8-8 tie.

November 10, 2015 1:32 p.m. read more..

Monday, November 9


Saturday, November 7


Letter to Editor: Concerns about city

To the editor: While I too am happy to see some relief on our water bills and also express gratitude for the donated time from our city council and mayor, I do have concerns about their decisions.

November 7, 2015 6:01 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Spirit of Halloween

To the editor: Each year local downtown merchants come together and hold the annual “Safe Downtown Trick-or-Treat” event, and each year this event seems to grow. In 2014 The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce partnered with The Dalles Main Street Organization and Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation to hold a candy drive that would help the businesses with the candy demand.

November 7, 2015 6 p.m. read more..

Veterans Day events

The Dalles is commemorating Veterans Day in style this year with a multitude of local events leading up to Nov. 11 and on that day. On the schedule this week:

November 7, 2015 5:44 p.m. read more..

Friday, November 6


Blood Drive Nov 27 in TD

Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a sufficient blood supply throughout the holiday season

November 6, 2015 1:21 p.m. read more..

Helping Out

LOCAL GIRL Scouts from Troop 50202 donated $400 to Home at Last

November 6, 2015 1:19 p.m. read more..

ACTS opens floor hockey

The ACTS Saturday Sports Program has now opened invitations to local boys and girls from across the Greater Columbia Gorge to participate in floor hockey.

November 6, 2015 11 a.m. read more..

Thursday, November 5

Letter to the editor: End-times realities

To the editor: I have had several people ask me to write another letter, so here goes… I have gleaned a lot of info on end-time prophecy fulfillment primarily by a man who God called 45 years ago to do just that.

November 5, 2015 11:41 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Last days of museum

To the editor: Time is running out for those who want to experience the Mini-Museum of Military Memorabilia (M-4) because it will be dismantled soon after Veterans Day. The M-4 may be just a window display, but the items on view stir strong memories of times gone by and of those who did their part to preserve the freedoms we all enjoy.

November 5, 2015 11:34 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Believe in our vote

To the editor: As a past Wasco County planning commissioner, president of Wasco County Fruit and Produce League volunteer representative, I feel the need to comment on the recent letters on our current mayor and city councilors.

November 5, 2015 11:33 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Railroad roulette

To the editor: The gorge is threated by an onslaught of dirty fossil fuel transport proposals: two coal-by-rail projects and 15 oil-by-rail projects. If all these proposals are approved they could add over 100 more trains travelling through the gorge per week. Each project, however, has to run the gauntlet of an environmental review process where we, the public, get to provide input.

November 5, 2015 11:32 a.m. read more..

Editorial: Bridging Oregon’s two cultures

Oregon is a big, diversified state on a number of levels. In a sense, two distinct cultures exist side-by-side. The size of the state, along with the sharp political divisions that endure, can create a gulf between perception and understanding.

November 5, 2015 11:31 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 4


Tuesday, November 3


Young adult author

Award-winning Oregon coast author Melissa Eskue Ousley will be joining 10 other authors attending the Northwest Author Festival

November 3, 2015 1:54 p.m. read more..

Crop insurance

Wasco/Hood River County USDA Farm Service Agency Executive Director Kevin MacIntyre reminds producers to review available USDA crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program coverage.

November 3, 2015 1:53 p.m. read more..

Fall colors

A VINE maple leaf catches a spot of sunlight along Mill Creek south of The Dalles over the weekend.

November 3, 2015 12:25 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Good leadership

To the editor: I am very thankful that we finally have leadership in city hall that has been sadly lacking for years. We now have a mayor and city council that genuinely cares for the citizens of The Dalles.

November 3, 2015 12:22 p.m. read more..

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