Stories for October 2015


Saturday, October 31


Editorial: Students need to learn, not test

According to a recent news release, President Barack Obama plans to relax the current performance testing requirement for all students. At the advice of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the president is advocating to limit the amount of time students spend taking tests to measure their achievement.

October 31, 2015 1:28 p.m. read more..

Friday, October 30


Day of the Dead

THE DALLES-Wasco County Library invites community members to enjoy a Día de los Muertos celebration, Nov. 4 at 4 p.m.

October 30, 2015 11:06 a.m. read more..

Thursday, October 29


Guest Column: Attendance rates spell trouble

This seems like a relatively obvious idea, but here goes: If we want students to do better in school — if, say, we want them reading at grade level by third grade or if we want to improve Oregon’s anemic rate of high school graduation — one way to do that might be to get students attending school more frequently.

October 29, 2015 12:06 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Keeping children safe

My children attend Colonel Wright Elementary School in The Dalles. My kids are fairly young and since I live only a block away, I chose to walk them at first, then let them go on their own once they got the hang of it.

October 29, 2015 12:05 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, October 28

Expanded Service

AN OFFICIAL grand opening ceremony for Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue’s Station Two on Columbia View Heights was held Saturday

October 28, 2015 12:21 p.m. read more..

Digging In

Apartments will have 24 units for families with low incomes primarily working in the agricultural industry

October 28, 2015 12:15 p.m. read more..

Athlete of the Week

Cardosi had her best finish of the season, third place, at the Columbia River Conference District Meet

October 28, 2015 12:03 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, October 27


Saturday, October 24

Skip's Trailhead: Upper Bridal Veil Falls? Bring the climbing rope!

I first wrote about Janet’s and my quest to find Upper Bridal Veil Falls on Sunday, April 27, 2014. I wrote about finding an article about the highest year-round waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge. I had heard of most of the larger falls but one waterfall stopped me in my tracks; Upper Bridal Veil Falls.

October 24, 2015 1:39 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Wildlife collisions higher in fall

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reports October is the busiest month for vehicle-wildlife collisions — and a short drive up Browns Creek and back to The Dalles via Cherry Heights Road bears out their warning: Six deer dead on the roadside, two together on one corner.

October 24, 2015 1:23 p.m. read more..

Beethoven's 9th performed again Sunday afternoon

THE COLUMBIA GORGE Sinfonietta and the Voci Choir perform Beethoven’s 9th Symphony Friday night at Wy’East Middle School Performing Arts Center in Odell. They perform again today, Sunday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m. Cost is $20 adults, $10 students.

October 24, 2015 1:18 p.m. read more..

Astoria homelessness: Public bathrooms first step

Nearly every day in the last two weeks, Clatsop County law enforcement has responded to at least one call involving homelessness, responding to everything from transient camps discovered on private and city property to complaints about homeless individuals who are drunk and wandering the streets.

October 24, 2015 1:13 p.m. read more..

Homeless camps emptying out in Umatilla, Hermiston

PENDELTON (AP) — It used to be a community of sorts, a haven for some of Umatilla's most down and out. Now the stretch of woods along the Umatilla River between the high school and River Road is quiet. The improvised homeless camp that used to be nestled against the river banks is gone. In its place is a red and white sign proclaiming "No camping," the "N'' defiantly whited out.

October 24, 2015 1:11 p.m. read more..

Friday, October 23


Homecare support workers sought

A recruitment event is being held Oct. 29 at The Dalles Civic Auditorium, 323 E. Fourth St. Applications are available for homecare and full and part time personal support workers.

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Dine out for Heart of Hospice

The Heart of Hospice Foundation invites residents in the region to dine out at participating restaurants Tuesday, Nov. 3, for the second annual Dine Out celebrating National Hospice Month.

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Shooting sparks public request

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office is asking for public assistance to locate Cory Widner, 24, a person of interest in a shooting investigation. Early Thursday morning, Oct. 22, a man in his mid-20s was found dead from apparent gunshot wounds inside a trailer in Celilo Village, about 12 miles east of The Dalles. His identity is being withheld pending the notification of family members. Law enforcement officials arrived at the scene after receiving a 9-1-1 call about 2:30 a.m. that a man with  a “long gun” was inside the residence.

October 23, 2015 12:59 p.m. read more..

Thursday, October 22

Arlington seeks to attract events

As the owner of an Old West-style chuckwagon catering service in Arlington, “Rattlesnake” Rod McGuire is used to cooking for large parties. Which is how McGuire came up with the idea to build a landmark events center in the community, where people from across the region could have weddings, festivals and other large get-togethers.

October 22, 2015 2:03 p.m. read more..

Journey Through Time

A CAR eastbound on Interstate 84 passes under the slogan “Journey Through Time” at Biggs. The freeway and railroad overpasses were rebuilt in a multi-year project, now complete, and feature a wheat motif on railings and the freeway underpass.

October 22, 2015 1:42 p.m. read more..

Arts and Entertainment, Oct. 16-Nov. 8

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October 22, 2015 11:44 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, October 21

What's Happening for Oct. 21

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October 21, 2015 3:34 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, October 20

Harvest Festival

CORBIN JACOBY Fix, 3, zooms down a hay slide at Renken Farms Saturday, Oct. 17, during a Great ‘N Small fundraiser. Large crowds attended the event, which offered a host of farm activities including hay and pony cart rides, face painting, scarecrow construction and more.

October 20, 2015 2:50 p.m. read more..

Guest Editorial: Report on state jobs sounds cautionary note

Is it a monthly blip — or a sign that Oregon’s economic recovery is starting to lose whatever momentum it’s built up over the past years? Last week’s statewide employment report was troubling, but let’s hope it’s just a temporary aberration.

October 20, 2015 1:22 p.m. read more..

What's Happening for Oct. 20

Announce your public, nonprofit activities here, 75 words or less. E-mail to or fax to 541-298-1365 or drop off at the Chronicle, 315 Federal St., PO Box 1910, The Dalles OR 97058.

October 20, 2015 12:03 p.m. read more..

Monday, October 19


One mile at a time

Only 0.5 percent of the U.S. population has run a marathon, but anyone can do it. I’m proof of that. On Sunday Oct. 4, I ran the Portland Marathon. It was my second 26.2 mile race and I finished in 3 hours, 30 minutes and 27 seconds, which placed me 474th out of 5,710 runners. And I’m nobody special. I’ve always loved sports and not long after I could walk I was throwing a baseball in the yard with my dad, but no one would ever call me an athlete or for most of my life a runner. I wasn’t on the track or cross country teams in high school. In those days, to me, running was nothing more than a punishment.

October 19, 2015 8:40 a.m. read more..

Saturday, October 17

City on hook for Granada work

A change in leadership often upsets the balance of projects already in motion. And sometimes the extent of the fallout will never be known, or perhaps not for many years.

October 17, 2015 3:18 p.m. read more..

Friday, October 16

Douse the house lights, it's opening weekend for 'Dracula'

“DRACULA: THE MUSICAL?” opens tonight at The Dalles Civic Auditorium with a 7 p.m. performance. In character at a dress rehearsal above are The Dalles Theatre Company actors, directed by David Owens. Pictured are, left to right, front row, Michael Beckner, Evrett Brenden, Marty Hiser, Jamie Brenden and Linda Beiter. In the back are Garry Estep, David Owens and Susan Harris. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a no host bar, seating at 6:30 p.m. Tickets available at Klindt’s Booksellers, St. Mary’s Academy and at the door.

October 16, 2015 3:58 p.m. read more..

Thursday, October 15


Letter to the editor: Medicare reminder

To the editor: Dan Crofoot wrote in a letter to the editor last Sunday that he is disappointed that his wife had to drop her Walgreens drug program when she turned 65. His letter is a reminder that the Medicare open enrollment begins Oct. 15 and is an opportunity for Medicare beneficiaries to evaluate and change their prescription drug coverage. Beneficiaries may comparison shop at

October 15, 2015 1:23 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Change holiday name

To the editor: This week the Oregon cities of Portland and Corvallis, as well as the state of Alaska, began observing the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day. The “new” holiday was first celebrated in Berkeley, Calif., in 1992, on the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s first voyage to the Caribbean.

October 15, 2015 1:22 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Why raffle a gun?

To the editor: One of my first and favorite memories about moving from Colorado to the gorge in the past year, was going to several Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts shows, especially in some of the beautiful parks in the area. I was excited to go again on October 17th to support the National Guard. It wasn’t until I read about one of the raffle prizes that I stopped all thoughts of attending, and I doubt I am the only one that feels this way. With the feelings of Roseburg still fresh in our minds, and for me living only miles from both Aurora, Colo., and Columbine High School, all I can say is “what are you thinking?”

October 15, 2015 1:20 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Bacteria could stop cheatgrass

The following editorial was published in the Bend Bulletin, Oct. 11, regarding government efforts to control an invasive plant species: Cheatgrass has been called the invader that won the West, and that’s not far off the mark. The annual grass covers nearly 12 million acres in Oregon alone, and can be found across the western United States and Canada, and as far north as Alaska. That causes problems.

October 15, 2015 1:17 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, October 14


Main Street awarded

The Dalles Main Street Program's "Why Shop Downtown The Dalles" video project received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for the "Best Marketing Project" from the Oregon Main Street Oct. 7 during a state conference in The Dalles.

October 14, 2015 1:40 p.m. read more..

Bakery features Mexican, American recipes

The recent opening of La Ideal Bakery, 315 W. Third St. in The Dalles, was something of a family affair. Jose Flores partnered with his nephew Thomas Baltazar and his daughter Anna Flores, 23, manages the store on the weekends. Flores has no bakery experience, so his nephew and daughter provide the kitchen expertise – they worked together at a bakery in Beaverton.

October 14, 2015 1:32 p.m. read more..

Pair arrested in TD drug search

Officers from the Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force arrested a man and woman Tuesday, Oct. 13, for possession and delivery of methamphetamine at 3573 Browns Creek Road in The Dalles.

October 14, 2015 1:26 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, October 13

Harvest Festival

RAWEN PROWETT (Enid of Hauksgardr), right, shows how heavy a medieval style helmet may have been during The Dalles Farmers Market Harvest Festival Saturday, Oct. 10, at City Park in The Dalles. Testing the weight of two styles are, left to right, Moiaun Davis, 8, Fallon Davis, 11 and Jasper Davis, 7.

October 13, 2015 5:48 p.m. read more..

Port moves on wetland plan

The Port of The Dalles hopes the end is near on the long journey to streamline the regulatory process for development of industrial lands.

October 13, 2015 5:45 p.m. read more..

Saturday, October 10


Canyon Creek: After the flames

CANYON CITY — Driving up Canyon Creek, south of John Day toward Burns, the devastation is dramatic. The Canyon Creek Complex Fire tore through this canyon, leaving the woods and community forever changed.

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

Badger Lake Fire inactive, area remains closed

The Badger Lake area remains closed due to a wildfire that started Oct. 3 and grew to approximately 80 acres early in the week due to dry and windy conditions, but is no longer actively burning, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Improved weather conditions slowed the fire Thursday, and it is no longer actively burning, although one Forest Service engine remains on scene. The closure order will be evaluated Tuesday and includes roads, trails and developed recreational sites.

October 10, 2015 1:31 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Shootings call for compromise

The political scenario following a mass shooting in America has become entirely predictable and that is unfortunate because, although this type of violence is relatively rare, it is horrific and raises issues that need to be dealt with.

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

Friday, October 9


Guest Editorial: UCC Shooting puts sheriff in spotlight

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin has been in the spotlight lately for reasons that we wouldn’t wish on anybody: He’s the top law enforcement officer charged with investigating the horrible shootings last week on the Roseburg campus of Umpqua Community College.

October 9, 2015 9:06 a.m. read more..

Thursday, October 8


Wednesday, October 7


Letter to the Editor: Corporate measure

On Saturday, Oct. 3,the Better Oregon campaign kicked off its signature drive to place an initiative measure on the Fall 2016 ballot. The measure will raise the corporate minimum tax on large corporations.

October 7, 2015 2:46 p.m. read more..

Sprucing up the downtown corridor

Five employees from Payne West Insurance, 312 Federal Street, The Dalles, were among the volunteers repainting street light bases downtown with a fresh coat of black paint.

October 7, 2015 2:45 p.m. read more..

They aren’t ‘tobacco pipes’ any more

When Oregon legalized recreational sale of marijuana last Thursday, Oct. 1, a hand written, purple sign appeared in the Third and Federal window of MsFitz downtown The Dalles: “Pipes 10% off.”

October 7, 2015 2:42 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, October 6


Climbing High at the library

A YOUNG boy heads up a climbing wall in the upper parking lot of The Dalles Wasco County Libary during a celebration of the end of the community summer reading program of “Peak” by author Roland Smith on Saturday, Oct. 3. Cotton candy, prizes and a bounce house drew a good crowd to the event.

October 6, 2015 12:14 p.m. read more..

Saturday, October 3

Letter to the editor: City headed right way

To the editor: Here is what I have to say about former city councilor Carolyn Wood’s letter to the editor (Sept. 19) and the accompanying editorial regarding the city manager’s termination:

October 3, 2015 11:25 a.m. read more..

Friday, October 2


Quietly cleaning

Lit by the warm colors of sunshine spilling through a stained glass window, Jill Leash, pictured, and her husband Doug Leash spent time during visiting hours at Saint Peters Landmark Thursday afternoon cleaning up in preparation for a wedding this weekend.

October 2, 2015 2:13 p.m. read more..

CGCC librarian receives excellence award

Library Director John Schoppert at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC), has been awarded a state library award for leading open source resource development at the college.

October 2, 2015 2:10 p.m. read more..

Increased patrols planned for TD schools

In response to the shooting at the Umpqua Community College campus in Roseburg, local law enforcement agencies in The Dalles will provide an increased police presence outside and around District 21 schools today, according to Cindy Miller, executive assistant at North Wasco County School District 21.

October 2, 2015 5:27 a.m. read more..

Thursday, October 1


Gunman opens fire at Umpqua Community College

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The latest on the deadly shooting Thursday at a community college in Oregon (all times local): 1:05 p.m. The former president of an Oregon community college where a gunman opened fire, killing at least seven people, says the school has only one security officer on duty at a time, and that person isn't armed. Joe Olson retired in June from his position as president of Umpqua (UMP'-kwah) Community College in Roseburg. He says last year, one of the biggest debates on campus was whether the school should have armed security officers. He says the college had three training exercises with local law agencies in the past two years, "but you can never be prepared for something like this." Olson says he suspects Thursday's shooting will start a discussion across the country about how community colleges prepare for something like this. Authorities say the gunman killed at least seven people and injured at least 20 others.

October 1, 2015 1:28 p.m. read more..

Disney Day at The Dalles High School Homecoming week

The Dalles High School students Alex McCall (Peter Pan), from left, Julissa Marquez (Russell from “Up”), Timarra Roth (Jessie from “Toy Story”) and Desiray Almaraz (Snow White) dressed up as their favorite Walt Disney characters Wednesday as part of Homecoming week.

October 1, 2015 1:04 p.m. read more..

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