Stories for September 2015


Wednesday, September 30


Paint Nite benefits children

Kateel Muhs enjoyed Paint Nite in The Dalles so much that she asked its organizers if they’d be interested in helping Big Brothers Big Sisters — the program she serves as Wasco County’s match coordinator. They were.

September 30, 2015 3:51 p.m. read more..

Law change on Google cash?

At an August town hall meeting on the latest Google deal, Oregon Rep. John Huffman said he strongly disagreed with the fact that The Dalles and Wasco County directed how other agencies must spend the Google funds they received.

September 30, 2015 3:45 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, September 29


Oregon pot dispensaries gear up for sales

PORTLAND — Oregon’s medical marijuana dispensaries are getting ready for a watershed moment this week: when recreational pot users will also be able to buy weed at their pot shops.

September 29, 2015 1:39 p.m. read more..

'Blood Moon' seen as sign of end times by some Mormons

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A rare confluence of a lunar eclipse and a supermoon set to happen this weekend has prompted such widespread fear of an impending apocalypse that the Mormon Church was compelled to issue a statement cautioning the faithful to not get caught up in speculation about a major calamity.

September 29, 2015 1:17 p.m. read more..

Saturday, September 26


Letter to the editor: Appalling action

To the editor: On September 14 four members of The Dalles City Council dismissed City Manager Nolan Young with no public discussion or explanation. The action was effective immediately. In the nearly two weeks since then no one, to my knowledge, has explained their action. This is appalling.

September 26, 2015 1:29 p.m. read more..

Friday, September 25


Thursday, September 24


Native Fishery

Bill Martin, left, and his niece Donella Miller of Toppenish, Wash., pull gill nets from the river near The Dalles Marina. The 2015 Treaty Indian Fall Commercial Gillnet Fishery on the Columbia closes Oct. 1.

September 24, 2015 1:55 p.m. read more..

Guest Opinion: Brown faces pressure on death penalty issue

Now that Gov. Kate Brown has made it official that she’ll be a candidate in 2016 for the state’s highest office, the pressure will be mounting on her to address a question that her predecessor, John Kitzhaber, managed to duck: Where will she stand if it comes time to enforce Oregon’s death penalty?

September 24, 2015 11:19 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, September 23


Q-Life discusses loss of Young

Keith Mobley, attorney for Q-Life Network, asked the board Friday to retain the services of Nolan Young, former city manager for The Dalles, to finish negotiating a deal to bring broadband to Maupin

September 23, 2015 1:14 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, September 22


Monday, September 21

Northwest Aluminum Specialties sells

Sapa Aluminum, Inc., plans to add 15 new jobs to the current lineup of 56 workers at Northwest Aluminum Specialties, which it acquired Monday afternoon. The sale brings an end to an era as the name of the plant that recycles aluminum into core logs that can be used for a variety of products was changed within minutes after the sale.

September 21, 2015 3:27 p.m. read more..

Saturday, September 19


Letter to the editor: Thanks for partnering

To the editor: Thank you CH2M HILL and Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation for your partnership in installing the Bike Fixation Station on the Riverfront Trail in The Dalles! It is actions like this that show dedication to the community and supporting recreation through the gorge.

September 19, 2015 11:54 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Remember to say 'I love you'

To the editor: My mom, Alfa Wirtz, died one year ago. Grandma Anna Peterson died two years ago, and Grandpa Maddison Peterson seven years ago. They were special people, I miss them a lot. They are looking down on everyone and smiling. The Peterson family were great people.

September 19, 2015 11:53 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Explanation owed

To the editor: Given the recent termination of the city manager by The Dalles City Council for no apparent reason, it is timely and necessary to ask: What does this council want of a new city manager? What does it want for the city? The mayor expressed compliments and thanks for the many completed projects by the city under Nolan Young’s guidance. At this time the action appears to be a power play and no more.

September 19, 2015 11:51 a.m. read more..

Friday, September 18

Room for redemption

Two women who were in jail at the same time for drug-related felonies also just got their children back at around the same time, thanks to a faith-based residential treatment program in The Dalles.

September 18, 2015 5:21 p.m. read more..

Thursday, September 17


Letter to the editor: Thanks for cat help

To the editor: We would like to thank a very brave and caring young man who lives in The Dalles. We lost our cat Friday afternoon in the vicinity of Snipes and 10th streets. It is not uncommon for the cat (whose name is K.C., alias Kitty Cat) to do a “walk about” for a day or two. She was a “stray” who was dropped off at Faith Lutheran Church about two years ago.

September 17, 2015 2:43 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Justin Zabel rocks!

To the editor: On Aug. 25, a “Community Partnership Fundraiser” was held at The Dalles Burgerville for victims of the fires in Canyon City. Over $1,156 was received from food sales and cash donations.

September 17, 2015 2:42 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Follow flag protocol

To the editor: Patriot’s Day, Sept. 11, is an official day of Remembrance. As such The American Flag is flown at half-staff from dawn until dusk. The Flag Code and protocol provide the specifications for such display. In the case of flags that are mounted in such a manner that they can not be lowered to half-staff, the code and protocol proscribe that they be flown with a black ribbon [a mourning ribbon] that is the length of the flag and the width of a single stripe, hung from the top of the flag.

September 17, 2015 2:41 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Support Iran deal

To the editor: Readers should not believe what they see in TV commercials and newspaper cartoons about the Iran nuclear deal: there is no self-inspection. I looked up the deal online and it says that the International Atomic Energy Agency does the inspections: “Iran will allow the IAEA to monitor the implementation.”

September 17, 2015 2:40 p.m. read more..

Hanford board to meet in The Dalles

SALEM — The Oregon Hanford Cleanup Board will meet Sept. 21-22 at The Discovery Center in The Dalles, 5000 Discovery Drive. For 25 years, Hanford has been the site of the world’s largest environmental cleanup program, the result of wastes created during the production of plutonium for America’s nuclear weapons program. Cleanup will continue for at least the next several decades.

September 17, 2015 2:38 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, September 16


Oregon Main Street comes to The Dalles Oct. 7

Oregon's annual Main Street Conference will be held in The Dalles Oct. 7-9, and will feature a gathering of presenters from around the nation. About 200 regional participants are expected to participate in the three-day convention, with presentations held in the Civic Auditorium, 323 East Fourth, and the I.O.O.F. Building of the International Order Odd Fellows, 421 1/2 E. Second St., downtown. Socials will be held at The Dalles Art Center, 220 E 4th St., and Sunshine Mill Winery, 901 E. Second St.

September 16, 2015 12:12 p.m. read more..

Learn how to be prepared for any type of disaster

Terry Teeters has seen the critical role amateur radios play during an emergency. A few years ago, when he lived on the coast, 125 mph winds knocked out power, cell phones and landlines and blocked roads for about three weeks. Communities were reduced to isolated islands separated by swollen rivers. A federally licensed amateur radio user with a focus on emergency communications, Teeters got on his radio and did what he could. He helped relay critical messages from town to town, including helping people who needed dialysis and prescriptions.

September 16, 2015 12:10 p.m. read more..

Passenger stabs bus driver

A man on a commercial bus northbound on Highway 97 in Sherman County stabbed the driver last Thursday, Sept. 10, when he wouldn’t stop the bus to let him off, law officers said. Armando Sedano Perez, 55, of Yakima, was indicted yesterday, Sept. 15, on charges of attempted murder, first degree assault and 25 counts of recklessly endangering another person, one count for each of the passengers on the bus.

September 16, 2015 12:07 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, September 15


Lila May loses cancer battle

Michael Holloran, chief organizer of Pig Bowl, said he was very sad to learn Sunday that one of the recipients of the 2015 competition – Lila May Schow — had died Sept. 12.

September 15, 2015 5:40 p.m. read more..

Guest Column Google deals have been at expense of taxpayers

A town meeting was held five short days after the announcement that the third enterprise zone agreement had been agreed upon with Google. Representatives from the school district, fire department, port authority, as well as many citizen taxpayers, were in attendance.

September 15, 2015 1:47 p.m. read more..

Saturday, September 12


OR ‘Timber Belt’ sees influx of retirees

SALEM (AP) — The "Timber Belt" running from Northern California up through Oregon and into Washington sustained an economic collapse and population loss similar to the "Rust Belt" and "Corn Belt" of the Midwest, but its recovery has been entirely different, according to the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis.

September 12, 2015 11:24 a.m. read more..

Helping ‘the only way I can’

On Aug. 14, The Dalles resident Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield, a local artist, drove to her rural cabin outside John Day only to find herself amid the Canyon Creek Complex fire. After four days of being evacuated from the log cabin she built at age 18, she returned home to The Dalles.But she couldn’t stop thinking about John Day.

September 12, 2015 11:22 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Support Iran deal

To the editor: Readers should not believe what they see in TV commercials and newspaper cartoons about the Iran nuclear deal: there is no self-inspection. I looked up the deal online and it says that the International Atomic Energy Agency does the inspections: “Iran will allow the IAEA to monitor the implementation.”

September 12, 2015 10:26 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Immigration crisis

To the editor: Wow what a human catastrophe! The people of the Middle East are taking flight by the tens of thousands to escape the brutal thugs that took away their countries, cultures and life. These are pirates, that steal, rape, pillage and burn.

September 12, 2015 10:24 a.m. read more..

Editorial: Don’t micromanage Google funds

The City of The Dalles and Wasco County recently signed a third deal with Google for a second expansion of the company’s holdings. The agreement allows the Internet search giant to get 15 years of property tax waivers in exchange for an initial payment of $1.7 million and annual payments of at least $1 million per year.

September 12, 2015 10:17 a.m. read more..

Friday, September 11


Stauffer files for re-election

Judge Janet Stauffer has filed for a second six-year term as Circuit Court Judge of the Seventh Judicial District. Since May of 2010, she has served citizens in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties.

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

Thursday, September 10


Bike station dedication

Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District and CH2M would like to invite the community out to Kiwanis Pocket Park today, Sept. 10, at 2 p.m. for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Bike Fixtation Station along Riverfront Trail. The station was donated to the parks district by CH2M Hill to serve cyclists and has a tire pump with pressure guage and a variety of retractable tools to fix any problem they may have on a ride.

September 10, 2015 12:40 p.m. read more..

Sept. 11 event

Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue invites residents to join firefighters and law enforcement officers for a moment of silence at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow, Sept. 11, in observance of the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the East Coast. Nearly 3,000 Americans died on Sept. 11, 2001. The fire station is located at 1400 West Eight Street.

September 10, 2015 12:39 p.m. read more..

Health vote likely delayed until 2016

An expected December decision on whether or not Wasco County will leave the regional health district next July “doesn’t seem likely” now, the county commission chair said. That would push the decision back a year, to December 2016, since the agreement forming the three-county regional health district requires such decisions to be made at the end of a calendar year.

September 10, 2015 12:38 p.m. read more..

Dufur Boys, plus girls, perform at event

When the Dufur Boys swing into action tonight at the Kiwanis Steak Feed, fans will find the ensemble has grown from a bunch of old guys playing old-time music — the feminine gender and a younger generation are also ably represented.

September 10, 2015 noon read more..

Letter to the Editor: Typos in column

Over many years I have found the Chronicle newspaper to be innovative, respectful and accommodating for my “Letters to the editor” and my “paid ads,” most all of which have been of a spiritual and religious nature.

September 10, 2015 11:57 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Contain costs

In the 1990’s Oregon taxpayers said enough is enough to unchecked government spending and “revolted” by passing several property tax limitation measures.

September 10, 2015 11:55 a.m. read more..

Editorial: Lessons to learn from energy audit

Gov. Kate Brown’s decision to take a hard look at how the Oregon Department of Energy is managing the state’s energy tax credit program is welcome, but overdue, considering the program’s troubled history.

September 10, 2015 11:54 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, September 9


Scholarship horse show September 20

The Duane Fulps Memorial Scholarship Horse Show, in its 22nd year, will be held Sept. 20 at the Ft. Dalles Riders’ Arena, 1023 Irvine St., in The Dalles. Entry fees and sponsorships go toward college scholarships awarded to graduating high school seniors who are also members of the Ft. Dalles Junior Riders.

September 9, 2015 2:54 p.m. read more..

Setting Up Shop

AARON LEE of Defiance Brewery checks out a brewing system before unloading. The stainless steel components will be checked over, assembled and tested before being put into production at the new business, located in the historic Stadelman Ice House, 208 Laughlin Street, downtown The Dalles. It will be a couple of weeks before brewing begins, Lee said.

September 9, 2015 2:47 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, September 8

Kiwanis Steak Feed honors Gary Honald

This year’s 60th annual Kiwanis steak feed, on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 5 p.m. at Sorosis Park, has a special poignancy to it since it is in memory of the late Gary Honald, who was the backbone of the event for over 40 years.

September 8, 2015 3:47 p.m. read more..

Guest Commentary: Every little bit helps when it comes to college

With the possible exception of people who pursue the performing arts ("possible" being the operative word), students in today's world have to succeed in high school, then at least make it through college in order to have much of a chance to achieve what is often defined as "the American dream" — a house, a happy, healthy family and a satisfying job that pays well.

September 8, 2015 3:36 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Google investment

Letters recently published by the Chronicle were critical of the negotiators of the recent deal with Google. While everyone is entitled to their opinion, I choose to express my views on the “deal” rather than the people who made it.

September 8, 2015 3:33 p.m. read more..

Friday, September 4


TD dock closed for tribal fishing

Docking privileges for three cruise ships lines are being interrupted for the next week or two in order to accommodate a tribal fishing right. The Dalles City Manager Nolan Young said companies were notified at the beginning of the cruise season that they would need to make alternate arrangements for a short period of time in September.

September 4, 2015 9:14 a.m. read more..

Thursday, September 3


Letter to the Editor: Volunteers needed

To the editor: Since 2010, The Dalles HOPE Warming Place has opened its doors to provide overnight shelter for those without the comfort of a place to stay during cold weather.

September 3, 2015 2:19 p.m. read more..

Retiring in December

To the editor: I am excited to announce the next chapter in journey of service to the community I love.

September 3, 2015 2:16 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, September 2


A mountain on fire

Mt. Adams — On Tuesday, Aug. 25, photographer and Mount Adams supporter Jurgen Hess spent seven hours on the Cougar Creek Fire, which is burning on the flanks of the mountain. “The purpose of my trip was to photo-document the fire operations. “Much of the time I was right in the heart of the massive burn out operation at the northeast corner of the fire,” he wrote that day.

September 2, 2015 12:14 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, September 1

Back to school

Latricia Ice, support staff at Dry Hollow Elementary, left, greets first grader Charlotte Conkey as she gets off the school bus and goes to her classroom Monday morning, the start of classes for North Wasco County School District 21 and others.

September 1, 2015 4:47 p.m. read more..

Cougar killed by steer owner

Livestock owners on farms between Sandlin and Sevenmile roads are on edge after six sheep and a steer were killed by a mountain lion, otherwise known as a cougar, in a little more than a month.

September 1, 2015 4:40 p.m. read more..

Discovery Center opens new energy exhibit

A new renewable energy exhibit was dedicated Aug. 28 at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. The interpretive exhibit on solar energy includes schematics of solar energy systems and a real-time display of solar energy being produced.

September 1, 2015 4:37 p.m. read more..

Robotics coach training available

The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) season is kicking off already, and coach training is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 19. FLL is a team engineering and science program for kids ages 9 to 14 that culminates in an international robotics tournament. The first competitions that local teams participate in are the Columbia Gorge FLL Qualifying Tournaments in December. This year’s theme is “trash trek,” with students working to explore the fascinating world of trash. From collection, to sorting, to smart production and reuse, there is more to trash than meets the eye. FLL team registration is open now and will likely close in mid-September.

September 1, 2015 4:25 p.m. read more..

Put foresters to work

This last week Sen. Merkley announced that he is sponsoring a bill to fully fund fire fighting. He is concerned about the fires in the west but hasn't he heard that we are $18 trillion in debt and going up?

September 1, 2015 12:17 p.m. read more..

Urge Walden action

After seeing disgusting videos featuring heartless Planned Parenthood officials, any doubt over what that institution stands for must be put to rest.

September 1, 2015 12:16 p.m. read more..

Hillary will get a pass

To the editor: If there is anyone out there in Radio Land waiting for something to happen to Hillary Clinton over her inappropriate (illegal?) use of the net or emails or deflated footballs, don’t hold your breath.

September 1, 2015 12:14 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Stop legal battle

To the editor: I am absolutely disgusted with the county commissioners and how they have spent our tax dollars by allowing all this legal wrangling to continue while Brad Timmons sits back charging by the hour.

September 1, 2015 11:53 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Nisley has wisdom

To the editor: This is in response to stories and letters about Eric Nisley, the district attorney. Eric reminds me of King Solomon, such wisdom he has. He is more of a man than all of you complainers. He is honest and fair in all his hard work.

September 1, 2015 11:50 a.m. read more..

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