Stories for April 2016


Saturday, April 30

TD rallies the troops in final four-game stretch

HOOD RIVER – This is it – A four-game season. After losing two games Friday night by scores of 4-1 and 9-0, The Dalles baseball team is mired in a streak of six losses in the past seven contests to fall into last place in the Columbia River Conference. With some rebound performances, some help and continued togetherness, there is still a chance to climb back into the postseason mix.

April 30, 2016 11:30 a.m. read more..

Red-hot Huskies post two-game sweep

DUFUR – The Sherman Huskies rattled off 23 runs and 24 hits Friday in wins of 7-6 and 16-6 over the Dufur Rangers to run their winning streak to five game in a pair of Blue Mountain Conference games played at Dufur City Park.

April 30, 2016 11:24 a.m. read more..

Memaloose Hills a favorite hike

The Memaloose Hills have become one of Janet’s and my favorite places to enjoy nature’s wonderful wildflower shows. The hiking trails are user friendly, never too crowded and the variety of flowers almost endless. And to add another plumb to the pudding the forest service has mapped out a 6.5 miles loop hike that starts at Memaloose rest stop on the east bound lane of I-84; just three miles east of Mosier, Oregon.

April 30, 2016 10:42 a.m. read more..

Riding for a cause

“Please stand for the flag,” calls Saundra Buchanan of the Wasco County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse, to people sitting along sidewalks at local parades. She admits to frustration when people don’t pay respects to the visible symbol of all the freedoms they enjoy.

April 30, 2016 10:17 a.m. read more..

Friday, April 29


Two preschools unite in Moro

In the final educational merger in Sherman County, two non-profit pre-schools, one in Moro, one in Wasco, have agreed to combine into one entity starting in the fall.

April 29, 2016 2:24 p.m. read more..

Women leading more and more churches

A little over five years ago when Deb Allen became the first woman pastor at the United Church of Christ, which has been in The Dalles for more than 150 years, she didn’t think it was a big deal. Allen had already blazed the same trail at UCC churches in Wisconsin and Washington.

April 29, 2016 1:28 p.m. read more..

Athlete of the Week: Avery Cardosi

Athlete of the Week Profile Name: Avery Cardosi Sport: Track and Field Grade: 12 Favorite Class: AP Language Favorite Athlete: Steve Prefontaine Favorite Food: Pad Thai Favorite Movie or Television Show: Gilmore Girls This Past Week: Cardosi, a senior, helped lead The Dalles girls with three wins Tuesday at home against Hood River Valley. Coming off a second-place finish in the 400-meter race at the Kiwanis Invitational in Hermiston on April 23, Cardosi set a new career-best at home on Tuesday against Hood River Valley with a 400 time of one minute and 2.54 seconds. She added a personal record of 16-feet-10.5 inches for first place in the long jump at the same meet, and was a key cog in the 4x400-meter relay team that had a time of 4:43.90 for first place. On the year, she has seven wins overall. Coach Quote from Garth Miller: “Avery is a hard worker and displays a positive attitude and leadership skills among her teammates,” Miller said. “She leads by example and she is a great asset to our team.”

April 29, 2016 12:14 p.m. read more..

TD cheer is holding tryouts

The clock is ticking for the start of a new season of hope for The Dalles Cheer team. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week, TD head coach Kelsey Sugg and assistant Andrea Pena are conducting three days of tryouts at Kurtz Gym on 1201 Washington St. in The Dalles. “Andrea and I are super excited for a new year and have lots of fun and exciting new things planned for the 2016-2017 school year,” Sugg said. All prospective cheerleaders need to pick up and complete their tryout packets in the main office of The Dalles High School, The Dalles Middle School and St. Mary’s Academy. There will also be a mascot tryout during these days for male or female students wishing to show off school spirit, energy and enthusiasm for football and basketball games next season. No dance or prior cheer experience is needed to participate or join. At tryouts, individuals will be learning a tryout dance, a cheer, and doing some stunting. The first two nights consists of just learning and the final night is performance night where they will get to perform everything they have learned. “We are really hoping the girls are getting excited for a new year, and we are trying our best to get the word spread how fun this program is going to be this year,” Sugg added. Also, anyone who brings a friend to the opening tryout day on Tuesday will be entered in a Dutch Bros gift card. For additional information on the program or tryout dates, email coach Sugg at

April 29, 2016 12:09 p.m. read more..

Husky netters play well against Stanfield

The Sherman boys’ tennis team enjoyed success Monday in a road match against The Dalles and continued their solid recent run with a 2-1 pro-set win over Stanfield Tuesday in a varsity match played in Stanfield.

April 29, 2016 12:06 p.m. read more..

Hawks come up just short against HRV

While names like Will Coy, Alex Lopez, Ethan Martin and Pedro Lopez highlighted the varsity action in Wednesday’s 5-3 league match loss on the road against Hood River Valley, The Dalles boys’ tennis coach Shea MacNab was most impressed with one of his up-and-coming standouts, Sanjay Ramanathan. Ramanathan, who has not had the chance to play much this season, put on a dazzling display in his junior varsity match, taking a close 9-7 pro-set loss for his efforts.

April 29, 2016 12:04 p.m. read more..

Thursday, April 28

Sentinel is ‘movie captain’

Gavin McIlvenna is on a mission to sell 63 tickets in 27 days to bring a documentary about the role of the “Old Guard” to Oregon as part of a National Salute to the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

April 28, 2016 1:48 p.m. read more..

College hikes fees and tuition

Students attending Columbia Gorge Community College this fall will see a tuition increase of $6 per credit hour and a new $25 admission fee for registering students as the institution seeks to fill a budget gap of $748,000 for the upcoming year. A number of current fees were also increased.

April 28, 2016 1:40 p.m. read more..

County seeks ‘100% Love’

When Wasco County Clerk Lisa Gambee realized some citizens don’t like the government no matter how it tries to help, Administrative Officer Tyler Stone jokingly said, “Welcome to county government: 50 percent of the people love you and 50 percent of the people love to hate you.” To which Gambee replied, “Yes, but that’s still 100 percent love.”

April 28, 2016 1:38 p.m. read more..

Letter to editor: Thank you

To the editor: Wasco County 4-H would like to thank The Dalles Fitness and Court Club for generously donating the use of its pool to local area students involved in the underwater robotics ROV program. TDFCC has allowed our two teams access to their pool for several weeks so that students can ready themselves for the upcoming competition to be held in North Bend, Oregon April 29-30.

April 28, 2016 1:35 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Get involved

To the editor: What Happens in Tygh Vegas: Not a bad name. It’s different from everything else which are the same ones you hear at every fair around the country. You can take any theme and turn it in to something bad. It honestly just depends on how you think. If the community wants to get involved why doesn’t the fair board ask the community for suggestions and hold a vote?

April 28, 2016 1:34 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Vote Kramer

To the editor: If you like politicians who are honest, direct, plain speaking and make good things happen, please join me in voting for Steve Kramer for Wasco County Commissioner. In his first term in office, Commissioner Kramer has made a difference by being solution oriented, collaborative, direct, honest and seeking out diverse views and making himself accessible to Wasco County citizens.

April 28, 2016 1:32 p.m. read more..

Sex offender gets 15-year sentence

A 2014 graduate of The Dalles-Wahtonka High School, Michael Cele Stephens, was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison for sexually abusing six girls aged 13 to 15.

April 28, 2016 12:07 p.m. read more..

Festival Run attracts record crowd

A record total of 206 runners made the trip to Dry Hollow Elementary School for the Cherry Festival 3k, 5k and 10k run/walk, putting top times and performances out for bragging rights and prize ribbons. “It was a very good turnout,” said event coordinator Bob Thouvenel. “We had great weather for running and everyone finished in time to go to the parade. This event was probably our best turnout in about three to four years.”

April 28, 2016 11:49 a.m. read more..

Hard work paying dividends for TD tracksters

A mix of The Dalles upperclassmen and underclassmen were on full display Tuesday on senior night for a Columbia River Conference track and field dual at Sid White Field, and more than 25 picked up personal records. TD head coach Garth Miller likes to see his older and young kids stepping it up, establishing depth and putting themselves in position to be legitimate contenders when the districts roll around on May 11-12 in Hermiston.

April 28, 2016 11:46 a.m. read more..

Hawks on losing end versus Hood River

Still fielding a short-handed roster, The Dalles girls’ tennis team had Robin Pashek come out strong on the singles’ circuit, and the two doubles teams of Johanna Wilson and Kiana Pielli and Rebekah Kohltfarber and Ellie Trujillo added big wins, but Hood River Valley came out on top by a 5-3 margin in a varsity league matchup played at The Dalles High School.

April 28, 2016 11:43 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, April 27


Denny’s remodel has local flavor

Denny’s in The Dalles celebrated its recent remodel by serving up an all-day Grand Celebration last Wednesday, April 20, giving diners a first look at its all-new, locally-inspired design and updated features. “We feel very positive about the changes,” said District Manager Peter Keller during the celebration.

April 27, 2016 2:06 p.m. read more..

50 years of ‘Burgers made with love’

Big Jim's has been selling “Hamburgers made with Love” in The Dalles for 50 years, and current owners Rex and Beth Tegen are ready to celebrate. “It all started in 1950, when Sam Yoder opened a drive-in named 'Dutch Treat,' which lasted until 1956, when Tom Foley purchased the drive-in and renamed it 'Irish Treat,'” reads a history of the restaurant printed on their current menu. “Foley ran the drive-in until 1962, when the location closed with the construction of Interstate 84.”

April 27, 2016 2:01 p.m. read more..

Ballots mailed today

More than 600 Wasco County citizens have either registered to vote, changed their party affiliation or updated their address since April 7 when the clerk’s office did its main ballot insertion for the May 17 primary.

April 27, 2016 12:11 p.m. read more..

Drug dragnet: Busts have big impact

Last year, police in The Dalles started getting calls from other police agencies, asking them, “What’s going on there? Our drug dealers are afraid to go to The Dalles.” What was going on was a regional drug task force went into high gear, cranking out 30-plus search warrants in 2015, up from around five or six the year before, when staffing was lower.

April 27, 2016 12:10 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Kramer has done well

To the editor: Steve Kramer has been my brother-in-law for over 30 years. We have spent many hours together, in work, play, and volunteering. It may surprise some to know that he is a craftsman and a chef. He did a great job building a pathway and patio of pavers in our backyard. He and his wife Mary have put together many wonderful meals, and for a brief time were talked into doing some catering.

April 27, 2016 12:09 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Support Kramer

To the editor: Being born and raised in rural Wasco County and working in The Dalles for many years, I have grown to appreciate the importance of having a true rural representative, like Steve Kramer, on the Wasco County Board of Commissioners. While commissioners (or want to be commissioners) who live in the greater The Dalles area may say they understand rural issues (they say anything to get elected) from my experience only those who live and have worked in the rural area truly know the struggles and challenges rural Oregon faces on a daily basis.

April 27, 2016 12:08 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Let people decide

To the editor: Many people have been saying that the Republican nomination process is not democratic because the person who gets the most primary votes may not get the nomination. But this is exactly how our presidential general election works. Al Gore got more votes than George W Bush in 2000, but Bush became president because he got more electoral votes. And had neither of them gotten a majority of electoral votes, as is possible for Donald Trump, then the process would go to the House of Representatives, who could then choose anybody they wanted to, whether they were a candidate or not.

April 27, 2016 12:07 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Nichols understands

To the editor: We support Rodger Nichols in his effort to become a Wasco County Commissioner. Rodger, as a reporter, has many years of experience in reporting the activities of local government in this region. He has witnessed both outstanding governance and some pretty poor examples.

April 27, 2016 12:07 p.m. read more..

Conservative Democrat runs for Senate

Running in the May 17 primary, Paul Weaver, a retired locomotive engineer residing in Toledo, wants to give Oregon Democrats a clear choice for U.S. Senate. Weaver is a member of the National Rifle Association, which gives his opponent—incumbent Ron Wyden an F grade. Weaver is pro-life while Wyden is pro-choice.

April 27, 2016 12:02 p.m. read more..

TD baseball loses 4-2 to Pendleton

With a final chance to finish ahead of Pendleton in the standings, The Dalles notched seven hits and received four walks, but stranded eight runners on base, including the bases loaded in the seventh inning of a 4-2 loss to the Bucks Tuesday at Robert L. White Field in Pendleton. Down by two runs, the Hawks had the bottom of the order facing Pendleton reliever Kai Quinn. Ortega led off with a single to right field, and one out later, Johnny Miller hit a single to left field to put two runners on base. After a flyout to right made it two outs in the inning, Colin Noonan reached on a walk to load the bases for Kellen Mathisen. Mathisen and Quinn battled for six pitches. On the seventh pitch of the at-bat, the Buckaroo righty got the called third strike for the final out to end the threat. TD led 1-0 through one inning, but Pendleton tied it at 1-apiece in the second, and then used a two-run fourth to jump ahead, 3-1. TD added a run in the fifth on an RBI single by Dawson Hoffman to score Cash Mathewson. With Miller on third base and Hoffman at first, Noonan bounced into a double play to end the inning. Ortega had two hits in three at-bats, and Colton Walker went 1 for 2 with a double, a walk and an RBI. Noonan went 1 for 3 with a walk and a run, and Daniel Peters added a hit and a walk. Bate tossed five innings of seven-hit ball with two strikeouts and five walks. He allowed four runs, two were earned. TD (8-10 overall, 2-4 league) heads to No. 4 Hood River Valley (15-4, 5-1) for a doubleheader at 5 p.m. Friday. The Eagles lost 9-1 Tuesday to Hermiston.

April 27, 2016 11:53 a.m. read more..

Telles scores medalist honors

The pressure was on Iliana Telles on the back-nine, as Pendleton’s Shelby and Haley Greb were hot on her trail down the stretch. Telles hit her shots and carded a 77 to claim her second medalist award of the year, besting the Greb sisters by one stroke at Tuesday’s Pendleton Invitational held at Pendleton Country Club. Under blue skies with minimal winds on slow greens and a deep rough, the Riverhawk junior shot a 41 on the front-nine and was tied with Shelby Greb at the top of the standings, and two strokes ahead of Haley. Haley Greb rebounded with a 35 on the final nine holes, Telles tallied a 36 and Shelby Greb had a 37. La Grande’s Trinity McCarthy finished fourth with an 82, five shots behind Telles. TD player Abby Walker had the second-best score with a 55-52 for a season-best 107. Telles and the Riverhawks hit Quail Valley Golf Course for a tournament on Monday, May 2.

April 27, 2016 11:50 a.m. read more..

The Dalles golfers capture Seaside Invitational

The trio of Mark Felderman, Chase Snodgrass and Darsh Patel finished in the top-6 overall and The Dalles boys’ golf team captured championship status by 10 strokes over Seaside High School at the Seaside Invitational Golf Tournament played Monday at Astoria Golf and Country Club. Felderman carded a 78 on the day, six shots off the top pace, and added an eagle chip from 80 yards out on the par-5 12th hole to secure fourth place individually. Snodgrass totaled a 79, Patel added an 82 and Jacob Ford finished with an 89 for the top-4 TD scores. Freshman Tyler Vassar rounded out the team with his 93. “I am very pleased with how the boys played,” said TD head coach Kent Smith. “They continue to show improvements in some of the areas we have been working on. Our drives are hitting fairways, our chips are getting there and we cutting down on those extra putts that had been hurting us. It is a very nice way to end our final tournament before regionals.” Seaside’s Aaron Richardson and Ilwaco’s Blake Kukula wound up tied for first place with even-par 72s, but Richardson claimed medalist honors in a playoff. Carter Lee, of Tillamook, had a 77 for third place, and Felderman, Snodgrass and Patel capped the individual standings. As a team, The Dalles had a 328, a margin of 10 strokes better than Seaside, who had a 338 for second place. Jack Eggars had a hole-in-one on the 17th hole and helped Scappoose to a 351 for third place. Taft (380), Tillamook (384), North valley (397), Astoria (403), Cottage Grove (407), Banks (413), Ilwaco (417) and Kennedy (462) made up the team rankings. The Dalles has 10 calendar days to prepare for regionals on May 6-7 in Bend. “I am excited and I know the boys are too. We have had a pretty good season up to this point and I know they want to keep their season going,” Smith said. “We will keep working on things and hope for the best in Bend. It is going to be tough, but I know these guys will be up for the challenge.”

April 27, 2016 11:48 a.m. read more..

No. 5 Sherman blanks Dufur, 10-0

MORO – When the stakes are raised, the Sherman Huskies can always rely on ace pitcher Brett Troutman. The sophomore right-hander retired the first 11 batters in a row, and finished five innings of one-hit ball with four strikeouts, as the No. 5-ranked Huskies rode a six-run first-inning barrage to a 10-0 mercy-ruled win over the Dufur Rangers Tuesday in a Blue Mountain Conference baseball game played in Moro.

April 27, 2016 11:46 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, April 26

Carnival Canter

A young girl waves to her family as she rides a pony on a Davis Northwest Carnival carousel near First Street during the Cherry Festival Saturday. More photos, A14.

April 26, 2016 3:47 p.m. read more..

Boost city project rank

Dave Anderson, director of The Dalles Public Works Department, believes community members can help boost the city’s chances of obtaining a state grant to replace an aging water line.

April 26, 2016 3:42 p.m. read more..

TD boys golf wins Seaside Invitational

The Dalles boys golf team captured its second tournament title in the past three events, as Mark Felderman and Chase Snodgrass shot less than 80 and senior Darsh Patel scored an 82 to lead the hawks to a 328, 10 strokes ahead of Seaside at the Seaside Invitational Monday afternoon at Astoria Golf and Country Club. Jacob Ford added an 89 for the fourth total on the Riverhawks scoring list, and Tyler Vassar totaled a 93 for the day. Seaside's Aaron Richardson won medalist honors in a playoff. as both he and Ilwaco's Blake Kukula ended up deadlocked with an even-par 72 for the day. Felderman, who eagled the par-5 12th hole with a chip from 80 yards out, led TD with a 78. Snodgrass had a 79. Scappoose golfer Jack Eggars hit a hole-in-one on the 17th hole. After The Dalles, Seaside (338), Scappoose (351), Taft (380), Tillamook (384), North Valley (397), Astoria (403), Cottage Grove (407), Banks (413), Ilwaco (417) and Kennedy (462) rounded out the team standings. TD has some time off until heading to Bend for regional action starting on May 6.

April 26, 2016 12:07 p.m. read more..

Dufur baseball picks up road split

Kolbe Bales slugged a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning and shut down Heppner in the home half to help lead the Dufur Rangers to an 11-10 comeback win Saturday in a Blue Mountain Conference doubleheader played in Heppner.

April 26, 2016 11:57 a.m. read more..

No. 6 Huskies victorious in a road battle with W-M

The sixth-ranked Sherman Huskies trailed early in two games Saturday against Weston-McEwen, but made the plays when it mattered most in picking up a two-game sweep by scores of 9-6 and 10-4 in a non-league baseball matchup in Athena. In the second game, the Sherman defense made top plays to keep the TigerScots at bay.

April 26, 2016 11:56 a.m. read more..

Ortega’s gem lifts Riverhawk hardballers to win

The Dalles baseball team salvaged a split Saturday at home against Pendleton, winning the opener 4-2 and losing the nightcap by a 15-8 margin in a Columbia River Conference doubleheader at Bob Williams Field. Bailey Ortega continued his torrid pitching in the opening game, as he allowed two runs in the first inning, but shut down the Buckaroos the rest of the way.

April 26, 2016 11:52 a.m. read more..

TD scores twinbill split with Pendleton

Coming into Saturday’s doubleheader with a 10-game losing streak against Pendleton, The Dalles Riverhawks stormed back from a 7-0 first-inning deficit with three runs apiece in the first, third and fifth innings to complete a 9-8 comeback victory in the opening game at 16th Street Ballpark.

April 26, 2016 11:48 a.m. read more..

Saturday, April 23

Editorial: TDC editorial board votes Nichols

Some endorsements are easy and some are made more difficult because the candidates are well matched in qualifications or have a similar campaign platform that leads one to question the need for change. In the case of challenger Rodger Nichols and incumbent Steve Kramer, who are vying for Position 2 on the Wasco County Commission, there were distinct differences for The Dalles Chronicle’s Editorial Board to consider.

April 23, 2016 2:48 p.m. read more..

Wiley wins Festival 10k

The Dalles Chronicle news reporter Derek Wiley outlasted a large group of local runners to capture first place in Saturday’s Cherry Festival 10k race in The Dalles. Wiley had a final time of 45 minutes and 29 seconds to grab his top spot in the order of finish. Close to 100 runners from across the Columbia River Gorge and beyond signed up for this TDHS Cross Country fundraiser event at Dry Hollow Elementary School. Under top conditions, the runners were able to put up solid marks in the 3k, 5k and 10k races.

April 23, 2016 11:29 a.m. read more..

Cimmiyotti makes her move to Linfield

There were times where she felt like cashing in her chips and moving on, but she has always been taught to fight to achieve a goal. That mentality has paved the way for a future at Linfield College, where The Dalles senior signed on to play volleyball and major in business.

April 23, 2016 11:24 a.m. read more..

Friday, April 22


Local rally stop

Tonkin Subaru is a local sponsor for the 2016 Oregon Trail Rally that will come to The Dalles on Saturday and Dufur Sunday.

April 22, 2016 11:51 a.m. read more..

Two arrested in drug bust

The subject of an active felony warrant and his female companion were arrested at a Biggs motel this week for heroin and methamphetamine possession.

April 22, 2016 11:45 a.m. read more..

Help chart plan for TD roadways

The second and final workshop to provide community members with an avenue to guide improvements of The Dalles’ transportation plan for roadways, as well as bicycle, pedestrian and transit facilities, will be Tuesday, April 26.

April 22, 2016 11:44 a.m. read more..

Faith Briefs

The 90-minute documentary “This Changes Everything” will screen in The Dalles Friday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, downstairs in Tayler Hall, for free.

April 22, 2016 11:37 a.m. read more..

Haitian priest, dinner coming to St. Paul’s

For six years, members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in The Dalles have been taking mission trips to Haiti. On Saturday, May 7, the community will have the opportunity to meet the man the parish has supported, as Father Noe and his wife Sherly Bernier will be in town.

April 22, 2016 11:35 a.m. read more..

TD golfers score 2nd place

Led by Chase Snodgrass’ 70, The Dalles boys’ golf team scored a season-best 310 to finish in second place at the Hermiston Invite Thursday at Big River Golf Course in Umatilla. Mark Felderman had a 75, Tyler Vassar totaled 79 and Jacob Ford hit 85 on his card. Darsh Patel had a final tally of 87 to round out the team. Read Sunday’s Chronicle for the story.

April 22, 2016 11:15 a.m. read more..

Wildcats on the prowl

The Dalles Middle School track athlete Jaden Campanella (left in the yellow) hands the baton off to Jesse Larson during their 4x100-meter relay practice run this week at Thompson Track in The Dalles.The middle school sixth, seventh and eighth graders are set to host Dufur and Sherman for a meet starting at 3:30 p.m. today at Sid White Field on the Wahtonka campus. RaeLynn Ricarte photo

April 22, 2016 11:13 a.m. read more..

TD equestrians qualify 9 for OHSET state meet

All nine participants representing The Dalles picked up state qualifications after posting a season-high point total in their third OHSET meet of the season this past weekend at the Deschutes County Expo Center in Redmond. In all, the Riverhawks won six trophies, including gold medals in Canadian Flags, Drill and In-Hand Obstacle Relay.

April 22, 2016 11:11 a.m. read more..

Riverside gymnasts are bound for state

For levels 4 and 5, that meant an all-around score of 32.0 or higher, while level 3’s must score at least a 33.0. This commendable achievement was one of many attained by the team this spring, including stand-out performances at the recent meet in Tigard on April 9th. Level 3 took their place among the best at the meet, coming in third, and level 4 rose above the competition to earn a first place trophy.

April 22, 2016 11:08 a.m. read more..

Thursday, April 21


TD tennis breaks new ground

The Lady Riverhawks ended up in a 4-4 draw, but won on set points, 10-8, claiming victory over Hermiston for the first time in a decade Wednesday afternoon under the hot sun in league action at The Dalles High School.

April 21, 2016 noon read more..

TD’s youngsters shine at home meet

With an opportunity to shine in front of the home crowd, The Dalles track and field team had its young athletes hit it out of the park with 17 first-place finishes at Tuesday’s duel at Sid White Field. The girls’ had nine secure top honors, and the boys’ were right there with eight firsts and eight more second-place outputs.

April 21, 2016 11:55 a.m. read more..

Red Cloud leaves Heppner in the dust

Needing a hero to come through in the clutch, Dufur head coach C.S. Little called on freshman catcher Louis Red Cloud to play the part. Red Cloud hit a two-out, walk-off RBI single to score Tabor McLaughlin to lead the Dufur Rangers to a 9-8 comeback victory in a Blue Mountain Conference baseball game played at Dufur City Park Tuesday.

April 21, 2016 11:51 a.m. read more..

Sherman girls get two doubles wins

The two girls’ doubles teams of Hollee Kaseberg and Elvia Rubio and C.J. Johnson and Savannah Moe came out in dominant fashion for the Sherman Huskies, but Umatilla swept singles play and four boys matches Tuesday in a pro-set varsity tennis contest played in Moro.

April 21, 2016 11:48 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, April 20


County candidates talk issues, solutions

Following is part two of a series of questions asked Steve Kramer and Rodger Nichols, candidates for Position 2 on the Wasco County Commission, during last week’s meeting of the Chronicle editorial board. Their answers to the first four of seven questions were published yesterday and all replies have been edited for length:

April 20, 2016 4:29 p.m. read more..

Spring Branding

Mike Filbin, standing, keeps watch at the gate to a pen where calves await their turn in the arena for branding, tagging and inoculations while J.L. Schaffner prepares to rope the front legs of the next calf in line for services in order to render it immobile.

April 20, 2016 4:26 p.m. read more..

Sherman baseball loses, 17-9; Dufur baseball winss 9-8 on a walk-off

The Sherman Huskies fell behind 9-6 through four innings, but Weston-McEwen scored six runs in the fifth on its way to a 17-9 non-league win Tuesday in Moro. Also on the diamond, the Dufur Rangers evened their league record to 2-2 on the year after securing a 9-8 victory Tuesday over the last-place Heppner Mustangs. Read more in Thursday’s Chronicle.

April 20, 2016 11:42 a.m. read more..

TD wastes top pitching effort by Bate

During the 2016 baseball season, the one constant in league play has been the pitching staff for The Dalles Riverhawks. The offense still remains a question mark. TD senior Boston Bate tossed a complete-game, six-hitter with three strikeouts, but his defense made two errors in the fifth and sixth innings that led to two unearned runs, as the Hermiston Bulldogs scored a 3-1 Columbia River Conference win Tuesday at Bob Williams Field.

April 20, 2016 11:40 a.m. read more..

TD boys grab 8th at Tetherow

Coming off a tournament title a week ago in Pendleton, The Dalles boys’ golf team used a 79 from Chase Snodgrass and an 83 by Mark Felderman to score a 340 to capture eighth place at the Tetherow High Desert Challenge Monday in Bend.

April 20, 2016 11:37 a.m. read more..

Telles places sixth at Bend Invitational Tournament

The Dalles junior Iliana Telles carded a 79 for sixth place individually, and the Riverhawk girls’ golf team totaled a 447 to secure seventh place in the Bend Invitational Monday at Bend Country Club. Facing powerhouses such as Summit, Crater, Bend and Pendleton, Telles rebounded from a 44 on the front-nine with a 35 for her score. Abby Walker added a personal-record 108, Delaney Schanno went for a 114 and Zaida Lopez had a career-best 146 to lead The Dalles. Taking medalist honors was the duo of Kiana Oshiro, of Crater, and Summit’s Olivia Loberg, each with even-par 72s. Summit’s Rachel Drgastin, Pendleton’s Haley Greb and Crater’s Danielle Giles each ended up with a 73 on the scorecards for three-way split for third place. After Telles, Maddy Mode, of Bend had an 80, and the Summit tandem of Josephine Fraser, 82, and Sarah Heinly, 84, ended up eighth and ninth, respectively, and Pendleton’s Shelby Greb carded an 87. On the strength of Loberg, Drgastin, Fraser and Heinly, Summit won the team title with a combined 311, 30 strokes ahead of Crater and 43 shots in front of Bend and Pendleton, who had scores of 354 for a third-place tie. The Dalles was in Pendleton today for another tournament. After that, they head to Indian Creek Golf Course in Hood River for a tournament next week.

April 20, 2016 11:33 a.m. read more..

TD softball restores order in hot fashion

Kathryn Bradford, Grace Helyer and Maddy Bradford stroked two hits apiece, and the No. 9-ranked Riverhawks erased a 3-0 first-inning deficit with nine unanswered runs to secure a 9-3 victory Tuesday in a league matchup against No. 3 Hermiston.

April 20, 2016 11:28 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Support Kramer

To the editor: We have known Steve Kramer since he played on our Little League team. The same good qualities that Steve showed as a “little leaguer” are clearly evident today.

April 20, 2016 6:13 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Doing well now

To the editor: On April 19, 2015, our family lost everything in a fire. As we approached the anniversary of that horrible day, we thought it would be a good time to let all those concerned know that we are doing well. And to thank all those wonderful people that were so helpful on that day and the months that followed.

April 20, 2016 6:12 a.m. read more..

County candidates face off on key issues

The Dalles Chronicle reporters Derek Wiley and Neita Cecil recorded the answers of county commission candidates Steve Kramer and Rodger Nichols to seven questions asked during last week’s editorial board meeting.

April 20, 2016 5:05 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, April 19


TD golfers fare well on Monday

Led by a seven-over par 79 from Chase Snodgrass, The Dalles boys’ golf team combined for a score of 340 to grab eighth-place in a 15-team field Monday at the Tetherow High Desert Challenge in Bend. On the girls’ side, Iliana Telles carded a 79 for sixth place, and the Lady Hawks had a 447 at the Bend Invite Monday. Read more in Wednesday’s Chronicle.

April 19, 2016 12:13 p.m. read more..

No. 3 Hermiston sweeps TD

No. 3 Hermiston sweeps TD Taking a two-game sweep loss is a tough pill to swallow, but knowing there were plenty of chances to turn the tables and pick up a sweep was even more frustrating for The Dalles softball team. In 14 innings played, the No. 11-ranked Riverhawks totaled 23 hits, but left 17 runners on base in taking losses of 10-8 and 7-4 in a Columbia River Conference doubleheader against No. 3 Hermiston Saturday at Rocky Heights Elementary School.

April 19, 2016 12:10 p.m. read more..

Ortega, Walker dazzle in The Dalles’ road split

The pitching duo of Bailey Ortega and Colton Walker allowed five hits, walked two and struck out 10, but The Dalles Riverhawks managed a split Saturday in their Columbia River Conference doubleheader played at Armand Larvie Middle School in Hermiston.

April 19, 2016 12:05 p.m. read more..

Dufur garners split with No. 13 Irrigon

Entering play on a streak of six consecutive losses, four by one run, the Dufur Rangers slugged out 10 hits and opened the floodgates with an eight-run first inning in a 13-4 victory of Irrigon Saturday in Blue Mountain Conference baseball action at Dufur City Park.

April 19, 2016 12:01 p.m. read more..

Saturday, April 16

Science corner: The sun, through photosynthesis, powers life

Spring brings blooming flowers, with the ridges around us quickly turning green and then flushing yellow. We are already surrounded by this surge of new plant growth and the photosynthesis that powers it. Increasing photosynthesis depends on several factors, most importantly the amount of sunlight available, carbon dioxide (CO2) levels and temperature.

April 16, 2016 2:19 p.m. read more..

Isaiah Coles leads SHS boys

Facing 13 programs in higher classifications, spanning Oregon and Washington, the Sherman Huskies had Isaiah Coles lead the way for the boys with four second-place finishes, and both Emily Hill and Desiree Winslow showed well at the inaugural Green and Gold Invitational Friday at Pendleton. Coles had

April 16, 2016 11:38 a.m. read more..

TD tracksters make core moves at Apple Blossom

Julian Hernandez scored a win for The Dalles boys’ track team, and the girls had four top-3 finishes for a fourth-place tie at Friday’s Apple Blossom Invitational at Henderson Field in Hood River. Leading the girls’ team was Avery Cardosi and Paige McLeod, who finished second and third place, respectively, in the 800-meter race.

April 16, 2016 11:37 a.m. read more..

No. 6 Huskies are back in business

MORO – Stumbling through the midway point of the season with a three-game losing streak, including a disappointing 5-3 road loss to Culver Tuesday to start league action, the No. 6-ranked Sherman responded in a big way Friday with a two-game mercy-ruled sweep over the Culver Bulldogs.

April 16, 2016 11:33 a.m. read more..

Friday, April 15

Young pastors at work in The Dalles

If Tyler Beane, 31, and Adam Jenkins, 27, even went to church, they would clearly be in the minority. The fact that both are pastors is even more extraordinary.

April 15, 2016 11:06 a.m. read more..

What's Happening for April 15

Announce your public, nonprofit activities here: E-mail to tdchron@ or drop off your information at the Chronicle, 315 Federal St., The Dalles.

April 15, 2016 10:58 a.m. read more..

We apologize

We apologize In yesterday’s article “Sheriff: Impaired boaters going nowhere,” a file photo of Keef Morgan cruising the Columbia River was used, which Morgan rightly pointed out gave the misimpression that he was the “poster child” for impaired boating. The Chronicle apologizes to Mr. Morgan for our error.

April 15, 2016 8:55 a.m. read more..

Thursday, April 14

Sheriff: Impaired boaters going nowhere

The start of the outdoor recreation season brings more boats to area waterways and the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office is on the lookout for people operating vessels under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

April 14, 2016 1:20 p.m. read more..

Science fair winners named

Seeing that whitening toothpastes cost more than those without whitening, Ethan Hansen, a sixth grader at The Dalles Middle School, decided to see if the extra expense was worth the money.

April 14, 2016 1:17 p.m. read more..

Transient numbers increase

Over the winter, The Dalles not only saw a significant increase in transients using an overnight shelter on very cold nights, but most were people who longtime volunteers had never seen before.

April 14, 2016 1:15 p.m. read more..

April showers, spring flowers

Known commonly as Mule’s Ears and balsamroot, the bright yellow flowers turning the hills along the gorge yellow are made up of three related species. The blooms pictured above were photographed along Mill Creek Road.

April 14, 2016 12:45 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Vote Nichols

To the editor: Rodger Nichols understands that Wasco County IS NOT Portland, nor is it Hood River. Wasco County is a rural, Eastern Oregon county with traditional American values that have, and continue to be, the strength of our communities.

April 14, 2016 12:41 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: ‘Odor’ issue

To the editor: As neighborhoods in Portland contend with airborne toxins from Daimler Trucks North America and Bullseye Glass, it becomes apparent that getting the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to fulfill its role as an environmental regulator requires the organized action of concerned citizens and local government.

April 14, 2016 12:27 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, April 13

Agriculture tour no longer full of bull

As Sandy Macnab, crops extension agent for Sherman and Wasco Counties used a public address system to welcome participants to the 58th annual Bull Tour, he introduced two men in attendance, both running for Wasco County commissioner.

April 13, 2016 1:41 p.m. read more..

What's Happening for April 13

Announce your public, nonprofit activities here: E-mail to or drop off your information at the Chronicle, 315 Federal St., The Dalles.

April 13, 2016 11:43 a.m. read more..

FannieMae moves to demolish house

The burned house at 10th and Mt. Hood will finally be demolished, a city official reported Monday. The house has been vacant for over a year, since the homeowner died in a fire that he set after facing eviction.

April 13, 2016 6 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, April 12

Monday, April 11

Bank robber caught

A man attempted to rob a bank less than 300 feet from The Dalles Police Department Monday afternoon.

April 11, 2016 4:42 p.m. read more..

Saturday, April 9

Letter to editor: Opt third party

To the editor: There is an interesting dynamic about to emerge in the 2016 Presidential race: The Libertarian presidential candidacy of former Republican New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. He just polled nationally at 11 percent in a Monmouth University poll

April 9, 2016 2:40 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Yes on Kramer

To the editor: I have known and worked with Steve Kramer for the past seven years. First, during his tenure as manager of Mel’s Sanitary Service, and following that, during his past four years in the Wasco County Commissioner’s office.

April 9, 2016 2:38 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Vote for Nichols

To the editor: I would like to recommend candidate Rodger Nichols for the position of Wasco County commissioner in the May primary election. Roger has many years of experience attending and reporting on the public meetings in the Gorge, Wasco County, City of The Dalles and many other entities.

April 9, 2016 2:37 p.m. read more..

Boundary lines drawn

The Gorge Commission will finally check something off its to-do list that has been languishing there for nearly 30 years: Defining the boundaries of the 13 urban areas in the scenic area.

April 9, 2016 2:13 p.m. read more..

Fix won’t help TD

The gorge commission is finally firming up the boundaries of urban areas in the national scenic area, but the news really doesn’t help The Dalles, the town most anxious to expand its boundaries. “It essentially means nothing,” said Dick Gassman, planning director for The Dalles.

April 9, 2016 2:11 p.m. read more..

Gardening classes offered in Sherman County

If sunny April days give you the urge to go outside, dig in the dirt and plant something, the ”Spring Into Vegetable Gardening” classes offered by OSU Sherman County Extension might be for you.

April 9, 2016 1:36 p.m. read more..

It’s time to start your garden right

Start your garden off right this spring and get your plant starts from your local Wasco County Master Gardeners at our annual Spring Plant Fair. The fair is Saturday, May 7, 9 .m. to 2 p.m. at The Dalles City Park at Fifth and Union streets.

April 9, 2016 1:31 p.m. read more..

Thursday, April 7

Burned home demo sought

For more than a year now, a burned-out home has stood at 10th and Mt. Hood streets, where a homeowner died in a fire he set upon learning he was being evicted.

April 7, 2016 5:19 p.m. read more..

Scam alert

Police are cautioning people to be aware of scammers who are targeting citizens in The Dalles and Wasco County and are falsely claiming to be with law enforcement.

April 7, 2016 5:16 p.m. read more..

Assessor talks taxes

When Jill Amery, Wasco County assessor and tax collector, finished her presentation at The Dalles Rotary Club meeting Wednesday and asked for questions, local Realtor Dennis Morgan was the first to chime in.

April 7, 2016 5:13 p.m. read more..

Spring Beauty

Spring has arrived in the Columbia River Gorge, and local photographer Tish Sprenger captured one of the first blooms of the season in this photograph. The Dalles Chronicle welcomes reader submissions. Email your local photograph to, include as much information about your subject as possible and the photographers name. Photo courtesy Tish Sprenger

April 7, 2016 5:12 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Season over

To the editor: The Dalles HOPE Warming Place officially closed its doors for the 2015-16 season after being open 65 nights and serving a total of 1,044 guests (this reflects repeat guests). This service would not exist without the commitment of 64 dedicated volunteers. There are several businesses in our community that welcomed our request ­to post volunteer information. We are grateful to the people at Griffith Motors, Optimist Printers and the Granada Community Reader Board for posting our plea for volunteers. In addition, CenterPointe Bank faithfully posts daily whether the Warming Place is open or closed throughout the season.

April 7, 2016 4:20 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Good change

To the editor: Kudos to the person that complained about restaurant sewer rates and to The Dalles City Council for listening and addressing the problem.

April 7, 2016 3:29 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Not ‘greedy’

To the editor: I have to disagree with Mr. Avery’s letter suggesting promoters of dispersal of government land are playing a con game and misleading ranchers into thinking they will personally benefit.

April 7, 2016 3:23 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, April 6

Captain takes watch at readiness center

The Oregon Army National Guard has recently undergone command changes, with a new officer in charge of 131 soldiers at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center. Capt. Chris Perrotti arrives at his new post with two deployments to Iraq as a Marine before he left the active-duty military to join the Guard in 2007.

April 6, 2016 5:15 p.m. read more..

Junkyard salvaged for new park

A group of Tygh Valley residents want to turn one man’s junk into a place the town can treasure. A group of local ranchers, who have chosen to be unnamed, purchased 1.25 acres on Main Street across from the Tygh Valley General Store to clean up and then donate to the South Wasco Alliance to be turned into a park.

April 6, 2016 5:13 p.m. read more..

Firefighter grant ends

Three grant-funded firefighter positions at Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue terminate on June 30, and the agency filed a new grant in hopes of restoring the positions. A fourth grant-funded position — a four-year term for volunteer recruitment/retention — runs out in January. A grant to continue that position is also being filed.

April 6, 2016 5:12 p.m. read more..

Strong cruise season expected

Passengers from the American Empress sternwheeler are greeted as they arrive in The Dalles Tuesday afternoon. It was the first docking of the tourist season and three cruise ships are scheduled to arrive in The Dalles each week until late November. A representative from The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce and Fort Dalles Floozies greet each vessel and passengers and crew are given information about things to do in the area and places to see.

April 6, 2016 5:11 p.m. read more..

Sherman girls take a 2-1 win over C-W

atch of the season, the Sherman girls came out on top by a 2-1 margin Thursday in a 4A/3A/2A/1A contest at home against Condon-Wheeler. Former state qualifier, Meghan Belshe, took

April 6, 2016 11:17 a.m. read more..

Hawk track fires off in Hermiston

Avery Cardosi, Aileen Luna-Lopez, Caela Dunagan, Peter Cardosi, Marissa Heemsah, Julian Hernandez and the rest of The Dalles track and field team put out 13 first-place finishes in a Columbia River Conference dual on Tuesday in Hermiston. “I was really pleased with the way they competed,” said TD head coach Garth Miller. “It felt like they were ready for the competition and they continue to make great progress.” Cardosi won h

April 6, 2016 11:16 a.m. read more..

TD boys’ tennis makes gains in Redmond match

The Dalles boys’ tennis team lost 5-3 on the road Monday to Redmond, but head coach Shea MacNab was beaming about the play of Daniel Santillan, James Pashek and the No. 4 doubles team of Paul Clark and Caleb Turner. Santillan and Pashek had straight sets wins, and Clark and Turner needed three sets before securing a slim 10-8 win in the final set.

April 6, 2016 11:15 a.m. read more..

No. 6 TD softball drops Mac-Hi

Entering Tuesday’s matchup, The Dalles junior Sierra Watson knew her group would come out even stronger after Saturday’s 1-0 loss to 6A Glencoe. Maddy Bradford went 3 for 3 with four RBIs, Kathryn Bradford had two hits and scored three times and Ruthie Ford scored two runs and drove in three more to lead No. 6-ranked The Dalles to a 10-2 victory over Mac-Hi Tuesday at 16th Street Ballpark.

April 6, 2016 11:11 a.m. read more..

Hawks pull off victory over West Albany

With senior pitcher Bailey Ortega dialed in on the mound, all The Dalles Riverhawk offense needs to do is capitalize on a few scoring opportunities to come out on top. Ortega tossed a complete-game five-hitter with three strikeouts, and the TD offense broke open a 3-2 lead with two runs in the fifth inning and one more in the sixth to defeat 6A West Albany by a 6-3 margin Tuesday at Bob Williams Field in The Dalles.

April 6, 2016 11:07 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, April 5


CGCC nursing program alive, well

The nursing program is alive and doing well, with all but one of last year’s 16 Registered Nurse graduates fully employed in the health industry, according to Doris Jepson, director of nursing and health occupations at Columbia Gorge Community College.

April 5, 2016 3:25 p.m. read more..

TD water quality earns top marks

With the water quality crisis in Flint, Mich., making headlines, citizens in The Dalles can rest assured, according to officials, since the city’s water treatment system has earned top marks for years. The Dalles is an “outstanding performer” in Oregon, putting it in the top 10 percent in the state for water quality, and is one of just 300 water systems in the U.S. that is a member of the Partnership for Safe Water, said The Dalles Public Works Director Dave Anderson.

April 5, 2016 3:25 p.m. read more..

Teen arrested after chase

A 15-year-old male in a stolen truck took law enforcement officials on a wild, roughly 80-mile chase from Arlington to Hood River Saturday afternoon. The pursuit ended when a police cruiser pinned the vehicle against the center median of Interstate 84 near exit 63.

April 5, 2016 3:21 p.m. read more..

Young coder club gets creative

Santara Grillone doesn’t just play video games. The Dry Hollow Elementary School fifth grader also makes them. Grillone, along with more than a dozen other fifth through eighth graders, spend Wednesday afternoons at The Dalles Middle School taking part in Coder Club.

April 5, 2016 3:13 p.m. read more..

Saturday, April 2

An Evening with HAVEN

The glamour of Hollywood and nostalgia of a 35th anniversary set the stage for “An Evening with HAVEN” that will be full of elegance and reflection.

April 2, 2016 5:23 p.m. read more..

History Mystery

Terray Harmon, Mary C. Anderson, John S., Laurie Grorud Miller, Carolyn Anderson and David Jones all contributed to this report. Last week’s History Mystery photograph, above, was scanned from a 4 by 5-inch negative from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle. The information on the envelope reads, “Eastern Oregon TB Hospital, employees’ dormitory, built in 1950.” The photo is dated April 18, 1952. Laurie Grorud Miller said she “grew up on that campus, my worked up there and actually lived in the dormitory for a year before we all moved here.”

April 2, 2016 4:49 p.m. read more..

Rangers swept in two against Lyle

In a doubleheader played on Thursday, the Rangers were swept by Lyle-Wishram by scores of 7-6 and 12-11. With those defeats, Dufur has lost four games by an average of two runs, including three one-run setbacks.

April 2, 2016 11:17 a.m. read more..

Late TD rally falls short, 8-5

Down 8-1 heading into the top of the seventh inning, The Dalles Riverhawks scored four runs and had a runner on first base with two outs, but Redmond reliever Austin Cable induced a game-ending flyout to right field to cap an 8-5 victory Friday in a non-league baseball contest played at Redmond High School.

April 2, 2016 11:15 a.m. read more..

TD times out well at E.C. Classic

The Dalles track and field team posted 12 top-5 finishes, including 10 from the girls’ team, against 6A and 5A competition Friday at the East County Classic held at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham. Kayla Seibel had the best outcome for the girls, taking third place in the triple jump with a leap of 31-feet-1.5 inches, Avery Cardosi added a fourth in the long jump at 16-1.25 and sophomore standout Bailey Nearing hit a career-best in the 400-meters with a final time of one minute and 7.5 seconds.

April 2, 2016 11:11 a.m. read more..

Hawks have an appetite for destruction

The Dalles Riverhawks have that certain look in their eyes. That fire in their bellies burning hot, with an appetite for destruction. Kathryn Bradford, Maddy Bradford and Hannah Wallis went a combined 12 for 14 from the plate, and the No. 4-ranked Riverhawks rattled off a season-high 24 hits in a 24-3 mercy-ruled drubbing of Redmond Friday in a softball matchup at Redmond High School.

April 2, 2016 11:08 a.m. read more..

Friday, April 1


Lutheran school adding middle grades

Columbia Lutheran School Principal Jesse Jacobsen had to say goodbye to a rising fifth grade student last year but that won’t be the case much longer as the school is expanding through the eighth grade, beginning in August.

April 1, 2016 1:45 p.m. read more..

Alleyway change opposed

y of The Dalles staff met with more than a dozen business owners last Friday to hear concerns about vacating the alleyway behind Tony’s Town and Country to accommodate Tokola Development’s proposal to build 50 apartments as well as retail outlets.

April 1, 2016 1:22 p.m. read more..

Cleanup day scheduled by TD Little League

The countdown to opening day begins. The Dalles Little League is breaking ground on a new 2016 season, so the organization is sending an alert out to all parents and volunteers for Kramer Field to help out with the annual field cleanup day starting at 9 a.m. this Saturday at Kramer Field in The Dalles.

April 1, 2016 1:20 p.m. read more..

TD girls learn lessons from Thursday’s road loss

Entering Thursday’s varsity tennis match against Wilsonville, The Dalles girls’ tennis coach Debby Jones knew her group would have its work cut out. Wilsonville swept through singles play, but the Riverhawks claimed wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles in a 6-2 loss against the host Wildcats.

April 1, 2016 1:18 p.m. read more..

Ortega mows down La Salle Prep

Pitching against an offense that that scored five or more runs in five of its nine games, The Dalles senior Bailey Ortega needed to be on his top game. He was and then some. Ortega scattered three hits and struck out three, and was supported by an errorless defense that turned two double plays and added several sterling plays in an 8-1 victory over La Salle Prep Thursday at Bob Williams Field in The Dalles.

April 1, 2016 1:13 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Good work

To the editor: In your recent Opinion piece, “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down” (which by the way is a great addition), it was mentioned Wasco County had been awarded a federal forest access road grant.

April 1, 2016 12:15 p.m. read more..

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