Stories for August 2016


Wednesday, August 31

Lady Rangers lose two matches in Molalla

Dufur volleyball coach Jody Weaver is seeing some good things from her team in the first week of the season. Tuesday in Molalla, the Rangers were swept in a pair of matches against Country Christian and Kennedy in a volleyball double dual.

August 31, 2016 11:07 a.m. read more..

Manzo leads TD’s scoring surge

Giselle Manzo scored five goals and Emma Weir added two, as The Dalles girls’ soccer team jumped out to a 5-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 9-0 victory over Redmond Tuesday in varsity action at Redmond High School.

August 31, 2016 11:06 a.m. read more..

New coaches, new Sherman attitude

With four new assistant coaches and new head coach Amy Huffman, the four Husky volleyball seniors, Emily Hill, Meghan Belshe, Stormy Rhodes and Ellie Davis want to instill a winning culture and a positive legacy for the younger group to take hold of.

August 31, 2016 11:02 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 30


Ricarte to lead TDC

Veteran reporter RaeLynn Ricarte has been named executive editor of The Dalles Chronicle. Ricarte has more than 20 years of experience in journalism and been a reporter and editor in The Dalles since 2010. She has worked for Eagle Media Northwest, the parent company of the Chronicle, for over 16 years. “It’s an honor to announce RaeLynn as executive editor. She’s a tireless worker who has a passion for the news industry, as well as a specific passion for continuing the Chronicle’s success as a news operation,” said Joe Petshow, president of Eagle Media.

August 30, 2016 2:38 p.m. read more..

Fire destroys historic house

Saturday morning, Chelsea Scarborough was awakened by the sound of a window breaking by her head and opened her eyes to see flames shooting at her through the broken glass.

August 30, 2016 2:30 p.m. read more..

New citizens celebrate in TD

It was “America the Beautiful” indeed. For a group of 15 immigrants being sworn in as new United States citizens last Thursday, the backdrop could hardly have been any more dramatic: They took their oath of citizenship at the Discovery Center and Museum in The Dalles.

August 30, 2016 2:29 p.m. read more..

TD volleyball loses opener

The Dalles volleyball team had a 2-1 lead after three sets, but wound up losing 25-22 in the fourth and then lost 15-10 in the fifth set to lose its home opener to North Marion Monday night at Kurtz Gym.

August 30, 2016 1:12 p.m. read more..

Rangers all business entering ‘16 season

DUFUR – Coming off a seventh state football championship and first since the 2006 campaign, the Dufur Rangers are taking a business approach to defending their crown. They lost a bulk of talented seniors and linemen, but return the 1A Player of the Year Bailey Keever and a group of 13 sophomores, who earned their stripes as freshmen last year.

August 30, 2016 1:05 p.m. read more..

Saturday, August 27


Stelzer, Hoey shine at Wasco Fair run

Ezekiel Stelzer and Amanda Hoey were the highlights of last weekend’s Wasco County Fair Run/Walk, leading their respective divisions for first place as nearly 30 runners showed up to perform on the tough Tygh valley course. Stelzer won the men’s 5k race with a time of 18 minutes and 17 seconds, nearly two minutes better than his next two opponents.

August 27, 2016 10:06 a.m. read more..

Sports participation numbers up

PORTLAND (NFHS) – Led by an encouraging report in football participation nationwide, the number of participants in high school sports increased for the 27th consecutive year in 2015-16 according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

August 27, 2016 10:05 a.m. read more..

Hawk harriers are running with drive

Over the past few years, the female talent on The Dalles Cross Country team has been dominating the headlines with multiple league titles. State-qualifier and senior standout Jony Nelson and the Riverhawk boys feel they have the depth and talent to move to the top of the 5A classification.

August 27, 2016 10:02 a.m. read more..

Friday, August 26

Children’s Addition

The Dalles/Wasco County Library celebrated the opening of its new 2,300 square foot children’s addition with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday. Approximately 200 people turned out for the event, prompting Oregon State Librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen to comment that she had never before “seen a crowd this big at a library opening.”

August 26, 2016 1:25 p.m. read more..

Parks chief resigns

Phil Lewis, executive director of Northern Wasco County Parks & Recreation District, has resigned, effective Sept. 23, to accept a new role as community services director for Oregon City.

August 26, 2016 1:03 p.m. read more..

D21 scores up

Year-end test results across the school district were mostly encouraging, and, in particular, officials are excited to release updated data on the high school in October.

August 26, 2016 12:58 p.m. read more..

Wife sentenced for killing husband

The wife of a disabled man living at the Oregon Veterans’ Home pleaded guilty Wednesday to intentionally causing his death on their 40th wedding anniversary last fall.

August 26, 2016 12:52 p.m. read more..

SWC starts with a pair of wins

The South Wasco County Redsides got off to a fast start and never looked back Wednesday in their two-match season-opener, taking a three-game sweep over Trinity Lutheran and a four-set triumph over Triangle Lake in volleyball action in Bend.

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

Letter to the editor: Divine laws

To the editor: The Bible is a fascinating book revealing Divine wisdom. It is not an exposition of human theology about God. As such it can’t be interpreted as if it were a novel or a history book. And one very unique characteristic of the Holy Bible is that it often tells the end in the beginning.

August 26, 2016 5:44 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Thank you

To the editor: In the last few weeks an individual(s) has been donating various fresh food items to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank in The Dalles. This person does this anonymously, so we don’t know who you are. On behalf of our food bank staff and volunteers we want to send you a sincere thank you for what you’re doing.

August 26, 2016 5:43 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Voter choice

To the editor: This is a message to voters who (even though they do not want a Clinton presidency) say they just can’t vote for Trump because he doesn’t represent all of their principles and values. They say it’s more important to be right than to win. They say they’ll vote Independent or Libertarian, which is just the same as not voting at all. Sorry to break the news, but voting Independent or Libertarian (or not voting at all) will not achieve the goals you desire.

August 26, 2016 5:42 a.m. read more..

Thursday, August 25

Audit: ODF stretched too thin

BEND (AP) — The time, effort and money spent fighting wildfires has strained workers and harmed other programs at the Oregon Department of Forestry, according to an Oregon state audit.

August 25, 2016 5:38 p.m. read more..

MINT arrests 5 in August

The Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force has executed 12 search warrants in publicized cases during 2016 that involved drug trafficking, a number that officials say is on par with last year.

August 25, 2016 5:38 p.m. read more..

Nelson Tire Factory wins NWPRD crown

As a sponsor for nearly two decades, Nelson Tire Factory has had teams post top-3 and runner-up finishes in the past, but never a championship. Wednesday night at Kramer Field, this group finally climbed over the mountaintop as the champions of the North Wasco County Parks and Recreation Department Co-Ed Softball League after a 28-5 triumph over Domino’s Pizza sponsored, “McGlovin.”

August 25, 2016 9:55 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 24


A new, wet world for yoga ─ paddleboarding

Amie DiGennaro has combined her love of standup paddleboarding with her love of yoga, renting boards and teaching classes in The Dalles. “It’s essentially yoga, but instead of a firm mat, you are on the board,” DiGennaro explained.

August 24, 2016 3:13 p.m. read more..

Low-income complex opens

The wait for affordable housing is over for two dozen families in The Dalles area. In early August, construction was completed at the Heritage Heights Apartment complex, located at 1324 W. 10th Street, and well-built and efficient low-income housing options were available for rent.

August 24, 2016 2:57 p.m. read more..

New truck speeds food service

A new Oregon Food Bank truck will be dedicated at a ceremony Thursday that will also celebrate the expanded ability of local hunger relief agencies to distribute fresh produce, food boxes, meals, backpacks and supplemental products to needy families. “This truck was purchased specifically to serve the region,” said Sharon Thornberry, OFB’s rural community liaison.

August 24, 2016 2:53 p.m. read more..

Classic invites the 1A’s best to Dufur

DUFUR – The long wait is nearly over. Only one week stands before the start of the 1A football season and the 16th annual Oregon Eight-Man Classic showcase at Dufur High School. Dufur football coach and athletic director Jack Henderson has put together three days of gridiron action featuring several of the elite 1A programs from across state, including Camas Valley, Crane, Adrian, Triad, Days Creek and the defending 2015 state champion Dufur Rangers.

August 24, 2016 11:38 a.m. read more..

The time is now for Dufur volleyball

DUFUR – Through rigorous daily double practices over the past two weeks, Dufur volleyball senior Emily Grande-DePriest grows more and more impressed by the nine underclassmen, including seven freshmen, that will see added minutes on the hardwood this fall. They have an unrelenting drive to get back to Redmond for state, a good omen so early in camp.

August 24, 2016 11:36 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 23

Fire burns truck on Sevenmile Hill Road

A pickup truck hauling a load of hay caught fire as it approached the summit of Seven Mile Hill Road from the east Tuesday afternoon. The fire was reported at 3:30 p.m., and spread to the load of hay and into nearby grass bordering. Twenty acres were burned, and the road was closed for several hours before the fire was extinguished and crews wrapped up around 8 p.m. Crews responding included Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, Dallesport Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Department of Forestry and Mosier Fire Department. Scenic Area fire crews were also dispatched.

August 23, 2016 4:53 p.m. read more..

TD hopes extra work equals state playoffs

For The Dalles girls’ soccer team, it is all about fresh starts. Under the new offensive and defensive schemes implemented by new head coach Oscar Nunez, varsity assistant Cheri McCall and new junior varsity coach Amy Krol, the rebuilt roster has its focus squarely on early success and a berth into the postseason.

August 23, 2016 1:48 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Against subdivision

To the editor: When I bought my property in unincorporated Dallesport, it was with the intent that I could retire in a community with peace and quiet. I purposely bought a property of one-third acre in size so I would have some space between me and my neighbors. I bought and paid for my property in full at time of purchase in 2005.

August 23, 2016 1:39 p.m. read more..

Five hurt by colt mishap

SEATTLE (AP) — The owner of a spooked horse that bolted through a crowd at a Washington fair, injuring five people, says a nearby forklift scared her colt.

August 23, 2016 12:59 p.m. read more..

Police watch for seatbelts

Seatbelt use has climbed nationwide over the years, and Oregon has the country’s third highest usage rate, but locally, the stats have slipped a bit. A seatbelt “blitz” over the next two weeks hopes to rectify that. The blitz, which the Oregon State Police will conduct Aug. 22 to Sept. 4, is paid for by a federal grant that pays overtime for law enforcement officers to focus solely on seatbelt use.

August 23, 2016 12:52 p.m. read more..

Moro citizens nab suspect

The Sherman County Sheriff’s Office got some help from the public last Thursday in chasing down a suspect, who ended up pinned beneath a cyclone fence after getting tackled by two citizens.

August 23, 2016 12:52 p.m. read more..

RV park gets green light

Sometime next spring, The Dalles will be a little more welcoming of recreational vehicles. On Aug. 18, The Dalles Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve a 10-space RV park that will be located on a one-acre site at 3821 W. 10th Street, directly east of Chenoweth Creek.

August 23, 2016 12:46 p.m. read more..

Saturday, August 20

Letter to the Editor: End-time events

To the editor: Four years ago, it came to me so strongly that that was the last normal election we would have. I could have prophesied it and felt no fear of the Lord.

August 20, 2016 1:12 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: League thanks

To the editor: Now that we have concluded another summer baseball/softball season, I would like to thank all of our Babe Ruth League volunteers and our Community Sponsors.

August 20, 2016 1:11 p.m. read more..

Tough training ends with graduation

I stood watching the 313 Marines of Alpha Company march onto the parade deck of Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego for Friday’s graduation while wondering how the recruits that I had seen arrive four days earlier were faring. Even as families cheered at the sight of five platoons crisply demonstrating how hours of drilling had taught them to execute sharp movements in synchronicity, the 400 men of India Company were experiencing the “Black Friday” drop into their respective platoons.

August 20, 2016 12:52 p.m. read more..

Riding to save vet lives

It isn’t unusual to have a former graduate return to town for a visit; however, it is unusual to have that individual cycle 300 miles across Oregon to get here. AJ Davila, 34, a 2000 graduate of Wahtonka High School, rolls into town Aug. 27 or 28, the end of a two to three-day journey from Klamath Falls to raise money for other veterans.

August 20, 2016 12:46 p.m. read more..

Young Hawks ready to take 5A by storm

With a new head coach in Matthew Dallman and a starting roster of five freshmen, four sophomores and five upperclassmen, The Dalles boys’ soccer team is not worried about a lack of experience, but will rely on teamwork and progression through the regular season

August 20, 2016 10:10 a.m. read more..

Friday, August 19


Elliott files for new term

With a deadline to file looming, The Dalles City Councilor Taner Elliott has decided to seek another two-year term. Elliott, elected to his first term in 2014, said infrastructure improvements are near the top of his priority list as he begins his re-election campaign.

August 19, 2016 3:02 p.m. read more..

Library makes room for kids, teens

The Dalles/Wasco County Library has grown … younger. Earlier this month, the library, at 722 Court Street, completed a 2,300-square-foot addition to the main building that is geared toward youngsters. The newly finished space will be used for story times, kids’ books and programs, arts and crafts, board games, and other kid-oriented activities.

August 19, 2016 2:46 p.m. read more..

Ready to wash

The Dalles High School cheer team members, pictured from left to right, Kendyl Kumm, Abbey Helseth, Meara Crawford, Jessika Nanez, Keagan Rice and others give themselves a round of applause after practice Wednesday at Sid White Field.

August 19, 2016 12:47 p.m. read more..

Riverhawks on Year 1 of rebuilding project

Over the next two years, The Dalles football team will play an independent schedule, so head coach Steve Sugg is looking forward to the opportunity to teach, mold and shape an up-and-coming roster of 30 underclassmen to build for the future.

August 19, 2016 12:45 p.m. read more..

Thursday, August 18


Recruits recall first day

SAN DIEGO — Garrett Berg and Hunter Leonard, both 18, remember the chaotic night they arrived at Marine Corps Recruiting Depot San Diego as the most traumatic of the eight weeks they have now spent in training.

August 18, 2016 1:52 p.m. read more..

Rezoning plan goes to county commission

The decision on whether to rezone to allow 20 additional housing lots in the heart of Dallesport will now be considered by the Klickitat County Commission, with no official recommendation from the county planning commission.

August 18, 2016 1:46 p.m. read more..

DUII rolls through TD

After nearly being hit head-on Wednesday afternoon, an off-duty firefighter followed a driver for about 12 blocks around downtown, watching her hit one parked vehicle before boxing her in and taking her keys from her.

August 18, 2016 1:42 p.m. read more..

D21 studies ‘long term’ bond option

With five aging schools to contend with, the school board is considering the idea of asking voters to approve a single, large, long-term “bond authority” that would give the district enough cash to eventually replace them all.

August 18, 2016 1:41 p.m. read more..

TD’s belief factor on high

The Dalles head football coach Steve Sugg (middle) offers words of encouragement for his 40 players who were in attendance at Wednesday’s practice on Sid White Field.

August 18, 2016 12:05 p.m. read more..

Dakota Murr: Working toward a goal

Dakota Murr has high expectations for himself and The Dalles boys’ basketball program over the next few years. In order to meet or surpass those goals and aspirations, he was on the hardwood this spring and summer playing on an Elite level team and in AAU Tournaments across the West region.

August 18, 2016 12:04 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 17

A moment of shame

SAN DIEGO — Yesterday I told you all about what happens when recruits arrive at the Receiving Center to be processed for training. The chaos where every move is orchestrated by drill instructors is designed to disorient young males (all females train at Parris Island, S.C.) and prepare them for a grueling 13 weeks of boot camp. Today it was our turn. I couldn’t help but groan when our bus pulled up outside the center shortly after 7 a.m. and Sgt. David Alvarado was waiting on the curb with a small horde of other DIs, Marine sergeants and officers.

August 17, 2016 4:50 p.m. read more..

New colors for local NG unit

The Oregon National Guard unit based at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center formally switched its unit designation in a ceremony Sunday at the readiness center.

August 17, 2016 4:33 p.m. read more..

$20M suit filed against AmeriTies

In a bid to compel the company to improve emissions control, two women have filed a $20 million lawsuit against AmeriTies West in The Dalles, alleging nuisance, trespass, and negligence.

August 17, 2016 4:31 p.m. read more..

Manning the Wasco Fair gates

Boy Scout Troop 395 in The Dalles will be manning the gates of the Wasco County Fair in Tygh Valley Thursday through Sunday and are hopeful of staying busy, since they will receive a share of entrance proceeds for their efforts.

August 17, 2016 4:23 p.m. read more..

Riverhawk Strong

The Dalles athlete J.R. Scott successfully deadlifts upwards of 400 pounds, while Dalles Seufalemua (back) and Dufur’s Abraham Kilby cheer him on during Saturday’s Gorge Gauntlet Competition at Amaton Field.

August 17, 2016 11:42 a.m. read more..

All for the love of the game

Through the summer, Kathryn Bradford and Jodi Thomasian traveled 6,200 miles across the United States in softball tournament games and also logged 214 miles, twice-a-week, to Hillsboro for practices – all for the love of the game. They enjoyed great moments, shared life experiences and improved their game to the level where they can take hold of prominent leadership roles for The Dalles softball team next spring. The long road trips are tiring, but it is all worth it in the end.

August 17, 2016 11:35 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 16

Fort Dalles Museum concert cancelled

The scheduled Music at the Fort Dalles Museum and Anderson Homestead concert scheduled for Sunday Aug. 28, 4 p.m. has been cancelled due to scheduling conflict with our artists. If you are looking for music on that afternoon you might consider the free Navy Band Concert at Maryhill Amphitheater.

August 16, 2016 3:11 p.m. read more..

Boot camp chaos begins...

Editor’s Note: RaeLynn Ricarte, managing editor of the Chronicle and mother of a Marine veteran, is at Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego this week to cover the Educator’s Workshop, involving teachers from Oregon and Seattle. She is the first Marine mom/reporter to attend the workshop, and will provide a series of reports through the week.

August 16, 2016 2:57 p.m. read more..

City names new director

Daniel Hunter, who currently serves as project coordinator for The Dalles, has been hired to be the city’s new human resources director. Hunter has a master’s degree in public administration with a human resources concentration from American Military University in Charles Town, W. Va.

August 16, 2016 2:53 p.m. read more..

‘Show in the Shade’ car show winners announced

It was a hot weekend and dozens of hot cars showed up in The Dalles over the weekend for the annual “Cruise the Gorge” event, which kicked off with a Neon Cruise through downtown The Dalles beginning Friday afternoon at 6 p.m.

August 16, 2016 2:45 p.m. read more..

Crash claims one in Mosier

A Troutdale woman was killed Sunday night near Mosier in what the Wasco County sheriff said was the worst crash he’s ever seen. Passenger Tanisha Crowel, 26, was dead at the scene and the driver, her husband, Cameron Crowel, 27, was lifeflighted to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.

August 16, 2016 2:43 p.m. read more..

Woman injured in early morning fire

A woman was injured and a house trailer was destroyed in an early Monday morning fire on West Eighth Street. According to Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue Chief Bob Palmer, firefighters were dispatched to battle a blaze at 2525 W. Eighth St., Unit #34, at 3:56 a.m. Monday.

August 16, 2016 2:41 p.m. read more..

Dufur Valley running field puts on impressive display

In his first year as race coordinator of the Dufur Valley 5k and 10k event, Ty Wyman was happy with the turnout and final results put up by the 65 running participants. With the Wasco County Fair coming up Saturday morning, Wyman has high hopes for another high turnout.

August 16, 2016 11:58 a.m. read more..

Vassar dominates sub-regional golf event

The Dalles golfer Tyler Vassar is not one to put his clubs away for the summer. He has been on the links, playing in tournaments and working on his craft at The Dalles Country Club in an effort to sharpen up his game. All of that work paid off in spades at the 14-15-year old Drive, Chip and Putt Sub-Regional Championships ending Aug. 9 at Meriwether National Golf Club in Hillsboro.

August 16, 2016 11:55 a.m. read more..

Sunday, August 14

Saturday, August 13

Private land closures

Local timberland companies have closed throughout the region due to high fire danger. All company-owned lands in Klickitat, Skamania, Yakima, Hood River and Wasco Counties are closed until further notice. The closure affects all lands owned or managed by: Brought Lumber Company, Hancock Forest Management, Western Pacific Timber, Stevenson Land Company (SDS), Kreps Ranch, and Kreps Family LLC.

August 13, 2016 1:09 p.m. read more..

Brush fire out between Mosier and Rowena

Crews from multiple fire responded to a brush fire reported between Mosier and Rowena Saturday afternoon, on the north side of Interstate 84, and found a 50 by 10 foot fire, which has been extinguished as of noon.

August 13, 2016 11:49 a.m. read more..

History Mystery

The photograph above was scanned from a 4- by 5-inch black and white negative from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle in 1958 — But the negative image of an undated glossy print. The envelope label reads, “Sherar’s Bridge Hotel” in pen, with “House (copy)” added in pencil

August 13, 2016 11:37 a.m. read more..

Friday, August 12

Robbery suspect yet to enter plea

A Hood River man accused of robbing at gunpoint Jack’s Mini Market had a court appearance Tuesday in Wasco County but did not enter a plea as expected. A plea entry is anticipated by or before Sept. 20.

August 12, 2016 3:25 p.m. read more..

Sports officials needed for the 2016-17 season

Since the 2010 sports season, there has been a steady decline in referees and officials across all sports. Mid-Columbia Football Officials president Bob McFadden is calling on men and women from across the gorge to be contributing to the community and get involved in interscholastic sports.

August 12, 2016 2:11 p.m. read more..

Huffman makes her triumphant return

MORO – In their first three seasons as varsity volleyball players, incoming seniors Brittney Orendorff and Emily Hill have been part of a Sherman volleyball program that has won 15 of 62 matches. With new head coach Amy Huffman back at the helm, the standout duo is looking forward to finishing their high school careers with a playoff berth and possibly more.

August 12, 2016 2:09 p.m. read more..

Thursday, August 11

Arts and Entertainment calendar

Friday, Aug. 12 The Ananas and the Papas perform 7 to 9 p.m. at Gorge Community Music. Groovy tunes from all over the planet. Tickets $8 in store and online at, or call 541-296-2900. Neon Cruise downtown The Dalles. Classic cars roll through town all evening, part of The Dalles Summer Celebration and Neon Classic Weekend. Willy and Nelson perform 7 to 10 p.m., Zim’s Brau Haus, 604 E. Second St., The Dalles. Saturday, Aug. 13 Neon Classic Weekend, part of The Dalles Summer Celebration. Stone in Love, a Journey tribute band, headlines the performance at Lewis and Clark Festival Park, First and Union streets, downtown The Dalles. The Scepter Brothers, a Northwest 60s band, opens the show at 7 p.m. followed by Ants In The Kitchen, a funk, soul and rock band. Doors open at 6 p.m. Festival seating, all age show, 12 and under free. Tickets $15 advance, general admission (all ages) $17 day of show. Up close tickets $20, 21 and over, standing room only. Mid-Columbia Car Club’s Show in the Shade at Sorosis Park, all day. Raffles, vendors, goody bags and trophies. Over 140 classic cars have already registered for the event, which is part of Cruise the Gorge.St.

August 11, 2016 4:52 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: No rezone

To the editor: The Klickitat County Planning Commission last month had a hearing regarding Dallesport, Block C rezoning from Suburban Residential, single family to multi-family, high-density subdivision zoning.

August 11, 2016 4:49 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Thank you

To the editor: This is an open letter to the law enforcement officers of The Dalles and Oregon State Police Troopers: It is with a sincere and grateful heart that I say thank you for your perseverance, courage and dedication to your responsibilities and to our community of families, children, schools and individual community members.

August 11, 2016 4:48 p.m. read more..

Dufur votes to nix pub license

The Dufur City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend denial of the Dufur Pastime’s liquor license after the Wasco County sheriff urged the vote in the interest of public safety.

August 11, 2016 4:22 p.m. read more..

Heritage Fire burns near Deschutes

A wildfire that started about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the mouth of the Deschutes River quickly spread across 300-900 acres and is being fought by firefighters from three different agencies on rotating shifts.

August 11, 2016 4:19 p.m. read more..

Madras women killed in Portland crash

A Madras woman died in a crash on Highway 213 in Clackamas Aug. 10. OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle versus a pedestrian on Highway 213 at SE Overland Street in Clackamas at about 11 p.m.

August 11, 2016 4:07 p.m. read more..

Dufur football leads community outreach

Through the summer, Ranger athletes volunteered their time to help different businesses and organizations around town. If local busineeses or townspeople would like extra work done, they can call Jack Henderson at 541-993-1443.

August 11, 2016 12:02 p.m. read more..

OSAA is putting safety first on the football field

PORTLAND – The Oregon School Activities Association recommended its 249 football-playing high schools enroll into USA Football’s Heads Up Football program last year. This year, the OSAA will become the first state high school activities association in the country to require it. USA Football, the sport’s national governing body, trains more high school and youth football coaches combined than any organization in the country. Nearly 1,000 high schools spanning 44 states signed up for USA Football’s Heads Up Football program in 2014.

August 11, 2016 noon read more..

Breaking down volleyball fundamentals

Just looking at all the fresh faces reminded Sierra Watson of the good old days when she was a young pup learning the ropes on the volleyball court. This past week, at Riverhawk Volleyball camp at The Dalles Middle School, the incoming senior was the wily veteran lending tidbits of wisdom to her fledgling brethren.

August 11, 2016 11:55 a.m. read more..

Care facility adds park-like area

Columbia Basin Care is dramatically improving its outdoor space with the creation of a park-like space featuring a picnic pavilion and wheelchair-friendly pathways. The park is being created on a one-acre parcel of land adjacent to the nursing home, at the corner of Webber and 11th streets. Lined with mature trees, the area has remained largely undeveloped and under-utilized.

August 11, 2016 5:24 a.m. read more..

Petco Foundation awards grant

Petco Foundation has awarded a $7,5000 grant to Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue (CGCR). The grant will help the local nonprofit's spay and neuter program for homeless cats in the Columbia River gorge.

August 11, 2016 5:20 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 10


Cleanup complete in Dallesport

After nearly a decade of effort, the Port of Klickitat is closing the door on the environmental cleanup of the Recycled Aluminum Metals Company (RAMCo) disposal site located at its Dallesport Industrial Park.

August 10, 2016 5:51 p.m. read more..

Fun at Fairway Follies

The Dalles Country Club is throwing a party for the community in a little more than two weeks that includes music by three different groups on the lush front lawn. “This is our way of reaching out to be part of the community,” said Jason Miller, a club member and one of the organizers.

August 10, 2016 5:49 p.m. read more..

Fire burns in Heritage Park at mouth of Deschutes River

UPDATE 4:30 pm A wildfire that is believed to have started a couple of hours ago in Heritage Park along the Deschutes River has grown to 1,200 acres and is being battled by multiple agencies, according to Katie Santini, public information officer for the Columbia Gorge Scenic Area Office of the U.S. Forest Service.

August 10, 2016 3:07 p.m. read more..

ODFW offers advice on avoiding bears

Wildlife managers urge residents in the John Day area to take steps to avoid bear conflicts this fall. Secure garbage and food waste, clean up fallen fruit around trees and don’t leave pet food outside.

August 10, 2016 11:16 a.m. read more..

TD Swim Team goes in for its final fury

Competing against a stout field this past weekend at the Bend Open Swim Invitational, The Dalles Swim Team head coach Scott McKay liked what he saw from his young group in their final event of the summer season. At the Juniper Swim and Fitness Center Sunday afternoon, TDST scored 11 top-15 finishes, four in the top-5, including a 25-yard freestyle victory by Rhylie Van Matre in three days of action in Bend.

August 10, 2016 11:11 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Clinton mockery

To the editor: I do not question the patriotism of Mr. Khan and have compassion for his loss, but I resent him being a shill for Clinton and waiving the Constitution under the nose of the American people.

August 10, 2016 10:11 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Health center

To the editor: This week, Aug. 7-13, is National Health Center Week, and we are proud to be part of the gorge’s own community health center, One Community Health.

August 10, 2016 10:10 a.m. read more..

PUD upgrades top $12M Mmillion

With Google expanding into a new industrial park, and an expectation of more power customers moving there as well, North Wasco County PUD plans to build a new substation there.

August 10, 2016 4:43 a.m. read more..

Step into 'Blue Zone’ for healthy life

The secrets to a long and happy life can be found in the way a community chooses to eat, move, and play, according to a study undertaken by National Geographic that has spawned a healthy choice initiative in Oregon and other states. The nine common strength areas of cities with the oldest active inhabitants on the planet will be shared Thursday by Aaron Patnode, executive director of the Blue Zones Project in Oregon.

August 10, 2016 4:42 a.m. read more..

Car cruise shifts into gear

If you love classic cars, The Dalles, Dufur and Dallesport are the places to be this weekend. The annual “Cruise the Gorge Classic Car Show” will feature a wide variety of cars and other vehicles in a variety of settings - from stationery to cruising to racing -- and the events are free to spectators.

August 10, 2016 4:41 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 9

PUD upgrades top $12M

With Google expanding into a new industrial park, and an expectation of more power customers moving there as well, North Wasco County PUD plans to build a new substation there.

August 9, 2016 1:39 p.m. read more..

Rollover Crash

The Dalles City Councilor Russ Brown was first on the scene of a vehicle accident Monday morning (his truck is in the background) that trapped a woman in her smoking car along Highway 197 about 15 miles south of Maupin.

August 9, 2016 1:37 p.m. read more..

Step into 'Blue Zone' for healthy life

The secrets to a long and happy life can be found in the way a community chooses to eat, move, and play, according to a study undertaken by National Geographic that has spawned a healthy choice initiative in Oregon and other states. The nine common strength areas of cities with the oldest active inhabitants on the planet will be shared Thursday by Aaron Patnode, executive director of the Blue Zones Project in Oregon.

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

Car cruise shifts into gear

If you love cars, The Dalles, Dufur and Dallesport are the places to be this weekend. The annual “Cruise the Gorge Classic Car Show” will feature a wide variety of cars and other vehicles in a variety of settings -- from stationery to cruising to racing -- and the events are free to spectators.

August 9, 2016 1:34 p.m. read more..

2017 sportfishing regulations are set

SALEM — The Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted 2017 sportfishing regulations at its meeting in Salem recently. The majority of the changes are housekeeping corrections building on last year’s effort to simplify the regulations.

August 9, 2016 12:36 p.m. read more..

Dance Club sweeps field at Dance Magic

In its final recital of the summer, The Dalles Dance Club Academy of Performing Arts team put forth a historic performance at the 34th annual Dance Magic this past weekend in Seaside. The Dance Club dominated every division with first-place finishes, an accomplishment only attained once over the past 22 years under the leadership of dance instructor Kristi Maley.

August 9, 2016 12:35 p.m. read more..

Saturday, August 6


Vintage Dufur Days events

Vintage Dufur Days events kick off Saturday morning, Aug. 13, with a parade down Main Street, Dufur, at 10 a.m. Artisan and food booths and a large Farmer’s Market hosted by Gorge Grown Food Network Saturday and Sunday. Displays and living history at the Dufur Museum all weekend, located across Main Street from the field events. These include a spinning demonstration and quilt show sponsored by the Columbia Fiber Guild, narrated tours of the blacksmith shop once used by Everett Metzentine and other displays.

August 6, 2016 1:44 p.m. read more..

Neal Creek Fire burns south of Hood River

Neal Creek Fire The Neal Creek Fire was reported Thursday evening burning in dense second growth Douglas-fir on steep terrain approximately eight miles south of Hood River, in the Department of Forestry's The Dalles Unit. As of Friday afternoon, the fire was estimated to be 15 acres in size. Winds up to 20 miles an hour and steep terrain were a challenge as hand crews lay hose around the fire Friday, at which time the fire was 50 percent contained. Resources on scene included four 20 person hand crews and two engines. A Type 2 and Type 1 helicopter is available. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

August 6, 2016 12:30 p.m. read more..

Friday, August 5


To love your neighbor as yourself

“’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31

August 5, 2016 2:58 p.m. read more..

OR weekend fire danger ‘extreme’

Weekend weather forecasts call for lightning, and fire conditions are rated as “extreme” due to dry fuels and warm temperatures, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). This year fires caused by lightning are significantly fewer than the 10-year average in central Oregon, but human-caused fires are on the rise.

August 5, 2016 2:43 p.m. read more..

Odors high from tie plant

Initial air quality testing of naphthalene levels from the AmeritTies plant were far from posing immediate health risks, but are concerning for long-term health, officials say.

August 5, 2016 2:31 p.m. read more..

Signups open for free youth pheasant hunt

SALEM – Registration is now open for ODFW’s free pheasant hunts for youth (age 17 and under) happening around the state in September. The events are being held in Baker City, Central Point, Corvallis, Eugene, Hermiston, John Day, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Portland, The Dalles (Tygh Valley).

August 5, 2016 2:15 p.m. read more..

Nurturing and teaching future stars

The sounds included sneakers squeaking, basketballs bouncing, coaches directing and boys and girls talking, laughing and cheering each other on. Those were some of the sweet sounds for The Dalles boys’ basketball head coach Nathan Morris.

August 5, 2016 2:05 p.m. read more..

Thursday, August 4


Letter to editor: God's plan

To the editor: Today we see a great deal of media coverage of non-traditional family configurations but see little attention given to traditional opposite-sex marriages into which children can be born.

August 4, 2016 4:09 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Wake up!

To the editor: When a man tries to stop another from committing suicide on an overpass and others just drive by or take videos or even encourage him to jump, I have to wonder what kind of a society have we created?

August 4, 2016 4:08 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Going strong

To the editor: On behalf of The Dalles Sister Cities Association, I wish to express our appreciation to The Chronicle and staff writer Jesse Burkhardt for last week’s excellent article on our recent student delegation to Miyoshi City, Japan, sister city of The Dalles. This journey would not have been possible without crucial assistance of many individuals and organizations.

August 4, 2016 4:08 p.m. read more..

Hats on for Wyden

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., left, admires a knitted children’s hat during a visit to the Loren Kaufman Veterans Clinic in The Dalles. The hat was made by Virginia Wang, right, who was knitting in the waiting room when Wyden stopped at the clinic on his way to Pendleton. “I’m known as the ‘hat lady at Safeway,” she told the senator. “I love making hats, that’s why God put me on this earth,” she added. She makes an average of two each day, and has made 1,016 hats so far this year. She gives them away, she explained, and Wyden selected a red one for his youngest daughter, who is three years old, but insisted she accept cash to purchase more yarn.

August 4, 2016 4:03 p.m. read more..

Co-op seeks ‘pop-up’ store

The group trying to build a local food co-op is still plugging away at gaining members, but is also looking at starting a “pop- up store” in the meantime to generate income and provide an outlet for sales of locally made food. The mobile store the Community Harvest Cooperative Grocery board is mulling would be periodically set up wherever a location can be found, said Kathy Ursprung, president of the co-op board.

August 4, 2016 3:25 p.m. read more..

Pot ordinance vote delayed

Once it is approved by a majority vote of the five-member city council, Ordinance 16-1343 will regulate the “time, place, and manner” of marijuana sales within the city of The Dalles. But it will be a little longer before the city’s proposed new marijuana regulations go into effect.

August 4, 2016 3:24 p.m. read more..

Teaching the hoops basics

Basketball players had four days of learning the basics of the basketball game under the tutelage of The Dalles varsity head coach Nathan Morris (front) and assistant coach Greg Cummings this past week on the campus of The Dalles Middle School.

August 4, 2016 12:41 p.m. read more..

Making memories that will last a lifetime

There were thunderstorms, flight cancellations, days traveling on airboat through the Florida marshes and even a chance to make new friends. Memories that will last a lifetime, with many moments to cherish forever. The Dalles 14U Babe Ruth softball made its return trip from Jensen Beach, Florida on Wednesday, a closer group, a happy group and as writers of a groundbreaking new chapter of local softball history.

August 4, 2016 12:37 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 3

ADA celebrates a birthday

Since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, the world has become a much friendlier place for people who get around in wheelchairs or face other access-limiting disabilities.

August 3, 2016 4:53 p.m. read more..

Back to School

Students in The Dalles received a boost Saturday, picking up free backpacks filled with school supplies at Verizon wireless retailer TCC, located at 400 Mt. Hood St., Suite 100. The national backpack giveaway provided backpacks filled with pencils, folders, glue and other school supplies.

August 3, 2016 4:42 p.m. read more..

‘Googlefest’ explores online tools

Participants from throughout the Columbia Gorge attended “Googlefest” in The Dalles Tuesday, participating in a variety of educational workshops geared toward helping nonprofits, educators and small businesses make use of Google’s offerings in their work.

August 3, 2016 4:40 p.m. read more..

Body found on mountain

Rescuers believe a body found on Mount Adams Sunday was that of a missing hiker who worked at Sushi Okalani in Hood River. Robert Burroughs, 60, of Stevenson, was hiking alone in mid-July when he fell from a high slope and suffered serious injuries.

August 3, 2016 4:30 p.m. read more..

Hotel approved in TD

A Prineville family that owns five hotels in eastern Oregon has received city approval to build a sixth: an 80-room, four-story hotel at Sixth and Snipes in The Dalles. Rich Priday, a retired Les Schwab Tire Center executive, filed to build the motel through an entity called The Dalles LLC. He could not be reached for comment. The motel will face Sixth Street, and the city is requiring a 25-foot right of way be dedicated to the city so Sixth Street can be widened at that point to add a center turn lane, said The Dalles Planning Director Dick Gassman.

August 3, 2016 4:12 p.m. read more..

Community is celebrated at Dolphin Dive

When a community and its athletes collaborate for a common goal, great things can happen. The first sign of good things to come was in June of 2015, when the North Wasco County Aquatic Center opened a new pool, funded by a community bond. The pool replaced a landmark that has been a community swimming staple for the past 80 years.

August 3, 2016 11:42 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 2

Pride day

Seth Hedberg practices with a baton during the Pride Day event Saturday at City Park in The Dalles. Hedberg serves on the newly formed Crown Pride Committee (named after David Crown) that organized the LGBTQIA event to celebrate diversity. Although a protest was threatened on social media, it didn’t materialized. A crowd enjoyed music, activities. RaeLynn Ricarte photo

August 2, 2016 4:18 p.m. read more..

Farm accident kills Tygh man

PENDLETON (AP) — Umatilla County authorities say a 27-year-old man has died in a farming accident near Helix after being pinned between a water truck and a semitrailer. The East Oregonian reports that Guy Simer, of Tygh Valley, died at the scene of the Saturday incident. Sixty-eight-year-old James Harris, of Pendleton, suffered broken bones and was taken to a hospital.

August 2, 2016 3:38 p.m. read more..

TDHS grad saves life

Damion Morris wasn’t scheduled to work last Monday delivering Domino’s Pizza, but they needed someone to come in, so he took the shift. He ended up saving a suicidal man’s life in a dramatic tussle on an overpass.

August 2, 2016 3:37 p.m. read more..

Plane crash kills HR pilot

In what is believed to be the first fatality at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport in Dallesport, longtime Hood River pilot Richard Sperling died Monday morning after his plane crashed on landing. The FAA responded to the crash from Hillsboro, and was on scene until about 9 p.m. Monday, said Rolf Anderson, an airport manager. Sperling was flying a Lancair 360, a type of home-built plane.

August 2, 2016 3:32 p.m. read more..

Nunez brings a family vibe to TD soccer

To Oscar Nunez, nothing is more important in life than family. As a father of four girls and an AYSO coach for local youths over the past few years, he uses positive re-enforcement, encouragement and togetherness as his keys to coaching. The goal is to keep that trend as the new head coach of The Dalles High School girls’ varsity team.

August 2, 2016 11:24 a.m. read more..

Babe Ruth Stars show heart at regionals

Playing with only 10 players for four games in 15U Babe Ruth Regional action, The Dalles lost all four games and were eliminated from weekend bracket play Friday afternoon after losing by a 7-1 score against Columbia River Basin, out of Northern Washington, in a pool play matchup in Camas.. “We lost, but this was by far our best game of tournament,” said TD head coach David Hough. “They played their butts off in this game. It was close. They just had the timely hits.”

August 2, 2016 11:20 a.m. read more..

Monday, August 1


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