Stories for December 2016


Friday, December 30

A look back at 2016

Editor’s Note: This is the first of two-parts looking back on community events and government decisions in 2016: JANUARY • Members of the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office went to Harney County to help provide law enforcement protection following the Jan. 2 armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge there. The 41-day takeover ended in early February.

December 30, 2016 2:46 p.m. read more..

Thursday, December 29

TD wrestling aims to bring in big numbers

The Dalles wrestling coach Paul Beasley had been part of the turnaround for the middle school over the past few years, so now he brings vast knowledge of the sports, attention to detail and an emphasis on good behavior and academics for the high school team.

December 29, 2016 2:22 p.m. read more..

UP agrees to changes following spill

BILLINGS, Mont. — The nation's largest freight railroad has agreed to more thorough inspections and maintenance improvements after a fiery oil train derailment in Oregon and the discovery of more than 800 potential safety violations across its sprawling network.

December 29, 2016 2:15 p.m. read more..

A grand gift for Christmas

“It feels like the world has been lifted off my shoulders.” That was the reaction of a Florida man whose recent stretch of homelessness in the bitter cold of The Dalles was ended by a local group that gave him an astounding Christmas gift: a 2004 van to get him and his teen sons back home to Florida.

December 29, 2016 2:12 p.m. read more..

Walden wins powerful seat

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has been chosen to chair the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, where some of the biggest legislative battles associated with a major shift in leadership will start.

December 29, 2016 2:08 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 28


Local dentist wins Oregon leadership award

A dentist with One Community Health (OCH), which serves patients through clinics in The Dalles and Hood River, has been honored with a prestigious award from the Oregon Dental Association (ODA).

December 28, 2016 4:01 p.m. read more..

Misfit toys: UPS expects 1.3M returns in one day

WASHINGTON (AP) — Christmas is the season of giving, and January the month of returns. UPS expects to deliver 1.3 million packages back to retailers on Jan. 5, celebrated by the delivery service, but no one else, as "National Returns Day."

December 28, 2016 3:57 p.m. read more..

Calendar showcases local farm

Tim Dahle, a local farmer who helped pioneer pedestrian orchards in Oregon, will be featured in the 2017 SAIF calendar for his growing techniques that eliminate the need for ladders, one of the leading causes of workplace injuries.

December 28, 2016 3:49 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 27

Forest Grove beats TD

Playing without all-league guard Dakota Murr, The Dalles Riverhawks kept pace with Forest Grove in the first half, but the 6A Vikings fired out for 51-18 run in the second stanza in a 94-44 victory Thursday.

December 27, 2016 3:54 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Our choice

To the editor: And so our choice is in front of us: The Prince of Peace or the gods of war. Sovereignty with Christ or servitude under worldly powers.

December 27, 2016 3:38 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Live right

To the editor: With the recent dramatic shifts in the political landscape of our nation echoing throughout the streets, it is hard not to be thinking differently about the upcoming New Year, and its traditional call for me to demand self-enforced change through the drafting of resolutions.

December 27, 2016 3:38 p.m. read more..

Congress to help tribes rebuild

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Several U.S. Senators from the Northwest — Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced last week that provisions to help fulfill long-unmet housing obligations to tribes along the Columbia River have passed both the House and Senate.

December 27, 2016 3:30 p.m. read more..

Chamber asks city for tourism support

Efforts to promote tourism in and around The Dalles have been gathering momentum in recent months, and leaders of The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce are asking city officials to provide more money to cover staffing costs.

December 27, 2016 3:29 p.m. read more..

First female officer on SERT

Amanda Rosier was The Dalles Police Department’s first officer to win the coveted Victor G. Atiyeh award as the top graduate of her police academy class. A few weeks ago, she achieved another first, becoming the department’s first female member of the SERT team.

December 27, 2016 3:25 p.m. read more..

Friday, December 23

Letter to the editor: Time to trust vote

To the editor: With the Electoral College having just met, I want to respond to claims that it exists to protect small states. If it does that, then why have Hawaii and Rhode Island, among other small states, signed on to the National Popular Vote Compact (

December 23, 2016 2:04 p.m. read more..

Sisters for Life

They came from different biological families, but Ashley Almas and Tonya Flory bonded during their fight to escape nightmare childhoods and are now sisters for life.

December 23, 2016 1:50 p.m. read more..

Thursday, December 22

Dufur defeats Klickitat

Holding on to a 34-31 lead entering the fourth quarter, the Dufur Rangers hit five field goals and went 7 of 12 from the free throw line as part of a 17-6 run to defeat Klickitat by a 51-37 margin Tuesday in a non-league girls’ basketball game played in Klickitat.

December 22, 2016 4:08 p.m. read more..

Reed caps career with state recognition

Over the years, many of the top players in the state have donned the Dufur Ranger colors, earning countless league and state honors, along with league crowns and state championships. Sydney Reed can now add her name to that esteemed group of former Dufur greats.

December 22, 2016 4:04 p.m. read more..

Account created for fire victims

People wanting to help a family who lost everything in a house fire Tuesday can contribute to a fund at Wells Fargo Bank, 400 E. Third St., in The Dalles.

December 22, 2016 3:55 p.m. read more..

Service trip planned to Guatemala

Spring break in Guatemala, alongside one of the world’s most beautiful lakes. Sounds like an awesome getaway, but for a group of five Spanish class students from The Dalles High School and their three adult chaperones, the planned visit to the highlands of Guatemala is a service trip focused on bringing water filtration kits to desperately poor Mayans.

December 22, 2016 3:50 p.m. read more..

MCMC gifts kids

A group of doctors and staffers at Mid-Columbia Medical Center decided to help needy families as a holiday outreach and raised about $800 in about three weeks. The money was used to fill boxes with books — many donated by Klindt’s Booksellers — games, miscellaneous fun items and winter supplies, such as socks and gloves.

December 22, 2016 3:47 p.m. read more..

Watson’s three leads TD girls

Sierra Watson hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to help lead The Dalles girls’ basketball team back from a nine-point fourth quarter deficit in a 47-46 victory Tuesday against Milwaukie.

December 22, 2016 1:15 p.m. read more..

Hawk comeback falls short against Sisters

The Dalles trailed by 19 points late in the third quarter and cut its deficit down to eight points two minutes into the fourth period, but the Sisters’ Outlaws went on an 11-2 run down the stretch for a 48-30 victory Wednesday in a non-league boys’ basketball game played at Kurtz Gym.

December 22, 2016 1:12 p.m. read more..

Quiet land battle unfolds in E. OR

JOHN DAY — A judge this fall dissolved the Grant County Public Forest Commission at the behest of a former county supervisor who worried it was becoming a risk, citing the takeover of a federal wildlife refuge in a neighboring county. The commissioners feel they lost, by the stroke of a judge's pen, a tool voters gave them to fight back.

December 22, 2016 1:05 p.m. read more..

Congress awards $30M in grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Lands Access Program has awarded the Oregon Department of Transportation more than $30 million to improve access to federal lands in the Columbia River Gorge. The funding includes $29 million to complete a new portion of the Historic Columbia River Highway Trail and connect it at Mitchell Point Crossing; $2.6 million for the Columbia Gorge Express to improve access to Multnomah Falls; and $300,000 for the Historic Columbia River Highway Congestion Mitigation Plan.

December 22, 2016 1:01 p.m. read more..

Sister Cities gears up for 2017

The Dalles Sister Cities Association is preparing for another year of cultural exchanges with its sister city of Miyoshi City, Japan, and local students are being invited to sign up for the opportunity.

December 22, 2016 12:59 p.m. read more..

Quality, not quantity, gives cannery edge

Instead of trying to market their product based on price, Muirhead Canning Company focuses on quality. “We're selling directly to the consumer. We're selling based on quality, not price or volume. Our product tastes better — we compete with the home canner,” Russel Laughmiller, who purchased the cannery in 2006, explained.

December 22, 2016 12:49 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 21

Streaking Rangers take third straight win

Three days ago, the Dufur Rangers got off to a hot start and handled the Klickitat Vandals with relative ease. Tuesday’s result was pretty much a carbon copy, as three players hit double figures, and the Rangers captured their third consecutive win of the season with a 61-38 victory over Klickitat.

December 21, 2016 3:35 p.m. read more..

High hopes are fueling Lady Husky charge

MORO – Although the Sherman Husky roster is young, with 11 underclassmen, six freshmen, senior shooting guard Emily Hill is looking forward to a successful final season with her teammates and second-year coach Steve Bird.

December 21, 2016 3:34 p.m. read more..

Drilling into the heart of the community

It might seem a bit unusual for a dentist office to take a lead role in a campaign designed to bring community residents closer together. Yet that is just what has been happening at the Keilman Dental Clinic, 421 W. Ninth Street, in The Dalles.

December 21, 2016 3:26 p.m. read more..

Fire displaces family of five

Five members of a family, including an infant, lost everything Tuesday, Dec. 20, in a fire at the house they were renting in the 1900 Block of Dry Hollow Road in the Dalles.

December 21, 2016 3:20 p.m. read more..

Sheriff advises dogs be put down

Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill has recommended euthanizing two dogs that went on a spree in early December, killing a cat, biting a man’s pants leg and trying to kill chickens and other dogs.

December 21, 2016 3:15 p.m. read more..

Video key to robbery charges

When two masked people held up a gas station here in October, video of the incident contained a critical piece of evidence – and it was an eagle-eyed city officer who caught the clue.

December 21, 2016 3:14 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 20


SWC drops Gilchrist and Lyle

Coming off a one-point loss to Dayville-Monument, South Wasco County used defense and balanced scoring to dispatch of Gilchrist and Lyle-Wishram in a pair of non-league girls’ basketball games. Saturday, Allie Noland led with 11 points, Abby Birman went off for eight and Madisen Davis and Kiana Moody had six points each in SWC’s 33-23 win over Gilchrist.

December 20, 2016 4:39 p.m. read more..

Girls get important court time

The Dufur Rangers exploded for a 66-51 win Saturday at home against Klickitat, but could not keep the offense going in Monday’s 64-29 loss to 2A Culver in a pair of girls’ basketball games played. In their Saturday matchup, the Lady Rangers had 27 field goals, three 3-pointers, and shot 9 of 20 from the line.

December 20, 2016 4:38 p.m. read more..

Redsides salvage a weekend split

Ty Herlocker has a career night with 29 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots, and the senior sank two pressure free throws with 5.5 seconds left in regulation to lead South Wasco County to a 52-51 win over Culver Saturday.

December 20, 2016 4:35 p.m. read more..

Rangers rounding into form after big wins

Coming off a four-game break in the schedule, the Dufur Rangers had a chance to play games against Klickitat and Culver and came away with a pair of victories by an average of 28 points to move up in the 1A rankings.

December 20, 2016 4:32 p.m. read more..

Union Pacific, opponents file appeals

In November, the Wasco County Board of Commissioners reversed an earlier decision by the county’s planning commission and voted unanimously to deny Union Pacific Railroad’s application to add several miles of new track through the Mosier area. With the county’s denial, an appeal from the railroad was virtually guaranteed, and it came on Dec. 9.

December 20, 2016 4:22 p.m. read more..

Masked robbers charged

The suspects in the robbery of a local gas station in late October have both been indicted on three counts each of first-degree robbery and unlawful use of a weapon.

December 20, 2016 4:19 p.m. read more..

Agency to get funding hike

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has proposed a 21 percent budget increase for the Columbia River Gorge Commission in the state’s next funding cycle.

December 20, 2016 4:17 p.m. read more..

Sunday, December 18


Battle of the Bulge

The 72nd anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, the largest and bloodiest conflict in World War II in terms of U.S. casualties, was Dec. 16, and a local Army veteran recently took time to reflect on that historic time.

December 18, 2016 11:55 a.m. read more..

Friday, December 16

Thursday, December 15

Letter to the editor: Shout out

To the editor: I would like to give a "shout out" and thank you to the local businesses who sponsored the Football Prediction Contest in The Dalles Chronicle this fall. It was not big chain store names — just local businesses who made my week-ends of television football a lot more fun! Another reason to shop locally!

December 15, 2016 5:28 p.m. read more..

Students fear deportation

Over a month after the presidential election, local Hispanic students continue to hear taunts from classmates about being deported, parents said at a meeting last Saturday regarding concerns of deportation.

December 15, 2016 5:20 p.m. read more..

Tonkin sale doesn’t affect TD

Many of the Ron Tonkin’s 21 dealerships have sold to a Spokane-based company, but not the automotive business in The Dalles, or several others. “Nothing is going to change locally,” said Steve Ross, general manager of the West Sixth Street business.

December 15, 2016 5:19 p.m. read more..

D21 reports better scores

Dramatic gains in English language arts were made in District 21 in all tested grade levels, and Chenowith Elementary had particularly strong gains in all subject areas, state test results show.

December 15, 2016 5:15 p.m. read more..

Santa rides on Saturday

The annual Santa in Downtown event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the former Griffith Motors building, 523 E. Third St. (across from Sawyer’s True Value).

December 15, 2016 5:14 p.m. read more..

Closures for Thursday, Dec. 15

Columbia Gorge Community College: The Dalles and Hood River campuses are closed. North Wasco County Schools will be closed on Thursday, December 15th, 2016 due to inclement weather. Mid-Columbia Children's Council: White Salmon Head Start and Early Head Start Childcare will be opening 2 hrs late at 8:30; Goldendale Head Start & Early Head Start 2 hours late; The Dalles and Wahtonka EHS/Head Start and Childcare closed; Petersburg Head Start Closed; Carson site AM & PM closed; Lyle Sch. Dist.: Closed Hood River Co. Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late, Buses on snow routes. Elementary Schools will begin at 9:40; Middle School at 10:25; High School at 10:20. White Salmon Sch. Dist.: Closed Centerville Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late, Buses on snow routes Dufur Sch. Dist.: Closed So. Wasco Co. Sch. Dist.: Closed Horizon Christian - Hood River: Closed Sherman Co. Sch. Dist.: Closed Goldendale Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late State of Oregon: State agencies closed in Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Sherman, Wasco counties. Opening at noon: Portland-metro, Salem-metro, Lane and Lincoln county offices. Updates: UPDATE Contact info, for media use only: Matt Shelby Communications Strategist 503-378-3118

December 15, 2016 6:02 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 14

League champions flood the ballot box

MORO – With a talented roster of athletes, the Big Sky Conference champion Sherman Huskies won nine games, finished sixth in the 1A state rankings and just missed out on a state semifinal berth after a close playoff loss to North Douglas.

December 14, 2016 4:16 p.m. read more..

Home to the cleanest dogs around

The Dalles may soon be known as a city with some of the cleanest dogs in the gorge, thanks in part to a new downtown business. On Dec. 12, Pawsh Spa opened at 204 E. Second Street, and several dogs have already been brought in for grooming.

December 14, 2016 4:07 p.m. read more..

Winter Storm Watcher

A snowman appears to contemplate a yard of white at a home in the area of 12th and Dry Hollow in The Dalles early Wednesday morning. The region was bracing for another winter storm today with a warning issued by the National Weather Service through this afternoon calling for heavy snow (3 to 7 inches) with an additional 3 to 5 inches possible overnight.

December 14, 2016 3:59 p.m. read more..

Congress floats river program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Columbia River Restoration Act has passed in the House and the Senate as part of the Water Resources Development Act. The legislation will now be sent to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law.

December 14, 2016 3:57 p.m. read more..

TDHS boosts test scores

The Dalles High School students saw a sharp improvement in English language arts, with 16.8 percent more students testing at proficient levels in state tests last year.

December 14, 2016 3:56 p.m. read more..

Police reassure Hispanics in TD

The Wasco County sheriff reassured a group of Hispanics at a meeting Saturday that law officers would not be going in search of illegal residents to target for deportation.

December 14, 2016 3:55 p.m. read more..

Closures for Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 14

City Manager Julie Krueger has made the determination to close the City Offices today, Wednesday December 14, due to adverse weather conditions. All non-essential employees are being sent home at 3 p.m. City Offices will open on Friday, December 16, if weather permits. This closure includes employees at The Dalles/Wasco County Library. Columbia Gorge Community College: All classes beginning at 3:00 pm and after are canceled. Campus offices will remain open. All Wasco County offices will be closed as of 3 p.m. today - Wednesday, December 14, 2016. Lyle Sch. Dist.: Evening activities canceled. Winter Holiday Program Cancelled, no Afterschool Program Wishram Sch. Dist.: Winter program canceled. Rescheduled for Friday at 1:15. NCPHD is closing at 4pm today, December 14, 2016, due to inclement weather.

December 14, 2016 3:14 p.m. read more..

Closures for Wednesday, Dec. 14

North Wasco County Schools will be CLOSED on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 due to incoming inclement weather. Dufur School District: Closed Mid-Columbia Children's Council: Closed. Petersburg AM class starts at 11 am, Parent Transport, PM class and Parent night canceled. The Dalles head Start Closed. Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s Mindfulness Breath Work class scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight, Dec. 14 at Water’s Edge has been canceled.

December 14, 2016 5:55 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 13


Toy drive to help kids in foster care

Taking care of foster kids is a mission that Tonya Flory takes seriously, having grown up in the state system herself. The thought of children not receiving a gift on Christmas — something she experienced — has led Flory to launch a last-minute toy drive called Operation Gorge Heart to make the holidays merrier for foster children.

December 13, 2016 3:23 p.m. read more..

Merchants pleased with holiday sales

The lines at the post office in The Dalles are much longer than normal as Christmas approaches, with customers mailing gift boxes to friends and family members living out of the area.

December 13, 2016 3:18 p.m. read more..

Bar OK’s trial against Nisley

The Oregon State Bar has directed that a formal disciplinary proceeding be instituted against Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley, a “rare” step to take against an elected prosecutor, a spokeswoman said.

December 13, 2016 3:16 p.m. read more..

Big Sky Conference loaded with local talent

The votes have been counted and both Sherman and Dufur football are well-represented in the 2016 Big Sky Conference all-conference voting. Dufur senior Bailey Keever was named as the Offensive Player of the Year, and Sherman linebacker Maverick Winslow won the Defense Player of the Year award in leading the district champions.

December 13, 2016 11:41 a.m. read more..

Dufur takes home several Big Sky awards

Bailey Keever, Ian Cleveland and Hagen Pence picking up first-team all-Big Sky Conference awards on both sides of the ball, T.J. Kennedy was a first-team selection at defensive end, and Keever earned Offensive Player of the Year honors.

December 13, 2016 11:33 a.m. read more..

Saturday, December 10

Talented Rangers ready for district flight

DUFUR – With a new head coach on the sidelines, the Dufur Rangers have depth on the roster, a focused mindset and the appearance of an upstart hoops team that can make the big jump into the Baker City state mix in March.

December 10, 2016 1:11 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Care for homeless

To the editor: The recent story in The Chronicle detailing the plight of the homeless locally is troubling. No one, especially at this time of year, should be without safety, warmth and shelter.

December 10, 2016 1:10 p.m. read more..

Columbia River Restoration Act passes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Columbia River Restoration Act passed in the House and the Senate Friday as part of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The legislation will now be sent to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

December 10, 2016 1:07 p.m. read more..

Christmas joy on wheels

Kevin Green, a district manager with The Dalles Disposal, is putting on a different hat this month. It’s a Santa Claus hat because, with Christmas coming soon, Green is working to produce a big sack of goodies he plans to hand out to youngsters around the local community.

December 10, 2016 12:56 p.m. read more..

I84 closed through gorge

UPDATE: ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood: The westbound lanes of Interstate 84 are now open between Hood River and Troutdale but the eastbound lanes remain closed with no ETA for re-opening.Motorists should drive slowly and use caution. The Oregon Department Of Transportation closed eastbound Interstate 84 through the Columbia River Gorge Saturday morning from Troutdale to Hood River, milepost 17 to milepost 64, after icy conditions caused numerous accidents. The westbound lanes remain open. ODOT will re-open the road when conditions improve and the the road is safe again. UPDATE: ODOT requesting tuckers halted by closure of I-84 westbound at Hood River to park in The Dalles instead of traveling to Hood River. No truck parking available in HR and no parking on freeway permitted. Exit 82 to 6th and 7th St's. in The Dalles. CANCELLED: Wahtonka Community School Holiday Bazaar has been rescheduled from Saturday, Dec. 10, to Saturday Dec. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Wahtonka Campus. Santa pictures. Cost $2 or 2 cans of food, to benefit Community

December 10, 2016 4:56 a.m. read more..

Friday, December 9

Hawks pick up 16 wins at Oregon City tourney

Under first-year head coach Paul Beasley, The Dalles wrestling team is off to a solid start to season after scoring 16 match wins and seven top-15 finishes, including 10th by Logan Manciu and sixth by Jonathon Urenda at the 18-team Tyrone S. Woods Memorial Tournament last Saturday in Oregon City.

December 9, 2016 1:43 p.m. read more..

Snow leads to TD bus mishap

A school bus loaded with middle schoolers had to lock its brakes when it was cut off by another driver as it turned into the Wahtonka campus parking lot Thursday, and it slid into a fence, damaging both fence and bus.

December 9, 2016 1:20 p.m. read more..

Friday closures and delays

Sherman County School District Superintendent Wes Owens announced that the district cancelled school and all basketball games for Friday, Dec. 9. North Wasco County Schools will be CLOSED on Friday, December 9th, 2016 due to inclement weather. All events/activities are canceled. District 7 Circuit Courts are closed today – affecting Wasco, Hood River, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler counties. All Hood River County Library District locations - Hood River, Cascade Locks, and Parkdale - will be closed on Friday, December 9, due to inclement weather. Columbia Gorge Community College: Campuses closed Friday Dec.9th.

December 9, 2016 6:15 a.m. read more..

Thursday, December 8


‘Got Your Six’ throw party

The new band “Got Your Six” is throwing a Christmas party Dec. 22 at the Oregon Veterans’ Home that will include a buffet and holiday music, all at no charge.

December 8, 2016 2:37 p.m. read more..

Riverside gymnasts finish the year strong

And the competition turned out to be tough indeed. Over 20 teams congregated in the Willamalane Sports Center in Eugene. Among them were the best compulsory-level gymnasts in the state of Oregon.

December 8, 2016 11:57 a.m. read more..

Weather closures for Thursday

A list of weather related school and program closures for Thursday: UPDATE: Columbia Gorge Community College: Campuses will be closed at noon Thursday Dec. 8th and all day Friday Dec. 9th. UPDATE: TDHS games and choir events cancelled. TDMS Games, builders club cancelled. UPDATE: Friends of D21 Music Fundraiser - braveART, Paint Party - CANCELED UPDATE: Dry Hollow Elementary School: Winter Program for 1st grade, 5th grade and Valhalla - CANCELED UPDATE: Mosier Community / Middle School: Family Night, Dinner & Performance - RESCHEDULED for Tuesday, December 13th, 2016.

December 8, 2016 5:40 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 7

Storm warnings issued

HOOD RIVER - Hood River County Sheriff's Office Emergency Management advises that NOAA/National Weather Services is predicting the Columbia River Gorge and particularly the Hood River Valley will have significant snow and possible high wind impacts tomorrow (Thursday), December 8th through Friday. Storm arrival is predicted to be around 10am and they warn to not be fooled by mild conditions in the morning hours. Snow will be continuous all day and night with 5-10 inches of snow at river level. Snow will turn to freezing rain with a 1/4 to 1/2 inch of ice predicted. Wind gusts of 55 to 75 mph may occur in the western gorge. Please plan accordingly. Transportation will be significantly hampered and there is potential for power outage and other secondary problems.

December 7, 2016 3:32 p.m. read more..

Guru on the Move

Tech Guru, a new business serving The Dalles area, celebrated with a ribbon cutting on Nov. 29 in front of The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce building at 404 W. Second Street.

December 7, 2016 3:22 p.m. read more..

Tum-A-Lum to acquire Marson and Marson

Tum-A-Lum Lumber, a chain of retail building material centers in Oregon, announced last week it had reached an agreement in principle to acquire Marson and Marson Lumber Inc. in Leavenworth, Wenatchee, Chelan and Cle Elum, Wash.

December 7, 2016 3:21 p.m. read more..

Schertenleib named top Realtor

Being the best realtor seems to run in the family for sisters Becky Schertenleib and Nan Wimmers, co-owners of Columbia Gorge Real Estate in The Dalles.

December 7, 2016 3:19 p.m. read more..

Derailment costs continue to rise

VANCOUVER (AP) — Six months after a train hauling Bakken crude oil derailed in Mosier, officials in Washington, Oregon, and elsewhere are still tabulating a bill to send to Union Pacific Railroad.

December 7, 2016 3:17 p.m. read more..

Dance contestants get pep talk

Six contestants in the upcoming 2017 Dancing with the Gorge Stars competition got advice Monday evening from past winners — and some who didn’t take home the Mirror Ball Trophy.

December 7, 2016 3:09 p.m. read more..

NWPRD opens winter activities

Even during the winter months, the Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation Department has openings for several youth activities, adding a basketball seminar and soccer tutorial to the long list of upcoming events.

December 7, 2016 11:40 a.m. read more..

TD stages a comeback

With a two-point setback last Friday to Sandy still hanging over their heads, The Dalles coaches Dan Telles and Craig Compton wanted to see spirited response from their girls’ basketball team Tuesday against the Dallas Dragons.

December 7, 2016 11:38 a.m. read more..

Deep ball helps lead Hawks to first win

The Dalles Riverhawks trailed by three points at the end of the first quarter, but over the next 16 minutes, spanning the second and third quarters of play, the team had its stroke going enough to grab a lead and hold on for an 85-69 victory over White Salmon, Wash. Tuesday in a road clash at Columbia High School.

December 7, 2016 11:33 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 6


Letter to the Editor: Value of federal dams

To the editor: Tonight, citizens of The Dalles have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reaffirm the value of the Columbia and Snake federal dams, their associated energy infrastructure and the river system to the Northwest.

December 6, 2016 3:16 p.m. read more..

The story of Christmas

The Dalles Worship Choir is in its 12th season and will be performing “The Journey of Christmas – Share the Story,” in two churches this week.

December 6, 2016 3:12 p.m. read more..

TD city to hold ‘meet and greet’

The city of The Dalles invites the community to attend a “Meet and Greet” event on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the city council chambers at The Dalles City Hall.

December 6, 2016 3:08 p.m. read more..

Downtown hosts Santa Saturday

The annual Santa in the Downtown event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, and again on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the former Griffith Motors building, 523 E. Third Street (across from Sawyer’s True Value).

December 6, 2016 3:07 p.m. read more..

Agencies look at dam removal

Three federal agencies will take public comment in The Dalles tonight, Dec. 6, about the effect of 14 dams on air, water, land and wildlife along the Columbia and Snake rivers.

December 6, 2016 3:04 p.m. read more..

Two dogs go on spree, kill feline

A pair of dogs went on a spree in Murray’s Addition last Thursday, killing a cat, biting a man’s pant leg, and attempting to get at chickens and other dogs before being caught and taken to the animal shelter.

December 6, 2016 3:03 p.m. read more..

Saturday, December 3

TD girls upended by Sandy

The Sandy Pioneers went 0 for 4 from the free throw line in the final 45 seconds, but The Dalles Riverhawks could not get the baskets down the stretch in a 36-34 loss Friday in a girls’ hoops game played in Sandy.

December 3, 2016 1:03 p.m. read more..

Sandy boys pull away from TD

The Dalles Riverhawks fought tough with Sandy through the first two quarter of play, but the Pioneers were able to create some distance with a 24-6 third-quarter run on their way to a 73-54 victory Friday in a non-league boys’ basketball contest played at Sandy High School.

December 3, 2016 1:03 p.m. read more..

Lady Huskies lose by 22 to GU

The Sherman Lady Huskies broke open a close first half, using a balanced scoring attack to defeat the Sherman Huskies by a 55-33 margin in tournament action Friday at Sherman High School.

December 3, 2016 1:02 p.m. read more..

Defending champs hit the ground running

The defending champion Sherman Huskies hit the ground running Friday in their first game of the winter campaign, using a 64-36 run through the first three quarters of play to dominate 2A Grant Union by a 77-53 margin in opening-day action of the Sherman Invitational in Moro.

December 3, 2016 1 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Can-do attitude

To the editor: Donald Trump's surprise win for the presidency, and the continuing popularity of Bernie Sanders, seem to indicate that a new populist era is here in the United States. How do we channel the energy in a positive direction, at least locally?

December 3, 2016 12:58 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Path forward

To the editor: Providing affordable health care is a tough nut to crack. Republicans are quickly retreating from "Repeal and Replace" to a symbolic "Repeal" and an undefined "Transition" that may go on for years and leave much of Obamacare untouched.

December 3, 2016 12:57 p.m. read more..

Skip's Trailhead: A gift list for the outdoor enthusiast

It’s that time of year again. It’s time for the Trailhead’s annual gift list for the person who loves the out-of-doors. This would include Nordic skiers, hikers, fishermen and hunters. I will base this gift list on the 10 essentials of outdoor survival. This year I’m going for the best brands in outdoor equipment.

December 3, 2016 12:52 p.m. read more..

Overcoming life’s hurdles

Special Olympics is far more than giving an intellectually disabled athlete the opportunity to win a medal; the program showcases the determination and strength of the human spirit.

December 3, 2016 12:36 p.m. read more..

Friday, December 2


Keeping star light bright

Every holiday season for the past 24 years, a 40-foot star has shone on the west end of The Dalles, illuminating the night sky for motorists and area residents alike. The Fun Group knows that few people are thinking about the logistics involved in keeping the star lit, and that’s the way they want it to be.

December 2, 2016 4:36 p.m. read more..

Homeless profile still rising in TD

Transients in The Dalles are becoming more numerous and more visible, police officers say. Longtime officers with 20-plus years on the force say the problem is much more notable than earlier in their careers.

December 2, 2016 4:30 p.m. read more..

Thursday, December 1


Letter to the editor: Ticket issue

To the editor: I’d like to thank Vicky in the The Dalles Planning Department for getting the obstruction removed that has led to people going too fast in a school zone and many unfair speeding tickets on 10th near the four-way stop with Cherry Heights.

December 1, 2016 1:39 p.m. read more..

Mosqueda honored for leadership

Sharla Mosqueda, executive director at Flagstone Senior Living, has received an Executive Director of the Year award for her performance and dedication to local seniors and their families.

December 1, 2016 1:30 p.m. read more..

Fix sought for bus flap

In mid-October, a miscommunication led two local parents to believe their little girl was missing, when she was actually safely being taken to her babysitter on the local LINK bus.

December 1, 2016 1:24 p.m. read more..

Group addresses hunger

About 30 people in the Gorge Food Security Coalition met Tuesday at FISH Food Bank in Hood River to sign onto a collaborative effort that has been months in the making.

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

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