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Saturday, February 27



Letter to the editor: True leadership

To the editor: Leadership can be really difficult sometimes. Party line votes don’t often result from thoughtful deliberations. Our region has a couple leaders who are facing criticism for standing up for their thoughtful deliberations. Senate Bill 1547 is the result of a ballot initiative. The initiative would have required our state to derive 50 percent of its electrical energy from renewable energy by 2040 and eliminate imported coal generation from our states electric portfolio.

February 27, 2016 11:26 a.m. read more..


Letter to the editor: Thank you MCMC

To the editor: I would like to share with you an experience I have never had before. Last week I ended up in the Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s emergency room. I liked it so much that within a few hours I was back for seconds. This time I got bumped up to ICU, where I was until Saturday.

February 27, 2016 11:26 a.m. read more..


Editorial: Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs Up Sewer rates unchanged The Dalles City Council rolled back a planned sewer rate increase of 3.44 percent, after staffers reported the budget was looking good for continued improvements to the wastewater treatment plant. Also, for the first time in a decade, residents weren’t called on this year to pay more for water services.

February 27, 2016 11:24 a.m. read more..


A hand-up when it’s needed most

Norman Vincent, 68, had to fight back tears when several residents of The Dalles showed up at his motel room door on Feb. 19 to deliver a motorized wheelchair. After all, a Navy veteran is supposed to be stalwart and not show emotion. “I’ve been in a wheelchair for so long,” said Vincent. “I think very much of this. I did my time and I paid taxes all my life and now I need a little help.”

February 27, 2016 11:23 a.m. read more..

Friday, February 26



Teen Tech week starts March 8

Wanting to create exciting and engaging programs that would get teens thinking about their futures, Megan Hoak, teen services coordinator at The Dalles-Wasco County Library, got a national grant for Teen Tech Week, an annual program that will take place in libraries all across the country from March 6-12. The Dalles-Wasco County Library is one of only 20 libraries in the country to receive the $1,000 Youth Adult Library Services Association grant and the only recipient in Oregon.

February 26, 2016 2:31 p.m. read more..
  

Remedy to Bible-believing constitutionalists is prayer

A recent guest columnist in The Dalles Chronicle maintained that restricting pot sales in The Dalles will not solve problems, saying that, “Churches and pastor are the problem. They are the root of our immoral problems.” I am not willing to let that statement go unchallenged and I will stand up and state that it is patently false and backwards.

February 26, 2016 11:35 a.m. read more..


Prophecy seminar comes to The Dalles

Tim Roosenberg, an author and pastor for 25 years, has delivered his Islam and Christianity in Bible Prophecy seminar all over the country and even the world. Starting today and running through Sunday, March 6, he’ll be at The Dalles Adventist School to give a free prophecy presentation that Roosenberg said is “unlike any they’ve ever seen before.”

February 26, 2016 11:34 a.m. read more..
  

Thursday, February 25



Student recognized for sportsmanship

Wahtonka Community School student Damon Spangle was given an award by a local gaming business recently. And it wasn’t because he’s some huge gamer, it was for how he conducts himself as a person. Oregon Trail Games, which is hosting Wagon Con, a first-ever gaming convention in The Dalles in April, wanted to “highlight a kid in our community who is living the Wagon Con ideals of sportsmanship and positive attitude,” said Aaron Bowman, a convention organizer.

February 25, 2016 4:40 p.m. read more..


Pesicka retiring from 911 center

Jeanne Pesicka wasn’t sure she would make it a week in the Wasco County 911 communications center, much less 29 years. Pesicka was a bartender at the old Shamrock Lounge in 1987 when a police officer came in and said there was an opening for a dispatcher at the 911 center.

February 25, 2016 4:34 p.m. read more..


The Dalles Wonderland

The Dalles Theater Company will present “Alice in Wonderland” Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Community College. Additional shows are March 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. with a special matinee on March 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets, available at Klindt’s, St. Mary’s Academy and at the door, are $10 for general admission and $5 for children under 10.

February 25, 2016 4:31 p.m. read more..


Local response to minimum wage law

Eric Gross has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Oregon. But you can find him working box-store retail in The Dalles, at pennies above minimum wage. Gross has strongly championed the movement to establish a $15 per hour minimum wage in Oregon. He considers the Oregon Legislature’s approval last week of a minimum wage increase phased over six years — which would reach $13.50 an hour here by year six — to be a good start. “While it’s definitely much better than nothing, it’s definitely not enough based on the cost of living nowadays,” he said. “The punch of this legislation is weakened by the longer phase-in because inflation is ongoing a little bit each year,” said Gross.

February 25, 2016 4:28 p.m. read more..


Letter to the editor: Great direction

To the editor: Great ‘up tempo’ direction The Chronicle is taking since Frank Perea has become publisher. The Feb. 17th edition with front and aback pages totally covered by, and for, our children and families. “It’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”

February 25, 2016 12:31 p.m. read more..
  

Wednesday, February 24

 

Students practice kindness

Kindness has been the theme at The Dalles Middle School over the last month as students and staff alike have been inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.

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


The business of matrimony

With her first bridal fashion shown in years behind her, Nancy Fork of The Dalles Wedding Place is pleased but exhausted. “We had a very successful show,” she said. “But it was so much work.” With 24 girls and women showing two dresses apiece, some three — Fork showcased over 50 wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses and flower girls outfits. In addition, 10 men and boys showed off her collection of Tuxedo styles.

February 24, 2016 1:21 p.m. read more..


Sewer rates unchanged

The Dalles City Council rolled back a planned sewer rate increase of 3.44 percent Monday after staffers reported that budget was looking good for continued improvements to the wastewater treatment plant. “Wastewater revenues for the current year are projected to hit right on budget,” wrote Dave Anderson, public works director, in his briefing.

February 24, 2016 1:08 p.m. read more..


City okays pot stores

In a split vote, The Dalles City Council opted Monday not to ask voters whether pot sales should be allowed in town and, instead, regulate “time, place and manner” of production, processing, wholesale and retail operations.

February 24, 2016 1:07 p.m. read more..
   

Tuesday, February 23



Home search nets guns

A Pine Hollow man was arrested Thursday afternoon on drug charges and 11 counts of being a felon in possession of a weapon.

February 23, 2016 12:56 p.m. read more..


Granada plan still in limbo

The Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Advisory Committee declined last week to pursue negotiations for a sale and renovation of the Granada Theater until there is more information about the scope of work and how it will be paid for.

February 23, 2016 12:53 p.m. read more..


Cliff rescue

Crews from Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue and The Dalles City Police responded Monday night, 6 p.m., to reports of a man fallen from a 20-foot cliff in the area of Rock Fort Campground on the Columbia River, west of the Union Street Underpass downtown The Dalles.

February 23, 2016 12:49 p.m. read more..


Roundabout closures in planned Tues.-Thurs.

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, curb removal directly west of the roundabout between Second and Third Streets will begin at 10 p.m. Access to East Second Street from the roundabout will be closed. The roundabout itself will be open to traffic. Closure will begin again at 6 a.m. Wednesday. Motorists needing to access the downtown area can use alternate freeway exits or detour via Dry Hollow to East 1th to Kelley Avenue. On Wednesday, Feb. 24-25, beginning at 9 a.m., East Third street will be closed from Taylor Street to the roundabout for curb and island repair. Motorists will be detoured via Taylor back to Second Street. Section will reopen by 4 p.m. each day to accommodate high traffic volumes.

February 23, 2016 12:44 p.m. read more..


What's Happening for Feb. 23

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February 23, 2016 11:10 a.m. read more..
    

Monday, February 22



Slide burned at Tree Top

Late Monday morning, parks employees removed a plastic slide that was destroyed by fire early Sunday at Tree Top Play Park.

February 22, 2016 2:02 p.m. read more..

Saturday, February 20



Bucks win conference

PENDLETON — For the second year in a row, the Pendleton Buckaroos are Columbia River Conference champions. Pendleton dominated league foe The Dalles 88-43 on Friday night to officially clinch the league championship, something that first-year coach Kyle Tedder has been dreaming about since the day practices began.

February 20, 2016 6:20 p.m. read more..


TD girls defeat Bucks

THE DALLES — The Dalles found another gear the Pendleton girls basketball team just couldn’t match late in Friday’s Columbia River Conference battle for second place. The Riverhawks held off the Buckaroos 57-47 to earn the CRC’s second seed and a home game in the state play-in round.

February 20, 2016 6:19 p.m. read more..
  

Editorial: Housing issues

To the editor: Housing stability is a critical issue for survivors of domestic violence statewide. One of the most important issues in the lives of domestic violence survivors is the challenge to maintain safe, stable, and affordable housing. Without stable housing, it is difficult or impossible for survivors to hold down a job, keep children in school, and stay healthy and safe. Advocates all over the state of Oregon see the serious impact that Oregon’s statewide housing crisis is having on victims of domestic violence and their children.

February 20, 2016 6:08 p.m. read more..


Editorial: Scalia taught us to stand firm

On Saturday, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was laid to rest and millions in this nation mourned his passing, particularly conservatives who shared his ideological viewpoint. No matter what side of the political fence Americans stand on, respects are owed to the man who became the longest serving justice in modern history.

February 20, 2016 6:05 p.m. read more..


A ghost town speaks

When Cycle Oregon came through Shaniko and asked for 24 volunteers, Goldie Roberts, the town’s 75-year-old mayor, had to be creative. “We have a population of 24 when the kids are in town, not counting the dogs,” she said. According to the 2010 census, the population of Shaniko, located in Wasco County 75 miles south of The Dalles, is 36 but Roberts believes that number is high. There are 21 registered voters and seven kids, ages 14 months to 18 years. Five of them ride a school bus 26 miles to Maupin.

February 20, 2016 5:53 p.m. read more..

Friday, February 19

 

Party line vote on wage hike

Citing economic concerns, not a single Republican in the House or Senate voted for the tiered system of raising Oregon’s minimum wage, including all of the elected state officials who serve Wasco County.

February 19, 2016 12:23 p.m. read more..


Celebrating the 100th Day of School

Dry Hollow kindergarten student Jolynn Griffith, center, sings a counting song to 100 as kindergartners school-wide prepare to celebrate their "100th day" in school with a parade.

February 19, 2016 12:21 p.m. read more..
 

What's Happening for Feb. 19

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February 19, 2016 11:21 a.m. read more..
   

Thursday, February 18



Sheriff ready to retire

Wasco County Sheriff Rick Eiesland has given his retirement date—April 30. Speaking to the board of commissioners Wednesday afternoon, Eiesland’s comments were brief. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my job and time here in Wasco County,” he said. “It’s time to let the young guys take over. Things have changed so much. It’s overwhelming.”

February 18, 2016 3:45 p.m. read more..


Momma Jane’s reopens

Momma Jane’s Pancake House reopened Wednesday under “new” – actually previous – ownership after a three-week closure that had bereft customers taking to social media to mourn and wonder why. Jane Sheppard, who owned Momma Jane’s from 1999 to 2010, recently took the business back from the woman she’d been selling it to on contract.

February 18, 2016 3:44 p.m. read more..


High speed chase ends in wreck

The pursuit of a wanted felon for parole violations that began in The Dalles Wednesday ended in a high speed chase and wreck in Washington.

February 18, 2016 1:54 p.m. read more..


Letter to the editor: Avoid malaise

Avoid malaise To the editor: For Republicans with a high energy, conservative bent, there is hope for winning back the presidency. But not with a candidate that’s still in a “moderate-malaise-daze.”

February 18, 2016 1:53 p.m. read more..
 

Foundation receives grant

Northwest Farm Credit Services has awarded Mid-Columbia Health Foundation of The Dalles a $2,000 Northwest FCS Rural Community Grant to buy equipment for The Dalles High School weight room and encourage the community to use the facility.

February 18, 2016 12:06 p.m. read more..
  

Wednesday, February 17

 

Gorge Garden Center opens new store in TD

Capitalizing on eight year's success in Hood River, the Gorge Garden Center has opened a second store at the Port of The Dalles Industrial Park. Dave Rutkowski of Hood River, co-owner with Steve Scott of Portland, is thrilled with the new location at 3721 Klindt Dr.

February 17, 2016 3:28 p.m. read more..


TD robotics teams qualify for state

Two robotics teams from The Dalles had to wait for an award ceremony to see if they would advance to the Oregon Championship or if their season would end Sunday at the super qualifiers level. Both received good news as the Bazinga Bots took one of three Inspire Awards and Sa-BOT-age was given the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award to move on to the state tournament Feb. 27-28 at Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland.

February 17, 2016 3:22 p.m. read more..
  

Tuesday, February 16



TDHS grad rate up

Graduation rates at The Dalles High School are steadily increasing, with just-released data showing a 68.3 percent graduation rate, up from 64 percent the year before, and well above the 59.7 percent posted in 2012.

February 16, 2016 11:25 a.m. read more..
  

Youth shelter finds home

Linda and Gary Casady spent four long years looking for a house they could turn into the Youth Empowerment Shelter. Late last year they finally found it and signed a one-year lease on Jan. 1.

February 16, 2016 11:21 a.m. read more..


What's Happening for Feb. 16

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

February 16, 2016 11:20 a.m. read more..
    

Saturday, February 13



Lucas leads Dufur boys past Condon

Down two starters now with Hagen Pence and Connor Uhalde on the injury shelf, Dufur’s Travis Lucas amped up his offensive efforts with a season-high 18 points to lead the Dufur Rangers to a 53-47 win over Condon-Wheeler Friday in Dufur.

February 13, 2016 4:25 p.m. read more..


Third-quarter flurry vaults Redsides

South Wasco senior Travis Hayes hit a half-court 3-pointer at the first-half buzzer and that shot fueled the No. 7 Redsides to a 25-12 third-quarter run enroute to a 68-50 win over the Ione Cardinals Friday in a Big Sky Conference boys’ basketball matchup played in Ione.

February 13, 2016 2:40 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the editor: Wake up U.S.

To the editor: The worse enemies of our country since the fall of Nazi Germany have been Communism and radical Islam, and our president is a strong sympathizer and supporter of both of them. The minister of the “church” Obama attended in Chicago for 20 years was a curser of America, and a close political confidant of his was William Ayers, an anti-American terrorist.

February 13, 2016 2:25 p.m. read more..


Letter to the editor:Need guardrail

To the editor: Each morning I’m saddened as I come down Fremont Street, looking across Hwy 97 to the hill and ravine that sits below Columbia View Drive. When I drive home, and back down the drive, I am angry and questions flood my mind.

February 13, 2016 2:24 p.m. read more..


Letter to the editor: Support Carson

To the editor: Is Hillary the kind of person you want to run our nation? What do you remember of her and what took place in the White House and her life? An example of what the booklet Liberty Guard offers is a New York Times report on how the Clintons arranged the transfer of 20 percent of U.S. uranium assets to Russia. Millions were donated to the Clinton Foundation.

February 13, 2016 2:03 p.m. read more..


Editorial: The truth behind Cupid

The truth behind Cupid. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, it is impossible to ignore the added commercial hype that has come to surround Valentine’s Day.

February 13, 2016 2:01 p.m. read more..


Practicing the language of love all year

The key to making Valentine’s Day a celebration of love year-round is both simple and complex, according to Shayna Dahl, Colleen Worrell and Julie Mellow of the Strong Tree Counseling Center in The Dalles.

February 13, 2016 1:35 p.m. read more..


Love for a lifetime

They met when he was hospitalized for a hand injury and she was the nurse who bawled him out for his complaining attitude and coarse language.

February 13, 2016 11:55 a.m. read more..

Friday, February 12



TDHS awarded Nike funding

The Dalles High School will offer a new elective next year, thanks to a $30,909 grant from the Nike School Innovation Fund.

February 12, 2016 12:42 p.m. read more..


City hears concern about homeless

A property owner near downtown told The Dalles City Council Monday that transient problems have spiked in recent years and his land has become “a prime transient homeless camp.”

February 12, 2016 12:40 p.m. read more..


Giving Harney County a voice

When the Burns Chamber of Commerce contacted Meadows Outdoor Advertising in The Dalles about purchasing a billboard thanking the many law enforcement officers who worked with Harney County during the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, it got more than it asked for.

February 12, 2016 12:30 p.m. read more..
  

Priest donates $30,000 to St. Mary’s Academy

When Fr. Joseph Levine became the priest of St. Peter Catholic Church in The Dalles more than three years ago, he realized there were many families in the parish who couldn’t afford to send their kids to the Catholic school across the street.

February 12, 2016 12:08 p.m. read more..


What's Happening for Feb. 12

Announce your public, nonprofit activities here, 75 words or less. E-mail to tdchron@thedalleschronicle .com or fax to 541-298-1365 or drop off your information at the Chronicle, 315 Federal St., The Dalles.

February 12, 2016 noon read more..


Memorial Walk

Dick Yecny strolls between monuments at the Veterans Memorial at Sorosis Park in The Dalles.

February 12, 2016 11:58 a.m. read more..
    

Letter to the editor: High fees

To the editor: In a recent letter to the editor, Mike Woodside said, “I want nothing more than to see our community grow and prosper.” I, too, would like to see our community grow and prosper!

February 12, 2016 5:20 a.m. read more..


Letter to the editor: OVH help

To the editor: I would like to thank the Oregon Veterans’ Home for the outstanding care given to me after a knee replacement surgery. While in my three-week stay there, the physical and occupational team, along with the nursing and certified nurse assistance group on Charlie wing, hastened my recovery and discharge.

February 12, 2016 5:19 a.m. read more..
 

Letter to the editor: Thank you

To the editor: I would like to thank The Dalles Chronicle for its prompt and prominently displayed announcement of the change of venue of the blood drive held on Jan. 27. Your work helped get the word out to our donors, and to alert others to the drive. We not only met our goal, we exceeded it!

February 12, 2016 5:18 a.m. read more..


Letter to the editor: Let us vote

To the editor: City Council — LET US VOTE! At the town hall meeting three weeks ago, a lone Hispanic woman stood up and testified to the mayor and city council that many in her Spanish-speaking community were confused and afraid of the marijuana situation happening in The Dalles.

February 12, 2016 5:17 a.m. read more..

Thursday, February 11



Last hours of armed standoff play out online

The end of a nearly six-week-long standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge played out live on the Internet, with tens of thousands of people listening as supporters encouraged the last armed occupiers to surrender.

February 11, 2016 1:30 p.m. read more..


Wolf bill on the move

Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Athena, is pleased to see a bill upholding a state agency’s decision to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list making headway in the current legislative session.

February 11, 2016 1:21 p.m. read more..
  

Arts and Entertainment, Feb. 11

Submit items to Arts & Entertainment by e-mail no later than Tuesday of publication week to TDChron @thedalleschronicle.com, MGibson @thedalleschronicle.com, or at The Chronicle office, 315 Federal St., The Dalles.

February 11, 2016 11:51 a.m. read more..
 

Art entries sought

The Dalles Art Center is seeking artwork for the “Gardens and Garden Art” juried exhibit in March.

February 11, 2016 11:48 a.m. read more..


Youth Awareness

Orange ribbons have been placed throughout downtown The Dalles in an effort by HAVEN to promote awareness of February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

February 11, 2016 11:47 a.m. read more..
 

Wednesday, February 10

 

MCMC draws up plans for new tower

Saying it would add efficiency and improve services, Mid-Columbia Medical Center is hoping to build a 70,000-square-foot patient tower at its hospital campus in The Dalles.

February 10, 2016 2:43 p.m. read more..
  

What's Happening for Feb. 10

Announce your public, nonprofit activities here, 75 words or less. E-mail to tdchron@thedalleschronicle .com or drop off your information at the Chronicle, 315 Federal St., The Dalles.

February 10, 2016 11:17 a.m. read more..


Thalhofer named to advisory board

Teri Thalhofer, director for North Central Public Health District, has been appointed by Gov. Kate Brown to the Oregon Public Health Advisory Board (PHAB) effective Jan. 1.

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

Columbia Christian boys outlast Dufur

The Dufur Rangers led 27-26 at the half, but Columbia Christian exploded for 15 second-half field goals and used a 38-25 second-half to hold on to the 64-52 win Tuesday in a non-league boys’ basketball game played at Dufur High School.

February 10, 2016 11:12 a.m. read more..
 

Tuesday, February 9



Street work planned

A section of Thompson Street, from East 15th to 16th streets, will be closed by The Dalles Public Works crew for installation of a new water service line on Feb. 10 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Some parking on Thompson St. will be restricted. East 14th Street will be open for those travelling east or west and East 16th will be open for local access. Motorists are encouraged to use Quinton or Morton streets as alternate routes travelling north and south. A series of one-lane closures will take place Feb. 19 between the hours of 4 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Second between the roundabout and Cherry Heights Road. Public works is performing video camera inspections of the sanitary and storm sewer mains to confirm that no damage was caused by heavy transformers that were moved through town. Side streets may be closed for short durations, and turning may be limited in the work area, which will move from east to west.

February 9, 2016 3:25 p.m. read more..
 

The Dalles Police Chief to retire

Police Chief Jay Waterbury announced he would retire July 1 at Monday’s The Dalles City Council meeting. He received a standing ovation after making a few remarks about his long career. When he retires, he will have served almost 42 years in law enforcement, almost 41 of them for The Dalles police, 20 of them as its chief. He began work here Aug. 11, 1975, at age 23. He told the council, “I don’t really want to go but it is getting close to being the time to go.”

February 9, 2016 3:20 p.m. read more..
 

Garden art sought

The Dalles Art Center is seeking artwork for the “Gardens and Garden Art” juried exhibit in March.

February 9, 2016 12:55 p.m. read more..


What's Happening for Feb. 9

Announce your public, nonprofit activities here, 75 words or less. E-mail to tdchron@thedalleschronicle .com, fax to 541-298-1365 or drop off at the Chronicle, 315 Federal St., The Dalles.

February 9, 2016 12:54 p.m. read more..


Mattress Care

Mattress-making, including beating the finished product, occupied Wasco County residents during World War II as seen in this photo taken at the Chenoweth Grange in 1942.

February 9, 2016 12:53 p.m. read more..
 

No. 3 Huskies roll past Mitchell-Spray

Max Martin and Jacob Justesen each scored 15 points in the first half in Spray, as the No. 3 Sherman Huskies jumped ahead 45-19 at the half, and then added a 27-9 run in the third quarter in a 82-42 win over Mitchell-Spray Saturday in Spray.

February 9, 2016 12:47 p.m. read more..
 

Saturday, February 6



Film found: ‘Pages of Death’

A 16mm print of the film “Pages of Death” was recently discovered in the collection of the Portland-based Oregon Historical Society (OHS). Before this discovery, the film had been included on a list of lost films, defined as films in which no copy is known to survive.

February 6, 2016 5:05 p.m. read more..
   

Dufur’s winning streak snapped

Although the Dufur Rangers had Kayla Bailey return to the lineup, starting post presence Emily DePriest could not dress down due to an ankle injury, and the Ione Cardinals took advantage.

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Letter to the editor: Climate support

To the editor: Recent letters in these pages have presented passionate back-and-forth regarding climate change. Passionate debate is healthy for our democracy. Climate change is not. Oregonians have the opportunity to support reasoned action in HB 1574, the Healthy Climate Bill. This sensible legislation is before the Oregon legislature in this short legislative session, and creates a practical and doable path to achieving the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions goals established by the State in 2007.

February 6, 2016 11:57 a.m. read more..


Letter to the editor: ‘Big’ thanks

To the editor: I would like to thank the local Moose members for the Santa Breakfast they provide for the Big Brother, Big Sister organization. The Littles get to make a wish list, the Moose members select a list and then go shopping.

February 6, 2016 11:57 a.m. read more..


Letter to the editor: Praise for Dufur

To the editor: This past weekend my family had the great pleasure of going to Dufur for a basketball game for my sons’ basketball team. I say great pleasure because I as well as another gentlemen from my community had a rather inspiring experience.

February 6, 2016 11:56 a.m. read more..


Letter to the edtor: Fed land grab

To the editor: I may not support the standoff at the Malheur Reserve but Mr. Bundy made it very clear why the Hammonds are being prosecuted by our government.

February 6, 2016 11:55 a.m. read more..


Editorial: Legislature needs to slow down

This week the Wasco County Commission and Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, rightfully voiced protests about the Oregon Legislature using the 35-day session in 2016 to push through major policy issues that have not been fully vetted.

February 6, 2016 11:53 a.m. read more..


Officials dissect Granada plans

City officials are reviewing three proposals for revitalization of the Granada block; one for a hotel conference center, another for a cultural/performing art facility and the third establishing an archeological dig site for tourism and education.

February 6, 2016 5:49 a.m. read more..

Friday, February 5

 

What's Happening for Feb. 5

Announce your public, nonprofit activities here, 75 words or less. E-mail to tdchron@thedalleschronicle .com or fax to 541-298-1365 or drop off your information at the Chronicle, 315 Federal St., The Dalles.

February 5, 2016 2:47 p.m. read more..


CASA welcomes new volunteer advocates

Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) has introduced their newest volunteers: Rob Brostoff, Cascade Locks; Amanda Cummings, Sherilyn Hutchinson and Barbara Pizzola, The Dalles; Feliza Greenwald, Giulia Good Stefani, Mosier; and Steve White, Hood River.

February 5, 2016 2:45 p.m. read more..


Walker to Blue Mountain

Almost four years ago, Colton Walker dealt with the news that his older brother Dakota had been diagnosed with Burkitt’s Leukemia.

February 5, 2016 11:47 a.m. read more..


Thursday, February 4

 

Commentary: Setting the record straight about wolves, ranching

It is a FACT wolves are predators and brutal ones at that. Are they “terrorists?” Do they terrorize? We can argue the adjective, noun or the verb, but there is no denying that wolves are vicious killers. Do wolves just follow their instincts preying on whatever target is easy and handy…like a bunch of cattle? Yep, they sure do.

February 4, 2016 12:05 p.m. read more..


Letter to the editor: Just say ‘No’

To the editor: I would like to take a moment to write regarding the risks of drug use verses alcohol. Alcohol like drugs affects the pleasure center of the brain. Since we are all different people it affects us differently per individual. Some become addicted to it and lives are ruined. Families are broken and some incarceration is needed along with rehabilitation.

February 4, 2016 12:04 p.m. read more..


Editorial: ‘Suspending’ means race is over

Make no mistake. When they suspend a campaign, as Rand Paul did Wednesday and Mike Huckabee and Martin O'Malley did right after the Iowa caucuses, it's not to take a break for household chores or a reflective week at the beach. It's game over.

February 4, 2016 12:03 p.m. read more..
 

City eyes rate hike

The Dalles City Council is set to approve monthly residential garbage rate increases of 9 to 22 cents per can at Monday’s meeting that will take effect March 1. Commercial cans will cost 10 to 25 cents per month more, depending on size.

February 4, 2016 11:59 a.m. read more..


Mapping a new road plan

Community members wanting to help guide improvements of The Dalles’ transportation plan for roadways, as well as bicycle, pedestrian and transit facilities, are invited to the first of two public workshops Wednesday.

February 4, 2016 11:58 a.m. read more..


Pianist to perform

Love is in the air as Pianist Krill Giladkovsky dedicates part of his performance to a Valentine’s Day theme during his Mid-Columbia Concert Association concert Friday, Feb. 12 in The Dalles.

February 4, 2016 11:28 a.m. read more..


Claim your OR ‘kicker’

Tax return filing season is open and the Oregon Department of Revenue reminds Oregonians to claim their tax surplus credit, or "kicker," on their 2015 income tax returns.

February 4, 2016 11:26 a.m. read more..


ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT for Feb. 4

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February 4, 2016 11:25 a.m. read more..


School ‘exclusion day’ for vaccines Feb. 17

Oregon law requires that all children attending public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities have up-to-date immunization documentation (or have an exemption) to remain in school.

February 4, 2016 11:24 a.m. read more..
 

Wednesday, February 3

 

Montira’s Market offers variety

It's early afternoon, and Montira Spitzer is busy working at a stove top in the back corner of Montira's Asian Market, 302 W. Second Street, downtown The Dalles. She is preparing to restock a case of hot take-out lunches near the front entrance. CORRECTED: Montira's Asian Market is at 302 E. Second Street, not west.

February 3, 2016 2:45 p.m. read more..


Inside the Harney County standoff

Last week I filled in for the lone circuit court judge for Grant and Harney counties. Burns is the county seat of Harney County. Previously known for the bird haven Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the area is now also known for the armed occupation of that refuge.

February 3, 2016 2:19 p.m. read more..


South county to hold parks, rec hearing

The order to initiate has been signed and the boundary has been drawn. Wasco County will now hold its first of two public hearings on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. in the Wamic School Community Center to discuss forming a non-taxing parks and recreation district in South Wasco County.

February 3, 2016 2:11 p.m. read more..
  

What's Happening for Feb. 3

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February 3, 2016 12:02 p.m. read more..


Volunteers needed at library

The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library is seeking volunteers, age 14 and up, to assist with Wednesday afterschool and Saturday morning programs and special projects, according to Dana Campbell, youth services librarian.

February 3, 2016 12:01 p.m. read more..


Free Throw Winners

The Dalles Knights of Columbus free throw contest winners earned a trophy Jan. 30 and a trip to the district competition that will be Feb. 15 in Hood River.

February 3, 2016 noon read more..
 

Tuesday, February 2

  

What's Happening for Feb. 2

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February 2, 2016 2:10 p.m. read more..
    

Krueger offered top job

Somewhere during the search for a new city manager, The Dalles City Council turned its eyes to Julie Krueger, the long-time clerk who has filled the role on interim basis since September. The council held a 45-minute discussion in an executive session Monday before voting to offer the job to Krueger, who has worked for the city since 1989.

February 2, 2016 11:26 a.m. read more..
 

Home invasion follows stabbing

A woman and her children barricaded themselves in an upstairs bedroom after a stabbing suspect entered their home yesterday morning, officials said. No one at the home was injured, according to a post by the woman’s husband, Doug Kirchhofer, on Facebook yesterday.

February 2, 2016 11:23 a.m. read more..
 

Monday, February 1



Home invasion follows stabbing

A woman was home alone with her children when a man who had just been “involved” in a stabbing nearby entered her house at 18th and Morton this morning, law officers said.

February 1, 2016 5:11 p.m. read more..


City hires long-time employee as manager

Somewhere during the process of looking for a new city manager, The Dalles City Council turned its eyes to Julie Krueger, the long-time clerk and general services director who has served as interim manager since September.

February 1, 2016 5:06 p.m. read more..
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