Stories for January 2016


Saturday, January 30


Burres memorial service at noon

A Celebration of Life service for James R. "Jim" Burres is scheduled for Sunday, January 31, 2016 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Oregon Veterans Home located at 700 Veterans Drive, The Dalles, OR 97058. A flag line will be held beginning at 11 a.m.

January 30, 2016 5 p.m. read more..

Lady Redsides throttle Arlington

Allie Noland and Lindsey Hull went for double figures, and senior guard Cassie Davis tallied nine to lead the South Wasco County Redsides to a 49-35 girls’ hoops win over Arlington Friday. “We came to play,” said SWC coach Bill Mead. “We played Redside basketball on both ends of the court. We had all-around scoring from everyone. It was a great team effort.” The Redsides led 13-4 through one quarter and 18-10 at the half.

January 30, 2016 3:52 p.m. read more..

Beeson, Bailey lead DHS girls

Don’t look now, but the Dufur Ranger girls’ basketball is two games out of third place in the Big Sky conference after securing their second straight win by a 51-48 score over Mitchell-Spray Friday in a league matchup played at Mitchell High School.

January 30, 2016 3:51 p.m. read more..

History forums planned

Regional history forums have been scheduled for 2016 at the Original County Courthouse, 410 W. Second Pl., located behind The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce visitor center. Programs begin at 1:30 p.m. in the upstairs courtroom.

January 30, 2016 3:33 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: End bigotry

To the editor: On 1-12-16, the front page of The Chronicle featured a picture of many community members, local government officials and even youngsters, who attended the opening of the tasting room of Freebridge Brewing.

January 30, 2016 2:35 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Wonderful event

To the editor: I would like to thank Lisa Farquharson, Tiffany Hardin and the rest of The Dalles Chamber of Commerce for the wonderful “Unsung Heroes” award banquet that was recently held.

January 30, 2016 2:34 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: One-stop shop

To the editor: Having lived in Wasco County all my life, I want nothing more than to see our community grow and prosper. As a business person I want it to be easy to start a new business and easy to expand an existing business.

January 30, 2016 2:32 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: No interference

To the editor: Several people have asked me if being elected Wasco County Commissioner would interfere with my duties representing Wasco County on the Columbia River Gorge Commission.

January 30, 2016 2:32 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Climate hoax

To the editor: Thank you Steve Hudson for your excellent letter on the global warming/climate change hoax. I realize that the climate is changing but that is a normal thing. The earth has had ice ages and periods of warming for many years.

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

Friday, January 29


What's Happening for Jan. 29

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.

January 29, 2016 11:29 a.m. read more..

Faith Matters: Psalm 32 says God loves us more than we can imagine

“I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go. I will advise you and keep my eye on you. Do not be like the senseless horse and the mule whose movements must be controlled by bit and bridle. No. Don’t be anything like that, for the pain of the wicked is severe. But faithful love surrounds the one who trusts the Lord. You, who are righteous, rejoice in the Lord always and be glad! All you whose hearts are right, sing out in joy!” These verses from Psalm 32 lift me up and help me sustain an “attitude of gratitude” and confidence in the face of adversity. But I do need to pay attention, to be patient, and to listen for God’s guidance.

January 29, 2016 11:26 a.m. read more..

TD boys lose 83-48 to No. 5-ranked Pendleton

Pendleton and The Dalles went back-and-forth for the first minutes of the opening quarter, with the Bucks ahead 11-8, but then the No. 8-ranked Buckaroos outscored the Hawks 72-40 the rest of the way in an 83-48 victory Thursday in a Columbia River Conference matchup played in Pendleton.

January 29, 2016 11:19 a.m. read more..

Thursday, January 28

Letter to the editor: Study of laws

To the editor: The Bundy capture of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge has everyone in a stir. Speeches on the floor of Congress, editorials, letters to the editor, and millions of discussions/humor over tea and crumpets.

January 28, 2016 12:39 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Values, not fear

To the editor: I have often seen claims that conservatives are more about principles and liberals are more about policy. The opposite was on view in your recent Crosstalk about Guantanamo.

January 28, 2016 12:38 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: New school

To the editor: A new high school will bring school spirit. All four of the places recommended were great ideas. No matter where it is built the partnership with the college can still be attained!

January 28, 2016 12:36 p.m. read more..

Early bird nest building

A woodpecker works to excavate a potential nest hole in an oak tree on a ridge west of The Dalles, hammering free chips of wood and discarding them. Although only February, the bird appeared to be well along in the process, only its rump and tail showing as it worked loose new chips from inside the hole.

January 28, 2016 12:26 p.m. read more..

Weed: A growing issue

The Dalles City Council invited Rob Bovett, attorney for the Oregon Association of Counties, to brief officials and community members Monday about how sales of recreational marijuana are being regulated. Bovett took the place of Sean O’Day, legal counsel for the League of Oregon cities, due to a scheduling conflict.

January 28, 2016 12:19 p.m. read more..

TD Babe Ruth holding signups

The Dalles Babe Ruth League will be holding signups for 12-to-15-year old players at the Middle School Commons from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, and from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 6.

January 28, 2016 11:26 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 27

What's Happening for Jan. 27

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.

January 27, 2016 3:17 p.m. read more..

Huffman tours One Community Health in TD

When it comes to health care success stories, seeing is believing. And that’s exactly what Representative John Huffman, R-The Dalles, noted after a recent meeting and site tour at One Community Health (OCH) in The Dalles.

January 27, 2016 3:15 p.m. read more..

Investing in people gives Crestline the edge

When Crestline Construction was recognized as the 2016 Business of the Year by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce, Operations Manager Erik Kerr had no trouble articulating why he felt the company had received the award.

January 27, 2016 11:59 a.m. read more..

Local man loses 114 pounds

Matt Post donated his 70-inch waist jeans to Goodwill and got rid of most of his old pictures. The 30-year-old doesn’t want to relive the past but instead look to the future. “I just did not want to see myself at that again,” Post said. “I did not want that to be an acceptable return for me.”

January 27, 2016 11:54 a.m. read more..

TD council hears marijuana concerns

The Dalles Police Chief Jay Waterbury appealed to the city council Monday to let voters decide whether recreational marijuana should be grown, processed, packaged and sold in town. “What we are asking you to do is let citizens make a decision, give them a chance to vote,” he said following testimony at the meeting from citizens on both sides of the issue.

January 27, 2016 11:30 a.m. read more..

Arrests of OR standoff leaders leaves one dead

BURNS (AP) — Federal and state law officers arrested the leaders of an armed group occupying a national wildlife refuge, during a traffic stop along a highway in Oregon's frozen high country that prompted gunfire and left one man dead.

January 27, 2016 6:24 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 26


Letter to the editor: Wyden rhetoric

To the editor: I read in this newspaper that the economy of Harney County has been stagnant for nearly 40 years. Ron Wyden has been a senator for half of that time. Wyden proudly celebrated his “landmark 750th town hall” this month in Wheeler County. Of the Harney County standoff he recently said: “I understand why rural Oregonians are so frustrated about this economy, but the next step from frustration is not to walk off a cliff, misled by some outsiders who seem willing to take the law into their own hands.

January 26, 2016 12:37 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Catholic stance

To the editor: The pastor of St. Peter’s Catholic Church is apparently being protective of his religion’s good name, but the Roman Catholic Church has bigger image problems than the wedding of John and David. Father Joseph Levine says he does not “judge,” but he states that the union of these two people will be “a pseudo-marriage that will be an offense against God, against creation, against the priesthood, and against everything (St. Peter’s Landmark Church) once stood for.”

January 26, 2016 12:37 p.m. read more..

Public health waits for cash

The North Central Public Health District, increasingly short staffed since a budget cut last summer and other staff departures, may get a cash infusion from a regional health organization Wednesday. The Columbia Gorge Health Council, which governs state-funded health care for low income residents, got a sizeable “bonus” for meeting certain health goals set up by the state.

January 26, 2016 12:28 p.m. read more..

Mountain Mavens roll in TD

Gorge Roller Girls’ Mountain Maven Lady 180 (#718) and teammate Kung Fu Lu (#09) struggle to block out the Rodeo City Roller Girls Jammer (with star on helmet) during a derby competition Saturday evening at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center armory in The Dalles.

January 26, 2016 12:27 p.m. read more..

Kramer seeks re-election

Wasco County Commissioner Steve Kramer announced his candidacy for a second term at The Dalles Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Breakfast earlier this month.

January 26, 2016 12:24 p.m. read more..

SWC girls tough in a 47-43 triumph

Needing a win to stay in the Big Sky Conference mix, the South Wasco County Redsides pulled off a thrilling 47-43 victory over Mitchell-Spray in a league battle played Saturday in Maupin.

January 26, 2016 12:24 p.m. read more..

Saturday, January 23


No. 4 SWC cruises past Ione

Herlocker scored 11 of his team-high 15 points in the first quarter to lead the No. 4-ranked South Wasco County Redsides to a 64-19 win over Ione Friday in a Big Sky boys’ game played in Maupin. Herlocker added six rebounds and four steals, Brody Myers added 14 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and Travis Hayes tallied 13 points, four rebounds and four steals for the Redsides.

January 23, 2016 4:15 p.m. read more..

Lady Redsides come up just short of upset bid

The South Wasco County Redsides finished one shot away from pulling off an upset win over the Ione Cardinals. Jessie Flynn scored a game-high 26 points, including seven in the fourth quarter, and No. 19 Ione held SWC without a field goal in its final possession to hold on for the 51-50 win Friday in a girls’ basketball league showdown played in Maupin.

January 23, 2016 4:15 p.m. read more..

Short-handed Dufur loses to No. 6 CW

Playing without injured point guard Sydney Reed, the Dufur Rangers got a career-high 10 points from Kayla Bailey and eight more points from shooting guard Alexus Outlaw, but the No. 6-ranked Condon-Wheeler Knights broke open a 29-11 halftime lead with a 21-8 third quarter run for a 52-26 victory Friday in Condon.

January 23, 2016 4:14 p.m. read more..

Tough end for Sherman girls

The Arlington Honkers came back from a 21-15 halftime deficit to tie the score in regulation, and then outscored Sherman 8-6 in overtime to pull off a 48-46 triumph Friday in Arlington.

January 23, 2016 4:13 p.m. read more..

TD boys lose by 33 to Hermiston

The Hermiston Bulldogs hit eight 3-pointers as part of a 35-point third-quarter surge to pull away from The Dalles by a 78-44 score Friday night in a Columbia River Conference boys’ hoops showdown at Hermiston High School.

January 23, 2016 4:09 p.m. read more..

Gambling for a good cause

"Bingo!” The triumphant cry rings from the back of the room and runs like a ripple through the crowd, breaking the quiet tension created by the game. A volunteer moves to the winner’s table, reads the winning numbers aloud: “One. Three. Seven. Seven. Five.” The volunteer calling the game, Gary Patton, checks the numbers on a computer screen, confirms a winner. “We have a Bingo!”

January 23, 2016 2:28 p.m. read more..

Celilo station returns to service

The Celilo Converter Station in The Dalles went back online Thursday, Jan. 21, with the completion of a $370 million modernization of the one-of-a-kind station, according to the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).

January 23, 2016 2:26 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Outrageous act

To the editor: Like most of my friends, I am dismayed and outraged by the continued armed occupation of the Malheur National Refuge in Harney County and the disgraceful federal response to the Bundy clan standoff two years ago.

January 23, 2016 1:49 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Marriage rules

To the editor: The marriage, divorce, remarriage and adultery issue is interesting. When information is given to men from the book of Genesis it is extremely important. The institution of marriage is introduced in Chapter Two. It reads: “For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife.” Cleave? Impinge, cling, adhere. The rules of marriage continue, “and they shall become one flesh.” One flesh? When they give their word and physically come together they become “one person.”

January 23, 2016 1:33 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: When rights end

To the editor: A letter disturbed me by denigrating a young couple announcing their engagement in the Chronicle. I do not want to take on the Catholics and believe they have every right to believe as they will. But as the old saying goes “your rights end at my chin.” Meaning you can stand up for what you believe until it hurts someone.

January 23, 2016 1:31 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 22

Extending the safety net for veterans

More than 40 health care and mental health specialists from Wasco County have been invited to learn about a program to help Post 9/11 veterans and their families with deployment and reintegration issues. “We’re hoping to get more providers in this area to sign on to help active-duty, reservists or Guard members prepare for war or return home,” said Jennifer Borne, veterans’ representative at the local office of the Oregon Employment Department.

January 22, 2016 4 p.m. read more..

Celebrating community with our Unsung Heroes

Community involvement was celebrated Thursday evening at the annual “Unsung Heroes” banquet hosted by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce. “An unsung hero is a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for their deeds and qualities,” explained Lisa Farquarson, executive director of the chamber, about the criteria for selecting seven people and a business as outstanding contributors to local society in 2015.

January 22, 2016 3:24 p.m. read more..

Help to get clean, sober

About 30 percent of clients on parole and probation in Wasco County are also social service clients of the Department of Human Services. The goals of these two entities for this minority of shared clients can often coincide: to get the client clean and sober and into stable housing and employment.

January 22, 2016 3:22 p.m. read more..

Bazinga Bots ‘connect’ at championship

HOOD RIVER—Work done all the way back in July paid off Saturday for the Bazinga Bots. The Dalles robotics team won the Connect Award at the FIRST Tech Challenge Mid-Columbia and Central Oregon Championship, which went to the team that most connected with their local science, technology, engineering and math community.

January 22, 2016 6:38 a.m. read more..

Thursday, January 21

Thompson Street now open

Work on Thompson St. between E 16th and E 14th was completed ahead of schedule and Thompson St is now open to all through traffic.

January 21, 2016 2:18 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 20

Commentary: State must maximize funds for veterans

State must maximize funds for veterans The following testimony was given by Wasco County Commission Chair Rod Runyon Jan. 16 to the House Veterans Emergency Preparedness Committee. Runyon was also speaking as co-chair of the Association of Oregon Counties Veterans Committee and accompanied by other members:

January 20, 2016 3:41 p.m. read more..

Area chefs to lead culinary training

Two well-known local chefs will serve as chef instructor and administrator for a new gorge-wide, 12-week culinary training program, “Fresh Start Culinary Arts.” Chefs Matt Patterson and Rainbow Trosper will join the new program on Feb. 16. Patterson, currently the chef and kitchen manager at Rack and Cloth in Mosier, will be the program's chef instructor. Trosper, currently handling catering and deli prep and desserts at Boda's Kitchen in Hood River, will be the program administrator.

January 20, 2016 12:56 p.m. read more..

Agency focuses on child welfare, safety

Plenty of concern is voiced regionally about the welfare of children, with tips flowing into an area child abuse hotline at the rate of about 150 calls per month. The vast majority do not amount to anything, but every caller is thoroughly questioned by one of the two full-time screeners who take calls from a five-county area including Gilliam, Sherman, Wheeler, Hood River and Wasco counties.

January 20, 2016 12:50 p.m. read more..

Gorge postmark now available

Customers at The Dalles Post Office can now request a Columbia Gorge postmark. All that is needed to obtain the free postmark at each of the seven locations is a stamped envelope or card. Post Offices in Bridal Veil, Cascade Locks, Corbett, Hood River, Mosier and Troutdale also have the postmarks available at customers’ request.

January 20, 2016 12:50 p.m. read more..

College considers potential cost of president search

Looking forward to the upcoming budget process for the 2016 /17 fiscal year, the cost and process of a possible national search for a new college president was discussed by the board at its January board meeting. That issue was raised because President Frank Toda has entered the second year of a two-year contract. No decision has yet been made as to whether or not his contract will be extended.

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

Tuesday, January 19

Commentary: Wolf attacks are an act of terror on cattle herds

The guest column in The Dalles Chronicle of Jan. 10, 2016, by Sue Wilson attempted to paint the wolf as a warm, fuzzy creature that only kills to survive and never commits an act of terror. Ranchers in wolf-inhabited areas are finding vastly different conditions in dealing with their activities.

January 19, 2016 3:33 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Fantastic event

To the editor: The original intent of keeping longshoremen “available” during an absence of shipping was put into place by the federal government. The feds considered international shipping vital to our national security. The “Economist” magazine recently ran an article on super container ships. Fresh water ports, such as Portland, are out of luck. River draft and docks are totally inadequate.

January 19, 2016 3:30 p.m. read more..

Young hired by city of Fairview

Nearly eight months after former City Administrator Samantha Nelson submitted her resignation to the city of Fairview, a permanent replacement has been announced. Nolan Young of The Dalles will take on the post as of Jan. 25.

January 19, 2016 3:26 p.m. read more..

Fort Dalles Days suspended

With no professional rodeo on the horizon for 2016, the Fort Dalles Days Steering Committee has decided to temporarily discontinue activities built around that event. “We just decided as a group that it would be best to go on a hiatus,” said Susan Buce, a member of the committee.

January 19, 2016 3:24 p.m. read more..

Community Meal

First Community Credit Union (FCCU) and its members have donated $500 to The Dalles Community Meal

January 19, 2016 11:35 a.m. read more..

Energy siting council to meet in The Dalles

A hearing on the proposed Saddle Butte Wind Park in north central Oregon will be the focus of discussion at an Energy Facility Siting Council meeting Thursday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.

January 19, 2016 11:32 a.m. read more..

Monday, January 18

Sunday, January 17


Missed chances haunt DHS girls

Sydney Reed busted loose for a season-high 18 points, but the Dufur Rangers could not convert on their final four opportunities to tie to take the lead in the final minute in a 45-43 loss to Horizon Christian Friday in a league tussle in Hood River. “Sydney played great, probably her best game of the season,” said Dufur coach Jack Henderson. “She kept us going when we were struggling.”

January 17, 2016 3:17 p.m. read more..

Sherman girls move to 2nd place

Emily Hill scored 12 points and the Sherman Huskies climbed into second place in the Big Sky Conference after securing a 59-27 win over Mitchell-Spray Friday night at Sherman High School.

January 17, 2016 3:16 p.m. read more..

Murr, Justesen pace TD boys

Down 40-29 at the half in a road game at Redmond, The Dalles clamped down defensively and added clutch performances from Dakota Murr and William Justesen to secure a 69-65 win Friday in a non-league contest played at Redmond High School.

January 17, 2016 3:13 p.m. read more..

Commentary: A year of soil and water conservation

The majority of those living in Wasco County have very little contact with their Soil and Water Conservation District: Who we are and what we do remains one of life’s little mysteries. Our mission is, “to work cooperatively with others to promote and encourage conservation and wise use of natural resources.”

January 17, 2016 3:07 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Condemn action

To the editor: We condemn the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as a publicity stunt by citizens militia groups from outside of Oregon to further their own agenda.

January 17, 2016 3:06 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Doing it right

To the editor: I would like to commend the Wasco County Commission on the thoughtful, informed, deliberative and responsible work they did on the time, place and manner marijuana ordinance that was approved at the public hearing held Monday night.

January 17, 2016 3:05 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor:

To the editor: Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, PHWFF, as many of you know, helps disable veterans through teaching them fly tying, fly fishing skills, and taking them on the water.

January 17, 2016 3:05 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Pure negligence

To the editor: Steve Hudson may not believe that the human race has impacted the earth’s climate, but most people do. The fact that the Republican Party refuses to acknowledge the premise of man-caused climate change is most disturbing.

January 17, 2016 3:03 p.m. read more..

Editorial: A glimpse behind the scenes

When I became the publisher of The Dalles Chronicle, I accepted the role of steward to lead this historic community newspaper. It has become resoundingly clear to me since my arrival Nov. 30 that folks in this area greatly value their hometown newspaper. During my first month on the job, I met with dozens of readers, staff and business members to gather input on the issues they felt were most relevant to this community.

January 17, 2016 3:02 p.m. read more..

Saturday, January 16

An Education In Agriculture

A few years ago, Sandy Macnab picked up a Sherman High School sports program and started counting the number of kids who came from farm families. Out of 19 players, he found three who had any kind of association. An Oregon State Extension agent, Macnab spent 37 years making sure those other 16 weren’t missing out.

January 16, 2016 1:08 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 15


Power outages in TD explained

Northern Wasco County PUD experienced an outage Friday morning at approximately 8 a.m. due to a down power line. Repairs were made and when the crew went to reenergize the line it caused a failure of a second line. In order to repair the second line the crew will need to isolate that segment of line to safely make the needed repairs. Power is being shut off to customers located in the following areas from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. today: along Scenic Drive between Jefferson Street and Garrison Street, which includes Sorosis, Columbia Gorge Community College and Radio Way. Northern Wasco County PUD appreciates your patience during this outage.

January 15, 2016 2:27 p.m. read more..

Town hall focuses on new marijuana law

The Dalles City Council is holding a town hall Jan. 25 to provide information about the new recreational marijuana law as well as gather citizen input. Community members are invited to attend the meeting, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers at city hall, 313 Court Street.

January 15, 2016 1:51 p.m. read more..

D21 seeking talk with CGCC

Following an executive session, the school board Wednesday reached a consensus to pursue talks with the community college on a “facilities concept.”

January 15, 2016 1:49 p.m. read more..

Eluding leads to prison

Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley said Wednesday a man who attempted to elude police in two pursuits has been sent to prison to learn a couple of valuable lessons. “When you see the red and blue lights behind you, you need to stop,” he said. Even more importantly, Nisley said William A. Henry, 40, of The Dalles, needs to learn that it doesn’t pay to violate the law by selling drugs.

January 15, 2016 1:48 p.m. read more..

No hunting?

A watchful hawk perches Thursday on a “No hunting or trespassing” sign in Dallesport. Hawks and bald eagles are in evidence all along the river as the winter migration draws them into and through the gorge and Eastern Oregon.

January 15, 2016 1:41 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 14

South Wasco moves to repair boat ramp

Inspired to fix a broken boat ramp at Pine Hollow Reservoir, a group of motivated South Wasco County citizens want to form a non-taxing parks and recreation district. At Monday’s Wasco County Board of Commissioners meeting, they got a consensus to move forward.

January 14, 2016 1:08 p.m. read more..

Congress swamps federal water rules

Ranchers and farmers are applauding a move by Congress to roll back federal authority over small waterways, including some stock ponds and irrigation ditches. “I think the House sent a very clear message,” said U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, whose Second Congressional District encompasses Wasco County.

January 14, 2016 11:44 a.m. read more..

‘Idyllic Days’

Will Hearn of Stevenson, Wash., hovers over his pole as a fish nudges bait while he was fishing for sturgeon off rocks in Dallesport. He and his friend Greg Walker had been at the site since morning and caught two small fish. The Dalles pool is currently open for retention of sturgeon 38 to 54 inches in length. "You'd be amazed how many 36 inch fish we catch," Hearn laughed. "It's idyllic to come up here, It's always raining in Stevenson," he said.

January 14, 2016 11:38 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 13


Letter to the editor: Wants, needs differ

To the editor: Neita Cecil’s story about building new schools (Chronicle 12/23) gives me great concern and poses many questions. She says there is a “wave of public interest.” Was there a poll taken that I missed? Was it Gallup or was it Pew? Were the people who live paycheck to paycheck polled? Did anyone suggest waiting until half the current bonds are paid off? I’m sure the people who fear losing their homes because of high property taxes are not breaking out their surfboards to ride that “wave of public interest.”

January 13, 2016 3:36 p.m. read more..

Letter ot the editor: Economic power shift

To the editor: I found the December 31 editorial reprint from Albany, “Watch out for well-meaning laws,” to be pretty contentious in terms of whose interests it seems to represent. It had a strongly neoliberal or “pro-business” slant, warning working Oregonians of repercussions should they try to vote themselves better wages or sick leave. It tried to convince people that a clean-energy economy isn’t worth slightly higher gas prices or new paperwork. Costs and burdens to poor, helpless small businesses were repeatedly mentioned in vague terms. This made the tone of the article sound as if it was concocted by big-money groups.

January 13, 2016 3:35 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Helping the homeless

To the editor: This is a special thank you to all the people who brightened up Christmas day for the Community Meal diners. I make up 50 bags each year to be passed out to the diners that day. We include one bottle of water, an apple, washcloth, bar of soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, pair of gloves and a pair of socks – plus a $5 gift card at a fast food place.

January 13, 2016 3:35 p.m. read more..

Wasco County passes marijuana rules

Nearly 98 percent of the unincorporated lands in Wasco County are available to grow marijuana after the board of commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance Monday night. The ordinance restricts any marijuana businesses from taking place in rural residential zones, which is 1.1 percent of the county, but allows growing and processing in Exclusive Farm Use zones, which makes up 75 percent. Forest Zones, F1 and F2, take up nearly 23 percent and allow growing but not processing. It also includes setbacks—1,000 feet for schools, public parks, daycares and churches, and 200 feet from residential zone properties.

January 13, 2016 2:04 p.m. read more..

Mother, son bonding time

The Fort Dalles Readiness Center comes to life Friday, Jan. 15, with “Night in the Museum” activities to provide mothers and sons with plenty of bonding moments. Wonderworks, the Fort Dalles Museum and Maryhill Museum have all contributed exhibits to set the stage for the fifth annual Mother Son Jammin’ Fun Night. The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the center, 402 E. Scenic Drive.

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

Local deputies travel to Burns

Wasco County is sending pairs of deputies to do five-day community policing stints in Harney County, as the militia takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge continues. Chief Deputy Lane Magill and Sgt. Chris McNeel took the first shift, going to Burns, the seat of Harney County, on Monday, Jan. 4 and returning Friday, Jan. 8.

January 13, 2016 2 p.m. read more..

Wintery Mix

Well protected from Tuesday afternoon’s mix of snow, rain and hail, Mike and Missy Dunagan of The Dalles walk along Washington Street downtown The Dalles. Wednesday’s forecast calls for more rain, with a steady mix of rain predicted throughout the region into the weekend.

January 13, 2016 1:57 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 12

Trimester is a success at TDHS

The new trimester schedule at The Dalles High School has delivered on expectations, with increases in attendance and grades and drops in discipline issues.

January 12, 2016 5:06 p.m. read more..

Monday, January 11

Saturday, January 9

Editorial: Walden, true leadership shows

It isn’t often in today’s political environment that members of Congress make a speech that has the potential to bring people together instead of deepening the partisan divide.

January 9, 2016 1:56 p.m. read more..

No. 7 Huskies dismantle Horizon

The Sherman Huskies issued Horizon Christian its first regular-season league loss in recent memory and did so in impressive fashion, 69-39 Friday in a Big Sky matchup in Hood River.

January 9, 2016 1:50 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 8

Local rancher addresses Washington Post readers

Maupin rancher Keith Nantz had an opinion piece published Jan. 8 in the Washington Post. The photo that accompanied the editorial was taken by Mark B. Gibson of The Dalles Chronicle as part of an ongoing series on the issues involved in raising beef.

January 8, 2016 4:17 p.m. read more..

$2M grant award for mental health

On behalf of the Mid-Columbia Center for Living, Wasco County received a $2 million Community Development Block Grant to help build a $6 million outpatient community mental health facility in The Dalles.

January 8, 2016 2:57 p.m. read more..

Sister City teens sought

The Dalles Sister Cities Association’s 2016 student delegation to Miyoshi City, Japan, will take place this summer and the deadline for applications is Jan. 19.

January 8, 2016 11:43 a.m. read more..

St. Paul’s priest comes from Navajo land

Rev. Richard “Red” Stevens, the new Priest-in-Charge at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in The Dalles, credits Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas for pushing him into the ministry.

January 8, 2016 11:40 a.m. read more..

Thursday, January 7


Letter to the editor: Beautiful decor

To the editor: We want to say “thank you” to James and Molli Martin for their beautiful Christmas decorations at Sunshine Mill. The lighted cross was special, and the entire display brought a smile to us (and to many) every time we saw it. Also, all the lights and decorations around town, the lighted stars on the hillsides, big lighted trees, added to the festive air. It was all enjoyed and much appreciated.

January 7, 2016 2:27 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Climate change

To the editor: I believe, I believe! I believe in climate change! I’m a true believer and absolutely convinced the climate is changing…..just as it has constantly for the three or four billion years the earth has revolved around the sun (which, by the way, affects our climate much more dramatically than anything mere humans are capable of). So how ignorant is it to talk about climate change as something new? The Ice Age was just 10,000 years ago (a mere wink of an eye geologically speaking). And if that’s too remote for you, the Little Ice Age ended less than 200 years ago, and was preceded by an extended period of (drum roll here) global warming.

January 7, 2016 2:22 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Clemency for Hammond family

The following editorial ran Jan. 5 in the East Oregonian regarding the armed standoff in Harney County following the imprisonment of two ranchers: The case of Dwight and Steven Hammond is a tragedy, both because of what they did and how they have been treated since.

January 7, 2016 2:21 p.m. read more..

Birth control law takes effect

On Jan. 1, Oregon became the first state in the U.S. to allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control pills and patches, although so far, few pharmacists, and none in The Dalles, have taken the required training.

January 7, 2016 2:16 p.m. read more..

Young Dancers

A young dance troop, ages 10 through 17, will kick off performances for the Dancing with the Gorge Stars

January 7, 2016 11:51 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 6


Tuesday, January 5


First Baby, 2016

Proud parents Jason and Victoria Bustos hold their new daughter, Harper Bustos, who was born 11:31 a.m. Jan. 1 at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles. Harper was 19.5 inches long and weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces. She joins siblings Trinity Martin, 9, and Alexa Bustos, 8. “We are very blessed to have the first happy, healthy, beautiful girl in The Dalles in 2016,” said Jason. “We appresiate the amazing care we got at MCMC.”

January 5, 2016 3:02 p.m. read more..

County to rule on marijuana

Twenty-five years ago, Linda Taylor opened a ballet school in The Dalles and raised two kids who graduated from The Dalles High School. Now, Taylor wants to grow marijuana.

January 5, 2016 2:55 p.m. read more..

Ranchers react to E. Oregon land dispute

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association believes the federal government has violated the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by requiring two members of the Hammond family in Harney County to serve more time behind bars.

January 5, 2016 2:52 p.m. read more..

No fears of militia in Wasco County

Two members of the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office went to Harney County yesterday as part of a mutual aid request to help contend with an armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

January 5, 2016 2:51 p.m. read more..

Closures and delays for Jan. 5

As of 2:40 PM The Dalles Middle School - Wrestling and Girls Basketball practice - CANCELED The Dalles High School - Boys and Girls Basketball games against Glencoe - CANCELED North Wasco County Schools will be on a 1 hour delay for Tuesday, January 5th, 2016. There will be no breakfast in the classroom at the elementary level.

January 5, 2016 6:03 a.m. read more..

Sunday, January 3

Weather closures for Monday, Jan. 4

CGCC closed, TD and HR campuses. North Wasco County School District 21 - Will open two hours late Jan. 4, normal bus schedule EXCEPT no bus service, Seven Mile hill. No breakfast in the classroom, elementary level. Severe weather conditions and extreme driving hazards reported Interstate 84, milepost 64 east to 104 (Arlington area), as of 6:51 p.m. check if traveling.

January 3, 2016 6:53 p.m. read more..

Saturday, January 2

Letter to the editor: Action needed

To the editor: I would like to respond to RaeLyn Ricarte about how to re-establish the proper separation of powers. This cannot all be put on the president’s hand when Congress is so broken. Even Thomas Jefferson was pragmatic about extending the power of the president when he thought it important.

January 2, 2016 4:42 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Proud American

To the editor: In response to a letter of Dec. 29th titled “Return to values,” I disagree. Not all people are raised with an “entitlement mind set” and “lack work ethic, common sense and a responsible attitude.” All people? Are her own family and friends included in this broad statement?

January 2, 2016 4:42 p.m. read more..

Night sky topic of presentation

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents “Lights Out: Going Dark in the Columbia Gorge,” Friday, Jan. 22. Bob Yoesle, president of Friends of Goldendale Observatory, will talk about the effects and hazards of light pollution. A beef stroganoff dinner will be served at 6 p.m. for $16, followed by the 7 p.m. program, which is free to the public. Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is located at 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles.

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

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