Stories for July 2016


Saturday, July 30


Aftermath: Mopping up the mess

Barbara Nearing’s house and everything in it burned to the ground July 13. But it is a testament to both a giving community and her deep faith that she asked a reporter writing about the fire to please “keep it positive.” As she told a harrowing story of losing everything, the word “blessed” kept coming up. There was Joyce Powell-Morin at Mid-Columbia Medical Center, where Nearing works, who took on the task of getting her a replacement birth certificate, which she needs to replace her driver’s license.

July 30, 2016 1:06 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Trump's wall

To the editor: There should be a wall. This wall should be across the northern border of Texas, northern borders of New Mexico, and Arizona, the northern and eastern border of Nevada, and isolate all of California. Mexico should pay for it.

July 30, 2016 1:03 p.m. read more..

Editorial: City needs better funding plan

It appears the City of The Dalles is picking winners and losers in its underwriting of events with a methodology that is just plain baffling. A prime example of this inconsistency played out on Monday, July 25, when concert promoters Nolan Hare and Randy Haines reported the loss of almost $5,000 of city money that had been invested in a July 3 show.

July 30, 2016 1:01 p.m. read more..

Journey has 'Twisted' end

Maria Muske started her journey to Oregon when she graduated from high school in Minnesota. “I wanted to see something different, I wanted to be on the West Coast,” she explained. California was too populated, Seattle too gloomy: Muske set her sights on Portland.

July 30, 2016 11:53 a.m. read more..

Share your favorite grandchild memory

The Mid-Columbia Senior Center invites grandparents to share their most memorable moments with grandchildren in an essay and possibly earn a prize for their efforts. Joan Silver, who is organizing the contest, said all entries must be received at the center, 1112 W. Ninth Street in The Dalles, by noon on Sept. 3. They can be emailed to and must be 200 words or less to qualify.

July 30, 2016 11:47 a.m. read more..

Wyden hopeful about election

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has been camped out at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia most of the week, and in an exclusive interview with The Dalles Chronicle on Thursday, he said he’s happy with the way the convention has gone and with the party’s prospects for November.

July 30, 2016 11:45 a.m. read more..

A bridge between cultures

It was a July that a group of high school students from The Dalles will never forget. Nine students and two chaperones headed off July 12 for Miyoshi City, the official “sister city” of The Dalles.

July 30, 2016 11:35 a.m. read more..

Guard adopts cemetery

The Pioneer Cemetery got some TLC from the National Guard during a drill weekend in mid-July, and the local unit plans to “adopt” the historic site and care for it.

July 30, 2016 11:13 a.m. read more..

City unfazed by show loss

Despite the loss of nearly $5,000 on the first of three summer concerts, The Dalles City Council and promoters remain optimistic about the program to provide visitors and residents with entertainment in a social setting.

July 30, 2016 11:04 a.m. read more..

Breaking free from cycle of crime

Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill’s “community policing” policy is being incorporated into regional jail policies intended to lower the rate of recidivism and help people build meaningful lives.

July 30, 2016 11:03 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Proactive department

To the editor: I recently read about the review of the Public Works Department and wanted to write about my experiences with it since I moved to The Dalles last year, both positive. In one case there was a dead animal on the street in front of my house.

July 30, 2016 10:57 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Trump brings hope

To the editor: Election views: Donald Trump had his TV coverage and now it’s Hillary’s turn — what will the outcome be? What are the differences between the two? Trump started out with 17 candidates in the GOP race. Hillary started with two but ended up quickly with only Bernie Sanders.

July 30, 2016 10:50 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Thank you, stranger

To the editor: I want to give a big thank you to one of your citizens, but I didn’t get his name at the time. My daughter and I were making a quick trip out to the coast, so she could see the Pacific Ocean and we could ride our cycles on the 101. I was letting her drive so I could get some sleep, second time pulling a trailer. One of your citizens and his wife waved to get her attention and get us to pull over.

July 30, 2016 10:49 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Border wall needed

To the editor: Imagine a stranger walking into your home. Imagine that the stranger brought friends, none of whom you know. Imagine if those strangers stayed in your home without an invitation — eating all of your food, sleeping wherever they want to sleep, using up all of your resources and then finally taking your job. The common American household has at least four walls and locks on their doors. Why walls and locks? To keep out intruders, of course.

July 30, 2016 10:48 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Appreciation

To the editor: I have to agree with the writer who appreciated Mark Gibson’s objectivity in his opinion pieces. This dichotomy between “inflammatory” and “thoughtful” styles seems to be present in all of these presentations. One is rational, the other skewed by the inflammatory rhetoric so prevalent in too much of our public discourse.

July 30, 2016 10:48 a.m. read more..

Friday, July 29


Columbia River salmon seasons start on Monday

The popular Buoy 10 salmon fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River opens to Coho and Chinook fishing on Monday, Aug. 1, with another strong return of nearly 1 million fall Chinook predicted for local anglers. The Buoy 10 fishery is the first Columbia River fishery that will encounter these large returns.

July 29, 2016 12:24 p.m. read more..

Locals bring light to Rocket Run

The annual Fourth of July Rocket Run held on July 4 in The Dalles attracted a large crowd to help raise funds for the annual firework display, sponsored by Mid-Columbia Health Foundation and MCMC Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery.

July 29, 2016 12:21 p.m. read more..

Telles grabs first Dakotas Tour win

Last summer, Damian Telles was at a crossroads, debating whether golf was in his future. Dealing with some personal matters, Telles, 25, contemplated stepping away from the game to begin a new life as a civilian in the working world. It all started with taking a step back in life, looking at the pictures and looking at what he had in front of him and what changes were needed in order to be better and move forward in whichever direction he decided to go.

July 29, 2016 12:19 p.m. read more..

Thursday, July 28

Civil War veteran honored

More than 150 years after the Civil War ended, the remains of a Union soldier are going home for a burial with full military honors. The cross country journey of the late Jewett Williams begins in Oregon and ends in Maine, with two stops in the gorge on Monday, Aug. 1. Area residents are being urged by Rod Runyon, Northeast District ride captain for the Patriot Guard Riders, to pay their respects to Williams when the carrier holding his cremated remains has brief stops in Cascade Locks and The Dalles.

July 28, 2016 4:53 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, July 27

Brush fire burning on east end of The Dalles

A brush fire is burning near railroad tracks on the east end of The Dalles, near Big Jim’s diner. A Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue crew is on scene fighting the blaze in dried grass and vegetation.

July 27, 2016 2:40 p.m. read more..

Pitching, defense hurt 15U All-Stars

The Dalles 15U All Stars totaled 14 hits and plenty of chances to score, but five different pitchers combined to walk 15 batters and the defense committed six errors in a 20-9 mercy-ruled loss to Alberta, Canada Tuesday in pool play action at the Babe Ruth Regional Tournament in Camas, Wash.

July 27, 2016 11:44 a.m. read more..

Bringing passion to the sidelines

As a player, a teacher, administrator and a coach, Lynn Cowdrey has enjoyed success at every level. Now back in the coaching game for the first time since the 2011-2012 season, Cowdrey is set to take over the South Wasco County girls’ basketball program.

July 27, 2016 11:42 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, July 26

Chronicle award list

The Dalles Chronicle netted seven awards in the 2016 Oregon Better Newspaper Contest for articles, editorials and graphics that were published last year. Reporter Neita Cecil received second place in the Best Enterprise Reporting category for a series of five stories in October and November written about the plight of a homeless mother and her five children. The articles unfolded as events occurred, including the removal of the children from motel room after the mother was arrested for a warrant involving methamphetamine use. The children, who were unable to attend school because of their situation, were sent to live with their father in Yakima.

July 26, 2016 2:45 p.m. read more..

Pot tax on Mosier ballot

This fall, the city of Mosier will ask local voters whether they want to impose a 3 percent city tax on marijuana retailers’ sale of “certain marijuana items.” On July 20, the Mosier City Council approved placing a ballot measure on the Nov. 8 general election ballot asking citizens for the authority to levy a tax on the sale of recreational marijuana.

July 26, 2016 2:38 p.m. read more..

Babe Ruth teams prepping for huge tournaments

The Dalles Babe Ruth has two team still alive in the playoffs with action starting today for the 15U All-Stars in Camas, Wash. The 14U All-Star softball players hit the field on Wednesday afternoon for the start of pool play at the World Series in Jensen Beach, Fla.

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

Wonderworks event a hit for kids

Local runners came out in full force for the Fort Dalles Days 3k and 5k run/walk and 30 kids participated in the second annual Little Wrangler Obstacle Course on July 16 at Sorosis Park in The Dalles. In the 3k race, William Booth took home first place with a final time of 16 minutes and eight seconds. Paul Jones, who had a mark of 26:36, was the men’s 5k run winner, and Genevieve Urness won the women’s 5k race with a solid time of 26:41.

July 26, 2016 12:23 p.m. read more..

CG Hustlers eliminated from postseason

Players and coaches spend so much time with one another during the regular season to the point of developing friendships and a togetherness. Such is the case for the Columbia Gorge Hustlers, who had their season cut short Saturday after two losses by scores of 7-2 and 13-2 to the Salem Dirtbags in American Legion Super Regionals baseball play at Dallas High School.

July 26, 2016 12:21 p.m. read more..

Pot tax on Mosier ballot

This fall, the city of Mosier will ask local voters whether they want to impose a 3 percent city tax on marijuana retailers’ sale of “certain marijuana items.”

July 26, 2016 12:14 p.m. read more..

Champion dancer fires up viewers

A recent exchange of students from American Samoa visiting The Dalles was such a success that the local students – from Wahtonka Community School – hope to visit Samoa next year. The visiting group of students are part of a peer leader program that draws students from various local schools, said Moelilia Seui, executive director of the program, Intersections, Inc.

July 26, 2016 12:06 p.m. read more..

Saturday, July 23

Making the transition

In a wide-ranging interview that touched on everything from bras to bathrooms, a transgender woman who hopes to meet her grandchildren living in The Dalles quipped that she’s transparent about being transgender. Growing up in conservative Roseburg, Kim Mason was then 9-year-old Tim Mason when she realized she was different. She began playing dress-up, and once fashioned an old yellow rain jacket into a skirt. She’d steal her mother’s lipstick and paint her toenails.

July 23, 2016 2:50 p.m. read more..

A life filled with secrets

Kim Mason has spent a lifetime living with secrets. First was the dawning realization during her childhood in Roseburg — she was a boy named Tim Mason then — that she was trapped in the wrong body.

July 23, 2016 2:47 p.m. read more..

Bodies of two missing men found in Mt. Hood National Forest

The bodies of two men from Kentucky were found Thursday evening, July 23, off the Dog River Trail, south of Parkdale. Evidence suggests the pair died in a murder/suicide, according to information provided by the Hood River County Sheriff. The trail is accessed off the east side of Highway 35 in the Mount Hood National Forest.

July 23, 2016 5:23 a.m. read more..

Friday, July 22

Mosier parade and picnic Saturday

Mosier will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Historic Columbia River Highway Saturday, July 23, with an appreciation picnic for emergency responders who helped during the June 3 derailment of oil tankers on Union Pacific tracks. A parade downtown is planned for 3 p.m. and will include antique cars. The picnic follows at 3:30 p.m. on the school lawn.

July 22, 2016 4:24 p.m. read more..

Council says ‘no’ to Granada appraisal

The Dalles City Council appears ready to cut its losses when it comes to the “Granada Block” properties. The four members present during last week’s council meeting voted unanimously not to pay for formal appraisals of the three buildings for sale in the block, which is on East Second Street bordered by Washington Street and Court Street in the downtown business district.

July 22, 2016 4:23 p.m. read more..

Public Works gets review

The Dalles is taking a hard look at the “nuts and bolts” operations of the department that constantly works with nuts and bolts, along with a wide variety of other equipment to meet public health and safety needs.

July 22, 2016 4:22 p.m. read more..

Officer recounts Dallas trip

Four city police officers came home last Saturday emotionally drained after attending funerals of killed Dallas police officers, only to wake up Sunday morning to news that three more officers were killed in Louisiana.

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

CG Hustlers move on to Super Regional rounds

Columbia Gorge Hustler co-head coach Doug Sawyer said he can learn a lot about a team when they are faced with adversity. Over the past two weeks, the Hustlers re-shuffled their coaching staff, overcame injuries and departures, but managed to put together a streak of four wins in the past five games, capped by a 14-9 triumph over Pendleton Thursday in a one-game American Legion playoff matchup at Bob Williams Field.

July 22, 2016 12:54 p.m. read more..

Gridiron love starts with local youths

For a four-day span at Amaton Field in The Dalles, 40 boys and girls with dreams and aspirations of becoming varsity superstars stepped onto the gridiron at Amaton Field to take part in the 2016 The Dalles High School Youth Football Camp. With TD football coach Steve Sugg catching the action alongside assistant coaches Dan Telles, Joe Abbas, Gabe Wilson and Jermaine Hisatake, the players ranging from third-through-eighth grades participated in a four-day session covering offensive, defensive and technique drills.

July 22, 2016 12:51 p.m. read more..

Fire burns along Columbia River in Lyle

A wind-driven grass and brush fire in Lyle swept across the spit of land south of the railroad tracks and Highway 14 Thursday night, burning from the vicinity of Cove Road at the mouth of the Klickitat River east to the 10th Street tunnel. At least one camping trailer was destroyed in the fire, according to witnesses. Multiple agencies responded to the fire, which started in the late afternoon.

July 22, 2016 6:16 a.m. read more..

Guitar Workshop July 30

Linda McAllister is offering a guitar workshop at Gorge Community Music on Saturday, July 30, 1 to 2:30 p.m. McAllister has been teaching and performing guitar for 40 years and offers a relaxed and fun approach to learning.

July 22, 2016 5:33 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: No race war

To the editor: Thank you, Mark Gibson, for your inspired and thoughtful response to Tuesday’s editorial question, “Is racism growing worse in the U.S.?” You looked at respected resources, and drew your conclusions from them and from your own experience. I hope your co-editor had a chance to thoroughly read your writing, because it may help her feel less threatened by national events. There is no way an “anti-cop ideology is being promoted by our president.” This is inflammatory nonsense.

July 22, 2016 5:28 a.m. read more..

Walden addresses GOP

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden was one of the first speakers at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland that began Monday, and has been present each night since. “I think it’s a political convention with a lot of players but I think it’s all coming together,” he said in a telephone interview with The Chronicle Thursday morning prior to an appearance on C-Span.

July 22, 2016 5:22 a.m. read more..

Woman harasses dispatch center

In a rarity, the Wasco County 911 Center called police to report its own dilemma: a woman who incessantly called the dispatch center, perhaps 50 times over two days, last week.

July 22, 2016 5:20 a.m. read more..

County mulls tax break

The Wasco County Commission is mulling adoption of state legislation that would exempt property taxes for families of first responders who lose their lives in the line of duty.

July 22, 2016 5:19 a.m. read more..

An unexpected party

The Bram Bratá Steel Band performed a free concert at The Dalles Civic Auditorium Wednesday noon hosted by The Dalles Rotary Club.

July 22, 2016 5:17 a.m. read more..

Thursday, July 21

Hustlers put season on the line at home tonight

Needing to win three of four games this past weekend, the Hustlers nearly swept a pair of league doubleheaders, but still won three games to set up a one-game playoff against Pendleton at 6 p.m. tonight at Bob Williams Field.

July 21, 2016 11:44 a.m. read more..

Athletics East squad caps solid summer

Three middle school athletes determined to fare well in their final meets of the summer for the Athletics East program were able to end on a high note in their respective events earlier this July. Emily Johnson, of The Dalles, accomplished great times and personal records during her running campaign, and she did well enough to earn a berth into the USATF Regional meet in Seattle. Elli Rising, of Goldendale, and Hood River’s Chloe Bullock also capped their solid summer at the Tracktown Youth League finals on Saturday, July 9, at Historic Hayward Field, with Rising nearly winning two events and Bullock picking a victory in her lone run at 400-meters.

July 21, 2016 11:42 a.m. read more..

Cummings looking forward to 2017 season

With time to let the 2016 Babe Ruth baseball campaign sink in, The Dalles head coach Greg Cummings is already circling the calendar for next year and beyond. Last weekend in West Linn, TD went 1-2 in state action, losing their finale 18-2 in mercy-ruled fashion to the West Linn ‘A’ team.

July 21, 2016 11:39 a.m. read more..

14U Stars soaking in their historic run

It was history in the making. The shock and amazement is still yet to sink in – the 14U Babe Ruth All Stars are the Pacific Northwest Regional softball champions. In five games, the Stars posted a 4-1 record and outscored their opponents by an 81-49 margin, capping this inspiring run with a 23-13 victory over Kuna in the title game played Friday at Settlers Park in Meridian.

July 21, 2016 11:37 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, July 20

TD throws a party for United Way

The fourth annual United Way benefit concert and 21-and-older block party drew the biggest crowd ever to Clocktower Ales Friday night, supported by a host of The Dalles’ businesses.

July 20, 2016 5:56 p.m. read more..

Plenty of pelicans

Growing crowds of large white birds on rocks by The Dalles Dam have drawn plenty of notice this year. They’re American white pelicans, and they were first spotted locally a few years ago by wildlife officials, but this summer, the population has just exploded.

July 20, 2016 4:54 p.m. read more..

Posse ‘de-spooks’ horses

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Posse will provide ceremonial and public safety services at two events in August, an opportunity to test the arduous training they have undertaken in recent weeks to ready their horses for interaction with crowds. “The de-spooking clinic and equine confidence course the posse recently completed is so important,” said Sheriff Lane Magill. “It helps them with horsemanship so that they have control when they get in crowds. Training like this allows the posse to be used for a lot of things, from search and rescue to parades.”

July 20, 2016 4:48 p.m. read more..

An ‘Evening of Excellence’ for TDHS

The Dalles High School: “Evening of Excellence” held its annual recognition night on May 13. The purpose of the “Evening of Excellence” is to recognize students who, in the judgment of their teacher, have displayed that outstanding “spark” and love for being in a particular class.

July 20, 2016 3:49 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, July 19

Band for vets gets underway

Chris Mumford held the first rehearsal Thursday for a new band being formed to raise money for veterans’ causes. He hopes to attract enough musicians in coming weeks to split the group between country and rock so they can cover a wider variety of venues.

July 19, 2016 7:47 p.m. read more..

Two die in Dufur area crash

Two Dufur residents died in a single-vehicle rollover crash Sunday evening on Boyd Loop Road just outside Dufur, according to the Oregon State Police. Both the driver, Tamara Janine Kucher, 40, and Hunter William Reese Spears, 21, who was riding in the bed of the 1994 Chevrolet 1500 extended cab pickup, were ejected when the vehicle lost control on a turn and rolled down an embankment, said Sgt. Kaipo Raiser. Both died at the scene.

July 19, 2016 7:42 p.m. read more..

On to the World Series!

The Dalles 14U Babe Ruth All-Stars girls’ softball team has made it to the World Series in Florida, reportedly the first time any local team has done so. The girls had a n explosive 12 run seventh inning Friday in regional play in Meridian, Idaho, to defeat challenger Kuna, Idaho.

July 19, 2016 7:41 p.m. read more..

Monday, July 18

Two die in Dufur crash

Two Dufur residents died in a single-vehicle rollover crash Sunday evening on Boyd Loop Road just outside Dufur, according to the Oregon State Police. Both the driver, Tamara Janine Kucher, 40, and Hunter William Reese Spears, 21, who was riding in the bed of the 1994 Chevrolet 1500 extended cab pickup, were ejected when the vehicle lost control on a turn and rolled down an embankment, said Sgt. Kaipo Raiser. Both died at the scene.

July 18, 2016 1:14 p.m. read more..

Saturday, July 16


Fire brings benefits to forest

A woman once wrote a letter to the editor with her ideas about how to stop all wildfires in our forest. Her first idea was to construct agriculture water sprinklers in all 745 million acres of our national forests. Her second, to prohibit all campfires and cooking in those same forests.

July 16, 2016 12:38 p.m. read more..

Mastering the spoken word

Joining Toastmasters isn’t simply about becoming a great speaker, it is an opportunity to develop leadership skills and motivate others. At Monday’s meeting of The Dalles Toastmasters Club, Joyce Eastwick gave an example of how the dual goals of the program work in a timed speech.ership skills, communication

July 16, 2016 12:29 p.m. read more..

Swim team does well in Pendleton events

The Dalles Swim Team summer season is only nine weeks long, but Coach Scott McKay is impressed with how the team has learned from its short time together. “Our first meet was our Ted Walker Swim Meet in June after just two weeks of practice, but they did very well for so little time in the water,” McKay said.

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

Babe Ruth All-Stars crush West Linn

It might have been a bit of a slow start for the baseball team, but it turned out to be a very good night for The Dalles 15U Babe Ruth All-Stars. Playing at Traner Field in Hood River, the team from The Dalles used timely hitting and solid pitching to methodically overpower West Linn, winning by a final tally of 11-1.

July 16, 2016 11:19 a.m. read more..

Friday, July 15


Summer camp “Animal habitats of the gorge” offered

What would it be like to be a bear, a fox, a raccoon, or an eagle? Kids ages 5 to 9 years old can explore “Animal Habitats of the Gorge” during a day camp Aug. 1-4, 9 a.m. to noon at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive. Children will get to choose a favorite wild animal, then learn about each animal’s habitat.

July 15, 2016 4:03 p.m. read more..

The Dalles group close to France attack

Five women from The Dalles on a month-long tour of Europe left a fireworks show in Nice, France, just 10 minutes before an attacker drove a truck into the crowd, killing over 80. After the Bastille Day fireworks show finished Thursday night, Paula Fairclo and her friends first headed to a café to get gelato, but decided against it because the crowds on the mile-long seaside promenade were too massive.

July 15, 2016 3:59 p.m. read more..

County allots Google funds

Agreements are now in place for distribution of Google funds for use on 11 projects that will provide an immediate benefit to area communities. Wasco County and the City of The Dalles set aside $250,000 of the $1.45 million initial payment made by Google, through Design LLC, as part of its third Enterprise Zone property tax abatement deal.

July 15, 2016 3:57 p.m. read more..

Gamez joins CGCC board

J. Carmen Gamez, horticulture manager for Orchard View Farms, was sworn in to serve on the Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education Tuesday. He will replace M.D. Van Valkenbergh, who retired from the board in June. Gamez, 52, first came to The Dalles from California in 1972 when he was a boy. He attended the migrant education program for two years, and began working as a picker for Omeg Orchard as a teenager.

July 15, 2016 3:52 p.m. read more..

Thursday, July 14

14U girls begin softball tourney

It’s all on the line this week as The Dalles 14U Babe Ruth All-Stars softball team jumps into tournament action in Meridian, Idaho. The team has two games on Thursday. The first game – scheduled for Thursday morning -- is against Kuna, Idaho, and the second game, which will start just after noon, will be against Meridian, the team hosting this year’s tournament.

July 14, 2016 2:25 p.m. read more..

Scam alert

Northern Wasco County PUD is warning the community of a new telephone scam involving payments. This week, a customer reported that an individual called claiming to work for the PUD. The caller told the customer that if she did not wire money, her power would be cut off within the hour.

July 14, 2016 1:59 p.m. read more..

Pokémon invades The Dalles

Anyone over a certain – rather youngish ─ age is probably baffled with the sudden international phenomenon that is the virtual reality game “Pokémon GO.” But not CheyAnne Lynn. A lifelong Pokémon fan, the 21-year-old The Dalles resident said, “I got it literally three minutes after it launched in the United States. That’s how long it took it to download.” That was clear back on July 6. In the mere week since, as Pokémon has taken over the airwaves and social media feeds, she’s been playing the game practically every waking minute. “I just got a Pokémon while walking in here,” she told a reporter as she came for an interview at the Chronicle.

July 14, 2016 1:54 p.m. read more..

Fire destroys local home

A home, wellhouse and woodshed at 6569 Reservoir Road were destroyed by fire late Wednesday night. A mother and daughter who were home escaped unharmed, and all but two cats were accounted for, according to witnesses at the scene. Both residents left the home and called 911 from a neighbor’s house across the street.

July 14, 2016 1:47 p.m. read more..

Overturned semi backing up I84 at Rowena

Traffic is backed up in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Rowena due to a semi-truck that overturned and has to be removed from the roadway. Expect a complete traffic stop and travel delays through that area.

July 14, 2016 12:07 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, July 13


Oil car upgrades roll slowly

BILLINGS, Mont.— Accident-prone tank cars used to haul crude oil and ethanol by rail could remain in service for another 15 years under federal rules that allow companies to phase in upgrades to the aging fleet, according to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. Transportation officials and railroad representatives have touted the rules as a key piece of their efforts to stave off future disasters, following a string of fiery derailments and major spills that raised concerns about the crude-by-rail industry.

July 13, 2016 4:45 p.m. read more..

Birthday girls wait for party

A party on Sunday for three friends who turn 95 tomorrow has been expanded to include five other people from Sherman County who also celebrate birthdays this week. Leta Ann Reckmann of Grass Valley, daughter of Eilene Eslinger, has organized the event, which takes place at 2 p.m. July 17 at Sorosis Park.

July 13, 2016 4:41 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, July 12


Schools test low for lead levels

While high lead levels were found in drinking water in some Portland schools, tests done on schools here produced results significantly below actionable levels. Testing was done in mid-June, with 74 samples taken at Chenowith, Dry Hollow and Colonel Wright elementaries, Wahtonka Community School, The Dalles High School and Mosier Community School. The EPA recommends that school water supplies showing lead levels above 20 parts per billion (ppb) be taken out of service.

July 12, 2016 4:46 p.m. read more..

Burglary suspect caught

It’s rare to find the culprits in a burglary, but an alert neighbor helped lead police to a suspect who was recently charged in connection with three burglaries in The Dalles. Pedro Ayala Solorio, 21, of 3125 Gilhouley Rd., Odell, was indicted by a Wasco County grand jury last week on eight counts: three counts of first-degree burglary, three counts of theft and two counts of criminal mischief.

July 12, 2016 4:45 p.m. read more..

County updates 'identity'

The challenge presented to a team of Wasco County employees in March was to design a logo that represented the vision statement “Pioneering Pathways to Prosperity” and reflected the agricultural and scenic setting of the area.

July 12, 2016 4:40 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: High value

To the editor: The Board of Directors and staff of Wonderworks Children’s Museum of the Gorge in The Dalles would like to publicly thank the 16 volunteers from Google who came to the Museum in June as part of GoogleServe.

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

Letter to the editor: Wildfire help

To the editor: We would like to thank everyone who helped fight the wildfire that burned our property on Sunday, July 3rd. Your quick response helped to save our home, buildings and livestock. We are very grateful.

July 12, 2016 4:35 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Very grateful

To the editor: The Kaser family and those involved in the farming operation would like to extend our gratitude toward all the agencies and individuals who responded on Thursday, June 30, to the Fifteen Mile Fire east of The Dalles.

July 12, 2016 4:33 p.m. read more..

Saturday, July 9


Commentary: Jury service is an important part of system

In my position as Circuit Court Judge for the 7th Judicial District, I am charged with reviewing requests to be excused from jury service. Each quarter the court summons 500 jurors to appear for jury service. Of that number, many are returned as undeliverable. Several others are excused on the basis of age (70 years or older), or documented illness.

July 9, 2016 12:45 p.m. read more..

Seeking a volunteer city

The Dalles will be “volunteer central” next Saturday, July 16, with a unique local event: the inaugural Community Volunteer Fair at the Civic Auditorium. The concept behind the volunteer fair is to match those interested in honing their job skills with agencies and organizations that need volunteers to help run their operations more efficiently. It’s also a great way for someone to learn more about an organization they may later want to go to work for.

July 9, 2016 12:39 p.m. read more..

Seeking volunteers

The following agencies and organizations have signed on to attend the Community Volunteer Fair, which will be held at The Dalles Civic Auditorium, Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Friday, July 8


Hooks and Horns

The Dalles Chronicle invites hunters and fishers to send in stories and photos for “Hooks & Horns: An Adventure Guide to the Outdoors,” that will publish in late August.

July 8, 2016 11:31 a.m. read more..

Officers react to Dallas shootings

Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill said he was in a daze this morning, trying to process what happened in Dallas, where five police were killed and seven wounded by sniper fire at a protest Thursday night against recent killings by police. “It’s tragic that people would target law enforcement, who are sworn to protect and serve the citizens,” he said. “I just don’t get it. I just don’t understand it in my mind; it’s too raw, it’s too new.”

July 8, 2016 11:31 a.m. read more..

Armed robbery details emerge

The robber who stole an undisclosed amount of cash from Jack’s Mini Mart Wednesday was in the store for just 40 seconds, said a store manager who came upon the scene just as the man was running away.

July 8, 2016 11:27 a.m. read more..

Thursday, July 7

Letter to the editor: No flags?

To the editor: Where have all the flags gone!!?? I was so disappointed there were no flags waving down Second Street in The Dalles during the Fourth of July weekend. They have always been there in the past during national holidays.

July 7, 2016 11:44 a.m. read more..

Quilt a ‘work of love’

A new quilt hanging in Doris Smith’s bedroom at The Springs at Mill Creek has some old material in it: handkerchiefs she received during her student nursing days in World War II. In 1943, at age 18, Smith joined the Army Nurse Corps, signing the required pledge to stick with the corps for the duration of the war, plus six months afterward.

July 7, 2016 11:36 a.m. read more..

Salvation Army reacts to city pot ruling

Although recent decisions of The Dalles City Council may make it a moot point, Maj. Ronald Wildman of the Salvation Army wants to make it clear that the facility at 623 E. Third Street indeed serves as a church. And he brought out plenty of evidence to back his case.

July 7, 2016 11:34 a.m. read more..

Armed robber hits food mart

A man armed with a shotgun made off with an undisclosed amount of money Wednesday night after holding up Jack’s Mini Mart by The Dalles Bridge. Police are looking for a vehicle that was stolen from Hood River at around the same time, which may be connected to the robbery. It is a dark colored 1993 Ford Explorer with Oregon plate UNW 254, said The Dalles Police Sgt. Jamie Carrico.

July 7, 2016 11:17 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, July 6


Miller seeks re-election

The Dalles City Councilor Linda Miller has decided to ask the voters for another four-year term. On June 29, Miller, who serves in council Position 4, which represents the eastern portion of The Dalles, filed to be on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

July 6, 2016 1:39 p.m. read more..

Vets, musicians sought for band

Chris Mumford is dusting off his drum set with the intent of starting a jam band that provides veterans with musical therapy and raises funds to meet their needs. He is seeking musicians, both “civilian” and veteran, to get involved in the outreach. If enough people sign on, Mumford wants to tackle another big challenge; perhaps setting a new world record for having the largest number of people play the same song for the longest amount of time.

July 6, 2016 1:38 p.m. read more..

A growing concern

Starting off a homeless summit last week was Kevin Moynahan, who lives by the Community Meal site on Pentland Street that is seen as “ground zero” for the homeless problem. He wrote a sharp letter to the city a year ago, expressing frustration about hearing, day and night, screaming and fights going on by their house on Second Place. They also had litter and human waste left behind by people of all ages, from babies to toddlers to teenagers to older people.

July 6, 2016 1:34 p.m. read more..

Crush falls short at state

The Dalles’ 14U Cherry City Crush softball team won its first two tournament games by scores of 10-9 and 10-1, but wound up on the losing end of back-to-back games this weekend, a 7-6 loss to the Eugene Lightning, and a season-ending 7-3 loss to the West Linn Spirit.

July 6, 2016 11:23 a.m. read more..

Against all odds: TD captures district title

PRINEVILLE – Bend North has been a thorn in the side of The Dalles Little League. That 10U group eliminated them from postseason play in 2015, and earlier in tournament action, posted a 16-4 mercy-rule win. Needing to win two games in order to keep its season alive, TD’s 10U All Star team scored mercy-ruled wins of 16-3 and 12-2 Saturday over Bend North to capture a District 5 Championship in games played at Parr Lumber Field in Prineville.

July 6, 2016 11:20 a.m. read more..

Hustlers score fifth league win

The Columbia Gorge Hustlers battled back from a 3-2 deficit with three runs in the fifth inning and added three more in the eighth and staved off a late rally to defeat Putnam 8-6 in American Legion baseball action played at Bob Williams Field in The Dalles.

July 6, 2016 11:08 a.m. read more..

Katie-Rose storms soapbox derby scene

On the surface, Katie-Rose Mason is your typical middle school girl. She enjoys biking, hiking, playing the ukulele and the fiddle. Get her in her bright red soapbox derby car and she morphs into ‘Hurricane’ Katie Rose. Just one year into her young career as a soapbox racer in the stock class, Mason already has a first-place finish and she earned Queen of the Hill at the Oregon All-American Championships last month in Salem.

July 6, 2016 11:02 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, July 5


City taps water plans

The Dalles residents enjoy a high quality water supply, but the delivery system needs about $10 million in upgrades. “In general, water use almost doubles in the summertime, and in summer, there is less water in Mill Creek,” said Larry McCollum, water quality manager for the city of The Dalles.

July 5, 2016 6:22 p.m. read more..

Slide fire case ends

The older of two teens who admitted setting fire to the slide at Sorosis Park earlier this year was sentenced Monday to two years of supervised probation.

July 5, 2016 6:21 p.m. read more..

Monday, July 4

Wassen Fire road burns 300 acres south of TD

A grass fire reported Sunday night in the 5600 block of Cherry Heights road has threatened 8 to 10 structures and destroyed a pump house, leaving a home without water, according to a press release from Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue issued Monday morning. As of 2 p.m. Monday afternoon, only isolated areas of light smoke were seen on the leading edge of the fire, visible on the ridge east of Mill Creek Road. A Conflagration was declared by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown at 11 a.m. Monday morning, according to a press release from the governor's office.

July 4, 2016 1:31 p.m. read more..

Saturday, July 2

Goodwill, library offer English classes learning English

It’s a bit ironic: Classes,-not-so-much-by-the-book, are being offered in The Dalles Library. Each Tuesday morning a focused group gathers at The Dalles Wasco County Library to take advantage of a no-cost English as a Second Language (ESL) class presented by Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette (GICW).

July 2, 2016 2:02 p.m. read more..

Fire threatend homes; fawn rescued

FINAL UPDATE One fire fighter sustained a minor injury Thursday from a bee sting and a spotted deer fawn was rescued from the fire area a turned over to Rowena Wildlife of Mosier. No homes were destroyed, and 8 to 10 homes were threatened. One tractor and two disc machines were destroyed in the fire. UPDATED 5:15 a.m. Friday A swift moving wildfire is burning east of The Dalles, and threatens homes in the Moody Road area, west of the Deschutes River. Celilo Village and Heritage Landing east of The Dalles were evacuated, according to Stan Hinatsu of the U.S. Forest Service.

July 2, 2016 1:36 p.m. read more..

Friday, July 1

Seeking a way forward

Sitting in the shade of a small migrant labor housing unit near The Dalles, John Jessup of White Salmon chats in Spanish with cherry picker Francisco Tamayo of Yuba City, Calif., as he relaxes after a long, hot day working in the orchards.

July 1, 2016 4:58 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Interesting argument

To the editor: David Clear makes an interesting argument about marijuana production and retail sales. It seems our city council was duped after Prohibition was repealed, for at some point, the council must have approved sale of alcohol in our town.

July 1, 2016 4:08 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Time to wake up!

To the editor: When the pilgrims threw off the British Red Coats, it was for a reason; to gain freedoms they did not have. This country has had to protect these freedoms ever since. The individuals involved are our heroes. They are not terrorists!

July 1, 2016 4:07 p.m. read more..

Editorial: America celebrates 240 years

The Fourth of July is America’s annual birthday party that unites people across the nation in celebrations that include parades, barbecues and fireworks. The Dalles Chronicle staff would like to add to the festivities this year with a few fun and/or interesting facts about America’s early history and the the founding fathers who set up the greatest experiment in governance by the people that the world has ever known:

July 1, 2016 4:02 p.m. read more..

Hill, former chief, sheriff, dies

Darrell Hill, former longtime The Dalles police chief and former Wasco County sheriff, died Wednesday night at his home after long outliving a medical prognosis for a rare form of dementia. He was 77.

July 1, 2016 3:48 p.m. read more..

Brophy named grand marshal

Dan Brophy, a decorated Marine combat veteran and The Dalles outpost leader for Pointman Ministries, will take the role of grand marshal for the local Fourth of July parade. “I think the Fourth is a time for us to appreciate America, and celebrate in an appropriate way the freedom we have as a nation,” Brophy said of serving as “pointman” for the third annual Independence Day celebration.

July 1, 2016 3:40 p.m. read more..

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