Stories for June 2016


Thursday, June 30


Affordable Homes captures Majors championship

The third time was definitely a charm for Meghan Rowland. She had helped lead her Babe Ruth softball team to a championship in her first two campaigns, but wound up on the losing end both times. Wednesday she was able to hoist a championship trophy, as her Columbia Gorge Affordable Homes squad broke open an 8-8 tie with four runs in the fifth inning and three in the sixth to defeat Spooky’s Pizza by a 15-9 score in a Majors Division contest played at Sorosis Park.

June 30, 2016 12:15 p.m. read more..

14U Crush cruises to NAFA Tourney title

Nothing is going to stop the runaway train known as the Cherry City Crush 14U softball team. This past weekend in Newberg, the Crush squad did everything from throw no-hitters, hit home runs and play solid defense to finishing 5-0 to capture the 2016 NAFA National UFO Tournament.

June 30, 2016 12:11 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, June 29


TD’s murderers’ row toppling its district foes

So far, The Dalles’ 10U All Stars have been an unstoppable force on the diamond. In seven innings, spanning two games, The Dalles Little League 10U All Stars have scored 53 runs, pounded out 39 hits and received 12 walks in reeling off back-to-back lopsided District 5 wins in Prineville.

June 29, 2016 11:36 a.m. read more..

TD’s 11U Stars secure one win at districts

The Dalles 11U Little League All Star athletes went 1-2 in District 5 Tournament action in Prineville with an opening-round loss, but rebounded for a 9-5 triumph on Monday over Crook County. On Tuesday, the 11U squad had their season cut short after a 13-7 setback to Bend South

June 29, 2016 11:33 a.m. read more..

A moment in history

A bronze fountain at Lewis and Clark Festival Park downtown The Dalles will be dedicated at noon July 4, immediately following the Fourth of July parade downtown. The fountain depicts three members of the Corps of Discovery expedition battling high winds as they attempt to launch a dugout canoe into the Columbia River in 1805. The fountain is the work of Jeff Stewart, a local artist living near Dufur.

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

Athletics East trio continues scorching run

Emily Johnson, Chloe Bullock and Ellie Rising have enjoyed a successful summer under the sun. After last weekend’s performance in Portland, the summer just got a little better. At the USATF Junior Olympic State Championships at Jesuit High School, the local trio of runners representing Athletics East all scored top-10 finishes to advance to regional competition in Seattle.

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

Tuesday, June 28

12U Stars aim for the future

Little League All Star players representing The Dalles’ 12U team gather for a group photograph last week in Prineville. The group was eliminated in two games.

June 28, 2016 12:14 p.m. read more..

Hustlers bounce back in style

Coming off two losses Sunday by a 24-5 margin to Mound Time, the Columbia Gorge Hustlers found a way to respond just 24 hours later in a 7-4 league win over the Northwest Stars Monday in an American Legion baseball game played at Wilsonville High School.

June 28, 2016 12:11 p.m. read more..

Golf stars come out for Sasquatch event

Many of the Pacific Northwest’s top female golfers converged to The Dalles Country Club for two days of golf play during the 42nd annual Sasquatch. When the final scores were tallied, the duo of Sue Rende and Dixie Schanno scored the tournament’s overall net championship, and Naomi Moss and Dolly Wilkins were tops in the overall gross division.

June 28, 2016 12:09 p.m. read more..

Sunday, June 26

Jewel Road Fire near Dufur burns 31 acres Saturday

The Jewel Road Fire was reported Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Saturday burning in grass and brush on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands west of Dufur in central Oregon. Fire-fighting resources from ODF’s Central Oregon District and several cooperators stopped the fire’s spread at 31 acres.

June 26, 2016 1:16 p.m. read more..

Saturday, June 25

Railroad to replace bolts after Mosier derailment

PORTLAND — Union Pacific Railroad said it will replace a type of bolt on its track that led to a fiery oil train derailment on the Oregon-Washington border, but the pledge failed to ease concerns in the tiny town where the wreck sparked a massive fire that burned for 14 hours. Federal investigators in a preliminary report released Thursday blamed the derailment on Union Pacific for failing to properly maintain its track.

June 25, 2016 12:35 p.m. read more..

Senator renews scrutiny of pharma ties on federal panel

WASHINGTON — A high-ranking Senate Democrat is pushing for more answers on why doctors and patient advocates with financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry came to serve on a panel that advises the federal government on pain issues. Sen. Ron Wyden says he is “even more concerned” about these apparent conflicts of interest after receiving a response from the National Institutes of Health, which vetted and selected the panel members. In a letter sent Thursday to the Obama administration’s top health official, Wyden requests a series of documents related to the pain panel, including financial disclosure forms filled out by its members.

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

Hustler bats respond with fury

Coming off a stretch last week where they lost three of four games, the Columbia Gorge Hustlers were looking for a rebound performance. They got it and then some.

June 25, 2016 12:11 p.m. read more..

Camp shines a light on local youths

DUFUR – The 23rd annual Jumpstart Basketball Camp in Dufur breezed by this week, with many campers coming away better players and teammates after sharpening their skills under the tutelage of a solid cast of veteran coaches. Headlined by coordinator Tom Conklin, Brian Stevens and several local coaches from across the gorge, more than 150 athletes from across the Greater Columbia River Gorge and beyond were on hand to soak in those years of knowledge as the foundation of basketball fundamentals in five days of clinical tutorials.

June 25, 2016 12:09 p.m. read more..

On Waterbury

Several people were asked share their thoughts on The Dalles Police Chief Jay Waterbury, who retires Thursday, June 30 after 41 years with the department. Here are their comments:

June 25, 2016 12:02 p.m. read more..

Friday, June 24


Sugg gets a cheer day to remember

Ever since she received notice in April, The Dalles High School cheerleader Taylor Sugg has been brimming with excitement for an opportunity to represent Riverhawk Nation on a big stage. Sugg, a 2016 graduate, gets her chance to shine at 5 p.m. this Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium for the 69th annual Les Schwab Bowl for the South team.

June 24, 2016 11:39 a.m. read more..

Sharing the gridiron for one final thrill

Last November Wyatt Stutzman walked off the field in tears as his Sherman Huskies suffered a 24-22 playoff defeat to Powers. He felt, at that moment, he would never play football again. Saturday, Stutzman, a recent Sherman graduate, had one final chance to strap on his No. 33 uniform to represent a community he gave his blood, sweat and tears for.

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

TD clinic renamed

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., announced Thursday that his bill to rename The Dalles veterans’ clinic after Sgt. First Class Loren R. Kaufman, a native of The Dalles and one of Oregon’s 14 Medal of Honor recipients, has been signed into law by the president.

June 24, 2016 11:32 a.m. read more..

City tables vet funding request

The Dalles City Council has tabled a request to provide $90,000 for an office manager position at the Wasco County Veterans Service Office for each of the next five fiscal years. On June 13, city officials told Andretta Schellinger, facilitator for Home Fires Burning, a local group that supports female vets and military families, that they wanted time to study the issue. She made the pitch for funding on behalf of her organization and the Mid-Columbia Veterans Memorial Committee.

June 24, 2016 11:31 a.m. read more..

HAL boosts outreach

Bringing in a new manager was just the beginning of changes at the Home At Last Humane Society animal shelter in The Dalles.

June 24, 2016 11:25 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Oil pre-refinery

To the editor: Due to the oil train disaster in Mosier, there has been much uproar among the public, but no one has provided any solutions. Their view is to shut down the rail oil tank car traffic in the Columbia Gorge corridor, without seeking alternatives. I am offering a solution that can resolve safety concerns.

June 24, 2016 11:04 a.m. read more..

Thursday, June 23


Letter to the Editor: Vendors call for change

On behalf of the Gorge Grown Food Network board of directors I want to thank everyone who has supported the changes to the Hood River Farmers Market. Saying goodbye to the Hood River Middle School location was a difficult decision, but due to space and timing challenges with school in session, vendors called for a change.

June 23, 2016 3:33 p.m. read more..

Action urged on school plan

Like more formal polling done earlier, a handful of surveys taken at last Saturday’s school facilities symposium found almost equal support for a variety of new building options. The school district paid for a survey of 300 likely voters that found top support for a new high school, with a middle college a close second.

June 23, 2016 3:30 p.m. read more..

City starts housing study

With a $30,000 technical assistance grant in hand, the city of The Dalles is launching a thorough review of housing needs, including a survey of lands available for potential residential development.

June 23, 2016 3:29 p.m. read more..

New twist to classic fairy tale

The plot of Missoula Theater’s Princess and the Pea strays far from the original fairy tale, with Jack Frost wreaking havoc in the kingdoms of Storm Glacierdom and Riverdom and real-live Dust Bunnies crawling out from under a Princess’s bed to perform a ballet.

June 23, 2016 1:32 p.m. read more..

10U Cherry Crush serves up Father’s Day treat

The 10U Cherry City Crush Softball team entered the 2016 campaign with one goal in mind – winning state. If this past weekend’s dominant 5-0 performance at the Father’s Day Classic in West Linn is any indication, this group of seven third-year players and five newcomers is ready for the challenge.

June 23, 2016 12:25 p.m. read more..

Wilson looks forward to all-star opportunity

The Dalles High School graduate Devin Wilson is counting down the days before he gets one final chance to hit the football field in Saturday’s 69th annual Les Schwab Bowl at Hillsboro Stadium. He will be the first football player since Ray Niko in 2011 to earn such an honor, so he plans to make full use of this opportunity, not just to continue to play at an elite level, but to also serve as an example to all of the football players from across the gorge.

June 23, 2016 12:07 p.m. read more..

Wilson looks forward to all-star opportunity

The Dalles High School graduate Devin Wilson is counting down the days before he gets one final chance to hit the football field in Saturday’s 69th annual Les Schwab Bowl at Hillsboro Stadium. He will be the first football player since Ray Niko in 2011 to earn such an honor, so he plans to make full use of this opportunity, not just to continue to play at an elite level, but to also serve as an example to all of the football players from across the gorge.

June 23, 2016 12:07 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, June 22


11U Stars enter play as a District 5 wild card

The Dalles 11U All Stars are the wild card team of the District 5 Little League tournament. While they are going into playoff action with the intent on winning, head coach Mike Wilbur wants his athletes to enjoy the responsibility of being examples of the community.

June 22, 2016 1 p.m. read more..

10U All Stars ready for their next challenge

The countdown for Prineville begins. For The Dalles’ 10U Little League All Stars, many of the players expressed a high level of excitement for the opportunity to play on the big stage and be a part of something special. Most of all, this group, coached by Ken Brock, is going in with a little bit of chip on their shoulders.

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

Three file for city posts

The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence has filed for re-election and two challengers have filed for city council positions. This year, along with the mayor’s office, three of the five positions on The Dalles City Council will be on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

June 22, 2016 12:26 p.m. read more..

TDHS seeks mentorships

The Dalles High School is working with the grassroots community group on building a mentorship program, the school board heard last Thursday.

June 22, 2016 12:23 p.m. read more..

Bikes ride through pub

A motorcycle rolls through the front entrance to Route 30 Bottles and Brew downtown The Dalles Saturday, one of a handful passing through the establishment on a painted highway before exiting into the parking area in the back.

June 22, 2016 12:20 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, June 21

Next Door offers parenting classes in TD

Parents can enrich their child’s life and their own by attending the “Incredible Years,” a 12-week parenting program that begins Wednesday, July 13. The series will be held at The Next Door office in The Dalles, 318 W. Second Street.

June 21, 2016 4:34 p.m. read more..

Municipal court unchanged

After several months of research into how The Dalles Municipal Court is working, city officials have determined the court is operating just fine as is. On June 13, the city council unanimously approved a motion to accept the recommendations of the Municipal Court Task Force.

June 21, 2016 4:32 p.m. read more..

Luminaria Ceremony

Relay for Life participants gather for a Luminaria Ceremony Saturday night at 10 p.m. The luminary are decorated in remembrance of community members who have died of cancer. The names of all were read during the ceremony as their names, and some photographs, were projected on the wall.

June 21, 2016 4:30 p.m. read more..

City eyes pot rules

The Dalles City Council will seek to define the meaning of “church” at its June 27 meeting in order to establish buffer zones around sites where recreational marijuana sales will be prohibited.

June 21, 2016 4:27 p.m. read more..

Wingin’ It

Visitors enjoying the Fly-In at the Columbia Gorge Regional/The Dalles Municipal Airport in Dallesport admire a restored Corsair with U.S. Marine Corps markings.

June 21, 2016 4:25 p.m. read more..

CG Hustlers get one win in weekend doubleheaders

The Columbia Gorge Hustlers salvaged a split with Advanced Metals Friday, and then came up on the wrong end of a two-game sweep loss Saturday to Showtime in a pair of American legion baseball doubleheaders played at Bob Williams Field. In their opening game, the Hustlers led 5-2 and 6-3, but Advanced Metals scored four runs in the top of the sixth and held on for a 7-6 win.

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

Husky hoopsters cruise to tourney crown

MORO – Last year, the Sherman Huskies won their own tournament and eventually won a 1A state championship. If you are a believer in good omens, this past weekend’s performance at the Sherman County Invitational Basketball Tournament was one. The Huskies went 8-0 with each win by double digits, including a lopsided 78-57 triumph over Triangle Lake in the championship Sunday in Moro.

June 21, 2016 12:16 p.m. read more..

Saturday, June 18


Commentary: With love, from a grateful daughter

Springtime... I step out the front door of my parent’s house, headed to the car. I’d already kissed my folks goodbye, but they’d stayed inside, giving me the dignity of an adult leave taking. I appreciate it, though I am already becoming a little homesick. The little Dodge Colt sits waiting in the driveway, ready to take me back to school in the valley, three hours and a world away.

June 18, 2016 3:58 p.m. read more..

Commentary: Bipartisan work needed on train safety

The Mosier train derailment on June 3rd was a terrible accident. But from the accident, we have learned many valuable things. As the members of the Oregon House who represent the gorge region in Salem, it was especially instructive for us to be able to witness first-hand how legislation passed in the 2015 session impacted the reaction to events that occurred that weekend.

June 18, 2016 3:55 p.m. read more..

Making math matter

Fifth-grader Lindy Taylor decided to add two pools to her shopping list for a Memorial Day picnic, bringing the cost to feed and entertain 14 people to $405. “I was planning for a warm day,” she said about the math lesson given to her Colonel Wright Elementary class by teacher Steve Chance. “I was really nervous about it because I thought I was going to mess up on the math, but once I got going, it was a lot easier than I thought it would be.”

June 18, 2016 3:46 p.m. read more..

One Chance at a time

The Chance family has a long lineage of educators, so it was no surprise to Steve that his son, Tim, would choose that profession.

June 18, 2016 3:38 p.m. read more..

Pepsi scores Babe Ruth championship

On a roster that features Henry Lee and Dalles Seufalemua, it was first-year players Taylor Beeks and Jacob Buell making the big plays in the pressure moment that made the difference for Team Pepsi. Buell reached on an error, allowing Beeks to score the game-winning run, as Pepsi came away with a 5-4 victory over Hood River, Northwest Graphic, in their Babe Ruth championship game played Friday at Kramer Field.

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

Friday, June 17


Dedicated to Bernie

Solea Kabakov, a lifelong peace activist and resident of The Dalles, will be a delegate for Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. She is one of two pledged delegates for Sanders from the Second Congressional District, which covers much of eastern Oregon.

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

What happened to ‘Ray?’

“Ray,” a 1,300-pound male California sea lion, was a well-known fixture at The Dalles Marina, where he took up residence on a tenant’s dock in 2011. For years, he was a highly visible member of the river community, hauling himself out on a marina dock each day and feasting on salmon migrating through the river.

June 17, 2016 4:22 p.m. read more..

Orlando victims remembered

Tears were shed and there were quiet periods of somber reflection Thursday evening as people joining the “We Stand with Orlando” vigil in The Dalles looked at photos of the 49 victims of America’s worst mass shooting. “They were just people who were out celebrating with friends and family, people who worked there,” said organizer Denise Harwood about the victims gunned down June 12 by a lone gunman at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. In addition to those who were killed in the tragedy, 53 people were injured and some are still in the hospital due to the severity of their wounds.

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

Making the Big Sale

Cheerleaders representing The Dalles High School were out in full force Friday for the opening day of its annual rummage sale on the front lawn of The Dalles High School. The team will be there until 4 p.m. today, and will be out front Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in an effort to raise money for the program. In the picture are, starting on top, from left to right, Crysta Harris, Kendyl Kumm, Abbey Helseth, Keagan Rice and Carey Stone. On the bottom are, from left, Sophia Pullen, Willow Drake, Sakari Bova, Bryonna Otzoy, Jenifer Salinas- Deras, Mackenzie Smith. Interested parties can still drop off items for sale today and can do so Saturday as well. For more information, email Contributed photo

June 17, 2016 11:03 a.m. read more..

Lee helps lock down finals bid for Pepsi

With the game on the line, his team ahead by one run and ECE threatening with runners in scoring position in the top of the sixth inning, Pepsi pitcher Henry Lee needed to do whatever it took to get his team to the championship game. The crowd was divided, cascading Kramer Field with cheers and boos, but the young pitching phenom had to settle in and will his team to victory. Lee escaped the sixth inning jam with back-to-back strikeouts, and then struck out the side in the top of the seventh to help Pepsi secure a 10-9 win over ECE in its Babe Ruth semifinal matchup.

June 17, 2016 11:01 a.m. read more..

Thursday, June 16


Letter to the editor:

To the editor: I find it quite odd that The Dalles Chronicle has failed to truly acknowledge that any tragedy has happened in Orlando. A few small articles printed on the third page of today’s paper is hardly an appropriate response from such a community of loving and caring people.

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

Letter to the editor: Shop local?

To the editor: “Shop locally.” Sounds good, doesn’t it? But as a woman with very little mobility, downtown The Dalles is impossible. I’m especially angry that two parking spaces in front of Klindt’s have been swallowed. Nearly all of the handicapped parking is the heck and gone away from shopping spots. Crud, if I could walk from the spaces at the transportation center, I wouldn’t need a walker.

June 16, 2016 11:57 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Thanks city

To the editor: I live on Thompson Street and I want to thank Mayor Steve Lawrence and the city council for getting our street fixed without $10,000 out of our pocket, interest and a lien on our property. Past City Manager Nolan Young badgered the residents of Thompson Street for years over this.

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

Burkhardt joins Chronicle newsroom

There’s a new reporter in town. As of this week, D. C. Jesse Burkhardt has stepped in as The Dalles Chronicle’s new government reporter. Burkhardt, a University of Oregon graduate, has more than two decades of experience in community journalism, and his roots in the Columbia River Gorge run deep. From 1994 until 2011, Burkhardt served as editor of The Enterprise, the weekly newspaper in White Salmon, and he has lived in several gorge communities, including The Dalles and Hood River in Oregon and White Salmon and Snowden in Washington.

June 16, 2016 11:49 a.m. read more..

Fourth of July volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to help make the third annual Independence Day party in The Dalles a success. Nolan Hare, festival director for the Fort Dalles Fourth Committee, said there are positions available for all ages and activity levels, beginning on the morning of July 2 and continuing around the clock through July 15.

June 16, 2016 11:48 a.m. read more..

New info in sex abuse case

A police interview with the senior pastor of First Christian Church showed that church officials had “expressed concerns” about the behavior of a youth leader who was eventually convicted of sexually abusing teen girls. Michael Cele Stephens, 20, was sentenced to 15 years in prison early this year for sexually abusing six teen girls. He met his victims through the church youth group and 4-H.

June 16, 2016 11:43 a.m. read more..

Street Work Nears End...

Thompson Street is closed this week between 10th and 19th streets as The Dalles Public Works crews resurface and pave the roadway that was deeply rutted due to construction work.

June 16, 2016 11:41 a.m. read more..

Local events going on this week

11U All Stars to sell donuts The Dalles 11U All Stars are selling tickets for a dozen donuts from BaKitchen in The Dalles. The tickets cost $10 and are good for any dozen. Tickets sold expire on July 1, 2017. For information or to buy, call 541-993-5569. TD Cheer holds yard sale The Dalles Cheer team is holding its annual yard sale on the front lawn of TDHS from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18. All donations are accepted, and individuals can drop off items at 6:45 a.m. on Friday. For information, email TD XC starts summer workout The Dalles Cross Country team will begin its offseason running program at Sorosis Park. This is open to middle, high school and St. Mary’s Academy boys and girls. During June, the plan is to meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:30 p.m. For additional information, call Bob Thouvenel at 541-298-1119. Youth football signups on tap The Dalles Youth Football organization has registration open for boys and girls from first-through-sixth grades . The price is $100 for tackle athletes from grades 3-6. For flag football for boys and girls in grades 1-2, the costs start at $40. Go to /thedallesyouthfootball to print the handouts tab. Wite Salmon half marathon The White Salmon Half Marathon and four-miler is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 18 at Rheingarten Park. This is free, but donations of $25 are accepted. Register in advance at

June 16, 2016 11:36 a.m. read more..

Pepsi beats ECE to earn BR finals berth

It is coming down to the wire for many of the top Babe Ruth baseball teams. With championship week on the schedule for The Dalles Babe Ruth Organization, there have been several close matchups so far, including a pair of one-run elimination baseball playoff games played Wednesday night at Kramer Field in The Dalles. In first round play, White Salmon defeated Hood River Gray by a 5-4 and, in the semifinal rounds, Pepsi defeated ECE in a tough showdown, 10-9 to advance to Friday’s title game. On the other side of the bracket, Hood River Green squares off against White Salmon in the semifinals at 6 p.m. tonight for a chance at earning a finals berth against Pepsi. There have been five games played so far in a single elimination format to determine the Babe Ruth League champions. Pepsi started play as the No. 1 seed, since they only lost one game during the regular season and wound up with an impressive 11-1 overall record. The second and third place teams, ECE and Hood River Green, were both tied with identical 9-3 records. In the first day of play, Pepsi doubled up on Big Sky by an 8-4 margin and then Hood River Green cruised to a lopsided victory over Lyle.

June 16, 2016 11:35 a.m. read more..

Bats swing for the fences

Players representing The Dalles Little League named The Bats from the Rookie/Coach Pitch division enjoyed a breakthrough season under head coach Dave Johnson. The players and coaches are, pictured from left to right, starting in the top row, Coach Johnson, Cayden Whitaker (9), Jeremiah Salazar (8), Andrew Westin (8), Reese Kenslow (8), Colton Churchill (9), and Coach Doug McKinney. In the bottom row are, from left, Boston Johnson (7), Brody Taylor (7), Camden Dooley (7), Ryan Henrikson (6), Ava Barker (7), Mason Ramsey (7), and Carson Ramsey (8), Not pictured is Owen Synder (8). Contributed photo

June 16, 2016 11:34 a.m. read more..

Tourney bringing big crowds

South Wasco county, Dufur and defending 1A state champion Sherman will get an opportunity to show off their skills this week for the Sherman County Basketball Invitational in Moro. With the loss of Brody Myers, Ellis Rager and Travis Hayes, the Redsides have Nick Ward, Haven Stephenson, Ty Herlocker and Skyler Anderson, Keith Kegel and Dawson Herlocker back for coach Jim Hull. “We always look forward to the tournament,” Hull said. “There are always a number of top 1A teams there. It helps show our team what is necessary to compete at a high level for next year.” The Dufur Rangers have a new coach in Ron Townsend overseeing the further development of Connor Uhalde, Ethan Wetherbee, Travis Lucas, Curtis Crawford and a slew of returning freshmen. Sherman coach Bill Blevins has his championship roster intact with Keenan Coles, Max Martin, Treve Martin, Jacob Jusetsen, Kyle Fields, Isaiah Coles and Luke Martin looking to make a repeat run. “If you are a 1A basketball fan, Sherman County is the place to be this week,” Blevins said. “We have some competitive teams from both Oregon and Washington here.” Games run from 4-9 p.m. today in Moro.

June 16, 2016 11:32 a.m. read more..

CBRC is sending three to Silver State

Columbia Basin Rodeo Club members Bryce Harrison, Morgan Brumley and Joely Patnode each had top-10 performances this past weekend at the state rodeo finals in Prineville to earn spots in the Silver State International Rodeo from June 27 to July 3 in Winnemucca, Nev. Harrison qualified in steer wrestling and calf roping, Brumley punched her SSIR tickets for pole bending and barrel racing, and Patnode is headed to Nevada in breakaway roping and barrels, and partner, Jacee Currin, will make the trip with Patnode for team roping.

June 16, 2016 11:26 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, June 15

Chocolate Butterfly

The color of rich chocolate, a small butterfly sits on the leaves of a Lupine flower in rural Wasco County in this photo by high school photographer Flora Gibson.

June 15, 2016 5:12 p.m. read more..

Poll shows school tax support

In welcome news for school officials, a poll of 300 likely voters found 55 percent were willing to pay more taxes to repair or replace schools if the money is spent accountably and ensures access to a high quality modern education.

June 15, 2016 5:07 p.m. read more..

TD takes no action on trains

The Dalles City Councilor Dan Spatz failed to garner support Monday for his call to have the owners and operators of Bakken crude oil production pay all costs associated with tanker car derailments and fires anywhere in the U.S.

June 15, 2016 5:04 p.m. read more..

Orlando vigil set Thursday

A vigil for the victims of the Orlando, Fla., mass shooting is set for Thursday, June 16, at 6:30 p.m. in Lewis & Clark Festival Park at the foot of Union Street. Early Sunday, a lone gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

June 15, 2016 5:02 p.m. read more..

TD church sued over sex abuse

The mother of a sex abuse victim has sued First Christian Church in The Dalles for $5 million, alleging the church did not adequately supervise the youth leader who abused her teen daughter.

June 15, 2016 5 p.m. read more..

Maryhill concert with Tears For Fears postponed

Maryhill concert with Tears For Fears postponed The Saturday, June 18 show at Maryhill Winery with pop band Tears For Fears has been postponed. A statement on Maryhill’s website says management is “actively working with the band to reschedule the show. Fans who purchased tickets to the June 18 show are instructed to retain their tickets, as they will be valid for the rescheduled performance. Should a refund be needed once the new date is announced, please return to your point of purchase. Information on the rescheduled show date will be announced as soon as possible.” A statement on the Tears For Fears website said the band “regrettably announces they have to postpone their summer run of dates in the US due to family illness.”

June 15, 2016 4:24 p.m. read more..

Husky Tourney starts Thursday

The Sherman Huskies, South Wasco County Redsides and Dufur Rangers will headline the four-day Sherman Invitational starting at 3 p.m. Thursday in Moro. There will be a three-point contest on Saturday, where Sherman standout Max Martin looks to defend his title. Starting at 10 a.m. Sunday, the teams will play in consolation games and the championship is at 1 p.m.

June 15, 2016 11:54 a.m. read more..

14U Crush secures 2nd at NAFA Challenge

Playing under scorching conditions, the 14U Cherry City crush maintained their momentum with a 4-1 record and second-place honors at the NAFA 14U B Division West Coast Challenge in Newberg. “I can’t be more proud of our girls,” said Crush coach Leroy Tharp. “They go into these tournaments against some of these teams that come from bigger cities that draw the best kids from all those schools, and compete at a high level. I love the fact that those teams know that they have a battle on their hands and draw that kind of respect from our small community. It’s a great feeling.”

June 15, 2016 11:45 a.m. read more..

Hustlers drop home opener to Champion

With an opportunity to hit the field for the first time this season, Columbia Gorge Hustler head coach Chris Loyd was able to gauge and evaluate his group in its home opener Monday at Bob Williams Field. Even though the Hustlers fell by a 7-2 margin to Champion, the first-year coach said he liked what he saw from an offensive standpoint and continued his excitement about his pitching staff. In all, the Hustlers totaled five hits, received two walks and had his players reach on five Champion errors, but left six runners on base.

June 15, 2016 11:41 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, June 14


Three people arrested in drug busts

The Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force has arrested one suspect in The Dalles and two in Cascade Locks after executing search warrants during the past week.

June 14, 2016 3:29 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Thanks OVH team

To the editor: Once again, I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to the Oregon Veterans’ Home for yet another smooth transition via a second knee replacement operation from Mid-Columbia Medical Center into the home.

June 14, 2016 3:26 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Give me a break

To the editor: The oil train wreck was not a good thing, but come on people, don’t you think you are carrying it too far? How many trains go through the area every year and how many incidents have there been?

June 14, 2016 3:23 p.m. read more..

Symposium to address learning

An education symposium titled “Where our Children Learn,” which will focus on school facilities and has state Rep. John Huffman as special guest, is set for Saturday, June 18, at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center, 1112 W. 9th St. The symposium will have two sessions, at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., with the same panelists speaking at both sessions.

June 14, 2016 2:45 p.m. read more..

Sen. Wyden hears from firefighters

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., held a private debriefing session Sunday morning with Mosier firefighters about the June 3 oil train derailment in their community. Wyden then held a public meeting that was attended by emergency responders from multiple agencies, government officials, tribal leaders and interested residents.

June 14, 2016 2:36 p.m. read more..

Oil train debriefings in Mosier

The Mosier train derailment was caused when an unknown number of large screws, used to provide extra stabilization to rail ties on curves, sheared off — something a railroad official said he’d never seen before in a derailment. Jason Rea, chief engineer for the western region of Union Pacific Railroad, described at a community meeting Friday in Mosier what had caused the June 3 derailment of 16 oil cars.

June 14, 2016 2:23 p.m. read more..

Cubs offense proves to be an unstoppable force

Last season, head coach Michael Cates had to deal with the heartache of a one-run loss in a championship game. This year, his Cubs left nothing to chance. Finley Corbin and William Lee went a combined 6 for 6 with three RBIs and five runs scored to lead the Hanks Auto Cubs to a 12-6 victory over the Les Schwab Rockies Saturday in Minors baseball action at Kramer Field.

June 14, 2016 12:57 p.m. read more..

Angels flying high after Majors crown

Shane Floyd capped his Little League career with three city championships. Each one is more meaningful than the next, but Saturday’s 3-1 Angels win over the Cardinals made it even more special. “It was really fun. It feels good to accomplish something we have been working hard all season for,” Floyd said. “We had some hard practices with the coaches and we struggled a little bit, but we came out in the end, so it feels pretty good.”

June 14, 2016 12:52 p.m. read more..

Saturday, June 11

Mayors chime in on trains

A week after an oil train derailment in Mosier, a pair of city leaders from Vancouver and Spokane joined local mayors to show their explicit stance against crude-by-rail traffic through the Northwest.

June 11, 2016 8:18 p.m. read more..

Citizens air rail concerns

Exhausted panelists took sharp questions from a standing-room-only crowd at a special Mosier City Council meeting Thursday about the handling of the June 3 oil train derailment.

June 11, 2016 8:17 p.m. read more..

Commentary: Improving safety for gorge and its residents

As a lifelong gorge resident, I’ve seen my share of train derailments, fires and highway accidents over the years. Last week we dodged a bullet when an oil train derailed just west of Mosier on a hot, calm day. Suddenly, the hypothetical accident which our first responders had only recently been trained for became reality. Thankfully, the disaster plans put in place worked, and new requirements in state and federal laws made a difference, too.

June 11, 2016 8:08 p.m. read more..

TD girls’ basketball camp set for Wed.

The Dalles girls’ basketball program is offering its annual three-day fundamental hoops camp from 8:30-11:30 a.m. starting Wednesday, June 15 at The Dalles Middle School in the gym. Boys and girls will be taught different parts of the game by coaches along with current and former players. This camp is open for boys and girls from the fourth-through-eighth grades, and the cost is $50 per person. There will be competitive drills, techniques taught, scrimmages and other aspects of the game covered. With the fees, every participant will receive a free t-shirt. For more information, call coach Dan Telles at 541-993-3319. TD XC starts summer workout The Dalles Cross Country team will begin its offseason running program starting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 13 at Sorosis Park in The Dalles. This is open to all runners who are in middle and high school, including St. Mary’s Academy students. During June, the plan is to meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:30 p.m. On Monday and Friday, the team will practice at Sorosis Park, and on Wednesday nights, they will work out at Lewis and Clark Park on 1st and Union Street. For additional information on these workouts, to volunteer or to join, call TD cross country head coach Bob Thouvenel at 541-298-1119. Youth football signups on tap The Dalles Youth Football organization has registration open for youths from first grade through sixth. There is an $80 early bird price until June 15 and the price goes up to $100 price for tackle athletes from grades 3-6. For flag football for boys and girls in grades 1-2, the costs start at $40. Parents will be asked to volunteer time working in different parts, ranging from front gate duties, concessions, cleanup, coaching and other areas of need that may arise. All paperwork must be filled out and insurance papers completed before the first game. Parents can log on to to print from the handouts tab.

June 11, 2016 12:15 p.m. read more..

Jumpstart camp is fast approaching

If a player wants to maximize their overall skill level in the game of basketball, extra work in the offseason is necessary. Starting at 9 a.m. and running until 3 p.m. on Monday, June 20, the Jumpstart Basketball Camp will start its 23rd season of giving youths from grades 2-9 the opportunity to hone in on their hoops attributes in a five-day event at Dufur High School. Cost to attend this event is $100 until the capacity of 150 is met. Some of the areas instructed include ball handling, passing, shooting, rebounding and defense. Program coordinator Tom Conklin will have the kids give their undivided attention to details, attentively listening to each word their coach offers. Several former or current athletes from across the area will be on hand for individualized instruction. While an athlete may be blessed with speed and size, possess solid inside skills or a deadly 3-point shot, Conklin said none of those attributes matter if a player cannot mesh with his or her teammates. “We spend a lot of time teaching about the character of an athlete,” said Tom Conklin. “First or last place, it does not matter. When the game is finished, how will others remember me as a player? Will coaches see me as a class act? We select specific quotes that guide each of our five days of camp. These quotes stem from a deep experience that defines struggle ultimately providing the success we were hoping for, but not sure we’d attain.” Along with the opportunity to work together to practice their new skills, the aim of the camp is predicated on emphasizing the fundamentals, developing proper mechanics and gaining valuable game experience. Campers acquire and carry the knowledge over for a chance to get a solid start to their upcoming seasons. In the end, there is no better tool than getting on the hardwood. “In the process, I realized kids and all folks love to work towards a goal,” Conklin added. “In the process or journey, they develop much more than an outcome. The journey is what makes the person, not really the prize. When a person wins a running race, they, in my opinion, won because they reaped the reward of the process or developmental benefits of striving for a goal.” Early in the morning, the athletes sit down for a speech from one of the coaches, and then the instruction begins. After a break, the kids get an opportunity to use their skills in friendly scrimmages, with coaches emphasizing proper techniques on the sidelines. Once all of the daily work is completed, the campers get a chance to soak up some sunshine at Dufur City Pool for a dip in the drink. The money raised helps fund the Jim Schultz Scholarship program at Dufur schools and many of the other Dufur sports programs. In addition, Conklin said he felt extremely blessed to raise money from the Jumpstart track and cross country races, the hoops camp and other yearly events so he can cut checks for Home at Last, the Salvation Army, The Dalles River Trail Project and other programs. Interested parties can email questions to Jumpstartyouthactivities or log on to

June 11, 2016 12:11 p.m. read more..

Saying goodbye is never easy

Baseball has been a part of J.R. Runyon’s life for the past three decades. The sport represents the fabric of his being, bringing the joys, the smell of the grass, the memories and the moments he shares with his immediate family, his friends and the kids he helped shape and mold the past 11 years as a coach at The Dalles High School. That’s why the decision to step down as head coach of The Dalles baseball program was such a difficult decision. “Baseball has always been a part of my life, whether I am playing or coaching,” Runyon said. “There are no words to describe my love for the game. When you love something so much and it is a big part of your life, it is going to be tough to be without it. It is going to be really tough.”

June 11, 2016 12:06 p.m. read more..

Friday, June 10

Indoor soccer champs crowned

Gorge Indoor Soccer players celebrate championships at the recently completed league finals at The Dalles Fitness and Court Club. At the top left are the 7U champions named Real Madrid. To the right, at the top, is Team Azul, the champions of the 12U classification. On the bottom left, Team K and K Orchards took first place in the Men’s Second Division. On the bottom right, Team Atletico dominated the competition all the way to a Men’s First Division title. “I’m happy to see the youth developing skills to help them on their future in the sport,” said Indoor Soccer Director Izzy Quiroz. “These kids can play against the best out there and Indoor has helped all players get the playing time in order to get to the next level.” The season starts in September for all divisions. Call 541-340-9175 for information. Contributed photos

June 10, 2016 11:48 a.m. read more..

TD quartet caps year with all-state status

A span of one calendar year has made a difference for The Dalles junior Kailin Hoylman. Last season, Hoylman was a second-team all-league winner, but she kept working on her craft and was rewarded with first-team honors in league and capped 2016 with third-team all-state recognition for her play in the outfield. “I’m completely shocked and honored to receive this award, but I owe it all to my past and present coaches and teammates that I have had since I started playing sports,” Hoylman said. “They have always encouraged me to do my best and have supported me. They have helped make me the athlete I am today.”

June 10, 2016 11:46 a.m. read more..

Vet groups request city funding

The Dalles City Council will be asked Monday to provide $90,000 in funding for each of the next five fiscal years for veterans services. The request has been made by Les Cochenour, president of the Mid-Columbia Veterans Memorial Committee and Andretta Schellinger, facilitator for Home Fires Burning, a local group that supports female vets and military families.

June 10, 2016 11:33 a.m. read more..

McFadden resigns from Port Commission

Bob McFadden, president of the Port of The Dalles Board of Commissioners, will finish his term as a commissioner at the end of June, he announced to the board Wednesday.

June 10, 2016 11:31 a.m. read more..

Tribes unite in opposition to oil trains

Tribal leaders have voiced a stern demand: No more oil and coal trains through the Columbia River Gorge. Leaders from the Yakama Nation, Lummi Nation, Warm Springs and Umatilla tribes gathered in Mosier Thursday morning to publicly condemn fossil fuel traffic by rail through the Gorge — an impassioned response to last Friday’s derailment.

June 10, 2016 11:30 a.m. read more..

Dufur, Sherman stack the all-state roster

Dufur and Sherman burst onto the Blue Mountain Conference scene this year with solid seasons and plenty of all-league representatives to show for it. Both teams combined for 27 wins and 416 runs scored, so being represented on the all-state list was a tip of the cap from opposing coaches across the state.

June 10, 2016 11:21 a.m. read more..

Thursday, June 9


Letter to the editor: Clean plant

To the editor: There are days here in The Dalles that breathing is a problem for me when I detect the stink of naphthalene concentrations in the air. I am not the only citizen affected.

June 9, 2016 2:05 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Shop local

To the editor: Everybody talks about buying local. Local produce, local dry goods, shop local because that money stays here instead of going elsewhere. The community harvest cooperative grocery (co-op) which has been started here is looking to provide you with locally grown produce as well as other items. When I heard of it I planted more fruit trees so the fruit will go on its shelves and into your home.

June 9, 2016 2:04 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Near miss

To the editor: I found myself greeting friends last night with “glad to still see you.” Crass, yes. But when the shock of a situation of this magnitude is still passing through you…well, some of us try to find the bright side. We’re still alive.

June 9, 2016 2:03 p.m. read more..

Buy Mom Prom tickets

The second annual “Mom Prom” — a chance to get dolled up and help a good cause at the same time — is set for Friday, June 24 at the Civic Auditorium. Some 40 items will be auctioned, considerably more than last year, and a dinner spread with plenty of options from Italian to Mexican will be on offer, as well as a candy “bar” where people can load up on sweets.

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

Oil from Mosier stored in TD

With the roughly 280,000 gallons of oil remaining in the 16 derailed train cars in Mosier finally offloaded Wednesday morning, and stored in The Dalles, work began right away on removing the cars themselves.

June 9, 2016 1:12 p.m. read more..

Scrubbing bubblies

The Dalles Cheer team was out in full force this past Saturday at the Urness Motors parking lot in The Dalles for its annual car wash fundraiser. In all, more than $1,500 was raised for the program to help offset costs accrued during the 2016-2017 season. From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18, the team will have its yard sale on the front lawn of The Dalles High School. Any and all donations are accepted, and individuals from the community can drop off items at the high school as early as 6:45 a.m. on Friday, June 17 for sale. All donations go toward helping the group attend cheer camp this summer July 11-14 at Oregon State University in Corvallis. For more information, to volunteer or to donate, email coach Kelsey Sugg at Beverly Nanez/Contributed photo

June 9, 2016 1:10 p.m. read more..

A time to celebrate athletic achievement

Overlooking a large crowd of athletes, parents and coaches at The Dalles High School All Sports Awards ceremony Wednesday, Colin Noonan stood front and center, as varsity basketball coach Nathan Morris showered him with accolades and praise. It was the perfect way to cap a senior campaign. For the second straight year, Noonan was named as The Dalles’ Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. He picked up an Academic Excellence Award for his 3.94 grade point average, and after being named as a second-team all-state baseball winner, he etched his name in TD’s Hall of Fame. “You never really know what impact you make on anyone, because you are just playing and doing everything the right way, so to hear those things and being recognized is very humbling,” said Noonan, who will major in mechanical engineering at Gonzaga University. “It is a great feeling knowing that I can graduate now with an impactful last few years in high school.” In addition to Noonan, Lori Cimmiyotti, Maddy Bradford and Joe Linebarger had their names called as TD Hall of Famers. Cimmiyotti was a three-sport letter winner in volleyball, basketball and softball, had a 3.9 cumulative grade point average and was an Academic Excellence Award winner, a Female Scholar Athlete and a Hall of Fame recipient. The senior will be attending Linfield College and playing volleyball and plans to major in business. Bradford participated in volleyball and softball this year and maintained a 3.43 grade point average, including 3.67 in her senior year

June 9, 2016 1:01 p.m. read more..

Waldren addresses congress on oil train safety

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today addressed the U.S. House of Representatives after Friday’s train derailment near Mosier in the Columbia Gorge. Walden pledged to continue working with federal, state, and local officials to learn more about what happened and what can be done to make sure it never happens again. WITH VIDEO

June 9, 2016 5:30 a.m. read more..

Tribes gather in Mosier Thursday

The Yakama Nation, with Northwest tribes, will host a press conference on the lown of Mosier Elementary School in Mosier today, June 9, at 10 a.m., according to a press release from Columbia River Keeper.

June 9, 2016 5:24 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, June 8

Letter to the editor: Focus has sharpened

To the editor: My focus has sharpened from three recent events: The Malheur insurrection, the Mosier oil train derailment, and the presidential candidacy of the Tyrant Trump. First, understanding the formation of rules in the code of federal regulations will be helpful. Federal regulations, and state regulations for that matter, are not generated by some unknown and unnamed bureaucrat.

June 8, 2016 3:43 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Clean up pollution

To the editor: Thanks to <em>The Chronicle</em> and Derek Wiley for recently reporting on the Amerities plant and its odors. It’s a complex issue and benefits from fair, calm coverage. I, for one, support the Amerities plant. That is, I support it being the best plant it can be, fitted with the most effective scrubbers and filters money can buy. It should be a facility that we’re proud to host in The Dalles, not one that damages our community’s health, quality of life and civic image.

June 8, 2016 3:41 p.m. read more..

It does, indeed, take a village to raise a golfer

Of the two things I vowed never to do again, one was to play golf. I’d golfed as a kid; my skills honed enough to place me in junior tournaments. My gratification of the sport at that time was more on par with the ice-cold Seven-Up and Old Dutch potato chips in a red plastic basket at the end of nine holes. Over the years my country club membership went in the same direction as golf. Competitive long distance running became my game of choice. Over the decades I trained and competed until my name began to appear in rankings listed in running magazines. At the height of my running career, I was hobbled in this order: a hip replacement, two broken legs, foot surgery and, most recently, a stress fracture.

June 8, 2016 3:18 p.m. read more..

Cleanup continues in Mosier; oil stored in TD

With the roughly 280,000 gallons of oil remaining in the 16 derailed train cars in Mosier finally offloaded Wednesday morning, and stored in The Dalles, work began right away on removing the cars themselves. The derailed cars, which were decontaminated first, will be taken to Portland and scrapped, said Greg Svelund, a spokesperson for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

June 8, 2016 1:27 p.m. read more..

Anger burns as train traffic resumes

MOSIER — Local politicians and residents reacted with shock and anger Monday as Union Pacific began running trains through this tiny Columbia River Gorge town just three days after a fiery derailment forced residents to evacuate and water and sewage systems to shut down.

June 8, 2016 1:22 p.m. read more..

Burn restrictions are now in place

Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue is now restricting all issued burn permits to individuals living outside of the city limits. The restriction is a result of recent observed fire behavior and current fire danger indicators.

June 8, 2016 1:12 p.m. read more..

D21 suspends ‘zone waivers’

Ever since School District 21 was formed 12 years ago, it has allowed grade school students to attend a school in the district other than their “resident” school, if they chose.

June 8, 2016 1:09 p.m. read more..

Bikers rally in Maupin for vets

Organizers of the fourth annual Maupin Madness Poker Run expect 120 bikers to show up Saturday, June 11, because the event offers a ride over 200 miles of curvy rolling roads and a great cause — proceeds benefitting disabled veterans. “We’ve just about doubled attendance every year and this is something that can be expected to grow,” said Cristie Amaral, director of the Maupin Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the event.

June 8, 2016 1:02 p.m. read more..

'There's a hole in my bucket...'

Kade Wilson, a fifth-grader at Colonel Wright Elementary in The Dalles, runs a can of water — leaking profusely from multiple holes — to the first obstacle in a very wet relay race Tuesday afternoon.

June 8, 2016 1 p.m. read more..

All Stars are taking lofty dreams to Prineville

Three teams. Three dreams. One goal. The Dalles Little League announced its 12U, 11U and 10U All-Star teams for the start of District 5 baseball action on June 24 in Prineville. Deric Anthony leads the 13-player 12U team as head coach, Mike Wilbur is on board for 11U squad in his first year and Ken Brock has 13 of the top 10U players ready to roll for a chance at district, state and beyond.

June 8, 2016 11:29 a.m. read more..

Bringing new energy to Dufur cheer

DUFUR – Being a part of Dufur High School has always given Kelsey Peterson a sense of pride – The scarlet and white colors coursing through her veins. Now Peterson and co-coach Lisa Harris have a chance to breathe new life into a cheerleading program moving forward, taking over for Britt Beeson, who stepped down after leading the program for the past nine years.

June 8, 2016 11:24 a.m. read more..

TD football giving back

Football players representing The Dalles High School have been out in the streets working on projects this summer, as part of an outreach program with local businesses and community members in an effort to give back. The team has been in several different locations, including the Taylor Lake area, working for The Dalles Port Authority. The goal for head coach Steve Sugg, far right, is to teach his athletes the value of hard work, team bonding and service, as a way to help build a better student-athlete and citizen. Any businesses or residents seeking help with yard work or other matters can call Sugg at 541-980-4594. Ray Rodriguez photo

June 8, 2016 11:20 a.m. read more..

Athletics East runners bolt out of the blocks at Linfield

Back for another summer running season is The Dalles Middle School standout Emily Johnson, and she is joined by Ellie Rising, Maddie Nichols, David Cribbs and Hunter Nichols to form the 2016 version of Athletics East Running Club. This past weekend, the five harriers took part in the West Coast Invitational at Linfield College in McMinnville and posted several personal records and first-place finishes in their first major event of the summer.

June 8, 2016 11:18 a.m. read more..

All Star trio gathers for one final dance

Moments after Sunday’s doubleheader, The Dalles head coach Steve Garrett and senior Ruthie Ford shared a special final moment together reminiscing on the dozens of snapshot memories they shared together. In a snap of the fingers, four years had flown by.

June 8, 2016 11:15 a.m. read more..

Monday, June 6

Mosier Community School to remain closed

Information as per Mosier Community School's website and the public health department: No School for students the week of June 6th due to the recent events which happened in Mosier. 8th grade promotion will be rescheduled and Oaks Park for Mosier Middle School students has been cancelled. An end of the year celebration will be held - date to be announced. This will be a time for closure and when parent/students will be able to pick up report cards and items left at the school last week.

June 6, 2016 6:53 a.m. read more..

Saturday, June 4

Response center established in Mosier

Response center established in Mosier The North Central Public Health District reports the following: Per DEQ air monitors, air quality remains good. A client center for Mosier residents impacted by the train derailment has been opened in Mosier (located behind the Mosier Middle School Gymnasium or 3rd Ave.). Union Pacific will provide lodging for residents and provide reimbursement for hotels utilized Friday night by displaced residents. A Union Pacific call center has also been set-up at 877-877-2567. Press option #6 to speak to a representative.

June 4, 2016 8:49 p.m. read more..

Mosier students evacuated to TD

Stephen Schwiff was in a meeting in Hood River Friday when he first saw the smoke. Others took to their phones and quickly had news about the huge black plume: “They said, ‘Oh, there’s a railroad disaster in Mosier. They closed the highway,’” Schwiff recounted.

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

Oil train derails, burns in Mosier UPDATED

Mike Heiser, a resident of Mosier, had purchased some plants Friday and was just getting ready to put them in the ground around noon when he heard a big crash and the “whoof” of an explosion. He saw smoke west of town, and heard another “whoof.” Heiser drove to where the Mosier exit overpass crosses the train tracks and saw that at least eight tanker cars had derailed about 100 yards from the overpass, and one was burning.

June 4, 2016 12:28 p.m. read more..

Red Cross shelter for Mosier evacuees remains open

The American Red Cross shelter opened in The Dalles due to the oil train derailment and subsequent evacuations will remain open today, Saturday, and through the night to assist affected residents. The shelter is located at Dry Hollow Elementary School, 1314 E. 19th St., The Dalles.

June 4, 2016 12:15 p.m. read more..

Hustler roster has coach feeling excited

This year, more than any other, there are reasons for optimism for the 2016 Columbia Gorge Hustler baseball team. A main reason for this level of unbridled enthusiasm is based on the depth and quality of arms throwing from the mound.

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

Friday, June 3


Keever, Reed take home Ranger of the Year honors

Given the amount of talent and success of Dufur High School’s sports programs, taking home Ranger of the Year honors is always tough to do. Many great athletes of the past have had their names called. Thursday night at Dufur’s year-end celebration, junior Sydney Reed was named as the 2016 Ranger Girl of the Year and Bailey Keever was recognized as the 2016 Ranger Boy of the Year.

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

A matter of faith and belief

Savannah Bass was unsure whether or not her volleyball career would continue after high school. But, she always had faith that God would guide the way. Through the urging of her friend Morgan Goslin, Bass decided to message Big Bend Community College coach Joni Nagy. As fate would have it, Nagy had an open roster slot available. After a rigorous tryout and scrimmage with the team in late April, right at the end of the session, Nagy printed out a scholarship offer to Bass, to serve as the Viking’s new setter.

June 3, 2016 12:33 p.m. read more..

Thursday, June 2

Letter to the editor: Help with co-op

To the editor: I am writing today to urge more people to become involved with the local effort to establish a food co-op — a community-owned grocery store — in The Dalles.

June 2, 2016 3:01 p.m. read more..

Friend of the forest

If you ever come upon a clean campsite in the woods, you might have “Billy Yoté” to thank. Yoté spent the day after Memorial Day scouring six campsites, a passel of large garbage bags in tow. He filled about four of them full of trash, from dirty diapers to pizza boxes. One of the six sites was clean. “Yoté” isn’t Yote’s real name: He’s a lifelong resident of Wasco County who loves the woods but doesn’t think much of publicity. He merely made the mistake of chatting with a reporter Tuesday and sharing his day’s activities.

June 2, 2016 2:59 p.m. read more..

Mill debt pay revised

The Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency is allowing Sunshine Mill to restructure a $100,000 loan payment on property and improvements.

June 2, 2016 2:54 p.m. read more..

City temporarily restricts window hours

Residents of The Dalles wanting to pay utility bills at city hall will find the finance office with reduced public hours between June 7 through 10 to accommodate installation of a new software system and staff training. The service window will be open from 1 to 4 p.m.

June 2, 2016 2:50 p.m. read more..

'Tis the season - for fire

Fire tankers funded by Washington’s Department of Natural Resources began contract operations June 1, the official start of the fire watch season, and crews at the Mid-Columbia Regional Airport in Dallesport, above, worked through the logistics of loading the large single-engine tankers Wednesday afternoon.

June 2, 2016 1:31 p.m. read more..

Husky hoops honors

Players representing the Sherman High School defending 1A state champion boys’ basketball team were recognized for their accomplishments at the Wasco Memorial Day Celebration. In the photo are, from left to right, Treve Martin, Isaiah Coles, Max Martin, Jacob Justesen, Reese Blake, Wyatt Blevins, head coach Bill Blevins, Keenan Coles, Luke Martin and Katey Blevins. At the two-day event, there was a memorial service at the Depot, a military flyover, go-kart races, games, raffles and book sale, a classic car invitational, a petting zoo and fun jumpers. Dewey Thomas served as the parade’s grand marshal.

June 2, 2016 11:43 a.m. read more..

Ford, Bradford are off to all-star game

The Dalles seniors Ruthie Ford and Maddy Bradford have been selected to play in the inaugural Senior All-Star Softball Games held on Sunday, June 5 at Jane Sanders Stadium on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene. The Riverhawk tandem was selected based on winning first-team, all-league honors as players during the regular season. TD skipper Steve Garrett has been selected as a coach and he will be joined by Putnam coach Chad McGowan.

June 2, 2016 11:41 a.m. read more..

Defending champs off to a great start

Entering 2016, the Cherry City Crush softball team knew it had to approach matters as the hunted as opposed to the hunter. The 2015 ASA 12U state champions are a year older and wiser in the 14U ranks, and have answered a lot of those questions through 19 games with a 14-5 record. This past weekend, the Crush slugged six home runs, outscored their opponents by a 67-22 margin and amassed a 4-1 record in the Gold bracket to claim a Newberg Tournament title.

June 2, 2016 11:35 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, June 1


Farmer wins county seat

Running for Sherman County commissioner against incumbent Mike Smith, the man who brought broadband internet to the county, Joe Dabulskis spent “next to nothing” on his campaign. He had no signs or business cards. He didn’t go door to door, just relied on word of mouth. And he won.

June 1, 2016 5:25 p.m. read more..

Dog shelter gets fresh start

Growing up in Germany, Beata Liebetruth, the new shelter manager of Home at Last Humane Society, had never heard of a kill shelter. “We do not have kill shelters in Germany or Europe,” Liebetruth said. “That’s an American thing, unfortunately, so that’s how I became involved in animal welfare. It has become my passion in life.”

June 1, 2016 5:23 p.m. read more..

Jumpstart Camp teaches all aspects of the hoops game

If a player wants to maximize their overall skill level in the game of basketball, extra work in the offseason is necessary. Starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 20, the week long Jumpstart Basketball Camp will start its 23rd season of giving youths from grades 2-9 the opportunity to hone in on their hoops attributes in a five-day program held at Dufur High School. Costs to attend this event are $90 before June 10 and $100 after up until the capacity 150 is met.

June 1, 2016 1:19 p.m. read more..

CB Rodeo Club Team vaults into state mix

The Columbia Basin Rodeo Club had three of its five high school members pick up state qualifications and also had Condon Elementary School sixth grader Kallyn Wilkins crowned as the Oregon Junior High State Pole Bending champion. Bryce Harrison, of Condon, earned his state bids in two events, and Morgan Brumley, a sophomore out of Dufur, is headed to state in both pole bending and barrel racing. Joely Patnode, a junior from Arlington High School, punched her state tickets in barrel racing, goat tying and breakaway roping. Patnode and partner, Jacee Currin, are also going to state in the team roping event.

June 1, 2016 1:17 p.m. read more..

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