Stories for March 2016


Thursday, March 31


Gorge Bike Race rolls into The Dalles

The 2016 Gorge Roubaix Bike Race and Ride rolls into The Dalles this weekend with two days of racing Saturday and Sunday as well as a Sunday fun ride. In its fourth year, the event has grown to nearly 400 participants coming from as far away as Colorado and Canada, as well as all over the Pacific Northwest.

March 31, 2016 11:20 a.m. read more..

Redside track secures seven victories at Culver Invite

Just two meets into the 2016 campaign and South Wasco County senior and defending 1A state shotput champion Ellis Rager already looks poised for a repeat run at the top spot. Rager had a first-place throw of 46-feet-1 inches, a career-best and he tacked on a distance of 120-08 for top honors in the discus event to lead the Redside boys at the Culver Invitational Wednesday in a six-team track meet.

March 31, 2016 11:19 a.m. read more..

TD loses big to No. 8 Summit

No. 8-ranked Summit and The Dalles played close to the vest through the first three innings, but the Storm broke things open with a two-run fourth inning and then added four runs in the sixth to secure a 10-3 win Tuesday in a baseball contest played in Bend.

March 31, 2016 11:17 a.m. read more..

Hawk tennis swings away at Mac-Hi

Ready to stake claim to more non-league wins to set the momentum for league play later next month, The Dalles boys’ tennis team finished strong in doubles and singles competition for an 8-0 shutout victory over Mac-Hi. “All of our singles and doubles players had outstanding matches,” said The Dalles Riverhawk head tennis coach Shea Macnab. In four singles matches, the Riverhawk quartet of William Coy, Daniel Santillan, Omar Rodriguez and Alex Lopez took home straight-set wins by an average of 9.25 points.

March 31, 2016 10:31 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 30

County garbage rates rise

Wasco County residents and businesses will pay more for garbage service beginning April 1. The small increase, which is just two cents per month for a residential 20-gallon can, was approved by the county commissioners Monday after the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality raised tipping fees at landfills 58 cents per ton statewide.

March 30, 2016 3:47 p.m. read more..

Time to clean out garage

It’s time to clean out the garage and get debris ready for disposal at the 29th annual Community Clean-up on May 7. The Dalles residents can dispose of yard debris and other unwanted items by taking them to the collection site at the county yard — on the corner of West 10th and Walnut streets — from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is a limit of two standard-sized pickup loads per household.

March 30, 2016 3:46 p.m. read more..

'Mom Prom' benefits Grayson

Last year’s “Mom Prom,” an elegant evening out for grownups, raised over $10,000 for a little girl in Hood River who was fighting cancer. This year, with twice as much time to plan, event co-organizer Kristen Labenske hopes to raise twice as much money, all for the benefit of Grayson Smallfoot, a little boy in Arlington with a severe form of spina bifida.

March 30, 2016 3:41 p.m. read more..

Open mic features authors

The Dalles Art Center will host an open mic from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at The Dalles Art Center Gallery, 220 E. Fourth St.

March 30, 2016 11:48 a.m. read more..

Fire bond explored

As the fire district considers a November bond levy to replace aging fire apparatus and do facility maintenance, a focus group encouraged the district to be bold in its request to the public. They were told to ask for all the equipment they need.

March 30, 2016 5:44 a.m. read more..

Crosby estate donated

Little is known about Bob Crosby. “He was a very private guy,” his stepson Cory Snively said. “We knew him for 30 years and did I really know him? Not really.” But one thing is certain—Crosby was generous.

March 30, 2016 5:40 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 29

‘Ranchers’ Lives Matter’ rally

A group of Wasco County residents joined the national “Ranchers’ Lives Matter” movement Saturday by holding a rally at a local freeway overpass to focus attention on issues brought to light by the recent standoff in Burns.

March 29, 2016 3:29 p.m. read more..

Saturday, March 26


Commentary: Mayor: The Dalles still doesn’t need a dictator

I read the story in the Chronicle on Feb. 6, 2016, about the review of the Granada Block RFPs (Request for Proposals). Why didn’t it surprise me to see that Mayor Lawrence once again inserted himself into the middle of a process that is usually managed by staff?

March 26, 2016 6:29 p.m. read more..

Friday, March 25


Thursday, March 24


Easter Egg Scramble for youth at Sorosis Saturday

A couple thousand kids, age 10 and under, are expected to take over Sorosis Park Saturday at 11 a.m. for the 15th annual Griffith Motors Easter Egg Scramble. At the east end of the park near the pavilion, children will be split into five different roped off areas by age group—1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-10—with the youngest, who may be accompanied by an adult, hunting first.

March 24, 2016 3:58 p.m. read more..

Man fouls holy water

A man entered St. Peter Catholic Church during its noon mass Sunday and videotaped the service and then desecrated the holy water font by putting his face in the water, blowing bubbles and lapping the water up, according to police logs.

March 24, 2016 3:43 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Bravo for drama

To the editor: I had the pleasure of attending the TDHS performance of “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” this weekend and it was a true delight. I volunteered as an audience member speller which allowed me to go on stage and see up close the talent of the cast. Every single one of the actors was poised and stayed in character even while they interacted with us audience volunteers. Their ability to embody their character made me believe that caterjunes was a real word and that “Life is Pandemonium!” Also, kudos to those actors with limited stage time who engaged with audience members at intermission and kept us focused on the standings of the Bee contestants.

March 24, 2016 10:19 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Tax differential

To the editor: I was sent the fact sheet shared with The Dalles Area Chamber Economic Development Committee last Friday. It compares the costs and benefits to the community between the Tony’s building that the city purchased for a downtown housing project versus the Granada block development. We have all heard about the hotel development; however, we have never looked at what it can produce in terms of incremental benefits to our community.

March 24, 2016 10:18 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 23

Skyline hospital expands transitional care

WHITE SALMON – In support of an overall plan to meet the needs of the Columbia River Gorge community today and in the future, Skyline Hospital has expanded its transitional care program.

March 23, 2016 2:34 p.m. read more..

O’Brien certified to help military buy, sell

Lynette O’Brien, a broker with Columbia River Properties in The Dalles has earned the nationally recognized Military Relocation Professional (MRP) certification. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) awards the MRP certification to realtors who work with military personnel and veterans to find housing solutions that best meet their needs and allow them to take full advantage of their military benefits.

March 23, 2016 2:33 p.m. read more..

Twisted Vine hopes to serve all gardeners of all types

With a plethora of garden stores catering to marijuana growers in the Portland area, and another in Hood River, Maria Museke and her partner Cole Griffiths decided to locate their garden store in The Dalles. “We saw a need for a garden store in The Dalles,” Mueske explained. “There aren't many stores east of here.” After eight months in business at 747 E. Second Street, next to Hank's Auto, they are encouraged they made the right choice.

March 23, 2016 2:23 p.m. read more..

Chronicle reporter ‘Feels the Bern’ at rally

Come November, Hillary Clinton is expected to be the Democratic presidential nominee but thousands of people in Vancouver, Wash., delivered a different message Sunday, chanting “Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!” as they stood in line for hours at Hudson’s Bay High School in the rain hoping to get inside the gymnasium to see the senator from Vermont. I know because I was one of them.

March 23, 2016 2:19 p.m. read more..

Training tower hits snag

The fire district hoped to have a new four-story training tower built by July, but an unexpected problem with soil at the site has delayed plans.

March 23, 2016 2:18 p.m. read more..

Wyden tackles ‘drill pay’ issue

Patrick Wilbern, a former soldier and local veteran advocate, is cautiously optimistic that U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has started the process to alleviate an “unfair hardship” for Guard and Reserve units. On Tuesday, Wyden announced that he had received word from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that his objection to interruptions in drill pay due to paperwork delays would be addressed. “I think this is a good start but Congress may need to take further action to be sure the VA follows through,” said Wilbern, a former staff sergeant with the Oregon National Guard who deployed to Iraq in 2010-11.

March 23, 2016 2:13 p.m. read more..

Hints of summer

Still sluggish from cool spring temperatures, a Western Fence Lizard warms up on a stone in rural Wasco County. Are you exploring the gorge during Spring Break? Send your photograph to and we will share it with our readers.

March 23, 2016 2:03 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 22

Emergency responders honored

Part roast, part awards ceremony, the annual VFW Auxiliary recognition dinner in honor of area law enforcement and firefighters Wednesday said farewell to two longtime officials and lauded others. The Dalles Police Chief Jay Waterbury, who retires in July after nearly 42 years in police work, 41 of them in The Dalles, and 20 as police chief, was honored, as was retiring Wasco County Sheriff Rick Eiesland.

March 22, 2016 12:48 p.m. read more..

City sets 2016-17 goals

The Dalles City Council refined its 2016-17 work plan for staffers Monday, striking 15 out of 40 goals because projects were nearing completion, had become regular functions of the local government or needed to be delayed for varied reasons.

March 22, 2016 12:45 p.m. read more..

Saturday, March 19


Lawn invasion: What to do when moss threatens

Once again this spring I am noticing that moss is encroaching on my lawn in those shady areas where my grass is a little weak. I saw it last year, but didn’t do anything about it, and it’s back with a vengeance this year and is forcing me to act.

March 19, 2016 3:43 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Brash politics

What explains the success of Donald Trump's brash approach to politics? Many psychologists believe it is due to a phenomenon called authoritarianism. Defining features of authoritarian personality, according to Theodor Adorno's 1955 book, include: A heavy emphasis on submission to authority figures; rigid support for conventional views on culture and morality; aggressive hostility toward outsiders, dissidents and non-conformists; yearning for an all-powerful leader; and disdain for "creative or dangerous ideas."

March 19, 2016 3:42 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Creative teamwork

To the editor: I have had the pleasure of being part of the creative team working with The Dalles High School Drama Department's production of, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." The show is a funny, sweet look at the trials and tribulations of adolescence. Our director, Lowry Browning, and our musical director, Shawn Lutz, along with the cast and crew, have put together a terrific show.

March 19, 2016 2:24 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor; What is art?

To the editor: While not knowing precisely how to define it, I certainly know it when I see it. Art — true art — creates within us a stirring of emotions. Whether the emotions are positive, negative, or a combination of the two, art without an emotional response is not really art. I want to applaud Ms. Browning and her drama students for bringing art to the stage of The Dalles High School. I witnessed this gift of art while watching the joy expressed by each and every member of the cast as well as the behind-the-scenes tech crew during rehearsals and performances of their spring musical. Joy and laughter and avid motivation? From 'high-schoolers'? Miraculous. Art.

March 19, 2016 2:23 p.m. read more..

Turnaround artist

Since Anne Shull took the helm of Chenowith Elementary, the school has seen “exponential” improvement, state officials have said. Once at the worst state rating a school could have –a level 1 – the school is now at a 3, and Shull’s goal is to get it all the way to the top overall performance rating, a level 5, in another four years. She thinks it’s “easily” doable. A recent data check showed the “winter benchmark” was almost double what it was from a year ago.

March 19, 2016 1:59 p.m. read more..

Taking poverty personally

Anne Shull is principal at Chenowith Elementary, where more students live in poverty than at any school in the district.

March 19, 2016 1:41 p.m. read more..

Friday, March 18


A real school drama plays out off stage

Since Monday, a man from Wishram has spent about 90 minutes each afternoon outside The Dalles High School, holding a neon yellow sign protesting a school play he hasn’t seen, but heard is “filthy.”

March 18, 2016 2:29 p.m. read more..

Thursday, March 17


D21 to seek facilities survey

The school district will conduct a survey of the community to learn what its appetite is for building — and paying for — new facilities. The North Wasco County School District 21 board voted Thursday to proceed with a survey process, and named board members Kathy Ursprung, Ernie Blatz and Lori McCanna to a subcommittee to help work with a surveying firm to formulate questions for the wide-ranging survey.

March 17, 2016 3:31 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Changes needed to end censorship

Editors note: The following editorial was written in support of Sunshine Week, March 13-19, during which journalists nationwide focus on the public’s right to information. Last year when Environmental Protection Agency staff members knew there were bigger problems with the Flint, Michigan, water supply than the agency was saying, they were under orders not to communicate with reporters without oversight by the agency.

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

Letter to the editor: Real life

To the editor: This is in response to the letter that Celeste Scott wrote about the musical at The Dalles High School, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” I am a 15-year-old freshman that attends The Dalles High School, and I am also involved with its theater program.

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

Letter to the editor: Happy meals

Sometimes we approach our jobs, especially the ones we’ve been doing awhile, with a casual ease. When I stood to hear the nomination of Meals on Wheels for Outstanding Community Service Organization it caught me a little off guard, do we really do all that stuff they are listing off? Then I thought, “Wow, we do!”

March 17, 2016 3:04 p.m. read more..

Ready when you are: Chef provides meal service

If you have ever dreamed of having a personal chef in your own kitchen preparing your favorite dishes, dream no more – Joyous Mouthful Personal Chef Service has come to The Dalles. Joyce Drzewiecki, owner and chef, doesn't just cook meals: She plans the menu, does the shopping and customizes her recipes to suit her customers dietary needs. “I have a seasonal menu, and folks select the items they want,” she explained. “They choose the items and the quantity, I then customize that.”

March 17, 2016 2:28 p.m. read more..

Signs and rhymes author visits elementary schools

Portland author Dawn Prochovnic had kindergarteners at Dry Hollow Elementary School signing and rhyming Friday as she read from her picture book series Story Time with Signs and Rhymes. Dry Hollow was one of four elementary schools Prochovnic visited in The Dalles as she also went to Colonel Wright, Chenowith and St. Mary’s Academy to show students the importance of reading and writing.

March 17, 2016 1:47 p.m. read more..

Lights out for the Granada block?

The Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency Advisory Committee voted 7-2 Tuesday to reject all proposals received for the Granada Block properties and put all three structures — the theater, Recreation building and Blue building — back on the market with conditions on redevelopment. The decision is only a recommendation to the Urban Renewal Agency Board – made up of The Dalles City Council ─ which has the final say.

March 17, 2016 4:42 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 16


Bales fans 16 in Dufur’s 7-3 victory

Kolbe Bales struck out 16 Riverside batters and flirted with a no-hitter through the first four frames, as the Dufur Rangers broke open a 2-1 lead with a five-run seventh inning in a 7-3 win Monday in Boardman.

March 16, 2016 11:51 a.m. read more..

May ballot determined

Candidates for the May 17 primary have been set and the only contested local race will be between incumbent Steve Kramer and Haystack Broadcasting reporter Rodger Nichols for Wasco County Commissioner Position 2.

March 16, 2016 10:53 a.m. read more..

Andrés 123 to perform in The Dalles

Andrés Salguero, a Latin musician who Billboard Magazine called “A rockstar for little language learners,” is coming to The Dalles. The free concert is Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church and was made possible by donations from Wasco County Trust, Friends of the Library and Fairfield Inn and Suites.

March 16, 2016 4:18 a.m. read more..

Board hears bus complaint

A parent complained to the school board last Thursday saying a scheduled usage of school buses for an April 30 band trip was cancelled so a sports team could use them instead, and the woman said she was told it was district policy to do so. After doing some investigation into the matter, District Superintendent Candy Armstrong said there was a miscommunication and not an “intentional preference of athletics over band.”

March 16, 2016 4:16 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 15


Saturday, March 12


Healthy Eating

Lauren Kraemer, assistant professor with Oregon State University Extension Service, helps serve a meal Thursday evening at One Community Health, 1040 Webber Street in The Dalles. The free meal, which featured homemade soups and salad dressing, was followed by a class to help people feed their family and eat healthy. The program in English and Spanish will be offered every second Thursday of the month. Meal begins at 5 p.m. Partnering with OSU Extension and One Community Health is the Vegie Prescription program of the Gorge Grown Food Network.

March 12, 2016 6:43 a.m. read more..

Wolf advocate ousted

The Wasco County Wolf Compensation Committee voted 4-2 Wednesday to oust Debra Lutje, one of two wolf advocates, for comments she made in an opinion piece that was published Jan. 29 in The Dalles Chronicle.

March 12, 2016 6:41 a.m. read more..

Wolf bill in limbo

A bill to ratify the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission’s decision to delist wolves under state jurisdiction officially arrived in Gov. Kate Brown’s office Wednesday.

March 12, 2016 6:37 a.m. read more..

Friday, March 11


Local pastors support monk

There is a growing cancer in our nation, in the form of authoritarian, hateful rhetoric, crime and behavior. And it has spread to our gorge community.

March 11, 2016 11:42 a.m. read more..

First Christian youth accept challenge

While attending a Christ in Youth Conference last summer, Quinn Hanson received a kingdom card that challenged the First Christian youth to donate all of his clothes but 10 outfits.

March 11, 2016 11:39 a.m. read more..

Thursday, March 10

Letter to the editor: Thank you

To the editor: The board of St. Vincent de Paul Society of The Dalles would like to thank the gorge community for their continued support of our ministry. As you know we had to close the store in July of 2014 because of economics. We leased the store to St. Vinnie’s of Eugene and they did everything to the store that we as a board had hoped to do at some point in time.

March 10, 2016 12:07 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Great event

To the editor: Last Saturday, the Klindt’s staff had the pleasure of working at the regional Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) tournament, hosted again this year by Jim Tindall at the Dalles Middle School. We were amazed by all the hard working young readers who got up early on a Saturday morning to participate and all the wonderful community volunteers who showed up to make this event happen. The community should be proud of these kids and volunteers. And we are lucky to have Jim Tindall serving as librarian for our school district.

March 10, 2016 12:07 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Caring monk

To the editor: This past weekend I was fortunate to get a tour of the Trout Lake Abbey with some friends. While I’m not a Buddhist I was looking forward to learning more about the abbey. We were welcomed by Kozen, a monk dressed in a modest brown robe who helped start the Trout Lake Abbey.

March 10, 2016 12:04 p.m. read more..

New transit center opens soon

The new $3.2 million, 3,700-square-foot Wasco County Transit Center, located at 802 Chenowith Loop Road behind Home Depot in The Dalles, should be open by mid-May. The old transit center, operated by Mid-Columbia Council of Governments, was located at 201 Federal Street.

March 10, 2016 11:59 a.m. read more..

Schools eye shared facility

Following a short executive session, the community college board voted Tuesday to have staff discuss a possible collaboration with the school district on shared facilities.

March 10, 2016 11:57 a.m. read more..

Opening Night

The Dalles senior Avery Cardosi, standing, sings “Pandemonium” from the Tony Award-winning musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” to be performed by the high school’s theater department March 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and March 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium. Admission is $6.50 for adults and students and $5 for senior citizens and children under 12. Also pictured are Jesse Underhill, back, from left, Leslie Blakely, Dot Young, middle, from left, Ryann Walker, Ian Webb, front, from left, Mollie Daggett, April Alvarez and Felix Brantner.

March 10, 2016 11:54 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 9

A Perfect Look

Perfect Look in The Dalles has been named Salon of the month for February by Beauty Management Inc., the corporate owner of Perfect Look Salons. It isn’t the first time the salon has received the award, but it has been awhile, said Mary Lavine, manager and stylist.

March 9, 2016 3:15 p.m. read more..

Hearts of Gold recognized for caregiving

For the third year, Hearts of Gold Caregivers has received the "Home Care Pulse" Leader in Excellence award from Home Care Pulse, a firm that oversees private duty home care. The Leader in Excellence Award is given to those home care businesses that consistently score among the highest in 18 or more areas, as measured by Home Care Pulse.

March 9, 2016 3:06 p.m. read more..

Finding life’s Holistic Essentials

Holistic Essentials in The Dalles has new owners dedicated to the art of natural healing. Alexandria Eck, co-owner with her partner Seth Raehsler, purchased the business in December of last year. For Eck, taking on a natural health-related business has its roots in her own experience. “I’ve been into health food for the last four or five years. I was on a lot of medications, ever since I was a kid,” she said. “I was taking five medications when I was 16.” Each time she started a medication, it created problems that caused more medication to be taken, she said. “Now I take none, it’s all natural herbs.”

March 9, 2016 2:32 p.m. read more..

Dog lovers build walking station

West 13th Street, a quiet one-way road tucked behind St. Peter Catholic Church, already had a lot of dog walkers. But Julie and Matt Rockowski have made it even more popular. The couple, who have lived on West 13th for three years, spent one weekend last month installing a dog walking station, equipped with waste bags, a trash can, treats, toys and water.

March 9, 2016 2:18 p.m. read more..

Wolf bill ‘leveraged’

Without passage of a bill to ratify the Oregon Fish and Wildlife’s decision to delist grey wolves as an endangered species, Sen. Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day, believes the state’s management and conservation plan would have been in peril.

March 9, 2016 2:17 p.m. read more..

Lost & Found: Community in the age of the Internet

"Lost & Found: Community in the age of the Internet," will be the topic of discussion tonight at The Dalles Wasco County Library, 6:30 p.m., tonight, March 9. This is part of a spring series of free Conversation Projects, sponsored by Oregon Humanities. Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future.

March 9, 2016 2:09 p.m. read more..

What's Happening for March 9

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

March 9, 2016 12:11 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 8

Letter to the editor: Wonderful couple

To the editor: Thank you for the great story about Louise and Del Kendrick in the Valentine’s Day edition of The Chronicle. They are truly a wonderful couple. As a result of my volunteer work at The Dalles School District’s Archive Museum, I’ve had the privilege to speak with Del about his high school experiences. While in high school, Del played on The Dalles team that defeated Medford for the 1941 Oregon State Football Championship.

March 8, 2016 2:54 p.m. read more..

Thriving at 105 years young

Matilda Dorland says the key to a long life is positive thinking. At 105 years old, she would know. “I don’t have any secrets, just always think positive, never be negative,” Dorland said from her bed at Columbia Basin Care Facility. “Even now with the problems I have, I’m still hoping I’ll be able to go home and maybe become a little independent, you know. I never want to think negative. That doesn’t get you anywhere.”

March 8, 2016 2:48 p.m. read more..

New tool boosts student skills

Teachers at The Dalles High School are excited about encouraging early results from a new program that helps students express themselves better, both in classroom discussion and in writing. Called ELAchieve, the program was designed to help English learners become proficient in “academic” English. But the small group of high school teachers who volunteered to take the training realized many students, including those in poverty, could benefit from the program.

March 8, 2016 2:46 p.m. read more..

Fourth secures future

Fort Dalles Fourth, the group that started a July 4 fireworks show in 2014, has restructured and entered into partnerships with The Dalles Main Street Program and The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce to provide a solid future of growth for the July 4 activities.

March 8, 2016 2:45 p.m. read more..

A bee with the blues

A Bee plays blues guitar during the “Super Hero Machine Puppet Show” at The Dalles Wasco County Library Saturday, March 5. The performance took place in the children’s library and featured Penny’s Puppet Productions, a one-woman puppet company.

March 8, 2016 2:44 p.m. read more..

Saturday, March 5


Commentary: Thank you Sen. Chris Edwards for bill to ratify wolf plan

The Oregon Legislature has adjourned for the 2016 short session, and the night before we bid Salem good bye, we passed HB 4040A otherwise referred to as the wolf bill. Representative Greg Barreto and I were the chief sponsors, and the intent of the bill was to affirm the November decision of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, (ODFW) to remove the Canadian Grey Wolf (Canis lupus) from Oregon's endangered species list. Several environmental groups filed a law suit against the decision which, from my observation, has been a common practice of these groups.

March 5, 2016 11:30 a.m. read more..

Editorial: Community activists inspire us

For over 120 years, The Dalles Chronicle has taken pride in reporting the hard work of individuals and businesses who set in motion a level of community involvement that echoes through the decades. Everywhere you go in the beautiful gorge area, there are countless positive examples of people and businesses whose endeavors will better the quality of life for generations to come.

March 5, 2016 11:27 a.m. read more..

Traditions of Compassion

Individually we are one drop, together we are an ocean,” a quote by Japanese poet Ryunosuke Satoro, set the tone for Thursday’s Tradition of Compassion Philanthropy Awards ceremony. The saying was read by Lexi Thomas, a junior at The Dalles High School, who joined her mother Celeste Hill-Thomas, head of the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation, as a moderator.

March 5, 2016 10:46 a.m. read more..

Friday, March 4


What's Happening for March 4

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

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

Service with a Smile

Distinguished Young Women of Wasco County participants and committee report their Pizza Night fundraiser at Spooky’s Pizza was a huge success.

March 4, 2016 12:36 p.m. read more..

The Gathering returns Sunday

The Gathering, a more casual church service for those who can’t make or don’t feel comfortable attending on Sundays, is back after taking a break for the winter.

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

‘Outsider’ eyes Senate seat

Sam Carpenter is hoping to ride the anti-establishment wave into federal office by ousting incumbent U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. Carpenter, a Republican, said that he joins millions of Americans in the belief that it is time to “stop playing Washington politics.”

March 4, 2016 12:21 p.m. read more..

Erikson named National Merit Scholar

Less than one percent of high school seniors earn the designation of National Merit Scholar and Ema Erikson of The Dalles High School is humble about receiving the honor.

March 4, 2016 12:18 p.m. read more..

Thursday, March 3

Second arrest in slide fire

A second arrest in the fire that destroyed the spiral slide at Tree Top Play Park was made today when a 15-year-old male was arrested at The Dalles High School at around 1:30 p.m., city police confirmed.

March 3, 2016 4:54 p.m. read more..

Grab the bull tour by the horns

The annual Bull Tour, which returned in 2015 after a 10-year hiatus, takes place Friday, April 8, and provides a variety of educational opportunities for the curious as well as professional farmers. “Everyone’s invited,” said Rory Wilson, president of the North Central Livestock Association. “I think this trip is for anyone interested in learning something they might not know.” In the U.S., food producers make up less than 2 percent of the total population, so Wilson believes the tour of farms provides people with a glimpse into the agriculture industry.

March 3, 2016 3:58 p.m. read more..

County awarded road grant

While in Washington D.C. last week for the 2016 National Association of Counties Legislative Conference, Wasco County Commission Chair Rod Runyon received unexpected but good news: The county is being awarded a $291,780 grant.

March 3, 2016 3:49 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor; Duck habitat

Duck habitat To the editor: The Gorge Chapter of Ducks Unlimited recently held its 31st annual fundraising banquet at the Hood River Inn.The Gorge Chapter Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who attended the event for their support and participation. We would especially like to thank the local business community for the many generous donations that made our banquet another great success.

March 3, 2016 3:48 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Limit control

To the editor: We recently purchased Simpson doors for our home remodel. To my amazement, the doors were made in China. Simpson Lumber websites stated that they had to export the manufacture of lower priced doors to other countries to be competitive.

March 3, 2016 3:47 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Cat cruelty

To the editor: I am responding to a write-up in the “For the Record” section of Feb. 24, edition. Kids were seen putting a rope around a cat’s neck, tossing it up onto a rooftop and then causing it to fall, almost hanging itself. Can someone please explain why this conduct is not animal abuse? Grant you, a lot of people would say, “It is just a cat.”

March 3, 2016 3:46 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Music needs

To the editor: March is ‘Music In Our Schools’ month, a good start to this letter. Does this community know we do not have a year round choral program at The Dalles High School? The administration, for some reason does not deem it necessary. How do you build a good music program if you only have it spring term?

March 3, 2016 3:45 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 2

Navigation locks to be upgraded

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $10.5 million contract to a Vancouver, Wash., company to increase navigation lock reliability and safety at The Dalles Lock and Dam on the Columbia River.

March 2, 2016 12:21 p.m. read more..

A new home for Nissan

Nissan owners and enthusiasts have a new space to call “home” in The Dalles, with dedicated teams to meet their needs as owners — or prospective buyers — of Nissan vehicles.

March 2, 2016 12:02 p.m. read more..

Clinton, Trump solidify lead in Super Tuesday races

MIAMI — Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump seized decisive Super Tuesday victories with math and momentum on their side, leaving rivals scrambling for last-chance, long-shot strategies. For the Republican establishment, the search was increasingly dire.

March 2, 2016 11:56 a.m. read more..

What's Happening for March 2

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March 2, 2016 11:44 a.m. read more..

Eighteen-year-old arrested for slide fire

The Dalles Police Department arrested an 18-year-old man Tuesday afternoon in connection with the fire that destroyed a spiral slide just over a week ago at Tree Top Play Park. Aaron Ray Haberman, of 210 W. 10th St., was arrested at his home without incident and is accused of second-degree arson, first-degree criminal mischief and reckless burning, said The Dalles Police Capt. Steve Baska.

March 2, 2016 11:42 a.m. read more..

Softball clinics to start this weekend

The Dalles High School softball program is holding its inaugural softball clinic for girls between the ages of 6-18 starting this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wahtonka Gym in The Dalles.

March 2, 2016 11:36 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 1

Arrest made in slide fire

Aaron Ray Haberman, of 210 W. 10th St., jailed on charges of second-degree arson, first-degree criminal mischief and reckless burning,

March 1, 2016 5:49 p.m. read more..

District 21 reaches deal with teachers’ unions

The school district recently approved union contracts with its teachers and non-teaching staff, and a new element in both contracts is a monthly labor-management meeting to keep lines of communication open. The District 21 Education Association represents 176 teachers, said Randy Anderson, chief financial officer of North Wasco County School District 21 and its chief union negotiator.

March 1, 2016 2:35 p.m. read more..

Sa-BOT-age wins robotics championship

Sa-BOT-age and the Bazinga Bots continued to show that they are two of the best robotics teams in the state Sunday at Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland. Now, the two The Dalles squads will begin tackling the rest of the country as both qualified for the FIRST Tech Challenge West Regionals in Oakland, Calif. March 24-26.

March 1, 2016 2:33 p.m. read more..

Traffic stop nets $2.3M in drugs

The Oregon State Po lice announced Monday that 25 pounds of cocaine and 44 pounds of methamphetamine had been seized during a Feb. 23 traffic stop on Highway 97 south of Biggs. According to OSP, the estimated street value of the controlled substances is estimated at over $2.3 million.

March 1, 2016 2:05 p.m. read more..

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