Stories for May 2016

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Tuesday, May 31

 

Reduce your exposure to summer ticks

Like it or not, warm weather has arrived in North Central Oregon, and with the hot temperatures of summer comes comes the increased likelihood that you will come in contact with ticks. Reducing exposure to ticks is the best defense against Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and other tick-borne infections: DEET, showers, and tick checks can help stop ticks.

May 31, 2016 5:13 p.m. read more..
  

Small town honors

The small town of Wasco was decked out in red, white and blue Monday as people from around the region and beyond gathered to honor America’s war dead and celebrate the freedoms defended by veterans.

May 31, 2016 4:54 p.m. read more..


Second party for TDHS Class of ‘17

In a first, two senior parties are being planned for The Dalles High School class of 2017, after a trip to Disneyland was announced and met with resistance from parents who wanted a less costly, local option.

May 31, 2016 4:47 p.m. read more..


Man to face charges in Cascade Locks assault

HOOD RIVER — A 41-year-old California man is facing charges of attempted murder and assault, after a citizen reported seeing what appeared to be a badly beaten woman being loaded into the back of an SUV.

May 31, 2016 4:44 p.m. read more..


Hawk seniors celebrated for years of commitment

Still feeling that pain in their hearts after Friday’s loss to Lebanon, there was a common philosophy talked about by The Dalles senior Grace Helyer, head coach Steve Garrett and junior Kathryn Bradford. It encompasses much more than a win or loss – it is the bond and sisterhood of being a Riverhawk softball athlete. Helyer, an all-league catcher and infielder, said the season ending loss was tough to take, especially given that there was a strong belief TD had a chance at winning a 5A state softball championship.

May 31, 2016 1:13 p.m. read more..


TD bounced in quarterfinal heartbreaker

In a 5A state quarterfinal matchup that featured 17 hits and 10 errors, both The Dalles and Lebanon battled tough for two ties and three lead changes through seven innings. The final lead change ended up making the difference for the No. 1-seeded Lady Warriors. Kaylee Peters slugged a home run and Lauren Christie followed with a two-out RBI single to plate Renel Koker and then Christie, in her third inning of relief, escaped a bases-loaded, no out jam in the top of the seventh inning to help preserve a 7-5 Lebanon victory Friday afternoon in Lebanon.

May 31, 2016 1:11 p.m. read more..


Letter to the editor: Egg drop lesson

To the editor: Each year at Dry Hollow we have what we like to call "The Great Dry Hollow Egg Drop.” Our fifth grade students use their engineering skills to create a container that can hold a raw egg and be dropped from three different heights without the egg breaking.

May 31, 2016 6:02 a.m. read more..

Friday, May 27

 

‘Mom, I need to see someone’

The tendency of many people who struggle with mental illness is to go off their prescribed medication when their moods balance out, or when they think they are “better,” which often leads to a rapid or eventual decline in behavior and coping skills.

May 27, 2016 1:42 p.m. read more..


Letter to the editor: Stop coal

To the editor: The proposed Longview, WA Coal Terminal could bring eight 125 rail cars of dirty, toxic coal through the gorge every day for years. Coal dust is already polluting gorge lands and rivers, do we want more?

May 27, 2016 11:04 a.m. read more..


Letter to the editor: No mandate

To the editor: When I read Steve Kramer’s letter to the editor [5/22/16], I was reminded of part of a quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln, “You can fool all of the people some of the time, and you can fool some of the people all the time...”

May 27, 2016 11:03 a.m. read more..

Thursday, May 26



Wasco artist honored

Roger Marines, a sophomore at South Wasco High School, is the local winner of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has announced. The Hood River County winner is Elizabeth Munoz, a senior at Hood River Valley High School.

May 26, 2016 5:11 p.m. read more..


Tap into beer fest

The sixth annual Beer Festival, a benefit for The Dalles Civic Auditorium, promises to be bigger and better than ever in its new location at Lewis and Clark Festival Park, said Program Manager Trish Neal.

May 26, 2016 5:10 p.m. read more..


Homecoming for Ashmore

Patrick Ashmore was looking forward to retiring and getting involved in the community after a 29-year career with the Oregon State Police that saw him rise to the No. 2 post in the agency. Then he got a call from retiring The Dalles Police Chief Jay Waterbury, asking him to apply for the vacancy Waterbury was about to create.

May 26, 2016 5:06 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 25

  

Memorial observances planned

Memorial Day observances are being held in both The Dalles and Wasco, and organizers invite area residents to attend and pay respects to America’s war dead, veterans and active-duty troops. Jeremy Anderson, chaplain for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2471, is the keynote speaker for The Dalles ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, in front of the Veterans’ Memorial at Kelly Viewpoint.

May 25, 2016 12:12 p.m. read more..


Sugar drinks banned

Students were crabby for about the first week after The Dalles Middle School eased in a ban on bringing sugary and caffeinated drinks to school. But then they got over it.

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


Singers to celebrate 40 years

Lloyd Walworth was only 30 years old when he decided to start a community choir in The Dalles. Four decades later, the Cascade Singers are still going strong and will celebrate with a “Forty Years of Happy Singing” concert Saturday, June 4, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 5, at 3 p.m. in the same venue as their very first show — St. Peter’s Landmark.

May 25, 2016 12:10 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 24



Space Battle

Milii Martin, 7, armed with a balloon sword from The Dalles Wasco County Library table, rides a space ship at City Park during a Children’s Fair Saturday.

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

Walden talks Trump, vets

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., was asked tough questions during Saturday’s town hall in The Dalles about his endorsement of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. Walden announced his support of Trump following a May 12 meeting that was also attended by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Reince Priebus, chair of the Republican National Committee.

May 24, 2016 3:35 p.m. read more..


School survey seeks dreams

The school district is encouraging citizens to take a new survey — either online or a meeting coming up — to share their hopes for what they want public education to look like in Oregon.

May 24, 2016 3:33 p.m. read more..


Kolbe Bales leads the Dufur Rangers to state playoffs

HERMISTON – Dufur pitcher Kolbe Bales suffered an early-season injury and it appeared that it would hurt the Rangers’ postseason chances. Looking back, maybe that injury could serve as a blessing in disguise. Bales tossed five innings of one-hit ball with 13 strikeouts, and the Rangers broke open a 4-0 lead with six runs in the fifth inning for a 10-0 mercy-ruled win over Sherman Saturday in Blue Mountain Conference district baseball action at Armand Larive Middle School in Hermiston.

May 24, 2016 1:35 p.m. read more..


Long relay team sets PR at 5A state track meet

In her final track meet, The Dalles senior Avery Cardosi had one last bus trip, one weekend to break bread with her teammates and a last chance to pick up some hardware at the state track and field event at Hayward Field in Eugene. Cardosi placed eighth in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:00:99 and earned seventh place in the long jump with a distance of 16-feet in her individual events.

May 24, 2016 1:30 p.m. read more..


Pielli and Wilson make TD history

The coupling of Kiana Pielli and Johanna Wilson started out as an experiment. Two months and 27 matches later, it ended in The Dalles girls’ tennis history. For the first time in 25 years, The Dalles girls' tennis team placed at state, as the top duo of Pielli and Wilson took home third-place honors after defeating Wilsonville’s Hanna Hellig and Madi Wardle in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, Saturday at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton.

May 24, 2016 1:26 p.m. read more..


Suspect’s body found over cliff

Investigators have found the remains of Mark Kevin Johnson, Jr., who was wanted for questioning in a Warm Springs Reservation murder case, in a vehicle that went over a cliff.

May 24, 2016 8:23 a.m. read more..

Sunday, May 22



Saturday, May 21



Building a community for music

A new retail music business is open in The Dalles. The new store, Gorge Community Music, will be located in the former Columbia River Music location at 410 E. Second St., The Dalles. Steve and Wendy Schaefer of Dufur have been joined by their daughter Ursula Schaefer and her partner Caleb Prescott. Caleb and Ursula will manage the store and website.

May 21, 2016 2:16 p.m. read more..


Museums offer Blue Star program

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Fort Dalles Museum are participating in the 2016 Blue Star Museums, a program that offers free admission for all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and up to five family members, from Memorial Day weekend beginning May 28, through Labor Day, Sept. 5.

May 21, 2016 1:17 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the editor: Thank you voters

To the editor: Thanks to everyone who came out to vote — voting is your opportunity to be heard and critical to our democracy! I also want to thank my hard-working campaign team and generous financial supporters. Another round of thanks to the sign and letter-writing teams as well as the many supporters who displayed signs in their yards. A very special thanks to my wife for her sound advice and steady encouragement.

May 21, 2016 1:10 p.m. read more..


Editorial: ‘Health’ months play out in real life

There are multiple “awareness” days and months in every year for social and health issues, many of which go unnoticed by people who don’t track the specific issues that are being spotlighted. A grand total of 157 health concerns are divided between the 12 months of 2016.

May 21, 2016 1:09 p.m. read more..
 

Sherman boys, SWC girls each get fourth at state

Hayward Field had plenty of highlights on opening day Thursday in Eugene. The Sherman boys’ team and the South Wasco County girls’ team added to those top performances with fourth-place finishes at the 1A OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires Track and Field State Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.

May 21, 2016 11:54 a.m. read more..


Fired up Hawks take play-in slugfest

Earlier in the week, The Dalles outfielder Lori Cimmiyotti received news that she was an honorable mention pick in the Columbia River Conference voting. Cimmiyotti felt slighted. So she took her frustrations out on St. Helens. Cimmiyotti went 3 for 4 with two doubles, a home run, two runs scored and four RBIs, as the No. 9-ranked Riverhawks pounded out 14 hits to defeat St. Helens by a 9-7 margin in state softball play-in action Friday at 16th Street Ballpark.

May 21, 2016 11:49 a.m. read more..

Friday, May 20



Deputy shares 'blue' moment

A blue reminder band on Wasco County Sheriff Deputy Gaven Marble’s right wrist bears the name of his former patrol sergeant who died in the line of duty. This week is National Police Week, a time for Americans to remember the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officials, but that reality lives with Marble every day.

May 20, 2016 2:38 p.m. read more..


ALS claims local woman

An inspiration to all she met, MariAnne Sansour has succumbed to ALS, known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, after a six-year battle that she fought on her own terms, with faith, grit and humor. Ironically, her death, on May 13, occurred during ALS Awareness Month. She was 69.

May 20, 2016 2:35 p.m. read more..


Warm Springs death sparks investigation

Warm Springs Police Department officers conducting a welfare check found the body of Candelaria Rhoan, age 30, inside her home in the early morning hours of May 19. Although an autopsy is pending, responding officers believe Rhoan (pronounced "Roan") died violently.

May 20, 2016 2:34 p.m. read more..


DEQ hears concerns

Pete Shepherd, interim director of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, said one of the most important things he’s learned in his more than 23 years of public service is “the importance of listening to people speak from their heart in the place where they live.”

May 20, 2016 2:29 p.m. read more..


Loca l briefs of upcoming events this weekend

Booster Club to host Golf Classic The Dalles Booster Club is holding its inaugural TD Booster Club Golf Classic at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Dalles Country Club. This a shotgun start and all community members are welcome to attend this fundraiser. Each team consists of four players in a scramble format. There will be side games, contests and prizes available. Dinner will be served at the conclusion of the event. Costs are $500 for a team and $125 for an individual. For more information, call, Daniel Bonham at 541-506-9185 or send an email to daniel @thedallesboosterclub .com. Jumpstart Track Meet on tap The 15th annual Jumpstart Elementary School Track Meet is open for all boys and girls from kindergarten through fifth grade at the Wahtonka Track from 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24. There is no entry fee and if kids stop by before 6 p.m., registration is not necessary. Ribbons are offered for the top five boys and girls in each event. For information or to volunteer, go to jumpstartyouthactivities@ gmail.com. Dance Academy holding recital The Dalles Dance Academy will be involved in its year-end recital open to the public starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at The Dalles High School Auditorium. Cost is $4 per person and the money raised goes towards the Riverhawk cheerleading program.

May 20, 2016 11:46 a.m. read more..


Pielli, Wilson head to quarters

The Dalles girls’ tennis tandem of Kiana Pielli and Johanna Wilson defeated Marist Catholic’s Ellie Cross and Nithya Vaikuntam, 6-2, 6-3 in their opening state match Thursday to advance into the quarterfinal rounds in Portland. They played against the No. 2 seed, Lia VanSteeter and Remy Noble, of Crescent Valley, earlier today.

May 20, 2016 11:42 a.m. read more..


10U Crush to host tournament

The Cherry City Crush 10U Traveling Softball team is hosting its annual tournament this weekend at Sorosis Park in The Dalles. The Crush, coached by Ryan LeBreton, David Jones and Joe Abbas, hit the field for their first game at 9 a.m. against Vancouver, Wash., and then play at 1 p.m. against cross-town rivals, Hood River Valley. For more information on the program go to www.facebook.com.

May 20, 2016 11:40 a.m. read more..


Christiansen off to OHSET regionals

Dufur senior Zach Christiansen qualified for regionals after picking up third-place honors in the Steer Daubing event at the OHSET State Championships in Redmond at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo in Bank of the Cascades Event Center in Redmond last weekend. Christiansen had a first-go time of 1.413 seconds, and then had a second-go time of 2.511 for his 3.924 total with two caught cows for his high placing. The senior also placed 16th overall in Individual Flags, where he posted a 10.026, less than two seconds off the state-record time of 8.291 set by Roseburg’s Emily Spence. Christiansen sets his sights on the regional event on Sunday, June 19 at Moses Lake, Wash. where he competes against the top-5 athletes from Oregon and Washington. Dufur equestrian head coach Siri Olson had Christiansen and fellow senior Kaylee Martilla on her roster this season, but both participated in all three OHSET events in Redmond, and had some solid runs, scores and times. “It has been a pleasure work to with these two outstanding seniors this year,” Olson said. “They have shown nothing but dedication and hard work at every practice. Their continued improvement throughout the season in their individual events and in their team events is representative of how a team works together. These two seniors will be sorely missed.” Olson said the program would not have had the amount of success it did without the generosity of local businesses such as Morrow County Grain Growers, Mid-Columbia Producers, C.H. Urness Motors, J.W Underground Inc., Ultimizers Inc., and Optimist Printers.

May 20, 2016 11:39 a.m. read more..


TD boys’ tennis has a good showing at districts

The Dalles boys’ tennis team had two doubles teams and a singles player move in to second-day action at the 5A Special District 1 Tournament ending Saturday in Hermiston. Jesus Barajas and Brandon Bustamante defeated their Hood River Valley opponents in three sets, by scores of 7-5, 2-6, 10-8 to advance into the quarterfinals. After a second-round bye, they lost 2-6, 3-6 to a Hermiston team, but moved onto play for Day 2.

May 20, 2016 11:36 a.m. read more..


Rager caps career with 1A shotput title

As a freshman, Ellis Rager’s first shotput attempt sailed 30-feet-6.5 inches. In his first two years, his best district finish was sixth place. As an upperclassman, the South Wasco County senior has been on top of the 1A world. Thursday, Rager put an exclamation point on a stellar career with a personal-record shotput toss of 47-3 to capture his second consecutive state title at the 1A OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires Track and Field State Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene. It was amazing how far he had come. “It goes to show hard work and a weight program can get you almost anywhere in life,” Rager said. Rager and Dufur senior Keith Blake were embroiled in a shot-for-shot battle through the first two rounds.

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

Thursday, May 19



Cultural Exchange

The Dalles High School senior Madeleine Morgan presents highlights of her exchange student trip to England at The Dalles Rotary Club meeting in the Civic Auditorium fireside room Wednesday.

May 19, 2016 3:51 p.m. read more..


Huffman joins MCMC

John Huffman is bringing more than 22 years as a small business owner, including marketing and promotion in broadcasting, to his new position as community outreach director for Mid-Columbia Medical Center.

May 19, 2016 3:46 p.m. read more..


TD juniors aim for Disneyland

A group of parents with students in next year’s graduating class at The Dalles High School have an ambitious plan for boosting 2017 graduation rates: a three-day trip to Disneyland. The senior party was announced last month, giving the class of 2017 extra time to fundraise.

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


Fair retains Vegas theme

The Wasco County Fair is sticking with the theme “What Happens in Tygh Vegas…” Despite receiving pushback from 4-H and others, the fair board unanimously approved the 2016 theme at its May 9 meeting in Tygh Valley. Zachary Harvey, chairman of the fair board, said he, Chris Schanno, Colleena Tenold-Sauter, Ken Polehn and Michael Hunt did discuss changing the theme before making their final decision.

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


Walden hosts TD town hall

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has good news to deliver at Saturday’s town hall in The Dalles about progress to rename the local veterans’ clinic after a soldier who earned the Medal of Honor for heroism in Korea. The town hall will be held in Wasco County will be held at 8:30 a.m. on May 21 at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, 402 E. Scenic Drive.

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


Letter to the editor: See play

I want to invite our community to The Dalles Middle School’s performance of The Pirates of Penzance. The play is entertaining and the kids are really enjoying themselves.

May 19, 2016 3:37 p.m. read more..


Letter to the editor: Challenge

To the editor: This is an open letter to Oregon Governor Kate Brown... I am the proprietor of a country grocery store in Dufur, built in 1905 and serving our community for over 100 years.

May 19, 2016 3:36 p.m. read more..


Letter to the editor: Sad day

To the editor: I have just learned that our federal representative, Greg Walden, is endorsing Donald Trump for president. For me, it is a sad day for honor and values in Oregon and America. How is it possible that Mr. Walden can suspend his value system in order to align with his political club over the wellbeing of our state and country? Or, has his value system shifted to such an extreme during his long tenure in Congress that he has lost perspective on what makes our country great?

May 19, 2016 3:35 p.m. read more..
 

Athletes of the Week: Kiana Pielli and Johanna Wilson

Athletes of the Week Profiles Name: Kiana Pielli Sport: Tennis Grade: 11 Favorite Class: AP English Favorite Athlete: Johanna Wilson and Richard Sherman Favorite Food: Lasagna Favorite Movie and/or TV Show: Dr. Who/Gaurdians of the Galaxy ------ Name: Johanna Wilson Sport: Tennis Grade: 12 Favorite Class: AP U.S. History Favorite Athlete: Damian Lillard Favorite Food: Egg Nog Favorite Movie and/or TV Show: Gone Girl/Parks and Recreation Last Week: At the 5A Special District 1 Tennis Championships at Sunriver, Pielli and Wilson won three consecutive matches in straight sets to move into the championship round. They lost 6-1, 6-2 in the finals for second-place honors at the tournament, but qualified for the state tournament this week in Portland. They finished the regular season with a 21-2 record with their only losses to the defending state champions, from Bend. Coach Quote from Debby Jones: “A dream come true for Kiana. She has really developed poise and confidence,” Jones said of the junior earning a state qualification. “Johanna is the heart and soul of our team. It is so exciting when you see hard work and dedication pay off for such a great kid.”

May 19, 2016 11:46 a.m. read more..


2016 Columbia River Softball and Baseball Conference All-League List

2016 Columbia River Softball Conference All-League List 1ST TEAM - PITCHER Lauren Richards (10) Pendleton Hannah McNerney (10) HRV Maddy Bradford (12) The Dalles CATCHER Zoe Munn (10) HRV Jamie Hinkley (12) Hermiston INFIELD Ruthie Ford (12) The Dalles Ellie Richards (12) Pendleton Kiersten Murphy (12) Pendleton Kalan McGlothan (10) Pendleton Ellery Jones (11) Hermiston

May 19, 2016 11:39 a.m. read more..


Sherman tennis offers bright glimpse to future

Coming off four straight wins at the 4A/3A/2A/1A Special District 4 Sub-District Tennis Tournament at Tri-Cities Court Club in Kennewick, Wash., Sherman junior Meghan Belshe had her season cut short in the consolation round of the District Tournament at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario. Belshe, who defeated Umatilla’s Sidney Webb in straight sets in their sub-district final, did not have the same luck this time around. Webb scored a three-set marathon win over Belshe, coming back from a 3-6 loss in the opener, with wins of 6-1 and 6-2 in the last two sets. Two weeks ago in Kennewick, Wash., Belshe, a No. 3 seed, defeated Amanda Carrillo, of Stanfield, in straight sets by scores of 6-1 and 6-4, and then she dominated Gema Juarez, of Riverside, 6-4, 6-2 to vault into the semifinals. In that match, Belshe hit the court against the No. 2 seed, Mac-Hi’s Elise Griffith, in a three-set showdown. Griffith won the opening set by a 6-3 margin, but Belshe quickly turned the tables in the second set with a 6-3 win of her own to send the match into a decisive third set. Belshe was in cruise control from there, picking up a 6-2 third-set victory to move into a final match against Webb. Against Webb, Belshe won 6-3 and 6-2. Another Sherman highlight came off the rackets of Hollee Kaseberg and Elvia Rubio, who placed fourth overall in the sub-district tournament as a No. 4 seed. Kaseberg and Rubio dropped their Riverside opponents by scores of 6-0 and 6-3 to move into the quarterfinals where they squared off with the No. 5 seeded team, out of Weston-McEwen. Kaseberg and Rubio won the opening set by a 7-5 margin, and then moved into the semifinals after a 6-3 second-set win. They were defeated by the No. 1-seeded Chavez sisters, from Stanfield. Then they lost to the Mac-Hi team of Rodriguez and Cuellar. C.J. Johnson and Savannah Moe won their first match of the tournament in their first-ever sub-district trip, by scores of 6-3 and 6-4 over their Ione opponents, but then fell to the No. 2 seeds, Rodriguez and Cuellar, in three tough sets. Rodriguez and Cuellar won the first set 7-6 on a tiebreaker, but then Johnson and Moe rebounded for a 6-1 win to send the match into a third-set tiebreaker round. The Mac-Hi duo was finally able to outlast Johnson and Moe by a 6-2 margin in the third set. “I'm so proud of these girls, they battled hard and this result should not take away from their season,” Rolfe said. “These three made it further than any other 1A school in our region.” For the boys players, Hunter Kaseberg and Senior Carlos Ambriz came out on top in their first match against their Weston-McEwen opponent in two sets, 6-2 and 6-1. They wound up on the losing end against their Ione opponents in a second-round contest. First-year player, Luke Lawrence, a senior, won his first singles match against an Ione player by a 6-3, 6-2 edge to move on. He could not keep the momentum going, however, as he lost 3-6, 6-7, the second set on a tiebreaker. “I’m so thankful for what I was able to achieve in my first tennis season and so glad that Carlos and I came out,” Lawrence said. “I’m excited to see how Gabby (Rubio), Amy (Dabulskis), C.J. and Savannah do next year after they all improved so much this year. I think it shows that you can achieve anything you want through hard work.” Seniors Garak Casper and Colten Busler played strong against their Mac-Hi opponents in the opening round, but wound up losing 5-7, 1-6 to end their season. Rubio, a freshman, lost in the first round of her girls’ match 4-8 in a close pro-set match, and Dabulskis lost her first-round match by a 3-8 tally.

May 19, 2016 11:33 a.m. read more..


TD tennis picks up third at districts

During the regular season, The Dalles girls’ tennis team accomplished a lot of firsts and built on a solid foundation with a group of more than 30 tennis players on the roster. This past weekend at Sunriver, the Riverhawks added even more highlights to a stellar campaign. The doubles duo of Kiana Pielli and Johanna Wilson vaulted into the championship rounds, the team had seven athletes competing on the second day, a school record, and the team placed third overall behind Bend and perennial district champion, Summit.

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

Wednesday, May 18

 

The Dalles selects new police chief

Pat Ashmore, deputy superintendent of the Oregon State Police in Salem, has been appointed police chief for the City of The Dalles. Ashmore resides in The Dalles and is a native of The Dalles.

May 18, 2016 2:27 p.m. read more..
  

Booster Club to host Golf Classic

<strong>Booster Club to host Golf Classic</strong> The Dalles Booster Club is holding its inaugural TD Booster Club Golf Classic at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Dalles Country Club. This a shotgun start and all community members are welcome to attend this fundraiser. Each team consists of four players in a scramble format. There will be side games, contests and prizes available. Dinner will be served at the conclusion of the event. Costs are $500 for a team and $125 for an individual. For more information, call, Daniel Bonham at 541-506-9185 or send an email to daniel@thedallesboosterclub.com. <strong>Jumpstart Track Meet on tap</strong> The 15th annual Jumpstart Elementary School Track Meet is open for all boys and girls from kindergarten through fifth grade at the Wahtonka Track from 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24. There is no entry fee and if kids stop by before 6 p.m., registration is not necessary. Ribbons are offered for the top five boys and girls in each event. For information or to volunteer, go to jumpstartyouthactivities@gmail.com.

May 18, 2016 11:34 a.m. read more..


Dufur offense keeps chugging along

With Blue Mountain Conference action coming up this Saturday, the Dufur Ranger baseball team added on to its season-high winning streak with a 13-3 and 14-4 doubleheader sweep over Union Saturday in a non-league matchup played at Armand Larive Middle School in Hermiston.

May 18, 2016 11:32 a.m. read more..


TD golfers looking to build momentum for ‘17

Chase Snodgrass ended up tied for 11th place with a 153 and The Dalles boys’ golf team totaled 656 for a sixth place tie with Sandy at the two-day OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab 5A State Golf Tournament at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis. In his 36-hole effort, Snodgrass, a junior, had 26 pars, eight bogeys, one double bogey and a birdie on the seventh hole on the second day. Freshman Tyler Vassar wound up 26th out of 53 golfers, and added 19 pars, and two birdies in his 36 holes of golf for a total of 161, and Mark Felderman, another junior, went for 16 pars and a birdie and had a total score of 166 to secure 36th place.

May 18, 2016 11:27 a.m. read more..


Telles captures second place at state

Already behind the eight-ball through the opening day of state golf action, The Dalles golfer Iliana Telles started off second-day play with two straight bogeys. Over the next 16 holes, however, the junior rebounded with nine pars and four birdies to tally the lowest total amongst the field for a 73 and a two-day total of 150 to end up tied for second place at the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab 5A State Golf Tournament ending Tuesday at Quail Valley Golf Course.

May 18, 2016 11:24 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 17

 

Cemetery cleanup Saturday

The Dufur Community Cemetery is, well, a mess of weeds and grass, and two Boyd residents want to get it spruced up for Memorial Day.

May 17, 2016 4:19 p.m. read more..


Election night

Oregon voters have until today at 8 p.m. to turn in their ballots for the May primary. Local drop boxes are located at the Wasco County Courthouse, 511 Washington Street in The Dalles, and Maupin City Hall, 408 Deschutes Avenue. The Dalles Rotary Club will also be collecting ballots from motorists outside the courthouse. As of Monday, 34.79 percent of Wasco County ballots had been returned, compared to 29.3 percent statewide. After the polls close, election results will be posted on The Dalles Chronicle’s Facebook page and at thedalleschronicle.com.

May 17, 2016 4:17 p.m. read more..


Walmart appeal hearing in Salem

An appeal hearing last week in Salem of a state-issued wetlands fill permit for a proposed Walmart superstore in The Dalles focused on whether the project had to meet a public need or not.

May 17, 2016 4:13 p.m. read more..


Track stars excel on district day in Moro

Nine teams and nearly 100 track and field athletes made the journey to Moro on Saturday looking to extend their seasons for another week. On the local front, Sherman captured five district championships, four on the boys’ side to rack up 131 points and finish in second place, just two points behind Horizon Christian. Dufur is sending three athletes to state in five different events, as Ezekiel Stelzer and Cole Kortge are making their first trips to Eugene and senior Keith Blake is making one final run after qualifying in the Shotput and Discus. The South Wasco County boys’ team had Brody Myers and Ellis Rager claim district crowns, and Ana Popchock led the girls’ team with two titles in the 200 and Triple Jump. The girls’ team had two relay championships and also had good enough times and marks in four other events to pick up wild card berths. In all, the Lady Redsides scored 116 points for second place, 49 points in back of district champs, Griswold (165). “This was such a competitive meet,” said Dufur junior Ezekiel Stelzer. “When you have so many good athletes here giving it their all, it makes it so much more fun and exciting. You want to challenge yourself against the best and I think we saw that from everyone here today.” SWC girls score four titles A dislocated knee cap and patella tendinitis injuries this season was not going to stop South Wasco County’s Jacqueline Noland from her drive to excellence and a state trip. Finally cleared this week for action, the freshman placed second in the 400 and 800, and was also a key component to district titles in the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relay races to help lead the Redsides to second place as a team. “I am really glad I got to do track this year, but it has been unfortunate with my knee,” Noland said. “I did not think I was going to be able to compete, but through physical therapy and hard work and doing all of the right things, I was able to compete. I am glad I got to do it. I am very thankful to get this opportunity to come to districts and make it to state in my freshman year.” Noland placed second in the 400 with her time of one minute and 5.38 seconds and she added another second in the 800 at 2:42.29. The 4x100-meter relay team of Bailey Hahn, Chloe Huot, Jada Myers and Noland picked up first place in 54.51, and in the 4x400-meter relay, Tatum Hahn, Huot, Myers and Noland went for first place with a time of 4:33.14. “We have been having really hard practices and we are all going really hard all the time. Because of that, we have had a very competitive relay team,” Noland said. “All of us are really fast and the team is really young. It is good to have competition, so I think we have put together a really good team and we followed through with it and got a win.” Huot cleared 4-9 for fourth in the high jump to earn her wild card berth. Kyrsten Sprouse made it to state on the wild card side with her mark of 54.04 for third place in the 300-meter hurdles. Bailey Hahn is a wild card pick in the 100-meter hurdles, where she was in fourth place with a 17.85. Popchock won her first district championship in the 200 meters, where she had a time of 27.36, and she added another first-place outcome in the triple jump with a distance of 33-10. Popchock was a wild card pick in the long jump with her third-place finish of 15-6.5. Earlier this season at the Condon Invitational on April 30, the sophomore set a new record in the 200-meters with a time of 26.92. Since this is her second state trip, Popchock is hoping to get better results. She feels the best is yet to come. “I really love being able to push myself further than I have before,” Popchock said. “I am really impressed that I have been able to compete at such a high level this year because I didn’t really expect to go this far. I do put a lot of pressure on myself with expectations, but I really just want to do my best. I want to have a really good experience and fun, but also, I want to win. It would be nice to go out there and be successful.” Brody Myers notched a district title in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:05.41, and fellow senior, Ellis Rager, hoisted gold for his efforts in the shotput with a distance of 44-9.25. Coming up on the one-year anniversary of the death of long-time coach John Howey, Rager was able to set a personal record earlier this season at 46-1, but he has been dealing with a finger issue that has lowered his average throw to around the mid-44s. Saturday, he had his best throw in nearly a month, capturing his seventh first-place win of the year. “It means a lot to me,” Rager said. “It has been hard not really having a coach this year. Howey was a big part of my success. It is all now coming to the realization that it has been one year since I lost my coach. It is a lot different, but I am glad I was able to win shot, so this goes to him. It is a great honor.” The 4x400-meter relay team of Michael Cuevas, Mathew Gragg, Travis Hayes and Brody Myers grabbed second place and a state berth with final marker of 3:44.86 to give SWC 60 points and fifth place.

May 17, 2016 12:26 p.m. read more..


Sherman adds to its hardware

Noticeably favoring her heavily-braced right leg, Sherman junior Brittney Orendorff still managed to score a district championship in the pole vault with a height of 8-6. Orendorff has damage to her LCL ligament and has had constant tendonitis flare-ups through volleyball and basketball and track. Her knee pops out of socket every time she puts any weight on the right side of her body. “There has been some setbacks as far as the injury goes,” Orendorff said. “I have not been able to compete fully and do my absolute best, but I am thankful enough to have a fantastic set of coaches that have done anything and everything to help find ways to tape my knee, support it, and create ways for me to not push myself over the limit, but still allow me to practice and compete.” Sherman freshman Desiree Winslow placed second overall in the 100 meter dash where she posted a time of 13.61 and she was also a wild card selection in the pole vault with her top height of 7-0 to give Sherman 70 points for fifth place in the standings. Winslow is headed to state in two events, and while she is still new to the track and field game, she is using next week’s meet as a business trip.

May 17, 2016 12:24 p.m. read more..


Stelzer, Kortge break through

Coming in as a No. 4 seed and an underdog in the 110-meter hurdle event, Dufur freshman Cole Kortge was not sure how his day would end. In the hurdles, Kortge had a personal record time of 18.63 for second place, a shade more than a second behind Horizon’s Luke Holste, who had a 17.33. After he crossed the finish line in second place, Kortge jumped high in the air in celebration. “I didn’t think I would be that close, but I was able to fight through everything and finish well. After that third hurdle, I got that rush of excitement that let me believe that I could get first or second,” Kortge said. “It is always a goal to go to state with the mindset of winning my event. At the same time, I am still a freshman and I still have more goals to accomplish. Hopefully, this is a four-year deal and I can get better and better.” Blake picked up second place in discus with a throw of 122-6, and the senior got a wild card in the shotput, where he had a third-place toss of 42-3.5. Stelzer, a junior and first-year track athlete, earned a district championship in the 1,500 in a time of 4:24.35, and he qualified in 300-meter intermediate hurdles where he had a mark of 46.25. “I am really excited about going to state. I really wanted to make it and I have been pushing really hard for this spot and I am really stoked that I made it,” Stelzer said. “I was surprised that I could run long distances. I have been getting PRs in every meet except for one, so it has been encouraging. I cut 10 seconds today and that has me excited because I know I hope to get another PR at state.”

May 17, 2016 12:21 p.m. read more..


Monday, May 16



Saturday, May 14

 

Letter to the editor: Herd mentality

To the editor: To Rianda Linebarger who responded to Celeste Moss about TDHS play March 2016: Your points are valid that this is the real world and there is need for young men and women to have appropriate outlets to discuss sexual and controversial issues.

May 14, 2016 1:57 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the editor: Venue change

To the editor: I was just reading the article about the summer concerts that the city is funding and they will be held at the Lewis and Clark Festival Park downtown. My husband and I tried to attend a few events there with poor results. I am in a wheelchair or scooter, there is no handicap parking available, it is always closed due to needing more room for the event, you have to park somewhere downtown and walk.

May 14, 2016 1:56 p.m. read more..


Pikeminnow fishery opens

The northern pikeminnow bounty fishery got underway in a big way this year, with 7,523 fish caught in The Dalles area during the first full week of fishing, according to data provided by the Bonneville Power Administration. In the John Day Dam area, 823 fish were caught in the same time period.

May 14, 2016 1:28 p.m. read more..


Sharp increase in ‘hot dog’ calls

Not too many years ago, summer brought the occasional call to police about a dog in distress in a hot car. But in the last few years, such calls to The Dalles Police Department have significantly increased, officers say. And almost without exception, the calls are unfounded, meaning the dog was fine.

May 14, 2016 1:21 p.m. read more..


Huskies get split

With a chance to pick up a Blue Mountain Conference title and a No. 1 seed heading into district play, the No. 8 Sherman Huskies salvaged a split with Irrigon Friday, a 5-0 loss and a 15-4 victory, in two games. With the opening-game setback, the Huskies square off against Dufur at 10 a.m. next Saturday at Quinton Street Ballpark for a chance to extend their season. “It is not the situation we wanted to be in, but it is what it is,” said Sherman coach Joe Justesen. “We have a chance to go to state, so we will need to battle tough against one of the best pitchers in the state and hope we can get some runs on him and get a win.” In Friday’s opener, Irrigon lefty Austin Rice tossed a no-hitter with three walks with eight strikeouts, as the Knights clinched league, 5-0. Sherman rebounded in the second game, using a seven-run seventh inning to grab a 15-4 win. Brett Troutman went 3 for 3 with three runs and three RBIs, Kyle Fields had three hits and four RBIs, and Jacob Justesen went 3 for 5 with three runs scored. Bradley Moe had one hit, a three-run double, as part of the seven-run seventh inning. Maverick Winslow lasted 5 1/3 innings and allowed four runs, one earned, on four hits with a strikeout and a walk.

May 14, 2016 10:17 a.m. read more..


Hawks double up on Hood River

The Dalles seniors Grace Helyer and Ruthie Ford combined for five hits and two RBIs, as No. 9 The Dalles broke open a 1-1 tie with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning enroute to a 6-3 win Friday over Hood River Valley on senior night in The Dalles. TD’s win, coupled by Hermiston’s 12-2 loss Friday to Pendleton, gave the Riverhawks second place in league and a home state play-in matchup at home next Friday against St. Helens.

May 14, 2016 10:11 a.m. read more..


TD seniors cap careers on a high note

In back-to-back years, The Dalles baseball team had its playoff hopes riding on outside elements. Last season, a coin flip determined the Riverhawks’ postseason fate. On Friday the 13th, the Hawks had solid pitching performances by seniors Colton Walker and Bailey Ortega and scored a 6-3 triumph over the defending state champions and the state’s No. 2-ranked baseball program.

May 14, 2016 10:07 a.m. read more..

Friday, May 13



Child welfare draws lawsuit

Two former child welfare workers in The Dalles filed a wrongful termination suit saying they were fired after alleging children were put at risk and even harmed by willful violations of state law.

May 13, 2016 1:48 p.m. read more..


‘Parklets’ serve as patios

Two new “parklets,” small outdoor seating areas placed in the street, each sized to replace a single parking space, will be added downtown The Dalles this summer.

May 13, 2016 1:37 p.m. read more..


Rolling for America’s warriors

His journey of nearly 7,000 miles is more than just an adventure to Rod Runyon, Northeast Oregon District captain for the Patriot Guard Riders; it is a quest that pays tribute to the nation’s fallen, prisoners of war and those missing in action. Runyon set out on the first leg of the trip Thursday with Army veteran Jim Smith, a former Oregon State Police trooper who also resides in The Dalles, and Bob Canavan of Dallesport, a Navy veteran who rides not only for PGR but the Gorge Gospel Riders.

May 13, 2016 1:23 p.m. read more..
 

Cheer squad jumping into the new year

Entering her second year as The Dalles’ head cheerleading coach, Kelsey Sugg has seen the numbers shoot through the roof, with previous and future state success as the launching ground for the signup barrage. Sugg, along with assistant coach Andrea Pena, announced the new batch of recruits primed to take center stage at sporting events and other venues throughout the 2016-2017 season. There were 42 participants, more than double the number from last year, who tried out for the team over a three-day span, so the choices were hard for the Riverhawk coaches, but 36 were selected to represent the crimson and gold.

May 13, 2016 11:45 a.m. read more..


Hunt deadline is on Sunday

SALEM — Controlled hunts or one of Oregon’s new Premium Hunts have a deadline set by Sunday, May 15. Apply online, at a license sales agent or ODFW office that sells licenses, or by mail/fax order. The cost is $8 per application and hunters need a 2016 annual hunting license to apply. Last year, more than half of the 407,402 applications were submitted in the last week before the deadline, including nearly 66,000 on deadline day. “The deadline falls on a Sunday this year, which is a good reason to get your application in early,” said Deanna Erickson, ODFW license sales manager. ‘ ODFW offices will be closed on May 15 and license sale agents may also be open fewer hours or closed on a Sunday.” Hunters can also apply online until 11:59 p.m. PT on Sunday, May 15. Erickson also urged hunters to avoid common mistakes on applications on other aspects of hunting certifications “Double check your hunt number against the 2016 Big Game Regulations, and make sure your party leader number is correct,” she said. “And before you walk out of the store or ODFW office, check your application to be sure it’s correct.” ODFW limits the number of tags for some hunts (all rifle deer and most rifle elk hunting in eastern Oregon, plus all pronghorn, Rocky Mtn goat and bighorn sheep hunting) to fairly distribute tags and control hunting pressure. Hunters who apply for a deer, elk or pronghorn tag and don’t draw their first choice receive a preference point for that hunt series, which increases chances the next year. Call Michelle Dennehy at 503-947-6022 for info.

May 13, 2016 11:40 a.m. read more..


TD track sending five to state meet

Avery Cardosi already had one event in the bag on opening day, and she added state qualifications in two events Thursday at the Columbia River Conference District Championships at Hermiston High School. The Riverhawk senior placed second in the 400-meters with a final time just a shade over a minute, and just a second behind Hood River Valley’s Kassidy Davidson (59.22). Cardosi was also one of the key cogs in the 4x400-meter relay team along with Bailey Nearing, Emma Mullins and Athena Thomas that hit a mark of 4:17.49 for second place behind Hermiston (4:12.02). The 4:17.49 put up by Cardosi, Nearing and company was a season-best by nearly eight seconds. “It took a lot of dedication and a lot of extra practice to work on 4x400 techniques,” said Nearing, a sophomore making her first trip to state. “We definitely knew deep down we could do it and we got it.” Joining Cardosi and the relay team is junior Kayla Seibel.

May 13, 2016 11:36 a.m. read more..


Thursday, May 12



Pirates of Penzance

Pirate King Taylor Beeks sings “Cat Like Tread” during dress rehearsal of “The Pirates of Penzance JR” by The Dalles Middle School theater department. The classic comedy opens Friday at 7 p.m. in the TDMS Commons. Additional performances are May 14, 20 and 21. Concessions will be available before, during and after the show.

May 12, 2016 3:50 p.m. read more..
 

The Dalles Air Coalition wants Hope [Arkansas]

This is the conclusion of a three-part series exploring the controversy over odor and emissions at Amerities West: When Amerities South, located in Hope, Ark., had its grand opening in 2011, Warren Nelson, director of Amerities Holdings, told the Hope Star “This land is clean and will be kept clean.”

May 12, 2016 3:35 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the editor: Support Kramer

To the editor: The Dalles Chronicle endorsement of Rodger Nichols, a former member of the Chronicle “family,” over incumbent Steve Kramer should come as no surprise to anyone who is breathing.

May 12, 2016 3:18 p.m. read more..


Letter to the editor: Rigged system?

To the editor: Am I not qualified to vote because I’m a registered Independent? Receiving my “secret voting envelope,” I find only a one-page ballot limiting my choices to county measures and candidates.

May 12, 2016 3:17 p.m. read more..


Letter to the editor: Higher wages

To the editor: This letter is for every person in the gorge who has wondered in the last year if they can ever get beyond just a minimum wage job. Yes, you can. If you have an interest in cooking, and are willing to give us 12 weeks to train you, for FREE, we can help you find that future career beyond minimum wage.

May 12, 2016 3:17 p.m. read more..


Letter to the editor: No change

To the editor: The county commissioner race was endorsed by The Chronicle Editorial Board and its decision was for Rodger Nichols. I don’t know who of the staff made the decision. There have been some new employees who haven’t been aware of our present county commissioners.

May 12, 2016 3:16 p.m. read more..


Letter to the editor: Kudos to police

To the editor: I wish to commend our local police and deputies for their efforts to reduce or eliminate the drug problems occurring in our neighborhoods. I speak as a concerned citizen and neighbor of South County. I have lived in South County for 22 years and have seen an increase in drug activity and thefts in our area.

May 12, 2016 3:15 p.m. read more..


Commentary: Concert series offer town shared experiences

The Dalles City Council recently approved a proposal supporting events in downtown The Dalles this summer under the direction of event producers Nolan Hare and I. As word of this agreement spreads, many questions have been raised along with a handful of misconceptions about how these events are being funded and for how much.

May 12, 2016 3:12 p.m. read more..
 

Cheerleaders holding fundraisers

Cheer Fundraiser Events The Dalles Cheer team is currently holding its cookie dough fundraiser. To find out about a selection and prices, reach out to one of the cheerleaders or email head coach Kelsey Sugg at kelseyesugg@live.com. ------ The cheer team is hosting a car wash from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 in the Urness Motors lot on W. 2nd Street across from Montira’s Thai Cuisine. ------ From 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday June 17 and Saturday June 18, the cheer team will have its yard sale on the front lawn of The Dalles High School. Coach Kelsey Sugg said the program will take any and all donations from anyone willing to bring items to sell. All donations will go toward helping the cheerleaders make it to cheer camp on July 11-14 at Oregon State University.

May 12, 2016 11:40 a.m. read more..


Cardosi earns state bid

One day into Columbia River Conference Track and Field action in Hermiston and The Dalles track standout Avery Cardosi is already making reservations for Eugene. Just moments after qualifying for the 400-meter finals with a time of one minute and 1.37 seconds, Cardosi, on her third attempt, hit her top distance in the long jump of 16-feet-2.75 inches, a mark three inches better than Pendleton’s Kiara Glover to claim her district championship.

May 12, 2016 11:32 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 11

 

DEQ to test air quality in The Dalles

This is the second of three stories centered on the controversy over odor and emissions at Amerities West in The Dalles; Air monitors, used to measure naphthalene levels, will arrive to The Dalles by the end of the month, confirmed Brian Boling, a laboratory manager for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

May 11, 2016 2:19 p.m. read more..


In the business of life

Pam Tebow visited The Dalles last week to speak about “Timmy,” her son who is widely known as Tim Tebow, a football quarterback who earned the Heisman trophy — college’s most prestigious award — in 2007.

May 11, 2016 2:15 p.m. read more..


Fruit fly fight on

Cherry Fruit Fly models developed by Oregon State University indicate that the pest emerged in The Dalles last Friday. The emergence of the fly signals the beginning of a very important control program against this insect, which is the industry's chief pest, according to Lynn Long, OSU Extension horticulturist.

May 11, 2016 2:11 p.m. read more..


Dufur bats are heating up during four-game win streak

In their first 18 games of the season, the Dufur Rangers had scored 106 runs, including an average of four in four straight losses to Heppner and Sherman to end the month of April. As the calendar switched to May, however, the Ranger bats have caught fire to the tune of 51 runs in their current four-game winning streak.

May 11, 2016 12:26 p.m. read more..


Telles off to state after solid district golf finish

Playing against Pendleton’s Haley Greb, Crater’s Daniele Giles and Summit’s Olivia Loberg brings the best out in The Dalles’ Iliana Telles. Telles carded a two-day total of 158 to secure sixth place and an individual state qualification at the Special District 2 Golf Tournament ending Tuesday at Indian Creek Golf Course in Hood River.

May 11, 2016 12:21 p.m. read more..


Irrigon’s late rally stuns Sherman

MORO – Ace pitcher Brett Troutman and the Sherman Huskies were two outs away from sealing a comeback win and moving a step closer to winning the Blue Mountain Conference. But in the top of the seventh inning, a bad bounce single, followed by another single and a bases-clearing double by Austin Rice turned the tide in Irrigon’s favor. Rice’s late heroics, and 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief by Hayden White gave the No. 7 Knights a 3-2 victory over the No. 8 Huskies in a league baseball game played Tuesday in Moro.

May 11, 2016 12:18 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 10

 

Amerities’ public meeting May 17

This is the first of three stories about controversy involving emissions and odors from Amerities West in The Dalles: Jeff Thompson, plant manager of Amerities West in The Dalles, said a mutual agreement order, signed last month to implement odor-reducing strategies, was done to “ease concerns.”

May 10, 2016 1:50 p.m. read more..


Marina water system work approved

The Port Commission of The Dalles unanimously authorized construction of a new water delivery system for The Dalles Marina at a cost of $40,646 and a personal services contract with water master and engineer David Griffin to oversee the installation for an amount not to exceed $2,000. The installation contract will be awarded to Summit Excavation. Griffin is the sole proprietor of Rockranch Enterprises of Goldendale.

May 10, 2016 1:47 p.m. read more..


Response: Editorial was accurate

At Monday's meeting of The Dalles City Council, Councilor Tim McGlothlin made an erroneous statement claiming that our editorial on Sunday against the city investing $96,500 into a series of concerts contained a factual error. He demanded a correction and accused us of saying that the city was taking money out of the street fund to pay for the concerts. The editorial did not make that statement.

May 10, 2016 1:35 p.m. read more..


Ballot count rises

With a week left in the May 17 primary, 19.98 percent of Wasco County voters have mailed their ballots. The returns for the major parties are as follows: 1,284 of 5,054 Democrats, 1,014 of 4,472 Republicans and 161 of 636 Independents. Residents have until Thursday to mail ballots and ensure delivery since postmarks do not count.

May 10, 2016 1:33 p.m. read more..


There’s a new sheriff in town

For the second time in history, Wasco County has a son serving in the role of sheriff that was once held by his father. On Monday, Lane Magill’s badge was pinned on by his father, John, who held the elected office from 1977 to 1981, as part of a 14-year career in law enforcement. “Today was good because it really hit home that I was following in my father’s footsteps,” said Magill of the experience he called “humbling.”

May 10, 2016 1:01 p.m. read more..
 

Huot, Popchock set records to lead SWC girls

In back-to-back weeks, Chloe Huot and Anna Popchock each broke school records, and the South Wasco County girls’ track and field team notched four wins and five seconds to win the Arlington invitational with 141 points Saturday in Arlington. Huot clinched a record-breaking height of 5-feet last week in Condon, and then added a 5-1 Saturday to re-set the record, which had been on the books since 1975.

May 10, 2016 11:05 a.m. read more..


Dufur baseball clinches third

The Dufur Rangers slugged out 19 runs on 25 hits to complete a two-game sweep over Culver Friday in Blue Mountain Conference baseball action in Culver. The wins help seal third place and a district berth. Dufur won the first game, 4-1, and took the nightcap, 15-4. Monday at Dufur City Park, the Rangers won their fourth straight game, 21-9, over 3A Riverside. Dufur (9-13, 6-6 league) heads to Union for two games starting at 11 a.m. Saturday. Read Wednesday’s Chronicle for the full story.

May 10, 2016 11:02 a.m. read more..


TD golfers vault to the big dance

It has been a long time coming for The Dalles boys’ golf team. The seven-year state drought is now over. Chase Snodgrass placed sixth overall, Tyler Vassar and Mark Felderman combined for an average of 165 on the scorecards, and the Riverhawks had a two-day tally of 656 to grab fifth-place honors at the 5A Special District 2 Golf Tournament ending Saturday at Eagle Crest Golf Course in Redmond.

May 10, 2016 10:50 a.m. read more..

Monday, May 9



BOLI pulls bait-and-switch with minimum wage law

One of the lesser known steps in government “sausage making” happens after the Legislature passes new laws, when state agencies responsible for working out the details step in to determine how to implement and enforce them.

May 9, 2016 8:06 a.m. read more..

Saturday, May 7



Commentary: Urban renewal is a powerful tool for progress

Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal is a powerful tool for progress in The Dalles. In my eight years as city councilor and agency board member, I’ve had the honor of helping guide urban renewal decisions. Since my current council term is my last, I appreciate this opportunity to offer a few reflections.

May 7, 2016 11:55 a.m. read more..
  

Going solar: A close-up view of the sun

“What we’re doing is reducing the brightness of the sun by 100,000 times,” Bob Yoesle said of his solar viewing telescope system that he brought to The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles last Saturday afternoon.

May 7, 2016 11:28 a.m. read more..
 

Sherman splits two

The Sherman Huskies split two home games Friday against Heppner in league play in Moro. The No. 5 Huskies the first game, 5-4, but lost the nightcap, 10-9. In the opener, Jacob Justesen threw a complete-game five-hitter with three strikeouts and five walks to get the win. He also added a double, a run scored and an RBI, as the Huskies scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win it, as an error on a ball hit by Justesen allowed Wyatt Stutzman to score the game-winner. Kyle Fields added a hit, a run and an RBI, and Stutzman went 1 for 3 with two runs and an RBI. Heppner got off to a fast start in the second game, scoring four runs in the second inning and three more in the third to go ahead 8-2. Sherman chipped away and crept to within a 10-9 deficit with three runs in the fifth frame. Still down one run in the seventh, Brett Troutman led off with a single, but then Sherman hit three consecutive flyouts to end the rally. Bradley Moe had three hits, scored twice and drove in two runs to lead Sherman’s 10-hit attack. Maverick Winslow added a hit, three walks and three runs. Sherman (16-5 overall, 7-2 league) hosts Irrigon at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

May 7, 2016 11:23 a.m. read more..


TD golf in fifth

The Dalles boys’ golf team had a 327 to place fifth overall in regional tournament action at Eagle Crest Golf Course in Redmond. Chase Snodgrass had a 75, Tyler Vassar shot an 80 and Mark Felderman was good for an 86. Jacob Ford carded an 87 and Darsh Patel went for a 96. Second-day play was Saturday, and the top five teams go to state.

May 7, 2016 11:22 a.m. read more..


No. 10 Riverhawks clamp down a playoff berth

When given a chance to shine, whether as a hitter or catcher, The Dalles sophomore Emma Weir takes advantage of her opportunities. Weir went 2 for 3 with two runs scored, two stolen bases and an RBI, as the No. 10 Riverhawks broke open a 5-3 lead with eight runs in the top of the third inning to post a mercy-ruled 13-3 victory over Hermiston Friday at 16th Street Ballpark.

May 7, 2016 11:19 a.m. read more..


Riverhawks flying high after home win

Two years ago, Bailey Ortega was a varsity golfer. After Friday’s six-inning masterpiece against No. 13 Hermiston, the senior pitcher is cementing his name atop the Columbia River Conference all-league list. Ortega tossed six innings of two-hit ball with two strikeouts, as he outdueled Hermiston ace R.J. Robles in The Dalles’ 5-1 victory at Bob Williams Field in The Dalles.

May 7, 2016 11:14 a.m. read more..

Friday, May 6

 

Church murals bring Bible stories to life

Pat Van Eaton has taught Sunday school to Kindergartners through second graders in the same room at First Christian Church for more than 15 years, trying to bring the stories in the Bible to life. Thanks to a new collection of murals painted by one of the church’s members, that’s easier now.

May 6, 2016 3:45 p.m. read more..


Cinco de Mayo

Daisy Morales, a seventh grader in The Dalles Middle School Dance and Homework Club, performed during a Cinco de Mayo assembly at the school Thursday afternoon.

May 6, 2016 12:39 p.m. read more..


Hawks end league with a loss

Johanna Wilson and Kiana Pielli finished their league season undefeated. Robin Pashek is hitting her fever pitch down the stretch. And the newly-formed No. 2 doubles tandem of Emma Smith-Ell and Rebekah Kohltfarber appear to be rising. That core group scored wins, as The Dalles girls’ tennis team finished the regular season with a 5-3 loss on the road to Hood River Valley Thursday.

May 6, 2016 12:37 p.m. read more..


House Speaker tours The Dalles

For the first time that anyone could remember, the Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives visited The Dalles to meet with officials and learn about rural economic development, education, health care, and housing needs. The first stop Thursday for Tina Kotek, D-Portland, was at The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce’s weekly Government Affairs Committee meeting, which took place at the Barbecue Restaurant on Sixth Street.

May 6, 2016 12:31 p.m. read more..


City eyes RV Park rules

An RV park in town could alleviate a temporary housing shortage during several major construction projects, a message The Dalles City Council heard recently. The elected body will consider the issue at its Monday, May 9, meeting. Jim Wilcox, former mayor, asked the council April 25 to allow RV Parks under conditional use permits.

May 6, 2016 12:30 p.m. read more..


Basketball all-stars earn 1A state praise

Through relentless work and dedication to the sport of basketball, Sherman guard Max Martin has evolved into one of the most feared scorers in the 1A classification. Add to that his defensive upgrades, his passing abilities, leadership qualities and overall hoops IQ, the junior has displayed steady improvement over the years. Martin was named the 1A Oregon Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year and a first-team all-state honor for all of his individual and team accomplishments this season. “None of this would have been possible without the help of all my teammates and my coach, Bill Blevins,” Martin said. “He was Coach of the Year for a reason. He works his tail off getting us in the best possible position to win every single game we play.” Blevins had his name called as 1A Coach of the Year and Husky point guard Jacob Justesen and junior teammate Isaiah Coles picked up second-team recognition. South Wasco County senior guard Travis Hayes earned a third-team all-state award for his play during the 2015-2016 campaign.

May 6, 2016 12:29 p.m. read more..


Dakine leaving

About 25 to 30 local jobs will be lost when the Dakine warehouse in The Dalles closes, sending that function to a facility in California. The impending closure was first mentioned on social media, and multiple attempts to contact officials at Dakine over several weeks were unsuccessful.

May 6, 2016 12:22 p.m. read more..


Chinook season extended through weekend

CLACKAMAS – Salmon fishermen will get an additional two days of spring Chinook fishing in the Columbia River upstream of Bonneville Dam. Fishery managers today extended the current spring Chinook season through Sunday, May 8, after reviewing catch to-date indicating an estimated 300 upriver fish remain on the harvest guideline for the Columbia above Bonneville.

May 6, 2016 5:58 a.m. read more..

Thursday, May 5



Letter to the editor: Vote Nichols

To the editor: I have known Rodger Nichols for more than 30 years, and believe he is the kind of person we want representing us on the Wasco County Commission. I admired his work so much that I hired him away from The Chronicle to be the news director for our group of radio stations. He has done an excellent job, and I will be sorry to lose him when he takes office next January.

May 5, 2016 1:10 p.m. read more..


Letter to the editor: Falsehoods

To the editor: This election will have a permanent negative effect on the U.S.A. At the last election, I felt that would be the last normal election. Knowing what I do about end-times and prophecy, we are in very troubling times.

May 5, 2016 1:10 p.m. read more..


Letter to the editor: Top choice

To the editor: Oregon is fortunate in having three outstanding Democratic candidates for the office of Secretary of State, Richard Devlin, Val Hoyle and Brad Avakian, who all bring their respective strengths to the race. However, I would urge Oregon Democrats to cast their vote for Brad Avakian to be our next Secretary of State.

May 5, 2016 1:09 p.m. read more..


County retains wolf advocate

Wasco County Commissioner Scott Hege called Debra Lutje’s opinion piece that ran Jan. 29 in The Dalles Chronicle “offensive” to ranchers but it wasn’t enough to remove her from the Wolf Compensation Committee. Chair Rod Runyon and Commissioner Steve Kramer agreed as all three voted against taking Lutje off the committee that includes one other wolf advocate, two ranchers and two business representatives.

May 5, 2016 1 p.m. read more..


Estep engineers music revue

A senior engineer at Insitu, Garry Estep was long retired from the music industry when he was asked to read for a small part in The Dalles Theater Company’s presentation of “Sordid Lives” last year. Next thing he knew, Estep was on stage in his underwear, which led to him joining the theater company’s board of directors, performing in another play—“Dracula the Musical”— and now he’s him directing “The Quintessential Rogers and Hammerstein.”

May 5, 2016 12:58 p.m. read more..


D21 scores improve

As Penny Grotting was analyzing winter test results from the local elementary schools, she began to notice something.

May 5, 2016 12:23 p.m. read more..
 

TD girls play strong

The Dalles girls’ tennis team made sure to put exclamation point on a solid league campaign with an 8-1 win over Pendleton Tuesday in The Dalles. “Real solid efforts all around,” said TD coach Debby Jones. “Pendleton is a lot younger this year as opposed to past years and we were determined to show respect, but dominance all at the same time.” Robin Pashek defeated Jenna Senter by scores of 6-1 and 6-2 at No. 1 singles, and at No. 2, Brittany Bernstein added a 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 triumph over Brandy Brown. Yahira Alvarez also needed three sets to upend Gabby Cuthbert, winning 6-4, 5-7, 10-4 at No. 4 singles, and Natalie Varland defeated Kelsey Cartnell 8-2 in a No. 5 pro-set match. Johanna Wilson and Kiana Pielli breezed past Anne James and Isabelle Chapman, 6-0 and 6-0 in their No. 1 doubles match, and the No. 2 duo of Emma Smith-Ell and Rebekah Kohltfarber outworked Denae Smith and Jessie Patterson by scores of 6-2 and 6-2. Abby Minnick and Ellie Trujillo tacked on a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 3 doubles, and Cassie Vazquez and Tiani Langston dominated their No. 4 doubles match over Bradi Reynolds and Heather Wilcox, 6-1 and 6-0. TD was in Hood River tonight for its final league match, and then head to Bend for the two-day district tournament starting on May 13.

May 5, 2016 10:45 a.m. read more..


Athlete of the Week: Maddy Bradford

Athlete of the Week Profile Name: Maddy Bradford Sport: Softball Grade: 12 Favorite Class: AP English Favorite Athlete: Buster Posey Favorite Food: French Fries Favorite Movie/TV Show: A League Of Their Own Last Week: Maddy Bradford pitched four games last week and won three, including the program’s first win over Pendleton in 10 games, 9-8, on April 23. The senior led the Riverhawks to a two-game sweep over Hood River Valley Saturday by scores of 2-0 and 9-5. In 14 innings pitched, Bradford struck out 16, allowed 13 hits and three earned runs, and also chipped in three hits, including a home run and two RBIs. She is currently leading the team in RBIs, total hits and home runs. Coach Quote from Steve Garrett: “Maddy has become an awesome team leader, not with words or talk, but by her example on the field. She has stepped up her game to make her a force to be reckoned with, both in the pitching circle as well as at the plate. Kudos to Maddy for an awesome week and season so far.”

May 5, 2016 10:41 a.m. read more..


No. 3 Sherman wallops Heppner

Kyle Fields provided the muscle. Ace pitcher Brett Troutman tapped dance on a minefield, but made the pitches down the stretch to give the No. 3 Huskies their sixth consecutive win, 5-2, over Heppner Tuesday in a Blue Mountain Conference baseball matchup played in Heppner.

May 5, 2016 10:39 a.m. read more..


Sisterhood of the flying rackets

Johanna Wilson is the boisterous and gregarious player. Kiana Pielli is the shy, demure athlete. Their styles on the tennis court are different in many ways, but also very similar – they want to win. This season, the duo has combined forces and skill set for a dominant run through their schedule with a 15-1 match record and a 30-2 set-win differential. What started as an afterthought early in the season has reaped plenty of benefits for The Dalles’ No. 1 doubles team.

May 5, 2016 10:34 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 4



New slide ready for action

A plastic slide at Tree Top Play Park in The Dalles that was destroyed by arson Feb. 21 has been replaced and is now open for use.

May 4, 2016 2:10 p.m. read more..


City invests $96,500 into concert series

The Dalles City Council is putting $96,500 into a summer concert series organized by musician Nolan Hare and concert promoter Randy Haines, who expect the city to be repaid by ticket sales.

May 4, 2016 2:10 p.m. read more..


Drug team looks at fire

After a Wamic man suffered serious burns on April 22, Wasco County sheriff’s deputies learned that the incident may have been connected to an illegal drug lab explosion.

May 4, 2016 2:08 p.m. read more..


Dance Academy puts on gold medal performance

Gold awards were flying for members of The Dalles Dance Academy this past weekend at the Onstage New York Dance Competition held at the Portland Convention Center. TD received top awards in the Teen, Junior and Mini-Division, in areas such as Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater and Solo, as its competition came from approximately 50 studios around the Pacific Northwest and 861 dancers in this regional event.

May 4, 2016 11:57 a.m. read more..


TD baseball, softball take losses to Hood River

Maddy Bradford threw another complete-game gem, but Hood River Valley pitcher Hannah McNerney made the right pitches and the defense stood strong with several highlight-reel plays to help the Eagles hold on for a 2-1 Columbia River Conference softball victory Tuesday at 16th Street Ballpark.

May 4, 2016 11:54 a.m. read more..


Dufur reels off home victory over Culver

Riding a four-game losing streak, the Dufur Rangers held leads of 4-0, 6-1 and 10-2 through the first three innings, and used that initial surge to dispatch Culver 11-4 in Blue Mountain Conference baseball action Tuesday at Dufur City Park.

May 4, 2016 11:51 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 3

 

Winslow sets Sherman High record in pole vault

Sherman junior Maverick Winslow set a school record of 12-feet-7 inches in the pole vault and the rest of the boys’ team racked up nine top-5 outputs at the Condon-Wheeler Invitational Saturday in Condon. Added to that, Sherman had a triple jump win by Keenan Coles and a career-best of 55.42 seconds in the 400-meters by Treve Martin to lead the Sherman boys’ track team to third place .

May 3, 2016 12:28 p.m. read more..


Hawk track stars set 20 PRs at Dean Nice Invite

Facing six other 5A programs and six 6A schools, The Dalles track and field team racked up 20 personal records at the Dean Nice Invitational Friday in Gresham. Emily Morin, Paige McLeod and Ivorie Taylor set their high marks, as did Ethan Shubert, Gabe Lira, Glenn Breckterfield and Orion Smith.

May 3, 2016 12:24 p.m. read more..


Road sweep puts TD back in CRC mix

HOOD RIVER – Facing a turning point to the season, The Dalles senior Maddy Bradford put the team on her back and willed them to a doubleheader sweep Saturday by scores of 2-0 and 9-5 in a Columbia River Conference softball matchup played on the road against Hood River Valley. In 17 innings pitched, Bradford struck out 16, allowed 13 hits and three earned runs, and also chipped in three hits, including a home run and two RBIs. From the opening pitch, head coach Steve Garrett knew Bradford was dialed in.

May 3, 2016 12:22 p.m. read more..


Romero: Term limits vital

Paul J. Romero, Jr., of Prineville is a Constitutional Conservative who has never before held a public office, but believes it is time to send incumbent U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., into retirement.

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


Walden: Reform plan ready

U.S. Rep. Greg, R-Ore., thinks the “anti-establishment” political climate in the 2016 election cycle is generated by frustration about governance under the Obama Administration.

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


Haul away house trash this Saturday

The annual Community Clean Up will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Dalles residents can dispose of yard debris and other unwanted items by taking them to the collection site at the county yard located on the corner of West 10th and Walnut streets. Usable items will also be collected at the Reuse Fair, where residents can take what they need.

May 3, 2016 noon read more..


The Dalles Clean Air Coalition focuses on emissions

Nearly 30 people gathered for the rally demanding clean air in town. A public hearing to discuss the Mutual Agreement Order, signed by Amerities West on April 8 to implement odor-reducing strategies, will take place Tuesday, May 17, at 6 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Community College.

May 3, 2016 11:58 a.m. read more..


Reward for ram killing

Rewards totaling $2,000 are now being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the death of a third bighorn sheep ram in early April east of Rufus.

May 3, 2016 11:40 a.m. read more..
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