Stories for November 2016


Wednesday, November 30


TD is a year older and wiser in 2016-17

With one year under the tutelage of head coach Nathan Morris, The Dalles boys’ basketball team can use what they learned last year and build on it for the 2016-17 winter season.

November 30, 2016 4:18 p.m. read more..

New member

Eres Beauty Salon celebrated joining The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 23 with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony in front of the salon at 512 W. Ninth Street. Left to right are: Camille Terry of the chamber; Melissa Flores, a student at the Gorge Academy Beauty School who plans to work at Eres; Eres owner Erendida Cruz; Abigail Jara, stylist at Eres; and Teryl Whistler, a new stylist at the salon who focuses on gel nails and eyelash extensions.

November 30, 2016 4:11 p.m. read more..

Fine dining near a bend in the river

While taking a walk along the Columbia River one day in July, Martin Schwarzbach literally stumbled onto his dream business. “I just happened to be on the riverfront trail this summer and saw a ‘for lease’ sign,” said Schwarzbach, who is now the owner of the newest eatery in The Dalles — Bent River Restaurant.

November 30, 2016 4:08 p.m. read more..

Gorge Commission seeks $500K increase

The Columbia River Gorge Commission will ask the Legislatures of Oregon and Washington for a budget increase in order to hire two new staffers — and finish an overdue management plan.

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

HR deputy indicted

A grand jury in Hood River County has formally accused a former sheriff’s deputy of sexually abusing a minor while off duty.

November 30, 2016 3:50 p.m. read more..

OR agrees to foster care changes

Oregon Department of Human Services has agreed not to house foster children in hotels or its offices unless it is an emergency, according to a settlement of a lawsuit announced on Tuesday.

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

Turning a page for foster kids

A book drive for youth in foster care is now underway and the Wasco County Citizen Review Board is hoping to collect reading material for 200 children, pre-teens and teens.

November 30, 2016 3:43 p.m. read more..

Body recovered from Columbia

The body of a missing fishermen with ties to Wasco County was recovered Monday,Nov. 14, off the shoreline of Roosevelt, near the location the boat he was in capsized more than two weeks ago.

November 30, 2016 2:12 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, November 29

Letter to the Editor: More taxes to come

To the editor: Next year, 2017 in America, will be a fascinating one. On the home front in Oregon, look forward to more taxes and idiotic anti-gun regulations now that the governor has actually been elected.

November 29, 2016 3:56 p.m. read more..

Chamber plans ‘old’ new look

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce is making some history of its own. The headquarters of the local chamber office – at 404 W. Second Street – will soon have an appearance closer to what it originally looked like.

November 29, 2016 3:45 p.m. read more..

$30K match pledge for center

Early November brought announcements of two major donations to a planned Gorge Youth Center in The Dalles. Now a third donor has stepped forward with a pledge to match $30,000 in contributions.

November 29, 2016 3:40 p.m. read more..

Dufur captures second straight title

HERMISTON – Just when it seemed like the Crane Mustangs were on the cusp of winning a state championship, the Dufur Rangers showed their resiliency and heart to make plays when the spotlight was on.

November 29, 2016 12:14 p.m. read more..

Saturday, November 26

Dawn Marie Hert receives high community honor

Sunday evening while at a Babe Ruth Softball board meeting to discuss future plans for the program, The Dalles Babe Ruth board members honored coach Dawn Marie Hert with a Volunteer of the Year plaque for her years of service and leadership to the organization.

November 26, 2016 12:54 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Quit polluting

To the editor: The Sunday, Nov. 6, article by Jesse Burkhardt on the AmeriTies plant in The Dalles was totally one-sided and not very informative on the dangers of the coal tar creosote used in the treatment process.

November 26, 2016 12:49 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Thank you

To the editor: As we come to that time of year where we give thanks for the many blessings in our lives, I would be remiss if I did not say “thank you” to my friends and neighbors for returning me to the Oregon House of Representatives to serve as your voice in Salem.

November 26, 2016 12:48 p.m. read more..

True democracy

To the editor: The U.S. is the only country to have an Electoral College which directly elects the executive president. For the fifth time, our system has elected a leader most of the voters did not want to hold office. This erodes faith in democracy.

November 26, 2016 12:48 p.m. read more..

Christmas kickoff

“Are you real?” Connor Kelly, 5, asked Santa before climbing onto his lap Friday night in The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce office.

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

Friday, November 25


Dufur’s drive for title eight starts Saturday

While the thoughts of many are on the Dufur Rangers fighting for football championship No. 8 in school history this Saturday, Dufur head coach Jack Henderson discussed running out onto the field one final time with his seven senior leaders.

November 25, 2016 1:57 p.m. read more..

Joyous Season

Wasco Electric employee Robert Bute attaches a Christmas wreath to a light pole in front of the Granada Theater Tuesday morning as the city’s holiday decorations go into place in the downtown area. Bute was working with fellow employee Keith Fales to attach and light the wreaths so they are ready for tonight’s Starlight Parade, which starts at 6 p.m. and loops through the downtown business district. After the parade, there will be a Christmas tree lighting event at The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce office at 404 W. Second Street.

November 25, 2016 1:49 p.m. read more..

One good deed...

In mid-October, a gentleman came in to The Dalles Police Department with a found wallet. That exchange weeks ago sparked an outpouring of community support that came to fruition just a few days ago for a hardy local family that has seen more than its share of difficult times.

November 25, 2016 1:42 p.m. read more..

D21 eyes tax issue

With a goal of putting a bond measure on the May 2017 ballot, the school district will soon begin reaching out to the community regarding new buildings.

November 25, 2016 1:34 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 23

Athletics East is sending six to Nationals

The Athletics East running program is sending six athletes to Nationals after solid performances this past weekend at the USATF Junior Olympic Regional Meet Saturday at The Hidden Hills Polo Club in West Linn.

November 23, 2016 4:37 p.m. read more..

The French Connection

Dylan Corson is learning German. Monica Abarca, who already knows Spanish, is now taking on Korean and Japanese. Both are students at The Dalles Middle School and they and others are planning to join two language classes that will start up in December.

November 23, 2016 4:27 p.m. read more..

Protest trip cancelled

The Dalles resident Solea Kabakov decided against joining the Standing Rock protest in North Dakota against the Dakota Access Pipeline, citing the dangers of the increasing unrest there. “The situation there has escalated to really being what I would describe as a true conflict,” she said.

November 23, 2016 4:25 p.m. read more..

Scenic Area celebrates birth

November 2016 marks three decades since a reluctant President Ronald Reagan signed the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act into law. Reagan reportedly held his nose while he penned a crucial turning point in the long-simmering battle over the gorge’s fate.

November 23, 2016 4:20 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, November 22

The battle over a state-owned forest

COOS BAY (AP) — In December, the Oregon State Land Board will meet to announce the fate of the Elliott State Forest after public testimony. Last year, the board decided to sell off 82,500 acres that belong to the Common School Fund because it was hemorrhaging money. After several lawsuits, one over violations of the Endangered Species Act, the state began looking for a way to compensate for the $4 million loss that state land director Jim Paul said the school fund has incurred since 2013.

November 22, 2016 11:42 a.m. read more..

Rangers make their semifinals statement

BEND – During its state championship run last season, the Dufur football team had an average margin of victory of 3.3 points in the final three games, winning in any way imaginable.

November 22, 2016 11:39 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: End-time events

To the editor: Today, we are witnessing prophesy being fulfilled concerning end-times events. End-times means the end of man’s government and the beginning of the millennial reign of Jesus.

November 22, 2016 11:32 a.m. read more..

Groups, BNSF reach deal on coal dust suit

A coalition of environmental groups last Tuesday reached a tentative agreement with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF), signaling the end of a three-year court tussle over coal pollution.

November 22, 2016 11:22 a.m. read more..

TD pipeline protester sets out to N. Dakota

For Thanksgiving this year, The Dalles resident Solea Kabakov will be offering herself as a shield to protect Native American elders offering prayers in protest of an oil pipeline in North Dakota.

November 22, 2016 11:16 a.m. read more..

Local nurses honored by March of Dimes

For the sixth consecutive year, nurses at Mid-Columbia Medical Center were among a group of Oregon health care professionals selected to receive one of the 2016 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year awards.

November 22, 2016 11:02 a.m. read more..

Saturday, November 19


ODFW to offer free fishing

SALEM — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife encourages Oregonians to start a new family tradition during Thanksgiving weekend — take the family fishing. On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26, fishing, crabbing and clamming in Oregon will be free, which means no licenses, tags or endorsements are needed on those days.

November 19, 2016 10:55 a.m. read more..

Passion fuels Iliana Telles’ Division I jump

Over the years, whether in basketball, golf, horseshoes or a game of tag, someone may have gotten hurt or a little dinged up. But those backyard games gave Iliana Telles that drive, that passion, that will and that hunger for victory.

November 19, 2016 10:53 a.m. read more..

Thanks for bond vote

To the editor: On behalf of all the members of the Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue District and its political action committee, Friends of the Mid-Columbia Fire District, we would like to thank each of our patrons for voting to approve our recent bond measure.

November 19, 2016 10:48 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Tomb Guard support

To the editor: I wanted to take the time to personally thank Clock Tower Ales, Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Old St. Peter’s Landmark, and KODL Radio Station for supporting The Society of the Honor Guard Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (SHGTUS) Centennial Committee during the National Salute on 11 November 2016.

November 19, 2016 10:47 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Star still shines

To the editor: This holiday season marks the 25th anniversary of the 40-foot star lighting the sky on the west end of town. In the years since, many more stars have been added to the hillsides and homes of The Dalles, as well as Arlington.

November 19, 2016 10:46 a.m. read more..

Editorial: Protest message lost with riots

The election of Donald Trump as president on Nov. 8 sent thousands of protestors to the streets in major cities, including Portland, but their message was lost when rioting, vandalism and attacks on innocent bystanders began. It has become a troubling trend in America for protests to devolve into criminal acts.

November 19, 2016 10:45 a.m. read more..

A passion for painted rocks

Christi Stewart loves to paint nature. And by that, she means she likes to grab something from nature and apply paint to it. Her latest passion, and one that has caught on nationwide, is painting rocks and leaving them for others to find.

November 19, 2016 10:35 a.m. read more..

Friday, November 18

Lowell standout discusses semifinal game plan

Still on Cloud Nine after an exhilarating 54-30 win over No. 1-seed Powers, Lowell senior tight end and defensive back, Justyn Barton, is looking forward to this Saturday’s semifinal showdown against the Dufur Rangers.

November 18, 2016 12:42 p.m. read more..

Hoops Academy brings in big numbers

On Valentine’s Day earlier this year, Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy coordinator Greg Cummings had hopes of expanding the program to include some girls’ teams.

November 18, 2016 12:41 p.m. read more..

PUD mulls 5% rate hike

Saying it has to catch up on years of necessary but uncompleted work, the PUD is proposing 5 percent rate hikes each of the next two years, each of which would add about $5 per month to the average residential bill.

November 18, 2016 12:24 p.m. read more..

Youth plan gets boost

The Gorge Youth Center has received a donation of $111,000 to kick off its fundraising campaign that started this week.

November 18, 2016 12:22 p.m. read more..

Gas leak at MCMC

Roads were closed around the hospital this morning for about an hour when a leak in Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s main oxygen tank was detected.

November 18, 2016 12:20 p.m. read more..

UPDATE: 19th Street now open in vicinity of hospital

UPDATE: Nineteenth street in the area of Mid-Columbia Medical Center is now open to traffic, vehicle and pedestrian, as crews from Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue respond to a leaking oxygen tank, according to Wasco County emergency dispatch.

November 18, 2016 7:44 a.m. read more..

Thursday, November 17


Iliana Telles signs with Portland State

Iliana Telles is making her jump to the Division I ranks. Portland State golf coach Kailin Downs has announced the signing of Telles to a National Letter of Intent for the 2017-18 academic year.

November 17, 2016 11:58 a.m. read more..

Rangers hoping to trump the Red Devils

Before they can start thinking about championships, however, the first task at hand is taking care of Ryan Sinnett, Kenny Lane and the upset-minded Lowell Red Devils in a 1A state semifinal football game slated for noon Saturday at Summit High School in Bend.

November 17, 2016 11:56 a.m. read more..

MINT action nets nine arrests in gorge

A 44-year-old male has been charged with four counts of unlawful delivery and possession of methamphetamine following Tuesday’s execution of a search warrant at his home in the Dalles by the Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Taskforce.

November 17, 2016 11:46 a.m. read more..

Sole newcomer speaks of goals

With Mayor Steve Lawrence and two incumbent members of The Dalles City Council — Linda Miller and Taner Elliott — all being re-elected on Nov. 8, the city’s government will remain largely the same going into 2017.

November 17, 2016 11:44 a.m. read more..

Students help homeless

On a recent afternoon, third graders at St. Mary’s Academy were busily creating a tied fleece blanket for a local homeless child as part of their class’s community service project for the year.

November 17, 2016 11:42 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 16


Kolbe Bales signs with Western Oregon

Once he set foot on the campus of Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Kolbe Bales knew this was the right place to continue his education as well as his baseball career.

November 16, 2016 11:25 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, November 15


Letter to the editor: A time for change

To the editor: I believe in abortion rights, gun control and climate change. I know and deeply care about people that disagree with me on these topics, including members of my family and friends.

November 15, 2016 12:25 p.m. read more..

Refugee talk spurs students

Local students gained an appreciation for their own fortunate circumstances and empathy for the plight of refugees following a talk from the logistics chief of the United Nation’s refugee program.

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

Saturday, November 12

Running with pride

The Dalles cross country athletes (pictured from left to right) Cory Cameron and Molly Nelson show off their Most Inspirational plaques made by assistant coach Robert Clark, with the help of the welding class and the woodshop teacher, Wednesday at The Dalles Middle School. Emma Mullins and Ezekiel Stelzer were awarded Most Outstanding as runners, and the trio of Tressa Wood, Ethan Shubert and David Wring won Most Improved. Mullins and Stelzer won first-team All-Columbia River Conference honors, and Wood, John Miller, Jony Nelson and Luke McLean had their names called for the second team.

November 12, 2016 12:36 p.m. read more..

Athletics East is taking it to another level

The Athletics East running team started its offseason running program on a high note last Sunday under muddy and sloppy conditions at the USATF Junior Olympic State Meet at the Hidden Hills Polo Club in West Linn with several male and female competitors qualifying for the upcoming regional meet.

November 12, 2016 12:30 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Nation of laws

To the editor: The U.S. Constitution is indeed divinely inspired wisdom, as is the law of Moses. And if we don’t quite understand our laws, either national laws or laws from Moses, then we are asked to follow them anyway.

November 12, 2016 10:42 a.m. read more..

A place for youth

Getting the Gorge Youth Center up and running is a proactive project that can draw the entire community together, says Joe Martin, the driving force behind the plan.

November 12, 2016 10:29 a.m. read more..

Friday, November 11

TD cheer gets competitive

In their first competitive cheer event, Hannah Caracciolo and Samantha Stanley were beacons of light for The Dalles cheer team.

November 11, 2016 11:15 a.m. read more..

Speed versus size in No. 6 Sherman’s next game

Playing without their top safety and receiver Jacob Justesen, the No. 6 Sherman Huskies will have another tough test in front of them at 1 p.m. Saturday at Sutherlin High School playing a North Douglas team that has won 10 consecutive games.

November 11, 2016 11:14 a.m. read more..

CASA welcomes new volunteers

Columbia Gorge Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) has introduced their newest child advocates: Tonya Flory, Karen Lamp, Owen Lamp and Maresa Roberts, all of The Dalles; Krista Shilvock of White Salmon and Guy Tauscher of Hood River.

November 11, 2016 10:58 a.m. read more..

Marine recounts historic battles

By the time Everett Marvel’s ship arrived off the shoreline of Peleliu, a tiny island in the Pacific, his spirit was calm about the coming firefight between U.S. Marines and soldiers from the Japanese Imperial Army.

November 11, 2016 10:50 a.m. read more..

Thursday, November 10


Letter to the editor: Support Jobs

Support jobs To the editor: I worked for the railroad tie treatment plant, now operated by AmeriTies West, for four years. I am writing this because my experience is nothing like what some are describing.

November 10, 2016 12:21 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Trump path

Trump path To the editor: He connected directly to the fears and frustrations of a country that had been shattered by terrorism. He ignored the rules of modern politics. He spoke to Americans in plain, everyday language.

November 10, 2016 12:19 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Thank You

Thank you To the editor: We would like to give a big THANK YOU to the District 21 Education Foundation for their generous contribution to our classroom!

November 10, 2016 12:18 p.m. read more..

Zoning plan denied

Citing safety concerns, the Klickitat County Board of Commissioners voted 2-0 in Goldendale on Tuesday to deny a rezoning application on a residential parcel in Dallesport.

November 10, 2016 11:42 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 9


Mosier passes pot tax; Howe takes PUD

Additional results from around the county: City of Mosier imposes city tax on marijuana retailer’s sale of marijuana items, Yes 80%, No 19% Northern Wasco County PUD Sub #1, Roger Howe defeated Scott Mengis, 55% to 43%; Wasco County Sheriff: Lane Magill, unopposed;

November 9, 2016 2:43 p.m. read more..

Sheriff town hall Thursday

Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill is holding a town hall in Maupin on Thursday to share information about the services his office provides and to hear about safety concerns that residents want addressed.

November 9, 2016 2:41 p.m. read more..

Donald trumps Hillary in Wasco County

With the final Wasco County election results coming in just after 4 a.m., and a nearly 76 percent voter turnout, local results were a mirror opposite of statewide voting for president. Wasco County voters favored Republican winner Donald J. Trump over Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton by 49 percent (5,721 votes) to 39 percent (4,634 votes). Statewide, those results flipped.

November 9, 2016 2:40 p.m. read more..

TD soccer boys take CRC awards

The Dalles boys’ soccer team doubled its win total, going from two in 2015 to four this season, and added some extra scoring punch, rising from 10 goals scored up to 20 this year under first-year head coach Matthew Dallman.

November 9, 2016 11:43 a.m. read more..

Riverhawk trio named to all-league team

Jodi Thomasian was a first-team all-Columbia River Conference winner, Kathryn Bradford was a second-team selection in her junior campaign and sophomore Bailey LeBreton put on a net display as a rising standout.

November 9, 2016 11:39 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, November 8


Commentary: We must be Christians first, and stand firm

As a Christian, what was more disturbing to me than the conduct of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election was that of certain evangelical leaders who jeopardized their influence for Christ by compromising Biblical principles for the sake of political expediency.

November 8, 2016 3:59 p.m. read more..

Sherman ready for quarterfinal battle

Coming off a lopsided 66-34 romp over Triad in their opening-round state playoff game, the No. 6-ranked Sherman Huskies are turning their full attention to a North Douglas team that is riding a 10-game winning streak.

November 8, 2016 12:23 p.m. read more..

Hawk girls load up CRC roster

The Dalles girls’ soccer team accomplished a lot under the tutelage of first-year head coach Oscar Nunez and seven athletes were rewarded for their hard work through the 2016 season with all-Columbia River Conference honors.

November 8, 2016 12:21 p.m. read more..

Riverhawks shine at state meet in Eugene

On a rainy day in Eugene, The Dalles cross country teams each came through with top-10 performances, with the boys putting forth six times of less than 18 minutes for a sixth-place tie at the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires 5A State Cross Country Meet at Lane Community College.

November 8, 2016 12:20 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Thanks for giving

Thanks for giving To the editor: On behalf of the Dry Hollow Student Council, we would like to thank the community for contributing so generously to our Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF drive.

November 8, 2016 11:45 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Find Common Ground

Find common ground To the editor: The past few decades have seen a widening partisan divide, infecting public discourse at all levels. The escalating partisan rancor has risen to a level that undermines our democracy.

November 8, 2016 11:44 a.m. read more..

Over half of ballots returned

Wasco County Clerk Lisa Gambee reported Monday evening that 60.97 percent of ballots had been returned. That is slightly higher than 60.81 percent in 2012, which was also a presidential election year.

November 8, 2016 11:26 a.m. read more..

Phone service restored

Phone service, including 911 calls, was recovered by late Monday afternoon after an outage caused by a downed CenturyLink switch in The Dalles was repaired.

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

Vets honored with meals, events

The musical group “Got Your Six” makes its debut at a local Veterans Day observance Friday and Chris Mumford, band leader and drummer, invites community members to hear them play.

November 8, 2016 11:23 a.m. read more..

Monday, November 7


911 call center, phone interruptions widespread

UPDATE From Wasco County: If anyone has an EMERGENCY in Wasco County and they CAN NOT get through using 911, call 541-993-8911. Major 911 service outage in the Columbia River Gorge, Hood River, and Dalles Areas. CenturyLink says equipment issues are to blame. Hood River Sheriff is now reporting (10:30 a.m.) full disruption of phone service -- report emergencies in person to the fire department Columbia Gorge Community College reports phone service is down. From Klick. Co. Emer Mgt...9-1-1 calls in Klickitat County are being rerouted to Clark County. Call with cell phone in case of emergency. HRSO has created a temporary EMERGENCY phone line. Please call (805)399-2711 if you need emergency police, fire, or medical. If busy, retry! The Dalles Chronicle phone services are down. Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office: Hood River County 911 and administrative line phone service has been interrupted again, according to information from the Sheriff's Office. There are major issues with CenturyLink phone and routing equipment, they continue to attempt to resolve the issue. If you are unable to get through to 911 in Hood River, try calling (541) 386-2121 or respond to your local fire department for emergency assistance - 11/7/16 at 1:40am UPDATE In The Dalles, if you are not able to get through dialing 911, call 541-993-8911 for EMERGENCYS ONLY or report to the fire department: If the line is busy, please hang up and try again

November 7, 2016 5:32 a.m. read more..

Saturday, November 5

Commentary: Age should not be a factor for service of judges

What do businessmen Warren Buffett and Bill Marriott; entertainers Paul Simon and Bob Dylan, Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and Anthony Kennedy, plus 14 US Senators — including John McCain and Bernie Sanders — have in common? They are all working past the age of 75.

November 5, 2016 1:26 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Keep mayor

To the editor: The Dalles needs Mayor Steve Lawrence for two more years to continue moving our community forward. Steve and the council looked hard at our city budget and with a different mind set from past leaders. Roads are being repaved and repaired without an increased gas tax, water and sewer rates were scheduled to increase 50 percent in the next five years. Lawrence and the council stopped the increase and are working to find a way to lower these rates.

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

Letter to the editor: M100 facts

To the editor: I am very disappointed in the The Dalles Chronicle’s editorial board’s lack of endorsement of Measure 100 and misstatement of facts. Did the board even bother to read the information in the voter’s pamphlet regarding the ballot measure? Twenty-two newspapers across the state have endorsed Measure 100.

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

Letter to the editor: Vote Harris

To the editor: I am supporting Susan Harris for mayor and hope you will too. She has the business background and community experience that makes her an excellent candidate for mayor of The Dalles.

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

Letter to the editor: Harris is best choice

To the editor: [The Dalles Mayoral Candidate Susan] Harris doesn’t need a list, everyone is just sick of the dictator! The Quackenbush Gang, wow the list is impressive… the way you push this list on social media gives the impression everyone else should be intimidated and shamed for not being on it. Seriously?

November 5, 2016 1:21 p.m. read more..

Girls’ hoops to host a tryout on Nov. 11

The Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy is opening the doors for its first girls’ traveling team with a tryout session slated to run from 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 at The Dalles Middle School.

November 5, 2016 1:17 p.m. read more..

Huskies march on to next round

Facing a pesky Triad Timberwolves team, the Sherman Huskies had to reach down in the reserves to pull off a 66-34 victory Friday in a 1A state playoff football matchup played in Moro.

November 5, 2016 1:16 p.m. read more..

Rangers air it out in toppling of Falls City

DUFUR – No matter the sport, teams have the tendency to look too far ahead when it comes to facing an opponent they have previously beaten by a large margin. Not the Dufur Rangers. Dufur racked up 505 yards of offense and the defense allowed six first downs, 95 yards of offense, posted six sacks and forced 16 negative-yardage plays in a 54-2 drubbing of Falls City Friday in a 1A state football contest played in Dufur.

November 5, 2016 1:11 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Don’t vote corruption

To the editor: This is probably the most important election in the history of the United States. We have endured the last seven years of a corrupt administration; one that followed Bill Clinton’s more guarded yet corrupt administration. Don’t forget Bill’s administration delivered us the housing bubble that caused the recession.

November 5, 2016 12:54 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Appalled by Trump

To the editor: President Reagan wrote: “A nuclear war cannot be won, and must never be fought.” I am appalled, and frankly terrified, at the casual, ignorant way Mr. Trump talks about nuclear weapons.

November 5, 2016 12:52 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Who has the time?

To the editor: The City of The Dalles has changed for the better. Mayor Lawrence and our current city council put in the time it takes to make knowledgeable, educated decisions in the best interest of our community.

November 5, 2016 12:51 p.m. read more..

Will new voters sway the election?

It's one of the more compelling questions in what has become a compelling election season: Will Oregon's mass of new voters, some 250,000 strong, affect any of the races?

November 5, 2016 12:49 p.m. read more..

OR elections chief denounces ‘suppression’ effort

SALEM (AP) — The official in charge of elections in Oregon said Friday that many voters across the state are receiving automated calls falsely telling them that they're not registered to vote and that their ballot will not be counted, and she called for an investigation of the "voter suppression."

November 5, 2016 12:46 p.m. read more..

A ‘pressure cooker’ of a job

The company’s slogan says: “Safety is our guide; quality is our pride.” AmeriTies West, located at 2453 Tie Plant Road, about a mile east of the downtown business district, has been producing railroad ties in The Dalles since the 1920s.

November 5, 2016 12:39 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: M100 is protection

To the editor: African elephants and rhinos may seem far away but Measure 100 is a way to help protect them. Poaching endangered animal parts is big business, and a cruel one. Among illegally trafficked goods, only drugs, weapons, and human trafficking generate larger dollar volumes worldwide.

November 5, 2016 12:31 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Deteriorating civility

To Mr. Rooper: You observed in your letter to the editor that signs for GOP candidate Donald Trump have been taken from yards and you blame those supporting Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. I would like to add that Clinton signs have also been taken from yards, so it seems that neither side has clean hands in the campaign.

November 5, 2016 12:28 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Bitter vs. poison

To the editor: Little good may come from electing Hillary Clinton for president, but much harm will certainly come from Donald Trump. Daily, Donald Trump shows himself to be a buffoonish celebrity with a superiority complex, the temper-tantrums of a toddler, and no grasp of our Constitutional system. He is a mean little would-be authoritarian who luxuriates in the adulation of his rallies — but quakes with rage if a reporter dares to question him or protester stands quietly in opposition. Who else tells supporters to throw punches at demonstrators? Who else in our troubled country threatens his political opponents with prison?

November 5, 2016 12:27 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Town not divided

To the editor: It has become obvious to me that my opponent, Susan Harris, and her supporters, are willing to say almost anything to try and get her elected. Remember, people will say a lot of things but that does not mean they speak the truth. Besides taking my lawn signs or threatening businesses who display my signs, they continue to allege that this town is divided and needs to be healed.

November 5, 2016 12:27 p.m. read more..

Friday, November 4

Klebes joins TD city staff

Matthew Klebes, who has been serving as director of The Dalles Main Street for the past three years, has been hired as the assistant to City Manager Julie Krueger.

November 4, 2016 1:22 p.m. read more..

State election tally now on one site

Wasco County Clerk Lisa Gambee is getting the word out to area residents via social media and other avenues about a revamped centralized state website that makes it easier to track and follow results on election night.

November 4, 2016 1:20 p.m. read more..

County denies UP’s Mosier track project

Following a Wednesday evening appeal hearing that stretched over five hours, the Wasco County Board of Commissioners reversed an earlier decision by the county’s planning commission and voted unanimously to deny Union Pacific’s application to add several miles of new track through the Mosier area.

November 4, 2016 1:18 p.m. read more..

Husky success lies in the trenches

The sixth-ranked Sherman Huskies are flying high with an eight-game winning streak entering the first round of the 1A state playoffs, and head coach Bill Blevins is looking forward to rolling out his sixth-ranked football team for battle against the No. 12-ranked Triad Timberwolves for a start time of 6 p.m. Friday night in Moro.

November 4, 2016 11:47 a.m. read more..

SWC caps a solid year with four on Big Sky list

Allie Noland was a first-team pick, Jacqueline earned second-team status and the sophomore duo of Kyrsten Sprouse and Jada Myers were honorable mention selections to the Big Sky Conference all-league team.

November 4, 2016 11:45 a.m. read more..

Riverside gymnasts compete at Tiki Tumble

The vault runway at the Tiki Tumble meet set the stage for many rewarding moments. Riverside’s level 3 gymnasts increased their running speed, impressing the judges and performing their best vaults of the season so far.

November 4, 2016 11:42 a.m. read more..

Thursday, November 3

Rangers ready for playoff football

The first step is at 7 p.m. Friday, as No. 14 Falls City rides into Dufur winners of three of its last four games to chalk up their first postseason appearance in 34 years.

November 3, 2016 1:34 p.m. read more..

Riverhawk runners are in business mode

Leading up to the final cross country race of the season, the biggest for this group of 16 runners, including seven seniors, head coach Bob Thouvenel said the vibe in practices this week has been workmanlike and hyper-focused.

November 3, 2016 1:30 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 2


Local campaigns prepare for big night

It’s no surprise that political partisans on both sides of this year’s presidential contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton see the election from completely different points of view. But the passion they feel for their respective candidate seems to cut across political boundaries.

November 2, 2016 4:06 p.m. read more..

Enjoy a taste of Samoa

“Celebrating American Samoa,” a fundraiser set for this Saturday, Nov. 5, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, is a cultural showcase put on by local students hoping to visit Samoa next spring.

November 2, 2016 3:56 p.m. read more..

'Good, bad, ugly' explored Nov. 7

Painkillers and opiates might be called “the good, the bad and the ugly.” Of all problem drugs, non-prescribed use of opiate-type painkillers affects all segments of our local population. Yet it’s also a problem the general population can help solve, prevent and understand.

November 2, 2016 3:55 p.m. read more..

UP project meeting today

The public meeting listing in the Sunday Chronicle incorrectly listed the time of the Wasco County Commission’s public hearing on the appeal of a planning commission decision regarding added Union Pacific rail line in Mosier. The hearing takes place today, Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 3 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Dr., The Dalles.

November 2, 2016 12:10 p.m. read more..

Queens of the court

The Dalles volleyball players, pictured from left to right, Bailey LeBreton, Jodi Thomasian and Kathryn Bradford, were honored with all-league awards for their play during the 2016 fall season

November 2, 2016 11:25 a.m. read more..

Sixth grade All Stars dominate La Grande

Even with just five days of preparation The Dalles sixth grade youth football team put up an impressive performance Saturday in an exhibition game played at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.

November 2, 2016 11:22 a.m. read more..

Chevy brand gets rebirth in The Dalles

Since buying the former Bob Stone Subaru auto dealership in December of 2014, new owner Tonkin Auto Group has become known as the place to go in The Dalles to purchase one of the popular Subarus. And while the focus on sales of Subarus will remain just as strong going forward, the growing auto dealership is about to turn a spotlight in a fresh direction.

November 2, 2016 8:59 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, November 1


Holiday tree and bough permits now available

The Mt. Hood National Forest began selling personal use holiday tree cutting permits at ranger district visitor centers as well as at many other local vendors Nov. 1. Permits sell for $5 each (cash, check, or card) and there is a limit of five permits per household.

November 1, 2016 4:15 p.m. read more..

I-84 paving plans

It’s still more than a year away, but at its Oct. 26 open house at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, officials with the Oregon Department of Transportation displayed plans for repaving of Interstate 84 from Rowena to Hood River.

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

Ballot count rises

The Wasco County Clerk’s office has received 30.94 percent of the ballots sent to 15,812 registered voters, about the same as four years ago when President Barack Obama was seeking re-election.

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

Samoan event fundraiser for WCS

“Celebrating American Samoa,” a fundraiser set for this Saturday, Nov. 5, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, is a cultural showcase put on by local students hoping to visit Samoa next spring. The night will feature traditional Samoan food and entertainment, plus auction items. For tickets, visit Cost is $15 before the event, or $20 at the door.

November 1, 2016 3:37 p.m. read more..

Dufur swept in 1A playoff tilt

With a chance to extend their season another week, the Dufur Rangers could not find any continuity or flow in their three-set 1A state playoff loss to Crosshill Christian Saturday in Turner.

November 1, 2016 12:50 p.m. read more..

TD girls look to build off top year

In Saturday’s 6-0 state-play-in loss to No. 6 Hillsboro, first-year head coach Oscar Nunez caught a glimpse of the future, as 12 of the 18 players on the final roster were either freshmen or sophomore athletes getting their first taste of postseason play.

November 1, 2016 12:44 p.m. read more..

TD soccer has season end in play-in round

Although the Riverhawks came up just short in its state play-in soccer match Saturday, Dallman commended his group for giving it their all for 80 minutes of playoff action against No. 5-ranked Wilsonville.

November 1, 2016 12:41 p.m. read more..

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