Stories for October 2016


Saturday, October 29


Bullying survivor gives tips

Jodee Blanco was so tormented and bullied as a student that one day she finally kneeled on the dirty bathroom floor at school and prayed to get cancer. That way, if she got sick, her parents wouldn’t yell at her for wanting to stay home from school.

October 29, 2016 1:20 p.m. read more..

ScanEagle lands in Smithsonian

ScanEagle, the gorge-made robotic aircraft that has logged almost one million hours of flight, has landed in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum collection.

October 29, 2016 1:12 p.m. read more..

Sherman breaks down Elgin, 51-0

The Sherman Huskies rushed for 134 yards in the first quarter and the defense held Elgin to -43 yards of offense overall in a 51-0 non-league football win Friday in Elgin.

October 29, 2016 12:27 p.m. read more..

Family bond holds TD football together

Football meant so much more for The Dalles seniors Dominique Seufalemua, Jordan Lutu, Julian Hernandez and John Zarnekow. To see their season end in a 14-12 loss to 6A Glencoe, marked the end of an era, but the unrelenting love of the game, respect for the coaches and the brotherhood amongst teammates will be everlasting.

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

Keep an eye for clear skies this November

November is not noted for its clear skies here in the Pacific Northwest, with clouds and rain dominating our skies even here on the sunnier side of the Cascade Mountains. But take a look outside when skies do clear, and the earlier nightfall and emergence of bright winter constellations make the effort worthwhile!

October 29, 2016 12:15 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Brad for state office

To the editor: The time has arrived when we make our decisions on who will lead Oregon forward into the 21st century. A significant race that hasn’t received the coverage it deserves is the race for Oregon Secretary of State.

October 29, 2016 12:13 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Voting for Pat Arnold

To the editor: Why I am voting for Pat Arnold: As a lifelong Klickitat County resident I have seen good times and very bad times. I have made a point of reading all materials available, including statements made by both candidates in print media and on social media.

October 29, 2016 12:12 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Harris is enthusiastic

To the editor: I first met Susan Harris in 2001 on a soccer field. I was coaching and she was an enthusiastic and involved parent. Since then, I have known Susan through school, community events, church, as a neighbor, as a client and as a friend. Susan is smart, energetic, driven, respectful, well-grounded, hard-working and honest. Susan is well qualified to be our Mayor, and she will be a dependable, positive leader for our community.

October 29, 2016 12:11 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Support surprising

To the editor: While I should not be surprised, I have to admit I still am. RaeLynn Ricarte writes that she doesn’t defend Trump, but she will vote for him. What does she think her vote does? I have two daughters.

October 29, 2016 12:10 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Vote for Kabakov

To the editor: For those who have not voted yet and did not make it to — or last to the end of — the recent candidate’s forum at the High School, I wanted to offer my impressions. I had already decided not to support the incumbent mayor, and this newspaper’s editorial gave the reasons, I won’t repeat them. Solea Kabakov looked promising, but city politics is hard and starting with the mayor’s position didn’t seem like the best choice. So I went into the forum expecting to support Harris. Unfortunately she lost my vote there due to her position on the oil trains. To say as she did in response to a question about the oil trains that she is “all about the jobs” was out of place.

October 29, 2016 12:10 p.m. read more..

Commentary: Questions arise about Elliott’s vote on street improvements

Mike Courtney points out in his letter supporting the incumbents in the city elections that one of their accolades was getting Thompson Street paved. I would like to ask the question, “Would Thompson street have gotten paved if Taner Elliott didn’t own property along it?” Hmmm?? Let’s see. In 2012, Elliott bought a large parcel next to Thompson Street between 15th and 16th streets and started Elkhorn Development. He built one house then stopped because street development costs would cut into his profit.

October 29, 2016 12:09 p.m. read more..

Commentary: Chronicle got it wrong — TD open for business

The Editorial Board endorsement Sunday, Oct. 23, couldn’t be more wrong. Three pieces of property have recently been purchased by the Urban Renewal Agency. None have been “given to a developer.” One was a failing building — the old Elks building — that is being re-purposed as the National Neon Sign Museum. The decision to do something with this building was out of the pragmatic view that if someone didn’t do something soon it would fall down.

October 29, 2016 12:08 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Stolen signs

To the editor: The GOP headquarters has given out many campaign signs for Trump and Pence with “Make America Great” on them. We have found that these signs are being stolen and destroyed.

October 29, 2016 12:07 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Support fire bond

To the editor: We are writing this on behalf of Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue’s upcoming bond measure. If you don’t already know, this is a $3.85 million bond to purchase new equipment to replace the outdated trucks and other equipment that our firefighters need to protect our fair city.

October 29, 2016 12:06 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: New leadership

To the editor: Oregon voters have the power to change the course of state management in this election and the opportunity to do so when they vote for Bud Pierce, Dennis Richardson, Jeff Gudman, and Daniel Crowe. These are change candidates for Oregon who can bring a new perspective to Salem because they are not bound by special interests or party politics. They simply love Oregon and want better for this diverse and beautiful state.

October 29, 2016 12:06 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: For the record

To the editor: In response to The Dalles Chronicle’s city council endorsement editorial of Oct. 22, I wish to state for the record (once again) that I did not support the termination of Nolan Young’s employment with the city. I was the lone vote in opposition, I did NOT participate in a coordinated effort as implied by the editorial, and I publicly challenged the process leading up to his removal.

October 29, 2016 12:04 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Time for change

To the editor: I knew that I had to stand up and run for mayor in this election. I think others who would have been a good fit for the position chose not to participate because they knew what an ugly, ugly campaign this would become. I have pretty thick skin, but I’m not going to suggest I don’t have to swallow hard when lies and twisted truths about me are expressed. Bullying breeds bullying. Sad.

October 29, 2016 12:04 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: City needs Susan

To the editor: After spending hours writing a letter in support of Susan Harris for mayor, listing the problems and disappointments I have with our current administration, I ran out of space and almost gave up. Upon further reflection, I followed my personal rule that this is a small town and we need to be able to work together without insults, especially with our volunteers. That said, I fully support Susan Harris for the position of mayor of the City of The Dalles.

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

Letter to the editor: Press no longer free

To the editor: The free press of America is no longer free. Does that worry you? If you watch or read CBS, ABC or NBC during the current political situation, you are being directed and guided to their way of thinking. I watched one of the three magnum news groups during a news report the other evening and they spent six minutes reporting an unsubstantiated accusation against Donald Trump of sexual misconduct. They then spent 22 seconds reporting his denial.

October 29, 2016 11:32 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Something to consider

To the editor: I am still somewhat astounded at the Fire Department’s request for passage of a new bond. The sales pitch sounds reasonable: It will cost no additional taxpayer money since it will replace an existing bond that is retiring. I love the idea of no increase in taxes.

October 29, 2016 11:31 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: M97 brings fairness

To the editor: Driving by The Dalles Chamber of Commerce, I notice a big “NO ON 97” sign. Measure 97 would force corporations to pay 2.5 percent of gross sales over $25 million. From the 1940’s to the 80’s the corporate tax rate was 70-90 percent. Since the 80’s it’s been around 30 percent. We had a middle class during those higher tax rate days and since the 80’s our middle class has been steadily shrinking.

October 29, 2016 11:30 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Vote for Lawrence

o the editor: I have known Steve Lawrence nearly my entire life and have found him to be dedicated and driven in whatever endeavor he pursues and a man of high moral character and ethics. I also know that he has the utmost respect and concern for our city.. Over the last four years, we have seen some great improvements in our city’s condition.

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

Letter to the editor: 'Step It Up' successful

To the editor: This past October 5th was the first Step It Up! Students Walk to School Day and it was a big success! We had 116 elementary students and 33 parents, teachers and Medical Reserve Corps volunteers all walking to the schools.

October 29, 2016 11:28 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Write in Mike Smith

To the editor: As our voter pamphlets and ballots have arrived in our mailboxes I am asking the voters to write in Mike Smith for Sherman County commissioner. I write this letter today in support of Mike Smith for Sherman County commission and are in hopes that when you go to mark your ballots you pause and ask yourself what have our candidates done for Sherman County and where are they taking us in the future?

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

Letter to the editor: Fiscal restraint first

To the editor: My children observed two young people steal a neighbor’s campaign sign Monday afternoon while walking from the direction of the high school. I told them to call the police next time they see this happen. Apparently civics, ethics and the U.S. Constitution are no longer studied in high school.

October 29, 2016 11:25 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: M97 is necessary

To the editor: I am writing in support of Measure 97. Since Reagan started slashing taxes over 35 years ago, the quality of life in the U.S. has been slipping. We were told cutting taxes on the rich would “free up” money to be used to invest in new businesses and factories to employ the rest of us.

October 29, 2016 11:24 a.m. read more..

Dufur defense looking to pounce

Defense has been the name of the game during Dufur’s three-game winning streak. Over the past 12 quarters, the Rangers have allowed just two touchdowns and have outscored their opponents by a 194-14 margin.

October 29, 2016 10:38 a.m. read more..

Huskies hit the road to Elgin

Although tonight’s 1A tilt between Sherman and Elgin has no bearing on the final rankings, Husky head coach Bill Blevins still sees this gridiron matchup as an opportunity to iron out the small details in time for the postseason next week.

October 29, 2016 10:17 a.m. read more..

Hawks aiming to cap season with a win

The Dalles Riverhawks have one more chance to snap their five-game losing streak with a 7 p.m. senior night matchup against the 6A Glencoe Crimson Tide tonight, Oct. 28.

October 29, 2016 10:13 a.m. read more..

Consultants present draft housing study

The city of The Dalles faces some daunting challenges in providing sufficient housing at the right price for workers and those who want to live here. In a Thursday evening presentation at The Dalles City Hall, representatives of Johnson Economics, a market analysis and economic modeling firm based in Portland, and Angelo Planning Group, an urban and community planning business in Portland, presented a draft of a “Housing & Residential Buildable Lands Needs Assessment” to members of the city’s Technical Advisory Committee.

October 29, 2016 10:08 a.m. read more..

Robbery tied to shooting

The Dalles police believe the Sunday armed robbery of a gas station in The Dalles is connected to an armed robbery in Portland Tuesday, where a male suspect was shot by police.

October 29, 2016 10:07 a.m. read more..

Fed, state candidates pitch their case in TD

Challengers seeking election to two federal offices and 11 candidates vying for state positions gathered in The Dalles High School auditorium Tuesday evening to share their views on issues with community members.

October 29, 2016 10:02 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Suport Harris

To the editor: The Chronicle did an excellent job with their endorsement of Susan B. Harris for mayor. Their view was a mirror image of my own. Contrary to the mandate of the City Charter, the mayor has taken it upon himself to take over the city`s business apparently with blessing of council. City employees fear for their jobs because of the mayor`s hit list and his ability to fire the city manager.

October 29, 2016 8:04 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Read is best

To the editor: Tobias Read came to The Dalles in August to introduce himself to people who live in this area. I had been asked to arrange the function by a relative who had met him at a meeting and been impressed with his experience at the U.S. Treasury, in the private sector, as a five-term state legislator, and his ideas of ways to help the people of Oregon with retirement and college savings as well as promoting smart fiscal policies for the state’s resources and infrastructure.

October 29, 2016 7:01 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Refuse votes

To the editor: I write this letter to encourage you to join me in refusing to vote for either John Huffman or Greg Walden in the upcoming and future elections. I have had recent email exchanges with John Huffman, who said he will be voting for Donald Trump and certainly one can deduce from Greg Walden’s interview in The Dalles Chronicle of Oct. 13th that he is doing the same.

October 29, 2016 7 a.m. read more..

Editorial: Mixed vote on state measures

The Dalles Chronicle Editorial Board met Friday afternoon to weigh in on the seven ballot measures that voters will either approve or reject in the Nov. 8 election. Here are our endorsements:

October 29, 2016 6:58 a.m. read more..

Google funds Wi-Fi

It was a brand new system five years ago, but as technology has advanced, the Google-financed free Wi-Fi system in The Dalles needs an upgrade to keep it running efficiently.

October 29, 2016 6:54 a.m. read more..

Therapy dog bonds with kids

Jake the therapy dog is a patient listener and a tolerant companion, and on his weekly visits to Cindy Kamimae’s second grade class at Chenowith Elementary, the effect on the students is noticeable.

October 29, 2016 6:52 a.m. read more..

City candidates face off

Candidates for mayor and city council came together Tuesday in The Dalles for a discussion of issues that was civil but filled with disparate opinions. Questions asked of three contestants for mayor, two for the at-large council position and two for council Position Two ranged from economic development, beautification along Interstate 84 and housing to the city paying for community concerts, among others.

October 29, 2016 6:48 a.m. read more..

Friday, October 28


A memorial service for Florine Carpenter will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, 1 p.m. at Four Square Church, The Dalles.

October 28, 2016 2:33 p.m. read more..

Sherman Huskies hit the road to Elgin

Although tonight’s 1A tilt between Sherman and Elgin has no bearing on the final rankings, Husky head coach Bill Blevins still sees this gridiron matchup as an opportunity to iron out the small details in time for the postseason next week.

October 28, 2016 11:16 a.m. read more..

Hawks aiming to cap season with a win

The Dalles Riverhawks have one more chance to snap their five-game losing streak with a 7 p.m. senior night matchup against the 6A Glencoe Crimson Tide tonight, Oct. 28.

October 28, 2016 11:14 a.m. read more..

Thursday, October 27

Banner day for The Dalles cross country

Wednesday, under rainy skies and sloppy terrain, the Riverhawk boys notched three top-10 finishes for second-place honors and their first trip to state since The Dalles and Wahtonka were combined in 2003-2004.

October 27, 2016 12:38 p.m. read more..

Lady Rangers now one win away from Redmond

Wednesday in Dufur, the No. 12-ranked Lady Rangers took a big first step toward reaching their goal of reaching Redmond with a three-set home sweep over Damascus Christian in a 1A state sub-round volleyball match played at Dufur High School.

October 27, 2016 12:35 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, October 26

A new ‘way’ of caring

Bobbi’s Way In-Home Health Care, a gorge business that began accepting clients on Sept. 1, is all about caring. In fact, “Caring is Our Mission” is owner Kaleena Casey’s formal vision statement. The new health care service was officially licensed to serve in Oregon in July and is headquartered in Hood River.

October 26, 2016 3 p.m. read more..

Vienna Boys Choir Nov. 15

The world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir is performing in Hood River on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., brought by the Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association.

October 26, 2016 2:58 p.m. read more..

Appeals filed on Mosier project

Following the Wasco County Planning Commission’s recent 5-2 decision to approve Union Pacific Railroad’s proposed double-tracking project in Mosier, three appeals have been filed — including one from the railroad itself.

October 26, 2016 2:49 p.m. read more..

DEQ to host open house

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Health Authority will host an air quality open house Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to talk with community members about AmeriTies.

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

TD has season cut short in St. Helens

Tuesday in St. Helens, the Riverhawks hit the hardwood for a 5A state play-in match against the No. 13-ranked Lady Lions looking for a chance to extend the season. However, St. Helens won the match in three sets, by scores of 25-13, 25-16 and 25-18.

October 26, 2016 10:52 a.m. read more..

Dufur scores second in Big Sky

The Lady Rangers swept past South Wasco County in three sets to advance to the district championship, but ended up losing in three to eventual district champion Arlington in the finals Saturday in tournament action at Kurtz Gym in The Dalles.

October 26, 2016 10:48 a.m. read more..

Riverhawks ready to shock the 5A world

With the regular season in the books after Tuesday’s 6-0 loss to Hood River Valley, The Dalles boys’ soccer coach Matthew Dallman is looking forward to rolling out his team for the playoffs and this weekend’s state play-in date against No. 5-ranked Wilsonville.

October 26, 2016 10:47 a.m. read more..

Time for fresh outlook

Dana Journey is 30 and running for The Dalles City Council out of the belief that youth and energy are a plus when it comes to finding new ways to create economic development. “What I will bring is a new perspective, and I’m a go-getter – when I get ideas, I like to get them done,” he said.

October 26, 2016 7:03 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, October 25

Letter to the editor: Do the right thing

To the editor: I’ve heard so much talk about honoring the vet lately. And, as a vet, I thank you through my heart. This makes me think of my brothers who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our children and the American dream.

October 25, 2016 3:54 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Sincere gratitude

To the editor: The family of Sean Kennedy would like to express our sincere gratitude to all who attended the memorial service at Anderson’s Tribute Center and the celebration of his life at Spooky’s.

October 25, 2016 3:49 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Much to care about

To the editor: If the reality TV antics of the 2016 presidential election have you feeling depressed, the answer may lie further down the ballot. Here there is much to care about:

October 25, 2016 3:48 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Positive change

To the editor: Please vote Susan Harris for mayor. Susan is a businesswoman who will bring a fresh approach to our city government. Susan is fiscally conservative, experienced and motivated. Please vote for Susan and for her positive vision for The Dalles.

October 25, 2016 3:46 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Solea for change

To the editor: Oh how I wish I could vote for Solea Kabakov for mayor! As a resident of The Dalles, but living outside the city limits, I am unable to have a voice in this election that impacts our city.

October 25, 2016 3:45 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Hillary for president

To the editor: Unlike our Congressional Rep. Greg, Walden, I believe Hillary Clinton is the only reasonable option to vote for on the presidential ballot this election. Not in my lifetime have I seen someone nominated by either major party so unfit for office as He Who Shall Not be Named.

October 25, 2016 3:44 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Walden: Time to retire

To the editor: It is now time for U.S. Rep.Greg Walden to retire. Rep. Walden has lost his moral compass and his sense of loyalty to the United States in his continued endorsement of Donald Trump. Mr. Walden believes that despite Trump’s predatory behavior with women, his racist attitudes toward immigrants and his unsteady temperament he (Trump) is suited to lead our nation.

October 25, 2016 3:43 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Support Incumbents

To the editor: I think it is very important to retain Mayor Stephen Lawrence, and Councilor-at-large Taner Elliot, in the opposed contests. The current mayor and council have taken on some long festering issues that needed to be addressed. This was not without criticism, from some of the special interests.

October 25, 2016 3:42 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Save lives: Vote yes

To the editor: The life that is saved may well be your own! Vote Yes on the Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue Bond to purchase the appropriate medical equipment, fire apparatus, ambulance and training to keep our community well prepared and safe. This new bond will pay for the replacement of our aging EMS equipment and fire trucks as well increasing the safety of our residents.

October 25, 2016 3:39 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Trump will stand up

To the editor: To my faith-based friends who are having trouble voting for Trump, please do not put Clinton in office by voting for someone besides Trump. At this point in the game, if you vote for anyone but Trump, it’s a vote for Clinton. If you can’t vote for the man, then vote for the party platform.

October 25, 2016 3:38 p.m. read more..

Harris for new vision

To the editor: I would like to endorse Susan Harris for mayor. Susan will bring a new perspective and vision that our community needs.

October 25, 2016 3:37 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Re-elect Lawrence

To the editor: I met with two women downtown today who were asking me what they could do to help re-elect Mayor Lawrence saying, “We can’t let a few cranky people disrupt his re-election.”

October 25, 2016 3:36 p.m. read more..

Parks director named

Scott Baker, the new director of the Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District, originally set out to be a middle school science teacher.

October 25, 2016 3:25 p.m. read more..

City issues growth report

The city of The Dalles has issued a preliminary economic growth report that found most people who work here commute, and most commuters travel as far as 50 miles.

October 25, 2016 3:24 p.m. read more..

Station robbed

A male and female, both wearing orange jack-o’-lantern type masks and brandishing guns, held up a gas station on the west end of town late Sunday night and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, police say.

October 25, 2016 3:15 p.m. read more..

Candidate forum tonight at TDHS

Community members are invited to learn more about candidates for local, state and federal elected offices at a special forum tonight, Oct. 25, at The Dalles High School.

October 25, 2016 3:12 p.m. read more..

TD Maroon secures second straight title

With three minutes and 26 seconds left in regulation, Nolan Cates landed the knockout blow, hitting the end zone on a 30-yard touchdown run to seal a 24-16 triumph in a third and fourth grade youth football championship game played Saturday in White Salmon.

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

Monday, October 24

Gas station robbed

A male and female, both wearing masks and brandishing guns, held up a gas station on the west end of town late Sunday night and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, police say.

October 24, 2016 11:11 a.m. read more..

Saturday, October 22

Acoustic Eidolon

Acoustic Eidolon, based in Colorado and featuring Joe Scott on double-neck “guitjo” and guitar and Hannah Alkire on cello perform Thursday night at Calvary Baptist Church in The Dalles. The concert was part of this year’s Mid-Columbia Community Concerts. The viruoso performance, mixing an eclectic assortment of instrumental and vocal works, was well attended. Mark B. Gibson photo

October 22, 2016 1:27 p.m. read more..

Two heads are better than one

If you contact Concordia Lutheran Church in Hood River or Bethany Lutheran Church in The Dalles and ask for “Pastor Jesse,” you’ll now need to get a bit more specific. The dual parish is happy to announce the arrival of Pastor Jesse DeDeyne, who will be formally installed in a special service at Concordia Lutheran on Sunday, Oct. 23. He joins Pastor Jesse Jacobsen, who has shepherded the parish since 2006.

October 22, 2016 1:23 p.m. read more..

Long marriage ‘50/50 deal’

Williard “Pete” Johnson and his wife, Eva, have been married 67 years this month and credit the longevity of their marriage to making it a “50/50 deal.” “It’s got to be that or you are not going to make it through,” she said.

October 22, 2016 1:19 p.m. read more..

Clerk: OR vote secure

Heightened concerns nationwide about voting fraud are even being expressed here in Wasco County. “We had one man come in to today and say, ‘I’m concerned about voter fraud, can you tell me about these voters?’” said Wasco County Clerk Lisa Gambee on Tuesday.

October 22, 2016 1:07 p.m. read more..

M98 to boost HS graduation

With 10,000 Oregon students failing to graduate from high school every year, Measure 98 aims to reduce that number by boosting career and technical classes and adding dropout prevention measures.

October 22, 2016 1:06 p.m. read more..

Voters will receive missing ballot info

Every voter within the Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue District will receive a flyer from the Wasco County Clerk’s office to provide missing information about a general obligation bond in another flyer that was sent out with their ballot, according to Lisa Gambee, county clerk. She said the flyer distributed Wednesday was missing the text that says property owners would pay $.21 per thousand of assessed value for the bond, which equates to an average annual cost of $21 per $100,000 of assessed value.

October 22, 2016 11:24 a.m. read more..

Digging in Deep

Todd Walter has always liked traveling in the fast lane — especially when it’s off road and involves rough terrain. Born and raised in The Dalles, Walter’s lifelong fascination with motorsports recently paid off with a second place win in the Blue Water Desert Challenge in Parker, Ariz., that was organized by the Best in the Desert Racing Association.

October 22, 2016 11:19 a.m. read more..

Ranger defense stymies Ione in another shutout

Over the past eight quarters, Dufur defensive coordinator C.S. Little has his group playing at a high level. The Ranger defense forced two turnovers, four punts and held Ione to 135 yards and just two plays of more than 20 in a 62-0 whitewash Friday in a Big Sky Conference matchup played on senior night at Dufur High School.

October 22, 2016 11:12 a.m. read more..

Huskies score first league title since 2011

MORO – The last time Sherman enjoyed a Big Sky Conference championship, Scot Stroud, Kyle Burnett and Riley Brown were on the field representing Husky Nation in 2011. Friday on Homecoming night in Moro, a new chapter was written with Isaiah Coles, Kyle Fields and Maverick Winslow penning the foreword.

October 22, 2016 11:05 a.m. read more..

Friday, October 21

After loss, TD netters focusing on play-in

Two days after emptying the emotional tank in a Columbia River Conference finale against league champion Hood River Valley, The Dalles volleyball team could not find its groove in Thursday’s four-set non-league loss at home against 4A Scappoose.

October 21, 2016 12:02 p.m. read more..

Baby toaster delivered

The Dalles High School student-athlete Cory Cameron, on far left, helps deliver a toaster baby, while fellow cooks, pictured from left to right, Mark Felderman, Dawson Hoffman and David Wring offer assistance to patient John Miller, in middle, at Thursday’s volleyball match.

October 21, 2016 11:58 a.m. read more..

Riverhawks put in final tuneup at Crossover Meet

The Dalles quartet of Bill Burns, Savannah Strassheim, Ezekiel Stelzer and Paige McLeod led the charge as the cross country team amassed 19 personal-bests and seven season-bests at the PIL/MHC Crossover Meet hosted by Franklin High School Wednesday in Portland.

October 21, 2016 11:56 a.m. read more..

Thursday, October 20

Car crashes near Riverfront park, Marina

A vehicle crashed at Riverfront Park and The Dalles Marina, and the driver reportedly ran into the river Thursday afternoon. Investigation ongoing. Details in Friday's Chronicle.

October 20, 2016 4:25 p.m. read more..

Outage darkens south Wasco

Wasco Electric Cooperative and Northern Wasco County PUD experienced a widespread power outage at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday that was caused by a disruption in Bonneville Power Administration service at its Maupin transmission station.

October 20, 2016 11:49 a.m. read more..

Long-Curtiss seeks office

Darcy Long-Curtiss got her first taste of community political involvement as a high schooler in The Dalles, when she participated in a city visioning meeting and it piqued her interest. She now hopes to further that involvement by gaining a seat on The Dalles City Council. She is one of three candidates seeking to fill council Position 2, which is being vacated by Dan Spatz. Also running are Dana Journey, a police officer for the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission, and Clay Johnson, who works at a desalination plant in The Dalles.

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

Civic names new manager

The Civic Auditorium Historic Preservation Committee has hired Elizabeth Wallis as the new program manager for the Civic. Wallis replaces Trish Neal who served in that position for about a year, at the time Neal and Sherry Munro, the board secretary, took over management of the Civic.

October 20, 2016 11:44 a.m. read more..

Nose to Nose

A deer comes nose-to-nose with a Great Blue Heron garden sculpture in this trail camera photograph contributed by Flora Gibson. Trail cameras are small cameras in waterproof housing triggered by motion. The Chronicle encourages readers to submit their local photographs for publication: Email, include the name of the photographer and a description of the subject.

October 20, 2016 11:44 a.m. read more..

M96 would improve vet services

The Wasco County Veterans’ Service Office will be able to better meet the needs of customers if Measure 96 is approved by voters in the Nov. 8 election, say two local veteran advocates.

October 20, 2016 11:27 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Disagree with Harris

To the editor: Reading the interview of Ms. [Susan] Harris, who is running for mayor of The Dalles, it became apparent to me she is not aware of how The Dalles city government operates.

October 20, 2016 11:25 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Fiber optic questions

To the editor: Frontier TeleNet is an ORS 190 public service organization jointly held by Sherman, Wheeler and Gilliam counties. County judges and the North Central Education Service District superintendent are board members.

October 20, 2016 11:24 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Arnold for county seat

To the editor: I believe that Pat Arnold should be our next county commissioner because she is passionate about helping our county and community. I am confident that she will work tirelessly for Klickitat County because in the years that I’ve known her she has dedicated so much time and effort to making our community better and that will only continue once she is elected.

October 20, 2016 11:24 a.m. read more..

Commentary: America is caught in ‘word storm’

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Not true, except perhaps for a person with a listening impairment. And if we move from the singular “me” to a collective “me,” this old aphorism is even more wrong. Words have power, and we are in a word storm, a storm that may have serious effects on the long-term health of our political and social environment.

October 20, 2016 11:22 a.m. read more..

Sinclair Dinocare

A dinosaur has been spotted in The Dalles. The gas station at 801 E. Third Street, which used to be under the Shell banner, has been “rebranded” as a Sinclair station.

October 20, 2016 11:16 a.m. read more..

A cool dream comes true at DQ

Fulfilling a dream that spanned nearly two decades, Barbara Land — the longtime manager of Dairy Queen in The Dalles — has now become the owner of the business.

October 20, 2016 11:15 a.m. read more..

Walden auctions flag

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden was on hand Saturday at a fundraiser for local soldiers and veterans, where he auctioned off a flag to be flown over the U.S. Capitol and a guitar painted in a flag theme.

October 20, 2016 11:02 a.m. read more..

ODOT open house Oct. 26

Highway managers for the Oregon Department of Transportation invite the public to an open house to learn about upcoming bridge construction projects near The Dalles, slated to start next year.

October 20, 2016 11:01 a.m. read more..

Year of transition for PUD

It has been a rough transition year for the Northern Wasco County PUD, which got a new general manager, Roger Kline, in January after 22 years under previous manager Dwight Langer.

October 20, 2016 11 a.m. read more..

Matinee slugfest on tap for SWC

All things being equal, Friday afternoon’s 1A football contest between South Wasco County and Mitchell-Spray appears to be a winnable game for head coach Mike Waine and the Redsides.

October 20, 2016 10:52 a.m. read more..

Big Sky league title up for grabs in Moro

At 7 p.m. Friday in Moro, the No. 7 Huskies hope to exact revenge on Haylen Janesofsky, Daniel Domes and the No. 13 Perrydale Pirates in a Big Sky Conference football matchup, where the winner claims a league championship.

October 20, 2016 10:49 a.m. read more..

Athlete of the Week: Jodi Thomasian

The Dalles secured a playoff bid last week by defeating Hermiston, 3-1. In Thomasian’s performances, she finished with 27 digs, 13 kills, 6 blocks and 2 aces against Hermiston and Pendleton.

October 20, 2016 10:38 a.m. read more..

Hawk girls wallop on Pendleton, 4-1

Riding a streak of six losses in their past seven games, The Dalles got two goals apiece from seniors Brooke McCall and Giselle Manzo in a 4-1 girls’ soccer victory Tuesday in a Columbia River Conference soccer match played at Pendleton High School.

October 20, 2016 10:35 a.m. read more..

Hood River takes four-set win

The Dalles volleyball team did its best to try and spoil senior night in Hood River, but the Lady Eagles managed to score a four-set win Tuesday at Vannet Court in Hood River.

October 20, 2016 10:32 a.m. read more..

Redsides lose to No. 1 Arlington

The South Wasco County Redsides won their opening set against No. 1-ranked Arlington, but the Lady Honkers battled back to lock down a four-set victory Tuesday in a Big Sky Conference volleyball match played at Arlington High School.

October 20, 2016 10:29 a.m. read more..

Rangers solid against Mitchell

The Dufur Rangers were all business against Mitchell-Spray in their senior night match. After celebrating the contributions of veterans Sydney Reed and Emily Grande-DePriest, Dufur came out swinging for 29 kills and 17 aces in a three-set sweep over the Eagle-Loggers by an average margin of 11 points per set.

October 20, 2016 10:27 a.m. read more..

Hawks qualify for postseason in 7-0 rout

Needing a win to advance, the Riverhawks came through with a dominant performance in a 7-0 shutout victory over Pendleton Tuesday in a Columbia River Conference match played in The Dalles.

October 20, 2016 10:25 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, October 18


Letter to the editor: Vote Republican

To the editor: Last year Oregon, and specifically Portland, lost a company that had annual gross revenue of $40 million. This company had many local suppliers and employees. Today the building is vacant because of over-regulation from city, county and state government people who sponge off the backs of business.

October 18, 2016 12:45 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Kingmakers

Our nation as we have known it is slipping away as more and more of the Kingmakers (people in control and with their own agenda) make decisions that are at odds with “We the people.”

October 18, 2016 12:44 p.m. read more..

Walden offers 'A Better Way'

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., is highly concerned about the precedent being set by President Barack Obama with a continuing “overreach” of authority that threatens the separation of powers in the U.S. Constitution.

October 18, 2016 12:38 p.m. read more..

Ballots mailed this week

The Nov. 8 general election is coming up fast. Ballots will be mailed to voters across Wasco County on Wednesday, Oct. 19, meaning some voters should see them showing up in their mailboxes as early as Thursday. According to Chrissy Zaugg, elections deputy for the Wasco County Clerk’s office, approximately 15,300 ballots will be going out.

October 18, 2016 12:29 p.m. read more..

Johnson seeks to involve city youth

Clay Johnson, who works as a technician for U.S. Watermaker, Inc., a desalination company in The Dalles, was born and raised in Kenai, Alaska. But he has made his home in The Dalles for the past 14 years.

October 18, 2016 12:19 p.m. read more..

Youth football dominance

The Dalles Maroon defeated Goldendale 28-0 last week and will play White Salmon for the championship at 6 p.m. The Dalles Maroon fifth and sixth grade team beat The Dalles Gold by a 14-12 margin on Saturday to move into the finals against Hood River Blue with action starting at 7:30 p.m.

October 18, 2016 12:17 p.m. read more..

Basketball Academy to hold traveling team tryouts

The Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy will again be organizing boys traveling basketball teams this winter for local boys from the third-through-eighth grades with a tryout session slated to run from 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30 at The Dalles Middle School.

October 18, 2016 12:14 p.m. read more..

Pink Walk

Margie Bodolay of Lyle untangles balloons floating outside Burgerville on Second Street in The Dalles during the annual Pink Walk Saturday morning.

October 18, 2016 12:12 p.m. read more..

SWC climbs up to No. 11 in the 1A ranks

MAUPIN – The South Wasco County Redsides won their ninth consecutive match and jumped up to No. 11 in the 1A rankings after wins over Damascus Christian and Trinity Lutheran Saturday in a non-league double dual played Saturday in Maupin.

October 18, 2016 12:09 p.m. read more..

Saturday, October 15

Middle school teacher's aide arrested in TD

Jose Luis Martinez-Robledo, 48, a teacher's aide at The Dalles Middle School, was arrested at his home Oct. 12 and is charged with two counts of Sexual Harassment, according to a joint statement by Northern Wasco County School District (NWCSD) Superintendent Candy Armstrong and Sergeant Douglas Kramer of The Dalles Police.

October 15, 2016 2:46 p.m. read more..

Huskies keep soldiering ahead

At one point in the season, Arlington was a top-10 team riding an undefeated record. Then they faced Dufur last week. The rising No. 7-ranked Sherman Huskies added to the Honker woes with their running game carving up 354 yards on 28 carries in a resounding 69-6 drubbing Thursday in Big Sky Conference football action in Arlington.

October 15, 2016 1:21 p.m. read more..

Riverhawks have their late rally attempt cut short

Pressed into action due to an injured right throwing thumb to senior Dominique Seufalemua, The Dalles sophomore Oscar Fernandez nearly led the Riverhawks to a thrilling comeback in a 27-20 loss to Woodburn on Homecoming night Friday at Sid White Field. Fernandez threw two touchdown passes and added a rushing score, but his seven interceptions, including the eventual game-deciding pick with less than a minute left in regulation ,sealed the team’s fate.

October 15, 2016 1:17 p.m. read more..

Hawk harriers get muddy in Pendleton

On a muddy course in Pendleton, The Dalles cross country team tallied five personal bests, and eight members of the boys and girls wound up in the top-20 overall Thursday at the Kyle Burnside Memorial Wildhorse Invitational.

October 15, 2016 1:17 p.m. read more..

Elections: Apply the Golden Rule

Passions run high during election cycles and sometimes candidates lose perspective about the real reason they should be seeking office — the opportunity to be servants of the people — and the contest becomes ego-driven. When that happens, winning becomes everything and dissenting voices are no longer tolerated. This week, The Chronicle received reports from the camps of two candidates in The Dalles mayoral race about people being harassed for posting campaign signs. Apparently, supporters of the other candidate were upset enough to harass the sign holder for exercising free speech.

October 15, 2016 1:13 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Vote Moeller

To the editor: Mosier was lucky it wasn’t a windy day when the oil train derailed. If railroads could fix derailments, they would have done so long ago. BNSF derails a train every 600,000 train-miles. If volatile Bakken crude oil in the tank cars is heated from the burning leaks, it can explode.

October 15, 2016 1:13 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Miller for PUD

To the editor: It is time for a change at the Klickitat PUD Board of Commissioners. Current commissioners have taken on very large amounts of debt (now at $130 million) in pursuit of risky generation projects.

October 15, 2016 1:11 p.m. read more..

Homecoming Royalty

The Dalles high school senior spirit court members Dot Young (left) and Ashley Claussen were crowned as 2016 Homecoming spirit royalty for The Dalles High School Friday night at Sid White Field in The Dalles.

October 15, 2016 1:03 p.m. read more..

Restoring history afloat

When Glen Cathers’ wife Naomi asked him what he would choose if he could have anything in the world, he replied, “I want a motor lifeboat.” “Let's do it,” she said.

October 15, 2016 12:58 p.m. read more..

Rangers use depth to overwhelm Redsides

While the usual suspects, Bailey Keever, Kolbe Bales and Ian Cleveland were able to score touchdowns and make plays, the young guns on the Dufur Ranger football team displayed a glimpse to a bright future for the program in Thursday’s 74-0 Big Sky Conference victory over South Wasco County.

October 15, 2016 12:47 p.m. read more..

Sherman doctor honored

Dr. Erin Burnham of Sherman County Emergency Services is EMS Medical Director of the Year for 2016. Burnham, a Hood River resident, was honored last month at the Oregon State Health Division Annual Oregon EMS conference in Bend. The award honors a physician who serves or has served the EMS system by providing medical direction, on-line or off-line, and who has served with distinction.

October 15, 2016 12:41 p.m. read more..

‘Pink’ walk is Saturday

The annual walk to increase public awareness about the threat of cancer to women in the community takes place tomorrow, Oct. 15, in downtown The Dalles.

October 15, 2016 12:35 p.m. read more..

Concert Sunday supports music

The Walworth Music Foundation’s annual fall fundraising event is Sunday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Christian Science Church, 701 Washington Street in The Dalles.

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

Project to close Hwy. 30

The Chenoweth Creek Bridge on U.S. Highway 30 in The Dalles needs to be replaced, and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is planning to close the roadway entirely to speed the work.

October 15, 2016 12:29 p.m. read more..

Friday, October 14


Rangers use depth to overwhelm Redsides

While the usual suspects, Bailey Keever, Kolbe Bales and Ian Cleveland were able to score touchdowns and make plays, the young guns on the Dufur Ranger football team displayed a glimpse to a bright future for the program in Thursday’s 74-0 Big Sky Conference victory over South Wasco County.

October 14, 2016 11:34 a.m. read more..

Thursday, October 13

Letter to the editor: Yes Arnold

To the editor: As we move toward the November election, I urge Klickitat County residents to vote Pat Arnold for County Commission. Having lived in this county for over 20 years, I have yet to see a more qualified candidate.

October 13, 2016 1:51 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Vote arnold

To the editor: I met Pat Arnold in 2004 when I worked in Trout Lake coordinating AmeriCorps programs. My first interactions with her were on her farm, where we bought our eggs, and with her calling me to offer housing to AmeriCorps members who had moved to the region to complete their term of national service.

October 13, 2016 1:50 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Let them be

To the editor: Every once in a while, a letter appears in the Chronicle that just begs for a response, and the recent letter decrying the operations of AmeriTies is one such letter.

October 13, 2016 1:49 p.m. read more..

Hawaiian food served in The Dalles

It’s a big jump from Mexico to Hawaii, but Jose and Maria Ruis, the owners of Lilo’s Hawaiian BBQ in The Dalles, appear to have made it successfully. The husband and wife team has opened a second location of their popular restaurant, and this one is in the heart of the downtown business district at 400 E. Second Street in The Dalles. The original Lilo’s was at 2910 Cascade Ave. in Hood River.

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

Indigenous People Day celebrated

Reconciliation and remembrance were held forth, along with gifts, in Monday’s first-ever Indigenous People Day in Hood River, attended by about 70 people at Overlook Memorial Park.

October 13, 2016 1:29 p.m. read more..

Guard fundraiser Saturday

A fundraiser for local soldiers, featuring casino games, live music, a light show, live and silent auctions, dinner and a fajita bar is set for this Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center. Doors open for the “Guards Cards and Guitars Casino Night” at 5 p.m. and the public is welcome.

October 13, 2016 1:25 p.m. read more..

Crary seeking to oust Walden

Retired attorney Jim Crary, a Democrat from Ashland, is running to unseat longtime Congressman Greg Walden from Oregon’s Second Congressional District. “I’ve always been politically aware and involved,” Crary said. “There are so many issues that drive me crazy. I kept kind of a log, a word document, starting with Citizens United.”

October 13, 2016 1:10 p.m. read more..

Meet your candidates

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce invites community members to learn more about candidates for local, state and federal elected offices at a special forum on Oct. 25.

October 13, 2016 1:02 p.m. read more..

Athlete of the Week: Pedro Ayala

Pedro Ayala played an entire 80 minutes and assisted on the eventual game-winning goal by Jack Bonham in the opening half and later helped secure the win with the third goal in TD’s 3-0 victory over Pendleton on Oct. 4.

October 13, 2016 12:11 p.m. read more..

Riverhawks show inspiring effort

On the road against the two-time defending state champion Hood River Valley Eagles, The Dalles Riverhawks displayed an inspiring 80 minutes of effort in a 3-0 road loss Tuesday on Henderson Field in Hood River.

October 13, 2016 12:06 p.m. read more..

Dufur and SWC ready for a tussle

The No. 2-ranked Dufur Rangers take their game on the road for a Big Sky Conference clash against Dawson Herlocker, Keith Kegel and the South Wasco County Redsides at 7 p.m. tonight from Maupin.

October 13, 2016 12:04 p.m. read more..

Huskies try to get closer to a league crown

Tonight’s Big Sky Conference football contest between Sherman and Arlington features two of the top scoring defenses in the 1A classification, and Husky head coach Bill Blevins is looking forward to this next test in the regular-season schedule. Limping into its second-to-last home game of the season, The Dalles football team is looking to put the pieces together in a solid effort for 48 minutes when they take on Hunter Conlon, Ivan Soto and the Woodburn Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Friday at Sid White Field in The Dalles.

October 13, 2016 noon read more..

Wednesday, October 12


Dufur slips past Sherman

The Dufur Rangers came through with 21 service aces and 30 kills in a tough four-set victory over upset-minded Sherman Tuesday in a Big Sky volleyball match played in Moro. Horizon Christian was determined to play the role of spoiler in their home match against South Wasco County Tuesday and staked control with a 25-22 win in the first set. But, the Redsides restored order and picked up wins of 25-10, 25-22 and 25-18 over the next three sets.

October 12, 2016 2:08 p.m. read more..

Hawk netters keep second place in reach

After Tuesday’s four-set win over Hermiston, The Dalles Riverhawks are a win Thursday over Pendleton from clinching second place in league and hosting a playoff match.

October 12, 2016 1:58 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, October 11

Craft of Creativity

Alice Tibbets of The Dalles sits at her table of custom-made jewelry during the Arts and Crafts fair at the Civic Auditorium in The Dalles Sunday. A variety of crafts were on display, from knitted goods to restored wooden axes. Mark B. Gibson photo

October 11, 2016 4:55 p.m. read more..

Measure 97 about fairness

Editor’s Note: On Friday, the Chronicle ran a story about the opposition of local farmers, agricultural organizations and the The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce to Measure 97. Today, we feature the other side of the story: Local teacher Phil Brady sees Measure 97 – which would hike taxes on the highest earning corporations in Oregon – as a way to bring fairness to the tax structure and improve the lives of Oregonians.

October 11, 2016 4:44 p.m. read more..

City launches quarterly news

A new, four-page newsletter has been introduced by the city of The Dalles. The initial publication, which is titled “The City of The Dalles/State of the City,” features brief biographies of the new faces in The Dalles City Hall, including Police Chief Patrick Ashmore, Human Resources Director Daniel Hunter, City Manager Julie Krueger, Planning Director Steve Harris, and City Clerk Izetta Grossman. The first issue came out on Oct. 7.

October 11, 2016 4:43 p.m. read more..

Stelzer leads TD cross country

The Dalles senior Ezekiel Stelzer picked up his first win of the season, and The Dalles cross country team racked up 11 personal records or seasonal bests at the Mustang Invitational Thursday at Thompson Ranch in Heppner.

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

Redsides put out groundbreaking effort

Keith Kegel rushed for a career-high 125 yards and Brandon Wraught added two touchdown rushes to lead the Redsides to a 46-6 triumph over the Dayville-Monument junior varsity team in a Homecoming football contest played Friday in Maupin.

October 11, 2016 11:20 a.m. read more..

Saturday, October 8

Dufur volleyball loses in three to Arlington

With a chance to move into a first-place tie with Arlington, the Dufur Rangers now see themselves tied for second place with South Wasco County after a three-set sweep loss to the No. 5-ranked Lady Honkers Friday at Dufur High School. Arlington won the first set by a 25-11 score, and then used an ace by Sadie Weatherford to capture a 25-13 second-set victory to go ahead in the match, 2-0.

October 8, 2016 2:42 p.m. read more..

Dufur pulls out all of the stops in victory

DUFUR – Ready to make amends after last week’s road loss to Sherman, the No. 2-ranked Dufur Rangers dominated from start to finish in a lopsided 58-14 victory over previously undefeated Arlington Friday in a Big Sky Conference football game played at Dufur High School. Whether it was the efficient offense, the precise special teams or the punishing defense, the Rangers showed their championship form by racking up 456 yards of offense and holding Arlington to 119 yards

October 8, 2016 2:39 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Cast vote for Clinton

To the editor: The time has arrived when we must make our decision for president. The choice has become clearer and clearer. One of the candidates, Hillary Clinton, will bring a lifetime of relevant experience to the position.

October 8, 2016 2:14 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Outstanding choice

To the editor: I have known Pat Arnold since she and her family moved to Trout Lake in the 1980s. From the time she moved into the area to the present, Pat has been actively involved in service to our community and Klickitat County.

October 8, 2016 2:12 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Stand with farmers

To the editor: Yes, we need tax reform in Oregon but, it should include businesses and legislators who have the opportunity to vet and negotiate to make any taxation as fair and equitable as possible. Taxation at the ballot box doesn’t provide a fair and open public discussion of the consequences of a tax proposal.

October 8, 2016 2:12 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: PC speech police

To the editor: The politically correct speech police in concert with the Obama/Clinton mass media continue to throw the Trumpster in the dumpster while protectively lifting his opponent on high as they carry Clinton toward the White House. Such loyalty!

October 8, 2016 2:11 p.m. read more..

Elected Through Terror

Law enforcement officers face potentially deadly challenges every day they are on the job. There is no such thing as “routine” in police work, and being prepared for the unexpected is standard operating procedure. Yet what former Wasco County Sheriff Art Labrousse encountered was truly unique, and there was no way to prepare for the bizarre situation he found himself having to contend with. Just three years before Labrousse was elected sheriff, Oregon had been invaded — literally — by members of a religious sect known as the Rajneeshees. The Rajneeshees had purchased a 64,000-acre property — called the “Big Muddy Ranch” — in southeast Wasco County, about 20 miles from tiny, rustic Antelope, Ore.

October 8, 2016 1:57 p.m. read more..

‘88 TDHS grad lauded for investigation

Mitch France, a 1988 graduate of The Dalles High School, and now a detective with the Newport Police Department, was honored for his work overseeing a complex and regionally significant homicide case. The department gave him a Distinguished Service Award in September for his work in the case against a woman who threw her autistic 6-year-old son, London McCabe, off the Yaquina Bay Bridge in December 2014.

October 8, 2016 1:31 p.m. read more..

Chamber objects to M97

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce has voted unanimously to oppose Measure 97 out of the belief the new tax threatens the viability of small businesses, the agriculture community and low to middle-income consumers.

October 8, 2016 1:28 p.m. read more..

Farmers voice Measure 97 fears

Farmers in Wasco County are on the move to educate people in large urban centers of Oregon, which usually carry the vote, about how devastating passage of Measure 97 would be to food production. In Oregon, agriculture is the second largest industry, supporting more than 326,000 full- or part-time jobs and producing commodities valued at about $5.4 billion per year. So the overall economic loss could be great if the proposed new tax of 2.5 percent on gross receipts — before expenditures are deducted — of corporations with sales over $25 million goes into play.

October 8, 2016 1:07 p.m. read more..

Friday, October 7

No. 14 SWC beats Condon

Coming off a thrilling five-set victory Tuesday against Sherman, the South Wasco County Redsides recorded their ninth non-tournament sweep of the season by scores of 25-16, 25-14 and 25-17 over sixth-place Condon-Wheeler in a Big Sky Conference volleyball match played Thursday in Maupin.

October 7, 2016 11:56 a.m. read more..

A meet of firsts for Riverside Academy gymnasts

This was the case for four Riverside gymnasts, Brianna Adams, Taylor Cummins, Erica Matthisen and McKenna Strain. For the first time, these athletes performed their routines before a daunting crowd of onlookers and the watchful eyes of decision-making judges.

October 7, 2016 11:46 a.m. read more..

Rangers finding ways to come through

Playing without two starters, the Rangers won their season-high fifth straight match and moved their record to 5-0 in five-set matches overall after defeating the Ione Cardinals by a 15-8 margin in the finale Thursday in a Big Sky Conference matchup played at Dufur High School.

October 7, 2016 11:43 a.m. read more..

Thursday, October 6


Letter to the editor; Take a stand

To the editor: It is time for AmeriTies to take responsibility for the poor health of this town. The community must wake up and be true to their understanding of facts, perception of good and evil, and their determination to act and serve on behalf of all of our families and neighbors. It is time to stand together, listen to each other and take care of our children.

October 6, 2016 12:27 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: No to Trump

To the editor: I’m slightly confused about this “make America great again” slogan. It seems to me the last time the red team had the presidency (and Congress) we started an unnecessary war that has killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people.

October 6, 2016 12:26 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Be informed

To the editor: Listening to a portion of a local live radio program recently that featured guests flinging unsubstantiated conjecture about presidential candidates in an embarrassing display of middle school logic, I had a visceral response

October 6, 2016 12:25 p.m. read more..

Police: Local clown threat a hoax

Police say reports are unsubstantiated and not credible about a possible clown attack Friday at local schools, but they will patrol the schools anyway, so students “are safe and also feel safe,” said The Dalles Police Chief Patrick Ashmore.

October 6, 2016 11:56 a.m. read more..

Local racers compete in Portland

In what's considered by most people as a fun and family-oriented sport, over 250 motorcyclists compete every Thursday in Portland races, including the Barrier family of The Dalles.

October 6, 2016 11:54 a.m. read more..

Athlete of the Week: Ezekiel Stelzer

Last Week: Against a challenging group of 66 runners, Stelzer, a first-time cross country participant this season, wound up in fifth place at the Champoeg Invitational hosted by Newberg High School on Oct. 1 with a personal-record final time of 16 minutes and 36.4 seconds.

October 6, 2016 11:05 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, October 5


Community ed classes start

Community education classes are starting up again this Thursday at Wahtonka Community School, with a range of classes from guitar to knitting to movie discussions.

October 5, 2016 1:58 p.m. read more..

TD vies for health help

The Dalles is one step closer to possibly winning a designation as a Blue Zone project, which brings in paid staff for a multi-year, broad-based effort to improve the community’s health.

October 5, 2016 1:55 p.m. read more..

Concerts lose cash, retain city support

Both featured concerts in The Dalles Summer Celebration series lost money, but promoters, most members of The Dalles City Council and Mayor Steve Lawrence are satisfied with the outcome.

October 5, 2016 1:53 p.m. read more..

TD volleyball makes gains in loss to No. 7 HRV

The Lady Riverhawks ended up losing in sweep fashion to No. 7-ranked Hood River Valley by an average margin of 5.3 points, but it was a marked improvement from the last time these two squads locked horns on Sept. 22 when the Eagles came away with a sweep by an average of 10.3 points.

October 5, 2016 12:25 p.m. read more..

Hawks play a complete game in shutout

Brooke McCall scored two goals and added an assist, as the Lady Riverhawks picked up three-second half goals to break open a scoreless halftime tie in a 4-0 shutout win over Pendleton Tuesday in a Columbia River Conference match played in The Dalles.

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

Tuesday, October 4


Letter to the editor: Time for change

To the editor: Washington needs a competent secretary of state. Kim Wyman is not that person. She has failed as the chief elections officer. According to the Secretary of State website, their mission is: “Safeguarding vital government records, documents, publications and process” and “Preserve the integrity of elections in Washing ton state.” Wyman has failed both these missions. Tina Podlodowski found a pathway into the state’s voter registration database that anyone with basic programming skills could access.

October 4, 2016 3:06 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Homeless youth

To the editor: Members of our community, we have before us an opportunity to help a segment of our family that, prior to now, has had no safe means of support or care.

October 4, 2016 3:05 p.m. read more..

Western chow, entertainment for good cause

Whether it’s date night or an evening to socialize with family or friends, the Mid-Columbia Senior Center is the place to be Friday evening. “It’s a fall shindig,” said Ashley Lauterbach, one of the organizers and assistant director of The Dalles Meals on Wheels.

October 4, 2016 2:59 p.m. read more..

New face on Main Street

Jeremiah Paulsen is a relative newcomer to The Dalles – he has lived here for about two years — but his presence could end up having a pretty big impact on the downtown area. Paulsen is project coordinator for The Dalles Main Street, a nonprofit organization geared toward boosting the economic vitality of downtown, and one of Paulsen’s primary objectives is to come up with ways to increase foot traffic to the city’s business district.

October 4, 2016 2:58 p.m. read more..

Clinic renamed after decorated soldier

It’s official, the local medical and mental health center for veterans has a new sign posted that designates the building as the Loren R. Kaufman VA Clinic. On Saturday morning, two federal officials joined local government leaders, administrators from the Oregon Military Department and community members at the dedication ceremony. The event took place at the Oregon Veterans’ Home and was attended by several members of Kaufman’s family.

October 4, 2016 2:51 p.m. read more..

Huskies show a flair for the dramatics

MORO – Sherman built an early lead, but the defending champion Dufur Rangers never threw in the towel. In this big-game showdown, there were plenty of twists and turns throughout, with each team having an opportunity to seize the momentum.

October 4, 2016 11:40 a.m. read more..

TD gets its numbers right at Champoeg

Riverhawk varsity runners Emma Mullins and Ezekiel Stelzer each captured fifth-place honors, Bill Burns won the boys’ junior varsity race, and the four teams as a whole amassed 27 personal-bests and eight season-best times at Saturday’s Champoeg Invitational in Newberg.

October 4, 2016 11:35 a.m. read more..

National convention inspires candidate

Inspired by attending the Democratic National Convention as a Bernie Sanders delegate, Solea Kabakov took Sanders’ advice to get involved in local politics and is running for mayor of The Dalles.

October 4, 2016 11:26 a.m. read more..

Saturday, October 1


Guest Commentary: Local chamber joins opposition to M97

The Dalles Chamber of Commerce has joined a broad coalition of more than 24,000 Oregon consumers, small businesses, family farmers, health care professionals, educators, community leaders and organizations all opposed to Measure 97, the $6 billion tax on sales on the November ballot.

October 1, 2016 12:17 p.m. read more..

Riverhawks lose second straight

The Dalles football team scored a late first-quarter touchdown, but the 4A La Grande Tigers scored 49 unanswered points to seal a 63-6 victory Friday.

October 1, 2016 12:11 p.m. read more..

Lady Redsides keep on chugging

The South Wasco County Redsides were able to get some contributions from everyone on the team against Mitchell-Spray, as Laurynn Davis, Reese Millis and Caitlyn Stebbins had a kill each, and the team added nine aces and 13 total kills in Friday’s three-game Big Sky Conference sweep at home in Maupin.

October 1, 2016 12:08 p.m. read more..

A Boot is Born

Throughout the Danner Boots factory floor in Portland, computer monitors provide workers with updates every 15 seconds on where productivity levels are — and where they should be. While that struck a reporter as intense time pressure, it was seen by Chris Perrotti, the commercialization manager for Danner, in a wholly different light: “I love it. It’s really organized, just like the military.”

October 1, 2016 11:41 a.m. read more..

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