Stories for September 2016


Friday, September 30

Valkenburgh memorial Sat.

A memorial service for Meredith “Van” Van Valkenburgh, who practiced law for over 60 years in The Dalles and passed away last month, is set for Saturday, Oct. 1. The service begins at 2 p.m. and will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1805 Minnesota St.

September 30, 2016 2:30 p.m. read more..

Simple test saves lives

After prostate cancer claimed the life of his father, Terry Armentrout of The Dalles knew that he would be at higher risk for the disease and made regular checkups a priority.

September 30, 2016 2:09 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Stray cat

To the editor: If anyone spots a stray cat in the area of Goodwill, please call me at 541 980 0774. Home at Last or any cat lover will confine it until a representative of a cat rescue can pick it up.

September 30, 2016 1:58 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Be watchful

To the editor: The Union Pacific Railroad was created in 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln as a crucial part of the successful Civil War effort.

September 30, 2016 1:57 p.m. read more..

New line on track in Mosier

Wasco County has given a green light to Union Pacific Railroad’s expansion plans for the Mosier area. On Sept. 26, the county planning commission voted 5-2 to approve the railroad’s “Mosier Double Track Extension” project, although there are multiple conditions attached to the approval.

September 30, 2016 1:47 p.m. read more..

Giving everyone a voice

Building community partnerships is essential to job creation and that takes open dialogue and transparency in the decision making process, says Susan Barr Harris, a mayoral candidate.

September 30, 2016 1:29 p.m. read more..

Elementary school goes on lockdown

The grade school in Maupin went into lockdown for a time Wednesday morning because a man was asking questions about when children would be out and around, according to police logs.

September 30, 2016 1:27 p.m. read more..

La Grande drops TD boys' soccer team, 4-1

The Dalles boys’ soccer team scored at the 15-minute mark, but the La Grande Tigers tallied four consecutive goals to secure a 4-1 victory Thursday in The Dalles. The Dalles girls’ soccer team had seven shots on goal and goalkeeper Addie Klindt made four saves, as La Grande broke open a 1-0 halftime lead with two second-half goals to secure a 3-0 win.

September 30, 2016 11:19 a.m. read more..

Thursday, September 29


Riverhawks ready to rebound in La Grande

The Dalles Riverhawks are going to need a top-flight effort in all three phases of the game in order to come out on top in Friday’s contest versus quarterback Andrew Peasley, running back is Isaac Chamberlain, receiver Zack Jacobs and the La Grande Tigers.

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

1A dynamos fight to the finish

At 7 p.m. Friday in Moro, the Rangers get their chance to exact a little revenge, as both teams enter action with a combined 7-1 record, two of the most prolific scoring offenses and top-5 defenses.

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

Hawks hit a home run at Nelson Invite

The Riverhawks claimed first place in the boys’ and girls’ junior varsity and varsity divisions, and Emma Mullins and Zerin Croover each picked up wins in their respective races at the Bridgette Nelson Invitational held at Sorosis Park in The Dalles.

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

Wednesday, September 28

Kirchhofer certified for retirement services

Douglas Kirchhofer, financial advisor for Northwestern Mutual, has earned the Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP) professional designation from The American College, Bryn Mawr, Penn.

September 28, 2016 3:50 p.m. read more..

Tennison leads nursing team

Leana Tennison has been named the new Director of Nursing at Columbia Basin Care, a not-for-profit nursing home in The Dalles offering long-term care and short-term rehabilitation. She joined Columbia Basin in September, managing the clinical needs of over 60 residents and providing leadership to a team of caregivers, according to a press release from the care facility.

September 28, 2016 3:50 p.m. read more..

Investment in Golf

Mike Urness (left), president of The Dalles Country Club, accepted deliver of four Toro mowers from Bill Franzke, territory manager for Western Equipment & Irrigation in Sherwood, on Monday. Urness said each of the four mowers is designed for a specific use in maintaining fairways, greens, tee-boxes, and rough at the golf course.

September 28, 2016 3:47 p.m. read more..

What's happening from Sept. 28

September Wednesday, September 28 GORGE CHAPTER: Coastal Conservation Association Oregon is seeking to form a gorge chapter and invites people interested in keeping fishing licenses affordable and hatcheries open to come to a meeting starting at 6 p.m. at the Charburger Country in Hood River, 4100 Westcliff Drive. For more information call Chris Cone at 541-213-1464.

September 28, 2016 3:43 p.m. read more..

Helicopter activities resume in scenic area

With the decrease in fire risk this fall, helicopter activity will resume in the upper Catherine and Major Creek areas as part of a project to restore historic forest types in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The area is located northwest of Lyle and the Klickitat River.

September 28, 2016 3:42 p.m. read more..

TD, HR robber sentenced

A Hood River man was sentenced this week for robbing a business in his hometown and another in Wasco County. Tucker Douglas Shepherd, 21, will spend nine years in prison and pay restitution to both Subway in Hood River and Jack’s Mini Mart in The Dalles. Hood River County District Attorney John Sewell and Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley worked together on a settlement for both cases. “We felt the sentence was fair and appropriate,” said Nisley. Shepherd held up the Subway on Cascade Avenue with a shotgun on July 3 before fleeing the scene with cash in tow. \He was arrested at Hood River Library later that week. He also robbed Jack’s by The Dalles Bridge the day before his arrest. Shepherd appeared last week before Judge John Wolf in the Hood River County courthouse, via video feed from Northern Oregon Regional Corrections facility, to enter his first guilty plea. Except for briefly answering Wolf’s questions, Shepherd didn’t speak during his hearing. It was over in about five minutes. Shepherd’s attorney, Bernice Melamud, testified, “On July 3, 2016, Mr. Shepherd entered Subway in Hood River with a shotgun and threatened physical force on (a female Subway employee) who was working at the cash register, in the course of committing theft.”

September 28, 2016 3:39 p.m. read more..

TDMS teacher nabs Carnegie gig

Leslie Sullivan teaches her music students at The Dalles Middle School the importance of striving for their dreams. On Oct. 2, she will live out one of her own by singing at Carnegie Hall.

September 28, 2016 3:38 p.m. read more..

Lawrence asks voters for third term

In 2012 and 2014, Steve Lawrence ran unopposed for mayor of The Dalles. This year, he faces two opponents – Solea Kabakov and Susan Barr Harris. But Lawrence said he believes having a contested race is good for voters, because it allows for a wider discussion of various issues.

September 28, 2016 3:31 p.m. read more..

Road closure Thursday

City of The Dalles Public Works Department will be repairing a section of water main line along East Scenic Drive Thursday, Sept. 29. Traffic control flaggers will direct one-lane traffic at the intersection of East Scenic Drive and Ester Way between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to facilitate the main line work.

September 28, 2016 1:02 p.m. read more..

Riverhawk football gets first loss of ‘16 campaign

Dominique Seufalemua tallied 96 yards rushing with two scores, and the receiving combination of Dakota Murr and Glenn Breckterfield combined for five catches for 95 yards, but White Salmon erased a 20-17 fourth-quarter deficit with 27 unanswered points in a 44-20 victory Friday in a non-league football game.

September 28, 2016 12:49 p.m. read more..

Rangers sweep past Mitchell

Chloe Beeson dropped seven kills, five digs and a block, Haili Wolf-DePriest added a season-high 10 service aces and the No. 15 Dufur Rangers scored a three-game sweep over Mitchell-Spray Tuesday in a league match in Spray.

September 28, 2016 12:43 p.m. read more..

TD loses in league opener to Hermiston

Freddy Rodriguez scored three goals and added an assist, and Anthony Carillo scored twice to lead the Hermiston Bulldogs to a 6-0 shutout victory at Discovery Field in The Dalles.

September 28, 2016 12:40 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, September 27

Cop charged by dog, fires weapon

A city police officer responding to a call last Thursday afternoon of two dogs attacking chickens had to shoot several times when one of the dogs charged at him.

September 27, 2016 5:20 p.m. read more..

City rules govern election signs

When Stephanie Rawlings, a server at Zim’s Brau Haus, hung a campaign banner for The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence on the east side of the outdoor parklet, she did not know that act was prohibited by the city’s sign code.

September 27, 2016 5:18 p.m. read more..

Pipe bomb found at Rowena Crest

A Portland man taking pictures at Rowena Crest Friday afternoon spotted what turned out to be a pipe bomb, which was detonated by the Oregon State Police bomb squad hours later.

September 27, 2016 5:17 p.m. read more..

Huskies strike fast in a blowout

The Sherman Huskies racked up 267 yards rushing, and senior quarterback Kyle Fields completed 6 of 8 passes for 119 yards in a 66-0 shutout victory over South Wasco County Friday in a Big Sky conference tilt played in Moro.

September 27, 2016 11:33 a.m. read more..

No. 2 Dufur runs wild in rout of Perrydale

DUFUR – Make it 4-0 for the Dufur Rangers. In a dominating performance on Friday evening, the Rangers scored first and never looked back, rolling to a solid win in their league opener against the Perrydale Pirates. The final score was 56-14.

September 27, 2016 11:30 a.m. read more..

Saturday, September 24

Native Americans protest effort to bottle water in town

SALEM (AP) — Native Americans dressed in traditional garb came to the Oregon State Capitol on Wednesday to protest persistent attempts to bring a Nestle water bottling plant to an Oregon county that rejected the plan in a ballot measure in May. One protester is on a hunger strike.

September 24, 2016 1:57 p.m. read more..

Local netters hit the hardwood

Jada Myers had a team-high six kills and Kyrsten Sprouse tacked on five aces, as the No. 19 South Wasco County volleyball team came away with a three-set sweep Thursday over Mitchell-Spray in a Big Sky Conference matchup in Mitchell. The Lady Redsides came on strong at the start of action, taking a 25-13 tally for a 1-0 lead.

September 24, 2016 1:20 p.m. read more..

TD captures 3-1 triumph to end streak

The Dalles has been steadily progressing, knocking on victory’s door in their past two soccer matches. Thursday, they finally broke through with three unanswered goals to capture a 3-1 win over St. Helens in a non-league contest played at Discovery Field in The Dalles.

September 24, 2016 1:10 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Days of Culture

To the editor: Days of Culture are an important part of Gilliam County. When the Cultural Coalition was not able to promote the Days of Culture 2016, our Gilliam County Development picked up the reins and made it happen!

September 24, 2016 1:06 p.m. read more..

Letter To the Editor: Red, blue issue

To the editor: I’m writing in response to the Crosstalk on Sept. 20, “Are red or blue states more livable.” I think the method of the two writers says as much as their specifics.

September 24, 2016 1 p.m. read more..

Score one for youth

Coordinating soccer games for 650 children and teens is no small task, but a volunteer force makes sure there are coaches and playing fields ready for 10 weeks of action each fall.

September 24, 2016 12:42 p.m. read more..

Friday, September 23


Fire highlights fall danger

Temperatures may be getting much cooler as the calendar moves into autumn, but the risk of wildfires has not significantly diminished. A grass fire that started Wednesday night on Doane Road south of The Dalles vividly demonstrates the point.

September 23, 2016 3 p.m. read more..

Way of the world

My children call me Mammy. It’s an Irish thing. I was in California visiting three of my grandchildren when I saw my 4-year-old grandson, “B,” having a bit of a tiff with his mother. She had let him have Lucky Charms cereal for breakfast. He, of course, had eaten all the marshmallow stars and none of the rest of the cereal and was asking for more. She said, not only would there be no more today, but there would not be anymore until he was old enough to eat everything in the bowl and drink his milk.

September 23, 2016 2:54 p.m. read more..

‘Mammy’ wins essay contest

Widge Johnson of The Dalles decided to share a memorable moment in a grandparent essay contest because “this particular story still cracks me up.” Joan Silver, organizing the contest for the Mid-Columbia Senior Center, read Johnson’s entry, the first to be submitted, and knew instantly that it would be a tough act to follow.

September 23, 2016 2:47 p.m. read more..

Man drowns in reservoir

An elderly fisherman was reported missing Tuesday, Sept. 20, and his body found the next day in Pine Hollow Reservoir.

September 23, 2016 2:46 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Thanks city

To the editor: I write this letter in amazement. The other day the city of The Dalles did something that damaged my driveway somewhat. In 32 years of living in The Dalles it never seemed necessary to engage with the city. It always seemed that if I did my thing that everything was okay.

September 23, 2016 12:58 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: You will pay

To the editor: Everyone agrees that M97 will provide $3 billion of new revenue each year for the state of Oregon. That is pretty much a given. The two issues most disagreed upon are where will the revenue be spent and who will pay the tax?

September 23, 2016 12:57 p.m. read more..

Get hooked by fishery plans

Coastal Conservation Association Oregon is asking area sports fishers to join their effort to keep license fees affordable and hatcheries open. A meeting to further explore formation of a gorge chapter is available at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Charburger Country restaurant in Hood River, 4100 Westcliff Drive.

September 23, 2016 12:44 p.m. read more..

Group offers helping hand to immigrants

Help is now within much closer reach for immigrants in The Dalles and elsewhere in the Columbia River Gorge. In July, a nonprofit law firm called Immigration Counseling Service (ICS) opened an office in Hood River that serves people throughout the gorge.

September 23, 2016 12:39 p.m. read more..

Curious kids quiz cop

The questions came fast and furious. Have you ever seen a dead person? Ever shot anyone? Ever been pulled over? Ever been tased?

September 23, 2016 12:36 p.m. read more..

Huskies, Redsides ready for a showdown

Two local teams, just 39 miles apart, get a chance to square off at 7 p.m. tonight in a pivotal Big Sky Conference football contest, as the South Wasco County Redsides hit the gridiron against the No. 14-ranked Sherman Huskies.

September 23, 2016 noon read more..

Huge 1A test in front of Dufur

Tonight’s Big Sky Conference matchup features much more than a clash between No. 7 Perrydale and No. 4 Dufur, it is a time for the Ranger football program to honor one of their own in a halftime ceremony.

September 23, 2016 noon read more..

Thursday, September 22

Youth run is just five days away

The 20th annual Jumpstart Elementary Cross Country races are fast approaching and more than 300 boys and girls from kindergarten through fifth grade are expected to join in on the fun, starting at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at Sorosis Park.

September 22, 2016 11:52 a.m. read more..

TD boys lose 3-1 to Ridgeview

The Dalles boys’ soccer team lost its fifth in a row, second straight by two goals or fewer, 3-1 to Ridgeview Tuesday in a non-league contest played in Redmond.

September 22, 2016 11:49 a.m. read more..

Pig Bowl a driving force in community

Community members came together Wednesday night for a memorable meeting at Westwind Frame and Gallery in The Dalles to present two checks from the 2016 Pig Bowl football fundraiser event that raised more than $41,000 for the families.

September 22, 2016 11:44 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, September 21

Tum-A-Lum Lumber honored

Tum-A-Lum Lumber Company of Hood River has been named to LBM Journal magazine’s Century Club in recognition of the company’s 110 years of service to the communities it serves, which today includes The Dalles and Pendleton. “We’re honoring lumberyards with a century or more of service to their communities and to our industry,” said Rick Schumacher, LBM Journal publisher and editor.

September 21, 2016 2:04 p.m. read more..

McDonald named ‘Entertainer of the Year’

Jill McDonald of The Dalles, with her husband Thom, have been named as “Entertainers of the Year” by Paint Nite and were recognized at the company’s annual awards gala held in Boston, Mass., last week.

September 21, 2016 2 p.m. read more..

Local man dies at White River Falls

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office has called off the search for the body of a man who jumped off the upper falls at White River Falls State Park 10 days ago. Detective Ray Ward said the man has been identified from witness statements as Ben Hammet III, 34, of Sherman County. His family has been notified by law enforcement.

September 21, 2016 1:01 p.m. read more..

New approach to treatment

The price tag for substantial improvements to the city of The Dalles’ wastewater treatment plant may be getting smaller. In 2013, a series of expensive plant upgrades were identified in the city’s Wastewater Facilities Master Plan. The plan evaluated capacity, impacts of regulatory issues, and the community’s projected residential, commercial and industrial growth needs for the next 20 years.

September 21, 2016 12:51 p.m. read more..

Athlete of the Week: Kayla Seibel

On the week, she had 17 kills with only 2 errors on 35 total swings for a hitting percentage of .429. Seibel also added on six digs, two blocks and two assists.

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

Hawks take home loss to Ridgeview

The Dalles girls’ soccer team feel behind 4-0 at the half, but rallied for a 4-2 deficit midway through the second half, but Ridgeview finished out the final 20 minutes with three unanswered goals to pick up a 7-2 non-league soccer win Tuesday at Discovery Field in The Dalles.

September 21, 2016 12:26 p.m. read more..

TD netters show resolve in win

In addition to 13 aces as a team, Jodi Thomasian and Bailey LeBreton combined for 18 kills and 10 blocks, Kilee Hoylman added 21 digs and Hannah Wallis dished up a season-high 35 assists to lead The Dalles to a five-set win over Pendleton Tuesday night at Kurtz Gym.

September 21, 2016 12:23 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, September 20

Dying fir, pine trees dot horizon

It is not unusual to see orange, rust and brown foliage dotting the landscape during the fall months, but when evergreens start changing colors, it’s indicative of a problem, Oregon Forestry Department officials say.

September 20, 2016 5:22 p.m. read more..

High bar to remove liquor license

A spokeswoman for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission on Monday laid out rigorous standards that must be met in order to deny a liquor license to an establishment.

September 20, 2016 5:18 p.m. read more..

Rezone hearing set for Oct. 11

The Klickitat County Commission has scheduled an Oct.11 public hearing on a proposal to rezone acreage in Dallesport from single family lots to multi-family. The rezone plan involves property bordered by Third Avenue to the south, Sixth Avenue to the north, and Central Boulevard to the west.

September 20, 2016 5:17 p.m. read more..

Rangers lose two in Culver

The Dufur Rangers lost a pair of matches Saturday in a double dual at Culver High School, losing in four games to St. Paul and in three games to Culver.

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

Dufur defense drops the hammer down on Adrian

The Dufur defense had its best performance of the season Friday, posting three interceptions, a fumble recovery, eight tackles for a loss and just 11 yards passing in a 50-0 shutout victory on the road against Adrian. The Sherman Huskies had five touchdowns of 34 yards or more, including three 80-yard scores in the first quarter, in a 50-0 rout of Ione Friday in a Big Sky Conference contest at Ione High School.

September 20, 2016 11:19 a.m. read more..

Numbers keep dropping for TD runners

Deep in the Idaho forests in Hayden Lake, Idaho, under rainy conditions, The Dalles Cross Country team set 17 personal records and added 11 season-best marks Saturday in the Coeur d’Alene Invitational Meet.

September 20, 2016 11:17 a.m. read more..

Saturday, September 17


Sponsors help bring bullying speaker

With the help of sponsors, St. Mary’s Academy is bringing Jodee Blanco, billed as the country’s most sought-after anti-bullying speaker, to The Dalles for a daylong workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

September 17, 2016 2:11 p.m. read more..

Anti-bullying speaker in The Dalles September 20

Jodee Blanco was bullied at school from the fifth grade on. An “old soul” who was different and didn’t fit in, she was beaten, stoned, teased, left out, and invited to fake parties as a set-up. Now she’s a New York Times bestselling author who has taken the principles of her top seller, “Please Stop Laughing at Me,” to over 500,000 students at speaking engagements around the world and across the U.S. Her next stop will be in The Dalles, on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at St. Mary’s Academy.

September 17, 2016 2:02 p.m. read more..

Led by defense, Riverhawks move record to 3-0

Friday, in their 36-0 shutout of Mac-Hi, the Riverhawks allowed 1.9 yards per rush, gave up 31 yards passing, blocked two punts, racked up 3.5 sacks and recovered three fumbles, including a 31-yard touchdown return by Glenn Breckterfield at the 10 minute and 58-second mark of the third quarter.

September 17, 2016 noon read more..

Redsides putting in work for league prep

The team ended up on the wrong end of a 60-0 score against Big Sky Conference opponent Arlington/Condon, but senior quarterback Andrew Lindley is looking forward to breaking down the film and attacking practices head-on next week in preparation for the Sherman Huskies on Friday.

September 17, 2016 11:54 a.m. read more..

Friday, September 16

Hummmm ends Saturday with music

The “Hummm” exhibit ends its run with a free live concert Saturday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. Artist Midori Hirose and Cascade Singers are collaborating in the event to be held on the second floor the Morin Printing building, part of historic Vogt Opera House, at 308 Washington St., The Dalles. Music featured at the Opera House between 1888 and 1916 will be interspersed with historic sketches of the theater’s history. There is no seating available so persons attending are invited to bring a camp stool or folding chair. The Hummm exhibit is open through Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m

September 16, 2016 3:50 p.m. read more..

City targets ‘sitting disease’ with desks

The city of The Dalles is doing its part to help find a cure for “sitting disease.” In a move to keep its employees healthier, the city has launched a new program to provide sit-or-stand work stations for employees who must be at their desks most of the day.

September 16, 2016 3:29 p.m. read more..

Gorge health focus scores prize

A national foundation has honored Columbia Gorge health providers and community organizations with a $25,000 award for their inclusive and collaborative approach to health care.

September 16, 2016 3:28 p.m. read more..

Dufur holds firm on Pastime license

Cliff Wirtz, owner of the Dufur Pastime, asked the Dufur City Council Tuesday to reconsider its decision to recommend that his annual state liquor license not be renewed.

September 16, 2016 3:27 p.m. read more..

Athlete of the Week

The junior receiver posted offensive stats of 46 yards receiving, 48 yds rushing, and a total of 133 all-purpose yards. He caught the go-ahead touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, and also led the defensive charge with 9.5 tackles.

September 16, 2016 12:18 p.m. read more..

Rangers add to a sweep streak

Chloe Beeson had 15 kills, seven aces and a career-high four kills and, Sydnee Byers tacked on five kills and eight aces to lead the Dufur Rangers as they battled back from deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 to defeat Ione in five games Thursday in a Big Sky Conference volleyball match played at Ione High School.

September 16, 2016 12:15 p.m. read more..

Early goals help sink Riverhawks

The Dalles allowed an early goal, three minutes into play, and also gave up an insurance tally at the 34-minute mark, in their 2-0 shutout loss to 4A Madras Thursday at Discovery Field.

September 16, 2016 12:12 p.m. read more..

Thursday, September 15


River Traffic

A fishing boat set up to work with gillnets motors down the Columbia River in The Dalles as a tanker train, typically used to transport oil by rail, waits on a Burlington Northern Santa Fe side line near Dallesport for the eastbound Amtrak passenger train to pass.

September 15, 2016 2:31 p.m. read more..

TDHS has 21 AP scholars

In a first, a valedictorian of the class of 2016 at The Dalles High School, Katie Burns, has earned the prestigious “National Scholar” designation, the highest level of AP Scholar.

September 15, 2016 2:27 p.m. read more..

City changes urban renewal

It’s a case of “back to the future” for the The Dalles’ Urban Renewal Agency Board. On Monday evening, The Dalles City Council voted 4-0 to approve an ordinance that revises the structure of the agency, creating one board where there were two previously.

September 15, 2016 2:15 p.m. read more..

Tech Talks to begin in Oct.

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce and Google are launching a first of its kind educational series for the community called “Tech Talk” on Oct. 5. The idea was sparked at this year’s Googlefest at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, which introduced members of the business, nonprofit and educational community to Google tools and techniques that might benefit their work.

September 15, 2016 2:10 p.m. read more..

Firewise workshop Oct. 1 in Goldendale

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Central Klickitat Conservation District will offer a Firewise workshop for landowners on how to reduce the threat of a destructive wildfire Saturday, Oct. 1.

September 15, 2016 1:18 p.m. read more..

TD approves new pot sales ordinance

After two months on hold and one more lengthy reading of the entire ordinance, The Dalles City Council approved a marijuana ordinance Monday. The reading of the full ordinance – which actually was a tape recording of the first reading at the July 25 council meeting -- took about 40 minutes. The reading was done at the request of City Councilor Dan Spatz.

September 15, 2016 1:12 p.m. read more..

POW/MIA recognized Friday

Ceremonies will take place throughout the nation Friday, Sept. 16, for National POW/MIA (Prisoner of War/Missing in Action) Recognition Day, including a remembrance ceremony at Sorosis Park, 350 E. Scenic Drive, in The Dalles.

September 15, 2016 1:10 p.m. read more..

Dallman happy with team’s progression

At first glance, it may seem to be a concern, but head coach Matthew Dallman said at this point in the season, results don’t matter to him, as long as the team is showing progress, which they are.

September 15, 2016 10:58 a.m. read more..

TD fares better in loss to 6A Franklin

Although the Riverhawks lost to 6A Franklin Tuesday at home, Nunez noticed a much more determined group on the soccer field, giving him hope that good things could be coming down the road this season.

September 15, 2016 10:54 a.m. read more..

Hawks ready to pounce on the Pioneers

Head coach Steve Sugg is liking the current trend, but has been hammering home to his team that they cannot afford to overlook any opponent, especially this Friday’s guests, Mac-Hi, who the Hawks trounced last season, 43-0.

September 15, 2016 10:52 a.m. read more..

Pig Bowl fundraiser is Saturday

Annual football game to help families in need The 14th annual Pig Bowl, a friendly flag football competition between Oregon and Washington law enforcement officers, will be 7 p.m. Sept. 17, at the Wahtonka field.

September 15, 2016 6:33 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, September 14

Rangers and Huskies show their mettle

DUFUR – Playing in front of a capacity crowd in Dufur, the Lady Rangers and the Sherman Huskies played a playoff-caliber match where two points separated all three sets. In the end, Dufur was able to make the plays down the stretch to capture a three-game sweep.

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

Hawks take a road win at Redmond

With Columbia River Conference play just a day away, The Dalles head volleyball coach Neticia Fanene was hoping for a confidence-building performance from her varsity squad. She got it on Tuesday.

September 14, 2016 12:50 p.m. read more..

SWC sweeps past Horizon

Ana Popchock had a team-leading five kills, Allie Noland tacked on seven aces and the South Wasco County Redsides came away with a three-game sweep over Horizon Christian Tuesday in a Big Sky Conference battle in Maupin. On the year, the Redsides have five wins, four of those coming by a sweep and they have swept Sherman, Ione and Horizon Christian in a span of seven calendar days.

September 14, 2016 12:47 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, September 13


Authors Gather

Author Yvonne Wakefield, a resident of The Dalles, signed books and chatted with community members during Klindt’s Booksellers’ Northwest Author Festival on Saturday. Wakefield, author of Babe in the Woods, a memoir of Wakefield’s move into the wilderness, was among a group of 11 authors who signed books during the three-hour event.

September 13, 2016 4:40 p.m. read more..

Fire district seeks bond

With a 20-year building bond retiring soon, Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue is asking voters to approve a new $3.85 million bond to replace aging fire apparatus and ambulances and do property maintenance. Property taxes would not increase if the Nov. 8 bond passes, said Fire Chief Bob Palmer.

September 13, 2016 4:37 p.m. read more..

Google will buy acreage

Google purchased 42 acres of industrial land in June and has made a prospective purchase agreement to buy another 96 acres — the old Northwest Aluminum smelter site.

September 13, 2016 4:11 p.m. read more..

Dufur netters earn tourney split

Riding a three-match winning streak entering Saturday’s volleyball tournament in Helix, the No. 25-ranked Dufur Rangers salvaged a two-match split against Cove and Imbler, the win coming in sweep fashion against Cove.

September 13, 2016 11:59 a.m. read more..

TD harriers coming on strong

In their first regular season meet of the 2016 campaign, The Dalles cross country set 24 personal records, 16 on the junior varsity side at the 12th annual Tualatin Invitational Saturday.

September 13, 2016 11:51 a.m. read more..

Sherman offense throttles past Triad

Jacob Justesen and Maverick Winslow combined for 286 yards and five touchdowns as the Sherman Huskies dispatched Triad in a 52-16 blowout victory Saturday in a 1A football game played at a neutral site in Redmond.

September 13, 2016 11:47 a.m. read more..

Old Lady Canyon fire rekindles

Wildfire rekindled Monday afternoon in the area of 782 Old Highway 8 in southeast Klickitat, rapidly spreading west and south toward Highway 14 and the area of Sundale, Wash. As of 6:30 p.m. Monday, the fire had burned approximately 3,500 acres, according a press release from the Klickitat County Sheriff's Office.

September 13, 2016 10:57 a.m. read more..

Saturday, September 10


Letter to the Editor: Cougar killing is sad

To the editor: The recent killing of a cougar by police officers on Browns Creek Road is a sad incident that probably could have been avoided (Cougar killed on Browns Creek, Sept. 7, 2016).

September 10, 2016 12:46 p.m. read more..

Artifacts keep 9/11 memory alive

When the World Trade Center was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, 2,606 people died and the twin towers were reduced to hundreds of thousands of tons of debris. More than 2,600 artifacts have gone to 1,585 fire and police departments, schools and museums, and other nonprofit organizations in every state and at least eight other countries, according to a report by the Associated Press.

September 10, 2016 12:42 p.m. read more..

Dufur bounces back with fire

Bailey Keever threw two touchdown passes, returned a punt for a score and Hagen Pence added scoring runs of 59 and 34, as the Rangers jumped ahead 38-0 through one quarter of play in a 54-12 rout on the road.

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

TD storms back to stun Fort Vancouver

In the second half, however, Dominique Seufalemua completed 8 of 15 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown and rushed seven times for 48 yards and two scores to help the Riverhawks erase a 14-7 second-half deficit in a 28-14 comeback victory at Sid White Field Friday against Fort Vancouver.

September 10, 2016 12:16 p.m. read more..

Horses, mules killed in Sherman

Four horses and two mules that escaped their pasture are dead after being struck Friday by a big rig hauling potatoes in Sherman County.

September 10, 2016 11:29 a.m. read more..

Hood River sheriff deputy charged for private misconduct

Marc Smith, a deputy with the Hood River County Sheriff's Office, was arrested for crimes relating to off-duty conduct Sept. 9. Hood River County Sheriff Matt English was notified Sept. 8 of an incident involving Smith and alleged serious misconduct that was unrelated to Smith’s duties as a deputy. English immediately placed Smith on administrative leave and then requested that the Oregon State Police conduct an investigation into the allegations. On Friday, Smith was lodged at Northern Oregon Regional Corrections on charges of luring a minor, two counts of sexual abuse in the third degree, one count of public indecency and two counts of private indecency. At this time, the investigation is ongoing. According to English, the goal of his agency is to be transparent with the public. However, he noted that further release of information at this time could compromise the integrity and sensitive nature of this investigation.

September 10, 2016 11:28 a.m. read more..

A moment seared in time

Bob Palmer recently watched a documentary about United Airlines Flight 93 and was struck by the bravery of passengers who stared death in the face as they made a desperate attempt to stop terrorists from killing more Americans on Sept. 11, 2001. “They were the real heroes of the day,” said Palmer, chief of Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue in The Dalles. Flight 93 took off from Newark International Airport in New Jersey about 8:42 a.m. and had originally been headed for California.

September 10, 2016 11:25 a.m. read more..

Art center director hacked

The personal Facebook page of Carmen Toll, executive director of The Dalles Art Center, was hacked between Wednesday night and Thursday morning by someone who “friended” her contacts and then asked for donations to a grant program. “We don’t think anyone was scammed but, if they were, they need to contact the police and file a report,” said Lettie Young, assistant director of the center.

September 10, 2016 11:19 a.m. read more..

9/11 memorial planned Sunday

Community members are invited by Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue to join emergency responders Sunday for an observance of the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the East Coast. Firefighters and law enforcement officials will gather at 7 a.m. at Station One, 1400 W. Eighth Street in The Dalles, for the short program. “When 9/11 happened, the mantra became ‘Never Forget,’ and I think that was not just so that we would remember the losses of that day; it was something that we needed to cement in our minds so that we would guard against it happening again,” said Fire Chief Bob Palmer. Palmer opens the ceremony on Sept. 11 by recounting the events of 9/11, and then Chaplain Marilyn Roth will give the invocation.

September 10, 2016 11:17 a.m. read more..

‘Vampire Squadron’ reunites

In an era when drone aircraft increasingly patrol the skies, members of the Vietnam War-era “Vampire Squadron” – called that because the unit’s missions were usually flown at night -- are coming to The Dalles to reconnect and reminisce about the time they served together in wartime.

September 10, 2016 11:15 a.m. read more..

Friday, September 9


Burger and Ball Bash is tonight

Burger and Ball Bash is tonight The Burger and Ball Bash is set for 5-6:45 p.m. Friday in The Dalles. Tickets are $10 for an individual and $40 for a family. Tickets can be purchased from the players, or at the gates Friday. The JV team plays at 4:30 p.m. and varsity starts at 7 p.m. For information, call 541-980-4594.

September 9, 2016 12:18 p.m. read more..

Huskies have big test against Triad

After an inspired second-half finish to action, Sherman coach Bill Blevins is hoping for a better beginning and an even better ending to Saturday’s non-league football game at Redmond High School.

September 9, 2016 12:17 p.m. read more..

TD loses in three to Ridgeview

Hannah Wallis had 16 assists, Kilee Hoylman checked in with 15 digs and the trio of Sierra Watson, Kathryn Bradford and Bailey LeBreton dropped a combined 16 kills, as The Dalles volleyball team lost its first road match of the season in three games to Ridgeview Thursday in Redmond.

September 9, 2016 12:13 p.m. read more..

Redsides break in new digs with a romp

The Lady Redsides converted 92 percent of their serves with 14 aces, and dropped 21 kills on 58 of 67 swings to sweep the defending Big Sky Conference champion Cardinals in a league matchup played Thursday in Maupin.

September 9, 2016 12:09 p.m. read more..

Thursday, September 8

Letter to the editor: Why vote?

To the editor: Why we should get out and vote in our Washington state races. Washington state is predicted to go strongly Democrat in the presidential elections. We have a very popular senate candidate in incumbent Patty Murray.

September 8, 2016 4:50 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: No to UP

o the editor: I want to thank the Wasco County Planning Commission for providing us with the opportunity to register our concerns about Union Pacific’s proposal to expand rail line capacity through the town of Mosier.

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

Letter to the editor: Fresh face

To the editor: I am very excited about supporting Pat Arnold as a candidate for Klickitat County Commissioner. Pat has been a strong supporter of all that we know and love about Klickitat County.

September 8, 2016 4:48 p.m. read more..

Museum features Keith Blaylock

Sherman County resident and metal artist Keith Blaylock is the Sherman County Historical Museum’s featured artist for September. Blaylock was born and raised in Moro, and graduated from Sherman County High School. He has been farming on the family farm, which he now enjoys with his son.

September 8, 2016 4:45 p.m. read more..

Exhibit celebrates final weekend with music

The “Hummm” modern art exhibit ends its run in The Dalles with a free live concert Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Morin Printing Building, 308 Washington St. Artist Midori Hirose and Cascade Singers are collaborating in the event, to be held on the second floor of the building, part of historic Vogt Opera House.

September 8, 2016 4:44 p.m. read more..

Smith runs as write-in

When Sherman County Commissioner Mike Smith narrowly lost the Republican primary last May to challenger Joe Dabulskis, plenty of people asked him to run a write-in campaign. He wasn’t interested at the time, but has decided to throw his hat in the ring after all.

September 8, 2016 4:41 p.m. read more..

Mosier market closing

Between the two of them, Dong and Kim Choi, owners of Mosier Market, have been opening their doors to customers at 8 a.m. every morning, 365 days a year, for 26 years. “All those years, not even one day off,” said Kim.

September 8, 2016 4:39 p.m. read more..

Rail project draws fire at TD hearing

Union Pacific Railroad’s plan to add roughly four miles of new track near Mosier might not have been controversial several years ago. However, times have changed, primarily due to several derailments involving trains carrying crude oil that exploded and burned and — in one particularly horrific accident in eastern Canada — took the lives of dozens of people.

September 8, 2016 4:37 p.m. read more..

Athlete of the Week

Giselle Manzo scored six goals and had three assists in a pair of games against Redmond and Jefferson last week, including a career-high five goals and an assist in leading the Riverhawks to a 9-0 triumph at Redmond, and a one goal, two-assist performance to lead her team to a 7-0 home win over Jefferson on Thursday Sept. 1.

September 8, 2016 11:43 a.m. read more..

Riverhawk Run brings a crowd

Now in its second year, the 1k, 3k and 5k Riverhawk Run/Walk has seen its popularity soar with 131 runners signed in for running action last Saturday at Sorosis Park. Race director Bob Thouvenel liked the numbers he saw from the community.

September 8, 2016 11:37 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, September 7


The festive business of books

On Saturday, Sept. 10, Klindt’s Booksellers and Stationers hosts its third Northwest Author Festival from noon to 3 p.m. One of three book-related festivals hosted by the store, the festival is rooted in a community need, said Joaquin Perez, co-owner of the bookstore with Kristin Klindt. “We get a lot of local authors throughout the year who want to promote their book,” Perez explained.

September 7, 2016 3:22 p.m. read more..

Fishing derby Sept. 24

The 10th annual salmon and steelhead tournament in Wasco is Saturday, Sept. 24. Check in at Heritage Landing, on the mouth of the Deschutes River. Registration is from 5 to 8 a.m., fishing will take place in the Celilo pool of the Columbia River. Tournament fishing in the Deschutes River will not be allowed.

September 7, 2016 3:19 p.m. read more..

Fall library programs begin

Children in grades K-4 are invited to The Dalles-Wasco County Library every week for after school activities. On the fourth Tuesday of each month, beginning Sept. 27, the library will be offering Tuesday Tales at 4 p.m.

September 7, 2016 3:18 p.m. read more..

Library to celebrate author Roald Dahl

The Dalles-Wasco County Library will join bookstores and libraries around the world in celebrating Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday Tuesday, Sept. 13, 4:00 p.m. Dahl was author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and other children and young adult books. This free program will include games, crafts and treats all based on Roald Dahl’s children’s books. The Dalles-Wasco County Library currently has a display of books by Roald Dahl for children and adults to check out and read.

September 7, 2016 3:18 p.m. read more..

Keale to perform in TD

Hawai’an Musician Walt Keale performs at Gorge Community Music Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. on the upstairs stage.

September 7, 2016 3:17 p.m. read more..

Airport upgrades near end

Major runway improvements at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport are almost completed, and a big FAA grant will help finalize the project. According to Rolf Anderson, one of the airport’s managers, the airport - which is jointly owned by the city of The Dalles and Klickitat County in Washington - began working on safety and operational improvements to Runway 31-13 in 2012 to meet Federal Aviation Administration requirements.

September 7, 2016 3:15 p.m. read more..

'Neighboring’ event to be held in Wamic

Barlow Gate Grange members invite area residents to come to Wamic on Saturday afternoon to enjoy “neighboring” time at an ice cream social while learning a little about local history.

September 7, 2016 3:10 p.m. read more..

Cougar killed on Browns Creek

On Sunday evening, Tammy Reed stepped out of her house on Browns Creek Road and saw a full grown mountain lion just three feet away from her. It was “just sitting there next to my garbage can, next to my water dishes for my cat. And it didn’t even flinch and it just stared at me and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, am I hallucinating?’”

September 7, 2016 3:07 p.m. read more..

SWC strikes for sweep of Sherman

The South Wasco County volleyball team served at a season-high 87 percent and the Lady Redsides won their third consecutive non-tournament match Tuesday in three games over Sherman to kick of Big Sky Conference action in Moro.

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

Dufur gets back winning feeling

After losing four consecutive matches in sweep fashion to start the season, the Dufur Rangers turned the tables for their league opener, using the service game to dispatch of Horizon Christian in three games.

September 7, 2016 11:35 a.m. read more..

Hawks hit speed bump in loss to Mac-Hi

Tuesday at Discovery Field in The Dalles, the Riverhawks misfired on five point-blank scoring opportunities and Mac-Hi broke open a 1-0 halftime lead with three second-half goals to secure a 4-0 win.

September 7, 2016 11:33 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, September 6

Planning director hired

The city of The Dalles will soon have a new planning director. City Manager Julie Krueger announced Monday that Steven Harris has been hired to replace Dick Gassman, who is retiring. Harris starts Oct. 17.

September 6, 2016 2:54 p.m. read more..

'American Pickers’ headed to Oregon

“American Pickers,” the History channel show that follows two antique collectors as they travel back roads in search of a great find, is looking for collections to “pick” in Oregon this month.

September 6, 2016 2:48 p.m. read more..

Breast center gets clean bill of health

Mid-Columbia Medical Center has one of only seven nationally accredited centers dedicated to breast health in Oregon and Southwest Washington. That is no small achievement, said Dr. Kerry Proctor, medical director of the Breast Center in The Dalles, given that MCMC is an independent entity. Four of the other accredited facilities belong to Legacy Health, the largest provider system in the Portland/Vancouver area.

September 6, 2016 2:40 p.m. read more..

Hawk defense punches back in win over Madras

Senior quarterback Dominique Seufalemua threw for 79 yards and two touchdowns, the rushing attack garnered 94 yards and the defense held Madras to 16 total yards, none passing, in a 14-0 road victory Friday in Madras.

September 6, 2016 11:41 a.m. read more..

Sherman’s comeback attempt falls short

Sherman battled back from a 20-0 halftime deficit and outscored Crane by a 34-16 margin in the final 24 minutes of action, but a two-point conversion pass with 33 seconds left in regulation fell short, as the Mustangs held on for a 36-34 victory Friday at Dufur High School.

September 6, 2016 11:39 a.m. read more..

Paving on 10th street delayed

Due to rainy weather, the paving planned for East 10th Street today, September 6th will be delayed one day; City of The Dalles Public Works will now be paving East 10th Street from Thompson Street to the east past Morton Street on Wednesday, September 7th.

September 6, 2016 6:30 a.m. read more..

Friday, September 2


Derby racers rolling to The Dalles

The soapbox derby is coming to town. Next weekend, Sept. 10-11, the streets of The Dalles will be filled with soapbox cars racing down Court Street, which will be closed to traffic during the races.

September 2, 2016 6:46 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Good time

Good time To the editor: I want to tell you about a free concert I attended at Maryhill Winery. It was the six-person Navy Band “Country Current.” They were wonderful! The first song they did sounded very professional. No wonder as most of them played with big name musicians.

September 2, 2016 6:37 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Trump myth

To the editor: Perhaps no myth about Donald Trump is more obnoxious than the notion that he is somehow a working-class hero. That banning immigration, Muslims and political correctness is going to magically improve the living standards of hard-working Americans and their families. Just how absurd is this narrative?

September 2, 2016 6:36 p.m. read more..

OSP to emphasize safety on Labor Day weekend

Oregon State Police will be increasing patrols on state highways to ensure travelers remain safe during the Labor Day weekend. The public is asked to help enforcement efforts by reporting hazardous driving behavior, including excessive speed and impaired driving — and carefully planning their own trips.

September 2, 2016 4:39 p.m. read more..

Survivors offered wellness, healing

Families who have survived trauma, whether past or present, are being offered free classes and activities to aid in healing through HAVEN of the Columbia River Gorge’s new wellness program.

September 2, 2016 4:31 p.m. read more..

Officials facing crossroads

With the dwindling number of sports officials, high school sports athletic directors have been forced to move Friday football games to Thursdays and even Saturdays, creating a mad scramble with schedules and getting proper coverage. The numbers issue is not just gorge-area based, however, as communities in the Blue Mountain and Portland areas are suffering from a lack of adults willing to officiate youth contests.

September 2, 2016 1:13 p.m. read more..

McCall leads Hawk soccer

In their first game, The Dalles Riverhawks had Giselle Manzo enjoying a career-day with five goals. Thursday in The Dalles, all-league senior midfielder Brooke McCall had her chance to shine, as she scored five goals and added an assist to lead the Riverhawks to a 7-0 trouncing of Jefferson.

September 2, 2016 1:10 p.m. read more..

Rangers moving on after a tough opener

DUFUR – Players from the defending champion Dufur Rangers exited the locker room after Friday night’s opening game with terse facial expressions and an air of seriousness.

September 2, 2016 1:08 p.m. read more..

Waine and Carter build SWC’s gridiron dreams

MAUPIN – For three years, Dawson Herlocker has been a part of the foundation for the South Wasco County football team. As he approaches his senior year, the veteran now takes on the responsibility of being one of the voices in the locker room, showing leadership to a roster of 16 players, seven underclassmen, at the start of the 2016 campaign.

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

Lady Redsides have something to prove

MAUPIN – Last season was magical for head coach Donna Barton and the South Wasco County volleyball squad. The Lady Redsides won 16 matches and 54 sets overall, finished third in district and advanced to a second-round state playoff match for the first time since 2005.

September 2, 2016 1:02 p.m. read more..

Thursday, September 1


Riverhawks pick up solid home-opening win

Aldo Manzo, Pedro Lopez and Brandon Bustamante each scored goals, but it was the stout play of the Riverhawk defensive quartet of Bustamante, Andy Lopez, Julian Quintan and Miguel Aguilar that held Redmond without a shot on goal in a 3-0 The Dalles boys’ soccer victory Tuesday at home.

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

New mindset key to Sherman’s success

MORO – Talent and skill can only take a team so far. It is the mental side of the game that can be a slippery slope. For senior tailback Maverick Winslow, that was one of the biggest aspects he felt the Sherman Husky football team needed to adjust in order to make a state title run.

September 1, 2016 1:15 p.m. read more..

MCMC expanding in HR

Mid-Columbia Medical Center has signed a lease to occupy 12,500 square feet of the medical building now under construction in Hood River, immediately west of the new Hampton Inn.

September 1, 2016 6:42 a.m. read more..

'Momma’ celebrates Monday

The new owners of Momma Jane’s Pancake House in The Dalles make a great husband-wife team: “Barry (Springer) likes quality food, I pride myself on customer service,” said Kaye Smith.

September 1, 2016 6:34 a.m. read more..

Shelter struggles to place pit bulls

When people come looking for a dog to adopt, the first thing they say is “no pit bulls,” said Beata Liebetruth, shelter manager at Home at Last Humane Society.

September 1, 2016 6:22 a.m. read more..

MINT moves to arrest five in TD

The Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force arrested a fugitive in The Dalles last week, as well as four people accused of drug trafficking. “It was a good week for the team,” said Wasco County Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Williams.

September 1, 2016 6:20 a.m. read more..

Burglar hits Wamic

Wamic Auto Parts was burglarized early Tuesday morning and owner Wade Delco believes the perpetrators had been in the business beforehand to learn where all of the high-performance equipment was stored.

September 1, 2016 6:09 a.m. read more..

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