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Saturday, April 29



Dufur boys third in Condon

Led by the four victories put up by Asa Farrell, Cole Kortge and Derek Frakes, the Dufur boys’ track team racked up 70 points to claim third place at Friday’s Condon-Wheeler Invitational.

April 29, 2017 1:11 p.m. read more..


Redsides post five wins at CW Invite

South Wasco County track standouts Ana Popchock, Michael Cuevas and Dawson Herlocker scored wins, and the boys and girls picked up eight personal records at the Condon-Wheeler Invitational Friday in Condon.

April 29, 2017 1:10 p.m. read more..


Hawks hit final numbers at Dean Nice

In a final varsity prep event Friday in Gresham, The Dalles track and field team totaled 15 personal records and seven top-5 performances at the Dean Nice Invitational.

April 29, 2017 1:08 p.m. read more..
  

Letter to the Editor: GOP backdoor assault

To the editor: Mr. Walden, at your recent town halls in the Gorge, we (your constituents) were loud and clear about our anger at the GOP’s attack on the environment, and our demand that you consider the importance of the health of the people.

April 29, 2017 12:59 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Support incumbents

To the editor: It is time to elect Columbia Gorge Community College board members. I am endorsing our current members, James (Doc) Willcox, Carmen Garcia, Charleen Cobb and Ernie Keller for re-election.

April 29, 2017 12:58 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Complaints in reverse

To the editor: To those writing letters to the editor calling audience members at Congressman Walden's town hall "bullies" and "rude": I would take your complaints more seriously if you had written letters castigating a candidate for president that was bragging about grabbing women by the genitals, or about a candidate that made fun of a disabled reporter he did not like by mimicking that reporter's disability.

April 29, 2017 12:57 p.m. read more..
  

Bringing clean water to Guatemala

A group of The Dalles High School students have returned from a week in Guatemala, where they helped bring water filtration kits to the poorest of the poor.

April 29, 2017 12:44 p.m. read more..


Crush 10U showing potential

The 2017 Cherry City Crush 10U softball team opened its season this past weekend with a tournament in Newberg and went 0-4 in the combined ‘B/C’ level bracket, but coach Bob Delaney sees a limitless potential on the roster of 12 young players.

April 29, 2017 12:41 p.m. read more..


Neighbors upset with transitional housing

Jack and Lois Thienes, a retired couple whose home is at the intersection of 12th Street and Federal, say they and others around the neighborhood were blindsided by the recent purchase of a house that is being turned into a recovery group home.

April 29, 2017 12:37 p.m. read more..


Community cleanup is May 6

Residents of The Dalles can dispose of yard debris and other unwanted items at the 30th annual Community Clean Up event on Saturday, May 6.

April 29, 2017 12:36 p.m. read more..


Man dies in overpass jump

A 27-year-old The Dalles man jumped to his death Thursday afternoon from the Exit 85 overpass onto the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84.

April 29, 2017 12:35 p.m. read more..


Death threat case upheld

The 2014 conviction of a man for seeking the killings of his father-in-law, brother-in-law, and the Wasco County district attorney was upheld by the Oregon Court of Appeals Wednesday. Dustin Kimbrough was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being found guilty on four counts of attempted aggravated murder, three counts of attempted murder and two counts of witness tampering.

April 29, 2017 12:31 p.m. read more..

Friday, April 28

 

Hawk golfers rise up for third at Quail Valley

Chase Snodgrass carded a season-best 72 for second place overall, and the Riverhawk boys’ golf team combined for a 324 to capture third place at the State Preview Tournament at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks on Wednesday.

April 28, 2017 1:01 p.m. read more..


Kramer, Rolen receive Hall of Fame call

This past Saturday in Tigard, former wrestling coaches Kevin Kramer and Roger Rolen were inducted into the Oregon chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for their lifetime achievement in the sport, joining past selections Rich Rolen and Dennis Radford.

April 28, 2017 12:59 p.m. read more..

Thursday, April 27



Coles leads Sherman

Keenan Coles chalked up a pair of second-place finishes in the long and triple jump, and a third in the 100-meter race at the Pepsi Invitational Saturday in Union.

April 27, 2017 1:50 p.m. read more..


Top times highlight festival event

Tevin Taylor, Erin Ford and Russell Loughmiller matched each other stride-for-stride in the final stretches of the 10k race this past Saturday for the 2017 Cherry Festival 3k, 5k and 10k run and walk held on the field at Dry Hollow Elementary School in The Dalles.

April 27, 2017 1:48 p.m. read more..


TD scores 18 personal records

Julian Hernandez added another win to his record, Sam Alvarez hit a personal record and the girls’ 4x400-meter relay team of Jordyn Hattenhauer, Jenna Miller, Bailey Nearing and Aileen Luna-Lopez dropped a second-place marker of four minutes and 36.61 seconds at the Kiwanis Invitational Saturday in Hermiston.

April 27, 2017 1:47 p.m. read more..


Jesch and Miller on top

Mike Jesch carded a 67 in his opening round and he finished with a 69 on the second day and joined forces with Jason Miller for a gross score of 135 to win The Dalles Country Club 2017 Men’s Kickoff ending Sunday.

April 27, 2017 1:47 p.m. read more..


TD has promising effort in Madras

The Dalles boys’ tennis team traveled to Madras Saturday for a double dual against Bend and Mountain View, as the team posted a handful of wins, which gave head coach Shea MacNab a feeling of optimism.

April 27, 2017 1:46 p.m. read more..


Hawks post another sweep over Pendleton

Facing a Pendleton team they had beaten in sweep fashion just two weeks ago, The Dalles dominated singles and doubles action to capture a 6-0 boys varsity win on Wednesday at The Dalles High School.

April 27, 2017 1:44 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Gift needed

To the editor: As founding director of Planetree Health Resource Center, I learned sadly of its closure by Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s trustees and current administration. The notion that an online approach will meet most patients’ needs is misguided, given current health literacy data.

April 27, 2017 1:40 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Democracy

To the editor: It’s interesting, isn’t it, how a single event can produce so many difference responses. Greg Walden’s town hall in The Dalles has done just that. My 2 cents, for what it is worth, is quite different from others who have written letters to the editor and op-ed pieces seen in The Dalles Chronicle.

April 27, 2017 1:39 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Appropriate

To the editor: Contrary to claims in some recent letters to the editor about rude behavior at Rep. Walden’s town hall in The Dalles, most of the behavior of those attending, in my observation, was appropriate.

April 27, 2017 1:38 p.m. read more..
 

Legend Cider debuts at festival

Under a tent with other cider makers was the fitting place for one of Oregon’s newest cider makers, The Dalles-based Legend Cider Company, to have its pouring-out party.

April 27, 2017 1:24 p.m. read more..


Two seek CGCC board Position 2

Incumbent board member Dr. James R. (Doc) Willcox is asking voters for another four-year term on the Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education. He is being challenged for the seat by political newcomer Dana A. Campbell, who hopes to bring her voice to the board.

April 27, 2017 1:21 p.m. read more..


Fake robbery plea deal made

A woman from The Dalles who claimed she was robbed in early April, and was then charged with making a false police report, pleaded guilty Monday and will have the charge dismissed in six months if she completes a diversion program.

April 27, 2017 1:19 p.m. read more..


Larger than Life

A snail, found in a nearby flowerbed and placed on a rain-splashed porch railing for observation, crawls along the wet wood.

April 27, 2017 1:14 p.m. read more..


Ballots mailed

Wasco County Clerk Lisa Gambee’s office mailed out ballots Wednesday for the May 16 Special District Election and she said citizens should expect to receive them within four to five days, if not sooner.

April 27, 2017 1:13 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, April 26



Dufur runs streak to 15

Saturday at Armand Larive Middle School in Hermiston, the No. 9-ranked Rangers walloped Union in a league doubleheader by final scores of 12-1 and 11-5 to run their winning streak to 15 games, 10 of those coming in Blue Mountain Conference contests.

April 26, 2017 1:50 p.m. read more..


Huskies dominate Grant Union

Saturday in Moro, the Sherman Huskies posted a two-game sweep over Grant Union by scores of 5-4 and 15-1 in a pair of Blue Mountain Conference games.

April 26, 2017 1:48 p.m. read more..
 

Company inks 10-year deal with city

Zayo Group, a communications infrastructure provider, has inked a 10-year deal with the city of The Dalles to “construct, operate, and maintain a fiber-based service facility.”

April 26, 2017 1:40 p.m. read more..
 

Keller vs. Morgan in race for CGCC Pos. 5

Two candidates are seeking the Position 5 seat: Dr. Ernest Keller, who wants another four-year term, and challenger Kim Morgan, who works as a legal assistant for an attorney in The Dalles. To get an overview of where the candidates stand on key issues, The Chronicle asked them to respond to a series of questions.

April 26, 2017 1:30 p.m. read more..
 

Cajun Fiddle

Violinist and band leader Tom Rigney and his band Flambeau took Monday night’s audience at The Dalles High School on an upbeat musical journey through the passionate and danceable New Orleans style of Cajun, blues and American roots music.

April 26, 2017 1:22 p.m. read more..


Headed to DC

The Dalles High School junior Roman Sarabia has at least one part of his summer planned out: he’s heading to Washington, D.C., in July for a weeklong journalism conference. He was nominated to attend by a teacher, although he doesn’t know which one, since they asked to remain anonymous.

April 26, 2017 1:18 p.m. read more..


Scam alert: Poster, magnet request a scam

Information from The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce: UPDATE: Wasco County Magnet The same scam company is offering space on a Wasco County Emergency Numbers magnet. They offer a discount upon providing credit card information. This is a scam, according to The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce. The Dalles High School Sports Poster Scam There is a company that is soliciting funds for a publication in the name of the high school. They are asking local companies to donate $149 to get advertising in a The Dalles High School Sports Poster publication. They are not a valid company, get an "f" rating from BBB and have several complaints about their tactics, according to information from The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce.

April 26, 2017 11:54 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, April 25



TD softball storms back for wins

The pitching duo of Bailey LeBreton and Sierra Watson did top work in the circle and tacked on 460-feet worth of home runs to vault The Dalles softball team to wins of 8-1 and 9-8 in a two-game sweep of Hermiston Saturday at 16th Street Ballpark.

April 25, 2017 1:46 p.m. read more..


TD boys capture fifth place at Tetherow

Chase Snodgrass placed fourth individually with a 75, and The Dalles boys’ golf team combined for a 341 to capture fifth place at the High Desert Challenge at Tetherow Golf Club Monday in Bend.

April 25, 2017 1:44 p.m. read more..


TD baseball scores a sweep of Hermiston

With a golden opportunity to vault into second place in the Columbia River Conference standings, The Dalles Riverhawks used a pitching gem by Jordan Wetmore in a 10-0 mercy-ruled win, and then Spencer Honald laid a suicide squeeze bunt to plate Tyler Westin to give the team a 4-3 victory and a two-game baseball sweep Saturday at Bob Williams Field.

April 25, 2017 1:43 p.m. read more..
 

Guest Column: Gorge commission budget in crisis

Once again, the Columbia River Gorge Commission is fighting for funding to do its job. After 30 years of protecting the largest and most beautiful National Scenic Area in the United States, it is no closer to having the resources required to accomplish the mission established by passage of the National Scenic Area Act of 1986.

April 25, 2017 1:36 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Voice your concerns

To the editor: I attended U.S. Rep. Greg Walden’s town hall in The Dalles where health care was a hot topic of discussion. When Congress resumes work on the fiscal year 2017 budget, it’s important they reject the White House proposal to dramatically reduce funding for cancer research.

April 25, 2017 1:35 p.m. read more..
 

Incumbent faces challenge

For CGCC Board of Education Position 7, two candidates are competing: Incumbent board member Charleen R. Cobb is asking voters for another four-year term, while challenger Kevin McCabe wants voters to bring a new voice to the seven-member board.

April 25, 2017 1:28 p.m. read more..


Wyden talks Trump, policy

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., met Friday with constituents and students in the auditorium of The Dalles High School at his 810th town hall since taking office in 1996, and his 21st in Wasco County.

April 25, 2017 1:26 p.m. read more..


Parade Tricks

A young trick roper impresses the crowd on Third Street during the 2017 Northwest Cherry Festival Parade Saturday morning. For more photos from the Cherry Festival, visit http://www.thedalleschronicle.com/photos/galleries/2017/apr/25/cherry-festival-2017/

April 25, 2017 1:22 p.m. read more..


Saturday, April 22



Undergrads build prosthetic arm for 10-year-old violinist

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — The pressure was on for Abdul Gouda and his classmates at George Mason University: not only did their graduation depend on the success of their project, but so did the hopes of impossibly cute 10-year-old girl. Fifth-grader Isabella Nicola wanted to play the violin, but she was born with no left hand and a severely abbreviated forearm.

April 22, 2017 12:27 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Civic engagement

To the editor: A recent spate of letters to the editor have come to the defense of our Second District Rep. Greg Walden by reprimanding town hall attendees for bullying, hypocrisy, divisiveness, rudeness, and intolerance toward the man who is elected to represent us in Congress. What they failed to mention was Mr. Walden's statement at every town hall welcoming the heated exchange, saying, "this is what a healthy democracy looks like."

April 22, 2017 12:25 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Not part of solution

To the editor: Last week I attended the town hall held here in The Dalles and have decided to write this letter about what I heard and what I expect to come about as a result of his “listening” efforts.

April 22, 2017 12:25 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Stabilize market rates

To the editor: Most people receive health insurance through their employer. Suppose for a moment that your company changed its benefit plan to match proposed AHCA changes, waiving protections for pre-existing conditions and community rating.

April 22, 2017 12:24 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Urge Walden vote

To the editor: In 2008, Congress enacted a law we call GINA, the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act, to prohibit employers and health insurance companies from discriminating against individuals on the basis of their most private and personal information, their genetic make-up. House Bill 1313, recently introduced to the House of Representatives by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), would take away much of the protection GINA gives us.

April 22, 2017 12:23 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Haters, be ashamed

To the editor: Mama Hattie and my Sunday school teachers taught me that to hate was a diabolical sin. An example is the nightly proliferation of low-level jokes and questionable humor thrown at Trump on television talk shows.

April 22, 2017 12:22 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Keep digging safe

To the editor: After a long and dreary winter, it's time for outdoor spring projects to start. NW Natural reminds contractors, homeowners and landscapers to call 811 when a project involves digging 12 inches or lower.

April 22, 2017 12:22 p.m. read more..
   

Foibles of the “Willie Dee”

The USS William D. Porter, a naval destroyer, sank on June 10, 1945, with Seaman First Class Ted LaDoux, now a longtime resident of The Dalles, aboard. All 300 sailors made it to safety, but the Willie Dee, as she was known, settled 2,400 feet to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, another victim of World War II’s famous Battle of Okinawa.

April 22, 2017 12:13 p.m. read more..


Manning the ‘big guns’ at sea

Ted LaDoux checks the mail every day, sometimes twice. Any day now, he should be receiving long overdue campaign medals he earned over 70 years ago, in the waning days of World War II.

April 22, 2017 12:13 p.m. read more..


Kaitlin Wenz leads Horizon

Horizon Christian sophomore Kaitlin Wenz and teammate Paulina Finn ended up 1-2 in the 400-meter race and the track and field boys and girls had four top-5 outcomes at the Bruin Invitational.

April 22, 2017 10:45 a.m. read more..
 

TD golfers place third at Raven Rumble

The Dalles boys’ golf squad had four players score in the 80s to wrap up third place in the team standings with a 327 team score Friday at the Raven Rumble Golf Tournament held on the Eagle Crest Ridge Course in Redmond.

April 22, 2017 10:43 a.m. read more..

Friday, April 21



SWC gets nine victories

South Wasco County picked up eight firsts and had 11 personal records at the TVC Track Meet Thursday in Madras.

April 21, 2017 12:59 p.m. read more..


Roster shakeup used as a lesson

The Dalles girls’ tennis coach Debby Jones used Thursday’s league match against Hermiston as a shock to the system of her players by mixing and matching athletes into different roles to test their mental strength.

April 21, 2017 12:59 p.m. read more..


TD boys get past HRV, 5-3

All four doubles teams racked up wins and James Pashek came out ahead in his No. 2 singles match to help The Dalles boys’ tennis team to its first win over Hood River Valley in more than four years in a league match played Tuesday at The Dalles High School.

April 21, 2017 12:58 p.m. read more..


The Dalles boys edged out by Hermiston

Riding high off its first win over Hood River Valley in more than four years, The Dalles boys’ tennis team played Hermiston to a 4-4 draw, but was edged out in total sets won, 10-9, in a league match played Thursday on the campus of Hermiston High School.

April 21, 2017 12:56 p.m. read more..


Three vie for CGCC seat

Four of the seven seats on the Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education will be on the upcoming special election ballot, and this year, the positions have generated a lot of interest, with all four slots being contested.

April 21, 2017 12:49 p.m. read more..


Getting Prepared

About 100 visitors to the Fort Dalles Readiness Center Wednesday evening learned more about the dangers a Cascadia Subduction Earthquake could create around the region. Besides the earthquake talk, 10 emergency preparedness agencies and companies set up booths to help residents around the region get better prepared for surviving any disaster.

April 21, 2017 12:40 p.m. read more..


TD named as Blue Zone site

Aiming for a “community transformation,” a health-promotion organization has selected The Dalles as its newest Blue Zones Project demonstration site.

April 21, 2017 12:40 p.m. read more..


County tours lockup

Wasco County Commissioners Rod Runyon and Steve Kramer performed their annual inspection of the regional jail Wednesday and both were impressed with the efficiency of operations.

April 21, 2017 12:38 p.m. read more..

Thursday, April 20

 

No. 20 Huskies move to 3rd in BMC

The Sherman Huskies moved into third place in the Blue Mountain Conference baseball standings after taking a 3-1 road loss Tuesday against No. 5-ranked Pilot Rock.

April 20, 2017 2:16 p.m. read more..


Dufur runs win streak to 13

While boasting the 2A classification’s fourth-best offense at 10 runs a game, the one forgotten highlight during the Dufur Rangers’ 13-game winning streak is its stout pitching performances.

April 20, 2017 2:14 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Protect children

To the editor: To Rep. Greg Waladen and the community: In these times of extraordinary fear and anxiety, imagine being a child. Rep. Walden, will you protect children from being separated from their parents?

April 20, 2017 2:10 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Represent us

To the editor: I want to say right up front that I have been a moderate Republican for years. That changed this year, due to the extreme positions taken by the old party of Lincoln.

April 20, 2017 2:09 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Ignoring July 4

To the editor: How can the Fort Dalles Fourth Planners, aka The Dalles Main Street organization, think that by totally ignoring the actual day — the 4th of July — to celebrate our national holiday (and it still is a federal holiday!) they are adding anything to the celebration?

April 20, 2017 2:07 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Learn from past

To the editor: The United States is a country of immigrants; who all initially suffered prejudice and poor treatment. Can we not learn from the past and act more humanely towards our latest immigrants? Acts of injustice undermine all of us.

April 20, 2017 2:07 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Bad behavior

To the editor: I attended the Walden town hall on Wednesday (in Hood River) and was disturbed and appalled by the behavior of many other attendees. We live in a great country and democracy is a great thing. Debate is a welcome part of democracy but booing, interrupting, yelling, stomping feet, calling names and not allowing Mr. Walden to respond is not productive engagement.

April 20, 2017 2:06 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Story choices

To the editor: Are you drawing straws in the Chronicle newsroom to see who writes what story? In the universe of Big Stories, cows having “gas” must be important to someone. RaeLynn did as fine a job as anyone could with informing the readers of such.

April 20, 2017 2:05 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Embarrassing

To the editor: I went to both of Greg Walden's town hall meetings last week in The Dalles, and Hood River.... I have never been so embarrassed in my life. The disrespect, booing, not letting him talk was horrible.

April 20, 2017 2:04 p.m. read more..
 

Man stabbed Wednesday eve

A 24-year-old The Dalles man remains in intensive care this morning following a stabbing in the area of 11th and Trevitt at around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to city police.

April 20, 2017 1:58 p.m. read more..
 

D21 plans school facilities polling

With clear priorities from a facilities committee to build a new high school first, the D21 school board is looking at its next steps in the process, which will include more public polling.

April 20, 2017 1:56 p.m. read more..


Get ready, get set...

The Davis Carnival is getting ready for Friday’s opening of the 2017 Northwest Cherry Festival, trucking in folded rides from their Tygh Valley base to the carnival site on First Street in The Dalles.

April 20, 2017 1:54 p.m. read more..


Driving with dangerous distractions

Spurred by the death of a family friend because of a distracted driver, Larry Fairclo has started a campaign to raise awareness about the problem. His first stop? The Northwest Cherry Festival Parade.

April 20, 2017 1:53 p.m. read more..


Home and Lifestyle show at the Civic

The annual Bicoastal Media/Guild Mortgage Home and Lifestyle Show will open its doors Friday, April 21, 5 p.m. at The Dalles Civic Auditorium and will run throughout Northwest Cherry Festival weekend to Sunday, April 23.

April 20, 2017 9:59 a.m. read more..
 

McGlothlin to lead Cherry Festival Parade

With a long history of service in The Dalles community to his credit, Timothy McGlothlin — a Lions volunteer and member of The Dalles City Council — has been selected to serve as Grand Marshal for this year’s Northwest Cherry Festival.

April 20, 2017 9:47 a.m. read more..


Brother, sister named royalty

Mary Leighton said she plans to dress up for her role as this year’s Cherry Festival Queen Anne, but her brother, Chuck Sandoz, named King Bing, said, “I’m not.” The duo came into town for an interview the other day, taking a brief break from working at Sandoz Farm, a Mill Creek operation that’s been in the family since 1880. Asked how they got selected for this year’s royalty, Sandoz said, “I treat it like it’s jury duty. You kind of get called sooner or later.”

April 20, 2017 9:40 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, April 19



Riverhawks grounded by the Eagles

The Dalles posted two easy wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, but ended up losing two matches in third-set match-breakers, as Hood River Valley swept doubles play to move ahead for a 6-2 league victory Tuesday in a league match played at Hood River High School. “It was a tough loss for us because, again, we had two very close matches that did not go our way,” said TD head coach Debby Jones.

April 19, 2017 12:39 p.m. read more..


Lee’s walk-off homer leads TD to victory

Pendleton entered Tuesday’s Columbia River Conference baseball tussle needing a win to take a four-game series against The Dalles. Big Country Henry Lee had the final say. Lee capped a six-run bottom of the sixth inning with a walk-off, two-run home run to left centerfield to give the Riverhawks a 17-7 victory over the Buckaroos in a league contest played at Bob Williams Field.

April 19, 2017 12:35 p.m. read more..
 

Expert to discuss lead ammunition

Leland Brown, an expert from the Oregon Zoo, will be speaking about the use of lead and non-lead ammunition for hunting at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum this Saturday, April 22.

April 19, 2017 12:27 p.m. read more..
 

At Home on the Range

A horseman works through a herd of cattle high above the Columbia River near Wishram Heights, west of Maryhill Museum of Art on Highway 14.

April 19, 2017 12:24 p.m. read more..


OR Wheat Foundation awards scholarships

The Oregon Wheat Foundation has awarded scholarships to one student in Wasco County and another in Sherman. The local scholarships are two of a dozen $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors this year.

April 19, 2017 12:20 p.m. read more..


County adopts new vice-chair position

The Wasco County Commission recently took steps to make sure someone was in the position to make decisions when the other members were unavailable. Commissioner Steve Kramer was appointed vice-chair April 5 after Chair Rod Runyon and Commissioner Scott Hege announced plans to be gone for an extended period of time.

April 19, 2017 12:19 p.m. read more..


College board discusses ‘sanctuary’ status

Members of the Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education on Monday indicated general support for a resolution that has been under consideration designating the college a “Sanctuary College.”

April 19, 2017 12:18 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, April 18



TD’s Dakota Murr is named to all-state squad

As the driving force and the inspirational figure on The Dalles boys’ basketball team, Dakota Murr helped his team make a jump up into the 5A state playoffs, an accomplishment not achieved by the program since the 2011-2012 season. With his all-around play and scoring touch, Murr was named to the 5A all-state team as an honorable mention pick determined by a vote of the state’s coaches.

April 18, 2017 1:57 p.m. read more..


Showing unity and family on the diamond

For the past few years, Tammy Richman vowed to hang up her concessions apron for good. But, there are several forces pulling and tugging her back. Richman received recognition from The Dalles Little League board members for her 15 years of volunteerism and broke the seal on the 2017 campaign by throwing out the first pitch.

April 18, 2017 1:54 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Appalling rudeness

To the editor: I attended the town hall meeting held by Congressman Greg Walden in The Dalles on April 12.. I was appalled at the rudeness of people. He is our representative to the United States Congress and people would not even let him finish answering any of the questions they asked.

April 18, 2017 1:44 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Startling revelation

To the editor: “Remember, we still live in the greatest country in the whole world.” This was how Greg Walden ended his town hall in The Dalles on April 12, only to be met by mostly unresponsive attendees who had already begun filing out, showing mixed enthusiasm to what should’ve been a reassuring statement. It seemed like Walden’s last-ditch attempt at uniting the room through faith in an ideal that contrasted the testimonials of those attending.

April 18, 2017 1:43 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Embarrassing bullies

To the editor: The newspaper’s lead front page story should read “Embarrassing Bullies Converge Upon Middle School” in regards to Rep. Greg Walden’s town hall meeting held April 12 in Hood River.

April 18, 2017 1:42 p.m. read more..
 

Ready to Scramble

Kids keep an alert eye on the Easter Bunny as they prepare for a mad scramble during the 16th annual Griffith Motors/Bicoastal Media Easter Egg Scramble Saturday at Sorosis Park.

April 18, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..


Four vie for three port seats

In the May 16 special election, four candidates are competing for three seats on the Port of The Dalles Board of Commissioners. The five-member board makes decisions about developing or selling land and which economic development projects to pursue, among other topics.

April 18, 2017 1:28 p.m. read more..


Jail hiring plans aired

A new jail contract with an as-yet unnamed county, and more beds rented for immigration detainees, has NORCOR officials poised to add a number of new positions. “An additional 22 inmates increases the workload significantly,” said Bryan Brandenburg, administrator.

April 18, 2017 1:25 p.m. read more..


MCMC reduces workforce

Last week, Mid-Columbia Medical Center was forced by budget constraints to reduce its workforce by 11 positions, including both manager and staff-level jobs.

April 18, 2017 1:24 p.m. read more..

Saturday, April 15



Mail customers may miss Sunday Chronicle

Some subscribers who receive their The Dalles Chronicle by mail will see late delivery of the Sunday, April 16, paper following the loss of some papers en route between the Hood River Press and The Dalles. The loss will only effect some who receive their paper via the U.S. Postal Service, local delivery will not be impacted. Circulation staff are working to identify and replace papers lost Saturday afternoon when the delivery van crashed on Interstate 84 and overturned in a water-filled ditch. The driver and crew member suffered only minor injuries, and some issues of the paper were destroyed. If you do not receive your paper, please call 541-296-2141 and let us know. Copies of the paper will be available at the Chronicle office Monday, office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p;m.

April 15, 2017 6:33 p.m. read more..


Hawk tennis defeats Madison, 6-2

Kiana Pielli, Jocelyn Hernandez and Yahaira Alvarez racked up straight-sets victories, and the Riverhawks added three of four doubles wins to cruise past 6A Madison in a non-league tennis match played at The Dalles High School.

April 15, 2017 10:32 a.m. read more..


Crush taking their game to a higher level

Last spring, the Cherry City Crush softball team finished its 10U campaign with an unblemished record and a state championship, facing ‘C’ division squads from across the Northwest. In their first tournament of the year, the 12U Crush went 1-5 at an Ice Breaker Tournament in Tri-Cities, Wash.

April 15, 2017 10:28 a.m. read more..


Young salmon risk 'gas bubble trauma'

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Young salmon and steelhead migrating from the Columbia River Basin in unusually high flows face a potentially lethal problem in spillways at dams where increased nitrogen in the water can cause tissue-damaging trauma.

April 15, 2017 10:26 a.m. read more..


Winter molds, fungus concern farmers

The negative side of having snow on the ground for a record number of days is the emergence of snow mold, a fungus that thrives in a cold, dark environment. Harsh weather also encouraged the growth of another fungal disease, stripe rust, which is airborne and so spreads easily.

April 15, 2017 10:22 a.m. read more..


Bull Tour highlights area ranches

Around dawn on April 7, over 175 people boarded school buses or climbed into their own vehicles to tour four ranches on the 59th Bull Tour. Co-sponsored by the Oregon State University Extension Service and the North Central Livestock Association, the annual event is an opportunity for ranchers and farmers to discuss agricultural practices and conservation measures they are taking to ensure good stewardship of the land.

April 15, 2017 10:19 a.m. read more..
 

Editorial: Religion is losing influence in U.S.

Easter Sunday typically finds church pews full of people who come out to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, a central component of the Christian faith. Although religion remains an integral part of many Americans’ lives, and the dominance of Christianity still prevails, the way people look at faith is changing with the times.

April 15, 2017 9:56 a.m. read more..

Friday, April 14



TD boys place third at Pendleton Invite

The Dalles boys’ golf team had its four-tournament win streak snapped Thursday at the Pendleton Invitational, placing third overall in an eight-team field at Pendleton Country Club.

April 14, 2017 1:25 p.m. read more..


Cuevas and Popchock spearhead SWC’s charge

At the six-team Mustang Invitational in Heppner, the South Wasco County Redsides amassed 13 personal records, Michael Cuevas grabbed four wins to lead the boys and Ana Popchock drummed out two individual victories and helped the girls’ 4x100-relay team to a win.

April 14, 2017 1:25 p.m. read more..


Streaking Hawks sweep Pendleton

All six varsity matches ended in straight sets with an average margin of victory of 4.7 points in the The Dalles boys’ tennis team’s first sweep of the season, a 6-0 whitewash, on the road at Pendleton High School.

April 14, 2017 1:24 p.m. read more..
  

Digging Deep

Members of The Dalles City Council and other officials dig in with a formal groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for major upgrades to the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

April 14, 2017 1:13 p.m. read more..
 

The Dalles names judge

The Dalles City Council has selected Jason Corey to be the city’s new municipal court judge. Corey is a partner with Dick, Dick & Corey, a law firm in The Dalles that specializes in probate and estate planning, family, business, real estate, and criminal cases.

April 14, 2017 1:08 p.m. read more..


Nelson named Oregon ‘Principal of Year’

The Dalles High School Principal Nick Nelson was named the Oregon High School Principal of the Year Thursday, at a school board meeting attended by numerous people who kept news of his prestigious award a secret.

April 14, 2017 1:05 p.m. read more..

Thursday, April 13



Sherman nets three league wins

Riding high off a pair of lopsided league wins over Heppner, the No. 12-ranked Sherman Huskies picked up a road split Tuesday in a Blue Mountain Conference baseball clash against Weston-McEwen, winning the opener by a 9-2 score, but losing the nightcap, 13-8.

April 13, 2017 1:43 p.m. read more..


TD softball loses, 11-3

Mountain View chased The Dalles starter Sierra Watson from the game after jumping ahead 5-0 in the bottom of the first on its way to an 11-3 softball win Wednesday in Bend.

April 13, 2017 1:42 p.m. read more..


TD netters take a step up against Mac-Hi

Cassie Vazquez and Maggie Corey have been doubles partners for the last few years and Vazquez feels like it is a matter of time before they vault into the upper echelon of the 5A classification.

April 13, 2017 1:42 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Thomas suit

To the editor: I've known Ken Thomas for 30 years. The recent Court of Appeals decision in his favor is the fourth suit to go to a higher court about land use that he has won against the county. There are two pending LUBA cases still to go about the current issue.

April 13, 2017 1:36 p.m. read more..
 

Woman sentenced for neglect

The woman accused in March of starving two horses so severely that one had to be put down was sentenced to 100 hours of community service after pleading guilty to first-degree animal neglect. Shirley Wallace, 39, of 4943 Pleasant Ridge Rd., entered the plea Monday in Wasco County Circuit court.

April 13, 2017 1:24 p.m. read more..
 

Walden draws fire at TD, HR forums

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., came under fire Wednesday from angry constituents who wanted to chastise him about supporting President Donald Trump’s policies, or question his support for Republican plans to overhaul federal programs, including health care and immigration.

April 13, 2017 1:20 p.m. read more..


Morning Fire

Firefighters with Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue attack a fire in a garage at 2510 East 10th Street in The Dalles early Thursday morning. The structure and contents stored inside were severely damaged. Cause of the fire was unknown at press time.

April 13, 2017 1:18 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, April 12



Wet and Wild

A muskrat swims toward a stand of cattails as spring brings new life to a Klickitat County lake over the weekend.

April 12, 2017 1:39 p.m. read more..


Husky tennis starts strong

Sherman senior Meghan Belshe picked up right where she left off in 2016 with three impressive victories over the weekend against Condon-Wheeler, Helix and Riverside in varsity tennis matches.

April 12, 2017 1:38 p.m. read more..


Hawks pull off comeback

Facing an uphill battle, down 10-1 through two innings against Mountain View, The Dalles baseball team rallied for 10 runs in the third and tacked on four more in the sixth frame to capture a thrilling 15-11 comeback victory in Bend.

April 12, 2017 1:37 p.m. read more..


Dufur sweeps Heppner

Dufur pitcher Bailey Keever capped a two-game Blue Mountain Conference sweep over Heppner with a 71-pitch, five-inning no-hitter with a season-high 13 strikeouts in Dufur’s 10-0 mercy-ruled victory at Quinton Street Ballpark.

April 12, 2017 1:36 p.m. read more..


Bill would allow tribes to kill sea lions

SPOKANE, Wash. — Some Northwest Indian tribes would be allowed to kill a limited number of sea lions that prey on endangered salmon in the Columbia River under a bill introduced in Congress.

April 12, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..


Reaching for sky by digging in dirt

When construction companies around the Columbia River Gorge started getting too busy to take on new jobs, Tim Brown knew it was the right time for him to step up. “With the economy turning up, there is a need for a lot more work happening,” said Brown, who co-owns Skycam Construction with his wife, Rachel.

April 12, 2017 1:30 p.m. read more..


Zion seeks flowers for cross

Since the early 1960s, Zion Lutheran Church has celebrated Easter by erecting a stark wooden cross on its lawn at the beginning of Lent, and then decorating it with a riot of flowers the day before Easter.

April 12, 2017 1:25 p.m. read more..


Crosswalk cops issue 38 tickets

The second crosswalk enforcement action by The Dalles Police Department, held Monday at two locations downtown, netted even more tickets than the first one, though it had one more officer on ticketing duty.

April 12, 2017 1:23 p.m. read more..


OSP seeks 2

Oregon State Police’s Fish and Wildlife Division for The Dalles Area Command is seeking the public's assistance in identifying two men believed to be involved with wildlife violations that occurred on the White River Wildlife Area near Tygh Valley during the winter closure on Feb. 24.

April 12, 2017 1:22 p.m. read more..


Closures set for river trail

To accommodate work related to the Google facility at the western end of The Dalles, the Riverfront Trail will be closed in that area at intermittent times over the next two weeks in the interest of public safety.

April 12, 2017 1:19 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, April 11



No. 4 Dufur runs streak to seven

The Dufur Rangers won their sixth and seventh games in a row to start the season Saturday, with a two-game sweep over Grant Union by scores of 12-7 and 11-1 in a pair of 2A baseball games played in Burns.

April 11, 2017 1:57 p.m. read more..


Riverhawk nine salvages a split in Hood River

HOOD RIVER – The Dalles led 5-0 through the first two innings, but Prairie, Wash. battled back to tie the score at 5-all on a squeeze bunt in the sixth, setting up a walk-off situation for senior infielder Tyler Westin in the home half of the seventh.

April 11, 2017 1:55 p.m. read more..


TD girls get third in Hood River

HOOD RIVER – Abby Walker hit a team-best 118 and The Dalles girls’ golf team had a four-person total of 555 to secure third place at the Hood River Invitational played on Indian Creek Golf Course.

April 11, 2017 1:53 p.m. read more..


TD golfers lock down fourth straight win

HOOD RIVER – Even with howling winds wreaking havoc on several golfers, Tyler Vassar carded a season-best 77 for medalist honors, and senior teammates Mark Felderman and Chase Snodgrass wound up tied for second place to give The Dalles boys' golf a team score of 325 for its fourth consecutive team title at the Hood River Invitational Monday at Indian Creek Golf Course.

April 11, 2017 1:51 p.m. read more..
  

Statement from OCG

Oregon Cherry Growers would like to thank the community for their patience with a cherry processing wastewater odor at one of our facilities.

April 11, 2017 1:37 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Fed up with media

To the editor: For evening viewers of network news who are fed up with the national media’s agenda to treacherously trounce, traduce, trash and trample Trump for the first 15 minutes of the broadcast — simply turn off the sound and don’t try to read their lips. Look at it this way: Why participate? Whatever happened to pre-eminent programming and broadcasting brilliance? I guess it’s a lost art.

April 11, 2017 1:37 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Absolutely insane

To the editor: In reference to the “give away” of the Granada Theater, trial attorney (Mayor) Steve Lawrence said: “Absolutely, it’s a good deal.” Urban Renewal paid $385,406 for the property with whose money? Yours and mine? Taxes? Gomez Productions steps in with $20,000 per year for three years (that’s bit more than $1 offered three years ago). Such a deal!

April 11, 2017 1:35 p.m. read more..
  

OR voters may decide to toss constitutional ban on duels

SALEM — The Oregon Legislature may have an unusual request for voters in the next general election that harkens back to that fateful summer day in 1804 when a bitter rivalry between U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr and the nation's first treasury secretary, Alexander Hamilton, was settled with a fatal gunshot.

April 11, 2017 1:29 p.m. read more..


Passion play this week

The 39th annual Last Days of Jesus pageant takes place over three days this week at several locations in and near downtown The Dalles.

April 11, 2017 1:27 p.m. read more..


Distinguished Young Women

Winners of the 2018 Distinguished Young Women of Wasco County program Saturday night are, left to right, Monica De Leon, winner of the Spirit Award ($1,000); Jessika Nanez, Distinguished Young Woman of Wasco County 2018 winner ($5,000) and Scholastic Award winner ($1,750); Samantha Stanley, finalist ($1,500); Alexia Tapia, finalist ($1,500); and Nicole Hernandez, first alternate ($2,250).

April 11, 2017 1:24 p.m. read more..


Preparing for the big quake

Based on historical geological patterns and physical scientific evidence, it’s widely believed that the Pacific Northwest is long overdue for a major earthquake originating off the Oregon or Washington coast. To help residents of the Gorge region prepare for this possible calamity —the predicted earthquake is routinely referred to as “The Big One”— Columbia Gorge Community College will host an emergency preparedness fair in The Dalles next week.

April 11, 2017 1:19 p.m. read more..

Saturday, April 8



Ridgeview drops TD girls, 6-2

Robin Pashek and Kiana Pielli fought for straight-sets wins, but The Dalles girls’ tennis team lost three of four doubles matches in third-set match-breakers in a 6-2 home loss to Ridgeview.

April 8, 2017 10:04 a.m. read more..


Hawk boys edged out, 5-3

The Dalles boys’ tennis team endured a close 5-3 loss Friday in Redmond against Ridgeview, as Quinn Wilson, Pedro Lopez and Andy Lopez turned in singles wins.

April 8, 2017 10:04 a.m. read more..


Hawks break streak with the boom sticks

Jodi Thomasian and Emma Weir smashed home runs as The Dalles Riverhawks softball team imposed their offensive will against three Canby pitchers for a season-high 24 hits, 12 for extra bases, in a 22-0 mercy-ruled drubbing of the 6A Lady Cougars Friday at 16th Street Ballpark.

April 8, 2017 10:01 a.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Thoughtful leadership

To the editor: Congressman Walden is now the Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. One of his new responsibilities is to help orchestrate the repeal and replacement of the “Affordable Care Act”… the ACA or Obamacare. You can be proud of Greg and the voters of the Second Congressional District in electing a true statesman.

April 8, 2017 9:54 a.m. read more..
  

Letter to the Editor: I have your back

To the editor: This is an open letter to Congressman Greg Walden: I am very sorry, sir, that you are being attacked mercilessly by Democrats who can’t accept losing an election.

April 8, 2017 9:52 a.m. read more..
 

A celebration in music

Playing music has a rejuvenating impact on many people, and members of the Gorge Winds Concert Band say their experiences have been especially rewarding.

April 8, 2017 9:44 a.m. read more..

Friday, April 7

 

Lady Hawks lose to Hermiston

In looking at the big picture, The Dalles head coach Debby Jones said that her varsity girls’ tennis group learned a lot from Wednesday’s 5-3 road loss to Hermiston.

April 7, 2017 1:23 p.m. read more..


Redside tracksters set 18 personal records

With spring break now in the rearview mirror, the South Wasco County track and field team went back to work against four 3A programs looking to reset its high marks at the WVL-Dayton Invitational Meet Thursday afternoon in Dayton.

April 7, 2017 1:21 p.m. read more..


US strike on Syria widely hailed, but angers Russia

BEIRUT — World leaders rallied around the United States after it launched a missile strike early Friday on a Syrian air base in response to this week's chemical attack, while Russia condemned the move as "aggression" and suspended crucial coordination with Washington in Syria's congested skies.

April 7, 2017 1:16 p.m. read more..


Service with a Smile

Andrew Johnson with Cousin’s Inn and Restaurant serves salad with a smile during “An Evening With HAVEN” Thursday night at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center. The fundraising event brought together culinary experts from throughout The Dalles.

April 7, 2017 1:14 p.m. read more..


Student co-op store opening

The grand opening of the student-run Wahtonka Community School Store is this Saturday, April 8, during the Spring Fair EGGstravaganza craft fair being held at the school.

April 7, 2017 1:09 p.m. read more..


Phone scam targets local businesses

On Thursday, Detective Steve Rue of The Dalles Police Department warned residents of the area that a telephone scam has been targeting local small businesses. “We’ve had at least three or four cases in The Dalles,” said Rue.

April 7, 2017 1:06 p.m. read more..


Judge: No thank you

The search for a new Municipal Court Judge is back to “square one” after the judge selected by The Dalles City Council declined to accept the position.

April 7, 2017 1:05 p.m. read more..


Thursday, April 6



TD Riverhawks are opening eyes on the track

With an expanded roster ready to face Gresham and Reynolds in a three-team dual, The Dalles track and field team totaled 93 personal records and added 29 season records for an impressive output at Gresham.

April 6, 2017 1:42 p.m. read more..


TD tennis comes close to a league victory

The Riverhawks picked up three singles wins from Quinn Wilson, James Pashek and Andy Lopez, but wound up on the wrong side of three third-set match-break setbacks, two in doubles play, in a 5-3 loss to Hermiston Wednesday at The Dalles High School.

April 6, 2017 1:38 p.m. read more..


Guest Column: We must do hard work of thinking for ourselves

Words have power to inform, persuade and influence attitudes, decisions, elections, and destinies. And when they are distributed by mass media, words have a significant impact in shaping public opinion and indirectly controlling and manipulating our actions. If we ever hope to be honestly informed and to understand each other, then we need to occasionally listen to the other side and not feast exclusively on news outlets that confirm our own ideas.

April 6, 2017 1:34 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Let voice be heard

To the editor: Please join Indivisible Columbia Gorge at a town hall for Rep. Walden on Saturday, April 8, at Hood River Middle School, at 4 to 5:30 p.m. to let your voice be heard.

April 6, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Thank you Nikki

To the editor: I want to thank Nikki Lesich for the special remembrance of David “Norm” Davis in the March 28, 2017 issue of The Dalles Chronicle. It was very touching.

April 6, 2017 1:30 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Tax time for Trump?

To the editor: Have you ever been asked for your tax return? When you buy a house, refinance your home, or submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) you submit a copy of your tax return. Do you refuse?

April 6, 2017 1:28 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Fund AmeriCorps

To the editor: Created to engage our citizens in community-building efforts at the most local level, AmeriCorps programs and members serve our nation in six focus areas: disaster relief, education, public health, economic opportunity, environmental stewardship and veterans / military families. Unfortunately the good work of our veterans and the other 80,000 AmeriCorps members across the country is at risk. Recently, the White House released its 2018 budget that calls for the elimination of AmeriCorps and hundreds of other programs that are building and protecting our communities.

April 6, 2017 1:27 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Safe access to stores

To the editor: I was reading Jesse Burkhardt’s item in your paper about the makeover of Cascade Square Shopping Center, which is getting a new facelift. While they are doing all of this, why can’t they lower the sidewalk in front of Jo-Ann’s Fabric, so us people with walkers, etc., have safer access to the stores.

April 6, 2017 1:25 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Tribes need support

To the editor: For “time immemorial” Native Americans lived alongside the Columbia River; fishing was and is their way of life. They were pushed aside by dams, railroads and new cities.

April 6, 2017 1:24 p.m. read more..
 

Agency seeks to leave MCCOG

The new director of the Area Agency on Aging, which has long been housed in the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments, proposes separating from that entity in a bid for cost savings. “The AAA can no longer sustain growing indirect cost in the MCCOG model, at the expense of programs and services,” AAA Director Caroline Wood wrote in a report to the AAA’s advisory council.

April 6, 2017 1:18 p.m. read more..


Budget wouldn’t affect Meals on Wheels

Since President Trump’s budget proposal was announced last month, the local Meals on Wheels program heard from numerous people who feared it faced potential cuts. The good news is the two streams of federal funding it does get, which represents about 20 percent of its total resources, come from two programs that are not targeted for cuts in the Trump budget.

April 6, 2017 1:16 p.m. read more..
 

Farmer’s protest aired in House

When Sherman County farmer Darren Padget recently visited U.S. Rep. Greg Walden’s office in Washington, D.C., to complain about a more than 400 percent increase in his family’s health insurance premium, he didn’t expect to have that information shared in a House floor speech.

April 6, 2017 1:11 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, April 5



Walker cards 113 to lead TD golfers

At the Wildhorse Invitational in Pendleton, The Dalles girls’ golf team had three players average scores of 146, including a team-best 113 by Abby Walker in varsity action Monday.

April 5, 2017 1:33 p.m. read more..


TD tennis loses by an 8-0 score to Redmond

In a challenging match against Redmond, The Dalles boys’ tennis team won one set and nearly claimed four others in an 8-0 loss to Redmond in a non-league tennis match played Monday in The Dalles.

April 5, 2017 1:32 p.m. read more..
 

Main Street working on ‘historic’ grant

The Dalles Main Street will soon learn whether a grant the organization applied for in mid-March will bring funds to help in the “preservation and adaptive reuse” of the historic Herbring House at 313 W. Fourth Street in The Dalles.

April 5, 2017 1:26 p.m. read more..
 

MCCOG hires Meriwether

On March 28, the MCCOG board voted unanimously to hire David Meriwether, who previously served as administrator for Hood River County, to serve as interim director. Meriwether started work on Monday, April 3.

April 5, 2017 1:15 p.m. read more..


Jail operations bond set

Bonds to build the regional jail were paid off last September, and voters will be asked in May to continue paying that same amount, 26 cents per $1,000 assessed property value, to help run the jail.

April 5, 2017 1:14 p.m. read more..
 

Suicidal man sparks TD school lockdown

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office responded to Chenowith Road, near the entrance of Foley Lakes Mobile Home Park, on a report that a suicidal man was on the premises with a gun.

April 5, 2017 1:12 p.m. read more..


Walden to hold two town halls April 12

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden will hold town hall meetings during the congressional spring break next week in Hood River and The Dalles, two of six public forums during April in his Second Congressional District.

April 5, 2017 1:11 p.m. read more..


Spring Cleaning

After a long and difficult winter, this mama cow celebrates the arrival of her healthy new calf with a wash behind the ears.

April 5, 2017 1:08 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, April 4



Young Irelanders

The Young Irelanders perform at The Dalles High School auditorium Tuesday night in a concert presented by the Mid-Columbia Community Concert Assocation. The performance included dancers Ayla Reid and Joe Duffey, in addition to musicians, left to right, Barry Lyons, Bodhran and vocals; Eoghan O. Ceannabhain, flute, concertina and vocals; Jayne Pomplas, fiddle; Laura Callaghan, banjo, vocals; Hugh Kennedy, accordian and Ian Kinsella, guitar and vocals.

April 4, 2017 1:19 p.m. read more..


Hawk golfers win third straight

With Chase Snodgrass’ 75 leading the charge, Tyler Vassar and Aidan Telles shooting 82s and Mark Felderman ending up with an 84, The Dalles scratched across a 323 to win its third consecutive boys’ golf tournament title at the Wildhorse Invitational played in Pendleton Monday.

April 4, 2017 1:17 p.m. read more..
   

Letter to the Editor: Good deal for whom?

To the editor: Mayor Steve Lawrence was quoted in the Chronicle’s March 30 article about the Granada Theater purchase as declaring the sale “…a good deal.” My question is, for whom?

April 4, 2017 1:07 p.m. read more..
 

Tax firm robbed

A tax preparation office in The Dalles was robbed Sunday evening, and the suspects made away with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police logs.

April 4, 2017 1 p.m. read more..


Plane crashes at local airport

A small plane carrying a couple from The Dalles landed short of the runway at a local airfield Friday afternoon and was severely damaged after hitting rocks, but neither passenger sustained more than minor injuries.

April 4, 2017 12:59 p.m. read more..
 

An Evening With HAVEN

Local chefs, wine, beer and music will be the centerpiece of the 17th annual “An Evening With HAVEN” Thursday evening, 5:30 p.m. at Fort Dalles Readiness Center. Tickets are $35.

April 4, 2017 12:56 p.m. read more..

Saturday, April 1



Sherman defeats Oakland

Following Thursday’s rainout, the Sherman Huskies finally had a chance to get on the field for the Grant Union Tournament and defeated Oakland by a 5-4 score Friday morning in John Day.

April 1, 2017 12:51 p.m. read more..


TD runs losing streak to 8

The Dalles softball team finished tournament play in Glencoe with two losses to run its losing streak to eight games to start the regular, following losses of 11-0 to Glencoe and 11-5 to Westview at the Gordon Faber Recreation Complex in Hillsboro.

April 1, 2017 12:49 p.m. read more..


Riverhawks drop a pair to No. 12 Central

Unsure if his team had a case of jetlag from a roundtrip to Eugene late Thursday night, The Dalles coach Steve Sugg said that Friday’s performance in two losses to Central cannot happen again. The No. 12-ranked Panthers totaled 18 hits, received 11 walks and took advantage of six Riverhawk errors in wins of 10-1 and 9-5 over The Dalles in a doubleheader at Quinton Street Ballpark.

April 1, 2017 12:47 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: GOP’s second chance

To the editor: The Affordable Care Act, “Obamacare,” gave health insurance to 129,200 additional people in Oregon House District 2, more than in any other Republican district in the U.S. In spite of the success of Obamacare in providing health insurance for people in his district, Greg Walden joined with other Republicans to repeal it. Because the bill could not pass, Mr. Walden now has a second chance to actually make good on the promises in his recent op-ed column.

April 1, 2017 12:44 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Pedestrian problem

To the editor: It is all good and fine that The Dalles city police are on a program to make drivers more aware of pedestrians when they are attempting to cross at an intersection. But, at the same time, there are many pedestrians that cross in the middle of the street, cutting between cars.

April 1, 2017 12:43 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Walden’s vote bought

To the editor: How do you feel about having your personal data sold to companies that do data mining? Probably much like I do. So I was appalled when Rep. Greg Walden voted this week to get rid of important online privacy protections and allow my personal data to be sold by internet service providers to data mining companies.

April 1, 2017 12:42 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Medicare for all

To the editor: I saw an interview on TV with a young woman who had lost most of her fingers and some toes because a strep infection got out of control. She didn't have insurance and didn't go to the doctor, and almost died from strep throat. I don't want to live anymore with the fear and anxiety that something terrible like that might happen to me or my family and friends just because they don't have insurance, or going to the doctor means huge bills so they don't go when all they probably need is one appointment and a prescription.

April 1, 2017 12:41 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Walden has integrity

To the editor: I have read with interest, and concern, a number of letters to the editor over the past several months that question Congressman Greg Walden’s availability, his commitment to his constituents in the Second Congressional District and his understanding of the needs of his constituents. What I want to do is tell you about the Greg Walden I have known for the past 31 years. He has been a tremendous friend to the Gorge region as a state legislator and in Congress.

April 1, 2017 12:40 p.m. read more..
  

"A bird named Beauty"

A few years ago, as they mused over their friendship with a sociable neighborhood crow, David Zopf told Denise Patton, “We should write a whole story about that bird, because nobody would believe it.” They never got around to it, but the story has come to light after all as Patton honored Zopf, who died in March, as a crucial volunteer at Mid-Columbia Senior Center.

April 1, 2017 12:27 p.m. read more..


A volunteer void

In a cruel one-two punch, Mid-Columbia Senior Center and Meals on Wheels lost its two most significant volunteers early in March when both died two days apart after short illnesses. Betty Harlan, 84, was the life of the party, and if a party wasn’t afoot, she’d see to it that one was organized, said Denise Patton, director of Meals on Wheels, which is housed in the senior center.

April 1, 2017 12:23 p.m. read more..
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