Stories for December 2017


Thursday, December 28

High-stakes vote for new insurance tax

SALEM — A tax on insurance companies and some hospitals to provide health care for low-income Oregonians goes before voters next month, even after it was approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor during the 2017 legislative session.

December 28, 2017 1:11 p.m. read more..

Huskies lose to Council, 45-22

On the girls side, the Sherman Huskies lost their first tournament game by a 45-22 score against Council, ID. The loss was the fifth straight for the Huskies.

December 28, 2017 1:07 p.m. read more..

Sherman boys edge out Council

Jacob Justesen scored 18 points, Treve Martin added 17 and the No. 2-ranked Sherman Huskies outlasted Council, ID. by a 51-50 margin in opening-round boys’ basketball action at the Optimist Christmas Classic played in La Grande.

December 28, 2017 1:05 p.m. read more..

Three Husky seniors earn all-state awards

As great as it is to take home individual awards, Sherman seniors Jacob Justesen, Treve Martin and Nic Lesh, all gave credit to the coaches and shared all-state recognition with their teammates. Justesen received a first-team all-state award at defensive back, Martin picked up second-team all-state honors for his play at tight end and Lesh, an offensive lineman, was an honorable mention selection.

December 28, 2017 1:03 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Clean water

To the editor: I enjoy fishing and boating on clean, healthy rivers. Greg Walden’s committee has just supported legislation (HR3043) which, if passed, would make it easier for owners and operators of hydroelectric dams to avoid complying with our nation’s Clean Water Act.

December 28, 2017 12:57 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Assessment

To the editor: Please vote Yes on Measure 101. Ballots go out Jan. 3 and must be turned in by the 23rd. Measure 101 protects the expansion of Medicaid (the OHP) in Oregon.

December 28, 2017 12:57 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Opioid Crisis

To the editor: I was pleased to see in the news recently that Oregon District 2 Rep. Greg Walden has taken an interest in the opioid crisis in Oregon. For messaging purposes, so far, so good. But for actually meeting the needs of people affected by opioid addiction, not so good.

December 28, 2017 12:56 p.m. read more..

A Gorge ‘Holiday for Heroes’

The Holiday for Heroes Committee received a photo Dec. 27 from a team of defense contractors in Afghanistan posing with 31 Christmas boxes they received from Gorge residents.

December 28, 2017 12:43 p.m. read more..

A&P closes, owner looks back

After serving The Dalles for 35 years, A&P Recycling closes its doors as founder and owner Paul Lepinski retires at the age of 78. “I feel that I did a good community service over the years,” Lepinski said.

December 28, 2017 12:38 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 27

CGBA to host two local tournaments

Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy president Greg Cummings is looking for more teams to sign up for two upcoming winter tournaments set for Jan. 13-14 and Feb. 24-25 at The Dalles Middle School.

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

Cheer squad builds for the future

The Dalles cheer coach Kelsey Wallace envisions a large contingent of girls who want to be a part of the cheer family. After attracting more than 30 prospects from kindergarten-through-eighth grades at the annual youth cheer clinic on Dec. 14, the building aspect has just begun.

December 27, 2017 1:09 p.m. read more..

TD girls are motivated to excel

Eight games into his first year as head coach of The Dalles girls’ basketball team, Brian Stevens has seen some good things and areas that need improvement. Overall, the team is 3-5 with a five-game losing streak, but the players have a desire to improve and put in the extra repetitions necessary to put up a good showing when Columbia River Conference play begins on Jan. 19 against Hermiston.

December 27, 2017 1:08 p.m. read more..

Hawk hoops poised for a new year revival

Getting through the toughest part of the regular season schedule, playing four games in 11 days, The Dalles boys’ basketball team posted a 3-1 mark, with a three-game winning streak snapped last Friday by a 66-61 margin at home against No. 4-ranked Bend.

December 27, 2017 1:05 p.m. read more..

Winter Weather

A “White Christmas” snow lingers downtown The Dalles Tuesday evening as low temperatures continue to impact the region. A mix of snow and rain is forecast for Wednesday night, turning to rain in the evening. Rain and showers are likely through Saturday. A detailed forcast can be found on page A2.

December 27, 2017 12:53 p.m. read more..

High-speed pizza arrives in TD

A MOD Pizza opened earlier this month on Mt. Hood Street and already it’s become a part of The Dalles community. MOD offers a nontraditional way to order pizza, allowing customers to build their own pizzas with no additional costs or limits on the number of toppings they can add.

December 27, 2017 12:49 p.m. read more..

Walden outlines tax changes

Republicans have rewritten tax law for the first time in three decades and U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., expects the $1.5 trillion in cuts to create jobs and make the U.S. more competitive world wide.

December 27, 2017 12:48 p.m. read more..

OR mother, daughter killed in Christmas Wasco County crash

THE DALLES (AP) — Oregon State Police say a woman and her 12-year-old daughter died in a Christmas Day car crash on Highway 26 in Wasco County. Sgt. Kaipo Raiser says troopers from The Dalles and Portland responded mid-afternoon to the crash in which an eastbound Nissan Versa lost traction and crossed into the path of an oncoming Subaru Outback.

December 27, 2017 12:42 p.m. read more..

Christmas treasure found in Army kettle

The clink of coins dropping into Salvation Army collection kettles during the Christmas season, accompanied by the ringing of the attendant’s bell, are part of the holiday soundscape, but on Dec. 23 bell-ringer Barbara Palmer, stationed at Bi-Mart in The Dalles, received a special “clink” in her bucket: a 1-ounce gold Krugerrand coin. The South African gold coin is valued at about $1,200.

December 27, 2017 12:38 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 26


An inspiring display of toughness and grit

Hagen Pence played 50 games and 200 quarters in his four-year high school career, and dealt with a separated shoulder, broken bones, torn ligaments, knee injuries and a dislocated elbow – and only missed two games. “I’m very amazed and proud of myself for being able to play the game like nothing ever happened,” Hagen said.

December 26, 2017 1:20 p.m. read more..

Gunshot case investigated

The Oregon State Police, Morrow County Sheriff's Office and Boardman Police Department responded to a report of a male suffering from a gunshot wound Dec. 21 at the Love's Truck Stop near exit 159 in Morrow County. Upon arrival at the scene about 7:30 a.m., officers discovered a 48-year-old male inside a private vehicle suffering from a single gunshot wound. The adult male, with a last known address in Eugene, was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center.

December 26, 2017 1:08 p.m. read more..

Mt. Hood land exchange resolves OR land dispute

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Legislation written by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Representatives Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., to protect and enhance Oregon’s land conservation and recreation priorities on Mt. Hood is now law.

December 26, 2017 1:05 p.m. read more..

Citations issued in horse starvation case

The owners of two horses who were found starving in November have been cited for second degree animal neglect. Edna and Joe Whitesell, 6240 Hwy 30, Rowena, were issued the citations on Dec. 15. The horses were voluntarily surrendered by the Whitesells to Sound Equine Options, a Troutdale-based horse rescue.

December 26, 2017 1:02 p.m. read more..

A ‘festive and bright’ job

It isn’t every day that a 1946 Chevy pickup is parked at the Oregon Veterans’ Home — and in a courtyard closed to vehicles. The truck has evoked fond memories for residents who remember driving that model in their youth. “That has been the biggest hit and the one most commented upon,” said Jennifer Ashley, who strung lights on the truck and filled it with lighted presents and a tree.

December 26, 2017 12:59 p.m. read more..

Saturday, December 23

Letter to the Editor: Intolerant path

To the editor: I'm trying to figure out when intolerance trumps intolerance (no pun intended). A recent letter praises Mr. Trump, saying “God bless Donald Trump.” Do people that follow Jesus, God and such really buy into Trump's path?

December 23, 2017 noon read more..

Final quarter thwarts Dufur’s comeback

A 15-12 third-quarter run rallied the Dufur Rangers from a 23-15 halftime deficit to within 35-30, but Columbia went on a 24-5 fourth-quarter run to pull away for a 59-35 victory in boys’ basketball action Thursday at White Salmon.

December 23, 2017 noon read more..

Olson’s career day lifts Redsides to 52-50 victory

MAUPIN – Garrett Olson played the entire game, double and triple teamed. Olson scored a career-high 37 points and hit the eventual game-winning hook shot with 1.3 seconds left in regulation to lead South Wasco County to a 52-50 victory over Country Christian Thursday in Maupin.

December 23, 2017 noon read more..

Letter to the Editor: Living treasures

To the editor: One of the many benefits of small town life is the presence of “living treasures,” individuals and enterprises that rise to the occasion of community needs and honor us with the bounty of their expertise and leadership. We are their opportunity and they are our mentors. They’ve put The Dalles on the map in music and the arts, sports programs, ecology, education, spirituality, entrepreneurship and social welfare.

December 23, 2017 noon read more..

Letter to the Editor: Kindness counts

To the editor: What ever happened to those days when macaroni necklaces and handprints on a card were priceless treasures? What ever happened to those days when $5 would buy a family of six a gift for Christmas? What ever happened to the true meaning of Christmas?

December 23, 2017 noon read more..

Friday, December 22

Riverhawks place ninth at Adrian Irwin Invite

Steven Preston and Michael Parrish racked up a combined seven victories, five by pin, to secure top-3 placings, and The Dalles wrestling team totaled 78 points for ninth place out of 15 teams at the two-day Adrian Irwin Memorial Invitational ending Saturday in Redmond.

December 22, 2017 11:02 a.m. read more..

Running trio stands tall in national spotlight

While running stride-for-stride with such a competitive group, The Dalles High School freshman Dillon Dorado finished with a time of 18 minutes and 59.30 seconds for 238th in the 15-to-18-year old division and 146th in his 15-to-16 age category at the USATF Junior Olympic Nationals held on Dec. 9 at Apalachee Regional Park, Fla.

December 22, 2017 10:57 a.m. read more..

Jacobson awarded for ‘exemplary service’

Wayne Jacobson’s career as an internationally recognized expert on hearing aids and hearing health became his passion after he fitted his first patient with a hearing aid in 1976. Forty-two years later, in early December of this year, Jacobson became the fourth-ever recipient of the Marylene Freshley Award, which honored his “years of exemplary service and commitment to the hearing health industry.”

December 22, 2017 10:50 a.m. read more..

Fairclo recognized for safety training

Larry Fairclo spends his weeks teaching teenagers how to operate vehicles safely, but most are unaware that he has earned a national Teacher Excellence Award. Fairclo was selected by his peers for the distinction after years on the road. He is the owner of Diamond F Driving School in The Dalles, a business he started in 2010.

December 22, 2017 10:48 a.m. read more..

Bicycle Bonanza

Folks from Wasco County Landfill, The Dalles Disposal and Hood River Garbage built 56 bikes that will be given to charities throughout the Gorge and turned over to young riders.

December 22, 2017 10:46 a.m. read more..

Thursday, December 21

Merry Tractor Christmas

Christmas decorations top jars of candy handed out as prizes following the Dufur Lighted Tractor Parade earlier this month.

December 21, 2017 1:25 p.m. read more..

No. 3 SWC slips past Lyle, Wash.

Abby Birman scored 12 points and Allie Noland tacked on nine to lead the No. 3-ranked South Wasco County Redsides to a 49-38 win over Lyle, Wash. Monday in a non-league girls’ basketball game played in Maupin.

December 21, 2017 1:23 p.m. read more..

Perrydale defense gets upper hand against Dufur

DUFUR – On a few occasions this season, the Dufur Rangers have faced some pressure and trap defenses, which have caused them some difficulties. Saturday in the girls’ championship game at the Ranger Tournament, Perrydale hammered Dufur with a tough style of defense in its 51-34 victory.

December 21, 2017 1:22 p.m. read more..

Huskies can’t stop Yakama Tribal

MORO – There were several factors that hurt the Sherman Huskies in an 82-42 girls’ basketball setback at the hands of Yakama Tribal Tuesday in Moro. “Poor shooting and turnovers cost us this game,” Sherman head coach Steve Bird said.

December 21, 2017 1:20 p.m. read more..

Martin busts loose in Sherman’s blowout

MORO – Sherman head coach Gary Lewis had been patiently waiting for a scoring performance like Treve Martin put on Tuesday night against Yakama Tribal. Martin scored a season-high 29 points, including 18 in the second half, to give the No. 2-ranked Huskies the scoring boost needed for a 74-57 triumph Tuesday in Moro.

December 21, 2017 1:16 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Thanks, Klindt’s

To the editor: Once again, Klindt's Booksellers has graciously tapped the generosity of the community to benefit literacy among the students of North Wasco County School District.

December 21, 2017 1:10 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Why not stand?

To the editor: Where have all the decent Republicans gone? I am a life long Democrat who has voted for Republicans who have exhibited genuine concern for the well-being of their constituents. There were some I didn’t vote for, but later found them intelligent, reasonable and respectable representatives. However, today’s Republicans are a different beast.

December 21, 2017 1:08 p.m. read more..

Air quality topic of public hearing

A vocal opponent of AmeriTies West and the creosote compounds it is permitted to release said of a proposed new air quality rule, “If Cleaner Air Oregon was made for anything, it was made for the city of The Dalles.” Kristina Cronkright spoke at the Dec. 14 hearing in The Dalles on the proposed reform to air quality laws called Cleaner Air Oregon.

December 21, 2017 12:57 p.m. read more..

Motion to dismiss ICE lawsuit denied

A judge has denied motions made by the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility to dismiss a lawsuit by four citizens claiming NORCOR is violating state law by allowing Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees to be held there. He did remove Wasco County as a defendant in the lawsuit.

December 21, 2017 12:55 p.m. read more..

‘Protobot’ project recognized

Jacob Field’s “Protobot” mini-robot project beat out proposals from 13 western states to win a presentation slot at the 4-H Western Regional Leadership Forum in California next March. Field, a student at The Dalles High School, designed and tested both the robot and the curriculum as part of his project.

December 21, 2017 12:52 p.m. read more..

Teen could be tried as adult for shooting

A 16-year-old male from The Dalles has been arrested for two Measure 11 offenses tied to the Dec. 9 shooting of another teen. If a grand jury decides that he should be prosecuted, the suspect could be tried as an adult. Charges have been dropped against Jordan Fus, 20, of The Dalles who initially confessed to pulling the trigger.

December 21, 2017 12:46 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 20


Lady Hawks lose fourth straight

Late in the fourth quarter, The Dalles girls’ basketball team erased a nine-point lead and inched to within five points, but misfired shots, ill-timed turnovers and missed free throws proved to be too much to overcome in a 42-31 loss against No. 15-ranked Milwaukie Tuesday at Kurtz Gym.

December 20, 2017 1:33 p.m. read more..

Murr plays hero in No. 11 TD’s comeback

Dakota Murr made one field goal in the fourth quarter. He made it count. With his team down 62-61 and time running out, Murr drained the game-winning 3-pointer as time expired to give the No. 11-ranked Riverhawks a 64-62 victory over Milwaukie Tuesday in a boys’ basketball thriller played at Milwaukie High School.

December 20, 2017 1:30 p.m. read more..

Christmas Story

Cornerstone Church, at 1313 Mt. Hood St., has again created its Christmas light display that is set to music.

December 20, 2017 1:22 p.m. read more..

Wasco County using juvenile detention

Wasco County is again sending its youth to the juvenile facility at the regional jail, after briefly opting to send youth elsewhere on the heels of a report that was highly critical of the facility. Two of the three commissioners met in a work session last Thursday and by consensus gave authority for staff to resume sending youth there.

December 20, 2017 1:21 p.m. read more..

Investing in history

The house Bev and Alan Eagy bought for seven dollars at an auction (seven times the assessed value) and worked on for 11 years is finally finished and will soon be open to the public as The Victor Trevitt Guest House. “The first year was just making it not fall down,” Bev Eagy said about the restoration, describing the deteriorated condition of the house, including buckshot in the walls and major structural problems.

December 20, 2017 1:09 p.m. read more..

Nurses object to mandatory shot or mask

Several nurses at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles are objecting to a policy that requires them to wear facial masks if they don’t get a flu shot out of the belief that their health privacy rights are being violated. They also argue that patients are made uncomfortable by seeing caregivers who are not sick wearing masks.

December 20, 2017 1:08 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 19

Sherman loses to 3A Cascade

Stepping up in class against 3A Cascade Christian in the championship round of the Holiday Hoops Classic, the Sherman Huskies could not get the bounces to go their way in a 55-49 loss Saturday in Klamath Falls.

December 19, 2017 2:38 p.m. read more..

Lyle picks up win over SWC

South Wasco County was held without a first-quarter field goal and outscored 44-26 in the second half by the Lyle Cougars in a 79-32 loss Monday in non-league boys’ basketball action from Maupin. Garrett Olson scored 19 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Redsides, who made 10 field goals, three 3-pointers, and shot 9 of 20 from the line.

December 19, 2017 2:37 p.m. read more..

Basketball without boundaries

Monday night at Kurtz Gym, the sport of basketball saw no boundaries. In a showcase evening of boys and girls basketball, The Dalles High School hosted an Australian Traveling team in three exhibition games, where the scores did not matter – the primary theme of the night was on bonding over athletics, along with fellowship, friendship and creating lasting bonds.

December 19, 2017 2:32 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: The future is bright

To the editor: This letter to the editor is about opportunity, about Oregon, about positive Oregon politics. It’s about a candidate for Governor who is making waves. A candidate who offers you solid pragmatic opportunity without the far left’s hide and seek politics of irrational tax programs that make our lives expensive, restrict growth, offers highly expensive but poor education for our children, that turns our cities into vagrant slums full of drugs and needles.

December 19, 2017 2:18 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Walden serves self

To the editor: There should be no more question as to who Congressman Greg Walden truly serves: Himself. Thanks to Walden and the Trump administration, you can expect to pay more and get less service from your internet service provider.

December 19, 2017 2:16 p.m. read more..

Jail responds to Disability Rights report

The regional jail board formally responded to the critical report of the juvenile detention facility last week, saying the report’s characterization of the facility as inhumane “is totally irresponsible.” The letter mirrored much of a response provided Nov. 27 by Juvenile Detention Manager Jeff Justesen, who was allowed to comment on the draft report before it was issued Dec. 5 by Disability Rights Oregon.

December 19, 2017 2:11 p.m. read more..

Kids make ‘kits of fun’ for the holidays

Winter break is a good time to strengthen family bonds and the Four Rivers Early Learning and Parenting Hub has put together a kit of fun and creative ways to promote togetherness. About 1,000 of the packets are being distributed in the Mid-Columbia region.

December 19, 2017 2:07 p.m. read more..

Chenowith principal on leave since fall

Chenowith Elementary School Principal Anne Shull has been on paid administrative leave since Sept. 26 pending an investigation of bullying complaints filed by three former employees. Shull spoke to the Chronicle about the complaint, and also provided a copy of the complaint against her, which was filed June 14.

December 19, 2017 2:05 p.m. read more..

Saturday, December 16

Sharing Music’s Memories

Nursing homes aren’t usually grim, but for some they can be: Nursing home residents are typically at the ends of their lives, dealing with conditions too severe for their families to handle alone. Isolated from their loved ones and the outside world, it’s easy for some residents to become catatonic, as Walter Lutz discovered in the Columbia Basin Care Facility’s lunchroom one afternoon in 2008 while visiting his dying mother. And so, a couple years later, Lutz carried an accordion up to the nurses’ station at Columbia Basin and asked permission to play live music for the residents.

December 16, 2017 11:45 a.m. read more..

Shots don’t fall in 64-33 Husky loss

The shots were not falling for the Sherman Huskies. As a team, they shot 14 of 61 from the floor, 10 for 34 in the second half, and made 4 of 14 free throws in a 64-33 loss to Hosanna Christian on the first day of the Holiday Hoops Classic Friday in Klamath Falls.

December 16, 2017 11:35 a.m. read more..

No. 12 Dufur gets a lopsided win over North Lake

Alexus Outlaw, Kierstin White and Jessica Brown each surpassed double digits, and the Dufur Rangers cruised to a 25-10 halftime lead enroute to a 52-24 drubbing of North Lake Friday in the opening round of the Ranger Basketball Tournament at Dufur High School.

December 16, 2017 11:34 a.m. read more..

No. 1 Sherman keeps on chugging

The No. 1-ranked Sherman Huskies kept their hot start to the season going with a 59-42 victory versus Hosanna Christian Friday in the opening round of the Holiday Hoops Classic in Klamath Falls.

December 16, 2017 11:33 a.m. read more..

Dufur defense leading the charge

The Dufur boys’ basketball team has won two games in a row and are using defense to spark their play. During this streak, the Rangers have allowed 23 field goals and an average of 33 points a contest.

December 16, 2017 11:31 a.m. read more..

Hawks show grit in defeat of St. Helens

Faced with a size disadvantage against St. Helens, The Dalles Riverhawks used hustle and heart to settle the score. Dakota Murr and Josh Nisbet combined for 45 points, and the No. 17-ranked Riverhawks added several clutch layups in crunch time and hit 6 of 9 fourth-quarter free throws to capture a 70-67 victory over the Lions Friday night at Kurtz Gym.

December 16, 2017 11:30 a.m. read more..

Friday, December 15


Riverhawk football athletes score year-end awards

Names were called out for accolades and kind words from head coach Steve Sugg at The Dalles football team’s year-end banquet held last Tuesday at Wahtonka High School. Along with the 15 varsity and junior varsity awards given out, there was a gift exchange, games and food served for football players and their families.

December 15, 2017 1:24 p.m. read more..

CGBA sends five squads to Hoops Classic

Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy coordinator Greg Cummings has entrusted coaches Deric Anthony, Ken Brock, Lindsay Brock, Phil Hukari, Mike Cates and Andrew Voodre to help mold and shape the future basketball standouts across the gorge. It takes hours of practices, scrimmages, games and tournaments, but Cummings is seeing some great progress.

December 15, 2017 1:21 p.m. read more..

Oil tankers may need tug escort on Columbia

ASTORIA (AP) — Tethered tug escorts could provide added protection for oil tankers on the Columbia River if tanker traffic increases due to new marine terminals, a study commissioned by the Washington Legislature found.

December 15, 2017 1:15 p.m. read more..

Volunteers gear up for bike build

Volunteers from the Wasco County landfill and The Dalles Disposal are doing their second annual bike build Dec. 19, where they will assemble new bikes to be delivered to needy children at Christmas.

December 15, 2017 1:12 p.m. read more..

Season challenges veterans

Patrick Wilbern deals every day with veterans in need and wants to make their lives easier during the Christmas season, and he is asking for community help to do that. “This is a tough time of year for many veterans, so it is the perfect time to show them that we care,” he said.

December 15, 2017 1:11 p.m. read more..

‘Makerspace’ coming soon

Community members have enthusiastically received the Teen Programming and Digital Media Room at The Dalles-Wasco County Library since its opening last June, so much so that funds will now be used to add another technological advancement: a dedicated “makerspace.” The technology lab will be installed in what is now the periodicals’ section on the second floor (the periodicals will be moved to another shelving unit around the corner.)

December 15, 2017 1:06 p.m. read more..

Thursday, December 14

Sherman dominates Trinity Lutheran

In their first game in 10 calendar days, the No. 3 Sherman Huskies came out a little slow against Trinity Lutheran, but then dropped the hammer down for a 48-36 run over the final three quarters for a 62-48 victory Tuesday in a boys’ hoops game held in Bend.

December 14, 2017 1:51 p.m. read more..

Riverhawks win 14 matches in La Grande

The Dalles wrestling team racked up 14 victories, JR Scott secured sixth place and Glenn Breckterfield added four wins on his way to a consolation championship at the two-day Muilenburg Wrestling Tournament held last weekend in La Grande. Of the 14 triumphs, the Riverhawks posted 10 pins, three decisions and a major decision, with Breckterfield supported by teammates Scott, Austin Greene and Andrew Richman, who had two wins apiece.

December 14, 2017 1:48 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Time is now

To the editor: Now is the time to get behind our own Senator Jeff Merkley and urge him to run for President in 2020. Those of us here in Oregon know his progressive and common sense views on the issues and his beyond reproach integrity.

December 14, 2017 1:46 p.m. read more..

Report author explains response to input provided by jail

Before a scathing report was issued by a disability rights organization on the juvenile detention facility here, it gave local jail officials a chance to respond to a draft of the report. But juvenile detention officials said Disability Rights Oregon didn’t incorporate those responses into its final report, with one exception.

December 14, 2017 1:39 p.m. read more..

Changes seen at juvenile jail facility

On a recent late morning, a handful of youth were in a day room at the juvenile detention facility in The Dalles, visiting and working on art projects. Juvenile Detention Manager Jeff Justesen said the facility has made a conscious effort to have youth out of their cells more often, following a series of visits by Disability Rights Oregon (DRO), and its subsequent scathing report on practices at the facility.

December 14, 2017 1:30 p.m. read more..

Christmas Show

Local photographer Gary Elkinton found this home on West 6th Street near Ideal Homes sporting an active Christmas display with syncronized music and lights.

December 14, 2017 1:26 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 13

Christmas Star

A star shines down from the Eagle Caves area in west The Dalles. The star is lighted each year by the Fun Group and visible in town, along Interstate 84, and across the river on Highway 14.

December 13, 2017 1:35 p.m. read more..

Dufur holds lead for road win

The Dufur Rangers nearly let another lead slip away but made the shots and the clutch plays for a 17-6 fourth-quarter run to defeat Klickitat, Wash. by a 49-37 margin Tuesday on the road at Klickitat High School.

December 13, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..

TD boys snap two-game streak

Jacob Hernandez scored a career-high 18 points, Josh Nisbet broke out for 13 and Henry Lee Muscled up for eight to lead the Riverhawks to a 62-46 win Tuesday at Kurtz Gym. Leading scorer Dakota Murr wound up with 15 points but dealt with some foul troubles.

December 13, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..

Olson scores 28 to lead SWC to its first win of ‘17

MAUPIN – South Wasco County had their best all-around performance last week in a 36-34 loss to Powers, but it was a quick glimpse into some promise. The good play continued Tuesday, as Garrett Olson scored a career-high 28 points, 16 in the second half and pulled down 10 rebounds and had three steals to lead the Redside boys’ basketball team to a 40-28 win over Monument-Dayville in a hoops contest played in Maupin.

December 13, 2017 1:29 p.m. read more..

Dufur scores a season-high 50

Just three days earlier, the Dufur Rangers were dealt a 38-point loss at the hand of Powder Valley. Tuesday, eight different players drilled field goals, led by the guard trio of Kayla Bailey, Alexus Outlaw and Zoe Hester, as the Rangers opened with a 20-8 cushion through one quarter and rode that outburst to a 50-40 victory over Klickitat, Wash. Tuesday in a girls’ basketball road contest.

December 13, 2017 1:28 p.m. read more..

TD girls lose a heartbreaker

The Dalles girls’ basketball team led for the first three quarters and held as much as a nine-point lead but missed 10 free throws, including two front-end free throw attempts in a 47-46 loss to Ridgeview Tuesday in Redmond.

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

No. 1 Redsides run winning streak to five

MAUPIN – SWC and Monument-Dayville played a gritty opening half, but the Lady Redsides expanded on their 16-14 lead with a 32-17 run in the second half to secure a 48-31 victory Tuesday in a non-league contest in Maupin.

December 13, 2017 1:21 p.m. read more..

Cochenour receives medal

Les Cochenour, former The Dalles mayor, retired Oregon National Guard officer and longtime volunteer for military organizations, received a significant medal Dec. 2 at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center.

December 13, 2017 1:09 p.m. read more..

Columbia Gorge Food Bank to open

The Columbia Gorge Food Bank, a transitional program of the Oregon Food Bank, will soon open in The Dalles to provide supplies for communities in Wasco, Hood River and Sherman counties. The Oregon Food Bank began to serve these communities two years ago, when local need surpassed what the Mid-Columbia Community Action Council could handle.

December 13, 2017 1:07 p.m. read more..

Student artists exhibit work in Dufur

The Dufur Community Center was transformed into a cultural enrichment venue Saturday as part of the annual Hometown Christmas Celebration. Local students showed off their acrylic paintings and entertained the audience with newly acquired ukulele skills.

December 13, 2017 1:04 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 12

No. 1 Redsides run streak to four

Things could not be better for No. 1-ranked South Wasco County. In their 4-0 start, the Redsides are averaging nearly 51 points a contest and using a variety of weapons a nightly basis to turn the tide in games. Saturday against Powers, Abby Birman scored 15 of her season-high 19 points in the second and third quarters, as the Redsides finished the final three quarters of play on a 42-15 run to capture a lopsided 51-19 triumph Saturday at the Pacific Girls’ Basketball Tournament held in Port Orford.

December 12, 2017 1:35 p.m. read more..

Rangers take their latest loss as a learning lesson

DUFUR – At this point in the season, Dufur girls’ basketball coach Hollie Darden is using this time to get his young team some added experience and learning more about the offensive and defensive sets rather than worrying about wins and losses.

December 12, 2017 1:33 p.m. read more..

SWC takes step forward in loss

Playing on back-to-back nights at the Pacific Crossover Tournament, the South Wasco County boys’ basketball squad put up a spirited four-quarter effort in a 36-34 loss to Powers Saturday from Port Orford.

December 12, 2017 1:32 p.m. read more..

Miscues doom Dufur in 61-55 home loss

DUFUR – The Dufur Rangers had an eight-point halftime lead, and a 48-43 advantage entering the fourth quarter, but turnovers and rebounding spurred an 18-7 fourth-quarter rally by Powder Valley in a 61-55 boys’ basketball victory Saturday at Dufur High School.

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

Lone Pine donation drive underway

A flood of contributions, dwarfing last year’s effort, has come to the Discovery Center for its second annual donation drive to benefit the Lone Pine Native American fishing village. The collection is still underway through Christmas — items can be taken to the museum, at 5000 Discovery Drive — but the needed items aren’t the typical holiday requests.

December 12, 2017 1:12 p.m. read more..

Tractor Parade

A bright-red sleigh and a Christmas tree roll down Main Street in Dufur during the tractor parade Saturday night in Dufur.

December 12, 2017 1:10 p.m. read more..

Sleep Center expands in HR

Ronelle Masters and her husband, Alejandro, have enjoyed success since celebrating the grand opening of their second Downey Sleep Center in Hood River this past May.

December 12, 2017 1:09 p.m. read more..

Man sentenced in assault case

For the second time in as many weeks, Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley has announced the resolution of a major case. On Friday, Nisley reported that Nathan Verhaeghe, 32, of Spokane will spend 90 months in prison for first-degree assault, followed by 25 years in the custody of the Psychiatry Security Review Board for three counts of second-degree manslaughter. “The sentence in this case is unique,” said Nisley.

December 12, 2017 1:07 p.m. read more..

Minor injured in shooting

A local man allegedly shot a minor in the neck with an AR-15 Saturday afternoon. Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 1500 block of Quinton Street at 2:32 p.m. and arrested Jordan Fus, 20, on numerous charges including assault in the third degree, violation of probation and felon in possession of a firearm.

December 12, 2017 1 p.m. read more..

Saturday, December 9

Wasco County backs juvenile facility

Wasco County will likely reverse its Wednesday decision to stop sending youth to the local juvenile detention facility in reaction to a scathing report on the facility, with a county official saying Friday he was comfortable with sending local youth there.

December 9, 2017 11:43 a.m. read more..

SWC gets stung by Pacific

With its size and athleticism, Pacific High School got off to a quick start and never looked back, as a 34-5 first-quarter lead paved the way for a 61-26 victory at the Pacific Crossover Boys’ Basketball Tournament Friday in Port Orford.

December 9, 2017 11:27 a.m. read more..

Early struggles hampering Dufur

A sluggish start by the Dufur Rangers opened the door for Ryan Patrick and the Damascus Christian Eagles to jump out to an 18-4 lead through one quarter in a 63-35 blowout win in non-league boys’ basketball action Friday at Dufur High School.

December 9, 2017 11:27 a.m. read more..

No. 2 SWC in cruise control

The South Wasco County Redsides moved up to No. 2 in the 1A rankings and kept their undefeated record intact following a 55-31 rout of Pacific Friday in opening-day girls’ hoops action at the Pacific Tournament in Port Orford.

December 9, 2017 11:26 a.m. read more..

Balanced attack sparks Dufur

Mikayla Kelly scored 13 points, Chloe Beeson tacked on eight and the No. 11-ranked Dufur Lady Rangers derailed an attempted Damascus Christian comeback with a 15-4 fourth-quarter run in a 45-31 win Friday at Dufur High School.

December 9, 2017 11:26 a.m. read more..

TD girls have win streak snapped by Glencoe

Coasting through their first three games with wins over Centennial, Sandy and Columbia, the stakes were raised to a higher level in Friday’s non-league basketball game against 6A Glencoe. No. 10-ranked The Dalles fought valiantly through the first two quarters, down 16-12, but the Crimson Tide hit 13 second-half field goals and their trapping defense flustered the Riverhawks for a 37-11 run in a 53-23 girls’ basketball victory at Kurtz Gym.

December 9, 2017 11:24 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Walden words untrue

To the editor: Since our Congressional District 2 Representative Greg Walden chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee I periodically search the House bills he is advancing. These days I really don’t favor his allegiance to the Trump agenda and I don’t trust that which he brags about as being good for Oregon is necessarily true.

December 9, 2017 11:20 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Misled by falsehood

To the editor: Isaak Kemp, mentioned in “Teen attends advocacy training,” deserves respect and encouragement in caring about the environment and what we do to the planet. However, if he is basing information on climate and climate change by what Al Gore says, he is being misled by falsehood.

December 9, 2017 11:19 a.m. read more..

Friday, December 8

TD cheer is seeking donations for trip

Through Friday morning, The Dalles cheerleaders have received 32 donations for a total of $1,680, which is far from the the $5,000 needed to experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a trip to California for Cheer Nationals in January. Hampered by school budgets and other monetary issues, the team is seeking funds to help offset the costs for hotels, airfare, meals, and entry fees, so coach Kelsey Wallace is looking to families, friends, and the community for help.

December 8, 2017 12:24 p.m. read more..

It takes a village to raise nine title banners

DUFUR – There’s a fun little rivalry going on in the Thomas household these days. Former football standout Ray Thomas won three straight state championships from 1999 to 2001 and nearly two decades later, his son, Anthony, matched that feat with three titles in a row. As a junior, Anthony has one more year of eligibility left to trump his father with a fourth 1A championship.

December 8, 2017 12:20 p.m. read more..

Trump rolls back oil train rules

PORTLAND (AP) — The Trump administration has angered environmental groups and some residents of the Columbia River Gorge by rolling back a 2015 rule on oil train safety. The Obama administration rule change required trains carrying highly explosive liquids to have electronically controlled pneumatic brakes installed by 2021 — systems intended to help prevent fiery oil train wrecks like the one that happened in the Oregon last year, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported Thursday.

December 8, 2017 12:09 p.m. read more..

Guatemala trip planned

For the second year, a group of students studying Spanish at The Dalles High School is heading to Guatemala on a service trip to bring water purifiers to desperately poor Mayan residents on Lake Atitlan. This year’s group is twice the size, with 10 students. On their nine-day trip next spring, they will work with Worthy Village, a non-profit, to distribute the simple water purifiers to families.

December 8, 2017 12:07 p.m. read more..

Christmas Carolling

Two classes of enthusiastic Colonel Wright sixth graders are arranged on the steps of the Wasco County courthouse as they prepare to sing a selection of carols Wednesday afternoon.

December 8, 2017 12:05 p.m. read more..

Vet ID Cards now available

The long-awaited Veterans ID Card is finally available as an alternative proof of military service. “The new identification is something that veterans have been asking about for many years,” said Wasco County Veterans’ Service Officer Russell Jones.

December 8, 2017 12:03 p.m. read more..

Thursday, December 7

JR Scott takes first place at Woods Invite

JR Scott won five consecutive matches, four by pinfall, to pick up first place, Austin Greene added fifth-place honors, and The Dalles Riverhawks totaled 17 wins for 17th place at the 21-team Tyrone S. Woods Memorial Tournament ending Saturday in Oregon City.

December 7, 2017 12:06 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Free society

To the editor: With the advent of the internet, we live in the most amazing time in history. Never before has access to all the world’s knowledge and information been available to everyone. All this is being threatened as the FCC votes to roll back net neutrality on Dec. 14.

December 7, 2017 12:03 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Tax cut vote

To the editor: After seeing how the tax cut vote went in the Senate, I would like to ask Congressman Greg Walden: please give my sincerest gratitude to Senator Susan Collins of Maine for the good job she did representing your constituents.

December 7, 2017 12:01 p.m. read more..

Art workshops offered

The Dalles Art Center is offering five classes during “2017 Winter Break Art Camp” Dec. 20-23. Classes are for ages 6 to 14. Signups are at The Dalles Art Center, 220 E. 4th Street, The Dalles.

December 7, 2017 11:58 a.m. read more..

Holiday Harvest

Alexis “Lulu” Taylor, 10, of Sunnyside, Wash., cuts a tree at Green Ridge Tree Farm, 3715 Browns Creek Road, The Dalles.

December 7, 2017 11:53 a.m. read more..

Memorial focuses on loss, healing

“Everybody has scars and you will remember exactly how you got them, even though the wound has healed over,” said Tim Willis, pastor, celebrant speaker and “general problem fixer” for Celilo Chapel in The Dalles. “My father died in 2000 and every Christmas I get a little sad about it.” He invites people who want to honor lost friends and family to attend the “Tree of Remembrance Memorial” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the chapel, 202 E. Fourth St.

December 7, 2017 11:51 a.m. read more..

Santa comes to The Dalles

The Dalles Main Street welcomes a special guest once again this holiday season and children are invited to meet and have their picture taken with him on one of two different Saturdays. “Santa in the Downtown” takes place across from Petite Provence from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 9 and Dec. 16.

December 7, 2017 11:48 a.m. read more..

Scathing report faults jail

A sharply critical report on the juvenile detention facility at the regional jail claimed youth weren’t allowed to “look around” or ask what time it was, and they spent hours a day isolated in their cells. The report by Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) cited “harsh and purposeless rules” and harmful, outdated and counterproductive practices, including solitary confinement.

December 7, 2017 11:45 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 6

Culver outlasts Dufur girls

Chloe Beeson scored 11 points, and Kayla Bailey poured in eight, but a 17-2 second-quarter run by Culver gave it a 34-13 halftime lead enroute to a 52-35 victory Tuesday at Dufur High School.

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

Ranger boys drop Culver to get in the win column

Down by a 19-12 score after one quarter of play, the Dufur Rangers used a 31-18 run over the final three quarters of play to defeat 2A Culver by a 43-37 final margin Tuesday in a non-league boys’ basketball game played at Dufur High School.

December 6, 2017 1:33 p.m. read more..

TD is hoping to continue its rise

Getting off to a hot start is great, but The Dalles head coach Nathan Morris is still hoping his team can fine tune a few aspects of the game to get to an elite level. Dakota Murr racked up 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, Jacob Hernandez went off for 13 and the undefeated Riverhawks broke open a 28-20 halftime lead with a 35-27 run in the second half in a 63-47 triumph over Columbia, out of White Salmon, Wash. Tuesday in The Dalles.

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

Riverhawk hoopsters pull off a home sweep

When The Dalles Riverhawks are executing their pressure defense, there is not much opposing teams can do. No. 12-ranked The Dalles forced 18 turnovers and gave up a season-low three field goals to take hold of a 47-12 win over Columbia, out of White Salmon, Wash. in girls’ basketball play Tuesday at Kurtz Gym in The Dalles.

December 6, 2017 1:26 p.m. read more..

Winter Shelter

A Boxelder bug (Boisea trivittatus), with orange markings on its wings and bright red eyes, hunts for a crevice in the bark of a Ponderosa Pine where it can shelter for the winter. The insects often overwinter in large groups.

December 6, 2017 1:17 p.m. read more..

Hwy 30 bridge work nears completion

Repair and replacement work is nearly complete for three bridges on Highway 30 west of Mosier. Oregon Department of Transportation’s $3.8 million project is wrapping up over the next few weeks, according to spokesman Peter Murphy.

December 6, 2017 1:15 p.m. read more..

Civic hosts Trail Band

The Trail Band returns to the Civic Auditorium on Monday for its 24th annual concert — and this year people will not have to bring blankets into the theater to stay warm. The theater has been closed since last December for roof and HVAC (Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning) system repairs. The Trail Band will be the first performance in adequately heated space, although the cold has not stopped tickets from selling out in the past.

December 6, 2017 1:12 p.m. read more..

Dufur advances in STEAM competition

Dufur High School is among 255 national finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, which encourages students to tackle real-world issues in their communities using skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

December 6, 2017 1:05 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 5

Sherman girls ready to respond

MORO – Sherman head coach Steve Bird is counting on his girls’ basketball team to get healthy and further progress over the next 10 days his team has off. This past weekend, the short-handed Lady Huskies split two games during Sherman Tournament action, defeating Stanfield by four points and losing Saturday versus 2A Grant Union.

December 5, 2017 1:57 p.m. read more..

Dufur cruises past Lyle, 49-16

Coming off a 43-point loss Friday against defending champion Nixyaawii, the Dufur Rangers rebounded with a dominant performance Saturday in a 49-16 girls’ basketball victory over Lyle. “It was great for us to get the win, but we still have a lot of work to do,” said Dufur head coach Hollie Darden.

December 5, 2017 1:56 p.m. read more..

No. 2 Redsides take John Howey Memorial title

In their first two games, the No. 2 ranked South Wasco County Redsides are averaging nearly 13 points more and giving up 11.3 fewer points a game for two straight wins. On Saturday against Prairie City in the championship game of the second annual John Howey Memorial Tournament in Maupin, the Redsides racked up 21 field goals and held the Panthers to eight baskets, two in the first half, in a 50-24 triumph. “It was pretty impressive the way our girls defended,” said SWC head coach Lynn Cowdrey.

December 5, 2017 1:54 p.m. read more..

Fourth-quarter run lifts Lyle

Dufur and Lyle played back-and-forth through the first three quarters, but the Cougars stiffened up defensively, using a 13-6 fourth-quarter rally to score a 56-47 home win Saturday in a varsity boys’ basketball game played at Lyle High School.

December 5, 2017 1:53 p.m. read more..

Redsides lose to Trout Lake by 35

On the final day of the John Howey Memorial Tournament, South Wasco County trailed Trout Lake, Wash. by a 21-12 score at the half, and could only muster nine second-half points in a 56-21 boys basketball loss Saturday in Maupin.

December 5, 2017 1:51 p.m. read more..

Sherman uses its depth to overwhelm GU

MORO – As the season wears on, senior point guard Jacob Justesen knows how important it is for the two-time defending champion Sherman Huskies to develop other weapons on the hardwood. Justesen scored 34 points and eight players hit the scorebook in an 83-52 Sherman Invitational title victory over 2A Grant Union Saturday in Moro.

December 5, 2017 1:49 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Troop support efforts

To the editor: The Holiday for Heroes Committee and Point Man Ministries want to thank community members who stepped up in November to help fill and ship Christmas packages for troops in Afghanistan and other points in the Middle East. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to send out 85 boxes of snacks and hygiene items.

December 5, 2017 1:41 p.m. read more..

Teen attends advocacy training

When 15-year-old Isaak Kemp walked into a Sherman County town hall meeting two years ago to ask a question about how tax codes would continue to support the private business sector under a new president, his community was impressed. Now, they have even more reason to be, as Kemp travelled solo from Wasco to Pittsburgh this past October to attend a training for the Climate Change Reality Leadership Corps, a network of environmental activists that’s part of a larger non-profit titled The Climate Reality Project.

December 5, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..

Festival of Trees

The 2017 Festival of Trees live auction brought bidders to the ballroom floor Friday night at The Dalles Civic Auditorium.

December 5, 2017 1:23 p.m. read more..

Pine Grove dad shoots his son

A Pine Grove man allegedly shot and killed his son early Saturday morning and then called 9-1-1 to report that the incident had happened during a domestic dispute. John William Dames, Sr., 76, then reportedly put away his gun and waited for Wasco County Sheriff’s deputies to arrive at the family home.

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

Monday, December 4


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Saturday, December 2

SWC boys lose to North Lake

After a promising first quarter, where they enjoyed an 8-5 lead, the South Wasco County Redsides ran into foul troubles and committed untimely turnovers that allowed North Lake to pick up a 51-26 win Friday in first-day action at the second annual John Howey Memorial Tournament in Maupin.

December 2, 2017 11:32 a.m. read more..

Dufur drops opener to Nixy

With just three practices since the football team won a state championship, the Dufur Rangers hung around as long as they could in a 48-35 home loss to Nixyaawii Friday in boys’ basketball action at Dufur High School.

December 2, 2017 11:32 a.m. read more..

Defending champs snare first win

The two-time defending champion Sherman Huskies needed a quarter to get their bearings about them, but then hit the afterburners for a 52-28 run over the final three quarters of play in a 70-41 blowout victory over Stanfield Friday in first-day basketball action at the Sherman Invitational Tournament in Moro.

December 2, 2017 11:31 a.m. read more..

Lady Rangers take 68-25 loss

Nixyaawii used 18 points from Kaitlynn Melton and 17 by Mary Stewart in a 68-25 win over Dufur Friday in a girls’ hoops contest at Dufur High School.

December 2, 2017 11:31 a.m. read more..

Sherman wins a 39-35 nailbiter

The Sherman Lady Huskies led by a 35-29 score midway through the fourth quarter, and after Stanfield cut the deficit to 35-33 with a minute left, Sammie Lepinski rebounded a missed shot and Savanna Orendorff hit two clutch free throws to lead her squad to a 39-35 girls’ basketball victory over the Stanfield Tigers Friday at the Sherman Invitational in Moro.

December 2, 2017 11:30 a.m. read more..

Lady Redsides shine

Abby Birman scored 15 points and Jada Myers added 12 in the South Wasco County Redsides’ 48-23 trouncing of North Lake Friday at the John Howey Memorial Tournament in Maupin.

December 2, 2017 11:29 a.m. read more..

No. 1 Riverhawks are off to a 2-0 start

The Brian Stevens-Kevin Dale era is passing the eye test with flying colors. Jodi Thomasian sank seven field goals, four in the second half, and added a 12 for 17 effort from the line for a career-best 26 points, as No. 1 The Dalles won its second consecutive game, 53-37, over Sandy in a girls’ basketball contest played Friday at Kurtz Gym.

December 2, 2017 11:28 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Manage forests

To the editor: The Eagle Creek fire is essentially out, and so is the chest-pounding big talk about forest management from D.C. politicians. We continue to spend more money fighting forest fires than it would cost to responsibly manage our forests.

December 2, 2017 11:22 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Flawed tax bill

To the editor: People's eyes tend to glaze over when talk turns to taxes, the budget deficit and federal debt. That’s unfortunate, because they need to know that the tax cuts being rushed through Congress will not only affect taxes and the deficit, but also severely impact the future of Medicare and Social Security.

December 2, 2017 11:22 a.m. read more..

A Rural Gem

Sharon DeHart has been known to climb into her 4-wheel drive pickup and head out in even the worst winter weather to check on a patient. One way or the other, she makes sure residents of South Wasco County get the care they need, even if they are not patients at the Deschutes Rim Clinic in Maupin, which she manages.

December 2, 2017 11:03 a.m. read more..

Friday, December 1

Locals try out for Timbers Development Team

The Dalles Middle School student-athletes Mauricio Vega, Luciano Alvarado and Orlando Mora, along with Lyle native Jaeden Bullard, tried out for the Portland Timbers Olympic Development Team in a second session last weekend in Hillsboro.

December 1, 2017 2:58 p.m. read more..

Holiday breakfast supports seniors

People wanting to enjoy the social aspect of the holiday season, and a breather from the hectic pace of Christmas preparations, are invited to a Saturday, Dec. 9, breakfast at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center, 1112 W 9th St.

December 1, 2017 2:40 p.m. read more..

Senate passes bill to improve tribal sites

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With unanimous support, the U.S. Senate passed the Columbia River In-Lieu and Treaty Fishing Access Sites Improvement Act this week. The legislation was sponsored by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and enables the Bureau of Indian Affairs to make important safety and sanitation improvements at the tribal treaty fishing access sites along the Columbia River.

December 1, 2017 2:39 p.m. read more..

‘A frightful sound’

For two days after a man kicked in her door in the wee hours of Thanksgiving morning, a local woman said she didn’t sleep more than an hour at a time. A good night’s sleep is still elusive. The woman agreed to talk about her ordeal and the aftermath, but asked that her name not be used.

December 1, 2017 2:39 p.m. read more..

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