Stories for February 2017


Saturday, February 25

Time runs out on Dufur

The Dufur Rangers were a little over two minutes away from a return to Baker City. So close, yet so far. Dufur battled back from a six-point fourth-quarter deficit to take a 52-50 lead with time running out, but Powder Valley ended the game on a 7-0 run to capture a 57-52 victory Friday in a boys’ state first-round hoops contest played in North Powder.

February 25, 2017 12:55 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Don’t make it a mess

To the editor: Prior to the ACA, maternity coverage was rare and costly in the individual insurance market. If Congress drops the requirement to cover maternity, we will likely return to those bad old days. Rep. Walden is a leader in reform efforts, and will have an important say in whether families continue to have access to affordable maternity coverage.

February 25, 2017 11:27 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Help appreciated

To the editor: This is a big “THANK YOU!” to all the people who donated items for our Christmas day bags. Each year, we pass out 50 bags to our diners at the Community Meal site. There are 13 items in each bag.

February 25, 2017 11:26 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Need more prayer

To the editor: Our thanks need to be given to Franklin Graham who went to every state asking for prayers for our nation. Thousands turned out. That is why the vote turned out the way it did, and it gives us hope since so many Christians prayed.

February 25, 2017 11:25 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Delivery problems

To the editor: Long hard winter, tough on the farm life. It’s been very hard on the livestock. It’s been hard to get them drinkable water and enough food to keep them healthy. Sometimes it’s been hard to keep an open path just to get to them.

February 25, 2017 11:25 a.m. read more..

A medal goes home

In a surreal sequence of events, The Dalles resident Richard Hicks’ insomnia led to the return, after nearly 50 years, of a Purple Heart medal to a Vietnam veteran who lives in Georgia.

February 25, 2017 11:16 a.m. read more..

Friday, February 24

TD drops hammer on Hood River

Brooke McCall scored 14 points, Kailin Hoylman added 10 and The Dalles Riverhawks throttled Hood River Valley by a 44-15 margin in a Columbia River Conference girls’ basketball game played at Kurtz Gym.

February 24, 2017 1:52 p.m. read more..

Speedy Badgers eliminate Lady Redsides

POWDER VALLEY – The South Wasco County Redsides had a memorable playoff run this winter, racking up 13 wins, a third-place finish in districts and the program’s first state berth since 2002 under first-year coach Lynn Cowdrey.

February 24, 2017 1:48 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Stand firm

To the editor: I wanted to remind the Republicans of the tremendous job ahead of them; like fighting against the blockades that the Democrats are throwing in the face of everything President Trump is trying to accomplish. Please, continue to have the moral conviction to stand your ground when it comes time to repeal Obamacare.

February 24, 2017 1:46 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Rally angst

To the editor: I turned on the TV to the morning news on President’s Day and saw protesters in Portland gathering downtown with signs saying, “Not my President’s Day.” It made my blood boil.

February 24, 2017 1:45 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Thank you

To the editor: I would like to thank Mark Linebarger of the Baldwin Saloon for his kindness and empathy toward his help-staff on "Day without Immigrants."

February 24, 2017 1:44 p.m. read more..

May nixed for TD bond vote

While ideas varied on how best to go about replacing or updating the school district’s buildings at a Tuesday meeting, there was unanimity on one point: a bond vote should not be held in May.

February 24, 2017 1:42 p.m. read more..

Uplifting Elevator project funded

The Uplifting Elevator project at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center has been eight years in the making, work has begun, and the committee overseeing the project has met its $400,000 goal and took down the “fundraising thermometer” on Wednesday.

February 24, 2017 1:40 p.m. read more..

Tribal housing replacement funded

Last week, a group of Northwest senators announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will soon begin replacing tribal housing lost decades ago when dams were built along the Columbia River and rising waters forced many people to relocate.

February 24, 2017 1:37 p.m. read more..

A win and a play-in berth on senior night

The Dalles High School basketball players not only celebrated a 13-point win over Crook County, but more importantly, a monumental accomplishment, an official state play-in berth for the first time since 2011-2012, as Hood River Valley suffered defeat at the hands of No. 8-ranked Pendleton. The Dalles coach Nathan Morris is excited about the opportunity his group has in front of them.

February 24, 2017 1:32 p.m. read more..

Build resiliency, cope with stress

The response to stress is primarily determined by a person’s perception of an event, transition or problem, says Ann Farris, personal trainer and health coach at The Dalles Fitness and Court Club. Her quest is to help people find balance in their lives and build resiliency to manage stress.

February 24, 2017 1:23 p.m. read more..

‘Doc’ focuses on veterans

A Navy corpsman, known as “Doc” to the Marines he cared for, is returning to his hometown of The Dalles to take on the role of program director at the Oregon Veterans’ Home. “I’m really passionate about helping other vets so I bring a very positive attitude to this job,” said Michael Springston, a 2004 graduate of The Dalles High School.

February 24, 2017 1:21 p.m. read more..

Officers ‘take a load off’

The Dalles Police Department’s new load-bearing equipment vests represent an innovation that has been welcomed by officers. In October, the department obtained 19 of the new vests, which are designed to perform a relatively simple task: they redistribute gear from the hips of officers to their shoulders, relieving them of weight that causes health problems.

February 24, 2017 1:19 p.m. read more..

Immigration rules explained

Over 100 people attended an immigration workshop Wednesday night, getting tips from an immigration lawyer on their rights and how to respond to contacts from immigration officers. The workshop came just days after sweeping new deportation rules were announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

February 24, 2017 1:09 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, February 22

Dufur outmuscles Country in sub-round victory

DUFUR – Senior guards Bailey Keever and Connor Uhalde may pick up most of the headlines, but the Dufur Ranger post players Curtis Crawford, Kolbe Bales, Tabor McLaughlin and Travis Lucas have put in a workmanlike effort to help put this team within range of a Baker City berth. That quartet combined for 18 points and controlled the paint in a 63-38 victory over Country Christian Tuesday.

February 22, 2017 12:42 p.m. read more..

The Dalles flips the script against HRV

The last time Hood River Valley and The Dalles faced off on Feb. 10, Riverhawk junior Dakota Murr fouled out midway through the fourth quarter, so Josh Nisbet and Eric Flores stepped up to help the team pick up a critical league win. Tuesday night in Hood River, Murr put his team, the program and community on his back in a record-setting performance that all but assured the Riverhawks a state play-in berth.

February 22, 2017 12:39 p.m. read more..

Three Kings Organics opens in TD

The marijuana business in The Dalles is expanding. On Feb. 2, a new recreational marijuana outlet, Three Kings Organics, opened at 224 Terminal Ave. in The Dalles, just down the street from Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Tum-A-Lum Lumber.

February 22, 2017 12:33 p.m. read more..

Honoring those who build community

The Mid-Columbia Health Foundation has announced nominees for the 2017 Tradition of Compassion Philanthropy Awards to recognize people who donate their time and talents to build a healthy community.

February 22, 2017 12:32 p.m. read more..

Starved horse euthanized

A horse so weakened from starvation it couldn’t stand was euthanized Sunday and another horse on the same Pleasant Ridge property was surrendered to a horse rescue operation. Both horses were at least several hundred pounds underweight, said Kim Mosiman, executive director of Troutdale-based horse rescue Sound Equine Options (SEO).

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

Tuesday, February 21


Wishing carrier well

Dalles Chronicle has been very lucky to have had Rebecca Stiles as a carrier since 2009. This week, she gave notice that she is discontinuing her route. She has been delivering our paper since she was nine years old. Rebecca is now a senior at The Dalles High School who will be graduating in June.

February 21, 2017 1:30 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Be part of the solution

To the editor: Using the right word. Words mean something, they define things, words used by the newspaper to present an issue define both the issues and article including the author of the article. In Friday’s paper much is said about the Baldwin Saloon and other stores taking a day off in support of “Immigrants.”

February 21, 2017 1:29 p.m. read more..

Parenting class offered

Parents going through separation or divorce can learn new ways to deal with the most common and stressful situations that cause children to have loyalty conflicts. Learn to reduce stress, problem-solve ways to deal with feelings, and communicate more effectively with a two hour class offered by The Next Door, 318 W. Second Street in The Dalles.

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

Council awards hangar contract

Now that the snow is finally melting, infrastructure projects are starting to come out of virtual hibernation — including a large and important one at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport in Dallesport.

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

‘Sunshine’ owners visit with ABC

Copa Di Vino and the Martin family will be appearing on the upcoming two-hour The Road to $100 million — 20/20 Takes a Closer Look that will air Friday, Feb. 24, on the local ABC affiliate at 9 p.m.

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

MINT arrests 9

Nine people were arrested on drug related charges in January and February by the Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force, according to a press release from MINT.

February 21, 2017 1:07 p.m. read more..

Bridal Finery

A bride leaves the fashion stage at the 2017 Bridal Show at The Dalles Civic Auditorium Saturday afternoon. Wedding vendors accupied the upstairs ball room. Mark B. Gibson photo

February 21, 2017 1:06 p.m. read more..

Saturday, February 18

DHS weighed Nat Guard for immigration roundups

The White House distanced itself Friday from a Department of Homeland Security draft proposal to use the National Guard to round up unauthorized immigrants, but lawmakers said the document offers insight into the Trump administration's internal efforts to enact its promised crackdown on illegal immigration.

February 18, 2017 12:27 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Fresh air of freedom

To the editor: Recently, I have enjoyed the pleasure of attending several meetings and actions organized by civic-minded people in and around The Dalles. There is change in the air and it's good change, positive change: Like, breath of fresh air kind of change.

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

‘Wrecking crew’ defeats Hawks

The two-man wrecking crew of Connor Uhalde and Bailey Keever combined for 51 points on 16 of 33 shooting to lead the Dufur Rangers to a 57-38 win over Horizon Christian Friday in a Big Sky Conference district playoff game played at the Buffalo Dome Friday in Madras.

February 18, 2017 12:14 p.m. read more..

Redsides fall to Horizon Christian

Playing against one of the state’s most prolific offenses, across all divisions, the South Wasco County Redsides held Horizon Christian to 17 of 55 shooting, 5 of 22 in the second half, but the offense could not get anything going against the contentious Hawk defense in what was a 44-30 loss Friday in Big Sky district action in Madras.

February 18, 2017 12:10 p.m. read more..

Huskies blow out Honkers in Madras

While it took a quarter for the Sherman offense to get its shots falling, the defense blitzed Arlington for 32 minutes in an impressive 71-31 Big Sky Conference boys’ basketball opener played in Madras.

February 18, 2017 12:08 p.m. read more..

Electronic media searches at border raise worry

PORTLAND (AP) — Watchdog groups that keep tabs on digital privacy rights are concerned that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents are searching the phones and other digital devices of international travelers at border checkpoints in U.S. airports.

February 18, 2017 12:02 p.m. read more..

For the Love of Music

Every Tuesday after the final bell rings, Chenowith Elementary music teacher Corin Parker hosts 47 students from grades three through five at her after-school choir. Practice lasts for 45 minutes, and it’s just one of the efforts that recently earned her the Excellence in Elementary Music Education award from the Oregon Music Education Association.

February 18, 2017 11:57 a.m. read more..

Friday, February 17

Riverhawk wrestlers recognized

The Dalles High School wrestlers Glenn Breckterfield and Steven Preston enjoyed the highest finishes for the program at last weekend’s Special District 4 championships held at Hermiston High School.

February 17, 2017 1:18 p.m. read more..

Farmers face unpredictable year

There’s only one thing that area farmers know for certain about the upcoming growing season — nothing is going to be predictable this year. “It would be nice to have a crystal ball so we would know for sure what was going to happen but we don’t have that luxury,” said Steve Sugg, a Dufur cherry grower.

February 17, 2017 1:08 p.m. read more..

The complete works

Can three people really cover 37 Shakespeare plays in less than two hours? They will in this fast-paced comedy opening this weekend.

February 17, 2017 1:05 p.m. read more..

Website offers greater access

Wasco County’s new website provides area residents with expanded access to online services and information, and is also intended to aid in economic development. “We’re really excited about launching it and I think people will find it a much better site,” said Lisa Gambee, county clerk, who worked with other department heads to come up with the new design and content.

February 17, 2017 1:04 p.m. read more..

Restaurant stance draws ire, backing

The Baldwin Saloon joined other restaurants across the U.S. in being closed Thursday in support of the national “Day Without Immigrants” protest, drawing both ire and applause on social media. Juanita’s Market closed at 3 p.m. Thursday, leaving messages in Spanish and English on its doors saying it would close in support of a Day Without Immigrants.

February 17, 2017 1:02 p.m. read more..

Thursday, February 16

Runners brave the February chills

Two days before the 10th annual Valentine’s Day Trail event, The Dalles saw a complete snow whiteout. However, the temperatures took a sharp turn and reduced the snow on the trail to nothing, so 79 running enthusiasts had the opportunity to participate in the 3k, 5k and 10k run at Lewis and Clark Park.

February 16, 2017 1:27 p.m. read more..

Swimmers looking forward to state chance

It looked as though the state journeys of seniors Hannah Weeks and Molly Taylor were dashed. In a stroke of luck, however, the Riverhawk duo, along with Bree Webber and Natalie Varland were given wild card invitations for this weekend’s OSAA State Swimming Championships at the Mt. Hood Aquatic Center in Gresham.

February 16, 2017 1:20 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Ignoring us

To the editor: What issues do Oregonians most care about? Here are each party’s top five issues from the last election (source: the Oregonian): Democrats: 1) education, 2) jobs, 3) healthcare, 4) the distribution of wealth in the US, and 5) climate change.

February 16, 2017 1:17 p.m. read more..

Gleaners feel winter sting

The Windy River Gleaners has been struggling to keep enough food on the shelves to help community members in need. Bad weather has halted food deliveries, forcing the organization to curtail office hours and pare back volunteer-led fundraising activities.

February 16, 2017 1:07 p.m. read more..

First closed night for shelter

For the first time in 73 days, the warming shelter at St. Vincent de Paul was closed Wednesday night, though weather forecasts indicate it will be reopening soon. The criteria for opening the shelter are if it’s 30 degrees or below, including windchill, or 35 degrees or below if there’s precipitation, said Ed Elliott, chair of the Warming Place committee. Though it was raining, it was supposed to reach a high of 37 last night.

February 16, 2017 1:03 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, February 15

Hull duo is off to regionals

The South Wasco County brother and sister tandem of Julie and Jason Hull each moved on to the Northwest Regional finals after impressive free throw shooting displays at the Elk’s State Championship Hoop Shoot held last Saturday at Alder Creek Middle School in Milwaukie.

February 15, 2017 1:35 p.m. read more..

TD girls come up just short

Kailin Hoylman scored 16 points, and the duo of Brooke McCall and Jodi Thomasian combined for 17, but it was not enough, as The Dalles girls’ basketball team took a 54-46 loss Tuesday on the road to No. 11 Hermiston.

February 15, 2017 1:33 p.m. read more..

The Dalles misses on its late chance in 61-57 setback

The Dalles boys’ basketball team gave the No. 11 Hermiston Bulldogs a scare Tuesday night in a nip-and-tuck Columbia River Conference contest played at Kurtz Gym. “It was fun to see how our guys just kept fighting and clawing their way until the end,” said TD coach Greg Cummings. “Our guys played hard for 32 minutes.”

February 15, 2017 1:33 p.m. read more..

Senior care that feels like home

The Dalles has a relatively large senior population. And as the number of senior citizens in The Dalles who need care increases, a new business has stepped up to help meet the need.

February 15, 2017 1:17 p.m. read more..

OR board votes to sell oldest state forest

SALEM (AP) — Oregon's state Land Board voted 2-1 on Tuesday to sell the state's oldest public forest. Gov. Kate Brown, the board chair, clashed with its sole Republican member as she attempted to keep the preserve in public hands and at least delayed the sale.

February 15, 2017 1:14 p.m. read more..

Schools to make up days lost to weather

Last week, District 21 Superintendent Candy Armstrong updated the Chronicle about calendar changes to make up for snow days. The next day, Thursday, Feb. 9, schools were closed due to bad weather.

February 15, 2017 1:10 p.m. read more..

Library offers ‘hotspots’

Patrons of The Dalles Wasco County Library can now check out mobile wi-fi “hotspots,” cellular-based units that allow the user to connect to the internet for free.

February 15, 2017 1:08 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, February 14

TD girls thwarted by Pendleton

Karen Jesch gave The Dalles girls’ basketball team its first lead of the second half, 39-38, with six minutes left in the fourth quarter, but Pendleton finished the game on an 11-4 run to lock down a 49-43 win Saturday at Kurtz Gym.

February 14, 2017 1:55 p.m. read more..

Sherman girls end up fifth in league

MORO – Desiree Winslow and Emily Hill combined for 41 points to lead the Sherman Huskies to a 55-37 victory over Condon-Wheeler Friday in a league contest played Saturday afternoon in Moro.

February 14, 2017 1:54 p.m. read more..

TD boys lose big in Pendleton

Coming off an emotional triumph over Hood River Valley on Friday, The Dalles boys’ basketball team could not find its flow in an 86-45 loss on the road to Pendleton Monday.

February 14, 2017 1:52 p.m. read more..

Rangers capture No. 2 seed

Dufur jumped out to a 16-0 lead with the pressure defense holding Arlington without a point through one quarter of action in a 55-36 win in a Big Sky boys’ basketball contest played in Arlington Saturday.

February 14, 2017 1:52 p.m. read more..

No. 1 Sherman ends on a top note

MORO – Kyle Fields tallied a season-high 24 points, including a second-half slam dunk, to help lead the No. 1-ranked Sherman Huskies to a dominating 81-34 win over Condon-Wheeler Saturday in Moro.

February 14, 2017 1:50 p.m. read more..

South Wasco loses last game to Horizon Christian

HOOD RIVER – With a chance to lock down a Big Sky Conference district play-in game against Arlington, the South Wasco County Redsides came up short in their final game of the season, a 54-38 loss to Horizon Christian Monday in Hood River.

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

Letter to the Editor: Immigration needed

To the editor: Did you know that Greg Walden grew up on a cherry orchard in The Dalles? Every fall, there are over 2,000 people employed to harvest the fruit off orchards in the Hood River Valley. Your Second Congressional District, the sixth largest in the country, is asking you to support the people, the economy of Hood River, and our immigrant workers, by supporting realistic immigration legislation, such as the nonpartisan Bridge Act in the House.

February 14, 2017 1:43 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Stop feeding turkeys

To the editor: As many of you are aware there are a number of wild turkeys that continually cross the road numerous times a day at the "S" turn four miles out Mill Creek Road. Lately there has been someone feeding these birds with grain and apples directly on the road. This is creating a huge traffic concern and has caused many near misses.

February 14, 2017 1:42 p.m. read more..

Program keeps inmates out

A program to lower the number of inmates returning to the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities in The Dalles appears to be working, based on early results, says administrator Bryan Brandenburg.

February 14, 2017 1:28 p.m. read more..

Spring Peek

Big smiles adorn the faces of a honey bee and a lady bug gradually emerging from the winter’s snow Tuesday morning in front of the historic Mill Creek Schoolhouse at the Sandoz Farm south of The Dalles.

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

New schools cost estimated at $161M

With each school facilities meeting, the numbers for replacing all buildings in the school district are getting more closely refined. The latest number is $161 million, which is for only construction costs, and in today’s dollars.

February 14, 2017 1:19 p.m. read more..

Saturday, February 11

Birman, Noland pace SWC girls

South Wasco County guard Jacqueline Noland said the team goal was to play a fast-paced style with full determination and a strong defense.

February 11, 2017 1:43 p.m. read more..

Redsides pull off comeback win

Down 45-44 with four minutes remaining, the South Wasco County Redsides outscored Ione by a 12-5 margin with Ty Herlocker and Nick Ward playing hero to lead the team to a 56-50 home victory Friday night in Maupin.

February 11, 2017 12:47 p.m. read more..

Strong start leads No. 1 Huskies

From the opening tip, the No. 1-ranked Sherman Huskies seized control and never let go as they dominated Arlington by an 84-38 margin Friday in a 1A matchup played at Arlington High School.

February 11, 2017 12:47 p.m. read more..

Dufur boys score big win

Coming off a lopsided loss Thursday to Sherman, the Dufur Rangers fought off a sluggish start to defeat Condon-Wheeler by a 74-52 margin Friday in a Big Sky Conference boys’ basketball game played in Fossil.

February 11, 2017 12:46 p.m. read more..

Lady Hawks knock off HRV

Brooke McCall and Kailin Hoylman scored 10 points apiece and seven different players hit field goals to lead The Dalles Riverhawks to a 45-29 win over Hood River Valley in a Columbia River Conference girls’ basketball matchup played Friday at Kurtz Gym.

February 11, 2017 12:40 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: More listening needed

To the editor: A recent front-page story in The Dalles Chronicle contained good advice from local counselors for achieving healthy and productive political engagement. Good civic discourse is when citizens step out of their tribal comfort zone and engage someone of decidedly different political persuasion in mutually respectful give and take. Everybody benefits when understanding the issues is at the heart of the discussion instead of personalities or "being right.”

February 11, 2017 12:31 p.m. read more..

Making snow cave handy winter skill

LOOKOUT PASS, Idaho (AP) — A group of Spokane Mountaineers shouldered packs and snowshoed out from Lookout Pass with shovels and positive attitudes for their first winter camping experience in snow caves.

February 11, 2017 12:18 p.m. read more..

Clubs focus on camaraderie, support

The Dalles supports a variety of book groups; some genre-specific, others open ended and eclectic; each distinctive because of member make-up and the time and place they meet.

February 11, 2017 12:12 p.m. read more..

Friday, February 10


No. 1 Huskies fight past pesky Rangers

MORO – With just two games left in the regular season, Sherman coach Bill Blevins would like to see his team starting to hit its stride in time for a deep postseason run. Leading up to Thursday’s Big Sky Conference contest against No. 10 Dufur, Blevins has seen his group get off to slow starts, and the trend continued, as the Rangers trailed 33-29, before the Huskies came out firing away for a 41-16 second-half run to secure a 74-45 win in Moro.

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

TDHS grad rate jumps

The Dalles High School has seen a huge improvement in its graduation rate, which jumped from 68.3 percent in 2014-15 to a whopping 83.2 percent in 2015-16. The figure is a measurement of the percentage of students who graduated “on time,” or within four years. “I’m very pleased,” said Candy Armstrong, superintendent of School District 21. “That’s a huge jump.”

February 10, 2017 1:16 p.m. read more..

Thursday, February 9

TD Cheer using Despain as an inspiration

Although injured and unable to perform with her teammates at state this weekend in Portland, The Dalles cheer senior Lauryn Despain has chosen not to sulk about her missed opportunity. She is using this time to act as a mentor, a teacher and an inspiration to the girls she has been around since Day 1.

February 9, 2017 1:39 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Winter woes

To the editor: I don’t know who “RR” is (Winter wonderland overrated editorial on Jan. 15), but you sound like so many of these recent transplants who have no appreciation for the conditions here. They think a light dusting of snow for the holidays should be enough, then it should be gone!

February 9, 2017 1:32 p.m. read more..

Cold keeps them busy

The long, grueling winter has meant a sharp uptick in work for certain local businesses. Insurance agents, auto body shops and heating companies are among the businesses slammed as the gorge endures a relentlessly cold, snowy winter.

February 9, 2017 1:25 p.m. read more..

Young artists display work

The work of area high and middle school artists is on display at The Dalles Art Center, the second of two youth shows this winter, and area residents are encouraged to vote their favorite piece for the “People’s Choice” award.

February 9, 2017 1:23 p.m. read more..

Delays and closures for Thursday, Feb. 9; D21 closed

The Mid-Columbia Senior Center and Meals on Wheels is closed. UPDATE: North Wasco County Schools will be CLOSED today, Thursday, February 9th due to inclement weather. Columbia Gorge Comm. College: Both campuses closed. UPDATE Government Affairs meeting has been CANCELLED for Thursday, February 9 at 7 a.m. Mid-Columbia Senior Center is closed Columbia Gorge Comm. College: The Dalles Campus will open at 10 am. Hood River campus will open at noon. All classes scheduled before opening time have been canceled. Goldendale Sch. Dist.: Closed UPDATE Mid-Columbia Children's Council: Goldendale Center Closed; PETERSBURG Head Start AM Class 11-2:30, PM Class Canceled, Bus on regular schedule; The Dalles Head Start A.M. class canceled, PM class 10-1:30. The Dales/Wahtonka Child Cares open at 9:00. White Salmon Head Start and Early Head Start childcare CLOSED; Carson Head Start AM class canceled PM Class on time; Belmont AM class canceled, PM class on time; COUNTRY CLUB AM class canceled, PM class 10:30-2; UPDATE Due to winter weather conditions throughout Klickitat County and the concern for public and employee safety, the Board of County Commissioners have ordered all County government offices to open two hours late on Thursday, February 09. 2017. Due to the inclement weather, all One Community Health locations will open at noon today. So. Wasco Co. Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late Trout Lake Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late White Salmon Sch. Dist.: Closed. No parent/teacher conferences today. FBLA trip is on standby. Horizon Christian - Hood River: 2 Hours Late. We are monitoring the ice situation. Hood River Co. Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late, Buses on snow routes

February 9, 2017 6:45 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, February 8

ODFW headed to Portland

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife invites attendees at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show to stop by its booth in Hall B by the kid’s trout pond at the Portland Expo Center this week, ending Feb. 12.

February 8, 2017 1:52 p.m. read more..

Mother Nature forcing teams to scramble

As the snow keeps falling at a record pace, several high school sports have had practices and games rescheduled or canceled, leaving players and coaches frustrated and administrators scrambling to move games around in an effort to complete the winter slate.

February 8, 2017 1:48 p.m. read more..

Blue Zones decision awaited

Hopefully by next month The Dalles will learn if it has been accepted as a Blue Zones Project, having raised the needed $200,000 first-year local contribution to qualify for the three-year health and well-being initiative.

February 8, 2017 1:39 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, February 7


Closures and delays for Wednesday, Feb. 7

Columbia Gorge Community College: Both campuses of Columbia Gorge Community College will close at noon today. Sherman Co. Sch. Dist.: Early Dismissal. Busses depart at 1:20 pm. All after school activities have been canceled. Games are cancelled at Horizon Christian, Hood River. White Salmon Sch. Dist.: All afternoon and evening parent/teacher conferences are canceled today. Hood River Co. Sch. Dist.: Early release, all aft/eve activities canceled, Buses on snow routes. 2 hours early release

February 7, 2017 3:11 p.m. read more..

No. 10 Dufur beats up Horizon

Connor Uhalde rattled off 29 points, Bailey Keever picked up 14 and the No. 10-ranked Dufur Rangers won their ninth consecutive league matchup, 69-55, over Horizon Christian in a 1A Big Sky Conference battle in Hood River.

February 7, 2017 1:47 p.m. read more..

Horizon girls cruise past Dufur

Paulina Finn and Kaitlin Wenz each posted double-doubles, and the Horizon Christian Hawks continued their magical Big Sky Conference run with a 74-47 victory over the Dufur Rangers Monday in Hood River.

February 7, 2017 1:44 p.m. read more..

Lady Redsides pick up huge home win over Sherman

Jada Myers scored 15 points, Ana Popchock added nine and the South Wasco County Redsides clinched their 10th win of the season, 52-44, over the Sherman Huskies in a Big Sky girls’ hoops matchup played Monday in Maupin.

February 7, 2017 1:42 p.m. read more..

Hermiston drops TD boys by 15

Dakota Murr, Eric Flores and Josh Nisbet each hit double figures, but The Dalles could not contain Hermiston in the second half, as Xavier Rambo, Chance Flores and the No. 10 Bulldogs broke open a one-point halftime lead with a 42-28 second-half run to capture a 77-62 Columbia River Conference triumph Monday night in Hermiston.

February 7, 2017 1:41 p.m. read more..

TD misfires in its home loss to Hermiston

With an opportunity to sneak into second place in the Columbia River Conference, The Dalles girls’ basketball team led by a 15-13 margin through one quarter of play, but the Hermiston Lady Bulldogs went on a 39-24 run over the final three quarters of play to lock down a 52-39 victory in The Dalles.

February 7, 2017 1:39 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Daunting dare

To the editor: Since this area is primarily liberal, a “friend” has dared me to walk through town while inside a suit of armor with a sign that states: “Let’s support our new president.”

February 7, 2017 1:29 p.m. read more..

Keys to a big win

Brandon and Katie Kuehnl of The Dalles were recently given the “chance of a lifetime” by Ford Motor Company to get their finances in order and prepare for the future. “We were pretty shocked,” said Katie about learning they had won a sweepstakes prize of a new pickup and a hunting trip.

February 7, 2017 1:20 p.m. read more..

Keeping winter’s cold at bay

Chilled to the bone as you’re sitting by your drafty window at home? Pondering your bare roof when neighboring houses are still covered in snow? Have you recently become aware of the term “ice dam?” The bitterly long and cold winter has provided a sharp lesson for some homeowners about the need to better weatherize their home to keep the winter chill — and eventually the summer heat — at bay and to save on power bills.

February 7, 2017 1:11 p.m. read more..

Monday, February 6

Saturday, February 4

Dufur dropped by Ione

DUFUR – Despite Friday’s 56-39 loss to Ione, the Dufur Lady Rangers are still within reach of a Big Sky Conference district playoff berth.

February 4, 2017 12:44 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Rest in peace, Shirley

To the editor: Another horrific episode of gun violence in our country — this time it was the airport shootings in Ft Lauderdale, FL. Sadly, I learned that two of the victims were Steve and Shirley Timmons, former residents of The Dalles.

February 4, 2017 12:28 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Real election facts

To the editor: Bob McCracken is correct in asserting massive election fraud in 2012. Even greater election fraud occurred in 2016. Trump did not “…derive any just power from the consent of the governed.” Three out of every four eligible voters did not vote for Trump.

February 4, 2017 12:27 p.m. read more..

Sa-BOT-age moves to a new level

Robotics team Sa-BOT-age won state as rookies in 2016 and is striving to go even further this year. “We are on track for a very successful season,” said Spencer Honald, a junior, gaining agreement from classmate Bill Burns.

February 4, 2017 12:22 p.m. read more..

Friday, February 3

No. 2 Sherman takes out Sunnyside Christian

The Sherman Huskies had already faced the state’s top 2A basketball team and lost by two points, and Thursday, they had a chance to square off against Washington’s top 1A program, Sunnyside Christian.

February 3, 2017 4:58 p.m. read more..

Two more solid gold cheer performances

In back-to-back days, at the Cavalier Cheer Invitational on Saturday and the Pacer Invitational Cheer Competition on Sunday, the Riverhawks scored first-place finishes to cap a successful three-event slate in front of the OSAA State Championships set for Feb. 11 in Portland.

February 3, 2017 4:55 p.m. read more..

Standoff figure wants new judge

PORTLAND — An Oregon man has asked for a different federal judge to handle his non-jury trial on misdemeanor charges stemming from last winter's armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Duane Ehmer and his attorney said in a court filing late Wednesday that U.S. District Judge Anna Brown might not be impartial and should recuse herself.

February 3, 2017 4:48 p.m. read more..

Cold brings higher power bills

In the midst of this extended cold snap, some PUD customers have gotten hot under the collar after opening their power bills. A few have taken to Facebook to vent, and the Northern Wasco County PUD also got on Facebook to explain what’s behind the spike in price.

February 3, 2017 4:46 p.m. read more..

Bridging a political divide

A long cold winter is making it more difficult for people to cope with upheaval at the federal level as new President Donald Trump and other Republican leaders roll out dramatic policy changes that are drawing fire from millions of Democrats, says a professional counselor.

February 3, 2017 4:43 p.m. read more..

Closures and delays for Friday, Feb. 3

Hood River Co. Sch. Dist.: Buses on snow routes UPDATE So. Wasco Co. Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late White Salmon Sch. Dist.: Closed Lyle Sch. Dist.: Closed UPDATE White Salmon Sch. Dist.: Closed Horizon Christian - Hood River: Closed Klickitat Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late Stevenson-Carson Sch. Dist.: Closed

February 3, 2017 6:08 a.m. read more..

Thursday, February 2


Skiers tackle a tough Middlefork Course

After a pair of slalom races to start the skiing season, varsity members representing The Dalles, Dufur and South Wasco County took their cuts on the Middlefork Course in a giant slalom event at Mount Hood Meadows and responded with five top-21 finishes.

February 2, 2017 1:33 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Popular vote

To the editor: For the second time in the last five elections, we’ve elected a president who lost the popular vote. Fifty-eight percent of eligible voters voted in 2016, 42 percent didn’t even bother. That’s 90 million people. Pretty sad.

February 2, 2017 1:30 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: A new boss

To the editor: In my job as a marketing professional, I got a new boss six months ago. I didn’t “vote” for him, but he was appointed just the same.

February 2, 2017 1:29 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Free press

To the editor: On the opinion page of the Sunday Chronicle, the headline states: “Media needs to change its ways.” Along with accusations of “media collusion” and “fawning coverage” of the past administration, the editor states that the national media has relied upon “fake news” to denigrate the current administration.

February 2, 2017 1:28 p.m. read more..

Giving kids a Valentine’s Day smile

Uninsured children from throughout the Columbia River Gorge will be all smiles on Valentine’s Day, but their grins won’t necessarily be from eating lots of heart-shaped sugary treats. Instead, they are being “treated” to free medical and dental care by One Community Health, which is participating in national Give Kids a Smile day.

February 2, 2017 1:22 p.m. read more..

Civic serves up rebuilt kitchen

Slowly but surely, The Dalles Civic Auditorium, located at 323 E. Fourth Street, is being renovated — a section at a time. On Monday, another major piece of the puzzle fell into place, as the second-floor ballroom kitchen was completed after more than three years of planning, fundraising and effort.

February 2, 2017 1:21 p.m. read more..

42nd Super Auction Feb. 4

The 42nd annual St. Mary’s Academy Super Auction, with its theme of “Take me out to the Ballgame” giving an encouraging reminder that spring must surely arrive, is set for Saturday, Feb. 4, at the school.

February 2, 2017 1:14 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, February 1

TD falls short in comeback bid

HOOD RIVER – The Dalles boys’ basketball team trailed by eight points at the half, and battled back to take a one-point lead midway through the third quarter, but Hood River Valley finished the final 12 minutes and 30 seconds with a 32-28 output to hold on for a 66-63 victory Tuesday at Vannet Court in Hood River.

February 1, 2017 1:35 p.m. read more..

Riverhawks banding together at right time

On a team with limited height in the paint, The Dalles senior Karen Jesch has been proving her worth with every passing game. Tuesday at Vannet Court in Hood River, the senior tallied six points, had five rebounds, blocked three shots, and added a steal and an assist, as the Riverhawks outmuscled the Eagles by a 54-38 margin.

February 1, 2017 1:34 p.m. read more..

In celebration of (local) beer

Later this month, beer enthusiasts will be able to get “behind the scenes” at numerous Oregon breweries, including two right here in The Dalles. In February, breweries will participate in the ninth annual “Zwickelmania,” a craft beer celebration sponsored by the Oregon Brewers Guild, a nonprofit trade association representing the state’s independent breweries.

February 1, 2017 1:20 p.m. read more..

Corps told to approve pipeline easement

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers was ordered to allow construction of the Dakota Access pipeline to proceed under a disputed Missouri River crossing, North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven said on Tuesday, the latest twist in a months-long legal battle over the $3.8 billion project.

February 1, 2017 1:18 p.m. read more..

Leaders push for Mt. Hood land exchange

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Representatives Greg Walden (R-Hood River) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Portland), introduced legislation this week to push forward a long-stalled land exchange on Mount Hood.

February 1, 2017 1:16 p.m. read more..

Warming shelter still open downtown

As the snow slowly melts and the temperature warms a bit, the warming shelter in The Dalles is soldiering on, continuing its record-setting stretch of continuous days of operation.

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

Massive gate replaced at TD dam

On Tuesday morning, contractors used heavy-duty cranes to lower a new upstream gate at The Dalles Lock & Dam. The gate, which weighs 110.5 tons, is a vital piece of machinery for operation of the navigation locks, and represents the most important component of the annual maintenance upgrades and repairs at the dam this winter.

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

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