Stories for January 2017


Tuesday, January 31

Riverhawk boys upended by Bend

A night after losing by a 70-35 score to Pendleton, The Dalles boys’ basketball team showed more life in what turned out to be a 69-47 loss to Bend Saturday.

January 31, 2017 4:24 p.m. read more..

TD girls drop tilt to Pendleton

Pendleton led 15-5 through one quarter, and then built on its 26-17 halftime lead with a 34-31 output to take a 60-48 Columbia River Conference victory over The Dalles girls’ basketball team.

January 31, 2017 4:22 p.m. read more..

Lady Huskies fall to Stanfield

The Sherman Huskies trailed by nine points at halftime, and made a late charge to get to within a four-point deficit, but could not get shots to fall down the stretch in taking a 46-38 loss to 2A Stanfield Monday at Stanfield High School.

January 31, 2017 4:22 p.m. read more..

Horizon gets win over Sherman

Paulina Finn posted her fourth triple-double of the season with 28 points, 12 rebounds, 11 steals, seven assists and six blocks to lead Horizon Christian to a 66-20 win Saturday in a Big Sky Conference girls’ basketball game played in Hood River.

January 31, 2017 4:21 p.m. read more..

No. 2 Huskies lose to Stanfield

It was a state-playoff atmosphere Monday night, as the 2A classification’s No. 1-ranked team, Stanfield, hosted the 1A’s No. 2 squad, Sherman, in a non-league showdown Monday at Stanfield High School, an 82-80 Stanfield win.

January 31, 2017 4:20 p.m. read more..

TD girls pull off huge win against No. 5 Bend

Mired in a two-game losing streak, The Dalles girls’ basketball team had to get back on track against No. 5-ranked Bend in a non-league contest played at Kurtz Gym. TD trailed 19-15 at the half, but then used a 16-6 third-quarter run to take the lead for good.

January 31, 2017 2:19 p.m. read more..

Redside defense shines in 49-28 win over Dufur

MAUPIN – After back-to-back losses to Horizon and Arlington, the South Wasco County Redsides bounced back with one of their better offensive and defensive efforts in a 49-28 triumph over Dufur Saturday in Maupin.

January 31, 2017 2:18 p.m. read more..

Early surge leads Sherman boys

Max Martin scored 22 points, Kyle Fields added 16 and the Sherman Huskies stormed out to a 15-0 lead in the first quarter on their way to a 68-55 victory over Horizon Christian Saturday in Hood River.

January 31, 2017 2:17 p.m. read more..

Rangers pick up a road victory over SWC

MAUPIN – The Dufur Rangers captured their seventh straight win to move up to No. 10 in the 1A rankings after a 56-33 victory over South Wasco County Saturday in a Big Sky Conference boys’ basketball game played in Maupin.

January 31, 2017 2:14 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Trump on right track

To the editor: Now that the election is over, many issues are coming to the surface. Somehow the media has forgotten the 1.5 million dead people who voted in the 2012 election. Also, the actual showing of a man who got paid to vote seven or eight times, who admitted it on TV. A call was made to require photo ID to vote and all kinds of excuses were screamed to the top of their lungs to avoid it.

January 31, 2017 2:13 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Kudos to angels

To the editor: To all the angels with snow plows, snow blowers and shovels who have gone way beyond the call of duty to help people this winter by snowblowing, plowing, and shoveling walks and driveways so we can motivate and get around, my thanks and more thanks from everyone for your kind and concerned efforts. You are so very much appreciated.

January 31, 2017 2:12 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Challenge to Walden

To the editor: As chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, District 2 Congressman Greg Walden will be a major player in drafting any Republican replacement for Obamacare.

January 31, 2017 2:12 p.m. read more..

OR faces reduction in timber money

SALEM (AP) — A U.S. Forest Service program that infused rural communities with millions to make up for lost timber revenue is drying up, and that means Oregon will see a 90 percent reduction in the payments that have kept critical services afloat in many counties since environmental rules curtailed logging nearly 30 years ago.

January 31, 2017 2:06 p.m. read more..

OR leaders react to travel ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Oregon's congressional delegation split along party lines Monday in reacting to President Trump's executive action on immigration and refugees. U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, who resides in Hood River and is the lone Republican on the delegation, was cautiously supportive of Trump’s decision, but wanted more information.

January 31, 2017 2:06 p.m. read more..

Local teen dies

A local teen was found deceased Monday shortly after noon when city police were dispatched to a report of a “man down” north of the railroad tracks, across from the public pool.

January 31, 2017 2:05 p.m. read more..

Hoey chosen for global outreach

Amanda Hoey, executive director of the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District and a Wasco County resident, has been selected to be part of a prestigious program designed to "strengthen trans-Atlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan.”

January 31, 2017 2:05 p.m. read more..

Eagle Watch weekend

Ralph Thomas Rogers of Goldendale, at left, talks with presenter Catherine Flick with Friends of the Columbia Gorge during an eagle watch Sunday at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center.

January 31, 2017 2:02 p.m. read more..

Police identify stabbing victim

The Dalles Police Chief Patrick Ashmore released the name of the victim in Thursday night’s fatal stabbing after the man’s relatives in the Seattle area had been notified about the alleged homicide. Nathaniel O. Preyapongpisan, 21, was pronounced dead Jan. 26 at 517 Liberty Street, a residence where he had reportedly been staying off and on with an unnamed female.

January 31, 2017 1:59 p.m. read more..

Saturday, January 28

Rangers too much for Mitchell

No. 11-ranked Dufur stormed Mitchell-Spray for a 30-6 lead through one quarter and finished with a 37-21 output over the final three quarters to capture a 67-27 win Friday in Dufur.

January 28, 2017 12:34 p.m. read more..

Arlington inches past SWC boys

South Wasco County enjoyed an early lead and had several chances to get back in control late, but critical missed shots led to a 40-36 boys’ basketball loss to Arlington on Friday.

January 28, 2017 12:33 p.m. read more..

Sherman cruises to win

MORO – Max Martin, Isaiah Coles, Treve Martin and Maverick Winslow combined for 53 points and the No. 2-ranked Sherman Huskies built a 45-23 halftime lead and coasted to an 84-48 triumph over Ione Friday in a Big Sky Conference contest played at Sherman High School.

January 28, 2017 12:31 p.m. read more..

SWC loses second straight contest

Abby Birman and Allie Noland scored eight points each, and Ana Popchock went for five, but South Wasco County could not contain Arlington’s Megan Hauner in a 40-34 loss Friday at Arlington High School.

January 28, 2017 12:30 p.m. read more..

Dufur defense smothers Mitchell

Playing without Chloe Beeson, the Dufur Ranger defense worked fits on Mitchell-Spray, holding the Eagle Loggers to two field goals over the final three quarters in a 51-13 win Friday at Dufur High School.

January 28, 2017 12:30 p.m. read more..

Husky offense nets season-high in points

MORO – The Sherman offense was hitting on all cylinders Friday night in Moro, as four players hit double figures and seven hit field goals in a 69-38 girls’ basketball victory over Ione.

January 28, 2017 12:27 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Enlightenment

To the editor: Donald was “selected” by the Divine Being who reveals His name in the Hebrew scriptures to be the president. This is why you are still in shock and blame the Russians for this uncomfortable miracle.

January 28, 2017 12:22 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Media needs to change its ways

The world turned upside down for many Americans on Nov. 8 when GOP presidential candidate Donald J. Trump defied polls and the predictions of political pundits to take the White House. Media collusion with Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign was revealed by the Wikileaks email cache. That alliance destroyed any remaining defense that national news outlets were objective or principled; which was further evidenced by their turn from fawning coverage of the Obama administration to rabid hostility toward President Trump.

January 28, 2017 12:20 p.m. read more..

Winter challenges the homeless in OR Central Oregon

BEND (AP) — The sounds of cars buzzing down U.S. Highway 97 echo inside Ron Moore's tent, where he sits on an army cot covered with a University of Oregon comforter. It's about 60 degrees inside the three-person tent, which is insulated by five layers of tarps and heavyweight blankets. But outside, the ground is blanketed by two feet of snow and the temperature hovers just above freezing.

January 28, 2017 12:16 p.m. read more..

A smoker’s boot camp

Elise Bailey started smoking at the age of 18 and tried for years without success to conquer the addiction. “Nothing worked — I even chewed (cessation) gum while I smoked, and I thought, ‘That can’t be good for me,’” she said. Lung diseases ran in her family, so Bailey knew it was vital to her health that she stop puffing a pack of cigarettes every day.

January 28, 2017 12:14 p.m. read more..

Go Red for Women's Heart Health: Stats and facts about a ‘killer’

Hayli Eiesland is armed with dozens of facts and stats about why people should quit smoking for heart health and to prevent other major illnesses. She plans to share some of her information at the Go Red for Women’s Heart Health expo on Friday, Feb. 3, on the second floor of Water’s Edge, 551 Lone Pine Boulevard in The Dalles.

January 28, 2017 12:11 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 27

Swimmers reach new heights in Hood River

HOOD RIVER – Molly Nelson and Natalie Varland each had individual wins, and both the boys and girls 200-yard freestyle relay teams added victories to lead The Dalles Swim Team at the Hood River Invitational Saturday.

January 27, 2017 1:56 p.m. read more..

All rumble, no stumble for TD cheer team

Usually with a young cheer team that is entering its first competition, there are nerves and jitters. Just the look in their eyes at the onset of action, however, gave The Dalles head coach Kelsey Sugg all the affirmation she needed. They were ready.

January 27, 2017 1:53 p.m. read more..

Schools in poor shape

In the next five years, $22.4 million needs to be spent just to keep systems at the six District 21 buildings in their current poor condition, according to an assessment of the buildings.

January 27, 2017 1:42 p.m. read more..

Library builds learning space for teens

The Dalles/Wasco County Library never had a dedicated teen services staff member until spring of 2015, when the library hired Megan Hoak away from a public library in Florida.

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

Hawks hoping to bounce back

The Dalles trailed 15-2 at one point in the opening quarter, and inched to within a 37-28 halftime deficit, but the Hermiston Bulldogs hit 15 second-half field goals, five 3-pointers to cap a 38-24 run to grab a 75-52 victory Wednesday at Kurtz Gym.

January 27, 2017 1:34 p.m. read more..

TD wins 7 matches in Madras

Jonathon Urenda and Glenn Breckterfield combined for seven wins, five by pin, and The Dalles wrestling wound up in a tie for 10th place in the 12-team White Buffalo Invitational Saturday in Madras.

January 27, 2017 1:32 p.m. read more..

Carter takes it up another level at Ski Bowl

Martin Carter, Preston Klindt, Matt Gragg and Liam Brewer secured top-20 finishes, and Petra van Kessel added a 19th-place outcome to headline the girls’ team in an Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association slalom event Saturday.

January 27, 2017 1:27 p.m. read more..

Youth shelter gets grant

A $25,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) is expected to provide a major boost for a local shelter geared to protect young people dealing with troubled home lives.

January 27, 2017 1:18 p.m. read more..

Master gardener signup ends Wed.

The annual master gardeners class offered by the Oregon State University extension office has extended its enrollment period for its upcoming courses until Wednesday, Feb. 1 because of the snowy weather.

January 27, 2017 1:15 p.m. read more..

Fatal stabbing in TD

A 21-year-old man from The Dalles was arrested early Friday morning for the fatal stabbing of an unidentified male victim.

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

Thursday, January 26

Wednesday, January 25

Rangers pummel Mitchell-Spray

Jackie Culp, Tabor McLaughlin, Curtis Crawford, and Kolbe Bales each hit double figures in the No. 9 Dufur Rangers’ 70-33 victory over the Mitchell-Spray Tuesday in Spray.

January 25, 2017 1:42 p.m. read more..

Redsides get back on track

Beating Ione and Mitchell-Spray was a nice boost of confidence for South Wasco County. Tuesday, the Redsides had a much tougher task at home against Horizon Christian, however. Ty Herlocker and Haven Stephenson combined for 38 points and 30 rebounds, as the Redsides jumped out to a 16-5 first-quarter lead on their way to their third straight win, 54-37, over Horizon Christian Tuesday in Maupin.

January 25, 2017 1:41 p.m. read more..

Bailey, Outlaw lead Dufur

Kayla Bailey scored 20 points, Alexus Outlaw added 16 to lead the Dufur Rangers to a 51-41 win over Mitchell-Spray Tuesday in a girls’ basketball game played in Spray.

January 25, 2017 1:40 p.m. read more..

SWC suffers tough loss to HCS

Horizon Christian and South Wasco County battled to a 28-all draw through three quarters, but the Lady Hawks managed to use a 5-2 spurt in the final period to escape with a 33-30 win Tuesday in Maupin.

January 25, 2017 1:38 p.m. read more..

TD gives highest honor to a former great

Before the start of Tuesday’s Columbia River Conference dual, in a front of a big crowd at Kurtz Gym, The Dalles wrestling program honored former wrestler Spud Simer in an emotional pre-match ceremony. Simer, 27, a 2007 Dufur High School graduate who died in a farming accident on July 30, wrestled under the tutelage of coach Kevin Kramer.

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

Chamber hosts talk on healthy lifestyle

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce will host a discussion of the Blue Zone Project at the chamber’s government affairs breakfast Thursday, Jan. 26,7 to 8 a.m. at the Barbecue Restaurant, 1013 W. Sixth Street in The Dalles.

January 25, 2017 1:27 p.m. read more..

Keeping carpets looking young

Taurus Carpet Cleaning has been tending to local carpets since the summer of 2005, and the business is not planning to slow down anytime soon.

January 25, 2017 1:23 p.m. read more..

Fires have sad commonality: No renter’s insurance

Recent fires in The Dalles have had one common feature: the tenants invariably do not have renters insurance. Local insurance agents and property managers lament the lack of a simple coverage that is cheap to begin with — $12 to $16 a month — but can be free if bundled with auto insurance.

January 25, 2017 1:16 p.m. read more..

Register now for Go Red heart walk, run

Community members wanting to participate in the fifth annual walk/run that is part of the Go Red for Women’s Heart Health program in The Dalles need to pre-register by Monday to be guaranteed a t-shirt.

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

Snow causes ‘major leak’

The newest school in District 21 suffered the worst leak due to snow, the school board heard last Thursday. The Dalles Middle School, built in 2004, suffered a “major” leak in the band room which caused some “semi-flooding” that affected the drywall and carpeting, said Don Carter, director of facilities for North Wasco County School District 21.

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

Tuesday, January 24

Dufur girls take loss to Arlington

Arlington’s Megan Hauner scored 14 of her 27 points in the first half, as the Honkers built a 28-14 halftime lead on their way to a 50-30 victory over Dufur Saturday in a Big Sky Conference girls’ basketball game played at Dufur High School.

January 24, 2017 5:04 p.m. read more..

Sherman drops two weekend sets

The Sherman Huskies fell to sixth place in the Big Sky Conference after a pair of girls’ basketball losses over the weekend to Arlington and Condon-Wheeler.

January 24, 2017 5:02 p.m. read more..

SWC nets second straight victory

After four straight losses to start league play, South Wasco County enjoyed a solid weekend with two lopsided wins, capping their streak Saturday night in a 50-16 home romp against Mitchell-Spray.

January 24, 2017 5 p.m. read more..

Huskies on top of Big Sky standings

For two quarters, Condon-Wheeler gave the Sherman Huskies all they could handle. Ahead 25-21 at the half, the No. 2-ranked Huskies put the Knights away with a 23-11 third-quarter run in a 65-46 victory Saturday in Condon.

January 24, 2017 4:58 p.m. read more..

Hawk boys lose to La Grande

Dakota Murr, Eric Flores and Josh Nisbet combined for 37 points, but The Dalles Riverhawks could not contain a La Grande team that went on a 39-21 run in the second half in a 65-44 final Saturday in The Dalles.

January 24, 2017 4:56 p.m. read more..

TD girls lose CRC opener to Hermiston

Columbia River Conference play kicked off for The Dalles and Hermiston girls’ basketball teams Monday night, with the host Bulldogs breaking open a 22-21 halftime lead, on a 31-14 run over the final two quarters in a 53-35 win.

January 24, 2017 4:53 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Challenge to Walden

To the editor: An open letter to Congressman Walden: Mr. Walden, your reported praise of the president's new executive order to relax penalties and reduce enforcement of the Affordable Care Act's provisions is ill-advised at best.

January 24, 2017 4:49 p.m. read more..

Military museum planned soon in The Dalles

The Dalles is going to have a little bit more of a military presence starting in 2017. The Mid-Columbia Veterans Memorial Committee (MCVMC) and American Legion Post 19 in The Dalles are working together to create a military museum that will be housed in a section of the American Legion building, which is located at 201 E. Second Street.

January 24, 2017 4:36 p.m. read more..

Google donates $140K for TDMS devices

Google is donating $140,000 to D21 so it can buy devices for every student at The Dalles Middle School, starting with sixth graders. The D21 board learned about the gift at a surprise announcement at its board meeting last Thursday.

January 24, 2017 4 p.m. read more..

Monday, January 23

Bridge repair starts Tuesday morning

Crews expect to begin work Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. on emergency repairs to an extensive amount of potholes on The Dalles bridge. There will be one-lane closures during daytime, an official said, and motorists can expect 10-15 minute delays.

January 23, 2017 3:25 p.m. read more..

Saturday, January 21

Dufur drops home heartbreaker by 1

Through the first round of Big Sky Conference girls’ basketball games, there is a four-team race for top honors, with a half a game separating Arlington, South Wasco County, Horizon Christian and Condon-Wheeler. Even after Friday’s one-point home loss to Condon-Wheeler, the Dufur Rangers are sitting in fifth place, still within contention of a district berth.

January 21, 2017 2:02 p.m. read more..

Balanced attack leads Lady Redsides

The Lady Redsides lost to Arlington by 27 points on Thursday to snap a three-game win streak, but dominated play from the opening tip in a 43-28 victory over Ione Friday night.

January 21, 2017 2 p.m. read more..

Stephenson breaks out for SWC

South Wasco County head coach Jim Hull knew it was a matter of time before Haven Stephenson would get his breakout game. The senior big man scored 11 of his 19 points in the second half, and he added 15 rebounds to help the Redsides to a 55-31 drubbing of Ione Friday in a Big Sky boys’ basketball game played in Ione.

January 21, 2017 1:59 p.m. read more..

Rangers defeat Condon by 30

The Dufur Rangers moved into second place in the Big Sky Conference after picking up a dominant 80-50 triumph over Condon-Wheeler Friday at Dufur High School.

January 21, 2017 1:58 p.m. read more..

No. 1 Huskies capture eighth straight win

Max Martin tallied 25 points, the inside duo of Kyle Fields and Isaiah Coles added a combined 31 points to lead the No. 1-ranked Sherman Huskies to a lopsided 84-49 victory over Arlington Friday in Moro.

January 21, 2017 1:56 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Out of touch

To the editor: As a child I suffered the ravages of polio and I spent an inordinate amount of time in the local movie theater. But I never understood other people’s childish worship of movie stars. The recent organized attempt of the movie and entertainment industry to influence and control the outcome of the presidential election proves they know this.

January 21, 2017 1:50 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Start new year with budget sense

The start of a new year is a time when people typically set goals for the months ahead. Although the most common publicized goal is weight loss, following the feeding frenzy of the holidays, there also seems to be an added focus on getting personal finances in order after the large expenditures of Christmas.

January 21, 2017 1:47 p.m. read more..

Not for Sale

“Lolli needs to play” was recently posted by a juvenile girl from The Dalles on a Portland website advertising “escort services.” Nita Belles of Bend wasn’t surprised to see the ad from an underage girl in a rural community. She said labor and sex trafficking takes place everywhere, even though people tend to think of it as a “big city problem.”

January 21, 2017 1:45 p.m. read more..

Corps to assess ice jam risk on Snake River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ deployed a team of technical experts Friday to assess ice jam conditions and flood risks on the Snake River in Oregon and Idaho, according to a press release. The ice jam appears to be at least 10 miles long, stretching from Washington to Payette County on the Snake River in Idaho and Malheur County in Oregon, according to local observations.

January 21, 2017 8:50 a.m. read more..

Friday, January 20

Fifth-graders show no mercy on way to title

When a team outscores opponents by a 192-43 margin, chances are good that tournament success will follow. That is exactly what the Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy fifth-graders put forth in scoring four consecutive wins and a tournament title at the inaugural Gorge Hoops Invitational ending Sunday at The Dalles Middle School.

January 20, 2017 2 p.m. read more..

TD all-stars keep winning legacy intact

At a recent AAU tournament played in Hermiston, sixth graders from the Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy went winless in four games. This past Sunday at the Gorge Hoops Invitational, this group, coached by Ken Brock and Phil Hukari, left nothing to chance, going 5-0 with an average margin of victory of 19.6 points to capture championship honors.

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

Chamber honors leaders

Despite difficult travel conditions, The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Distinguished Citizens Award Banquet was well attended Thursday evening. The event took place at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center and drew several hundred people who came to celebrate the achievements of eight community members.

January 20, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..

Trump 45th president

WASHINGTON — Pledging to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a deeply divided nation and ushering in an unpredictable era in Washington. His victory gives Republicans control of the White House for the first time in eight years.

January 20, 2017 1:29 p.m. read more..

‘Safety first’ sparks council discussion

With the region being impacted by a series of winter storms since December, employees of the city of The Dalles have been sent home early, advised to come in later, or told to take the day off altogether due to unsafe travel conditions. Councilor Taner Elliott asked his peers if they had any comments or suggestions regarding the city’s policy of excusing employees from work on days when bad weather rolls in and conditions are potentially hazardous.

January 20, 2017 1:25 p.m. read more..

Closures and delays, Friday Jan. 20

All lanes of Interstate 84 are again open in the Columbia River Gorge between Troutdale and Hood River, milepost 17 to milepost 62. The road has been closed since about 2 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 17 from a snowstorm that arrived three days after an ice storm struck the area. The storms brought down trees and power lines and left behind huge snowdrifts. ODOT crews, working around the clock, were able to re-open the road about 11 p.m. Thursday. The road is safe but travelers should still use caution. The Historic Columbia River Highway remains closed. Go to for updates on road conditions. Due to inclement weather concerns, the SAT Testing scheduled for Saturday, January 21st, 2017 will be postponed until Saturday, February 4th, 2017 - doors will be open at 7:45 AM at The Dalles High School main campus. For additional information, please contact The Dalles High School Main Office at 541-506-3400. NWC Schools will be on a 2 hour delay for Friday, January 20th, 2017 due to inclement weather. Columbia Gorge Community College: Hood River campus closed. The Dalles campus open normal business hours.

January 20, 2017 5:51 a.m. read more..

Thursday, January 19

TD football continues tradition of giving back

While the temperature outside was in the teens with record amounts of snow on the ground, players and coaches from The Dalles football program helped clear 32 driveways and walkways of excess snow in a show of outreach and giving back.

January 19, 2017 2 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Heartsick

To the editor: I am heartsick about the determination by Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This cruel action would take away the healthcare coverage from 20 million Americans and over a million Oregonians.

January 19, 2017 1:50 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Inauguration

To the editor: Three members of Oregon’s five-member congressional delegation are skipping in protest of the presidential Inauguration. Perhaps they should look at how much of Oregon is red versus blue; that many Oregonian’s don’t approve of their politics. Their issue of closing down logging, mining, fishing, which result in the loss of jobs everywhere except in the “high tech” corridor that enjoys so many tax free benefits and incentives while we pay for new highways, schools, and infrastructure support.

January 19, 2017 1:48 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Sad reality

To the editor: I have given this letter considerable thought. This is in regards to the article in the paper about the invisible "street people" that are trying to survive the elements.

January 19, 2017 1:47 p.m. read more..

OR Guard helps with inauguration

Fifty members of an Oregon National Guard unit with a presence in the gorge travelled this week to Washington, D.C. to support the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.

January 19, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..

Winter weather hurts business

On the heels of what was a lackluster Christmas for downtown businesses thanks to bad weather, frigid, snowy conditions in January have kept sales well below normal.

January 19, 2017 1:29 p.m. read more..

Stranded trio rescued Sunday

Rescuers on snowmobiles retrieved three people Sunday who got stranded as they tried to walk out of their wooded cabin home off Fivemile Road after running out of propane and fuel.

January 19, 2017 1:28 p.m. read more..

Closures and delays for Thursday, Jan. 19

North Wasco County School District 21 will open with a two hour delay Thursday, Jan. 19. Wishram Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late, No AM preschool OCDC Headstart: Odell and The Dalles Centers - 2 hours late. Columbia Gorge Community College: Both campuses will open at 10 am. Classes scheduled before 10 am are canceled, classes starting at 10 am or after will run as scheduled.

January 19, 2017 6:05 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 18


Sherman girls take loss to Perrydale

Playing at David Douglas High School against a Perrydale team that was on a winning streak, the Sherman Huskies were outscored 33-19 in the second half in their 45-23 loss Monday in a non-league girls’ basketball game played in Portland.

January 18, 2017 1:41 p.m. read more..

TD cheer is focused, ready for first event

As one of two active seniors on The Dalles cheer team, Keagan Rice is anxiously waiting for a chance to compete for a state championship. Although still a month away from state, the Riverhawk cheerleaders get their opportunity to find their groove in a season-opening event this Saturday at David Douglas High School.

January 18, 2017 1:40 p.m. read more..

Boaters warned of debris in area rivers

Last week's historic snowfall and the projected warm, and wet forecast this week sets up the perfect scenario for potential flooding on Oregon rivers, especially west of the Cascade Mountains. And with flooding comes debris flows with trees, root wads, and other material that can impact the safety of boaters on the water.

January 18, 2017 1:33 p.m. read more..

Spatz honored for city service

The "changing of the guard" on The Dalles City Council was delayed a week due to the ongoing rough weather the region has been experiencing. Finally, on the evening of Jan. 16, bad weather held off just long enough for the council to honor the departure of Councilor Dan Spatz, and then administer the oath of office to his replacement, Darcy Long-Curtiss.

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

Surviving winter’s bite

Winter is a hard time of year for wildlife, but feeding deer can bring health problems that threaten their lives, said Jeremy Thompson, biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s office in The Dalles.

January 18, 2017 1:12 p.m. read more..

Delays and closures for Wednesday, Jan. 18

UPDATED 7:10 A.M. ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood: I-84 is expected to remain closed all day Wednesday Troutdale to Hood River. Conditions remain extremely hazardous with the road icy and numerous downed trees. Mid-Columbia Senior center is closed. UPDATED 5:40 A.M. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18 Washington's State Route 14 is closed to all vehicles both directions at milepost 19 near Evergreen Boulevard to milepost 65 at Hood River Bridge beginning at 3:34 am on January 18, 2017 until further notice. Previous closure cited downed trees and snow slides blocking both lanes in the vicinity of Dog Mountain Trailhead and Cook-Underwood Road. Interstate 84 remains closed in the Columbia River Gorge between Troutdale and Hood River, milepost 17 to 62, because of ice. The road will remain closed until conditions improve. Go to for updates on road conditions. Due to the closure, increased truck traffic and parking is likely along W. Sixth Street in The Dalles. I-84 is also closed in eastern Oregon, westbound in Ontario and eastbound in Pendleton. High winds, blowing snow and icy conditions are expected to impact highways in the Union County area, and extended closures are anticipated. Travelers are advised to find a safe place to wait until conditions improve and the routes are open. The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library will be closing at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17th, and will be closed all day on Wednesday, January 18th, due to weather conditions. We are hoping to be open regular hours Thursday. North Wasco County SD21 closed Wednesday Sherman County Court scheduled for Wednesday, January 18, 2017, has been canceled due to current and projected freezing rain conditions. Appointments will be rescheduled for future court dates. The Gorge Commission has postponed the Listening Session for Management Plan Review and Update that was scheduled for The Dalles Readiness Center tonight (Tuesday).

January 18, 2017 5:55 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 17


Dufur girls lose by 12 to Horizon

The Dufur Rangers gave Horizon Christian all they could handle, but the Lady Hawks were able to fight them off with an 18-9 fourth-quarter run in a 59-47 victory Friday in Dufur.

January 17, 2017 1:49 p.m. read more..

Lady Huskies dominate Mitchell

Using defense to open the door for transition baskets, the Sherman Huskies fell behind 12-9 through one quarter, but then outscored Mitchell-Spray by a 47-29 margin over the final three quarters to earn a 56-41 win Friday in a Big Sky Conference girls’ basketball matchup played at Mitchell High School.

January 17, 2017 1:48 p.m. read more..

Redsides pick up solid Big Sky victory

Trailing for most of Friday’s game, Jada Myers hit a clutch 3-pointer to give South Wasco County girls’ basketball team its first lead of the game, and from there, the Redsides made a final defensive stand to hold on for the 26-23 triumph over Condon-Wheeler.

January 17, 2017 1:47 p.m. read more..

Redside girls beat Sherman, 41-32

South Wasco County got off to a hot start offensively for a 19-4 lead after one quarter and rode that surge to a 41-32 win over Sherman Saturday in a Big Sky Conference girls’ basketball contest played in Moro.

January 17, 2017 1:44 p.m. read more..

Lady Rangers stand tall in Ione

Chloe Beeson scored 17 of her points in just three quarters, and the Dufur Rangers had seven players hit field goals in a 52-42 win over Ione Saturday in a Big Sky Conference showdown at Ione High School.

January 17, 2017 1:42 p.m. read more..

No. 12 Dufur blasts Ione by 30

Connor Uhalde set a season-high with 30 points, and sophomore guard Tabor McLaughlin had one of the best games of his career to lead the Dufur Rangers to a 67-37 victory over Ione Saturday in a Big Sky Conference battle in Ione.

January 17, 2017 1:40 p.m. read more..

Husky boys cruise past SWC

Four players amassed double figures, and the Sherman Huskies broke open a 37-16 halftime cushion with a 23-6 third-quarter spurt in a what turned out to be a 70-34 blowout victory over South Wasco County Saturday afternoon in Moro.

January 17, 2017 1:38 p.m. read more..

With return of Justesen, Sherman beats up on Perrydale

All-state point guard Jacob Justesen made his return to the lineup and scored 13 points, and the No. 3-ranked Sherman Huskies motored past Perrydale by a 76-48 score Monday in a non-league boys’ basketball game played at David Douglas High School.

January 17, 2017 1:36 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Bill worst seen

To the editor: Since Congressman Walden has not replied to our recent emails we are presenting our concerns regarding his support for Tom Price as Director of Health and Human Services to his constituents. Tom Price has sponsored a bill called Empowering Patients First Act of 2015.

January 17, 2017 1:30 p.m. read more..

Snow day makeup planned

As it happens, with the school district looking at seven snow days and five late-start days to make up, the state this year imposed strict new rules removing any wiggle room for making up those days.

January 17, 2017 1:14 p.m. read more..

County alarmed over state budget

Wasco County officials are concerned about the proposed budget presented by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown for the 2017-19 biennium, which does not include grants to help local jurisdictions meet statewide land use planning requirements.

January 17, 2017 1:13 p.m. read more..

Get ready for ice, flooding

Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill is asking residents to prepare ahead for freezing rain and flooding in the days ahead that could bring power outages. “Community resiliency is what we are after here,” said Magill. “We don’t want people to be panicked, we want them to be prepared.”

January 17, 2017 1:12 p.m. read more..

Get ready for ice, flooding

Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill is asking residents to prepare ahead for freezing rain and flooding in the days ahead that could bring power outages. UPDATED: Phone contact added UPDATE: HR info added

January 17, 2017 6:02 a.m. read more..

Monday, January 16

Prepare now for freezing rain or floods

Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill and other local, state and federal emergency response managers are asking residents to prepare ahead for freezing rain and flooding in the days ahead that could bring power outages. “Community resiliency is what we are after here,” said Magill. “We don’t want people to be panicked, we want them to be prepared.”

January 16, 2017 4:48 p.m. read more..

Saturday, January 14


Dufur girls drop Sherman by 23

DUFUR – Chloe Beeson scored 15 points, and the backcourt duo of Kayla Bailey and Alexus Outlaw added 12 points apiece to lead the Dufur Rangers to a resounding 51-28 victory over the Sherman Huskies Thursday in a league contest played at Dufur High School.

January 14, 2017 12:43 p.m. read more..

Sherman gets road win at Dufur

DUFUR – In a marquee matchup pitting two of the top Big Sky Conference teams who were riding season-high winning streaks, the Sherman Huskies outlasted the Dufur Rangers by a 61-48 margin Thursday night in Dufur.

January 14, 2017 12:41 p.m. read more..

Redsides sputter in home loss

South Wasco County led 10-2 and 17-7 at different parts of the first half, but then Condon-Wheeler crept back into contention with the help of their pressure defense and outside shooting in a 61-38 win Friday in Maupin.

January 14, 2017 12:38 p.m. read more..

Sherman wins fifth straight

Kyle Fields scored a season-high 20 points, and the Sherman Huskies moved up to No. 3 in the 1A rankings after a 93-44 rout of Mitchell-Spray Friday in a Big Sky game played at Mitchell High School.

January 14, 2017 12:36 p.m. read more..

Dufur defeats Horizon 53-45

After having their long winning streak snapped Thursday, the Dufur Rangers showed some bounce-back ability with a solid four-quarter performance in Friday’s 53-45 road triumph over Horizon Christian.

January 14, 2017 12:33 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Help for stutterers

To the editor: For many people, ringing in the New Year brings hope and joyful anticipation. But for those who struggle with stuttering, the old fears of speaking and being teased remain the same—year after year.

January 14, 2017 12:22 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Resist Trump

To the editor: Wake up, America. We are now confronting a president-elect who has nominated persons for his cabinet and department chairs who are advocates for policies that appear to defy the purposes of the offices they would hold.

January 14, 2017 12:22 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Occupied nation

To the editor: Dear RaeLynn, I struggled much of the night trying to find a way to be strategic in responding to your comments about Israel and Palestine in Wednesday’s Crosstalk. I’ve not been able to do that. Years ago my American Jewish mentor in West Jerusalem taught me that, on this issue, diplomacy merely delays the inevitable.

January 14, 2017 12:21 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Remember rule

To the editor: Republicans have promised to "repeal" Obamacare, but have yet to agree on what the "replacement" will look like. After six years of failing to agree on a detailed "replacement" plan, many of the 20 million people who have gained coverage under the ACA are worried.

January 14, 2017 12:20 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Winter wonderland is overrated

The Chronicle wants to recognize the men and women who responded to medical and traffic calls, kept the roads passable and helped both stranded motorists and the homeless during a very tough week.

January 14, 2017 12:19 p.m. read more..

China on his mind

The Dalles native Luke Habberstad believes much of what happens in our lives is dictated by chance. And so it was that an eye-opening course he decided to take in his last semester of college propelled him on his eventual career path. Today, he’s an assistant professor of early Chinese studies at the University of Oregon.

January 14, 2017 12:08 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 13

The time is now for TD Riverhawk skiers

Usually at this time of year, senior Sydney Reed is in the middle of her basketball season from her point guard position for the Dufur High School program. Instead of dribbling, passing and shooting 3-pointers, Reed is equipped with skis, a helmet and goggles at the start of 2017.

January 13, 2017 1:55 p.m. read more..

UP files suit on Mosier project

Union Pacific Railroad has sued the Wasco County Commission in federal court over its rejection of a proposed expansion of tracks near Mosier.

January 13, 2017 1:50 p.m. read more..

Snapshots of Winter

Cold weather is forecast to continue over the next few days, with "melting" temperatures arriving early next week.

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

Mayor chooses working groups

The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence has made a series of appointments to fill several expired or vacant terms on a variety of local boards and committees.

January 13, 2017 1:38 p.m. read more..

Blue Zone meetings set

The Dalles is among three Oregon towns being considered for a Blue Zone Project, which would bring three years of paid staff to help create a healthier community.

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

MINT starts year with arrests

The Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force ended 2016 and started the new year by executing search warrants that led to the arrest of three people.

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

Closures and delays for Friday, Jan. 13

North Wasco County Schools will be on a two hour delay Friday. Columbia Gorge Community College: Classes are canceled at both campuses. Campuses are open and staff should report to work. Centerville Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late, Buses on snow routes Klickitat Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late White Salmon Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late Horizon Christian - Hood River: 2 Hours Late. The bus will run. OCDC Headstart: Multnomah County-Closed.Washington County-Closed. Odell and The Dalles staff report at 10 a.m. for pre-service. Mulino site-closed, staff report as instructed. Stevenson-Carson Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late, Buses on snow routes Intel Oregon FIRST Lego League State Championships Postponed.

January 13, 2017 5:59 a.m. read more..

Thursday, January 12

Hoops excitement is coming to the gorge

Over the past two months, six youth teams representing the Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy have been putting in countless hours of work in preparation for some competitive hardwood action – four of these teams will get to have their game showcased this weekend.

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

The facts of hypothermia

Hypothermia is when the body gets very cold and can’t warm up on its own, according to UpToDate, a medical website. It occurs when the body, normally at 98.6 degrees, drops below 95 degrees.

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

The high cost of cold

Last Friday, city police officers spotted a homeless man whose gloveless fingers were swollen and dangerously discolored from exposure, and were quickly able to get services for him. Another homeless man, according to a post by a friend of his on Facebook, is facing the loss of all or part of a foot due to exposure.

January 12, 2017 1:28 p.m. read more..

Driving in aftermath of winter storms

Since Christmas Eve, The Dalles Area Command of the Oregon State Police has assisted 202 stranded motorists and handled 184 reported crashes — 41 of which occurred within the past week.

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

Closures and delays for Thursday, Jan. 12

Columbia Gorge Community College: All campuses closed North Wasco County Schools will be closed on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 due to inclement weather. Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles in The Dalles and Hood River are closed.

January 12, 2017 5:49 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 11

Hydrant cleaning help needed in TD

With the continuous snow storms hitting our region, Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue is asking for the public's immediate assistance. Fire hydrants throughout the community have been impacted to a level that they are no longer visible. Individuals are asked to locate their :fire hydrants and remove the snow around them, so that in the event of a fire in your neighborhood, firefighters will be able to locate and access the hydrant for water supply. Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue asks that a three foot clearance around the hydrant be maintained, with a clear access provided from the street to the hydrant as well. If you have any question regarding how to clear the hydrant appropriately, please contact Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue at 541-296-9445.

January 11, 2017 1:50 p.m. read more..

Hawk wrestlers net 18 wins at York Invite

With inclement weather looming last weekend in Portland, the 30th annual Don York Invitational shoehorned 16 teams in 32-man brackets for a 535-match marathon Saturday. The Dalles posted 18 wins, 11 by pin, with Steven Preston, Andrew Richman, Glenn Breckterfield, Jonathon Urenda and Opath Silopath earning 15 of the victories.

January 11, 2017 1:47 p.m. read more..

A ‘Helping Hand’ with home health

Helping Hands Home Care has been in business in the Portland area for about 30 years, but is relatively new to the Columbia River Gorge. “Our staff have been providing everything — housekeeping, meal prep, transportation, personal care and medication management,” explained Mary Gailley, regional manager for Helping Hands, adding that the business also provides foot care for clients, help with dressing and bathing, doing the laundry, and even care for a client’s pets and plants.

January 11, 2017 1:38 p.m. read more..

Man with TD ties injured in shooting

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — An Ohio woman was one of five victims of the Florida airport shooting and her husband, who has ties to The Dalles, was critically injured in the attack.

January 11, 2017 1:36 p.m. read more..

Ongoing storms challenge city crews

Every time Charles “Chuck” Patterson got his snow plow/sander working on one stretch of roadway Tuesday, there was a call from dispatch or The Dalles Public Works Department to help stranded motorists in another location. The scanner was filled with chatter about accidents and cars that were stuck in the snow.

January 11, 2017 1:30 p.m. read more..

Snow sets TD record

If it has seemed like an epically, endlessly snowy winter — one for the record books — you’re right. As of today, Wednesday, Jan. 11, there has been snow on the ground for 34 consecutive days, beating the old record set 38 years ago, when there were 29 consecutive days of snow.

January 11, 2017 1:23 p.m. read more..

Closures and delays Jan. 11: Interstate 84 closed west of Hood River, blizzard conditions

Interstate 84 is is now open (as of 1 p.m.) from Troutdale (Milepost 17) to Hood River (milepost 64). The road through the Columbia River Gorge was closed late Tuesday because of bad weather. One Community Health is closed in The Dalles and Hood River today due to the weather. All Klickitat government buildings are closed. Chains are now required on all vehicles on state roads in the Portland area as of 5:30 a.m., traction devices aren't enough. With so many spin outs on NB I-5 near OR 217, the best route to downtown Portland or into Washington is now I-205. MCMC Closures Update: The following clinics are CLOSED today: - MCMC Surgical Services (closing at noon) - Water’s Edge Mind & Body Medicine - MCMC Therapy Services (Hood River and The Dalles) - Sleep Medicine - Dermatology (closing at noon) - Cardiology (closing at noon) The following clinics are OPEN today: - Water’s Edge Fitness Center (open until 5pm) - Columbia River Women’s Center (may close early this afternoon depending on cancellations) - MCMC Family Medicine - MCMC Internal Medicine (at Water’s Edge) - MCMC Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery - Occupational Health (may close early) - Gorge Urology (Hood River location may close early) Our Mindfulness Meditation class for tonight (Jan 11 at 7:00-8:30pm) has also been canceled due to weather. Additional area closures:

January 11, 2017 5:32 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 10

CGBA has invites planned

A little more than two weeks is all that stands between the first of two basketball tournaments organized by Greg Cummings and the Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy.

January 10, 2017 4:43 p.m. read more..

Huskies can’t handle Horizon

Friday in Moro, the Huskies opened league action against Horizon Christian, and the Hawks jumped ahead 16-1 in the first quarter on their way to a 62-33 win.

January 10, 2017 4:39 p.m. read more..

No. 5 Huskies run away from Ione, 78-25

Coming off a resounding four-quarter performance Friday against Horizon Christian, the defending champion Sherman Huskies came out hitting on all cylinders Saturday, as five players hit double figures in a 78-25 boys’ basketball road triumph against Ione.

January 10, 2017 4:34 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Revisit policy

To the editor: I have been a resident in The Dalles since 2009. I have three children who are now school aged and attend elementary school here in The Dalles. I have had many busing transportation issues as well as many other parents in our town have had as well. I have tried to address the issue to make a positive change for our local children, but I am one person with limited resources.

January 10, 2017 4:33 p.m. read more..

Wanted: Stuffed animals

Mid-Columbia Medical Center has run out of stuffed animals to provide to children undergoing treatment or visiting family members who are hospitalized.

January 10, 2017 4:22 p.m. read more..

City strains under snow

The unending series of snowstorms hammering The Dalles and the entire Columba River Gorge region in recent weeks are creating a lot of extra work for public works crews. The good news is, the snow removal operations are not busting The Dalles’ budget — at least not yet.

January 10, 2017 4:15 p.m. read more..

Facebook is crime solver

A missing tapestry worth $2,500 was returned — after it changed hands for $10 — within three days of its owner making an appeal on social media.

January 10, 2017 4:11 p.m. read more..

Storm will impact gorge travel, I-84

Columbia River Gorge braces for winter storm The National Weather Service (NWS) forecast at 11 a.m. today warned Columbia River Gorge emergency responders, travelers and residents that a significant snow dump at all elevations is forecasted this evening and into tomorrow, according to the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office. The focus of the alert was the central and western gorge. According to the National Weather Service’s Portland office, the service has “upgraded the winter weather advisory to a winter storm warning, which is in effect until 4 p.m. Wednesday. An additional 8 to 14 inches of snow is likely in the central and western gorge.

January 10, 2017 2:39 p.m. read more..

Delays and Closures for Tuesday, Jan 10

Columbia Gorge Community College: Opening at 10 am. All classes beginning at 10 am or later will run as scheduled. North Wasco County Schools will be on a 2 hour delay for Tuesday, January 10th, 2017.

January 10, 2017 5:46 a.m. read more..

Monday, January 9

Snow removal planned downtown TD

The City of The Dalles Public Works Department has been working to keep up with continuing snowfall, which is occasionally necessitating lane closures through the downtown corridor.

January 9, 2017 11:39 a.m. read more..

Saturday, January 7

No. 5 Huskies lock down on Horizon Christian

Coming off a string of three losses in four games while at a tournament in Honolulu, Sherman established momentum in the first quarter of play with a 17-7 run, using defensive intensity and a fundamentally sound style in a 71-45 rout of Horizon Christian Friday in Moro.

January 7, 2017 12:54 p.m. read more..

Lady Redsides bounce back in dominant fashion

DUFUR – With a lack of size down on the blocks, South Wasco County coach Lynn Cowdrey knew that extra effort, guile and skill were necessary components his post players needed to bring for ultimate success.

January 7, 2017 12:52 p.m. read more..

Defense turns up the pressure in victory

DUFUR – After allowing 53 points in a season-opening win, the Rangers have allowed 42.8 points a game during their six-game winning streak, with pressure and transition baskets leading the charge.

January 7, 2017 12:49 p.m. read more..

Fire damages home; Chenowith elementary evacuated due to smoke

Chenowith Elementary School students were evacuated Friday late morning to the nearby Wahtonka Campus gym after smoke was detected in a classroom. At the same time, crews were responding to a fire on West 11th Street and Dallesport Fire Department was dispatched to assist in The Dalles.

January 7, 2017 12:37 p.m. read more..

Contractor flies into win

Bill Ketchum landed a victory at Friday’s Dancing with the Gorge Stars competition by wearing his father’s United Airlines pilot uniform and soaring to the song “Come Fly with Me.”

January 7, 2017 12:32 p.m. read more..

Sgt. Hall to hang up uniform

Oregon National Guard Sgt. First Class Benjamin Hall is retiring from his job overseeing operations at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, the home of Delta Troop, 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry. Hall has been assigned to The Dalles unit since November 2011 and has spent more than 25 years in the military.

January 7, 2017 12:28 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 6


CGBA has invites planned

A little more than two weeks is all that stands between the first of two basketball tournaments organized by Greg Cummings and the Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy.

January 6, 2017 1:36 p.m. read more..

No. 5 Huskies go 1-3 at Punahou Invitational

The Sherman Huskies posted a 1-3 record in four games played at the Punahou Invitational Basketball Tournament held in Honolulu, HI., taking their lone victory over Kamehameha on Friday by a 69-67 score.

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

Recreation pot available in TD

Columbia River Herbals was the first medical marijuana retailer in the city of The Dalles, and business owner Norm Brock has now been given a green light to expand into a new realm. “We’ve received approval for a marijuana retailer’s license from the state for our downtown location,” said Brock, adding that his shop began selling recreational pot effective Jan. 1.

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

Youth fundraiser a success

The just-concluded first fundraising drive by the group hoping to build the Gorge Youth Center was “an almost unheard of” success, said group founder Joe Martin.

January 6, 2017 1:23 p.m. read more..

State budget takes center stage

In October, Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, expressed concern that state officials would divert general fund dollars from veterans’ programs if Measure 96 was approved by voters on Nov. 8. He said that concern became reality when Gov. Kate Brown proposed a $10 million cut in regular funding for veteran services in her 2017-19 budget plan.

January 6, 2017 1:19 p.m. read more..

Weekend storm heading to region

The Oregon Department of Transportation says Interstate 84 through the gorge could be closed if a winter weather advisory for “significant snow and/or ice accumulations” plays out as predicted.

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

Storm warning issued for weekend

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter weather advisory for the coming weekend, with “significant snow and or ice accumulations” over much of central Oregon, including the eastern Columbia River Gorge, including The Dalles.

January 6, 2017 6:31 a.m. read more..

Thursday, January 5

Lady Rangers lose two contests

Challenging themselves against two top-10 basketball programs, the Dufur Rangers came away with a pair of losses on Thursday and Friday at the Bounc’n Cancer Holiday Hoops Tournament in Echo.

January 5, 2017 3:49 p.m. read more..

Commission works on long-range plan

The Columbia River Gorge Commission will soon be asking for public input on the agency’s long-range management plan at a series of meetings held throughout the gorge in early 2017.

January 5, 2017 3:42 p.m. read more..

Record stretch at Warming Place

A red flag goes up outside the St. Vincent de Paul office downtown to signify that the warming shelter will be open that night because temperatures are cold enough to warrant it.

January 5, 2017 3:40 p.m. read more..

Radioactive contamination spreads in shuttered Hanford plant

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Radioactive contamination is spreading inside a deteriorating processing plant on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state that was last used in the 1950s and 1960s to process plutonium for the U.S. nuclear weapons program.

January 5, 2017 3:37 p.m. read more..

First baby of 2017 arrives in TD

Once the clock struck midnight and 2017 was ushered in on Sunday, it wasn’t long before the first baby of the new year was delivered at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles.

January 5, 2017 3:32 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 4


TD boys get one win in Astoria

At the three-day Vince Dulcich Memorial Tournament last week in Astoria, The Dalles boys’ basketball team went 1-2, finally taking a 63-54 victory Thursday over Molalla.

January 4, 2017 4:07 p.m. read more..

SWC boys drop two close games

At this point in the season, South Wasco County head coach Jim Hull is worried less about the standings and more about overall progression. At the Bounc’n Cancer Tournament in Echo, South Wasco County lost games to Echo and Nixyaawii by an average margin of 2.5 points, and had late chances to pick up wins.

January 4, 2017 4:06 p.m. read more..

Dufur climbs in the rankings after wins

After an opening night loss to Perrydale, the Dufur Rangers have been steadily progressing under first-year head coach Ron Townsend. At the Bounc’n Cancer Tournament held in Echo on Thursday and Friday, the Rangers ran their winning streak to five games and moved up to No. 13 in the 1A rankings, following two lopsided victories over Nixyaawii and Echo.

January 4, 2017 4:02 p.m. read more..

Chamber hosts award banquet Jan. 19

It’s nearly that time of year again! The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce is making plans to honor outstanding citizens from around the local community with its annual Distinguished Citizens Awards Banquet.

January 4, 2017 3:54 p.m. read more..

Art connects with opportunity

Live. Work. Connect. With those three small words, Opportunity Connections —- a nonprofit organization that assists people with disabilities in The Dalles, Hood River and elsewhere in the Columbia River Gorge — accurately describes its approach to helping people.

January 4, 2017 3:52 p.m. read more..

Jail inmate dies

A 34-year-old inmate at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities was pronounced dead in the early morning hours of Jan. 2 after being found unresponsive in his cell. “We are investigating this as a natural death and not under suspicious circumstances,” said Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill.

January 4, 2017 3:50 p.m. read more..

Gorge stars step up for show

Practices have been underway for three evenings for six local contestants in the 2017 Dancing with the Gorge Stars competition that takes place Friday evening.

January 4, 2017 3:41 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 3

Local highlights of 2016

Editor’s Note: This is the second of two parts reviewing community happenings in Wasco and Sherman counties from July through December: JULY • USMC Capt. (retired) Dan Brophy was chosen to lead the 2016 Independence Parade as grand marshal “I think the Fourth is the time for us to appreciate America, and celebrate in an appropriate way the freedom we have as a nation,” said Brophy, who was disabled during a 1968 deployment to Vietnam. • Plans were made for the community to honor Darrell Hill, 77, former The Dalles Police Chief and former Wasco County Sheriff. who died on June 29 from a rare form of dementia.

January 3, 2017 3:04 p.m. read more..

Portland exports laughter to TD’s Route 30

When the new year arrives, Portland will be exporting some laughter to the city of The Dalles. Starting in January, Route 30 Bottles & Brews, at 317 E. Second Street in downtown The Dalles, will be featuring comedy acts every first Saturday of the month.

January 3, 2017 1:53 p.m. read more..

GOP leader in advisory role

<em> Editor’s Note: This is the second of two stories with U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., about the transition of leadership and his role with a GOP-led White House and Congress: As the only Republican in the Oregon congressional delegation, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden has taken on a new role with a change in national leadership.</em> “I’m in communication with the [Donald] Trump team about people seeking appoints to the administration,” he said. “I am giving advice to counsel and the vice president. That is an added responsibility that I am more than happy to take.”

January 3, 2017 11:44 a.m. read more..


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