Stories for July 2017


Saturday, July 29


Wasco Fair gets bigger and better

The Wasco County Fair has historically been held on the third full weekend in August. Due to low attendance the past few years, the county decided to move the Wasco County Fair dates this year to one week later, Aug. 24-27, allowing for the addition of new attractions, vendors and a bigger, better carnival for fair attendees to enjoy.

July 29, 2017 3:43 p.m. read more..

Fatima statue coming to TD

Hundreds are expected at a once-in-a-lifetime event, when a world-famous religious statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be on display at St. Peter Catholic Church in The Dalles Aug. 3-4 as part of a national tour of peace.

July 29, 2017 2:52 p.m. read more..

Friday, July 28


Donate blood to alleviate Red Cross crisis

The American Red Cross is experiencing a blood shortage and is asking people to donate so emergency medical needs can be met. A blood drive takes place Aug. 7 in Wasco County from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 7, Building 2 at Columbia Gorge Community College. Another opportunity will be Aug. 8, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Station One of Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue. To schedule an appointment, use the Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

July 28, 2017 12:51 p.m. read more..

Marr to serve as Gorge publisher

Eagle Media, the company that owns The Dalles Chronicle and Hood River News, is making a bold new move with the Aug. 1 appointment of Chelsea Marr to be publisher over both Gorge publications.

July 28, 2017 12:50 p.m. read more..

TD couple wins mining award

Charles and Irene Kornegay, who own the Five Mile Quarry about seven miles southwest of The Dalles, have won recognition from the Oregon Department of Geology & Mineral Industries for their efforts to restore rock quarry lands that had been inappropriately mined.

July 28, 2017 12:48 p.m. read more..

United Way awards $275K

Columbia Gorge United Way awarded $275,000 to 36 agencies in the Mid-Columbia region Tuesday at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn. Jeff Heater, president of the United Way Wasco/Sherman Council, said a record number of contributions came in from area residents and businesses in 2016, which allowed more local programs to receive assistance.

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

Mosier OK’s settlement

A group of Mosier officials voted Monday to accept the terms of the latest $2.4 million offer from Union Pacific Railroad, subject to further negotiations on the scope of the release provided to the railroad in return for their payment and in-kind donations.

July 28, 2017 12:32 p.m. read more..

Thursday, July 27

Free pheasant hunts open

SALEM — Youth hunters (age 17 and under) can sign up now for ODFW’s free pheasant hunts happening around the state, including Tygh Valley, in September.

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

Future hoops dynamos

Youth basketball athletes representing The Dalles, pictured from left to right, Despina Seufalemua, Sydney Newby, Laci Hoylman, Bryce Newby and Maddie Brock participated in the co-ed Elite Basketball Camp this week at The Dalles Middle School.

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

TD youth football camp set for Aug. 17

The Dalles Youth Football Camp is opening up registration for boys and girls from the first-through-eighth grades. The camp runs from 6-8:30 p.m. starting on Aug. 17 until Aug. 19 on Sid White Field on the Wahtonka campus.

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

Swim team makes waves at John Day Meet

The standout trio of Carter Randall, Maverick Varland and Lydia DiGennaro combined for four firsts, 11 seconds and two third-place finishes to lead The Dalles swim team at the three-day John Day Invitational Meet ending Sunday in John Day.

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

Letter to the Editor: No Eagle!

To the editor: Donald Trump addressed the Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. He made a feeble attempt to use the Scout Law to organize his speech. How does Trump measure up to the Scout Law?

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

Field Fire

A fire in the 2400 block of Steele Road threatens a combine and wheat fields Wednesday afternoon.

July 27, 2017 1:29 p.m. read more..

Solar viewing, eclipse presentations

Bob Yoesle from Friends of the Goldendale Observatory will present a solar viewing Saturday, Aug. 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, weather and clouds permitting.

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

City chips in $5K for ‘Neon’ promo

Promoters of the annual Neon Cruise weekend in The Dalles are trying a new approach to marketing this year, and have enlisted a bit of help from the city of The Dalles. The city-wide Neon Cruise party is Aug. 11-13, and the city recently approved $5,000 to assist with a marketing campaign across the region.

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

Districts work through election challenges

Wasco County Clerk Lisa Gambee is seeking to educate special districts about election rules after dealing with a variety of challenges to get seats filled this year. She said some of the incumbents with Tygh Valley fire and water districts did not know that they had to file to run for positions in the May 16 election.

July 27, 2017 1:20 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, July 26

10U Stars leave state feeling optimistic

PORTLAND – As one of the wild card teams entering district and state action, The Dalles 10U Little League team made believers out of a lot of people. With a group of seven 10-year olds and six 9-year olds, and only three players with previous all-star experience, The Dalles captured a District 5 title and wound up with a 2-2 record at the Oregon State Championships for fourth place honors.

July 26, 2017 1:27 p.m. read more..

­Video camp signups

An iPad “Video Storytelling Camp” is coming to The Dalles next month. Those chosen for the camp — there is space for 10 local students — will have the opportunity to make videos using iPads.

July 26, 2017 1:21 p.m. read more..

Cop Block films courthouse staff

A scary encounter in the county assessor’s office, where a man silently filmed employees, ended with the film crew — known for filming police — praising Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill for his professionalism.

July 26, 2017 1:16 p.m. read more..

Queen of the West

The Queen of the West sits moored at the dock off Union Street downtown The Dalles in this photograph by local resident Gary Elkinton.

July 26, 2017 1:13 p.m. read more..

Granada Theater renovations moving fast

As July comes to a close, renovations to the Granada Theatre in downtown The Dalles are in high gear, and it won’t be much longer before the theater reopens. “We are on track for the grand reopening gala Nov. 10, 11, and 12,” said Chuck Gomez, co-owner of the theater at the corner of Second and Washington streets.

July 26, 2017 1:10 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, July 25


Late rally stuns TD in opener

In Saturday’s loss, Hollywood/Rose City, out of Portland, jumped ahead 6-1 through one inning, but The Dalles chipped away at the lead, finally getting as close as a 7-6 deficit with a three-run top of the fifth, capped by a three-run home run by Cates. Down by one run, TD still had the bases loaded and two outs, but could not get the tying run home.

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

Stars bounce back with authority

Coming off Saturday’s loss, The Dalles came out swinging in a big way, using a 10-run first frame to defeat Ashland in a 13-0 mercy-ruled triumph Sunday.

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

Big start keeps TD’s year going

In Monday’s 12-5 victory over Del Norte, William Booth went 4 for 4 with four runs scored and four RBIs, Avery Schwartz added three hits, was hit by a pitch, scored a run and drove in another, and Sterling Coburn was 1 for 2 with a triple, two walks, a run scored and an RBI.

July 25, 2017 1:39 p.m. read more..

10U Stars pick up two wins to stay alive

PORTLAND – The Dalles Little League 10U All Stars were one inning from a perfect record and a semifinals berth. As it is, the Stars lost their opening game to Hollywood/Rose City by a 12-8 score on Saturday, but rebounded for consecutive lopsided wins over Ashland and Del Norte, Calif. by a combined 25-5 margin to inch a step closer to playing in Thursday’s championship rounds at the Oregon State Championships in Portland.

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

Letter to the Editor: Disregard for life

To the editor: I have heard the story of a group of teens who stood by while a disabled man drowned. People are outraged and offended. Who could do such a thing? Why do people behave this way? It doesn't make you a better person than those kids just because you can come up with some ideological argument that justifies you standing by and watching people die when you could have done something to help.

July 25, 2017 1:30 p.m. read more..

Summer Crop

Hugo Lutz of Sunny Dale Farm, The Dalles, holds up a pair of onions at The Dalles Farmer's Market Saturday, July 22.

July 25, 2017 1:17 p.m. read more..

Jail sued over holding immigration detainees

A lawsuit was filed Friday, July 21, in Wasco County Circuit Court claiming the regional jail is violating state law by holding immigration detainees. A 1987 state law prohibits the use of state or local resources to “detect or apprehend” people whose only offense is being in the country illegally.

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

Saturday, July 22


All Stars nab one win at regional tourney

Following three consecutive losses at the start of the Babe Ruth Regional Tournament, The Dalles’ 13U team finished out strong with a 9-7 victory over Meridian, Idaho on Friday, as TD jumped out to a 9-0 lead and the pitching duo of Brock LaFaver and Jace Troutman staved off a late rally to give their team its lone victory.

July 22, 2017 12:59 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Blame is shared

To the editor: This is in regard to Beverly Sherill’s accusations against our president. Yes, Beverly, he is our president and he is not a politician. Thank goodness!

July 22, 2017 12:51 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Maupin has big news!

To the editor: Deschutes Rim Clinic in Maupin has exciting news! Thanks to Senator Ted Ferrioli and Representative John Huffman and all of Rep Huffman’s work on our behalf, our ask of the State Legislature is in the process of being fulfilled!

July 22, 2017 12:50 p.m. read more..

Editorial: City still doesn’t get the message

Here we go again. It seems to have become a predictable routine that every few months, and sometimes more often, the Chronicle writes an editorial pointing out problems in The Dalles City Council’s decision-making process. Once again, we reiterate that this newspaper isn’t “out to get them,” we are simply fulfilling our watchdog role to make sure elected officials are operating in an open and transparent manner — and putting the needs of citizens before their own wants and desires.

July 22, 2017 12:48 p.m. read more..

Friday, July 21


Rural hospitals are struggling

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Millions of Americans got health insurance through the expansion of Medicaid programs in 31 states under the Affordable Care Act. Though efforts in Congress to overhaul the law collapsed, many remain nervous as some Republicans, including President Donald Trump, say they haven't given up on repealing the law. People who work at hundreds of rural hospitals are also watching closely.

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

10U Stars ready for their final destination

With two weeks to soak in the moment of capturing a District 5 title, The Dalles’ 10U Little League All Stars embark on another journey – the Oregon State Championships starting this Saturday at Erv Lind Field in Portland with a start time set at 6 p.m. against the District 1 winners.

July 21, 2017 1:12 p.m. read more..

Jail explores long-term funding streams

Some jail board members don’t want another four-county vote on a permanent tax rate to help fund the jail, and other members questioned whether housing immigration detainees was worth it given the controversy it has drawn.

July 21, 2017 1:04 p.m. read more..

Tax plan restores road funds

Wasco County could gain about $85,000 more per month for road maintenance and repairs seven years after a transportation package approved by the Oregon Legislature is signed by Gov. Kate Brown and enacted. Arthur Smith, county public works director, doesn’t want to become too excited about having $1 million per year to relieve budget constraints until the paperwork is signed — and he learns whether citizens will refer the controversial new taxes to the ballot.

July 21, 2017 1:01 p.m. read more..

Thursday, July 20

Football players take big strides at lineman camp

Five players from The Dalles High School had the chance to learn the ins and outs of offensive and defensive line play from former NFL players at the three-day Trench Camp put on by Lewis and Clark College from July 14-16 in Portland.

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

12U Stars make memories in 2017 season

After Tuesday’s 11-1 mercy-ruled loss to La Grande at the Oregon State Championships at Pioneer Park in La Grande, the memorable season abruptly came to a close. Head coach Ken Brock is not looking at the 2017 summer campaign as a failure whatsoever.

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

Family fears play out in crime

In 2013, Kelly Green spoke to The Chronicle under a pseudonym, describing her struggles with her schizophrenic son, Garrett Brennan. In the article, she said her then 21-year-old son was too dangerous to live with her family, which included three younger children living at home who were terrified of him. Four years after the article ran, on March 16, 2017, Brennan was arrested, accused of stabbing his grandmother, Charlene Caldwell, 71, to death when she went to his apartment in The Dalles to check on him.

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

Wednesday, July 19

TD football to host its youth camp at Wahtonka High

The Dalles Youth Football Camp is opening up registration for boys and girls from the first-through-eighth grades. The camp runs from 6-8:30 p.m. starting on Aug. 17 until Aug. 17 on Sid White Field on the campus of Wahtonka High School.

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

Standouts lead 14U squad to a National crown

Still with the bitter taste in their mouths from a runner-up finish at the ASA State Championships, the Troutdale Rainbows left nothing to chance last weekend in Newberg. The Bows amassed a perfect 8-0 record, capped by an 8-4 triumph against Seattle FC to capture first place at the 2017 NAFA Nationals 14U ‘B’ Championships, ending Sunday at the Crater Complex.

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

TD cheer ends camp with bevy of awards

The Dalles senior Jessika Nañez stood shoulder-to-shoulder with fellow senior teammate Kendyl Kumm as All-American winners. While Nañez and Kumm earned recognition, Lorelay Berry (freshman), Mia Barber (freshman), Breanna Birchfield (freshman), Miguel Torres (sophomore), Emily Adams (freshman), Mackenzie Smith (junior), Sydney Fransen (sophomore), Megan Brace (freshman), Samantha Stanley (senior) and Jordyn Hattenhauer (junior) were nominated for such honors.

July 19, 2017 1:46 p.m. read more..

DIY drones a hit at Insitu

A pile of eight gutted Ironman toys sat on the gym floor last week at Insitu’s RoboFlight Academy, held at Henkle Middle School in White Salmon. The remote-controlled flying toys had been stripped of their circuit boards and motors, which were put to better use in a variety of made-from-scratch drones by the 25 mostly Gorge area teens enrolled in the weeklong program, which just finished its sixth year.

July 19, 2017 1:39 p.m. read more..

Penney’s closing leaves emptiness

The news earlier this year that the J.C. Penney store in downtown The Dalles was closing hit employees and customers alike fairly hard, and when the store finally locks its doors at the end of July, it will truly be the end of an era. The Penney’s store at 212 E. Second St. has been a mainstay of the downtown area since 1914, more than a century ago.

July 19, 2017 1:35 p.m. read more..

Cherry market is the pits

The bottom of the cherry market has fallen out with a bountiful harvest across the Northwest, which means that smaller fruit cannot be sold. That bad news has been delivered by Jeff Heater, field man for The Dalles Fruit Company, to about 25 cherry growers in Wasco and Hood River counties who process crops at the packing plant, located in Dallesport.

July 19, 2017 1:30 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, July 18

TD gets back on a winning track

In Sunday’s lopsided victory over Del Norte, Mason Caldwell smacked a home run, and the pitching quartet of Schwartz, Riley Brock, Maney and DeLeon combined for 10 strikeouts, as The Dalles broke open a 5-2 lead with five runs in the top of the sixth inning in its 10-3 win.

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

Slow start hurts TD in opener

Saturday, The Dalles fell behind by as much as a 10-1 margin through the first four and a half innings, but battled back for two in the fifth and five in the sixth in an 11-8 opening-round setback against Sprague.

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

Secretary ponders fate of Oregon monument

SALEM — After touring the "unique" Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Oregon and speaking to ranchers, loggers and environmentalists, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke must next make a recommendation on whether it should be abolished or resized.

July 18, 2017 1:49 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: More funding, not less

To the editor: Bill Gates recently stated, "…of all things that could kill more than 10 million people around the world, the most likely is an epidemic stemming from either natural causes or bioterrorism."

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

Letter to the Editor: GOP breaks promises

To the editor: Trump promised that he would not cut Medicaid. Republican House and Senate representatives promised to replace Obamacare with something better—they didn’t say they had in mind to make huge cuts to Medicaid and to throw many millions of us off health care insurance.

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

Grass Fire

Fire crews respond to a grass fire along the railroad tracks east of Spearfish Lake near Dallesport Monday evening.

July 18, 2017 1:36 p.m. read more..

Superintendent lauded as contract negotiated

After a former school board member criticized Superintendent Wes Owens at a Sherman County school board meeting July 6, a crowd came to the next meeting, on July 10, to laud Owens. Owens was not at the July 10 meeting, where some two dozen people, including a student, parents, teachers, support staff and board members, voiced their support of him.

July 18, 2017 1:34 p.m. read more..

New chief plans future of MCMC

Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s new president and chief executive officer, Dennis Knox, wants to see urgent care clinics established in both The Dalles and Hood River. Knox is confident that his 37 years of experience as a health care executive, and co-founder of Urgent Point, a national company, will help move those projects, and many others, forward.

July 18, 2017 1:32 p.m. read more..

Reaping What You Sow

Wheat harvest is now underway in Wasco County. Above, a combine harvests a field of dryland wheat at Kortge Wheat & Cattle, working in a field south of U.S. 197 just south of The Dalles.

July 18, 2017 1:29 p.m. read more..

City OKs paying Civic project debt

The Dalles City Council voted unanimously July 10 to authorize a small outlay to allow the Civic Auditorium to retire a line of credit it had been paying for about seven years. Before the vote, two council members questioned why the issue was not an action item on the agenda, and expressed strong reservations about how the decision was being handled.

July 18, 2017 1:29 p.m. read more..

Saturday, July 15

CBRC fares well at Silver State

At the 32nd annual Silver State International Rodeo in Winnemucca, Nev., 12 different states and Canada sent roughly 500 high school and junior high rodeo athletes for six days of competition on the big stage. The Columbia Basin Rodeo Club fielded a trio of competitors, consisting of Morgan Brumley, of Dufur, Morgan Jane Coyne, of Centerville, and Bryce Harrison, of Condon.

July 15, 2017 1 p.m. read more..

Hustler program is building for the future

With a pair of weekend doubleheaders still left to play in the season, Columbia Gorge ‘AAA’ Hustlers head coach Ed Ortega discussed the summer season and the future of the program. Although his team has gone through its share of ups and downs, Ortega is happy with the overall development this group has shown over the past two months of action.

July 15, 2017 12:55 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Walden: Pay attention

To the editor: Yes, I am a progressive liberal. I can’t recall a policy I’ve agreed with Senator Ferrioli on…until now. Senator Ferrioli just voted to extend health care to all children in Oregon, including those without documentation, because it made economic sense but also because it was the right thing to do from a societal aspect. Mr. Walden would do well to pay attention to the actions just demonstrated by Senator Ferrioli and try, just once, to stand up and do the right thing whether or not it’s popular with his party and his donors.

July 15, 2017 12:52 p.m. read more..

Fishermen encouraged to use ‘best practices’

CLACKAMAS – Facing some of the lowest steelhead returns on record, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has already curtailed steelhead fishing seasons throughout the Columbia River basin by adopting rolling season closures, reduced bag limits, and a night angling closure for all species.

July 15, 2017 12:47 p.m. read more..

Traffic alert: Fire, SR14 near Skamania

Fire SR 14 both directions Fire, Brush Fire, North Side of SR 14 near Skamania, milepost 32.5, use caution, expect delays and follow flaggers instructions beginning at 8:52 am on July 15, 2017.

July 15, 2017 12:19 p.m. read more..

Friday, July 14

TD swimmers continuously dropping times

After a successful opening act at the Ted Walker Invitational, ending Sunday, June 25, Maisie Bandel-Ramirez, Lydia DiGennaro, Kaiya Doty and Maverick Varland chalked up ‘B’ time standards to lead The Dalles swim teams a solid outcome at the 51st annual Pendleton Open.

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

'King of the Beetles'

The idea of beetles stripping flesh from bones sounds like the plot of a horror movie but, in the case of a Lyle business, it is how beautiful pieces of art are created.

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

Thursday, July 13

New challenges await TD at state tourney

At the start of last week’s District 5 Little League Tournament, head coach Ken Brock and his assistants, Ben Donivan and Phil Hukari, ushered out a group of young, determined 12U athletes, who were vying for a championship.

July 13, 2017 1:40 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Trump violations

To the editor: When President Donald Trump met in secret with Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit he did not have independent witnesses or his own national security team present. It lasted for more than two hours and afterward it appeared that President Trump agreed with Putin's assertion that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 election. What else was discussed?

July 13, 2017 1:39 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Not flawed

To the editor: In response to Scott Haanstad's letter to the editor commenting that it was a flawed decision to display fireworks in The Dalles on the Saturday prior to the 4th of July, I completely disagree.

July 13, 2017 1:37 p.m. read more..

Bountiful Harvest

A forklift operator ­unloads bins of fresh cherries from a flatbed trailer Wednesday at The Dalles Fruit Company in Dallesport.

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

Rep. Huffman will not run again

Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, will not run for his House District 59 seat in 2018 — and may be leaving earlier if he is selected by the Trump administration to oversee Oregon’s rural development programs through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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

Wednesday, July 12

City OKs changes to marijuana grows

Following a brief presentation from Steve Harris, the city’s planning director, The Dalles City Council voted unanimously Monday to change the city’s marijuana ordinance to boost odor control.

July 12, 2017 2:09 p.m. read more..

Bar files formal complaint on DA

The Oregon State Bar filed a formal complaint last month alleging Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley made false statements to the bar. Nisley denied the allegation in a July 10 response and asked that the complaint, filed in the Oregon Supreme Court, be dismissed.

July 12, 2017 2:03 p.m. read more..

Crush journey ends at state

The Dalles 12U Cherry City Crush posted a 2-2 record at the 25-team ASA 12U ‘B” State Championships ending on June 30 at Howard M. Terepenning Field at the Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation Center.

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

TDGSA program in talks about future plans

While the 2017 softball season ended with a 1-3 record at the Pacific Northwest Regional Tournament, players and coaches of The Dalles Babe Ruth 14U squad discussed the past, present and future of softball in the local area.

July 12, 2017 1:29 p.m. read more..

Johnson goes for the gold at regional meet

All summer long, Emily Johnson used her challenging slate of race events to prepare for regional competition. With a chance to move to the Nationals stage, the incoming The Dalles High School freshman notched a couple of top-14 finishes at the four-day USATF Region 13 Junior Olympic Championships ending Sunday in Spokane.

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

Tuesday, July 11

TD’s 12U Stars win in a classic showdown

With the District 5 Little League championship on the line, a year of bragging rights up for grabs and a state berth hanging in the balance, Bend North and The Dalles engaged in a six-inning classic Saturday at the Umatilla Sports Complex in Redmond. The Dalles 12U Little League All Stars battled back from a 14-10 deficit with five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, capped by a two-out, walk-off RBI single by Cesar Sanchez that scored pinch-runner Andy Maney in a 15-14 thriller Saturday in a winner-take-all baseball matchup.

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

10U Stars take out Bend North for the title

Avery Schwartz went 5 for 5 with three runs scored, Nolan Cates allowed one run in three innings of relief with four strikeouts in The Dalles’ 9-5 triumph Saturday in the 10U District 5 Little League championship played in Redmond.

July 11, 2017 1:42 p.m. read more..

City cancels airport operation contracts

The Dalles City Council voted unanimously Monday evening to cancel contracts with two firms managing operations at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport in Dallesport. Following an executive session in which the mayor and councilors discussed possible litigation, the elected body reconvened in open session to take action regarding the airport.

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

Block party supports United Way

Community members are invited to a block party Friday that not only provides an evening of fun but helps take care of the area’s most vulnerable populations. Funds from the fifth annual benefit concert hosted by the United Way Wasco/Sherman Council are used in 36 different programs, including those to help domestic violence victims, developmentally disabled adults, seniors on limited incomes, needy families, runaway teens and the homeless.

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

Second fire burns above Eagle Creek

In westernmost Hood River County, a seven-acre fire continues to smolder atop a basalt cliff just west of the popular Eagle Creek Trail. The fire, dubbed the Indian Creek Fire (not related to the Hood River pedestrian trail), ignited last Tuesday.

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

Dry Creek Fire closes Highway 141

WHITE SALMON — A Type 2 fire management team was assigned to a new blaze, the Dry Creek Fire, burning near Milepost 15 of state Highway 141. According to Klickitat County Emergency Management, Highway 141 north of Husum has been closed as crews battles the flames.

July 11, 2017 1:17 p.m. read more..

Saturday, July 8

TD grads nab ICFL honors

The Dalles graduates Mike Pifer and Chaise Shroll, finished their second season as football players for the Idaho Contact Football League with runner-up status in the championship game after losing by a 9-7 final margin against the Tribe in a game played in Greenleaf, Idaho, on July 1.

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

Gorge to host elite camps

Brian Stevens, former head coach of the Horizon Christian School girls’ basketball team and new head girls coach at The Dalles, will be hosting a co-ed basketball camp this summer for kids from kindergarten to 12th grade, as well as a camp for college students.

July 8, 2017 1:50 p.m. read more..

Hustlers trying to find their flow

Following a two-game sweep loss at the hands of the Portland Barbers on Wednesday, the Columbia Gorge ‘AAA’ Hustlers will look for some rebound performances in a pair of doubleheaders slated for July 10 and 12 at Quinton Street Ballpark.

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

10U Stars in final battle

Regardless of outcome, The Dalles’ 10U Little League All Star head coach Michael Cates was proud with how far his team had come over the past month in preparation for the District 5 Tournament.

July 8, 2017 1:46 p.m. read more..

‘Latin Wave’ radio to air Sunday

Events are taking off quite a bit faster than first anticipated for the new Hispanic radio show in town, “La Onda Latina del Gorge,” or “Latin Wave of the Gorge.” The show’s first “recorded live” segment will air this Sunday, July 9, with the broadcast starting at 6 p.m.

July 8, 2017 1:38 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Be an activist!

To the editor: "What unites us is stronger than our differences,” <em>The Dalles Chronicle</em>, Sunday July 2, 2017: It is ludicrous for Ms. Wilhelm to say she's an activist yet claim resisters are not. Protest is what made America! Resistance IS productive.

July 8, 2017 1:37 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Pool not open

To the editor: Why in the world was The Dalles public pool closed on July 4th? Why were our kids and adults denied the recreation and the cooling benefits of the new public pool on this national holiday?

July 8, 2017 1:36 p.m. read more..

In the Path of Totality

Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill and other local emergency managers are preparing for thousands of amateur astronomers to converge on the region several days before the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse.

July 8, 2017 1:15 p.m. read more..

Friday, July 7

TD trio nets second at state

The Dalles had three local softball players join the Troutdale Bows for the 14U ASA ‘B’ State Championships last weekend at the Gordon Faber Sports Complex in Hillsboro.

July 7, 2017 1:54 p.m. read more..

Hawk football team shows well at Linfield camp

With summer activities heating up, The Dalles head football coach Steve Sugg fielded a group of 20 athletes for a week of fundamentals at the Wildcat Football Team Camp from June 26-29 on the campus of Linfield College in McMinnville.

July 7, 2017 1:52 p.m. read more..

12U Stars show a flair for the dramatic

For 3 2/3 innings, The Dalles 12U All Stars were frustrated, upset, shaking their heads as they looked up at a 2-0 deficit. Braden Schwartz broke a 2-all tie with the eventual game-winning two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the fourth inning, Nathan Hedges added a fifth-inning homer and Kade Wilson tossed a complete-game masterpiece on 72 pitches with seven strikeouts to vault The Dalles’ 12U All Stars to the District 5 baseball championship rounds in comeback fashion, 5-2, over Redmond Thursday at the Umatilla Sports Complex.

July 7, 2017 1:48 p.m. read more..

Medical outreach helps domestic abuse victims

Domestic violence victims who had an intervention from a health care provider saw a 71 percent reduction in coerced pregnancies versus a control group, a study found. The local domestic violence prevention organization, HAVEN, hopes to get more local care providers to participate in a low-key intervention that reaches out to patients about how their lives are going.

July 7, 2017 1:40 p.m. read more..

Managers get Marina ship-shape

If you’ve visited The Dalles Marina in recent weeks, you’ve probably noticed some significant upgrades to the facilities. As of Jan. 1, management of the marina’s community of houseboats was transferred to The Dalles Marina, LLC.

July 7, 2017 1:38 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Flawed decision

To the editor: Sometimes decisions are made with the best intentions but turn out to be incorrect and flawed. Take The Dalles Independence Day fireworks display having been changed to Saturday, July 1, and not the actual signing date of July 4th.

July 7, 2017 1:26 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Harm to kittens

To the editor: This is a letter to the stupid, cruel individual who dumped innocent kittens on Highway 216 on approximately 23 June. They did not stand a chance. I cannot express the anger and hurt I feel for these young animals.

July 7, 2017 1:25 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Wonderful article

To the editor: I appreciated the article by Neita Cecil featuring the talented Austin Schulz. I had the opportunity to serve as Austin’s band director for several years at Chenowith Middle School and Wahtonka High School. Austin’s “McGyver” instincts were evident when our Eagle Pep Band was en route to the district basketball tournament in Pendleton to provide some musical support for the basketball team.

July 7, 2017 1:24 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Barking problem

To the editor: Dog owners of The Dalles must acknowledge the impact their dogs have on everyone's quality of life. I have lived near the middle school for several months and have been hopelessly disappointed by the number of neighborhood dogs who bark and howl at all hours of the day and night.

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

Cascade Square gets $4M renovation

A major renovation project is moving along as scheduled at the Cascade Square Shopping Center in the 1400 block of West Sixth Street. Work on the 1970s-era mall, which rosters nearly 20 different businesses, began in April and is expected to wrap up in September.

July 7, 2017 1:19 p.m. read more..

Thursday, July 6

14U All Stars hoping experience leads to success

At this time last year, seven of the 12 members of The Dalles 14U All Star Softball squad were vying to win a regional title and punch a ticket to the Babe Ruth World Series in Florida. While five newcomers are fresh on the scene, the main goal from players down to coaches and parents is putting out a solid effort this weekend in White City for a chance to hoist a Pacific Northwest Regional championship trophy for a second consecutive season.

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

Wednesday, July 5

Rock Fort deeded to city

The Wasco County Commission has deeded the site Lewis and Clark called “Rock Fort” over to the city of The Dalles, which already maintains the almost five-acre property.

July 5, 2017 4:45 p.m. read more..

TD’s 12U Stars cruise into the semifinals

So far, The Dalles Little League’s 12U All Stars are cruising right along in District 5 baseball action from Redmond. In three games, the Stars are a perfect 3-0 and have outscored their opponents by a 39-9 margin, two of those wins coming in mercy-ruled fashion.

July 5, 2017 1:09 p.m. read more..

Saturday, July 1

Guest Column: What unites us is stronger than our differences

For 241 years, we’ve commemorated the Fourth of July as the birthday of our Nation. This day is highly celebrated: fireworks, families & friends enjoying barbeques and parades; and the patriotic colors of red, white and blue, abound. We proudly wave our American flags.

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

CBRC off to Nevada

The Columbia Basin Rodeo Club has four high school athletes qualify for the Silver State International Rodeo (SSIR), which starts on Monday in Winnemucca, Nev. If cowboys and cowgirls place from fifth to 15th place in the state standings in each event, they earn an invitation.

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

Ranger duo picks up second place at state

DUFUR – Of the eight Dufur Ranger shooters, Peyton Neal and Kyler Powell stood tall under the pressure and under the sweltering 98-degree weather. Neal and Powell each claimed second place to lead Dufur High School at the Oregon High School Clay Target State Tournament last weekend at the Hillsboro Trap and Skeet Club in Hillsboro.

July 1, 2017 12:45 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Fascinating facts about July 4

On July 4, 1776, members of the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia to adopt the final draft of the Declaration of Independence, proclaiming American sovereignty from Great Britain. As Americans celebrate their 241st Independence Day Tuesday, here are some fascinating facts to consider:

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

A birthday to remember

America celebrates its 241st birthday on July 4, and communities across the nation will mark the occasion with fireworks, parades and other social gatherings. The day is a good time to reflect on what the Declaration of Independence meant to early colonists, who were willing to lose everything they owned and risk their lives to be free from the oppression of British rule.

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

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