Stories for June 2017


Friday, June 30

CG ‘AAA’ Hustlers fall to 1-8 overall

The Columbia Gorge ‘AAA’ Hustlers moved their record to 1-8 on the year after a pair of losses to Showtime and the Champion Rhinos in American Legion games played on Wednesday and Thursday at Quinton Street Ballpark.

June 30, 2017 1:32 p.m. read more..

Johnson qualifies for regionals

With two personal records and a first-place output under her belt from her last track and field meet in early June, Athletics East standout Emily Johnson qualified for regional competition with a pair of top-8 finishes at the USATF Junior Olympic State Meet held on June 24-25 at Jesuit High School in Beaverton.

June 30, 2017 1:28 p.m. read more..

Crush caps top season with third at state

The Cherry City Crush 10U girls’ fast-pitch softball team capped a ground-breaking 2017 campaign by capturing third-place honors at the Oregon ASA State 10U-C Championship this past weekend in Albany.

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

Civic’s ‘Fireside Room’ gets new look

The Fireside Room at The Dalles Civic Auditorium does not look “drab and dreary” any longer. Thanks to a repainting project completed earlier this month, the room has taken on a lively and attractive new persona.

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

Jail to rent beds to Benton County

The regional jail has begun to accept inmates from Benton County, which has agreed to rent a minimum of 22 jail beds, with a possibility of using up to 40 beds, the jail board heard June 15.

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

High Speed Visitor

Costa's Hummingbird, common in Southwest deserts, and an uncommon visitor to Oregon, perches near a feeder in Wasco County.

June 30, 2017 1:15 p.m. read more..

D21 Foundation nets $5K in donations

The first-ever appeal letter sent out by the D21 Education Foundation has so far yielded nearly $5,000 in donations from 39 people. The funds will help in a variety of areas, and similar donations previously have done things like buy specialized ovens to dry chemical samples in high school chemistry classes, or pay for computer-based programs that boost reading skills.

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

Thursday, June 29


Targets are squarely on TD’s 12U All Stars

Last year, The Dalles Little League All Stars entered District 5 Tournament play with a chip on their shoulders and won. With Styles DeLeon, Braden Schwartz, Riley Brock and Nolan Donivan as the holdovers from the district-winning 10U group, that quartet, with head coach Ken Brock, know there will be a target on their backs at the start of 12U action this Saturday in Redmond.

June 29, 2017 1:38 p.m. read more..

OSP’s Fish & Wildlife team honored

The local Oregon State Police office has received a second state award for superior performance in 2016, this time by troopers with the Fish & Wildlife Division. “You have done an awesome job and you are still doing an awesome job,” said Capt. Jeff Samuels, who came to The Dalles Area Command office from Salem headquarters to present a plaque June 23 to Sgt. Les Kipper, who headed the team last year, and his troopers.

June 29, 2017 1:24 p.m. read more..

City rejects water for pot grow

With a 3-2 vote on Monday evening, The Dalles City Council rejected a request from a property owner outside the city limits who was seeking to tap into the city’s water transmission line.

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

Wednesday, June 28

Swim team opens eyes at Ted Walker Invite

In its first meet of the summer campaign, The Dalles swim team posted 26 top-5 finishes, including second-place outputs by Shantill Moody, Maverick Varland and both the boys and girls 200-meter freestyle relays at the 66th annual Ted Walker Invitational, ending Sunday at North Wasco County Aquatics Center in The Dalles.

June 28, 2017 1:51 p.m. read more..

Hoops camp focuses on the fundamentals

DUFUR – Dufur High School turned into basketball central last week for the 24th annual Jumpstart Camp, as more than 140 participants showed up to learn the fundamentals of the game from expert coaches from across the Gorge.

June 28, 2017 1:49 p.m. read more..

‘Maker in Residence’ coming to library

The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library will host its first ever Maker in Residence visit in July. Artist and professor Arthur Hash arrives from Providence, R.I., where he is a professor of contemporary jewelry and advanced 3D digital manufacturing at the Rhode Island School of Design.

June 28, 2017 1:44 p.m. read more..

FBI agent indicted in OR refuge standoff

PORTLAND (AP) — An FBI agent has been indicted on accusations that he lied about firing at a rancher in 2016 when officers arrested leaders of an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in rural Oregon.

June 28, 2017 1:39 p.m. read more..

Paddlers take a stand on the river

On May 27, co-owners Kevin and Sherry Perry opened Celilo Paddle Company in Riverfront Park because they wanted to share their love of paddleboarding, which involves standing, lying or kneeling on a paddleboard and navigating with a kayak-style paddle.

June 28, 2017 1:34 p.m. read more..

MCCOG debates its future viability

The Mid-Columbia Council of Governments board got a harsh analysis Tuesday, hearing that it lacked leadership and had image problems, as it considers whether to remain as a stand-alone entity. The candid review was undertaken by interim MCCOG Director David Meriwether. “I could say this universally: I didn’t find a lot of love out there and I talked to a lot of people,” he said.

June 28, 2017 1:32 p.m. read more..

TD to celebrate independence July 1

The daylong, fourth annual Fort Dalles Fourth Festival is set for Saturday, July 1, starting at 7 a.m. with the Rocket Run and ending at 10:10 p.m. with Oregon’s largest fireworks display.

June 28, 2017 1:29 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, June 27

Children’s Theatre

Captain Hook (Noble Williams), center, is seen with his crew of pirates, which included, in no particular order, Kate Cannon, Makenna Cramblett, Flora Crouch, Arwen Dorzab, Anneliese Richardson and Tori Thompson during Saturday’s evening performance. Pictured at left is Smee, tour actor/director with Missoula Children’s Theatre.

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

Reed caps career with all-star volleyball title

Through her playing career, Dufur High School graduate Sydney Reed has played under the bright lights, handling pressure with a sense of calm. This past Saturday, Reed donned her Ranger volleyball uniform once again for play in the fourth annual Oregon Athletic Coaches Association all-star volleyball series Saturday at Quinn Coliseum in La Grande.

June 27, 2017 1:37 p.m. read more..

TDHS takes new direction for science

In the fall, The Dalles High School will have a new science curriculum that focuses not on memorizing facts, but “how to do science,” a teacher said. “Science is a process, and it’s always been taught as a bunch of facts, and that’s the problem,” said The Dalles High School science teacher Tegner Weiseth.

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

Bing harvest gets underway

Cherry harvest is underway in the Columbia River Gorge and there are plenty of pickers despite worries that President Donald Trump’s focus on border security would cause laborers from Mexico and Central America to stay home. “For the most part, all of my growers say they’ve got plenty of people — they’re even turning workers away,” said Jeff Heater, field man for The Dalles Fruit Company, which runs a packing plant in Dallesport.

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

Saturday, June 24


Letter to the Editor: Origin of weeds

To the editor: What, according to Scripture, did the Creator create? He created Heaven and Earth and the laws therein. Everything producing according to its kind. So why the weeds, and where do they come from?

June 24, 2017 10:43 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Irony of ‘terror’ alert

To the editor: Fear is often associated with some perceived threat and often fuels racism and irrational thought. In “Filled by Terror” by Mr. John Taylor, he considers undocumented CGCC students who are pursuing a professional career a terror to “this land we inhabit.”

June 24, 2017 10:42 a.m. read more..

‘MacGyver’ move saves millions

The Dalles native Austin Schulz is known as the “Archives MacGyver” at the Oregon State Archives. The 2000 graduate of Wahtonka High School likes to figure out how things work, and a mystery presented itself shortly after he began working at the state archives in 2008. The solution he eventually found — a resourceful setup worthy of the problem-solving TV character MacGyver — has saved the state an estimated $5.5 million, according to the Oregon Secretary of State’s office.

June 24, 2017 10:35 a.m. read more..

Friday, June 23


Outbreak sickens local deer herds

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists are seeing an outbreak of Adenovirus Hemorrhagic Disease (AHD) in a local deer herd in The Dalles and ask that residents do not feed the animals and bury, or take to the landfill, any carcasses they find on their property.

June 23, 2017 1:26 p.m. read more..

Children prepare for theatre debut: Shows at 2 and 7 p.m.

A host of local children have been working onstage at The Dalles High School since being selected Monday for a part in the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Peter and Wendy,” which opens for audiences tomorrow, June 24, with performances at 2 and 7 p.m.

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

Home at Last launches kennel project

Home at Last Humane Society of The Dalles is embarking on a major renovation project that the shelter’s dogs are likely to love. “We’re launching a capital campaign to have the main kennel area completely redone,” explained Anita Clason, shelter manager.

June 23, 2017 1:23 p.m. read more..

Thursday, June 22

Local talent showcased Saturday

Two outstanding local musicians will perform this Saturday, June 24, 7 p.m. on the Upstairs Stage at Gorge Community Music in The Dalles. Singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Ben Blakely and James Andrews are both from The Dalles.

June 22, 2017 2:03 p.m. read more..

Basketball rule changes instituted

PORTLAND (OSAA) – Effective with the 2017-18 high school basketball season, play will be stopped and an official warning will be given to the head coach – and recorded in the scorebook – for misconduct by the coach or other bench personnel unless the offense is judged to be major, in which case a technical foul shall be assessed. This new rule was one of the five changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee, which was held at its latest April 10-12 rules and regulations meeting in Indianapolis.

June 22, 2017 2:02 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Act today

To the editor: In 2010, my husband, Mark Nelson, was diagnosed with aggressive leukemia; after 13 months of extremely costly treatment (hundreds of thousands of dollars), he died. Thankfully, we had health insurance.

June 22, 2017 1:56 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: GOP wrong

To the editor: What has gone wrong in the hearts of so many Republicans in Congress? Leadership in both the House and Senate have made every effort to ram through a health care bill that is cruel, extremely unpopular with the American people, and guaranteed to pad the pockets of the rich. What can motivate human beings to rip away affordable health care from 23 million people?

June 22, 2017 1:54 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Compromise

To the editor: In respect to the editorial position of The Dalles Chronicle in regards to the Gorge Commission’s ruling to prohibit Union Pacific additional track in the Mosier area I suggest a compromise.

June 22, 2017 1:54 p.m. read more..

Burning banned July 1

The Wasco County Commission has set the 2017 seasonal burn ban to go into effect just after midnight on July 1. The ban continues until local fire officials determine in late summer or early fall that the danger of fire season has passed.

June 22, 2017 1:47 p.m. read more..

Spring Beauty

A fawn peers at a photographer between the legs of its momma in this image captured by Scott McMullen recently on Sevenmile Hill.

June 22, 2017 1:44 p.m. read more..

TDHS senior Disney trip successful

Very early on the morning after high school graduation, 66 members of The Dalles High School Class of 2017 headed to Disneyland for two days in the park, a visit organizers pronounced a solid success. Senior parent Kim Cowan headed the effort, and said the trip was “awesome, it was great. We didn’t have any issues and everybody had a good time.”

June 22, 2017 1:43 p.m. read more..

Hood River Bridge closed Friday

There will be a one-hour, full closure of the Hood River/White Salmon Interstate Bridge on Friday, June 23 beginning at 3:30 a.m. as Port crews perform repair and inspection work on the lift span and navigation lights.

June 22, 2017 12:19 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, June 21

Sherman posts an impressive three-peat effort

MORO – Playing without graduated seniors Kyle Fields, Max Martin, Maverick Winslow and Isaiah Coles, the two-time defending state champion Sherman Huskies kicked off their offseason slate in style with eight consecutive wins, including a finals romp over Jordan Valley, to score first place at the Sherman Invitational ending Sunday in Moro. “We are super proud that we could go out and get the job done once again,” said all-state point guard Jacob Justesen.

June 21, 2017 4:48 p.m. read more..

New year brings high hopes for swim team

With a promising group of 70 swimmers, representing all levels, and the help of assistant coaches Andrew Clifford and Allie Wood, The Dalles swim team head coach Scott McKay has his team poised and ready to take on all comers this summer for an exciting swim slate.

June 21, 2017 4:46 p.m. read more..

TDHS ‘grad’ video goes viral

The Dalles High School teacher Mary Jo Commerford had to miss graduation because she flew to Florida and read AP exams for a solid week. But she got a big surprise on the last day of school, when a group of students came to her classroom and re-created graduation for her, right down to the pomp and circumstance music and the handing out of diplomas.

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

Walden tours The Dalles Dam

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., went on a tour of The Dalles Dam Saturday to see a new navigation lock gate and discuss power generation and environmental issues with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers administrators.

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

Letter to the Editor: Another election?

To the editor: Just have a question ... Regardless of Trump’s involvement, shouldn’t we have another election, if it’s true another country altered the outcome of the election?

June 21, 2017 1:34 p.m. read more..

Poll: 48% back school bond

A poll of 400 likely voters found not quite enough support to pass a $235 million bond to replace nearly all schools in the district, the school board learned Thursday. The pollster advised hiring a consultant to run an education campaign.

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

Power outage caused by glitch

The power went out eight times early Sunday evening for 2,500 PUD customers on the west end of The Dalles, owing to faulty programming in substation equipment on West 10th Street. The equipment operated as programmed, but it was learned that a setting characteristic was incorrectly set, said Paul Titus, assistant general manager and director of engineering for Northern Wasco County PUD.

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

Woman dies at festival

A 27-year-old Corvallis woman died Friday morning at the What the Festival event outside Dufur. The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a death investigation.

June 21, 2017 1:21 p.m. read more..

Freeway crash claims TD man

Jason M. Degeus, 25, of The Dalles, died early Sunday when his vehicle crashed and caught fire on Interstate 84 eastbound, at milepost 73.

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

Tuesday, June 20

Dillard talks about past, future

Through the course of running history, the name Alex Dillard is synonymous with success, grace, diligence and a drive to win. The recent University of Portland graduate capped his collegiate career at the NCAA West Regionals in Austin Texas.

June 20, 2017 1:49 p.m. read more..

McCall makes jump to Div. III George Fox

Brooke McCall had a choice between playing collegiate soccer or basketball. It was a tough decision, but when it came down to it, hoops has always been one of her first loves. McCall has signed on to play for Division III George Fox University to play guard for a Bruins program that posted 24 consecutive winning seasons, won the 2009 Div. II championship and has gone 180-27 under 2011-2012 Div. III National Coach of the Year Michael Meek.

June 20, 2017 1:43 p.m. read more..

Fatal crash on 84 claims TD resident

Jason M. Degeus, 25, of The Dalles, died early Sunday when his vehicle crashed and caught fire on Interstate 84 eastbound, at milepost 73. A Hood River police officer driving an arrested person to jail in The Dalles spotted the 1996 Toyota Tacoma fully engulfed in flames and called it in at 1:45 a.m., said Sgt. Kaipo Raiser of the Oregon State Police.

June 20, 2017 7:14 a.m. read more..

Power shortages caused by programming glitch

The power went out eight times early Sunday evening for 2,500 PUD customers on the west end of The Dalles, owing to faulty programming in substation equipment on West 10th Street. The equipment operated as programmed, but it was learned that a setting characteristic was incorrectly set, said Paul Titus, assistant general manager and director of engineering for Northern Wasco County PUD.

June 20, 2017 7:13 a.m. read more..

Woman dies at What The Festival

A 27-year-old Corvallis woman died Friday morning at the What the Festival event outside Dufur. The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a death investigation. Cassandra Deleen Hood was reported dead at 9:50 a.m., according to police logs.

June 20, 2017 7:08 a.m. read more..

Saturday, June 17

Justesen nets OAOA Official of the Year honors

Jeff Justesen has officiated high school basketball games for 27 years and volleyball matches for 24, so he is part of the fabric of The Dalles, Dufur, Maupin and Moro and the surrounding communities across the Greater Columbia River Gorge. He finally got his due as he received the Oregon Athletic Officials Association Official of the Year Award for his contributions during the volleyball season.

June 17, 2017 1:33 p.m. read more..

Crush team adds another notch to their belts

Right before state, the 10U Cherry City Crush is hitting their peak. Last weekend, at the 14-team Donald Duck Invitational in Newberg, the Crush outscored their opponents by a 69-34 margin on their way to a perfect 5-0 record to claim a tournament championship.

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

Letter to the Editor: Attacks on Republicans

To the editor: Anyone who was surprised by the shooting attack on Republican lawmakers in Virginia must have their head in the sand. I cannot remember the last time I heard, read or saw anything from any Democrat of consequence that wasn’t vitriolic about President Trump.

June 17, 2017 1:27 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: U.S. needs strong EPA

To the editor: On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to land on the moon. On June 22, 1969, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio, caught fire for the 13th time in 100 years. While the scientists responsible for the moon landing were celebrated, scientists warning us about impending environmental disasters were largely ignored. The fire did help Congress to initiate the Environmental Protection Agency under President Nixon.

June 17, 2017 1:27 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Railroads essential to commerce

It was hardly surprising that the politically-driven Columbia Gorge Commission decided last week to reject Union Pacific’s proposal to build an extended railroad siding at Mosier. UP attorneys rightfully questioned why their project was being seen in an almost totally different light by commission officials in 2017.

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

A final patrol with OSP’s Lt. Shortt

On June 13, his last day of work before retiring from the Oregon State Police after 31 years, Lt. Pat Shortt decided to hit the road to patrol one more time. “I started this job working on the road and I wanted to end it on the road,” he said.

June 17, 2017 1:22 p.m. read more..

Friday, June 16

Hawk players recognized

The Dalles head coach Steve Sugg announced the 2017 baseball awards for his players on both junior varsity squads and the state-qualifying varsity team, as 13 different players received citations for their time with the program.

June 16, 2017 1:58 p.m. read more..

Jamack is named as the state’s top official

In several walks of life, whether it is a police officer, teacher, doctor or game official, receiving any type of accolades or recognition goes above and beyond any expectation. Most, if not all, are in their respective fields to make a difference and be a contributing member to society. That is why long-time umpire and official, Robert Jamack, was surprised when he received the Oregon Athletic Officials Association’s Official of the year award for the 2016-2017 season, the first ever for the Mid-Columbia Umpires Association, since the OAOA started giving the out the award in 2005-2006.

June 16, 2017 1:55 p.m. read more..

Library unveils new media room

The Athenaeum — the fancy and unusual name for the innovative new Teen Programming and Digital Media Room at The Dalles-Wasco County Library — is now open for business. At noon on Thursday, approximately 80 people attended a grand opening for the new facility, geared to provide young community members with a place of their own to study, create, and learn.

June 16, 2017 1:41 p.m. read more..

Non-gender options adopted

SALEM — In a move hailed by LGBT rights groups, Oregon became the first state in the U.S. on Thursday to allow residents to mark their gender as "not specified" on applications for driver's licenses, learner's permits and identity cards.

June 16, 2017 1:33 p.m. read more..

Air monitoring planned for TD

The state’s lone long-term air toxics monitor will be set up in The Dalles soon to take a wide variety of air samples for a year, starting in July. Also starting next month will be a shorter, more targeted 30-day air sampling, focusing on the AmeriTies West plant.

June 16, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..

New Tug

The newest tug boat to work the Columbia River is the “Ryan Point,” pictured above entering the locks of The Dalles Dam in a photograph by Gary Elkinton.

June 16, 2017 1:30 p.m. read more..

Thursday, June 15

Track Dedication

Colonel Wright Elementary students try out a recently completed walking/jogging path during a dedication ceremony this spring, culminating a year of activities geared to increasing student movement during school.

June 15, 2017 1:38 p.m. read more..

Helyer earns big honor

In her first year at the community college level, Grace Helyer is already opening eyes. The Dalles High School graduate led Mount Hood Community College in four offensive categories and picked up second-team all-Northwest Athletic Conference honors for her play in the infield.

June 15, 2017 1:37 p.m. read more..

TD standout signs on with Warner Pacific

When the competition is fierce and he is being challenged, Chase Snodgrass thrives on the golf course. The Dalles High School graduate will take those qualities to Warner Pacific College, where he accepted a scholarship to play golf for a successful Knights program coached by Quincy Heard.

June 15, 2017 1:34 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Strike shock

To the editor: I saw the front-page news about the hunger strike at our local jail; I was shocked that the strike was based on the fact the inmates are only receiving one hot meal a day and cold meals the rest of the day.

June 15, 2017 1:32 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Get facts

To the editor: It is common knowledge that our country has been attacked, an attack on every person in every household in every part of the United States. Not with bombs or bullets and without a drop of blood shed. The attack came during our 2016 election process while the American public was distracted and engaged in a pompous reality show spectacle.

June 15, 2017 1:30 p.m. read more..

Mosier project denied again

It appears the legal dance over Union Pacific Railroad’s proposed siding project will continue. On Tuesday, the Columbia River Gorge Commission (CRGC) rejected UP’s appeal, thereby denying the railroad’s bid to build an extended railroad siding at Mosier.

June 15, 2017 1:22 p.m. read more..

Ride to Remember

Annika and Pella Bozina, 2-year-old twins from The Dalles, enjoy a historic carousel in Cleveland Park near Bickleton on Sunday with their grandfather Larry McCollum, also of The Dalles.

June 15, 2017 1:20 p.m. read more..

Two-day FamFest this weekend

Two days of family fun are planned this weekend at FamFest, a fundraising event held at Lewis and Clark Festival Park in The Dalles. The event is put on by ACTS (Acclaiming Christ through Sports), which did the inaugural FamFest two years ago.

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

Wednesday, June 14

Letter to the Editor: Stop enabling Big Oil

To the editor: A year after Mosier’s disastrous oil train derailment resulted in an explosion, toxic fire and 42,000 gallon oil spill, there are now several bills in the Oregon and U.S. Legislature that all Oregonians should be aware of. Compared to California and Washington, Oregon’s weak laws for oil trains and terminals make it much easier and cheaper to transport potentially dangerous oil through our state.

June 14, 2017 1:56 p.m. read more..

Sportsmen: Share your tallest tales

Hunters and anglers are invited to submit best catch and trophy photos for the Brag Board in the 2017 outdoor sports publication that is coming in July, as well as stories. This year the Chronicle has teamed with up with the Hood River News to widen the distribution of The Gorge Sportsman, formerly known in The Dalles as Hooks & Horns.

June 14, 2017 1:44 p.m. read more..

Young performers sought

The Dalles Theatre Company presents a Missoula Children’s Theatre production of Peter and Wendy in June. Local children are encouraged to audition for the show Monday, June 19, 10 a.m. at The Dalles High School Auditorium, 220 E. 10th St., The Dalles. Fifty to 60 children will be cast for the week-long production.

June 14, 2017 1:33 p.m. read more..

Autism fundraiser tonight at Balch

Dufur native Whitney Hammel is hosting a fundraiser at the Balch Hotel tonight to raise money for a non-profit autism treatment training program she is starting in West Africa.

June 14, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..

Spanish radio show fills growing need

There’s a new radio show in town. Local radio personality Eloy Pando launched “La Onda Latina del Gorge,” or “the Latin Wave of the Gorge,” on June 4, and the program will air every Sunday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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

Hunt under way for stolen pool

Pam Rutherford got a text on her lunch break on Sunday, June 4 that broke her heart. It was her niece, asking her if she’d moved the new above ground pool – a 4-foot by 16-foot round pool, still in its box. Rutherford hadn’t moved it, and she knew it had been stolen. She appealed to the Chronicle to publicize the theft. “I don’t know what to say. Someone that can steal from little kids — 4-year-olds — is heartbreaking. I’ll never be able to afford another pool like that for years,” Rutherford said.

June 14, 2017 1:22 p.m. read more..

Walden talks shooting, threats

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., said having a rifle-wielding gunman open fire during a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning in Alexandra, Va., brought home the potential danger of serving in a political office. “This is evil, it’s horrible, it’s unacceptable,” he said.

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

Tuesday, June 13

Wilson dazzles to lead squad to Majors crown

Papa Murphy’s Pizza pitcher Kade Wilson dealt with nagging injuries all spring. Late Friday night, he battled a high fever, but recovered just enough to take the mound in a Majors championship game against Riley Brock, Mason Caldwell, Braden Schwartz and a hard-hitting Nelson Tires squad.

June 13, 2017 2:06 p.m. read more..

City, county team up to battle teen alcohol use

With June graduation ceremonies and the resulting parties cropping up like dandelions in an open field, a team of local officials have joined together to raise awareness of the dangers of use of alcohol and drugs by those under the age of 21.

June 13, 2017 2:06 p.m. read more..

Hank’s Auto comes back for Minors title

In a back-and-forth battle of auto companies, it was Fix Auto that struck early and often, but Hank’s Auto had the last response. Down by a 9-8 margin in the top of the sixth inning, Hank’s Auto scored five runs to take the lead, and reliever Derek Goulart wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam with a strikeout to give his team a 13-9 comeback victory Saturday in The Dalles Little League Minors championship action at Kramer Field.

June 13, 2017 2:04 p.m. read more..

OR bill sets records request deadlines

SALEM— The Oregon House of Representatives Monday approved Senate Bill 481, legislation establishing deadlines for public agencies to meet when handling public records requests.

June 13, 2017 2:03 p.m. read more..

Graduation Samoan Style

Almost hidden beneath a wealth of colorful leis hung around her neck by family members and friends during commencement ceremonies Saturday, The Dalles High School graduate Jennanette Siatigi also sports a cultural or “princess” crown given in the Samoan tradition on special occasions.

June 13, 2017 2:02 p.m. read more..

Health district faces staff cuts

The public health district is getting more money from each of its three member counties in the upcoming budget, but is losing a large, one-time funding source. The ensuing belt-tightening, including the loss of a temporary office worker along with other cuts, will not affect the current hours of the health district’s walk-in clinic, the service it is best known for.

June 13, 2017 1:57 p.m. read more..

Saturday, June 10

Dufur clay target squad prepping for state

DUFUR – The Annie Oakley competition starts with all shooters at the line, then each person takes turns shooting the clay. Fun times and great moments are the reasons why Robert Wallace decided to start the Oregon Clay Target High School program in Dufur.

June 10, 2017 10:50 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Egg drop support

To the editor: Each year the Dry Hollow fifth-graders do a scientific engineering problem when they design an egg drop container that will keep an egg from breaking when dropped from around 30 feet. And, every year Mr. Sawyer at True Value Hardware in The Dalles donates the use of a lift for our project.

June 10, 2017 10:49 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Applaud leadership

To the editor: As a small business owner and city councilor in Dufur, I applaud the leadership demonstrated by Speaker Kotek and Senator Hass with their compromise proposal to provide more revenue for our schools and critical services.

June 10, 2017 10:48 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Help for food bank

I am involved with St. Vincent de Paul Society of The Dalles and we operate a Food Bank on Ninth Street in the basement of the St. Vinnie's store. Tuesday night we lost the compressor on our walk-in freezer. I would like to thank Carolyn at the Discovery Center, Mike Ballinger, Josh Molnar of Muscle & Fitness and Liz Polehn, our food bank manager. Without their help we would have had to get rid of all the frozen product and that just wouldn't sit well with us.

June 10, 2017 10:47 a.m. read more..

Benchmark of Success

Ken Ingebo built his own tool shed when he was 10, something that didn’t seem unusual to his father and grandfather, carpenters who had taught him how to wield a hammer as soon as he was old enough to hold it. On Saturday, June 17, Ingebo will put the 10th notch — one for every 100 metal pole buildings — on his hammer handle at a celebration of his 1,000th structure.

June 10, 2017 10:37 a.m. read more..

Friday, June 9

A Rose by Any Name

On a recent bike ride near 12th and Union streets, this yellow rose impressed local resident Brent Larson with its beauty.

June 9, 2017 12:59 p.m. read more..

Goslin is ready for her move to William Penn

In her two seasons at Big Bend Community College, Morgan Goslin posted a .335 batting average with 11 home runs, 19 doubles, 65 RBIs and 52 runs scored in 77 games. Given that amount of offensive production, Goslin signed a letter of intent to continue her solid softball career at William Penn University.

June 9, 2017 12:54 p.m. read more..

Hoylman bringing the storm to Chemeketa

Losing three sophomore guards, Chemeketa Community College head women’s basketball coach Kevin McCarrell was on the recruiting trail across the region looking for some reinforcements. He appears to have found one of his answers in The Dalles’ first-team all-league point guard, Kailin Hoylman.

June 9, 2017 12:47 p.m. read more..

Council calls for joint exec session

After meeting in a special executive session on Monday, June 5, The Dalles City Council called for an unusual three-way closed door session with Klickitat County Board of Commissioners and the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport Board of Directors. The purpose of the session is “to consult with legal counsel concerning current litigation or litigation likely to be filed.”

June 9, 2017 12:39 p.m. read more..

Attempted scam fails in TD

Scammers recently tried but failed to trick several local people into sending them money, using the ruse of being a grandchild in trouble. The Dalles Police Detective Sgt. Jamie Carrico wanted to remind the public about scams targeting the elderly.

June 9, 2017 12:38 p.m. read more..

Dallesport wary of tribal housing

About 50 local residents showed up at the Dallesport Community Center Monday evening to discuss a possible housing project that a tribe wants to place on private property. Bill Morris, a member of the Dallesport Community Council, organized the June 5 meeting. He wanted residents to discuss a proposal by the Yakama Nation Housing Authority, which is considering buying a 47.5-acre parcel in Dallesport.

June 9, 2017 12:35 p.m. read more..

Thursday, June 8

Riverhawk stars come out in full force

The Dalles High School athletic director Mike Somnis stood front and center in front of a large gathering of friends, community members, volunteers, coaches and student-athletes for a perfect capper to the 2016-2017 school year, the All Sports Awards held Wednesday at The Dalles Civic Auditorium.

June 8, 2017 2 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: AHCA fails

To the editor: The AHCA bill passed by the House would reduce Medicaid payments by $834 billion and premium support by $276 billion. Taking these dollars out of our health care system will hurt people in the Second Congressional District.

June 8, 2017 1:47 p.m. read more..

Social hub opens for people recovering from addictions

Ever since his family moved here two years ago, Rob Mendoza has wanted to provide a social outlet for people in recovery from addictions. That goal came to fruition last month with the establishment of Recovery Rising, a twice-weekly drop-in sober community center, providing an opportunity for people to play games like pool, ping pong and foosball.

June 8, 2017 1:32 p.m. read more..

New Life Flight hangar finally takes wing

A group of dignitaries picked up their golden shovels Wednesday morning and marked the official groundbreaking for the construction of a new aircraft hangar at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport in Dallesport.

June 8, 2017 1:26 p.m. read more..

Azure, county cultivate weed plan

Azure Farms, Inc., and the Sherman County Court appear close to reaching an agreement about how to keep noxious weed seeds from spreading to neighboring properties and beyond.

June 8, 2017 1:25 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, June 7

Johnson hoists gold at PDX Track Festival

In just her third attempt at 3,000 meters, Emily Johnson showed she has the winning edge. At the two-day Portland Track Festival Youth Meet ending Sunday, The Dalles Middle School eighth grader shattered her previous personal record by 26 seconds and came away with first-place honors after a final marker of 11 minutes and 27.16 seconds.

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

Trust receives bird conservation grant

Columbia Land Trust has been awarded a $5,000 grant from The Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative, a group formed in 2013 by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Land Trust Alliance.

June 7, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..

The Dalles gets a beauty lesson

Entrepreneur Kerri Weed wanted to give her students a career they can take anywhere, and when she opened a cosmetology school in The Dalles in March, she began making good on her goal.

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

Mosier protest fires up crowd

One year after an oil train derailment roiled communities throughout the Columbia Gorge, hundreds gathered at Mosier Community School to remember the fiery wreck and speak out against proposed fossil fuel terminal developments.

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

Shull named to state board

Chenowith Elementary School Principal Anne Shull was named to a statewide education advisory council for a two-year term beginning in the fall.

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

Tuesday, June 6

Huskies have eight players score BMC honors

The Sherman baseball team nearly put up identical numbers from a season ago, with four more league wins, one more win overall, and a quarterfinal state berth, and as a result, eight players picked up Blue Mountain Conference honors, including five first-team winners.

June 6, 2017 1:32 p.m. read more..

Ranger standouts end season on league list

Kolbe Bales had an all-time season on the mound, finishing with career-highs in several categories for the Blue Mountain Conference champion Dufur Rangers. In a year of firsts, the Rangers had their high regular season ranking of No. 1 for that final two months, were the No. 1-seeded entering state action, added a program-best 24-2 record, and vaulted to their deepest postseason run in program history, the semifinals.

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

Letter to the Editor: Federal fallback plan

To the editor: Our U.S. Congress and staff do not have free health care. At our last town hall meeting in The Dalles, Greg Walden said that he was under the same Affordable Care Act the everyone else was. This is mostly true.

June 6, 2017 1:20 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Universal health care

To the editor: I recently read a commentary in the paper ("Obamacare doesn't work" by Kris Wilhelm) and I wanted to clear up a misconception the author and many people have about what can constitute a pre-existing condition to insurance companies.

June 6, 2017 1:20 p.m. read more..

Power breakfast to focus on marketing

Businesses wanting to learn how to use social media and digital marketing to increase sales are invited to the “Power Breakfast” hosted June 9 by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce.

June 6, 2017 1:13 p.m. read more..

NORCOR bond failed by 41 votes

The regional jail tax rate measure has been defeated by 41 votes. In final results from the May 16 special election, the tally was 4,211 No votes, 50.2 percent; versus 4,170 Yes votes, 49.8 percent. A total of 8,381 voters were cast.

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

Elliott faced with appeal, settlement options

After hearing comments from three city officials Friday, the Oregon Ethics Commission voted 7-1 to uphold the staff findings of a six-month investigation that found Taner Elliott in violation of two conflict of interest laws and two involving his use of an elected office.

June 6, 2017 1:04 p.m. read more..

Saturday, June 3

So. Wasco honors its students

Ty Herlocker had a memorable sendoff at the South Wasco County Spring Awards ceremony Thursday, May 25 in Maupin. The senior was awarded scholarships, earned a full ride to the University of Oregon, was awarded his National Honor Society cords, named class valedictorian and had his name called as Student of the Year, along with junior Allie Noland.

June 3, 2017 1:01 p.m. read more..

TD cheer team is determined on success

For the past two seasons, The Dalles cheer team has used back-to-back runner-up state finishes as building blocks for greater future achievements. The drive to work harder and take that next step is there, more than ever, creating a source of motivation, hunger and desire to succeed as the calendar flips to the 2017-2018 campaign.

June 3, 2017 12:56 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Very successful event

To the editor: Thank You!! The 2017 Wasco Memorial Weekend Country Breakfast, sponsored by ABC Huskies Child Care, had another very successful event and we are very grateful for the amazing support demonstrated by the Sherman County community.

June 3, 2017 12:53 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Support science

To the editor: Neil deGrasse Tyson says we have relied on science and our ingenuity to become a great nation. Science is a fundamental part of the country that we are. He also says that in today’s world people have lost the ability to judge what is true and what is not. When you have leaders who do not know much about science standing in denial of it, that is a recipe for the complete dismantling of our informed democracy … as Vice President Pence did when he said, “Let us demand that educators around America teach evolution not as fact, but as theory.”

June 3, 2017 12:52 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Trump stupidity

To the editor: Every time I feel Trump can go no lower into abject stupidity he proves, he can. And, in fact, goes into it with vigor and gusto as if he has done something unique. Trump announced that he's pulling out of the Global Climate Summit, because in his words," Global warming is a hoax.”

June 3, 2017 12:52 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Domestic terror issue

To the editor: This Memorial Day, in addition to our fallen war heroes, many of us paid special tribute to three brave men on Portland MAX. Last Friday two of them were brutally murdered, and one seriously wounded, as they attempted to stop a hate crime in progress.

June 3, 2017 12:51 p.m. read more..

Kicking the ball to a new level

Matthew Dallman played soccer on the world stage for nine years and wants to give area youth that same opportunity. To help children and teens hone skills that benefit them on the field, as well as in life, Dallman has arranged for the Portland Pilots men’s soccer team to hold a three-day clinic in The Dalles.

June 3, 2017 12:31 p.m. read more..

Friday, June 2


House passes suction dredging ban

SALEM (AP) — Suction dredge mining could be permanently banned from western Oregon's wild salmon habitat under a bill that has passed the Oregon House.

June 2, 2017 12:45 p.m. read more..

Scholarship awards given

All-league basketball player Alexus Outlaw is known for her prowess on the court, but is sure meet or surpass that level in the classroom.

June 2, 2017 12:44 p.m. read more..

Veteran umpire off to state

Celebrating his 40th year as an umpire, Bruce Parker was selected as the plate umpire for Saturday’s 5A State Softball Championship game at the Oregon State University Complex in Corvallis between Dallas and Marist Catholic.

June 2, 2017 12:41 p.m. read more..

Taking Flight

A butterfly emerges from its chrysalis, in which it spent the winter hanging from a weeping willow tree in Wasco County, before taking flight and landing in a nearby poplar tree.

June 2, 2017 12:30 p.m. read more..

College prepares budget for upcoming year

Columbia Gorge Community College will soon vote on its budget for the upcoming fiscal year, and the new blueprint includes hiring four more faculty members. “Our budget is very similar in size to last year's budget,” said Rick Leibowitz, regional director of CGCC’s Small Business Development Center.

June 2, 2017 12:24 p.m. read more..

Education foundation appeals for funding

In a first, District 21’s education foundation has sent out a fundraising appeal letter to all households in the school district, hoping to drum up not only donations, but a database of district supporters.

June 2, 2017 12:23 p.m. read more..

Report: Elliott violated ethics laws

The Oregon Ethics Commission has preliminarily determined that The Dalles City Councilor Taner Elliott violated conflict of interest laws by taking actions that benefitted his development company. Resident Chip Wood, who filed a complaint about Elliott’s actions last fall, was informed Thursday that the commission will decide today what Elliott’s penalties will be.

June 2, 2017 12:21 p.m. read more..

Thursday, June 1

Johnson shows well in Corvallis

As a former top high school and collegiate athlete, coach Heather Fitz-Gustafson sees so much potential in Emily Johnson. Coming off a standout Junior Olympic performance in 2016, Johnson, from The Dalles Middle School, hit the ground running for a pair of events at the Middle School Meet of Champions last Thursday in Corvallis.

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

Dufur celebrates its top athletes, students

In a crowded gymnasium Wednesday night in Dufur, school administrators, teachers, coaches, community members, family and friends shared a lasting moment with students and athletes at the Dufur High School year-end ceremony.

June 1, 2017 12:34 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Walden disloyal

To the editor: When Greg Walden voted yes on the despicable health care bill he helped create, it certainly erased any doubts some people may have had about where his loyalties lie — not with his constituents, but with his party.

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

Letter to the Editor: Walden’s role

To the editor: This week the nation is to learn if Trump is pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord. Rep. Greg Walden would be wise to encourage him not to.

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

Letter to the Editor: Keep ACA

To the editor: If the House-passed GOP health care bill becomes law, the Congressional Budget Office projects that by year 2025 the U.S. would have a much greater percentage of people without health insurance (18.65 percent) compared to the projected 10 percent under existing Obamacare. Rather than making an improvement in the number of people having health insurance, the House GOP bill gives more money to the wealthy in exchange for many fewer people with health insurance.

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

Letter to the Editor: Mental exercise

To the editor: Want to be bold and try a little mental exercise today? Give yourself permission to momentarily put your current feelings about Representative Greg Walden aside just for a moment (go ahead, no one will know).

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

Letter to the Editor: Gouging budget

To the editor: According to travel researcher Dean Runyon and Associates, an estimated 28.4 million overnight visitors traveled to Oregon destinations in 2016, and total direct travel spending in Oregon was $11.3 billion in 2016. Total travel-generated employment was 109,500 statewide. At a recent city council meeting, an agenda was pushed forward that forced major cuts to The Dalles Chamber of Commerce budget pertaining to tourism efforts.

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

Sidewalk Jam

Caleb Prescott (left) and Kurtis Frost enjoy an impromptu jam on the sidewalk in front of Gorge Community Music at 410 E. Second Street on Tuesday afternoon.

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

Fire anniversary

A public rally Saturday in Mosier will mark the one-year anniversary of a train disaster that sparked a fire in derailed oil cars and led to an evacuation of residents on the west end of town.

June 1, 2017 12:20 p.m. read more..

‘Connect to your cause’ fair Sunday

The first annual “Connect to Your Cause Fair” will take place Sunday, June 4, in Hood River and area residents are invited to come to the event to find out more about community groups and nonprofit organizations in the region.

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

Chamber agrees to budget cut

During The Dalles City Council’s May 22 meeting, The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce officially accepted the city’s proposal to provide 80 percent of what the chamber asked for in its budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

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


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