Stories for March 2017


Friday, March 31


Council puts repairs on hold

There is no shortage in the number of streets in The Dalles that suffered damage over the long winter, but some members of The Dalles City Council say that doesn’t mean every street needs to be repaired and are calling for a fresh look at priorities.

March 31, 2017 12:47 p.m. read more..

Bike race rolling into The Dalles

More than 400 bicycle racers will gather in The Dalles this weekend for two days of racing and rides as the Fifth Annual Gorge Roubaix Bike Race and Gorge Gravel Grinder Ride come to town.

March 31, 2017 12:45 p.m. read more..

Cow gases permeate Salem debate

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association is concerned that two bills in the Legislature to regulate “dairy emissions,” or cow flatulence, are setting the stage for rules that will adversely affect ranchers throughout the state.

March 31, 2017 12:38 p.m. read more..

Thursday, March 30

Hull moves to Hoop Shoot finals

With the pressure rising, Maupin native Jason Hull stayed calm, cool and collected. Hull sank 22 of 25 free throws to defeat Armani Smith, Chatz Dollente and Christian Cordona at the Elk’s Northwest Regional finals held on March 11 at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash.

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

Cherry City volleyball raises the varsity bar

The philosophy shared by coaches of the Cherry City Junior Volleyball Club is to develop strong skills and techniques in its players, while emphasizing teamwork, a positive attitude, dedication and encouragement to grow the athletes.

March 30, 2017 1:24 p.m. read more..

Guest Column: Come to forum, learn about popular vote plan

In the spring of 1968, Robert F. Kennedy flew in to The Dalles Municipal Airport for a presidential campaign rally and packed the junior high gymnasium, the largest facility in the area at the time. Today, presidential candidates pay very little attention to “blue” Oregon. We in National Popular Vote believe in the principle of one-person, one vote, that all votes should count the same.

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

Letter to the Editor: Moral imperatives

To the editor: We often get caught up in the “he said, she said” of political news, but there are moral imperatives that transcend political squabbles: showing compassion, being honest, taking responsibility, and dealing fairly with others. These are things we learned in kindergarten.

March 30, 2017 1:10 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Shrek was a success

To the editor: If you missed seeing “Shrek the Musical” the past couple of weekends at the high school, you really missed quite a show. The talent, commitment, and time put in by the cast, crew, and directors was above and beyond what I have witnessed in a very long time.

March 30, 2017 1:10 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Stop Penney’s closure

To the editor: I’ve been a resident of The Dalles for the past 26 years and I’ve never had a mission as dear to my heart as the one I’m writing about. When I heard that JC Penney stores would be closing, I NEVER dreamed that our store in The Dalles would be one of them!

March 30, 2017 1:09 p.m. read more..

Growing Google

A tall crane lifts a beam to the top of a Google building under construction at the Port of The Dalles Wednesday afternoon. The building was photographed from the Riverfront Trail, looking over Chenowith Creek. Immediately behind the photographer is the current Google server facility.

March 30, 2017 1:03 p.m. read more..

The Dalles sells Granada Theater

The historic Granada Theater building in downtown The Dalles has been sold to new owners. Charles Gomez and Debra Liddell, who do business as Charles Gomez Productions, paid $60,000 for the property and committed to pay for a list of upgrades to the exterior and interior of the theater.

March 30, 2017 12:58 p.m. read more..

ICE detains Wasco Co. woman

Two plainclothes immigration officers took a woman into custody at the Wasco County Courthouse late Monday morning, moments after she had been sentenced to probation on drug charges.

March 30, 2017 12:56 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 29


Green serves as page in House

Chase Green, a student at Klickitat High School, recently served as a page in the Washington State House of Representatives. He was sponsored by Rep. Norm Johnson, R-Yakima. As a page, Chase observed the Legislature in action and was responsible for delivering messages and documents to legislators in their offices, committee meetings and the House chamber during floor sessions.

March 29, 2017 4:18 p.m. read more..

Queen crowned Saturday

The Wasco County Fair Board invites the public to attend the coronation of 2017 Fair and Rodeo Queen Chloe Godwin, the daughter of Christl and Darin Molesworth.

March 29, 2017 4:17 p.m. read more..

Local races set for May ballot

Nine contested races will appear on the May 16 ballot, with four positions on the Columbia Gorge Community College board all having multiple candidates. Another 35 races have a single candidate running, including four positions on the North Wasco County School District board, and 18 open positions had no candidates file. Ballots will be mailed April 26.

March 29, 2017 4:16 p.m. read more..

Vets home recruits volunteers

Volunteering at the Oregon Veterans’ Home is more about play than work, say Dan and Vickie Brindell, who reside near Lyle and have been taking residents on social outings for years. “Don’t be bashful, come and see what’s it all about,” urges Dan, who spent six years in the Army reserves.

March 29, 2017 4:11 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 28

Redsides shine at CW Preview

Just nine months following a fourth-place outcome at the 1A state girls’ track and field championships, the South Wasco County Lady Redsides racked up five first-place finishes and tacked on four seconds at the Condon-Wheeler Preview on Friday, March 17 in a season-opening race in Condon.

March 28, 2017 1:56 p.m. read more..

Hoffman locks down TD’s walk-off win

With his team trailing by two runs, The Dalles’ Dawson Hoffman had a chance to play hero. The senior slugger hit a two-out, walk-off, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give The Dalles baseball team an 8-7 victory over Hillsboro Saturday at Bob Williams Field in The Dalles.

March 28, 2017 1:53 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Avoid negativity

To the editor: It takes longer to complain than address actual issues in life. Two days to complain or 30 minutes to resolve! Negativity won’t produce a safer community or less stress in your life.

March 28, 2017 1:48 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Protect the vulnerable

To the editor: To our Congress, and Senators Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden and Rep. Greg Walden: Please protect the most vulnerable in our country and maintain their health coverage that came with the ACA.

March 28, 2017 1:47 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Food drive support

To the editor: The Oregon Department of Forestry (The Dalles Unit), which provides fire protection on private land in Hood River and Wasco County, would like to thank the following businesses for supporting the 2017 Governor’s State Employees Food Drive.

March 28, 2017 1:46 p.m. read more..

New route proposed for Riverfront Trail

Details of a proposed alternate route for the final segment of The Dalles Riverfront Trail will not be made public until they are presented to the city council, but trail supporters are hopeful the end is finally in sight.

March 28, 2017 1:33 p.m. read more..

Warming Place sets record

In its record-setting run over the seemingly endless winter, the warming shelter in The Dalles was open 94 nights. It was even open on its last night of the season, March 18.

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

Spring Croaker

A tree frog inflates its “vocal sac” and calls for a mate in a pond along Mill Creek. The vocal sac is a flexible membrane of skin possessed by most male frogs and is used to amplify their mating call. To call, air is expelled from the lungs, through the larynx, and into the vocal sac, which magnifies the sound.

March 28, 2017 1:28 p.m. read more..

Saturday, March 25

Letter to the Editor: Don’t push plan

To the editor: The American Health Care Act (AHCA) now being pushed through Congress is bad for rural Oregon. Rep. Walden’s work in crafting and supporting this replacement to the ACA is disappointing.

March 25, 2017 2:01 p.m. read more..

Huskies take on the big guns

The Sherman Huskies participated in the 26-team Buck Track Classic Thursday in Pendleton and turned in nine top-10 outputs, led by senior champion Isaiah Coles, who had two second-place finishes in the long and triple jump.

March 25, 2017 1:44 p.m. read more..

TD tennis making progress

The singles duo of Pedro and Andy Lopez opened eyes with impressive straight-sets wins, and the No. 4 doubles team of Edgar Contreras and Manuel Orquiz broke through for a win in The Dalles’ 5-3 loss to highly-touted Wilsonville Thursday afternoon in a varsity tennis match played at Wilsonville High School.

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

Basketball standouts receive CRC honors

The Dalles boys’ and girls’ basketball teams both chalked up 5A state play-in berths and combined for five all-Columbia River Conference award winners by opposing head coaches.

March 25, 2017 1:37 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Where’s Walden?

To the editor: I belong to one of many local progressive groups in the Gorge and we are concerned about what is going on in Washington, D.C. We have questions about the new health care bill and how that will affect all of us; we have questions about immigration policies that affect our neighbors, friends and employees; we have questions about women’s continued access to safe and quality health care; we have questions about global warming and the future of our planet. What we don’t have are answers from our congressional representative, Greg Walden.

March 25, 2017 1:32 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Farmers are essential to survival

Civilization began with agriculture, the ability of human society not only to grow food for a village but produce enough surplus to sell or trade with neighbors for goods or services that improved the quality of life. At no other time in recorded history has there been such a disconnect between the agriculture industry and civilization.

March 25, 2017 1:26 p.m. read more..

A changing landscape

It’s hardly surprising that properties along von Borstel Road in Sherman County would be inhabited by von Borstels, but it is notable that so many members of the family remain in agriculture at a time when small farms are on the decline.

March 25, 2017 1:09 p.m. read more..

Friday, March 24

TD tennis nets first win of season

Against a solid Wilsonville team, The Dalles girls’ tennis team picked up wins from top singles Robin Pashek and Kiana Pielli, and both the No. 1 and No. 4 doubles carved out wins in TD’s 10-6 victory over the Wildcats Thursday in The Dalles.

March 24, 2017 1:43 p.m. read more..

Hawk golfers conquer Big River

Chase Snodgrass chalked up his second straight medalist award in a two-hole playoff and his teammates Mark Felderman and Tyler Vassar each finished in the high 70s in the Riverhawks’ six-stroke victory Thursday at Big River Golf Course in Umatilla.

March 24, 2017 1:41 p.m. read more..

Hawk softball loses heartbreaker

The Dalles softball team rallied from an 8-2 deficit with a seven-run seventh inning, but No. 8-ranked and undefeated Ridgeview stormed back for two runs in the home half to pick up the 9-8 comeback victory Thursday in Redmond.

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

Fugitive watch issued here

A fugitive watch has been issued for Donald Norris, 48. Norris is currently on felony probation for the following offense: One Count of Delivery of Methamphetamine.

March 24, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..

Chess students nab awards

The Dalles High School freshman Noah Holloran tied for fourth place among all high school students in the individual competition at the state chess championship earlier this month in Portland.

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

Farmers: Get ready for ICE

Timothy Bernasek, legal counsel for the Oregon Farm Bureau, is seeking to educate farmers about their rights if ICE agents show up to look for illegal immigrants during growing and harvest seasons.

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

Thursday, March 23

Sherman kicks off year at Estacada

With a shortened roster in tow, Sherman head track and field coach Kyle Pfiefer still had his team put forth some solid times and distances at the season-opening 19-team Estacada Small School Invitational on Saturday, March 18 at Estacada High School.

March 23, 2017 1:51 p.m. read more..

Running for fun in the elements

Even under overcast skies and a light rain, 100 runners and walkers signed up to participate in the 10th annual Jumpstart St. Patrick’s Day event at Lewis and Clark Festival Park on Saturday, March 11 in The Dalles.

March 23, 2017 1:49 p.m. read more..

Horizon making some headway

Horizon Christian tacked on six wins, including two on the girls’ side in a track and field meet Wednesday in Hood River.

March 23, 2017 1:47 p.m. read more..

Dufur nets seven wins at HR

Coming off an impressive output last week at the Mullen-Leavitt Invitational in The Dalles, the Dufur track and field team burst onto the scene with six individual victories and one relay win at the three-team track and field dual Wednesday at Hood River High School.

March 23, 2017 1:45 p.m. read more..

TD takes 6-2 loss to Sandy

Top tennis players James Pashek and Andy Lopez came through for singles wins, but The Dalles High School came out the wrong end of a 6-2 loss to Sandy in varsity boys’ tennis action Tuesday at The Dalles High School.

March 23, 2017 1:44 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Planet is warming

To the editor: Our planet is rapidly warming. Science shows that mankind’s activities significantly affect this warming of our Earth. If we make needed changes, we may have a chance at preserving life as we know it. That’s not partisan; it’s reality.

March 23, 2017 1:39 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: ‘David, Goliath’ words

To the editor: J.R. Scott’s recent guest column in the Chronicle reminds me of “David and Goliath.” It takes a 16-year-old “boy” to speak against complacency in The Dalles. Where are our illustrious shepherds of the flock? Busy choosing a craft beer?

March 23, 2017 1:37 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Character of country

To the editor: A while ago, I read something that stuck with me about the character of a country being shown by how they treat their children, elderly, sick and their poor. Yesterday, a member of the current administration said there was no demonstrated benefits of Meals on Wheels, meals to low income students before or after school. The Trump budget cuts Public Broadcast Networks, environmental protection for clean air and water, as well as other social programs.

March 23, 2017 1:36 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Disgusted with media

To the editor: The truth of RaeLynn Ricarte’s recent column on media bias and dishonesty has been clearly shown since the election of President Donald Trump. I am absolutely disgusted with the news media.

March 23, 2017 1:35 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: A satire turned reality

To the editor: Relieving some 20 million poor people of health care insurance in exchange for tax cuts for the very wealthy was characterized by Paul Ryan as a “mercy.” This reminds me of A Modest Proposal, a satire by Jonathan Swift, published in 1729.

March 23, 2017 1:34 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Health care costs

To the editor: As a resident of Juniper Flat (near Maupin), I am concerned that the American Health Care Act, the Republican replacement plan for Obamacare (the ACA) will make health insurance unaffordable for many of my neighbors.

March 23, 2017 1:32 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Making strides

To the editor: On March 2, Matt Utterback, superintendent at North Clackamas School District, was named National Superintendent of the Year. He was judged to have shown the “greatest leadership to promote student learning,” the Oregonian reported.

March 23, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..

AmeriTies complaints aired at meeting

Sometimes emotional residents cited their health problems and made calls to close AmeriTies West at a meeting Tuesday to discuss air quality monitoring focused on naphthalene emissions from the tie plant.

March 23, 2017 1:22 p.m. read more..

Soil Workshop

Elio Andrade maneuvers an old sprayer into position at Omeg Orchards on Knob Hill Road during a soil workshop’s field demonstration hosted by the Oregon State University Extension Service in The Dalles last week. The sprayer, no longer used, has been modified to apply lime suspended in liquid along the tree rows, one of the soil improvement techniques adopted by Mike Omeg, who grows five varieties of sweet cherries. Additional demonstrations involved machines used for chipping pruned limbs and branches, and mowers that throw cuttings to the side under trees, where they will return nutrients to the soil.

March 23, 2017 1:19 p.m. read more..

Jobs, employees converge at fair

Columbia Gorge Community College, Oregon Employment Department and East Cascades Workforce Investment Board will be connecting employers and prospective employees at the Columbia Gorge Job Fair on Saturday, March 25.

March 23, 2017 1:18 p.m. read more..

Commentary: Law enforcement protects rights of all

Dear Citizens: Years and years ago The Dalles Chronicle presented articles to the citizens titled, “Know Your Sheriff.” After becoming sheriff I decided to revive this decades old column. However, I ran into the age-old dilemma of having too many subjects and soon became overwhelmed with possibilities — until immigration came to the forefront!

March 23, 2017 11:08 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 22


Columbia River Herbals opens second shop

Columbia River Herbals, a retail outlet for medical-grade and recreational marijuana, has been working for several months to transform an empty and deteriorating former Arby’s restaurant at 2630 W. Sixth Street into an active and thriving enterprise.

March 22, 2017 1:40 p.m. read more..

High water closes underpass

A combination of snow melt and rain has caused the river to overtop the banks in some areas, and according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the high water level is necessary for flood control. City officials said the underpass will be closed as needed through spring.

March 22, 2017 1:34 p.m. read more..

School district scholarship fund grows

Several non-profit fundraising affiliates of the school district are seeing high-dollar donations and a raised profile, taken by school board members as signs of increasing community support for education.

March 22, 2017 1:32 p.m. read more..

Jail works with immigration agency

Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill explained at a meeting Saturday that a 1987 state law prohibits city, county and state police from acting in any capacity to help with immigration efforts. However, if a person is arrested, state law allows — and federal law requires — the local jail to provide that information to immigration officials.

March 22, 2017 1:28 p.m. read more..

ID rules explained

“Driving while Hispanic.” That’s the crude joke that highlights the fears of the Hispanic community that they are targeted by police for their skin color. Given ramped up immigration efforts under President Donald Trump, that fear has reached a fever pitch. But a series of meetings between local police and Hispanics has sought to address and assuage those concerns.

March 22, 2017 1:26 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 21


Dufur sweeps past St. Paul

The Dufur Rangers moved their record to 3-0 after a two-game sweep of St. Paul Saturday afternoon by final scores of 11-1 and 17-7 in a baseball doubleheader played in Moro.

March 21, 2017 2:11 p.m. read more..

Local stars duke it out at Mullen-Leavitt

Emma Mullins, Kendyl Kumm and Tressa Wood each had wins, and Kayla Seibel, Julian Hernandez and Justin Conklin picked up second-place finishes to help The Dalles track and field squad to a solid opening event at the 17-team Mullen-Leavitt Invitational Saturday at Sid White field in The Dalles.

March 21, 2017 2:04 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Let voices be heard

To the editor: Congressional leadership, including our representative Greg Walden who chairs a key committee, have rolled out their replacement for the Affordable Care Act. This bill is a disgrace, far worse than I could have imagined.

March 21, 2017 1:49 p.m. read more..

ODOT, city ink E. Second repaving deal

On one stretch of East Second Street, the city will be able to repave the roadway for a relatively inexpensive amount, thanks to an agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation.

March 21, 2017 1:40 p.m. read more..

Crosswalk action nets 29

In just over three hours Monday, 29 people were ticketed in the first of four enforcement actions in The Dalles targeting drivers who don’t stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. The number of tickets would’ve been higher, but sometimes the three officers assigned to write tickets were already busy on a stop so they couldn’t ticket other violators, said Jeff Kienlen, the city’s traffic enforcement officer.

March 21, 2017 1:39 p.m. read more..

Spring Courtship

A red-winged blackbird displays from the top of a cattail despite a day of clouds and rain in a Klickitat County marsh Monday afternoon.

March 21, 2017 1:35 p.m. read more..

HR woman missing

Hood River Police are looking for a 27-year-old woman, Holly Kristen Lester, who has been missing since early Thursday morning, March 16. Lester was last seen near the Port of Hood River.

March 21, 2017 1:28 p.m. read more..

Saturday, March 18


Sherman scores a 13-9 comeback win

In a game that featured three ties and six lead changes, the Sherman Huskies landed the eventual knockout blow with a six-run sixth inning to secure a 13-9 victory over St. Paul in a 2A baseball contest played Friday in Moro.

March 18, 2017 12:56 p.m. read more..

TD golfers flex muscles for tourney title

One year after posting an 18-hole score of 80 to win individual medalist honors, The Dalles senior Chase Snodgrass had to be even more dialed in Friday afternoon to defeat the competition once again.

March 18, 2017 12:54 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: A post-truth world

To the editor: I'm afraid we can now expect to see neglect or repudiations by the GOP of the new Congressional Budget Office’s report. It predicts that 14 million people will become uninsured in 2018 if the “repeal and replace” legislation (ending the Affordable Care Act as we know it) is passed.

March 18, 2017 12:53 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Feeding narcissist?

To the editor: I worry that the international “Tell Trump he’s fired" postcard campaign (aka the “Ides of Trump” campaign) is more likely to backfire than to be effective.

March 18, 2017 12:51 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Large breaks for rich

To the editor: Remember back in 2009, when some conservative commentators referred to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) as a Marxist ploy? Now the joke is on Greg Walden and House Republicans.

March 18, 2017 12:51 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: GOP plan is harmful

To the editor: As a psychologist who worked frequently in The Dalles, I saw many people whose lives were seriously disrupted by lack of health care. The Affordable Care Act gave people not only medical care but also hope. Greg Walden is central in crafting the proposed health insurance bill in the House that will radically change the ACA. This bill will have a serious effect on many of his constituents.

March 18, 2017 12:50 p.m. read more..

Air quality meeting set Tuesday

A meeting is set for Tuesday, March 21 to discuss the final results of air quality testing that found naphthalene remains below levels that might produce immediate health concerns, but exceeds levels for lifetime exposure.

March 18, 2017 12:49 p.m. read more..

Working with Wood

Danny Minor’s woodworking specialty is everything, basically. If you can describe it, Minor can make it.

March 18, 2017 12:46 p.m. read more..

Friday, March 17

Portion of Historic Columbia River Highway closed

ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood: The Historic Columbia River Highway will remain closed between Multnomah Falls and Angel's Rest until at least Monday while ODOT crews evaluate the source of a series of slides in the area. Five slides in the four days ending Thursday closed the road at milepost 16 and recent heavy rain has left the hillside unstable. ODOT will continue to monitor the site and will evaluate conditions next week after the expected weekend rainstorm passes.

March 17, 2017 3:11 p.m. read more..

Large numbers bring expectations for TD track

Filling the shoes of retired coach Dave Cornell is not an envious task, but The Dalles’ new field events coach Jermaine Hisatake is looking forward to the challenge of getting his athletes back to the top of the 5A division.

March 17, 2017 1:19 p.m. read more..

TD strands 11 in 4-3 loss to Sandy

The Dalles baseball team totaled nine hits and had six batters reach on walks, but stranded 11 runners, including the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning in a 4-3 road loss to Sandy Tuesday at Sandy High School.

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

The Dalles softball loses tough game

The Dalles fell behind 5-0 in the first three innings and inched to within a 5-4 deficit in the fifth, but could not get the crucial hit to tie or win the game in a 6-4 varsity softball loss to 6A Liberty Thursday at 16th Street Ballpark.

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

Gorge life on tap in Salem

Aaron and Kelley Lee, owners of Sedition Brewing in The Dalles, have had two opportunities in just as many weeks to pour their own craft beers and others from the region for state leaders.

March 17, 2017 1:07 p.m. read more..

Body of missing TD skier found

Searchers found the body of Steve Leavitt, a missing skier from The Dalles, at Mt. Hood Meadows Wednesday. Leavitt, 57, had been missing for eight days.

March 17, 2017 1:01 p.m. read more..

Woman dies in stabbing

Charlene Caldwell was killed Thursday afternoon at 1021 E. Ninth St. Her grandson, Garrett Jack Brennan, 25, was arrested and charged with murder and unlawful use of a weapon. An autopsy on Caldwell, who was 71, is set for today, but “it is believed the cause of death is a stab wound,” according to a press release from The Dalles Police Chief Patrick Ashmore.

March 17, 2017 12:58 p.m. read more..

Thursday, March 16

Body of skier located on Mt. Hood

HOOD RIVER, ORE - On Wednesday March 15th, 2017 searchers located the body of Steve Leavitt at Mt. Hood Meadows late in the afternoon. This came eight days after Leavitt was reported missing by his family. On Thursday morning a recovery team was able to retrieve Leavitt from the mountain. The preliminary investigation into Leavitt's death by the Hood River County Sheriff's Office suggests that Leavitt died after impact with a tree. He was then buried in the deep snow and in a shallow tree well.

March 16, 2017 4:22 p.m. read more..

Shrek, The Musical

Lord Farquaad (Felix Brantner), left, interrogates the gingerbread man as to the whereabouts of Princess Fiona (Stephanie Ligamarri-Kunz) in Farquaad’s quest to be king during a dress rehearsal at The Dalles High School Wednesday night.

March 16, 2017 2:13 p.m. read more..

TD boys lose 6-2 to Madras

Alex Lopez and Omar Rodriguez won their No. 1 doubles match, Pedro Lopez came out on top at No. 4 singles, and the rest of The Dalles boys’ tennis team showed some fight in Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to Madras.

March 16, 2017 2:07 p.m. read more..

TD girls tennis serves it up in season opener

With the rainy weather pushing The Dalles girls’ tennis team indoors for the majority of practices, head coach Debby Jones was happy to see her group start the season out in the open air for a non-league match in Redmond.

March 16, 2017 2:04 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Teen got it right

To the editor: If any readers of the Chronicle missed the great column dated Sunday, March 12, on Page A4, please hunt for that paper and read what J.R. Scott, sophomore at The Dalles High School, wrote regarding pot stores in our town.

March 16, 2017 1:59 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Thanks Spooky’s

To the editor: It is interesting — yesterday, I heard someone say that this, The Dalles, was the darkest, most evil place they have ever been in the world. Yet, I live a life of happiness in The Dalles.

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

Letter to the Editor: Justifying Trump

To the editor: Over the last several months we have witnessed Raelynn Ricarte's justification of Trump's disinformation and destructive policies and constantly criticizing everyone who disagrees with her ideology, calling them liberals and leftists.

March 16, 2017 1:56 p.m. read more..

VSO in need of more volunteers

Mark Fortin, an Army veteran, started volunteering at the Wasco County Veterans’ Service Office in the spring of 2016, and sees it as a way to help other military families.

March 16, 2017 1:49 p.m. read more..

New high school tops facility list

Replacing the high school is by far the top priority of a facilities committee studying replacing nearly all the schools in the district. Its second priority is replacing Chenowith Elementary.

March 16, 2017 1:47 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 15

TD girls open season at home

Pendleton’s Haley Greb captured medalist honors with a 74 and the Pendleton girls’ golf team totaled a 411 to win first place at the Riverhawk Invitational Tuesday in the rain at The Dalles Country Club. Scappoose’s Morgan Hall shot a 97 for second.

March 15, 2017 1:44 p.m. read more..

TD boys grab fifth place at Willamette

Facing 6A schools and dealing with rainy conditions, Chase Snodgrass finished in a three-way tie for 11th place after a 78, and The Dalles had three others finish in the 80s to end up in fifth place out a field of 22 teams in a golf tournament played at Willamette Valley Country Club.

March 15, 2017 1:43 p.m. read more..

Bales no-hits 3A Riverside

The Dufur Rangers looked to be in mid-season form Monday in a non-league baseball game on the road against 3A Riverside.

March 15, 2017 1:42 p.m. read more..

Hawks pick up first victory

Dawson Hoffman and Johnny Miller combined for seven RBIs, and both Dalles Seufalemua and Jose Gonzalez scored three runs apiece, as The Dalles Riverhawks won their first game of the season by a 13-8 margin over 6A Reynolds Tuesday in a non-league baseball game played at Quinton Street Ballpark.

March 15, 2017 1:40 p.m. read more..

Wheels turn at new TD bike shop

From the time he was a young kid growing up in The Dalles, Calvin Lepinski always had a passion for bicycles and bicycling. So, it was just a matter of time before he turned his love of cycling into a business.

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

Breaking Bread

Volunteers with The Dalles Community Meals share dinner prior to their 34th annual business meeting and open house Tuesday evening. On the far wall is a banner thanking volunteers for their work, which is critical to sustain the program that offers free hot meals at the 315 West Third facility.

March 15, 2017 1:26 p.m. read more..

‘It’s better to be busy’

Few volunteers are willing to donate 63 years to the same cause, but Marlys Krein of The Dalles believes enough in the mission of the American Red Cross to have done just that.

March 15, 2017 1:23 p.m. read more..

Kid chefs cook Saturday

Six grade school student finalists will be vying for a generous grand prize at Saturday’s “Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge” at The Dalles Middle School. The challenge, sponsored by Sodexo, the food service provider for the school district, asks students to come up with original, healthy, tasty, kid-friendly recipes.

March 15, 2017 1:19 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 14

Windmill Test

Jacob Ganders and Jacob Field of The Dalles High School run a test on their model windmill at Google’s Wind Challenge competition Saturday at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center.

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

Letter to the Editor: VA gives good care

To the editor: As a vet receiving VA (U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs) health care since 1984, I have always had positive experiences with the professionalism and health care I have received.

March 14, 2017 1:35 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Attend town halls

To the editor: Saturday, March 4, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley held a town hall in The Dalles at the high school auditorium. It was very well attended by an enthusiastic audience.

March 14, 2017 1:34 p.m. read more..

Federal court dismisses UP lawsuit

The legal back and forth over the proposed four-mile extension of a railroad siding at Mosier continues. On March 8, U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken dismissed a lawsuit filed by Union Pacific Railroad in January because the railroad failed to include three Indian treaty tribes as defendants in the case.

March 14, 2017 1:23 p.m. read more..

Honoring first responders

The VFW Post 2471 Auxiliary will host its 28th annual Emergency Responder Appreciation Dinner on Wednesday, March 15, at Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue’s Station One. The meal served to firefighters/medics and law enforcement officers from three agencies starts at 6 p.m. at the 1400 W. Eighth Street fire station.

March 14, 2017 1:21 p.m. read more..

Pastime liquor license renewed

The liquor license renewal of the Dufur Pastime was put on hold during an investigation following a fatal crash involving patrons of the Pastime, but the state found no violations by the Pastime and its license was renewed last month.

March 14, 2017 1:20 p.m. read more..

Saturday, March 11

Rangers bolster roster for deep postseason run

DUFUR – Last season, the Rangers posted a 12-15 overall record, and advanced to the Blue Mountain Conference championship, earning a state berth. Dufur lost to eventual state champion Burns in its playoff opener, but that performance, coupled with the return of all-state winners Kolbe Bales, Connor Uhalde, and Bailey Keever, fuels this team for bigger and better things in 2017.

March 11, 2017 2:02 p.m. read more..

TD’s new regime has program thinking big

After a decade-long departure from the game, Hall of Fame baseball coach Steve Sugg is back. His return has the community of The Dalles abuzz and that energy helped draw nearly 60 players for tryouts.

March 11, 2017 2 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Women’s strike was misguided

Wednesday’s “A Day Without Women” strike was misguided because organizers encouraged women to skip work, even though it is by embracing responsibilities that we get recognition as valuable and contributing members of society.

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

Celebrating our Native cultures

For those who love to read and appreciate the value of the written word, The Dalles is the place to be in April. As part of the American Indian Cultural Festival, four Northwest authors who have written books about native cultures will be coming to The Dalles for more than a week of literary activities.

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

Friday, March 10


TD Little League is holding its annual cleanup

The Dalles Little League is breaking ground on a new 2017 season, so the organization is sending an alert out to all parents and volunteers for Kramer Field to help with the annual field cleanup day starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 18 at Kramer Field in The Dalles.

March 10, 2017 12:53 p.m. read more..

Softball team starving to get back in action

Although The Dalles softball team is set to hit the field without five graduated seniors, returning all-league centerfielder Kathryn Bradford likes what she has seen thus far from the young Riverhawks.

March 10, 2017 12:46 p.m. read more..

CGCC considers ‘sanctuary’ status

The politics swirling around national immigration issues have reached The Dalles. On Tuesday, March 14, the Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education will discuss a resolution creating “sanctuary campus” status for CGCC in The Dalles.

March 10, 2017 12:39 p.m. read more..

Purple Heart returned

Following a brief ceremony Thursday, a Purple Heart medal found by a local man 27 years ago in an attic started its journey back to its owner, a 67-year-old Vietnam veteran in Georgia.

March 10, 2017 12:34 p.m. read more..

Thursday, March 9

Basketball celebrated at annual banquet

Overlooking a full attendance of basketball players and their parents in the commons at The Dalles Middle School, The Dalles head basketball coach Nathan Morris can see the high school and youth programs taking that next step over the next few years.

March 9, 2017 1:40 p.m. read more..

Guest Column: Urge CGCC to be a sanctuary college

(Guest column by Tom Kaser) I proudly stand with the 48 (and counting) other Columbia Gorge Community College faculty who have petitioned President Frank Toda—and by extension the college’s Board of Education — to designate CGCC as a Sanctuary College, joining Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, Portland State University, Portland Community College, and many colleges nationally.

March 9, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..

City eyes parking

Employee parking is a big cause of the downtown parking shortage, a task force reported to The Dalles City Council last week. The task force recommended the city eventually build a multi-story parking garage to handle what is expected to be increasing needs for parking.

March 9, 2017 1:26 p.m. read more..

Police focus on crossing safety

Coming soon to a crosswalk near you: a well-publicized, clearly marked enforcement action to urge drivers to yield to pedestrians entering crosswalks.

March 9, 2017 1:24 p.m. read more..

Training future leaders

Lucas Knopf, 8, and Joseph Derryberry, 8, can each list plenty of things they like about being a Royal Ranger — including camping, fishing and other outdoor activities —but community outreach tops their lists.

March 9, 2017 1:18 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 8

Future Redsides dominate

Youth basketball players representing the South Wasco County third and fourth graders finished the regular season with an unblemished 7-0 overall record during play for the Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation Department.

March 8, 2017 1:09 p.m. read more..

TD’s OISRA state run ends in 8th place

In his fourth and final try on the Mount Hood Meadows Course for the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Race Association state championships last Thursday and Friday, The Dalles senior Martin Carter posted his best finish ever to lock down 21st place overall out of the 93 male participants and help the Riverhawks secure eighth place in the team standings.

March 8, 2017 1:05 p.m. read more..

Oregon snowpack rebounds

PORTLAND (AP) — The statewide snowpack for Oregon is 138 percent of normal after a harsh winter that featured plenty of snow and heavy rainfall.

March 8, 2017 12:53 p.m. read more..

Board filing deadline nears

Candidates seeking election to the governing board of Columbia Gorge Community College must file by 5 p.m. Thursday, March 16. Four positions will be up for election on May 16, all representing Wasco County.

March 8, 2017 12:53 p.m. read more..

Case surprises county

Wasco County Commissioners said they learned last week that the county had been involved in an Oregon Court of Appeals case since 2013 that they knew nothing about. The case, ruled on March 1, was brought by Ken Thomas, who owns forest land next to the property that hosts the annual “What the Festival” music event near Dufur.

March 8, 2017 12:51 p.m. read more..

Strong year for OR wolves

SALEM (AP) — Oregon has documented a third year in which seven or more breeding pairs of wolves are roaming an eastern area of the state and making a strong recovery, officials said Tuesday. Wolves were hunted to extinction in Oregon in the last century but recently started moving back from neighboring states.

March 8, 2017 12:50 p.m. read more..

What The Fest decision made

A neighboring landowner has seen a favorable decision from the Oregon Court of Appeals in his longtime fight against the “What the Festival” music event near Dufur.

March 8, 2017 12:45 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 7

GOP releases bill replacing Obamacare

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Monday released their long-awaited plan for unraveling former President Barack Obama's health care law, a package that would scale back the government's role in helping people afford coverage and likely leave more Americans uninsured.

March 7, 2017 1:09 p.m. read more..

Championship destiny complete

BAKER CITY – In front of a capacity crowd at Baker City High School in the 1A state basketball championship game, the Sherman Huskies fulfilled lifelong aspirations of capturing a 1A state title, their second straight, in a 78-57 victory over Powder Valley.

March 7, 2017 1:03 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Respect owed judges

To the editor: In her editorial on February 7, RaeLynn Ricarte said “Make no mistake about it, the protests mounted by Democrats — and legal ruling by Judge James L. Robart of Seattle — have all been orchestrated to delegitimize Trump and stir up public dissent.”

March 7, 2017 12:56 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Walden owes answers

To the editor: Greg Walden has introduced health care legislation to preserve the pre-existing condition protections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, Obamacare), but his Pre-Existing Conditions Protection Act is contingent on the full repeal of the ACA.

March 7, 2017 12:55 p.m. read more..

Merkley hears from town hall crowd

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) took the concept of town hall meetings literally into overdrive Saturday as he barnstormed across four counties — Wasco, Hood River, Sherman and Gilliam — to meet with constituents. Merkley’s day included public forums in The Dalles, Hood River, Rufus and Arlington as he continued his tradition of holding at least one town hall in every county of the state each year.

March 7, 2017 12:44 p.m. read more..

Charges brought in death of horse

Shirley Wallace, 39, of 4943 Pleasant Ridge Road, was arraigned Monday morning in Wasco County Circuit Court on two counts of animal neglect stemming from the death of one horse and near starvation of another.

March 7, 2017 12:42 p.m. read more..

Shots fired from vehicle

A 19-year-old The Dalles man was jailed early Friday and is accused of firing a weapon multiple times from a car as he drove around on the west side of town late Thursday night.

March 7, 2017 12:41 p.m. read more..

Saturday, March 4

FBI, Warm Springs seek help locating missing child

The FBI and Warm Springs Police Department are asking for the public's help in locating a 11-year-old girl - Kaitlyn Stofiel - who is missing and possibly endangered. Law enforcement officers believe Kaitlyn is with her custodial father, Thomas Clarence Stofiel, age 44. At this time, officers and agents simply want to locate Kaitlyn to ensure that she is safe.

March 4, 2017 2:11 p.m. read more..

Sherman defense claims state berth

BAKER CITY — Max Martin held Perrydale's Haylen Janesofsky to one field goal over the final 18 minutes and 42 seconds of regulation, as the No. 1-seeded Huskies used defense and transition baskets to pull away from the Pirates by a 59-35 score Friday in 1A OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires state semifinal boys’ basketball action in Baker City.

March 4, 2017 1:02 p.m. read more..

Athlete scholars honored

Paul Beasley appears to have a hold on The Dalles wrestling program, and now his point of emphasis is to continue laying down those building blocks for a foundation of success for the long haul.

March 4, 2017 12:59 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Women’s health care

To the editor: As a woman and a health care provider, I am tremendously concerned about the effect on women’s health care of the Republicans’ plan to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act.

March 4, 2017 12:57 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Free press essential

To the editor: I read with interest the Tuesday, Feb. 28, opinion piece, “Are media outlets now the enemy?” Kudos to you for being a media outlet willing to examine this challenge to your motives. The survival of our democracy requires the participation of an informed electorate, and as Burkhardt points out, a free press is essential to the informed part.

March 4, 2017 12:56 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Corruption is deep

To the editor: The Republicans rigged the presidential election of 2016. The Russians intruded into the election with the knowledge and participation of the Trump campaign. The FBI deliberately interfered with the process and affected the outcome. This corruption and betrayal is broad and deep.

March 4, 2017 12:55 p.m. read more..

Basic training for joint surgery

David Deurwaarder signed up for Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s “Joint Camp” to learn what to expect before, during and after a total knee replacement. “The purpose of the class is to de-mystify what is going to happen,” said Kim Hartley, a registered nurse and coordinator of the program.

March 4, 2017 12:43 p.m. read more..

Friday, March 3


SWC girls finish perfect season

Before its final test of the regular season on Feb. 14 in Culver, The South Wasco County Middle School ‘A’ girls’ basketball team last logged an official practice on Jan. 31. Having an extended break from action did not deter this group from completing a perfect season, as the Lady Redsides stormed past the Bulldogs by a 47-36 margin to complete a perfect 9-0 hoops campaign.

March 3, 2017 1:39 p.m. read more..

City eyes tobacco-free Festival Park

Signs in most public parks of The Dalles stipulate that tobacco products and vaping are not allowed. Yet at Lewis & Clark Festival Park, there are no signs regarding tobacco use, and members of The Dalles City Council believe there should be.

March 3, 2017 1:32 p.m. read more..

Chess players head to state

Seven individuals and a team are advancing to the state chess tournament in Portland next weekend after strong finishes at a regional competition held Feb. 25 at The Dalles Middle School.

March 3, 2017 1:26 p.m. read more..

Trump sinks water rules

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday to begin the legal process of rolling back federal jurisdiction over small waterways, including some stock ponds and irrigation ditches. “I think this is the direction we need,” said Keith Nantz, a Maupin rancher who chairs the Political Action Committee of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association.

March 3, 2017 1:21 p.m. read more..

Coyote trap kills OR wolf

SALEM — Wolf OR48, a Shamrock Pack adult male, died on Feb. 26 on private land in northeast Oregon after an unintentional take by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services. The wolf died after encountering an M-44 device, a spring-activated device containing cyanide powder.

March 3, 2017 1:18 p.m. read more..

Thursday, March 2

Stelzer signs on at College of Southern Idaho

In just one year of cross country, Ezekiel Stelzer displayed an untapped potential that College of Southern Idaho cross country and distance track coach Lindsey Anderson can’t wait to develop. On the track for Dufur, Stelzer won a 1,500-meter Big Sky District title after a mark of 4:24.35 on May 14 in Moro, and six days later at state, he set a career-best of 4:22.25 for fifth place.

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

Creating memories in the pool

Swimmers from The Dalles High School had solid finishes at the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires 5A State Championships held on Feb. 17-18 in Gresham.

March 2, 2017 1:37 p.m. read more..

Defending champs cruise to the semifinals

In November, the Sherman Huskies suffered through a heartbreaking playoff loss on the football field to North Douglas. Nearly four months later, the defending champion Huskies exacted a little bit of revenge – on the basketball court.

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

Letter to the Editor: Stand united

To the editor: Many of you did not vote for Donald Trump. Others did so while holding their nose. Some cast their vote for Trump with great fervor. The outcome of the election was his Electoral College win but certainly not a great mandate.

March 2, 2017 1:27 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Legal path

To the editor: On Feb 16, “Day without Immigrants,” 735 kids in Hood River skipped school. I applaud our superintendent, for reminding that despite this cause, attendance is important.

March 2, 2017 1:26 p.m. read more..

Peachey stepping down

The Dalles Municipal Court Judge Tom Peachey will soon be stepping down. “It is with a heavy heart and some sadness that I submit my resignation as The Dalles Municipal Court judge effective April 1,” Peachey wrote in a Feb. 24 letter addressed to Mayor Steve Lawrence; Julie Krueger, city manager of The Dalles; and Gene Parker, city attorney.

March 2, 2017 1:20 p.m. read more..

Record-breaking winter

The old record of continuous days of snow on the ground, 29 days, set in 1979, was easily smashed this winter. By just how much, however, is hard to pinpoint. The record stretch of snow on the ground this winter had a definite beginning date — Dec. 8, 2016 — but figuring out when it officially ended is a bit trickier.

March 2, 2017 1:18 p.m. read more..

Alumni webpage has story portal

The Dalles High School Alumni Association has something to crow about: it’s got a revamped webpage with a new portal for sharing stories and lots of new information about the history of both The Dalles and Wahtonka high schools.

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

Wednesday, March 1


Changes behind the glass

Later this month, Nichols Art Glass will begin undergoing a transformation as owner Andy Nichols guides his artistic glass-blowing business down a slightly different channel. Nichols, who has operated out of a small studio at 912 W. Sixth Street in The Dalles since 2001, plans to temporarily close the business soon to remodel the space and reorient the creative direction of his artwork.

March 1, 2017 6:16 p.m. read more..

ICE officers detain 10 OR workers

SALEM — Federal immigration officers stopped two vans carrying workers headed to a forest in Oregon to pick an ornamental shrub, and took at least 10 of them away, an activist said Tuesday.

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

Counting homeless not easy

PORTLAND (AP) — Emily Nelson veered around potholes while her boss decoded a map spotted with orange triangles where homeless people have been reported over the last two years. Nelson patrols Southeast Portland as an outreach worker for JOIN, a nonprofit that helps connect people to housing and runs a day center with laundry vouchers, meals and showers in the meantime.

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

DNC chair has TD ties

The new leader of the national Democratic Party has ties to The Dalles: Bill Lennox, a former Wasco County commissioner, is a step-cousin of Tom Perez, elected to the party’s top post last Saturday.

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

Letter to the editor: Keep elements of ACA

To the editor: I am relieved that Rep. Walden is determined that people with preexisting conditions can get health insurance but I am concerned that he doesn’t have a viable plan to make insurance affordable.

March 1, 2017 3:43 p.m. read more..

Putnam boys cruise

MILWAUKIE – Rex-Putnam used their size in the paint and outside shooting to dominate The Dalles in an 88-43 state play-in victory Tuesday in a 5A matchup in Milwaukie.

March 1, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..

Museum getting ready to switch on

Passersby may not notice much in the way of changes when they walk or drive past the site of the new Neon Sign Museum at the corner of Third Street and Court strees in The Dalles, but looks can be deceiving.

March 1, 2017 1:22 p.m. read more..

Local youth nabs state award

Manuela Garcia Flores, a 2015 graduate of The Dalles High School, has not one, but two jobs, and hopes to have her own car and home someday. As a graduate with disabilities, her ambition and accomplishments are singular, and she was recently recognized for that by being named the Outstanding Student of the Year at the Oregon Statewide Transition Conference, held Feb. 16-17 in Portland.

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

A long and winding road to recovery

As Jacob Justesen writhed in pain and screamed in agony, the home crowd, packed in for a state football playoff game, on a cold Nov. 4 night, was in a stunned silence.

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

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