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Wednesday, May 31



Jumpstart Camp opens registration

If a player wants to maximize their overall skill level in the game of basketball, extra work in the offseason is necessary. Starting at 9 a.m. and running until 3 p.m. on Monday, June 19, the Jumpstart Basketball Camp will start its 24th season of giving youths from grades 2-9 the opportunity to hone in on their hoops attributes in a five-day event at Dufur High School.

May 31, 2017 1:15 p.m. read more..


Dufur stunned by Reedsport comeback

3-1 lead, but the Reedsport Braves stormed back with six runs in the top of the sixth inning, all of those runs coming with two outs, in a 7-4 state semifinal victory Tuesday at Quinton Street Ballpark. “I would say sports is a lot like life. Things don’t always go your way,” said Dufur head coach C.S. Little.

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

All you need is — 100% love

Wasco County has been recognized by the National Association of Counties for its “100 percent Love” culture initiative that was adopted last year.

May 31, 2017 1:04 p.m. read more..


Fence Diner

A scrub jay, left, prepares to feed a juvenile jay perched on a neighborhood fence.

May 31, 2017 1:02 p.m. read more..
 

Hearings to focus on tribal needs

The Dallesport Community Council will sponsor a pair of public input meetings, June 5 and June 19, to discuss two different proposals to create housing and perhaps additional infrastructure for tribal members in the Dallesport area.

May 31, 2017 1 p.m. read more..


Work on Granada Theater gets underway

According to Chuck Gomez, the new owner of the Granada Theater in downtown The Dalles, “a ton of stuff has been happening” at the 1930s-era theater. “The city has been very pleased with our progress,” he added.

May 31, 2017 12:58 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 30



Hawks have six on all-Columbia River baseball list

Under coach Steve Sugg, The Dalles baseball team won 10 games, finished ranked in the top-25 and clinched a state play-in berth during the 2017 campaign. From last year, the Riverhawks also scored 48 more runs, jumping from 105 to 153, with a team batting average of .303. For those numbers, Johnny Miller (Infield), Jose Gonzalez (Outfield) and Dawson Hoffman (Designated Hitter) had their names called as first-team all-Columbia River Conference winners, Daniel Peters (Outfield) was a second team recipient, and Jordan Wetmore (Pitcher) and Henry Lee (First Base) were honorable mention picks.

May 30, 2017 2:03 p.m. read more..


Rangers respond with a blowout victory

With less than 48 hours to soak in a tough opening-round performance in an 8-5 win over Bandon, veteran leaders on the No. 1-seeded Dufur Rangers knew if they wanted to keep their season going, fundamentals and execution were keys to success against Umpqua Valley Christian.

May 30, 2017 2 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Government task

To the editor: I'm writing to respond to the idea that health insurance can be provided by a free market system, an idea which is an economic impossibility. If you leave politics aside and look at the economics literature, even conservative economists acknowledge this.

May 30, 2017 1:52 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Keep, fix ACA

To the editor: Ms. Wilhelm (Opinion, May 18, The Dalles Chronicle) has a different outlook than I do, and different anecdotal examples of how the ACA is functioning.

May 30, 2017 1:52 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: It makes no sense

To the editor: I agree with The Chronicle’s May 21 Opinion: “The efforts being made by the Martins should be rewarded, not punished." Having lived nearly 25 years in The Dalles and surrounding Gorge communities, I have personally witnessed the risk, growth, challenges and successes of Jim and Molli Martin over the past decade.

May 30, 2017 1:51 p.m. read more..
  

Putting a human face on loss

Heat radiating off pavement in front of the Veterans’ Memorial at Kelly Viewpoint didn’t stop a crowd from gathering to pay respects to America’s war dead.

May 30, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..

Saturday, May 27



Serving and remembering

On this Memorial Day weekend, when America honors its war dead, pause to think of one particular duty that befell Gary Cotter as a 17-year-old merchant seaman during World War II.

May 27, 2017 noon read more..

Friday, May 26

 

TD softball nets CRC honors

The Dalles girls’ softball team managed three wins, two in league and still finished one win shy of qualifying for the state playoffs.

May 26, 2017 1:50 p.m. read more..


Hull celebrates Illinois journey

While Maupin native Jason Hull did not win a national championship, he can take pride in knowing he was one of top-12 free throw shooters across a nation of more than half a million participants between the ages of 8-13.

May 26, 2017 1:50 p.m. read more..
 

Agency urges holiday safety

PORTLAND — Memorial Day weekend typically marks the beginning of summer recreation season in the Pacific Northwest. While the nation pauses to remember its fallen service members on Monday, May 29, many Americans will also spend this weekend enjoying their freedom by visiting national forests, parks, wild and scenic rivers, and grasslands.

May 26, 2017 1:40 p.m. read more..


Fruit fly spray now required

The cherry fruit fly emerged in orchards this week, and all trees, whether in a backyard or commercial orchard, are required to use an insecticide to battle this insect. Lynn Long, Oregon State University Extension horticulturist, announced the emergence of the cherry industry’s chief pest Wednesday, May 24.

May 26, 2017 1:37 p.m. read more..


Girl injured in rollover crash on I84

BIGGS — A 17-year-old Idaho girl was seriously injured in a single-vehicle rollover crash Thursday afternoon near Biggs, when a dog traveling in the vehicle jumped into the front seat and bumped the driver.

May 26, 2017 1:36 p.m. read more..


Students paint mural in American Samoa

An April trip to American Samoa by eight Wahtonka Community School students saw them paint a huge mural at an open air high school cafeteria in the island territory. When they touched down in Samoa and saw the 38-foot-by-13-foot canvas, they were a bit daunted, they told The Dalles Kiwanis Club members last week.

May 26, 2017 1:33 p.m. read more..


Sherman dismantles Kennedy, 11-4

MORO – Forging ahead without injured all-state catcher Bradley Moe Sherman head coach Joe Justesen has had to move players around with hopes of finding the right fit for the stretch run. Since Moe’s injury, the No. 7-ranked Huskies have won four of their last five games, including an 11-4 opening-round state playoff victory Wednesday in Moro against No. 10 Kennedy.

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


Dufur vaults to the quarterfinals

No. 1-seeded Dufur learned a valuable lesson from Wednesday’s 2A/1A state opener against 16th-seeded Bandon – if you take anything for granted, it could come back to bite you.

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


Letter to the Editor: Thank you

To the editor: I just wanted to thank the members of The Dalles Rifle and Pistol Club for taking the time to work with my Boy Scouts troop a few weeks ago.

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


Letter to the Editor: Strike three

To the editor: On February 10 at the Boardman town hall, Greg Walden was questioned about his opinions on immigration. Walden spoke about the need to secure our southern border. He suggested using alternative methods to Trump's much touted Great Wall. He referred to building the wall as "unnecessary and unfeasible.”

May 26, 2017 1:19 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Sunshine value

To the editor: I am writing to commend The Dalles Chronicle on its editorial concerning the Sunshine Mill and on the fiscal handling of properties in The Dalles; one in particular very dear to my heart, which is the Civic Auditorium.

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

Thursday, May 25



Purple Reign

Purple lupine flowers enjoy the recent sunshine on a hillside near the Rowena Crest Viewpoint.

May 25, 2017 12:30 p.m. read more..
 

Forging a lifetime connection

Lieve Baeke, The Dalles High School Class of ’65, no doubt got the “farthest traveled” award at a mini class reunion last weekend. That’s because she and her husband, Dr. Tony Baeke, came all the way from their native Belgium. They swung by the reunion as part of a longer visit to the United States.

May 25, 2017 12:22 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 24



Pot business future uncertain

The Dalles City Council rejected a proposal Monday to change its new marijuana ordinance to allow stores within 500 feet of each other, rather than adhering to the existing 1,000 foot-buffer.

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


Four to challenge Rep. Greg Walden

BEND (AP) — Four Oregon Democrats are eyeing Rep. Greg Walden's seat in Congress. A retired executive, a doctor, a stonemason and a dog sled musher are challenging Walden, Oregon's only Republican representative, when he is up for re-election in 2018, The Bulletin reported Friday.

May 24, 2017 1:22 p.m. read more..


OSP team wins work site award

The Dalles Area Command of the Oregon State Police has received the Work Site of the Year award from the agency’s Department Awards Committee.

May 24, 2017 1:18 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 23

 

At long last, Sherman advances to state playoffs

The No. 7-ranked Huskies erased a five-run, fifth-inning deficit with a 13-run sixth inning, followed by a two-run seventh to complete the 15-5 comeback triumph Saturday in a Blue Mountain Conference baseball semifinal played Saturday at Bob White Field in Pendleton.

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


Dufur wins first district title since 2008

With a chance to win their first district crown since 2008, Dufur baseball coach C.S. Little sent out his ace starter Kolbe Bales to get the Rangers over the mountaintop. Bales tossed six innings of three-hit ball with 13 strikeouts and no walks, as the No. 1-ranked Rangers defeated No. 7 Sherman by a 5-0 margin for the district crown in action Saturday at Bob White Field in Pendleton.

May 23, 2017 1:46 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Azure’s weeds

To the editor: A serious misunderstanding is circulating concerning Azure Farms’ weed problem. It is that they would lose organic status on crops currently growing if the county was to make an application of synthetic pesticides. This is not true.

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


Letter to the Editor: Thank you

To the editor: I would like to thank Wasco County voters for electing me as one of the new CGCC board members and Dr. James Willcox for his 30-plus years serving on the board.

May 23, 2017 1:38 p.m. read more..
 

Homeless man charged in child porn case

In an extreme rarity, police say, a local man was arrested Sunday afternoon in a downtown eatery after another patron saw that the man appeared to be accessing child porn on his electronic device.

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

Dirt City Jam

Sky Stover Blouin works on a trick while warming up to compete in the Dirt City Jam competition and exhibition Saturday at The Dalles Skatepark.

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


MINT bust nabs four

Four people have been arrested on heroin charges following a local investigation by the Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force.

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

Saturday, May 20

 

Wood, Conklin kick off 5A meet

The Dalles freshman Tressa Wood placed eighth in the 3,000 meters this morning with a personal-record time of 11 minutes and 15.63 seconds at the 5A OSAA State Track and Field Championship in Eugene, improving on her old PR set at districts last week in Hermiston (11:23.34).

May 20, 2017 1:13 p.m. read more..


1A track teams finish successful spring campaigns

On the final day of 1A state track and field action in Eugene, the Sherman 4x100-meter relay team placed second, Ezekiel Stelzer added a second-place run in the 1,500 and South Wasco County junior Ana Popchock set a school record in the triple jump to lead their respective teams.

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

Letter to the Editor: Weeds result of curse

To the editor: Genesis Chapter 1 describes the creation of grass by God: “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed … and God saw that it was good.” No weeds. But then after Adam eats from the Tree of Knowledge (“Science" in Latin) the ground is cursed, described at Genesis 3:18 “Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth.” Weeds.

May 20, 2017 1:04 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Celebrating July 4

To the editor: I read a few letters to the editor that mentioned the Independence Day holiday being observed on July 1st. I was a bit puzzled until I came upon the front page article in the Chronicle that explained the change. While I can understand the logical and practical reasons for the change, my emotional side can't accept it.

May 20, 2017 1:03 p.m. read more..
  

Snapshots in time

The other day Steve Gifford was watching an old barn get torn down across the road from him on East 18th Street, and he saw an old, musty photo album on the ground, ready to be scooped up by the backhoe. He rescued the album and passed it off to the Chronicle.

May 20, 2017 12:38 p.m. read more..

Friday, May 19



Track stars break seal at state

Sherman, Dufur and South Wasco County put on a good showing at Historic Hayward Field for the 1A 2017 OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires Track and Field Championships.

May 19, 2017 1:38 p.m. read more..


Belshe making her state move

Sherman senior Meghan Belshe placed fourth overall during the Special District 4 4A/3A/2A/1A Tournament held last Friday and Saturday at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. “I am very excited to go to state for the second time,” Belshe said.

May 19, 2017 1:38 p.m. read more..


Hawk boys’ tennis squad shows growth

Although The Dalles High School boys tennis team did not advance to the state championship round, head coach Shea MacNab was pleased with the growth the team experienced and sees reason for optimism as the 2017 season comes to an end.

May 19, 2017 1:36 p.m. read more..


Plan dropped for transmission line

PORTLAND (AP) — Plans for a $700 million high-voltage electrical transmission line between Oregon and Washington state have been canceled after the cost doubled over the last eight years, The Bonneville Power Administration said Thursday.

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

Blue Zones starts work in TD

The initial outreach work of The Dalles Blue Zones Project — a three-year community wellness initiative — begins next week with a series of focus group sessions over three days. The focus groups will seek input on a variety of topics, from creating more trails and sidewalks, to ways to make workplaces more productive and employees happier, to how churches can contribute to the town’s well-being.

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


City, union ink 3-year deal

The city of The Dalles and Local 503 of the Service Employees International Union have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement.

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


Paving to close roadway

A repaving project will require the complete closure of the Brewery Grade roundabout Sunday night and restrict driving on Monday and Tuesday nights.

May 19, 2017 1:22 p.m. read more..


Azure weed plan takes root

Sherman County residents expressed anger Wednesday not only about Azure Farms, Inc., violating local and state weed control laws, but urging a social media uprising against enforcement action.

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

Thursday, May 18



Beauty and the Beast

The Dalles Theatre Company presents “Beauty and the Beast” on stage at Columbia Gorge Community College, Building 2, in the third floor lecture hall.

May 18, 2017 1:58 p.m. read more..
 

Track team is prepped for state showcase

Molly Nelson is taking one final bus ride as a Riverhawk. Nelson is headed to state in Eugene as part of the 4x400-meter relay squad, and she is joined by teammates Shyanne Cady, Elizabeth Tapia, Tressa Wood, Jenna Miller, Emma Mullins, Justin Conklin, Julian Hernandez and Cameron Perez for action on Friday and Saturday at Historic Hayward Field.

May 18, 2017 1:51 p.m. read more..
  

TDMS Showcase

Students at The Dalles Middle School will show off their work, highlighting end-of-year projects from throughout the school, during the TDMS Family Showcase Night, which takes place tonight, May 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the school commons and gym. Family and members of the community are encouraged to attend and support students.

May 18, 2017 1:43 p.m. read more..


Dufur crash under investigation

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon Liquor Control Commission are investigating a crash that seriously injured a 21-year-old Dufur woman early last Saturday.

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

Wednesday, May 17



Historic finish for Riverhawk boys’ golf

Without the bells and whistles of most golf programs across the state, The Dalles boys’ golf team paved the way for success in 2017 with grit, passion, skill and motivation as their calling card. Chase Snodgrass finished third overall, Tyler Vassar was tied for ninth and Mark Felderman ended up tied for 15th to help lead the Riverhawks to second place and their best finish in program history at the 5A OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires State Golf Championships in Banks.

May 17, 2017 1:43 p.m. read more..


Sunshine Mill: Towers of power

On Memorial Day weekend seven years ago, James and Molli Martin, co-owners of the Sunshine Mill Winery, opened their doors to the public for the first time. “We went in with ‘this might work,’ that’s all we had,” said Molli. “It feels like it was yesterday.”

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

LINK bus service celebrates 20 years

Twenty years ago Friday, on May 19, 1997, the LINK transportation network got its start locally with a single bus. Today, it has a fleet of six buses and two vans, and 100 riders daily. It is celebrating its milestone on Friday with an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its new offices at 802 Chenowith Loop Road.

May 17, 2017 1:26 p.m. read more..


Incumbents out, jail tax goes down

The county’s voters were clearly in a mood to make changes, as all four CGCC incumbents seeking another term were swept out in the May 16 special election. The jail measure, creating a permanent tax rate of 26 cents per $1,000 property valuation, was narrowly losing, down by just 11 votes of approximately 8,450 cast across four counties.

May 17, 2017 1:24 p.m. read more..


Sherman plows into weed issue

Ecclesia of Sinai, which owns the land used by Azure Farms, Inc., is using Old Testament verses as grounds to not recognize the authority of Sherman County to enforce removal of noxious weeds on about 2,000 acres in and around Moro. David Stelzer, president of Azure, which is headquartered in Dufur, said Ecclesia is his company’s landlord, a separate entity from the organic farming operation.

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

Tuesday, May 16



Critics question costs of Brown executive orders

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown recently signed three executive orders as part of her "Series of Cost Savings Across State Government" initiative — touted as a broad effort to save money to help close the $1.6 billion budget shortfall and improve Oregon's long-term finances.

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


New wrestling rules in place for winter

An alternate two-piece uniform consisting of compression shorts or shorts designed for wrestling and a form-fitted compression shirt has been approved for the 2017-18 season in high school wrestling. This revision to Rule 4-1-1 was one of 11 rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee at its meeting in Indianapolis, and all changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

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


Dufur track team shows mettle

Dufur’s track and field team did itself proud on Saturday in district competition held in Moro. At the end of the day’s events, the Dufur Rangers ending up with seven athletes who qualified to advance to the Oregon School Activities Association state championship events at Hayward Field in Eugene on May 18-19.

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

Letter to the Editor: Filled with terror

To the editor: Glad the board at Columbia Gorge Community College thinks "fear and school do not mix" because their vote fills me with terror. So much so that I was reluctant to write for fear of what would happen.

May 16, 2017 1:21 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Inadequate coverage

To the editor: I appreciate your Crosstalk feature. I would appreciate it more if you focused on local issues. I suggest a Crosstalk featuring the pros and cons of the continued existence of the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments.

May 16, 2017 1:21 p.m. read more..
  

Rowena Loops slide being cleared

The Oregon Department of Transportation is hard at work removing the recent rockslide that occurred just east of the Rowena Crest Overlook between Mosier and Rowena.

May 16, 2017 1:12 p.m. read more..


State probes councilor’s actions

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission has spent the last several months investigating a claim that The Dalles City Councilor Taner Elliott used his position to vote for changes in land use policies that saved him thousands in development fees.

May 16, 2017 1:04 p.m. read more..

Saturday, May 13



Conservation Corner: If you build it, they will come

It’s no secret that we are having problems with our pollinator species. Loss of habitat, pesticides, pests, diseases, and weather are all taking their toll. One of the ways farmers and gardeners around the nation are looking to reverse this trend is by creating habitat to attract beneficial insects.

May 13, 2017 2:50 p.m. read more..


Mom: Your life well lived models gratitude

When I told my mom the other day I was assigned to write about her for Mother’s Day, she said, “Oh! Well, make it funny,” and then, with perfect comic timing, added, “but not too funny.”

May 13, 2017 2:39 p.m. read more..
  

TD golfers are looking toward a bright future

During basketball season, The Dalles senior Iliana Telles sustained a catastrophic ACL injury that cut short the end of that season along with her varsity golf campaign. The news was painful, but she found a way to give back through coaching — and the results were promising.

May 13, 2017 2:29 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Thanks TD cast, crew

To the editor: The Dalles Middle School Drama and Music Department, under the direction of Ms. Leslie Sullivan, has done it again. They have put together an outstanding family musical, Willy Wonka, Jr. and the Chocolate Factory!

May 13, 2017 2:20 p.m. read more..
 

Local robotics team places third

Students with 4-H in The Dalles placed third at an underwater robotics competition in Lincoln City that tested their engineering and problem-solving skills.

May 13, 2017 2:11 p.m. read more..


Planting ‘good fruit’

Wayne von Borstel remembers the first few schools he built for the impoverished. They were in Africa, and they were big and beautiful. But he saw them as monuments to American wealth, plopped incongruously amongst grass huts. Von Borstel, who owns von Borstel & Associates, an investment firm with locations in The Dalles and Portland, decided he would take a different approach.

May 13, 2017 2 p.m. read more..

Friday, May 12



‘Pioneers of Year’ honored

Gary Conley and Rose Denslinger were named as the Wasco County Pioneer Man and Woman of the Year at the 95th Annual meeting of the Wasco County Pioneer Association Saturday, May 6, at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center.

May 12, 2017 12:31 p.m. read more..


TD track team members advance to state

It has been a successful two days for members of The Dalles High School track and field team, which has been participating in the district track meet at Hermiston High School field in Hermiston, Wednesday and Thursday. According to TDHS head coach Garth Miller, during the two days of events numerous students qualified to move on to the Oregon State Athletic Association State Championships, which will be held at Hayward Field in Eugene on May 19-20.

May 12, 2017 12:21 p.m. read more..


No drought in NW

SEATTLE (AP) — For the first time since 2011, the Pacific Northwest isn't showing any signs of drought.

May 12, 2017 12:19 p.m. read more..


Three vie for fire district board seat

The Dalles Chronicle interviews the three candidates going against each other for MCFR Position 4. Incumbent board member Crystal Dodge is hoping to win another four-year term, but she is facing two challengers – David Jacobs and Cyndi Vipperman. All three candidates live in The Dalles.

May 12, 2017 12:15 p.m. read more..


Scam offers ‘millions’

Greg Barnes woke up Monday to learn that he had become a millionaire – five times over. Barnes ascribes to the old adage that, “If something seems too good to be true, it probably is,” so he didn’t actually believe he was being gifted with instant wealth.

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


City cuts Chamber budget

In a move that caught some members of The Dalles City Council by surprise, officials voted Monday, May 8, to cut 20 percent from the annual funding request by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce.

May 12, 2017 11:57 a.m. read more..


Thursday, May 11

  

Hawk girls finish off strong

The Dalles girls’ tennis coach Debby Jones said Friday’s season-ending home match in The Dalles was a perfect test with district coming up on Friday. In this varsity matchup, The Dalles and Oregon Episcopal School battled to a 4-4 deadlock, were tied in sets at 8-8, and through the total of games won, OES, the 2016 4A state runner-up, grabbed a 59-56 triumph.

May 11, 2017 1:41 p.m. read more..


Popchock leads Lady Redsides

The Redsides racked up four firsts and five seconds to finish second in the standings with 95 points at the Arlington Invitational Saturday.

May 11, 2017 1:40 p.m. read more..


Dufur track shines

Asa Farrell and Ezekiel Stelzer picked up two wins apiece, and Makenzie Dunn added a 100-meter run to lead the girls, as the Dufur track team rattled off 14 top-3 outcomes at Saturday’s Arlington Invitational.

May 11, 2017 1:39 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Better model

To the editor: Instead of loading into a bus and trekking to the White House Rose Garden for a premature health care victory celebration, it would have been better for the House Republican caucus to board an Airbus, fly to Frankfurt and get a first-hand look at the German health care system as a model for their health care redesign.

May 11, 2017 1:34 p.m. read more..


Editorial: Jail tax measure makes sense

It’s been almost 20 years since the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities opened, so many people may no longer recall, or be too young to remember, that independent jails in Hood River and The Dalles were so overcrowded that they failed to meet standards for care of inmates and were under federal judicial oversight.

May 11, 2017 1:32 p.m. read more..


Saving a life with CPR

It took awhile to sink in, but Jennifer Willie has realized that when she stopped to help a neighbor on April 26, she saved a life.

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


Gleaners lose food facility

Windy River Gleaners has been handing out food to area residents from its facility at 3400 Crates Way since 2007, but the doors won’t remain open there much longer. “We found out that the building we currently occupy has been sold, and we need to find a new space,” said Kristen Burke, vice president of the Gleaners. “Everything will have to be moved from the building no later than May 31.”

May 11, 2017 1:19 p.m. read more..


Crash claims life of biker

A man from The Dalles died Wednesday after blacking out while riding a motorcycle on Interstate 84 near milepost 92, east of The Dalles.

May 11, 2017 1:19 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 10



Motorcyclist dies on I-84 east of The Dalles

On Wednesday May 10th at approximately 1:15 p.m., Oregon State Police troopers responded to a suspicious vehicle call on I-84 east of The Dalles. The responding trooper arrived on scene of a motorcycle laid against the guardrail. After some searching, the driver of the motorcycle was located with injures. The driver was transported, by ambulance but succumbed to injuries while en route to the hospital.

May 10, 2017 7:26 p.m. read more..


Rangers run winning streak to 20 games

Coming off a two-game sweep against Sherman, the Rangers hit the field against 3A Riverside and pounded out 14 hits, received 12 walks and stole eight bases in a six-inning, 19-9 mercy-ruled win Monday at Dufur City Park.

May 10, 2017 1:14 p.m. read more..


Dufur gets sweep over Sherman

In Saturday’s Blue Mountain Conference doubleheader against Sherman, the Rangers had 26 hits and outscored the Huskies 22-6 in a sweep at Dufur City Park.

May 10, 2017 1:12 p.m. read more..


Late rally keeps Riverhawks’ season alive

The Hawks scored four runs on a walk, three singles, a double and a sacrifice fly to take a 6-5 lead and senior reliever Johnny Miller recorded the final three outs to help his team stay alive in the postseason.

May 10, 2017 1:09 p.m. read more..
 

Mother’s Day features ‘Six’

Mother’s Day at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum will be made more festive with a performance by the new local band “Got Your Six,” which formed primarily to raise money for veteran causes, but is also open to supporting other events.

May 10, 2017 1:02 p.m. read more..


Fire race contested

The competition for two positions on the Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue (MCFR) Board of Directors has turned hot this year. A total of five candidates stepped forward to vie for two seats on the board, and who ultimately gets the nod will be decided by voters in the upcoming special election on May 16.

May 10, 2017 12:58 p.m. read more..


Councilor files complaint over store

A member of The Dalles City Council has filed a formal complaint with the city, claiming that a local ordinance that prohibits marijuana stores from being within 1,000 feet of each other is not being enforced.

May 10, 2017 12:55 p.m. read more..


Blessings on Earth

The Cascade Singers performed Sunday at Zion Lutheran Church in The Dalles. “Blessings on Earth” was the theme of the concert, which had a large audience.

May 10, 2017 12:52 p.m. read more..


School district passes budget

The North Wasco County School District 21 budget committee approved an optimistic budget last week that assumes the Legislature will increase its funding for schools.

May 10, 2017 12:51 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 9



Sherman girls’ tennis rises to sub-district championship

The Sherman girls’ tennis team won 10 matches to claim first place honors, Meghan Belshe won a singles title, and the No. 1 doubles team of Savannah Moe and C.J. Johnson romped to first place with four victories at the 4A/3A/2A/1A Special District 4 Sub-District Tournament completed Saturday at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.

May 9, 2017 1:49 p.m. read more..


Hawk golfers advance to 5A state tourney

From the start of the season, The Dalles seniors Chase Snodgrass and Mark Felderman were dead-set on making a return trip to state in golf. Through two days of playing under harsh conditions, the two veterans will realize their dreams and aspirations.

May 9, 2017 1:44 p.m. read more..
   

Letter to the Editor: Fresh thinking needed

To the editor: When I read the recent letter from Carolyn Wood, I heard appreciation for the service of CGCC board members two or more decades ago. But I heard nothing about what they have done lately. Longevity is not reason to extend longevity.

May 9, 2017 1:36 p.m. read more..
  

Center certified for mental care

Mid-Columbia Center for Living, the community mental health and developmental disabilities programs for Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties, has begun practicing as a Certified Community Mental Health Center at their locations in Hood River and The Dalles.

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


Hunger strike ends at NORCOR

Six immigration detainees at the regional jail broke their six-day hunger strike last Thursday, saying the jail had agreed to provide them with requested amenities, including a microwave and access to music players.

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


Rockslide closes Hwy. 30 near Rowena

You know it’s bad when the Oregon Department of Transportation has to call geologists to inspect the area before cleanup work can even begin at the site of a rockslide. That is the situation on the scenic Rowena Loops stretch of Highway 30, just east of the busy Rowena Crest Viewpoint.

May 9, 2017 1:17 p.m. read more..


MCCOG asks AAA to hold off on study

For years now, the local Area Agency on Aging has been housed under an umbrella agency that it says is requiring it to pay too much for overhead, administration and other costs. Going out on its own could free up as much as $60,000 that it could spend directly on seniors, the agency’s former director estimated recently.

May 9, 2017 1:15 p.m. read more..

Saturday, May 6



Letter to the Editor: Bikers: Amazing gifts

To the editor: More than 150 motorcyclists lead out the Cherry Festival parade each year. This is called the "Teddy Bear Run." You may have noticed that they carry a teddy bear or stuffed animal as they ride.

May 6, 2017 1:01 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Make America equal

To the editor: Rep. Greg Walden encountered ferocious opposition over his support for Trump’s health care plans in local town halls last month. And Bernie Sanders is now America's most popular politician, according to polls. The time has come to pursue a bold economic agenda in the United States.

May 6, 2017 1:01 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Oligarchs in D.C.

To the editor: Robert Solow, 1999 Nobel Prize winning MIT professor of statistical economics, showed economic growth is 90 percent from technological progress and 10 percent from entrepreneurial investments.

May 6, 2017 1 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Stop spreading doubt

To the editor: A few years ago we heard our political leaders say global warming wasn’t happening. Now they say it’s happening but that they’re not certain how much "man’s activities have to do with it.” Casting doubt on science isn’t new, in fact it’s what the tobacco industry did years ago to keep us from knowing the dangers of cigarette smoking.

May 6, 2017 1 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Johnson needs to act

To the editor: On June 3, 2016, a Union Pacific oil train derailed in Mosier, exploding in flames. The train derailed just several hundred feet from Mosier School, almost incinerating hundreds of children. These Mosier residents are just a few miles away from Rep. Mark Johnson’s district; one would think he would be leading the charge to protect our communities and our rivers from the threat of oil by rail. Instead, Johnson voted to oppose common-sense measures to improve oil train emergency response and hold railroads accountable.

May 6, 2017 12:59 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Support Dr. McCabe

To the editor: Last week I opened my mailbox and found my May ballot tucked inside. After opening the ballot envelope, and scanning the various races and contestants, I thought it timely to write my first Letter to the Editor.

May 6, 2017 12:58 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: ‘Before I Die’ wall

To the editor: The “Before I Die” wall in City Park is a global art project, one of thousands in over 70 countries across the globe, and is part of a grass-roots effort by the nurses and social workers of Providence Hospice of the Gorge to encourage reflection and conversation about what matters most before we die. For more opportunities for honest conversation and connection around life and death, all are invited to The Dalles Wasco County Library every fourth Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. for The Dalles Death Cafe.

May 6, 2017 12:58 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Time for change

To the editor: One of the greatest assets our community has is Columbia Gorge Community College. Excellence requires leadership and innovation, and yet CGCC stays stuck on neutral, not accelerating. It’s over time for change, which I will be voting for on this month’s ballot.

May 6, 2017 12:57 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: TD store helps vets

To the editor: On behalf of the Mt. Adams Institute, a local nonprofit supporting veterans secure employment in the public lands and natural resources sector, I would like to thank The Dalles Home Depot for its generosity in assisting us install energy efficiency windows at our training facility.

May 6, 2017 12:57 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Ironic scheduling

To the editor: I would like to pass along information in regard to the "community-led networking event for candidates and voters" happening on the evening of May 9 at Route 30. It seems that the date selected may have been chosen knowingly on a day that the incumbents at Columbia Gorge Community College could not attend.

May 6, 2017 12:56 p.m. read more..


Reaffirming the meaning of sacrifice

Out of a sense of duty and respect, local troopers have joined a statewide effort to ensure the gravesites of 32 troopers who died in the line of duty are cared for and their names remembered.

May 6, 2017 12:49 p.m. read more..

Friday, May 5



Hunger strike ends

Six immigration detainees at the regional jail broke their six-day hunger strike Thursday, saying the jail had agreed to provide them with requested amenities, including a microwave and radio.

May 5, 2017 4:35 p.m. read more..


Jumpstart track meet set for May 23

The District 21 Elementary School Physical Education team wants to keep kids active during the summer months, so the timing of the 17th annual Jumpstart Track and Field Meet comes at the perfect time.

May 5, 2017 1:07 p.m. read more..


Hawks lose season finale

In their final regular-season match, under warm conditions, the Riverhawks managed one singles win and had the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams pick up third-set tiebreaker victories in a 5-3 road loss to the Eagles in a league match played Thursday.

May 5, 2017 1:06 p.m. read more..
 

A Day of Prayer

Sonrise Academy students participate May 4 in a local worship service tied to the National Day of Prayer, an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May.

May 5, 2017 12:59 p.m. read more..


Pulpit Rock service set

To celebrate the 179th year since the founding of the Methodist Mission in The Dalles, the First United Methodist Church and Zion Lutheran Church are hosting a worship service this Sunday at Pulpit Rock.

May 5, 2017 12:57 p.m. read more..
 

Clouds gather over Sunshine Mill

The Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency board was conflicted Wednesday about how to deal with a request by the owners of Sunshine Mill to have a balloon payment of $350,000 forgiven 12 days before its due date.

May 5, 2017 12:52 p.m. read more..

Thursday, May 4



Justesen plays hero for streaking No. 9 Sherman

Recently named as an all-state basketball player, Sherman’s Jacob Justesen showed he can dazzle in multiple sports. The junior held seventh-ranked Pilot Rock to one run on two hits in 5 2/3 innings, made a highlight-reel defensive play and capped his day with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the No. 9 Huskies to a 3-2 victory Tuesday in a Blue Mountain Conference baseball game at Pilot Rock.

May 4, 2017 1:47 p.m. read more..


The Dalles Gorge Soccer League is blazing a new trail

The Dalles Soccer Club is scheduled to run on-site registration from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Chenowith Elementary School. Through meetings and discussions, The Dalles Soccer Club has decided to switch from AYSO to Gorge Soccer League (GSLTD).

May 4, 2017 1:44 p.m. read more..


Dance Academy strikes gold in Portland

The Dalles Dance Club Academy attended the biggest regional dance competition in the region last weekend in Onstage New York at the Portland Convention Center, in what is considered the ultimate talent search and competition.

May 4, 2017 1:40 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Embrace change

To the editor: The Port of The Dalles is in a critical moment of its history. As a candidate for Position #1 on the Port of The Dalles board, I believe that this moment is ripe with opportunity, and applaud the new ideas such as workforce mentoring as another means to contribute to the economic vitality of the area that the Port serves.

May 4, 2017 1:38 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Keep CGCC board

To the editor: I’m writing this letter of support because our college has been a very substantial asset to our community. Please let me thank your readers in advance for carefully considering my recommendations of voting for, and thus re-electing, our current Wasco County College board members: Position 1, Carmen Gamez; Position 2, James (Doc) Willcox; Position 5, Ernie Keller; Position 7, Charleen Cobb.

May 4, 2017 1:37 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Re-elect incumbents

To the editor: I urge the re-election of the current college board members Carmen Gamez, Charleen Cobb, James Willcox and Ernie Keller. Please re-elect them to keep our college growing and serving the students.

May 4, 2017 1:36 p.m. read more..
  

Letter to the Editor: Time for a change

To the editor: It’s time for a change on the Columbia Gorge Community College Board. I commend the incumbents for their service and commitment to CGCC, but it’s time for new perspectives.

May 4, 2017 1:32 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Walden accountable?

To the editor: To whom is Walden accountable? It is deeply disturbing to witness the most recent attack on our health care. Just when it seemed the American Health Care Act had been stopped, back door deals and continued paring away at the benefits of the Affordable Care Act brought a new proposal this last week.

May 4, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: CGCC right on track

To the editor: In response to Mr. Schell’s remarks (May 16 Chronicle letter “Vote new, energetic”), I wholeheartedly support his right to campaign for the candidates of his choice. But to castigate the entire slate of incumbent board members is not only in bad taste, but ill mannered and totally inaccurate based on the facts.

May 4, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Walden, help Trump

To the editor: An open letter to Rep. Greg Walden: As one of your constituents, I wanted to express my fervent wish that the House Republicans get behind President Trump’s tax reform, and stop acting like they want to hang onto Obamacare and not revamp it.

May 4, 2017 1:29 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Fresh leadership

To the editor: I encourage all voters of Wasco County to cast their ballot this spring. When doing so, I urge you to vote for Kevin McCabe, Sarah Segal, Dana Campbell and Kim Morgan for the Columbia Gorge Community College Board of Education.

May 4, 2017 1:29 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Lost protection

To the editor: The Dalles is the loser as the drug and alcohol rehab facility starts its work at 11th and Federal streets. It’s now possible for this kind of a facility to be developed anywhere in our residential housing zone.

May 4, 2017 1:28 p.m. read more..
  

Celebrating ‘The Blues’ on air

Blues radio host Steve “Squrl” Curley will celebrate 25 years broadcasting Squrl’s Blues Review weekly in the Gorge this Friday, May 5, with an open house from 7 to 10 p.m. at Bi-Coastal studios, 719 E. Second Street in The Dalles.

May 4, 2017 1:18 p.m. read more..
 

Mental evaluations sought in cases

A man accused of killing three people in a December crash on Highway 26 went to the state hospital last week for a mental evaluation to see if he is fit to stand trial, the district attorney said.

May 4, 2017 1:16 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 3

 

OR business tax plan draws fire

SALEM (AP) — Oregon lawmakers rolled out a broad plan to overhaul the state's corporate tax system Tuesday that could net anywhere between $288 million and $3 billion in extra funds for the cash-strapped state over the next two years.

May 3, 2017 1:28 p.m. read more..


Stelzer, Farrell pace Dufur boys

Asa Farrell and Ezekiel Stelzer had two top-3 marks apiece, with Stelzer winning the 3,000 meters, and the Dufur Ranger boys’ track team totaled 56 points for fourth place at the Nike Sherman Invitational Meet in Moro.

May 3, 2017 1:27 p.m. read more..


Huskies fare well at Nike Sherman Invitational

At the 19-team Nike Sherman Invitational Saturday in Moro, the Sherman Huskies put up nine top-5 finishes and added 15 personal records, as the boys’ track and field team totaled 46 points to finish in a sixth-place tie.

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


The Dalles girls tennis goes 3-1 at Bend Tourney

This past Friday and Saturday, The Dalles girls’ tennis team had an opportunity to sharpen up its skills in four matches against Crescent Valley, Bend, Pendleton and Mountain View at the two-day 5A Dual State Championships held in Bend.

May 3, 2017 1:24 p.m. read more..


TD comes up just short against HRV, 5-3

Looking at the end results of Tuesday’s league match against Hood River Valley, The Dalles girls’ tennis coach Debby Jones saw some encouraging efforts from a few of her top names in a 5-3 loss to the visiting Eagles.

May 3, 2017 1:23 p.m. read more..


Vineyard, orchard supply company opens store in The Dalles

With orchards and vineyards a growing segment of the area’s agricultural economy, a Yakima, Wash.-based company has moved into The Dalles to tap into the expanding market. “Wilson’s is a one-stop solutions provider for commercial orchards and vineyards, offering a full suite of irrigation, planting, development, and harvesting equipment and supplies, as well as irrigation systems designs,” said Joe Perry, chief executive officer of Wilson’s.

May 3, 2017 1:19 p.m. read more..
 

Six arrested in MINT stings

The Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force recently arrested six people at two residences during narcotics-related investigations in The Dalles.

May 3, 2017 1:07 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 2



Dufur coach arrested on sex charges

UPDATED Wednesday, 1:44 p.m. Dufur track coach Ty Lee Wyman, 27, was arrested Monday and is accused of a number of crimes alleging sexual contact with two students, the Wasco County district attorney said Tuesday.

May 2, 2017 2:40 p.m. read more..
 

No. 2 Dufur drops the hammer on Pilot Rock

DUFUR – With first place on the line, Pilot Rock pitcher Levi Thieme headlined a No. 1-ranked Rockets team for a Saturday doubleheader against seventh-ranked Dufur in a battle pitting two of the best baseball teams in the 2A classification.

May 2, 2017 1:34 p.m. read more..
  

Letter to the Editor: Climate change truth

To the editor: A terrific piece appeared recently in The New York Times by Bill McKibben—my pick for America’s best candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize—on why the White House isn’t just launching short-term damage to earth, but, as McKibben concludes “Trumpism will persist, a dark stratum in the planet’s geological history. In some awful sense, his term could last forever.”

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

Letter to the Editor: Vote new, energetic

To the editor: On May 16, voters will have the opportunity to ensure that Columbia Gorge Community College will offer educational programs that will lead to good jobs in the Columbia Gorge region.

May 2, 2017 1:24 p.m. read more..
 

Growth creates rental housing crisis

PORTLAND — Oregon has become one of America's most popular moving destinations, with tens of thousands of newcomers each year drawn by its forests and mountains, its quirky city of Portland and its job opportunities. But the inflow has caused a rental housing crisis across the state, with too few homes being built. Families face steep rent hikes or evictions to make way for better-heeled tenants.

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


Police rescue 11 ducklings

Eleven ducklings were reunited with their worried momma Sunday morning thanks to a Youtube video and some quack-thinking — er, quick-thinking — by The Dalles police officers. A woman called dispatchers Sunday morning just after 9 a.m. to report a frantic duck was wandering in the road chirping, in the area west of the city dock and Rock Fort on Union Street.

May 2, 2017 1:12 p.m. read more..


Governor visits TD to ‘listen’

Gov. Kate Brown came to The Dalles on Friday for a lengthy visit that focused on several of her top priorities as governor — education, agriculture, and economic development. It was Brown’s first visit to The Dalles since taking office in February of 2015.

May 2, 2017 1:09 p.m. read more..


­Protesters at jail backing hunger strike

A group began picketing the regional jail Monday, supporting immigration detainees who are on a hunger strike to protest what they say are poor living conditions. The jail administrator disputed all their claims.

May 2, 2017 1:02 p.m. read more..
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