Stories for November 2017


Thursday, November 30

Council rejects building purchase

The Dalles City Council decided Monday not to change the status quo for how planning and building code services are handled, although officials remain interested in negotiating with Wasco County to combine programs.

November 30, 2017 2:32 p.m. read more..

Suit filed in TD sex crime case

An $8.5 million lawsuit was filed against Mid-Columbia Head Start and its volunteer William Frank Osborne, alleging the pre-school program did not adequately supervise Osborne, who has been accused of sexually assaulting several children in his care. The suit, filed Nov. 9 in Wasco County Circuit Court, named Mid-Columbia Children’s Council Inc., the non-profit organization that runs the Head Start program. The program serves 3- to 5-year-olds.

November 30, 2017 2:30 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 29

TD man, Underwood woman accused of home invasion robbery

An Underwood woman was arrested Nov. 17 for first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, first-degree burglary and first-degree theft, all charges that stemmed from an incident earlier this year. Leesa Combs, 38, was lodged in the Klickitat County Jail on a $250,000 bail.

November 29, 2017 3:24 p.m. read more..

TDMS athletes picked to play in all-state games

To help raise awareness and support for the more than 500,000 kids in foster care nationally, Portland-area coach Matt Williams came up with a plan to start the inaugural Oregon All-State Football showcase for the top middle school athletes from across the state in a three-game event on June 30, 2018 in Eugene. Representing The Dalles are seventh grade standouts, Mynoah Iaulualo, Kade Wilson, Dawson Heka and Styles DeLeon.

November 29, 2017 3:07 p.m. read more..

Smith earns prestigious invite

Local all-star baseball player Carson Smith recently participated in the Under Armour National Tryout and received an invitation to play in the Winter Classic Tournament on Dec. 26, in Vero Beach, Fla. along with 100 other athletes from across the nation.

November 29, 2017 3:05 p.m. read more..

Workaround sought for school traffic

Dry Hollow Elementary has the school district’s most congested drop-off/pick-up situation, and a proposal was made to the school board last week that could help lighten the load in several ways.

November 29, 2017 3 p.m. read more..

Carpet cleaners ready for work

Whether you are getting ready for a holiday party, or wanting to get rid of the traffic patterns in your rug afterward, All Seasons Professional Carpet Cleaning & Restoration is on the job. “We offer in-depth cleaning that meets the white glove test,” said Jared Snyder, owner of the business that prides itself on total transformations.

November 29, 2017 2:59 p.m. read more..

Company still accepting recyclables

People need to continue filling curbside bins while global leaders restructure recycling programs, said Jim Winterbottom, district manager of Waste Connections, Inc., which operates The Dalles Disposal and Hood River Garbage.

November 29, 2017 2:58 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, November 28

Fitzgerald joins Chronicle staff

I’m excited to introduce myself as the newest addition to the staff at The Dalles Chronicle. I grew up in Hillsboro as the second of three girls. I graduated from the University of Portland this past May with an English literature degree, nearly $30,000 in debt, and a desire to do work that I care about — all of which bring me here, to the Chronicle.

November 28, 2017 1:43 p.m. read more..

Rangers achieve 1A football immortality

COTTAGE GROVE – In his 30 years as Dufur’s football coach, Jack Henderson has racked up a 254-87 overall record, with nine state championships, including three in a row twice, from 1999-2001 and 2015-2017.

November 28, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..

‘Tis the Season

The Dalles opened the holiday season in a big way Friday evening with the annual Starlight Parade that had entries based on the theme A Storybook Christmas.

November 28, 2017 1:17 p.m. read more..

Home invasion reported Thanksgiving day

A homeless man who had been arrested five times in 2017 was caught in a woman’s house in the 300 block of East Seventh Street early Thanksgiving morning after he kicked in her front door.

November 28, 2017 1:15 p.m. read more..

Thieves steal county plaque

Thieves stole the plaque on the antelope statue outside the Wasco County Courthouse sometime last week, officials said. The statue was donated to the county in 1986 by the community of Antelope. The plaque stated the statue was “Dedicated to all who steadfastly and unwaveringly opposed the attempts of the Rajneesh followers to take political control of Wasco County. 1981-1985.”

November 28, 2017 1:06 p.m. read more..

Saturday, November 25

CGBA officially starts winter hoops campaign

Boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, from the fifth-through-seventh grades, representing the Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy took part in the daylong Hermiston Youth Hoops Tournament last Saturday and Sunday, and produced good results for their season-opening event of the winter campaign. “I’m super-pleased with our performance this weekend,” said coach and program president Greg Cummings.

November 25, 2017 11:26 a.m. read more..

Rangers going full speed ahead in title tilt

DUFUR – The state championship game is upon us. On the field in Cottage Grove at noon Saturday, the Dufur Rangers are looking for their 20th straight win, 12th this season, a ninth state title in school history, third in a row, and the No. 5-seeded Hosanna Christian Lions are the final road block standing in the way of 1A football immortality.

November 25, 2017 11:25 a.m. read more..

Community Thanksgiving

Margo Vankat, right, serves potatoes at St. Mary's Academy during the Community Thanksgiving meal Thursday. Organizers said the flow of diners was steady throughout the day, supported by a host of volunteers who were busy serving, preparing and cleaning.

November 25, 2017 11:16 a.m. read more..

Walden addresses opioid crisis

Ninety people die each day in America from overdoses, a figure that led Congressman Greg Walden, R-Ore., to do something out of the norm as chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. For the first time during the 115th Congress, Walden convened all 55 members of the committee to examine the federal government's response to President Donald Trump’s declaration of opioid addiction as a national public health emergency.

November 25, 2017 11:15 a.m. read more..

TDHS graduate awarded Bronze Star

As a daredevil kid who didn’t suffer too many scrapes growing up, Garron Dahle was cool and confident, with an uncanny ability to measure risk, his dad said. It’s a skillset that has served him well in his military career as a special operations combat controller — someone who orchestrates multiple airborne assets in combat situations — and recently earned him a Bronze Star Medal.

November 25, 2017 11:09 a.m. read more..

TD girls’ soccer hands out season awards

Varsity seniors Megan Burdine, Emma Weir and Alexia Tapia were saluted one final time, and the quartet of all-Columbia River Conference winners Addie Klindt, Victoria Barragan, Molly Taylor and Courtney Hert received a round of applause for solid soccer campaigns during the girls’ year-end banquet last Friday at The Dalles Middle School.

November 25, 2017 10:57 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: No exclusion zone

To the editor: We do not support the creation of a downtown exclusion zone. This would simply push offenders outside the zone to the nearby businesses and residents, as well as the city-wide neighborhoods.

November 25, 2017 10:55 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Example of teamwork

To the editor: On Nov. 11, 2017, a dedication ceremony was held at the Columbia Gorge Veterans’ Museum located next door to The Dalles American Legion Post 19, which donated the space.

November 25, 2017 10:54 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Healthcare for all

To the editor: Measure 101 will arrive as a single-issue ballot in January, asking voters to support the existing healthcare plan that ensures that 95 percent of Oregonians and 100 percent of children have access to healthcare.

November 25, 2017 10:53 a.m. read more..

The gift that keeps on giving

The magic of Christmas is in the giving of gifts as well as receiving them, and shopping at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in The Dalles — or “St. Vinnie’s” — enables people to enjoy both benefits. Not only can you find the perfect vintage or collectible item for someone on your Christmas list, but the money you spend helps veterans, the homeless and families in need.

November 25, 2017 10:36 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 22

TDMS seventh graders finish season undefeated

When visualizing the direction of The Dalles Middle School football program, coach Paul Beasley has greater long-term goals in line for his athletes, which span further than just wins and losses. This seventh-grade group of 27 finished with an undefeated 6-0 record and outscored their opponents by a 135-27 margin, posting shutouts in three games against Armand Larive (Hermiston), Sandstone (Hermiston) and Hood River, by a combined, 82-0.

November 22, 2017 2:08 p.m. read more..

Athletics East trio picks up nationals invite

Facing off against a group of 37 competitive runners in the 15-to-18-year old classification, The Dalles trio of Sam Alvarez, Michael Lantz and Dillon Dorado qualified to participate in the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships after standout regional performances this past Saturday at Woodland Zoo Park in Seattle, Wash.

November 22, 2017 2:05 p.m. read more..

Health center scores $13.2M loan

John Huffman, in his new role as state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, announced Monday that the agency was investing $13.2 million to improve access to health care services for Gorge communities. The loan will be used by One Community Health, a nonprofit provider, to replace its Hood River dental and medical complex, 1220 Indian Creek Road.

November 22, 2017 1:57 p.m. read more..

Two emaciated horses rescued

Two emaciated horses were surrendered to an equine rescue by their Rowena area owners Nov. 5 after a citizen reported the horses were starving. Two other horses and five cows from the property were taken in by a local rancher.

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

Appealing to the senses

A gift shop near the eastern edge of The Dalles’ downtown business district might be a little bit off the beaten track, but for local shoppers it would be well worth it to search the store out.

November 22, 2017 1:52 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, November 21


Dufur heads to 1A championship game

HILLSBORO – Early last Tuesday morning on his way to school, Dufur junior Abraham Kilby hit some black ice on the road, skidded to an embankment and flipped three times into a ditch. Medically cleared by doctors, and after getting the final affirmation from head coach Jack Henderson on game day, Kilby dressed down for Saturday’s 1A state semifinal football game against Falls City, and posted five tackles with two sacks, one of those coming on a fourth down play late in the third quarter that kept his team ahead 38-22, in what was a 58-28 victory at Liberty High School in Hillsboro.

November 21, 2017 2:28 p.m. read more..

Community Thanksgiving at St. Mary’s

Prep work began Monday for the annual community Thanksgiving meal, which takes place from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Academy in The Dalles. The free meal is open to anyone.

November 21, 2017 2:07 p.m. read more..

Bigfoot debate: Spirit or science?

Last Friday night the Discovery Center hosted a lecture by Mel Skahan, called “Sasquatch & Spirituality.” Mel is a forester for the Yakama Nation, and he’s worked outdoors in that postion for over 20 years.

November 21, 2017 2:06 p.m. read more..

Bonham voted into OR house

Daniel Bonham, owner of Maupin’s Stoves & Spa in The Dalles, was appointed Monday by Wasco, Jefferson, Deschutes and Wheeler County commissioners to fill the Republican vacancy in the House District 59 seat.

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

Saturday, November 18

SWC wraps up banner season with awards

The South Wasco County volleyball team won 25 matches, claimed two tournaments, lost only one match from Sept. 9 until the state tournament, won a district championship and scored a sixth-place trophy at the 1A state tourney in Redmond.

November 18, 2017 11:55 a.m. read more..

­­­A Holiday for Heroes

Eighty-five boxes are on their way to troops in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Middle East thanks to the generosity of area residents, reported Chris Mumford, co-chair of the Holiday for Heroes Committee, on Friday afternoon.

November 18, 2017 11:48 a.m. read more..

70 years of hymns

When she was 14 years old, ­­ Phyllis Ronfeld started playing the organ for Zion Lutheran Church. That was in 1946, just after the end of World War II. Plenty of things have changed since then, but not Ronfeld, who is still playing the organ 70 years later. Zion is celebrating the remarkable milestone this Sunday, Nov. 19.

November 18, 2017 11:36 a.m. read more..

Friday, November 17

Five Hawk players earn spots on CRC list

The Dalles boys’ soccer team enjoyed a breakthrough fall season and five players, along with head coach Matthew Dallman, were rewarded for their standout performances through the regular season.

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

Vet explains public ‘outrage’

Joshua Farris said Thursday that he will not apologize to The Dalles City Council for his “outrage” on Monday, but he has apologized, and will continue to do so, to any audience member or citizen viewing a live stream of the meeting who was upset by his behavior.

November 17, 2017 1:06 p.m. read more..

Immigration march draws 65

Chanting slogans in support of immigrants and a “clean Dream act,” a student-organized protest with some 65 participants marched from the west business district to the courthouse steps Thursday afternoon.

November 17, 2017 1:02 p.m. read more..

No rate hike from PUD

Not only has Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District staff proposed no rate increase for 2018, but they also recommend seasonal discounts for low income senior and disabled customers become year-round.

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

Thursday, November 16

Rangers are ready to continue historic run

The last time Dufur played Falls City in August, it was a 50-12 blowout win at the Dufur Eight-Man Classic as the Rangers expanded on a 20-6 halftime lead with 22 unanswered points. That victory and the second-half dominance had some highlight moments, but heading into Saturday’s semifinal game it could be a double-edged sword.

November 16, 2017 1:43 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: District in transition

To the editor: I can think of a no more important institution in Mosier than the Mosier Fire District, especially in light of the 2009 wildfire that nearly entered the town and the 2016 oil train explosion. However, the fire district is currently in a state of great transition: In the process of finding a permanent fire chief, a new recorder, and with a $274,000, four-year FEMA grant, written by the former chief, set to kick in by the end of this month and which will fund the salary of an additional staff person, among other things.

November 16, 2017 1:36 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Outrageous tax plan

To the editor: Representative Walden and the House Republicans claim that their new tax bill will create “tax relief for the middle class.” However, nonpartisan analysis of the measure demonstrates that it gives the vast majority of tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans. And the share of benefits going to the richest citizens grows even larger over time.

November 16, 2017 1:35 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: A complicated grief

To the editor: It is a complicated grief – that which is borne by those who lost a loved one to suicide. Stuffed inside, in silence or denial, is often where this grief resides. Despite an increasing number of grief support groups showing up, there is still reason for a special day dedicated to the survivors of suicide loss held annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

November 16, 2017 1:35 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Righting a wrong

To the editor: Do you know what IEW is? IEW is the short name of "International Education Week.” It is held to make an opportunity to be interested in international exchange.

November 16, 2017 1:34 p.m. read more..

Student shares birthday with vets

Evelyn Rogers, a third grader at St. Mary’s Academy in The Dalles, wanted to celebrate her eighth birthday in September by helping people in need. She asked family and friends to forego buying her gift and, instead, donate items for families who had been displaced by Hurricane Harvey in Texas in late August.

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

‘Once Upon a Winter Wonderland’

On the day after Thanksgiving, the 28th annual “Starlight Parade & Tree Lighting Celebration,” sponsored by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce, takes place in the downtown business district. This year’s parade theme is “Once Upon a Winter Wonderland.”

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

Warm coats needed for winter

Area residents are being asked by Cousin’s Restaurant & Saloon to sort through their coats tonight and, if there is something they aren’t wearing, donate it Friday, Nov. 16, to the homeless or needy families.

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

A Stitch in Time

This handmade quilt will be up for raffle at St. Peter’s Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 18 at St. Mary’s Academy, 1112 Cherry Heights Rd. The bazaar, which has been an annual event for 39 years, opens at 9 a.m.

November 16, 2017 1:24 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 15

Company floats bridge plan

A Colorado infrastructure investment company on Nov. 7 introduced a proposal to replace the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge. United Bridge Partners, based in Denver, submitted a plan to the Port of Hood River that involves using private funds to design, build and manage a new concrete bridge just west of the aging steel archway, complete with a modern look, wider lanes and a pedestrian crossing.

November 15, 2017 1:47 p.m. read more..

The Dalles Booster Club is looking for volunteers

The Dalles High School Booster Club has a mission to encourage excellence for all students involved in athletic activities, stimulate a positive community image, promote student health and a healthy competitive spirit at TDHS by providing resources, promoting parent and community involvement in a strategic partnership designed to enhance the development of all athletic activities.

November 15, 2017 1:45 p.m. read more..

Athletics East qualifies nine for regionals

For their first cross country race off the fall campaign, runners from the Athletics East Running Club rose to the challenge at the Oregon USATF Oregon Association Junior Olympic State Championships this past Saturday on the campus of Corbin University in Salem.

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

Engine fire delays Columbia paddle wheeler

Coast Guard members from Marine Safety Unit Portland responded to a report of an engine fire aboard the passenger vessel American Empress after it experienced a significant machinery malfunction while preparing to moor near The Dalles on Thursday, according to a report from radio station KAST 1370.

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

Heading south? Request a ballot for special election

Wasco County Clerk Lisa Gambee is trying to get the word out to voters who might be headed south for the winter that they need to request an absentee ballot if they want to weigh in on the Jan. 23 special election. She said people can sign up for absentee ballots in the clerk’s office at the courthouse, 511 Washington St., or online at in the Elections section.

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

Troops await care packages

The Holiday for Heroes Committee has raised more than $2,000 for troop boxes and accumulated a pile of snack and hygiene items for shipments to the Middle East. Because of the community’s generosity, Mike Knopf, a member of the committee and The Dalles Outpost Leader for Point Man International Ministries, said more than 30 boxes — the original goal — can be filled on Thursday.

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

Tuesday, November 14

DiGennaro earns swim honors

This past summer, Lydia DiGennaro participated in summer swim sessions for The Dalles Swim Team and had several top finishes in multiple events. She shined brightest at the Pendleton Open this past July with a personal-record of 24 minutes and two seconds in the 1,500-meter freestyle to secure a No. 3 ranking amongst all the other 12-year olds.

November 14, 2017 1:52 p.m. read more..

Dufur makes its run to 1A semifinals

DUFUR – Being part of a program that has won eight state championships, Cole Kortge knows what is at stake every time he and his Dufur Ranger teammates step on the gridiron. Saturday at Dufur High School, Kortge and the No. 2 Rangers led 26-0 at the half enroute to a 50-12 victory in a 1A state football quarterfinal matchup against No. 7 Adrian-Jordan Valley.

November 14, 2017 1:47 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Don’t reward wealthy

To the editor: Republican mega-donors are threatening to cut funding to the party if it fails to pass tax "reform.” Republicans are responding with proposed tax cuts that will reward their wealthy donors' campaign contributions with over a trillion dollars in added income over the next decade.

November 14, 2017 1:40 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Cartoon was offensive

To the editor: We were deeply offended by the "Florist Shop" political cartoon in the Nov. 7 issue. It was in very poor taste and uncalled for in light of common decency and compassion.

November 14, 2017 1:39 p.m. read more..

Bonham finalist for Huffman seat

Daniel Bonham, owner of Maupin’s Stoves & Spas in The Dalles, is excited to be one of three finalists to replace John Huffman as the representative for House District 59. He is the only contender from the Gorge and is vying against Mae Huston, chair of the Jefferson County Commission, and Robert Perry of Redmond, who retired after 40 years in a marketing career.

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

Gala Opening

The Granada Theatre in The Dalles reopened last weekend with “act after act” of Vaudeville, local bands, dancers and country legend music performers in the newly rennovated historic theater, originally built in 1929.

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

Vet lashes out at homeless plan

An Iraqi war veteran was escorted by police out of The Dalles City Council meeting Monday after he stridently accused the elected body of violating the free speech rights of the audience and the civil rights of the homeless. “I took an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution against all enemies, foreign or domestic,” said Joshua Farris, a local resident who told the council he deployed to Iraq in 2003 and had also been stationed in Korea and Germany.

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

Saturday, November 11

TD’s October standouts

The Dalles High School recently honored several athletes for their team contributions during the month of October.

November 11, 2017 11:48 a.m. read more..

Husky football gets nine on Big Sky roster

MORO – For a football team that wound up with a 5-4 record, a No. 10 ranking, second place in league and a state-playoff berth, the Sherman Huskies had nine players pick up Big Sky Conference awards, four on both sides of the ball, and Jacob Justesen was voted on as the league’s Offensive Player of the Year.

November 11, 2017 11:46 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Endorse Mike Smith

To the editor: To all Sherman County residents and anyone else who would like to know, I write this today in an effort to give every reader of this newspaper as well as anyone who might have questions, my opinion of Sherman County resident Mike Smith.

November 11, 2017 11:35 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Proud of great kids

To the editor: The Dry Hollow Student Council would like to thank the citizens of The Dalles who contributed to UNICEF and the Dry Hollow students who went trick or treating for it on Halloween. With everyone's help, we collected $419 to benefit underprivileged children in this world.

November 11, 2017 11:35 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: The Dalles needs HAL

To the editor: I just read about Janna Hege’s resignation from HAL (Home at Last Humane Society). This really upsets me! It seems that in the short time she took over, she made things happen – and fast. The Dalles desperately need HAL! Please people, work together and make it happen.

November 11, 2017 11:34 a.m. read more..

Local Marine celebrates with EMS challenge

Hal Woods celebrated the Marine Corps Birthday on Friday, Nov. 10, by challenging his fellow emergency responders to donate snack and hygiene items for care packages that will be sent to troops in Afghanistan. “I am reaching out to all of you in this community, especially law enforcement and firefighters who are on the front lines at home, to help give our warriors a touch of comfort,” he said.

November 11, 2017 11:31 a.m. read more..

In the wrong place at the right time

Roger Howe of The Dalles took his place in the long family lineage of military service when he enlisted in the Army in 1968 and shipped out to Vietnam the same year. “I am a warrior — I’m a warrior for Christ and I’m a warrior for real,” said Roger.

November 11, 2017 11:27 a.m. read more..

Friday, November 10

Hawk harriers celebrated

The Dalles cross country coach Bob Thouvenel offered praise and well-wishes to his athletes, his assistant coaches and community members at the team’s year-end banquet Thursday night at the Riverenza Café in The Dalles. Cross country runners received team honors, such as Most Inspirational, Most Improved and Most Outstanding.

November 10, 2017 1:20 p.m. read more..

TD cheer puts on a competitive show

In their first foray into the competitive cheer world, The Dalles’ Emily Adams and Nathan Nañez showed they belong. That duo, plus veteran seniors Kendyl Kumm and Jessika Nañez put on a dazzling display last Saturday at the Oregon Cheerleading Coaches Association All-State competition at Thurston High School in Springfield.

November 10, 2017 1:17 p.m. read more..

Jail feels pressure of mentally ill

Last month, Regional Jail Administrator Bryan Brandenburg described a recent day at the regional jail that stood out for a frustrating reason: at one point, every inmate in the booking area belonged in a mental health facility. Instead, as regularly happens, they were put behind bars. Booking felt like an acute psychiatric unit, Brandenburg told the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility board at its October meeting.

November 10, 2017 1:11 p.m. read more..

Council eyes homeless ban

In a bid to address concerns about homeless impacts in town, The Dalles City Council on Monday will discuss creation of exclusion zones, from which people accused of certain crimes can be banned. If they reenter the zone after being excluded, they can be arrested for trespassing. Also proposed is amending the city’s nuisance ordinance to prohibit camping on public property within the city limits.

November 10, 2017 1:07 p.m. read more..

Military Exhibit

A class at The Dalles Middle School checks out a Stryker assault vehicle prior to an assembly to honor veterans Thursday morning.

November 10, 2017 1:04 p.m. read more..

Thursday, November 9

Muddy battle could await Dufur and Adrian

DUFUR – With rain pelting the area earlier in the week and a forecast for rain on Friday night, weather and field conditions could play a key factor in Saturday’s OSAA 1A State Football Quarterfinal matchup at 1 p.m. between the No. 2-ranked Dufur Rangers and the No. 7 Adrian/Jordan Valley Antelopes.

November 9, 2017 1:37 p.m. read more..

Hawk soccer picks up four all-league bids

The Dalles girls’ soccer team is steadily making its jump as one of the upper echelon programs in the 5A division. Victoria Barragan and Addie Klindt were named as Columbia River Conference first-team winners, and both Molly Taylor and Courtney Hert earned second-team honors from opposing coaches for their standout performances this fall for The Dalles girls’ soccer team.

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

Walking for a cure

Noah Barnes, 11, has burned through more shoes than other kids his age this year — he’s on his 11th pair — but then none of his peers are about to become the youngest person on record to walk across America. On Thursday, Barnes and his father, Robert, could be seen along Washington State Route 14 near Wishram, the 311th day of their more than 4,200-mile journey.

November 9, 2017 1:20 p.m. read more..

A wild and rewarding ride

No matter what path a person travels, at some point the trail has to come to an end. That is where I find myself in November 2017, as I will be leaving The Dalles Chronicle today and heading out on the path of “semi-retirement.”

November 9, 2017 1:19 p.m. read more..

Hage resigns from Home at Last position

The woman asked to help turn around the struggling animal shelter in The Dalles as it contended with a ringworm outbreak has quit her volunteer post, citing interference from the shelter board.

November 9, 2017 1:16 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 8

‘Immense’ partnership forms in TD

Immense Imagery and <em>The Dalles Chronicle</em> have partnered to create a digital platform to maximize the reporting of community events by putting readers at the scene.

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

Four Huskies named as Big Sky’s top athletes

MORO – In the always-competitive Big Sky Conference, the Sherman Huskies finished fourth in the league standings at 3-4, amassed a 7-6 overall record and earned a district tournament invitation. For those improvements, the Lady Huskies had Desiree Winslow and Sammie Lepinski pick up first-team all-league awards, and the duo of Jaelyn Justesen and Savannah Moe were second-team recipients.

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

Trio of TD netters achieve all-CRC status

With a young roster of five underclassmen, four juniors and two seniors, The Dalles volleyball team increased its win total from four to six, won more sets, jumping from 20 in 2016 to 25 this season, and ended up ranked 24th in the 5A classification, a jump from No. 27 in 2016.

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

Vets, kids get together on Thursday

Veterans Day ceremonies take place Thursday at two schools in The Dalles and community members are invited to attend. The events to honor those who have served begins about 9 a.m. at The Dalles Middle School, 1100 East 12th Street, when an H60 Coast Guard helicopter from Astoria lands on the football field. Also on scene will be a 40-foot utility boat.

November 8, 2017 1:17 p.m. read more..

Sweet Visit

Wanda Fisher is 91 years old and enjoys feeding the birds at her home in the Pomona Meadows. These hummingbirds seem to appreciate her generosity on a cool fall day.

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

Tuesday, November 7

Redside netters secure sixth-place state honors

Over the past four years, South Wasco County head coach Donna Barton played an integral part in getting the volleyball program playing at a high enough level to compete with the rest of 1A classification. After a 25-win campaign, the program’s first Big Sky Conference District title and a No. 8 ranking, Barton can walk away feeling a sense of accomplishment.

November 7, 2017 1:32 p.m. read more..

Riverhawks make their marks at state meet

Emma Mullins and Hanna Ziegenhagen each finished in the upper third of the 99 female runners, and the boys’ team combined times for a ninth-place outcome amongst 13 other squads at the OSAA 5A State Championships Saturday at Lane Community College in Eugene.

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

Letter to the Editor: Let’s find balance

To the editor: I have lived in Oregon all of my life, spending my childhood in the forested region of the southwest. This year was especially difficult to see so many forests burned not only across the West but so close to home here in Oregon.

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

Indian Autumn

The “Columbia River Indian Autumn” celebration at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center attracted a host of celebrants Saturday.

November 7, 2017 1:08 p.m. read more..

ICE hunger strike ends

A hunger strike by immigration detainees was “paused” at the regional jail Saturday after detainees said concessions were promised by jail and immigration officials. They said they may resume the strike if conditions don’t improve. Meanwhile, Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility Administrator Bryan Brandenburg said no agreement was made in order to stop the strike, which he said lasted three days, not four as claimed by supporters of the strikers.

November 7, 2017 1:06 p.m. read more..

Saturday, November 4

Redsides drop state opener in 4

Under the bright lights of the 1A volleyball scene, the South Wasco County Redsides scratched and clawed their way to a close four-set loss to No. 2-seeded Country Christian in opening-round state action Friday afternoon in Redmond.

November 4, 2017 11:53 a.m. read more..

No. 2 Rangers deliver their knockout blow

DUFUR – On a chilly Friday night, the two-time defending champion Rangers were a sea of red renegades ready to send a message to any and all in the 1A classification, that the road to the blue trophy leads to Dufur High School, as all phases of the game stood tall in a 72-0 triumph over the No. 15 Lowell Red Devils.

November 4, 2017 11:52 a.m. read more..

Mosier man charged with sex abuse

William Frank Osborne, 58, of Mosier, a volunteer at The Dalles Head Start, was arrested Oct. 26 on one charge of sex abuse in the first degree, according to a press release from the City of The Dalles Police Department.

November 4, 2017 11:35 a.m. read more..

Protecting property values: Codes enforcement

At one location, two couches and a battered barbecue were sitting by the side of the gravel road. At another, ragged outdoor carpet covered a property dotted with junk and tall vegetation. A third had a dilapidated and dangerously leaning outbuilding that was a threat to human safety. Those are the kinds of public eyesores that The Dalles Codes Enforcement Officer Nikki Lesich works to eradicate.

November 4, 2017 11:31 a.m. read more..

Friday, November 3

Lady Rangers net 5 on Big Sky Conference list

DUFUR – Never in her wildest dreams did Dufur senior Chloe Beeson think she would take home Player of the Year honors. It was a humbling award she shares with her teammates and first-year coach Kristin Whitley.

November 3, 2017 1:38 p.m. read more..

Hawk runners set high state expectations

Through the last handful of seasons, The Dalles cross country coach Bob Thouvenel has seen the number of athletes soar, and with that, the in-roster competition has raised the expectations, created a family bond and helped drop the times dramatically. At last week’s Columbia River Conference District meet in Pendleton, six of the seven male participants set personal records, the girls’ duo of Emma Mullins and Hanna Ziegenhagen chalked up individual state berths and the team set 27 personal records overall.

November 3, 2017 1:35 p.m. read more..

Police ditch razors for a good cause

The Dalles Police Department is taking a small break from protocol in order to fundraise for a good cause this month: normally clean-shaven officers have paid $25 each to participate in No-Shave November. The department has also encouraged the public to donate to No-Shave November, a cancer charity, in the department’s name.

November 3, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..

CL single mom gifted with car

A single mom with three children received a vehicle Thursday in the third annual “Wheels of Hope” campaign sponsored by Bicoastal Media in partnership with Northshore Medical Group.

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

ICE detainee hunger strike begins again

A second hunger strike by immigration detainees at the regional jail in The Dalles has started, with strikers objecting to largely the same issues that sparked a strike in May.

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

Rep. Huffman resigns from House seat

The Wasco County Republican Central Committee is seeking nominees to fill the House District 59 seat vacated Oct. 28 by Oregon Rep. John Huffman, who makes his home in The Dalles. In July, Huffman announced he would not run for re-election in 2018 because he would have fulfilled his goal to serve for 10 years.

November 3, 2017 1:17 p.m. read more..

Thursday, November 2

Huskies taking a business-like approach to state

A 312-mile trek awaits the No. 10-ranked Sherman Huskies, as they make a trip east for their 1A state playoff-opener against the seventh ranked Adrian-Jordan Valley Antelopes at 3 p.m. Mountain Time at Adrian High School. While the moment is huge for the Huskies and the football team, head coach Mike Somnis said the team has taken a business-like approach to this road opener.

November 2, 2017 1:30 p.m. read more..

Defending champs ready to roll with Lowell

For the past two seasons, the Dufur Rangers have been on a magical run, with back-to-back state championships to their credit. Through eight games, the undefeated and No. 2-ranked Rangers remain a prolific top-8 offense and defense with added depth, and more skill players to utilize in big moments.

November 2, 2017 1:28 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Walden uncaring

To the editor: In response to Mr. Ebi’s claim ( Oct 26 letter) that Greg Walden’s work on health care “will continue because he cares about Oregonians and ensuring everyone has access to affordable and quality health care,” I feel the need to remind folks of the disastrous American Health Care Act that Greg Walden helped craft back in the spring of this year.

November 2, 2017 1:25 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Righting a wrong

To the editor: What would you do if you had dutifully been taking care of your finances, but suddenly the marketplace you were using got taken over by a hostile organization that denied you access to what you had been carefully caretaking? It would be outrageous, right? Could this happen here? It already has.

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

Task force suggests pension fix

SALEM — A task force delivered its final report Friday to Gov. Kate Brown on options to shrink the state's bloated pension-fund deficit by $5 billion over the next five years. Two of the suggestions — including privatizing the state's public universities — didn't thrill the Democratic governor.

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

Chenowith goes Disney

Chenowith Elementary School is putting on the Disney production of “Aladdin Kids” on Nov. 2, 3, 4, and 5, in the school cafeteria. The performances Nov. 2-4 will start at 6:30 p.m., and on Sunday, Nov. 5, the performance is at 2 p.m.

November 2, 2017 1:15 p.m. read more..

Local preference sought for move

The Mid-Columbia Council of Governments will ask the state to waive rules that make it unlikely that the new administrators of the Area Agency on Aging will be from the local area. MCCOG, a 40-year-old five-county entity that runs a handful of local and regional services, anticipates dissolving itself by Jan. 31.

November 2, 2017 1:05 p.m. read more..

Building codes future discussed

The entity that has handled regional building codes services is shutting down, and the question of who will take over those services has, as expected, become complex. The possibility of litigation over how to equitably divide a large cash reserve was raised when the issue was recently discussed.

November 2, 2017 1:03 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 1

Officials needed for hoops season

The number of referees available to preside over basketball games in five counties is declining to the point that it could soon adversely affect the ability of young athletes to compete. That’s the message being delivered by Chris Kaseberg, commissioner for the Mid-Columbia Basketball Association.

November 1, 2017 1:42 p.m. read more..

TD steadily putting building blocks in place

Looking to keep their season alive, The Dalles boys’ soccer team could not stop Sandy’s Ryan Escareno, as he netted three opening-half goals in a 4-0 state play-in shutout victory Saturday in Sandy.

November 1, 2017 1:39 p.m. read more..

American Icons

Downtown The Dalles overflowed with ghosts, goblins, adventurers and hundreds of others during downtown Trick-or-Treat Tuesday afternoon.

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

Center Market brings convenience to TD

A new 24-hour market has opened in The Dalles. On Oct. 23, the Center Market started welcoming customers into its bright, clean store at 1015 Walnut St, on the city’s west end. According to the market’s owner, Joson Singh, one of the main features the new business has to offer is convenience and reliability. “We’ll be open 24 hours a day, and all holidays,” Singh said.

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

TDHS ASPIRE seeks mentors

The Dalles High School is looking for mentors willing to help juniors and seniors plan for their next steps after graduation. The ASPIRE program pairs mentors with one or more students to help them line up plans ranging from the military to trade school to college.

November 1, 2017 1:19 p.m. read more..

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