Stories for September 2017

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Saturday, September 30

 

New youth basketball league gears up

In an effort to give youngsters around the region more opportunities to learn basketball skills and gain game experience, Brian Stevens is organizing the “Gorge Hoops Youth League,” a new youth league that will be open to kids from first through eighth grade. The first games are scheduled for early November.

September 30, 2017 12:40 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Question for NFL

To the editor: If some can justify not standing and respecting our national anthem and our Stars and Stripes as a First Amendment matter of "Free Speech,” others can justifiably consider the same as "Hate Speech,” correct?

September 30, 2017 12:30 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: No more disrespect

To the editor: With the NFL players in the news for kneeling during the national anthem, what do the readers of The Dalles Chronicle and the citizens of this town think about the U.S. Flag and the national anthem? (Send a reporter out onto the streets.)

September 30, 2017 12:30 p.m. read more..
 

Historic schoolhouse repaired on Oregon State fairgrounds

SALEM (AP) — Carla Mundt has a passion for education and an appreciation for its roots, especially when it comes to historic Criterion Schoolhouse, which came to the fairgrounds from Wasco County. The 40-year-old roof on the building began to fail last year and was in danger of not surviving another winter until the OREA and key allies launched a “Save the Criterion Schoolhouse” campaign in May.

September 30, 2017 12:24 p.m. read more..


Vogt Theater: Gone ... but not forgotten

When Karl Vercouteren began researching the history of the “forgotten” opera house in The Dalles, he became so enthralled by the project that he published more than 200 pages of his findings. “It became much bigger than what I thought when I started out,” he said.

September 30, 2017 12:16 p.m. read more..

Friday, September 29



A show of love, compassion and family

When it comes to the Pig Bowl, common words used to describe the experience of community activism include, love, compassion and family. “I am just so humbled by the outpouring of support from the community and everyone involved,” said Sherilyn Hutchinson, mother of Amelia, one of three beneficiaries.

September 29, 2017 12:26 p.m. read more..


Oktoberfest returns to The Dalles

St. Peter Catholic Church will celebrate its fifth annual Oktoberfest on Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Parish Center, 1111 Cherry Heights Road in The Dalles.

September 29, 2017 12:23 p.m. read more..
  

Cascade Square’s enhancements win praise

The Cascade Square Shopping Center celebrated the completion of its major renovation project with a ribbon-cutting and other festivities on Sept. 16, and now the merchants are hoping the changes make a difference in their bottom line.

September 29, 2017 12:18 p.m. read more..


Mountain Majesty

Fresh snow covers Mount Hood, pictured here framed by the leaves of a tree in Dallesport. This photograph was taken by local resident Gary Elkinton from the old ferry road.

September 29, 2017 12:16 p.m. read more..


A welcome ride

Usually, when The Dalles Police Officer Brent Larson patrols the city watershed on the Mt. Hood National Forest, he goes in one way and out another, to cover more ground. But, in a very lucky turn of events for mountain biker Cori Bucherl, on Tuesday, Sept. 19, Larson decided to go out the way he came in. As he was trundling down the 1720 Road right by where it intersects with the 44 Road, he came upon a drenched Bucherl, who had cut short a planned 25-mile bike ride due to unseasonably wet and cold weather.

September 29, 2017 12:14 p.m. read more..


TD trooper honored

On Oct. 28, 2015, Senior Trooper Zach Bohince was near Seaside with the fugitive apprehension task force, which was trying to arrest a man with warrants for kidnapping and attempted murder.

September 29, 2017 12:12 p.m. read more..

Thursday, September 28



TD boys' soccer loses 3-1 in CRC road matchup to the Bulldogs

The Dalles boys’ soccer team could have scored two or three goals in a five-minute flurry to start Columbia River Conference action against Hermiston, but the host Bulldogs settled down and broke open a 1-1 halftime tie with two unanswered goals late in the second half in a 3-1 finish at Hermiston High School.

September 28, 2017 2 p.m. read more..


TD girls force a draw with Hermiston

Still without a goal through the first five games of the season, The Dalles girls’ soccer team fought to a scoreless draw with the No. 23-ranked Hermiston Bulldogs in a Columbia River Conference tussle played in The Dalles.

September 28, 2017 1:59 p.m. read more..
 

Dufur starts league action Friday at Perrydale

Big Sky Conference play is starting up for the No. 3-ranked and undefeated Dufur Rangers, and the first test is at 7 p.m. this Friday against No. 24 Perrydale in a road contest at Perrydale High School.

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


TD ready for fight versus Peasley, La Grande

If Columbia, of White Salmon, Wash., presented its share of challenges, then La Grande’s Andrew Peasley could be a constant thorn in the side of The Dalles football team. “I think this will be our toughest game of the season by far,” said TD head coach Steve Sugg.

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

Oregon state park and trail closures ease

CORBETT (AP) — A handful of state-owned trails are reopening after being closed due to the Eagle Creek Fire. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department on Monday re-opened Dabney State Recreation Area, Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint, Rooster Rock State Park and Starvation Creek State Park.

September 28, 2017 1:40 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Thank you!

To the editor: On behalf of all the Kiwanians, community members, and all the children that benefit and enjoy the numerous Kiwanis projects, I thank you!

September 28, 2017 1:37 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Due respect

To the editor: Every year the people of God are redeemed from the bondage of Egypt, from servitude to the world, which corresponds to the birth of Christ.

September 28, 2017 1:36 p.m. read more..


Gorge counties rated by ‘Paycheck friendliness’ data

Klickitat County has the third fastest-growing income in Washington State, ranking 214th among counties in the country, according to a report issued by Smart Asset, a company specializing in financial data analysis. Under the heading “Most Paycheck Friendly Places,” SmartAsset lists Klickitat County as having an average semi-monthly paycheck of $1,687.

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


Long says so long to bread

Dave Long, a longtime sales supervisor in The Dalles — first for Wonder Bread and then for Franz Bakery — enjoyed his final day on the job on Sept. 22. Long delivered bread to a variety of customers around the Columbia River Gorge region for 34 years, beginning in 1983.

September 28, 2017 1:27 p.m. read more..


Grass Valley native gets OSP medal

Six troopers recently received the first ever Medal of Valor issued by the Oregon State Police. Two of them, Ryan Sharp and Zach Bohince, have local ties. Both troopers were shot at by fleeing suspects in vehicle pursuits.

September 28, 2017 1:20 p.m. read more..


Kayak Shed burns in HR

Crews worked through Thursday morning mopping up the fire that destroyed Kayak Shed Wednesday night. “This is a tremendous loss,” said Chief Leonard Damian of Hood River Fire Department. No one was injured in the fire.

September 28, 2017 1:19 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, September 27

 

Lady Rangers breeze past Lyle

The Dufur Lady Rangers have now won three matches in a row, all by sweep, taking Tuesday’s non-league road volleyball contest over Lyle by an average margin of 9.6 points.

September 27, 2017 12:27 p.m. read more..
  

Wildfires push Oregon hunters and hunted into new terrain

MEDFORD (AP) — Wildfires will displace both hunters and the hunted this fall as burning forests and backwoods public-safety closures push men and beasts into new haunts. Big-game animals such as deer and elk do fine in the face of wildfire, often showing uncanny abilities to stay ahead of encroaching flames or finding green oases amid a fire's roar. Creek anytime soon, they likely will feel at home in the smoky areas immediately around wildfires and closed areas, biologists say.

September 27, 2017 12:18 p.m. read more..


Klebes named ‘vertical housing zone’ manager

In a unanimous vote, The Dalles City Council approved changes to the way the city’s “Vertical Housing Zones” are processed and named Matthew Klebes, who serves as The Dalles’ assistant to the city manager, as Vertical Housing Zone manager.

September 27, 2017 12:16 p.m. read more..


Meeting explores decision to end DACA

Some 40 people attended a recent meeting about President Trump’s decision to end DACA, the federal program that defers deportation for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. Recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protection are often called “Dreamers,” which refers to a legislative act that was never passed by Congress.

September 27, 2017 12:15 p.m. read more..


HR ‘Dreamer’ speaks out

Leonidas Montenegro and his family came to the U.S. from Guatemala when he was 13. In 2012, the Obama Administration began its DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, which defers deportation for undocumented immigrations who arrived in the U.S. as children. Montenegro, then in his early 20s, jumped on the opportunity to legally remain in the U.S.

September 27, 2017 12:10 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, September 26



Pollinator Party

Artist MacRae Wylde of Hood River invites the community to his Highline Drive home Sept. 30 to learn about a project to build habitat for native bees. Habitat as art happens in the form of sculptures, metal homes for hard-working Mason bees, already in place in Hood River, Odell, and Moro.

September 26, 2017 12:54 p.m. read more..


SWC takes Redside crown

MAUPIN – Hoisting trophies is a regular thing in Maupin these days. No. 8-ranked South Wasco County went 4-0 and captured their second straight tournament title at the Redside Invitational held Saturday in Maupin.

September 26, 2017 12:48 p.m. read more..


Hawks pull off Nelson Invitational sweep

For 25 years, the Bridgette Nelson Invitational has been the marquee cross country race in the state of Oregon. On the tough Sorosis Course, The Dalles boys and girls posted a first-place sweep this past Saturday in a great tribute to Nelson’s will, drive and work ethic.

September 26, 2017 12:44 p.m. read more..
  

Letter to the Editor: Proud of Villaneuva

To the editor: I am very proud of one NFL player. His name is Alejandro Villanueva of the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise. This man is a former captain in the Army and ex-Ranger who did three tours in Afghanistan.

September 26, 2017 12:34 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Thank you Eagles

To the editor: On Sept 16, The Dalles Eagle Riders held their fifth annual Poker Ride benefiting two local veteran groups, Point Man Ministries and Outside the Wire. Smoke was still present in the gorge but the participants and volunteers still had fun!

September 26, 2017 12:33 p.m. read more..
  

School libraries note ‘Banned Book Week’

The week of Sept. 24 kicked off autumn programming for School District 21 libraries with a variety of celebrations. The first is “Banned Book Week," a time to increase awareness of the importance of intellectual freedom and First Amendment rights in America.

September 26, 2017 12:26 p.m. read more..


Harvester Fire

A grape harvester burns on a hill above the 5000 block of Mill Creek Road. The harvester was fully engulfed when crews arrived Tuesday afternoon, and had an estimated 30 gallons of diesel fuel and oil on board.

September 26, 2017 12:24 p.m. read more..


Bullets skim by swimmers on Columbia

Athletes from the Columbia Gorge Triathlon Club got a scare Sunday morning when bullets buzzed around them and entered the water not far from swimmers. “It was pretty terrifying,” said Dawn Rasmussen of The Dalles, who was in a kayak in front of the group.

September 26, 2017 12:21 p.m. read more..

Saturday, September 23



Redsides blanked by Arlington

The South Wasco County Redsides struggled offensively, and the Arlington Honkers took full advantage. Thomas Evans and the No. 11-ranked Honkers jumped out to a lopsided 43-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 57-0 win in non-league football action Friday night in Arlington.

September 23, 2017 12:40 p.m. read more..


No. 18 Sherman opens floodgates on Pilot Rock

Senior quarterback Jacob Justesen tossed a career-high five touchdowns and rushed for two scores to spearhead a 54-14 Sherman triumph over Pilot Rock Friday in a 1A football contest played in Moro.

September 23, 2017 12:38 p.m. read more..


Rugged Bruins roll it up on the Riverhawks

After a blazing start to the season with three consecutive wins, The Dalles football had a little bit of its fire extinguished Friday night against Columbia, out of White Salmon, Wash.

September 23, 2017 12:34 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Who is extreme?

To the editor: In the Sept. 8 Chronicle “article,” “Walden Talks Politics...”, Congressman Walden stated “Indivisible, which seems to draw a lot of extremists, is not a movement designed to build agreement and unity.” Walden's assertion is absolutely untrue.

September 23, 2017 12:26 p.m. read more..
  

Lifestyle Tour

The P.E.O. “Home Away from Home” fall tour offers area residents the opportunity to explore six bed and breakfasts, and short-term rentals, in The Dalles while “helping women reach for the stars.”

September 23, 2017 12:10 p.m. read more..

Friday, September 22

 

Dufur dismantles Ione in three sets

The Dufur Rangers jumped into sole possession of second place in the Big Sky Conference after a 25-17, 25-15 and 25-12 three-set sweep over Ione Thursday in a league volleyball match played in Dufur.

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


TD loses CRC showdown to Hood River

Hood River Valley and The Dalles hit the court for the first of three Columbia River Conference matches Thursday, with the No. 17-ranked Eagles striking first for a three-set sweep Thursday in a varsity volleyball contest played at Kurtz Gym.

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

Local speller takes top spot

Most people have never heard the word “qiviut,” let alone are able to spell it correctly. It refers to the luxuriously soft underwool of the musk ox. Local speller Sonja Jacobsen sailed through that word, along with words like crepuscular, phloem, and sybaritic, to take the state title in the highest division at the Oregon State Spelling Bee in Salem Sept. 2.

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


Resources available for those impacted by fire, I-84 closure

Businesses throughout the Columbia Gorge have experienced impacts as a consequence of the Eagle Creek Fire and resulting closures of Interstate 84, including loss in customers, increased transportation costs, difficulty getting supply deliveries and challenges transporting products to market.

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


American Tribute

Small American flags are showing up around The Dalles, mounted with hardware and positioned on fence posts in visible spots. The identity of the person posting them is not known.

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


Ban on using cell phones while driving starts Oct. 1

The Dalles Police Officer Jeff Kienlen just got back from a traffic conference, where discussion touched on the fact that fatal crashes are on the rise, mostly due to distracted driving. And so the timing is apt for the Oct. 1 start of Oregon’s new distracted driving law, which bans holding a cell phone or other electronic device while driving.

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

Thursday, September 21

 

Riverhawks get to strut their stuff at home

After mostly practicing indoors over the past two weeks, The Dalles football team had a chance to strap on the pads and work out the kinks for Friday’s 7 p.m. home matchup versus Adam Goodwillie, Tylan Webster, Chandlor Bucklin and the Columbia Bruins out of White Salmon.

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

Guest Column: We must act to prevent wildfires

Oregonians have faced some of the worst fires in our state’s history this year. We have watched in shock as every day comes with more smoke and reports of new fires. With arrival of the first fall rains, we can and should turn our attention to the recovery efforts after the fires.

September 21, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Ask first

To the editor: To the person who complained about the "unkempt graves" at IOOF. Have you visited regularly over the past several years? Have you noticed that things are looking much better? Do you know how big the budget is to run the cemetery, or how much water they have to keep everything green?

September 21, 2017 1:30 p.m. read more..
  

Room tax use under review

The Dalles City Council held a special work session Monday to gather public input about whether the funding formula for lodging taxes should be changed, or if the current dispersal adequately supported tourism and marketing activities. “We decided it was a good time to look toward the future,” said Mayor Steve Lawrence.

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


Free Bird

A biologist spreads the wing of a wild hawk that had just been banded Sunday at Bonney Butte HawkWatch on the flanks of Mount Hood.

September 21, 2017 1:06 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, September 20

 

TD netters lose to Pendleton

The Dalles volleyball team fell behind 2-0 in its league match against Pendleton and stormed back with a 25-21 third-set win, but the Buckaroos ended up scoring a victory following a 25-15 fourth-set margin Tuesday in Pendleton.

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


Dufur sweeps past Klickitat

Chloe Beeson and Alexus Outlaw combined for 15 kills, 21 digs and five service aces, and the Dufur rangers came away with a three-set sweep over Klickitat, Wash. Tuesday in a non-league volleyball contest played Tuesday in Dufur.

September 20, 2017 1:02 p.m. read more..


No. 10 SWC scores four-set win over Sherman

The South Wasco County Redsides served at a 93-percent clip and connected on 76 of 88 swings for 36 kills to secure a four-set win over the Sherman Huskies Tuesday in Big Sky Conference volleyball action in Maupin.

September 20, 2017 12:58 p.m. read more..


TD soccer gets gritty win over Ridgeview

Alejandro Gutierrez scored a goal in the 21st minute of the opening half, and starting goalkeeper Jaime Castro made seven saves for his first-career shutout in The Dalles’ 1-0 victory Tuesday over Ridgeview.

September 20, 2017 12:55 p.m. read more..


Internship program ready to roll

It’s only natural that “Gorge Works,” a technical career internship program organized by the Port of the Dalles and Columbia Gorge Community College, will have its formal kickoff on Oct. 6. That’s because Oct. 6 is “Manufacturing Day” in the United States, a day for celebration of “modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.”

September 20, 2017 12:43 p.m. read more..
 

Garden brings hugs, smiles

When Karyn Hart set out to revive the neglected gardens around Bent River Restaurant and Schwarbach’s Sports Bar, located along the Riverfront Trail at 1535 Bargeway Road, she had her work cut out for her. “It was pretty dilapidated,” she said.

September 20, 2017 12:40 p.m. read more..


Clear Blue

After weeks of heavy smoke, haze and unhealthy air, which closed schools and impacted local athletic teams, a cold front out of the west cleared the air in The Dalles Monday, as seen in this picture taken by The Dalles photographer Gary Elkinton from the overlook at Sorosis Park.

September 20, 2017 12:34 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, September 19



Fourth-quarter pick-6s thwart Sherman’s comeback bid

The Sherman Huskies trailed by 14 points in the fourth quarter, and rallied to get to within a 40-34 deficit with possession of the ball, but back-to-back interception returns by Wallowa sealed a 54-40 victory Friday in a non-league football game played at Powder Valley High School.

September 19, 2017 1:53 p.m. read more..


Hawks set 36 personal records

Aspen Cook picked up her first win of the 2017 season, and the boys had six of their top eight varsity runners finish within the top third of the 145-person field for second place in the standings behind 6A Franklin at the Oregon City XC Invitational Saturday at Oregon City High School.

September 19, 2017 1:51 p.m. read more..


Dufur girls lose to two 2A teams

DUFUR – The Dufur Rangers may have been swept in two matches Saturday at home versus 2A St. Paul and Culver, but head coach Kristin Whitley used the double dual as opportunity to gauge how her group would do against two top-3 programs. “Overall, I’m glad to have the opportunity to play such high-caliber teams,” Whitley said.

September 19, 2017 1:49 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Bad outweighs good

To the editor: I totally agree with Mr. Paul Crowley’s letter to the editor (Sept. 14) in The Dalles Chronicle. I, too, believe that fireworks in the hands of the public, especially kids, is dangerous and unnecessary.

September 19, 2017 1:43 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Compassion needed

To the editor: In the Chronicle’s Aug. 22nd Crosstalk, one of the authors condemned the Southern Poverty Law Center as a “far left” organization for naming the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council as “hate groups.”

September 19, 2017 1:43 p.m. read more..
  

Monuments to be resized hold artifacts, key habitat

SALT LAKE CITY — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendation to shrink four sprawling national monuments in the U.S. West jeopardizes protections for ancient cliff dwellings, scenic canyons and habitat for endangered fish and threatened Mojave desert tortoises. The recommendations, revealed in a leaked memo submitted to the White House, would scale back two huge Utah monuments — Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante — along with Nevada's Gold Butte and Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou.

September 19, 2017 1:34 p.m. read more..
 

Community Meal throws a party

There’s going to be party in the parking lot outside the Community Meal site on Saturday and area residents are invited to come down, enjoy music and a hamburger, and learn more about the program to feed anyone in need of a hot meal.

September 19, 2017 1:27 p.m. read more..


Saturday, September 16

 

No jet lag for well-traveled TD football team

For the past eight quarters, The Dalles football team has played lockdown defense, holding Fort Vancouver and Brookings Harbor to a combined no points and no yards. Even with a 428-mile trip to Brookings, the undefeated Riverhawks had no letdown against a physical double-wing offense used by the Bruins, allowing 22 yards of offense in a 22-0 victory Friday in Brookings.

September 16, 2017 11:49 a.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Walden achievements

To the editor: While the left keeps highlighting their outrage with Congressman Walden, Greg and the president have quietly achieved successful legislation with the House approving more than 300 bills in just the first six months of 2017.

September 16, 2017 11:40 a.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Police do nothing

To the editor: I am angry that the police in this city do nothing about the traffic infractions you see everywhere. They drive past speeders, people not stopping at stop signs, people texting while driving, and others, like they have blinders on.

September 16, 2017 11:38 a.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Not ‘extremists’

To the editor: Gotta say, Mr. Walden, you may want to think that your critics are just people from Portland, but I’m here in The Dalles and I am talking to the actual people who live here and we are not happy with the job you are doing.

September 16, 2017 11:37 a.m. read more..
 

Smoky Angel

Smoke hangs in the air around a statue of an angel in the graveyard of St. Peters Church in The Dalles. An air quality advisory for the region has been extended through Monday morning.

September 16, 2017 11:34 a.m. read more..


Cover crops a worthwhile investment

Plants utilize soil nutrients as they grow and farmers need to replenish those nutrients before planting next year’s crops again in the same place. Cover crops, also called green manures, are non-crop plants that provide an on-farm solution to incorporating nutrients into the soil.

September 16, 2017 11:32 a.m. read more..


Granada looking grand

With work on the exterior of the Granada Theater almost complete, the owners of the historic, 1929-era theater are ready to schedule a “Grand Opening Gala” in November. Mayor Steve Lawrence said the work on the theater has been transformational.

September 16, 2017 11:20 a.m. read more..

Friday, September 15



SWC cruises to a sweep over Mitchell

The South Wasco County Redsides jumped into first place in the Big Sky Conference after posting a three-set road sweep over Mitchell-Spray Thursday at Spray High School.

September 15, 2017 1:55 p.m. read more..


Area 4-H club members have a busy August

The Wasco County 4-H Fair season has come to a close. It was an extremely eventful August with a pre-fair held Aug. 11–13, horse fair Aug. 18-20, Wasco County Fair Aug. 24-27, and Oregon State Fair Aug. 25 through Sept. 4.

September 15, 2017 1:54 p.m. read more..


Fire hurts businesses

It has been a very difficult few months for businesses in The Dalles and around the Columbia River Gorge area.

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


Smoke, traffic impacts region

The westbound lanes of Interstate 84 between Hood River and Troutdale re-opened to travelers Thursday evening, but the eastbound lanes remain closed with no timeline for re-opening. Although two lanes of the freeway are now in use, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced Sept. 14 that all ramps along the 45-mile stretch of road, milepost 62 to 17, remain closed, except for those in and out of Cascade Locks.

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


Riverhawks lose 5-2 to Madras

Playing against a tough 4A soccer team in Madras, The Dalles Riverhawks trailed 2-1 at the half in what turned out to be a 5-2 loss Thursday.

September 15, 2017 1:24 p.m. read more..


TD gaining steam with win at Hermiston

Jodi Thomasian dropped 14 of the team’s 32 kills, Lindsi Logue added 24 assists and the Lady Riverhawks kicked off Columbia River Conference play with a four-set volleyball triumph Thursday in Hermiston.

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

Interstate 84 Westbound opens

Update - 6:30 a.m. Friday - Ramps in and out of Cascade Locks have opened. Update - Eagle Creek Wildfire - Westbound I-84 is open to traffic however, all off ramps remain closed. SR 14 remains closed to vehicles over 10,000 lbs gross vehicle weight, between Washougal, mp 19 and Dallesport, mp 84. Eastbound I-84 truck traffic is being diverted to US 26 in Oregon. Parking on the shoulders both directions of SR 14 is prohibited except in emergency situations.

September 15, 2017 5:22 a.m. read more..

Thursday, September 14



POW/MIA day Friday

UPDATE: Tonight’s annual observance of National POW/MIA Day has been cancelled due to smoke.

September 14, 2017 2:13 p.m. read more..


Eagle Creek fire expected to slow

SALEM — The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s office reported Thursday morning that the Eagle Creek fire in the western sector of the Gorge is expected to continue growing, but at a slower rate as winds remain light. The fire that was sparked by fireworks Sept. 2 is about 13 percent contained and has involved 37,567 acres, according to state officials.

September 14, 2017 2:11 p.m. read more..


Pig Bowl helps 3 families

For the first time in its 15-year history, the Pig Bowl, a fundraising flag football game featuring local law enforcement, is donating proceeds from its Sept. 23 game to three families.

September 14, 2017 2:07 p.m. read more..


CGCC begins search

Lori Ufford, chief academic officer at Columbia Gorge Community College, will serve as interim president while the search for a permanent replacement for Dr. Frank Toda is conducted.

September 14, 2017 2:02 p.m. read more..


Telles picks up MC Amateur crown

Dan Telles shot a gross score of 144 and finished one stroke ahead of Tyler Vassar to claim title honors at the 78th Mid-Columbia Amateur Championship, ending on Sept. 4 at The Dalles Country Club.

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


SWC splits a pair in Damascus

Saturday in Damascus, the South Wasco County Redsides played in a volleyball double dual against No.1-ranked Perrydale and No. 19 Damascus Christian, and salvaged a split in those two matches with the win coming in sweep fashion over Damascus.

September 14, 2017 1:45 p.m. read more..


Dufur heads to the Portland area

With an extra week off from a season-opening home win over Falls City, the defending champion Dufur Rangers take on 3A Horizon Christian, out of Tualatin at 7 p.m. Friday.

September 14, 2017 1:43 p.m. read more..


Huskies hope top work pays off

MORO – With a rise in confidence from last week’s home-opening win over Entiat, Wash., the Sherman Huskies will face a much bigger test in a neutral site contest set for 4 p.m. Friday in Powder Valley against No. 9-ranked Wallowa.

September 14, 2017 1:42 p.m. read more..


TD heads out to Brookings

Due to air quality concerns, The Dalles football team has spent much of its practice time inside a gym. At 7 p.m. Friday, head coach Steve Sugg will unleash his undefeated Riverhawks on Brookings Harbor in a non-league showdown from Brookings.

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

Letter to the Editor: Accountability

To the editor: Federal debt stands at $20 trillion and the CBO projects that we will add another nearly $10 trillion over the next ten years. As citizens, we need to hold the president and our elected officials, accountable for their choices.

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


Letter to the Editor: Limit fireworks

To the editor: The Eagle Creek fire is approaching 50 square miles in size. Its start has been attributed to a 15-year-old tossing some type of firework into a tinderbox of a forest. One hopes that the current allegations will lead to a broader discussion about why fireworks are legal in the first place.

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


Letter to the Editor: Unkempt graves

To the editor: On Sept. 9, we were in The Dalles for an event. We visited the I00F Cemetary to place fresh flowers on our daughter, mother, grandmother and grandfather’s graves. Beautiful green manicured grass upon entering, in the veteran's section, but the section we were visiting was parched, weeds growing about a foot high.

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

Wednesday, September 13



Rangers play well in Griswold

The Dufur Rangers had a chance for additional court time at the Helix Tournament and had a bracket round win to their credit in varsity volleyball action this past Saturday in Griswold.

September 13, 2017 1:35 p.m. read more..


No. 9 SWC fights off Dufur in five-set win

MAUPIN – Through 14 matches entering Tuesday, the South Wasco County volleyball team has squared off against some formidable 3A, 2A and 1A programs ahead of what is expected to be a challenging league slate. The No. 9-ranked Redsides saw that challenging preseason schedule work in their favor as they picked up a five-set victory over the Dufur Rangers in a Big Sky Conference opener played in Maupin.

September 13, 2017 1:33 p.m. read more..
 

Aero Drone adds software mission

Tygh Valley is becoming a little bit more of a “Mecca” for drone activity in Oregon. A growing startup business — Tygh Valley-based Aero Drone Corporation — is opening a new front in its operations with a plan to create software to help manage fleets of drones.

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


Cancer patient provided bus fare

Homeless advocate Dorothy Rodriguez learned about Christine Young on a Tuesday night and put the word out via social media asking for help. By Wednesday morning, someone had donated bus tickets to get Young and her husband, Randall, on to Ontario, where they have a connection. Young has Large B cell lymphoma and spent 41 days in Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, Randall said.

September 13, 2017 1:18 p.m. read more..


A helping hand for the homeless

About a year ago, Dorothy Rodriguez Anderson began handing food and clothing out to the homeless people she saw at the laundromat in The Dalles. She operated out the back door, providing a stream of love, support, acceptance, clothes and food.

September 13, 2017 1:13 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, September 12



Hawks claim 26 personal records in Tualatin

Savannah Strassheim won the junior varsity girls race, Zoe Orion finished in sixth place in the same race, Zack Ziegenhagen placed ninth on the junior varsity boys side for individual honors, as The Dalles cross country team set 26 personal records at the 13th annual Tualatin Invitational Saturday.

September 12, 2017 1:44 p.m. read more..


Huskies respond well in 52-0 rout of Entiat

MORO – Pride was on the line when the Sherman Huskies hosted their home opener Saturday against Entiat, Wash. Reese Blake and Treve Martin combined for 189 yards rushing and three scores, and the defense forced three turnovers and held the Tigers to 162 total yards in a 52-0 shutout win in Moro.

September 12, 2017 1:42 p.m. read more..
  

Containment grows on Eagle Creek fire

The Eagle Creek fire continues to burn in the Gorge, and containment is now estimated at 11 percent, according to a Tuesday morning update by the Oregon State Fire Marshal.

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

Flag-raising honors 9-11 victims

Sixteen years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, a coordinated series of attacks by terrorists shocked the nation and left nearly 3,000 people dead. On Monday, the anniversary of that tragic day, students at Colonel Wright Elementary School in The Dalles gathered around the flagpole in the school’s courtyard to observe a ceremonial raising of the American flag as a way to reflect on that dark day and honor the victims of the attacks.

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


Poaching ring to face charges

SEATTLE — An extensive poaching ring is responsible for slaughtering more than 100 black bears, cougars, bobcats, deer and elk in southwestern Washington state and northwestern Oregon, with many of the animals hunted with dogs and then left to rot, authorities said Friday. The investigation began with Oregon State Police troopers who were looking into poaching in The Dalles.

September 12, 2017 1:18 p.m. read more..

Saturday, September 9



Jumpstart race is coming on Sept. 26

The 21st annual Jumpstart Elementary Cross Country races are fast approaching and more than 300 boys and girls from kindergarten through fifth grade are expected to join in on the fun, starting at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Sorosis Park.

September 9, 2017 11:55 a.m. read more..


TD drops the hammer on Fort Vancouver

With every snap and every offensive series, The Dalles quarterback Gabe Helseth is showing he belongs. The sophomore completed 14 of 28 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns as the Riverhawks moved their record to 2-0 on the season after a 34-0 shutout victory over Fort Vancouver Friday night in Vancouver, Wash.

September 9, 2017 11:53 a.m. read more..
 

Target shooting, all campfires banned

Wildfires and extreme fire danger have prompted new fire restrictions and closures in the Mt. Hood National Forest. All campfires and target shooting are now prohibited across the forest.

September 9, 2017 11:42 a.m. read more..


Guest Column: As a nation, we’ve lost our moral compass

Does this seem absurd: We’re shipping coal through the Columbia River Gorge in open railcars that allow coal dust to contaminate the land and river just so the coal that makes it to the coast can be sold to Asia to be used in coal-fired power plants whose resultant air pollution then drifts back over Oregon?

September 9, 2017 11:41 a.m. read more..
 

One caring adult away from success

To many who knew him, “Daniel” probably seemed to be just another sad statistic. Growing up on the tough streets of North Portland, he first started getting in trouble at age 12.

September 9, 2017 11:36 a.m. read more..


‘It just sometimes takes a village’

Becky Windsor’s approach to being a foster mom is simple, but effective. “I just love them as much as I can while I have them, but I always know deep in my heart that I’m going to have to let them go, so I do,” said Windsor, who typically has the foster “kiddos” in the family’s Hood River home for six months.

September 9, 2017 11:27 a.m. read more..

Friday, September 8



Evacuation (Level 1) expanded on E. side of Eagle Creek fire

HOOD RIVER — Due to increased fire activity on the east end of the fire, the Hood River County Sheriff's Office is making two changes to evacuation levels, adding level 1 evacuation areas to the west of Dee and Hood River, and increasing a level 2 evacuation area east to Viento State Park along the I-84 corridor.

September 8, 2017 4:33 p.m. read more..
    

Fire management practices criticized

SALEM (AP) — Intense wildfires plaguing much of the West have rekindled controversy over logging restrictions and fire management practices that critics say have created explosive fire seasons.

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


Help for kids in their middle years

<em>(Editor’s Note: Following is the second of three installments on programs offered by The Next Door, Inc., and what you can do to help children and their families).</em> We all had that awkward moment when we were kids where we wondered where we fit into the world.

September 8, 2017 1:28 p.m. read more..


Dufur teacher focuses on tech

It is turning into a very busy summer and fall for Dufur High School teacher Dezirah Remington, so it’s lucky that she likes to stay active. Over the past few months, Remington has been accepted for three special outside programs.

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


Walden talks politics, Trump, future of GOP

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore, said it has gone largely unreported that the House has approved more than 300 bills within the first six months of 2017 — more than under the Obama, Clinton and both Bush administrations during the same period. “We are getting a lot done this year,” he said. “That’s what the people elected us to do and that’s what I stay focused on.”

September 8, 2017 1:22 p.m. read more..


Thursday, September 7



Redside netters jump to No. 10

The South Wasco County volleyball team split its last four matches, losing two straight to 2A Heppner and 3A Irrigon, Tuesday in a non-league double dual played at Heppner High School.

September 7, 2017 1:39 p.m. read more..


Big class gives cross country state hopes

While The Dalles cross country roster has some turnover from last season with 15 graduated seniors no longer on the team, there is plenty of firepower ready to unleash on the 5A classification this fall. Just two days from their season-opening race in Tualatin on Saturday, head coach Bob Thouvenel has seen the program bolster its numbers to 55, 12 of them seniors and 32 underclassmen.

September 7, 2017 1:35 p.m. read more..
   

Crews make headway on Eagle Creek fire

The Eagle Creek/Indian Creek fire is currently 5 percent contained, according to the National Forest Service’s official Facebook page posting Thursday morning. A community meeting with information about the Eagle Creek and Indian Creek fires will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, in Hood River Valley High School’s Bowe Theater.

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

Program helps kids get a good start in life

<em>(Editor’s Note: Following is the first of three installments on programs offered by The Next Door, Inc., and what you can do to help children and their families).</em> Some days we look good on the outside, but on the inside we feel sad and afraid. Greta feels like this every day.

September 7, 2017 1:16 p.m. read more..


Gas Leak

In a downtown corridor already choked with heavy smoke from wildfires in the region, firefighters with Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue investigate a large natural gas leak at the corner of Federal and E. Second streets Wednesday afternoon.

September 7, 2017 1:11 p.m. read more..


Smoke closes D21 schools

North Wasco County schools closed Thursday because of poor air quality, which reached hazardous levels Wednesday night before lowering this morning to “unhealthy” levels.

September 7, 2017 1:10 p.m. read more..


Arsonist targets Sherman county

A series of human-caused fires have plagued Sherman County’s backroads since July, and there’s a $6,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

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

Wednesday, September 6

 

HRV triathlon is open for youths of all ages

The goal and mission of athletics is to get prospective varsity players out and about for a healthy and active lifestyle. Now just two weeks away, excitement is brewing for the Hood River Valley School District’s seventh annual Gorge Kids Triathlon.

September 6, 2017 1:40 p.m. read more..
 

Riverhawks rally up for a five-set triumph

Down 2-1 in the match and trailing by scores of 6-2, 12-9 and 14-12 in the fourth set, things looked grim for The Dalles volleyball team. They were down, but definitely not out. The Riverhawks rallied for a 25-19 fourth-set win and completed the comeback with a 15-4 output in the fifth to claim victory over Redmond Tuesday in a varsity match played at Kurtz Gym.

September 6, 2017 1:37 p.m. read more..


Gorge hatcheries evacuated due to fire

SALEM — Three ODFW fish hatchery facilities in Cascade Locks—Bonneville, Oxbow and Cascade — were evacuated over Labor Day Weekend due to the Eagle Creek Fire. All ODFW staff are currently safe and accounted for and a small number of staff are returning to monitor facilities and fish as they are able.

September 6, 2017 1:29 p.m. read more..


Ash covers OR cities, wildfire smoke chokes US West

TROUTDALE — The Eagle Creek fire was one of dozens of wildfires burning in western states that sent smoke into cities from Seattle to Denver — prompting health warnings and cancellations of outdoor activities for children by many school districts.

September 6, 2017 1:29 p.m. read more..


Teaming up to stop suicide

Suicide has long been an uncomfortable topic of discussion because of the pain, fear and confusion surrounding it, but Susan Gabay of Mosier believes that difficult conversation is necessary to save lives.

September 6, 2017 1:25 p.m. read more..


Fires merge, at 32,000 acres

Tall timber contributed to explosive fire behavior Tuesday as the Eagle Creek and Indian Creek fires merged to cover an estimated 32,000 acres, according to a report by Oregon Public Broadcasting this morning. The fire spread approximately 15 miles Sept. 5 and overnight reached downstream of Multnomah Falls.

September 6, 2017 1:21 p.m. read more..


Boat ramp repair sparks concern

How much, if any, risk should Wasco County assume to guarantee the replacement of the failed north boat ramp at Pine Hollow Reservoir? That was the question Wasco County Commissioners wrestled with Friday at a special meeting where that was the sole item on the agenda. The boat ramp has been a source of irritation and concern for South County residents since its failure in 2010.

September 6, 2017 1:18 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, September 5



Huskies take a 42-26 setback to Triad

DUFUR – Every time it appeared like the Sherman Huskies would mount a comeback, the Triad Timberwolves had the answers. Isaac Franklin rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns, and completed 4 of 5 passes for 91 yards and another score to lead the Timberwolves to a 42-26 victory Saturday in the final game of the Dufur Eight-Man Classic at Dufur High School.

September 5, 2017 1:45 p.m. read more..


Hawks are victorious on opening night

Ahead by a 26-21 score with 53 seconds on the clock, The Dalles’ Michael Armstrong recovered a muffed punt off the foot of teammate Reed Twidwell, which opened the door for a few kneel downs in the final seconds in a five-point victory Friday in the team’s season-opener at Sid White Field in The Dalles.

September 5, 2017 1:42 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Suicide prevention

To the editor: Having lost my 21-year-old daughter to suicide seven years ago, I have been on a learning journey and healing path ever since. I passionately advocate talking openly and non-judgmentally about mental illness.

September 5, 2017 1:35 p.m. read more..
  

NORCOR board mulls new tax levy

The four counties that make up the regional jail are researching the feasibility of returning to voters in May 2018 to ask for a permanent tax rate to provide stable funding for the jail.

September 5, 2017 1:26 p.m. read more..


Fire rages near Cascade Locks

UPDATED Tuesday 3:55 CASCADE LOCKS (AP) — Ash is drifting down onto the Oregon town of Cascade Locks from a fire burning nearby in the Columbia River Gorge, which firefighters are battling to keep at bay. Authorities said Tuesday morning, Sept. 5, that evacuation orders remain for 283 structures, including 15 businesses.

September 5, 2017 1:23 p.m. read more..

Monday, September 4



Dozens of Oregon hikers rescued amid wildfires

HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) — Crews helped rescue more than 100 hikers stranded in the mountains overnight after a wildfire closed their trail and they were trapped between two blazes. The Hood River County Sheriff's Office said Sunday afternoon that the final group of hikers left the Wahtum Lake area at the bottom of the trail and were headed by bus to meet with their friends and family. Deputy Joel Ives says no hikers were missing but one hiker was taken out by ambulance for exhaustion and dehydration.

September 4, 2017 8:19 a.m. read more..

Sunday, September 3



The Latest: 6 hikers rescued after 140 trapped by wildfires

HOOD RIVER (AP) — The Latest on the Oregon hikers awaiting rescue due to the growing wildfires (all times local): 10:45 a.m. Officials say six hikers have been rescued after more than 100 were trapped overnight between two wildfires on an Oregon trail. The Hood River County Sheriff's Office says family and friends can reunite with the hikers at the Eagle Creek Fish Hatchery. The Mountain Wave Search and Rescue team says they have buses ready to pick up the hikers when they come out. About 130 homes in Cascade Locks were under evacuation orders because of the wildfire, which has grown to almost 5 square miles.

September 3, 2017 11:03 a.m. read more..

Friday, September 1



Competitive field dukes it out at Riverhawk Run

On a perfect day for racing at Sorosis Park, 84 running enthusiasts of all ages showed their top game for the 2017 Riverhawk 1k, 3k, and 5k run/walk. “It was a good opportunity for the high school and middle school runners, who have been running the past two weeks and over the summer months, to get some idea as to how their training has been going for them,” said event coordinator and TD head cross country coach Bob Thouvenel.

September 1, 2017 4:17 p.m. read more..


Schwarzbach’s Bar takes NWPRD crown

The Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District Adult Co-Ed Slow-Pitch Softball League had one of its largest groups this past season, which made for a dramatic playoff race and championship finale last Sunday in front of a large crowd at Kramer Field.

September 1, 2017 4:14 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Personal conscience

To the editor: An open letter to U.S. Rep. Greg Walden: When I was growing up in The Dalles (along with you), my personal conscience was once described to me as this sharp cornered thing inside me that would rotate when I did something wrong and the pain it caused was my sense of guilt letting me know I was doing something wrong.

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


Letter to the Editor: School year begins...

To the editor: Classes get underway this week in the schools of North Wasco County School District, so as you are driving around town I ask you to use particular caution around schools and also keep an eye out for students walking or biking to school.

September 1, 2017 4:01 p.m. read more..
 

Riding for America’s warriors

I pulled into the Chronicle parking lot just before sunrise Wednesday morning to find Rod Runyon, Northeast District ride captain for the Patriot Guard Riders, and three other bikers ready to depart. We were headed out on a very important mission: To escort The Wall that Heals on its one-hour journey from Toppenish to Goldendale, where it would be visited by thousands from Thursday, Aug. 31, through Sunday afternoon, Sept. 3.

September 1, 2017 3:37 p.m. read more..


Lady Redsides post 4-4 record in Molalla

In eight matches over a two-day span at the Country Christian Tournament ending last Saturday in Molalla, the South Wasco County Redsides had sweep wins over Joseph, Powder Valley, Willamette Valley Christian and Trinity Lutheran on their way to a 4-4 record.

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

Dufur finishes strong in win over Falls City

DUFUR – Falls City needed only three minutes to score a touchdown on its opening drive. Although the Mountaineers would not score again in the opening half, they stayed within contention down 20-6 at halftime, until the Dufur Rangers settled in and dropped the hammer for a 50-12 victory Thursday on opening night of the Dufur Eight-Man Classic.

September 1, 2017 3:15 p.m. read more..


New intern pastor at United Methodist

Gigi Siekkenen, the new part-time intern pastor at First United Methodist Church in The Dalles, came to seminary as a second career — an ever more common path to the pulpit.

September 1, 2017 3:11 p.m. read more..


Sixth grader heads to state spelling bee

Pyeper Walker, 11, an incoming sixth grader at Sherman Elementary, headed to Salem Saturday to take part in the Oregon Statewide Spelling Championship at the Oregon State Fair. “I am very proud to represent my county in the state spelling bee. It will be really exciting to compete against other spellers from Oregon, but I will also be nervous,” Pyeper said earlier this week.

September 1, 2017 3:08 p.m. read more..


A need for speed

Guy Weedman of Moro has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success during a 26-year motorsports career. Weedman, 65, has no plans to slow down anytime soon. He recently competed in the Northwest Wingless Tour Sprint Series.

September 1, 2017 3:06 p.m. read more..


Smoky skies disrupt state school sports

MEDFORD (AP) — Poor air quality in wildfire-plagued parts of Oregon has kept people indoors ahead of the long U.S. Labor Day weekend, and there's no end in sight as hot, dry, fiery days are forecast through the holiday.

September 1, 2017 2:48 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Walden is ‘pivoting’

To the editor: “Pivoting” in the political sense is generally about messaging and choosing which issue to emphasize. In some cases, it is reshaping of a message to speak only to your base; in other cases, the message speaks to a broader audience.

September 1, 2017 2:43 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Budget cuts services

To the editor: The draft federal budget recently released by the House Appropriations Committee, if approved, will reduce or terminate many services that the middle class and local governments depend upon.

September 1, 2017 2:42 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Take time to learn

To the editor: With all the attention on America's health care lately, here is a way we can get a new look at this very contentious subject. There is currently a series of short movies being shown at The Dalles library meeting room regarding Health Care for All.

September 1, 2017 2:42 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: House is working

To the editor: With all the talk in the news media, you would think that Congress hasn’t been doing anything since the start of the year. That simply isn’t the case, at least in the House of Representatives.

September 1, 2017 2:40 p.m. read more..
 

Crosswalk enforcement nets 26

The third of four crosswalk enforcement actions took place Monday in The Dalles, and one of the ticketed motorists had been cited for the same thing in an earlier enforcement action. The action is part of The Dalles Police Department’s efforts to improve pedestrian safety, specifically motorists who do not yield the right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks.

September 1, 2017 2:38 p.m. read more..


Point Man moves on two fronts

The Dalles Outpost of Point Man International Ministries is on a mission to help veterans who are struggling with the aftermath of war, and to send comfort and care items to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Toward that end, the group, an “outreach for veterans by veterans” will be in high gear raising funds through two different venues during the next few weeks: A poker run and a Stoner AR-15 raffle.

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


OR lowers bag limits for summer steelhead

PENDLETON (AP) — Opening day won't be an abundant day when summer steelhead season arrives Friday on the Grande Ronde and Imnaha rivers. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this week it's lowering the bag limit to one fish per day on both tributaries.

September 1, 2017 2:36 p.m. read more..


Welcoming The Wall

Forty-one bikers escorted The Wall That Heals into Goldendale Wednesday, where it was greeted by groups of cheering citizens who lined Broadway Street.

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