Stories for April 2018

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Monday, April 30



Google investment in TD $1.8B

Google has invested $1.8 billion in its three buildings in The Dalles and, since 2008, has given more than $2 million to Wasco County schools and local non-profits and over $450,000 for the wi-fi network in The Dalles. That information came from a report Google recently released on its economic impact and community benefits in the six towns where it has facilities.

April 30, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Elect Dabulskis

To the editor: I am writing this letter in support of Joe Dabulskis, who is running for Sherman County Court judge. While serving as a county commissioner, Joe has shown he is a man of character and a leader

April 30, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Support Schwartz

To the editor: As a former public health nurse and now an Oregon State senator, chair of the Senate Health Care Committee and vice chair of the veterans committee, I am very aware of what skills, experience, and education would be of benefit when it comes to governing effectively. I am so pleased to support Kathy in her quest to further serve her community and believe she would make an excellent addition to the local board of commissioners in Wasco County.

April 30, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Schwartz can lead

To the editor: Leadership is a difficult concept to define, but most of us know it when we see it. And we have seen it in Kathy Schwartz, our choice for Position 3 on the Wasco County Commission.

April 30, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Change for the better

To the editor: I am Maria Peña and I am proud to support Kathy Schwartz, the nurse with white hair, for Wasco County commissioner. I have had the pleasure to work with Kathy in the public health department for over a decade and know that she is a born leader.

April 30, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Time for a change

To the editor: Wasco County needs a change. Tenacious, gracious, knowledgeable, accountable and fair. That is why I am voting for Kathy Schwartz as soon as my ballot arrives.

April 30, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Vote Runyon, Hege

To the editor: In Wasco County we are once again faced with electing local officials to help direct our future. Without our participation in making thoughtful choices, we have no basis to complain as to the outcome of our future. While I have known the families of both challengers for years and have a high level of respect for them, I have had the pleasure to work with commissioners Scott Hege and Rod Runyon for many years.

April 30, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Ag voice for Schwartz

To the editor: I am writing in support of Kathy Schwartz for county commissioner. I had the opportunity to meet with Kathy recently to talk about agriculture in Wasco County. After a morning of discussion, I can say that Kathy understands the importance of agriculture to Wasco County and is well-informed on many of the issues facing the farming community.

April 30, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
 

TD girls score fifth place at Dean Nice Invite

On the track with seven 6A, seven 5A and two 4A Washington programs at the 16-team Dean Nice Invitational, The Dalles girls’ squad put up 49 points to capture fifth place in track and field action Friday in Gresham.

April 30, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
 

No. 11 Sherman vaults into first

The Sherman Huskies moved up to No. 11 in the rankings after a two-game sweep over Dufur by finals of 13-3 and 13-0 Saturday in Blue Mountain Conference action in Moro.

April 30, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Runyon best choice

To the editor: I met Rod Runyon over 25 years ago while I was serving as postmaster of The Dalles. Rod cares deeply for Wasco County residents and works tirelessly on their behalf.

April 30, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
 

Friday, April 27



Sharing an inner vision

Artist Chris Pothier has been a professional artist for about 19 years, creating fine art paintings in oil and commercial projects in a variety of media, and is now passing on his skills, techniques and passion to students in area through oil painting classes at The Dalles Art Center and Mary-hill Art Museum.

April 27, 2018 3:19 p.m. read more..
 

Mental Health takes center stage

Poking fun at mental health issues might not be the polite thing to do typically, but people with a diagnosable condition will soon take the stage in a comedy show to educate others about the challenges they face and overcome.

April 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD softball drops seventh straight

Entering the final month of the season, The Dalles softball team is facing a good amount of adversity. During their seven-game losing streak, the Riverhawks have been outscored 99-24, capped by an 18-1 mercy-ruled setback against Ridgeview Thursday at 16th Street Ballpark.

April 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


JV golf squad nets 476 in Astoria

Head coach Dan Telles fielded a four-person junior varsity group for tournament action Monday and they combined for a 476 to grab fourth place at Astoria Country Club.

April 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD golfers show 22-stroke improvement

Wednesday’s Marist Invitational at Emerald Valley Golf Club gave The Dalles boys’ golf team an opportunity to get the lay of the land before regional and state action in two weeks. Aidan Telles scored fifth-place honors following his 78, and teammate Tyler Vassar added an 80 for a three-way tie for sixth place, as the Riverhawks total a 22-stroke improvement with a 393 to get seventh place at Creswell.

April 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
  

Letter to the Editor: Dedicated, capable

To the editor: Intelligent. Charismatic. Highly capable. Dedicated. There are words which come to mind when I think of Kathy Schwartz, and that’s why she will be getting my vote for Wasco County commissioner.

April 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
   

Letter to the Editor: Proud to support mom

To the editor: My name is Brittan Schwartz and I am proud to say my mother, Kathy, is running for Wasco County commissioner. Although not unbiased as her daughter, I would like Wasco County to know what it was like growing up with Kathy as a mother because I know she will bring the same kind of tough love to the position.

April 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Investigation is vital

To the editor: It has been almost a year since Special Counsel Robert Mueller began his investigation into Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 election. This investigation, however, is not just about President Trump. It is about our democracy and maintaining (or fixing) the principles of independence and freedom from hostile foreign influences that this country has held up since its beginning.

April 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Vote Schwartz

To the editor: I recently joined other local citizens to listen to and speak with Kathy Schwartz. I am writing to share several observations which lead me to urge voters to enthusiastically cast their vote in support of Kathy Schwartz for Wasco County commissioner.

April 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Thursday, April 26



School bond pitched at town hall meeting

If the school district built four new schools with separate bonds, the tax rate would reach $4.50 per $1,000 assessed property tax valuation for a period, a school official said. Instead, the district is proposing funding the schools with a single, long-term bond authority that would not exceed $2.99 per $1,000, and would "very likely" be less than that, Kathy Ursprung, chair of the North Wasco County School District 21 board, said at a town hall Tuesday at Mid-Columbia Senior Center.

April 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
 

Sherman boys take flight

Keenan Coles and Mercedez Cardona each posted wins, and several others added runner-up finishes to lead the Sherman Huskies in Wednesday’s Mount Adams Invitational from Glenwood, Wash.

April 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Records fall in Glenwood

With a triple jump record already in the bag, South Wasco County senior Ana Popchock was in the mood for more. The standout senior shattered an 11-year old 300-meter hurdle record with a personal-record time of 47.42 seconds for first place, breaking the previous mark set by Annie Larlee in 2007 (47.60), by .18 seconds at the Mount Adams Invitational Wednesday in Glenwood, Wash.

April 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD wins one at Wilsonville

The Dalles girls’ tennis team squared off against a tough Wilsonville team on the road Monday and had the No. 1 doubles tandem of Lupita Contreras and Natalie Varland step up their game with an impressive three-set triumph, as Wilsonville tallied an 8-1 home victory.

April 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Lady Hawks take a 7-1 loss to Pendleton

With members of The Dalles boys’ tennis team showing up in full force as a show of school spirit and support, Arlette Santillan posted a singles victory and The Dalles girls’ tennis team increased its set win total in its previous league match from 38 to 46 in a 7-1 loss to Pendleton Wednesday in varsity play at The Dalles High School.

April 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Cherry Festival kicks off downtown

The Northwest Cherry Festival begins Friday. Festivities will be held on First Street, between Union and Madison streets, with events at the Granada Theater and Civic Auditorium.

April 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Finding the perfect dress

The Chronicle is covering the preparations of Kylie Reed and Josh Duling for their late summer wedding. This is the second installment of the occasional series and involves one of the biggest challenges for the bride: finding the perfect dress.

April 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Grant apps filed for Maupin

A Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) grant for two transportation projects in Maupin could be available in 2022. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), with Wasco County and the Bureau of Land Management, filed the grant application earlier this month.

April 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, April 25



Kindergarten preregistration begins May 7

Registration for children planning to attend kindergarten next fall in The Dalles public schools will take place May 7-11, during school hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at all three elementary schools.

April 25, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Sherman throttles Dufur, 20-2

The No. 9-ranked Sherman Huskies captured their sixth consecutive win, after a 20-2 mercy-ruled triumph over Dufur Tuesday at Dufur City Park.

April 25, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Softball has rally cut short, 11-7

The Dalles softball can take a lot from Tuesday’s loss – they kept fighting until the very end. Down 11-1 through four and a half innings, TD scored a run in the fifth and added five in the sixth to get to within a four-deficit, but could not finish the roaring comeback in what ended up being an 11-7 loss to No. 7-ranked Hermiston at 16th Street Ballpark.

April 25, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Gonzalez’s gem has Hawks trending upward

With their backs against the wall, The Dalles Riverhawks needed a breakthrough performance to climb back into postseason contention. Jose Gonzalez was the right man for the job. The senior right-hander tossed a complete-game, four-hitter with one walk and five strikeouts with no earned runs, and also added two hits and three RBIs to help lead the Riverhawks to a 5-2 victory over Hermiston in baseball action from Bob Williams Field.

April 25, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Vote Schwartz

To the editor: Kathy Schwartz brings not only governmental management experience but also private industry experience if she is elected to the Wasco County commission on May 15. This breadth of managerial experience would be an asset to the Wasco County commission.

April 25, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Creator always right

To the editor: There is an instinctive but incorrect assumption that the Creator of heaven and earth must communicate with human beings using the simplest manner possible to guarantee that we will love Him.

April 25, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TDHS students travel abroad

Students from The Dalles High School spread out over the globe during spring break, some heading to Guatemala to help the poor and others getting firsthand glimpses of Roman ruins.

April 25, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Dufur school opens pantry

In a first, a food pantry will be available at Dufur School, stocked with free, healthy food. Its grand opening is this Friday, April 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the home economics room of the school. The pantry is open to any student that attends Dufur School and their family.

April 25, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Tuesday, April 24



Hawks place 11th at High Desert Challenge

Monday’s High Desert Challenge proved to be a challenge for The Dalles boys’ golf team that had hit the links against a highly-skilled field without the services of Jacob Ford. Tyler Vassar carded a team-best 82 on his scorecard for 17th place, and Aidan Telles followed with his 85 to score 23rd place, out of 57 golfers on the par-72 Tetherow Golf Club Course in Bend.

April 24, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Dufur loses two versus Culver

The Dufur Rangers mustered just six hits, one walk and a hit by pitch and 18 strikeouts in a doubleheader sweep loss by final scores of 6-0 and 10-0 to Culver in league action Friday at Dufur City Park.

April 24, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
 

TD takes road sweep loss

In two games at Hermiston Saturday, The Dalles softball squad lost the first game, 7-6, and ended up losing the nightcap in mercy-ruled fashion, 15-5, in Columbia River Conference play in Hermiston. Faced with a five-game losing skid to start league, TD head coach Kim Kiser knows things will turn around enough for her team make a late-season postseason charge.

April 24, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD baseball nearly sweeps, but settles for split

A bounce here or a big hit there and The Dalles baseball team could have pulled off a doubleheader sweep or been swept. As it was, through six hours of varsity action, the Riverhawks lost the first game by a 7-6 score on a walk-off hit by pitch, but then rebounded in the second game with two runs in the top of the seventh to secure a come-from-behind 7-6 victory and the split Saturday in Hermiston.

April 24, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Riverhawk girls score season-best

With each passing tournament, The Dalles head coach Amy Wilson continues to be amazed. The Lady Riverhawks had two personal bests from Lydia and Bella Evans, Samantha Stansbury posted her best tournament score, and Jaeden Biehn was two strokes behind her top marks, as they combined for a team-best 475 at Monday’s Mountain View Invite at Awbrey Glen Golf Club in Bend.

April 24, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Housing, skill center considered for CGCC

A 72-unit student housing complex and a skill center are proposed for the Columbia Gorge Community College campus in The Dalles and must be built by 2022, the condition set by a state grant of $7.3 million. The proposed Treaty Oak Skills Center and campus housing project includes a skill center with attached structure and two main housing buildings, costing $14.6 million.

April 24, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


An Evening With Piano

Musician Steven Vanhauwaert presented “An evening with piano” on The Dalles High School stage Monday evening in a Mid-Columbia Community Concert Association performance.

April 24, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


New subdivision planned

A local developer is planning a 25-lot expansion of his subdivision at West 14th and 15th streets between Meeks and Elberta streets. He’s already developed much of the first half of the subdivision and has applied with the city of The Dalles for permission to subdivide four large lots into 25 smaller lots, each measuring an average of 75 by 100 feet.

April 24, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Monday, April 23



District 21 Town Hall is Tuesday, April 24

SCHOOL TOWN HALL: Learn about North Wasco County School District 21's plan to replace and improve schools throughout the district at a town hall meeting Tuesday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center, 1112 W. Ninth St. in The Dalles. In addition to a presentation, there will be time for questions, comments and written feedback.

April 23, 2018 4:05 p.m. read more..


Dufur fares well at two meets

The Dufur Rangers had tough meets at the Condon-Wheeler Invite and the Portland Christian Invitational on back-to-back afternoons and totaled four wins and five seconds, as the boys scored top-5 outcomes at both venues. At Friday’s Condon-Wheeler Invite, the 4x100-meter relay squad of Asa Farrell, Abraham Kilby, Anthony Thomas and Tanner Masterson set their season-best with a final time of 45.49 to take first place.

April 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Sherman nets six in top-5, one win

The Sherman teams had to contend with 18 other schools in their respective divisions, 13 from the 2A-through-5A ranks, and were able to rack up seven personal records at the 16th annual Portland Christian Invitational Meet Saturday in Portland.

April 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


SWC girls third at CW Invite

Following her record-breaking efforts at the Mustang Invitational last week in Heppner, South Wasco County senior Ana Popchock scored victories in both hurdles events and claimed first place in the triple jump to help the Redsides to 54 points and third place at the Condon-Wheeler Invite Friday in Condon.

April 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD racks up 35 personal records at Kiwanis Meet

The Dalles track and field team posted 35 personal records and the girls’ squad had 18 make podium, including wins by Emma Mullins and Paulina Finn to score third-place honors at the 10-team Kiwanis Twilight Invitational Meet Friday at Hermiston High School.

April 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Live up to creed

To the editor: Wasco County’s economy is foreign trade. The largest employer is MCMC, however it is a support service. Without wheat, cherries, apples, wine and electricity, MCMC would not be here.

April 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Great movie

To the editor: For once, I was willing to pay the money to go watch a movie in The Dalles. I was so tired of looking to see what's playing and seeing nothing but R rated movies.

April 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
 

Charter school app nixed and changes made

A resubmitted application to turn Wahtonka Community School into a charter school was declined a second time last Wednesday, but the changes needed were so minor they were done the next day.

April 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
 

A Servant Retires

Sister Patricia Pfenning doesn’t look 78, and she certainly doesn’t act it. A 20-year fixture in Dufur who is leaving soon, she quietly goes about finding help for those in need. But she is outspoken in every other regard.

April 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Friday, April 20

 

TD quartet makes their marks

When Eliana Ortega is on her game, The Dalles girls’ golf team has the ability to put forth a collaborative effort to compete in every tournament. Ortega paced the Riverhawks with her season-best scorecard of the spring with a 118, as she shot a 56 on the front-nine and added a 62 on the final half for her solid totals in tournament action Thursday at Pendleton Country Club.

April 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD drops match with HRV, 7-1

Earlier in the week, The Dalles hosted Hood River Valley in a league match and lost 7-1, with Arlette Santillan taking the team’s lone win Tuesday at The Dalles High School. Although the score appeared lopsided, the Riverhawks had three matches decided by third-set tiebreakers and two others dropped by an average margin of 2.25 points, both in straight sets.

April 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD girls take a step forward at Hermiston

Back on April 4, The Dalles girls’ tennis team could only muster 37 set points in an 8-0 home loss to Hermiston. Thursday, Arlette Santillan claimed a singles victory, and the No. 3 doubles tandem of Karla Najera and Pearl Guzman added a straight sets triumph, as the Lady Riverhawks racked up 44 set wins in a 6-2 loss at Hermiston High School.

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Letter to the Editor: Crazy bond

To the editor: The school bond issue is crazy. Last year the estimate was $161 million, with a promise to keep the taxpayer cost in the $3 per $1,000 of property value range. Now it is $235 million and $3 per $1,000 for 50 years!

April 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Time for Kathy

To the editor: This is an exciting moment in our country. We are seeing a broader spectrum of people involved in the political process creating a healthier and more vibrant democracy. Currently, we have a strong local political candidate, Kathy Schwartz, running for Wasco County commissioner.

April 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Yes on Schwartz

To the editor: As I approach retirement age, and think about my and my family’s changing needs, I can’t help but worry about the possibility that I will need more and more help. I’m happy to see that at least one candidate for Wasco County Commissioner Position #3 – Kathy Schwartz – is also concerned about support services for the elderly.

April 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Elect Schwartz

To the editor: I am requesting that my friends and neighbors join me in electing Kathy Schwartz to the Wasco County Commission. Kathy would bring unique skills and professional abilities to the commission.

April 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Vote Runyon

To the editor: Dear Wasco County citizens, I am honored and proud to talk to you in this letter about a great former colleague that I have had the pleasure to work with in past years, Commissioner Rod Runyon.

April 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


First Foods ceremony lives on

Long ago, when the world began, the Creator called a grand council of all plants and animals. He asked each for a gift to give the helpless new humans, who needed help to survive. The very first to come forward was salmon, which offered his body to feed the people. Water then promised to provide a home for the salmon. The Creation Story posted on the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission’ website explains that both water and salmon were to be honored for their sacrifices, which is done through the First Salmon Feast each year.This religious ceremony must occur before open fishing can take place.

April 20, 2018 2:25 p.m. read more..

Thursday, April 19

  

Seniors honored at Riverhawk track meet

In a final show of appreciation, The Dalles track and field program offered congratulations and high praise to 15 seniors before a three-team meet held Tuesday at Sid White Field.

April 19, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Kirchhofer wins big with DYW

Megan Kirchhofer, a junior at The Dalles High School, was crowned Distinguished Young Woman of Wasco County 2019 last Saturday. Nine scholarships totaling $18,000 were awarded to high-school girls during the program at The Dalles High School on April 14.

April 19, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Standing against violence

The difficult thing about stats to show the number of people who have survived sexual violence is that most incidents go unreported, say advocates from HAVEN of the Columbia Gorge.

April 19, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


AmeriTies emissions reduced

The state Department of Environmental Quality has released 2017 air quality monitoring data showing naphthalene levels emitted by AmeriTies West are almost half of what they’ve been previously, a spokesperson said. As part of a voluntary odor-reducing effort, AmeriTies changed its creosote formula in December 2016 to cut the amount of naphthalene in half.

April 19, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Veterans’ Service Office Job Fair April 20

The second annual job fair hosted by the Veterans’ Service Office of Hood River and Wasco counties, and the 1186th Military Police Company of the National Guard, will be 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the Hood River National Guard Armory, 1590 12th Street in Hood River.

April 19, 2018 2:23 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, April 18



Sherman boys third in Heppner

Owen Christiansen secured a win and two seconds in his individual events and Desiree Winslow added top finishes in the 100 and 100-meter hurdles in Tuesday’s Mustang Invitational in Heppner. Christiansen, a sophomore, earned his win in the long jump with a personal-record of 20-feet-3 inches to set the pace, and he was runner-up in the triple jump at 38-11 and the 100 meters with a personal-record mark of 12.42 seconds.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Popchock and Davis stay on their record pace

Even under horrid weather conditions, Ana Popchock remained on fire. The South Wasco County senior shattered her old school record in the triple jump by almost a foot, and teammate Madisen Davis equaled her school-record in the javelin, as the Lady Redsides posted six wins on their way to third place at the Mustang Invitational Tuesday in Heppner.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


No. 10 Sherman pours it on to beat Heppner

MORO – Whenever a big hit was needed, Sherman’s 7-8-9 hitters stood tall. The trio of Wade Fields, Jacob Shandy and Diego Valdez combined to go 7 for 10 with a walk, a hit by pitch, eight runs scored and six RBIs, as the No. 10-ranked Huskies scored five runs in the fifth and sixth innings to defeat Heppner in Blue Mountain Conference baseball action Tuesday in Moro.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Keep Runyon

To the editor: I have had the pleasure of a great working relationship with Wasco County Commissioner Rod Runyon on Association of Oregon Counties committees. I admire the outstanding efforts he puts into serving veterans and I appreciate that he encourages other county commissioners to be involved.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Support Kathy

To the editor: This letter is written in support of Kathy Schwartz, candidate for Position 3 as Wasco County commissioner. I have known Kathy for many years, both as a devoted mother of two and as a nurse at Mid-Columbia Medical Center.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Re-elect board

To the editor: I have had the privilege of knowing, and working with Wasco County judges, and commissioners, for more than 40 years. The current Wasco County commission is, and has been, effective, responsible, and has gained needed experience.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Vote Schwartz

To the editor: County commissioners are responsible for a wide variety of issues requiring experience, expertise, judgement and compassion. Kathy Schwartz has shown that she has served in many roles involving management, budgeting, health-related issues and organizational team work.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
  

High Flyers

A helicopter is used to record video as the Southern Pacific 4449 steam locomotive runs west on the Washington shore near Dallesport earlier this month.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Car prowlers caught, items unclaimed

Additional charges of mail theft were added to charges against a The Dalles man recently accused of burglary and multiple car prowls. Aaron Ray Haberman, 20, was initially booked into the regional jail April 6 with 13 counts, including theft, car prowling, burglary and probation violation. Also charged was a male juvenile, who was released to his parents.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


HR County moves to keep NORCOR funding

Despite talks about closing the regional jail’s juvenile facility, Hood River County leaders moved Monday to maintain their portion of overall funding to Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility for the next budget cycle.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


LifeFlight open house Saturday

The LifeFlight crew is opening the doors to its new hangar at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport for an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21. The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce will lead off the celebration with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12:15 p.m., followed by light refreshments, tours of the facility and a meet-and-greet with flight crews.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Poetry Slam inspires students

The libraries of North Wasco County School District recently held the 12th annual Poetry Slam, a series of writing and reciting competitions, at Chenowith, Colonel Wright and Dry Hollow elementary schools, The Dalles Middle School and The Dalles High School. The slam is a means of celebrating National Poetry Month and National Library Week, both organized by the American Library Association.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


OR considers healthcare ideas

SALEM — A legislative task force will look to three other states Friday for information about how they regulate health care costs. The Joint Interim Task Force on Health Care Cost Review will hear testimony at its meeting April 20 from health care officials in Vermont, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, April 17



No. 10 Sherman gains an edge on Dufur

DUFUR – The No. 10-ranked Huskies scored six first-inning runs and rode the pitching of Trey and Cal Homer to secure a 13-0 mercy-ruled victory over Dufur in a non-league baseball contest played Friday at Dufur City Park.

April 17, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
  

Brown seeks federal assurance on OR pot

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown wants President Donald Trump to assure her that Oregon's legal cannabis industry is safe from federal prosecution. President Trump reportedly made a deal this week with a Colorado senator to protect the legal cannabis industry there, but it's not clear whether it extends to Oregon.

April 17, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
 

Primary affiliation sparks questions

Wasco County Clerk Lisa Gambee, who oversees the local elections process, is getting a lot of phone calls that reflect confusion about the difference between an “unaffiliated” or “Independent” voter. She said the calls began after the Oregon Capital Bureau reported that the Independent Party of Oregon (IPO) had opened its primary to unaffiliated voters.

April 17, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Red Flag Law guide available

SALEM—Oregon’s attorney general has launched a downloadable guide for Oregonians who are concerned about a family or household member in possession of a gun or other weapon. Oregon’s new “Red Flag Law,” also called the Extreme Risk Protection Order law, allows a judge to issue an order that permits weapons to be taken away from people who are deemed a risk to themselves or others.

April 17, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Unexpected Visitors

Three deer spent the day lounging at the Anderson Homestead on W. 16th St., near the Fort Dalles Museum earlier this week.

April 17, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Monday, April 16



Popchock wins three at Umatilla

Ana Popchock ran her first-place total to six on the season after scoring top honors in three events and teammate Madisen Davis put up a first-place finish in the javelin to lead the South Wasco County girls’ squad to 53 points for fifth place in the 16-team field at Friday’s River’s Edge Meet held in Umatilla.

April 16, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Wahtonka potential high school site

A citizen committee has unanimously selected a location for a potential new high school: the corner of West 10th and Chenowith Loop, where Wahtonka Community School now stands. Discarded was the idea of building a new high school on the hillside above Wahtonka, with an architect saying it would be much more expensive to build there.

April 16, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Center for Living expands its hours

The Mid-Columbia Center for Living, the community provider for mental health and other services, has added evening and Saturday hours and expanded its medical services. It has also made five new staffing assignments in recent months, according to a press release.

April 16, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Early Morning Fire

Dufur Fire Department responded to a structure fire 5 a.m. Monday morning in Dufur, and requested mutual aid from Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue.

April 16, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


MCEDD updates strategy

Twenty technological assistance and public works projects, 10 in Oregon and 10 in Washington, have been identified as high-priorities in the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District’s updated regional strategy, which means their completion would best benefit community economies. The projects identified in the plan can use placement on the list to seek state and federal funding.

April 16, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Secular Nation

To the editor: While I believe that Dan Brophy is correct that the Fourth of July should be celebrated, I know that he is incorrect about this being a Christian nation. The first line of the First Amendment to the U.S Constitution of the United States reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”

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Letter to the Editor: Safe digging

To the editor: Residents of the Pacific Northwest are eager for sunshine and yard and garden projects. Unfortunately, more outdoor work can also mean damage to underground utility lines. April is National Safe Digging Month, and NW Natural reminds anyone who plans to dig to call 811 to have underground utilities located first.

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Letter to the Editor: Schwartz is leader

To the editor: With only three seats on the Wasco County Board of Commissioners, it is a relatively small board and that makes diversity of perspectives essential to a responsive and effective board. We are thrilled to have Kathy Schwartz, RN, as a candidate for Wasco County Commissioner in the May 15 election.

April 16, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
 

Pendleton offense breaks through

No. 3-ranked Pendleton ran its record to 12-1 overall and 2-0 in league following a two-game road sweep by final margins of 25-3 and 13-2 over The Dalles softball squad Friday at 16th Street Ballpark.

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Riverhawks set 17 PRs at Willamette Falls Invite

The Dalles head coach Garth Miller had The Willamette Falls Invitational circled on the calendar for many reasons. Through the track and field team’s first four meets, the numbers have been encouraging, but with his group facing 35 other schools, 10 in the 6A ranks, those performances would give his athletes a better gauge as to where they stand in the 5A circuit.

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Farrell, Kortge lead Dufur boys

Dufur’s No. 1-ranked 4x100-meter relay team of Tanner Masterson, Abraham Kilby, Anthony Thomas and Asa Farrell set a personal-record time of 45.64 seconds for first place, Farrell tacked on a pair of wins, Cole Kortge won the 300-meter hurdles, and the Rangers tallied 10 personal records to grab third place out of 13 teams in Saturday’s Dick Horyna Invitational in Stanfield.

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Friday, April 13



Letter to the Editor: Need Schwartz

To the editor: I am writing in support of Kathy Schwartz for Wasco County Commissioner Position #3. Kathy is an articulate, intelligent woman whose experience, understanding, and skills will be an asset to our board of county commissioners and to the people of Wasco County.

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Letter to the Editor: Action required

To the editor: The Oregon Supreme Court has spoken. It is now time for the Wasco County Board of Commissioners to recognize, as those directly impacted by the What The Festival have contended, that this mass gathering has no place in our agriculture / timber community.

April 13, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Support Runyon

To the editor: Please support Rod Runyon for re-election to Wasco County Commission Position 3. He has done an admirable job for our county and has accomplished numerous positive achievements throughout his tenure. What more can we ask for?

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A walk back in time

If you are seeking peace and solitude, or want to learn more about early days when there was a military “hardship post” in The Dalles, you will find what you seek at the Fort Dalles Museum, which is now open seven days a week for the tourist season.

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Roller Girls coming to town

The Gorge Roller Girls All-Stars take on Lilac City, from Spokane, Wash. and The Blood ‘N Gorge Apprentice team is scheduled to host a bout versus the Chaos Theory Pickup Rollers, out of Eastern Washington, in a roller derby doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at The Fort Dalles Readiness Center, located at 402 E. Scenic Drive in The Dalles.

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TD battles the elements versus Pendleton

The Dalles girls’ tennis team hit the courts against two adversaries – Pendleton and Mother Nature – Thursday in a league match held at Pendleton High School, which the Buckaroos won by an 8-0 final tally.

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Letter to the Editor: End of an age

To the editor: The Biblical definition of the word “world” means "an age." So the "end of the world” talked about by some people is a misunderstanding of this term. As one age (or world) ends, a resting period called a Sabbath ensues in which the world lies fallow for a period before the beginning of a new world, or age.

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Thursday, April 12



TD’s stars celebrated

The Dalles High School athletic director Matt Morgan gave out awards to Athlete of the Month selections for March at a ceremony last week at The Riv in The Dalles.

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Hawks galvanized by their power stroke

After Wednesday’s 9-0 victory over Mountain View, The Dalles softball team is riding a nice little streak at the right time. The stakes are raised even higher now, especially with Columbia River Conference action coming up this Friday.

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Ruling makes it easier to rebuild

The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled farmland dwellings can be rebuilt even if they were demolished more than five years ago, reversing a previous legal decision. Preservationists call the ruling ‘devastating’ to farmland.

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Dufur school district seeks bond

Dufur School District received a bond fund-matching commitment of $4 million last month under the Oregon School Capital Improvement Matching (OSCIM) program, the district announced last week.

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Turkey Traditions

Two male turkeys display in an open area along old Highway 30 in Rowena, west of The Dalles.

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Sen. Bentz hits campaign trail

Oregon Senator Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, will ride in the Northwest Cherry Festival Parade in The Dalles and the performance stage has been renamed after him in recognition of his public service to District 30 residents. The stage was previously named after Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day, who left the Legislature last fall to serve on the Northwest Power and Conservation Planning Council.

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Fresh audit lauds juvenile jail facility

An independent audit found a scathing report last year on the juvenile detention facility in The Dalles misinterpreted some information, but it did call attention to issues that needed to be addressed. The juvenile facility will be better because of the December report by Disability Rights Oregon (DRO), an audit by Texas-based Mel Brown and Associates (MBA) concluded.

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Wednesday, April 11



New audit lauds juvenile facility

An independent audit found a scathing report last year on the juvenile detention facility in The Dalles misinterpreted some information, but did call attention to issues that needed to be addressed.

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Insitu summer internships open to area students

Insitu – it’s not just for engineers. That’s the message the Bingen-based tech company, which makes unmanned aerial vehicles, is sending with this year’s round of high school summer internships. For the first time, students from The Dalles High School are invited to apply through their high school counselors, for the internship.

April 11, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Troutman baffles Weston-McEwen in Sherman’s win

Trey Homer had two hits and three RBIs and all-league starter Brett Troutman allowed an unearned run in a complete-game five-hitter with two strikeouts and one walk to help the No. 10-ranked Sherman Huskies to a 3-1 triumph against Weston-McEwen Tuesday in Moro.

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TD puts it all together in non-league finale

All facets of the game came through for The Dalles baseball team – Spencer Honald tossed a gem, the Riverhawk defense showed support with error-free ball, and the offense scored three of their five runs on two-out hits in a 5-2 victory over Mountain View Tuesday at Bob Williams Field.

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Letter to the Editor: Support Schwartz

To the editor: I'd like to take this opportunity to strongly urge voters to cast their vote for Kathy Schwartz for position of Wasco County commissioner in the upcoming May elections. As a veteran of both Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom, I know a little bit about leadership, and I've seen Kathy's in local civic organizations first hand.

April 11, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Smith for judge

To the editor: I am asking the voters of Sherman County to vote for Mike Smith for county judge. I served Sherman County as the county sheriff for many years and I worked with many judges and commissioners. I understand how important these positions are.

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OR seeks input on coordinated care

The Oregon Health Authority will hold three meetings at the end of April to gather public input about the coordinated care model and the state’s Medicaid reforms. The Dalles — April 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wahtonka High School, 3601 West 10th St.

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Grossmiller honored by Spray rodeo

For nearly 30 years, rodeo announcer and local radio personality Jake Grossmiller has kicked off the action at the Spray Rodeo with the words, “...where the pavement ends and the west begins!” This year, in recognition of his decades as the voice of Spray Rodeo, he will be honored as Grand Marshal.

April 11, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Steam engine rolls through Gorge

Vancouver’s BNSF railyard is hosting a venerable visitor for the next few days: a working steam locomotive, according to a report from The Columbian.

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Tuesday, April 10

 

Supporting a ‘Vision of Hope’ and HAVEN

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and community members can support victims — and enjoy a meal prepared by some of the best chefs in town — by attending “An Evening with HAVEN” April 12, starting at 5:30 p.m., at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, 402 E. Scenic Drive in The Dalles.

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They’re Back!

An osprey checks out a nesting platform near Spearfish Lake, east of The Dalles Dam. The osprey migrate every winter, returning to the Columbia River in the spring to nest.

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Riverhawks secure one win against Ridgeview

Dalia Mondragon picked up a singles triumph to lead The Dalles girls’ tennis team for its lone win and the team racked up a season-high 52 set points overall in an 8-1 loss versus Ridgeview Friday in Redmond.

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TD girls pick up fifth in Bend

The Dalles girls’ golf squad were without Eliana Ortega and had four golfers average 128 on the scorecards for its team total of 512 to notch sixth place Monday in varsity action at the Bend Invitational.

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TD boys take hold of third place in Bend

Facing perennial powerhouse players from Summit and Bend, Tyler Vassar and Aidan Telles finished in a three-way tie for fourth place with 78’s, and The Dalles boys’ golf team totaled 351 to secure third place overall at the Bend Invitational Monday from Bend Country Club.

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Cherry festival goes big screen

The Dalles Chamber of Commerce invites one and all to “Return to the Planet of the Cherries” April 27-29, for the 39th annual Northwest Cherry Festival.

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Monday, April 9



Letter to the Editor: Kathy brings change

To the editor: Kathy Schwartz is running for Wasco County Commissioner and she is just the kind of woman our county needs in a leadership position. Kathy is able to quickly grasp the essence of complex issues and work collaboratively to achieve excellent solutions.

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TDLL officially breaks seal on 2018 season

The Dalles Little League officially started the season with its opening ceremony Saturday at Kramer Field with droves of parents, community members and other kids welcoming the 318 baseball athletes.

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SWC girls second in Boardman

The South Wasco County girls’ track and field team opened some eyes last Friday at the Riverside Twilight Relays with four wins, four seconds and three thirds, as Ana Popchock, Madisen Davis and Maddie Gragg each posted wins in their events.

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Huskies get four PRs in McKenzie

Owen Christiansen posted a win and a second, Desiree Winslow notched four top-5 outputs, and Jaelyn Justesen added a personal record in the shotput to lead the Sherman Huskies at Friday’s AMJ Invite held in McKenzie.

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TD softball inches past Canby, 4-2

Bailey LeBreton has pitched in big games throughout her career, so there is nothing she hasn’t seen or experienced before. The junior right-hander walked the tightrope in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Canby had runners on second and third with two outs and cleanup hitter Mya Pottratz at the plate representing the winning run.

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The Dalles baseball salvages weekend split

Saturday, The Dalles baseball team salvaged a split in two games against Washington schools, Prairie and Heritage, losing 2-0 to Prairie, but grabbing a 14-12 triumph against Heritage in the nightcap at Bob Williams Field.

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Letter to the Editor: Vote for Schwartz

To the editor: I am proud to endorse and vote for Kathy Schwartz, RN, for Wasco County Commissioner. I believe her professional background in social services, experience in administration, and program management will be a huge benefit in moving Wasco County forward “to achieve healthier and more economically viable communities”.

April 9, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Refreshing movie

To the editor: When a person can leave a movie feeling changed to some degree, that, in my opinion, is a movie that is worth the time and money. A movie about forgiveness. Refreshing!

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Smoke, no fire, at HR Hotel

A chimney fire Sunday at Hood River Hotel created enough smoke to draw the attention of five fire departments, including Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue out of The Dalles, but caused no damage and firefighters cleared the scene in less than an hour.

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Gorge artists celebrate in TD

For its 12th anniversary, the Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour is hosting its first ever preview night, 6-8 p.m., April 11, at the Granada Theater in downtown The Dalles. The 1920’s Art Deco theater officially reopened this year after owners Chuck Gomez and his wife, Debra, finished the renovations they began in July 2017, after becoming the theater’s owners in March of that year.

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Engineer vies for Walden’s federal post

Jamie McLeod-Skinner believes “government needs to know when to help and when to get out of the way,” something she says U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has failed to do, which is why she is seeking to replace him in Congress. “I’ve always seen serving in a public office as serving the public trust,” she said.

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Friday, April 6



‘Ladybug Girl’ comes to life in The Dalles

A chalkboard served as an easel in the corner of Klindt's Booksellers & Stationers Thursday evening as David Soman asked the kids sitting around him how to draw his character, “Ladybug Girl.” He told them he needed crazy music to get in the drawing mood.

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Cheer squad is honored at year-end banquet

The Dalles cheer coach Kelsey Wallace had a chance to share memories of a successful campaign with her varsity and junior varsity members at the team’s year-end banquet Thursday at The Dalles Middle School. This past season, the varsity group won three regular-season meets in a row, secured sixth place at state and competed at the United Spirit Association Spirit Nationals in Anaheim, Calif.

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Sherman tennis eyes continued court success

MORO – Last season, Sherman junior Savannah Moe broke through for Special District 4 Sub-District doubles title and earned the chance to play in regionals, as the girls’ team rose to the top of the standings for its first championship in six years. That was a great accomplishment, Moe admitted, but she is not satisfied.

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Letter to the Editor: Census data

To the editor: Census information is important data that government uses to evaluate many different issues and local situations, roads, hospitals, airport needs, transportation issues, bridges, etc.

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Thursday, April 5



Jail’s mental health unit ‘a blessing’

Robert was four years old when he got his first mental health diagnosis, for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Others would follow: Tourette’s, anxiety, high functioning autism, bi-polar disorder and PTSD. Since last August, he’s been in the new mental health unit of the regional jail in The Dalles, which he called “a blessing.”

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Recidivism rate lowered

Recidivism has dropped at the regional jail because of programming implemented to address the problems that send people to jail in the first place, the jail administrator said. Bryan Brandenburg, administrator of the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility, said recidivism – where people reoffend and end up back in jail – has dropped from 76 percent in 2014, the year before he took over, to just 61 percent today.

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Wasco County Commission Position 1: Roy Justesen

Roy Justesen wants to make big changes to the Wasco County Board of County Commissioners to help create a louder voice for everyone within Wasco County, specifically amplifying the voices of the rural community and addressing land-use issues.

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Wasco County Commission Position 1: Scott Hege

Scott Hege is proud of the work the county commission has done in recent years but believes he can always do better. That requires a thick skin, communication and a focus on problem solving, qualities he says are important in a county commissioner.

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Independents open primary

SALEM — The Independent Party of Oregon (IPO) wants you to know that if you're registered to vote in Oregon, but don't belong to a political party, you can still cast a ballot in their primary May 15. You'll need to ask the Secretary of State for that ballot, though.

April 5, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, April 4

  

Dufur swept in two by Columbia

After what looked like an encouraging start to the season, the Dufur Rangers are mired in a three-game losing skid, capped by a doubleheader sweep by scores of 13-3 and 20-2 at the hands of Columbia, of White Salmon, Wash. Monday in a non-league baseball doubleheader.

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TD’s track standouts rise up in Hermiston

Ready to get a gauge of What Columbia River Conference opponent Hermiston had on its roster, The Dalles track and field squad scored nine wins and tallied 30 personal records in a CRC Dual Tuesday from Hermiston High School.

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Letter to the Editor: Need sound laws

To the editor: I read the letter “Verbal Attacks” last week and I have concerns about it. I completely agree that senseless deaths are wrong. But the statement that all of these youth fear for their lives going to school each day because of firearms is interesting.

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OR joins census question challenge

Oregon joins 17 other states, six cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors to block the new question added by the Trump administration. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, 17 other state attorneys general and six cities filed suit Tuesday to block a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

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Confluence Project renews plans

The Confluence Project—spanning 438 miles and over 12 years of work to be the largest public art project in the nation—is now making headway on their sixth and final project site, Celilo Park. Confluence Project executive director Colin Fogarty asked the Wasco County Commission for a second letter of support at its March 21 meeting.

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Insitu locating in The Dalles

Part of Insitu’s research and development work is now taking place in The Dalles. The Bingen-based tech company, which makes unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for commercial and military use, began leasing a warehouse next to the regional jail early last year.

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AeroModelers

Members of Columbia Gorge AeroModelers and Gorge RC Sailors were at Meyer State Park for their Spring pre-float fly gathering Saturday.

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Tree replacement continues on 2nd

The City of The Dalles will be removing and replacing oversized or diseased trees on East Second Street beginning Tuesday, April 10, and continuing through Sunday, April 15. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to noon daily. Thirty seven trees have been identified for removal on East Second Street from the roundabout to and beyond the Post Office, according to city officials.

April 4, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, April 3



Goldendale rep. joins Farm Bill tour

Rep. Gina McCabe, R-Goldendale, joined U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, during the final stop on his “Farm Bill listening tour” in Yakima June 30. The U.S. Farm Bill is comprehensive legislation that sets federal government policies related to agriculture, ranging from farming, to trade and subsidies, to nutrition.

April 3, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD girls grab 7th at Wildhorse

Jaeden Biehn was The Dalles’ team medalist with a 126 and her teammates, Samantha Stansbury, Lydia Evans and Eliana Ortega, all came in with 127s to give the Lady Riverhawks fifth place out of seven teams with their 507 at the Wildhorse Invitational in Pendleton.

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Telles comes out on top at Wildhorse Invite

As a sophomore, Aidan Telles is already making some big headlines on the 5A golf circuit by showing steady progression in the first three tournaments of the 2018 campaign. In those tournaments, Telles placed third in Big River on March 22 and claimed runner-up status at the Riverhawk Invitational on March 23, an event won by teammate Tyler Vassar. Monday, he followed up Vassar’s victory by securing first place at the Wildhorse Invitational in Pendleton, where he had to outduel the Hanford, Wash. duo of Tyler Anderson and Gabe Cach with a par putt on the first playoff hole for his first-career medal.

April 3, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD offense cannot support its strong pitching

When your pitchers limit an opposing offense to three runs on four hits, usually a team has a chance to win games. As effective as The Dalles pitching trio of Jordan Wetmore, Zach Anderson and Henry Lee were, Sandy starter Nolan Turin held the Riverhawks to three hits and three walks with eight strikeouts on 109 pitches in a 3-0 Pioneer victory Monday at Bob Williams Field.

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TD strands 12 in 12-9 road loss

The Sandy Pioneers erased a 9-3 deficit with five runs in the fifth inning and tacked on three in the sixth to defeat The Dalles softball team by a 12-9 margin Monday in varsity softball action at Sandy High School.

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Dam spill order affirmed by court

PORTLAND — A U.S. appeals court on Monday affirmed an order to spill more water over Columbia and Snake river dams to help protect salmon and steelhead and aid their migration to the sea. The decision came after U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon of Oregon ruled last spring that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must spill more water through spillways rather than turbines that pose a danger to the fish.

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‘We need to build more bridges’

Her campaign motto is “Moral Courage + Rural Dignity,” and Raz Mason is excited to be one of seven Democrats trying to unseat U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, a Republican. “I woke up early one January morning, and I thought, ‘I have to do this, I’ve got something to say,’” she said. “We need fewer walls and more bridges. We have nothing to lose; we can try it another way.”

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OR court rules against Wasco

The Oregon Supreme Court has let stand a ruling that found Wasco County Circuit Court wrongly declined to make the county enforce land use rules for the “What the Festival” event.

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Quebe Sisters

The Quebe Sisters performed Monday night at The Dalles High School theater, hosted by the Mid-Columbia Community Concert Association.

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Monday, April 2



Wasco County Commission Position 3: Kathy Schwartz

Kathy Schwartz believes that her public service background and willingness to ask hard questions will bring the change that she says Wasco County needs to move forward. A resident of The Dalles, Schwartz is running for County Commissioner, Position 3, against incumbent Rod Runyon.

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Roller derby mania is quickly catching fire

During the week, Nancy Haley is molding and shaping future generations in the classroom as a preschool teacher. On derby bout days, she transforms from demure instructor to a lean, mean wrecking machine known affectionately as “Comet.” Haley is part of a fast-growing population of roller derby athletes who uses practices and bouts to let off a little steam.

April 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


TD baseball reacts to recent Arizona journey

There is no bigger bonding time than a team trip together for some baseball action and some rest, relaxation and team bonding. It is those once-in-a-lifetime moments that many of the players feel will bring them closer and will be a key factor in further establishing chemistry as the season progresses.

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Easter Scramble

Mahlcolm McDonald shares a high five with his son, Rowdy, after a successful Easter egg scramble at Sorosis Park Saturday. Rowdy celebrated his second birthday Easter day.

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Riverhawks take 3 of 4 at Glencoe Tourney

The Dalles softball team wrapped up two days of tournament action Friday afternoon in Hillsboro with wins over Corvallis and Gresham by a combined 19-9 margin for three wins in four games to move up to No. 10 in the 5A rankings.

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Walking group gathers trash at Kramer Field

Eight people spent 90 minutes on a recent sunny Sunday afternoon scouring the Kramer Field area for garbage, combining exercise, community beautification and some socializing. The brainchild of Summit Bohannon, an upbeat 20-something from The Dalles, the wellness walks combine taking a stroll with picking up litter.

April 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Christian film in town

To the editor: I want to thank Columbia Cinema for bringing the movie I Can Only Imagine here to our town. True story of band member of the Christian band Mercy Me. Let’s support having a Christian film come to our town.

April 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Re-elect Runyon

To the editor: Are you a veteran? Do you know a veteran? If veterans’ issues are of importance to you, now is your big opportunity to help ensure our veterans continue to receive the recognition and support they’ve earned.

April 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

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