The 18th annual Jumpstart Elementary Cross Country races are fast approaching and more than 400 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. 25 at Sorosis Park. Harriers from the Columbia Gorge, Wasco, Hood River and Sherman Counties are encouraged to run.August 31, 2018 2:33 p.m. read more..
On Thursday, South Wasco County opened its volleyball campaign with a three-set home loss to Joseph. The Eagles, who entered play with six tournament matches under their belts, seized momentum early on and cruised to wins of 25-15, 25-21, 25-21 for the sweep.August 31, 2018 2:30 p.m. read more..
Over a span of four days, the Sherman volleyball team lost 3-1 to Cove, but then came back for two straight wins over Trinity Lutheran in three non-league matches. After their loss to Cove, the Huskies swept the Trinity Lutheran Saints 25-15, 25-20 and 25-23 on Friday, Aug. 24 in Moro to give first-year head coach Karissa Gorham.August 31, 2018 2:30 p.m. read more..
In their first two volleyball matches, the Dufur Rangers salvaged a split, winning a five-set thriller over Imbler Tuesday in Athena. Following a sweep loss against Weston-McEwen, Dufur battled it out versus Imbler with each team swapping wins in the first four sets.August 31, 2018 2:29 p.m. read more..
Last year, The Dalles girls’ soccer team started out 0-6-1 and still managed to catch fire at the right time to earn a state play-in berth. Although the team lost a 1-0 heartbreaker to St. Helens in the opening postseason round, the players and head coach Oscar Nunez feel the confidence and will to win are at an all-time high.August 31, 2018 2:27 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I am voting for Jamie McLeod-Skinner because I believe in human decency. I spent my career working in the Department of Human Services addressing the needs of the aging and people with disabilities. I witnessed first-hand life before and after the Affordable Care Act (ACA).August 31, 2018 2:14 p.m. read more..
To the editor: At a roundtable meeting recently, Rep. Greg Walden told local health experts he’s working to help solve the opioid epidemic ravaging our state. Sadly for those suffering from addiction — and those who could be at risk in the future — Walden’s willingness to address the guilty parties will be hamstrung by the enormous campaign contributions he’s taken from them.August 31, 2018 2:14 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Most of us accept the scientific evidence that our world is warming. The downstream effects of warming our global environment are not good. Worldwide there will be hotter temperatures, more droughts, fires, famine, and refugees. There will be more competition for dwindling resources, potentially threatening our own national security.August 31, 2018 2:13 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I am a grateful new member of The Dalles community. The people here are generous, kind and are continually trying to make it a special place. As a photographer friend of mine recently told me, “It’s the most beautiful place I have never heard of.” Because I wanted to be a contributing member of my new community, soon after my arrival I enrolled in training to become a CASA volunteer.August 31, 2018 2:12 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I spent my career working in the field of social services and know first-hand the many hardships citizens in our district face, especially related to health care. I am sad to say that our representative, Greg Walden, has forgotten his district and is now working alongside the president to dismantle affordable health care.August 31, 2018 2:11 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Republicans make up the majority of voters in the Second District. It isn't surprising that Rep. Greg Walden has been re-elected several times to represent the district. It is also unsurprising that, after many years in Washington, Walden has become more distant from his constituentsAugust 31, 2018 2:11 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Rep. Greg Walden has been busy lately working on, and especially talking about, the opioid crisis. It’s indeed a crisis, with 72,000 overdose deaths in the U.S. in the past year. And it’s indeed far past time to address it. As we listen to Mr. Walden self-congratulate on his current efforts, we might wonder why in the world he’s just now addressing it. Well, it is election season...August 31, 2018 2:10 p.m. read more..
SALEM — The Oregon Department of Justice has closed a criminal investigation into two petitioners who were accused of giving false information to persuade voters to sign a petition to repeal the state sanctuary law. Initiative Petition 22 has since qualified for the ballot as Measure 105, Stop Oregon Sanctuaries.August 31, 2018 2:03 p.m. read more..
Replacement of the executive director at the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facilities (NORCOR) was put on hold Aug. 28 to consider a board proposal to have a sheriff run the jail. The proposal, outlined at Tuesday’s board meeting by board member Brad Lohrey, sheriff of Sherman County, would break the facility in two, with the adult and juvenile facilities managed separately. Each would have its own budget and board.August 31, 2018 1:52 p.m. read more..
In a moment of crisis, a listening ear can stop a self-destructive impulse, says Susan Gabay, who works tirelessly to encourage a community dialogue about suicide prevention. She said having people be unafraid to ask tough questions when someone is at risk, or check in with isolated neighbors, is more important than ever with suicide rates on the rise.August 31, 2018 1:49 p.m. read more..
All three major political party candidates have been invited to the first of three major gubernatorial debates before the Nov. 6 general election. Children First for Oregon, along with television station KOIN and Pamplin Media Group, will host the first major debate of the election season Oct. 2 with an atypical format: Children will pose all of the questions to the three candidates.August 28, 2018 2:03 p.m. read more..
On Aug. 30, Robinson Brothers Construction will be repaving the intersection of West 9th and Cherry Heights from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To accommodate that work, the intersection will be closed to through traffic with local traffic access only.August 28, 2018 1:54 p.m. read more..
Sweeping changes are coming for 1A football at the start of the 2018 season that will affect the South Wasco County football programs. The Redsides are playing 6-man football as part of an 18-team pilot program, marking the first time since 1959 that Oregon has participated.August 28, 2018 1:48 p.m. read more..
DUFUR – Before the first snap or first play from scrimmage, several pundits and experts are already crowning St. Paul as the 1A state champions. Down from the 2A classification, where they were the runners-up to Santiam, the Buckaroos are going to be a team to be reckoned with.August 28, 2018 1:47 p.m. read more..
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (NFHS) — Further simplification of the uniform rule in track and field, and clarification on the method of determining the order of finish in cross country highlight 2019 rules changes in those two high school sports. Seven changes were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field and Cross Country Rules Committee at its June 11-13 meeting in Indianapolis, and all changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.August 28, 2018 1:46 p.m. read more..
The Dalles football team is breaking the seal on a new journey in the 4A ranks under head coach Steve Sugg. Instead of playing independent status, as the Riverhawks have for the past two seasons, the program now can vie for a league title and a state championship.August 28, 2018 1:44 p.m. read more..
Life’s Looking Glass, by RaeLynn RicarteAugust 28, 2018 1:31 p.m. read more..
To the editor: “Trust takes years to build, seconds to break, and forever to repair.” Author unknown. For many years, I trusted our congressman, Greg Walden. Even though I’ve always been a Democrat, I voted for him. I can’t say it took just “seconds” for Mr. Walden to break my trust, but over the past few years, during which he voted ENTIRELY along party lines (even though many of his constituents crossed their party lines to vote for him), my trust in him was broken, and it cannot be repaired.August 28, 2018 1:30 p.m. read more..
To the editor: What a great service The Dalles Chronicle does for this community. There is a “Class Action Lawsuit” against Amerities for poisoning our air here in The Dalles for almost 100 years (since 1922), and there has been just one article about this possible $1.25 millon dollar payout.August 28, 2018 1:29 p.m. read more..
Steelhead retention in the Columbia River and lower John Day River closed effective Monday, Aug. 27 through the end of the year due to poor returns. The states of Oregon and Washington decided to close the retention fishery after the run size was downgraded from a preseason forecast of 182,000 to 110,000 adult summer steelhead on Monday.August 28, 2018 1:21 p.m. read more..
Jamie McLeod-Skinner, candidate for Congress to represent Wasco County and Eastern Oregon, speaks at an auction party at Sunshine Mill in The Dalles Saturday night. McLeod-Skinner is running against Greg Walden, the current representative, in November’s election.August 28, 2018 1:14 p.m. read more..
Gov. Kate Brown released her seven-step education policy agenda on Monday, components of which will be included in her proposed 2019-21 state budget, her spokeswoman said. “The governor strongly believes that in order to effect change for Oregon’s students, a multi-pronged approach is vital,” said Kate Kondayen, a press secretary in Brown’s office.August 28, 2018 1:12 p.m. read more..
The third annual local observation of National Overdose Awareness Day, Aug. 31, includes a walk to remember people lost to addiction and distribution of flyers with information about treatment options. “We will be using this time to make our community more aware of addiction and how to overcome the impossible,” said Shannon Gilman, a recovering heroin addict who organizes the event.August 28, 2018 1:10 p.m. read more..
Dufur track coach Ty Lee Wyman, 27, pleaded guilty last week to sex abuse charges involving two female students and was sentenced to 40 months in prison. “It was a difficult case for the victims, for the school staff and for the defendant’s family,” said Wasco County Chief Deputy Leslie Wolf.August 28, 2018 1:06 p.m. read more..
Dave Nevins has been hired as Director of Tourism for The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce. “We are very excited to have Dave join us and we are looking forward to the energy and tourism experience he will bring to our staff,” said Lisa Farquharson, executive director of the chamber.August 24, 2018 2:56 p.m. read more..
A pilot program that will offer discounted rates for electrical and full-hookup RV campsites is now available at selected Oregon state parks during September and October. Campers will be able to apply an online code to receive a $7 discount off the nightly RV campsite rate, bringing the current rate from $24-33 down to $17-26.August 24, 2018 2:28 p.m. read more..
The Sherman County School District will celebrate the induction of four individuals and one foundation into the Sherman County School District Hall of Honor during half-time of the Friday, Sept. 28, home football game against Enterprise High School.August 24, 2018 2:23 p.m. read more..
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (NFHS) — Equipment rules designed to reduce risk of injury, as well as a clarification that the media area must be located in dead-ball territory, are among the high school softball rules changes for the 2019 season.August 24, 2018 2:22 p.m. read more..
FBU Oregon and Island Boy Camp are organizing a free tackle football tryout and mini-camp for sixth-through-eighth graders, who are Oregon residents, at four locations this summer for a chance to participate in an all-star showcase. From 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, all attendees will go to Wahtonka High School, located on 3601 West 10th Street in The Dalles, in their school-colored shorts and shirts with football cleats for drills.August 24, 2018 2:19 p.m. read more..
MAUPIN – All-state middle blocker Jada Myers looks around the gymnasium and sees a lot of familiar faces and several new ones. Although the landscape is much different than a year ago, the senior is not making any excuses — she is even more motivated to help the South Wasco County Redsides win a championship.August 24, 2018 2:13 p.m. read more..
DUFUR – Since taking home a Big Sky Conference district championship in 2014, the Dufur volleyball team has had three consecutive runner-up finishes. Second-year coach Kristin Whitley fields a roster of three seniors, five juniors, a sophomore and a freshman, including all-league winners Sydnee Byers, Trinity Blake and Mikayla Kelly that aspire to take a monumental step forward.August 24, 2018 2:12 p.m. read more..
To the editor: There is a little weed which causes a big problem in eastern Oregon: genetically engineered Creeping Bentgrass, created by agribusiness giants Scotts Miracle-grow and Monsanto for use as turf grass on golf-courses and to be resistant to the use of Round-up weed killer. The big problem is the grass has escaped and can affect non GMO crops and invade natural areas.August 24, 2018 2:06 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I am writing in support of passing the bond measure for our D-21 schools. We are falling behind in updating our school buildings at all levels. Our buildings need to be timeless, cost-effective, easy to maintain and facilities of which we can be proud.August 24, 2018 2:05 p.m. read more..
“Grow with Google, The Dalles” attracted over 200 registrants to the Fort Dalles Readiness Center Wednesday with a range of free classes and multimedia presentations about services and experiences in Google products. The event replaces “Googlefest.”August 24, 2018 2:01 p.m. read more..
SALEM — ODFW will host a meeting with Wolf Plan stakeholders on Thursday, Aug. 30, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at The Dalles Screen Shop, 3561 Klindt Drive. Stakeholders deeply involved with the Wolf Plan update have been invited to attend. A public comment period is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. on Thursday during the meeting.August 24, 2018 1:48 p.m. read more..
GOLDENDALE — A first-of-its-kind disposable artist’s palette for amateur painters, art educators and others is being marketed by Toss Products LLC, a startup company located in Goldendale. Paint Plates is the name of a palette made in the U.S. from 100 percent recycled paper that is the brainchild of Felicia Gray, a local painter and art teacher.August 24, 2018 1:47 p.m. read more..
When they asked for the 2018 Women Build by Columbia Gorge Habitat for Humanity to have a “Rosie the Riveter” theme, the visiting team had no idea that the first female to work on airplanes during World War II resided in The Dalles. Ada Wyn Parker, 95, quickly became their hero and even autographed posters at Monday’s welcome dinner, which was held at Sunshine Mill. She also showed up at the Lyle build site the next morning to do a little work and sign the first wall that went up.August 24, 2018 1:41 p.m. read more..
Contractors and Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District (NWCPUD) crews will be inspecting electric system infrastructure in the areas impacted by recent wildfires in the Dufur and Tygh Valley areas today, Aug. 22.August 22, 2018 3:18 p.m. read more..
Olympia Davis, 11, tries a 3-D viewer. The large touch screen seen in the background displays a web page used with the viewer. They were exploring a multimedia booth at "Grow with Google" with Kathryn Davis Wednesday morning. The event continues until 6 p.m.August 22, 2018 3:10 p.m. read more..
The third structure fire within a week occurred Saturday in Hood River. Aug. 11 saw a destructive blaze in a Hood River residential neighborhood, on Aug. 14 came a garage fire in a rural area west of Hood River, and the latest was at the edge of a cliff, mostly unreachable by foot.August 21, 2018 2:25 p.m. read more..
SALEM — Core campaign staff for the Republican candidate to represent Oregon’s 5th district in Congress resigned earlier this month. Two former staffers for the campaign said Monday that they resigned in early August due to “unrecoverable issues” in the Mark Callahan campaign.August 21, 2018 2:22 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND — If it cost $3.50 when a driver crossed Interstate 205’s Abernethy Bridge, the toll would yield about $50 million per year and support the sale of enough bonds to pay for a significant share of the widening and seismic reinforcement of the bridge, according to an analysis by WSP USA.August 21, 2018 2:20 p.m. read more..
Senior News, by Scott McKayAugust 21, 2018 2:04 p.m. read more..
When Port of The Dalles commissioners sat down Aug. 8, to deliberate over their regular business, it was the 1,021st time a Port Commission had done so. That’s 12 regular monthly meetings over the course of 85 years, plus the first meeting of their 86th year, not counting special meetings and any meeting canceled due to fire, flood or other calamity.August 21, 2018 1:58 p.m. read more..
FBU Oregon and Island Boy Camp are organizing a free tackle football tryout and mini-camp for sixth-through-eighth graders, who are Oregon residents, at four locations this summer for a chance to participate in an all-star level showcase. From 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, all attendees will go to Wahtonka High School, located on 3601 West 10th Street in The Dalles, in their school-colored shorts and shirts with football cleats for drills.August 21, 2018 1:54 p.m. read more..
The Dalles swim team finished off the summer season with ninth-place honors, as the group of 39 combined for 19 top-10 placings, six in the relays, and Lydia DiGennaro, Kendall Webber, Maverick Varland, Kaiya Doty, Rhett Loughmiller, Thatcher Dray and Skyler Coburn added solid ‘B’ times at the three-day Bend Open ending Aug. 12.August 21, 2018 1:48 p.m. read more..
Pet Evacuation Team (PET) is a private non-profit organization that has been providing animal rescue services in central Oregon during wildfires, disasters and cases of animal abuse/ neglect since 2001. The organization is now working with local individuals to form a disaster response team for the Columbia Gorge area.August 21, 2018 1:40 p.m. read more..
Primary election night in Washington came and went, with a mixed bag of results for both Republicans and Democrats as the two parties set their sights to November’s general election. In the 3rd Congressional District, Republican incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler looks to be facing her toughest re-election campaign since she first won her seat to the House of Representatives in 2010.August 21, 2018 1:29 p.m. read more..
One Community Health (OCH) will break ground Thursday to replace its current health center in Hood River. The groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting ceremony, an invitation open to the public, takes place from 9:30-10 a.m. at 849 Pacific Ave. The future facility will be located just east of the current Hood River site and on the same property, which has served as OCH’s Hood River home since 1991.August 21, 2018 1:25 p.m. read more..
The regional jail board, made up of representatives from the four counties that run the jail, declined last week to have the counties pay for unexpected expenses at the jail. Instead, the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility will have to dip into its contingency fund to pay for $101,500 in legal fees, and $86,725 for repairs to the nearby warehouse it owns, now rented by Insitu.August 21, 2018 1:20 p.m. read more..
Wasco County is poised to turn the building codes program over to the state on a permanent basis but doesn’t want to make that decision until officials hear from contractors, developers and community members. A dialogue about the issue is planned for the Sept. 19 county commission meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. at the county courthouse, 511 Washington St.August 21, 2018 1:18 p.m. read more..
The regional jail board unanimously voted Friday to offer John DeVaney, a lieutenant at a large Nevada jail, the position of jail administrator. However, on Monday, he declined the offer. The jail board will have a special meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at noon at the regional jail to discuss its options, said outgoing Jail Administrator Bryan Brandenburg.August 20, 2018 1:47 p.m. read more..
A custom-made contraption has catapulted the Oregon Zoo’s cheetahs toward a new level of fitness. Dubbed the “cheetahpult,” it’s an 8-foot wooden device that flings a ball far enough for a cheetah — the fastest land animal on earth — to chase. After more conventional ball launchers fell short, the cheetahpult was designed and built by staff members with the zoo’s speediest residents in mind.August 17, 2018 4:10 p.m. read more..
The Oregon Department of Revenue is urging Oregon employees to check their wage withholding to ensure enough is held back from each paycheck to cover their 2018 Oregon income tax liability. This is particularly important for anyone who filled out the 2018 federal Form W-4 and provided it to their employer.August 17, 2018 4:04 p.m. read more..
Campfires are now banned on all lands protected from wildfire by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) east of the Cascades. This ban joins many other jurisdictions that have also prohibited campfires. “We’ve had 47 wildfires started by campfires this year,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz.August 17, 2018 4:03 p.m. read more..
Some 50 people attended the kickoff event Aug. 4 for supporting the $235 million bond measure that goes before voters in November to replace four schools in The Dalles. Phil Brady, a teacher at the high school, said the group was participating in something historic. “There’s not many times when something this big gets started.”August 17, 2018 2:15 p.m. read more..
To the editor: You have probably read or heard a lot of what is good or not good about candidates to represent us in Congress. But coming up soon, you can find out for yourself what your options are. Jamie McLeod-Skinner will be in the area the weekend of Aug. 25 and 26.August 17, 2018 1:58 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I was greatly disappointed in (Mark Gibson’s) “Crosstalk” response in the Aug. 8 Chronicle. I thought your column was supposed to reflect a more liberal point of view in contrast to the vile, name-calling, misinformed screeds coming from our beloved editor.August 17, 2018 1:57 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I’m disappointed that sometimes members of our Gorge community cannot discuss or write about politics without calling other people names, as Kris Wilhelm, of Hood River, did on several occasions in her letter to the editor published in the Saturday/Sunday edition of The Dalles Chronicle (“Walden working hard,” Aug. 11-12, 2018). It makes me wonder if those who must use labels are afraid that if they really consider and think about positions that are different than their own that they may actually adjust those positions.August 17, 2018 1:55 p.m. read more..
To the editor: The Chronicle editor was very distant from the truth in her Aug. 8 diatribe about socialism, stating that it “… failed everywhere it has been tried.” The Scandinavian countries don’t think their system has failed. They have many successful examples of democratic socialism that are similar to those advocated by Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez especially in health care and education.August 17, 2018 1:54 p.m. read more..
To the editor: We may not be the one’s yelling, but we are the ones who are thankful for all the work Greg Walden is doing for us. Most recently he has worked to fix some of the forest management at Crooked River Ranch, passed legislation to end the opioid crisis, worked to expand rural broadband, and obtained a pardon for Dwight and Steven Hammond — and all of this has happened in just a little over a month.August 17, 2018 1:54 p.m. read more..
To the editor: It is time once again for the Wasco County Fair at Hunt’s Park in Tygh Valley. Come celebrate our county and the wonderful people in it. I am always amazed that when I invite people to the fair, many say, “Where is that?”August 17, 2018 1:53 p.m. read more..
The Wasco County Commission started Wednesday’s meeting by honoring Jean Maxwell, who is retiring from nearly eight years of recruiting and training a volunteer work force to help veterans. “We have a distinguished guest,” said Steve Kramer, who chairs the county board, when introducing Maxwell to the audience.August 17, 2018 1:48 p.m. read more..
There have been 200 abandoned campfires in the past several weeks within the Mt. Hood National Forest and a special team of fire prevention experts is now on the move to educate visitors about safety restrictions in place during hot and dry weather. “Everybody needs to be aware of the dangers of wildfire, while still enjoying the many recreational benefits the national forest provides,” said Mark Wiles, leader of the Mt. Hood National Forest NW Area Fire Prevention Team.August 17, 2018 1:45 p.m. read more..
John Chambers was clear at the other end of the hall at The Dalles High School when he heard the bam of someone getting slammed, hard, into a locker. The slamee was John Callahan, the eventually famous cartoonist whose life story is told in the recently released movie, “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” which opens Friday, Aug. 24, at Columbia Cinemas in The Dalles.August 17, 2018 1:39 p.m. read more..
A free, family-friendly block party to celebrate the grant award and the upcoming restoration project. to restore classic neon signs to be placed throughout the downtown area will be held Saturday, Aug. at 200 E. 3rd Street, downtown The Dalles, from 4 to 8 p.m.August 16, 2018 9:42 a.m. read more..
Rep. Knute Buehler, Republican nominee for governor, has announced a seven-point plan to end the burgeoning homeless population with the aim of ending unsheltered homelessness by 2023. Nearly 14,000 people are considered homeless in Oregon, an increase of 6 percent between 2015 and 2017, according to a survey in early January 2017 by Oregon Housing and Community Services.August 14, 2018 3:13 p.m. read more..
Great weather, a large crowd and exciting side-by-side racing all added up to a successful event for the 13th Annual C.H. Urness Motors/Fun Country Powersports sponsored Dallesport Drags Sunday at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport.August 14, 2018 3:10 p.m. read more..
SALEM — Amid a strong economy and a tightening labor market, private employers across Oregon are struggling to fill job openings. And while state officials say there's no definitive data on the subject, anecdotal evidence suggests that state government is having similar problems.August 14, 2018 3:04 p.m. read more..
Containment on the 167-acre Memaloose 2 Fire was listed at 65 percent Monday night. Evacuation levels have been reduced with the improved containment. More than 100 firefighters are working on the fire under the direction of the Oregon Department of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.August 14, 2018 3:02 p.m. read more..
DUFUR – From baseball to basketball, Dufur High School graduate Steven Begay loves to bring the game to local youths. Earlier this summer, he coached a 12U group, called Slammin’ Salmon, to a 6-0 record, where they outscored opponents by a 120-42 margin to secure first place at the Blazers Rip City 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in Portland. “I have always enjoyed coaching,” Begay said.August 14, 2018 2:56 p.m. read more..
It has been a long road on the softball field for Rocky Linebarger, as countless close calls and bad breaks kept him from winning Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation Adult Softball League championship. At long last, he finally earned title No. 1.August 14, 2018 2:51 p.m. read more..
To the editor: As an avid Dalles Chronicle reader, I was disappointed to learn about the growing rift between Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s CEO and local nurses over increasingly dangerous schedules, nurse turnover, staff pay and the hospital’s budget. It reminded me of an article I read a few years ago about the highest-paid people in Wasco County.August 14, 2018 2:15 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Are you one who believes your vote doesn’t matter? I’m talking to you because this fall your vote matters “hugely.” Do you want to tell Big Business and the 1 percent that their money can’t always buy public policies favoring them regardless of how it affects you? Would you like decent health care for yourself, your family and neighbors?August 14, 2018 2:14 p.m. read more..
To the editor: In just a few months, on Nov. 6, 2018, we the people in the 20 counties of Oregon Congressional District 2, which includes Wasco County, will be choosing our next representative to Congress for a two-year term. Jamie McLeod-Skinner, the Democratic Party contender for our district, was recently in Joseph for their Chief Joseph Day parade as was her opponent, Greg Walden.August 14, 2018 2:13 p.m. read more..
SALEM — Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking public comment on proposed rules that would allow the agency to implement flexible rates for state park campsites. The proposed rule would allow OPRD to vary campsite rates within a set range.August 14, 2018 2:10 p.m. read more..
ROTA, Spain – A 1997 Sherman High School graduate and Wasco native is serving in the Navy, living on the coast of Spain, and participating in a critical NATO ballistic missile defense (BMD) mission while assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross, according to a press release from the Navy Office of Community Outreach. Chief Petty Officer Phillip Lovell is a machinist’s mate aboard one of the four advanced warships forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, a small village on the country’s southwest coast, 65 miles south of the city of Seville.August 14, 2018 2:08 p.m. read more..
A Nevada corrections official and the former warden of the state prison in Montana are the two finalists for administrator of the regional jail. They are John DeVaney, now a corrections lieutenant for the city of Henderson, Nev., and Michael Fletcher, who most recently served as warden of the Montana State Prison.August 14, 2018 1:46 p.m. read more..
The American Academy of Dermatology says that acne is the most common skin condition affecting people. And it isn’t surprising. There are number of causes for acne: heredity, food high in refined sugars or carbohydrates, dirt and bacteria, hormones, cosmetics and medication. Even stress can cause acne.August 13, 2018 6 p.m. read more..
Governor Kate Brown has declared the Memaloose 2 Fire, burning near the Memaloose State Park east of Mosier, a conflagration. The declaration cleared the way for the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire. The Office of State Marshal’s Blue Incident Management Team, and six structural task forces from Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Clatsop, Columbia, and Marion counties will arrive early afternoon and begin working to protect structures. An estimated 100 homes are at risk, according to media reports. Evacuations for Wasco County are as follows: <strong>LEVEL 1 (GET READY) evacuation notice for the following: </strong> Starting at the bottom of the Rowena Loops to the west end of Tooley Lake, both sides of Interstate 84 and both sides of Hwy 30 as well as Mayor State Park. <strong>LEVEL 2 (GET SET TO GO) evacuation notice for the following: </strong> The intersection of State Road and Marsh Cutoff to Dell Road. This includes both sides of the road. <strong>LEVEL 3 (GO NOW) evacuation notice for the following:</strong> The intersection of Highway 30 and Marsh cutoff all the way east to the bottom of the Rowena loops, this includes both sides of the Highway 30, Rowena Dell, Rowena Overlook, Canyon Way all the way down to Rowena Ferry Road. Starting at the bottom of the Rowena Loops to the west end of Tooley Lake, both sides of Interstate 84 and both sides of Hwy 30 as well as Mayor State Park.August 11, 2018 5:11 p.m. read more..
A fire in the Precision Lumber building in the industrial park on Crates Way broke out early Friday afternoon. Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, joined by other agencies, was on the scene soon after the fire broke out and evacuated The Port of The Dalles office and other nearby offices. The cause of the blaze is unknown at this time. Additional photosAugust 10, 2018 4:24 p.m. read more..
Following two straight losses, The Dalles United girls’ soccer team finished off tournament play with back-to-back wins by a combined 10-0 margin for third place in 11U Silver Division action at the Mount Hood Challenge ending Aug. 5. Coach Oscar Nunez fielded his group for three days of tough competition in an event that featured more than 400 teams.August 10, 2018 3:18 p.m. read more..
The Dalles Dance Club Academy made history at the Grand Championships in Seaside last weekend by receiving the highest-scoring group awards in the Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced and Accelerated Advanced classifications, marking the first time ever a program has swept all levels in the event’s 37 years.August 10, 2018 3:17 p.m. read more..
To the editor: It's August and supposed to be the quiet season for politics, but, at the federal level anyway, events seem to be getting louder and more erratic. There's no telling what will happen between now and November's election. We do know what our congressman, Greg Walden, has been doing: Not much.August 10, 2018 2:47 p.m. read more..
To the editor: “We owe our loyalty to each other and to our children’s children, not to party politics,” DaShanne Stokes. It seems that Greg Walden could find a cure for cancer and yet some unreasonable partisans would still oppose him, putting partisan politics ahead of making positive accomplishments.August 10, 2018 2:47 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I know we all have thanked the firemen, ranchers, families, and friends throughout the last three weeks and four large fires, but I want to thank the Salvation Army for their presence at these huge local fire events.August 10, 2018 2:46 p.m. read more..
To the editor: The Conroy family of Maupin, Tygh Valley and The Dalles would like to extend a huge thank you to the firefighters, farmers, ranchers, friends, neighbors and local, state and federal air and ground support, who have put their personal lives on hold during this fire season.August 10, 2018 2:45 p.m. read more..
It’s been a busy month for Dr. Marta Cronin, the new president at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC): She’s moved across the U.S., from Port St. Lucie, Fla., to The Dalles, which included a road trip of 3,100 miles. A month on the job, she has settled in, found a place to call home, and attended her first board meeting.August 10, 2018 2:42 p.m. read more..
Dufur Gap Road rancher Mike Filbin is relieved that U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., was successful in his bid to have the federal government allow emergency grazing on some preserve lands. The South Valley Fire came within 15 feet of destroying Filbin’s home and outbuildings last week.August 10, 2018 2:27 p.m. read more..
The roots of domestic violence lie in childhood trauma and Louise Bauschard, founder and executive director of Voices Set Free, is on a mission to stop the cycle of aggression and victimization. Bauschard said evidence-based research shows that children who grow up with exposure to violence tend to have lifelong physical and psychological issues to grapple with.August 10, 2018 2:15 p.m. read more..
A fire in the Precision Lumber building in the industrial park on Crates Way broke out early Friday afternoon. Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, joined by other agencies, was on the scene soon after the fire broke out and evacuated The Port of The Dalles office and other nearby offices. The cause of the blaze is unknown at this time.August 10, 2018 2:01 p.m. read more..
Senior News, by Scott McKayAugust 7, 2018 4 p.m. read more..
Providing health care to migrant farm workers not only meets a critical need but acknowledges the important contribution these families make to the local economy, says Jon Soffer, a nurse practitioner with Mid-Columbia Medical Center. “I think it’s critical for us to give back to this community by improving their health because they are a cornerstone of the industry,” he said.August 7, 2018 2:23 p.m. read more..
The sights, sounds and smells of high-speed motorsports action have drag racing fans looking forward to the Dallesport Drags on Sunday, Aug. 12, at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport. Thousands of spectators are expected to watch nearly 100 competitors in the drag races, sponsored by C.H. Urness and Fun Country Sports.August 7, 2018 2:14 p.m. read more..
The radio stations of Bicoastal Media, Griffith Motors and Washington Gorge Action Programs are teaming up again this year to help a Columbia Gorge family in need. “Wheels Of Hope” will provide a deserving family lacking transportation options a vehicle to help them meet their daily travel needs.August 7, 2018 2:07 p.m. read more..
Law enforcement officials and firefighters converged on Fred Meyer Saturday morning but there was no emergency — personnel from several area agencies were taking children school shopping. “We’ve never done this before, I think it’s going to be pretty cool,” said Wasco County Chief Deputy Scott Williams.August 7, 2018 2:02 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I have become increasingly frustrated with our congressman's lack of responsiveness to us, his constituents, over many years, but moreso over the past nearly two years. His letters are form letters and do not answer my questions. His staff members upon answering my phone calls always reply they haven't "discussed that" with him no matter the subjectAugust 7, 2018 1:44 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I am supporting Jamie McLeod-Skinner for Congress. I'm impressed with Jamie’s background, education and attitude. She has deep roots in rural Oregon and has a distinguished record of service, both international and domestic. She also has a strong educational background, including degrees in civil engineering, regional planning, and law.August 7, 2018 1:43 p.m. read more..
It’s not a winning ticket, but Keith Jallen has it tucked away in his billfold, carefully laminated for protection. “When I was a kid, probably about eight years old, they were giving out these tickets as a promotion,” Jallen said. “I don’t remember if it was one for every dollar, or one for every purchase.”August 7, 2018 1:37 p.m. read more..
Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue has declared that a condition of Extreme Fire Danger exists within its jurisdictional boundaries. As of Wednesday, Aug. 8, all open fires are prohibited, including open pile burning, burn barrels, campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires. The use of commercially manufacture fire pits with screens, barbeques and devices using liquefied or bottled fuels is allowed.August 7, 2018 1:33 p.m. read more..
D21 earlier this year surplussed 70 of its 100 acres of property in Columbia View Heights, retaining 30 acres for a possible future school site. By doing so, Northern Wasco County School District 21 can now sell the property, said D21 CFO Randy Anderson. But that step is quite a ways off, he said.August 7, 2018 1:23 p.m. read more..
Dufur — All evacuation levels for the South Valley Fire near Dufur have been reduced to Level 1 (Get Ready). There are 212 homes threatened by the fire with 636 people under a Level 1 evacuation, according to a news release from the Oregon Fire Marshall.August 6, 2018 9:55 a.m. read more..
Columbia Gorge Hustlers head coach Steve Sugg put his ‘A’ baseball team through a meat grinder of a schedule, with games in Washington, on the coast and everywhere else. This summer, the Hustlers racked up a 29-17 overall record, a Zone 2 championship and a 1-2 finish at the recently-completed American Legion State Tournament in North Bend.August 3, 2018 2:25 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND – Numbers can be deceiving. In the case of The Dalles 13- to 15-year-old All-Stars during the Babe Ruth Regional Championships last week in Portland, the team went 2-2 overall, scored 33 runs on 34 hits and the pitching staff gave up nine runs, six earned, on 17 hits in that same span, but the team did not make it through pool play.August 3, 2018 2:24 p.m. read more..
Guest Column by Teresa HepkerAugust 3, 2018 1:58 p.m. read more..
To the editor: To friends, acquaintances and community members of The Dalles: We are all here on earth to help each other. Each person is a child of God, who requires kindness and love to be able to thrive fully. Our love for one another extends to all children.August 3, 2018 1:56 p.m. read more..
To the editor: There are doubtless a number of readers of this paper who, while traveling on I-84, have stopped in the city of Arlington to gas up, get a snack, and maybe have even spent some time at the marina swimming or boarding off the wide span of the Columbia north of town. Sadly, I wish to bring to the attention of the readership the fact that the Arlington City Council, in their May 9th meeting, unanimously passed a resolution, number 685, to declare Arlington (quotes are from the text of the resolution) “not a sanctuary city” but rather a “Rule of Law City” in regards to upholding immigration laws.August 3, 2018 1:55 p.m. read more..
To the editor: An amazingly short time ago, almost all the leaders of the Democratic party gave unqualified endorsement to the principle that America had the right to secure borders, that we welcomed immigrants, but they had to respect our laws and should not expect to sneak across the border and be greeted with open arms. Of course, backing up those principles with action was always a bit sketchy for Democrats, but they at least gave it lip service. Those days now seem like a fading memory of a distant past.August 3, 2018 1:54 p.m. read more..
Jurgen Hess, an award-winning photographer and photojournalist, will present a program on last year’s devastating Eagle Creek Fire, along with powerful imagery, at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum on Friday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m., following a 6 p.m. dinner.August 3, 2018 1:45 p.m. read more..
Three members of Oregon’s Congressional Delegation are on the move to get federal assistance for farmers in Sherman and Wasco counties who have sustained damage from recent wildfires. U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has written a letter asking U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to allow emergency grazing of livestock on Conservation Reserve Program ground. He also asks that farmers be given flexibility to plant cover crops for soil stabilization without being placed in the continuous production category with the Risk Management Agency and having their crop insurance adversely affected.August 3, 2018 1:37 p.m. read more..
Nurses at Mid-Columbia Medical Center will vote Aug. 6-7 whether to authorize an informational picket — which would not affect patient care — an unprecedented step for what have historically been placid contract talks. The three main areas in the lengthy negotiations are wages, benefits for part-timers, and the hospital’s increasing and unpopular use of what are called variable shifts, said RN Sarah Gunderson.August 3, 2018 1:35 p.m. read more..
Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill said it has been “amazing” to watch farmers mobilize to save structures and extinguish flames in three major fires that have roared through the area in the past three weeks. “They organize and get right out on the front lines with heavy equipment to cut a fire line that prevents forward movement,” said Magill.August 3, 2018 9:47 a.m. read more..
DUFUR – Hundreds of people have been evacuated from the area southwest of Dufur where the South Valley Fire is threatening 80 to 100 homes. The blaze southwest of Dufur involved 15,000 acres as of Thursday morning and was about 5 percent contained.August 2, 2018 1:07 p.m. read more..
WISHRAM — This morning, SE Washington Team 3 took over the Milepost 90 Fire north of Wishram. There are now three state strike teams, 2 Division Supervisors, three dozers, and three water tenders, with some local resources (fire engines and tenders) in the process of being relieved throughout the day. Two more strike teams are expected to arrive during the day. The fire size has held steady at 11,000 acres and the current containment is 30 percent.August 1, 2018 2:28 p.m. read more..
UPDATE: ODOT: US197 south of The Dalles, near Dufur, now closed from milepost 14 south to milepost 34 due to wildfire. ODOT on scene. Detour not established. Motorists should find alternative route. As of 7 p.m.: LEVEL TWO: GET SET (Previously @ Level 1) The area of "the blinking light" (Hwy 197 & 216) all the way to Conroy Rd and the top of Sherar's Bridge is now under level 2, North to the current level 3 zone. This includes Hulse Rd, Tygh Ridge Rd, and all points in between. Begin to prepare for the possibility of evacuating. #SouthValleyFire 08/01/18 @ 1918 UPDATED EVACUATIONS: #SouthValleyFire LEVEL 3 (Go now) In addition to the previous 83000 blk of Rail Hollow Rd (to the forest boundary) Sheriff Magill has added all of Winslow Rd and Shell Rock Rd and all points in between. The Wasco County Sheriff's Office has issued Level 3 (GO NOW) evacuations for the 8200 block of Rail Hollow Road to the Mount Hood National Forest boundary. Crews are engaged with a fire Southwest of Dufur.August 1, 2018 2:22 p.m. read more..
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