Stories for January 2018


Wednesday, January 31


Scott and Preston place for TD at Robert Paul Invite

JR Scott scored runner-up honors and Steve Preston added a pair of wins to capture sixth place at the Robert Paul Invitational Saturday at Sandy High School. “We want the team to get an idea of what it will take to qualify for state at our regional tournament, the toughest in the state at any level,” TD coach Paul Beasley said.

January 31, 2018 1:53 p.m. read more..

Redside boys give Horizon a scare

Playing short-handed, South Wasco County head coach Jim Hull made a defensive switch with Marshall Bell at the top of the 1-3-1 formation. SWC stayed close with Horizon Christian through the first three quarters, erasing a 27-20 halftime deficit with an 18-12 third-quarter rally to get to within a 39-38 deficit, but the Hawks put together a 17-11 spurt in the final period to secure a 56-49 victory Tuesday in Maupin.

January 31, 2018 1:50 p.m. read more..

No. 7 SWC gets past Horizon

The No. 7-ranked South Wasco County Redsides were ahead 27-20 at halftime, and then finished off Horizon Christian with a 23-19 second-half output to post a 50-39 win, their 11th straight, in Big Sky girls’ basketball action played in Maupin.

January 31, 2018 1:48 p.m. read more..

Dufur still in district hunt after beating Sherman

The Dufur Rangers had lost four of their last five games and were on the outside of the district picture looking in. After Tuesday’s 47-44 win over Sherman, the Lady Rangers are one game behind Sherman and Horizon Christian for the fourth and final district spot with four games left on the schedule.

January 31, 2018 1:48 p.m. read more..

HRV nets 51-38 road triumph

Right when it seemed like The Dalles was about to make a hard-charging comeback, Hood River Valley guard Haylee Baker sank a pair of fourth-quarter 3-pointers to cap a 16-10 run and give the Eagles a 51-38 girls’ basketball victory, the program’s first league win over a seven-year span, Tuesday in The Dalles.

January 31, 2018 1:45 p.m. read more..

Rivalry games bring energy to Kurtz Gym

Jacob Hernandez missed two days of practice due to a sprained wrist. Hernandez hit a pair of clutch fourth-quarter 3-pointers, and he and teammate Josh Nisbet combined for 27 second-half points as The Dalles Riverhawks overcame a 33-29 halftime deficit with a 43-33 run in the final 16 minutes to dispatch of Hood River Valley, 72-66, Tuesday in Columbia River Conference hoops action at Kurtz Gym.

January 31, 2018 1:40 p.m. read more..

Bonham: ‘I’m on a listening tour’

Rep. Daniel Bonham, R-The Dalles, has been on the road almost nonstop for the past couple of months to learn about issues important to his constituents and introduce himself to leaders in the Oregon Legislature, all to prepare for the upcoming session.

January 31, 2018 1:32 p.m. read more..

First super blue blood Moon in three decades

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Moon put on a rare cosmic show Wednesday: a red blue moon, super big and super bright. It's the first time in 35 years a blue moon has synced up with a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse, or blood Moon because of its red hue.

January 31, 2018 1:28 p.m. read more..

­Celebrating beer

Saturday’s second annual Holiday Hangover Ale Festival at Hood River Elks Lodge drew several hundred people to try the latest from 13 of the members of the Breweries In the Gorge (BIG) organization.

January 31, 2018 1:21 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 30

Rangers lose to surging Cardinals

The Dufur Rangers finished the second half on a 34-31 run, but the Ione Cardinals had already built a 30-15 halftime lead to turn in a 61-49 triumph Saturday in Big Sky girls’ basketball play in Ione.

January 30, 2018 1:59 p.m. read more..

Dufur boys hang on to beat Ione

The Dufur Rangers led 35-15 through one half of play, and fought off a rally attempt by Ione, but had enough left to secure a 61-53 boys’ basketball triumph Saturday at Ione High School.

January 30, 2018 1:58 p.m. read more..

SWC defense makes its resounding statement

MORO – With the stakes raised in a contentious Big Sky Conference battle featuring South Wasco County and Sherman, the No. 8-ranked Lady Redsides battled to a 26-all halftime tie, but tightened up defensively, holding the Huskies to five second-half field goals as part of a 38-16 second-half rally to secure a 64-42 road triumph Saturday in Moro.

January 30, 2018 1:55 p.m. read more..

There’s no stopping this Husky juggernaut

MORO – As the wins pile up and the Sherman Huskies continue to coast through their Big Sky Conference schedule, head coach Gary Lewis knows that his group is inching closer to its peak level. The No. 2-ranked Huskies won their ninth straight Big Sky Conference game, 13th overall, in a 71-26 blowout victory over South Wasco County Saturday in Moro.

January 30, 2018 1:48 p.m. read more..

Letter for the Editor: Thank you for help

To the editor: For the past six years, I’ve handed out bags on Christmas Day to the diners at the Community Meal site. So, a big thank you to all who donated cookies, cash and items.

January 30, 2018 1:39 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: No vote on Merkley

To the editor: Last August I wrote a plain, simple and blunt letter strongly objecting to the “ludicrous Mueller Morass” and proposed that such a “witchhunt” should be focused on “The Real Witches of Washington DC.” I mentioned a few names, my choices. I mailed it to seven U.S. Senators, including the two leaders from the left side of our mountain.

January 30, 2018 1:38 p.m. read more..

Fate of historic TD building remains unclear

The fate of the historic Waldron/Gitchell building is still up in the air, with The Dalles City Council deciding Union Pacific should be consulted before a decision is made on a proposal from a private party to stabilize, restore and reuse it in place.

January 30, 2018 1:25 p.m. read more..

TDHS ’17 grad rate hits 87.1 percent

Continuing its extraordinary improvement trajectory, The Dalles High School’s 2017 graduation rate was 87.1 percent, more than 10 points above the state average and nearly four points above the year prior.

January 30, 2018 1:14 p.m. read more..

Saturday, January 27


TD’s top December athletes

The Dalles athletes were presented with Athlete of the Month awards for the month of December by their respective coaches at the Booster Club’s meeting at the Riverenza Espresso Bar and Cafe.

January 27, 2018 11:35 a.m. read more..

Sherman keeps up its solid pace

The Sherman Lady Huskies kept pace with Ione in a second-place tie in the league standings after a lopsided 60-16 romp over Mitchell-Spray in a Big Sky girls’ hoops matchup played Friday in Spray.

January 27, 2018 11:35 a.m. read more..

Horizon steals victory at Dufur

The Dufur Rangers went 6 of 15 from the line and managed four first-half field goals, seven overall, in a 30-29 loss to Horizon Christian Friday in a girls’ basketball contest played at Dufur High School.

January 27, 2018 11:34 a.m. read more..

SWC rallies to defeat Condon

As the state’s No. 10 1A squad, the South Wasco County Redsides are going to get a fight every night. Condon-Wheeler had upset on its mind, ahead 13-12 through one period, when SWC flipped the switch on a 46-18 run over the final three quarters to win, 58-31, Friday night in Maupin.

January 27, 2018 11:33 a.m. read more..

Huskies roll to 12th straight win

When the Sherman Huskies play its unrelenting offensive and defensive style, they are unbeatable. The two-time defending champions came out swinging early with a 31-2 first-quarter lead and kept Mitchell-Spray to three second-half field goals in an 89-23 dismantling of the hapless Eagle-Loggers Friday from Spray.

January 27, 2018 11:33 a.m. read more..

SWC loses 66-34 to Condon

After holding Bryce Harrison and Hunter Winslow to nine first-half points, things looked promising for the South Wasco County Redsides, as they were down 30-16 at the half. Harrison, Winslow and Cooper Johnson then scored a combined 25 points in Condon-Wheeler’s 36-18 second-half spurt to pick up a 66-34 road victory Friday in Maupin.

January 27, 2018 11:32 a.m. read more..

Dufur falls to fifth place after 46-39 loss to Horizon

The Dufur Rangers fell behind 16-2 after one quarter of play, and still managed to creep to within a two-point margin several times in the second half, but could not get the shots to drop in their 46-39 loss to Horizon Christian Friday in a Big Sky Conference boys’ basketball contest played in Dufur.

January 27, 2018 11:31 a.m. read more..

Pendleton boys get 78-62 victory

Jacob Hernandez, Josh Nisbet and Oscar Fernandez combined for 46 points, but Dakota Murr was held to no second-half field goals, and the Pendleton Buckaroos broke open a 38-30 halftime cushion with a 40-32 second-half flurry to net a 78-62 win Friday in a boys’ basketball matchup played in Pendleton.

January 27, 2018 11:29 a.m. read more..

TD falls to 0-2 in CRC after Pendleton loss

The Dalles girls’ basketball team was held to five second-half field goals, and outscored 53-24 through the first three quarters of action in a 62-33 Columbia River Conference loss to No. 11-ranked Pendleton Friday at Kurtz Gym.

January 27, 2018 11:29 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Serious complaints

To the editor: NWCSD 21 Board of Directors: When the two districts merged, we were promised we’d save money with only one administration, and our school system would be better off. Yet our district remains the same, with very little community support behind it. I received an anonymous letter in an email, with complaints against Candy Armstrong, and a note saying the board would not investigate anonymous complaints. Consider that letter signed by me as well, there needs to some serious review of policy. This is now the third complaint you’ve received, I hope you take it seriously and do what is best for the students.

January 27, 2018 11:20 a.m. read more..

Friday, January 26

Hull duo earns district title

Basketball players participated in the Elks Northeast Region District Hoop Shoot on Sunday, Dec. 7 in Hermiston. Julie Hull knocked down 22 of 25 shots for first place in her girls’ bracket, while Jason Hull made 18 of his 25 free throw attempts to pull away from his field.

January 26, 2018 1:47 p.m. read more..

CGBA sixth-grade squad hoists title hardware

In their past nine games, the Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy sixth graders have had a torrid unbeaten streak with back-to-back tournament championships, capped by a 4-0 performance at the Hillsboro Tournament last weekend at Century high School.

January 26, 2018 1:44 p.m. read more..

A new challenge awaits Kathryn Bradford

Last offseason, The Dalles senior Kathryn Bradford had an athletic moment of clarity. She wanted to make a few technical changes, add to workout regimen and turn softball into much more than just an extra-curricular activity. Kathryn recently received a scholarship offer to play outfield on the Mount Hood Community College softball team, joining her older sister, Maddy, on the roster.

January 26, 2018 1:43 p.m. read more..

State reports lower steelhead mortality

ASTORIA (AP) — Gillnet fishermen on the Columbia River may be killing less steelhead while trying to catch other fish, according to preliminary data gathered by Oregon and Washington state observers.

January 26, 2018 1:32 p.m. read more..

Lyle district achievements

Dallesport Elementary was awarded the Washington School of Distinction for being in the top five percent of schools in the state in terms of academic growth, the district superintendent said Tuesday.

January 26, 2018 1:30 p.m. read more..

Homelessness topic of city meeting

The Dalles City Council will hold a town hall Monday, Feb. 5, to take public comment on creation of exclusion zones to address problems caused by some of the homeless population. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Mid-Columbia Senior Center.

January 26, 2018 1:28 p.m. read more..

Class to focus on ‘capable kids’

Parents of adolescents and teenagers will soon have another community resource in the “Raising Highly Capable Kids” program: a 13-week parenting course that will be offered for free starting in mid-February or early March.

January 26, 2018 1:26 p.m. read more..

Nominate a teacher

Agent Revell Coy Insurance invites students, parents and community members to nominate local teachers for their Teacher of the Month program honoring local teachers active in the community.

January 26, 2018 1:24 p.m. read more..

Man ejected from Lyle school meeting

Joshua Farris, who was ejected from a city council meeting in The Dalles in November, was removed from a Lyle school board meeting Tuesday after alleging misconduct by the superintendent.

January 26, 2018 1:20 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 25

Scott rises up for first place at HR Elks Invitational

HOOD RIVER – When looking at the 182-pound mindscape, The Dalles junior JR Scott figures to be one of the main threats to the competition. Scott moved his overall record to 18-3 on the year, as he won all three of his matches for championship recognition at the Hood River Elks Invitational Saturday.

January 25, 2018 1:45 p.m. read more..

Swim coach encouraged by HRV Invite marks

Although dwindled down in roster size because of illness and injuries, The Dalles swim coach Shea MacNab found a way to shuffle things around with several athletes in different events in an effort to maximize their performances. Natalie Varland and Caleb Miller turned in runner-up finishes, and the varsity swimmers notched nine top-8 outputs at the Hood River Invite Saturday.

January 25, 2018 1:43 p.m. read more..

TD cheer tumbles its way to a Rumble win

The Dalles cheerleaders have competed in two events and come away with back-to-back wins. Even with the top performance, head coach Kelsey Wallace and her athletes feel that they are not close to realizing their potential.

January 25, 2018 1:41 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Need openness

To the editor: District 21 Board Members: I am writing to you regarding the recent separation of Anne Shull and District 21. Let me say that this is not about Ms. Shull, it is about the way the entire thing was handled.

January 25, 2018 1:34 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Casual evolution

To the editor: The great challenge is to convince the casual evolutionist that a personal reading and study of The Hebrew Books will not turn them into a mindless “spiritual” church robot.

January 25, 2018 1:33 p.m. read more..

Millions check out what The Dalles has to offer

Between web traffic and publications about tourism opportunities in and around The Dalles, about 24 million people were reached during the latter half of 2017, according to Lisa Farquharson, chamber director. She briefed city officials on Monday about the marketing and promotional activities being undertaken by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce.

January 25, 2018 1:25 p.m. read more..

St. Mary’s Magic

St. Mary’s Academy third grader Lily Gonzalez holds a miniature replica of the billboard bearing her artwork that is advertising the St. Mary’s Academy family carnival tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 26, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s, 1112 Cherry Heights Rd.

January 25, 2018 1:24 p.m. read more..

Private college professor now seated on local school board

The newest D21 board member brings a wealth of professional knowledge about education and boards, but her main motivation in seeking the position is that she’s a mom with kids in local schools. Bethani Studebaker, Ph.D., was named by the North Wasco County School District 21 board to fill the vacancy created by the resignation in October of longtime board member Carol Roderick.

January 25, 2018 1:22 p.m. read more..

Tolls rise Feb. 1

Crossing the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge will become more expensive at the start of February.

January 25, 2018 1:19 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 24

Le Guin, best-selling Oregon author, dies

PORTLAND — Ursula K. Le Guin, the award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books, has died at 88. Le Guin was well known in the region, and often participated in festivals and workshops sponsored by Klindt’s Booksellers in The Dalles.

January 24, 2018 2 p.m. read more..

Boys lose, 78-61

With all-state guard Dakota Murr saddled with the flu, The Dalles boys’ basketball team could not find its road flow in a 78-61 road loss Friday at Hermiston.

January 24, 2018 1:59 p.m. read more..

TD hoops drop league game to Hermiston

With its first league test of the season, The Dalles girls’ basketball team fell behind by an 18-13 margin through one quarter and put itself in contention. Hermiston had other plans, however, as the Lady Bulldogs led 44-22 at the half, and finished on a 32-22 spurt to take a 76-44 win Friday in The Dalles.

January 24, 2018 1:58 p.m. read more..

Hawk skiers get back to action at Meadows

While the lack of snow has made it a challenge for all ski teams to train, the show went on without a hitch for slalom runs this past Saturday. On the Gemini Course at Meadows, freshman Maddie Gragg had a good start to her ski career with ninth place, and the duo of Louis Red Cloud and Matt Gragg pulled out top-20 finishes, out of a field of 38.

January 24, 2018 1:56 p.m. read more..

Local robotics do well in state competition

Students from The Dalles and Dufur placed as high as second, third and fourth at robotics tournaments and bested 45 other teams last weekend at the Lego Robotics State Championship and Sandy VEX tournaments.

January 24, 2018 1:47 p.m. read more..

New push to address gonorrhea

A state grant aimed at helping modernize public health services will install video conferencing capabilities in 14 eastern Oregon counties, and hire three staffers to address significantly increasing gonorrhea rates.

January 24, 2018 1:45 p.m. read more..

Contractors edgy about code change

Many local contractors are anxious about the state’s takeover of the building codes division since much of the state’s plans for the local office, from an office phone number to new staff and inspection procedures are still uncertain.

January 24, 2018 1:45 p.m. read more..

Wasco County, state approve M101

PORTLAND — Oregon approved taxes on hospitals, health insurers and managed care companies in an unusual special election Tuesday that asked voters — and not lawmakers — how to pay for Medicaid costs that now include coverage of hundreds of thousands of low-income residents added to the program’s rolls under the Affordable Care Act.

January 24, 2018 1:42 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 23

Lady Huskies slip past Horizon

Makayla Macnab and Desiree Winslow tallied 10 points apiece, and Sammie Lepinski went off for nine to lead the Sherman Lady Huskies to their fifth consecutive win Friday, 44-40, over Horizon Christian.

January 23, 2018 1:47 p.m. read more..

Sherman loses Saturday in Ione

Looking to creep closer to first place in the Big Sky Conference, the Sherman Huskies were outscored 28-23 in the half in a 60-56 loss on the road to Ione Saturday.

January 23, 2018 1:47 p.m. read more..

Dufur takes care of Mitchell by 32

The Dufur Rangers scored 23 first-quarter points, led 35-3 at the half and motored past Mitchell-Spray by a 50-18 margin Saturday in a Big Sky girls’ hoops matchup in Mitchell.

January 23, 2018 1:47 p.m. read more..

No. 10 SWC wins versus Dufur

Abby Birman scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half and the No. 10-ranked South Wasco County Redsides forged a comeback to capture their seventh straight league win of the season, 53-39, over Dufur in girls’ basketball action Friday at Dufur High School.

January 23, 2018 1:45 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Who Walden serves

To the editor: Fellow District 2 constituents: I’d like to offer a summary of our Rep. Walden’s voting record. You can check it out for yourself at, a non-partisan summary of all politicians’ voting records.

January 23, 2018 1:38 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Enforce off-leash time

To the editor: Thank you, LeeAnn Stocking, for writing regarding the abuse by dog owners of the off-leash hours at Firehouse Park in Columbia View Heights. I have contacted the Parks Department repeatedly regarding this over the past year, to no avail.

January 23, 2018 1:37 p.m. read more..

Blue Zones project kicks off in TD

Over 350 adults attended last Friday’s kickoff of the Blue Zones Project in The Dalles, where attendees pledged to make small changes to live healthier, longer lives, and signed up to join walking groups called “moais.”

January 23, 2018 1:26 p.m. read more..

Local woman guilty of theft

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 64-year-old The Dalles woman was sentenced Monday in a federal embezzlement case that accused her of stealing nearly $300,000 from an Alaska tribal organization.

January 23, 2018 1:25 p.m. read more..

CGCC hosts ‘transfer day’

It makes financial sense for many students to start at community colleges and transfer to four-year institutions to finish their Bachelor’s degrees, as tuition at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) currently costs $118 per credit course while Oregon State University, for example, charges $288 a credit. CGCC will help students navigate the transfer process at their annual Transfer Days event, which will be held in The Dalles on Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Class Act Café, located in Building One of CGCC.

January 23, 2018 1:24 p.m. read more..

Women’s march draws 400

Exceeding expectations, over 400 people joined the women’s march Saturday through downtown The Dalles, making a 1.1-mile loop that began and ended at City Park on Union Street. Pink hats and political signs abounded, as the crowd listened to speakers before heading for the protest march that was kept to the sidewalks because no permits were obtained for it, an organizer said.

January 23, 2018 1:21 p.m. read more..

Saturday, January 20

Honald earns Under Armour All-America invite

For The Dalles High School baseball player Spencer Honald, he had to go through countless hours of rehabilitation and strength training to recover from a broken ankle sustained during the spring season. Honald earned a spot on the Under Armour Team One squad after a Baseball Factory tryout and secured an invitation to play shortstop with the team at the Southern California Classic in October, where he went 3 for 9 with a double.

January 20, 2018 12:43 p.m. read more..

CGBA teams have successful tourney runs

As a coach, Greg Cummings could only smile at what he saw on the hardwood, as two Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy teams duked it out in the championship game of the two-day Gorge Hoops Invitational. Spanning further than the final score, however, was the fact that this title contest also offered a glimpse at a promising future for The Dalles basketball.

January 20, 2018 12:36 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Time for a change

To the editor: Today (Jan. 17) I watched a press release starring our very own Representative Greg Walden in which he blamed Democrats for “holding CHIP funding hostage.” Seriously? That's pretty low, even by current political standards.

January 20, 2018 12:30 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Volunteers needed

To the editor: We are writing regarding our support for Columbia Gorge CASA and to make a request that community members volunteer to advocate for a child. CASA trains and supports volunteers who advocate for children in our foster care system.

January 20, 2018 12:30 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Need M101 funding

To the editor: I’m writing in favor of Measure 101. What I don’t see mentioned a lot is that eastern Oregonians will benefit disproportionately because we use the Oregon Health Plan more often than other parts of the state and so we depend on the funding we are voting on.

January 20, 2018 12:29 p.m. read more..

Reward for a job well done

The turnout at The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Distinguished Citizens Award Banquet was larger this year than it has ever been, with 263 seats filled. The night’s theme was “Roll Out the Red Carpet,” in honor of the Granada Theater’s reopening last year.

January 20, 2018 11:53 a.m. read more..

Friday, January 19

TD swimmers take a step forward in Madras

With the loss of some standout seniors, The Dalles swim team had some spots to fill on its varsity roster. Through the first four events, the Riverhawks have put up some solid marks and finishes, the latest push coming at last Saturday’s White Buffalo Classic held in Madras.

January 19, 2018 1:44 p.m. read more..

Riverhawks swoop in for Pacer Invite title

With a handful of new faces on the roster, and senior veterans Jessika Nañez, Kendyl Kumm, Samantha Stanley, Jenifer Salinas and Shivani Patel solidifying the core of 14, the Riverhawks took home another first-place trophy with a 151.7-point total, besting Wilsonville by 5.4 points in a competitive cheer event held Saturday in Lake Oswego.

January 19, 2018 1:38 p.m. read more..

High-speed pursuit ends with gunfire

A Wasco County Sheriff’s Deputy used a firearm to stop a vehicle fleeing from an Oregon State Police pursuit on Thursday afternoon. No one was injured in the incident but the driver of the vehicle faces several felony charges in two counties, said Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley on Friday morning.

January 19, 2018 1:31 p.m. read more..

New legislators visit Maupin

Two newly appointed state legislators representing citizens in the area will tour Maupin on Monday and then introduce themselves to community members at a “meet and greet” forum. Senator Clifford Bentz, R-Ontario, and Rep. Daniel Bonham, R-The Dalles, will be in south Wasco County from 9 a.m. to noon on Jan. 23.

January 19, 2018 1:26 p.m. read more..

TD Women March Sat.

A year ago, a women’s march in The Dalles arranged in just 48 hours drew some 135 participants. This year, organizers expect 300 at the march, set for Saturday, Jan. 20, at City Park.

January 19, 2018 1:24 p.m. read more..

Fate of historic building considered

The fate of the historic Waldron/Gitchell building, which has survived numerous floods, fires and storms to be the oldest commercial building left in The Dalles, will be decided during Monday’s city council meeting.

January 19, 2018 1:14 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 18

‘Eagle Watch’ is Saturday

The eagles have landed! The Dalles Dam Visitor Center is a popular site for visitors to see bald eagles as they congregate along the Columbia River to feed during their winter migration. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park rangers will be on hand this Saturday to help visitors learn about our national bird, watch the raptors in their natural habitat and enjoy interactive educational activities.

January 18, 2018 1:54 p.m. read more..

TD places ninth at Beisell Invite

This past Saturday at the Bob Beisell Wrestling Invitational in Forest Grove, the Riverhawks had five wrestlers score top-5 finishes with nine wins, six by pin, led by senior Glenn Breckterfield, who posted a runner-up finish at 145 pounds.

January 18, 2018 1:46 p.m. read more..

Wrestlers focused on trusting the process

Over time, The Dalles wrestling aspires to get back to being one of the perennial powerhouse programs in the state. Wednesday at Kurtz Gym, the Riverhawks squared off against Hermiston, a program that has won 10 state championships and finished fourth last season and lost by a 75-12 margin, as the visiting Bulldogs had pinfall wins from Aidan Villarreal, AJ Tuia, Trevor Wagner and Daniel Faeeteetee, a 4-2 decision victory by Emmanuel Carrillo to go along with eight forfeits.

January 18, 2018 1:40 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Dog rules

To the editor: I live in Columbia View Heights and have lived here for over 20 years. When this subdivision was built, a piece of land was set aside to build a fenced park, so the children who live here would have a safe place to play. A year or so ago, the parks and recreation district decided to allow people to bring their dogs to this park, and they set up some rules for them to follow.

January 18, 2018 1:35 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Crosswalks?

To the editor: So you want to have a discussion about “crosswalks.” I have a lot to say about crosswalks.....just a second, I was told it was “crosstalk,” not crosswalk. Never mind.

January 18, 2018 1:34 p.m. read more..

Senior warns of Medicare scam

When Vince Ames of The Dalles got a call from an unknown number and a person on the other end of the line claimed to represent Medicare and asked for personal information, he knew that a scam was in play. “He wanted to know about my blood pressure and other health issues, and I told him that I was not going to give him that information,” said Ames, 70. Ames said what concerned him was that another senior might get caught in the scam.

January 18, 2018 1:26 p.m. read more..

Training focuses on mental health

Instructor Julie Larson lectured a class of 15 or so adults, ranging from interested community members to school and medical personnel, on how to help adults experiencing an immediate mental health crisis.

January 18, 2018 1:22 p.m. read more..

The Dalles police ready to Rumble(r)

Police lights and sirens sometimes have trouble gaining the attention of today’s distracted drivers. Enter the ultimate un-distractor: the Rumbler. Two new Ford Explorers bought by The Dalles Police Department have the Rumbler, and by late summer, it is anticipated the rest of the police fleet will have Rumblers too, said Police Capt. Jamie Carrico.

January 18, 2018 1:20 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 17


SWC boys take loss at Horizon

Derek Johnston drilled four first-half 3-pointers and the No. 16-ranked Horizon Christian Hawks won their fourth game in a row, 51-28, over the South Wasco County Redsides Tuesday in boys’ basketball action in Hood River.

January 17, 2018 2:16 p.m. read more..

Huskies use attack mode to subdue the Rangers

MORO – With only a one-game lead over Horizon Christian and Condon-Wheeler, the Sherman Huskies had little margin for error entering Tuesday’s Big Sky Conference showdown versus the Dufur Rangers.

January 17, 2018 2:15 p.m. read more..

Redside defense is setting the trend

During their six-game winning streak, the South Wasco County Redsides have surrendered 27 points a contest, 10 points below their season average. That defense trend continued in Tuesday’s road matchup versus Horizon Christian, as the Lady Redsides held the Hawks to nine field goals, four in the second half, and 24 turnovers in a 56-27 girls’ hoops win in Hood River.

January 17, 2018 2:14 p.m. read more..

Late-game surge vaults Sherman to second place

MORO – Once the calendar turned to January and a new year, the Sherman Huskies have been a roll with four wins in their past five contests. Tuesday in Moro, the backcourt tandem of Desiree Winslow and Kiersten Casper combined for 31 points, and the Sherman Huskies used a 29-19 second-half run to defeat Dufur by a 49-39 final margin Tuesday to vault into second place in the Big Sky Conference standings.

January 17, 2018 2:12 p.m. read more..

Lady Hawks stave off a Storm comeback

Spencer Hurley had a golden opportunity to give the Summit Storm a comeback win. Hurley missed both free throws, and following two TD misses from the line on the other end, a last-ditch shot from past halfcourt did not come close to hitting its mark, giving the Riverhawks a 44-43 victory Tuesday at Kurtz Gym.

January 17, 2018 2:06 p.m. read more..

Blue Zones kickoff Friday

The free kickoff celebration of the Blue Zones Project wellness initiative, set for this Friday, Jan. 19, will feature Zumba and yoga demonstrations, free massages and healthy cooking demonstrations.

January 17, 2018 2:01 p.m. read more..

DePriest Spaghetti Feed to benefit family

Helping a family in need is not often as easy as eating spaghetti, but it will be this Friday at the Jerri Walker DePriest (JWD) Memorial Endowment Fund’s annual Spaghetti Feed, a benefit that will raise money for the Gibson family.

January 17, 2018 2 p.m. read more..

New wolves confirmed in county

At least two wolves are using an area in southern Wasco County, marking the first time multiple wolves have been confirmed in the northern portion of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains since they began returning to Oregon this century, according to a report Tuesday from Oregon Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Wildlife Service.

January 17, 2018 1:50 p.m. read more..

Rangers tied for second in league

Don’t look now, but the Dufur Rangers are on a roll with a three-game winning streak to move into a three-way tie for second place in the Big Sky Conference after a 52-38 road victory at Condon on Saturday. The Lady Rangers led 21-18 at the half, and broke open that slim cushion with runs of 16-12 and 15-8 to put the Knights away.

January 17, 2018 1:44 p.m. read more..

Sherman girls dominate, 65-24

The Sherman defense continued its lockdown play, and the duo of Desiree Winslow and Makayla Macnab combined for 34 points to help give the Huskies a 65-24 romp over Arlington in Saturday’s girls’ basketball game in Arlington.

January 17, 2018 1:43 p.m. read more..

Huskies win eighth straight

The No. 2-ranked Sherman Huskies traveled to Arlington this past Saturday and won their eighth straight game by a 56-41 margin in Big Sky Conference boys’ hoops action at Arlington High School.

January 17, 2018 1:40 p.m. read more..

SWC squanders away possible victory versus Ione

MAUPIN – The South Wasco County Redsides appeared headed to a home win and a fourth-place tie in the Big Sky Conference up by four points with 40 seconds left in regulation, but the Ione Cardinals forced turnovers, pulled down key rebounds and hit the big baskets to snatch a 52-50 overtime comeback win Saturday in Maupin.

January 17, 2018 1:39 p.m. read more..

Quick start aids TD in its win over Mac-Hi

Last season, The Dalles boys’ basketball team didn’t win its seventh game until Feb. 24, a 58-55 win over Ridgeview. Monday, in a varsity contest at home versus 4A Mac-Hi, the No. 18 Riverhawks came out strong for a 32-12 halftime lead and cruised to a 49-31 triumph over the Pioneers at Kurtz Gym, surpassing last year’s overall victory total, and matching their non-league wins from the previous two years combined.

January 17, 2018 1:36 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Plan not a good deal

To the editor: The recent $1.5 trillion dollar Republican tax bill passed by Congress will contribute to more of the wealth inequality we see taking place in this country. Some of the losers will be those business owners and residents who pay state and local taxes which are no longer deductible, and sick people with medical expenses no longer deductible.

January 17, 2018 1:26 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Please tell back story

To the editor: Could you report on the backstory of Greg Weldon’s progress report recently received by Oregonians? For instance, in looking into his taking credit for the Brownfields Program, yes, Google did erect an architectural monstrosity last year, but they’ve been at it for the last decade.

January 17, 2018 1:24 p.m. read more..

TD Chamber ‘pulls out the stops’ Thursday

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce will pull out all the stops this week as it hosts the annual Distinguished Citizens Award Banquet, an honored community tradition that recognizes individuals and businesses “who go the extra mile to help out in any way they can and never ask for anything in return.”

January 17, 2018 1:20 p.m. read more..

Sister City applications due Friday

The Dalles Sister Cities Association recently had a group of delegates return from a trip to Miyoshi City — The Dalles’ sister city in Japan — where they attended the World Rafting Championship and forged lifelong connections with people halfway around the world. Sister Cities also has an application open until this Friday for local students to travel to Miyoshi City next year.

January 17, 2018 1:15 p.m. read more..

Merkley slams GOP tax legislation

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., hosted a town hall Sunday in Dufur, one of two in the Gorge and three for the day. Most of the conversation with about 75 area residents centered around health care needs and concerns about fallout from new tax laws.

January 17, 2018 1:14 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 16

Saturday, January 13

Dufur wins second straight game

In the first half, Zoe Hester, Kierstin White and Chloe Beeson had the hot hand for the Dufur Rangers with a combined 16 points, and then Raymona Meanus took control with 12 second-half points in a 56-31 romp over Ione Friday night in a league girls’ basketball contest at Dufur High School.

January 13, 2018 11:56 a.m. read more..

SWC throttles Mitchell, 61-14

The No. 9-ranked South Wasco County Redsides won their fourth straight, third in conference action, by a 61- 14 margin over Ione Friday in girls’ basketball action from Maupin.

January 13, 2018 11:55 a.m. read more..

Husky pressure does the trick in 46-35 victory

MORO – The Sherman defense forced 30 turnovers, held Condon-Wheeler to just four second-half field goals and erased a 23-20 halftime deficit with a 26-12 flurry in the final 16 minutes to pull off a 46-35 comeback victory Friday in a Big Sky Conference girls’ basketball contest played in Moro.

January 13, 2018 11:54 a.m. read more..

Olson, Bailey lead SWC boys

South Wasco County’s Garrett Olson is usually good for 25-30 points on any given night. The key is getting another player to shoulder some of the scoring load. Olson finished with 22 points, and Kal Bailey busted loose for a career-high 17 points, 11 in the second half, in the Redsides’ 50-39 win over Mitchell-Spray Friday in Mitchell.

January 13, 2018 11:53 a.m. read more..

Arlington beats Dufur, 48-36

Brett Troutman sank a season-high seven 3-pointers for a game-high 23 points to help lead the Arlington Honkers to a 48-36 win against the Dufur Rangers in Friday’s Big Sky Conference boys’ basketball contest played at Dufur High School.

January 13, 2018 11:52 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: #MeToo

To the editor: I have watched and listened to reactions to the unsurprising news of widespread misbehavior among celebrities. Then I hear silly remarks, such as “Oh dear, I just touched you,” among us common folk. But it is not a joke.

January 13, 2018 11:33 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Reflect for safety

To the editor: With the days being short, and darkness and dreariness all around us right now, I would like to request, or ask, that people please be sure and wear reflective clothing or carry a light with them when walking at night or in the early morning.

January 13, 2018 11:32 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: No on Measure 101

To the editor: Oregon Democrat legislators lost — no, squandered — $243 million on a failed website to establish Medicaid or Oregon Health Care Plan. Do you really want to give failed Democrat legislators more funding?

January 13, 2018 11:31 a.m. read more..

Fargher takes home mirror ball trophy

“The Fonz,” better known as Stan Fargher, strolled offstage with the mirror ball trophy at the fifth annual Dancing with the Gorge Stars competition Friday in The Dalles. “Ayyyyy,” he said of the victory.

January 13, 2018 11:09 a.m. read more..

Friday, January 12

Riverhawk swimmers net several top-10 finishes

Natalie Varland and Peter Cardosi lit it up on the individual side, and both the boys’ and girls’ relay teams claimed top-5 status at the Riverhawk Invitational Meet Saturday from the Hood River Aquatic Center.

January 12, 2018 1:55 p.m. read more..

TD has season-high win total at York Invite

Hitting double digits over the past two tournaments, The Dalles wrestling squad reeled off 23 victories, 18 by pinfall, and the trio of Andrew Richman, Glenn Breckterfield and Michael Parrish picked up top-5 outcomes at the two-day Don York Invitational Tournament ending Saturday at Cleveland High School in Portland.

January 12, 2018 1:53 p.m. read more..

‘Citizen ID’ cards proposed for HR

Hood River City Council gave unanimous assent on Monday to a “community identification card” proposal for Hood River County residents. A citizen planning group, led by Gorge Ecumenical Ministry, asked Hood River County in October to consider adopting a government-issued identification card available to all who live in the county, age 14 and up.

January 12, 2018 1:46 p.m. read more..

MCCOG unwinds its many programs

Mid-Columbia Council of Governments met Tuesday for an update on progress of transferring programs to other agencies. MCCOG, which serves Wasco, Hood River, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties, voted in November to dissolve their intergovernmental agency.

January 12, 2018 1:45 p.m. read more..

County seeks codes input

Wasco County Commissioners are seeking input from contractors before responding to a letter from the state Building Codes Division about how a new program will be run.

January 12, 2018 1:43 p.m. read more..

Sushi comes to TD

The Dalles is home to a lot of good food, from community institutions like Spooky’s to new attractions like Rivertap Restaurant, but for years, the town has lacked a sushi restaurant. There are a couple of highly-rated sushi places down the road in Hood River, but now The Dalles residents don’t have to make the drive to get the popular food.

January 12, 2018 1:39 p.m. read more..

TD pub owner talks taxes with Walden

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., recently visited two businesses in the Gorge to learn more about how they will benefit from a rewrite of federal tax laws. One of his stops Jan. 5 was at Freebridge Brewing Company, which is located in the historic Mint building in downtown The Dalles.

January 12, 2018 1:34 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 11


Booster Club gives back to TD softball

The Riverhawk Booster Club board approved $2,370 for 40 player backpack/bat bags, and $1,400 for 40 warm-up jackets with embroidery. Both the backpack/bat bags and the warm-up jackets will be property of the Riverhawk athletic department softball program to be used from season-to-season.

January 11, 2018 1:49 p.m. read more..

No. 15 TD rallies for a 51-46 win

Dakota Murr scored 12 of his team-high 20 points in the fourth quarter, and The Dalles boys’ basketball squad rallied from a 40-35 deficit with a 16-6 run in the final eight minutes to secure a 51-46 road victory over 4A Crook County on Wednesday.

January 11, 2018 1:48 p.m. read more..

TD girls run roughshod over Crook County

At one point in the season, The Dalles went through a six-game losing streak. After Wednesday’s lopsided 64-19 victory over 4A Crook County at Kurtz Gym, the Lady Riverhawks have won two out of their last three games and appear to be gaining some steam at the midway point of the season.

January 11, 2018 1:46 p.m. read more..

Sawyer’s now owned by fourth generation

Jared Sawyer and his wife, Cora, are excited to announce that they are now the sole owners of Sawyer’s True Value & Just Ask Rental. The couple are the fourth generation of the family business that started with Shirley and Gladys Sawyer in 1940.

January 11, 2018 1:36 p.m. read more..

Homeless man cited

A homeless man was cited Tuesday for vandalism and shoplifting at Cascade Square, followed by an arrest for failure to register as a sex offender. Dennis Wayne Ladoux, 62, was lodged in the regional jail and refused to go to court on Wednesday, said Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley.

January 11, 2018 1:34 p.m. read more..

Christmas Day attack delays celebration

A group of Oregon National Guard soldiers who train in Hood River and Salem had a little more excitement for Christmas Day than planned when a suicide bomber detonated his vest near their compound in Afghanistan.

January 11, 2018 1:28 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 10

SWC up to No. 9 in state after beating Sherman

MAUPIN – South Wasco County head coach Lynn Cowdrey wants his team to have a long memory when it comes to the buzzsaw part of their schedule played earlier this season. Those games against Country Christian, Nixyaawii, Griswold and Echo were a just precursor to the nightly league slugfests. Nine Redside players hit the scoresheet and the defense forced Sherman into 21 turnovers and three second-half field goals in a 52-24 Big Sky Conference girls’ basketball romp Tuesday from South Wasco County High School.

January 10, 2018 1:44 p.m. read more..

Dufur throttles Ione, 57-32

Mired in a three-game losing streak, the Dufur Rangers rebounded with aggression in their Big Sky Conference home matchup against Ione.

January 10, 2018 1:42 p.m. read more..

Group effort helps No. 2 Sherman to a win

Caleb Fritts scored six points, Wade Blake and Owen Christiansen added four points each, and the Husky reserves totaled 23 points overall in a 70-16 victory over South Wasco County Tuesday in a Big Sky Conference boys’ basketball contest played in Maupin.

January 10, 2018 1:39 p.m. read more..

Self-serve a no-show in TD

The typical reaction in The Dalles in the wake of news that gas stations in smaller Oregon counties can now allow people to pump their own gas has been: Do we have to? The answer at local gas stations — at least so far — is no.

January 10, 2018 1:29 p.m. read more..

Medical issue leads to seven-car crash

A 34-year old Washington woman reported having a medical issue that caused her pickup truck to plow into six other vehicles in the parking lot outside Staples late Wednesday morning, police said.

January 10, 2018 1:25 p.m. read more..

Dancing with the Gorge Stars

Theme songs from iconic TV shows will set the tone for six competitive dance routines at the fifth annual Dancing with the Gorge Stars competition Friday evening. The third practice session in the parish hall of St. Peter Catholic Church on Tuesday found local amateurs experimenting with moves under the guidance of their professional partners to the music of “Happy Days,” “Gilligan’s Island” and “I Dream of Jeannie,” among others.

January 10, 2018 1:16 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 9

No. 11 SWC too much for Condon

No. 11-ranked South Wasco County held Condon-Wheeler to nine field goals, forced 33 turnovers, scored 27 second-chance points and used 18 fast break points in their 69-25 win Saturday in a girls’ basketball tilt played in Fossil.

January 9, 2018 1:43 p.m. read more..

Huskies handle Mitchell-Spray

The Sherman girls’ basketball team got the early 19-7 jump in the first quarter, and went on a 31-16 run over the final three quarters, 13-6 in the fourth period, to pick up a 50-23 Big Sky Conference triumph over Mitchell-Spray Saturday in Moro.

January 9, 2018 1:43 p.m. read more..

Tough shooting night hurts Dufur in loss to Horizon

Horizon Christian and Dufur combined for seven first-half field goals and 23 points, but the Lady Hawks finished the second half with a 31-28 output to secure a 42-38 victory Saturday in a Big Sky Conference girls’ basketball matchup played in Hood River.

January 9, 2018 1:41 p.m. read more..

Free throws hurt in Dufur loss

Tanner Masterson dropped 12 points, and the duo of Curtis Crawford and Anthony Thomas had eight points, but Horizon Christian rallied from a 16-9 first-quarter deficit with a 42-31 run in the last three quarters to produce a 51-47 win Saturday in Hood River.

January 9, 2018 1:39 p.m. read more..

Tigers claw out road win over the Hawks

In close games, it’s the little things that are magnified. Saturday, The Dalles girl’s basketball team allowed freshman point guard Camryn Collman to speed past defenders for 27 points, and the Riverhawks shot 2 of 19 from the free throw line, in a 53-43 loss to 4A La Grande at Kurtz Gym.

January 9, 2018 1:36 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Other youth activities

To the editor: Nothing speaks louder about a community and it's citizens than what it prides itself in. After a full front page of a rifle-bearing girl's "first kill,” I hope you can follow up with some other accomplishments by our youth.

January 9, 2018 1:28 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Good Samaritan

To the editor: I was expecting UPS delivery of several packages from Amazon on Jan. 3. The next day, before I contacted the companies, my camera recorded a Good Samaritan who delivered the missing packages to my front door. My sincere thanks to this Good Samaritan for taking time out of their busy day to deliver the packages.

January 9, 2018 1:27 p.m. read more..

Tobacco sales age raised to 21

The legal rights new adults get in Oregon when they turn 18 is officially down by one, as enforcement and fines for Tobacco 21, a law raising the legal purchasing age of tobacco products from 18 to 21, began the first of this year.

January 9, 2018 1:24 p.m. read more..

Sibling shooting on Jan. 8

Wasco County Sheriff deputies sped to a home in the 2400 block of Badger View Drive shortly before noon on Monday after a gunshot injury was reported to the emergency dispatch center. Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Scott Williams said Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue transported the man and woman to Mid-Columbia Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening conditions.

January 9, 2018 1:22 p.m. read more..

Greene celebrates 101st birthday

Columbia Basin Care Facility staff are seeing more and more residents celebrating birthdays over 100 — they currently have two residents aged 103 and 105, respectively. Another resident, Jean Greene, turned 101 last week.

January 9, 2018 1:17 p.m. read more..

Monday, January 8


November Building Permits

This is a list of residential and commercial building permits issued in the City of Hood River, Wasco County and Hood River County

January 8, 2018 9:35 a.m. read more..

Saturday, January 6

CGCC seeks input on housing study

Current and prospective students at Columbia Gorge Community College, as well as parents and community members, are invited to participate in a “housing feasibility study.” “Responses will have an important role in helping the college decide whether to proceed with campus housing,” said Dan Spatz, community outreach manager for the college.

January 6, 2018 11:47 a.m. read more..

New regs available

SALEM—The new 2018 Oregon Sport Fishing and Big Game Hunting regulations are now available at outdoor stores and ODFW offices, as well as online. Licenses and tags for 2018 went on sale Dec. 1.

January 6, 2018 11:30 a.m. read more..

Emma’s Bear

Oregon Hunter Education Instructor and long-time outdoorsman Scott Napoli of Tygh Valley shares a young girl’s first bear hunt

January 6, 2018 11:24 a.m. read more..

Beeson earns a spot on 1A all-state squad

Dufur’s Chloe Beeson picked up third-team all-state recognition for her play last fall, adding her name to an impressive list of former Ranger standouts Sydney Reed, Tianna Ellis, Taylor Darden, and Montana Ferres.

January 6, 2018 11:14 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Outstanding care

To the editor: On the morning of Dec. 20, I experienced excruciating stomach pains. My wife Donny took me to Mid- Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles and I was soon admitted to the emergency room for what turned out to be a life-threatening and potentially fatal health crisis. I just want to sincerely say thanks to all the MCMC staff for the amazing treatment I received.

January 6, 2018 11:06 a.m. read more..

Friday, January 5

Harriers survive first test

In late December, Mother Nature tends to work fits on all levels of athletes, but last Saturday, the more than 40 participants were greeted with blue skies and a high of 52 degrees as they duked it out in The Freeze Your Gizzard Blizzard 3k, 5k and 10k fun run/walk at Lewis and Clark Festival Park.

January 5, 2018 1:48 p.m. read more..

Sharpshooters off to districts

Maupin natives Julie and Jason Hull and Harley Beaver won their respective events at The Dalles Elks Hoops Shoot Free Throw contest on Dec. 17 in The Dalles, and advanced to the district round, which is scheduled for this Sunday in Hermiston.

January 5, 2018 1:46 p.m. read more..

Bentz replaces Ferrioli in Senate

Oregon Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, was appointed Thursday to fill the remainder of former Sen. Ted Ferrioli’s term in office for Senate District 30. County commissioners from Wasco, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Baker, Deschutes, Jefferson, Lake, and Wheeler counties voted on Ferrioli’s replacement at a joint meeting, which was held at the Grant County Regional Airport in John Day.

January 5, 2018 1:35 p.m. read more..

TD man accused of strangling cat

An 18-year-old was jailed Wednesday on a charge of first-degree animal abuse (a misdemeanor) and is accused of strangling a cat, according to police. James Claude McIntosh was arrested in the 2500 block of West 10th Street Wednesday and was released Thursday.

January 5, 2018 1:34 p.m. read more..

County mails ballots

Wasco County Clerk Lisa Gambee reported Thursday that ballots had been mailed out for the Jan. 23 special election. She said voters should receive them over the next several days.

January 5, 2018 1:33 p.m. read more..

Shull resigns as principal

Chenowith Elementary School Principal Anne Shull resigned effective Dec. 31 in a settlement with the school district following bullying complaints filed against her last June by three current and former teachers. In the settlement, she will receive six months of pay, plus the district will pay her an amount equivalent to the district’s current monthly insurance contribution through June 2018.

January 5, 2018 1:32 p.m. read more..

Tree virus discovered in TD

Cherry Leaf Roll virus has been found in The Dalles and Oregon State University officials want growers to stop its spread by removing infected trees this spring. Also making an appearance in local orchards is Little Cherry Disease, already in play in the Willamette Valley and in Washington State.

January 5, 2018 1:27 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 4

4A La Grande muscles up on TD

Wednesday in La Grande, the 4A Tigers out-rebounded and outplayed the Riverhawks, erasing a 33-32 halftime deficit with a 42-35 second-half run to pick up a 74-68 victory.

January 4, 2018 1:54 p.m. read more..

Scott takes the gold at Schimmel Invite

When JR Scott has that look in his eyes, opposing wrestlers take notice. Scott ran his season record to 14-1 after pulling off four consecutive wins, three of the four in the first minute of action, to pick up first-place honors at the Rollin Schimmel Memorial Tournament ending Saturday in Pendleton.

January 4, 2018 1:52 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Good neighbors

To the editor: Just one year ago in the middle of a very severe winter, my neighborhood was challenged with a growing sense of suspicion and fear when a home was placed on the market and quickly purchased for full price by a business called Bridges to Change. Under the guidance of Shelley Mead, director of housing and Ron Webber, onsite case manager, our new neighbors have maintained a clean and attractive environment, as well as a home where residents quietly go about their new life of freedom.

January 4, 2018 1:45 p.m. read more..

US to end policy that let legal pot flourish

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Obama-era policy that had paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

January 4, 2018 1:37 p.m. read more..

County scrambles to fill codes gap

The deadline is approaching for the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments to stop providing building code services and Wasco County officials are scrambling to get another local office set up. “We’re still trying to put all the pieces together,” said Steve Kramer, chair of the county commission for 2018.

January 4, 2018 1:36 p.m. read more..

Cold Country

A cold east wind ripples an American flag near Highway 97 south of The Dalles. In the background, snow has melted from portions of a wheat field exposed to the sun, but remains in furrows and shadows.

January 4, 2018 1:34 p.m. read more..

Probe finds wrongdoing

SALEM — Cylvia Hayes, the girlfriend of former Gov. John Kitzhaber, used her official position for personal gain, an investigator with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission concluded in a report released Wednesday.

January 4, 2018 1:33 p.m. read more..

Blanket drive is Saturday

The Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) will host its fifth annual Blanket Drive Saturday, Jan. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot at 523 East Third Street across from Sawyer’s True Value.

January 4, 2018 1:31 p.m. read more..

Internship program launches in Gorge

Gorge employers were regularly saying they had trouble filling well-paying, good-benefit jobs, even though they didn’t even require a college education. Enter Gorge Works, a new program through the Port of The Dalles that offers paid summer internships and apprenticeship opportunities. It began taking applications for internships in mid-December, and the application period closes Jan. 31.

January 4, 2018 1:30 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 3

SWC boys lose three straight

Coming off a 52-50 home victory against Country Christian on Dec. 21, the South Wasco County boys’ basketball team lost games against Nixyaawii, Griswold and Echo over a three-day span by an average margin of 23.6 points, including a 41-39 heartbreaker last Friday to Griswold.

January 3, 2018 1:49 p.m. read more..

No. 8 Lady Redsides end skid with win over Echo

Playing three games in three days, the South Wasco County girls’ basketball team was put to the test in a pair of tournament games and a Saturday matchup against Echo, scoring a 1-2 record over that stretch. At the Bouncin’ Cancer Tournament at Helix High School, the No. 8-ranked Lady Redsides lost by an 84-25 score versus No. 6-ranked and undefeated Nixyaawii and suffered another setback on Friday, 43-36, against No. 15 Griswold.

January 3, 2018 1:47 p.m. read more..

No. 12 Hawks take one at Dulich Tourney

The Dalles High School went 1-2 over three days at the Vince Dulich Tournament held at Astoria High School, with the lone win coming on a Jacob Hernandez buzzer-beater against 3A Rainier in a 77-75 victory on Friday. In that matchup, the No. 12 Riverhawks trailed late in the fourth quarter, but a few bounces went their way down the stretch to turn the tide.

January 3, 2018 1:44 p.m. read more..

In Stitches

Volunteers at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center made 120 quilts in 2017 and provided 89 to recipients of Meals on Wheels.

January 3, 2018 1:30 p.m. read more..

Local man killed by train Dec. 30

A local man who was hard of hearing was killed Dec. 30 when he was hit by a train near the intersection of West Second and Cherry Heights Road. The train conductor told police he repeatedly sounded his horn — “It felt like 50 times,” he told officers — but Strunk did not “make an effort to turn or look at the train.”

January 3, 2018 1:28 p.m. read more..

City nonprofit grant funds available

Nonprofit organizations are invited by the City of The Dalles to apply for grants during the month of January that will fund projects and programs that spur economic growth or provide a social benefit to the community.

January 3, 2018 1:27 p.m. read more..

First baby of 2018 arrives Jan. 1

The first baby of 2018, Callen Burke, was delivered at 3:17 p.m. Jan. 1 to mother Sarah Burke, 31, and father Brian Burke, 30, at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles.

January 3, 2018 1:24 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 2

Chinatown exhibit to close

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center soon bids farewell to a yearlong exhibit, “A Community Forgotten: Uncovering the Story of The Dalles Chinatown.” Before it goes, the Discovery Center will host “Chinese Puzzles,” a dinner and presentation Jan. 12 featuring author and curator Marilyn Urness on her experience investigating The Dalles’ largely forgotten Chinese community.

January 2, 2018 1:58 p.m. read more..

Sherman girls finish at 1-2 in tournament action

Riding a six-game losing streak, the Sherman Huskies led 21-14 at the half and finished on a 24-18 second-half run to dispatch of Wallowa by a 45-32 margin for seventh-place honors during final-day girls’ basketball action at the Optimist Christmas Classic in La Grande.

January 2, 2018 1:54 p.m. read more..

Sherman beats Powder Valley

To get into the tournament championship, Sherman faced off against No. 15 Powder Valley in a semifinal contest, and Luke Martin racked up a career-high 18 points to lead the Huskies to a 66-42 victory.

January 2, 2018 1:52 p.m. read more..

No. 1 Huskies score Optimist Classic title

The two-time defending state champion Sherman Huskies are off to an 8-1 start and a No. 1 ranking, and head coach Gary Lewis still feels his group has yet to put an entire game together. At the Optimist Christmas Classic in La Grande, the Huskies wrapped up a 3-0 run with a 55-33 victory over the 2A classification’s No. 11-ranked squad, Elgin, in the championship game Friday at Eastern Oregon University.

January 2, 2018 1:48 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Moving livestock

To the editor: This is a PSA for going into the new year for those folks who maybe new to living in an area with agriculture all around them: Occasionally a farmer needs to move livestock from one area to another and sometimes the easiest, quickest and safest way is to just run them down a county road. Should someone be driving and come across this livestock drive, stop your vehicle and wait until the farmer has let you know it is ok to pass.

January 2, 2018 1:46 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Wells Fargo support

To the editor: Two years ago, I suddenly and unexpectedly assumed responsibility for my finances. Unprepared and in shock I was at a loss on how to manage fiduciary obligations. The staff at The Dalles Wells Fargo branch, from tellers to management helped to guide me every step of the way.

January 2, 2018 1:45 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Merkley was wrong

To the editor: Senator Merkley’s comments in his recent column “I see our responsibility and mission as legislators — and the core purpose of our Constitution — as ensuring children have safe spaces, full bellies, and good health” is not in accord with any of the articles in the U.S. Constitution.

January 2, 2018 1:45 p.m. read more..

TD practitioner to provide screenings

One Community Health’s Kristen Foskett has stepped forward to spare children from having to travel to Portland for physical exams and specialized sexual assault screenings that can be used to build a criminal case against their abuser.

January 2, 2018 1:28 p.m. read more..

Christmas Tree Pick-up

The annual Christmas Tree Pickup, a community service and fundraiser for The Dalles Lions Club in partnership with The Dalles Disposal, takes place Saturday, Jan. 13.

January 2, 2018 1:26 p.m. read more..

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