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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
Oregon’s Congressional Delegation weighed in on President’s Donald Trump’s State of the Union address that was delivered Tuesday evening from the U.S. Capitol.January 31, 2018 1:35 p.m. read more..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
Guest column by Daniel BonhamJanuary 27, 2018 11:23 a.m. read more..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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 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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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 votesmart.org, a non-partisan summary of all politicians’ voting records.January 23, 2018 1:38 p.m. read more..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
MAUPIN – The No. 10 South Wasco County Redsides attacked Ione with reckless abandon in a 19-2 opening-quarter run and rode that huge lead to a 56-26 win over Ione Saturday in a girls’ basketball matchup in Maupin.January 17, 2018 1:41 p.m. read more..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
Guest column by Molly FauthJanuary 13, 2018 11:35 a.m. read more..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
Guest Column: Inviting editor to tour Israel, PalestineJanuary 11, 2018 1:56 p.m. read more..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
The South Wasco County Redsides allowed 28 field goals, 10 3-pointers, in a 69-44 loss Saturday in a Big Sky Conference matchup against Condon-Wheeler in Fossil.January 9, 2018 1:40 p.m. read more..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
Columbia Laser Skin is offering a new service to help women address vaginal laxity.January 4, 2018 1:20 p.m. read more..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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