Annika Baumgarten never thought she would be pulling weeds in Hawaii. The 14-year-old from The Dalles was happy to do it, however. She recently returned from the United Church of Christ National Youth Event on the island of O’ahu where she spent her time helping the environment, learning Hawaiian culture and bolstering her faith.July 31, 2018 2:42 p.m. read more..
Rose Mays has only been at the Small Business Development Center in The Dalles for a year, but she already feels she has found a place to call home, doing a job she loves. “I help people who are starting a business, or who are in business and have a problem,” she said.July 31, 2018 2:35 p.m. read more..
Saddled with shoulder pain, Lydia DiGennaro brushed aside her ailments and put up all-time best 50-meter freestyle ‘A’ times at the 2018 OSI Arena 11-years-old and over Long Course Championships held July 26-29 at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham.July 31, 2018 2:21 p.m. read more..
At Cook Park in Tigard, Ariana Gonzalez, Bryce Newby, Stella Lujan and Lilyana Gonzalez, from The Dalles United, signed on for girls’ soccer action in a co-op with Beaverton Westside at the Lake Oswego Nike Cup this weekend and advanced all the way to the title match, eventually losing on penalty kicks to Lake Oswego.July 31, 2018 2:18 p.m. read more..
Columbia Gorge Ballers, Makaila Miller, Maddie Brock, Jackie Begay and Sydney Newby dressed down in the 11-team, 10-12-year-old classification and went 3-0 to vault into the semifinals, but lost 17-5, to earn a top-4 finish at the two-day Blazers Rip City 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in Portland.July 31, 2018 2:17 p.m. read more..
Even without sharp-shooting guard Nolan Donivan, nothing was going to stop Henry Begay, Andre Niko, Trevor Lewis and Riley Brock from avenging last season’s second-place finish. That 12U group, called Slammin’ Salmon, amassed a 6-0 record and outscored opponents by a 120-42 margin to secure first place at the Blazers Rip City 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament ending Sunday in Portland.July 31, 2018 2:04 p.m. read more..
A constitutional amendment to ban publicly-funded abortion in Oregon has qualified for the statewide general election. The Stop Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act — which will likely be called Measure 106 — had just enough valid signatures to secure a place on the ballot. "We are really excited because we have been working at this since 2012," said Brooks resident Marilyn Shannon, one of the initiative's three chief sponsors.July 31, 2018 1:58 p.m. read more..
SALEM — Oregon is joining a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State to prevent a Texas company from posting designs for guns that can be made on 3-D printers. California, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington are also plaintiffs in the lawsuit.July 31, 2018 1:55 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I am deeply concerned about the contract our public jail, NORCOR, has with ICE, and the holding of immigrant detainees at our public jail. Over the past year, I have worked to raise awareness around this issue, and have realized that many local people are not aware that NORCOR contracts with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE).July 31, 2018 1:46 p.m. read more..
Though you’d be hard pressed to find any smoke, the 33,451-acre Long Hollow Fire was still listed at 75 percent contained Tuesday, as the hard work of mop up in steep canyons continued, according to a spokesperson. “We’re on a glide path to demobilize and turn this fire back to the local administration by Wednesday,” said Alan Hoffmeister, public information officer with the Northwest Incident Management Team 10.July 31, 2018 1:32 p.m. read more..
The Dalles Chronicle’s managing editor, RaeLynn Ricarte, won two first place awards in the 2018 Oregon Newspaper Publisher’s Association contest and Byron Gibson, who works in composition, scored first for graphic design. News editor Mark Gibson and reporters Neita Cecil and Ray Rodriguez also received awards at the ONPA’s annual banquet in July.July 31, 2018 1:30 p.m. read more..
The other day, Juan Martinez Martinez had already picked 100 buckets of cherries, and it was only 9:24 a.m. By contrast, the average cherry picker can only hope to pick 60 to 70 buckets in an entire workday, which begins at 5 a.m. Martinez Martinez, 28, is among the five fastest pickers for Orchard View, which has up to 900 pickers working at a time, said Melissa Reyes, human resources manager for Orchard View.July 31, 2018 1:25 p.m. read more..
A class action lawsuit against AmeriTies alleging that odors from the plant diminished the use and value of area properties has reached a proposed settlement of $1.25 million. Almost all of The Dalles is included in the boundaries covered by the settlement, according to a map posted on the website of one of the law firms involved.July 31, 2018 1:23 p.m. read more..
The Dalles swim team racked up four relay wins and 11 individual victories, led by two wins each by Kennedy Abbas and Thatcher Dray and four firsts and three seconds from Lydia DiGennaro at the three-day John Day Invitational ending July 22. The team’s last meet of the season will be in Bend on the weekend of Aug. 11-12, so with the boys and girls combining for second place in the standings, coach Scott McKay is looking forward to his group making a big splash to close out the summer.July 27, 2018 3:38 p.m. read more..
Twists and turns and an emotional roller coaster ruled the day Thursday for the Columbia Gorge Hustlers. Ben Nelson pulled off multiple Houdini acts on the mound in seven scoreless innings of relief and he ended up scoring the game-winning run on a two-out RBI single by Dalles Seufalemua to lead the Columbia Gorge Hustlers to a 4-3 victory in 10 innings against Roseburg at the American Legion State Tournament in North Bend.July 27, 2018 3:31 p.m. read more..
The Dalles 13-15-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars posted a 1-2 record in their first three pool play games of the Babe Ruth Regional Tournament in Portland, ending Thursday’s action with a 3-0 loss to Idaho by no-hitter. Although the team finished without a hit, they had chances to get within striking distance, but left five runners on base, three in scoring position, including one at third base in the fifth inning. In five of the seven innings, TD had at least one runner on base.July 27, 2018 3:27 p.m. read more..
Mark Kroos, a two-neck guitar virtuoso, will perform at The Dalles Wasco County Library on Tuesday, July 31, at 6:30 p.m. Currently on a tour of Oregon that includes the “Libraries Rock” dummer teading program, Kroos brings his unique two-neck guitars onstage for an evening of original music and his take on classic favorites.July 27, 2018 2:23 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Last week, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden voted for a House resolution condemning any carbon tax as a way to reduce greenhouse gasses from burning fossil fuels (97 percent of Republicans voted for it as well, and 98 percent of Democrats voted against it). This all comes on the heels of a comprehensive study showing that a carbon tax, whose revenues are returned to taxpayers either via rebate checks or by offsetting taxes, would have a negligible impact on the economy! Unchecked global warming, on the other hand will have a catastrophic effect, and so I’m wondering how we will be able to to address this issue once the economy is not going full speed? Just pay later?July 27, 2018 2:14 p.m. read more..
To the editor: The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming. As horrible as the never before seen destruction that will be caused by the Russian Army and her many European allies, it will still mean we are a bit closer to the “beginning.”July 27, 2018 2:13 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Red, yellow, black and white, they are all precious in his sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world! The Trump administration doesn’t! Does Trump’s evangelical horde question why they support such immoral treatment?July 27, 2018 2:12 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I think it is unfair to put all the blame for the devastation of the Eagle Creek Fire near Cascade Locks in 2017 on the 15-year-old Vancouver boy who started it. What he did was absolutely illegal and wrong, but he did not purposely do it. It was an accident.July 27, 2018 2:11 p.m. read more..
To the editor: The Hammond pardon was secured by a great many people. It was like a huge jigsaw puzzle with many different pieces which all had to go together at the right time to make it happen. Everyone was working to correct and make right a grave injustice. Congressman Walden was a big piece of the puzzle to help secure the presidential pardon for Dwight and Stephen Hammond of Harney County.July 27, 2018 2:10 p.m. read more..
To the editor: In these times that we live in it is truly refreshing that someone or a group of "someones" have taken the time to distribute the small American flags around our community and the surrounding areas, including Dallesport. Thank you so much!July 27, 2018 2:09 p.m. read more..
To the editor: The Sherman County Court would like to give our sincerest thank you to all of those who helped keep our beloved community and county safe during the wildfire that swept through our lands during the past week.July 27, 2018 2:09 p.m. read more..
A finalist group of five candidates for the administrator position at the regional jail will be considered at an Aug. 2 executive session of the jail board. The executive session will produce a list of three finalists who will be interviewed.July 27, 2018 1:53 p.m. read more..
Thousands of Native Americans from across the Northwest and Canada took to waterways this week for the annual Canoe Journey that connects them to rich heritage that dates back millennia. “We are traveling our ancestral highway,” said Daisy Begay, a Wy‘am tribal member from Celilo Village, located about 16 miles east of The Dalles.July 27, 2018 1:38 p.m. read more..
The Oregon Cattlemen’s Bureau and the Oregon Farm Bureau have established relief funds for farmers and ranchers impacted by the Substation Fire in Wasco and Sherman County.July 27, 2018 10:44 a.m. read more..
All campfires are now prohibited across the Mt. Hood National Forest, including developed campgrounds, due to very dry and hot conditions in the forest, according to agency officials. Target shooting, ATV use, and smoking outside enclosed buildings or vehicles are also prohibited on all lands managed by the USFS.July 25, 2018 5:07 p.m. read more..
The Squally Point Fire was held to 19 acres Tuesday afternoon. Reported just before 2 p.m., the fire was burning in grass and brush approximately four miles northwest of The Dalles, near the Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center. The fire is human caused and under investigation, but is not suspicious in nature.July 25, 2018 8 a.m. read more..
Blasting will take place over the next two weeks as part of the Lone Pine development construction, according to a press release from the City of The Dalles. The blasting will help remove rock outcroppings taht the contractor is not able to excavate with heavy equipment of site preparation prior to construction.July 25, 2018 7:04 a.m. read more..
Four men and one juvenile, ages 16 to 44, were arrested earlier this month and charged with seeking to commit sexual acts with minor children following a joint operation by the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office and Portland FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force. The Columbia Gorge Major Crimes Team, including officers from The Dalles, and the Hood River County District Attorney’s Office assisted, according to a press release issued Tuesday by the Hood River County Sheriff’s office.July 25, 2018 6:18 a.m. read more..
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The Dalles Chamber of Commerce, the Army Corps of Engineers at The Dalles Dam and Gray Line of Oregon launched an “Explore The Dalles” shuttle service on Saturdays through Sept. 15. The service is a pilot program that will connect at Hood River in the morning with the New Columbia Gorge Express and return to Hood River in the afternoon to connect with bus service to Portland.July 24, 2018 2:47 p.m. read more..
Wheat fields burnt in the Substation Fire — 79,121 acres in Wasco and Sherman County — are now at risk of both wind and water erosion, according to soil and water conservationists with the United States Department of Agriculture personnel in The Dalles. “Both wind and water can be a problem,” said Clinton Whitten, who works on soil issues with farmers in both counties.July 24, 2018 2:43 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND — Some of the Oregon Zoo’s tiniest residents have headed for the mountains of Oregon’s coastal range. On July 12, butterfly conservationists with the zoo joined colleagues from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo to release 500 Oregon silverspot caterpillars on the slopes of Saddle Mountain in an effort to stabilize declining wild populations of the species.July 24, 2018 2:40 p.m. read more..
SALEM — A new report from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities is critical of Oregon’s property tax limits, which could be a target of reform in 2019. The report, released last Wednesday, examined Oregon and three other states — Michigan, Massachusetts and New York — with limits on property taxes. The limits have driven cities and counties to squeeze revenue out of fees and charges that disproportionately affect low-income people, the authors of the report from the Washington, D.C. think tank argue.July 24, 2018 2:35 p.m. read more..
With fires creating chaos around the Greater Columbia River Gorge area, The Dalles cheerleading squad approached last weekend’s National Cheerleaders Association Cheer Camp with heavy hearts. They dedicated their performances to those impacted. The Riverhawks fielded 31 athletes for action at their annual camp from July 17-20 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, as 14 members were nominated for All-American honors and a handful of others received various camp awards.July 24, 2018 2:27 p.m. read more..
Coach Oscar Nunez formed 10U and 12U girls’ soccer teams, called Westside Timbers The Gorge, for action at the three-day Beaverton Cup last weekend with the two groups combining for a 5-2-2 record and a 21-9 scoring margin. “The level of competition these gorge girls took on was super-intense,” Nunez said.July 24, 2018 2:24 p.m. read more..
NEWPORT – The Columbia Gorge Hustlers wrapped up baseball action at the Newport Tournament with a 1-3 record and posted double-figure hits in every game and totaled 30 runs, finishing the weekend with a 15-8 loss on Sunday to Lower Columbia Basin. Head coach Steve Sugg liked the way the offense executed in the four games, but looked to the defense and pitching as key components to the team’s success at the upcoming American Legion Tournament this week in Coos Bay.July 24, 2018 2:18 p.m. read more..
The Dalles Outpost of Point Man International Ministries is gearing up to send the second set of care packages to a special forces team in the Middle East. The team is living rough in triple digit temperatures so hygiene items are needed, as well as powdered drink mixes and individually wrapped snacks and hard candy.July 24, 2018 2:06 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I support Gregg Walden for his efforts and success in which he lobbied the White House for the pardon of Dwight and Steven Hammond. Thank you also to the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke who also supported the Hammonds.July 24, 2018 2:02 p.m. read more..
Richard Mays is so far running unopposed for the position of The Dalles Mayor, but that hasn’t stopped him from actively campaigning. Mays, 67, has printed business cards with his contact info and motto “Experience-Independence — Trust” that he is passing out during his travels.July 24, 2018 1:51 p.m. read more..
Wasco County is the second organization in The Dalles to earn a designation as a Blue Zones Project approved worksite. It will celebrate with a blue ribbon cutting ceremony 2:30 p.m. Friday on the steps of the courthouse, at 511 Washington St.July 24, 2018 1:49 p.m. read more..
The Substation Fire wiped out an estimated 2 million bushels of wheat at a value of $12 million, and began on the first day of what is normally the two busiest weeks of harvest, said an official with Mid-Columbia Producers. Jeff Kaser, general manager for MCP, said Monday that insurance adjustors, including crop specialists from all over the country, were busy evaluating losses, and a final number on the loss is at least a week away.July 24, 2018 1:43 p.m. read more..
The Regional Solutions Office of the state of Oregon reminds producers in Wasco and Sherman counties that “any time you have crop damage that will adversely affect your yield or crop value, you may be eligible to file a claim,” according to a press release. Producers must Contact their USDA agent within 72 hours after discovery of damage, the release said.July 23, 2018 7:48 a.m. read more..
A community meeting on the Substation Fire will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Grass Valley Pavilion in Grass Valley. Meeting will be live-streamed and recorded, view at www.facebook.com/substationfire2018. Containment of the Substation Fire reached 44 percent by Friday evening. Now 80,763 acres, fire behavior was reduced to creeping and smoldering. Winds were not as strong throughout the day, although gusts of 20-25mph kept firefighters alert for potential hot spots.July 21, 2018 9:41 a.m. read more..
Across the board, a majority The Dalles swim team showed vast improvements on their times at the 52nd annual Pendleton Open from July 6-8 in Pendleton. Of the impressive group of swimmers, all of TD’s points were scored by the 9-year-old and under swimmers with Sam Ford, 7, scoring the most points at 28.July 20, 2018 2:54 p.m. read more..
Hunter Padberg said he and his teammates are not settling on one accomplishment, they have their hearts set on much more. Even with a state championship in the bag, the focus of The Dalles’ 13-15-year-old All-Stars is putting together another all-around slate of games at the Babe Ruth Regional Tournament at David Douglas High School in Portland.July 20, 2018 2:53 p.m. read more..
Starting the bottom of the seventh inning down 7-2, the Columbia Gorge Hustlers battled back with a dramatic comeback to clinch a league title, as Baily Hajicek smacked a three-run triple to tie the score at 7-7, and after a walk to Michael Armstrong, Johnson executed a perfect RBI squeeze bunt, which plated Hajicek for the winning run in CG’s 8-7 win and two-game sweep over Hillsboro.July 20, 2018 2:51 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Many thanks to the TDC for a great article covering Jamie McLeod-Skinner’s recent visit to Wasco County. It is exciting to have a candidate for Congress who is so qualified, and so truly concerned for the well-being of all of US in Eastern Oregon.July 20, 2018 2:19 p.m. read more..
To the editor: It pains me (no pun intended) that in the USA, the first thing you think of when you get hurt or need to go to the hospital is....can I afford it, how much will it cost or maybe I'll just put it off because I can't afford the hospital. What a shame in this big, rich, powerful country of ours the leading cause of bankruptcy is hospital bills.July 20, 2018 2:18 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I watched in horror this morning, while our president openly admitted to the act of high treason. He did so when he conceded to the will of Vladimir Putin over our own justice department, as to the nature of allegations against Russian officials.July 20, 2018 2:17 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Over a year and a half ago, I purchased a rose bush from Parks and Recreation for the memorial garden in honor of my husband. Darrell dedicated over 48 years to this city (county) in law enforcement. I thought it only fitting that he should have a memorial in his name. I hadn’t learned my lesson yet!July 20, 2018 2:16 p.m. read more..
To the editor: There’s a really thought-provoking definition of the Deep State that I found in Newsmax Magazine: “Deep State (noun), a clandestine network entrenched inside the government that controls state policy behind the scenes, while elected officials are merely figureheads.”July 20, 2018 2:16 p.m. read more..
To the editor: In case anyone missed it, Oregon District 2 Representative Greg Walden is telling everyone near and far that he is the champion making a difference in the opioid crisis. However, I agree with Jamie McLeod-Skinner, Walden’s Democratic challenger this November, that Greg Walden is using the opioid crisis as a safe campaign platform instead of discussing the current issues of immigration reform and the healthcare crisis.July 20, 2018 2:15 p.m. read more..
To the editor: This story may sound familiar to you. My grandfather immigrated to our great nation in 1897 from Holland. While at Ellis Island, a port of entry for immigrants in New York City, he changed his name from Dirk to Dick in an attempt to better fit into this New World he was entering. He settled in Nyssa, Ore., eked out a life by buying and selling cattle, married and became a father to four children. My mother was his first born. At this time in history, life for immigrants is not as easy as it was for my grandfather, and it was not easy for him. People, especially people of color, both documented and undocumented, live in constant fear due to the presence of ICE in our communities.July 20, 2018 2:13 p.m. read more..
Judy Urness could hear the fire alarms going off in the background Tuesday as she called her son Charlie to tell him to stop trying to save their house on Emerson Loop Road and just get out. “But he didn’t listen to me,” she said of her 24-year-old son. “But my house is standing. I guess he gets away with it this time.”July 20, 2018 2:03 p.m. read more..
Kylee VanOrman-Ruby said neighboring farmers did everything they could to save her parents property, but Tuesday’s fire was driven by strong wind gusts that couldn’t be controlled. “Everyone tried to get ahead of it, but it was everywhere — it was just unbelievable,” she said.July 20, 2018 1:55 p.m. read more..
The VanOrman and Ruby families are requesting privacy from media inquiries while they are dealing with fire-related tragedies. At this time, the Ruby family is struggling to cope with a death and the VanOrman family with the loss of an extended family member and their home. They ask that reporters refrain from contacting friends and family about the situation and grant them peace.July 19, 2018 2:41 p.m. read more..
The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office this morning identified the man who died Wednesday in the Substation fire as John Ruby, a 64-year-old longtime Wasco County resident. The press release stated the fire is “incendiary in nature” and is being investigated by the sheriff’s office, the Oregon State Police, Oregon State Fire Marshal, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.July 19, 2018 11:22 a.m. read more..
Moro — The Substation Fire, which started southeast of The Dalles on Tuesday afternoon, moved further east today driven by high winds. Firefighters saw heightened activity on the north and the south ends of the fire. More than 50,000 acres in Sherman and Wasco Counties are affected. Highway 97 from Biggs Junction to milepost 67, the junction with Highway 197, was closed Wednesday evening.July 19, 2018 5:39 a.m. read more..
On July 18 at approximately 1:30 p.m., Wasco County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call of a burnt tractor. Deputies located the tractor and also located the operator of the tractor a short distance away, deceased. It appears the tractor operator died as a result of exposure to the fire.July 18, 2018 4:16 p.m. read more..
UPDATE: As of 1:36 p.m., the Substation Fire is now estimated at 36,000 acres. Wasco Electric reports that a minimum of 90 power poles have been lost and crews have been working through the night to get new poles up, work that is expected to continue through the weekend. Families in the fire zone southwest of The Dalles are reporting that the Gary Van Orman’s house at 6857 Robert’s Market Road has been destroyed by the fire.July 18, 2018 8:12 a.m. read more..
Level 3 (evacuate now) evacuations now include Emerson Loop Road and Company Hollow Road. Additional crews are being dispatched to 4700 block of Eight Mile Road, where two houses are threatened. Highway 197 has been closed at approximately milepost 3 as a brush fire that started just south of the Celilo Converter Station moves southeast. Evacuations are underway in the area of Five and Eight Mile Creeks, and multiple fire and law enforcement agencies have been dispatched. Level 3 (Go) evacuation orders have been issued from Eight Mile Road to Emerson Loop Road and Eight Mile Road to junction with 15-Mile Road, both sides of road, according to Wasco County Sheriff's office.July 17, 2018 4:20 p.m. read more..
With The Dalles hitting the field against West Linn and Gresham-Barlow this weekend at the 14U Babe Ruth State Championships, there was a disadvantage in terms of cohesiveness and flow. In two state matchups, The Dalles was eliminated from postseason contention after losses to West Linn and Gresham-Barlow, capped by a season-ending 16-5 mercy-ruled loss Saturday in tournament play in The Dalles.July 17, 2018 2:42 p.m. read more..
The Columbia Gorge Hustlers lost the first two games at the Seaside Wood Bat Tournament to Seaside and Hood River by a combined 18-8 spread, but bounced back for a lopsided win against Madison and added a two-game sweep over league opponent, St. Helens, Sunday.July 17, 2018 2:40 p.m. read more..
Sometimes it is the smallest factors that can push teams over the top. In Saturday’s state-title clinching win over East Portland, The Dalles’ Keon Kiser engaged in a 12-pitch at-bat that not only led to the early departure of East Portland’s starter, but opened the door to a four-run third inning in what turned into a 13-3 mercy-ruled victory Saturday in Babe Ruth baseball action at Kramer Field.July 17, 2018 2:38 p.m. read more..
For adventures in deep-well drilling, look no further than the 1,223-foot well recently drilled for orchardist Bryce Molesworth in the Mosier Valley. It came in at just over 1.5 times the estimated cost and took far longer than expected, but it’s finally done and has been in service for several months now, Molesworth said.July 17, 2018 2:15 p.m. read more..
To the editor: It is a brave thing to do…to take a stand on the I.C.E. issue and let that stand be publicly recognized on a street corner day after day, or at a rally. I am thankful that I live in a time and place where that is possible. But this letter is not about that debate. This letter is to express appreciation for the approximately 60 NORCOR employees who have made a commitment to public safety by working with adult, juvenile, mentally ill inmates, and immigration detainees.July 17, 2018 2:07 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Who are we, as Americans? This question haunts me as I watch refugees and immigrants being dehumanized and harmed at our border and around the country. My heart breaks as I try to imagine the horrors they face at the hands of our own government.July 17, 2018 2:06 p.m. read more..
English classes for speakers of other languages are being offered this summer by Columbia Gorge Community College. Classes are scheduled in the college’s Hood River – Indian Creek Campus for all levels on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6 to 8 p.m.July 17, 2018 2:01 p.m. read more..
The Next Door’s two youth mentoring programs, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Columbia Gorge and Mentor for Success (MFS), will merge under a new name, Gorge Youth Mentoring, next year. The new program will continue providing Gorge youth ages 6-21 with caring adult mentors, according to a Next Door press release.July 17, 2018 1:58 p.m. read more..
With the community water supply in Mosier long under threat, motivation has been high to find a solution. Concerns dated back to the mid-1970s, when orchardists began complaining about steadily declining water levels, a 2012 federal report said.July 17, 2018 1:49 p.m. read more..
In a project dubbed the “Mosier Million” for the amount of state investment in it, work is well underway on replacing 12 to 15 commingling wells in the Mosier Valley. A state study found higher-pressure lower aquifers were leaking via poorly constructed wells into an upper aquifer and then out to Mosier Creek.July 17, 2018 1:40 p.m. read more..
A Dufur boy, age 6, is battling a rare form of kidney disease and a restaurant in The Dalles has stepped up to help his family cover travel expenses to Portland for his treatment. “I grieve when I see something like this involving a child and I think we all need to come out and help, this is a local family and we can do something to support them,” said Ken Catlin, co-owner of Beachwood Eatery, 504 W. Ninth Street.July 17, 2018 1:32 p.m. read more..
Area musicians are invited to join the “Blueberry Jam” session on the second and fourth Tuesday in the basement of the Civic Auditorium. The gathering, sponsored by Got Your Six, a group that formed two years ago to support veteran causes, convenes at 6:30 p.m. and continues until “whenever” twice each month.July 16, 2018 1:52 p.m. read more..
The North Central Public Health District reminds area residents to stay cool, hydrated and informed this summer.July 16, 2018 9:38 a.m. read more..
The Mid-Columbia Housing Center, Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation and the Columbia Gorge Community College are sponsoring the "ABC's of Homebuying" Saturday, Aug. 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Dalles Campus of the Columbia Gorge Community College.July 16, 2018 9:05 a.m. read more..
In the opening-game of the three-day Seaside Tournament, the Columbia Gorge Hustlers have their six-game winning streak snapped Thursday by an 11-6 margin versus Seaside. The Hustlers (21-10 overall) totaled 10 hits and five walks and left nine runners on base, including the bases loaded in their three-run sixth-inning surge, where they got to within an 8-6 deficit, but an inning-ending strikeout short-circuited the rally.July 13, 2018 2:30 p.m. read more..
Harney County ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and Steven Hammond were released from a federal prison in California this week and flown home to Burns in a private jet, where they were greeted by a crush of well-wishers and family.July 13, 2018 2:14 p.m. read more..
To the editor: The sport uniforms used by students of TDWHS with Eagle-Indian logo have been made available for purchase by donation. If you, or someone you know, attended high school starting in 2007, with the Eagle-Indian mascot, please pass the information along.July 13, 2018 2:08 p.m. read more..
The Aug. 25 Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite show at Maryhill Winery will be the last concert at the beautiful 4,000-seat amphitheater as the winery, one of Washington state’s largest, has decided to discontinue future summer concerts after 2018, according to a report by the Goldendale Sentinel.July 13, 2018 1:57 p.m. read more..
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a public meeting to discuss big game hunting regulations and tag numbers for 2019 next week in The Dalles. The forum begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, in the Dalles ODFW Screen Shop, 3561 Klindt Drive.July 13, 2018 1:55 p.m. read more..
Fall registration at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) began July 9 for returning students and July 11 for new students. Classes start Monday, Sept. 24, and the college encourages prospective students to register as early as possible.July 13, 2018 1:43 p.m. read more..
Coaches met with the D21 school board in late June in hopes of creating a better system for using school and community sports facilities. They left with a goal of better communication, a plan to explore scheduling software that is more user friendly for both coaches and building administrators, and possibly centralized scheduling.July 13, 2018 1:39 p.m. read more..
The D21 school board voted Thursday to seek a $235 million bond authority in November to build four schools after hearing polling of likely voters found support for it at 53 percent. After more information and messaging was given to those surveyed, support increased to 61 percent.July 13, 2018 1:38 p.m. read more..
If you look closely at Ovidio Cartagena’s painting, the artist’s face becomes apparent in the lower right hand corner. Cartagena, and about a dozen other artists, are exhibiting paintings that have been created in the Atelier process of painting at the Maryhill Museum of Art.July 13, 2018 1:36 p.m. read more..
Our hormones in many ways are the essence of life. They make us women and enable us to do spectacular things. However, during times of transition (pregnancy, PMS, menopause, signiﬁcant stress), hormonal imbalances can lead to signiﬁcant problems and make life quite uncomfortable.July 13, 2018 10:48 a.m. read more..
Our hormones in many ways are the essence of life. They make us women and enable us to do spectacular things. However, during times of transition (pregnancy, PMS, menopause, signiﬁcant stress), hormonal imbalances can lead to signiﬁcant problems and make life quite uncomfortable.July 12, 2018 11:11 a.m. read more..
Soccer players from The Dalles Riverhawks wrapped up their girls' summer 7-on-7 soccer league schedule with a resounding 9-6 victory over Gorge FC in action last Thursday in Hood River. TD posted a 5-0 record overall and went 2-0 in the playoffs. This team, which is loaded with a group of incoming freshmen or sophomores, cruised past squads from Wy'East, Hood River, and White Salmon with an undefeated record.July 10, 2018 2:30 p.m. read more..
Playing in a highly-regarded wood bat baseball tournament at North Central High School in Spokane, Wash. last week, the Columbia Gorge Hustlers won their first four games to move into the semifinals, but had their streak short-circuited by the Kennewick Phantoms, 12-0, Saturday to wrap up legion action.July 10, 2018 2:28 p.m. read more..
Two years ago, Greg Cummings fielded a group of baseball players to a runner-up finish at state. With several of those athletes back, the expectations for the 2018 Babe Ruth All-Stars are higher. “I hate to say world series or bust, but that’s where I am going,” Cummings said.July 10, 2018 2:26 p.m. read more..
To the editor: This letter is directed to my current representative in congress, Greg Walden: While I often disagree with your policies throughout the many years that you've served in Congress, I know you personally to be a dedicated representative that clearly has a grasp of issues important to eastern Oregonians. However, I absolutely no longer trust you, the president, his administration or other silent members of Congress to represent the mission and values of the United States as humanitarian country.July 10, 2018 1:56 p.m. read more..
To the editor: A funny thing happened on the way to Rep. Greg Walden being a 20 year — 10 term — incumbent: he became a Washington Bigshot, a real player. He chairs an important committee and had well over $3 million dollars in his campaign despite being what the professional consultants consider a safe district; courtesy, of course, of all those constituents of his who don’t live anywhere near Oregon. Presumably, it’s those other constituents who wanted him to not just support, but sponsor, a law that would have deprived over 100,000 people in his district of health insurance.July 10, 2018 1:54 p.m. read more..
As summer temperatures rise, so do the dangers of working in high heat. That’s especially true in Oregon, where workers tend to be used to working in mild weather and are frequently not accustomed to high temperature, according to the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration.July 10, 2018 1:46 p.m. read more..
Infrastructure work is underway and should be done by August on the 50-lot Lone Pine Village subdivision, creating the last riverfront residential lots in town, one of the developers said. Being installed are streets, water, power, and high-speed internet, said Chris Schanno, of Lone Pine Land and Cattle, a half-owner in the subdivision.July 10, 2018 1:34 p.m. read more..
If the past is anything to go by, Friday the 13th will be an unlucky day for about 30 motorists, since that’s about how many people have been ticketed in past crosswalk enforcement actions. This Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Dalles Police Department will be conducting a crosswalk enforcement action, aimed at getting motorists to yield to pedestrians attempting to cross the street.July 10, 2018 1:33 p.m. read more..
If there’s one thing Jason and Sheeana Schacher can’t stand, it’s a thief. So when Jason spotted a man jogging across the Home Depot parking lot Friday evening with a smile on his face and a Milwaukie tool kit under his arm, and then bundling into a getaway mini van that peeled off before the door even closed, the Schachers naturally gave chase.July 10, 2018 1:31 p.m. read more..
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has been granted his request to have Harney County rancher Dwight Hammond Jr., and his son, Steven, pardoned by President Donald Trump. “Today is a win for justice and an acknowledgement of our unique way of life in the high desert, rural West,” said Walden on Tuesday morning when news broke that President Donald Trump had granted full pardons to the Hammonds.July 10, 2018 1:30 p.m. read more..
UPDATE: As of July 9, 8 a.m., the Wasco County Sheriff's office in cooperation with Memaloose Fire Command has lifted all evacuation notices for residents directly affected by the Memaloose fire. The westbound rest area will remain closed until further notice: Refer to Trip Check Oregon for updates regarding the rest area. Memaloose park remains open for campers with current reservations only. Firefighters worked on Saturday to complete fireline around the sixty-five acre Memaloose Park Fire, located 23 miles west of The Dalles. Sunday morning the fire was 35 percent contained as of Sunday. Firefighters from Mosier Fire Department, Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area assisted Oregon Department of Forestry in the suppression effort providing water tenders, fire engines and fire fighters.July 9, 2018 6:42 a.m. read more..
Fire started at rest area jumps freewayJuly 6, 2018 7:39 p.m. read more..
Getting their names in the minds of coaches from across the state, The Dalles Middle School football players, Andre Niko, Alo Heka, Mynoah I’aulualo and Jesus Arceo had an opportunity to participate in the inaugural Oregon All-State Football Showcase held last Saturday at Sheldon High School in Eugene.July 6, 2018 2:49 p.m. read more..
The Dalles 12U All-Stars were hoping for a better result over their week of games at the District 5 Tournament, but still salvaged a 3-2 record, with both losses to Bend North, to secure third place in the nine-team field. In those five games, TD had dominating pitching performances, comeback wins, and heroic efforts put forth by several players.July 6, 2018 2:44 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I was looking on Rep. Greg Walden's website and noticed that he did not have any public appearances scheduled between now and the November elections. That's too bad because I had some questions I wanted to ask him.July 6, 2018 2:23 p.m. read more..
Sherman County quietly made history Tuesday with a gathering between farmers and Sonny Perdue, the first U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to visit the region. Perdue, who was appointed by President Donald Trump as one of 15 Cabinet members in 2017, met with about 50 wheat producers, cattlemen and fruit growers at the homestead of the Martin family near Rufus.July 6, 2018 2:21 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I'm a fairly new resident of The Dalles, and a supporter of the Strong Community Schools bond effort to replace the four oldest district schools, including The Dalles High School. I wanted to contribute some of my thoughts about the greater impact of new schools on this community that I have become so fond of.July 6, 2018 2:20 p.m. read more..
Columbia Gorge Community College has assumed operations of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult/Dislocated Worker program, joining the WIOA Youth program CGCC began managing in 2017. These programs were previously administered by Mid-Columbia Council of Governments and are contracted through the East Cascades Workforce Investment Board.July 6, 2018 2:16 p.m. read more..
A friendly white goose tagged along over the weekend with at least two rafting parties on the Deschutes River, floating downstream with them and hanging out overnight as they camped. In a first in her 12 years as a camp host at Heritage Landing at the mouth of the Deschutes, Pam Disbro had to put the word out Sunday to try to find the owner of the goose that rafters had naturally named “Lucy Goosey.”July 3, 2018 3:42 p.m. read more..
The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office has recovered plastic baggies of drugs, or syringes containing residue of an illicit substance, often enough in recent months to issue a public safety alert. “We are not trying to scare people, we are just trying to be proactive,” said Wasco County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Scott Williams.July 3, 2018 1:30 p.m. read more..
Catlink recently heard about a mom cat with kittens that was dumped in the area of Safeway and Sahara Pizza. By the time we verified her location someone was able to rescue them. Catlink would like to offer assistance to the people who found them.July 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I served my country in Korea during 1951-52. I have a master’s degree in United States history. Over 32 years, I taught in middle school, high school and college. When I read the following words of entertainer John Legend about the children at the border, I wept for my country.July 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
To the editor: We appreciated your piece in Thursday’s paper explaining the upcoming changes. We understand the need to change with changing times and economic pressures, and the push to cater to a younger more technically sophisticated readership. However, The Dalles is a community composed of all ages and technical interests.July 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Military family members and veterans with Point Man International Ministries packed 16 boxes Thursday for shipment to a special operations team deployed to a combat zone in the Middle East. “We asked the community for help to get some snack and hygiene items together, and they stepped up to help us take care of these men,” said Dan Brophy, a Marine vet of Vietnam who is Point Man’s chaplain.July 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
The D21 school board will consider a resolution in July to back Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue in seeking a more equitable distribution of payments from Google to local tax entities. MCF&R Chief Bob Palmer told the North Wasco County School District 21 board June 14 that other entities had already signed on to the concept.July 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
When Susan Raffensperger got the call from Prestige Student Solutions, she was excited by the possibilities: A career-based interventions coordinator at The Dalles High School, Reffensperger had just started the school year at a new job and was looking into buying a house — and was struggling with a load of school debt and the cost of moving from Bend to a new city.July 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
The regional jail board was handed a petition at its last meeting with 664 signatures, and counting, asking that the jail immediately stop its contract to house federal immigration detainees. The Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility board received the petition, from Solea Kabakov of Gorge ICE Resistance, without comment.July 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Facing a high-powered Bend North offense, The Dalles 11U All-Star pitcher Cody Agidius had one of the best performances of his young baseball career. Agidius allowed three runs, two earned, on nine hits, with four strikeouts, two walks and a hit by pitch in taking the losing decision in a 3-0 final score Sunday in District 5 baseball action at Kramer Field.July 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
In a two-week span, Chloe Beeson and Allie Noland were commended for their solid careers on the basketball and volleyball courts. The duo was joined by fellow Big Sky Conference athletes Ana Popchock and Annika Reitmann, at the fifth annual Oregon Athletic Coaches Association all-star volleyball series on June 23 on the campus of Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.July 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
The Dalles 10U All-Stars took a pair of losses during District 5 baseball play, losing to Bend South, 17-8 on Saturday, and 14-10 versus John Day River in Sunday’s elimination contest at Kramer Field. “I am proud of these kids. They gave everything they had. They competed hard against two very good teams,” TD head coach Corey Case said.July 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
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