Stories for June 2018


Friday, June 29


Les Schwab earns top billing

Les Schwab Tires had some nail biters during their The Dalles Girls Softball Association playoff journey and capped Thursday’s final round with another close win against Pepsi in action at Sorosis Park.

June 29, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Brown Roofing gets senior title

Brown Roofing scored championship status in the senior division of The Dalles Girls Softball Association after a 20-5 mercy-ruled victory over Spooky’s Pizza Thursday night at Sorosis Park.

June 29, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Bass ends college career with academic awards

The Dalles High School graduate Savannah Bass called her experience at Big Bend Community College a crazy ride. It was filled with athletic achievements on the volleyball court, where she earned the team’s Defensive Player of the Year honors. Bass, who graduated in late June with an Associates degree in Arts and Sciences, was named to the Vice President’s List and earned a Student-Athlete Academic Excellence award this past spring.

June 29, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Chronicle marks end of era

A keepsake newspaper: those editions that mark a special or historic occasion and get saved in a drawer. Perhaps today’s publication, The Dalles Chronicle’s last daily paper before a twice-weekly format begins, earns that designation.

June 29, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Thursday, June 28

McLeod tours TD cherry farm

Jamie McLeod-Skinner toured Orchard View farm near The Dalles last week, learning about cherry production from owner Bob Bailey. “We were talking about everything from business opportunities to the pressure on the industry — how the federal government can either help or get out of the way,” said the Democratic candidate for the Second Congressional District seat.

June 28, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Hustlers finding their rhythm on the field

In the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, CG Hustler rightfielder Michael Armstrong threw out four runners on the basepaths, three at first base and one at second, and smacked a solo home run in the team’s 9-8 come-from-behind, extra-inning victory at Bob Williams Field in The Dalles. “Mike has really been stepping it up this summer, which is nice to see,” CG Hustlers head coach Steve Sugg said.

June 28, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Protect your home from fire

An active fire season is anticipated east of the Cascade Mountians, and homeowners and communities can make their homes safer from wildfire by reducing flammable materials and creating more defensible space around their property.

June 28, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Jail plans complaint

The regional jail board voted last Thursday to file a bar complaint against lawyers suing the jail, concerning the handling of “discovery” in that case.

June 28, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Protester disputes narrative

The woman who protested Sunday inside a local restaurant against a regional jail employee said in a social media post that comments attributed to her were “highly inaccurate.” She said a Facebook post by Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey was “a highly inaccurate and skewed version of this encounter which directly led to death threats and calls for violence against myself and my family.”

June 28, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

A church with a view

Pastor David Woodruff is taking some guff from his congregation about having to compete with a breathtaking view from the sanctuary of the new Seventh-day Adventist Church being built.

June 28, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, June 27

Dufur Roadhouse license suspended

The liquor license of the Dufur Roadhouse was suspended for 68 days as of Monday, June 25, after the owner declined to pay a $5,940 civil penalty that would have shortened the suspension. The suspension will be lifted Sept. 1.

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

Gridiron greats join forces for one final day

Over the years, football players from Dufur and Sherman have engaged in some classic battles on the gridiron, with the teams splitting four games. Saturday in Union, Dufur standouts Curtis Crawford and Ian Cleveland, along with Sherman’s Jacob Justesen and Treve Martin, cast aside their rivalry as teammates on the East squad at the 29th annual Eight-Man Classic played Saturday.

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

CG Hustlers garner home split with Alpenrose

After Monday’s doubleheader sweep over West Linn, the Columbia Gorge Hustlers worked a two-game split versus Alpenrose, losing the opener by a 9-4 score and winning the nightcap, 18-0, in five innings Tuesday in American Legion baseball action from Bob Williams Field.

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

Letter to the Editor: Vote Long-Curtiss

To the editor: With the resignation last year of John Huffman, the residents of House District 59 have been given the opportunity of replacing John with a potentially outstanding legislator. Darcy Long-Curtiss, a native and long term resident of The Dalles, is offering to serve local residents as our representative in Salem.

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

Letter to the Editor: Barbaric practice

To the editor: Bring to mind your beloved son or daughter, your precious grandchild or niece or god-child whom you adore. Pull them into your lap, hold them in your arms, and feel their warm head snuggle into your chest. Now imagine your child being dragged out of your arms, kicking and screaming and crying out for you in panic.

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

Letter to the Editor: Lopsided column

To the editor: In Karen Wilson’s column, “Trump should be “modern day president,” she lists various statements by him that are offensive. I agree that they are offensive, juvenile and unnecessary. However, she ignores the uncalled-for vile hatred of various forms thrown at him on nearly a daily basis.

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

Air Delivery

A male Osprey brings a small fish to a nest near Celilo Park, where the female awaits.

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

New transit tax begins on July 1

PORTLAND — Oregonians may notice a new .001-percent deduction on their paystubs beginning July 1 that will largely go toward funding public transportation around the state. The new transit tax takes $1 from every $1,000 of earnings.

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

Mini Oregon in The Dalles

Sorosis Park got small on Tuesday, real small, as The Mini Oregon Society held its Mini Meet West 2018 enveloping all things “Mini Cooper,” the English auto from the ‘60s with 10-inch tires and revolutionary transverse engine with front-wheel drive.

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

Tuesday, June 26


Young 10U Stars embark on their state quest

An important component to playing district baseball games in The Dalles is that players get the chance to eat in their own homes and sleep in their own beds, instead of camping out and braving the elements. The Dalles Little League’s 10U head coach Corey Case wants to fully use that homefield advantage to the best of his team’s ability.

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

It’s a two-horse race for 11U bragging rights

The memorable district-championship run of 2017 was something for The Dalles Little League history books. As 10U All-Stars last year, TD defeated Bend North by a 9-5 margin in the title matchup and posted a 2-2 record at the Oregon State Championships for fourth-place honors.

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

12U Stars are gunning for a repeat effort

For several, if not all the members of The Dalles Little league 12U All-Stars, this is their last year to make it past districts, state, regionals and to Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Sam Shaver knows every player has even more of a sense of urgency.

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

Recreating a famous radio broadcast

Goldendale's Richard Flynn wants to build a time machine. He wants to go back to Oct. 30, 1938 - 80 years ago this October when radio was the hot new thing and millions listened to it daily. And on the evening of that date, one radio broadcast terrorized much of the country.

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

Rufus fire contained

A wildfire with unknown origins sparked Monday night southwest of Rufus and led to evacuation of 280 residents and a power outage. According to the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office, the blaze started about 9:30 p.m. June 25 and came right up to some homes.

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

Monday, June 25

Local troop help sought

“To all who shall see these presents, greetings. Know ye, People of The Dalles, that we have homefront personnel deployed in harm’s way. As we near the Fourth of July, our Independence Day, we urge all citizenry to show their appreciation for the many Freedoms America enjoys by coming forward with donations of gift and coin to care for our own,” said Marine veteran Dan Brophy in a formal declaration about the need for community help with Operation Outreach.

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

TD football opens eyes at Wildcat Camp

The Dalles football coach Steve Sugg had a chance to catch a full glimpse of his team, as 28 athletes attended the Wildcat Football Team Camp from June 17-24 on the campus of Linfield College in McMinnville.

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

Letter to the Editor: Exercise rights

To the editor: The immigration nightmare at the southern border is deplorable. This is the only country in the world that treats immigrants seeking asylum like criminals.

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

Letter to the Editor: Honor treaty

To the editor: The treatment of the Native American People has its genesis in the Northwest Ordinance of 1785, which predates our Constitution by four years. In that ordinance, the United States sets the policy to respect the rights of the populations and any taking of land and curtailment of rights was to take place only by negotiations and treaty. The federal government will take nothing by force.

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

Theatre Experience

The Dalles Theatre Company sponsored a children’s performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs this weekend at The Dalles High School Auditorium.

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

Ban of food taxes would be a first

A corporate-funded ballot measure that would block junk-food and sugary-drink taxes and freeze the state's corporate minimum tax for certain companies qualified for the Nov. 6 ballot this week. Large grocery chains — Kroger, Albertsons, Safeway and Costco — and others have contributed about $2.5 million to the political action committee attempting to make the constitutional change.

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

Jail adminstrator leaving

After three years as administrator of the regional jail, Bryan Brandenburg is resigning, the jail board learned at its June 21 meeting. He said he had planned to stay here five years, but he and his wife have a new grandchild in Alaska and he wants to be close to family.

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

Fires sweep south county

MAUPIN — Firefighters joined the Boxcar Fire burning south of Maupin with the South Junction Fire north of Madras for safety purposes Sunday. Forest Service spokeswoman Kassidy Kern said the action was taken to "decrease the risk that firefighters could get trapped between the fires and be in a compromised situation.”

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

Grass Fire Sparked in TD

A grass fire burns at 1951 Lambert St. in The Dalles, ignited by sparks from a blown fuse on a power pole, according to Chief Bob Palmer of Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue.

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

Protester disrupts restaurant

A protester disrupted a regional jail employee’s meal at a local restaurant Sunday, loudly berating him and holding up a sign objecting to the housing of immigration detainees at the jail.

June 25, 2018 2:48 p.m. read more..

Friday, June 22

Pepsi wraps up banner season with BR crown

A true testament to any championship team is how they respond when their backs are against the wall. Team Pepsi had an opening-round loss and that meant either the players were going to fold up shop or dig deeper into their souls for a resounding response. Thankfully for coach Chad Smith, his squad chose the latter.

June 22, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

14U Crush scores third place in West Linn

When standing back and observing the season, 14U Cherry City Crush coach Jeff Smith is not focused on his group’s 5-13-1 record, he is looking at the progression and the heart they have shown in several challenging tournaments.

June 22, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Heart Work

Today, Jenny Loughmiller’s home art studio in The Dalles is awash with light and vibrant color, the walls adorned with neat rows of her foot-square canvases, each with a heart theme. But two years ago, that same room was her master bedroom and one day, when she looked out one of the windows that provide so much light, all she saw was desolation.

June 22, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Boxcar fire burns near Maupin

UPDATE: 11:46 a.m., via ODOT: Central Ore.: US197 south of Maupin closed due to wildfire activity from milepost 46 - 62. Motorists should use other route. REDMOND — Two Central Oregon fires, both started by lightning Wednesday, grew significantly Thursday, drawing on local firefighting resources and requiring additional assistance/ The Boxcar Fire, which started three miles south of Maupin following lightning strikes Wednesday, moved both east and west of Highway 197 causing closures at times. A level 1 (get ready) evacuation notice was issued for areas in Maupin Wednesday night.

June 22, 2018 7:40 a.m. read more..

Thursday, June 21

Jail makes ICE policy change

In April, the regional jail stopped a practice of honoring immigration detainers for local arrestees, citing, in part, “local community concern and opposition” to housing immigration detainees. The change came days before the jail settled for $40,100 a federal lawsuit brought by a Hood River County man, Javier Esquivez Maldonado, who was held for nearly 20 hours by the jail last July on an immigration detainer after he went there solely to be booked and released, per court orders, on a misdemeanor criminal trespassing charge.

June 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Pepsi’s pitching paves way to a title berth

Last year around this time, Kade Wilson pitched his little league squad to a city championship. Wednesday, nearly a year to the day, the right-hander had the right stuff in leading Pepsi to a Babe Ruth championship berth.

June 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Restless Beauty

Recent thunder storms and clouds passing over The Dalles inspired local photographers to capture the transient beauty of sunset.

June 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Backers drop gun storage initiative

SALEM — Citing time constraints, supporters of an initiative petition to impose new storage requirements on gun owners say they won't try to put the issue before voters this year after all.

June 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Hotel project receives extension

The Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency voted 7-2 Tuesday to extend negotiations for a national brand hotel at First and Union streets by 120 days. That move was made to provide more time for the agency and developer to get a confidentiality agreement in place that protects financial data.

June 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

HR County adopts local identity cards

Public meetings typically draw a crowd for one item on the agenda, but Monday’s Hood River County Board of Commissioners meeting saw large groups speak to a pair of items that dominated the three-and-half hour session. Short-term rentals and the county Identification Card resolution — two of a record nine public hearings on the agenda — collectively drew about 20 people giving testimony. One speaker pointed to an intersection of the two topics.

June 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Amateur radio Sat. at Sorosis

Members of Wasco Amateur Radio Services will participate in the national Radio Field Day exercise Saturday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Sorosis Park in The Dalles.

June 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, June 20

Four Huskies pick up all-state baseball spots

MORO – Playing alongside state champion athletes Jacob Justesen and Treve Martin made Bradley Moe a better all-around player. The recent Sherman High School graduate recently had his name called as one of four players from the Husky baseball program as members of the 2A/1A Oregon Baseball Coaches Association 2018 All-State Team.

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

TD swim team gets set for summer season

The countdown is on the for the official start of the summer swim campaign. From Friday-through-Sunday, The Dalles swim team sounds the bell on 2018 with the 67th annual Ted Walker Invitational at the North Wasco County Aquatics Center.

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

Letter to the Editor: Horrifying policy

To the editor: Regardless of anyone's individual views on immigration, the horrendous policy of the current presidential administration, approved by President Trump and being carried out by Chief-of-Staff John Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Sessions under his supervision, to tear children from the arms of their asylum-seeking parents, is cruel and un-American.

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

WA men recall three weeks with Kennedy

YAKIMA — For probably most Americans, June 6 came and went quietly. Even for Alonzo Marquez of Yakima and Richard Hernandez of Moses Lake. Marquez, raised in Outlook, and Hernandez, who grew up in Mabton, were with Sen. Robert “Bobby” Kennedy just hours before he was assassinated on June 4, 1968.

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

Cooling Jets

Jeremiah Muma, 3, plays with a jet of water shooting up from the ground in the splash park at Thompson Park, momentarily blocking the jet of cool water with his hand.

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

Court asked to toss tax legislation

SALEM — A state senator filed suit Tuesday against the state, governor and legislative leaders claiming a controversial tax bill the Legislature passed earlier this year is unconstitutional.

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

Media heads explain Chronicle changes

The Dalles Chronicle office is a blur of activity these days as employees ready for a move and map out content for a twice-weekly publication. “There is definitely a lot of change going on right now and it’s exciting but also a little hectic,” said Publisher Chelsea Marr.

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

Tuesday, June 19

12U Crush cruises to Father’s Day crown

With the temperature rising close to the 90s, there was nothing going to cool off the streaking 12U Cherry City Crush softball squad. The group posted a .435 team batting average and scored 56 runs, and the pitching duo of Kennedy Abbas and Zoe LeBreton limited the opposition to 13 runs, 10 earned, on 21 hits with 34 strikeouts, as the Crush cruised to a 5-0 record and championship honors at the two-day Father’s Day Tournament ending Sunday in West Linn.

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

Community school charter approved

The D21 school board voted unanimously last Thursday to sponsor Wahtonka Community School as a charter school. Now comes the delicate work of the budgetary hand-over from the district to the new school.

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

Independent Party threatens legal action

SALEM — The Independent Party of Oregon has threatened legal action if organizers of several upcoming gubernatorial debates exclude their nominee, Patrick Starnes. "I hope we don't have to come to court; I would rather just come to the debates," Starnes said Monday, June 18.

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

Fighting on the front lines with Station 8

Fire season is back in Oregon. Too soon, it seems, for residents still recovering from last year’s devastating Eagle Creek Fire. In the aftermath, many residents have banded together to work on helping the Gorge heal and shown how deeply the community is affected by the wellbeing of its landscape — just like Colorado, environmental journalist Heather Hansen says.

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

OR forest land changes sought

SALEM — Oregon's Department of State Lands is looking into whether other entities, including counties or private companies, could manage certain state trust forests more cheaply than the state Department of Forestry.

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

Monday, June 18

VA honors Vietnam vets

Marvin Elsberry, a Navy veteran, was touched to be among Vietnam veterans who received a commemorative lapel pin last week for his service. However, he said being given the award did not wipe away the memories of abuse heaped on troops when they returned home.

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

Gun control ballot title legally challenged

Three legal challenges were filed this week against the ballot title for an initiative petition to impose storage requirements on Oregon gun owners. The court challenge drastically shortens the time supporters have to gather signatures to get Initiative Petition 44 on the ballot, but they are publicly optimistic about the effort.

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

Hops & Hogs

A visiting princess surprises children at Saturday’s Hops & Hogs Fest. She came with Fun Jumpers LLC., who also provided bounce houses and other fun activities. The inaugural Hops & Hogs Fest BBQ competition organized by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce and Sedition Brewing Company brought a plethora of competitors from all over the Gorge.

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

All-Stars put a bow on basketball careers

Basketball players from across the state had one final time to wear their school colors at the two-day 1A Oregon Basketball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Series Tournament this past weekend in Sisters. Dufur’s Chloe Beeson and South Wasco County’s Allie Noland were part of an East girls’ team that picked up two wins over the West for top honors, while the Sherman duo of Jacob Justesen and Treve Martin played to a 1-1 record, losing in the championship to the High Desert and Old Oregon League combination for runner-up status.

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

Letter to the Editor: Editorial laugh

To the editor: Your recent editorial almost made me laugh. That's rich to complain about a lack of civility from your readers when you regularly use The Dalles Chronicle as a bully pulpit.

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

Letter to the Editor: Support plan

To the editor: In 2017, I was proud to be one of The Dalles citizens to participate in North Wasco County School District’s Facility Planning Committee. I hope you will join me in supporting the school facilities replacement plan and embrace its guiding principles. Our community needs school buildings that serve modern education needs and positively reflect the future of our community.

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

Panel rules against DA

A state bar panel imposed a one-month suspension of Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley’s law license, after ruling he’d made a false statement to the bar. He plans to appeal.

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

Sunday, June 17

Fire impacts six in White Salmon

Fire impacts six in White Salmon Disaster response staff with the Cascade Region American Red Cross responded to a home fire the evening of Friday, June 15 in the 200 block of Loop Rd, in White Salmon. The fire affected six, including three adults, three children and multiple pets.

June 17, 2018 9:19 a.m. read more..

Friday, June 15

Eight years of 'Sunshine'

Molli Martin, co-owner of Sunshine Mill, prefers to work behind the scenes while her husband and daughter handle public presentations and media inquiries, but this year is different. In March, the Martins paid off a nearly $540,000 land sale agreement after seven years and received title to the iconic property on the east end of town. The achievement is cause for celebration, said Martin, who wants to share the family’s success with the community.

June 15, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TDLL names off its three All-Star squads

The Dalles Little League has enjoyed a solid hold on District 5 Tournament dominance over the past few years and fielded three all-star teams this year that have visions of continuing that successful trend. Last weekend at Kramer Field, league commissioner Nickie Hage announced the 12U, 11U and 10U squads and their coaches, and those groups will be on full display in front of their home crowd for a week of pool play and bracket contests.

June 15, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Need realism

To the editor: "Better to jaw jaw than war war,” Winston Churchill. Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un is a potentially positive step in moving away from military conflict with North Korea. At the same time, we must be realistic about outcomes.

June 15, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: What’s next?

To the editor: Diane Weston, your recent letter to the editor “hit the nail right on the head.” What’s next? I have been a loyal Chronicle reader since 1958.

June 15, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Walden award

To the editor: In today’s “right on” or “left out” news coverage, I’m pleased to unload this bulletin: The American Life Sciences Innovation Council (ALSIC) has given Congressman Greg Walden the “2018 Champion of Healthcare Innovation Award.”

June 15, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Thursday, June 14

Mom Prom returns for Jase

After a year off, Mom Prom is back June 30 to benefit Jase Gibson, an infant from Dufur fighting a rare type of cancer called neuroblastoma.

June 14, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

‘Learning communities’ aid students

Attending college can be a challenge. Personal finance, time management, language barriers and life’s everyday stresses sometimes lead students to drop classes or quit college entirely. That’s where “learning communities” help make a crucial difference — students discover they don’t have to face these challenges alone

June 14, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Crush scores 2nd at Donald Duck Tourney

Mother Nature played a role in last weekend’s Donald Duck Birthday Tournament. Saturday and Sunday in Newberg/Salem, the 10U Cherry City crush softball squad cruised to a 4-0 record, but rain washed out the championship game, so head coach Roger Hoylman and the players showed a gesture of sportsmanship in deciding to give the first-place trophy to the Sherwood Fireballs and the Crush took home runner-up honors.

June 14, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Study: A fifth of rural OR kids in poverty

SALEM — More than 20 percent of children in rural Oregon live in poverty, a new study finds. A report from Save the Children places Oregon 24th among states in terms of how its rural children are faring economically.

June 14, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Gorge transit routes celebrated Saturday

Car-free travel throughout the Columbia River Gorge just became a lot easier. Starting June 11, CAT officially began Monday-Friday service on four fixed routes: One that makes the trip between Hood River and The Dalles about eight times a day, another that goes from Hood River to Cascade Locks about seven times a day, one between Hood River City and Upper Valley that makes about nine roundtrips a day, and one in Downtown Hood River that offers about 12 roundtrips a day.

June 14, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Investigative series turns lens on AmeriTies

A three-part series this week first looked at the AmeriTies West tie plant operations and then at what the plant has done to address odor complaints concerning naphthalene. Today, it recaps an investigative series by the Cascadia Times that says residents in The Dalles are breathing toxic air.

June 14, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, June 13

Crawford and Beeson named Rangers of the Year

DUFUR – Recent Dufur High School graduates Curtis Crawford and Chloe Beeson were stalwarts in every sport they played. Last week at Dufur High School, athletic director and superintendent Jack Henderson served as the Master of Ceremonies in the school’s year-end awards banquet and presented awards and scholarships to several students and athletes. Crawford and Beeson were each presented with Ranger of the Year awards for their standout 2017-2018 sports seasons.

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

Nañez is Alabama-bound for DYW event

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of emotion and accomplishment for Jessika Nañez. And while her competitive dance and cheer days are over, The Dalles High School graduate is gearing up for another competition 2,559 miles away in Mobile, Ala. for the 61st Distinguished Young Women National Finals on June 28, 29 and 30 at the Mobile Civic Center Theater.

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

Letter to the Editor: Stay on own side

To the editor: Recent observations make me question the thought patterns of someone who pedals their two-wheeler as fast as they can down a country road while cutting full over into the lane of oncoming traffic.

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

‘Hail to the Jeep’

The Columbia Gorge Veterans Museum invites community members to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday by visiting the “Hail to the Jeep” car show with dad.

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

Students learn to be ‘Internet awesome’

Students at The Dalles Middle School learned Tuesday how to be “Internet awesome” during an Online Safety Roadshow developed by Google. The program has been touring the country for five years and has presented in every state, said team leader Matt Thielen.

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

AmeriTies seeks to be good neighbor

A three-part series this week first looked at the AmeriTies West tie plant operations. Today’s second installment focuses on what the plant has done address to odor complaints concerning naphthalene. Tomorrow’s story recaps an investigative series by the Cascadia Times that says residents in The Dalles are breathing toxic air.

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

Vintage quilt sale Saturday June 16

A unique Vintage Quilt Festival is scheduled this Saturday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.,at the High Prairie Community Center, 701 Struck Road, just off Centerville highway outside of Lyle. Over 70 vintage quilts will be on display, and all are available for sale through raffles, a silent auction and direct sale. Festival-goers will also enjoy live music throughout the day. Food, craft and other vendors will be available.

June 13, 2018 9:50 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, June 12

Bohn’s Printing battles back for minors crown

Bohn’s Printing and Griffith Motors traded leads throughout Saturday’s classic minors-division slugfest. But, Bohn’s Printing erased a 7-6 sixth-inning deficit with two runs, capped by a walk-off run scored on a wild pitch by Dominic Cotterill in an 8-7 victory.

June 12, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Chef Club scores 3rd

The newly formed The Dalles High School Chef Club brought home a third place trophy from a cooking competition in Bend in mid-May.

June 12, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Plant treats up to 1M ties annually

A three-part series this week first looks at the AmeriTies West plant operations and then at what is being done to address odor complaints concerning naphthalene. Finally, it recaps an investigative series by the Cascadia Times that says residents in The Dalles are breathing toxic air.

June 12, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Dry Hollow traffic calming demo ends Wednesday

Dry Hollow traffic calming demo ends Wednesday The eight-day temporary traffic calming demonstration project at the Dry Hollow Elementary School will be completed Wednesday, June 13. The purpose of the project was to test the effectiveness of a number of potential traffic calming measures to improve student and traffic safety during the busy drop-off and pick-up times at the school, to develop data on the viability of various traffic modifications and to give an opportunity for users and residents to provide feedback regarding the project, according to a news release from the City of The Dalles.

June 12, 2018 1:17 p.m. read more..

Monday, June 11


NFHS to offer online tutorials

INDIANAPOLIS, IN. (NFHS) — In an ongoing effort to educate high school coaches, student-athletes and parents regarding all aspects of concussions, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have revised the free “Concussion in Sports” online course available on the NFHS Learning Center at

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

Jumpstart camp still has spots available

Starting at 9 a.m. and running until 3 p.m. starting on Monday, June 25 to Friday, June 29, the Jumpstart Basketball Camp will start its 25th season of giving youths from grades 2-9 the opportunity to hone in on their hoops attributes in a five-day event at Dufur High School.

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

Hustlers capture third at opening tourney

While players on the Columbia Gorge Hustlers admit there are plenty of improvements to make, going 3-2 and placing third overall in their opening tournament is a good place to start. In those five American Legion contests, the Hustlers racked up 35 runs on 53 hits for a team batting average of .333, capping the three-day Ashlee Hodgen Memorial Tournament in Pendleton with a 15-3 mercy-ruled victory over the Hermiston Heat.

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

Letter to the Editor: Israel is a visual sign

To the editor: Instead of having contempt and hatred for the Jew and Israel, an intelligent and honest man would see them as the “sign” they were given for. A clear obvious sign any man can see. That is what Israel is … a sign to the Gentile.

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Letter to the Editor: Want to read paper

To the editor: I totally agree with Diana Weston's letter to the editor. There is something to reading a paper in your hand. It's a 'time out' to relax and catch up on the local news.

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

Embracing the ‘Blue Zones’

Summit Bohannon, a 20-something who lives in The Dalles, has fully embraced the social aspect of the Blue Zones Project and has set up four different weekly get-togethers around various activities, from music to just hanging out and picking up trash.

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Friday, June 8


From this day forward

The Sherman County Historical Museum has a new display this summer — “From This Day Forward: A Wedding Exhibit — and it’s one that continues to grow. “We invited the community to participate in this exhibit by bringing photos to be placed on the wedding bulletin board,” explained Executive Director Patti Fields.

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Hustlers forging their way to prominence

With the start of summer baseball underway, the telltale sign of whether the Columbia Gorge Hustlers are ready to take that next step lies in mindset. Dalles Seufalemua and Ben Nelson feel like the offense, defense and pitching is there, but to challenge for a postseason spot, it all lies between the ears.

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Thursday, June 7

No attempted abduction, say authorities

Investigation has revealed that what was thought to be an attempted abduction of a student was in fact a clerical error, according to a press release Thursday afternoon from the City of The Dalles police and the North Wasco County School District. “It is a relief that this event is a simple mistake and not a more ominous event,” the release said.

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Athletes honored at Sports Awards banquet

Completing his first year as athletic director of The Dalles High School, Matt Morgan gave credit and offered praise to several people who have made his job easier as he transitioned into his demanding role. Wednesday evening at The Dalles Middle School, Morgan, athletic department secretary Alyson Vennewitz, along with coaches Steve Sugg, Bob Thouvenel and Jim Taylor presented plaques to award recipients.

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City funds fireworks, downtown promotion

The Dalles City Council will review the proposed 2018-19 fiscal year budget Monday that includes $35,000 for next year’s fireworks display organized by the Fort Dalles Fourth Committee and $50,000 for The Dalles Main Street programs. Also included in the budget is $15,000 requested by the Fort Dalles Fourth for The Dalles Mural Society, the nonprofit that umbrellas the committee so that donors can receive a tax break.

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CGCC students may get tuition discount

Full-time students at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) may soon get a discount on tuition. The college proposes to incentivize full-time enrollment with the “15th Credit and Above Free” concept, under which the school would only charge a student tuition for their first 14 credit hours per term and any additional credits, up to 20 per term, would be tuition-free.

June 7, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Outdoor Beauty

A native lupine blooms in the foothills overlooking the Columbia River near The Dalles.

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Hattenhauers break with the norm

Alex Hattenhauer said he had several ideas in mind with the Second Street Market. He wanted to make the entrance to the Port of The Dalles attractive while at the same time giving his customers an exceptional experience. He also likes beer. The convenience store, across the street from Casa El Mirador, accomplishes all three.

June 7, 2018 2:53 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, June 6

Fake ‘parent’ call alarms officials

UPDATE: No attempted abduction, say authorities Investigation has revealed that what was thought to be an attempted abduction of a student was in fact an error, according to a press release Thursday afternoon from the City of The Dalles police and the North Wasco County School District. Investigation of the suspected attempted abduction has revealed that there was no attempted abduction, the release stated. Instead, parents of two different students called the school within minutes of each other and the message intended for one student was accidentally sent to another student, authorities said. The message directed the wrong student to walk to the location of Great and Small Day Care where the student was to remain until the parent could pick that child up. “It is a relief that this event is a simple mistake and not a more ominous event,” the release said. The City and district also expressed their appreciation for the publics assistance and that of the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police.

June 6, 2018 4:31 p.m. read more..

Parents praise charter school plan for WCS

Shirley Harris could never get through to her academically struggling granddaughter, but the teachers at Wahtonka Community School could, she said in emotional testimony to the D21 school board last week. Now, her granddaughter is at the top of her class, and “she’s thinking about going to college.”

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Dufur shooters take aim on the state field

DUFUR – Competing against parents and Dufur High School student athletes, Dufur School District principal Leo Baptiste claimed two victories in six heats of Annie Oakley competition. Baptiste joined the Dufur High School clay target team and their parents for a barbecue potluck and competition on the property of Stan Ashbrook in what lead advisor Robert Wallace said was a family fun day for the kids ahead of state competition on Saturday, June 23 in Hillsboro.

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Antique Auto Tour set July 14

The ninth annual Antique Auto Tour will be held July 14, with antique vehicles traveling from Hood River to Rowena Crest on the Historic Columbia River Highway state trail. The pedestrian and bicycle trail is generally closed to vehicles.

June 6, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Fire for the Fourth

Firefighters with the Dallesport Fire Department burn grass and debris at the old ferry landing across the Columbia River from Union Street. The burn provided training opportunities, and removed debris at the site, which is popular as a private firework launch place on the Fourth of July.

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Vets invited to voice concerns

Veterans utilizing services through the Portland health care network are invited to meet top leaders and voice concerns at a listening session Thursday, June 14, in The Dalles. Dan Brophy, a local Marine veteran of Vietnam, has been distributing flyers and trying to get the word out to other veterans that this is a golden opportunity for them to let VA (Veterans Administration) officials know what is working for them and what is not.

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Letter to the Editor: Sincere gratitude

To the editor: Thank You!! The board of directors and staff members of ABC Huskies Child Care would like to express sincere gratitude to the many volunteers who contributed to the success of the 2018 Wasco Memorial Weekend Country Breakfast.

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Letter to the Editor: Racial malice

To the editor: It took some genuine Republicans to end slavery, desegregate our schools, and found the EPA. Today they are blithely casting off whole paragraphs of our constitutional ideals in favor of avarice and racist cruelty.

June 6, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Reeling in success

Big Y Fly Company provides hand-tied fishing flies to fisherman around the world. The business started as a side job for the owner but it grew into something bigger.

June 6, 2018 1:44 p.m. read more..

What is the SBDC?

This month's Small Business Development Center column talks about what the business development center is and how it can help small businesses.

June 6, 2018 1:25 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, June 5

Transit to expand in Columbia area

Columbia Area Transit (CAT) will expand coverage beginning June 11 to include an intercity service between Hood River and The Dalles, along with fixed routes in Hood River between Upper Valley and Rosauers and between Cascade Locks and the Hood River port transfer site.

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Tours offered of Cloud Cap Inn

In cooperation and partnership with the Hood River Crag Rats Mountain Rescue Organization, the Hood River Ranger District will once again be hosting free interpretive tours of historic Cloud Cap Inn.

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New hoops changes announced

PORTLAND – An exception to the backcourt violation and a clarification regarding specifications of the ball comprise the changes approved for the 2018-19 high school basketball season.

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Athletics East breaks through in opener

The Athletics East track group broke the seal on the Junior Olympic slate with a solid opening performance at the two-day Portland Track Festival this past weekend at Liberty High School in Hillsboro. While facing male and female runners from 49 other clubs ranging in ages from eight and under through 18, Conor Blair, Emily Johnson, Vivian Harrah and Liz Tapia either matched or surpassed their personal records and combined for a handful of top-5 finishes, as this marked the first year AE athletes participated in field events.

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Bonham pushes to break poverty cycle

Rep. Daniel Bonham, R-The Dalles, is part of a workgroup of legislators age 40 and under who are looking at issues to tackle that matter most to younger Oregonians, including prison reform and early childhood development.

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Mozart, Mostly

The Cascade Singers performed “Mostly Mozart” at Zion Luthern Church in The Dalles Saturday and Monday. The selection included Missa Brevis in F Major, Mozart Kanons and Organ Fatasia in F Minor.

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Monday, June 4


TD track program doles out its team awards

The Dalles track and field team broke through during the spring season under head coach Garth Miller with an increase in district champions and state qualifiers. With these highlights, the Riverhawks can now move ahead with their solid core of returners and newcomers to take the program to newer heights. At the team’s year-end banquet held last Wednesday at The Dalles Middle School, Miller announced league, state and team awards for his standouts.

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

12U Crush claims Tormaschy Tourney title

The 12U Cherry City Crush ended pool play at 1-2 and capped Saturday’s action on the wrong end of an 18-3 mercy-ruled loss against Wenatchee, Wash. On Sunday, however, the Crush rebounded with fire, as they motored past Selah and Yakima in bracket action by a combined 25-6 margin to stake claim to first place in the silver division of the Tormaschy Memorial Tournament this past weekend in Selah.

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Letter to the Editor: Electronic paper

To the editor: On the Editorial page in the May 29 paper, we are informed about the latest "update" coming soon. The story cites the fact that many subscribers are very pleased to access the news online, so they don't have to wait until the daily paper arrives. How many of those subscribers live out of town in another state? What is the percentage of "likes" to "don't likes?"

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

Despite legal threat, union is optimistic

A case being contemplated by the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn mandatory public sector union dues, but Oregon unions think the blow could be mostly temporary. Oregon's public sector labor unions are bracing for an unfavorable ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on a case that could strike down mandatory public sector union dues that support collective bargaining here and in other states.

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Rutledge region’s Teacher of Year

Matt Rutledge, a fourth/fifth grade teacher at Mosier Community School, was named 2019 Regional Teacher of the Year for the North Central region, receiving a $500 cash prize and a candidacy for Oregon’s 2019 Teacher of the Year.

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

Surprise citation shows appreciation

Nancy Cantrell of The Dalles was surprised to recently get a certificate of appreciation from President Donald Trump’s administration for the military service of her late husband, Thurman Doyle Cantrell Jr.

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Ready to Graduate — Again

New Marine Brayden Anderson is greeted with enthusiasm by his mother, Jennifer, and sister, Courtney, after three months of basic training that limited family communication. Anderson graduated from boot camp last Friday at Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego, Calif., with his family present.

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Friday, June 1

A life in law enforcement

Back in high school, Dan Nelson will tell you, he certainly wouldn’t have been voted most likely to become a police officer. Steve Baska, who later become his captain at The Dalles Police Department, remembered spotting young Nelson one day, sporting an 11½ inch green Mohawk on top of his lanky 6-foot-5-inch frame, and thinking, “Who is that freak?” But after five years in the military, Nelson joined the department and became the kind of officer people requested by name.

June 1, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

History programs continue

The Wasco County Historical Society will host five additional historical programs this summer. All programs are free, although donations are welcome, and refreshments are available.

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Huskies notch seven on all-league squad

MORO – Over the last three years, the Sherman Huskies have secured their spot as one of the state’s premier baseball programs. In that span, the team is 51-19 overall and 29-8 in league, while outscoring opposing teams by a 637-348 margin with state quarterfinal berths in 2017 and 2018. This spring, Sherman went 16-4 and amassed a perfect 9-0 record in league, so it was a given that the all-league list would be dominated by Husky players.

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Letter to the Editor: Touching letter

To the editor: In response to Laura Morris Comini’s letter: When I read about this wonderful tribute that Mr. Clyde Beard, an honorable man who served in 1950 as high school principal, paid to student Jim Comini, a military man and to five other military men who lost their lives, I was deeply touched.

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