To the editor: Gun control starts with self-control. My heart cries for the loss of life, whether it be at the hands of one or by accident. But there is no excuse for the actions of an undisciplined youth. Educate the public rather than allow propaganda to call for gun control.March 30, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I have been shocked and appalled by the vicious verbal attacks on the students of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School and schools across our country as they stand up and speak out on gun violence. These students have every right to speak out and have the moral authority to do so: they have lived daily with the threat of gun violence in their schools.March 30, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
The Dalles softball team were back at work in Hillsboro during spring break and salvaged an opening-day split at the Glencoe Tournament Thursday, with a 6-4 loss to Canby and an 11-4 triumph over Aloha in varsity action at Hillsboro Stadium.March 30, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I agree with Mr. Brophy on every point (letter March 27) concerning the July 4 festivities in The Dalles. Our country celebrates independence from a tyrannical ruler (Britain) on July 4, not just an arbitrary date to have an excuse for a parade and party.March 30, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
While many of the faces are new and the skill sets varied amongst the group of 38, The Dalles girls’ tennis program plans to use the 2018 season as a launching pad for greater accomplishments in the future. TD head coach Debby Jones is not shying away from the task of teaching her team of one senior, 10 juniors and 27 underclassmen; however, she and assistant coach Chelsea Gay are ready to roll up their sleeves to get this program back to the level it was in the past few years.March 29, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
As the only local chess players to advance to the state level, The Dalles students Trace Larson and Noah Holloran made sure to put their best foot forward. The duo garnered two wins apiece against challenging individuals for top-6 finishes at the Chess For Success State Tournament held on March 9-10 in Portland.March 29, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
A new building at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport may be named for Nolan Young, former city manager of The Dalles, as recognition for his success at securing more than $14 million in state and federal funds for projects.March 29, 2018 12:57 p.m. read more..
Florida educator Dr. Marta Yera-Cronin will be the next president of Columbia Gorge Community College. Yera-Cronin is currently vice president of academic affairs at Indian River State College, Port St. Lucie, Fla. She received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Sarasota, Fla.March 28, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
The Dalles baseball team had the rare opportunity to travel outside of Oregon for some non-league contests and went winless in two games on Monday and Tuesday in Arizona. Monday’s first matchup against Chandler was a 9-5 heartbreaker, but Tuesday, the Riverhawks had no answers for Tualatin, as 17 hits, 11 walks and six errors opened the door for a 27-1 mercy-ruled loss to Tualatin.March 28, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
With one promising outing in the books, The Dalles equestrian team had a chance to build off that and came through with third place in the small teams division in District Oregon High School Equestrian Team (OHSET) action from March 16-18 at Powell Butte. Even without McKenzie Shaw, the freestyle fours drill team added Andrew Richman to the list and never skipped a beat, as Richman, Tate Howell, Summer Kendall, Jaeden Biehn and Richman captured first place for the second meet in a row.March 28, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
To the editor: At the risk of stepping on somebody’s toes, I would like to respond to Sherry Bird’s March 11 letter regarding dogs in public places. I do not have a problem with that, if they behave well. But I had an incident at Home Depot where a dog on an extended leash came right up to my heels, and snarled at me. I did not know he was there and he scared the daylights out of me. They immediately jerked on his leash, but I thought I had been had — The Big One!March 28, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I agree 100 percent with USMC Capt. (retired) Dan Brophy about protesting the July 4 fireworks display taking place on June 30. Today, more and more things are being skewed to meet someone’s benefit, either monetarily or for social gain. This is wrong.March 28, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
To celebrate the 180th year since the founding of the Methodist Mission in The Dalles, the Masonic Lodge and the First United Methodist Church will hold an Easter sunrise service at Pulpit Rock. The service at Pulpit Rock — 12th and Court streets, immediately south of The Dalles High School — begins at 6:30 a.m. on April 1. The public is welcome to attend, and other local congregations and United Methodist churches throughout the area have been invited.March 28, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Over years of effort, officials have developed fine-tuned plans for responding to an emergency at any school in Wasco County. Emergency planning has been a longstanding endeavor in the county, but it took on a particular urgency and more of a school focus after a pair of tragedies in December 2012, Superintendent Candy Armstrong told the North Wasco County School District 21 board last week.March 28, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
With one final chance to put up a captivating performance, The Dalles swim team did not disappoint. At the season-ending Oregon City Spring Forward Meet held on March 10-11, the local group racked up 12 top-5 finishes, including a team-best second-place output by Lydia DiGennaro in the 100-meter butterfly, a third out of Kendall Webber and fourths from Salma Ladkani and Sky Coburn.March 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
A state civil rights investigation of The Dalles High School, triggered by a gender imbalance in students enrolled in career classes, has the superintendent worried about costs to fix problems found. The two-day on-site investigation, which also included Wahtonka Community School, was comprehensive, including looking at handicapped accessibility issues, which are extensive at the aging high school.March 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Wasco County Commissioner Rod Runyon questioned Hood River County’s ability to decline paying for the juvenile detention facility, saying that was a decision for the regional jail board, not the county. Runyon said a headline in a March 20 Chronicle article, “HR County may ditch juvenile jail,” was a misnomer.March 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., held a press conference Monday to brief reporters about restoration of a compensation program for rural counties hurt by logging cutbacks and other benefits in the $1.3 trillion funding package adopted last week. “I think we got some great wins for Oregon and for the country,” he said.March 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Racing fans had a chance to get up close and personal with many of the top harriers in the gorge at last weekend’s Wheatfield 3k, 8k and half-marathon run/walk held Saturday at Petersburg School in The Dalles, and they were not disappointed, as 59 participants put on a good show across three distances.March 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Following a somewhat rocky dress-rehearsal, Last Supper director Erich Dorzab told the Last Days of Jesus cast, “even if it’s not in the script, the Holy Spirit will give you the words to say.” As the Last Days of Jesus pageant celebrates its 40th anniversary, the cast and crew reflect on how the four-day pageant depicting the last week of Jesus’ life has impacted their own lives in remarkable ways.March 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I am a Vietnam veteran who received a battlefield commission because the Marines were looking for men with experience on the ground during a 1965 deployment. I will never walk again because I stepped up to serve my country, but at least I made it home. It is absolutely egregious to me, as a combat veteran, to have our Fourth of July fireworks display being held on another day because it is economically more advantageous.March 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
To the editor: The etymology of the word “gun” is a compound of gunnr and hildr, both meaning “war.” How can people who belong to the greatest war power the world has ever known stay safe from domestic gun violence? Unless Americans can gain control of their tolerance for war, domestic gun violence will never fade away on its own.March 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
The Dalles Blue Zones project recently updated the Wasco County Board of County Commissioners about several projects in the works to meet their goal of engaging 15 percent of the community, age 15 and up, by the end of three years. Other goals for the three-year program include enacting both short and long-term community policies concerning the manmade environment, food and tobacco.March 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Steamed after a heartbreaking, one-run loss to Homedale, ID., the Sherman Huskies took their frustrations out on Nyssa in a 13-0 mercy-ruled drubbing in final-day baseball action at the 2018 Iron Triangle Tournament Saturday in John Day.March 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND (OSAA) – Ten rules revisions in cheer and dance which focus on minimizing risk to participants, along with 10 changes in the definitions section, are among the high school spirit rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Spirit Rules Committee at its March 2-4 meeting in Indianapolis.March 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
The Dalles golfer Tyler Vassar is familiar with taking home medalist awards, as he captured back-to-back Indian creek Invitational titles as a freshman and sophomore. Friday, he scored another medalist crown, but did so in impressive fashion with a one-under par 70, 12 strokes ahead of teammate Aidan Telles at the Riverhawk Invitational at The Dalles Country Club.March 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
The Dalles head coach Amy Wilson knew her team could improve their collective scores. A few days of practice cemented her claims. From Tuesday’s tournament-opening score of 521, The Dalles girls’ golf team combined to drop 33 strokes off its total for a 488 and third-place honors at the Big River Invitational in Umatilla.March 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
First-year varsity golfers Jonathan Snodgrass, Spencer Taylor and David Adams had a touch of nerves at the start of Thursday’s Big River Invitational. Snodgrass carded a 104, Taylor finished his tournament at 120, and Adams came through with his 124, to follow up Tyler Vassar, who placed second overall after a 76, and Aidan Telles placed third overall with his 81 to give The Dalles fourth place in Umatilla.March 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I hope Gov. Kate Brown vetoes Senate Bill 1528 but a part of me would love to hear her reason for signing it. The state's own revenue forecast predicts a surplus of $145 million for our current state budget — and that was when state economists were factoring in a full connection to recent changes in federal tax law.March 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
With a pair of victories in his back pocket from the Mullen-Leavitt Invitational, The Dalles standout Justin Conklin improved on his times and heights against much stiffer competition this time around for first-place outputs in the high jump and 110-meter hurdles at the Sherwood Opener Wednesday at Sherwood High School.March 22, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
As the crowd gathered for the 11th annual St. Patrick’s Day River Trail run/walk, many of the runners knew the competition was going to be tough. Former high school standouts, collegiate athletes and state champions such as Randall Jones, Greg Glesener, Luke Conklin and Ben Iremonger, to name a few, were part of the cast of 107 characters gathered at Lewis and Clark Park last Saturday, ready to try their best to claim top status.March 22, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
NEWPORT — The 700-pound sea lion blinked in the sun, sniffed the sea air and then lazily shifted to the edge of the truck bed and plopped onto the beach below. Freed from the cage that carried him to the ocean, the massive marine mammal shuffled into the surf, looked left, looked right and then began swimming north as a collective groan went up from wildlife officials who watched from the shore. After two days spent trapping and relocating the animal designated #U253, he was headed back to where he started — an Oregon river 130 miles from the Pacific Ocean that's become an all-you-can-eat fish buffet for hungry sea lions.March 22, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Entering its second year in The Dalles, Bridges to Change intends to greatly expand its existing program to help people released from jail and prison reintegrate into society. In 2017, the nonprofit opened its first house on 11th Street in The Dalles, offering sobriety programs, job services, community building and lifeskills.March 22, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
The Dalles High School junior Natalie Varland read the bi-lingual Spanish book she wrote to some second graders at Colonel Wright Elementary, then asked: “Did I pronounce everything right?” She had. For eight years now, TDHS Spanish teacher Brian Greeley has had his students create their own 10-12 page illustrated bi-lingual children’s stories, which they then read to younger students at Colonel Wright.March 22, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Ana Popchock picked up a personal record of 16-feet-8-inches to take first place in the long jump and Madisen Davis had a top toss of 116-11 for top billing as the South Wasco County girls’ track team rattled off 54 points to take first place at the Condon-Wheeler Relays Wednesday at Condon High School.March 22, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Students from around the Gorge took part in the fifth annual Google Wind Challenge on Saturday, March 17 at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center in The Dalles. This year, more than 190 students from 16 local high schools and middle schools competed to build the competition’s top turbines.March 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Three juveniles and one adult were all charged with second-degree assault and first-degree robbery for the beating of a teen Monday afternoon that left the youth unconscious. The caller reported a “student” was beat up with a “large stick,” according to the log.March 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
The sixth year of the Sunsational Charm Trail is being launched by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce with the American Empress now onboard. Lisa Farquharson, executive director of the chamber, said the cruise ship has agreed to carry the starter bracelet, display and brochures in its gift store.March 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
The Dalles baseball team tallied six hits, six walks and a hit batter, but stranded six runners on base, four in scoring position, and had two runners thrown out at third base in Tuesday’s 5-4 loss at No. 11-ranked Ridgeview.March 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
As an inexperienced freshman on the varsity golf circuit, Samantha Stansbury had the lowest score of her teammates and Lydia Evans finished with a 135, as The Dalles Riverhawk golfers averaged a 134.2 on the scorecards, with the top four putting up 521 strokes for sixth place at Tuesday’s Riverhawk Invitational at The Dalles Country Club.March 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Last season, The Dalles softball team needed eight games to score 43 runs and didn’t earn its first win until April 22. So far this spring, the Riverhawk bats have come alive with 44 runs scored through four games, they are already one win from matching their 2017 total and moved up to No. 5 in the 5A rankings following a 25-3 mercy-ruled dismantling of Redmond in non-league softball action Tuesday at 16th Street Ballpark.March 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
To the editor: While some of the students who attended the March 14th walkout at TDHS may have thought it was only a tribute to the 17 massacred at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, clearly the Parkland, Florida students who spearheaded this national event want more than thoughts, prayers and tributes. They want CHANGE. In any case, I am proud of ALL the students who walked out, for whatever reason.March 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
To the editor: In a 30-year teaching career, my students mattered to me. And then, on a day when young people across the country were walking out of classrooms, spending 17 minutes in honor of those 17 murdered in a school just like theirs, some of our kids felt the seriousness of the day and joined them; about the most rational, human response any of us could have had. So, what did we as adults do when the kids walked?March 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
The fifth annual Independence Day celebration in The Dalles will extend over a week, from Thursday, June 28, to Wednesday, July 4. The Fort Dalles Fourth Committee, which organizes the event, said the fireworks display will take place June 30, following a concert in the Lewis & Clark Festival Park. The Patriot’s Parade is on July 4, one of four events planned for that day.March 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Students from The Dalles entered the Oregon State VEX Robotics finals as underdogs but walked out with the championship banner and a ticket to the world championship later this spring. “This is the first time any robotics team from The Dalles has advanced to the world finals level and displays a tremendous amount of work from the students and a high quality program run at TDHS,” said Wasco County 4-H coach Lu Seapy.March 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
When the bright lights were on, The Dalles Dance Club Academy standouts Tora Timinsky, Olivia Prado and Bridget Donnell put on their best performance. At the Jump Dance Convention in Portland March 9-11, the trio received $250 scholarships to attend an upcoming dance convention invite to be held in San Diego, Calif. later this year.March 20, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Google officially opened its third building Thursday in The Dalles — the Taylor Lake data center — following the completion of its first phase of construction. To mark the occasion, the internet search giant allowed the families of its employees, referred to as “Googlers,” local government leaders and some community members a rare glimpse of its new facility.March 19, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Local golfers from the Auction Sales Co., from left to right, Shawn Wilkinson, Bill Timinsky, Ryan Vassar and Mike Jesch combined for a 19-under-par to take first place at the inaugural Columbia Gorge Hustler Golf Tournament played at The Dalles Country Club. Not pictured is Bob Perkins, of Mid-Columbia Vision.March 19, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
The Dalles softball team had an offensive explosion in its first game with an 11-5 victory and rallied for a 3-3 tie in the nightcap of Saturday’s non-league doubleheader at 16th Street Ballpark in The Dalles. Coming off a 6-5 loss earlier in the week, first-year head coach Kim Kiser liked the resiliency her group showed in its dominant opening-game effort.March 19, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Firefighters prepare to extinguish a motorhome buring on Sixth Street in the area of Bi-Mart Sunday, March 18, at 11:20 a.m. Smoke and fire were visable and the vehicle unoccupied when crews was dispatched. According to witnesses on scene, the fire began in the engine compartment. Sixth Street was closed to all traffic until the fire was out.March 19, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
To the editor: The sharp divide in our politics is a deception. In almost every issue, broad agreement exists for progressive actions. The schism is the fabrication of extreme groups perpetrated to defend their archaic philosophies.March 19, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Facing a potential $2 million budget shortfall, Hood River County has informally asked the regional jail what the fiscal impact would be if the juvenile detention facility was closed. The possibility was discussed at a budget hearing of the four-county Northern Oregon Regional Correctional facility last Wednesday.March 19, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
The VFW Post 2471 Auxiliary hosted its 29th annual Emergency Responder Appreciation Dinner Wednesday where top firefighters and law enforcement officers received certificates of commendation. “It is our honor to be honoring our emergency responders,” said Vandee Mauser, president of the Auxiliary, at the start of the program.March 16, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Seeing the negative and judgemental comments on social media regarding the 17-minute school walkout were disheartening. The 17 minutes those brave students spent was the best use of school time on Wednesday. They got a life lesson on the right of freedom of speech, the importance of compassion for others and the process of civic engagement......isn't that what we all want for our future leaders?March 16, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Toward the end of the 2017 season, Eliana Ortega found her stride on the gold course and repeatedly set new career marks. During Special District 2 Regional action last season at Eagle Crest Golf Course in Redmond, Ortega carded a personal-record of 115 on the first day and then followed that up with a 127 for a two-day total of 242 to lead the Riverhawks. “This year, I am coming in with much more confidence,” Ortega said.March 16, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Students at The Dalles High School participated in a 17-minute national walkout March 14 at 10 a.m. The date and length of the walkout were a tribute to the 17 victims who were fatally shot on Valentine’s Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Fla.March 15, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
With just four players having previous varsity experience, The Dalles girls’ tennis coach Debby Jones knew it was going to be an uphill battle against a more seasoned Redmond squad. Dalia Mondragon won her first match of the season, and three other matches were three set points from forcing tiebreakers in TD’s 7-1 loss Wednesday at The Dalles High School.March 15, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Justin Eiesland’s Dufur debut was a smashing success. The senior slugger went 4 for 5 with two doubles, a run scored and six RBIs to lead the Rangers to a 14-10 victory over 3A Riverside in varsity baseball action Tuesday from Boardman.March 15, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Facing a state-qualifying 6A Liberty, The Dalles had very little margin for error if they planned to win. The Falcons took advantage of a few late miscues to break open a 5-all tie in the bottom of the seventh inning for the 6-5 triumph Wednesday in a softball contest played at Hillsboro Stadium.March 15, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
With the help of six errors by The Dalles defense, 6A Gresham held leads of 4-1 and 6-1 in the first two innings and jumped ahead by as much as 9-1 through three and a half frames in their 11-3 varsity baseball victory Wednesday at Bob Williams Field. “We did not come ready to play in the first couple of innings,” TD head coach Steve Sugg said.March 15, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Local children with special needs will soon have the opportunity to spend some of the summer learning social, sensory-processing and motor skills—with horses. Rise & Shine, a therapeutic riding program at Camp Morrow, is for children between 4 and 12 with special needs, particularly those on the autism spectrum or with sensory-processing challenges.March 14, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
When taking over as coach at The Dalles Middle School, Nate Timmons just wanted to make a difference. With Timmons and assistant coach Josh Stahly on the sidelines this winter, the eighth-grade girls’ basketball team used its stifling defense and all-around skill set to garner wins in eight of 10 games played.March 14, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
As school projects go, it’s perhaps on the unusual side, but “Ruination,” a new strategy game created by Wahtonka Community School students, has kept nine students busy for four months now. Freshman Brandon Pentz, 14, said he’s been so absorbed by the project that he’s even working on it after school, something he normally doesn’t do.March 14, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
A new high school could have the same square footage as the current one, but with more efficient usage of space, would accommodate 25 percent more students, a consultant said last Thursday. At the first of four meetings of the high school master planning committee, architect and consultant Richard Higgins with BLRB Architects said better use of space would mean a new high school could accommodate 1,035 students, up from the 800 housed at the current high school.March 13, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Guest Editorial by Joyce Powell-MorinMarch 13, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Les Cochenour has a long and illustrious record of community — particularly military — support, of which his stint as The Dalles mayor in the 1990s is just one highlight. He and wife, Jody, are moving to Bend and a going-away party for them is set for 4 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the Portage Grill in Shilo Inn.March 13, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
17-year-old Isaak McLemore, a junior at Sherman County School, continues to impress his community as he prepares to attend a youth leadership forum in Washington D.C. focusing on national security. This is not the first time McLemore (formerly Kemp, having recently changed his last name) has participated in this type of national event.March 12, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Mercy I’aulualo wrapped up her freshman track and field season with third place in the shotput and discus events after personal-record tosses. So far in two weeks of practice under the new coaching duo of Neticia and Aleluia Fanene, I’aulualo is already hitting her marks, which is giving her the motivation to pencil herself in for state competition. “Last year really showed me that I can do what I set my mind to and that I can beat anybody that is in my way,” I’aulualo said.March 12, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
From the end of the season, a 3-2 state play-in loss to Putnam on May 19, a handful of baseball players from The Dalles High School were still active for summer and fall ball and were also in the cages over the winter getting extra swings in. That preparation was geared toward making a 2018 postseason run.March 12, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
DUFUR – The Dufur Rangers were an inning away from clinching a state championship berth. Now, without Kolbe Bales, Bailey Keever and Connor Uhalde, the Rangers are not conceding this season at all – they are even more driven to show what they are made of.March 12, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
At a Feb. 6 meeting of the Hood River Port Commission, Kevin Greenwood, project director for the replacement of the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge, invited Steve Siegel, of Siegel Consulting LLC, to guide the first Port Commission review of the draft administrative rules that would govern the public-private partnerships related to the replacement. This was the first draft of the rules that the Port of Hood River must establish, according to the Oregon State Legislature, which opened the possibility for public-private partnerships on infrastructure in 2016.March 12, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Sawyer’s customers have likely noticed some changes to the storefront — the True Value signs have all been taken down and Ace Hardware trucks can be seen pulling up out back. Last fall, Jared Sawyer struck a deal with Ace Hardware to convert the store from True Value. “I have received a lot of questions, either asking why we were going out of business or why we sold the business to Ace,” Sawyer said, “neither are happening.”March 12, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I was disappointed to read last week how Mayor Steve Lawrence and city councilors bullied Councilor Darcy Long-Curtiss during a meeting to censure her for being "negative." In most places in America, disagreeing with the mayor is just another day in democracy. Mayor Lawrence admitted to lying to a city councilor to get her into his office, and yet says we should believe him over Long-Curtiss when he denies that the council doesn't circumvent public meeting laws by working together behind closed doors.March 10, 2018 noon read more..
Jodi Thomasian and Paulina Finn were the prominent scoring options for The Dalles girls’ basketball team this season, and coaches from the Columbia River Conference had to devise game plans on how to stop this dynamic duo. Thomasian notched double figures in seven of the Riverhawks’ nine league matchups, while Finn rattled off 10 points or more in five of the seven league matchups she was active for.March 10, 2018 noon read more..
While evaluating this past winter, The Dalles boys’ basketball coach Nathan Morris liked the progress his group showed. The Riverhawks also had an increase in all-Columbia River Conference winners, from two to three, as Dakota Murr chalked up his third straight first-team award and teammates Jacob Hernandez and Josh Nisbet secured second-team honors.March 10, 2018 noon read more..
Guest Column by Peter SpiroMarch 10, 2018 noon read more..
Dr. Jenni Neahring has made a couple of stops in The Dalles during the past month as her campaign to unseat U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, a Republican, shifts into high gear. Neahring, a Democrat who resides in Bend, decided to join a crowded field of candidates for the May election. She believes her unique perspective as a palliative care physician will benefit citizens in the Second Congressional District.March 8, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Marielle Kowaleski is newish to the Gorge, having moved here two years ago, and she dropped in on the Blue Zones Project’s inaugural “Friends at Five” event to socialize. The get-together at the Blue Zones office on Klindt Drive, which is open to anyone who wishes to attend, drew just a handful of people, but Kowaleski was glad she came.March 8, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
The Dalles swim team standout Lydia DiGennaro cut more than a second from her qualifying time with an impressive mark of 27.47 seconds for 13th place in the 50-yard freestyle event at the OSI Arena 11-14 state championship meet held on Feb. 22-25 at the Osborn Aquatic Center in Corvallis.March 8, 2018 7:33 a.m. read more..
Dr. Leanne Frost is one of four finalists in the search for a new president of Columbia Gorge Community College and will be introduced with two events at The Dalles Campus Thursday, March 8, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at The Dalles Campus Lecture Hall and on Friday, March 9, 8:30 a.m., at the Hood River Campus Commons. Additional finalists will be introduced in the coming weeks: • Sara Thompson Tweedy will be introduced with two events at The Dalles Campus Monday, March 12, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at The Dalles Campus Lecture Hall and on Tuesday, March13, 8:30 a.m., at the Hood River Campus Commons. • Marta Cronin will be introduced with two events at The Dalles Campus Thursday, March 15, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at The Dalles Campus Lecture Hall and Friday, March16, 8:30 a.m., at the Hood River Campus Commons. • Paul Jarrell will be introduced with two events at The Dalles Campus Monday, March 19, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at The Dalles Campus Lecture Hall and Tuesday, March 20, 8:30 a.m., at the Hood River Campus Commons. The Dalles Campus lecture hall is located at 400 E. Scenic Drive, building 2, third floor. The Indian Creek campus is located at 1730 College Way, Hood River. Parking is free at both.March 8, 2018 5:51 a.m. read more..
For the second year, young chefs will compete at The Dalles Middle School on Saturday, March 17, to win the title of Future Chef. This year, six students in grades one through five will be preparing their favorite healthy Asian fusion recipe.March 7, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
MAUPIN – Through her four-year volleyball career, South Wasco County senior Allie Noland has seen it all and been through it all. Noland and junior teammate Jada Myers received enough votes from opposing coaches to earn all-state honorable mention awards for their standout play last fall.March 7, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Riding high off a solid 2017 campaign, Bill Barrier jumped up in class for the start of the Pacific Racing Organization Northwest Motocross Series and followed up a fifth-place outcome by posting a pair of top-3 finishes to capture second place overall this past Sunday at Horn Rapids Motocross Park in Richland, Wash.March 7, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
To the editor: As a constituent of Oregon’s District 2, I care deeply about environmental issues. I grew up at a time and in a part of the country that had few environmental safeguards. The landscape and the environmental health of that state still show it.March 7, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I am appalled that our city council wastes time on things like last week’s open hearing to consider censuring city councilor Darcy Long-Curtis. They look like a bunch of fifth graders picking on the new kid. Or is this because she's not all sweet and smiley towards the Neanderthals on the council?March 7, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
With the Gorge still recovering from the Eagle Creek wildfire and devastating conflagrations becoming a more common occurrence across the country, the need for support at a community level has only become more important, say local officials. Wasco County will soon be getting that support, as it has been selected to receive technical assistance in 2018 from the Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW), a national program aimed to reduce the impact from wildfires through land-use planning.March 7, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
On Feb. 24-25 in The Dalles, the second annual Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy Winter Classic had some encouraging results from local squads, as the CGBA sixth graders picked up their fourth tournament victory of the season and the newly-formed Big Sky All Stars, with players from Dufur and Sherman, claimed its first title.March 6, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
There are a lot of names for the bluish and reddish lines and spots on our bodies – spider veins, telangiectasias, facial veins, port-wine stains, venous lakes and angiomas.March 6, 2018 12:54 p.m. read more..
Randy McMaster knew that area businesses required help moving goods in and out of the Columbia Gorge and that is when he started his own freight business -- CRG Freight.March 5, 2018 3:46 p.m. read more..
It is an exciting time when someone decides to start their own business. This time can be an accumulation of months, sometimes years, of thinking and planning of what you want in your new business. Now, the thinking phase is over and the implementation or startup phase begins. The future business owner often contacts the Small Business Development Center for advice during this implementation phase.March 5, 2018 3:34 p.m. read more..
The Rural Development Initiatives is bringing its Rural Skill Builder leadership training to the Columbia Gorge.March 5, 2018 3:10 p.m. read more..
BAKER CITY – After Saturday’s season-ending 65-55 triumph against Hosanna Christian, Sherman senior Treve Martin stood with his teammates and coaches for celebratory photos. Instead of hoisting a big blue trophy, however, the team scored back-to-back consolation victories to claim fourth place at the OSAA 1A State Basketball Championships in Baker City.March 5, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
The Dalles citizens will soon receive a letter from an agency promoting water and sewer line warranties. The letter is unendorsed by the city’s public works department, who urge the community to be skeptical and use adequate judgement when considering insurance and warranty offers.March 5, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
BAKER CITY – Martin, Fields, Coles and Justesen are the last names synonymous with the Sherman boys’ basketball legacy, whether its contributions on or off the hardwood. Since many of the former and current high school athletes were young up-and-comers, many in the community have stepped up their efforts to ensure long-term success.March 5, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
BAKER CITY – In their first-round matchup, the Sherman Huskies were blitzed by Dorran Wilson and No. 7-seeded Prairie City by a 68-53 margin Thursday in Baker City. “We just came out and under-estimated our opponent in the first round,” Sherman senior Reese Blake said. “It is tough. You win some and lose some. They happened to get the best of us.”March 5, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Cadet Bone Spurs claims he would have run into Stoneman Douglas High School unarmed if he had been on the scene of the recent shooting there. Apparently, he is braver now than he was during the Vietnam era when he secured five deferments. I would like to call on him to immediately fly to the scene of the next school shooting and put his new-found bravery into action.March 5, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Open letter to The Dalles Mayor and City Council: I am one of the citizens who attended the City Council meeting held Feb. 26. I was there to observe the public hearing held regarding City Councilor Darcy Long-Curtiss. After the meeting I was left with several questions I would like to ask the mayor and the council.March 5, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Alice (Annah Cox) receives advice from the White Queen (Susan Vellie) during Saturday’s performance by The Dalles Theater Company of “Looking Glass Land” on the third floor of Building Two at Columbia Gorge Community College. Evening performances continue March 9 and 10, with doors opening at 6 p.m.March 5, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Women with a loved one in law enforcement are invited to join a new support group and meet other families who are protecting the home front. The first rally of Women Supporting the Badge takes place 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 10, in the conference room of Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s office building at 1810 E. 19th St., in The Dalles. “We want wives, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, cousins — anyone who feels like they have a connection with someone in uniform — to come,” said Theresa Kagle, one of eight board members.March 5, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
To the editor: A huge Thank You to everyone who worked so hard and contributed so much to making our Mid-Columbia Senior Center events in February a success. Rick Liebowitz and family, Baldwin Saloon, Petite Provence for our International Chicken Dinner and again, Rick Liebowitz, Bagel Man, his family and co- workers for the outstanding Bagel Brunch.March 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
The Dalles equestrian team competed in the first of three District Oregon High School Equestrian Team (OHSET) meets Feb. 16-18 in Redmond and posted 14 top-10 finishes. Some of those top performances were highlighted by first-place honors by the freestyle fours drill team of Tate Howell, Summer Kendall, Jaeden Biehn and McKenzie Shaw.March 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
To the editor: While I agree with Ron Wyden that it was a slaughter at the high school in Florida on Feb. 15, I disagree that arming teachers would be a mistake. I think that any adults (teachers, janitors, principals, superintendents, and maintenance people) at a school who want to do so should have a background check and careful training.March 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Dell Road, a local access road that connects Highway 30 with State Road near Mosier, is in such a state of disrepair that those who rely on it for access to their homes have turned to the county for maintenance support. However, the county does not have resources to help, explained Arthur Smith, Wasco County public works director on Feb. 21. He asked for the county board to help come up with a feasible solution to the problem.March 1, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
SALEM — An effort to insert an amendment in Oregon's Constitution making health care a right died amid concerns by lawmakers that it would expose the state to lawsuits. Such an amendment would have been unprecedented among U.S. states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.March 1, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Through a tough ski season marred by a lack of snow and limited practice time, The Dalles trio of Matt Gragg, Louis Red Cloud and Maddie Gragg all qualified as individuals for Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association state action in both slalom and giant slalom events. Both the boys and girls teams missed out on going to state for the alpine races by one place.March 1, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
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