SALEM — A disparity in the rate of drug possession convictions between blacks and whites in the state has declined dramatically as a result of an anti-racial profiling law that took effect over a year ago, according to a report by the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. The 2018 law reduced from felonies to misdemeanors crimes for possessing “personal use” amounts of six drugs.September 28, 2018 2:40 p.m. read more..
A burn ban remains in effect in the Mt. Hood National Forest east of Hwy. 35 and south to the forest boundary due to dry conditions and lack of rain. The ban includes campfires, recreational shooting and off road vehicle use and is in effect through Oct. 31 or until lifted. A burn ban also remains in place for eastern Klickitat County through Oct. 31.September 28, 2018 2:36 p.m. read more..
October, our first full month of fall, brings colorful leaves, a nip of frost in the air, and very dark skies when the weather is clear. The bright planets Saturn and Mars are visible, but fainter, and Jupiter is sinking toward the sunset this month. However, the bright winter constellations are appearing on the eastern horizon, and the Milky Way is still stunning on dark nights.September 28, 2018 2:31 p.m. read more..
Growing up as a refugee after your family escaped mass slaughter in a war-torn country means being continually uprooted and having no place to call home, says Yves Dushime. It took a shoebox full of gifts from caring people in another country to help him see beyond the anger, to understand that there were people who cared and truly wanted to help.September 28, 2018 2:13 p.m. read more..
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District (Corps) is making the 60 percent draft Mid-Columbia River Regional Master Plan and Integrated Environmental Assessment (EA) available for public review ahead of an Oct. 9 public meeting at the Dallesport Community Center, 136 6th Ave., Dallesport, from 5 to 7 p.m.September 28, 2018 1:48 p.m. read more..
With four teams atop the Big Sky Conference, the plot thickens down the stretch for Echo, South Wasco County, Sherman and Dufur.September 28, 2018 1:44 p.m. read more..
The Dalles and Hood River Valley squared off at Kurtz Gym Thursday for a league contest, with the No. 9-ranked Eagles using the play of Katie Kennedy and Emily Curtis to pick up a four-game win.September 28, 2018 1:43 p.m. read more..
When he first signed on as head coach of The Dalles boys’ soccer in 2016, Matthew Dallman wanted to build one of the premier programs in the state. Fast forward two years and he has the Riverhawks currently in a two-way tie for first place and in contention for an Intermountain Conference championship.September 28, 2018 1:41 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Trump campaign rallies were raucous with chants of “Drain the Swamp!” Trump hasn’t drained the swamp. He has replaced the National Mall with a political sewage lagoon full of corruption, incompetence, blatant lies, and betrayal.September 28, 2018 1:33 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Many have praised John McCain for his service to country, for his quest for unity and bipartisanship, and for his pleas to put country before party. I hope the words spoken by McCain, and in support of McCain, serve as guiding principles when we vote this fall.September 28, 2018 1:33 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Since at least the time of Watergate, we've seen our democratic norms gradually eaten away by a "win at any cost" mentality that leaves us with an electorate, Congress and, now, judiciary driven by tribal partisanship rather that a common sense of the common good.September 28, 2018 1:32 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I’d like to thank Shirley Skov for her thoughtful and respectful letter about why she’s voting for Greg Walden in this November’s Congressional election. Walden, however, has lost my vote. He used to be more middle-of-the-road, and not the ideologue we see today.September 28, 2018 1:30 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Jamie McLeod-Skinner works to bridge the urban-rural divide, to build healthier communities, and to be a champion for rural Oregonians. She’s driven 35,000 miles (56,300 kilometers) in 14 months of campaigning. She has a long list of endorsements that represent democrats and independents, working families, teachers, teamsters and seniors, like us.September 28, 2018 1:30 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I am writing today in support of Jamie McLeod-Skinner as our Second District Representative in the United States Congress. I have had the privilege of meeting Jamie and listening to her views on a wide range of issues. She is articulate, knowledgeable and understands the concerns rural Oregonians face every day.September 28, 2018 1:29 p.m. read more..
Veronica Quintero, a certified nursing assistant at Columbia Basin Care in The Dalles, has been named Caregiver of the Year for 2018 by the Oregon Health Care Association. Quintero has worked at Columbia Basin Care for three years and serves as a mentor to new aides, working side-by-side to share proper protocols and procedures.September 25, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Baha’i’s from Astoria to the Wallowas will gather at the Civic Auditorium Oct. 7 for the annual election of area delegates to their national convention, hosted by the Spiritual Assembly of Baha’i’s of The Dalles. In October Baha’i’s gather in larger unit conventions to elect regional representatives who, in turn, will meet at the national center in Willmette, Ill., to elect the National Spiritual Assembly for the United States.September 25, 2018 2:55 p.m. read more..
After a more than four-hour trip to Enterprise, the No. 5-ranked Dufur Rangers got off to a quick start and never looked back in a 52-16 triumph Friday in eight-man football action. During their winning streak, the undefeated Rangers (4-0 overall) have outscored opponents by a 244-84 margin and have used a variety of weapons to put the opposition on their heels.September 25, 2018 2:14 p.m. read more..
The Dalles boy’s cross country swept the varsity and junior varsity races and both girl’s teams each had runner-up finishes at the 26th annual Bridgette Nelson Invitational Saturday at Sorosis Park. Emma Mullins tacked on a victory for the girls and Samuel Alvarez claimed second place out of 47 runners to lead their varsity squads.September 25, 2018 2:11 p.m. read more..
Flying around at a dizzying pace, The Dalles defense unleashed a flurry of big hits and methodically chipped away at the spirit and will of Crook County. Over the course of four quarters, TD limited Crook County to 192 yards on 69 plays, 2 of 14 on third downs and forced five turnovers, posted 3.5 sacks and 17 tackles for loss in a 31-0 shutout Friday at Sid White Field.September 25, 2018 2:10 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I am writing in support of the school bond. This process started with The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce’s economic committe in response to "professionals won't move here because we have ugly schools.” This is a well-thought-out plan because the community and the district have done their due diligence and deserve a yes vote for kids and our community.September 25, 2018 2:04 p.m. read more..
To the editor: As a lifelong Democrat I remember that, while living in Seattle in 1981, I voted for Republican Slade Gorton for U.S. Senate. I considered him a sensible and qualified moderate in the tradition of Tom McCall and Mark Hatfield. Rep. Greg Walden seems to have run the same course. I used to vote for Greg but, after 19 years in the House of Representatives, he no longer represents us, the constituents of District Two.September 25, 2018 2:02 p.m. read more..
To the editor: On the November ballot, which will soon be arriving in your mailbox, you will have the opportunity to cast your NO vote to protect Oregon’s long standing Sanctuary Law…ORS 181A.820. Our beloved state has provided sanctuary and protection to her residents since 1977 when this law was passed. It has protected people from being profiled and arrested simply by being different.September 25, 2018 2:01 p.m. read more..
Senior News, by Scott McKaySeptember 25, 2018 2 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Recent polls have shown that the number one issue on most voters’ minds as we approach the midterm elections is healthcare. Last year, Congressman Greg Walden led the attack against accessible healthcare. Under Walden’s ACA Repeal Plan, as many as 20 percent of the people in our Second Congressional District would have lost access to affordable healthcare, and many rural hospitals would have been in danger of closing.September 25, 2018 1:59 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I’m so amused how someone comes to our area and offers a lot of slick talk about how well they know what we need and asks for our vote — and people actually rally around to offer their support. I guess it’s legal, but it’s certainly not very ethical.September 25, 2018 1:58 p.m. read more..
The rate of veteran suicides in Oregon is far outpacing that of civilians — as it is across the nation — and a local group of community members wants to do something about it. The plan of several nonprofits and public agencies is to invite military families and area residents to a “Suicide Alternatives Event” from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in front of the Wasco County Veterans’ Service Office (VSO), 201 Federal Street.September 25, 2018 1:20 p.m. read more..
“Operation Christmas” recipient Yves Dushime will share his experience Saturday, Oct 6, in The Dalles at First Christian Church, 3 to 5 p.m. Since 1993, an international project called Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to more than 157 million children in need in, delivering the boxes to more than 160 countries and territories worldwide.September 25, 2018 1:17 p.m. read more..
Retired dentist Dr. Mike Goger had high hopes when the Boys & Girls Club of Albany opened a free in-house dental clinic in 2011. But its outreach has proven greater than anyone had ever imagined. Goger grew up in The Dalles, graduated from Oregon State University and then the University of Oregon dental school in 1970.September 25, 2018 1:16 p.m. read more..
Two anti-labor groups have filed a federal lawsuit that could further erode the finances and political power of Oregon’s public employee unions. The U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME ended mandatory collective bargaining fees in a June 27 ruling precipitated by a challenge by an Illinois public employee. Now, Washington-based Freedom Foundation and Virginia-based National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation are seeking to force 14 local labor unions to refund some of the fees paid prior to the high court ruling.September 25, 2018 1:15 p.m. read more..
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and his Democratic challenger Jamie McLeod-Skinner will face off in a televised debate on Friday, Oct. 5, in Bend. The two candidates for the Second Congressional District, which encompasses 20 counties, will square off at 7 p.m. on KTVZ News Channel 21.September 25, 2018 1:10 p.m. read more..
A number of voter registration events have been arranged in the region by Columbia Women’s Action Network (CWAC) from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at locations including The Dalles, Goldendale, Lyle Bingen, White Salmon, Hood River and Cascade LocksSeptember 24, 2018 8:07 a.m. read more..
Basketball season is fast approaching. The Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy will again be organizing traveling basketball teams this winter for local boys and girls from the third-through-eighth grades with a tryout tentatively set to run on Sunday, Oct. 28 at The Dalles Middle School. “I’m looking forward to this season,” CGBA coordinator Greg Cummings said.September 21, 2018 3:34 p.m. read more..
MORO – South Wasco County jumped up to No. 19 in the rankings and second place in the Big Sky Conference after picking up a pair of four-game victories against Sherman and Dufur this week. Thursday, SWC was in Dufur for a match with the Lady Rangers, and Kyrsten Sprouse put up eight kills, 10 digs and seven aces, Madisen Davis tallied seven kills and 23 digs, and Jada Myers had eight kills, 10 digs and seven blocks in a four-game victory.September 21, 2018 3:31 p.m. read more..
Alex Gutierrez scored four goals and an assist, and Miguel Aguilar chipped in a goal and three assists in The Dalles’ lopsided 9-0 rout of crook County in Intermountain Conference boys’ soccer action Thursday in Prineville. Coach Matthew Dallman said it was great to see his players happy and celebrating an overdue win, especially with the team going 0-3-1 and netting four goals in that span.September 21, 2018 3:29 p.m. read more..
Ari Andrade scores two goals, Victoria Barragan added another tally and all-league goalkeeper Addie Klindt posted five saves, including a game-saver in the 75th minute to help The Dalles take a 3-2 win over Crook County in both teams’ league openers Thursday at Wahtonka.September 21, 2018 3:27 p.m. read more..
As one of six seniors on The Dalles volleyball team, Lauryn Belanger is using her voice and leadership to influence and build confidence. The Riverhawks lost to Ridgeview in three games Thursday to drop to 1-7 overall and 0-3 in league action. With six league matches remaining, the goal is to create a groundswell back up the Intermountain Conference standings.September 21, 2018 3:24 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Let me begin by saying first of all I personally like our present court officials. I believe they are doing a good job. Although now with Judge Thompson retiring and his position open, we have candidates Mike Smith and Joe Dabulskis seeking to fill his position. The dilemma I see it is if Joe is elected we have to fill his vacancy with an appointment. That would mean we would have one member with little experience and one with no experience on a three-member court, leading our county.September 21, 2018 3:06 p.m. read more..
To the editor: There is no question that passing the North Wasco school bond 33-98 is a good thing. The question is how do residents living on fixed incomes afford the hundreds and hundreds of dollars in additional property taxes needed to support passage of this bond?September 21, 2018 3:03 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I plan to vote yes Nov. 6 on Measure 33-98 to replace the four oldest schools in North Wasco County School District. I’m excited about this opportunity to bring our schools into the 21st century and provide the advanced technology that our existing schools can’t.September 21, 2018 3:02 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Years ago, an informational meeting was held at Spooky’s in the Dalles for state retirement employees. Our two state legislators, Rep. Greg Walden, a Republican, and Sen. Wayne Fawbush, a Democrat, were there to answer questions. Walden gave us solid facts, Fawbush got up and tried to be funny and said nothing. Walden has proven himself the right person to represent us in Congress.September 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
The Blue Zones Project, a three-year community wellness endeavor now in its second year in The Dalles, is about $82,000 short of local funding for this year, but an appeal will be made to the city next month. Dr. Miriam McDonell will ask The Dalles City Council at its Sept. 24 meeting to review information presented by Blue Zones, and then will come back to its Oct. 8 meeting to request funding.September 21, 2018 2:31 p.m. read more..
Rehabilitation Center, 1023 W. 25th St., The Dalles, is one of 17 Oregon nursing homes recognized by HealthInsight in their Quality Award Program. HealthInsight serves as the Medicare program’s Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) contractor.September 21, 2018 2:26 p.m. read more..
The Northern Wasco County PUD has launched an online survey to learn how aware customers are of energy efficiency programs and how willing they might be to participate in them. Results could help tailor marketing efforts and the PUD’s strategic direction as it considers new programs to both stay competitive and help customers keep their power bills down.September 21, 2018 2:14 p.m. read more..
The Dalles Rifle & Pistol Club is opening up applications for an NRA Firearms Safety Course. The class provides education on how to safely store, handle, and operate firearms, and qualifies successful attendees to apply for a Concealed Handgun License.September 21, 2018 2:07 p.m. read more..
The jail board reached consensus on the concept of not replacing its outgoing administrator, and instead switching to a jail commander format used in all other jails in the state. The board will meet again Oct. 1 to get more details from the sheriffs and juvenile administrators who would play a larger role in overseeing the four-county jail.September 21, 2018 2:07 p.m. read more..
It’s hard not to do a double-take when you walk past Lisa Chambers — it isn’t everyone who wears a T-shirt with “Got Worms?” emblazoned across the front. She comes by the reference honestly. Chambers raises worms in the backyard of her East 11th Street home.September 21, 2018 2:02 p.m. read more..
The Wasco County Veterans Service Office is hosting a "Suicide Alternatives Event" on Saturday the 29th from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Veterans Service Office parking lot, 201 Federal St., The Dalles. The event focuses on veterans, their families and friends, but is open to anyone concerned about suicide prevention.September 20, 2018 9:55 a.m. read more..
MAUPIN – Garrett Olson threw for three touchdowns, rushed for two more, had a touchdown catch and added an 80-yard fumble recovery for an end zone trip in undefeated South Wasco County’s lopsided 64-13 triumph over Prairie City Friday in Maupin. After trailing 7-0 early in the first quarter, SWC scored 51 unanswered points spanning the first-through-third quarters for a 51-7 advantage.September 18, 2018 2:58 p.m. read more..
DUFUR – Tanner Masterson had a game for the ages to help lead the No. 4-ranked Dufur Rangers. Masterson had three rushing touchdowns, receiving scores of 37 and 20, and he completed a conversion pass to Cole Kortge in Dufur’s 66-36 league victory at home Friday against Union.September 18, 2018 2:56 p.m. read more..
The Dalles football team fell behind 16-0 in the first three minutes and 18 seconds and rallied to get to within a 16-12 deficit, but had its final two drives end in Valley Catholic territory, one at the 12-yard line with 2:36 left in regulation for a third consecutive loss Friday in Beaverton. Down by two scores in the second quarter, the Riverhawks got back in contention on an 80-yard scamper by J.R. Scott at the 9:28 mark.September 18, 2018 2:53 p.m. read more..
The Dalles cross country team set nine personal bests and nine season-bests, plus 10 athletes who previously ran on the Hayden Canyon Course made improvements to highlight a successful weekend at the Coeur d’Alene Invitational Saturday in Idaho. “This was a good meet for us, because we had a chance to see schools that we normally don’t run against,” TD head coach Bob Thouvenel said.September 18, 2018 2:52 p.m. read more..
To the editor: When Jamie McLeod-Skinner, Democrat candidate for the Oregon District 2 Congressional Seat, challenged incumbent Greg Walden to three debates, he agreed by saying “I look forward to debating you.” This verbal exchange was followed up with a letter hand-delivered by McLeod-Skinner to Rep. Walden’s office in Bend. The first “debate” was held in Medford on Friday, Aug. 31, however, Rep. Walden was absent. What is your part in the election as a constituent? Be informed, register, and vote.September 18, 2018 2:35 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I am a 60-year resident of The Dalles, a registered Independent voter who is concerned about the criticism of Greg Walden’s record in Congress. He is a native Eastern Oregonian, while his opponent has only registered to vote in Oregon this year and has lived most of the past years in California.September 18, 2018 2:34 p.m. read more..
Guest column by Kevin CampbellSeptember 18, 2018 2:31 p.m. read more..
What if you could get rid of imperfections in your facial skin?m Facial peels are a very safe and effective way to do just that. Peels often times conjure up visions of raw peeling skin. In fact most peels have very little visible peeling.September 18, 2018 2:17 p.m. read more..
Three local families will benefit from the popular annual Pig Bowl fundraiser this Saturday, Sept. 22, which pitches Washington and Oregon law enforcement against each other in flag football. The game, which starts at 7 p.m., is at Wahtonka football field. Tickets are $3 single or $10 per family.September 18, 2018 2:10 p.m. read more..
Senior News, by Scott McKaySeptember 18, 2018 1:30 p.m. read more..
This year’s local observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day, which takes place Friday, Sept. 21, will focus on the recent return of 55 remains from Korea believed to be U.S. military personnel. “We are gratified to see these men come home so their families can have closure,” said Dan Brophy, chaplain for Point Man International Ministries, who will give the benediction at the ceremony.September 18, 2018 1:24 p.m. read more..
For many months, jail board meetings have often featured sharp words between jail officials and citizens who oppose the jail’s contract to house immigration detainees. Last week’s jail board meeting was no different. Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility (NORCOR) Jail Administrator Bryan Brandenburg opened the Sept. 12 meeting by addressing citizens in attendance, saying a bunch of golden shoes were left behind and a sign was pitched over the jail fence following one of the daily anti-contract protests at the jail.September 18, 2018 1:18 p.m. read more..
Nia Pereira, 6, of The Dalles, takes the controls of a Wasco County Sheriff Search and Rescue All-Terrain Vehicle during a “Get Ready—The Dalles” event at Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue Saturday, Sept. 15. Riding behind, awaiting her turn at the helm, is River, 5. The free event featured demonstrations and information from over 20 agencies and vendors with the goal of teaching residents to be more self reliant during emergencies and disasters. Demonstrations include boater safety, first aid, fire safety and more.September 18, 2018 1:16 p.m. read more..
Community members are invited to a free presentation of “Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention” from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, in Building 3 at The Dalles campus of Columbia Gorge Community College.September 18, 2018 1:02 p.m. read more..
The Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy will again be organizing traveling basketball teams this winter for local boys and girls from the third-through-eighth grades with a tryout tentatively set to run on Sunday, Oct. 28 at a location to be determined. “I’m looking forward to this season,” CGBA coordinator Greg Cummings said.September 14, 2018 3:03 p.m. read more..
Local football athletes will have a chance to showcase their talents in a rare tryout this Sunday afternoon. Football University of Oregon and Island Boy Camp are organizing a free tackle football tryout and mini-camp for sixth- through eighth-graders, who are Oregon residents, at four locations for a chance to participate in an all-star level showcase.September 14, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
MORO – In the past, any little moment of adversity would mean the downfall to the Sherman volleyball team. Thursday, the Huskies lost the opening 25-16, but then rallied to grab wins in the next three games to defeat Echo in Big Sky Conference action in Moro.September 14, 2018 2:58 p.m. read more..
With his top guns on the trails last week at Barnes Butte, The Dalles cross country head coach Bob Thouvenel saw his group total 19 personal records and an overall winner, Samuel Alvarez. Wednesday, at the inaugural Gorge Cup Invitational in Trout Lake, Wash., the veteran coach did not dress down nine varsity boys or the top-6 girls, and they hit for 12 personal records against a field of 198 harriers.September 14, 2018 2:57 p.m. read more..
Coming off a 3-1 loss Tuesday at Mac-Hi, the Lady Riverhawks are now 0-4 to start the year with only one goal to their record. “We have to do a better job of moving the ball around and putting shots on goal,” TD coach Oscar Nunez said.September 14, 2018 2:55 p.m. read more..
Guest Column by Susan GoldsteinSeptember 14, 2018 2:44 p.m. read more..
To the editor: If Rachel Maddow, or any other American for that matter, needs to really know “what’s going on,” all they have to do is read the documents assembled by the U.S. Congress that prove the Trump-Russia collusion “witch hunt” was instigated by a cabal of “Deep State,” officials buried within the Obama-Clinton Regime intent upon keeping Trump from becoming president.September 14, 2018 2:43 p.m. read more..
To the editor: In my observation over the winter of 2017-18 at The Dalles Dam, there was a lot of dredging going on behind the dam. I am on high alert, for the reason that to disturb the build up would be a hazard for it contains years of accumulation of toxic chemicals from Hanford, the coal industry, toxic dumping, PCBs, neurotoxins and such.September 14, 2018 2:42 p.m. read more..
To the editor: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted,” Psalms 34:18. I am confused, angry and brokenhearted for someone has broken my church and I don’t know what to do about it. But, I happen to believe that confusion is not from God, so I look to the Scripture to calm my confusion.September 14, 2018 2:41 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Jamie McLeod-Skinner came to the Sunshine Mill for a fundraising event. Pulling a tear drop camper behind her jeep, now on its second engine, she has traveled our vast Second Congressional District for over a year and a half, speaking face to face with constituents.September 14, 2018 2:40 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Much has been written about Greg Walden’s last town hall in The Dalles (April 12, 2017) when he was met with hard questions and passionate criticism. When he asked for a show of hands which indicated that the majority of the people in the room were not members of his political party. He basically said this: See, you are not my constituents. That really hurts and disturbs me.September 14, 2018 2:38 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I am very concerned about the health and educational needs of American citizens. I want to elect candidates in the upcoming election who will truly represent the issues I care about. I have found just the right person for our Second Congressional District: Jamie McLeod-Skinner!September 14, 2018 2:37 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Congressman Greg Walden has his boots on the ground in serving the people of the huge Second Congressional District. We’ve known and respected him for many years. He’s honest, ethical, focused, thoughtful and well-informed.September 14, 2018 2:36 p.m. read more..
To the editor: All too often, I talk to families interested in moving to The Dalles who choose another community after seeing the condition of our schools. I make my living in The Dalles and I see this city moving forward. New schools will complement that effort. I urge you to vote yes on Measure 33-98 in the November 6 election.September 14, 2018 2:35 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Our democracy is more fragile than we like to believe. The building blocks of the Constitution, Bill of Rights and related political Institutions rely of a deeper foundation - our respect and affection for one another. The tribalism infecting our attitudes towards one another is corrosive to the values and feelings that bind us together.September 14, 2018 2:34 p.m. read more..
To the editor: My family and I own a small cherry orchard in Wasco County. The work is hard but fulfilling, and we hope that our son will continue to farm for years to come. I am voting for Jamie Mcleod-Skinner because she has strong family roots in Eastern Oregon and understands the farming community and its needs. She won’t allow any party affiliation or corporate donors to subvert her commitment to her constituents as Greg has done.September 14, 2018 2:33 p.m. read more..
To the editor: As someone who appreciates and uses our public lands in Oregon, I am very unhappy about Congressman Greg Walden’s bill to remove protection from the Deschutes and Whychus Creek canyons in Central Oregon, and wish he’d lay off destructive, industry-friendly efforts to diminish our public lands.September 14, 2018 2:32 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Fire and wind equals Hell on Earth! To the generous people of Wasco County, including; BJ Ayres, a Wasco Electric lineman who pulled me from harm’s way, Denny and Zada Lewis from the burned-out Diamond L Ranch, the Bob’s Glass boys, the Dufur ambulance girls, MCMC emergency room staff, Salvation Army-(please donate to them), the Madras Heats drag race team, Jack Henderson and his Dufur coaches -- C.S. Little and Hollie Darden, Sheriff Lane Magill, and all my friends. A grateful thank you!September 14, 2018 2:32 p.m. read more..
To the editor: As a newer resident of The Dalles (6 years), I plan to vote YES for new schools, Measure 33-98. Our students deserve up-to-date technology, a safe, secure and healthy environment, and space that supports student collaborative learning to help them be successful in their careers and as our future community leaders.September 14, 2018 2:31 p.m. read more..
To the editor: It is time for Wasco County residents and Oregonians to wake up and exhibit some common sense. It is time to abandon any liberal progressive tendencies. I support Donald Trump and what he is trying to do for America.September 14, 2018 2:30 p.m. read more..
The Dalles Chronicle began an occasional series for the wedding of Kylie Reed and Josh Duling in February and three articles have been written about their planning for the big day at their farm in Maupin today, Sept. 15. This story is going to be a little different because it is written by grandma, so it has a special touch.September 14, 2018 1:54 p.m. read more..
Only around 200 people out of an estimated 5,600 households have filed for compensation so far as part of the settlement of a class action nuisance odor lawsuit against AmeriTies West LLC. The deadline for filing a claim for compensation is Sept. 22.September 14, 2018 1:42 p.m. read more..
This is the first of two stories highlighting comments made by local and state candidates during a public forum in The Dalles. This article centers on city council contenders and a second story on Wednesday will feature candidates for state office.September 14, 2018 1:37 p.m. read more..
A crew of volunteers have spent hundreds of hours sprucing up the first floor of the old Wasco School and they are inviting area residents to check out the improvements at a community celebration. The board of the Wasco School Events Center are also hoping to entice business owners to think about renting one of the former classrooms for office space, which will provide revenue to operate the facility.September 14, 2018 1:35 p.m. read more..
The staff of Colonel Wright Elementary School invites former students, colleagues, family and friends to a "Celebration of Life" for Mrs. Cindi (Hawkey) Garver Thursday, Sept. 13, at 5 to 6 p.m. in the Colonel Wright Gymnasium. The Colonel Wright Elementary staff suggests memorial donations toward a "Buddy Bench" to be added to the school playground in honor of Mrs. Garver's loving service to the children of Colonel Wright Elementary School and North Wasco County School District. Donations may be designated to "Colonel Wright PTO."September 12, 2018 1:43 p.m. read more..
A commercial vehicle east bound on Interstate 84 drifted off the roadway near milepost 74 between Hood River and The Dalles, impacted a rock embankment and caught fire at about 1:50 a.m. Wednesday morning, according Oregon State Police. The operator of the vehicle died as a result of injuries.September 12, 2018 8:55 a.m. read more..
How many cartwheels can your gymnast do in 15 minutes? Find out this weekend as gymnasts with Riverside Gymnastics will hold a “Cartwheel-A-Thon” Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. at their facility in The Dalles, 2221 River Rd. Team gymnasts obtain pledges to raise money for new uniforms and equipment. Top three pledge-earners will get prizes. Ice cream will be awarded to all.September 12, 2018 8:31 a.m. read more..
CLACKAMAS — With fall Chinook salmon returns to the Columbia River tracking well below preseason predictions, fishery managers announced today the Columbia River from the mouth at Buoy 10 to the Hwy 395 Bridge near Pasco, Washington will close for angling and retention of all salmon and steelhead at 12:01 am Thursday, Sept. 13.September 12, 2018 7:09 a.m. read more..
Senior News, by Scott McKaySeptember 11, 2018 2:49 p.m. read more..
The Columbia River Gorge Commission gave the Hood River County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) a status update on “Gorge 2020,” its National Scenic Area Management Plan review process, at the BOCC’s work session in August. The Gorge Commission intends to finish revising the plan by late 2019, and the revision process completely finished by spring 2020.September 11, 2018 2:46 p.m. read more..
A cougar first spotted near Westside Elementary School last week, or one like it, has been seen in other west Hood River locations. A cougar was seen near Red Carpet Inn, on West Cascade, at 2 a.m. Thursday morning and just south of that location, near Stonehedge Restaurant, mid-day Thursday, according to Sgt. Pete Hughes of Hood River County Sheriff’s Department.September 11, 2018 2:22 p.m. read more..
A possible mini golf course at Thompson Park, a dog park on 14th Street and RV/camping at Riverfront Park are among the ideas being considered as the parks district works on a 20-year master plan. Over a year ago the Northern Wasco County Parks & Recreation District launched on an 18-24 month master planning process.September 11, 2018 2:11 p.m. read more..
The mayor of Phoenix, Ore., is on a mission to “set the record straight regarding false information” being disseminated by Jamie McLeod-Skinner, a candidate for Oregon’s Second Congressional District, about her being fired as city manager in March 2017. “The narrative that she’s portraying about Phoenix and the reasons behind her contract being terminated are just not true. Period,” said Mayor Chris Luz.September 11, 2018 2:10 p.m. read more..
Republican gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler, center, spent Saturday in Hood River enjoying two events and meeting with area residents. He first went to the Farmer’s Market and then joined a large crowd at the annual Fly-In sponsored by the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum.September 11, 2018 2:06 p.m. read more..
A Hood River man who previously lived in Mosier was charged in federal court last month as part of two “vast conspiracies” to traffic marijuana grown in Portland to Texas, Virginia and Florida, officials said. The office of the U.S. Attorney in Oregon announced six people were charged, including Cole William Griffiths, 30, of Hood River who is accused of conspiring to manufacture marijuana in Hood River and shipping it to Florida.September 11, 2018 2:05 p.m. read more..
The Dalles Riverhawk runners came out fired up and were in midseason form in their season-opener. Samuel Alvarez, Friedrich Stelzer, Gabe Lira and Rey Aviluz all had times under 18 minutes and Nick Caracciolo set a personal record from the No. 5 spot, as The Dalles boys cross country team scored first place at the Intermountain Conference Preview Saturday at Barnes Butte Trail in Prineville.September 11, 2018 1:32 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh is not a man I would be comfortable with having on our Supreme Court. This is a man who appears to be more concerned with the rule of Kavanaugh, than the rule of the land.September 11, 2018 1:15 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Child separation on the U.S./Mexico border caused by the Trump administration is now in Congressman Greg Walden’s court, and I don’t see any resolution happening. The ongoing emotional trauma and long-term scarring of these children is completely unnecessary and preventable. It makes my head and heart ache. How about you?September 11, 2018 1:13 p.m. read more..
MAUPIN—This past January, a group of Maupin High School students, teachers, local business and community leaders testified before the Oregon Legislature, requesting allocation from State Lottery funds to support the construction of a much-needed new library and civic center for South Wasco County. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, September 8, 1 p.m., in Maupin at the site of the new library, on Grant Street next to Kaiser Park.September 7, 2018 4:33 p.m. read more..
For anyone who is intrigued with the Pacific Northwest’s majestic peaks, “Ever Wild: A Lifetime on Mount Adams” offers a first-time, close-up look at Mount Adams through the lens and adventures of author and photographer Darryl Lloyd.September 7, 2018 2:40 p.m. read more..
The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Mid-Columbia Senior Center will be hosting the only candidate forum in Wasco County on Sept. 11. The event will feature congressional, state and local candidates appearing on the Nov. 6 ballot.September 7, 2018 2:39 p.m. read more..
The Sherman Huskies put together a solid all-around effort on Tuesday in a Big Sky Conference volleyball match with Mitchell-Spray taking a lopsided sweep by final tallies of 25-3, 25-11 and 25-13 to move their record to 3-3 on the season.September 7, 2018 2:35 p.m. read more..
Under perfect conditions, nearly 140 running enthusiasts turned out for the 2018 Riverhawk 1k, 3k and 5k run/walk last Saturday at Sorosis Park, with a vast majority of the attendees hailing from Pendleton and The Dalles Middle and High Schools.September 7, 2018 2:26 p.m. read more..
The 18th annual Jumpstart Elementary Cross Country races are fast approaching and more than 400 boys and girls from kindergarten through fifth grade are expected to join in on the fun, starting at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Sorosis Park.September 7, 2018 2:25 p.m. read more..
Mired in a scoreless drought that eclipsed more than 207 minutes to start the season, The Dalles boys’ soccer team rebounded from a 3-0 halftime deficit with three unanswered second-half goals in a 3-3 draw versus Rex-Putnam Thursday in a non-league soccer match played at Wahtonka High School.September 7, 2018 2:24 p.m. read more..
To the editor: It would be interesting to know how Miz Jamie would handle a large ruckus town hall meeting where constitutents stomped their feet, waved signs and screamed at her while she attempted to explain or answer their questions.September 7, 2018 2:18 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Rep. Greg Walden will be getting my vote for re-election because of his useful efforts to benefit millions of veterans, for working on the opioid crisis, for helping to solve the wildfire problem, for helping to bring the STAR Act to the president’s desk, and for helping to bring broadband to Eastern Oregon.September 7, 2018 2:18 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I live in Dufur, and it took me a number of years to realize the “bad smell” in The Dalles is coming from the Amerities plant along the railroad. The treatment of rail ties produces a steady emission of toxins, and specifically naphthalene, exposure to which is known to be very harmful.September 7, 2018 2:17 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Walden has not changed over his terms of service but two of the 20 counties he represents have changed and become majority blue or Democrat counties, namely Hood River and now Wasco County. Both have active groups trying to reshape the image of Greg Walden based on the Indivisible manifesto.September 7, 2018 2:15 p.m. read more..
To the editor: It is interesting to see movie clips on television depicting the values Sen. John McCain exhibited during his life and career. One clip shows McCain strongly correcting one of his supporters who claimed Barack Obama was an Arab. Rep. Greg Walden has shown no such backbone or courage when it comes to responding to the hate and divisiveness this country has seen in the last 18 months.September 7, 2018 2:15 p.m. read more..
To the editor: When I see the candidates for our congressional district in eastern Oregon, I’m heartened to see Jamie Macleod-Skinner as the challenger to Greg Walden. It’s time we had a fresh face not beholden to special interests, one who has ties to Oregon going back several generations.September 7, 2018 2:13 p.m. read more..
The public is invited to tour a new education center and four cabins at Cottonwood Canyon State Park from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 18. The grand opening celebration will include presentations, a ribbon cutting and a tour of the new facilities, which include a 1,500-square foot Experience Center that will serve as a classroom for outdoor education and a reservable event space.September 7, 2018 1:51 p.m. read more..
The combination of cooling water temperatures in the Columbia River and a river-wide steelhead retention closure have allowed managers to re-open fishing in the closed area adjacent to the mouth of the Deschutes River effective Thursday, Sept. 6.September 7, 2018 1:38 p.m. read more..
The Sherman County School District will celebrate the induction of four individuals and one foundation into the Sherman County School District Hall of Honor during half-time of the Sept. 28 home football game against Enterprise High School.September 7, 2018 1:37 p.m. read more..
In commemoration of World Suicide Prevention Day Sept. 10, a special screening of a film made to save lives is being presented by Youth Think, an organization that promotes healthy lifestyles. “Kevin Hines’ Suicide – The Ripple Effect” will show at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at The Dalles High School, 220 East 10th Street. There is no charge to attend.September 7, 2018 1:36 p.m. read more..
A man killed by a train in The Dalles in mid-August had a Youtube following and was a “minor celebrity” in the computer world for doing the Herculean task of writing his own operating system, a fan said. Terrance Davis, 48, was killed Aug. 11 near West First and Terminal Avenue.September 7, 2018 1:34 p.m. read more..
The Dalles Fitness & Court Club has a new name to go along with major changes in programs and renovations of the Pomona Street facility. The local gym is now called Gorge Athletic Clubs, the same name given the Hood River Sports Club, which is also owned by Clark and Carol Emmerson.September 7, 2018 1:31 p.m. read more..
Todd Walter of The Dalles doesn’t have a mechanical background, but he acquired advanced skills by modifying his stock 2007 Toyota Tacoma to hold its own in a grueling off-road race across the Nevada desert. “I am self-taught,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot from friends and other people.”September 7, 2018 1:29 p.m. read more..
In commemoration of World Suicide Prevention day Sept. 10, a special screening of a film made to save lives is being presented by Youth Think, an organization that promotes healthy lifestyles. “Kevin Hines’ Suicide – The Ripple Effect,” will show at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at The Dalles High School, 220 East 10th Street. There is no charge to attend.September 5, 2018 2:34 p.m. read more..
The Dalles cross country team hustles in the new year with Hood River Valley, Pendleton, Crook County, Redmond and Ridgeview representing the new challengers in the Intermountain Conference. So that means returning state qualifiers Emma Mullins, Hanna Ziegenhagen, Samuel Alvarez, Rey Aviluz, Zack Ziegenhagen and the rest of the Riverhawks will need to be at the top of their game.September 4, 2018 2:54 p.m. read more..
MAUPIN – For the first time in nearly 60 years, Oregon had six-man football at the high school level with a full slate of games across the state. Friday in Maupin, the South Wasco County Redsides and the Wheeler County Rattlers kicked off the fall season, with the Redsides taking a 46-0 win.September 4, 2018 2:51 p.m. read more..
When a team rushes for negative yards, commits four turnovers and goes 0 for 12 on third down conversions, the winning probability is next to zero. The Dalles football coach Steve Sugg looked back at his team’s home-opening 22-6 loss to Hood River Valley as one of learning lessons.September 4, 2018 2:49 p.m. read more..
Senior News, by Scott McKaySeptember 4, 2018 2:25 p.m. read more..
Helping Hands Against Violence (HHAV) believes that change happens one caring voice at a time. This fall, crisis line training will be held in Hood River on Wednesday nights from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 26 through Oct. 24.September 4, 2018 2:15 p.m. read more..
CASCADE LOCKS – Last year’s Eagle Creek Fire continues to influence the Gorge, according to a press release from the Gorge Tourism Alliance. The fire was the most destructive in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area’s history, scorching more than 50,000 acres and closing I-84 for almost three weeks, which severely impacted tourism.September 4, 2018 2:11 p.m. read more..
The Dalles Kiwanis Club members spent a recent Saturday replacing and sealing wooden benches and table tops in the Steak Feed area at Sorosis Park. Wood for the project was donated by Tum-a-Lum Lumber. The club hosts its 63rd annual Steak Feed 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, at Sorosis Park.September 4, 2018 1:53 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND — Oregonians will have a chance to vote this November on how much legislative support certain state tax laws should need to pass. Supporters and opponents made their case for and against Ballot Measure 104 Friday before an editorial board meeting of the Pamplin Media Group.September 4, 2018 1:52 p.m. read more..
Wasco County is restructuring its inactive Historic Landmarks Commission to get people in place to give input on any future building plans with cultural significance. The seven-member commission has not met for at least a decade, which has made it difficult to maintain a volunteer base, Angie Brewer, planning director, told the county board in August.September 4, 2018 1:50 p.m. read more..
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