Stories for September 2018


Friday, September 21

CGBA finalizes its tryout times

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..

Volleyball teams jockeying for district spots

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..

TD boys score at will in 9-0 romp

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..

Andrade nets game-winner to lead Riverhawks

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..

TD volleyball fighting to get into playoff mix

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..

Letter to the Editor: Vote Smith for judge

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..

Letter to the Editor: Believe in the future

To the editor: Schools are a big part of most local communities. They are just as important here. It is something that folks can have pride in and support. My wife and I both graduated from The Dalles High School.

September 21, 2018 3:03 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: How can we afford it?

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..

Letter to the Editor: Excited about schools

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..

Letter to the Editor: Support Walden

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..

‘Blue Zones’ project seeks city funding

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..

Local care facility recognized

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..

Local DU chapter receives awards

Ducks Unlimited held their Oregon State Convention and Volunteer Celebration in Garibaldi. Members of the Gorge Chapter who attended were awarded special recognition as the Outstanding Oregon Ducks Unlimited Chapter.

September 21, 2018 2:22 p.m. read more..

PUD surveys energy efficiency

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..

Grant sought for Dry Hollow traffic

The city will apply for a state grant to improve traffic flow at pick-up and drop-off time at the highly congested Dry Hollow Elementary School. It should know by January if it was successful.

September 21, 2018 2:11 p.m. read more..

Firearms Safety Course offered

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..

Jail governance change discussed

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..

‘Worm Lady’ at work

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..

Thursday, September 20


Suicide Alternatives Event

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..

Tuesday, September 18


Olson gets rolling in SWC’s romp

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..

Masterson’s big night spurs Dufur

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..

TD football loses to Valley Catholic

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..

TD makes a big statement in Coeur d’Alene

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..

Letter to the Editor: Get engaged

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..

Letter to the Editor: Vote for Greg

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..

Presentation explores WWI history

It was a packed, cramped room on the night of Sept. 8 at the Stonehenge Memorial in the Maryhill State Park, as people gathered for an engaging and insightful presentation on World War I from state park ranger Mark Harris.

September 18, 2018 2:28 p.m. read more..

Sponsored content: A new you is waiting just beneath the surface

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..

Pig Bowl benefits three families Sat.

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..

Seminar Change

The Childhood Domestic Violence Symposium presented by Voices Set Free, originally scheduled for August, was moved back to September and is coming up Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hood River Juice Company, 550 Riverside Dr.

September 18, 2018 2:04 p.m. read more..

Salvation Army thrift store reopens

The Dalles Salvation Army Thrift Store reopened at noon last Friday, with a ribbon cutting ceremony provided by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce and plenty of eager shoppers on hand to celebrate a remodel.

September 18, 2018 1:53 p.m. read more..

‘Never forget’

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..

Candidates square off

Three sets of candidates for state office faced off last week at the “Before the Ballot” forum sponsored by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce.

September 18, 2018 1:21 p.m. read more..

Governor hears fire issues

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown visited Sherman County last week and heard from farmers and cattlemen that repairing roads and fences were top issues following the summer’s devastating fires.

September 18, 2018 1:20 p.m. read more..

Jail head protests ‘littering’

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..

Riding to the Rescue

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..

Friday, September 14

CGBA opens tryout phase for upcoming winter season

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..

Football tryouts at 1p.m. Sunday

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..

Huskies and Rangers tied for first in league

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..

TD runners compete well at Gorge Cup Invite

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..

Soccer teams steadily building momentum

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..

Letter to the Editor: ‘Deep State’ report

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..

Letter to the Editor: High alerts for toxins

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..

Letter to the Editor: Calming confusion

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..

Letter to the Editor: Jamie gives hope

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..

Letter to the Editor: Vote McLeod-Skinner

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..

Letter to the Editor: We need an advocate

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..

Letter to the Editor: Walden gets job done

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..

Letter to the Editor: We need new schools

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..

Letter to the Editor: Fragile democracy

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..

Letter to the Editor: Walden is elusive

To the editor: Concerned citizens from Oregon’s Congressional District 2 want to hear from their elusive congressman, Greg Walden, who hasn’t held a town hall meeting in 500 days.

September 14, 2018 2:34 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Supporting Jamie

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..

Letter to the Editor: Public lands assault

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..

Letter to the Editor: South Valley fire

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..

Letter to the Editor: Yes for new schools

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..

Letter to the Editor: Time to wake up

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..

Birds in Black

Researcher Gary Clowers, creator of Raven Research West, shares his insights on western ravens at the Sherman County Library Wednesday evening.

September 14, 2018 1:57 p.m. read more..

Big day approaches for couple

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..

Main Street Uncorked

A group of women were living advertisements this week for “Main Street Uncorked,” an annual event that takes place Saturday, Sept. 29, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on the fourth floor of The Commodore, 312 Court Street.

September 14, 2018 1:43 p.m. read more..

AmeriTies settlement OK’d, but few opt in

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..

Candidates heard ‘Before the Ballot’

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..

Landmark moment

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..

Wednesday, September 12

Teacher rememberance at Colonel Wright

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..

I-84 closed following crash, fire

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?

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..

Columbia River closes to all salmon fishing after Wednesday

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..

Tuesday, September 11


Gorge Commission seeks comment on ‘Gorge 2020’

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..

Cougar spotted in HR

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..

Community Feast

Evelyn Klebes, six months, enjoys her first Kiwanis Steak Feed with mom Krystal Klebes Thursday night at Sorosis Park. Dad Matthew stood off camera to bring a smile to her face.

September 11, 2018 2:20 p.m. read more..

Park proposals presented

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..

Firing debated in district race

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..

Gubernatorial Race

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..

Federal charges filed on pot scheme

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..

SWC sweeps through Trinity

The South Wasco County Redsides were firing on all cylinders with a three-set sweep over Trinity Lutheran in non-league volleyball action Saturday in Bend.

September 11, 2018 1:38 p.m. read more..

Dufur volleyball gets to quarters

The Dufur Rangers defeated Mac-Hi, Riverside and Umatilla, but lost in the quarterfinals to Heppner at Saturday’s Griswold Tournament at Helix High School.

September 11, 2018 1:37 p.m. read more..

TD boys score first place at IMC Preview

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..

Letter to the Editor: Dark day for US

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..

Letter to the Editor: Walden failing

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..

Friday, September 7

New SWC Library, Civic Center breaks ground September 8

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..

Regional author mixes adventure, memoir

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..

Candidate Forum features local and state politicians

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..

SWC battles past Ione in four sets

The South Wasco County Redsides were swept by both Irrigon and Heppner in a double dual Tuesday at Irrigon, but rallied for a gritty four-set triumph versus Ione in a league matchup Thursday at Maupin.

September 7, 2018 2:36 p.m. read more..

Sherman shreds Mitchell in three

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..

Riverhawk Run draws big numbers to Sorosis Park

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..

Cross Country Meet is slated for Sept. 25

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..

TD scores first goals in 3-3 tie with Putnam

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..

Letter to the Editor: Interesting scenario

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..

Letter to the Editor: Walden deserves vote

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..

Letter to the Editor: The people’s interests

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..

Letter to the Editor: Walden gets job done

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..

Letter to the Editor: Vote conscience

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..

Letter to the Editor: Jamie is best choice

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..

John Day River’s Cottonwood Canyon celebrates new facilities

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..

Fishing reopens at mouth of Deschutes

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..

Film explores ‘The Ripple Effect’

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..

Man killed by train had tech following

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..

Court Club gets new name, new ‘culture’

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..

A road less traveled

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..

Wednesday, September 5

Film explores ‘The Ripple Effect’

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..

MCMC RNs okay contract

Nurses at Mid-Columbia Medical Center have overwhelmingly ratified a three-year contract that raises wages and limits the variable shifts that saw them working both day and night shifts days apart.

September 5, 2018 1:13 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, September 4

TD runners getting steps ahead of new league

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..

Olson accounts for six touchdowns to boost SWC

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..

TD squander chances in loss to Hood River

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..

Letter to the Editor: Thank you for help

To the editor: We would like to thank all the firefighters and everyone that came to help with our shop fire. We want to thank everyone for coming so quickly to stop the fire.

September 4, 2018 2:36 p.m. read more..

Helping Hands crisis line training

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..

A look back at Gorge fire

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..

Steak Feed

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..

Voters to decide tax passage

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..

County eyes commission

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..

Fully Engulfed

Crews from Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue attack a fully engulfed vehicle fire on Interstate 84, westbound near The Dalles Dam exit, on Labor Day morning. Traffic was restricted to one lane as the fire was extinguished and the van removed.

September 4, 2018 1:48 p.m. read more..

Future of wolves debated locally

Eight members of the Wolf Plan Stakeholder work group met last week in The Dalles with ODFW staff to discuss methods of controlling the growing population.

September 4, 2018 1:43 p.m. read more..

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