BOISE, Idaho (AP) — World history conspired to keep George Jones from getting his high school diploma. Bailey Jo Bartlome and other Kuna High seniors conspired to make sure he got it. Jones, now 88, went from a farm at Black Cat and Columbia roads to the Pacific theater and into banking. Bartlome, 18, met Jones at a school veterans celebration last fall. She was so moved by his life and story that she worked with her fellow 250 seniors to include Jones at graduation ceremonies, complete with cap and gown.
Benefit May 25 will help with victim's costs
Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley has been successful in his bid to increase the potential prison sentence for a man accused of fatally stabbing his roommate. The Wasco County Grand Jury, after reviewing evidence in the death of Josh Davitt, 23, has indicted Scott Olenick, 26, of first-degree manslaughter. During the time Davitt was hospitalized at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Olenick faced prosecution for first-degree assault.
A series of monthly “social bike rides” — short, easy jaunts the whole family can enjoy — will start in The Dalles in June and run through September. Organizer Theresa Whitfield said the point of the social bike rides is just to get people outdoors and doing something. Each ride will start and end at City Park.
Close to 50 teenagers descended on the home of a senior citizen in The Dalles Monday to give her house a makeover. The students from The Dalles Wahtonka High School repainted her house and trim, hauled wheelbarrows full of yard waste away, trimmed bushes, pulled weeds, spread bark dust, cleaned, installed new blinds and did other needed projects.
In an election with only a 29.3 percent turnout, some races in Wasco County’s special district elections on May 21 came down to fewer than 50 votes. “Twenty nine percent is pretty low … we had a very quiet day,” said County Clerk Linda Brown. She said a similar race in May 2011 had a 35 percent turnout.
Word on the Street for May 21
The City of The Dalles has been awarded the certificate of achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for their comprehensive annual financial report for the year ending June 30, 2013.
Tatto artists are racking up the accolades
Jacob Hanks has won 14 competition trophies in the two years since he opened a studio at 508 B Washington Street in The Dalles. His father, Larry, has become a respected legend in Hawaii after 45 years of painting exquisite designs on living canvases.
Megan Elam and Harley Burgener end up in 20th place
The 2013 Oregon High School Equestrian Teams State Championship meet took place this past weekend May 16-19 at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo in Redmond. There were 8 districts with over 90 schools represented in 4 team size divisions. Here are results for Dufur’s OHSET team at the state meet. Working Pairs: 20th Megan Elam & Harley Burgener
Dufur and Sherman are well-represented in the final votes
Dufur's Cole Parke, Trever Tibbets and Josh Keyser earn first-team status; Sherman's Nick Coleman makes his name known on first squad
As of Wednesday with one more week left in regular season
Final push for league championship being made by the top teams in the standings
Youth Track event set for June 4; Hoops camp for June 24-28
Tom Conklin has these two local events planned to get youths involved in sporting activities
Sherman senior advances to consolation semifinals
Sherman senior Maddie Belshe won a consolation match and advanced all the way to the semifinal bracket, but wound up losing on the second day of 4A/3A/2A/1A state tennis action at the University of Oregon campus in Eugene.
Rangers are hoping to catch some lightning in a state bottle
It has been business as usual for the Dufur Ranger baseball team, as it kicks off the start of the 2013 state playoffs on the road in John Day at 4:30 p.m. tonight against No. 1-seeded Grant Union.
Team is underdog on the road versus Churchill
The Dalles Wahtonka softball finds itself in familiar territory tonight with a chance to put itself one step closer towards a championship matchup. While it is nice to think that far ahead, the Eagle Indians are focused on the next step in a first-round tussle on the road at 5 p.m. tonight against the Churchill Lancers.
Baseball team hosts Corvallis at 4:30 p.m. tonight
Two teams who faced each other early in the 2013 campaign lock horns again at 4:30 p.m. tonight – there is much more on the line this time around however. The No. 6 seeded Corvallis Spartans come to town for a first-round state baseball playoff game against No. 3 The Dalles Wahtonka for an opportunity to extend their season.
North Wasco County School Board candidates Dean McAllister, John Nelson and Eric Nerdin won seats in the Tuesday, May 21, special district election, as did Bill Wolfe and John Willer, the firefighter-backed ticket at Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue.
JOSE CASTRO, 4, plays with a puzzle at the Children's Fair in City Park Saturday, May 18. The table was run by Columbia Gorge Education Services. Mark B. Gibson
WASHINGTON — Twitter is booming as a social media destination for teenagers who complain about too many adults and too much drama on Facebook, according to a new study published Tuesday about online behavior. It said teens are sharing more personal information about themselves even as they try to protect their online reputations. Teens told researchers there were too many adults on Facebook and too much sharing of teenage angst and inane details like what a friend ate for dinner.
The Legislature has agreed that Oregon residents from three Pacific Ocean island nations won’t have to renew their driver’s licenses each year.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that would provide more environmental protections against derelict vessels in Washington’s waterways.