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A literary outing for students

The Dalles High School junior Natalie Varland read the bi-lingual Spanish book she wrote to some second graders at Colonel Wright Elementary, then asked: “Did I pronounce everything right?” She had. For eight years now, TDHS Spanish teacher Brian Greeley has had his students create their own 10-12 page illustrated bi-lingual children’s stories, which they then read to younger students at Colonel Wright.

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

‘Bridges to Change’ plans expansion

Entering its second year in The Dalles, Bridges to Change intends to greatly expand its existing program to help people released from jail and prison reintegrate into society. In 2017, the nonprofit opened its first house on 11th Street in The Dalles, offering sobriety programs, job services, community building and lifeskills.

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

Sea lions focus of fish survival war

NEWPORT — The 700-pound sea lion blinked in the sun, sniffed the sea air and then lazily shifted to the edge of the truck bed and plopped onto the beach below. Freed from the cage that carried him to the ocean, the massive marine mammal shuffled into the surf, looked left, looked right and then began swimming north as a collective groan went up from wildlife officials who watched from the shore. After two days spent trapping and relocating the animal designated #U253, he was headed back to where he started — an Oregon river 130 miles from the Pacific Ocean that's become an all-you-can-eat fish buffet for hungry sea lions.

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

Racing elite highlight St. Patrick’s Day run

As the crowd gathered for the 11th annual St. Patrick’s Day River Trail run/walk, many of the runners knew the competition was going to be tough. Former high school standouts, collegiate athletes and state champions such as Randall Jones, Greg Glesener, Luke Conklin and Ben Iremonger, to name a few, were part of the cast of 107 characters gathered at Lewis and Clark Park last Saturday, ready to try their best to claim top status.

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

TD track stays on its hot streak

With a pair of victories in his back pocket from the Mullen-Leavitt Invitational, The Dalles standout Justin Conklin improved on his times and heights against much stiffer competition this time around for first-place outputs in the high jump and 110-meter hurdles at the Sherwood Opener Wednesday at Sherwood High School.

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

SWC girls grab win at C-W Relays

Ana Popchock picked up a personal record of 16-feet-8-inches to take first place in the long jump and Madisen Davis had a top toss of 116-11 for top billing as the South Wasco County girls’ track team rattled off 54 points to take first place at the Condon-Wheeler Relays Wednesday at Condon High School.

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

Sherman track is rising up

Owen Christiansen scored a victory, and the trio of Makoa Whitaker, Keenan Coles and Mercedez Cardona chipped in runner-up finishes, as the Husky boys were third and the girls fourth at the Condon-Wheeler Relays Wednesday in Condon.

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

Sunsational Charm Trail expands

The sixth year of the Sunsational Charm Trail is being launched by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce with the American Empress now onboard. Lisa Farquharson, executive director of the chamber, said the cruise ship has agreed to carry the starter bracelet, display and brochures in its gift store.

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

Four arrested in beating of teen

Three juveniles and one adult were all charged with second-degree assault and first-degree robbery for the beating of a teen Monday afternoon that left the youth unconscious. The caller reported a “student” was beat up with a “large stick,” according to the log.

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

Gorge powers Google Wind Challenge

Students from around the Gorge took part in the fifth annual Google Wind Challenge on Saturday, March 17 at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center in The Dalles. This year, more than 190 students from 16 local high schools and middle schools competed to build the competition’s top turbines.

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

Multnomah Falls view opens

Multnomah Falls’ lower viewing platform is open to the public for the first time since it was closed over six months ago due to the Eagle Creek fire, the Oregonian/OregonLive reported Monday.

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

Letter to the Editor: Pain of ‘my kids’

To the editor: In a 30-year teaching career, my students mattered to me. And then, on a day when young people across the country were walking out of classrooms, spending 17 minutes in honor of those 17 murdered in a school just like theirs, some of our kids felt the seriousness of the day and joined them; about the most rational, human response any of us could have had. So, what did we as adults do when the kids walked?

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

Letter to the Editor: Proud of students

To the editor: While some of the students who attended the March 14th walkout at TDHS may have thought it was only a tribute to the 17 massacred at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, clearly the Parkland, Florida students who spearheaded this national event want more than thoughts, prayers and tributes. They want CHANGE. In any case, I am proud of ALL the students who walked out, for whatever reason.

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

Bats bring some sting in Riverhawk romp

Last season, The Dalles softball team needed eight games to score 43 runs and didn’t earn its first win until April 22. So far this spring, the Riverhawk bats have come alive with 44 runs scored through four games, they are already one win from matching their 2017 total and moved up to No. 5 in the 5A rankings following a 25-3 mercy-ruled dismantling of Redmond in non-league softball action Tuesday at 16th Street Ballpark.

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

Golfers get season started at Riverhawk Invite

As an inexperienced freshman on the varsity golf circuit, Samantha Stansbury had the lowest score of her teammates and Lydia Evans finished with a 135, as The Dalles Riverhawk golfers averaged a 134.2 on the scorecards, with the top four putting up 521 strokes for sixth place at Tuesday’s Riverhawk Invitational at The Dalles Country Club.

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

The Dalles misses out on chance to defeat Ridgeview

The Dalles baseball team tallied six hits, six walks and a hit batter, but stranded six runners on base, four in scoring position, and had two runners thrown out at third base in Tuesday’s 5-4 loss at No. 11-ranked Ridgeview.

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

Sherman explodes on Union/Cove

The duo of Jacob Justesen and Brett Troutman combined for six hits, three runs scored and seven RBIs in the Sherman baseball team’s 11-0 mercy-ruled victory on the road against Union/Cove Tuesday.

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

Cougar found at downtown TD motel

A cougar was euthanized Tuesday morning at the Oregon Motor Motel after it was deemed a public safety risk. The cougar was spotted at the same motel early Sunday morning.

March 20, 2018 4:38 p.m. read more..


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