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‘Cheetahpult’ helping speedy residents stay fit

A custom-made contraption has catapulted the Oregon Zoo’s cheetahs toward a new level of fitness. Dubbed the “cheetahpult,” it’s an 8-foot wooden device that flings a ball far enough for a cheetah — the fastest land animal on earth — to chase. After more conventional ball launchers fell short, the cheetahpult was designed and built by staff members with the zoo’s speediest residents in mind.

August 17, 2018 4:10 p.m. read more..

Development applications sought

Sherman Development League (SDL) grant application forms for projects and/or programs in Sherman County will become available Sept. 10. Grants can be applied for by 501(c)(3) and other non-profit organizations.

August 17, 2018 4:05 p.m. read more..

Oregon: Check wage withholding

The Oregon Department of Revenue is urging Oregon employees to check their wage withholding to ensure enough is held back from each paycheck to cover their 2018 Oregon income tax liability. This is particularly important for anyone who filled out the 2018 federal Form W-4 and provided it to their employer.

August 17, 2018 4:04 p.m. read more..

Wash. campfire ban extended

Campfires are now banned on all lands protected from wildfire by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) east of the Cascades. This ban joins many other jurisdictions that have also prohibited campfires. “We’ve had 47 wildfires started by campfires this year,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz.

August 17, 2018 4:03 p.m. read more..

Hert brings passion to Babe Ruth baseball

Up at the crack of dawn, sometimes in cold conditions, Butch Hert would climb aboard his mower and manicure the diamonds at Kramer Field. For more than four decades, it has been the same routine – It is a labor of love.

August 17, 2018 2:24 p.m. read more..

D21 bond backers kick off effort

Some 50 people attended the kickoff event Aug. 4 for supporting the $235 million bond measure that goes before voters in November to replace four schools in The Dalles. Phil Brady, a teacher at the high school, said the group was participating in something historic. “There’s not many times when something this big gets started.”

August 17, 2018 2:15 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: McLeod-Skinner event

To the editor: You have probably read or heard a lot of what is good or not good about candidates to represent us in Congress. But coming up soon, you can find out for yourself what your options are. Jamie McLeod-Skinner will be in the area the weekend of Aug. 25 and 26.

August 17, 2018 1:58 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Greatly disappointed

To the editor: I was greatly disappointed in (Mark Gibson’s) “Crosstalk” response in the Aug. 8 Chronicle. I thought your column was supposed to reflect a more liberal point of view in contrast to the vile, name-calling, misinformed screeds coming from our beloved editor.

August 17, 2018 1:57 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Don’t devalue others

To the editor: I’m disappointed that sometimes members of our Gorge community cannot discuss or write about politics without calling other people names, as Kris Wilhelm, of Hood River, did on several occasions in her letter to the editor published in the Saturday/Sunday edition of The Dalles Chronicle (“Walden working hard,” Aug. 11-12, 2018). It makes me wonder if those who must use labels are afraid that if they really consider and think about positions that are different than their own that they may actually adjust those positions.

August 17, 2018 1:55 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Editor not telling truth

To the editor: The Chronicle editor was very distant from the truth in her Aug. 8 diatribe about socialism, stating that it “… failed everywhere it has been tried.” The Scandinavian countries don’t think their system has failed. They have many successful examples of democratic socialism that are similar to those advocated by Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez especially in health care and education.

August 17, 2018 1:54 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Thank you Walden

To the editor: We may not be the one’s yelling, but we are the ones who are thankful for all the work Greg Walden is doing for us. Most recently he has worked to fix some of the forest management at Crooked River Ranch, passed legislation to end the opioid crisis, worked to expand rural broadband, and obtained a pardon for Dwight and Steven Hammond — and all of this has happened in just a little over a month.

August 17, 2018 1:54 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Support county fair

To the editor: It is time once again for the Wasco County Fair at Hunt’s Park in Tygh Valley. Come celebrate our county and the wonderful people in it. I am always amazed that when I invite people to the fair, many say, “Where is that?”

August 17, 2018 1:53 p.m. read more..

USDA adds new tools

Agricultural producers have new resources available to them to prepare for and recover from impacts of natural disasters on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new website,

August 17, 2018 1:50 p.m. read more..

Years of helping vets at an end

The Wasco County Commission started Wednesday’s meeting by honoring Jean Maxwell, who is retiring from nearly eight years of recruiting and training a volunteer work force to help veterans. “We have a distinguished guest,” said Steve Kramer, who chairs the county board, when introducing Maxwell to the audience.

August 17, 2018 1:48 p.m. read more..

Fire safety team eyes camp sites

There have been 200 abandoned campfires in the past several weeks within the Mt. Hood National Forest and a special team of fire prevention experts is now on the move to educate visitors about safety restrictions in place during hot and dry weather. “Everybody needs to be aware of the dangers of wildfire, while still enjoying the many recreational benefits the national forest provides,” said Mark Wiles, leader of the Mt. Hood National Forest NW Area Fire Prevention Team.

August 17, 2018 1:45 p.m. read more..

Famed TD cartoonist on film

John Chambers was clear at the other end of the hall at The Dalles High School when he heard the bam of someone getting slammed, hard, into a locker. The slamee was John Callahan, the eventually famous cartoonist whose life story is told in the recently released movie, “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” which opens Friday, Aug. 24, at Columbia Cinemas in The Dalles.

August 17, 2018 1:39 p.m. read more..


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