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Locals bring light to Rocket Run

The annual Fourth of July Rocket Run held on July 4 in The Dalles attracted a large crowd to help raise funds for the annual firework display, sponsored by Mid-Columbia Health Foundation and MCMC Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery.

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Telles grabs first Dakotas Tour win

TD grad shoots 65 on final day for two-stroke triumph

Last summer, Damian Telles was at a crossroads, debating whether golf was in his future. Dealing with some personal matters, Telles, 25, contemplated stepping away from the game to begin a new life as a civilian in the working world. It all started with taking a step back in life, looking at the pictures and looking at what he had in front of him and what changes were needed in order to be better and move forward in whichever direction he decided to go.

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Civil War veteran honored

More than 150 years after the Civil War ended, the remains of a Union soldier are going home for a burial with full military honors. The cross country journey of the late Jewett Williams begins in Oregon and ends in Maine, with two stops in the gorge on Monday, Aug. 1. Area residents are being urged by Rod Runyon, Northeast District ride captain for the Patriot Guard Riders, to pay their respects to Williams when the carrier holding his cremated remains has brief stops in Cascade Locks and The Dalles.

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Brush fire burning on east end of The Dalles

A brush fire is burning near railroad tracks on the east end of The Dalles, near Big Jim’s diner. A Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue crew is on scene fighting the blaze in dried grass and vegetation.

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Local events and camps upcoming

Summer brings more kids out for sports

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Pitching, defense hurt 15U All-Stars

Five hurlers walk 15 in 20-9 loss to Alberta

The Dalles 15U All Stars totaled 14 hits and plenty of chances to score, but five different pitchers combined to walk 15 batters and the defense committed six errors in a 20-9 mercy-ruled loss to Alberta, Canada Tuesday in pool play action at the Babe Ruth Regional Tournament in Camas, Wash.

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Bringing passion to the sidelines

Lynn Cowdrey takes the reins at South Wasco County

As a player, a teacher, administrator and a coach, Lynn Cowdrey has enjoyed success at every level. Now back in the coaching game for the first time since the 2011-2012 season, Cowdrey is set to take over the South Wasco County girls’ basketball program.

Chronicle award list

The Dalles Chronicle netted seven awards in the 2016 Oregon Better Newspaper Contest for articles, editorials and graphics that were published last year. Reporter Neita Cecil received second place in the Best Enterprise Reporting category for a series of five stories in October and November written about the plight of a homeless mother and her five children. The articles unfolded as events occurred, including the removal of the children from motel room after the mother was arrested for a warrant involving methamphetamine use. The children, who were unable to attend school because of their situation, were sent to live with their father in Yakima.

Pot tax on Mosier ballot

This fall, the city of Mosier will ask local voters whether they want to impose a 3 percent city tax on marijuana retailers’ sale of “certain marijuana items.” On July 20, the Mosier City Council approved placing a ballot measure on the Nov. 8 general election ballot asking citizens for the authority to levy a tax on the sale of recreational marijuana.

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Babe Ruth teams prepping for huge tournaments

15U baseball starts today; Softball plays on Wednesday

The Dalles Babe Ruth has two team still alive in the playoffs with action starting today for the 15U All-Stars in Camas, Wash. The 14U All-Star softball players hit the field on Wednesday afternoon for the start of pool play at the World Series in Jensen Beach, Fla.

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Wonderworks event a hit for kids

Thirty youths take part in second annual obstacle course

Local runners came out in full force for the Fort Dalles Days 3k and 5k run/walk and 30 kids participated in the second annual Little Wrangler Obstacle Course on July 16 at Sorosis Park in The Dalles. In the 3k race, William Booth took home first place with a final time of 16 minutes and eight seconds. Paul Jones, who had a mark of 26:36, was the men’s 5k run winner, and Genevieve Urness won the women’s 5k race with a solid time of 26:41.

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CG Hustlers eliminated from postseason

Team is swept in two games Saturday at Dallas High

Players and coaches spend so much time with one another during the regular season to the point of developing friendships and a togetherness. Such is the case for the Columbia Gorge Hustlers, who had their season cut short Saturday after two losses by scores of 7-2 and 13-2 to the Salem Dirtbags in American Legion Super Regionals baseball play at Dallas High School.

Pot tax on Mosier ballot

This fall, the city of Mosier will ask local voters whether they want to impose a 3 percent city tax on marijuana retailers’ sale of “certain marijuana items.”

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Champion dancer fires up viewers

A recent exchange of students from American Samoa visiting The Dalles was such a success that the local students – from Wahtonka Community School – hope to visit Samoa next year. The visiting group of students are part of a peer leader program that draws students from various local schools, said Moelilia Seui, executive director of the program, Intersections, Inc.

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Making the transition

In a wide-ranging interview that touched on everything from bras to bathrooms, a transgender woman who hopes to meet her grandchildren living in The Dalles quipped that she’s transparent about being transgender. Growing up in conservative Roseburg, Kim Mason was then 9-year-old Tim Mason when she realized she was different. She began playing dress-up, and once fashioned an old yellow rain jacket into a skirt. She’d steal her mother’s lipstick and paint her toenails.

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A life filled with secrets

Kim Mason has spent a lifetime living with secrets. First was the dawning realization during her childhood in Roseburg — she was a boy named Tim Mason then — that she was trapped in the wrong body.

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‘Packy’ explores his new home at OR zoo

North America’s oldest Asian elephant bull, named “Packy,” is now exploring his new outdoor habitat at the Oregon Zoo in Portland.

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Northwest ATV: Check conditions before riding forest trails

August is nearly here, and at the time of this writing the Rock Creek Riding Area is open for motorcycle and ATV riding.

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Looking Back from July 24

Looking back on July 24, from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle

Editorial: Repaying the ultimate sacrifice

It should be a no-brainer for the Wasco County Commission to approve a property tax exemption for spouses of first responders who lose their lives in the line of duty.

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