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Letter to the Editor: High cost of Pharma

To the editor: During the recent debate in Bend between Congressman Greg Walden and Jamie McLeod Skinner, Walden claimed one of his accomplishments is bringing down the cost of pharmaceuticals. Have you seen the price of your meds go down recently? Me either. And given Walden’s financial support from the pharmaceutical industry (“Big Pharma”) and his consistent voting record in its favor, it’s not likely those costs will be coming down anytime soon.

October 19, 2018 1:22 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Vote yes on M104

To the editor: I’ve dedicated my 30-year career to helping Oregonians find their perfect first home. As a realtor and a homeowner, I’m concerned with the recent attempts to eliminate the home mortgage interest and property tax deductions without the required three-fifths super-majority vote of the legislature. These proposals would make it harder for many Oregonians to buy a home.

October 19, 2018 1:21 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Appreciate Walden

To the editor: I appreciate all the help Greg Walden has provided Oregonians in the Second District in this last election cycle. I would encourage everyone to vote for him in the upcoming election. There have been a lot of negative things said about him by some people who are never happy unless they are tearing someone down. Remember, a vote for Greg Walden is a vote for yourself.

October 19, 2018 1:20 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Support school bond

To the editor: I am writing in strong support of the North Wasco County School District 21 bond proposal, Measure 33-98. Full disclosure: I am a new member of the D21 school board, but I am not speaking on behalf of the board, just as a citizen, as a parent of two children, and as an active volunteer on behalf of our schools.

October 19, 2018 1:20 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Kate is clear choice

To the editor: As a small town Oregonian who values workers and cares about working families and healthy communities, Kate Brown has my vote for governor. The choice is clear: Brown passed the nation's first fair scheduling law for workers, increased the minimum wage as well as paid sick leave for parents to be able to care for their ill children when needed. This is in stark contrast to Knute Buehler who opposed an increased minimum age, paid sick leave and family medical leave.

October 19, 2018 1:20 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Examine the rhetoric

To the editor: Measure 106 would prohibit the use of Oregon tax dollars to pay for abortions. By way of comparison, the federal government has banned the use of federal tax money to pay for abortions since 1976. Please read Ballot Measure 106 for yourself and examine the rhetoric of those who claim that it will “deny women access to essential reproductive health care.”

October 19, 2018 1:19 p.m. read more..

Ballots mailed today

Ballots will be mailed out Wednesday, Oct. 17, and those going overseas, to the military or out of state have already been issued. Wasco County Elections Clerk Lisa Gambee said ballots should arrive in mailboxes within two to three days after they are sent out, depending on where people live in the county.

October 16, 2018 3:05 p.m. read more..

Food program gets boost

Columbia State Bank challenged customers and employees to donate canned and boxed food items for the Community Backpack Program and, by the end of one month, had a big stash to deliver. The “Take a Bag & Fill It” challenge will be an ongoing effort, said Kara Simpson, vice president and branch manager.

October 16, 2018 2:38 p.m. read more..

65th Reunion

The Dalles High School Class of 1953 held their 65th reunion September 21 and 22, with a gathering at Spooky’s Restaurant on Friday evening and dinner on Saturday evening at the Shilo Inn Portage Grill.

October 16, 2018 2:35 p.m. read more..

Subdivision approved in TD

The Dalles Community Development Department has approved a proposal to subdivide one 7.65 acre parcel adjacent to W. Scenic Drive, Radio Way and the city limits into 33 parcels ranging in size from 5,000 to 46,127 square feet. The property, owned by First Christian Church, is zoned low density residential. Application was made by Legacy Development Group.

October 16, 2018 2:35 p.m. read more..

WorkSource hosts job fair

WorkSource Columbia Gorge has partnered with local employers from across the Gorge to host a job fair in Washington Thursday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Elks’ Lodge, 124 NE Church Avenue, White Salmon. Participating employers need electronics assemblers, composite engineers, maintenance technicians, database administrators, cabinet makers, and more.

October 16, 2018 2:34 p.m. read more..

Parent questions lack of grant

As the Nov. 6 vote approaches on a $235 million bonding authority to replace four schools, a local woman caused a stir on social media last weekend questioning the district’s decision not to seek a $4 million matching grant for the project. A district official said North Wasco County School District 21 tried but failed to get two smaller planning grants that would’ve helped the district create the extensively detailed reports necessary to seek the larger grant.

October 16, 2018 2:33 p.m. read more..

School Bond: Assessment questioned

Wasco County Assessor Jill Amery sent out a press release last week to explain how passage of a measure to fund new schools would affect property taxes, but her description is being disputed by school officials and supporters of the bond levy. Amery’s account of how Measure 33-98 would play out is refuted by Randy Anderson, chief financial officer for North Wasco County School District 21, and Dr. Analene Pentopolous, chair of the Strong Community Schools committee, proponents of the bond.

October 16, 2018 2:31 p.m. read more..

Position 3 candidates share vision for city

City of The Dalles Incumbent Russ Brown, a retired contractor, has been challenged for the Position 3 council seat by Tiffany Prince, executive assistant to the president and board of education at Columbia Gorge Community College. Both candidates were presented with six questions and asked to respond in their own words, with a limit of 200 words per question.

October 16, 2018 2:27 p.m. read more..

Masters Family Circus to perform

Students at St. Mary’s Academy have a busy week planned as they prepare to join the circus. They will be learning the basics of circus performance ahead of this weekend’s “Masters Family Circus” performances Saturday and Sunday, with two shows daily at 2 and 5 p.m. at the academy, 1112 Cherry Heights Rd. in The Dalles.

October 16, 2018 2:14 p.m. read more..

Youth League hoops has signups

The Gorge Hoops Basketball League is opening a second registration day from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Riv Cafe, located at 401 E. 10th Street in The Dalles. Local boys and girls, from Washington and Oregon, from first-through-eighth grades, are welcomed to join this gorge-wide league, which is for school teams only.

October 16, 2018 1:56 p.m. read more..

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