An inspiration to all she met, MariAnne Sansour has succumbed to ALS, known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, after a six-year battle that she fought on her own terms, with faith, grit and humor. Ironically, her death, on May 13, occurred during ALS Awareness Month. She was 69.
Warm Springs Police Department officers conducting a welfare check found the body of Candelaria Rhoan, age 30, inside her home in the early morning hours of May 19. Although an autopsy is pending, responding officers believe Rhoan (pronounced "Roan") died violently.
Pete Shepherd, interim director of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, said one of the most important things he’s learned in his more than 23 years of public service is “the importance of listening to people speak from their heart in the place where they live.”
Booster Club golf, Cherry Crush and Dance recital all planned
Booster Club to host Golf Classic The Dalles Booster Club is holding its inaugural TD Booster Club Golf Classic at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Dalles Country Club. This a shotgun start and all community members are welcome to attend this fundraiser. Each team consists of four players in a scramble format. There will be side games, contests and prizes available. Dinner will be served at the conclusion of the event. Costs are $500 for a team and $125 for an individual. For more information, call, Daniel Bonham at 541-506-9185 or send an email to daniel @thedallesboosterclub .com. Jumpstart Track Meet on tap The 15th annual Jumpstart Elementary School Track Meet is open for all boys and girls from kindergarten through fifth grade at the Wahtonka Track from 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24. There is no entry fee and if kids stop by before 6 p.m., registration is not necessary. Ribbons are offered for the top five boys and girls in each event. For information or to volunteer, go to jumpstartyouthactivities@ gmail.com. Dance Academy holding recital The Dalles Dance Academy will be involved in its year-end recital open to the public starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at The Dalles High School Auditorium. Cost is $4 per person and the money raised goes towards the Riverhawk cheerleading program.
The Dalles girls’ tennis tandem of Kiana Pielli and Johanna Wilson defeated Marist Catholic’s Ellie Cross and Nithya Vaikuntam, 6-2, 6-3 in their opening state match Thursday to advance into the quarterfinal rounds in Portland. They played against the No. 2 seed, Lia VanSteeter and Remy Noble, of Crescent Valley, earlier today.
The Cherry City Crush 10U Traveling Softball team is hosting its annual tournament this weekend at Sorosis Park in The Dalles. The Crush, coached by Ryan LeBreton, David Jones and Joe Abbas, hit the field for their first game at 9 a.m. against Vancouver, Wash., and then play at 1 p.m. against cross-town rivals, Hood River Valley. For more information on the program go to www.facebook.com.
Dufur senior places third at state event in Redmond
Dufur senior Zach Christiansen qualified for regionals after picking up third-place honors in the Steer Daubing event at the OHSET State Championships in Redmond at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo in Bank of the Cascades Event Center in Redmond last weekend. Christiansen had a first-go time of 1.413 seconds, and then had a second-go time of 2.511 for his 3.924 total with two caught cows for his high placing. The senior also placed 16th overall in Individual Flags, where he posted a 10.026, less than two seconds off the state-record time of 8.291 set by Roseburg’s Emily Spence. Christiansen sets his sights on the regional event on Sunday, June 19 at Moses Lake, Wash. where he competes against the top-5 athletes from Oregon and Washington. Dufur equestrian head coach Siri Olson had Christiansen and fellow senior Kaylee Martilla on her roster this season, but both participated in all three OHSET events in Redmond, and had some solid runs, scores and times. “It has been a pleasure work to with these two outstanding seniors this year,” Olson said. “They have shown nothing but dedication and hard work at every practice. Their continued improvement throughout the season in their individual events and in their team events is representative of how a team works together. These two seniors will be sorely missed.” Olson said the program would not have had the amount of success it did without the generosity of local businesses such as Morrow County Grain Growers, Mid-Columbia Producers, C.H. Urness Motors, J.W Underground Inc., Ultimizers Inc., and Optimist Printers.
Two doubles, one singles make run to second day
The Dalles boys’ tennis team had two doubles teams and a singles player move in to second-day action at the 5A Special District 1 Tournament ending Saturday in Hermiston. Jesus Barajas and Brandon Bustamante defeated their Hood River Valley opponents in three sets, by scores of 7-5, 2-6, 10-8 to advance into the quarterfinals. After a second-round bye, they lost 2-6, 3-6 to a Hermiston team, but moved onto play for Day 2.
SWC senior has 47-feet-3 inch final throw at state
As a freshman, Ellis Rager’s first shotput attempt sailed 30-feet-6.5 inches. In his first two years, his best district finish was sixth place. As an upperclassman, the South Wasco County senior has been on top of the 1A world. Thursday, Rager put an exclamation point on a stellar career with a personal-record shotput toss of 47-3 to capture his second consecutive state title at the 1A OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires Track and Field State Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene. It was amazing how far he had come. “It goes to show hard work and a weight program can get you almost anywhere in life,” Rager said. Rager and Dufur senior Keith Blake were embroiled in a shot-for-shot battle through the first two rounds.
The Dalles High School senior Madeleine Morgan presents highlights of her exchange student trip to England at The Dalles Rotary Club meeting in the Civic Auditorium fireside room Wednesday.
John Huffman is bringing more than 22 years as a small business owner, including marketing and promotion in broadcasting, to his new position as community outreach director for Mid-Columbia Medical Center.
A group of parents with students in next year’s graduating class at The Dalles High School have an ambitious plan for boosting 2017 graduation rates: a three-day trip to Disneyland. The senior party was announced last month, giving the class of 2017 extra time to fundraise.
The Wasco County Fair is sticking with the theme “What Happens in Tygh Vegas…” Despite receiving pushback from 4-H and others, the fair board unanimously approved the 2016 theme at its May 9 meeting in Tygh Valley. Zachary Harvey, chairman of the fair board, said he, Chris Schanno, Colleena Tenold-Sauter, Ken Polehn and Michael Hunt did discuss changing the theme before making their final decision.
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has good news to deliver at Saturday’s town hall in The Dalles about progress to rename the local veterans’ clinic after a soldier who earned the Medal of Honor for heroism in Korea. The town hall will be held in Wasco County will be held at 8:30 a.m. on May 21 at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, 402 E. Scenic Drive.
I want to invite our community to The Dalles Middle School’s performance of The Pirates of Penzance. The play is entertaining and the kids are really enjoying themselves.
To the editor: This is an open letter to Oregon Governor Kate Brown... I am the proprietor of a country grocery store in Dufur, built in 1905 and serving our community for over 100 years.
To the editor: I have just learned that our federal representative, Greg Walden, is endorsing Donald Trump for president. For me, it is a sad day for honor and values in Oregon and America. How is it possible that Mr. Walden can suspend his value system in order to align with his political club over the wellbeing of our state and country? Or, has his value system shifted to such an extreme during his long tenure in Congress that he has lost perspective on what makes our country great?
Class of 2017 has eyes on Disneyland
Athletes of the Week Profiles Name: Kiana Pielli Sport: Tennis Grade: 11 Favorite Class: AP English Favorite Athlete: Johanna Wilson and Richard Sherman Favorite Food: Lasagna Favorite Movie and/or TV Show: Dr. Who/Gaurdians of the Galaxy ------ Name: Johanna Wilson Sport: Tennis Grade: 12 Favorite Class: AP U.S. History Favorite Athlete: Damian Lillard Favorite Food: Egg Nog Favorite Movie and/or TV Show: Gone Girl/Parks and Recreation Last Week: At the 5A Special District 1 Tennis Championships at Sunriver, Pielli and Wilson won three consecutive matches in straight sets to move into the championship round. They lost 6-1, 6-2 in the finals for second-place honors at the tournament, but qualified for the state tournament this week in Portland. They finished the regular season with a 21-2 record with their only losses to the defending state champions, from Bend. Coach Quote from Debby Jones: “A dream come true for Kiana. She has really developed poise and confidence,” Jones said of the junior earning a state qualification. “Johanna is the heart and soul of our team. It is so exciting when you see hard work and dedication pay off for such a great kid.”
2016 Columbia River Softball Conference All-League List 1ST TEAM - PITCHER Lauren Richards (10) Pendleton Hannah McNerney (10) HRV Maddy Bradford (12) The Dalles CATCHER Zoe Munn (10) HRV Jamie Hinkley (12) Hermiston INFIELD Ruthie Ford (12) The Dalles Ellie Richards (12) Pendleton Kiersten Murphy (12) Pendleton Kalan McGlothan (10) Pendleton Ellery Jones (11) Hermiston