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Letter to the editor: Shop local?

To the editor: “Shop locally.” Sounds good, doesn’t it? But as a woman with very little mobility, downtown The Dalles is impossible. I’m especially angry that two parking spaces in front of Klindt’s have been swallowed. Nearly all of the handicapped parking is the heck and gone away from shopping spots. Crud, if I could walk from the spaces at the transportation center, I wouldn’t need a walker.

Letter to the editor: Thanks city

To the editor: I live on Thompson Street and I want to thank Mayor Steve Lawrence and the city council for getting our street fixed without $10,000 out of our pocket, interest and a lien on our property. Past City Manager Nolan Young badgered the residents of Thompson Street for years over this.

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Burkhardt joins Chronicle newsroom

There’s a new reporter in town. As of this week, D. C. Jesse Burkhardt has stepped in as The Dalles Chronicle’s new government reporter. Burkhardt, a University of Oregon graduate, has more than two decades of experience in community journalism, and his roots in the Columbia River Gorge run deep. From 1994 until 2011, Burkhardt served as editor of The Enterprise, the weekly newspaper in White Salmon, and he has lived in several gorge communities, including The Dalles and Hood River in Oregon and White Salmon and Snowden in Washington.

Fourth of July volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to help make the third annual Independence Day party in The Dalles a success. Nolan Hare, festival director for the Fort Dalles Fourth Committee, said there are positions available for all ages and activity levels, beginning on the morning of July 2 and continuing around the clock through July 15.

New info in sex abuse case

A police interview with the senior pastor of First Christian Church showed that church officials had “expressed concerns” about the behavior of a youth leader who was eventually convicted of sexually abusing teen girls. Michael Cele Stephens, 20, was sentenced to 15 years in prison early this year for sexually abusing six teen girls. He met his victims through the church youth group and 4-H.

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Street Work Nears End...

Thompson Street is closed this week between 10th and 19th streets as The Dalles Public Works crews resurface and pave the roadway that was deeply rutted due to construction work.

Local events going on this week

11U All Stars to sell donuts The Dalles 11U All Stars are selling tickets for a dozen donuts from BaKitchen in The Dalles. The tickets cost $10 and are good for any dozen. Tickets sold expire on July 1, 2017. For information or to buy, call 541-993-5569. TD Cheer holds yard sale The Dalles Cheer team is holding its annual yard sale on the front lawn of TDHS from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18. All donations are accepted, and individuals can drop off items at 6:45 a.m. on Friday. For information, email kelseyesugg@live.com. TD XC starts summer workout The Dalles Cross Country team will begin its offseason running program at Sorosis Park. This is open to middle, high school and St. Mary’s Academy boys and girls. During June, the plan is to meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:30 p.m. For additional information, call Bob Thouvenel at 541-298-1119. Youth football signups on tap The Dalles Youth Football organization has registration open for boys and girls from first-through-sixth grades . The price is $100 for tackle athletes from grades 3-6. For flag football for boys and girls in grades 1-2, the costs start at $40. Go to www.eteamz.com /thedallesyouthfootball to print the handouts tab. Wite Salmon half marathon The White Salmon Half Marathon and four-miler is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 18 at Rheingarten Park. This is free, but donations of $25 are accepted. Register in advance at www.ultrasignup.com.

Pepsi beats ECE to earn BR finals berth

It is coming down to the wire for many of the top Babe Ruth baseball teams. With championship week on the schedule for The Dalles Babe Ruth Organization, there have been several close matchups so far, including a pair of one-run elimination baseball playoff games played Wednesday night at Kramer Field in The Dalles. In first round play, White Salmon defeated Hood River Gray by a 5-4 and, in the semifinal rounds, Pepsi defeated ECE in a tough showdown, 10-9 to advance to Friday’s title game. On the other side of the bracket, Hood River Green squares off against White Salmon in the semifinals at 6 p.m. tonight for a chance at earning a finals berth against Pepsi. There have been five games played so far in a single elimination format to determine the Babe Ruth League champions. Pepsi started play as the No. 1 seed, since they only lost one game during the regular season and wound up with an impressive 11-1 overall record. The second and third place teams, ECE and Hood River Green, were both tied with identical 9-3 records. In the first day of play, Pepsi doubled up on Big Sky by an 8-4 margin and then Hood River Green cruised to a lopsided victory over Lyle.

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Bats swing for the fences

Players representing The Dalles Little League named The Bats from the Rookie/Coach Pitch division enjoyed a breakthrough season under head coach Dave Johnson. The players and coaches are, pictured from left to right, starting in the top row, Coach Johnson, Cayden Whitaker (9), Jeremiah Salazar (8), Andrew Westin (8), Reese Kenslow (8), Colton Churchill (9), and Coach Doug McKinney. In the bottom row are, from left, Boston Johnson (7), Brody Taylor (7), Camden Dooley (7), Ryan Henrikson (6), Ava Barker (7), Mason Ramsey (7), and Carson Ramsey (8), Not pictured is Owen Synder (8). Contributed photo

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Tourney bringing big crowds

SWC, Dufur and Sherman competing in 14-team event

South Wasco county, Dufur and defending 1A state champion Sherman will get an opportunity to show off their skills this week for the Sherman County Basketball Invitational in Moro. With the loss of Brody Myers, Ellis Rager and Travis Hayes, the Redsides have Nick Ward, Haven Stephenson, Ty Herlocker and Skyler Anderson, Keith Kegel and Dawson Herlocker back for coach Jim Hull. “We always look forward to the tournament,” Hull said. “There are always a number of top 1A teams there. It helps show our team what is necessary to compete at a high level for next year.” The Dufur Rangers have a new coach in Ron Townsend overseeing the further development of Connor Uhalde, Ethan Wetherbee, Travis Lucas, Curtis Crawford and a slew of returning freshmen. Sherman coach Bill Blevins has his championship roster intact with Keenan Coles, Max Martin, Treve Martin, Jacob Jusetsen, Kyle Fields, Isaiah Coles and Luke Martin looking to make a repeat run. “If you are a 1A basketball fan, Sherman County is the place to be this week,” Blevins said. “We have some competitive teams from both Oregon and Washington here.” Games run from 4-9 p.m. today in Moro.

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CBRC is sending three to Silver State

Harrison, Brumley and Patnode off to Winnemucca

Columbia Basin Rodeo Club members Bryce Harrison, Morgan Brumley and Joely Patnode each had top-10 performances this past weekend at the state rodeo finals in Prineville to earn spots in the Silver State International Rodeo from June 27 to July 3 in Winnemucca, Nev. Harrison qualified in steer wrestling and calf roping, Brumley punched her SSIR tickets for pole bending and barrel racing, and Patnode is headed to Nevada in breakaway roping and barrels, and partner, Jacee Currin, will make the trip with Patnode for team roping.

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Chocolate Butterfly

The color of rich chocolate, a small butterfly sits on the leaves of a Lupine flower in rural Wasco County in this photo by high school photographer Flora Gibson.

Poll shows school tax support

In welcome news for school officials, a poll of 300 likely voters found 55 percent were willing to pay more taxes to repair or replace schools if the money is spent accountably and ensures access to a high quality modern education.

TD takes no action on trains

The Dalles City Councilor Dan Spatz failed to garner support Monday for his call to have the owners and operators of Bakken crude oil production pay all costs associated with tanker car derailments and fires anywhere in the U.S.

Orlando vigil set Thursday

A vigil for the victims of the Orlando, Fla., mass shooting is set for Thursday, June 16, at 6:30 p.m. in Lewis & Clark Festival Park at the foot of Union Street. Early Sunday, a lone gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

TD church sued over sex abuse

The mother of a sex abuse victim has sued First Christian Church in The Dalles for $5 million, alleging the church did not adequately supervise the youth leader who abused her teen daughter.

Maryhill concert with Tears For Fears postponed

Maryhill concert with Tears For Fears postponed The Saturday, June 18 show at Maryhill Winery with pop band Tears For Fears has been postponed. A statement on Maryhill’s website says management is “actively working with the band to reschedule the show. Fans who purchased tickets to the June 18 show are instructed to retain their tickets, as they will be valid for the rescheduled performance. Should a refund be needed once the new date is announced, please return to your point of purchase. Information on the rescheduled show date will be announced as soon as possible.” A statement on the Tears For Fears website said the band “regrettably announces they have to postpone their summer run of dates in the US due to family illness.”

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Husky Tourney starts Thursday

The Sherman Huskies, South Wasco County Redsides and Dufur Rangers will headline the four-day Sherman Invitational starting at 3 p.m. Thursday in Moro. There will be a three-point contest on Saturday, where Sherman standout Max Martin looks to defend his title. Starting at 10 a.m. Sunday, the teams will play in consolation games and the championship is at 1 p.m.

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14U Crush secures 2nd at NAFA Challenge

Softball squad goes 4-1 in tourney play in Newberg

Playing under scorching conditions, the 14U Cherry City crush maintained their momentum with a 4-1 record and second-place honors at the NAFA 14U B Division West Coast Challenge in Newberg. “I can’t be more proud of our girls,” said Crush coach Leroy Tharp. “They go into these tournaments against some of these teams that come from bigger cities that draw the best kids from all those schools, and compete at a high level. I love the fact that those teams know that they have a battle on their hands and draw that kind of respect from our small community. It’s a great feeling.”

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Hustlers drop home opener to Champion

Legion squad is held to just five hits in their 7-2 loss

With an opportunity to hit the field for the first time this season, Columbia Gorge Hustler head coach Chris Loyd was able to gauge and evaluate his group in its home opener Monday at Bob Williams Field. Even though the Hustlers fell by a 7-2 margin to Champion, the first-year coach said he liked what he saw from an offensive standpoint and continued his excitement about his pitching staff. In all, the Hustlers totaled five hits, received two walks and had his players reach on five Champion errors, but left six runners on base.

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