To the editor: Time for a change. Considering the large increase in the city budget from $35 to $58 million and the recently knowledge of our city’s budget being $12 million over Hermiston’s convinced me to speak out. The water rates are a bone of contention in almost everyone’s conversation. Many people refuse to water their property at all for fear of exceeding their limit. Small business owners are feeling their rates are unfair also. Learning of the six year automatic increase already in place is further frustration. Those of us struggling to live on a fixed income in the private sector are alarmed. We won’t receive increases in retirement benefits that can compete with the increases in our service.
To the editor: Kudos to The Chronicle for its recent article on City Councilor Carolyn Wood and challenger Taner Elliott. The article exposed important differences between the two candidates. Here is my take: Carolyn Wood, who makes her living managing properties, touts her over two decade’s experience, as the most important reason to vote for her. For experience, Wood has been on virtually every board in the county and has two stints on city council for a total of 12 years. She has city budget experience and has helped it grow from $35 million in 2007 to almost $58 million today.
To the editor: I am writing to promote the re-election of Rod Runyon. I have known Rod for over 25 years as a coach and also as a fellow local insurance agent. More recently, I have become a friend and supporter for Rod. He is the perfect example of a community leader. I see him EVERYWHERE! He gives to the community every chance he can through volunteer work. He is a creature of service. We have all heard the phrase, “Time is money.” If that is truly the case, we are the richest county to have Rod Runyon as our county commissioner.
To the editor: Back in 1999, I discovered my parent’s sewer bill (inside city limits) was $17.25 while mine (outside city limits) was $29.25. I called City of The Dalles to find out why. I was told that since I don’t pay city taxes, I would have to make up for it by paying more on the sewer bill. This has continued for years with ever increasing hikes.
As a young man I stood on the side of the environmentalist. On a personal level, a healthy, vibrant natural environment was critical to my day-to-day happiness. I roamed the woods and creeks and fished the pond.
Third and fourth grade title game features two TD squads
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SALEM — The Oregon Supreme Court hears oral arguments Tuesday on a lawsuit challenging legislative changes to the state pension system. Gov. John Kitzhaber and the Legislature last year reduced retirees’ annual cost of living increases. Public employees quickly appealed. For decades, pension checks have increased at a rate of 2 percent annually. The legislative action taken to reduce the system’s unfunded liability reduced the adjustment to 1.25 percent on benefit amounts up to $60,000 and 0.15 on benefits exceeding $60,000.
TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A pet parrot that spoke with a British accent when it disappeared from its home four years ago has been reunited with its owner — and the bird now speaks Spanish.
Measure 91 would regulate and tax manufacture and distribution of marijuana in Oregon, for use by people age 21 and over. People over 21 could legally have four homegrown marijuana plants and eight ounces of usable marijuana at a given time, 16 ounces in solid form at a given time, and 72 ounces in liquid form for noncommercial purposes. They cannot have more than one ounce of usable marijuana in a public place. Possessing more than these amounts carries criminal penalties ranging from a felony to a violation, depending on the amount. Taxes raised will go to schools, drug treatment and police. It preserves current landlord-tenant rights and retains workplace drug-free laws. Two views on the measure: Pot should stay illegal" and "Prohibition should end."
Weekend fishing opportunities and links to full Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife recreation reports for the Willamette, Central, Columbia, Northeast and Southeast zones.
Editorial cartoons from Oct. 12
Crews open a garage door to attack a fire creating heavy black smoke to issue from inside a building in the 2000 block of West Second, adjacent to the Gorge Farm and Feed retail store, noon Saturday, Oct. 12. According to unconfirmed reports, the fire was contained to a vehicle inside the structure. Dallesport and Hood River provided mutual aid for the fire, and Second Street was temporarily closed.
Oct. 12 from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle
The Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy will again be organizing boys traveling basketball teams this winter for local boys from the third-through-eighth grades.