To the editor: I have known Rodger Nichols for more than 30 years, and believe he is the kind of person we want representing us on the Wasco County Commission. I admired his work so much that I hired him away from The Chronicle to be the news director for our group of radio stations. He has done an excellent job, and I will be sorry to lose him when he takes office next January.
To the editor: This election will have a permanent negative effect on the U.S.A. At the last election, I felt that would be the last normal election. Knowing what I do about end-times and prophecy, we are in very troubling times.
To the editor: Oregon is fortunate in having three outstanding Democratic candidates for the office of Secretary of State, Richard Devlin, Val Hoyle and Brad Avakian, who all bring their respective strengths to the race. However, I would urge Oregon Democrats to cast their vote for Brad Avakian to be our next Secretary of State.
Wasco County Commissioner Scott Hege called Debra Lutje’s opinion piece that ran Jan. 29 in The Dalles Chronicle “offensive” to ranchers but it wasn’t enough to remove her from the Wolf Compensation Committee. Chair Rod Runyon and Commissioner Steve Kramer agreed as all three voted against taking Lutje off the committee that includes one other wolf advocate, two ranchers and two business representatives.
A senior engineer at Insitu, Garry Estep was long retired from the music industry when he was asked to read for a small part in The Dalles Theater Company’s presentation of “Sordid Lives” last year. Next thing he knew, Estep was on stage in his underwear, which led to him joining the theater company’s board of directors, performing in another play—“Dracula the Musical”— and now he’s him directing “The Quintessential Rogers and Hammerstein.”
As Penny Grotting was analyzing winter test results from the local elementary schools, she began to notice something.
An operational failure at The Dalles wastewater treatment plant, combined with a rain event, resulted in discharge of treated but non-disinfected wastewater Wednesday evening through early Thursday morning.
The Dalles girls’ tennis team made sure to put exclamation point on a solid league campaign with an 8-1 win over Pendleton Tuesday in The Dalles. “Real solid efforts all around,” said TD coach Debby Jones. “Pendleton is a lot younger this year as opposed to past years and we were determined to show respect, but dominance all at the same time.” Robin Pashek defeated Jenna Senter by scores of 6-1 and 6-2 at No. 1 singles, and at No. 2, Brittany Bernstein added a 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 triumph over Brandy Brown. Yahira Alvarez also needed three sets to upend Gabby Cuthbert, winning 6-4, 5-7, 10-4 at No. 4 singles, and Natalie Varland defeated Kelsey Cartnell 8-2 in a No. 5 pro-set match. Johanna Wilson and Kiana Pielli breezed past Anne James and Isabelle Chapman, 6-0 and 6-0 in their No. 1 doubles match, and the No. 2 duo of Emma Smith-Ell and Rebekah Kohltfarber outworked Denae Smith and Jessie Patterson by scores of 6-2 and 6-2. Abby Minnick and Ellie Trujillo tacked on a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 3 doubles, and Cassie Vazquez and Tiani Langston dominated their No. 4 doubles match over Bradi Reynolds and Heather Wilcox, 6-1 and 6-0. TD was in Hood River tonight for its final league match, and then head to Bend for the two-day district tournament starting on May 13.
Athlete of the Week Profile Name: Maddy Bradford Sport: Softball Grade: 12 Favorite Class: AP English Favorite Athlete: Buster Posey Favorite Food: French Fries Favorite Movie/TV Show: A League Of Their Own Last Week: Maddy Bradford pitched four games last week and won three, including the program’s first win over Pendleton in 10 games, 9-8, on April 23. The senior led the Riverhawks to a two-game sweep over Hood River Valley Saturday by scores of 2-0 and 9-5. In 14 innings pitched, Bradford struck out 16, allowed 13 hits and three earned runs, and also chipped in three hits, including a home run and two RBIs. She is currently leading the team in RBIs, total hits and home runs. Coach Quote from Steve Garrett: “Maddy has become an awesome team leader, not with words or talk, but by her example on the field. She has stepped up her game to make her a force to be reckoned with, both in the pitching circle as well as at the plate. Kudos to Maddy for an awesome week and season so far.”
Troutman excels, Fields hits slam to lead Huskies
Kyle Fields provided the muscle. Ace pitcher Brett Troutman tapped dance on a minefield, but made the pitches down the stretch to give the No. 3 Huskies their sixth consecutive win, 5-2, over Heppner Tuesday in a Blue Mountain Conference baseball matchup played in Heppner.
TD’s tennis duo is making their mark in the 5A ranks
Johanna Wilson is the boisterous and gregarious player. Kiana Pielli is the shy, demure athlete. Their styles on the tennis court are different in many ways, but also very similar – they want to win. This season, the duo has combined forces and skill set for a dominant run through their schedule with a 15-1 match record and a 30-2 set-win differential. What started as an afterthought early in the season has reaped plenty of benefits for The Dalles’ No. 1 doubles team.
A plastic slide at Tree Top Play Park in The Dalles that was destroyed by arson Feb. 21 has been replaced and is now open for use.
The Dalles City Council is putting $96,500 into a summer concert series organized by musician Nolan Hare and concert promoter Randy Haines, who expect the city to be repaid by ticket sales.
After a Wamic man suffered serious burns on April 22, Wasco County sheriff’s deputies learned that the incident may have been connected to an illegal drug lab explosion.
Team fares well at Onstage New York in Portland
Gold awards were flying for members of The Dalles Dance Academy this past weekend at the Onstage New York Dance Competition held at the Portland Convention Center. TD received top awards in the Teen, Junior and Mini-Division, in areas such as Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater and Solo, as its competition came from approximately 50 studios around the Pacific Northwest and 861 dancers in this regional event.
Even with setbacks, teams have chances for postseason berths
Maddy Bradford threw another complete-game gem, but Hood River Valley pitcher Hannah McNerney made the right pitches and the defense stood strong with several highlight-reel plays to help the Eagles hold on for a 2-1 Columbia River Conference softball victory Tuesday at 16th Street Ballpark.
Bales strikes out 12 in four innings; Rangers get 11-4 win
Riding a four-game losing streak, the Dufur Rangers held leads of 4-0, 6-1 and 10-2 through the first three innings, and used that initial surge to dispatch Culver 11-4 in Blue Mountain Conference baseball action Tuesday at Dufur City Park.
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Junior hits the 12-foot-7 inch mark to lead boys to third
Sherman junior Maverick Winslow set a school record of 12-feet-7 inches in the pole vault and the rest of the boys’ team racked up nine top-5 outputs at the Condon-Wheeler Invitational Saturday in Condon. Added to that, Sherman had a triple jump win by Keenan Coles and a career-best of 55.42 seconds in the 400-meters by Treve Martin to lead the Sherman boys’ track team to third place .
Boys net 13 career-bests Friday at meet in Gresham
Facing six other 5A programs and six 6A schools, The Dalles track and field team racked up 20 personal records at the Dean Nice Invitational Friday in Gresham. Emily Morin, Paige McLeod and Ivorie Taylor set their high marks, as did Ethan Shubert, Gabe Lira, Glenn Breckterfield and Orion Smith.