The Dalles Chronicle netted seven awards in the 2016 Oregon Better Newspaper Contest for articles, editorials and graphics that were published last year. Reporter Neita Cecil received second place in the Best Enterprise Reporting category for a series of five stories in October and November written about the plight of a homeless mother and her five children. The articles unfolded as events occurred, including the removal of the children from motel room after the mother was arrested for a warrant involving methamphetamine use. The children, who were unable to attend school because of their situation, were sent to live with their father in Yakima.
This fall, the city of Mosier will ask local voters whether they want to impose a 3 percent city tax on marijuana retailers’ sale of “certain marijuana items.” On July 20, the Mosier City Council approved placing a ballot measure on the Nov. 8 general election ballot asking citizens for the authority to levy a tax on the sale of recreational marijuana.
The fourth annual United Way benefit concert and 21-and-older block party drew the biggest crowd ever to Clocktower Ales Friday night, supported by a host of The Dalles’ businesses.
Agreements are now in place for distribution of Google funds for use on 11 projects that will provide an immediate benefit to area communities. Wasco County and the City of The Dalles set aside $250,000 of the $1.45 million initial payment made by Google, through Design LLC, as part of its third Enterprise Zone property tax abatement deal.
Store offers wide range of Mexican, American products
Poker Run raises money
A motorcycle rolls through the front entrance to Route 30 Bottles and Brew downtown The Dalles Saturday, one of a handful passing through the establishment on a painted highway before exiting into the parking area in the back.
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.
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.
An appeal hearing last week in Salem of a state-issued wetlands fill permit for a proposed Walmart superstore in The Dalles focused on whether the project had to meet a public need or not.
Two new “parklets,” small outdoor seating areas placed in the street, each sized to replace a single parking space, will be added downtown The Dalles this summer.
About 25 to 30 local jobs will be lost when the Dakine warehouse in The Dalles closes, sending that function to a facility in California. The impending closure was first mentioned on social media, and multiple attempts to contact officials at Dakine over several weeks were unsuccessful.
Tonkin and Subaru of America awarded Home At Last Humane Society in The Dalles with a donation during the Cherry Festival downtown The Dalles.
Denny’s in The Dalles celebrated its recent remodel by serving up an all-day Grand Celebration last Wednesday, April 20, giving diners a first look at its all-new, locally-inspired design and updated features. “We feel very positive about the changes,” said District Manager Peter Keller during the celebration.
Big Jim's has been selling “Hamburgers made with Love” in The Dalles for 50 years, and current owners Rex and Beth Tegen are ready to celebrate. “It all started in 1950, when Sam Yoder opened a drive-in named 'Dutch Treat,' which lasted until 1956, when Tom Foley purchased the drive-in and renamed it 'Irish Treat,'” reads a history of the restaurant printed on their current menu. “Foley ran the drive-in until 1962, when the location closed with the construction of Interstate 84.”
Bob McFadden represents local concerns to DC