The Discovery Center is kicking off Fort Dalles Days events on Friday, July 12, 5:30 p.m. with a History Dinner and presentation by Steven L. Grafe, Curator of Art at Maryhill Museum of Art. A chuckwagon burger bar dinner will be at 5:30 p.m., followed by the presentation at 6:30 p.m. Cost of the dinner is $15 per person or $25 per couple. Reservations for dinner requested by July 10th. Attendance at presentation only, $3 per person. For reservations call 541-296-8600 x 201.
People in The Dalles looking for a little Independence Day excitement in recent years have become accustomed to traveling elsewhere to get it, but that could change beginning in 2014.
Today in History, June 30, 2013
40 Years Ago-1973 Harvesting of this area’s extremely heavy cherry crop is now past its peak but will continue well into July. The fresh pack has been tapering, and part of the crop has been going in recent days to the canning trade. Both blacks and Royal Annes are being shipped to canneries.
Historic The Dalles newspapers from 1864 to 1900 are now available in a University of Oregon online archive.
The Associated Press Today is Sunday, June 23, the 174th day of 2013. There are 191 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 23, 1888, abolitionist Frederick Douglass received one vote from the Kentucky delegation at the Republican convention in Chicago, effectively making him the first black candidate to have his name placed in nomination for U.S. president. (The nomination went to Benjamin Harrison.)
100 Years Ago-1913 It has been erroneously, and quite generally, reported that the heavy rains of Saturday and Sunday, seriously damaged the cherry crop. Such a condition does not exist.
Fort Dalles Days kicks off July 12 to 21 in The Dalles for 10 days of family fun activities, including the Fort Dalles Days NPRA Pro Rodeo July 18-20.
The Associated Press Today is Sunday, June 16, the 167th day of 2013. There are 198 days left in the year. This is Father’s Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 16, 1963, the world’s first female space traveler, Valentina Tereshkova, 26, was launched into orbit by the Soviet Union aboard Vostok 6; she spent 71 hours in flight, circling the Earth 48 times before returning.
June 16 20 Years Ago-1993 The Dalles Convention and Visitor’s Bureau heard from backers and foes of its program at last night’s commission meeting. The commission allowed the public 30 minutes addressing whether the CVB can still function effectively with Ben Hart as executive director. Hart asked Monday that public input be allowed on the agenda, despite the opposition of board Chairperson Colleen Underhill. Underhill and other commissioners tried to block public testimony, but after a 22-minute debate, it was decided to allow the public 30 minutes speaking. Many speakers wanted to know why and how the Crate’s Point overruns happened, with one gentleman asking who came up with the idea of an Oregon Trail Park at Crate’s Point.
20 Years Ago-1993 A fund-raising drive to raise $142,664 help fund athletics and activities in The Dalles School District was officially launched on Monday, but that drive began with $55,025 already pledged. Those pledges are from employees and physicians at Mid Columbia Medical Center, MCMC President Mark Scott, who is serving as a spokesman for The Dalles School District no. 12 Activities Foundation, said that solicitors will begin approaching others in the community within a few days. The total cost of funding activities and athletics at the high school and middle school is $384,445, including transportation. Scott said each business in town should think of the long term viability of its business as it relates to having an excellent school district with broad-based academics, activities and sports. He said it would be devastating to every business in the community of programs at D-12 schools continue to be downsized. He said families would not stay in a district where these programs are not offered.
Penn. prepares for tens of thousands of visitors during 10-day event GETTYSBURG, Pa. — The commemoration of this year’s 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg will include amenities that soldiers would have relished 150 years ago. A groomed path to the top of Little Round Top. Expanded cellphone coverage. Dozens of portable toilets.
80 Years Ago-1933 Taxpayers of Wasco County were considered today by Circuit Judge Fred W. Wilson when he formally announced he would assess the entire cost of the James L. Holt trial against the defendant, who was found guilty yesterday of assault with a deadly weapon. The formal sentence will be pronounced next Friday morning. The expense totals $387.70. Holt was allowed one week to obtain the funds. Holt was charged by the state with having assaulted Oliver Schadewitz, a Bakeoven farmer, and cut him severely about the head and face with a knife, following an argument over a reported $1 debt.
“Stage Coaches and Stations of Eastern Oregon and Washington” is the featured presentation at the annual meeting of the Original Wasco County Courthouse.
SANDY — In cooperation with the Hood River Crag Rats Mountain Rescue Organization, the Hood River Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest is now offering reservations for the public to participate in free interpretive tours of the historic Cloud Cap Inn with tours starting July 7.
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