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Making math matter

Fifth-grader Lindy Taylor decided to add two pools to her shopping list for a Memorial Day picnic, bringing the cost to feed and entertain 14 people to $405. “I was planning for a warm day,” she said about the math lesson given to her Colonel Wright Elementary class by teacher Steve Chance. “I was really nervous about it because I thought I was going to mess up on the math, but once I got going, it was a lot easier than I thought it would be.”

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One Chance at a time

The Chance family has a long lineage of educators, so it was no surprise to Steve that his son, Tim, would choose that profession.

For the record from June 17

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from June 17, 2016

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Dedicated to Bernie

Solea Kabakov, a lifelong peace activist and resident of The Dalles, will be a delegate for Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. She is one of two pledged delegates for Sanders from the Second Congressional District, which covers much of eastern Oregon.

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What happened to ‘Ray?’

“Ray,” a 1,300-pound male California sea lion, was a well-known fixture at The Dalles Marina, where he took up residence on a tenant’s dock in 2011. For years, he was a highly visible member of the river community, hauling himself out on a marina dock each day and feasting on salmon migrating through the river.

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Orlando victims remembered

Tears were shed and there were quiet periods of somber reflection Thursday evening as people joining the “We Stand with Orlando” vigil in The Dalles looked at photos of the 49 victims of America’s worst mass shooting. “They were just people who were out celebrating with friends and family, people who worked there,” said organizer Denise Harwood about the victims gunned down June 12 by a lone gunman at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. In addition to those who were killed in the tragedy, 53 people were injured and some are still in the hospital due to the severity of their wounds.

For the record from June 15

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from June 15, 2016.

For the record from June 16

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from June 16, 2016.

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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.

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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.

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