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Ballot count rises

With a week left in the May 17 primary, 19.98 percent of Wasco County voters have mailed their ballots. The returns for the major parties are as follows: 1,284 of 5,054 Democrats, 1,014 of 4,472 Republicans and 161 of 636 Independents. Residents have until Thursday to mail ballots and ensure delivery since postmarks do not count.

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There’s a new sheriff in town

For the second time in history, Wasco County has a son serving in the role of sheriff that was once held by his father. On Monday, Lane Magill’s badge was pinned on by his father, John, who held the elected office from 1977 to 1981, as part of a 14-year career in law enforcement. “Today was good because it really hit home that I was following in my father’s footsteps,” said Magill of the experience he called “humbling.”

Transient found dead at camp

Good Samaritan finds transient deceased

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Looking Back on May 8

Looking Back on May 8, from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle

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Going solar: A close-up view of the sun

“What we’re doing is reducing the brightness of the sun by 100,000 times,” Bob Yoesle said of his solar viewing telescope system that he brought to The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles last Saturday afternoon.

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A mother's unusual fight

Hill faces ire from Rajneeshees

Water quality, was and is safe, tests show

Testing shows Columbia River water safe

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Church murals bring Bible stories to life

Pat Van Eaton has taught Sunday school to Kindergartners through second graders in the same room at First Christian Church for more than 15 years, trying to bring the stories in the Bible to life. Thanks to a new collection of murals painted by one of the church’s members, that’s easier now.

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Cinco de Mayo

Daisy Morales, a seventh grader in The Dalles Middle School Dance and Homework Club, performed during a Cinco de Mayo assembly at the school Thursday afternoon.

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House Speaker tours The Dalles

For the first time that anyone could remember, the Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives visited The Dalles to meet with officials and learn about rural economic development, education, health care, and housing needs. The first stop Thursday for Tina Kotek, D-Portland, was at The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce’s weekly Government Affairs Committee meeting, which took place at the Barbecue Restaurant on Sixth Street.

City eyes RV Park rules

An RV park in town could alleviate a temporary housing shortage during several major construction projects, a message The Dalles City Council heard recently. The elected body will consider the issue at its Monday, May 9, meeting. Jim Wilcox, former mayor, asked the council April 25 to allow RV Parks under conditional use permits.

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Dakine leaving

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.

Chinook season extended through weekend

CLACKAMAS – Salmon fishermen will get an additional two days of spring Chinook fishing in the Columbia River upstream of Bonneville Dam. Fishery managers today extended the current spring Chinook season through Sunday, May 8, after reviewing catch to-date indicating an estimated 300 upriver fish remain on the harvest guideline for the Columbia above Bonneville.

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County retains wolf advocate

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.

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Estep engineers music revue

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.”


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