Early ballot return down

Wasco County’s ballot return rate is down six percentage points from four years ago, but Lisa Gambee, elections clerk, said the trend has been for about 40 percent of ballots to get turned in during the last two days of the election cycle. As of Monday, the turnout rate for the county stood at 24 percent, down from 30 percent four years ago.

October 30, 2018 1:51 p.m. read more..

Fun Group illuminates holiday

Louis Red Cloud needed a little rope on Saturday. Some zip ties, and 170 feet of LED lighting were also in order. Kurt Conger had set up all the supplies and noted the new lights would reduce total wattage use from 3,000 watts to just 300 watts, while providing more luminance for all of The Dalles to see when the star is lit the day after Thanksgiving.

October 30, 2018 1:48 p.m. read more..

City celebrates Travel Oregon mural

The Dalles officially dedicated its new “Oregon is Magic” mural, depicting an “only slightly exaggerated” salmon leaping over a raft of visitors, Saturday morning. “The exciting thing about it was, this was not your normal mural that you see in The Dalles, but when the opportunity came to us, we engaged with the mural society, and showed them what it was; they got on board,” said City of The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence.

October 30, 2018 1:44 p.m. read more..

Middle school athletes selected for showcase

For The Dalles Middle School seventh grader Owen Withers, earning a spot on the Football University Oregon Screamin’ Eagles is a reflection of his hard work and dedication to the game of football. It would not be possible without the help of so many that have guided him to greater heights over the past few years. After a tryout on Sept. 16, Withers was one of 11 fifth through eighth graders selected to represent the football program and community for an all-star showcase game next month in Seattle, Wash.

October 30, 2018 1:23 p.m. read more..

D21 bond election complaint filed

A local woman has filed a complaint with the state alleging the school district violated election law by using persuasive, rather than explanatory, language in describing a bond measure to build new schools. District 21 Superintendent Candy Armstrong said, “We do not believe that we have violated Oregon election law, but we will fully cooperate with the investigation.” (This story has been updated with comments from Trudy Lupkes from the Strong Community Schools Political Action Committee.)

October 26, 2018 3:41 p.m. read more..

TDHS seeks wood scraps

Got any scrap wood lying around, or maybe some tools that could be put to use? Or maybe you know a thing or two about carpentry and would like to help the next generation pick up some skills. The Dalles High School woodworking teacher Jonathan Kranzley is restarting a construction class at the high school, and is putting out a call for wood, tools and volunteers.

October 26, 2018 2:42 p.m. read more..

Town Hall

Democratic candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner held a town hall in The Dalles last week at the middle school to address questions that ranged from health care to cultural values from an audience of more than 100 people. Her opponent, Greg Walden, a Republican, was invited to attend but had a pre-planned tour of Kingsley Air Base with Mac Thornberry, chair of the House Armed Services Committee, to discuss making the base the future home of F-35 fighter jets.

October 26, 2018 2:14 p.m. read more..

Prompt leaf cleanup encouraged in TD

Shorter days and cooler temperatures have brought autumn color to the region, and residents are encouraged to prepare now for the inevitable fall of leaves. The City of The Dalles and The Dalles Disposal encourage residents to promptly deal with fallen leaves this fall. To facilitate cleanup, The Dalles Disposal kicks off their fall leaf disposal special Thurday, Nov. 1.

October 26, 2018 2:06 p.m. read more..

Call prompts evacuations

An area around Home Depot was evacuated by police Wednesday afternoon for about 90 minutes following a call to law enforcement. The call came at about 2:45 p.m. from the 3700 block of West Seventh Street and the nature of it resulted in the evacuation, according to a press release from The Dalles Police Department.

October 26, 2018 1:56 p.m. read more..

Group hopes to save building

A group of citizens hope to raise enough public interest to save the 154-year-old Waldron-Gitchell building on First Street from the wrecking ball. The city of The Dalles has owned the building for 40 years, and the city council at its Sept. 24 meeting voted to pursue demolition of the building, citing, chiefly, liability concerns should it collapse, a lack of public interest in preserving it, and the need to make room for future expansion of the adjacent sewer plant. “We’ve never figured out why they’re in such a hurry” to demolish it, said Eric Gleason, an archaeologist who was the lone respondent when the city sought proposals earlier this year for how to preserve the building.

October 26, 2018 1:51 p.m. read more..

Staff changes with new jail format

In a series of promotions and other changes, seven staff positions were affected by the regional jail’s interim switch to a jail commander format instead of a jail administrator. When the jail board could not quickly find a replacement for outgoing administrator Bryan Brandenburg, it opted to try out for the remainder of the fiscal year having a sheriff oversee the adult facility, to be run by a jail commander, while a county juvenile director oversees the juvenile side.

October 26, 2018 1:49 p.m. read more..

A shelter in a storm

The tidy house and yard blends in well with its East Ninth Street neighbors but the “family” inside is anything but traditional. The teenage inhabitants come from diverse ethnic backgrounds, which makes “cultural night” a source of pride as well as an educational experience. Although neighbors initially had some reservations about potentially troubled youth living next door, they now bring over meals and are very supportive of the program, said Gary Casady, co-founder and executive director of the Youth Empowerment Shelter.

October 26, 2018 1:47 p.m. read more..


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