Fire district wants new funding formula

The fire district is reaching out to other taxing districts for support in changing what it calls an unfair distribution of funds from payments made by Google in lieu of taxes. A resolution from Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, signed in mid-March, was read to the District 21 school board last Thursday. The school board agreed to discuss it further at its next meeting.

May 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

TD man charged with $125K theft from parks job

A Hood River County Parks employee who had spent nearly 25 years on the job was arraigned Monday on 13 counts of theft, with the allegation that he stole $125,000 over the past eight years, assistant District Attorney Carrie Rasmussen told Circuit Court Judge Karen Ostrye.

May 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Master Gardener plant fair May 12

Start your garden off right! Get your plant starts from your local Wasco County Master Gardeners at our annual Spring Plant Fair Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Dalles City Park, located at Fifth and Union streets.

May 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Rally marks NORCOR protest anniversary

May 1 marks a full year of daily protests by a local group opposed to the housing of ICE detainees at the regional jail. Organizers estimated over 300 people attended a Saturday rally commemorating the anniversary.

May 1, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

A Gift of Music

The Dalles Middle School music department, which includes band, choir and musical theater, received a $1,000 grant from Northwest Honda Dealers and a matching donation from Griffith Honda, totaling $2,000 for the department. The two checks were formally presented to principal Sandy Harris, music director Leslie Sullivan, and all 300 students involved in the TDMS music department after a brief performance by the seventh and eighth grade marching band and the color guard on the school field April 25.

May 1, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Google investment in TD $1.8B

Google has invested $1.8 billion in its three buildings in The Dalles and, since 2008, has given more than $2 million to Wasco County schools and local non-profits and over $450,000 for the wi-fi network in The Dalles. That information came from a report Google recently released on its economic impact and community benefits in the six towns where it has facilities.

April 30, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Mental Health takes center stage

Poking fun at mental health issues might not be the polite thing to do typically, but people with a diagnosable condition will soon take the stage in a comedy show to educate others about the challenges they face and overcome.

April 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

School bond pitched at town hall meeting

If the school district built four new schools with separate bonds, the tax rate would reach $4.50 per $1,000 assessed property tax valuation for a period, a school official said. Instead, the district is proposing funding the schools with a single, long-term bond authority that would not exceed $2.99 per $1,000, and would "very likely" be less than that, Kathy Ursprung, chair of the North Wasco County School District 21 board, said at a town hall Tuesday at Mid-Columbia Senior Center.

April 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Grant apps filed for Maupin

A Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) grant for two transportation projects in Maupin could be available in 2022. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), with Wasco County and the Bureau of Land Management, filed the grant application earlier this month.

April 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Finding the perfect dress

The Chronicle is covering the preparations of Kylie Reed and Josh Duling for their late summer wedding. This is the second installment of the occasional series and involves one of the biggest challenges for the bride: finding the perfect dress.

April 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


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