As a lifelong gorge resident, I’ve seen my share of train derailments, fires and highway accidents over the years. Last week we dodged a bullet when an oil train derailed just west of Mosier on a hot, calm day. Suddenly, the hypothetical accident which our first responders had only recently been trained for became reality. Thankfully, the disaster plans put in place worked, and new requirements in state and federal laws made a difference, too.June 11, 2016 8:08 p.m. read more..
The Dalles City Council recently approved a proposal supporting events in downtown The Dalles this summer under the direction of event producers Nolan Hare and I. As word of this agreement spreads, many questions have been raised along with a handful of misconceptions about how these events are being funded and for how much.May 12, 2016 3:12 p.m. read more..
Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal is a powerful tool for progress in The Dalles. In my eight years as city councilor and agency board member, I’ve had the honor of helping guide urban renewal decisions. Since my current council term is my last, I appreciate this opportunity to offer a few reflections.May 7, 2016 11:55 a.m. read more..
I read the story in the Chronicle on Feb. 6, 2016, about the review of the Granada Block RFPs (Request for Proposals). Why didn’t it surprise me to see that Mayor Lawrence once again inserted himself into the middle of a process that is usually managed by staff?March 26, 2016 6:29 p.m. read more..
The Oregon Legislature has adjourned for the 2016 short session, and the night before we bid Salem good bye, we passed HB 4040A otherwise referred to as the wolf bill. Representative Greg Barreto and I were the chief sponsors, and the intent of the bill was to affirm the November decision of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, (ODFW) to remove the Canadian Grey Wolf (Canis lupus) from Oregon's endangered species list. Several environmental groups filed a law suit against the decision which, from my observation, has been a common practice of these groups.March 5, 2016 11:30 a.m. read more..
It is a FACT wolves are predators and brutal ones at that. Are they “terrorists?” Do they terrorize? We can argue the adjective, noun or the verb, but there is no denying that wolves are vicious killers. Do wolves just follow their instincts preying on whatever target is easy and handy…like a bunch of cattle? Yep, they sure do.February 4, 2016 12:05 p.m. read more..
The Dalles City Council is currently seeking your input on whether our town should allow local stores to sell recreational marijuana and whether to allow marijuana to be grown and processed for commercial sale within our city limits.February 2, 2016 2:33 p.m. read more..
Scaring people about wolves is not acceptable recourseJanuary 26, 2016 12:40 p.m. read more..
State must maximize funds for veterans The following testimony was given by Wasco County Commission Chair Rod Runyon Jan. 16 to the House Veterans Emergency Preparedness Committee. Runyon was also speaking as co-chair of the Association of Oregon Counties Veterans Committee and accompanied by other members:January 20, 2016 3:41 p.m. read more..
The guest column in The Dalles Chronicle of Jan. 10, 2016, by Sue Wilson attempted to paint the wolf as a warm, fuzzy creature that only kills to survive and never commits an act of terror. Ranchers in wolf-inhabited areas are finding vastly different conditions in dealing with their activities.January 19, 2016 3:33 p.m. read more..
The majority of those living in Wasco County have very little contact with their Soil and Water Conservation District: Who we are and what we do remains one of life’s little mysteries. Our mission is, “to work cooperatively with others to promote and encourage conservation and wise use of natural resources.”January 17, 2016 3:07 p.m. read more..
This seems like a relatively obvious idea, but here goes: If we want students to do better in school — if, say, we want them reading at grade level by third grade or if we want to improve Oregon’s anemic rate of high school graduation — one way to do that might be to get students attending school more frequently.October 29, 2015 12:06 p.m. read more..
On the morning of October 1, our lives were unalterably changed at UCC. In a few awful minutes, lives were lost, injuries were sustained.October 27, 2015 1:25 p.m. read more..
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