Commentary: Urban renewal is a powerful tool for progress

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..

Commentary: Mayor: The Dalles still doesn’t need a dictator

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..

Commentary: Thank you Sen. Chris Edwards for bill to ratify wolf plan

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..

Commentary: Setting the record straight about wolves, ranching

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..

Commentary: State must maximize funds for veterans

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..

Commentary: Wolf attacks are an act of terror on cattle herds

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..

Commentary: A year of soil and water conservation

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..

Guest Column: Attendance rates spell trouble

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..

Guest Editorial: Report on state jobs sounds cautionary note

Is it a monthly blip — or a sign that Oregon’s economic recovery is starting to lose whatever momentum it’s built up over the past years? Last week’s statewide employment report was troubling, but let’s hope it’s just a temporary aberration.

October 20, 2015 1:22 p.m. read more..


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