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..

Guest Editorial: UCC Shooting puts sheriff in spotlight

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin has been in the spotlight lately for reasons that we wouldn’t wish on anybody: He’s the top law enforcement officer charged with investigating the horrible shootings last week on the Roseburg campus of Umpqua Community College.

October 9, 2015 9:06 a.m. read more..


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