November 2016 marks three decades since a reluctant President Ronald Reagan signed the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act into law. Reagan reportedly held his nose while he penned a crucial turning point in the long-simmering battle over the gorge’s fate.
A coalition of environmental groups last Tuesday reached a tentative agreement with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF), signaling the end of a three-year court tussle over coal pollution.
Phone service, including 911 calls, was recovered by late Monday afternoon after an outage caused by a downed CenturyLink switch in The Dalles was repaired.
The family of Tony William Lafollette, who has been missing for 11 days and is believed to have drowned in the Columbia River, will hold a candlelight vigil in The Dalles Saturday night, Nov. 5.
Following a Wednesday evening appeal hearing that stretched over five hours, the Wasco County Board of Commissioners reversed an earlier decision by the county’s planning commission and voted unanimously to deny Union Pacific’s application to add several miles of new track through the Mosier area.
Wasco County to hear appeals
Following the Wasco County Planning Commission’s recent 5-2 decision to approve Union Pacific Railroad’s proposed double-tracking project in Mosier, three appeals have been filed — including one from the railroad itself.
Dr. Erin Burnham of Sherman County Emergency Services is EMS Medical Director of the Year for 2016. Burnham, a Hood River resident, was honored last month at the Oregon State Health Division Annual Oregon EMS conference in Bend. The award honors a physician who serves or has served the EMS system by providing medical direction, on-line or off-line, and who has served with distinction.
Editor’s Note: On Friday, the Chronicle ran a story about the opposition of local farmers, agricultural organizations and the The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce to Measure 97. Today, we feature the other side of the story: Local teacher Phil Brady sees Measure 97 – which would hike taxes on the highest earning corporations in Oregon – as a way to bring fairness to the tax structure and improve the lives of Oregonians.
Gross receipt tax ‘threatens’ co-ops
Farmers in Wasco County are on the move to educate people in large urban centers of Oregon, which usually carry the vote, about how devastating passage of Measure 97 would be to food production. In Oregon, agriculture is the second largest industry, supporting more than 326,000 full- or part-time jobs and producing commodities valued at about $5.4 billion per year. So the overall economic loss could be great if the proposed new tax of 2.5 percent on gross receipts — before expenditures are deducted — of corporations with sales over $25 million goes into play.
SALEM (AP) — Native Americans dressed in traditional garb came to the Oregon State Capitol on Wednesday to protest persistent attempts to bring a Nestle water bottling plant to an Oregon county that rejected the plan in a ballot measure in May. One protester is on a hunger strike.
A fishing boat set up to work with gillnets motors down the Columbia River in The Dalles as a tanker train, typically used to transport oil by rail, waits on a Burlington Northern Santa Fe side line near Dallesport for the eastbound Amtrak passenger train to pass.
ODOT video of vintage vehicles touring the gorge
A Madras woman died in a crash on Highway 213 in Clackamas Aug. 10. OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle versus a pedestrian on Highway 213 at SE Overland Street in Clackamas at about 11 p.m.
Rescuers believe a body found on Mount Adams Sunday was that of a missing hiker who worked at Sushi Okalani in Hood River. Robert Burroughs, 60, of Stevenson, was hiking alone in mid-July when he fell from a high slope and suffered serious injuries.
More than 150 years after the Civil War ended, the remains of a Union soldier are going home for a burial with full military honors. The cross country journey of the late Jewett Williams begins in Oregon and ends in Maine, with two stops in the gorge on Monday, Aug. 1. Area residents are being urged by Rod Runyon, Northeast District ride captain for the Patriot Guard Riders, to pay their respects to Williams when the carrier holding his cremated remains has brief stops in Cascade Locks and The Dalles.