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.
This fall, the city of Mosier will ask local voters whether they want to impose a 3 percent city tax on marijuana retailers’ sale of “certain marijuana items.” On July 20, the Mosier City Council approved placing a ballot measure on the Nov. 8 general election ballot asking citizens for the authority to levy a tax on the sale of recreational marijuana.
North America’s oldest Asian elephant bull, named “Packy,” is now exploring his new outdoor habitat at the Oregon Zoo in Portland.
The bodies of two men from Kentucky were found Thursday evening, July 23, off the Dog River Trail, south of Parkdale. Evidence suggests the pair died in a murder/suicide, according to information provided by the Hood River County Sheriff. The trail is accessed off the east side of Highway 35 in the Mount Hood National Forest.
Gorge Community Foundation awarded more than $190,000 in scholarships and grants in May and June, benefiting students from several local communities as well as a wide range of public service initiatives across the bi-state region.
Agreements are now in place for distribution of Google funds for use on 11 projects that will provide an immediate benefit to area communities. Wasco County and the City of The Dalles set aside $250,000 of the $1.45 million initial payment made by Google, through Design LLC, as part of its third Enterprise Zone property tax abatement deal.
Two former child welfare workers in The Dalles filed a wrongful termination suit saying they were fired after alleging children were put at risk and even harmed by willful violations of state law.
For the first time that anyone could remember, the Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives visited The Dalles to meet with officials and learn about rural economic development, education, health care, and housing needs. The first stop Thursday for Tina Kotek, D-Portland, was at The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce’s weekly Government Affairs Committee meeting, which took place at the Barbecue Restaurant on Sixth Street.