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Ballots mailed today

Ballots will be mailed out Wednesday, Oct. 17, and those going overseas, to the military or out of state have already been issued. Wasco County Elections Clerk Lisa Gambee said ballots should arrive in mailboxes within two to three days after they are sent out, depending on where people live in the county.

October 16, 2018 3:05 p.m. read more..


Parent questions lack of grant

As the Nov. 6 vote approaches on a $235 million bonding authority to replace four schools, a local woman caused a stir on social media last weekend questioning the district’s decision not to seek a $4 million matching grant for the project. A district official said North Wasco County School District 21 tried but failed to get two smaller planning grants that would’ve helped the district create the extensively detailed reports necessary to seek the larger grant.

October 16, 2018 2:33 p.m. read more..


School Bond: Assessment questioned

Wasco County Assessor Jill Amery sent out a press release last week to explain how passage of a measure to fund new schools would affect property taxes, but her description is being disputed by school officials and supporters of the bond levy. Amery’s account of how Measure 33-98 would play out is refuted by Randy Anderson, chief financial officer for North Wasco County School District 21, and Dr. Analene Pentopolous, chair of the Strong Community Schools committee, proponents of the bond.

October 16, 2018 2:31 p.m. read more..


Position 3 candidates share vision for city

City of The Dalles Incumbent Russ Brown, a retired contractor, has been challenged for the Position 3 council seat by Tiffany Prince, executive assistant to the president and board of education at Columbia Gorge Community College. Both candidates were presented with six questions and asked to respond in their own words, with a limit of 200 words per question.

October 16, 2018 2:27 p.m. read more..


Wasco County Election Information

Voters must register by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, to participate in the Nov. 6 general election and they can do that at the Wasco County Courthouse or online at oregonvotes.gov. Ballots will be mailed out Wednesday, Oct. 17, and those going overseas, to the military or out of state have already been issued.

October 12, 2018 4:08 p.m. read more..


A matter of death or life

Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP) is starting an educational push to rally public support for changes in the law that will make it more difficult to execute condemned prisoners. Ultimately, the group will ask voters to replace the death penalty with life sentences.

October 12, 2018 2:49 p.m. read more..


Brown moves to adopt environment regulations

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown wants to guard against a rollback of federal environmental rules by moving them into state law where the Trump administration couldn’t touch them. “As states, we can take a leadership role in preventing the erosion of core laws that protect our environment,” Brown said in remarks at an event at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry Wednesday.

October 9, 2018 3:18 p.m. read more..
  

Council at large candidates voice their views for the city

Candidates John Fredrick, Rod Runyon and Brian Stevens, who are seeking the city council post being vacated by Taner Elliot, provided the written answers to a series of questions posed by the Chronicle. The three candidates for the at-large position spoke about what they see as key issues facing the city and how they feel Google funds should be distributed.

October 9, 2018 2:11 p.m. read more..


Anti-ICE march ends in The Dalles

A seven-day march/caravan seeking to end housing of immigration detainees in Oregon concluded Saturday with about 175 people marching through downtown The Dalles to the regional jail. A local group, Gorge ICE Resistance, has picketed the jail daily for over 520 consecutive days in an effort to get the jail to drop its contract to house immigration detainees.

October 9, 2018 2:05 p.m. read more..


Skinner family criticizes campaign claims

The Skinner family has called on Jamie McLeod-Skinner to quit using photos of their ranch in her campaign out of the belief that she is “misleading” voters by claiming ties to Eastern Oregon that she does not have. “It’s time to clear up this nonsense about Jamie being part of our ranch family,” stated Bob Skinner, former president of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association and current officer of the National Public Lands Council, in a press release distributed last week.

October 2, 2018 1:51 p.m. read more..


Anti-ICE rally heads to TD

A seven-day walk to demand an end to the housing of immigration detainees in Oregon began Sunday in Sheridan and ends at the regional jail in The Dalles Saturday. Both towns have correctional facilities that hold detainees.

October 2, 2018 1:44 p.m. read more..


Wasco County wins appeal vs. Wood

The Oregon Court of Appeals sided with Wasco County in a Sept. 19 decision, ruling that a 2015 lawsuit brought by The Dalles resident Chip Wood was correctly ruled moot by a trial court. Wood sued the county commission after it voted in December 2014 to leave the North Central Public Health District.

October 2, 2018 1:40 p.m. read more..


Walden, McLeod-Skinner to debate

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and his Democratic challenger Jamie McLeod-Skinner will face off in a televised debate on Friday, Oct. 5, in Bend. The two candidates for the Second Congressional District, which encompasses 20 counties, will square off at 7 p.m. on KTVZ News Channel 21.

September 25, 2018 1:10 p.m. read more..

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