Building community partnerships is essential to job creation and that takes open dialogue and transparency in the decision making process, says Susan Barr Harris, a mayoral candidate.
In 2012 and 2014, Steve Lawrence ran unopposed for mayor of The Dalles. This year, he faces two opponents – Solea Kabakov and Susan Barr Harris. But Lawrence said he believes having a contested race is good for voters, because it allows for a wider discussion of various issues.
When Stephanie Rawlings, a server at Zim’s Brau Haus, hung a campaign banner for The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence on the east side of the outdoor parklet, she did not know that act was prohibited by the city’s sign code.
When Sherman County Commissioner Mike Smith narrowly lost the Republican primary last May to challenger Joe Dabulskis, plenty of people asked him to run a write-in campaign. He wasn’t interested at the time, but has decided to throw his hat in the ring after all.
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., left, admires a knitted children’s hat during a visit to the Loren Kaufman Veterans Clinic in The Dalles. The hat was made by Virginia Wang, right, who was knitting in the waiting room when Wyden stopped at the clinic on his way to Pendleton. “I’m known as the ‘hat lady at Safeway,” she told the senator. “I love making hats, that’s why God put me on this earth,” she added. She makes an average of two each day, and has made 1,016 hats so far this year. She gives them away, she explained, and Wyden selected a red one for his youngest daughter, who is three years old, but insisted she accept cash to purchase more yarn.
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has been camped out at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia most of the week, and in an exclusive interview with The Dalles Chronicle on Thursday, he said he’s happy with the way the convention has gone and with the party’s prospects for November.
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden was one of the first speakers at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland that began Monday, and has been present each night since. “I think it’s a political convention with a lot of players but I think it’s all coming together,” he said in a telephone interview with The Chronicle Thursday morning prior to an appearance on C-Span.
Five women from The Dalles on a month-long tour of Europe left a fireworks show in Nice, France, just 10 minutes before an attacker drove a truck into the crowd, killing over 80. After the Bastille Day fireworks show finished Thursday night, Paula Fairclo and her friends first headed to a café to get gelato, but decided against it because the crowds on the mile-long seaside promenade were too massive.
Solea Kabakov, a lifelong peace activist and resident of The Dalles, will be a delegate for Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. She is one of two pledged delegates for Sanders from the Second Congressional District, which covers much of eastern Oregon.
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., was asked tough questions during Saturday’s town hall in The Dalles about his endorsement of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. Walden announced his support of Trump following a May 12 meeting that was also attended by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Reince Priebus, chair of the Republican National Committee.
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has good news to deliver at Saturday’s town hall in The Dalles about progress to rename the local veterans’ clinic after a soldier who earned the Medal of Honor for heroism in Korea. The town hall will be held in Wasco County will be held at 8:30 a.m. on May 21 at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, 402 E. Scenic Drive.
Ballot return was 50 percent
Results so far, updated 10:40 p.m.: Wasco County Commissioner, Position 2: Rodger Nichols, 45.50 percent, with 2,434 votes. Incumbent Steve Kramer, 54.1 percent, with 2,894 Votes. Final update in a.m.
Oregon voters have until today at 8 p.m. to turn in their ballots for the May primary. Local drop boxes are located at the Wasco County Courthouse, 511 Washington Street in The Dalles, and Maupin City Hall, 408 Deschutes Avenue. The Dalles Rotary Club will also be collecting ballots from motorists outside the courthouse. As of Monday, 34.79 percent of Wasco County ballots had been returned, compared to 29.3 percent statewide. After the polls close, election results will be posted on The Dalles Chronicle’s Facebook page and at thedalleschronicle.com.
With a week left in the May 17 primary, 19.98 percent of Wasco County voters have mailed their ballots. The returns for the major parties are as follows: 1,284 of 5,054 Democrats, 1,014 of 4,472 Republicans and 161 of 636 Independents. Residents have until Thursday to mail ballots and ensure delivery since postmarks do not count.