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Mark Gibson is News Editor at The Dalles Chronicle.

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Report finds TD ‘severely rent burdened’

Over a third of renters in The Dalles are “severely rent burdened,” or paying more than 50 percent of their household income on rent, according to data provided by the state and presented at a City of The Dalles public hearing Nov. 14.

November 16, 2018 1:32 p.m. read more..


Lyle mom wins 'Wheels of Hope'

Callie Thysell was more than a little overwhelmed Thursday as she sat with representatives of Bicoastal Media and Griffith Motors, working through the details of making this year’s “Wheels of Hope” car, a 2007 Toyota Camry from Griffith Motors, her own. “It’s an exciting thing, I’m just trying to take it all in,” she explained.

November 13, 2018 2:53 p.m. read more..


Authors, readers mix it up

A steady flow of visitors streamed through the doors of Klindt’s Booksellers and Stationers in The Dalles Saturday for the Northwest Author Festival, an annual celebration of authors who live and write in the Pacific Northwest. The free event featured a dozen authors, each with a new book release on display.

November 6, 2018 2 p.m. read more..


City celebrates Travel Oregon mural

The Dalles officially dedicated its new “Oregon is Magic” mural, depicting an “only slightly exaggerated” salmon leaping over a raft of visitors, Saturday morning. “The exciting thing about it was, this was not your normal mural that you see in The Dalles, but when the opportunity came to us, we engaged with the mural society, and showed them what it was; they got on board,” said City of The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence.

October 30, 2018 1:44 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..


Masters Family Circus to perform

Students at St. Mary’s Academy have a busy week planned as they prepare to join the circus. They will be learning the basics of circus performance ahead of this weekend’s “Masters Family Circus” performances Saturday and Sunday, with two shows daily at 2 and 5 p.m. at the academy, 1112 Cherry Heights Rd. in The Dalles.

October 16, 2018 2:14 p.m. read more..


Fire burns home, threatens Biggs motel

The grass fire that ignited in Biggs Junction Tuesday destroyed a home Thursday, according to the North Sherman Rural Fire Protection District as reported by KATU2. The fire had burned at least 7,500 acres by Thursday evening.

October 5, 2018 2:32 p.m. read more..


Fire at Biggs Junction closes Highway 97

Highway 97 south of Biggs Junction was closed Tuesday afternoon as crews battled a grass fire that ignited in behind a motel and raced south. Espana Coles, owner of Three Rivers Inn, said someone heard a "pop" and suddenly there was a fire on the steep slope behind the motel. Guests at the motel were temporarily evacuated, as was Coles' little dog, "Ike." No evacuation notices had been issued as of 8:30 p.m., and all residents in the path of the fire are aware of the danger, according to the Sherman County Sherrif's office. Motorists should avoid the area, and are being redirected to Highway 197 in The Dalles, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation. Although upset by the fire, the first she has had threaten the hotel in her 16 years as owner, Coles was even more upset about the biting mix of dust and sand the wind was picking up from a large construction area just west of the motel. "We live with this," she said of the clouds of dust and sand blowing over her hotel. "We call, and call but nobody is taking care of this." The fire, however, brought plenty of willing firefighters to assist, as crews from Sherman, Klickitat and Wasco counties responded.

October 2, 2018 8:45 p.m. read more..


New mural ‘slightly exaggerated’

A leaping salmon large enough to dwarf a boat full of river rafters is the central, and “only slightly exaggerated,” figure on a fanciful new mural in downtown The Dalles.

October 2, 2018 1:47 p.m. read more..


John Day Dam celebrates 50th anniversary

On Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, a 50th anniversary ceremony was held at the John Day Dam powerhouse. As part of the ceremony, Kevin Moynahan, operations project manager at the dam, recapped the history of the facility.

September 28, 2018 3:07 p.m. read more..

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