Jesse Burkhardt

Government reporter

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J.D. Jesse Burkhardt is the government reporter for The Dalles Chronicle.

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Pot business future uncertain

Council shoots down alterations to marijuana ordinance

The Dalles City Council rejected a proposal Monday to change its new marijuana ordinance to allow stores within 500 feet of each other, rather than adhering to the existing 1,000 foot-buffer.

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Hawk boys’ tennis squad shows growth

Varsity players open eyes with breakthrough performance at districts

Although The Dalles High School boys tennis team did not advance to the state championship round, head coach Shea MacNab was pleased with the growth the team experienced and sees reason for optimism as the 2017 season comes to an end.

City, union ink 3-year deal

The city of The Dalles and Local 503 of the Service Employees International Union have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement.

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Council debates fate of city’s oldest building

The historic Gitchell Building on First Street in The Dalles may be down to the last of its nine lives.

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Sunshine Mill: Towers of power

Sunshine Mill silos, once facing demolition, now a tourist landmark

On Memorial Day weekend seven years ago, James and Molli Martin, co-owners of the Sunshine Mill Winery, opened their doors to the public for the first time. “We went in with ‘this might work,’ that’s all we had,” said Molli. “It feels like it was yesterday.”

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Incumbents out, jail tax goes down

The county’s voters were clearly in a mood to make changes, as all four CGCC incumbents seeking another term were swept out in the May 16 special election. The jail measure, creating a permanent tax rate of 26 cents per $1,000 property valuation, was narrowly losing, down by just 11 votes of approximately 8,450 cast across four counties.

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Dufur track team shows mettle

Seven Dufur athletes heading to Eugene for state championships

Dufur’s track and field team did itself proud on Saturday in district competition held in Moro. At the end of the day’s events, the Dufur Rangers ending up with seven athletes who qualified to advance to the Oregon School Activities Association state championship events at Hayward Field in Eugene on May 18-19.

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Rowena Loops slide being cleared

Road to reopen for Memorial Day

The Oregon Department of Transportation is hard at work removing the recent rockslide that occurred just east of the Rowena Crest Overlook between Mosier and Rowena.

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TD track team members advance to state

It has been a successful two days for members of The Dalles High School track and field team, which has been participating in the district track meet at Hermiston High School field in Hermiston, Wednesday and Thursday. According to TDHS head coach Garth Miller, during the two days of events numerous students qualified to move on to the Oregon State Athletic Association State Championships, which will be held at Hayward Field in Eugene on May 19-20.

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Three vie for fire district board seat

The Dalles Chronicle interviews the three candidates going against each other for MCFR Position 4. Incumbent board member Crystal Dodge is hoping to win another four-year term, but she is facing two challengers – David Jacobs and Cyndi Vipperman. All three candidates live in The Dalles.

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