North Wasco County School District is yielding more school space to serve incoming firefighters and their equipment on the Government Flats Fire Complex near The Dalles.
Small fires don’t go away just because a big one is burning nearby, so local fire agencies were tasked with three grass fires starting at about 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21.
I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver. — Maya Angelou
Grand opening set for Aug. 23 and 24
Flyfishing fans of all styles and skill levels, or no skill level at all — yet — are welcome at the new Flyfishing Strategies Fly Shop, says Paul Anderson.
In the midst of grappling with a major conflagration, local firefighters still have to address other emergencies around their district, and that’s just what they did Monday, when a house at 513 Terrace Drive in east The Dalles caught fire.
Calmer winds aid suppression efforts
The Blackburn Fire remains at 10 percent contained this afternoon, burning south of The Dalles in timber, grass and hardwoods in rugged, difficult terrain, according current Inciweb.org information.
Overnight crews see good night on fire
Nighttime fire crews reported a good night on the Government Flats Fire Complex as they returned to camp this morning, Monday, Aug. 19, but the Blackburn Fire remains a challenge.
Firefighters hope to keep blaze out of Mill Creek
An afternoon estimate of the Blackburn Fire, burning in part of The Dalles watershed lands, partly Bureau of Land Management lands and partly on private land places it at 550 acres.
By mid-August many local families are already turning their thoughts to the start of school, but more than a month of summer is still in front of us, and plenty of activities — organized and less so — designed for full outdoor enjoyment.
Possible trip overseas approved
The Port of The Dalles is preparing for the possibility of an international trade mission in September, with the possibility of more in the future.
It’s not all about agriculture: Granted, Wasco County’s largest economic engine is agriculture, but another reason to go to the fair starting tomorrow through Sunday is to check out the commercial building where businesses put their best foot forward.
Third generation of Urnesses leads The Dalles dealership
Today, when people think of Chryslers in The Dalles, the name Urness isn’t far behind.
Lone Pine Village soon will be seeing a change of ownership.
Judy Ewing spent several years driving demolition derby cars Judy Ewing remembers tagging along to the Wasco County Fair with her big brother and sister Paul Treanor, now of Salem, and Donna Wallace, now living in Dufur, until eventually she was old enough to show animals at 4-H too.
Free family day is Aug. 15 Look at any list of 4-H ribbons over the past few years and the name Calista Howell, 16, figures prominently. Howell, this year’s Wasco County Fair Queen, has been fully invested in 4-H competition at the fair throughout her childhood.
Project employs local contractors Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation is focusing on affordable workforce housing in its latest project, but while most of the nonprofit organization’s development deals with multiple apartment units, this endeavor is focusing on one single-family home at a time.
Multidisciplinary team will focus on prevention, safety, conditioning and treatment As official sports practices loom less than two weeks from now, athletes are being supported not only by coaches, parents and fans, but by a comprehensive sports medicine program designed to help them keep fit, avoid injuries and get the treatment they need if they do become injured.
Schmidt hopes to attract recreationists and retirees
A little good news to the south: Summer is the time of year when Wasco County gains about a third in size as vacation and snowbird residents return to Pine Hollow and Rock Creek communities outside Wamic.
New Entries KIWANIS PROGRAMS: The Dalles Kiwanis Club program for Aug. 8 is “Take Shape for Life” by Jenney Eldridge. Kiwanis meetings are held every Thursday noon at Spooky’s and visitors are welcome. Also in August: Aug. 15 is Jeff and Johna Gadley on ghosts in The Dalles. Aug. 22 is Big Brother Big Sister. Aug. 29 is club business and final prep for Steak Feed (Sept. 5 at Sorosis Park). For details go to www.thedalleskiwanis.org/.
Pearce and Sturdyvin hone their skills by playing against each other Two local tennis pros are putting the Columbia Gorge on the map in Pacific Northwest competition through the United States Tennis Association.
Walker strikes out eight Two good innings Friday, Aug. 2, put Columbia Basin over the top with a 4-3 win against The Dalles in the 15U Babe Ruth All-stars Pacific Northwest Regional Playoffs in Centralia, Wash.
Ultimate Frisbee players compete for fun at Sorosis Park If the salt and pepper in his hair is any indication, Glenn Wood is a little older than most of the teammates he plays Ultimate Frisbee with Monday nights at Sorosis Park.
The Dalles 15U Babe Ruth bats were on fire in the second and third innings of their pool play game Thursday, Aug. 1, and that was enough to defeat Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 8-7 at the Pacific Northwest Regional Playoffs in Centralia, Wash.
Games start at 6 and 7:15 p.m. Aug. 5-7 at park district fields The Dalles Parks and Recreation softball teams will play for bragging rights next week in the championship tournament that starts Monday, Aug. 5, and continues through Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the Webber Street softball fields across from Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue station.
Finals start at 6 p.m. Aug. 3 The Oregon Karaoke Challenge will be taking over the stage at The Dalles City Park tonight and Saturday, Aug. 2 and Aug. 3, for final competition, and its organizer hopes that a few dreams will be fulfilled that night.
New Entries BREAKFAST CANCELLED: The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce Power Breakfast for August has been cancelled. DISCO PARTY: The Dalles Eagles will host a disco party with DJ Fergie and MC Max Love Saturday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. Games and prizes will include a largest bellbottom contest. The event at 2006 W. Seventh St., has no cover charge, but is only for those 21 and older. Call 541-296-3172 for details.
Brown and Somnis stand for Sherman The Oregon East-West All-Star Football game, now in its 61st year, and known as “The Greatest Little Shrine Game in the World” will be Aug. 3 in Baker City, and two Sherman County sports fixtures will be playing a role.
The Dalles Babe Ruth 15U team came up against the proverbial immovable object Tuesday against the host Twin Cities team of Centralia, losing 11-4 against last year’s fourth place winners at the Babe Ruth World Series.
Soon just about everybody in The Dalles will have a chance to make a splash, young, old, mobile and less so.
Colter and Lacey Bolton launch 15 Mile Winery
I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. — Muhammad Ali Training, part one: Even if you’ve been working in your field close to 30 years, like I have, taking a class now and then can be a valuable experience.
Seaside Beach Volleyball tourney is largest amateur event in the world Getting sand between your toes doesn’t always require a beach, and that’s just what the Cherry City Juniors traveling volleyball team was doing Monday night, July 29, at Sorosis Park.
New Entries FARMERS MARKET: The Dalles Farmers Market is open every Saturday through Oct. 13 and Wednesday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m.
Southern Wasco County fire is now 95 percent contained The Mile Marker 28 fire expanded over the weekend and Monday to an estimated 22,469 acres but firefighters made some headway on containment, which was listed at 25 percent as of Monday night.
Judging from the responses to last week’s mystery photo, above, one of the most memorable events in the history of the old The Dalles Junior High School was the day Sen. Bobby Kennedy came to visit in 1968.
The Mile Marker 28 Fire remains largely uncontained, burning on more than 4,600 acres along High 97 15 miles northeast of Goldendale. Almost three times that amount of land to the south of the main fire and mostly east of Highway 97 is under immediate evacuation. The evacuation area includes the towns of Bickleton and Cleveland. Another area is targeted for potential evacuation farther south.
Thomas oversees 2,000 acres and 700 people
“Cherries have always been in my blood,” says Brenda Thomas, president of Orchard View Farms in The Dalles. Thomas is the oldest in her generation, the fourth to operate Orchard View Farms since Walter Bailey established the company in 1923. Despite that pull from the orchards that surrounded her as a child, Thomas started her working career as a veterinarian before joining the family business six years ago.
FFA and 4-H helped lead vet to care for animals
Rachel Collins is the new veterinarian at Columbia Veterinary Hospital in The Dalles.
New Entries HOST NEEDED: The Dalles AFS has identified host families for three exchange students arriving in August. The Dalles Wahtonka High School can accept one more AFS student, if another local host family can be found. Help build bridges of intercultural understanding by sharing a home and daily life. More information is available at 1-800-AFS-INFO or www.afsusa.org/hosting. The local contact is Rymmel Lovell, 541-296-6546, firstname.lastname@example.org, Subject: AFS.
Ladies of the evening knew they were jail-bound when Van Valkenburgh appeared M. D. Van Valkenburgh has seen a lot change in his six decades practicing law in The Dalles.
New Entries CLASS 45TH: The Dalles High School Class of 1968 will have an informal celebration of its 45th reunion the weekend of Aug. 9 and 10. Details of the various events planned can be found online at www.dhsclassof68.org under the “Options for the Weekend” link. BOATING CLASS: The Oregon State Marine Board’s mandatory safe boater class is offered to Oregon and Washington residents Saturday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at The Dalles Marina Yacht Club.
Thank goodness for A/C repair people: July is National Air Conditioning Repair Month and our family found cause to appreciate the repair people who get buried in calls during the first real hot spell each year.
Twenty new units and upgrade of existing units included in $12.1 million project Guardian Real Estate Services officials and their invited guests celebrated the post-renovation grand re-opening of Sunrise Estates in west The Dalles July 11 with a dedication ceremony and a luncheon.
Victims were on their way to jobs in orchards Six people were transported to Mid-Columbia Medical Center following a three-car crash that blocked Highway 197 at milepost 2 Tuesday morning for a little more than an hour.
Six taken to hospital
A three-car, six-injury accident blocked Highway 197 early this morning.
What's happening from July 12. 2013.
Sea Lions living above Bonneville Dam aren’t following usual patterns The Dalles Marina tenants aren’t expecting their close encounters with sea lions — or one sea lion in particular — to go away any time soon, particularly after a July 3 letter from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on the subject.
When John Huffman, a Ford salesman from Missouri, rolled into The Dalles 28 years ago looking for a job, one of the first people he met was John Mabrey, then general sales manager at Schultens Motors, who promptly hired Huffman to sell Fords here.
Jammin’ July will live up to its name, jamming a whole lot of entertainment and activity into downtown The Dalles this Saturday, July 13, from 5 to 10 p.m.