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Kathy Ursprung

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Tenants to choose marina water system

Port seeks quote on year-round water service option

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A note from a general

Ricarte book has dedication to war leader

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Energizing Rufus

This small city’s leaders envision a brighter future with help from renewable energy

Port director gets 18.5 percent raise

The Port of The Dalles Commission approved an 18.5 percent salary increase Oct. 9 for its executive director, Andrea Klaas, her first raise since 2007.

Port to file proposal request Oct. 14 on Chenoweth Creek

The Port of The Dalles is expected to publish its request for proposals on the Chenoweth Creek Subdiivision infrastructure project Monday, Oct. 14.

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Musical weekend benefits local organizations

Guests at the Civic Auditorium’s piano gala Saturday evening, Oct 12, will be entertained by a performance that has become something of a rarity in modern days: a classical dual piano performance.

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Skyline Grill opens on Second

Owner offers grass-fed beef and free-range chicken dishes

Changes required after Bank of America purchase

Washington Federal will mail out welcome guides Oct. 29 to regional Bank of America customers affected by the change

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Norton honored with D.C. visit

Bend Heroes send Eastern Oregon World War II vets on Honors Flight

Commission recommends county land use changes

The Dalles Planning Commission recommended approval Thursday, Oct. 3, of new land use rules designed to end the practice of charging for public streets and sidewalks — sometimes as much as $150,000 — when residential land is divided into smaller lots, or requiring a commitment to pay in the future.

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Making big noise

Noise parade rolls through The Dalles

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MCCOG board approves 20% building fee increase

Future rate increases removed from original proposal

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New moves at the Chamber

A year into her new post, Farquharson is implementing new ideas

Fees focus of COG hearing

Forty percent increase proposed for Building Code assessments

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Trans take over at Romul’s

Cuisine mixes Vietnamese with Italian

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Residents observe Constitution Day

Sonrise Academy celebrated Constitution Day by receiving pocket-size Constitutions from Darlien France, an original member of the Wasco County Constitution Bicentennial Commission that buried a Constitution-related time capsule in honor of the anniversary, 25 years ago.

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Fire threatens homes, blocks freeway Friday

A GRASS FIRE sparked by a vehicle losing its wheel as it traveled down the freeway threatened homes and caused Interstate 84 to be closed in both directions at some points Friday night.

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US attorneys discuss tribal issues

Columbia River jurisdictional issue is key part of discussion CELILO VILLAGE — U.S. Attorneys from around the nation met in Celilo Village to talk about the issues of Indian Country, in particular violence and Columbia River jurisdictional issues. They were part of a three-day meeting of the Attorney General’s Advisory Council Native American Issues Subcommittee. The other two days were based in Hood River.

Word on the Street: Change is on the wind downtown The Dalles

Things are starting to churn: It’s exciting to see more activity on the commercial real estate front, particularly in the business corridor.

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Bonhams buy Turner building

Maupin Stoves-n-Spahs will take on former furniture store Daniel and Lori Bonham, owners of Maupin’s Stoves-N-Spahs, are making an investment in downtown The Dalles and maintaining a family tradition in the process.

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Fashion show features downtown The Dalles shops

Civic will host show and ‘pop-up’ shops this Friday Downtown The Dalles shopping opportunities will be on the catwalk this Friday, Sept. 20, at the Our Town, The Dalles Fashion Show.

Board takes up name, mascot

D21 officials could rename high school

North Wasco County School District will consider changes to both The Dalles Wahtonka High School’s name and its mascot at the school board meeting this Thursday, Sept. 12.

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Marine mom takes America to war

About the Author

In the midst of a genre filled with first-person experience, Marine mom and journalist RaeLynn Ricarte set out to write a book like no other – one that stretched the breadth of the military experience from green recruit to Gold Star Mother.

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Vets share combat lessons

Marine mom takes America to war

The book “Living the Oath: Warriors Take It, Families Endure It” written by Marine mom and The Dalles Chronicle reporter RaeLynn Ricarte has 35 chapters and includes stories from 29 warriors and military family members.

WORD ON THE STREET: Copa gets a chance to go to the Bowl

Small business, big exposure: We’ve seen Copa Di Vino become one of The Dalles’ economic success stories, growing from a small, struggling concern, trying to grow their brand in a downtown historic building to an expanding enterprise employing more than 100 workers.

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A handy ‘Angel’ is on duty

Blue Angel Handyman offers wide range of services

Jose “Joe” Morales has been in the construction business since age 18, and since moving to The Dalles several months ago, he has begun offering those services as a handyman to local residents.

Road panel offers plans

Road department is operating in deficit state

For the first time in decades, Wasco County roads are in danger of falling into disrepair, a citizen committee reported to the Wasco County Commissioners Sept. 4, recommending several ways the commissioners might consider to restore money to its decimated roads budget.

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Von Borstel book reveals financial 'Truth'

Wayne von Borstel has found his purpose in helping people realize financial wellbeing. He has been a financial planner for 28 years and recently wrote “The Truth Project: Finding the Courage to Ignore Wall Street,” as a way to share his knowledge and encourage people to learn how to maximize their potential.

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The Dalles Furniture ends 23-year run

Wayne von Borstel has found his purpose in helping people realize financial wellbeing. He has been a financial planner for 28 years and recently wrote “The Truth Project: Finding the Courage to Ignore Wall Street,” as a way to share his knowledge and encourage people to learn how to maximize their potential.

Senator speaks about ‘pillars and pathways’

Speaking on the eve of Labor Day weekend, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) focused on the pressures faced by the middle class at his annual town hall Aug. 30 at Columbia Gorge Community College.

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Ruby Mason retires from housing authority

“Addictive” may not be quite the word most people would apply to employment in the low-income housing industry, but that’s how Ruby Mason, retiring executive director of the Mid-Columbia Housing Authority describes her job.

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Trooper shot in traffic stop

Suspect killed, I-84 traffic blocked for hours CELILO — Sherman County District Attorney Wade McLeod is coordinating a multi-agency investigation into a shooting where an Oregon State trooper was injured and his apparent assailant apkilled along Interstate 84 near Rufus Thursday, Aug. 29.

Investigation under way into officer shooting

Trooper recovering from "minor" gunshot wound

Sherman County District Attorney Wade McLeod is coordinating a multi-agency investigation at the scene of a shooting that wounded an Oregon State Trooper and killed his apparent assailant along Interstate 84 near Rufus earlier today, Aug. 29.

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Fire crew was on the spot for big blaze

Local crew is in its first fire-fighting year

Firefighters from all over the state and even Canada converged on The Dalles last week to help fight the Government Flats Fire Complex, but one fire crew had a bit of a head start.

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Hunt for killer goes on

A year after Scott Erlenbush was slain, police continue the hunt for his killer

More than a year has passed since the body of Scott Erlenbush, 46, was found Aug. 26, 2012, in the AmeriTitle parking lot downtown across West Second Street from the U.S. Post Office, and The Dalles police officers continue to actively work every week on the case.

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Firefighters gain ground; structure team demobilizes

Firefighters have made enough progress in easing the risk to homes from the Blackburn Fire that the Oregon Fire Marshal planned to return protection responsibility to Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue Saturday.

Schools prepare more space for figherfighters

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.

Crews stay busy with small brush fires

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.

Soul liberation going on in TD

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver. — Maya Angelou

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Flyfishing Strategies opens downtown

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.

House fire hits in The Dalles

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.

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Growth continues on Blackburn 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 information.

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Government Flats Fire Complex update, 3,000 acres burned

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.

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UPDATE: Blackburn fire at 550 acres

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.

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School too close for comfort? There's still plenty of summer left

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.

Port plans trade mission

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.

Get business-like at the county fair

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.

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50 years of Chryslers

Third generation of Urnesses leads The Dalles dealership

Today, when people think of Chryslers in The Dalles, the name Urness isn’t far behind.

Gilham to bow out of Lone Pine Village

Lone Pine Village soon will be seeing a change of ownership.

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Fair has been tradition for Judy Ewing

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.