Police Chief Jay Waterbury announced he would retire July 1 at Monday’s The Dalles City Council meeting. He received a standing ovation after making a few remarks about his long career. When he retires, he will have served almost 42 years in law enforcement, almost 41 of them for The Dalles police, 20 of them as its chief. He began work here Aug. 11, 1975, at age 23. He told the council, “I don’t really want to go but it is getting close to being the time to go.”
A smaller but dedicated group of people are continuing to work on ways to help the school district improve attendance, graduation rates and teacher morale.
A local grade schooler recently had a triglyceride level of 262 — well above the normal range of six to 100 milligrams per deciliter for this measure of fat in the blood.
A woman and her children barricaded themselves in an upstairs bedroom after a stabbing suspect entered their home yesterday morning, officials said. No one at the home was injured, according to a post by the woman’s husband, Doug Kirchhofer, on Facebook yesterday.
A woman was home alone with her children when a man who had just been “involved” in a stabbing nearby entered her house at 18th and Morton this morning, law officers said.
A medical doctor specializing in eye care, Dr. John Willer recently returned from Guatemala mission
D21 considers drop in enrollment
The North Central Public Health District, increasingly short staffed since a budget cut last summer and other staff departures, may get a cash infusion from a regional health organization Wednesday. The Columbia Gorge Health Council, which governs state-funded health care for low income residents, got a sizeable “bonus” for meeting certain health goals set up by the state.
About 30 percent of clients on parole and probation in Wasco County are also social service clients of the Department of Human Services. The goals of these two entities for this minority of shared clients can often coincide: to get the client clean and sober and into stable housing and employment.
Plenty of concern is voiced regionally about the welfare of children, with tips flowing into an area child abuse hotline at the rate of about 150 calls per month. The vast majority do not amount to anything, but every caller is thoroughly questioned by one of the two full-time screeners who take calls from a five-county area including Gilliam, Sherman, Wheeler, Hood River and Wasco counties.
One need look no further than local Facebook pages to see the bind facing people seeking affordable housing in the gorge.
Following an executive session, the school board Wednesday reached a consensus to pursue talks with the community college on a “facilities concept.”
Wasco County is sending pairs of deputies to do five-day community policing stints in Harney County, as the militia takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge continues. Chief Deputy Lane Magill and Sgt. Chris McNeel took the first shift, going to Burns, the seat of Harney County, on Monday, Jan. 4 and returning Friday, Jan. 8.
The new trimester schedule at The Dalles High School has delivered on expectations, with increases in attendance and grades and drops in discipline issues.
Trooper soothing presence during traumatic times
Pool leaks repaired
On Jan. 1, Oregon became the first state in the U.S. to allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control pills and patches, although so far, few pharmacists, and none in The Dalles, have taken the required training.
Judge concerned about process
Two members of the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office went to Harney County yesterday as part of a mutual aid request to help contend with an armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Consultant to be hired for facilities assessment
Jury rules that no work promises were made
Association investigates alleged misconduct
Broken city water line leads to closure at St. Mary’s Academy
Roderick receives a national award for service
D21 accused of breaking employment promise
Three sites described
School works on plan to keep kids in class
Wasco County has decided to wait another year before making a decision about whether to leave the regional health district. An agreement governing the three-county entity allows withdrawal decisions only at the end of a year, with the withdrawal being effective six months later.
Former city official gets time for theft of funds
Group will present plans Dec. 2
Grassroots effort seeks to boost D21 scores
The father of the five children who lived in a shed for a time has requested a modification of his parenting plan in order to give him custody.
Students earn top 8 percent rank in world
Tons of dirt, hides transported to county dump
Plans aired at two sessions
Wilson makes life-changing decision based on her faith
Work group already taking steps
Middle schooler partnered with company to design a unique set of footwear
Second fire destroys shop in Dallesport
Family gives TD a gift of fireworks in his name
Mom and kids lost everything in structure fire
First classes at Wahtonka are free, begin on Thursday
Five children taken into protective custody
Family is given hope for housing
Liz Turner has been charged with stealing cows
Project moves a step closer to end goal
Family surviving tough times
DMV testers tough it out
Event creates space for God’s work to work
Brainstorming session crowded