As school projects go, it’s perhaps on the unusual side, but “Ruination,” a new strategy game created by Wahtonka Community School students, has kept nine students busy for four months now. Freshman Brandon Pentz, 14, said he’s been so absorbed by the project that he’s even working on it after school, something he normally doesn’t do.March 14, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Les Cochenour has a long and illustrious record of community — particularly military — support, of which his stint as The Dalles mayor in the 1990s is just one highlight. He and wife, Jody, are moving to Bend and a going-away party for them is set for 4 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the Portage Grill in Shilo Inn.March 13, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
A new high school could have the same square footage as the current one, but with more efficient usage of space, would accommodate 25 percent more students, a consultant said last Thursday. At the first of four meetings of the high school master planning committee, architect and consultant Richard Higgins with BLRB Architects said better use of space would mean a new high school could accommodate 1,035 students, up from the 800 housed at the current high school.March 13, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Marielle Kowaleski is newish to the Gorge, having moved here two years ago, and she dropped in on the Blue Zones Project’s inaugural “Friends at Five” event to socialize. The get-together at the Blue Zones office on Klindt Drive, which is open to anyone who wishes to attend, drew just a handful of people, but Kowaleski was glad she came.March 8, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
For the second year, young chefs will compete at The Dalles Middle School on Saturday, March 17, to win the title of Future Chef. This year, six students in grades one through five will be preparing their favorite healthy Asian fusion recipe.March 7, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
The Dalles is a top-15 finalist nationwide for a grant that could potentially hire two full-time employees to help bring hands-on STEM mentoring and projects to local students. The finalists were selected based on their potential for impact, approach to partnership building, creative engagement strategies and sustainability planning, according to US2020.February 28, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Two parents told the D21 school board last week they were upset with how the district handled the discovery of a BB gun at the middle school and a student threat at the high school. A BB gun was found on a student at the middle school on Jan. 17. No notice was sent to parents because the district determined the student did not have intent to use it.February 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
A nationwide, longstanding drop in volunteerism across all interests has so impacted the fire service that federal grants have been awarded to boost volunteer firefighter rosters. Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue has begun its second four-year grant-funded position aimed at increasing volunteerism.February 14, 2018 1:39 p.m. read more..
The Dalles Middle School Principal Sandy Harris never misses a music performance by students at the school, and is always ready with a compliment for their work. For her ongoing support, she was awarded the Oregon Music Education Association Outstanding Administrator Award last month.February 13, 2018 1:37 p.m. read more..
The teachers union for District 21 and the school board have agreed on a new two-year contract that provides a 2.2 percent cost of living increase this year. “We are very excited and feel like things went really well,” Superintendent Candy Armstrong told the Northern Wasco County School District 21 board last week.February 8, 2018 1:18 p.m. read more..
Kenneth Ray Smith, the owner of three dogs who died in his car in October, was sentenced to three years of bench probation, with a suspended 15-day jail term, on a charge of second-degree animal neglect. The adult dogs, two pitbulls and a terrier, had been dead 24-48 hours when they were pulled from Smith’s vehicle in the 3500 block of West Second Street Oct. 1.February 7, 2018 12:36 p.m. read more..
Wahtonka Community School is venturing into the uncharted waters of becoming a charter school. Principal Brian Goodwin is unabashed about why: He wants to give the alternative school the budget protection offered by charter school status.February 6, 2018 1:17 p.m. read more..
Robert Weems, 42, a former substitute teacher in School District 21 and a former track and wrestling coach at the middle school, was arrested Friday and is accused of having sex with a student. A grand jury indictment dated Friday, Feb. 2, lists charges against Weems of third-degree sexual abuse, first-degree official misconduct and two counts of second-degree sexual abuse, all relating to the same victim. He was arrested in the 2400 block of East 11th Street.February 6, 2018 1:09 p.m. read more..
A new after-school program on Wednesdays — an early release day in the school district — at Wahtonka Community School is the brainchild of two sisters who are students there. Sisters Anyssa and Nevaeh Campos spent five years in foster care, three of them apart, in homes all over the state and even in Colorado. They don’t know if any of the kids in their program are also foster kids, but at any rate, they just wanted to create a place where kids could come and have some snacks, read some books and play some games.February 2, 2018 1:18 p.m. read more..
The school district will loan portable bleachers to the chamber of commerce for its increasingly popular Cherry Idol event during Cherry Festival, the school board agreed on Tuesday. How many the chamber will need — and how many will fit in the space — will be decided soon.February 2, 2018 1:13 p.m. read more..
Two years ago, Richard Hynd tried to rent a storage unit in The Dalles. “Ain’t happening, not in The Dalles,” he recounted. So he and his partner, Lorne Richman, built their own self storage facility. Located at 105 Webber St., Oregon Trail Mini Storage opened in November.February 1, 2018 1:11 p.m. read more..
The newest D21 board member brings a wealth of professional knowledge about education and boards, but her main motivation in seeking the position is that she’s a mom with kids in local schools. Bethani Studebaker, Ph.D., was named by the North Wasco County School District 21 board to fill the vacancy created by the resignation in October of longtime board member Carol Roderick.January 25, 2018 1:22 p.m. read more..
Exceeding expectations, over 400 people joined the women’s march Saturday through downtown The Dalles, making a 1.1-mile loop that began and ended at City Park on Union Street. Pink hats and political signs abounded, as the crowd listened to speakers before heading for the protest march that was kept to the sidewalks because no permits were obtained for it, an organizer said.January 23, 2018 1:21 p.m. read more..
Police lights and sirens sometimes have trouble gaining the attention of today’s distracted drivers. Enter the ultimate un-distractor: the Rumbler. Two new Ford Explorers bought by The Dalles Police Department have the Rumbler, and by late summer, it is anticipated the rest of the police fleet will have Rumblers too, said Police Capt. Jamie Carrico.January 18, 2018 1:20 p.m. read more..
An 18-year-old was jailed Wednesday on a charge of first-degree animal abuse (a misdemeanor) and is accused of strangling a cat, according to police. James Claude McIntosh was arrested in the 2500 block of West 10th Street Wednesday and was released Thursday.January 5, 2018 1:34 p.m. read more..
Chenowith Elementary School Principal Anne Shull resigned effective Dec. 31 in a settlement with the school district following bullying complaints filed against her last June by three current and former teachers. In the settlement, she will receive six months of pay, plus the district will pay her an amount equivalent to the district’s current monthly insurance contribution through June 2018.January 5, 2018 1:32 p.m. read more..
Gorge employers were regularly saying they had trouble filling well-paying, good-benefit jobs, even though they didn’t even require a college education. Enter Gorge Works, a new program through the Port of The Dalles that offers paid summer internships and apprenticeship opportunities. It began taking applications for internships in mid-December, and the application period closes Jan. 31.January 4, 2018 1:30 p.m. read more..
The owners of two horses who were found starving in November have been cited for second degree animal neglect. Edna and Joe Whitesell, 6240 Hwy 30, Rowena, were issued the citations on Dec. 15. The horses were voluntarily surrendered by the Whitesells to Sound Equine Options, a Troutdale-based horse rescue.December 26, 2017 1:02 p.m. read more..
A vocal opponent of AmeriTies West and the creosote compounds it is permitted to release said of a proposed new air quality rule, “If Cleaner Air Oregon was made for anything, it was made for the city of The Dalles.” Kristina Cronkright spoke at the Dec. 14 hearing in The Dalles on the proposed reform to air quality laws called Cleaner Air Oregon.December 21, 2017 12:57 p.m. read more..
Wasco County is again sending its youth to the juvenile facility at the regional jail, after briefly opting to send youth elsewhere on the heels of a report that was highly critical of the facility. Two of the three commissioners met in a work session last Thursday and by consensus gave authority for staff to resume sending youth there.December 20, 2017 1:21 p.m. read more..
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