This four-part series looks at the Lone Pine Native American treaty fishing in-lieu site, which overlooks The Dalles Dam. The first article describes homeless advocate Dorothy Rodriguez’s push to help meet needs at the site.
The Northern Wasco County PUD has been spending the summer —and then some — getting ready for the winter. It is an ongoing effort that ranges from tree trimming to vehicle preparation.
Animal shelter controls ringworm outbreak
The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence has made it his priority to ensure the local animal shelter survives, saying the town needs to have dog control. That’s welcome news to Janna Hage, who was recently asked by the Home at Last Humane Society to help it recover from a ringworm outbreak that shut down operations.
Earlier this month, after getting multiple complaints, city police told transients living under the freeway overpass by Dairy Queen to clear out. It was done at nighttime, when they were more likely to be there, said The Dalles Police Capt. Jamie Carrico. Police logs show five people were asked to move along on Oct. 5.
How a competitive local athlete learned to handle Type 1 diabetes
Connor Shortt, a 2014 grad of The Dalles-Wahtonka High School, always had his eye on some type of work in the medical field. He wasn’t sure just what it would be until May 2016, when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes after his sophomore year at Pacific University. Now he wants to be an endocrinologist, a doctor who specializes in treatment of the disease.
Chenowith Elementary School showed a 20 percent gain in overall academic achievement in the 2016-17 school year, according to the just-released state school report card. In a statement on the state report card, Chenowith Principal Anne Shull said it was “a year of celebration for Chenowith and our students!”
Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley can’t say enough about his newest employee. Kurt Cochran, who is helping digitize the office’s huge backlog of paper files, “has a great sense of humor,” Nisley said. “He’s got a great work ethic. He gets to work early and he stays late.” Cochran has a disability, and the attorney’s office was recently named the “Best New Employer” by the Mid-Columbia Employment First team at an awards banquet.
Three dogs who had been dead for 24 to 48 hours were pulled from a man’s vehicle in the 3500 block of West Second Street on Oct. 1. He has been charged with one count of first-degree animal neglect regarding all three animals.
The Oregon State Police bomb squad was called to an address in the 2500 block of East 12th Street Friday night on a suspected explosive device, which turned out to be fake, police said.
Home At Last Humane Society has been open about problems it’s been having since June with a ringworm outbreak. Finally, a board member called a former HAL director for help. That director, Janna Hage, began volunteering with the shelter just last week. “Quite frankly, ringworm isn’t the issue going on with the shelter,” Hage said. “It’s a symptom of what the problem is.”
The Dalles High School produced 24 Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars in the last academic year, up from 21 the year before.
The North Central Public Health District is among the first 10 such districts in Oregon to earn accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board. The voluntary accreditation means the health district meets nationally recognized, practice-focused and evidence-based standards.
Officer lucks upon cold mountain biker in bad weather
Usually, when The Dalles Police Officer Brent Larson patrols the city watershed on the Mt. Hood National Forest, he goes in one way and out another, to cover more ground. But, in a very lucky turn of events for mountain biker Cori Bucherl, on Tuesday, Sept. 19, Larson decided to go out the way he came in. As he was trundling down the 1720 Road right by where it intersects with the 44 Road, he came upon a drenched Bucherl, who had cut short a planned 25-mile bike ride due to unseasonably wet and cold weather.
On Oct. 28, 2015, Senior Trooper Zach Bohince was near Seaside with the fugitive apprehension task force, which was trying to arrest a man with warrants for kidnapping and attempted murder.
Six troopers recently received the first ever Medal of Valor issued by the Oregon State Police. Two of them, Ryan Sharp and Zach Bohince, have local ties. Both troopers were shot at by fleeing suspects in vehicle pursuits.
Some 40 people attended a recent meeting about President Trump’s decision to end DACA, the federal program that defers deportation for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. Recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protection are often called “Dreamers,” which refers to a legislative act that was never passed by Congress.
Leonidas Montenegro came to the U.S. with family at age 13
Leonidas Montenegro and his family came to the U.S. from Guatemala when he was 13. In 2012, the Obama Administration began its DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, which defers deportation for undocumented immigrations who arrived in the U.S. as children. Montenegro, then in his early 20s, jumped on the opportunity to legally remain in the U.S.
The Dalles Police Officer Jeff Kienlen just got back from a traffic conference, where discussion touched on the fact that fatal crashes are on the rise, mostly due to distracted driving. And so the timing is apt for the Oct. 1 start of Oregon’s new distracted driving law, which bans holding a cell phone or other electronic device while driving.
The Phat Pack, a trio who sing Broadway tunes and were named Best of Las Vegas: Best All-around Performers, perform Monday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at The Dalles High School auditorium.
The Blue Zones Project, a three-year well-being initiative begun in The Dalles this past spring, has hired its four locally-based staffers.
Mary Wymer loves old buildings — not only for the architecture, but for the people, long dead, she can connect with in them.
For the first time in its 15-year history, the Pig Bowl, a fundraising flag football game featuring local law enforcement, is donating proceeds from its Sept. 23 game to three families.
Homeless advocate Dorothy Rodriguez learned about Christine Young on a Tuesday night and put the word out via social media asking for help. By Wednesday morning, someone had donated bus tickets to get Young and her husband, Randall, on to Ontario, where they have a connection. Young has Large B cell lymphoma and spent 41 days in Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, Randall said.
About a year ago, Dorothy Rodriguez Anderson began handing food and clothing out to the homeless people she saw at the laundromat in The Dalles. She operated out the back door, providing a stream of love, support, acceptance, clothes and food.
North Wasco County schools closed Thursday because of poor air quality, which reached hazardous levels Wednesday night before lowering this morning to “unhealthy” levels.
A series of human-caused fires have plagued Sherman County’s backroads since July, and there’s a $6,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
The four counties that make up the regional jail are researching the feasibility of returning to voters in May 2018 to ask for a permanent tax rate to provide stable funding for the jail.
Gigi Siekkenen, the new part-time intern pastor at First United Methodist Church in The Dalles, came to seminary as a second career — an ever more common path to the pulpit.
Pyeper Walker, 11, an incoming sixth grader at Sherman Elementary, headed to Salem Saturday to take part in the Oregon Statewide Spelling Championship at the Oregon State Fair. “I am very proud to represent my county in the state spelling bee. It will be really exciting to compete against other spellers from Oregon, but I will also be nervous,” Pyeper said earlier this week.
The third of four crosswalk enforcement actions took place Monday in The Dalles, and one of the ticketed motorists had been cited for the same thing in an earlier enforcement action. The action is part of The Dalles Police Department’s efforts to improve pedestrian safety, specifically motorists who do not yield the right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks.
District 21 has hired Wright Public Affairs, which has managed winning campaigns for school bonds and levies in the Portland Metro area, to guide its facilities bond campaign. The hiring was announced at the North Wasco County School District 21 meeting last Thursday.
After a nearly 40-year existence, the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments has voted to find new homes for its four programs and will cease to function as a direct service provider. The four programs are: transportation, which includes the LINK dial-a-ride as well as a non-emergency medical transport service; the Area Agency on Aging, which helps with meals and other services for seniors; workforce development programs; and regional building codes services.
Community Meal, which has been providing a free meal to all comers every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for over 30 years, is looking for a few new groups to help prepare meals a few times a year.
A 14-year-old male was taken into custody on two counts of second-degree assault Monday morning and is accused of shooting a woman and her son with a pellet gun.
A sleepless night in the family van was the completely-worth-it price my kids and I paid for the thrill and privilege of seeing the total solar eclipse Monday in the wide-open spaces of Shaniko.
Mid-Columbia Medical Center has “turned a corner as a whole,” said its new chief executive officer, Dennis Knox. He said rumors that the hospital would be closing its doors due to financial issues were unfounded.
Mid-Columbia Medical Center is considering options for its unprofitable visiting health service that include keeping it but reducing losses, or selling it to another company. MCMC officials hope for the former.
In a short ceremony Wednesday afternoon, the Mid-Columbia Senior Center officially opened its long-awaited elevator. Winning the honor of taking the first ride was Gary Bradley and Sandy Haechrel.
The huge lines of people waiting to get into the Antiques Roadshow is reminiscent of a line at the airport, only all the people have really cool luggage. The show, now in its 22nd season, was taping in Portland last Saturday at the Oregon Convention Center.
Some 70 people attended a vigil Sunday evening on the Wasco County Courthouse steps in reaction to violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., that left a woman dead. Event organizer Dr. Mimi McDonell was overwhelmed by the response to the event, which she publicized earlier that day through social media.
When the police chief heard that the Chronicle would be interviewing retiring The Dalles Police Capt. Steve Baska, the chief’s immediate — and correct — response was, “Oh no!” Baska is famously, delightfully, unfiltered. His 31 years with the city police enabled him to wryly observe, and comment upon, the foibles of humanity.
While calculus might be viewed as a daunting level of high school math, a group of students at Wahtonka Community School are approaching it in the form of an exercise challenge.
The Rotary Club is looking for local families to take in a South Korean exchange student who will be arriving in The Dalles the week of Aug. 24-31.
Wasco County Master Gardeners received a prestigious Search for Excellence award at the International Master Gardener conference for its regional jail greenhouse and spring plant sale.
Shaniko, population 26, is preparing for a siege of sorts when the solar eclipse happens Aug. 21.
Jessika Nañez, an incoming The Dalles High School senior, was named Oregon’s Distinguished Young Woman Saturday in Salem, winning a $3,000 scholarship and the option of full-ride scholarships at various colleges nationwide.
Foundation work has begun on a four-story fire training tower at Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue. The tower should be finished in mid-October.
A 22-year-old Spanish woman heading for a six-week stay in Corvallis was denied entry to the U.S. at the Portland airport July 5 and spent 38 hours at the regional jail in The Dalles before being returned to Spain.
A wellness survey landed in several thousand mailboxes in The Dalles to establish a baseline for the Blue Zones Project as it begins a three-year effort to improve community wellness.
A 4-year-old boy from The Dalles, Parker Lee Perkins, died in an off-road-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon near Goldendale. The vehicle involved in the accident is called a UTV, or a utility task vehicle, and is also known as a side by side, since UTVs can seat two to four people.