The mother of a sex abuse victim has sued First Christian Church in The Dalles for $5 million, alleging the church did not adequately supervise the youth leader who abused her teen daughter.
An education symposium titled “Where our Children Learn,” which will focus on school facilities and has state Rep. John Huffman as special guest, is set for Saturday, June 18, at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center, 1112 W. 9th St. The symposium will have two sessions, at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., with the same panelists speaking at both sessions.
The Mosier train derailment was caused when an unknown number of large screws, used to provide extra stabilization to rail ties on curves, sheared off — something a railroad official said he’d never seen before in a derailment. Jason Rea, chief engineer for the western region of Union Pacific Railroad, described at a community meeting Friday in Mosier what had caused the June 3 derailment of 16 oil cars.
Exhausted panelists took sharp questions from a standing-room-only crowd at a special Mosier City Council meeting Thursday about the handling of the June 3 oil train derailment.
The Dalles City Council will be asked Monday to provide $90,000 in funding for each of the next five fiscal years for veterans services. The request has been made by Les Cochenour, president of the Mid-Columbia Veterans Memorial Committee and Andretta Schellinger, facilitator for Home Fires Burning, a local group that supports female vets and military families.
The second annual “Mom Prom” — a chance to get dolled up and help a good cause at the same time — is set for Friday, June 24 at the Civic Auditorium. Some 40 items will be auctioned, considerably more than last year, and a dinner spread with plenty of options from Italian to Mexican will be on offer, as well as a candy “bar” where people can load up on sweets.
With the roughly 280,000 gallons of oil remaining in the 16 derailed train cars in Mosier finally offloaded Wednesday morning, and stored in The Dalles, work began right away on removing the cars themselves.
With the roughly 280,000 gallons of oil remaining in the 16 derailed train cars in Mosier finally offloaded Wednesday morning, and stored in The Dalles, work began right away on removing the cars themselves. The derailed cars, which were decontaminated first, will be taken to Portland and scrapped, said Greg Svelund, a spokesperson for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
Ever since School District 21 was formed 12 years ago, it has allowed grade school students to attend a school in the district other than their “resident” school, if they chose.
Stephen Schwiff was in a meeting in Hood River Friday when he first saw the smoke. Others took to their phones and quickly had news about the huge black plume: “They said, ‘Oh, there’s a railroad disaster in Mosier. They closed the highway,’” Schwiff recounted.
If you ever come upon a clean campsite in the woods, you might have “Billy Yoté” to thank. Yoté spent the day after Memorial Day scouring six campsites, a passel of large garbage bags in tow. He filled about four of them full of trash, from dirty diapers to pizza boxes. One of the six sites was clean. “Yoté” isn’t Yote’s real name: He’s a lifelong resident of Wasco County who loves the woods but doesn’t think much of publicity. He merely made the mistake of chatting with a reporter Tuesday and sharing his day’s activities.
In a first, two senior parties are being planned for The Dalles High School class of 2017, after a trip to Disneyland was announced and met with resistance from parents who wanted a less costly, local option.
Patrick Ashmore was looking forward to retiring and getting involved in the community after a 29-year career with the Oregon State Police that saw him rise to the No. 2 post in the agency. Then he got a call from retiring The Dalles Police Chief Jay Waterbury, asking him to apply for the vacancy Waterbury was about to create.
Students were crabby for about the first week after The Dalles Middle School eased in a ban on bringing sugary and caffeinated drinks to school. But then they got over it.
The school district is encouraging citizens to take a new survey — either online or a meeting coming up — to share their hopes for what they want public education to look like in Oregon.
An inspiration to all she met, MariAnne Sansour has succumbed to ALS, known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, after a six-year battle that she fought on her own terms, with faith, grit and humor. Ironically, her death, on May 13, occurred during ALS Awareness Month. She was 69.
A group of parents with students in next year’s graduating class at The Dalles High School have an ambitious plan for boosting 2017 graduation rates: a three-day trip to Disneyland. The senior party was announced last month, giving the class of 2017 extra time to fundraise.
Class of 2017 has eyes on Disneyland
Ballot return was 50 percent
An appeal hearing last week in Salem of a state-issued wetlands fill permit for a proposed Walmart superstore in The Dalles focused on whether the project had to meet a public need or not.
Not too many years ago, summer brought the occasional call to police about a dog in distress in a hot car. But in the last few years, such calls to The Dalles Police Department have significantly increased, officers say. And almost without exception, the calls are unfounded, meaning the dog was fine.
Two former child welfare workers in The Dalles filed a wrongful termination suit saying they were fired after alleging children were put at risk and even harmed by willful violations of state law.
Lawsuit filed by fired child welfare workers
Unlawful case files
Good Samaritan finds transient deceased
Hill faces ire from Rajneeshees
As Penny Grotting was analyzing winter test results from the local elementary schools, she began to notice something.
After a Wamic man suffered serious burns on April 22, Wasco County sheriff’s deputies learned that the incident may have been connected to an illegal drug lab explosion.
Young challenger for Wyden in Senate race
In the final educational merger in Sherman County, two non-profit pre-schools, one in Moro, one in Wasco, have agreed to combine into one entity starting in the fall.
A 2014 graduate of The Dalles-Wahtonka High School, Michael Cele Stephens, was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison for sexually abusing six girls aged 13 to 15.
Last year, police in The Dalles started getting calls from other police agencies, asking them, “What’s going on there? Our drug dealers are afraid to go to The Dalles.” What was going on was a regional drug task force went into high gear, cranking out 30-plus search warrants in 2015, up from around five or six the year before, when staffing was lower.
A final burial at Pioneer Cemetery, established in 1860
At age 15, progressing muscular dystrophy has robbed Ulises Elizarraras Perez of the use of his legs and largely stilled his arms.
Over the winter, The Dalles not only saw a significant increase in transients using an overnight shelter on very cold nights, but most were people who longtime volunteers had never seen before.
The burned house at 10th and Mt. Hood will finally be demolished, a city official reported Monday. The house has been vacant for over a year, since the homeowner died in a fire that he set after facing eviction.
Event benefits Pink Project program for cancer patients
The Gorge Commission will finally check something off its to-do list that has been languishing there for nearly 30 years: Defining the boundaries of the 13 urban areas in the scenic area.
The gorge commission is finally firming up the boundaries of urban areas in the national scenic area, but the news really doesn’t help The Dalles, the town most anxious to expand its boundaries. “It essentially means nothing,” said Dick Gassman, planning director for The Dalles.
Compassion in the classroom is focus of ‘Trauma-informed schooling’
For more than a year now, a burned-out home has stood at 10th and Mt. Hood streets, where a homeowner died in a fire he set upon learning he was being evicted.
Police are cautioning people to be aware of scammers who are targeting citizens in The Dalles and Wasco County and are falsely claiming to be with law enforcement.
Three grant-funded firefighter positions at Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue terminate on June 30, and the agency filed a new grant in hopes of restoring the positions. A fourth grant-funded position — a four-year term for volunteer recruitment/retention — runs out in January. A grant to continue that position is also being filed.
With the water quality crisis in Flint, Mich., making headlines, citizens in The Dalles can rest assured, according to officials, since the city’s water treatment system has earned top marks for years. The Dalles is an “outstanding performer” in Oregon, putting it in the top 10 percent in the state for water quality, and is one of just 300 water systems in the U.S. that is a member of the Partnership for Safe Water, said The Dalles Public Works Director Dave Anderson.
Last year’s “Mom Prom,” an elegant evening out for grownups, raised over $10,000 for a little girl in Hood River who was fighting cancer. This year, with twice as much time to plan, event co-organizer Kristen Labenske hopes to raise twice as much money, all for the benefit of Grayson Smallfoot, a little boy in Arlington with a severe form of spina bifida.
As the fire district considers a November bond levy to replace aging fire apparatus and do facility maintenance, a focus group encouraged the district to be bold in its request to the public. They were told to ask for all the equipment they need.
The fire district hoped to have a new four-story training tower built by July, but an unexpected problem with soil at the site has delayed plans.
Part roast, part awards ceremony, the annual VFW Auxiliary recognition dinner in honor of area law enforcement and firefighters Wednesday said farewell to two longtime officials and lauded others. The Dalles Police Chief Jay Waterbury, who retires in July after nearly 42 years in police work, 41 of them in The Dalles, and 20 as police chief, was honored, as was retiring Wasco County Sheriff Rick Eiesland.
Since Anne Shull took the helm of Chenowith Elementary, the school has seen “exponential” improvement, state officials have said. Once at the worst state rating a school could have –a level 1 – the school is now at a 3, and Shull’s goal is to get it all the way to the top overall performance rating, a level 5, in another four years. She thinks it’s “easily” doable. A recent data check showed the “winter benchmark” was almost double what it was from a year ago.
Anne Shull is principal at Chenowith Elementary, where more students live in poverty than at any school in the district.