Church news in brief.
The Dalles Worship Choir is preparing for its 11th annual series of concerts at area churches, which will begin tonight at First Christian Church at 7 p.m. The choir, under the direction of Shawn Lutz, consists of about 55 members from 11 area churches. The majority of the choir has been singing since the first concert series in 2003, Lutz said.
A brother’s death propelled Martin to act
Commission wants to understand why the land use process takes so long
Practicing Muslim Ahmed Atieh explains his faith and why radical Muslims are ‘not related to Islam’
Google money will fund work
Bingen First Baptist is a tiny church with a big heart, especially when it comes to donating care boxes to needy kids worldwide as part of Operation Christmas Child.
The Sherman County Sheriff’s Office has had a busy month of traffic stops resulting in drug hauls, including one that yielded 31 pounds of marijuana and eight pounds of cocaine seized off a commercial passenger bus.
Grant will pay for work on urban area policy
A little advance information can help seniors avoid bureaucratic woes
An 1972 Apollo motor home was destroyed by fire Sunday, Nov.3, in a 6 p.m. blaze. The man who lived in the motor home was not in it at the time.
Dennis Richardson takes aim at high unemployment, bureaucracy
For a third year now, local teens went on a mission to San Francisco’s toughest neighborhood, the Tenderloin, to minister to residents there.
Gorge Commission takes up longstanding boundary issues
When St. Mary’s Academy teacher Lise Larsen went on a diving trip to Honduras this summer, she packed for fun and sun, but also brought a huge suitcase stuffed with $300 in art supplies for impoverished local school kids.
The historic Hudson House sustained about $100,000 in damage following a Sunday evening fire that started in an upstairs bedroom. The four occupants got out safely.
Man killed in gunfire exchange A The Dalles city police officer who was shot and wounded by a fleeing person of interest in a rape case returned fire, killing the man Wednesday night in Wishram.
Care involves specialists in multiple areas
The Dalles Police Chief Jay Waterbury thought the city was stuck with an offensive and archaic race designation on city police forms, and it bothered him. That’s what he told a woman who complained to him in September after her husband, who is black, was involved in a car crash in which the other driver was at fault.
A new, 50-strong Hispanic congregation has started at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, all at the suggestion of a member of the church’s congregation.
In a historic move, Klickitat County said it is prepared to fund planning staff to help process land use applications for county residents within the National Scenic Area.
State costs for Government Flats fire continue to climb past $13.8 million
When the officer came to take the report, he told Nate Warren, “I’ve been doing this for 23 years and this is a first.”
County wants more details before deciding on money for gorge commission The Gorge Commission asked Klickitat County to dedicate its own full-time planner to scenic area land use applications in the county, plus pay $37,000 for a half-time gorge Commission planner to do the same.
A couple years ago, MariAnne Sansour of The Dalles started to notice her left leg “wasn’t working right.” Three doctors, five MRIs and one spinal tap later, she got what is considered the worst diagnosis in medicine: She had ALS, (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Efforts focus on students Fire Prevention Week is approaching, and Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue has posted a wish list of supplies on a national website to help fund educational materials.
Panel says county applications take up lion’s share of planning For 27 years now, the Gorge Commission has processed scenic area land use applications from Klickitat County, since it’s the only gorge county that did not adopt its own scenic area rules. But with reduced staff and pressing gorge-wide issues to attend to, the Gorge Commission is reluctantly planning to almost halve the amount of staff time spent on Klickitat County applications — at a time when applications have doubled because of a rebounded economy.
Cousins trade four hoofs for two wheels in bucket list trek
Cousins Jack Chambers and Nick Roach wanted to do an epic road trip while they were young, so, as Nick so eloquently put it, “our children wouldn’t think we were pansies.”
Unlike the drawn-out debate that produced “The Dalles Wahtonka High School” name a decade ago, its return to The Dalles High School was a quick and easy decision.
Rev. Loren McGrail, a United Church of Christ minister in Chicago, spoke in The Dalles recently about her missionary work in a country that she, unusually, calls Palestine-Israel.
Residents watch as fierce Blackburn Fire threatens lives and property In the scariest moment of a long week, as the Blackburn fire raged around him, Patrick Ashmore watched a fire crew run screaming from a flare-up that almost engulfed them.
The Life in Christ Center on Cherry Heights Road is trying a first this Sunday and is joining the national “Back to Church Sunday” celebration, with activities planned for people of all ages.
The Government Flats Complex Fire was listed at 85 percent contained Wednesday night, and fire crews are down to 552 personnel, about half of what was used at the height of the fire.
The Government Flats Fire Complex is 75 percent contained, officials said this morning, and command of the fire will be turned over to local officials tomorrow morning.
A couple out celebrating the wife’s birthday came home Saturday evening to a house filled with smoke. The smoke and water damage is such that the house is unliveable and the contents are destroyed.
All evacuations for the Government Flats Complex fires were lifted Monday night, crew levels are down, and more accurate mapping shows the fire, now at 55 percent containment, is smaller than originally thought.
Sheriff said cool, rainy weather is reducing threat
All evacuations for the Government Flats Complex fire are expected to be lifted by Monday night, Wasco County Sheriff Rick Eiesland said. Evacuation orders are in place along Ketchum Road, Upper Mill Creek past the 9500 block, and Vinsel Road, Eiesland said. He will meet with fire officials at 4 p.m. today (Monday) for final word on evacuations. “If it continues to stay overcast and rain, then they should be good to lift the restrictions and have people return to their homes,” Eiesland said.
Six members of Dufur Christian Church, including the pastor, spent nearly a week in Moore, Okla., helping residents there recover from a devastating tornado that hit in May.
The Oregon National Guard hopes to add churches and faith-based groups in The Dalles to its new network of communities providing outreach to military members and their families.
Owner uses gun to frighten off suspect in 10th St. barn A burglar picked the wrong boat to scavenge from Wednesday mid-morning, when he found himself staring down the barrel of a .38 pistol, held by the boat’s owner, Glenn Summers.
Tortoise goes missing for over a month Pee Wee, a young sulcata tortoise, is back nibbling the dandelions in his yard after going missing for over a month.
Theron Bowman, 7, has turned a world of imagination into a book of his own — with Mom’s help
Here’s a way to get your kids to take shorter showers and ask for fewer things: Take them on a mission to Honduras, where they’ll stay at an orphanage filled with children who once lived at a dump, where they scoured for garbage to refashion into trinkets to sell and hunted for rotten food to eat.
Board, staff, put meet on hold for better planning As The Dalles Swim Team focuses a little less on competition and a little more on learning and having fun, it is seeing its numbers climb.
Fires near Warm Springs, Goldendale, Maupin
Area firefighters have been kept busy by fires on both sides of the river.
That guy with the deep voice in Aisle 35 at Home Depot helping customers with home improvement projects doesn’t just know a jigsaw from a circular saw.
When the Rev. Dr. Maggie Rourk began seminary at what she thought was the relatively advanced age of 36, she was sure she’d be one of the oldest ones there. She was far from it, she discovered. The average age was 33. She’s already carved out a career as a high school English and French teacher, and had also worked in business and at a large law office when she finally turned to the ministry, a field she’d long known she would enter.
Erik Carlson found challenges and fun in years with jetBlue A broken biscotti was making the passenger unhappy, but flight attendant Erik Carlson knew just what to do. Virtually all the biscotti on any given flight were broken, so when the businessman next to that passenger also asked for biscotti, it was basically a fluke that the individually wrapped, long, thin cookie Carlson handed him was intact.
After a year-long investigation, the state is proposing canceling the liquor license for the Vault Bistro and Lounge, alleging “a history of serious and persistent problems;” the Vault’s owner denies the allegation and will appeal the proposal.
Dr. Lauretta Burman seeks spay sites in outlying towns The maiden voyage of the Home At Last mobile spay and neuter clinic made its first stop in Rufus June 21.