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Neita Cecil

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A final patrol with OSP’s Lt. Shortt

On June 13, his last day of work before retiring from the Oregon State Police after 31 years, Lt. Pat Shortt decided to hit the road to patrol one more time. “I started this job working on the road and I wanted to end it on the road,” he said.

June 17, 2017 1:22 p.m. read more..


Air monitoring planned for TD

The state’s lone long-term air toxics monitor will be set up in The Dalles soon to take a wide variety of air samples for a year, starting in July. Also starting next month will be a shorter, more targeted 30-day air sampling, focusing on the AmeriTies West plant.

June 16, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..


Two-day FamFest this weekend

Two days of family fun are planned this weekend at FamFest, a fundraising event held at Lewis and Clark Festival Park in The Dalles. The event is put on by ACTS (Acclaiming Christ through Sports), which did the inaugural FamFest two years ago.

June 15, 2017 1:17 p.m. read more..


Autism fundraiser tonight at Balch

Dufur native Whitney Hammel is hosting a fundraiser at the Balch Hotel tonight to raise money for a non-profit autism treatment training program she is starting in West Africa.

June 14, 2017 1:31 p.m. read more..


Hunt under way for stolen pool

Pam Rutherford got a text on her lunch break on Sunday, June 4 that broke her heart. It was her niece, asking her if she’d moved the new above ground pool – a 4-foot by 16-foot round pool, still in its box. Rutherford hadn’t moved it, and she knew it had been stolen. She appealed to the Chronicle to publicize the theft. “I don’t know what to say. Someone that can steal from little kids — 4-year-olds — is heartbreaking. I’ll never be able to afford another pool like that for years,” Rutherford said.

June 14, 2017 1:22 p.m. read more..


Health district faces staff cuts

The public health district is getting more money from each of its three member counties in the upcoming budget, but is losing a large, one-time funding source. The ensuing belt-tightening, including the loss of a temporary office worker along with other cuts, will not affect the current hours of the health district’s walk-in clinic, the service it is best known for.

June 13, 2017 1:57 p.m. read more..


Attempted scam fails in TD

Scammers recently tried but failed to trick several local people into sending them money, using the ruse of being a grandchild in trouble. The Dalles Police Detective Sgt. Jamie Carrico wanted to remind the public about scams targeting the elderly.

June 9, 2017 12:38 p.m. read more..


Social hub opens for people recovering from addictions

Ever since his family moved here two years ago, Rob Mendoza has wanted to provide a social outlet for people in recovery from addictions. That goal came to fruition last month with the establishment of Recovery Rising, a twice-weekly drop-in sober community center, providing an opportunity for people to play games like pool, ping pong and foosball.

June 8, 2017 1:32 p.m. read more..


Shull named to state board

Chenowith Elementary School Principal Anne Shull was named to a statewide education advisory council for a two-year term beginning in the fall.

June 7, 2017 1:21 p.m. read more..


Education foundation appeals for funding

In a first, District 21’s education foundation has sent out a fundraising appeal letter to all households in the school district, hoping to drum up not only donations, but a database of district supporters.

June 2, 2017 12:23 p.m. read more..
  

Serving and remembering

On this Memorial Day weekend, when America honors its war dead, pause to think of one particular duty that befell Gary Cotter as a 17-year-old merchant seaman during World War II.

May 27, 2017 noon read more..


Students paint mural in American Samoa

An April trip to American Samoa by eight Wahtonka Community School students saw them paint a huge mural at an open air high school cafeteria in the island territory. When they touched down in Samoa and saw the 38-foot-by-13-foot canvas, they were a bit daunted, they told The Dalles Kiwanis Club members last week.

May 26, 2017 1:33 p.m. read more..


Forging a lifetime connection

Lieve Baeke, The Dalles High School Class of ’65, no doubt got the “farthest traveled” award at a mini class reunion last weekend. That’s because she and her husband, Dr. Tony Baeke, came all the way from their native Belgium. They swung by the reunion as part of a longer visit to the United States.

May 25, 2017 12:22 p.m. read more..


Homeless man charged in child porn case

In an extreme rarity, police say, a local man was arrested Sunday afternoon in a downtown eatery after another patron saw that the man appeared to be accessing child porn on his electronic device.

May 23, 2017 1:32 p.m. read more..


Snapshots in time

The other day Steve Gifford was watching an old barn get torn down across the road from him on East 18th Street, and he saw an old, musty photo album on the ground, ready to be scooped up by the backhoe. He rescued the album and passed it off to the Chronicle.

May 20, 2017 12:38 p.m. read more..


Blue Zones starts work in TD

The initial outreach work of The Dalles Blue Zones Project — a three-year community wellness initiative — begins next week with a series of focus group sessions over three days. The focus groups will seek input on a variety of topics, from creating more trails and sidewalks, to ways to make workplaces more productive and employees happier, to how churches can contribute to the town’s well-being.

May 19, 2017 1:24 p.m. read more..


Dufur crash under investigation

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon Liquor Control Commission are investigating a crash that seriously injured a 21-year-old Dufur woman early last Saturday.

May 18, 2017 1:41 p.m. read more..


LINK bus service celebrates 20 years

Twenty years ago Friday, on May 19, 1997, the LINK transportation network got its start locally with a single bus. Today, it has a fleet of six buses and two vans, and 100 riders daily. It is celebrating its milestone on Friday with an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its new offices at 802 Chenowith Loop Road.

May 17, 2017 1:26 p.m. read more..


Mom: Your life well lived models gratitude

When I told my mom the other day I was assigned to write about her for Mother’s Day, she said, “Oh! Well, make it funny,” and then, with perfect comic timing, added, “but not too funny.”

May 13, 2017 2:39 p.m. read more..


Planting ‘good fruit’

Wayne von Borstel remembers the first few schools he built for the impoverished. They were in Africa, and they were big and beautiful. But he saw them as monuments to American wealth, plopped incongruously amongst grass huts. Von Borstel, who owns von Borstel & Associates, an investment firm with locations in The Dalles and Portland, decided he would take a different approach.

May 13, 2017 2 p.m. read more..
 

Saving a life with CPR

It took awhile to sink in, but Jennifer Willie has realized that when she stopped to help a neighbor on April 26, she saved a life.

May 11, 2017 1:23 p.m. read more..


School district passes budget

The North Wasco County School District 21 budget committee approved an optimistic budget last week that assumes the Legislature will increase its funding for schools.

May 10, 2017 12:51 p.m. read more..


Hunger strike ends at NORCOR

Six immigration detainees at the regional jail broke their six-day hunger strike last Thursday, saying the jail had agreed to provide them with requested amenities, including a microwave and access to music players.

May 9, 2017 1:18 p.m. read more..


MCCOG asks AAA to hold off on study

For years now, the local Area Agency on Aging has been housed under an umbrella agency that it says is requiring it to pay too much for overhead, administration and other costs. Going out on its own could free up as much as $60,000 that it could spend directly on seniors, the agency’s former director estimated recently.

May 9, 2017 1:15 p.m. read more..


Hunger strike ends

Six immigration detainees at the regional jail broke their six-day hunger strike Thursday, saying the jail had agreed to provide them with requested amenities, including a microwave and radio.

May 5, 2017 4:35 p.m. read more..


Pulpit Rock service set

To celebrate the 179th year since the founding of the Methodist Mission in The Dalles, the First United Methodist Church and Zion Lutheran Church are hosting a worship service this Sunday at Pulpit Rock.

May 5, 2017 12:57 p.m. read more..


Mental evaluations sought in cases

A man accused of killing three people in a December crash on Highway 26 went to the state hospital last week for a mental evaluation to see if he is fit to stand trial, the district attorney said.

May 4, 2017 1:16 p.m. read more..


Dufur coach arrested on sex charges

UPDATED Wednesday, 1:44 p.m. Dufur track coach Ty Lee Wyman, 27, was arrested Monday and is accused of a number of crimes alleging sexual contact with two students, the Wasco County district attorney said Tuesday.

May 2, 2017 2:40 p.m. read more..


Police rescue 11 ducklings

Eleven ducklings were reunited with their worried momma Sunday morning thanks to a Youtube video and some quack-thinking — er, quick-thinking — by The Dalles police officers. A woman called dispatchers Sunday morning just after 9 a.m. to report a frantic duck was wandering in the road chirping, in the area west of the city dock and Rock Fort on Union Street.

May 2, 2017 1:12 p.m. read more..


­Protesters at jail backing hunger strike

A group began picketing the regional jail Monday, supporting immigration detainees who are on a hunger strike to protest what they say are poor living conditions. The jail administrator disputed all their claims.

May 2, 2017 1:02 p.m. read more..


Bringing clean water to Guatemala

A group of The Dalles High School students have returned from a week in Guatemala, where they helped bring water filtration kits to the poorest of the poor.

April 29, 2017 12:44 p.m. read more..


Man dies in overpass jump

A 27-year-old The Dalles man jumped to his death Thursday afternoon from the Exit 85 overpass onto the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84.

April 29, 2017 12:35 p.m. read more..


Death threat case upheld

The 2014 conviction of a man for seeking the killings of his father-in-law, brother-in-law, and the Wasco County district attorney was upheld by the Oregon Court of Appeals Wednesday. Dustin Kimbrough was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being found guilty on four counts of attempted aggravated murder, three counts of attempted murder and two counts of witness tampering.

April 29, 2017 12:31 p.m. read more..


Fake robbery plea deal made

A woman from The Dalles who claimed she was robbed in early April, and was then charged with making a false police report, pleaded guilty Monday and will have the charge dismissed in six months if she completes a diversion program.

April 27, 2017 1:19 p.m. read more..


Headed to DC

The Dalles High School junior Roman Sarabia has at least one part of his summer planned out: he’s heading to Washington, D.C., in July for a weeklong journalism conference. He was nominated to attend by a teacher, although he doesn’t know which one, since they asked to remain anonymous.

April 26, 2017 1:18 p.m. read more..
 

Foibles of the “Willie Dee”

The USS William D. Porter, a naval destroyer, sank on June 10, 1945, with Seaman First Class Ted LaDoux, now a longtime resident of The Dalles, aboard. All 300 sailors made it to safety, but the Willie Dee, as she was known, settled 2,400 feet to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, another victim of World War II’s famous Battle of Okinawa.

April 22, 2017 12:13 p.m. read more..


Manning the ‘big guns’ at sea

Ted LaDoux checks the mail every day, sometimes twice. Any day now, he should be receiving long overdue campaign medals he earned over 70 years ago, in the waning days of World War II.

April 22, 2017 12:13 p.m. read more..


TD named as Blue Zone site

Aiming for a “community transformation,” a health-promotion organization has selected The Dalles as its newest Blue Zones Project demonstration site.

April 21, 2017 12:40 p.m. read more..


Man stabbed Wednesday eve

A 24-year-old The Dalles man remains in intensive care this morning following a stabbing in the area of 11th and Trevitt at around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to city police.

April 20, 2017 1:58 p.m. read more..


D21 plans school facilities polling

With clear priorities from a facilities committee to build a new high school first, the D21 school board is looking at its next steps in the process, which will include more public polling.

April 20, 2017 1:56 p.m. read more..


Driving with dangerous distractions

Spurred by the death of a family friend because of a distracted driver, Larry Fairclo has started a campaign to raise awareness about the problem. His first stop? The Northwest Cherry Festival Parade.

April 20, 2017 1:53 p.m. read more..


Brother, sister named royalty

Mary Leighton said she plans to dress up for her role as this year’s Cherry Festival Queen Anne, but her brother, Chuck Sandoz, named King Bing, said, “I’m not.” The duo came into town for an interview the other day, taking a brief break from working at Sandoz Farm, a Mill Creek operation that’s been in the family since 1880. Asked how they got selected for this year’s royalty, Sandoz said, “I treat it like it’s jury duty. You kind of get called sooner or later.”

April 20, 2017 9:40 a.m. read more..


Jail hiring plans aired

A new jail contract with an as-yet unnamed county, and more beds rented for immigration detainees, has NORCOR officials poised to add a number of new positions. “An additional 22 inmates increases the workload significantly,” said Bryan Brandenburg, administrator.

April 18, 2017 1:25 p.m. read more..


Nelson named Oregon ‘Principal of Year’

The Dalles High School Principal Nick Nelson was named the Oregon High School Principal of the Year Thursday, at a school board meeting attended by numerous people who kept news of his prestigious award a secret.

April 14, 2017 1:05 p.m. read more..


Woman sentenced for neglect

The woman accused in March of starving two horses so severely that one had to be put down was sentenced to 100 hours of community service after pleading guilty to first-degree animal neglect. Shirley Wallace, 39, of 4943 Pleasant Ridge Rd., entered the plea Monday in Wasco County Circuit court.

April 13, 2017 1:24 p.m. read more..


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