Breaking News: Substation Fire 82 percent contained, eight homes lost

RaeLynn Ricarte

Executive Editor

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RaeLynn Ricarte is the Executive Editor at The Dalles Chronicle.

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‘The flames were like lava’

Kylee VanOrman-Ruby said neighboring farmers did everything they could to save her parents property, but Tuesday’s fire was driven by strong wind gusts that couldn’t be controlled. “Everyone tried to get ahead of it, but it was everywhere — it was just unbelievable,” she said.

July 20, 2018 1:55 p.m. read more..


Families request privacy

The VanOrman and Ruby families are requesting privacy from media inquiries while they are dealing with fire-related tragedies. At this time, the Ruby family is struggling to cope with a death and the VanOrman family with the loss of an extended family member and their home. They ask that reporters refrain from contacting friends and family about the situation and grant them peace.

July 19, 2018 2:41 p.m. read more..


Tractor operator killed in fire

On July 18 at approximately 1:30 p.m., Wasco County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call of a burnt tractor. Deputies located the tractor and also located the operator of the tractor a short distance away, deceased. It appears the tractor operator died as a result of exposure to the fire.

July 18, 2018 4:16 p.m. read more..


Substation Fire grows to 36,000 acres

UPDATE: As of 1:36 p.m., the Substation Fire is now estimated at 36,000 acres. Wasco Electric reports that a minimum of 90 power poles have been lost and crews have been working through the night to get new poles up, work that is expected to continue through the weekend. Families in the fire zone southwest of The Dalles are reporting that the Gary Van Orman’s house at 6857 Robert’s Market Road has been destroyed by the fire.

July 18, 2018 8:12 a.m. read more..


Dufur boy battling rare disease

A Dufur boy, age 6, is battling a rare form of kidney disease and a restaurant in The Dalles has stepped up to help his family cover travel expenses to Portland for his treatment. “I grieve when I see something like this involving a child and I think we all need to come out and help, this is a local family and we can do something to support them,” said Ken Catlin, co-owner of Beachwood Eatery, 504 W. Ninth Street.

July 17, 2018 1:32 p.m. read more..


"Blueberry Jam" sessions Tuesdays

Area musicians are invited to join the “Blueberry Jam” session on the second and fourth Tuesday in the basement of the Civic Auditorium. The gathering, sponsored by Got Your Six, a group that formed two years ago to support veteran causes, convenes at 6:30 p.m. and continues until “whenever” twice each month.

July 16, 2018 1:52 p.m. read more..


ODFW invites hunters to forum

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a public meeting to discuss big game hunting regulations and tag numbers for 2019 next week in The Dalles. The forum begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, in the Dalles ODFW Screen Shop, 3561 Klindt Drive.

July 13, 2018 1:55 p.m. read more..


Hammonds receive pardon

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has been granted his request to have Harney County rancher Dwight Hammond Jr., and his son, Steven, pardoned by President Donald Trump. “Today is a win for justice and an acknowledgement of our unique way of life in the high desert, rural West,” said Walden on Tuesday morning when news broke that President Donald Trump had granted full pardons to the Hammonds.

July 10, 2018 1:30 p.m. read more..


Trump official visits Rufus

Sherman County quietly made history Tuesday with a gathering between farmers and Sonny Perdue, the first U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to visit the region. Perdue, who was appointed by President Donald Trump as one of 15 Cabinet members in 2017, met with about 50 wheat producers, cattlemen and fruit growers at the homestead of the Martin family near Rufus.

July 6, 2018 2:21 p.m. read more..


Drug Warning: “Don’t touch the powder”

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office has recovered plastic baggies of drugs, or syringes containing residue of an illicit substance, often enough in recent months to issue a public safety alert. “We are not trying to scare people, we are just trying to be proactive,” said Wasco County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Scott Williams.

July 3, 2018 1:30 p.m. read more..

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