RaeLynn Ricarte

Executive Editor

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RaeLynn Ricarte is the Executive Editor at The Dalles Chronicle.

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Runyon joins city council

The Dalles City Council will have two new faces when it convenes in January after successful re-election bids by two incumbents in Tuesday’s election.

November 9, 2018 1:26 p.m. read more..


Republicans sweep county

Wasco County had a Republican sweep on Tuesday that aided in victories for Rep. Daniel Bonham, who resides in The Dalles, and Sen. Cliff Bentz of Ontario. Although local voters favored Knute Buehler for governor by a 51.75 percent margin, he lost when state majority voter preference was shown for incumbent Democrat Kate Brown.

November 9, 2018 1:24 p.m. read more..


Walden wins race, house flips

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., defeated Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner Tuesday night but credited his opponent for mounting a “relentless” campaign that earned more votes than any of his previous opponents. “No one’s run a more aggressive campaign against me than Ms. McLeod-Skinner — she worked hard and gave voters a choice,” he said.

November 9, 2018 1:22 p.m. read more..


Veterans Day brings military flyover

Two F-15 fighter jets will fly over the The Dalles on Monday, Nov. 12, as part of the local observance of Veterans Day. The planes from the 173rd Fighter Wing of the Oregon Air National Guard are based at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls. They will zoom through the skies above The Dalles between 11:30 and 11:45 a.m.

November 6, 2018 1:41 p.m. read more..


Early ballot return down

Wasco County’s ballot return rate is down six percentage points from four years ago, but Lisa Gambee, elections clerk, said the trend has been for about 40 percent of ballots to get turned in during the last two days of the election cycle. As of Monday, the turnout rate for the county stood at 24 percent, down from 30 percent four years ago.

October 30, 2018 1:51 p.m. read more..


A shelter in a storm

The tidy house and yard blends in well with its East Ninth Street neighbors but the “family” inside is anything but traditional. The teenage inhabitants come from diverse ethnic backgrounds, which makes “cultural night” a source of pride as well as an educational experience. Although neighbors initially had some reservations about potentially troubled youth living next door, they now bring over meals and are very supportive of the program, said Gary Casady, co-founder and executive director of the Youth Empowerment Shelter.

October 26, 2018 1:47 p.m. read more..


Apply by Nov. 1 for fire funds

A task force of local ranchers and farmers from Wasco and Sherman counties will help decide how $27,000 in a wildfire relief fund should be distributed. Ken Polehn, president of the Wasco County Farm Bureau, said the funds will be used for losses not compensated by insurance or other public and private relief funds.

October 23, 2018 2:39 p.m. read more..


Sen. Ron Wyden meets with students

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., started his 906th town hall Monday at The Dalles High School, with a moment of humor. “What happens in a town hall meeting is that I talk for 45 minutes or so and folks really enjoy it,” he said to the audience of students that was sprinkled with community members. He then fielded questions for the next hour that ranged from climate change to immigration reform and how to overcome homelessness — and policies set by the Trump Administration.

October 23, 2018 2:31 p.m. read more..


Candidates share vision for city

Following is the third and final story on the contested races for The Dalles City Council. Incumbent Tim McGlothlin is being challenged by Chip Wood for the Position 1 seat in the Nov. 6 general election. Both candidates were presented with six questions and asked to respond in their own words, with a limit of 200 words per question.

October 19, 2018 2:22 p.m. read more..


Cancer fight yields lessons

Charis Weis was grappling with her mother’s breast cancer in October 2017 when she felt a lump in her left breast while showering. “It was small, pea-sized, but I thought it was odd,” she said. “It hit me like a ton of bricks that we need to have more conversations like this,” said Weis, who worked with local artist Jim Semlor to design a T-shirt that encourages dialogue.

October 19, 2018 2:16 p.m. read more..

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