RaeLynn Ricarte

Executive Editor

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RaeLynn Ricarte is the Executive Editor at The Dalles Chronicle.

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A ‘riveting’ adventure

Ada Wyn Parker felt it was her patriotic duty to work at a military base in California during World War II, but never thought about the fact that she was starting a social movement. Parker, 94, has always gone by the name Wyn and was the first “Rosie the Riveter” to build and repair airplanes during World War II.

May 25, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Hourglass speech marks time

Philip Dunagan of Mosier finishes high school this week — he is homeschooled — and looks forward to a future that includes motivational speaking and “meeting extreme needs” around the world. His plan to inspire others with words seems to have great potential given that Dunagan, 17, recently wrote a speech that won first place in a state competition and second place at the national level, netting him $19,275 in scholarships.

May 25, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Paying the Ultimate Sacrifice

Editor’s Note: The following story is reprinted from Living the Oath, a book written by RaeLynn Ricarte, managing editor, about the tragedy endured by Monica McNeal, a Gold Star mom who has become a friend through their joint efforts to take care of returning combat veterans and their families.

May 25, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Memorial Day events planned

Memorial Day observances are planned in The Dalles and Wasco on Monday, May 28, and each community is marking the annual event in a different way.

May 24, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Enterprise Zone expansion considered

The Dalles City Council is seeking to loop outlying communities into an Enterprise Zone that will provide eligible businesses with startup tax breaks to promote economic development. Primarily, the zones exempt growing or new businesses from local property taxes on new investments for a specific period of time.

May 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
 

County beats state in turnout

Wasco County was eight points higher in ballot returns for the May 15 primary — at nearly 38 percent participation — than the overall state average of 29 percent.

May 16, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Fate of Gitchell building remains in limbo

The fate of the historic Waldron Drug/Gitchell building at the foot of Washington Street is still up in the air after The Dalles City Council directed staff Monday to prepare paperwork for its demolition or relocation by a citizen group. Both options are to be brought back to the council for review in 120 days.

May 15, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


Hazing sea lions not a long-term fix

A peculiar war is being waged on the Columbia River as tribes seek to keep sea lions from decimating salmon runs, and the sea mammals refuse to give up the all-you-can-eat buffet. Three days a week, Bobby Begay and his two-man crew — Reggie Sergeant and Ted Walsey Jr. — from the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission board a boat at the North Bonneville dock to mount an offensive against predatory sea lions.

May 11, 2018 3 p.m. read more..


VSO changes hours

The Wasco County Veterans Service Office has changed its hours to accommodate more walk-in clients while allowing personnel to spend uninterrupted time filling out the paperwork for benefit and compensation claims. The new hours at the 201 Federal Street office are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and the office is open only for special appointments on Friday, which is the day two service officers will spend putting together files for submission to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

May 10, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

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