RaeLynn Ricarte is the News Editor at The Dalles Chronicle, with Mark Gibson. She also covers crime, City of The Dalles, Columbia Gorge Community College and general news.
The Dalles City Council has tabled a request to provide $90,000 for an office manager position at the Wasco County Veterans Service Office for each of the next five fiscal years. On June 13, city officials told Andretta Schellinger, facilitator for Home Fires Burning, a local group that supports female vets and military families, that they wanted time to study the issue. She made the pitch for funding on behalf of her organization and the Mid-Columbia Veterans Memorial Committee.
The plot of Missoula Theater’s Princess and the Pea strays far from the original fairy tale, with Jack Frost wreaking havoc in the kingdoms of Storm Glacierdom and Riverdom and real-live Dust Bunnies crawling out from under a Princess’s bed to perform a ballet.
The Dalles City Council will seek to define the meaning of “church” at its June 27 meeting in order to establish buffer zones around sites where recreational marijuana sales will be prohibited.
Fifth-grader Lindy Taylor decided to add two pools to her shopping list for a Memorial Day picnic, bringing the cost to feed and entertain 14 people to $405. “I was planning for a warm day,” she said about the math lesson given to her Colonel Wright Elementary class by teacher Steve Chance. “I was really nervous about it because I thought I was going to mess up on the math, but once I got going, it was a lot easier than I thought it would be.”
The Chance family has a long lineage of educators, so it was no surprise to Steve that his son, Tim, would choose that profession.
Tears were shed and there were quiet periods of somber reflection Thursday evening as people joining the “We Stand with Orlando” vigil in The Dalles looked at photos of the 49 victims of America’s worst mass shooting. “They were just people who were out celebrating with friends and family, people who worked there,” said organizer Denise Harwood about the victims gunned down June 12 by a lone gunman at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. In addition to those who were killed in the tragedy, 53 people were injured and some are still in the hospital due to the severity of their wounds.
The Dalles City Councilor Dan Spatz failed to garner support Monday for his call to have the owners and operators of Bakken crude oil production pay all costs associated with tanker car derailments and fires anywhere in the U.S.
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., held a private debriefing session Sunday morning with Mosier firefighters about the June 3 oil train derailment in their community. Wyden then held a public meeting that was attended by emergency responders from multiple agencies, government officials, tribal leaders and interested residents.
Organizers of the fourth annual Maupin Madness Poker Run expect 120 bikers to show up Saturday, June 11, because the event offers a ride over 200 miles of curvy rolling roads and a great cause — proceeds benefitting disabled veterans. “We’ve just about doubled attendance every year and this is something that can be expected to grow,” said Cristie Amaral, director of the Maupin Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the event.
The small town of Wasco was decked out in red, white and blue Monday as people from around the region and beyond gathered to honor America’s war dead and celebrate the freedoms defended by veterans.