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.
City officials are reviewing three proposals for revitalization of the Granada block; one for a hotel conference center, another for a cultural/performing art facility and the third establishing an archeological dig site for tourism and education.
The Dalles City Council is set to approve monthly residential garbage rate increases of 9 to 22 cents per can at Monday’s meeting that will take effect March 1. Commercial cans will cost 10 to 25 cents per month more, depending on size.
Community members wanting to help guide improvements of The Dalles’ transportation plan for roadways, as well as bicycle, pedestrian and transit facilities, are invited to the first of two public workshops Wednesday.
Somewhere during the search for a new city manager, The Dalles City Council turned its eyes to Julie Krueger, the long-time clerk who has filled the role on interim basis since September. The council held a 45-minute discussion in an executive session Monday before voting to offer the job to Krueger, who has worked for the city since 1989.
Council offers top job to Julie Krueger
Somewhere during the process of looking for a new city manager, The Dalles City Council turned its eyes to Julie Krueger, the long-time clerk and general services director who has served as interim manager since September.
Weaponized drones, campaign finance reform to be considered
The Dalles City Council invited Rob Bovett, attorney for the Oregon Association of Counties, to brief officials and community members Monday about how sales of recreational marijuana are being regulated. Bovett took the place of Sean O’Day, legal counsel for the League of Oregon cities, due to a scheduling conflict.
The Dalles Police Chief Jay Waterbury appealed to the city council Monday to let voters decide whether recreational marijuana should be grown, processed, packaged and sold in town. “What we are asking you to do is let citizens make a decision, give them a chance to vote,” he said following testimony at the meeting from citizens on both sides of the issue.
More than 40 health care and mental health specialists from Wasco County have been invited to learn about a program to help Post 9/11 veterans and their families with deployment and reintegration issues. “We’re hoping to get more providers in this area to sign on to help active-duty, reservists or Guard members prepare for war or return home,” said Jennifer Borne, veterans’ representative at the local office of the Oregon Employment Department.
Community involvement was celebrated Thursday evening at the annual “Unsung Heroes” banquet hosted by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce. “An unsung hero is a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for their deeds and qualities,” explained Lisa Farquarson, executive director of the chamber, about the criteria for selecting seven people and a business as outstanding contributors to local society in 2015.