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‘Got Your Six’ throw party

The new band “Got Your Six” is throwing a Christmas party Dec. 22 at the Oregon Veterans’ Home that will include a buffet and holiday music, all at no charge.

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Dance contestants get pep talk

Six contestants in the upcoming 2017 Dancing with the Gorge Stars competition got advice Monday evening from past winners — and some who didn’t take home the Mirror Ball Trophy.

Agencies look at dam removal

Three federal agencies will take public comment in The Dalles tonight, Dec. 6, about the effect of 14 dams on air, water, land and wildlife along the Columbia and Snake rivers.

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Overcoming life’s hurdles

Special Olympics is far more than giving an intellectually disabled athlete the opportunity to win a medal; the program showcases the determination and strength of the human spirit.

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Keeping star light bright

Volunteers add a little extra shine to the local holiday season

Every holiday season for the past 24 years, a 40-foot star has shone on the west end of The Dalles, illuminating the night sky for motorists and area residents alike. The Fun Group knows that few people are thinking about the logistics involved in keeping the star lit, and that’s the way they want it to be.

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Turning a page for foster kids

A book drive for youth in foster care is now underway and the Wasco County Citizen Review Board is hoping to collect reading material for 200 children, pre-teens and teens.

Body recovered from Columbia

The body of a missing fishermen with ties to Wasco County was recovered Monday,Nov. 14, off the shoreline of Roosevelt, near the location the boat he was in capsized more than two weeks ago.

Youth plan gets boost

The Gorge Youth Center has received a donation of $111,000 to kick off its fundraising campaign that started this week.

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MINT action nets nine arrests in gorge

A 44-year-old male has been charged with four counts of unlawful delivery and possession of methamphetamine following Tuesday’s execution of a search warrant at his home in the Dalles by the Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Taskforce.

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A place for youth

Getting the Gorge Youth Center up and running is a proactive project that can draw the entire community together, says Joe Martin, the driving force behind the plan.

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Marine recounts historic battles

By the time Everett Marvel’s ship arrived off the shoreline of Peleliu, a tiny island in the Pacific, his spirit was calm about the coming firefight between U.S. Marines and soldiers from the Japanese Imperial Army.

Sheriff town hall Thursday

Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill is holding a town hall in Maupin on Thursday to share information about the services his office provides and to hear about safety concerns that residents want addressed.

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Vets honored with meals, events

Community extends ‘thank you’

The musical group “Got Your Six” makes its debut at a local Veterans Day observance Friday and Chris Mumford, band leader and drummer, invites community members to hear them play.

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State election tally now on one site

Wasco County Clerk Lisa Gambee is getting the word out to area residents via social media and other avenues about a revamped centralized state website that makes it easier to track and follow results on election night.

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Fed, state candidates pitch their case in TD

Challengers seeking election to two federal offices and 11 candidates vying for state positions gathered in The Dalles High School auditorium Tuesday evening to share their views on issues with community members.

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City candidates face off

Candidates for mayor and city council came together Tuesday in The Dalles for a discussion of issues that was civil but filled with disparate opinions. Questions asked of three contestants for mayor, two for the at-large council position and two for council Position Two ranged from economic development, beautification along Interstate 84 and housing to the city paying for community concerts, among others.

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Time for fresh outlook

Dana Journey is 30 and running for The Dalles City Council out of the belief that youth and energy are a plus when it comes to finding new ways to create economic development. “What I will bring is a new perspective, and I’m a go-getter – when I get ideas, I like to get them done,” he said.

Gas station robbed

A male and female, both wearing masks and brandishing guns, held up a gas station on the west end of town late Sunday night and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, police say.

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Long marriage ‘50/50 deal’

Williard “Pete” Johnson and his wife, Eva, have been married 67 years this month and credit the longevity of their marriage to making it a “50/50 deal.” “It’s got to be that or you are not going to make it through,” she said.

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Digging in Deep

Todd Walter has always liked traveling in the fast lane — especially when it’s off road and involves rough terrain. Born and raised in The Dalles, Walter’s lifelong fascination with motorsports recently paid off with a second place win in the Blue Water Desert Challenge in Parker, Ariz., that was organized by the Best in the Desert Racing Association.

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M96 would improve vet services

The Wasco County Veterans’ Service Office will be able to better meet the needs of customers if Measure 96 is approved by voters in the Nov. 8 election, say two local veteran advocates.

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Walden offers 'A Better Way'

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., is highly concerned about the precedent being set by President Barack Obama with a continuing “overreach” of authority that threatens the separation of powers in the U.S. Constitution.

Elections: Apply the Golden Rule

Passions run high during election cycles and sometimes candidates lose perspective about the real reason they should be seeking office — the opportunity to be servants of the people — and the contest becomes ego-driven. When that happens, winning becomes everything and dissenting voices are no longer tolerated. This week, The Chronicle received reports from the camps of two candidates in The Dalles mayoral race about people being harassed for posting campaign signs. Apparently, supporters of the other candidate were upset enough to harass the sign holder for exercising free speech.

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‘Pink’ walk is Saturday

The annual walk to increase public awareness about the threat of cancer to women in the community takes place tomorrow, Oct. 15, in downtown The Dalles.

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Meet your candidates

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce invites community members to learn more about candidates for local, state and federal elected offices at a special forum on Oct. 25.

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Chronicle plans to move office

The Dalles Chronicle will soon have a new home, and the existing office at 315 Federal Street is now on the market.

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Farmers voice Measure 97 fears

Gross receipt tax ‘threatens’ co-ops

Farmers in Wasco County are on the move to educate people in large urban centers of Oregon, which usually carry the vote, about how devastating passage of Measure 97 would be to food production. In Oregon, agriculture is the second largest industry, supporting more than 326,000 full- or part-time jobs and producing commodities valued at about $5.4 billion per year. So the overall economic loss could be great if the proposed new tax of 2.5 percent on gross receipts — before expenditures are deducted — of corporations with sales over $25 million goes into play.

Western chow, entertainment for good cause

Whether it’s date night or an evening to socialize with family or friends, the Mid-Columbia Senior Center is the place to be Friday evening. “It’s a fall shindig,” said Ashley Lauterbach, one of the organizers and assistant director of The Dalles Meals on Wheels.

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Clinic renamed after decorated soldier

It’s official, the local medical and mental health center for veterans has a new sign posted that designates the building as the Loren R. Kaufman VA Clinic. On Saturday morning, two federal officials joined local government leaders, administrators from the Oregon Military Department and community members at the dedication ceremony. The event took place at the Oregon Veterans’ Home and was attended by several members of Kaufman’s family.

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Simple test saves lives

After prostate cancer claimed the life of his father, Terry Armentrout of The Dalles knew that he would be at higher risk for the disease and made regular checkups a priority.

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City rules govern election signs

When Stephanie Rawlings, a server at Zim’s Brau Haus, hung a campaign banner for The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence on the east side of the outdoor parklet, she did not know that act was prohibited by the city’s sign code.

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Score one for youth

Coordinating soccer games for 650 children and teens is no small task, but a volunteer force makes sure there are coaches and playing fields ready for 10 weeks of action each fall.

‘Mammy’ wins essay contest

Widge Johnson of The Dalles decided to share a memorable moment in a grandparent essay contest because “this particular story still cracks me up.” Joan Silver, organizing the contest for the Mid-Columbia Senior Center, read Johnson’s entry, the first to be submitted, and knew instantly that it would be a tough act to follow.

Man drowns in reservoir

An elderly fisherman was reported missing Tuesday, Sept. 20, and his body found the next day in Pine Hollow Reservoir.

Get hooked by fishery plans

Coastal Conservation Association Oregon is asking area sports fishers to join their effort to keep license fees affordable and hatcheries open. A meeting to further explore formation of a gorge chapter is available at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Charburger Country restaurant in Hood River, 4100 Westcliff Drive.

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Local man dies at White River Falls

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office has called off the search for the body of a man who jumped off the upper falls at White River Falls State Park 10 days ago. Detective Ray Ward said the man has been identified from witness statements as Ben Hammet III, 34, of Sherman County. His family has been notified by law enforcement.

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Dying fir, pine trees dot horizon

It is not unusual to see orange, rust and brown foliage dotting the landscape during the fall months, but when evergreens start changing colors, it’s indicative of a problem, Oregon Forestry Department officials say.

Gorge health focus scores prize

A national foundation has honored Columbia Gorge health providers and community organizations with a $25,000 award for their inclusive and collaborative approach to health care.

Art center director hacked

The personal Facebook page of Carmen Toll, executive director of The Dalles Art Center, was hacked between Wednesday night and Thursday morning by someone who “friended” her contacts and then asked for donations to a grant program. “We don’t think anyone was scammed but, if they were, they need to contact the police and file a report,” said Lettie Young, assistant director of the center.

9/11 memorial planned Sunday

Community members are invited by Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue to join emergency responders Sunday for an observance of the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the East Coast. Firefighters and law enforcement officials will gather at 7 a.m. at Station One, 1400 W. Eighth Street in The Dalles, for the short program. “When 9/11 happened, the mantra became ‘Never Forget,’ and I think that was not just so that we would remember the losses of that day; it was something that we needed to cement in our minds so that we would guard against it happening again,” said Fire Chief Bob Palmer. Palmer opens the ceremony on Sept. 11 by recounting the events of 9/11, and then Chaplain Marilyn Roth will give the invocation.

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Breast center gets clean bill of health

Mid-Columbia Medical Center has one of only seven nationally accredited centers dedicated to breast health in Oregon and Southwest Washington. That is no small achievement, said Dr. Kerry Proctor, medical director of the Breast Center in The Dalles, given that MCMC is an independent entity. Four of the other accredited facilities belong to Legacy Health, the largest provider system in the Portland/Vancouver area.

MINT moves to arrest five in TD

The Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force arrested a fugitive in The Dalles last week, as well as four people accused of drug trafficking. “It was a good week for the team,” said Wasco County Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Williams.

Burglar hits Wamic

Wamic Auto Parts was burglarized early Tuesday morning and owner Wade Delco believes the perpetrators had been in the business beforehand to learn where all of the high-performance equipment was stored.

Wife sentenced for killing husband

The wife of a disabled man living at the Oregon Veterans’ Home pleaded guilty Wednesday to intentionally causing his death on their 40th wedding anniversary last fall.

MINT arrests 5 in August

The Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force has executed 12 search warrants in publicized cases during 2016 that involved drug trafficking, a number that officials say is on par with last year.

New truck speeds food service

A new Oregon Food Bank truck will be dedicated at a ceremony Thursday that will also celebrate the expanded ability of local hunger relief agencies to distribute fresh produce, food boxes, meals, backpacks and supplemental products to needy families. “This truck was purchased specifically to serve the region,” said Sharon Thornberry, OFB’s rural community liaison.

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Riding to save vet lives

It isn’t unusual to have a former graduate return to town for a visit; however, it is unusual to have that individual cycle 300 miles across Oregon to get here. AJ Davila, 34, a 2000 graduate of Wahtonka High School, rolls into town Aug. 27 or 28, the end of a two to three-day journey from Klamath Falls to raise money for other veterans.

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Exploring Marine culture

DI explains meaning behind boot camp chaos

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Recruits recall first day

SAN DIEGO — Garrett Berg and Hunter Leonard, both 18, remember the chaotic night they arrived at Marine Corps Recruiting Depot San Diego as the most traumatic of the eight weeks they have now spent in training.

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A moment of shame

SAN DIEGO — Yesterday I told you all about what happens when recruits arrive at the Receiving Center to be processed for training. The chaos where every move is orchestrated by drill instructors is designed to disorient young males (all females train at Parris Island, S.C.) and prepare them for a grueling 13 weeks of boot camp. Today it was our turn. I couldn’t help but groan when our bus pulled up outside the center shortly after 7 a.m. and Sgt. David Alvarado was waiting on the curb with a small horde of other DIs, Marine sergeants and officers.

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