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Walden addresses GOP

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden was one of the first speakers at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland that began Monday, and has been present each night since. “I think it’s a political convention with a lot of players but I think it’s all coming together,” he said in a telephone interview with The Chronicle Thursday morning prior to an appearance on C-Span.

County mulls tax break

The Wasco County Commission is mulling adoption of state legislation that would exempt property taxes for families of first responders who lose their lives in the line of duty.

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Plenty of pelicans

Growing crowds of large white birds on rocks by The Dalles Dam have drawn plenty of notice this year. They’re American white pelicans, and they were first spotted locally a few years ago by wildlife officials, but this summer, the population has just exploded.

Posse ‘de-spooks’ horses

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Posse will provide ceremonial and public safety services at two events in August, an opportunity to test the arduous training they have undertaken in recent weeks to ready their horses for interaction with crowds. “The de-spooking clinic and equine confidence course the posse recently completed is so important,” said Sheriff Lane Magill. “It helps them with horsemanship so that they have control when they get in crowds. Training like this allows the posse to be used for a lot of things, from search and rescue to parades.”

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Band for vets gets underway

Chris Mumford held the first rehearsal Thursday for a new band being formed to raise money for veterans’ causes. He hopes to attract enough musicians in coming weeks to split the group between country and rock so they can cover a wider variety of venues.

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Mastering the spoken word

Joining Toastmasters isn’t simply about becoming a great speaker, it is an opportunity to develop leadership skills and motivate others. At Monday’s meeting of The Dalles Toastmasters Club, Joyce Eastwick gave an example of how the dual goals of the program work in a timed speech.ership skills, communication

County allots Google funds

Agreements are now in place for distribution of Google funds for use on 11 projects that will provide an immediate benefit to area communities. Wasco County and the City of The Dalles set aside $250,000 of the $1.45 million initial payment made by Google, through Design LLC, as part of its third Enterprise Zone property tax abatement deal.

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Birthday girls wait for party

A party on Sunday for three friends who turn 95 tomorrow has been expanded to include five other people from Sherman County who also celebrate birthdays this week. Leta Ann Reckmann of Grass Valley, daughter of Eilene Eslinger, has organized the event, which takes place at 2 p.m. July 17 at Sorosis Park.

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County updates 'identity'

The challenge presented to a team of Wasco County employees in March was to design a logo that represented the vision statement “Pioneering Pathways to Prosperity” and reflected the agricultural and scenic setting of the area.

Vets, musicians sought for band

Chris Mumford is dusting off his drum set with the intent of starting a jam band that provides veterans with musical therapy and raises funds to meet their needs. He is seeking musicians, both “civilian” and veteran, to get involved in the outreach. If enough people sign on, Mumford wants to tackle another big challenge; perhaps setting a new world record for having the largest number of people play the same song for the longest amount of time.

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Barlow Grange gets a facelift

Celebrate holiday weekend with homemade grange meal

City tables vet funding request

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.

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New twist to classic fairy tale

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.

City eyes pot rules

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.

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Making math matter

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.”

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One Chance at a time

The Chance family has a long lineage of educators, so it was no surprise to Steve that his son, Tim, would choose that profession.

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Orlando victims remembered

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.

TD takes no action on trains

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.

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Sen. Wyden hears from firefighters

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.

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Bikers rally in Maupin for vets

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.

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Small town honors

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.

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‘Riding for those who can’t’

Rod Runyon shares highlights of journey to honor U.S. vets

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‘Mom, I need to see someone’

The tendency of many people who struggle with mental illness is to go off their prescribed medication when their moods balance out, or when they think they are “better,” which often leads to a rapid or eventual decline in behavior and coping skills.

Memorial observances planned

Memorial Day observances are being held in both The Dalles and Wasco, and organizers invite area residents to attend and pay respects to America’s war dead, veterans and active-duty troops. Jeremy Anderson, chaplain for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2471, is the keynote speaker for The Dalles ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, in front of the Veterans’ Memorial at Kelly Viewpoint.

Walden talks Trump, vets

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., was asked tough questions during Saturday’s town hall in The Dalles about his endorsement of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. Walden announced his support of Trump following a May 12 meeting that was also attended by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Reince Priebus, chair of the Republican National Committee.

Deputy shares 'blue' moment

A blue reminder band on Wasco County Sheriff Deputy Gaven Marble’s right wrist bears the name of his former patrol sergeant who died in the line of duty. This week is National Police Week, a time for Americans to remember the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officials, but that reality lives with Marble every day.

Huffman joins MCMC

John Huffman is bringing more than 22 years as a small business owner, including marketing and promotion in broadcasting, to his new position as community outreach director for Mid-Columbia Medical Center.

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Walden hosts TD town hall

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has good news to deliver at Saturday’s town hall in The Dalles about progress to rename the local veterans’ clinic after a soldier who earned the Medal of Honor for heroism in Korea. The town hall will be held in Wasco County will be held at 8:30 a.m. on May 21 at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, 402 E. Scenic Drive.

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Cemetery cleanup Saturday

The Dufur Community Cemetery is, well, a mess of weeds and grass, and two Boyd residents want to get it spruced up for Memorial Day.

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Rolling for America’s warriors

His journey of nearly 7,000 miles is more than just an adventure to Rod Runyon, Northeast Oregon District captain for the Patriot Guard Riders; it is a quest that pays tribute to the nation’s fallen, prisoners of war and those missing in action. Runyon set out on the first leg of the trip Thursday with Army veteran Jim Smith, a former Oregon State Police trooper who also resides in The Dalles, and Bob Canavan of Dallesport, a Navy veteran who rides not only for PGR but the Gorge Gospel Riders.

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In the business of life

Pam Tebow visited The Dalles last week to speak about “Timmy,” her son who is widely known as Tim Tebow, a football quarterback who earned the Heisman trophy — college’s most prestigious award — in 2007.

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There’s a new sheriff in town

For the second time in history, Wasco County has a son serving in the role of sheriff that was once held by his father. On Monday, Lane Magill’s badge was pinned on by his father, John, who held the elected office from 1977 to 1981, as part of a 14-year career in law enforcement. “Today was good because it really hit home that I was following in my father’s footsteps,” said Magill of the experience he called “humbling.”

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House Speaker tours The Dalles

For the first time that anyone could remember, the Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives visited The Dalles to meet with officials and learn about rural economic development, education, health care, and housing needs. The first stop Thursday for Tina Kotek, D-Portland, was at The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce’s weekly Government Affairs Committee meeting, which took place at the Barbecue Restaurant on Sixth Street.

City eyes RV Park rules

An RV park in town could alleviate a temporary housing shortage during several major construction projects, a message The Dalles City Council heard recently. The elected body will consider the issue at its Monday, May 9, meeting. Jim Wilcox, former mayor, asked the council April 25 to allow RV Parks under conditional use permits.

City invests $96,500 into concert series

The Dalles City Council is putting $96,500 into a summer concert series organized by musician Nolan Hare and concert promoter Randy Haines, who expect the city to be repaid by ticket sales.

Romero: Term limits vital

Paul J. Romero, Jr., of Prineville is a Constitutional Conservative who has never before held a public office, but believes it is time to send incumbent U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., into retirement.

Walden: Reform plan ready

U.S. Rep. Greg, R-Ore., thinks the “anti-establishment” political climate in the 2016 election cycle is generated by frustration about governance under the Obama Administration.

Reward for ram killing

Rewards totaling $2,000 are now being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the death of a third bighorn sheep ram in early April east of Rufus.

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Riding for a cause

“Please stand for the flag,” calls Saundra Buchanan of the Wasco County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse, to people sitting along sidewalks at local parades. She admits to frustration when people don’t pay respects to the visible symbol of all the freedoms they enjoy.

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Sentinel is ‘movie captain’

Gavin McIlvenna is on a mission to sell 63 tickets in 27 days to bring a documentary about the role of the “Old Guard” to Oregon as part of a National Salute to the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

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Local rally stop

Tonkin Subaru is a local sponsor for the 2016 Oregon Trail Rally that will come to The Dalles on Saturday and Dufur Sunday.

Help chart plan for TD roadways

The second and final workshop to provide community members with an avenue to guide improvements of The Dalles’ transportation plan for roadways, as well as bicycle, pedestrian and transit facilities, will be Tuesday, April 26.

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Third time’s a charm with clinic plan

Name change will honor hero

Sheriff: Impaired boaters going nowhere

The start of the outdoor recreation season brings more boats to area waterways and the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office is on the lookout for people operating vessels under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

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A new look at urban renewal

Councilor pleased about city move to revamp agency

Captain takes watch at readiness center

The Oregon Army National Guard has recently undergone command changes, with a new officer in charge of 131 soldiers at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center. Capt. Chris Perrotti arrives at his new post with two deployments to Iraq as a Marine before he left the active-duty military to join the Guard in 2007.

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Vet rewards caregivers

Five restaurants donate meals for ‘Hidden Heroes’

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‘Ranchers’ Lives Matter’ rally

A group of Wasco County residents joined the national “Ranchers’ Lives Matter” movement Saturday by holding a rally at a local freeway overpass to focus attention on issues brought to light by the recent standoff in Burns.

Wyden tackles ‘drill pay’ issue

Patrick Wilbern, a former soldier and local veteran advocate, is cautiously optimistic that U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has started the process to alleviate an “unfair hardship” for Guard and Reserve units. On Tuesday, Wyden announced that he had received word from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that his objection to interruptions in drill pay due to paperwork delays would be addressed. “I think this is a good start but Congress may need to take further action to be sure the VA follows through,” said Wilbern, a former staff sergeant with the Oregon National Guard who deployed to Iraq in 2010-11.

City sets 2016-17 goals

The Dalles City Council refined its 2016-17 work plan for staffers Monday, striking 15 out of 40 goals because projects were nearing completion, had become regular functions of the local government or needed to be delayed for varied reasons.

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