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RaeLynn Ricarte

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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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Manning the Wasco Fair gates

Boy Scout Troop 395 in The Dalles will be manning the gates of the Wasco County Fair in Tygh Valley Thursday through Sunday and are hopeful of staying busy, since they will receive a share of entrance proceeds for their efforts.

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Boot camp chaos begins...

Editor’s Note: RaeLynn Ricarte, managing editor of the Chronicle and mother of a Marine veteran, is at Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego this week to cover the Educator’s Workshop, involving teachers from Oregon and Seattle. She is the first Marine mom/reporter to attend the workshop, and will provide a series of reports through the week.

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Marine mom heads to ‘Hollywood’ training

We all know that a 57-year-old sedentary editor would never survive Marine Corps boot camp — but I’m headed there next week anyway.

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Heritage Fire burns near Deschutes

A wildfire that started about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the mouth of the Deschutes River quickly spread across 300-900 acres and is being fought by firefighters from three different agencies on rotating shifts.

Fun at Fairway Follies

The Dalles Country Club is throwing a party for the community in a little more than two weeks that includes music by three different groups on the lush front lawn. “This is our way of reaching out to be part of the community,” said Jason Miller, a club member and one of the organizers.

Step into 'Blue Zone’ for healthy life

The secrets to a long and happy life can be found in the way a community chooses to eat, move, and play, according to a study undertaken by National Geographic that has spawned a healthy choice initiative in Oregon and other states. The nine common strength areas of cities with the oldest active inhabitants on the planet will be shared Thursday by Aaron Patnode, executive director of the Blue Zones Project in Oregon.

Step into 'Blue Zone' for healthy life

The secrets to a long and happy life can be found in the way a community chooses to eat, move, and play, according to a study undertaken by National Geographic that has spawned a healthy choice initiative in Oregon and other states. The nine common strength areas of cities with the oldest active inhabitants on the planet will be shared Thursday by Aaron Patnode, executive director of the Blue Zones Project in Oregon.

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Hospital creates financial hub

Potential patients can find help in one office, get an estimate of costs.

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Pride day

Seth Hedberg practices with a baton during the Pride Day event Saturday at City Park in The Dalles. Hedberg serves on the newly formed Crown Pride Committee (named after David Crown) that organized the LGBTQIA event to celebrate diversity. Although a protest was threatened on social media, it didn’t materialized. A crowd enjoyed music, activities. RaeLynn Ricarte photo

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Breaking free from cycle of crime

Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill’s “community policing” policy is being incorporated into regional jail policies intended to lower the rate of recidivism and help people build meaningful lives.

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Civil War veteran honored

More than 150 years after the Civil War ended, the remains of a Union soldier are going home for a burial with full military honors. The cross country journey of the late Jewett Williams begins in Oregon and ends in Maine, with two stops in the gorge on Monday, Aug. 1. Area residents are being urged by Rod Runyon, Northeast District ride captain for the Patriot Guard Riders, to pay their respects to Williams when the carrier holding his cremated remains has brief stops in Cascade Locks and The Dalles.

Chronicle award list

The Dalles Chronicle netted seven awards in the 2016 Oregon Better Newspaper Contest for articles, editorials and graphics that were published last year. Reporter Neita Cecil received second place in the Best Enterprise Reporting category for a series of five stories in October and November written about the plight of a homeless mother and her five children. The articles unfolded as events occurred, including the removal of the children from motel room after the mother was arrested for a warrant involving methamphetamine use. The children, who were unable to attend school because of their situation, were sent to live with their father in Yakima.

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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.

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