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RaeLynn Ricarte

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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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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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