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First responders recognized for service

The VFW Post 2471 Auxiliary hosted its 29th annual Emergency Responder Appreciation Dinner Wednesday where top firefighters and law enforcement officers received certificates of commendation. “It is our honor to be honoring our emergency responders,” said Vandee Mauser, president of the Auxiliary, at the start of the program.

March 16, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

City considers street funding

The Dalles City Council is set to follow the recommendation of its public works director to not use $150,000 from the general fund during fiscal year 2018-19 for street maintenance and repairs.

March 14, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Wood questions council conduct

The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence was not present at Monday’s council meeting, but that did not keep resident Chip Wood from admonishing the elected body for its actions in late February.

March 13, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Neahring eyes Walden’s job

Dr. Jenni Neahring has made a couple of stops in The Dalles during the past month as her campaign to unseat U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, a Republican, shifts into high gear. Neahring, a Democrat who resides in Bend, decided to join a crowded field of candidates for the May election. She believes her unique perspective as a palliative care physician will benefit citizens in the Second Congressional District.

March 8, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

DISH Net scam concerns local resident

Les Gardipee of Browns Creek Road, southwest of The Dalles, fielded a suspicious phone call Monday afternoon from someone claiming to represent DISH Networks and is concerned that other residents may end up getting scammed.

March 6, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Badge support group established

Women with a loved one in law enforcement are invited to join a new support group and meet other families who are protecting the home front. The first rally of Women Supporting the Badge takes place 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 10, in the conference room of Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s office building at 1810 E. 19th St., in The Dalles. “We want wives, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, cousins — anyone who feels like they have a connection with someone in uniform — to come,” said Theresa Kagle, one of eight board members.

March 5, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Wanted: Volunteers for Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor Adventures with Military Heroes is seeking volunteers to help organize yearly hunting and fishing trips for wounded warriors, and ideas for other programs. “We are open to anything outdoors that a veteran wants to do; whether its photography or some other kind of activity,” said Fred Coleman, a captain at Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue and president of the local nonprofit group.

February 28, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Council accused of ‘inquisition’

An open hearing Monday to consider the censure or reprimand of The Dalles City Councilor Darcy Long-Curtiss drew an overflow crowd and was referred to as an “inquisition” by her attorney.

February 27, 2018 10:54 a.m. read more..

Wendy’s Tea & Auction funds scholarships for future leaders

Wendy’s Tea & Auction on Saturday is an opportunity for community members to dress up, ladies to don a hat (or not) and enjoy a cultural enrichment experience that raises funds to train the leaders of tomorrow. The 15th annual high tea at 1:30 p.m. on March 3 is sponsored by Sonrise Academy and presented by the Wendy Ott Memorial Scholarship Foundation.

February 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Development plans moving forward

The Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency voted 6-2 Tuesday to move ahead with negotiations on an agreement for development of a national brand hotel at First and Union streets. The board also voted 7-1 to sign a binding agreement with Tokola Development that will finalize details for conversion of the old Tony’s building on Second Street into housing units on the upper floors and retail space at street level.

February 23, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

Mays runs as ‘team player’

Richard Mays has a wealth of experience in city management that he wants to put to work for citizens of The Dalles as their next mayor. “I want to give back to this community,” he said.

February 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..

A Life of Service

While many community members are working with the Blue Zones Project to find their purpose and use it in some type of outreach, Klea Espy, 78, is looking to scale back volunteer time. “I’ve finally had to cut some things out because I had something going every single day of the week,” she said. Volunteerism has been a way of life to Epsy, who is still involved in a variety of charitable causes.

February 19, 2018 1:21 p.m. read more..

Urban renewal faces new crisis

The Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency’s narrow vote to move ahead with negotiations on an agreement for development of a national brand hotel at First and Union streets will be revisited Tuesday, Feb. 20, due to a technicality. The body of appointed and elected officials meets at 5:30 p.m. in city hall, 313 Court Street.

February 16, 2018 1:18 p.m. read more..

Colors of Love

Tim and Ann Willis got married on July 7, 2007, because “we have rotten memories and that is a date we can both remember.” They were introduced by mutual friends, Tedd and Rymmel Lovell, who thought their personalities would mesh well. They were right, say the Willises.

February 14, 2018 1:15 p.m. read more..

Share a red, white and blue moment

Boy Scout Troop 398 wants to unfurl more flags during holidays and is asking community members to help fund that endeavor. The Dalles-based group hits the streets about 6 a.m. every holiday to place about 200 flags along Second, Third, Fourth and Sixth streets. Their goal is to more than double that number to add red, white and blue to more celebrations and observances.

February 13, 2018 1:29 p.m. read more..

Journey of a Lifetime

When Kylie Reed arrived at Josh Duling’s house near Maupin for a party in 2015, he was immediately impressed; she, not so much. “When I met Josh, he was wearing a pair of skinny jeans and I gave him a hard time about being a farmer and doing that,” said Kylie, who grew up in Dufur. “I was questioning his choices.”

February 10, 2018 11:29 a.m. read more..

Wasco veterans seek volunteers

The Wasco County Veterans’ Service Office is recruiting volunteers to man the phones and greet clients, so the two employees can concentrate on filling out a complexity of paperwork for benefit and compensation claims. “If you are a veteran, this is a really great place to meet other veterans. If you are not a vet, volunteering is a great way to give back to those who have served,” said Mark Fortin, an Army and Vietnam veteran.

February 8, 2018 1:27 p.m. read more..

Wanted: Vietnam, Korean war gear, stories

Lisa Commander, director of the Columbia Gorge Veterans Museum, is asking men and women who served in the Vietnam and Korean wars to contribute to special exhibits this year. “We’re looking for stories or anything connected to folks who served overseas or anyone from the homefront,” she said.

February 1, 2018 1:06 p.m. read more..

Bonham: ‘I’m on a listening tour’

Rep. Daniel Bonham, R-The Dalles, has been on the road almost nonstop for the past couple of months to learn about issues important to his constituents and introduce himself to leaders in the Oregon Legislature, all to prepare for the upcoming session.

January 31, 2018 1:32 p.m. read more..

Fate of historic TD building remains unclear

The fate of the historic Waldron/Gitchell building is still up in the air, with The Dalles City Council deciding Union Pacific should be consulted before a decision is made on a proposal from a private party to stabilize, restore and reuse it in place.

January 30, 2018 1:25 p.m. read more..

Homelessness topic of city meeting

The Dalles City Council will hold a town hall Monday, Feb. 5, to take public comment on creation of exclusion zones to address problems caused by some of the homeless population. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Mid-Columbia Senior Center.

January 26, 2018 1:28 p.m. read more..

Millions check out what The Dalles has to offer

Between web traffic and publications about tourism opportunities in and around The Dalles, about 24 million people were reached during the latter half of 2017, according to Lisa Farquharson, chamber director. She briefed city officials on Monday about the marketing and promotional activities being undertaken by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce.

January 25, 2018 1:25 p.m. read more..

High-speed pursuit ends with gunfire

A Wasco County Sheriff’s Deputy used a firearm to stop a vehicle fleeing from an Oregon State Police pursuit on Thursday afternoon. No one was injured in the incident but the driver of the vehicle faces several felony charges in two counties, said Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley on Friday morning.

January 19, 2018 1:31 p.m. read more..

Senior warns of Medicare scam

When Vince Ames of The Dalles got a call from an unknown number and a person on the other end of the line claimed to represent Medicare and asked for personal information, he knew that a scam was in play. “He wanted to know about my blood pressure and other health issues, and I told him that I was not going to give him that information,” said Ames, 70. Ames said what concerned him was that another senior might get caught in the scam.

January 18, 2018 1:26 p.m. read more..

Merkley slams GOP tax legislation

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., hosted a town hall Sunday in Dufur, one of two in the Gorge and three for the day. Most of the conversation with about 75 area residents centered around health care needs and concerns about fallout from new tax laws.

January 17, 2018 1:14 p.m. read more..

Fargher takes home mirror ball trophy

“The Fonz,” better known as Stan Fargher, strolled offstage with the mirror ball trophy at the fifth annual Dancing with the Gorge Stars competition Friday in The Dalles. “Ayyyyy,” he said of the victory.

January 13, 2018 11:09 a.m. read more..

County seeks codes input

Wasco County Commissioners are seeking input from contractors before responding to a letter from the state Building Codes Division about how a new program will be run.

January 12, 2018 1:43 p.m. read more..

TD pub owner talks taxes with Walden

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., recently visited two businesses in the Gorge to learn more about how they will benefit from a rewrite of federal tax laws. One of his stops Jan. 5 was at Freebridge Brewing Company, which is located in the historic Mint building in downtown The Dalles.

January 12, 2018 1:34 p.m. read more..

Homeless man cited

A homeless man was cited Tuesday for vandalism and shoplifting at Cascade Square, followed by an arrest for failure to register as a sex offender. Dennis Wayne Ladoux, 62, was lodged in the regional jail and refused to go to court on Wednesday, said Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley.

January 11, 2018 1:34 p.m. read more..

Christmas Day attack delays celebration

A group of Oregon National Guard soldiers who train in Hood River and Salem had a little more excitement for Christmas Day than planned when a suicide bomber detonated his vest near their compound in Afghanistan.

January 11, 2018 1:28 p.m. read more..

Dancing with the Gorge Stars

Theme songs from iconic TV shows will set the tone for six competitive dance routines at the fifth annual Dancing with the Gorge Stars competition Friday evening. The third practice session in the parish hall of St. Peter Catholic Church on Tuesday found local amateurs experimenting with moves under the guidance of their professional partners to the music of “Happy Days,” “Gilligan’s Island” and “I Dream of Jeannie,” among others.

January 10, 2018 1:16 p.m. read more..

Sibling shooting on Jan. 8

Wasco County Sheriff deputies sped to a home in the 2400 block of Badger View Drive shortly before noon on Monday after a gunshot injury was reported to the emergency dispatch center. Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Scott Williams said Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue transported the man and woman to Mid-Columbia Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening conditions.

January 9, 2018 1:22 p.m. read more..

Bentz replaces Ferrioli in Senate

Oregon Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, was appointed Thursday to fill the remainder of former Sen. Ted Ferrioli’s term in office for Senate District 30. County commissioners from Wasco, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Baker, Deschutes, Jefferson, Lake, and Wheeler counties voted on Ferrioli’s replacement at a joint meeting, which was held at the Grant County Regional Airport in John Day.

January 5, 2018 1:35 p.m. read more..

Tree virus discovered in TD

Cherry Leaf Roll virus has been found in The Dalles and Oregon State University officials want growers to stop its spread by removing infected trees this spring. Also making an appearance in local orchards is Little Cherry Disease, already in play in the Willamette Valley and in Washington State.

January 5, 2018 1:27 p.m. read more..

County scrambles to fill codes gap

The deadline is approaching for the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments to stop providing building code services and Wasco County officials are scrambling to get another local office set up. “We’re still trying to put all the pieces together,” said Steve Kramer, chair of the county commission for 2018.

January 4, 2018 1:36 p.m. read more..

TD practitioner to provide screenings

One Community Health’s Kristen Foskett has stepped forward to spare children from having to travel to Portland for physical exams and specialized sexual assault screenings that can be used to build a criminal case against their abuser.

January 2, 2018 1:28 p.m. read more..

A Gorge ‘Holiday for Heroes’

The Holiday for Heroes Committee received a photo Dec. 27 from a team of defense contractors in Afghanistan posing with 31 Christmas boxes they received from Gorge residents.

December 28, 2017 12:43 p.m. read more..

Walden outlines tax changes

Republicans have rewritten tax law for the first time in three decades and U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., expects the $1.5 trillion in cuts to create jobs and make the U.S. more competitive world wide.

December 27, 2017 12:48 p.m. read more..

A ‘festive and bright’ job

It isn’t every day that a 1946 Chevy pickup is parked at the Oregon Veterans’ Home — and in a courtyard closed to vehicles. The truck has evoked fond memories for residents who remember driving that model in their youth. “That has been the biggest hit and the one most commented upon,” said Jennifer Ashley, who strung lights on the truck and filled it with lighted presents and a tree.

December 26, 2017 12:59 p.m. read more..

Fairclo recognized for safety training

Larry Fairclo spends his weeks teaching teenagers how to operate vehicles safely, but most are unaware that he has earned a national Teacher Excellence Award. Fairclo was selected by his peers for the distinction after years on the road. He is the owner of Diamond F Driving School in The Dalles, a business he started in 2010.

December 22, 2017 10:48 a.m. read more..

Teen could be tried as adult for shooting

A 16-year-old male from The Dalles has been arrested for two Measure 11 offenses tied to the Dec. 9 shooting of another teen. If a grand jury decides that he should be prosecuted, the suspect could be tried as an adult. Charges have been dropped against Jordan Fus, 20, of The Dalles who initially confessed to pulling the trigger.

December 21, 2017 12:46 p.m. read more..

Nurses object to mandatory shot or mask

Several nurses at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles are objecting to a policy that requires them to wear facial masks if they don’t get a flu shot out of the belief that their health privacy rights are being violated. They also argue that patients are made uncomfortable by seeing caregivers who are not sick wearing masks.

December 20, 2017 1:08 p.m. read more..

Kids make ‘kits of fun’ for the holidays

Winter break is a good time to strengthen family bonds and the Four Rivers Early Learning and Parenting Hub has put together a kit of fun and creative ways to promote togetherness. About 1,000 of the packets are being distributed in the Mid-Columbia region.

December 19, 2017 2:07 p.m. read more..

Season challenges veterans

Patrick Wilbern deals every day with veterans in need and wants to make their lives easier during the Christmas season, and he is asking for community help to do that. “This is a tough time of year for many veterans, so it is the perfect time to show them that we care,” he said.

December 15, 2017 1:11 p.m. read more..

Student artists exhibit work in Dufur

The Dufur Community Center was transformed into a cultural enrichment venue Saturday as part of the annual Hometown Christmas Celebration. Local students showed off their acrylic paintings and entertained the audience with newly acquired ukulele skills.

December 13, 2017 1:04 p.m. read more..

Man sentenced in assault case

For the second time in as many weeks, Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley has announced the resolution of a major case. On Friday, Nisley reported that Nathan Verhaeghe, 32, of Spokane will spend 90 months in prison for first-degree assault, followed by 25 years in the custody of the Psychiatry Security Review Board for three counts of second-degree manslaughter. “The sentence in this case is unique,” said Nisley.

December 12, 2017 1:07 p.m. read more..



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