The volume of cherries is down this year due to cold spring weather that kept bees from coming out of their hives and pollinating flowers, but orchardists still expect a good return in the marketplace. “Our crop is lighter than last year, but we expect to do alright financially unless we get a rain storm, or there is a problem with trade,” said Ken Polehn, a cherry grower who is president of the Wasco County Farm Bureau.May 30, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Editor’s Note: The following story is reprinted from Living the Oath, a book written by RaeLynn Ricarte, managing editor, about the tragedy endured by Monica McNeal, a Gold Star mom who has become a friend through their joint efforts to take care of returning combat veterans and their families.May 25, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Philip Dunagan of Mosier finishes high school this week — he is homeschooled — and looks forward to a future that includes motivational speaking and “meeting extreme needs” around the world. His plan to inspire others with words seems to have great potential given that Dunagan, 17, recently wrote a speech that won first place in a state competition and second place at the national level, netting him $19,275 in scholarships.May 25, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Ada Wyn Parker felt it was her patriotic duty to work at a military base in California during World War II, but never thought about the fact that she was starting a social movement. Parker, 94, has always gone by the name Wyn and was the first “Rosie the Riveter” to build and repair airplanes during World War II.May 25, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
The Dalles City Council is seeking to loop outlying communities into an Enterprise Zone that will provide eligible businesses with startup tax breaks to promote economic development. Primarily, the zones exempt growing or new businesses from local property taxes on new investments for a specific period of time.May 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
The fate of the historic Waldron Drug/Gitchell building at the foot of Washington Street is still up in the air after The Dalles City Council directed staff Monday to prepare paperwork for its demolition or relocation by a citizen group. Both options are to be brought back to the council for review in 120 days.May 15, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
A peculiar war is being waged on the Columbia River as tribes seek to keep sea lions from decimating salmon runs, and the sea mammals refuse to give up the all-you-can-eat buffet. Three days a week, Bobby Begay and his two-man crew — Reggie Sergeant and Ted Walsey Jr. — from the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission board a boat at the North Bonneville dock to mount an offensive against predatory sea lions.May 11, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
The campaign of Greg Wooldridge is soaring as he shares with Oregonians how the leadership skills he learned during 27 years of Navy service — including a world tour as commanding officer of the Blue Angels precision aerobatic team — can create a more efficient and accountable government. “Trust and clear expectations are key,” said the gubernatorial candidate, who brought his message to The Dalles Tuesday evening.May 10, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
The Wasco County Veterans Service Office has changed its hours to accommodate more walk-in clients while allowing personnel to spend uninterrupted time filling out the paperwork for benefit and compensation claims. The new hours at the 201 Federal Street office are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and the office is open only for special appointments on Friday, which is the day two service officers will spend putting together files for submission to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.May 10, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Two Marines will not be allowed by school policy to wear dress blues to their June 9 high school graduation, but administrators have made some concessions to recognize their military service. The mothers of Zain Hartsook, 18, and Brayden Anderson, 17, believe their sons should be granted an exemption to the requirement that they wear traditional cap and gown to The Dalles High School commencement exercise.May 9, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Darcy Long-Curtiss of The Dalles has wanted to serve in a state office for some time, so she decided to become a candidate when Rep. John Huffman stepped down last fall from his District 59 seat. “It was a little sooner than I expected, but I have been getting the experience I need, and I’m ready,” she said.May 3, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
The Chronicle is covering the preparations of Kylie Reed and Josh Duling for their late summer wedding. This is the second installment of the occasional series and involves one of the biggest challenges for the bride: finding the perfect dress.April 26, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
The LifeFlight crew is opening the doors to its new hangar at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport for an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21. The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce will lead off the celebration with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12:15 p.m., followed by light refreshments, tours of the facility and a meet-and-greet with flight crews.April 18, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Wasco County Clerk Lisa Gambee, who oversees the local elections process, is getting a lot of phone calls that reflect confusion about the difference between an “unaffiliated” or “Independent” voter. She said the calls began after the Oregon Capital Bureau reported that the Independent Party of Oregon (IPO) had opened its primary to unaffiliated voters.April 17, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
If you are seeking peace and solitude, or want to learn more about early days when there was a military “hardship post” in The Dalles, you will find what you seek at the Fort Dalles Museum, which is now open seven days a week for the tourist season.April 13, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Oregon Senator Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, will ride in the Northwest Cherry Festival Parade in The Dalles and the performance stage has been renamed after him in recognition of his public service to District 30 residents. The stage was previously named after Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day, who left the Legislature last fall to serve on the Northwest Power and Conservation Planning Council.April 12, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Jamie McLeod-Skinner believes “government needs to know when to help and when to get out of the way,” something she says U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has failed to do, which is why she is seeking to replace him in Congress. “I’ve always seen serving in a public office as serving the public trust,” she said.April 9, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Her campaign motto is “Moral Courage + Rural Dignity,” and Raz Mason is excited to be one of seven Democrats trying to unseat U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, a Republican. “I woke up early one January morning, and I thought, ‘I have to do this, I’ve got something to say,’” she said. “We need fewer walls and more bridges. We have nothing to lose; we can try it another way.”April 3, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
A new building at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport may be named for Nolan Young, former city manager of The Dalles, as recognition for his success at securing more than $14 million in state and federal funds for projects.March 29, 2018 12:57 p.m. read more..
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., held a press conference Monday to brief reporters about restoration of a compensation program for rural counties hurt by logging cutbacks and other benefits in the $1.3 trillion funding package adopted last week. “I think we got some great wins for Oregon and for the country,” he said.March 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
The sixth year of the Sunsational Charm Trail is being launched by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce with the American Empress now onboard. Lisa Farquharson, executive director of the chamber, said the cruise ship has agreed to carry the starter bracelet, display and brochures in its gift store.March 21, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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