Since Christmas Eve, The Dalles Area Command of the Oregon State Police has assisted 202 stranded motorists and handled 184 reported crashes — 41 of which occurred within the past week.
Workers kept scrambling to clear roadways
Every time Charles “Chuck” Patterson got his snow plow/sander working on one stretch of roadway Tuesday, there was a call from dispatch or The Dalles Public Works Department to help stranded motorists in another location. The scanner was filled with chatter about accidents and cars that were stuck in the snow.
Mid-Columbia Medical Center has run out of stuffed animals to provide to children undergoing treatment or visiting family members who are hospitalized.
Bill Ketchum landed a victory at Friday’s Dancing with the Gorge Stars competition by wearing his father’s United Airlines pilot uniform and soaring to the song “Come Fly with Me.”
In October, Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, expressed concern that state officials would divert general fund dollars from veterans’ programs if Measure 96 was approved by voters on Nov. 8. He said that concern became reality when Gov. Kate Brown proposed a $10 million cut in regular funding for veteran services in her 2017-19 budget plan.
A 34-year-old inmate at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities was pronounced dead in the early morning hours of Jan. 2 after being found unresponsive in his cell. “We are investigating this as a natural death and not under suspicious circumstances,” said Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill.
Practices have been underway for three evenings for six local contestants in the 2017 Dancing with the Gorge Stars competition that takes place Friday evening.
Editor’s Note: This is the second of two stories with U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., about the transition of leadership and his role with a GOP-led White House and Congress: As the only Republican in the Oregon congressional delegation, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden has taken on a new role with a change in national leadership. “I’m in communication with the [Donald] Trump team about people seeking appoints to the administration,” he said. “I am giving advice to counsel and the vice president. That is an added responsibility that I am more than happy to take.”
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has been chosen to chair the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, where some of the biggest legislative battles associated with a major shift in leadership will start.
Tim Dahle, a local farmer who helped pioneer pedestrian orchards in Oregon, will be featured in the 2017 SAIF calendar for his growing techniques that eliminate the need for ladders, one of the leading causes of workplace injuries.
They came from different biological families, but Ashley Almas and Tonya Flory bonded during their fight to escape nightmare childhoods and are now sisters for life.
People wanting to help a family who lost everything in a house fire Tuesday can contribute to a fund at Wells Fargo Bank, 400 E. Third St., in The Dalles.
A group of doctors and staffers at Mid-Columbia Medical Center decided to help needy families as a holiday outreach and raised about $800 in about three weeks. The money was used to fill boxes with books — many donated by Klindt’s Booksellers — games, miscellaneous fun items and winter supplies, such as socks and gloves.
Five members of a family, including an infant, lost everything Tuesday, Dec. 20, in a fire at the house they were renting in the 1900 Block of Dry Hollow Road in the Dalles.
Remembering the largest, bloodiest conflict of WWII
The 72nd anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, the largest and bloodiest conflict in World War II in terms of U.S. casualties, was Dec. 16, and a local Army veteran recently took time to reflect on that historic time.
Many of the Ron Tonkin’s 21 dealerships have sold to a Spokane-based company, but not the automotive business in The Dalles, or several others. “Nothing is going to change locally,” said Steve Ross, general manager of the West Sixth Street business.
Taking care of foster kids is a mission that Tonya Flory takes seriously, having grown up in the state system herself. The thought of children not receiving a gift on Christmas — something she experienced — has led Flory to launch a last-minute toy drive called Operation Gorge Heart to make the holidays merrier for foster children.
The new band “Got Your Six” is throwing a Christmas party Dec. 22 at the Oregon Veterans’ Home that will include a buffet and holiday music, all at no charge.
Six contestants in the upcoming 2017 Dancing with the Gorge Stars competition got advice Monday evening from past winners — and some who didn’t take home the Mirror Ball Trophy.
Three federal agencies will take public comment in The Dalles tonight, Dec. 6, about the effect of 14 dams on air, water, land and wildlife along the Columbia and Snake rivers.
Special Olympics is far more than giving an intellectually disabled athlete the opportunity to win a medal; the program showcases the determination and strength of the human spirit.
Volunteers add a little extra shine to the local holiday season
Every holiday season for the past 24 years, a 40-foot star has shone on the west end of The Dalles, illuminating the night sky for motorists and area residents alike. The Fun Group knows that few people are thinking about the logistics involved in keeping the star lit, and that’s the way they want it to be.
A book drive for youth in foster care is now underway and the Wasco County Citizen Review Board is hoping to collect reading material for 200 children, pre-teens and teens.
The body of a missing fishermen with ties to Wasco County was recovered Monday,Nov. 14, off the shoreline of Roosevelt, near the location the boat he was in capsized more than two weeks ago.
The Gorge Youth Center has received a donation of $111,000 to kick off its fundraising campaign that started this week.
A 44-year-old male has been charged with four counts of unlawful delivery and possession of methamphetamine following Tuesday’s execution of a search warrant at his home in the Dalles by the Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Taskforce.
Getting the Gorge Youth Center up and running is a proactive project that can draw the entire community together, says Joe Martin, the driving force behind the plan.
By the time Everett Marvel’s ship arrived off the shoreline of Peleliu, a tiny island in the Pacific, his spirit was calm about the coming firefight between U.S. Marines and soldiers from the Japanese Imperial Army.
Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill is holding a town hall in Maupin on Thursday to share information about the services his office provides and to hear about safety concerns that residents want addressed.
Community extends ‘thank you’
The musical group “Got Your Six” makes its debut at a local Veterans Day observance Friday and Chris Mumford, band leader and drummer, invites community members to hear them play.
Wasco County Clerk Lisa Gambee is getting the word out to area residents via social media and other avenues about a revamped centralized state website that makes it easier to track and follow results on election night.
Challengers seeking election to two federal offices and 11 candidates vying for state positions gathered in The Dalles High School auditorium Tuesday evening to share their views on issues with community members.
Candidates for mayor and city council came together Tuesday in The Dalles for a discussion of issues that was civil but filled with disparate opinions. Questions asked of three contestants for mayor, two for the at-large council position and two for council Position Two ranged from economic development, beautification along Interstate 84 and housing to the city paying for community concerts, among others.
Dana Journey is 30 and running for The Dalles City Council out of the belief that youth and energy are a plus when it comes to finding new ways to create economic development. “What I will bring is a new perspective, and I’m a go-getter – when I get ideas, I like to get them done,” he said.
A male and female, both wearing masks and brandishing guns, held up a gas station on the west end of town late Sunday night and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, police say.
Williard “Pete” Johnson and his wife, Eva, have been married 67 years this month and credit the longevity of their marriage to making it a “50/50 deal.” “It’s got to be that or you are not going to make it through,” she said.
Todd Walter has always liked traveling in the fast lane — especially when it’s off road and involves rough terrain. Born and raised in The Dalles, Walter’s lifelong fascination with motorsports recently paid off with a second place win in the Blue Water Desert Challenge in Parker, Ariz., that was organized by the Best in the Desert Racing Association.
The Wasco County Veterans’ Service Office will be able to better meet the needs of customers if Measure 96 is approved by voters in the Nov. 8 election, say two local veteran advocates.
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., is highly concerned about the precedent being set by President Barack Obama with a continuing “overreach” of authority that threatens the separation of powers in the U.S. Constitution.
Passions run high during election cycles and sometimes candidates lose perspective about the real reason they should be seeking office — the opportunity to be servants of the people — and the contest becomes ego-driven. When that happens, winning becomes everything and dissenting voices are no longer tolerated. This week, The Chronicle received reports from the camps of two candidates in The Dalles mayoral race about people being harassed for posting campaign signs. Apparently, supporters of the other candidate were upset enough to harass the sign holder for exercising free speech.
The annual walk to increase public awareness about the threat of cancer to women in the community takes place tomorrow, Oct. 15, in downtown The Dalles.
The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce invites community members to learn more about candidates for local, state and federal elected offices at a special forum on Oct. 25.
The Dalles Chronicle will soon have a new home, and the existing office at 315 Federal Street is now on the market.
Gross receipt tax ‘threatens’ co-ops
Farmers in Wasco County are on the move to educate people in large urban centers of Oregon, which usually carry the vote, about how devastating passage of Measure 97 would be to food production. In Oregon, agriculture is the second largest industry, supporting more than 326,000 full- or part-time jobs and producing commodities valued at about $5.4 billion per year. So the overall economic loss could be great if the proposed new tax of 2.5 percent on gross receipts — before expenditures are deducted — of corporations with sales over $25 million goes into play.
Whether it’s date night or an evening to socialize with family or friends, the Mid-Columbia Senior Center is the place to be Friday evening. “It’s a fall shindig,” said Ashley Lauterbach, one of the organizers and assistant director of The Dalles Meals on Wheels.
It’s official, the local medical and mental health center for veterans has a new sign posted that designates the building as the Loren R. Kaufman VA Clinic. On Saturday morning, two federal officials joined local government leaders, administrators from the Oregon Military Department and community members at the dedication ceremony. The event took place at the Oregon Veterans’ Home and was attended by several members of Kaufman’s family.
After prostate cancer claimed the life of his father, Terry Armentrout of The Dalles knew that he would be at higher risk for the disease and made regular checkups a priority.
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.
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.
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.