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.
An RV park in town could alleviate a temporary housing shortage during several major construction projects, a message The Dalles City Council heard recently. The elected body will consider the issue at its Monday, May 9, meeting. Jim Wilcox, former mayor, asked the council April 25 to allow RV Parks under conditional use permits.
The Dalles City Council is putting $96,500 into a summer concert series organized by musician Nolan Hare and concert promoter Randy Haines, who expect the city to be repaid by ticket sales.
Paul J. Romero, Jr., of Prineville is a Constitutional Conservative who has never before held a public office, but believes it is time to send incumbent U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., into retirement.
U.S. Rep. Greg, R-Ore., thinks the “anti-establishment” political climate in the 2016 election cycle is generated by frustration about governance under the Obama Administration.
Rewards totaling $2,000 are now being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the death of a third bighorn sheep ram in early April east of Rufus.
“Please stand for the flag,” calls Saundra Buchanan of the Wasco County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse, to people sitting along sidewalks at local parades. She admits to frustration when people don’t pay respects to the visible symbol of all the freedoms they enjoy.
Gavin McIlvenna is on a mission to sell 63 tickets in 27 days to bring a documentary about the role of the “Old Guard” to Oregon as part of a National Salute to the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Tonkin Subaru is a local sponsor for the 2016 Oregon Trail Rally that will come to The Dalles on Saturday and Dufur Sunday.
The second and final workshop to provide community members with an avenue to guide improvements of The Dalles’ transportation plan for roadways, as well as bicycle, pedestrian and transit facilities, will be Tuesday, April 26.
Name change will honor hero
The start of the outdoor recreation season brings more boats to area waterways and the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office is on the lookout for people operating vessels under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
Councilor pleased about city move to revamp agency
The Oregon Army National Guard has recently undergone command changes, with a new officer in charge of 131 soldiers at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center. Capt. Chris Perrotti arrives at his new post with two deployments to Iraq as a Marine before he left the active-duty military to join the Guard in 2007.
Five restaurants donate meals for ‘Hidden Heroes’
A group of Wasco County residents joined the national “Ranchers’ Lives Matter” movement Saturday by holding a rally at a local freeway overpass to focus attention on issues brought to light by the recent standoff in Burns.
Patrick Wilbern, a former soldier and local veteran advocate, is cautiously optimistic that U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has started the process to alleviate an “unfair hardship” for Guard and Reserve units. On Tuesday, Wyden announced that he had received word from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that his objection to interruptions in drill pay due to paperwork delays would be addressed. “I think this is a good start but Congress may need to take further action to be sure the VA follows through,” said Wilbern, a former staff sergeant with the Oregon National Guard who deployed to Iraq in 2010-11.
The Dalles City Council refined its 2016-17 work plan for staffers Monday, striking 15 out of 40 goals because projects were nearing completion, had become regular functions of the local government or needed to be delayed for varied reasons.
The Dalles City Council has been asked by the local disposal company to raise garbage rates slightly to cover the increased cost of tipping fees.
The Wasco County Wolf Compensation Committee voted 4-2 Wednesday to oust Debra Lutje, one of two wolf advocates, for comments she made in an opinion piece that was published Jan. 29 in The Dalles Chronicle.
A bill to ratify the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission’s decision to delist wolves under state jurisdiction officially arrived in Gov. Kate Brown’s office Wednesday.
Without passage of a bill to ratify the Oregon Fish and Wildlife’s decision to delist grey wolves as an endangered species, Sen. Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day, believes the state’s management and conservation plan would have been in peril.
GOP leader says more attention needs to be paid to the economic distress caused by policies
Individually we are one drop, together we are an ocean,” a quote by Japanese poet Ryunosuke Satoro, set the tone for Thursday’s Tradition of Compassion Philanthropy Awards ceremony. The saying was read by Lexi Thomas, a junior at The Dalles High School, who joined her mother Celeste Hill-Thomas, head of the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation, as a moderator.
Sam Carpenter is hoping to ride the anti-establishment wave into federal office by ousting incumbent U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. Carpenter, a Republican, said that he joins millions of Americans in the belief that it is time to “stop playing Washington politics.”
The annual Bull Tour, which returned in 2015 after a 10-year hiatus, takes place Friday, April 8, and provides a variety of educational opportunities for the curious as well as professional farmers. “Everyone’s invited,” said Rory Wilson, president of the North Central Livestock Association. “I think this trip is for anyone interested in learning something they might not know.” In the U.S., food producers make up less than 2 percent of the total population, so Wilson believes the tour of farms provides people with a glimpse into the agriculture industry.
MIAMI — Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump seized decisive Super Tuesday victories with math and momentum on their side, leaving rivals scrambling for last-chance, long-shot strategies. For the Republican establishment, the search was increasingly dire.
Wolves on the move
The Oregon State Po lice announced Monday that 25 pounds of cocaine and 44 pounds of methamphetamine had been seized during a Feb. 23 traffic stop on Highway 97 south of Biggs. According to OSP, the estimated street value of the controlled substances is estimated at over $2.3 million.
Norman Vincent, 68, had to fight back tears when several residents of The Dalles showed up at his motel room door on Feb. 19 to deliver a motorized wheelchair. After all, a Navy veteran is supposed to be stalwart and not show emotion. “I’ve been in a wheelchair for so long,” said Vincent. “I think very much of this. I did my time and I paid taxes all my life and now I need a little help.”
The Dalles City Council rolled back a planned sewer rate increase of 3.44 percent Monday after staffers reported that budget was looking good for continued improvements to the wastewater treatment plant. “Wastewater revenues for the current year are projected to hit right on budget,” wrote Dave Anderson, public works director, in his briefing.
In a split vote, The Dalles City Council opted Monday not to ask voters whether pot sales should be allowed in town and, instead, regulate “time, place and manner” of production, processing, wholesale and retail operations.
The Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Advisory Committee declined last week to pursue negotiations for a sale and renovation of the Granada Theater until there is more information about the scope of work and how it will be paid for.
Citing economic concerns, not a single Republican in the House or Senate voted for the tiered system of raising Oregon’s minimum wage, including all of the elected state officials who serve Wasco County.
The pursuit of a wanted felon for parole violations that began in The Dalles Wednesday ended in a high speed chase and wreck in Washington.
Lack of attention on minimum wage hike’s effect irks local representative
The key to making Valentine’s Day a celebration of love year-round is both simple and complex, according to Shayna Dahl, Colleen Worrell and Julie Mellow of the Strong Tree Counseling Center in The Dalles.
They met when he was hospitalized for a hand injury and she was the nurse who bawled him out for his complaining attitude and coarse language.
Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Athena, is pleased to see a bill upholding a state agency’s decision to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list making headway in the current legislative session.
Six students from Sonrise Academy in The Dalles spent the day in Salem Monday serving legislators as honorary pages.
City officials are reviewing three proposals for revitalization of the Granada block; one for a hotel conference center, another for a cultural/performing art facility and the third establishing an archeological dig site for tourism and education.
The Dalles City Council is set to approve monthly residential garbage rate increases of 9 to 22 cents per can at Monday’s meeting that will take effect March 1. Commercial cans will cost 10 to 25 cents per month more, depending on size.
Community members wanting to help guide improvements of The Dalles’ transportation plan for roadways, as well as bicycle, pedestrian and transit facilities, are invited to the first of two public workshops Wednesday.
Somewhere during the search for a new city manager, The Dalles City Council turned its eyes to Julie Krueger, the long-time clerk who has filled the role on interim basis since September. The council held a 45-minute discussion in an executive session Monday before voting to offer the job to Krueger, who has worked for the city since 1989.
Council offers top job to Julie Krueger
Somewhere during the process of looking for a new city manager, The Dalles City Council turned its eyes to Julie Krueger, the long-time clerk and general services director who has served as interim manager since September.
Weaponized drones, campaign finance reform to be considered
The Dalles City Council invited Rob Bovett, attorney for the Oregon Association of Counties, to brief officials and community members Monday about how sales of recreational marijuana are being regulated. Bovett took the place of Sean O’Day, legal counsel for the League of Oregon cities, due to a scheduling conflict.
The Dalles Police Chief Jay Waterbury appealed to the city council Monday to let voters decide whether recreational marijuana should be grown, processed, packaged and sold in town. “What we are asking you to do is let citizens make a decision, give them a chance to vote,” he said following testimony at the meeting from citizens on both sides of the issue.
More than 40 health care and mental health specialists from Wasco County have been invited to learn about a program to help Post 9/11 veterans and their families with deployment and reintegration issues. “We’re hoping to get more providers in this area to sign on to help active-duty, reservists or Guard members prepare for war or return home,” said Jennifer Borne, veterans’ representative at the local office of the Oregon Employment Department.
Community involvement was celebrated Thursday evening at the annual “Unsung Heroes” banquet hosted by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce. “An unsung hero is a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for their deeds and qualities,” explained Lisa Farquarson, executive director of the chamber, about the criteria for selecting seven people and a business as outstanding contributors to local society in 2015.