Family’s costs for health care see huge jump
When Sherman County farmer Darren Padget recently visited U.S. Rep. Greg Walden’s office in Washington, D.C., to complain about a more than 400 percent increase in his family’s health insurance premium, he didn’t expect to have that information shared in a House floor speech.
The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office responded to Chenowith Road, near the entrance of Foley Lakes Mobile Home Park, on a report that a suicidal man was on the premises with a gun.
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden will hold town hall meetings during the congressional spring break next week in Hood River and The Dalles, two of six public forums during April in his Second Congressional District.
A small plane carrying a couple from The Dalles landed short of the runway at a local airfield Friday afternoon and was severely damaged after hitting rocks, but neither passenger sustained more than minor injuries.
The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association is concerned that two bills in the Legislature to regulate “dairy emissions,” or cow flatulence, are setting the stage for rules that will adversely affect ranchers throughout the state.
Volunteering at the Oregon Veterans’ Home is more about play than work, say Dan and Vickie Brindell, who reside near Lyle and have been taking residents on social outings for years. “Don’t be bashful, come and see what’s it all about,” urges Dan, who spent six years in the Army reserves.
It’s hardly surprising that properties along von Borstel Road in Sherman County would be inhabited by von Borstels, but it is notable that so many members of the family remain in agriculture at a time when small farms are on the decline.
Timothy Bernasek, legal counsel for the Oregon Farm Bureau, is seeking to educate farmers about their rights if ICE agents show up to look for illegal immigrants during growing and harvest seasons.
Aaron and Kelley Lee, owners of Sedition Brewing in The Dalles, have had two opportunities in just as many weeks to pour their own craft beers and others from the region for state leaders.
Mark Fortin, an Army veteran, started volunteering at the Wasco County Veterans’ Service Office in the spring of 2016, and sees it as a way to help other military families.
Few volunteers are willing to donate 63 years to the same cause, but Marlys Krein of The Dalles believes enough in the mission of the American Red Cross to have done just that.
The VFW Post 2471 Auxiliary will host its 28th annual Emergency Responder Appreciation Dinner on Wednesday, March 15, at Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue’s Station One. The meal served to firefighters/medics and law enforcement officers from three agencies starts at 6 p.m. at the 1400 W. Eighth Street fire station.
Wednesday’s “A Day Without Women” strike was misguided because organizers encouraged women to skip work, even though it is by embracing responsibilities that we get recognition as valuable and contributing members of society.
For the 11th year, the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation gave awards to individuals, organizations and corporations for altruistic acts that benefitted area communities.
Royal Rangers utilize outdoor activities to teach life lessons
Lucas Knopf, 8, and Joseph Derryberry, 8, can each list plenty of things they like about being a Royal Ranger — including camping, fishing and other outdoor activities —but community outreach tops their lists.
David Deurwaarder signed up for Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s “Joint Camp” to learn what to expect before, during and after a total knee replacement. “The purpose of the class is to de-mystify what is going to happen,” said Kim Hartley, a registered nurse and coordinator of the program.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday to begin the legal process of rolling back federal jurisdiction over small waterways, including some stock ponds and irrigation ditches. “I think this is the direction we need,” said Keith Nantz, a Maupin rancher who chairs the Political Action Committee of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association.
The response to stress is primarily determined by a person’s perception of an event, transition or problem, says Ann Farris, personal trainer and health coach at The Dalles Fitness and Court Club. Her quest is to help people find balance in their lives and build resiliency to manage stress.
A Navy corpsman, known as “Doc” to the Marines he cared for, is returning to his hometown of The Dalles to take on the role of program director at the Oregon Veterans’ Home. “I’m really passionate about helping other vets so I bring a very positive attitude to this job,” said Michael Springston, a 2004 graduate of The Dalles High School.
The Mid-Columbia Health Foundation has announced nominees for the 2017 Tradition of Compassion Philanthropy Awards to recognize people who donate their time and talents to build a healthy community.
There’s only one thing that area farmers know for certain about the upcoming growing season — nothing is going to be predictable this year. “It would be nice to have a crystal ball so we would know for sure what was going to happen but we don’t have that luxury,” said Steve Sugg, a Dufur cherry grower.
Wasco County’s new website provides area residents with expanded access to online services and information, and is also intended to aid in economic development. “We’re really excited about launching it and I think people will find it a much better site,” said Lisa Gambee, county clerk, who worked with other department heads to come up with the new design and content.
A program to lower the number of inmates returning to the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities in The Dalles appears to be working, based on early results, says administrator Bryan Brandenburg.
Suicide: An uncomfortable topic
Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley started 2017 with two death cases to handle, and added two more during the month of January.
Brandon and Katie Kuehnl of The Dalles were recently given the “chance of a lifetime” by Ford Motor Company to get their finances in order and prepare for the future. “We were pretty shocked,” said Katie about learning they had won a sweepstakes prize of a new pickup and a hunting trip.
Robotics team Sa-BOT-age won state as rookies in 2016 and is striving to go even further this year. “We are on track for a very successful season,” said Spencer Honald, a junior, gaining agreement from classmate Bill Burns.
A long cold winter is making it more difficult for people to cope with upheaval at the federal level as new President Donald Trump and other Republican leaders roll out dramatic policy changes that are drawing fire from millions of Democrats, says a professional counselor.
The Dalles Police Chief Patrick Ashmore released the name of the victim in Thursday night’s fatal stabbing after the man’s relatives in the Seattle area had been notified about the alleged homicide. Nathaniel O. Preyapongpisan, 21, was pronounced dead Jan. 26 at 517 Liberty Street, a residence where he had reportedly been staying off and on with an unnamed female.
The world turned upside down for many Americans on Nov. 8 when GOP presidential candidate Donald J. Trump defied polls and the predictions of political pundits to take the White House. Media collusion with Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign was revealed by the Wikileaks email cache. That alliance destroyed any remaining defense that national news outlets were objective or principled; which was further evidenced by their turn from fawning coverage of the Obama administration to rabid hostility toward President Trump.
Elise Bailey started smoking at the age of 18 and tried for years without success to conquer the addiction. “Nothing worked — I even chewed (cessation) gum while I smoked, and I thought, ‘That can’t be good for me,’” she said. Lung diseases ran in her family, so Bailey knew it was vital to her health that she stop puffing a pack of cigarettes every day.
Hayli Eiesland is armed with dozens of facts and stats about why people should quit smoking for heart health and to prevent other major illnesses. She plans to share some of her information at the Go Red for Women’s Heart Health expo on Friday, Feb. 3, on the second floor of Water’s Edge, 551 Lone Pine Boulevard in The Dalles.
A 21-year-old man from The Dalles was arrested early Friday morning for the fatal stabbing of an unidentified male victim.
The Uplifting Elevator project at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center has been eight years in the making and excavation finally began on Wednesday.
Community members wanting to participate in the fifth annual walk/run that is part of the Go Red for Women’s Heart Health program in The Dalles need to pre-register by Monday to be guaranteed a t-shirt.
“Lolli needs to play” was recently posted by a juvenile girl from The Dalles on a Portland website advertising “escort services.” Nita Belles of Bend wasn’t surprised to see the ad from an underage girl in a rural community. She said labor and sex trafficking takes place everywhere, even though people tend to think of it as a “big city problem.”
Despite difficult travel conditions, The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Distinguished Citizens Award Banquet was well attended Thursday evening. The event took place at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center and drew several hundred people who came to celebrate the achievements of eight community members.
Fifty members of an Oregon National Guard unit with a presence in the gorge travelled this week to Washington, D.C. to support the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.
Feeding wildlife in winter can negatively impact their success, says ODFW
Winter is a hard time of year for wildlife, but feeding deer can bring health problems that threaten their lives, said Jeremy Thompson, biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s office in The Dalles.
Warming weather could result in power loss, travel hazards
Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill is asking residents to prepare ahead for freezing rain and flooding in the days ahead that could bring power outages. “Community resiliency is what we are after here,” said Magill. “We don’t want people to be panicked, we want them to be prepared.”
The Chronicle wants to recognize the men and women who responded to medical and traffic calls, kept the roads passable and helped both stranded motorists and the homeless during a very tough week.
The Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force ended 2016 and started the new year by executing search warrants that led to the arrest of three people.
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.”