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Vet rewards caregivers

Five restaurants donate meals for ‘Hidden Heroes’

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‘Ranchers’ Lives Matter’ rally

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.

Wyden tackles ‘drill pay’ issue

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.

City sets 2016-17 goals

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.

City to revisit garbage rate hike

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.

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Wolf advocate ousted

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.

Wolf bill in limbo

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.

Wolf bill ‘leveraged’

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.

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Exploring state’s urban, rural divide

GOP leader says more attention needs to be paid to the economic distress caused by policies

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Traditions of Compassion

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.

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‘Outsider’ eyes Senate seat

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.”

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Grab the bull tour by the horns

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.

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Clinton, Trump solidify lead in Super Tuesday races

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.

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Cowboys stand watch

Wolves on the move

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Traffic stop nets $2.3M in drugs

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.

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A hand-up when it’s needed most

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.”

Sewer rates unchanged

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.

City okays pot stores

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.

Granada plan still in limbo

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.

Party line vote on wage hike

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.

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High speed chase ends in wreck

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.

Frustration on the floor

Lack of attention on minimum wage hike’s effect irks local representative

Practicing the language of love all year

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.

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Love for a lifetime

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.

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Wolf bill on the move

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.

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Sonrise takes a page out of history

Six students from Sonrise Academy in The Dalles spent the day in Salem Monday serving legislators as honorary pages.

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Officials dissect Granada plans

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.

City eyes rate hike

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.

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Mapping a new road plan

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.

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Krueger offered top job

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.

City hires long-time employee as manager

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.

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Huffman hopes two bills take flight

Weaponized drones, campaign finance reform to be considered

Weed: A growing issue

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.

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TD council hears marijuana concerns

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.

Extending the safety net for veterans

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.

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Celebrating community with our Unsung Heroes

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.

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2016 A ‘transformative’ year ahead

A ‘transformative’ year ahead

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Young hired by city of Fairview

Nearly eight months after former City Administrator Samantha Nelson submitted her resignation to the city of Fairview, a permanent replacement has been announced. Nolan Young of The Dalles will take on the post as of Jan. 25.

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Fort Dalles Days suspended

With no professional rodeo on the horizon for 2016, the Fort Dalles Days Steering Committee has decided to temporarily discontinue activities built around that event. “We just decided as a group that it would be best to go on a hiatus,” said Susan Buce, a member of the committee.

Town hall focuses on new marijuana law

The Dalles City Council is holding a town hall Jan. 25 to provide information about the new recreational marijuana law as well as gather citizen input. Community members are invited to attend the meeting, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers at city hall, 313 Court Street.

Eluding leads to prison

Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley said Wednesday a man who attempted to elude police in two pursuits has been sent to prison to learn a couple of valuable lessons. “When you see the red and blue lights behind you, you need to stop,” he said. Even more importantly, Nisley said William A. Henry, 40, of The Dalles, needs to learn that it doesn’t pay to violate the law by selling drugs.

Congress swamps federal water rules

Ranchers and farmers are applauding a move by Congress to roll back federal authority over small waterways, including some stock ponds and irrigation ditches. “I think the House sent a very clear message,” said U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, whose Second Congressional District encompasses Wasco County.

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The start of a ‘big’ year in TD

New brewery comes to TD

Mother, son bonding time

The Fort Dalles Readiness Center comes to life Friday, Jan. 15, with “Night in the Museum” activities to provide mothers and sons with plenty of bonding moments. Wonderworks, the Fort Dalles Museum and Maryhill Museum have all contributed exhibits to set the stage for the fifth annual Mother Son Jammin’ Fun Night. The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the center, 402 E. Scenic Drive.

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Gorge Stars Shine

St. Mary’s Academy Principal Kim Koch wins mirror ball trophy

Walden: A plea for change

Greg Walden address the U.S. House on situation in Harney County, Oregon. VIDEO

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Senior asked to gather input on education needs

Senior asked to gather input on education needs

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Dancing with the Gorge Stars

Six square off for trophy

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Ranchers react to E. Oregon land dispute

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association believes the federal government has violated the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by requiring two members of the Hammond family in Harney County to serve more time behind bars.

Wyden hosts TD town hall

Senator to visits three counties on Tuesday


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