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‘Riding for those who can’t’

Rod Runyon shares highlights of journey to honor U.S. vets

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‘Mom, I need to see someone’

The tendency of many people who struggle with mental illness is to go off their prescribed medication when their moods balance out, or when they think they are “better,” which often leads to a rapid or eventual decline in behavior and coping skills.

Memorial observances planned

Memorial Day observances are being held in both The Dalles and Wasco, and organizers invite area residents to attend and pay respects to America’s war dead, veterans and active-duty troops. Jeremy Anderson, chaplain for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2471, is the keynote speaker for The Dalles ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, in front of the Veterans’ Memorial at Kelly Viewpoint.

Walden talks Trump, vets

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., was asked tough questions during Saturday’s town hall in The Dalles about his endorsement of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. Walden announced his support of Trump following a May 12 meeting that was also attended by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Reince Priebus, chair of the Republican National Committee.

Deputy shares 'blue' moment

A blue reminder band on Wasco County Sheriff Deputy Gaven Marble’s right wrist bears the name of his former patrol sergeant who died in the line of duty. This week is National Police Week, a time for Americans to remember the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officials, but that reality lives with Marble every day.

Huffman joins MCMC

John Huffman is bringing more than 22 years as a small business owner, including marketing and promotion in broadcasting, to his new position as community outreach director for Mid-Columbia Medical Center.

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Walden hosts TD town hall

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has good news to deliver at Saturday’s town hall in The Dalles about progress to rename the local veterans’ clinic after a soldier who earned the Medal of Honor for heroism in Korea. The town hall will be held in Wasco County will be held at 8:30 a.m. on May 21 at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, 402 E. Scenic Drive.

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Cemetery cleanup Saturday

The Dufur Community Cemetery is, well, a mess of weeds and grass, and two Boyd residents want to get it spruced up for Memorial Day.

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Rolling for America’s warriors

His journey of nearly 7,000 miles is more than just an adventure to Rod Runyon, Northeast Oregon District captain for the Patriot Guard Riders; it is a quest that pays tribute to the nation’s fallen, prisoners of war and those missing in action. Runyon set out on the first leg of the trip Thursday with Army veteran Jim Smith, a former Oregon State Police trooper who also resides in The Dalles, and Bob Canavan of Dallesport, a Navy veteran who rides not only for PGR but the Gorge Gospel Riders.

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In the business of life

Pam Tebow visited The Dalles last week to speak about “Timmy,” her son who is widely known as Tim Tebow, a football quarterback who earned the Heisman trophy — college’s most prestigious award — in 2007.

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There’s a new sheriff in town

For the second time in history, Wasco County has a son serving in the role of sheriff that was once held by his father. On Monday, Lane Magill’s badge was pinned on by his father, John, who held the elected office from 1977 to 1981, as part of a 14-year career in law enforcement. “Today was good because it really hit home that I was following in my father’s footsteps,” said Magill of the experience he called “humbling.”

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House Speaker tours The Dalles

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.

City eyes RV Park rules

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.

City invests $96,500 into concert series

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.

Romero: Term limits vital

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.

Walden: Reform plan ready

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.

Reward for ram killing

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.

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Riding for a cause

“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.

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Sentinel is ‘movie captain’

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.

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Local rally stop

Tonkin Subaru is a local sponsor for the 2016 Oregon Trail Rally that will come to The Dalles on Saturday and Dufur Sunday.

Help chart plan for TD roadways

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.

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Third time’s a charm with clinic plan

Name change will honor hero

Sheriff: Impaired boaters going nowhere

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.

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A new look at urban renewal

Councilor pleased about city move to revamp agency

Captain takes watch at readiness center

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.

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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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