Mark Gibson

markbgibson 6 days, 9 hours ago on Realtor feared the worst

In the reply to the above comments, note that the house was not breached by an armored vehicle, nor was any teargas used. The fire broke through the back of the home with no assistance whatsoever from the officers.


markbgibson 6 days, 14 hours ago on Realtor feared the worst

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markbgibson 2 weeks, 1 day ago on Sex conference shut down

Crystal Greene, communications director of the Office of the Deputy Superintendent of the Oregon Department of Educations submitted the following request that the online story

"be updated to reflect the statement we included and the corrections I submitted. • ODE did provide comment • ODE is not a sponsor of the event and no state or federal education dollars went to fund the event • Remove the statement about Brad stepping down as it was a planned end to a contract and is misleading as written."

The Chronicle stands by the accuracy of the above report: no comment was provided prior to deadline, and that deadline was communicated to the ODE office. With the comments above, the ODE provided the following details about Brad Victor's employment with the agency:

Brad Victor’s contract work predominantly consisted of working with school districts and supporting their alignment to state standard. Brad Victor retired from ODE effective June 30, 2013. He then worked for the agency on a temporary appointment from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014, and from August 20, 2014 through December 1, 2014. He averaged 5-10 hours per week. He was paid on an hourly basis during the temporary appointments, as follows: • From July 1, 2013 through November 30, 2013 -- $43.06/hour • December 1, 2013 through August 31, 2014 -- $43.71/hour • September 1, 2014 to the present -- $44.59/hour The increases in compensation rates on December 1, 2013 and September 1, 2014 were due to statewide cost of living adjustments.


markbgibson 4 months, 1 week ago on 125 years and still serving

Thank you for the nice words, and the correction. I have changed it in this online version. When you are 17 and someone says you are 12, that is a MAJOR mistake!


markbgibson 7 months ago on Obituary for Wilma Louise Roberts

I used to see Wilma in the alley by the Chronicle as she went to open her gallery on Second Street, and did a feature story on her years ago. She always had a kind work for a young news photographer, and was truly interested in what I was doing. And not just me, she provided meeting space for the local camera club and was an inspiration to many. I remember she told me, just before she closed her shop, that being in her 90s, she was getting old. "I'm old, but getting old, it's not so bad," she smiled as she unlocked her back door and heading up the long flight of wooden stairs. Her spirit wasn't old at all, and she will be missed.


markbgibson 7 months, 2 weeks ago on Rowena Fire creeps closer to The Dalles outskirts

This picture was taken just east of the closure point. At that time, the golf course remained open. As a newspaper photographer, I have to follow the same closure rules as anyone, unless I am on an official media tour.


markbgibson 1 year ago on Ranchers: Wolf Trouble

A recent Letter to the Editor addresses some of the slaughter issues mentioned in the comments above:


markbgibson 1 year, 1 month ago on pschanno

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