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Ballots mailed today

Ballots will be mailed out Wednesday, Oct. 17, and those going overseas, to the military or out of state have already been issued. Wasco County Elections Clerk Lisa Gambee said ballots should arrive in mailboxes within two to three days after they are sent out, depending on where people live in the county.

October 16, 2018 3:05 p.m. read more..

Food program gets boost

Columbia State Bank challenged customers and employees to donate canned and boxed food items for the Community Backpack Program and, by the end of one month, had a big stash to deliver. The “Take a Bag & Fill It” challenge will be an ongoing effort, said Kara Simpson, vice president and branch manager.

October 16, 2018 2:38 p.m. read more..

Subdivision approved in TD

The Dalles Community Development Department has approved a proposal to subdivide one 7.65 acre parcel adjacent to W. Scenic Drive, Radio Way and the city limits into 33 parcels ranging in size from 5,000 to 46,127 square feet. The property, owned by First Christian Church, is zoned low density residential. Application was made by Legacy Development Group.

October 16, 2018 2:35 p.m. read more..

WorkSource hosts job fair

WorkSource Columbia Gorge has partnered with local employers from across the Gorge to host a job fair in Washington Thursday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Elks’ Lodge, 124 NE Church Avenue, White Salmon. Participating employers need electronics assemblers, composite engineers, maintenance technicians, database administrators, cabinet makers, and more.

October 16, 2018 2:34 p.m. read more..

Parent questions lack of grant

As the Nov. 6 vote approaches on a $235 million bonding authority to replace four schools, a local woman caused a stir on social media last weekend questioning the district’s decision not to seek a $4 million matching grant for the project. A district official said North Wasco County School District 21 tried but failed to get two smaller planning grants that would’ve helped the district create the extensively detailed reports necessary to seek the larger grant.

October 16, 2018 2:33 p.m. read more..

School Bond: Assessment questioned

Wasco County Assessor Jill Amery sent out a press release last week to explain how passage of a measure to fund new schools would affect property taxes, but her description is being disputed by school officials and supporters of the bond levy. Amery’s account of how Measure 33-98 would play out is refuted by Randy Anderson, chief financial officer for North Wasco County School District 21, and Dr. Analene Pentopolous, chair of the Strong Community Schools committee, proponents of the bond.

October 16, 2018 2:31 p.m. read more..


Youth League hoops has signups

The Gorge Hoops Basketball League is opening a second registration day from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Riv Cafe, located at 401 E. 10th Street in The Dalles. Local boys and girls, from Washington and Oregon, from first-through-eighth grades, are welcomed to join this gorge-wide league, which is for school teams only.

October 16, 2018 1:56 p.m. read more..

Hawks cut down more times at Champoeg

Zack Ziegenhagen posted a season-best time for first place in the boys’ race, Vivian Harrah added fifth place to lead The Dalles’ junior varsity group and the varsity duo of Emma Mullins and Samuel Alvarez each were top-11 at the Champoeg Invitational Friday at Champoeg State Park in Newberg.

October 16, 2018 1:54 p.m. read more..

TD netters trying to finish strong

Although the 2018 season has been a roller coaster ride of sorts, head coach Neticia Fanene sees a team that puts in maximum effort on a nightly basis with a refuse-to-lose attitude. That can bode well for the future, especially with six seniors and four juniors on the roster.

October 16, 2018 1:52 p.m. read more..


Vintage Dufur Days

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The day I landed on Eisenhower’s desk

Editor’s note: Today, Oct. 14, marks the date of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s birthday. In tribute to his memory, the author thought it appropriate to examine the inner Ike — as opposed to the public figure.

October 12, 2018 3:20 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: M106 is pro-choice

To the editor: As a pro-choice advocate I strongly support measure 106. This measure changes Oregon’s law on tax-payer funded abortions to mirror federal law and that of most other states. While this will reduce the amount of public funding for abortions in Oregon, it does not ban abortions in any way. This measure should be supported by all pro-choice people because it ensures that everyone gets to choose, including those who don’t want to pay for abortions.

October 16, 2018 1:15 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: M105 is profiling

To the editor: Measure 105 can seem complicated. To be clear: Passage of 105 is about sanctioning racial profiling and discrimination. Passage of Measure 105 would be a cruel setback for efforts to defend civil rights in Oregon, a state which passed an anti-profiling law over 30 years ago with board support from both Democrats and Republicans.

October 16, 2018 1:14 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: M106 assaults rights

To the editor: The Supreme Court’s landmark Roe vs. Wade decision, affirming abortion as a constitutional right, should have been a firm foundation from which the fight for reproductive rights could move forward. Unfortunately, those needing abortions have been forced to defend their rights over and over again since 1973, as anti-abortion organizations and their political allies pass hundreds of laws, at the federal and state level, to restrict a person’s ability to access safe, legal abortion care. Ballot Measure 106 is yet another assault by the anti-abortion forces to chip away at the rights of Oregonians.

October 16, 2018 1:14 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Walden’s arrogance

To the editor: Greg Walden, in an opinion piece in 2016 titled: “Speaking out for Rural Oregon,” lamented about the federal government’s overreach into eastern Oregon ranchers’ lives. He talked about “decades of frustration, arrogance and betrayal that has contributed to the mistrust of the federal government.” He talked about decades of his own frustration with the federal government’s treatment of rural Oregonians, and he talked of finding solutions to these issues. I would contend that it was all talk.

October 16, 2018 1:13 p.m. read more..

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