Derek Wiley



Derek Wiley is a reporter and photographer for The Dalles Chronicle.

Recent Stories

Farmer wins county seat

Running for Sherman County commissioner against incumbent Mike Smith, the man who brought broadband internet to the county, Joe Dabulskis spent “next to nothing” on his campaign. He had no signs or business cards. He didn’t go door to door, just relied on word of mouth. And he won.

June 1, 2016 5:25 p.m. read more..

Dog shelter gets fresh start

Growing up in Germany, Beata Liebetruth, the new shelter manager of Home at Last Humane Society, had never heard of a kill shelter. “We do not have kill shelters in Germany or Europe,” Liebetruth said. “That’s an American thing, unfortunately, so that’s how I became involved in animal welfare. It has become my passion in life.”

June 1, 2016 5:23 p.m. read more..

Tap into beer fest

The sixth annual Beer Festival, a benefit for The Dalles Civic Auditorium, promises to be bigger and better than ever in its new location at Lewis and Clark Festival Park, said Program Manager Trish Neal.

May 26, 2016 5:10 p.m. read more..

Singers to celebrate 40 years

Lloyd Walworth was only 30 years old when he decided to start a community choir in The Dalles. Four decades later, the Cascade Singers are still going strong and will celebrate with a “Forty Years of Happy Singing” concert Saturday, June 4, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 5, at 3 p.m. in the same venue as their very first show — St. Peter’s Landmark.

May 25, 2016 12:10 p.m. read more..

DEQ hears concerns

Pete Shepherd, interim director of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, said one of the most important things he’s learned in his more than 23 years of public service is “the importance of listening to people speak from their heart in the place where they live.”

May 20, 2016 2:29 p.m. read more..

Fair retains Vegas theme

The Wasco County Fair is sticking with the theme “What Happens in Tygh Vegas…” Despite receiving pushback from 4-H and others, the fair board unanimously approved the 2016 theme at its May 9 meeting in Tygh Valley. Zachary Harvey, chairman of the fair board, said he, Chris Schanno, Colleena Tenold-Sauter, Ken Polehn and Michael Hunt did discuss changing the theme before making their final decision.

May 19, 2016 3:43 p.m. read more..

The Dalles Air Coalition wants Hope [Arkansas]

This is the conclusion of a three-part series exploring the controversy over odor and emissions at Amerities West: When Amerities South, located in Hope, Ark., had its grand opening in 2011, Warren Nelson, director of Amerities Holdings, told the Hope Star “This land is clean and will be kept clean.”

May 12, 2016 3:35 p.m. read more..

DEQ to test air quality in The Dalles

This is the second of three stories centered on the controversy over odor and emissions at Amerities West in The Dalles; Air monitors, used to measure naphthalene levels, will arrive to The Dalles by the end of the month, confirmed Brian Boling, a laboratory manager for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

May 11, 2016 2:19 p.m. read more..

Amerities’ public meeting May 17

This is the first of three stories about controversy involving emissions and odors from Amerities West in The Dalles: Jeff Thompson, plant manager of Amerities West in The Dalles, said a mutual agreement order, signed last month to implement odor-reducing strategies, was done to “ease concerns.”

May 10, 2016 1:50 p.m. read more..

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