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Mark Gibson is News Editor at The Dalles Chronicle.

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Position 3 candidates share vision for city

City of The Dalles Incumbent Russ Brown, a retired contractor, has been challenged for the Position 3 council seat by Tiffany Prince, executive assistant to the president and board of education at Columbia Gorge Community College. Both candidates were presented with six questions and asked to respond in their own words, with a limit of 200 words per question.

October 16, 2018 2:27 p.m. read more..


Masters Family Circus to perform

Students at St. Mary’s Academy have a busy week planned as they prepare to join the circus. They will be learning the basics of circus performance ahead of this weekend’s “Masters Family Circus” performances Saturday and Sunday, with two shows daily at 2 and 5 p.m. at the academy, 1112 Cherry Heights Rd. in The Dalles.

October 16, 2018 2:14 p.m. read more..


Fire burns home, threatens Biggs motel

The grass fire that ignited in Biggs Junction Tuesday destroyed a home Thursday, according to the North Sherman Rural Fire Protection District as reported by KATU2. The fire had burned at least 7,500 acres by Thursday evening.

October 5, 2018 2:32 p.m. read more..


Fire at Biggs Junction closes Highway 97

Highway 97 south of Biggs Junction was closed Tuesday afternoon as crews battled a grass fire that ignited in behind a motel and raced south. Espana Coles, owner of Three Rivers Inn, said someone heard a "pop" and suddenly there was a fire on the steep slope behind the motel. Guests at the motel were temporarily evacuated, as was Coles' little dog, "Ike." No evacuation notices had been issued as of 8:30 p.m., and all residents in the path of the fire are aware of the danger, according to the Sherman County Sherrif's office. Motorists should avoid the area, and are being redirected to Highway 197 in The Dalles, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation. Although upset by the fire, the first she has had threaten the hotel in her 16 years as owner, Coles was even more upset about the biting mix of dust and sand the wind was picking up from a large construction area just west of the motel. "We live with this," she said of the clouds of dust and sand blowing over her hotel. "We call, and call but nobody is taking care of this." The fire, however, brought plenty of willing firefighters to assist, as crews from Sherman, Klickitat and Wasco counties responded.

October 2, 2018 8:45 p.m. read more..


New mural ‘slightly exaggerated’

A leaping salmon large enough to dwarf a boat full of river rafters is the central, and “only slightly exaggerated,” figure on a fanciful new mural in downtown The Dalles.

October 2, 2018 1:47 p.m. read more..


John Day Dam celebrates 50th anniversary

On Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, a 50th anniversary ceremony was held at the John Day Dam powerhouse. As part of the ceremony, Kevin Moynahan, operations project manager at the dam, recapped the history of the facility.

September 28, 2018 3:07 p.m. read more..


Future of wolves debated locally

Eight members of the Wolf Plan Stakeholder work group met last week in The Dalles with ODFW staff to discuss methods of controlling the growing population.

September 4, 2018 1:43 p.m. read more..


Board to consider restructuring jail

Replacement of the executive director at the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facilities (NORCOR) was put on hold Aug. 28 to consider a board proposal to have a sheriff run the jail. The proposal, outlined at Tuesday’s board meeting by board member Brad Lohrey, sheriff of Sherman County, would break the facility in two, with the adult and juvenile facilities managed separately. Each would have its own budget and board.

August 31, 2018 1:52 p.m. read more..


‘Growing with Google’ in The Dalles

“Grow with Google, The Dalles” attracted over 200 registrants to the Fort Dalles Readiness Center Wednesday with a range of free classes and multimedia presentations about services and experiences in Google products. The event replaces “Googlefest.”

August 24, 2018 2:01 p.m. read more..


Cronin settles in as CGCC president

It’s been a busy month for Dr. Marta Cronin, the new president at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC): She’s moved across the U.S., from Port St. Lucie, Fla., to The Dalles, which included a road trip of 3,100 miles. A month on the job, she has settled in, found a place to call home, and attended her first board meeting.

August 10, 2018 2:42 p.m. read more..

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