RaeLynn Ricarte

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RaeLynn Ricarte is the Executive Editor at The Dalles Chronicle.

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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..


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..


A matter of death or life

Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP) is starting an educational push to rally public support for changes in the law that will make it more difficult to execute condemned prisoners. Ultimately, the group will ask voters to replace the death penalty with life sentences.

October 12, 2018 2:49 p.m. read more..


Auditions open for vet talent

Chris Mumford was watching the television show “America’s Got Talent” one night and got a great idea. “We should have a national television show for veterans to show the world what they can do,” he said. The way to get that movement started, he decided, was to stage a local event and then encourage other communities to do the same.

October 8, 2018 1:30 p.m. read more..


A look back at the ‘war to end all wars’

The “war to end all wars” involved more than 70 million military personnel, the vast majority from Europe. An estimated nine million combatants and seven million civilians died as a direct result of the bloody battles, according to historians. The war was believed to have helped spread the 1918 influenza epidemic, which caused 50 to 100 million deaths worldwide.

October 5, 2018 1:50 p.m. read more..


Vets salute the families of World War I

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and a local veteran group is saluting families that had a loved one in the military from July 1914 to November 1918. The Mid-Columbia Veterans Memorial Committee will pay tribute to five local men who died in that multinational conflict that was called “the war to end all wars.” “We really want the businesses and community to participate in this year’s Veterans’ Day parade to show their support for veterans and to commemorate this important anniversary,” said Pat Lucas, organizer.

October 5, 2018 1:48 p.m. read more..


Pink is more than a color

The Mid-Columbia Health Foundation threw a small party at its Second Street headquarters Monday to celebrate a contribution to its Breast Health for Strong Families Program. On the first day of October, the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, foundation leaders gathered with representatives from the Fort Dalles Rodeo Association, which turned over a check for $3,500.

October 2, 2018 2:07 p.m. read more..


Skinner family criticizes campaign claims

The Skinner family has called on Jamie McLeod-Skinner to quit using photos of their ranch in her campaign out of the belief that she is “misleading” voters by claiming ties to Eastern Oregon that she does not have. “It’s time to clear up this nonsense about Jamie being part of our ranch family,” stated Bob Skinner, former president of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association and current officer of the National Public Lands Council, in a press release distributed last week.

October 2, 2018 1:51 p.m. read more..


A Little Box of Hope

Growing up as a refugee after your family escaped mass slaughter in a war-torn country means being continually uprooted and having no place to call home, says Yves Dushime. It took a shoebox full of gifts from caring people in another country to help him see beyond the anger, to understand that there were people who cared and truly wanted to help.

September 28, 2018 2:13 p.m. read more..


Helping vets in crisis

The rate of veteran suicides in Oregon is far outpacing that of civilians — as it is across the nation — and a local group of community members wants to do something about it. The plan of several nonprofits and public agencies is to invite military families and area residents to a “Suicide Alternatives Event” from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in front of the Wasco County Veterans’ Service Office (VSO), 201 Federal Street.

September 25, 2018 1:20 p.m. read more..

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