The Dalles, OR

Fires burn boathouses, home; community pool evacuated

Recent hot, dry weather in the Gorge was accompanied by a flurry of fires in The Dalles and Wasco County, with five boathouses burned at the Port of The Dalles Marina, a home destroyed in a conflagration on Juniper Flats, the community swimming pool evacuated due to a nearby brush fire and Highway 197 and Interstate 84 closed twice as fires burned nearby.
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Author talk highlights 1930 transnational trip

Author Larry Lyon — who lived in The Dalles for 25 years and now lives in Boulder City, Nev. — is returning to the Gorge in August to talk about his book, “1930: Manhattan to Managua, North America’s First Transnational Automobile Trip.”. The first presentation will...

Hood River athletes medal in regional event

Hood River area athletes competed in the Oregon Special Olympics Athletics (track and field) Regional Competition this past Saturday, July 30. The annual event had been cancelled the last two years due to health concerns but returned Saturday at Clackamas High School with all the enthusiasm and competitiveness that has become customary at these events.

TD Special Olympics fights through to the finish

Blood, sweat and seizures weren’t enough to stop The Dalles Special Olympics athletes from crossing the finish line. At the Special Olympics Oregon Regional Athletics Competition at Clackamas High School on July 30, eight athletes from The Dalles competed in track and field events such as running, jumping and throwing. The competition is for athletes with cognitive disabilities.

Valencia to serve as AD for Columbia, Henkle

AJ Valencia had a big-picture view of things roaming centerfield as a high school and college baseball player. He’ll have a similar view of countless sporting events in his new role as athletic director at Columbia High and Henkle Middle schools in White Salmon. Valencia was hired this summer...

Obituary: Michael Allen Beeks

Michael Allen Beeks- born in 1950, passed away Aug. 2, 2022. He grew up in White Salmon, Wash., with parents Allen and Dora, and younger siblings Gary and Cathy. After high school, he attended Clark College in Vancouver, Wash. and then spent six years in the Army National Guard. He moved to Klamath Falls, Ore., in 1981 to attend Oregon Institute of Technology where he obtained a degree in gunsmithing. He opened his own business, Grayback Wildcats, and supplied ammunition components for Cabela’s and built and repaired guns. He married Cristy Sheckels in 1984, and celebrated the birth of their son, Sean, in 1986. Owning his own business allowed him the opportunity to coach Sean in youth football and baseball, and to pursue his passion of hunting. When he realized that gunsmithing would work better for him as a hobby, he became a painting contractor. He loved seeing the impact a coat of paint could have on someone’s home. Mike was diagnosed with cancer five years ago and gave up painting, but was able to continue to hunt, fish, and camp with family. During this time, he welcomed his favorite daughter-in-law, Tashina, and precious granddaughter, Lillian, into the family. Mike is survived by his wife Cristy, son Sean (Tashina), granddaughter Lils, siblings, and nieces and nephews. The family will honor Mike’s wishes for a private burial.

Crews report progress on Windigo, Miller Road wildfires

MAUPIN, Ore. — Fire agencies reported Sunday that they had made progress against multiple wildfires currently burning in Oregon, including near-total containment of the Miller Road wildfire. The Miller Road Fire near Maupin is 95% contained as of Sunday morning, according to the a news release from the Oregon...

Hood River Police seize Cocaine & Meth in arrest

From the Hood River Police Department Facebook page:. Your Hood River Police Dept. just out here doing what the citizens expect out of their Officers. On August 6, 2022 an Officer with the HRPD stopped a vehicle for a minor traffic infraction. Upon making contact with the driver, the Officer observed a concealed firearm. The Officer also observed signs of impairment. The driver of the vehicle was eventually placed under arrest for DUII-controlled substance. As a result of the ongoing investigation at the scene, the driver was also arrested for the following and being in possession of: