Streetwork on East Second Street, downtown Third Street


Beginning Saturday, May 13th and continuing on Monday, May 15th, The Dalles Public Works Department will be closing one lane of East 2nd Street to install a sanitary sewer main line east of the Boat Basin Overpass. Hours of work will occur between 6:00am and 8:00pm in order to complete the project in 2 days. .

The City will have flaggers in place to guide drivers around the work area, but delays are expected. To avoid the congestion it is suggested using the detour route of Brewery Grade, up to 10th Street, east to Old Dufur Road and down Fremont Street to Hwy 197.

Please proceed with caution in this area during these construction times and observe all temporary traffic control devices. Thank you for your patience during this work.

If you have questions please contact Steve Byers at (541)993-0213 or the Public Works Department at (541)296-5401 x 2001.


Beginning May 15th and continuing through May 18th, 2017, The Dalles Public Works Department will be filling tire ruts in drive lanes on 3rd Street and then applying an asphalt overlay in the Downtown Area between Lincoln and Taylor Streets. Hours of work are expected to be 6:30AM through 7:00PM each day.

For this work, sections of 3rd will be closed two blocks at a time with work progressing eastward, two blocks per day. Public Works will post road closures and detours around each section as the job progresses towards Taylor Street. Project is expected to be done in four days.

Additional shorter closures may follow to adjust utilities to the new asphalt grade.

Please proceed with caution in this area during these construction times and observe all temporary traffic control devices. Thank you for your patience during this work.

If you have questions please contact Bill Barrier at (541)980-8919 or the Public Works Department at (541)296-5401 x 2001.

Kyle Petty’s Ride Across America brings NASCAR stars and more to Maryhill Museum

The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, one of the most successful and popular charity rides in the country, will bring some big sports names to Klickitat County this weekend. This 23rd annual ride is led by former NASCAR driver and NBC Sports racing analyst Kyle Petty. This Saturday, May 13, he will lead the 200-rider event from its start in Portland, east through the Columbia Gorge on Highway 14 and stop for lunch at Maryhill Museum. Local residents will get a chance to meet and greet several celebrity riders, including NASCAR greats Richard Petty, Harry Gant, Donnie Allison, Hershel McGriff and David Ragan, NBC Sports NASCAR personality Rick Allen, football greats Herschel Walker and George Rogers and Harley-Davidson Museum president, Bill Davidson.

Their goal is twofold – to reach Milwaukie, Wisconsin on Friday, May 19 and in doing so to raise funds and awareness for Victory Junction – a camp dedicated to providing life changing camping experiences for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.

The following is a transcription of a phone interviewMonday with Kyle Petty. It has been edited for brevity and clarity.

Q: As a result of the Ride, 7,985 children have attended Victory Junction at no cost to their families. Last year alone, the Ride raised more than $1 million, sending 100 children to camp. I know this is a very personal issue for your family. Can you tell us how it started?

A: My oldest son, Adam, was killed in a racing accident in 2000. I had driven some sports car races with Paul Newman. He had started the Hole In the Wall Gang Camp which everyone knows has been connected with Newman’s Own Salad Dressings and other products. We had done some stuff together and when Adam’s accident happened, we just decided to build a camp and Paul helped us tremendouosly in the beginning as dis so many NASCAR drivers and some many fans. The money we have raised on the Kyle Petty Charity Ride has paid to send that many kids to Victory Junction. Victory Junction has seen almost 28,000 kids since it opened 13 years ago.

Q: It takes a great deal of organization to put something like this on. You’re going to shepherd 200 riders for 2,400 miles across eight states. How many people does it take to pull it off , and how long to plan?

A. This is the amazing part, because one person does , my wife Morgan. As we get close, we do bring a couple of people in, but it’s mostly her. And it takes a year to get this think organized. You have to remember, every day we have to feed 220-250 people breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have to have hotel rooms for them; we have to have fuel stops and make sure there are enough bathrooms available. It’s like putting on three or four events a day for eight days in a row. It doesn’t just fall into place. You’ve got to make something happen.

Q: How easy is it to get celebrity riders to help draw attention?

A: You know what? All these guys ride, and it’s been really easy over recent years. They enjoy the ride, they enjoy the group, they enjoy the people they meet along the way.

Q: You have some pretty competitive personalities out there. Do you find some of they jockeying for position?

A. Here’s the funny part: I think they’re all past that. They’ve been used to leading but now they just want somebody else to lead and take the hits whenever something happens.

Q: As I understand, you’re going to be at Maryhill Museum around 12:30, though you encourage people to be there by 12:15, and there will be memorabilia for sale, chances to make donations, and to meet with the celebrities.

A. That’s right. We encourage everyone in the area to come out and meet them – to get photos, to get autographs, just hang out with them for awhile. We are really excited to be going to Maryhill Museum, because I love stuff like that. But no matter where we visit along the way — at Maryhill or Yellowstone or Mr. Rushmore — the things that our riders remember are the people that we meet along the way. There are such a diverse group of people that live in this country and so many stories. I’ve heard guys my age come up to Hershell Walker and say ‘Man, I used to watch you play,” and they tell some part of their personal history. Or they’ll tell my dad how they were seven or eight years old and watched him on Wide World of Sports. That’s the cool part — the experience with people along the way.

To listen to the complete interview, click on the grey podcast bar below

Rock slide closes Highway 30



















THE DALLES – An extensive rock slide just east of Rowena Point has forced closure of US30, the Historic Columbia River Highway in the immediate area.

A large amount of rock fell from a wall next to the highway in the area at about 7:30 Sunday night. Fortunately, no one was in the area when it slid.

Daylight revealed an extensive rockfall, about 200 feet long, scattered across the highway. Some of the rocks are so large that ODOT will have to bring in special equipment to handle its removal.

In the meantime, ODOT is bringing in geology specialists to examine the area for potential future rockfall and to insure that cleanup crews will be safe performing their duties. At some point in the near future, rock scalers will descend from the top to remove any additional rock that appears to be a hazard.

In the meantime, the historic highway remains closed to all vehicles, including bicycles, and hikers in the vicinity of the slide. The closure may remain in place for as long as two-three weeks.

The Dalles community cleanup day set for Saturday

The 30th annual Community Clean Up event will take place on Saturday, May 6th. In addition to picking up litter throughout town, The Dalles residents can also dispose of yard debris and other unwanted items by taking them to the old County PW yard, on Walnut Street near the 9th Street intersection, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Volunteers and donations are welcome to help make the event a success. Call Cindy Keever at 541-506-2004, The Dalles Public Works office at 541-296-5401, or Jim Winterbottom at The Dalles Disposal – 541-298-5149, to volunteer your help.

Featured again this year will be the Reuse Fair. Residents are encouraged to separate usable goods from their trash. Upon entering the collection site, they will be asked if they have anything to contribute to the Reuse Fair. Usable items will be collected in a separate area, from which residents will be allowed to take what they need.

The Tri-County Hazardous Waste Program will also be holding a collection event in The Dalles on May 20th. Certain household hazardous waste and electronic waste can be taken to The Dalles Disposal & Transfer Station located at 1317 West 1st Street. Please call 541-506-2636 or visit the program’s website at for details.

Community Cleanup Guidelines

Lines for the cleanup event are long and move slowly. To help speed things up, all participants are asked to adhere to the following guidelines. No exceptions will be made!

Hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm only. No vehicles will be served after 3:00 pm. Unauthorized dumping at the site outside of these hours could jeopardize the future of this event.

To help traffic flow smoothly, please approach the site from the south (on 10th Street) and exit toward 6th Street.

This program is for The Dalles residents only and is limited to 2 pickup loads per household.

Residents are asked to make a donation of canned goods to benefit The Dalles Area Food Share. This year’s goal is to collect 500 pounds of food.

Residents are expected to help unload their vehicles.


Mother Earth and her beat of life: a drum-making workshop

THE DALLES— “Mother Earth and Her Beat of Life” drum making workshop with Jefferson Greene will be offered Sunday, May 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles.

This workshop, taught by Jefferson Greene, will teach you to make a drum with your own hands modeled after traditional Native American Drums. Students will construct a 12” drum out of natural deer rawhide and learn about Indigenous drumming traditions.

Native American drums are the oldest and most important instrument to the native culture. The drum plays an important part in many tribal ceremonies, celebrations and sacred ceremonial practices. Indigenous people throughout Turtle Island refer to it as the heartbeat of Mother Earth.

Through songs and dances to the beat of the drum, the Indigenous people seek a closer spiritual relationship with the Creator.To many, Native American drums are recognized as their own living entity and symbolize a strong tie with the Creator. The Native drum is said to contain thunder and lightning, and when it is beaten it helps to get the Creator’s attention and it also helps contact the spirits of the Native American forefathers.

Native American drumming is also great therapy for the mind and body. The sound of the drum is soothing due to the calming vibrations it sets off. Indigenous traditions teach that the steady strong sound of hitting the drum is in sync with the rhythm of the heartbeat in the center of this world. Once the drum is complete the natural calming vibrations become in tune with the heartbeat of Mother Earth in us all. Native American Indian drums have served this purpose for thousands of years.


Born and raised on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Oregon, Jefferson Greene has become a cultural teacher for generations of today. Groomed from childhood to learn, understand, and share with youth and communities throughout the northwest region, Greene is an Educator of Columbia Plateau Heritage, customs, and language.


The cost of the workshop is $80 and includes supplies to make your own drum and drumstick, which are yours to keep. The kit includes a natural deer rawhide leather round, 12″ drum frame, rawhide lacing, 2 leather strips, and a drumstick. The 12″ drum kit makes a good size drum for ages 6-16 years (and up) for a drum that, when done, will have a great tone.


Space is limited to 12 people. To reserve your place, call 541-296-8600 ext. 201. Visit for more information.

Wasco full-turn twined basketry workshop at Discovery Center May 14

THE DALLES— Wasco Full-Turn Twined basketry workshop with Bernyce Courtney, Sunday, May 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. The cost of the workshop is $60 and includes materials and lunch.

Bernyce Courtney will teach students how to make baskets using the art of full-turn twining, a rare weaving method mastered by Native American basketmakers of the Mid-Columbia. The full-turn twine basketry technique, unique to the Wasco people, also includes basic twining. The result of the weaving is a soft cylinder-shaped bag/basket.

This type of basketry was used for root gathering, storing & trading. An “envelope” or flat bag style can be woven with this weaving style as well.

Bernyce weaves using modern fibers including cotton yarns. Indian hemp was a traditional fiber used, which is a natural bug repellant making it a perfect storage container.

Bernyce Courtney is a traditional weaver of Wasco and Tlingit heritage. In her youth, Courtney did not know any Wasco weavers because most had passed away. In 1990, however, she was able to participate in “waking up” and revivifying the traditional craft by studying with Mary Schlick, a non-Indian woman who lived for many years on the Warm Springs Reservation. Since then, Courtney’s artistic skills and dedication have been instrumental in reintegrating this traditional craft.

Courtney starts her basket by cutting cotton string or yarn into strands. She lays out the strands in a weaver and spoke pattern to form what she calls the “belly button” (knot-like center on what will become the basket bottom). She weaves the strings round and round until the bottom starts taking shape, eventually turning up. Courtney then adds a second color and starts the full turn twining technique that brings the traditional designs to the foreground.

In recognition of her skill, Courtney was commissioned to make a beautiful flat woven piece that hangs in a central area of the Health Center on the Reservation. Courtney was one of three women from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs who participated in the Oregon Folklife Program’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. She also expresses her traditions through quilting and has had her quilts on exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. She now works to revive the art of twining within the Warm Springs Tribe.

Space for this workshop is limited to 10 people. To reserve your place, call 541-296-8600 ext. 201. Visit for more information.

Jaime Herrera Beutler to Host Telephone Town Hall on May 9

VANCOUVER, WA – Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler will be hosting a live telephone town hall on May 9 at 6:00pm. All residents of Southwest Washington’s third congressional district residents are invited to join Jaime for a conversation about health care, taxes, the economy and whatever else is on their mind.

Southwest Washington residents can sign up to receive a call to join the telephone town hall by visiting this link and entering their contact information. They can also contact Jaime’s Vancouver office to be placed on this list by calling (360) 695-6292.

Residents can also call in to join the telephone town hall at any point during the event by calling 1-877-229-8493 and using the passcode 116365.

During the live telephone town hall, Jaime will be giving a brief update about her work in Congress, and then taking questions from participants.

Jaime Herrera Beutler telephone town hall

Tuesday May 9, 2017


How to participate:
· Sign up to participate by clicking this link, or calling Jaime’s Vancouver office at (360) 695-6292.

· Residents can also join the telephone town hall by calling 1-877-229-8493 and using the passcode 116365 at any point during the event.