Deadline for filing for elections in City of The Dalles is August 30th

Information packets are available for citizens interested in running for the following City elected offices:  Mayor; Councilor at Large; Council Position #2 (west district); and Council Position #4 (east district).    The positions will be elected at the November 8, 2016, General Election.

Minimum qualifications include:  the candidate must be a registered voter and reside within the city limits at least 12 months immediately before being elected or appointed to office.  If the candidate will represent a district, the candidate must reside in the specific district from which the person seeks nomination for a period of 90 days prior to the election.  No person may be a candidate at a single election for more than one elective City office.

Candidates may obtain nominating petitions and additional information from the City Clerk’s Office, 313 Court Street, The Dalles.   The deadline for filing for City positions is AUGUST 30, 2016, 5:00 P.M.

Goldendale City Council Update 8 15 16

At Monday’s Goldendale City council meeting, councilers heard additional public comment, following the meeting on August 1st, regarding state law requirements on planning and zoning applications from within the city limits. The council also heard a presentation from J&N Cable, announcing their intent to sell their local business holdings to Home Telephone Co of Condon Oregon. City Administrator Larry Bellamy told John and Nancy Kusky, more information would be available at the next scheduled City council meeting on September 6.

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In other council business, The city also approved a formation of a more broad based task force, organized by Mayor Cannon, to review the proposed changes to the citys illumination Control and Outdoor Lighting Ordinances. Also Mayor Cannon and council confirmed the appointmend of the nomination of long time resident Steven Stout to the local library board.

Phishing email scam

Dana Peck, Executive Director of the Goldendale Chamber of Commerce sent out a email yesterday to let people know that There appears to be a phishing email that was sent to a large distribution list with the subject line “Remittance Advice, Invitation to Edit” that has the spoofed from name info@goldendalechamber.org.

Just to let you know, we didn’t send that email, so please don’t click on the link as it may contain a virus. We’ll never send email to large distribution lists (with all of the email addresses listed below yours) using our standard office email client. We’ll only use our Constant Contact email tool when we send to large groups of subscribers. Get in touch if you have questions.

Special Sherman County School District Board of Directors

The Sherman County School District Board of Directors will hold a Special Board Meeting 8/17/2016 at 5:15 p.m. to accept a Board Member’s resignation, declare Board Member vacancy, and determine procedures to be used in filling the vacancy. Mrs. Angie Thompson (Position No. 3: Moro Zone) gave notice of her resignation on August 12, 2016 as she is moving out of the Sherman County School District with her family. We sincerely thank Mrs. Thompson for her service and wish her the best of luck in the future. This meeting will be held in the meeting room of the Sherman County Public/School Library.

Wyden joins Idaho Senators on Legislation to help pay for Wildfires

Monday, U,S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) along with Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) have introduced federal legislation that directs existing disaster funding accounts pay for the costs of fighting catastrophic wildfires in the same way they pay for floods, earthquakes and hurricanes.

That action would preserve critical funding needed for land treatment and restoration efforts that can help prevent fires from starting in the first place.  New research that will be presented confirms the critical need to maintain treatment and restoration efforts that often go unfinished when funding is diverted to pay for fighting fires.

You can listen to Senator Wyden’s comments below:

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Neon Classic weekend and more

FRIDAY

Kicking off the neon classic weekend Tonight the cruise in downtown The Dalles. Enjoy vintage and muscle cars alike as they “cruise the gut” downtown The Dalles from 6pm until the last car around the loop. This event is free for spectators.Tune in to Gorge Country Media’s Y-102 at 102.3 FM for four hours of classic car songs and vintage car and gasoline commercials, some dating back to the 1930s.

Ananas and the Papas upstairs at Gorge Community 410 East Second Street Music 7 pm tonight playing original material and groovy tunes from all over the planet. Tickets $8

Musical Oklahoma Hood River Middle School 7L30 tonight and Saturday night. Tickets $20 adults, $15 students, seniors and groups of 10 or more.

The best skies to view the Perseid Meteor Shower are the dark skies near Goldendale, WA, with special viewing at Goldendale Observatory State Park on Friday evening, August 12th until 3 am, Saturday morning. The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. You don’t need to know Perseus to watch the shower; instead, the meteors appear in all parts of the sky. They are typically fast and bright meteors. They frequently leave persistent trains.

SATURDAY

The show in the shade at Sorosis Park, expecting as many as 400 cars. This year Dennis Gage with TV’s My Classic Car. He is expected to select about a half dozen cars to film. Kevin Malcolm and Rodger Nichols from Gorge Country Media will be there playing from their collection of more than 600 car songs and car and gasoline commercials, some going back to the 1930s.

Wasco County Historical Society will present a program by Nancy Gray Proctor on the GRAY CENTURY RANCH at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 13, 2016 at the Moody/Rorick House, 300 W. 13th St. The Dalles. This Ranch, owned by fourth generation Nancy and her sister, Suzy Gray Goolsby, dates back to 1868 and among other things had a connection with Ft. Dalles and its horses. The presentation will be held in the garden behind the house (weather permitting). Bring a lawn chair.

Vintage Dufur Days, formerly the Dufur Threshing Bee. Vintage Dufur Days is a wheat harvest festival, done using old-time machinery, as you would have seen decades ago. Highlights of the Threshing Bee are:

Grange Breakfast. Both Saturday and Sunday, from 6am to 11pm, Breakfast is served at the city park.

The Parade. 10am on Saturday morning, tractors, and more parade down Main Street to kick things off.

Harvesting. This includes vintage tractors and the steam-powered wheat seperator. Go out in the field with the equipment, see it in use, and hear explanations from people who’ve actually used them.

Tractor Pull. This starts Saturday at 1pm. All sorts of old tractors compete to see which machine really has the most power.

Wheelwright Demonstrations. Come see a wagon wheel being made.

Quilt Show. Quilts are shown off in the museum. One quilt will be raffled off. Tickets can be purchased for $1.00 or 6/$5.00.

City of The Dalles Summer Celebration and the Neon Classic Weekend Concert Featuring Stone In Love, the west coast’s hottest tribute to Journey, plus music from Ants In The Kitchen, a 7-piece HORN band that plays a mix of classic 70’s era funk, blues, and soul… but with the tone and force of a ROCK band! Opening the show at 7:00, The Sceptre Brothers. The Sceptre Brothers (formerly The Sceptres) is a four piece band that re-invents the great rock and roll hits of the 60s. Beatles, Stones, Cream, Dylan, Ventures, Zombies, Rascals, Animals, you get the idea. Two scorching lead guitarists, four vocalists, and a killer rhythm section. All ages welcome! Advanced general admission tickets: $15 at The Dalles Chamber office $20 at the gate.

SUNDAY

A great way to wrap up Neon Nights weekend in The Dalles, Oregon. A full day of drag racing at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport, located directly across the Columbia River in beautiful Dallesport, Washington. Open to all racers. Public racing in 1/8 mile racing starting at 10 AM. NHRA rules apply. Vehicle inspection, waiver, consent form required. Friday night inspections in lot across from The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce. Sunday inspections from 8-10 AM at track. Dial-ins till noon. Eliminations begin at noon.

Classic Car Show. The Dufur city park hosts lots of classic cars. Come wander through and look at them! The Car Show runs from 9:30am to 2:30pm on Sunday. Awards will be given out at 2:30pm. Kevin Malcolm and Rodger Nichols from Gorge Country Media will be there playing from their collection of more than 600 car songs and car and gasoline commercials, some going back to the 1930s.

DEA won’t reclassify marijuana but does expand research activities

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration isn’t going to reclassify marijuana and remove it from the list of the most dangerous drugs.

The Drug Enforcement Administration says in a lengthy notice in the Federal Registry that it consulted with the Health and Human Services Department and concluded that marijuana will remain in the class of drugs that have “no accepted medical use in the United States.”

The agency is opening the door to further medical research of the drug by expanding the number of agencies that can legally grow marijuana for research purposes. Currently only researchers at the University of Mississippi have the government’s permission to grow pot.

The DEA says it reviewed the classification for marijuana after requests from the former governors of Rhode Island and Washington state.

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden responded this way: “The federal government’s decision just flies i the face of choices made by Oregon voters. I think that’s a mistake. The one plus it seems to me is that research is going to be allowed to continue and that will give us the opportunity to accelerate the date when this misguided federal policy is turned around.”