Jesse Burkhardt

Government reporter

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J.D. Jesse Burkhardt is the government reporter for The Dalles Chronicle.

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Wheatland takes root in TD

Insurance firm expands into agricultural community

The managers of Pendleton-based Wheatland Insurance Center long ago realized that setting up a branch office in The Dalles made good sense, because Wheatland focuses on providing farm and crop insurance for rural, agricultural communities. And the expanding company made its move early this year.

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New A.D. knows value of sports

Matt Morgan is ready to get to work. Morgan, the new athletic director/vice principal at The Dalles High School, was hired July 26 and is already serving in his new role.

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‘Sole sharing’ to help high school runners

Running shoes don’t come cheap these days, and not every high school student has a budget that can cover the cost of new footwear. “I have started a shoe drive where we are asking for anyone with gently used, or new, running shoes laying around, to donate them to benefit the runners at the high school. The shoes we collect would benefit The Dalles High School cross country and track teams,” explained Angela Hanson, whose daughter, Emily Johnson, will be on the school’s cross country team this fall and the track team in the spring.

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Stevens brings fresh approach to TD basketball

New girls’ basketball coach at The Dalles High School preaches defense, eliminating errors

Brian Stevens, the new head coach for The Dalles High School girls’ basketball team, said he has a simple motto that reflects his philosophy about the sport. “Basketball is a game of mistakes,” Stevens said. “The team that makes the fewest mistakes usually wins.”

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TD dancers finish first in Seaside

A visit to the Oregon coast proved to be very rewarding for members of the Dance Club Academy from The Dalles. The team of dancers — who ranged in age from 8 to 18 — competed at the grand championships in Seaside on the Aug. 4-5, and placed first in every category.

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Gym fundraiser honors boy who died

CrossFit The Dalles had personal connection with Parker Perkins, 4

It’s a workout for a good cause. This coming Friday, Aug. 11, CrossFit The Dalles will engage in a day-long fundraiser for the family of Parker Lee Perkins, a 4-year-old boy from The Dalles who died July 30 as a result of an off-road vehicle accident near Goldendale, Wash. Two CrossFit coaches – Hailey Tenneson and Britt Gannon – came up with the idea because Parker Perkins’ aunt, Michelle Austin, regularly works out at CrossFit, which is located at 312 Court St. in downtown The Dalles.

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Pickleball taking off in The Dalles

CGCC will offer class starting in September

There’s a new sport in town, and it’s one most people have probably never heard of before. The sport is called “pickleball,” and has a playing court that uses the dimensions and layout of a badminton court with a net and rules similar to tennis.

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City revokes A&P site permit

Owner asks city for more time to comply

Citing a failure of the business to comply with conditions of its site plan permit, The Dalles Planning Department has revoked the “site plan review” permit for A&P Recycling. The key issues the city wants to clear up are the company’s method of outside storage and lack of screening.

Real estate office adds key staffer

Strong market fuels growth

In a small sign of a thriving real estate market in The Dalles, Columbia Gorge Real Estate is making a new hire to keep up with strong business levels.

City reverses water ruling

New business gets green light for hookup outside city limits

The Dalles City Council reversed an earlier decision and voted to allow a commercial water hookup for a business that wants to locate outside city limits.

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