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Lead stories

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A holiday contrast: Santa is not Savior

No lump of coal from Christ

County to exit health district

Shortly after public health district officials left the room unawares, the Wasco County Commission voted unanimously Dec. 17 to leave the health district, after checking that it was permissible to take the vote even though the topic was not on the agenda.

Flood watch issued

A flood watch has been issued, and remains in effect from now through Monday afternoon. The warning includes all cities in the readership area of The Dalles Chronicle.

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September bird deaths explained

Eight birds were reported killed in the September incident at The Dalles Transportation Center, which caused a temporary evacuation of the facility.

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US agriculture has big appetite for Cuba trade

Fewer barriers could help growers export

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Editorial cartoons from Dec 21

Editorial cartoons from Dec. 21, 2014

Letter to the editor: Christmas spirit

To the editor: I would like to take this opportunity to thank Andy Nichols and his team Rachel, Britney, Fred and Charlene for the beautiful blown glass Christmas tree (Darcy’s Tree) that they donated to the Festival of Trees. They started working on it in May.

Letter to the editor: Deeply disappointed

To the editor: I'm so deeply disappointed with my country. In this holiday season with “Peace on Earth” and “Joy to the World” is just so hilariously hippocritical in regards to our murderous behavior.

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Editorial: County decision lacked transparency

Wasco County has been at odds with the North Central Public Health District almost since its inception five years ago, calling all along for more information and less defensiveness from its director.

News

    For the record, Dec. 19

    Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Dec. 19

    Eugene man gets 5 years

    EUGENE (AP) — A man who taught for 16 years at a Eugene school and was president of the Sheldon Babe Ruth league was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

    Clemency granted

    President Barack Obama has granted clemency to 20 people, including two from Oregon.

    Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

    BUTTE, Montana (AP) — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.

Sports

    Martin, Coles lead Sherman’s road romp

    Coming off a physical home win Tuesday against Lyle-Wishram, the No. 11-ranked Sherman Huskies were no worse for the wear at the start of tournament action Friday versus Triad.

    WC girls lose by a 32-23 margin

    The Stanfield Tigers bolted out of the gates with a 21-10 halftime lead and held off a late South Wasco County rally for a 31-22 win Friday in a girls’ hoops game in Stanfield.

    SWC can’t contain Stanfield

    The South Wasco County Redsides had four players hit double digits, but the team shot 8 for 25 on three pointers, committed 15 turnovers and managed a 4 for 13 split from the free throw line in a 69-58 loss to Stanfield Friday in a non-league boys’ basketball matchup in Stanfield.

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    Riverhawks win a nailbiter

    Girl’s hoops team rebounds in second half to post a 40-37 comeback win

Gorge Life

    Cause of shellfish deaths complex

    Could the solution to ocean acidification and its deadly effects on shellfish lie in a bottle of Tums?

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    Oregon scientist helps craft ‘family tree’ for birds

    When it comes to the science of speech, it turns out birdbrains aren’t so simple. A Portland researcher and more than 200 colleagues across the globe recently finished a project establishing a family tree for the world’s birds.

    Memories of a Christmas truce in WWI

    PLOEGSTEERT, Belgium — With British and German forces separated only by a no-man's land littered with fallen comrades, sounds of a German Christmas carol suddenly drifted across the frigid air: “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht” (“Silent Night, Holy Night”).

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    Christmas towns, and more

    Sheila Cordero has been collecting Christmas houses, nativity scenes, and more for 45 years

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Latest blogs

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    On bikes, boys and cameras

    My first camera was a simple, manual camera with a normal view, 55mm lens. It was cheap. I used it to photograph anything and everything. For a time I stuck with black and white film, and felt myself an artist. This bicycle is a good example of my work from ...

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    Corporate Ladders

    By the time I finished playing with this photograph, it bore such little resemblance to reality I decided to name it "Corporate Ladders" after that mythical instrument by which one is said to, by virtue of great effort and talent, improve one's career. Photo copyright Mark B. Gibson

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    On cows, boys and cameras

    I've been working recently on "A Rancher's Life," an ongoing series in the Chronicle, and as I listened to the bellowing cattle at a Maupin area ranch I was reminded of the very first roll of film I ever shot and developed. It was eighth grade, I was taking an ...

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    Gone mobile...

    I remember a newspaper cartoon I saw years ago, showing a "war correspondent" type photojournalist, rough and careworn, wearing a photo vest and holding out a tiny, goofy-looking cell phone. It was funny, the idea that someone with a cell phone could capture hard breaking news. I had it on ...

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    Happy hungry holidays!

    It's late November, and as food banks struggle to fill the gap created by a $5 billion monthly reduction in food stamps across the nation, the financial sector continues to swell and pulse under the stimulating hand of an $85 billion monthly handout, with stock markets reaching record highs and ...

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    Fall colors

    Leaves of a big leaf maple are brilliantly yellow along Mill Creek Road south of The Dalles, pictured here against the trunk of a ponderosa pine. Copyright Mark B. Gibson Big leaf maples are one of my favorite trees, with their, huge swooping buds in early spring, leafy umbrellas in ...