Stories for December 2012


Friday, December 28

Sanda convinced by faith healing trip

Clyde Sanda purposely didn’t read up on John of God, a famed faith healer in Brazil, before he went down to see him in September to mark his 60th birthday. He wanted to experience and evaluate for himself the healer made famous by Oprah. He came away convinced, noting that the three things he sought help on have all improved.

December 28, 2012 3:58 p.m. read more..

China mandates visiting elderly parents

BEIJING (AP) — Visit your parents. That’s an order. So says China, whose national legislature on Friday amended its law on the elderly to require that adult children visit their aged parents “often” — or risk being sued by them.

December 28, 2012 3:31 p.m. read more..

Arizona sheriff plans to arm volunteers

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona sheriff has announced plans to deploy an armed volunteer posse to protect Phoenix-area students in the wake of the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

December 28, 2012 3:27 p.m. read more..

Looming Longshormen strike would be costly

NEW YORK (AP) — Shipments of products as varied as flat-screen TVs, sneakers and snow shovels could sit idle at sea or get rerouted, at great time and expense, if more than 14,000 longshoremen go on strike as threatened — a wide-ranging work stoppage that would immediately close cargo ports on the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico to container ships.

December 28, 2012 3:18 p.m. read more..

Thursday, December 20

Morelli duo surges SWC to victory

Still licking their wounds after a 0-2 tournament run last weekend in Culver, the South Wasco County Redsides came out with a sense of purpose against Griswold.

December 20, 2012 10:45 a.m. read more..

Cowboys wrangled by TD defense

The Dalles Wahtonka head coach Bob Townsend and all-league center Grayson Byers said this part of the season is very important for the Eagle Indians. Tuesday put this group on a good path.

December 20, 2012 8:53 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 18


Cell tower workers stranded on Steens

Update: Workers reported rescued Tuesday afternoon. PORTLAND — Four cellphone tower workers stranded by a storm on Steens Mountain in southeast Oregon have holed up in a concrete block building at about 9,000 feet, where they had food, water and heat, authorities said Monday.

December 18, 2012 4:34 p.m. read more..

Olympia eyes transient rules

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — At its last meeting of the year Tuesday night the Olympia City Council is considering further restrictions on transients sitting on sidewalks and camping downtown.

December 18, 2012 4:30 p.m. read more..

Officials track tsunami dock off Washington coast

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal, state and tribal officials are attempting to track a large dock that was reported drifting off the coast of Washington state, one of potentially hundreds of objects that could wash up along the West Coast

December 18, 2012 4:28 p.m. read more..

Kitzhaber posts energy plan

SALEM (AP) — Gov. John Kitzhaber has released a final draft of his plan to wean Oregon off fossil fuels and increase the use of renewable energy.

December 18, 2012 4:26 p.m. read more..

Donations sought for Sherman School Library's Mitten Tree

Donations of gloves, mittens, hats and scarves of all sizes will be used to decorate the Sherman School library’s annual “Mitten Tree.” Organizers are also requesting warm throws and blankets to place under the tree. All donated items will be given to the local food bank and other agencies which serve Sherman County. For more information call 541-565-3279.

December 18, 2012 4:15 p.m. read more..

Snow storm blankets much of Pacific Northwest

SEATTLE — The strongest Northwest storm of the season blew in early Monday on winds that gusted to more than 80 mph on the coast, knocking out power in places and creating blizzard-like conditions in the mountains.

December 18, 2012 3:55 p.m. read more..

Hwy 97 crash north of Redmond leaves two dead

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Saturday evening’s two-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 97 north of Redmond that resulted in the death of two people and injuries to a third person.

December 18, 2012 3:32 p.m. read more..

The Dalles Mayor Wilcox moving on

The term of The Dalles Mayor Jim Wilcox is winding down and his farewell speech at the final council meeting of his term also served as a literary lesson. That came as no surprise to city officials or the 25-member audience because the mayor has opened every meeting by reading a quote by founding father Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, or another notable figure in history.

December 18, 2012 3:16 p.m. read more..

Friday, December 14


Child and Family Center Holding Respite Day

On Dec. 15 Mid-Columbia Child and Family Center is holding a Holiday Season Respite Day for families of children ages 3-12 who have developmental, physical, mental and related disorders. Their siblings are also welcome. The center will be providing crafts, games, story time and a visit from Santa at Wonder Works from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.

December 14, 2012 1:55 p.m. read more..

Huge DNA code of the Christmas tree revealed

To millions of people, the Christmas tree is a cheerful sight. To scientists who decipher the DNA codes of plants and animals, it’s a monster. We’re talking about the conifer, the umbrella term for cone-bearing trees like the spruce, fir, pine, cypress and cedar. Apart from their Yuletide popularity, they play big roles in the lumber industry and in healthy forest ecosystems.

December 14, 2012 1:49 p.m. read more..

Final hearing in Seattle on coal export plant

After six hearings around Washington on a proposed coal export terminal near Ferndale, supporters and opponents already knew their lines for Thursday’s final meeting, which was moved to the state convention center because it can accommodate 3,500 people.

December 14, 2012 1:45 p.m. read more..

Hood River Walmart expansion denied

The deciding vote in what is likely to be a precedent-setting land use decision was cast by someone who didn’t even expect to be voting when she walked into the city council chambers. With Kate McBride’s tie-breaking vote the Hood River City Council, by a 4-3 vote, denied Walmart’s attempt to expand its Hood River store by 30,000 square feet. And with that vote, another layer of controversy was added to a process that has already seen plenty.

December 14, 2012 1:29 p.m. read more..

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