Stories for April 2013

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Tuesday, April 30

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Astro-graph for May 1

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 by Bernice Bede Osol Conditions that have a direct effect on your material well-being are likely to show a marked improvement in the year ahead. Luck will be on your side.

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Bridge: Bidding has it’s surprises

Is bidding 10 percent what your partner bids and 90 percent how you respond to it? Not really; it ought to be an equal division of labor.

Ask Dr. K: Help for wandering alzheimer’s sufferers

DEAR DOCTOR K: My husband has Alzheimer’s disease. Last week he left the house, and it took us hours to find him. How can I prevent him from wandering again? DEAR READER: One of the most dangerous and distressing symptoms of Alzheimer’s is wandering. It may seem unfathomable that a person might suddenly get up at night to go to the post office, or leave home at any hour for no apparent reason. The inability to control wandering is what often drives families to decide to place a loved one in a nursing home.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Reduced washing costs can help fill the gap

I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that last minute congressional decisions in 2012 resulted in a 2 percent cut in everyone’s take-home pay beginning 2013. That hurts! I immediately began thinking where ordinary households could cut the cost of goods and services they’re paying for now to make up for the loss of income. You may already know what I’m thinking: laundry detergent. No, really. Laundry detergent! By reducing your per-load cost for detergent from $.35 or more to just $.03, you’ll have made a good start in recovering the lost income.

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Senior News: Planning with medical insurance in limbo

Do you expect you will ever need long term care services? And knowing that Medicare does not cover long term care, are you prepared to pay for it, i.e. long term care insurance or personal assets?

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Photos from the 2013 Northwest Cherry Festival

Photos from the 2013 Northwest Cherry Festival.

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Obama: US still not sure who used chem weapons

Obama says military action is on table if Syria used these agents WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama strongly suggested Tuesday he’d consider military action against Syria if it can be confirmed that President Bashar Assad’s government used chemical weapons in the two-year-old civil war.

Man struggles with schizophrenia: Mother critical of services

Mother is critical of mental health services For awhile he thought he was a grizzly bear. Recently, a sore on his back caused him to first think his spine had disappeared, and then that his mother had stabbed him.

Union Street rail crossing closed Amy 9

Union Street will be closed to all traffic at the West First and Union railroad crossing from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 9. The city will be partnering with Union Pacific to cut out and repave the approach to the tracks.

Wasco County to hear festival permit

The Wasco County Board of Commissioners is holding a hearing May 1 at 2 p.m. in the PUD meeting room, 2345 River Rd., to gather public comment on a mass gathering permit application.

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Editorial cartoons for April 30

Editorial cartoons for April 30, 2013.

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Editorial: A friend may make the difference

When the news that the Boston Marathon bombing suspects were immigrants became public, many immigration advocates cringed at the timing.

Letter to the Editor: Unsuitable

Unsuitable To the editor: The Dalles City Council has recently demonstrated how much they are pro-tax and out-of-touch with the citizens of our community.

Letter to the Editor: Jones is the one

To the editor: Dave Jones, presently on the D-21 School Board, is unquestionably the man to vote for to remain on the board — with integrity and good common sense. Why? He has served as a high school principal with great competence and integrity.

Letter to the Editor: Nerdin for schools

To the editor: Editor, It is no secret our public schools are struggling financially and our children’s education should be a priority. Dedicated and Informed school board members are a must. I am happy to hear that “Eric Nerdin”, a member of our community has made the decision to run for District 21 School Board.

Obama administration simplifies health care form

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first draft was as mind-numbing as a tax form. Tuesday the Obama administration unveiled simplified application forms for health insurance benefits under the federal health care overhaul.

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National news in brief

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he’s going to try again to close down the prison for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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Collapsed building owner’s property to be seized

SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) — A top Bangladesh court on Tuesday ordered the government to “immediately” confiscate the property of a collapsed building’s owner, as thousands of protesters demanding death penalty for the man clashed with police, leaving 100 people injured.

Fruit-damaging fly could hit record numbers

CORVALLIS — The spotted wing drosophila fly, which lays its eggs in fruit and makes it unmarketable, could reach record population levels in the Pacific Northwest this year, according to Oregon State University researchers.

What's Happening from April 30

New Entries FUNDRAISER: The Columbia Gorge Children’s Advocacy Group, a nonprofit organization that provides child abuse assessment services in the Mid-Columbia region, is holding a fundraiser Thursday, May 4, from 7 to 10 p.m., in the Springhouse Cellar Winery, 13 Railroad Ave. (1st and Cascade) in Hood River. Cost is $20 for adults. Live music will be performed by Tim Mayer. The event features appetizers and a no-host wine and beer bar. A silent and live auction features vacation rentals at the Oregon Coast and Disneyland, as well as a guided fishing trip, private cooking lessons and art created by professionals and area students.

Tax board members sought

The Wasco County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants for the Wasco County Board of Property Tax Appeals (BOPTA).

Take a second look at veteran’s benefits

If you have previously been discouraged about working through the VA system, now is a good time to renew your efforts. Wasco County Veterans’ Services is here to help you in obtaining any benefits you may have earned through your service in the Armed Forces. Successful claims can be life-changing and you owe it to yourself and your spouse to find out just where you stand.

History from Below workshop in town May 5

The Rural Organizing Project’s History from Below workshop stops at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center classroom Sunday, May 5, from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Report highlights high preschool costs in Oregon

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon enrolls relatively few children in state-funded prekindergarten classes but spends more per student than every state except New Jersey, according to an annual report on the nation’s preschools. The rankings from the National Institute for Early Education Research are almost identical to the ones Oregon received last year and are similar to the institute’s initial report a decade ago.

CGCC awaits final report: Officials hope autonomy will soon be granted

Officials hope autonomy will soon be granted Columbia Gorge Community College officials hope the last hurdle has been cleared to achieve independent status after five years of a rigorous self-examination process.

Roommate dispute ends in stabbing

Victim of April 29 knife attack remains in critical condition A man from The Dalles was arrested early Monday morning for allegedly stabbing his roommate following a verbal dispute that turned into a physical altercation.

For the Record, April 30

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for April 30, 2013.

The Dalles Wahtonka releases first semester honor roll

The Dalles Wahtonka releases first semester honor roll.

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Windmills show student ingenuity at CGCC event

High schoolers build turbines for challenge Nineteen high school students from The Dalles, Maupin, Lyle and Klickitat gathered recently at Columbia Gorge Community College to test their technology and science skills in the second annual High School Wind Challenge on April 20.

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Sonrise students shine during convention

Competition nets 29 medals for kids Students at Sonrise Academy in The Dalles came away with memories, new friends and 29 medals during a recent set of competitions for students in private Christian schools in the region.

Bill would force firms to remove wave-energy buoys

SALEM (AP) — Oregon lawmakers don’t want the state to get stuck with the bill if a wave-energy company installs equipment off shore and then goes belly up. The Senate voted unanimously Monday to require that companies experimenting with wave energy in Oregon’s territorial waters show they have enough money to recover their equipment when they’re done with it. They’d be required to remove the equipment within two years of decommissioning it. The bill now goes to the House.

Former University of Oregon student held in North Korea

EUGENE (AP) — A U.S. tour operator who has been detained in North Korea since November attended the University of Oregon.

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Northest news in brief

SEATTLE (AP) — A year after anarchists went on a rampage in downtown Seattle, organizers of Wednesdays’ May Day march hope the focus turns back to reforming the nation’s immigration laws. “There’s always a worry that some groups may want to take advantage,” Maru Mora, one of the organizers, said of the possibility of more disruptive activity this year. “But no, it’s more about ensuring that people pay attention to Congress.”

Ranger offense busts loose

The Dufur Rangers moved themselves to within a half game of first place in the Blue Mountain Conference after posting a pair of lopsided wins over Heppner Saturday in varsity baseball play in Heppner.

Sherman loses two to Stanfield

After two losses over the weekend over first-place Stanfield, the Sherman Huskies three games behind Irrigon and Pilot Rock have four games remaining to earn a shot at a district berth.

Tribe softballers split

Still stinging from a 3-0 opening-game loss to Hood River Valley, The Dalles Wahtonka got a two-run home run from all-state catcher Katherine Kramer and Carley Gowdy tossed 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball to lead the Eagle Indians to a 4-1 victory and the Columbia River Conference softball split Saturday in The Dalles.

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Walk-off warriors: Sugg drives in game-winner in two-game sweep

Sugg drives in game-winner to lead No. 4 Eagle Indians to a two-game sweep

Summer and fall salmon seasons set for Columbia River

Summer and fall salmon seasons set for Columbia River

Dry Hollow run is slated

Dry Hollow Vineyards run

NWPRD announces roller hockey signups

Roller Hockey lacing it up

Gorge Roller Girls ready to hit the hardwood once again in Washington

Gorge Roller girls are back in action

Big things coming for OHSET state equestrian meet

OHSET state meet upcoming

Top numbers put up in annual cherry Blossom 3k, 5k and 10k run/walk

2013 Cherry Blossom Run and Walk 3k, 5k and 10 k distances Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Dry Hollow Elementary School in The Dalles

Monday, April 29

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Discovering Tracy Hill Trail

It seems like Catherine Creek has become my go-to place for spring wildflowers. It has a lot going for it: Four thousand acres of public land packed with 90 species of wildflowers that begin blooming in February with the first appearance of grass widows. The show isn’t over until the last of the western ladies tresses fade away in early July.

Saturday, April 27

Senate bill targets large compounding pharmacies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Large specialty pharmacies like the one that triggered a deadly meningitis outbreak last year would be subject to federal safety inspections and manufacturing standards under a new Senate proposal introduced Friday.

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Bridge: One more rebid problem for opener

South might believe he faces a dilemma in this deal. He opens one club, which might be with only a three-card suit. When his partner responds one heart, should he rebid two clubs to confirm that he has a real club suit, or one spade to show his major?

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Astro-graph for Sunday, April 28

Sunday, April 28, 2013 by Bernice Bede Osol There are strong indications that you will form a powerful alliance in the year ahead that could prove to be helpful to your career. The value of this partnership will depend on your ability to keep it confidential.

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Ask Dr. K: Right words give doctors clues for treating neck pain

DEAR DOCTOR K: My neck hurts, but my doctor hasn’t been able to figure out why. I think if I had the words to better describe my pain, it might give him the clues he needs. Can you help? DEAR READER: Many of my patients have trouble describing their discomfort beyond telling me “it hurts.”

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Village Idiot: Need to plan the marriage, not the wedding

“I got an email today,” Mel told me. “Chardonnay and Jackson are splitting up. They only got married four months ago. It’s so sad. I played guitar at their wedding.” “And you think that’s why they’re splitting up?”

Looking back at April 28 in Wasco County

April 28 20 Years Ago-1993 A partial restoration of inexpensive power means the expected 72 layoffs at Columbia Aluminum will total only 58, officials said. In its first ever power-related layoffs, the plant in late March identified 72 surplus positions, Plant Manager Bill Bell said. Of those positions thus far, 32 have been laid off, he said. Over the next 17 days, 32 downed pots will be placed back in production, Bell said, but 92 of the plant’s 526 pots will stay down.

April 28 in history

Today’s Highlight in History: On April 28, 1788, Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the Constitution of the United States. On this date: In 1758, the fifth president of the United States,

Ignore coal greenhouse effect, says Wyoming Governor

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is asking the White House to disregard pressure from the governors of Washington and Oregon and refuse to evaluate the effects of greenhouse gases that would be emitted by exporting U.S. coal to Asia from ports in the Northwest.

Road work: West Second speeds cut

West Second speeds cut The speed limit will be reduced on West Second Street between Webber and Cherry Heights from Monday, April 29, through Monday, May 13.

What's Happening from April 28

EDUCATION CONVENTION: Oregon Retired Education Association will hold its state convention May 5, 6, and 7 in Hood River. Featured speakers will include Dr. Hilda Rosselli, assistant to Dr. Rudy Crew; Hanna Vaandering, in-coming President-Elect, Director of Consumer Outreach and Education; Leslie Morgan, Wellness Coach.

Oregon Trail Rally launches road race beginning May 3

The Oregon Trail Rally launches Friday, May 3, in Portland, then weekends in the Mid-Columbia May 4-5 with stage segments in Hood River County and on the backroads surrounding Dufur.

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Teddy’s Oregon Roadshow in The Dalles May 14

Teddy's coming! Teddy Roosevelt's Oregon Roadshow, a live performance by historical impersonator Joe Wiegand, will visit The Dalles for a dinner presentation, May 14, 2013, as part of a six-day tour of schools, museums, and historical societies across Oregon.

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Pacific Northwest news in brief

Strange lights, simple answer EUGENE (AP) — It wasn’t the full moon that was fretting the 911 callers from a Eugene, Ore., neighborhood. It was the mysterious lights

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Eugene sees wood product orders rise

Multi-family cabinet orders are among driving factors EUGENE (AP) — Inside three adjacent buildings at Lanz Cabinets in west Eugene, workers are churning out hundreds of cabinets a day for apartments and homes, from Seattle to San Diego.

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Editorial cartoons for April 28

Editorial cartoons for April 28, 2013.

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Editorial: An unreasonable burden to bear

Admittedly, The Dalles City Council was following a certain logic when it decided to tie system development charges for streets, stormwater and sidewalks to lot partition applications.

Commentary: A gathering of presidents

We needed this past week, with its moments of introspection, its reflections on national purpose, its symbols of national concord. Many of them, of course, occurred in Boston, site of terrorism in 2013. One of them occurred in Dallas, site of tragedy in 1963.

Letter to the Editor: Thanks, volunteers

Thanks, volunteers To the editor: On behalf of our Mid-Columbia Medical Center Volunteer Department, I’d like to express appreciation to all of the individuals that currently volunteer or have volunteered for us in years past.

Letter to the Editor:

To the editor: Many thanks to our neighbors for coming to our aid to put out the accidental stubble fire. The tractor and disc were of great value, Phil, also the vineyard people came with a water tank and helpers and the neighbors with their pick-up pumpers pitched in and got the fire put out.

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Extension Cord: Dance with the one that brung ya

Yes, my wife and I (a.k.a. The Professor and Mary Anne) were honored to serve as grand marshals for the 2013 Cherry Festival Parade. And no, it was not a sign the apocalypse is upon us, that the Extension cereals agent was asked to lead that popular cherry-focused event.

Public meetings from April 28

Wasco County Tuesday – Wasco County Emergency Food and Shelter Program board, 2 p.m., Wasco County courthouse basement (Deschutes) meeting room, 511 Washington St., The Dalles. Agenda: consider applications for funding under the emergency food and shelter program. The program has $2,800 to allocate.

Severe Weather Awareness Week in Pacific Northwest

April 28 through May 4 is Severe Weather Awareness week in the Pacific Northwest.

Summer, fall salmon seasons set for Columbia River

CLACKAMAS – Fishery managers have announced 2013 summer and fall salmon and steelhead fishing seasons on the Columbia River.

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Riverside gymnasts are ready to tumble

These top athletes feverish for gold in Grants Pass Coming off several well-balanced performances, local gymnasts are now eyeing the end game in Grants Pass as they go after state treasure.

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Local teams roll out for final push: Equestrians compete in Redmond

Equestrians from The Dalles Wahtonka, Sherman and Dufur compete in Redmond Equestrian teams from The Dalles Wahtonka, Dufur and Sherman had one last opportunity to compete against some top programs in the state with a focus on earning a state berth.

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Abroad in Senegal: Amy Krol helps spread light and healthy words

Education doesn’t always come from a classroom and Amy Krol’s studies took her to Senegal in 2012, where she learned that something as simple as a soda bottle can be seen as a small household miracle by people who need it.

Anglers asked to turn in 2012 tags

SALEM — Anglers have until May 15, to turn in 2012 combined angling tag for a chance to win one of over 100 outdoor products, including a complete drift boat package.

Friday, April 26

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Bridge: With more points bid three times

Or if your pet is ill, call in three vets who are good bridge players. Have a look at the North hand in today’s diagram. It has the same distribution as yesterday’s, 3-1-5-4, and the uncontested auction starts the same way: one diamond — one spade.

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Astro-graph for Saturday, April 27

The possibility of you fulfilling a number of secret ambitions looks to be pretty good in the year ahead. Your sense of timing will be better than it has been in the past.

Everyday Cheapskate: The wealth of a frugal lifestyle

I’ll admit I used to think frugality was a distasteful lifestyle forced upon the poor. I believed “frugal” was synonymous with never buying new clothes and dumpster diving under the cover of night. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. And learn I did — and continue to learn — that the frugal lifestyle is the path to building wealth on any income.

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A Cherry Festival Howdy

Photos from the Northwest Cherry Festival Lip Sync Contest April 26.

Madras gets air museum

PORTLAND (AP) — The Tillamook Air Museum is leaving the coast. The museum located in a massive WWII blimp hangar off Highway 101 houses vintage aircraft owned by Erickson Group, and it attracts about 70,000 visitors annually.

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Hinatsu wins six-state gymnastics title

It was a miracle. That’s how gymnastics coach Candy Smith chalked it up. Smith watched 13-year-old Audrey Hinatsu of The Dalles blaze through the United States Gymnastic Association’s (USGA) regional final in Seattle earlier this month.

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Boy injured in crash

A CROWD of students heading home from school gathered at 12th and Kelly streets Thursday afternoon where an injury crash occurred.

Man LifeFlighted after motorcycle crash

A The Dalles man was LifeFlighted to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Thursday evening from rural The Dalles after a motorcycle crash.

State tackles The Dalles city fees: No other Oregon city charges so much

No other Oregon city charges so much for lot partitioning John and Gerry Dennee could not afford the $52,111 bill levied by the City of The Dalles if they partitioned their East 10th Street property to create two lots instead of one.

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Celilo Chapter DAR hosts state regent

The local Daughters of the American Revolution Celilo Chapter hosted State Regent Ellen Hopkins for a reception and tea party April 17 at the Adult Center in Hood River.

What's Happening from April 26

New Entries PLANT SALE: Covenant Christian Academy and Vanguard Nursery of Bingen are hosting a Community Plant Sale Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the former Griffith Motors lot downtown at Third and Laughlin streets.

Scenic highway closed for restoration work

The Historic Columbia River Highway and the landmark Vista House is closed through May 23 as the year-long highway restoration project nears completion.

‘Travel through time’ tour of eastern Columbia Gorge set for May 24

Oregon State University Extension Service is sponsoring a spring tour, “Travel Through Time and Territory,” Friday, May 24. The public is invited to this annual event, which is hosted by the Wasco and Hood River County Home Extension Council.

T-Dub linksters rough it out

Ortega, Glesener each card a 96 to lead Tribe to seventh The golf scores were a little higher than expected, but The Dalles Wahtonka golf coach Kent Smith saw some improvements made on Thursday at the Prineville Boy’s Golf Invitational on Meadow Lakes Golf Course.

Rangers keep finding ways to come up gold

Horizon Christian came back from a 9-2 deficit to tie the score in the sixth inning, but Dufur scored three runs in the seventh and Cole Parke escaped a late jam to give the Rangers a 12-11 victory Wednesday in Blue Mountain Conference baseball play in Hood River.

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Slugger hardballers ready for tournament

Local teams host annual BB Festival event on Saturday WITH SCHEDULE The Dalles Sluggers are back in action this spring for an exciting brand of competitive Junior Baseball Organization play that is bringing the baseball community to a fever pitch.

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All eyes set on a Cherry Crush repeat run

14U Cherry Crush softball team has reloaded roster in place for successful 2013 All 13 players on this 14U Cherry Crush softball team have experienced the exhilaration of winning a state championship. It was a magical moment and a breakthrough for The Dalles’ premier traveling softball program.

Oregon bars with patios dodge time rule

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregonians who like to drink outdoors on a summer evening won a reprieve on Thursday.

Ex-election worker gets 90 days in tampering case

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — A former Clackamas County elections worker has been sentenced to 90 days in jail after admitting she tampered with two ballots in the days before the November election.

Four arrested in Linn County kidnapping case

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — Linn County authorities say a fourth person has been arrested in the case of a 20-year-old woman who said she was sexually assaulted and held against her will last weekend.

Oregon budget: What comes next?

SALEM— Republicans may have defeated Democrats’ first stab at raising taxes on corporations and the rich this week, but that doesn’t mean tax increases are out of the picture.

For the Record April 26

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for April 26, 2013.

Palestinian Christians battle for Israel

BEIT JALA, West Bank (AP) — Palestinians in this Christian village are hoping the new pope can succeed where others have failed — pressing Israel to drop plans to build a stretch of its West Bank separation barrier through their picturesque valley.

Church news in brief

Faith Lutheran Faith Lutheran Church is having an organ concert this Sunday, April 28, at 4 p.m., with Portland organist Helen Hollenbeck and Baroque trumpeter Murray Zenk, of White Salmon.

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National Day of Prayer arrives May 2

The National Day of Prayer, a presidentially proclaimed annual event since 1952, is set for Thursday, May 2, at 5:30 p.m. at Sorosis Park.

Thursday, April 25

Fire district finishes strategic planning

Fostering positive working relationships at Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue is a priority objective of its just-completed five-year strategic plan.

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Astoria police pig in the Pink

ASTORIA, (AP) — The Astoria Police Department’s concrete pig is back in the pink and ready for another 20 years of duty.

A ‘breath of fresh air’ in Boston

The news that the Boston Marathon bombing suspects were no longer on the loose was a “huge breath of fresh air” to Sam Vawter, but he says reminders of the tragedy are still very present around Boston.

Parks and Rec plans pool bond in November

North Wasco County Park and Recreation District voters will be asked in November to fund a new swimming pool to replace the failing facility at Thompson Park. The “bare bones” bond proposal will seek money to replace the pool, the whole pool, and nothing but the pool.

Hilton eyes Granada block

Franchise needs deal to move A representative of Hilton Hotels and Resorts told city officials Monday that the company is interested in siting a Hampton Inn in downtown The Dalles.

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Brewer’s Grade invites guests to video shoot Saturday

Just over two months after launching the band’s rebranding, Brewer’s Grade has officially announced the upcoming release of their debut single, “Write a Song About Her.”

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Arts and entertainment from April 25

One big party is what people will find in The Dalles this weekend for the Northwest Cherry Festival. It starts tonight with the Lip Sync at The Dalles Wahtonka High School Auditorium and continues all through the weekend with a parade, a carnival, a fun run, a car show, live music, a home show, an open air market and even a video shoot. The Northwest Cherry Festival packs in the fun and you won’t want to miss a minute.

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Editorial cartoons for April 25

Editorial cartoons for April 25, 2013.

Commentary: Supreme Court saves our privacy

I’d feared that, after George W. Bush and Dick Cheney and, even worse, Barack Obama, the Fourth Amendment’s protection of our personal privacy had nearly vanished. But on April 17, a majority of the Supreme Court, ruling in Missouri v. McNeely, remembered a fundamental liberty we lost during the British occupation that helped ignite the American Revolution.

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Editorial: Rodeo fans, Consider the animals

East Oregonian, April 19, on why rodeo fans should consider welfare of animals: A bill that bans horse tripping yet reaffirms the “right to rodeo” has passed the Oregon Senate, with backing from the Pendleton Round-Up and its supporters. It is a change in stance from the Round-Up board, who were against a similar proposal in 2011 because they thought it may be the first step down a slippery slope to outlawing calf and steer roping — two of the rodeo’s signature events.

For the Record April 25

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for April 25, 2013.

Feds accept petition on captive orca Lolita

SEATTLE (AP) — The federal government has agreed to accept a petition that asked to have captive killer whale Lolita included in the endangered species listing for Puget Sound orcas.

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Northwest news in brief

SALEM (AP) — Oregon’s top legislative budget officials say they haven’t seriously discussed dropping health insurance coverage for part-time state workers to shift some of their costs to the federal government.

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Fast start fuels resurgent Husky baseball squad

Coleman gets three hits and tosses four-hitter in tough 6-4 triumph When he is not running, jumping or hurdling, Sherman junior Nick Coleman is one of the top baseball players in the Blue Mountain Conference. Tuesday, he proved it.

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Tribe boys tennis is running hot with a passion

Santillan and Vasquez put forth top run to lead TDW to 6-2 victory There were only two blemishes on the slate Wednesday for The Dalles Wahtonka boy’s tennis team, those six other matches were lopsided blowouts.

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Taking those necessary steps: TDW girl’s tennis shows improvement

TDW girl’s tennis team shows vast improvement in senior match versus Hood River Although the final tally of a 7-1 loss was a carbon copy of the last time The Dalles Wahtonka played against Hood River Valley, girl’s tennis coach Debby Jones noticed better play from her determined squad. Anna Miller won her No. 1 singles match and the Eagle Indians came close in a few others in a 7-1 league loss on senior night Wednesday in The Dalles.

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Bridge: It can be right to raise with three

Bridge players do not need to practice that often — but it would be beneficial if they did.

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Astro-graph for Thursday, April 25

Thursday, April 25, 2013 by Bernice Bede Osol In the year ahead, you could somewhat reluctantly enter into a partnership arrangement. However, even though in your eyes it won’t be ideal, it could end up producing numerous and unexpected benefits.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Choose wisely when building credit

Dear Mary: I am 24 and will be a senior in college next year. I plan to apply for my first credit card to start building credit. I am also planning on traveling, so I would like a card that can be used abroad.

Ask Dr. K: Women still need a pap test, just not as often

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m a woman in my 30s, and I’ve never had an abnormal Pap test. Do I still need one every year? DEAR READER: The answer used to be yes. This helped ensure that you had regular Pap tests to screen for cervical cancer. But new guidelines recommend less frequent Pap tests for younger women, and no Pap tests for many older women.

Physician assistant ranks grow in Malheur

County has just 58 percent of state average for per capita doctors

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Skamania zip lines give unique view of gorge

VANCOUVER, Wash. — The first step off the ledge, as your stomach plummets, is the scariest. But, sometimes you have to trust in your harness, your helmet and your gut to bring on the adrenaline rush.

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Columbia River Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend Fishing Opportunities: Spring chinook angling is open above Bonneville Dam. Walleye anglers are having some success in The Dalles and John Day pools. Sturgeon anglers are catching keepers in the Portland area. Effective April 1, the annual sturgeon bag limit is two legal white sturgeon.

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Northeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler Counties The signs of spring are all here in the Heppner area. Sandhill cranes have been seen heading north for the summer. The official first sign of spring for the Heppner area, a Say’s phoebe has been seen and heard in the area. The earliest of our summer migrants are starting to appear.

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Northeast Zone weekly hunting report

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

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Northeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities Spring has arrived in the Hermiston area, McNary, Hatrock and Tatone ponds continue to be stocked and should provide a good early season fishing opportunity. The road to Magone Lake is open and early season fishing for brook trout should be good. Peach and Roulet ponds will be stocked with larger, one-pound trout this week.

Southeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Harney County Waterfowl spring migration has slowed and most white geese and white-fronted geese have headed migrated north. Pintail, shoveler, wigeon, mallard, gadwall, green-winged teal, cinnamon teal and a variety of diver species can still be viewed in good numbers. Sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin.

Southeast Zone weekly hunting report

OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING TURKEY

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Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Mann Lake continues to put our 16-inch cutthroats. Krumbo Reservoir will be stocked with 15,000 legal-sized trout in time for this weekend’s opener. The best fishing on Thompson Reservoir can be in the spring when water temperatures remain below 65 F. Haines and North Powder ponds will be stocked with larger, one-pound trout this week.

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Central Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Wasco and Sherman counties The Lower Deschutes River provides ample wildlife viewing opportunities. California Bighorn Sheep are frequently observed in the canyon and can provide fantastic viewing this time of year. The best spot to view sheep is from the BLM access road just downstream and across the river from Sherar’s Falls (along Hwy 216).

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Central Zone weekly hunting report

OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE. SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

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Central Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Spring chinook on the Hood River opened on April 15. Pinehollow and Rock Creek reservoirs have been stocked recently and fishing should be good for rainbow trout.

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Willamette Zone wildlife viewing

VALLEYWIDE Wild turkeys are actively strutting and courting during this time of year. These birds were introduced into Oregon from other parts of the US where they are native. These birds are widely established in the foothills around the edge of the Willamette Valley. Look for them where there is a mix of wooded areas and pastures.

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Willamette Zone hunting weekly report

WILLAMETTE ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY Mandatory Reporting Thanks to all hunters who reported their 2012 tags on time. Hunters who did not report 2012 deer and elk tags on time will pay a $25 penalty fee when they purchase a 2014 hunting license. If your 2012 deer and elk hunts extend into 2013, you have until April 15, 2013 to report your hunt. More information on reporting http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/reporting/index.asp

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Willamette Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities ODFW will host a Family Fishing Event at the Trojan Pond on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Staff and volunteer instructors will be on hand to help inexperienced anglers learn how to rig and use their gear. The department will loan out rods, reels and tackle to anyone who needs it, on a first-come first-served basis. Spring chinook fishing in the lower Willamette River is moving toward its peak. Steelhead fishing is fair on the North and South Santiam and spring chinook are starting to arrive in the system. Steelhead fishing is fair to good on the Clackamas River Trout stocking is in full swing around the Willamette Valley and Portland metro area. Sites scheduled for stocking this week include Canby Pond, Henry Hagg Lake, Huddleston Pond, Carmen Reservoir, Clear Lake, Coast Fork of the Willamette River, Detroit Reservoir, Dorena Reservoir, EE Wilson Pond, Foster Reservoir, Hills Creek above Hills Creek Reservoir, Junction City Pond, Leaburg Lake, the McKenzie River below Leaburg Lake, Salmon Creek, Salt Creek and Smith Reservoir.

Wednesday, April 24

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Albertsons Comes Tumbling Down in The Dalles

SPECTATORS WATCH as heavy equipment bites into the former Albertsons supermarket building at West Sixth and Cherry Heights. Goodwill has indicated an intent to build a store and other commercial space on the site.

Talent to spare? Community talent show auditions scheduled

Talent to spare? Auditions are April 30 and May 3, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., for a community talent show put on by the leadership class at The Dalles Wahtonka High School.

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Event spotlights Mosier

Benefit helps keep teachers in classrooms Blown glass chandeliers, original paintings, a trip to Hawaii and more will go to the highest bidders Saturday during the annual Made for Mosier auction.

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Growing season also time to trim

Code officer keeps eye out for violators As the weather warms up it’s time to get out those lawn mowers and pruning shears to avoid getting a letter from the city’s codes enforcement office.

Oregon gun bills go to vote

Ferrioli doesn’t expect any to survive Sen. Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day, said four gun control bills are headed for a vote in the Oregon Legislature but he doesn’t expect any to become law.

Free Mother’s Day Discovery Center admission

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center will offer free admission to everyone on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12.

Arlington Jackpot Rodeo kicks off May 11

The Arlington Jackpot Rodeo kicks off its 66th year May 11 and 12 at Arlington. Events will begin Saturday, May 11, with the parade through downtown Arlington at 10 a.m. and the queen’s luncheon immediately following the parade at the United Methodist Church Hall, 150 Hemlock St. Rodeo action begins at 12:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. A cowboy breakfast will be served on Sunday at the Masonic Hall from 7 to 10 a.m.

Solar presentation set May 1 in Sherman County

Sherman County wants to help residents install solar energy collectors on their homes and invites the public to a free dinner presentation May 1 at 6 p.m. at the Sherman County Senior Center in Moro to learn more.

What's Happening from April 24

New Entries LIBRARY BENEFIT: The Friday Night Out library benefit and auction will be Friday, May 3, at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The 21-and-older event will include complimentary pizza, desserts and a glass of wine, beer or other beverage. Auction items include a vintage Benny the Beaver hat from Oregon State, circa 1947, other memorabilia, books, and attraction passes. Tickets are available at Klindt’s booksellers. DAY OF PRAYER: The 62nd Annual National Day of Prayer will be Thursday, May 2, at 5:30 p.m. at Sorosis Park Shelter.

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World and national news in brief

MIAMI (AP) — A U.S. military spokesman says the number of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay labeled as hunger strikers has been raised to 92 based on evaluations by medical personnel at the U.S. base in Cuba.

Aging US in denial about long-term care need

WASHINGTON — We’re in denial: Americans underestimate their chances of needing long-term care as they get older — and are taking few steps to get ready.

Online privacy is evolving. Does it matter to you?

Tech industry finalizes voluntary standards WASHINGTON — Online privacy rules are changing. The question now is how much you’ll care. America’s tech industry is finalizing voluntary disclosure standards on the sensitive information being sucked from your smartphone like your location, surfing habits and contacts. Senate Democrats are pushing for a clearer opt-out button for all online tracking. And Microsoft is offering a new browser that encourages people to block the technology that enables tracking.

Dufur hearing focuses on conditional use fueling station

A public hearing is scheduled to gather comment on a proposed conditional use fueling facility in Dufur. The hearing will be conducted by the Office of State Fire Marshal’s License and Permit Unit on Monday, April 29, at 6 p.m., at Dufur City Council Chambers. Hattenhauer Energy C. LLC has requested the permit for the facility, which would allow residents who sign agreements with the company to fuel their own vehicles.

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Energy Trust boosts business incentives

PORTLAND — Oregon businesses interested in putting the sun to work are getting some help from Energy Trust of Oregon, which has announced it is increasing cash incentives for solar electric systems for businesses while also raising the size limit of systems eligible for incentives.

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JD Audio: all about the sound

Berkoviches provide audio and security installation services Laura and Dan Berkovich of The Dalles recently launched JD Audio, specializing in custom audio installs and auto security.

Word on the Street:

Maslow in action: If you’ve never heard of Maslow’s Heirarchy of Needs, it’s the idea that human motivation is prioritized starting with basic human needs like food, water, breathing, etc., moving on to safety. Only when those fundamental needs are fulfilled can human beings move on to higher motivations like love and belonging, self-esteem and self-actualization (morality, creativity, problem-solving, etc.).

Bill would force super PACs to reveal their donors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senators hope to require political groups to name the donors who spend millions of dollars to influence federal campaigns.

Hanford Reach plants gain environmental protection

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Two plants that only grow in the area of the Hanford Reach National Monument have been listed as endangered species.

Lawmakers have strong PERS ties

SALEM — Oregon House members will vote Wednesday on a Democratic plan to cut inflation adjustments in pension checks for retired government workers — a proposal that has angered Republicans and school board members who say it’s far too timid to curtail the system’s rising costs.

For the Record from April 24

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from April 24.

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Bridge: With more points jump on round two

At the bridge table, if you have the necessary values, sometimes you have to jump. But at least you can do it while staying firmly anchored in your chair.

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Astro-graph for Thursday, April 25

In the year ahead, you could somewhat reluctantly enter into a partnership arrangement. However, even though in your eyes it won’t be ideal, it could end up producing numerous and unexpected benefits.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Creative substitutions that can save money

When Swiffer WetJet hit the market several years ago, consumers went wild for it. I loved my Swiffer, but I did not like the price of the cleaning pads. And my readers didn’t like it, either. They sent me their tips on what they used instead. Some were clever, some too complicated, and some I just can’t repeat.

Ask Dr. K: Remedies relieve knee pain without surgery

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have osteoarthritis of the knee. Are there ways to relieve my knee pain without drugs or surgery? DEAR READER: Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease of the joints. If you were to take an X-ray of every bone in the bodies of people over 50, probably most of us would have some degree of osteoarthritis in some joints.

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Zach Braff taps Kickstarter for film funding

NEW YORK — Since directing “Garden State,” Zach Braff has continually prepared music in an iTunes playlist titled, “For Next Movie.” Nine years and hundreds of saved songs later, Braff hopes he’s finally making his follow-up to “Garden State” — if his fans can help.

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Lio Tunai takes his best shot at the 5A field

Junior tosses a 54’11 to keep big lead in shotput classification All season long, The Dalles Wahtonka’s Lio Tunai and Hood River valley’s Eli Fults have been on a crash course for a duel in the shotput as the state’s best.

TDW softballers cannot contain Pendleton

No. 1 Bucks use hitting, pitching to do their damage When a team pounds out eight hits, but leaves five runners on base and goes 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position, more than likely they are coming out on the short end of the scoreboard.

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No stopping this locomotive

WITH VIDEO CLIP No. 4 T-Dub knocks off Pendleton with a comeback After pulling off a pair of lopsided wins in a doubleheader sweep last weekend in Pendleton, The Dalles Wahtonka coach J.R. Runyon had a hunch things would not unfold in the same manner this time around.

Tuesday, April 23

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Editorial cartoons for April 23

Editorial cartoons for April 23

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2014 Wasco County Distinguished Young Women winners

Photos and results from 2014 Wasco County Distinguished Young Women program.

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Army warns of steeper reductions in troop numbers

WASHINGTON — Senior Army officials warned Tuesday they may have to cut more than 100,000 additional soldiers over the next decade unless automatic spending reductions forcing the military services to slash their budgets are stopped.

Convicted coach returns to court

Angela Lindell violates probation tied to 2012 sex offender sentence Angela Lindell, a former athletic coach at Dufur School District, was back in court Monday for her second probation violation involving alcohol consumption.

Foss Maritime sells Columbia River business to Tidewatger Barge Lines

PORTLAND (AP) — Foss Maritime says it’s selling its Columbia River business to Tidewater Barge Lines and laying off 60 workers.

Pipe bomb found in The Dalles house

Device lacked explosives A pipe bomb that turned out to be empty of explosives was found Sunday morning by renters at 1083 Irvine Street and authorities in The Dalles are seeking the person who left it there.

What's Happening from April 23

New Entries POWER WORKSHOP: “History from Below: Power to the People” is an interactive workshop set for Sunday, May 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. Participants are invited to explore moments when people from rural Oregon — Wasco County in particular — banded together in hopes of changing the course of history. Local historians will share the story of the fight to establish the PUD. The event is set in the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center classroom. RSVPs are requested to sarah@rop.org. CHILDREN’S FUNDRAISER: Spring for Kids, a fundraiser to benefit Columbia Gorge Children’s Advocacy Center is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Springhouse Cellar in Hood River. Live music will be provided by Tim Mayer, appetizers will be served, and live and silent auctions are planned. Adult admission is $20.

Health Foundation golf tourney set in June

The Mid-Columbia Health Foundation is accepting registration for teams and sponsors for the Tournament of Tradition Golf Benefit.

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Skeele collects yarn for Uganda

Tina Skeele is collecting yarn, knitting needles and crochet hooks in The Dalles to help better the lives of women half a world away.

Editorial: Learn from mistakes

The Boston Marathon bombing showed us much about the resilience of Bostonians, but it also showed us weaknesses in the way the modern mainstream media do business.

Commentary: Fueling gorge pollution and competition overseas

By Andrea Rogers, Kate McBride and Dan Spatz For the Chronicle As elected officials in the Columbia River Gorge, we are frequently asked to weigh in on projects that affect our local quality of life. Few, however, present such potentially adverse economic and environmental effects as the continuing expansion of coal shipments. Only a few trains currently transport coal through the gorge, and already we’re seeing the damage caused by coal dust on our landscape and in our waterways.

Letter to the Editor: Terror equation

Terror equation Reminder: Terrorists are to Muslim followers of Islam as Skinheads are to American followers of Christianity.

Letter to the Editor: Jobs At Any Cost?

Jobs At Any Cost? To the editor: If leaking tanks at Hanford meant more jobs for our region, would we support more leaking tanks?

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Students find voice in poetry

Poetry slam draws all ages Twelve poets showed off their skills during the annual poetry slam hosted by North Wasco County School District 21 in honor of National Poetry Month.

Run for the Arts raises over $3,800

Students at Chenowith Elementary School will soon be enjoying a “sound lab” with music-writing software and other perks paid for by their own fundraising efforts. Music teacher Corin Parker said she is pleased by the amount of money the students were able to raise through their “Run for the Arts” events.

School news in brief

Pre-registration for children planning to attend kindergarten next fall in North Wasco County School District 21 will run May 6 through May 10. Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013 to be eligible to attend.

Tribe girls net two tennis wins in Parkrose

The Dalles Wahtonka’s No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams came away with thrilling two-set wins and the singles duo of Anna Miller and Leslie Luna-Lopez put up good fights in losing efforts, as TDW suffered a 7-2 loss to Parkrose Monday in non-league tennis play in Parkrose.

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TDW softball splits with No. 1 Bucks

The Dalles Wahtonka softball coach Steve Garrett called Saturday’s nightcap triumph over No. 1-ranked Pendleton meaningful in many ways.

No. 5 T-Dub baseball hammers Pendleton in a sweep

24-run outburst turns tide in Eagle Indians’ solid road run Having struggled on the road early on this season, The Dalles Wahtonka had an opportunity to get things right with a pivotal two-game set versus Pendleton on Saturday. And they did so in a big way.

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Tribe golfers keep within top pace

Peters, Riggs are still within striking distance of individual state bids The Dalles Wahtonka girl’s golf team sent three golfers out to the links at Bend Golf and Country Club for another test against a solid field of three teams and 18 individuals for the annual Bend Invitational Monday afternoon.

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Alleged Boston bombers reportedly driven by religious fervor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sought to embrace American lives after emigrating from Russia — joining a boxing club, winning a scholarship and even seeking U.S. citizenship. But their uncle last week called them “losers” who failed to feel settled even after a decade of living in the United States.

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World and national news in brief

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces backed by helicopters raided a Sunni protest camp before dawn Tuesday, prompting clashes that killed at least 36 people in the area and significantly intensified Sunni anger against the Shiite-led government.

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Online sales could soon be taxed by states

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tax-free shopping on the Internet could be in jeopardy under a bill making its way through the Senate.

Portland solar company suspends operations

PORTLAND — A government-backed solar power company says it will suspend its Portland operations in June and lay off 29 workers.

Judge: No new trial for Somali American terror suspect

PORTLAND (AP) — A federal judge in Oregon on Monday rejected a defense request for a new trial for a young Somali American convicted in a terrorism case, finding that no serious

Dancing rule draws objections

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Many Port Angeles High School students are declining to attend school dances because of rules known as “Face to Face, Leave Some Space.”

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Kitchen will displace U of O renters

EUGENE (AP) — A new campus central kitchen is expected to displace University of Oregon student renters in a dozen tiny cottages put up after World War II.

For the Record, Tuesday April 23

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from April 23, 2013 Chronicle.

FDA panel split on long-acting testosterone

WASHINGTON — Federal health experts issued a split opinion Thursday on whether a long-acting testosterone injection from Endo Health Solutions is safe.

Airline balks at rehiring pilot after pot test

SEATTLE (AP) — Horizon Air wants a judge to stop a pilot who was fired for using marijuana from returning to the cockpit, a news website said.

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Astro-graph for Tuesday, April 32

Although your material prospects look encouraging, this doesn’t mean that you won’t experience problems during coming months. Be prepared to take the good with the bad.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Is Angie’s list worth paying for?

You’ve seen the ads, received emails and perhaps even visited the website, but do you know who Angie is and why she has a list?

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Bridge: Too many losers? Eliminate one

If you get the maximum of information at the bridge table and use it wisely, you will make the minimum of errors.

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Ask Dr.: I’m trying to hold back the slow, methodical footsteps of time.

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve heard there’s a new test that can help doctors diagnose a heart attack more quickly. Can you tell me about it? DEAR READER: A heart attack is instantly recognizable on TV and in the movies: The actor breaks into a sweat and clutches his heart. But in real life, a heart attack isn’t always so easy to identify.

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I’m no longer the young whipper-snapper I use to be

I’m trying to hold back the slow, methodical footsteps of time. I do all the right things: I wear a pedometer so I know when I reach my 10,000 steps a day; I keep mentally stimulated playing brain games and learning new languages; I now eat whole grains and a variety of fruits and vegetables; and I try to stay socially active by dating numerous women. (No Rita, I am just kidding!).

No-Burn April 23-24, Burn April 25

No-Burn April 23-24, Burn April 25

Monday, April 22

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The Dalles is home to ‘enchantment’: Parade starts 10 a.m. Saturday

Activities center on parade, Fourth Street events The 2013 Northwest Cherry Festival revives some crowd favorites and brings some new elements to the table under this year’s theme, Cherry Enchantment. “We are reviving Little Royal Ann and Royal Andy,” said Lisa Farquharson. “We’re also bringing back King Bing and Queen Ann.”

Sunday, April 21

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Editorial cartoons for April 21

Editorial Cartoons for April 21.

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Across America: chaos, horror — and hope

Modern media has made tragedy inescapable Moment after nail-biting moment, the events shoved us through a week that felt like an unremitting series of tragedies: Deadly bombs. Poison letters. A town shattered by a colossal explosion. A violent manhunt that paralyzed a major city, emptying streets of people and filling them with heavily armed police and piercing sirens.

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Ask Dr. K: Read nutrition labels to find the ‘whole’ truth

DEAR DOCTOR K: These days everything in the supermarket claims to contain whole grains, from sugary cereals to my favorite chips. How do I know which foods are healthy whole grains? DEAR READER: “Whole grain” has become a healthy-eating buzz-phrase, and food companies aren’t shy about using it. But some of the products we buy may not deliver the healthful whole-grain goodness we’re expecting. And if sugary cereals can tout themselves as a whole-grain food, there’s something amiss.

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Astro-graph for Sunday, April 21

In the year ahead, be on the lookout for outmoded ventures that you can transform into something new and useful. Once you begin searching, chances are you’ll uncover quite a few.

Babysitting and first-aid training set for April 29

Learn basic first aid, child development and how it relates to babysitting, business techniques, making nutritious snacks and more at 4-H Babysitting Training, Monday, April 29, through Thursday, May 2, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Training is open to ages 11 and older. Preregistration and pre-payment are required. Cost is $15.

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Bridge: Check the lead to guide the defense

At the bridge table, the use of logic should lead to the correct conclusion.

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Editorial: Gorge commission 2.0?

Some encouraging words are coming out of the Columbia River Gorge Commission of late — words that speak to the concepts of collaboration and problem-solving, rather than top-down regulation.

Extension Cord: Elements of youth development: helpful at any age

I read an article in The Dalles Chamber’s Member Focus written by Jared Sawyer, Board President and was struck by how similar his thoughts regarding employee-business relationships are to the elements that create a positive youth development environment. Perhaps, for us to reach our full potential in all aspects of our lives, these foundational elements always need to be present. There is a strong relationship between four key concepts that are considered to be necessary attributes of youth programs who want to create an environment that is conducive to optimizing youth development.

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Kramer off to Pittsburgh

The Dalles Wahtonka senior receives scholarship to play softball at Div. I level Through a person’s life, they make choices — some good and some bad. Some that could influence life down the road.

Letter to the Editor: What profits man?

What profits man? To the editor: (Edited for length.) The dumbest thing I ever read was a bumper sticker that said: “The person who dies with the most toys wins.” And here is the smartest thing: “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if each of us could have everything we could possibly want. Why? Because then we could discover that owning everything isn’t nearly enough to truly satisfy us for long and we are left still wanting!” Why?

Letter to the Editor: Coal controversy

Coal controversy To the editor: After reading the article in the Tuesday, April 10, edition, I truly felt how some of our local political elected officials are not looking out for the best interest of our community and the environment.

Letter to the Editor: Why Wal-Mart?

Why Wal-Mart? To the editor: I still can’t figure out why we need another Wal-Mart in this area. We already have one in Hood River. This rapacious family of billionaires owns more wealth than 40 percent of the American people.

Looking Back on April 21, Wasco County

Looking Back April 21 20 Years Ago-1993 To assure the Crate’s Point Oregon Trail Exhibit is complete on time, The Dalles Convention and Visitors Bureau is facing the possibility of having to borrow money from the city’s general fund.

New development charges on The Dalles city agenda

Increase would apply to $17M plant upgrades The Dalles City Council will consider Monday whether to raise the charge for sanitary service provided to new or expanding development from the current maximum of $1,789 to $2,572 or somewhere in between.

Public meetings from April 21

Public meetings The Dalles Monday – The Dalles City Council work session, 1 p.m., Wastewater treatment plant, East First and Laughlin Streets, The Dalles. Agenda: tour of wastewater treatment plant; presentation of wastewater capital improvement plan. Monday – The Dalles City Council, 5:30 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers, 313 Court St., The Dalles. Agenda:

Today in history, Sunday April 21

Today in history The Associated Press Today is Sunday, April 21, the 111th day of 2013. There are 254 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 21, 1836, an army of Texans led by Sam Houston defeated the Mexicans at San Jacinto, assuring Texas independence.

State trooper applications available

Oregon State Police (OSP) will be accepting applications to hire another group for Lateral and Entry level recruit trooper positions starting April 29, using the State of Oregon's E-Recruit electronic application system.

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Village Idiot: Algebra comes in handy for generations

Pop quiz: How often do you use algebra, trigonometry and calculus as an adult? Most of us would say “never”! The folks who do use advanced math would say that without it, you wouldn’t have cellphones and Wi-Fi and TV and weather satellites and GPS and Google and nuclear power and a gazillion other things that make modern life worth living. And for a change, both camps would be right.

Burn Days April 21-22, No-Burn Day April 23

Burn Days April 21-22, No-Burn Day April 23

What's Happening from April 20

SPAGHETTI FUNDRAISER: The St. Mary’s Academy Band will serve a spaghetti dinner Saturday, April 27, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. in the St. Peter’s Parish Hall. Dinner will include: spaghetti (your choice of marinara sauce, meat sauce, olive oil & garlic or plain noodles), salad, garlic bread, drinks (lemonade or water) and dessert. Tickets are $6 each and will be available at the door. Tickets may be pre-purchased form band students or the school office, 541-296-6004. Proceeds will be used to fund the spring band trip to Idaho.

Youth football open for play

The Dalles Youth Football League is offering chances for boys and girls to develop a love of the game for flag and tackle football from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, April 21 at Spooky’s Pizza in The Dalles.

Saturday, April 20

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Table of Friends fundraiser aids local families

Families First, a program of The Next Door, is holding its fourth annual Table of Friends event Friday, May 3, at The Mint.

Bargeway construction closure

Bargeway Road, between Terminal and Webber streets, will be closed to through traffic the week of April 22, beginning Monday at 6:30 a.m. The contractor for City of The Dalles Public Works Department will be grading the road base, followed by preparation for concrete work.

From defeat, victory

Minutes after dragnet is called off, homeowner leads forces to terrorism suspect WATERTOWN, Mass. — For just a few minutes, it seemed like the dragnet that had shut down a metropolitan area of millions while legions of police went house to house looking for the suspected Boston Marathon bomber had failed. Weary officials lifted a daylong order that had kept residents in their homes, saying it was fruitless to keep an entire city locked down. Then one man emerged from his home and noticed blood on the pleasure boat parked in his backyard. He lifted the tarp and found the wounded 19-year-old college student known the world over as Suspect No. 2.

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A passion for St. Peters's

After helping save St. Peter’s Landmark, Doug Leash has worked to protect the historic church for 40 years St. Peter’s Landmark is a defining characteristic of The Dalles’ silhouette, but in 1971 it almost disappeared from the landscape altogether.

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34TH ANNUAL NORTHWEST CHERRY FESTIVAL Events schedule April 21-28

Sunday Cherry of a Ride, St. Mary’s Academy starting between 6 and 9 a.m. Wednesday 29th annual Oyster Feed, 5-7 p.m., Windseeker Restaurant, 1535 Bargeway Rd. Thursday Northwest Cherry Festival Lip Sync Contest, 7 p.m., The Dalles Wahtonka High School Auditorium, 541-296-2231 www.thedalleschamber.com

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Cherry of a Ride set April 21

The ninth annual Cherry of a Ride, a fundraising bike ride sponsored by St. Mary’s Academy, is set for Sunday, April 21, with five route distances to choose from.

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Happy in the Mill Creek Valley

Randy and Dawn Barrett are 2013 King Bing and Queen Ann

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Festival home show expands at Civic Auditorium

Event packs all the venue’s nooks and crannies with a range of lifestyle exhibitors The annual Bicoastal Media/Guild Mortgage Company Home and Lifestyle Show will open Friday, April 26, at 5 p.m. at its new location at The Dalles Civic Auditorium.

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Professor and Mary Anne helm parade

Grand marshals lead parade Yes, the Professor and Mary Anne will be making an appearance at the Northwest Cherry Festival this year — Mary Anne Macnab, that is, and her husband, OSU Sherman County Extension Agent Sandy Macnab, who is a full professor with Oregon State University.

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Veterans to get ‘Floozied’

Some veterans from the Oregon Veterans’ Home will have a front-row seat — and a little friendly companionship — for the Northwest Cherry Festival Parade this year, thanks to the American Legion.

Schedule for weekend's Babe Ruth Tournament in The Dalles

For Saturday and Sunday games at Quinton, Kramer and Wahtonka fields

This weekend's Babe Ruth Baseball preseason tournament schedule

Friday, April 19

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Police: "CAPTURED!!!" Boston bomb suspect captured, brother killed

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — A 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody Friday evening after a manhunt that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and believed accomplice dead. WITH AP VIDEO

Second Boston suspect in custody

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — A 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody Friday evening after a manhunt that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and accomplice dead.

Gunfire in manhunt zone

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Gunfire erupted Friday night amid the manhunt for the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, and police in armored vehicles and tactical gear rushed into the Watertown neighborhood in a possible break in the case.

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Manhunt in Boston continues after one bombing suspect is killed

WITH AP VIDEO WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — With the city virtually paralyzed, thousands of officers with rifles and armored vehicles swarmed the streets in and around Boston on Friday, hunting for a 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombing after his older brother and alleged accomplice was killed in a furious getaway attempt overnight.

Event focuses on Wasco County wind project April 24

Citizens interested in learning more about a proposed wind power facility in southern Wasco and Sherman County will have the opportunity to attend an open house in Shaniko next week.

TNT found in Washington shed

CASTLE ROCK, Wash. (AP) — A southwest Washington homeowner says an Army explosives squad that checked out a military projectile he found in a shed determined that it contained 15½ pounds of TNT.

Google eyes next steps in The Dalles

Preliminary work begins at data center Google is casting an eye toward the prospect of expansion at its The Dalles data center.

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Rhyme of the Range

Local cowboy poet Duane Lee Nelson recites a poem at The Dalles Wasco County Public Library Wednesday evening, April 17, as a prelude to “Cowboy Poetry Week” April 21-27.

What's Happening from April 19

New Entries JAM SESSION: Wonderworks offers a drum jam session with Dr. Steve McLennon Saturday, April 20, from 1 to 1:30 p.m. All ages welcome. Class is limited to 30 musicians.

Pet vaccination clinic held April 20 at Home At Last

Home at Last Humane Society is offering a low cost vaccination clinic Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vaccinations offered are: DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvo) for $10, Bordatella for kennel cough for $10, Rabies for $10.

Duplicate bridge report for March

High Game: 67.26% Darlene Kemper & Gary Cotter Winners for Mar. 3: A - 1st Dave Slegel & Jim Hall; 2nd Colleen Fredrickson & Beverly Van Nice; 3rd Darlene Kemper & Gary Cotter

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Volunteers train with Medical Reserve Corps

Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps is part of a nationwide network of locally based volunteer units that train and prepare community members to help with disaster response.

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World and national news in brief

UMATILLA (AP) — Rescue boats from the Umatilla County, Ore., sheriff’s office and a rural fire district responded to pluck two fishermen out of the Columbia River near Umatilla after their boat sank. The East Oregonian reports the fishermen were brothers who were both wearing life jackets. The men were rescued after they floated for about 15 minutes Thursday morning.

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Russia’s Caucasus: breeding ground for terror

Bomb suspects in U.S. comes from restive area of Russia MAKHACHKALA, Russia — Militants from Chechnya and other restive provinces in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus have targeted Moscow and other areas with bombings and hostage-takings, but if it turns out that the suspects in the Boston bombings are linked to those insurgencies it would mark the first time the Russian conflict had spawned a major terror attack in the United States.

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Dufur Church livestreaming sermons

Thanks to having a tech-savvy minister, Dufur Christian Church has started streaming its worship services live on the Internet.

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Even in desert retreat, monks feel Egypt’s turmoil

ST. ANTHONY’S MONASTERY, Egypt — In a cave here high in the desert mountains of eastern Egypt, the man said to be the father of monasticism took refuge from the temptations of the world some 17 centuries ago. At the foot of the mountain, the monks at the St. Anthony’s Monastery bearing his name continue the ascetic tradition.

Church news in brief

Church news in brief

For the Record, April 19

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for Friday, April 19, 2013.

Washington man indicted after 2 killed at pot-grow

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state man who authorities say shot and killed two armed intruders at his marijuana grow operation last year has been indicted on federal drug and gun charges.

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Cannabis Crash Course: Liquor agency workers learning the ropes

SEATTLE — Mike Steenhout knows spreadsheets, statistics and bean-counting. He has worked as a budget assistant to the governor, managed local operations for the U.S. Census Bureau and analyzed juvenile crime databases.

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Ask Dr. K: Restore dry skin with the change of seasons

DEAR DOCTOR K: Winter has wreaked havoc on my skin. It’s dry, itchy and cracked. What can I do to restore it, now that spring is here? DEAR READER: When the air is dry, it sucks moisture away from our skin. Our skin is built to retain moisture, but as we grow older it doesn’t do as good a job. Wintertime poses a special problem because humidity is low both outdoors and indoors. The combination of unusually dry air and aging leads to dry skin.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Shopping retail mall versus online

Are you more apt to overspend at the mall or online? Can’t decide? While you’re thinking, I’ll go first. I am more likely to overspend in a store. Without a doubt.

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Bridge: After side suits, go for trumps

That is a great attitude for up-and-comers in anything, including bridge. But at times there is a need to trump everyone with a trump card. In this deal, South is in four spades. West leads the diamond king. How should East plan the defense?

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Astro-graph for April 20, 2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013 by Bernice Bede Osol Your earning potential could greatly increase in coming months. Your current cycle points to several sources creating multiple opportunities for gain.

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T-Dub girls tennis is making gains

Coach has squad poised for weekend tourney, districts The Dalles Wahtonka girl’s tennis squad is still enduring its fair share ofbumps and bruises and some growing pains, but the process is slowly, but surely coming through for the long haul.

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Tribe linksters put up best efforts

Top four golfers card less than 95 in leading TDW to fifth place in Pendleton Watch out Columbia River Conference, The Dalles Wahtonka boy’s golf team is climbing up the charts with scores that are dipping lower and lower.

Upcoming High School Sports Schedules for 4-19 to 4-24

Updated list of high school games played locally or on the road

TD Youth football is offering fall signups

The Dalles Youth Football League is offering chances for boys and girls to develop a love of the game for flag and tackle football from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, April 21 at Spooky’s Pizza in The Dalles.

Upcoming sports events

Here is a quick glance as to what is happening locally here in The Dalles

Travel halted in Boston

NEW YORK (AP) — Mass transportation to and from the Boston area is virtually shut down Friday morning, with the exception of airplanes, which continue to take off and land at Logan International Airport. Train and bus service is shut down as police conduct a massive manhunt for one of two suspects in Monday's Boston Marathon bombing. People waiting at bus and subway stops were told to go home.

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Bombing suspects kill MIT officer, forces converge on their location

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — The two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer and hurled explosives at police in a car chase and gun battle overnight that left one of them dead and his brother on the loose, authorities said Friday as thousands of officers swarmed the streets in a manhunt that all but paralyzed the Boston area. AP VIDEOS AT BOTTOM OF STORY

Thursday, April 18

Commentary: Time to make history again

When Margaret Thatcher died recently, it was shocking to realize that she became Great Britain’s first female prime minister almost 34 years ago. Today, 17 nations, from Brazil and Bangladesh to Liberia and Lithuania, are led by women. South Korea swore in its first female president, Park Geun-hye, in February.

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Editorial cartoons for April 18

Editorial cartoons for April 18

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Editorial: Hold our freedoms dear

A commentator on NPR this week described the Boston Marathon and its younger cousins around the nation as the most populist, egalitarian sporting events available to both athletes and spectators alike.

National and world news in brief

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and his gun control allies say Senate rejection of expanded background checks and other restrictions won’t stop their drive to reduce firearms violence. But their path to enacting gun curbs this year seems blocked by the National Rifle Association, and supporters of restrictions appear befuddled about what it will take to push legislation through this Congress.

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Investigators seek man on film from marathon blast

Reports of arrest were wrong BOSTON (AP) — The painstaking work to identify a bombing suspect from reams of Boston Marathon footage yielded a possible breakthrough as investigators focused on a man seen dropping off a bag, and then walking away from the site of the second of two deadly explosions.

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Rescuers search ruins of Texas fertilizer plant, with video

WEST, Texas (AP) — Rescue workers searched the smoldering ruins of a fertilizer plant Thursday for survivors of a monstrous explosion that leveled homes and businesses in every direction across the Texas prairie. As many as 15 people were feared dead and more than 160 others injured.

Arts and Entertainment from April 18

This Week April 18 – 1970s and famous storms are trivia topics, 6:30 p.m., Clock Tower Ales, 311 Union St., The Dalles, 541-705-3590, www.clocktowerales.com April 18 – Kramdown Karaoke, 9 p.m., The Vault, 209 E. Second St., The Dalles

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Shuffle Concert Wednesday, April 24

A SHUFFLE CONCERT wraps up the Mid Columbia Community Concert Association’s current season, Wednesday, April 24, at The Dalles Wahtonka High School at 7 p.m.

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Queen of the West arrives in The Dalles

MARY AND DENNIS Davis were among the costumed greeters who welcomed passengers from the Queen of the West in its first stop of the tour season in The Dalles Wednesday, April 17.

Wasco county seeks public input on road budget

Citizens will soon have a chance to air their views about how Wasco County should handle the upcoming shortfall in its road budget.

Renewal keys other changes

Renovations at The Vault intended to compliment new hotel Michael Leash plans to turn The Vault Bistro and Lounge into “the largest sports bar in the Columbia Gorge” as part of the redevelopment of the Granada block in downtown The Dalles.

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Rancher to run for Oregon govenor

Sherman County rancher and businessman Jon Justesen has announced his plans to run as a Republican for the seat of Oregon governor next year.

For the Record, April 18

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for April 18, 2013.

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Bridge: When side tricks have dried up

So far this week, we have been looking at defenses in no-trump contracts aided by placing declarer’s high-card points based on the bidding and play. Suitably assisted, one defender has known which suit to attack to gain sufficient tricks to defeat the contract. Now let’s move to trump contracts.

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Astro-Graph Thursday, April 18

You are likely to be a participant in some rather extraordinary developments in the coming months, most of which you will find to be intriguing. Many new doors will be opened for you.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Encouraging a kid-sized financial plan at home

If you’ve been reading this column for long, you know that I am passionate on the subject of kids and money. In addition to the many articles I’ve written, my book, “Raising Financially Confident Kids,” has been revised and updated several times. This subject is obviously important to my readers, too.

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Ask Dr. K: Several conditions can cause burning mouth

DEAR DOCTOR K: For months, my mouth has been painfully burning and tingling. What could be causing my symptoms? Are there any treatments for it? DEAR READER: Several conditions can cause a burning sensation in the mouth. Some nutritional deficiencies — particularly of B vitamins, iron and zinc — can cause it.

Oregon sheriffs warn lawmakers about decline

SALEM — Sheriffs from Oregon timber counties warned state lawmakers on Wednesday that their ability to protect their communities is continuing to decline as costs rise and funding plummets.

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Errors plague TDW softball team

Five miscues in third lead to five unearned runs in loss The Dalles Wahtonka held a 1-0 lead through two and half innings, but Hermiston took advantage of five errors in a game-changing seven-run third frame and motored to an 8-1 victory Wednesday in Columbia River Conference softball play in Hermiston.

The Dalles Mule Deer Foundation celebrating 25th year

Auction and dinner set for Saturday at St. Peter’s Parish Hall The Mule Deer Foundation is coming to town Saturday for a worthwhile fundraiser and auction. Through the many hours and days of work put into the sport, organizer Rich Griffith sees the mule deer population increasing.

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TDW tennis rebounds against St. Helens

After Tuesday’s league loss to Hermiston, Tribe battles back with a 7-1 victory ­With only one day of rest after a lopsided loss to Hermiston, The Dalles Wahtonka came out in full force in their 7-1 win over St. Helens in 5A tennis action Wednesday at TDW High School.

Columbia Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend Fishing Opportunities: Spring chinook fishing is open above Bonneville Dam. Walleye anglers are having some success in The Dalles and John Day pools. A handful of legal white sturgeon are being caught in the Portland area. Effective April 1, the annual sturgeon bag limit is two legal white sturgeon.

Northeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler Counties The signs of spring are all here in the Heppner area. Sandhill cranes have been seen heading north for the summer. The official first sign of spring for the Heppner area, a Say’s phoebe has been seen and heard in the area. The earliest of our summer migrants are starting to appear. Long billed curlews can be seen in a few wheat stubble fields. Mobs of ravens can be seen in the foothills as can golden eagles. There are still a few rough-legged hawks in the area and can be seen in the north half of the District. Short-eared owl can be seen along the grasslands of the north end of the District.

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Northeast Zone weekly hunting report

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

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Northeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities Surplus steelhead have been stocked in Marr Pond offering a great opportunity for young anglers to catch a large fish. Spring has arrived in the Hermiston area, McNary, Hatrock and Tatone ponds have been stocked and should provide a good early season angling opportunity

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Southeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Spring migration is well underway and large numbers of snow geese, Ross’s geese, white-fronted geese and sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin. Migratory waterfowl such as pintail, shoveler, wigeon, mallard, gadwall, green-winged teal, cinnamon teal and a variety of diver species can also be seen. They can be readily found in the flooded meadows around Burns/Hines.

Southeast Zone weekly hunting report

OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING TURKEY

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Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Mann Lake continues to put our 16-inch cutthroats. The best fishing on Thompson Reservoir can be in the spring when water temperatures remain below 65 F.

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Central Zone weekly hunting report

CENTRAL ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE. SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY Spring turkey hunting forecast Spring bear hunting forecast

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Central Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Spring chinook on the Hood River opened on April 15. Pinehollow and Rock Creek reservoirs have been stocked recently and fishing should be good for rainbow trout.

Willamette Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Wild turkeys are actively strutting and courting during this time of year. These birds were introduced into Oregon from other parts of the US where they are native. These birds are widely established in the foothills around the edge of the Willamette Valley. Look for them where there is a mix of wooded areas and pastures.

Willamette Zone weekly hunting report

Spring BEAR season opened on April 1 for those hunters with a tag.

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Willamette Zone weekly fishing report

ODFW will host a Family Fishing Event at the St. Louis Ponds on Sunday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Staff and volunteer instructors will be on hand to help inexperienced anglers learn how to rig and use their gear. The department will loan out rods, reels and tackle to anyone who needs it, on a first-come first-served basis. Spring chinook fishing effort and catch rates picked up on the Willamette River over the past week, as the season moves into high gear. Steelhead fishing is picking up on the North and Santiam rivers. Trout stocking is in full swing around the Willamette Valley and Portland metro area. Sites scheduled for stocking this week include Benson Lake, Canby Pond, Harriet Lake, Hartman Pond, Henry Hagg Lake, Mt. Hood Pond, Sheridan Pond, Silver Creek Reservoir, Trojan Ponds, Cottage Grove Reservoir, Detroit Reservoir, EE Wilson Pond, Foster Reservoir, Freeway Lake, Green Peter Reservoir, Junction City Pond, Roaring River Park Pond, Sunnyside Park Pond, Sheridan Pond, Timber Linn Lake, Walling Pond, Walter Wirth Lake, Waverly Lake, and Silver Creek Reservoir.

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Commentary: ‘Jane's Journey’ provides inspiration

I remember the first time I heard of Dr. Jane Goodall. I was in ninth grade science class, and our teacher showed us a film that featured her work with chimpanzees in Gombe National Park in present-day Tanzania.

Wednesday, April 17

Sea lion trap placed at The Dalles Marina

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon and Washington departments of fish and wildlife have placed a trap at The Dalles Marina on the Columbia River to try to capture California sea lions that have made their way above Bonneville Dam. The new trap was built and deployed at the request of the four Columbia River Treaty Tribes who fish above Bonneville Dam. California Sea Lions above the dam have taken a toll on the tribal fisheries, and tribal fishing gear, that the tribes rely on for ceremonial and subsistence activities. The tribes have been reporting damage from the California Sea Lions for nearly three years.

FBI: Mississippi man arrested, accused in ricin letters

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The FBI has identified a Mississippi man suspected of mailing letters containing poisonous ricin as 45-year-old Paul Kevin Curtis. FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen said Curtis was arrested Wednesday afternoon at his apartment in Corinth, near the Tennessee state line about 100 miles east of Memphis.

Marathon investigation sparks media frenzy

NEW YORK (AP) — For about an hour Wednesday afternoon, people could flip through different television channels and hear completely different accounts of the investigation into the Boston Marathon explosions: Some news organizations reported the arrest of a suspect and then took those claims back.

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Early morning freeze cools some area orchards

ICICLES FORMED on cherry blossoms along Mill Creek Road as orchardists used irrigation and fans to warm trees early Wednesday morning, April 17. “When water freezes, it releases energy in the form of heat,” explained Lynn Long, OSU Wasco County Extension Agent, “so that’s the point of running irrigation is to take advantage of that energy that is released in freezing.”

‘I’m safe,’ says The Dalles runner Erin Ford

Erin Ford of The Dalles had already passed the finish line of the Boston Marathon, collected her belongings and headed to the underground train station when dual bomb blasts the afternoon of April 15 killed three people and wounded more than 140.

FBI confirms poison in Obama letter

Ricin found at sorting sites WASHINGTON — The FBI says letters sent to President Barack Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker are related and are both postmarked out of Memphis, Tenn., dated April 8.

No-Burn days suggested for April 17-18, Burn day for April 19

No-Burn days suggested for April 17-18, Burn day for April 19

Coal foes sue BNSF: Clean Water Act is suit basis

Columbia Riverkeeper and several other conservation groups have issued an ultimatum to Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad: Clean up coal debris along the tracks or face a lawsuit.

Walmart signs The Dalles lease

Conditions filed for 150,000-square-foot center Walmart has signed a 99-year lease for property at the west end of The Dalles to house a 150,000 square foot super center.

What's Happening from April 17

COMMUNITY SALE: Skamania County General Services is organizing the seventh annual Community Garage Sale held on the Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson, April 19-20. An early bird sale is set for Friday, April 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is $2 per person.

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Memories of shootings return for Newtown runners

BOSTON (AP) — Laura Nowacki rushed to help the shooting victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. As a first responder, the pediatrician was stunned at the horror she encountered.

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National and world news in brief

VIENNA (AP) — Technicians upgrading Iran’s main uranium enrichment facility have tripled their installations of high-tech machines that could be used in a nuclear weapons program to more than 600 in the last three months, diplomats said Wednesday.

Senate vote nears, background check bill in peril

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan effort to expand background checks was in deep trouble Wednesday as the Senate approached a long-awaited vote on the linchpin of the drive to curb gun violence. As the showdown drew near, an Associated Press-GfK poll showed ebbing public support for tightening gun control laws.

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Word on the Street: 73 years looks good on them

Still youthful after 73 years: At the age of 73, every anniversary is something to celebrate and that’s what Sawyer’s True Value and Just Ask Rental is doing this week through Sunday April 21.

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La Cabaña launches downtown restaurant

The Quezadas open new gorge eatery downtown Carlos and Socorro Quezada want to help downtown The Dalles grow with their new restaurant, La Cabaña. The Quezadas have remodeled the interior at 400 E. Second Street and will celebrate their grand opening Saturday, May 4, with live music from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.

BPA refines oversupply cost allocation proposal

PORTLAND — In consideration of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's December 2012 ruling in which the Commission offered guidance on cost allocation, Bonneville Power Administration has refined its oversupply rate proposal.

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Gorge residents in Boston during Marathon bombing

Six runners from Hood River, some with family members in attendance, and three more runners from communities across the gorge were in Boston during the Boston Marathon bombing.

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Gorge Roller Girls pull off come-from-behind win

After spirited halftime speech, team rallies for a 183-136 win Down 69-58 in a rough-and-tumble first half, the Gorge Roller Girls needed a revised game plan to forge a valiant comeback.

Sherman baseball drops a 5-3 game to Lyle

Sherman dropped their third game in a row Tuesday in a 5-3 road loss to Lyle-Wishram in a non-league baseball contest at Lyle High School.

No. 7 T-Dub loses on extra-inning walk-off

Hermiston erases 6-3 deficit to post a 7-6 victory Usually it is The Dalles Wahtonka using late heroics to capture wins – Hermiston turned the tables on Tuesday. Austin Kopacz smacked a bases-loaded, walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead the Hermiston Bulldogs to a 7-6 comeback triumph over the No. 8 Eagle Indians Tuesday in Columbia River Conference baseball play in Hermiston.

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TDW track a step closer to top markers

Track and Field team racks up 31 personal records in CRC Preview Meet There is reason to believe The Dalles Wahtonka track team is quietly — but surely — making its name known in the Columbia River Conference.

Bridge: Tricks point to defense

At the bridge table, be active in counting points and figuring out tricks, both yours and theirs. In this deal, West is trying to defeat three no-trump. He leads the spade queen: five, two, king. South plays on clubs, putting West back in. What should he do next?

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Astro-Graph April 18

You are likely to be a participant in some rather extraordinary developments in the coming months, most of which you will find to be intriguing. Many new doors will be opened for you.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Can you use a kitchen tool fix-up?

A can opener with a dull blade is pretty useless, but who likes to throw out kitchen tools? If we don’t, we have kitchen drawers that barely close. That’s why I love Marilyn’s tip. Now, all I have to do is find my can opener and see if it needs a rebirth.

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Ask Dr. K: Take it slow and easy to avoid lightheadedness

DEAR DOCTOR K: I often feel lightheaded when I stand up, especially first thing in the morning. Why does this happen? DEAR READER: You are probably experiencing a drop in blood pressure when you stand up. This is called orthostatic hypotension. As a result, not enough blood reaches your brain, and you feel lightheaded or dizzy.

Federal officials are denying that a suspect is in custody in the Boston Marathon bombings

BOSTON (AP) — Federal officials are denying that a suspect is in custody in the Boston Marathon bombings.

For The Record, April 17

Police, fire, medical, lottery reports for April 17

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Superman's 75th shines light on Cleveland roots

CLEVELAND — Superman’s 75th anniversary is giving his creators’ blue-collar hometown a renewed chance to claim the superhero as its own.

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Oregon news in brief

HILLSBORO (AP) — A 62-year-old Oregon high school special education teacher accused of pummeling a teen in what was described as a road rage incident has pleaded not guilty.

Official: Suspect in custody in Boston bombings

BOSTON (AP) — A suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody Wednesday in a breakthrough that came less than 48 hours after the deadly attack, a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation said Wednesday. The official spoke shortly after several media outlets reported that a suspect had been identified from surveillance video taken at a Lord & Taylor store between the sites of the two bomb blasts, which killed three people and wounded more than 170.

Washington House approves tax changes to raise money

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Lawmakers in the state House approved changes in state tax law Tuesday that would raise money to balance the budget.

Portland harbor fined

PORTLAND (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined property owners at Portland Harbor $125,500, saying they downplayed health risks from a century of industrial pollution.

Tuesday, April 16

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Editorial Cartoons, April 16

Editorial cartoons from April 16.

Support grows for new gorge program

Dual mission blends protection of resources with economic needs A program formed last year to boost the area economy — while protecting the environment as an economic recruiting tool — is collecting letters of support in an effort to seek funding.

Coal-fired controversy in the Gorge

Bid to factor climate change into exports raises concern over lost jobs Wasco County Commissioner Scott Hege has joined the ranks of Northwest business leaders concerned that the political battle over coal exports could result in further erosion of U.S. jobs.

Oregon panel passes immigrant driver’s license bill

SALEM (AP) — An Oregon Senate committee has advanced a bill granting four-year driver’s licenses to people who can’t prove they’re legal in the United States.

Letter to the Editor: Circuit Rider rally

Rally at our state capitol in April 19 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event is sponsored by ROAR Ministries — Reviving Oregon’s Amazing Roots. Aaron Auer, who has visited all of our counties in the state with the trust of our Christian heritage and preached in many of our local churches, is inviting us to voice our opinions at this rally.

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Commentary: Tobacco ban founded in science

On May 1, Wasco County’s Seventh Street property, home of North Central Public Health District, Mid-Columbia Center for Living and Wasco County Corrections, becomes tobacco free. This healthful move by the county is an extension of the State’s Smokefree Workplace Law, which took effect in 2009, prohibiting smoking in public places (e.g. any enclosed area open to the public) and workplaces, including work vehicles that are shared.

Editorial: The governor’s math doesn’t add up

It must be nice to be the governor of Oregon. The job seems to exempt the holder from certain rules that apply in the real world — rules like “you’re supposed to pay people for the professional services they provide.”

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What's Happening from April 13

FREE BOAT SAFETY inspection days are planned at The Dalles Marina Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4. Inspections will be offered from noon to 7 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Northweast news in brief

SEATTLE (AP) — Dangerous conditions Monday prevented rescuers from searching for a hiker who was caught in an avalanche over the weekend in the Cascade Mountains east of Seattle.

University facing decision on chimps: Add more or move?

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — When Dar, one of the chimps housed at the Chimpanzee Human Communication Institute at Central Washington University, died suddenly late last November, the question of the future of an already-dwindling chimpanzee population at the center became even more pressing.

School Events from April 16

Sonrise Academy April 18-20: Fifth through eighth grade students attending NW ACE Junior Convention April 19: Level 4:1 ends Colonel Wright April 18: Master Gardeners visit April 19: TAG fieldtrip to Portland Choir Festival, 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 19: Earth Day parade April 22: Book orders due April 22: Teacher request forms available Dry Hollow April 17-18: Book fair

Growing number of students don’t speak English at home

MIAMI (AP) — Duna Lopez started school in Miami last fall not knowing a single word of English. The 8-year-old girl from Barcelona, Spain, with dark blond hair was placed in the Coral Way Bilingual K-8 Center, the nation’s oldest bilingual school. For half the day, she receives classes in Spanish; it’s English for the rest. During language arts, she gets pulled out with three other new arrivals for extra help on grammar and phonics.

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South Wasco, Mosier teams fare well in book battle

South Wasco High School made the final four in Saturday's state championships for Oregon Battle of the Books. The school competed in a pool of 12 high school state finalists, drawn from a field of 41 participating high schools across the state.

Cascade Children’s Choir makes sweet music

Kids perform with Cascade Singers choir A new community choir for children is looking for new members to prepare for concerts on May 31 and June 1. The newly formed Cascade Children’s Choir will perform with the Cascade Singers during their next concert, titled “Music from Movies and Musical Theatre.”

Dufur track goes big at Meet of Champs

With an opportunity to shine in a high-level meet against 50 other schools, the Dufur Rangers sent four athletes to Willamette University Saturday for the annual Meet of Champions in Salem and had three amass top-10 honors, and two set personal records.

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Barlow Relays go well for T-Dub track

Tunai takes two events; Farr, Nerdin go 1-2 in high jumps Lio Tunai maintained his stranglehold on the 5A classification’s No. 1 shotput ranking with first-place honors and he added top recognition in the discus as well leading The Dalles Wahtonka track team to a solid effort in Saturday’s Barlow Relay Meet in Gresham.

TDW boy’s tennis ends tied with Pendleton

Buckaroos claims 5A match based on total sets won Although he fielded a tennis team without three varsity players, The Dalles Wahtonka coach Andrew Hughes’ Tribe team put up a good fight against Pendleton.

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Tribe softball beats up on Skyview

Saturday’s home losses to Hermiston were a distant memory for No. 14 The Dalles Wahtonka softball. After setbacks of 5-0 and 13-3, the Eagle Indians were swinging for the fences in a dominant 10-4 victory over Skyview, Wash. Tuesday in non-league action at 16th Street Ballpark in The Dalles.

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TDW hardballers off to good start

No. 8 TDW scores 24 runs in lopsided sweep of Hermiston Steven Bartells called Saturday’s sweep a solid rebound performance for No. 8-ranked The Dalles Wahtonka. TDW rapped out 29 hits and scored 24 runs in pulling off wins of 12-6 and 12-2 over Hermiston in Columbia River Conference baseball play Saturday at Quinton Street Ballpark.

Western, China imports challenge homespun Afghan burqa sales

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The homespun Afghan burqa is under siege from east and west these days — cut-price competition from China, and Western influences that are leading many urban women to exchange the full-body cloak for a simple headscarf.

Bipartisan bill would remake immigration system

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. immigration system would undergo dramatic changes under a bipartisan Senate bill that puts a new focus on prospective immigrants’ merit and employment potential, while seeking to end illegal immigration once and for all by creating legal avenues for workers to come here.

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Boston Marathon blasts put world’s cities on alert

LONDON (AP) — With more than 30 marathons being held this weekend alone and big events on the horizon, officials around the world are boosting security efforts in the wake of the fatal bomb blasts that shook Boston’s race.

Health law could overwhelm addiction services

CHICAGO— It has been six decades since doctors concluded that addiction was a disease that could be treated, but today the condition still dwells on the fringes of the medical community.

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FBI seeks Boston images: Bombing pics may yield clues

BOSTON — Police and federal agents appealed to the public Tuesday for amateur video and photos that might yield clues to the Boston Marathon bombing as the chief FBI agent in Boston vowed “we will go to the ends of the Earth” to find whoever carried out the deadly attack.

For the Record, April 16

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for April 16, 2013.

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Nature takes starring role in stamp crafting

I was chopping vegetables for dinner recently when my 14-year-old daughter, Grace, disappeared with the unusable end of the bok choy. She returned five minutes later with paper, a stamping ink pad and the pilfered vegetable.

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Bridge: Go for chance you have

At the bridge table, you desire to make or break the contract, using reasoning and various habits — hopefully all good. And sometimes you have to go for any chance that you have.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Save some money at the supermarket

Does slashing $1,000 from your annual grocery tab seem all but impossible? It does sound rather aggressive when expressed in annual terms. So how about $20 a week? Now that’s doable! Spend just $20 less each week at the supermarket, and in a year you’ll have $1,000 tax-free to spend some other way.

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Astro-Graph April 17

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Bernice Bede Osol There is a strong possibility you might do something in the year ahead that will be of great import. Good luck will be vital to your enterprise, and you’ll have it in spades.

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Senior News: Thank you to all for a successful membership drive

Now that the Mid-Columbia Senior Center has completed its Spring Membership Drive, I would like to thank everyone who either renewed their membership or became a member for the first time. We surpassed 300 members, the largest number in the last several years, and it is all because of you! The 2013 Membership Campaign will conclude in July, before the center’s annual membership meeting, and the goal is still four hundred members.

Youth fishing event at McNary Ponds on April 20

Youth fishing event at McNary Ponds on April 20

St. Mary’s Academy Foundation of The Dalles will host their 4th Annual Golf

St. Mary’s Academy Foundation of The Dalles will host their 4th Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, May 10, 2013 at The Dalles Country Club

OREGON ATV SAFETY TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR YOUTH RIDERS

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) reminds parents that the second requirement of a two-phase all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety program became effective January 1, 2012 for youths younger than 16 riding ATVs on public lands.

Cherry City Crush softball holding fundraiser poker tournament

Cherry City Crush girls softball program will be holding a Poker Tournament Fundraiser Saturday April 27th, 2013.

April 16 and April 18 are No-Burn Days, April 17 is a Burn Day

April 16 and April 18 are No-Burn Days, April 17 is a Burn Day

Monday, April 15

Bomb blasts rock Boston Marathon finish line

BOSTON (AP) — Two bombs exploded near the finish of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing two people, injuring 23 others and sending authorities rushing to aid wounded spectators, race organizers and police said.

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Gorge Artists open studios over weekend

Photos from the 7th annual Gorge Artists Open Studios tour April 12-14.

Saturday, April 13

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Running away from the competition: Dufur Rangers jump to first place

Dufur Rangers jump into first place after impressive sweep of Sherman In this latest stretch to the season, the Dufur Rangers have enjoyed immense success with a four-game winning streak as they strive to make a run at a Blue Mountain Conference title.

Dick Horyna track meet results

DICK HORYNA TRACK RESULTS Dick Horyna Invitational Art Derbyshire Track in Stanfield April 14, 2013 Varsity Standings 1. Enterprise ENTR 110 2. Walla Walla Valley WWVA 64 3. Bickleton BICK 60 4. Lyle/Wishram LYLE 51 9. Sherman SHRM 27 14. South Wasco County SWC 19

Is anybody but Walden looking out for us?

We don’t always tend to agree with our hometown U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-2nd District.

Letter to the Editor: Kind and generous

To the editor: I was mowing down the weeds, and grass in the parking area of our home, when I was approached with a huge smile by a stranger who asked me to allow her to finish my mowing. I told her I have a husband who will do the mowing, I just want to do it. Nevertheless, she insisted on helping anyway.

Letter to the Editor: Manipulated weather

To the editor: Are you noticing around The Dalles, or even the gorge area in its entirety, dead/dying trees, plants or mold infested plants/trees, or maybe stunted blooming/growth or abnormal growing cycles in any plants on your property or just observing outside while you go about your life?

Letter to the Editor: Autism

To the editor: We were encouraged to see the Chronicle’s Dialogue urging greater awareness and actions on autism for the month of April. Autism is a life-affecting developmental condition that is growing amongst our children at an inexplicable rate, yet receives only 0.55 percent of total NIH research funding. This is a particular concern for The Dalles, which is recognized as a regional hotspot for autism.

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Looking for logic in North Korea’s threats

SEOUL, South Korea — To the outside world, the talk often appears to border on the lunatic, with the poor, hungry and electricity-starved nation threatening to lay waste to America’s cities in an atomic firestorm, or to overrun South Korea in a lightning attack.

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Spring storm socks Midwest, Deep South; 3 dead

JACKSON, Miss. — A powerful spring storm unleashed tornadoes and winds strong enough to peel the roofs from homes in the Deep South and heaped snow and ice on the Midwest, killing three people and leaving thousands without power.

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What's Happening from April 14

JAZZ CONCERT: High school jazz bands from the Mid-Columbia will gather for their 12th annual Mid-Columbia Jazz Night Monday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m., at The Dalles Civic Auditorium ballroom in The Dalles.

Vehicle left turns may put pedestrians at risk

CORVALLIS — A study to examine driver behavior in permitted left turns has identified what researchers call an “alarming” level of risk to pedestrians crossing the street – about 4-9 percent of the time, drivers don’t even bother to look and see if there are people in their way.

Public meetings from April 14

The Dalles Tuesday – Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal advisory committee, 5:30, The Dalles City Hall council chambers, 313 Court St. Agenda: Public commnet, recommendation concerning Granada Block disposition and development agreement, ongoing urban renewal projects update.

Extension Cord: Robotics is a sport of the mind

When we talk about sports and tournaments many of us think of football, cross country or basketball. There are many youth that are involved in a sport, but the question arises, “Is Robotics a Sport, too?”

Looking Back, April 14

April 14 20 Years Ago-1993 A dispute over city employee wages has led to a breakdown in contract negotiations between the city of The Dalles and the City Employees Union. The main issue of dispute according to City Manager William Elliott and union negotiator Beckie Capoferri is that city employees do not want a wage freeze. ...

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San Juan Islands: High on everyone’s list

Washington’s unique region is gaining international attention FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. — Washington’s San Juan Islands are among the hottest items in the world of recreational travel this year.

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Bridge: If a call will probably win, go with it

At the bridge table, you will not always have the perfect hand for a given call. You must play the percentages. If a call will probably win, go with it. But remember that nothing works all of the time. This applies when you are balancing with a weak hand.

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Astro-graph, Sunday April 14

Circumstances that have caused you a great deal of stress and frustration should begin to diminish in the months ahead. Your luck is about to change, letting you thrive in areas where you had failed previously.

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Ask Dr. K: How do we keep our conversations civil?

DEAR DOCTOR K: My husband and I both have quick tempers. Before we know it, a simple observation turns into an argument. Any advice for keeping our conversations civil? DEAR READER: Everyone gets angry from time to time, but anger comes more easily to some people. Two married friends, call them Kevin and Jane, recently recounted the following exchange to me:

Bargeway Road closed beginning Monday, April 15

Bargeway closed Bargeway Road will be closed beginning Monday, April 15, at 6:30 a.m., between Terminal and Webber, as asphalt is removed and the road base is graded. Access to Bargeway businesses is from the east or west. No through traffic will be allowed. Closure will be for several days. Details: 541-296-5401, Ext. 2001.

Skier’s death to be investigated

MT. HOOD — The Hood River County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of skier Josef Desch, 51, Happy Valley, at Mount Hood Meadows Ski Resort. Just after 2 p.m. Friday, county 911 was notified a skier had hit a tree. The incident occurred on the Arena run at the resort.

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Britain, Portland draw battle lines over tiny parks

PORTLAND — The British and the Americans are quarreling — albeit with tongues in cheek — over territory again, this time over who has the world’s smallest park. One, in Portland, Ore., is essentially a concrete planter, 2-feet in diameter, with soil and some vegetation, and the Guinness Book of World Records says it’s the smallest.

TDW golfers in third place at CRC preview

Ortega leads Eagle Indians with a 93 at Indian Creek For the final time until districts, The Dalles Wahtonka had a chance to strut their stuff against Columbia River Conference foes Thursday in a varsity matchup on a cold and windy day at Indian Creek Golf Course in Hood River.

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Village Idiot: As the garden grows; you are what you plant

We have a big garden. A huge garden. I only wish that it was outside the house. And in a few weeks, when it is warmer, it will be, but right now there are bedding trays of tiny plants and seed catalogs in almost every room covering every flat surface. It looks like a vegetarian hoarder exploded in our kitchen. Since it's like this every spring, you'd think I'd get used to it, but I'm still not. I told Sue that they have this new thing called outdoor gardening, which only got me a withering look and a smack with a Johnny's seed catalog upside the head.

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World and national news in brief

Middle class faces Medicare hit WASHINGTON (AP) — Retired city worker Sheila Pugach lives in a modest home on a quiet street in Albuquerque, N.M., and drives an 18-year-old Subaru. Pugach doesn’t see herself as upper-income by any stretch, but President Barack Obama’s budget would raise her Medicare premiums and those of other comfortably retired seniors, adding to a surcharge that already costs some 2 million beneficiaries hundreds of dollars a year each.

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SCALE SAVANTS: Slim Down "losers" win big

Sixty-two finishing competitors, 1,143 pounds lost and these folks found the way to win — and lose — at the Slim Down

Westbrook has 33 and Thunder beat Portland 106-90

PORTLAND (AP) — While Kevin Durant couldn’t help but joke a bit about Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook’s outburst in the third quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers, putting away games is all part of Oklahoma City’s groundwork for the playoffs. Westbrook scored 33 points, including 17 in the third quarter, and the Thunder beat short-handed Portland 106-90 Friday night.

New bill would ease state-federal pot conflict

SEATTLE (AP) — A bill introduced in Congress on Friday would fix the conflict between the federal government’s marijuana prohibition and state laws that allow medical or recreational use.

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ODFW completes trout fishing map project, now includes Hood River and The Dalles

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife this week rolled out another interactive fishing map designed to help anglers find fishing locations all across Oregon.

Bright outlook for ocean salmon seasons on Oregon coast

PORTLAND, Ore. – The proposed 2013 ocean salmon seasons announced by the Pacific Fishery Management Council this week include good news for sport and commercial anglers off the Oregon coast.

Firearm background checks restored

April 10, 2013 A problem with the National Instant Check System has been fixed and service restored at 4:07 p.m. allowing firearm background checks to resume. The problem affected Oregon's Firearm Instant Check System's ability to conduct firearms background checks for approximately 2 hours.

Friday, April 12

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An Evening with Haven: photos and video

An Evening with HAVEN Thursday night, April 11, in the ballroom at the Civic Auditorium in The Dalles was well attended. The annual benefit for the local group that works against domestic violence features the best appetizers from local chefs, music, drawings and local wine.

Northern Wasco County PUD parking lot closed

PUD lot closed The Northern Wasco County PUD parking lot will be closed off on Saturdays, April 13 and 20 for resurfacing and striping. Customers will not be able to access the payment drop box located at the PUD’s office building on those dates. Customers may use the payment drop box located on East Third Street near The Dalles City Hall.

What's Happening from April 12

New Entries RETIRED EDUCATORS: Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet at noon Tuesday, April 16, in Wasco, Sherman County, at the Catholic Hall. Gary Irzyk will present the program, which will relate his teaching experiences in Iran. Carpooling is an option by contacting George Clark at 541-296-5933 or Roy Nellermoe at 541-354-1007. Guests are welcome.

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Free throw shootout braggarts go head to head

Bragging rights went to Mike Woodside on Wednesday, April 10, in what has become known among the “infamous” Burgerville morning coffee group as the Great Burgerville Free Throw Shootout between Woodside and John Hutchison.

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World and national news in brief

LONDON (AP) — The BBC is in a bind after opponents of Margaret Thatcher pushed the song “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead” to the top of the British charts in a posthumous protest over her divisive policies.

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Kerry to North Korea: Don’t test missile

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a stark warning to North Korea on Friday not to test-fire a mid-range missile, while rejecting a new U.S. intelligence report suggesting significant progress in the communist regime’s nuclear weapons program.

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AP source: Immigration bill could exclude many

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan immigration bill soon to be introduced in the Senate could exclude hundreds of thousands of immigrants here illegally from ever becoming U.S. citizens, according to a Senate aide with knowledge of the proposals.

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Amish gather a last time before prison terms start

BERGHOLZ, Ohio — The Amish schoolhouse quiets as students in first through eighth grades settle into tight rows of scuffed metal desks to begin singing, their voices rising and dipping like the surrounding hills.

Gender segregation now mandatory in Gaza schools

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Starting with the new school year in September, Gaza boys and girls in middle and high school will be breaking the law if they study side by side. Gaza’s Islamic militant Hamas rulers argue that the new legislation, mandating gender separation in schools from age nine, enshrines common practice. But women’s activists warned it’s another step in the Hamas agenda of imposing its fundamentalist world view on Gaza’s 1.7 million people.

Church news in brief

Events and news from area churches

Organic apples and pears to be antibiotic-free

PORTLAND — The organic apples you buy in the grocery store will soon be free of a widely used antibiotic. The National Organic Standards Board late Thursday rejected a petition to allow growers to use the antibiotic oxytetracyline beyond the existing expiration date of Oct. 21, 2014. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s labeling standards generally prohibit food from being certified organic if antibiotics were used during production. But the threat of fire blight — a bacterial pathogen that infects flowers and trees — led to an exception for growers of apples and pears.

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There’s growing buzz about bees

Ken Ograin tends to seven honey beehives on his 3-acre Elmira property in Lane County. Since 1996, the 71-year-old has been a beekeeper, partly to pollinate his apple and cherry trees, but mostly because he loves bees.

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Pendleton moves past TDW girls tennis

Lady Buckaroos take all of their matches in straight sets for an 8-0 league win Blessed with an experienced roster that returned every varsity player for the spring season, the Pendleton Buckaroos girl’s tennis team came away with an 8-0 league victory over The Dalles Wahtonka in a Thursday night 5A tennis duel in The Dalles.

Kramer Field to hold opening Little League ceremonies

TD Little League baseball festivities honor local youths Kramer Field will be the Mecca of baseball starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, as The Dalles little League is set to kick off festivities for the 2013 campaign. Through the next few months, boys and girls of all ages will take part in exhilarating moments on the diamond.

2013 1A Track and Field performance rankings

2013 1A Track and Field Performance Rankings Boys Rankings 100 Meters 1. Ty Warn 11.34c J.Valley 2. Caleb Lindsey 11.44c Camas 2. Gabe Ovgard 11.44c Triad 4. Joel Baeza 11.54c Life Chr. 5. Mike Wagner 11.60a Pacific 200 Meters

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Astro-Graph Friday, April 12

It looks like your circumstances will improve in the year ahead. First and foremost, you could be unusually lucky in most of your moneymaking ventures, as well as generally fortunate in all of your dealings.

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Bridge: Do not forget to count the points

It is a sad fact of bridge that it does not matter how great your bidding might be. If you do not make the contract, the opponents get points.

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Astro-Graph, Saturday April 13

Though you may be restless in the coming months, don't make changes simply for change's sake. If you find yourself at a loss, stay where you are, because it may be your best chance for success.

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Ask Dr. K: Breast-feeding helps protect babies

DEAR DOCTOR K: What are the benefits of breast-feeding? And if I do decide to breast-feed, how will I know if my baby is getting enough milk? DEAR READER: Breast milk provides all the calories and nutrients that a baby needs for the first six months of life. It also helps protect babies from illnesses such as ear infections, lung infections, vomiting and diarrhea. That's because for the first months of life, a baby's immune system is not fully developed. Breast milk contains antibodies that the mother has made, plus several other infection-fighting substances and cells.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Riding the ups and downs of life

Imagine for a moment that I’m standing in front of a gigantic chart that tracks the movement of the stock market from almost the beginning of the last century. You see a series of peaks and valleys corresponding to various historic events. There is a serious downdraft during the Depression of the 1930s. But look. It goes back up. It invariably goes up.

Oregon Senate approves Democrats’ pension cuts

SALEM — The Oregon state Senate on Thursday approved a Democratic plan to cut pension benefits for retired government workers, voting along party lines over vehement objections from Republicans who said the plan was timid and anemic.

For the Record, April 12

Police, fire, hospital and lottery reports fro Friday, April 12, 2013.

A fry-free take on fava bean falafel burgers

The best-tasting veggie burger I’ve ever met is falafel. A product of the Middle East, falafel are deep-fried fritters made from ground chickpeas or fava beans that are tucked into pita pockets and drizzled with tahini. They are delicious, hearty, inexpensive and relatively healthy.

Good economic status no guarantee of good nutritional health among kids

Study finds that even well-off kids don’t eat enough good foods. The idea behind the study was relatively simple. While there have been studies examining dietary deficiencies among children with relatively low socioeconomic statuses, Simone Frei noted that there have been few similar studies done in more prosperous and well-educated communities.

School district authorizes cuts

It’s unknown whether budget will force layoffs

Legislation would establish free Internet as policy

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden wants to stop an initiative from the United Nations’ 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications in its tracks that would allow countries to tax Internet use that travels through their borders.

Walden bill would aid sourthwest timber counties

Federal bills aim at timber revenue to aid hard-hit areas As some of Oregon’s southwestern counties hover near bankruptcy after the loss of federal payments in lieu of timber receipts, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) talked April 10 about a new bill designed to help those hardest-hit counties.

GOP ‘club’ targets Walden, promises primary fight

WASHINGTON — Hypocrisy is nothing new in Washington. The long-running debate over taxes and spending, however, is producing especially blatant examples of politicians contradicting themselves or attacking opponents for taking the very stances they’ve taken themselves.

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Court OKs agreement on Oregon river temperatures

GRANTS PASS — A federal court has approved an agreement that salmon advocates hope will lead to cooler water in rivers for salmon. But whether that turns out to be the case remains a muddy question.

No-Burn day April 12, Burn days April 13-14

No-Burn day April 12, Burn days April 13-14

Thursday, April 11

Astro-graph, Thursday April 11

You will almost certainly realize many of your aspirations in coming months. This is mostly because you’ll be unusually pragmatic and will actively take measures to turn your dreams into realities.

Implanted ‘bracelet’ helps treat chronic heartburn

A tiny magnetic bracelet implanted at the base of the throat is greatly improving life for some people with chronic heartburn who get limited relief from medicines. It’s a novel way to treat severe acid reflux, which plagues millions of Americans and can raise their risk for more serious health problems.

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World and national news in brief

SUWANEE, Ga. (AP) — It’s a call that firefighters routinely respond to — a report of a medical emergency.

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Bitcoins becoming hot currency

Digital money gains legitimacy LONDON (AP) — With $600 stuffed in one pocket and a smartphone tucked in the other, Patricio Fink recently struck the kind of deal that’s feeding the rise of a new kind of money — a virtual currency whose oscillations have pulled geeks and speculators alike through stomach-churning highs and lows.

Oregon Senate OKs loosening mascot policy

SALEM (AP) — A state policy that requires schools to erase Native American logos from uniforms, sports fields, trophy cases and other items would be loosened under a bill passed by the state Senate on Wednesday.

Obama wants $2.2 billion for Hanford cleanup

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The 2014 budget proposed by President Barack Obama would spend more money to empty underground waste tanks at the Hanford nuclear reservation.

Sherman commissioners work on county population

County has begun offering incentives As Sherman County avoids many of the budget problems its neighbors are facing, its county court is pondering another problem: A declining population. “We’re trying to turn that around,” said County Judge Gary Thompson.

Commission considers priorities

Commissioners plan to choose one project to exercise their collaboration skills The Gorge Commission is picking a topic to tackle with its new collaboration skills, and offered three top prospects Tuesday: urban boundaries, recreation overuse pressures, and reviving its “vital signs” monitoring program.

D21 seeks input on loan

Reflecting on past complaints has prompted North Wasco County School District 21 to add a layer of transparency and accountability to possible new funding efforts by creating a Project Oversight Committee.

Arts and entertainment events from April 11

This April weekend is the perfect time to act like a tourist in your own backyard and appreciate, not just the landscape that makes the Columbia River Gorge special, but the people, too. Artists and wineries — and there are many of each in the gorge — are throwing open their doors this weekend, offering ample excuses to visit people and communities you might otherwise overlook. The weather report may not predict post-card perfect skies, but if you haven’t noticed before, cloudy skies and even a light sheen of rain are the perfect setting to enhance the drama of our region.

Firearm background check system is down

Currently, the National Instant Check System is unavailable and firearm background checks cannot be processed until this service has been restored. We will update progress on when the system will be available to conduct firearms background checks. An Oregon State Police representative said he understands how frustrating the unexpected disruption is for those who rely on this service. Once restored, we will work hard to complete any outstanding requests as soon as possible.

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Tour gorge artists’ studios April 12 to 14

Tour the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and meet the artists living and working in their studios this weekend, Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14.

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Editorial cartoons, April 11

Editorial cartoons from April 11.

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Guest Comment: Keeping rural health in mind

America’s health care system is in the midst of a much-needed overhaul. It’s currently too complex and expensive. It values disease treatment over prevention. As a result, Americans pay some of the highest health care costs, while our quality of care is only average when compared worldwide.

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Editorial: Park systems face slow death

“For a generation, the state has made repeated cuts to state park funding while offering the impression that the cuts would have little effect.” This quote, which happens to come from California, can be applied to state park systems everywhere in the U.S. Even in Oregon, where a user-fee system is well accepted and keeps parks open, it is certain that long-term maintenance and planning would benefit from an enhanced funding stream.

For the Record, April 11, 2013

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for April 11, 2013.

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Bridge: Encore for no-trump jump

Colin Hay, a Scottish-born musician who came to prominence as lead vocalist of the Australian band Men at Work, said, “I don’t walk off and come back for encores. I figure I can add four weeks to my life that way.” In a bridge column, though, encores can help to reinforce the point being made by the writer.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Condensed soup recipes that can really save you money

Dear Mary: I am trying to find recipe substitutes for the popular creamed soups, like cream of celery, cream of mushroom, etc. These condensed soups are killing my budget. I don’t even want to pay a buck a can for the generic option at Walmart! — Nikki, Colorado

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Ask Dr. K: Dietary changes bring relief from gastroparesis

DEAR DOCTOR K: A friend has a condition called gastroparesis. Could you explain what it is and how it can be treated? DEAR READER: Gastroparesis is the term used for sluggish emptying of food from the stomach into the small intestine. Normally, your stomach moves about half of an average meal into the small intestine within two hours after you eat. Within four hours, about 90 percent of your meal is in the small intestine. If you have gastroparesis, food stays in the stomach much longer.

Bryant has 47 in Lakers’ 113-106 over Blazers

PORTLAND — It didn’t matter that it was the Rose Garden. The “M-V-P!” chant for Kobe Bryant was loud and clear. Bryant scored a season-high 47 points and carried the Los Angeles Lakers closer to a playoff berth with a 113-106 victory over the short-handed but tenacious Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

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Eagle Indian netters throttle through Hood River

Seven wins come in straight sets of lopsided 7-1 outcome Aside from an injury suffered by Griffin Martin, The Dalles Wahtonka boy’s tennis team never gave an inch in an impressive 7-1 drubbing of Hood River Valley in varsity tennis play in The Dalles.

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SWC makes moves in Culver: Nannini, Crowell, boy’s relay and Zoe Morelli victorious

While facing three other teams in a higher classification, South Wasco County rattled off 20 top-3 finishes, including three individual wins and a relay victory in Tuesday’s Culver Tri-River Meet at Culver High School.

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T-Dub girls upended by HRV tennis

No. 1 doubles team of Mazeski and Wilson pull off lone triumph in 7-1 finish The Dalles Wahtonka girls have several reasons to feel as though they are making progress on the 5A tennis front.

Burn April 11, No-Burn April 12, Burn April 13

Burn April 11, No-Burn April 12, Burn April 13

Wednesday, April 10

Understanding Oregon's controlled hunt application: Deadline is May 15

ALEM, Ore.—It’s that time of year when many hunters are poring over big game statistics and summary reports, trying to figure out what controlled hunts to apply for. (The deadline to apply is May 15.) After software engineer Ron Wold didn’t draw a tag he was sure he would, he created the Oregon Tag Draw Percentages website to help hunters figure out their chances. Hundreds view his website or contact him each year to get a sense of their chances. The book Oregon Tag Guide also helps hunters understand their odds.

Groups put invasive quagga and zebra mussel response plan to the test in Oregon

Prineville, Ore.— The discovery of invasive quagga or zebra mussels in an Oregon waterbody would trigger a rapid response plan involving a number of agencies and stakeholders that would come together to evaluate and contain the situation. To test and improve Oregon’s response plan, a number of groups met in Prineville on April 2 and 3 in a simulated exercise.

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Central Zone weekly fishing report

Fishing continues to be excellent on the Crooked River. The winter steelhead season continues on the Hood River. Pinehollow and Rock Creek reservoirs have been stocked recently and fishing should be good for rainbow trout.

Central Zone weekly hunting report

OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE. SPRING BEAR (see regs, controlled seasons open April 1 and April 15), SPRING TURKEY (opens April 15)

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Central Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Wasco and Sherman counties Vultures, with their distinctive "V" shaped wing pattern, are back and can be seen patrolling the areas roads and rivers. Ground squirrels are now visible on warmer days, grey squirrels are out and about as well, often spotted in the pine and oak habitat of the Cascade foothills.

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Columbia River weekly fishing report

Spring Chinook angling is open above Bonneville Dam. Walleye anglers are doing well in the John Day pool. Sturgeon catch rates improved in the area between St. Helens and Portland. ­Effective April 1, the Oregon annual sturgeon bag limit changed from one to two legal white sturgeon.

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Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: If the water flows cooperate, the Klamath River can be a fine place for winter trout fishing. Mann Lake is ice-free and fishing continues to be good for 16-inch cutthroats.

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Southeast Zone weekly hunting report

Ground Squirrels – Ground squirrels and marmots are emerging now with the nice weather. Best prospects are on private lands although good opportunities exist on some public lands as well. Because of the damage these rodents cause to agricultural lands, many landowners allow access for those willing to ask.

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Southeast Zone wildlife viewing

The 32nd Annual John Scharff Migratory Bird Festival, April 11-14 2013, Burns Spend an amazing weekend witnessing the spectacular spring migration in the Harney Basin of Southeast Oregon. View thousands of migratory birds as they rest and feed in the wide open spaces of Oregon's high desert. From waterfowl to shorebirds, cranes to raptors, wading birds to songbirds, you'll see it all!

Willamette Zone fishing report

• A few spring chinook have been landed on the lower Willamette, and angler effort is picking up in anticipation of stronger returns. • Steelhead fishing is picking up on the North and Santiam rivers. • Trout stocking is getting in full swing at various locations around the Willamette Valley. Sites scheduled for stocking this week include Canby Pond, Sheridan Pond, St. Louis Ponds, Alton Baker Cano Canal, Cottage Grove Pond, Dexter Reservoir, EE Wilson Pond, Junction City Pond, Timber Linn Lake and Waverly Lake. • A free family fishing event will occur at Cottage Grove Pond east of Cottage Grove off Row River Road on Sat. April 13 from 9:30-1:30pm. All equipment and instruction provided. No pre-registration required. Fishing licenses are required for anglers over 13 years of age. Contact the Springfield ODFW office at 541-726-3515 for additional information.

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Willamette Zone hunting report

NEW: Hunters get a free Sauvie Island parking permit with their purchase of an annual hunting license. Display on car dash. The parking permit is also required at EE Wilson Wildlife Area near Corvallis and a number of other areas.

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Willamette Zone wildlife viewing report

WETLANDS TURTLE WALK, Saturday, April 13, Smith and Bybee Wetlands, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Smith and Bybee Wetlands is home to one of the state’s largest Western painted turtle populations. See these beautiful reptiles with the help of Metro naturalist James Davis. Registration and payment of $6 per adult or $11 per household required in advance. For more information, call 503-220-2781. MT. TALBERT NATURE WALK, Wednesday, April 17, 8 – 11 a.m. Join Ron Escano and the Audubon Society of Portland on a walking tour of Mt. Talbert Nature Park to look for early spring migrants. Directions: From I 205 exit 14- Sunnyside/Sunnybrook off ramp, turn east on SE Sunnybrook Blvd.

Everyday Cheapskate: EC mailbag reveals great ideas

Each week, I rummage through the mailbag at DPL Central and find all kinds of things from my dear readers. You’d never believe some of the letters and messages I find in there. Some are silly, others mind-boggling but always I find great new ideas, tips and tricks that will either save me time or money

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Ask Dr. K: ‘Neural mismatch’ is cause of motion sickness

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve always had motion sickness while traveling. Now I’ve started to get it at the movies. What causes motion sickness? And what can I do about it? DEAR READER: Lots of people get dizzy or nauseated, and even vomit, when traveling by boat, airplane, car or bus. And as you’ve found, even watching a movie can bring on motion sickness — especially the action scene.

Protection eyed for bird that needs wildfire

Habitats in Sierras and Oregon Cascades could be protected GRANTS PASS — A woodpecker that depends on intense wildfires for the standing dead trees where it feeds on insects is being considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday it will take a closer look at the black-backed woodpecker. A decision is due in a year but could take longer due to budget cuts.

Burn Days April 10 and 11, No-Burn April 12

Burn Days April 10 and 11, No-Burn April 12

TDW starting to hit its track stride

As the season goes on, the numbers keep dropping for The Dalles Wahtonka. TDW’s track and field team was in action Tuesday for the Pendleton Junior Varsity Meet in Pendleton and had the boy’s relay team pull off a double sweep and sophomore Yasmin Hill tacked on a pair of second-place finishes to highlight the bunch. In the 4x100 relay, the team of Andres Manzo, Julio Manzo, Also Rivas and Damion Morris scorched the field with a final time of 42.58 seconds for top honors.

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Swinging the big sticks: Home runs lead Dufur to a 13-8 triumph

Keyser, Newman and Little slug home runs to lead Dufur to a 13-8 triumph Call them Dufur’s Bash Brothers. Josh Keyser, Bradley Newman and Nick Little each slugged home runs to spearhead the Rangers’ 10-hit attack for a 13-8 comeback triumph over Horizon Christian in league baseball action Tuesday at Dufur City Park.

Arlington Twighlight track meet results

Arlington Twilight Track Meet April 9, 2013 Mens Results 100 Meters - Varsity - Finals 1. Evan Rietmann 12.02a Ione 2. Alex Flores 12.20a Umatilla 3. Mason Bloomster 12.24a Horizon 3. Bryce Smith 12.24a Horizon 14. Wendell Jim 13.47a Dufur 15. Jake Little 13.51a Dufur 16. Kevin Hart 13.82a Sherman

For the Record, April 10

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for April 10, 2013.

Students describe bloody scene at Texas college

CYPRESS, Texas (AP) — A 20-year-old student who told police he had fantasized for years about stabbing people to death went on a rampage with a knife at a suburban Houston community college, hurting more than a dozen people, authorities said. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said that about 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, Dylan Quick began a building-to-building rampage with a razor-like knife at the Lone Star Community College System in Cypress. He wounded at least 14 people.

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World and national news in brief

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A military judge is clearing the way for a member of the team that raided Osama bin Laden’s compound to testify in the trial of an Army private charged in a massive leak of U.S. secrets.

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Air Force will ground fighters, bombers

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A top general says federal budget cuts that will ground one-third of the U.S. Air Force’s active-duty force of combat planes including fighters and bombers means “accepting the risk that combat airpower may not be ready to respond immediately to new contingencies as they occur.”

What's Happening from April 10

New Entries CHALLENGER REGISTRATION: A Challenger Baseball meeting and registration is planned Monday, April 15, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Spooky’s Pizza. HEALTHY LIVING: A Plant-Based Recipes class featuring legumes, grains and tofu, cooking demonstrations and samples, is planned ONLINE PROGRAM: North Wasco Virtual Academy will conduct two informational presentations about the K12.com online educational program for students in grades K-12.

Chenowith Water PUD flushes hydrants

Chenowith Water PUD will be flushing hydrants beginning Monday, April 15, and continue for the next few weeks.

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Sherman County bust yields meth valued at $40,000

A Bellevue, Wash., man is being charged in Sherman County following a March 28 traffic stop that yielded about 1.3 pounds of methamphetamine.

Alert to Congress: Nuclear evacuation may bog down

‘Shadow’ flight could clog evacuation paths from zone A new government report challenges a pillar of planning for disasters at American nuclear power plants, finding that people living beyond the official 10-mile evacuation zone might be so frightened by the prospect of spreading radiation that they would flee of their own accord, clog roads, and delay the escape of others.

Northern Wasco County PUD garners power accolade

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District is among 184 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) recognition from the American Public Power Association for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. Brent McKinney, manager, electric transmission and distribution at City Utilities of Springfield, Mo., and chair of APPA’s RP3 review panel, presented the designees on March 25 during the association’s annual Engineering and Operations Technical Conference held in Kissimmee, Fla.

Word on the Street: A few ideas on your tourism role

Possibilties, not guarantees: Tour boats begin mooring at the Union Street marine terminal just a week from today. Every other Monday overnight stays begin the week after that on April 22. Those facts don’t guarantee the passengers will drop by any particular store in The Dalles, but Dolores Habberstad has a few suggestions that can help make the prospect more enticing — without costing an arm and a leg.

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‘Grow with us,’ says Cherry Growers CEO

Cherry Growers plans to diversify product line, boost capacity in The Dalles Cherry season is still a few months away, but Oregon Cherry Growers is experiencing a lot of activity on its downtown The Dalles property.

Rogers, Bare, Clement in Country Hall of Fame

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Country Music Hall of Fame recognized pioneers who are responsible for the genre’s growing diversity by selecting its new class of Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and Jack Clement.

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Buddhist retreat by Goldendale opens

A Buddhist retreat near Goldendale, some 12 years in the making, accepted its first 13 “long-retreatants” Sunday, March 31, who will be cloistered in virtual silence for a year.

Tuesday, April 9

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World and national news in brief

Tax return identity theft grows WASHINGTON (AP) — The 2014 budget proposal to be released by the White House on Wednesday will include new steps to combat what the Internal Revenue Service says is an exponential

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Robot hot among surgeons but FDA taking a new look

CHICAGO (AP) — The biggest thing in operating rooms these days is a million-dollar, multi-armed robot named da Vinci, used in nearly 400,000 surgeries nationwide last year — triple the number just four years earlier.

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Editorial cartoons, April 9

Editorial cartoons Tuesday, April 9.

Opinion: What’s reasonable in government power?

Guest opinion by Kathryn Lopez Have you noticed all the talk about the “inevitability” of same-sex marriage? Are you watching the second round of the “war on women” rhetoric hitting opponents of the president’s stance on abortion and health care? We need to take a deep breath and consider the consequences of these radical changes to the notion of “freedom.”

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Editorial: We can do better on autism

Each month of the year represents a chance to bring additional awareness to certain issues in society, and April is no exception. One of April’s more prominent designations is Autism Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease control estimate as many as one in every 88 children has autism, so awareness of the disorder is essential for a number of reasons.

Victims: Drop deadline for child sex-abuse cases

SALEM — Adult victims of child sex abuse implored Oregon legislators on Monday to eliminate the legal deadline for prosecutors for file charges against alleged abusers.

Senior News: Financial health is the focus for the month of April

How are you doing financially? Are you able to live comfortably; able to take vacations to faraway places? Or are you just getting by — barely able to meet your basic needs: housing, food, clothing, transportation and medical?

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Cherry Blossom Fitness Festival expects growth

The Cherry Blossom Fitness Festival returns to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles this Sunday, April 14.

Corp hosts free vessel safety inspections April 27

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will help recreational boaters to prepare their boats for summer by hosting free vessel safety inspections at Columbia Hills State Park from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27.

What's Happening from April 9

New Entries PUD GRANTS: The deadline to submit applications from economic development grants through Northern Wasco County PUD is 5 p.m., Friday, May 3. Applications may be obtained at the PUD office, 2345 River Road, the PUD’s website at www.nwasco.com, or by calling the office and requesting an application be faxed or mailed. MEXICAN DINNER: Sonrise Academy hosts its annual Mexican Dinner and Dessert Auction Thursday, April 11, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The full Mexican dinner is at Sonrise Academy, 333 E. 12th St. OPEN SWIM: The Hood River Aquatic Center will have a special open swim from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 15. Admission is $1.

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Robotics workshop challenges students

Photos from Saturday's robotics workshop at Collumbia Gorge Community College.

ODOT sued over bus crash

PORTLAND (AP) — Lawyers representing a survivor and the estates of three people killed in the tour bus crash last December on I-84 near Pendleton are suing the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Thatcher leaves contested legacy

LONDON (AP) — She was Britain’s first female leader, a strong woman who battled her way to the top of a male-dominated political system — but don’t call Margaret Thatcher a feminist.

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One dies, two sustain injuries in I-84 crash

Investigation by the Oregon State Police is continuing into the cause of a fatal single-vehicle crash April 6 on Interstate 84 about five miles east of The Dalles. The crash resulted in the death of one man and injuries to two other vehicle occupants.

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Counties eye childhood role: Sherman offers to administer five-county hub

Sherman County has offered to provide administration for a regional hub that will provide early childhood services.

Dufur baseball splits pair with Pilot Rock

After losing their opening game by a 4-2 margin to Pilot Rock Rockets, the Dufur Rangers rebounded in a big way with an eight-hit effort for a 10-2 victory and a season split Saturday in baseball action in Pilot Rock.

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Tribe opens floodgates on Mountain View

No. 13 Eagle Indians use 18 hits for a 16-4 victory over Cougars The middle of the order had its mojo working and Morgan Triperinas took care of the rest.

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Dufur, SWC set top marks in weekend meets

Rangers post top-3 finishes; Taylor Darden wins shotput Taylor Darden won her second shotput event of the season and the Dufur Rangers added 10 top-5 finishes in their try against a top field at the Columbia River Invitational Track Meet Saturday in Riverside.

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Sherman Huskies rally for series split

­­ Riley Brown drives in tying run, scores winning run to lead Sherman to a 7-5 win Right before Nick Coleman went out for his at-bat, Sherman pitcher Austin Kaseberg pulled him close for some inspirational words.

For the Record, April 9

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for April 9. 2013.

School calendars, from April 9

North Wasco District 21 April 9: School board meeting, 7 p.m., Wahtonka Dufur School District April 10: Suicide prevention assembly for grades 7-12 by SAFE group, 10 a.m.

Sonrise Academy releases third quarter honor roll

Primary Honors Victorya Anderson Tim DePaepe Logan Hanna Lucas Johnson Honor Roll (88-93 percent average) Josh Bonfil Mavi Bonfil Sheldon Leigh Kai Nagamatsu Bailey Nearing Michael Nelson

Poetry slam and concert coming April 18

Concert will have Love and War theme For poetry lovers in the gorge, The Dalles Middle School will be the place to be on Thursday, April 18. On that day the school will be home to back to back poetry events, including the school district’s seventh annual poetry slam.

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Community shows support for Girl Scout troop

The local Girl Scout troop is feeling the love after experiencing community support from several quarters.

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Students dream up ninjas from Candyland

Destination Imagination team gets third A pair of ninjas, a mysterious treasure and a fairy disguised as a rock helped a Destination Imagination team from The Dalles Middle School end their season with a third-place medal at state.

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Bridge: Two-no-trump overcall

In bridge you must use your brain to gain the most from each hand you hold. And in this week’s columns, we are looking at balancing, when one player, if he passes, will end the auction.

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Astro-graph, Wednesday April 10

Friends and/or associates will back you up when things get out of hand in the year ahead. Knowing that support will be available when you need it will enable you to confidently go after what you want.

Everyday Cheapskate: You can feel good about vacationing

So, how are those summer vacation plans coming? If things aren’t looking so good for you to get away from home this year, it’s probably not because you don’t have the time. According to a survey by Harris Interactive Inc., the American worker left an average of 9.2 days of vacation unused in 2012. That’s up from 6.2 unused days in 2011.

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Ask Dr. K: How cells age may lead to anti-aging treatments

DEAR DOCTOR K: I see advertisements about various treatments that stop your cells from aging. Is there anything to that? What happens to our cells as we age? DEAR READER: There are no treatments that can stop our cells from aging. But in the past 10 years scientists have made giant steps in understanding what causes cells to age. That knowledge could lead to true “anti-aging” treatments.

April 9 is No-Burn Day, April 10-11 are predicted Burn days in The Dalles

April 9 is No-Burn Day, April 10-11 are predicted Burn days in The Dalles

Monday, April 8

One dead in I-84 weekend crash

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of a single vehicle traffic crash along Interstate 84 about five miles east of The Dalles that resulted in the death of an adult male and injuries to two other occupants on Saturday morning.

Saturday, April 6

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TDW baseball nine suffers 3-2 setback

The Dalles Wahtonka held a 2-1 lead through 2 ½ innings, but Lakeridge came back with one run in the bottom of the third and notched the eventual game-winning run in the fifth to capture a 3-2 victory Friday in non-league baseball play in Lake Oswego.

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Track athletes fly to greater heights

The Dalles Wahtonka, Sherman track teams net solid results in Friday events The Dalles Wahtonka jumped back into action Friday night at the East County Classic in Gresham where 12 athletes amassed top-5 placings and both Lio Tunai and Harris Farr claimed first place recognition to lead the boy’s track and field team to fifth place in the standings.

Oregon takes up gun control bills

SALEM — A National Rifle Association representative, relatives of two people killed in a December mall shooting spree and others took part in a passionate gun control debate Friday as Oregon’s Legislature began considering bills that would impose new gun restrictions but wouldn’t go as far as some lawmakers had hoped.

Oregon panel backs Democratic proposal for pension cuts

SALEM — The budget committee of the Oregon Legislature approved a Democratic bill curbing pension benefits for public employees in a party-line vote Friday, paving the way for decisions in the House and Senate as soon as this week.

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Bend nonprofit recycles bicycles to give away

The scene on a recent weekday morning at Bicycle Re-Source of Bend is not unlike that at any bike shop in town: A man, Mark Clark, inspects a lavender Huffy mountain bike in a workshop, his greasy hands spinning wheels and checking brakes. Dozens of tires hang from a wall, along with myriad tools on a pegboard.

Letter to the Editor: Yes, tampering

To the editor: According to the White house and its Barack Hussein media, the re-election of the president was fraud-free.

Letter to the Editor: Bank worries

To the editor: I have been following the latest banking situation in Cyprus and have concerns that it will happen here.

Letter to the Editor: Thanks, volunteers

To the editor: On behalf of the Mid-Columbia Fellowship of Churches, I want to pass along a big thank you and well done to all the people who worked to make the Easter Sunrise Service at Pulpit Rock a very meaningful service for the whole community.

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Editorial cartoons, April 7

Editorial cartoons, April 7.

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Editorial: Look for alternatives

Most of us use them day in and day out without a second thought. They are a part of the landscape, given little thought until — “K-THUNK!”

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The Hound of Heaven opens at Maryhill Museum

MARYHILL MUSEUM of Art is displaying through May 27 The Hound of Heaven.

What's Happening from April 7

New Entries READ ALOUD: Library patrons, community members, high school staff and students will read aloud from their favorite books or writings at Sherman County Public/School Library’s 17th annual Read Aloud on Tuesday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. Local author Jane Kirkpatrick will host this event and read a selection from her newly released novel, “One Glorious Ambition.” Admission and refreshments are free. To sign up for a 5-minute reading, contact the library at 541-565-3279. Sherman County Public/School Library is located at 65912 High School Loop, Moro.

Meet your local farmer at CSA open house April 17

Gorge Grown Food Network invites the public to meet local farmers and ranchers at the second annual CSA Farm Open House at Dog River Coffee in Hood River on Wednesday, April 17, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. CSA is short for Community Supported Agriculture — an innovative way to purchase local food that has risen in popularity in the past decade.

Scenic highway to close April 15 to May 23

The Historic Columbia River Highway and the landmark Vista House will be closed April 15 through May 23 as the year-long highway restoration project nears completion.

Moro citizens seek funds to replace plaque with proper headstone

A group of citizens in Moro, with help from the Sherman County Historical Society and the Moro Cemetery Board, is raising money for a proper headstone for former Moro resident Bill Raymond.

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Deep sea vents bring new areas of exploration

The discovery of hydrothermal deep sea vents in the late 1970s opened up multiple new areas of research and learning for geologists, chemists and biologists.

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Peter Byrne’s search goes on: Acclaimed Bigfoot hunter continues quest at coast

Peter Byrne has been engaged in what he describes as the “Big Searches” for almost his entire life; his Bigfoot search alone has spanned 50 years. His first experience was in the 1960s, working in northern California.

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What lives in the Woods?

Jack Robertson was a Wasco County deputy in the early 1970s when The Dalles was the center of the Bigfoot universe.

Friday, April 5

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When war comes "This Close..."

Jonathan Pablik, 23, a Marine veteran, captivated fourth graders at Chenowith Elementary School, using his military training Thursday to hold their attention.

Oregon lawmakers eye land loophole

PORTLAND (AP) — Some Oregon lawmakers are prepared to block land use laws to land an electronics factory that would invest more than $1 billion and employ at least 1,000 workers.

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Official: Obama proposes cuts to Social Security

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s proposed budget will call for reductions in the growth of Social Security and other benefit programs while still insisting on more taxes from the wealthy in a renewed attempt to strike a broad deficit-cutting deal with Republicans, a senior administration official says.

NSA electronic eavesdropping operation near Yakima closes

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The National Security Agency is closing a secretive listening post it has quietly operated near Yakima since the early 1970s, a newspaper reported Thursday.

Hearing may go forward despite opposition; city cites process

The City of The Dalles may move ahead for procedural reasons with the hearing to fund an Economic Improvement District despite a strong showing of opposition by downtown property owners.

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CASA appoints new child advocate volunteers

Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) has appointed its newest child advocates: Nicolette Hage, Antonio Marconi, Colleen Clark and Patricia Carty, Wasco County; and Stacey Johnson, Hood River County, who were sworn in by the Honorable Paul G. Crowley March 6, 2013.

What's Happening from April 5

New Entries ONLINE PROGRAM: North Wasco Virtual Academy will conduct two informational presentations about the K12.com online educational program for students in grades K-12. This is an educational opportunity for homeschoolers and students enrolled in other online schools to be enrolled in a local school and take courses at home with a parent learning coach. The meeting is April 16, in the meeting room at The Dalles-Wasco County Library, 722 Court Street. Grades K through 5, 1:15 to 2 p.m. Grades 6 through12, 2:15 to 3 p.m.

Earth Day cleanup scheduled at The Dalles Dam April 20

PORTLAND — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the public to join its park rangers for the annual Earth Day event Saturday, April 20, at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center and Seufert Park.

Washington man accused of selling fake air bags

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A federal prosecutor who has accused a Vancouver, Wash., man of selling nearly 1,000 counterfeit vehicle air bags says the fakes could fail to deploy in a crash or “deploy in a ball of fire.” U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan of Seattle said Thursday that 25-year-old Vitaliy Yaremkiv was arrested this week on a four-count indictment charging him with trafficking in counterfeit goods. Prosecutors allege the man imported the counterfeit Honda, Subaru and Toyota air bags from China and elsewhere, selling them over the Internet as real air bags. Durkan says sales topped $137,000.

Wasco County Circuit Court judgements

Wasco County Circuit Court David James Jacobsen, 30, 3726 W. 7th St., 36 months supervised probation, $800 in court costs and fine, for felon in possession of a firearm, a Class C felony. A charge of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana was dismissed.

For the Record April 5, 2013

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for April 5, 2013.

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Bridge: Get from here to there

I suppose that has a parallel in bridge. He that playeth on one suit before he hath some sort of entrance into that hand elsewhere, goeth to destruction and not to success. In this deal, how should South play in three no-trump after West leads a low heart?

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Astro-graph April 5, 2013

Your aspirations will be elevated to new heights in the year ahead. It could mean a lot of work in a few cases, but the rewards could be commensurate.

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Everyday Cheapskate: It helps to think of debt as a rope

Pop quiz! Is there a difference between borrowing and financing? No need to stress — I’ll tell you. There is, and understanding the difference is very important to your financial health.

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Ask Dr. K: Why there is no quick fix for a hangover

DEAR DOCTOR K: Why do I get a hangover when I drink? What’s the best way to get rid of it? DEAR READER: Last night was great — friends, food, fun and wine. Lots of wine. But this morning your head is pounding and your mouth is dry. The lights are too bright and every noise sounds like a jackhammer. Breakfast? You can’t bear the thought of it. There’s a lot we don’t know about hangovers — but we do know about the effects of alcohol on the body. And what we know may explain some of your hangover symptoms.

Grow what you eat; Cook what you grow

Cooking from the garden is not like cooking from the store. There’s nothing more tasty, nutritious and satisfying than fresh, homemade meals made from the fruits, vegetables and herbs you grew yourself.

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TDW riders stepping it up a notch in Redmond

Eagle Indian equestrians show marked improvements at second meet in Redmond Through two equestrian meets, The Dalles Wahtonka is steadily making their progressions just in time for a successful state tournament showing. TDW amassed seven top-20 finishes, Jacob Richman scored second place in barrels and the team penning group clinched fifth place during Oregon High School Equestrian Teams Central District action in Hooker Arena at

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Sherman hardballers ready for league run

Off to a 1-3 start to the 2013 season, the Sherman Huskies have an idea in mind to do some damage in the 2A Blue Mountain Conference. They will get their start this Saturday for a pair of games against Irrigon – it will show head coach Joe Justesen whether or not this team can hustle their way towards being legitimate contenders in the 2A baseball landscape.

Oregon Select Baseball is holding tryouts for ages 9-14 including the 12U World Series team.

Oregon Select Baseball, now in its 9th year, is holding tryouts for ages 9-14 including the 12U World Series team.

St. Mary’s Academy Foundation of The Dalles will host their 4th Annual Golf

St. Mary’s Academy Foundation of The Dalles will host their 4th Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, May 10, 2013 at The Dalles Country Club.

Dry Hollow Vineyards winery presents the 2013 Gorge Vineyard 3k/5k Run Walk on May 4

Dry Hollow Vineyards winery presents the 2013 Gorge Vineyard 3k/5k Run Walk on May 4, 2013 at 10 a.m., a benefit for Home at Last

The Dalles Youth Football offering signups

The Dalles Youth Football League is offering chances for boys and girls to develop a love of the game for flag and tackle football from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, April 21 at Spooky’s Pizza

Contact The Dalles Chronicle

Contact information for The Dalles Chronicle.

Burn April 5 and 6, No-burn April 7

Burn day Friday and Saturday

Thursday, April 4

Connecticut governor set to sign gun control law

HARTFORD, Conn. — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who four months ago broke the news to shocked parents that their children had been slaughtered in a Connecticut elementary school, signed into law Thursday sweeping new restrictions on weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines similar to the ones used by the gunman.

Oregon pension cut moves closer to being law

SALEM (AP) — A Democratic proposal to cut pension benefits for public employees is one step closer to being law.

Wasco County lacks road funding

Officials scour budget for funds As Wasco County looks for solutions to its road budget problem it is becoming increasingly clear that the loss of federal timber receipts is going to mean a decrease in road quality unless the county can find another revenue source. “We have been looking for that goose with the golden egg, but we haven’t been able to find it yet,” said Chuck Covert, chairman of the Road Advisory Committee.

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Recreation Time

MATT RIGGS watches his throw veer away from the basket as he plays disk golf at Sorosis Park in The Dalles Wednesday afternoon, April 3. A former resident of The Dalles, Riggs is visiting on leave from active duty in the Army. He was playing the course with Brian Brown, Mike Robarge and Dustin Ticknor.

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Organ Crawl Sunday, April 7

Organ Crawl Sunday ST. PETER’S Landmark at Third and Lincoln streets is the starting point for the fourth biennial Organ Crawl, which runs from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 7. The event features five historic pipe organs and five organists:

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'Uncle Phil's Diner' comes to Maupin April 5, 6, 12 and 13.

The Town & Country Players bring “Uncle Phil’s Diner” to South Wasco County at the Maupin Legion Hall this Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6. Additional performances are April 12 and 13. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for performance at 7, tickets are $8, available at Maupin Market, Tygh Valley Store, Wamic Store or call 541-483-2253.

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‘Romancing’ tracks history of West through music April 6

“The First Lady of Woodstock” Melanie headlines the time traveling concert Travel through time musically at the Romancing the West Tour, a narrative-style concert featuring an ensemble of acclaimed performers, telling the epic story of the American West. The event comes to The Dalles Civic Auditorium on Saturday, April 6, starting at 7 p.m.

Arts and Entertainment, from March 4

This Week April 4 – Trivia topics are rabbits and religions of the world, 6 p.m., Clock Tower Ales, 311 Union St., The Dalles, 541-705-3590, www.clocktowerales.com April 5 – Willy and Nelson, 6-9 p.m., Zim’s Brau Haus, 604 E. Second, The Dalles, www.zimsbrauhaus.com April 5 – Jager Bumz, 9 p.m., Clock Tower Ales, 311 Union St., The Dalles, 541-705-3590, www.clocktowerales.com

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North Korea moves missile to east coast

Experts: North Korea can’t hit mainland U.S. SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has moved a missile with “considerable range” to its east coast, South Korea’s defense minister said Thursday, but he added that there are no signs that the North is preparing for a full-scale conflict.

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Mexican drug cartels dispatch agents deep inside US

CHICAGO (AP) — Mexican drug cartels whose operatives once rarely ventured beyond the U.S. border are dispatching some of their most trusted agents to live and work deep inside the United States — an emboldened presence that experts believe is meant to tighten their grip on the world’s most lucrative narcotics market and maximize profits.

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World and national news in brief

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Sticky-fingered thieves are stealing the sap right out of Maine’s maple trees. With little more than a spout-like tap and a bucket, people are looting the liquid out of trees on private property and hauling it away to turn into sweet maple syrup.

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Editorial cartoons, April 4, 2013

Editorial cartoons from April 4, 2013.

Editorial: PERS reform key decision

Reforming Oregon’s pension program for public employees is the most contentious and important issue facing state and local government. Without fundamental changes to the system known as PERS, cuts in funding to schools and other basic public services will accelerate.

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Mayor's report: Multipurpose permits and urban issues

March began with my first trip to Washington D.C. as part of The Dalles Outreach Team. The purpose of visiting Washington twice a year has been to connect with important federal agencies, research funding sources for local projects and strengthen relationships with senators and representatives and staffs from both sides of the river.

Editorial: Better laws for service animals

Oregon law is pretty lax where service animals are concerned. It sets relatively few standards about what animals are considered “service” animals. That’s caused problems for everyone from grocery store owners to the disabled themselves. Now a bill before the Oregon Legislature introduced by Sen. Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg, would improve the situation.

Bar hopping goat was stolen from zoo

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — So the goat that walked into a Montana bar last weekend was stolen from a petting zoo. Fairmont Hot Springs Resort general manager Steve Luebeck says staffers knew the goat was missing but didn’t realize it had been stolen until they saw a story in The Montana Standard on Wednesday reporting that a goat had been taken into a Butte bar early Sunday.

Court: Oregon can require shots

SALEM (AP) — An Oregon court has ruled that eight children in state custody can be given vaccinations over the religion-based protests of their parents.

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T-Dub shines at JV track meet: 20 athletes secure top-3 finishes

The future of The Dalles Wahtonka track was on display for the annual Columbia River Conference JV track and field meet Tuesday at Sid White Field.

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TDW boy’s tennis close to beating Hermiston: three tough losses make difference

A few bounces here or there and The Dalles Wahtonka could have reeled off a critical league victory over Hermiston.

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Lady linksters fourth in Pendleton: Riggs score career-best 98

From her first career tournament until this past Monday, The Dalles Wahtonka golfer Jessica Riggs had never finished a day with a score less than 100.

Bridge: If that was tough, try this one

At the bridge table, we know how many tricks we need to win. The real difficulty can be knowing how to do that. In this deal, for example, South needs 10 tricks to make four spades.

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Astro-graph for April 4, 2013

Friday, April 5, 2013 by Bernice Bede Osol In the year ahead, it’s quite likely that you will find yourself entertaining some grandiose hopes. Others might find your thinking to be wishful and extravagant, but that’s because they lack your luck.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Dear Mary: My credit card company raised my minimum payment from 2 to 5 percent of my outstanding balance each month and added a $10 monthly administration fee on top of interest.

Dear Mary: My credit card company raised my minimum payment from 2 to 5 percent of my outstanding balance each month and added a $10 monthly administration fee on top of interest. I complained. They offered to let me keep my lower minimum payment, but they would raise my interest rate from 5.5 percent APR to 7.99. I used the calculators at your website at DebtProofLiving.com to see what interest I would pay with each scenario.

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Ask Dr. K: Men and women can have different symptoms

DEAR DOCTOR K: It’s obvious that there are some health problems that affect only women, and others that affect only men. But for the health problems that affect both women and men, are there differences in symptoms, or in reactions to treatments? DEAR READER: That’s an interesting question. Perhaps surprisingly, the answer is yes. Heart disease is a good example. Angina and heart attacks occur when too little blood flows to the heart through arteries. The classic symptom is chest pain or pressure that travels to the left arm, jaw or neck when you exert yourself.

For the Record April 4

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for April 4.

Oregon lawmakers consider mandatory minimum change

SALEM — An Oregon legislative committee heard testimony from the public Wednesday on legislation that would scale back the state’s mandatory minimum sentencing laws known as Measure 11.

Bill would let Oregon foster parents unionize

SALEM (AP) — The Oregon Senate is considering legislation that would allow foster parents to form a union. Supporters told a Senate committee Wednesday that foster parents have no voice in the Capitol. They say forming a union would allow them to band together and fight for better resources to help them care for children in need of intense support.

Columbia River Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend Fishing Opportunities: Anglers are catching a few spring chinook and winter steelhead on the lower Columbia. The Columbia sport fishery above Bonneville Dam opened for spring Chinook Saturday, March 16. Walleye anglers are catching a few fish in The Dalles and John Day pools. Effective April 1, the Oregon annual sturgeon bag limit increases from one to two legal white sturgeon.

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Northeaset Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler Counties The signs of spring are all here in the Heppner area. Sandhill cranes have been seen heading north for the summer. The official first sign of spring for the Heppner area, a Say’s phoebe has been seen and heard in the area. The earliest of our summer migrants are starting to appear. Long billed curlews can be seen in a few wheat stubble fields. Mobs of ravens can be seen in the foothills as can golden eagles. There are still a few rough-legged hawks in the area and can be seen in the north half of the District. Short-eared owl can be seen along the grasslands of the north end of the District. Our year-round resident raptors, red-tailed hawks, Northern harriers, and American kestrels are all easily found. Heppner’s merlin has been seen in the area as well. Prairie falcons can also be seen in the area, although much rarer to be found. Sharp-shinned hawks can be seen along the riparian areas of the north half of the District. Western meadowlarks can be seen in most grassland areas. In the yards of the district, one can find the common songbirds around the feeder. Dark-eyed juncos, song sparrows, house sparrows, white-crowned sparrows are all easily found. American gold finches and Rufus sided towhees can also be see in the Heppner area.

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Northeast Zone weekly hunting report

OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING BEAR (controlled seasons open April 1 and April 15, see regs) Phillip W. Schneider and Elkhorn wildlife areas are currently closed to public access.

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Northeast Zone weekly fishing report

NORTHEAST ZONE FISHING Weekend fishing opportunities Fishing for holdover trout has been pretty good in Holliday Park, Cavender, Long Creek and Peach ponds. Spring has arrived in the Hermiston area, McNary, Hatrock and Tatone ponds received the first trout stockings of the season last week, and should provide a good early season angling opportunity

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Southeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

SOUTHEAST ZONE VIEWING EVENT The 32nd Annual John Scharff Migratory Bird Festival, April 11-14 2013, Burns Spend an amazing weekend witnessing the spectacular spring migration in the Harney Basin of Southeast Oregon. View thousands of migratory birds as they rest and feed in the wide open spaces of Oregon's high desert. From waterfowl to shorebirds, cranes to raptors, wading birds to songbirds, you'll see it all! The festival offers non-stop birding activities as well as historical and cultural information sure to entertain you and your family. So whether you're a beginner or a life-long wildlife enthusiast, the festival has something for everyone. More information can be found online at www.migratorybirdfestival.com

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Southeast Zone weekly hunting report

SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE Mandatory Reporting Thanks to all hunters who reported their 2012 tags on time. Hunters who did not report 2012 deer and elk tags on time will pay a $25 penalty fee when they purchase a 2014 hunting license. If your 2012 deer and elk hunts extend into 2013, you have until April 15, 2013 to report your hunt. More information on reporting http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/reporting/index.asp

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Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

FISHING Weekend fishing opportunities: If the water flows cooperate, the Klamath River can be a fine place for winter trout fishing. Mann Lake is ice-free and fishing continues to be good for 16-inch cutthroats.

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Central Zone wildlife viewing weekly report

Wasco and Sherman counties The Lower Deschutes River provides ample wildlife viewing opportunities. California Bighorn Sheep are frequently observed in the canyon and can provide fantastic viewing this time of year. The best spot to view sheep is from the BLM access road just downstream and across the river from Sherar’s Falls (along Hwy 216).

Central Zone hunting weekly report

Spring bear season opens Some parts of Oregon opened to spring bear hunting on April 1. Find out what to expect in the spring bear hunting forecast. Get ready for turkey season Spring turkey season opens April 15, with a youth only season next weekend (April 13-14). Tips for beginners.

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Central Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Fishing continues to be excellent on the Crooked River. The winter steelhead season continues on the Hood River. Pinehollow and Rock Creek reservoirs have been stocked recently and fishing should be good for rainbow trout.

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Willamette Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: ODFW will host a youth fishing event at Canby Pond on Saturday, March 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The department will provide fishing gear to youngsters who need it, and instructors will be on hand to provide helpful fishing tips. The pond will be well stocked for this event so that even inexperience anglers will have a good chance of catching a nice trout. A few spring chinook have been landed on the lower Willamette. Steelhead fishing is good on the Sandy and Clackamas rivers. Trout stocking is getting in full swing at various locations around the Willamette Valley. Sites scheduled for stocking this week include Canby Pond, Henry Hagg Lake, Huddleston Pond, St. Louis Ponds, Trojan Ponds, Sheridan Pond, Cottage Grove Reservoir, Creswell Pond, Detroit Reservoir, Dorena Reservoir, Foster Reservoir, and Roaring River Park Pond.

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Willamette Zone weekly hunting report

Spring bear season opens Some parts of Oregon opened to spring bear hunting on April 1. Find out what to expect in the spring bear hunting forecast.

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Willamette Zone wildlife viewing report

VALLEYWIDE The Osprey Returns Each spring, osprey make their return to Oregon in preparation for the breeding season. Ospreys were first documented in Oregon in 1855 and historically were very numerous. In the 1970s, they experienced drastic declines as a side effect of widespread pesticide use. With environmental regulations that banned these chemical and the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act that offers protection to all native migratory birds, including osprey, ospreys have made a remarkable comeback.

No-Burn Day April 4, Burn April 5 and 6

Conditions for open burning are poor according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the City of The Dalles recommends not burning.

Chinook fishing season extended below Bonnevile Dam

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Lower Columbia River salmon fishermen will get another chance to catch a Columbia River spring chinook due to a season extension effective Saturday, April 6 through Friday April, 12, except for Tuesday, April 9, when the season will be closed for the day to allow for commercial fishing.

Wednesday, April 3

Sherman county library plans events

ANNUAL READ ALOUD - TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 6:30 p.m. Library patrons, community members, high school staff and students will read aloud from their favorite books or writings at Sherman County Public/School Library’s seventeenth annual READ ALOUD on April 16, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. Author Jane Kirkpatrick will be our host, reading aloud from her newly-released novel “One Glorious Ambition.” FINE ARTS FESTIVAL - THURSDAY, MAY 16th, 6:00 p.m. The library will hold their annual book and dessert fundraiser to coincide with Sherman Jr./Sr. High School’s Fine Arts Festival. Join us for books, fine art and dessert!

Underemployed add to jobless

EUGENE (AP) — If you include people who gave up looking for work and underemployed people in part-time jobs, Oregon’s unemployment rate last year was more than 17 percent of the workforce — almost double the state’s official jobless rate.

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An Evening with HAVEN planned April 11

CHEFS GATHERED recently to plan their entries for An Evening with HAVEN, Thursday, April 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Dalles Civic Auditorium.

Street funding falls short in The Dalles

The City of The Dalles is looking for a way to pare back costly street repairs by taking steps to preserve pavement before it deteriorates.

Scientists find hint of dark matter

GENEVA — A $2 billion cosmic ray detector on the International Space Station has found the first significant hint of dark matter, the mysterious substance that is believed to hold the cosmos together but has never been directly observed, scientists say.

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Community expects tour boats this month

The return of tour boats to the Union Street marine terminal is just around the corner and local people are working with a goal of making The Dalles a destination travelers just can’t pass up.

Clark launches Odyssey tours

Odyssey Tours by Liz has opened for business in Dallesport, and owner Liz Clark offers to design travel experiences catered specifically to the wants and needs of the client.

More Oregonians seek information on in-home services

More Oregonians who are aging and have physical disabilities are looking for options to stay in their own homes as shown by the calls to Oregon’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) in 2012. More Oregonians who are aging and have physical disabilities are looking for options to stay in their own homes as shown by the calls to Oregon’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) in 2012.

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Tour boat schedule starts April 17

Tour boats from three cruise companies will be docking at the Union Street marine terminal in downtown The Dalles starting April 17.

Word on the Street: The Golden Rule of good business

A good rule of business: This week is National Golden Rule Week, based on the simple biblical tenet “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”

Officials: Kerry to travel to Mideast this weekend

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is traveling to Turkey and Israel this weekend to build on the two nations’ efforts to repair ties and look for a possible way to restart long-stalled Mideast peace talks, U.S. and Turkish officials said Wednesday.

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National news in brief, April 3

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Jesus portrait that has hung in a southern Ohio school district since 1947 was taken down Wednesday, because of concerns about the potential costs of a federal lawsuit against its display. N

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Lawmaker accused of bribes in NYC mayor race plot

NEW YORK (AP) — For the politically ambitious, running as a Republican is sometimes the best way a Democrat can increase his electoral odds in New York City’s crowded mayoral race. Now, a federal prosecutor says one Democratic state lawmaker went too far by offering GOP bosses bribes in order to get on their ballot.

March temperatures in The Dalles near normal

Temperatures at The Dalles airport averaged near normal during March, according to preliminary data received by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton.

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Gorge Roller Girls Showdown

Gorge Roller Girls battle the Southern Oregon Rollergirls on Saturday, April 13, at Hood River Valley High School gym. The Gorge Roller Girls started their 2013 season with a showdown between their home teams a couple weeks ago.

Short-term driver’s license bill proposed for Oregon

SALEM — On Tuesday, eight Oregon legislators — four Republicans and four Democrats — introduced a bill designed to make Oregon’s roads safer. Senate Bill 833 would allow creation of a new, short-term driver’s license for applicants who otherwise qualify, but are unable to provide proof of legal U.S. residency.

For the Record, April 3, 2013

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for April 3, 2013.

TDW golfers swing away for 10th place

The Dalles Wahtonka golfer Bailey Ortega shot a career-best 90 to lead the Tribe boy’s golf team to a 10th-place finish Monday at the Wildhorse Invitational in Mission. From his opening tournament this season where he carded a 107, Ortega has shaved 17 strokes from that original number.

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Seven-game win streak snapped: TDW nine held to four hits in 4-0 road loss to Southridge

The Dalles Wahtonka’s seven-game winning streak had to end some time. It took an all-league pitcher and University of Oregon baseball commit Reza Aleaziz to do it. The 6-foot-4 inch, 220-pound right-hander scattered four hits and struck out seven in leading 6A Southridge to a 4-0 shutout win in a non-league hardball matchup Tuesday in Beaverton.

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Missed chances hurt Tribe in Lakeridge softball loss

The Dalles Wahtonka scored three runs in the first two innings, but could not scratch across another tally the rest of the way in an eight-inning, 4-3 loss to the 6A Lakeridge Lakers Tuesday in non-league softball action in Lakeridge.

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T-Dub tennis loses league opener

Although it was a tough way to kick off the 2013 league season, The Dalles Wahtonka girl’s tennis squad came close in two matches at home against Hermiston in an 8-0 loss Tuesday at TDW High School.

CMS softens Medicare Advantage changes

­Centers for Medicare and Medicaid expect costs to climb more than 3 percent Medicare Advantage customers may not see the drastic benefit cuts or premium hikes next year that insurers have been warning about after all.

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Bridge: Variation on a theme

Gene Mora, who writes the “Graffiti” cartoon, used this line: “If at first you do succeed, try not to look surprised.” If you work out the right line of play in this deal, try not to look surprised! What would you do in three no-trump after West leads his fourth-highest spade?

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Astro-graph, April 3, 2013

Sometimes, we’re inclined to believe that it’s impossible to profit from anything we truly like, which is

Everyday Cheapskate: One of the best moisturizers could be sitting in your pantry

If I could magically recover all the money I’ve wasted on skin care products in my life, I’d be a wealthy woman. Who knew that one of the best moisturizers is likely sitting on my pantry shelf? That’s just one of the great tips submitted by Everyday Cheapskate readers.

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Tai Chi creates framework for integrated living

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have heard that tai chi can have a profound impact on the body and mind. What gives this exercise so much power? DEAR READER: Tai chi is a Chinese martial art made up of a series of graceful movements, one transitioning smoothly into the next. Tai chi is said to be good for both body and mind; in fact, it’s been called “meditation in motion.” My Harvard Medical School colleague Dr. Peter Wayne, with Mark Fuerst, has written an informative new book about tai chi called “The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi.” (You can learn more about this book at AskDoctorK.com.) Dr. Wayne discusses the “Eight Active Ingredients” of tai chi. He explains how, individually and in concert, they influence the body and mind. These active ingredients are:

New Mexico governor signs space travel liability bill

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Gov. Susana Martinez on Tuesday signed into law liability-waiving legislation aimed at saving the state’s nearly quarter-billion-dollar investment in a futuristic spaceport and retaining its anchor tenant, British billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.

Animal Planet: Tap into your ‘inner wild’

NEW YORK (AP) — Animal Planet wants to help you tap into your inner wild. That’s the network’s message as it unveils 11 new shows along with 20 returning favorites in the season ahead.

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Northwest news in brief

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The Yakima City Council voted Tuesday night for six-month moratoriums on new cellphone towers and billboards in the city. City staff will use the time to revise rules on where they’re built and how they look. Public hearings will be held in May The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the cellphone tower moratorium was requested by the Barge Chestnut Neighborhood Association after it learned Verizon planned to build a 55-foot tower on a church property.

Bill would allow bosses to seek Facebook passwords

SEATTLE (AP) — A bill amendment proposed Tuesday could allow employers to ask for a worker’s Facebook or other social media password during company investigations. The provision was proposed for a bill that safeguards social network passwords of workers and job applicants. The measure bars employers from asking for social media credentials during job interviews.

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Hanford tanks hold risk of explosion

Underground storage units contain ‘stew’ of toxic waste YAKIMA, Wash. — Underground tanks that hold a stew of toxic, radioactive waste at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site pose a possible risk of explosion, a nuclear safety board said in advance of confirmation hearings for the next leader of the Energy Department.

Vet claims bottlenecked

The wait time for U.S. combat veterans to get a claim processed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has jumped by more than 2,000 percent in the past four years.

Burn conditions good April 3

Burn conditions good today

Powerdale transfer complete on lower Hood River

PacifiCorp on Thursday signed over 400 acres of waterfront property lining the lower Hood River to Columbia Land Trust and Hood River County. The transfer has been several years in the works and closes another chapter in the long process of decommissioning Powerdale Dam, which was built in 1923 and removed in 2010.

Klickitat officials express surprise at Friends of Gorge, BPA settlement

The Big-Eddy Knight Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) transmission line and substation project is a six-year -old project filled with both predictable and unexpected twists and turns, not surprising for a project which traverses the scenic Columbia River Gorge, winds over private properties, and uses public funds. The latest development of the multimillion-dollar transmission line and substation project—the request to purchase properties by non-profit environmental activist group, the Friends of the Columbia Gorge (FOCG)—is one which has local officials surprised, while project principals with the BPA and FOCG view the project and its operational processes as going well.

Tuesday, April 2

Columbia River Fiscal Impact Advisory Committee to meet April 3

SALEM, Ore. – The Columbia River Fiscal Impact Advisory Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 3 at ODFW Headquarters Building. The advisory group will review the recently updated fiscal impact statement for the new management framework for non-tribal Lower Columbia River fisheries approved by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission in December 2012. The group will make a recommendation to the Commission on whether the revised fiscal impact statement adequately assesses the fiscal impact of the new rules.

Oregon gov to sign illegal-immigrant tuition bill

SALEM (AP) — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber will sign a bill Tuesday allowing young illegal immigrants to pay resident tuition at the state’s seven public universities.

D21 looks at ways to make repairs

Tight budgets have pushed back roof replacement, other projects Anderson said one option would be to take advantage of low interest rates and refinance the $5 million loan the district took out in 2007 to pay for capital projects like fixing leaking roofs. The district would achieve the refinancing by selling new bonds to pay off the old ones, which would result in lower interest rates on future payments.

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Corps assesses danger from big quake at 20 NW dams

GRANTS PASS —The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is halfway through studies of the threat posed by a major offshore earthquake

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What's Happening from March 2, 2013

New Entries SURVIVOR TEA: Relay for Life coordinators hope to bring together cancer survivors for a Survivor Tea Saturday, April 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Gateway Presbyterian Church, 1111 Dry Hollow Road, The Dalles.

Gorge Scholars program offers college tuition free

Columbia Gorge Community College is piloting a program that will provide local high school graduates an opportunity to attend college tuition-free for up to two years.

Nursing students offered financial assistance

Mid-Columbia Health Foundation, the fundraising arm of Mid-Columbia Medical Center, is again encouraging local students pursuing nursing degrees and training to apply for financial assistance available through several scholarship programs. The foundation offers the following scholarships to qualifying nursing students:

GorgeLink.com provides directory for non-profits

Opportunity Connections is starting a new type of support service and has created a unique and personalized online non-profit directory that represents the five counties of the Columbia Gorge.

Skier dies on Mt. Hood

MOUNT HOOD, Ore. (AP) — Authorities have identified a skier found dead in a creek on Mount Hood as a Las Vegas, Nev., man. The Clackamas County sheriff’s office said Monday he was 23-year-old Russell Tiffany.

Northwest news in brief

PORTLAND (AP) — A state study that reflects the long-term decline of logging and milling in Oregon’s economy shows that rural Oregonians’ incomes have slipped markedly when compared with the incomes of their peers nationwide.

Oregon State Fair may get new management

SALEM — Oregon legislators may try another strategy to get the state fair on better financial footing.

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Dozens shimmy, shake to protest Washington’s dance tax

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Dozens of people protesting a decades-old state tax on dance venues swayed to the rhythm Monday in support of a repeal being considered by lawmakers at the Washington state Capitol.

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Editorial cartoons, April 2

Editorial cartoons, April 2

Letter to the Editor: Editorial Guidelines

EDITORIAL GUIDELINES The Dalles Chronicle welcomes letters. These should be signed, accurate, free from libel, and include the writer’s name, telephone number, street address (which will not be printed) and city of residence for verification. Those without complete identification of the writer will not be published, the most common reason letters are not published. (If your letter hasn’t been published, call 541-506-4601.)

Letter to the Editor: Painting?

To the editor: Open letter to the owner of the old Sunshine Mill. You painted the long building black with a red roof. Very nice. As a member of this community since 1942 I am always interested (and aware) of how people take care of their property. Thank you, the building looks great (the orange door doesn’t go with the red and black but hopefully it will get painted also). However (isn’t there always a however?)

Letter to the Editor: Followers of God

To the editor: I found a book on Muslims and their religion Islam. Very interesting how their religion follows so many others. Allah means God in their language, and Islam means submission to God. Mohammed respected the Jewish and Christian worship of God. Indeed any true follower of God. They don’t believe in graven images.

Letter to the Editor: View worries

To the editor: I would like to echo the comments of Carol Earl in The Chronicle of Sunday, regarding the view from the Sorosis Park overlook. This dramatic, sweeping panorama is a rarity for any town in this nation. This view of The Dalles is perhaps its greatest treasure; let’s preserve it.

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Editorial: Big Brother in the sky

­Ever since Senator Paul Rand took a stand against drones in his 13-hour filibuster they have been the talk of the country. Until now, public discussion about drones has mostly been about overseas air strikes on terrorists. But as drone technology grows cheaper and more readily available, it is time to discuss drones at home.

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Number of waiting veterans rise dramatically

The number of veterans waiting longer than 240 days to get disability claims processed by the U.S. Department of Veterans has jumped to 800,000 in the past four years.

Serbia, Kosovo talks reach ‘decisive stage’

BRUSSELS (AP) — The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo negotiated Tuesday on one of the most difficult issues dividing them, as Serbia strains to meet conditions for eventual membership in the European Union. Talks between the prime ministers of the two countries have reached a “decisive stage” as the two focus on the thorny issue of the status of Serb-dominated northern Kosovo, an EU official said.

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Conn. proposes tough gun bills

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — With an announcement of sweeping proposals to curb gun violence, Connecticut lawmakers said they are hoping to send a message to Congress and other state legislators across the country: A bipartisan agreement on gun control is possible.

For the Record, April 2, 2013

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from April 2, 2013.

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Music history class ready to rock on April 6

Students gain experience in production The songs of Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, AC/DC and other rock legends can be heard most days in the music history class at The Dalles Wahtonka High School, and this weekend they are coming to a stage near you.

Oregon High School Equestrian Teams, results from Dufur and The Dalles Wahtonka

The Oregon High School Equestrian Teams from Dufur and The Dalles/Wahtonka March 29-31 in Redmond Individual events Hunt Seat Over Fences 5th Megan Elam .Dufur Dressage 18th Megan Elam .Dufur Hunt Seat Equitation 9th Megan Elam .Dufur

Wheatfield Run results

2013 Wheatfield Half-Marathon, 8k, 3k Run/Walk at St. Petersburg School in The Dalles March 30, 2013

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Huge numbers put up at annual Wheatfield Run: Liccardo, Little finish 1-2 in half marathon event

It was an ideal day for running, with there being no rain, snow and wind in the forecast. The 60-degree weather brought out the best times possible for the 2013 Wheatfield 3k, 8k and half marathon Saturday at St. Petersburg School in The Dalles.

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Saving the best for last: TDW posts six-run rally in the seventh to defeat Centennial

The Dalles Wahtonka’s six-game winning streak appeared to be gone by the wayside – three outs were all that stood in the way of a Centennial triumph.

Sweet-and-savory rhubarb sauce for pork tenderloin

When I informed The Husband that I was going to make pork with a rhubarb sauce, he dismissed the idea out of hand. He does not like sweet in his savory.

UN adopts treaty to regulate global arms trade

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the first U.N. treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar international arms trade Tuesday, a goal sought for over a decade to try to keep illicit weapons out of the hands of terrorists, insurgent fighters and organized crime.

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Recovering Oregon hiker endured doubt while stranded

PORTLAND — Mary Owen parked a borrowed white SUV among the polished rides of Oregon’s ritziest ski resort, hunkered down and closed her eyes. Before sleep, she asked God to wake her when he wanted her to climb the mountain.

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Skip's Trailhead: Seek treasure on Catherine Creek trails

I think people who live in the Columbia Gorge sometimes forget how blessed we are with natural wonders. Our spring array of wildflowers is almost incomparable anywhere else on the planet. Yet many people who live here seem to be unaware of the incredible show that Mother Nature puts on for us.

Bridge: If it’s a loser, do not ruff at first

At the bridge table, a loser usually gives a trick to the opponents. Sometimes, though, taking that trick can be costly. In today’s deal, what should be the

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Local veterinarian braves tundra for Iditarod

Moose, not bears, are the biggest threat to sled dogs racing almost 1,000 miles across the frozen Alaskan wilderness. That was one of the many interesting aspects of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race that Sterling Thomas of The Dalles learned when he recently volunteered as a veterinarian.

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Astro-graph, April 2, 2013

Endeavors that you share with friends in the year ahead will be successful, as long as you allow everyone to do his or her part. It should be a fun and profitable ride. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You are always desirous of acknowledgement, but you could crave it more than usual today. If you don't get it, don't make a big deal about it.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Update on favorite detergent

Some of the strangest looks I get are from people who just don’t get why I would make my own laundry detergent. I’ve written about this before on my blog at EverydayCheapskate.com, but for those of you who aren’t convinced, I’d like another chance to change your mind.

Ask Dr. K: For some women, a lumpectomy can be effective

DEAR DOCTOR K: I was recently diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. My doctor wants me to consider a lumpectomy plus radiation. But wouldn’t a mastectomy be more effective? DEAR READER: In a lumpectomy, just the cancer and tissue immediately around it are removed, and radiation therapy is used to kill any nearby cancer cells that might not have been removed. In a mastectomy, the whole breast is removed. Since sometimes breast cancer cells (invisible to the eye of the surgeon) can spread into the surrounding breast, it’s plausible to think that a mastectomy might have a better cure rate than just a lumpectomy.

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Senior News: Life is too short to worry about how short life is

Were you ever called a “Fraidy Cat?” Unable to go to sleep without a night light? Or teased because you were too scared to watch Godzilla? Young imaginations can run wild!

Burn conditions in The Dalles are good April 2, changing to poor April 3 and 4

Burning conditions are good for Tuesday, April 2, transitioning to poor April 3 and 4, according to air quality conditions provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Monday, April 1

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Easter Egg Scramble draws crowd to Sorosis: Photographs and video

The 12th annual Griffith Motors Easter Egg Scramble at Sorosis Park Saturday, March 30. The Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy were on on hand at the event, hosted by Bicoastal Media.