Stories for August 2013


Saturday, August 31


TDW harriers climbing new heights

New coaches bring excitement to The Dalles Wahtonka Cross Country team With a new coaching staff on board, coupled with some high-caliber harriers in the stables, there is reason to believe that The Dalles Wahtonka’s 2013 Cross Country team could be a wild card in the Columbia River Conference hierarchy.

August 31, 2013 1:51 p.m. read more..

Plankton offer light shows

BELLINGHAM BAY, Wash. (AP) — Long summer evenings make for great post-dinner strolls in broad daylight, but they’re hell if you want to watch Puget Sound and the Salish Sea glow and glitter. For that, you need pitch darkness. You need to wait hours after sunset.

August 31, 2013 1:47 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Sanction adults

To the editor: The case of two teens caught up in the local good ol’ boy protect your own club, makes me sad. Two respected kids have their lives altered because things that should have been handled parent-to-parent weren’t. Did the Dad think or care what publicly besmirching his daughter and trying to send a kid two years older than her to prison was going to do to their lives? Was his daughter’s pride, self-respect and standing in her peer group even considered?

August 31, 2013 1:42 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Disillusioned

To the editor: I was recently referred to the Columbia Pain Management Clinic in Hood River, by my local primary care provider. Per my provider, this clinic is the only one in the local area that could do the specialty procedure that I was requiring.

August 31, 2013 1:40 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Help for children

To the editor: I would like to take this opportunity to thank our local Salvation Army and Windermere Realty for all their help, love and concern for our school children.

August 31, 2013 1:38 p.m. read more..

State police release name of injured trooper

State Police have released the name of the trooper in the officer-involved shooting near Rufus Aug. 29. The investigation into the case is continuing. The incident resulted in the trooper being wounded and the death of a male. New details released include:

August 31, 2013 1:33 p.m. read more..

Why gold is making a comeback

Gold is having a summer revival. The price of gold touched $1,420 an ounce this week, a three-and-a-half month high, as escalating tensions in the Middle East, volatile currency markets and renewed demand for jewelry in China and India pushed prices higher.

August 31, 2013 1:31 p.m. read more..

Looking Back, Sept. 1

J.D. Stack of Portland, assistant general manager and superintendent of the first division of the Oregon-Washington Railroad & Navigation Company, spent Saturday afternoon here in conference with the business men regarding the proposed extension of the fill in the Mill Creek ravine to the Mill Creek tunnel. The present plan of the railroad is to fill only a part of the ravine. It is estimated that the city would probably have to pay for only a small share of the proposed fill, as it would be only the part which would be made into a 60 foot street west of the Hotel Dalles corner.

August 31, 2013 1:16 p.m. read more..

What's happening from Sept. 1

VETERAN TOOLS: Google is inviting veterans to a training Friday, Sept. 6, on Free Google Tools for Veterans. The event runs from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Dalles Civic Auditorium, 323 E. Fourth St. The presentation focuses on tools designed to help veterans and their families transition into civilian life. Topics include planning for life after service, preparing for and looking for a new career, and finding employers looking to hire veterans. Refreshments will be served following the training. RSVP to

August 31, 2013 1:10 p.m. read more..

Ruby Mason retires from housing authority

“Addictive” may not be quite the word most people would apply to employment in the low-income housing industry, but that’s how Ruby Mason, retiring executive director of the Mid-Columbia Housing Authority describes her job.

August 31, 2013 1:02 p.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for Sept. 1

Try to have an impact on your immediate environment in the coming months. You can change the way services are offered or policies are implemented. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Your sincerity and good will encourage favors to be offered. With the help you drum up and the common sense and practicality you offer, success will follow.

August 31, 2013 12:34 p.m. read more..

Ask Dr. K: Women with PCOS can restore fertility

DEAR DOCTOR K: I was just diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome. My doctor said it explains why I haven’t been able to get pregnant. What else can you tell me about this condition? DEAR READER: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a group of symptoms that results from an imbalance of certain hormones in the female body. It is relatively common: About 7 to 8 percent of adult women in the United States have PCOS.

August 31, 2013 12:33 p.m. read more..

Friday, August 30


Goal is Super Bowl for Seattle

But the most important motto for his 2013 Seahawks didn't come from the head coach. It was the idea of his players, tired of the team getting more notice for its problems with suspensions than the talent the Seahawks display on the field.

August 30, 2013 4:15 p.m. read more..

Jumpstart Cross Country Meet planned

Tom Conklin wants to keep kids active during the fall months, so the timing of the annual Jumpstart Elementary School Cross country Meet is perfect in many ways. The event, which is sponsored by the Jumpstart Youth Organization and District 21 Physical Education Specialists and is free of charge, runs from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1 on the grounds of Sorosis Park in The Dalles.

August 30, 2013 4:12 p.m. read more..

TDW harriers climbing new heights

With a new coaching staff on board, coupled with some high-caliber harriers in the stables, there is reason to believe that The Dalles Wahtonka’s 2013 Cross Country team could be a wild card in the Columbia River Conference hierarchy. Bob Thouvenel is the new head coach taking over for longtime coach Steve Thompson, and he has selected Mandi Williams and Robert Clark as his assistants.

August 30, 2013 4:09 p.m. read more..

US: Iran oil cash access limited

New sanctions imposed in February are deepening distress WASHINGTON — The U.S. has concluded that nearly half of Iran’s monthly earnings from crude oil exports are accumulating in accounts overseas because of sanctions that restrict Tehran’s access to the money.

August 30, 2013 12:40 p.m. read more..

Three Tribe girls end in top-9

Wood, Morin and Nelson already in prime form For its first time on the courses, The Dalles Wahtonka cross country team enjoyed a solid output from its 26 participants with three girls ending up in the top nine and four boys with marks under 20 minutes in Thursday’s Columbia River Conference Cross country Preview at McKay Park in Pendleton.

August 30, 2013 12:38 p.m. read more..

Organization set to start semi-pro soccer squad

The club’s dream is to help establish a complex in TD A group of volunteers is establishing a semi-pro soccer club in the Columbia Gorge and they are looking for partners to help support this grass roots cause. This is an international effort, involving participation by Brazilian players, who would like to bring their expertise to the Pacific Northwest.

August 30, 2013 12:36 p.m. read more..

Ranger netters split in a three-way

Dufur loses to Weston-McEwen, sweeps past defending champion Powder Valley Just breaking the seal on the season was a good way for the Dufur Rangers to gauge how powerful they could be in the regular season and beyond.

August 30, 2013 12:30 p.m. read more..

Gifts from our ancestors

GOLDENDALE — Young artists will showcase artwork inspired by traditions of the Columbia River at a traveling exhibit opening Saturday, Sept. 7, at Maryhill Museum of Art.

August 30, 2013 12:25 p.m. read more..

What's happening from Aug. 30

CANDIDATE VISIT: Candidate for U.S. Senate Jo Rae Perkins will be visiting The Dalles Wednesday, Sept. 4. Meet her at a no-host dinner at Spooky’s between 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m.

August 30, 2013 12:25 p.m. read more..

“What America means to me”

Ryder Bray Barrier, a first grade student at Dry Hollow Elementary School, was a top winner in the 2013 Real Steel Young Republicans Essay Competition.

August 30, 2013 12:23 p.m. read more..

Feds won’t stop pot use in two states

Justice Dept. will allow WA, CO citizens to buy the drug SALEM — Despite 75 years of federal marijuana prohibition, the Justice Department said Thursday that states can let people use the drug, license people to grow it and even allow adults to stroll into stores and buy it — as long as the weed is kept away from kids, the black market and federal property.

August 30, 2013 12:14 p.m. read more..

Washington lawsuit accuses 13 of Boy Scouts abuses

SEATTLE — A dozen men filed a broad new lawsuit against the Boy Scouts and former adult leaders Thursday, saying that abuse occurred regularly in Washington state sites such as a popular camp outside of Seattle.

August 30, 2013 12:10 p.m. read more..

Bridge: Take your time at the beginning

Bridge players always think — although experts think more than others. Today’s deal requires careful thought. South is in three no-trump. West leads his fourth-highest heart. What should South do after winning with his jack?

August 30, 2013 11:53 a.m. read more..

North Korea rescinds US invite

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea has rescinded its invitation for a senior U.S. envoy to travel to Pyongyang to seek the release of a detained American, the State Department said Friday.

August 30, 2013 11:49 a.m. read more..

Syrians prepare for feared strike

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrians stocked up on bread, canned food and candles Friday as the U.S. and France prepared for a potential military strike against the Syrian government, which the West alleges used chemical weapons against civilians in its civil war.

August 30, 2013 11:45 a.m. read more..

Tooth fairy raises rates

NEW YORK (AP) — Days of finding a quarter under your pillow are long gone. The Tooth Fairy no longer leaves loose change.

August 30, 2013 11:43 a.m. read more..

Trooper shot in traffic stop

Suspect killed, I-84 traffic blocked for hours CELILO — Sherman County District Attorney Wade McLeod is coordinating a multi-agency investigation into a shooting where an Oregon State trooper was injured and his apparent assailant apkilled along Interstate 84 near Rufus Thursday, Aug. 29.

August 30, 2013 11:29 a.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for August 30, 2013

Strength and encouragement will come from the things you do for others in the coming months. Open up your heart and you will make a difference. Taking part in concerns that face your community will lead to an unusual offer that will enrich your life.

August 30, 2013 10:29 a.m. read more..

Thursday, August 29

Investigation under way into officer shooting

Sherman County District Attorney Wade McLeod is coordinating a multi-agency investigation at the scene of a shooting that wounded an Oregon State Trooper and killed his apparent assailant along Interstate 84 near Rufus earlier today, Aug. 29.

August 29, 2013 6:04 p.m. read more..

Foul-mouthed chief won’t back down

WASHINGTON (AP) — Striving to take action where Congress would not, the Obama administration announced new steps Thursday on gun control, curbing the import of military surplus weapons and proposing to close a little-known loophole that lets felons and others circumvent background checks by registering guns to corporations.

August 29, 2013 1:57 p.m. read more..

Obama offers gun control steps

WASHINGTON (AP) — Striving to take action where Congress would not, the Obama administration announced new steps Thursday on gun control, curbing the import of military surplus weapons and proposing to close a little-known loophole that lets felons and others circumvent background checks by registering guns to corporations.

August 29, 2013 1:52 p.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for August 29, 2013

In the coming months, look for new hobbies to help bring you greater happiness. Spend more time with friends, children or loved ones. A change of heart will make you aware of what you need to do to make your life more meaningful.

August 29, 2013 12:09 p.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Talk to my spouse? Forget it!

DEAR MARY: I try to save some money out of every paycheck, but life happens, and I spend whatever is necessary on whatever emergency arises. My problem is that if there is any money left over, I feel compelled to spend it on myself. All of the arguments my husband and I have are over money. Because I make more than he does, he thinks I should pay all of the bills. I’m resentful, which also makes me want to spend money.

August 29, 2013 12:08 p.m. read more..

Free swim Sept. 1

Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation is offering a free open swim at Ted Walker Pool on Sunday, Sept. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m.

August 29, 2013 11:25 a.m. read more..

Expectations soar for high-flying Ducks

But while Oregon football kicks off its 2013 campaign on Saturday against lowly FCS foe Nicholls State with a new coach, a new ballyhooed football facility and a gaggle of primed athletic talent, they also have a bevy of new questions heading into the upcoming season. While this weekend’s opener isn’t expected to be even remotely competitive (the Ducks are 59-point favorites), there are other concerns this season that stand between the Quack Attack and their fifth straight appearance in a BCS Bowl.

August 29, 2013 11:11 a.m. read more..

Crews shrink on local fire

The Government Flats Complex Fire was listed at 85 percent contained Wednesday night, and fire crews are down to 552 personnel, about half of what was used at the height of the fire.

August 29, 2013 11:07 a.m. read more..

Lady Rangers focused on the field

Although they won 21 non-tournament matches and at one point claimed the state’s No. 1 ranking, the Dufur Rangers fell short of their lofty expectations – one win from the 1A volleyball state playoff site after a three-game sweep loss to Yoncalla. It was then where head coach Kelly Darden did some reflecting on what the next step to take with her varsity volleyball squad. She wanted to make some tactical changes, with hopes of moving in a different direction.

August 29, 2013 11:06 a.m. read more..

Cameras planned for troublesome areas

The City of The Dalles will soon be installing surveillance cameras at the Lewis and Clark Festival Area and nearby Union Street Marine Terminal to stop a growing problem of graffiti and vandalism.

August 29, 2013 11:04 a.m. read more..


In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, I was fortunate enough to work as environmental engineer for the Oregon DEQ. It was a time when the DEQ better understood its mission to protect the public.

August 29, 2013 10:55 a.m. read more..

Commentary: The constriction of ‘soft tyranny’

Our nation has “entered an age of post-constitutional soft tyranny.” Mark Levin, most known for being a talk-radio host and best-selling author but also the president of the Landmark Legal Foundation and a veteran of the Reagan Justice Department, makes this assertion in his new book, “The Liberty Amendments.”

August 29, 2013 10:54 a.m. read more..

Editorial: Syria is a global problem

Chemical weapons can have a variety of effects on the human body, from tears and vomiting to severe skin blistering, choking, and disruption of the nervous system severe enough to cause paralysis and death.

August 29, 2013 10:52 a.m. read more..

Battle of the Bands due Aug. 30

WALTER AND THE CONQUEROR will be among the bands performing this Friday, Aug. 30, at the Rivertap Battle of the Bands at the Rivertap Pub in The Dalles.

August 29, 2013 10:44 a.m. read more..

Appeals loom for Hasan

If Nidal Hasan plans to welcome a death sentence as a pathway to martyrdom, the rules of military justice won’t let him go down without a fight — whether he likes it or not.

August 29, 2013 10:40 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 28

A rough road back to ‘Riddick’ for Diesel

Thump. Thump. That’s the sound the golf cart makes each time it strikes the uneven pavement as it transports Vin Diesel across the Universal Studios backlot. He’s traveling from his bungalow office to a screening room where “Riddick” crew members have gathered to watch the third installment of the sci-fi series starring the 46-year-old actor-producer as an extraterrestrial ex-con.

August 28, 2013 12:03 p.m. read more..

Eagle Indian team aims high

Even with a young team of 11 underclassmen on paper, The Dalles Wahtonka’s fourth-year varsity soccer coach, Colby Tonn, still has high aspirations for his girl’s group. There is speed and skill at every level, these athletes play with more of a chip on their shoulders and most importantly, they want to win.

August 28, 2013 12:02 p.m. read more..

Take some time to make a plan and be prepared

The ongoing wildfire serves as a reminder to take some time to prepare for the possibility of an emergency. Wildfires and severe winter weather are two emergencies likely to occur in our region, and being prepared can make a big difference in how well a household weathers these events.

August 28, 2013 11:58 a.m. read more..

‘Fight Dreams’ hits big screen

The Portland Film Festival is doing a work in progress screening for a few filmmakers, including The Dalles native Allan Luebke’s documentary ‘Fight Dreams’ at 6 p.m. this Saturday at the World Trade Center downtown. ‘Fight Dreams’ chronicles the rise of local Mixed Martial Arts fighter Glena ‘Heartless’ Avila and her rise from amateur status to the professional ranks.

August 28, 2013 11:57 a.m. read more..

Obama holds King as personal hero

Barack Obama was 2 years old and growing up in Hawaii when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Fifty years later, the nation’s first black president stands as the most high-profile example of the racial progress King espoused, delivering remarks Wednesday at a nationwide commemoration of the 1963 demonstration for jobs, economic justice and racial equality.

August 28, 2013 11:57 a.m. read more..

ABC Diesel moves to Wamic

The Wamic-Pine Hollow area has welcomed a new family and business, ABC Diesel, to the community. Late last fall, Gary, Michelle and Jeffrey Ramsey had an opportunity to make the move and with the help, guidance and assistance from Pine Hollow Lakeside Resort owner Frank Marquez.

August 28, 2013 11:54 a.m. read more..

Fire crew was on the spot for big blaze

Firefighters from all over the state and even Canada converged on The Dalles last week to help fight the Government Flats Fire Complex, but one fire crew had a bit of a head start.

August 28, 2013 11:52 a.m. read more..

Juveniles admit to BB shooting

An employee at Nelson tire Factory was shot in the shoulder by a BB gun Tuesday morning, and three juveniles admitted to shooting the BB gun towards the store.

August 28, 2013 11:48 a.m. read more..

US works on Syria strike

As the Obama administration insists the Syrian government must be punished, U.S. officials are still grappling with what type of military strike might deter future chemical weapons attacks and trying to assess how President Bashar Assad would respond, two senior administration officials said Wednesday.

August 28, 2013 11:47 a.m. read more..

Teen not guilty

The teenage defendant in a local rape case broke into a smile and then began crying Tuesday after being exonerated of eight charges brought against him by the state on behalf of an ex-girlfriend.

August 28, 2013 11:41 a.m. read more..

Fire leaves family homeless

A couple out celebrating the wife’s birthday came home Saturday evening to a house filled with smoke. The smoke and water damage is such that the house is unliveable and the contents are destroyed.

August 28, 2013 11:39 a.m. read more..

Zimmerman’s wife admits to perjury

SANFORD, Fla. — George Zimmerman’s wife pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying during a bail hearing after her husband’s arrest and was sentenced to a year’s probation and 100 hours of community service.

August 28, 2013 11:31 a.m. read more..

Mosques labeled as terror centers

NEW YORK — The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorist organizations, a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

August 28, 2013 11:28 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 27

SENIOR NEWS: Ask yourself, are you prepared for an emergency?

Over the last week, firefighters from federal, state and local agencies have received well deserved appreciation for working courageously to contain the Government Flats Complex fires. And with the rain and cooler fall-like weather forecasted, the wildfire should no longer be a threat to homeowners.

August 27, 2013 12:09 p.m. read more..

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Food aid cut soon

I would like everyone in the community to know that starting Nov. 1, 2013, supplemental nutritional benefits will be cut for everyone who receives them. The cuts will range from $11 for a single person per month, which is $121 per year to $36 per month for a family of four, which adds up to $396 per year.

August 27, 2013 12:05 p.m. read more..

COMMENTARY: Constitution looms over Obama’s head

I’d previously doubted that the deeply concerned bipartisan rebellion in and out of Congress against President Barack Obama’s contemptuous spying on all of us would have lasting impact on him or any of his successors who believe the president is the rule of law.

August 27, 2013 12:04 p.m. read more..

EDITORIAL: The best of bad choices

Whether they like it or not, Curry County may become the test case for a new law that allows the governor to declare an emergency in counties where citizens refuse to pay for minimum public services, The county commission will be back on the ballot in November with a $3.2 million, three-year tax measure designed to keep its jail open and six deputies on patrol.

August 27, 2013 11:59 a.m. read more..

Busy households demand more of space

Washing clothes in the bedroom. Sending email from the laundry room. Busy Americans are demanding more from each room in the house, and spaces designed for multiple functions are popping up all over floor plans, design blogs and magazine spreads.

August 27, 2013 11:58 a.m. read more..

The World in Brief

Millions of dollars spent broadcasting ads. Alarming fliers and phone calls targeting homes. Politicians barnstorming from one press conference to the next.

August 27, 2013 11:54 a.m. read more..

US military ready to strike Syria

The U.S. military stands ready to strike Syria at once if President Barack Obama gives the order, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday as the United States prepared to formally declare that chemical weapons had been used in the Syrian civil war.

August 27, 2013 11:52 a.m. read more..

16 arrested in pot bust

Authorities say they seized about 3,000 marijuana plants from sites in the Willamette National Forest over the weekend after jailing 16 people.

August 27, 2013 11:45 a.m. read more..

Motorcyclist killed by lightning

A Central Oregon man returning from a weekend motorcycle trip through the Columbia Gorge died when he sought refuge from a storm and lightning hit the tree he was leaning against.

August 27, 2013 11:45 a.m. read more..

US overhauls tribal recognition

His tribe once controlled huge swaths of what is now New York and Connecticut, but the shrunken reservation presided over by Alan Russell today hosts little more than four mostly dilapidated homes and a pair of rattlesnake dens.

August 27, 2013 11:43 a.m. read more..

Curry County asks again to boost taxes

Hoping to stave off bankruptcy and a state takeover, Curry County commissioners are again asking voters to approve a tax increase to keep sheriff’s patrols on the road and the jail open.

August 27, 2013 11:42 a.m. read more..

Body of missing student found

PORTLAND — The father of an Arizona teenager whose body was found Monday evening near his abandoned SUV in the woods of southern Oregon said his son was “a young man who had a broken heart.”

August 27, 2013 11:41 a.m. read more..

Friends offer fall hiking series

As summer’s heat gives way to crisp autumn and the landscape begins to burst with fall colors, Friends of the Columbia Gorge is offering its annual series of fall hikes, outings and stewardship.

August 27, 2013 11:39 a.m. read more..

The Barn Birds perform Aug. 29

SINGER-SONGWRITER-GUITARIST Jonathan Byrd, and singer-songwriter-fiddler Chris Kokesh will perform Thursday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. at The Dalles Art Center, 220 E. Fourth St. in The Dalles.

August 27, 2013 11:38 a.m. read more..

After scrimmage, focus on opener

After a grueling week of daily double practices where members of The Dalles Wahtonka football team were on the field for more than five hours a day, the group had a chance to put all of those hours to use in an inter-squad scrimmage Saturday afternoon at The Dalles Middle School. The players were broken up into two teams – one group wearing crimson and the other donning white jerseys for 24-30 offensive and defensive plays apiece with officials calling penalties and coaches on the field offering words of instructions.

August 27, 2013 11:35 a.m. read more..

Potential threats loom this fall in watershed

Nestled near the woods along Mill Creek, the city’s water treatment plant escaped unscathed from the Government Complex Fire, thanks to around-the-clock fire protection. But another potential threat is yet to come. If heavy rains hit this fall and winter, runoff from the thousands of barren, burned acres in the watershed could send rivers of silt into the plant.

August 27, 2013 11:32 a.m. read more..

Fire battle gains continue

All evacuations for the Government Flats Complex fires were lifted Monday night, crew levels are down, and more accurate mapping shows the fire, now at 55 percent containment, is smaller than originally thought.

August 27, 2013 11:31 a.m. read more..

Hunt for killer goes on

More than a year has passed since the body of Scott Erlenbush, 46, was found Aug. 26, 2012, in the AmeriTitle parking lot downtown across West Second Street from the U.S. Post Office, and The Dalles police officers continue to actively work every week on the case.

August 27, 2013 11:28 a.m. read more..

OSU ends suspense; Mannion is the starter

After quarterbacks Sean Mannion and Cody Vaz shuffled in and out of the first unit throughout the Beavers’ bounce-back season in 2012, pundits and fans were eager to learn who would start under center in the Aug. 31 season opener against Eastern Washington.

August 27, 2013 11:22 a.m. read more..

Helfrich, Frost aim to maintain Oregon’s offensive superiority

Replacing someone as innovative and successful as Chip Kelly would be a daunting challenge for almost any coach. In four seasons as Oregon’s head coach, Kelly compiled a 46-7 record and guided the hypersonic Ducks to four consecutive bowl appearances and three Pac-12 championships. Keeping this offensive juggernaut on the fast track will be a two-man job. Mark Helfrich replaced Kelly as head coach.

August 27, 2013 11:17 a.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for August 27, 2013

Be observant and nonjudgmental with peers and partners in the year ahead. Take care of your own responsibilities before taking on another’s cause. Diplomacy will be required if you’re to maintain your popularity.

August 27, 2013 10:32 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: From closet chaos to organized in five easy steps

What’s behind your closet door? Orderly rows of shoes, stacks of folded T-shirts and hanging clothes arranged by color and season? Or do you have a situation that could be declared a national disaster? If the latter, you might ask the president for federal disaster relief funds, or you could just get organized.

August 27, 2013 10:30 a.m. read more..

Monday, August 26

Evacuation notices to be lifted

All evacuations for the Government Flats Complex fire are expected to be lifted by Monday night, Wasco County Sheriff Rick Eiesland said. Evacuation orders are in place along Ketchum Road, Upper Mill Creek past the 9500 block, and Vinsel Road, Eiesland said. He will meet with fire officials at 4 p.m. today (Monday) for final word on evacuations. “If it continues to stay overcast and rain, then they should be good to lift the restrictions and have people return to their homes,” Eiesland said.

August 26, 2013 12:14 p.m. read more..

Sunday, August 25


Oregon fire updates

With a majority the Douglas Complex fires contained, the Oregon Department of Forestry will turn management of suppression efforts over to the Douglas Forest Protective Association on Monday.

August 25, 2013 8:02 a.m. read more..

Fire managers release structure safety responsibilities to local district

Fire managers spoke of the Blackburn Fire in the past tense during a community fire meeting Saturday night, Aug. 24, at The Dalles Wahtonka High School. The structural threat is over, task forces have been released, and the safety of area homes is once again the official responsibility of Mid Columbia Fire and Rescue.

August 25, 2013 7:22 a.m. read more..

Saturday, August 24


Seniors look to end on a high

Eight Tribe veterans are focused to find a huge winning edge One of the most bittersweet parts for high school athletes is when the four-year journey comes and goes with a snap of the fingers.

August 24, 2013 1:51 p.m. read more..

Making all the right moves

TDW boy’s soccer squad is geared up to produce a memorable 2013 outcome As one of the old men in the group, all-league senior goalkeeper Bryan Sanchez has been through it all and seen it all.

August 24, 2013 1:50 p.m. read more..

Body discovered at Ecola Falls

PORTLAND (AP) — A hiker discovered the body of a man in a creek near Ecola Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. Lt. Steve Alexander of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said Friday afternoon that the terrain is difficult and Portland Mountain Rescue will help retrieve the body.

August 24, 2013 1:35 p.m. read more..

Snowden suspected of covering tracks

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government’s efforts to determine which highly classified materials leaker Edward Snowden took from the National Security Agency have been frustrated by Snowden’s efforts to cover his digital trail by bypassing electronic logs, government officials told The Associated Press.

August 24, 2013 1:32 p.m. read more..

March to focus on continued fight for civil rights

March on Washington commemorates King march WASHINGTON — Alice Long planned months ago to use vacation time to travel from Huntsville, Ala., to the 50th anniversary events for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

August 24, 2013 1:31 p.m. read more..

Today in History, Aug. 25

The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Aug. 25, the 237th day of 2013. There are 128 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 25, 1943, U.S.-led Allied troops liberated New Georgia in the Solomon Islands from Japanese forces during World War II.

August 24, 2013 1:27 p.m. read more..

Looking back, Aug. 25

August 25 20 Years Ago-1993 Susan Huntington thought a lynch mob might be looking for her because the food kept running out. Jerry Schubert, the Wagon Master of the official Oregon Trail Wagon Train, said the parade through downtown The Dalles was “the best production we’ve seen.” Eric Fishman, project manager of the Oregon Trail Wagon Train, said the parade, the crowds of people and the great evening all added up to one of the best events he had seen celebrating the arrival of the wagon train. The official Oregon Trail Sesquicentennial Wagon Train arrived in The Dalles Tuesday and thousands of cheering residents and visitors lined Second Street to welcome the wagon train participants.

August 24, 2013 1:27 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Thrice as clever

To the editor: For those of us who were around at the time, remember how terribly long it took for the extensive investigation of Watergate to finally force President Nixon to resign in disgrace? It seemed like forever. We were anxious for justice to quickly prevail, but the exhaustive investigation accelerated at a snail’s pace, thanks to stonewalling and cover-up activity by the White House. That was Nixon’s Watergate.

August 24, 2013 1:24 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Homeowner help

To the editor: Sorry, this is a little after the fact, but I saw this product profiled on TV. Barricade fire-blocking gel. It was amazing how well it protected the structure.

August 24, 2013 1:24 p.m. read more..

What's happening from Aug. 25

COURTHOUSE CLOSES: The Original Wasco County Courthouse will close for the season at the end of August. The last scheduled days are August 29, 30, 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and during the Chamber of Commerce barbeque from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 29.

August 24, 2013 1:12 p.m. read more..

Views from a Fire

The Government Flats Fire Complex moved many people to use their cameras wherever they were as the fire raged.

August 24, 2013 10:53 a.m. read more..

Friday, August 23

Fire meeting set for Saturday evening

Invitation: The public is invited to a community meeting Saturday, August 24, at 6:30 pm, The Dalles-Wahtonka High School, 220 East 10th Street, The Dalles. Information on the status of the Government Flats Complex fires will be provided by incident management personnel and cooperators.

August 23, 2013 8:43 p.m. read more..

Youth Football ready to make it prime time

16 teams from across the gorge will be on display In less than 24 hours, 16 teams from third-through-sixth grades will hit the gridiron at Columbia High School in White Salmon, Wash., for the start of the 2013 Gorge Youth Football campaign.

August 23, 2013 4:38 p.m. read more..

South Wasco County’s Last Stand

Five Redside seniors headline a squad that broke new ground in 2012 season For five South Wasco County seniors, this is the last stand. One final chance to put forth a resurgent run into the upper echelon of the 1A volleyball landscape and show they belong in the state conversation.

August 23, 2013 4:35 p.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for August 23, 2013

Broaden your scope this year by getting involved in large-scale projects that will benefit your community or country. Develop ideas and solutions that will encourage others to step up and take action. The impression you make will open doors to greater prosperity.

August 23, 2013 12:41 p.m. read more..

Teens keep things running at base camp

Local youths find work with firefighters Most teens are finishing out their summer with a vacation or time at the pool, but a few local students are finding out what it takes to run an emergency camp for firefighters.

August 23, 2013 11:51 a.m. read more..

Mill Creek homes have close call

Bruce Schwartz looks out over a burned-out area where the Blackburn Fire, part of the Government Flats Fire Complex, jumped a fireline officials had hoped would keep the fire from threatening The Dalles water treatment plant and area homes, like the nearby home of his daughter Teal Everts. Everts, at left, next to her Mill Creek home and the hillside that burned, watched the fire hit and jump the line.

August 23, 2013 11:44 a.m. read more..

Telles secures first professional golf win

Damian Telles had been dreaming of this moment for a long time. Tuesday afternoon, The Dalles Wahtonka graduate sank five birdies on the front nine and battled back from a first-day deficit to secure a three-stroke triumph for his first professional victory on the G Pro Tour in a Series 6 Golf event at Raintree Country Club in Charlotte, NC.

August 23, 2013 11:35 a.m. read more..

Belanger defense expected to bring the heat

One thing for sure, new The Dalles Wahtonka defensive coordinator Rich Belanger will not be shy about blitzing. He estimates that from different formations, TDW will blitz 70 percent of the time. While taking those risks, the team could become an opportunistic bunch that keeps the opposition on its heels or get hurt with single coverage for long gains.

August 23, 2013 11:34 a.m. read more..

TDW offense oozing with potential

Since winning a Columbia River Conference league crown in 2010, The Dalles Wahtonka football has gone through back-to-back lean years where they have amassed a record of 2-15.

August 23, 2013 11:31 a.m. read more..

TDW showing spirit early in camp

At the start of daily doubles, The Dalles Wahtonka has seen a boost in numbers. Up from the mid-20s, there were 35 athletes, 14 of them freshmen, on hand for the start of daily doubles this week at The Dalles Middle School. Assistant coaches Kelly DeLeon offered words of instructions and Neticia Enesi, as two courts had players diving, setting, chipping and slamming down kills in a few inter-squad scrimmages.

August 23, 2013 11:11 a.m. read more..

Rain, lighter winds help keep fire in check overall

Blaze containment advances Rain and lighter winds than expected helped keep the Government Flats Fire Complex in check Thursday. After growing at a rate of two to three thousand acres a day this week the Blackburn fire had only increased from 11,040 acres Thursday morning to 11,247 acres Friday morning, bringing the total complex up to 11,542 acres.

August 23, 2013 11:03 a.m. read more..

Triathlon not for the faint of heart

Now the countdown begins for the 25th annual Aluminum Man Triathlon on Sept. 7 at Riverfront Park in The Dalles. With a race crowd of more than 250 expected, signups have opened for participation in this grueling event.

August 23, 2013 10:51 a.m. read more..

Fire update, Aug. 23

Fire Update: Fire crews had a good night of work. The positives were: they were able to continue building and strengthening control lines and fire growth was low. The negatives were because of the rain and 80% humidity along the lines, they were not able to burn out vegetation between the constructed lines and the active fire. Today crews will continue to build and improve firelines, taking advantage of cooler temperatures and lower fire intensity to place control lines closer to the fire edge. Crews will attempt to conduct burn-out operations as conditions allow. Firefighters were reminded to be cautious of the rain-slickened exposed soils when driving or walking.

August 23, 2013 10:45 a.m. read more..

Oregon National Guard Assists Fire-fighting Efforts Near The Dalles

SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon National Guard is providing assets to support the fire-fighting efforts at the Government Flats Complex Fire, located approximately six miles southwest of The Dalles, Ore. The fire has expanded to approximately 8,000 acres, and is only about 15 percent contained.

August 23, 2013 9:01 a.m. read more..

Firefighters offered free swimming

From Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation: To show our gratitude to those men and women who are selflessly giving of their time to tackle this fire, NWCPRD and Ted Walker Memorial Pool staff would like to extend FREE swimming to the crew of the Government Flat Complex Fire during open swim hours at the pool.

August 23, 2013 8:34 a.m. read more..

Archery Hunters Note: Fire Conditions are Severe; 70,000 Acres Burned This Summer

From the first crunching step, bow hunters will know just how dry conditions are in Oregon's forests. This summer, nearly 70,000 acres have burned in wildfires - six times the average at this point in the year. For this reason, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is asking early-season hunters to exercise extreme caution as they head afield this month.

August 23, 2013 7:50 a.m. read more..

Thursday, August 22


A message from the incident commanders of the Government Flats Fire Complex

The Oregon Department of Forestry, the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office, and all the firefighters and support personnel associated with the Government Flats Complex would like to thank the people of Wasco County and the City of The Dalles for your many expressions of support and offers of assistance to our hard-working crews. Your actions have not gone unnoticed. We know we are guests in your county and city and have been amazed at the generosity and patience of our hosts.

August 22, 2013 7:33 p.m. read more..

What's happening from Aug. 22

This Week Aug. 22 – “Happy Gilmore,” 8:30 p.m., Sunshine Mill, 901 E. Second, The Dalles, Aug. 23 – Columbia River Gorge Quilt Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Hood River Middle School, 1620 May St., Hood River, Aug. 23 – Jeff Carrell, all ages, 7-10 p.m., Sunshine Mill, 901 E. Second, The Dalles, Aug. 23 – Ritchie Young and Members of Loch Lomond, 9:30 p.m., Cebu Lounge, Hood River Inn, 1108 E.

August 22, 2013 12:53 p.m. read more..

Crews stay busy with small brush fires

Small fires don’t go away just because a big one is burning nearby, so local fire agencies were tasked with three grass fires starting at about 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21.

August 22, 2013 12:45 p.m. read more..

Feds running out of wildfire money

Forest service diverting funds GRANTS PASS — Running out of money to fight wildfires at the peak of the season, the U.S. Forest Service is diverting $600 million from timber, recreation and other areas to fill the gap.

August 22, 2013 12:44 p.m. read more..

Rangers primed to take next step

Defending league champions looking to break quarterfinals streak with a finals run After consecutive quarterfinal berths, one major goal across the board for this season’s Dufur Ranger football squad is to surge forward to the next level – semifinals and beyond.

August 22, 2013 12:40 p.m. read more..

Goodman swims her way to a top finish

TD resident notches first place at Cascade Lake Swim event The Dalles resident Ann Goodman lives in the water. As a former collegiate swimmer, she has been swimming since 11 years old, calling herself an aquatic person at heart.

August 22, 2013 12:39 p.m. read more..

Fire camp needs toiletries, socks

While home baking and similar expressions of gratitude are on the no-no list, firefighters working the Government Flats Fire Complex could use some toiletries and other items that may be running low at base camp.

August 22, 2013 12:33 p.m. read more..

Town ponders drone hunting

DEER TRAIL, Colo. (AP) — This tiny plains town population 500, is considering a proposal to make itself a national attraction for gun enthusiasts and people skeptical of government surveillance.

August 22, 2013 12:28 p.m. read more..

Fire survivors look forward to return to mountain

Blaze destroyed one home and may have made another uninhabitable As daunting as losing their home to wildfire may be, Carolyn Segui, her daughter Sara Burchfield and granddaughter Cadee Roberts are taking an optimistic and determined view of their situation. “We need to get back to our mountain,” Segui said in an Aug. 21 interview.

August 22, 2013 12:01 p.m. read more..


Fire complex balloons to 11,335 acres, burns a fourth home A change in wind direction and the threat of evening thunderstorms had firefighters worried as the day shift headed out to the Government Flats Fire Complex Thursday morning.

August 22, 2013 11:58 a.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for August 22, 2013

Keep your money in a safe place and keep a sharp eye on your assets in the coming months. Don’t make any questionable loans — hurt feelings would only result.

August 22, 2013 11:27 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Cheaper alternative to the Magic Eraser

DEAR MARY: I read your advice to use Mr. Clean Magic Erasers to clean up dirty leather handbags. Apparently, those rather pricey erasers are made of something called melamine foam, a product that is readily available, which makes “erasers” pretty cheap if you order what they’re made of instead of buying them at the store. I hope this can help someone looking for an easy clean. — Megan S., email

August 22, 2013 11:26 a.m. read more..

OEN names boot camp participants

The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network’s (OEN) Gorge Accelerator Boot Camp2 has announced the selection of six early stage companies that will participate in eight intensive sessions, with a team of mentors and coaches, to learn how to effectively structure, plan, develop and manage their businesses, and prepare to effectively present their business for funding opportunities.

August 22, 2013 5:57 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 21

Blackburn Fire spreads north and west

Mill Creek, Reservoir Road evacuation level decreases to Level 2. A significant increase in fire activity, aided by east winds, has resulted in the Blackburn Fire, one of three fires in the Government Flat Complex, spreading to the north and west.

August 21, 2013 8:54 p.m. read more..

Winds shift, evacuation levels increase on Cherry Heights

Winds have shifted toward the northwest over the Blackburn Fire this afternoon, prompting fire commanders to increase the evacuation level on houses at the end of Cherry Heights Road near Wells Road from Level I "Ready" to Level II "Get set," according to David Morman a spokesman at the Government Flats Fire Complex incident command.

August 21, 2013 4:36 p.m. read more..

Air attack vital in rugged terrain

More helos arrive to help with fire battle DALLESPORT — The air attack on the Blackburn Fire will get some added help after the arrival of three National Guard helicopters.

August 21, 2013 12:15 p.m. read more..

Firefighters offer hope on blaze

Fire grows but fire leaders hope for more success Residents, community leaders, media and fire attack leaders crowded into the meeting room at Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue and the hallways beyond Tuesday evening, Aug. 20, to hear an update on the Government Flats Fire Complex and have an opportunity to ask questions of the leaders and to praise them for the coordinated fire attack.

August 21, 2013 11:58 a.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for August 21, 2013

Review your investments, personal paperwork and anything that has to do with joint ventures in the year ahead. You stand to benefit if you are thorough. Your assets are greater than you realize, and your desires more realistic than you think. Funds will appear from an unusual source.

August 21, 2013 10:39 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: From money pit to your home sweet home

Sometimes, home sweet home can seem like a money pit. But your house doesn’t have to cost you tons for upkeep when you use ingenuity, creativity, shopping sense and saving sense to bring out the best without breaking the bank. Check out all of these clever ways your fellow readers have discovered to make home a wonderful place, with money and time to spare.

August 21, 2013 10:39 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 20

House fire hits in The Dalles

In the midst of grappling with a major conflagration, local firefighters still have to address other emergencies around their district, and that’s just what they did Monday, when a house at 513 Terrace Drive in east The Dalles caught fire.

August 20, 2013 5:21 p.m. read more..

What is the health threat

Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can irritate your eyes or your respiratory system and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.

August 20, 2013 5:15 p.m. read more..

Growth continues on Blackburn Fire

The Blackburn Fire remains at 10 percent contained this afternoon, burning south of The Dalles in timber, grass and hardwoods in rugged, difficult terrain, according current information.

August 20, 2013 5:12 p.m. read more..

Public meeting tonight on Government Flats Fire Complex

The public is invited to a Community Meeting, Tuesday, August 20, 6:30 PM, at the Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, 1400 West 8th Street. Information on the status of the Government Flat Complex Fires will be provided by incident management personnel.

August 20, 2013 5:56 a.m. read more..


The Wasco County Sheriff's Office has issued a Level III Evacuation for residents on Mill Creek Road between 9595 Mill Creek Road and Reservoir Road, and including all of Reservoir Road. Approximately (50) structures will be affected by this evacuation.

August 20, 2013 4:42 a.m. read more..

Monday, August 19


Sunday, August 18


Saturday, August 17

UPDATE: Blackburn fire at 550 acres

An afternoon estimate of the Blackburn Fire, burning in part of The Dalles watershed lands, partly Bureau of Land Management lands and partly on private land places it at 550 acres.

August 17, 2013 11:37 a.m. read more..

Speak freely

Evidently, Randy and Susan Stewart do not believe in freedom of speech, which applies to our rights as citizens.

August 17, 2013 11:26 a.m. read more..

Letter: Exciting concerts

I just got my season ticket from Mid-Columbia Community Concerts today, and was excited to realize that another fantastic season is fast approaching.

August 17, 2013 11:25 a.m. read more..

Editorial: Judges raises: a good thing

Among the relatively unnoticed bills to pass out of the Oregon Legislature last month was one that granted raises to the state’s judges, both on the local level and in appellate courts, and that’s a good thing.

August 17, 2013 11:23 a.m. read more..

Dufur Church does tornado clean-up

Six members of Dufur Christian Church, including the pastor, spent nearly a week in Moore, Okla., helping residents there recover from a devastating tornado that hit in May.

August 17, 2013 11:18 a.m. read more..

Skyline adds cheery four-legged volunteers

Two of Skyline’s newest volunteers have four legs and a cute little tail. And that’s no joke. The two beagles — Roger and Two-Spot — drop by Skyline weekly to check in on patients and bring extra smiles to patients, staff and visitors.

August 17, 2013 11:11 a.m. read more..

'I love you for infinity'

Yesterday was a bonding day for my daughter, Heather, my granddaughter, Kylie, and myself. We had a “girls’ day” and went to Bend. I know, I know, this is done every day but, ours was a little different.

August 17, 2013 11:10 a.m. read more..

Couple lands in sign court

Missy Dunagan said if a citizen is going to be threatened with arrest or hauled into court to fight payment of a large fine, it should be for some type of offense greater than posting a yard sale sign.

August 17, 2013 11:06 a.m. read more..

N. Chenoweth bid due soon

Port of The Dalles officials expect to solicit bids for the first phase of the new North Chenoweth subdivision by the end of the month, aiming for completion next summer.

August 17, 2013 11:04 a.m. read more..

A Day at the Fair

The Wasco County Fair drew people of all ages to Tygh Valley to enjoy a variety of activities and take in the exhibits under the shade trees at Hunt Park.

August 17, 2013 11 a.m. read more..

Letter: Damage to the forest

How many of us would ever think that our land use laws could be circumvented with the help of the state and local government that is supposed to protect it? Land bordering Mt. Hood National Forest, with all its beauty and wildlife overlays, was allowed to be destroyed and wildlife driven away from a recent WTF mass gathering of 5,000-plus people!

August 17, 2013 10:28 a.m. read more..

Letter: At a loss on hate

Response to Gary Fischer’s Aug. 8 letter: Gary writes: “I am presenting a fair, open view of the Bible.” Question Gary: Do you accept the New Testament portion of the Bible as reliable and true as written in its original language? Your answer will go a long way in helping we who you describe as haters of the Jews understand where you are coming from.

August 17, 2013 10:27 a.m. read more..

Life fraught with legal peril

“Ignorance of the law is no excuse.” Those were the words Municipal Judge Tom Peachey told Missy and Michael Dunagan while they were defending themselves in court against a citation brought against them for “flagrant” (to quote the city attorney) violations of the city’s nuisance code. It’s a warning judges applied for ages in the courtroom. But in today’s increasingly complex society, maybe ignorance should be an excuse.

August 17, 2013 10:26 a.m. read more..

Kaseberg to appear on 'Oregon Art Beat'

It is said that Redmond artist Cameron Kaseberg, a native of Sherman County, is becoming known as the artist who has taken the solvent transfer process of image making further than any artist working today.

August 17, 2013 10:09 a.m. read more..

Pine beetles killing signature Crater Lake tree

The latest mountain pine beetle infestation appears to be slowing down in Eastern Oregon, but not before becoming the leading killer of the signature tree of Crater Lake National Park — the whitebark pine.

August 17, 2013 9:53 a.m. read more..

Woods, Ward give OSU 1-2 punch

For years, this was the city where good college running backs were built. Ken Simonton, Steven Jackson, Yvenson Bernard, Jacquizz Rodgers and more stormed through Corvallis racking up a few thousand yards apiece, setting the standard for whoever came next. But for a couple years – Riley, offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf and offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh would like to forget these years – the running game evaporated.

August 17, 2013 7:36 a.m. read more..

Friday, August 16

China zoo replaces big cat with big dog

BEIJING (AP) — Behold the regal lion and hear its mighty ... bark? A zoo in the central China city of Luohe attempted to pass off a Tibetan mastiff as a lion, state media reported.

August 16, 2013 1:18 p.m. read more..

Nations react to Egypt’s crisis

The Associated Press recorded reactions Friday around the world to developments in Egypt following clashes in which hundreds of people were killed and thousands injured: INDONESIA

August 16, 2013 1:15 p.m. read more..

Death toll rises in Egypt clash

CAIRO — Heavy gunfire rang out in the heart of Cairo as tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets Friday across Egypt in defiance of a military-imposed state of emergency following the country’s bloodshed earlier this week.

August 16, 2013 1:13 p.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for August 16, 2013

Changes will bring good fortune in the year ahead. Self-improvement projects will boost your confidence. Let your mind wander and your interests in varied subjects and skills grow. You can cultivate many things that will soon become assets.

August 16, 2013 11:37 a.m. read more..

Layin' it on the line: New school year wipes slate clean

With summer activities in the rearview mirror, numerous athletes have put a new era in perspective with the start of the 2013-2014 sports seasons. All of the records are 0-0, and the hopes of each player, coach and spectator are that a new beginning brings chances to enjoy success down the road and the start of run towards a state championship. In the gorge, it has been some time since a local high school team has hoisted a blue trophy.

August 16, 2013 10:22 a.m. read more..

Huskies come home expecting more wins

In some fashion, Keith Price and his teammates have been reminded every day of what 2012 could have been for Washington. The reminders showed how the Huskies were so close to taking that next step in the progression most expected when Steve Sarkisian took over, finally leaving behind the seven-win plateau, only to lose the final two games of last season by a combined five points to again finish 7-6.

August 16, 2013 10:14 a.m. read more..

Intensity rewarded with a day off

Mark Helfrich described Thursday as a “really good day” on the Oregon practice fields. Good enough for the first-year head coach to give the team a day off on Friday.

August 16, 2013 9:57 a.m. read more..

Thursday, August 15

Port plans trade mission

The Port of The Dalles is preparing for the possibility of an international trade mission in September, with the possibility of more in the future.

August 15, 2013 11:37 a.m. read more..

Joint meeting to address gas tax, roads

The Dalles City Council and Wasco County Commission are expected to decide Monday whether to send a tax measure that would fund a combined road district to voters in November.

August 15, 2013 11:35 a.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for August 15, 2013

For every negative, find a balance that is positive in the year ahead. Incorporate interests, pastimes, hobbies or activities that bring you joy and ease your stress and you will find workable solutions to any problem you face. You can stabilize your situation with an unusual investment.

August 15, 2013 10:48 a.m. read more..

Full steam ahead: TDW doing work

Just 15 days remain before The Dalles Wahtonka football team hits the field under a new regime hanging on hopes of returning to its playoff form. From offseason workouts, weight lifting, spring practices and camps, all of the elements of success have been taken care of – across the board, everyone is brimming with excitement.

August 15, 2013 10:44 a.m. read more..

Tema: Recientes brotes de enfermedades gastrointestinales inspiran mensajes de prevención

En el mes pasado, el Distrito de Salud Pública Norte Central ha respondido a algunos brotes de gastroenteritis (nausea, vómito, diarrea) en los campamentos regionales juveniles, así como ha aconsejado a ciudadanos, después de que algunos personas se hayan enfermado luego de una reunión familiar. Esto se presenta como una buena oportunidad para conversar acerca de cómo reducir la trasmisión de las enfermedades.

August 15, 2013 7:28 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 14

Astro-Graph for August 14, 2013

Hash over any problems that are still standing between you and your happiness and begin to make the necessary changes that will lead you past them in the year ahead. Don’t hesitate to make a major relocation or change in your personal and professional situation.

August 14, 2013 2:55 p.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Mother Nature’s finest beauty products

We know it’s important to check the ingredients on food products, but have you ever thought of checking your health and beauty products? I did recently and discovered a lot of unpronounceable words. But there’s one ingredient I would recognize for sure, just as today’s first tipster did. Over the years, that discovery has saved her a lot of money.

August 14, 2013 2:53 p.m. read more..

One Flower, Three Meals

A SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY, a honeybee and a spider share real estate on this thistle bloom in the Mt. Hood National Forest south of The Dalles.

August 14, 2013 12:07 p.m. read more..

Get business-like at the county fair

It’s not all about agriculture: Granted, Wasco County’s largest economic engine is agriculture, but another reason to go to the fair starting tomorrow through Sunday is to check out the commercial building where businesses put their best foot forward.

August 14, 2013 12:03 p.m. read more..

Photo contest

Courtney Thayer, 18, submitted “Into the Fog” as part of The Chronicle's summer youth photo contest.

August 14, 2013 11:55 a.m. read more..

Heat could revive SW fires

GRANTS PASS (AP) — The cool weather that has allowed firefighters to make steady progress against wildfires in southwestern Oregon will be turning warmer this week — so intense burning and smoke are likely to return to the Grants Pass area.

August 14, 2013 11:53 a.m. read more..

Study: Half who buy own health plan to get aid

WASHINGTON — About half the people who now buy their own health insurance — and potentially would face higher premiums next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law — would qualify for federal tax credits to offset rate shock, according to a new private study. Many other people, however, earn too much money to be eligible for help, and could end up paying more.

August 14, 2013 11:52 a.m. read more..

Mayor assures landowners

The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence assured several landowners in the urban growth boundary last week that one of their disputes with the city’s land-use policy could be resolved in the near future.

August 14, 2013 11:50 a.m. read more..

Searchers locate climber’s body

An air and ground search on Tuesday morning located the body of a Polish man, Sebastian Kinasiewicz, at the 9,500-foot level of Mt. Hood. An Oregon Army Blackhawk helicopter crew spotted Kinasiewicz's body at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

August 14, 2013 11:49 a.m. read more..

Feds delay wolf protection review

A federal agency is delaying an independent analysis of a plan to drop legal protections for wolves across most of the nation because of concerns about the selection of experts to conduct the review, an official said Tuesday.

August 14, 2013 11:46 a.m. read more..

Busy Sunflower

Honey bees gather pollen on a giant sunflower near Benton City Monday afternoon Aug. 12. Temperatures are predicted to remain in low 80s in the Columbia Gorge through the week, according to the National Weather Service. AP Photo/Tri-City Herald, Richard Dixon

August 14, 2013 11:44 a.m. read more..

Library hosts kids' events

The Dalles-Wasco County Library has a wide range of activities coming up in this week and next for a variety of age ranges, from kindergarten to high school.

August 14, 2013 11:32 a.m. read more..

Grant aids parenting program

Families First and New Parent Services, programs of The Next Door, have received a two-year, $21,000 grant from the Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon for parenting programs.

August 14, 2013 11:31 a.m. read more..

Gorge Gatherings to benefit college

Food, fun and friends come together this summer in “Columbia Gorge Gatherings.” The new annual series of events to benefit Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation’s permanent endowment.

August 14, 2013 11:30 a.m. read more..

Oregon set to focus on building character

The Oregon Duck is a naughty fellow in depictions inside the opulent new football operations center at the University of Oregon. He pokes two fingers in the eyes of the UCLA bear. He punches the Arizona Sun Devil in the jaw.

August 14, 2013 11:24 a.m. read more..

Local harriers off on the right foot

Under the hot sun and with the Threshing Bee festivities in the air, 39 local runners were on hand this past weekend for the annual Dufur Valley 5k and 10k run/walk, and many of the top harriers from across the gorge hit the pavement with some top times in mind.

August 14, 2013 11:22 a.m. read more..

Mayor assures landowners

The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence assured several landowners in the urban growth boundary last week that one of their disputes with the city’s land-use policy could be resolved in the near future.

August 14, 2013 11:01 a.m. read more..

Local harriers off on the right foot

39 local runners were on hand this past weekend for the annual Dufur Valley 5k and 10k run/walk, and many of the top harriers from across the gorge hit the pavement with some top times in mind.

August 14, 2013 10:58 a.m. read more..

Cordell reigning strong as queen

For the past 11 months, Cordell, an incoming senior from The Dalles Wahtonka High School, has duly performed her duties as a representative of the Fort Dalles Riders Association.

August 14, 2013 10:45 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 13

Dufur Threshing Bee

A young boy, right, takes a turn at the wheel as a long tractor train of children head toward Dufur City Park Saturday.

August 13, 2013 11:05 a.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for August 13, 2013

Challenges can be expected and change will be necessary in the coming months. Do your best by using your experience and knowledge to transform obstacles and negativity into positive learning experiences. Go at it with everything you’ve got.

August 13, 2013 10:58 a.m. read more..

World Briefs for Aug. 13

Authorities crack down on Beijing villa, abducted girl resting at home and Britain condemns mosque attack as cowardly

August 13, 2013 10:54 a.m. read more..

Dufur Threshing Bee

ZEBULEN STELZER, 5, left, and brother Zadion, 2, watch a demonstration of how corn kernels are removed from the cob with a hand-cranked machine at the Dufur Threshing Bee Saturday, Aug. 10.

August 13, 2013 10:50 a.m. read more..

Suit brought over owl plan

Conservation groups are suing two federal agencies over a plan that allows logging in northern spotted owl and salmon habitat on private timberlands in Northern California.

August 13, 2013 10:50 a.m. read more..

Bloomberg criticizes judge's ruling

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge’s stinging rebuke of the police department’s stop-and-frisk policy as discriminatory could usher in a return to the days of high violent crime rates and end New York’s tenure as “America’s safest big city,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned.

August 13, 2013 10:49 a.m. read more..

Meetings set to plan park management in the gorge

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will convene two public meetings this week in Gresham and Hood River to gather input from local residents and visitors about future uses for parks in the Columbia Gorge.

August 13, 2013 10:46 a.m. read more..

Smog in China driving away tourists

BEIJING (AP) — China, one of the most visited countries in the world, has seen sharply fewer tourists this year — with worsening air pollution partly to blame.

August 13, 2013 10:46 a.m. read more..

Cost of rural care eyed

Rural and urban communities have different needs, and the local Area Agency on Aging thinks it is time to remind the state of that.

August 13, 2013 10:38 a.m. read more..

A touch of greatness

Two old men, neither particularly grumpy, have been in the news in recent weeks, and their re-emergence in the public eye is a sobering reminder of how different is our civic life than even a few years ago.

August 13, 2013 10:37 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Some questions

A couple weeks ago, our big, beautiful USA flag and flagpole came up missing. It is our hope if you took it, you respect and honor it as we did, when we placed it on our front porch.

August 13, 2013 10:36 a.m. read more..

Too comfortable for comfort

Let’s start with simile practice: The new Hatfield-Dowlin Football Performance Center at the University of Oregon is to its college football rivals what the Death Star is to the planet Aldoran and the Rebel Alliance in the oldest “Star Wars” films: a looming promise of annihilation.

August 13, 2013 10:33 a.m. read more..

Saturday, August 10


Letter to the Editor: Important pool

To the editor: When I read Mike Webber’s letter regarding TD Swim Team board, it made me feel that he was chastising the board. Had he attended this year’s board meetings, Webber would have been able recognize the hard work that went into trying to plan a Ted Walker meet and many improvements that the (almost all new) board has put in place.

August 10, 2013 4:03 p.m. read more..

Showers aid John Day firefight

PORTLAND — Firefighters and rainfall blunted a grasslands fire that threatened an Eastern Oregon city. Two overnight showers dropped a tenth of an inch of rain, slowing the flames enough for authorities to lift be-ready-to-leave notices given Thursday to neighborhoods at the edge of John Day.

August 10, 2013 4:01 p.m. read more..

Looking back, Aug. 9

August 11 20 Years Ago-1993 The Dalles city councilors may soon be elected by city-wide vote, not from various wards. The City Council itself strongly favors several changes to the City Charter, including abolishment of the present city ward system. Other changes considered at last night’s council work session included adding another member to the Council, giving the mayor a vote and changing the way city ordinances are approved. The Charter is essentially the city’s constitution, dictating procedures for passing laws and appointing both elected and hired leaders. It was first written in 1898, and has been altered several times since.

August 10, 2013 3:59 p.m. read more..

A wild Owyhee road trip

Angling success met through several twists and turns Sometimes I feel like the best trips have to start with a hiccup. Nothing sours a trip faster than everything starting off perfectly.

August 10, 2013 3:58 p.m. read more..

Community bonding over football

Youth program sees numbers grow through the years; flag division is on the rise Count out how many National Football League athletes got their start in flag football, and the list is endless. It is at that level where they achieve some basic knowledge of the game to get them to the highest level of professional sports.

August 10, 2013 3:49 p.m. read more..

Fundraiser to aid Kessell

A classmate of Christopher Kessell is organizing a fundraiser to cover medical bills and equipment needs that are related to a February car crash that left him paralyzed from the waist down.

August 10, 2013 3:30 p.m. read more..

Do you have best looking horse?

Enter the Best Looking Horse in Wasco County contest at the Wasco County Fair Friday, Aug. 16 at 4 p.m. All breeds are welcome, from ranch horses to show hors. Halter classes include geldings and mares. The event is free to enter and will offer cash awards. Call 541-314-3014 for more information.

August 10, 2013 2:36 p.m. read more..

Registration due for fair run

Pre-registration for the Wasco County Fair Run and Walk will continue through Aug. 14. The run is set for Saturday, Aug. 17, and includes 3K, 5K, and 10K versions and divisions for all ages. The top three runners in each division will receive ribbons.

August 10, 2013 2:35 p.m. read more..

Fair has been tradition for Judy Ewing

Judy Ewing spent several years driving demolition derby cars Judy Ewing remembers tagging along to the Wasco County Fair with her big brother and sister Paul Treanor, now of Salem, and Donna Wallace, now living in Dufur, until eventually she was old enough to show animals at 4-H too.

August 10, 2013 2:32 p.m. read more..

Queen Callista offers a welcome to the fair

Free family day is Aug. 15 Look at any list of 4-H ribbons over the past few years and the name Calista Howell, 16, figures prominently. Howell, this year’s Wasco County Fair Queen, has been fully invested in 4-H competition at the fair throughout her childhood.

August 10, 2013 1:46 p.m. read more..

Friday, August 9


Using 2013 to build a solid legacy

Columbia Gorge Hustlers go 1-2 at state tournament; ready for another deep run There were plenty of highlights surrounding the Columbia Gorge 18U ‘AAA’ Hustlers this season. The Hustlers finished with a winning percentage of .760 and secured an opening-round game at the recently completed Oregon ‘AAA’ American Legion State Tournament at Harry and David Field in Medford, but suffered defeat in their final two games to end the 2013 campaign.

August 9, 2013 12:06 p.m. read more..

Layin' it on the Line: Enter my fantasy zone

Preparation and luck play huge role in taking top spot While many young boys and men are in the throes of exerting physical strength with testosterone coursing through their systems, every Sunday from now until January, I will be crouched in front of a 36-inch television in nacho-cheese stained sweats with cholesterol clogging up my veins for an aged-old ritual – football.

August 9, 2013 11:57 a.m. read more..

Program aims to help military families

The Oregon National Guard hopes to add churches and faith-based groups in The Dalles to its new network of communities providing outreach to military members and their families.

August 9, 2013 11:53 a.m. read more..

Japan marks 68th anniversary of bombing

Mayor seeks government support of new non-nuke deal TOKYO — Nagasaki’s mayor criticized Japan’s government on Friday for failing to back an international nuclear disarmament effort as the country marked the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombing of his city. Mayor Tomihisa Taue said Japan’s inaction “betrayed expectations of the global community.”

August 9, 2013 11:52 a.m. read more..

Hiker missing in west gorge

PORTLAND (AP) — Multnomah County searchers are looking for a Longview woman who became lost on a hike Thursday near Wahkeena Springs and Devils Rest in the Columbia River Gorge.

August 9, 2013 11:49 a.m. read more..

Open house focuses on workforce housing

Project employs local contractors Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation is focusing on affordable workforce housing in its latest project, but while most of the nonprofit organization’s development deals with multiple apartment units, this endeavor is focusing on one single-family home at a time.

August 9, 2013 11:46 a.m. read more..

Focused on the Jump

Noah Mears, 13, prepares to jump his board onto a rail Thursday afternoon, Aug. 8, at the Benjamin Rockwell memorial skatepark in The Dalles.

August 9, 2013 11:34 a.m. read more..

OSU president visits, promises education ties

Gorge staffer will help coordinate effort Dr. Edward Ray, president of Oregon State University, visited The Dalles and Hood River Thursday to talk about developing partnerships that will create more educational opportunities in rural areas of the state. Toward that end, the university’s Division of Outreach and Engagement is recruiting for a full-time employee who will work out of Columbia Gorge Community College. The Oregon Open Campus Education Coordinator will be charged with strengthening the bonds between business, industries, government and educational institutions in the region.

August 9, 2013 11:27 a.m. read more..

Store knits up mountain town

Meacham’s lone business is also where people gather MEACHAM (AP) — There is one store in the mountain community of Meacham, and it’s an important one. Three years ago, Meacham’s sole business, the Oregon Trail Store and Deli, had closed. The volunteer fire department was foundering, politics divided pockets of the community and residents felt isolated without a gathering space.

August 9, 2013 11:18 a.m. read more..

Is childhood obesity turning a corner?

ATLANTA — For many years, doctors have been wringing their hands as more and more U.S. children grew fat. Now, that may be changing, with the first evidence of a national decline in childhood obesity. In 18 states, there were at least slight drops in obesity for low-income preschoolers, health officials said Tuesday.

August 9, 2013 11:06 a.m. read more..

Thursday, August 8


Dancers strong at Seaside

Dance Club wins right to compete at tournament The Dance Club Academy of The Dalles competed in tap, jazz, and contemporary dance this past weekend at the convention center in Seaside.

August 8, 2013 1:36 p.m. read more..

State settles with target of investigation for $1M

PORTLAND — The state of Oregon will pay $1 million to a former state Department of Energy official who claims his career was derailed by a botched investigation. The payment settles a lawsuit filed by Mark Long, who says former Oregon Department of Justice prosecutor Sean Riddell withheld or destroyed documents central to the investigation. The agency did not acknowledge any wrongdoing as part of the settlement.

August 8, 2013 1:27 p.m. read more..

Lightning sparks John Day fires

PORTLAND — Oregon state Forestry Department and National Forest firefighting crews were dispatched to the area around the eastern Oregon community of John Day on Wednesday as several lightning-sparked wildfires erupted there, a fire spokesman said.

August 8, 2013 1:25 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Investing in human capital

Medford Mail Tribune, July 31, on asking voters to approve state bonds for college grants: State Treasurer Ted Wheeler has joined the chorus of reformers bent on improving higher education in Oregon, but he is focusing on the people who, ultimately, are supposed to benefit from post-secondary studies: the students.

August 8, 2013 1:16 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: All about hate

To the editor: It could be said this country was founded on one idea defined by one word. Our forefathers requested to be taxed fairly. They asked to be represented fairly before Parliament. They wanted the king to treat them fairly.

August 8, 2013 1:07 p.m. read more..

Smoking fight moves outside

ATLANTA — First it was bars, restaurants and office buildings. Now the front lines of the “No Smoking” battle have moved outdoors.

August 8, 2013 1:04 p.m. read more..

Viemeister sisters sing Aug. 18

The vocal stylings of The Dalles graduates Jena and Anna Viemeister will be on display Sunday, Aug. 18, at an afternoon of music titled “Cloaks and Daggers, an Operatic Cabaret.”

August 8, 2013 12:59 p.m. read more..

Bridge: The odds rule most of the time

The trick is always to play bridge — whether in pairs, teams or Chicago — keeping the odds in mind. In today’s deal, what is the right way to play the heart suit for no losers?

August 8, 2013 12:53 p.m. read more..

New T’s are heart of school nonuniform

NEW YORK — The T-shirt is one of fashion’s most basic items, but even with today’s popular slim cuts, there’s wiggle room to change up the style. That can be pretty important to the kids and teenagers who practically live in them but like to feel that they have something new when they go back to school.

August 8, 2013 12:49 p.m. read more..

Study: higher blood sugar tied to dementia

Higher blood-sugar levels, even those well short of diabetes, seem to raise the risk of developing dementia, a major new study finds. Researchers say it suggests a novel way to try to prevent Alzheimer’s disease — by keeping glucose at a healthy level.

August 8, 2013 12:46 p.m. read more..

Afghan president calls for peace

Bomb kills 14 in graveyard KABUL, Afghanistan — A bomb planted in a graveyard in rural eastern Afghanistan killed 14 members of a single family on Thursday as the country’s president urged the Taliban to lay down their arms.

August 8, 2013 12:43 p.m. read more..

Man finds maggots in sandwich

ATLANTA (AP) — A restaurant executive said Wednesday that the company switched bread vendors after a customer found a cluster of maggots on his sandwich at Atlanta's airport.

August 8, 2013 12:42 p.m. read more..

Burglar picks wrong boat to scavenge

Owner uses gun to frighten off suspect in 10th St. barn A burglar picked the wrong boat to scavenge from Wednesday mid-morning, when he found himself staring down the barrel of a .38 pistol, held by the boat’s owner, Glenn Summers.

August 8, 2013 12:41 p.m. read more..

Amber alerts issued for CA suspect

Man with teen may have been seen in Northwest LAKESIDE, Calif. — Amber Alerts expanded to Oregon and Washington as authorities searched for a Southern California man suspected of abducting a 16-year-old girl and wanted in the death of the girl’s mother and possibly her 8-year-old brother.

August 8, 2013 12:38 p.m. read more..

Pee Wee’s big adventure

Tortoise goes missing for over a month Pee Wee, a young sulcata tortoise, is back nibbling the dandelions in his yard after going missing for over a month.

August 8, 2013 12:33 p.m. read more..

Vets reach out to peers

Soldier suicide prompts action he recent suicide of an Oregon National Guard soldier with ties to The Dalles has spurred two veterans to take action in hopes of preventing another tragedy.

August 8, 2013 12:22 p.m. read more..

Marine Zone weekly wildlife viewing update, Aug 7

Great blue herons and great egrets Coastal estuaries are host to two impressive birds this time of year, great egrets and great blue herons. Both herons and egrets are wading birds that prowl the shallows looking for fish, crustaceans and amphibians.

August 8, 2013 11:31 a.m. read more..

Marine Zone weekly fishing update, Aug. 7

BOTTOM FISHING The hot ports last week were Brookings, Gold Beach, Garibaldi and Pacific City with most bottomfishers getting between five and six rockfish and at least one lingcod. Most other ports reported catches of between two and three rockfish – most likely because windy conditions on the central coast blew boats off the water and shortened fishing times.

August 8, 2013 11:30 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 7

Big buys on books by the bag Aug. 17

The Dalles Wasco County public library will host an emergency book sale Aug. 17. From 9 - 10 a.m. fill a plastic grocery bag for just $3, from 10 - 11 a.m. the price is just $2 for that bag, and from 11 - noon the price is $1.

August 7, 2013 12:42 p.m. read more..

Tribes, ODFW try to resurrect Hood River's spring chinook run

PARKDALE -- (AP)As salmon streams go, Hood River faces some unique challenges: glacial gullywashers from Mount Hood, heavy irrigation withdrawals for Oregon's top fruit orchards and a once hardy population of spring chinook that scientists figure was wiped out four decades ago.

August 7, 2013 12:16 p.m. read more..

Water’s Edge tackles team medicine

Multidisciplinary team will focus on prevention, safety, conditioning and treatment As official sports practices loom less than two weeks from now, athletes are being supported not only by coaches, parents and fans, but by a comprehensive sports medicine program designed to help them keep fit, avoid injuries and get the treatment they need if they do become injured.

August 7, 2013 12:07 p.m. read more..

OSU focuses on innovation

CORVALLIS — Administrators of the Venture Accelerator at Oregon State University have chosen the first 12 research concepts or spinoff companies to participate in the program, which is designed to spur the creation of new companies from university-based research, according to a university announcement.

August 7, 2013 11:47 a.m. read more..

Benefit questioned of mobile apps for toddlers

WASHINGTON — Can a mobile app really teach a baby to find her nose? Or learn to recognize letters and numbers? Not according to an advocacy group that filed a complaint Wednesday with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that two popular baby app developers — Fisher-Price Inc. and Open Solutions — are trying to dupe parents into thinking their online games make infant and toddlers smarter.

August 7, 2013 11:35 a.m. read more..

Bridge: Distribution reading for declarer

Ajay Devgan, an Indian film actor, director and producer, said, “By getting into distribution and production, I am actually widening my base.” Many less-experienced players do not pay as much attention to hand distributions as they ought. In today’s deal, South read the end-position well by counting out the West hand.

August 7, 2013 11:33 a.m. read more..

Scattered al-Qaida still a threat

Terror network in more places WASHINGTON (AP) — Far from being on the brink of collapse, al-Qaida’s core leadership remains a potent threat — and one that experts say has encouraged the terror network’s spread into more countries today than it was operating in immediately after 9/11.

August 7, 2013 11:31 a.m. read more..

What's happening from Aug. 7

New Entries KIWANIS PROGRAMS: The Dalles Kiwanis Club program for Aug. 8 is “Take Shape for Life” by Jenney Eldridge. Kiwanis meetings are held every Thursday noon at Spooky’s and visitors are welcome. Also in August: Aug. 15 is Jeff and Johna Gadley on ghosts in The Dalles. Aug. 22 is Big Brother Big Sister. Aug. 29 is club business and final prep for Steak Feed (Sept. 5 at Sorosis Park). For details go to

August 7, 2013 11:28 a.m. read more..

Adoption fee reduced during Cat-a-Palooza! August event

Ayla, a beautiful all-white, five-year-old cat, was found abandoned after someone had shot her. Expo, a petite tortoiseshell, was found scared and soaking wet, up a tree at a construction site. Cici was abandoned and lived under a house deck during some cold winters.

August 7, 2013 11:27 a.m. read more..

Charles speaks Thursday

Sheila Raye Charles, the daughter of legendary singer Ray Charles, will bring her message of salvation to The Dalles tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. at Covenant Christian Community Church, 2630 E. 18th St. She is a guest speaker of Celebrate Recovery The Dalles.

August 7, 2013 11:18 a.m. read more..

Cars are Vollmar family affair

Family will compete in both Show in the Shade and Threshing Bee car shows this weekend No one gets a free ride at the Vollmar household in The Dalles – but there is plenty of help to steer in the right direction.

August 7, 2013 11:16 a.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for August 7, 2013

In the coming months, you could be acutely aware of how many small parts successfully make up the whole. Understanding this, you might piece together something of worth.

August 7, 2013 10:50 a.m. read more..

Dufur Threshing Bee is Aug. 10 and 11

40th Annual Dufur Threshing Bee Metzentine & DePriest Families are this year's Grand Marshals Parade- Saturday 10am Tractor Pull- Saturday 1pm Steak feed-Saturday 4pm Grange Breakfast-Saturday and Sunday 6am Classic Car Show-Sunday 10am

August 7, 2013 7:36 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 6

Bull Ropes & Ribbon Hopes: Sherman County Fair Schedule, Aug. 21-25

Wednesday , August 21st 10:30am-12,noon All Beef Weigh-In 11am-6pm All Open Class & Game Entries 12:30pm-6pm All Swine, Sheep, Goat & Poultry Weigh In 1:10 pm Open Class entry drawing 2:30 pm Classic Car Show 3:30 pm Clover buds Poultry Show 4:45 pm Car Show Awards 5:00 pm 4-H style show 5:30 pm BBQ dinner with Paradise Rose Chuckwagon & entertainment with “Jaeger Bums”

August 6, 2013 10:17 p.m. read more..

Chronicle website commenting experiences technical issues

Readers commenting on stories at The Dalles Chronicle website may have experienced a delay in the public posting of their comment. Website administrators suspect the issue is related to recent changes made in an attempt to stop malicious spam attacks at the site, and are working to correct the issue.

August 6, 2013 10:11 p.m. read more..

Two gorge men hold USTA top titles

Pearce and Sturdyvin hone their skills by playing against each other Two local tennis pros are putting the Columbia Gorge on the map in Pacific Northwest competition through the United States Tennis Association.

August 6, 2013 1:54 p.m. read more..

Late rally puts West on top

East gains first blood from game kickoff BAKER CITY — The West scored early and late to claim a 33-23 victory in the 61st annual East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game Saturday at Bulldog Memorial Stadium.

August 6, 2013 1:50 p.m. read more..

Basin ends TD chance at title

Walker strikes out eight Two good innings Friday, Aug. 2, put Columbia Basin over the top with a 4-3 win against The Dalles in the 15U Babe Ruth All-stars Pacific Northwest Regional Playoffs in Centralia, Wash.

August 6, 2013 1:43 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Airborne toxins

To the editor: Did we all forget what the color of the sky used to be or how clouds used to look? Everyone walks around oblivious to this huge dancing elephant in the room and that elephant is geoengineering.

August 6, 2013 1:37 p.m. read more..

U.S. orders evacuation of Yemen embassy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military evacuated non-essential U.S. government personnel from Yemen on Tuesday due to the high risk of attack by al-Qaida that has triggered temporary shutdowns of 19 American diplomatic posts across the Middle East and Africa.

August 6, 2013 1:31 p.m. read more..

Stay cool with a DIY flurry

Need a fresh way to chill out this summer? How about DIY flurries? A flurry is simple — and it isn’t something you can only get at the ice cream shop. You start off with ice cream, usually a basic flavor, then you stir or mix or blend all kinds of things into it.

August 6, 2013 1:27 p.m. read more..

Bridge: Try to handle the distributions

Edward R. Murrow is a central character in the World War II book “Citizens of London” by Lynne Olson (Random House). Murrow said, “The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.”

August 6, 2013 1:26 p.m. read more..

Senior News: Pledge encourages us to stay strong and confident

Because we live in a society that reflects the cultural values of independence, youthfulness, and productivity, often the elderly are either negatively portrayed as frail, decrepit and burdensome “old” folks — ignored, stored away and forgotten. Or on the opposite extreme “super seniors” accomplishing age defying feats of strength and daring.

August 6, 2013 1:23 p.m. read more..

Hard work, scenic views mark youth corps

Teens spend summer with Forest Service The weather was sweltering, the trek up the mountain long and steep and the coils of barbed wire unwieldy, but the members of the Youth Conservation Corps didn’t complain.

August 6, 2013 1:21 p.m. read more..

National Distinguished Young Woman has local ties

Nicole Renard represents young women in DYW No one from The Dalles will be competing in the next national competition for the title of Distinguished Young Woman, but this year’s winner has local ties to The Dalles.

August 6, 2013 1:15 p.m. read more..

Get ready for August school registration in District 21

Administrators at North Wasco County School District 21 are putting the final touches on school schedules and more in anticipation of school registration in mid-August. Instead of holding the traditional Back to School Bash, the district is encouraging parents to register their students at the school they will be attending.

August 6, 2013 1:03 p.m. read more..

What's happening from Aug. 6

What's happening from August 6, 2013. New Entries HORSE CONTEST: Enter the Best Looking Horse in Wasco County contest at the Wasco County Fair Friday, Aug. 16 at 4 p.m. All breeds are welcome, from ranch horses to show hors. Halter classes include geldings and mares. The event is free to enter and will offer cash awards. Call 541-314-3014 for more information.

August 6, 2013 1 p.m. read more..

Tip a Firefighter August 9

LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS WORK TO PROTECT PEOPLE and their possessions in the event of fire and medical emergencies, and this week they will be working to support their volunteers.

August 6, 2013 12:59 p.m. read more..

White Salmon woman joins bi-state agency

Governor Inslee selects oceanographer, teacher for a seat on commission Loretta DeKay of White Salmon has been appointed by Washington Governor Jay Inslee to join the Columbia River Gorge Commission.

August 6, 2013 12:52 p.m. read more..

Ice kills snowboarder

Rescue crews struggle to recover body In a first for rescue and recovery efforts on Mt. Hood, chain saws were used on the White River glacier Sunday to cut away ice and retrieve the body of a 25-year-old Colorado snowboarder.

August 6, 2013 12:42 p.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for August 6, 2013

Some of your more successful endeavors in the year ahead could be under the radar. You’ll find that you don’t need much acknowledgement or applause, just the gratification of a job well done.

August 6, 2013 10:53 a.m. read more..

Sunday, August 4

Sherman transit plans tour Aug. 14

On August 14, 2013 at 7:00 a.m., a bus provided by Sherman County Community Transit, will depart from the Sherman County Courthouse providing transportation to Stahlbush Island Farms, Corvallis, Oregon for a tour. To reserve a seat please phone 541-565-3553 by Friday, August 9, 2013. The suggested donation per rider is $35.00 to assist in the cost of the trip.

August 4, 2013 9:34 a.m. read more..

Construction update for Biggs Junction

During the week of August 4th to August 10th the contractor will be building construction accesses and begin shoring construction. Expect construction activity on shoulders throughout the project site. Traffic on I84 will be reduced to one lane in both EB and WB direction. Expect construction traffic on US97. There should be no delays on either US97 or I84.

August 4, 2013 9:31 a.m. read more..

Saturday, August 3


Monday Warriors

Ultimate Frisbee players compete for fun at Sorosis Park If the salt and pepper in his hair is any indication, Glenn Wood is a little older than most of the teammates he plays Ultimate Frisbee with Monday nights at Sorosis Park.

August 3, 2013 7:33 p.m. read more..

Extension Cord: Take the pressure out of pressure canning

The start of the food preservation season can bring mixed emotions for me. On the one hand, I am thrilled by the plethora of fresh, local fruits and vegetables and the opportunities we have here in the gorge to put up just about any kind of fruit, vegetable, or protein through canning, drying, freezing, or fermenting.

August 3, 2013 7:16 p.m. read more..

Public meetings from Aug. 3

Mosier Thursday – Mosier Fire District board meeting, 7 p.m., Mosier Fire Hall on Washington Street. Agenda: business from the audience, apparatus use policy, accreditation process, OSHA/worker comp consultations, apparatus replacement plan — B81, update on Tender 88 tank repair-replacement, bookkeeper-recorder request for raise, chief’s monthly summary. Other

August 3, 2013 7:14 p.m. read more..

Study: hot temperatures, hot tempers

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the world gets warmer, people are more likely to get hot under the collar, scientists say. A massive new study finds that aggressive acts like committing violent crimes and waging war become more likely with each added degree.

August 3, 2013 7:12 p.m. read more..

Science Corner: Humidity is relative

When our hot summer temperatures arrive, I think back to time spent in the Midwest. Sun or shade, breeze or not, high temperatures just felt more uncomfortable there than here in the gorge.

August 3, 2013 7:11 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: My money to spend

To the editor: If a member of the public buys a newspaper they give money to The Dalles Chronicle. The newspaper gives some of that money to an employee in the form of a paycheck. Whose money is it?

August 3, 2013 7:01 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: How much?

To the editor: How much time and money was spent by the city attorney to mount a failed prosecution against someone advertising a garage sale? Is this a joke? People should be outraged at the incompetence of our city officials. The city is spending taxpayer money to prosecute citizens having garage sales while our town is filled with empty store fronts and heroin is peddled to our children. How pathetic.

August 3, 2013 6:57 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Vendetta

To the editor: AG Holder and his box are obviously displeased with the verdict in the Zimmerman trial. He feels he has little need to take care of us by investigating the BATFE for their “Fast and Furious” gun-running scheme, directing the FBI to scrutinize the IRs’ prejudicial conduct against conservative organizations, to pursue Benghazi murders and — must I go on?

August 3, 2013 6:56 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Mr. Peterson

To the editor: On July 10, 2013, Denny Peterson passed away. His obituary told of his accomplishments in sports, which were more than worth mentioning; however his accomplishments in education were not mentioned. Denny was the principal of Chenowith Primary School for 16 years from 1978 to 1994. Denny was a fair, honest, kind and competent individual, and respected by all who knew him. The students loved to see him with his baseball glove and bat, when meeting them at the noon recess. Playing baseball with Mr. Peterson was more than fun, but also an education in life.

August 3, 2013 6:55 p.m. read more..

Editorial: These losses are personal

The wildfire that took the life of firefighter John Hammack of Madras this past week struck just a little too close to home, and that fact was illustrated by a photo taken by Michael Sullivan of the Roseburg News-Review that accompanied the story.

August 3, 2013 5:42 p.m. read more..

Cause of stomach illness difficult to detect

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donna Heller thought she had cancer. But multiple visits to the doctor after a month with debilitating nausea and diarrhea didn’t yield any answers. Convinced she was dying, she met with her lawyer to get her will in order.

August 3, 2013 5:38 p.m. read more..

History rises from the sands

Archaeologists date settlement to more than 4,000 years ago SAAR, Bahrain (AP) — More than 4,000 years ago, Dilmun merchants traveled from Mesopotamia to the Indus River, titans of trade and culture before rise of the empires of the Persians or the Ottomans.

August 3, 2013 5:36 p.m. read more..

What's happening from Aug. 3

New Entries SUPPORT GROUP: The next meeting of the Widows of Veterans Gathering & Support Group will be Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 11 a.m. at the Veteran Services Office in The Dalles.

August 3, 2013 5:33 p.m. read more..

Temperatures warmer than normal for July

Temperatures at The Dalles airport averaged warmer than normal during the month of July, according to preliminary data received by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton.

August 3, 2013 5:31 p.m. read more..

Theron's Tale

Theron Bowman, 7, has turned a world of imagination into a book of his own — with Mom’s help

August 3, 2013 5:25 p.m. read more..

Trim foliage for safety, avoid city enforcement actions

Given the dry weather and increased fire danger, residents are asked to help improve visibility and access to fire hydrants by removing brush and debris within three feet around hydrants on or near their property. This effort will improve community safety.

August 3, 2013 5:20 p.m. read more..

Court OKs Calif. early release

Dismissed governor’s request to halt SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Despite warnings from California officials, the nation’s highest court is refusing to delay early release of nearly 10,000 California inmates by year’s end.

August 3, 2013 5:18 p.m. read more..

NOAA: Puget Sound killer whales to stay protected

SEATTLE — Killer whales that spend their summers in Puget Sound are a distinct population group and will remain protected under the Endangered Species Act, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Friday.

August 3, 2013 5:16 p.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for Aug. 3

A number of pleasant surprises could be in store for you in the year ahead. One might involve your work, while a few others are likely to pertain to your social life.

August 3, 2013 5:13 p.m. read more..

Bridge: Sometimes it helps when you guess well

Since bridge isn’t always a perfect science, capable of exact calculation, every player has to guess occasionally. But when you have to guess, consider each sensible choice and try to select the one that you think will work most often.

August 3, 2013 5:11 p.m. read more..

Ask Dr. K: Gestational Diabetes requires monitoring

DEAR DOCTOR K: I was just diagnosed with gestational diabetes. What are the risks to my baby? And what do I need to do to keep her safe? DEAR READER: Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar that occurs during pregnancy. Normally, the hormone insulin moves sugar (glucose) from the bloodstream into cells that use it for fuel.

August 3, 2013 5:05 p.m. read more..

Village Idiot: A tiger would solve my lawn care problems

Years ago I started planting fruit trees in the back yard. I planted five different kinds of apple trees, a cherry and a pear. The next year, I planted five different kinds of apple trees, a cherry and a pear because the deer had eaten the first batch down to the nubs. I bought wire fencing and made cages around each new tree.

August 3, 2013 5:01 p.m. read more..

Looking back, Aug. 3

August 4 20 Years Ago-1993 The city of The Dalles must come up with at least $96,680 in cash by March 1994 if it wants to begin work on the Mill Creek Greenway. As a result, the project may be placed on hold because the city does not have the money. Planning Director Dan Durow told The Dalles City Council last night.

August 3, 2013 4:53 p.m. read more..

New Star-Spangled Banner takes shape in Md.

Seamstress and helpers took over local brewery to sew BALTIMORE — Two hundred years ago this summer, a Baltimore flag-maker stitched the flag that inspired America’s national anthem. Now, hundreds of people are helping to recreate the star-spangled banner.

August 3, 2013 4:51 p.m. read more..

It's all about people, not just medicine

For Amy Howe, being the Walgreens pharmacy manager is as much about people as it is about pills and prescriptions. “Some customers I’ve had since the beginning,” Howe said. “They’re part of my life. They’ve been through my two pregnancies too so they’re always asking about my children and how they’re doing.”

August 3, 2013 3:50 p.m. read more..

Friday, August 2

Win or go home for Babe Ruth 15U team

The Dalles 15U Babe Ruth bats were on fire in the second and third innings of their pool play game Thursday, Aug. 1, and that was enough to defeat Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 8-7 at the Pacific Northwest Regional Playoffs in Centralia, Wash.

August 2, 2013 2:32 p.m. read more..

Softball players vie for championship

Games start at 6 and 7:15 p.m. Aug. 5-7 at park district fields The Dalles Parks and Recreation softball teams will play for bragging rights next week in the championship tournament that starts Monday, Aug. 5, and continues through Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the Webber Street softball fields across from Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue station.

August 2, 2013 2:29 p.m. read more..

2-day karaoke event takes over City Park

Finals start at 6 p.m. Aug. 3 The Oregon Karaoke Challenge will be taking over the stage at The Dalles City Park tonight and Saturday, Aug. 2 and Aug. 3, for final competition, and its organizer hopes that a few dreams will be fulfilled that night.

August 2, 2013 2:18 p.m. read more..

Family participates in mission to Honduras

Here’s a way to get your kids to take shorter showers and ask for fewer things: Take them on a mission to Honduras, where they’ll stay at an orphanage filled with children who once lived at a dump, where they scoured for garbage to refashion into trinkets to sell and hunted for rotten food to eat.

August 2, 2013 2:14 p.m. read more..

Threat closes U.S. embassies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is closing its embassies and consulates throughout the Muslim world on Sunday after receiving an unspecified threat, officials said.

August 2, 2013 2:11 p.m. read more..

USPS eyes alcohol deliveries

Agency head has liquor on ‘wish list’ to raise revenue WASHINGTON — Special delivery from the post office — beer, wine and spirits, if Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has his way.

August 2, 2013 2:10 p.m. read more..

Auxiliary tags veteran graves

A fraternal organization in The Dalles is taking steps to ensure that flags are placed on the grave of every veteran at two Independent Order of Odd Fellows’ cemeteries each Memorial Day.

August 2, 2013 1:41 p.m. read more..

What's happening from Aug. 2

New Entries BREAKFAST CANCELLED: The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce Power Breakfast for August has been cancelled. DISCO PARTY: The Dalles Eagles will host a disco party with DJ Fergie and MC Max Love Saturday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. Games and prizes will include a largest bellbottom contest. The event at 2006 W. Seventh St., has no cover charge, but is only for those 21 and older. Call 541-296-3172 for details.

August 2, 2013 1:40 p.m. read more..

Northwest news in brief

Search finds six sunken cars OAK GROVE, Ore. (AP) — As part of a training exercise, Clackamas County dive teams agreed to look for a car an insurance company wanted them to find near the Oak Grove boat ramp on the Willamette River.

August 2, 2013 1:39 p.m. read more..

Waterborne parasite sickens Baker City

BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) — A waterborne parasite has sickened eight people in Baker City, and officials say they suspect the source is a lake where mountain goats live. The illnesses were confirmed Thursday, and there are likely many more cases, the Baker City Herald reported.

August 2, 2013 1:35 p.m. read more..

Ocean acidification worries scientists

Shellfish, algae affected by acidity levels COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — As a federal research vessel heads out to study the impact of ocean acidification on Pacific marine life, Oregon biologists are reporting both benign and negative impacts on regional shellfish.

August 2, 2013 1:32 p.m. read more..

Google launches research ship

Crew will study ocean mystery SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A $60 million research ship funded by a Google executive was scheduled to set sail from San Francisco on Thursday, on its way to study a “dead zone” in the Pacific Ocean and other mysteries of the sea off the coast of Washington and Oregon.

August 2, 2013 1:25 p.m. read more..

Westbound Banfield closed for weekend

Westbound Banfield closed for weekend The third and final weekend closure of the Banfield (Portland Interstate 84) will begin Saturday at 11 p.m. on westbound lanes from Interstate 205 to Interstate 5. The lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Aug 5.

August 2, 2013 1:14 p.m. read more..

Reviews mixed on What the Festival

Neigbors complain, but law officers, shopkeepers praise outcome of 5,000-person event A post-mortem of this year’s What the Festival shows mixed reviews from locals who were affected by the 5,000-person music and art festival held at Wolf Run Ranch outside Dufur last weekend.

August 2, 2013 1:11 p.m. read more..

Smith medical bill won’t cost county much

County responsibility is fraction of $250K tab Wasco County officials are breathing a sigh of relief that the vast majority of medical bills for a deceased murder suspect aren’t going to be paid by local taxpayers.

August 2, 2013 12:58 p.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for August 2, 2013

The chances of fulfilling your ambitious expectations in the year ahead look to be very good. There may be times when you have to take three steps back to go one step forward, but you’ll gain momentum eventually. Steady on.

August 2, 2013 9:53 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: A letter from 13-year-old Abby

Dear Mrs. Mary Hunt: My name is Abby. I am 13 years old. So, my mom got your book, “Raising Financially Confident Kids.” She is on Chapter 9, and she wants to do that — give your kids money and make them buy their clothes, shoes, etc., each month.

August 2, 2013 9:52 a.m. read more..

Thursday, August 1


Editorial: Time to reform surveillance laws

America’s birthright is all about the freedom and the right to privacy. The Fourth Amendment states that, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause ...”

August 1, 2013 5:35 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Lobbying on the public dime

Oregonians may not have been aware of it, but they put nearly $2 million toward lobbying the Legislature this year. In fact, of the top 10 legislative lobbying efforts, eight were financed either

August 1, 2013 5:32 p.m. read more..

Mile Marker 28 fire 65 percent contained

Highway 97 above Goldendale opened Wednesday afternoon for the first time in a week as fire crews began to get the Mile Marker fire under control. According to news releases, the fire was 65 percent contained as of Wednesday night and had spread over 26,793 acres.

August 1, 2013 5:26 p.m. read more..

Truck driver panicked in hit and run

A truck driver who hit power lines and pulled down at least two power poles Wednesday afternoon in The Dalles drove away after he panicked, he told police. The Northern Wasco County PUD estimated over $15,000 in damage was done, according to an Oregon State Police log.

August 1, 2013 5:24 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Swim progress

To the editor: As board members of The Dalles Swim Team, we would like to thank Mr. Mike Weber for his obvious concern regarding the function and continuity of The Dalles Swim Team.

August 1, 2013 5:19 p.m. read more..

Roster of same-sex marriage states grows

Roster of same-sex marriage states grows MINNEAPOLIS — In massive group celebrations and in quieter individual ceremonies, gay couples in Minnesota and Rhode Island began exchanging vows Thursday.

August 1, 2013 5:12 p.m. read more..

New schedule set for The Dalles Wahtonka

‘Selectives’ added to the lineup Administrators at The Dalles Wahtonka High School are already preparing for the coming school year, including rolling out a brand new schedule that will increase instruction time.

August 1, 2013 5:09 p.m. read more..

Shrine players gather for Aug. 3 game

Brown and Somnis stand for Sherman The Oregon East-West All-Star Football game, now in its 61st year, and known as “The Greatest Little Shrine Game in the World” will be Aug. 3 in Baker City, and two Sherman County sports fixtures will be playing a role.

August 1, 2013 4:31 p.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for August 1, 2013

There is a strong possibility you will cultivate and develop several new interests in the year ahead. A few could even turn out to be exciting endeavors, since you’re likely to be extremely progressive in areas where you’ve always been traditional.

August 1, 2013 12:37 p.m. read more..

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