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Tuesday, December 31



Congress letting 55 tax breaks expire at year end

WASHINGTON — In an almost annual ritual, Congress is letting a package of 55 popular tax breaks expire at the end of the year, creating uncertainty — once again — for millions of individuals and businesses.

December 31, 2013 12:40 p.m. read more..
    

Teacher’s feud with principal prompts court ruling

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After resigning from the Central Linn School District, middle school teacher Charles Talbott showed up on opening day with a present for the principal — one that took a simmering feud with his former boss all the way to the Oregon Court of Appeals.

December 31, 2013 12:28 p.m. read more..
  

TDW gets first win of the season

The Dalles Wahtonka scored their first win of the season Friday in a 60-50 margin over Redmond in the second day of the Holiday Inn Classic Tournament, but now has lost seven of their first eight games after suffering a 52-42 setback to Springfield in the Wilsonville Tournament Saturday.

December 31, 2013 12:14 p.m. read more..
 

Redsides loses two on the road

The South Wasco County Redsides suffered a pair of setbacks over the weekend with road losses in Irrigon and Culver Saturday and Monday in non-league girl’s basketball play.

December 31, 2013 12:10 p.m. read more..


Redsides loses two on the road

The South Wasco County Redsides suffered a pair of setbacks over the weekend with road losses in Irrigon and Culver Saturday and Monday in non-league girl’s basketball play.

December 31, 2013 12:10 p.m. read more..
  

Letter to the Editor: Last days?

To the editor: I would like to correct myself concerning my last letter. The issue is that we are living in the last days before Jesus’ second coming. In Matthew 24:12, Jesus says that lawlessness will abound and the love of many will wax cold (grow cold).

December 31, 2013 12:06 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Pioneers, maybe?

To the editor: Happened to be reading the suggested names for the high school mascot. Since The Dalles is sometimes referred to as the end of the Oregon Trail, has anyone suggested a mascot called The Pioneers? There may be others with that name but are they somewhere that we care about?

December 31, 2013 noon read more..


Letter to the Editor: Kindness

To the editor: To those wonderful local businesses that helped me through troubled times I thank you so much. The kindness in this community is overwhelming. I have always enjoyed helping others, so to have it come back to me really brought back my belief in “ pay it forward.”

December 31, 2013 11:59 a.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: Giving community

To the editor: As co-advisor of the Dry Hollow Student Council, I would like to thank the people of The Dalles for the generosity they have shown in helping our student council on the many service projects they’ve done this year.

December 31, 2013 11:56 a.m. read more..


Editorial: Time to redefine intelligence gathering

Two divergent legal decisions, one in Washington, D.C., another in New York City, are setting up the National Security Agency’s broad phone surveillance program for yet another round in the courts. Both recent decisions are set to head to federal appeals courts following rulings by federal judges.

December 31, 2013 11:53 a.m. read more..


Police, troops heavy in bomb-hit Russian city

VOLGOGRAD, Russia — Eerily empty buses lumbered through the streets, police weighed down with body armor warily watched pedestrians near a fast-food restaurant, and members of Cossack units stood guard at bus stops. Volgograd was an ominous and jittery city Tuesday, after two suicide bombings in two days killed 34 people.

December 31, 2013 11:51 a.m. read more..
  

Community Action seeking contractors

Mid-Columbia Community Action Council is seeking weatherization contractors to perform work for the agency’s weatherization program. Work includes installing energy-saving measures such as blown-in fiberglas insulation and bat insulation, replacing windows and doors, performing diagnostic testing (blower door, duct, furnace). Work may also include minor repairs to roofing, floors and walls.

December 31, 2013 11:44 a.m. read more..
 

Free Saturday Movies begin Jan. 4

YouthThink, The City of The Dalles and Bruce Humphrey of Columbia Cinema have partnered to sponsor a program of eight free Saturday movies, Jan. 4 through Feb. 22.

December 31, 2013 11:42 a.m. read more..
     

Astro-Graph for December 31, 2013

This year will offer numerous opportunities, but discerning which ones are right for you will be a challenge. Don't spread yourself too thin. Seek advice from experienced individuals, and don't be afraid to ask for favors. What you accomplish this year is entirely up to you.

December 31, 2013 11:15 a.m. read more..


Everyday Cheapskate: Begin retirement planning

Women are most vulnerable to poverty in retirement because they generally live longer and earn less than men over the course of their lives, all the while caring for the needs of children and elderly parents around them.

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


Saturday, December 28

             

1980 Mount St. Helens photos come to light

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — They’re brand new images of a Northwest icon that disappeared more than 33 years ago — the conical summit of Mount St. Helens. Reid Blackburn took the photographs in April 1980 during a flight over the simmering volcano.

December 28, 2013 4:30 p.m. read more..


Historic Central Oregon canals worth a wander

BEND (AP) — A few weeks ago — and in much warmer weather — my husband and I set out to explore a new-to-us nature spot called Cline Buttes Recreation Area. We wanted to explore a particular section of Cline Buttes, dedicated to preserving historic canals. Due to some confusing signs and probably a bit of user error, we started on the wrong path and never stepped foot on the trails of the historic canal area.

December 28, 2013 4:12 p.m. read more..

Friday, December 27



Astro-Graph for December 27, 2013

Be true to your heart in the coming months. If you aim high, you will strive to be your best. An audacious approach to self-promotion will generate interest, sending you to the forefront of your field. Don’t let personal problems distract you.

December 27, 2013 1:17 p.m. read more..


Everday Cheapskate: Win the balance transfer game

There’s nothing fun about credit-card debt. An outstanding balance of $5,000 that is subject to 19.99 percent interest means you’re paying about $1,000 a year just in interest. Imagine if that $1,000 could go directly to repaying the balance instead. You could pay it off in record time instead of stringing it out for many years.

December 27, 2013 1:16 p.m. read more..
 

Walking in winter

Winter weather continues, with cold temperatures and an inversion predicted to continue through early next week.

December 27, 2013 12:35 p.m. read more..
      

Health screening for TD

Residents living in and around the The Dalles can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture.

December 27, 2013 11:47 a.m. read more..
  

Wage increase

EUGENE (AP) — The state Bureau of Labor and Industries says about 98,000 workers in Oregon will get a pay raise when the minimum wage goes up on Jan. 1.

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

Thursday, December 26



Talibe children beg to survive

NDAME, Senegal — Seven nights a week, 13-year-old Cheikhou and his younger brother Bamba would make their way to a wooden shack they shared with dozens of other barefoot child beggars, blanketing the floor with their tired bodies.

December 26, 2013 12:16 p.m. read more..
   

Editorial: Sheriffs in control on guns

The Albany Democrat-Herald, Dec. 18, on sheriffs’ role in guns debate: It looks as if Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller might have been a few months ahead of his time.

December 26, 2013 11:45 a.m. read more..


Sasquatch Revealed opens Dec. 28

Does Sasquatch exist? Rumors of a large, hairy, man-like creature roaming the Cascade Mountains have existed for centuries. Where does myth end and science begin?

December 26, 2013 11:43 a.m. read more..
  

Chicago isn’t alone in considering bicycle taxation

CHICAGO — Early blasts of snow, ice and below-zero temperatures haven’t stopped a surprising number of Chicago cyclists from spinning through the slush this winter, thanks in part to a city so serious about accommodating them that it deploys mini-snow plows to clear bike lanes.

December 26, 2013 11:37 a.m. read more..
  

Pot business applications top 3,000

SEATTLE (AP) — More than 3,700 marijuana business applications have now been filed in Washington state, including 867 proposed retail outlets spanning from Point Roberts to Pullman. Washington’s Liquor Control Board released updated figures Tuesday, saying it had received 3,746 applications to grow, process or sell cannabis under W

December 26, 2013 11:18 a.m. read more..


Fire does heavy damage to mobile home

A structure fire in The Dalles during the early morning hours of Dec. 26 is believed to have been the result of by an electrical malfunction and caused about $125,000 of damage.

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

Astro-Graph for December 26, 2013

Work gradually toward your goals in the year ahead. Focus on the details and quality that will set you apart from the competition. Let professional relationships evolve organically, and you will pick up useful information.

December 26, 2013 10:53 a.m. read more..
 

Ask Dr. K: Rest, ice, and compression will help ‘tennis elbow’

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve been playing tennis for years, but lately I’ve been sidelined by elbow pain. What can I do? DEAR READER: Elbow pain is the bane of tennis players. It has kept me off the courts for several months at a time. Let’s talk about how to get you back on the court — and prevent a repeat injury.

December 26, 2013 10:49 a.m. read more..


Owls and other wildlife dying from rodent bait

SALEM, Ore.— Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife veterinarians advise home and land owners that poison baits used to control mice and rats can sicken or kill owls, hawks, foxes, bobcats and other species. To protect wildlife, people should carefully follow product directions and explore other options for rodent control.

December 26, 2013 8:52 a.m. read more..


Keep dogs safe during trapping season

SALEM, Ore.— With trapping seasons underway in Oregon, dog owners need to be aware that there could be traps in areas where they are hiking with their dogs. Dogs running loose have accidentally been captured in legally set traps, causing injury or even death to the dog.

December 26, 2013 8:46 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 24

   

Rangers throttle Klickitat, Wash.

The Dufur Rangers won their fourth game in five tries this past weekend by a 60-33 score over Klickitat High School Saturday in a re-scheduled non-league boy’s basketball game against Klickitat, Wash.

December 24, 2013 12:46 p.m. read more..
    

Letter to the Editor: Tree experience

To the editor: For the first time, the Mid-Columbia Senior Center decorated a Tree of Memories for the MCMC Festival of Trees and what a marvelous experience it was!

December 24, 2013 12:35 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Thanks, coach

To the editor: I would like to take this opportunity to thank sports writer Ray Rodriguez and The Chronicle for their excellent coverage of The Dalles Wahtonka’s cross country 2013 season. However, I believe that it is important to give credit where credit is due. Although I have the title of head cross country coach, there are three coaches involved and we work together as a team to help each runner achieve their personal goals.

December 24, 2013 12:34 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: A gift of kindness

To the editor: Thank you to the person who took the time to submit our home for The Dalles Chronicle Christmas display map. I don’t think people realize what a difference “an act of kindness” can make.

December 24, 2013 12:33 p.m. read more..


Editorial: A time for coming together

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the popular film “A Christmas Story.” It's a story about a young boy, Ralphie, in the 1940s who is convinced only the presence of a Red Ryder BB gun under the tree on Christmas morning will give meaning to the holiday.

December 24, 2013 12:21 p.m. read more..
     

Onion growers cheer expected water rule changes

SALEM (AP) — Onion growers in the Northwest are pleased that federal regulators plan to rework proposed food safety rules that had farmers fearing they could suffer major losses if irrigation water were shut off during the growing season.

December 24, 2013 12:08 p.m. read more..
  

Timber aid won’t face cuts

GRANTS PASS — The mandatory 5-percent automatic budget cuts, known as sequestration, will not apply to next month’s federal subsidy checks to timber counties.

December 24, 2013 12:03 p.m. read more..
   

Love on the Paw

As a regular hospital visitor, Patch is born and bred for comfort and companionship

December 24, 2013 11:46 a.m. read more..


Scam targets PUD customer

Northern Wasco County PUD is warning customers of a telephone scam that targeted a local customer. The customer received a phone call Dec. 23 from a man wanting $800 or the customer’s power would be turned off. The customer contacted Northern Wasco County PUD and was told not to give out any information and to report the incident to local police.

December 24, 2013 11:30 a.m. read more..


Everyday Cheapskate: About my love-hate relationship with carpet

Never in my wildest imagination could I have predicted the response I would get to the column I wrote about the best thing I ever bought — a carpet cleaning machine. Trust me, it’s not just any carpet cleaner. MY machine has a solid tank for hot water, not simply a “bladder.” Please, please do not do what I do if you have any other kind of carpet cleaning machine. You could ruin your machine, and then I would feel terrible.

December 24, 2013 11:02 a.m. read more..


Astro-Graph for December 24, 2013

Center yourself and prepare for unexpected changes. If you can stay one step ahead of everyone else, you will have good fortune. Hold on to your secrets and avoid indulgence and hyperbole. Keep everything aboveboard and strive to be your best.

December 24, 2013 11 a.m. read more..


Saturday, December 21

 

Big fourth frame fuels Husky win

Austin Kaseberg and Max Martin combined forces for 40 points, 21 coming on seven 3-pointers, as the Sherman Huskies broke open a 45-40 lead with a 17-4 run in the final eight minutes of play to drop New Hope Christian by a 62-44 score Friday in opening night action at the Compass Classic Boy’s Basketball Tournament in Klamath Falls.

December 21, 2013 2:45 p.m. read more..


Balance is key as Redsides romp

With a new defensive calling card instituted this season, the South Wasco County Redsides are steadily showing their worth on the defensive end by forcing several turnover into easy baskets for a 72-39 win Friday over Lost River at the two-day Culver Tournament.

December 21, 2013 2:45 p.m. read more..


Sherman girls power past NHC

After scoring six points in the third quarter and seeing a 14-point halftime lead drop down to one, the Sherman Huskies worked a 22-16 output in the final eight minutes of play to drop New Hope Christian 63-56 in first-day action at the Compass Trail Tournament Friday in Klamath Falls.

December 21, 2013 2:44 p.m. read more..


Redsides denied by Lost River

The Lost River Raiders used the second and third quarters for a 37-14 spurt to break open an 8-4 lead on their way to a 51-31 victory Friday in girl’s basketball action at the Culver Tournament.

December 21, 2013 2:43 p.m. read more..
  

Letter to the Editor: Work with Washington state

To the editor: Let’s review the situation with CoverOregon health exchange website: 1. It doesn’t work. 2. Washington’s health exchange website does. 3. Oregon is withholding the final $18 million of a $90 million contract to Oracle, until it gets the site to work. 4. Einstein said the definition of insanity was trying the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

December 21, 2013 2:16 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Murals to be restored

To the editor: This is an open letter to all fans of artist Percy Manser (1886-1973), the beloved “Apple Shed Master” of Hood River, whose dry British humor and gentlemanly ways were adored by patrons of the arts throughout the Mid-Columbia.

December 21, 2013 2:14 p.m. read more..
       

Museum recognizes ‘Heroes Unheralded’

The History Museum of Hood River County will recognize “Heroes Unheralded,” local people who stepped forward on behalf of Japanese Americans subjected to systematic community prejudice during World War II.

December 21, 2013 1:55 p.m. read more..
 

Friday, December 20



Ore. health official resigns

PORTLAND (AP) — A senior state manager who oversaw most of the development of Oregon’s struggling health insurance exchange resigned Thursday as developers continue trying to find some way get the online enrollment system to work. Carolyn Lawson stepped down as chief information officer of the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services for “personal reasons,” the agencies’ leaders wrote in a terse memo to Lawson’s staff and other senior officials.

December 20, 2013 11:47 a.m. read more..


Progress comes slowly for Cuba

HAVANA—In Cuba, time is in the eye of the beholder. For many islanders, the days still pass slowly under an enervating sun. After a half century of Communism, they see time frozen in the facades of crumbling colonial mansions, the chrome of 1950s automobiles and the face of a stopped airport clock. They feel little sense of urgency.

December 20, 2013 11:37 a.m. read more..
    

First Day Hikes offered on New Year’s Day

For the third year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America’s State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year’s Day.

December 20, 2013 11:26 a.m. read more..
    

Man proposes during arrest

ELK CITY, Okla. (AP) — Talk about a marriage proposal to remember. An Oklahoma man proposed to his girlfriend while an officer tried to arrest him. An officer spotted Justin Harrel of Elk City in a park Dec. 13 and discovered he had outstanding warrants for obtaining cash or merchandise by bogus check, according to court documents. Police said Harrel resisted arrest at first.

December 20, 2013 11:16 a.m. read more..


Survey: Dads step up more than stereotype suggests

CHICAGO — The detached dad, turning up his nose at diapering and too busy to bathe, dress and play with his kids, is mostly a myth, a big government survey suggests. Most American fathers say they are heavily involved in hands-on parenting, the researchers found.

December 20, 2013 11:13 a.m. read more..
 

Thursday, December 19

 

UN openly accuses Syria of human rights violations

GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. panel reported Thursday it believes the Syrian government is committing a crime against humanity by making people systematically vanish, and that rebels have also recently begun making their opponents disappear.

December 19, 2013 3:21 p.m. read more..
 

Unbeaten Rangers roll past Lyle, 50-41

Alexa Macias scored 10 of her team-high 15 points in the second half, and Sammi Ghramm added all of her 12 points in the opening half to lead the Dufur Rangers to a 50-41 victory Tuesday in a girl’s basketball tilt in Lyle, Wash.

December 19, 2013 3:18 p.m. read more..
  

Editorial: So much for accountability

“I am certainly willing to be held accountable for the fact that everybody who wanted coverage by Jan. 1 is not going to get it.” Those words from Gov. John Kitzhaber were spoken Tuesday after the state finally admitted that some people would have no health insurance through Cover Oregon on Jan. 1 even though they’ve done everything they were asked to do, met every deadline.

December 19, 2013 3:10 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: CGCC scholarship needs

To the editor: Around the holidays, it’s no secret that nonprofit organizations worldwide rally for end-of-year donations. But critical needs must also be met in the Columbia Gorge region, including scholarships and other types of support for student education. That’s why Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) hasn’t stopped its own plea for contributions to the CGCC Foundation endowment match challenge.

December 19, 2013 3:06 p.m. read more..
 

Health helper on hand

Allison Varga, a representative from Cover Oregon, will be available to provide assistance on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in The Dalles/Wasco County Public Library meeting room during November and December.

December 19, 2013 11:31 a.m. read more..
 

Four accused of online meth sales in two states

PORTLAND (AP) — Two southwest Washington residents and two Portland-area residents accused of selling methamphetamine online to customers as far away as Europe and Australia have been indicted on federal charges. The four are charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine via the Internet and related counts. They pleaded not guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland.

December 19, 2013 11:29 a.m. read more..


Wolf could be taken off threatened list

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A group of experts is reviewing whether the federal proposal to lift more Endangered Species Act protections for the gray wolf is scientifically valid.

December 19, 2013 11:26 a.m. read more..
   

Wednesday, December 18

   

In the Business of Giving

LOCAL BUSINESSES not only serve the needs of their customers, but they serve the needs of their communities, as two local businesses recently illustrated.

December 18, 2013 12:52 p.m. read more..


Weeden’s roll expands with Oregon Cherry Growers

SALEM — Grower-owned cooperative Oregon Cherry Growers announced Dec. 12 that Danny Weeden, who has been with the company for nearly 10 years in the role of vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), has been promoted to executive vice president, general manager and CFO.

December 18, 2013 12:45 p.m. read more..
    

Fugitive watch issued here

A fugitive watch has been issued for Albert Chico Cervantes-Herr, 25. He is five feet six inches tall, weighs 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

December 18, 2013 12:31 p.m. read more..


Fugitive watch issued here

A fugitive watch has been issued for Jordan Charles Bay, 32. He is 6 feet tall, weighs 195 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

December 18, 2013 12:27 p.m. read more..
  

Irrigon beats up on SWC, 61-34

The 2A Irrigon Knights got a 25-point effort from Ashli Roberts, and added a long ball element to their game in a 61-34 win over South Wasco County in non-league girl’s basketball play Tuesday at Irrigon High School.

December 18, 2013 12:13 p.m. read more..
 

Dufur has streak snapped by Lyle

The Dufur Rangers outscored Lyle-Wishram in three of the four quarters played, but the host Cougars managed one rally in a 10-0 run in the second quarter and held on for a 46-38 win in an inter-state boy’s basketball matchup Tuesday in Lyle.

December 18, 2013 11:57 a.m. read more..


Redsides dropped by 2A Irrigon

South Wasco County has alternated wins and losses through the first five games of the season, suffering a 74-60 defeat at the hands of 2A powerhouse Irrigon Tuesday in non-league boy’s hoops action at Irrigon High School.

December 18, 2013 11:56 a.m. read more..
   

Woman reports gunshot

A woman called police Dec. 17 at 8:42 a.m. to report that a man in a parking lot in the 1200 block of West Sixth Street dropped a gun and it went off.

December 18, 2013 11:37 a.m. read more..
  

Everyday Cheapskate: Tips to avoid ‘turkey flu’ this holiday season

For years, Liz Tarditi’s mother tried to kill her family with turkey. Not intentionally, of course, but invariably sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas someone in the family developed flu-like symptoms. Mother blamed it on the weather and whatever influenza was going around, but the truth is they suffered from mild food poisoning that required weeks to fully recover.

December 18, 2013 11:02 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 17

    

Oregon man gets life in prison in triple murder

COQUILLE (AP) — A retired U.S. Border Patrol agent’s desire to avoid a costly divorce led him to kill his wife and a neighbor couple last summer in the rural Coos County community of Bridge, a prosecutor said Monday.

December 17, 2013 1:16 p.m. read more..
 

Letter to the Editor: No immortal breath

To the editor: Pastor Jerry: Christendom’s corrupt churches are founded on a righteous hate for the natural Jew and his supposed book Genesis. This hate blossoms into contempt for the Hebrew language. Disregarding the Hebrew allows church pastor to distort simple Bible words and deceive people by dishonestly “interpreting” Jewish truths into worthless pagan superstitions.

December 17, 2013 1:04 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Many make festival a success

To the editor: Despite the snow and ice, Festival of Trees went off without a hitch Dec. 6 at The Dalles Civic Auditorium. Volunteers, staff and board members of the Civic were attentive and helpful throughout the entire event.

December 17, 2013 1:01 p.m. read more..
  

Exercise helps women tolerate breast cancer drugs

SAN ANTONIO — Exercise might help women beat breast cancer. Researchers found it can ease the achy joints and muscle pain that lead many patients to quit taking medicines that treat the disease and lower the risk of a recurrence.

December 17, 2013 12:49 p.m. read more..


Sochi Olympic critics get terrorist treatment

SOCHI, Russia — They are fearless, stubborn and increasingly under siege. Environmentalists, activists and journalists in Sochi have spent years exposing the dark side of Vladimir Putin’s showcase Winter Games — and now they’re paying the price.

December 17, 2013 12:47 p.m. read more..
   

Redsides doubled up by Perrydale

Offense was a premium Saturday, as South Wasco County hit only a handful of baskets in a 38-19 road loss in girl’s basketball action in Perrydale.

December 17, 2013 12:36 p.m. read more..


Washington trip not kind to SHS

The Sherman Huskies lost a pair of games over the weekend, 40-34 to Trout Lake and 49-38 to Lyle-Wishram as part of a two-day weekend roadtrip in Washington.

December 17, 2013 12:35 p.m. read more..


Hot shooting leads Dufur girls

Alexa Macias and Teneille McDonald combined for 35 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Dufur Rangers to a 57-39 victory over Columbia Christian Saturday afternoon in Dufur.

December 17, 2013 12:34 p.m. read more..
 

SWC gets back on winning track

Coming off a close loss Saturday to Portland Lutheran, the South Wasco County Redsides led 32-30 at the break and created some distance in the second half with a 31-16 run to pull away for a 63-46 win over Perrydale in boy’s basketball play Saturday at Perrydale High School.

December 17, 2013 12:32 p.m. read more..
      

Gunshot story revised

A woman called city police at 2:45 a.m. Saturday to report that someone had entered her home in the 3300 block of West Seventh Street, shot a gun into her son’s room and ran out the back door.

December 17, 2013 12:15 p.m. read more..


Reaching out with Light; Updated with videos

Volunteers have put together a Christmas decoration display at the Church of the Nazarene the likes of which hasn’t been seen before in The Dalles. “Display” doesn’t really do it justice. This is a nightly light show set to music.

December 17, 2013 12:11 p.m. read more..


Astro-Graph for December 17, 2013

If you can separate the personal from the professional this year, you stand to gain quite a bit. Your brain will be fertile, but you must not allow your ideas to make someone else rich. Look out for yourself and move forward with pride and integrity.

December 17, 2013 11:30 a.m. read more..


Everyday Cheapskate: Last-minute holiday gifts

Whether “last minute” for you means anytime after Thanksgiving or 11:30 on Christmas Eve, it’s nice to have a repertoire of standby gifts that don’t require expensive overnight shipping. My standbys are edible gifts — decadent treats that offer my love and best wishes for the season.

December 17, 2013 11:30 a.m. read more..


Saturday, December 14



Revenge probed as shooting motive

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Investigators were looking Saturday at whether revenge motivated a teenage gunman to enter his suburban Denver high school armed with a shotgun looking for a specific teacher.

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


Redsides dropped by Lutheran

South Wasco County put up 30 more shots than Portland Lutheran, but fell short on the scoreboard in a 68-64 boy’s basketball setback Friday at home to Portland Lutheran.

December 14, 2013 12:24 p.m. read more..


Kaseberg, Martin lead Huskies

Austin Kaseberg scored a season-high 33 points and Max Martin chipped in with 18 to pace a Sherman Husky offense that hit on 29 field goals for a 76-44 win over Trout Lake Friday in non-league boy’s basketball play on the road in Trout Lake, Wash.

December 14, 2013 12:23 p.m. read more..


Dufur defense smothers Culver

The swarming pressure defense of the Dufur Rangers completely took Culver off their game, and led to easy baskets and a big scoring edge for a 66-35 win Friday in boy’s hoops play at Dufur High School.

December 14, 2013 12:21 p.m. read more..
       

Letter to the Editor: Flood protection that works

To the editor: With the possibility of flooding this spring after the big fire last fall, I wanted to pass along my experience. My husband was a fireman for the city of Lake Oswego during that big flood of 1996. I helped sandbag as he was working.

December 14, 2013 12:08 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Let them bake cake

To the editor: This is in response to the many comments about what you can and cannot buy on our assistance program. Patricia, I agree with you that you should be able to purchase toilet paper and cough meds, but your statement about chips and soda pop is dead wrong. Those items are a luxury and just because you’re poor doesn’t give you or anyone else the right to use government money to buy them. I have worked in grocery for 40 years and never have qualified for assistance.

December 14, 2013 12:06 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Big thanks to county officials

To the editor: Starting a small business is tough. And the last thing a business owner needs is unwarranted and unnecessary interference from the government, especially a government whose state you have no intention of doing business in.

December 14, 2013 12:05 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Change this name

To the editor: I am writing this letter to request the public’s help to change the name of Squaw Butte on the Mt. Adams District of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

December 14, 2013 12:02 p.m. read more..


Editorial: More excuses needed

It’s hard to imagine one portable basketball hoop causing the kerfluffle it did at The Dalles City Council Dec. 9, with one neighbor hiring an attorney to try to have the hoop removed and the council voting to allow the hoop, a move counter to the recommendation of its own Traffic Safety Commission.

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Science Corner: Genetics and DNA: An elegant way of communicating

One way of viewing modern biology is to make a list of unifying ideas that tie such a huge field of science together. The shortest list would consist of evolution alone, for as a biologist named Theodosius Dobzhansky once said, “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.”

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


Protect your garden from winter ice and cold

CORVALLIS — The Arctic blast that recently chilled much of Oregon might make you worried about your plants. Ross Penhallegon, a horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service, advises several ways to protect your landscape.

December 14, 2013 11:47 a.m. read more..


Extension cord: Find Christmas gifts your gardener will love

Although Christmas may seem a strange time to be thinking about gardening, if you have a gardener on your gift giving list, now is a perfect time to think about what they may want for Christmas. There are all kinds of gardening items on the market that would make ideal gifts for the gardener, or even the non-gardener.

December 14, 2013 11:45 a.m. read more..


Ask Dr. K: A living will can speak for you when you can’t

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m drawing up a living will, but I don’t understand many of the medical terms I’m encountering. Can you help? DEAR READER: Many people, certainly including me, have asked themselves how they would want to be cared for if they became very sick and unable to speak for themselves.

December 14, 2013 11:43 a.m. read more..
 

SeaTac $15 minimum wage faces court challenge

SEATTLE — A King County Superior Court judge declined Friday to immediately rule on a challenge to the voter-approved $15 an hour minimum wage requirement for airport workers in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

December 14, 2013 11:27 a.m. read more..


Friday, December 13

 

Astro-Graph for December 13, 2013

You’ll need to make your voice heard in the year ahead if you hope to make a difference. Your desire for change and your passion to be at the helm will make this year worthwhile. High energy, integrity and a humanitarian touch will lead to your success.

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Ore. firm designing small nuclear modules

GRANTS PASS — The U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday that it has awarded an Oregon company a grant to help it design and obtain federal approval for a kind of nuclear power plant - small modular units that can be built in a factory and shipped to installation sites.

December 13, 2013 11:29 a.m. read more..
   

Cover Oregon looks at extended deadline

PORTLAND — Oregon’s health exchange and insurance carriers are looking at extending deadlines to allow more people to get coverage starting Jan. 1, Cover Oregon’s acting director said Thursday.

December 13, 2013 11:18 a.m. read more..
 

Wishram live nativity performs Dec. 20-22

Each year the live nativity scene in Wishram adds another touch of authenticity to its little town of Bethlehem, and this year women are baking bread and a man will be making walking sticks.

December 13, 2013 11:10 a.m. read more..
    

Aldridge leads Blazers past Rockets, 111-104

PORTLAND — LaMarcus Aldridge’s big night against the Houston Rockets wasn’t about the stats, the All-Star votes or the fans chanting “MVP! MVP!” “This was a ‘we needed a win’ night for me,” said Aldridge, who had 31 points and a career-high 25 rebounds in the Trail Blazers’ 111-104 victory Thursday.

December 13, 2013 11:01 a.m. read more..
   

States set winter sturgeon season in Bonneville Pool

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington adopted a split-season management structure for the Columbia River between Bonneville and The Dalles dams in 2014. The winter sturgeon season in this area was set for seven days a week from Jan. 1 through Jan. 19 in hopes of opening a summer sturgeon retention season in June, provided enough of the 1,100 fish annual guideline remains for an additional fishery at that time.

December 13, 2013 9:04 a.m. read more..


Thursday, December 12

  

Officials warn about Mill Creek flood risk

Homeowners along Mill Creek, and some downtown business owners, are being asked by two public agencies to explore their flood insurance options due to the possibility of excessive runoff from a higher elevation as a result of damage caused by last summer’s wildfires.

December 12, 2013 1:33 p.m. read more..
   

Wednesday, December 11

 

Foul Weather Friend

Crews rushed to mount snow tires during the past week as motorists struggled to drive in snow and ice. Rain, and possibly freezing rain, are predicted Thursday

December 11, 2013 1:16 p.m. read more..


‘12 Years a Slave’ tops SAG award nominations

LOS ANGELES — Steve McQueen’s historic saga “12 Years a Slave” topped the nominations list for 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Wednesday, boosting its Academy Awards prospects with four nominations. John Wells’ dysfunctional family adaptation “August: Osage County,” which hits theaters Dec. 25 and features an all-star cast including Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, also picked up awards-season momentum with three nominations, including outstanding performance for the cast.

December 11, 2013 12:47 p.m. read more..
   

Christmas for Alpha Company

OREGON NATIONAL Guard’s Alpha Company 3-116 Cavalry, based in The Dalles, celebrated Christmas Dec. 7 with a party at the Shilo Inn catered by the Portage Grill. In attendance were 49 families with children and a total of 127 soldiers. Only two families were unable to attend due to snowy weather.

December 11, 2013 12:31 p.m. read more..


TDW XC gives out awards

Head coach Bob Thouvenel announced The Dalles Wahtonka Cross Country teams’ end-of-year awards to cap a solid 2012 fall campaign.

December 11, 2013 12:22 p.m. read more..


Redsides shrug off Lyle

If they can hold an opposing team to less than 32 points, chances are the South Wasco County Redsides could work their way to a win.

December 11, 2013 12:21 p.m. read more..
 

TDW can’t solve Oregon City

Oregon City teammates Trevon Bradford and Hunter Knughton racked up 15 points each, and the Pioneers broke open a one-point halftime lead with a 32-20 spurt in the final half to post a 49-36 victory Tuesday in a non-league boy’s hoops matchup at Kurt Gym in The Dalles.

December 11, 2013 12:14 p.m. read more..


Huskies tripped up by Stanfield

The Stanfield Tigers used a breakout first quarter and rode that big lead the rest of the way to a 79-49 road victory over Sherman Tuesday in non-league boy’s basketball play in Moro.

December 11, 2013 12:14 p.m. read more..
 

Two die in train-car crash near Klamath Falls

KLAMATH FALLS (AP) — Oregon State Police say a southern Oregon man and his sister-in-law were killed and his brother was seriously injured when their Jeep Cherokee was hit by a freight train at a marked rail crossing south of Klamath Falls.

December 11, 2013 12:02 p.m. read more..


Narrow budget plan touted as stabilizer

WASHINGTON — House Republicans signaled support Wednesday for a budget deal worked out a day earlier, a plan narrowly drawn but promoted as a way to stabilize Congress’ erratic fiscal efforts, avert another government shutdown and mute some of the partisan rancor that has damaged Americans’ attitudes about their lawmakers. “There’s a lot to like about it,” said one GOP congressman, John Fleming of Louisiana, as he emerged from a closed-door caucus meeting.

December 11, 2013 11:59 a.m. read more..
   

Astro-Graph for December 11, 2013

Gear up and get ready for action, which could include speaking up as well. Look at change as a new beginning. Take on whatever you are given with gusto and determination. This can be an eye-opening year, chock-full of satisfaction and opportunity. Good fortune is within reach.

December 11, 2013 11:01 a.m. read more..
  

School delays UPDATED

All North Wasco County Schools will be on a 2 hour delay for Wednesday, December 11th, 2013. No AM Kindergarten, No AM MAST and No AM Early Intervention.

December 11, 2013 5:05 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 10



Festival of Trees

A Dr. Seuss-themed "Reading Tree," donated to the Festival of Trees by XiZeta, was, voted "Peoples Choice," and also yielded the highest price of $2,500 at Friday's auction. The tree was donated to Columbia Crest Clinic.

December 10, 2013 2:22 p.m. read more..
 

Gold coin dropped in kettle

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A donor dropped a 1-ounce gold coin wrapped in a $100 bill into a Salvation Army red kettle over the weekend in Spokane.

December 10, 2013 2:11 p.m. read more..


Seattle okays Amazon globes

SEATTLE (AP) — City planners have approved the plans for three large globes that will be part of the new headquarters for Amazon.com in downtown Seattle.

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


WA schools have new student data

SEATTLE — Washington school officials and parents on Monday were given a new way to look at their schools - information on how much math and reading students are learning from year to year.

December 10, 2013 2:09 p.m. read more..
  

Letter to the Editor: Excellent care

To the editor: On Friday, Nov. 15, our brother Harold was at the Celilo Cancer Center to receive his daily radiation treatment for a cancerous tumor in his throat. While lying on the table in preparation for the radiation, the tumor cut off oxygen to his heart, causing it to stop.

December 10, 2013 2:02 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: A John Lennon Chritmas

To the editor: To those too young to remember John Lennon’s Christmas song, may we all listen to it this season and take heed: “So this is Christmas, for black and for white, the yellow and red ones, let’s stop all the fight.”

December 10, 2013 2 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Can't be bought

To the editor: I’ve read the letters regarding Food Stamps. Far worse than what can be bought with the EBT card are those things that cannot: Toilet paper, laundry soap, dish soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. Essentials. This is where the biggest change needs to be made.

December 10, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..
    

Recent weather causes icy trail conditions

HOOD RIVER — Due to the recent weather, there are icy conditions on all trails, downed trees, and many slides have occurred on trails. Icy conditions on trails make it more difficult to walk and create slippery footing. Please use caution when hiking trails and observe all signs posted about conditions.

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

Obama’s handshake raises Cuba speculation

JOHANNESBURG — President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro Tuesday at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, a simple gesture that signaled possible thawing between the leaders of two Cold War foes.

December 10, 2013 1:19 p.m. read more..
 

US employers advertise most jobs in five years

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in more than five years in October, and the number of people quitting also reached a five-year high. The figures are an encouraging sign for the unemployed. The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings rose 1 percent to a seasonally adjusted 3.93 million.

December 10, 2013 1:10 p.m. read more..


Mayor hosts bicycle meeting Dec. 11

Mayor Steve Lawrence is hosting a meeting for people interested in improving bicycle facilities in The Dalles. The meeting will be Wednesday, Dec. 11, starting at 5:30 p.m.

December 10, 2013 1:09 p.m. read more..
  

Everyday Cheapskate: Cheapskate, Who Me?

Some people think the word cheapskate is an insult. Not me. I enjoy being called a cheapskate. It reminds me that I’m not what I used to be: a credit-card junkie. There was a time I used plastic to fill the gap between my pathetic income and the life I so rightly deserved.

December 10, 2013 11:12 a.m. read more..


Monday, December 9



Sunday, December 8



Marine Zone fishing report, Dec. 7

BOTTOM FISHING Lingcod fishing was good out of Garibaldi with near limits. Elsewhere on the coast the average catch was one ling for every two anglers. Catches of rockfish were good in the south and south central coast with near limits. From Newport north, catches were about half that. Bottom fishing is good when conditions permit. Fishing for groundfish is now open at all depths.

December 8, 2013 11:01 a.m. read more..

Saturday, December 7

    

Letter to the Editor: Wind project endangers Wasco County

Endangered: Over 70,000 acres range and farm land and wheat lands. Wildlife habitat. Centered between Deschutes and John Day scenic rivers. Raptors, eagles, hunting. The Journey Through Time Oregon Scenic By-way. And the vintage historic western towns of Antelope and Shaniko.

December 7, 2013 11:49 a.m. read more..
     

Help kids stay active during winter months

It can be exhausting for parents during the winter months keeping our kids warm, safe and entertained while inside. It can be difficult to come up with fun activities, but it is important that we keep kids busy so that the winter blues don’t kick in.

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


Reindeer breakout in Colorado

DILLON, Colo. (AP) — A runaway reindeer broke free from Santa Claus at a Colorado mall Thursday while the Big Man was inside visiting with children.

December 7, 2013 11:26 a.m. read more..


OSU to aid research on Spotted Wing Fly

CORVALLIS — Oregon State University hopes to aid research on the fruit-damaging spotted wing drosophila, which has been a particular concern of local cherry orchardists, by providing online access to the fly’s newly sequenced genome.

December 7, 2013 11:24 a.m. read more..


Santa Claus is coming to... Wasco

Santa will be coming to the City of Wasco on Saturday, Dec. 14, for an old-fashioned holiday celebration. Santa will be settling in for a visit at the Wasco Annex (the former Wasco School), arriving in his sleigh at 2 p.m. and staying until 5 p.m.

December 7, 2013 11:23 a.m. read more..
     

First Lego League tournament cancelled

The FIRST LEGO League Tournaments at The Dalles Middle School scheduled for Dec 7 and 8 are cancelled due to weather. The Gorge Technology Alliance will try to schedule a new one for Dec 14 at Wy'east Middle School to go along with the one planned for Dec 15 at Wy'east.

December 7, 2013 5:10 a.m. read more..


Cascade Singers postpone concert

Given the weather outlook and slim chances for a fully attended rehearsal and concert weekend, Cascade Singers and Cascade Singers Children's Choir are POSTPONING their "VERDI, WAGNER and HOLIDAY FAVORITES" concert to Saturday and Sunday, January 11 & 12, 2014.

December 7, 2013 5:05 a.m. read more..

Friday, December 6

 

SATs cancelled

SAT Tests scheduled for TDW tomorrow December 7th have been canceled due to weather and re-scheduled for December 21st.

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Worship choir series begins Friday, Dec. 6

The Dalles Worship Choir is preparing for its 11th annual series of concerts at area churches, which will begin tonight at First Christian Church at 7 p.m. The choir, under the direction of Shawn Lutz, consists of about 55 members from 11 area churches. The majority of the choir has been singing since the first concert series in 2003, Lutz said.

December 6, 2013 2:19 p.m. read more..


Bethany Lutheran hosts Christmas Bible school

Bethany Lutheran presents a free pre-Christmas event for kids on Saturday, Dec. 14. “Christmas for Kids” is a one-day Vacation Bible School for children ages 4 to 10. Parents will appreciate the “day-out” time for shopping and Christmas preparations, while their children attend a safe, entertaining event. Parents may drop-off their children any time after 9:30 a.m. and pick them up by 2 p.m. The children may stay for the entire event, or come for an hour or two.

December 6, 2013 2:18 p.m. read more..
       

Home at Last seeks stability for property

In a presentation to the Wasco County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, Kris Boler, executive director of Home at Last Humane Society, formally requested the county “gift the [animal shelter] property and facility at 200 River Road with a reversionary clause.”

December 6, 2013 12:12 p.m. read more..
   

Astro-Graph for December 6, 2013

Embrace and experience personal change, but do so with moderation and restraint. Sticking to a budget or doing things on a shoestring will bring you far more satisfaction and less stress in the end. Honesty and integrity must be withheld. Rid yourself of negative influences.

December 6, 2013 10:32 a.m. read more..


Thursday, December 5



Festival of Trees Dec. 6-7

JILL HOUSE, marketing director for A Kidz Dental Zone, adds embellishment to her organization’s entry in the 18th annual Festival of Trees.

December 5, 2013 12:14 p.m. read more..


Klamath water parties reach tenantive accord

GRANTS PASS (AP) — Gov. John Kitzhaber and representatives of the Obama administration have signed an agreement for sharing scarce water in the Upper Klamath Basin, where irrigation was shut off to ranchers last summer after the Klamath Tribes exercised newly awarded water rights to protect fish.

December 5, 2013 12:11 p.m. read more..


‘Prepper’ armory yields guilty verdict

COOS BAY (AP) — A Coos Bay man who told police he was a “prepper” and built a survivalist bunker and armory beneath his house has been found guilty of charges that included possession of a short-barreled rifle and pipe bombs.

December 5, 2013 12:10 p.m. read more..
 

World Briefs

ADEN, Yemen (AP) — A suicide car bomber struck Yemen’s Defense Ministry Thursday, killing 18 soldiers and paving the way for a carload of gunmen wearing army uniforms to storm the heavily guarded compound in the capital of Sanaa, officials said.

December 5, 2013 12:08 p.m. read more..


Fighting breaks out in Bangui

BANGUI, Central African Republic — Fighting came to the capital of Central African Republic on Thursday, leaving dozens of casualties and posing the biggest threat yet to the new government just as the U.N. Security Council authorized an intervention force to prevent a bloodbath between Christians and Muslims.

December 5, 2013 12:07 p.m. read more..
   

The lowly Oregon onion at risk

If onions, not the green ones but the ones suited for burgers, stews and soups, are a part of your diet, you have a stake in the current effort to persuade the federal Food and Drug Administration to change proposed regulations about irrigating those onions. Even if you skip the onions, you have a stake: They’re an important part of this state’s agricultural economy. Farmers in Eastern Oregon and Idaho grow

December 5, 2013 11:55 a.m. read more..


Vigil at mall

PORTLAND (AP) — A candlelight vigil will be held Dec. 11 at the Clackamas Town Center to mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting in 2012.

December 5, 2013 11:52 a.m. read more..


Cold kills invasive snails at WA lake

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Below-freezing temperatures this week are welcome by officials fighting an invasion of New Zealand mudsnails in Capitol Lake in Olympia.

December 5, 2013 11:51 a.m. read more..


Jury: force in two fatal cases OK

ROSEBURG (AP) — A grand jury in southern Oregon has ruled that the force used against two men who died while being taken into custody was justified.

December 5, 2013 11:50 a.m. read more..


Charlotte bids for Boeing plant

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte officials are putting together a bid for Boeing’s new plant to build its 777X jetliner. Former city aviation director Jerry Orr said Chicago-based Boeing has sent the city a request for a proposal for the plant, The Charlotte Observer reported.

December 5, 2013 11:50 a.m. read more..


Students eat de-icer pellets

FOREST GROVE (AP) — A school district official in Forest Grove, Ore., says nearly a dozen first- and second-grade students ate de-icer pellets off the ground during a lunch-time recess. Five complained of stomach aches but all are expected to be OK.

December 5, 2013 11:49 a.m. read more..


Railroad offers health care to same-sex spouses

SEATTLE — A day after being sued by legally married, gay engineers, the nation’s largest freight rail carriers announced they will provide health care benefits to the same-sex spouses of their employees.

December 5, 2013 11:47 a.m. read more..
  

Protect pipes during extreme weather

Extremely cold weather with temperatures in the single digits is predicted for this weekend and The Dalles public works reminds residents to protect water lines to avoid property damage and the inconvenience of frozen pipes.

December 5, 2013 11:39 a.m. read more..
 

Court rules against whistleblower claim

PORTLAND — A federal appeals court has ruled that a police officer who complained about his department’s safety standards is not entitled to First Amendment protection of his speech.

December 5, 2013 11:33 a.m. read more..


Open Campus comes to TD

Oregon State University Extension Services has had a presence in the community for many decades, but OSU has decided to bring its Open Campus program to the Columbia Gorge as well.

December 5, 2013 11:32 a.m. read more..


Astro-Graph for December 5, 2013

You can turn a possibility into a reality if you are receptive to new ideas. Strive to be your best, and you will find ways to improve your standard of living. Stick to your game plan and refuse to take on burdens that don’t belong to you.

December 5, 2013 10:13 a.m. read more..


Everyday Cheapskate: The very nature of investing, no risk means no reward

Dear Mary: This may be the ultimate in stupid questions but it’s been plaguing me for a while. Is there any value in converting my existing 401(k) into cash without removing the funds from my 401(k)? Do they even allow that? I hate losing all that lovely money as things dip and swirl. I would continue to contribute at my existing rate, 12 percent, including the company match of 3 percent for the 401(k). — Symantha

December 5, 2013 10:12 a.m. read more..


Wednesday, December 4



Northwest briefs

GRANTS PASS (AP) — Conservation groups are challenging U.S. Forest Service plans to log and thin outside Crater Lake National Park in an area that the groups want to see protected as wilderness.

December 4, 2013 3:45 p.m. read more..


Mistletoe seller won’t give up on enterprise

PORTLAND (AP) — An 11-year-old Lake Oswego girl who went into the holiday greenery business to help pay for her braces but ran into a legal roadblock got some orders and a big donation. Now she has the top row of her braces.

December 4, 2013 3:44 p.m. read more..
   

Redsides poised to step to the next level

It has been a long off-season for the South Wasco County Redsides. With the memories of last year’s state playoff loss to country Christian in the rearview mirror, the three seniors, David Ocacio, Nathan Duling and Tucker Nannini have demonstrated leadership and stability to a roster that is optimistic of continuing its rise in the 1A ranks with a slot in the Elite 8 in Baker City.

December 4, 2013 3:37 p.m. read more..


Big changes for Husky program

Sherman’s first-year head coach Bill Blevins is bringing in an intriguing new change to the Husky basketball program with hopes of getting this group back to the successful run it had in year’s past.

December 4, 2013 3:35 p.m. read more..


World Briefs

DETROIT (AP) — A judge has given Detroit the green light to cut pensions as a way out of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a decision that puts the case in the laps of thousands of retirees who had hoped that the Michigan Constitution would protect them from getting smaller checks in their golden years.

December 4, 2013 3:29 p.m. read more..


Hezbollah leader assassinated

BEIRUT — Gunmen assassinated a senior Hezbollah commander after he parked his car in his apartment building’s garage Wednesday in Lebanon’s capital, a major breach of the Shiite militant group’s security as it struggles to maintain multiple fronts while it fights alongside President Bashar Assad’s forces in Syria. The killing of Hassan al-Laqis, 53, was the latest in a series of attacks against the Iranian-b

December 4, 2013 3:27 p.m. read more..


Klindt’s Soiree features children’s authors

On Saturday, Dec. 7 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Klindt’s Booksellers will be hosting a Children’s Holiday Soiree. Complete with children’s authors and specialty craft makers, you’ll be able to find holiday gifts for everyone on your list. There will be plenty of interesting stocking stuffers to check out, freshly stocked shelves of children’s toys to peruse and a wide selection of great titles to explore.

December 4, 2013 3:25 p.m. read more..


ELFFs Enjoy the Lights

As temperatures were expected to dip into single digits, and customers worried about spending a sub-freezing night without heat, Pacific Power and Light announced the postponement of a planned overnight power outage in Grass Valley.

December 4, 2013 3:19 p.m. read more..


Pacific Power ends plans for Grass Valley power outage

As temperatures were expected to dip into single digits, and customers worried about spending a sub-freezing night without heat, Pacific Power and Light announced the postponement of a planned overnight power outage in Grass Valley.

December 4, 2013 3:18 p.m. read more..


Immigrant activists end fast

MIAMI — Three immigrant advocates on a hunger strike to pressure lawmakers to change the country’s immigration system ended their three-week fast Tuesday on the National Mall, while a new group of fasters including U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III took their place.

December 4, 2013 3:17 p.m. read more..


Industrial Park Groundbreaking

THE DALLES and Klickitat County officials gathered at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport Tuesday to break ground on 17 lots on 35 acres at a cost of $1.2 million in a new business park.

December 4, 2013 3:01 p.m. read more..


Missing Wishram man suffers from health problems

The family of Jaime “Jungle” Jim, 53, of Wishram, is seeking word of his whereabouts. Jim was last seen the evening of Oct. 30, said his sister, Emily Charpentier. He is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds.

December 4, 2013 2:59 p.m. read more..
 

It’s beginning to look a lot like...

If they hadn’t before, they are now: Even if some of the Christmas light displays went up before Thanksgiving, we are now in the full-fledged Christmas season. A couple of local businesses have announced special activities in honor of the season:

December 4, 2013 2:56 p.m. read more..


Keller’s expands brew supply

Larry Keller can’t complain about the growth his company, Keller’s Brew Supply, has seen since it started two years ago. It has grown enough to allow the business to move from a small space tucked away in the commercial building at 1800 W. 10th St. to the large main showroom.

December 4, 2013 2:48 p.m. read more..


Robbery case hinges on meds

Wasco County Circuit Judge Janet Stauffer will decide by Dec. 18 whether an accused robbery suspect should be forcibly medicated for schizophrenia so he can aid in his own defense.

December 4, 2013 2:45 p.m. read more..


Astro-Graph for December 4, 2013

You may get left with all the work if you aren’t quick to delegate odd jobs. Be fair in your assessments as well as to those you deal with. Learn as you go, and you will gather knowledge, expertise and everything you need to advance.

December 4, 2013 11:22 a.m. read more..
 

Tuesday, December 3

     

Letter to the Editor: Stop the abuse

To the editor: In response to the letter, “Deserving Pity,” on the 26th: As someone who has worked in a “Quickie Mart” when younger, I have seen so very many people misuse the system to buy chips, pop, candy, and food that has no nutritional value using the money from taxpayers. It is unconscionable that this practice should be allowed.

December 3, 2013 12:40 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Chronicle is ignorant

To the editor: Re: Ignorant editorial about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. You do know that a ‘foodstamp’ recepient cannot purchase prepared hot goods anywhere with an EBT card don’t you? Or are you just going on the ‘facts’ you get from faux news?

December 3, 2013 12:38 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Thank you, MCMC

To the editor: On Oct. 21, I was on my way to a check-up appointment at Celilo Cancer Center and, while trying to get out of my car into a wheelchair (I have severe COPD complications), I twisted around and broke my right femur. After I began screaming in pain, several people from Celilo came out to help me into the chair and then get me to the Emergency Room at the main hospital.

December 3, 2013 12:37 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Care for your animals

To the editor: (Edited for length.) I was driving in the country the other day when I saw a dog chained in a pen with some goats. Then I saw a second dog in a pen right next to it also with goats. Both dogs were on a chain hooked to a cable. One dog could go inside a building, but the other was out in the open. It looked like the only shelter was the overhang of a roof about 4 feet wide. In the afternoon there was no shade.

December 3, 2013 12:34 p.m. read more..


Letter to the Editor: Community asset

To the editor: Thank you, Salvation Army. For the last 10 years we have looked forward to Thanksgiving, when we were able to volunteer at the community Thanksgiving dinner. This year, because of the wife’s health issues and a date with the surgeon, we were unable to help out. All you volunteers and diners, we missed you.

December 3, 2013 12:32 p.m. read more..


Editorial: The word of our age

Two dictionary publishers may have captured the closest thing to truth about the polarity of our world in two simple words “selfie” and “science.”

December 3, 2013 12:28 p.m. read more..


US voices solidarity with Japan on China air spat

TOKYO— Seeking to soothe an anxious ally, the U.S. voiced solidarity with Japan on Tuesday against China’s claim to airspace over disputed islands, vowing not to tolerate the aggressive move as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden prepared to deliver that message personally to Beijing.

December 3, 2013 12:25 p.m. read more..
  

Senior News: Stop focusing on what you don’t have and be grateful

Don’t you sometimes just wish things were different? There are days when it is a struggle just to keep moving and your head above water. And when that happens it is easy to focus on what we don’t have (and during this season we are bombarded with all the material things we don’t have) instead of what we do — and get stuck riding a downward spiral into the sticky goop of self-pity.

December 3, 2013 12:20 p.m. read more..
 

Megaload begins trip after delay in NE Oregon

UMATILLA (AP) — A transport rig carrying a 450-ton piece of oil refinery equipment left a northeast Oregon port on Monday night, a day after protesters halted its departure, a sheriff’s dispatcher said.

December 3, 2013 12:15 p.m. read more..
 

Bridge report

Bridge report for November 2013: High game: 63.10 Colleen Fredrickson & Dick Miller (Nov. 18)

December 3, 2013 12:10 p.m. read more..


Lions and Leos screen over 750 students

During the week of Nov. 18 to 22, the Dalles Lions and Leo’s (youth branch of Lions) screened over 750 first, third and fifth grade students during the annual sight screening.

December 3, 2013 12:09 p.m. read more..


Obama tries to move past health care site woes

WASHINGTON — Seeking to move past its website woes, the Obama administration is launching a two-pronged health care strategy this month aimed at avoiding enrollment snafus come January while also trying to refocus the public’s attention on broader benefits of the sweeping law.

December 3, 2013 12:08 p.m. read more..
 

Veteran photos sought

The Wasco County Veteran’s Office is seeking pictures of local people serving in the military to display during the holiday season.

December 3, 2013 12:06 p.m. read more..
 

At 11th hour, Congress debates plastic gun ban

WASHINGTON — Congress is racing toward renewing a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines, just days before the ban expires. But with 3-D printers increasingly able to produce plastic weapons, many Democrats, gun control advocates and law enforcement officials say the restrictions must be tightened.

December 3, 2013 12:03 p.m. read more..
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