Stories for January 2013


Thursday, January 31

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Countdown begins for T-Dub equestrians

With just 23 calendar days until the start of the 2013 equestrian campaign, The Dalles Wahtonka head coach Marie Cordell has her squad heading in the right direction to put up some solid marks and top finishes. It is an impressive T-Dub group that has a mix of newcomers and wily veterans who have been competing against some tough competition through the years.

Obama’s job council shutting down today

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will let his jobs council expire this week without renewing its charter, winding down one source of input from the business community even as unemployment remains stubbornly high.

NORCOR trial dismissed

A U.S. District Court judge abruptly dismissed a trial last week that involved abuse allegations at the regional jail because the plaintiff, Chadwick Yancey, 32, exhibited a “blatant disrespect for the process.”

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‘Talented and Gifted’ keeps kids learning

For gifted students who learn much faster than most of their peers, school can get pretty boring sometimes. To help re-engage those students and provide some extra enrichment to ensure they’re still learning, North Wasco County School District 21 has the Talented and Gifted program.

Wednesday, January 30

Record for Wed., Jan. 30

Reports from hospital, police, fire and regional jail, and link to The Dalles crime map.

White House ups petition threshold

WASHINGTON (AP) — No, the U.S. will not be building a Death Star. And no, President Barack Obama will not deport CNN’s Piers Morgan or let Texas secede. These are just a few of the wacky notions the White House has been compelled to formally address in recent weeks, part of an effort to put open government into action: the First Amendment right to petition your government, supercharged for the Internet age.

World news in Brief

McCain warns GOP to act WASHINGTON (AP) — In a warning to fellow Republicans, Sen. John McCain said Wednesday that failure to pass comprehensive immigration legislation could mean continued election losses for the GOP and cause Republican-friendly states like Arizona to fall to the Democrats. The Arizona Republican, his party’s former presidential nominee and one of eight senators to sign onto a bipartisan immigration reform framework this week, said failure to act means the trend of Hispanic defections from the GOP would continue. Latino voters supported President Barack Obama over Republican Mitt Romney 71 percent to 27 percent in November, helping to ensure Obama’s victory. McCain said that Republicans have failed to understand the importance of immigration to Hispanic voters and that’s cost the party at the ballot box.

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South Korea launches space satellite

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea launched a satellite into space from its own soil for the first time Wednesday amid increased tensions after archrival North Korea accomplished a similar feat and was condemned by the United Nations.

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French troops plan to leave Mali

SEVARE, Mali (AP) — France’s foreign minister said Wednesday that French forces would depart Mali “quickly” following their success in taking control of the airport in Kidal, a key position in the last remaining urban stronghold of Islamist extremists in northern Mali. French and Malian troops have recaptured two of the other provincial capitals, Timbuktu and Gao, in recent days. Once France, with its thousands of troops, fighter planes and helicopters, leaves, Mali’s weak army and soldiers from neighboring countries Islamists might be hard-pressed to retain control of northern Mali’s cities if the Islamists attempt a comeback from their desert hideouts.

Quake felt off Oregon Coast

COOS BAY (AP) — A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has been recorded about 170 miles off the southern Oregon coast. The National Weather Service’s West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said there was no danger of a tsunami from the Tuesday evening quake. There were no immediate reports of damage.

Sewer rate hike gains OK in The Dalles

The Dalles City Council approved a series of 3.44 percent rate increases in the sewer bill Monday with two dissenting votes.

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Senate confirms Kerry for Secretary of State

WASHINGTON — The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed President Barack Obama’s choice of five-term Sen. John Kerry to be secretary of state, with Republicans and Democrats praising him as the ideal successor to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Charitable stores worry over Goodwill

When a Goodwill Industries donation trailer showed up in The Dalles, it made those connected to local thrift stores nervous.

Aldridge’s buzzer-beater lifts Trail Blazers to win

PORTLAND (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge’s buzzer-beating shot had barely left his hands when teammate Nicolas Batum raised his arms in victory.

Daimler to lay off thousands

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Daimler Trucks North America said Tuesday it was warning thousands of workers that potentially large layoffs could be coming at manufacturing plants in North Carolina, South Carolina, Oregon and Mexico.

Man falsely claimed abuse by priests

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A convicted bank robber filed lawsuits from federal prison falsely claiming he was abused as a child by priests in

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Michigan bishop to succeed Portland archbishop

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Roman Catholic Church officials say Bishop Alexander K. Sample of Marquette, Mich., will succeed Archbishop John G. Vlazny in western Oregon. Vlazny has been archbishop of Portland since 1997. The Oregonian reported ( he turned 75 and submitted his resignation in February 2012. The Archdiocese of Portland includes about 400,000 Catholics. The 52-year-old Sample was born in Kalispell, Mont., graduated from high school in Las Vegas and studied at the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., and the Pontifical College Josephinum Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.

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Ranger Cheer finishes third

MEMBERS OF THE Dufur High School cheerleading squad pose for a team picture after competing in Saturday’s Crusader Challenge at the performing arts center at Jesuit High School in Portland. The team placed third overall among the field. The Lady Rangers participants are (pictured from left to right, top row), Abbey Keys, Samantha Cameron, Angela DeCeasar, Sierra Depue and Angelique Knapp. On the bottom row are (from left to right) Bailee Newman, Montana Ferres and Kaitlyn Myers.

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Huskies making late move

The Sherman Huskies completed a two-game sweep over South Wasco County and vaulted into sole possession of second place after a 55-33 victory over South Wasco County Tuesday in Big Sky girl’s hoops play in Moro.

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Sherman boys riding momentum surge

In the process of making adjustments after an earlier loss to South Wasco County, the Sherman Huskies went back to basics – the classroom for some film study. Whatever they saw on the video, the Huskies ironed those issues out Tuesday and turned in their highest point total since Jan. 5 for a 77-68 victory over the No. 5-ranked Redsides in a Big Sky Conference boy’s basketball showdown in Moro.

Wrong approach

To the editor: These things were reported starting Jan. 4, 2013: A driver was stabbed with a knife at the viewpoint on Interstate 84 and then some bad police officers in Newton, Mass., were egging a fellow police sergeant’s house, their superior officers’ house. How about the two kayakers who drowned in the Columbia River, the diabetes drug that causes heart risk, thanks to Johnson & Johnson’s experimental drug canagliflozin, or the kidney dialysis machine that caused heart attacks and death, or the helicopter crash in Peru that killed five Americans? And what about the hammer attack in the local kidnapping case?

Christian beliefs and Christmas

To the editor: In regard to recent letters to the editor concerning Christian beliefs and Christmas: Last night we celebrated the birth of two of our daughters. It was not the date of their birth – it was close, but not the exact date. We celebrated last night because that was convenient for everyone and we wanted to honor the two ladies.

Thanks, SA

I want to send a special “Thank You” to the workers of The Salvation Army” for lowering prices on their items. I have noticed in the past couple of weeks the prices of clothing, knickknacks and especially books have taken a dramatic decline in price.

Wash. vows to try to keep weed in state _ but how?

SEATTLE (AP) — So far, no one is suggesting checkpoints or fences to keep Washington state’s legal pot within its borders.

Walmart scores victory

Marion County Circuit Judge Dale Penn issued a ruling Monday that moved the proposal to site a Walmart Super Center in The Dalles another step closer to reality. Citizens for Responsible Development in The Dalles had challenged the Department of Environmental Quality’s approval of the company’s development plan for the 150,000 square foot store on a 21-acre property near the Chenoweth Interchange.

Corps online meeting Jan. 31 seeks public input

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering the temporary closure of Philippi Park near the John Day Dam as a result of increased costs and budget cuts.

Equestrians to host poker night

The Dalles Wahtonka High School equestrian team is hosting a Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Clock Tower Ales in The Dalles. Tickets go for $50 apiece with half going toward the prize pot and the other half goes toward the equestrian program. For more information, call 541-993-5074 or email

Signups on for Heart Truth run

Signups are open for the annual 3k, 5k and 10k Heart Truth run/walk scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Kiwanis Pocket Park on Klindt Dr. in The Dalles.

Sport spring league signups scheduled

Cherry Crush holding tryouts The Dalles Cherry City Crush 10U softball program is announcing tryouts for girls who want to be on a traveling team.

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Filling it up: 1A locals hit the court

Audrey Kaseberg and Katie Poirer scored 10 points apiece, and the Sherman Huskies used the first three quarters to garner some momentum against Griswold for a 56-31 whitewash over the Grizzlies Saturday in girl’s basketball play in Helix.

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Egypt army chief warns state could collapse

PORT SAID, Egypt (AP) Thousands of mourners chanting for the downfall of Egypt's president marched in funerals again Tuesday in the restive city of Port Said as the army chief warned the state could collapse if the latest political crisis drags on.

Tuesday, January 29

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For the Record: Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Police & Fire Reports

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 Police & Fire reports

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Dave Lapof joins MCFR staff

Dave Lapof brings plenty of experience to his new grant-funded job at Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue as its volunteer recruiter.

Sunday, January 27

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Fast start lifts No. 10 Dufur over Sherman

With sole possession of first place on the line, the No. 10 Dufur Rangers blitzed Sherman early and rode a first quarter lead to a 47-31 victory over Sherman Friday in Big Sky Conference girl’s basketball play in Dufur.

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Swagger returns for T-Dub boys

These last three wins against Hermiston, Pendleton and Hood River have been personal. The Dalles Wahtonka has been on a mission to put the Columbia River Conference on notice.

Disney says JJ Abrams to direct next ‘Star Wars’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s official. The force is with J.J. Abrams. The Walt Disney Co. issued a statement Friday night confirming reports that had been circulating for two days that Abrams, Emmy-award-winning creator of TV’s “Lost” and director of 2009’s “Star Trek” movie, has been pegged to direct the seventh installment of the “Star Wars” franchise.

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16 die in Egypt riot after soccer violence verdict

CAIRO — An Egyptian court sentenced 21 people to death Saturday on charges related to one of the world’s deadliest incidents of soccer violence, touching off an attempted jailbreak and a riot that killed 16 in the Mediterranean port city that is home to most of the defendants.

World in brief, Sunday Jan. 27

WASHINGTON (AP) — The hacker-activist group Anonymous says it hijacked the website of the U.S. Sentencing Commission to avenge the death of Aaron Swartz, an Internet activist who committed suicide. The website of the commission, an independent agency of the judicial branch, was taken over early Saturday and replaced with a message warning that when Swartz killed himself two weeks ago “a line was crossed.”

Saturday, January 26

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Huskies kick it into high gear

Jailin Conboy and Riley Brown had things cooking Friday night against Dufur.

What will Michelle Obama do with 4 more years?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama has a new look, both in person and online, and with the president’s re-election, she has four more years as first lady, too. That’s got many people wondering: What will she do with them?

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Idaho fly fishing duo fishes for laughs

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Hank Patterson is the funniest man in fly fishing. OK, maybe that’s setting the bar a little low, but a low bar is how “Hank Patterson” came to be.

Grounded Dreamliner was rushed from start

NEW YORK — The 787 Dreamliner was born in a moment of desperation. It was 2003 and Boeing — the company that defined modern air travel — had just lost its title as the world’s largest plane manufacturer to European rival Airbus. Its CEO had resigned in a defense-contract scandal. And its stock had plunged to the lowest price in a decade.

No more 'empty nest'

CORVALLIS — The “empty nest” of past generations, in which the kids are grown up and middle-aged adults have more time to themselves, has been replaced in the United States by a nest that’s full — kids who can’t leave, can’t find a job and aging parents who need more help than ever before.

Letter to the editor: Taking exception

Although Bobbie Miller makes some good points in her recent letter to the editor, I need to point out a couple of inacurracies she makes about the great state of Illinois.

Srpingfield breeder barred from owning animals

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield cat breeder accused of trying to kill two Persian cats by tossing them in a river has been barred from owning any domestic animals for 15 years.

Up next: immigration

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will launch a campaign next week aimed at overhauling the nation’s flawed immigration system and creating legal status for millions, as a bipartisan Senate group nears agreement on achieving the same goals.

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Travelling in the footsteps of history

Not much has changed in the past few years when it comes to boarding a commercial aircraft. You stand in a never ending line of people trying to get through the security folks. I struggle to get my shoes off while trying not to drop my briefcase. The signs say that my laptop has to go through the scanner separately from the briefcase, same with my wallet, car keys and coins. I’m wearing hiking pants with lots of zippers which cause all kinds of alarms to go off. It took me 90 minutes to drive from The Dalles to Portland and about that same amount of time to check my baggage, go through security and wait at the gate for our plane.

Friday, January 25

For The Record: Thursday, January 25, 2013

For The Record: Thursday, January 25, 2013

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Ranger boys building a solid future

Dufur has young talent set to mature in next few years

For the past two seasons, the overall emphasis during practice and games for the Dufur Rangers is to improve steadily on the fundamentals of basketball. While going 10-30 in the last year and change, head coach Jack Henderson feels the potential is there for his young group of eight sophomores, two juniors and a senior.

Armed man apprehends suspect

COOS BAY (AP) — A North Bend resident pulled out his .45-caliber handgun to detain a homeless man who allegedly “sucker punched” another transient outside the Fred Meyer store in Coos Bay.

King: Nonviolence message vital as ever

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — While the nation struggles to agree on how to curb gun violence, followers of a man gunned down nearly 45 years ago think his wisdom offers an answer.

U.S. Mumbai plotter sentenced

CHICAGO (AP) — Minutes before an American was sentenced to 35 years in prison for helping plan a deadly attack on Mumbai, India, one of his victims tearfully pleaded for a harsh punishment despite the terrorist plotter’s widespread cooperation with U.S. investigators following his arrest. David Coleman Headley, 52, shifted uncomfortably in a gray tracksuit and kept his eyes fixed on the Chicago courtroom floor Thursday as he listened to the American children’s author describe the violent chaos during her 2008 vacation to India.

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Mali bridge destroyed

FRENCH SOLDIERS man an observation post outside Sevare, some 400 miles north of Mali's capital Bamako Jan. 24. One wing of Mali's Ansar Dine rebel group has split off to create its own movement, saying that they want to negotiate a solution to the crisis in Mali, in a declaration that indicates at least some of the members of the al-Qaida-linked group are searching for a way out of the extremist movement in the wake of French airstrikes. A local official says that Islamic extremists based in the Malian town of Ansongo destroyed a bridge Thursday near the Niger border, marking the first use of explosives by the insurgents since the start of the French-led military intervention exactly two weeks ago.

Chile focuses summit on brighter side

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — European, Latin American and Caribbean leaders gathering for this weekend’s economic summit will likely see only one side of Chile — the polished, upscale country where tourists and investors stay in five-star hotels in a sparklingly clean financial district nicknamed “Sanhattan,” well away from Santiago’s slums.

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Greek police force ends strike

ATHENS, Greece — Striking subway workers in Athens returned to the job Friday, hours after the Greek government used riot police to evacuate holdouts from a train depot, ending a bitter standoff over new austerity measures. The nine-day strike — which knocked out a system serving more than a million people a day — was the biggest labor unrest Greece’s uneasy, conservative-led governing coalition faced since taking over last June.

What does ‘readiness’ really mean?

If “kindergarten-ready” is the new buzzword in discussions about improving education, what makes a child ready for kindergarten?

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Is your child ready to learn? Wasco County ranks last in Oregon in kindergarten readiness

Increasing kindergarten readiness is vital to raising student achievement, according to educators at North Wasco County School District 21.

Roseburg suspends mascot suit

ROSEBURG (AP) — The Roseburg School Board has suspended its legal challenge to the state ban on Native American mascots after learning it was unlikely to win. The Oregon Board of Education approved the ban last May after months of passionate and emotional debate about tolerance and tradition. It requires Oregon teams such as the Roseburg Indians to come up with a new mascot by July 2017, or risk losing state funding. Roseburg School Board Chairman Steve Patterson said board members were recently informed the district would likely lose a court battle, and that the state Board of Education does have the authority to withhold money if schools don’t switch their nicknames, mascots and logos.

DePriest charged in court

Brian DePriest made his first appearance in Wasco County Circuit Court since being charged Jan. 23 for kidnapping a 5-year-old boy from the mother’s home in The Dalles.

Chronicle launches new website

The Dalles Chronicle has launched a new website at This site has been under construction since the spring of 2012 and replaces

Thursday, January 24

Police investigate Facebook rant

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Police are investigating a Vancouver, Wash.-area father accused of a Facebook rant in which he reportedly hoped for a shooting at the nearby school of an opposing prep basketball team. The Tuesday night post coincided with a game between Camas High School players and the Skyview High School team on which the man’s son plays, The Oregonian reported ( ). Vancouver’s Skyview beat Camas 44-42.

Feds release pygmy rabbit plan

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday released its final recovery plan for the endangered Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit. The plan recommended continuing many recovery efforts already under way. Those include releases of captive-bred animals into the wild, relocating pygmy rabbits from places outside the Columbia Basin, and semi-controlled field breeding measures.

Oregon employment fell in ‘12

SALEM (AP) — In a delayed reaction from the Great Recession, employment numbers in Oregon state government fell last year.

Nuclear plant has banner year

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The operator of the only nuclear power plant in the Northwest says it had a record year in 2012, producing more electricity than ever before in the 28-year history of the Columbia Generating Station at Richland.

Wyoming governor wants coal

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s governor wants the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal on its own.

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T-Dub skiers shredding the field

Through two slalom events this season, The Dalles Wahtonka ski team appears to be riding a new surge against the rest of the Mount Hood Ski League. In those two races, the Eagle Indian boys have a first and a second place to their credit, while the girls have posted a second and a third.

Chronicle editorial guidlines

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

Focus on why

All we hear right now is about guns and who to blame. These shootings are bad, but we have bigger problems to solve. The president is focusing on who to blame. And who can have guns and who can’t. Is anyone in favor of putting a sign on your front yard saying no guns in this household?

One true date

There actually is a true historical calendar date in the Bible. It is not Dec. 25 or Jan. 6.

Sad anniversary

It is with a heavy heart I note that this week sadly marks the 40th anniversary of legalized abortion in our nation. The Bible says that God hates hands that shed innocent blood (Proverbs 6:16). Look at the grief that surrounds tragedies such as recent mass shootings, yet we so easily ignore the 3,000 children killed each day in their mothers’ wombs here in the USA through abortion.

Cameron: 'I don’t want a country called Europe'

DAVOS, Switzerland — British Prime Minister David Cameron wants nothing to do with a United States of Europe, an idea that’s gaining currency as the countries that use the euro struggle to fix their debt crisis.

NKorea warns of nuke test, more rocket launches

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s top governing body warned Thursday that the regime will conduct its third nuclear test in defiance of U.N. punishment, and made clear that its long-range rockets are designed to carry not only satellites but also warheads aimed at striking the United States.

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Panetta says women in combat is a strength

WASHINGTON — Allowing women to serve in combat roles will strengthen the U.S. military’s ability to win wars, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday, shortly before his official announcement of the landmark change.

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Rollover, two car crash at 10th and Dry Hollow

MID-COLUMBIA Fire and Rescue personnel prepare to transport a victim injured in a two vehicle rollover accident at 10th and Dry Hollow early Wednesday afternoon. Mark B. Gibson photo

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Sports Briefs: Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sports Briefs: Thursday, January 24, 2013

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Saint Mary auctions coming soon

The 38th annual St. Mary’s Academy Super Auction, the largest fundraiser in the gorge, is set for Saturday, Feb. 2, at the St. Mary’s gym. The theme this year is “Denim and Diamonds.”

‘He was terrorizing me,’ says court document

The Dalles man accused of kidnapping a 5-year-old boy from his home early Wednesday morning had tried the same tactic before, according to a court report filed by the child’s mother.

Letters to the Editor: Thursday, January 24, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Thursday, January 24, 2013

For The Record: Thursday, January 24, 2013

For the Record: Thursday, January 24, 2013

Monday, January 21

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The Dalles Wahtonka wrestling versus Hermiston

Video clips from The Dalles Wahtonka varsity wrestling match against Hermiston.

Wednesday, January 16

Private instructors giving Wash. driver’s exams

YAKIMA, Wash. — Under a new state law that effectively privatizes driver testing, first-time drivers now must apply online and pay a private driving school anywhere from about $45 to $60 to administer both a written and driving test.

For the record, from Jan. 16th Chronicle

Hospital admissions, accidents, police reports and lottery results from Jan. 16, 2013

What's happening from Jan. 16th Chronicle

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Road worker finds anti-tank projectile

SALEM (AP) — A Marion County sheriff’s spokesman says traffic on a road near Salem was blocked for about three hours after a worker clearing roadside debris found an inert World War II-era anti-tank projectile in a ditch.

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Emergency room visits tied to energy drinks rise

SAN FRANCISCO — A new government survey suggests the number of people seeking emergency treatment after consuming energy drinks has doubled nationwide during the past four years, the same period in which the supercharged drink industry has surged in popularity in convenience stores, bars and on college campuses.

Sewer rate hike resolution to be prepared

The Dalles City Council took another step Monday toward enacting a series of 3.44 percent sewer rate increases to cover the cost of upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant.

Smith died of heart attack, examiner says

The state medical examiner’s office determined following Tuesday’s autopsy that a heart attack caused the death of accused murderer Roark David Smith in his jail cell.

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Crossfitting the competition

Katie Christopherson concentrates on a lift as she competes in the final workout during a Crossfit competition in The Dalles Saturday, Jan. 12. The regional competition was part of a world wide Crossfit competition, and featured three workouts, using Kettle bells, pull ups, wall balls and more. Mark B. Gibson photo

Tuesday, January 15

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Tall Ships plan stops in gorge

ABERDEEN, Wash. — The brig Lady Washington, the official ship of the State of Washington, and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain will make stops in The Dalles and Hood River during their seven-week tour of the Columbia River that will include 11 ports in Washington and Oregon. The ships are marking the 225th anniversary of the first landfall by a U.S.-flagged vessel on the shores of what would later become Oregon. The ships last conducted a similar tour in 2009.

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Military suicides hit record high

WASHINGTON (AP) — For U.S. troops, less combat is not translating to less stress. Members of the military committed suicide at a record pace in 2012 — almost one per day — and some experts think the trend will grow worse this year.

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Huskies get physical in 12-point victory

South Wasco County held Sherman without a field goal for a span of eight minutes and 44 seconds in third and fourth quarters, but with 2:44 left in the game, the Huskies used a 10-2 run to secure a 42-30 triumph in girl’s hoops play Saturday in Maupin.

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No. 5 Redsides run streak to nine

No. 5 South Wasco County built a 15-point lead midway through the third quarter, but Sherman rebounded with a 37-25 run in the final quarter and a half, and a last-second, 3-point bank shot by Jailin Conboy bounced off the rim and out in the Redsides’ 71-68 victory Saturday in Big Sky boy’s hoops play in Maupin.

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Time to shed extra pounds: Slim Down to begin Thursday

The Chronicle’s Slim Down Challenge 2013 is here, and entrants have until Thursday at 1 p.m. to register, either as individuals or with a team. The cost is $25 per person, with entrance fees, minus administrative costs, going to the cash prizes that will be awarded to the overall winner, the top male and female runners up, and the top team. Teams must have four members.

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Paper magic

EILEEN HOLZMAN, artist-in-residence, right, and St. Mary’s Academy first grader Kaelex Peters demonstrate the final fold of an origami swan during an art class. Holzman spent the past week introducing elementary students to the art. Mark B. Gibson photo

Murder suspect Smith dies in jail

Murder suspect Roark David Smith, 53, was found dead in his single-occupancy cell about 5 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, by a corrections officer. Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley said emergency medical personnel were dispatched to the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities but Smith was already dead upon their arrival. He said a preliminary investigation has not determined a cause of death but no indication was found of foul play or suicide.

Thursday, January 10

Bridge: The right suit the right way

Henry Ford said, “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”

Astro-Graph for Ja. 9, 2013

In the coming months, spend the necessary time and effort to gain the material security vital to both your pet projects and your workaday endeavors. If you’re prepared for anything, you’ll be able to handle everything.

Ask Dr. K: C. diff bacteria can gain upper hand in hospitals

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve heard that an illness known as “C. diff” is running rampant in hospitals. What is it? How can I avoid it during my upcoming hospitalization?

Big Sky Standings

Big Sky Standings as of Jan 9, 2013

5A CRC Standings

5A CRC Standings as of Jan. 9, 2013

Soccer clinic set at TDFCC

The Timbers Juniors are coming to The Dalles with a couple of players for an open indoor soccer clinic for kids between the ages of 13-14-years old.

Signups set for Valentine’s Day run/walk

Signups are open for the Valentine’s 3k, 5k and 10k River run/walk scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at The Dalles Marina.

Free Throw contest planned Jan. 27

The Dalles area Knights of Columbus of Council 1598, will host their annual free throw contest at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, at the St. Mary’s Academy gym.

Hunting classes are planned

Hunter education classes are upcoming for outdoor enthusiasts from The Dalles, Hood River, Lyle, Goldendale and Sherman County in the upcoming 2013 season.

The Dalles Cherry Crush holding tryouts

The spring softball season is fast approaching and The Dalles’ Cherry City Crush 12U softball program is announcing tryouts for local girls who want to be part of a competitive softball team.

Blazer game field trip offered

The North Wasco County Parks and Recreation Department is scheduling a trip to the Rose Garden for an NBA Basketball game that pits the Portland Trail Blazers and the Milwaukee Bucks.

Huskies lose to Horizon by 30 points

Horizon Christian jumped out to a 44-19 halftime lead, and Sherman cut the deficit down to 16 points with five minutes and 59 seconds to go in the fourth quarter, but the Hawks finished on a 19-4 run to pull out the 76-46 victory Tuesday

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Sherman girls move closer to first place

The Sherman Huskies won their second consecutive league contest and climbed to within one game of first place Dufur after posting a decisive 47-26 victory over Horizon Christian in their Big Sky Conference girl’s basketball matchup Tuesday in Hood River.

No. 4 T-Dub girls rolls past Sunset

Emily Bailey had 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists and five steals to lead No. 4 The Dalles Wahtonka to a 48-33 victory over Sunset in non-league girl’s basketball play Tuesday in Portland. “We came to Portland, we got the job done and won by 15 points,” said TDW coach Craig Compton. “Other than that, there was nothing really great about the win.”

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T-Dub boys manhandle Centennial

After squandering three fourth quarter leads in consecutive games, The Dalles Wahtonka overcame an early deficit and then built an early cushion and never let up, as they rolled to an easy 55-37 win over Centennial Tuesday in non-league boy’s basketball play in Gresham.

Your medical chart could include exercise minutes

CHICAGO — Roll up a sleeve for the blood pressure cuff. Stick out a wrist for the pulse-taking. Lift your tongue for the thermometer. Report how many minutes you are active or getting exercise. Wait, what?

Diabetes drug may be heart risk

(AP) Johnson & Johnson’s experimental diabetes drug might bring minor heart risks because it raised cholesterol levels in patient testing, according to federal reviewers.

Everyday Cheapskate: YouTube demo videos are a big hit with consumers

It’s hard to remember a time when YouTube wasn’t a part of our lives. It seems like every day I receive a link from a friend or family member sharing something fun, poignant or thrilling on YouTube. My friend Lou at is a YouTube star. She has a series of videos that show her demonstrating the uses of her amazing product, Nok-Out. Looks like Lou is on to something.

Police, fire and other NEWS OR RECORD

Police, fire, regional jail reports. Lottery reports.

New landscape for liquor stores in Washington

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Kristen Clark doesn’t sugarcoat her thoughts on business at Liquor and More. “We’re still here,” said Clark, who managed the former state contract liquor store before taking ownership in September. “But (hard) alcohol is not a stand-alone product you can have a business on.”

Church questions police tactics

PORTLAND (AP) — A Portland church group has asked to intervene in the federal Justice Department’s agreement with city police to reform training and use-of-force policies.

Biden meets with gun control advocates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday heard personal stories of gun violence from representatives of victims groups and gun-safety organizations as he drafts the Obama administration’s response to the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. He pledged that action would be taken.

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Water births are new option at Columbia Women's Clinic

As anyone who enjoys a warm bath knows, warm water has the power to relax and to ease pain. That’s the idea behind the new water births offered through Columbia River Women’s Clinic and First Impressions at Mid-Columbia Medical Center.

Eagle Newspapers Inc. announces sale of Willamettte Valley papers

SALEM — Eagle Newspapers Inc., announced the sale Jan. 8 of six of its weekly newspapers to Oregon Publications Corporation. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The newspapers involved are the Woodburn Independent, Canby Herald, Newberg Graphic, Wilsonville Spokesman, Molalla Pioneer and Madras Pioneer.

The Dalles yields new video star

Video star: Sam Huskey of The Dalles is the newest star in the YouTube firmament after winning Coastal Farm & Ranch’s Sing, Shop and Win Contest. Her performance was featured during a 30-second commercial airing locally during ESPN’s final NFL broadcast of the season, but you can also view Huskey’s winning performance online at

France to keep expensive nukes

OLIVET, France (AP) — France’s president says the country will maintain its costly nuclear arsenal despite looming military budget cuts, saying the weapons are essential for national defense.

Chavez too sick to be sworn in

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s opposition announced on Wednesday that it plans to ask the Supreme Court to rule on whether delaying the swearing-in of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez violates the constitution.

Lottery winner’s widow ‘shattered’ by poison death

CHICAGO (AP) — The widow of a Chicago lottery winner who died of cyanide poisoning as he awaited a $425,000 check says she cannot believe her husband had enemies and that she has no idea which family member asked authorities to take a deeper look into his death.

US may leave no troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it might leave no troops in Afghanistan after December 2014, an option that defies the Pentagon’s view that thousands of troops may be needed to contain al-Qaida and to strengthen Afghan forces. “We wouldn’t rule out any option,” including zero troops, Ben Rhodes, a White House deputy national security adviser, said Tuesday.

Iranians freed by Syrian rebels arrive in Damascus

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian rebels on Wednesday freed 48 Iranians held captive since August in exchange for the release of more than 2,000 detainees in the first major prisoner swap of the country’s civil war, officials said.

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City Forager

AN ORNAMENTAL SHRUB becomes food for a winter-foraging deer, one of several that grazed through a west The Dalles neighborhood this week. Neita Cecil photo

Electronic health record workshop set Jan. 26

In collaboration with Columbia Gorge Community College, Gorge Health Connect (GHC) received support from the Google Data Centers Grants Fund of Tides Foundation to introduce participants to electronic documentation in a healthcare field.

Night sky in January offers clear view for astronomers

December was a sleepy month for astronomy, the sky and weather didn’t cooperate with us one bit. January may pose the same results; however, with a little bit of foresight and just the right window on a clear night one will be able to enjoy the nights sky this month.

William Stafford poetry event set for Jan. 13

This year, Hood River’s William Stafford poetry celebration will be Sunday, Jan. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River.

Whooping cough outbreak

OKANOGAN, Wash. (AP) — There's an outbreak of whooping cough among school-age children in the north Cascades town of Winthrop. Okanaogan County Health Director Lauri Jones says there have been 12 confirmed cases since

Tax law too complicated, says watchdog

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog says the nation’s tax law is so thick and complicated that businesses and individuals spend more than 6 billion hours a year complying with filing requirements. That’s the equivalent of 3 million people working full-time, year-round.

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City maps crime, citizens can follow trends

Residents of The Dalles can now keep track of what is happening in their neighborhoods by visiting the new crime map displayed on the city’s website.

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Cold-weather friends lend a helping hand with Habitat for Humanity

The temperature is well below freezing and snow is still fresh on the ground as Jack Gillis and his helpers head over to the Habitat for Humanity house on East 16th Street for a cup of tea and a break from cold outdoor construction work.

State issues childhood services report

In the latest step of the transition to a region-based approach to early childhood services, the state has released a draft report detailing the requirements to become a Community Based Coordinator of Early Learning.


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