Movement to make skies safer for birds takes flight OAKLAND, Calif. — Birds and buildings can be a fatal combination. The American Bird Conservancy cites studies estimating that hundreds of millions of birds die each year as a result of colliding with walls and windows.July 31, 2013 12:20 p.m. read more..
Baroness Edith Clara Summerskill, who was a Labour Party member of British Parliament from 1938 to 1961, said, “Nagging is the repetition of unpalatable truths.” That does not apply to nagging in bridge classes, where the teacher is repeating truths about the game. Look at the South hand in today’s diagram.July 31, 2013 12:14 p.m. read more..
Flintstone-like car boosted by battery power RESTON, Va. — Mark Stewart turns quite a few heads as he zips through the streets on his neon green ELF bike. With each pedal, his feet take turns sticking out from the bottom while a gentle motor hums in the background.July 31, 2013 12:11 p.m. read more..
Soon just about everybody in The Dalles will have a chance to make a splash, young, old, mobile and less so.July 31, 2013 12:02 p.m. read more..
Attorney: Enforcement hasn’t had desired effect The Dalles attorney Gene Parker said regulation of yard and garage sale signs has not yielded the desired results this summer but he is optimistic that time will bring a culture change.July 31, 2013 11:27 a.m. read more..
I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. — Muhammad Ali Training, part one: Even if you’ve been working in your field close to 30 years, like I have, taking a class now and then can be a valuable experience.July 31, 2013 11:16 a.m. read more..
Some tips that land in my email box are instantly recognizable as winners. But some leave me wondering, will that really work? Today’s first tip falls into the category, forcing me to test it out. Just to be sure. And guess what? It really does work. I don’t know why, but it does. Try it!July 31, 2013 9:05 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I love to go outside during a summer thunderstorm, but my sister is convinced I’ll get hit by lightning. Do I really need to head inside when there’s a storm brewing?July 31, 2013 9:04 a.m. read more..
Babe Ruth 15U players make a sixth-inning rally against Lewis & Clark The Dalles 15U Babe Ruth All-stars are alive to play another day after a sixth-inning rally put them past Lewis and Clark, Idaho, 4-2 in opening competition at the Pacific Northwest Regional Playoffs in Centralia, Wash.July 30, 2013 1:44 p.m. read more..
Seaside Beach Volleyball tourney is largest amateur event in the world Getting sand between your toes doesn’t always require a beach, and that’s just what the Cherry City Juniors traveling volleyball team was doing Monday night, July 29, at Sorosis Park.July 30, 2013 1:37 p.m. read more..
Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue is encouraging local residents to use extreme caution as dry weather conditions reduce humidity and create greater fire danger. Smoking, off road driving, campfires, mowing dry grass, the use of power saws, exploding targets and fireworks are examples of activities that are either restricted or prohibited entirely during fire season.July 30, 2013 1:36 p.m. read more..
Last week we published a letter to the editor, titled “Send them on,” from a community member who complained about the “homeless, transients and panhandlers” in our town and asked why we don’t send them to another city. The letter elicited a spirited discussion on our website as well as a follow-up letter.July 30, 2013 1:32 p.m. read more..
To the editor: At about 8:20 a.m. Sunday, July 21, I was about to enter Washington Highway 14 from Cook-Underwood Road. Before I turned, I looked east and saw a black, menacing tornado-like cloud moving toward me. I didn’t know what it was at first, but as it drew closer I realized it was a coal train headed west on the tracks that closely parallel Highway 14 through the narrow Columbia River Gorge.July 30, 2013 1:17 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Last week, the state of Texas announced that they had just executed their 500th inmate, whereas the state of Oregon reports that they are holding 30-some prisoners on the so-called “death row.” What is the annual cost? I am sort of impressed with Cuba’s attitude: “take a life and give yours.”July 30, 2013 1:15 p.m. read more..
To the editor: It’s bad enough that so many people think coal trains and Walmarts are good for the economy, but now we also have to contend with the Keystone XL Pipeline. “Jobs, jobs, jobs,” they keep saying as incentive to keep destroying this country.July 30, 2013 1:14 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Local thrift stores have been battling it out over which store should get your donated stuff. A recent postcard mailing, newspaper advertisements, and billboards urge me to make a decision based on the needs these organizations are able to meet outside of the store.July 30, 2013 1:12 p.m. read more..
Kerry urges a ‘reasonable compromise’ WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama brought senior Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to the White House on Tuesday to give a boost to his administration’s third bid to relaunch stalled Middle East peace talks.July 30, 2013 1:08 p.m. read more..
You see them advertised in magazines and on television: vitamin supplements, exercise contraptions or plastic surgery – products that will turn back the hands of time.July 30, 2013 1:04 p.m. read more..
Avatar helps patients practice PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Debi Green is trying to book a vacation, but she’s having a hard time getting the words out. Even though it’s been nearly nine years since she suffered a stroke, language sometimes fails her.July 30, 2013 1:03 p.m. read more..
LOS ANGELES — Seven-year-old Hannah Thome munched on a chocolate cookie after getting home from cheerleading camp last week and mulled the question, brow furrowing over her wide blue eyes. Did she want to be older?July 30, 2013 12:41 p.m. read more..
MATTOON, Ill. (AP) — If finding a high school ring doesn't seem like a big deal consider this: Until a few days ago, the last time Dick Diedrich saw his ring he was living in suburban Chicago with his parents and Harry Truman was in the White House.July 30, 2013 12:23 p.m. read more..
The Dalles City Council has fulfilled what staffers called an “unusual” request to help a local business serve customers. Fun Country Power Sports, 1318 W. Second St., will soon be able to legally send all-terrain vehicles, commonly known as ATVs, across the highway to fill up their gas tanks.July 30, 2013 12:22 p.m. read more..
Southern Wasco County fire is now 95 percent contained <br> The Mile Marker 28 fire expanded over the weekend and Monday to an estimated 22,469 acres but firefighters made some headway on containment, which was listed at 25 percent as of Monday night.July 30, 2013 11:47 a.m. read more..
The secret to grabbing a great hotel accommodation at a price far less than the company’s “rack rate” is to understand these simple truths: Hotels are bound to have nights when they have empty rooms. Empty rooms do not generate cash flow. Someone in that establishment is directly responsible to see that as many rooms as possible are generating some amount of income, every night.July 30, 2013 9:15 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: You’ve often advised readers to buy supportive shoes that fit properly. Can you be more specific about what to look for in a good shoe?July 30, 2013 9:14 a.m. read more..
Clashes erupted early Saturday in Cairo between security forces and supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi, killing at least 38 protesters and overwhelming field hospitals with the wounded, the Health Ministry said, in an outburst of violence that put the possibility of political reconciliation in the deeply divided nation ever further out of reach.July 28, 2013 12:09 p.m. read more..
Almost every day, you hear about an accident victim being airlifted to a medical center which, many times, is able to save the person’s life thanks to the speedy transport. When you hear that our life expectancy is going up, advances like that are a big reason why.July 28, 2013 12:06 p.m. read more..
The letter to the editor on Sunday, July 21, written by Katherine Arbon made excellent points concerning our Unites States Constitution. You can confirm what she said at the upcoming Constitutional Seminar on Sept. 28 at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.July 28, 2013 11:42 a.m. read more..
This fall, Oregon school districts will reap local harvests in a big way, thanks to new funding from the Oregon Legislature. In the session concluded July 8, the Legislature awarded nearly $1.2 million for Farm to School and School Garden programs for the 2013-15 biennium.July 28, 2013 11:30 a.m. read more..
The Wasco County Fair is only three weeks away! For nearly all my life, the county fair has been a highlight of the summer. As a young child, the county fair was equated with my annual treat of cotton candy. As a 4-H member, fair meant a chance to exhibit my projects (hoping they were good enough to earn a purple ribbon — a rarity back then) and hang with friends.July 28, 2013 11:29 a.m. read more..
Fire officials have upgraded evacuations to immediate in some parts of the Mile Marker 28 Fire due to spotting and southward movement of the fire.July 28, 2013 11:23 a.m. read more..
The Mile Marker 28 Fire remains largely uncontained, burning on more than 4,600 acres along High 97 15 miles northeast of Goldendale. Almost three times that amount of land to the south of the main fire and mostly east of Highway 97 is under immediate evacuation. The evacuation area includes the towns of Bickleton and Cleveland. Another area is targeted for potential evacuation farther south.July 27, 2013 11:10 a.m. read more..
“Cherries have always been in my blood,” says Brenda Thomas, president of Orchard View Farms in The Dalles. Thomas is the oldest in her generation, the fourth to operate Orchard View Farms since Walter Bailey established the company in 1923. Despite that pull from the orchards that surrounded her as a child, Thomas started her working career as a veterinarian before joining the family business six years ago.July 27, 2013 11:07 a.m. read more..
Doris Jean Collins Flint of Mosier, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at a local care center from MDS. She was born on April 9, 1935 to Harley Casto Collins and Mabel Emma Wright Collins in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The fifth of seven children, Doris attended and graduated from Idaho Falls schools. She married Lewis Flint in 1952 and immediately moved to McMinnville, Oregon, during which time they had three children, Hugh, April and Paulette. In 1961 the family moved to The Dalles and they have resided in the area since.July 27, 2013 10:55 a.m. read more..
Families First, a program of The Next Door, hosts its first Poolside Benefit Concert featuring nationally known Celtic singer-songwriter Kathryn Claire, joined by Irish flute player Hanz Araki.July 27, 2013 10:44 a.m. read more..
Now that he has been able to take a deep breath and put four days of Fort Dalles Days “Rough and Wild” Rodeo action into perspective, Rodeo Association Board Member and organizer, Jake Grossmiller is ready to start planning ahead to bigger and better things in 2014.July 27, 2013 10:39 a.m. read more..
Bats and balls. Check. Gloves and cleats. Check. A briefcase and a nice suit. Check. Those are the main tools needed for The Dalles’ 15U Babe Ruth All Stars team as it attends a business trip in the Pacific Northwest Regional Playoffs starting Sunday in Centralia, Wash.July 27, 2013 10:38 a.m. read more..
Have you ever noticed that no matter the size of your apartment, condominium, house, garage, drawers, closets, hard drive, handbag or briefcase — it mysteriously fills to capacity?July 26, 2013 1:23 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve heard that tai chi may help people with Parkinson’s disease. Could you please elaborate?July 26, 2013 1:22 p.m. read more..
WASHINGTON (AP) — Limits on secret U.S. surveillance programs and President Barack Obama’s push to help Syrian rebels were in dispute as the House weighed legislation to fund the nation’s military.July 25, 2013 4:14 p.m. read more..
WASHINGTON (AP) — Grants and scholarships are taking a leading role in paying college bills, surpassing the traditional role parents long have played in helping foot the bills, according to a report from loan giant Sallie Mae.July 25, 2013 4:05 p.m. read more..
DEAR MARY: I have a food vacuum sealer but find that it mashes and mangles delicate items, like cookies, bread and brownies.July 25, 2013 11:02 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: Last year I developed deep vein thrombosis (DVT) — blood clots in my legs — during a long international flight. One of the clots got loose and went to my lungs. I’m fine now and am off all medications. Is it safe for me to fly again?July 25, 2013 11:01 a.m. read more..
I confess I’ve been doing some yelling at the TV. I keep hearing that we have to have a “national conversation on violence” in the wake of the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. We’re having no such conversation, at least one that means anything, until we confront who we are as a nation today.July 24, 2013 5:02 p.m. read more..
There’s worse ahead. The ominous suggestion was made in the wake of Arizona wildfire that killed 19 firefighters earlier this month. It came along with comments from wildland firefighters and scientists that fires are getting bigger and more erratic.July 24, 2013 5:01 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: A co-worker came to work with a poison ivy rash. She assured me she’s not contagious. Is that true?July 24, 2013 1:49 p.m. read more..
Imagine that every time you walk into the supermarket you can be sure that your favorite pricey name-brand products will be, “Buy One, Get One 50 Percent Off.” What?! That’s not possible? Don’t tell Pat, today’s first tipster. He’s figured a way to do that with his pricey breakfast cereal, week after week ...July 24, 2013 1:46 p.m. read more..
SALEM (AP) — Salem, Ore.'s traffic engineer has turned down a proposal to erect a giant statue of a bloodied, bandaged chicken on crutches at the site where a commercial truck hauling more than 5,000 live chickens flipped over recently. Police have said "a considerable number" of chickens died in the July 9 crash and its six-hour cleanup.July 24, 2013 10:29 a.m. read more..
LONDON (AP) — A beaming Prince William and his wife, Kate, emerged from a London hospital on Tuesday with their newborn baby boy, presenting the world with a first glimpse of the prince who is third in line to the British throne.July 23, 2013 3:12 p.m. read more..
WASHINGTON (AP) — Limits on secret U.S. surveillance programs and President Barack Obama’s push to help Syrian rebels were in dispute as the House weighed legislation to fund the nation’s military.July 23, 2013 2:03 p.m. read more..
WASHINGTON (AP) — Grants and scholarships are taking a leading role in paying college bills, surpassing the traditional role parents long have played in helping foot the bills, according to a report from loan giant Sallie Mae.July 23, 2013 2:01 p.m. read more..
Got plans for air travel this summer? Here are some handy tricks to land the cheapest fares possible. But first, a little story ...July 23, 2013 10:37 a.m. read more..
1. Special Canned Fruit Bonus Prize is given by the Fair Board: Sack of sugar is awarded to the contestant whose canned fruit is judged best of all fruit exhibited. 2. Special Jam or Jelly Bonus Prize is given by the Oregon Fair Association: Sack of sugar will be awarded for the jar of jam or jelly judged best in show. (Paraffin not recommended.)July 21, 2013 8:45 a.m. read more..
Kids Korner entries sought for Sherman County fair.July 21, 2013 8:45 a.m. read more..
Make plans for your Sherman County Fair Open Class Exhibits, Aug. 21-25. ~ seeds ~ yarn ~ fabric ~ thread ~ patterns ~ craft supplies ~ recipes ~ ~ calves ~ kids ~ lambs ~ chicks ~ piglets ~ plans - wood ~ leather ~ ~ pen ~ pencil ~ paint ~ camera ~ canning jars ~July 21, 2013 8:44 a.m. read more..
The Sherman County Fair Board is honored and thrilled to have Ed and Shirley Fritz as the 2013 Grand Marshals. Ed Fritz started his very successful 4-H showing career at the Sherman County Fair and thru the years Ed, Shirley, their kids and grand children have blessed our fair with many projects, top awards and great smiles. Please plan to drop by the Grand Marshals’ room and ask them to share a story or two.July 21, 2013 8:44 a.m. read more..
New Entries HOST NEEDED: The Dalles AFS has identified host families for three exchange students arriving in August. The Dalles Wahtonka High School can accept one more AFS student, if another local host family can be found. Help build bridges of intercultural understanding by sharing a home and daily life. More information is available at 1-800-AFS-INFO or www.afsusa.org/hosting. The local contact is Rymmel Lovell, 541-296-6546, firstname.lastname@example.org, Subject: AFS.July 21, 2013 8:33 a.m. read more..
The Dalles Monday – The Dalles City Council, 5:30 p.m., city hall council chambers, 313 Court St., The Dalles. Agenda: public hearing on proposed amendments to Land Use Development Ordinance; award contract for construction of airport taxiway project; authorization to purchase oil emulsion for chip seal projects on Mt. Hood Street and Dry Hollow Road; authorization to purchase a skid-steer compact loader; adoption of final report proposing assessment and providing for notices and hearing for West First Street, Terminal Way and Bargeway Road reconstruction;July 21, 2013 8:28 a.m. read more..
Screaming spectators ran for the exits, some atop the metal bleachers and a few to the outer regions of the rodeo grounds within looking distance, as a 2,500-pound bull named Whirlwind jumped over a five-foot tall fence and into the east grandstand area Friday at the Fort Dalles Days “Rough and Wild” Rodeo.July 21, 2013 8:17 a.m. read more..
The question of how — and when — to pay for street improvements related to new city development is certainly a thorny one, but one thing is clear: It makes little sense to require payment when a line on a map is the only change taking place.July 21, 2013 8:15 a.m. read more..
To the editor: Death and dying today occur more often in a medical location or in a care facility. Those present are usually medical or other staff so that most people have never viewed life’s last moments when the body loses its life force, dies and becomes lifeless.July 21, 2013 7:56 a.m. read more..
VANCOUVER — Columbia Land Trust has acquired ownership of Pierce Island, the iconic 136-acre Columbia River island that sits directly below Beacon Rock. Pierce Island is one of the best remaining natural islands in the Columbia River Gorge and is one of the last remaining locations in Washington for persistent sepal yellowcress, a state-endangered plant that is a member of the mustard family.July 21, 2013 7:53 a.m. read more..
LOWMAN, Idaho (AP) — Blue wildflowers accented the color of the viridescent mountain meadow, and it was the perfect spot to have a picnic. Who would have known there could be such an incredible meadow with sandhill cranes, bluebirds, and a tiny rust-colored stream with brookies? How many hikers drive past the old forest road that offers access to the meadow on the edge of the Frank Church-River of No Return in search of popular trailheads?July 21, 2013 7:47 a.m. read more..
TROUT LAKE — Mosé Jones-Yellin has been selected as the incoming Mt. Adams District Ranger. Jones-Yellin is currently the deputy district ranger on the Sierra National Forest in California, but is no stranger to the Gifford Pinchot, having served as the Cowlitz Valley District Ranger in a temporary detail in 2012.July 21, 2013 7:30 a.m. read more..
The 6th Street Bridge will be closed to all traffic including emergency vehicles beginning at 7 a.m.on Tuesday, July 23, to allow The Dalles Public Works Department to repair deck drains on the bridge surface. The closure will be complete for 24 hours, with the bridge re-opening at 7 a.m., Wednesday, July 24.July 20, 2013 6:13 p.m. read more..
July 21 20 Years Ago-1993 A lot of people in the Mid-Columbia and The Dalles are willing to help give an injured animal a second chance. The outpouring of concern and support following a July 14 story in The Dalles Chronicle, about an injured dog’s plight has been “fantastic,” say those handling the case.July 20, 2013 6 p.m. read more..
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A wind-driven wildfire near the rural Southern Oregon community of Williams raced across half a square mile and destroyed one vacant home and several vehicles Friday before fire crews got the upper hand.July 20, 2013 5:49 p.m. read more..
In a University of Michigan survey, interviewers asked people what they believed would improve their quality of life. The answer given most often was “more money.”July 19, 2013 12:39 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I can hear my heartbeat in my left ear. Should I be worried that I might lose my hearing?July 19, 2013 12:39 p.m. read more..
Art event originator expects even more artists next year Downtown The Dalles was a bit more colorful July 13 after a Chalk the Block contest drew local artists of all ages to the Jammin’ July street festival Saturday. Organizer Karen Stewart said she wants to make the event an annual one.July 19, 2013 12:27 p.m. read more..
The Wasco County Fair will have tryouts for the 2014 queen Thursday, Aug. 15, at 5 p.m., in the rodeo arena at the Wasco County Fairgrounds in Tygh Valley. The queen will make several appearances as representative of the Wasco County Fair for 2014.July 19, 2013 11:54 a.m. read more..
New Entries CLASS 45TH: The Dalles High School Class of 1968 will have an informal celebration of its 45th reunion the weekend of Aug. 9 and 10. Details of the various events planned can be found online at www.dhsclassof68.org under the “Options for the Weekend” link. BOATING CLASS: The Oregon State Marine Board’s mandatory safe boater class is offered to Oregon and Washington residents Saturday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at The Dalles Marina Yacht Club.July 19, 2013 11:54 a.m. read more..
Although 1-3 at state, Coach saw some good glimpses With only a few weeks with his all-star team, 13U head coach Jeff Justesen saw a lot of potential from this group moving forward.July 19, 2013 11:53 a.m. read more..
Babe Ruth squad has outscored opponents by 33-9 margin Just two days in and The Dalles 15U All Stars are on a crash course for the state semifinals in Baker City. TD notched wins of 9-5, 10-2 and 14-2 in the first two rounds of pool play to advance to a quarterfinal showdown earlier today with District 5 opponent Clackamas for a shot at a semifinals berth.July 19, 2013 11:52 a.m. read more..
Three events see a jump in the leaderboard; only one cowboy scores in bull riding Now the plot thickens. After an action-packed two days at the 48th annual Fort Dalles Days “Rough and Wild” Rodeo, there were leaderboard changes in three events and one of 14 bull riders turned in a score Thursday at Milt Tumilson Arena in The Dalles.July 19, 2013 11:49 a.m. read more..
Confucius, whose real name was Kong Qiu, said, “He who learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.” Bridge players who do not think lose a lot of contracts unnecessarily. Bridge players who think but do not wonder about what might go wrong will also lose some contracts.July 19, 2013 11:30 a.m. read more..
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Marijuana testing used to mean checking to see if someone had been smoking it. But with Oregon, Washington and Colorado all making pot more widely available to the public, laboratory testing for safety, purity, potency and active ingredients is adding to the legitimacy of the drug.July 19, 2013 11:23 a.m. read more..
PORTLAND (AP) — A family’s lawsuit says a 64-year-old Deschutes County man died after he was stuck upside down for a “prolonged period” in an inversion therapy table marketed as a way to relieve back pain, improve joint health and build muscle tone.July 19, 2013 11:19 a.m. read more..
WARM SPRINGS (AP) — A blaze that started Thursday in a kitchen area of the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort & Spa caused extensive fire and water damage and forced the resort to temporarily close its main lodge, the resort and a fire official said.July 19, 2013 11:16 a.m. read more..
Residents will ask South Sherman to expand When Stuart Von Borstel got a call that a fire had broken out on his property and his cows, over 100 miles away from where he was, were in danger, he wished he could call the fire department to take care of it. But he couldn’t. No fire department covers south Wasco County.July 19, 2013 11:13 a.m. read more..
WITH AP VIDEO BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Snooty the manatee was born when Harry S. Truman was president, Columbia records had just released its 33 1/3 LP format, and people were still talking about how the NBC television network had broadcast Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in its entirety. Life in America, of course, has changed.July 19, 2013 7:46 a.m. read more..
To the editor: The cherry fruit fly will be contained in an established control area, by an appointed inspector, according to ORS 570.405 and 570.420. The migrant workers are suffering that first week of harvest from the last round of malathion spray; their faces show discomfort.July 18, 2013 12:33 p.m. read more..
To the editor: The Wasco County Fairgrounds have become home to Rodeo Bible Camp of Oregon since 1994, and this year we hosted our 20th camp. Volunteers from all over Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho, Texas, Canada, as well as California and other parts of our country, have been a big part of the success of these camps. It take s a big crew to minister the love of Jesus, while teaching rodeo events and hosting two rodeos to over 100 kids in a week.July 18, 2013 12:31 p.m. read more..
To the editor: How many made-up horror stories do we have to read about that is scare tactics concerning the item of coal? I grew up on a ranch in Wyoming. We heated with coal dumped in our basement. It didn’t kill any of us. In fact, my mother lived to be 101.July 18, 2013 12:30 p.m. read more..
To the editor: What wonderful photos the young ones are sending in for the contest! The things the kids see that I forget to look at is marvelous. Are they (the photos, not the kids) going to be available to buy or at least be on display? They are art. So far I like the wind mills best.July 18, 2013 12:29 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I’ve lived in The Dalles about 8 years. I came here primarily because it’s drier, warmer and friendlier than where Iived. I have observed the improvements to the CIty with new businesses, urban renewal, bike paths etc.July 18, 2013 12:22 p.m. read more..
Was it good news to hear that timber harvests increased in Oregon in 2012? Yes, because it means more people have gone back to work in the woods, the mills, driving trucks and selling lumber. The numbers are a reflection of a slight increase in the demand for housing and a recovering economy.July 18, 2013 12:17 p.m. read more..
Army general says Obama has been given options to end long civil war WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is deliberating whether to use military power in Syria, where a civil war entering its third year has killed almost 93,000 people, the nation’s top military officer told a Senate panel Thursday.July 18, 2013 12:16 p.m. read more..
Maryhill Museum of Art hosts a full day of Shakespeare-inspired fun Saturday, July 20 — from a Family Fun activity to a performance of “Cymbeline,” all free in Maryhill’s gardens. Family Fun: Chalk it Up to Shakespeare, 1 to 4 p.m.July 18, 2013 12:12 p.m. read more..
Admission is free to Sunday concert “Oregon’s Own” 234th Army Band will perform Sunday at The Dalles Civic Auditorium. Admission is free. Mayor Steve Lawrence said it is appropriate to have the military ensemble play in the Civic, 323 East Fourth Street, because it was built as a memorial to veterans. The concert will take place July 21 at 2 p.m.July 18, 2013 12:06 p.m. read more..
The Dalles’ 13U All Stars lost a pair of games Wednesday morning and were eliminated from state competition in Baker City. Early Wednesday, TD lost to Snake River Valley by a 14-6 margin. Later that day, The Dalles had their season cut short by Moundtime, of Tualatin, 12-4.July 18, 2013 11:50 a.m. read more..
Legion team beats up on Redmond, for fourth win in last 5 Coming off a 2-1 record over the weekend at the Wilsonville Tournament, the Columbia Gorge ‘AAA’ Hustlers put forth one of their largest scoring outputs of the summer in a 19-6 trouncing of Redmond in American Legion Post 19 baseball action Wednesday afternoon at Quinton Street Ballpark.July 18, 2013 11:49 a.m. read more..
Competition puts pressure on the field on slack night at Milt Tumilson Arena Through one day of competition, The Dalles’ Greg Schaffeld soared into third place with a time of 15 seconds in the steer wrestling classification, as just five of the 14 participants put forth times in the 47th annual Fort Dalles Days “Rough and Wild” Rodeo Wednesday night at Milt Tumilson Arena in The Dalles.July 18, 2013 11:44 a.m. read more..
Lea Michele, an actress and singer, said, “I didn’t know I could sing until I auditioned for ‘Les Miserables.’ My friend was auditioning, and I wanted to audition too.” Many bridge players would find out that the game isn’t as hard as they thought if they spent longer auditioning every auction, asking themselves what each call means.July 18, 2013 11:37 a.m. read more..
Grass isn’t always the best groundcovers for a yard: It’s thirsty at a time when water is becoming scarce; it attracts fewer pollinators; it requires expensive chemicals to maintain, and it must be disposed of if you bag as you mow.July 18, 2013 11:36 a.m. read more..
Local members of the Patriot Guard Riders are rolling into the Oregon Veterans’ Home Saturday to pay their respects to residents.July 18, 2013 11:30 a.m. read more..
Sheriff has final say on overcrowding solutions Wasco County has adopted an official plan for managing the number of inmates at the regional jail after the early release of a high-profile inmate spurred a disagreement between the sheriff and district attorney.July 18, 2013 11:25 a.m. read more..
Toda: Exciting time for CGCC Columbia Gorge Community College has completed its seven-year journey to achieve independent accreditation. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities announced Wednesday that the gorge college had earned more flexibility to develop instructional programs and provide services to students.July 18, 2013 11:23 a.m. read more..
DEAR MARY: My wife and I inherited a small printing business 40 years ago and have run it successfully ever since. We’ve had our ups and downs over the years, but we continue to survive. Now we need to upgrade our equipment to remain competitive. With supplies, training and shipping, the digital production press we need will cost about $20,000.July 18, 2013 10:28 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I sweat heavily, day and night. With summer here, I’m desperate. I’m in my 70s, well past menopause.July 18, 2013 10:25 a.m. read more..
THE DALLES, Ore. – The lower Deschutes River will open for fall Chinook salmon fishing on Aug. 1. The river will be open from the mouth at the I-84 bridge upstream to Sherars Falls. The daily bag limit is two adult Chinook and five jacks. (Jack Chinook salmon are 15-24 inches long.)July 18, 2013 10:14 a.m. read more..
The Sherman County Farmers Market is every Sunday in the Moro City Park from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.Llocal fresh veggies from Raz's Organics in Rufus, Gorge Grown Mobile food van, handmade soaps and lotions by Gorge Wildcraft, and more local products available.July 18, 2013 8:18 a.m. read more..
The Oregon State Marine Board approved 22 grants from around the state during their quarterly Board meeting held on June 25, in Salem. Below is a synopsis of the applicants, access location, project improvement and Board-approved award amounts:July 18, 2013 8:12 a.m. read more..
Thank goodness for A/C repair people: July is National Air Conditioning Repair Month and our family found cause to appreciate the repair people who get buried in calls during the first real hot spell each year.July 17, 2013 4:52 p.m. read more..
A Monday night boat patrol on the Columbia River east of The Dalles netted more than just boating and fishing violations. Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife, teaming up with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, arrested four people on outstanding arrest warrants from Oregon and Washington.July 17, 2013 12:50 p.m. read more..
New mental hospital, updated school procedures planned Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, said four main gun control bills failed to move through the Senate during the 2013 legislative session due to an outpouring of opposition emails, letters and phone calls from Oregonians.July 17, 2013 12:48 p.m. read more..
New Entries TRAIL MIX CLASS: Join Gloria Needham Tuesday, July 30, at 6 p.m. at the Parkdale Library, to learn how to make trail mix. It’s Chex mix with a sweet flair. All supplies are provided. For more information, contact the Hood River County Library District at 541-386-2535, email@example.com, or visit their website at http://hoodriverlibrary.org.July 17, 2013 12:28 p.m. read more..
Central Klickitat County Park and Recreation District celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Goldendale swimming pool Friday, July 19, with a special visit by the Seattle Seahawks players Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman.July 17, 2013 12:26 p.m. read more..
Scanners track citizens’ trips WASHINGTON (AP) — Chances are, your local or state police departments have photographs of your car in their files, noting where you were driving on a particular day, even if you never did anything wrong.July 17, 2013 12:25 p.m. read more..
Twenty new units and upgrade of existing units included in $12.1 million project Guardian Real Estate Services officials and their invited guests celebrated the post-renovation grand re-opening of Sunrise Estates in west The Dalles July 11 with a dedication ceremony and a luncheon.July 17, 2013 12:20 p.m. read more..
LA PUSH, Wash. (AP) — Standing in the stern of the RV Tatoosh, Nick Morgan held aloft what looked like an oversized model airplane. As the propeller started to whirl, Morgan cocked his arm and flung the plane as if he were throwing a spear.July 17, 2013 12:14 p.m. read more..
After going 1-1 in opening baseball action, The Dalles’ 13U Babe Ruth All Stars are put in a situation where it needs to win games today in order to keep playing in the state championship rounds Thursday in Baker City. Tuesday, TD started on the right foot with a 10-6 win over Union County.July 17, 2013 12:12 p.m. read more..
Resilient softball team plays with guts on the biggest stage Head coach Leroy Tharp compared this 10U Cherry City Crush state performance to the movie, “Hoosiers.” The Crush came back from an early loss to win three games in a row to earn a spot in the championship game against the Reynolds Rainbows, losing 5-2 to chalk up second place in the 18-team field.July 17, 2013 12:11 p.m. read more..
Four members of TDW football team fare well at 2013 Trench Camp last weekend While the skill football players are getting their feet wet at 7-on-7 passing scrimmages, the big boys in the trenches are hard at work as well in specialized camps.July 17, 2013 12:10 p.m. read more..
Today is a particular milestone for me. I have been writing this column for just over 22 years and this is my 7,000th. Please permit me to show you one of my favorite deals. It occurred in 1968 while I was in high school, playing in a duplicate at the Newport Bridge Club in Monmouthshire, England (now Gwent, Wales). I was partnering with one of our school bridge team, Tony Disley.July 17, 2013 12:06 p.m. read more..
CHICAGO — Patrick Poulin alternates between sitting and standing in the lobby of Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre, nervously flipping back and forth through the pages of his application to join the Blue Man Group alongside dozens of other hopefuls who have come to audition for the theatrical spectacle.July 17, 2013 12:01 p.m. read more..
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago law firm has taken steps to sue Boeing Co. on behalf of 83 people who were aboard the Asiana Airlines flight that crash-landed in San Francisco earlier this month, alleging that a malfunction of the plane’s auto throttle may have caused the crash.July 17, 2013 noon read more..
Tribes prevail in water rights legal action KLAMATH FALLS (AP) — A Klamath Falls judge denied a request Tuesday to keep the state of Oregon from shutting off irrigation water in the upper Klamath Basin. That leaves intact a state decision recognizing the senior water rights of the Klamath Tribes.July 17, 2013 11:56 a.m. read more..
Mark Twain said, “A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” That can also apply to bridge. The player who does not pay any attention to the opening lead has no advantage over the player who sees it but fails to work out what information it imparts.July 16, 2013 2:52 p.m. read more..
Huffman sponsored four bills that have become law Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, was successful in getting the four bills he sponsored through the 2013 session and extra money for education, economic development and veteran care in Wasco County.July 16, 2013 2:25 p.m. read more..
Just as summer grilling moves into high gear, herecomes news that the cost of supermarket beef has hit an all-time high — up at least 5 percent so far this year, and still rising.July 16, 2013 1:48 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I have diabetes. I read that scientists had made a major discovery about how people with diabetes could naturally make more insulin. How excited should I be about this?July 16, 2013 1:46 p.m. read more..
The Sherman County Fair Board opened registration for a Sherman County Fair Cattle Sorting event to be held on August 23rd. The pre-registration fee by July 15th is $32 per team, afterwards $50.July 15, 2013 8:59 a.m. read more..
SHERMAN COUNTY I-84 @ US97 INTERCHANGE – BIGGS JUNCTION Highway 2 and 42 - MP 104.5 and MP 0 to 2 WASCO AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES (US26: Mill Creek to Warm Springs Grade Project) Warm Springs Highway - MP 91.74 to MP 102.612July 15, 2013 8:57 a.m. read more..
John Day, Oregon - An estimated 183 wild chinook salmon in a remote section of the Middle Fork of the John Day River were killed last week due to low water and a sudden spike in water temperatures.July 15, 2013 8:54 a.m. read more..
Oregon and Washington share equally in funding the Columbia River Gorge Commission under federal law, meaning sometimes money from one state or the other has been left on the table when the other state didn’t budget as much, but Oregon’s Legislature found a way to avoid that common situation this year.July 14, 2013 7:33 a.m. read more..
How do we explore the depths of the ocean “where no man has gone before?” What type of technology can help us clean up polluted waterways? How can we safely collect data from the deep, dark sea? The answer is remotely operated vehicles or ROV’s.July 14, 2013 7:30 a.m. read more..
July 14 SUNDAY RIDES: Monthly social bike rides are planned through September. The rides are every second Sunday, July 14, Aug. 11 and Sept. 8, starting at 7 p.m. at The Dalles City Park. The rides are described as a “flat, slow, fun and easy” half-hour loop. July 16 REPTILE MAN: Richard Ritchey will be at The Dalles-Wasco County Library Tuesday, July 16, at 11 a.m., as part of the summer reading program’s “Dig Into Reading,” sponsored by The Dalles Kiwanis.July 14, 2013 7:27 a.m. read more..
Science sometimes advances by giant leaps, but more often moves in small steps by gradually gathering new evidence. The calculated age of the Earth is a good example, having shifted from a few thousand to 4.5 billion years old over the last two centuries.July 14, 2013 7:24 a.m. read more..
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The powerful earthquake that rocked Japan in 2011 set off tremors around a West Texas oil field, according to new research that suggests oil and gas drilling operations may make fault zones sensitive to shock waves from distant big quakes. It’s long been known that large quakes can trigger minor jolts thousands of miles from the epicenter. Volcanically active spots like Yellowstone National Park often experience shaking after a large distant event.July 14, 2013 7:21 a.m. read more..
40 Years Ago-1973 The outlaw ride, a fiddlers contest and the coronation of the queen of Fort Dales Days got that annual celebration off and rolling today. The outlaw ride, with the Fort Dalles Days Vigilantes going through the downtown area selling string neckties for the event, started off the week long occasion.July 14, 2013 7:12 a.m. read more..
Free Plays in the Park return again this year with “Briar Rose,” Saturday, July 20, at 1 p.m. at The Dalles City Park. A second performance is planned for Saturday, Aug. 10, 11 a.m., again at City Park. The performances are a joint production of the Theatre Company of The Dalles and Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation, directed by Jordan Jachariasen and sponsored by Dean Dollarhide State Farm.July 14, 2013 7:03 a.m. read more..
WASHINGTON — One after another, angry Democrats took to the House floor to say Republicans would increase hunger in America by stripping food stamps from the farm bill. In reality, though, the bill passed by the House on Thursday didn’t deal with food stamps at all. And the lack of congressional action on food stamps could keep the $80 billion-a-year program untouched by any cuts.July 14, 2013 7:01 a.m. read more..
As unimaginable as it may seem to many, last week North Carolina became the only state in the union with no safety net for people facing long-term unemployment. North Carolina lost its eligibility for the federally funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation program not because it slashed the number of weeks that unemployed residents could collect benefits, but because it cut the maximum weekly benefit by roughly one third, from $535 to $350. States that want the federal aid are forbidden from cutting weekly benefits, though the feds granted special exemptions to four states last year, while ignoring North Carolina’s request.July 14, 2013 6:58 a.m. read more..
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man told police he was using his assault rifle as a crutch to help him get up from a couch at a friend’s apartment when it fired a burst through the ceiling and killed a little girl upstairs, court records show.July 14, 2013 6:56 a.m. read more..
PORTLAND — Federal agencies and their partners have outlined five years of accomplishments in improvements to hydro system operations and facilities, habitat rehabilitation and hatchery reforms to protect and benefit Columbia and Snake river fish.July 14, 2013 6:52 a.m. read more..
With players from all over the gorge, Coach Justesen hopes to find successful recipe Like a chemist in his laboratory, head coach Jeff Justesen has the task of blending and mixing his group of 14 players from five different areas across the gorge into a successful end product.July 14, 2013 6:33 a.m. read more..
Group off to first Babe Ruth tourney feeling confident While The Dalles 12U Softball All Stars are venturing into unchartered waters, there is hope that a positive experience at the upcoming Babe Ruth Pacific Northwest Regionals will be the start of something promising in the future.July 14, 2013 6:30 a.m. read more..
I don’t consider myself a complete stranger to high-priced gourmet fare. After all, I did enjoy a lovely $100-per-person meal once. But even that experience in my semi-impressive culinary repertoire did not prepare me to handle gracefully the idea of a 10-course dinner complete with a price tag of $25,000 per person. And it wasn’t a political fundraiser. Just a fancy meal in an exotic location — Bangkok, Thailand.July 12, 2013 4:30 p.m. read more..
When the Rev. Dr. Maggie Rourk began seminary at what she thought was the relatively advanced age of 36, she was sure she’d be one of the oldest ones there. She was far from it, she discovered. The average age was 33. She’s already carved out a career as a high school English and French teacher, and had also worked in business and at a large law office when she finally turned to the ministry, a field she’d long known she would enter.July 12, 2013 3:33 p.m. read more..
Senate leader doesn’t want vote derailed by protesters AUSTIN, Texas — This time when the Texas Senate takes up tough new abortion restrictions, the chamber’s top Republican is determined not to let anything — or anyone — derail a vote.July 12, 2013 3 p.m. read more..
Federal agencies responsible for making Columbia Basin hydroelectric dams safer for salmon say they are doing a good job, helping more young fish survive their migration downstream, and producing higher returns among threatened and endangered runs.July 12, 2013 2:53 p.m. read more..
Michel de Montaigne, a 16th-century French essayist who was well-known for combining intellectual exercises with casual anecdotes, said, “In nine lifetimes, you’ll never know as much about your cat as your cat knows about you.”July 12, 2013 2:52 p.m. read more..
After 20-6 triumph last week, TD drops a route on Clackamas It is never a bad idea to start a winning streak right before one of the biggest stretches of the summer baseball season. That is exactly what the 15U Babe Ruth All stars are doing right now, as they upended Clackamas in a second-game tiebreaker, 13-1 Monday night. In those two games, the Tribe had their offense and pitching working for a 33-7 scoring margin.July 12, 2013 2:47 p.m. read more..
SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft Corp. has decided its entire business needs a new operating system. CEO Steve Ballmer is restructuring the company to cope with a quickening pace of technological change that has left the world’s largest software maker a step behind its two biggest rivals, Apple and Google.July 12, 2013 2:29 p.m. read more..
Sea Lions living above Bonneville Dam aren’t following usual patterns The Dalles Marina tenants aren’t expecting their close encounters with sea lions — or one sea lion in particular — to go away any time soon, particularly after a July 3 letter from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on the subject.July 12, 2013 2:27 p.m. read more..
School administrators will receive the same salary percentage increase next year as the teachers they supervise. The North Wasco County School District 21 board approved a 1 percent cost of living adjustment for non-represented employees during their July 9 meeting.July 12, 2013 2:20 p.m. read more..
When John Huffman, a Ford salesman from Missouri, rolled into The Dalles 28 years ago looking for a job, one of the first people he met was John Mabrey, then general sales manager at Schultens Motors, who promptly hired Huffman to sell Fords here.July 12, 2013 9:54 a.m. read more..
The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library will help celebrate Fort Dalles Days Saturday, July 13, and Saturday, July 20. Play games that were played back in pioneer days when wagon trains traveled west, on the library deck from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On both days there will be pioneer games on the deck from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.July 12, 2013 9:36 a.m. read more..
The cowboy way, pioneer life, floozies, miners, explorers and mountain men collide with a whole lot of food, music and fun over the next 10 days as Fort Dalles Days takes over town July 12 to 21, culminating in three nights of the Fort Dalles Days NPRA Pro Rodeo, July 18 to 20.July 12, 2013 9:21 a.m. read more..
Appeals judges reverse former Bosnian Serb president’s 2012 acquittal THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Appeals judges at the United Nations’ Yugoslav war crimes tribunal reinstated Thursday a genocide charge against Radovan Karadzic linked to a campaign of killing and mistreating non-Serbs at the start of the Bosnian war in 1992.July 11, 2013 3:15 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Am I the only one who was very disappointed by the PBS presentation of the Fourth of July Capital program? I kept waiting for units of our Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force to be introduced and honored, but it never happened.July 11, 2013 3:10 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Thank you, MCMC. My husband had a colonoscopy on June 5,2013. We thought it was just routine, but when Dr. Ann Rust came in after the procedure, she said that she found a big tumor in his colon. From that moment on we were in a whirlwind of so many thoughts, he is 67 years old, born in The Dalles, my first love at age 15 and OMG, he has cancer.July 11, 2013 3:07 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I think that fireworks on the Fourth of July has degenerated into a mockery of freedom. I spent a year of fear in Iraq in 2004 and 2005. On March 24, 2004, at 5 a.m., my soldiers were under a rocket attack. These rockets wounded 29 soldiers and killed four. These booms had serious bloody consequences. (The attack was in Taji, about 10 miles north of Baghdad.)July 11, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..
The Oregon Legislature has unanimously decided to explore the “Pay it Forward” concept for college tuition. The idea is that students would go to college for free, and then pay for it with a percentage of their income for the next 20-25 years.July 11, 2013 3:03 p.m. read more..
Going through the struggles of a season-high four-game losing streak, the Columbia Gorge ‘AAA’ Hustlers got back on the winning track with an 8-5 win over the Tri-County Outlaws Tuesday in American Legion Post 19 baseball action at Quinton Street Ballpark.July 11, 2013 2:48 p.m. read more..
Softball team wins six in a row at one point, but loses finale to N. Medford Entering last weekend’s ASA state softball tournament, the defending 2012 12U champion Cherry City Crush had a target squarely on their backs, this time on the 14U circuit.July 11, 2013 2:46 p.m. read more..
Dentists testify of flouride benefits despite opposition The City of The Dalles will keep fluoridating part of its water supply despite accusations by opponents that it is immoral and illegal to “mass medicate” citizens.July 11, 2013 2:29 p.m. read more..
This Week July 11 – “Abaya and Beyond,” art by Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield, opening reception July 11, 5-7 p.m., The Dalles Art Center, 220 E. Fourth St., The Dalles, www.thedallesartcenter.org July 11 – “Mama Mia,” sundown, Sunshine Mill, 901 E. Second, The Dalles, www.sunshinemill.com July 11 - Laser Gorge Blowout, www.cgra.orgJuly 11, 2013 11:15 a.m. read more..
Goal is to stimulate job growth Commissioners for the Port of The Dalles unanimously approved a plan Wednesday to develop the first stage of the North Chenoweth subdivision, meaning bid documents could be published in as little as weeks and bids could be returned just a few weeks after that.July 11, 2013 11:13 a.m. read more..
Dear Mary: My husband has two jobs — he is an artist and a salesman. He earns commissions from both jobs, so we never know what our income will be. I work part-time and am paid hourly. How can we possibly live on a budget? — Jenn P., TexasJuly 11, 2013 10:45 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I have urinary incontinence that started after I was treated for prostate cancer. What can I do?July 11, 2013 10:45 a.m. read more..
Pop Quiz: What looks like water, is certainly inexpensive, has a pungent odor but is not toxic (in fact, you can drink it if you like), is biodegradable, serves as a useful disinfectant and will repel kitties from your kids’ sandbox? Give up? Read on to learn the answer in today’s first great reader tip.July 10, 2013 1:47 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I can’t sleep. Behavioral changes haven’t helped. Can you tell me about prescription medications for insomnia?July 10, 2013 1:46 p.m. read more..
DALLAS — Making a rare return to the political arena, former President George W. Bush urged Congress on Wednesday to reach a “positive resolution” on immigration reform, an issue that eluded him during his presidency and now confronts fellow Republicans in the aftermath of a 2012 election drubbing.July 10, 2013 12:24 p.m. read more..
Al Morrison left an indelible impression on athletes, coaches and community The baseball Gods were smiling from above Bob Williams Field on a picturesque Tuesday afternoon, as friends, fans, family, colleagues and ex-players memorialized the life and career of Allan “Al” Morrison – a former The Dalles High School pitching great, who died July 2 at his home.July 10, 2013 11:57 a.m. read more..
A little coffee with those fries? Is it too much to ask for a little designer coffee and a tasty burger on the same corner? Apparently not according to Michael Heller, owner of Burger King, who recently gained city administrative approval to put a coffee drive-through on the same parcel as the existing fast food restaurant at Sixth and Webber streets.July 10, 2013 11:45 a.m. read more..
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Navy will attempt to land a drone the size of a fighter jet aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time Wednesday, showcasing the military’s capability to have a computer program perform one of the most difficult tasks a pilot is asked to do.July 10, 2013 11:37 a.m. read more..
Many in Syria already hungry DAMASCUS, Syria — Muslims began observing the dawn-to-dusk fast for the month of Ramadan across the Middle East on Wednesday, even as the region is shaken by the crisis in Egypt and the U.N. food agency warned that Syria’s civil war has left 7 million people in need of food aid.July 10, 2013 11:34 a.m. read more..
New Entries SUMMER GARDENING: Raised bed gardening is the topic at The Dalles Imagination Garden summer gardening series event Saturday, July 13, starting at 9 a.m. Featured speaker is Wasco County Master Gardener Lynette Black. Enjoy coffee and a morning snack, tour the garden and learn about this gardening technique. The program is sponsored by the OSU Extension Service, Wasco County. Contact Lynette Black at 541-296-5494 for more information.July 10, 2013 11:30 a.m. read more..
The Dalles Lions Club is reviving the Lions International Peace Poster Contest as a result of the cooperation of The Dalles Art Center.July 10, 2013 11:28 a.m. read more..
Hospital defends response Mid-Columbia Medical Center contends that administrators knew of only two out of 12 sexual abuse complaints against Dr. Frederick Field when a police investigation began in 2011.July 10, 2013 11:12 a.m. read more..
CORVALLIS — High emissions of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) can be linked to lung cancer deaths in the United States and countries with a similarly high socioeconomic rank, including Canada, Australia, France, and Germany, according to a study by Oregon State University.July 10, 2013 10:43 a.m. read more..
SALEM — A bill to allow the establishment of two new Young Life camps in Eastern Oregon, one for disabled children and one for teen mothers, is on its way to Gov. John Kitzhaber’s desk after passing the House and Senate this weekend.July 10, 2013 10:42 a.m. read more..
J.P. Morgan of banking fame said, “A man always has two reasons for doing anything — a good reason and the real reason.” A bridge player chooses a bid for two reasons — to describe his hand as accurately as possible and to reach the right final contract. Of course, they are symbiotic, one helping the other.July 10, 2013 10:36 a.m. read more..
When I began writing the monthly Mayor’s report, my goal was to simply report on the actions of city government. I was going to stay away from personal opinions and I certainly was not going to lecture. There comes a time, however, when it’s best to speak your peace.July 10, 2013 10:28 a.m. read more..
Weekend Fishing Opportunities: Fishing is open for adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook and adipose fin-clipped steelhead from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the Oregon/Washington border. Chinook and sockeye retention are allowed from Bonneville Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border. Sturgeon retention is open from The Dalles Dam upstream to the John Day Dam and from McNary Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border. Catch and release angling for sturgeon is good in the estuary and fair from Marker 82 downstream to Longview. Walleye fishing has been good in the The Dalles pool.July 10, 2013 9:02 a.m. read more..
Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler Counties Summer is here, most of the young are leaving the nest. Fledglings can be seen in most yards. The long billed curlews have headed back to the wet areas with fledglings. Crows are starting to fledge as well. Ferruginous hawks can be seen the northern portion of the District. Short-eared owl can be seen along the grasslands of the north end of the District. Swainson’s hawks can be seen in the north end of the district on their nests. They are the last of our hawks to arrive and nest. Swainson’s hawk also has the longest migration as they winter in Argentina. Also in the grasslands one can spot horned larks, savanna sparrows, white-crowned sparrows, and meadowlarks. In areas that have good bunch grass in the north end of the District persistent birds can spot grasshopper sparrows, although they are easier to identify by sound. Our year-round resident raptors, red-tailed hawks, Northern harriers, and American kestrels are all easily found. Sharp-shinned hawks can be seen along the riparian areas of the north half of the District. In the areas that have sagebrush one can spot loggerheaded shrieks.July 10, 2013 8:56 a.m. read more..
Weekend fishing opportunities Magone Lake was recently stocked with fingerling and jumbo-size rainbow. Both trout and kokanee fishing have been good on Wallowa Lake, with limits of both being caught. Warmwater fishing on McKay Reservoir continues to improve. Spring Chinook jack fishing will be open on the Imnaha River until further notice.July 10, 2013 8:52 a.m. read more..
LAKE COUNTY Resident nesting duck species are abundant and broods of all species are available for viewing. For shorebird viewing, Lake Abert and the Warner Valley lakes are the best locations. All the resident nesting raptor species are present in appropriate habitats. The highest diversity of raptor species is associated with the major valleys in the county.July 10, 2013 8:47 a.m. read more..
SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE Ground Squirrels - are in the lower elevation agriculture areas around the county. Because almost all of the hunting opportunity occurs on private land, hunters are reminded to get permission prior to hunting.July 10, 2013 8:45 a.m. read more..
Weekend fishing opportunities: The hex hatch should be good on the Upper and Lower Williamson. Look for these big, yellow mayflies to emerge about 9 p.m. Anthony Lake has been recently stocked and fishing is good. The trout fishing at Cottonwood Meadows has been exceptional. Mud Lake may have some of the best fishing in the Warner Basin this year. Sampling in June of 2012 found rainbow trout up to 12-inches and they’ve only gotten bigger since then.July 10, 2013 8:41 a.m. read more..
Cougar - Open all year or until zone mortality quotas have been met. Look for areas that have recent deer and elk activity. Focus your efforts along migration routes, and along rim rocks and canyons. Look for fresh tracks or kills to increase success. Deer are down on the Wildlife Area for the winter so it is a good area to look for cougars. Coyote - Hunters should be looking in open areas along the eastern perimeter of the wildlife area. Open fields can provide good calling opportunities on the area.July 10, 2013 8:25 a.m. read more..
Weekend fishing opportunities: Trout fishing on the Crooked River continues to be very good. Kokanee fishing in Crane Prairie Reservoir is the best it’s been in years. Trout fishing has been pretty good, too! East Lake has been HOT, with some of the best trout fishing in years.July 10, 2013 8:23 a.m. read more..
Seabird nesting in full swing From mainland areas that overlook coastal rocks and islands, you can see bald eagles attack nesting common murres. Around 600,000 common murres return to each spring to Oregon’s wind-blown islands to raise their single chick.July 10, 2013 8:20 a.m. read more..
BOTTOM FISHING Most ports sampled reported catches of four to five rockfish again this week. About half of the anglers caught lingcod. The hot port last week was Brookings with most bottomfishers getting limits of rockfish and at least one lingcod. Fishing for groundfish is closed offshore of the 30-fathom line defined by latitude and longitude.July 10, 2013 8:18 a.m. read more..
EE Wilson Wildlife Area. There are lots of deer, shorebirds and waterfowl to see on the Wildlife Area—look for goose, mallard, hooded merganser and wood duck broods. Wildlife viewing remains good for waterfowl and shorebirds. Neotropical migrants in the area include yellow-breasted chat, American goldfinch, various swallows, warblers, thrush, kinglet and common yellowthroat.July 10, 2013 8:05 a.m. read more..
Hermiston pitchers cool off hot bats in two victories For the first four games, The Dalles Little League 12U All Stars had everything going their way. They had already skipped past Columbia, John Day River, Bend North and Bend South, using a combination of pitching, hitting and defense to punch a final game ticket.July 9, 2013 12:06 p.m. read more..
After loss in Saturday’s title game, TDLL 11U Stars eyeing a top 2014 return Although The Dalles’ 11U All Stars finished two wins short of continuing its season, they put on a powerful seven-day display that will carry over into 2014. Second place versus a high level of competition is a great accomplishment and now the hope to make another triumphant return to districts and beyond is steadily in place.July 9, 2013 12:04 p.m. read more..
DEQ expects two hearings today to draw large crowds PORTLAND (AP) — Thousands of comments are expected to be received as Oregon regulators consider permits for a proposed terminal along the Columbia River to transfer coal from trains to barges for eventual shipment to Asia.July 9, 2013 11:57 a.m. read more..
Ad campaign touts insurance marketplace PORTLAND (AP) — An advertising campaign featuring Oregon musicians begins Tuesday to introduce hundreds of thousands of people to the health insurance marketplace that goes into operation this fall.July 9, 2013 11:55 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I saw my doctor for intense pain and heavy bleeding during my periods. It turns out I have fibroids. What are my treatment options?July 9, 2013 10:35 a.m. read more..
I was going to begin today’s column by apologizing for yet another update on how to make homemade laundry detergent. Then it struck me. These aren’t really changes — they’re improvements. And with that, I’m excited to share the my Newest! and Most Improved! version of my Quick ‘n’ Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent.July 9, 2013 10:30 a.m. read more..
Babe Ruth squad scores 20 runs in dominant victory With his lineup further solidified with the inclusion of Dawson Reynier, The Dalles 15U Babe Ruth All Star coach Matt McCall sees his group coming together well as the state playoffs approach.July 6, 2013 1:01 p.m. read more..
EUGENE (AP) — An Oregon man who sent threatening messages to college professors has pleaded guilty to a federal charge. The Register-Guard newspaper reports 29-year-old Zachary Moitoza entered the plea this week and will be sentenced in October.July 6, 2013 12:28 p.m. read more..
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — More signs of problems have emerged with an Australian company’s bid to take over a Montana coal mine, as court documents reveal Ambre Energy has been unable to come up with more than $70 million in cash to close on the deal.July 6, 2013 12:27 p.m. read more..
OLYMPIA, Wash. — State lawmakers extended a lifeline to small liquor stores who had struggled under the new privatization rules, but that change has also opened the door for large retailers to ask for the same break next year. In one of the final votes taken by the Legislature before adjournment last month, lawmakers agreed to limit the fees paid by the smaller stores that used to handle liquor sales when the state controlled the market. Those outlets will no longer have to pay a 17 percent fee for sales to bars and restaurants.July 6, 2013 12:26 p.m. read more..
SALEM — After a day off to celebrate America’s birthday, Oregon lawmakers returned to Salem on Friday for what they hope marks the beginning of the end of the 2013 Legislative session.July 6, 2013 12:25 p.m. read more..
Have you ever thrown something out, like a Rembrandt etching or an old Tiffany lamp, only to find out later that it was worth tens of thousands of dollars? Neither have I. Yet every time I watch “Antiques Roadshow” or “Pawn Stars,” I hear that someone found this Stradivarius violin in the trash, or that a neighbor had given them George Washington’s sword.July 6, 2013 12:23 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I exercise regularly, running or playing tennis several times a week. I’d like to add strength training to my routine. Anything I should know before I start? DEAR READER: Strength training should be part of everyone’s exercise routine. I ignored it for years and just did aerobic exercise. Despite substantial aerobic exercise every day, and my resulting cardiovascular fitness, I noticed my muscle bulk slowly shrinking.July 6, 2013 12:19 p.m. read more..
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers are sending a message of confidence in the economy — hiring more workers, raising pay and making the job market appear strong enough for the Federal Reserve to slow its bond purchases as early as September.July 6, 2013 12:12 p.m. read more..
The biggest burden on any livestock producer is keeping their animals fed. A well-managed pasture makes a difference for forage quality and quantity. It can also have a big impact on the farmer’s bottom line by not having to provide supplemental feed. Knowing how much pasture forage an animal needs and the amount of available forage is a big part of a successful grazing program.July 6, 2013 12:05 p.m. read more..
Dufur Wednesday – Dufur Recreation District Board Meeting, 7 p.m., Dufur City Hall. Agenda: elect board chairman, swear in new board member. Mosier Thursday – Mosier Fire District, 7 p.m., Mosier Fire Hall. Agenda: year-end financials, update on district accreditation process, chief’s summary.July 6, 2013 11:53 a.m. read more..
New Entries KIWANIS MEETING: The Dalles Kiwanis Club program for: July 11 is Jacquie Hashizume, Reiki master, on stress relief. July 18 is Samantha B. White, the success story of an outstanding young lady graduate of California summer youth program.July 6, 2013 11:48 a.m. read more..
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will temporarily prohibit public camping and alcohol use at Roosevelt Park between July 17 and 21 during the Roosevelt Pow-Wow. Day-use areas will be congested during the annual Native American event.July 6, 2013 11:47 a.m. read more..
Trout Lake Festival of the Arts will show off a new location July 13 and 14 at Farmgate Organics, 149 Little Mountain Road. Arts Council President Laurie Sherburne says she is excited about the new home.July 6, 2013 11:46 a.m. read more..
PORTLAND (AP) — An administrative law judge has affirmed a $65,000 penalty against Robert Wolfe, the chief petitioner of a ballot measure who was accused of breaking Oregon law by paying signature gatherers based on the number of names they collected.July 6, 2013 11:39 a.m. read more..
Erik Carlson found challenges and fun in years with jetBlue A broken biscotti was making the passenger unhappy, but flight attendant Erik Carlson knew just what to do. Virtually all the biscotti on any given flight were broken, so when the businessman next to that passenger also asked for biscotti, it was basically a fluke that the individually wrapped, long, thin cookie Carlson handed him was intact.July 6, 2013 11:17 a.m. read more..
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — As many as 10,000 Fourth of July revelers were just settling into their seats for the fireworks show at a Simi Valley park when a bright plume of red and white bursts spread across the ground, injuring 28 people and sending others fleeing for safety.July 5, 2013 1:22 p.m. read more..
Group of 41 set to bring some school spirit to the masses TDW head coach Kristi Maley announced an update of her 2013-2014 cheer and dance team roster where there is good mix of fresh-faced newcomers and varsity veterans – 41 members overall.July 5, 2013 1:20 p.m. read more..
The Dalles’ 12U All Stars defeat Bend South 1-0 in seven-inning classic The final strike call took an eternity — a fitting end to a marathon classic duel between 12U little league powerhouses, The Dalles and Bend South. But, oh the joy of such a call.July 5, 2013 1:18 p.m. read more..
Robert Friel likes to joke that anybody with a tattoo is automatically a member of his church. He and his wife, Marlene, started The Dalles Vineyard Christian Fellowship out of their home in September 2010. Their ministry is aimed at those who are unchurched, and, without trying, they seem to draw people who are in recovery from addiction.July 5, 2013 1:08 p.m. read more..
Mogens Jallberg from Denmark said, “In democracy, it’s your vote that counts. In feudalism, it’s your Count that votes.” The more that bridge players count, the better they will play. In yesterday’s deal, declarer placed the missing high-card points by referring to the bidding. Today, let’s show a defender doing it to advantage.July 5, 2013 12:52 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND — The Oregon Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court’s decision to allow a robbery suspect’s statements to be used at trial after the man said he wanted to remain silent.July 5, 2013 12:49 p.m. read more..
The Dalles unit isn’t scheduled to be part of one of last American deployments to Afghanistan OCHARD COMBAT TRAINING CENTER, Idaho — Top leaders of Oregon’s largest Guard unit are counting on a deep pool of experience to help the outfit succeed as it prepares to be one of the last American military units to deploy to Afghanistan next year.July 5, 2013 12:47 p.m. read more..
New Entries ADVENTURE CAMP: SonWorld VBS Adventure Camp, will be July 8 through 12, from 9 a.m. to noon for 4 to 12-year-olds at Calvary Baptist Church, 3350 Columbia View Drive. 541-296-2711. In addition, the church carnival celebration will be Thursday, July 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.July 5, 2013 12:25 p.m. read more..
ROSEBURG (AP) — A midair crash in Idaho that killed a 2-year-old boy and injured three men, including two from Roseburg last week occurred without warning, a pilot says. “I didn’t see the other plane or hear them on the radio, and they didn’t see us,” 39-year-old Chris Jordan told the Roseburg News-Review. “I knew from reading, people don’t survive midair collisions. I thought I was going to die.”July 5, 2013 12:24 p.m. read more..
A while ago, you may recall, I challenged my readers to dump their negative thoughts, which can so easily lead to negative and destructive behaviors. The assignment was simple: Write down 10 things for which you are grateful. I even suggested that they send me their lists. My mailboxes were sizzling for days. Weeks later, lists are still trickling in. The responses were all heartwarming, but perhaps none as poignant as the one from Allie, a high school student.July 5, 2013 12:02 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m in my 50s and considering LASIK surgery. Should my age be a factor when deciding whether to have this procedure?July 5, 2013 12:01 p.m. read more..
Compromise safety bill to put savings in local programs Gov. John Kitzhaber has promised to sign House Bill 3194, which cleared its final legislative hurdle this week when it passed the Senate 19-11; local reactions on the bill, which is designed to put the brakes on costs in the state public safety budget, were mixed.July 5, 2013 11:54 a.m. read more..
(AP) New Orleans, Portland and Sacramento have agreed to a three-team trade sending guard Tyreke Evans to the Pelicans, center Robin Lopez to the Trail Blazers and guard Greivis Vasquez to the Kings, people familiar with the deal said.July 5, 2013 11:49 a.m. read more..
SALEM, Ore.—The Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet by conference call on Friday, July 12 beginning at 10 a.m. The Commission will be asked to adopt new permanent Oregon Administrative Rules to manage wolves in Oregon. The new rules are based on agreements reached between ODFW, Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands and the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association through settlement of a lawsuit.July 5, 2013 9:56 a.m. read more..
Puffins April, May, June, July best time to see Puffins. Best Place is Haystack Rock because it’s so close to shore. Tufted puffins are back on the Oregon Coast to nest for the summer and most of them are found on Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge. This sanctuary about two miles south of Cape Meares and one-half mile offshore west of Oceanside in Tillamook County. The three large rocks and six smaller ones make up the refuge, which is home to 12 species of seabirds breed here totaling 226,093 birds. This includes 30 percent of the Common murres breeding in Oregon and 21 percent of all common murres breeding in the eastern Pacific south of Alaska. This site also harbors 60 percent of the tufted puffin breeding population in Oregon. More than 800 brown pelicans have been seen here roosting and up to 13 bald eagles have been observed preying on seabirds.July 5, 2013 9:48 a.m. read more..
BOTTOM FISHING Most ports sampled reported catches of four to five rockfish again this week. About half of the anglers caught lingcod. The hot port last week was Garibaldi with most bottomfishers getting limits of rockfish and at least one lingcod.July 5, 2013 9:46 a.m. read more..
Weekend Fishing Opportunities: Fishing is open for adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook and adipose fin-clipped steelhead from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the Oregon/Washington border. Chinook and sockeye retention are allowed from Bonneville Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border. Sturgeon retention is open from The Dalles Dam upstream to the John Day Dam and from McNary Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border. Catch and release angling for sturgeon is good in the estuary and fair from Marker 82 downstream to Longview. Walleye angling is good in the The Dalles and John Day pools.July 5, 2013 9:40 a.m. read more..
Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler Counties Summer is here, most of the young are leaving the nest. Fledglings can be seen in most yards. The long billed curlews have headed back to the wet areas with fledglings. Crows are starting to fledge as well. Ferruginous hawks can be seen the northern portion of the District. Short-eared owl can be seen along the grasslands of the north end of the District. Swainson’s hawks can be seen in the north end of the district on their nests. They are the last of our hawks to arrive and nest. Swainson’s hawk also has the longest migration as they winter in Argentina. Also in the grasslands one can spot horned larks, savanna sparrows, white-crowned sparrows, and meadowlarks. In areas that have good bunch grass in the north end of the District persistent birds can spot grasshopper sparrows, although they are easier to identify by sound. Our year-round resident raptors, red-tailed hawks, Northern harriers, and American kestrels are all easily found. Sharp-shinned hawks can be seen along the riparian areas of the north half of the District. In the areas that have sagebrush one can spot loggerheaded shrieks.July 5, 2013 9:37 a.m. read more..
Weekend fishing opportunities Recent warm weather has increased water temperatures in many lakes and rivers. If you’re fishing catch-and-release for trout, be sure to land them quickly and don’t remove them from the water in order to reduce stress. Warmwater fishing can be a good bet in hot weather. Magone Lake was recently stocked with fingerling and jumbo-size rainbow. Both trout and kokanee fishing have been good on Wallowa Lake, with limits of both being caught. Warmwater fishing on McKay Reservoir continues to improve. Several area ponds have been stocked with rainbow trout recently and should offer some good fishing. Spring Chinook fishing will be open on the Imnaha River from July 5 through July 7 and open for jack harvest until further notice.July 5, 2013 9:26 a.m. read more..
SOUTHEAST ZONE VIEWING Harney County Waterfowl migration has stopped and most waterfowl found now will be breeding pairs on territories and initiating nesting sites. Sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin. Shorebird migration is slowing. Birding will be more difficult as birds begin to initiate nesting. Lesser yellow legs, killdeer, avocets, black-necked stilts, white-faced ibis, curlews, willets, pelicans, egrets and a variety of grebes species are a few of what can be seen. Forester’s terns, black terns, franklins, ring-billed and California gulls can also be found.July 5, 2013 9:22 a.m. read more..
Weekend fishing opportunities: The hex hatch should be good on the Upper and Lower Williamson. Look for these big, yellow mayflies to emerge about 9 p.m. Anthony Lake was stocked recently with trophy-size trout. The trout fishing at Cottonwood Meadows has been exceptional. Mud Lake may have some of the best fishing in the Warner Basin this year. Sampling in June of 2012 found rainbow trout up to 12-inches and they’ve only gotten bigger since then.July 5, 2013 9:16 a.m. read more..
Wasco and Sherman counties Osprey can be seen nesting along the Columbia River, as well as swallows. The Lower Deschutes River provides ample wildlife viewing opportunities. California Bighorn Sheep are frequently observed in the canyon and can provide fantastic viewing this time of year. The best spot to view sheep is from the BLM access road just downstream and across the river from Sherar’s Falls (along Hwy 216).July 5, 2013 9:09 a.m. read more..
Weekend fishing opportunities: Trout fishing on the Crooked River continues to be very good. Kokanee fishing in Crane Prairie Reservoir is the best it’s been in years. Trout fishing has been pretty good, too! East Lake has been HOT, with some of the best trout fishing in years. South Twin lake has been chosen as a venue for Cabela’s “Fish for Milions” promotion, which began Saturday, May 4 and continues through July 7. Rainbow trout have been tagged with spaghetti tags that could be worth up to $2 million to the angler lucky enough to catch one.July 5, 2013 8:58 a.m. read more..
Western Painted and Western Pond Turtles On warm, sunny days Oregon’s two native species of turtles can be seen on basking on logs in ponds, lakes, and side channels of rivers and large streams. Basking is critical to a turtle’s shell health and aids in food digestion. This is also the time of the year when turtles are often spotted on land, searching for places to lay their eggs. If you see a native turtle that seems to be headed somewhere, remove any hazards in its way and let it continue.July 5, 2013 8:55 a.m. read more..
Weekend fishing opportunities: Surplus summer steelhead have been recycled on the Clackamas River at McIver, Barton and Riverside parks. There are still a few days to go after a million dollar fish at Hagg Lake, where Cabela’s “Fish for Millions” contest continues through July 7.July 5, 2013 8:38 a.m. read more..
HOOD RIVER — Windermere Real Estate in the Columbia River Gorge has established an affiliation with Property Management The Gorge, according to an announcement by Kim Salvesen, owner of all four Windermere offices in the gorge.July 3, 2013 12:57 p.m. read more..
Downloadable games and tougher rules challenge used game industry Microsoft’s initial announcement earlier this year that its new Xbox One would require a daily Internet connection and essentially eliminate the ability of game owners to resell or share their games, or even play them on someone else’s game console sparked a months-long furor in the gaming community until last month when the technology giant backed away from both requirements.July 3, 2013 12:47 p.m. read more..
It’s not just lemons: Self-improvement guru Dale Carnegie may have been a master of making the best out of a bad situation, coining the phrase, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”July 3, 2013 12:41 p.m. read more..
Successful foundation is in place for another deep playoff run Needing to reel off seven straight wins in six consecutive games, The Dalles’ 10 U All Stars had their work cut out for them if they were going to chalk up a state qualification. Tuesday, that thought went by the wayside, as the Stars had their season cut short in a 14-1 final matchup against Hermiston in loser’s bracket play at Lava Ridge School.July 3, 2013 12:38 p.m. read more..
TD squad drops Bend North by an 8-5 tally in a thrilling, extra-inning affair Through four innings, things looked grim for The Dalles 11U All Stars. They were down by a 4-1 score and the once potent offense had been stymied to the tune of one run on four hits. When a team is destined however, good things find a way to happen.July 3, 2013 12:36 p.m. read more..
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s health care law, hailed as his most significant legislative achievement, seems to be losing much of its sweep.July 3, 2013 12:28 p.m. read more..
Artists of all ages and skill levels are invited to join in the first annual Chalk the Block event during this year’s Jammin’ July Street Festival.July 3, 2013 12:23 p.m. read more..
The Discovery Center is kicking off Fort Dalles Days events on Friday, July 12, 5:30 p.m. with a History Dinner and presentation by Steven L. Grafe, Curator of Art at Maryhill Museum of Art. A chuckwagon burger bar dinner will be at 5:30 p.m., followed by the presentation at 6:30 p.m. Cost of the dinner is $15 per person or $25 per couple. Reservations for dinner requested by July 10th. Attendance at presentation only, $3 per person. For reservations call 541-296-8600 x 201.July 3, 2013 12:21 p.m. read more..
This Week Through July 27 – “Abaya and Beyond,” art by Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield, opening reception July 11, 5-7 p.m., The Dalles Art Center, 220 E. Fourth St., The Dalles, www.thedallesartcenter.org July 3-4 – Kramdown Karaoke, 9 p.m., The Vault, 209 E. Second St., The Dalles July 4 - Annual Kollas-Cranmer Memorial Run, Odell, Hood RiverJuly 3, 2013 12:18 p.m. read more..
THOMAS JEFFERSON and a few of the other founding fathers declared that Independence Day on July 4 should be celebrated nationwide by fireworks. While The Dalles doesn’t have its own official fireworks celebration (yet, see page A1), Dallesport does provide a pretty spectacular display of impromptu fireworks thanks to its more lenient fireworks laws. However, several nearby towns celebrate with day and evening activities, including Rufus, with a parade at 3:30 p.m. and activities at the community center leading up to fireworks, Mill A with a parade and fireman’s picnic starting at Jessup Road and Cook-Underwood Road, and a day-long celebration with a parade at 10 a.m., Jackson park festivities from 10 to 3 p.m., and fireworks starting at 10 p.m.July 3, 2013 12:16 p.m. read more..
SANTA FE, N.M. — It may be difficult to separate Johnny Depp from his “Pirates” character Jack Sparrow, but the actor recalls a time before the boozy buccaneer became a household name. “The films that I did prior to ‘Pirates,’ ... not everything but a lot of it, was sort of by industry standards, not blockbuster stuff. So I wasn’t ever blockbuster material,” said Depp in a recent interview.July 3, 2013 12:13 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND (AP) — David “Joey” Pedersen told a federal judge he wants to be tried without further delay on charges related to a 2011 killing spree, and won’t fight the threat of a death sentence. Pedersen and co-defendant Holly Ann Grigsby are accused of a white supremacist conspiracy in the killing of an Oregon man, a California man and Pedersen’s father and stepmother in Washington state.July 3, 2013 11:50 a.m. read more..
PERS, tax reform on the lineJuly 3, 2013 11:44 a.m. read more..
After a year-long investigation, the state is proposing canceling the liquor license for the Vault Bistro and Lounge, alleging “a history of serious and persistent problems;” the Vault’s owner denies the allegation and will appeal the proposal.July 3, 2013 11:43 a.m. read more..
iSTAR program focuses on helping students look toward a post-high school career Most programs for children on the autism spectrum focus on early intervention, but the iSTAR program, which came to The Dalles last week, helps older students look toward a post-high school career.July 3, 2013 11:23 a.m. read more..
I had this great idea, years ago, to buy a ton of ground beef (OK, more like 10 pounds) and then brown all of it — all at once. That way I could divide it up into 1-pound portions, freeze it and have it all ready to go when a recipe called for ground beef. Great idea! Did it work? Well, sorta’ — if by “working” you mean taking a long time, making a huge mess of my stove and kitchen, and having to do it in batches because who has a frying pan that big — and basically vowing to never do THAT again.July 3, 2013 10:22 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m a cancer survivor. Should I be following special guidelines for diet and exercise?July 3, 2013 10:21 a.m. read more..
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian booster rocket carrying three navigation satellites burst into flames and crashed on live TV moments after its launch Tuesday, dealing another painful blow to the nation's space prestige.July 2, 2013 1:20 p.m. read more..
Record group hits Dufur for week of fun, laughs For a fundraiser event, the 20th annual Jumpstart Basketball Camp welcomed a record crowd of 160 youngsters for five days of fun and action ending last Friday at Dufur High School. Every day started with an opening speech and then kids broke up into groups to practice skills on the hardwood.July 2, 2013 12:55 p.m. read more..
12U and 11U All Stars remain undefeated, 10U squad in loser’s bracket In two games, The Dalles 12U Stars have put on an offensive clinic. Henry Lee has posted a 1.000 batting average after two games, Andy Carlock is batting .571 and the trio of Ben Nelson, Jake Roetcisoender and Devon Eiesland are all at .500 to pace a TD group that has outscored its opponents by a combined 21-4.July 2, 2013 12:54 p.m. read more..
As I am trying to stay cool in my air conditioned bedroom like a kangaroo rat in its desert burrow; with my laptop computer sitting appropriately on my lap, I am wondering what to write about this week. And then, like a sweaty palm slapping me across my face, it hits me: the dangers of overexposure to summer heat!July 2, 2013 12:42 p.m. read more..
SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. — In parts of California’s Sierra Nevada, marshy meadows are going dry, wildflowers are blooming earlier and glaciers are melting into ice fields. Scientists also are predicting the optimal temperature zone for giant sequoias will rise hundreds and hundreds of feet, leaving trees at risk of dying over the next 100 years.July 2, 2013 12:38 p.m. read more..
GRANTS PASS — Crater Lake National Park plans to stay open by whatever means necessary as water shutoffs that have been drying up irrigated pasture for tens of thousands of cattle extend to the creek that serves as the park’s sole source of drinking water, park superintendent said Monday.July 2, 2013 12:34 p.m. read more..
SALEM (AP) — This part of summer is a time for patriotism. It’s also the time new state laws go into effect across the nation. Fiscal years begin July 1 on most financial calendars, and a slew of state government spending regulations kick in each year on that date. Policy laws also hit the books in a wave, though states often mark their independence by enacting such legislation on their own time.July 2, 2013 12:32 p.m. read more..
New Entries ”HEALTHALICIOUS” COOKING: Free cooking classes for kids and adults are offered by the OSU Sherman County extension Monday, July 8, through Friday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wasco Parish Hall, and Monday, July 15, through Friday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Moro Extension Office. Learn about health and nutrition, have fun cooking, eat lunch prepared in class each day.July 2, 2013 12:25 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I would like to express my disagreement with the council’s proposal doubling gasoline taxes, which is totally out of the question, in order to pay for a backlog of road repairs and setting up for future road maintenance.July 2, 2013 12:16 p.m. read more..
Internet reach far greater for United States LONDON (AP) — The saga of Edward Snowden and the NSA makes one thing clear: The United States’ central role in developing the Internet and hosting its most powerful players has made it the global leader in the surveillance game.July 2, 2013 12:03 p.m. read more..
Everything I know about buying and selling clothes on consignment I owe to my friend Kathleen, a remarkably well-dressed woman. She shops in consignment stores located in upscale areas. And, boy, can she dress. She’s a consignment seller, too. I’ve known Kathleen to buy an outfit from one of her favorite consignment stores for a special occasion, then turn around and sell it back into consignment the next day. See what I mean? She’s very clever.July 2, 2013 11:19 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: My father just had a lacunar stroke. I’ve never even heard of this. What can you tell me about it?July 2, 2013 11:18 a.m. read more..
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