Stories for July 2013


Wednesday, July 31


Swim team focuses on fun in 2013 season

Board, staff, put meet on hold for better planning As The Dalles Swim Team focuses a little less on competition and a little more on learning and having fun, it is seeing its numbers climb.

July 31, 2013 12:41 p.m. read more..

Babe Ruth 15U meets tough Centralia team

The Dalles Babe Ruth 15U team came up against the proverbial immovable object Tuesday against the host Twin Cities team of Centralia, losing 11-4 against last year’s fourth place winners at the Babe Ruth World Series.

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

Life in the Oregon Guard

ORCHARD COMBAT TRAINING CENTER, Idaho – Master Sgt. Alex Porter has suffered four broken bones serving his state and nation.

July 31, 2013 12:30 p.m. read more..

World and national news in brief

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is declassifying documents about its telephone spying program to try to tamp down congressional opposition to domestic surveillance.

July 31, 2013 12:25 p.m. read more..

Cities adopt bird-friendly building rules

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..

Bridge: Some hands should be straightforward

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..

ELF vehicle blends car and bike

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..

OSU seeks independence

SALEM (AP) — Oregon State University announced Tuesday that it will join the state’s two other large universities in creating an independent governing board.

July 31, 2013 12:07 p.m. read more..

Japan resumes wheat exports

Wyden: Decision gives customers assurances PORTLAND — Japan has agreed to resume importing Northwest soft white wheat two months after a genetically modified rogue strain of the crop appeared in an Oregon farmer’s field.

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

Garage sale signs still a council issue

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..

Wright joins Windermere

Windermere Glenn Taylor Real Estate has added Heather Wright as a real estate broker in the Columbia Gorge.

July 31, 2013 11:24 a.m. read more..

Word on the Street: Business skills get a boost from classes

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..

Astro-Graph for July 31, 2013

A great emphasis will be placed on your leadership qualities in the year ahead. Whereas in the past you didn’t mind taking orders, you’ll now want to be the person who issues all the directives. Make sure you’re ready for the job.

July 31, 2013 9:09 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: How to keep lettuce fresh for weeks

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..

Tuesday, July 30

TD advances at regionals

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..

Players prep for big beach tournament

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..

Extreme fire danger prompts warnings

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..

Editorial: Compassion needed

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..

Letter to the Editor: Coal consequence

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..

Letter to the Editor: Justice?

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..

Letter to the Editor: Bad pipeline

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..

Letter to the Editor: Decision process

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..

World and national news in brief

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring child prostitution a “persistent threat” in America, the FBI said Monday that authorities had rescued 105 young people and arrested 150 alleged pimps in a three-day sweep in 76 cities.

July 30, 2013 1:11 p.m. read more..

Middle East peace talks go another round

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..

What's happening from July 30

New Entries FARMERS MARKET: The Dalles Farmers Market is open every Saturday through Oct. 13 and Wednesday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m.

July 30, 2013 1:05 p.m. read more..

Virtual speech therapist could help with aphasia

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..

Drinks by the Glitter Girls

Charlotte and Juliette Evans stand ready to sell lemonade to passerby after helping their mother build a classic lemonade stand on their property.

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

Hinshaw heads to state DYW

Local student to compete for more awards When Hannah Hinshaw saw fellow gymnast Allison Kortge win the local Junior Miss title in 2010 by showing off her skills on the

July 30, 2013 12:35 p.m. read more..

Class ring returned 64 years later

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..

City helps business serve ATV customers

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..

Wasco County sees more permits

Planners say 2013 is ‘banner year’ for business In a sign that the economy is finally picking up, Wasco County Planning Department’s director says permit numbers for the department are back to pre-recession levels.

July 30, 2013 12:19 p.m. read more..

Lightning ignites Southern Oregon fires

Flames continued Monday to get the upper hand on firefighters stretched across Southern Oregon battling lightning-ignited blazes that threaten rural communities as they push their way through the parched landscape.

July 30, 2013 12:15 p.m. read more..

Crews make headway on two wildland fires

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..

Astro-Graph for July 30, 2013

An interesting change in your social life could be in the offing in the year ahead. You might meet and become involved with some rather eccentric individuals who will be considerably different from the old pals you’re used to.

July 30, 2013 9:16 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Secrets to getting the right hotel room at a great price

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..

Sunday, July 28


An Unlikely Alliance

No one knows exactly when President Barack Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain went from bitter rivals in the 2008 presidential campaign and foes over health care and national security to bipartisan partners.

July 28, 2013 12:13 p.m. read more..

FDA proposes rules for safer imported foods

Chances are that about 15 percent of the food you eat — more if your diet includes lots of fruits, vegetables and cheese — comes from abroad, and the government is taking steps now to make it safer.

July 28, 2013 12:11 p.m. read more..

Train driver held over deaths

Spain’s interior minister announced Saturday that the driver whose speeding train crashed, killing 78 people, is now being held on suspicion of negligent homicide.

July 28, 2013 12:10 p.m. read more..

Morsi supporters killed in clashes

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..

Gunman, 6 others die in shooting

A gunman holding hostages inside a South Florida apartment complex killed six people before being shot to death by a SWAT team that stormed the building early Saturday following an hours-long standoff, police said.

July 28, 2013 12:09 p.m. read more..


Past experiences have taught you to always build upon a firm base, and that is exactly what you’re likely to try to do in the year ahead. Choose your ground well.

July 28, 2013 12:08 p.m. read more..

The older you get the longer you live

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..

Looking Back

July 28 20 Years Ago-1993 Eldon Hult, a 16-year-old student at The Dalles High School, has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to those involved in the program, the Eagle Scout Award.

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

History Mystery

Judging from the responses to last week’s mystery photo, above, one of the most memorable events in the history of the old The Dalles Junior High School was the day Sen. Bobby Kennedy came to visit in 1968.

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

Mixing faith, God and bull riding

When times get tough, and he has dealt with some tough times, 2008 The Dalles Wahtonka graduate and standout bull rider, Ronnie Webber, thinks of his favorite song performed by the Sidewalk Prophets.

July 28, 2013 11:50 a.m. read more..

Man admits keeping women captive

A man accused of kidnapping three women, keeping them captive in his Cleveland home for a decade and raping them repeatedly is waiting to be sentenced after pleading guilty in a deal to avoid the death penalty.

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

acheNew Wash. laws take effect

A variety of new laws take effect Sunday in Washington state, ranging from measures that make it easier for certain businesses to serve alcohol to a plan that compensates people who have been wrongfully convicted.

July 28, 2013 11:46 a.m. read more..

No swim meet

“Wow, what a surprise!” That was my initial reaction when I learned July 22 that a huge annual summer event in The Dalles, the Ted Walker Invitational Swim Meet, was cancelled.

July 28, 2013 11:44 a.m. read more..

Options needed

We reap what we sow. As Oregon, and other states, began eliminating mental institutions with the idealistic plan to care for these people in their own communities, the plan went dreadfully wrong.

July 28, 2013 11:43 a.m. read more..

Christian heritage

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..

Above and beyond

I wanted to give credit to Fun Country for outstanding customer service. Their staff and owners went above and beyond the call for help with our recent riding mower incident.

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

Throw out the spotted owl

Federal wildlife officials are back at the scrimmage line with a Hail Mary play they hope will provide added life support to the perennially struggling Northern spotted owl

July 28, 2013 11:40 a.m. read more..

Ore. tags $1.2M for local food in schools

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..

It's fair time

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..

Saturday, July 27

Two towns evacuate in face of fire

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..

A Passion for Cherries

“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 Flint

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..

In the Service: Nicholas C. Wolf

Navy Seaman Recruit Nicholas C. Wolf, son of Brandy S. and Johnathon C. Wolf of Dallesport, Wash., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

July 27, 2013 10:50 a.m. read more..

Art in Agriculture

The work of seven hand-picked artists is on display at Sherman County Public/School Library in the 31st year of an Oregon State University exhibit inspired by agriculture and its bounty. The show, now open, will run through Tuesday, Sept. 24.

July 27, 2013 10:48 a.m. read more..

Broehl/Harper Engagement

Eliza Marie Broehl and Travis John Harper both of LaPine, Oregon have announced their engagement and plans to marry.

July 27, 2013 10:47 a.m. read more..

Lions present awards

The Dalles Lion’s Club held their annual meeting June 18 at the Fort Dalles Riders Club, including giving recognition to members instrumental in accomplishing goals of service to The Dalles community.

July 27, 2013 10:42 a.m. read more..

Grossmiller already working on ‘14 rodeo

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..

All set for a regional business trip

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..

Friday, July 26

Astro-Graph for July 26, 2013

Some of the grateful recipients of your past favors will find a number of ways to repay you in the year ahead. They will go out of their way to help you achieve your social and material goals.

July 26, 2013 1:24 p.m. read more..

Thursday, July 25


Student loans surpass parent payments

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..

Building Codes looks to increase fees

Building Codes Services staff were originally hoping for a 40 percent across-the-board increase in fees on August 1 but are now considering a more incremental approach starting later this year.

July 25, 2013 1:32 p.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for July 25, 2013

There is a strong possibility that you will derive a number of bonuses and/or promotions from ideas that you come up with involving your everyday work. Be sure to share them with the powers that be.

July 25, 2013 11:03 a.m. read more..

Ask Dr. K: Keep legs moving to avoid deep vein thrombosis

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..

Wednesday, July 24

Back to basics

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..

Time to get real about wildfires

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..

Astro-Graph for July 24, 2013

There is a strong possibility that you will derive a number of bonuses and/or promotions from ideas that you come up with involving your everyday work. Be sure to share them with the powers that be.

July 24, 2013 1:48 p.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: ‘Cereal’ saver shares his super secrets

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..

The 'Burka Avenger'

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Wonder Woman and Supergirl now have a Pakistani counterpart in the pantheon of female superheroes — one who shows a lot less skin.

July 24, 2013 11:06 a.m. read more..

Man jailed in wildfire

PORTLAND (AP) — Police have arrested a Central Oregon man accused of starting a wildfire that burned a Klamath County cabin and forced the temporary evacuation of about 120 homes.

July 24, 2013 11:03 a.m. read more..

Detroit faces first bankruptcy hearing

DETROIT (AP) — Lawyers jammed a courtroom Wednesday for the first hearing in Detroit’s bankruptcy case, as a judge set out to decide whether anxious city retirees can slow down the process with lawsuits in other courts.

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

One owl suffers for another’s fate

GRANTS PASS — Federal wildlife officials plan to dispatch armed bird specialists into forests of the Pacific Northwest starting this fall to shoot one species of owl to protect another that is threatened with extinction.

July 24, 2013 10:59 a.m. read more..

Shaniko Days returns

SHANIKO — Shaniko Days, always on the first weekend of August, carries the theme “The Celebration of Water” this year.

July 24, 2013 10:57 a.m. read more..

Gorge projects see advances and openings

Moving ahead: Google’s proposed data center expansion project cleared yet another administrative hurdle July 18, gaining site plan approval through The Dalles planning department.

July 24, 2013 10:55 a.m. read more..

Rapoza wins extension

The seventh architectural rendering of a hotel next to the historic Granada Theatre was shown Monday to the Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency board of directors.

July 24, 2013 10:47 a.m. read more..

A personal story of the Civil War

Writing a book is always a labor of love, but for Katherine Arbon of The Dalles, writing the children’s book “Guarding Camp, Finding Home” was especially personal.

July 24, 2013 10:45 a.m. read more..

Chicken memorial scratched

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..

Tuesday, July 23


A canary in the coal mine

As Detroit prepares for its bankruptcy hearing Wednesday, major metropolises all over the country are asking the same thing: How do we make sure we’re not the next Detroit?

July 23, 2013 3:24 p.m. read more..

World takes note of baby Cambridge

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..

Vancouver debates oil train terminal

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Port of Vancouver commissioners could vote Tuesday on a lease for a terminal that would take oil by train from North Dakota and ship it to West Coast refineries.

July 23, 2013 2:22 p.m. read more..

Contractors given a break

Experienced contractors in Oregon are being given a break on the number of hours they have to spend in continuing education classes to keep their license.

July 23, 2013 2:20 p.m. read more..

World Briefs for July 23

Another Cleveland kidnapping case spurs soul-searching, North Korea stops work on missile launch site, FDA cracks down on fake diabetes products

July 23, 2013 2:07 p.m. read more..

Student loans surpass parent payments

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..

Astro-Graph for July 23, 2013

You could be exceptionally lucky in the year ahead when engaging in endeavors that you originate or lead. Be sure not to put any limitations on your talents or your imagination.

July 23, 2013 10:38 a.m. read more..

Sunday, July 21

Time to Prepare for Special Open Class Prizes: Sherman County Fair, Aug. 21-25

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..

Sherman Fair open class from A to Z

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..

Ed and Shirley Fritz named Sherman County Fair grand marshals

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..

What's Happening from July 21

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 The local contact is Rymmel Lovell, 541-296-6546,, Subject: AFS.

July 21, 2013 8:33 a.m. read more..

Public meetings from July 21

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..

Just another notch in TD’s belt

Ortega’s gem, hot offense key to quarterfinals victory With a chance to boost his undefeated 15U team into the quarterfinal rounds, Bailey Ortega picked the right time to pitch the game of his career.

July 21, 2013 8:27 a.m. read more..

Rodeo athletes making the grade

On an action packed night with plenty of chills, thrills and spills, the rodeo action reached its fever pitch on Day 3 of the 48th annual Fort Dalles Days “Rough and Wild” Rodeo at Milt Tumilson Arena in The Dalles.

July 21, 2013 8:22 a.m. read more..

Editorial: Perhaps, a little patience

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..

Big Brothers Big Sisters honored

HOOD RIVER — Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge (BBBS) was recently named the first high-quality program by Oregon Mentors in the Columbia Gorge region.

July 21, 2013 8:09 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Send them on

To the editor: When will everyone else in The Dalles get as fed up as I am with the homeless, transients and pan handlers that seem to continually multiply in our small town?

July 21, 2013 7:58 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Honor the soul

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..

Land trust acquires Pierce Island in gorge

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..

Lonely trails in Idaho have satisfying rewards

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..

Find scenery and solace at Eagle Cap

COVE (AP) — Less than half a tank of gas will get you from Pendleton to a little-used trail network in the corner of the sprawling Eagle Cap Wilderness where black bears and fast-falling creeks abound.

July 21, 2013 7:36 a.m. read more..

Jones-Yellin to be Mt. Adams ranger

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..

Saturday, July 20

Sixth Street Bridge Closed July 23

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..

Looking back, July 21

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..

Man gets 2 years for email threat

PORTLAND (AP) — A Portland man has been sentenced to prison for threatening a woman in a dispute over his website that allows people to post names of others and allege that they have sexually transmitted diseases.

July 20, 2013 5:51 p.m. read more..

Progress seen on South Oregon wildfire

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..

Chronicle nets 11 awards

he Dalles Chronicle took home two top awards in design categories, and 11 awards overall, at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association annual conference this week in Sunriver.

July 20, 2013 5:45 p.m. read more..

‘The Man in the Gray Suit’

Ladies of the evening knew they were jail-bound when Van Valkenburgh appeared M. D. Van Valkenburgh has seen a lot change in his six decades practicing law in The Dalles.

July 20, 2013 5:39 p.m. read more..

Friday, July 19

Astro-Graph for July 19, 2013

Because your ambitions and talents are likely to blend together very nicely over time, conditions in the coming months look to be quite hopeful. You could do exceptionally well in a number of areas in your life.

July 19, 2013 12:40 p.m. read more..

'Chalk the Block' draws lots of artists at Jammin' July

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..

Wasco County Fair will have 2014 queen tryouts

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..

What's happening from July 19

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 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..

TD’s 15U Stars coast to three straight wins

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..

Second night standings shakeup

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..

Bridge: Deduce the danger

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..

Drug tests take on new dimension

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..

Suit brought in upside-down death

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..

Kitchen fire causes Kah-Nee-Ta to evacuate

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..

Oregon reaches deal with public unions

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The State of Oregon reached a contract agreement with its largest employee union early Thursday, averting a potential strike that could have come as soon as Monday.

July 19, 2013 11:15 a.m. read more..

South county seeks fire protection

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..

City promises fee change

Lot partition no longer defined as development Landowners in The Dalles will soon not have a fee associated with carving out one or two new lots from their property.

July 19, 2013 11:08 a.m. read more..

Smallpox drug is terror remedy

CORVALLIS (AP) — A Corvallis-based company that has developed a drug to treat smallpox as part of U.S. defenses against terror and biological attacks says it has qualified for an initial payment of about $79 million.

July 19, 2013 11:06 a.m. read more..

Snooty the manatee celebrates 65th birthday

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..

Thursday, July 18


Letter to the Editor: Workers suffer

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..

Letter to the Editor: Great fairgrounds

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..

Letter to the Editor: Made-up stories

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..

Letter to the Editor: Wonderful photos

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..

Letter to the Editor: Dominant view

To the editor: Editor, I challenge you. I read your editorial of July 9, “Give Communities a Chance”. It was a good editorial, a thoughtful treatise, well-developed, and a good synopsis of the view of the dominant culture.

July 18, 2013 12:24 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: A city that cares

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..

Editorial: A little good news, but too little

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..

Dempsey says US considering use of force in Syria

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 celebrates Shakespeare

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..

234th Army Band performs

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..

Police seeking nurse abuse victims

The Portland Police Bureau is seeking to learn whether patients at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles have also been sexually abused by Jeffrey Neyle McAllister, a former nurse accused of crimes in Portland.

July 18, 2013 11:54 a.m. read more..

Dental patients win $35 million

SEATTLE (AP) — More than two dozen patients of a former Seattle-area dentist accused of performing hundreds of unnecessary root canals have been awarded $35 million in an arbitration proceeding.

July 18, 2013 11:53 a.m. read more..

13U Babe Ruth eliminated

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..

Hustlers get back to streaking way

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..

Top riders rise to the upper ranks

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..

Bridge: Audition the auction to place cards

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..

Creativity by the yard: thinking beyond grass

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..

Man wakes up with amnesia

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Four months after he was found unconscious in a Palm Springs, Calif., motel, doctors are looking into the mystery of a Florida man who awoke with no memory of his past and speaking only Swedish.

July 18, 2013 11:31 a.m. read more..

Plan outlines early inmate release criteria

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..

College wins accreditation

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..

Astro-Graph for July 18, 2013

You could be unusually lucky in the year ahead concerning matters involving friends. Interestingly, the same isn’t likely to be true regarding endeavors with people whom you don’t know very well.

July 18, 2013 10:30 a.m. read more..

Everday Cheapskate: Social lending good for borrowers and investors

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..

Fall chinook season opens Aug. 1 on Deschutes River

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..

Mack's Canyon launch ramp among grant recipients

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..

Wednesday, July 17


Boat patrol nets more than violations

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..

Gun bills fail in Oregon legislature

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..

Two arrested in The Dalles drug raid

The Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Taskforce (MINT), executed a search warrant Thursday, July 17 at about 7 a.m. at 4109 Chenowith Road, Space E14, arresting two people on drug and endangerment charges.

July 17, 2013 12:45 p.m. read more..

Mosier gets new school head

Schimel brings 21 years of school experience When Brian Schimel showed up at Mosier Community Schools for a job interview, he knew he had found a place he wanted to work.

July 17, 2013 12:40 p.m. read more..

What's happening from July 17

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,, or visit their website at

July 17, 2013 12:28 p.m. read more..

CASAs new advocates

Columbia Gorge CASA’s (Court Appointed Special Advocates) newest advocates, Stephanie Bailey and Denise Harwood, both of The Dalles, were sworn in June 27 by Circuit Judge Paul G. Crowley.

July 17, 2013 12:28 p.m. read more..

Goldendale celebrates pool’s 10th anniversary

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..

Driving? Don’t expect privacy

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..

Sunrise Estates expands

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..

Washington tests drones for coast

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..

13U Stars 1-1 at state tourney

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..

10U Crush secures second place at state

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..

Trench masters at work

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..

Bridge: How to plan the play

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..

What does it take to be in the Blue Man Group?

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..

Law firm to sue Boeing over crash

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..

Judge rules against Klamath Basin ranchers

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..

Tuesday, July 16


Overcoming obstacles

TD grad Christopher Alfson leans on family support to get through tough times At one point, Christopher had his weight balloon to nearly 250 pounds, his waistline bulged to a size 38 pant and he dealt with anxiety issues.

July 16, 2013 3:28 p.m. read more..

What's happening from July 16

New Entries LIBRARY FUN: Dragon Theater Puppets will present I Dig Dinosaurs with puppet host Shawnry Connery teaching children fun facts about dinosaurs, Tuesday, July 23, at 11 a.m. The program is open to all ages.

July 16, 2013 2:56 p.m. read more..

Gorge Technology to host robotics training

The Gorge Technology Alliance (GTA) is hosting two more robotics trainings this summer: July 20 at Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles and July 27 at Bambinos in Hood River.

July 16, 2013 2:55 p.m. read more..

Bridge: Analyze the opening lead

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..

Spread of DNA databases sparks concern

LONDON — You can ditch your computer and leave your cellphone at home, but you can’t escape your DNA. It belongs uniquely to you — and, increasingly, to the authorities.

July 16, 2013 2:49 p.m. read more..

Exchange hosts wanted for AFS

AFS Intercultural Programs is looking for host families for high school exchange students coming from more than 90 countries in August and September.

July 16, 2013 2:40 p.m. read more..

Gorge author releases book

Joe O’Neill and Black Ship Publishing of Hood River announced the second book in the “Red Hand Adventures” series, titled “Wrath of the Caid.”

July 16, 2013 2:39 p.m. read more..

BPA has new leadership

PORTLAND, (AP) — The Energy Department has named a new acting administrator for the Bonneville Power Administration.

July 16, 2013 2:32 p.m. read more..

Hotdog bits used in rescue

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — An animal control officer equipped with hotdog bits managed to rescue a 15-pound dog that somehow found itself stuck on the roof of a Vancouver, Wash., area house.

July 16, 2013 2:27 p.m. read more..

A look back at 2013 session

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..

Wanted: A dog-friendly home

Home at Last has taken in 24 Shih Tzus A group of Shar Pei dogs rescued last month are starting to find homes, but a second rescue has brought a new batch of dogs for Home at Last Humane Society to contend with.

July 16, 2013 2:18 p.m. read more..

Six injured in 197 crash

Victims were on their way to jobs in orchards Six people were transported to Mid-Columbia Medical Center following a three-car crash that blocked Highway 197 at milepost 2 Tuesday morning for a little more than an hour.

July 16, 2013 2:12 p.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for July 16, 2013

Success in a variety of important areas is indicated for you in the year ahead. Of course, much will depend upon the methods you use. Never give less than your best.

July 16, 2013 1:48 p.m. read more..

Monday, July 15


ODOT pursues road work in Sherman, Wasco counties

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 102.612

July 15, 2013 8:57 a.m. read more..

Sunday, July 14


Gorge wins Oregon funding for urban planning

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..

Extension Cord: Explore the underwater world of ROVology

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..

What's Happening from July 14

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 Corner: Our rapidly aging earth

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..

Study: Distant quakes can affect fossil fuel fields

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..

Looking Back

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 return; “Briar Rose,” Saturday, July 20

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..

Farm bill doesn’t end food stamps

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..

Editorial: The unthinkable takes root

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..

Child killing was ‘accident,’ says defense

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..

Feds show gains in protecting salmon

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..

TD has state title bid cut short

14U All Stars are outscored 71-29 in four straight losses In two days of state tournament play, The Dalles’ 14U Babe Ruth baseball team lost four games and they were outscored by a 71-29 margin.

July 14, 2013 6:37 a.m. read more..

Finding a potent mix

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..

12U softball squad is an unknown quantity

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..

Friday, July 12

Astro-Graph for July 12, 2013

Dealings with large commercial organizations could turn out to be extremely rewarding for you in the coming months. Some good friends will open doors for you in this regard.

July 12, 2013 4:31 p.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Why a $25,000 dinner is hard to swallow

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..

Zion Lutheran’s interim pastor fits right in

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..

Stan Hinatsu named as Legend Award recipient

HOOD RIVER — The American Recreation Coalition has named Stan Hinatsu, Forest Service recreation program manager for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, as a “Legend in the Management of Outdoor Recreation.”

July 12, 2013 3:26 p.m. read more..

Texas readies for abortion vote

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..

Feds: dam fixes help salmon

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..

Bridge: A good spot-card improves the odds

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..

15U Babe Ruth Stars win district, a No. 1 seed

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..

Gridiron warriors hitting marks

The Dalles Wahtonka, Hood River among four teams attending 7-on-7 scrimmages The running and gunning offensive philosophy taken by The Dalles Wahtonka football team is starting to hit on all cylinders.

July 12, 2013 2:34 p.m. read more..

Microsoft reboots with sweeping overhaul

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..

The Trouble with Sea Lions

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 administrator raises win approval

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..

City tables gas tax plans

Road conversation will continue The Dalles City Council has tabled — for now — asking voters in November to approve a 3 cent per gallon increase in the city gas tax to pay for street improvements.

July 12, 2013 2:18 p.m. read more..

Bridge: Keeping trumps under control

In the “Get Smart” television show, the agents from Control usually battled against the bad guys from Kaos. To be successful, bridge players must know how to control the trump suit; otherwise, the play might become chaotic.

July 12, 2013 10 a.m. read more..

Huffman leads 2013 Parade

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..

Men of Worth play at festival area July 17

Men of Worth are the featured act at Heart of the Gorge … in the Summer concert Wednesday, July 17, at 5:30 p.m., at the Lewis and Clark Festival Park, First and Union streets in The Dalles.

July 12, 2013 9:46 a.m. read more..

Life before video games: Library plays the pioneer way Saturdays

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..

10 straight days of full-on fun

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..

Thursday, July 11

UN reinstates genocide charge

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..

Letter to the Editor: Touching act

To the editor: Steve and Joyce, It was so touching to find the beautiful note on the new bench at my husband’s grave from complete strangers. Shortly after my husband’s burial everything was stolen from his grave site.

July 11, 2013 3:12 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Disappointed

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..

Letter to the Editor: Thanks, MCMC

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..

Letter to the Editor: Accident waiting

To the editor: On West Seventh Street nest to the Eagles there will be plenty of excitement for some time for neighbors and others — maybe even a few jobs for locals.

July 11, 2013 3:06 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Mocking freedom

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..

Editorial: A costly risk

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..

Nurse accused of assaulting ER patients

PORTLAND (AP) — A 38-year-old male registered nurse accused of sexually assaulting at least three women who sought treatment at the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center emergency room was arrested Wednesday, police said.

July 11, 2013 2:52 p.m. read more..

Denney homers in Hustlers’ 8-5 victory

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..

14U Crush takes fifth at state

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..

Python responsible for Australia ‘burglary’

CAIRNS, Australia (AP) — Australian police were mystified by a chaotic crime scene including a hole in the ceiling and a smelly pool of vomit-like liquid — until they found the culprit was a 5.7-meter (19-foot) python.

July 11, 2013 2:34 p.m. read more..

Korea reopens door for Oregon wheat

PORTLAND, (AP) — An Oregon Wheat Commission spokesman says South Korean flour mills will resume buying soft white wheat from the Pacific Northwest and will not restrict purchases of wheat grown in Oregon.

July 11, 2013 2:31 p.m. read more..

City to keep flouride in water after hearing

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..

Arts and entertainment from July 11

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, July 11 – “Mama Mia,” sundown, Sunshine Mill, 901 E. Second, The Dalles, July 11 - Laser Gorge Blowout,

July 11, 2013 11:15 a.m. read more..

Port approves subdivision

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..

Astro-Graph for July 11, 2013

If you give it your all, substantial strides can be made in the year ahead. You already have most of the answers; you just need to apply them more effectively.

July 11, 2013 10:46 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, July 10


Bush: ‘Benevolent spirit’ must drive reforms

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..

Honoring ‘the best of them all’

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..

Hundreds attend Hermiston coal hearings

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of people attended hearings Tuesday in Hermiston and Portland on a proposal for a coal transfer terminal on the Columbia River at Boardman.

July 10, 2013 11:48 a.m. read more..

Interfering sheep on the lam captured

MEDFORD (AP) — Two sheep that were on the loose in Medford have been captured after nearly a year on the lam. The sheep had been crossing Interstate 5 and interfering with traffic.

July 10, 2013 11:47 a.m. read more..

Word on the Street

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..

MCMC, OHSU work on alignment

Parties hope for agreement by year end Mid-Columbia Medical Center (MCMC) and Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) are making plans to align medical and administrative services to improve efficiency and expand access to care.

July 10, 2013 11:42 a.m. read more..

Navy to try landing drone on carrier

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..

Ramadan begins amid crises

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..

What's happening from July 10

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..

Pocketful of feelings

In early June, YouthThink and Child Care Partners, through a grant from Wasco County Commission on Children and Families, hosted four training sessions titled Pocket Full of Feelings.

July 10, 2013 11:27 a.m. read more..

Hydrocarbon emissions linked to cancer

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..

Young Life expansion bill passes in Legislature

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..

Bridge: Which suit do you bid second?

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..

Mayor's report: Volunteers vital to community success

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..

Columbia River weekly fishing report

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..

Northeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

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..

Northeast Zone weekly fishing report

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..

Southeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

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 weekly hunting report

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..

Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

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..

Central Zone weekly hunting report

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..

Central Zone weekly fishing report

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..

Marine Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

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..

Marine Zone weekly fishing report

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..

Willamette Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

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..

Tuesday, July 9


Tough losses give TDLL 12U second place

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..

Reasons to hold their heads up

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..

Lawmakers create Klamath task force

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The governor and members of Oregon's congressional delegation have created a task force to find solutions to the water problems of the Klamath Basin.

July 9, 2013 11:59 a.m. read more..

Dog trapped under hood

DANIA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — South Florida firefighters came to the rescue of a dog that traveled 5 miles while trapped under the hood of a car.

July 9, 2013 11:59 a.m. read more..

Thousands comment on Boardman terminal

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..

Oregon ad campaign touts health coverage marketplace

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..

Biker wants new road plan for The Dalles

Cyclist thinks its time to revisit traffic flows in town The Dalles hasn’t seen an update to its bicycle transportation plan in 20 years and longtime local cyclist Clay Smith thinks it’s time.

July 9, 2013 11:45 a.m. read more..

State aids timber counties

Bill gives counties more authority to raise taxes SALEM — The Oregon Legislature on Monday passed a bill to allow struggling timber counties to use measures other than voter-approved property taxes to pay for public safety.

July 9, 2013 11:42 a.m. read more..

Timber harvest levels rise 36 percent

SALEM (AP) — Oregon’s timber harvest last year was up 36 percent from its 2009 recession low. The state Department of Forestry says the harvest increased a third straight year to 3.75 billion board feet.

July 9, 2013 11:39 a.m. read more..

Goodbye M&M's, hello granola bars

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kids, your days of blowing off those healthier school lunches and filling up on cookies from the vending machine are numbered. The government is onto you.

July 9, 2013 11:35 a.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for July 9, 2013

Your chart indicates a strong potential in the year ahead for you to exercise your improved managerial skills. It’s time to put your talents to good use.

July 9, 2013 10:31 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Homemade laundry detergent improvements

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..

Saturday, July 6


Editorial:A neighborly compromise

A sign in The Chronicle’s lunch room (and very likely many more) says “Your mother doesn’t work here,” a gentle reminder that those who make a mess should clean up after themselves.

July 6, 2013 1:04 p.m. read more..

15U Stars one step closer to No. 1 seed

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..

High drama for 11U Stars

The Dalles Little League team upends Bend South 4-2 to earn a title game berth In an emotional battle Friday between The Dalles and Bend South, there were four game stoppages, including a 23-minute delay in the top of the sixth inning.

July 6, 2013 12:57 p.m. read more..

Man guilty over threats

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..

Montana coal mine deal beset by financing problems

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..

Small Washington liquor stores get state aid

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..

Village Idiot:One man’s trash is another man’s garbage

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..

Ask Dr. K: Strength training is important part of overall fitness

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..

Astro-Graph for July 8

A number of interesting developments might be in store for you in the year ahead, but none of them are apt to pertain to your work or career. That area of your life will be relatively stable, with few surprises.

July 6, 2013 12:17 p.m. read more..

US economy adds 195,000 new jobs

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..

Mom, child held in Brazil over custody

BOSTON — Police in Brazil have seized passports belonging to a woman and her 6-year-old daughter, stranding them in South America for about a month amid an international custody dispute with the child’s father.

July 6, 2013 12:11 p.m. read more..

Pasture management can be key to success

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..

Public meetings from July 7

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..

Today in History, July 7

Today is Sunday, July 7, the 188th day of 2013. There are 177 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History:

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Looking back, July 8

80 Years Ago-1933 New city and county officials are to be inducted into office August 30 to guide the destinies of Fort Dalles during the four-day reign of the Frolics, annual American Legion production.

July 6, 2013 11:50 a.m. read more..

What's happening from July 7

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..

Roosevelt Park limited for pow-wow

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..

Shaniko events bring ghost town to life

SHANIKO — The vast plains above Madras will become a seam of activity as the community of Shaniko hosts events that make the historical landmark come alive this summer and fall.

July 6, 2013 11:45 a.m. read more..

Judge affirms signature fine

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..

Longtime veterans advocate Al Morrison dies

Wasco County flew flags at half-mast this past week for Allan “Al” Morrison, 64, a longtime veterans advocate and baseball coach, who died Tuesday, July 2, at his home in The Dalles, Ore.

July 6, 2013 11:36 a.m. read more..

Fluoridation, streets face city

Public hearing set on road tax alternatives A public hearing on how to fund street maintenance and a discussion on fluoride top The Dalles City Council’s agenda at their Monday, July 8, meeting, starting at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

July 6, 2013 11:30 a.m. read more..

Eight years in the AIR

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..

Friday, July 5

28 injured at firework event

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..

T-Dub Cheer and Stunt teams are named

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..

On to the big dance

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..

Church directory

Augustinian Center 541-296-0810 Fr. John-Mark Gilhousen, 109E East Second St., The Dalles. Weekday Mass, Mon.-Sat. 7:30 a.m., Sunday Mass 10:30 a.m. (Traditional Latin Mass)

July 5, 2013 1:11 p.m. read more..

Church news in brief, July 5

Christian Worship Singer Pasquale Talarico is performing in concert at St. Peter’s Parish Center on Saturday, July 13 at 7 p.m. Free will offerings will be accepted.

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

Church draws those in recovery

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..

Bridge: Defenders count points, too

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..

Eastern Oregon Guard bound for Afghanistan in ‘14

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..

Wasco Rodeo Pioneer presentation

Historian Linda Wilson will present a program about the life longtime Wasco County resident and rodeo pioneer Blanche McGaughey Sammis on Saturday, July 13, at 2 p.m. at the main The Dalles-Wasco County Library.

July 5, 2013 12:34 p.m. read more..

Outdoor science in Trout Lake

Cascade Mountain School will work with the Trout Lake School District to pilot an outdoor science course in the Trout Lake and Mt. Adams area this summer.

July 5, 2013 12:32 p.m. read more..

What's happening from July 5

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..

Pilot: Midair crash came without warning

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..

Astro-Graph for July 5, 2013

Your chart indicates that you’ll be in a favorable growth pattern in the year ahead. However, you must work hard and be patient. You won’t become rich overnight — it will require some elbow grease.

July 5, 2013 12:04 p.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: The impact of positive emotions can change your life

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..

Mixed review for public safety changes

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..

Easter Oregon fires mostly contained

PORTLAND (AP) — Firefighters in Eastern Oregon have containment lines around most of a big fire that lightning ignited earlier this week near the Owyhee Dam in Malheur County.

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

Blazers join three-way trade

(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..

Fire threatens The Dalles homes

A grass fire crept close to homes on Old Dufur Road late Thursday evening, July 4, but firefighters held the blaze at bay mere feet from some structures.

July 5, 2013 11:31 a.m. read more..

New wolf management rules on agenda when Commission meets by phone Friday, July 12

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..

Marine zone weekly wildlife viewing report

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..

Marine zone weekly fishing report

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..

Columbia Zone weekly fishing report

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..

Northeast zone weekly wildlife viewing report

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..

Northeast zone weekly fishing report

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 weekly wildlife viewing report

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..

Southeast zone weekly fishing report

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..

Central Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

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..

Central Zone weekly fishing report

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..

Willamette Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

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..

Willamette Zone weekly fishing report

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..

Wednesday, July 3


Property Management forges tie with Windermere

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..

Gaming industry changes are challenge for resalers

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..

10U Stars primed for 2014 return

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..

12U All Stars surge into semifinals

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..

Obama favors negotiation over intervention

Administration cautious with Egypt unrest WASHINGTON (AP) — From Egypt to Syria to Iraq and beyond, the Obama administration is determined to show it will only go so far to help save nations in chaos from themselves.

July 3, 2013 12:27 p.m. read more..

History dinner kicks off Fort Dalles Days festivities

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..

Arts and entertainment from July 3

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, 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 River

July 3, 2013 12:18 p.m. read more..

Region celebrates July 4

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..

Depp at 50: just happy to still be around

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..

City to revise land rules

Council jumps over rules to resolve Dennee partition issue John and Gerry Dennee won a victory Tuesday when The Dalles City Council granted the minor lot partition they had been seeking since 2007 without added development costs.

July 3, 2013 11:53 a.m. read more..

Pederson won’t fight threat of death penalty

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..

Group submits nuclear power proposal

YAKIMA, Wash. — A consortium of Western utilities and a nuclear reactor designer have submitted a proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy to build a small nuclear reactor to meet future demand for carbon-free power.

July 3, 2013 11:47 a.m. read more..

OLCC: Vault should lose liquor license

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..

A Future with Autism

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..

Astro-Graph for July 3, 2013

You are likely to be extremely fortunate in the year ahead when working with groups, clubs or large organizations. Social and material opportunities will be abundant in such areas.

July 3, 2013 10:23 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Cool freezer tip that saves time and money

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..

Tuesday, July 2


Jumpstart Hoops Camp reaches new heights

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..

Three TD teams fighting for state

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..

Senior News: Surviving the highs and lows of summer

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..

California's Sierra a ‘living lab’ for climate change

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..

Crater Lake vows to truck water to park

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..

New Oregon laws on horizon

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..

What's happening from July 2

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..

Letter to the Editor: Tax disagreement

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..

U.S. the undisputed leader in surveillance

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..

Misty waters

ZACHARY ADAMS, 17, of The Dalles, submitted this rushing stream photo as part of The Chronicle’s summer youth photo contest.

July 2, 2013 11:57 a.m. read more..

Town mourns Ariz. hotshots

Deadly day is worst for firefighters since 2001 PRESCOTT, Ariz. — The firefighters walked down the bleachers in a silent gymnasium full of mourners, their heavy work boots drumming a march on the wooden steps.

July 2, 2013 11:42 a.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for July 2, 2013

Your ideas on how to make additional money should not be discounted. More than a few will have potential, but they’ll count for nothing if they’re not tried in the coming months.

July 2, 2013 11:20 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: The art of consignment shopping

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..


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