Stories for June 2013

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Saturday, June 29

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Editorial cartoons for June 30

Editorial cartoons for June 30, 2013.

Brumley awarded $1,000 FFA scholarship

Dufur High School graduate Brooke Brumley keeps adding awards to her coffers, as she was recently tabbed as a $1,000 Fastline Publications winner of the National FFA Organization scholarship.

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Top numbers put up at Mt. Hood Classic

More than 300 riders take part in 11th and final event In the 11th and final year of the Mount Hood Cycling Classic held from June 21-23, more than 300 athletes from around the world converged to Hood River to participate in a scenic and challenging event, tackling four stages in three days and 20,000 vertical feet of climbing over 250 miles.

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Hustlers get back to winning ways

Legion baseball squad breaks open 3-0 lead with six runs in fourth to post 11-1 win If the Columbia Gorge Hustlers are going to get a new winning-streak going, Friday’s dominant performance may do the trick. Five players notched two hits each, and Clay Copper added a 3 for 4 effort with two RBIs to lead the hustlers to an 11-1 victory over Redmond in American Legion baseball play in Redmond.

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Play it safe in bear territory

It looks like summer has finally arrived and for many of us that means it’s time to go camping. If you are like me I head to the mountains and the shade of the deep forest. Toss in a babbling brook and I’m in heaven. That also means that I have moved in to Mr. Black Bear’s living room. Over 25,000 black bear call Oregon Home and most of them live in my perfect camping spots.

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Heat wave bakes West

Death Valley temperature could approach 130 degrees DEATH VALLEY, Calif. — Dan Kail was vacationing in Las Vegas when he heard that the temperature at Death Valley could approach 130 degrees this weekend. He didn’t hesitate to make a trip to the desert location that is typically the hottest place on the planet.

Astro-Graph for June 30

A number of unusual happenings will elevate your hopes and expectations in the year ahead. Just when you think something important isn’t going to happen, you could be in for the surprise of your life. Keep the faith.

Bridge: Good defense needs work in tandem

Matt Drudge, creator of the Drudge Report, said, “The Internet feeds off the main press, and the main press feeds off the Internet. They’re working in tandem.” That sounds like good defenders, who work in tandem to defeat declarer.

Everyday Cheapskate: A wish list is the secret to success

Feeling down in the dumps because you don’t have an iPad or a pretty new sofa? Wish you could take your hubby to a nice restaurant for his birthday, but alas, you are broke? Turn around your attitude and cancel your pity party with a simple tool: a wish list.

Ask Dr. K: Did you know berries are powerhouses of nutrition?

DEAR DOCTOR K: Berry season is here again, and I keep hearing that berries are healthy. What’s in them that makes them so good for you? DEAR READER: Here in the Northeast, we’re enjoying strawberries and looking forward to raspberries, blueberries and even blackberries further down the road.

Village Idiot: I don’t remember who started calling me Dumbo

I don't know what my parents were thinking, sticking me with a weird name like Jim. Why couldn’t they have named me something cool, like Hal 2000 or Bandersnatch or Sasquatch or a thousand other cool names that the parents who really care about their kids would have come up with? Maybe something like Hashtag, Kingsolomon, Espn, Yoga or Burger.

Today in History, June 30

Today in History, June 30, 2013

Looking back, June 29

40 Years Ago-1973 Harvesting of this area’s extremely heavy cherry crop is now past its peak but will continue well into July. The fresh pack has been tapering, and part of the crop has been going in recent days to the canning trade. Both blacks and Royal Annes are being shipped to canneries.

Letter to the Editor: Time to step down

To the editor: (Edited for length.) Once in a lifetime children attend elementary and middle school. The quality of that experience largely determines their success or failure. In this setting, mismanagement of administrative duty causes irreparable harm.

Letter to the Editor: Pass HB 3194A

To the editor: As advocates for victims of domestic and sexual violence in our community, I hope policy makers will pass HB 3194A.

Letter to the Editor: Shock and grief

To the editor: We as the family of Sofia Macias in The Dalles, which consists of Sofia’s grandfather, grandmother and uncle whom, upon a phone call to them from a family member in California learned of the death of Sofia after the fact.

Letter to the Editor: What's in orchard spray?

To the editor: It seems folks have a right to know what is in the air they breathe. I want to know what is being sprayed on various crops around The Dalles. What percent is in the air drifting over our neighborhoods? Is it worse on a humid day? Does spraying have to include night hours? How far does the drift spread and when?

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Editorial: A patriotic duty to those who serve

Looming this coming Thursday is the nation’s biggest patriotic observance of the year, Independence Day. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that’s the official name of the Fourth of July observance.

Conservation Corner: The darker side of weeds

It is said that a weed is any plant growing someplace you don’t want it. For the most part this is true — for your average everyday plants like dandelions and runaway spearmint. As you will learn there are weeds and then there are WEEDS.

Public meetings from June 29

Wasco County Monday — North Central Public Health District, 9 a.m., Wasco County Courthouse, basement conference room, 511 Washington St., The Dalles. Agenda: executive session to evaluate the chief executive officer.

Vaccines aimed at young could break transmission cycle

CORVALLIS — The huge value of vaccinating more children and young adults for influenza is being seriously underestimated, experts say in a new report, while conventional wisdom and historic vaccine programs have concentrated on the elderly and those at higher risk of death and serious complications.

Judge stays on Washington gay wedding flowers case

RICHLAND, Wash. — A judge refused to recuse himself Friday in a dispute over a Washington state florist who declined to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding.

Pot’s mainstream march confounds federal authorities

WASHINGTON — It took 50 years for American attitudes about marijuana to zigzag from the paranoia of “Reefer Madness” to the excesses of Woodstock back to the hard line of “Just Say No.”

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Searchers find rope in hunt for Mount Hood climber

Experienced climber has been missing since June 22 PORTLAND — Crew members aboard an Oregon National Guard helicopter spotted rope and a spike while searching for a climber who has been missing on Mount Hood since last weekend.

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The Oregon Zoo seeks volunteers for Pika watch

PORTLAND — Hike the Columbia Gorge this summer and piping from the rocks you might hear something that sounds like a squeak toy on steroids. It’s the alarm call of the American pika alerting other pikas to your presence. To biologists, though, it’s the absence of that call that’s sounding the alarm.

What's happening from June 29

New Entries CLASS REUNION: The Dalles Wahtonka High School Class of 1983 Reunion will be held July 26 and 27. Contact Mike Urness 541-296-2284 or email: mjurness@hotmail.com for more information. FARMERS MARKET: The Dalles Farmers Market is now open every Saturday through Oct. 13 and will launch its Wednesday evening from 4 to 7 p.m.

Club donates to CASA

The Dalles Wahtonka High School Key Club was recently awarded a 2013 Tradition of Compassion Award for Outstanding Community Service Organization by the Mid Columbia Health Foundation. As part of this award, they choose a local charity to receive an additional donation from the foundation.

Report: Small dams may cause habitat troubles

CORVALLIS — Researchers conclude in a new report that a global push for small hydropower projects, supported by various nations and also the Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, may cause unanticipated and potentially significant losses of habitat and biodiversity.

Fireworks can be triggers for vets

Fourth of July fireworks might be a celebration of America’s independence but can be a time of great anxiety for veterans. “How ironic and gut-wrenching that the very soldiers who sacrificed so we could celebrate our freedoms are the ones who suffer most on this day,” said author Welby O’Brien in his book “Love Our Vets: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD.”

Extreme times lead to extreme emotions

Wasco County Veteran Service Officer Russell Jones said June has been designated as National PTSD Awareness Month to focus attention on the psychiatric effects of trauma.

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‘Hidden Wounds’

Feelings of guilt from military service contributed to alcoholism for the late Wayne Ryan Air Force veteran Wayne Ryan battled alcoholism for decades before his body could no longer overcome the medical complications caused by his addiction.

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Fire destroys travel trailer, camper

The cause of a camp trailer fire that quickly spread to include a camper and pickup, trees and a neighboring fence in the 1000 block of Irvine Street in west The Dalles remains under investigation. Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue and Dallesport Volunteer Fire Department responded to the 10:56 a.m. call.

Regional burn ban takes effect July 1

While burning restrictions have been in place for weeks now in some districts, the Oregon Department of Forestry, The Dalles Unit, in conjunction with all local fire districts will enter the annual burn ban this Monday, July 1, at 1 a.m. The ban affects all lands within Hood River and Wasco counties.

Friday, June 28

Hungry hybrid preys on invasive perch

BAKER CITY (AP) — The perch killers arrived at Phillips Reservoir under cover of night. All 25,000 of them.

House passes public safety bill

SALEM — The Oregon House approved a scaled-back plan aimed at curbing the state’s growing prison population Thursday.

Brige: When you have points but no good bid

When you are in a predicament at the bridge table, consider the various sensible options and decide between them.

For the Record, June 28

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for June 28, 2013.

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Behind the scenes at Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible school is a staple of summer and a number of local churches have hosted them for years.

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Ground zero museum takes shape

Subterranean halls to open in early 2014 NEW YORK — Gray dust blankets everything in the subterranean halls of the unfinished National September 11 Memorial & Museum. But while the powder may look ominously like the ash that covered lower Manhattan after the terrorist attacks, this time it is a product of rebirth, not destruction.

Obama yet to have African legacy like predecessors

DAKAR, Senegal — President Barack Obama is receiving the embrace you might expect for a long-lost son on his return to his father’s home continent, even as he has yet to leave a lasting policy legacy for Africa on the scale of his two predecessors.

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Fire destroys truck, trailer off Irvine Street

Photo and video of Irvine Street fire Friday afternoon.

West 15th paving scheduled July 1

After rainy weather earlier this week washed out hopes of paving West 15th Street between Mt. Hood and Bridge streets, The Dalles public works postponed paving to this Monday, July 1, when weather is predicted to be sunny and hot.

Train carrying smoldering garbage car rolls through gorge to Arlington

Union Pacific managing response A smoldering garbage car rolled through the Columbia Gorge this morning with local emergency responders on alert in the event fire might spread to the surrounding countryside.

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July forums get word out on pine beetle mitigation

Chet Behling from the Oregon Department of Forestry will be educating landowners at two public forums in July about ways to stop the infestation of a migrating beetle.

Jewell makes emotional pledge to Native Americans

Interior Secretary vows to respect sovereignty RENO, Nev. — In her first address to Indian Country as the new U.S. interior secretary, Sally Jewell made an emotional pledge Thursday to help right past wrongs against Native Americans and work with tribes “nation-to-nation” to protect their sovereignty and develop their cultural and natural resources to become more economically self-reliant.

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Tiny Beetle, Big Problem

Rural landowners in The Dalles and Hood River need to be on the watch for a beetle that not only infests pine trees but carries a fungus that will also plunder nutrients.

US issues draft proposal for Columbia River Treaty

YAKIMA, Wash. — A U.S.-Canada treaty that governs how the Columbia River and its dams are managed for flood control and power generation should be modernized to better reflect current Pacific Northwest priorities, the U.S. agencies responsible for managing the river said in a draft document Thursday. The document is a working draft to offer insight to interested parties and other stakeholders about areas of concern for the treaty going forward.

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Another repeat title

The second annual Pavilion Harvest Celebration took place this past weekend for the second annual Sherman Softball Shootout in Grass Valley Saturday and Sunday.

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Streak ends, but Hustlers still set

American Legion team has won seven of eight, playing best ball of summer The season-high seven-game winning streak may be gone, but there are reasons for optimism for the Columbia Gorge Hustlers in the 2013 summer campaign.

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The Dalles newspapers from 1800's available online

Historic The Dalles newspapers from 1864 to 1900 are now available in a University of Oregon online archive.

Thursday, June 27

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An Explosion of Pink

ALEXIS MILLER, 12, of The Dalles, submitted this macro flower photo as part of The Chronicle’s summer youth photo contest.

PUD buys new land near rodeo grounds

Northern Wasco County PUD voted Tuesday, June 25, to buy 2.67 acres of land that once was part of the city dump after the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued a No Further Action decision related to site contamination.

Grants expand city budget

$53.1 million budget adopted The City of The Dalles budget for fiscal year 2013-14, which begins Monday, is $53.1 million, a 1.4 percent increase from last year due largely to planned expenditures of grant and urban development funds.

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A new frontier for 10U squad

Roster full of fresh faces is ready for play on big stage

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11U Stars ready to take flight

While many aspects of success for The Dalles’ 11U Little League team lie in what happens on the field, head coach Joe Abbas points out that what occurs between the ears is just as important.

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Goodwill Industries already serving The Dalles

Nonprofit addresses criticisms Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette may not have a building in The Dalles yet, but it is already making its presence known in the community.

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12U Stars hope to erase memories of ‘12

Coming off second place, team eyes getting over hump Jake Roetcisoender and his 12U teammates are tired of being the bridesmaid and not the bride.

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No sign IRS targeted progressives

Treasury agent says there is no evidence to validate that claim by Dems WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department watchdog who detailed Internal Revenue Service mistreatment of tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status says he has no evidence the IRS also mishandled progressive groups’ applications.

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Marine’s murder conviction overturned

High court’s ruling seen as major blow for military system SAN DIEGO — The military’s highest court overturned a murder conviction Wednesday against a Camp Pendleton Marine in one of the most significant cases against American troops from the Iraq war.

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Editorial cartoons for June 27

Editorial cartoons for June 27, 2013

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Editorial: Losing herd protection

The (Bend) Bulletin, June 23, on vaccination legislation: The Oregon Legislature has decided parents need to face the facts before they’re able to send their unvaccinated children to school.

Letter to the Editor: Deepest apologies

To the editor: In the Tuesday, June 25, issue of The Dalles Chronicle we ran the story of a vigil for Sophia Macias, 12, of Dufur, suddenly stricken and hospitalized at Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital in Portland.

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Splash for Pink in Maupin takes aim at breast cancer

Support breast cancer research and patients while by enjoying the fun and excitement of the Deschutes River and the fun at the Splash for Pink event June 29 in Maupin.

Arts and entertainment from June 27

June 27 – Trivia with baseball and fashion designers theme, 6:30 p.m., Clock Tower Ales, 311 Union St., The Dalles, 541-705-3590, www.clocktowerales.com June 27 – “The Sandlot” shows outside, sundown, Sunshine Mill, 901 E. Second, The Dalles, www.sunshinemill.com

Oregon likely next to legalize gay marriage

Two measures being prepared for 2014 ballot PORTLAND — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday dangled tempting incentives behind the overthrow of 29 state constitutional bans on same-sex marriage: the possibilities of health insurance, hospital visitation rights and Social Security benefits among them.

Bridge: What to bid with a two four card suits.

What did James Thurber believe is the one human achievement that made the long trip up from all fours seem well advised? You have two four-card suits. The player on your left opens one of another suit, your partner makes a takeout double, and righty passes. Assuming you do not have enough high-card power to jump or to cue-bid, which suit would you bid first?

For the Record, June 27

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for June 27, 2013.

Judge orders more timber sale

GRANTS PASS — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to sell more timber in Southern Oregon, and vacated a system federal scientists use to avoid harming the northern spotted owl.

Washington expects heat wave

SEATTLE (AP) — The National Weather Service is forecasting a heat wave for Washington starting this weekend with temperatures reaching the 90s early next week.

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Drone use studied to aid potato farms

HERMISTON (AP) — Experiments have begun in Oregon aimed at using the unmanned aircraft known as drones to keep potatoes happy.

Oregon Senate passes bill regulating police drones

SALEM (AP) — Following several lengthy public debates over the use of domestic drones in Oregon, the state Senate decided Monday to move forward with a plan that would bar law enforcement officers from using unmanned aerial vehicles to collect information except with a warrant or in emergency circumstances.

Kitzhaber signs vaccine bill into law

SALEM — A new law signed by Oregon’s governor Wednesday will make it more difficult for parents to enroll unvaccinated children in school.

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Pot-fed pork: a flavor experiment

WITH AP VIDEO CLIP Washington farmer finds different use for legalized marijuana SNOHOMISH, Wash. — The white van with tinted windows pulled up to the driveway with its cargo — cardboard boxes full of marijuana. And the customers eagerly awaited it, grunting and snorting.

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Astro-Graph for June 27, 2013

Income from more than one source will be heading your way in the coming months. It might start out as a side venture, but could become the tail that wags the dog.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Cosign a loan? Never ever.

Dear Mary: About 10 years ago, my daughter cosigned on an automobile loan for a friend. The “friend” skipped out on payments and left town, so they came after my daughter for payment. All these years later, she still has not paid anything on the loan. Is there a time limit for how long they can keep after her to pay? Is there anything that she can do to get out from under this problem? Thanks. — Jeanie H., North Carolina

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Ask Dr. K: Teaching a young child that it’s not okay to lie

DEAR DOCTOR K: Lately my 4-year-old has started lying to me. She’ll say she didn’t break a toy, or push her brother, when I know she did. How should I handle this?

Wednesday, June 26

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Astro-Graph for June 26, 2013

In the year ahead, you could become involved in an unusual creative endeavor.

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Everyday Cheapskate: A nappy solution for a common household problem

I love to discover a second use for something most of us have around the house or can easily find. Today’s first tip may give you a big surprise, but for sure a big laugh.

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Ask Dr. K: Don’t flush your unused drugs down the drain

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve heard that when people don’t properly dispose of their medications, they make their way into the drinking water. Should I be worried?

Word on the Street: Goodwill Industries hosts job fair this week at Worksource office

Jobs are waiting: Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette will host a job fair Thursday and Friday, June 27 and 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 700 Union St.

TD Main Street gains nonprofit status

The Dalles Main Street Program was awarded non-profit status in April. The organization is now registered as a non-profit in Oregon and with the IRS.

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McCarthy joins Timmons Law

Family law among lawyer’s specialities Staci L. McCarthy has joined Timmons Law PC as an associate attorney.

Tharp hangs law shingle

Attorney focuses on civil litigation Bill Tharp, a longtime attorney who brings with him decades of legal experience, including significant jury awards in several areas of civil law, has hung his shingle in The Dalles.

Army to cut brigades at 10 US bases

WASHINGTON — The Army will eliminate at least 12 combat brigades, relocate thousands of soldiers and cancel $400 million in construction projects as the first wave of federal budget cuts takes aim at military communities around the country.

Bridge: Do not play by rote; consider alternatives

Bridge players usually know the goal of a deal. For each side, it is to win a certain number of tricks. (The exception is when playing in a matchpointed duplicate. Then the target for declarer might be to win an overtrick or two; for the defenders, perhaps to hold the contract to plus one. That is why pair events are so tough.)

For the Record, June 26

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for June 26, 2013.

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Shouting protesters prevent bill passage

Citizens stage a filibuster of their own AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Despite barely beating a midnight deadline, hundreds of jeering protesters helped stop Texas lawmakers from passing one of the toughest abortion measures in the country. As the protesters raised the noise to deafening levels in the Texas Senate chamber late Tuesday, Republicans scrambled to gather their colleagues at the podium for a stroke-of-midnight vote.

What's happening from June 26

FARMERS MARKET: The Dalles Farmers Market is now open every Saturday through Oct. 13 and will launch its Wednesday evening market starting June 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. In addition to the Farmers Market vendors, several musicians have been booked. The market is also adding local artisan booths.

Trout Lake adventures by bicycle

This summer, Cascade Mountain School will host the second annual Farm to Table Bike Camp.

North Bonneville celebrates Gorge Days July 5-6

The ninth annual Gorge Days celebration is taking place in North Bonneville, Washington, Friday and Saturday, July 5-6. All events take place at or around North Bonneville City Park and the celebration is sponsored by the City of North Bonneville, North Bonneville Volunteer Fire Department and the Skamania County Chamber of Commerce.

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‘Shadow of the Raven’

Edgar Allan Poe (Duffy Hudson) responds in terror during his recital of "The Tell-Tale Heart." The piece was one of several he performed at The Dalles Wasco County Libary Tuesday night, June 25.

NCAA strips U of O of scholarships

The NCAA has taken away a scholarship for each of the next three seasons and placed Oregon’s football program on probation for three years for recruiting violations under previous coach Chip Kelly.

Man accused in Wednesday knife attack

A man believed to be homeless has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly using a knife Tuesday night to settle an argument with another man.

Cherries see rain damage

Local orchards saw almost three-quarters of an inch of rain June 25 and the effect of that rain on the local cherry crop isn’t good, but still hasn’t been fully evaluated.

Sequestration won’t hinder fire control

Despite recent rains, precipitation is below average this year The bad news is this is shaping up to be a tough fire season, with grasses drying out at least a month earlier than normal. The good news is the U.S. Forest Service’s gorge firefighting crew hasn’t felt the effects of sequestration and is at the same 10-person strength as last year.

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Supreme Court strikes federal marriage provision

WASHINGTON — In a major victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California.

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Sluggers end with a bang

The 10U National Junior Baseball Organization Sluggers team had their final tournament last weekend in Aloha and went 3-1 to claim third place.

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Ready to blaze a new trail

After playing in recent all-star game, TDW graduates primed for college In their final weekend as representatives of The Dalles Wahtonka High School, recent graduates Connor Mathisen and Dakota Walker had the opportunity to rub elbows with some of the best baseball players in the state at the Reser’s Oregon All-Star Series in Corvallis.

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Marine Zone weekly fishing report

Most ports sampled reported catches of four to five rockfish. About half of the anglers caught lingcod. The hot port last week was Garibaldi with most bottomfishers getting limits of rockfish and lingcod. Fishing for groundfish is closed offshore of the 30-fathom line defined by latitude and longitude.

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Columbia Zone weekly fishing report

Summer Chinook fishing is fair below Bonneville Dam. Shad continue to cross Bonneville Dam in large numbers; however, catch rates appear to be winding down. Summer steelhead abundance is increasing in the lower Columbia. Sturgeon retention is open from The Dalles Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border. Catch and release angling for sturgeon is good in the estuary and fair to good from Marker 82 downstream to Longview. Walleye angling is fair to good in the The Dalles and John Day pools.

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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.

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Northeast Zone weekly hunting report

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

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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. Several area ponds have been stocked with rainbow trout recently and should offer some good fishing. Should be good catch-and-release fishing for trout on the upper Umatilla. Spring Chinook fishing is currently NOT open in the Imnaha River (as of June 26). All spring Chinook must be released unharmed. Watch for announcements pertaining to spring Chinook seasons on the ODFW website.

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Southeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Klamath Wildlife Area Effective Jan.1, 2013, a Wildlife Area Parking Permit is required to park on the Wildlife Area. Cost is $7 daily or $22 annually. Free with purchase of hunting license. Waterfowl Great Basin Canada geese are evident with goslings in tow. Mallard, gadwall and teal can be seen with ducklings as well. White pelicans can be seen foraging for fish in many of the ponds and waterways.

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Southeast Zone weekly hunting report

SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

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Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Krumbo Reservoir has been stocked with 15,000 legal-sized trout and fishing should be good. Anthony Lake will be stocked this week 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.

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Central Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Resident nesting species such as mallards, gadwall and cinnamon teal are still numerous, but will be harder to locate as females will be busy tending nests and broods. American wigeon, shoveler, green-winged teal and wood duck can still be seen, but are less common as most have migrated through. Numerous Canada goose broods have been seen and can be found throughout Crook County.

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Central Zone weekly hunting report

CENTRAL ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

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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.

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Willamette Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

NEWTS, a type of salamander common in the Pacific Northwest, may be observed in their migration from terrestrial environs such as rotten logs and moist soil to their breeding grounds in ponds, small lakes and the edges of streams. These small amphibians may be found if you are hiking in forests during or just after it rains.

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Willamette Zone weekly hunting report

Hunter orange required for youth Don’t forget: hunters age 17 and under must wear a fluorescent orange upper garment OR hat when hunting upland game birds (except turkey) and game mammals (deer, elk, bear, cougar, pronghorn, goat, sheep, and western gray squirrel) with a firearm.

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Willamette Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: The McKenzie River above Leaburg Lake will be boat-stocked this week from Forest Glen Landing near Blue River to Goodpasture Bridge with a total of 8,450 legal- and larger-sized rainbow trout. Progress Lake in Beaverton was stocked June 7 with 600 “pounder-plus” rainbow trout. Fishing is fair to good for spring Chinook and summer steelhead on the Sandy River.

Tuesday, June 25

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Supreme Court strikes key Voting Rights Act provision

MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced unless Congress comes up with an up-to-date formula for deciding which states and localities still need federal monitoring.

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Climber killings disrupt Pakistani tourism

Militants kill 11 tourists in brutal attack ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s already embattled tourism industry is struggling to deal with worried customers and cancellations after Islamic militants attacked foreign climbers preparing to challenge one of the world’s tallest mountains, killing 11 people.

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Editorial cartoons for June 25

Editorial cartoons for June 25, 2013.

Editorial: Finding the path through a revolution

It was with sadness that we learned that the Oregonian is joining the ranks of metro papers that have cut delivery days and staff. When an institution like the Oregonian is diminished, it’s a loss to us all in terms of cultivating an informed and engaged citizenry.

Letter to the Editor: Great experience

To the editor: I went kayaking last Saturday, June 22, on the Columbia River above Riverfront Park. I rented a kayak from the Kayak Shack right there in the park. It was so easy.

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Library offers wealth of children’s programs

Summer brings a variety of children’s and adult activities to The Dalles-Wasco County Library, starting Mondays with game time for children ages 9 and older from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday evenings, the Teen Book Discussion Group starts at 6:30 p.m. This Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m., is Toddler Time.

Hood River Garden Tour set for June 29

Bees, Blossoms and Scarecrows is the theme of this year’s garden tour Saturday, June 29, in Hood River from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What's happening from June 25

New Entries CHRISTIAN SINGER: Pasquale Talarico, a Christian Worship Singer, performs Saturday, July 13, at 7 p.m. at St Peter’s Parish Center in The Dalles. A free-will offering will be accepted. SOIL TESTING: OSU Wasco County Master Gardeners offer soil testing every week through October 2013. Garden soil will be tested for nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, pH, humus, and texture.

Poverty impacts northwest children

PORTLAND (AP) Oregon's children and families remain in economic stress despite an improving economy, according data released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. SEATTLE (AP) — More Washington kids are living in poverty today than before the recession, but they are better educated and their health has improved, according to a new report released Monday.

Oregon bill aimed at curbing prison growth

SALEM — An Oregon legislative committee tasked with flat-lining the state’s growing prison population advanced a revised bill Monday that committee members say will meet that goal for the next five years.

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Dissension and fiscal woes beset Girl Scouts

Given the friction and financial woes facing the Girl Scouts these days, perhaps it’s time for a giant friendship circle. Under that long-standing tradition, a ring of Scouts clasp hands and give a little squeeze, accompanied by a silent wish of good will.

Doctors make progress toward ‘artificial pancreas’

Doctors are reporting a major step toward an “artificial pancreas,” a device that would constantly monitor blood sugar in people with diabetes and automatically supply insulin as needed.

Senior News: Pondering the ideals of today with the Lone Ranger

Do you ever miss the “good ole days” when the Lone Ranger could dispense justice without fanfare or press conferences — and the local citizens had to ask, “Who was that masked man?”

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Young Ranchers in Training

Young ranchers improved their pig showmanship skills at the Junior Livestock Show in Tygh Valley. According to volunteer Nikki Moleli, the young 4H members gained valuable knowledge on how to show their pigs and how to choose a good market pig.

Wishram releases semester two honor roll

High Honors (GPA 3.49-4.00) Jasmine Biggs – 3.83 Dakota Doolin – 3.70 Suzanne McConville – 3.68 Jonathan VonAhn – 3.59 Andrew Beckers – 4.00 Gabe Montoya – 3.61 Alex Cloud – 3.89 Elijah McCullough – 3.86

Lyle schools honor rolls

Lyle High School Honors (3.5-3.99): Jaryd Quintero, John Stephens, LeslieAnn Rodriguez, Jacob Zeigler, Riley Haner Honorable Mention (3.00-3.49): Jacob Armour, Cheyenne Chase, Justin Mills, Dustin Mutch, Chance Carpenter, Chad Miller, Elizabeth Smith, Brendon Stuart, Ricky Weddle

Sonrise Academy releases end of year honor roll and awards

Primary Honors: Victorya Anderson, Tim DePaepe, Logan Hanna, Lucas Johnson Honor Roll (88%-93% average): Josh Bonfil, Mavi Bonfil, Kassidy DePaepe, Nadia Viveros Excellence Honor Roll (94% - 100% average): McKenzie Johnson, Tyler Leigh, Kareena Phipps, Jacob Wakeman, Sarah Winters

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Study: Charter schools have improved rapidly

Nationwide, students from poor families benefit the most Charter schools benefit students from poor families, black students and Hispanic English-language learners more than their peers in other groups, a study shows.

Bridge: Another combination worth many points

At the bridge table, declarer, after observing the dummy, collects facts — winners and losers — and reflects by combining them.

94 in Alaska? Weather extremes tied to jet str

WASHINGTON — The jet stream, the river of air high above Earth that generally dictates the weather, usually rushes rapidly from west to east in a mostly straight direction.

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Quartet claims Sasquatch victory

Two strokes is the difference in Sasquatch 4 golf event Two strokes made the difference between the top two four-person teams at the 39th annual Sasquatch 4s Women’s Best Ball event June 22-23 at The Dalles Country Club.

Hustlers maintain streak

Top pitching, stout offense leads squad to impressive home sweep The streaking Columbia Gorge Hustlers pulled out a pair of wins over the Showtime 18U team by scores of 4-0 and 8-7 in American Legion Post 19 baseball play at Quinton Street Ballpark Sunday in The Dalles.

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Putting up their best efforts for The Dalles football

The Dalles Wahtonka football performs well in yearly camp at Linfield College After three days of drills, practices, running and scrimmages, members of The Dalles Wahtonka football team were rewarded with an all-day pass to Bullwinkle’s Family Fun Center to ride bumper cars, swim and enjoy the spoils of their off-season hard work.

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Blowing kisses for cancer research

WITH VIDEO NEWLY CROWNED queen "Bobby Boop" (Bob Koch) blows a kiss to her fans after being crowned "Mr. Relay" at Relay for Life Saturday evening, June 22.

For the Record, June 25

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for June 25, 2013.

Oregon House backs medical marijuana dispensaries

SALEM — The Oregon House took a step toward legalizing medical marijuana dispensaries on Monday as lawmakers narrowly approved a bill that would license and regulate retail outlets that connect marijuana cardholders with the drug. Under existing law, the state’s nearly 55,000 medical marijuana cardholders must grow the pot themselves or find a person to grow it for them. The bill would give cardholders another option: purchasing their medicine from state-regulated medical marijuana retail outlets.

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Vet’s last act to benefit others

Jimmie Doris died before getting to play on new billiards table Jimmie Doris didn’t live long enough to rack the balls for Friday’s ceremonial break on the new pool table at the Oregon Veterans’ Home in The Dalles but friends and family felt he was there in spirit.

The Dalles mulls road district

The Dalles City Council was asked by county officials Monday to put off a decision about asking voters to approve a 3-cent-per- gallon gas tax increase to fund repairs for dilapidated streets.

Search for climber continues

PORTLAND, (AP) — The search continues on Mount Hood for Salem dentist Kinley Adams who failed to return Saturday from a climb.

Monday, June 24

Candlelight vigil planned for Sophia Marcias

Dufur girl, 12, hospitalized

A 12-year-old Dufur girl is at Doernbecher’s Childrens Hospital in Portland after suffering a brain aneurysm.

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Dancing their way to fitness

Adolescents participate in Healthy and Fit TDMS after school. Kids who might otherwise have gone home after school and plopped down in front of the TV or an iPod are now dancing up a storm at The Dalles Middle School.

Saturday, June 22

Ask Dr. K: Foot care products vary in quality

DEAR DOCTOR K: I see lots of products designed to treat foot problems — and I have lots of foot problems. Are the foot care products you can buy in the drugstore worth the money? DEAR READER: For some body parts, the drugstore has little to offer. But you’re right: There are many foot products. To find out if they’re really helpful, I checked with my colleague, Dr. James P. Ioli, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School. Here are our thoughts on some common foot care products.

Village Idiot: Does the government have everyone’s number?

“I can’t believe the government is invading my privacy! We might as well be living in Russia!” said the guy in aisle 3 into his cellphone. I don’t know if the NSA could hear him, but everyone else in the Shop and Go Away could. And he’s worried about his privacy?

Today in History, June 23

The Associated Press Today is Sunday, June 23, the 174th day of 2013. There are 191 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 23, 1888, abolitionist Frederick Douglass received one vote from the Kentucky delegation at the Republican convention in Chicago, effectively making him the first black candidate to have his name placed in nomination for U.S. president. (The nomination went to Benjamin Harrison.)

Looking back, June 23

100 Years Ago-1913 It has been erroneously, and quite generally, reported that the heavy rains of Saturday and Sunday, seriously damaged the cherry crop. Such a condition does not exist.

Astro-Graph for June 23

Many new opportunities will present themselves if you focus on developing better relationships with your friends and allies in the coming days. If everyone is willing to make some adjustments, wonderful benefits will result.

Bridge: You need to keep crossing to the dummy

Groucho Marx said, “A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.” Not a superstitious man, he. And bridge is not a game for the superstitious, with its 13-card hands and 13-trick deals. To get from one hand to the other, you often have to be careful with your cards. How does that apply in this deal?

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OSU falls to Mississippi State

OMAHA, Neb. — Oregon State’s season ended with the Beavers waiting for the big hit that never came. The Beavers were eliminated from the College World Series in a 4-1 loss to Mississippi State on Friday. The Bulldogs advanced to the CWS finals with the victory.

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Editorial cartoons for June 23

Editorial cartoons for June 23, 2013.

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Learning the good life in the Mid-Columbia

This past month has been very busy around the area’s Extension offices. Days have been extra-long for all of us. I have seen so many examples that remind me of why I love this area.

Public meetings from June 23

The Dalles Wednesday – The Dalles Historic Landmarks Commission, 4 p.m., City Hall council chambers, 313 Court St. Agenda: public hearing on request by Eric Gleason to nominate the Lewis and Clark Monument as a local historic landmark.

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14U squad prepped for Babe Ruth tourney

State event is scheduled to run from July 10 to 12 in TD After a long meeting Wednesday night, The Dalles-area Babe Ruth program has announced the rosters for its 14U all-star baseball team.

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All together for the sport they love

Challenger program continues to enjoy success through several years in The Dalles For four weeks, a large number of athletes, parents, coaches and friends congregate on 16th Street Ballpark for special moments of Challenger Baseball in The Dalles.

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Wonderland Trail: hard hike with stunning rewards

93 miles of ups, downs and stunning views on the Wonderland Trail MOUNT RAINER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) — For an hour we stared at the mountain. Four tired hikers at the end of a long day, settling in at Klapatche Park with freeze-dried dinners, and watching nature’s version of television.

Hanford tank may be leaking waste into soil

An underground tank holding some of the worst radioactive waste at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site might be leaking into the soil.

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Editorial: A good starting point

The Oregon Court of Appeals made the right move June 19 when it upheld the gorge commission’s Regional Air Quality Strategy for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. However, it’s important to note that the court’s job wasn’t to evaluate the effectiveness of that strategy, only to make sure it doesn’t violate existing law, including the National Scenic Area Act. Which they determined it doesn’t.

Letter to the Editor: More on GMOs

To the editor: As a former newspaper reporter myself, I was disappointed and dismayed to read Reporter Neita Cecil’s article entitled “Growers Wary over GMOs” (Sun., June 16). Ms. Cecil would have done herself, our local farmers, and your readership a far better turn, had she actually researched genetically modified foods when writing her article.

Letter to the Editor: Uncaring city

To the editor: Citizens of The Dalles, have you noticed how much the city leaders care about you? Let’s review.

Letter to the Editor: Never forget

To the editor: Long ago, it became part of my morning routine to look at the Department of Defense casualty list and pay my respects to the fallen. This ritual started when my son, a Marine, began a series of deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Even though little media attention is now given to America’s longest war, 14 soldiers and a Marine have died on the battlefield in Afghanistan this month alone, and more than 6,500 have lost their lives in both post-9/11 wars, with tens of thousands receiving life-altering injuries.

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Kerry’s thorny problems

DOHA, Qatar — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Saturday for an urgent political resolution to the war in Syria, saying that unless the bloodshed stops, the region could descend into a chaotic sectarian conflict.

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Snowden charged with espionage

WASHINGTON — Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who says he revealed that the National Security Agency collects Americans’ phone records and Internet data from U.S. communication companies, now faces charges of espionage and theft of government property.

What's happening from June 23

New Entries YARD SALE: The women of Gateway Presbyterian Church are having their annual rummage sale to raise money for a women’s retreat. The event will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 28 and 29 at 1111 Dry Hollow Rd.

West 15th will be closed

West 15th Street, between Mt. Hood and Bridge streets, will be closed to all traffic Monday, June 24, and Tuesday, June 25, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Urban Paper hosts bake sale for kid’s cancer

Urban Paper at 212 Washington St. in The Dalles will be the site of a Cookies for Kids’ Cancer local bake sale Friday, June 28, starting at 10 a.m.

Friends: Gorge commission needs to do more on air quality

The Friends of the Columbia Gorge organization hasn’t determined whether it will pursue further legal remedies after its challenge to the gorge commission’s Regional Air Quality Strategy was shot down June 19 by the Oregon Court of Appeals, but its conservation director says the commission needs to do more to protect air quality.

While you were sleeping...

Several months ago, most residents of The Dalles were sleeping while 120-foot-long trucks rumbled through city streets.

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Readiness Center links military, college purpose

In seven months, Oregon National Guard soldiers will be training in the same building where college students are studying for careers in renewable energy.

Scam targets PUD customers

Northern Wasco County PUD is warning customers of a telephone scam that appears to be targeting utility customers in the area. Several Northern Wasco County PUD customers received calls Wednesday, June 19, from a person in Utah claiming that the customer’s electricity was going to be disconnected if they did not send money.

Friday, June 21

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Taphouse in college: softball dreams alive

TDW grad accepts a scholarship to play at BMCC Melanie Taphouse did not think her softball career would span further than the high school level. As her luck would have it, a road league game in Hermiston as a first baseman led to an initial meeting with head coach Jeanette Abreu and a tryout at Blue Mountain Community College.

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On to the biggest stage

Columbia Basin Rodeo team preparing for Silver State and Nationals It is the time of season where rodeo athletes turn it up a few notches in preparation for Silver State and Nationals. All six cowboys and cowgirls, two from junior varsity, representing the Columbia Basin Rodeo Club will extend their seasons since performing well in the Oregon High School Rodeo finals at the Crook County Fairgrounds in Prineville.

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Photo Contest Kicks Off

KAYLA BERISH, 13, was the first contestant to submit entries, including this floral shot, to The Chronicle’s summer youth photo contest. Young people up to age 18 are invited to submit up to five photos they have taken.

What's happening from June 21

New Entries RADIO DEMO: A field day demonstration of ham radio operations is set for June 22-23 at Riverfront Park. The field day is the climax of the weeklong “Amateur Radio Week,” sponsored by the national association for amateur radio. Ham radio operators provide backup emergency communication for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA to the International Space Station.

Fort Dalles Days July 12-21

Fort Dalles Days kicks off July 12 to 21 in The Dalles for 10 days of family fun activities, including the Fort Dalles Days NPRA Pro Rodeo July 18-20.

Sherman County Historical museum marks milestone

Sherman County Historical museum marks a milestone this Saturday, June 22, at its annual meeting themed Making of a Museum: Celebrating 30 Years.

Bridge Report for May 2013

Winners for May 13: A - 1st Marylee Webber & Chris Rider; 2nd Tillie Vann & Jim Heitkemper; 3rd Darlene Kemper & Gary Cotter B - 1st Marylee Webber & Chris Rider; 2nd Tillie Vann & Jim Heitkemper Winners for May 15: A - 1st Darlene Kemper & Gary Cotter; 2nd Chris Rider & Peyt Turner; 3rd Marylee Webber & Ann Dollarhide B - 1st Darlene Kemper & Gary Cotter; 2nd Chris Rider & Peyt Turner

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Night training for pilots

PRINEVILLE (AP) — Pilots flying into Prineville Airport at night usually use a radio trick to turn on the runway lights so they can see the small airstrip.

For the Record, June 21

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for June 21, 2013.

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Giving a new hope to the disabled

For just $250 — the cost for parts and shipping of a simple, sturdy and colorful hand-powered wheelchair — a handicapped person in an impoverished country can gain mobility, independence and dignity.

Church news in brief, June 21

Church news in brief.

BP calls for probe of claims lawyer

NEW ORLEANS — BP is calling for an independent investigation into a lawyer working for the administrator reviewing claims arising from the Gulf oil spill who has been accused of collecting portions of settlement payments from a New Orleans law firm to which he had once referred claims.

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Brazil protests, violence grows

Mass riots in several cities find citizens RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil awoke Friday to city centers still smoldering after a night that shocked the nation: 1 million anti-government protesters took to the streets in scores of cities, with clusters battling police and destroying swaths of storefronts and government buildings.

Bullfrogs may spread deadly fungus, but also die from it

CORVALLIS — Amphibian populations are declining worldwide and a major cause is a deadly fungus thought to be spread by bullfrogs, but a two-year study shows they can also die from this pathogen, contrary to suggestions that bullfrogs are a tolerant carrier host that just spreads the disease.

Relay for Life focuses on fun

24-hour cancer fundraising relay starts at 10 a.m. Saturday Putting fun in fundraising is the idea behind this year’s Relay for Life event in The Dalles, happening over 24 hours this Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, at the Wahtonka campus Sid White Field.

Mosier principal question remains unsettled

The budget for Mosier’s charter schools may be settled, but Mosier Community School will begin the new fiscal year with its principalship in question after its board had a tie vote on whether to renew the contract of current principal David Sather.

Mosier plans budget cuts to schools

Decrease in rural schools funding leaves shortfall Like most schools in the country, Mosier Community Schools are tightening their belts for the coming year.

Court affirms pollution plan

Court: Gorge air quality plan is valid strategy The Oregon Court of Appeals affirmed the gorge commission’s Regional Air Quality Strategy for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area on June 19, rejecting a Friends of the Columbia Gorge challenge that claimed it neither provided enough remedies, nor even constituted a strategy.

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Students honor ‘gifts from our ancestors’

Confluence Project wraps up at TDWHS Attendees of The Dalles Wahtonka High School’s graduation ceremonies this year may have noticed some new additions to Amotan Field.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Magic of missing sewing kit

It wasn’t that big of a deal, really. Still, I felt a twinge of sadness whenever I thought about it because it’s something I really liked a lot.

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Ask Dr. K: Control blood sugar to avoid kidney damage

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have Type 2 diabetes. My doctor said that kidney disease is a potential long-term complication of diabetes. What’s the connection between the two?

Corps says no to coal study

Authority confined to facilities The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not study the potential environmental impact of having coal trains pass through communities along railroad lines on their way to three Northwest export terminals.

Thursday, June 20

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Another strong finish

PLAYERS from the 10U Cherry City Crush softball team display a second-place trophy from play at the Father’s Day Tournament in Newberg.

Ft. Dalles Hustlers post sweep of the Scots

‘A’ Legion baseball squad scores 15 runs in two wins In a stout hitting display, the Fort Dalles Hustlers rattled off 17 hits, seven walks and went a perfect 5 for 5 on stolen base attempts in wins of 5-2 and 10-8 over David Douglas in ‘A’ American Legion baseball play.

Winners are crowned after bike race finale

If you build it, they will come. That sentence proved true for Gorge Mountain Bike Short Track event director Chad Sperry of Breakaway Promotions. Through five races, the last coming on June 13, more than 250 racers were on the new EasyCLIMB trail system in Cascade Locks.

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Tough tourney for 14U Sluggers

JBO baseball team goes 1-3 at Federal Tournament through Father’s Day weekend Although his Junior Baseball Organization baseball team is ages 9-11 this year, the Sean Herriges managed 14U Sluggers have hit the field against some tough squads all season with an opportunity to improve each day.

Oregon House OK’s higher education budget

SALEM — The state House on Wednesday approved funding increases for Oregon’s universities and community colleges for the first time in years, but administrators say they’ll still have to raise tuition charges to make ends meet.

Grants Pass may fund county justice

GRANTS PASS (AP) — City officials in Grants Pass say they’re considering making city funds available to help patch the criminal justice system in Josephine County.

Round-Up seeks tax revenue

PENDLETON (AP) — Backers of Oregon’s biggest rodeo, the Pendleton Round-Up, say they’ll work with city officials to find ways to bring in more revenue to pay the property taxes on the rodeo grounds — but it won’t include advertising in the arena. The rodeo has been struggling to pay its taxes since it took ownership of the grounds from the city four years ago, using the property as collateral for a renovation loan.

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Moniz promises new Hanford plan

RICHLAND, Wash. — Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Wednesday he intends to have a new plan by the end of the summer for resolving technical problems with a waste treatment plant under construction at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site.

Letter to the Editor: Too tiny type

To the editor: This is an open letter to all the companies who print our local phone books:

Letter to the Editor: A big hero

To the editor: This might not be newsworthy, but a fine young man from The Dalles was a big hero for me and my family last weekend. While traveling on I-84 pulling the horse trailer with a pony and two milk cows, we had a major blowout on I-84.

Letter to the Editor: Talking at the DIG

To the editor: Of the many hidden jewels here in our Columbia River Gorge, one man-made gem I have recently discovered is The Dalles Imagination Garden on the port property next to the Google compound.

Letter to the Editor: Fix the border

To the editor: Amnesty again? I would have thought we learned how well “comprehensive immigration reform” worked back in 1986. Oh, but this one is called “roadmap to citizenship.” I am sure it will be the greatest idea yet and America will be all the better for it. It won’t cost taxpayers much, if the word trillions no longer has meaning.

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Editorial cartoons for June 20

Editorial cartoons for June 20, 2013.

Editorial: Inexperienced in the art of compromise

The Oregon Senate on Monday defeated the proposed 2013-15 statewide school budget. That is disappointing for political reasons but not for educational ones.

Obama focuses on global warming

President is planning new push to fight air pollution WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is planning a major push using executive powers to tackle the pollution blamed for global warming in an effort to make good on promises he made at the start of his second term.

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Taliban offers to free US soldier

Afghans want five operatives released from Guantanamo KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan Taliban are ready to free a U.S. soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their senior operatives imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay as a conciliatory gesture,

Arts and entertainment from June 20

This Week June 20 – Solstice Eve party on the Deck, 6-8 p.m., The Dalles-Wasco County Library, 722 Court St. June 20 – “The Wizard of Oz,” sundown, Sunshine Mill, 901 E. Second, TD, www.sunshinemill.com June 20 – Famous fathers and the desert for trivia nigh

‘In the Shadow of the Raven’

BROADWAY AND FILM veteran Duffy Hudson brings Edgar Allan Poe to life in the theatrical performance “In the Shadow of the Raven,” on Poe’s life and works.

Crawling for the Cause debuts

The Fort Dalles Rodeo Association is launching the Cowboys Crawling for the Cause pub crawl to benefit local cancer prevention. Crawlers will roam between downtown bars wearing T-shirts identifying them as part of the crawl. Proceeds from the shirts benefit Breast Health for Strong Families.

Local musicians perform for Relay for Life in The Dalles June 22

Two music groups have been booked to perform at the June 22 fundraiser of Relay For Life The Dalles Area.

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Frozen in time and space

A male Rufus hummingbird hovers at a feeder in rural Wasco County. The motion of its rapidly beating wings has been frozen in this photograph by the extremely short burst of light produced by an electronic flash.

For the Record, June 20

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for June 20, 2013.

Police chase ends in The Dalles crash

A Washington State Police chase that started at the intersection of Highways 14 and 197 ended in a crash on a residential street in The Dalles.

Youth leagues try to rein in ‘bad news parents’

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. — No parent here has rushed onto a playing field to jump a referee who made an unpopular call. No adult has gotten angry and slugged or pushed a coach or a young player, as has happened elsewhere. Nor have there been any of those embarrassing sideline brawls you sometimes see posted on online video sites.

Chronicle launches youth photo contest

Calling all young photographers... The Dalles Chronicle is having a summer photography contest for anyone 18 or younger.

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Cuts to farm subsidies, food stamps in bill

WASHINGTON — The House is expected to vote Thursday on cuts to government farm subsidies and food stamps as lawmakers move toward passage of a five-year, half trillion-dollar farm bill.

Insurance hike prompts county cutback

Japan earthquake raised rates A 600 percent increase in costs is causing Wasco County to cut back on its earthquake insurance.

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Astro-Graph for June 20, 2013

Both tangible and intangible benefits can be gained in the year ahead by taking your ideas to the marketplace. However, you must have total confidence in your plan.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Never be late with rent

Dear Mary: In one of your columns that I read years ago, you recommended paying your rent (or mortgage) first, because landlords are quick to evict. I just wanted to confirm this point, but also say that I wish I would have taken that advice to heart.

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Ask Dr. K: Introduce solid foods for infants at 4 to 6 months

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve started giving pureed solid foods to my 2-month-old daughter. My sister doesn’t think this is safe. What’s your opinion?

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Columbia Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend Fishing Opportunities: Summer Chinook fishing is fair below Bonneville Dam. Shad angling is good in the gorge for both boat and bank anglers. Summer steelhead abundance is increasing in the lower Columbia. Walleye angling is good in the The Dalles and John Day pools.

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Willamette Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: The McKenzie River below Leaburg Lake will be boat-stocked this week from Leaburg Town Landing to Hendricks with a total of 5,900 legal- and larger-sized rainbow trout. Progress Lake in Beaverton was stocked June 7 with 600 “pounder-plus” rainbow trout. Fishing is fair to good for spring Chinook and summer steelhead on the Sandy River.

Willamette Zone weekly hunting report

WILLAMETTE ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR

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Willamette Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Ruffed grouse courting Listen for a rhythmic drumming as you hike the forests this spring ― male ruffed grouse are out courting females and their rhythmic wing beating (drumming) is used to advertise their presence and draw females into their territories. Drumming starts with a slow but powerful wing beat every second, rapidly speeding up, and ending 8 to 11 seconds later. This acoustic “calling card” is repeated every 3 to 5 minutes in the early morning and late afternoon during the breeding season. Ruffed grouse are native to Oregon and can be easily identified by their relatively long, fan-shaped and distinctively banded tail in addition to their neck ruffs. Look and listen for these 16-19 inch long, brown or gray-brown, chicken sized birds in deciduous and mixed forest communities in western Oregon.

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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.

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Central Zone weekly hunting report

CENTRAL ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

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Central Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Bird watching is not just limited to wild places, as residents and visitors to Bend can watch an osprey pair nesting adjacent to the Parkway that runs through Bend. Sandhill cranes have been spotted in a meadow near Sisters and at the Ryan Ranch area along the Deschutes River; above Dillon Falls. And Vaux’s swifts can be seen flying over the former Bend library at 507 NW Wall St., and disappearing into the chimney at dusk.

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Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Krumbo Reservoir has been stocked with 15,000 legal-sized trout and fishing should be 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.

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Southeast Zone weekly hunting report

SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

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Southeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Klamath Falls Area Flooded pastures around the basin offer great viewing for white-faced ibis as they forage on earthworms and other insects. These birds are colony nesters and utilize wetland vegetation to nest. American white pelicans, killdeer, western grebes, Clark’s grebes and several swallow species continue in their nesting season in the Basin. The courtship rituals of both western and Clark’s grebes are both distinct and visually stunning and should not be missed by those with an appreciation of such things. Upper Klamath Lake is currently home to thousands of grebes, and viewing opportunities exist along the shore as well as from boat.

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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. Several area ponds have been stocked with rainbow trout recently and should offer some good fishing. Should be good catch-and-release fishing for trout on the upper Umatilla.

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Northeast Zone weekly hunting report

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

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Northeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler Counties Long billed curlews can be seen in the wheat stubble fields. Mobs of ravens can be seen in the foothills, as can golden eagles. Ferruginous hawks can be seen the northern portion of the District on their nests. Short-eared owl can be seen along the grasslands of the north end of the District.

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Marine Zone weekly fishing report

Better than half the anglers out of Astoria landed Chinook salmon last week. Coho catches were much lower – only about one for every 10 anglers. On the rest of the coast there were no reported coho landings. One in 10 anglers caught Chinook south of Astoria. The exception was Winchester Bay where about four in 10 anglers caught a Chinook.

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Marine Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Event: NestWatch at Nestucca Bay, June 29 Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge participates in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Project NestWatch Program. Join refuge volunteer Lee Sliman on Saturday, June 29, from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. while she actively open nest boxes and monitors the progress of the refuge's avian families. Meet in the lower parking lot of Nestucca Bay Refuge. Nestwatch is a citizen science program where volunteers place and care for artificial nest boxes; monitor them; and then record nesting results in a nationwide database. For more information contact the refuge volunteer at 503-392-9047.

Wednesday, June 19

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Astro-Graph for June 19, 2013

In the year ahead, you could have greater opportunities to operate in an independent, enterprising manner. There’s a chance that more than one of your endeavors will turn out to be quite grand.

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Ask Dr. K: Foot ulcers should never be left untreated

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have an open sore on the bottom of my foot. Can I just cover it with a Band-Aid until it heals, or do I need to see a doctor?

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Everyday Cheapskate: Salad plates chilled and ready

You know what I really like — OK, pretty much love? A perfectly chilled salad plate and salad fork. That to me is the height of culinary perfection. The problem is I hardly ever remember to chill the plates and forks in time. Picture me doing the Happy Dance when today’s first tip popped out of my email inbox.

TDCC golfers get top honors in Skamania

Shelley Reynolds-Wacker notched first place as an individual and she was a major cog in a top quartet that cruised to first place in the net category during golf action at Skamania Lodge Golf Course on Monday.

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Hustlers sweep past Knights

Legion team is riding a four-game winning streak so far The Columbia Gorge Hustlers ran their winning streak to four games after rolling to a two-game sweep with wins of 7-2 and 11-1 over the Northwest Star Knights Tuesday in American Legion baseball play at Quinton Street Ballpark.

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Just like old times

Big Sky Conference foes battle it out in summer hoops tournament in Moro There are never enough big-time basketball games pitting the best of the best in the Big Sky West Division.

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At least 16 dead in attack on U.N. compound

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Seven al-Qaida-linked gunmen detonated a pick-up truck rigged with explosives at the gate of the U.N. compound in Somalia’s capital Wednesday, launching a bombs-and-gunfire assault that saw militants pour into the complex, killing at least nine people, including three foreigners, officials said.

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Obama calls for more nuclear reduction

President: We need ‘peace with justice’ BERLIN — Appealing for a new citizen activism in the free world, President Barack Obama renewed his call Wednesday to reduce U.S. and Russian nuclear stockpiles and to confront climate change, a danger he called “the global threat of our time.”

For the Record, June 19

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from June 19, 2013.

Bored kids? Try a craft project

For a lot of kids, summertime beckons with temptations — to sleep in late, watch too much TV, swim, roam. And that’s just the first day. Boredom soon sets in.

Bridge: Count losers and lose the extras

James Patrick Murray, a former sportswriter, said, “Show me a man who is a good loser, and I’ll show you a man who is playing golf with his boss.” That reminds me of a story about Sam Snead, who still has the most wins on the PGA tour. While an office boy, he was playing golf with his boss. They reached a downhill par 4 that was more than 300 yards. Snead, who had the honor, waited. His boss suggested that Snead should hit his drive. Snead pointed out that the foursome in front was still putting on the green. “Do you want a job tomorrow?” asked his boss.

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Brokers open Copper West office

A group of seven longtime The Dalles-area real estate brokers create a local branch of the Copper West Properties firm based in Hood River.

Molly Donnell joins Windermere

Molly Donnell has joined Windermere Glenn Taylor Real Estate as a broker in The Dalles, and will be assisting both buyers and sellers with real estate sales.

Word on the Street: Tribes bring salmon sales back to gorge

I'll love you, dear, I'll love you till China and Africa meet and the river jumps over the mountain and the salmon sing in the street. — W. H. Auden Singing your way: Salmon may not be singing in the street, as W. H. Auden wrote, but the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Yakama tribes began their commercial sales from the summer fishery this week.

Open for Business tour set June 29

Event puts spotlight on commercial buildings The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce will host an Open for Business Tour on Saturday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring nine downtown commercial buildings.

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Qualifying rounds under way for karaoke challenge

Eloy Pando has visions of one day seeing one of his contestants working with a superstar on “The Voice.”

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Last ride for Mt. Hood Cycling Classic this weekend

After 10 years of operating one of the top bicycle races in the country, the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic will be closing up after this year’s event.

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Library summer eading program kickoff

Steve Taylor and Rudy O’Riley tell stories and perform magic Tuesday, June 18, as The Dalles Wasco County Library kicks off this year's Summer Reading program, themed Dig Into Reading.

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Surfing with Sea Lions

WINDSURFER Katie Burns had a close encounter with a sea lion over the weekend. “I was sailing out to the island and hit a sea lion with the nose of my board,” she said. “I fell in the water and he (or she) came up to my board and started hitting it with his snout."

Hanford oversight questioned

An Environmental Protection Agency report faults Washington state for lax oversight at Hanford, the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site, saying the state employs too few inspectors and gives advance notice of inspections to the federal agency charged with managing the cleanup.

Lyle man wins slot at world poker series

When you next see Rob Gaston, he could be a multimillionaire. The poker aficionado, who grew up in Goldendale and often spends time in The Dalles now that he is retired, has earned a spot in the 2013 World Series of Poker.

Governor signs City of The Dalles partition fee limitation

With a stroke of his pen Monday, Gov. John Kitzhaber immediately lowered the amount of an assessment that can be charged in The Dalles for minor lot partitions to no more than $5,000.

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Jail sees budget decline

Settled problems reduce revenue requirements The Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities in fiscal year 2013-14 are expected to be down, which means there will be no increase in the share of costs paid by the four owner counties.

Senior News: Driving and technology set a different reaction time

Automobiles have changed over the years, from push button transmissions, metal dash boards, and cigarette lighters to computerized engines, backup cameras and remote car keys (so you can lock your car from your living room and accidently set off the car alarm as you fumble with your car keys!) And so have traffic rules, driving conditions, and, although I hate to admit it, so have we.

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Editorial cartoons for June 17

Editorial cartoons for June 17, 2013.

Letter to the Editor: Fluoride debate

To the editor: To the editor: For those concerned about the current practice of The Dalles City adding chemical fluoride to the water supply, a discussion is planned on the topic to be held at City Hall for the regular meeting date of Monday, July 8, at 5:30 p.m.

Letter to the Editor: Afraid of what?

To the editor: The opening of a gun-and-ammunition store in downtown The Dalles was reported in The Dalles Chronicle last week, but the owners didn’t want their last names or photos published with the story “for security reasons.” What are they afraid of?

Ex-tech manager wants to build pot brand

SEATTLE — For the activists who led the effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Washington state last fall, Jamen Shively was one of their biggest fears: an aspiring pot profiteer whose unabashed dreams of building a cannabis empire might attract unwanted attention from the federal government or a backlash that could slow the marijuana reform movement across the country.

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Northwest news in brief

MADRAS — Some of the next generation of firefighting air tankers will be based at an airport in Central Oregon, along with a collection of vintage planes. The Bend Bulletin reports that Erickson Aero Tanker of Hillsboro now has two of its MD-87 jets based at the Madras Municipal Airport and will be adding three more by the end of the summer. The company bought seven planes from a Spanish airline, and will be converting them to drop fire retardant on wildfires.

For the Record, June 17

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for June 17, 2013.

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Dominant performance put on by D-Backs

WITH PHOTO GALLERY Minors team pulls off mercy-rule win over Pirates It took just 43 minutes for the D-Backs to impose their will against the Pirates. Five players had two hits and pitcher Trenton Schacher tossed three innings of two-hit ball to lead the D-Backs to a 12-1 mercy-rule win in a The Dalles Little League Minors Division city championship game Saturday at Kramer Field in The Dalles.

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Majors Little League battle is an instant classic

Giants build an early lead, ward off late Athletic rally for a 6-4 victory With The Dalles Little League Majors city championship on the line, it came down to power versus power in the final at-bat.

Tuesday, June 18

Meyer Memorial Trust to hold meeting in Gorge

PORTLAND — Meyer Memorial Trust – one of Oregon’s largest private foundations – will meet in the Columbia Gorge Monday, June 24.

Vote helps Oregon seniors

SALEM – The Oregon House of Representatives voted today to provide relief for seniors who were disqualified from the Senior and Disabled Property Tax Deferral Program in 2011. The legislation, HB 2510-B, allows people who were kicked out of the program under new, more stringent requirements to

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Biking Challenge

KAI SHAYS, 6, powers through a turn with a pack of determined racers behind him during Mid-Columbia Medical Center and Breakaway Promotions 2013 Mt. Hood Cycling Classic Kid’s Race June 15 at Waters Edge Health and Wellness. Mark B. Gibson photo

Barging interests: Shipping needs will trump Celilo plan

Restoring falls would destroy shipping lanes Barging interests said permanently lowering the Columbia River to expose Celilo Falls will never happen. “These groups, when they attack the river system, they always say, ‘It’s only a few barges a day,’ but that misses the point of what barging is,” said Kristin Meira, executive director of Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, which represents the barging industry.

Group hopes to restore Celilo Falls

A new non-profit group has lofty goals: to permanently lower the Columbia River, restoring Celilo Falls and its native fishery; and reconnecting Celilo Village to the river by rerouting the nearby rail lines and freeway to Washington.

College takes on new plan

Columbia Gorge Community College is hiring three employees to help more students reach their career goal by earning an associate’s degree or higher.

The Dalles sturgeon retention fishery to close one day early

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Two Columbia River white sturgeon fisheries will close earlier than expected under rules adopted today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington. The summer sturgeon retention season from Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam was reduced by one day to Friday, June 21 only. Previously, this fishery was scheduled to be open June 22 as well but that day was eliminated from the season. Sturgeon retention will close effective Friday, June 21 from the Wauna power lines downstream 40 miles to the river mouth at Buoy 10, including Youngs Bay and all adjacent Washington tributaries. This season was originally scheduled to continue through June 30.

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Astro-Graph for June 18, 2013

You could be extremely fortunate in the year ahead in advancing certain endeavors that you personally manage. However, you should be wary of situations where you have to share your authority.

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Ask Dr. K: Chelation therapy has not been shown to decrease heart disease

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have heart disease. Will chelation therapy help reduce my risk of a heart attack?

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Everyday Cheapskate: Three ways to save your family household big money

Think you’ve cut your expenses all you possibly can? You might be wrong. Check out these simple ways you can keep more of your hard-earned money over the next 12 months.

Monday, June 17

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Be kind to your knees: Injuries, obesity and genetics play roles in knee woes

Baby Boomers might be aging, but many are determined not to give up the active and healthy lifestyles that characterize their generation.

Saturday, June 15

Bridge: Usually play low, sometimes high

Tryon Edwards, a 19th-century theologian, said, “The secret of a good memory is attention, and attention to a subject depends upon our interest in it. We rarely forget that which has made a deep impression on our minds.” That is so often true. However, bridge fascinates many people who do not have a good memory for what has happened at the table. They also do not remember when to break the “golden rules” of the game. Which dictum should West break on this deal?

Ask Dr. K: Build up weak ankles to minimize sprains

DEAR DOCTOR K: I tend to sprain my ankle fairly often. Are there any exercises that could help me strengthen my ankles and prevent future sprains? DEAR READER: Your ankles are remarkable joints. They must bear the full weight of your body, yet stay nimble and flexible. Every step, every jump, every move puts your ankles through a surprising range of motion. Even when you stand quietly, your ankles are constantly making minute adjustments to help you stay balanced.

Village Idiot: Just like soccer, kissing has snuck up on us

In some countries, greeting friends with a kiss is the common custom. France, Italy, Greece and Hollywood come to mind. Not full-on, passionate kissing, but a quick buss on the cheek. First on one side, then the other. Men, women, it doesn’t matter. In some countries you have to do each cheek twice or you'll deeply insult someone, and before you know it there’s a whole Hatfield-and-McCoy thing happening because you ignored a thousand-year-old custom.

TDW, Sherman honors its top athletes of ‘13

Scholarships handed out in year-end ceremonies The Dalles Wahtonka High School announced year-end athlete award winners for the 2012-2013 sports season at the All Sports Ceremony held last Tuesday in The Dalles. All-state baseball recipient Connor Mathisen won Male Scholar Athlete honors and fellow TDW graduates Maya Barnard-Davidson and Anndria North were recognized as the school’s Female Scholar Athletes.

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DeHart forging her own path

TDW graduate ready for next challenge at Blue Mountain Community College In her first full season as a varsity softball player, The Dalles Wahtonka graduate Kella DeHart proved she belonged.

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A Big Brother is a caring adult in a young life

Bright sunlight streams through the windows at The Dalles Art Center as “Big Brother” Lloyd Walworth and his “Little Brother” Alex, 12, soak in scenes from paintings by Leslie Peterson, showing family, work and relaxation from an earlier time.

Time to trim?

City of The Dalles is asking residents make sure their trees and shrubs don’t extend over sidewalks, streets and alleys. City rules require that limbs and branches be trimmed at least 9 feet above sidewalks and 14 feet above streets or alleys.

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Homemade infusions add flavor to meals

Each year the Oregon State University Extension Service Master Food Preserver Program here in the Gorge offers a series of “a la carte” classes folks can participate in to learn about food preservation and home cooking topics.

Registration open for kids’ Doggie Days

Registration is now open for Doggie Days Summer Camp for children at Home at Last Humane Society. This week-long day camp takes place Aug. 5-9 from 8 a.m. to noon at Home at Last.

Auditions set for kids' theater performance

An audition is set for Monday, June 17, at The Dalles Wahtonka High School auditorium from 10 a.m. to noon for the Missoula children’s theatre (MCT) production of “Beauty Lou and the Country Beast.”

Climate talk shifts from curbing CO2 to adapting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Efforts to curb global warming have quietly shifted as greenhouse gases inexorably rise. The conversation is no longer solely about how to save the planet by cutting carbon emissions. It’s becoming more about how to save ourselves from the warming planet’s wild weather. It was Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement last week of an ambitious plan to stave off New York City’s rising seas with flood gates, levees and more that brought this transition into full focus. After years of losing the fight against rising global emissions of heat-trapping gases, governments around the world are emphasizing what a U.N. Foundation scientific report calls “managing the unavoidable.”

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Science Corner: Climate change crosses disturbing threshold

It’s been nearly six months since my last rant about climate change, arguably one of the biggest science stories of our time. In early May we reached the milestone level of 400 parts per million carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, a good excuse to revisit the latest signs of global warming.

Poll: Most men aspire to be fathers

A recent Associated Press-WE tv poll found more than 8 in 10 men said they have always wanted to be fathers or think they’d like to be one someday.

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Moderate wins in Iran run

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s interior minister says moderate candidate Hasan Rowhani has won the presidential vote, handing a victory to the cleric who gained support of many reform-minded Iranians looking to claw back a bit of ground after years of crackdowns.

Today in History, June 16

The Associated Press Today is Sunday, June 16, the 167th day of 2013. There are 198 days left in the year. This is Father’s Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 16, 1963, the world’s first female space traveler, Valentina Tereshkova, 26, was launched into orbit by the Soviet Union aboard Vostok 6; she spent 71 hours in flight, circling the Earth 48 times before returning.

Looking Back

June 16 20 Years Ago-1993 The Dalles Convention and Visitor’s Bureau heard from backers and foes of its program at last night’s commission meeting. The commission allowed the public 30 minutes addressing whether the CVB can still function effectively with Ben Hart as executive director. Hart asked Monday that public input be allowed on the agenda, despite the opposition of board Chairperson Colleen Underhill. Underhill and other commissioners tried to block public testimony, but after a 22-minute debate, it was decided to allow the public 30 minutes speaking. Many speakers wanted to know why and how the Crate’s Point overruns happened, with one gentleman asking who came up with the idea of an Oregon Trail Park at Crate’s Point.

Washington lawmakers edge closer to final deal

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington lawmakers edged closer to a final budget deal Friday, aided by an agreement on fixing the state’s estate tax, the prospect of an unexpected revenue boost and fresh signs of compromise.

Northwest news in brief

EAGLE POINT, Ore. (AP) — A school district in southern Oregon is considering arming teachers and other staff members to protect students from school violence. “The first three minutes of an armed attack require an armed response,” said Scott Grissom, president of the five-member school board in Eagle Point, a town of about 8,500 north of Medford.

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Humpback whales return to Northwest

Fifteen years ago, species was unheard of in sound SEATTLE — The video shows an exceptional wildlife sighting for a big city: A humpback whale surfaces just yards from Seattle’s busy waterfront at twilight. The city’s port cranes, Ferris wheel and car headlights glow in the background, and a ferry cruises by while the giant tail disappears back into the Puget Sound.

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Editorial: An investment to be proud of

An interesting footnote came to light last week as part of Wasco County’s budgeting process. The bonds that helped build the Oregon Veterans’ Home in the mid-1990s have been paid off, so local property owners will no longer have that expense as part of their tax bill.

Letter to the Editor: Thanks for aid

To the editor: Just a reminder to all our caring donors and friends: We at Bread and Blessings want to say thank you for all your food, clothing, miscellaneous and financial donations for the past 21 years. We rely 100 percent on your kind generosity, helping us remain an independent, not-for-profit charitable organization here in The Dalles.

Letter to the Editor: Thanks, neighbors

To the editor: Neighbors, thank you for your response and help with the fire on my place.

Letter to the Editor: Walmart needed

To the editor: There was a question asked in your last publication of letters to the editor stating, “why do we need another Walmart when there’s one in Hood River?”

Letter to the Editor: Ghost interest

To the editor: Regarding the article on ghost hunters here (June 9, “Ghosts of The Dalles”). Whether or not one believes in ghosts, just going on a tour and getting some of the local history would be great. The Dalles has a wild west past.

Letter to the Editor: Applause, parks

To the editor: To the editor: Northern Wasco County Parks & Rec. Dept. deserves applause for operating the Kayak Shack in Riverfront Park, which provides kayaks, bicycles and “surf bikes” for rental, and also sells snacks. What a creative use for an existing structure and a fabulous way to help the community enjoy our river!

Letter to the Editor: Do not tax it

To the editor: So the city of The Dalles is going to increase the gas tax from 3 cents to 6 cents per galon to fix our streets. The fact that higher taxes and increasing rates have often brought less revenue than before is simply ignored. If you want to decrease consumption or use of products or services, tax them.

Public meetings from June 15

Wasco County Monday — Wasco County Fair Board, 7 p.m., Fair Board office, Wasco County fairgrounds, Tygh Valley. Agenda: issues pertaining to the Wasco County Fair and Hunt RV Park. The Dalles Wednesday – Traffic Safety Commission, 7 a.m., The Dalles Public Works Dept. conference room, 1215 W. First St., Agenda: Audience participation or presentations, 12th and Kelly congestion – barrier.

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Growers wary over GMO wheat

Dry local wheat less prone to fungal disease Wasco County wheat farmers are closely following the worldwide reaction to the discovery of genetically modified wheat in an eastern Oregon wheat field.

Friday, June 14

Missoula auditions for Beauty Lou and the Country Beast Monday, June 17th

An audition will be held for the Missoula children’s theatre (MCT) production of Beauty Lou and the Country Beast Monday, June 17th at The Dalles Wahtonka High School from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Those auditioning should arrive at 9:30 am and plan to stay for the full two hours. Most of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the audition.

Klamath biomass plan withdrawn

KLAMATH FALLS (AP) — A developer has withdrawn an application to build a wood-fired electrical generating plant near Klamath Falls. Klamath Falls Bioenergy said delays in getting a state siting permit meant it couldn’t meet a year-end construction deadline set by federal economic stimulus legislation, which was expected to provide 30 percent of the project’s cost. Neighbors had organized to oppose the biomass project. It would have burned wood chips to provide enough power for about 35,000 homes.

For the Record, June 14

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from June 14, 2013.

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Sluggers go 1-2 in tournament at Hillsboro

Peters, Bate and Klindt combine to go 11-22 in three games The Dalles 14U Sluggers played close games in three matchups last weekend but ended up going 1-2 at the Reedville Tournament in Hillsboro.

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Astro-Graph for June 14, 2013

Certain situations beyond your control could establish several major new objectives for you. These new influences will treat you kindly both personally and work-wise.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Six ways to jumpstart your retirement savings

If the question, “When can I retire?” ties your stomach in knots, don’t feel like the Lone Ranger. Millions of your peers are in the same boat with little, if any, savings that will one day supplement their Social Security benefits during retirement.

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Working on their game

Local basketball teams use summer exhibition contests to prepare for winter season Whether you are Sonya Schmitz, Jennifer Bonham or Janet Guzman, each of these basketball players has a different perspective on the girl’s hoops off-season and what is in store for the future.

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Ask Dr. K: Forgetfulness isn’t always Alzheimer’s

DEAR DOCTOR K: My father’s memory has worsened lately, and we suspect he may have Alzheimer’s disease. Can you tell us what is involved in making a diagnosis?

Church news in brief, June 14

Gateway Presbyterian This Sunday, Interim Pastor Rich Zimmerman will share the message at the 8:30 a.m. traditional service and 11 a.m. contemporary service. On Sunday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. there will be adult, youth and children’s classes. A summer salad potluck is set for Friday, June 21, at 6 p.m. at Gateway and everyone is welcome.

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Fit it for HIM

For over three years now, volunteers at Calvary Baptist Church have done projects for those in need, under a ministry called “Fix it for HIM.” Bill Hamilton retired from Farmers Insurance and then as a private investigator on insurance matters, he wanted a way to serve the community and serve the Lord. After his second retirement, he wanted a way to serve the community and serve the Lord. He made a pitch to his church for doing projects, and initially got 15 people lined up to help out. Today, he has 85 people on his e-mail list. Not all can directly help, he said, but they can pray, or help in other ways.

What's happening from June 14

New Entries GOLFERS WANTED: Unit 20, Retired Educators extends an invitation to the public to join them Tuesday, June 18, at the Husum Hill Golf Course. Options include nine holes, 18 holes and/or luncheon. Prizes will be given. Reservations may be made with Unit 20 President Roy Nellermoe at 541-354-1007. FREE WORKSHOP: Columbia Gorge Community College and Hood River Fire Department will present a free workshop for homeowners who have homes in woodland settings, are near forests or live in rural, remote mountain sites. The workshop will help owners prepare for the eventuality of fire in wildland areas. Class meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, at Hood River Indian Creek Campus, Room 302. There is no cost to attend. Advanced registration is required.

Authors to read at libraries

Distinguished Oregon writers Ralph Salisbury and Ingrid Wendt will present readings in Hood River and The Dalles June 18 and 19.

Dalles Dam offers weekend guided tours

Guests can also wander Seufert Park The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will offer tours of The Dalles Dam this summer, every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tours will end the last weekend of September. Visitors can join a park ranger for a guided tour to learn about the dam’s history, operations, power generation and fish passage facilities.

Weather Service confirms Oregon tornado

McMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) — It was indeed a tornado that damaged several buildings Thursday in the community of McMinnville, the National Weather Service has confirmed. Nobody was hurt, but three commercial buildings, all of them used for storage, were damaged, McMinnville Fire Chief Rich Leipfert said. The porch roof on one nearby home also sustained minor damage, Leipfert said.

City tables plans for new hybrid professional job

The City of The Dalles has postponed hiring a new employee to assist with legal matters and economic development projects until further research can be done.

Veteran rep fears mishandling of disability claims

Wasco County Veteran Service Officer Russell Jones is concerned that federal officials may be denying old disability claims, only to restart them again so it appears that a backlog of cases has been dealt with.

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Fire destroys Foley Lakes residence

Blaze leaves eight people homeless WITH PHOTO GALLERY AND VIDEO An older single-wide trailer was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon and investigators believe the cause of the blaze was a faulty electrical wire underneath the residence.

Thursday, June 13

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Fire destroys home in Foley Lakes

A fire Thursday afternoon, June 13, gutted a single-wide manufactured home in Foley Lakes. Crew and apparatus from Mid Columbia Fire and Rescue and Dallesport Fire Department responded to the blaze, which left eight homeless.

Majors, minors titles up for grabs Saturday

The finals are now set in stone for The Dalles Little League supremacy.

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Dodge chalks up second at state

Wrestler ends up in second place at Freestyle, Greco event The Dalles wrestler Dusty Dodge needed a solid weekend performance to vault him to a newer level. He did just that.

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18U Crush wins crown in Aloha

Softball team starts 0-3, but reels off two consecutive victories on way to finals With a mish-mash group of softball players from The Dalles, Dufur and Hood River, the 18U Cherry City Crush softball team rebounded from a 0-3 record in pool play and reeled off four consecutive wins to secure first place at an open classification tournament last weekend in Aloha.

Rural number declines

WASHINGTON — Living in a rural Nevada town, Moe Royels recalls a more bustling time years ago when retirees poured in to enjoy the warm desert climate, nearby casinos and quiet community. But soon boom turned to bust, and years after the recession ended, Royels still wonders if things will ever fully turn around in small towns like his.

Unpaid internships in jeopardy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unpaid internships have long been a path of opportunity for students and recent grads looking to get a foot in the door in the entertainment, publishing and other prominent industries.

Wildfire destroys hundreds of Colo. homes

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A wildfire in a dry, densely wooded area of Colorado has destroyed at least 360 homes — nearly four times the previous estimate and a number that seemed likely to climb as the flames kept burning out of control, authorities said Thursday.

Bridge: You should prepare for the worst splits

Robertson Davies, a popular Canadian author, said, “The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” I suppose that applies to bridge players, except that they must also try to “see” the opposing hands, imagining where the key missing cards lie.

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Helping non-traditional students

Mother, 54, heads back to college to earn dream degree EUGENE — When Margaret Innocenti was in eighth grade nearly 40 years ago, her father told her she’d make a good engineer. The idea always stuck in the back of her mind, but she never pursued it.

For the Record, June 13

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for June 13, 2013

Arts and entertainment from June 13

July 13-14 - “Sing Out, Sweet Land” from the Theatre Company of The Dalles, 7:30 p.m., The Dalles Civic Auditorium, 323 E. Fourth, The Dalles, www.thetheatrecompany.org July 13-14 – Trout Lake Festival of the Arts, Farmgate Homestead, www.troutlakefestivalofthearts.com June 13-14 - Ted Horwitz at the piano, 6-9 p.m., Columbia Portage Grill, Shilo Inn, I-84 Exit 87, 3223 Bret Clodfelter Way, The Dalles

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Luau launches Civic membership drive

When The Dalles Civic Auditorium was built back in 1921, it was meant as a community center for the benefit of all The Dalles residents, and when a group of volunteers banded together more than 20 years ago to preserve the building, they had the same thing in mind — and its supporters hope citizens recognize that and sign on as supportive members of the organization.

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Editorial cartoons for June 13

Editorial cartoons for June 13

Editorial: Losing herd protection

The Eugene Register-Guard, June 10, on vaccination holdouts: Childhood vaccination programs are in danger of becoming victims of their own success — complacency set in as once-common diseases became less prevalent. Senate Bill 132 is an attempt to preserve that public health achievement by providing information. It’s a far better approach than waiting for a disease outbreak to refresh public appreciation of the benefits of immunization.

Letter to the Editor: Tired of opponents

To the editor: This letter is to The Dalles Chamber of Commerce and its ilk to say that I am tired of hearing about objections to the big Walmart store going into The Dalles.

Letter to the Editor: Marvelous show

To the editor: Please, treat yourself to a great evening of song, dance, drama and lots of laughs! Get tickets (at Klindt’s) and attend the Theatre Company’s current offering, “Sing Out, Sweet Land.” The last two performances of this marvelous show will be on stage at the Civic Auditorium’s theater Thursday, June 13, and Friday, June 14. It is a pure delight.

Letter to the Editor: Unknowing the risk

Unknowing risk To the editor: I read with interest the featured article, “Ghosts Of The Dalles,” in Sunday’s issue. When people dabble in spiritism, they can become easy prey to a supernatural/preternatural they do not understand and might not escape by themselves.

Letter to the Editor: Check the details

To the editor: In response to Mark Ulrich’s letter of June 4 (Stop the Appeals), I would strongly recommend that all citizens of The Dalles read the congressional report that came out last month regarding WalMart and their business practices

Letter to the Editor: A chance to play

To the editor: As we approach the end of Little League season, we have been approached by players asking “Where can I continue playing baseball this summer?” There are not many options available to continue playing baseball during the summer.

Kids’ cycling classic set at Water’s Edge

Mid-Columbia Medical Center and Breakaway Promotions host host the 2013 Mt. Hood Cycling Classic Kid’s Race at Waters Edge Health and Wellness this Saturday, June 15.

Gourd painting workshop offered to kids

Sandoz Farm is offering a kids’ workshop in Gourd Painting on July 16 from 10 a.m. to noon in the old Mill Creek schoolhouse.

Healthy snacks class set

For parents tired of giving their kids prepackaged snacks and looking for healthier alternatives that taste good, Wonderworks Children’s Museum hosts a class for adults Monday, June 17.

Tree huggers seek record hug

PORTLAND, (AP) — It sounds like a scene from "Portlandia." A Portland arboretum is calling all tree huggers for an organized attempt to set a world record for simultaneous tree hugging in one place at one time.

County sets budget

The public had the opportunity to give input on Wasco County’s proposed 2013-2014 budget and proposed fee increases Wednesday, but the Board of County Commissioners was faced with an empty room for both hearings.

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Mother reflects on loss, meaning of life

Kate Alvarez says fire taught her a valuable lesson Kate Alvarez said she, like most Americans, sometimes put too much priority on material possessions — until she watched her house go up in flames.

D21 plan saves staff jobs

Labor contract also eliminates furlough days North Wasco County School District’s board of directors approved two labor contracts and an annual budget June 11, and were able to rescue a handful of positions previously targeted for elimination, and restore operations to a full school year without furloughs.

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Astro-Graph for June 13, 2013

In the coming months, it might not be such a bad idea to clear out any deadwood within your circle of friends, especially if there is a troublemaker among the group. It can result in happier relationships.

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Everyday Cheapskate: ‘High-yield’ means slightly better than nothing

There was a time when it was routine for banks and credit unions to pay 6 percent on savings accounts. Remember that? And if you were willing to commit to an extended period of time in a Certificate of Deposit (CD), you could get 10 percent, maybe more. Those good old days are gone, at least for now. Still, the term “high-yield” remains and refers to the handful of FDIC-insured online banks that continue to pay three to four times the amount of interest you’ll earn in a traditional bank or credit union.

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Ask Dr. K: ‘Prediabetes’ is wake-up call for lifestyle change

DEAR DOCTOR K: I recently had some blood tests done, and my doctor told me I have “prediabetes.” What does this mean? Do I have diabetes or not?

Fishery managers extend Columbia chinook season above Bonneville

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – The recreational spring chinook salmon fishing season from Bonneville Dam upstream to the OR/WA border will remain open through Saturday, June 15 under rules adopted by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington.

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Marine Zone fishing and wildlife viewing report

Saltwater News Bulletins You can subscribe to receive e-mails and text message alerts for marine topics you are interested in. To sign up go to http://dfw.state.or.us/MRP/bulletins/index.asp and enter your phone for text alerts and e-mail information to subscribe to email updates. It’s easy to unsubscribe at any time. Your phone and e-mail information will remain confidential. Six different lists of interest to ocean enthusiasts are available: Bottomfish (recreational), Halibut (recreational), Ocean Salmon (recreational), Ocean Salmon (commercial troll), Commercial Nearshore Groundfish, and Marine Reserves.

Columbia River weekly fishing report

Weekend Fishing Opportunities: Spring chinook fishing is fair to good below Bonneville Dam. Shad angling is excellent in the gorge for both boat and bank anglers. Summer steelhead abundance is increasing in the lower Columbia. Sturgeon angling is good from Astoria to Marker 82 in the gorge. The last day for retention above Wauna is June 15. Walleye angling is excellent in the The Dalles and John Day pools.

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Northeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Northeast Zone VIEWING GRANT COUNTY Bighorn sheep can be viewed along the South Fork of the John Day. The first ducklings and goslings are being seen in the valley, deer, antelope, and sheep are having their young as well. As spring progresses it is important to remember to leave any baby wildlife where you found them. It usually won’t be long before mom returns to check on them. 6/3/13.

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Northeast Zone weekly hunting report

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

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Northeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities The road to Magone Lake is open and early season fishing for brook trout should be good. Both trout and kokanee fishing have been good on Wallowa Lake, with limits of both being caught. Warmwater fishing on McKay Reservoir is picking up and should be good. Should be good catch-and-release fishing for trout on the upper Umatilla.

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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.

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Southeast Zone weekly hunting report

SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

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Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Krumbo Reservoir has been stocked with 15,000 legal-sized trout and fishing should be good. The black drake hatch is underway on the upper Williamson River. Trout fishing at Chickahominy has been good.

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Central Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Crook County The Prineville Reservoir Wildlife Management Area (WMA) North shore road is open to motorized traffic. The WMA offers camping, shoreline angling and opportunities to see a wide variety of wildlife, including deer, coyotes, otter, beaver, raptors, shorebirds and waterfowl. Maps of the wildlife area are available at the Prineville ODFW office and at Prineville Reservoir State Park office.

Central Zone weekly hunting report

CENTRAL ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

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Central Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Trout fishing on the Crooked River has been very good. Almost all the Cascade lakes are accessible and trout fishing should be good! The stonefly hatches (some the best in years) are underway on the lower Deschutes River.

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Willamette Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Springfield Area Fern Ridge Wildlife Area Fern Ridge Wildlife Area is open daily for public use providing great wildlife viewing opportunities. (One section of levee in the western portion of the Fisher Butte unit is posted closed to provide wildlife sanctuary during nesting season.)

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Willamette Zone hunting weekly report

OPEN: COUGAR

Willamette Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: The McKenzie River above Leaburg Lake will be boat-stocked this week from Finn Rock to Goodpasture Landing with a total of 9,200 legal- and larger-sized rainbow trout. Progress Lake in Beaverton was stocked June 7 with 600 “pounder-plus” rainbow trout. Quartzville Creek will be be stocked this week with 2,000 rainbow trout with opportunities to catch some nice wild cutthroat trout as well. Fishing is fair to good for spring chinook and summer steelhead on the Sandy River.

Wednesday, June 12

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Astro-Graph for June 12, 2013

Be patient when it comes to your objectives and aims in the coming days. Your progress might be rather slow in the beginning, but with each passing month, your momentum will gradually increase.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Store lettuce in a glass jar, not a bag

The saying, “When the student is ready, the teacher will come,” popped into my mind this week when I received today’s first tip in my email box. I was certainly ready to learn, having just experienced the heartbreak of tossing a hopelessly spoiled head of romaine into the garbage. I hate when that happens, so you can be sure there’s now a 2-gallon-sized Mason jar in my refrigerator.

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Ask Dr. K: A short course of steroids can help chronic sinusitis

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have chronic sinusitis and nasal polyps. My specialist suggested trying oral corticosteroids. What do you think?

Greeks strike over TV, radio shut down

ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s conservative-led government was facing a political crisis Wednesday after its decision to shut down state-run TV and radio as part of spending cuts triggered a wave of strikes and fierce opposition from within the coalition government.

Store gets drugs, not bananas

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Drug traffickers back in Colombia must be going bananas over how their shipment ended up at Danish supermarkets and not on the streets.

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Korean talks fall through

South Korea rolls up red carpet, North Korea not returning calls SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea dismantled the meeting table, pulled down the placards and rolled up the red carpet. Its intended guest, North Korea, has stopped answering the phone.

Word on the Street: 15 years feeding high school grads

A tip of the hat to Bob and Joana Stanek, who have been serving breakfast to graduating TD and TDW seniors for the past 15 years, since taking ownership of Spooky’s Pizza.

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Redline Tactical offers guns and more

Redline Tactical, LLC, opened recently at 213 E. Third St. selling guns and related equipment, ammunition and services.

Business loans, aid available from agencies

Programs help spur economic growth in five-county region Most of the time over the past few years news about businesses and lending has been bad, but Eric Nerdin and Mary Merrill say there are loans to be had for gorge businesses — and help in getting them.

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Oregon officials dug in on budget

Impasse stalls movement on spending plans SALEM — The Oregon Senate delayed a vote on a $6.55 billion funding package for schools Tuesday because it was clear it wouldn’t pass — the latest wrinkle in a budget impasse that shows no sign of breaking.

Wash man sentenced for trying to aid terrorists

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A man who almost killed himself in an explosion three years ago was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for making a bomb and attempting to help terrorists.

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Voice-operated dashboard technology still risky

WASHINGTON — Dashboard technology that lets drivers text and email with voice commands — marketed as a safer alternative — actually is more distracting than simply talking on a cellphone, a new AAA study found.

Collection under way for fire victims

Clothing for the children of Jose and Kate Alvarez, who lost everything in a house fire on West Eighth Street early Sunday morning, is now being collected in the main office at Colonel Wright Elementary School, 610 W. 14th St., or The Dalles Wahtonka High School, 220 E. 10th St. Greg Bigelow, principal at Colonel Wright, is organizing the clothing drive for the family and said these sizes are needed:

Partition bill nears approval

City will seek governor veto Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, picked up seven supporters for House Bill 3479 – lowering the amount charged for local lot partitions — in yesterday’s floor vote. The approval by a 53 to 3 margin came about, said Huffman, because the mandate that fees be lowered from more than $150,000 in some cases to a maximum of $5,000 will apply only to The Dalles.

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TD council eyes gas tax increase

Proposed hike is first in city in 27 years The Dalles City Council is inviting residents to comment on a proposal to pay for repair of dilapidated streets with a 3 cent per gallon increase in the city’s gas tax.

What's happening from June 12

New Entries KIWANIS MEETINGS: The Dalles Kiwanis Club meets weekly, usually at noon at Spooky’s. Visitors are welcome. June 13, no noontime meeting will be held, instead, a barbecue and welcome for new members will be at 6 p.m. at Gary Honald’s.

Bridge: Trick opponents and let defenders hunt too

Otto von Bismarck said, “People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election.” Bridge players do not so much lie after a deal as not realize that they failed to take as many tricks as possible.

For the Record, June 11

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from June 11, 2013.

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MySpace gets a new lease on cyber-life

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tim and Chris Vanderhook think Myspace had it right — at one point. And they believe they’ve revived and improved that formula for success as the revamped first titan of social media debuts its latest incarnation.

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Riding to high marks

Melkonian, Morgan and Mikkelson notch wins in race four Some of the same names were on top of the leaderboard last week for the fourth race in the Gorge Mountain Bike Short Track Series in Cascade Locks.

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Mathisen, Walker to All-Star Series

T-Dub duo headed to Corvallis this weekend for two days of baseball action Connor Mathisen and Dakota Walker will have one final chance to wear The Dalles Wahtonka’s crimson and gold. The duo heads to Goss Stadium in Corvallis for the Reser’s Oregon State-Metro All-Star Series for two days of play starting on Saturday and ending Sunday.

Tuesday, June 11

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12U Sluggers grab third place at Sherwood

JBO baseball team posts 3-1 record; outscores opponents, 45-15 The incline for the 12U Sluggers appears to be up, as they put up another solid performance with third place at the Sherwood Junior Baseball Organization Tournament on June 2.

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Striding right for Rainy Day

Kolter Lynch edges Sheila Burchell in a close 5k stretch run Only 40 seconds stood between first and third place in the 5k race of the Columbia Gorge ESD Rainy Day 3k, 5k and 10k run.

Little League playoffs are heating up

This week, Kramer Field is the hot spot for The Dalles Little League supremacy, as minors and majors city championships are on the line.

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Fast start helps Spooky’s claim win

Babe Ruth squad scores six runs in first inning, holds on for 9-6 triumph over Y-102 Spooky’s took advantage of some wild pitching from Y-102 ace Izaac Tapia with six runs in the first inning and rode that early surge the rest of the way to a 9-6 win Friday night in 14U Babe Ruth baseball play at Kramer Field.

Commentary: City takes close look at contracts

On April 20, I was honored to attend a fundraising dinner for the yet to be built, Oregon Military Museum along with past mayors Les Cochenour and Robb Van Cleave.

Editorial: Surveillance nation

From birth until death, human beings leave a little trail of surrendered privacy in their wake: birth certificates, marriage licenses, property purchases, letters to the editor, social media posts, traffic tickets, store card purchases and dozens of other activities leave a mark on an individual’s permanent — and often public — record.

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Astro-Graph for June 11, 2013

The aspects indicate that you are likely to be exposed to an unusually high number of big breaks in the year ahead. Be sure that you’re ready to capitalize on them.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Guarantee a fabulous family vacation

When I was a kid, vacation meant four kids crammed into the back seat of a sedan, poking and elbowing one another while counting the miles between rest stops.

What's happening from June 11

New Entries JAMMIN’ FUNDRAISER: Jammin’ July Streetfest will be the beneficiary of a fundraiser at Burgerville tonight, June 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. Ten percent of the restaurant’s proceeds will go to the street fest. Sidewalk chalk and bubbles for the kids will also be available. GREEN DRINKS: Meet Megan Davis and Clint Harris, owners of Pine Street Bakery, as well as Dave and Margaret Brewer, just two of the farmers supplying Pine Street with ingredients for their menu during Green Drinks, Wednesday, June 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Pine Street Bakery in Hood River.

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Ask Dr. K: Mindful eating teaches you to stop before you overeat

DEAR DOCTOR K: I recently heard someone discuss “mindful eating” as a weight-loss strategy. Could that help me lose weight?

Food Drive is underway

The Spring Food Drive is underway on behalf of Mid-Columbia Community Action Council sponsored by Relay For Life The Dalles Area.

Fellowship of Churches awards scholarship

The Mid-Columbia Fellowship of Churches is awarding The Marvin D. Jones Scholarship of $800 in 2013.

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Eric Taylor to perform

One of the joys of June in The Dalles is the chance to see one of America’s wizard-class singer-songwriters, Eric Taylor, live and in person.

Antelope school needs repairs

The Dalles Chinatown also listed as endangered ANTELOPE (AP) — In September 1984, residents in the sleepy ranching community of Antelope headed to the only public building in town for a vote that ended with the town re-christened “Rajneesh.”

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Tribes, feds claim water rights

GRANTS PASS — Tens of thousands of acres in Oregon’s drought-stricken Klamath Basin will have to go without irrigation water this summer after the Klamath Tribes and the federal government exercised newly confirmed powers that put the tribes in the driver’s seat over water use — a move ranchers fear will be economically disastrous.

Drone bill on path to governor’s desk

Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, is on the homestretch to get a bill approved that protects civil liberties when drones are used by law enforcement agencies to gather information.

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Class of 2013

THE DALLES Wahtonka High School graduates end their childhood with the tradition of tossing caps following Saturday’s commencement ceremony that was held outdoors on the campus.

Music in the Park cancelled

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce has decided to cancel the 2013 Music in the Park series, which includes the June 12, July 17 and Aug. 14 dates.

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Woman pulled from burning car

Witnesses to a crash Monday, June 10, near Cascade Locks aided in the rescue of an unconscious woman from a burning car.

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Fire destroys family home

A fire that is believed to have been started Sunday by a careless smoker destroyed a home at 117 W. Eighth St. and damaged two other properties.

For the Record, June 10

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for June 10, 2013.

Youth news in brief

The Gorge Technology Alliance is hosting six robotics trainings for students around the gorge this summer. There will be two introductory and four advanced trainings in the towns of Stevenson, White Salmon/ Bingen, Hood River, The Dalles and Moro.

Masters, Evans in new leadership roles

North Wasco County School District 21 announced two major hiring decisions last week in the hiring of Lance Masters to serve in the role of vice principal at The Dalles Middle School and Anne Evans as the new permanent principal of Chenowith Elementary School.

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Students write self-reflections

Biopoems and art fill pages A grant from the Wasco County Cultural Trust gave students at Colonel Wright Elementary a chance to get to know themselves a little bit better.

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World and national news in brief

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the staunchest critics of government surveillance programs said Tuesday that the national intelligence director did not give him a straight answer last March when he asked whether the National Security Agency collects any data on millions of Americans.

Papers point to al Qaida missiles

Instruction manuals seized in Timbuktu TIMBUKTU, Mali— The photocopies of the manual lay in heaps on the floor, in stacks that scaled one wall, like Xeroxed, stapled handouts for a class.

Bridge: Can you spot the second chance?

At the bridge table, do not judge a deal totally from your first glance; give it a second look to check that you have not missed something. So, have a second slice of toast this morning. South is in four spades. West leads the heart king and continues with the heart queen. How should declarer plan the play?

Public meetings from June 11

Wasco County Tuesday – North Central Public Health District board, 3 p.m., Wasco County Courthouse, basement conference room, 511 Washington St., The Dalles. Agenda: staffing update; budget outcomes/fee schedules; review of contracts; presentation on raising awareness of domestic violence in public health programming.

Monday, June 10

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Forget the strip club — pole fitness is about working out

Pole dancing is going mainstream, and The Dalles is in on the trend. “It’s been taken out of the strip clubs and changed from being an art to being more about fitness and gymnastics,” said Desiree Frasier. She started teaching pole fitness classes at the Muscle and Fitness Center in January.

Saturday, June 8

Road work scheduled

The Dalles Public Works Department will close East 14th Street, between Washington Street and Kelly Avenue, to all traffic from 7 a.m. Monday, June 10, through 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 12.

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Ghosts of The Dalles

Paranormal investigators say there’s more in the unused upper stories of historic buildings than empty space In the days before routine automobile ownership allowed cities to sprawl in single-family suburban style, The Dalles was a much more compact city, with downtown businesses estaIn the days before routine automobile ownership allowed cities to sprawl in single-family suburban style, The Dalles was a much more compact city, with downtown businesses established on the ground floors of buildings, and living quarters built on the upper two or three stories.blished on the ground floors of buildings, and living quarters built on the upper two or three stories.

Letter to the Editor: Solar solution

My wife Marion Repp came up with an idea of putting solar lights around Pine Hollow Reservoir.

Letter to the Editor: Concert success

The Dalles-Wasco County Library Foundation would like to publicly thank the following people and entities for their help in making our recent library expansion project fundraiser a success: Dan and Crystal Ross of Silver Wire Productions, Tim Schechtel of the Mint, Rebecca Street Physical Therapy, Bob and Mary Hill, Cal Scott and Kathryn Claire.

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Editorial: A catch-22 for graduates

College is expensive, and its cost is about to go up again. In less than a month the interest rates on federal Stafford Loans is set to double, from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, unless Congress comes up with an alternative. This hike will come at a time when student debt has surpassed the $1 trillion mark and college tuition costs are continuing to increase yearly with no end in sight.

Spring workouts for athletes taking place

Numbers are expected to increase for TFS program Training for Success preparation is here for the upcoming football season. This training program aims to help players get in better shape with increased agility and strength.

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Riding off into the sunset

After 45 years, The Dalles Wahtonka coach Bill Caddy calling it a career For the last few years, Bill Caddy has found it harder and harder to walk away from coaching. It has been a major part of his life. He has been an essential part of the fabric of The Dalles, bringing leadership, knowledge, sound words and an influential element that has brought the best out of athletes for the past 45 years. Once this track season wrapped up, however, Caddy admitted that he was worn out, with a little less zip in his step.

Looking back, June 9

20 Years Ago-1993 A fund-raising drive to raise $142,664 help fund athletics and activities in The Dalles School District was officially launched on Monday, but that drive began with $55,025 already pledged. Those pledges are from employees and physicians at Mid Columbia Medical Center, MCMC President Mark Scott, who is serving as a spokesman for The Dalles School District no. 12 Activities Foundation, said that solicitors will begin approaching others in the community within a few days. The total cost of funding activities and athletics at the high school and middle school is $384,445, including transportation. Scott said each business in town should think of the long term viability of its business as it relates to having an excellent school district with broad-based academics, activities and sports. He said it would be devastating to every business in the community of programs at D-12 schools continue to be downsized. He said families would not stay in a district where these programs are not offered.

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Recalls of the week

A line of IKEA coffee and tea cups that can break when filled with hot liquid and scuba gear with a potentially deadly defect are among this week's recalled consumer products.

Weekly fishing reports for Oregon

Weekly fishing reports for Willamette, central, southeast, northeast, Columbia and marine zones. Great trout fishing continues The stars are aligning for some good trout fishing in the next few weeks. Water temperatures in lakes and reservoirs are still relatively cool, lots of trout have been stocked for both the Memorial Day and Free Fishing weekends, coastal rivers are now open for native cutthroat fishing and the weather looks good. Check out the latest updates in the Recreation Report to help plan your next fishing adventure.

Friday, June 7

What's happening from June 7

GRILL CRAZY: Saturday June 8, customers will be able to recycle their old BBQ by bringing it to Sawyer’s True Value who will then give them a discount on their new grill.

The Dalles Art Assocation hosts Summer Art Camp

Dalles Art Association hosts summer art camp classes beginning June 18 at The Dalles Art Center. Morning class sessions are for children ages 6 to 8 and run from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Afternoon classes are for ages 9 to 14 and run from 1 to 3 p.m.

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Judge’s ruling challenges transplant system

Girl allowed on adult lung list despite law WASHINGTON — It’s a life or death matter: Who gets the next scarce donated organ? In an unprecedented challenge to the nation’s transplant system, a federal judge has allowed one dying child — and a day later another — to essentially jump the line in rulings that could have ramifications for thousands of people awaiting new organs.

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Astro-Graph for June 7, 2013

Your chart indicates far more stability in the year ahead for your social and commercial interests. Focus your efforts on succeeding in these areas.

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Everyday Cheapskate: With generic drugs, you gotta speak up

I want to tell you about a shocking encounter I had recently at my local Rite Aid pharmacy. But first, a little background information.

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Director: Surveillance leak hurts security

WASHINGTON — Moving to tamp down a public uproar spurred by the disclosure of two secret surveillance programs, the nation’s top intelligence official is declassifying key details about one of the programs while insisting the efforts to collect America’s phone records and the U.S. internet use of foreign nationals overseas were legal, limited in scope and necessary to detect terrorist threats.

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Ask Dr. K: Delusions may persist for years or disappear in weeks

DEAR DOCTOR K: I hear the phrase “you’re delusional” used so casually. But what does it mean when someone is really, clinically delusional?

For the Record, June 7

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for June 7, 2013.

County expands burn ban effective June 10

The Wasco County Board of Commissioners passed an order June 5 that instituted a ban on all burning, which includes piles and burn barrels, for areas outside the boundary of an officially recognized fire protection district.

Google building height approved

Planning commission OKs plan for new 80-foot tall structure In a quick hearing Thursday, June 6, The Dalles Planning Commission unanimously approved an application by Google to build a new building up to 80 feet tall at its data center campus.

Senate helps landowners; City manager to ask governor for a veto

City manager to ask governor for a veto State legislation that will drastically change the way The Dalles handles lot partitions is now two steps away from becoming law.

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Students share culture

Teens educate TDW peers about life in their home cities, nation When Julio Silva, a foreign exchange student from Brazil, arrived at The Dalles Wahtonka High School, one of the first things someone asked him was whether he lived in a tree in the jungle back home. Fortunately he has a good sense of humor.

Church directory

A church directory

Church news in brief, June 7

Do you have an item to submit or a story idea for the faith page? Call Neita Cecil at 541-506-6360 or email ncecil@thedalleschronicle.com

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Five begin LDS missions

Five alumni from last year’s graduating class at The Dalles Wahtonka High School have chosen to serve as full-time missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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T-Dub’s Kramer pulls off all-state trifecta

Senior catcher pencils in a spot on the second team In four years, Katherine Kramer steadily improved to the point where she was one of the most feared hitters across the state.

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State honors for Tribe quartet

McCall, Kiser, Mathisen and Bartells on state list; Runyon nominated for top coach With such a solid performance during the 2013 season, The Dalles Wahtonka baseball team had four players chalk up spots on the 5A all-state team for their standout seasons.

Bridge: The entry exam comes early today

On a game show, a prize was a trip to a European destination with a week in a luxury hotel that, according to the announcer, included 24-hour access to the contestant’s room! At the bridge table, access to one hand or the other can be vital to enjoying success. How does that apply in this deal? Against three no-trump, West leads the spade nine. How should South plan the play?

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Fire damages home on West 7th, east of Snipes

PHOTOS AND VIDEO A midday fire Friday, June 7, damaged a mobile home located approximately 1/2 block east of Snipes, just west of West 7th street.

5A all-state softball teams announced

The Dalles Wahtonka graduate Katherine Kramer earns second-team slot as catcher

Oregon's 5A all-state baseball lists announced

Four players earn all-state slots; J.R. Runyon nominated as top coach, Nolan McCall nominated as Player of the Year

Thursday, June 6

ODOT using eminent domain for Les Schwab land

BEND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Transportation wants Les Schwab Tire Centers to sell land that's needed for a $45 million overhaul of U.S. Highway 97.

Washington farmers sue Monsanto over GMO wheat

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Several Washington wheat growers filed suit Thursday against Monsanto Co. over the unauthorized release of genetically modified wheat, claiming the discovery of the wheat in an Oregon field last week has damaged sales of exports.

Time delay a big part of biotech mystery, wheat breeder says

It’s hard to figure out how biotech wheat recently discovered in northeast Oregon might have escaped detection for so long before now, Oregon State University’s wheat breeder says.

Genetically modified wheat: Oregon growers shocked at discovery, seek to reassure export markets

Pacific Northwest wheat farmers are counting on their longterm relationships with Asian buyers to ride out the turmoil begun when wheat carrying an unapproved "Roundup Ready" gene was discovered growing in an eastern Oregon field.

Farmer's first run-in with genetically modified wheat

The grower who found unauthorized transgenic wheat in his field had worked the field for nine years without incident of uncontrolled volunteers, according to his lawyer.

Kan. farmer sues Monsanto over GMO wheat discovery

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas farmer has sued seed giant Monsanto over last week's discovery of genetically engineered experimental wheat in an 80-acre field in Oregon, claiming the company's gross negligence hurt U.S. growers by driving down wheat prices and causing some international markets to suspend certain imports.

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Editorial cartoons for June 6

Editorial cartoons for June 6, 2013.

Council reports 133 homeless in county

Number more than doubles when regional statistics are factored in The annual “point in time” homeless count revealed 133 homeless people living in Wasco County, but the director of the Mid-Columbia Community Action Council says there are bound to be people the count missed.

Dr. to share parenting tips

Everyone who has ever been a parent knows what it is like to wonder why in the world their child would do what they just did. Nationally-recognized parenting expert Dr. Ann Corwin wants to answer that question during a free presentation Tuesday, June 11 at 6 p.m. in The Dalles Wahtonka High School auditorium.

City mulls doubling gas tax Monday, June 10

The Dalles City Council will discuss doubling the local gas tax — from 3 to 6 cents per gallon — at Monday’s meeting as one way to cover the cost of street improvements.

Fire on Lower Deschutes contained

The Gordon Butte wildfire that started last weekend along the Lower Deschutes River has been fully contained.

Arts and entertainment from June 6

This Week June 6 — DJ B.ill, Come Checkout Bill's fresh style of Kramdown Karaoke, The Vault, 209 E. Second St., The Dalles June 7 – Willy and Nelson, 6-9 p.m., Zim’s Brau Haus, 604 E. Second, The Dalles, www.zimsbrauhaus.com June 7 — First Friday game night, 5-7 p.m., Hood River County Library, 502 State, Hood River, 541-386-2535, http://hoodriverlibrary.org

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Couse works take center stage at Maryhill

Nationally respected artist painted in Klickitat County One artist’s unique perspective on the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest is the subject of the upcoming exhibit, Eanger Irving Couse on the Columbia River, appearing June 8 through Sept. 2 at Maryhill Museum of Art.

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World and national news in brief

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As a bulldozer began to clear away the debris of a collapsed building that killed six people, city officials said a search for the dead and injured was nearly complete Thursday and an investigation had already begun to determine how a relatively commonplace demolition job could have gone so wrong.

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NSA collection of phone records revealed

Government gathers call data from Verizon WASHINGTON — The government has been secretly collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top secret court order, according to the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Obama administration defended the National Security Agency’s need to collect telephone records of U.S. citizens, but critics said it was a huge over-reach.

Coal exports benefit economy, environment

Coal exports represent a benefit for the Oregon Economy and the Environment

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Law and order in Klamath County

The Klamath Falls Herald and News on why cash-strapped counties should make funding law enforcement a priority: Having looked at what life in Klamath County might be like if law enforcement was cut beyond bare bones, the Klamath County Budget Committee decided Wednesday not to go there. Good call.

AG won’t prosecute reporters

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder says as long as he’s in office, the Justice Department will not prosecute any reporter for doing his or her job.

Jumble of education topics facing Congress

WASHINGTON — From pre-kindergarten to No Child Left Behind, from broadband-wired schools to college loans, students in every age group are suddenly finding the spotlight on Capitol Hill.

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Astro-Graph for June 6, 2013

There is a strong likelihood in the year ahead that you will acquire a compassionate and understanding new pal. This relationship will produce many benefits for both parties, and will prove long-lasting.

For the Record, June 6

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for June 6, 2013.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Create a product that your wallet likes and tastes prefer

I encourage readers to be diligent about reading product labels and unit pricing. Being a smart consumer means being informed about ingredients and costs. Aubrey’s tip combines both, creating a product that her wallet likes and her taste buds prefer.

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Ask Dr. K: Pain signals tell brain where and how much it hurts

DEAR DOCTOR K: Let’s say I stub my toe. How does my brain know where it hurts and how bad?

Bridge: Take your best shot to be successful

At the bridge table, some plays are guaranteed; one example is a safety play. Other plays, though, are not sure to work. You just hope that they do.

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Husky Tournament to bring some top gunners

Local teams Sherman, SWC will be put to a four-day test It is still six months from the official start of the 2013-2014 basketball season, but one of the most important times for jelling, working out the kinks and establishing continuity with new players, summer basketball is a critical tool.

Long-time coach Bill Caddy recognized

Oregon Coaches Association honors him for 45 years At any level, to coach athletes takes a special breed of person – The Dalles Wahtonka Track and Field Coach Bill Caddy exemplifies that notion 100 percent.

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For the thrill of it all

Close to 75 youngsters participate in annual Jumpstart Track and Field Meet Event organizer Tom Conklin was smiling ear-to-ear after revealing his thoughts on how well the turnout was for the annual Jumpstart Elementary Track and Field Meet Tuesday at Sid White Field in The Dalles.

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Sing Out, Sweet Land opens Thursday, June 6 at Civic

WITH PHOTO GALLERY Sing Out, Sweet Land by Walter Kerr is "A musical biography of American popular song." Columbia Gorge Community College and The Theatre Company of The Dalles present the play June 7-8 and June 13, 14 at 7:30 p.m. and June 9 at 2 p.m. at The Dalles Civic Auditorium Theater, 323 East Fourth Street, The Dalles. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 senior and student, $5 children. Doors open one hour before each performance.

Wednesday, June 5

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Astro-Graph for June 5, 2013

In the coming months, many opportunities are likely to come your way. Even if you don’t initiate them, you’ll play a role in guiding them to fruition and will reap the rewards.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Is your collection worth anything?

Dear Mary: I have many complete sets of McDonald’s Happy Meal toys, all of them in their original sealed packaging. How do I value this collection to sell? — Stan, email

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Ask Dr. K: Balance exercises help to reduce risk of falls

DEAR DOCTOR K: In a previous column you wrote about the importance of balance exercises as we age. But why does our balance get worse as we get older?

Progress made in fighting fire on Lower Deschutes

Firefighters with the Prineville BLM and the North Sherman County Rural Fire Protection District continue to make progress on the Gordon Butte Fire that ignited on Lower Deschutes River this weekend.

Oregon board will review release of officer killer

SALEM (AP) — The state parole board says it will reconsider its decision to release an Oregon man who killed a John Day police officer in 1992.

No deal on Oregon budget talks

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A second day of budget talks between Oregon’s governor and legislative leaders failed to produce a compromise.

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Wanted: Homes for rescue dogs

Agencies remove 15 Shar Peis from hoarder home Sometimes it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. Owning one Shar Pei dog, for example, is great. Fifteen or 20 — not so much.

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New panel readies review of BLM Mustangs

Scientists seek to reduce huge budget costs, quell conflict RENO, Nev. — An independent panel of scientists that spent two years reviewing the U.S. government’s contentious management of wild horses planned to release a series of recommendations Wednesday to combat skyrocketing costs and help quell decades of conflict on public rangelands.

Google eyes taller building

Company requests permission to raise the roof The Dalles Planning Commission will hold a hearing Thursday, June 6, to consider a request by Google to construct a two-story building that exceeds height limits set in city ordinance.

For the Record, June 5

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for June 5, 2013.

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Calling out China may be working

Cyber spying brought into open could be forcing change SINGAPORE — After years of quiet and largely unsuccessful diplomacy, the U.S. has brought its persistent computer-hacking problems with China into the open, delivering a steady drumbeat of reports accusing Beijing’s government and military of computer-based attacks against America.

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Copapalooza Event, photos

Photos from Copapalooza Event.

Music in the Park looks for community support

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce is planning to host the “Music in the Park” event on Wednesday, June 12 at the Lewis and Clark Festival Park located at West 1st St, The Dalles, but a lack of sponsors could cause the event to be cancelled.

Gettysburg readies for 150th anniversary

Penn. prepares for tens of thousands of visitors during 10-day event GETTYSBURG, Pa. — The commemoration of this year’s 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg will include amenities that soldiers would have relished 150 years ago. A groomed path to the top of Little Round Top. Expanded cellphone coverage. Dozens of portable toilets.

Bridge: Anticipate what is going to happen

Bridge experts, though, are always anticipating trouble, and in this way they manage more plus scores than those who always assume everything will work out perfectly.

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Conflicting laws, regulations feed IRS confusion

WASHINGTON — The uproar over the Internal Revenue Service’s heavy-handed treatment of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status can be traced partly to when New York University Law School went into the noodle business.

Babe Ruth teams slug it out

East Cascade Electric posted a win and a tie in two games played before Memorial Day weekend in The Dalles. The 14U group ended up in a 6-6 tie with Spooky’s in a May 21 matchup played at Quinton Street Ballpark and two days later, they rebounded with a 13-4 blowout win over Y-102.

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Sluggers grab third in Aloha

10U Junior Baseball Organization National squad finishes action with 3-1 record For a 10U draped with many young athletes who are playing their first season of competitive baseball, the Sluggers 10U Nationals capped their solid spring with a 3-1 record for third place honors this past weekend in Junior Baseball Organization Tournament play in Aloha.

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Race down to the wire

Mikkelson, Morgan and DeResta all secure solid bike wins Hood River’s Mark DeResta and Zach Mikkelson continued their dominance and The Dalles’ Thomas Morgan kept up with his winning ways this past Thursday in the Gorge Mountain Bike Short Track Series Race No. 3, presented by Breakaway Promotions, on the EasyCLIMB trails in Cascades Locks.

Tuesday, June 4

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Editorial cartoons for June 4

Editorial cartoons for June 4, 2013.

Walmart responds to appeal

Walmart issued a response late Friday afternoon to a story published in the Chronicle the same day about the appeal of a wetland permit by Citizens for Responsible Growth, which is opposed to the development proposal for west The Dalles.

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Bikers ride 200 miles to help veterans

Maupin throws a party for motorcycle groups Biker groups from the Northwest and beyond will converge on Maupin this weekend for a riding challenge that benefits severely injured combat veterans.

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Deschutes wildfire burns 3,300 acres

A wildfire that has burned 3,300 acres along the Lower Deschutes River is suspected by investigators to have been caused by sparks from a campsite in the area.

D21 agreements reached

Bargaining teams reach accord with new contracts It came down to the eleventh hour, but bargaining teams for North Wasco County School District 21 and its employees have come to an agreement about contracts for teachers and education support professionals during their final bargaining session of the school year.

Tall ships stop in The Dalles

MOTORISTS TRAVELING along Interstate 84 in Oregon or Washington State Route 14 Monday were treated to a view of living history as the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain, front, and brig Lady Washington, the official ship of Washington State, headed toward The Dalles, where they remain docked through Tuesday. The vessels will then continue upriver on a seven-week tour of ports along the river, including overnight stops at Arlington and Umatilla this week. Their arrival in Pasco Friday begins an 11-day visit to the city. Launched in 1989, the Lady Washington is a replica of one of the first U.S.-flagged ships to visit the west coast of North America. Hawaiian Chieftain is an interpretation of a typical early 19th century coastal trader. Launched in 1988, she specializes in hands-on educational programs for young people.  Both vessesls are owned and operated by the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority, a not-for-profit organization based in Aberdeen, Wash.

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Top political appointees use secret email accounts

WASHINGTON — Some of President Barack Obama’s political appointees are using secret government email accounts they say are necessary to prevent their inboxes from being overwhelmed with unwanted messages, according to a review by The Associated Press.

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National news in brief

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog says senior Internal Revenue Service officials enjoyed luxury hotel rooms, free drinks and free food at a $4.1 million training conference in 2010, one of many expensive gatherings the agency held over a three-year period.

What's Happening from June 4

New Entries DECK PARTY: Solstice Eve Party on the Deck, Thursday, June 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. Come celebrate summer at The Dalles -Wasco County Library with music, refreshments and crafts. Fun for the whole family.

Public Works will be flushing fire hydrants

The Dalles public works will be flushing fire hydrants over the next few weeks, starting from the top of the system and working down.

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Table tennis anyone?

The Columbia Gorge Table Tennis Club started with humble beginnings in The Dalles home of Joe Cruz, an avid player, about four years ago.

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Editorial: A reasonable expectation

When talking about drones — Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in official parlance — it’s not surprising that quite a few people call to mind dystopian science fiction.

Letter to the Editor: Trust's definition

Webster’s Dictionary defines trust as the firm belief of honesty, reliability of another. Faith.

Letter to the Editor: Thanks Thouvenel

I was happy to see the state recognition that Coach Thouvenel received in Sunday's paper. I ran cross country and track for him from 2006 to 2009 and thanks, in part, to his encouragement have been running ever since.

Letter to the Editor: Stop the appeals

When are all these appeals going to stop from Citizens for Responsible Development? We need jobs here in this town. I am wondering how 100 people can dictate what 11900 people want. This group should spend their money on helping someone who needs a job to feed their family or work to bring someone else so people can have a job.

Letter to the Editor: High quality work

Last Thursday, I enjoyed watching students from the Endeavor science classes at TDWHS present high quality, thought-provoking projects. The showcase included bio-diesel produced out of discarded oil from a local restaurant, electrolysis of water with an intent to use hydrogen as fuel, studies of the environmental impact of transporting coal on trains through the gorge, research on evolutionary and ethnic bases for lactose intolerance in various parts of the world, and many, many other innovative projects.

Frozen berry mix linked to hepatitis A recalled

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Oregon company is recalling a frozen berry mix sold to Costco and Harris Teeter stores after the product was linked to at least 34 hepatitis A illnesses in five states.

Oregon military deputy director retires

PORTLAND (AP) — The deputy director of the Oregon Military Department will retire next month following an accusation of inappropriate behavior toward an employee of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

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Locals hustle out to solid times at Riverfest event

Morelli wins women’s 5k; Miles takes men’s division WITH RESULTS A good crowd came out for the annual Riverfest 5k, 10k and half-marathon in Maupin with some close finishes highlighting the events spanning two days on Memorial Day weekend.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Identity theft is hilarious, but it’s no laughing matter

Stealing someone else’s personal information to commit theft or fraud — also known as identity theft — has exploded into the national consciousness. Credit card companies now market their security features, and consumers warily guard their Social Security numbers. And it doesn’t stop there. The use of stolen Social Security numbers allows thieves to steal tax refunds, open bank accounts and do all manner of illegal operations using another’s identity.

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Ask Dr. K: Not all prostate cancers require special treatment

DEAR DOCTOR K: I recently had a PSA test and my levels came back elevated. I’m scheduled to have a prostate biopsy. What can I expect?

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Ann Marie Guischer: Still on top of her game

TDW graduate earns All-American status at MHCC Coming off all-league, all-state and co-Pitcher of the Year honors in her senior softball season at The Dalles Wahtonka in 2012, Ann Marie Guischer left a significant legacy of success in place.

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On a winning path

14U Sluggers coming off 4-2 overall record at Redmond High Desert Classic Coming off a 1-3 record at the Yakima, Wash. ‘Battle of the bats’ the 14U Junior Baseball organization Sluggers re-shuffled the deck and rebounded with a 4-2 record in the three-day Memorial Day Redmond High Desert Classic. The Sluggers had things working in their favor early in tournament play with consecutive wins over Tigard (11-2) and Knappa, Idaho (5-2) by a combined 16-4 margin.

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Magic in Espanol; Safe Thinking on the Water

Schools explore spanish, water safety.

Mosier Community Schools get new board members and officers

Matthisen and Tesky elected The members of the Mosier Community School Foundation elected two new people to the board of directors on May 9. Lisa Matthisen and Robert Teskey will each serve 3 year terms.

Oregon State U. lists local graduates

The following students from The Dalles graduated in May from Oregon State University:

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Covenant Christian students run 5,000 miles

Another 2,500 miles were rowed Covenant Christian Academy students pushed themselves in the physical fitness category this year, running approximately 5,000 miles combined during the school year.

Theater camp offered in Dufur

Dufur kids ages 7-12 interested in theater, music and art can sign up for a summer camp that will help them put all three interests to good use.

North recognized for service

The Dalles Wahtonka High School senior Anndria North has been selected as Pi Chapter’s Delta Kappa Gamma Student of Achievement and Service.

Senior news: People helping people overcome cancer. Won't you help?

Several weeks ago I highlighted the public transportation options available in the Mid-Columbia area (for a reminder you can go to www.gorgetranslink.com).

Northwest news in brief

REDMOND (AP) — Redmond High School has 29 valedictorians in the class graduating Friday. That’s 29 seniors with a grade point average of 4 or better. KTVZ reports the class had a 4-point system for three years, and this year the school district went to a 5-point system. Assistant Principal Tony Pupo says the district is trying to be fair to all the students who expected to be valedictorian. Next year there will be a single valedictorian at Redmond High School.

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Ohio man drowns in Punchbowl Falls after jump

HOOD RIVER (AP) — Divers on Monday recovered the body of a Cincinnati, Ohio, man who died after jumping off Punchbowl Falls in the Columbia River Gorge, a sheriff said. The body of Jason Endicott, 25, was found in about 12 feet of water below the cliff where he jumped, Hood River County Sheriff Matt English said.

Monday, June 3

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Tall ships to visit The Dalles June 4

The brig Lady Washington, the Official Ship of Washington State, and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain will be available for tours 4-5 p.m. on Tuesday.

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A few moments of Calm

When life seems overwhelming, meditation can help Sometimes, the stress of working as a nurse in the OB gets to Jill Kieffer, so she’ll steal away to a back room and close her eyes for a few minutes of meditation.

Saturday, June 1

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Editorial cartoons for June 2

Editorial cartoons for June 2, 2013

Commentary: How to help Syria now

The appalling civil war in Syria is well into its third year. With upwards of 70,000 dead, countless numbers maimed and injured, and millions of refugees, there are recurrent calls for the United States to “do something” to end the mayhem. That “something” is usually defined as military intervention — imposing a no-fly zone, arming the rebels, even sending the Marines.

Editorial: Ideas should be welcome

It’s budget time in the world of government. Budget committees are working out the details of what they will recommend to their particular board or commission.

Hepatitis A linked to Oregon berry farm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to a frozen organic berry mix sold by an Oregon company.

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An Endeavor in Progress

Who knew there were so many ways to generate power? From biodiesel to solar cookers to a salad spinner generator, the fruits of an educational experiment were on display during Project Endeavor’s Research and Development Expo.

Letter to the Editor: We're still here

To the editor: Evidently, the word around town is that Catlink has closed its doors. This is untrue. We no longer have a shelter to lodge adoptable cats, but we are still trapping and fixing strays and ferals. We do not do personal pets.

Protect rhododendrons, azaleas from scale

Every year in the late spring or early summer, the leaves and stems of many ornamental shrubs are attacked by small insects called scales.

Performers join Walworth Foundation at Burgerville

Burgerville will join with the Walworth Music Foundation for a fundraiser at the restaurant Tuesday, June 4, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Public meetings from June 1

City of The Dalles Thursday – The Dalles City Planning Commission, 6 p.m., City Hall council chambers, 313 Court St. Agenda: Public comment; quasi-judicial hearing on VAR 122-13 and CUP 169-13 by Thomas West/Design, LLC to gain approval for construction of a building that exceeds the zone district height limitation of 55 feet at 161 Steelhead Way; quasi-judicial hearing on CUP 168-13 to gain approval for construction of a steel-framed structure for storage of firefighting equipment at 615 E. Fourth St.; resolutions on the respective requests.

What's Happening from June 2

READING PROGRAM: The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library and The Dalles Kiwanis sponsor the summer reading program June 17 through Aug. 20. Sign up is under way for three different age levels.

Looking back on June 2

80 Years Ago-1933 Taxpayers of Wasco County were considered today by Circuit Judge Fred W. Wilson when he formally announced he would assess the entire cost of the James L. Holt trial against the defendant, who was found guilty yesterday of assault with a deadly weapon. The formal sentence will be pronounced next Friday morning. The expense totals $387.70. Holt was allowed one week to obtain the funds. Holt was charged by the state with having assaulted Oliver Schadewitz, a Bakeoven farmer, and cut him severely about the head and face with a knife, following an argument over a reported $1 debt.

Twisters rip across Midwest

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Emergency officials set out Saturday morning to see how much damage a violent burst of thunderstorms and tornadoes caused as it swept across the Midwest overnight, killing at least five and injuring dozens.

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One lane of interstate bridge in Hood River closed through Monday

The right lane of Interstate 84 eastbound between exits 63 and 64 , and the on-ramp to eastbound Interstate 84 from Second Street in Hood River will remain closed until Monday evening after a three-foot hole was found in the bridge decking.

Jumpstart track meet, hoops camp on tap

Tom Conklin wants to keep kids active during the summer months, so the timing of the seventh annual Jumpstart Track and Field Extravaganza is perfect in many ways.

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Signups open for youth FB

Parents have until July 31 to get kids on to teams While emphasizing player participation and the development of football skills, The Dalles Youth Football League sprung into action looking to offer chances for boys and girls to develop the love of football from an early age.

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Back where he belongs

After a decade off, Steve Sugg takes helm as head football coach at TDW At long last, Steve Sugg is back where he belongs – on the football field as the new varsity head coach of The Dalles Wahtonka Eagle Indians.

Bridge: Have rest from majors

At the bridge table, if you do the right thing, it might both gratify and astonish your partner!

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Dr. K: Kneecap pain is usually the result of excessive exercise

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have pain in my kneecap, right in front of my knee. It hurts to walk down the stairs or even sit for too long. What can I do? DEAR READER: It sounds like you have what is called patellofemoral pain. That’s pain where your kneecap (patella) meets your thighbone (femur). It usually results from overdoing exercise. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to prevent and relieve this pain.

Oregon coal port gets key draft permit

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on Friday issued draft permits regulating coal dust at the Coyote Island Terminal LLC at the Port of Morrow in Boardman.

Astro-graph for June 2

by Bernice Bede Osol Although you might select a course that is tough to follow in the months ahead, you’ll know better than most that it is a worthy one.

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Village Idiot: Don’t feel guilty about hanging up on a computer

The phone hadn’t rung all day, which was a blessing because we’d been catching up on a thousand and one things around the house. For us, spring cleaning involves some heavy lifting — and that’s just the dust bunnies. As a reward, we’d decided to treat ourselves to dinner out. Sue went upstairs to clean up and the moment I heard her turn on the shower, the phone rang. Dorothy the Computer from our prescription-by-mail company was on the line.

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Lifting spirits on the Wings

On Saturday, May 18, close to 200 local residents braved the cool and rainy spring weather to attend the fifth annual Heart of Hospice Butterfly Release to honor the loss of their loved ones.