The Dalles Main Street advocates were dealt a blow this week when a petition was turned in opposing economic improvement district funding for the organization. The jury is still out on whether all the signatures are valid. Downtown business owner Chuck Langley submitted the petition, which reportedly includes signatures representing 76 of the almost 200 tax lots affected by the district. Petition verification is under way now in advance of the April 22 public hearing on the issue. Written objections from the property owners must represent 33 percent of the assessed value to halt the district process.March 30, 2013 6:41 p.m. read more..
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea warned Seoul on Saturday that the Korean Peninsula had entered “a state of war” and threatened to shut down a border factory complex that’s the last major symbol of inter-Korean cooperation. Analysts say a full-scale conflict is extremely unlikely, noting that the Korean Peninsula has remained in a technical state of war for 60 years. But the North’s continued threats toward Seoul and Washington, including a vow to launch a nuclear strike, have raised worries that a misjudgment between the sides could lead to a clash.March 30, 2013 6:30 p.m. read more..
WASHINGTON — Veterans groups are rallying to fight any proposal to change disability payments as the federal government attempts to address its long-term debt problem. They say they’ve sacrificed already. Government benefits are adjusted according to inflation, and President Barack Obama has endorsed using a slightly different measure of inflation to calculate Social Security benefits. Benefits would still grow but at a slower rate.March 30, 2013 6:22 p.m. read more..
To the editor: The Dalles Meals on Wheels has been serving meals in The Dalles since the 1970s with its sole mission to stop senior hunger. Last year alone we served a combined total of 45,000 meals to our home-bound and on-site participants.March 30, 2013 6:17 p.m. read more..
To the editor: While reading the proposal for a 20-by-4-foot wall to enlarge the veterans’ memorial at Kelly Viewpoint, my first reaction was, “Oh no. Not another obstacle to block the view.” I went on to read Carolyn Wood’s comment, so I know I’m not the only one who has this concern. The panoramic view there is a major attribute of The Dalles. I am indebted to veterans and am all for honoring their memory.March 30, 2013 6:15 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I am writing to thank Representative Huffman for his courageous decision to co-sponsor the recently enacted Tuition Equity Bill in the Legislature, ensuring Oregon children, though undocumented but having lived in our state for the majority of their lives, are entitled to in-state tuition.March 30, 2013 6:13 p.m. read more..
To the editor: On behalf of the students of Chenowith Elementary Afterschool Extensions Program, we would like to express our sincere thanks to Gateway Presbyterian, the Masonic Lodge, The Dalles High School wood shop, and Odd Fellow Cemetery for their dedication to making the “home tweet homes” (bird houses) possible. The students expressed at great length about how much fun they had decorating their house with the various materials provided to them, and have asked when “the men” — the Gateway volunteers — would come back to visit.March 30, 2013 6:09 p.m. read more..
The Dalles Wahtonka did not hit the ball all over the park for another lopsided win, but rather manufactured enough runs to support pitchers Dakota Walker and Steven Bartells in a 5-1 baseball victory Friday over Corvallis at Quinton Street Ballpark.March 30, 2013 5:55 p.m. read more..
SALEM, Ore.— Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists warn Oregonians to be cautious when buying turtles as pets. Many of them are illegal to buy, sell or possess, despite the fact they are sold on internet sites, by street vendors and in some pet stores.March 30, 2013 5:25 p.m. read more..
West First Street, between The Dalles Disposal and Webber Street, will be closed April 1.March 30, 2013 3:29 p.m. read more..
Thanksgiving is all about the turkey, Valentine’s Day brings chocolate, and cookies for Santa are a must at Christmas, but everyone knows it just wouldn’t be Easter without eggs. Eating the eggs, however, seems to be an afterthought. Easter eggs are for dyeing, decorating with wax, rolling on the White House lawn with a spoon, hiding them and hunting for them.March 30, 2013 3:24 p.m. read more..
With every win, The Dalles Wahtonka is climbing up the rankings ladder. Friday, it was a fast offensive start followed by stout pitching that gave the No. 7-ranked Eagle Indians a 6-1 win over Hillsboro in a one-game tournament matchup in Hermiston.March 30, 2013 3:20 p.m. read more..
GRANTS PASS — The U.S. Forest Service’s demands that rural timber counties pay back millions of dollars in federal subsidies under automatic budget cuts have outraged members of Congress from both parties and caused concern in those counties with struggling economies.March 30, 2013 2:47 p.m. read more..
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Even a nasty cold can’t stop Russ Smith. With his teammates struggling with the virus he gave them and top-seeded Louisville facing its toughest test of the postseason, Russ put on his best show yet. He matched his career high of 31 points and the Cardinals proved they can win close games, too, beating Oregon 77-69 on Friday night. “Without Russ Smith, we couldn’t win,” said Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who improved to 11-0 in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament.March 30, 2013 2:43 p.m. read more..
BEND (AP) — Homebuilding made a comeback in Bend last year, led by a trend away from the luxury real estate typical during the bubble and toward scaled-down projects for the price-conscious buyer. The 452 single-family home permits issued by the city in 2012 outpaced the 406 issued in 2010 and 2011 combined, Bend permit records show. But the homes were considerably smaller than their prerecession counterparts — about 15 percent smaller on average than those permitted in 2007.March 30, 2013 2:41 p.m. read more..
Today is Easter Sunday, March 31, the 90th day of 2013. There are 275 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 31, 1943, “Oklahoma!,” the first musical play by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, opened on Broadway.March 30, 2013 2:25 p.m. read more..
March 31 20 Years Ago-1993 Patrons of School District 12 Tuesday offered the school board some ideas on how to deal with a fund shortfall which is likely to cost at least 30 staff positions and all school-sponsored athletics. The about 50 citizens attending a town hall meeting Tuesday were asked for ideas on how to deal with the problem.March 30, 2013 2:22 p.m. read more..
Jack Benny, when talking about comedy, said, “It’s not so much knowing when to speak, as when to pause.” That is so true — timing is everything. And it applies to many bridge deals, not just for declarer but also for the defenders. In today’s deal, who should come out ahead in four hearts after West leads his fourth-highest club?March 30, 2013 2:19 p.m. read more..
In the year ahead, you might experience a marked improvement in your conditions. However, be apprised that just because things may be getting better, if you don’t take advantage of opportunities, nothing will change for you. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Your perceptions should be accurate, so trust them. If you put too much stock in what another says, you could easily make a mistake.March 30, 2013 2:11 p.m. read more..
I was at a doctor’s office in a small town recently and overheard one patient in the waiting room talking to another.March 30, 2013 2:07 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I have bipolar disorder. I’ve experienced the highest highs and the lowest lows. How can one medication — lithium — treat both extremes? DEAR READER: Bipolar disorder is certainly a condition of extremes — extreme opposites.March 30, 2013 2 p.m. read more..
Weekend Fishing Opportunities: Anglers are catching a few spring chinook and winter steelhead on the lower Columbia. The Columbia sport fishery above Bonneville Dam opened for spring Chinook Saturday, March 16. Walleye anglers are catching a few fish in The Dalles and John Day pools. Sturgeon anglers are catching a few keepers in The Dalles and John Day Pools.March 29, 2013 8:56 p.m. read more..
Weekend fishing opportunities <ul> <li>Fishing for holdover trout has been pretty good in Holliday Park, Cavender, Long Creek and Peach ponds.</li> <li>Surplus steelhead have been stocked in Marr Pond offering a great opportunity for young anglers to catch a big fish. </li> <li>Spring has arrived in the Hermiston area, McNary, Hatrock and Tatone ponds received the first trout stockings of the season this week, and should provide a good early season angling opportunity.</li> </ul>March 29, 2013 8:51 p.m. read more..
Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler Counties Rough-legged hawks can be seen throughout most of the north half of the District. Short-eared owl can be seen along the grasslands of the north end of the District. Our year-round resident raptors, red-tailed hawks, Northern harriers, and American kestrels are all easily found. Heppner’s merlin has been seen in the area as well. The remaining ravens are our resident population, the mobs have headed south. Prairie falcons can also be seen in the area, although much rarer to be found. Sharp-shinned hawks can be seen along the riparian areas of the north half of the District.March 29, 2013 8:46 p.m. read more..
Weekend fishing opportunities: <ul> <li>If the water flows cooperate, the Klamath River can be a fine place for winter trout fishing.</li> <li>Mann Lake is ice-free and fishing continues to be excellent for 16-inch cutthroats.</li> </ul>March 29, 2013 8:44 p.m. read more..
SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE Mandatory Reporting Thanks to all hunters who reported their 2012 tags on time. Hunters who did not report 2012 deer and elk tags on time will pay a $25 penalty fee when they purchase a 2014 hunting license. If your 2012 deer and elk hunts extend into 2013, you have until April 15, 2013 to report your hunt. More information on reporting http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/reporting/index.asp Wolves and coyotes can look alike Most wolves in the state today are in northeast Oregon but a few have dispersed further west and south. Wolves are protected by state and/or federal law and it is unlawful to shoot them. Coyote hunters need to take extra care to identify their target as wolves can look like coyotes, especially wolf pups in the mid-summer and fall. ODFW appreciates hunters’ assistance to establish wolves’ presence in Oregon; please report any wolf sightings or wolf sign to ODFW using the online reporting system.March 29, 2013 8:40 p.m. read more..
EVENT The 32nd Annual John Scharff Migratory Bird Festival, April 11-14 2013, Burns Spend an amazing weekend witnessing the spectacular spring migration in the Harney Basin of Southeast Oregon. View thousands of migratory birds as they rest and feed in the wide open spaces of Oregon's high desert. From waterfowl to shorebirds, cranes to raptors, wading birds to songbirds, you'll see it all! The festival offers non-stop birding activities as well as historical and cultural information sure to entertain you and your family. So whether you're a beginner or a life-long wildlife enthusiast, the festival has something for everyone. More information can be found online at www.migratorybirdfestival.comMarch 29, 2013 8:36 p.m. read more..
WILLAMETTE ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, SPRING BEAR (controlled season opens April 1) Mandatory Reporting Thanks to all hunters who reported their 2012 tags on time. Hunters who did not report 2012 deer and elk tags on time will pay a $25 penalty fee when they purchase a 2014 hunting license. If your 2012 deer and elk hunts extend into 2013, you have until April 15, 2013 to report your hunt. More information on reporting http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/reporting/index.aspMarch 29, 2013 8:19 p.m. read more..
WILLAMETTE ZONE VIEWING VALLEYWIDE The Osprey Returns Each spring, osprey make their return to Oregon in preparation for the breeding season. Ospreys were first documented in Oregon in 1855 and historically were very numerous. In the 1970s, they experienced drastic declines as a side effect of widespread pesticide use. With environmental regulations that banned these chemical and the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act that offers protection to all native migratory birds, including osprey, ospreys have made a remarkable comeback.March 29, 2013 8:10 p.m. read more..
New Entries RELAY MEETINGS: Steering committee meetings and team meetings for 2013 begin Thursday, April 4, for the Relay for Life of The Dalles area, at the Columbia Portage Grill inside Shilo Inn, The Dalles. Steering Committee meets at 6 p.m. and the Team meeting begins at 7 p.m. For more information contact Don Wimberly 541-296-1007.March 29, 2013 1:30 p.m. read more..
The Gorge Technology Alliance (GTA) is hosting two free robotics trainings in honor of National Robotics Week (April 6 to 14). Students ages 9 to 14 should register soon to participate April 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in The Dalles or April 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Moro.March 29, 2013 1:28 p.m. read more..
BERLIN (AP) — “Are there still Jews in Germany?” “Are the Jews a chosen people?” Nearly 70 years after the Holocaust, there is no more sensitive an issue in German life as the role of Jews. With fewer than 200,000 Jews among Germany’s 82 million people, few Germans born after World War II know any Jews or much about them.March 29, 2013 1:19 p.m. read more..
The Dalles Full Gospel Center The Dalles Full Gospel Center will hold its annual Passover Celebration Saturday, March 30, at 5 p.m. Passover is a time of remembrance and is celebrated with family, dance, song and good food. The River of God Dancers will perform. Tickets must be purchased in advance and presented to enter the celebration. Adult tickets are $20 and children 3 to 12 years $12. For more information, call 541-298-1183 or 541-980-1284.March 29, 2013 1:08 p.m. read more..
New claims regarding the age of the Shroud of Turin come as a Vatican-sanctioned special broadcast Saturday from Turin Cathedral. The rare appearance of the shroud is the first time in 40 years that it has been on TV, writes Guardian reporter Lizzy Davies from Rome.March 29, 2013 1:06 p.m. read more..
Twenty residents of Sherman County have filed for 19 positions up for special elections May 21. The most contested position on the ballot is for Position 3 of the Sherman County Health District, where Clifford Jett, Jayme Thompson Alsup and Scott Belshe are facing off. Bert Perisho and Larry Hoctor are running for Positions 4 and 5, respectively.March 29, 2013 12:06 p.m. read more..
Robert Orben, who is primarily a comedy writer, said, “There are days when it takes all you’ve got just to keep up with the losers.” He was not thinking about bridge, but he could have been. When you are in a trump contract, you should start by counting your losers. Then, if there are not more than you can afford, you should draw trumps as quickly as possible. But if the loser count is too high, you must calculate how to reduce the number.March 29, 2013 11:59 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: You’ve mentioned nuts as a healthy snack in previous columns. I thought nuts were high in fat and calories. DEAR READER: Nuts are high in fat and calories, and they are also a great food. Am I nuts?March 29, 2013 11:56 a.m. read more..
Eating right is essential to keeping your body running at its best. But nutrition advice doesn’t always account for people’s varied lifestyles, health needs and tastes. March, which is National Nutrition Month, is an excellent opportunity to review your diet and make positive, sustainable changes.March 29, 2013 11:50 a.m. read more..
There is reason to believe The Dalles Wahtonka boys’ golf team could be a group poised to take the Columbia River Conference by storm. Mostly, the indication of such a cavalier statement can be pointed to the first two tournaments the Eagle Indians have competed in.March 29, 2013 11:23 a.m. read more..
CENTRAL ZONE VIEWING Jefferson and Crook Counties Prineville Area Winter conditions are present and recreational users and their pets should dress and come equipped for snow, ice, and potentially dangerous driving conditions.March 29, 2013 11:11 a.m. read more..
CENTRAL ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE. SPRING BEAR (see regs, controlled seasons open April 1 and April 15) Mandatory Reporting Thanks to all hunters who reported their 2012 tags on time. Hunters who did not report 2012 deer and elk tags on time will pay a $25 penalty fee when they purchase a 2014 hunting license. If your 2012 deer and elk hunts extend into 2013, you have until April 15, 2013 to report your hunt. More information on reporting http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/reporting/index.aspMarch 29, 2013 11:08 a.m. read more..
Weekend fishing opportunities: Fishing continues to be excellent on the Crooked River. The winter steelhead season continues on the Hood River. Pinehollow and Rock Creek reservoirs have been stocked recently and fishing should be good for rainbow trout.March 29, 2013 11:07 a.m. read more..
Many joined Alex Zerbe for Spring break fun at The Dalles Wasco County Library on Wednesday, March 27, at 2 p.m. Zerbe is a two time Guinness World record holder, voted funniest prop comic. Those who missed the show can plan now for future events: download the library newsletter and calendar of events.March 28, 2013 3:14 p.m. read more..
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Michel Djotodia showed up for peace talks a few months ago in camouflage and a turban as the face of Central African Republic's rebel movement. Now he has traded those fatigues for a suit as the country's new self-declared leader after overthrowing the president of a decade.March 28, 2013 1:53 p.m. read more..
This Week March 28 – Star Trek and over-the-counter medicine are trivia topics, 6:30 p.m., Clock Tower Ales, 311 Union St., The Dalles, 541-705-3590, www.clocktowerales.com March 28-31 – Last Days of Jesus, The Dalles NEW DATE: March 29 – Silver Hawk, 9 p.m., Clock Tower Ales, 311 Union St., The Dalles, 541-705-3590, www.clocktowerales.com March 29 – Bob Connolly, 6-9 p.m., Zim’s Brau Haus, 604 E. Second, The Dalles, www.zimsbrauhaus.com March 29 – Dag Shaw, 7 p.m., Sunshine Mill, 901 E. Second, The Dalles, www.sunshinemill.comMarch 28, 2013 1:06 p.m. read more..
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s presidency says 94-year-old Nelson Mandela is responding positively to hospital treatment for a recurring lung infection. The office of President Jacob Zuma also said in a statement Thursday that the former president and anti-apartheid leader remains under observation.March 28, 2013 1:03 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Edited for length. I’d like to discuss the word accountability. It’s an interesting word that has been inflated to the point that it can mean almost anything. It’s like the phrase “moving forward.” Or another abused word, “reform.” Let’s take the word “reform” first. It’s an innocent-looking word. But you can tell that the word has been corrupted when it represents the opposite of what you’d think it would mean. For instance, education reform means “returning to the factory model of public schooling, where students are consumers of industrial-strength doses of testing and corporate curricula.” Pension reform means “taking money from someone else’s pension fund.” Finance reform means “business as usual.”March 28, 2013 12:41 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Why is it uncomfortable if not unbearable to listen to a church pastor sermon? The words they use appear to be from the sacred Bible. So? The offensive feeling of their sermons is due to their deplorable trick of “fitting” bible words into undying ancient pagan superstitions.March 28, 2013 12:40 p.m. read more..
SALEM — Retired and active government employees slammed a proposal to cut their pension benefits, telling Oregon lawmakers Wednesday that the plan pushed by Democratic leaders would be unfair, irresponsible and illegal.March 28, 2013 12:34 p.m. read more..
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted 10 current or former managers and supervisors for a contractor at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site, accusing them of enabling timecard fraud there. Federal authorities have been investigating accusations of fraud at south-central Washington’s Hanford Nuclear Reservation for several years.March 28, 2013 12:29 p.m. read more..
REEDSPORT (AP) — A company planning to channel the power of the ocean off the Oregon coast into the electrical grid inland says it faces a new regulatory hurdle and needs more money for what has been billed as the nation’s first commercial wave energy operation.March 28, 2013 12:28 p.m. read more..
In “Peanuts,” Peppermint Patty struggled greatly at school. In one cartoon, she cries, “I know the answer! The answer lies within the heart of all mankind!” There is a pause as the reader moves to the next panel. “The answer is 12? I think I’m in the wrong building.” If you go down in a contract, especially one for 12 tricks that you should have made, you will probably wish you had chosen to visit a different building.March 28, 2013 12:21 p.m. read more..
Dear Mary: My husband and I have really gotten ourselves in deep this time. At the time, we thought starting a franchise using our personal credit cards was a good idea. The manager we hired was inept and untrustworthy. Now we are in credit-card debt to the tune of $250,000. We are trying to crawl out from under this problem and are out of working capital to keep things going. We can’t find anyone who will make us a consolidation loan. We are sinking fast! — Name withheld, Texas Dear Nameless: I wish you’d written before you headed down such a dangerous path. Instead, you violated nearly every rule of self-employment: You went into business with borrowed funds. You hired employees before you were profitable. You thought of credit as “working capital.” Need I go on?March 28, 2013 12:15 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: My husband and I have been happily married, more or less, for 25 years. But lately we’re fighting more. A friend suggested couples therapy. Can you tell me more about it? DEAR READER: I don’t feel as comfortable answering questions about relationships as more traditionally “medical” problems. I’m not Dr. Phil or Dr. Ruth. That said, here are my thoughts.March 28, 2013 12:12 p.m. read more..
A downtown business owner appears to have turned in enough signatures of opposition to stop The Dalles City Council from moving forward with a tax to aid The Dalles Main Street.March 27, 2013 12:42 p.m. read more..
Professional and amateur photographers are invited to submit their finest scenic, close-up and artistic renderings of wildflowers from the Columbia River Gorge area. A collection of 40 entries will be selected to be displayed at Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River for the July 2013 show titled, “The Earth Laughs in Flowers.”March 27, 2013 12:39 p.m. read more..
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a draft environmental assessment for the John Day Mitigation Project.March 27, 2013 12:39 p.m. read more..
MIAMI (AP) — Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay say they are being denied access to drinking water as a hunger strike grinds on and apparently grows at the U.S. base in Cuba. An emergency court filing based on complaints from a Yemeni prisoner says guards have refused to provide bottled water to hunger strikers and told the men to drink from taps in their cells.March 27, 2013 12:28 p.m. read more..
Show your best cherry face: Friday is the last day to enter the Cherry Enchantment Window Decorating contest for Northwest Cherry Festival. The Cherry Festival theme is “Cherry Enchantment,” which should be good inspiration for local store window imagination.March 27, 2013 11:55 a.m. read more..
WASHINGTON — Federal regulators are pressing the Supreme Court to stop big pharmaceutical corporations from paying generic drug competitors to delay releasing their cheaper versions of brand-name drugs. They argue these deals deny American consumers, usually for years, steep price declines that can top 90 percent.March 27, 2013 11:51 a.m. read more..
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A new Republican-dominated majority in the state Senate dedicated a rare block of time Tuesday to hear the views of a global warming skeptic who argued that federal scientists have been manipulating climate data to inflate temperatures. The views of retired geology professor Don Easterbrook are considered in the minority.March 27, 2013 11:46 a.m. read more..
GRANTS PASS — Faced with uncertain funding for his job, the undersheriff of Curry County is leaving the struggling coastal timber county for a new post with the State Police. Sheriff John Bishop said Tuesday that he also lost a patrol deputy and is losing a jail deputy. He said all three are taking jobs with a better future.March 27, 2013 11:38 a.m. read more..
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — As a Boys Club kid growing up in the South Dakota city of Sioux Falls, Chuck Brennan never had the opportunity to learn an electric guitar lick or pound out a lengthy drum solo.March 27, 2013 11:32 a.m. read more..
Katie Helyer sure knows how to put on a show. The Dalles Wahtonka senior appropriately capped a two-game firework display with more than 430-feet worth of home runs in capping a pair of decisive wins over Molalla and Gresham at the TD Invitational Softball Tournament Tuesday in The Dalles.March 27, 2013 11:24 a.m. read more..
The Dalles Wahtonka track and field team hit the rainy terrain for the Sherwood co-ed relays on Wednesday and put up some good performances overall with personal records and good finishes for this early in the season.March 27, 2013 11:22 a.m. read more..
It has been almost 10 years since the first class of registered nurses graduated from Columbia Gorge Community College and the anniversary will be marked by a new agreement to help further the education of students. Doris Jepson, director of the nursing program, said training opportunities in the field are highly competitive, which can make it more difficult for someone to navigate the system on their own.March 26, 2013 4:57 p.m. read more..
As it faces lean financial times ahead, Wasco County is going through each department with a fine-toothed comb, looking for ways to save money and run more efficiently. The exercise has also been a learning opportunity for the Board of County Commissioners.March 26, 2013 4:56 p.m. read more..
New Entries HAVEN EVENT: Vision of Hope: Their Hope … Our Vision is the theme of An Evening with Haven, Thursday, April 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., at The Dalles Civic Auditorium. The event will feature food samplings from 10 local restaurants, plus wine and beer. Tickets are $40 each, available at Klindt’s Booksellers. For more information, call 541-296-2065. PIONEER MEETING: The Wasco County Pioneer Association will have its 91st annual meeting and luncheon Saturday, May 4, at Calvary Baptist Church, 3350 Columbia View Drive in The Dalles. (The original Wasco County, shown in 1854 borders above, stretched from the Cascade Range east to the crest of the Rocky Mountains.) Registration starts at 9:30 a.m., lunch at 11:30 and program at 1 p.m. Luncheon is $10. Details: 541-296-4043. TRAPS SOUGHT: Catlink is asking anyone who borrowed traps or carriers to call the organization at 541-298-8253 to make arrangements for their return. Catlink will also accept donations of traps and carriers. SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Mid-Columbia Unit 20 of the Oregon Retired Educators Association is offering a $750 scholarship to a third, fourth or fifth-year college student (as of this coming September) who aspires to become a teacher and is attending an Oregon school. For an application and further information, contact Frank Wall, 541-354-1505. Application deadline is May 1. March 27 COMEDY SHOW: Join Alex Zerbe for Spring break fun at The Dalles Wasco County Library on Wednesday, March 27, at 2 p.m. Zerbe is a two-time Guinness World record holder, voted funniest prop comic. This free program will be in the main part of the library. For more information, contact 541-296-2815.March 26, 2013 4:43 p.m. read more..
Mid-Columbia Medical Center has planned a training and testing program for Wednesday, April 17, beginning at 5:30 p.m., or Wednesday, May 1, beginning at 11 a.m., for dogs and handlers interested in participating in the hospital’s pet visitation program.March 26, 2013 4:42 p.m. read more..
Gorge Grown Food Network (Gorge Grown), a Columbia Gorge-based nonprofit organization that supports local farms and locally-grown food, has been awarded three years of funding by Meyer Memorial Trust for a multi-tiered, region-wide project called the Rural Food Collaborative.March 26, 2013 4:41 p.m. read more..
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — The man who wants to be the next president of Iran sits in a hotel lobby, steps from his office and thousands of miles away from the country he wants to lead, a distance surpassed only by the hurdles he needs to clear even to land on the ballot.March 26, 2013 4:33 p.m. read more..
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cypriot businesses were under increasing strain to keep running on Tuesday after financial authorities stretched the country’s bank closure into a second week amid fears that depositors will rush to drain their accounts.March 26, 2013 4:30 p.m. read more..
To the editor: The Oregonian wilderness is a contrast of unimaginable beauty and danger. The animals that inhabit this land are valuable, and amazing, creating a prosperous ecosystem. An important part of that ecosystem is appearing again in the landscape of Oregon.March 26, 2013 4:19 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Regarding the March 13 Chronicle article on proposed Granada block redevelopment: As a property owner affected by the development, an archeologist with over 30 years of field experience, and someone intimately familiar with the archaeological site on the Granada Block, I have taken an active interest in the site and the development. I have also freely offered advice to both the city and the developer, and updated them in a timely manner of our findings.March 26, 2013 4:15 p.m. read more..
It had been a long day at the ball field for The Dalles Wahtonka coach Steve Garrett – a happy one though. TDW totaled 19 hits and both Morgan Triperinas and Carley Gowdy put forth stout pitching performances in a pair of wins over Molalla and Century Monday in TD Invitational Spring Break Softball Tournament play in The Dalles.March 26, 2013 1:18 p.m. read more..
Audrey Stone, a seventh grader at Sherman Jr./Sr. High School, has advanced to the Oregon National Geographic Bee... Danielle VanWagner, a student at Columbia Gorge Community College, has been named a 2013 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar... The Dalles Wahtonka High School’s music exploration class is putting on a free rock concert at... Mid-Columbia Unit 20 of the Oregon Retired Educators Association is offering a $750 scholarship...March 26, 2013 12:46 p.m. read more..
Students from The Dalles Middle School and Dry Hollow Elementary had the experience of playing chess on the state level the weekend of March 15.March 26, 2013 12:38 p.m. read more..
On a recent afternoon a room full of middle school and high school students were hard at work. School was already done for the day, but these students chose to stay and work on their projects for the 4-H technology group. Some worked on “sugo bots,” others on soapbox derby cars or underwater robots or designing video games.March 26, 2013 12:36 p.m. read more..
For over 26 years the Mid-Columbia Senior Center has played an important role supporting older adults in the region by providing opportunities to explore, connect and contribute.March 26, 2013 12:18 p.m. read more..
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by Bernice Bede Osol By adopting the adage “Waste not, want not,” by this time next year you could find yourself in an exceptionally secure financial position, one that you never thought possible. Try it and see for yourself.March 26, 2013 12:16 p.m. read more..
As the story goes, the local inventor invited the town’s pastry-makers to observe his latest invention: an automated pastry-making machine. To his dismay, the bakers deemed it unfit because it could not consistently turn out perfect pastries. Not one to give up easily, the inventor took one of the chefs aside and asked, “What do YOU do when you make a mistake?”March 26, 2013 12:15 p.m. read more..
Surrealist painter Salvador Dali said, “At the age of 6, I wanted to be a cook. At 7, I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.” If your partner’s ambition in the bidding carries you to heights that your cards do not justify, try to find a line of play that will justify his optimism.March 26, 2013 12:09 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve always enjoyed my food well-seasoned. Now my doctor wants me to cut down on my salt intake. Any suggestions? DEAR READER: Salt (sodium chloride) is like many other things in our food: We need it, just not in the amounts we take in. For most of us, the salt in our diet is too much of a good thing.March 26, 2013 12:06 p.m. read more..
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Democrats on Monday unveiled the details of their proposed cuts in pensions for retired government workers, leaning ... PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon Health and Science University is notifying more than 4,000 patients that some of their personal information was in a surgeon’s laptop computer that was stolen during a Hawaii vacation.March 26, 2013 12:04 p.m. read more..
TACOMA, Wash. — John Connelly leaned forward on his barstool, set his lips against a clear glass pipe and inhaled a white cloud of marijuana vapor.March 26, 2013 12:01 p.m. read more..
CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Eulachons, better known as smelt, are returning to the Columbia River in stronger numbers this year than in the recent past, although they are still listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) and, as such, are off limits to fishing. In reaction to their arrival in the Sandy River, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is reminding anglers that eulachon smelt fishing seasons remain closed. This closure also applies to the Columbia River and all other inland waters.March 26, 2013 7:56 a.m. read more..
Ogden Wing and Lenore Walters on the steps of the Smock Prairie School in Wamic were the subjects of last week's History Mystery. New mystery is a plane crash.March 26, 2013 7:08 a.m. read more..
It's never too soon to be thinking about preparing for a garden full of colorful dahlias for late summer or fall. These showy, long-blooming flowers come in enough choices to satisfy just about any appetite for color, size and design. Dinner plate blooms can be as big as the china they are named after, but more petite varieties may satisfy other tastes.March 25, 2013 9 a.m. read more..
Thank you to everyone who entered my latest Christmas Competition. This was the second-biggest entry ever (behind 2000, the year with the senryu element), with emails and mail being received from around the planet, which was fun. The best entry came from Craig Cordes of Baton Rouge, La.March 24, 2013 10:15 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: A few months ago I was in a serious car accident. Since then I’ve been incredibly jumpy and have trouble sleeping. My wife thinks I may have PTSD. Could she be right? DEAR READER: Post-traumatic stress disorder — PTSD — is a condition in which distressing symptoms occur after a major trauma. PTSD is often discussed in the context of troops who have served in war zones, but you don’t have to see battle to get PTSD.March 24, 2013 10:11 a.m. read more..
I know there are couples who enjoy cooking together and make it look like a well-rehearsed ballet. They savor the aroma of their secret recipe for wild salmon over lemon couscous, stir each other's soups and sample each other's sauces. Their skills are complementary -- one cuts and cleans, while the other sautes and bastes. These couples can't wait to be in the kitchen together.March 24, 2013 10:09 a.m. read more..
March 24 20 Years Ago-1993 Unstable power supplies, its cost and the depressed world price of aluminum will mean some layoffs at the Columbia Aluminum’s Goldendale smelter beginning next week, Plant Manager Bill Bell said this morning. Northwest Aluminum President Brett Wilcox at The Dalles this morning said no layoffs are planned at The Dalles plant. The numbers for Goldendale are being worked out, and Bell said he was developing the information so that he can talk to employees and the union. Some workers are on vacation, others are on medical leave and shuffling the number of people available to report to work with the number of things which need to be done will determine the number of layoffs, he said.March 23, 2013 6:47 p.m. read more..
The Wasco County Pioneer Association will have its 91st annual meeting and luncheon Saturday, May 4, at Calvary Baptist Church, 3350 Columbia View Drive in The Dalles. (The original Wasco County, shown in 1854 borders above, stretched from the Cascade Range east to the crest of the Rocky Mountains.) Registration starts at 9:30 a.m., lunch at 11:30 and program at 1 p.m. Luncheon is $10.March 23, 2013 6:32 p.m. read more..
Robert Carsner has such a passion for music he decided to make a gift of it. That’s how The Dalles’ Organ Crawl came into existence.March 23, 2013 6:23 p.m. read more..
When Edgar Ashbrenner drew his first breath, Babe Ruth was still six years away from his professional baseball debut with the Boston Red Sox, humanity didn’t yet know about world wars or Great Depressions, and movie fans were still 18 years away from hearing John Barrymore and Mary Astor utter the first words on the silver screen in “Don Juan.”March 23, 2013 6:18 p.m. read more..
The Trout Lake Festival of the Arts invites all artists of the Columbia Gorge and surrounding areas to apply to exhibit at the 18th Annual Trout Lake Festival of the Arts, set for July 13 and 14. Applications must be received by March 31. All exhibiting artists must be juried; up to 50 artists will be selected in all mediums of two- or three-dimensional fine art and craft. The work will be judged on quality and creativity. The home of the Festival is an organic farm with a 1918 Craftsman farmhouse, a covered bridge over the White Salmon River and beautiful view of Mt. Adams.March 23, 2013 6:14 p.m. read more..
New Entries ENDOWMENT BENEFIT: The second annual evening to benefit Jerri Walker DePriest Endowment Fund will be Saturday, April 20, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Sunshine Mill. Tickets are $25 and include two drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and live music. Tickets are available at Klindt’s Booksellers, Dufur School or the Sunshine Mill. The event is limited to 200 people, 21 and older. For more information call 541-467-2509. MARRIAGE COURSE: Enjoy a couples date night and dessert and learn about good marriage skills at an Alpha Marriage Course, Thursdays, April 4 through May 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Riverenza, 410 E. 10th Street. Participants sit at intimate tables and watch a video about topics like communication, family, sexual satisfaction, priorities, and others. Then the couples discuss these topics with one another in the small groups only. Cost is $60 per couple. Contact Gary Casady, 541-993-4279 to register.March 23, 2013 6:11 p.m. read more..
Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River will host another conversation film series Wednesday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. with the award winning film “Into Eternity.” The film will be followed by a discussion panel of local experts.March 23, 2013 6:10 p.m. read more..
Danielle VanWagner, a student at Columbia Gorge Community College has been named a 2013 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and providing nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each Bronze Scholar receives a $1,000 scholarship and a special medallion.March 23, 2013 6:09 p.m. read more..
The Mt. Hood National Forest welcomes Claire Lavendel as its acting forest supervisor.March 23, 2013 6:08 p.m. read more..
The Dalles Wednesday – The Historic Landmarks Commission meeting set for Wednesday, March 27 is cancelled. The next meeting is set for Wednesday, April 24 at 4 p.m. in council chambers. Thursday – Qlife board, noon, The Dalles City Hall, 313 Court St. Agenda: Financial reports, approval of additional principal payment on Columbia State Bank loan, update on broadband strategic plan, reports (wi-fi project, St. Mary’s/Bisector project completion date, Aristo operational management report).March 23, 2013 5:53 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND — Continuous sign-up for the 2013 Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) will close April 19 for batching.March 23, 2013 5:52 p.m. read more..
In 1993, the Oregon Legislature passed the Agricultural Water Quality Management Act and directed the Oregon Department of Agriculture to develop plans to prevent and control water pollution from agricultural activities and address soil erosion issues on rural lands.March 23, 2013 5:43 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Big Brother is trying to “help” us out again by taking over the responsibilities of citizens. Now Secretary of State Kate Brown’s bill (House Bill 2198 plus amendment) will allow 16-year young people to register to vote.March 23, 2013 5:39 p.m. read more..
To the editor: My husband is a family practice doctor and I am a registered nurse. During our careers over the past 40 years, we have watched the profit motive take over the health care system in our country. We are deeply concerned about the often devastating impact of medical costs on individuals and families – even those WITH health insurance. We are also concerned about the impact on the American economy. According to World Bank statistics, health care spending accounts for over 18% of every dollar spent in the US — and for health outcomes ranked 38th in the world (WHO, 2013). We can and must do better.March 23, 2013 5:35 p.m. read more..
A decline in teen concern about the harmful effects of marijuana should come as no surprise as adult use of the drug for medical purposes in Oregon, and for recreational purposes in Washington and Colorado could presage increasing changes in attitudes toward the drug around the country.March 23, 2013 5:21 p.m. read more..
WASHINGTON (AP) — Foes of Syrian President Bashar Assad are distracted by fragmentation within their ranks, foreign meddling and new finger-pointing over chemical weapons as the regime more firmly entrenches itself, giving no sign of stepping down any time soon.March 23, 2013 4:57 p.m. read more..
The Dalles Wahtonka had No. 3 Redmond on the ropes, but could not deliver the knockout blow.March 23, 2013 4:45 p.m. read more..
One miss and a free throw state championship would last another round. Two misses and he would have to wait another year. Dakota Murr had to be perfect in order to claim his crown. After his opponent sank 4 of 5 free throws, Murr went last, by his choice, to see what he could do.March 23, 2013 4:40 p.m. read more..
OLYMPIA, Wash. — In 1970, Washington became the first — and remains the only — state in the country to legalize elective abortions by a popular vote.March 23, 2013 4:32 p.m. read more..
SALEM — State and local governments have spent more than $50,000 on legal advice as they try to devise cuts in pension benefits that can withstand an inevitable court challenge.March 23, 2013 4:24 p.m. read more..
Salem OR -- Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) reminds parents that the second requirement of a two-phase all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety program became effective January 1, 2012 for youths younger than 16 riding ATVs on public lands. Riders on public lands under the age of 16 must complete both the online course and a hands-on training course designed for the type of ATV or off-road motorcycle they ride.March 23, 2013 7:10 a.m. read more..
Hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing reports covering from Oregon's Northeast Zone.March 22, 2013 3:17 p.m. read more..
Detailed information on fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing in Oregon's Central Zone.March 22, 2013 3:11 p.m. read more..
Generations young and old came together Thursday for a common cause as seniors and children from Colonel Wright Elementary marched against senior hunger. A brief downpour of hail didn’t stop the group as they marched around the Mid-Columbia Senior Center.March 22, 2013 12:38 p.m. read more..
Two men from The Dalles — one over the age of 30 and the other more than 40 — were sentenced this week in separate cases for using positions of authority to gain the trust of teenage girls they then molested.March 22, 2013 12:33 p.m. read more..
New Entries COMEDY SHOW: Join Alex Zerbe for Spring break fun at The Dalles Wasco County Library Wednesday, March 27, at 2 p.m. Zerbe is a two time Guinness world record holder, voted funniest prop comic. This free program will be in the main part of the library. For more information, contact 541-296-2815. MAUPIN LEGION: The Town & Country Players of South Wasco County will present “Uncle Phil’s Diner 1,” an audience interaction play with music and entertainment of the 50’s, April 5, 6, 13 at 7 p.m. and April 14 at 2 p.m. at the Maupin Legion Hall. Tickets are $8 and include dessert. Tickets need to be purchased before performance as seating is limited. They may be purchased at Maupin Market, Tygh Valley Store or by calling 541-483-2253 or 541-805-5068.March 22, 2013 12:21 p.m. read more..
Youth in Sherman County who are looking for activities during spring break have an opportunity to learn cooking with the OSU Extension Office free kids’ cooking day camp Monday, March 25, through Friday, March 29.March 22, 2013 12:20 p.m. read more..
Northern Wasco County PUD is accepting applications for Economic Development grants until 5 p.m., Friday, May 3.March 22, 2013 12:18 p.m. read more..
Opportunity Connections, will celebrate 46 years as an organization providing support services to people with disabilities in the Mid Columbia with an anniversary dinner and dance, Friday, April 5, at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center in The Dalles.March 22, 2013 12:18 p.m. read more..
SPRINGFIELD. (AP) — Police say an armored truck guard was unloading a bag of money outside a Springfield bank Thursday when a man in a hooded sweatshirt walked up and demanded the cash. The Guard reportedly responded by pulling his handgun. The suspect ran off and was unable to be located.March 22, 2013 12:10 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND — Though Portlanders are remarkably united when it comes to protecting the environment, a property on aptly named Southeast Division Street has provoked an unexpected backlash against the city’s progressive approach to housing its burgeoning population.March 22, 2013 12:08 p.m. read more..
St. Alphonsus Church With the beginning of Daylight Savings Time, St. Alphonsus Church in Dufur will have Mass at 7 p.m. Saturday nights, St. Mary’s Maupin’s Mass will be Saturday at 5 p.m., the exception being Easter Sunday when St. Alphonsus will have Mass on Easter at 8:30 a.m. and Maupin at 11 a.m. The 7 p.m. Saturday night Mass will continue until October. The reason for the change is that Father Fabian Nwokorie has four parishes, two in Sherman County and two in Wasco County and they trade times.March 22, 2013 11:58 a.m. read more..
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Pastor Tom Cabral still tells people to meet him at “the bar,” even though it’s his church now. Locals best remember his worn building as a former sports bar where a 19-year-old once walked in and shot three suspected rival crack dealers.March 22, 2013 11:56 a.m. read more..
Since he was a little kid, Nick Lindskoog has loved to watch the Last Days of Jesus passion play in The Dalles. This year will be his third year as a member of the cast. He plays the Disciple Andrew, and he is the first developmentally disabled person to have a role in the play, said his mother, Connie Lindskoog.March 22, 2013 11:55 a.m. read more..
WASHINGTON — Democrats controlling the Senate appear on track to pass their first budget in four years, promising a second, almost $1 trillion round of tax increases on top of more than $600 billion in higher taxes on the wealthy enacted in January.March 22, 2013 11:33 a.m. read more..
WASHINGTON — Democrats who vowed a crackdown on guns after the horrific Newtown, Conn., school shooting are touting prospects for Senate passage of expanded federal background checks, even as they acknowledge there isn’t enough support to restore a ban on assault-style weapons. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a measure likely to be debated in his chamber next month will include tougher laws and stiffer sentences for gun trafficking and increased school safety grants.March 22, 2013 11:27 a.m. read more..
Groucho Marx said, “A child of 5 would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of 5.” In bridge, it is a “rule” that if you bid a suit on the first round of the auction and partner does not raise your suit, then, if you rebid it in on the second round, you are indicating at least a six-card suit. You do your utmost not to rebid in a five-card suit.March 22, 2013 11:20 a.m. read more..
It is strangely ironic that the freedoms and affluence we enjoy in our society are the very things that stand to ruin our children if not addressed early and effectively.March 22, 2013 11:17 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: My daughter has just been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. What is it, and what is the treatment? DEAR READER: Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes abdominal pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite, joint pains, weight loss, weakness and fatigue. It’s caused by inflammation of the small (and sometimes the large) intestine.March 22, 2013 11:16 a.m. read more..
As a team, The Dalles Wahtonka boys golfers shaved off 32 strokes from their opening tournament and chalked up fifth-place honors at Thursday’s Hermiston Invitational at Big River Golf and Country Club.March 22, 2013 11:12 a.m. read more..
Under threatening skies above Quinton Street Ballpark Thursday, The Dalles Wahtonka pitcher Dakota Walker added another chapter to his amazing 2013 – a no-hitter. Walker flirted with a perfect game and faced two batters over the minimum in his eight-strikeout performance toMarch 22, 2013 11:04 a.m. read more..
Over the past few months, The Dalles Chronicle has rolled out a new, enhanced website at www.thedalles chronicle.com, offering online readers a range of new content and interactive features. Over the past few months, The Dalles Chronicle has rolled out a new, enhanced website at www.thedalles chronicle.com, offering online readers a range of new content and interactive features.March 21, 2013 2:09 p.m. read more..
CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago has begun informing teachers about which public schools it intends to close under a contentious plan that opponents say will disproportionately affect minority students in the nation’s third largest school district, teachers said Thursday.March 21, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..
PARIS (AP) — New results from looking at the split-second after the Big Bang indicate the universe is 80 million years older than previously thought, but core concepts in physics about the cosmos — how it began, what it’s made of and where it’s going — seem to be on the right track.March 21, 2013 1:57 p.m. read more..
GATESVILLE, Texas (AP) — Ed Graf was given life in prison 25 years ago for killing his two stepsons by locking them in a backyard shed and setting it on fire. Two investigators used photos of the shed’s remains to persuade jurors that Graf had started the fire intentionally.March 21, 2013 1:55 p.m. read more..
The intersection of East 12th and F streets will be closed to traffic, including emergency vehicles, Tuesday, March 26, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The City of The Dalles Public Works will be replacing a water line in the intersection.March 21, 2013 1:36 p.m. read more..
The Mid-Columbia Veterans Memorial Committee is gearing up to add a granite wall to the existing monument at Kelly Viewpoint.March 21, 2013 1:22 p.m. read more..
This Week March 21 – Stress reduction drumming, 6-7 p.m., $5, Ananas Copa Cabana, 414 E. Second St., The Dalles, 541-296-1110 March 21 – Kramdown Karaoke, 9 p.m., The Vault, 209 E. Second St., The Dalles March 22 – Willy and Nelson, 6-9 p.m., Zim’s Brau Haus, 604 E. Second, The Dalles, www.zimsbrauhaus.com March 22 – Nate Stranz and Jarod Sawyer, 7 p.m., Sunshine Mill, 901 E. Second, The Dalles, www.sunshinemill.com March 22 – DJ B.ill on the main stage, 9 p.m., March 21 – Kramdown Karaoke, 9 p.m., The Vault, 209 E. Second St., The DallesMarch 21, 2013 1:12 p.m. read more..
IMAGINE Beethoven's "Fur Elise" as a techno-pop dance number and Mozart's "Rondo Alla Turca" as bossa nova-samba fusion to get a glimpse into the mind and music of Jason Farnham, the Los Angeles contemporary piano entertainer who styles himself as a living "Schroeder" of Peanuts comic fame. The audience at Farnham's Monday, March 25, performance will also see the showman Farnham play the piano while lying upside down underneath it. Farnham has also been compared to Victor Borge because of his comical style of playing and his toy piano, above, which he brings to every show. Mid-Columbia Community Concerts brings the show to The Dalles. It starts at Gateway Presbyterian Church, at 7 p.m. Details: http://bit.ly/Xz6YqM.March 21, 2013 1:11 p.m. read more..
Rhonda Straw is one of millions of Americans who do important work every day but still have a hard time saving for retirement. As a home health aide, Straw administers medication, changes bandages, and performs other vital services to the elderly and disabled. With an hourly wage of only $9, Straw, 51, expects to rely almost entirely on Social Security when she retires.March 21, 2013 1:04 p.m. read more..
Wasco County and the State of Oregon, acting by and through the State Board of Higher Education on behalf of the University of Oregon for the University of Oregon School of Law (grantor), are initiating the application and selection process for grant funds available to eligible community dispute resolution programs in Wasco County under ORS 36.155.March 21, 2013 12:48 p.m. read more..
LOS ANGELES — The jurors who convicted five former city councilors of stealing taxpayer dollars from a struggling Los Angeles suburb that became a national symbol of political greed were told repeatedly that the scheme's real villain was a man not even in court.March 21, 2013 12:33 p.m. read more..
WASHINGTON — As they struggle to get ahead, many low-wage workers are not taking advantage of job training or educational programs that could help them make the leap to better-paying jobs. They are often skeptical about whether such programs are even worth the trouble, a new survey shows.March 21, 2013 12:30 p.m. read more..
Friday, March 22, 2013 by Bernice Bede Osol If you remove some obstacles in your path, substantial material growth can be achieved in the year ahead. It’ll be up to you, however, to keep trying your hardest and refusing to settle for second-best.March 21, 2013 12:24 p.m. read more..
Dear Mary: I read your column all the time and can’t thank you enough for all the helpful money-saving hints you print. My mom bought 20-year term life insurance policies for my two sons when they were young in the 1970s. I know she finished paying on them, and I know she didn’t cash them out. When my kids were in their late 20s, Mom told me she was going to give the policies to them so they could put whatever beneficiary they wanted on them. After she passed away, I found that neither of my sons even knew these policies existed. Now what do I do? — Judith, emailMarch 21, 2013 12:22 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I take a daily aspirin to prevent a heart attack. I just read that aspirin can cause macular degeneration. Should I stop taking it? DEAR READER: No, you shouldn’t stop taking aspirin. Medicine — and life — is full of trading off one risk for another. Doctors and medical scientists aren’t (yet) smart enough to discover or invent treatments that have absolutely no risks, only benefits. So you have to compare the risk of a treatment against your risks if you don’t take it.March 21, 2013 12:21 p.m. read more..
Although slight of build at 5-feet-8 inches tall and tipping the scales at 165 pounds, Shane Proctor has proven that he is as tough as they come in the Professional Bullriders circuit.March 21, 2013 12:15 p.m. read more..
The Gorge Roller Girls debuted their two home teams Saturday night, March 16, to a sold-out crowd of 900 people in the Hood River Valley High School gym. The high-flying Cherry Bombers took on the dark and mysterious River Reapers in an intense game that had fans screaming for more.March 21, 2013 12:13 p.m. read more..
The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals ruled Friday morning that the City of Hood River must reconsider several points of its recent decision to allow construction of a hotel and commercial building on the Hood River waterfront.March 20, 2013 2:22 p.m. read more..
LOCAL LAW enforcement agencies are teaming up with Spooky’s restaurant to help Special Olympics Oregon. On Friday, March 22, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Saturday, March 23, between noon and 8 p.m., law enforcement representatives will become “celebrity servers,” and assist in serving, bussing, greeting and talking to diners about Special Olympics.March 20, 2013 2:18 p.m. read more..
What’s the next big trend that The Dalles needs to pick up on to boost its economy? That was the question posed to Michael Gallis, a strategist from North Carolina, during a strategic planning presentation March 14 put on by the Port of The Dalles.March 20, 2013 2:16 p.m. read more..
New Entries LIBRARY CLOSURE: Sherman County Public/School Library will be closed during Spring Break due to replacement of sidewalks. The library will be closed Monday, March 25, through Sunday, March 31, and will reopen Monday, April 1. For more information, visit the website at http://shermanlibrary.plinkit.org or call 541-565-3279. PIZZA FEED: The Annual The Dalles Area Habitat for Humanity Pizza Feed will be Wednesday, April 17, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Spooky’s in The Dalles. Tickets for adults are $12, ages 7 to 14 $7, ages 6 and under $4. Tickets are available from Habitat members, the Habitat Office at UCC at Court and 5th, Klindt’s Book Sellers, the Habitat ReStore on West 6th, and at Spooky’s. Proceeds help build affordable housing in the Mid-Columbia.March 20, 2013 2:11 p.m. read more..
Find out where you stand. If your VA claim has not been reviewed in three years or more, then you (and your spouse) need to visit the Veterans’ Services Office (VSO) and have it reviewed in relation to the new VA laws. Call the VSO for an appointment.March 20, 2013 2:09 p.m. read more..
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A cyberattack caused computer networks at major South Korean banks and top TV broadcasters to crash simultaneously Wednesday, paralyzing bank machines across the country and prompting speculation of North Korean involvement.March 20, 2013 2:06 p.m. read more..
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Forgive Pope Francis’ security team for looking a bit nervous.March 20, 2013 2:04 p.m. read more..
JERUSALEM (AP) — Vowing eternal support for America’s top Mideast ally, U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday assured Israel of his personal commitment to its security and delivered a blunt warning to its foes that the United States has the Jewish state’s back.March 20, 2013 2:03 p.m. read more..
Spirit month: March is Employee Spirit Month. Consultant Steve McClatchy says businesses can energize their employees by supporting or helping them set, pursue and accomplish their own personal and professional goals. “Movement toward goals and improvement in our lives is what alleviates stress, creates a feeling of balance, and keeps your workforce feeling refreshed and energized,” McClatchy said.March 20, 2013 1:49 p.m. read more..
Todd Chase of SCS Group, one of the consultants involved in the strategic planning effort at the Port of The Dalles, brought the super-regional and global discussion of analyst Michael Gallis (see front page) down to the local level March 14 with a discussion of local areas of economic opportunity.March 20, 2013 1:46 p.m. read more..
In four games so far this season, the Dufur Rangers have racked up 32 runs scored, including 23 in their last two wins. Tuesday in Umatilla, Josh Keyser went 4 for 4 and Cole Parke pounded a home run and four RBIs to spearhead Dufur’s 18-hit attack in a 10-2 victory over the 3A Vikings in varsity baseball play.March 20, 2013 12:56 p.m. read more..
I’m very excited about the recent release of my book, “Cheaper, Better, Faster: Over 2,000 Tips and Tricks to Save You Time and Money Every Day.” I love tips, and having them in one place sure is handy. Here are some of my favorites:March 20, 2013 12:53 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I was diagnosed with ER-positive breast cancer a few years ago. My doctor told me to take tamoxifen for five years to prevent my cancer from coming back. I recently read that taking tamoxifen longer further decreases the riskMarch 20, 2013 12:51 p.m. read more..
Sequester could end Guard aid SALEM (AP) — The automatic federal budget cuts known as the sequester have put a hold on a college tuition aid program for the National Guard, cutting off assistance to 350 members in the Oregon Guard. KATU-TV reports that 47 more soldiers were enrolled for class before the aid was cut off, but their benefits may not last past the springMarch 20, 2013 12:35 p.m. read more..
CORVALLIS — To fill a knowledge gap among both professional and hobbyist beer-makers, Oregon State University has created several online and on-site short courses for brewers who want to refine their technical skills. On-site offerings will take place this summer in the brewing hotspots of Portland, Bend and Corvallis, allowing students to network with some of the state's leading brewmasters.March 20, 2013 12:33 p.m. read more..
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on a bill that would ban two carcinogenic flame retardants in car seats, strollers and other products made for children.March 20, 2013 12:31 p.m. read more..
FINE ARTS, CAREER and technical education students were in action Thursday evening demonstrating their skills in art, music, culinary arts, photography, video production, mechanics and a variety of other specialties at The Dalles Wahtonka High School.March 19, 2013 2:53 p.m. read more..
SALEM — Executives from clean-energy companies asked Oregon lawmakers Monday to continue the state’s clean fuels program beyond its expiration in 2015, saying they need the Legislature’s blessing to help their budding industry take root.March 19, 2013 2:33 p.m. read more..
Getting a Little League season up and running takes a lot of time and a lot of hands. Many of those hands — more than 100 — were in action for the annual field maintenance day Saturday, March 16, at Kramer Fields. They pulled weeds, raked base paths, manicured grass lines, cleaned up dugouts and did other general maintenance as needed.March 19, 2013 2:30 p.m. read more..
The number of disciplinary referrals at Colonel Wright Elementary has dropped significantly since the beginning of the year, according to Principal Greg Bigalow.March 19, 2013 2:27 p.m. read more..
Big bowlers, little bowlers and bowlers in between made a difference March 9 at Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2013. More than 300 bowlers and spectators celebrated in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge (BBBSCG). Teams from The Dalles, Hood River, White Salmon and around the region collected donations from family, friends and coworkers in support of Big Brother Big Sister’s mentoring programs. They celebrated their efforts with a bowling party complete with cake, pizza and prizes! In all, the event grossed more than $40,000, almost half of the program’s annualMarch 19, 2013 2:25 p.m. read more..
OYSTER FEED: Mid-Columbia Shrine Club 29th annual oyster feed fundraiser will be April 24, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Windseeker Restaurant, 1535 Bargeway Rd., The Dalles. Cost is $25 person for oysters, razor clams or stuffed chicken. Net proceeds are for the benefit of Mid-Columbia Shrine Club activities. Tickets are not deductible as a charitable contribution. HUCKLEBERRY FESTIVAL: The 51st Huckleberry Festival will be held Sept. 6, at 5 pm. through Sept. 8. Bingen, WA. Contact Marsha Holliston at 509-493-2961. firstname.lastname@example.org. March 19March 19, 2013 2:21 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Much of the news recently has been about the use of drones to kill suspected terrorists, including U.S. citizens on U.S. soil and other countries. The key words in this sentence are U.S. citizens and suspected. President Obama and his administration still have not justified the legality of drone use. The use of drones is the president’s decision. Democrats ridiculed President Bush for being the decider, but give Obama a free pass. In this instance, the only difference between Obama and Bush is Obama was given the Nobel Prize for Peace.March 19, 2013 2:19 p.m. read more..
Sometimes the best journalism explains what’s right under our noses. In Steven Brill’s exhaustive Time magazine cover article, “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us,” it’s the staggeringly expensive, grotesquely inefficient and inhumane way Americans pay for medical care.March 19, 2013 2:17 p.m. read more..
In two contrasting bills moving through the Oregon legislature this month, one creates a new layer of regulation designed to protect kids while the other one loosens up on a child-safety law. In both cases, they’re probably the right call.March 19, 2013 2:10 p.m. read more..
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Pink slips went out Monday to nearly 250 workers and more than 2,500 others were notified that they face furloughs of several weeks at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site, where cleanup is likely to be slowed because of automatic federal budget cuts.March 19, 2013 2:01 p.m. read more..
BURNS (AP) — Robot boats are set to sail this summer on Malheur Lake. But the high-tech tools won’t be used right away to find the non-native carp infesting the lake, as refuge managers had hoped. The summertime study will be more about field testing the boats than searching for the fish, said Peter Sorensen, a professor at the University of Minnesota. The experimental, 6-foot-long robotic crafts that resemble toy boats are being tested in smaller lakes around Minnesota. Before they launch the craft on Malheur Lake near Burns, Ore., Sorensen said researchers are perfecting the design in the $2.2 million study funded by the National Science Foundation.March 19, 2013 2 p.m. read more..
Students in the Talented and Gifted program at North Wasco County School District 21 had the opportunity for a little extra enrichment this month at outdoor school. The trip on March 6-8 included camping, hiking, exploring fossils, using a telescope and learning about Native American culture at the Hancock Field Station in the vicinity of Fossil, Ore.March 19, 2013 1:54 p.m. read more..
In a play about a magical kingdom under the sea the mermaid Ariel (played by Gillian Woods, center) longs to leave her ocean home and explore the world abover her. Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” is playing at Dallesport Elementary School on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 at 7p.m. Admission is free. The musical is based on the 2008 Broadway production and the 1989 animated feature film. The cast of 27 is made up of third through sixth graders who have been rehearsing for 12 weeks.March 19, 2013 1:52 p.m. read more..
Track and Field Results Mullen-Leavitt Invitational March 16, 2013 Men’s Results 100 Meters - Varsity - Finals 2. Nino Castellanos .......11.47a Stnfd 3. Isaac Messenger ........11.50a GLD 5. Harrison Farr ..............11.60a TDW 200 Meters - Varsity - Finals 1. Alex Martin ............24.26a Mitchell 2. Daniel French .............24.92a GLD 3. Gabriel Rojas .......25.84a StanfieldMarch 19, 2013 1:11 p.m. read more..
Eighteen holes were not enough to settle The Dalles Boy’s Golf Invitational. After three playoff holes, Clackamas’ Sean McDonald tallied first place over Hermiston’s Keegan Crafton to win the TD Invite Friday at The Dalles Country Club. Both McDonald and Crafton ended up with 80s on their scorecards for the top-two, and Clackamas’ Andrew Newhouse (83) secured third place.March 19, 2013 1:10 p.m. read more..
After enduring a sophomore season full of injuries, The Dalles Wahtonka track athlete Harris Farr entered this year with hopes to reach heightened potential when he is in full health.March 19, 2013 1:01 p.m. read more..
WASHINGTON — As Boeing, its airline customers and federal safety regulators struggled over the past two months to solve problems with the new 787 Dreamliner’s fire-plagued batteries, one player has been strangely silent: Congress.March 19, 2013 12:21 p.m. read more..
As we age, our natural social support system diminishes: friends and loved ones move or pass away and there are fewer opportunities to make new friends. And without this web of caring friends and family, when there is an emergency or crisis, there are fewer places to turn to for assistance.March 19, 2013 12:18 p.m. read more..
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by Bernice Bede Osol By living up to your potential and doing everything that is expected of you, it could turn out to be a banner year, especially regarding material interests. You’ll have no regrets if you capitalize on your opportunities.March 19, 2013 12:09 p.m. read more..
Is coming up with a consistent monthly food budget making you crazy? Or guilty? Or hungry? Jane DeLaney, the founder of eMeals.com and a friend of this column, puts things in perspective by sharing her experience with food budgets: “People often ask how much I spend on groceries each month. As you can imagine, my food budget has changed over the years. But one thing that hasn’t is the fact that if I don’t stick to a fixed amount for groceries, my good intentions will quickly fade away.March 19, 2013 12:06 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I have a friend with epilepsy. Can you explain what happens in her brain? DEAR READER: Epilepsy is a condition that causes repeated seizures, but sometimes seizures are not caused by epilepsy. It’s not uncommon, for example, for very young children to have seizures when they get a high fever. Called febrile seizures, they usually occur once or a few times and go away forever.March 19, 2013 12:03 p.m. read more..
SALEM (AP) — Twenty-three newly hired Oregon State Police recruits have been sworn in as the agency aims to replace retiring troopers. The class of trainees consists of 22 men and one woman, the first troopers to be hired since September 2011, the Salem Statesman Journal <a href="http://stjr.nl/XTSN71">reported</a>.March 19, 2013 noon read more..
Whether it was senior Aubrey Hansen or the new kid on the block in freshman Taylor Sugg, members of The Dalles Wahtonka’s dance and drill team expressed elation at taking third place honors at this past week’s OSAA Dance/Drill State Tournament in Portland.March 18, 2013 8 a.m. read more..
The ground suddenly opening beneath our feet is the stuff of nightmares. In recent weeks, a spate of those bad-dreams-come-true have drawn national attention when the earth seemingly swallowed a man in his Florida bedroom and a golfer in Illinois.March 16, 2013 7:13 p.m. read more..
March 17 20 Years Ago-1993 All three local police agencies now have mini-cameras for their patrol cars, to record the actions and behavior of suspected drunk drivers. State Farm Insurance will donate a dash-mounted camera to the Wasco County Sheriff’s Department March 16. The Dalles Police Department and the Oregon State Police field office in The Dalles both received cameras from the Clackamas County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the former in January and the latter in December. Other agencies who use the cameras have found defendants are much less likely to fight a drunken driving ticket if they have been videotaped by police.March 16, 2013 7:04 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve read a lot about vitamin D deficiency in the news. How much do I need? Where can I get it? DEAR READER: I try to make things clear, but the value of vitamin D supplements is complicated. Here it is in a nutshell.March 16, 2013 6:54 p.m. read more..
I’m so excited. There’s a baby on the way! I can't tell you how long I've waited for this -- years and years and years, ever since the wedding. Not my wedding, silly: Will and Kate's.March 16, 2013 6:47 p.m. read more..
Friday, Feb. 15, started out as an ordinary day for Carol and Clarence Renno until something a bit extraordinary helped save Clarence’s life. He is alive and able to talk about the experience today because of a combination of his wife’s quick action and a robotic medical device that allowed specialists to examine him from 80 miles away.March 16, 2013 4:36 p.m. read more..
In its fifth annual “Best Nursing Homes” ratings on Feb. 26, U.S. News & World Report named the Oregon Veterans’ Home in The Dalles one of the top-rated nursing homes in Oregon. The ratings cover more than 15,000 nursing homes nationwide.March 16, 2013 4:31 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND – Navigation locks at Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day will re-opened the evening of March 15, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced.March 16, 2013 4:28 p.m. read more..
Announce your public, nonprofit activities here, 75 words or less. E-mail to email@example.com or fax to 541-298-1365 or drop off at the Chronicle, 315 Federal St., PO Box 1910, The Dalles OR 97058. New Entries RETIRED EDUCATORS: Unit 20, Oregon Retired Educators, will meet noon Tuesday, March 19, at the China Gorge Restaurant, 2680 Old Columbia River Hwy., Hood River. At the conclusion of the luncheon and meeting, the group will reconvene for a tour at the newly renovated Hood River County Museum. All interested persons in education are invited to attend. The April 16 meeting will be in the city of Wasco, Sherman County. Inquiries may be directed to Unit 20 President Roy Nellermoe at 541-354-1007.March 16, 2013 4:27 p.m. read more..
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio implored fellow Republicans to reconnect with middle-class voters. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul basked in the glow of his lengthy filibuster as he scanned a sea of “Stand With Rand” signs. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush held out the prospect of the nation’s greatest century if the GOP were to evolve into the party of “inclusion and acceptance.”March 16, 2013 4:26 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Thank you to all the businesses and individuals that donated auction items to the success of our scholarship auction at our recent pancake feed. Thank you to Dave Griffith, our auctioneer. From the three high schools in Wasco County, seven seniors were awarded scholarships in 2012.March 16, 2013 4:11 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I suggested to The Dalles City Council in a meeting dated Feb. 11 in the Audience Participation segment of the meeting that I would like the City Council to consider ending the practice of adding fluoride to The Dalles City water supply. My reason for doing so is in line of my recently becoming more aware of the potential health hazards associated with the systemic introduction of such a toxic substance into the living human body.March 16, 2013 4:07 p.m. read more..
To the editor: The other day, celebrated investigative reporter and well-known author Bob Woodward, who helped lead the way to solve Richard Nixon’s crimes during Watergate, had the gall and audacity to suggest President Obama’s behavior is that of a madman, the way he is running our country into the ground. That didn’t sit well with the Barack Hussein media, so they’re going after Woodward’s long-standing credibility because he dared to speak out against their lecturing leftist leader.March 16, 2013 4:06 p.m. read more..
TROUT LAKE, Wash. (AP) — A former forest ranger station popular with overnight visitors to Gifford Pinchot National Forest until it burned down last year is being replaced with a former bunk house and tool shed located 25 miles away.March 16, 2013 4:02 p.m. read more..
Boeing CEO Jim McNerney’s compensation rose 15 percent last year to $21.1 million, as the company rewarded him for better-than-expected profits and faster airplane production. McNerney’s pay was disclosed in a regulatory filing Friday and analyzed by The Associated Press. It covered 2012, before problems emerged with Boeing’s new 787 that have grounded the plane for two months and counting. Other reasons cited by the company for the CEO’s pay raise included more orders and deliveries of Boeing’s 737 andMarch 16, 2013 3:53 p.m. read more..
SALEM — The daughter of a woman who died in the December shooting spree at Clackamas Town Center spoke to a House committee on Friday in favor of a bill that would require employers to give their workers two weeks of unpaid time off to grieve the loss of a relative.March 16, 2013 3:52 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND — Gov. John Kitzhaber said Friday that he won’t OK the execution of death-row inmate Gary Haugen, even if the Oregon Supreme Court rules that he can’t force the inmate to accept a reprieve.March 16, 2013 3:51 p.m. read more..
No. 1 singles standout Griffin Martin kept to his winning ways and The Dalles Wahtonka boy’s tennis team claimed its second consecutive win with an 8-0 whitewash over Reynolds in varsity tennis play Thursday at The Dalles Wahtonka High School.March 16, 2013 3:43 p.m. read more..
Both Sandy and The Dalles Wahtonka had several opportunities to score —the Lady Pioneers, however, cashed in those extra chances. Sandy’s Chelsea Spanier homered as part of a four-run, third-inning outburst and the Eagle Indians totaled nine hits, but left nine on base and went 3 for 11 with runners in scoring position in Friday’s 5-2 softball loss at 16th Street Ballpark in The Dalles.March 16, 2013 3:38 p.m. read more..
Brooklyn Strickland, right, and Tayten Sutherland, both 6, circle a small loop of the Riverfront Trail at Klindt’s Cove in The Dalles. The trail access park is a popular area for those in town wanting to take advantage of the sometimes brief breaks in the cloudy spring weather.March 15, 2013 2:30 p.m. read more..
Crestline Construction will do utility work on River Road in The Dalles between Taylor Lakes Road and Crates Way for approximately one week beginning Monday, March 18. This work will involve closing part of the eastbound (south) lane. Consequently, traffic control will be in place with flaggers to direct motorists during daylight hours.March 15, 2013 2:27 p.m. read more..
Discover Development was given the go-ahead Monday to purchase the Sunshine Mill Winery property on the eastern edge of town and continue with improvement plans.March 15, 2013 2:17 p.m. read more..
Fort Dalles Museum opens three days a week, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning today, Friday, March 15. Additional hours will be added as the season progresses. In 2013, Fort Dalles Museum will also join the other historic venues in welcoming the 51 cruise ships scheduled to dock at The Dalles. Group tours can be arranged by advance reservation. For information visit www.fortdallesmuseum.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-296-4547.March 15, 2013 2:15 p.m. read more..
New Entries BOATER SAFETY: Mandatory safe-boater class requirements are in effect for boaters in Oregon and Washington this year. All operators of boats in Oregon are required to carry the Boater Education Card. In Washington, all boaters 40 and younger operating watercraft of 15 horsepower or greater are required to carry their state card. Classes put on by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and Oregon State Marine Board are offered March 16, April 27 and May 25 at The Dalles Marina Yacht Club house, starting at 9 a.m. and continuing until about 4 p.m., depending on class size. Lunch hour is included. The classes are valid for both states. Cost is $20, which pays for all materials. Preregister or get more information at 541-296-4226 or 541-300-0306. CAST AUDITIONS: Theater Auditions dates for “Love, Loss and What I Wore” By Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, directed by Judie Hanel, are Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m. and Monday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m.,at Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade, Hood River. Enter via the stage door to the east of the front door. Callbacks will be Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m. Performances will be July 11,12,13,14,18,19 and 20. Rehearsal schedule will be available at auditions. To auction, bring an introspective, heartfelt or funny monologue about how clothes have influenced your life, no longer than two minutes. Sides will be available before auditions. Please email email@example.com to obtain these.March 15, 2013 2:11 p.m. read more..
Lighthouse Aglow This month’s The Dalles Aglow Lighthouse meeting is Monday, March 18, at 6:45 p.m. at Harvest Foursquare Church, 2500 Old Dufur Road, The Dalles. The group welcomes back Prophet John Mark Pool. Pool is co-founder of Word to the World Ministries. Based in Baton Rouge, La., he is called to take the apostolic/prophetic five-fold ministry message to pastors and church leaders across the USA and around the world.March 15, 2013 2:01 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND — The Portland Trail Blazers are pretty happy with how their point guard situation has turned out. Damian Lillard had 26 points and 10 assists to lead the Trail Blazers to a 105-90 victory over the Knicks on Thursday night, outplaying New York point guard Raymond Felton in his return to Portland.March 15, 2013 1:44 p.m. read more..
EUGENE — The Oregon Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Thursday from lawyers for a death-row inmate who wants to be executed and the governor, who refuses to let him die.March 15, 2013 1:41 p.m. read more..
It’s a good thing when a fundraising event outgrows its previous location, and that’s what has happened to the Barlow Gate Grange’s Lenore Walters Scholarship benefit. In the past, the event was held at the grange hall in Wamic, but fire safety laws have prompted organizers to move to the larger South Wasco County High School in Maupin this Saturday, March 16. The event starts at 5 p.m. and continues through 7 p.m. Admission is $15 per person.March 14, 2013 12:02 p.m. read more..
“You’re a good man, Charlie Brown” is the theme of this opening musical number as The Dalles Wahtonka High School Theater Department stages a final dress rehearsal of the play of the same name Wednesday night. “How can anything go wrong on a day like this?” Charlie Brown asks... and spends the rest of the evening finding out. Performances begin Thursday, March 14, with a nightly run through March 16 and again March 21 through March 23. Doors open at 7 p.m., performance 7:30. Matinees March 16 and 23, doors open at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for students and adults, $5 for seniors and children under 12.March 14, 2013 noon read more..
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis put his humility on display during his first day as pontiff Thursday, stopping by his hotel to pick up his luggage and pay the bill himself in a decidedly different style of papacy than his tradition-minded predecessor, who tended to stay ensconced in the frescoed halls of the Vatican.March 14, 2013 11:48 a.m. read more..
This Week March 14 - Leonardo DiCaprio and mythical creatures for trivia night, 6:30 p.m. Clock Tower Ales, 311 Union St., The Dalles, 541-705-3590, www.clocktowerales.com March 14-16– “I Hate Hamlet,” 7:30 p.m., admission $12 adults, $10 children and seniors over 61, Columbia Gorge Community College, 400 E. Scenic Drive, The Dalles, 541-370-2513, www.theatrecompany.org March 15 – Kenneth Standhardt: Impressions exhibition, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Arthur Higgins: Prints exhibition, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Family Fun: Clay Play, 1-4 p.m., Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, off Hwy. 14 19 miles east of The Dalles, 509-773-3733, www.maryhillmuseum.org March 15 – Les Vaughn, Al Hare, Alonzo Garbonzo, Rohan and Ted Horwitz, 6-9 p.m., 6-9 p.m., Zim’s Brau Haus, 604 E. Second, The Dalles, www.zimsbrauhaus.com March 15 – Matadors of Oregon, 7 p.m., Sunshine Mill, 901 E. Second, The Dalles, www.sunshinemill.comMarch 14, 2013 11:45 a.m. read more..
BAGHDAD (AP) — A string of explosions tore through central Baghdad within minutes of each other on Thursday, followed by a coordinated assault by gunmen who raided a government building and battled security forces in the streets. The attack left at least 24 people dead and scores wounded. The fighting lasted about an hour, ending with security forces storming the building, killing the gunmen and evacuating hundreds of people who had hunkered down in their offices, according to police. The large and complex assault on Justice Ministry offices in the heart of downtown Baghdad came less than a week before the 10-year anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, showing how vulnerable this country remains to insurgent attacks. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attack bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida’s Iraqi arm.March 14, 2013 11:43 a.m. read more..
GENEVA (AP) — Scientists working at the world’s biggest atom smasher near Geneva have announced they are now confident that the new subatomic particle discovered last summer is a version of the long-sought Higgs boson. The particle bears key attributes of the so-called “God particle” that was theorized nearly a half-century ago as fundamental to the creation of the universe. It took thousands of scientists from around the world to hunt the particle in the atom-smasher operated by CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.March 14, 2013 11:41 a.m. read more..
To the editor: Negotiators for the United States are working in secret in Singapore on a massive trade agreement called Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). It’s being sold as a “free trade” agreement, but really it’s NAFTA on steroids. TPP would actually provide new rights to multinational corporations with incentives to off-shore our jobs, require the U.S. to import unsafe foods and would even ban Buy America policies that reinvest our tax dollars locally to create jobs.March 14, 2013 11:33 a.m. read more..
To the editor: So happy to see the plans for the Sunshine Mill. Marvelous design! Now, if we could get the same architect to make over the plans for that horrific hotel going in in the Granada block. That’s going to fit in like a diamond in a goat’s ear.March 14, 2013 11:31 a.m. read more..
To the editor: We are about to celebrate the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus and the world has tied this to the Easter holiday where new life and new growth is celebrated with chickens and rabbits. They are two separate things. I have been walking with and love the Lord for 52 years and we have always been taught Jesus was crucified on Friday and rose Sunday morning. We even have a tradition in town acting out this event.March 14, 2013 11:30 a.m. read more..
SALEM — As Oregon lawmakers talk about raising more tax revenue from individuals, there’s a chance corporations may get millions in automatic tax rebates. State tax collections are flirting with the threshold that would trigger millions of dollars in rebates to corporations under a tax unique to Oregon known as the “kicker.”March 14, 2013 11:26 a.m. read more..
It was good recipe for a rebound. After being two-hit in a 4-0 shutout loss to Marist, The Dalles Wahtonka baseball team slugged out nine hits, three going for extra bases and the Tribe relief staff made an early lead hold true in a 5-3 triumph Wednesday in baseball action at Quinton Street Ballpark in The Dalles.March 14, 2013 11:19 a.m. read more..
WASHINGTON — Working mothers increasingly want full-time jobs, and tough economic times might be a big reason, according to a national survey. In the Pew Research Center study being released Thursday, researchers saw a big spike in the share of working mothers who said they’d prefer to work full time; 37 percent said that was their ideal, up from 21 percent in 2007.March 14, 2013 11:17 a.m. read more..
The Moro Medical Clinic will close for construction beginning April 15th through the 29th, with normal patient hours resuming on April 30th.March 14, 2013 8:47 a.m. read more..
When the wind industry arrived in Sherman County it brought with it new resources and opportunities for the county’s residents. Strategic Investment Program payments from wind farm owners in lieu of property taxes have helped fund schools, been distributed directly to citizens and paid for a variety of infrastructure upgrades and other projects.March 13, 2013 12:01 p.m. read more..
New Entries KIWANIS MEETING: The Dalles Kiwanis Club program for March include: March 14, Phil Brady, teacher at NORCOR. March 21, monthly club meeting. March 28, Dr. Frank Toda and Nolan Young on the Washington, D.C. team. Kiwanis meetings are held every Thursday noon at Spooky’s and visitors are welcome. SATURDAY BREAKFAST: Breakfast is returning to the Mid-Columbia Senior Center on Saturday, March 16, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Enjoy breakfast for only $5 for the general public ($3 for children 12 and under) and $4 for members. Let someone else do the cooking while helping support the Mid-Columbia Senior Center. ST. PATRICK’S PARTY: American Legion Post #19 hosts St. Patrick’s Day parties Saturday, March 16, featuring corned beef and cabbage for $7, karaoke at 8 p.m. On Sunday, March 17, enjoy party favors and specials. Come play spin to win. OPEN SWIM: The Hood River Aquatic Center offers spring break open swims, March 25 through 29, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The slide and rope swing will be open, and the party room will be available for rental. KAYAK ROLL: Evening Kayak Roll Sessions have returned to the Hood River Aquatic Center on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday roll sessions are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $3 for In District residents and $5 for Out of District residents Check in at the front desk.March 13, 2013 11:57 a.m. read more..
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Faced with a backlash against their ban on gays, the Boy Scouts of America are surveying their members on a potential change in policy. A questionnaire distributed to 1.1 million adult Scouts uses fictional situations to discern where Scouting’s membership falls on questions of homosexuality, gays camping with children and gays in church leadership. It allows adult Scouts to indicate a range of feelings, from strong support to strong opposition to the ban on gays.March 13, 2013 11:53 a.m. read more..
NEW YORK (AP) — There were lies told to parents, a car with five seats carrying eight teens, and an unlicensed driver. The car was speeding. No seat belts were used.March 13, 2013 11:44 a.m. read more..
LONDON (AP) — Clicking those friendly blue “like” buttons strewn across the Web may be doing more than marking you as a fan of Coca-Cola or Lady Gaga. It could out you as gay. It might reveal how you vote. It might even suggest that you’re an unmarried introvert with a high IQ and a weakness for nicotine.March 13, 2013 11:40 a.m. read more..
The Dalles Wahtonka seniors Travis Diede, Kale Underhill and Maya Barnard-Davidson put the finishing touches on their solid careers this past weekend at the OISRA state championships with good performances on the Mount Hood slopes. Barnard-Davidson competed in giant slalom and slalom events as well as the freestyle formats, with her best marks coming in the three-event freestyle starting last Wednesday.March 13, 2013 11:12 a.m. read more..
BURBANK, Calif. — Alan Arkin is Steve Carell’s idol, in reality and in their new movie. The 78-year-old Oscar winner plays the master magician who helps Carell’s character find his life’s calling in “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.” And Carell, a producer of the film, had everything to do with that.March 13, 2013 11:05 a.m. read more..
Corned beef and cabbage may be an acquired taste for some, but for most, it’s the primary edible symbol of St. Patrick’s Day.March 13, 2013 11:03 a.m. read more..
Central Point, Ore.—Biologists will drain two small ponds at the Jackson County Sports Park in an effort to eradicate invasive snails and plants, specifically Chinese mystery snails and Brazilian elodea.March 13, 2013 9:02 a.m. read more..
Alsea, Ore – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State University are seeking four new members for the Oregon Hatchery Research Center Advisory Committee. Four positions, one each representing watershed councils, sport fishing, science-at-large and public-at-large, are currently open with duties running from May 2013 through April 2016. If reappointed, subsequent term(s) will be three years.March 13, 2013 9 a.m. read more..
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Senior Iranian clerics have scolded President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for consoling Hugo Chavez’s mother with a hug — a physical contact considered a sin under Iran’s strict Islamic codes. The rebuke follows a widely published photo showing Ahmadinejad embracing Chavez’s mother at the funeral of the late Venezuelan president in what is seen as taboo-breaking behavior in Iran.March 12, 2013 1:02 p.m. read more..
WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite constant budget wrangling and finger-pointing by the nation’s policy-makers, the government’s short-term fiscal outlook isn’t all that bad. It’s actually getting better — at least for now.March 12, 2013 12:59 p.m. read more..
WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s schools are in such disrepair that it would cost more than $270 billion just to get elementary and secondary buildings back to their original conditions and twice that to get them up to date, a report released Tuesday estimated. In a foreword to the report, former President Bill Clinton said “we are still struggling to provide equal opportunity” to children and urged the first federal study of school buildings in almost two decades.March 12, 2013 12:57 p.m. read more..
New Entries HAVEN RIDE: Breakaway promotions is organizing the first Gorge-us Gals Ride all-women’s bike ride to benefit HAVEN, serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault Sunday, June 2, starting at 7 a.m. at Riverfront Park in The Dalles. This fully supported ride was created by those passionate about cycling, friendship, fitness and the desire to “brake the cycle” of violence. It includes 13-mile, 20-mile, 40-mile and 60-mile route options. Registration is $50 online at www.gorge-usgalsride. com. ART WORKSHOP: Instructor Ed Labadie will review drawing fundamentals to focus on essential design and composition lessons, then advance from pencil sketches to improve paintings in a two-day workshop Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Dalles Art Center. Admission fee is $110. To learn more about the instructor, go online to www.edlabadie.com.March 12, 2013 12:53 p.m. read more..
EUGENE — Next time you complain about your house being too small, think about Mark Hubbell, Diane Sciacca or Greg Bregg.March 12, 2013 12:35 p.m. read more..
Nothing can take the place of a baseball diamond. Players and fans describe the ambiance as breathtaking – there is the smell of the grass and hot dogs grilling, the chills of early March games that dissipate with the heat of June.March 12, 2013 12:32 p.m. read more..
Throughout time, women have gathered together to spin and weave, providing for their families and sharing the common bonds of their gender. Though many clothes today are made by machine, enclaves of women (and a few men) continue to observe this ancient tradition. The Spinner Second of two parts The hum of conversation goes hand in hand with the soft whir of spinning wheels as the Columbia Fibres Guild spinners meet at Fran Connolly’s house on a Tuesday morning. “We’re the fun bunch,” said Linda Bollmer with a chuckle. But that’s not all.March 11, 2013 8:58 a.m. read more..
Throughout time, women have gathered together to spin and weave, providing for their families and sharing the common bonds of their gender. Though many clothes today are made by machine, enclaves of women (and a few men) continue to observe this ancient tradition. The Weavers: First of two parts ODELL — The colors range from muted creams and beiges, blacks and grays, to brilliant reds, rusts and blues when the Grace Carter Weavers gather Fridays in Odell to work on their various projects.March 9, 2013 8:44 p.m. read more..
KABUL, Afghanistan — Militants staged two suicide attacks that killed at least 19 people on Saturday, the first full day of U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s visit to Afghanistan. They were a reminder of challenges posed by insurgents to the U.S.-led NATO force as it hands over the country’s security to the Afghans.March 9, 2013 8:19 p.m. read more..
LYLE- The Washington Trails Association is organizing work parties to restore and reroute trails at Catherine Creek and Coyote Wall trails in the Columbia River Gorge Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17.March 9, 2013 8:14 p.m. read more..
What if I told you that by the end of June you would be fermenting your own sauerkraut, canning your own jams and jellies, making your own fresh yogurt, pressure canning the spring Chinook run of salmon into half-pint jars, dehydrating your own herbs, and freezing extra snow peas and strawberries for use this winter?March 9, 2013 8:11 p.m. read more..
SALT LAKE CITY — She doesn’t wear a cowboy hat favored by traditional picks for interior secretary. Sally Jewell prefers fleece and Gore-Tex jackets and wears a safety helmet when she needs it for scaling cliffs, skiing or kayaking.March 9, 2013 7:37 p.m. read more..
To the editor: A tyrannical administration? According to a recent solicitation posted on the Fed Bid website, the Department of Homeland Security is set to purchase another 21.6 million rounds of ammunition, adding to the 1.6 billion rounds already obtained over the course of the last 10 months. The solicitation asks for 10 million .40 caliber and 10 million 9mm pistol rounds. The document also lists a requirement for 1.6 million 9mm unjacketed rounds.March 9, 2013 7:25 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Despite our 2nd Amendment right for citizens to “keep and bear arms” I am able to agree with restricting some of our “rights” — for instance, some students at a given age may lawfully carry firearms, but unless the school is having firearm marksmanship classes, the firearms should be restricted.March 9, 2013 7:23 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Grief and grieving can be an important time for learning, as it is a normal process of human suffering, which is usually prompted by a serious loss in our lives. Whether the loss is real or only imagined, to grieve is often painful anyway. The pain we can experience in our grief includes: disbelief/denial, confusion, anger and sadness. Unusual emotions “highs and lows” may be felt and even some unexpected physical symptoms can occur. It is doubly important to maintain good health and hygiene practices in order to prevent inadvertently extending the grieving process.March 9, 2013 7:22 p.m. read more..
The Dalles Monday – The Dalles City Council, 5:30 p.m., City Hall council chambers, 313 Court St., The Dalles. Agenda: update regarding Veterans Memorial at Kelly View Point; declare police department vehicle as surplus; public hearing on proposed Main Street program economic improvement district; special ordinance establishing The Dalles Main Street Economic Improvement District and providing for notice to affected property owners.March 9, 2013 7:18 p.m. read more..
New Entries STORY TIME: The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library offers Toddler Time for ages 18 months to 3 years every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Preschool story time, for ages 3 to 6 years, is offered every Friday at 10:30 a.m. Story time provides children with an early group experience that may include great books, songs, finger plays, movement activities, crafts, surprises, special guests and lots of fun. To ask questions about story time, contact the library at 541-296-2815.March 9, 2013 7:16 p.m. read more..
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels on Saturday freed 21 U.N. peacekeepers after holding them hostage for four days, ending a sudden entanglement with the world body that earned those trying to oust President Bashar Assad a flood of negative publicity.March 9, 2013 7:15 p.m. read more..
Steve Sugg — a Hall of Famer. Even he had a hard time believing it. Upon reading a letter sent from Pete Ness of the Oregon High School Coaches Association, Sugg could not believe what he read – he had been selected as a member of the OBCA Hall of Fame.March 9, 2013 4:26 p.m. read more..
The Portland Trail Blazers and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are partnering to host a special Hunter and Angler night on Friday, April 12, when the Trail Blazers take on defending Western Conference Champion, the Oklahoma City Thunder.March 9, 2013 10:54 a.m. read more..
WASHINGTON — Federal workers could face seven days of furloughs at the Housing and Urban Development Department, but Homeland Security personnel might see twice that number. At the Environmental Protection Agency, workers would get four-day holiday weekends with a catch — one day would be a furlough day. Other agencies are avoiding furloughs altogether.March 8, 2013 11:08 a.m. read more..
AN AIRPLANE HANGAR at the Columbia Gorge Municipal Airport in Dallesport provided an aviation theme for the annual Tradition of Compassion Philanthropy Awards ceremony Thursday, March 7. Honorees pictured include, from left to right:, Community Service Organization award winners Paul Viemeister, representing The Dalles Wahtonka Key Club and co-winners Sherry Munro and John Westhafer, representing the Kiwanis Builders club at The Dalles Middle School; Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation winners Cousins’ Restaurant and Lounge were represented by Addie Case, Tom Krueger, and Dean Ferrell; and Outstanding Philanthropist award winner Bob Schultens. Representing the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation, which presents the Tradition of Compassion Philanthropy Awards, is Celeste Hill Thomas, foundation executive director. Winner of the Outstanding Volunteer award was Dewanda Clark, pictured seperately as she greets family members in surprise at the honor. The foundation also gave out legacy awards to three longtime foundation supporters who died over the past year, Janet Probstfield, Harriet Langfeldt and surgeon James Stoller.March 8, 2013 11:02 a.m. read more..
New Entries EGG HUNT: Flagstone’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt and BBQ will be at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, March 30. The community is invited to bring the kids, grandkids and great grandkids for some Easter fun and lunch. Festivities include a free noon barbecue, games, carrot carving, and prizes. Egg Hunt is for ages birth to 12. Bring your own basket. SPRING LECTURE: Join nurse midwives Ann Becker, RN, MN, CNM, director of First Impressions at MCMC, and Mandelynn Morgan, CNM at Columbia River Women’s Clinic, along with Christina Castellano, PT, DPT, director of Outpatient Therapy at Water’s Edge as they lead the discussion about the latest for a healthy pregnancy, birth experience, and post-delivery recovery Tuesday, March 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. . Child care is available at Waters Edge for $3 hour per child. Lectures are free and held at Water’s Edge, second floor Deschutes Room, 551 Lone Pine Blvd., The Dalles. Call 541-296-8444 to reserve child care or visit www.mcmc.net to register.March 8, 2013 10:54 a.m. read more..
NEWPORT (AP) — Scientists at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport are monitoring the possible spread of plant and animal life carried to the Northwest coast on debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami. Docks that washed ashore last summer at Newport’s Agate Beach and in December on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula carried non-native species. Most were scraped off and destroyed.March 8, 2013 10:52 a.m. read more..
There was so much headway made this season by The Dalles Wahtonka boy’s basketball program. The Eagle Indians finished in second place in the Columbia River Conference, one win from first place, but did not preserve a playoff berth due to the new power ranking system.March 8, 2013 10:35 a.m. read more..
The Dalles Little League is breaking ground on a new 2013 season, so the organization is sending an alert out to all parents and volunteers for Kramer Field cleanup starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 16.March 8, 2013 10:03 a.m. read more..
This Week March 7 – Physics and carnivals-festivals are trivia night topics, 6:30 p.m., Clock Tower Ales, 311 Union St., The Dalles, 541-705-3590, www.clocktowerales.com March 8 – Sasparilla, 9 p.m., Clock Tower Ales, 311 Union St., The Dalles, 541-705-3590, www.clocktowerales.com March 8 – Jeff Carrell, 7 p.m., Sunshine Mill, 901 E. Second, The Dalles, www.sunshinemill.com March 8 – Nathaniel Talbot Quartet, 9:30 p.m., Cebu Lounge, Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way, Hood River, www.hoodriverinn.com March 8-9 – DJ B.ill on the Main Stage spinning house and hip-hop, 9 p.m., The Vault, 209 E. Second St., The Dalles March 9 – Archaeologists Eric Gleason and Jacqueline Cheung will discuss the findings of the test excavations at Chinatown in The Dalles, 2 p.m., The Dalles Wasco County Library, 722 Court St., The Dalles March 9 – Give Cancer the Boot live and silent auction with music by Countryfied Unplugged, 4-9 p.m., Rufus Community Center Gym, RufusMarch 7, 2013 12:57 p.m. read more..
RICHLAND, Wash. — Federal officials are looking to ship some 3 million gallons of radioactive waste from Washington state to New Mexico, giving the government more flexibility to deal with leaking tanks at Hanford Nuclear Reservation, officials said Wednesday.March 7, 2013 12:53 p.m. read more..
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator and tea party favorite from Kentucky used an old-style filibuster lasting nearly 13 hours to take control of the chamber and block Senate confirmation of John Brennan’s nomination to be CIA director.March 7, 2013 12:37 p.m. read more..
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A small amount of oil — about one or two tablespoons a day — is leaking from a powerhouse at the Bonneville Dam into the Columbia River. Corps of Engineers spokesman Matt Rabe told The Columbian the source has been identified and workers are trying to fix it.March 7, 2013 12:27 p.m. read more..
With a sometimes-bruising year under his belt as executive director of the Columbia River Gorge Commission, Darren Nichols is more optimistic than ever for the future of the gorge.March 7, 2013 12:24 p.m. read more..
The 12 silos at the historic Sunshine Mill in The Dalles could be converted into seven floors of hotel rooms within the next fiveMarch 6, 2013 12:42 p.m. read more..
New Entries WHEELS MARCH: The Dalles Meals on Wheels is having a March for Meals event March 21, from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. They are asking everyone including high school kids to March around the MOW building to bring awareness to senior and all hunger in the local area. PIRATE CARNIVAL: The seventh annual Pirate Carnival is set for Sunday, March 17, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Klickitat School Gym in Klickitat, Wash. Admission is free. A costume contest for kids and adults is planned. Other activities include a silent auction, activities and games, a haunted pirate cove and food including clam chowder and rootbeer floats. The event is put on by the Klickitat PTO in conjunction with the secondary ASB. For details, call 509-365-2173.March 6, 2013 12:30 p.m. read more..
NEW YORK (AP) — It was one of the most dramatic stories from Superstorm Sandy: more than 300 patients including tiny babies safely removed from a flooded New York hospital that lost power. But in a research building at the complex, where thousands of lab mice were kept, the story had a sadder ending.March 6, 2013 12:28 p.m. read more..
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans stripped of their larger-than-life leader awoke to an uncertain future on Wednesday, with jittery throngs flocking to supermarkets and gas stations to stock up, and anti-American vitriol infusing official statements and the chants of the street.March 6, 2013 12:26 p.m. read more..
LACEY, Wash. — Kim Ridgway and her wife, Kimberly Bliss, can well envision the shop they plan to open — where they’ll put the accessories, the baked goods and the shelves stacked with their valuable product: jars of high-quality marijuana. Like many so-called “potrepreneurs” throughout Washington and Colorado, they’re scrambling to get ready for the new world of regulated, taxed marijuana sales to adults over 21 — even though the states haven’t even figured out how they are going to grant licenses.March 6, 2013 12:13 p.m. read more..
This past weekend, skiers representing The Dalles Wahtonka walked home with a boatload of medals and ribbons for their solid 2013 campaigns at the end-of-the-year Mount Hood Ski League Awards banquet at Mount Hood Meadows. Medals were given out to the top-3 boys and girls in both giant slalom and slalom events, along with ribbons handed out to skiers finishing from fourth through sixth place in combined times.March 6, 2013 11:53 a.m. read more..
PORTLAND — FBI agents on Tuesday arrested a Portland city worker on allegations he provided support to a suicide bomber who participated in a 2009 attack in Pakistan that killed about 30 and injured another 300.March 6, 2013 11:51 a.m. read more..
COLUMBIA FISHING Weekend Fishing Opportunities: Sturgeon retention is allowed from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam, and in The Dalles and John Day pools. Check the current regulations for retention days and length restrictions. Spring Chinook are beginning to enter the Columbia River, while winter steelhead are migrating towards the tributary mouths. Walleye anglers are catching a few fish in The Dalles and John Day pools.March 6, 2013 10:36 a.m. read more..
NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE Phillip W. Schneider and Elkhorn wildlife areas are currently closed to public access. Mandatory Reporting Thanks to all hunters who reported their 2012 tags on time. Hunters who did not report 2012 deer and elk tags on time will pay a $25 penalty fee when they purchase a 2014 hunting license.March 6, 2013 10:34 a.m. read more..
FISHING Weekend fishing opportunities The Wallowa River is heating up and steelhead are present in catchable numbers throughout the river. Fishing for holdover trout has been pretty good in Holliday Park, Cavender and Long Creek ponds.March 6, 2013 10:30 a.m. read more..
Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler Counties Rough-legged hawks can be seen throughout most of the north half of the District. Short-eared owl can be seen along the grasslands of the north end of the District. Our year-round resident raptors, red-tailed hawks, Northern harriers, and American kestrels are all easily found. Heppner’s merlin has been seen in the area as well. The remaining ravens are our resident population, the mobs have headed south. Prairie falcons can also be seen in the area, although much rarer to be found. Sharp-shinned hawks can be seen along the riparian areas of the north half of the District.March 6, 2013 10:25 a.m. read more..
CENTRAL ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE Mandatory Reporting Thanks to all hunters who reported their 2012 tags on time. Hunters who did not report 2012 deer and elk tags on time will pay a $25 penalty fee when they purchase a 2014 hunting license. If your 2012 deer and elk hunts extend into 2013, you have until April 15, 2013 to report your hunt. More information on reporting http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/reporting/index.aspMarch 6, 2013 10:20 a.m. read more..
Water levels have been steady and fishing has been good on the Crooked River. Trout fishing in the upper Deschutes River between Lake Billy Chinook and Bend often picks up during increased flows, which are happening now. Anglers are catching a few winter steelhead in the Hood River, and that number will increase as the season progresses. The Metolius Arm of Lake Billy Chinook has re-opened to fishing and there are good numbers of legal-sized bull trout.March 6, 2013 10:18 a.m. read more..
C2 Ranch and the Access & Habitat program are giving away 10 guided hunts to youth (ages 17 and under). The hunt is on private property in southern Oregon.March 6, 2013 10:13 a.m. read more..
DFW and Oregon Hunters Association are hosting a turkey hunting clinic for ages 8-17 and under at the White River Wildlife Area on Saturday, April 6, followed by a Hunter Education field day on Sunday, April 7. Sign up now because spaces are limited.March 6, 2013 10:11 a.m. read more..
This is not your mother’s roller derby. But, make no mistake about it, these Gorge Roller Girls are just as competitive, just as fierce and ready to rumble.March 5, 2013 1:07 p.m. read more..
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S.-led military command in Afghanistan said Tuesday it will no longer publish figures on Taliban attacks, a week after acknowledging that its report of a 7 percent decline in attacks last year was actually no decline at all.March 5, 2013 12:29 p.m. read more..
DENVER — A United Nations-based drug agency urged the United States government on Tuesday to challenge the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado and Washington, saying the state laws violate international drug treaties.March 5, 2013 12:23 p.m. read more..
RELAY SUMMIT: All team members of Relay For Life of The Dalles Area are urged to attend the first Regional Relay Summit this Thursday evening, March 7, at 6 p.m. This informative meeting will be at Columbia Portage Grill, Shilo Inn, The Dalles. For anyone interested in Relay For Life, who does not know what Relay is about, this is the meeting to attend. Learn how to be involved, form a team, raise money to fight cancer. This is an American Cancer Society Event. Questions? Call Marilyn Wong, 541-980-5950.March 5, 2013 12:22 p.m. read more..
Volunteers are being sought to participate in the latest weather spotter training April 10 in The Dalles. Registration is required for the training and at least 10 people must register or the training will be canceled. Registration is on the Internet at weather.gov/Pendleton. You may either follow the clickable link at the top of the internet page, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Dennis Hull at 541-969-7136.March 5, 2013 12:20 p.m. read more..
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee says the White House is providing the panel with all of the top-secret Justice Department memos that justify the use of lethal drone strikes against terror suspects, including American citizens.March 5, 2013 12:19 p.m. read more..
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling the House are moving to take the roughest edges off across-the-board spending cuts that are just starting to take effect. Even as the military would bear a $43 billion cut over just seven months, the new GOP measure released Monday would give the Pentagon much-needed funding for readiness. It would also ease the pain felt by critical agencies like the FBI and the Border Patrol.March 5, 2013 12:18 p.m. read more..
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea vowed Tuesday to cancel the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War, citing a U.S.-led push for punishing U.N. sanctions over its recent nuclear test and ongoing U.S.-South Korean joint military drills.March 5, 2013 12:15 p.m. read more..
For the past two years Americans have narrowly avoided hitting the debt ceiling, falling off the fiscal cliff and a variety of other hazardous economic metaphors. Each new crisis was breathlessly debated and tracked and a sigh of relief was heard when an eleventh-hour deal was reached.March 5, 2013 12:09 p.m. read more..
Recently in Hood River the coal interests with the help of a public relations firm held multiple sessions at a local hotel, there were 10-12 participants per session for what appeared to be an attempt by them to understand why we don’t want 1½-mile-long coal trains going through the country’s only national scenic area.March 5, 2013 12:06 p.m. read more..
To the editor: On April 19, 1995, a demented veteran parked a truck loaded with fertilizer, oil and explosives next to the Federal Building in Oklahoma City and created a blast that damaged a 16-block radius and killed 619 people, including 19 babies under the age of 6. Murder and mayhem does not require firearms. On April 16, 2007, a deranged student killed 33 and wounded 21 others at Virginia Tech. No semi-automatic rifle was involved. The shooter ignored existing gun laws. All of these perpetrators were unbalanced, out of touch with reality. In a word, insane.March 5, 2013 11:56 a.m. read more..
LOS ANGELES — As the time nears for spring cleaning and companies offer more environmentally friendly alternatives to toxic cleaners, veterinarians say pet owners should keep in mind that what’s green to a human can be dangerous — even deadly — to animals.March 5, 2013 11:48 a.m. read more..
BANDON — The unsuspecting rabbits in Tony Chatman’s backyard will be stew should a catastrophe occur. Holding a pregnant black bunny by the scruff of her neck, Chatman makes no qualms about the future of his creature’s litter. “I’ma skin ’em and put them in the freezer,” he said. His friend Avery Horton stands next to a chicken pen and chuckles about the rabbits. “They don’t get any names,” he said. “They’re not Thumpers.”March 5, 2013 11:30 a.m. read more..
PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Wildlife invites you to learn about Oregon’s state animal, the American beaver, in a presentation by Dr. Jimmy Taylor, Supervisory Research Wildlife Biologist and Field Station Leader for the National Wildlife Research Center, on Wednesday, March 13 at 6:00 p.m. in Portland.March 5, 2013 7:51 a.m. read more..
To the editor: In the old days if a person was in a tough situation or needed action and they were convinced that it was the right thing to do, it would be said that they “stood by their guns.” Do you wonder what was meant by those words? Robert Maxwell The DallesMarch 2, 2013 2:22 p.m. read more..
To the editor: If you want a day of fellowship, dancing, music and good pie, then take a drive on the first Sunday of every month to the Ramsey Grange in Dufur from 2 to 5 p.m. You will find a variety of musicians, singers and dancers there; mostly they are seniors. Some months you have more musicians, but it is always interesting.March 2, 2013 2:21 p.m. read more..
Volunteers read to students in almost every classroom Friday as part of the national Read Across America day March 1. The event, which celebrates reading and the birthday of children's author Dr. Suess, was organized locally by The Dalles Chronicle's Newspapers in Education program.March 2, 2013 2:05 p.m. read more..
CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y. — At the Fellowship Community’s adult home, workers are paid not according to what they do, but what they need; aging residents are encouraged to lend a hand at the farm, the candle shop or the pottery studio; and boisterous children are welcome around the old folks.March 2, 2013 1:27 p.m. read more..
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s governor said Friday that unless Detroit’s fortunes suddenly and miraculously improve, he will appoint an emergency manager to take control of the city that was once one of the nation’s most prosperous manufacturing centers.March 2, 2013 1:20 p.m. read more..
BERLIN (AP) — Foreign executives who moved their company headquarters to Switzerland to get better tax deals for their firms may find themselves paying the price for it this weekend.March 2, 2013 1:18 p.m. read more..
WASHINGTON (AP) — Severe spending cuts now the law of the land, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans refused Saturday to concede any culpability for failing to stave off what both parties acknowledged was a foolhardy way to slash $85 billion in federal spending.March 2, 2013 1:16 p.m. read more..
ROSEBURG (AP) — The city of Roseburg must pay an ex-police sergeant $750,000 because it failed to give him a chance to clear his name before forcing him to quit and making public the results of an internal investigation into his conduct, a federal jury ruled Thursday.March 2, 2013 1:09 p.m. read more..
SEATTLE (AP) — The union representing Boeing’s technical workers says it will make no recommendation when it asks members to vote this month on the company’s latest contract offer, which is identical to the offer that technical workers narrowly rejected Feb. 19.March 2, 2013 1:08 p.m. read more..
STAMPEDE PASS, Wash. (AP) — The instructions for time travel are as follows: Step one: On a winter weekend, follow Interstate 90 east to Exit 62, then drive south until the road ends. Step two: Haul your gear to the southeast corner of the parking lot and step into your skis.March 2, 2013 1:04 p.m. read more..
New Entries ARCHAEOLOGIST SPEAKERS: Archaeologists Eric Gleason and Jacqueline Cheung present information on their recent archaeological excavations uncovering artifacts enhancing our understanding of life in The Dalles’ Chinatown from the 1800s to the 1920s. The event will be March 9, from 2 to 3 p.m. at The Dalles-Wasco Public library. Contact Kathy at email@example.com or call 541-296-2815. Online: www.wasco. plinkit.org OPEN WORKSHOP: Learn how to search for free resources for professional or practical purposes in a presentation by Michal Kawka, a career and technical education adviser at Columbia Gorge Community College. The event will be at The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library Thursday, March 14, from 7 to 8 p.m. Basic computer skills required. Contact Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-296-2815.March 2, 2013 12:58 p.m. read more..
Nursing students at Columbia Gorge Community College had a tough time going against their healing instincts Tuesday to help a terminally ill “patient” die with dignity. “This doesn’t feel like a very successful simulation,” said Shayla in a debriefing session that followed the death of “Alice Nyman,” the name given the mannequin patient. The last names of students have been withheld to protect their privacy.March 2, 2013 12:55 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND (AP) — Industry data is too scant to gauge the health effects of coal dust blowing off of trains headed from the Great Plains to export terminals along the West Coast, according to a review by Multnomah County’s health department.March 2, 2013 12:36 p.m. read more..
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A toddler who jumped on a bed and bounced out a second-story window was saved Friday by his mother, who leaped behind him, caught his foot and lowered him safely to his grandmother who was having a smoke on the porch below, police said.March 2, 2013 12:32 p.m. read more..
MOUNTAIN LOOP HIGHWAY, Wash. (AP) — Early morning, on the first of a new series of ranger-guided snowshoe walks here, Mother Nature blessed us with sun rays illuminating Big Four Mountain and a fresh track of snow, perfect to slush-slush our way along the south fork of the Stillaguamish River.March 2, 2013 11:56 a.m. read more..
If you have a wireless tablet or laptop, or don’t want to use up your data on your cell phone, you can still Google as necessary at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum — and soon the same can be said at several local parks.March 1, 2013 1:52 p.m. read more..
New Entries HEALTH TALK: Learn about the glycemic index, a tool that can help you keep your blood sugar in balance and lose weight at a free health talk Tuesday, March 5, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Join Registered Dietitian Kjersti Madsen as she discusses the Low Glycemic Index Diet and the role it plays in weight loss and the prevention of chronic illness such as diabetes and heart disease. All lectures are free and held at Water’s Edge, second floor Deschutes Room, 551 Lone Pine Blvd., The Dalles. Call 541-296-8444 or visit www.mcmc.net to register.March 1, 2013 1:50 p.m. read more..
Water levels upstream of the John Day Dam are expected to be lower than normal between March 1 and March 8, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced.March 1, 2013 1:49 p.m. read more..
Friends of the Columbia Gorge Spring Hiking series has added two new twists this year: Flower Frenzy, a wildflower challenge to educate hikers on the flowers of the gorge and Play & Stay, five weekend packages to encourage gorge hikers to lodge overnight in gorge communities.March 1, 2013 1:45 p.m. read more..
RENO, Nev. (AP) — They didn’t need any ambulances, but they could’ve used some fries. What looked like a potentially grim mess Thursday on U.S. Interstate 80 in Reno, Nev., was just the aftermath of a wreck involving a semi-trailer truck hauling thousands of bottles of Heinz ketchup. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports no one was hurt when the truck driver swerved to avoid another vehicle and hit a bridge in the median on the west edge of town. The crash ripped open the trailer, dumping the load and snarling traffic more than an hour.March 1, 2013 1:42 p.m. read more..
BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of angry protesters on Friday prevented construction workers from removing a section of one of the few remaining stretches of the Berlin Wall, part of a plan to build a road to a new luxury condominium being built on the banks of the reunited city’s Spree river. Crews only managed to remove one section from the famous East Side Gallery before about 300 protesters pressed too close for work to continue. Demonstrators then wheeled in a mock wall section they had set up in front of the gap.March 1, 2013 1:30 p.m. read more..
Pour on the olive oil, preferably over fish and vegetables: One of the longest and most scientific tests of a Mediterranean diet suggests this style of eating can cut the chance of suffering heart-related problems, especially strokes, in older people at high risk of them.March 1, 2013 1:21 p.m. read more..
John Foley wasn’t sure what he had when he tried his iPhone 5’s panorama photo function at The Dalles Wahtonka High School’s Kurtz Gym during the Eagle Indians girls basketball game Tuesday in their state play-in win against Wilson, but when he blew it up to 6 feet wide, he found out he had something pretty special.March 1, 2013 1:18 p.m. read more..
CORVALLIS — Joe Burton’s sobs betrayed his menacing 295-pound frame and bright red Mohawk haircut. Big Joe, as he is known, is winding down his basketball career at Oregon State. Last Saturday, he played his final home game at Gill Coliseum. On Thursday night, he played in his last Civil War rivalry game against Oregon. “Just the guys,” the 6-foot-7 senior center said haltingly through tears when asked to describe his emotions. “I am going to miss the team and playing basketball with these guys.”March 1, 2013 1:12 p.m. read more..
Jennifer Bailey, 41, of Hood River, pleaded guilty to Theft I tied to her embezzlement of $21,451.92 in cash from the Hood River County Little League. Bailey was arrested Nov. 20 and was originally charged with theft in the first degree-aggravated, and forgery in the second degree.March 1, 2013 6:43 a.m. read more..
Rep. Mark Johnson told the Chamber of Commerce at Friday’s Appreciation dinner that a high-tech educational facility to serve the Gorge is looking increasingly likely for Hood River. A meeting next month in Salem should be the tale of the tape.March 1, 2013 6:40 a.m. read more..
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