Stories for March 2013


Saturday, March 30

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We like to move it! ¡Nos Gusta Movernos!

Making movement fun is one way parents can help keep children fit. Hacer divertido el movimiento es una manera en que los padres pueden ayudar a mantener a los niños en forma.

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Editorial: Main Street opportunity

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.

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World and national news in brief

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.

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Veterans fight changes to disability payments

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.

Letter to the Editor: Thanks, Marchers

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.

Letter to the Editor: View worries

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.

Letter to the Editor: Kudos, Huffman

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.

Letter to the Editor: Call before you dig

To the editor: Spring is in the air, and gardeners in The Dalles will soon roll up their sleeves to get started on long-awaited yard work.

Letter to the Editor: 'Tweet' Homes

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.

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Tribe runs win streak up to seven: Walker, Bartells combine efforts for 5-1 win

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.

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Illegal turtles enter Oregon via internet sales, street vendors, pet trade

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.

Road Work: West First between The Dalles Disposal and Webber Street, closed April 1

West First Street, between The Dalles Disposal and Webber Street, will be closed April 1.

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A humble food is the heart of child’s play at Easter

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.

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No. 7 TDW throttles Hillsboro: Three-run first inning opens door for 6-1 road triumph

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.

Feds want $18 million back from timber counties

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.

Experienced hiker reported missing on Mount Hood

PORTLAND (AP) — Rescue crews searching Mount Hood failed Friday to find a university student who planned to hike or climb the mountain last weekend and has been missing for days.

Oregon Ducks out of March Madness

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.

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More Bend homeowners adding rentals

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.

Today in History, Easter Sunday

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.

Looking Back at March 31

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.

Bridge: Stop to consider the tricks needed

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?

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Astro-graph Sunday, March 31, 2013

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.

Village Idiot: A visit to the museum of modern body art

I was at a doctor’s office in a small town recently and overheard one patient in the waiting room talking to another.

Seek treasure on Catherine Creek trails

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.

Friday, March 29

Columbia River Zone fishing report

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.

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Northeast Zone fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities Fishing for holdover trout has been pretty good in Holliday Park, Cavender, Long Creek and Peach ponds. Surplus steelhead have been stocked in Marr Pond offering a great opportunity for young anglers to catch a big fish. 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.

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Northeast Zone hunting report

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING BEAR (controlled seasons open April 1 and April 15, see regs) Phillip W. Schneider and Elkhorn wildlife areas are currently closed to public access.

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Northeast Zone wildlife viewing

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.

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Southeast Zone fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: If the water flows cooperate, the Klamath River can be a fine place for winter trout fishing. Mann Lake is ice-free and fishing continues to be excellent for 16-inch cutthroats.

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Southeast Zone hunting report

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 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.

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Southeast Zone wildlife viewing report

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

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Willamette Zone hunting report

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

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Willamette Zone wildlife viewing report

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.

School district, fire board see contested races

Voters will see several contested races on their ballots during May 21 elections for special districts.

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Mom. Nurse. Cancer survivor.

Teri Thalhofer is a six-year cancer survivor, but not many people know it.

What's Happening from March 29, Easter events

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.

Robotics training comes to Moro, The Dalles

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.

Gorge Artists open studio tour April 12-14

The seventh annual Gorge Artists Open Studios Tour featuring 29 regional artists, takes place this year on April 12, 13 and 14.

Spring burning begins April 1: Permit required

Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue has set out the following rules for people who obtain a permit during the spring burning season, April 1 to May 14, in The Dalles.

Police chase loose steers in Vienna

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian police and firefighters have taken on the role of urban cowboys in a round-up of a herd of cattle that broke out of a fenced-off pasture March 28 and decided to go into town.

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Drone industry worries about privacy backlash

WASHINGTON — It’s a good bet that in the not-so-distant future aerial drones will be part of Americans’ everyday lives, performing countless useful functions.

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World news in brief

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.

Mormons using lower mission age before college

ALPINE, Utah (AP) — Nick Emery — a three-time Utah state champion and two-time state high school player of the year — was courted by college basketball super-powers UCLA, Kansas and North Carolina.

Church news in brief

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.

New study suggests Shroud of Turin older than estimate

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.

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Pulpit Rock site of Easter sunrise service

The 89th annual Easter sunrise service at Pulpit Rock, this Sunday, March 31, at 6:30 a.m., rain or shine, has a new booster promoting it: the Mid-Columbia Fellowship of Churches.

Pathologist warns about colorectal risks

Local pathologists diagnose cases of colorectal cancer on a weekly basis. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths, said Dr. Vassil Kaimaktchiev, a pathologist at Mid-Columbia Medical Center.

Three vie for health post on Sherman County ballot

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.

Astro-graph, March 30

Don’t be satisfied with the status quo in the year ahead, under any circumstances. The cycle you’re entering wants to elevate you to a much higher level of living, financially, socially and career-wise.

Bridge: Do the best that you can do

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.

Everyday Cheapskate: Tell your money where to go

If the word budget is like nails on a chalkboard, you’ve got a friend in me. I know the feeling.

Ask Dr. K: Nuts to those who say that nuts are bad!

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?

For the Record, March 29

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from March 29, 2013.

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Find your style to improve nutrition

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.

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Up for next step: TDW golfers rising in ‘13

There is reason to believe The Dalles Wahtonka boys’ golf team could be a group poised to take the Columbia River Conference by storm.

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Never out of it: Tribe uses eight-run inning for comeback victory over Century

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.

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Central Zone wildlife viewing report

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.

Central Zone hunting report

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

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Central Zone Fishing report

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.

Thursday, March 28

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Library show draws crowd: Upcoming programs planned

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.

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Central African Republic rebel leader faces challenges

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.

OSP seeks witnesses

Oregon State Police (OSP) is seeking witnesses related to a reckless driving arrest late Wednesday morning on Highway 26 east of Government Camp.

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The Dalles provides setting for book

Winnie the Pooh may have lived in the Hundred Acre Wood and Peter Pan was from Neverland, but the heroine of the children’s book “Dream Again” had her adventures someplace a little more familiar: The Dalles.

Shortfall brings ‘rainy day’ for District 21

An unexpected shortfall in state funds is forcing North Wasco County School District 21 to use up its rainy day option.

PUD engages McMillen as project engineer

Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District took another big step toward adding a second five megawatt hydropower plant, the Freedom Project, on The Dalles Dam fishway.

House votes for early voter registration at 16

The Oregon House of Representatives voted Tuesday in favor of allowing 16-year-olds to register to vote when they obtain a driver’s license.

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Kirkpatrick speaks at Klindt’s April 7

Author Jane Kirkpatrick will meet fans at two locations in the Columbia Gorge next week, starting at the Hood River County Library Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m., and at Klindt’s Booksellers Monday, April 8, from 4 to 6 p.m.

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Arts and Entertainment events from March 28

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, 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, March 29 – Bob Connolly, 6-9 p.m., Zim’s Brau Haus, 604 E. Second, The Dalles, March 29 – Dag Shaw, 7 p.m., Sunshine Mill, 901 E. Second, The Dalles,

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German migrant program offers cautions for US

BERLIN — In gritty backstreets of Berlin, housewives wearing head scarves shop for lamb and grape leaves. Old men pass the time in cafes sipping coffee, chatting in Turkish and reading Turkish newspapers.

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World and national news in brief

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.

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Editorial: Negative market effects

The Oregonian, March 21, on the drive for GMO labeling: It’s hard not to sympathize with Oregon lawmakers caught up in the GMO scare.

Letter to the Editor: Accountability

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.”

Letter to the Editor: Round peg

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.

Letter to the Editor: A new wife

To the editor: After 69 years of marriage, I have a new wife! The care of Flagstone was able to heal my wife in such a way that she has been released from Atrium and is now back home.

Workers, retirees slam proposed Oregon pension cuts

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.

10 Hanford managers indicted in timecard scheme

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.

Oregon wave energy project may be delayed

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.

Evans (22 points, 26 rebounds) leads Nets

PORTLAND (AP) — Reggie Evans’ Brooklyn teammates egged him on, making sure he knew just how many points and rebounds he had against the Trail Blazers.

Longshore union seeks arbitration

PORTLAND (AP) — There is another disagreement between Pacific Northwest grain terminals and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union.

For the Record, March 28

Police, fire, medical and lottery results for March 28, 2013.

Bridge: At first trick, look down road

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.

Astro-graph, Friday, March 29, 2013

by Bernice Bede Osol Several career opportunities might come your way in the year ahead. One could be something you’ve always hoped to achieve, and you just might get it.

Everyday Cheapskate: Don’t break rules of self-employment

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?

Dr. K: Try therapy before problems become severe

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.

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Barnard-Davidson off to Nationals

Maya Barnard-Davidson is blessed with an opportunity of a lifetime — to compete on a national stage against some of the best freestyle skiers in the United States.

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Ranger baseball rising up the 2A ranks

Dufur coach C.S. Little just wants a season where injuries and grades do not interfere with the preseason goals of his baseball team.

Wednesday, March 27

Scammers impersonate Oregon State Police

SALEM (AP) — Oregon State Police says troopers don’t call you demanding payment for traffic tickets. Police say scammers claiming to be with the OSP have been placing recorded phone calls to some people in Oregon.

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37 states vie for piece of drone testing site pie

LOS ANGELES — It’s the land where Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, where the space shuttle fleet rolled off the assembly line and where the first private manned rocketship climbed to space.

PUD phases in electricity rate increases

For the first time in a decade, Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District approved a schedule of rate increases in response to wholesale power increases from Bonneville Power Administration.

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Main Street plan hits petitioners’ roadblock: signatures likely to end funding plan

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.

Wildflower photos sought for gorge photo contest

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.”

Corps seeks comments on John Day mitigation project

­­­­The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a draft environmental assessment for the John Day Mitigation Project.

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World and national news in brief

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Hunters across the United States are boycotting Colorado because of recent legislation meant to curtail gun violence.

Hunger strike spreading

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.

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Disabled surfers brave the waves in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — One minute, Renata Glasner is watching the waves crash on Leblon beach from her wheelchair. The next, she’s plowing through the turbulent waters on a specially adapted surfboard.

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Studio Hair and Nails moves

Ten years after it first opened in The Dalles, Studio Hair and Nails is celebrating the grand opening at its new location, 1008 W. Sixth St. in The Dalles.

Nike’s Tiger Woods ad draws critics

NEW YORK — Maybe winning doesn’t take care of everything. Nike is causing a social media storm with its latest online ad showing a picture of Tiger Woods overlaid with a quote from him, “Winning takes care of everything.”

Word on the Street: With spring come thought of cherries

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.

High court weighs drug companies’ generics policy

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.

Washington state senators hear from global warming skeptic

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.

Senate panel hears voting rights bill in Olympia

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A Washington state Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on legislation to make it easier for minorities to get elected to local government posts.

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Staff depart timber counties

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.

For the Record, March 27

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from March 27, 2013.

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Rock ‘n’ rollers aid academy opening in South Dakota

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.

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T-Dub’s firework display: Softball team scores 39 runs on 45 hits in four-game sweep

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.

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T-Dub track is impressive at Sherwood: Tunai, Farr, Hill and Burns all secure top honors

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.

Tuesday, March 26

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Editorial Cartoons, March 26th

Editorial cartoons from March 26th, 2013.

Time to remove studded tires

The Oregon Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to remove their studded tires by Sunday, March 31.

Pool is cleared to reopen this summer

Thompson Park swimming pool was cleared to reopen this summer, but engineers noted an increase in deterioration at the pool and recommended more extensive, and invasive, investigation of the structure.

CGCC receives anniversary gift

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.

Wasco County combs through budget

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.

USDA expanding program to fight rural poverty

COLUMBIA, S.C. — U.S. officials are expanding a program intended to reduce poverty and improve life in rural areas through better access to federal funding.

What's happening from March 26

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.

MCMC sets trainings for pet visitor program

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.

Gorge Grown Food Network receives Meyer Trust grant

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.

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Beginning watercolor workshop starts April 6

Watercolor artist, Gayle Weisfield, is offering a beginning watercolor workshop at The Dalles Art Center Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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New Jersey professor’s quixotic quest to be Iran president

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.

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Cyprus businesses hurt as banks stay shut

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.

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World and national news in brief

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court waded into the fight over same-sex marriage Tuesday, at a time when public opinion is shifting rapidly in favor of permitting gay and lesbian couples to wed, but 40 states don’t allow it.

Letter to the Editor: Pied Piper

To the editor: When I first saw the front page picture of Friday’s Chronicle (March 22) of a fellow senior leading children around the Senior Center, I couldn’t help thinking of the fable of the Pied Piper.

Letter to the Editor: Wolves make positive comeback

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.

Letter to the Editor: Idealogues

To the editor: A miracle happened last week on the news: House Speaker John Boehner told George Stephanopoulos that the United States faces “no immediate debt crisis.”

Letter to the Editor: Working for history

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.

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Editorial: Think of our elders

We as a society are often admonished to “think of the children,” but last week the children were thinking of the adults when students joined in the “March for Meals” awareness event at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center.

Chocolate-Flavored stamps

BRUSSELS (AP) — Feel like having chocolate at Easter in Belgium? Well, send a letter and really lick that chocolate-flavored postal stamp.

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Moro hosts track meet: Results and photographs

Results and photographs from the March 23 invitational meet at Sherman High School in Moro.

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T-Dub teams sweep two games

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.

For the Record, March 26

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Tuesday, March 26.

School news in brief

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...

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Students benefit from bird house donation

Students at Chenowith Elementary recently benefitted from being able to decorate their own birdhouse, donated through a joint effort from several organizations in the community.

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Chess teams end in fifth, eighth at state competition

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.

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At 4-H group, students explore tech world

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.

Senior News: Promote healthy aging by sharing and caring

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.

Astro-graph for March 27

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.

Everyday Cheapskate: Just cover up your cooking mistake

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?”

Bridge: When your partner overbids

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.

Ask Dr. K: Cut down on salt using herbs and spices

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.

Northwest news in brief

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.

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Washington, Colorado bars test limits of legal pot laws

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.

Smelt fishery remains closed

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.

History Mystery: Smock Prairie school and a new mystery

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.

Monday, March 25

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Dahlias are a great spring project

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.

Sunday, March 24

Bridge: Bumper crop from many countries

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.

Ask Dr. K: Post-traumatic stress can occur after single event

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.

Village Idiot: This is why we’ve agreed to eat out more often

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.

Saturday, March 23

Today in national history

Today is Palm Sunday, March 24, the 83rd day of 2013. There are 282 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History:

Looking back at March 24

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.

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Trekking the back country on splitboards

TODD LAKE (AP) — We finally crested the ridge, and it was time to remove the skins and put our snowboards together. “Rip hide!” Carlos Cummings yelled, as the wind howled and the heavy snowfall swirled around us.

Pioneer lunch set May 4 in The Dalles

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.

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Passion for Pipes: Robert Carsner’s love of music — and pipe organs — led to the Organ Crawl

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.

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Edgar Ashbrenner celebrates 105th birthday

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.”

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Art entries sought for Trout Lake Festival

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.

What's Happening from March 23

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.

Award winning film ‘Into Eternity’ featured March 27

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.

VanWagner named as bronze scholar recipient

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.

Lavendel named as supervisor for Mt. Hood National Forest

The Mt. Hood National Forest welcomes Claire Lavendel as its acting forest supervisor.

Public meetings, from March 23

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).

Grassland reserve program application deadline April 19

PORTLAND — Continuous sign-up for the 2013 Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) will close April 19 for batching.

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Conservation Corner: New water program requires close monitoring

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.

Contact your legislators? Here's how

Oregon Rep. John Huffman, District 59 PO Box 104 The Dalles, OR 97058 541-298-5959 Oregon Sen. Ted Ferrioli, District 30 900 Court St. NE S-323 Salem, OR 97301 503-986-1950

Letter to the Editor: Too inexperienced

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.

Letter to the Editor: Put people first

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.

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Editorial cartoons, March 23

Editorial cartoons, March 23

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Commentary: Time to talk about weed and other drugs

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.

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Obama talks sights, not struggles

PETRA, Jordan — President Barack Obama set aside the Middle East’s tricky politics Saturday to marvel at the beauty of one of the region’s most stunning sites, the fabled ancient city of Petra.

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World and national news in brief

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.

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TDW game slips away at the end: No. 3-ranked Redmond scores four in the sixth for 5-4 comeback

The Dalles Wahtonka had No. 3 Redmond on the ropes, but could not deliver the knockout blow.

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Dakota Murr: Cool under pressure

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.

Timber counties among unhealthiest in Oregon

GRANTS PASS — Oregon’s timber counties tend to be less healthy than other rural and urban parts of the state, according to nationwide rankings released this week.

Washington weighs 1st abortion insurance mandate in US

OLYMPIA, Wash. — In 1970, Washington became the first — and remains the only — state in the country to legalize elective abortions by a popular vote.

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Giving is in Post Falls man’s blood

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — It’s a good thing Jim Labrum doesn’t have an issue with needles. That’s because a syringe slithering into his veins is part of his routine.

Legal advice bill for Oregon state pension tops $50,000

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.

Matthews has 28 points, Blazers top Hawks 104-93

ATLANTA (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers credit improved defense for back-to-back road wins that have kept their playoff hopes alive.

Astro-graph, March 23

Saturday, March 23, 2013 If you don’t get upset about not being in the spotlight all the time, you’re likely to find yourself involved in something that’ll be extremely beneficial. Keep in mind the advantages of serving in the rear ranks.

ATV classes required for young riders

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.

Friday, March 22

Fishing reports for the Columbia River

Fishing reports for the Columbia River.

Northeast zone fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing report

Hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing reports covering from Oregon's Northeast Zone.

Central zone fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing

Detailed information on fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing in Oregon's Central Zone.

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Park sees replanting efforts

On Saturday, March 16, a small group of intrepid volunteers made their way to Riverfront Park where they gathered to plant trees.

Scam targets Northwest Natural Gas customers

PORTLAND — Northwest Natural Gas wants customers to be alert for a new scam that’s circulating.

Young adults losing fear of pot

The rise of medical marijuana and legalized recreational use has coincided with a rise in students who think the drug isn’t harmful, according to YOUTHTHINK coordinator Debby Jones.

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All ages march against senior hunger

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.

Two offenders sentenced for sex crimes against teens

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.

What's Happening from March 23

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.

Youth cooking camp offered during spring break in Moro

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.

PUD economic development grant deadline approaches

Northern Wasco County PUD is accepting applications for Economic Development grants until 5 p.m., Friday, May 3.

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Opportunity Connections hosts fund-raising dinner

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.

Woman arrested after body found behind store

PORT HURON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 49-year-old Oregon woman who is believed to have dumped the body of an elderly woman behind a Michigan thrift store has been arrested in Illinois, authorities said.

Guard thwarts robbery

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.

Oregon fugitive found in Mexico, returned to US

PORTLAND (AP) — U.S. marshals say a former Oregon teacher who fled after a federal jury found him guilty of possessing child pornography is back in the United States after being deported from Mexico.

Dilemma for bike-crazy Portland: Parking for cars

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.

Church news and events

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.

Southern Baptists expand north

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.

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Man has dream role in Last Days of Jesus

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.

Sturgeon rules change: Annual bag limit doubled

SALEM — Oregon fishery managers announced today that the statewide annual bag limit for sturgeon will go to two fish effective April 1, 2013.

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Coal foes protest application

HOOD RIVER — More than 100 residents from Oregon and Washington marched through Hood River March 13 chanting slogans and ringing bells opposing coal exports and climate change.

Looking to the past for healthier eating

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The goal for Brooks and Mallory Gatlin was to eat healthier, more natural, and to leave out processed foods.

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World news in brief

QUANTICO, Va. (AP) — Officials say a Marine killed a male and female colleague at a base in Virginia before committing suicide.

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Senate set to pass budget

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.

Background checks will be in Senate gun bill

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.

For the Record, March 22, 2013

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from March 22, 2013.

Bridge: After a reverse, you may show five

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.

How you can tear down those attitudes of entitlement

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.

Medicine relieves symptoms of Crohn’s Disease

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.

Sherman, T-Dub tennis battle it out

On a chilly Monday in Moro, The Dalles Wahtonka and Sherman went to work in a pro set match on the tennis courts for some non-league action.

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Tribe ends up fifth in Hermiston: Glesener is four strokes from earning fifth-place standing

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.

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Walker struts his no-hit stuff: Senior right-hander strikes out eight in Tribe’s 11-0 victory

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 to

Thursday, March 21

Chronicle enhances website: Subsciption "paywall" implemented

Over the past few months, The Dalles Chronicle has rolled out a new, enhanced website at www.thedalles, 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, offering online readers a range of new content and interactive features.

U.N. will investigate chemical weapons

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations will investigate the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria, which would amount to a crime against humanity, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Thursday.

Chicago teachers get notice of school closings

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.

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New look at Big Bang finds universe 80 mil years older

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.

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Arson convictions challenged over fire science

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.

Road work closes intersection, East 12th and F

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.

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PGE retools Cascade line

Portland General Electric is bringing a shorter, retooled Cascade Crossing high-capacity transmission line project back before property owners and the public.

Biker nabbed after 40-mile high-speed chase

An Ariel, Wash., resident is being charged in Sherman County following a 40-mile high-speed pursuit at speeds reaching higher than 150 miles per hour.

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Vets plan memorial expansion: Addition will be placed behind existing monument

The Mid-Columbia Veterans Memorial Committee is gearing up to add a granite wall to the existing monument at Kelly Viewpoint.

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What's Happening from March 21

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, March 22 – Nate Stranz and Jarod Sawyer, 7 p.m., Sunshine Mill, 901 E. Second, The Dalles, 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 Dalles

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Jason Farnham: Updated Classics and Fun

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:

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Editorial cartoons, March 21

Three editorial cartoons from March 21.

Commentary: Inequality and the Social Security debate

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.

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Commentary: Better uses for clean fuel money

East Oregonian, March 12, on the Oregon Clean Fuels Program: The Oregon Legislature must make a decision on the future of the Oregon Clean Fuels Program.

Grant aims at dispute resolution, applications sought

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.

Ex-officials convicted for corruption

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.

Poll: low-wage workers, bosses at odds on training

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.

Who was on top with perfect play?

When we are first shown a bridge deal, it is perfect and puts the cards in our hands. Then, usually some mistakes are made — after all, we are only human.

Astro-graph, March 21

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.

Let’s talk about some of those confusing insurance policies

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, email

Benefits of low-dose aspirin outweigh risk of AMD

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.

For the Record, March 21

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

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Proctor is riding on a rodeo high: Local cowboy is No. 1-ranked bull rider on the PBR tour

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.

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Derby dynamos: Gorge Rollergirls hit the hardwood at Hood River Valley High

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.

Wednesday, March 20

Meals on wheels campaigns March 20

The Dalles Meals on Wheels will participate in the national 2013 March for Meals campaign tomorrow to raise public awareness about the need to support the program that feeds homebound seniors within the community.

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8-year-old saves family

Quick-thinking Julisa Ramirez, 8, saved her family from tragedy Sunday in the first house fire in Parkdale in more than five years.

Hood River has to revisit hotel plan

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.

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Tip-A-Cop fundraiser planned

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.

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Port looks for next trend: Consultant plays role in agency’s strategic plan

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.

What's Happening from March 20

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 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.

Contractors required to be licensed and insured

Oregon Landscape Contractors Law (ORS 671) requires all businesses that advertise and perform landscape contracting services be licensed with the Landscape Contractors Board.

Veterans Alert for VA claim review

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.

Celebration for Hospice gala scheduled April 6

Columbia Gorge Winegrower’s host the Celebration for Hospice annual gala Saturday, April 6, at 5:30 at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn.

World and national news in brief, March 19

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.

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‘Unpredictable’ Pope Francis worries security team

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Forgive Pope Francis’ security team for looking a bit nervous.

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Obama vows unwavering support for Israel

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.

Set goals and feel good about them

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.

Agriculture, metals, technology, energy are key sectors

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.

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Family takes over at Klindt’s

Kristin Klindt and Joaquin Perez are the newest husband-wife team to take ownership of Klindt’s Booksellers and Stationers in The Dalles.

Teen can’t say ‘bingo’ for six months

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Calling out "bingo" when you don't have one can get you in trouble in northern Kentucky. Ask Austin Whaley.

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Dillard shatters 10k record at St. Patrick’s run

A record was shattered and, as a group with impressive overall numbers in the fifth annual Jumpstart St. Patrick’s Day run/walk Saturday, March 16.

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Local diamond teams hit the field: Dufur, Sherman take wins Tuesday; Tribe splits a pair

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.

Everyday Cheapskate: Do things cheaper, better and faster

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:

Tamoxifen offers benefits if taken for 10 years

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 risk

For the Record, March 20

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

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Gosling at ease in every role except movie star

NEW YORK — What’s Ryan Gosling’s secret to his on-screen poise, his ability to disarm and provoke merely by his laconic presence?

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Northwest news in brief

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 spring

Brew classes available from OSU

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.

Scaled-back toxics bill faces Washington Senate panel

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.

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Oregon Legislature considers drone regulation

SALEM — As the nation debates the use of drones to hunt terrorism suspects abroad, Oregon lawmakers are considering legislation that would regulate how drones could be used here.

Tuesday, March 19

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A night of celebration

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.

Panel considers future of Ore. clean fuels program

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.

Prison sentence in $22M Columbia oil spill case

SEATTLE (AP) — The owner of a derelict barge that required a $22 million cleanup after oil spilled into the Columbia River in southwest Washington has been sentenced to four months in prison.

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Having a Field Day: Little League spruces up for play

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.

Discipline issues fall at Col. Wright: Principal credits check-in program

The number of disciplinary referrals at Colonel Wright Elementary has dropped significantly since the beginning of the year, according to Principal Greg Bigalow.

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Bowlers raise money for kids

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 annual

What's Happening from March 19

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. March 19

Letter to the Editor: Too much alike?

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.

Health care needs oversight

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.

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Editorial Cartoons, March 19

Editorial cartoons, March 19.

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Commentary: Protection is an adult responsibility

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.

Northwest news in brief

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon State Police say a trooper checked Facebook to determine that a driver whose face didn’t match his license was really a fugitive wanted on felony warrants.

Nearly 250 laid off at Wash. Hanford nuclear site

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.

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Robot boats fight invasive carp

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.

For the Record, March 19

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

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Field trip is school with a view: Students learn of fossils, stars and evolution

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.

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Under the Sea opens March 22

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.

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School news in brief

The YouthThink Free Family Movies, in conjunction with The City of The Dalles and Columbia Cinema, drew a total attendance of 3,134 people in January and February, according to a news release by YouthThink.

Mullen-Levitt Track and Field results, March 16

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 Stanfield

TDW boys golf ends up 8th at TD Invitational

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.

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First step: Track teams hit a stride: TDW junior Harris Farr sets record in long jump

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.

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Simple, stunning tart is sweet Easter treat

Easter dinner isn’t generally the sort of meal we try to rush. The whole point is to savor the meal, not sprint through it the way we do most weeknights.

INFLUENCE GAME: Congress quiet on Dreamliner woes

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.

Spring is just around the corner: what are your plans?

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.

Bridge: Try one chance, with one ready

Jim Rohn, an entrepreneur and motivational speaker who died in 2009, said, “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”

Astro-graph, March 20

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.

Menu planning is the answer for saving on groceries

Is coming up with a consistent monthly food budget making you crazy? Or guilty? Or hungry? Jane DeLaney, the founder of 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.

Electrical firestorm occurs during an epileptic seizure

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.

OSP swears in 23 new recruits in Salem

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 reported.

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Historic farm teaches visitors agriculture

SALEM (AP) — A historic family farm that traces its first owners to settlers from the Oregon Trail in 1847 is connecting with city dwellers to keep alive its agricultural traditions.

Monday, March 18

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TDW dance team sets new benchmark: Finishes third in 5A ranks at OSAA state tournament

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.

Saturday, March 16

Sinkholes: Getting to the bottom of science

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.

Looking back, March 17

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.

A bit of Wasco County bull: tour, that is

The last couple of weeks have brought to mind the old Wasco County Bull Tours. That does not include the annual email I get this time from an old “Bull Tourist” reminding me it’s time to celebrate it again.

Ask Dr. K: What about vitamin D?

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.

Astro-graph Sunday, March 17

You are likely to be far more fortunate in the year ahead than in the past, especially in matters that pertain to your career and/or earnings. Lady Luck will step in with a helping hand.

Village Idiot: Much to busy reporting on celebrity babies

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.

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A robot helped save him: Telemedicine robot played role in stroke survival

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.

Oregon Veterans’ Home in The Dalles wins top rating

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.

Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day locks open early

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.

What's Happening from March 17

Announce your public, nonprofit activities here, 75 words or less. E-mail to 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.

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World and national news in brief

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.”

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North Dakota has funds to fight over abortion

BISMARCK, N.D. — As oil-rich North Dakota moves toward outlawing most abortions, it’s in a better position than most states for what could be a long and costly court battle over its restrictions.

Letter to the Editor: Auction success

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.

Letter to the Editor: Doing your part?

To the editor: Are you doing your part? Using states’ rights to vote in same-sex marriage and legalizing marijuana use. Are you doing your part to destroy America by trafficking in crystal methamphetamine?

Letter to the Editor: Renewed faith

To the editor: These days it’s not too often we get a chance to witness an unexpected act of kindness and generosity coming out of the blue.

Letters to the Editor: Ditch flouride

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.

Letter to the Editor: Bob's critics

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.

Letter to the Editor: Good job, grads

To the editor: I would like to congratulate the Class of 1965 and all the other classes for starting an alumni association. It is the best idea for The Dalles in a long time.

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Burned ex-ranger station is being replaced

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.

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Northwest news in brief

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 and

Bill would give Oregon workers time to grieve

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.

Kitazhaber: Court loss won’t make him OK execution

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.

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Tribe boys blank Reynolds: Only one match goes three sets in tennis team’s 8-0 win

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.

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Missed chances hurt T-Dub in loss: Eagle Indians get nine hits in 5-2 setback versus Sandy

­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.

Friday, March 15

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Cruisin' the Trail

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.

Road work scheduled

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.

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Auction house: We found Titanic violin

LONDON (AP) — The violin played by the bandmaster of the Titanic as the oceanliner sank has been unearthed, a British auction house said Friday.

Commercial 787 flights to restart in weeks

TOKYO (AP) — Boeing said Friday it sees commercial flights of its grounded 787 jets resuming “within weeks” even though it has not pinpointed the cause of battery overheating.

New AAA director fixing rifts

After three months on the job as the Area Agency on Aging director, Marvin Pohl says he believes his work in strengthening community partnerships is already starting to pay off.

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Sunshine Mill gets approval: Board votes to sell property

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.

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Fort Dalles opens doors to spring

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, email or call 541-296-4547.

What's Happening from March 15

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 to obtain these.

Pirate carnival March 17 in Klickitat

The seventh annual Pirate Carnival happens this Sunday, March 17, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Klickitat School Gym. Admission is free.

Coos Bay church dissolves, give to scholarships

COOS BAY, Ore. — A century-old Coos Bay church with a declining congregation dissolved and remaining members gave $100,000 for college scholarships.

Church news in brief

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.

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Pope Francis reaches out to Jews

VATICAN CITY — Like his predecessor, Pope Francis reached out to Rome’s Jewish community at the very start of his pontificate, pledging to continue to strengthen the increasingly close ties between Catholics and Jews.

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TDW baseball shooting for a playoff run

The Dalles Wahtonka baseball team oozes potential. Austin Wilson and his teammates are feeling this season is the one where they reach that next level.

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Tribe hopeful to fulfill its potential

A softball team can only take so much — finishing short of a state championship with runs into the semifinals for the past five seasons is an impressive accomplishment, but it is not enough.

Lillard leads Blazers’ 105-90 rout of Knicks

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.

For the Record, March 15, 2013

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from March 15, 2013.

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Oregon high court examines death-row inmate’s push to die

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.

Thursday, March 14

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Walters benefit outgrows venue: Scholarship event will be at SWC High

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.

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You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" opens at high school theater

“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.

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Pope selection is big event for St. Mary’s kids

Students at St. Mary’s Academy in The Dalles were so excited about the new pope that they wanted to stay inside and watch the news instead going out to recess, according to principal Kim Koch.

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Pope Francis’ humility: stops by hotel to pay bill

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.

Arts and entertainment from March 14

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, 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, 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, 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, March 15 – Matadors of Oregon, 7 p.m., Sunshine Mill, 901 E. Second, The Dalles,

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World and national news in brief

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.

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Record 1 in 3 US counties are dying

WASHINGTON (AP) — A record number of U.S. counties — more than 1 in 3 — are now dying off, hit by an aging population and weakened local economies that are spurring young adults to seek jobs and build families elsewhere.

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A closer look at the Higgs boson

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.

Letter to the Editor: Risk to economy

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.

Letter to the Editor: Diamond in a goat's ear

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.

Letter to the Editor: Jesus' truth

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.

Letter to the Editor: Methadone risk

To the editor: Today would have been my son David’s 50th birthday. He died five years ago, in his sleep, from ingesting his third pill of a prescription for the pain he suffered for his inherited scoliosis — methadone.

Oregon corporations could get automatic tax rebate

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.”

Hitting, pitching keys to Tribe win

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.

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Poll finds attitude shift among working moms

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.

For the Record, March 13, 2013

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

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Washington plans to extradite suspect from Oregon

SEATTLE — Washington authorities plan to extradite a man caught in Oregon who’s suspected of killing his grandparents after they picked him up from prison and hosted a welcome home party for him.

Moro Medical Clinic to Close for Construction, April 15-29

The Moro Medical Clinic will close for construction beginning April 15th through the 29th, with normal patient hours resuming on April 30th.

Wednesday, March 13

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Parking lot attendant

A ground squirrel keeps track of activity in a parking lot at Moro High School.

Juveniles accused in The Dalles car prowls

City police arrested two teen-age juveniles, one early Tuesday morning and one Tuesday afternoon, in connection with a rash of car prowls on the east side of The Dalles.

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Wind helps Sherman County meet needs

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.

What's Happening from March 13

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.

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National news in brief

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.

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Ohio crash cautionary tale for families with teens

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.

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What you ‘like’ on Facebook can be revealing

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.

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Ferrying the Ferry

A WIDE, BLUE load delayed traffic on Interstate 84 through The Dalles Tuesday morning as a very slow delivery was under way to rural Roosevelt Lake. It was the main hull of the replacement Keller Ferry.

Game schedules from March 13

WED., MAR. 13 Prep Baseball Sandy at TDW, 4:30 p.m. THURS., MAR. 14 Prep Girls Tennis TDW at Reynolds, 4 p.m. Prep Boys Tennis Reynolds at TDW, 4 p.m. Prep Baseball Sherman at Culver, 4:30 p.m.

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Tribe ski squad ends year at state

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.

For the Record, March 13, 2013

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Mach 13, 2013

Arkin and Carell make magic in ‘Wonderstone’

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.

Get your Irish on with seasonal St. Patrick’s Day food

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.

ODFW tackles invasive plants and animals in Jackson County Sports Park Ponds

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.

Hatchery research center Advisory Committee looks for new members

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.

Tuesday, March 12

City continues EID process

The Dalles City Council is moving ahead with formation of an Economic Improvement District that will be funded by taxing downtown properties.

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World and national news in brief

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.

Deficit getting smaller but middle class still struggling

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.

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Half trillion need to update nation's schools

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.

What's happening from March 12

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

Letter to the Editor: Fond memory

To the editor: Friday, March 1, I had the privilege to participate in Read Across America. I was assigned Chenowith Elementary School teacher Cindy Kamimae.

Letter to the Editor: Wonderful care

To the editor: We recently visited Home At Last Shelter and fell in love with a stray dog. We had lost the “perfect” dog a few years ago and thought we would never find one like her again. We were wrong!

For the Record, March 12, 2013

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for March 12, 2013.

Oregon Senate OKs bill to help convicted veterans

SALEM (AP) — Courts would be required to consider veterans’ military backgrounds during criminal sentencing hearings under a bill passed unanimously Monday by the Oregon Senate.

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Think your house is small? Former homeless call ‘Conestoga’ huts home in Eugene

EUGENE — Next time you complain about your house being too small, think about Mark Hubbell, Diane Sciacca or Greg Bregg.

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Walker makes triumphant return: Senior pitcher gets the start 11 months after cancer diagnosis

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.

Monday, March 11

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Woven Bonds: Fibers of friendship and family draw guild together

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.

Saturday, March 9

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Woven Bonds: The fibers of friendship and family draw guild together

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.

'Spring forward Sunday for Daylight Savings Time.

Spring forward Clocks are set ahead this weekend for Daylight Savings Time, which starts early Sunday morning.

Afghan bombers strike during US official’s visit

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.

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Trail work planned at Coyote Wall, Catherine Creek

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.

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Food preservation classes might change your life

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?

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Interior pick puts outdoor industry in spotlight

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.

Letter to the Editor: Armed to the teeth

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.

Letter to the Editor: Some limits

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.

Letter to the Editor: Time for learning

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.

Letter to the Editor: Missed train

To the editor: Is there something wrong in this great nation? I answer yes, cooperation! If you are missing that Your chances are flat. Have we missed the train at the station?

In a rising economy, politicians look for credit

Politicians seek credit in rising economyWASHINGTON (AP) — Increased hiring, lower unemployment, stock market on the rise. Who gets the credit?

Public meetings from March 9

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.

What's Happening from March 9

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.

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World and national news in brief

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.

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Sugg selected to Hall of Fame: Six-time state champion skipper honored by OBCA

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.

April 12 is Hunter and Angler Night with the Portland Trail Blazers

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.

Friday, March 8

Wildfire toll tops $580M

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal statistics show that efforts to douse the largest of the nation’s wildfires last year cost more than $580 million, and it took more than three months in some cases to put out the flames.

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Furlough plans vary widely at government agencies

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.

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Compassion Honored in annual Tradition of Compassion award ceremony

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.

What's Happening from March 8

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 to register.

For the Record, March 8, 2013

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for Mach 8, 2013.

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National news in brief

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.

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Bosnian woman helped make rape a war crime

PRIJEDOR, Bosnia-Herzegovina — There were days when she prayed for a bullet to end her suffering. When she thought she was dying of a heart attack, she whispered “Thank you God.”

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TDW trio earns spots on CRC list: Byers Player of the Year; Bartells, Nerdin 2nd teamers

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.

Sports Briefs from March 7

The 1982 Wahtonka High School Eagles Football team will be commemorated in a reunion celebrating 31 years of its improbable playoff run under head coach Jeff Scurran at Spooky’s Pizza at 7 p.m. this Saturday in The Dalles.

The Dalles Little League holding Kramer Field cleanup day

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.

Thursday, March 7

Arts and entertainment schedule

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, March 8 – Sasparilla, 9 p.m., Clock Tower Ales, 311 Union St., The Dalles, 541-705-3590, March 8 – Jeff Carrell, 7 p.m., Sunshine Mill, 901 E. Second, The Dalles, March 8 – Nathaniel Talbot Quartet, 9:30 p.m., Cebu Lounge, Hood River Inn, 1108 E. Marina Way, Hood River, 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, Rufus

Legislature tackles Salem Medicaid dispute

SALEM — The Oregon Legislature is stepping into a conflict between Salem Hospital and the local coordinated care organization in charge of providing health coverage for low-income patients on Medicaid.

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Feds look to ship Wash. radioactive waste to NM

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.

Gasol scores 23 as Grizzlies beat Blazers 91-85

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — For the second straight home game, the Memphis Grizzlies overcame a significant deficit to escape with a win.

On the Record for March 7

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports gathered March 7, 2013.

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T-Dub nets two on all-league list

The Dalles Wahtonka head coach Dan Telles looked back at the season and realized everything his girl’s basketball team has accomplished. He was happy with how they ended up.

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National and world news, in brief

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.

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On border, bodies keep coming

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The body of Ildefonso Martinez arrived on a Friday night last April as John Doe, Case No. 12-01000. He wore black Nike shoes, a Perry Ellis belt, a Casio watch.

Bonneville Dam has oil leak

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.

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Dual Purpose: Darren Nichols confident commission can respond to priorities

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.

Wednesday, March 6

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Sunshine preps for growth: Martins want to purchase site soon

The 12 silos at the historic Sunshine Mill in The Dalles could be converted into seven floors of hotel rooms within the next five

What's happening, from March 6 Chronicle

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.

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Loss of lab mice for medical research ‘devastating’

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.

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Venezuela uncertain after Chavez’s death

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.

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Wash. groups forge compact for immigration reform

YAKIMA, Wash. — Washington joined a handful of other states with a compact in support of immigration reform Tuesday, marking another effort by states to push Congress to overhaul U.S. immigration policies.

For the Record, March 6, 2013

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports, gathered March 6.

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Newly married Wash. gay couple seeks pot license

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.

Your chances of dying by 2023? Test offers a clue

CHICAGO — Want to know your chances of dying in the next 10 years? Here are some bad signs: getting winded walking several blocks, smoking, and having trouble pushing a chair across the room.

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Developments trouble cult favorite, ‘Community’

LOS ANGELES — Nothing’s certain in network television, but things have been especially uncertain on the set of “Community,” the quirky college sitcom that’s been a cult favorite, but never a mainstream hit.

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Plenty of hardware for TDW skiers: Holeman, Barnard-Davidson win big on Mount Hood

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.

Oregon man charged with helping bomber in Pakistan

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.

Columbia zone fishing update

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.

Northeast zone hunting update

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.

Northeast zone fishing update

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.

Northeast zone wildlife viewing

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.

Central zone hunting report, updated March 5

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

Central zone fishing report, updated March 5

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.

Kids can win a guided spring turkey hunt in southern Oregon

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.

Turkey hunting clinic for youth, April 6-7 in Tygh Valley

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.

Spring trout stocking now under way

Early season trout stocking is underway in several areas and some stocking schedules have been posted –others are coming soon. Download The Dalles area schedule here.

Tuesday, March 5

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Coming right at you: Gorge Roller Girls bring high-flying derby action to the Columbia Gorge

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.

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Getting ready to hit the trail

KAYLEE WOODMAN, 6, ties her shoe before embarking on a bike ride on the Riverfront Trail at Klindt's Cove pocket park Saturday, March 3.

Mail carrier admits to drug crimes

A postal worker who delivered mail in Hood River and lives in The Dalles was recently convicted of drug-related crimes in both communities but might soon be back on the job.

Coalition will no longer publish attack figures

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.

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UN: Colo., Wash. legal pot violates drug treaties

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.

What's happening, from the March 5 Chronicle

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.

Weather spotter training set here

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 You may either follow the clickable link at the top of the internet page, or email, or call Dennis Hull at 541-969-7136.

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National news in brief

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.

GOP seeks to smooth roughest cuts, avert shutdown

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.

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N. Korea vows to end ceasefire

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.

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Editorial: Trickle down unemployment

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.

Letter to the Editor: Ready to spend

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.

Letter to the Editor: Reality?

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.

Letter to the Editor: Another charge

I have been out of the retail business more years than I care to remember. However, this latest assessment of $250 on the merchants to increase business has me puzzled.

For the Record, March 5, 2013

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports collected March 5, 2013.

Green cleaning for humans can still sicken pets

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.

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Preppers: We’re not survivalists

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.”

Learn about the American beaver on March 13 in Portland

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.

Saturday, March 2

Letter to the Editor: Standing by

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 Dalles

Letter to the Editor: Fellowship day

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.

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Reading across America

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.

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Calvary welcomes new minister

Calvary Baptist Church’s new senior pastor, Jeremiah Porter, hopes to get the church even more involved in the community by doing as Jesus would, and helping those in need.

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Riverside gymnasts rock MAC Open

When it comes to competitive gymnastic meets, the MAC Open raises eyebrows. For springtime, it pits the best of the best in the Northwest. And Feb 15-17 was no different.

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For the aging, a commune-like alternative in NY

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.

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World and national news in brief

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.

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Swiss vote on bosses’ pay could hit offshore firms

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.

Cuts in place, Obama and GOP brace for next fight

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.

Ex-officer wins $750,000 in suit against Roseburg

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.

Boeing union vote comes without recommendation

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.

Oregon schools fret about automatic budget cuts

SALEM (AP) — Oregon school districts warned Friday that automatic federal budget cuts would likely carve deepest into their programs for poor, disabled and non-English speaking students.

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Washington ski lodge is a step back in time

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.

What's Happening from March 2 Chronicle

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 or call 541-296-2815. Online: www.wasco. 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 or call 541-296-2815.

Feb. average temps warmer in The Dalles

Temperatures at The Dalles airport averaged warmer than normal during February, according to preliminary data from NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton.

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Sims Make it Real: simulation labs, training help students connect the dots

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.

Nurses plan 10-year reunion

Diana Bailey decided to pursue a career in nursing while serving as a volunteer firefighter and medic with Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue in The Dalles.

Report: Coal dust health data is too sparse

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.

Mother saves bouncing toddler

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.

Guided walks take snowshoers on Big Four tour

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.

Friday, March 1

State works on aid for timber counties

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The Legislature is working on bills designed to help rural timber counties that go broke if taxpayers refuse to fill the gap left by declining federal logging revenues.

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How federal budget cuts could affect Oregon

PORTLAND (AP) — The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office to show how cuts brought by sequestration will affect Oregon and other states.

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Wi-fi expansion will add parks, museum

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.

What's Happening from March 1 Chronicle

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 to register.

Water levels to be lowered upstream of John Day dam

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.

Friends of Columbia Gorge offer "Flower Frenzy" hike

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.

World and national news in brief

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.

Syrian rebel chief pleads for weapons

BEIRUT (AP) — The chief of Syrian rebel forces said Friday that his fighters are in “desperate” need of weapons and ammunition rather than the food supplies and bandages that the U.S. now plans to provide.

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Berlin wall removal project stalls amid protests

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.

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Mediterranean-style diets found to cut heart risks

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.

For the Record, March 1

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports gathered March 1, 2013.

Foley snaps Kurtz Gym panorama

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.

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Farewell, Big Joe: In his final, emotional year, OSU center is expected to top 1,000 points

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.”

Hood River Little League treasurer pleads guilty

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.

Rep. Johnson says high-tech education center in Hood River likely

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.


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