Stories for May 2013

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Friday, May 31

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Astro-Graph for May 31, 2013

Because of a strong desire to help others, you could be busier than ever in the months ahead. Your good intentions will yield many rewards.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Shed your frog mentality and get out of the boiling water

I have been told if you attempt to pop a frog into a pot of boiling water, he’ll jump out every time.

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Ask Dr. K: For occasional mild heartburn, you don’t need a PPI

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve been taking Prilosec for years to prevent heartburn. My wife doesn’t think it’s safe to take any drug for that long. What do you think?

Community projects seek PUD backing

Directors for the Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District work year-round toward maintaining a reliable and affordable power supply for many Wasco County residents, but once a year they get to hear about who else is working on behalf of the community — when they consider annual PUD economic development grants.

Walmart faces new appeal

The group known as Citizens for Responsible Development in The Dalles is appealing the May 10 wetlands permit issued to Walmart Stores, Inc., that would allow construction of a new Walmart Super Center in west The Dalles.

The Dalles Farmers Market returns June 1

The Dalles Farmers Market launches its 2013 season this Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Dalles City Park.

Early cherries see damage; midseason varieties okay

Rain has little effect on mid-season varieties Orchardists with early ripening cherry varieties saw some significant cracking as a result of the heavy rains this past week, but cherry interests want to assure the public that there are still plenty of cherries for picking and eating.

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Protester returns as Nisley foe

West sees ‘culture of corruption’ A former Wasco County resident is using a new tactic to oust District Attorney Eric Nisley on grounds the elected official fosters a “culture of corruption.”

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Some Washington police dogs not smelling pot anymore

Pot legalization affects canines BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — When Dusty, a 19-month-old black Labrador, walked past a pipe full of marijuana during a recent police search of a house, he was doing exactly what his handler hoped.

Oregon Muslim sues FBI, claims torture

PORTLAND — An American Muslim who says he was beaten with batons by prison interrogators while held in solitary confinement overseas for more than three months has sued the FBI and State Department, claiming the torture was done at their behest.

Farm Bureau sues Labor over blueberries

PORTLAND (AP) — The Oregon Farm Bureau has sued the federal government to obtain records showing how it used its power to block shipments of perishable farm goods during disputes over wage claims.

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Encore ensemble performs for HAVEN

Encore Women’s Vocal Ensemble will sing of “Hope for a Better World,” this Sunday, June 2, at 4 p.m., at St. Peter’s Landmark in a benefit for HAVEN, Help Against Violent Encounters Now.

What's Happening from May 31

New Entries SUMMER HOURS: The Wasco County Historical Society announces the opening of the Rorick House for the summer season. The House will be open Saturdays and Sundays during June, July and August, beginning June, 1.

Theatre Company debuts at Civic June 6

The Theatre Company of The Dalles will present “Sing Out Sweet Land,” in six performances starting Thursday, June 6, at The Dalles Civic Auditorium, their debut performance in the theater.

Sonrise hosts youth play

Sonrise Academy presents the play production of “Second Chance,” sequel to “Small Town Christmas Carol” presented in December.

Arlington Walapalooza set Saturday, June 1

The Arlington Community Chamber of Commerce Fishing Derby and Spring Walapalooza will be Saturday, June 1. This annual event is specifically with the kids and community in mind. Coinciding with the Statewide Free Fishing Weekend, win prizes and enjoy a wonderful day of fishing and family fun on the river.

For the Record, May 31

Police, fire, medical and police reports for May 31, 2013.

GMO wheat found in Northeast Oregon

Federal investigators are trying to determine how restricted genetically engineered wheat got into an northeast Oregon field and the scope of the unauthorized release.

Bridge: Here’s one way to bid a big major 55

We have reached the last step of bidding major two-suiters opposite a one-no-trump opening: a strong hand with at least two five-card suits. You may have your own method, but mine is to respond three spades — as in today’s deal.

Thouvenel honored for tenure

Coach given OACA award for 45 years of service The Oregon High School Coaches Association announced several year-end awards to athletes and coaches this past weekend on a festive night at Autzen Stadium in Eugene and two long-time coaches, Bill Caddy and Bob Thouvenel, received service awards for having coached for 45 years in a row.

Brockman earns recognition

All-Star baseball series will name MVP award after him As a community fixture and leader of baseball in The Dalles, former baseball head coach, teacher and State-Metro baseball series director, Bob Brockman, will have the Oregon All-Star Series name its MVP Award in his honor.

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Dufur trio named to all-state squad

Parke on first team, Keyser on third team and Tibbets is an honorable mention pick In looking at the numbers, the 2A Blue Mountain Conference was well represented this season not only for its strong play, but also for its solid athletes, as 11 players and a head coach chalked up all-state honors.

Modified wheat found in Oregon from May 29

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2013 –The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today that test results of plant samples from an Oregon farm indicate the presence of genetically engineered (GE) glyphosate-resistant wheat plants.

Marine Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Crab Molts Shellfish biologists on the north and south coast report early molting of male Dungeness crab. Crabs tend to molt all at once, so great numbers of their old shells can show up on the beach at one time. It can look like a major disaster occurred to the crab population, but it’s as natural as kids outgrowing their old shoes. You can tell the difference between a shell from a molt and a dead crab by looking at the molt line. If you are lucky, you may find a whole exuvia or crab molt. During the molt, the crab leaves even its old gills, antennae, and mouthparts behind. Every detail is there except the crab.

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Marine Zone weekly fishing report

Herring in Yaquina Bay Anglers are catching large herring in Yaquina Bay. There are no other reports of significant herring catches from other Oregon bays or estuaries, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. While most anglers catch herring for bait, they are excellent eating and good for you with higher omega 3 oil content than salmon. Try them smoked. Delicious! This is also a really fun fishery for kids.

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Columbia Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend Fishing Opportunities: Effective Saturday May 25 through June 15 spring chinook fishing is open from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upstream to Beacon Rock, plus the banks only from Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam. Shad fishing is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam. Sturgeon fishing is good from Portland to Longview and is beginning to pick up in Astoria as the population migrates from the Willamette down to the estuary. The estuary sturgeon season is open seven days per week during Saturday May 11 through Sunday, June 30 (or catch guideline) below the Wauna Powerlines. Walleye angling is excellent in the The Dalles pool.

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Northeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing repot

Northeast Zone VIEWING GRANT COUNTY Bighorn sheep can be viewed along the South Fork of the John Day. The first ducklings and goslings are being seen in the valley. As spring progresses it is important to remember to leave any baby wildlife where you found them. It usually won’t be long before mom returns to check on them. 5/29/13.

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Northeast Zone weekly hunting report

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE

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Northeast Zone weekly fishing report

FREE FISHING WEEKEND EVENTS June 1-2 is Free Fishing Weekend across Oregon. On these dates, you won’t need a license to fish, crab or clam in Oregon. Here is a summary of the Free Fishing Weekend events in the NE Zone: Union County Morgan Lake, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information: Tim Bailey (541) 962-1830. Wallowa County Marr Pond, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information: Ron Harrod (541) 426-4467. Umatilla County Twin Ponds, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. More information: Allison Johnson (541) 427-5305. Grant County 7th Street Pond (John Day), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. More information: Brent Smith (541) 575-1167. Additional weekend fishing opportunities

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Southeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

SOUTHEAST ZONE VIEWING Harney County Waterfowl migration has stopped and most waterfowl found now will be breeding pairs on territories and initiating nesting sites.

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Southeast Zone weekly hunting report

SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE Bear and turkey seasons closed May 31

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Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Krumbo Reservoir has been stocked with 15,000 legal-sized trout and fishing should be good. Fishing on the lower Owyhee River has been good, and with the warm temperatures this week the action on the surface should get even better.

Central Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

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

Central Zone weekly hunting report

OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE. BEAR AND TURKEY SEASONS CLOSED MAY 31

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Central Zone weekly fishing report

Trout fishing continues to be good on Big Lava, Crane Prairie, Odell and North and South Twin lakes. The stonefly hatches (some the best in years) are underway on the lower Deschutes River. South Twin lake has been chosen as a venue for Cabela’s “Fish for Milions” promotion, which began Saturday, May 4 and continues through July 7.

Willamette Zone weedly wildlife viewing report

VALLEYWIDE The WESTERN MEADOWLARK was voted Oregon’s state bird by school children in 1927. Meadowlarks are found in grassland-type habitats where they sing from perches such as fence posts, shrubs, trees, or powerlines. Remnant grassland prairie habitats, pastures and even young Christmas tree plantations along the edge of the Willamette Valley are good places to find these birds. Listen for their liquid, melodious song. Western meadowlarks can be seen in fair numbers just north of the east end of Diamond Hill Rd. (Diamond hill road crosses I-5 at the Harrisburg exit). There are untilled pasture lands that still support the native Willamette Valley sunflower and our state bird that has such a beautiful and distinctive call. Although meadowlark populations are abundant in Eastern Oregon, they are declining in the valley because of loss of native prairie to farming and development. s their habitat shrinks nest predators like fox, skunk, raccoon and non-native opossum and house cats have an increasing impact on these grassland birds.

Willamette Zone weekly hunting report

OPEN: COUGAR TURKEY AND BEAR SEASONS CLOSED MAY 31.

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Willamette Zone weekly fishing report

Additional weekend fishing opportunities: Spring chinook fishing has slowed down in the lower Willamette River but persistent anglers are still catching a few fish. Steelhead fishing is fair on the North and South Santiam and spring chinook are starting to arrive in the system. Steelhead fishing is fair on the Clackamas River. Anglers are starting to pick up a few spring chinook on the Sandy and Clackamas rivers Trout stocking is in .full swing around the Willamette Valley and Portland metro area. Sites scheduled for stocking this week: Estacada Lake, Faraday Lake, Harriet Lake, Henry Hagg Lake, North Fork Reservoir, Small Fry Lake, Alton Baker Canal, Blue River above Blue River Reservoir, Blue River Reservoir, Carmen Reservoir, Clear Lake, EE Wilson Pond, Fall Creek above Fall Creek Reservoir, Foster Reservoir, Hills Creek above Hills Creek Reservoir, Junction City Pond, Leaburg Lake, McKenzie River above Leaburg Lake, Salmon Creek, Smith Reservoir, Willamette River Middle Fork above Hills Creek Reservoir.

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Study investigates Canada Geese migration along Columbia River

WITH VIDEO SAUVIE ISLAND, Ore. – It’s 5 a.m. and a dozen fish and wildlife biologists clad in camouflage quietly crouch in the brush next to a field of corn stocks hiding them from tens of thousands of cackling Canada geese in an adjacent field. Quietly and patiently these men and women wait as darkness turns to dawn over the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area (SIWA). All are being careful not to spook the birds and drive them away, which would prolong the early morning routine.

Thursday, May 30

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A fowl protest at Wasco County Courthouse

Dressed in a feather-coated suit, Gary West protests outside the Wasco County Courthouse Thursday morning.

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One Act Plays at The Dalles Wahtonka

GYPSY ROSE (Madeleine Morgan) gets an unclear reading from her crystal ball as she looks for clues to "The Mysterious Case of The Missing Ring" during a Night of One Acts presented by The Dalles Wahtonka High School drama department Wednesday, May 29.

Yarn spinners due 2:30 Friday at Ball of Yarn in The Dalles

In the Wednesday, May 29, story “Yarn spins county commerce,” the day of arrival at The Whole Ball of Yarn was omitted. Vogue Knitting destination experience guests and celebrities are expected to arrive around 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 31, for an estimated 45-minute stay before traveling on to the Imperial River Company in Maupin.

PERS reforms could save some district 21 jobs

The approved 2013-2014 budget for North Wasco County School District 21 includes a reduction in force of 7.5 positions, but there may be a chance to save some of those jobs.

D21 budget factors in growth ‘bubble’

Committee adds educator but cuts several other staff positions After three meetings’ worth of questions, answers and deliberations, the North Wasco County School District 21 budget committee has approved the 2013-2014 budget proposed by staff.

Public colleges win vote

CGCC president Dr. Frank Toda changes mind of TD politician Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, said input by a constituent changed his mind about opposing a bill that repeals a ban on public community colleges creating programs that compete with private career colleges.

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Astro-Graph for May 30, 2013

Your financial trends could gradually begin to show improvement in the year ahead. As long as things continue to move upward, there is no need to become impatient.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Whether online or in-store deals, be a smart shopper

Dear Mary: I do a lot of online shopping. My sister, on the other hand, refuses to buy anything online because of the extra charges, like shipping and handling. Her position does make sense, but I’m not ready to abandon the Internet forever. Are there ways I can be sure I don’t overpay? — Barbara, email

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Ask Dr. K: Reducing systolic blood pressure helps heart

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m 71 years old. My systolic blood pressure is usually in the 150s to 160s, which is high. But my diastolic blood pressure is usually in the 70s, which is normal. Do I need treatment?

What's happening from May 30

What's Happening from May 30. June 6 -9, June 13 to14 – “Sing Out, Sweet Land” from the Theatre Company of The Dalles, 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. matinee, The Dalles Civic Auditorium, 323 E. Fourth, The Dalles, www.thetheatrecompany.org

Klindts’ bookstore hosts YA authors

Klindt’s Booksellers returns with its third annual Young Adult (YA) Author event this Saturday, June 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Salgado performs at Copa’s success celebration June 1

Copa di Vino is inviting the public to a party this Friday, May 31, to celebrate the company’s spectacular growth in the past three years.

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Cal Scott performs for The Dalles library project

Singer-Songwriter puts his best on ‘Carved Wood Box’ Cal Scott returns to his singer-songwriter roots in his latest CD, “Carved Wood Box.”

Russian critic: Wide corruption at Sochi games

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials and businessmen have stolen billions of dollars during the years of preparations for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, a prominent Russian opposition figure claimed Thursday.

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Motorcycle injuries worsen with weaker helmet law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The average medical claim from a motorcycle crash rose by more than one-fifth last year in Michigan after the state stopped requiring all riders to wear helmets, according to an insurance industry study. Across the nation, motorcyclists opposed to mandatory helmet use have been chipping away at state helmet laws for years while crash deaths have been on the rise.

Letter to the Editor: A plan is needed

To the editor: (Edited for length.) Changes are happening in The Dalles. I just saw a show on the Current channel (Comcast) about how Walmart impacts small towns and their surrounding communities.

Letter to the Editor: A health problem

To the editor: (Edited for length.) I’ve communicated with my State Senator, Chuck Thomsen, on several occasions during this legislative session to bring together our respective wishes for gun safety and gun-ownership rights.

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Editorial cartoons for May 30

Editorial cartoons for May 30, 2013.

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Editorial: Rising to the challenge

Albany Democrat-Herald, May 29, on student’s alleged plot to attack school: We don’t know all the details about the case against Grant Alan Acord, the 17-year-old West Albany High School junior who stands accused of plotting to attack his school with guns and homemade explosives.

Guard employees furloughed

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nearly 1,000 Oregon National Guard employees must take unpaid leave this summer. Oregon Military Department spokesman Capt. Stephen Bomar said Wednesday that the furlough will affect everyone from mechanics to administrative personnel.

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For the Record, May 30

Police, fire, medical and lottery report for May 30, 2013.

Naked man hides in dryer

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati man has been given a jail outfit to wear after being arrested on a charge that he ran naked into his street while drunk, then took refuge in a dryer.

Bridge: From 5-4 hands to 5-5 holdings

This week, we are looking at responder’s actions when he has a major two-suiter opposite a one-no-trump opening bid. Having covered 5-4 hands, now let’s move to 5-5 holdings.

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Locals fare well in Gorge Mountain Bike event

TD’s Thomas Morgan takes first place in the 45 and up division CASCADE LOCKS — The second race in a series of five of the Gorge Mountain Bike Short Track Series presented by Breakaway Promotions took place May 23 in Cascade Locks.

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Reasons to feel optimistic at SWC

Team returns all but one of 17 tracksters for 2014, in a shot for state supremacy As a whole, the South Wasco County track and field team can feel good about what was accomplished during the 2013 spring season.

Wednesday, May 29

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Astro-Graph for May 29, 2013

It’s beginning to look like you will be given greater responsibilities in the year ahead. Do your best to perform up to your capabilities, because you could reap substantial rewards over a protracted period of time.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Kitchen workhorse is multitalented

The dishwasher in my house is a workhorse. It does a great job of doing all sorts of things, like cleaning dishes and baseball caps, de-crystalizing honey (yes, you read that right) and cleaning my dish racks. Now I can add cleaning refrigerator shelves to the list.

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Ask Dr. K: Alternative treatments offer more comfort

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have sleep apnea. My doctor has urged me to use a CPAP machine, but it’s too uncomfortable. Are there other options?

More primary breadwinners are moms

Rate rises to four in 10 homes WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s working mothers are now the primary breadwinners in a record 40 percent of households with children — a milestone in the changing face of modern families, up from just 11 percent in 1960.

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Aid groups hurt by sanctions on North Korea

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — New international sanctions aimed at thwarting North Korea’s nuclear weapons program are having unintended consequences: halting money transfers by foreign humanitarian groups working to help those most in need and forcing some agencies to carry suitcases of cash in from outside.

Portland eyes bicycle tax

Portland eyes bicycle tax PORTLAND. (AP) — Portland bicyclists could face a tax when they go to buy a new set of wheels.

Pendleton Round-Up struggles over tax bill

Managers blame event expense PENDLETON (AP) — Despite revenue of more than $3 million last year from Oregon’s signature rodeo, the Pendleton Round-Up is struggling to cover its property tax bill.

Landowner charge bill heads to Oregon Senate

State remedy has been trimmed to The Dalles only A bill being considered by Oregon legislators to limit the charge for a landowner in The Dalles to partition a lot has been narrowed down to deal only with the local city.

Environmentalists appeal dredging for LNG terminal

SALEM (AP) — Environmental groups are appealing the state approval of a dredging permit for the Port of Coos Bay, where a Canadian company wants to develop a $7 billion terminal to export natural gas from the Rockies to Asia.

Car explosion kills man in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Vancouver police who found a man dead after a car explosion early Tuesday said the blast appeared to be an isolated case and no one else was in danger.

Stage coaches featured at Oreginal Courthouse annual meeting

“Stage Coaches and Stations of Eastern Oregon and Washington” is the featured presentation at the annual meeting of the Original Wasco County Courthouse.

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1A schools shine at state meet in Eugene

Sherman, Dufur combine for three top-5 outputs All three Dufur High School track athletes chalked up spots on podium with finishes of sixth place or higher this past weekend in Eugene.

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Tunai scores second to lead T-Dub

Junior remains within striking distance of earning top marks for the 2014 campaign Even though the aura and ambiance of Hayward Field presented many awe-inspiring emotions, the six members of The Dalles Wahtonka track and field team maintained their cool and hit right at or near some personal records this weekend at the 5A OSAA State Track and Field meet in Eugene.

Bridge: Gaming with both majors

For the last two days, we have looked at responder’s inviting game with 5-4 in the majors opposite a one-no-trump opening bid. What does he do with game-forcing values?

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Pot grower’s poison eyed in owl death

GRANTS PASS — In the West Coast marijuana-growing region known as the Emerald Triangle, scientists want to know whether the rat poison spread around illegal pot plantations is killing northern spotted owls, a threatened species.

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Mengises take new turn with business

Owners will leave longtime downtown storefront, continue in different form Greg and Francie Mengis are moving Mengis Vacuum Sales and Service out of its longtime storefront location at 305 E. Second St., but will continue to service vacuums and sewing machines for their regional customers.

How do health costs stack up?

Price comparisons: Wondering how your health care costs compare to those of people in other parts of Oregon and the nation? The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently released data on hospital charges for a number of U.S. hospitals and Mid-Columbia Medical Center was one of them. An article in the Rural Assistance Center, shared with us by Julie Reynolds, offers information and links to the detailed charging information.

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Yarn spins county commerce

Vogue Knitting puts Imperial Stock Ranch in upper echelon of the knitting industry A unique tourism event will bring an economic boost to south Wasco County this weekend — with a stop in The Dalles Friday — when Vogue Knitting focuses on the Imperial Stock Ranch for one of its series of exclusive destination weekend experiences.

For the Record, May 29

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for May 29, 2013.

Hustlers are holding tryouts

Date set for Sunday at 1 p.m. at Quinton Street Ballpark

2A all-state baseball teams announced

11 athletes from Blue Mountain Conference represented

Dufur has three on the list led by first-team recipient Cole Parke

Tuesday, May 28

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Astro-Graph for May 28, 2013

Things look good in the romance and friendship departments in coming months, but you could have problems with the management of your resources. Be careful and budget-conscious.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Here are my favorite do-it-yourself household recipes

Just imagine you could actually make all kinds of household products equal to (maybe better) than the window cleaner, chlorine bleach and all-purpose cleaner you’re buying now — and make them for pennies, not dollars. You can if you have the right recipes.

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Ask Dr. K: Folate is essential for healthy cell function

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m a healthy woman in my 40s. Should I take extra folic acid to boost my immune system?

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Soggy Service

With Video USMC Capt. (retired) Dan Brophy addressed about 50 community members who braved the rains of May 27 to attend the annual Memorial Day observance at Kelly Viewpoint.

Director of housing programs to retire

After 33 years of service, Ruby Mason announced this month that she will retire as an officer and executive director of three organizations that work together as the Greater Gorge Housing Partnership to address housing issues in the gorge: Mid-Columbia Housing Authority, Columbia Gorge Housing Authority and Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation.

Nike cuts ties to Livestrong

AUSTIN, Texas — Nike, which helped build Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong cancer charity into a global brand and introduced its familiar yellow wristband, is cutting ties with the foundation in the latest fallout from the former cyclist’s doping scandal.

Teen to be arraigned in Oregon bomb plot

ALBANY (AP) — An Oregon teenager accused of planning to blow up his high school is expected to be arraigned Tuesday on charges that include one count of attempted aggravated murder and six counts of manufacturing and possessing a destructive device, authorities said.

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Mass holiday collisions on I-84: 25 vehicles pile-up in rainstorm

Multiple, near simultaneous traffic crashes between Corbett and Rooster Rock State Park blocked the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 for about 90 minutes Monday afternoon, May 27. According to a report from the Oregon State Police, the crash involved about 25 vehicles, passenger cars and pickups, and occurred around 4:15 p.m.

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Cascade Singers perform this week

Singers won’t be alone when the Cascade Singers take the stage Friday and Saturday evenings with “Music from Movies and Musicals.”

What's Happening from May 28

SUNDAY RIDES: Monthly social bike rides are planned through September. The rides are every second Sunday, June 9, July 14, Aug. 11 and Sept. 8, starting at 7 p.m. at The Dalles City Park. The rides are described as a “flat, slow, fun and easy” half-hour loop.

Cloud Cap tours start July 7

SANDY — In cooperation with the Hood River Crag Rats Mountain Rescue Organization, the Hood River Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest is now offering reservations for the public to participate in free interpretive tours of the historic Cloud Cap Inn with tours starting July 7.

Gorge Ride scheduled May 13

On May 13, Travel Oregon announced that bicycling contributes $400 million to Oregon Tourism, with impact especially large in the Columbia River Gorge. The seventh annual Gorge Ride, June 15, is part of this tourism economy. Registration is now open through www.gorge ride.eventbrite.com.

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World and national news in brief

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks surged Tuesday after U.S. home prices rose the most in seven years and consumer confidence reached a five-year high.

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Fears grow of foriegn-fed arms race in Syria

BRUSSELS (AP) — Fears grew Tuesday of a foreign-fed arms race in Syria as European Union nations decided they could give weapons to the outgunned rebels and Russia disclosed it has a contract to sell the Syrian government sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles.

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Editorial: Don't scrimp on safety

The biggest provider of landline telephone and Internet service in Oregon wants regulators to let it pare back utility pole maintenance to one-fifth of its current requirement as a cost-cutting measure.

Letter to the Editor: Civic responsibility

To the editor: While Rep. Greg Walden is not abandoning his conservative stance on the administration’s excessive spending, he has recognized that putting the cost of reducing the deficit budget on the backs of older and less wealthy people is not the best way to go on this issue.

Letter to the Editor: Taking Exception

To the editor: Dear Mr. Conklin: The Tree Top Park was built with a combination of fundraisers, and lots of donated materials and time from local business people and volunteers.

For the Record, May 28

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

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Judge limits evidence in Martin case

SANFORD, Fla. — Attorneys won’t be able to mention Trayvon Martin’s drug use, suspension from school and past fighting during opening statements in the trial for the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot the teen, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Managers to extend Columbia chinook season

Three weeks added to the fishing calendar CLACKAMAS — Sport fishermen will get an additional three weeks to get out and catch a chinook salmon on the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam under a season extension approved by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington. During a joint state hearing fish and wildlife officials from the two states decided to reopen the spring chinook season on the lower Columbia through Saturday, June 15.

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Sherman could be a darkhorse team in 2014

Several eighth graders are coming in to help the cause On a team that won four games this year, the Sherman Huskies had two players chalk up all-league honors in the coaches annual meetings recently.

Rangers get some returning gains

Dufur baseball coach C.S. Little ended up with a roster of 10 players — six claimed all-league honors — three on the first team.

Stevenson family purchase Cascade Locks businesses

Two long-time Columbia River Gorge families have come to an agreement for the purchase of the Char Burger restaurant and Best Western Plus Columbia River Inn in Cascade Locks.

Drone testing sought at regional airport

The Klickitat County Economic Development Department submitted a proposal earlier this month that would make the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport in Dallesport a site approved by the Federal Aviation Administration for the testing of the integration of drones into U.S. commercial airspace.

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Students perform in recital

Students from the Lutz Music Studio held their spring recital Sunday, May 19, at the First Christian Church.

School news in brief

Project Endeavor expo May 30 What happens when you combine an eight foot used patio umbrella, some mylar and hot dogs? You get a student-made solar hot dog cooker of course.

Spelling bee tests Wasco County students

Students from around Wasco County competed May 23 to show their prowess at s-p-e-l-l-i-n-g.

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St. Mary’s students dedicate 1,442 hours to service

Projects will continue next school year After beginning a new initiative to spend more time serving the community, St. Mary’s Academy Students gave 1,442 hours of community service during monthly service days from October to May.

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Kids get ‘sun wise’ for summer

Event shows need for shade on playground When the summer heat is at its peak, the kids at Colonel Wright Elementary know what to do: find some sunscreen or find some shade.

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Grandparents play important role in lives of their grandchildren

Ah, grandchildren. For many, grandchildren have been the joy of their lives. For my parents, who retired between Florida and the mountains of North Carolina, they never visited me after my wife and I moved to Oregon. (I guess 18-plus years raising me was enough!) But once my son Andrew was born, it didn’t take them long to say goodbye Ashville, N.C., and hello The Dalles — living in our small basement apartment and inviting Andrew downstairs every afternoon for Sesame Street. You could tell who they were interest in seeing!

Girl’s parents challenge lung donor rule

PHILADELPHIA — The parents of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who has been waiting for a lung transplant for a year and a half are calling for a change in the policy governing organ transplants that they say has prevented their increasingly sick daughter from getting life-saving surgery.

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More on showing major two-suiters

How responder shows a major two-suiter opposite a one-no-trump opening bid depends upon his high-card count.

1A-2A-3A Oregon State track and field championships from the University of Oregon

The Oregon School Activities Association announced the results from the Oregon state track and field championships at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

4A-5A-6A state track results from the University of Oregon

The Oregon School Activities Association announced results from the state track and field held May 23-25 at Hayward Field, University of Oregon.

Friday, May 24

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Marine Zone weekly fishing and wildlife viewing report

BOTTOM FISHING Fishing for rockfish continues to be good with the average rockfish catch at about five or six fish per angler. Lingcod catches are good at all ports surveyed at better than one fish per angler. Bottom fishing is closed offshore of the 30-fathom line defined by latitude and longitude.

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Columbia River Zone weekly fishing report

Angling for summer steelhead and spring Chinook jacks is open between Tongue Point and the I-5 Bridge. Effective Saturday May 25 through June 15 spring Chinook angling is open from Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upstream to Beacon Rock, plus the banks only from Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam. Shad angling is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam. Sturgeon angling is good in the lower Columbia (below Marker 82) as the population migrates from the Willamette down to the estuary. The estuary sturgeon season is open seven days per week during Saturday May 11 through Sunday, June 30 (or catch guideline) below the Wauna Powerlines. Walleye angling is excellent in the The Dalles and John Day pools.

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Northeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler Counties The signs of spring are all here in the Heppner area. Sandhill cranes have been seen heading north for the summer. The official first sign of spring for the Heppner area, a Say’s phoebe has been seen and heard in the area. Our summer migrants are starting to appear.

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Northeast Zone weekly hunting report

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

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Northeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities The road to Magone Lake is open and early season fishing for brook trout should be good. Twin, Weston and South Umatilla Forest ponds have been stocked and fishing should be good. The Umatilla river spring chinook season closed May 15 due to a much smaller than expected return.

Southeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Harney County Waterfowl migration has stopped and most waterfowl found now will be breeding pairs on territories and initiating nesting sites. Sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin.

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Southeast Zone weekly hunting report

SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING TURKEY

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Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Krumbo Reservoir has been stocked with 15,000 legal-sized trout and fishing should be good. Fishing on the lower Owyhee River has been good, and with the warm temperatures this week the action on the surface should get even better.

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Central Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

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

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Central Zone weekly hunting report

CENTRAL ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE. SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

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Central Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Trout fishing continues to be good on Big Lava, Crane Prairie, Odell and North and South Twin lakes. South Twin lake has been chosen as a venue for Cabela’s “Fish for Milions” promotion, which began Saturday, May 4 and continues through July 7. Rainbow trout have been tagged with spaghetti tags that could be worth up to $2 million to the angler lucky enough to catch one. For more information and to register.

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Willamette Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Saturday, May 25 – Animal Tracking Workshop, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Oxbow Regional Park. Learn how to identify beavers, otters, deer and other creatures at this workshop hosted by Metro. Registration and payment of $11 per adult required in advance. For more information, call 503-220-2781. Oxbow Regional Park is located at 3010 SE Oxbow Parkway, Gresham, OR 97080. Parking $5.

Willamette Zone weekly hunting report

WILLAMETTE ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

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Willamette Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Spring chinook fishing has slowed down in the lower Willamette River but persistent anglers are still catching a few fish. Steelhead fishing is fair on the North and South Santiam and spring chinook are starting to arrive in the system. Steelhead fishing is fair on the Clackamas River. Anglers are starting to pick up a few spring chinook on the Sandy and Clackamas rivers Trout stocking is in .full swing around the Willamette Valley and Portland metro area. Sites scheduled for stocking this week: Harriet Lake, Henry Hagg Lake, Mt. Hood Pond, Sheridan Pond, Silver Creek Reservoir, Trillium Lake, South Fork Yamhill River, Alton Baker Canal, Carmen Reservoir, Clear Lake, EE Wilson Pond, Foster Reservoir, Junction City Pond, Leaburg Lake, Salmon Creek, Smith Reservoir.

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Editorial cartoons for April 26

Editorial cartoons for May 26, 2013.

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Editorial: Put the memorial back in the day

The time has come once again to honor those soldiers who died in the service of our country. We should feel that grateful remembrance more than once a year, but it is human nature to not think about those things as often as we should, so Memorial Day is a good reminder.

What's Happening from May 26

CHILDREN’S PAINTING: Local artist Mike Newman will teach how to paint a portrait on glass Wednesday, May 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Wonderworks Children’s Museum, 206 Madison St. No experience is necessary. All participants need is an 8-by-10-inch picture of the face of a loved one, an old shirt or apron and their favorite benefit.

Gorge-us Gals aids HAVEN

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.

Support workers award two student scholarships

North Wasco Education Support Professionals awarded scholarships to Mikaela Hernandez and Grant Pearson of The Dalles Wahtonka High School awards night in May.

Entertain and educate youth this summer

If you are like me, I worry about how to keep my kids entertained and learning throughout the summer. So how do we keep our kids busy during the summer months when parents still have to work? Have you given any thought to what your kids will be up to this summer?

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Study: Oregon amphibians disappearing at alarming rate

GRANTS PASS — A new study has determined for the first time just how quickly frogs and other amphibians are disappearing around the United States, and the news is not good.

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TDW can take pride in building a solid foundation

Seniors hand off torch to an up-and-coming class of youths If The Dalles Wahtonka seniors can take anything from this season, they put the baseball program back on the grid. TDW won 19 games, had a state top-10 ranked offense with 186 runs scored and claimed a league championship for the first time since The Dalles Wahtonka merged.

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Tying together those strong bonds

TDW softball team loses six seniors, but there is plenty of firepower coming up

Cold and rain sets records

PORTLAND, (AP) — The cold and rain that settled over northwestern Oregon on Thursday set records.

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‘I never met them but they died for me’: Honoring fallen warriors

Honoring fallen warriors Wasco County Chief Deputy Lane Magill has never served in the military but is a strong supporter of active-duty troops and veterans; he recently visited Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia to pay his respects to the fallen.

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Astro-Graph for May 24, 2013

You are likely to make some of your greatest gains just when it looks like everything is grinding to an abrupt halt. It will prove that you should never give up.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Emotional intimacy counts

Emotional intimacy is the key to a healthy marriage and necessary for developing financial harmony. The secret to creating emotional intimacy is for each of you to meet the needs that are most important to the other. Emotional intimacy is key because it produces authentic trust and respect.

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Ask Dr. K: Concussion guidelines take diagnosis from coaches

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have a teenage son who plays high school football, so I’m interested in the new concussion guidelines. Can you tell me what they say?

Brewers team up to help military families

RICHMOND, Va. — Craft breweries from around the country are toasting the troops with a beer aged with a unique ingredient that symbolizes America’s pastime — baseball bats. Nine different brewers collaborated to create Homefront IPA, all using the same recipe, complete with orange peel and unfinished maple Louisville Sluggers. Toward the end of the fermentation process the beer soaks in a tank with the maple bats.

Today in History, May 26

Today is Sunday, May 26, the 146th day of 2013. There are 219 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 26, 1913, Actors’ Equity Association was organized by a group of actors at the Pabst Grand Circle Hotel in

Looking Back on May 26

20 Years Ago-1993 Murals on Craig Office supply and Tony’s Town & Country were approved by The Dalles Historical Landmarks Commission Wednesday. Roger Cook of Sandy, the official artist of the Oregon Trail Sesquicentennial will paint the 10x68’ Craig mural, said W.E. (Webb) Peterson, of The Dalles Mural Society. Also approved was a 40x26’ mural on the Tony’s building, to be painted by Robert Thomas of Idaho. The Mural Society applied for both murals. No drawings on the content of the proposed murals were presented to the commission, but submission of schematic drawings and proposed colors for the murals and a description of how the mural will be placed on the Craig building were among the three conditions the HLC attached to its approval.

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Three hikes provide good family fare

It looks like we have fairly nice weather for Memorial Day for a change. The weatherman is calling for a partly sunny day with a high near 70 degrees. In the past it seems like every Memorial Day was wet, windy and more or less miserable to be outside. With that nice thought in mind here are three of my favorite family hikes that also feature fine places to have a picnic lunch.

Letter to the Editor: Just reach out

The story filed under this headline has been removed. Read why.

Police seek little Bigfoot

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. (AP) — Police in one western Pennsylvania community are searching for Bigfoot — but this quest has a better chance of success than most.

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Robarge seeks help for debilitating condition

June 2 dinner will help with Mayo Clinic trip When Letitia Robarge started throwing up in 2009, she assumed she had the flu.

Lindell returns to jail after violation

Judge cautions about another strike Angela Lindell, a former athletic coach at Dufur School District, has spent most of the week in jail for twice violating her probation by consuming alcohol.

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New pest brings stronger pesticide back to cherry orchards

Sprayers are taking more care to avoid streams in application ­The good news is the median level of malathion detected in local streams dropped 82 percent in 2012 from 2011 — despite the fact that its use has stayed the same.

What's Happening from May 24

YOUTH PLAY: Sonrise Academy presents the play production of “Second Chance,” sequel to “Small Town Christmas Carol” presented in December. Pastor Andy Johnson has written this play and is directing it also. The play will be presented at The Dalles First Church of the Nazarene at 1313 Mt. Hood Street at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1. There is no admission. Dessert will be served at intermission.

Ted Walker Memorial Swimming Pool opens for summer June 8

Ted Walker Memorial Swimming Pool opens for its full summer season starting June 8 through Labor Day and will offer a number of water-related programs.

Vista House open for Memorial Day weekend

The Historic Columbia River Highway and the landmark Vista House will re-open Friday May 24 for the Memorial Day weekend as the year-long highway restoration project nears completion.

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Journal honors Maryhill

GOLDENDALE — Maryhill Museum of Art, along with Schommer & Sons Inc. and GBD Architects, today announced that the museum’s Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing was honored as a Top Project 2013 by the magazine Daily Journal of Commerce.

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The Dalles Lions at State

The Dalles Lions members attended the Lions MD-36 State Convention May 17 and 18 in Pendleton.

Boy Scouts approve plan to accept openly gay boys

GRAPEVINE, Texas — After lengthy and wrenching debate, local leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have voted to open their ranks to openly gay boys for the first time, but heated reactions from the left and right made clear that the BSA’s controversies are far from over.

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Washington I-5 bridge collapse caused by oversize load

Oversize load identified as collapse cause MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — A truck carrying an oversize load struck a bridge on the major thoroughfare between Seattle and Canada, sending a section of the span and two vehicles into the Skagit River below, though all three occupants suffered only minor injuries.

Church news for May 24

Church news for May 24, 2013.

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Churches rally to help homeless students

Area churches have begun a program to feed 20 homeless high school students on weekends, and they plan to continue the program into the summer and next fall.

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TD Dancers step up game

Squad earns four high scores; Jess Nanez wins third overall The Dalles Dance Team dominated action this past weekend at the Portland Dance Academy Extravaganza in Gresham with four high scores.

Tribe softballers lose a 7-6 heartbreaker

Team strands tying run at second base in the seventh The Dalles Wahtonka came so close to pulling off a spirited upset of Churchill, but left the tying run stranded at second in their 7-6 state playoff setback Wednesday in Eugene.

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Corvallis soaks T-Dub in playoff tilt

Eagle Indians leave 10 runners on base in season-ending 2-1 setback Even when the situation looked dire, Corvallis pitcher Luther Ellenson found a way to make the right pitch at the right time. The southpaw allowed four hits, walked five and hit two batters, but fanned 11 and stranded 10 The Dalles Wahtonka batters to lead his Spartan team to a 2-1 first-round state baseball playoff win Wednesday in rainy The Dalles.

For the Record, May 24

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for May 24, 2013.

Thursday, May 23

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Astro-Graph for May 23, 2013

There will be more than one path leading to material acquisition for you in the year ahead. If you’re smart, you will choose the one that offers you consistent returns and not the one leading to immediate gratification only.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Brighten up dingy linens without bleach

Dear Mary: While my sister was on staff at a summer camp last year, she did not launder her bedding frequently. Now that the bedding has been washed many times since being home, I’ve noticed that the pillowcases and comforter are dingy and do not look clean even though they’re fresh from the dryer. Is there anything that will brighten these dingy items? — Lexi, email

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Ask Dr. K: Allergy to latex can only be soothed by trial and error

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m a nurse who is allergic to latex, so I always use latex-free gloves. But I still occasionally break out in hives. Why?

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Editorial Cartoons for May 23

Editorial Cartoons for May 23, 2013.

Letter to the Editor: An item for pride

To the editor: This Fall each of the tax paying adults in The Dalles will have a chance to bring something to our town that we can be proud of.

Gas terminal application submitted

PORTLAND, (AP) — An application for a liquefied natural gas terminal at Coos Bay has been filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Wasco gears up for Memorial Day

Yearly program draws hundreds to small town along Oregon Trail WASCO – When volunteer organizers learned this year would be the 30th anniversary of the Memorial Day observance in Wasco, they decided to make it count — with a new logo, hats, shirts and a local calendar.

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Wasco honors avid volunteers

Parade grand marshals have decades of public service WASCO – Wasco Librarian Danee Rankin has a bachelor’s degree in three fields, including theology, and a master’s in social work.

Fund set up for paralyzed accident victim

Veteran injured in car wreck Christopher Kessell, a 2003 graduate of The Dalles High School, was paralyzed from the waist down in a solo car accident on Valentine’s Day in California and is heading home soon to live with his mom.

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Paying respect to America’s war dead

Lane Magill is keynote speaker on Memorial Day American Legion Post 19 has pared down the number of Memorial Day services in The Dalles — from six to two — in an effort to increase community attendance.

Arts and entertainment from May 23

May is the time to get outside and enjoy a little sunshine (and the liquid variety is predicted to clear a little this weekend), it’s also National Family Month and National UV Awareness Month, so gather up the kids, slap on the sunscreen and sunglasses, and get outside to a local festival like Maupin’s Riverfest, or Wasco’s big Memorial Day Celebration (see front page), or any one of the local venues that may be taking their entertainment outside as the weather improves.

Big Library Read going on in The Dalles

The Dalles-Wasco County Library is encouraging its members to take part in the Big Library Read.

Editorial: Competition is a positive sign

A funny thing happened on the way to health care reform: Insurance companies began to compete with each other, right out in the open.

Letter to the Editor: Complacency

To the editor: America is sick with a disease, a disease called complacency. Please bear with me a moment.

Letter to the Editor: Thank your EMS

To the editor: If you have ever been in need of emergency medical help or know of someone who has, please take the time to thank your local emergency medical services personnel.

Groups urge big view of coal ports

GRANTS PASS — Environmental groups and a public health organization want the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to consider the big picture — from mining in Wyoming to air pollution in China — before allowing development of three Northwest ports to ship up to 100 million metric tons of coal a year to Asia.

Council skips abstaining vote

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Three members of a Michigan city council have abstained from voting on a measure that would have prevented them from abstaining on future votes.

Seattle OKs pot grow zone

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle City Council committee has approved zoning for large indoor marijuana farms in some industrial areas of the city.

Quagga mussels found on boat entering Eastern Oregon

ONTARIO (AP) — An Eastern Oregon checkpoint aimed at keeping invasive species from hitchhiking into Oregon on boats has opened for the spring, and it found an infested boat the next day.

For the Record May 23

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for May 23, 2013.

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Awaiting their crowning moments

TDW state track qualifiers prepare for big stage this weekend in Eugene From the start of the season, the expectations have been lofty for The Dalles Wahtonka track and field athlete Lio Tunai.

Klamath busts 47 for meth

KLAMATH FALLS (AP) — A Klamath County grand jury has returned indictments against 47 people in last week’s drug raids in Klamath County.

FBI arrests suspect in Spokane ricin case

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The FBI has arrested a suspect in a case involving the discovery of a pair of letters containing the deadly poison ricin and says investigators are working “around the clock” to address any remaining risks. Matthew Ryan Buquet, 37, appeared in federal court in Spokane after the FBI said agents arrested him Wednesday afternoon. He pleaded not guilty to mailing a threatening communication.

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Young ballerina picked for Bolshoi training camp

CORVALLIS — A local ballerina will learn classic ballet style at a summer program A number attached to her leotard was the only thing that identified 13-year-old Bethany Ayers-Hale in a studio full of strangers.

Neighbors nix 'ghetto' tour

NEW YORK (AP) — A company that promised sightseer tours to the Bronx that included a New York City “ghetto” has stopped the bus rides under protest from an outraged neighborhood.

Big cities post strong growth

WASHINGTON (AP) — Urban renewal? New census estimates show that most of the nation’s largest cities further enhanced their allure last year, posting strong population growth for a second straight year. Big cities surpassed the rate of growth of their surrounding suburbs at an even faster clip, a sign of America’s continuing preference for urban living after the economic downturn quelled enthusiasm for less-crowded expanses.

Health law faces biggest challenge yet

DENVER — In the most prominent challenge of its kind, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is asking a federal appeals court Thursday for an exemption from part of the federal health care law that requires it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill.

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Report: Kids need more PE

Institute urges an hour a day of exercise

WASHINGTON — Reading, writing, ‘rithmetic — and PE? The prestigious Institute of Medicine is recommending that schools provide opportunities for at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day for students and that PE be designated a core subject.

An item for pride

This Fall each of the tax paying adults in The Dalles will have a chance to bring something to our town that we can be proud of.

Just reach out

I want to take a moment to address both teens and parents of teens. My step-brother committed suicide Wednesday, May 15, and I don’t understand why or how he could have done this.

Our women in uniform deserve better

Americans have honored our soldiers and those killed in U.S. wars in late May for nearly 150 years. Memorial Day, which became an official holiday in 1868, was originally called Decoration Day and got started when civilian women decided to decorate military graves from both sides of the Civil War. There were already female warriors in our military back then, mostly disguised and fighting as men. In today’s armed forces, women no longer need to hide their gender. But lately it seems like our women in uniform might be better off if they did.

Competition is a positive sign

A funny thing happened on the way to health care reform: Insurance companies began to compete with each other, right out in the open.

Complacency

America is sick with a disease, a disease called complacency. Please bear with me a moment.

Thank your EMS

If you have ever been in need of emergency medical help or know of someone who has, please take the time to thank your local emergency medical services personnel.

Wednesday, May 22

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Astro-Graph for May 22, 2013

Your friends will have a strong influence over various areas of your life in the year ahead. Fortunately, the aspects indicate that you’re likely to choose those who are likely to help, not hinder.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Laundry detergent’s cleaning power

I know I go on and on about my laundry detergent recipe (find it at EverydayCheapskate.com), but I get so excited when a product does a great job and costs just pennies. What I’m really loving now is hearing from readers with their feedback.

Tornado damage could top $2B

Early reports show more than 17 miles of destruction

MOORE, Okla. — The cost of a massive tornado that battered an Oklahoma City suburb could be more than $2 billion, according to a preliminary estimate announced Wednesday by the Oklahoma Insurance Department.

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Iranian candidate disqualified

President’s top aide barred from election

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday that a decision by election overseers to disqualify his top aide from next month’s presidential race is an act of “oppression” and that he will take the case to the country’s supreme leader.

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World War II vet gets chance at diploma

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — World history conspired to keep George Jones from getting his high school diploma. Bailey Jo Bartlome and other Kuna High seniors conspired to make sure he got it. Jones, now 88, went from a farm at Black Cat and Columbia roads to the Pacific theater and into banking. Bartlome, 18, met Jones at a school veterans celebration last fall. She was so moved by his life and story that she worked with her fellow 250 seniors to include Jones at graduation ceremonies, complete with cap and gown.

Knifing suspect gets new charge

Benefit May 25 will help with victim's costs

Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley has been successful in his bid to increase the potential prison sentence for a man accused of fatally stabbing his roommate. The Wasco County Grand Jury, after reviewing evidence in the death of Josh Davitt, 23, has indicted Scott Olenick, 26, of first-degree manslaughter. During the time Davitt was hospitalized at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Olenick faced prosecution for first-degree assault.

Social rides planned here

A series of monthly “social bike rides” — short, easy jaunts the whole family can enjoy — will start in The Dalles in June and run through September. Organizer Theresa Whitfield said the point of the social bike rides is just to get people outdoors and doing something. Each ride will start and end at City Park.

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Teens deliver ‘extreme’ makeover of local home

Close to 50 teenagers descended on the home of a senior citizen in The Dalles Monday to give her house a makeover. The students from The Dalles Wahtonka High School repainted her house and trim, hauled wheelbarrows full of yard waste away, trimmed bushes, pulled weeds, spread bark dust, cleaned, installed new blinds and did other needed projects.

Incumbents get the boot

In an election with only a 29.3 percent turnout, some races in Wasco County’s special district elections on May 21 came down to fewer than 50 votes. “Twenty nine percent is pretty low … we had a very quiet day,” said County Clerk Linda Brown. She said a similar race in May 2011 had a 35 percent turnout.

Outstanding in their varied fields

Word on the Street for May 21

The City of The Dalles has been awarded the certificate of achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for their comprehensive annual financial report for the year ending June 30, 2013.

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Hanks father and son make their marks in ink

Tatto artists are racking up the accolades

Jacob Hanks has won 14 competition trophies in the two years since he opened a studio at 508 B Washington Street in The Dalles. His father, Larry, has become a respected legend in Hawaii after 45 years of painting exquisite designs on living canvases.

Dufur has two athletes compete at equestrian state meet

Megan Elam and Harley Burgener end up in 20th place

The 2013 Oregon High School Equestrian Teams State Championship meet took place this past weekend May 16-19 at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo in Redmond. There were 8 districts with over 90 schools represented in 4 team size divisions. Here are results for Dufur’s OHSET team at the state meet. Working Pairs: 20th Megan Elam & Harley Burgener

2A Blue Mountain conference names all-league team

Dufur and Sherman are well-represented in the final votes

Dufur's Cole Parke, Trever Tibbets and Josh Keyser earn first-team status; Sherman's Nick Coleman makes his name known on first squad

Adult Hoops Standings

As of Wednesday with one more week left in regular season

Final push for league championship being made by the top teams in the standings

Jumpstart events planned

Youth Track event set for June 4; Hoops camp for June 24-28

Tom Conklin has these two local events planned to get youths involved in sporting activities

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Belshe wins one match at state tournament

Sherman senior advances to consolation semifinals

Sherman senior Maddie Belshe won a consolation match and advanced all the way to the semifinal bracket, but wound up losing on the second day of 4A/3A/2A/1A state tennis action at the University of Oregon campus in Eugene.

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Dufur nine on the rise

Rangers are hoping to catch some lightning in a state bottle

It has been business as usual for the Dufur Ranger baseball team, as it kicks off the start of the 2013 state playoffs on the road in John Day at 4:30 p.m. tonight against No. 1-seeded Grant Union.

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Softball hitting its playoff stride

Team is underdog on the road versus Churchill

The Dalles Wahtonka softball finds itself in familiar territory tonight with a chance to put itself one step closer towards a championship matchup. While it is nice to think that far ahead, the Eagle Indians are focused on the next step in a first-round tussle on the road at 5 p.m. tonight against the Churchill Lancers.

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Tribe squads set for state slates

Baseball team hosts Corvallis at 4:30 p.m. tonight

Two teams who faced each other early in the 2013 campaign lock horns again at 4:30 p.m. tonight – there is much more on the line this time around however. The No. 6 seeded Corvallis Spartans come to town for a first-round state baseball playoff game against No. 3 The Dalles Wahtonka for an opportunity to extend their season.

Wolfe, Willer, Nelson, Nerdin and McAllister win seats

North Wasco County School Board candidates Dean McAllister, John Nelson and Eric Nerdin won seats in the Tuesday, May 21, special district election, as did Bill Wolfe and John Willer, the firefighter-backed ticket at Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue.

Tuesday, May 21

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Fun Challenge

JOSE CASTRO, 4, plays with a puzzle at the Children's Fair in City Park Saturday, May 18. The table was run by Columbia Gorge Education Services. Mark B. Gibson

Poll: Teens are migrating to Twitter

WASHINGTON — Twitter is booming as a social media destination for teenagers who complain about too many adults and too much drama on Facebook, according to a new study published Tuesday about online behavior. It said teens are sharing more personal information about themselves even as they try to protect their online reputations. Teens told researchers there were too many adults on Facebook and too much sharing of teenage angst and inane details like what a friend ate for dinner.

Islanders get license break

The Legislature has agreed that Oregon residents from three Pacific Ocean island nations won’t have to renew their driver’s licenses each year.

Inslee signs derelict vessel bill

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that would provide more environmental protections against derelict vessels in Washington’s waterways.

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World Briefs for May 21

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities are investigating rice mills in southern China following tests that found almost half of the staple grain in one of the country’s largest cities was contaminated with a toxic metal.

Ore. timber counties ask voters for funds

SALEM (AP) — Three Oregon timber counties are asking voters to raise taxes to restore deep cuts to law enforcement forced by the expiration of a longstanding federal subsidy.

Ore. House supports Hatfield statue in D.C.

Image of missionary Jason Lee could be replaced in U.S. capital

SALEM — The Oregon House voted Monday to pull a statue of Oregon pioneer Jason Lee from a prominent place in the U.S. Capitol and replace it with one of the late Mark Hatfield, one of the most influential politicians the state has seen.

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Children pulled from tornado wreckage

Twister flattens Moore, Okla.

At least seven children died as a tornado ripped through Plaza Towers Elementary School, but many more were pulled from the wreckage to be reunited with their families.

McShane named US judge

McShane named U.S. Judge

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Korean vets honored

Officials mark 60th year end to Asian war

Thirty Korean War veterans who reside at the Oregon Veterans’ Home in The Dalles were honored last week at a special ceremony that also served as a cultural enrichment experience.

Residents sought for homeless village

A village for homeless people modeled on one in Portland could be open this summer in Eugene. Organizers of Opportunity Village Eugene are accepting applications in hopes of finding a dozen homeless people and opening the village in July, The Register-Guard reported Monday.

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Inslee signs budget for transportation

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Jay Inslee signed off on an $8.7 billion transportation budget Monday that puts money toward maintaining state roadways and continues spending on existing big-ticket projects.

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Student Authors

Dallesport Elementary School students had the opportunity again this year, to become published authors, through Student Treasures Publishing.

Bookkeeper back to jail

Judge: Sheriff cannot rewrite inmate’s sentence

A former bookkeeper at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center who was convicted of embezzlement is headed back to jail after an early release that sparked a court discussion about the sheriff’s authority in Wasco County.

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First Evening of Excellence recognizes 'spark'

Attitude, hard work, passion all rewarded

Students were recognized for their leadership, attitude and work ethic during The Dalles Wahtonka High School’s first Evening of Excellence on May 15.

The Dalles Dam offers holiday weekend tours

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites visitors to join a park ranger for a guided tour of The Dalles Dam during Memorial Day weekend.

CASA certified by national association

Columbia Gorge CASA has been awarded certification by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association. This certification recognizes that Columbia Gorge CASA is in compliance with National CASA’s high standards for quality child advocacy

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Oregon Wellness Award goes to Chenowith

Local school recieves praise for initiatives

Students and staff at Chenowith Elementary School were celebrated Monday for their commitment to healthy living. The school was one of three in Oregon recognized with the 2013 Oregon Wellness Award.

AYSO soccer holding signups

Parents have until July 1 to get children on teams

AYSO soccer is building rosters

Former TDW athlete named as junior college All-American

Ann Marie Guischer starred in first season at Mount Hood Community College

Ann Marie Guischer stands out for Mount Hood Community College with all-league, Pitcher of the Year and All-American honors

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Redsides have good district showing

Hahn gets girl's gold in 800 meters; Boy's 4x400-meter relay scorches field in 3:49.43

Six individuals, boy's relay team headed to Eugene this week

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Rangers send three to state

Olson notches first-ever district title; Darden and Selzer qualify with second-place finishes

Two personal records are set by Austin Olson and Bethany Stelzer; Taylor Darden grabs second in shotput and discus

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Big Sky track brings excitement to the mix

Sherman has full bus headed to Eugene

Three individuals and 4x400 girl's relay grab distrcit titles

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Tribe sending six to state meet

Conklin, Nerdin and Barnard-Davidson each earn second-day qualifications

Tunai, Farr, Hill, Nerdin, Barnard-Davidson and Conklin punch state tickets

The Dalles Wahtonka softball, baseball and Dufur baseball announce playoff matchups

TDW baseball team hosts Corvallis, TDW softball and Dufur on the road

Saturday, May 18

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Clinic releases eagle to wild

After some hesitation, a young, bald eagle rehabilitated at Rowena Wildlife Clinic took advantage of the freedom offered to him May 7 and flew back into the wild. The 1-year-old male raptor was found April 15 at Avery Park near Wishram, Wash., unable to fly. An employee at the park contacted authorities at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at The Dalles Dam, who then called Rowena Wildlife Clinic in Rowena.

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Tribe trio district track and field champs

Tunai, Hill and Farr punch state meet tickets after wins Lio Tunai, Harris Farr and Yasmin Hill did not wait long to punch their individual district crowns for berths in the upcoming state meet in Eugene.

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Not to be overlooked

The Dalles Wahtonka opens up the offensive floodgates in a 15-5 mercy-rule win Even with a current run of five consecutive semifinal playoff berths, The Dalles Wahtonka had been cast aside as major players in this 2013 postseason field. Not so fast.

Public meetings from May 19

The Dalles Tuesday – The Dalles City Council special meeting, noon, city hall second flood conference room, 313 Court St. Agenda: executive session to evaluate city manager, city attorney and municipal judge; reconvene to open session and make decisions following executive session.

Looking back at may 19

60 Years Ago-1953 Wasco County today issued the Harvey Aluminum Company of Torrance, Calif., a building permit to erect a $3,000,000 structure west of here as the first major unit of a projected $65,000,000 aluminum reduction plant.

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Editorial: Beseiged watchdogs

Journalists everywhere are in an uproar over the U.S. Department of Justice decision to seize records on more than 20 phone lines assigned to the Associated Press, that could have been used by as many as 100 reporters.

Democrats say Oregon budget will go forward

SALEM — The Democrats in charge of writing a new state budget said Friday they’re casting aside proposed tax increases and public-employee pension cuts and will begin advancing early pieces of a spending plan for the next two years.

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A Wetlands Solution?

A new committee is working toward creating a predictable environment for development In the saga of local building projects like Walmart and the regional jail’s Dakine building, the U.S. Clean Water Act’s wetlands rules have been seen as the “ogre” that has held development at bay, in some cases for years, but a new committee is working on a way to resolve wetlands issues before specific construction is even contemplated.

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Oregon Coast has hidden waterfall gems

FLORENCE — The Coast Range is not famous for waterfalls. Within the green and blue mosaic of rolling mountains, you’ll find patches of old-growth trees, silver streams and a lush rainforest of wildlife and plants.

Commentary: A bipartisan solution to a partisan scandal

The Internal Revenue Service has been the object of jokes for decades. The one that sticks in my mind, because it's relevant, is Jerry Seinfeld's TV character talking about being called in for a tax audit.

Cherry fruit fly emerges; controls required

Cherry Fruit Fly models developed by Oregon State University indicate that the cherry fruit fly emerged in The Dalles Wednesday, May 15. According to Lynn Long, Oregon State University Extension Agent, the emergence of the fly signals the beginning of the very important control program against this insect, which is the sweet cherry industry’s chief insect pest.

Bridge: Look at a weak hand with a long minor

what would you respond? The first question is: Does your partnership use transfers into the minors? If you do, you should go via that route, perhaps responding two spades. (And then two clubs followed by three clubs would show a four-card major, long clubs and at least enough points for game.)

Ballots are due Tuesday, May 21

Ballots in the May 21 special district election are due at the Wasco County Courthouse by Tuesday, May 21, at 8 p.m. It is too late to safely assure mail delivery at this point, so ballots should be hand-delivered to the Wasco County Courthouse at 511 Washington St. A drop box on East Fifth Street outside the courthouse is available for convenience. Ballots may also be turned in at Maupin City Hall on Deschutes Avenue from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Babe Ruth teams out swinging

In a pair of 14U Babe Ruth baseball matchups this week, East Cascade Electric salvaged a split of two games with a 30-9 romp Tuesday versus Goldendale and a 18-6 loss to Pepsi on Thursday.

Astro-graph for May 19

The possibility of a nice financial surplus for you and those you love during the year ahead looks unusually good. Your gains will not come from investments alone.

Ask Dr. K: Many forms of vasculitis can be treated successfully

DEAR DOCTOR K: My father recently saw his doctor, complaining of fever, fatigue, joint pain and rashes. His doctor suspects vasculitis. What is vasculitis? How is it diagnosed and treated?

Friday, May 17

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Nurture beneficial insects with pollinator-friendly landscape

The first step in solving a problem is awareness that there is a problem. In the case of declining pollinator species the awareness phase is not only upon us but has moved into the 'definitely a problem' phase.

What's Happening from may 17

New Entries BRAIN TEASERS: The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center teams up with OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) for Brain Teasers 2, beginning May 25. From mathematical conundrums to mind-boggling block puzzles, hands-on problem-solving is the theme of this popular exhibit for kids of all ages. Each puzzle stimulates active participation, creative thinking and innovative strategies to solve the challenges.

Map pinpoints key art and culture sites

The Columbia Gorge Arts & Culture Alliance (CGACA), has released its first “Columbia Gorge Art and Culture Tour” map featuring 36 known and lesser-known art and culture destinations on both the Washington and Oregon sides of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area.

Sherman Experiment Station holds Field Day

The Sherman Experiment Station field day is planned for Wednesday June 12. Oregon State University and USDA Agricultural Research Service are co-hosting this field day for the agricultural community. Anyone with an interest in agriculture is encouraged to attend.

Three options for Maupin Library presented May 20

Area residents are invited to attend a meeting to hear findings regarding architectural review of various sites in Maupin that have been considered for a new public library.

IRS errors could highlight a pattern, says Republican chair

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee says the Internal Revenue Service’s improper targeting of tea party and conservative groups seems to be part of a culture of cover-ups and political intimidation by the Obama administration. The remark by Republican Dave Camp of Michigan came as his panel began a hearing on the IRS’s tough screening of conservative groups.

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World and national news in brief

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — An anteater has given birth at a Connecticut conservation center, prompting officials there to wonder how the mother conceived.

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Torture evidence found in Syria

Devices used for torture are found in old govt. prisons BEIRUT (AP) — Rights activists visiting abandoned government prisons in the first Syrian city to come under rebel control have found torture devices and other evidence that detainees were abused there, Human Rights Watch said in a report Friday.

Church Directory

A directory of Churches

Church news in brief

Speaker’s Forum The Mid-Columbia Fellowship of Churches invites the public to its monthly Speaker’s Forum at The First United Methodist Church at 5 p.m. May 28. The speaker will be US Army Chaplain Daniel Thompson, who will be talking on “Partners in Care.”

Georgia governor engaged in Bible dispute

ATLANTA — When Ed Buckner and his family went to a north Georgia state park to celebrate his son’s birthday, he was surprised and concerned to find Bibles in the state-owned cabin he had rented. An atheist, Buckner believes no religious literature should be provided in government-owned lodging. He presented that concern to management at the Amicalola Falls State Park.

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Vatican resumes art patronage

Creation, destruction, renewal are exhibit themes VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is getting back into its centuries-old tradition of arts patronage with its first-ever exhibit at the Venice Biennale, commissioning a biblically inspired show about creation, destruction and renewal for one of the world’s most prestigious contemporary arts festivals.

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Bridge: Stayman then three minor

What does it mean if, after opener begins with one no-trump, responder bids two clubs, Stayman, then rebids three of a minor?

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Local track stars prepped for glory at districts

TDW, SWC, Dufur and Sherman look to grab state qualifications If there was ever a moment to shine on the biggest stage this weekend is the time do so, as four local track and field teams hit the track for their respective meets.

Drive for six starts tonight for TDW softball

Tribe hosts Corvallis in state play-in showdown at 5 p.m. When it comes to playoff softball, The Dalles Wahtonka finds a way to flip the switch for a memorable run.

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10U Sluggers score second place

Junior Baseball standouts win three games at Mother’s Day Tournament in Aloha With a young roster on his side, 10U Sluggers manager Thad Routson is using this time to instill the fundamentals of the game, while bringing his years of knowledge and an attitude of fun to the mix.

For the Record, May 17

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for May 17, 2013

Judgements, Wasco County Circuit Court

Wasco County Circuit Court Joel Christopher Smith, 39, 18 months supervised probation, $600 court costs, for possession of methamphetamine, a Class C felony. Andrew William Glen Buckles, 25, 40 days jail, with credit for time served, 36 months supervised probation, $200 court costs, for fourth-degree assault constituting domestic violence, a Class C felony. A charge of harassment was dismissed.

Event centers on Sanctuary vision

Community leaders have a plan for making The Dalles a better place, and citizens can learn about it during a May 21 presentation by author and national speaker Dr. Sandra Bloom.

Redistribution of Google payment raises controversy

College loses, county and city gain funding The Dalles City Council was questioned Monday about negotiating a deal with Wasco County “behind closed doors” that benefitted both agencies but resulted in a major loss of funding for Columbia Gorge Community College.

Try year-round classes, says Blatz

If local schools are going to meet the statewide goal of having 100 percent of students graduate from high school by 2025, Ernie Blatz thinks they need to change the way they do business.

District eyes new rollerhockey rink site

District to consider new rink at site of old skatepark The roller hockey youth league sponsored in recent years by the Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District will not compete this year due to a decline in participation, and the district will take advantage of the lull to explore a new site for the rink currently located at Riverfront Park.

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Astro-Graph for May 17, 2013

There’s a strong possibility that in coming months you will become involved in an endeavor that requires secrecy. It could either bomb or turn out better than you anticipate.

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Everyday Cheapskate: How to enrich your lifestyle without spending

It’s no secret that Americans are in debt up to their eyeballs. And to what can we attribute this colossal “living beyond our means” phenomenon? I don’t think it’s because we’ve had so many emergencies. It’s because we don’t ever want to feel poor.

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Ask Dr. K: ECG is gold standard for evaluating chest pain

DEAR DOCTOR K: I recently had an electrocardiogram and my doctor gave me a copy of the tracing. Can you tell me what I’m looking at?

Thursday, May 16

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Harriers kick it into high gear

Atchley and Lenke finish neck-and-neck in 3k rounds Down the stretch they came. Easton Atchley and Michael Lenke were stride-for-stride looking down on the finish line eye-to-eye.

TDW players named to all-league teams

Kramer and McCall grab co-Players of the Year honor The 2013 Columbia River Conference all-league members were named earlier this week with 18 baseball and softball players taking slots and both Katherine Kramer and Nolan McCall picking up co-Player of the year honors.

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Cherry Bombers have last laugh

Roller Derby team rolls to a 114-101 victory over River Reapers in rivalry duel This one was for personal pride, team pride and Columbia River Gorge pride.

Fire chief reprimanded for son’s prom ride

WEST NEWTON, Pa. (AP) — A volunteer fire chief'’s decision to have his son and the boy's date chauffeured to their high school prom in a fire truck has sparked a four-alarm controversy in their southwestern Pennsylvania borough.

City warns against garage sale signs

The City of The Dalles reminds citizens there are sign boards at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center, St. Vincent DePaul and the Chamber of Commerce meant to accomodate the need for garage sale signs.

Oregon House speaker opens door to more pension cuts

SALEM — Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek on Wednesday backed off her refusal to allow steeper cuts to public-employee retirement benefits, potentially paving the way out of a stalemate that has stalled budget progress for weeks.

Burn ban takes effect May 20

Citizens asked to try to avoid burning now Burning permits issued by Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue will become invalid effective May 20, and burning within the jurisdiction will be banned, but fire officials are urging people to avoid burning even before that date as a result of higher than usual fire danger.

Gorge Commission takes on fourth priority

The Gorge Commission last month created a list of three top issues to consider as it prepares for its maiden attempt at a collaborative problem-solving process.

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District 21 staff air concerns

Teachers fear contract impasse Teachers and classified staff showed up en masse Tuesday night to encourage the school district to do everything possible to successfully settle their contracts before the end of the school year.

A spot of tea and fashion fun

Compassion Tea is Saturday at UCC Church Vintage aprons and a fashion show featuring the spring collection from The Dalles’ own fashion house, Lines of Designs, will headline the Compassion Tea for Relay for Life this Saturday, May 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the United Church of Christ Congregational.

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Arts and Entertainment from May 16

Flowers are bursting from their buds and spring entertainment can mean a civilized spot of tea or a little time enjoying the warming sunshine and dappled shade at a nearby park, or sip a frothy drink at any establishment with outdoor dining. Relish these temperate days, the dog days of summer are not far behind.

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Deadly storms rage in Texas

Tornado season arrives late this year: With AP Video GRANBURY, Texas — A rash of tornadoes slammed into several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens more injured and hundreds homeless. The violent spring storm scattered bodies, flattened homes and threw trailers onto cars.

Venezuela is running out of toilet paper

With AP Video link CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — First milk, butter, coffee and cornmeal ran short. Now Venezuela is running out of the most basic of necessities — toilet paper.

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World and national news in brief

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week but stayed near their historic lows. Cheaper mortgages have helped the economy by spurring more home-buying and refinancing.

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Editorial cartoons for May 16

Editorial cartoons for May 16, 2013.

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Editorial: A dangerous season for cuts

The best time to fight a wildfire is before it starts. Reducing fuels reduces fires. There’s less threat to the public, firefighters, trees, wildlife and property. So why is the U.S. government planning to spend less on reducing fuels for wildfire?

Letter to the Editor: Support Nerdin

To the editor: I would like to encourage voters to cast a ballot for Eric Nerdin for the North Wasco County School District 21 School Board.

Letter to the Editor: Vote Nerdin

To the editor: I am writing this letter to encourage folks to elect Eric Nerdin to the Zone 5 position on the School Board.

Letter to the Editor: Out of order

To the editor: While on my way to work Friday I passed by the post office and observed a small group of people seemingly protesting the president. One of the pictures of the president had a Hitler-style mustache drawn on his face.

Letter to the Editor: Nelson for schools

To the editor: I wholeheartedly recommend John Nelson for school board.

Letter to the Editor: Nod for Nerdin

To the editor: I have lived in the community for 23 years and of that 23 years I have known Eric Nerdin for 8 years. I am writing to endorse Eric for a school board position.

Letter to the Editor: Backing Bowman

To the editor: We are supporting Aaron Bowman for election to the District 21 School Board and hope you will consider voting for him also.

Oregon lawmaker: rule-breaking coaches should pay

SALEM (AP) — One Oregon state lawmaker wants to make college coaches pay up if their recruiting methods break the rules.

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Northwest news in brief

GRANTS PASS (AP) — More than 300 local, state and federal officers, some in camouflage gear and helmets, fanned out across rural Klamath County in the pre-dawn darkness Wednesday and arrested 38 people accused of operating a methamphetamine and gun distribution network connected to Mexican drug cartels. Ten more were still sought.

For the Record, May 16

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for Wednesday, May 16, 2013.

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3D printer adds new dimensions to art

Three-D printing technology is a game changer in the arts and crafts world.

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Astro-Graph for May 16, 2013

Try to start setting aside a little seed money in the year ahead. There’s a strong possibility you’ll be offered a chance to join an exciting new business opportunity. Be sure it can deliver before you participate.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Settling can be bad for you

Dear Mary: What do you think about settling a debt with a creditor? I recently agreed to one for a credit card, and the bank did notify me that the forgiven debt will be considered income by the IRS. I will have to file taxes on this amount using form 1099C. The bank will report the zero balance to the credit agencies, my credit report will read “settled, zero balance” and the account closed. Was this a bad move on my part? — Cindy, California

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Ask Dr. K: Calcium supplements may not be right for men

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m a man in my 60s. I’ve been taking a calcium supplement to protect my bones, but I recently read that men shouldn’t take calcium supplements. Why not?

Wednesday, May 15

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Tribe netters put on a good show at 5A districts

Tennis team has solid performances in event at Sunriver

Walker gem leads charge for No. 5 TDW baseball

Senior right-hander tosses complete-game in 3-1 victory In his last two outings, The Dalles Wahtonka senior Dakota Walker had been tagged for seven runs on 10 hits with eight walks in six frames, but Tuesday, he put it all together for another dominant performance against 6A North Salem.

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Walk-off vaults Dufur baseball to title game

Parke smashes winning home run in seventh inning to defeat Pilot Rock, 12-11 Just a home run from a rare cycle, Cole Parke came through with his usual flair for the dramatic. The Dufur junior rifled a 2-1 fastball to the opposite field for walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give his team a 12-11 triumph over Pilot Rock and a berth into the 2A Blue Mountain Conference district baseball championships Tuesday in baseball action at Dufur City park.

llWhat's Happening from May 15

New Entries COMPASSION TEA: Relay for Life supporters host the Compassion Tea this Saturday, May 18, from 2 to 4 p.m., at United Church of Christ Congregational, 111 E. Fifth St., The Dalles. A vintage and new apron display will be part of the fun. Tickets are $25 each, available at Klindt’s or from Doreen at 541-298-1602. VOLUNTEER MENTORS: Mentor for Success will hold a training class for new volunteer mentors Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Next Door Inc. office, 965 Tucker Rd., in Hood River. A mentor can make a big difference in the life of a struggling teen, and have fun doing it. For more information: www.mentor4success.org ; or call 541-490-9919; bonnien@nextdoorinc.org

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Stafford rediscovers brother in prose

Writing helps author address tragedy; readings in Hood River and The Dalles May 16 Almost 25 years after author Kim Stafford lost his brother Bret to suicide, he realized his family had lost Bret a second time when they stopped talking about him in order to avoid the painful memories of his death. “I set out to write the story of how my brother disappeared — from the world, and from my family’s conversation — but by writing I find he begins to reappear as a rich dimension in my life,” Stafford wrote on the final page of “100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do.”

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World and national news in brief

PARACHINAR, Pakistan (AP) — A new offensive by the Pakistani military against militants in a northwestern tribal area has displaced thousands of people in the past week, an official said Wednesday.

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Ghana strives to improve space program

Center attracts students to space program KOFORIDUA, Ghana (AP) — Their goal might not sound like much: The college students plan Wednesday to launch a tiny model of a satellite the size of a Coke can a mere 200 yards (meters) into the air.

Cellular Connection celebrates opening

The largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer in the United States, the Cellular Connection, is launching its first store in The Dalles with a noon ribbon-cutting Friday, May 17, part of an all-day grand opening event. The Dalles store, located at 400 Mt. Hood St. across from Staples, is the 10th store in Oregon. It uses the company’s “Rockstar” layout, which is designed to give customers hands-on access to the latest wireless devices. The back of the store is a lounge area with couches and chairs, giving guests a comfortable place to play with devices and accessories.

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Hit the Charm Trail to explore TD

Tourists aren’t the only people who can acquire a keepsake representing The Dalles, and discover local businesses in the process.

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Beavers team as Coats Jackson

John Coats of The Dalles joins forces with Camas’ David Jackson John Coats, an 18-year veteran of financial services and planning with New York Life Insurance Co., has joined forces with David Jackson of Camas to form the Coats Jackson Financial Group.

Who gives you good service?

Caught giving good service: It’s that time again. It’s time to recognize the people with the power to brighten — and potentially ruin — our days with one cheerful or blistering comment.

Lesbian cake controversy

HOOD RIVER, (AP) — A couple planning a marriage say they were denied a wedding cake by a Hood River baker because they are lesbians.

Guard plans weekly drone flight to Eastern Oregon

PENDLETON (AP) — The Oregon National Guard plans to fly drones over the Eastern Oregon Airport in Pendleton and nearby wheat fields once a week to train for aerial surveillance in combat.

Russian-Vietnamese firm takes on Google attempt to

New company believes Internet giant can be unseated in Asia HANOI, Vietnam — Vietnam’s booming Internet scene is littered with failed startups that tried to take on Google and other entrenched U.S web companies. That’s not deterring a newly launched Russian-Vietnamese outfit which believes it can unseat the American search engine in this fast-growing Asian market and also contend with a jittery, authoritarian government seeking to clamp down on freedom of expression online.

District Attorney fights inmate release

Sheriff frees bookkeeper sentenced for stealing funds Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley is taking steps to put an inmate freed by the sheriff back in jail.

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Tour new health center May 18

One Community Health celebrates the grand opening of its new health care facility at 1040 Webber St., with a grand opening and ribbon cutting Saturday, May 18. The ribbon-cutting ceremony begins at 10 a.m. The building will be open for tours until noon.

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Astro-Graph for May 15, 2013

You could be especially fortunate in the year ahead when selling or promoting unusual products, methods or systems. Two or more partners could render you much assistance.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Freezing food doesn’t guarantee a tasty preservation

With food prices going up faster than you can get through one grocery shopping trip, it’s more important to your wallet now than ever to prolong the life of your food. Unfortunately, freezing food doesn’t always guarantee a tasty preservation, so I was thrilled to read Natalie’s tip.

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Ask Dr. K: Address toddler’s biting as soon as it occurs

DEAR DOCTOR K: Today at the playground my toddler bit another child. How can I make sure she doesn’t do this again?

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Jolie hailed for bravery over mastectomy column

NEW YORK (AP) — Brad Pitt says it was important for his partner, Angelina Jolie, to share her story about having her breasts removed to avoid cancer “and that others would understand it doesn’t have to be a scary thing.” In an interview published Wednesday in USA Today, the actor said: “In fact, it can be an empowering thing, and something that makes you stronger and makes us stronger.”

For the Record, May 15

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for May 15, 2013.

Teen shooting injury appears self-inflicted

A 17-year-old boy is in critical condition at Oregon Health and Science University today where he is undergoing treatment after an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

House OKs hospital taxation

SALEM — The Oregon House voted Tuesday to extend a tax on hospitals and nursing homes that provides a big portion of the state budget for health care.

Pasco baby bitten by bat treated for rabies

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — A baby is being treated for rabies after it was bitten by a bat that flew out of a patio umbrella on the deck of her grandparents’ Pasco home, the Tri-City Herald reported Tuesday.

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Northwest news in brief

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon’s unemployment rate has edged down again, hitting 8.0 percent last month. The state Employment Department said Tuesday the unemployment rate has been falling for nearly four years. The April figure was down two-tenths of a percentage point from March’s.

Health reforms penalize some Indians

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- When Liz DeRouen needs any kind of health care services, from diabetes counseling to a dental cleaning, she checks into a government-funded clinic in Northern California's wine country that covers all her medical needs.

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Columbia Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend Fishing Opportunities: Angling for summer steelhead and spring Chinook jacks opens Thursday, May 16 between Tongue Point and the I-5 Bridge. Shad angling opens Thursday, May 16 between Buoy 10 and Bonneville Dam. Sturgeon angling is good in the lower Columbia as the population migrates from the Willamette down to the estuary. The estuary sturgeon season is open seven days per week during Saturday May 11 through Sunday, June 30 (or catch guideline) below the Wauna Powerlines. Walleye angling is excellent in the The Dalles pool.

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Northeast Zone wildlife viewing report

Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler Counties The signs of spring are all here in the Heppner area. Sandhill cranes have been seen heading north for the summer. The official first sign of spring for the Heppner area, a Say’s phoebe has been seen and heard in the area. Our summer migrants are starting to appear.

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Northeast Zone weekly hunting report

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

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Northeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities The road to Magone Lake is open and early season fishing for brook trout should be good. Twin, Weston and South Umatilla Forest ponds have been stocked and fishing should be good. The Umatilla river spring chinook season will close at 12:01 am on May ,16, the last day of fishing will be Wednesday May 15. Much lower than expected return number are forcing the early closure.

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Southeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

SOUTHEAST ZONE VIEWING Harney County Waterfowl spring migration is nearly over and most white geese and white-fronted geese have headed migrated north. Pintail, shoveler, wigeon, mallard, gadwall, green-winged teal, cinnamon teal and a variety of diver species can still be viewed in good numbers. Sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin.

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Southeast Zone weekly hunting report

SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING TURKEY

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Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Mann Lake continues to put out 16-inch cutthroats. Krumbo Reservoir has been stocked with 15,000 legal-sized trout and fishing should be good. Fishing on the lower Owyhee River has been good, and with the warm temperatures the action on the surface should get even better.

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Central Zone weekly hunting report

CENTRAL ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE. SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

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Central Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Trout fishing continues to be good on Big Lava, Crane Prairie, Odell and North and South Twin lakes. South Twin lake has been chosen as a venue for Cabela’s “Fish for Milions” promotion, which began Saturday, May 4 and continues through July 7. Rainbow trout have been tagged with spaghetti tags that could be worth up to $2 million to the angler lucky enough to catch one. For more information and to register.

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Willamette Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

EVENTS Saturday, May 25 – Animal Tracking Workshop, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Oxbow Regional Park. Learn how to identify beavers, otters, deer and other creatures at this workshop hosted by Metro. Registration and payment of $11 per adult required in advance. For more information, call 503-220-2781. Oxbow Regional Park is located at 3010 SE Oxbow Parkway, Gresham, OR 97080. Parking $5.

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Willamette Zone weekly hunting report

WILLAMETTE ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

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Willamette Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a Family Fishing event on Saturday, May 18 at Mt. Hood Pond in Gresham from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fishing at this location is restricted to youths 17 and under and persons with disability fishing permits. Spring chinook fishing has slowed down in the lower Willamette River but persistent anglers are still catching a few fish. Steelhead fishing is fair on the North and South Santiam and spring chinook are starting to arrive in the system. Steelhead are being caught in the Town Run of the Willamette in the Eugene-Springfield area. Steelhead fishing is fair on the Clackamas River. Anglers are starting to pick up a few spring chinook on the Sandy River. Trout stocking is in full swing around the Willamette Valley and Portland metro area. Sites scheduled for stocking this week: Faraday Lake, Huddleston Pond, Small Fry Lake, Alton Baker Canal, Big Cliff Reservoir, Breitenbush River, Detroit Reservoir, Foster Reservoir, Leaburg Lake, McKenzie River, Quartzville Creek, Santiam River NF above Detroit Lake, Sunnyside Park Pond, Timber Linn Lake, Trail Bridge Reservoir, Waverly Lake, and the Coast fork of the Willamette River.

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Marine Zone weekly fishing and wildlife viewing report

BOTTOM FISHING Fishing for rockfish continues to be good with the average rockfish catch at about five or six fish per angler. Lingcod catches are good at all ports surveyed at better than one fish per angler. Bottom fishing is closed offshore of the 30-fathom line defined by latitude and longitude. Cabezon retention is prohibited by all anglers until July 1. Retention of cabezon is allowed July 1 through Sept. 30. Under the federal cabezon quota, there is only enough cabezon to be open for two to three months during the busy summer period. When ODFW asked for public input in the fall, many people said they preferred a later season (July-September) over an earlier season. The daily bag and size limits remain the same (one-fish sublimit, 16-inch minimum length).

Tuesday, May 14

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Astro-Graph for May 14, 2013

You should be able to notice some steady improvement in several matters of considerable importance. Be content with the speed of your progress instead of trying to rush things along.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Debit cards and motorcycles just aren’t that safe

For decades, I’ve pleaded with you to not use debit cards because they are not safe. And for years, I warned my sons about the dangers of riding motorcycles because they are not safe.

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Ask Dr. K: I know that good posture is not just for looks

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have mild back pain. I sit at a desk all day and tend to slouch. My mother says that sitting up straight may help. Is she right?

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Editorial cartoons for May 14

Editorial cartoons for May 14, 2013.

Angry neighbor goes on dozer rampage

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A man unhappy with a neighbor’s fence is accused of using a bulldozer to destroy three houses, damage another home and crush two sheds, a pickup truck, lawn mower, fences and other property.

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Visitors relive glory days at school museum

Anyone looking to take a weekend trip down memory lane is sure to be taken back to their school years by a visit to the School District Archive Museum, which opened for the year on May 4.

Board weighs tougher drunk driving rules

Agency’s goal is zero deaths WASHINGTON — Federal accident investigators were weighing a recommendation Tuesday that states reduce their threshold for drunken driving from the current .08 blood alcohol content to .05, a standard that has been shown to substantially reduce highway deaths in other countries.

Emergency workers honor heroes

May 18 event is tribute to overseas veterans Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, local law enforcement agencies and military representatives are providing community members with an up close and personal look at the world of emergency responders.

What's Happening from May 14

New Entries POOL OPENING: Ted Walker Memorial Swimming Pool opens for its full summer season starting June 8 through Labor Day and will offer a number of water-related programs. Activities will include: swim lessons (group, semi-private, or private), lap swim, open swim sessions, and the new splash and slam pool basketball. The pool is also available for party rental. For more information, call Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreatopm at 541-296-9533, after June 8, call Ted-Walker Memorial Pool at 541-298-2020. GARDENING CLASS: Columbia Gorge Community College is offering an Urban Gardening class Saturday, June 1.Topics will include soils, composting, pollination, irrigation and crop rotation. Optional visits throughout the growing and harvesting season are included in fee. Class meets outdoors at a local working garden. Bring a lunch and dress for cold weather. Location provided upon registration.

Butterfly group meets in Goldendale

The Washington Butterfly Association hosts its annual conference May 31 to June 2 in Goldendale. Participants can expect to see butterflies not common in the rest of the state, including the large, black Indra Swallowtail and the Propertius Duskywing.

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Wind farms get pass on eagle deaths

CONVERSE COUNTY, Wyo. (AP) — It happens about once a month here, on the barren foothills of one of America’s green-energy boomtowns: A soaring golden eagle slams into a wind farm’s spinning turbine and falls, mangled and lifeless, to the ground.

Justice Department gains AP phone records

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.

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World and national news in brief

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An abortion doctor was convicted Monday of first-degree murder and could face execution in the deaths of three babies who were delivered alive and then killed with scissors at his grimy, “house of horrors” clinic.

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Guest Commentary: How we pay for CEO ‘performance’

Federal unemployment benefits for 400,000 Californians out of work since last fall recently dropped 18 percent, a $52 cut out of weekly checks that average $297. Similar cuts are rolling out in other states.

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Editorial:The powerful purpose of parenthood

On Sunday, all over the country, people called their mothers, sent them a card, made them breakfast in bed or posted tributes to them on Facebook.

Letter to the Editor: Support Jones

To the editor: Our upcoming school board election is an important one. We are facing many changes and challenges in our schools. For this reason I believe continuity and knowledge of board members is extremely important. I would like to encourage you to vote for Dave Jones for school board in Zone 4.

Letter to the Editor: Native in peril

To the editor: A former resident of The Dalles, Dan Kramer, now living in Key West, Fla., suffered an on-the-job accident on April 4, a fall of 20 feet while trimming a coconut palm. He has worked for 26 years as a licensed arborist. Dan is in serious condition at the Ryder Trauma Center University of Miami Hospital in Miami, Fla. Dan suffered numerous fractures and remains in a coma.

Solar plane ends first leg

PHOENIX (AP) — Alone in the single-seat cockpit and high above the American Southwest, pilot Bertrand Piccard could hear only his plane’s gear box and the quiet whine of four electric motors. No noisy jet engines. He’s flying Solar Impulse, considered the world’s most advanced sun-powered plane.

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Sherman’s Belshe claims a district title

Senior tennis player wins singles gold by a 6-1, 7-5 margin Sherman senior Maddie Belshe would not be denied her chance at district tennis glory. After a first-round bye, the No. 2 seed breezed through three consecutive wins to advance to the championship match and then worked a straight-sets win over Umatilla’s Susan Routson to hoist her district crown Saturday in 4A/3A/2A/1A Special District 4 varsity tennis play at Tri-City Court Club in Kennewick, WA.

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Tribe tennis duo wins consolation crown

Mazeski and Wilson string together win streak in consolation bracket to lead way Staked by a resurgent consolation championship effort from Katie Mazeski and Johanna Wilson, The Dalles Wahtonka girl’s tennis team more than doubled its win total from 2012 with five victories this past weekend in 5A Special District 1 tennis play at Hermiston High School. “We only won two matches at last year’s district tournament and to see that tally bumped up to five this year really makes me feel as a coach that we are on the right track,” said TDW head coach Debby Jones. “I could not be more proud of the players that represented The Dalles.”

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Northwest News in brief

LEBANON (AP) — A federal judge has urged Linn County and a railroad to settle a lawsuit over a log-loading operation that opened in October in an unincorporated community near Albany.

Potato genes used to modify apples

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s potato industry is gazing north of the U.S. border to a tiny Canadian apple breeder for a sign of how the public may embrace a genetically modified potato proposed for commercialization by the J.R. Simplot Co.

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Corps to stop killing gulls

Agency says program no longer needed GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Monday it will not continue killing gulls that have been eating baby Caspian terns at the West Coast’s largest nesting colony, located at the mouth of the Columbia River.

Dufur Honor roll

Fifth Grade Katie Beal (4.0), Riley Brewer (4.0), Mikayla Kelly (4.0), Reghan Smith, Asa Farrell, Madelyne Smith Sixth Grade Hayden Clapham (4.0), Jessica Elam (4,0), Breana Kelly (4.0), Derek Frakes, Cole Kortge, Sydnee Byers, Anthony Thomas, Tabor McLaughlin, Damian Rockwell, Emily Boysen, Tanner Masterson

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Hood River author ‘blown away’ by kids’ writing

Author of Red Hand Adventures hosts contests Young aspiring writers who feel like adults don’t take them seriously have a friend in Hood River author Joe O’Neill.

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Trivia students hope next class continues tradition

As seniors involved in extracurricular competitions like the Science Bowl and World Quest look forward to graduation next month, they say they hope younger students behind them will take up the torch.

EU court finds Swiss assisted-suicide laws vague

GENEVA — An elderly Swiss woman who would rather end her life now than decline further in health found sympathy Tuesday from the European Court of Human Rights, which called on the Swiss to clarify their laws on so-called passive assisted suicide.

Oregon Legislature nears vote on hospital tax

SALEM — The Oregon Legislature is nearing a vote on extending a tax on hospitals and nursing homes, but Senate Republicans are vowing to block it in hopes of

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Let’s get ready for some summer activities at the Center

As we move closer to summer and the temperatures rise, it’s the time when door-to-door salespeople start hitting the sidewalks.

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Budget cuts pare real-time monitoring of volcanoes

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Scientists monitoring Alaska’s volcanoes have been forced to shut down stations that provide real-time tracking of eruptions and forgo repairs of seismic equipment amid ongoing federal budget cuts — moves that could mean delays in getting vital information to airline pilots and emergency planners.

For the Record, May 14

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

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Gorge Gravity Games overtake The Dalles

Student drivers from around the Mid-Columbia gathered Saturday, May 11, to test their skills in engineering and driving at the Gorge Gravity Games.

TDW softball announces state play-in game

The TDW softball team will play their first round play-in game on Friday, May 17 when they host Corvallis at 16th Street Ballpark at 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 11

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Editorial cartoons for May 12

Editorial cartoons for May 12

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Riverside gymnasts flip to first place at state

Team crowns two state champions; scores big through year Audrey Hinatsu and Emma Smith were unbeatable at Oregon’s optional gymnastic championship held in Eugene last month.

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HRV motors past No. 2 TDW for victory

Eagles make it look easy in lopsided 6-1 home trouncing Starting 0-3 in the season series, No. 11 Hood River Valley had one more chance to get a win versus The Dalles Wahtonka.

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T-Dub shines at Last Chance Meet

Eagle Indian tracksters chalk up seven individual victories against CRC opponents Right on cue, The Dalles Wahtonka took their last chance before the district dance to make some moves on the track Friday in Hermiston.

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Amazing Moms: Mothers meet the challenges life sends their way

Kelly Stone: putting kids first Being the parent of six children would be challenge enough, but Kelly Stone has also home schooled each of those children, and her youngest child has special needs. She’s also been a single mom for the past two years and she works from home for an educational software company, writing children’s books, editing and tutoring online writing students.

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Amazing Moms: Mothers are meeting the challenges life sends their way

Rachel Solberg: A battle for life It’s the thought no parent wants to contemplate: Your child has a life-threatening disease. Since the beginning of February, Rachel Solberg and her husband Jonathan Gonzalez have been living that nightmare with their daughter Sophia Gonzalez.

What's Happening from May 12

New Entries SUPPORT GROUP: The next meeting of the Widows of Veterans Gathering and Support Group will be Tuesday, May 14, at 11 a.m. at the Veteran Services Office in The Dalles. These gatherings are an opportunity for grief support, as well as ensuring widows of veterans are aware of and accessing all the support available from Veteran Services. Call Barb Thomas at 541-467-2651, Ruth Otto at 541-769-0078 or Joyce Powell Morin at 541-296-7266 for more information. BREAKFAST EVENT: Breakfast at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center on Saturday, May 15, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. is sponsored this month by The Dalles Health and Rehabilitation Center. Enjoy a breakfast for $5 and $3 for children 12 and under.

TOPS honors top members

“The Apples of TOPS Eyes,” was the theme the recent 2012 annual awards and installation of 2013 officers for TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) OR0443, The Dalles.

Local Tax-Aide volunteers bring big dollars to region

The Mid-Columbia/North Central Oregon AARP Tax-Aide program, administered by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the IRS, reported strong participation and results for the 2012 Income Tax season. From Feb. 1 to April 15, 36 community volunteers, including 10 client facilitators and 26 IRS trained tax preparers, helped local tax payers file their annual returns from seven different sites in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, and Klickitat counties.

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World and national news in brief

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is praising the nation’s police officers for courage and for signing up, in his words, “to do some tough stuff.”

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Spacewalking astronauts hunt for big station leak

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Two astronauts took a hastily planned spacewalk Saturday to find and, possibly, fix a serious leak at the International Space Station, but they discovered “no smoking guns” as they worked to replace a suspect pump.

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Editorial: A precarious health care experiment

The big question looming before Americans in the months leading up to 2014 is whether free enterprise can competently serve a government mandate to provide a basic level of health care insurance to all citizens.

Letter to the Editor: Nelson for schools

To the editor: This letter is in support of John Nelson as Candidate for District 21 School Board, Zone 4. I have had the pleasure of working on the Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) Chapter with John for three years.

Letter to the Editor: Support Wolfe

To the editor: As a retired firefighter, I would ask you to support Bill Wolfe for Fire Board Position 4. We worked together for many years and I think it would be helpful to have an actual firefighter helping to write policy.

Letter to the Editor: Vote Nerdin

To the editor: I have known Eric Nerdin for almost ten years. During this time, he has displayed a high level of commitment to our local youth programs. Eric has proven himself to be very dependable and willing to work very hard to accomplish any task that is put before him. Eric is well liked by peers and local youth. He consistently displays sound and solid judgement as long as I have known him.

Letter to the Editor: Exit the box

To the editor: The District 21 School Board needs to think outside the box. Cutting educational instruction positions, including music (lifetime enrichment for all levels of ability), physical education (when there are so many overweight youth) and extra help for the gifted is totally unacceptable!

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Lama: World peace begins with parents

The Dalai Lama, 77, regales Eugene crowd EUGENE (AP) — Eugene resident Katrina Salinas, after seeing the Dalai Lama speech, propped herself against a wall in the arena foyer, waiting while her companion checked out a table of Dalai Lama gear.

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Create indoor style in outdoor spaces

The smallest yard or porch can be unique Design magazines and home decorating catalogs tend to feature sprawling backyards with big wooden decks and room for everything from decorative fountains to artificial ponds.

Today in History, May 12

Today is Sunday, May 12, the 132nd day of 2013. There are 233 days left in the year. This is Mother’s Day. Today’s Highlights in History: On May 12, 1943, during World War II, Axis forces in North Africa surrendered. The two-week Trident Conference, headed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, opened in Washington.

Looking Back on May 12

100 Years Ago-1913 Twenty members of the Old Fort Dalles Historical Society enjoyed a picnic at Big Eddy Saturday. They were very pleasantly entertained at the home of Mrs. George E. Goodwin, who was assisted by Mesdames Polhemus, Saunders, Woods and Maury.

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Future heads of family farms dig into financials

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Jake Anderson didn’t have to delve too deep into the University of Missouri’s agricultural economics program before realizing he was destined to return to the 1,500-acre family farm. After all, that’s been the Anderson family trade since 1891, when his great-great grandfather came to Callaway County from Sweden.

IRS apologizes for targeting tea party groups

STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

Texas probes blast

WACO, Texas (AP) — Texas law enforcement officials on Friday launched a criminal investigation into the massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 14 people last month, after weeks of largely treating the blast as an industrial accident.

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We are all stardust

All life on Earth shares a common ancestor. You just have to trace the evolutionary tree over 3 billion years into the past to find it. And while family resemblances get harder to see the further back you go, modern science unmistakably ties us all together.

‘Mammas’ TV show is a study in maternal instinct

LOS ANGELES — Isabella Rossellini’s search for the meaning of maternal instinct in “Mammas” looks at nine animals where things like polygamy, lying and dying convince her that “anything goes.”

Bridge: Sorry, partner, I played too quickly

Perhaps one half of the mistakes at the bridge table can be traced to playing too quickly and not taking enough time to think things through.

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Ask Dr. K: Foods with low glycemic load are better for your health

DEAR DOCTOR K: Can you explain the importance of glycemic load, as opposed to glycemic index, when judging carbohydrates? DEAR READER: Carbohydrates, along with proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, water and oxygen, are nutrients: We need them to live and grow. But even though we need carbohydrates, there still are carbohydrate-rich foods that are “good carbs” and “bad carbs.”

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Astro-graph for Sunday, May 12

People like you, and chances are you have more friends than you realize. In the year ahead, good things could develop through several pals whom you’ve never fully appreciated.

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Village Idiot: Why my wife and I forgot to have children

My wife and I forgot to have children. We are so busy going to movies, plays and concerts, buying nice things for the house, taking long vacations without looking at a school calendar, reading all the latest best-sellers and going to restaurants with nice white tablecloths that it simply slipped our minds.

Friday, May 10

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Astro-Graph for May 10, 2013

There’s a chance that you’ll become more independent and strong-willed than you’ve ever been before. This new attitude will bring numerous fresh successes.

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Everday Cheapskate: Overloaded? Relief is here in a daily dose of margins

Bill Smith sits down to his most dreaded chore — paying bills. Every month, it’s the same story: Pay the most urgent, and leave the rest. There’s never enough money, no matter how hard he works.

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Ask Dr. K: Mouthwash isn’t necessary if you brush and floss regularly

DEAR DOCTOR K: I brush and floss regularly. Do I need to use mouthwash too?

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Wildfire along Chenowith Road quickly contained

Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue crews quickly contained a small wilfire along Chenowith Road Friday afternoon, May 10.

Columbia Gorge Community College nears accreditation

Columbia Gorge Community College officials hope the last hurdle has been cleared to achieve independent status after five years of a rigorous self-examination process.

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Fishing with a ‘Family Secret’

Sport salmon fishing is closed on the Columbia River, but tribal subsistance fishing is going strong near Rufus and elsewhere.

City eyes pay increases

The Dalles City Council will consider a 2 percent raise for non-union employees at Monday’s regular meeting. Nolan Young, city manager, is recommending approval of the pay increase that will be effective July 1. His staff report states that 33 non-union workers have received a much smaller cost of living adjustment in recent years than 47 employees in two unions.

What's Happening from May 10

ZUMBA PROGRAM: Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation along with Licensed Zumba Instructor’s Marsha Morrison and Brenda Green are offering Zumba to the community at the Muscle and Fitness Center, 915 Garrison St., Mondays at 9 a.m., Tuesdays 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Thursdays 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Drop-in fee is $5. A punch card is available.

Letter carriers run food drive May 11

Leave nonperishable food in bag on front porch for carrier The National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive returns to The Dalles this Saturday, May 11.

Hezbollah: Syria to supply weapons to militia

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria will supply “game-changing” weapons to Hezbollah, the chief of the Lebanese militant group said Thursday.

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Seeking re-election, Imelda extends Marcos dynasty

MARCOS, Philippines (AP) — Twenty-seven years after a public revolt ousted her dictator husband, Imelda Marcos is the Philippines’ ultimate political survivor: She dazzled voters with her bouffant hairstyle, oversized jewelry and big talk on the campaign trial this week bidding to keep her seat in Congress.

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World news in brief

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt denied on Thursday that he ordered the extermination of Ixil Mayas as he testified for the first time at his genocide trial.

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Sermons: A research paper each week

Catholic priests follow three-year lecture cycle A local minister once likened writing a Sunday sermon to doing a school research paper every single week —— a daunting task, when viewed in that light.

Pakistan’s minorities have no faith in democracy

LAHORE, Pakistan — In majority Muslim Pakistan, religious minorities say democracy is killing them.

Church news in brief

Speaker’s Forum The Mid Columbia Fellowship of Churches invites the public to its monthly Speaker’s Forum at The First United Methodist Church at 5 p.m. May 28. The speaker will be US Army Chaplain Daniel Thompson, who will be talking on “Partners in Care.”

Oregon lawmakers hope to limit tax lawsuit impact

SALEM — The Oregon Senate voted Thursday to back a maneuver aimed at limiting the potential loss from a high-stakes lawsuit that could cost the state as much as $100 million a year in corporate tax revenue.

Dry spell should end by Mother’s Day, May 12

SEATTLE (AP) — The second-driest start to May on record in Seattle will end in time for rain on Mother’s Day, the National Weather Service said.

Oregon smokejumpers skydive into illegal pot garden

MEDFORD (AP) — A team of smokejumpers parachuting into a fire in the mountains of Southern Oregon landed in an illegal marijuana garden being prepared for growing season.

For the Record, May 10

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

A positive Nationals journey for local snowboarder

Off her trip to Colorado, Barnard-Davidson is rejuvenated As a small fish in a big pond, Maya Barnard-Davidson went into her Nationals experience with an open slate. With a limited practice slate to hone her talents, The Dalles Wahtonka senior expressed a positive vibe when discussing her latest excursion to Copper Mountain, Colo. for the United State of America Snowboard Association event.

Twin Tunnels run/walk Saturday, May 11

The Twin Tunnels 3k, 5k and 12k run/walk is on tap for 10 a.m. this Saturday in Hood River. Cost to register is $20 with a shirt and $10 without on the day of the event.

Roller Derby rivalry set to hit a fever pitch

The countdown begins for the return of Roller derby action in the Columbia River Gorge.

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The joy of giving through Special Olympics

Local Special Olympics program offers rewarding experiences to everyone involved Through volunteers, a supportive community and dedicated parents, the Special Olympics program has been a mainstay of burgeoning hope and prosperity in many towns across the United States.

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Bridge: Two chances are better than one

One guesses that plans might have been drawn first. However, a bridge contract will have more chance of success if declarer has two ways to get home and is able to try them both — as in this deal.

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Changes planned for Biggs

Open house set May 15 The public is invited to an open house May 15 to learn more about the $14.4 million construction project planned for the Interstate 84 and Highway 97 interchange in Biggs.

County OKs WT Festival

Organizers exceed requirements It’s official: What the Festival is coming to Wasco County on July 26. The Wasco County Board of Commissioners approved the county’s first-ever outdoor mass gathering permit for the music and art festival planned at Wolf Run Ranch outside Dufur for between 4,000 and 5,000 participants.

12th Annual Moro Clean-up Day Saturday, June 15

Two large dumpster’s will be placed at recycle station from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or until they are full. Place metals in metals container by recycle station.

Fine Arts Festival at Sherman Jr./Sr. High School, May 16

Sherman Junior/Senior High School announces the twenty-first annual Fine Arts Festival on Thursday, May 16th, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Spanish students will offer a variety of Mexican entrees in the home economics class room at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 9

Library releases newsletter, calendar

The Dalles Wasco County Public Library newsletter and calendar released. Download here.

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Marine Zone weekly fishing and wildlife viewing report

Fishing for rockfish continues to be good with the average rockfish catch at about three or four fish per angler. Lingcod catches are good at all ports surveyed at around one fish per angler.

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Columbia Zone weekly fishing report

Angling is CLOSED for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River from the Buoy 10 line upstream to the Oregon/Washington border. Sturgeon fishing is improving in the lower Columbia as the population migrates from the Willamette down to the estuary. The estuary sturgeon season reopens Saturday, May 11 between Buoy 10 and Wauna Powerlines. Walleye fishing is fair the The Dalles and John Day pools.

Northeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

Northeast Zone VIEWING GRANT COUNTY Bighorn sheep can be viewed along the South Fork of the John Day. The first ducklings and goselings are being seen in the valley. As spring progresses it is important to remember to leave any baby wildlife where you found them. It usually won’t be long before mom returns to check on them. A few sandhill cranes can still be heard as they migrate back through the valley.

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Northeast Zone weekly hunting report

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

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Nrtheast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities The road to Magone Lake is open and early season fishing for brook trout should be good. Twin, Weston and South Umatilla Forest ponds have been stocked and fishing should be good.

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Southeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

SOUTHEAST ZONE VIEWING Harney County Waterfowl spring migration is nearly over and most white geese and white-fronted geese have headed migrated north. Pintail, shoveler, wigeon, mallard, gadwall, green-winged teal, cinnamon teal and a variety of diver species can still be viewed in good numbers. Sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin.

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Southeast Zone weekly hunting report

SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING TURKEY

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Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

SOUTHEAST ZONE FISHING Weekend fishing opportunities: Mann Lake continues to put out 16-inch cutthroats. Krumbo Reservoir has been stocked with 15,000 legal-sized trout and fishing should be good. Fishing on the lower Owyhee River has been good, and with the warm temperatures this week the action on the surface should get even better.

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Central Zone wildlife viewing report

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

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Central Zone weekly hunting report

CENTRAL ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE. SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

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Central Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Trout fishing continues to be good on Big Lava, Crane Prairie, Odell and North and South Twin lakes. Fishing for trout and kokanee at Haystack Reservoir has been excellent while Ochoco Reservoir has been turning out 18-inch rainbows. South Twin lake has been chosen as a venue for Cabela’s “Fish for Milions” promotion, which begans Saturday, May 4 and continues through July 7. Rainbow trout have been tagged with spaghetti tags that could be worth up to $2 million to the angler lucky enough to catch one.

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Willamette zone weekly wildlife viewing report

VALLEYWIDE Wild turkeys are actively strutting and courting during this time of year. These birds were introduced into Oregon from other parts of the US where they are native. These birds are widely established in the foothills around the edge of the Willamette Valley. Look for them where there is a mix of wooded areas and pastures. Mixed hardwoods, especially oaks, are preferred over conifers. Tall pines or fir trees are often used for night roosts. Fortunately, turkeys are most active and easiest to see on warm sunny days! Landowners beware! While turkeys are fun to watch and have around, if you feed them you may create a serious problem for yourself and your neighbors. Turkeys will often become a serious nuisance when they concentrate in an area because they are being fed. Turkeys that are not fed will range widely and rarely cause such problems.

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Willamette Zone weekly hunting report

WILLAMETTE ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

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Willamette Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Spring chinook fishing is good in the lower Willamette River. Steelhead fishing is fair on the North and South Santiam and spring chinook are starting to arrive in the system. Steelhead are being caught in the Town Run of the Willamette in the Eugene-Springfield area. Steelhead fishing is fair to good on the Clackamas River Trout stocking is in full swing around the Willamette Valley and Portland metro area. Sites scheduled for stocking this week: Henry Hagg Lake, Sheridan Pond, Alton Baker Canal, Detroit Reservoir, Dexter Reservoir, EE Wilson Pond, Foster Reservoir, Junction City Pond, Leaburg Lake, the McKenzie River, Sunnyside Park Pond, Timber Linn Lake, Walling Pond, Walter Wirth Lake, Waverly Lake.

Astro-Graph for May 9, 2013

Financial trends will be developing in your favor in the year ahead. Take advantage of all that comes your way and make the most of every opportunity.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Bounce back from bankruptcy

Dear Mary: Please give me some pointers on bouncing back from bankruptcy. Will this have any effect on future employment opportunities? — Henry, email

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Ask Dr. K: Hypothyroidism is simple to diagnose and treat

DEAR DOCTOR K: My doctor thinks I may have hypothyroidism. How will he make the diagnosis?

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Editorial Cartoons for May 9

Editorial cartoons for April 9

Community Action Day event Friday, May 10

Mid-Columbia Community Action hosts a barbecue Friday, May 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the agency’s 312 E. Fourth St. offices in The Dalles. Hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, drinks and desserts will be served.

D21 candidate forum Monday, May 13

Voters interested in hearing from candidates for the North Wasco County School District 21 school board are invited to a candidate forum on Monday, May 13 from 6-8 p.m. in the Wahtonka cafeteria.

Q-Life to retire debt three years early

If all goes well, the “Q-Life” network in The Dalles is set to retire its debt three years ahead of schedule.

Ambre Energy deal stalls

Deal on Mont. coal mine hits roadblocks BILLINGS, Mont. — A proposed deal on a Montana coal mine that supporters said would boost Asian exports of the fuel via the West Coast has stalled, as court documents show the companies involved are renegotiating terms of the sale.

City council chastised at town hall

Lot partition fees called unfair The Dalles City Council was chastised Monday for driving citizens to seek help from the legislature to lower the “unfair” cost of partitioning a lot.

District set to cut 7.5 jobs

Pending budget cuts music, P.E. Seven and a half jobs are set to become the next casualties of North Wasco County School District 21’s budget struggle.

Arts and entertainment, from May 9

This Week May 9-12 – CAST’s “Circle Mirror Transformation,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m., Sunday, Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River, 541-387-8877, ext. 117, www.columbiaarts.org May 10 – Terry Robb, 7 p.m., Sunshine Mill, 901 E. Second, The Dalles, www.sunshinemill.com May 10 – Les Vaughn, Alonzo Garbonzo and Rohnan, 6-9 p.m., Zim’s Brau Haus, 604 E. Second, The Dalles, www.zimsbrauhaus.com

‘Briar Rose’ auditions May 17

The Theatre Company of The Dalles and Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation are auditioning actors for the children’s classic “Briar Rose,” which is the story of Sleeping Beauty.

Stafford featured at Klindt’s

Author Kim Stafford will read from his book, 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared,” during an event Thursday, May 16, at 5:30 p.m., at Klindt’s Booksellers.

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Discovery Center plans Mother’s Day activities

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center will offer free admission to everyone on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12.

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Voci choir performs Monday, May 13

Lovers of choral music have the chance to attend an upcoming performance Monday, May 13, at the Historic St Peter’s Landmark, in The Dalles, as the Mid-Columbia Voci community choir presents an evening of uplifting and thoughtful music.

King and Messiah are on the rise for baby names

WASHINGTON (AP) — Talk about high expectations for a newborn: King and Messiah are among the fastest-rising baby names for American boys.

Cash-strapped consumers cut health care

TRENTON, N.J. — Spending on prescription medicines in the U.S. fell for the first time in decades last year, slipping as cash-strapped consumers continued to cut back on use of health care services.

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Hard-line Islamists to make gains in Pakistan vote

Candidates in Pakistan vow support for Taliban fight MARDAN, Pakistan — The imposing, black-bearded politician in a striking white turban takes the stage at a campaign rally in northwest Pakistan as a song about Islamic holy war blares over loudspeakers. Before a chanting crowd, he praises the Afghan Taliban and blasts Pakistan’s government for not protecting Osama bin Laden from U.S. commandos.

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World and national news in brief

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. wants to keep nine bases in Afghanistan after American combat troops withdraw in 2014 and the Afghan government will let them as long as it gets “security and economic guarantees,” President Hamid Karzai said Thursday in his first public offer in talks about the future relationship between the two uneasy allies.

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Editorial: Follow the money

Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, have delivered on their promise to propose legislation that requires fuller disclosure of campaign contributions — the sole recourse for those seeking campaign finance sanity in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which allows corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money in elections.

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Voter bill has costly county consequences

Dear Secretary Brown, As Chairman of the Wasco County Commission, I would like to express my concerns regarding HB 3521 (FKA HB 2198-1). My concerns regarding the bill are: 1. Invasion of a citizen’s right to privacy – many voters have opted out of being registered to vote to maintain their privacy – be it for religious, political or personal reasons.

Letter to the Editor: Re-elect Larsen

To the editor: We encourage people to re-elect Harry Larsen to the Mid-Columbia Fire District Board. Harry attended schools in The Dalles, plus college, and we have been acquainted with him for more than 30 years.

Letter to the Editor: Terrific tour

To the editor: I just wanted to take a moment and thank Firefighters Jeff Martizia and Erik Wright with Mid Columbia Fire & Rescue. My daughters preschool class went to MCFR today for a field trip and let me tell you it was a superb tour! It is wonderful that these busy Firefighters take the time to talk about fire safety with the children.

Letter to the Editor: Backing Nerdin

To the editor: I am writing in support of Eric Nerdin for District 21 School Board. He has a vested interest in our schools and community.

For the Record, Thursday, May 9

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for Thursday, May 9. 2013.

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District-bound TDW focused on the competition

Big names hoping to come up huge in Sunriver Growing up in The Dalles, new activities coordinator for North Wasco County parks and Recreation Daniel Kittelson has a little more invested in the community.

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Kittleson is the man with a master plan

Park District Activities coordinator has TD in mind Growing up in The Dalles, new activities coordinator for North Wasco County parks and Recreation Daniel Kittelson has a little more invested in the community.

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Sherman Husky netters aim for state

Sherman tennis team has depth, experience as recipe for district tourney success Former state tennis qualifiers and seniors, Maddie Belshe and Brian Simantel, have one last chance to extend their seasons for the Sherman Huskies, as the 4A/3A/2A/1A Special District journey continues for this group starting at 8 a.m. Friday for the first of two days of play in Tri-Cities, Wash.

Bill revives debate over Portland’s ‘sit-lie’ law

PORTLAND (AP) — The Portland Business Alliance, which aims to make downtown a hassle-free place to shop, is pushing the Oregon Legislature to give cities more freedom to pass tough sidewalk ordinances.

Oregon National Guard to have drone training

PENDLETON (AP) — The Oregon Army National Guard has won federal permission to use drones from the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport at Pendleton.

Kinder Morgan drops plan for St. Helens coal terminal

PORTLAND (AP) — An energy company has dropped plans for a coal export terminal downstream of Portland along the Columbia River and will look for another site in the Northwest, a spokesman said Wednesday.

University of Oregon negotiations involve pay, power

EUGENE (AP) — Bargainers working on a new faculty contract at the University of Oregon are debating bread-and-butter issues such as pay and benefits along with questions about who’s in charge at the Eugene school, officials said.

Oregon bill would give break to some young sex offenders

SALEM — Some young offenders convicted of having sex with underage partners would be able to request the crime be removed from their records under a bill narrowly passed by the Oregon House on Wednesday. Voting 31 to 27, the House sent the bill to the Senate with little discussion.

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Oregon bill would make voter registration automatic

SALEM — Oregon’s chief elections official wants almost everyone with a driver’s license to be automatically registered to vote.

Bridge: Some possibilities although not endless

This deal has a few possibilities, which you have probably seen before, but one of them still evades most players.

Wednesday, May 8

Astro-Graph for May 8, 2013

A new, refreshing personality, more independent and adventurous than your old one, is likely to emerge in the year ahead. Your rejuvenated demeanor will attract fun friends and activities, giving you a whole new lifestyle.

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Everyday Cheapskate: With greater knowledge comes greater savings

Many things that we buy are simply not negotiable. The salesperson at Macy’s won’t negotiate with you over the price of that newly arrived collection. The supermarket checker won’t haggle with you over the price of eggs. But a ring at your local jeweler or produce at the farmer’s market? Well, that’s a different story. And once you read today’s first great reader tip, you can add magazine renewals to the list.

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Ask Dr. K: Spinal stenosis can be treated without surgery

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m a man in my 70s with spinal stenosis. What are my surgical options?

Fire board Pos. 2: Carmen Gronquist, stepping back

Carmen Gronquist filed for an open position on the Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue District board, believing it is important to volunteer for the community.

Fire board Pos. 2: John Willer, an independent view

In his college days before medical school, Dr. John Willer was a volunteer emergency medical responder and firefighter in Ohio.

City tests siren noon, May 9

The City of The Dalles will test the City Hall emergency siren at noon Thursday, May 9. In the event of a real emergency, the siren would sound several times providing a cue to tune to a local radio station for instructions.

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Gravity games roll into downtown The Dalles

Court Street will be closed from Seventh to Third streets Parts of three city streets will be closed Saturday, May 11, to make room for a different kind of traffic: Soapbox derby cars built by students for the Gorge Gravity Games.

Knifing victim Davitt dies

Alleged attacker faces Measure 11 violence charge The victim of a stabbing, Josh Davitt, 23, of The Dalles, died Tuesday evening — three days after he was taken off life support at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.

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Posse Trail Horse Challenge June 8

The Wasco County Sheriff ‘s Posse, shown above at the Northwest Cherry Festival in April, hosts an English and Western Trail Horse Challenge Saturday, June 8, at Fort Dalles Riders Club, 1023 Irvine Street in The Dalles. Competition starts at 9 a.m.

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Community Baby Shower runs through May 17

For many expectant mothers in our community, the excitement of having a baby is diminished by serious life stresses.

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Air Force strips 17 of authority

Nuclear missteps revealed WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force stripped an unprecedented 17 officers of their authority to control — and, if necessary, launch — nuclear missiles after a string of unpublicized failings, including a remarkably dim review of their unit’s launch skills. The group’s deputy commander said it is suffering “rot” within its ranks.

Sanford redeems career, heading to Congress

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — In a story of political redemption, Mark Sanford is headed back to Congress after his

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World and national news in brief

BOSTON (AP) — The chief of the police in Worcester, Mass., says the department has been reluctantly dragged into the efforts to find a burial plot for dead Boston Marathon suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and a deal for the state prisons department to take the body has fallen through.

Six agencies converge on fugitive

An approximately half-hour foot chase through Columbia Gorge Regional Airport grasslands took less time than it might have had not an Oregon State Police airplane been approaching the airport at the time the suspect fled.

For the Record, May 8

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

Wild and crazy day on the district golf links

CRC golf teams settle score at Big River Golf Course The season is over for The Dalles Wahtonka boy’s golf team, but with the way his team played, head coach Kent Smith is counting down the days for a return to action.

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Top of the food chain

No. 3 The Dalles Wahtonka feasts on Pendleton pitching to score league-clinching win There was so much riding on the line for No. 3 The Dalles Wahtonka on senior night – a four-game sweep of perennial powerhouse Pendleton and a first league championship since Wahtonka and The Dalles high schools merged in the 2004-2005 season.

Oregon House approves rights for domestic workers

SALEM — The Oregon House narrowly passed a bill on Tuesday requiring overtime pay, meal breaks and other labor protections for housekeepers, nannies and in-home cooks.

US home prices up 10.5 pct. in past year

WASHINGTON (AP) — A survey shows U.S. home prices rose 10.5 percent in March compared with a year ago, the biggest gain since March 2006.

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Bridge: Give one up to get many back

That is certainly true in soccer, but not in bridge. There is an old saying that runs along these lines: If you watch a beginner play in three no-trump, he wins the first eight tricks and loses the last five. In contrast, an expert loses the first four and wins the last nine.

Ever elusive, ‘Gatsby’ evades Hollywood’s grasp

NEW YORK — F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” is short, almost novella size. It features larger-than-life characters, glamorous extravagance and dramatic demises. On its surface, it’s the most Hollywood-friendly of the great American novels.

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Bob Stone receives customer care award

Bob Stone Freeway Autocenter was recently honored by Subaru of America for outstanding achievement in the area of service customer care and satisfaction.

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Fresenius opens kidney dialysis clinic

The clinic is a partnership with Oregon Health and Science University Fresenius Medical Care North America welcomes guests to its grand opening celebration this afternoon, from 3 to 6 p.m., which marks the first time a dialysis clinic has been based in The Dalles.

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Word on the Street: Ruggles gets nod from patients, pros

Tip of the hat to Catherine Ruggles, a physical therapist with Visiting Health Services in The Dalles for being named the therapist of the year by the Oregon Association for Home Care. Ruggles provides therapy in both Sherman County and the south end of Wasco County. Some of her patients report feeling much more hopeful after physical therapy intervention.

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Bridge: Listen to their bids

Robert Bresson, a French film director, said, “Cinema, radio, television, magazines are a school of inattention: People look without seeing, listen without hearing.”

Tuesday, May 7

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Police capture fleeing suspect

The Dalles and Wasco County law enforcement officers responded to a report of a fleeing suspect this morning, May 7, who fled an apparent Oregon State Police traffic stop just across The Dalles Bridge on Highway 197 in Washington. One person stayed in the stopped car, according to The Dalles Police Chief Jay Waterbury.

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Astro-Graph for May 7, 2013

An endeavor that you’re ready to write off might take on new life in the coming months. Although you might not get what you initially hoped, you’ll still turn a nice profit.

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Everday Cheapskate: Secret insider savings for the patient buyer

I enjoy discovering secret information — stuff most people don’t know about. And I love spreading the word. Here’s an example: My supermarket, like most, offers a “rain check” if it runs out of a product that is on sale. This is really great, in my opinion, because my store’s rain checks have no set expiration date.

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Ask Dr. K: Gluten-free diet can relieve gas and bloating

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m a healthy young person, but I tend to have a lot of gas, bloating and diarrhea. Could a gluten-free diet help me?

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Medicare unavailable for long term patients

How do you travel to the store, your church or to visit friends? Do you ride a bike or a four wheel electric scooter? Or do you careen around town on a Vespa like Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn in the movie “Roman Holiday?”

Spring open burning has concluded - MCFR halts burn permit issuance

Spring open burning season in The Dalles has concluded. Fall open burning in The Dalles will run from Oct. 16 to Dec. 1. In addition, Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue has halted issuing any new burn permits and prohibits all burning within its boundaries, effective May 20. All issued permits will become invalid on that date.

Bargeway to be closed May 8

Bargeway to be closed May 8 Bargeway Road, between Terminal and Webber streets, will be closed to all traffic, including emergency vehicles, on Wednesday, May 8, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The contractor for City of The Dalles Public Works Department will be finishing the asphalt paving work on this part of the project.

School Board, Position 5: Nerdin, 'prepare students for life'

Eric Nerdin hopes to reclaim the North Wasco County School District seat he held for two years during the transitional time when The Dalles and Chenowith districts consolidated into North Wasco County School District 21.

School Board, Position 5: Aaron Bowman, 'seek out partnerships'

The story of Aaron Bowman’s decision to run for the North Wasco County School Board 21 seat being vacated by Brian Stahl stretches back to the birth of his son, who was born with multiple physical special needs.

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Pioneering spirit

The Wasco County Pioneer Association chose William Rooper and Jan Leininger as the Pioneer Man and Woman of the Year for 2013 at Saturday’s annual meeting.

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Rally draws racers to Dufur

Rally America and The Oregon Rally Group brought their special brand of motorsport through the gorge again this past weekend with the 2013 Rally America Championship Series.

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What's Happening from May 7

New Entries COUNTRY BREAKFAST: ABC Huskies Day Care will sponsor the 30th annual Wasco Memorial Day Country Breakfast, Sunday and Monday, May 26 and 27, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at North Sherman Rural Fire Hall, 411 Yates Street in Wasco. The menu includes ham, eggs, hotcakes and choice of drink for $7. Proceeds will be dedicated to facility improvements at the day care site.

Planned burns this week

SAN DIEGO — The Barlow and Hood River Ranger Districts of the Mt Hood National Forest will be conducting three prescribed burns on a total of approximately 508 acres this week to remove hazardous fuels.

Senior Citizens’ Prom set

A Senior Citizens Prom is planned for Friday, May 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center in The Dalles. The event is hosted by The Dalles Meals on Wheels and Area Agency on Aging.

National news in brief

WASHINGTON (AP) — The sexual battery arrest of the Air Force officer who led the service’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response unit underscores how far the Defense Department has to go in addressing the plague of sexual crimes in the military, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Tuesday.

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Search drags on for burial spot for bomb suspect; fund distribution still an issue

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts funeral director is striking out in his search for a place to bury the Boston Marathon bombing suspect killed in a gunbattle with police.

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Editorial cartoons for May 7

Editorial cartoons for May 7, 2013.

Letter to the Editor: A nod for Nerdin

To the editor: To the editor: This is a letter of support for my friend and neighbor Eric Nerdin. He is running to be on the School Board.

Letter to the Editor: Support Nerdin

To the editor: Eric Nerdin is a candidate for District 21 school board, and deserves your vote. Eric is a devoted father with an established record of involvement and commitment to the schools and local community. Eric understands the issues and challenges facing our schools and will work closely with the other board members to guide District 21 schools to a secure and successful future. Eric Nerdin for District 21 school board.

Letter to the Editor: Nothing eternal

To the editor: I appear to be screaming madly that the sky is falling. “Oh pastors are lying and deceiving people.” Prove it! Last week a man wrote a letter and quoted a “supposed” Bible passage. Mark 8:36, “What is the profit for one to gain the whole (work, world?) if it causes the loss of his eternal soul?” The word “eternal” is not in this Bible passage. I looked in six different versions, no eternal. Called some friends for other versions, no eternal.

Letter to the Editor: Failed system

To the editor: (Edited for length.) Oregon has had measure 11 nearly two decades. In that time, we have seen no significant reduction in the crime rate. As of April 1, 2013, Oregon had 14,327 people behind bars and the yearly cost is $1.5 billion, about $105,000 per year for a single inmate. In contrast, educating a child costs on the order of $10,000. Because of Measure 11, the Department of Corrections sucks significant sums from other critically programs.

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Editorial: Congress, learn to live like Americans

When the Wall Street Journal wrote last week that Congress was trying to exempt itself from Obamacare, people reacted with disgust but little surprise. Today’s politicians, after all, aren’t exactly known for living the same lifestyle and following the same rules as most of their constituents.

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Dry Hollow Winery run brings out the best in TD

Charlie Remington blasts the field of 60 5k runners More than 75 runners came out Saturday morning to try their best for the inaugural 2013 Dry Hollow Winery 3k and 5k run in support of Home At Last Human Society.

District golfers hitting stride in Umatilla

Boys and girls remain in contention for state It was a case of good news and bad news. The Dalles Wahtonka boy’s golfers had one player end up in 10th place and three others shoot career-bests enroute to a season-low 344 in the opening round of district golf action in Umatilla.

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Dufur pitcher Cole Parke escapes late-inning jam to preserve 4-3 nightcap win

Dufur pitcher Cole Parke pulled off the Houdini act of all Houdini acts Saturday against No. 7 Stanfield. The junior right-hander struck out the side and escaped a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh inning to preserve a 4-3 nightcap victory over the first-place Tigers during Blue Mountain Conference baseball action at Dufur City Park.

For the Record, May 7

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

The Dalles Middle School honor roll released

Sixth grade 4.00 GPA Matthew Feil, Isabel Gonzalez-Krueger, Jordan Halewa, Rianda Linebarger, Yajaira Madrigal, Sarah McIntosh, Samantha Miner, Celia Peterson, Teddie Pitt, Blake Salvagno, Molly Taylor, Athena Thomas, Tyler Vassar, Hannah Wallis 3.83 Diana Morales Martinez 3.80 Kristine Carter, Nicholas France, Stephen

‘Smoking tree’ the target of May 8 community discussion

An unofficial landmark in town often referred to as the “smoking tree” will be a topic of community discussion on Wednesday, May 8.

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Youth events from May 7

Youth events in brief from May 7, 2013.

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Author talks ‘vampire-free fiction’ during TD visit

Rosanne Parry inspired by life experiences Like many authors, Rosanne Parry draws from her own life experiences for inspiration for her books.

The Dalles Wahtonka softball game re-scheduled

Game changed from May 13 to Wednesday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m. Senior night festivities to take place on the night of the 5A state play-in game

Saturday, May 4

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Editorial cartoons for May 5

Editorial cartoons for May 5, 2013.

Arsonist targets vacant homes in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Medford Fire battalion chief Ron Nelson says a blaze at a vacant home this week was intentionally set. The Mail Tribune reports the fire heavily damaged the garage and caused smoke damage to the interior.

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Astro-graph for Sunday, May 5

There are two major areas that will command your focus in the year ahead. One pertains to a creative endeavor, while the other involves romance. Success is indicated in each.

Bridge: Bidding helps defense

It is only a successful bridge player who listens carefully to the auction and uses the information to guide his defense. In this example, how should West hope to defeat four spades after he leads the club ace?

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Weather may aid California firefight

CAMARILLO, Calif. — A wildfire tearing through a coastal region in Southern California nearly tripled in size as high temperatures fueled the flames, but a fire official said early Saturday that a favorable shift in the weather will likely help crews make progress against the flames.

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A proud day for Mexican-Americans in The Dalles

The Dalles business owners host festivities for Cinco de Mayo “Cinco de Mayo is a day that makes me proud,” said Carlos Quezada, co-owner of La Cabaña in downtown The Dalles. “We might be far away from our country but we can’t change our blood – the culture is still with us.”

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Cinco de Mayo: A tale of two countries

The annual Cinco de Mayo — May 5 — celebration across the U.S. is more than just a tribute to Mexican heritage — it is a reminder about the important role the neighboring country played in ending America’s Civil War.

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Komen grant will aid Mid-Columbia Women

Grants will help educate and remove barriers to care for local women PORTLAND — Susan G. Komen Oregon & SW Washington has announced it will award more than $1 million to further its mission, including $35,000 to the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation for “The Breast Health for Strong Families Program.”

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Editorial: An exercise in cooperation and pride

You may have noticed them Saturday: The large annual parade of loaded pickup trucks that graces the streets of The Dalles every spring.

Radon can be home danger

My husband and I recently purchased our first home. As part of the home inspection process, I requested a radon test. I learned about the risks of radon in an environmental health class I took at Oregon State University and wanted to make sure I knew everything about our new home—the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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Scrambling to wildfires; Dual blazes test region’s resources

Just as Oregon’s Wildfire Awareness week gets under way, firefighters are hoping two simultaneous fires Friday, May 3 — one on Sevenmile Hill and another on Mill Creek — are not a glimpse of worse to come.

D21 school board zone 2: Fredrick pulls out

The race to represent Zone 2 on the North Wasco County School District 21 school board is down to one. John Fredrick, the incumbent being challenged by Dean McAllister, dropped out of the race May 1.

Letter to the Editor: Support Wolfe

To the editor: I am currently an Engineer/Paramedic with Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue. I have been there and done that for 22 years. I am writing to endorse Bill Wolfe for MCF&R Board position 4.

Letter to the Editor: Ideas, please

To the editor: A recent letter chastises Councilor Wood and me for our votes on the Main Street economic improvement district. We allegedly ignored public opinion.

Letter to the Editor: Take country back

To the editor: It’s starting again, career politicians have learned that the first vote might not pass, but if you “resubmit” your bill you will eventually cause people to say, “what’s the use?”

Letter to the Editor: Help stop bullying

To the editor: I am writing in regard to a problem that we have in our schools, a problem that we only feel we read about in the papers. In reality, we have the problem in our schools.

Looking Back on May 5

100 Years Ago-1913 With the Methodist, Christian, United Brethren and Baptist churches as plaintiffs, a suit was filed by Bright, Bryant & Ellis, attorneys, in the circuit court late Saturday afternoon against Mayor Judd S. Fish, Recorder George Ross, Treasurer Edward Kurtz and members of the city council, as defendants, the object of the legal proceedings being to prevent the city from issuing saloon licenses in the future. It is claimed the council has no legal right to grant liquor permits because of a charter omission which was made when the state legislature re-enacted a section of the local charter in 1905.

D21 School Board zone 2: DeanMcAllister, digging into the issues

School board candidate Dean McAllister isn’t waiting to see if he’s elected before digging into the issues. The candidate to represent Zone 2 in North Wasco County School District 21 has been attending school board meetings, the Oregon School Boards Association trainings and the Achievement Compact Committee meetings.

Public meetings from April 4

The Dalles Monday – The Dalles Town Hall Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Mid-Columbia Senior Center, 1112 W. Ninth St., The Dalles. Agenda: presentation regarding infill development, including local improvement districts, rates/linear assessments/ maintenance of under-developed streets, and local improvement district capital improvement plans; public comment.

Roller Girls reel in the foes

Local derby squad goes 3-2 at Spokarnage Tournament The Gorge Roller Girls jumped up the competition ladder last weekend at Spokarnage, a double elimination women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) tournament, and left with a 3-2 overall record, impressing everyone along the way.

TDW softball loses by 5-3 score

Through 3 2/3 innings, it looked like The Dalles Wahtonka was about to steal a critical Columbia River Conference road win against No. 10 Hermiston. The Lady Bulldogs had other plans, however. Hermiston got a home run from Abi Drotzmann, as it scored a single run in the fourth inning, added three in the fifth and tacked on another run late to pull out a 5-3 softball comeback win Friday in Hermiston. With two games left, TDW (11-12 overall, 2-8 league) hosts No. 1 Pendleton (20-4, 9-1) Tuesday, and then caps the regular season on the road at 4:30 p.m. Friday in Hood River (13-8, 3-7). Still with a No. 13 rank, the Eagle Indians need to stay within the top-15 to host a state playoff contest in the last half of May.

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Bats go silent for Tribe nine

No. 4 Eagle Indians scatter four hits in 6-1 road setback versus Hermiston The Dalles Wahtonka was cruising right along on an impressive six-game winning streak with two games left on the regular season schedule.

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T-Dub tuning up for girl's tennis districts

Girl’s tennis loses 8-0 to Pendleton, but eyes top district rally In looking for a silver lining, The Dalles Wahtonka girl’s tennis coach Debby Jones saw her team nearly double its 22-game total from their last effort versus Pendleton up to 37 in an 8-0 loss Wednesday at Pendleton High School.

Tribe track has nine finish in top-5

Lio Tunai had the second-best shotput throw of his career and The Dalles Wahtonka track and field team had nine tracksters end up in the top-5 during Friday’s Dean Nice Invitational in Gresham.

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Village Idiot: We’d watch the miracle of nature in our windowsill

We have a big garden. A huge garden. I only wish that it was outside the house. And in a few weeks, when it is warmer, it will be, but right now there are bedding trays of tiny plants and seed catalogs in almost every room covering every flat surface. It looks like a vegetarian hoarder exploded in our kitchen. Since it’s like this every spring, you’d think I’d get used to it, but I’m still not.

What's Happening from April 4

New Entries DEMOCRATS’ MEETING: Tuesday May 14, 7 p.m. Wasco County Democrats will meet at The Dalles Wasco County Library meeting room. CHOIR FESTIVAL: The first annual “Elementary School Choir Festival” featuring the choirs from Dry Hollow, Colonel Wright, and Chenowith Elementary Schools will be May 17, at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at the Wahtonka Campus. It is free and open to the public.

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National news in brief

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is trying to leverage new evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government used chemical weapons, and make a fresh diplomatic and possible military push with allies to end the country’s civil war.

States worry about loss of low-income coverage

WASHINGTON — Thousands of people with serious medical problems are in danger of losing coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul because of cost overruns, state officials say.

Local High School Sports Schedules

Upcoming schedules for May 6-through-May 11

Friday, May 3

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Firefighters rush to two wildfires

Fuels are drying out, says fire chief

Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue calls on surrounding agencies for help with simultaneous wildfires on Sevenmile Hill and Mill Creek.

Everyday Cheapskate: Crash through — don’t quit

All of us have quitting points in our lives — those times or situations that become so overwhelming or challenging that we simply quit. No matter what you call them — brick walls, insurmountable obstacles, predictable or complete surprises, financial crises — things will never change if you don’t acknowledge they’re real. A key to overcoming the desire to quit is to identify those “brick walls” and then figure out how to crash through them.

Ask Dr. K: Make it a habit to read the nutrition facts label

DEAR DOCTOR K: I know fruits and vegetables make the healthiest snacks. But can packaged foods also be part of my healthy snack arsenal?

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Native plants invade Dufur

The new plantings were made after the offices were recently expanded, and Wesseler hopes to create a dendrology tour area in what was once a large lawn.

Seeking amazing moms

Do you know an amazing mom who has a great story to tell? Let The Chronicle know and she may be chosen for the spotlight feature in our Mother’s Day weekend issue.

For the Record, May 3

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for May 3, 2013.

MCFR Board: Bill Wolfe, On-the-job training

Bill Wolfe retired last year after 37 years with the fire district, and is now seeking a post on the Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue District board.

MCFR Board: Harry Larsen, Business skills

Harry Larsen is seeking his fourth term on the Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue board, but this is his first time facing competition for the post.

House OKs charge limiting bill

Monday The Dalles town hall looks at charges, other issues The Oregon House of Representatives approved a bill Thursday to limit the amount of money The Dalles can charge for a lot partition.

Festival raises neighbor issues: Farmland is not festival land, says land owner

Plans to hold a large music and art festival outside of Dufur this summer drew criticism during a two-hour public hearing this week.

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Astro-graph for Saturday, May 4

You’ll find that learning will be easier for you in the year ahead if you study things that have an immediate application. Branching out in this fashion could pay off.

Wasco County Extension offers 4-H Summer Camp

OSU Wasco County Extension is offering 4-H Summer Camp at Camp Morrow, near Wamic on the Pine Hollow Reservoir.

What's Happening from May 3

LABYRINTH DAY: Walk as One at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Mid-Columbia Medical Center Labyrinth Garden and United Methodist Church parking lot labyrinth as part of World Labyrinth Day, a global celebration of the labyrinth.

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The Dalles clean-up set May 4 at armory

Spring housecleaning (and yard-cleaning) time has arrived and The Dalles residents can take advantage of a little extra help this weekend. The 26th annual The Dalles Community Clean Up event will take place Saturday, May 4.

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NY church transformed with ancient icon tradition

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (AP) — The religious scenes playing out on the interior walls of St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church could have been painted centuries ago: Saints with gilded halos, winged angels hugging curved arches, calligraphic lettering helping to tell ancient stories. But the paint is barely dry.

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UCC Church joins clean- and-plant project

A nationwide 50-day environmental campaign of all United Church of Christ congregations has seen local members of the church picking up trash by the bagful and planting trees.

Church Directory from April 3

Church directory from April 3.

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China emerging as new force in drone warfare

Asian country increases UAV deployments BEIJING — Determined to kill or capture a murderous Mekong River drug lord, China’s security forces considered a tactic they’d never tried before: calling a drone strike on his remote hideaway deep in the hills of Myanmar.

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World news in brief

HONG KONG (AP) — A six-story-high rubber duck is making a big splash in Hong Kong. Crowds watched the inflatable duck being pulled by tugboat across Victoria Harbor in front of Hong Kong’s signature skyscraper skyline.

TDW, Sherman high on academic state list

The Oregon School Activities Association and the Dairy Farmers of Oregon have teamed up for the 16th year to sponsor the Dairy Farmers of Oregon Academic All-State Award.

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Area youngsters sadde up for some rodeo fun

Award-winning peewee rodeo athletes headed to Prineville for a kickoff meet this weekend A quintet of determined peewee rodeo stars is coming off an award-winning 2012 season – they are back for more this summer.

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Taking their game to the next level

12U Sluggers are ready for a summer of hardball competition It is still very early in the 2013 season, but 12U Sluggers players Jordan Wetmore and Tyler Vassar feel like the best is yet to come.

Thursday, May 2

Astro-Graph for May 3

Your time-tested ways to generate earnings will continue to be the way to go in the year ahead. However, it wouldn’t hurt to also keep a weather eye peeled for good, solid investments.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Make your money count and get back on that wagon, Now!

Dear Mary: I’ve read your books and am a member of DebtProofLiving.com. My husband and I were excited to start our Rapid Debt-Repayment Plan and did well the first month. Now we have fallen off the wagon and are behind on payments again. We haven’t used our credit cards, but we feel discouraged. Now what? — Teresa, California

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Ask Dr. K: Corneal transplants have high degree of success

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m scheduled to have a corneal transplant. What can I expect during this procedure?

May Day activites cheer immigration laws

SALEM — As Congress debates the first national immigration overhaul in decades, a state-level advance of rights for people in the U.S. illegally has picked up momentum across the country.

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Adult mentors needed in gorge

­­­Some people see a need and say, “Someone should do something about that.” Others see a need and fill it. Bonnie New, founder of the Mentor for Success program, is one of the latter. She started the program, which matches adult mentors with teenagers ages 14-20 lacking a stable adult role model at home, when she saw her own children go through the difficulties of being a teenager and transitioning into a post-high school world.

Threats draw police to code enforcement office

Three police officers rushed to The Dalles City Hall Monday afternoon on a report that a man was threatening to get a gun and shoot the city codes enforcement officer.

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Victim struggles after attack

Riter wants to move to escape memories of hammer attack Kathryn Riter is trying to heal — both physically and emotionally — after being viciously attacked by an ex-boyfriend wielding a hammer in January.

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Dance Team moves ahead

Hansen grabs scholarship award for her efforts at Jump Dance This past weekend gave The Dalles Dance Club an opportunity to twirl and dip against some elite competition at the annual Jump Dance Convention in Portland.

Glesener’s 80 spurs TDW golf squad

In his last fine turning before districts, Nick Glesener went above and beyond his career best.

14U Crush grabs two wins at weekend tourney

Softball squad sets the groundwork for ‘13 success The Cherry City Crush started and ended tournament play with fervor.

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Tribe boys tennis wraps regular season

Eagle Indians lose to Pendleton 6-2 in final tuneup before next week’s district meet Wednesday on senior night, The Dalles Wahtonka boy’s tennis team honored Carlos Barajas, Chava Vasquez, Jose Santillan, Carlos Valenzuela, Fernando Lopez and exchange student Ben Dlala for their hard work and dedication in building an upstart program for years to come.

For the Record, April 2

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for April 2, 2013.

Commentary: Committee seeks answers for road underfunding

The single largest funding source for Wasco County roads has come to an end. Historically, Wasco county roads have been primarily been funded by state gas taxes, vehicle registrations and federal forest receipts.

Letter to the Editor: Seeking justice for daughter

To the editor: To the editor: I want to share with you an injustice being done to my daughter. My daughter is 12 years old and suffers from many health problems and while I was gone during the weekend of April 12 to April 15 (I went to jail for something I knew nothing about and was released on that Monday morning).

Letter to the Editor: Support Larsen

To the editor: I am writing in support of Harry Larsen to be re-elected to the Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue Board. Harry has been a member of our community for nearly 45 years.

Editorial: Science is there; politics is not

The Astorian, April 22, on climate issues: Terra is Oregon’s best magazine. Published by Oregon State University, the quarterly covers a broad array of science and social science as well as the arts.

Editorial: ‘Follow the money’ should be law

The Bulletin, April 28, on Sen. Wyden’s political donation disclosure bill: The U.S. Supreme Court has been consistent over the years: Americans have a right to contribute what they wish to the political candidates and causes of their choice. And the court’s ruling in the Citizens United case in 2010 made clear that, where political contributions are concerned, businesses and unions are “people,” too.

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National and world news in brief

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say suicides among middle-aged Americans climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, a period that included the recession. Overall, the suicide rate for the age group jumped 28 percent from 1999 to 2010. And among whites, it shot up 40 percent.

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’Off the charts’: 133k Somalia famine child deaths

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A ban on food aid decision by extremist Islamic militants and a “normalization of crisis” that numbed international donors to unfolding disaster made south-central Somalia the most dangerous place in the world to be a child in 2011.

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Expert: Rhinos now extinct in Mozambique

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Mozambique’s rhinoceros population was wiped out more than a century ago by big game hunters. Reconstituted several years ago, it has again been driven to extinction, or to the brink of extinction, by poachers seeking their horns for sale in Asia.

April saw normal weather, NOAA reports

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

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Arts and Entertainment calendar from May 2

May is Creative Beginnings Months so take some time to enjoy the creativity that surrounds us in the Columbia River Gorge, from nature’s handiwork in the form of abundantly beautiful native wildflowers (see our front page today), to the abundant talents of local artists and musicians, you can’t shake a stick without finding a painter, musician, poet or performer.

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KODL Classic Car Show results

The annual car show also drew a large number of entries this year. Winners included:

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Cherry Enchantment: Images and results from the 2013 Northwest Cherry Festival parade

With video and photos The longest Cherry Festival Parade in recent memory had plenty to make crowds smile. Here are some of the entries that drew special notice:

The Dalles Chronicle Local High School Sports Schedule

Local Sports Schedule for the weekend and Monday

Learn about Oregon’s Black Bears on May 15 in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. —Oregon Wildlife invites you to learn about Oregon’s black bears at a presentation by Doug Cottam, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist, on Wednesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. in Portland.

Gorge Roller Hockey will be accepting registration Saturday, May 4

Gorge Roller Hockey will be accepting registration Saturday, May 4

Ted Walker Memorial Swimming Pool will be in opening for our full summer season June 8th

Ted Walker Memorial Swimming Pool will be in opening for our full summer season June 8th

Join ODFW and the OSU Beavers for a day of baseball May 4

Join ODFW and the OSU Beavers for a day of baseball May 4

The Gorge Roller Girls home teams will hit the flat track May 11 at 6:00 pm at Hood River Valley High School.

The Gorge Roller Girls home teams will hit the flat track May 11 at 6:00 pm at Hood River Valley High School.

Big game raffle tickets on sale through May 6 - Last year's winner set state record for goat

Big game raffle tickets on sale through May 6 - Last year's winner set state record for goat

10U Sluggers to host Knuckeball Tournament

10U Sluggers are in action this weekend for the Knuckeball Tournament at Kramer Field in The Dalles

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Marine Zone weekly fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing

MARINE FISHING Saltwater News Bulletins You can subscribe to receive e-mails and text message alerts for marine topics you are interested in. Sign up online and enter your phone for text alerts and e-mail information to subscribe to email updates. It’s easy to unsubscribe at any time. Your phone and e-mail information will remain confidential. Six different lists of interest to ocean enthusiasts are available: Bottomfish (recreational), Halibut (recreational), Ocean Salmon (recreational), Ocean Salmon (commercial troll), Commercial Nearshore Groundfish, and Marine Reserves.

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Columbia Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend Fishing Opportunities: Spring chinook angling is open above Bonneville Dam through Sunday, May 5. Walleye anglers are having some success in The Dalles and John Day pools. Sturgeon anglers are catching keepers in the Portland to St. Helens area. Effective April 1, the annual sturgeon bag limit is two legal white sturgeon.

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Northeast Zone weekly hunting report

NORTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

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Northeast Zone weekly fishing report

NORTHEAST ZONE FISHING Weekend fishing opportunities The road to Magone Lake is open and early season fishing for brook trout should be good. Peach and Roulet ponds have been stocked with larger, one-pound trout and fishing should be good.

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Southeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

SOUTHEAST ZONE WILDLIFE VIEWING Klamath Wildlife Area Waterfowl Snow geese, Ross’s geese and white-front geese are in abundant numbers grazing in pastures. They will be heading northward for their breeding areas soon. Great Basin Canada geese are beginning to pair and develop territories. The Klamath River near the boat ramp has melted and large numbers of diving ducks can be seen. Bufflehead, ring-necked ducks, and ruddy ducks are becoming more common. Tundra swans may be seen loafing in many of the open water areas on the Miller Island Unit.

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Southeast Zone weekly hunting report

SOUTHEAST ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE, SPRING TURKEY

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Southeast Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Mann Lake continues to put our 16-inch cutthroats. Krumbo Reservoir was stocked with 15,000 legal-sized trout in time for last weekend’s opener. The best fishing on Thompson Reservoir can be in the spring when water temperatures remain below 65 F. Haines and North Powder ponds have been stocked with larger, one-pound trout and fishing should be good.

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Central Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

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

Central Zone weekly huting report

CENTRAL ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, COYOTE. SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

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Central Zone weekly fishing report

Weekend fishing opportunities: Spring chinook on the Hood River opened on April 15. Big Lava, Crane Prairie, Odell and North and South Twin lakes all reported great fishing over opening weekend. Fishing for trout and kokanee at Haystack Reservoir has been excellent while Ochoco Reservoir has been turning out 18-inch rainbows.

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Willamette Zone weekly wildlife viewing report

WILLAMETTE ZONE VIEWING VALLEYWIDE Wild turkeys are actively strutting and courting during this time of year. These birds were introduced into Oregon from other parts of the US where they are native. These birds are widely established in the foothills around the edge of the Willamette Valley. Look for them where there is a mix of wooded areas and pastures. Mixed hardwoods, especially oaks, are preferred over conifers. Tall pines or fir trees are often used for night roosts. Fortunately, turkeys are most active and easiest to see on warm sunny days! Landowners beware! While turkeys are fun to watch and have around, if you feed them you may create a serious problem for yourself and your neighbors. Turkeys will often become a serious nuisance when they concentrate in an area because they are being fed.

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Willamette Zone weekly hunting report

WILLAMETTE ZONE HUNTING OPEN: COUGAR, SPRING BEAR, SPRING TURKEY

Willmatte Zone weekly fishing report

ODFW will host a Family Fishing Event at Alton Baker Canoe Canal (behind Kowloons Restaurant) at Alton Baker Park in Eugene. This free event will occur on Sunday, May 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Staff and volunteer instructors will be on hand to help inexperienced anglers learn how to rig and use their gear. ODFW will loan out angling equipment on a first-come first-served basis. Contact the Springfield office at 541-726-3515 for more information. Spring chinook fishing is good in the lower Willamette River. Steelhead fishing is fair on the North and South Santiam and spring chinook are starting to arrive in the system. Steelhead are being caught in the Town Run of the Willamette in the Eugene-Springfield area. Steelhead fishing is fair to good on the Clackamas River Trout stocking is in full swing around the Willamette Valley and Portland metro area. Sites scheduled for stocking this week: Benson Lake, Bethanyt Pond, Blue Lake, Canby Pond, Commonwealth Lake, Dorman Pond, Haldeman Pond, Hartman Pond Henry Hagg Lake, Huddleston Pond, Mt. Hood Pond, Progress Lake, Salmonberry Lake, Silver Creek Reservoir, Alton Baker Canal, Detroit Reservoir, Dexter Reservoir, EE Wilson Pond, Foster Reservoir, Junction City Pond, Leaburg Lake, McKenzie River above Leaburg Lake, Sunnyside Park Pond, Timber Linn Lake, Walling Pond, Walter Wirth Lake and Waverly Lake.

Sherman County plans summer youth activities

June 10-14 “Healthalicious Cooking” free youth day camp with lunch every day! All ages welcome, kids 3rd grade & under need an adult to come with them 10am-1pm, Rufus Community Center

Sherman County Flag Day Celebration scheduled June 14

Flag Day celebration will begin at 10:00 A.M. with official U.S. flag raising ceremony. We especially invite all military veterans, and active military personnel, to take part in this ceremony.

Sherman County schedules cleanup May 11

On May 11th, Sherman County residents are invited to bring one pick-up load of trash to the Solid Waste Transfer Station without paying a fee with some exceptions. When: May 11, 2013 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Sherman County Solid Waste Transfer Site located at 72526 Welk Road between Highway 206 and Biggs Junction. How: Upon arrival wait for the attendant to direct you to the appropriate unloading site. Limited to one trip per vehicle. Restrictions: No household hazardous or medical waste will be accepted.

Sherman County museum hosts cookbook signing May 11

Moro, OR - Join us at the Sherman County Historical Museum for a special book signing with Sherman County’s own Macnab sisters, Linda, Gail, Patti and Debbie. They will be selling and signing copies of their family cookbook, It’s All Relative, Saturday, May 11th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Macnab sisters are also fixing up their favorite recipes and bringing them for everyone to sample and will be sharing the stories that made these recipes special enough to be included in their keepsake cookbook.

Wednesday, May 1

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Ask Dr. K: HPV vaccine recommended for both boys and girls

DEAR DOCTOR K: My 14-year-old daughter got the Gardasil vaccine, which protects her from cervical cancer caused by HPV. But boys can get HPV, too. Should my teenage son also get the vaccine?

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Asto-Graph for May 2

Although financial conditions look to be quite encouraging for you in the year ahead, you’ll still have to be far more determined than your competitor to generate the kind of returns you want.

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Everday Cheapskate: A sampling from my clever Everyday Cheapskate readers

Every Wednesday on my blog at EverydayCheapskate.com, EC readers share their favorite tips. Some weeks there’s a theme — like kitchen tips or winter tips — and every week I know I’m going to learn something new, something clever. Here’s just a sampling of recent tips that readers posted. If you have a favorite tip that will save your fellow EC readers time or money, share it with me using the address below. Then watch for your tip to show up in a future column.

Bridge: More points, high support

At the bridge table, we score well when, inter alia, responder rebids well — our theme this week. Look at the North hand. What should North bid on the second round?

Election, School Board Pos. 4: Dave Jones, decade of board experience

As one of the original members of the North Wasco County School District 21 school board, Dave Jones says he hopes to continue to put his decade of experience and knowledge of the district to good use.

Election, School Board Pos. 4: John Nelson, a sense of commitment

If there is one thing voters can count on if they vote for John Nelson, he says, it’s his sense of commitment.

Room to Read gets private boost: Friday benefit set at senior center

Organizers of the Room to Read campaign are making advancements toward raising $200,000 in the local community to add 4,000 square feet of space to The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library to house sections for children and young adults and are hoping a benefit event this Friday will help the cause.

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Sorosis could be ‘pump’ park site

Kids with bikes and dirt piles have long attracted one to the other, and the Wasco County Parks and Recreation District is investigating the possibility of creating an official “pump park” at Sorosis Park in The Dalles. A “pump park” is a low speed dirt track in which the bicycles are “pumped” over jumps and other features.

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Port progresses at Chenoweth: Summer could see construction

The Port of The Dalles could see businesses building as early as next year at its future Chenoweth Business Park.

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Cheery Cherry Windows

A BUSINESS WINDOW contest organized by The Dalles Main Street and celebrating Northwest Cherry Festival drew some creative entries that brightened The Dalles this past weekend. Taking first place in the event was Sigman’s Flowers (top), second place went to The Dalles Furniture (above, left) and third place to Klindt’s Booksellers.

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‘That Good’ Photography opens

­Lindsey Shouse wants to help people capture the special moments and milestones they want to remember forever. Shouse recently launched “That Good” Photography at 502 Washington St. in The Dalles.

Wilcox wins distinguished service award

SALEM — Members of the Oregon Association of Realtors have honored local Realtor and community leader Jim Wilcox with a 2013 Distinguished Service Award.

Word on the Street: Dialysis center celebrates grand opening May 8

A new beginning: Fresenius Medical Care North America is celebrating the launch of its new dialysys clinic in The Dalles with an open house Wednesday, May 8, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Northwest News in brief

BOARDMAN (AP) — An Oregon State Police detective says a pipe bomb discovered in the Eastern Oregon city of Boardman would have damaged a mobile home park if it had exploded. Detective Dennis Wagner told the East Oregonian newspaper that the bomb’s potential blast radius was at least 100 yards. Two women found the unusual-looking device Saturday while cleaning up at Boardman’s Community Pride Day. It turned out to be a pipe bomb with explosive powder and 4-inch nails to create shrapnel.

For the Record, April 1

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for May 1. 2013.

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Knox: What happened was surreal

SEATTLE (AP) — Amanda Knox says in an interview that what happened to her was “surreal but it could have happened to anyone.” The Seattle native told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer in an interview airing Tuesday night that “I want the truth to come out. I’d like to be reconsidered as a person.” In March, Italy’s highest criminal court overturned Knox’s acquittal in the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher and ordered a new trial for Knox, 25. Italian law cannot compel Knox to return for the new legal proceeding.

Shoppers face hurdles in finding ethical clothing

NEW YORK (AP) — You can recycle your waste, grow your own food and drive a fuel-efficient car. But being socially responsible isn’t so easy when it comes to the clothes on your back.

What's Happening from May 1

What's Happening from May 1, 2013

Gorge farmers markets aim for $1 million in sales

Gorge farmers’ markets begin opening for the 2013 season this month with the Gorge Grown Farmers’ Market (Thursdays in Hood River), the Hood River Saturday Market and the Goldendale Farmers’ Market (Saturdays).

Sherman County Historical Museum opens

MORO — Take a walk on the rural side as the national-award-winning Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro opens today, May 1.

After Sandy Hook, television violence persists

NEW YORK — Violence, gore and gunplay were staples on prime-time television even in the most sensitive period directly following the Newtown school shooting.

More Boston bombing suspects in custody

BOSTON (AP) — Three more suspects have been taken into custody in the marathon bombings, city police said Wednesday. The police department made the announcement in a tweet Wednesday morning, saying more details would follow. Police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca confirmed the tweet but referred all other questions to the FBI.

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Pakistan-US alliance takes hits on campaign trail

ISLAMABAD (AP) — On the campaign trail in Pakistan, candidates boast about their readiness to stand up to Washington and often tout their anti-American credentials. One party leader even claims he would shoot down U.S. drones if he comes to power.

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World and national news in brief

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprise twist to the decade-plus effort to ease access to morning-after pills, the government is lowering the age limit to 15 for one brand — Plan B One-Step — and will let it be sold over the counter.

Cady, Fischer pick up TDCC Kickoff golf title

Only four strokes made the difference between first through fifth place in the low net category of this past weekend’s The Dalles Country Club 2013 men’s Spring Kickoff Tournament.

Cherry Blossom run results

2013 Cherry Blossom 3k, 5k and 10k run/walk on April 27 at Dry Hollow Elementary in TD. 3K Results

Harriers push it to the limit in Cherry Blossom run

Iremonger edges Mike Demott in close men’s 5k division

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Another ace in the hole

Wilson’s gem, team’s 10-hit effort lead to 6-2 victory for No. 3-ranked TDW Never play cards with J.R. Runyon. For some reason, The Dalles Wahtonka baseball coach always seems to have an ace up his sleeve.