I have been told if you attempt to pop a frog into a pot of boiling water, he’ll jump out every time.May 31, 2013 5:20 p.m. read more..
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?May 31, 2013 5:19 p.m. read more..
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.May 31, 2013 12:50 p.m. read more..
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.May 31, 2013 12:38 p.m. read more..
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.May 31, 2013 12:34 p.m. read more..
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.May 31, 2013 12:31 p.m. read more..
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.May 31, 2013 12:22 p.m. read more..
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.May 31, 2013 12:04 p.m. read more..
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.May 31, 2013 noon read more..
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.May 31, 2013 11:56 a.m. read more..
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.May 31, 2013 11:44 a.m. read more..
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.May 31, 2013 10:30 a.m. read more..
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.May 31, 2013 8:41 a.m. read more..
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.May 31, 2013 8:38 a.m. read more..
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.May 31, 2013 8:31 a.m. read more..
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.May 31, 2013 8:29 a.m. read more..
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 opportunitiesMay 31, 2013 8:24 a.m. read more..
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.May 31, 2013 8:01 a.m. read more..
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.May 31, 2013 7:57 a.m. read more..
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.May 31, 2013 7:50 a.m. read more..
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.May 31, 2013 7:42 a.m. read more..
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.May 31, 2013 7:26 a.m. read more..
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.May 31, 2013 7:04 a.m. read more..
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.May 30, 2013 12:57 p.m. read more..
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.May 30, 2013 12:53 p.m. read more..
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.May 30, 2013 12:41 p.m. read more..
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.May 30, 2013 12:39 p.m. read more..
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, emailMay 30, 2013 12:35 p.m. read more..
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?May 30, 2013 12:33 p.m. read more..
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.May 30, 2013 12:23 p.m. read more..
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.May 30, 2013 12:01 p.m. read more..
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.May 30, 2013 11:55 a.m. read more..
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.May 30, 2013 11:43 a.m. read more..
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.May 30, 2013 11:41 a.m. read more..
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.May 30, 2013 11:16 a.m. read more..
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.May 29, 2013 2:07 p.m. read more..
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?May 29, 2013 2:06 p.m. read more..
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.May 29, 2013 1:37 p.m. read more..
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.May 29, 2013 1:36 p.m. read more..
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.May 29, 2013 1:24 p.m. read more..
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.May 29, 2013 1:22 p.m. read more..
“Stage Coaches and Stations of Eastern Oregon and Washington” is the featured presentation at the annual meeting of the Original Wasco County Courthouse.May 29, 2013 1:11 p.m. read more..
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.May 29, 2013 1:01 p.m. read more..
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.May 29, 2013 12:41 p.m. read more..
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.May 29, 2013 12:38 p.m. read more..
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.May 29, 2013 12:36 p.m. read more..
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.May 29, 2013 12:31 p.m. read more..
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.May 28, 2013 2:16 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m a healthy woman in my 40s. Should I take extra folic acid to boost my immune system?May 28, 2013 2:15 p.m. read more..
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.May 28, 2013 1:19 p.m. read more..
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.May 28, 2013 1:18 p.m. read more..
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.May 28, 2013 1:07 p.m. read more..
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.May 28, 2013 1:03 p.m. read more..
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.May 28, 2013 12:40 p.m. read more..
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.May 28, 2013 12:39 p.m. read more..
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.May 28, 2013 12:38 p.m. read more..
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.May 28, 2013 12:31 p.m. read more..
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.May 28, 2013 12:23 p.m. read more..
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.May 28, 2013 12:18 p.m. read more..
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.May 28, 2013 12:15 p.m. read more..
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.May 28, 2013 12:05 p.m. read more..
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.May 28, 2013 12:04 p.m. read more..
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.May 28, 2013 11:54 a.m. read more..
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!May 28, 2013 11:46 a.m. read more..
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.May 28, 2013 11:45 a.m. read more..
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.May 28, 2013 5:57 a.m. read more..
The Oregon School Activities Association announced results from the state track and field held May 23-25 at Hayward Field, University of Oregon.May 28, 2013 5:53 a.m. read more..
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.May 24, 2013 8:26 p.m. read more..
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.May 24, 2013 8:18 p.m. read more..
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.May 24, 2013 8:16 p.m. read more..
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.May 24, 2013 8:11 p.m. read more..
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.May 24, 2013 7:58 p.m. read more..
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.May 24, 2013 7:53 p.m. read more..
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.May 24, 2013 7:47 p.m. read more..
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.May 24, 2013 7:17 p.m. read more..
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.May 24, 2013 7:07 p.m. read more..
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.May 24, 2013 7:01 p.m. read more..
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.May 24, 2013 4:40 p.m. read more..
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.May 24, 2013 4:38 p.m. read more..
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?May 24, 2013 4:35 p.m. read more..
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.May 24, 2013 4:33 p.m. read more..
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.May 24, 2013 4:29 p.m. read more..
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.May 24, 2013 4:18 p.m. read more..
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.May 24, 2013 4:09 p.m. read more..
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?May 24, 2013 4:08 p.m. read more..
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.May 24, 2013 3:51 p.m. read more..
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.May 24, 2013 3:48 p.m. read more..
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.May 24, 2013 3:41 p.m. read more..
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.May 24, 2013 12:57 p.m. read more..
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.May 24, 2013 12:29 p.m. read more..
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.May 24, 2013 12:27 p.m. read more..
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.May 24, 2013 12:17 p.m. read more..
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.May 24, 2013 12:15 p.m. read more..
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.May 24, 2013 12:02 p.m. read more..
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.May 24, 2013 12:01 p.m. read more..
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, emailMay 23, 2013 4 p.m. read more..
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?May 23, 2013 3:59 p.m. read more..
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.May 23, 2013 12:39 p.m. read more..
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.May 23, 2013 12:34 p.m. read more..
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.May 23, 2013 12:24 p.m. read more..
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.May 23, 2013 12:12 p.m. read more..
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.May 23, 2013 12:08 p.m. read more..
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.May 23, 2013 9:29 a.m. read more..
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.May 23, 2013 8:53 a.m. read more..
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.May 23, 2013 8:52 a.m. read more..
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.May 23, 2013 8:51 a.m. read more..
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.May 23, 2013 8:10 a.m. read more..
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.May 22, 2013 4:34 p.m. read more..
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.May 22, 2013 3:32 p.m. read more..
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.May 22, 2013 2:19 p.m. read more..
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.May 22, 2013 2:16 p.m. read more..
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.May 22, 2013 2:13 p.m. read more..
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.May 22, 2013 2:12 p.m. read more..
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.May 22, 2013 2:07 p.m. read more..
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.May 22, 2013 1:45 p.m. read more..
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.May 22, 2013 1:40 p.m. read more..
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 BurgenerMay 22, 2013 10:49 a.m. read more..
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.May 22, 2013 10:34 a.m. read more..
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.May 22, 2013 10:23 a.m. read more..
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.May 22, 2013 10:11 a.m. read more..
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.May 22, 2013 7:58 a.m. read more..
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.May 21, 2013 3:17 p.m. read more..
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.May 21, 2013 3:07 p.m. read more..
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.May 21, 2013 3:02 p.m. read more..
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 advocacyMay 21, 2013 2:37 p.m. read more..
Ann Marie Guischer stands out for Mount Hood Community College with all-league, Pitcher of the Year and All-American honorsMay 21, 2013 2:02 p.m. read more..
TDW baseball team hosts Corvallis, TDW softball and Dufur on the roadMay 21, 2013 12:01 p.m. read more..
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.May 18, 2013 11:30 p.m. read more..
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.May 18, 2013 11:06 p.m. read more..
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.May 18, 2013 11:04 p.m. read more..
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.May 18, 2013 10:59 p.m. read more..
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.May 18, 2013 10:48 p.m. read more..
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.May 18, 2013 10:32 p.m. read more..
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.May 18, 2013 10:31 p.m. read more..
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.)May 18, 2013 10:29 p.m. read more..
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.May 18, 2013 10:26 p.m. read more..
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?May 18, 2013 10:21 p.m. read more..
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.May 17, 2013 3:24 p.m. read more..
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.May 17, 2013 3:17 p.m. read more..
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.May 17, 2013 3:16 p.m. read more..
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.May 17, 2013 3:15 p.m. read more..
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.May 17, 2013 3:10 p.m. read more..
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.May 17, 2013 3:04 p.m. read more..
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.”May 17, 2013 2:38 p.m. read more..
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.May 17, 2013 2:37 p.m. read more..
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.May 17, 2013 2:35 p.m. read more..
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.May 17, 2013 2:27 p.m. read more..
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.May 17, 2013 2:24 p.m. read more..
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.May 17, 2013 2:08 p.m. read more..
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.May 17, 2013 1:57 p.m. read more..
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.May 17, 2013 1:46 p.m. read more..
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.May 17, 2013 11:06 a.m. read more..
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?May 17, 2013 11:03 a.m. read more..
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.May 16, 2013 2:28 p.m. read more..
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.May 16, 2013 2:15 p.m. read more..
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.May 16, 2013 2:06 p.m. read more..
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.May 16, 2013 2:05 p.m. read more..
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.May 16, 2013 1:51 p.m. read more..
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.May 16, 2013 1:50 p.m. read more..
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.May 16, 2013 12:43 p.m. read more..
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?May 16, 2013 12:09 p.m. read more..
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.May 16, 2013 12:05 p.m. read more..
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.May 16, 2013 11:53 a.m. read more..
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, CaliforniaMay 16, 2013 10:29 a.m. read more..
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?May 16, 2013 10:27 a.m. read more..
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.May 15, 2013 1:01 p.m. read more..
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.May 15, 2013 12:57 p.m. read more..
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; email@example.comMay 15, 2013 12:34 p.m. read more..
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.”May 15, 2013 12:32 p.m. read more..
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.May 15, 2013 12:25 p.m. read more..
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.May 15, 2013 12:20 p.m. read more..
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.May 15, 2013 12:16 p.m. read more..
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.May 15, 2013 12:05 p.m. read more..
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.May 15, 2013 11:56 a.m. read more..
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.May 15, 2013 11:54 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: Today at the playground my toddler bit another child. How can I make sure she doesn’t do this again?May 15, 2013 11:53 a.m. read more..
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.”May 15, 2013 11:41 a.m. read more..
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.May 15, 2013 11:30 a.m. read more..
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.May 15, 2013 10:30 a.m. read more..
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.May 15, 2013 8:58 a.m. read more..
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.May 15, 2013 8:56 a.m. read more..
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.May 15, 2013 8:51 a.m. read more..
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.May 15, 2013 8:48 a.m. read more..
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.May 15, 2013 8:42 a.m. read more..
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.May 15, 2013 8:33 a.m. read more..
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.May 15, 2013 8:20 a.m. read more..
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.May 15, 2013 8:14 a.m. read more..
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).May 15, 2013 8:08 a.m. read more..
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.May 14, 2013 2:35 p.m. read more..
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?May 14, 2013 2:33 p.m. read more..
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.May 14, 2013 2:16 p.m. read more..
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.May 14, 2013 2:14 p.m. read more..
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.May 14, 2013 2:10 p.m. read more..
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.May 14, 2013 2:09 p.m. read more..
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.May 14, 2013 2:08 p.m. read more..
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.May 14, 2013 2:05 p.m. read more..
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.May 14, 2013 2:03 p.m. read more..
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.May 14, 2013 1:57 p.m. read more..
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.May 14, 2013 12:59 p.m. read more..
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.May 14, 2013 12:59 p.m. read more..
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.May 14, 2013 12:57 p.m. read more..
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.May 14, 2013 12:52 p.m. read more..
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.”May 14, 2013 12:51 p.m. read more..
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.May 14, 2013 12:40 p.m. read more..
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.May 14, 2013 12:38 p.m. read more..
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 MastersonMay 14, 2013 12:30 p.m. read more..
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.May 14, 2013 12:26 p.m. read more..
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.May 14, 2013 12:20 p.m. read more..
As we move closer to summer and the temperatures rise, it’s the time when door-to-door salespeople start hitting the sidewalks.May 14, 2013 12:14 p.m. read more..
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.May 14, 2013 12:10 p.m. read more..
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.May 11, 2013 6:05 p.m. read more..
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.May 11, 2013 5:51 p.m. read more..
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.May 11, 2013 5:46 p.m. read more..
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.May 11, 2013 5:45 p.m. read more..
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.May 11, 2013 5:24 p.m. read more..
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.May 11, 2013 4:57 p.m. read more..
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!May 11, 2013 4:56 p.m. read more..
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.May 11, 2013 4:54 p.m. read more..
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.May 11, 2013 4:40 p.m. read more..
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.May 11, 2013 4:39 p.m. read more..
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.May 11, 2013 4:28 p.m. read more..
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.May 11, 2013 4:09 p.m. read more..
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.”May 11, 2013 3:59 p.m. read more..
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.May 11, 2013 3:56 p.m. read more..
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.May 10, 2013 2:05 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I brush and floss regularly. Do I need to use mouthwash too?May 10, 2013 2:03 p.m. read more..
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.May 10, 2013 1:15 p.m. read more..
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.May 10, 2013 11:40 a.m. read more..
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.May 10, 2013 11:38 a.m. read more..
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.May 10, 2013 11:31 a.m. read more..
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.”May 10, 2013 11:14 a.m. read more..
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.May 10, 2013 11:11 a.m. read more..
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.May 10, 2013 11:05 a.m. read more..
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.May 10, 2013 10:59 a.m. read more..
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.May 10, 2013 10:25 a.m. read more..
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.May 10, 2013 8:55 a.m. read more..
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.May 9, 2013 10:01 p.m. read more..
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.May 9, 2013 9:55 p.m. read more..
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.May 9, 2013 9:51 p.m. read more..
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.May 9, 2013 9:36 p.m. read more..
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.May 9, 2013 9:27 p.m. read more..
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.May 9, 2013 9:22 p.m. read more..
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.May 9, 2013 9:16 p.m. read more..
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.May 9, 2013 9:10 p.m. read more..
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.May 9, 2013 9:05 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: My doctor thinks I may have hypothyroidism. How will he make the diagnosis?May 9, 2013 4:22 p.m. read more..
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.May 9, 2013 12:55 p.m. read more..
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.comMay 9, 2013 12:48 p.m. read more..
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.May 9, 2013 12:40 p.m. read more..
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.May 9, 2013 12:24 p.m. read more..
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.May 9, 2013 12:21 p.m. read more..
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.May 9, 2013 12:13 p.m. read more..
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.May 9, 2013 12:10 p.m. read more..
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.May 9, 2013 12:04 p.m. read more..
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.May 9, 2013 11:52 a.m. read more..
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.May 9, 2013 11:40 a.m. read more..
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.May 9, 2013 11:31 a.m. read more..
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.May 9, 2013 11:29 a.m. read more..
SALEM — Oregon’s chief elections official wants almost everyone with a driver’s license to be automatically registered to vote.May 9, 2013 11:27 a.m. read more..
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.May 8, 2013 1:05 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m a man in my 70s with spinal stenosis. What are my surgical options?May 8, 2013 1:02 p.m. read more..
Carmen Gronquist filed for an open position on the Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue District board, believing it is important to volunteer for the community.May 8, 2013 12:31 p.m. read more..
In his college days before medical school, Dr. John Willer was a volunteer emergency medical responder and firefighter in Ohio.May 8, 2013 12:28 p.m. read more..
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.May 8, 2013 12:22 p.m. read more..
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.May 8, 2013 12:10 p.m. read more..
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.May 8, 2013 11:55 a.m. read more..
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.May 8, 2013 11:51 a.m. read more..
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.May 8, 2013 11:30 a.m. read more..
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.May 8, 2013 11:22 a.m. read more..
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.May 8, 2013 11:19 a.m. read more..
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.May 8, 2013 11:08 a.m. read more..
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.May 8, 2013 11:06 a.m. read more..
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.May 7, 2013 3:04 p.m. read more..
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.May 7, 2013 2:13 p.m. read more..
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?May 7, 2013 2:12 p.m. read more..
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?”May 7, 2013 2:10 p.m. read more..
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.May 7, 2013 1:45 p.m. read more..
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.May 7, 2013 1:38 p.m. read more..
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.May 7, 2013 1:37 p.m. read more..
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.May 7, 2013 1:29 p.m. read more..
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.May 7, 2013 1 p.m. read more..
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.May 7, 2013 12:58 p.m. read more..
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.May 7, 2013 12:55 p.m. read more..
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.May 7, 2013 12:43 p.m. read more..
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.May 7, 2013 12:42 p.m. read more..
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.May 7, 2013 12:40 p.m. read more..
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.May 7, 2013 12:39 p.m. read more..
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.May 7, 2013 12:32 p.m. read more..
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.May 7, 2013 12:31 p.m. read more..
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, StephenMay 7, 2013 12:01 p.m. read more..
An unofficial landmark in town often referred to as the “smoking tree” will be a topic of community discussion on Wednesday, May 8.May 7, 2013 noon read more..
Rosanne Parry inspired by life experiences Like many authors, Rosanne Parry draws from her own life experiences for inspiration for her books.May 7, 2013 11:55 a.m. read more..
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.May 4, 2013 9:02 p.m. read more..
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.May 4, 2013 8:54 p.m. read more..
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.”May 4, 2013 8:47 p.m. read more..
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.”May 4, 2013 8:16 p.m. read more..
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.May 4, 2013 8:09 p.m. read more..
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.May 4, 2013 7:50 p.m. read more..
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.May 4, 2013 7:40 p.m. read more..
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.May 4, 2013 7:39 p.m. read more..
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.May 4, 2013 7:34 p.m. read more..
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.May 4, 2013 7:33 p.m. read more..
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.May 4, 2013 7:25 p.m. read more..
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.May 4, 2013 7:14 p.m. read more..
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.May 4, 2013 7:06 p.m. read more..
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.May 4, 2013 7:05 p.m. read more..
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.May 4, 2013 7:03 p.m. read more..
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.May 3, 2013 4:57 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I know fruits and vegetables make the healthiest snacks. But can packaged foods also be part of my healthy snack arsenal?May 3, 2013 4:53 p.m. read more..
Plans to hold a large music and art festival outside of Dufur this summer drew criticism during a two-hour public hearing this week.May 3, 2013 11:47 a.m. read more..
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.May 3, 2013 11:37 a.m. read more..
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.May 3, 2013 11:29 a.m. read more..
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, CaliforniaMay 2, 2013 2:27 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m scheduled to have a corneal transplant. What can I expect during this procedure?May 2, 2013 2:25 p.m. read more..
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.May 2, 2013 1:16 p.m. read more..
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.May 2, 2013 12:50 p.m. read more..
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.May 2, 2013 12:11 p.m. read more..
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).May 2, 2013 12:09 p.m. read more..
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.May 2, 2013 12:05 p.m. read more..
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.May 2, 2013 12:03 p.m. read more..
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.May 2, 2013 12:02 p.m. read more..
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.May 2, 2013 11:59 a.m. read more..
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.May 2, 2013 11:49 a.m. read more..
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:May 2, 2013 11:34 a.m. read more..
Local Sports Schedule for the weekend and MondayMay 2, 2013 10:16 a.m. read more..
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.May 2, 2013 10:14 a.m. read more..
Gorge Roller Hockey will be accepting registration Saturday, May 4May 2, 2013 9:58 a.m. read more..
Ted Walker Memorial Swimming Pool will be in opening for our full summer season June 8thMay 2, 2013 9:55 a.m. read more..
Join ODFW and the OSU Beavers for a day of baseball May 4May 2, 2013 9:52 a.m. read more..
The Gorge Roller Girls home teams will hit the flat track May 11 at 6:00 pm at Hood River Valley High School.May 2, 2013 9:49 a.m. read more..
Big game raffle tickets on sale through May 6 - Last year's winner set state record for goatMay 2, 2013 9:45 a.m. read more..
MARINE FISHING Saltwater News Bulletins You can subscribe to receive e-mails and text message alerts for marine topics you are interested in. <a href="http://dfw.state.or.us/MRP/bulletins/index.asp">Sign up online</a> 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.May 2, 2013 9 a.m. read more..
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.May 2, 2013 8:52 a.m. read more..
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.May 2, 2013 8:43 a.m. read more..
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.May 2, 2013 8:38 a.m. read more..
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.May 2, 2013 8:27 a.m. read more..
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.May 2, 2013 8:09 a.m. read more..
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.May 2, 2013 8:02 a.m. read more..
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.May 2, 2013 7:40 a.m. read more..
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.May 2, 2013 7:09 a.m. read more..
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.May 2, 2013 7:06 a.m. read more..
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.May 2, 2013 7:04 a.m. read more..
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?May 1, 2013 2:22 p.m. read more..
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.May 1, 2013 2:15 p.m. read more..
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.May 1, 2013 12:55 p.m. read more..
If there is one thing voters can count on if they vote for John Nelson, he says, it’s his sense of commitment.May 1, 2013 12:49 p.m. read more..
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.May 1, 2013 12:47 p.m. read more..
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.May 1, 2013 12:43 p.m. read more..
The Port of The Dalles could see businesses building as early as next year at its future Chenoweth Business Park.May 1, 2013 12:40 p.m. read more..
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.May 1, 2013 12:26 p.m. read more..
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.May 1, 2013 12:14 p.m. read more..
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.May 1, 2013 12:02 p.m. read more..
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.May 1, 2013 11:59 a.m. read more..
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.May 1, 2013 11:43 a.m. read more..
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.May 1, 2013 11:41 a.m. read more..
Iremonger edges Mike Demott in close men’s 5k divisionMay 1, 2013 11:29 a.m. read more..
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