Saturday, November 30
Image gallery from the Starlight Parade, 2013.
Facing a tough foe, man turns to comics collection
Young TDW girl’s hoops team tries to take next step
ATLANTA (AP) — A government study offers a new theory on why the whooping cough vaccine doesn’t seem to be working as well as expected.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Compounding pharmacies that custom-mix medications in bulk are expected to come under more federal oversight under a bill signed into law Wednesday by President Barack Obama.
PENDLETON (AP) — As a child in Pendleton, Nicole Nicassio-Hiskey had every pet she could slip past her mother. Turtles, rats, dogs and cats all roamed the Nicassio household.
Dec. 1 in History
Looking Back on Dec. 1.
Editorial cartoons from Dec. 1, 2013.
To the editor: I am currently the president of the board of Community Meal, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. We provide a hot meal every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in the dining room of the St. Vincent de Paul ministry facility at 315 West Third Street. Community Meal has been around since April 1, 1983.
To the editor: As someone who went to Iraq and spent almost a year there. I was so touched to read this story about Ahmed Atieh in the Nov. 24 Chronicle.
To the editor: This evening, as my wife and I enjoyed an exquisite meal at one of our fine city restaurants, we decided to go for a drive through the downtown corridor of The Dalles after dinner.
To the editor: Thank you, thank you, thank you! On Monday, Nov. 18, Burgerville hosted a fundraiser for ALS and we had an excellent turnout.
To the editor: Dear Santa, It’s been a long time since I’ve written you a letter for a big wish. I was born on Christmas Day in 1949 with a twin sister (her being older by 6 minutes, which is OK). I got to see what I was getting from Santa, and for my birthday (just a different color). To me every day is a special day. I love Christmas, also shared it with my parents who are gone now. When my dad got sick, I was his Elf for mom.
If it seems as if we’ve just pushed away from the Thanksgiving table and December is already here, that’s because it’s true. Since November started on a Friday this year, the fourth Thursday of month was as late as it could possibly be.
CORVALLIS — Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered that one gene in a common fungus acts as a master regulator, and deleting it has opened access to a wealth of new compounds that have never before been studied — with potential to identify new antibiotics.
En veces nada más necesitamos de un recordatorio en formas para mejorar el comer y los hábitos de actividad. No tiene que ser drástico. De hecho, pasos pequeños son más fáciles de seguir e incorporar en la rutina diaria de su familia, Se sorprenderá como los cambios más pequeñitos pueden tener un significado diferente en la salud y bienestar de su familia. Hay más de 15 días festivos durante el año que su familia y su niño pueden celebrar. Las Fiestas no tienen que ser un tiempo de mala nutrición y actividad. De hecho, con algunas adiciones o modificaciones a su fiesta, puede ser un tiempo muy saludable y activo para la familia entera. Aquí tiene una lista de consejos para las Fiestas que ayudan a Promover Divertidas y Saludables Fiestas Por Todo el Año
Sometimes you just need a little reminder of ways to improve your family’s eating and activity habits. It does not have to be drastic. In fact, smaller steps are easier to follow and incorporate into your family’s daily routine. You may be surprised how the littlest changes can make a significant difference in your family’s overall health and well-being.
Public meetings from Dec. 1, 2013.
What's Happening from Dec. 1, 2013.
This Sunday, Dec. 1, beginning at 3 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church at 101 W. 10th St. in The Dalles, the Walworth Music Foundation will be kicking off it’s first-ever “mini organ crawl,” featuring performances from Robert Tupper, accomplished organist and professor of music.
A GROUP OF 15 VOLUNTEERS braved the chill Nov. 23, and successfully spiraled 120 white Christmas light strings around the historic streetlights on Second Street, Union Street and the roundabout to make downtown The Dalles a little more festive for the holidays. The project was a partnership between The Dalles Main Street, The Port of The Dalles and The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce. The group was comprised of city and Northern Wasco County PUD employees, The Dalles Chamber Young Professionals (YoPros), Main Street and other volunteers.
The Oregon Farm Bureau is quick to act politically or legally on behalf of agriculture, an industry that is the second largest economy in the state and provides one out of every eight jobs.
ELFF DRIVE: The 28th annual ELFF (Everyone Loves a Fire Fighter) canned food drive will be rolling through The Dalles and Dallesport the first week of December.
Financial struggles may be worse at holidays
After nearly an hour closure, traffic is now open through the area of a car-pickup crash at Milepost 69 westbound on Interstate 84.
Friday, November 29
BEIRUT— A growing number of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and Jordan are fast becoming primary providers for families who lack resources for basic survival, the United Nations refugee agency said in a report Friday.
Asked about the significance of the Civil War, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota at first gave the stock answer that it’s just another game. But then the sophomore quarterback turned thoughtful.
A brother’s death propelled Martin to act
New Entries EAGLES BAZAAR: Eagles Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar will be Sunday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch is available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., including burgers, hot dogs and fries at The Dalles Eagles Lodge #2126, 2006 W. Seventh St., The Dalles. Tables are available for rent for $10. Contact Terri at 541-965-0494 for more information.
BEND (AP) — The Oregon attorney general’s office says most of the $17 million in state aid it alleged that two charter school operators misspent was in fact used properly for education.
PORTLAND — A federal judge in Portland has sentenced a Texas urologist and his attorney wife to a year and a day in prison after they were convicted of defrauding the government in a scheme prosecutors said also violated the U.S. trade embargo with Iran.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Nov. 27.
Led by state qualifier Erin Nelson, T-Dub eyeing a big finish
TDW basketball team re-tooled and ready to take on the Columbia River Conference
You’ll have to give a little in order to get a little. Don’t let frustrations stop you from living life. Focus on your accomplishments and use your energy wisely, and you will reach your goals. Change is inevitable and should be welcomed with open arms.
DEAR DOCTOR K: I have BPH. Can you explain how an enlarged prostate causes troublesome urinary symptoms?
Photos from the 2013 Community Thanksgiving meal.
A friend — I’ll call her Sally — in her early thirties moved from Arizona to Florida in search of a better job and a new life. Not that many months later, she decided a change of scenery wasn’t the solution she thought it would be and moved back.
Restrictions designed to make parking easier for shoppers in the downtown The Dalles area during the holiday season are now in effect between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Identification has been made in the case of a woman’s body found Nov. 26 near The Dalles Dam, but difficulty locating next of kin is delaying release of the name, according to Wasco County Chief Dep. Lane Magill.
A transformer caught fire at the base of a Bigelow Canyon wind turbine over the weekend, spilling an estimated 600 gallons of transformer oil.
Many boathouses have four-season living area
Increase averages 1.9 percent
Wednesday, November 27
Look for any opportunity to implement change into your life personally or professionally. Hone skills and invest in the things you really want to accomplish. Make decisions based on what will bring you peace of mind and less stress. Do not give in to emotional manipulation.
Dear Mary: Soon I will receive an inheritance that is almost equal to the amount remaining on my mortgage. I am a widow, age 55, with no dependents. I have 25 years with the same employer and have been participating in the company’s 401k plan for the past 15 years. I plan to work until I am 65. Should I use the inheritance to pay off the mortgage or, as friends suggest, invest it in a variety of stocks and bonds and keep my mortgage because the interest is tax-deductible? — Eleanor D.
DEAR DOCTOR K: Lately I’ve been hearing more about the side effects of statins. For example, I’ve heard that they increase the risk of muscle problems and diabetes. How do I know if they’re still worth the risk?
RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Latvia’s prime minister resigned on Tuesday after accepting political responsibility for the collapse of a supermarket roof in the capital that killed 54 people. Valdis Dombrovskis’ decision means his center-right government automatically falls.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A political party opposed to U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan revealed what it said was the name of the top CIA spy in the country on Wednesday and called for him and the head of the agency to be tried for a recent missile strike.
Weekend travel expected to involve 43 million people
LAS VEGAS (AP) — For years, Las Vegas tourists have had no place to pay their respects to one of the glitzy town’s founding fathers.
SAN FRANCISCO — Katie Couric is joining Yahoo to anchor an expansion of the Internet company’s video news coverage in a move that she hopes will help persuade other broadcast TV veterans to make the transition into online programming.
Oregon, Oregon State look to pick up the pieces Friday
Connor Shortt, Kauone Sefo and Lio Tunai chalk up first team CRC selections
SEATTLE (AP) — The family of a Washington state woman who leads a vigilante police force in Mexico has enlisted a Seattle human rights group to help push for her release after three months in custody on kidnapping allegations.
The Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum has expanded into its new building bringing the total display area of the museum to over 100,000 square feet.
Arts and entertainment calendar.
The Citizen Review Board in Wasco County is holding a book drive through Dec. 15 to benefit children in foster care in Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties. Books of all reading levels are appreciated. The goal this year is to collect 200 books for 200 children.
Community dinner, family celebrations mark the holiday.
Saturday patrols will be in effect from Dec. 13 through Jan. 2 in Wasco County as a way to deter driving while intoxicated during the holiday season.
Commission wants to understand why the land use process takes so long
Criteria to be used to narrow down options
Tuesday, November 26
The body of an unknown woman was found in the Columbia River near The Dalles Dam on Tuesday and authorities believe she had been in the water for a “period of time.”
Multiple state winner in esteemed coaching fraternity
Local gymnasts are ready to battle it out against Oregon’s best in Grants Pass
Group now prepares for trip to San Antonio on Dec. 14
It’s the beginning of the holiday season when we enjoy the company of family and also gain seven pounds before the start of the New Year.
To the editor: Although not a socialist myself, I am happy to learn that Seattle voters elected Socialist candidate Kshama Sawant to City Council two weeks ago. There are three reasons for my praise:
To the editor: I am not one to write letters to the editor. I feel however that this needs to be expressed. I am getting married on Dec. 7 and I chose to shop local for my bride’s wedding ring. I chose J.D. Smith Jewelers to provide me with a platinum band.
To the editor: We write to thank the Wasco County Road Department for the thoughtful job they have recently completed to improve safety on Sevenmile Hill Road.
To the editor: Being in the Veterans Day Parade I feel a bit more accepted as a veteran having seen all of the entries plus all of the people and especially children waving at us. Very nice parade and a good feeling- The next day I attended the Dufur School Celebration.
To the editor: I’m responding to your editorial of Nov. 19, regarding the SNAP program. You do realize that you cannot buy toilet paper with SNAP funds, correct? So the pop-can buyer in your story could (theoretically, though probably not) be reduced to having to exchange cans for that?
Editorial cartoons from Nov. 26, 2013.
The most common tradition of Thanksgiving Day in America dates back to 1621 when the Pilgrims, who had struggled to survive on the edge of an alien land, gave thanks and joined in fellowship with the native Americans for the bounty of their first harvest and, most likely, offered up a prayer to God for help in surviving the winter soon to descend.
EUGENE (AP) — Tens of thousands of Eugene and Springfield residents routinely rinse and set aside non-deposit wine, juice and other bottles and jars, then put them out for curbside recycling in specially marked boxes.
Dufur schools have announced this year’s first quarter honor roll, as follows:
Wilsonville— Rotary District 5100 of Oregon and Washington invites all seventh and ninth graders in their region to submit entries for the creative media division of its annual 4-Way Test Contest by April 1. Students can film and upload three to four minute skits, songs, poems or dramatic pieces to YouTube or Vimeo that demonstrate the use of the 4-Way Test that guides Rotarian behavior and decision making: Is it truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? And, lastly, will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Dry Hollow students work to make a difference.
Police, fire, medical and lottery results from Nov. 26, 2013.
What's Happening from Nov. 26, 2013.
Nutrition and Health Management for Cow-Calf Operations is the theme of the 2013 Beef Industry Tour, coming to The Dalles Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Shilo Inn. Agenda items will include:
The Mid-Columbia Car Club elected a new slate of officers for 2014 at its meeting Nov. 19.
Winter will officially arrive Dec. 21, but we all know that Mother Nature doesn’t follow a calendar. North Central Public Health officials urge residents to take time now to prepare yourself and your family for the winter weather.
Photographs from Saturday's Shots and Ladders fundraising basketball game.
SALEM (AP) — Oregon’s troubled health insurance exchange has discovered two more instances in which personal information of applicants was sent to the wrong people. The incidents revealed Monday bring the total number of the known security breaches to three.
Participation in a public endeavor will help broaden your outlook, refresh your memory and add satisfaction to your life in the year ahead. Getting to know people from different backgrounds will result in a chance to follow a longtime dream. Focus on affection and important relationships. Leave yourself time to play.
He tells jail staff that he has a large amount of pot
I’m crazy about gadgets — everything from quirky can openers to smartphones. Hand me a Swiss Army knife and I’m in heaven — the more blades and utensils, the better.
ODELL (AP) — Fire destroyed a stack of empty fruit bins Monday night at Diamond Fruit Growers in Odell.
Francis gives new priorities for outreach
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m interested in buying a high-quality cardio exercise machine to use at home. Any advice?
GRANTS PASS — U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden has unveiled his long-awaited bill to boost logging on federal lands in Western Oregon to help struggling timber counties.
Bus tour shows street improvement challenges
All Wasco County Departments will be closed for Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, except the emergency dispatch center. While deputies will be on patrol, the sheriff’s office will be closed.
Saturday, November 23
We know Thanksgiving hasn’t even arrived yet, but as usual, many minds (and television commercials) are already skipping over the day of thanks to what they will buy as Christmas gifts.
Editorial cartoons from Nov. 24, 2013.
WASHINGTON — A major U.S. power company has pleaded guilty to killing eagles and other birds at two Wyoming wind farms and agreed to pay $1 million as part of the first enforcement of environmental laws protecting birds against wind energy facilities.
We know Thanksgiving hasn’t even arrived yet, but as usual, many minds (and television commercials) are already skipping over the day of thanks to what they will buy as Christmas gifts.
Looking back on Nov. 24.
Anglers remain concerned
What's Happening from Nov. 24, 2013.
Innovation is the watchword when it comes to our hometown, homegrown Master Gardeners.
On a recent trip, Nathan Morris bags his prize
11 football players claim all-league status; Zach Nerdin, Connor Shortt on 1st team
Practicing Muslim Ahmed Atieh explains his faith and why radical Muslims are ‘not related to Islam’
An Olivehurst, Calif., resident was arrested in Sherman County following a late morning traffic stop that yielded roughly 9 pounds of marijuana.
The traffic signal at Webber and West Second streets will be disabled Monday, Nov. 25, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. during asphalt paving restoration. Flaggers will be present to control and route traffic through the work zone, according to NW Kodiak Construction, which is working on Webber Street water line improvements.
Friday, November 22
Choose your battles wisely. Personal information must be protected. This is a year of change, but to avoid interference you must work quietly behind the scenes until you are ready to present your masterpiece. Money matters will improve with proper budgeting and hard work.
If the terms Snowden, NSA and “top secret information” ring a bell, it’s possible that you follow the national news and understand the issues of privacy — both national and personal.
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m a 36-year-old woman. Lately I’ve been drinking more than I used to. How can I rein in my drinking before it becomes a problem?
There’s just something about Zac Palmer that kids are drawn to.
Eight runners from The Dalles have been hard at work, logging several hours on the tough Sorosis Park Course with all hearts turned towards advancing to another round of the Junior Olympics.
Community can take pride in the hiearchy shaping today’s youth for the future
COATS NEEDED: As local temperatures have dropped, many school children in the North Wasco County School District are without winter coats to keep them warm. A coat drive is under way to collect as many coats as possible for school children of all ages.
Hungry for a good story? The Cascade Locks branch library invites all second through fifth graders to come in for cookies, milk and a great book.
Gardeners looking to produce even more of their own food may want to consider one of the upcoming classes in aquaponics scheduled in White Salmon.
Longtime athletic official Eddie Edmo and his wife, Maree, were in a car accident Aug. 19 in Idaho.
FOURTH GRADER performsed at the Dry Hollow Indian Potlatch. The event, organized by fourth grade teachers Ms. Miller and Ms. Ortega, featured fourth grade participants and was held during the day for students and performed again for families at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Nov. 22, 2013.
For much of the population living today, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is strictly a historical event, found in movies or books.
Judge will bring chocolate cake in celebration
The Thompson Park pool in The Dalles will not operate this summer, but remain closed until completion of a replacement pool scheduled to open Memorial Day 2015.
PORTLAND (AP) — One of the two woman accused of beating another woman to death on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree murder.
Thursday, November 21
Cites “lack of trust” as basis for postponing
Tourist from CA taken off plane for no known reason
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Nov. 21, 2013.
Cody Jauken, Kevin Hart and Blake Evans chalk up spots on first team
Editorial cartoons from Nov. 21, 2013.
To the editor: Nov. 20, marked the annual observance of National Education Support Professionals Day. A time for saluting public school support staff and the contribution they make to public education. The interaction between children, parents and ESP’s is vital to the continued success of public education.
To the editor: This is to the person or persons who stole the black Pomeranian from Fred Meyer. Instead of stealing an elderly lady’s dog, why not give the dog back, claim the reward money and buy one? That’s a pretty low thing to do to someone. And thanks to you stealing the dog, the woman looking frantically for him fell and shattered her ankle bone.
To the editor: I would like to say thanks to St. Mary’s school, to the teachers and students for taking the time to take children to the Veterans Day parade.
Due to the absence of three council members, only one meeting was held in October. A system is being developed now to track councilors’ availability in the future to prevent this from happening again. The mayor does have the option of calling special meetings if necessary by giving 24-hour notice.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection Monday of a challenge to a National Security Agency program that sweeps up the telephone records of millions of ordinary Americans underscores the need for Congress to pass legislation forcing public disclosure about the scope of the federal government’s communications surveillance.
Author, Richard H. Mcbee, Jr. will be at The Dalles-Wasco County Library on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. in the library meeting room.
Arts and entertainment from Nov. 21.
Downtown The Dalles will amp up the holiday atmosphere this year with more lights and more activities.
Decorations and celebrations aren’t the only plans The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce has for the holiday season. The local business organization is kicking off its Shop Local and Win campaign on Starlight Parade Friday, Nov. 29, to encourage people to shop in The Dalles for the holidays rather than making their purchases out of town.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A food industry group that contributed heavily to defeat a measure that would have required labeling genetically engineered foods concealed millions more dollars in campaign contributions than has previously been reported, the state attorney general said Wednesday.
Regional Goodwill employees applaud shoppers as they enter
The Sherman County school board dismissed its interim district Superintendent Dr. Brian Metke on Nov. 20. A statement to the press last week said the board of directors had “unanimously voted to terminate [his] contract without cause.”
COOS BAY (AP) — Police, fire and ambulance crews in Coos Bay rushed to the scene of a reported explosion Wednesday morning, but police said it was just the result of a peanut brittle disaster. Police Capt. Chris Chapanar says the cook was trying out a recipe for quick brittle, but it started to burn.
Take action. Being proactive will bring the results you want. A chance to make monetary gains is within reach through investments, settlements or money that comes to you from an unexpected source. Focus on the more obscure aspects of life and love, and you’ll find happiness. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — A positive change to what you have and what’s within reach is heading your way. A contract or proposal will improve your prospects as well as your position.
Dear Mary: Do you tip a hairdresser if that person also owns the salon? I go to a shop where the owners provide services. I have always debated whether to give them a tip. What do you think? — Mary V.
DEAR DOCTOR K: My toddler has frequent constipation, and I have been giving him milk of magnesia about once a week. Is there any risk with this over-the-counter medicine?
Wednesday, November 20
The Thompson Park pool in The Dalles will not operate this summer, but remain closed until completion of a replacement pool scheduled to open on Memorial Day, 2015.
Riverside Gymnastics Results Last Chance Meet - Tigard Nov. 9-10, 2013
Riverside athletes set to compete for spots at state meet
Seven Dufur football players earn all-league status; Parke is Player of the Year
$13 billion grand total announced
Columbia Laser will offer expanded services in The Dalles
The Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (C-FARE) and the National Association of Agricultural Economics Administrators (NAAEA) recognized Congressman Greg Walden (R- Ore. 2nd District) by presenting him the 2013 Friend of Agricultural Economics Award for his employment of economics to policy issues involving agriculture, natural resources, food and nutrition topics.
Helping hands: The annual holiday collection drive at Haystack Broadcasting is under way now.
PORTLAND (AP) — Warrantless overseas wiretaps helped make the federal government’s case against a young Somali-American man convicted of plotting to bomb a 2010 Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland’s town square, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Agency looks at listing for Pinto Abalone
Additional historic newspapers from Hood River and Wasco counties will soon be made available online thanks to several grants.
What's Happening from Nov. 20, 2013.
The Gorge Chapter Ducks Unlimited received the 2013 “Call ‘Em In” award at the recent Oregon Ducks Unlimited State Convention for having more than 60 percent of their fundraising banquet attendees return from the previous year.
A fugitive watch has been issued for Chance Raymond Graham, 29. He is five feet, ten inches tall, weighs 130 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Nov. 20, 2013.
SALEM (AP) — Two of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s top advisers are moving on.
Laid off from drone industry, man struggled with English
Double merchandise stocked for grand opening
NW Kodiak Construction has current construction activities for Webber Street water line improvements. Webber Street will be closed between Second and Sixth streets on Nov. 21 between 10 p.m. and midnight.
Higher operation costs blamed
Don’t be afraid to do things differently. Using your imagination and branching out in new directions will be rejuvenating and give you a new lease on life. A change in your financial situation looks positive, and investments will be interesting as well as lucrative.
Got pets? Then you also have costs for everything from food to toys, to grooming and perhaps even daycare from time to time. But that doesn’t mean your little friends need to break the bank to be happy. Today, I want to share some great tips and tricks that readers have sent in that just might get you in the groove to save some dough. Woof!
DEAR DOCTOR K: What are some self-help strategies to treat hemorrhoids?
Tuesday, November 19
TORONTO — Mayor Rob Ford said Toronto’s City Council had no business stripping him of most of his powers over his admitted crack cocaine use and heaving drinking, implying in a television interview aired Tuesday that many councilors are no different from him.
To the editor: If you are a rabid Obama fan and haven’t read the children’s book about the Emperor’s Clothes, drop by the library and grab a copy. It is relevant on Obama’s phony “fix” for Obamacare.
To the editor: From the teller at the bank to the cashier at the check-out counter, I think there must be a new fad or else why are they wearing their necklines so low as to show cleavage?
To the editor: Welcome home, brother. I, too, felt the “sting” of being a Vietnam Vet and at times, of even being in the military. Much of that has passed ... different era ... different mindset. But I am not the least bit surprised at the salute granted you by another vet during the parade.
Editorial cartoons from Nov. 19, 2013.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — better known as SNAP or food stamps — has been an important source of household aid in Wasco County and Oregon over the past five years of recession and economic stagnation. It is particularly important for the working poor, people laboring in the many minimum wage service jobs that have replaced the living-wage resource and factory jobs that once helped towns like The Dalles thrive.
PORTLAND— With all the problems facing the rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, nowhere is the situation worse or more surprising than in Oregon, a progressive state that has enthusiastically embraced the federal law but has so far failed to enroll a single person in coverage through the state’s insurance exchange.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s annual International Survivors of Suicide Day event in the Columbia Gorge will be Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital’s board room on the second floor.
As more homes and businesses decide to change from analog to digital telephone technologies, Oregon State Fire Marshal Mark Wallace reminds them to be sure these new technologies are compatible with their fire and sprinkler alarm systems.
What's Happening from Nov. 19, 2103.
Columbia Center for the Arts brings a staged reading of “Sweet and Sad” by Richard Nelson to The Dalles Civic Auditorium on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, directed by Judie Hanel. The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. and stars Brenda Hering, Irene Fields, Julie Jindal, Tom Burns, Gary Young, Joe Garoutte. Written by Richard Nelson and Directed by Judie Hanel.
I don’t want to run as fast as I once did, or even look as ruggedly handsome — when all the girls I asked were too intimidated by my good looks to go out with me. (Wasn’t it Mark Twain who said when you’re young, you remember anything, whether it happened or not, but when you’re older, you only remember the latter. But I do vividly remember the lack of dates.
Michelle Obama shared one with her “first dog” Bo, Hillary Clinton tweeted one with her daughter Chelsea. Now “selfie” — the smartphone self-portrait — has been declared word of the year for 2013, according to Britain's Oxford University Press.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Virginia state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, who ran unsuccessfully for governor four years ago, was stabbed Tuesday in his head and chest at his home, and his son died at the residence from a gunshot wound, police said.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Nov. 19, 2013.
Fifty die when plane dives toward airport
The Dalles Wahtonka High School, students were introduced to the idea of peer tutoring as another way to earn community service hours during a Nov. 14 assembly.
Lillian Pitt’s visit part of MCS’ recent grant award
Thirteen put up solid numbers at Junior Olympics
Proposed plan will start statewide on Dec. 1
The Dalles Wahtonka head basketball coach Bob Townsend has a vision of bringing a more profound love for basketball to the greater Columbia Gorge area.
Amanda Payne is Volleyball Official of the Year
Toll may rise in isolated Sardinia
PORTLAND (AP) — Portland State University’s Population Research Center estimates Oregon’s population increased by more than 35,000 or about 1 percent in the past year. The center says the state population as of July 1 was 3.9 million — 3,919,025, exactly.
A man who drove the wrong way on Interstate 84, led police on a high-speed chase, and attempted to ram three patrol cars is now idling behind bars for 70 months. “His behavior was irresponsible and outrageous,” said Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley. “He was very lucky that he or someone else wasn’t killed.”
Google money will fund work
Saturday, November 16
What's happening from Nov. 17, 2013.
Nov. 17 in history.
Public meetings from Nov. 17, 2013.
DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — The parents of a 19-year-old woman who was shot in the face on the porch of a suburban Detroit home say they find it hard to believe their daughter posed a threat to the man charged in her death.
The Lost Wagon Train of 1853 has faded into history, but the experiences of the homesteaders who took the harrowing shortcut into the upper Willamette Valley continue to live on. The unique Oregon Trail story has been brought back to life earlier this month in time for its 160th anniversary during two reader’s theater performances. More than 60 people attended the Saturday, Nov. 2 performance at the Wildish Community Theater in downtown Springfield, which benefited Start Making A Reader Today.
Looking back on Nov. 17.
The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library book discussion group needs readers.
NEW YORK — An unrepentant self-described “hacktivist” was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for illegally accessing computer systems of law enforcement agencies and government contractors.
BERLIN — The German government knew for 19 months that a huge trove of art, possibly including works stolen by the Nazis, had been found in Bavaria, but kept quiet while prosecutors carried out their investigation.
I’ve been asked by several community groups to come give presentations on healthy eating tips folks can practice this time of year.
When Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown visited The Dalles Nov. 6, she noted the critical role community colleges play in workforce development.
PORTLAND (AP) — The State Board of Higher Education has voted to reduce tuition costs for students in Oregon’s seven public universities.
PORTLAND, (AP) — The federal government won’t micromanage or “take over” the Bonneville Power Administration because of a hiring scandal at the agency, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in a letter Friday.
ARLINGTON (AP) — The Gilliam County sheriff's office says investigators have concluded a fire that destroyed a historic church in the Columbia Gorge town Arlington was caused by arson, and a $5,000 reward is being offered for information. The fire at the Church of the Nazarene was the second this year.
To the editor: Dr. Frank Toda has done an excellent job in developing our college into something this community can be proud of. He’s single-handedly raised millions of dollars for The Dalles and Hood River campuses. Beautiful new buildings grace these two campuses, and the older buildings have been remodeled and improved. The college has recently become accredited. The list of accomplishments continue.
To the editor: Our 12-year-old daughter has a benign bone tumor (osteochondroma) that most likely will never turn malignant, but the constant required monitoring of it is enough to remind us that the direction of her life could change any day. When things are going well, it’s easy for us to forget that life-altering events can even happen at all.
To the editor: Pastor Jerry: The greatest show of courage by men and women in history was during the Reformation of the 1500’s. What was being reformed? The most evil organization on earth, the holy Roman Catholic Church.
To the editor: Slowly but surely, many Americans are waking up to realize that Obamacare is a budget-busting farce. But wait, there’s more! Many miserable months ago, the Traditional Values Coalition discovered these documented facts that the Lamestream Media carefully avoided (censorship by omission).
Parke, Olson walk off field as big parts of Dufur legacy
Talk to any football coach and they will tell you that winning playoff games, at any level, involves skill, a little luck and making the pivotal plays in critical situations.
Waiting for Thanksgiving dinner
Friday, November 15
A FOUR-story addition takes shape as the Cousins Inn expansion project continues in The Dalles.
Tribe boy’s soccer team has eight players, coach Gamez earn league recognition
WASHINGTON AP —The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which focuses on constitutional law, today submitted an amicus brief on behalf of more than 230,000 Americans urging a federal appeals court to protect a Cross Memorial at The National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City.
Bingen First Baptist is a tiny church with a big heart, especially when it comes to donating care boxes to needy kids worldwide as part of Operation Christmas Child.
HOOD RIVER –Mount Hood Railroad brings back The Polar Express for two months.
What's Happening from Nov. 15, 2013.
Jacqueline Freeman, a biodynamic beekeeper, farmer and owner of Friendly Haven Rise Farm in Venersborg, Wash., will be presenting a lecture on Monday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Rockford Grange in Hood River.
Burgerville is holding a fundraiser on Monday, Nov. 18 to support the fight against Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in honor of MariAnne Sansour, a local resident living with the disease.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Nov. 15, 2013.
The Oregon Department of Education revamped its report cards for the state’s k-12 public schools this year.
Three schools falls short of standards, improve
The Sherman County Sheriff’s Office has had a busy month of traffic stops resulting in drug hauls, including one that yielded 31 pounds of marijuana and eight pounds of cocaine seized off a commercial passenger bus.
MONTE CARLO, Monaco (AP) — Portland, has been chosen to host the 2016 World Indoor Track Championships. That marks the first time a senior World Athletics Series event has been held in the United States since the World Cross Country Championships in 1992.
Police chase ends with multiple wrecked patrol cars, use of Taser
Basic ocean conditions such as current directions and water temperature play a huge role in determining the behavior of young migrating salmon as they move from rivers and hit ocean waters for the first time, according to new research.
The Northwest is facing increased risks from the decline of forest health, earlier snowmelt leading to low summer stream flows, and an array of issues facing the coastal region, according to a new climate assessment report.
Steller sea lion consumption of spawning salmon and steelhead in the waters below the lower Columbia River’s Bonneville Dam continued its upward trend during the late winter-spring of 2013, according to a year-end report prepared by a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers research team.
Thursday, November 14
A chance to make a difference will brighten your world and give you hope for future opportunities. Your capability and potential will draw positive attention and create quite a stir. Follow your instincts and enjoy the journey.
I love houseplants and boy, do I have some beauties! The truth is I don’t have a green thumb, I just know a few secret tricks and tips that I will gladly share with you.
DEAR DOCTOR K: I have knee osteoarthritis. Are there exercises that could relieve my pain?
THE DALLES Wahtonka High School drama department is performing a murder mystery comedy, "The Bold, The Young and The Murdered," starting Thursday, Nov. 14. Show dates are Nov. 14-16 and Nov. 21-23 at 7:30 p.m., at The Dalles Wahtonka High School.
Dufur football team makes an attempt to chalk up a semifinals state playoff berth
NEWTOWN, Conn.— A grass-roots group involving several people who lost loved ones in the Newtown school shooting is launching a new campaign to address gun violence, reaching out to parents around the country after seeing its push for new federal legislation fall short in Washington.
SEATTLE — Despite warnings that production of Boeing’s next generation 777 plane could go to another state, machinists in the Northwest voted late Wednesday to reject a contract proposal that would have exchanged concessions for decades of secure jobs. In response, the Boeing Co. said it would begin a bid process to find a home for its 777X production line.
Editorial cartoons from Nov. 14, 2013.
To the editor: Was there a real shutdown? Does a shutdown still have an income? On Oct. 15, during a government shutdown using a government website, I paid $4,900 in federal payroll taxes. I believe it can be documented that there was no shutdown on receiving money from employers.
To the editor: I stood at the end of the parade route for the Veterans’ Day parade, holding my baseball cap identifying my old military assignment with the now deactivated 9th Infantry Division, previously stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington. The truck carrying military personnel slowly rolled by, when one of the men in the back wearing a Navy uniform took notice of my hat. Without hesitation, he squared up, faced me, and sharply saluted. I was stunned, honored, and deeply moved by his action. And, I froze. You see, I enlisted in the military almost 40 years ago. At that time, the Vietnam conflict was winding down, yet those enlisting were still within the Vietnam conflict era. Stories abound about the general view of the public toward military personnel during this period, equating military service with nothing short of being a criminal. It did not matter that, as a soldier, your rifle was never fired in combat. You were guilty by association. Period. For many, many years, veterans, including myself, felt this animosity, and avoided any celebration of military service.
To the editor: I just attended a meeting of the school board-appointed Mascot Committee. What a great job the members are doing of trying to abide by a charter, involve the community, and work within specific guidelines to be sure the high school receives a good new mascot.
Mention the words “health care reform” and you’re apt to find yourself in a heated argument, or at least an intense conversation. But the heat is turned down to low when it comes to Oregon’s efforts at improving health care for low-income people and its costs for taxpayers.
DEER PARK, Wash. — It wasn't clear last month why some hunters were driving past the highway check station marked by big fluorescent orange signs while others willingly stopped and shared the information of their hunt with Washington Fish and Wildlife Department biologists.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Nov. 14, 2013.
Faced with heartbreaking images of the typhoon-ravaged Philippines — the sea of corpses, communities reduced to rubble, mothers clutching their hungry children — the world is watching an epic tragedy unfold and looking for ways to help. The big question is how.
Sherman County Scholarship Holiday Bazaar will be Saturday, Dec. 7, in Moro, at Sherman County Junior-Senior High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Dalles Country Club is hosting a poker tournament fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 23, to benefit Home at Last Humane Society.
Arts and entertainment events from Nov. 14, 2013.
Applications for the Starlight Parade are due 5 p.m. Friday at The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce office, 404 West Second Street. The parade will be held Friday, nov. 29, at 6 p.m. starting at the corner of West Eightth Street and Cherry Heights Road, directly behind Goodwill, and is followed by a community tree lighting ceremony, complete with Santa Claus visit, from 7:30-9:30 at the chamber grounds.
The public is invited to a night of tribute for veterans, Nov. 15, at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center, 1112 West Ninth Street.
A sex offender who attempted to molest a child in the toy section of Fred Meyer in 2012 has been given a life sentence for the same type of offense at a Hillsboro library.
Oregon Bar gives training on military culture, law
Democrats unhappy with data
Wednesday, November 13
Listen to what’s being said, and make choices based on what you want. If you rely on your wits, experience, perception and skills, you’ll come out ahead. Dedication and hard work will bring the success you’ve been chasing. Make a commitment to someone special.
Whether you have a stand-alone unit or yours is part of your refrigerator, your freezer is either costing a lot in wasted energy or is saving you a bundle in food costs. It has a lot to do with the style of freezer you have, the way you stock it and how you maintain it.
DEAR DOCTOR K: What is the best way to get rid of warts?
TACLOBAN, Philippines — Mobs overran a rice warehouse on the island worst hit by the Philippine typhoon, setting off a wall collapse that killed eight people and carting off thousands of sacks of the grain, while security forces Wednesday exchanged gunfire with an armed gang.
Apple-Samsung face off in a San Jose, Calif., courtroom
The second annual Shots and Ladders fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics of the Gorge begins at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 23 in The Dalles Wahtonka High School gymnasium, 220 East 10th Street.
Seth Lambert and family are pleased about return to NW
Grant will pay for work on urban area policy
A HOUSE CAT NAPS hopefully next to an unused birdfeeder during a break in the fall weather. Clear weather on Wednesday is predicted to give way to clouds by Friday, with rain and snow showers possible over the weekend.
What's Happening from Nov. 13, 2013.
On Nov. 20, Cascade Acupuncture Center will host the film “9000 Needles” at Columbia Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m.
Mid-Columbia Community Action Program (CAP) is offering energy assistance appointments to help with heating costs.
New planting season starts now
Antiques shop is now open every day
Jeweler Adam Ungar has joined the staff of J.D. Smith Jewelers in The Dalles.
Shelves will soon be overflowing with merchandise and silver racks fully stocked with colorful fashions for the grand opening of Goodwill in The Dalles.
Style in The Dalles: Anyone who took in The Dalles Civic Auditorium’s piano gala got a treat not only for the ears, but for the eyes. Many of those in attendance dressed up for the event in their evening best, men in suits and women in sparkly dresses.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — During a lifetime of hunting, John Haggard has targeted elk in Colorado, moose in Alaska and caribou in Canada. Now comes a new challenge closer to home: the gray wolf.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Nov. 13, 2013.
The home office, it seems, is going the way of the fax machine.
Semi-pro team offers opportunity for former high schoolers
Riverside Academy gymnasts shake the medal tree for a third place finish
Tuesday, November 12
It’s not an uncommon occurrence in Wasco County for elected bodies and their paid administrators to become so cozy that they are willing to brook no criticism.
Editorial cartoons from Nov. 12, 2013.
To the editor: Enough is enough! I am mad and fed up with your loud fireworks that continue to terrify my animals. Handing out your little flyers doesn’t cut it.
To the editor: Please enlighten me. All home owners in Wasco County will be taxed for the $3.7 million bond measure to create a new swimming pool. Is this not so?
Rangers score on first seven drives in a 70-14 victory
Dufur volleyball team secures third place at state tournament at Ridgeview High School
Mosier Community School (MCS) will be the recipient of a $3000 grant from the Confluence Project's Gifts from Our Ancestors Program.
Leaders emphasize positive ways students can ‘be the change’ they want to see in the world
MADRID (AP) — To most people, noise pollution is a jet engine roaring over their head. For one Spanish woman, it was a neighbor playing the piano more softly than a spoken conversation.
TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — The day after Typhoon Haiyan struck the eastern Philippine coast, a team of 15 doctors and logistics experts was ready to fly here to the worst-hit city to help. On Tuesday, five days into what could be the country’s deadliest disaster, they were still waiting to leave.
What's Happening from Nov. 12, 2013.
Terri Hansen, president of the Gorge Heroes Club, recently received a donation of two guns to help raise money for holiday care packages that will be sent to a Marine unit in Afghanistan, and given to local National Guard families.
Veterans are being given free admission into the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center this week in honor of their service to country.
After retiring, many folks spend their extra time volunteering - which provides the flexibility to travel and engage in other personal pursuits, while making meaningful contributions such as mentoring young children, serving on church councils or delivering Meals-on-Wheels, the unselfish work of volunteers is the backbone of strong, healthy communities.
PORTLAND — The mauling death of a longtime employee cleaning a cougar enclosure at a suburban Portland wildcat sanctuary this weekend is eerily similar to that of an intern killed by a lion at a wildcat park in California earlier this year.
Police, fire, medical and lottery results for Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department says it has reached an agreement to allow American Airlines and US Airways to merge, creating the world's biggest airline.
The Dalles Police were called to the library Saturday afternoon after staff received a returned DVD and checked it, only to have a baggie containing a white powder fall out.
Wonderworks Children’s Museum will be taking a little longer than planned to repay the Port of The Dalles for purchase of their new building after a major grant they had hoped to secure didn’t come through.
CHICAGO — The new World Trade Center tower in New York replaced Chicago’s Willis Tower as the nation’s tallest building when an international panel of architects announced Tuesday that the needle atop the skyscraper can be counted when measuring the structure’s height.
Violent crime rates are 20 times higher than average
Gray skies but no rain on Nov. 11 ‘Thank You’ parade
I’m crazy about gadgets — everything from quirky can openers to smartphones. Hand me a Swiss Army knife and I’m in heaven — the more blades and utensils, the better.
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m interested in buying a high-quality cardio exercise machine to use at home. Any advice?
Sunday, November 10
Burgerville is holding a fundraiser on Monday, Nov. 18 to support the fight against Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in honor of MariAnne Sansour, a local resident living with the disease.
Saturday, November 9
Editorial cartoons from Nov. 11, 2013.
To the editor: During November we honor veterans and their families. Monday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day. As members of the Wasco County Veterans Advisory Committee we are grateful for a dynamic public-private model for serving veterans.
To the editor: Veterans Day will soon be here. I would like to remind everyone to not only thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice, but also the families for their sacrifices, as well.
To the editor: Every year around this time something special happens in The Dalles. It’s the Veterans Day Parade. It is my favorite parade of all.
Suck it up. Be tough. Stand on your own two feet. Ignore your fear or bury it.
Nov. 12 in History.
Nov. 11 in History, The Dalles.
Leyte Island is hardest hit of six islands slammed by Haiyan
What's Happening from Nov. 11, 2013.
Shutdown cut into income
Veteran’s Day is upon us and once again nearly everybody is celebrating the honor our veterans bestowed on us by their service and sacrifice.
Public meetings from Nov. 10, 2013.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he’ll do everything he can to help people coping with health insurance cancellations, but legally and practically his options appear limited.
The Sherman Huskies left it all on the field in Blachly Friday night in their opening round state playoff football game against Triangle Lake.
After rocky start, Rangers regain momentum and carry through to victory
Rangers play tough, but can’t stop the onslaught of Mills and the Panthers
Lundins lead parade in honor of son and all veterans
SAN DIEGO — Four people have been charged in a scheme that used telemarketing tactics to shake down immigrants for ransom money under the guise that loved ones had been kidnapped, according to an indictment unsealed Friday.
PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon needs to give consumers more access to spirits, says a state task force working on the state’s system of tight control over liquor sales.
Friday, November 8
Choose events that broaden your outlook or have the potential to bring you in contact with creative people. Inspiration will help you use your assets and qualities more effectively. A close relationship will improve your life.
Did you see us? My husband Harold and I were on TV with Bob Barker. Before you run to check your TiVo, I’d better tell you this was a while ago. Try 1971.
DEAR DOCTOR K: What is tooth decay? Is it the same as a cavity?
National Guard soldiers Zachary Parsons, followed by William Sherburne, present the flag as seniors gather for a meal in honor of Veterans at the Mid Columbia Senior Center in The Dalles Thursday, Nov. 7.
Trio of Gamez, Lopez and Walasavage get on first team
Even though, The Dalles Wahtonka won two matches in the 2013 season, one in league, the varsity volleyball team had Olivia Starks, Lori Cimmiyotti and Morgan Triperinas chalk up Columbia River Conference all-league status to lead head coach Amy Schwartz’s team.
For the Record, Nov. 8, 2013
While Congress is making progress on a new five-year farm bill, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., said a few key issues remain unresolved.
WASHINGTON (AP) The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is pressuring the House to act on immigration legislation before the end of the year, calling the issue “a matter of great moral urgency” that cannot wait.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) The Rev. Billy Graham celebrated his 95th birthday Thursday with well-wishers who serenaded him and praised him for his spiritual leadership.
A new bishop has been named for The Dalles First Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
CHICAGO (AP) — Rising from the ashes of 9/11, the new World Trade Center tower has punched above the New York skyline to reach its powerfully symbolic height of 1,776 feet and become the tallest building in the country. Or has it?
MANILA, Philippines — One of the strongest storms on record slammed into the central Philippines on Friday, killing at least four people, forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes and knocking out power and communications in several provinces.
Wearing smiles, The Dalles Youth of Heart of Hospice (YoHOH’s) began visiting hospice patients this season, delivering festive little pumpkins, visiting with patients and reading autumn poems by Emily Dickenson and Robert Frost.
What's Happening from Nov. 8
WASHINGTON — Federal accident investigators called on Thursday for a probe of the government agency charged with ensuring the safety of commercial vehicles, saying their own look into four tour bus and truck crashes that killed 25 people raises “serious questions” about how well the agency is doing its job.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — As lawmakers gathered in Olympia on Thursday to consider a massive new package of incentives for Boeing Co., the company’s past decisions to ship work elsewhere weighed on the debate.
After hearing an explanation of the basic issues relating to street and storm water improvements and how they affect residential development, The Dalles Planning Commission members decided a field trip is in order.
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A suburban Philadelphia woman has been banned from using Twitter as part of her sentence for a stalking conviction. Montgomery County Judge William Carpenter barred 34-year-old Sadiyyah Young of Potts-town from tweeting for at least five years. Authorities say Young used derogatory and harassing tweets against people involved in a custody case regarding her children, including a judge who ruled against her. lawyers, social workers and foster parents.
Thursday, November 7
Editorial cartoons from Nov. 7
AUTUMN-HUED LEAVES make a bright splash against the weathered paint of an old building.
1A powerhouses, Dufur and Sherman, kick off state playoff journeys
NEW YORK — Fans of “Mexican Coke” in the U.S. need not worry about losing the cane sugar that sweetens their favorite drink. Americans who buy the glass bottles of Coke exported from Mexico may have been dismayed by recent online reports that an independent bottler that supplies the drinks planned to switch from sugar to fructose to cut costs. In the U.S., Coke is sweetened with high-fructose syrup, which has made bottles of “Mexicoke” a sought-after beverage in some circles.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Lawmakers start returning to the Capitol as a new special session kicks off to address tax incentives for Boeing that Gov. Jay Inslee says is needed to ensure the company builds the composite wings and fuselage of its new 777X in Washington state.
Watson accused of violating order to leave whalers alone
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for Nov. 7, 2013.
PENDLETON, (AP) — A wind turbine snapped its spine and fell to the ground last weekend at the Stateline Wind Farm near Touchet in Walla Walla County.
More visits are to primary care, not emergency
WASHINGTON (AP) — Heart-clogging trans fats have been slowly disappearing from grocery aisles and restaurant menus in the last decade. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is finishing the job.
WASHINGTON — Today’s fourth and eighth graders are doing better than their predecessors in math and reading, but even with record scores, it’s too early to celebrate.
Brown advocates funding to support GED training
To the editor: I applaud our Congressman, Greg Walden, for voting to fund the Government without funding the Affordable Care Act.
To the editor: Greg Walden did what he could as our only representative as a Republican in D.C. Those putting out negatives on one vote that he had to do should know the facts.
To the editor: I read and reread with increasing disbelief and indignation the articles on the Columbia Gorge Community Colleges teachers’ vote of “no confidence” in President Dr. Frank Today. You have to be kidding. No confidence? No confidence in what?
The state of the timber business isn’t quite up there with the weather as a local conversational topic, but the industry’s long and pivotal role as a primary driver of our economy makes it a subject of interest.
Rocket carries Sochi torch to outerspace
November has the highest number of reported wildlife-related collisions.
CORVALLIS — Oregon State University and eight partners from government and private industry this month began studies for the Cascadia Lifelines Program, a research initiative to help improve critical infrastructure performance during an anticipated major earthquake on the Cascadia subduction zone.
Arts and entertainment from Nov. 7, 2013.
Make wise choices in the year ahead. Use your talents and skills to the fullest. You have much to gain if you are persistent. The things you learn through others will give you enough courage and confidence to follow your dreams.
Dear Mary: Thank you for your many helpful articles. In a past column you wrote about how to un-shrink a wool sweater. All I can remember is that it involved baby shampoo. Could you print the instructions again? Thanks! —Linda L., IL
DEAR DOCTOR K: At 65, I have begun to notice tiny threadlike shapes in my vision. My doctor calls them “floaters.” Should I be concerned?
Wednesday, November 6
Members of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival school visit program present a series of sketches Nov. 5 at The Dalles Wahtonka High School illustrating the Shakespearean view regarding the dificulties and trials of romantic love.
Strike disrupts public services
Klickitat County residents were nearly evenly split on whether to make it easier to collect signatures and pass initiative and referendum measure, approving it by a 52 percent to 48 percent margin.
Hood River and The Dalles come together for good cause
Northwest election roundup.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Nov. 6, 2013.
Sigman’s Flowers, a longtime local flower shop, has applied for a $250,000 grant from Chase as part of a newly launched program, Mission Main Street Grants, and is asking for a show of community support to help secure the grant.
New RARE worker aims to strengthen and enhance effort
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday called for a special session of the Legislature in hopes of swiftly approving a package of bills that are part of a broad bid to get Boeing to build the composite wings and fuselage of its new 777X in Washington state.
Help military stay in the trim: Great Clips is offering a chance for community members to express their gratitude to veterans with the “Thank a Veteran” promotion.
New Entries HOLIDAY BAZAAR: Zion Lutheran Church hosts a Christmas bazaar Saturday Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday Nov. 24, from noon to 3 p.m. at 101 W. 10th St., in The Dalles.
Klindt’s Booksellers will host storyteller, Karen Spears Zacharias, on Friday, Nov. 15, at 5 p.m.
The Dalles City Hall’s emergency siren will be tested at noon Thursday, Nov. 7.
The Dalles Planning Commission will take up issues related to public improvements — sidewalks, curbs, streets, sewer and water lines — related to residential development at a work session Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. at City Hall council chambers.
Portland — The Bonneville Power Administration took two major steps in its efforts to rebuild and improve its human capital management function and ensure it has high performing compliance and governance functions. First, Brian E. Carter, currently the Civilian/Human Resources Officer for the 502d Air Base Wing at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, will soon join BPA as its Human Resources Director.
A little advance information can help seniors avoid bureaucratic woes
Bond wins 60 percent support
The connections you make this year will enhance your imagination, enabling you to be more creative in all that you pursue. Enjoy the benefits of having a fine-tuned intuition and an uncanny ability to broaden your horizons with charm and banter. Romance will get a boost, as well.
Whether your cut flowers come through the back door (from your garden) or the front (supermarket, Costco, florist-delivered), you want them to last as long as possible. With just a modicum of effort, as opposed to just sticking them into a vase of water, you can double the time you can enjoy your flowers.
DEAR DOCTOR K: What’s the verdict on glucosamine and chondroitin? Do they help relieve osteoarthritis pain?
Tuesday, November 5
With fewer than 150 ballots left to count, Measure 33-80 to replace The Dalles' public swimming pool is passing 60 percent to 40 percent at the polls.
Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue hosting an open house Saturday, Nov. 2.
Editorial cartoons from Nov. 5, 2013.
Hagel says there’s more to come
Whether it is painting a sunset illuminating the Columbia Gorge, writing a poem expressing the indescribable joys of grandchildren, or creating a walking stick with a hand carved handle attached to a discarded monopod, these are all creative acts: fashioning something unique and personal out of the ordinary.
School’s first ‘appreciation’ assembly kicks off end-of-quarter celebration Thursday
PORTLAND (AP) — A Portland-area middle school football coach who said he was willing to lose his job rather than back down from plans for a team party at Hooters has lost his job. The athletic director for the Corbett School District, Jean-Paul Soulagnet, sent a letter to parents Monday night telling them the end-of-season awards party at Hooters was no longer a Corbett Middle School event.
KINGS VALLEY (AP) — Thirteen-month-old Newell Daniels slowly toddled up the stairs with help from his mother, Zanne Augur, this past Saturday as they toured the A-frame dwelling on the historic grounds of Fort Hoskins outside Kings Valley.
SEATTLE (AP) — SeaTac is now center stage in a national push for a $15 minimum wage. Residents of the city south of Seattle will have their say on Tuesday following a costly initiative campaign in which the two sides combined to spend $1.8 million — enough money to hire every registered voter in the city for a day at $15 per hour.
Plunge into whatever interests you wholeheartedly. Explore new possibilities or gather information that will help you get more bang for your buck. Believe in your creative ability and focus on what you get the most pleasure doing.
To the editor: As another year draws to a close, and we prepare for colder days, longer nights and the holidays to come, you never know how many more years you may have with loved ones. Losing a friend, family member, or co-worker suddenly, unexpectedly dramatically alters your world. When the death is by suicide, survivors of such a loss too often find themselves haunted by silence and stigma for months and years to come.
Insurance is a funny thing. You pay a small fortune to get it and keep it. Then, if you have the blatant audacity to actually file a claim, the company either increases your premiums or cancels you altogether.
DEAR DOCTOR K: My husband has heart failure. His doctor often uses the term “ejection fraction.” Can you explain what this means?
To the editor: I must say that picking up a Chronicle lately has been hard to do.
To the editor: As a previous NWPRD board member I can tell you from sitting in eight years of meetings that this pool will close in the near future. Your choice is simple: vote yes or no pool.
To the editor: It was summertime in The Dalles. 1966. Some of my friends in the neighborhood had come over to have a sleep out in our back yard. We really didn’t need sleeping bags. The thermometer had topped out at 112 degrees that afternoon and it was still in the mid 90’s even though it was 9:30 at night. We couldn’t sleep so we watched stars, told stories, and made plans to be at the Nat before it even opened so we could be the first ones in the pool.
It’s election day for part of Wasco County’s electorate — the part that lives in Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District.
MUSEUM CLOSES: Fort Dalles Museum/Anderson Homestead has closed for the winter season. It will be open at the Historical Christmas Open House on Dec. 7 hosted this year by the Original Wasco County Courthouse on 2nd Place along with the Wasco County Historical Society and Rorick House. Call 541-296-4547 and leave a message if you want to schedule a group tour during the off season or email us at email@example.com
Temperatures at The Dalles airport averaged colder than normal during October, according to preliminary data received by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton.
The Area of Greatest Need Grant is available to non-profit programs and initiatives that improve health in the communities of Wasco, Hood River, Sherman, Klickitat, Wheeler and Gilliam counties.
Katie Surritt of Brush Prairie, Wash., was named 2014 Ft. Dalles Pro Rodeo Queen in a competition held Nov. 3 at the Fort Dalles Riders Club.
Dufur Rangers sweep Prairie City to earn their chance at a state title
Emily Morin wins all-state mention
Office covers largest geographic patrol area in state
An 1972 Apollo motor home was destroyed by fire Sunday, Nov.3, in a 6 p.m. blaze. The man who lived in the motor home was not in it at the time.
Deadly force continues against rock throwers
Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown will visit The Dalles Wednesday, Nov. 6, delivering updates from Salem with time to follow for a question-and-answer session.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Nov. 5, 2013.
Saturday, November 2
SEATTLE (AP) — A spokesman for union grocery workers in six Puget Sound-area counties says employees have overwhelmingly approved a new three-year contract that averted a threatened walkout at four major grocery store chains.
CLE ELUM, Wash. (AP) — Two young boys died Friday in a house fire in this small Cascade foothills town despite efforts to save them by their mother, police and fire crews, a Kittitas County fire official said.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington farmers and ranchers set a production record last year, growing crops and raising livestock worth $9.89 billion — a 6 percent increase from 2011, according to a report this week from the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
I am a three-week-old grandmother! This new chapter in my life is being led by an absolutely perfect baby boy.
Looking Back on Nov. 3.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Tom Foley was remembered Friday as a statesman, a husband, and a friend to people great and small.
To the editor: We support the measure to build a new pool. The current pool may not survive another year. It is extremely important that The Dalles have a place where our children can learn to swim, learn life-saving skills, participate on a summer swim team and just have fun.
To the editor: It is hard for me to believe that we have so many businesses and individuals willing to donate so much money for a 30-minute fireworks display. Like they say, “More money than brains.”
To the editor: (Edited for length.) I think Candy R. Wilson needs a happy pill.
To the editor: I really want the pool bond to pass because the pool is like my second home! It’s always been a cool and fun summer hangout.
To the editor: The pool is only open for three months of the year. It is the same three months kids drown in the Columbia, Deschutes, John Day and White Rivers. I don’t imbibe in caffeine. It is not good for what ails one. Swimming in a guarded pool is wonderful for what ails one.
To the editor: I would like to respond to the letter written by David Hupp. There are many of us who are appreciative that Congressman Walden stood his ground to continue the shutdown of the government. I am proud that he represents me and many more who feel as I do. It is time for government to start living within their means and that does not mean taking all of our money in taxes. Like any business or family budget we expect that a budget will be written based on what revenue is expected.
To the editor: Many of us in the Columbia River Gorge region believed that while the crazy shutdown politics of Washington D.C. played out, our own representative Greg Walden, having come from an environment of regional cooperation and partnership, would in fact reach above partisan diatribe and do what was good for the country in the long run. Apparently not.
Editorial cartoons from Nov. 3, 2013.
How you are feeling as an Oregonian about Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) and Cover Oregon right now probably depends a lot on who you are and where you stand within the health care hierarchy:
What's Happening from Nov. 3, 2013.
Cole Parke posts 169 passing yards
Eagle Indians lead through most of three quarters before Quakers stop their postseason hopes
Sometimes a pair of knitting needles, a GPS locator or a robotics kit are more than they seem; sometimes they are a key to better understanding — and that’s Awesome.
Sunday Nov. 3 marks the end of Daylight Savings Time, when most in the U.S. set their clocks back one hour.
It is too late to mail ballots for the Nov. 5 special election, but there is still plenty of time to drop them off at the Wasco County Courthouse.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama pledged Friday to help combat an increasingly active al-Qaida in Iraq but stopped short of announcing new commitments of assistance sought by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Al-Maliki came to the Oval Office requesting additional aid, including weapons and help with intelligence, to fight insurgent violence that has spiked in Iraq since American troops left in 2011.
State calls equipment essential
Corvallis reporter fulfills dream hike
Friday, November 1
Darden, Macias, McDonald and Johnson on first squad
Volleyball team get five players selected, including Townsend as Coach of the Year
Jordan camp home to over 100,000 people
Navy Veteran James Corsale, 92, recently visited the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. He resides at the Oregon Veteran’s Home in The Dalles and joined the ranks of other former service members on the Journey of Heroes, a trip arranged by Wish of a Lifetime and Vital Life, two nonprofit organizations dedicated to honoring seniors.
Photos from Halloween, downtown The Dalles.
Don’t sit back when taking a progressive, front-and-center position will open doors. Let your imagination run wild and your determination lead the way. This is a year to make things happen and do things your way. You can build your dream and secure your position.
Years ago I had a frugality wake-up call -- something I admit to needing from time to time. It's so easy to get sloppy in a country where we are surrounded by abundance and a seemingly endless supply of everything.
DEAR DOCTOR K: I have asthma. Lately my symptoms have been worse at night. Why is that?
Boaters with registration decals that expire on Dec. 31, 2013 will soon be getting courtesy registration renewal notices in the mail.
Whitehouse: Solutions still ‘too early to say’
Fireworks will once again punctuate the play at Sid White Field tonight as The Dalles Wahtonka makes its first postseason bid tonight against Franklin.
DENVER — A pro-pot jingle in Colorado last year went like this: “Jobs for our people/Money for schools/Who could ask for more?” Nearly a year after Colorado legalized recreational weed, voters get the chance to decide exactly how much more — in taxes.
Action is aimed at collecting on unpaid liens