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.November 30, 2013 11:46 a.m. read more..
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.November 30, 2013 11:46 a.m. read more..
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.November 30, 2013 11:39 a.m. read more..
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.November 30, 2013 11:34 a.m. read more..
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.November 30, 2013 11:31 a.m. read more..
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.November 30, 2013 11:19 a.m. read more..
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 AñoNovember 30, 2013 11:17 a.m. read more..
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.November 30, 2013 11:16 a.m. read more..
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.November 30, 2013 11:11 a.m. read more..
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.November 30, 2013 11:10 a.m. read more..
After nearly an hour closure, traffic is now open through the area of a car-pickup crash at Milepost 69 westbound on Interstate 84.November 30, 2013 10:10 a.m. read more..
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.November 29, 2013 12:10 p.m. read more..
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.November 29, 2013 11:56 a.m. read more..
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.November 29, 2013 11:55 a.m. read more..
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.November 29, 2013 11:44 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I have BPH. Can you explain how an enlarged prostate causes troublesome urinary symptoms?November 29, 2013 11:44 a.m. read more..
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.November 29, 2013 11:42 a.m. read more..
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.November 27, 2013 1:51 p.m. read more..
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.November 27, 2013 1:50 p.m. read more..
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?November 27, 2013 1:48 p.m. read more..
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.November 27, 2013 9:54 a.m. read more..
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.November 27, 2013 9:53 a.m. read more..
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.November 27, 2013 9:48 a.m. read more..
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.November 27, 2013 9:37 a.m. read more..
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.November 27, 2013 9:29 a.m. read more..
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.”November 26, 2013 4:52 p.m. read more..
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.November 26, 2013 3:10 p.m. read more..
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.November 26, 2013 3:07 p.m. read more..
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.November 26, 2013 3:05 p.m. read more..
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?November 26, 2013 3:04 p.m. read more..
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.November 26, 2013 3:01 p.m. read more..
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?November 26, 2013 2:51 p.m. read more..
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.November 26, 2013 11:55 a.m. read more..
Photographs from Saturday's Shots and Ladders fundraising basketball game.November 26, 2013 11:52 a.m. read more..
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.November 26, 2013 11:44 a.m. read more..
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.November 26, 2013 11:44 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m interested in buying a high-quality cardio exercise machine to use at home. Any advice?November 26, 2013 11:40 a.m. read more..
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.November 26, 2013 11:31 a.m. read more..
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.November 23, 2013 12:17 p.m. read more..
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.November 23, 2013 11:20 a.m. read more..
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.November 22, 2013 12:16 p.m. read more..
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.November 22, 2013 12:15 p.m. read more..
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?November 22, 2013 12:13 p.m. read more..
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.November 22, 2013 11:47 a.m. read more..
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.November 22, 2013 11:42 a.m. read more..
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.November 22, 2013 11:41 a.m. read more..
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.November 22, 2013 11:40 a.m. read more..
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.November 22, 2013 11:38 a.m. read more..
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.November 21, 2013 12:50 p.m. read more..
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.November 21, 2013 12:49 p.m. read more..
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.November 21, 2013 12:46 p.m. read more..
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.November 21, 2013 12:39 p.m. read more..
Downtown The Dalles will amp up the holiday atmosphere this year with more lights and more activities.November 21, 2013 12:25 p.m. read more..
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.November 21, 2013 12:22 p.m. read more..
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.November 21, 2013 12:20 p.m. read more..
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.”November 21, 2013 12:12 p.m. read more..
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.November 21, 2013 12:08 p.m. read more..
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.November 21, 2013 10:15 a.m. read more..
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.November 21, 2013 10:11 a.m. read more..
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?November 21, 2013 10:10 a.m. read more..
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.November 20, 2013 12:33 p.m. read more..
Helping hands: The annual holiday collection drive at Haystack Broadcasting is under way now.November 20, 2013 12:27 p.m. read more..
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.November 20, 2013 12:24 p.m. read more..
Agency looks at listing for Pinto AbaloneNovember 20, 2013 12:22 p.m. read more..
Additional historic newspapers from Hood River and Wasco counties will soon be made available online thanks to several grants.November 20, 2013 12:18 p.m. read more..
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.November 20, 2013 12:13 p.m. read more..
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.November 20, 2013 9:51 a.m. read more..
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!November 20, 2013 9:50 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: What are some self-help strategies to treat hemorrhoids?November 20, 2013 9:49 a.m. read more..
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.November 19, 2013 1:28 p.m. read more..
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.November 19, 2013 1:19 p.m. read more..
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.November 19, 2013 1:10 p.m. read more..
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.November 19, 2013 1:08 p.m. read more..
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.November 19, 2013 1:03 p.m. read more..
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.November 19, 2013 1:03 p.m. read more..
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.November 19, 2013 1 p.m. read more..
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.November 19, 2013 12:59 p.m. read more..
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.November 19, 2013 12:58 p.m. read more..
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.November 19, 2013 12:55 p.m. read more..
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.November 19, 2013 12:49 p.m. read more..
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.November 19, 2013 12:31 p.m. read more..
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.”November 19, 2013 12:30 p.m. read more..
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.November 16, 2013 4:39 p.m. read more..
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.November 16, 2013 4:37 p.m. read more..
I’ve been asked by several community groups to come give presentations on healthy eating tips folks can practice this time of year.November 16, 2013 4:22 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND (AP) — The State Board of Higher Education has voted to reduce tuition costs for students in Oregon’s seven public universities.November 16, 2013 4:16 p.m. read more..
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.November 16, 2013 4:13 p.m. read more..
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.November 16, 2013 4:10 p.m. read more..
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.November 16, 2013 4:08 p.m. read more..
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).November 16, 2013 4:03 p.m. read more..
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.November 15, 2013 11:24 a.m. read more..
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.November 15, 2013 10:58 a.m. read more..
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.November 15, 2013 8:19 a.m. read more..
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.November 15, 2013 8:17 a.m. read more..
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.November 15, 2013 8:12 a.m. read more..
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.November 14, 2013 2:16 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I have knee osteoarthritis. Are there exercises that could relieve my pain?November 14, 2013 2:14 p.m. read more..
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.November 14, 2013 1 p.m. read more..
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.November 14, 2013 12:24 p.m. read more..
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.November 14, 2013 12:20 p.m. read more..
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.November 14, 2013 12:17 p.m. read more..
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.November 14, 2013 12:12 p.m. read more..
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.November 14, 2013 12:10 p.m. read more..
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.November 14, 2013 12:02 p.m. read more..
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.November 14, 2013 11:59 a.m. read more..
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.November 14, 2013 11:47 a.m. read more..
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.November 14, 2013 11:40 a.m. read more..
Oregon Bar gives training on military culture, lawNovember 14, 2013 11:35 a.m. read more..
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.November 13, 2013 1:57 p.m. read more..
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.November 13, 2013 1:55 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: What is the best way to get rid of warts?November 13, 2013 1:54 p.m. read more..
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.November 13, 2013 11:57 a.m. read more..
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.November 13, 2013 10:50 a.m. read more..
The home office, it seems, is going the way of the fax machine.November 13, 2013 10:39 a.m. read more..
Mosier Community School (MCS) will be the recipient of a $3000 grant from the Confluence Project's Gifts from Our Ancestors Program.November 12, 2013 1:05 p.m. read more..
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.November 12, 2013 1:01 p.m. read more..
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.November 12, 2013 12:59 p.m. read more..
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.November 12, 2013 12:45 p.m. read more..
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.November 12, 2013 12:39 p.m. read more..
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.November 12, 2013 12:38 p.m. read more..
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.November 12, 2013 12:26 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m interested in buying a high-quality cardio exercise machine to use at home. Any advice?November 12, 2013 10:12 a.m. read more..
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.November 9, 2013 4:53 p.m. read more..
The Sherman Huskies left it all on the field in Blachly Friday night in their opening round state playoff football game against Triangle Lake.November 9, 2013 4:18 p.m. read more..
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.November 9, 2013 3:34 p.m. read more..
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.November 8, 2013 1:16 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: What is tooth decay? Is it the same as a cavity?November 8, 2013 1:15 p.m. read more..
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.November 8, 2013 11:49 a.m. read more..
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.November 8, 2013 11:43 a.m. read more..
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?November 8, 2013 11:39 a.m. read more..
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.November 8, 2013 11:38 a.m. read more..
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.November 8, 2013 11:31 a.m. read more..
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.November 8, 2013 11:26 a.m. read more..
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.November 7, 2013 1:56 p.m. read more..
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.November 7, 2013 1:54 p.m. read more..
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?November 7, 2013 1:31 p.m. read more..
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.November 7, 2013 1:27 p.m. read more..
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.November 7, 2013 1:17 p.m. read more..
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.November 7, 2013 12:44 p.m. read more..
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., ILNovember 7, 2013 12:43 p.m. read more..
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?November 7, 2013 12:42 p.m. read more..
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.November 6, 2013 12:20 p.m. read more..
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.November 6, 2013 12:13 p.m. read more..
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.November 6, 2013 12:11 p.m. read more..
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.November 6, 2013 12:07 p.m. read more..
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.November 6, 2013 12:06 p.m. read more..
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.November 6, 2013 11:21 a.m. read more..
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.November 6, 2013 11:20 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: What’s the verdict on glucosamine and chondroitin? Do they help relieve osteoarthritis pain?November 6, 2013 11:18 a.m. read more..
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.November 5, 2013 2:29 p.m. read more..
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.November 5, 2013 2:23 p.m. read more..
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.November 5, 2013 2:22 p.m. read more..
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.November 5, 2013 2:16 p.m. read more..
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.November 5, 2013 2:14 p.m. read more..
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.November 5, 2013 2:10 p.m. read more..
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.November 5, 2013 2:10 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: My husband has heart failure. His doctor often uses the term “ejection fraction.” Can you explain what this means?November 5, 2013 2:10 p.m. read more..
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.November 5, 2013 2 p.m. read more..
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.comNovember 5, 2013 1:57 p.m. read more..
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.November 5, 2013 1:46 p.m. read more..
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.November 2, 2013 5:29 p.m. read more..
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.November 2, 2013 5:27 p.m. read more..
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.November 2, 2013 5:22 p.m. read more..
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.November 2, 2013 5:18 p.m. read more..
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.November 2, 2013 5:17 p.m. read more..
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.November 2, 2013 5:16 p.m. read more..
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.November 2, 2013 3:59 p.m. read more..
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.November 1, 2013 12:30 p.m. read more..
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.November 1, 2013 12:21 p.m. read more..
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.November 1, 2013 12:21 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I have asthma. Lately my symptoms have been worse at night. Why is that?November 1, 2013 12:19 p.m. read more..
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.November 1, 2013 12:08 p.m. read more..
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