Stories for November 2013


Saturday, November 30


Zookeeper: Pets need something to do

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.

November 30, 2013 11:45 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Amazing community

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..

Letter to the Editor: Get in the spirit

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.

November 30, 2013 11:36 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: A Christmas wish

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..

Editorial: Earn the name of community

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..

Gene may hold key to new antibiotics

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..

Pistas Para Comer Durante Las Fiestas

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

November 30, 2013 11:17 a.m. read more..

Tips on ways to make better holiday food choices

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..

A musical Thanksgiving interlude Sunday Dec. 1

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..

Main Street Christmas Decorations

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..

Farm Bureau works for agriculture

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.

November 30, 2013 10:59 a.m. read more..

ELFF hard at work this week

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.

November 30, 2013 10:57 a.m. read more..

Friday, November 29

Syrian children support families

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.

November 29, 2013 12:28 p.m. read more..

Pride still on the line in UO-OSU Civil War

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.

November 29, 2013 12:19 p.m. read more..

What's Happening from Nov. 29

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..

Couple sentenced after violation of Iran embargo

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..

Astro-Graph for November 29, 2013

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..

Holiday parking restrictions take effect

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.

November 29, 2013 11:20 a.m. read more..

Autopsy finds no foul play

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.

November 29, 2013 11:19 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 27

Astro-Graph for November 27, 2013

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..

Everyday Cheapskate: Invest in your debt and make your lender dizzy

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..

Latvian prime minister resigns in wake of tragedy

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..

Pakistan party says it revealed spy

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..

Katie Couric to anchor Yahoo’s video news coverage

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..

Family wants US woman detained in Mexico released

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..

WAAAM expands display

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.

November 27, 2013 9:33 a.m. read more..

200 books for 200 children

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..

Tuesday, November 26


Letter to the Editor: Aid for capitalism

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:

November 26, 2013 3:09 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Customer for life

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..

Letter to the Editor: Feeling more accepted

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..

Letter to the Editor: Deserving pity

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..

Editorial: Let Thanksgiving set the tone

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..

Eugene ‘recycled’ glass going to landfill

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.

November 26, 2013 2:55 p.m. read more..

Rotary announces contest

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..

Beef industry tour Dec. 10

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:

November 26, 2013 12:03 p.m. read more..

Health officials urge you to prepare for a safe winter

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..

Cover Oregon discloses two breaches

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..

Astro-Graph for November 26, 2013

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..

Saturday, November 23

Editorial: The benefits are clear

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.

November 23, 2013 12:27 p.m. read more..

Guilty plea is first in windmill bird kill

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..

Traffic light to be disabled Monday

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..

Friday, November 22

Astro-Graph for November 22, 2013

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..

What's Happening from Nov. 22

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..

Dry Hollow Indian Potlatch

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..

Day burned into local memories

For much of the population living today, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is strictly a historical event, found in movies or books.

November 22, 2013 11:31 a.m. read more..

Pool will stay closed in ‘14

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.

November 22, 2013 11:26 a.m. read more..

Thursday, November 21


Letter to the Editor: Strong support

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..

Letter to the Editor: Do the right thing

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..

Mayor: Streets, parking and rates Nov. 25

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..

Editorial: Support Wyden on spying disclosure

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..

Shopping contest aims for more local commerce

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..

Anti GMO labeling group concealed millions in contributions

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..

Sherman dismisses school superintendent

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..

Blast was brittle disaster

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..

Astro-Graph for November 21, 2013

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..

Wednesday, November 20

Pool to remain closed next summer

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.

November 20, 2013 9:19 p.m. read more..

Walden honored for agriculture economics role

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..

Warrantless overseas wiretaps used in Oregon case

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..

Ducks Unlimited wins 2013 “Call ‘Em In” Award

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..

Fugitive watch issued here

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.

November 20, 2013 12:10 p.m. read more..

Webber Street work continues, with closures

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.

November 20, 2013 11:45 a.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for November 20, 2013

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..

Everyday Cheapskate: Don’t let pets break your budget

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..

Tuesday, November 19

Council strips Toronto mayor of powers

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..

Letter to the Editor: Downhill run

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.

November 19, 2013 1:23 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Too much cleavage?

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?

November 19, 2013 1:22 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Welcome home

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..

Editorial: Narrow the benefits

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..

Health overhaul continues in Oregon

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..

Suicide survivors invited to event

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..

Check phone campatibility with fire alarm technology

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..

Civic hosts ‘Sweet and Sad’ Stage reading

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..

Senior News: The best is yet to come

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..

‘Selfie’ is Oxford dictionary word of the year

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..

Va. senator’s son dies after dad was stabbed

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..

Hoops Academy is back on track

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.

November 19, 2013 12:41 p.m. read more..

Oregon population grows

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..

Wrong-way drive nets 70 months

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..

Saturday, November 16


Family seeks answers in deadly Mich porch shooting

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..

Oregon trail story retold

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..

‘Hacktivist’ sentenced to 10 years

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.

November 16, 2013 4:33 p.m. read more..

German knew of Munich art find for 19 months

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.

November 16, 2013 4:29 p.m. read more..

Energy Dept. won’t micromanage BPA

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.

November 16, 2013 4:14 p.m. read more..

Arson blamed for church fire

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..

Letter to the Editor: Defending Toda

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..

Letter to the Editor: Support Owen

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..

Letter to the Editor: Church ‘lies’

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.

November 16, 2013 4:05 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Obamacare ‘farce’

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..

Just out of reach

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.

November 16, 2013 3:07 p.m. read more..

Friday, November 15


Court urged to protect Ground Zero cross

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..

Big donations from a small church

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.

November 15, 2013 11:21 a.m. read more..

Freeman presents lecture

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.

November 15, 2013 11:12 a.m. read more..

ALS fundraiser at Burgerville Nov. 18

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.

November 15, 2013 11:11 a.m. read more..

Record cocaine seizure in Sherman County

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.

November 15, 2013 11:04 a.m. read more..

Portland to host indoor track championships

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..

Sea lion predation of salmon increases

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..

Thursday, November 14

Astro-Graph for November 14, 2013

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..

Murder Mystery Comedy

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..

Sandy Hook group asks parents for gun solutions

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..

Boeing workers reject plan

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..

Letter to th Editor: ‘Real’ shutdown?

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..

Letter to the Editor: Stunned and honored

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..

Letter to the Editor: Listen to students

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..

Editorial: Health care reform ‘success story’

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..

Hunter stations provide valuable information

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..

To help typhoon victims, send money not stuff

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..

Starlight Parade time

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..

Musical tribute to veterans

The public is invited to a night of tribute for veterans, Nov. 15, at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center, 1112 West Ninth Street.

November 14, 2013 11:39 a.m. read more..

Sex offender gets life without parole

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.

November 14, 2013 11:38 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 13

Astro-Graph for November 13, 2013

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..

Looting, gunfire break out in typhoon-hit city

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..

Basketball challenge to raise funds

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.

November 13, 2013 11:53 a.m. read more..

Sweet Dreams

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.

November 13, 2013 11:46 a.m. read more..

Word on the Street: Celebrate and look good doing it

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..

Tuesday, November 12

Editorial: No decision unassailable

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.

November 12, 2013 1:30 p.m. read more..

Letter the the Editor: Enough 'bombs'

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.

November 12, 2013 1:24 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Taxed or not?

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?

November 12, 2013 1:23 p.m. read more..

Typhoon devastates Philippines

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..

Gorge Heroes Club receives donation

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..

Senior News: Volunteering is the backbone of a strong community

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..

Fatal cougar mauling similar to California attack

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..

Breaking badly at check in

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.

November 12, 2013 12:30 p.m. read more..

Wonderworks hits snag

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.

November 12, 2013 12:29 p.m. read more..

World Trade Center named America’s tallest new building

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..

Sunday, November 10

ALS benefit at Burger King Monday

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.

November 10, 2013 8:23 a.m. read more..

Saturday, November 9


Letter to the Editor: Thanks, veteran supporters

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..

Letter to the Editor: Thankful for vets

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.

November 9, 2013 4:51 p.m. read more..

Obama has few options on cancellations

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.

November 9, 2013 4:19 p.m. read more..

Four charged in ‘virtual kidnappings’

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..

Friday, November 8

Astro-Graph for November 8, 2013

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.

November 8, 2013 1:17 p.m. read more..

Dining with Veterans

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.

November 8, 2013 12:02 p.m. read more..

T-Dub tabs three for all-league list

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..

Top Catholic bishop presses House on immigration

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..

World trade center: trouble being tall

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..

One of world’s strongest storms blasts Philippines

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..

YoHOHs spread autumn cheer

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.

November 8, 2013 11:35 a.m. read more..

Bus, truck oversight faulted in crashes

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..

Boeing’s past actions weigh on tax break debate

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.

November 8, 2013 11:30 a.m. read more..

Tour to launch street effort

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.

November 8, 2013 11:28 a.m. read more..

Judge bans stalker from Twitter

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..

Thursday, November 7


‘Mexican Coke’ in US will still use cane sugar

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..

Special session to begin for Boeing incentives

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..

Wind turbine topples in Washington

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.

November 7, 2013 1:47 p.m. read more..

FDA to ban trans fats

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.

November 7, 2013 1:44 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Confidence in Toda

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..

Cascadia Lifelines aims at boosting quake resilience

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..

Astro-Graph for November 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.

November 7, 2013 12:44 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 6

Love's Tribulations

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.

November 6, 2013 12:34 p.m. read more..

Klickitat Co. voters reject GMO labels

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.

November 6, 2013 12:28 p.m. read more..

Sigman’s seeks support for grant proposal

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..

Inslee calls special session to keep 777X

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..

What's Happening from Nov. 7

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.

November 6, 2013 12:10 p.m. read more..

Planning panel takes up street improvement regulations

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..

BPA’s new HR officer is from 502nd Airbase Wing

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..

Astro-Graph for November 6, 2013

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..

Everyday Cheapskate: Double your enjoyment with Cut Flowers 101

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..

Tuesday, November 5


Senior News: Start exploring new forms of self-expression

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..

Coach clings to Hooters plan

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..

Descendants visit home of fort commander

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..

Seatac wage vote may set tone

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..

Astro-Graph for November 5, 2013

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..

Letter to the Editor: Join suicide survivors

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..

Letter to the Editor: Vote yes, or no pool

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.

November 5, 2013 2:02 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor; New pool? Cool!

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..

Editorial: There’s still time

It’s election day for part of Wasco County’s electorate — the part that lives in Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District.

November 5, 2013 1:59 p.m. read more..

What's Happening from Nov. 5

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

November 5, 2013 1:57 p.m. read more..

Health foundation offers greatest need grant

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.

November 5, 2013 1:56 p.m. read more..

RV destroyed by fire

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.

November 5, 2013 1:24 p.m. read more..

Saturday, November 2

Puget Sound grocery workers OK contract

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..

Two boys die in Wash. house fire

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.

November 2, 2013 5:28 p.m. read more..

Farms post record production

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..

Former Speaker Foley remembered

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.

November 2, 2013 5:23 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: A mayoral vote for pool

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..

Letter to the Editor: More money then brains

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.”

November 2, 2013 5:21 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Supporting the pool

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..

Letter to the Editor: Thanks, Walden

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..

Letter to the Editor: Adios, Walden

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..

Turnout lags in special election

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.

November 2, 2013 4 p.m. read more..

Obama: al-Qaida activity is increasing in Iraq

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..

Friday, November 1


World War II Navy vet gets wish of a lifetime

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..

Astro-Graph for November 1, 2013

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..

Football fireworks on field Friday

Fireworks will once again punctuate the play at Sid White Field tonight as The Dalles Wahtonka makes its first postseason bid tonight against Franklin.

November 1, 2013 12:11 p.m. read more..

Colorado voters to decide whether to tax marijuana

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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