Stories for November 2013


Saturday, November 30

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Christmas in Starlight

Image gallery from the Starlight Parade, 2013.

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Comics for a Cure

Facing a tough foe, man turns to comics collection

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Not backing down

Young TDW girl’s hoops team tries to take next step

Study: Whooping cough vaccine doesn’t stop carriers from spreading it

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.

Obama signs bill for more scrutiny for drug mixers

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.

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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.

Today in History, Dec. 1

Dec. 1 in History

Looking Back on Dec. 1

Looking Back on Dec. 1.

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Editorial cartoons from Dec. 1

Editorial cartoons from Dec. 1, 2013.

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.

Letter to the Editor: Learning the truth of Islam

To the editor: As someone who went to Iraq and spent almost a year there. I was so touched to read this story about Ahmed Atieh in the Nov. 24 Chronicle.

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.

Letter to the Editor: Above and beyond

To the editor: Thank you, thank you, thank you! On Monday, Nov. 18, Burgerville hosted a fundraiser for ALS and we had an excellent turnout.

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.

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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.

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.

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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

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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.

Public meetings from Dec. 1

Public meetings from Dec. 1, 2013.

What's Happening from Dec. 1

What's Happening from Dec. 1, 2013.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

Guard families need help

Financial struggles may be worse at holidays

One late open on Interstate 84 westbound milepost 69

After nearly an hour closure, traffic is now open through the area of a car-pickup crash at Milepost 69 westbound on Interstate 84.

Friday, November 29

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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.

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.

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Martin looks back on 25 years with ACTS

A brother’s death propelled Martin to act

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.

State settles with Oregon charter school operators

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.

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.

For the Record, Nov. 27

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Nov. 27.

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Tribe swim squad is brimming with potential

Led by state qualifier Erin Nelson, T-Dub eyeing a big finish

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On their way back to the top

TDW basketball team re-tooled and ready to take on the Columbia River Conference

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.

Ask Dr. K: Enlarged prostate doesn’t always cause symptoms

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have BPH. Can you explain how an enlarged prostate causes troublesome urinary symptoms?

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Sharing the Bounty

Photos from the 2013 Community Thanksgiving meal.

Everyday Cheapskate: Planning tools to help you make it happen

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.

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.

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.

Transformer fire causes spill in Sherman County

A transformer caught fire at the base of a Bigelow Canyon wind turbine over the weekend, spilling an estimated 600 gallons of transformer oil.

Port to install year-round water system at marina

Many boathouses have four-season living area

Garbage rates to rise in ‘14

Increase averages 1.9 percent

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.

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.

Ask Dr. K: Studies show statins offer big benefits, small risks

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?

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.

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.

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Storms disrupt holiday travel

Weekend travel expected to involve 43 million people

Liberace exhibit offers glittery memorabilia

LAS VEGAS (AP) — For years, Las Vegas tourists have had no place to pay their respects to one of the glitzy town’s founding fathers.

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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.

Civil War turns Autzen into rebound central

Oregon, Oregon State look to pick up the pieces Friday

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Defense reigns for T-Dub football

Connor Shortt, Kauone Sefo and Lio Tunai chalk up first team CRC selections

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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.

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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.

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Arts and entertainment from Nov. 27

Arts and entertainment calendar.

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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.

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Ready to give thanks

Community dinner, family celebrations mark the holiday.

Law agencies team up for saturation patrols

Saturday patrols will be in effect from Dec. 13 through Jan. 2 in Wasco County as a way to deter driving while intoxicated during the holiday season.

Klickitat County to study gorge planning

Commission wants to understand why the land use process takes so long

Eclectic list eyed for mascot

Criteria to be used to narrow down options

Tuesday, November 26

Body found in the Columbia River near The Dalles Dam

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.”

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It’s official: Sugg inducted to OBCA Hall of Fame

Multiple state winner in esteemed coaching fraternity

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Riverside sends off 27 to state meet

Local gymnasts are ready to battle it out against Oregon’s best in Grants Pass

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TD harriers have six qualify for J.O. Nationals

Group now prepares for trip to San Antonio on Dec. 14

Senior News: Bury the hatchet of past family feuds before the holidays

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.

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:

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.

Letter to the Editor: Thanks, road crew

To the editor: We write to thank the Wasco County Road Department for the thoughtful job they have recently completed to improve safety on Sevenmile Hill Road.

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.

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?

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Editorial cartoons from Nov. 26

Editorial cartoons from Nov. 26, 2013.

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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.

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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.

Dufur announces honor roll

Dufur schools have announced this year’s first quarter honor roll, as follows:

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?

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Students committed to serving the community

Dry Hollow students work to make a difference.

For the Record, Nov. 26

Police, fire, medical and lottery results from Nov. 26, 2013.

What's Happening from Nov. 26

What's Happening from Nov. 26, 2013.

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:

Car club elects officers

The Mid-Columbia Car Club elected a new slate of officers for 2014 at its meeting Nov. 19.

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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.

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"Shots and Ladders" raises funds for Special Olympics

Photographs from Saturday's Shots and Ladders fundraising basketball game.

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.

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.

Man seeks arrest for warmth, shelter

He tells jail staff that he has a large amount of pot

Everyday Cheapskate: Money-saving for the kitchen

I’m crazy about gadgets — everything from quirky can openers to smartphones. Hand me a Swiss Army knife and I’m in heaven — the more blades and utensils, the better.

Odell has fruit bin fire

ODELL (AP) — Fire destroyed a stack of empty fruit bins Monday night at Diamond Fruit Growers in Odell.

Pope urges church to ‘get its hands dirty’

Francis gives new priorities for outreach

Ask Dr. K: Buy right exercise machine to ensure you’ll use it

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m interested in buying a high-quality cardio exercise machine to use at home. Any advice?

Bill would boost logging to help counties

GRANTS PASS — U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden has unveiled his long-awaited bill to boost logging on federal lands in Western Oregon to help struggling timber counties.

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Commission takes field trip

Bus tour shows street improvement challenges

County, city offices closed over Thanksgiving holiday

All Wasco County Departments will be closed for Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, except the emergency dispatch center. While deputies will be on patrol, the sheriff’s office will be closed.

Saturday, November 23

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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.

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Editorial cartoons from Nov. 24

Editorial cartoons from Nov. 24, 2013.

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.

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Conservation corner: Winter crops a blessing

We know Thanksgiving hasn’t even arrived yet, but as usual, many minds (and television commercials) are already skipping over the day of thanks to what they will buy as Christmas gifts.

Looking Back on Nov. 24

Looking back on Nov. 24.

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Boise River shows hopeful signs after wildfires

Anglers remain concerned

What's Happening from Nov. 24

What's Happening from Nov. 24, 2013.

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Regional jail greenhouse earns state honor

Innovation is the watchword when it comes to our hometown, homegrown Master Gardeners.

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An elk hunt for the ages

On a recent trip, Nathan Morris bags his prize

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TDW earns top praise in CRC ranks

11 football players claim all-league status; Zach Nerdin, Connor Shortt on 1st team

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Islam: ‘completing manners’

Practicing Muslim Ahmed Atieh explains his faith and why radical Muslims are ‘not related to Islam’

Sherman County drug arrest nets 9 pounds of pot

An Olivehurst, Calif., resident was arrested in Sherman County following a late morning traffic stop that yielded roughly 9 pounds of marijuana.

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.

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.

Everyday Cheapskate: An ounce of prevention is cheaper than a pound of cure

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.

Ask Dr. K: Stop casual drinking from becoming a problem

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?

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Mission transforming experience for local teen

There’s just something about Zac Palmer that kids are drawn to.

High hopes for their best output at Junior Olympics

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.

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A great time for giving thanks

Community can take pride in the hiearchy shaping today’s youth for the future

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.

Cookies, milk and a good book offered at Cascade Locks branch library

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.

‘Aquaponics for Everyone’ scheduled in White Salmon

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.

Edmo remains in hospital

Longtime athletic official Eddie Edmo and his wife, Maree, were in a car accident Aug. 19 in Idaho.

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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.

For the Record, Nov. 22

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Nov. 22, 2013.

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.

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First grad due in Mental Health Court

Judge will bring chocolate cake in celebration

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.

Woman pleads guilty in Warm Springs killing

PORTLAND (AP) — One of the two woman accused of beating another woman to death on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree murder.

Thursday, November 21

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Karzai defers security pact

Cites “lack of trust” as basis for postponing

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N. Korea detains US war veteran

Tourist from CA taken off plane for no known reason

For the Record, Nov. 21

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Nov. 21, 2013.

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Huskies claim eight on league list

Cody Jauken, Kevin Hart and Blake Evans chalk up spots on first team

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Editorial cartoons from Nov. 21

Editorial cartoons from Nov. 21, 2013.

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.

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.

Letter to the Editor: Thanks, St. Mary’s

To the editor: I would like to say thanks to St. Mary’s school, to the teachers and students for taking the time to take children to the Veterans Day parade.

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.

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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.

Library hosts author of ‘Rough Enough’

Author, Richard H. Mcbee, Jr. will be at The Dalles-Wasco County Library on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. in the library meeting room.

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Arts and entertainment from Oct. 21

Arts and entertainment from Nov. 21.

Downtown to be decked for Christmas; parade is Friday Nov. 29

Downtown The Dalles will amp up the holiday atmosphere this year with more lights and more activities.

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.

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.

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Hundreds shop Goodwill opening

Regional Goodwill employees applaud shoppers as they enter

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.”

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.

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.

Everyday Cheapskate: Tips at salon should not be guilt driven

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.

Ask Dr. K: Modify diet and habits to treat toddler constipation

DEAR DOCTOR K: My toddler has frequent constipation, and I have been giving him milk of magnesia about once a week. Is there any risk with this over-the-counter medicine?

Wednesday, November 20

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.

Riverside Gymnastics Results

Riverside Gymnastics Results Last Chance Meet - Tigard Nov. 9-10, 2013

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Gymnasts seize moment at ‘Last Chance’

Riverside athletes set to compete for spots at state meet

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Getting their proper due

Seven Dufur football players earn all-league status; Parke is Player of the Year

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JPMorgan to pay billions

$13 billion grand total announced

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Skin center offices combine

Columbia Laser will offer expanded services in The Dalles

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.

Word on the Street: It’s a giving time of year — already

Helping hands: The annual holiday collection drive at Haystack Broadcasting is under way now.

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.

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Agency considers pinto abalone for endangered list

Agency looks at listing for Pinto Abalone

More The Dalles, Hood River papers to be digitized

Additional historic newspapers from Hood River and Wasco counties will soon be made available online thanks to several grants.

What's Happening from Nov. 20

What's Happening from Nov. 20, 2013.

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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.

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.

For the Record, Nov. 20

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Nov. 20, 2013.

Two key Kitzhaber staffers to depart

SALEM (AP) — Two of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s top advisers are moving on.

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Fuentes found second chance at Goodwill

Laid off from drone industry, man struggled with English

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Goodwill opens Thursday in The Dalles

Double merchandise stocked for grand opening

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.

City eyes garbage rate hike

Higher operation costs blamed

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.

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!

Ask Dr. K: Simple strategies for relief of hemorrhoids

DEAR DOCTOR K: What are some self-help strategies to treat hemorrhoids?

Tuesday, November 19

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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.

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.

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?

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.

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Editorial cartoons from Nov. 19

Editorial cartoons from Nov. 19, 2013.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

What's Happening from Nov. 19

What's Happening from Nov. 19, 2103.

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.

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.

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‘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.

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.

For the Record, Nov. 19

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Nov. 19, 2013.

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Russian crash probe blames pilot

Fifty die when plane dives toward airport

Tutoring to become high school service requirement option

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.

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Mosier school hosts Native American artist

Lillian Pitt’s visit part of MCS’ recent grant award

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Tribe harriers still in top form

Thirteen put up solid numbers at Junior Olympics

Penalty imposed for non-reporting hunters

Proposed plan will start statewide on Dec. 1

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.

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Top honors for local referee

Amanda Payne is Volleyball Official of the Year

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Storm kills at least 17 in Italy

Toll may rise in isolated Sardinia

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.

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.”

Fire district plans upgrades

Google money will fund work

Saturday, November 16

What's happening from Nov. 17, 2013.

What's happening from Nov. 17, 2013.

Today in History

Nov. 17 in history.

Public meetings from Nov. 17

Public meetings from Nov. 17, 2013.

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.

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.

Looking Back on Nov. 17

Looking back on Nov. 17.

Public library seeking monthly book readers

The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library book discussion group needs readers.

‘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.

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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.

Extension cord: Healthy eating through the holidays

I’ve been asked by several community groups to come give presentations on healthy eating tips folks can practice this time of year.

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Editorial: Community colleges know the drill

When Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown visited The Dalles Nov. 6, she noted the critical role community colleges play in workforce development.

Board reduces Oregon college tuition for next year

PORTLAND (AP) — The State Board of Higher Education has voted to reduce tuition costs for students in Oregon’s seven public universities.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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Touching tribute to Ranger tandem

Parke, Olson walk off field as big parts of Dufur legacy

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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.

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Waiting for Thanksgiving dinner

Waiting for Thanksgiving dinner

Friday, November 15

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Cousins addition gains altitude

A FOUR-story addition takes shape as the Cousins Inn expansion project continues in The Dalles.

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Good way to end the season

Tribe boy’s soccer team has eight players, coach Gamez earn league recognition

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.

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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.

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Polar Express returns to Hood River

HOOD RIVER –Mount Hood Railroad brings back The Polar Express for two months.

What's Happening from Nov. 15

What's Happening from Nov. 15, 2013.

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.

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.

For the Record, Nov. 15

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Nov. 15, 2013.

State report cards revamped

The Oregon Department of Education revamped its report cards for the state’s k-12 public schools this year.

D21 improves state scores

Three schools falls short of standards, improve

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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.

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.

Dave’s Killer Bread founder arrested

Police chase ends with multiple wrecked patrol cars, use of Taser

Research offers clues on juvenile salmon behavior when entering ocean

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.

Climate Assessment: Columbia River Basin ‘Ill-Equipped’ To Handle Shift To Earlier Snowmelt

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.

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.

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.

Everyday Cheapskate: No green thumb required

I love houseplants and boy, do I have some beauties! The truth is I don’t have a green thumb, I just know a few secret tricks and tips that I will gladly share with you.

Ask Dr. K: Relieve knee pain with right set of exercises

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have knee osteoarthritis. Are there exercises that could relieve my pain?

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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.

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Determined to succeed

Dufur football team makes an attempt to chalk up a semifinals state playoff berth

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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.

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.

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Editorial cartoons from Nov. 14

Editorial cartoons from Nov. 14, 2013.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

For the Record, Nov. 14

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Nov. 14, 2013.

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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.

Sherman County Scholarship Holiday Bazaar, Dec. 7

Sherman County Scholarship Holiday Bazaar will be Saturday, Dec. 7, in Moro, at Sherman County Junior-Senior High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Country Club hosts poker fundraiser

The Dalles Country Club is hosting a poker tournament fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 23, to benefit Home at Last Humane Society.

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Arts and entertainment from Nov. 14

Arts and entertainment events from Nov. 14, 2013.

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.

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.

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.

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Attorneys help vets navigate Veterans Administration

Oregon Bar gives training on military culture, law

Obamacare enrollment low

Democrats unhappy with data

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.

Everyday Cheapskate: Your freezer is either costing a lot or saving you a bundle

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.

Ask Dr. K: Yet another use for duct tape: treating warts

DEAR DOCTOR K: What is the best way to get rid of warts?

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.

Testimony begins in patent fight

Apple-Samsung face off in a San Jose, Calif., courtroom

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.

AF surgeon joins local medical team

Seth Lambert and family are pleased about return to NW

Gorge to get ‘deep dive’ review

Grant will pay for work on urban area policy

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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.

What's Happening from Nov. 13

What's Happening from Nov. 13, 2013.

Cascade Acupuncture hosts “9000 Needles” film

On Nov. 20, Cascade Acupuncture Center will host the film “9000 Needles” at Columbia Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m.

Community Action offers energy assistance

Mid-Columbia Community Action Program (CAP) is offering energy assistance appointments to help with heating costs.

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Afghanistan breaks opium record

New planting season starts now

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Lee takes on Breezeway ownership

Antiques shop is now open every day

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Ungar is new jeweler at J.D. Smith

Jeweler Adam Ungar has joined the staff of J.D. Smith Jewelers in The Dalles.

Goodwill The Dalles grand opening Nov. 21

Shelves will soon be overflowing with merchandise and silver racks fully stocked with colorful fashions for the grand opening of Goodwill in The Dalles.

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.

Mich. wolf hunt starts Friday, despite protests

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — During a lifetime of hunting, John Haggard has targeted elk in Colorado, moose in Alaska and caribou in Canada. Now comes a new challenge closer to home: the gray wolf.

For the Record, Nov. 13

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Nov. 13, 2013.

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Home office gathering dust? Consider other options

The home office, it seems, is going the way of the fax machine.

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Local soccer squad building a foundation

Semi-pro team offers opportunity for former high schoolers

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Stick it, score it and salute

Riverside Academy gymnasts shake the medal tree for a third place finish

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.

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Editorial cartoons from Nov. 12

Editorial cartoons from Nov. 12, 2013.

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.

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?

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Never in doubt: Dufur cruises past DM

Rangers score on first seven drives in a 70-14 victory

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Reasons to be proud

Dufur volleyball team secures third place at state tournament at Ridgeview High School

Mosier Community School awarded Gifts from Our Ancestors Grant

Mosier Community School (MCS) will be the recipient of a $3000 grant from the Confluence Project's Gifts from Our Ancestors Program.

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Challenge Day inspires students to reach out

Leaders emphasize positive ways students can ‘be the change’ they want to see in the world

Pianist prosecuted for causing ‘psychological injury’ in Spain

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.

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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.

What's Happening from Nov. 12

What's Happening from Nov. 12, 2013.

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.

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Living the Oath author to speak at Nov. 16 event

Veterans are being given free admission into the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center this week in honor of their service to country.

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.

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.

For the Record, Nov. 12

Police, fire, medical and lottery results for Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.

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Gov't reaches agreement to allow merger

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department says it has reached an agreement to allow American Airlines and US Airways to merge, creating the world's biggest airline.

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.

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.

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.

Report addresses safety on tribal land

Violent crime rates are 20 times higher than average

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TD turns out to honor vets

Gray skies but no rain on Nov. 11 ‘Thank You’ parade

Everyday Cheapskate: Money-saving for the kitchen

I’m crazy about gadgets — everything from quirky can openers to smartphones. Hand me a Swiss Army knife and I’m in heaven — the more blades and utensils, the better.

Ask Dr. K: Buy right exercise machine to ensure you’ll use it

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m interested in buying a high-quality cardio exercise machine to use at home. Any advice?

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.

Saturday, November 9

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Editorial cartoons from Nov. 10

Editorial cartoons from Nov. 11, 2013.

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.

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.

Letter to the Editor: Honor sacrifice

To the editor: Every year around this time something special happens in The Dalles. It’s the Veterans Day Parade. It is my favorite parade of all.

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Editorial: Every 65 minutes

Suck it up. Be tough. Stand on your own two feet. Ignore your fear or bury it.

Today in History

Nov. 12 in History.

Looking Back on Nov. 10

Nov. 11 in History, The Dalles.

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Over 100 dead in typhoon

Leyte Island is hardest hit of six islands slammed by Haiyan

What's Happening from Nov. 10

What's Happening from Nov. 11, 2013.

Poker aids Guard vets suffering hardship

Shutdown cut into income

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Thank a vet, though it may be inconvenient

Veteran’s Day is upon us and once again nearly everybody is celebrating the honor our veterans bestowed on us by their service and sacrifice.

Public meetings from Nov. 10

Public meetings from Nov. 10, 2013.

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.

Sherman has high hopes after Triangle Lake disappointment

The Sherman Huskies left it all on the field in Blachly Friday night in their opening round state playoff football game against Triangle Lake.

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Dufur posts easy win over Trinity

After rocky start, Rangers regain momentum and carry through to victory

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Dufur meets Imbler’s unstoppable force

Rangers play tough, but can’t stop the onslaught of Mills and the Panthers

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Walking the Gold Star Path

Lundins lead parade in honor of son and all veterans

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.

Task force: Make change in liquor sales

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon needs to give consumers more access to spirits, says a state task force working on the state’s system of tight control over liquor sales.

Friday, November 8

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.

Everyday Cheapskate: I’d just rather have the money, Bob

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.

Ask Dr. K: Unchecked tooth decay leads to cavities

DEAR DOCTOR K: What is tooth decay? Is it the same as a cavity?

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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.

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Five on TDW girl’s soccer team honored

Trio of Gamez, Lopez and Walasavage get on first team

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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.

For the Record, Nov. 8

For the Record, Nov. 8, 2013

Farm bill, Obamacare key Walden talk

While Congress is making progress on a new five-year farm bill, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., said a few key issues remain unresolved.

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.

Party in NC to mark Billy Graham’s 95th birthday

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) The Rev. Billy Graham celebrated his 95th birthday Thursday with well-wishers who serenaded him and praised him for his spiritual leadership.

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LDS Ward names new bishop

A new bishop has been named for The Dalles First Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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?

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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.

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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.

What's Happening from Nov. 8

What's Happening from Nov. 8

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thursday, November 7

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Editorial cartoons from Nov. 7

Editorial cartoons from Nov. 7

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Signs of Age and Season

AUTUMN-HUED LEAVES make a bright splash against the weathered paint of an old building.

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Now the fun stuff begins

1A powerhouses, Dufur and Sherman, kick off state playoff journeys

‘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.

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.

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Whaling protester: ‘We’re not pirates’

Watson accused of violating order to leave whalers alone

For the Record, Nov. 7

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

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.

Ore. Health plan sees gains

More visits are to primary care, not emergency

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.

US school scores up, but not all good news

WASHINGTON — Today’s fourth and eighth graders are doing better than their predecessors in math and reading, but even with record scores, it’s too early to celebrate.

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Community colleges key to workforce

Brown advocates funding to support GED training

Letter to the Editor: Walden represents me

To the editor: I applaud our Congressman, Greg Walden, for voting to fund the Government without funding the Affordable Care Act.

Letter to the Editor: Walden did what he could

To the editor: Greg Walden did what he could as our only representative as a Republican in D.C. Those putting out negatives on one vote that he had to do should know the facts.

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?

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Editorial: An economy from dirt, sunshine and water

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.

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Russia launches Olympic torch

Rocket carries Sochi torch to outerspace

Watch for wildlife on the road

November has the highest number of reported wildlife-related collisions.

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.

Arts and entertainment from Nov. 7

Arts and entertainment from Nov. 7, 2013.

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.

Everyday Cheapskate: Honey, how to unshrink your wool sweater

Dear Mary: Thank you for your many helpful articles. In a past column you wrote about how to un-shrink a wool sweater. All I can remember is that it involved baby shampoo. Could you print the instructions again? Thanks! —Linda L., IL

Ask Dr. K: Most eye ‘floaters’ are a harmless nuisance

DEAR DOCTOR K: At 65, I have begun to notice tiny threadlike shapes in my vision. My doctor calls them “floaters.” Should I be concerned?

Wednesday, November 6

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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.

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Greek unions protest cuts

Strike disrupts public services

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.

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Special Olympics announce merger

Hood River and The Dalles come together for good cause

Northweast election roundup

Northwest election roundup.

For the Record, Nov. 6

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Nov. 6, 2013.

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.

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Klebes joins Main Street effort

New RARE worker aims to strengthen and enhance effort

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.

Word on the Street: Help veterans get a fresh look

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.

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.

Klindt’s Booksellers hosts storyteller Nov. 15

Klindt’s Booksellers will host storyteller, Karen Spears Zacharias, on Friday, Nov. 15, at 5 p.m.

City siren will be tested Thursday, Nov. 7

The Dalles City Hall’s emergency siren will be tested at noon Thursday, Nov. 7.

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.

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.

Volunteers offer Medicare help

A little advance information can help seniors avoid bureaucratic woes

Pool bond passes with big margin

Bond wins 60 percent support

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.

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.

Ask Dr. K: Studies on supplements bring mixed results

DEAR DOCTOR K: What’s the verdict on glucosamine and chondroitin? Do they help relieve osteoarthritis pain?

Tuesday, November 5

Pool bond passes with 20 percent margin

With fewer than 150 ballots left to count, Measure 33-80 to replace The Dalles' public swimming pool is passing 60 percent to 40 percent at the polls.

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Future Firefighter?

Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue hosting an open house Saturday, Nov. 2.

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Editorial cartoons from Nov. 5

Editorial cartoons from Nov. 5, 2013.

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Defense cuts exceed $1 trillion

Hagel says there’s more to come

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.

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Middle school cheers on positive students

School’s first ‘appreciation’ assembly kicks off end-of-quarter celebration Thursday

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Everyday Cheapskate: When not to file an insurance claim

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.

Ask Dr. K: Heart failure can lead to a range of symptoms

DEAR DOCTOR K: My husband has heart failure. His doctor often uses the term “ejection fraction.” Can you explain what this means?

Letter to the Editor: Chronicle coverage poor

To the editor: I must say that picking up a Chronicle lately has been hard to do.

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.

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.

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.

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

Temperatures colder than normal during October

Temperatures at The Dalles airport averaged colder than normal during October, according to preliminary data received by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton.

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.

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Fort Dalles Pro Rodeo selects 2014 queen, Katie Surritt

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.

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On their way to the elite eight

Dufur Rangers sweep Prairie City to earn their chance at a state title

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Eagle Indians compete at state harriers meet

Emily Morin wins all-state mention

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New troopers strengthen regional state police

Office covers largest geographic patrol area in state

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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.

Border Patrol rejects curbs on force

Deadly force continues against rock throwers

Oregon secretary of state visits The Dalles

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown will visit The Dalles Wednesday, Nov. 6, delivering updates from Salem with time to follow for a question-and-answer session.

For the Record, Nov. 5

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Nov. 5, 2013.

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.

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.

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.

Opportunities for growing children

I am a three-week-old grandmother! This new chapter in my life is being led by an absolutely perfect baby boy.

Looking back on Nov. 3

Looking Back on Nov. 3.

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.

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.

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.”

Letter to the Editor: Voting for pool

To the editor: (Edited for length.) I think Candy R. Wilson needs a happy pill.

Letter to the Editor: Pool is second home

To the editor: I really want the pool bond to pass because the pool is like my second home! It’s always been a cool and fun summer hangout.

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.

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.

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.

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Editorial cartoons from Nov. 3

Editorial cartoons from Nov. 3, 2013.

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Editorial: A bumpy start for Affordable Care Act

How you are feeling as an Oregonian about Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) and Cover Oregon right now probably depends a lot on who you are and where you stand within the health care hierarchy:

What's Happening from Nov. 3

What's Happening from Nov. 3, 2013.

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Dufur steamrolls Crane to advance in postseason

Cole Parke posts 169 passing yards

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Late drive ends TDW momentum

Eagle Indians lead through most of three quarters before Quakers stop their postseason hopes

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Hobby classes aim to build student-teacher bridge

Sometimes a pair of knitting needles, a GPS locator or a robotics kit are more than they seem; sometimes they are a key to better understanding — and that’s Awesome.

Daylight Savings time ends Sunday, Nov. 3

Sunday Nov. 3 marks the end of Daylight Savings Time, when most in the U.S. set their clocks back one hour.

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.

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.

Venezuela seizes US rigs

State calls equipment essential

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Hiking the Timberline

Corvallis reporter fulfills dream hike

Friday, November 1

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Rangers have six named to all-league

Darden, Macias, McDonald and Johnson on first squad

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SWC netters rack up league honors

Volleyball team get five players selected, including Townsend as Coach of the Year

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Largest camp for Syrian refugees becoming a city

Jordan camp home to over 100,000 people

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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.

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Halloween invades downtown The Dalles

Photos from Halloween, downtown The Dalles.

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.

Everyday Cheapskate: I have learned the power of scarcity

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.

Ask Dr. K: Mites, mold or dander likely asthma culprit

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have asthma. Lately my symptoms have been worse at night. Why is that?

Boat owners encouraged to register online

Boaters with registration decals that expire on Dec. 31, 2013 will soon be getting courtesy registration renewal notices in the mail.

Dry Hollow faces challenges for all-day K

Whitehouse: Solutions still ‘too early to say’

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.

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.

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The Dalles City files foreclosures

Action is aimed at collecting on unpaid liens


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