Stories for October 2013


Thursday, October 31

Astro-Graph for October 31, 2013

Looking back will allow you to make the most of what’s to come this year. Use your experience to uncover new possibilities. Set a standard that will give your friends and colleagues something to aspire to, and your reputation will get a boost.

October 31, 2013 1:37 p.m. read more..

Mexican Day of Dead ‘Skeleton Lady’ spreads look

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s elegant and classy “Skeleton Lady” is getting new attention more than a century after she was born, inspiring some movie and rock stars in the U.S. to don Halloween costumes based on the macabre figure that has grown to symbolize the Day of the Dead.

October 31, 2013 12:43 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Between the beltway and the PNW

The No. 2 person at the sprawling U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. threw a shockwave through the Northwest last week when he issued a memo tightly controlling the personnel and legal functions of the Bonneville Power Administration. But Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman gets to do that, especially in light of DOE’s findings this year that BPA had gone out of its way to contravene federal law and discriminate against military veterans in hiring - and then, perhaps worse, retaliate against those who dared to report it.

October 31, 2013 12:36 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: CASA for kids

To the editor: One of my life missions is to make a difference in the lives of children and young adults. Here in the gorge, so many children are struggling and I wish I could fill all of their needs. Every child deserves a safe, loving and permanent home.

October 31, 2013 12:34 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Support for Toda

To the editor: As members of the House Higher Education and Workforce Development Sub-Committee we have been closely involved with higher education structural realignment.

October 31, 2013 12:33 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: How is that governing?

To the editor: Mr. Walden, you presume in some way to represent me, a citizen of your district who has voted in 29 congressional elections. Further, having taken your oath of office you presume to act as a lawmaker of the United States.

October 31, 2013 12:31 p.m. read more..

Chinese ‘laundry wars’ subject of history talk

Marilyn Urness will share her latest research on the “Laundry Wars” at the turn of the last century during the annual meeting of the Wasco County Historical Society Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. and luncheon at noon, followed by the program at 1:30 p.m.

October 31, 2013 12:24 p.m. read more..

'The Comedy of Errors' opens Nov. 1

SHAKESPEARE’S “THE COMEDY of Errors” premiers Friday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m., as a Theatre Company of The Dalles production at the Columbia Gorge Community College theater.

October 31, 2013 12:05 p.m. read more..

150,000 in Oregon to face health plan cancellations

PORTLAND — About 150,000 Oregonians enrolled in individual health care plans will see their plans cancelled by the end of the year because the plans don’t provide the minimum level of coverage required under the new health care law, Oregon officials said on Wednesday.

October 31, 2013 12:02 p.m. read more..

Oregonians spot fireball

SALEM (AP) — Dozens of people reported seeing a fireball flash across Northwest skies at about 6 a.m. Wednesday, moving east to west. Robert Lunsford of the American Meteor Society told the Statesman Journal it had 165 reports from sky watchers in the Northwest and Canada.

October 31, 2013 11:58 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, October 30


Saudi women fight driving ban

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi authorities have detained a columnist who supported ending his country’s ban on women driving, activists said Wednesday.

October 30, 2013 12:03 p.m. read more..

Group wants halt to West Coast sardine fishing

GRANTS PASS — Concerned sardine numbers may be starting to collapse, conservation groups are calling on federal fishery managers to halt West Coast commercial sardine fishing to give the species a better chance to rebound.

October 30, 2013 11:59 a.m. read more..

Nation’s next wage fight is on Seatac ballot

SEATAC, Wash. — For two decades, Chris Smith worked his way up from ferrying passengers in wheelchairs at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to fueling airplanes. But after years of breathing fuel fumes, going without sick days and making just over Washington’s minimum wage of$9.19, Smith could no longer make it work.

October 30, 2013 11:52 a.m. read more..

Wash.: prison space needed

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington needs to start planning for more prison space, especially for women, the Department of Corrections says.

October 30, 2013 11:48 a.m. read more..

Word on the Street: Yes, ‘Christmas is almost here’

Of holidays to come: I gasped when I heard the dreaded words above echo through the office the other day. “I’M NOT READY!” I yelled inside my head. Halloween isn’t even until tomorrow. But leaves have turned, notices of holiday bazaars and concerts are rolling in and, whether we like it or not, Christmas is on it’s way.

October 30, 2013 11:37 a.m. read more..

Wyden hears from students on the future

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden stopped at The Dalles Wahtonka High School Oct. 25 to hear what students had to say about the future of the nation; it was the 10th stop on his Listening to Oregon’s Future Tour.

October 30, 2013 11:32 a.m. read more..

PSU offers four-year degree guarantee

PORTLAND — The overwhelming majority of students at Oregon’s largest public university spend more than four years getting a degree. The results are more debt and fewer seats in prerequisite classes.

October 30, 2013 11:28 a.m. read more..

Crater Lake registers 3 tiny quakes

MEDFORD (AP) — For the first time since seismic equipment was installed at Crater Lake National Park in 2001, three tiny earthquakes have been recorded.

October 30, 2013 11:27 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, October 29


Trayvon Martin’s mother pleads for change

WASHINGTON — Trayvon Martin’s mother told a panel of senators Tuesday that state stand your ground self-defense laws do not work and must be amended, reviving the politically charged gun control issue.

October 29, 2013 1:13 p.m. read more..

China’s Forbidden City attacked

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police were seeking information Tuesday on two ethnic Uighur suspects believed linked to an apparent suicide car attack near Tiananmen Square in the country’s capital that killed five people and injured 38.

October 29, 2013 1:12 p.m. read more..

Medicare chief apologizes for ‘Obamacare’ woes

WASHINGTON — Stressing that improvements are happening daily, the senior Obama official closest to the administration’s malfunctioning health care website apologized Tuesday for problems that have kept Americans from successfully signing up for coverage.

October 29, 2013 1:09 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Reject pool

To the editor: (Edited for length.) How many times do the voters have to turn down this darn pool? We can’t afford more taxes. I drove around town and the houses with the vote ‘yes’ signs look pretty well off, perhaps additional taxes aren’t a big deal to them, but it sure is to my working class family.

October 29, 2013 12:15 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: No to pool

To the editor: (Edited for length. Election letter limit is 250 words.) A latté a week, that would be nice. But my fortunes are such that I wisely limit my caffeine imbibement to that which I prepare myself. That way, the cost is more on the order of 15 to 25 cents per cup instead of $5, and my budget is maintained at a less than minimal indebtedness.

October 29, 2013 12:14 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Support for Toda

To the editor: I was dismayed to read the article in Thursday’s Chronicle, “Faculty Votes No Confidence in Toda.” Contrary to the tone of Mr. Schell’s comments, Dr. Toda has responsibility for the entire college, not just a portion of the faculty. It’s his show and he has to decide how it will be administered. He works at the pleasure of the board and answers to the board.

October 29, 2013 12:10 p.m. read more..

Veterans' Day parade entries sought

Community members interested in having an entry in the annual Veterans’ Day Parade, Nov. 11, may pick up the applications at The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce office, 404 W. Second Street.

October 29, 2013 noon read more..

Senior News: November is more than falling leaves and cooler temperatures

November is a couple of steps away. And if you live in the Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District, you know November is more than falling leaves and cooler temperatures. It is your chance to vote on the proposed pool bond which will replace the current pool - first built in 1938 and substantially rebuilt in 1990-91.

October 29, 2013 11:53 a.m. read more..

Not happy at work? Wait until you’re 50

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Not happy with your job? Just wait. A study by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 9 in 10 workers who are age 50 or older say they are very or somewhat satisfied with their job. Older workers reported satisfaction regardless of gender, race, educational level, political ideology and income level. Consider Oscar Martinez.

October 29, 2013 11:52 a.m. read more..

New TV show boosts tourism in real Sleepy Hollow

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. — In the real village of Sleepy Hollow, where the tour guides say “Halloween is our Christmas,” the fall season is even busier than usual, thanks to a hit TV show that plays off the legend of the Headless Horseman.

October 29, 2013 11:50 a.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for October 29, 2013

Rise to the occasion in the coming solar cycle. Put your best foot forward and be ready to dive into anything with courage and determination. Challenges will provide you with opportunities to thrive and improve. Hard work will bring you fabulous rewards.

October 29, 2013 11:16 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Why I’m crazy about Amazon Prime

It’s been more than five years now since I first looked into a membership service offered by called “Amazon Prime.” Being the frugalista that I am, of course I dismissed it out of hand for one simple reason: $79 annual membership fee. For what, I asked? Nothing tangible, that’s for sure.

October 29, 2013 11:15 a.m. read more..

Saturday, October 26


Today in History, Oct. 27

Today is Sunday, Oct. 27, the 300th day of 2013. There are 65 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History:

October 26, 2013 12:20 p.m. read more..

Grant loss will reduce algae watch

GRANTS PASS (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority will be paying less attention to toxic algae blooms in rivers and lakes after a federal grant expired.

October 26, 2013 12:18 p.m. read more..

Century-old dam demolished

PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Workers are removing a dam that began when, more than a century ago, a Central Oregon homesteader dumped rocks and logs into a river to divert water to his pasture.

October 26, 2013 12:15 p.m. read more..

Skip's Trailhead: Cottonwood Canyon

Spectacular views await at new park <br/> Everything about Cottonwood Canyon State Park is impressive. At 252 miles, the John Day River is the second-longest undammed river in the lower 48 states. It is also one of the most productive steelhead fisheries in Oregon. The canyon is home to the largest California bighorn sheep herds in Oregon. The basalt flows came from Idaho and Nevada 15 million years ago and are 4.5 miles deep.

October 26, 2013 12:11 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Poor job on trial

To the editor: After reading the latest of several articles from RaeLynn Ricarte concerning the MCMC trial, it is quite obvious that the Chronicle could not have found a more biased person to report the proceedings.

October 26, 2013 11:48 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Air quality suffers

To the editor: Fall is such an enjoyable time of year. Too bad our air quality suffers due to backyard burning of leaves and debris. See for yourself by overlooking the city from any vantage point.

October 26, 2013 11:43 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Need a pool plan

To the editor: I agree with all the editorials supporting the pool. It is a nice project and important to a select group of citizens. I may have missed the business plan presentation about how to pay for the pool without it coming directly out of the tax payers pockets.

October 26, 2013 11:41 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Thanks for support

To the editor: On Oct. 16 I was involved in a traumatic incident in the town of Wishram, Washington. This incident was a result of my duties as a police officer for the City of The Dalles.

October 26, 2013 11:40 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Can’t afford pool bond

To the editor: I understand that we will be offered an opportunity to subsidize a bond issue by the Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District for a new pool facility. We already subsidized the Design LLC (Google) facility for the next 15 years. Were you offered a subsidy by the city or the county to expand anything you were doing?

October 26, 2013 11:38 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Pool a safe place to play

To the editor: I know that right now many people are deciding whether or not to vote for a new community pool. As people make this decision I would like to share how much the pool has meant to me while growing up in The Dalles.

October 26, 2013 11:36 a.m. read more..

Friday, October 25


Astro-Graph for October 25, 2013

You won’t have much time to relax in the coming year. Get involved in anything that will help you excel. Reaching your goals should be your top priority. Gain confidence, pick up new skills and masterfully take on a new and exciting challenge.

October 25, 2013 1:38 p.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Best overnight deal in The OC

I’ve traveled a lot in the past 22 years. My American Airlines account shows more than 1.3 million miles on that carrier alone. You can only imagine how many hotels, motels, bed-and-breakfasts and inns I’ve stayed in. While most have been adequate, a few were downright scary. And I can count on one hand those I would rate with five stars.

October 25, 2013 1:38 p.m. read more..

Walden gets primary challenge from right

GRANTS PASS — Rep. Greg Walden, Oregon’s only Republican in Congress and chairman of the GOP committee to elect House members, has gotten a primary challenge from the right.

October 25, 2013 11:55 a.m. read more..

Library hosts high-energy Komedy 4 Da Kids

The Dalles-Wasco County Library offers high-energy entertainment in Komedy 4 da Kids, presented by physical comedian Angel Ocasio on Friday, Nov. 1, at 10:30 a.m. Ocasio puts on a 50-minute, one-man variety show suited to family audiences.

October 25, 2013 11:35 a.m. read more..

Cascade Children’s Choir begins rehearsals

Cascade Children’s Choir is looking for talented young singers to help them prepare traditional songs for sharing at area assisted living facilities and performing concerts during the winter holiday season and spring programs.

October 25, 2013 11:34 a.m. read more..

CAP is currently offering energy assistance

Mid-Columbia Community Action (CAP) is currently doing energy assistance appointments to help with heating costs. Current appointments are for households with senior or disabled persons. Contact the closest office to get an appointment, either The Dalles at 541-298-5131 or Hood River at 541-386-4027.

October 25, 2013 11:33 a.m. read more..

Boulders used in clean-up

PORTLAND (AP) — The Oregon Transportation Department has turned to rocks — really big rocks — in its latest effort to eliminate a longstanding homeless camp under a section of Interstate 205 in Portland.

October 25, 2013 11:29 a.m. read more..

Fort Dalles fireworks group adds allies

Let’s set the scene: It’s the Fourth of July. All across the nation, days-long celebrations have been building up to culminate in one last event, the grand finale to end the holiday celebrations on a high note and wow the crowds before everyone heads home.

October 25, 2013 11:19 a.m. read more..

Thursday, October 24


Bullying awareness on the rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sarah Ball was a 15-year-old high school sophomore at Hernando High School in Brooksville, Fla., when a friend posted on Facebook: “I hate Sarah Ball, and I don’t care who knows.”

October 24, 2013 12:36 p.m. read more..

The time is now

The Dalles Wahtonka football fighting for pride, playoffs Friday against Hood River

October 24, 2013 12:26 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Need year round pool

To the editor: I am undecided on how we will vote on this year’s pool measure. This town needs a new pool in the worst way, but my concern is that this will not be a year-round pool.

October 24, 2013 12:16 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Pool a community benefit

To the editor: (Edited for length.) I would like to ask the voters of the Northern Wasco County Park and Recreation District to vote yes to construct a new swimming pool. I manage the pool in Goldendale and I have had the privilege to work with and get to know most of the staff and lifeguards at your swimming pool.

October 24, 2013 12:14 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Pool a safer option

To the editor: (Edited for length election letters 250 words.) This past June, while swimming at Riverfront Park, I saved a boy who was about 8 years old. It was windy and rough day, with strong current.

October 24, 2013 12:11 p.m. read more..

Court: Police had right to search Beaverton home

PORTLAND — The Oregon Court of Appeals says that officers had enough cause — a spike in electric bills and observation of comings and goings — to get a warrant to search a home suspected of being an illegal pot growing site.

October 24, 2013 12:05 p.m. read more..

Pumpkin Walk Oct. 26

Enjoy a nice walk along the Sorosis Park Trail while viewing and judging carved pumpkins in the Carv’ Me Crazy Pumpkin Walk, Saturday, Oct. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Sorosis Park Shelter.

October 24, 2013 11:59 a.m. read more..

Ex-BPA chief apologizes

PORTLAND (AP) — The former head of the Bonneville Power Administration said Wednesday that he did not make the specific decisions that are the focus of a U.S. Department of Energy’s investigation into hiring violations at the agency.

October 24, 2013 11:50 a.m. read more..

More Fireworks mark senior night for TDW football

Fireworks have been a new addition this year to The Dalles Wahtonka varsity football games thanks to the Friends of Football nonprofit group, and senior night this week is expected to have more bang for the buck.

October 24, 2013 11:42 a.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for October 24, 2013

Show off and prepare to accept recognition for your accomplishments in the year ahead. More options will be made available to you, and you should exploit the opportunities that will advance your cause. Think big and proceed with confidence. Share your success.

October 24, 2013 10:58 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: How to afford big ticket items

Finally, you have a couple of months where things are going well. The bills get paid on time and you actually have money left at the end of the month. Then POW! The water heater bursts, the car breaks down and the first half of the property tax bill is past due — and you’re broke.

October 24, 2013 10:57 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, October 23


NSA spy scandal: outrage and calculations, too

BRUSSELS — U.S. allies knew that the Americans were spying on them, but had no idea how much. As details of National Security Agency spying programs have become public through former contractor Edward Snowden, citizens, activists and politicians in countries from Latin America to Europe have lined up to express shock and outrage at the scope of what Washington may know about them.

October 23, 2013 12:15 p.m. read more..

Intel hopes to keep bad air from hurting computers

HILLSBORO (AP) — In a windowless lab at its Hillsboro campus, Intel scientists are brewing foul air so they can study the effects of air pollution on the innards of computers — a step toward figuring out how to protect electronics in markets such as India and China that have big pollution problems and the potential for big sales growth.

October 23, 2013 12:03 p.m. read more..

Career fair helps students focus on future pursuits

When asked what they intend to do for a living, the only reply most students can manage is one characterized by panic. With widened eyes and a phrase specifically designed to stall for time like “ummm...,” even the much simpler “What are you going to do after graduation?” can stump a number of them. A sure-fire way to get any teen to start avoiding you is by asking too many questions like these.

October 23, 2013 11:52 a.m. read more..

Wasco Cultural Trust invites grant applications

Artists, teachers and others who belong to an organization that supports the arts or local culture are invited to apply for grants to help fund local projects through the Wasco County Cultural Trust Coalition. Deadline to apply is Nov. 1.

October 23, 2013 11:51 a.m. read more..

Comedy of Errors starts Nov. 1

The Theatre Company of The Dalles presents William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors,” Nov. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 at 7:30 p.m., and a special matinee Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. Ticket price is $12 per adult, $6 for seniors, students and children at Columbia Gorge Community College Building 2, Floor 3 theater.

October 23, 2013 11:50 a.m. read more..

Francis reacts to ruling

Duane Francis, Mid-Columbia Medical Center chief executive officer, reacted to the judgment rendered in the almost four-week-long trial.

October 23, 2013 11:37 a.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for October 23, 2013

You’ve got what it takes to achieve your goals in the coming months. Take stock of your attributes and figure out how to employ them to get the best results. A couple of changes at home will allow you greater freedom to accomplish your goals.

October 23, 2013 11:06 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Do some strategic packing for easy travels

It’s happened to us more than once. We’ll arrive at our destination, but not so for our luggage. On one vacation to Pawley’s Island, S.C., it was two full days before all of our luggage showed up. That was a miserable situation. The one bag that did arrive with us didn’t hold much of anything we really needed. But never again — thanks to today’s first tip. What a great idea!

October 23, 2013 11:03 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, October 22


WWII vet honored in Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Given the choice, World War II veteran Phillip Coon probably wouldn’t want the formality and fuss of being honored on a military base with men and women standing at attention, dressed in full regalia — even if it was with a fistful of long-overdue medals he waited decades to receive.

October 22, 2013 1:55 p.m. read more..

Wash. grocery workers settle

SEATTLE (AP) — A tentative agreement has been reached in contract negotiations that brought 21,000 Puget Sound-area grocery store workers to the brink of a strike against four major chains, spokesmen for both sides said Monday evening.

October 22, 2013 1:53 p.m. read more..

Ore. board said email ban broke law

SALEM (AP) — The Oregon Employment Relations Board says the state broke a labor law two years ago when it temporarily banned members of the Service Employees International Union from using work email for union-related matters.

October 22, 2013 1:51 p.m. read more..

Senior News: Social engagement is better for a healthy lifestyle

Loneliness has been described as “when one door is closed, but the ‘other one’ has yet to open.” Or “an ‘inner worm’ that gnaws at the heart.” It can visit at any time in our lives. But circumstances and events we encounter as we get older make it easier to be more withdrawn, alone and less likely to be involved in social activities and organizations: the loss of a life partner or difficulties with our hearing, seeing or walking.

October 22, 2013 1:36 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Vote YES on pool

To the editor: Please vote YES for our Parks & Recreation District Bonds for our community and our kids. Families need safe and healthy spaces and activities! The new pool and green spaces will cost the average home owner less than $5 per month - an investment well spent for family members of all ages, Please vote YES for our new pool and a healthy community.

October 22, 2013 1:32 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Great for kids

To the editor: (Edited for length. Election letters are limited to 250 words.) I am a seventh grader in The Dalles and a member of The Dalles Swim Team. Every morning in the summer I get up and go to the pool to swim.

October 22, 2013 1:30 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Support pool

To the editor: I have been swimming on The Dalles Swim Team, (TDST), for 11 years. Currently, I am a freshmen on the swim team at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. I really wanted to swim in college, even if that meant going to school across the country.

October 22, 2013 1:28 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Yes to summer fun

To the editor: I’m Jenna Miller, I am 12 years old, and I have been swimming on The Dalles Swim Team for 6 years. We practice in the mornings all summer in our big outdoor pool!

October 22, 2013 1:27 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Eddy is missed

To the editor: Like many in our community, I was sad to hear of Dick Eddy’s passing. I heard many share their kind, inspiring stories. (Some were able to change their lives for the better because of him.)

October 22, 2013 1:26 p.m. read more..

What's Happening from Oct. 22

BOOK SALE: The Dalles Friends of Library Book Sale Blow Out will be Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon at 722 Court Street at the Book Barn behind the library.

October 22, 2013 1:10 p.m. read more..

Teacher seeks art supplies for Honduran children

When St. Mary’s Academy teacher Lise Larsen went on a diving trip to Honduras this summer, she packed for fun and sun, but also brought a huge suitcase stuffed with $300 in art supplies for impoverished local school kids.

October 22, 2013 1:05 p.m. read more..

Road work: East 12th closed through Friday

East 12th Street will be closed to through traffic between Kelly Avenue and F Street through Friday, Oct. 25, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Dalles public works employees will be installing water service lines.

October 22, 2013 12:58 p.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for October 22, 2013

Revisit old plans, ideas and friendships in the year ahead. Check out what’s available, but don’t be too eager to take on too much. Back away from pushy people and engage with those looking for positive, meticulously planned change. Baby steps will lead to success and greater security.

October 22, 2013 10:34 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Here is the best thing I ever bought, again

Dear Readers: Of all the columns I’ve written, the one on the care and cleaning of the carpet in my home has generated by far the most interest and, shall I say, creative feedback! It’s also had the most requests to reprint. Since you asked, here it is again. Enjoy!

October 22, 2013 10:32 a.m. read more..

Saturday, October 19


Soroptimist seeks scholarship candidates

Soroptimist International of Hood River and Mt. Adams is looking for gorge-area women heads of households to receive one of four $1,500 Women’s Opportunity Awards from the clubs. Applications are now available and are due back by Dec. 1.

October 19, 2013 8:58 p.m. read more..

Library welcomes the Noise Guy

The Dalles Wasco County Library welcomes the Zany Czar of Sound Friday, Oct. 25, at 10:30 a.m. Charlie Williams is the noise guy, internationally performing kids comedian, vocal sound impressionist and author.

October 19, 2013 8:57 p.m. read more..

Ask Dr. K: Length of PCL rehabilitation depends on pain

DEAR DOCTOR K: I injured my PCL playing football. How long will my recovery take? DEAR READER: Let’s start with some knee anatomy. The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are two tough bands of fibrous tissue. The ACL is injured more often than the PCL, which is why many people have heard of the ACL but not the PCL. The ACL and PCL connect the thighbone (femur) and the large bone of the lower leg (tibia) at the knee joint. The ACL and PCL form an “X” pattern that stabilizes the knee against front-to-back and back-to-front forces. (I’ve put a detailed illustration of the knee joint on my website,

October 19, 2013 8:56 p.m. read more..

Research: blueberries, grapes may aid immunity

CORVALLIS — In an analysis of 446 compounds for their ability to boost the innate immune system in humans, researchers in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University discovered just two that stood out from the crowd — the resveratrol found in red grapes and a compound called pterostilbene from blueberries.

October 19, 2013 8:54 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Tom Foley leaves behind admirable legacy

Former Speaker of the House Tom Foley, a dominant figure in the congressional politics of the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s, died this week from complications of a stroke suffered last December. While a staunch Democrat during a Democrat-dominated era, Foley, like so many politicians of his era, was able to work across the aisle as needed without fear of being tarred and feathered by his own party. His death at such a pivotal time in recent politics — a day after the end of the partial government shutdown — offered a teachable moment in the world of politics.

October 19, 2013 8:45 p.m. read more..

Crash test doggies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — To make the world safer for pets, Lindsey Wolko had to design an indestructible dog.

October 19, 2013 8:41 p.m. read more..

Duty Dog: Game introduced canine character

LOS ANGELES — His name is Riley. Unlike his squad mates in the next installment of the rabidly popular “Call of Duty” series, he’s not adept at sniping enemy combatants or piloting drones. He can’t even pick up a gun. “Call of Duty: Ghosts” isn’t due until November, but Riley has already become the breakout star of the military shoot-’em-up. He even has an unofficial Twitter account — @CollarDuty.

October 19, 2013 8:39 p.m. read more..

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood facing wave of trials

CAIRO — Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood faces a wave of trials unlike any it has seen in its history, threatening to put a large number of its senior leaders behind bars for years, even life, as military-backed authorities determined to cripple the group prepare prosecutions on charges including inciting violence and terrorism.

October 19, 2013 8:27 p.m. read more..

Ex-House Speaker Tom Foley dies at 84

WASHINGTON — Tom Foley, the courtly former speaker of the U.S. House who lost his seat when Republicans seized control of Congress in 1994, has died of complications from a stroke. He was 84.

October 19, 2013 8:21 p.m. read more..

GPS aids in tracking fugitive to Mosier rest area

A 24-year old Albany man was arrested Thursday by Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers after he fled a traffic crash scene on Interstate 84 and later stole a construction company's vehicle at Biggs Junction. The suspect was arrested after the victim company tracked their vehicle using GPS to where troopers found it parked at a rest area east of Mosier.

October 19, 2013 8:15 p.m. read more..

Three more wild Oregon horses found fatally shot

PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Authorities in central Oregon say three more wild horses have been found fatally shot in an area east of Prineville where three other horses were found dead last weekend. Crook County Sheriff’s Sgt. Travis Jurgens said deputies who went to the area Friday with law enforcement officers from the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to continue the earlier investigation came upon the additional carcasses.

October 19, 2013 8:11 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Eddy missed

To the editor: The Dalles School District and the community of The Dalles lost greatness with the recent passing of Richard J. Eddy. Having served as an educator, coach and mentor at various levels for the better part of three decades, Mr. Eddy had a profound impact on all of those who knew him. He had a direct and early hand in the development of many of the athletes that would make up the backbone of the 1992-94 Tri-Valley Conference Football Champions long before any of us saw the varsity level. He was the type of person that didn’t go around patting himself on the back for having helped a student or athlete, but rather he enjoyed the success of those he touched from afar.

October 19, 2013 8:10 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Poor job, Walden

I am angry. Representative Greg Walden is doing a remarkably poor job representing his constituency. He seems to be completely beholden to the Tea Party factions in more conservative parts of our district. But for those of us living in “swing towns” like The Dalles and Hood River? Do we not matter anymore?

October 19, 2013 8:08 p.m. read more..

Saudi Arabia rejects seat on UN Security Council

Saudis reject UN Security Council seatUNITED NATIONS — Hours after winning a place on the U.N. Security Council for the first time, Saudi Arabia did an about-face Friday and rejected the seat, denouncing the body for failing to resolve world conflicts such as the Syrian civil war. The unprecedented move at the United Nations appeared largely directed at Saudi Arabia’s longtime ally, the United States, reflecting more than two years of frustration.

October 19, 2013 8:02 p.m. read more..

Oregon will recognize same-sex marriages

SALEM — When Rob Owen and his partner heard Oregon would recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages, the Salem couple discussed driving across the Columbia River and marrying in Washington.

October 19, 2013 8 p.m. read more..

Health care law turns to social media in Illinois

CHICAGO nter at a Chicago marketing agency, a small team of social media experts hunkers down to monitor online chatter about President Barack Obama’s health care law, answer questions on Facebook from discouraged consumers and post information and advice on Twitter.

October 19, 2013 7:58 p.m. read more..

Uninsured in Oregon already dropping

SALEM — As federal health care reform rolls out in Oregon, pen, paper and snail mail are proving to be more effective with a particular sector of the uninsured population. Oregon already has shaved off 10 percent of its uninsured population in the past two weeks — despite technical problems at its health insurance exchange — thanks to its Medicaid expansion efforts.

October 19, 2013 7:52 p.m. read more..

Friday, October 18

Astro-Graph for October 18, 2013

Take part in events that will broaden your horizons and give you greater insight into the possibilities that are out there for you. You are on the verge of a breakthrough that can help you improve your life and simplify some of the stresses that have been weighing heavily on your mind.

October 18, 2013 1:02 p.m. read more..

Tribe netters swept in three

Feeling good after Tuesday’s loss against Hermiston, The Dalles Wahtonka volleyball team could not build off its fiery third-game effort on Thursday, as it lost in three games to Pendleton in Columbia River

October 18, 2013 12:13 p.m. read more..

T-Dub boys force scoreless tie with Hermiston

If only The Dalles Wahtonka had been at this level of continuity and consistency from the beginning of the season — maybe the team would not be scratching and clawing for a sniff at the postseason. For the third consecutive game, TDW played a clean and crisp 80 minutes of soccer and salvaged a scoreless tie with No. 19 Hermiston Thursday in Columbia River Conference boy’s soccer action in The Dalles.

October 18, 2013 11:50 a.m. read more..

Obama outlines limits to post-shutdown agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — Regrouping after a feud with Congress stalled his agenda, President Barack Obama is laying down a three-item to-do list for Congress that seems meager when compared with the bold, progressive agenda he envisioned at the start of his second term.

October 18, 2013 11:43 a.m. read more..

Drug drop-off box set up at police office

Local area residents may now drop off expired or unwanted prescription and over the counter medications thanks to a permanent drop box recently installed at The Dalles Police Department.

October 18, 2013 11:34 a.m. read more..

Shutdown effect longer for tribes

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Disruptions to some services for elderly American Indians and other needy residents of reservations could linger despite the end of the government shutdown, tribal officials said Thursday.

October 18, 2013 11:29 a.m. read more..

Storby: job is to substantiate crime

Diane Storby, vice-president of operations at Mid-Columbia Medical Center, was asked Thursday why she hadn’t asked police to investigate a patient’s sex abuse complaint in 2008.

October 18, 2013 11:24 a.m. read more..

Gorge challenge: drive less

Challenge aims to reduce miles With the average price of gas hovering around $3.50 per gallon just this month, there are already a lot of reasons for Oregonians to reconsider the amount of time and money they spend on driving each week.

October 18, 2013 11:20 a.m. read more..

Thursday, October 17

Working on High

A crew works on south-facing windows of Sunshine Mill Winery at the bottom of brewery grade in The Dalles Oct. 15.

October 17, 2013 12:39 p.m. read more..

TDW trying to knock off Bucks

With a handful of big weapons on the shelf to injuries, No. 16 The Dalles Wahtonka head coach Steve Sugg will look to lead his football team to a big league road win against No. 15 Pendleton this Friday.

October 17, 2013 12:23 p.m. read more..

Administration pins hopes on health plan

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s internal projections called for strong enrollment in the states in the first year of new health insurance markets, according to unpublished estimates obtained by The Associated Press. Whether those expectations will bear out is unclear.

October 17, 2013 12:10 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Place to talk needed

To the editor: I would like to start hosting a free monthly documentary night on subjects that actually matter and empower individuals and am looking for a free or inexpensive space to do so.

October 17, 2013 12:07 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Yes for pool

To the editor: I have been on swim team three years and I think it is fun. It would be really amazing to have a new pool. I would love to get up in the morning knowing that the heater will work and the pool will be warm!

October 17, 2013 12:06 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: No news

To the editor: Here’s what happened to reliable reporting: An Obama daze has taken over the mainstream media. There is no real news. What we have is full-fledged presidential activists disguised as “objective” journalists who exclude any factual events that don’t reveal the commander-in-chief on a white horse in shining armor with a halo. This is actual, mater of factual censorship by omission (CBO). Say it with me now: “CBO has got to go!” Very good.

October 17, 2013 12:04 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Doctrine of hate

To the editor: Pastor Jerry. The manner in which you use the “upon this rock” passage to teach that the church is built on the “name” Jesus exposes that Jew hate foundation of Christendom.

October 17, 2013 12:03 p.m. read more..

Entertainment calendar from Oct. 17

Celebrate autumn with pumpkins, scarecrows and a cup of apple cider this weekend, or find a good book or tales from the past or another world waiting around the Columbia Gorge.

October 17, 2013 11:52 a.m. read more..

Bra contest benefits Pink Project

Entrants have until Friday, Oct. 25, to submit their decorated bras for the Pink Project bra contest. Winners will be announced at Clock Tower Ales after the Pink Project Walk, which gathers at 9:45 a.m. at Third and Lincoln streets in the public parking lot.

October 17, 2013 11:47 a.m. read more..

Residents: roads are a county priority

Wasco County residents talked about the need to maintain good roads throughout the county when asked to testify at a public hearing on how to fund road maintenance in the absence of federal payments to counties in lieu of timber receipts.

October 17, 2013 11:44 a.m. read more..

TD officer injured during rape investigation

Man killed in gunfire exchange A The Dalles city police officer who was shot and wounded by a fleeing person of interest in a rape case returned fire, killing the man Wednesday night in Wishram.

October 17, 2013 11:34 a.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for October 17, 2013

Sticking to moderate and practical plans will ensure that you progress with minimal setbacks this year. If you have critical decision to make, you should seek the advice of experts for the best results. Less waffling and more calculated action will lead to success.

October 17, 2013 10:37 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, October 16


Autumn Playground

Delanie Parke, 3, scoops up a handful of leaves to toss at her brothers Jamison, 4, and Alexzander, 1, as she plays among fallen leaves at Thompson Park Tuesday, Oct. 15.

October 16, 2013 12:43 p.m. read more..

Bridge: Wait a minute, medics will arrive

Jim Boren was a humorist and writer on “bureaucratese,” in which he poked fun at what he called “the vacuumental thinking and idiotoxicities of Washington.” He said, “I got the bill for my surgery. Now I know why those doctors were wearing masks.” Some bridge players would benefit from being allowed access to a bridge doctor, who would explain how to keep a contract alive.

October 16, 2013 12:31 p.m. read more..

‘Deadliest Catch’ fishery a no-go in shutdown

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s multimillion-dollar red king crab season opened Tuesday, but most of the participating boats remained at dock because federal managers who are supposed to set individual fishing quotas are among workers still furloughed in the government’s partial shutdown.

October 16, 2013 12:17 p.m. read more..

Word on the Street

Knit while you sit: As a service to furloughed federal workers, Sarah at Knot Another Hat in Hood River and Paulette at the Whole Ball of Yarn in downtown The Dalles are offering free “Learn to Knit” classes to furloughed federal employees.

October 16, 2013 12:02 p.m. read more..

The Dalles Economic district wins Innovation Award

WASHINGTON, DC – The Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, based in The Dalles, received a 2013 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation for the Klickitat-Skamania Local Technology Planning Team project.

October 16, 2013 noon read more..

Police say ‘no’ to capital ‘N’

The Dalles Police Chief Jay Waterbury thought the city was stuck with an offensive and archaic race designation on city police forms, and it bothered him. That’s what he told a woman who complained to him in September after her husband, who is black, was involved in a car crash in which the other driver was at fault.

October 16, 2013 11:50 a.m. read more..

Teachers work together to find solutions

Teachers from all over the Columbia Gorge gathered in the Dry Hollow Elementary gym on Friday, Oct. 11 to participate in “It All Adds Up,” a free training designed to generate new and improved strategies for teaching age-appropriate math skills to early learners.

October 16, 2013 11:40 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, October 15


Kesey papers to stay at UO

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The collected papers of novelist Ken Kesey, including drafts of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Sometimes a Great Notion,” will remain at the University of Oregon.

October 15, 2013 1:42 p.m. read more..

Weekend melee results in riot response

SEATTLE — Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard acknowledged Monday that the school is facing challenges when it comes to student drug and alcohol use, but said an off-campus melee over the weekend is counter to the university’s culture. Bellingham police have arrested three nonstudents in the party that turned into a riot Saturday, but the investigation continues.

October 15, 2013 1:39 p.m. read more..

Bridge: This is “impossible”

Henri-Frederic Amiel, a 17th-century Swiss philosopher and poet, said, “Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.” Yesterday’s deal was difficult; today’s requires genius.

October 15, 2013 1:28 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: No to coal

To the editor: As I was sitting in my yard in White Salmon this past weekend enjoying the warm sun and the crisp fall air, my attention was diverted to the sound of the train as it blasted it’s horn through Bingen. Although this is a common occurrence for residents of the gorge, the future effects of the increased train traffic are impossible to ignore.

October 15, 2013 1:22 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Vote yes to pool

To the editor: During the time my wife and I were raising our children, the swimming pool was vital to our family. All of our three children competed on the swim team and this experience was important to them in their growing up years. Although our kids are now adults and moved from the community, we continue to be concerned about having a pool available for our community. We urge that all voters support the Pool Bond which will be on the November 2013 ballot.

October 15, 2013 1:21 p.m. read more..

Editorial: A pool is vital to the community

Take a look at the photo at right — a bunch of happy, energetic kids enjoying an afternoon at the pool. This photo was taken a few years ago by a Chronicle intern, but it’s a scene that has played out throughout the summer year after year since 1938, when the Natatorium was built.

October 15, 2013 1:13 p.m. read more..

Death toll in Philippines quake jumps to 93

CEBU, Philippines (AP) — The death toll from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the central Philippine island of Bohol on Tuesday rose to 93, as rescuers struggled to reach patients in a collapsed hospital. Centuries-old stone churches crumbled and wide areas were without power.

October 15, 2013 1:10 p.m. read more..

MIP citations decline in TD

YouthThink, the city of The Dalles and local law enforcement have been working together to bring the Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don’t Be a Party to Teenage Drinking public awareness campaign to Wasco County to provide parents with effective information about the health risks and the legal consequences of providing alcohol to youth.

October 15, 2013 1:04 p.m. read more..

Webber Street construction under way

NW Kodiak Construction has started construction activities for Webber Street water line improvements. The traffic signal at Second and Webber streets will be shut down from Oct. 16 through Oct. 19, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Flaggers will be present to control and route traffic through the work zone.

October 15, 2013 1:02 p.m. read more..

Allen: job and reputation at stake

MCMC chief offered to set meeting with police Brenda Allen, the woman credited with “bringing down Dr. Frederick Field” took the stand Friday as the last witness in the plaintiff’s civil trial against Mid-Columbia Medical Center.

October 15, 2013 12:58 p.m. read more..

In times medieval

Jaqueline de Lioncourt (Jennifer Berry of Portland) works a Inkle Loom based on those used in the Middle Ages. The loom was used to create narrow work: Belts, trim and bag handles, for example.

October 15, 2013 12:51 p.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for October 15, 2013

A realistic look at your current position will stop you from taking on too much. Explore activities or interests that spark your imagination and bring you joy. Children and seniors will provide you with a different point of view; listen and learn.

October 15, 2013 10:46 a.m. read more..

Saturday, October 12


Editorial: Peace at its most basic level

The Norwegian Nobel Committee took a predictable turn in awarding its Peace Prize this past week, selecting a watchdog group working to destroy Syria’s stockpiles of nerve gas and other poisonous agents.

October 12, 2013 7:07 p.m. read more..

Lo Delgado en El Control de Porciones

Una de las mejores maneras en que usted le puede ayudar a su niño a vivir saludablemente y a mantener un peso saludable es enseñarle lo que parece el tamaño actual de una porción.

October 12, 2013 6:26 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Blessed with coal

To the editor: Many people are writing complaining about coal being shipped through the gorge and how it will harm the soil and water. I don’t believe God would have put anything on this earth that would do harm to our earth.

October 12, 2013 6:22 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: A few questions

To the editor: Dear Gary, I am delighted that you responded to my letter to you. Thank you. I must admit surprise that you found a way to insert “hate for the jew,” so quickly, based on my question as to whether you accept the new portion of the Bible. I just assumed that you accepted the old. Forgive me if I was wrong. However, if you do accept the old, then my question was really the question I meant to ask.

October 12, 2013 6:20 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Walden misinformed

Dear Greg Walden, Can you not do something to persuade your colleagues in the House of Representatives to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling for a period of at least a year? You representatives in the House are constantly referring to what the American People want. I think you are, by and large, greatly misinformed, judging by your behavior.

October 12, 2013 6:16 p.m. read more..

Energizing Rufus

This small city’s leaders envision a brighter future with help from renewable energy

October 12, 2013 2:51 p.m. read more..

Senate seeks budget answer

WASHINGTON — House talks with President Barack Obama over ending the partial government shutdown and preventing a federal default have stalled, Speaker John Boehner told fellow Republicans on Saturday, shifting the focus to Senate efforts to end the twin stalemates.

October 12, 2013 11:38 a.m. read more..

Wind, rain pound India in massive cyclone

BEHRAMPUR, India — A massive, powerful cyclone was hammering India’s eastern coastline with heavy rains and destructive winds Saturday, as hundreds of thousands of people living in the region moved inland and took shelter, hoping to ride out the dangerous storm.

October 12, 2013 11:37 a.m. read more..

Yakama Nation coho restoration hatchery plans move forward

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council on Tuesday moved forward a proposal from the Yakama Nation that would ultimately involve the spending of nearly $9 million to build hatchery facilities aimed at advancing efforts to rebuild coho salmon returns in central Washington’s upper Yakima River basin.

October 12, 2013 8:58 a.m. read more..

Friday, October 11

Astro-Graph for October 11, 2013

Keep life simple and cost-effective in the coming months. You should save for a rainy day and avoid anyone who tends to disrupt your life. Emotional matters will escalate, making this a year of unavoidable change. Keep your options open and your money in a safe place.

October 11, 2013 1:50 p.m. read more..

A taste of Autumn

Jennifer Rubira teams up with her friend Chela Alvarez on the handle of an apple press as she and other members of the Builder's Club enjoy an outing Oct. 10 at Gary Honald's Orchard on Mill Creek.

October 11, 2013 12:51 p.m. read more..

Closed parks hurt economy; states prepare to step in

TUSAYAN, Ariz.— The Obama administration’s willingness to allow states to reopen national parks shuttered by the partial government shutdown comes with one big caveat: States need to foot the bill, money they likely won’t see again. So far, the deal has just one taker — Utah.

October 11, 2013 12:46 p.m. read more..

Bridge: Good guessing and poor thinking

Our man A.N. Other continues in good form: “Anybody could get rich if he could guess the exact moment at which a piece of junk becomes an antique.” Any bridge player could get rich if he could work out the exact moment to make an unusual play that is correct. In this deal, West leads his heart six against three no-trump: jack, king, seven. East returns the heart three, covered by South’s four. How should West

October 11, 2013 12:42 p.m. read more..

Arsonist pleads guilty

PORTLAND — The posters located around the Pacific Northwest were a study in contrasts. “Wanted” they screamed in bold, red type, “Should be considered armed and dangerous.”

October 11, 2013 12:28 p.m. read more..

Swimming with Sharks

TACOMA, Wash. — Sharks might have a bad rap with some but officials at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium insist it’s the sharks that usually face danger when they cross paths with humans.

October 11, 2013 12:22 p.m. read more..

Harvest event set Oct. 15 at MCMC

Gorge Grown Food Network and Seed to Table Farms will be holding a Harvest Market at Mid-Columbia Medical Center on October Oct. 15 to celebrate the Fall harvest season. The market will take place from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.

October 11, 2013 12:11 p.m. read more..

Sex abuse victim sues TD church

Events occurred in 2006-07 First Christian Church in The Dalles is being sued for millions by the female victim of a former youth minister who pleaded guilty to sex abuse in May 2013.

October 11, 2013 11:41 a.m. read more..

Nine diseased trees removed at Sorosis Park

Northern Wasco County Park and Recreation District consulted with the U.S. Forest Service before removing the trees, believed to be infested with ips beetle, but that’s not the end of the work involved, said Scott Green, executive director of the district.

October 11, 2013 11:38 a.m. read more..

Thursday, October 10


Editorial: Growing moral vacuity

The prominent public figure who loses his way has become a staple of the last decade. Perhaps it is because we know more about our public figures. Perhaps it’s because their careers are running longer. Perhaps it’s because temptation looms larger these days. Dave Frohnmayer is the latest Oregon politician to surprise us. Willamette Week reported last week that Oregon’s former attorney general was compensated by tobacco companies to be their witness in their case arguing they should pay less to the state of Oregon. To anyone familiar with Frohnmayer’s history over the past three decades, this news prompted a double-take and a response of “Huh?”

October 10, 2013 2:15 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Memorial fund established

Memorial fund To the editor: This past Friday, Oct. 4,, a good friend of mine was killed by a train, as mentioned in the paper, Jay Jones. This community has lost a young life way too soon. Those of you that knew him, know how caring, fun, and compassionate he was. He loved life, even though he had hard times. He almost always had a smile on his face, and loved to laugh and always had one foot in front of the other. Always was a go-getter, and was a hard worker.

October 10, 2013 1:53 p.m. read more..

Bridge: Do not be greedy, you can settle for 10

A.N. Other’s latest is: “A glutton’s greedy sense of taste shows little sense but lots of waist.” At the bridge table (unless you are playing in a pair event, where overtricks can be valuable), a greedy player who risks his contract trying for an overtrick shows little sense and lots of waste.

October 10, 2013 1:52 p.m. read more..

Arts and entertainment from Oct. 10

Oct. 10 – Trivia Topics: natural disasters and “Saturday Night Live,” 6:30 p.m., Clock Tower Ales, 311 Union St., The Dalles, 541-705-3590, Oct. 10-13 – “Macbeth,” 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 2 p.m., Sunday, Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave., Hood River, 541-387-8877, ext. 117, Oct. 11 – Book Lover’s Ball fundraiser for Half the Gorge Sky, 6-10 p.m., Sunshine Mill Winery, The Dalles,, 541-806-0093

October 10, 2013 1:47 p.m. read more..

Sparky and Pals build fire awareness

KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS in The Dalles area are getting the ride of their lives this week as Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue takes them on their annual fire prevention fire truck rides.

October 10, 2013 1:39 p.m. read more..

Hydrant flush underway

The Dalles public works will be flushing hydrants over the next few weeks, starting at the top of the system and working down.

October 10, 2013 1:34 p.m. read more..

Musical weekend benefits local organizations

Guests at the Civic Auditorium’s piano gala Saturday evening, Oct 12, will be entertained by a performance that has become something of a rarity in modern days: a classical dual piano performance.

October 10, 2013 1:29 p.m. read more..

Lawyer: ‘red flags’ ignored

Kafoury: Victims could have been fewer The attorneys for three women molested by Dr. Frederick Field say the number of victims could have been reduced if hospital officials had not ignored a series of “red flags” over a three-year period.

October 10, 2013 1:11 p.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for October 10, 2013

A calculated approach to life will help you stay on top of your game in the year ahead. Situations will have a tendency to spin out of control if you aren’t precise and flexible. Refrain from initiating change, but be willing to accept the inevitable and turn any lemons you encounter into lemonade.

October 10, 2013 10:40 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Teach teens the value of a dollar

DEAR MARY: As a teen, my daughter wanted name brand jeans, clothing, shoes — whatever she thought all of the “cool” kids had. She wouldn’t step into a thrift shop or discount store. It was a constant battle until I decided that she would have a clothing/necessity allowance.

October 10, 2013 10:39 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, October 9


U.S. to slash aid to Egypt

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei— U.S. officials said Wednesday that the Obama administration is poised to slash hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic assistance to Egypt. The announcement is expected this week, once official notifications have been made to all interested parties.\

October 9, 2013 1:35 p.m. read more..

Bridge: One-two punch gives extra power

That well-known wit, A.N. Other, said, “The young man who stands on his own two feet has probably failed his driving test.” A bridge player of whatever age who failed to make a contract perhaps used only one line when two were available. In this example, South is in four hearts. West leads the spade queen.

October 9, 2013 1:30 p.m. read more..

Tribe netters lose, but coach liked effort

Morgan Goslin had three aces and seven assists, and Olivia Starks dropped a team-high 12 kills, but The Dalles Wahtonka could not get over the hump in a three-game setback Monday in a recently added volleyball match in Portland versus Grant High School. “Other than a few mistakes we made, we played pretty well,” said TDW head coach Amy Schwartz. “Our defense was great and our passing was pretty good, but we struggled on serves and serve-receive.

October 9, 2013 1:28 p.m. read more..

Attorney finds flaw in MCMC opening statement

The attorney for Mid-Columbia Medical Center provided information during an opening statement at the start of the current civil trial that was subsequently refuted by the plaintiffs’ attorney.

October 9, 2013 12:54 p.m. read more..

Three in US win Nobel for chemistry

STOCKHOLM — Three U.S.-based scientists won this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for developing powerful computer models that researchers use to understand complex chemical interactions and create new drugs.

October 9, 2013 12:43 p.m. read more..

Klickitat County eyes county alliance

In a historic move, Klickitat County said it is prepared to fund planning staff to help process land use applications for county residents within the National Scenic Area.

October 9, 2013 12:41 p.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for October 9, 2013

Don’t offer more than you can handle in the near future. Reneging on a promise will hurt your reputation and alter what’s offered to you. Love and romance should be your long-term goal. A healthy, happy domestic situation will make your life more fulfilling.

October 9, 2013 10:31 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Shop twice, buy only once

Every week, I invite readers of this column to send me their clever tips for how to save time and money. Then, once a week, I open the Everyday Cheapskate mailbox to let you take a look. So many of you tell me this is your favorite day of the week. It’s mine, too!

October 9, 2013 10:30 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, October 8



Traditional dancers perform for the crowd at the Re-Connect to the River Festival in The Dalles.

October 8, 2013 12:54 p.m. read more..

ODFW approves new Columbia Basin regulations

NEWPORT – The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission today approved a new fishing endorsement that will be required for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon fishing on the Columbia and Snake rivers, and their tributaries, beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

October 8, 2013 12:50 p.m. read more..

Senior News: Reverse mortgages can be a useful tool for some

If you are struggling to pay your bills as the cost of living constantly increases — and yet you have paid off your house, which you purchased 40 years ago for $35,000 and is now worth four times that much, you are one of thousands of American older adults who are income poor but “house” rich.

October 8, 2013 12:25 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Defund Obamacare

To the editor: Defund Obamacare! This message is brought to you by the folks who want to dismantle Social Security, destroy medicare and do away with the minimum wage.

October 8, 2013 12:21 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Civic concert

To the editor: Just a quick reminder that next Thursday night, Oct. 10, is our next community concert. It will be held at the Civic Auditorium, not the high school, at 7 p.m. See you there.

October 8, 2013 12:19 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Thanks to 'Tough Enough' rodeo

To the editor: It’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I can’t think of a better time to show my appreciation to the Fort Dalles Rodeo Association. Thank you, for not only bringing such a fantastic rodeo to The Dalles, but also for keeping your donation local!

October 8, 2013 12:18 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Free and fair elections at risk

Campaign finance law is back under the U.S. Supreme Court microscope this week as wealthy Alabama Republican Shaun McCutcheon hopes to persuade the court to do away with overall limits on what contributors may give in a two-year federal election cycle.

October 8, 2013 12:16 p.m. read more..

Ohio opens case in $100M charity fraud trial

CLEVELAND — A mysterious onetime fugitive charged with running a $100 million multistate Navy charity fraud was portrayed at his trial Monday by prosecutors as a lying thief and by his defense as a law-abiding fundraiser.

October 8, 2013 12:13 p.m. read more..

Terrorist questioned at sea

WASHINGTON (AP) — Instead of sending suspected terrorists to Guantanamo Bay or secret CIA “black” sites for interrogation, the Obama administration is questioning terrorists for as long as it takes aboard U.S. naval vessels. And it’s doing it in a way that preserves the government’s ability to ultimately prosecute the suspects in civilian courts.

October 8, 2013 noon read more..

The Dalles man dies on train tracks

Police have identified a 37-year-old man killed on the train tracks in The Dalles late the evening of Oct. 4. The next of kin have been notified of J. Randall Jones, who has no known address but has lived in The Dalles area for at least the past 18 years, said Chief Jay Waterbury of The Dalles Police Department.

October 8, 2013 11:53 a.m. read more..

Woman, 72, imprisoned for theft

A 72-year-old caregiver from Antelope has been sent to prison for helping herself to money in the checking account of a widower and forging the deed to give herself the house of another.

October 8, 2013 11:51 a.m. read more..

Officer: lack of reports hindered arrest in sex abuse case

Attorney Gregory Kafoury orchestrated a line of questioning Friday intended to show Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s failure to be forthcoming about sex abuse complaints against an anesthesiologist could have provided him with time to molest an employee.

October 8, 2013 11:50 a.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for October 8, 2013

Revisit old plans, ideas and friendships in the year ahead. Check out what’s available, but don’t be too eager to take on too much. Back away from pushy people and engage with those looking for positive, meticulously planned change. Baby steps will lead to success and greater security.

October 8, 2013 10:33 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Here is the best thing I ever bought, again

Dear Readers: Of all the columns I’ve written, the one on the care and cleaning of the carpet in my home has generated by far the most interest and, shall I say, creative feedback! It’s also had the most requests to reprint. Since you asked, here it is again. Enjoy!

October 8, 2013 10:32 a.m. read more..

Sunday, October 6

Saturday, October 5


Today in History, Oct. 6

Today is Sunday, Oct. 6, the 279th day of 2013. There are 86 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 6, 1927, the era of talking pictures arrived with the opening of “The Jazz Singer,” starring Al Jolson, a movie that featured both silent and sound-synchronized sequences.

October 5, 2013 7:34 p.m. read more..

In Search of Democracy

CAIRO — “For too long, many nations, including my own, tolerated, even excused, oppression in the Middle East in the name of stability... We must help the reformers of the Middle East as they work for freedom, and strive to build a community of peaceful, democratic nations.” — President George W. Bush in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Sept. 21, 2004 Almost a quarter-century ago, a young American political scientist achieved global academic celebrity by suggesting that the collapse of communism had ended the discussion on how to run societies, leaving “Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.”

October 5, 2013 7:32 p.m. read more..

Government doors closed, but workers may get paid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Their government has failed to keep the doors open and has told federal workers to stay off the job as the political parties fight over spending and health care in austere times. Now Congress and President Barack Obama are sending this message to the 800,000 sidelined government employees: We don’t know when the impasses will end but you will get reimbursed for lost pay once the government reopens.

October 5, 2013 7:29 p.m. read more..

Ground searches planned for missing woman, man

SEATTLE (AP) — An air search for a young Oregon woman hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in southwest Washington has expanded into a new county while a separate air search farther south found no signs of a missing Portland, Ore. man.

October 5, 2013 7:21 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Not elusive

To the editor: The recent editorial “Elusive answers” (Sept. 29) dances around the coal export issues and states that the Power Past Coal Coalition “knows what it doesn’t want, but it hasn’t offered any truly viable solutions on a large scale.” As a member of the coalition, here are our solutions:

October 5, 2013 7:15 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Show our displeasure

Majority rule can be a difficult proposition. In the ideal scenario, elected leaders negotiate, debate and craft legislation that provides a balanced and well-reasoned final product.

October 5, 2013 7:08 p.m. read more..

Conservation Corner: Forests and livestock can be compatible

Agroforestry is a land management approach that provides an opportunity to put your land to work in unique and profitable ways. And while conventional wisdom in the past has been that livestock and trees can’t co-exist, nothing could be further from the truth. With proper management, forestland can do much more than just grow trees for harvesting.

October 5, 2013 7:07 p.m. read more..

Friday, October 4

Obama cancels trip to China

BEIJING — President Barack Obama has called off a trip to Asia just as China’s president is being feted in regional capitals ahead of summits where the U.S. no-show will give China a chance to shine and boost its influence.

October 4, 2013 12:48 p.m. read more..

What's happening from Oct. 3

PROGRAM MEETING: Distinguished Young Woman will have a parent meeting for all parents of young women who are juniors in high school this year on Monday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at Spooky’s Pizza Parlor. This will be an informational meeting outlining what’s involved with the program.

October 4, 2013 12:17 p.m. read more..

Crews to paint lines in The Dalles

City and county public works workers will paint center and side lines on the main streets in The Dalles Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 8 and 9, beginning at 6 a.m. each day, weather permitting.

October 4, 2013 12:15 p.m. read more..

Mascot group parameters set

North Wasco County School District 21 approved a charter Sept. 26 for the committee that will make recommendations for a new high school mascot.

October 4, 2013 12:06 p.m. read more..

Commission recommends county land use changes

The Dalles Planning Commission recommended approval Thursday, Oct. 3, of new land use rules designed to end the practice of charging for public streets and sidewalks — sometimes as much as $150,000 — when residential land is divided into smaller lots, or requiring a commitment to pay in the future.

October 4, 2013 12:04 p.m. read more..

Remarks lay out MCMC suit

The multi-million dollar civil suit against Mid-Columbia Medical Center began Tuesday and revolves around the 2012 conviction of Dr. Frederick Field, an anesthesiologist, for sexual abuse of patients and co-workers.

October 4, 2013 11:54 a.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for October 4, 2013

Strive to enforce practicality and moderation in your life. Too much of anything will work against you. Put more time and effort into your career and building up your reputation, skills and allies, and less time trying to appease someone who isn’t worth your while.

October 4, 2013 9:38 a.m. read more..

Wet and windy weather cause of swallow die-off

SALEM, Ore.―The recent wet and windy weather has taken a toll on Oregon’s Barn and Violet-green Swallows. On Monday, Sept. 30, veterinarians for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife received multiple calls from Oregon residents about dead and dying swallows. Reports have come from the Port of Saint Helens to as far south as Junction City.

October 4, 2013 7:35 a.m. read more..

Bird hunters can access Summer Lake, other state wildlife areas

Bird hunters can access Summer Lake, other state wildlife areas but not national wildlife refuges during federal government shutdown SALEM, Ore.—With many of the state’s bird hunting seasons opening Oct. 5, hunters need to know that national wildlife refuges are currently closed to hunting due to the federal government shutdown.

October 4, 2013 7:33 a.m. read more..

Thursday, October 3

Astro-Graph for October 3, 2013

Emotions will be close to the surface this year. It will be important for you to size up your personal situation and make the changes that will keep you moving in a positive direction. Don’t let anyone bully you or take advantage of you.

October 3, 2013 3:16 p.m. read more..

Redsides too much for Arlington

One of the biggest lessons learned Tuesday by the South Wasco County Redsides was to bring their top game to the forefront no matter the competition.

October 3, 2013 1:22 p.m. read more..

September weather among wettest

Rainfall during September reached the third-highest total on record for The Dalles area, according to the National Weather Service office in Pendleton.

October 3, 2013 1:03 p.m. read more..

Bridge: What is the role of that card?

Jane Goodall said, “Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.” A bridge player might add the word “card” after each “individual.” However, sometimes the role of a particular card may be difficult to discern.

October 3, 2013 1 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Protect open government, personal privacy

Generating, accessing and protecting public/private records can accurately be described as some of the most potent issues of our age. It is a topic loaded with such significance that smart educators will begin training students about it as early as grade school — it is that essential to successful life.

October 3, 2013 12:38 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Coffee or swim pool?

To the editor: For the cost of one mocha frappuccino Light per month, my favorite designer coffee, I could help build a new pool for our community. Not just any pool but a 50 meter competition pool that can also work for 25 yard and 25 meter swimming competitions.

October 3, 2013 12:33 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: 'Tax break' is extortion

To the editor: What a great big steaming pile of nonsense! Our American Republic has fallen so low that many huge cities are bankrupt or nearly so and struggling municipalities like The Dalles are reduced to taking charity from mindless corporations. “Oh, please Google, sir, may I have another?”

October 3, 2013 12:32 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Walden comment offensive

To the editor: ... Republican Rep. Greg Walden is a leader of the House (chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee) and our representative from eastern Oregon, and he is a prime player in this “moronic policy.” Walden was quoted yesterday in his Washington office as saying the public anger over the shutdown would be forgotten by the 2014 elections. That attitude is offensive.

October 3, 2013 12:28 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Fresh air

To the editor: In response to the Associated Press article printed in the Faith section of The Dalles Chronicle, I would like to put a more positive spin on Pope Francis; recent interview in Rome.

October 3, 2013 12:25 p.m. read more..

Treasury warns of downturn over debt

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department is warning that the economy could plunge into a downturn worse than the Great Recession if Congress fails to raise the federal borrowing limit and the country defaults on its debt obligations.

October 3, 2013 12:23 p.m. read more..

Court warns jury; Social media chatter forbidden

Judge Paul Crowley lectured the jury in a multi-million lawsuit against Mid-Columbia Medical Center Wednesday, Oct. 3, about posting messages about their service on Facebook or through other forms of social media.

October 3, 2013 11:39 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, October 2


GCF seeking new grant applications

Is your nonprofit struggling to find funding? The Gorge Community Foundation is now accepting grant applications from local organizations, with a fast-approaching deadline of Oct. 25.

October 2, 2013 11:40 a.m. read more..

What's happening from Oct. 2

ZUMBA PROGRAM: Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation along with Licensed Zumba Instructors Marsha Morrison and Brenda Green are offering Zumba to the community at the Muscle and Fitness Center, 915 Garrison St., Mondays at 9 a.m., Tuesdays 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Thursdays 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Drop-in fee is $5. A punch card is available.

October 2, 2013 11:39 a.m. read more..

Fishing tournament yields whoppers

An overcast, windless day with minimal rain provided perfect weather for the 57 fishermen of all ages who competed in the seventh annual Wasco Salmon and Steelhead Tournament Sept. 28.

October 2, 2013 11:37 a.m. read more..

US businesses worry about prolonged shutdown

NEW YORK — As the government’s partial shutdown enters a second day, most companies across the country are doing business as usual. Yet concern is rising that a prolonged shutdown would cause some work at private companies to dry up and consumers to lose faith in the U.S. economy.

October 2, 2013 11:30 a.m. read more..

Local, regional Corps facilities closed due to shutdown

PORTLAND (AP) — Parks, campgrounds and visitor centers operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers across Oregon and southwestern Washington are closed until further notice, the agency has announced. These closures, as well as others, are the result of the agency not receiving funding for Fiscal Year 2014, which began Tuesday:

October 2, 2013 11:28 a.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for October 2, 2013

You’ll impress someone who can make a difference to your life in the year ahead. Give whatever you are working on your all. Advancement and opportunity are apparent. Altering the way you live will ensure that you are in control of your destiny.

October 2, 2013 11:16 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Repurpose over-cooked vegetables and worn socks

Choosing to live more frugally does not require that you abandon your personal standards for things like perfectly prepared vegetables or your impeccable style. It means you have a plan for how to repurpose over-cooked vegetables and a way to give a second life to socks that have worn thin. Is your curiosity piqued? Read on.

October 2, 2013 11:12 a.m. read more..

Government shutdown impacts hunters, campers

How will federal government shutdown affect hunting? It is ODFW’s understanding that national forests and BLM land are open to hunters, but developed campgrounds on these lands are closed and all other services are unavailable. available. Federal refuges are closed to hunting and all other activities according to a FAQ on their website.

October 2, 2013 10:19 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, October 1


Wearable technology takes off

SAN FRANCISCO — The digital domain is creeping off our desktops and onto our bodies, from music players that match your tunes to your heart beat, to mood sweaters that change color depending on your emotional state — blue for calm, red for angry. There are vacuum shoes that clean the floor while you walk and fitness bracelets, anklets and necklaces to track your calorie burning.

October 1, 2013 2:22 p.m. read more..

Bridge: The lead you do not want

Alexander Smith, a 19th-century Scottish poet, said, "Everything is sweetened by risk." Not when you are a declarer! Then, you should aim to make your contract without risk.

October 1, 2013 2:21 p.m. read more..

Senior News: Medicare open enrollment between Oct. 15-Dec. 7

This Friday night from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Meals-on-Wheels and the Mid-Columbia Senor Center invite you to their 3rd Annual Baby Back Rib Dinner sponsored by The Springs at Mill Creek. With the financial support of the Springs and with several other small and large donations, all the expenses for the dinner are covered, so every penny from every ticket sold goes directly to Meals-on-Wheels and Senior Center — split evenly.

October 1, 2013 2:19 p.m. read more..

Wrongful conviction nets $10.5M

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Two men wrongfully convicted of a 1993 rape and imprisoned for 17 years will be getting $10.5 million from Clark County, Wash.

October 1, 2013 2:18 p.m. read more..

Companies promise open oil terminal process

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The companies planning a $110 million terminal at the Port of Vancouver to handle trains carrying oil from North Dakota have promised residents the permit process would be transparent and the facility would be a good neighbor.

October 1, 2013 2:17 p.m. read more..

Cover Oregon sees glitches

SALEM (AP) — Oregonians will have to wait to enroll for health insurance through President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

October 1, 2013 2:16 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: OBOB seeks help

To the editor: Dear members of our community, Oregon Battle of the Books has been encouraging children to read in the Mid-Columbia since 2007. It is a literacy initiative from the Oregon Association of School Libraries.

October 1, 2013 2:12 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Earn your pay, end the shutdown

As if a Congress-caused federal government shut-down doesn’t rankle enough on it’s own, one of the most unreasonable aspects of the situation is that U.S. senators and representatives continue to get paid.

October 1, 2013 2:04 p.m. read more..

MCMC on trial in abuse suit

The civil trial against Mid-Columbia Medical Center involving the sexual abuse of patients by a former anesthesiologist begins today, Oct. 1, in the Wasco County courtroom of Judge Paul Crowley.

October 1, 2013 1:47 p.m. read more..


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