Stories for September 2013


Saturday, September 28

Public meetings from Sept. 29

Public meetings from Sept. 29, 2013.

Get an early start on college prep

Fall is in the air and that means lifestyle adjustments for students and parents everywhere. Junior (or Junior-ette) is heading to college. It impacts everyone and not just financially.

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No slipping for T-Dub harriers

Eagle Indians overcome the elements at Bridgette Nelson Invitational for two wins

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Long night at the office for Tribe football

Miscues rule in loss to Hermiston at Sid White Field

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Exhibit honoring Comanche Code Talkers opens

Uniforms are part of display to honor 17 tribal members

Bridge: From the “erroratic” to the well defended

In the last two days, we have looked at deals in which a lot of errors were made. Let’s end the week with one where the bidding was sane and the defense excellent.

Legal tab nears $7M for WA killings

SEATTLE (AP) — Legal costs continue to rise in a death penalty case against two people accused of killing a family of six in Carnation on Christmas Eve 2007.

Portland airport sued over anti-logging ad

PORTLAND (AP) — A conservation group and the American Civil Liberties Union have sued to get an advertisement against federal logging legislation placed at Portland International Airport.

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Editorial cartoons for Sept. 29

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 29, 2013.

Letter to the Editor: Volunteer fun

To the editor: I should have written this sooner, when Joyce Powell-Morin had her letter in The Chronicle about being an MCMC volunteer.

Letter to the Editor: Beware forest bill

To the editor: People concerned about the environment should not be swayed by our congressman, Greg Walden, in his support of House Resolution 1526. Steve Pedery, conservation director of Oregon Wild, says this resolution will essentially privatize 1.6 million acres of former Oregon and California Railroad lands in western Oregon.

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Editorial: Elusive answers

All or nothing seems to be the way most people view the coal issue these days. Public hearings on the subject, specifically the shipping terminal in Cowlitz County, Oct. 1 in Pasco, Oct. 9 in Vancouver and Oct. 17 in Tacoma.

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Iceland’s wild scenery, tax breaks lure Hollywood

REYKJAVIK, Iceland — It has doubled as an alien planet, a Himalayan peak and even the snow-filled fantasy world of the “Game of Thrones.” Still recovering from financial collapse, Iceland can perhaps be forgiven for seeking alternate identities.

Flir Systems get $49M Navy contract

WILSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Flir Systems said Friday it received a contract with the U.S. Navy worth $49.9 million over five years.

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St. Mary’s 65th

The St. Mary’s Class of 1948 celebrated its 65th reunion with a dinner at the Hiway House Aug. 10.

Youth photo contest results appear Tuesday in Chronicle

Just as it takes a little time to make a good soup, it takes time to put together a good Chronicle Youth Summer Photo Contest section. Final judging took place Sept. 26 and the finishing touches are being applied now for Tuesday publication. We apologize for the delay and thank you for your patience.

Bra Art wanted in The Dalles; show Oct. 26

Community members from The Dalles and surrounding area are invited by The Pink Project to participate in October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month by decorating a bra and entering the annual contest for $5.

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Making the golden years count

The Dalles couple keeps busy in retirement with community service, travel

Fees focus of COG hearing

Forty percent increase proposed for Building Code assessments

Friday, September 27

Astro-Graph for September 27, 2013

Follow your heart and don’t be afraid to do things differently in the year ahead. Expect to face obstacles, and prepare to make life-altering choices. Concentrate on work and stabilizing your position while the trends favor you.

Everyday Cheapskate: Factory fun on family vacations

Planning a family vacation? Factory tours can make for great vacation fun, especially when the company manufacturers something kids like. Free samples can’t hurt.

Ask Dr. K: Repair of hemorrhoids done in doctor’s office

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve suffered with bleeding hemorrhoids for many years and lifestyle changes haven’t helped. My doctor suggested surgery. Is this risky?

Oregon State University responds to internet threat

CORVALLIS, (AP) — The State Police say more officers will be at Oregon State University as a result of an online threat "directed at the campus."

For the Record, Sept. 27

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Sept. 27, 2013.

Church news in brief, Sept. 27

St. Paul’s will kick off the fall at its 9 a.m., Adult Forum Hour this Sunday with a new DVD series called The Living Faith, led by Biblical scholar, NT Wright. It is a series of 10 talks, the first will be this Sunday, and it will be on The Story and Message of the Bible.

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Pastor uses humor to grapple with cross theft

When the officer came to take the report, he told Nate Warren, “I’ve been doing this for 23 years and this is a first.”

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Climate change is man made

STOCKHOLM — Scientists can now say with extreme confidence that human activity is the dominant cause of the global warming observed since the 1950s, a new report by an international scientific group said Friday. Calling man-made warming “extremely likely,” the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change used the strongest words yet on the issue as it adopted its assessment on the state of the climate system.

What's happening from Sept. 26

What's happening from Sept. 27, 2013.

Gorge food forum set October 12

The fourth annual Gorge Food Forum will take place at the Hegewald Center and Exhibit Hall at the Skamania Fairgrounds Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Hegewald Center is located at 710 SW Rock Creek Drive in Stevenson, Wash. This daylong event features more than a dozen food and farm workshops, and is co-presented by Gorge Winds Community Grocery, Gorge Grown Food Network, and WSU-Extension.

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Promotion Time for Alpha Company 3-116 CAV

CAPTAIN JEFFREY SAGEN and First Sergeant Brian Nation, above, prepare to promote soldiers of Alpha Company 3-116 CAV before starting activities for their annual company summer family picnic at the Dufur City Park.

Show Veterans they matter; help is available

Whether a veteran has just returned home, or served years ago, the experiences remain with them. Their wounds might not be visible, but they need our attention. September is Veteran Suicide Prevention Month. The first step in preventing suicide is awareness of the warning signs.

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TDW soccer gets split

Varsity girls allow goal in the 78th minute of a 3-2 setback Tribe boys lose to Benson

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Eagles take flight in four over TDW

Hood River loses first game, but wins next three for win Redside netters roll past Sherman Dufur cruises past Horizon

Bridge: The wrong slam and the best defense

Anne Tyler said, “People always call it luck when you’ve acted more sensibly than they have.” That is often true, but there can still be matters out of your control. Take today’s deal, for example. Look at only the North-South hands. In which contract would you choose to play?

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Hearings on coal terminal underway

Hundreds turn out to comment for and against Longview project The Washington Department of Ecology held the first of five hearings last week on a proposed coal-export terminal in Longview that drew hundreds of people and even more comments.

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Celebrating Google’s growth

A Google executive announced at Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony in The Dalles that $600 million will be invested in a new data center, three times the requirement for a tax break.

Thursday, September 26

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Google breaks ground on $600 million facility

Google officially broke ground on a $600 million, two-story facility in The Dalles Thursday, Sept. 26. Details in Friday Chronicle, print and online.

Astro-Graph for September 26, 2013

Follow your heart and don’t be afraid to do things differently in the year ahead. Expect to face obstacles, and prepare to make life-altering choices. Concentrate on work and stabilizing your position while the trends favor you.

Everyday Cheapskate: Maybe you can fly for free

DEAR MARY: My husband and I own a small business, and we are looking for a credit card that offers reward air miles. Our plan is to pay it off each month but collect miles for travel to buy goods for our business. One of our sales reps told us that many small businesses pay for goods at gift shows with their credit card and use those miles to pay for trips to the next trade show. Do you know of a site where we can find a credit card for this purpose? Thank you so much. Your column is filled with wisdom and inspiration, and I really enjoy it. —Toni C., Wash.

Ask Dr. K: What your growling stomach is trying to tell you

DEAR DOCTOR K: Why does my stomach sometimes make growling noises?

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Flying on water

A spot of sun lights a Ken Berry's kite as he kiteboards off Riverfront Park in The Dalles Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 25.

Bridge: Learning from errors of others

All bridge players make mistakes. But each hopes to learn something from those errors.

Thieves steal security cams

Two security cameras were reported stolen earlier this week from two businesses on the west end of The Dalles, in the 1300 block and 2100 block of West Sixth Street.

For the Record, Sept. 26

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports, Sept. 26, 2013.

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Liberia’s Taylor gets 50 years

Netherlands — More than a decade after he helped rebels go on a murderous rampage in Sierra Leone, Charles Taylor was definitively convicted and imprisoned Thursday for 50 years, in a ruling that provided redemption for victims and underscored how hard it is for international courts to prosecute world leaders.

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Time to step up to the forefront

TDW takes its swings at No. 5 Hermiston; Dufur, Sherman aiming for 1A supremacy

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Editorial cartoons for Sept. 26

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 26, 2013.

Editorial: All in the crafting

Oregon lawmakers apparently have learned their lesson from years of tinkering with flaws in the medical marijuana system. Now they may draw up their own ballot measure to legalize recreational use of the drug to head off a badly written voter initiative.

Letter to the Editor: Take charge of addiction

To the editor: A friend called my attention to a superb editorial published in The Dalles Chronicle regarding the “Economics of Addition” in the Dialogue section, Sept. 24.

Letter to the Editor: 'Logos' is Jesus

To the editor: (Edited for length.) This letter is responding to a previous letter. The critic (Gary Fischer) who wrote this needs to get a grip on himself.

Letter to the Editor: In fear of crossing

To the editor: Dear Downtown Drivers: I know it is an inconvenience to drive the 20 mile an hour speed limit, I understand you are in a big hurry to get where you are going.

Arts and entertainment from Sept. 26

Arts and entertainment from Sept. 26, 2013.

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Art Center hosts glass fusing classes

The Dalles Art Center hosts nationally known fused glass instructor Linda Steider, offering beginning and advanced classes in glass fusing.

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Tygh Valley hosts bluegrass this weekend, Sept. 27-29

Bluegrass music will take center stage this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27 to 29 at the Tygh Valley Bluegrass Jamboree, put on annually by the Shaniko Preservation Guild.

Thief makes off with cross

A thief or thieves stole an aluminum cross off a church in the 2800 block of West 10th Street, but left behind the wooden ladder they used to access the cross.

Osborne joins Chronicle staff

The Chronicle welcomes Victoria “Torey” Osborne to its reporting team this week.

PUD offers new billing option, adds weatherization cap

Northern Wasco County PUD will soon have a second option to help customers smooth out the seasonal spikes in power bills.

Huffman reserves session judgment

Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, won’t decide how to vote next week on a cluster of bills to deal with tax and pension issues until he’s seen the final drafts.

Klickitat county questions funding Gorge Commission planner

County wants more details before deciding on money for gorge commission The Gorge Commission asked Klickitat County to dedicate its own full-time planner to scenic area land use applications in the county, plus pay $37,000 for a half-time gorge Commission planner to do the same.

Wednesday, September 25

Astro-Graph for September 25, 2013

Take it upon yourself to venture down a path that can lead to a brighter future in the year ahead. Allow your talent to speak for you, and base your choices on what you enjoy doing most. Follow your heart and express your desires.

Everyday Cheapskate: A clever way to bring bread back to an edible condition

I must admit that I’ve always subscribed to the philosophy that when a baguette or loaf of bread gets hard and stale, it’s toast (pun intended). Today’s first tipster has convinced me that there just might be a clever way to bring it back to a fully edible condition.

Ask Dr. K: Chronic stress causes cells to age prematurely

DEAR DOCTOR K: For years I've heard that chronic stress is bad for your health, but recently I heard something that made me take this seriously: Stress causes our cells to age faster. Is this really true?

The Dalles Wahtonka High School

The Dalles Wahtonka High School has announced its 2013 Semester 2 (spring) honor roll: Year: 2013; Semester 2

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Premiums unveiled for health overhaul plans

New insurance markets launch

What's happening from Sept. 25

What's happening from Sept. 25, 2013.

Klickitat welcomes hunting heroes

Town invites public to parade

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Trans take over at Romul’s

Cuisine mixes Vietnamese with Italian

Orders for long-lasting factory goods up slightly

WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies placed slightly more orders in August for U.S. long-lasting manufactured goods, stepping up demand for cars, trucks and machinery. Even with the gain, business spending may not be strong enough to accelerate economic growth in the July-September quarter.

Word on the Street: New face in the economic arena

New face on the economic block: Mid-Columbia Economic Development District is hosting an AmeriCorps volunteer through the Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) program run out of the University of Oregon’s Community Service Center.

Golfers shine at TDCC

Rich and Laura Hess cruised to first place in the ‘A’ flight with a gross score of 159 to defeat the field at the annual 2013 Braves and Princesses event this weekend at The Dalles Country Club.

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Sixty-five show up for Twin Tunnels event

With the sun shining from above, the Mosier Twin Tunnels 3k, 5k and 12k run/walk paid host to 65 enthusiastic runners on Sept. 15 for local bragging rights.

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Dufur netters roll over Sherman

With just a snap of the fingers, the Dufur Ranger volleyball team seized momentum and garnered its sixth match sweep of the season over Sherman in Big Sky conference volleyball action Tuesday on the road in Moro.

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TDW swept in three by Pendleton

Fundamental mistakes hurt Varsity volleyball squad in second league matchup

Bridge: Listen closely to auction

Thomas Fuller, an English curate, author and historian who died in 1661, said, "If thou art a master, be sometimes blind; if a servant, sometimes deaf." If thou art a bridge player, be never deaf nor blind. Listen carefully to the auction and watch closely every card played.

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He’s 93; she’s 90; wedding Friday in Port Angeles

SEQUIM, Wash. — Women dig wheels. Need proof? Andy Nilles is getting married to his sweetheart Friday. She says it’s his car that attracted her to him. “I love the way he drives,” Gladys Salley said of her beau. “He drives like he’s 50 years old.” Nilles is 93. Salley turned 90 in July.

Northwest news in brief

Northwest news from Spokane, Salem and Seattle, in brief.

For the Record, Sept. 2

Police and fire reports for Sept. 25, 2013.

Man, 86, guilty of murder

BEND (AP) — An 86-year-old Central Oregon man has been found guilty of murder in the killing of his wife of 39 years. KTVZ-TV reports that a jury in Bend spent an hour Tuesday deliberating the case against Lawrence Loeffler.

City, county OK Google pact

Internet giant saves millions, will still pay most taxes in county

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Record salmon run yields a prize

Patrick Cummings of The Dalles used his best skills of persuasion on his wife, Amanda, when he convinced her to take another pass Sept. 18 at the mouth of the Deschutes River.

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Massive 'colon' debuts at health fair Saturday

Mid-Columbia Medical Center is hoping to reduce the high rate of advanced-stage colon cancer in the area with an unusual show-and-tell for businesses and organizations.

Tuesday, September 24

Astro-Graph for September 24, 2013

Talk about your concerns and feelings and make a decision that helps fulfill your needs in the year ahead. You have a lot of potential; you just need to make the moves to unlock it. Don’t hesitate to branch out and take some chances.

Everday Cheapskate: Reasons why you need to kick your credit card habit

There are lots of reasons to not carry credit card debt. The most obvious is that it’s really expensive. Here’s another reason that is often overlooked: It’s so much harder to work for money you’ve already spent.

Ask Dr. K: Biofeedback can help relieve chronic pain

DEAR DOCTOR K: You've mentioned biofeedback as a treatment option for several conditions, but I still don't understand what it is. Could you explain?

Bridge: Another two chances for success

At the bridge table, one wishes that all wisdom isn't summed up in two words -- play and hope. Yes, you will often be hoping for the best, but ideally you find a 100 percent line of play or defense.

No. 5 Dufur cruises

The Dufur Rangers kept up their eye-opening offensive pace with 430 yards, one score each through the air, on defense and special teams in a 62-16 route of Arlington Friday in Big Sky Conference gridiron action in Arlington.

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Huskies bust loose over Echo

Brett Evans rushes for 243 yards to lead Sherman to 62-52 win

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Another event, another top effort by TDW

Cross Country squad nets 7 in top-10; JV boys second If there was any hope this cross country team was ready for the big stage, they proved it to coach Bob Thouvenel Saturday.

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Editorial cartoons for Sept. 24

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 24, 2013.

Editorial: The economics of addiction

When The Dalles City Council was asked to ban tobacco use from the Lewis and Clark Festival Area earlier this month, one local resident stood up to declare that such a move would constitute another example of the “nanny state” at work, specifically because it included snuff and chew, which don’t produce smoke for others to inhale.

Letter to the Editor: Consider citizens, not just Google

To the editor: I would like you to consider the following as you develop an agreement with Google for the abatement of their property taxes proposed for the next several years:

Letter to the Editor: Don't abandon your cat

To the editor: On the morning of Sept. 14, someone dumped a half-grown kitten in the hospital parking lot. Very scared, it cried for hours but wouldn’t let anyone get close enough to grab it.

Letter to the Editor: Driving nightmare

To the editor: Where is our police presence? Driving in this town has become a nightmare. I see people failing to stop at stop signs, speeding, talking on cell phones, pulling out and cutting off people and not a police officer in sight.

Letter to the Editor: Resignation and disappointment

To the editor: Angry protests didn’t work when D-12 found a way to force D-9 into a merger we had voted down many times. Why would they work now?

Letter to the Editor: Great show

To the editor: Friday’s downtown fashion show was outstanding! Congratulations to Luise Langheinrich and all involved. It was a fun evening, highlighting many of the wonderful businesses we still have downtown, supported by several business sponsors, and benefitting our local food bank.

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UN chief urges leaders to stop fueling Syria war

UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged world leaders on Tuesday to stop fueling the bloodshed in Syria with weapons and get both sides to the negotiating table to end the “biggest challenge to peace and security in the world.”

Senior News: There are steps you can take to prevent falls

Falls can be more than an inconvenience. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries. And according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) one out of three adults aged 65 or older falls each

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Prison inmates raise butterflies

WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) — An orange and black monarch butterfly rested on Alex Littlebear’s fingertips for a few seconds before taking flight over a barbed wire fence at the Washington State Penitentiary.

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Rangers make a loud statement

Dufur drops St. Paul in five; beat Condon in four A big way to send a statement is winning. The No. 3 Dufur Rangers sent that message loud and clear with wins over No. 8 St. Paul and No. 1 Condon-Wheeler Saturday in a 1A volleyball three-way dual in Dufur.

For the Record, Sept. 24

For the Record, Sept. 24, 2013

‘Chasing Ice’ plays here

Friends of the Columbia Gorge and the Power Past Coal Coalition will host free showings in The Dalles and Hood River of the award-winning National Geographic movie “Chasing Ice.”

Concert raises cash for breast health

The Columbia Gorge Experience event Sept. 14 at Sunshine Mill brought in just over $63,000 for the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation’s Breast Health for Strong Families Program.

West The Dalles hydrant flushing soon

Chenowith Water PUD will be flushing hydrants beginning Sept. 26 and continuing for the next few weeks.

Walden: Forest bill is lifeline

More than $120M has been spent to fight fires U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., says 2013 has been the worst wildfire season in Oregon since 1951 — more than $120 million was spent on suppression activities — and that is a major reason to allow managed harvests in federally-owned forests.

Governor calls lawmakers to Salem

SALEM — Gov. John Kitzhaber on Monday called lawmakers back to Salem to work on legislation that would reduce costs in the public employee pension system and raise new revenue.

Health authorities issue Columbia fish warning

SALEM — Health officials in Oregon and Washington said Monday that people should protect themselves against mercury and PCB contamination by limiting consumption of certain fish species from a 150-mile section of the Columbia River.

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Fighting ALS

A couple years ago, MariAnne Sansour of The Dalles started to notice her left leg “wasn’t working right.” Three doctors, five MRIs and one spinal tap later, she got what is considered the worst diagnosis in medicine: She had ALS, (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Monday, September 23

Ore., Wash., warn against eating Columbia River fish

Toxins may be tainting catch

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Health officials in Oregon and Washington said Monday that people should protect themselves against mercury and PCB contamination by limiting consumption of certain fish species from a 150-mile section of the Columbia River.

Students and staff have been dismissed from the Hood River Valley High School campus due to a bomb threat

Athletic events and afterschool activities have also been canceled

Students and staff have been dismissed from the Hood River Valley High School campus due to a bomb threat. Athletic events and afterschool activities have also been canceled. Law enforcement is currently conducting an investigation at the school. Pete Hughes with the Hood River County Sheriff's Office reported that "we have reason to believe (the threat) was not credible."

Saturday, September 21

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Layin' it on the Line: Fighting for respect, honor, each other

All it takes is a little success and belief and the confidence and drive of a football team can reach the highest of peaks.

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T-Dub brings storm to the Storm

Eagle Indians outscore Summit 28-7 in second half of Friday’s 42-28 comeback win With heavy rain falling down on his head after Friday’s 42-28 football win, senior lineman Mike Pifer could not take a wide grin off his face.

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A thrill ride: Bachelor on a bicycle

Craggy, steep, swooping: a mountain biker’s dream MOUNT BACHELOR (AP) — Time seems to stand still when we let gravity — and our bikes — do all the work.

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Extension Cord: Expect the best; plan for the worst

September is National Preparedness Month. Throughout the nation, various agencies like the American Red Cross, Extension Services, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), local fire departments and emergency medical services staff, churches and utility companies are partnering to sponsor “Get Ready” events.

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Colorado scrambles to beat snow

BOULDER, Colo. — With snow already dusting Colorado’s highest peaks, the state is racing to replace key mountain highways washed away by flooding, in some cases laying down crude, one-lane gravel roads just to throw a lifeline to isolated towns before winter descends.

Cottonwood Canyon opens Sept. 28

CONDON — Cottonwood Canyon State Park, along the John Day River on Highway 206 between Condon and Wasco, will open for the first time Saturday, Sept. 28. The roughly 8,000 acre park includes a small, primitive campground, picnic area, and trails.

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Residents observe Constitution Day

Sonrise Academy celebrated Constitution Day by receiving pocket-size Constitutions from Darlien France, an original member of the Wasco County Constitution Bicentennial Commission that buried a Constitution-related time capsule in honor of the anniversary, 25 years ago.

AG: Ore.-led bridge could work

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A top assistant to Washington state’s attorney general says he sees no legal barriers to an Oregon-led project to build a new Columbia River bridge — as long as Washington money isn’t used.

Once-neglected horse competes

SEATTLE (AP) — An underfed and neglected horse rescued three years ago by King County animal services is set to participate this weekend in a regional equestrian competition.

Amanda Knox: Everything is at stake in retrial

NEW YORK (AP) — American student Amanda Knox on Friday defended her decision not to return to Italy for a new appeals trial over the 2007 killing of her British roommate, even as she acknowledged that “everything is at stake,” insisting she is innocent.

Today in History, Sept 22

Today is Sunday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2013. There are 100 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 22, 1776, Nathan Hale was hanged as a spy by the British during the Revolutionary War.

Looking back, Sept 21

Looking back, Sept 21, 2013

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Editorial cartoons for Sept. 21

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 21, 2013.

Letter to the Editor: Honor Constitution

To the editor: What has happened to America? How was this nation founded? Why don’t we celebrate the date of the signing of the Constitution? Is it mentioned in our schools? Do we still salute the flag? How many students have read the Constitution?

Letter to the Editor: Hoping for hotel

To the editor: With everything that is going on downtown with the local businesses, let’s all hope and pray the hotel complex goes along without a hitch.

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Editorial: More than simple math

Evaluating the pros and cons of Google’s multimillion-dollar enterprise zone tax breaks — both existing and proposed — isn’t as simple an equation as money in versus money forgone.

Gov’t shutdown splits 2016 GOP hopefuls

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. — Sen. Ted Cruz says he will fight “with every breath” to stop the health care overhaul, even if it means shutting down segments of the federal government. That approach, warns former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, is “quite dicey” politically for Republicans.

Oregon theater panic follows mention of word ‘gun’

TIGARD (AP) — A confused, upset woman who thought there was a gun Friday evening in a darkened theater where two other patrons were scuffling said the word “gun” out loud and set off a brief panic, a police spokesman said. Most of the 100 patrons in one theater of a multiplex in this Portland suburb ran into the lobby and out the door after several people repeated the alarm, Lt. Erick Boothby said.

Too expensive to operate? Cost increases could drain swimming pool

Significant increases in the cost of operating Thompson Park pool over the past three years have the Northern Wasco County Park and Recreation district board questioning if continued operation of the aging pool remains viable.

District seeks fire prevention donations

Efforts focus on students Fire Prevention Week is approaching, and Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue has posted a wish list of supplies on a national website to help fund educational materials.

Gorge Commission seeks Klickitat County arrangement

Panel says county applications take up lion’s share of planning For 27 years now, the Gorge Commission has processed scenic area land use applications from Klickitat County, since it’s the only gorge county that did not adopt its own scenic area rules. But with reduced staff and pressing gorge-wide issues to attend to, the Gorge Commission is reluctantly planning to almost halve the amount of staff time spent on Klickitat County applications — at a time when applications have doubled because of a rebounded economy.

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Fire threatens homes, blocks freeway Friday

A GRASS FIRE sparked by a vehicle losing its wheel as it traveled down the freeway threatened homes and caused Interstate 84 to be closed in both directions at some points Friday night.

Friday, September 20

Wasco County 4H brings home top prizes at state fair

Wasco County 4-H exhibitors brought home a host of blues, plus a few champion and grand champion ribbons at the Oregon State Fair in late August.

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Wasco County Fair sees big 4-H turnout

Local youth show their skills in agriculture, art, home craft, technology and more

Brain-eating amoeba rattles nerves

NEW ORLEANS — While officials try to pin down the source of a deadly amoeba found in the water supply of a suburban New Orleans community, bottled water sales in St. Bernard Parish have skyrocketed and some people worry about washing their faces in the shower.

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Obama sets carbon limits for coal

WASHINGTON — Linking global warming to public health, disease and extreme weather, the Obama administration pressed ahead Friday with tough requirements to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, despite protests from industry and from Republicans that it would mean a dim future for coal.

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Pope warns church must find new balance or fail

VATICAN CITY AP — Pope Francis is warning that the Catholic Church’s moral edifice might “fall like a house of cards” if it doesn’t balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make the church a merciful, more welcoming place for all. Local priest reacts

Church news in brief, Sept. 20

Fellowship of Churches The Tuesday, Sept. 24, monthly forum of the Fellowship of Churches will feature Corliss Marsh, who will speak on the “Latest Updates on Projects Everyone Should Know About”: The Oregon Trust; Habitat for Humanity; and the library expansion project. The forum begins at 5 p.m. with a light snack. It is held at First United Methodist Church, 11th and

For the Record, Sept. 20

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

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T-Dub loses in a five-game classic to Hermiston

Tribe takes early lead, but Lady Bulldogs bite back Even though The Dalles Wahtonka lost a five-game heartbreaker to Hermiston, head coach Amy Schwartz is confident that this performance put the rest of the Columbia River Conference on notice.

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SWC maintains its top edge

Redside netters mow down Horizon Christian in three In the game of volleyball, accurate passing is critical for team success.

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Meaningful performance

TDW battles and fights to pull off 1-1 non-league deadlock versus 6A Century From start to finish, The Dalles Wahtonka played a fundamentally sound 80 minutes of soccer Thursday against 6A juggernaut Century.

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What's happening from Sept. 20

New Entries HARVEST BAZAAR: Flagstone’s Fall Harvest Bazaar will be Saturday Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3325 Columbia View Drive. It offers a chance to get an early start on holiday shopping. Have something to sell? Contact Danette for vendor information, and to reserve a space. 541-298-5656 or email Space is limited. Cost is $10. Bring a table, or rent for $5.

Discovery Center hosts a 40s Big Band Blitz

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center hosts the sixth annual Vintage Evening auction fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 5. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner starts 6 p.m.

Hood River Valley hosts annual Harvest Ride

The Hood River Valley Residents Committee will host its fifth annual Hood River Harvest Ride this Saturday, Sept. 21.

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Pig Bowl will raise funds to help two families

For the first time ever, the annual Pig Bowl, now in its 11th year, will benefit two families.

Regulator: Renegotiate river treaty

Flexibility needed, draft says YAKIMA, Wash. — A U.S.-Canada treaty that governs operations of the fourth-largest river in North America — affecting everything from power prices and water supplies to grain shipments and recreation in the Pacific Northwest — should be renegotiated to make the system more flexible amid climate change and to aid threatened and endangered species that weren’t considered when the treaty was created decades ago, federal regulators recommended in a draft document released to The Associated Press.

Tax break eyed for Google

Public hearings set next week The City of The Dalles and Wasco County have negotiated an agreement with Google to provide the company with millions in tax breaks in exchange for a long-term investment in public services.

Thursday, September 19

Tax break proposed for new Google facility

The City of The Dalles and Wasco County have negotiated an agreement with Google that will provide the company with a start-up tax break for new facilities in return for an $800,000 per year investment into public services.

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Editorial cartoons for Sept. 19

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 19, 2013.

Letter to the Editor: Worried over Wi-Fi

To the editor: (Edited for length.) Did you know that Wi-Fi and cell phone towers makes many people sick and can cause cancer? In European countries like Sweden that has had Wi-Fi technology about a decade longer than we have, kids are developing extreme sensitivities to Wi-Fi and cell phone tower signals to the point of being house bound because of how invasive they are.

Letter to the Editor: Keep out vicious dog

To the editor: We have a wonderful neighborhood, including many children, dogs and dog walkers. One older retired couple walks their two dogs twice daily. They are valuable members of our community, truly animal lovers, gentle souls who rescue dogs, support Home at Last and have been the bird feeder volunteers at the Veteran’s Home for many years.

Letter to the Editor: What will it take?

To the editor: So is this how it is always going to be — or worse? One mass shooting after another?

Letter to the Editor: Garden help

To the editor: People people people, hear ye, hear ye, hear ye, I need your help. I want to build a Garden for the Oregon Veterans Home. I have the permission of the director of the OVH, C. Maitland and the cooperation of the Oregon State Representative there to proceed. I want to build a vegetable garden with fruit trees, flowers, shrubs, a sidewalk for wheelchairs and a gazebo.

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T-Dub could be in for a football shootout

The Dalles Wahtonka, Summit both boast some high-powered offensive weapons Rebound-mode key for Sherman No. 5 Dufur tries to stay unbeaten

For the Record, Sept. 19

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for Sept. 18, 2013.

Klamath water task force making progress

GRANTS PASS — A task force working on an agreement for sharing scarce water in the Klamath Basin has made progress on securing low-cost power for irrigators but will need more time to complete its work, officials said Wednesday.

Coal foes outnumber supporters at Longview hearing

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Foes of a proposed Longview, Wash., coal terminal dressed in red and outnumbered supporters wearing blue on Tuesday as about 2,000 people showed up during six hours of public hearings.

White House threatens veto on Oregon land bill

GRANTS PASS — The White House is threatening to veto a bill to boost logging on national forests, including a provision aimed at producing money for timber counties in Oregon.

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Arts and entertainment from Sept. 19

ind something to suit any taste this week in the Columbia Gorge from a harvest moon walk tonight, to a benefit rock concert and fashion show on Friday in The Dalles to a Festival of Wheels in Goldendale and Harvest Rides in Hood River

Wasco hosts fishing event

The seventh annual Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament will be Saturday, Sept. 28, with men, women and youth registering at Heritage Landing at the mouth of the Deschutes River between 5 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

US home sales hit 6½-year high but could slow soon

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales rose last month to the highest level since February 2007 as buyers rushed to close deals before mortgage rates increased further.

Reduced speed posted on Dry Hollow, Mt. Hood

Reduced speeds will be in effect on Mt. Hood Street between 10th and 23rd streets, and between Ninth and 19th streets on Dry Hollow Road, through Monday, Sept. 23, as The Dalles public works continues repaving work on the two arterials.

Postal 'financial disastor' may result in emergency rate hike

WASHINGTON (AP) — Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said Thursday his agency is in “the midst of a financial disaster” and may need an emergency increase in postage rates to keep operating.

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Biologist finds rare bumblebee on Mt. Hood

PORTLAND — If you ate a Willamette Valley-grown tomato or pepper before the mid-’90s, there’s a good chance it was pollinated by the western bumblebee. The inch-long, white-bottomed bee — which you’d also have to thank for countless wildflowers — was one of the most common pollinators in the west. But around 15 years ago, they mysteriously disappeared west of the Cascades.

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US attorneys discuss tribal issues

Columbia River jurisdictional issue is key part of discussion CELILO VILLAGE — U.S. Attorneys from around the nation met in Celilo Village to talk about the issues of Indian Country, in particular violence and Columbia River jurisdictional issues. They were part of a three-day meeting of the Attorney General’s Advisory Council Native American Issues Subcommittee. The other two days were based in Hood River.

Court overturns Dufur child pornographer sentence

Authorities will seek new sentence for Dufur child pornographer The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out the sentence of a Dufur man convicted of child pornography charges because statements he made in treatment were used against him in a federal court.

Wednesday, September 18

Police wary of Green River Killer, who offers help

Ridgeway says he may be able to locate more victims SEATTLE (AP) — Police who have dealt with serial killer Gary Ridgway say it’s worth continuing the search for his missing victims after Ridgway suggested he could help find them, but added the Green River Killer will “play games” and lie.

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TDW boys and girls kick it into high gear

Varsity team has late lead go away in 3-3 tie to Reynolds Andres Manzo, Christian Garcia and Ernesto Rodriguez each scored goals, but Reynolds ended up scoring the game-tying marker with four minutes left in regulation to salvage a 3-all deadlock Tuesday in non-league boy’s soccer play in The Dalles.

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No. 3 SWC sweeps two matches

Redside netters drop Central Christian and Irrigon in three-way dual in Maupin The No. 3-ranked South Wasco County Redsides won their third and fourth consecutive non-tournament matches Tuesday with a pair of three-game sweeps over Big Sky Conference opponent Central Christian and Irrigon Tuesday night in varsity volleyball action in Maupin.

Michael C. Hall ready to exit ‘Dexter’ show

NEW YORK — Dexter Morgan’s life seemed well-ordered at first glance, including the serial killer thing. That turned out to be unsustainable.

Word on the Street: Change is on the wind downtown The Dalles

Things are starting to churn: It’s exciting to see more activity on the commercial real estate front, particularly in the business corridor.

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Bonhams buy Turner building

Maupin Stoves-n-Spahs will take on former furniture store Daniel and Lori Bonham, owners of Maupin’s Stoves-N-Spahs, are making an investment in downtown The Dalles and maintaining a family tradition in the process.

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Community Bank opens The Dalles loan office

Community Bank has announced the opening of a new loan production office to service the Columbia River Gorge area. The new office is located in The Dalles at 320 E. Fourth St. The bank has occupied the space since August while improvements to the facility were made. It’s now officially open for business.

Norco Med, Mid-Columbia Housing also to relocate

Norco Medical Supply is also planning a move at the end of the month.

What's happening from Sept. 18

MOPS FUN: Mothers of Preschoolers will have its first meeting this Thursday, Sept. 19, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Gateway Presbyterian Church.

Corp of Engineers begins winter lock schedule

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began the winter recreational vessel lock schedule, with recreational passage limited to daylight hours, for its Columbia River dams Sept. 16.

Marriage course offered

The Marriage Course will be offered to couples in the Mid-Columbia this fall.

Book Lover’s Ball set

Half the Gorge Sky will hold a Book Lover’s Ball benefit event at the Sunshine Mill Winery in support of literacy and girls’ education at the Sunshine Mill Winery

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Gorge Kids Triathlon returns to Hood River Sept. 22

HOOD RIVER — The Gorge Kids Triathlon returns to Waterfront Park in Hood River on Sunday, Sept. 22.

For the Record, Sept. 18

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Sept. 18, 2013.

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Tribe works to keep Umatilla language alive

PENDLETON (AP) — Tribal members living in the Pendleton Round-Up’s teepee village stopped, listened and peeked their heads west when Carina Vasquez-Minthorn sang the national anthem at last week’s Happy Canyon Night Show.

Lawmaker floats free tuition idea

SALEM (AP) — A Beaverton lawmaker is floating a proposal to give some Oregon high school graduates free tuition at a community college for two years.

Road work underway on Webber

Water line improvements are under way along Webber Street, reports NW Kodiak Construction. Construction activities will be occurring over the next few weeks between West First and West Second streets.

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Rain, not date, will determine end of burn ban

The fall burning season for The Dalles might be delayed from the scheduled start date of Oct. 16 by continuing dry weather.

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Fashion show features downtown The Dalles shops

Civic will host show and ‘pop-up’ shops this Friday Downtown The Dalles shopping opportunities will be on the catwalk this Friday, Sept. 20, at the Our Town, The Dalles Fashion Show.

DA rules shooting justified

Injured trooper acted in self-defense The Sherman County District Attorney has ruled that Oregon State Police Trooper Matt Zistel acted in self-defense when he shot and killed motorist John Van Allen II of East Portland on Aug. 29 on Interstate 84 near Rufus, according to information released Sept. 17.

Tuesday, September 17

Microsoft boosts dividend 22 percent

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft said Tuesday that its board approved a 22 percent increase in the company’s quarterly dividend to 28 cents along with a new $40 billion stock buyback program.

Veteran,92, hopes to return filched photo

PORTLAND (AP) — A 92-year-old Coast Guard veteran who says he felt bad about the photo of a pretty red-haired girl that he filched and kept with him through his World War II service now has a chance to return it.

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Navy gunman had heard voices

Motive for mass shooting remains a mystery WASHINGTON — The former Navy reservist who slaughtered 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard had been hearing voices and was being treated for mental problems in the weeks before the shooting rampage, but was not stripped of his security clearance, officials said Tuesday.

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SWC secures 2nd place in Moro

Redside volleyball team loses to Klickitat in the final Riding off to a solid start to the 2013 campaign, the South Wasco County Redsides maintained their edge with a deep run into the tournament finals Saturday at the Husky Invitational Volleyball Tournament in Moro.

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Lady Rangers finish 5-1 at Husky Tourney

Coach Darden uses time for fundamentals, establish depth

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In a class of their own

Eagle Indian harriers secure first place at cross country event Saturday in Hermiston At the start of the season, The Dalles Wahtonka junior Maddie Wood felt like the girl’s cross country team could be very good this season.

For the Record, Sept. 17

Police, fire, medical, lottery reports for Sept. 17, 2013.

Senior News: September 22 is National Fall Prevention Day

Gary Grossman at BiCoastal Media reminded me that “Brevity is the soul of Clarity” (I wonder what he was trying to tell me?). But that is good advice — particularly this week when there is so much to mention.

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Editorial cartoons for Sept. 17

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 17, 2013.

Letter to the Editor: Power of clichés

To the editor: “It takes village to raise a child,” “Our children are our future,” “We must break the cycle.” Clichés are clichés for a reason.

Letter to the Editor: Clear message

To the editor: Mary Gale, administrator from North Central Public Health Department, certainly has made her agenda known regarding smokers. She advocates confronting people over their smoking. She advocates suggesting to people disembarking the cruise ships they should not smoke (very welcoming). She advocates charging smokers more in taxes who smoke in order to “discourage” them. When did the outdoors become available to the majority, but not everyone?

Letter to the Editor: Class queen act

To the editor: We had the privilege of riding behind Queen Jessica Carr of the Arlington Saddle Club at Pendleton’s Westward Ho Parade. I did not speak to her, but wanted to applaud her for showing calm, poise and good horse skills throughout the parade.

Letter to the Editor: Street approval

To the editor: I am responding to Russ Brown’s comments about the improvements on Kelly Avenue between 10th and 12th streets. I have a different point of view.

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Editorial: Moving forward as one

Anyone who remembers the early days of the merger between the former Districts 9 and 12 to form North Wasco County School District 21 may have been surprised that the mere hint of removing “Wahtonka” from the name of the district’s main high school building wasn’t met with a phalanx of angry, sign-carrying protesters.

What's happening from Sept. 17

DAM TOURS: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will offer tours of The Dalles Dam this summer, every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tours will end the last weekend of September.

Hood River library has new resources

Hood River County Library District patrons now have access to three handy new electronic resources, thanks to the library district and Libraries of Eastern Oregon.

School news in brief

Sonrise and College school news.

The Next Door offering a Parenting Now! series

The Next Door is offering a seven-week “Parenting Now!” series for parents and caregivers of children birth to 8 years at Chenowith Elementary School in The Dalles starting Oct. 2.

Marketplace roadshow in The Dalles Sept. 18

Representatives from the office of Economic and Business Equity for Gov. John Kitzhaber will bring the Marketplace Roadshow to The Dalles Sept. 18. The event is being hosted in partnership with the Columbia Gorge Small Business Development Center from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Community College.

Shooting reignites gun talk, but bills still cold

WASHINGTON — Some proponents of gun control are citing the Washington Navy Yard shooting as another reason to condemn Congress for failing to strengthen firearms laws, but it’s unclear if what President Barack Obama called “yet another mass shooting” will reignite idle legislation.

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Cattle ranch opens as public park

Student brand represents the ‘rawness’ of the area Rugged, open and wild. Those are a few of the words students from Gilliam and Sherman counties used to describe Cottonwood Canyon State Park. And that is what inspired their branding of the place. Park gates are slated to open Sept. 25 to the public, revealing access to 14 miles of riverfront on the John Day and 7,800 acres to explore.

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Remembering missing soldiers

Community urged to stand in solidarity with families Friday, Sept. 20

Kindergarten sees bump

Schools have 60 more students than expected Two elementary schools in The Dalles are coping with 60 more kindergarteners than projected, the school board heard at its Thursday, Sept. 12 meeting.

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Robbery suspect arrested at his home

Police nab man believed to have held up tellers at U.S. Bank in Hood River About 20 people watched from across the street Monday at 4:30 p.m. as Hood River Police arrested Timothy Bryan Glenn, 28, of Hood River, the suspect in the Sept. 12 bank robbery of the Hood River branch of U.S. Bank.

Saturday, September 14

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Fighting power with power

T-Dub uses balanced attack to beat up on Crook County, 45-28

Entering Friday’s game, The Dalles Wahtonka head coach Steve Sugg had a feeling Crook County would bring a physical brand of football to Sid White Field. His assessment was right on cue. Instead of shying away from the 48 minutes of mashing, the Eagle Indians answered the bell and delivered a 45-28 knockout blow to the Cowboys in Friday’s non-league gridiron tilt in The Dalles.

Action is fierce at Roundup

Buckles and big money spots come down to final day

The current world leader in professional rodeo’s bareback riding event, Kaycee Feild, (spelling of name is correct) took the win in Friday’s event of the 103rd Pendleton Round-Up, as he moved on to the short go (finals) on Saturday.

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49ers, Seahawks try to take control

Despite enmity, West Coast teams share a lot in common

As much as they despise each other in growing the most heated rivalry in the NFL right now, the Seahawks and 49ers remain almost mirror images. Their quarterbacks are plastered all over magazine covers, their defenses are elite, and their coaches are viewed as annoying by those outside their fan base. Even as their teams have evolved and personnel changed, the principles at the foundation of both franchises remain the same.

New week's local sports schedule

Tough teams making trips to the greater Columbia River Gorge

Big matchups upcoming for The Dalles Wahtonka, Sherman, Dufur and South Wasco County

Jumpstart Cross Country meet on tap

More than 300 athletes expected to sign up for Oct. 1 event

Tom Conklin wants to keep kids active during the fall months, so the timing of the seventh annual Jumpstart Elementary School Cross country Meet is perfect in many ways. The event, which is sponsored by the Jumpstart Youth Organization and District 21 Physical Education Specialists and is free of charge, runs from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1 on the grounds of Sorosis Park in The Dalles.

CGCC raises $16k for scholarships

The PGE and Hire Electric teams earned first place trophies in the benefit tournament

Participants, volunteers and sponsors of Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation’s 14th Annual Founder’s Cup Golf Tournament helped raise $16,000 this year for Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation’s Scholarship Fund. The PGE and Hire Electric teams earned first place trophies in the benefit tournament at Indian Creek Golf Course on Saturday, Aug. 3.

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Ranger train keeps chugging

Dufur racks up 501 yards in a 54-8 victory over Perrydale; Also, Sherman loses big to Imbler

Putting up numbers at an eye-opening rate has been one of the highlights for the Dufur Rangers so far in three games this season. Opponents should not forget about the defense, though. The No. 3 Rangers tallied 501 yards of offense and held high-powered Perrydale to less than 150 yards in a dominant 54-8 drubbing on the road Friday against the Pirates. Perrydale punted the ball seven times and had four three-and-outs and two turnovers.

FEMA briefings set Tuesday

Wasco and Hood River county emergency management organizations will host applicant briefings on FEMA reimbursement for the Government Flats Fire Complex on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Only state, county and local government agencies are eligible.

GOP chair seeks different kind of donation

It’s not uncommon for politicians to request campaign donations. But Oregon’s Republican chairman is asking for people’s urine.

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Trading Saddles

Cousins trade four hoofs for two wheels in bucket list trek

Cousins Jack Chambers and Nick Roach wanted to do an epic road trip while they were young, so, as Nick so eloquently put it, “our children wouldn’t think we were pansies.”

US, Russia agree on Syria

Leaders will seek resolution

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reached agreement Saturday on a framework for Syria to destroy all of its chemical weapons, and said they would seek a U.N. Security Council resolution that could authorize sanctions — short of military action — if Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government fails to comply.

Historic Chinook run heads upriver

Record-smashing numbers of Chinook salmon are heading up the Columbia River and may continue for several more days, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sept. 12.

Extension Cord: Disaster gives little warning, so prepare

September: the unofficial end of summer. September: school starts up for another year. September: National Preparedness month. September: a month to prepare for and adjust to changes. If there is one thing in life we can count on — it is change. Preparing for life’s unexpected challenges helps us adjust to what is happening around us. Preparedness is the key to surviving change. We prepare our children for the end of summer and beginning another school year by researching and purchasing the appropriate school supplies, getting them up earlier in the morning and sending them to bed earlier at night, and mentally preparing them by discussing the upcoming school year and the opportunities that await them.

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Editorial cartoons for Sept. 15

Editorial Cartoons for Sept. 15

Letter to the editor: Thanks

We wish to thank the many well-wishers for their get well cards, telephone calls, goodie bags, prayers and their most welcome visits during Jack’s stay in the nursing home while receiving treatment for his infected hip and then his hip revision surgeries.

Letter to the editor: Sad

I am extremely disappointed with the local economy. I walk through town often and am seriously saddened by the lack of business that exists, and even more saddened by the frequent closure of businesses that have been a part of our community for years.

Awesome A & P

I want to give a big thank you to the guys at A & P Recycling.

Letter to the editor: Look after pets

Please be responsible for your pets. Make sure your cats and dogs are up on their shots and keep them indoors or on leashes or confined to your own yard. I am an animal lover and would never believe this could happen: I had a horrible experience with a neighbor’s cat recently.

Letters to the editor: Street veto

I use Kelly Avenue daily. I am aware that there is occasional congestion between 10th and 12th on Kelly, but certainly not enough to warrant the elaborate curbing project the city public works just completed.

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Send a message against bullying

Look no further than page A10 of today’s Chronicle for an example of the terrible consequences bullying can exact on young people.

Public Meetings

Public meetings for the week of Sept. 17

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Slow hiker says he didn’t need rescue

An 82-year-old retired doctor from Bend who hiked to the top of Oregon’s third-highest mountain says he really didn’t need the helicopter that others on the trail called in after watching him making his way slowly down the mountain.

Oregon small ports to get dredging thanks to state

An agreement between the state and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will keep shipping channels open at small ports on the Oregon coast after federal funding dried up.

Court: Prosecutor has big guns

A pair of Oregon Supreme Court decisions have reaffirmed broad prosecutorial authority when the state decides how to charge criminal defendants.

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World Briefs

By air and by land, the rescue of hundreds of Coloradoans stranded by epic mountain flooding was accelerating as food and water supplies ran low, while thousands more were driven from their homes on the plains as debris-filled rivers became muddy seas inundating towns and farms miles from the Rockies.

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Girl’s suicide followed months of bullying

Bullying began over boyfriend

For nearly a year, as many as 15 girls ganged up on 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick and picked on her, authorities say, bombarding her with online messages such as “You should die” and “Why don’t you go kill yourself.”

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Brumfield trims 150 pounds

Losing weight has helped Brumfield eliminate the need for medications

Chris Brumfield was in a deep depression at the start of 2013 after losing a job and separating from his wife at a time when he was experiencing serious health problems.

School gets new (old) moniker

Unlike the drawn-out debate that produced “The Dalles Wahtonka High School” name a decade ago, its return to The Dalles High School was a quick and easy decision.

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HR bank robber at large

Police seek public’s help in locating suspect

A suspect wanted in connection with an armed robbery at the U.S. Bank Hood River branch Thursday morning was still at large as of Friday morning.

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Moro library hosts Art celebrating agriculture

Art celebrating the Columbia Basin’s heritage of dryland wheat farming will make special appearances in Pendleton and Moro over the next two months.

Gorge tour seeks artists

Gorge Artists Open Studios tour is seeking tour artists for its 2014 event.

Faith briefs

St. Paul Episcopal church This Sunday is Rally Sunday, a chance to welcome everybody back

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Chicago minister works for Palestinian justice

Rev. Loren McGrail, a United Church of Christ minister in Chicago, spoke in The Dalles recently about her missionary work in a country that she, unusually, calls Palestine-Israel.

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Young beauties in aged feathers

Dresses are passed down through generations

The contestants at the Junior American Indian Beauty Contest on Thursday may have been young, but the dresses many of them were wearing weren’t.

For the Record Sept. 13, 2013

For the Record Sept. 13, 2013

Friday, September 13

Two events going off this weekend

Twin Tunnels run on tap The Mosier Twin Tunnels 3k, 5k and 12k run/walk is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15, starting at 10 a.m. in Hood River. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and costs are $10 without a shirt and $20 with a shirt on the day of the event. Awards offered for the top-3 in each race class. Call 541-993-2090 for more information. Burger & Ball Bash planned The Dalles Wahtonka football team is hosting the 21st annual Burger and Ball Bash starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Wahtonka High School. Tickets cost $10 and $40 for a family of five. For more information, call 541-993-0216.

Schedule for the weekend

Local games on tap

Local games bring some non-league opponents to the gorge

TDW chalks up 19 PRs

Team is hitting its stride early on in the season

On a hot day in the mid-Columbia, The Dalles Wahtonka Cross Country team set 19 personal records and five boys had times of less than 20 minutes at Wednesday’s Hood River Invitational Meet.

Ranger netters sweep Stanfield

Serving is key to big win

The Dufur Rangers slammed down 17 aces and seven different players notched kills in their three-game sweep over Stanfield Thursday in non-league volleyball play in Dufur.

Tribe boys notch 5-0 victory

Rivas scores two, as Eagle indians roll to a 5-0 win over St. Helens

Christian Garcia ran his goal-scoring streak to four games and The Dalles Wahtonka Eagle Indians picked up their first win of the season with a 5-0 shutout triumph over St. Helens Thursday in non-league boy’s soccer play. After scoring five goals in their first three matchups, the tribe busted loose in a major way with this outburst, using three first-half goals to set the trend.

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T-Dub soccer dropped by St. Helens

Eagle Indians have chances to break through but cannot solve Lions in 3-0 loss

Usually, the road team struggles to get going after a long bus ride. Not for St. Helens. The Lady Lions scored a goal from Stevie Strawn in the first three minutes and added two other tallies to post a 3-0 shutout victory over The Dalles Wahtonka in girl’s soccer play Thursday in The Dalles.

Dufur finding its gridiron groove

Rangers football team is looking to build on its fast offensive start to '13

Much like their Big Sky Conference rival, Sherman, the No. 3-ranked Dufur Rangers have a full head of steam brewing with Perrydale in their crosshairs. The Rangers are riding a two-game winning streak and have opened things wide open on offense by racking up 130 points in the 96 minutes played so far.

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Huskies look to keep rolling

Sherman hits the road to take on a gritty Imbler squad

It has been an impressive two-game start to the season for Todd Swan and his Sherman Husky football squad. The Huskies have scored 90 points, 800 yards of offense and the defense has allowed 30 points in victories over Perrydale and Prairie City. While the first two games have been close to home, this time around, the Huskies will head 186 miles east to take on Imbler for a game at 2 p.m. Friday.

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TDW finally gets its home cooking

Off to a 1-1 start, Eagle Indians pay host to Crook County on Friday

Now with win No. 1 in the books, The Dalles Wahtonka football will look to build a winning streak at 7 p.m. this Friday with a home-opening matchup against a tough Crook County team. The Cowboys bring a rough and rugged philosophy to the mix, and Tribe head coach Steve Sugg has prepared his team to deal with the physical toll this next 48 minutes will have.

Thursday, September 12

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Hood River police seek help finding bank robbery suspect

Hood River Police Department is asking for the public's help to find the suspect who robbed a US Bank branch Thursday morning and left the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

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Four-legged Friend

KYLIE TALAMANTE, 15, submitted this friendly canine photo for the youth summer photo contest. The contest entry deadline has passed and the special photo section is being assembled for publication sometime this month.

Study: Wind farms killed 67 eagles in 5 years

Wind energy facilities have killed at least 67 golden and bald eagles in the last five years, but the figure could be much higher, according to a new scientific study by government biologists.

Seniors face confusion

Enrollment process remains the same

Dear seniors, your Medicare benefits aren’t changing under the Affordable Care Act. That’s the message federal health officials are trying to get out to elderly consumers confused by overlapping enrollment periods for Medicare and so-called “Obamacare.”

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City eyes tobacco-free festival area

Give people opportunities not to use tobacco, advocate says

The Dalles City Council was asked Sept. 9 to discourage all tobacco use, including snuff and chew, within the Lewis and Clark Festival Area at the foot of Union Street.

Arterials to be resurfaced

Street resurfacing projects are planned for Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 18 and 19, on two arterial streets in The Dalles.

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Community Concert

“Grim and Fisher,” a full-face mask mime comedy set to music, is presented as the Mid Columbia Community Concert Association first 2013-2014 season concert, Wednesday, Sept. 18 at The Dalles Wahtonka High School at 7 p.m.

World News

In Brief

Crisis in two Middle Eastern countries

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Barley Draught Benefit

THE GORGE’S traditional Irish band, Barley Draught, will perform in a benefit show.

Letter to the editor: Try the New

Pastor Jerry: Your opening question, “Do I accept the New portion”…proves my accusation that hate for the Jew is the foundation of churches. Should not the question be the Bible, Old and New?

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Muslim rebels hold hostages

Leaders in the Philippines are seeking to end four-day drama

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines — The Philippine government on Thursday warned Muslim rebels who have been holding more than 100 people hostage in a southern port city to peacefully end the four-day standoff “at the soonest possible time,” saying its forces are ready to demonstrate the state’s resolve.

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Editorial cartoons for Sept. 12

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 12

EDITORIAL: Oregon’s municipal courts at risk

Unless the state figures out a way to wean itself from using fines imposed by local courts to fund a variety of programs — often with little or no connection to the violations that have triggered those fines — the future of Oregon’s municipal and justice courts is in jeopardy.

For the Record September 12, 2013

For the Record September 12, 2013

San Francisco-Seattle serves premier rivalry

It hasn’t taken long—since December, in fact—for Jim Harbaugh’s San Francisco and Pete Carroll’s Seattle to become the NFL’s newest premier rivalry. It also will be a while before any other matchup in the league trumps it.

Wednesday, September 11

Wrong-way driver faces prosecution

Senior heads east in westbound lanes

A 78-year old White Salmon man is facing several charges after being involved in an alcohol-related wrong-way crash in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 between Hood River and Mosier Friday evening.

Board takes up name, mascot

D21 officials could rename high school

North Wasco County School District will consider changes to both The Dalles Wahtonka High School’s name and its mascot at the school board meeting this Thursday, Sept. 12.

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Marine mom takes America to war

About the Author

In the midst of a genre filled with first-person experience, Marine mom and journalist RaeLynn Ricarte set out to write a book like no other – one that stretched the breadth of the military experience from green recruit to Gold Star Mother.

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Vets share combat lessons

Marine mom takes America to war

The book “Living the Oath: Warriors Take It, Families Endure It” written by Marine mom and The Dalles Chronicle reporter RaeLynn Ricarte has 35 chapters and includes stories from 29 warriors and military family members.

SWC’s Redsides are off to a winning start

Team playing good unified ball

Coming off a solid performance at the Ranger Volleyball Tournament, the South Wasco County Redsides used that momentum to pull out a dramatic five-game win over Trinity Lutheran Thursday in a non-league tussle in Maupin. Early on, it appeared as though SWC would dominate play, taking the first two sets by scores of 26-24 and 25-23.

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Big win boosts Tribe’s spirits

Football squad aims to keep roll going Friday at home

With win No. 1 under their belts, The Dalles Wahtonka head coach Steve Sugg feels that the pressure is off and now his team can steadily build towards the bigger picture down the line.

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Rangers launch top efforts

Volleyball team goes 3-1 at weekend Heppner Tourney

With a chance to hone their skills in another tournament setting, the Dufur volleyball team went 3-1 with three sweeps to finish in second place at the Heppner Tournament Saturday in Heppner. The format was a round robin with no bracket play and settled in best two out of three.

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Disc girls taking over

More and more women gravitating towards hugely popular sport

On Saturday, at the Treetop Golf Course at Sorosis Park in The Dalles, nine female disc golf players gathered for their monthly ‘Chick Flick’ casual round of disc golf to network and they learn from each other. The scores were tabulated, but for the most part, this round was mainly a fun takeaway from the rigors of tournament and travel and everything else involved in being a competitive player.

Low water can be stressful for Owyhee River trout

Things to change for the fall season

Biologists with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are urging anglers to take extra precautions when catching and releasing trout on the Owyhee River. According to Shannon Hurn, ODFW fish biologist in Hines, water conditions in the river are low and declining, due in part to limited water releases from Owyhee Reservoir. The reservoir is currently at 6 percent of full and releases into the river have dropped to 99 cubic feet per second. Releases into the river normally average 150 to 200 cfs this time of year.

Jumpstart Cross Country Meet on tap

Several kids from across the Greater Columbia Gorge invited

Tom Conklin wants to keep kids active during the fall months, so the timing of the seventh annual Jumpstart Elementary School Cross country Meet is perfect in many ways. The event, which is sponsored by the Jumpstart Youth Organization and District 21 Physical Education Specialists and is free of charge, runs from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1 on the grounds of Sorosis Park in The Dalles.

Weekend Local Sports Schedule

Several teams are in town for huge matchups

Local schedule

CG Boys Basketball Academy Camp is on schedule

Main purpose is to provide youths with court time

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. He is taking action with an inaugural fall academy for boys of eight Saturday dates, starting on September 21 and ending on November 9, at The Dalles Middle School.

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Public hardened to Syria

As President Barack Obama made the case Tuesday night for possible U.S. military intervention in Syria, he addressed a public hardened by the lessons of past wars, murky on the details of the current crisis and fearful of what another conflict abroad would mean for America.

T-Dub loses in 4 to Centennial

Tribe wins opener, but cannot sustain their edge

After a quick start to their match, The Dalles Wahtonka could not sustain their pressure in taking a four-game setback to Centennial Tuesday in varsity volleyball play in Gresham.

World Briefs

Anthony Weiner’s ill-fated mayoral campaign ended with a string of final embarrassments: He mustered a mere 5 percent at the ballot box.

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Bells toll for lost of 9/11

Observance centers on terror victims

As bells tolled solemnly, Americans marked the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on Wednesday with the reading of the names, moments of silence and serene music that have become tradition.

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Lady Redsides post dominant sweep of Lyle

Volleyball squad wins by average margin of 11 points

With Joy Kelly and Zoe Morelli slamming down the big hits, and Kelsie Olson making all the perfect sets, things work out well for South Wasco County’s volleyball team. The Lady Redsides kept their undefeated record in tact a after a lopsided three-game sweep over Lyle-Wishram Tuesday in non-league volleyball play in Maupin.

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Mac-Hi pulls off comeback victory

TDW gains early edge, but Pioneers net two unanswered goals for 2-1 triumph

The Dalles Wahtonka goalkeeper Bryan Sanchez made 12 saves including a penalty kick stop, but it was not enough as Mac-Hi came back from a 1-0 first-half deficit and Christian Torres scored the eventual game-winning goal at the 70th minute to lead the visiting Pioneers to a 2-1 road victory Tuesday in varsity soccer play in The Dalles.

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Oregon snakes could use a little love

SALEM, Ore.— Oregon’s snakes are plagued by misconceptions, which often leads to them being killed for no other reason than the fact they are present. To help conserve our native snakes, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has created two new fact sheets. One is a comprehensive flyer that provides photos and information about each of the 15 species of snakes that live in the state and advice on preventing and addressing conflicts. The other, S-s-s-s-s-snakes! , is designed for kids to learn more about these fascinating, ecologically important animals.

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New director joins Mt. Adams Chamber

Mt. Adams Chamber of Commerce has hired Tamara Kaufman as its new executive director.

WORD ON THE STREET: Copa gets a chance to go to the Bowl

Small business, big exposure: We’ve seen Copa Di Vino become one of The Dalles’ economic success stories, growing from a small, struggling concern, trying to grow their brand in a downtown historic building to an expanding enterprise employing more than 100 workers.

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A handy ‘Angel’ is on duty

Blue Angel Handyman offers wide range of services

Jose “Joe” Morales has been in the construction business since age 18, and since moving to The Dalles several months ago, he has begun offering those services as a handyman to local residents.

Budget plan threatens to reduce rural Medicare

A federal budget-cutting proposal threatens to reduce Medicare payments to 15 rural Oregon hospitals, and hospital and state officials said the impact could be devastating.

Northwest briefs

The King County medical examiner’s office says a 19-year-old man from the north Seattle suburb of Brier has died of injuries he suffered in an Aug. 30 skateboarding accident.

Group demands malpractice law change

A consumer group says Oregon needs to change its new medical malpractice law to prevent it from protecting bad doctors.

Ore. eyes insurance reviews

Oregon health officials are considering whether to use the state’s authority to approve or reject health insurance premiums as a tool to drive down health care costs.

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Retired educators meet

UNIT 20, OREGON RETIRED EDUCATORS, will hold its first noon meeting of the year, Tuesday Sept. 17, at the Imperial River Company in Maupin.

Group to meet in The Dalles about Columbia River chinook salmon harvest, allocation

Salem, Ore. -- A seven-member citizen working group organized by Washington and Oregon departments of fish and wildlife will meet to review spring chinook harvest and allocation at a public meeting in The Dalles, Ore., on Monday, Sept. 16.

Coastal rivers open for wild coho harvest

SALEM, Ore. – Wild coho seasons on many coastal rivers and bays will open beginning Sept. 15, marking the fifth year in a row coastal rivers will open to the harvest of wild fish. This year 13 river systems on Oregon’s coast will be open for wild coho harvest, and for the first time in recent years many will open without quotas and in-season management.

Tuesday, September 10

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Civil War Visit

The Idaho Civil War Volunteers were "encamped" at Fort Dalles Museum Saturday.

Gov’t Flats fire contained

The Government Flats Complex fire was declared 100 percent contained this week.

Pepsi opposes Bargeway road cost

The Dalles City Councilor Linda Miller supported the protest by Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company about the high cost of local development fees by voting Monday against the $175,546 assessment levied on the business for roadwork.

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Aluminum Men

A trio of swimmers exit the water at Riverfront Park.

Road panel offers plans

Road department is operating in deficit state

For the first time in decades, Wasco County roads are in danger of falling into disrepair, a citizen committee reported to the Wasco County Commissioners Sept. 4, recommending several ways the commissioners might consider to restore money to its decimated roads budget.

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Editorial cartoons for Sept. 10

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 10

Letter to the editor: Slow down

City of The Dalles, I am writing to announce my anger at the drivers who decide that Quinton and East 13th streets are the new racetrack and should be driven on at speeds of 40-plus miles per hour.

Letter to the editor: Stop war

In my work in the local hospital as a family counselor, I learned the importance of learning from our mistakes.

Letter to the editor: Honoring fallen

Michael Spencer, son of Mark and Sharon Spencer of Moro, is taking part in the Never Quit Challenge (

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EDITORIAL: Good roads come at a cost

Wasco County is getting to know what it's like working without its federal timber receipt “Safety Net” for the first time this year, and it's a bit of a scary balancing act.

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School Briefs

Chenowith Elementary School is holding its Open House today, Sept. 10. At 6:15 p.m. during the event Columbia Gorge Arts Commission will dedicate a student-created glass project that has been installed over the pond in the courtyard area.

Gun votes prompt Colo. recall

Two Democratic lawmakers who voted for new Colorado firearms restrictions faced the first legislative recalls in state history Tuesday, elections that tested popular support for gun limits in a state with a strong tradition embracing Second Amendment rights.

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Apple truck crashes on 97

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an early Sunday morning commercial truck injury traffic crash along Highway 97 about five miles south of Grass Valley in Sherman County. The crash totaled the truck and trailer transporting apples.

For the Record Sept. 10 2013

For the Record Sept. 10, 2013

Senior News: Let’s kick off National Senior Center Month

It is often said, “If you’ve seen one senior center, you’ve seen one senior center.” That’s because every senior center is unique in how they are structured and operated; and how they reflect their community. And that’s true of every senior center and the many meal sites in the Mid-Columbia from Sherman County to Hood River and Klickitat counties.

Coast Guard: Barge set adrift on Columbia River

Act appears intentional

Coast Guard officials say it appears that someone intentionally set a loaded grain barge adrift on the Columbia River. The Oregonian reports that the barge was to be unloaded at a terminal that has locked out longshoremen.

Congress scrutinizes pot decision

Obama Admin faces criticism for straddling federal law

The Obama administration is facing criticism over its attempt to straddle the federal law that makes marijuana illegal and state laws that permit recreational use of the drug.

Secret spy court activities

U.S. Department of Justice to turn over documents by Friday

The Obama administration is releasing hundreds of previously classified documents detailing activities of the country’s long-secret spy court that authorizes domestic

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Syria accepts weapons plan

Government will relinquish weapons to thwart strike

oid Western missile strikes on Syria intensified Tuesday, as President Bashar Assad’s government accepted a plan to turn over its chemical weapons stockpile and France pitched a U.N. Security Council resolution to verify the disarmamen

Monday, September 9

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Von Borstel book reveals financial 'Truth'

Wayne von Borstel has found his purpose in helping people realize financial wellbeing. He has been a financial planner for 28 years and recently wrote “The Truth Project: Finding the Courage to Ignore Wall Street,” as a way to share his knowledge and encourage people to learn how to maximize their potential.

Saturday, September 7

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A lot to take away from loss

The Dufur Rangers grabbed a 25-21 opening-set win and appeared to be headed towards a huge home win against Imbler, a top-7 volleyball team.

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Rangers overwhelm Imbler

Team rolls 56-28 to get coach Jack Henderson 200th career victory

Sherman running game pounds down Prairie City

Winslow and Blake Evans combine for 302 yards in 62-14 win

Corruption eyed in BP spill claim handling

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former FBI director recommended Friday that the Justice Department investigate whether several lawyers plotted to corrupt the settlement program designed to compensate victims of BP’s 2010 Gulf oil spill.

Today in History, Sept. 8

Today is Sunday, Sept. 8, the 251st day of 2013. There are 114 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 8, 1943, during World War II, Gen. Dwight E. Eisenhower announced Italy’s surrender; Nazi Germany denounced Italy’s decision as a cowardly act.

Looking back, Sept. 8

20 Years Ago-1993 November 15 has been the date set for a new committee to set the ground work for future tourism promotion in The Dalles. The City Council, in a unanimous vote last night, agreed to form a nine member committee whose sole purpose will be to “prepare a scope of work for the request for Proposals, which should identify the visitor and tourism services to be provided” for the city of The Dalles.

Coverage shift may mean bigger bills

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s health care law appears to mirror a trend in job-based insurance, where employees are being nudged into cost-saving plans that require them to pay a bigger share of their medical expenses. Two independent studies out this week highlighted attractive prices for less-generous “bronze” plans that will offer low monthly premiums but require patients to pick up more of the cost if they get sick.

J&J recalls Infant Motrin due to plastic specks

J&J recalls Infant Motrin WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson is recalling 200,000 bottles of Motrin Infants formula due to the risk that they contain tiny plastic particles.

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What's happening from Sept. 7

POTLUCK SUPPER: The Dalles AFS chapter has four new students to meet and welcome: Botond from Hungary, Rocco from Italy, Torbjoern from Switzerland, and Xavier from Italy. AFS Potluck Supper, Sunday, Sept. 8, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Sorosis Park. Bring a dish to share (main dish, salad, or dessert). Utensils and beverage will be provided.

St. Helens work parties set in September

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in cooperation with volunteers from the Washington Trails Association and the Mount St. Helens Institute, has nearly completed construction on a new trail near Ape Cave, and is seeking additional volunteers to participate in completion of the final section of trail.

Public meetings from Sept. 7

Public meetings from Sept. 7, 2013.

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Extension Cord: Plant bulbs now for a colorful spring display

Spring flowering daffodil, tulip or crocus bulbs planted in the next few weeks will bloom next spring, bringing a welcome early splash of color to the home landscape.

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Editorial cartoons for Sept. 7

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 7, 2013.

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Editorial: Resolve this problem respectfully

When the Wasco County’s District Attorney began a systematic process to exclude an elected circuit judge from hearing all of his criminal cases, the public should be concerned that he has stepped outside his role as a prosecutor

Letter to the Editor: Knitters need needles

To the editor: This is a call to all knitters or ex-knitters. I’m Linda Skov, teacher at The Dalles Wahtonka High School. We have a new class period this year called AWESOME.

Letter to the Editor: Stinky trail

To the editor: Let me begin by saying that I am a dog lover and walk mine almost every day. Last week on a beautiful warm evening, we headed down Union to walk east on the River Front Trail. The odor was noticeable as soon as we got out of the car and the cause was soon discovered. The trail was lined with piles of dog waste almost every foot or so. Owners are responsible for this and seem to choose not to deal with it.

Letter to the Editor: Lawyer’s concern

To the editor: I believe I have tried more cases than any other lawyer in the judicial district over the past 60 years as prosecutor, defense lawyer and civil cases. (Including cases in a number of Oregon counties, federal courts in Oregon and Washington—and I have had one case go to the U.S. Supreme—which didn’t go to a hearing but was dismissed in my client’s favor (Wasco County School District 9)). I have also served as the president of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and was recently honored by them at the annual convention.

Letter to the Editor: Fire deptment has need

To the editor: The Dallesport Fire Department needs help. They need an additional garage for their fire trucks. The water trucks and the quick response fire trucks are presently parked outside. They will need to be drained for winter and that limits fire and rescue missions to our communities.

Letter to the Editor: Thanks, volunteers

To the editor: With the summer baseball-softball season behind us, I would like to thank all the Babe Ruth League volunteers who contributed their time and resources toward a very successful season.

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Moran State Park: an island treasure

OLGA, Wash. — Ocean beauty, beaches and boating? You won’t even miss them at Washington’s Moran State Park.

Front Row Seat to Wildfire: Other voices

JAKE GROSSMILLER: “It was the weirdest feeling walking out of my home with two shopping bags filled with photo albums and pictures of my parents, and a strong box under my arm with my birth certificate in it.”

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Front Row Seat to Wildfire: Dorothy Gosson

The Government Flat Complex fire that burned up the canyon on Mill Creek Road — and is still smoldering — was not Dorothy Gosson’s first rodeo, so to speak.

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Front Row Seat to Wildfire: Patrick Ashmore

Residents watch as fierce Blackburn Fire threatens lives and property In the scariest moment of a long week, as the Blackburn fire raged around him, Patrick Ashmore watched a fire crew run screaming from a flare-up that almost engulfed them.

Fire safety vital in forest outings

The recent rainfall across parts of Oregon raised hopes, but it wasn't enough to put the 2013 wildfire season in the rear-view mirror, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry's Tom Fields.

Friday, September 6

For the Record, Sept. 6

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for Sept. 6, 2013.

PEO Tour offers a step back in time

On Sunday, Oct. 6, the annual P.E.O. Tour of Homes will offer the opportunity to take a step back in time and tour the upstairs of several downtown buildings.

Bridge: The options start at trick one

Yesterday, I stressed considering your options at trick one. Here is another example. If South plans carefully, he has a good chance to make his contract. But if he plows forward thoughtlessly, he will probably fail. South is in four spades. West leads the club king, and East signals with his jack. What should declarer do?

Church news in brief, Sept. 6

Do you have an item to submit or a story idea for the faith page? Call Neita Cecil at 541-506-6360 or email

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‘Back to Church’ event planned

The Life in Christ Center on Cherry Heights Road is trying a first this Sunday and is joining the national “Back to Church Sunday” celebration, with activities planned for people of all ages.

Perkins wants Senate reform

Borrowing is ‘crippling’, candidate says Jo Rae Perkins wants to take Jeff Merkley’s seat in the U.S. Senate to help regain control of a federal government that is usurping states’ rights and bankrupting the nation.

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Lightning sparks small blaze

A small lightning-caused grass fire, east of Big Jim’s Drive-In and between Interstate 84 and the railroad tracks, was quickly extinguished Thursday night. It took four fire crew members from Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue just 20 minutes to put out the small fire, which measured 15 feet by 30 feet and was reported at 6:18 p.m. Crews found scorching on a nearby power pole.

New laws affect schools

Some are so new, impacts remain unknown As schools in Oregon opened their doors for the new school year this week they had to factor in more than 100 laws passed by the Oregon legislature in 2013 that affect school districts in some way.

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Astro-Graph for September 6, 2013

Events both unexpected and inevitable can be turned to your advantage in the year ahead. Your ability to make the best out of what you are given will greatly help your financial or career prospects. Opportunities will come from those you have worked or played with in the past.

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Ask Dr. K: Regular eye exams can hault vision loss in diabetics

DEAR DOCTOR K: Could you explain how diabetes affects vision?

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Everyday Cheapskate: Opting for the minimum payment a road to ruin

At the time, it seemed like good idea. But going for the minimum-payment option “just this one time” turned out to be the worst mistake of my life. The day I opened that door and walked through it, I altered the course of my life.

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Tribe soccer teams split in a pair

The Dalles Wahtonka boy’s soccer coach Luis Gamez felt his team lost rather than tied. TDW had leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2, but Sam Barlow battled back to score the tying goals, including the final tally of the day with four minutes left to salvage a 3-3 draw Thursday in The Dalles.

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Week 2 figures to be tougher tests

Dufur and Sherman set to host non-league matchups; TDW heads to Portland With an opening game loss far in the rearview mirror, The Dalles Wahtonka football team looks to get back on track against the Benson Techmen at 7 p.m. tonight in Portland.

Thursday, September 5

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Eagle Indian run is a success

Close to 60 participants put up top times at fundraiser

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New regime still has high hopes

Sherman football team welcomes Todd Swan to top post for 2013 campaign Even with an influx of seven freshmen, coupled with the ascension of Todd Swan to a new post as head coach, the Sherman Husky football team still has high hopes for playoff success in the 2013 season.

Bridge: Try to consider all of the options

J. William Fulbright, a Senator representing Arkansas from 1945 to 1975, said, “We must dare to think ‘unthinkable’ thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world.”

State sets max of 334 marijuana stores

SPOKANE, Wash. — There would be a maximum of 334 locations that sell recreational marijuana in Washington under rules proposed Wednesday by the state Liquor Control Board.

Prevention groups oppose DEA

SEATTLE (AP) — Drug abuse prevention groups asked the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday how it will know whether its acceptance of recreational marijuana laws in Washington and Colorado affects public health.

Possible special session would start Sept. 30

PORTLAND — Saying “it’s time to call the question,” Gov. John Kitzhaber told state lawmakers on Wednesday to prepare for a potential special session of the Legislature to deal with tax and pension questions.

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Editorial cartoons for Sept. 5

Editorial cartoons for Sept 5, 2013.

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Editorial: No bargain? Not so grand

So far during the week before Labor Day, the only press releases from Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office have announced a list of appointments and the creation of a panel to study ocean acidification and hypoxia.

Letter to the Editor: Learn about 9/11

To the editor: Over 2,000 licensed architects and engineers have signed a petition demanding that there be a real investigation into the collapse of the 3 high-rise buildings at the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001.

Letter to the Editor: Peter Principle

To the editor: A business concept fostered a few years ago was described as “The Peter Principle.” It was a simple concept and stated that “in business a person always rises to their highest level of incompetency.”

Letter to the Editor: Support flags

To the editor: Do you enjoy the American Flags displayed downtown and out West Sixth Street in The Dalles?

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Senate deeply divided about Syria

Obama faces a big challenge to get leaders onboard for military action

Arts and entertainment from Sept. 5

This Week Sept. 5 - Kiwanis Steak Feed, 5-7 p.m., Sorosis Park, The Dalles

Sherman showcases sewing

MORO — In the Sherman County Artist series featuring local artists, the Sherman County Historical Museum showcases Sewing Creations by Kathleen Danielson.

One From Many hosts music workshop and concert

Portland rock band One From Many performs Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, which will include a free youth music workshop before the performance.

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Fire lingers in Blackburn Fire, despite 90 percent containment

OFFICER BRENT LARSON was patrolling in The Dalles Watershed Wednesday, Sept. 4, when he spotted a fire burning in a broken snag three-tenths of a mile inside the perimeter of the fire containment lines.

Walden seeks public input on U.S. engagement with Syria

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden is asking his constituents their opinion on President Barack Obama’s request that Congress authorize military force against the Assad regime in Syria in response to allegations of the use of chemical weapons against civilians.

For the Record, Sept 5

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports for Sept. 5, 2013.

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Safe Schools yields lasting benefit

Improvements include systematic changes, training, cameras and more Now that the $2.7 million Safe Schools Healthy Students grant has officially ended, some local programs will be disappearing while others will be sustained by other sources.

Grant aims at workforce

Some students not ready to learn in school When numerous job applicants can’t answer a company’s question, “What is 50 percent of 100?” it is time to educate Oregon’s children differently, says Dan Spatz, development director for Columbia Gorge Community College.

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Columbia Zone weekly fishing update, Sept. 5

Weekend Fishing Opportunities: Fall chinook is open from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam. Fall chinook fishing is fair to excellent from Tongue Point to Bonneville Dam. Buoy 10 to Tongue Point is open for adipose fin-clipped coho and adipose fin-clipped steelhead. Sturgeon retention is open from The Dalles Dam upstream to the John Day Dam. Walleye angling is excellent in Troutdale.

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Northeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing update, Sept. 5

Kokanee are spawning above Wallowa Lake. They have recently started coming into the river, and can be fun to watch. They will be spawning till the middle of October.

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Northeast Zone weekly hunting update, Sept. 5


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Northeast Zone weekly fishing update, Sept. 5

Weekend fishing opportunities The upper Umatilla River should provide good catch-and-release angling for rainbow trout. Fall chinook fishing opened on the Snake River on Sept. 1. McKay Reservoir offers good warm water angling all summer. Use electronics to locate suspended schools of crappie, or slow troll a different depths until you find fish. There are reports of 20 pound or more lake trout being caught in Wallowa Lake.

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Southeast Zone weekly wildlife viewing update, Sept. 5

Harney County Resident breeding waterfowl with broods are abundant around Malheur Lake. Sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin. Lesser yellow legs, killdeer, avocets, black-necked stilts, white-faced ibis, curlews, willets, pelicans, egrets and a variety of grebes species are a few of what can be seen. Forester’s terns, black terns, franklins, ring-billed and California gulls can also be found.

Southeast Zone weekly hunting update, Sept. 5


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Southeast Zone weekly fishing update, Sept. 5

Weekend fishing opportunities: Miller and Fourmile lakes and Lake of the Woods were stocked with larger trout for the holiday weekend and fishing should be good. Fishing for perch and panfish at Dog Lake is getting better with the onset of cooler fall temperatures.

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Central Zone weekly hunting update Sept. 5


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Central Zone weekly fishing update Sept. 5

Weekend fishing opportunities: Kokanee and brown trout fishing has been very good in the Deschutes River arm of Wickiup Reservoir. Good numbers of chinook have begun showing up in the lower 40 miles of the Deschutes River. Prineville Reservoir offers good opportunities for black crappie and smallmouth bass, which anglers report are bigger than in the last few years.

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Willamette Zone weekly wildlife viewing report Sept. 5

WILLAMETTE ZONE VIEWING auvie Island Wildlife Area Nesting season is winding down and now it is time to start looking for a variety of song birds, also shorebirds starting their fall migration and juvenile bald eagles and great blue heron taking their first flights. The best viewing opportunities are at Coon Point, Oak Island Nature Trail and Rentenaar Road.

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Willamette Zone weekly hunting report, Sept. 5


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Willamette Zone weekly fishing update, Sept. 20

Weekend fishing opportunities: Coho are now entering the Columbia River and are starting to show up in the Sandy, Clackamas, Willamette, and Santiam rivers. A Family Fishing Event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21 at St. Louis Ponds near Woodburn. Rainbow trout will be released for this event, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteer instructors will be present to loan out fishing gear to anybody who needs it (on a first-come, first-served basis) and to assist anglers with effective trout fishing techniques. The Alton Baker canal in Eugene will be stocked along its length this week with legal- and larger-sized rainbow trout. North Fork reservoir near Estacada was stocked with an additional 7,000 rainbow trout this week. Fishing conditions are excellent on the North Santiam River. The McKenzie River above Leaburg Lake will be boat stocked this week from Finn Rock to Ben and Kay Doris with a total of 2,750 legal-sized rainbow trout.

Wednesday, September 4

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A medalian for storm drain awareness

Marks set low – as in on the curb – for the sake of high quality water

Soundproofing Tips turn your home into a Quiet Sanctuary

All around us, life is getting louder. But home should be a place to relax and unwind. Between televisions, cell phones, computers and video games, it’s sometimes hard to find peace and quiet within the walls of your home.

Let’s face it; working on a roof is no fun

It is hard to get paint, tools and hardware up the ladder, once on the roof there is no level place to set things down.

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Following the Qult Block Trail

It starts in Cascade Locks, but creators hope it will expand east to Goldendale, The Dalles

Steak feed ‘rain or shine’

No matter the weather, the Kiwanis Steak Feed will take place Thursday, Sept. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sorosis Park in The Dalles.

Efforts go on to contain fire complex

Government Flats Fire Complex containment remained at 90 percent today. Areas on the northwest portion of the Blackburn Fire within the complex do not yet have containment lines firmly established yet. Significant mop-up work remains to be done in the heavier fuels in this area, located on the Mt. Hood National Forest, according to information from David Morman of the Oregon Deparment of Forestry.

Scientists define quake subduction zone

Data indicates worst upheaval will be at sea GRANTS PASS — Scientists are just back from a month-long research cruise in the Pacific Ocean off Washington state, where they were trying to find the stickiest point on a section of the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the huge undersea fault that breaks loose every few hundred years, generating a massive tsunami and earthquake.

Pendleton man accused in central Oregon breeder killing

BEND (AP) — A prosecutor told a judge Tuesday that a Pendleton man is accused of killing a 78-year-old central Oregon woman with a shovel blow to the head. Deschutes County authorities say Joshua Leo Jokinen, 30, called them Saturday evening to report he might have killed a woman, and the body of Carolyn Burdick was found shortly afterward.

DA takes on rape case judge

Paperwork could slow trials The day after Wasco County Circuit Judge Janet Stauffer exonerated a teenage rape suspect last week of all charges (, Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley began taking steps to stop her from hearing any new criminal matters from his office.

Locals swing it out at MC Amateurs

Noel Smith swept past the field with a low gross tally of 149 and edged out Mark Matthews by one stroke in the ‘A’ flight to claim top honors at this past weekend’s 74th annual Mid-Columbia Amateur Golf Tournament at The Dalles Country Club.

Rangers sweep four at tourney

Volleyball team is off to a hot 4-0 start to the season The Dufur Rangers had a chance to continue their solid start to season and rose to the occasion in a major way with four consecutive wins at the Ranger Volleyball Jamboree Saturday in Dufur.

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TDW netters stage comeback

Volleyball team shrugs off slow start to beat Redmond The cheer were loud and proud after the final point hit out of bounds, as The Dalles Wahtonka pulled off a stirring five-game comeback victory Tuesday over Redmond.

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Tribe fights wind for shutout win

McCall, Mendiola score goals and Ford makes three saves in 3-0 home opener Even with whipping winds wreaking havoc on action, The Dalles Wahtonka girl’s soccer team put together a spirited performance in a shutout win over Mac-Hi.

What's happening from Sept. 4

What's happening from Sept. 4, 2013.

Extension meetings set in Hood River and The Dalles

Family and Community Education, also known as Home Extension and sponsored by Oregon State University, will kick off its annual program at a meeting Sept. 5. There will be a short business meeting commencing at 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m. th

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Lego league season kicks off

The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) season is kicking off now that school is back in session. FLL is a team engineering and science program for kids ages 9 to 14 that culminates in an international robotics tournament. The first competitions that local teams participate in are the Columbia Gorge FLL Qualifying Tournaments in December.

Bridge: Game is full of inferences

Who said, “We do not learn by inference and deduction and the application of mathematics to philosophy, but by direct intercourse and sympathy”? Interestingly, when hunting suitable quotations for these columns, this is the first I found exactly word for word credited to two different people; in this case, Henry David Thoreau and Richard M. Nixon. Is it possible that Nixon borrowed from Thoreau?

Survey: Health insurance outpaces wages

Workers saw a modest rise in the average cost of employer-sponsored health insurance this year, but they’re probably not overwhelmed with relief.

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The Dalles Furniture ends 23-year run

Wayne von Borstel has found his purpose in helping people realize financial wellbeing. He has been a financial planner for 28 years and recently wrote “The Truth Project: Finding the Courage to Ignore Wall Street,” as a way to share his knowledge and encourage people to learn how to maximize their potential.

Word on the Street: A thought leader: What does it take?

Thought plus leadership: Business operators can often generate value and prestige for their businesses by being considered a thought leader in their field. But how does that happen?

For the Record, Sept. 4

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Sept. 4.

Obama reassures Europeans about US surveillance tactics

STOCKHOLM — President Barack Obama sought Wednesday to reassure Europeans outraged over U.S. surveillance programs that his government isn’t sifting through their emails or eavesdropping on their telephone calls. He acknowledged that the programs haven’t always worked as intended, saying “we had to tighten them up.”

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Immigrant fights to practice law

Immigrant fights to become California lawyer SAN FRANCISCO — Sergio Garcia arrived in the U.S. illegally 20 years ago to pick almonds in the field with his father. But that was not all he wanted for his life.

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Dark Horse brings ‘The Star Wars’ to life

A young, idealistic rebel from a desert planet seeks to fight an unjust, tyrannical emperor with a space station capable of destroying planets.

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Astro-Graph for September 4, 2013

In the coming year, gear up and finish what you’ve left undone. You’re entering a great time to tie up loose ends and formulate new beginnings. Your knack for practical innovation will pay off.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Look for these hot bargains

Finding great bargains often has more to do with when you shop than where. In the same way that cars are often discounted late in the season and just before the new models are introduced, appliances, clothes, sporting goods, linens and even travel deals are predictably discounted for a variety of different reasons and at varying times throughout the year.

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Ask Dr. K: Two aids are better than one in most cases

DEAR DOCTOR K: I am losing my hearing, and my doctor wants me to get two hearing aids. Is this really necessary?

Tuesday, September 3

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Astro-Graph for September 3, 2013

Don’t hold back in the coming months. Don’t mince words in letting others know where you stand. Quality partnerships are in the stars and can make a favorable difference in your life, personally and professionally.

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Everyday Cheapskate: Keeps hands off the cheese

I’ll admit it. Back in my carefree spendthrift days, I’d toss the cheese in the garbage when it turned moldy. I was oblivious to the fact that I might as well be throwing dollar bills away.

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Ask Dr. K: Recognizing risk factors reduces chances for stroke

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m a woman in my 60s. A good friend recently had a serious stroke. Is there anything she could have done to prevent it?

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Nick Little fuels Dufur romp with eight scores

Junior does a little bit of everything in team’s 74-44 win DUFUR – The defending Big Sky Conference champion Dufur Rangers started their 2013 nonleague football schedule quite impressively with a 74-44 season-opening home win over the Cove Leopards Saturday at Dufur High School.

Fixing Tribe miscues high on priority list

It is not often a football team can rack up more than 250 yards of offense and commit 10 turnovers and still be in contention to win a game.

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Huskies roll to opening triumph

Sherman overcomes 16-0 halftime deficit with 28 straight points to beat Perrydale Although down 16-0 through one half of play, the Sherman Huskies never felt they were out of contention.

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Cuba to US swim makes history

Stinging sea life were absent on fourth attempt KEY WEST, Fla. — Defeated before in bids to swim from Cuba to Florida, Diana Nyad would cry and rage through swollen lips and welts at the jellyfish tentacles that had repeatedly lashed her and derailed her plans to become the first swimmer to make the 110-mile crossing without a shark cage.

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Editorial cartoons for Sept. 2

Editorial cartoons for Sept. 2, 2013.

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Editorial: Get smarter about forests

Running out of money to fight this year's wildfires, the U.S. Forest Service is diverting $600 million from timber, recreation and other areas to fill the gap.

What's happening from Sept. 2

What's happening from Sept. 2, 2013

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Windows to Heaven opens at Maryhill Museum Sept. 14

Windows to Heaven: Treasures from the Museum of Russian Icons will open at Maryhill Museum of Art Sept. 14, and run through Nov. 15.

Senator speaks about ‘pillars and pathways’

Speaking on the eve of Labor Day weekend, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) focused on the pressures faced by the middle class at his annual town hall Aug. 30 at Columbia Gorge Community College.

Google helps veterans

Veterans are invited by Google to learn more Friday about tools that are available to help warriors transition back into civilian life.

Israel, US test missles

Syrian crisis spurs display of military prowess JERUSALEM — Israel and the U.S. conducted a joint missile test over the Mediterranean on Tuesday, in a display of military prowess as the Obama administration seeks congressional support for strikes against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Any U.S. strikes, in retaliation for alleged chemical weapons use by the Assad regime, are not expected before next week when Congress returns from summer recess.

Oregon moose herd doubles in size

PORTLAND, (AP) — The only moose herd in Oregon appears to have doubled in size in recent years, despite deaths of the animals from a parasite.

Boswell faces 39 months on 11 counts tied to theft

MORO — Grass Valley and Sisters resident Duane Kenneth Boswell was sentenced by Circuit Judge John Wolf to 39 months in state prison on 11 criminal charges, including unauthorized use of a vehicle, trafficking in stolen vehicles and tampering with evidence, among others, according to information from Sherman County District Attorney Wade McLeod.

Astoria coach accused of assault, strangulation

ASTORIA(AP) — The head coach of the girls’ basketball team at Astoria High School has been accused of assaulting his 10-year-old daughter.

Man dies in Angel’s Rest fall

PORTLAND (AP) — The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office says a hiker died after falling from a trail in the Columbia River Gorge.

Doctor accused in cattle shooting

LA GRANDE (AP) — The authorities arrested a La Grande psychiatrist accused of shooting seven cows — six fatally — that were trespassing on his property.

Audit blasts BPA hiring and promotion practices

PORTLAND (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has released a highly critical audit of human resources activities at Bonneville Power Administration, saying the agency’s hiring and promotion practices are ineffective.

For the Record, Sept. 2

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Chemical Depot workers step back into job market

HERMISTON (AP) — Employees who were destroying nerve gas and other chemical weapons at an Eastern Oregon plant knew all along that the chore — and their jobs there — would come to an end. It’s still a shock, though.

Senior News: Sharing the ‘Prayer of an Anonymous Abbess’

Because of the Labor Day Weekend, I had fewer days to collect my thoughts for this column, so I decided to kick the ball down the field until next week and instead share with you some sagely advise I found called the “Prayer of an Anonymous Abbess.” (But I do it with some reservation. I have this notion in the back of my head that I have shared it before. But then I shouldn’t be too overly concerned — there’s a lot of stuff I’ve discovered in the back of my head that should be ignored!)

Bridge: When it looks bad, be an optimist

At the bridge table, players tend to be optimists or pessimists. In this deal, for example, look at the East and North hands. East is defending against four spades. West leads the club jack. What should East do?

Car windows may not protect from sun

DETROIT — Car windows are designed to protect you in an accident. But they won’t necessarily protect you from the sun.

Monday, September 2

Russia scoffs at US evidence

The United States is considering launching a punitive strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, blamed by the U.S. and the Syrian opposition for an Aug. 21 alleged chemical weapons attack in a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus.


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