The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents the May history dinner, “A Walk Through China Town,” with Marilyn Urness, Friday, May 2. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, in The Dalles.April 30, 2014 12:59 p.m. read more..
HORLIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s police and security forces are “helpless” to quell the unrest in two eastern regions bordering Russia and in some cases are cooperating with the pro-Russia gunmen who have seized scores of buildings and taken people hostage, Ukraine’s leader said Wednesday.April 30, 2014 12:55 p.m. read more..
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — More than 1 million people in South Sudan have fled their homes at a crucial time of the year: planting season. Famine, aid officials say, could be the result, and the U.N.’s top official for human rights said Wednesday she is appalled by the apparent lack of concern by the country’s two warring leaders that mass hunger looms.April 30, 2014 12:53 p.m. read more..
Catholic Charities, Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees and Immigration Counseling Services will be in The Dalles 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, to provide information on immigration options, including deferred action for childhood arrivals.April 30, 2014 12:35 p.m. read more..
McALESTER, Okla. — An Oklahoma death row inmate writhed, clenched his teeth and appeared to struggle against the restraints holding him to a gurney before prison officials halted an execution in which the state was using a new drug combination for the first time. The man later died of a heart attack.April 30, 2014 12:07 p.m. read more..
DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s marijuana experiment is threatened by the popularity of eating it instead of smoking it, leading the pot industry to join health officials and state regulators to try to curb the problem of consumers ingesting too much weed.April 30, 2014 12:01 p.m. read more..
SOUTHEAST ZONE VIEWING Waterfowl spring migration has slowed and most white geese and white-fronted geese have headed migrated north. Pintail, shoveler, wigeon, mallard, gadwall, green-winged teal, cinnamon teal and a variety of diver species can still be viewed in good numbers. Sandhill cranes can be found in agricultural fields throughout the Harney Basin.April 30, 2014 10:37 a.m. read more..
CENTRAL ZONE VIEWING Spring waterfowl migration is well under way. Water bird species that can be seen throughout Crook County, but in higher concentrations around Prineville and Ochoco reservoirs, include mallards, American wigeon, American green-winged teal, Northern pintail, ring-necked ducks, bufflehead, common and barrows goldeneye, Canada geese, killdeer, common and hooded mergansers, pied billed grebes, double-crested cormorants , great blue herons and a number of gull species.April 30, 2014 10 a.m. read more..
Goldendales’s sixth annual Home & Garden Show will be Friday, May 2 10am-7pm and Saturday, May 3 10am-6pm at the Klickitat County Fairgrounds. Admission to the show is free, parking is free, and you’ll find a wide variety of vendors for home and garden items, as well as a food court. The Home & Garden Show is sponsored by the Goldendale Chamber of Commerce.April 30, 2014 7:20 a.m. read more..
Athletes are set additional records Saturday in HermistonApril 29, 2014 2:33 p.m. read more..
The stakes were raised Saturday in The Dalles, as the No. 20 Eagle Indians hit the diamond against No. 2-ranked Pendleton in a pivotal Columbia River Conference softball action Saturday in The Dalles. The Buckaroos pulled off a two-game sweep by scores of 9-2 and 7-2.April 29, 2014 2:08 p.m. read more..
About 20 teams consisting of middle and high school students from around the Columbia gorge region will be putting their technology skills to the test as well as competing for a chance to win one of several educational prizes at this year’s Wind Challenge, taking place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 3 at The Dalles Civic Auditorium.April 29, 2014 1:50 p.m. read more..
MEDFORD (AP) — Police are warning Medford residents to be wary of a smiling man with a Bible who recently was outside businesses seeking to shake hands with shoppers. Police say he’s a 40-year-old sex offender who has used magazine sales in the past to grope women during good-luck hugs.April 29, 2014 1:44 p.m. read more..
A few weeks ago we reported on progress in developing cellulosic ethanol, after reading about biofuels distilleries in Iowa and Kansas that would utilize ag waste products, such as stalks and husks, instead of corn. Making ethanol from those sources would help to tamp down complaints about increasing corn demand raising the price of food.April 29, 2014 1:30 p.m. read more..
Trapping led by the states of Oregon and Washington below the Columbia River’s Bonneville Dam continued this week with seven California sea lions captured Tuesday, April 22.April 27, 2014 4:34 p.m. read more..
Gardening, whether flowers or vegetables is probably one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve encountered. At first it can be a little intimidating. There are a lot of factors to consider, but gardening becomes easier to understand through experience.April 26, 2014 5:24 p.m. read more..
The first seed for this adventure was planted on February 23, 2014. On that day I wrote the following sentence. “The Gorge is home to 70 year-round waterfalls but only nine of them are visible from the highway. To see the rest of them will take some foot power.” I found this number on a website, no names or locations were listed.April 26, 2014 4:48 p.m. read more..
SEATTLE (AP) — A big explosion and fire destroyed three buildings, damaged several others, sent debris flying for blocks and jolted people awake early Friday in a Washington town, firefighters and North Bend residents said.April 26, 2014 4:41 p.m. read more..
DURHAM (AP) — After months of trying to get its problem-plagued online health exchange to work, Oregon on Friday officially gave up on the state portal and decided to switch to the federal website — the first state in the nation to do so.April 26, 2014 4:38 p.m. read more..
The 27th annual Community Clean Up event will take place Saturday, May 3, at a new location this year. The county yard at the corner of West 10th and Walnut streets will be the drop off point for yard debris and other unwanted items from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featured again this year will be the Reuse Fair.April 26, 2014 4:37 p.m. read more..
With catch limits near, planned commercial fisheries targeting spring Chinook salmon in so-called “select areas” in the lower Columbia River estuary were rescinded and/or trimmed back in decisions made this week by Oregon and Washington.April 26, 2014 8:57 a.m. read more..
The responsibility of Pacific Northwest electricity consumers to pay for a plan to restore threatened and endangered salmon runs has been stretched beyond reasonable limits, according to a letter sent this month asking that the governors of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington demand a “God Squad” assessment of the situation.April 26, 2014 8:44 a.m. read more..
MORROW, GILLIAM and WHEELER COUNTIES Spring is in full here in the Heppner District. Sandhill cranes are still seen flying north, although in smaller flocks of birds. Pine siskins can be seen occasionally at feeders in the area. Golden crowned kinglets are also showing up in the area. Ferruginous hawks are showing up to claim nest territories and can be seen in the northern portion of the District. Red-tailed hawks, American kestrels and northern harriers can be seen throughout the District.April 26, 2014 8:25 a.m. read more..
ROME (AP) — Inside a chapel on the edge of Rome, a nun uses a key to open a wooden wall panel, revealing a hidden niche. Behind glass and stitched loosely to supporting backing hangs a relic of holy suffering: the bullet-pocked, bloodstained undershirt that John Paul II was wearing when a gunman shot him in the stomach in St. Peter’s Square.April 25, 2014 7:38 p.m. read more..
BOISE, Idaho— Wranglers in the West who have for decades cashed in on the allure of getting on a horse and setting out on an open trail say they have had to add bigger horses to their stables to help carry larger tourists over the rugged terrain.April 25, 2014 7:36 p.m. read more..
The family gathered in the dark, shocked by the terrible scene. Their Wishram, Wash., home was a complete loss.April 25, 2014 7:32 p.m. read more..
LAS VEGAS — A Nevada rancher who became a conservative folk hero for standing up to the government in a fight over grazing rights lost some of his staunch defenders after wondering aloud whether blacks might have had it better under slavery.April 25, 2014 7:29 p.m. read more..
Cousins takes 1st in Cherry Festival Lip Sync contest.April 25, 2014 7:16 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: My granddaughter has scoliosis. What is the best treatment option for this condition?April 25, 2014 11:57 a.m. read more..
Want to keep more of the money you earn? Stop wasting money on goods and services that you don't really care about. Start paying attention where your money goes and you just might see the equivalent of working a second job in your wallet -- not leaking out of your life undetected.April 25, 2014 11:54 a.m. read more..
To the editor: We have just gone through the celebration of Easter. We will never be able to thank Jesus enough for dying once, so we won’t have to die twice. So nobody should get me wrong. Greater love has no man than He lay down His life for His friends.April 24, 2014 9:32 p.m. read more..
You have what it takes to move forward positively, but you are inclined to let self-doubt and insecurity stand between you and victory. Trust your intuition to help you discover trends that will be beneficial to attracting interest to your ideas.April 24, 2014 11:04 a.m. read more..
Dear Mary: We are one month behind on our mortgage payments and plan to catch up this month. We have told our credit union we will pay half on the 1st and the second half on the 13th. This will bring us current. They call all day, every hour. When we answer they say they have to call us constantly until the amount due is paid. That is their policy. I say this can’t be true or allowed by law. It seems like harassment. — Cindy, MarylandApril 24, 2014 11:03 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I think I might be having panic attacks, but I’m not sure. What does a panic attack feel like?April 24, 2014 11:01 a.m. read more..
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is encouraging nonviolent federal inmates who have behaved in prison, have no significant criminal history and have already served more than 10 years behind bars to apply for clemency, officials announced Wednesday.April 23, 2014 12:28 p.m. read more..
All five The Dalles golfers ended play with scores under 90s, and the Tribe finished with a combined 378 for 10th place in the 16-team field for the Tetherow Challenge Monday on a windy afternoon at Tetherow Golf Course in Bend.April 23, 2014 12:01 p.m. read more..
Program breaks new ground in school historyApril 23, 2014 11:59 a.m. read more..
Spic and span: Downtown The Dalles will be fresh and ready when the Northwest Cherry Festival’s many activities converge here this weekend.April 23, 2014 11:45 a.m. read more..
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip —The rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah on Wednesday agreed to form a unity government and hold new elections, making a new attempt to overcome a seven-year split that has left them divided between two governments.April 23, 2014 11:33 a.m. read more..
Your keen interest in helping others will come to the forefront this year. You will have to decide which among many options will be the most valuable. By developing a friendship with an older person, you will gain knowledge, expertise and profound perception.April 23, 2014 10:39 a.m. read more..
The idea of emergency preparedness is a good one. Every family needs some kind of plan in the event of a kind of disaster that could disrupt the normal course of life. But where to start? Hopefully, these quick tips will do the trick to get you unstuck and on your way to being prepared.April 23, 2014 10:39 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: My husband recently had a heart attack. Fortunately, he’s doing well. But I’d like to understand better what happens to the heart during a heart attack.April 23, 2014 10:38 a.m. read more..
SEATTLE — The Boy Scouts of America has revoked its charter agreement with a Seattle church that refused to remove a gay troop leader after the organization withdrew his membership. A Boy Scouts attorney told Rainier Beach United Methodist Church last week that it no longer could host troops under the Boy Scouts name.April 22, 2014 3:32 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I served 10 years as a Wasco County Commissioner, retiring December 2012. I understand what it takes to work hard to represent all citizens of the County with their many different and varied views. I believe Bridget Bailey is the best person to do that for Wasco County and it’s citizens.April 22, 2014 3:19 p.m. read more..
To the editor: As longtime resident of Wasco County, when we heard Nora Ferguson declared her candidacy for Wasco County Commissioner Position 1 my wife and I were thrilled. We first met Nora when our grandchildren were attending Colonel Wright Elementary School. We were impressed with Nora’s devotion to her work and genuine concern for the well being of everyone around her.April 22, 2014 3:18 p.m. read more..
To the editor: The local realization that The Dalles is suddenly becoming wolf habitat is humorous. Wolves have been coming since the wolves were transplanted into Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. That was the plan before the first wolf’s paws hit the ground. We should first set the record straight as to cause and effect.April 22, 2014 3:17 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I recently was northbound on U.S. Highway 197 heading to The Dalles when, at Eightmile Road, I observed a bicycle coming from the west side. This person continued through the intersection at full speed without stopping. There was traffic coming in both directions.April 22, 2014 3:14 p.m. read more..
The Hood River County Library and Literary Arts are hosting Oregon Book Award author Jay Ponteri for a free creative nonfiction writing workshop Wednesday, May 14, 5 to 7 p.m. Registration is required. Please sign up at the library.April 22, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..
The Celilo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will mark the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day by honoring the mothers of active-duty troops, fallen warriors and veterans from the Mid-Columbia region at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Hood River Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place.April 22, 2014 3:02 p.m. read more..
EUGENE (AP) — Oregon’s newest federal judge was officially installed in a ceremony Monday at the Courthouse in Eugene. Michael McShane was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed last year by the Senate. He was previously a judge for Multnomah County Circuit Court.April 22, 2014 2:33 p.m. read more..
KELSO, Wash. (AP) — A funeral home worker’s failure to immediately attach ID bracelets to the bodies of two men who died at the same hospice caused the mix-up that led to one man’s body ending up in a casket at the other man’s funeral, a Washington state agency said Monday.April 22, 2014 2:32 p.m. read more..
My cherry memories are older than Jim Goff’s memories of Dalles cherries. (Could that be possible?) As a little girl we had cherries. We had trees in the yard that were remarkable. They had two kinds of cherries on each tree. The small orchard that was on the other end of the block had different kinds of trees in the orchard.April 19, 2014 10:08 p.m. read more..
The Northwest Cherry Festival story has several beginnings, including the 1979 launch of the modern festival. Some people trace its origins back to 1940, when Helen Spickerman of The Dalles was picked as Cherry Queen. She represented local growers with a full-fledged float in Portland’s Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade. But that auspicious beginning was not repeated the following year, and America’s entry into World War II after Pearl Harbor put the idea on hold.April 19, 2014 10:06 p.m. read more..
One thing about the Northwest Cherry Festival, it kind of makes a person feel all warm and fuzzy — especially if that person is a motorcycle rider.April 19, 2014 9:59 p.m. read more..
A total of six California sea lions known to frequent the lower Columbia River’s Bonneville Dam in the past and feast on spring chinook salmon were trapped this week and euthanized as a part of a state plan to reduce predation on fish stocks that are protected under the Endangered Species Act.April 19, 2014 8:13 a.m. read more..
Expect to face highs and lows this year. Don’t be too proud or embarrassed to ask for help. You will advance if you attack problems with intensity and determination. Strong alliances will provide the support necessary for you to reach your set destination.April 18, 2014 12:11 p.m. read more..
KATMANDU, Nepal— An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak. Several more were injured.April 18, 2014 12:11 p.m. read more..
Discovering that you’ll be getting a tax refund is certainly not the worst news you’ve had in your life. In fact, it’s easy to see a tax refund as some kind of gift from the universe. But here’s the truth: It’s part of your paycheck that you should have been getting all along. Plan now for how you’ll manage it or your refund could evaporate into thin air. You have options. Choose well.April 18, 2014 12:10 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: You’ve mentioned time-outs as an appropriate way to discipline young children. But they don’t work for my son, at least the way I’m doing them. What can I do differently?April 18, 2014 11:57 a.m. read more..
Broadway and film veteran Duffy Hudson will bring Albert Einstein to life in a unique one-man show, “The Relativity of Albert Einstein,” Monday, April 21 at 12:45 p.m. during an assembly at Sherman Junior-Senior High School in Moro.April 18, 2014 11:53 a.m. read more..
RIDDLE — U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio on Thursday toured an abandoned copper mine in southwestern Oregon that is on the Superfund list of major pollution sites as he prepares to file legislation to overhaul the nation’s primary mining law.April 18, 2014 11:49 a.m. read more..
THE WASHINGTON State auditor’s office questions $17 million of the $188 million the state spent on plans to build a new Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River before the project was aborted.April 17, 2014 4:13 p.m. read more..
SEATTLE (AP) — Jurors have told the Snohomish School District to pay $1.3 million for negligence in failing to protect two high school girls stabbed in 2011 by a mentally disturbed classmate.April 17, 2014 4:07 p.m. read more..
Practicing attorney Bridget Bailey is running for a seat on the Wasco County Board of Commissioners this year, and said she intends to bring her experience working as a small business owner and fourth-generation cherry grower and packer to bring a strong new voice to represent the county.April 17, 2014 3:51 p.m. read more..
PERTH, Australia (AP) — As a robotic submarine dived into the ocean to look for lost Flight 370, angry Chinese relatives stormed out of a teleconference meeting Wednesday to protest the Malaysian government for not addressing them in person.April 17, 2014 3:30 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND — Three Dufur sisters have teamed up to form Jurevicious Studios Inc., a full-service marketing firm that specializes in multimedia campaigns and serves clients across the globe.April 17, 2014 3:23 p.m. read more..
A debit for sure: Ben Neumayer of Friend and Reagan PC wrapped up his 40th income tax season April 15 and decided that would also be a good time to wrap up his accounting career. Neumayer officially announced his retirement to the Friend and Reagan staff last night.April 17, 2014 3:22 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Whereas my parents lived during and managed to survive through The Great Depression of the 1930s; my children will be (thanks be to this Great Depressing Obamacare program and its regulations to cut home health care by 14 percent over a four-year period) challenged with my survival when my body loses its functions and requires home care.April 17, 2014 11:56 a.m. read more..
To the editor: I strongly support our present county commissioners — they are doing a fabulous job of taking care of our county and beyond. I have heard from their reports and know how busy they are attending all kinds of meetings, including attending meetings of the gorge commission.April 17, 2014 11:53 a.m. read more..
SALEM — Doug Leash of The Dalles is among some of the some of the volunteers from throughout Oregon will be recognized as outstanding for their hard work and achievements at the April 24 Governor’s Volunteer Awards Luncheon.April 17, 2014 11:35 a.m. read more..
For Scott Hege, problem-solving and economic development are central passions in his role as Wasco County commissioner. Since 2010, Hege has served in Position 1 on the county board. He faces Nora Ferguson in the May 20 primary election.April 17, 2014 11:14 a.m. read more..
I remember my grandmother saying, “If we didn’t need food, we’d all be rich!” This may be true. But then, a life without food would be a little less pleasurable. Still, there are so many ways to make great food cheap, make perishable food last and the grocery budget stretch like nobody’s business.April 16, 2014 4:54 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: My right eyelid droops and interferes with my vision. What can I do about this?April 16, 2014 4:53 p.m. read more..
To the editor: We who live in Wasco County benefit from our diversity of business, industry, and agriculture, and we even have the option of choosing a city or rural lifestyle. All this variety means that the projects we advance and the challenges we face are likely to be equally diverse.April 15, 2014 1:45 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Thanks so much, Kathy Ursprung, for your editorial regarding journalistic ethics, and especially that The Dalles Chronicle is willing to stand in the gap, when so much of our media is swayed by popular opinion and big money - and wanting us to follow without question.April 15, 2014 1:44 p.m. read more..
Families First, a program of The Next Door, is hosting its fifth annual Table of Friends event Friday, May 2, at The Mint. With a ritzy 1920s theme, the dinner event and dessert auction will be from 6 to 9 p.m. This popular event directly supports Families First and their vital role in helping local families and children thrive.April 15, 2014 1:31 p.m. read more..
North Wasco County School District and its D21 Libraries are hosting their eighth annual Poetry Slam Thursday, April 17, at Riverenza.April 15, 2014 1:30 p.m. read more..
Over the last six years since I turned 60, I have found getting older is a series of adventures: never knowing what to expect next.April 15, 2014 1:23 p.m. read more..
Local AFS exchange students will be presenting on their home countries and sharing their experiences abroad with the community at the Wasco County Library at 722 Court Street in The Dalles on Wednesday, Apr. 16 at 7 p.m.April 15, 2014 1:18 p.m. read more..
The final criteria The Dalles High School Mascot Committee will review, according to the latest North Wasco County School District 21 announcement, will be the overall “appeal” of the remaining mascot choices as votes continue to be gathered.April 15, 2014 1:16 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND, (AP) — A Multnomah County sheriff’s spokesman says river patrol deputies responding to a report April 14 of a body in the Columbia River in the Portland area spotted another body floating mid-channel in the nearby Willamette River. The bodies — both adult men — have been recovered.April 15, 2014 1:02 p.m. read more..
Your popularity this year will be due to your original ideas and colorful manner of expression. Your ability to win over influential people will prove valuable. A decisive and unrelenting approach will help you achieve your dreams, hopes and wishes.April 15, 2014 9:10 a.m. read more..
You may recall a few months ago I wrote about the new inexpensive laptop computer series that is sweeping the tech world called Chromebooks. I’m still onboard in a big way.April 15, 2014 9:09 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: My daughter will be starting middle school this year. How can I protect her from cyberbullying?April 15, 2014 9:08 a.m. read more..
BERLIN — After racing against the clock in an all-night session, the U.N.’s expert panel on climate change was putting the final touches Saturday on a scientific guide to help governments, industries and regular people take action to stop global warming from reaching dangerous levels.April 12, 2014 3:27 p.m. read more..
BEIRUT — The commandos infiltrated Syrian rebel-held territory near the Lebanese border, watching rebel fighters come and go from a two-story villa before slipping inside to plant a powerful bomb. The next morning, they detonated it as three rebel explosive experts and four assistants met inside, turning the villa to rubble in seconds.April 12, 2014 3:26 p.m. read more..
Many a The Dalles native spent long childhood hours playing along Mill Creek, cooling off on sweltering summer days, casting out a fishing line in the hope of a bite, or playing with the water skippers and periwinkles that live there.April 12, 2014 3:22 p.m. read more..
To the editor: As a mother, school employee, and longtime resident of Wasco County, I am writing to offer my endorsement for Nora Ferguson for the office of Wasco County Commissioner, Position 1. Having known Nora for a number of years, I can personally attest to her exemplary qualities. Nora has lived in Wasco County for the last 10 years, and in that time has raised a family, owned her own business, and worked for the North Wasco County School District.April 12, 2014 3:17 p.m. read more..
To the editor: My daughter and her family were having breakfast at the Days Inn when three National Guardsmen in uniform came in. My 5-year-old grandson’s eyes got bigger than hub caps and he gasped in awe, “Look there are some Americans!”April 12, 2014 3:12 p.m. read more..
“Wow, is she already done?” That’s the first reaction I get whenever I share with family and friends that my daughter is about to graduate from college. It is hard to believe that the time has gone by so fast. The second reaction is invariably, “So, what is she going to do now?”April 12, 2014 2:19 p.m. read more..
Rod Runyon says the skills he used in his own financial services and insurance business over 15 of the past 25 years— research, risk assessment and helping clients meet financial goals — are among his most valuable skills in his role as Wasco County commissioner.April 12, 2014 1:59 p.m. read more..
If you mingle with imaginative and talented people, you’ll come across many promising chances to move forward. Your career path may take some unexpected turns, but you will be able to overcome any difficulties and exceed your expectations. Shoot for the stars.April 11, 2014 1:20 p.m. read more..
Worried about layoffs? You’re not alone. About 6-in-10 Americans worry that they will lose their jobs because of the current state of the economy, according a recent Pew Research poll.April 11, 2014 1:19 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: As I’ve entered my 50s, I find myself reaching for Tylenol more often for my aches and pains. Should I be aware of any safety precautions?April 11, 2014 1:18 p.m. read more..
ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — A college visit by more than 40 high school students turned tragic when a FedEx tractor-trailer veered across a grassy highway median and slammed into their bus in a fiery wreck that left 10 people dead, authorities said.April 11, 2014 12:11 p.m. read more..
LOS ANGELES (AP) â€” The J. Paul Getty Museum will return a 12th century New Testament manuscript to a monastery in Greece after museum officials said they only recently learned it was stolen decades before the museum acquired it in 1983.April 11, 2014 12:10 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND — Officials with Oregon’s troubled health insurance exchange say they’ve narrowed the options for the site’s future to two: switching to the federal exchange, or staying with the current technology and hiring a new contractor to fix it.April 11, 2014 12:04 p.m. read more..
Long-time The Dalles resident and one of this year’s Wasco county commissioner candidates, Chuck Langley says he’s running for office with one major goal in mind: Reinvigorating the discussion on urban renewal and raising awareness about why, according to him, it’s anything but good for the community in the long run.April 11, 2014 noon read more..
This will be a very promising year for you. Your work ethic and dependability will put you in high demand. The number of options available to you will only keep increasing. Follow your intuition, and you will triumph in your personal and professional lives.April 10, 2014 1:50 p.m. read more..
You can own 85 pairs of shoes and 100 DVD’s and not suffer from shopaholism. The test, experts say, is if you spend so much time and money shopping that it negatively affects your finances and your relationships.April 10, 2014 1:47 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: My son plays a lot of video games. What do I need to know about them? And how can I make sure they don’t become a problem?April 10, 2014 1:46 p.m. read more..
Katherine Shaffer, Brett Lane and the doubles team of Elvia Rubio and Hollee Kaseberg came away with wins, but the Sherman tennis team was edged out by Stanfield 4-3 in 4A/3A/2A/1A league tennis action Tuesday afternoon in Stanfield.April 10, 2014 1:18 p.m. read more..
Bryson Caldwell was dealing, Cole Parke was starting to feel his oats and the No. 2-ranked Dufur Rangers reeled off their seventh consecutive victory in a 13-0 mercy-ruled whitewash of Culver in a non-league baseball matchup in Culver.April 10, 2014 1:12 p.m. read more..
From the opening tournament on March 21 in The Dalles Invitational, The Dalles boy’s golf team shaved 40 strokes off its total with a final tally of 340 to pick up fourth place at the 10-team Wildhorse Invite on Monday at Wildhorse Resort and Casino golf course.April 10, 2014 1:10 p.m. read more..
Every day, journalists scatter across the globe to tell the stories of the day — to be the public's eye witness to international coups, tragic natural disasters, political mechanations and even the fender bender down the block. They are meant to be the impartial (as impartial as human beings can be) observers of world events and to use their special skills to reveal the facts of events, small and large.April 10, 2014 1:06 p.m. read more..
Britt Storkson is making a second run for the District 59 seat in the Oregon House of Representatives based on the belief that holding a public office is the only way to reform the way that Wasco County Electric Co-operative does business.April 10, 2014 12:17 p.m. read more..
MEDFORD (AP) — A Jackson County judge says flashing your headlights to warn other drivers about nearby law enforcement is protected as free speech under the Oregon Constitution. Jackson County Justice Court Judge Joe Charter ruled March 26 that a driver on Highway 140 didn’t break any law last September when he used his high-beams to warn other driver about a sheriff’s deputy in the car behind.April 10, 2014 12:15 p.m. read more..
Popchock, Morelli and Kelly each grab first place marksApril 9, 2014 12:30 p.m. read more..
Wasco County Commissioner Position 1 candidate Nora Ferguson said she’s a team player and collaborator who focuses on relationship-building and getting things done. She faces first-term incumbent Scott Hege in the May 20 primary election. The winner will be the sole candidate in the November general election.April 9, 2014 12:17 p.m. read more..
How many times do you hear of new products or research findings that will help you live longer? Take this pill or that, eat less fat and more fiber, hit the gym, and lift those weights, etc. But many folks ignore these reports because they believe when their time is up, there ain’t nothing you can do about it. So why change old habits? Que Sera, Sera, whatever will be, will be.April 8, 2014 3:33 p.m. read more..
Things are happening fast. I rode up the Columbia on the inaugural trip of the sternwheeler, American Empress, last week. It is a gorgeous ship, capable of carrying 250 passengers and it is scheduled to arrive once a week. What I learned is that we need to do a better job of coordinating and welcoming cruise ships to The Dalles.April 8, 2014 2:37 p.m. read more..
To the editor: On March 28 and 29, the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police and Wasco County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse came together to support Special Olympics at Spooky’s Pizza in The Dalles. This event aptly named “Tip a Cop” annually raises money to fund our local Special Olympians in the Mid-Columbia area.April 8, 2014 2:31 p.m. read more..
The sixth annual Made for Mosier Benefit Auction will be Saturday, April 26, at Springhouse Cellar in Hood River. Tickets are available at Mosier School office, Klindt’s Booksellers in The Dalles, Waucoma Book Store in Hood River, or reserved by emailing Susan Vallie at email@example.com.April 8, 2014 2:22 p.m. read more..
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — It’s test time for Idaho students — and for the test itself. Starting in March, Idaho public schools have begun field testing the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium tests aligned with new Common Core State Standards.April 8, 2014 2:20 p.m. read more..
The Dalles High School was recently awarded the “2014 Top AFS National School” title. AFS-USA, an educational organization focused on international high school student exchange, recognized The Dalles High based on its continued partnership with the organization to “promote global citizenship through intercultural learning,” according to the latest press release.April 8, 2014 2:17 p.m. read more..
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— Severe thunderstorms dumped heavy rains across the Southeast on Monday and caused flash flooding in central Alabama, where crews in small boats and military trucks had to rescue dozens of people from their homes and cars.April 8, 2014 2:16 p.m. read more..
You have built a solid foundation that will serve to support your future accomplishments. Continue climbing the ladder to success by reaching out to those with the willingness and wisdom to guide you along the way. Great things lie ahead.April 8, 2014 10:54 a.m. read more..
It all started when my friend Rosalie told me she's going to start roasting her own coffee beans in her kitchen. In a popcorn popper. The motivation? First, quality and taste, but also to cut the high cost of quality coffee by at least half. That was enough to get my attention.April 8, 2014 10:50 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm in my 60s and already have a lot of wrinkles. What can a dermatologist do for me that will make a difference but not be hugely expensive?April 8, 2014 10:48 a.m. read more..
The Dufur duo of Harley Burgener and Zach Christiansen were in top form, and Sherman’s Mikkaela Ruise and Shayne Holmes kept their rise up the charts after event 2 in Sunday’s Central District High School Equestrian Meet ending in Redmond.April 5, 2014 5:35 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Say it isn’t true. Sorry, it really is. The bust of Winston Churchill, who was so powerfully instrumental in helping America, England and all our allies gain victory over our enemies in World War II was disgracefully removed from the White House and sent back to the U.K. in 2008 by newly elected President Obama. What an arrogant and disrespectful slap in the face of Great Britain.April 5, 2014 5:28 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I think Bridget Bailey would be a benefit to Wasco County as a county commissioner. I have known her all her life. I know her to be a tremendous worker with lots of energy. She is different because she is willing to “think outside the box.” She gets great pleasure when she identifies a problem and gets to research a solution.April 5, 2014 5:26 p.m. read more..
The conservative-dominated U.S. Supreme Court continued this month on its quest to dismantle the campaign finance reforms that were designed to help maintain some measure of an independent, democratic process in American elections.April 5, 2014 5:24 p.m. read more..
While nothing short of complete cancellation may please the opponents to the What the Festival, credit needs to be given to the event’s organizers for taking a step back from their original plan to play music until 2 a.m. because “our participants tend to be nocturnal.” Instead, they agreed to have a midnight limit on amplified music built into their mass gathering permit.April 5, 2014 5:20 p.m. read more..
KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghans flocked to polling stations nationwide on Saturday, defying a threat of violence by the Taliban to cast ballots in what promises to be the nation’s first democratic transfer of power. The turnout was so high that some polling centers ran out of ballots. The excitement over choosing a new leader for the first time appeared to overwhelm the fear of bloodshed in many areas, as Afghans embarked on a major transition nearly 13 years after the U.S.-led invasion toppled the rule of the Taliban.April 5, 2014 5:19 p.m. read more..
The National Water Safety Congress recently recognized the Safe Kids Columbia Gorge chapter for its outstanding efforts, accomplishments and contributions to the Corps of Engineers water safety mission, honoring them with an Award of Merit.April 5, 2014 5:14 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND — Registration is now open for the American Lung Association in Oregon’s premier Reach the Beach cycling event, to be held Saturday, May 17. Participants have their choice between four different start locations: Portland (100 miles), Newberg (80 miles), Amity (55 miles) or Grand Ronde (28 miles).April 5, 2014 5:09 p.m. read more..
Many of us fondly recall our years and experiences as 4-H members. We remember attending 4-H club meetings to learn about our project and be with others who had similar interests. We remember working together to complete community service projects and promote ourselves, our club and the 4-H program.April 5, 2014 5:08 p.m. read more..
With spring officially here, flowers are popping up everywhere. Scientifically classified as angiosperms, with over 300,000 species around the world, the flowering plants are the largest group in the plant kingdom.April 5, 2014 5:06 p.m. read more..
After a lengthy rate proceeding, BPA officials have decided to allocate oversupply costs to generators within its balancing authority area based on their scheduled use of transmission during oversupply events.April 5, 2014 8:56 a.m. read more..
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday that it has begun implementing its 2014 “Spring Fish Operations Plan” at its four lower Snake River and four lower Columbia River dams.April 5, 2014 8:42 a.m. read more..
While investigations are continuing to identify the extent and cause of a 65-foot-long crack across a Wanapum Dam spillway pier monolith, fishery experts, engineers and others are scurrying to assure passage for fast-approaching salmon spawners.April 5, 2014 8:29 a.m. read more..
Lookout… here they come. Biologists counted about 1,420 California sea lions Monday nestled at docks at the East Mooring Basin in Astoria, which is double the 739 peak counted last year – which was a record high number over the course of long-running monitoring of pinniped presence.April 5, 2014 8:02 a.m. read more..
Juvenile wild steelhead are smaller than hatchery fish when they reach the ocean, but have a higher feeding success, are in better condition and grow faster than hatchery fish once they arrive in the marine environment, according to a recent study.April 5, 2014 7:55 a.m. read more..
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Duncan Lou Who may be missing half of his legs, but he has no shortage of spirit — or fans.April 4, 2014 12:10 p.m. read more..
Broadway and film veteran Duffy Hudson will bring Albert Einstein to life in a unique one-man show, “The Relativity of Albert Einstein” Monday, April 21, at 12:45 p.m. during an assembly at Sherman Junior-Senior High School in Moro.April 4, 2014 11:42 a.m. read more..
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center presents the April history dinner, “Pioneer Surveyors of the Columbia Gorge,” with Jerry Olson, Friday, April 18. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, in The Dalles.April 4, 2014 11:42 a.m. read more..
The 10th annual Cherry of a Ride, a fundraiser for St. Mary’s Academy, is slated for Sunday, April 13, and will offer five different courses through cherry orchards and wheat fields. The courses, which will suit every level of rider, wind through cherry orchards and wheat fields and some withvistas of the Columbia River.April 4, 2014 11:35 a.m. read more..
To the editor: As a young, naïve farm boy, I remember going to the circus side shows. The shill had a pea and three half walnut shells. He bet you two bits against a dollar you could not guess which shell the pea was under. Of course, it was in his hand all the time.April 3, 2014 1:14 p.m. read more..
Woman of Heart and Mind: Joni Mitchell's 70th Birthday Tribute Concert is set for Friday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Center for the Arts.April 3, 2014 1:09 p.m. read more..
FORT HOOD, Texas — The soldier who killed three people before committing suicide in an attack on the same Texas military base where more than a dozen people were slain in 2009 had shown no recent risks of violence, authorities said Thursday.April 3, 2014 1:02 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND — Twice, prosecutors said, David Ray Arnold stole a car, rammed it into a police cruiser and fled on foot. The first time, in 2007, he hit a telephone pole. On a second excursion in 2011, he drove onto a river walkway. Umatilla County Circuit Court Judge Christopher R. Brauer had said the crimes were similar enough that they could serve as Arnold’s trademark.April 3, 2014 12:16 p.m. read more..
A lot of support and helpful advice will come your way this year. You will reach your goals if you continue to show honesty and meticulous work habits. Share your ideas and don’t be dissuaded by those who disagree with your plans. Focus on forging ahead.April 3, 2014 10:53 a.m. read more..
Dear Mary: My sisters and I have $10,000 we would like to invest to cover our mother's funeral expenses when they occur. She does not have life insurance or any savings. She is 62 and living on disability at this time. What would be the best investment strategy for us? She is not currently ill. Thank you. -- Bonita W., South DakotaApril 3, 2014 10:52 a.m. read more..
NEW DELHI— In a country where men have long told their wives whom to vote for, Sheila Kumar says she has no intention of letting her husband dictate her vote in next month’s national election.April 2, 2014 12:31 p.m. read more..
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP)— The charismatic Muslim leader on Kenya’s coast was certain he would be killed. Abubakar Shariff Ahmed — known as Makaburi — told an Associated Press reporter in October that “I’m living on borrowed time.” He said this after two other Muslim leaders of a mosque that Makaburi was associated with had been killed by unidentified gunmen. On Tuesday night, Makaburi’s premonition came true. He died the same way as the other two: shot dead by unidentified gunmen on the streets of Mombasa. Another man with Makaburi was also killed.April 2, 2014 12:30 p.m. read more..
Folks who want to get in shape with a consistent and effective exercise routine, but aren’t quite prepared for the full one-on-one attention of a personal trainer may want to try personal training in a group setting at The Dalles Fitness and Court Club.April 2, 2014 12:14 p.m. read more..
As the next growing season begins, The Wasco-Hood River County Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds all Conservation Reserve Program (CRP/CREP) participants to be alert to insect and weed (especially noxious weeds) growth on contract acres. Most CRP/CREP participantsApril 2, 2014 12:09 p.m. read more..
Today's first great reader tip makes me laugh. Imagine a chicken standing to attention in a Bundt pan. This is the best idea I've heard all day, and I think you'll agree.April 2, 2014 11:29 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: Are all germs dangerous to our health?April 2, 2014 11:28 a.m. read more..
BRUSSELS—Facing their biggest security challenge in years, NATO foreign ministers discussed how to react to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and what measures to take reassure the alliance’s rattled eastern members in the face of a newly assertive Russia.April 1, 2014 12:59 p.m. read more..
Being active in your community is both good for the community and good for your health and well-being.April 1, 2014 12:45 p.m. read more..
WASHINGTON — Years late, the Transportation Department issued a rule Monday that will require rearview technology in all new cars and many light trucks — an effort to reduce deaths and serious injuries caused by backup accidents.April 1, 2014 12:42 p.m. read more..
DARRINGTON, Wash. — Estimated financial losses from the deadly Washington mudslide that has killed at least 24 people have reached $10 million, Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday in a letter asking the federal government for a major disaster declaration.April 1, 2014 12:38 p.m. read more..
This April, Klindt’s Booksellers will partner with North Wasco County School District 21 and The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library to observe National Poetry Month. Together they will host several community events throughout the month of April.April 1, 2014 12:31 p.m. read more..
To the editor: The letter titled, “Miracles here” in the March 24 edition looked interesting. For one thing, it seemed to be pushing the 400 word limit. However, it was the mention of telescopes in the first paragraph, that caught my attention.April 1, 2014 12:28 p.m. read more..
In today’s world of multinational corporations, giant corporations spend millions for tax consultants to come up with complex strategies that will save them billions in taxes.April 1, 2014 12:15 p.m. read more..
WASHINGTON — Calling Caterpillar Inc., a member of the “corporate profit-shifting club,” Sen. Carl Levin accused the manufacturing giant Tuesday of employing an aggressive tax strategy to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes.April 1, 2014 12:11 p.m. read more..
Oregon State Police (OSP) cited a Yakima, Wash., man following Sunday afternoon’s injury motorcycle crash along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Rowena that occurred when the motorcyclist was attempting to elude an OSP trooper.April 1, 2014 12:10 p.m. read more..
A large explosion rocked a natural gas processing plant on the Washington-Oregon border Monday, injuring five workers, causing about 400 people to evacuate from nearby farms and homes, and emitting a mushroom cloud of black smoke that was visible for more than a mile.April 1, 2014 12:07 p.m. read more..
The health care insurance open enrollment deadline in Oregon was extended through April 30; however survivors of domestic violence who are also married have until May 31 to sign up, according to information from the Depart of Health and Human Services.April 1, 2014 noon read more..
Your instincts and abilities have helped you get where you are. Continued self-discipline and dedication will help you achieve even greater goals. Avoid negativity and self-doubt, and believe in your abilities. Develop a strategy that will utilize your skills to reach your goals.April 1, 2014 10:53 a.m. read more..
Before you cut up an expired credit card — or toss that silly fake one you got as junk mail — consider all the great things you can do with it! 1. Bookmark. It’ll keep your place and act as a handy straightedge for underlining or highlighting.April 1, 2014 10:49 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: As I get older, I’ve noticed that I have more trouble remembering certain types of information. But other types of memory are as strong as ever. Is this true, or just wishful thinking on my part?April 1, 2014 10:49 a.m. read more..
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