Stories for April 2014


Wednesday, April 30


NW temps climb to 80s

SEATTLE (AP) — Forecasters and emergency responders are warning Northwest residents to be careful around rivers and lakes as temperatures rise into the 70s and 80s on Wednesday and Thursday.

April 30, 2014 1:11 p.m. read more..

Missed chances hurt TD softball

Of late, one recent trend plaguing The Dalles softball team is leaving runners on base. If the hits come in a timely manner, maybe they are sitting at the top of the Columbia River Conference instead of the cellar.

April 30, 2014 1:09 p.m. read more..

History Dinner at Discovery Center, May 2

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..

Ukraine forces 'helpless'

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..

Famine fears in S. Sudan; but leaders unconcerned

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..

CGCC hosts immigration conference

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..

Botched execution draws protests

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..

Bee swarm kills Chihuahua

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — A swarm of bees attacked two dogs in a Pasco yard, killing one of them, a 7-and-a-half pound Chihuahua named Ziggy.

April 30, 2014 12:01 p.m. read more..

Colorado eyes edibles rules as more people eat pot

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 wildlife viewing report, April 30

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 wildlife viewing report April 30

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..

Goldendale hosts 6th annual garden show

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..

Tuesday, April 29


Huskies inch past Ione 4-3 in Moro

The Sherman girl’s secured three wins and Garak Casper posted a No. 3 single victory to lead the Sherman Huskies to a 4-3 triumph over Ione in a 4A/3A/2A/1A tussle Friday in Moro.

April 29, 2014 2:18 p.m. read more..

Dufur blows out Irrigon in sweep

The No. 2 Dufur Rangers pulled closer to the No. 1 spot Saturday after securing a pair of blowout wins over Irrigon Saturday afternoon in 2A Blue Mountain Conference baseball action at Dufur City Park.

April 29, 2014 2:10 p.m. read more..

Tribe softball loses two at home

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..

Wind Challenge on the horizon

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..

Sex offender wants handshakes

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..

Women arrested for twerking

BEAVERTON (AP) — Three women were arrested after twerking at an impromptu dance party in the Beaverton City Hall parking lot.

April 29, 2014 1:42 p.m. read more..

Outside lab asked to look into Hanford

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A South Carolina lab will lead an independent review of chemical fumes reported by workers at waste storage tanks at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear weapons site in Washington state.

April 29, 2014 1:41 p.m. read more..

Economists back more oil, gas imports

NEW YORK — Whether to allow more exports of U.S. oil and natural gas has become a matter of political debate in Washington. But to economists, the answer is clear: The nation would benefit.

April 29, 2014 1:40 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Turning setbacks into new research

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..

Accident victim expresses gratitude for care

Resident of The Dalles Thomas Leech said he ventured from his home, braving the cold weather conditions that raged on the evening of March 9, to purchase a half gallon of milk at Dinty’s Market on East 2nd Street.

April 29, 2014 1:18 p.m. read more..

Storm City Roller Girls in Hood River May 10

Storm City Roller Girls (SCRG), Vancouver, Washington’s first and only women-owned flat track roller derby league, will travel to Hood River for a bout against the Gorge Roller Girl All-Stars Saturday May 10.

April 29, 2014 1:16 p.m. read more..

Huffman: On the road again

Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, believes one of his greatest accomplishments during seven years in office was reworking a state radio project to save about $450 million in taxpayer funds.

April 29, 2014 12:47 p.m. read more..

Sunday, April 27

Saturday, April 26


Low mortgage rates a fading perk

WASHINGTON — For three decades, the U.S. middle class enjoyed a rare financial advantage over the wealthy: lower mortgage rates. Now, even that perk is fading away.

April 26, 2014 5:22 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Keep Hege and Runyon

For many years, Wasco County elected offices have been decided simply because no one bothered to run against the incumbent and voters had only one choice.

April 26, 2014 5:11 p.m. read more..

Hikers hunt for ‘hidden jewel’

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..

Explosion rocks small town in Washington

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..

Bend man angles to farm tropical fish

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..

Community cleanup May 3

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..

Irrigators seek ‘God Squad’ intervention on Columbia

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..

Northeast Zone wildlife viewing report, April 26

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..

Friday, April 25


Bloodstained shirt: JPII relics abound

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..

Big riders mean big horses on Western trails

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..

Nevada rancher defends remarks

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..

CGCC holds tuition costs down

Columbia Gorge Community College is holding the line on tuition for the 2014-15 academic year to keep education affordable for students who are struggling financially.

April 25, 2014 6:59 p.m. read more..

Fire district seeks insurance rating review

Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue has asked to be reevaluated by the rating entity that downgraded its status in 2008, which caused an increase in homeowners and business insurance within the district.

April 25, 2014 6:55 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for April 25, 2014

Follow your instincts to a prosperous future. Plan a trip or redevelop an old goal or creative endeavor. Those you encounter will be glad to lend a helping hand. You are at a crossroads and must prepare for new beginnings.

April 25, 2014 11:54 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Here are four ways to stop wasting money

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..

Thursday, April 24


Letter to the editor: Old habits

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..

Letter to the editor: On duty

To the editor: Your Butt Patrol is on duty. Is it my imagination or are there fewer butts? Thank you to the Butt Pickers of America.

April 24, 2014 9:29 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for April 24, 2014

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..

Everyday Cheapskate: Our mortgage lender is calling every hour all day long!

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, Maryland

April 24, 2014 11:03 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, April 23

US weighs clemency for longtime inmates

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..

Linthicum: Uproot the entrenched

Dennis Linthicum decided to take on 16-year incumbent Greg Walden out of the belief that “establishment Republicans” are steering the party – and nation — in the wrong direction.

April 23, 2014 12:27 p.m. read more..

Walden: Experience serves 2nd

Greg Walden is seeking his ninth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing eastern Oregon in the 2nd Congressional District.

April 23, 2014 12:25 p.m. read more..

Readers Make it Right

Chenowith Elementary School Reading Buddies hunt for trash along Chenowith Loop Road on Earth Day, April 22. The Reading Buddies program pairs kindergarten and third graders for reading.

April 23, 2014 12:25 p.m. read more..

Tribe baseball gets mercy-rule loss

From grand plans to start the Columbia River Conference schedule, The Dalles baseball team has hit a bit of tailspin at the midway point of the season with three straight losses to the Hermiston Bulldogs.

April 23, 2014 12:06 p.m. read more..

Tribe boys golfers get 10th place at Tetherow

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..

Gaza official: Israeli airstrike wounds 3

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..

AstroGraph for April 23, 2014

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..

Everyday Cheapskate: You can get prepared one tip at a time

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..

Tuesday, April 22


E-cig industry awaits federal regulation

RICHMOND, Va. — Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They’re about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices.

April 22, 2014 3:34 p.m. read more..

Scouts ban church that let gay man lead troop

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..

Letter to the editor: Elect Bailey

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..

Letter to the editor: Vote Ferguson

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..

Letter to the editor: Wolf at the door

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..

Letter to the editor: Bikes should obey

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..

Workshop focuses on writing memoirs

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..

Military moms invited to tea

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..

Olson chosen as lead judge

Circuit Court Judge John Olson has been appointed by Thomas Balmer, Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, to serve as the presiding judge of the Seventh Judicial District.

April 22, 2014 2:42 p.m. read more..

Oregon ranchers kill 500-lb black bear

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Ranchers in south-central Oregon have legally killed a nearly 500-pound black bear after one of their heifers was killed by a bear and the giant animal was found in the family’s cattle herd.

April 22, 2014 2:34 p.m. read more..

New judge takes seat in federal court in Eugene

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..

Mortuary error leads to body mix-up

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..

Sunday, April 20

Saturday, April 19


Letter to the editor: Return Runyon

To the editor: To the voters of Wasco county: This is the time to take a few minutes and look at who is running for positions for our county commissioners.

April 19, 2014 10:41 p.m. read more..

Last Delivery

Retiring downtown mail carrier Dave Miller looks forward to what’s next

April 19, 2014 10:31 p.m. read more..

Cherry memories from Marilyn Ericksen

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..

Cherry Festival origins stretch back to 1940

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..

Lifestyle Festival features new exhibits

The annual Bicoastal Media/Guild Mortgage Company Home and Lifestyle Show will open its doors Friday, April 25, at 5 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium. The show continues Saturday, April 26, and Sunday April 27.

April 19, 2014 10:02 p.m. read more..

The Sceptres rock the civic Saturday

The Sceptres roll out their brand of 1960s rock and dance music for the After Hours Party at the Bicoastal Media Home and Lifestyle Show at The Dalles Civic Auditorium theater Saturday, April 26.

April 19, 2014 9:58 p.m. read more..

Friday, April 18


AstroGraph for April 18, 2014

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..

Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

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..

Everyday Cheapskate: So, you’re getting a tax refund!

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..

Actor brings Einstein to life in Moro

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..

Oregon mine illustrates problems with national law

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..

Wyden: Public deeply skeptical

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., was asked by a resident of The Dalles Tuesday if he believed elected officials should be held to a higher standard of conduct, which earned an emphatic “yes” answer.

April 18, 2014 11:23 a.m. read more..

Thursday, April 17


14U Crush ready for action

With several local high school teams past the midway point of their spring schedules, the Cherry City crush softball program is getting set to kick off their spring and summer campaigns with championship aspirations as a driving force.

April 17, 2014 4:21 p.m. read more..

Cycling challenge coming in May

To continue building on its reputation as the go-to race organizers for all things related to long distance cycling, The Challenge Series is back for its third event in their 2014 Series, taking place May 10 in Hillsboro.

April 17, 2014 4:20 p.m. read more..

Wash. man chases his stolen truck

MOSES LAKE, Wash. (AP) — The Grant County, Wash., sheriff says a man who spotted his own stolen truck and started following it helped officers recover two stolen vehicles and make two arrests.

April 17, 2014 4:09 p.m. read more..

Bailey brings business experience, new voice

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..

Sub searches for Malaysian plane

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..

Word on the street: Neumayer caps final tax season

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..

Letter to the editor: How many more?

To the editor: Just wondering how many more local downtown businesses will have to close before the city decides to take action? With nothing new coming in, I see a ghost town in our future.

April 17, 2014 11:56 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Health burden

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..

Letter to the Editor: County content

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..

Editorial: Make your election letters count

Ready or not, we are back in the primary election season. Ballots will be going out around around the end of April and political letters are already flowing into the Chronicle editor’s inbox.

April 17, 2014 11:47 a.m. read more..

Leash to be recognized for Landmark efforts

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..

Broom Brigade

volunteers took brooms in hand Wednesday at the downtown clean-up day organized by The Dalles Main Street. A second clean-up is planned Saturday, April 19. To volunteer, contact Main Street’s Matthew Klebes at 541-370-2966.

April 17, 2014 11:23 a.m. read more..

Hege: a passion for economic development

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..

Gorge Commission rejects scenic area ban

Despite its legal staff saying the Gorge Commission had authority to ban growing and selling marijuana on the Washington side of the national scenic area, the commission took a pass on the idea.

April 17, 2014 11:11 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Bailey has skills

To the editor: I believe it was Plato who said, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there.” The wisdom of those words applies particularly to the political environment of our nation and locales.

April 17, 2014 11:03 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, April 16

AstroGraph for April 16, 2014

You can be of great help to benevolent or charitable groups this year. If you stand up for causes you believe in, your approach will attract others. The significant strides you make will contribute to your advancement.

April 16, 2014 4:55 p.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Tips to make cooking fun and rewarding

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..

Tuesday, April 15


Letter to the Editor: Elect Bailey

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..

Letter to the editor: Standing up

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..

letter to the editor: Wolf supporter

To the editor: It seems to me that Diana Weston (letter March 18) has been reading too many “big bad wolf” fairy tales in regard to getting a good steak on her table.

April 15, 2014 1:41 p.m. read more..

Editorial: We all share common bonds

April 15 marks the beginning of Passover, the Jewish commemoration of God’s liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery more than 3,300 years ago. It commemorates the story of Exodus told in the Hebrew Bible.

April 15, 2014 1:37 p.m. read more..

Table of Friends takes on 1920s theme in fifth year

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..

Police taught to spot psychiatric crisis

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — When a 6-foot-5, 270-pound man with a history of violence broke out of a mental health ward near Philadelphia and tried to withdraw money from a bank, a confrontation with police seemed likely.

April 15, 2014 1:20 p.m. read more..

AFS students present home countries April 16

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..

Mascot community poll opened

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..

Bodies found in Columbia, Willamette near Portland

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..

AstroGraph for April 15, 2014

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..

Saturday, April 12


Officials seek veteran service models

Wasco County’s multiple programs to serve veterans — especially the high level of volunteerism — have drawn the attention of state and federal officials who came to town Friday for a facilities tour.

April 12, 2014 3:40 p.m. read more..

Poison gas attacks reported within Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government media and rebel forces said Saturday that poison gas had been used in a central village, injuring scores of people, while blaming each other for the attack.

April 12, 2014 3:28 p.m. read more..

UN climate report balances science, politics

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..

Hezbollah: New tactics in Syria

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..

Letter to the editor: Elect Ferguson

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..

Letter to the editor: Stop abortion funding

To the editor: Many Oregonians may be unaware that Oregon is one of 13 states that pay for abortions with public tax funds, and that nearly half the abortions in Oregon last year were funded by taxpayers.

April 12, 2014 3:16 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: No dispensary ban

To the editor: In 1998, Oregon voters approved the use of medical marijuana for certain health conditions. Today, 15 years later, there are nearly 60,000 patients registered in the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP).

April 12, 2014 3:14 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Real heroes

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..

Huskies establish trends in Irrigon

After playing three junior varsity games to kick off the spring season, the No. 10-ranked Sherman Huskies were able to get their varsity campaign started with the start of Blue Mountain Conference baseball play in Irrigon.

April 12, 2014 3:08 p.m. read more..

States set up their June sturgeon seasons

CLACKAMAS (ODFW) – Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington today set the summer retention sturgeon fishing seasons and adopted a new sturgeon spawning sanctuary in the Columbia River behind Bonneville Dam.

April 12, 2014 2:49 p.m. read more..

Extension cord: Today’s grads face more expectations

“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..

Runyon: Research and risk assessment are key

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..

Dam rangers host Earth Day clean-up

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the public to join its park rangers for the annual Earth Day event April 27 at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center and Seufert Park.

April 12, 2014 1:48 p.m. read more..

Critter specialist heads into retirement

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The stars of the Wild Kingdom TV series made it glamorous, but Howard Ferguson has made his living handling and monitoring critters ranging from butterflies to moose.

April 12, 2014 1:45 p.m. read more..

Friday, April 11

AstroGraph for April 11, 2014

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..

CA bus crash kills 10

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..

Ancient manuscript returned

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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..

Scene locations change for Last Days

The Last Days of Jesus pageant begins its four-day run Thursday, April 17, at a new location, Calvary Baptist Church, where the Last Supper and Garden scene will be played.

April 11, 2014 12:08 p.m. read more..

Cover Oregon narrows exchange future

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..

Online tax fraud growing

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Laura Hankins knew something was wrong when she filed her daughter’s tax return and it was rejected hours later: An identity thief already had sent in a return using the 19-year-old’s personal information.

April 11, 2014 12:02 p.m. read more..

Langley throws hat in ring for county seat

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..

Thursday, April 10

AstroGraph for April 10, 2014

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..

Sherman tennis comes close in Stanfield

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..

Caldwell, Parke pave way for No. 2 Dufur

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..

Boys golf shaves 40 strokes from opener

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..

Succumbing to pressure is a breach of ethics

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..

Intriguing races follow redistricting

A recent news story from The Associated Press reminded us again of one of the more remarkable achievements of the 2011 Legislature, and raised some intriguing questions for the 2014 elections.

April 10, 2014 1:04 p.m. read more..

Man charged in 9 deaths says he killed 40

FRESNO, Calif. — Authorities say that a man charged with carrying out nine contract killings in Central California has confessed that he actually killed 40 people over several decades.

April 10, 2014 12:45 p.m. read more..

Storkson runs on complaint of undue utility influence

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..

Judge: Flashing high beams is free speech

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..

Wednesday, April 9


Walasavage honored by BPA for excellence

Portland —The Bonneville Power Administration presented Mosier resident Fred Walasavage with one of its highest honors as part of the Administrator’s Excellence Awards program.

April 9, 2014 12:58 p.m. read more..

Ferguson: Collaboration will be benefit to county

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..

Tuesday, April 8

Senior News: Healthy habits are for living better not just longer

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..

Mayor's report: The Dalles is starting to roll

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..

Letter to the editor: A new record

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..

Made for Mosier auction April 26

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

April 8, 2014 2:22 p.m. read more..

Schools start testing ‘smarter balance’

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..

TDHS named ‘top AFS school’

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..

Storms sock the Southeast, killing 2 people

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..

Tremors continue on Mt. Hood

PORTLAND (AP) — A series of tremors near Mount Hood has intrigued scientists, who note that the quakes are taking place alongside a recently-discovered fault.

April 8, 2014 2:06 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for April 8, 2014

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..

Everyday Cheapskate: A robust idea for coffee lovers

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..

Saturday, April 5


Dufur equestrians scoop up first place

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..

Letter to the Editor: Roaming Churchill

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..

Letter to the Editor: Vote for Bailey

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..

Editorial: A blow to the little guy

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..

Editorial: The neighborly thing to do

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..

Afghans flock to polls to vote for new leader

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..

Safety Congress honors gorge’s Safe Kids

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..

Reach the Beach registration now open

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..

Extension Cord: 4-H formula adjusts to meet evolving needs of youth

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..

Dogs on duty

Furred, feathered, canine or feline, work pets are welcome at many local businesses

April 5, 2014 4:49 p.m. read more..

Smelt return attracts more Sea Lions to Columbia River

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..

Friday, April 4


Fatherhood event set for April 12

With the message that their presence in family life matters deeply, a free daylong workshop aimed at fathers is set for Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.

April 4, 2014 11:45 a.m. read more..

Einstein comes to life in Moro

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..

Pioneer Surveyors of the Columbia Gorge

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..

Cherry of a Ride returns April 12

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..

Thursday, April 3

An Evening with HAVEN

LOCAL CHEFS will combine forces April 10 to present An Evening with HAVEN, sharing their culinary specialties.

April 3, 2014 2:23 p.m. read more..

Editor: Cover Oregon shuts public out

The (Bend) Bulletin, March 28: We already knew Cover Oregon spent money it shouldn’t. It created a health care marketplace that didn’t work. And now we learn it held secret meetings when it said it wouldn’t.

April 3, 2014 1:15 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Where's the pea?

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..

Fort Hood gunman showed no previous violence

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..

Ramming police car ‘not distinctive’ act

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..

AstroGraph for April 3, 2014

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..

Everyday Cheapskate: Keeping money for mom

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 Dakota

April 3, 2014 10:52 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, April 2


Kenyan Muslim leader assassinated

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..

Court club offers group training

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..

Farmers need to control noxious weeds on land

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 participants

April 2, 2014 12:09 p.m. read more..

March weather warmer

Temperatures at The Dalles airport during March averaged warmer than normal, according to NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton.

April 2, 2014 12:08 p.m. read more..

Modular purchase exempt from low-bid rule

The North Wasco County School District 21 Board agreed to allow the district superintendent to consider more factors than just low bid when considering options for four new modular buildings.

April 2, 2014 12:07 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for April 2, 2014

You will have to make some difficult decisions this year. Taking on too many projects at once will not earn you the recognition you desire. Focus on the most advantageous opportunity.

April 2, 2014 11:31 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, April 1


NATO meets on Ukraine; plans to reassure Baltics

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..

Congress passes bill to stop cut to Medicare docs

WASHINGTON — With just hours to spare, Congress stepped Monday to finalize legislation to prevent doctors who treat Medicare patients from being hit with a 24 percent cut in their payments from the government.

April 1, 2014 12:43 p.m. read more..

Rearview cameras will be required in new vehicles

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..

More victims found in Wasington slide

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..

Cloud Cap reopens following tree removal

After being closed for the past year due to hazard trees in the area, the Cloud Cap Road, Forest Service Road 3512, has been treated so that it will be safe for the public to access again once the snow melts.

April 1, 2014 12:33 p.m. read more..

Oregon Poet Laureate

Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen will read her poetry and share thoughts on reading and writing poems at the Hood River Library Sunday, April 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the library’s main floor Reading Room.

April 1, 2014 12:32 p.m. read more..

April brings Poetry month activities

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..

Lettter to the Editor: Thanks, Depot

To the editor: The Community Meal board members would like to publicly thank the employees of The Home Depot for the very clean and precise painting of our dining room.

April 1, 2014 12:30 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Basic geography

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..

Angry Birds — Live

Alicia takes aim with an “angry birds” ball March 28 in a slingshot-style catapult during a Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District event at St. Mary’s Academy gymnasium over spring break.

April 1, 2014 12:14 p.m. read more..

Senator says Caterpillar avoided billions in taxes

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..

Motorcycle crash yields eluding, reckless charges

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..

Blast rocks Washington gas plant; 5 workers hurt

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..

Health deadline longer for survivors

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..

AstroGraph for April 1, 2014

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..

Everyday Cheapskate: 13 new uses for an old credit card

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..


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