Stories for August 2014


Sunday, August 31


Saturday, August 30


Extension cord: Take pears off the tree to ripen

Pears are one of my favorite fruits. I eat at least one a day at breakfast through the fall and winter. In fact I have my own pear tree that contains two varieties, Bartlett and Bosc that pollinate each other. But unlike apples I can’t eat the fruit right off the tree.

August 30, 2014 12:43 p.m. read more..

Five things to know about Oregon's 2014 elections

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — By the time Oregonians cast their ballots, the issues and candidates will be well-known. Gov. John Kitzhaber's cowboy boots and Senate candidate Monica Wehby's surgeon scrubs will be all over television. But here are five things you might now know about the upcoming election:

August 30, 2014 7:30 a.m. read more..

EU to slap new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Saturday were poised to impose new sanctions against Russia as Ukraine's president warned the conflict with Moscow threatens peace and stability for Europe as a whole.

August 30, 2014 7:25 a.m. read more..

Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights

BEIRUT (AP) — Clashes erupted between al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels and U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Saturday after the militants surrounded their encampment, activists and officials said, as the international organization risked being sucked further into the conflict.

August 30, 2014 7:23 a.m. read more..

Friday, August 29


AstroGraph for August 29, 2014

Surround yourself with colleagues who are as devoted as you are. They will assist you in charting the right course of action to reach your professional goals. Problems have a way of multiplying if given the chance, so you should deal with any troublesome issues as quickly as possible.

August 29, 2014 1:30 p.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Tricks that some retailers use to get us to spend more

Who knew that the male brain is hot-wired to believe if a price tag is printed in red, it’s a bargain — even if that item’s not on sale and it’s just the regular price? I didn’t, but I don’t doubt the Oxford University study that found men most often believe that if the tag is printed in red they are saving twice as much as when the very same price tag is displayed in black and white.

August 29, 2014 1:29 p.m. read more..

Cycle Oregon

On Saturday, Sept. 6, about 2,200 bicyclists will be at Sorosis Park setting the stage for the “Magnificent Seven,” an epic journey through the cinematic scenery of Wasco and Jefferson counties.

August 29, 2014 12:32 p.m. read more..

Senegal confirms first ebola case

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A man infected with Ebola traveled to Senegal, becoming the first recorded in this country of an outbreak that has hit four other West African countries and has killed more than 1,500 people, the Ministry of Health said Friday.

August 29, 2014 10:52 a.m. read more..

Fire danger extends into the fall, foresters warn

The Oregon Department of Forestry contends that, whether it’s human nature or just wishful thinking, people tend to relax their guard against wildfire at the first signs of the seasonal transition into fall.

August 29, 2014 10:41 a.m. read more..

Presbyterian church welcomes new minister

Dr. Tom Pipkin left a big-city church in the South to become senior pastor at Gateway Presbyterian Church in The Dalles, partly because he wanted more time to just hang out with folks and minister by hiking and fishing with them.

August 29, 2014 10:19 a.m. read more..

Warm Springs pupils get new school building

WARM SPRINGS, Ore. (AP) — New, beautiful schools tend to look a lot alike. There's the entrance with lots of windows, which invite not only light but also help enhance security. Classrooms are centered on open areas, where students can collaborate and move around, while Smart Boards and projectors have replaced chalk and dusty erasers.

August 29, 2014 6:45 a.m. read more..

Environmental groups seek wolf rules

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Environmental groups on Thursday asked Gov. Jay Inslee to push for the creation of strict rules limiting when wolves can be killed in response to livestock depredations.

August 29, 2014 6:34 a.m. read more..

Suspect arrested in shooting of Klamath deputy

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man suspected of shooting a Klamath County sheriff's deputy in the face during a traffic stop was arrested Thursday after a nearly 18-hour manhunt, and the wounded deputy's condition has improved from critical to serious.

August 29, 2014 6:17 a.m. read more..

Van collides with Portland streetcar

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A police spokesman says a van driver who reports that his brakes failed has collided with a northbound streetcar in downtown Portland. One person aboard the streetcar reported an injury.

August 29, 2014 6:13 a.m. read more..

Thursday, August 28


Lawnmower racers gather in Wamic

The final two-day lawn mower racing competitions of the season will take place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30 and 31, in at the Pub and Grub Sportsman’s Park in Wamic.

August 28, 2014 11:44 a.m. read more..

Comic prepares teens for earthquake damage

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management and Dark Horse Comics have released a new comic book titled, "Without Warning," that is aimed at teaching earthquake preparedness to teenagers.

August 28, 2014 11:39 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Caring ‘family’

To the editor: How do we begin to thank the wonderful friends who became family to our dear Father, John Vaday, at the Oregon Veterans Home for the last 5 years. He came to them from Florida in 2008, in very bad health, and in need of much special care. He was on a path of deep dementia, from which we thought he would never recover, and leave us within a few short months.

August 28, 2014 11:35 a.m. read more..

Editorial: Liquor surcharge "tax" needs changed

The (Bend) Bulletin, Aug. 23: You may not have known this, but Oregon doesn’t “tax” liquor. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission simply raises its margin on the stuff when the state needs more money. The taxes it does collect go to the federal government.

August 28, 2014 11:34 a.m. read more..

Editorial: High stakes on tribal recognition

Just short of his 92nd birthday, Clatsop-Nehalem Tribe Chairman and hereditary Chief Joe Scovell died earlier this month, just after U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici introduced federal legislation to recognize the tribe.

August 28, 2014 11:32 a.m. read more..

A Dog Day of Summer

AMIE DIGENNARO hides her phone behind her back while her lab Mohz splashes in with a ball as she and her daughter Lyda celebrate National Dog Day and enjoy a break from the heat at Riverfront Park in The Dalles Aug. 27.

August 28, 2014 11:30 a.m. read more..

See Spot saved with oxygen masks

EUGENE — When firefighters respond to a house fire in the Eugene-Springfield area, they’ll now be better prepared to rescue not only human victims of smoke inhalation, but furry friends in distress as well.

August 28, 2014 11:28 a.m. read more..

Use caution in Labor Day driving

Law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon are joining a nationwide effort to prevent traffic crashes by targeting impaired drivers during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, Aug. 29 to Sept. 1.

August 28, 2014 11:23 a.m. read more..

Threat made against Hood River toll bridge

The Hood River toll bridge was shut down for a time Wednesday night after the Klickitat County Sheriff’s office dispatch received a bomb threat by phone. In a call at 10:11 p.m., the caller told the dispatcher a bomb would detonate on the bridge in 20 minutes, then disconnected. The bridge is owned by the Port of Hood River.

August 28, 2014 11:22 a.m. read more..

AstroGraph for August 28, 2014

Be true to your beliefs, even if someone tries to persuade you to take a different route. You are capable of mastering any task you set your mind to. Follow through with plans that will further what’s most important to you. You will gain fulfillment from your accomplishments.

August 28, 2014 10:17 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: I’m sharing some favorite letters from my readers

Dear Mary: I wanted to tell you the secret of sticking to a budget on our family vacation — something we’ve had a hard time achieving in the past. This year, we let our teenage daughter plan the vacation. Seems too simple. We told her the amount we had to spend beyond the cost of overnight accommodations. We told her she could spend the money any way she wanted. We could eat out every night or cook dinner in our kitchenette. She could spend it all on the boardwalk. My spendthrift daughter became Ms. Frugality. She wanted to parasail. So she had us eat every single meal in the room and spent less than $20 at the Boardwalk. We parasailed and had the best time ever. We came home with cash in our pockets. Best of all, we are enjoying the priceless accomplishment of teaching our child the value of money. — Madeline Dear Madeline: Wow, way to go! What a great idea, and I am so proud of your sweet daughter for accepting the challenge of such a big task. I’m going to predict that this event will stay with her for a lifetime and will begin to shape her money life. Never again will she think you have unlimited sources of money. She’s experienced how making good choices with a limited amount of money can result in positive outcomes. You gave her the opportunity to make her own independent financial decisions, and she scored. Please give her my heartfelt congratulations and a big frugal high five!

August 28, 2014 10:14 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 27

Feds allow logging after huge California wildfire

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan released Wednesday that allows loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists called it a travesty and threaten to sue.

August 27, 2014 8:49 p.m. read more..

Port of Vancouver to lease railcars for crops

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Port of Vancouver has signed a deal to start hauling agricultural goods from North Dakota to the West Coast in rail cars that otherwise would come back empty after transporting supplies for the oil industry.

August 27, 2014 8:05 p.m. read more..

Two plead guilty to murder in informant killing

DALLAS, Ore. (AP) — Prosecutors in Polk County, Oregon, say two men have pleaded guilty to murder and been sentenced to life in prison for their roles in the kidnapping and killing of a police informant last December.

August 27, 2014 8:03 p.m. read more..

Judge won't stop water for Klamath salmon

A federal judge Wednesday denied a request by irrigation suppliers in California's Central Valley to stop emergency water releases intended to help salmon hundreds of miles away in the Klamath Basin survive the drought.

August 27, 2014 8:01 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for August 27, 2014

It’s time to pull together the knowledge and expertise you have acquired over the years and find a way to put it to good use. Let go of uncertainty and doubt, and trust in your skills. Any challenges can be conquered if you don’t let situations fester.

August 27, 2014 12:08 p.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Would you like to know the truth about extended warranties?

Recently I stopped into Toys “R” Us to get a little something for Eli. Yes; I am one of those grandmothers. We found the cutest toy shaving kit, just perfect for bath time. The price was under $10. At check out, and without missing a beat, the sales clerk inquired if I would like to add an extended warranty for just $4.79. Seriously. I laughed. She winced. I apologized, but really, I couldn’t help it.

August 27, 2014 12:05 p.m. read more..

Third doctor dies from Ebola

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as health workers tried to determine how a fourth scientist also contracted the disease before being evacuated to Europe.

August 27, 2014 10:40 a.m. read more..

Video games come of age as spectator sport

NEW YORK — Video games have been a spectator sport since teenagers crowded around arcade machines to watch friends play “Pac-Man.” And for decades, kids have gathered in living rooms to marvel at how others master games like “Street Fighter II” and “Super Mario Bros.”

August 27, 2014 10:34 a.m. read more..

20 years: man wounded friend, shot self in groin

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It wasn't the first time Joseph Johnson III had shot someone, but his decision to stuff a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun down the front of his pants as he fled had dramatic consequences.

August 27, 2014 8:43 a.m. read more..

Three bodies of family members found in Oregon lake

GASTON, Ore. (AP) — It was supposed to be a pleasant lakeside picnic for a 42-year-old mother, her 25-year-old daughter, teenage son and 3-year-old grandson. But for reasons that are still unclear it turned into a tragedy. All four family members were found drowned at Henry Hagg Lake, a popular reservoir 25 miles west of Portland.

August 27, 2014 8:39 a.m. read more..

Man gets 25 years for 20 years of sex abuse

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — Five sisters who were molested as children were in Clackamas County Circuit Court Tuesday morning to see Eric Michael Freeburg sentenced to 25 years in prison.

August 27, 2014 8:32 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 26


Get Ready events help prepare for disaster

PORTLAND — The American Red Cross and NW Natural are teaming up during National Preparedness Month to help Oregonians and Southwest Washingtonians prepare for a natural disaster or emergency.

August 26, 2014 11:46 a.m. read more..

AstroGraph for August 26, 2014

Your intuition will not let you down. Coming to terms with past regrets, your present situation and your plans for the future will give you the confidence you need to succeed. Others may question your beliefs and plans, but you’re the one in charge.

August 26, 2014 10:36 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Six gadgets that make life easier

I am nothing if not a gadget lover. Ingenious items that make my life easier are great, but when I find something that’s cool and has the potential to save money? Well, that’s cause for some kind of tiny celebration. Here are my current fun finds.

August 26, 2014 10:35 a.m. read more..

Hunters warned of high fire danger

SALEM, Ore.—Fire danger is at critical levels across the state of Oregon. Earlier this month fire weather forecasters witnessed an anomaly that literally raised a red flag. Practically the entire state had been painted red on meteorological charts indicating a Red Flag Warning from Florence to Ontario, Astoria to Brookings and nearly everywhere in-between.

August 26, 2014 9:48 a.m. read more..

Monday, August 25

Investigation continues into fatal Sunday bicycle crash near Hood River

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause and manner of Sunday morning's fatal bicycle-involved crash that resulted in the death of a 52-year old female along westbound Interstate 84 at the Viento State Park interchange west of Hood River. The names of the victim and driver will be released later today.

August 25, 2014 6:46 a.m. read more..

Sunday, August 24

Strong California quake causes injuries, damage

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — The largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years sent scores of people to hospitals, ignited fires, damaged multiple historic buildings and knocked out power to tens of thousands in California's wine country on Sunday.

August 24, 2014 11:51 a.m. read more..

Saturday, August 23

Israeli airstrike levels 7-story building in Gaza

WITH VIDEO GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza police say Israeli airstrikes have leveled a seven-floor office building and severely damaged a two-story commercial building with dozens of shops in the southern town of Rafah.

August 23, 2014 10:09 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Hurrah, Dooley

To the editor: Kudos for Sheila Dooley! She has been a steady hand at the helm of the Library District (formerly known as The Dalles/Wasco County Library) for over 40 years.

August 23, 2014 6:05 p.m. read more..

Three injured in Hwy. 35 crash

Three people were injured Thursday, Aug. 21 in a two-vehicle crash about eight miles south of Hood River at the intersection of Highway 35 and Booth Hill Road.

August 23, 2014 5:52 p.m. read more..

Sierra Leone makes hiding Ebola patients illegal

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone voted to pass a new amendment to its health act, imposing possible jail time for anyone caught hiding an Ebola patient, a practice the World Health Organization believes has contributed to a major underestimation of the current outbreak.

August 23, 2014 7:56 a.m. read more..

Iraq suicide bomber kills at least 11 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber hit an Interior Ministry building in central Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 11 people, as an investigation was underway into a deadly attack on a Sunni mosque that has heightened sectarian tension amid a fragile political transition.

August 23, 2014 7:52 a.m. read more..

Russian aid trucks leave; Merkel seeks cease-fire

DONETSK, Russia (AP) — Hundreds of trucks from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to rebel-held eastern Ukraine rolled back across the border Saturday into Russia but questions about alleged Russian artillery in Ukraine still remained.

August 23, 2014 7:51 a.m. read more..

High court suspends lawyer in priest-abuse case

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has handed a 90-day suspension to a Salem lawyer accused of ethics violations for the way he allocated settlement money to victims of alleged sexual abuse by a Catholic priest.

August 23, 2014 7:28 a.m. read more..

Oregon gunman planned to kill 'bunch' of people

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A gunman who fatally shot his father and then a man camping at an Oregon beach earlier this week left behind notes that said he was mentally ill and planned to "kill a bunch of other people" and then himself.

August 23, 2014 7:27 a.m. read more..

Oregon sues Oracle over failed health care website

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The state of Oregon filed a lawsuit Friday against Oracle America Inc. and several of its executives over the technology company's role in creating the troubled website for the state's online health insurance exchange.

August 23, 2014 7:15 a.m. read more..

Friday, August 22


Court rules against state in health-benefits case

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld a lower court’s ruling that damages to be paid to part-time state employees who were wrongfully denied health benefits must take into account more than actual out-of-pocket costs.

August 22, 2014 12:19 p.m. read more..

Elephants enjoy ‘Club Mud’

PORTLAND — As work continues on the Oregon Zoo’s expansive new Elephant Lands habitat, one thing is as clear as mud: Elephants — especially young elephants — love to wallow in the sticky stuff.

August 22, 2014 12:15 p.m. read more..

Mud, slides trap drivers in Wash.

TWISP, Wash. (AP) — Mud, slides and flash floods triggered by heavy rain falling on wildfire-scarred areas of north-central Washington damaged some homes, blocked portions of at least three highways and stranded motorists, officials say.

August 22, 2014 12:12 p.m. read more..

Does ‘no’ mean no for coal terminal?

PORTLAND — The state of Oregon has denied a permit to the company proposing a coal terminal at the Port of Morrow on the Columbia River, but Ambre Energy says it is considering “the full range of options” to move forward with its plans.

August 22, 2014 12:11 p.m. read more..

Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon broke the law when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner in Afghanistan for five years, for five Taliban leaders, congressional investigators said Thursday.

August 22, 2014 12:07 p.m. read more..

Lego League kicks off Robotics season

The FIRST Lego League season is kicking off as school is back in session. The league is a team engineering and science program for kids, ages 9 to 14, that culminates in an international robotics tournament.

August 22, 2014 11:57 a.m. read more..

Oregon Food Bank: Nut butters recalled

PORTLAND — Oregon Food Bank is alerting recipients of food through the Oregon Food Bank Network and associated partner agencies, pantries and community kitchens of a voluntary recall of almond butter and peanut butter due to a potential Salmonella contamination.

August 22, 2014 11:56 a.m. read more..

Director: Pool contract missing key protections

Pool correction An Aug. 21 story about swimming pool replacement incorrectly described the nature of the process. The award was made under a construction manager- general contractor process. An initial phase of work with contractor Triplett Wellman has been completed under a separate comment. The comments in the story referred to a contract for the balance of the work on pool demolition and replacement. We apologize for the error.

August 22, 2014 11:55 a.m. read more..

Thursday, August 21


Bodies of three climbers retrieved from Mount Rainier

SEATTLE — The location of the three bodies was revealed by the melting snow, but getting to them was another matter. They were high on a glacier at one of the most treacherous spots on Mount Rainier, an area pummeled by falling ice and rocks.

August 21, 2014 12:37 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Do the right thing

To the editor: For eight years I worked for Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District as “the Rose Lady.” For the last two years I’ve continued to volunteer time as a consultant, doing maintenance, etc. I know the people there. We’re a small group.

August 21, 2014 12:25 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Oregonians first

To the editor: You no doubt have seen the latest political ad on TV; the one that says that Sen. Jeff Merkley has “voted six times to raise the debt ceiling.” Of course. To do otherwise would be to shut the government down. What I don’t understand is how shutting the government down will make any money for the fat cats or put Oregonians first.

August 21, 2014 12:24 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Congress vacations while forests burn

Congress is in recess, but our forests still are burning. Our senators and representatives blew out of Washington, D.C. for their annual summer vacation, without taking action on any of a number of common-sense proposals to rework how we pay for firefighting — proposals that over the long run would have helped to reduce the severity of future fires.

August 21, 2014 12:16 p.m. read more..

History of Mosier aired

The Wasco County Historical Society Summer History Talks at the Rorick House will feature the City of Mosier at the talk Sunday Aug. 24, 2014.

August 21, 2014 11:54 a.m. read more..

Whooping cough diagnosed in North Central

North Central Public Health District has been notified of two school-age residents from separate communities in the district with lab-confirmed pertussis (also known as whooping cough) over the past couple of weeks.

August 21, 2014 11:45 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 20

Commission to meet with tribes

On Wednesday and Thursday, August 20-21, 2014, the Columbia River Gorge Commission will meet with the Councils of the four Columbia River Treaty Tribes and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) for an annual government-to-government consultation.

August 20, 2014 4:53 p.m. read more..

Twitter tries to block images of Foley killing

AMSTERDAM — Twitter and some other social media outlets are trying to block the spread of gruesome images of the beheading of journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants, while a movement to deny his killers publicity is also gaining momentum.

August 20, 2014 12:10 p.m. read more..

Word on the street: Rivers Edge: Tops from head to tow

Leading the tow: Rivers Edge Towing has ranked on the Towman 500, “Most Experienced Towmen in America.” Compiled by American Towman Magazine, a towing industry trade publication, the Towman 500 is based on the oldest established towing businesses in America. Rivers Edge was established in 1983. Members of the Towman 500 gathered at AT Expo in Baltimore, Md., last November and AT ShowPlace in Las Vegas this May and received a commemorative belt buckle.

August 20, 2014 12:01 p.m. read more..

Congresswoman’s round table focuses on forest issues

When Congresswoman Jaimie Herrera Beutler asks, agency heads pay attention. That's due in part, of course, to her seat as a sophomore representative on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. But it also helps that she is widely regarded in Congress as a practical problem solver.

August 20, 2014 11:56 a.m. read more..

Pool demo bids exceed budget estimate

A local contractor says his bid to demolish Ted Walker Pool was double the general contractor’s estimate, and the other bidder on the project was significantly over that estimate also.

August 20, 2014 11:53 a.m. read more..

Odell shooting injures 2

Two Odell residents suffered gunshot wounds Tuesday morning and were transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.

August 20, 2014 11:25 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 19


Wildfire threatens homes near Yosemite

MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters from throughout California were being dispatched Tuesday to protect homes threatened by an out-of-control wildfire burning in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, the second fire around the park in recent weeks.

August 19, 2014 12:49 p.m. read more..

Senior news: Even knowing the benefits of moving, it will be hard

Have you had to move from a place that was your home for many years? Rita and I are considering selling our house where we have lived 28 years. The children have moved away, and it is just too darn big. (My perfect size for a house is one small enough, I only needed to plug in the vacuum cleaner once.)

August 19, 2014 12:47 p.m. read more..

Obama struggles to find his role after Brown death

WASHINGTON — When racial tensions erupted midway through his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama came to Philadelphia to decry the “racial stalemate we’ve been stuck in for years.” Over time, he said, such wounds, rooted in America’s painful history on race, can be healed. Six years later, the stalemate suddenly seems more entrenched than ever. As Obama pleads for calm and understanding in Ferguson, Missouri, he’s struggling to determine what role — if any — the nation’s first black president can play in defusing a crisis that has laid bare the profound sense of injustice felt by African-Americans across the country.

August 19, 2014 12:46 p.m. read more..

Los Angeles schools make discipline less harsh

LOS ANGELES — Students at the nation’s second largest school district will be shielded from prosecution and sent to administrators for low-level offenses as part of a sweeping reform of the way school police respond to bad behavior, Los Angeles Unified School District officials will announce Tuesday.

August 19, 2014 12:42 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Sky’s not falling

To the editor: The folks at City Hall want us to believe that the sky will fall unless we increase taxes to improve our roads. We need more money, says our city manager, because, according to him, past city councils failed to address problem. Nice toss under the bus.

August 19, 2014 12:17 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Lets talk roads

To the editor: I’m Dennis James, a member of the Wasco County road advisory committee. I believe I’m the only person who volunteered to be a member. The other members were asked to participate. That doesn’t make them any more or less than me, it just shows me that people don’t want to be involved. I live and work with our county roads and I want to be involved with their operations.

August 19, 2014 12:16 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Almost horrific

I stopped completely half a block back to give her plenty of room, but she just kept barreling toward us, and I thought we were going to have a head-on collision.

August 19, 2014 12:15 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Thanks, firefighters!

To the editor: God bless all the local and visiting firemen and firegals — I met one, her name was Heidi. There are not enough words in all the languages of the world to thank these people enough. I thanked all I came in contact with and it was a lot — people who know me and where I live know I had the chance to do that.

August 19, 2014 12:14 p.m. read more..

Waldron-Gitchell building gets a facelift

The building known alternately as the Waldron Brothers Drug Store and Gitchell Building at the foot of Washington Street recently received a face lift: a new coat of paint applied by Hardwick’s Custom Painting.

August 19, 2014 11:54 a.m. read more..

Iraq military clashes with militants in Tikrit

BAGHDAD (AP) — Skirmishes broke out Tuesday between Iraqi security forces and militants on the outskirts of Tikrit, a local official and a resident said, a day after the Iraqi and Kurdish troops backed by U.S. airstrikes dislodged Islamic militants from a strategic dam in the country’s north.

August 19, 2014 11:49 a.m. read more..

Sunday, August 17

Saturday, August 16


Letter to the editor: Emperor Obama?

To the editor: Once again President Obama has shown his disregard for American law by getting involved in an investigation of a black man’s shooting by a police officer. His prior intervention in the Trayvon Martin shooting was unprecedented and incredulous.

August 16, 2014 2:23 p.m. read more..

Editorial: A long road ahead

Wasco County and The Dalles City elected bodies looked into the future and made the right choices this week in delaying their plans to bring road funding plans to the voters in November.

August 16, 2014 2:18 p.m. read more..

Conservation corner: Water quality effort takes a new approach

Whether you have one or 500 acres, if you live along a stream you must take care of it. Water quality laws in Oregon require that agricultural activities do not pollute surface or ground water, correctly manage wastes (including manure) and provide adequate vegetation along streams.

August 16, 2014 2:12 p.m. read more..

Liberia opening 2nd Ebola center in capital

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Authorities in Liberia opened a new center to treat Ebola patients in the capital Saturday after the existing one became overwhelmed with patients, underscoring that the health crisis is far from under control.

August 16, 2014 8:44 a.m. read more..

5 aid workers abducted in western Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross in Afghanistan is trying to secure the release of five of their staff members who were abducted in the western Herat province, a spokesman said Saturday.

August 16, 2014 8:37 a.m. read more..

Strikes on militants at Iraq dam after 'massacre'

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Airstrikes pounded the area around Iraq's largest dam on Saturday in an effort to drive out militants who captured it earlier this month, as reports emerged of the massacre of some 80 members of the Yazidi religious minority by Islamic extremists.

August 16, 2014 8:36 a.m. read more..

OSU wins grant for manufacturing innovation

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State University researchers are hoping to restore some lost U.S. manufacturing jobs by developing improved injection molding techniques using a $590,000 grant from Wal-Mart.

August 16, 2014 8:20 a.m. read more..

Friday, August 15

AstroGraph for August 15, 2014

Resist the urge to compare yourself with others. Stick to your agenda and don’t feel that you have to keep up appearances. Questioning your actions or being overly emotional can prevent you from having a realistic point of view. Get down to business in order to succeed.

August 15, 2014 1:30 p.m. read more..

Sherman delivery of Chronicle moves to mail

Delivery change Sherman County subscribers will begin receiving their newspapers via mail beginning with the Aug. 19 issue and continuing for the immediate future. The Chronicle has been struggling to find a motor route driver for that route. We apologize for the inconvenience.

August 15, 2014 11:17 a.m. read more..

Busy mom has baby at school

PASADENA, Texas (AP) — A mother in the advanced stages of labor thought she had just enough time to stop off and register her 4-year-old son at a Houston-area school en route to the hospital.

August 15, 2014 11:12 a.m. read more..

New Oregon prison chiefs named

SALEM (AP) — The head of Oregon’s Corrections Department has announced the appointment of new superintendents to lead two state prisons.

August 15, 2014 11:12 a.m. read more..

Judge releasing coal plans

PORTLAND (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the Corps of Engineers to release documents about a planned coal terminal on the Columbia River at Boardman.

August 15, 2014 11:11 a.m. read more..

Thursday, August 14

A rarity: log trucks in town

It’s 4 a.m., and you’re tucked in bed “sawing logs,” but SDS Lumber Co. is up and at ‘em, sawing logs for real, clearing a patch of timber burned in last year’s Government Camp Fire Complex.

August 14, 2014 1:57 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Thanks, car club

To the editor: Thanks to the Car Club for a great show in Sorosis Park Saturday Aug. 9, and thanks to The Dalles Lions Club (who had a booth there serving great food) for treating a group of Arizona Hotshots to lunch after they rested in the shade of Sorosis Park following their three harrowing nights fighting our fires. The Dalles rocks!

August 14, 2014 1:37 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Thanks, firemen

To all firemen: I would like to thank you for saving the Rockwell family house and property. I would also like to thank you for all the hard work you do to put yourself in danger to save others in danger. If it weren’t for you firemen, my family house would not be here. So because of you firemen I am safe, my family is safe and my home is safe. So once again I want to thank you for the hard work you do.

August 14, 2014 1:36 p.m. read more..

One dies in 197 Collision

One person died and others were injured in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 197 and Ward Road about 8.5 miles south of The Dalles this morning after 7 a.m.

August 14, 2014 1:18 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for August 14, 2014

Protect your reputation and position in the year ahead. Be wary of new acquaintances. You may want to be generous and friendly, but don’t let anyone take you for granted. There is a lot on the line as you move forward, and you must protect your assets and your interests.

August 14, 2014 11:46 a.m. read more..

Ask Dr. K: Services are available to care for ailing parents

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m a working mother. I also care for my ill and aging father. Are there professionals or services that can help me care for him? DEAR READER: There can be plenty of rewards in caring for an ailing parent. My parents both died suddenly while apparently healthy, so I never faced this situation. But I’ve had many patients and friends who have told me that they got closer to their parents in the process of caring for them.

August 14, 2014 11:44 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 13

Fire destroys motorhome on Interstate 84

The westbound lanes of Interstate 84 east of Mosier were briefly closed Wednesday morning while firefighters extinguished a motorhome fire that spread to a grassy area adjacent to the freeway.

August 13, 2014 5:44 p.m. read more..

Take business to the county fair

The big deal: Where are you going to find podium-pounding politicians, kids and animals, business people hawking their wares and the best products of local creativity the county has to offer? At the Wasco County Fair, of course.

August 13, 2014 1:02 p.m. read more..

‘Story walk’ focuses on fun, fitness

The North Central Public Health District and The Dalles Main Street Program invite area families to enjoy “Story Walk.” This fun, free event offers families of young children an opportunity to combine physical activity with literacy.

August 13, 2014 12:56 p.m. read more..

Golf tourney winners named

Participants, volunteers and sponsors of Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation’s 15th Annual Founder’s Cup golf tournament helped raise approximately $18,000 for the permanent endowment.

August 13, 2014 12:56 p.m. read more..

Fugitive couple arrested in Ore.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A fugitive Mississippi couple that’s been on the run for five years has been arrested in Oregon. U.S. Marshal Gale Manning says Janet and Ramon Barreto were arrested Tuesday in Portland.

August 13, 2014 12:44 p.m. read more..

Governor OKs state aid for S. Oregon wildfire

GRANTS PASS — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has authorized the state fire marshal to send structural firefighters and equipment to help local fire crews battle a new wildfire that is threatening more than 130 homes in southern Oregon’s Jackson County.

August 13, 2014 12:43 p.m. read more..

DA: Vigilance needed to guard against abuse

Three men have been arrested in recent months for alleged sexual abuse of known underage females and that has led Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley to warn about the importance of parental vigilance.

August 13, 2014 11:30 a.m. read more..

Firefighters respond to Chenowith fire

Engines roared down Chenowith Road early Friday afternoon in a race against time to snuff out flames that had swiftly taken hold of trees, grass and structures nestled at the Browns Creek Road intersection.

August 13, 2014 10:36 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 12


Friday classic highlights regional tourney

Needing a win to keep the season going into the Babe Ruth Regional Championship rounds Sunday, The Dalles had a stiff challenge ahead with South Washington standing across the diamond.

August 12, 2014 3:17 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Thanks, neighbors

To the editor: To the farmers, neighbors and fire crews who put out the fire in our wheat field on Fivemile Road this past July 4, we feel extremely fortunate that you were willing to make such great efforts to help save our crop.

August 12, 2014 3:04 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Equal-opportunity food access

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently reported that participants in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) can now purchase fresh fruits and vegetables directly from farmers through more than 5,000 farmers markets, roadside markets and pick-your-own operations across America.

August 12, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for region


August 12, 2014 2:06 p.m. read more..

A rollicking weekend

WASCO COUNTY’S big entertainment weekend of August rolled into action on wagon wheels and rubber tires.

August 12, 2014 12:34 p.m. read more..

Tax payers remain unhappy with road plan

Citizens who spoke at the final road district hearing Monday, Aug. 11, echoed the words of many of their fellow property owners. This time, however, several also gave suggestions on how the road department could improve its current ask.

August 12, 2014 12:24 p.m. read more..

Family finds mystery mural

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — A Skagit County family kept what they thought was an old tarp in a barn for decades. But, when Tony Breckenridge recently pulled the tarp out of the box to go camping he discovered it was a mural.

August 12, 2014 12:02 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for August 12, 2014

You can’t eliminate every difficulty, but you can choose to exploit the good things that do come your way. Don’t give in to defeat if you encounter a roadblock. Setbacks and disappointments will give you the chance to prove your resilience and capability.

August 12, 2014 11:32 a.m. read more..

Monday, August 11


Small fire flares as Rowena Fire work continues

A small spot fire flared up in grass and scrub oak on McCall Point (the SW corner of the fire) at approximately 2:30pm Sunday. It was quickly knocked down at approximately 7 acres by using water bucket drops from a helicopter, engines, and crew personnel already on the fire. Control action on the spot fire continued through the remainder of the day shift. Line was constructed and hose lay installed.

August 11, 2014 10:44 a.m. read more..

Saturday, August 9


Bill Sallee on top of field at TD Classic

With defending The Dalles Country Club champion on the sidelines, Bill Sallee proved to be the Sheriff in town with a two-day total of 157 to take hold of the men’s championship title Saturday and Sunday in The Dalles.

August 9, 2014 5:50 p.m. read more..

Three baking contests offered

In addition to 4-H and open class baking opportunities, a trio of daily contests Thursday, Friday and Saturday on the Main Stage will allow bakers to show off their skills.

August 9, 2014 5:39 p.m. read more..

2015 queen tryouts Aug. 14

The Wasco County Fair will have tryouts for the 2015 Queen in the rodeo arena at the Wasco County Fairgrounds at Tygh Valley on Thursday, Aug. 14 at 3 p.m.

August 9, 2014 5:35 p.m. read more..

Fair run/walk is Aug. 16

Signups for the Wasco County Fair Run and Walk run are from 7:15 to 7:55 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the fair office. The event gets under way at 8 a.m.

August 9, 2014 5:33 p.m. read more..

Manditory evacuations lifted

According to the official Rowena Fire ‏@RowenaFire2014 twitter feed, all 740 residences that have been under a Level 1 or Level 3 evacuation order are now at a Level 1. Residents may return to their homes.

August 9, 2014 10:53 a.m. read more..

Friday, August 8

AstroGraph for August 8, 2014

Finish what you started a long time ago. You have the discipline and the ability to realize some old goals. There is an opportunity to make some extra cash if you can turn your efforts, talent or skills into a sideline business.

August 8, 2014 1:27 p.m. read more..

Ask Dr. K: Keeping up with the Joneses is a loser’s game

We all know the Joneses: that family with the perfect home and cars, the perfect kids and marriage. And tons of money. Admit it. You’ve been trying to keep up with them, haven’t you? You want to be like them because they have it all, without any of the stress or pressure that the rest of us have to put up with.

August 8, 2014 1:27 p.m. read more..

Sheriff’s Posse hosts renowned horse trainer

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Posse played host to Bill Richey Aug. 1 and 3; the nationally-known trainer of mounted police units put on a de-spooking clinic. The two-day clinic was open to equestrians from around the region.

August 8, 2014 12:04 p.m. read more..

Pet Camp helps shelter dogs displaced by fire

HOOD RIVER — With over 2,600 acres burning in the Rowena Wildfire this week, Cascade Pet Camp in Hood River and Home at Last in The Dalles have teamed up as part of a community effort to shelter the growing number of displaced pets.

August 8, 2014 12:03 p.m. read more..

Discovery Center open

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center was open today, Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Highway 30 has limited access, but is open from I-84, exit 82 to the Discovery Center.

August 8, 2014 11:45 a.m. read more..

Flaming tempers a factor in firefight

When a wildfire is raging, the public’s focus is, of course, on the fire itself and the herculean efforts to stop it. But the sundry human experiences as a consequence of a fire also demonstrate the wider impact such an event can have.

August 8, 2014 11:40 a.m. read more..

Rowena Fire update, Thursday evening

Both crews from Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon State Fire Marshal worked throughout the day to improve hand and dozer lines to prevent further fire travel. In the early afternoon wind speeds increased causing the fire to grow and travel toward the southwest more rapidly than expected. Both the Foley Lakes and Country Club areas experienced unfavorable wind conditions. In the Foley Lakes area, wind driven fire pushed back into the neighborhood that had just hours before had its evacuation level decreased from 3 to 1. Targeted evacuations were enacted to protect the residents in the area. In the Country Club area, fire was pushed across several lines and crossed the Rowena River Road near Adeline Road. Both fires received immediate response and were quickly mitigated.

August 8, 2014 12:32 a.m. read more..

Thursday, August 7


Letter to the editor: Work together

To the editor: (Edited for length.) Congressman Greg Walden’s letter of May 23 states “I will always fight for the truth.“ In the July 9 article on Walden’s visit to Dufur, Raelyn Ricarte wrote: “He was chastised by Dixie Schanno for not doing enough to address immigration issues.” Walden told the crowd, “Obama had called House Speaker John Boehner to inform him that Democrats would not consider immigration reform prior to the November election.” Not true. I don’t know what planet the congressman has been on, but the US Senate passed the Immigration bill S-744 on June 27, 2013 with a vote of 68-32.

August 7, 2014 12:16 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Congress fiddles while forests burn

As you already have noticed, we’ve entered the heart of fire season, and even though firefighters appear to have the upper hand on the tough Bingham Complex Fire burning in the northeast portion of Linn County, there’s more to come — potentially, lots more — over the next two months.

August 7, 2014 12:14 p.m. read more..

Professor Algernon brings magic, steampunk to Civic

Professor Algernon, a magician with an international fan base, will bring his Steampunk “World of Oddities and Wonders” to The Dalles Civic Auditorium Saturday, Aug. 9, with a children’s show at 3 p.m. and a general family show at 7 p.m. Along with his magical troupe — a gypsy princess, dwarf engineer, and a human fairy — the Professor will take his audience on a whirlwind tour through time and space with full-stage illusions and clean, family-friendly humor.

August 7, 2014 12:03 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for August 7, 2014

If you remain positive, you’ll discover that the challenges you face are part of a learning process to help you move forward. Your full effort will be required to get you where you want to go. Don’t hold back when you should be doing all you can to make things happen.

August 7, 2014 11:24 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 6

Rowena Fire creeps closer to The Dalles outskirts

An estimated 275 houses are threatened by the spreading Rowena Fire and 75 households have been advised to immediately evacuate their homes between the 5500 block and 6200 block of Highway 30, according to fire authorities, reporting this afternoon, Aug. 6.

August 6, 2014 4:17 p.m. read more..

Senior news: It’s never too late

I was reading an online post from a young person asking if, at the age of 30, she still had time to make something of her life. When I read it I wanted to say to her, “WHAT ARE YOU THINKING! It is never too late. At the age of 60, 70, 80 or even 90!”

August 6, 2014 12:04 p.m. read more..

Gorge Artists Create show opens

THE DALLES ART CENTER celebrated the opening of the “Gorge Artists Create” open juried show with an artist reception Thursday, Aug. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m.

August 6, 2014 11:50 a.m. read more..

Event benefits Wash. food programs

BINGEN —Washington Gorge Action Programs Food Banks and Nutrition Programs will host its first Food Bank Fundraiser at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 7 to 9 p.m.

August 6, 2014 11:41 a.m. read more..

Main Street hires Klebes as director

Matthew B. Klebes has been hired as the first executive director of The Dalles Main Street and will begin his contract Aug. 18, according to a press release from the organization.

August 6, 2014 11:40 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Great referrals are the key to great results

It’s been more than a year ago that my husband remodeled our home. This is no ordinary man. He has an amazing ability to design, destroy and rebuild with amazing results. This remodel was extensive, which means by the time he hauled 30 truckloads of demolition to the dump, I had dirt for floors with beams and studs for walls.

August 6, 2014 11:34 a.m. read more..

AstroGraph for August 6, 2014

Don’t take a relaxed attitude when it comes to your future. Hard work and dedication will be needed, no matter what your goals are. Once you have found your inspiration, direct your energies toward fulfilling your dreams. Make a point of celebrating only after you’ve attained your goals. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Get ready to enjoy interacting with others. Your charismatic personality will bring you lots of favorable attention. Indulge your romantic side and plan an unforgettable adventure with someone special.

August 6, 2014 11:33 a.m. read more..

Extended closure on East 10th

East 10th Street between Washington and Federal will be closed to all traffic for about three weeks beginning on Monday, Aug. 11, at 7 a.m.

August 6, 2014 11:32 a.m. read more..

Fire sweeps over Rowena

Fire forced the evacuation of seven homes in Rowena last night and the steep terrain, combined with high winds and expected high temperatures today, were ideal conditions for a big fire, an official said. As of 9 a.m. this morning, Wednesday, Aug. 6, the fire was at around 200 acres and rapidly growing, said spokesman Justin de Ruyter with the Oregon State Fire Marshal incident command team.

August 6, 2014 11:10 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 5


Folksinger to perform at HR, TD libraries

Renowned American folksinger and storyteller Adam Miller will perform at public libraries at Hood River and The Dalles on Tuesday, Aug. 12 (Hood River) and Wednesday, Aug. 13 (The Dalles).

August 5, 2014 12:23 p.m. read more..

Monday, August 4


Woman accused of killing one daughter, cutting other

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman going through a divorce and custody battle is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter and severely cutting her teenage daughter at a popular inn on the northern Oregon coast, a crime that shocked tourists and residents.

August 4, 2014 6:23 p.m. read more..

Sunday, August 3

Jessica Smith in custody on aggravated murder charge, police say

UPDATE: Jessica Smith has been arrested, will be charged with aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder. CANNON BEACH, Ore. (AP) — Jessica Smith, 40, of Goldendale, Washington, the mother of a toddler found dead and teen girl found seriously injured in a room at a coastal Oregon resort is now wanted on suspicion of murder, authorities searching for the woman said Sunday.

August 3, 2014 9:38 p.m. read more..

Saturday, August 2


TD Stars in playoff beast mode

Once the shine wore off on reeling off an impressive performance at last week’s Babe Ruth State Tournament, The Dalles 15U All Stars were back to work on the diamond with all eyes fixated on continuing this dream run.

August 2, 2014 3:11 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Career politician

To the editor: At the July 17 Goldendale Chamber of Commerce candidate meet and greet, Commissioner David Sauter stated that among his most important accomplishments of the last eight years is the successful marketing and contract renewals for the Roosevelt Regional Landfill.

August 2, 2014 2:58 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: On the ballot

To the editor: As many of your readers know, this is the first contested judicial election for the third position in the seventh judicial district in a generation.

August 2, 2014 2:42 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Community problem, not jail problem

“Right now, the mentally ill issue is worse than I have ever seen it. There’s nowhere to put them and not a lot of options.” A Clatsop County sheriff’s deputy is speaking here, but the statement could just as easily have come from someone across the river or anywhere in the nation.

August 2, 2014 2:41 p.m. read more..

Ballinger and Paolino named top ‘Bigs’

The 12-year-old “Little Sister” who lives in Wishram is not what most people expect when they think of kids who need mentors. She’s bright, well-spoken, outgoing and has a supportive family.

August 2, 2014 2:23 p.m. read more..

Neon schedule

Friday, 6 p.m., Neon Cruise, downtown The Dalles Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Show in the Shade, Sorosis Park Saturday, 7 p.m., sock hop and dance party, Eagles Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Dufur Threshing Bee Car Show, Dufur Park

August 2, 2014 2:10 p.m. read more..

Artful Wright house right for art

SILVERTON, Ore. (AP) — People who appreciate inviting, glass-framed living rooms, subtle red concrete floors and custom fretwork see Frank Lloyd Wright's Gordon House as a piece of art. Wright, however, envisioned the two-story residence as a place for art.

August 2, 2014 8:04 a.m. read more..

Friday, August 1

Columbia River dilemma: Kill birds to save fish?

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Dredging decades ago to aid Columbia River shippers also helped seabirds known as double-crested cormorants by creating a flat, sandy island ideal for nesting and feeding on young salmon and steelhead headed for the Pacific Ocean.

August 1, 2014 5:43 p.m. read more..

Taking the next step

Coach and mentor Dave Johnson had some poignant words for The Dalles Wahtonka athletes Chaise Shroll, Kauone Sefo, Mike Pifer and Connor Shortt in a heartwarming soliloquy, as told to him by renowned University of Alabama head coach Paul William “Bear” Bryant.

August 1, 2014 11:59 a.m. read more..

Missionaries flee Ebola outbreak

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Two North Carolina-based missionary groups have ordered the evacuation of their non-essential personnel from Liberia after a doctor and a missionary contracted Ebola.

August 1, 2014 11:49 a.m. read more..

AstroGraph for August 1, 2014

Be willing to compromise this year. If you want good things to develop, you must be a team player. Step back from another’s aggressive actions. Choose a path that stresses harmony and working alongside those who share your interests and your goals.

August 1, 2014 10:58 a.m. read more..

Cool play in Dufur

Timmy Foster, 10 months, enjoys the cool water at the Dufur Community Pool July 31. "He loves his crab," said Karlie Ley, right. Gave Ley, 12, center, provided push power, swooping the crab back and forth across the water. The Dufur pool is open 1 to 5 p.m and 8 to 9 p.m. daily, with aerobics Monday through Friday, 6 to 7 p.m.

August 1, 2014 10:54 a.m. read more..

Rural delivery may be delayed

In the absence of carriers for certain rural Wasco County newspaper delivery routes, The Chronicle will be delivering some subscribers’ newspapers by mail for a period of time.

August 1, 2014 10:50 a.m. read more..

Agency OKs gas exports from proposed LNG terminal

WARRENTON, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has conditionally authorized a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal at Warrenton to export to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the United States.

August 1, 2014 8:36 a.m. read more..

Crews continue to fight Logging Unit Fire, Warm Springs area

The fires did not grow on Wednesday, but there was interior fire activity and some spotting occurred outside the lines on the Logging Unit Fire near Road 187. The spot fires were extinguished by the end of shift. As heavy fuels, such as large tree roots and downed logs, become increasingly dry since last week’s rain, they are burning more thoroughly and flaming up occasionally.

August 1, 2014 8:21 a.m. read more..

Lightning sparks new wildfires in Oregon

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon residents in a community near Ashland were told Thursday evening to leave their homes as a fast-moving fire in southwest Oregon grew substantially Thursday and spread across the border into California.

August 1, 2014 8:15 a.m. read more..

Ugandan court invalidates anti-gay law

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying the measure is illegal because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum.

August 1, 2014 8:11 a.m. read more..

US employers add 209K jobs, rate rises to 6.2%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers extended their solid hiring into July by adding 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are gradually shedding the caution that had marked the 5-year-old recovery.

August 1, 2014 8:07 a.m. read more..

35 killed in Gaza; Israeli soldier feared captured

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled on Friday as violence erupted in and around a southern town in the war-ravaged strip, with at least 40 Palestinians killed in Israeli shelling while the military said two soldiers were killed and an infantry officer was feared captured during fighting there.

August 1, 2014 8:02 a.m. read more..

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