Stories for December 2014


Wednesday, December 31

Redsides lose road clash to Echo

Elizabeth McCarty scored a game-high 16 points and Erika Parks added nine to lead the No. 9-ranked Echo Cougars to a 43-13 win over South Wasco County in a non-league girls’ basketball game played Monday night in Maupin.

December 31, 2014 11:55 a.m. read more..

Cycle of Life

A PAIR of steelhead trout spawn in a pool on the north fork of Mill Creek over the weekend. Fifteenmile and Mill Creek are home to the easternmost population of wild winter steelhead in the Columbia Basin, and represent the edge of the range for the winter-run life history, according to a 2007 report by the Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District. Hatchery fish have never been introduced to either stream, making the runs genetically valuable for the long-term survival of the species.

December 31, 2014 11:47 a.m. read more..

New Ore. laws in effect Jan. 1

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon’s most talked about new law for 2015 — legalization of recreational marijuana — does not take effect until July. Here are some of the new laws that do apply Jan. 1:

December 31, 2014 11:42 a.m. read more..

Cost of being uninsured rises

WASHINGTON (AP) — The cost of being uninsured in America is going up significantly next year for millions of people. It’s the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year, as required under President Barack Obama’s law. Those who were uninsured face fines, unless they qualify for one of about 30 exemptions, most of which involve financial hardships.

December 31, 2014 11:41 a.m. read more..

Gorge Owned kicks ‘Green Drinks’ 2015

Gorge Owned will hold a “Green Drinks” networking event at Volcanic Bottle Shoppe, 1410 12th St, Hood River, on Thursday, Jan. 15 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for the first Green Drinks networking event of 2015. The event features local beer from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, a Belgian-inspired brewery located on Dave Logsdon’s 10-acre farm, and food from Marley’s Corner.

December 31, 2014 6:55 a.m. read more..

Catherine Whalen named Next Door

The Next Door has named Catherine Whalen its 2014 Volunteer of the Year. Whalen has been on the Next Door’s Board of Directors since 1999, serving as chair for the last three years. Her guidance, leadership and advocacy have helped shape The Next Door for 15 years, ensuring that its many programs are responsive and accountable to the community, according to a press release from the organization.

December 31, 2014 6:52 a.m. read more..

Crosstalk: What lies ahead for America in 2015?

American leadership in Washington D.C. is poised for change with the entrance of the 114th Congress, as Republicans retain a majority in the House of Representatives, 247 to 188, and take the majority in the Senate, 54 to 44. Perhaps they will accomplish something this year...

December 31, 2014 6:41 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Thanks to Main Street

To the editor: The Main Street Coordinator, Matthew Klebes, along with chamber staff, community volunteers, David Griffith’s building, Wasco County Library, Kiwanis Club, Key Club Students, Gary Honald’s sleigh being pulled by a tractor, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and Julie Johnson, photographer, provided a free and exciting event for the community of The Dalles on two different Saturdays, the 13th and 20th. They provided an opportunity for families to complete crafts, read stories, have a cup of hot chocolate and eat a cookie. After a visit with Mr.and Mrs.Claus and a picture with Santa, there were sleigh rides around town to see all of the beautiful Christmas lights and displays.

December 31, 2014 6:34 a.m. read more..

Ask Dr. K: Second pneumonia vaccine is recommended

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m 70 years old. I already had a pneumonia vaccine, back when I was 65. At my checkup last week, my doctor said I need to get another one. Why? DEAR READER: I always like to hear that adults are staying up to date with their vaccinations, as you did when you received a dose of the PPSV23 (Pneumovax) vaccine at age 65. Pneumovax helps protect against pneumonia caused by one common type of bacteria, called pneumococcus.

December 31, 2014 6:31 a.m. read more..

Senior news: How to live the rest of your life to the fullest

This is the seventh year I have had the opportunity to wish all of you a Happy New Year. When I started writing this column, I had no idea what the next eight years would bring, but over those years attending state and national conferences, listening to the Mid-Columbia Senior Center’s Tuesday lectures, preparing for this column, and particularly listening to the amazing “elders” at the center, I have learned more than I ever could have imagined.

December 31, 2014 6:30 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 30


Ready for winter

A STELLAR’S JAY eyes a feeder from a snow-covered porch railing Monday as a cold front moved through the area, bringing snow to higher elevations and cold temperatures throughout the region.

December 30, 2014 5:12 p.m. read more..

Saturday, December 27

Letter to the editor: ‘Kick me’ sign

To the editor: Once again the Wasco Commissioners have resurrected and posted the “KICK ME” sign for the County by approving a ‘mass gathering’ permit for the What-The-Festival.

December 27, 2014 3:51 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Climate crisis

To the editor: In the 1980s, President Reagan and Secretary of State George Shultz were faced with a major climate problem. Many scientists were concerned about the devastating effects of the ozone layer being depleted.

December 27, 2014 3:50 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Thank you

To the editor: We would like to thank those who supported us in the recent recall election. It is gratifying to know you share our concerns about the Mosier Fire Department. For those of you who called, e-mailed and stopped by, your kind words were greatly appreciated!

December 27, 2014 3:49 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Walmart fan

To the editor: I understand that many of your citizens have opposed the proposed Walmart superstore. We are served with a Walmart superstore here in Redmond. Our store provides pharmacy services that by far, beat all others in our town. My insulin costs less than $25 there WITHOUT insurance while it costs 3 times that amount at my regular pharmacy WITH insurance and more than 5 times that amount at a well- known competitor.

December 27, 2014 3:48 p.m. read more..

TD boys break streak with win

Members of The Dalles boys’ basketball team were waiting for that spark to provide the light to snap a seven-game losing streak.

December 27, 2014 1:45 p.m. read more..

Sherman County Lions support district youth speech contest

The Sherman County Lions elected to support the district youth speech contest with a check of $250 after a brief discussion with visiting district governor Gerald Hopkins. “It’s nice to be able to support our youth through the contribution,” said local club member Nell Melzer.

December 27, 2014 1:41 p.m. read more..

Dog rescued in Columbia Gorge

PORTLAND (AP) — A yellow Labrador that got spooked on a Christmas Day hike in the Columbia Gorge, snapping her leash and plunging 150 feet down a cliff, was rescued in the dark by a climber who rappelled to a narrow ledge where the dog was trapped.

December 27, 2014 1:38 p.m. read more..

Friday, December 26


Wednesday, December 24


Letter to the editor: Christmas tree

To the editor: Overlooking the bluff, near the community college in The Dalles, is a beautiful pine tree, majestically lit up with Christmas light. As a young lad, I remember looking for it every year and it’s still here today as a symbol of Christmas Joy.

December 24, 2014 6:14 a.m. read more..

Christmas music

THE GORGE WINDS Concert Band presents its 15th annual Christmas Concert Sunday afternoon, Dec. 21, in the ballroom of the Civic Auditorium. The 41-piece orchestra was conducted by Larry Loop and Nathan Parker, with music direction by Sam Grotte. For information on future concert dates, visit their website at

December 24, 2014 5:56 a.m. read more..

More charges in tagging

Two juveniles arrested last week for spraying graffiti on multiple properties and burglary were re-arrested on more burglary and graffiti charges last Friday night, according to The Dalles Police Department.

December 24, 2014 5:50 a.m. read more..

Monday, December 22

Single case of meningitis reported in Dufur

North Central Public Health Department has been notified of a presumptive case of Neisseria meningitides in a student who attends school in Dufur, according to a press release from the agency.

December 22, 2014 2:07 p.m. read more..

Saturday, December 20


Martin, Coles lead Sherman’s road romp

Coming off a physical home win Tuesday against Lyle-Wishram, the No. 11-ranked Sherman Huskies were no worse for the wear at the start of tournament action Friday versus Triad.

December 20, 2014 12:38 p.m. read more..

WC girls lose by a 32-23 margin

The Stanfield Tigers bolted out of the gates with a 21-10 halftime lead and held off a late South Wasco County rally for a 31-22 win Friday in a girls’ hoops game in Stanfield.

December 20, 2014 12:36 p.m. read more..

SWC can’t contain Stanfield

The South Wasco County Redsides had four players hit double digits, but the team shot 8 for 25 on three pointers, committed 15 turnovers and managed a 4 for 13 split from the free throw line in a 69-58 loss to Stanfield Friday in a non-league boys’ basketball matchup in Stanfield.

December 20, 2014 12:35 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Christmas spirit

To the editor: I would like to take this opportunity to thank Andy Nichols and his team Rachel, Britney, Fred and Charlene for the beautiful blown glass Christmas tree (Darcy’s Tree) that they donated to the Festival of Trees. They started working on it in May.

December 20, 2014 12:13 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Deeply disappointed

To the editor: I'm so deeply disappointed with my country. In this holiday season with “Peace on Earth” and “Joy to the World” is just so hilariously hippocritical in regards to our murderous behavior.

December 20, 2014 12:12 p.m. read more..

Memories of a Christmas truce in WWI

PLOEGSTEERT, Belgium — With British and German forces separated only by a no-man's land littered with fallen comrades, sounds of a German Christmas carol suddenly drifted across the frigid air: “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht” (“Silent Night, Holy Night”).

December 20, 2014 11:59 a.m. read more..

Eugene man gets 5 years

EUGENE (AP) — A man who taught for 16 years at a Eugene school and was president of the Sheldon Babe Ruth league was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

December 20, 2014 11:16 a.m. read more..

September bird deaths explained

Eight birds were reported killed in the September incident at The Dalles Transportation Center, which caused a temporary evacuation of the facility.

December 20, 2014 11:10 a.m. read more..

County to exit health district

Shortly after public health district officials left the room unawares, the Wasco County Commission voted unanimously Dec. 17 to leave the health district, after checking that it was permissible to take the vote even though the topic was not on the agenda.

December 20, 2014 11:08 a.m. read more..

Flood watch issued

A flood watch has been issued, and remains in effect from now through Monday afternoon. The warning includes all cities in the readership area of The Dalles Chronicle.

December 20, 2014 10:40 a.m. read more..

Thursday, December 18

Clemency granted

President Barack Obama has granted clemency to 20 people, including two from Oregon.

December 18, 2014 3:15 p.m. read more..

Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

BUTTE, Montana (AP) — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.

December 18, 2014 3:14 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Christmas memory

To the editor: It was Christmas, 1945. WWII was over and my dad, Benjamin E. Veatch was a Marine aboard a ship docked in Shanghai harbor, China. He and fellow Marines were longing for home after serving their country. Dad was eager to get back to his young family in Mosier, Oregon.

December 18, 2014 2:52 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: A big thank you

To the editor: A very belated, nevertheless majorly huge thank you to Captain Ed Goodman, of The Dalles police, nameless passersby, two PUD young gentlemen who helped tremendously and took our dog to the vet while we were in the ER at MCMC, to the EMTs and all those others who helped when our vehicle went over the bank on Interstate 84.

December 18, 2014 2:51 p.m. read more..

Dufur girls lose one in Heppner

Still in the early parts of the regular season, the Dufur girls’ basketball team is in the midst of finding a rhythm and flow to the game.

December 18, 2014 8:24 a.m. read more..

Holiday fun

Christmas is just around the corner and parents can add to the excitement of the season by taking their children to the “Santa in the Downtown” event on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. Community members are invited by The Dalles Main Street to have their picture taken with Santa, enjoy sleigh rides, sip hot chocolate, and savor baked goods while enjoying story time.

December 18, 2014 8:11 a.m. read more..

Body of missing man found in Wasco County

The remains of a Portland man were found Monday about one mile from his vehicle in Mosier and Wasco County Chief Deputy Lane Magill said there was no evidence of foul play. Magill said Joseph Sizemore, 42, had been reported missing by his family on Sept. 7.

December 18, 2014 8:07 a.m. read more..

County, health board at odds

At an unusually candid meeting last month, blame flew both ways regarding a long stalemate over the status of the public health district and its relationship to Wasco County.

December 18, 2014 8:01 a.m. read more..

Police arrest two tagging teens

Four The Dalles police officers arrested two teens late Monday morning believed responsible for a large spree of tagging throughout town, some of it done during daylight hours.

December 18, 2014 7:59 a.m. read more..

Israel suffers sharp rebuffs from Europe

BRUSSELS — Israel suffered back-to-back diplomatic setbacks in Europe on Wednesday as Palestinians headed to the United Nations to try to set a two-year deadline for an Israeli withdrawal.

December 18, 2014 7:46 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 16

Dog Blankets

GIRL SCOUTS from Troop No. 50129 of The Dalles selected dog blankets as a service project, providing them to Home At Last.

December 16, 2014 4:41 p.m. read more..

Farmworker families uprooted by California rules

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — A lifetime of moving has taught Claudia Morales to start packing early, because like many 13-year-olds, her room "is always a mess." The hoodies go in her suitcase, but as usual, all her partially completed schoolwork ends up in the trash. Just a week later, Claudia has new notebooks, along with new textbooks, and three bulging suitcases to start unpacking 200 miles away. She does this every year. Twice.

December 16, 2014 4:35 p.m. read more..

Senior news: Don’t take for granted the simple joys of everyday life

I’m not fond of these winter doldrums in The Dalles: grey overcast skies with a few days of sunshine, just to tease us that better days are ahead. And although I may not like them, I find these gloomy days are necessary, because without them I wouldn’t really appreciate the warm T-shirt days with blue skies. And isn’t that the way it is in our daily lives? All the challenges and difficulties, the missteps and losses, remind us not to take for granted the simple joys and comforts we can experience every precious day.

December 16, 2014 4:33 p.m. read more..

Huskies lose lead, game to Weston

The Sherman Huskies held a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter, but could not hold on, as the Weston-McEwen TigerScots rallied with a 14-6 run and a 52-51 victory in the championship game at the two-day Weston-McEwen Basketball Tournament ending Saturday in Athena.

December 16, 2014 4:31 p.m. read more..

SWC boys stage comeback win

MAUPIN – Tony Holliday may be new to the South Wasco County basketball team, but the senior guard is settling right in. The Redsides erased a five-point, second-half deficit and Holliday gave the Redsides the lead for good at 49-47 with a 3-point shot with two minutes and 16 seconds left in regulation for a 57-54 victory over Perrydale Saturday in boys’ basketball action in Maupin. “I think we

December 16, 2014 4:28 p.m. read more..

Lady Redsides net first win

Molly Foreaker posted a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds to lead South Wasco County to its first win of the season in a 33-27 girls’ basketball outcome over Portland Lutheran Friday in Portland.

December 16, 2014 4:27 p.m. read more..

Dufur defeats Culver

From the opening tip, the feeling was not whether Dufur would defeat 2A Culver, but by how much.

December 16, 2014 4:18 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Time for open eyes

To the editor: I attended last week’s Board of Education work session on the college budget. The meeting was not really a work session but rather an opportunity for the administration to gloss over the issues and placate the board with promises of budget balancing plans to be generated with the executive leadership team.

December 16, 2014 4:14 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Seek the truth

To the editor: As a nation, we are witnessing rebellion against authority using the excuse of racial issues causing it. In both cases, all that needed to happen was submission to police authority at the time. In the first case, a 290-pound, 18-year-old rebel robbed a store (probably not the first incident for him since he felt confident in himself) and he proceeded to assault a police officer and went for his gun.

December 16, 2014 4:13 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Choose to believe

To the editor: My wife recently wrote some feelings she had for this time of year and I concur: “Christmas can be a time of Joy! Hope can grow if you believe it can. The choice is ours to believe and receive the greatest gift ever given to man.

December 16, 2014 4:12 p.m. read more..

Fight over marijuana risky in some states

WASHINGTON— It’s easy for Congress to meddle with the District of Columbia’s decision to legalize recreational use of marijuana, but taking on the states is a different matter.

December 16, 2014 3:55 p.m. read more..

Search for camper ends

After more than a week of combing the southern flank of Mount Hood, Wasco County Sheriff Sergeant Scott Williams said the search for a missing Milwaukie man has been called off.

December 16, 2014 3:53 p.m. read more..

Union Pacific seeks more track in Mosier

Union Pacific wants to extend a 1.5-mile siding, or pullout lane, in Mosier by two miles on either side, enabling trains to bypass each other without stopping. The project would cost $25 million.

December 16, 2014 3:52 p.m. read more..

Saturday, December 13


TD girls post comeback victory

Down by three points, the Sandy Pioneers had one final possession to try and force overtime. The Dalles defense stepped up to the challenge.

December 13, 2014 1:19 p.m. read more..

Ask Dr. K: Preventing sleep apnea will also help your heart

DEAR DOCTOR K: At my last checkup, my doctor asked if I snore. When I told the doctor that my husband says I snore a lot, the doctor said snoring can be a sign of heart disease, particularly in postmenopausal women. What does snoring have to do with heart disease? DEAR READER: Snoring is not a sign of heart disease, but it can be a sign of sleep apnea. And people with sleep apnea are at greater risk for heart disease. Sleep apnea is a condition that causes brief, repeated pauses in breathing throughout the night. A woman’s risk of sleep apnea rises after menopause.

December 13, 2014 1 p.m. read more..

Huskies hound Grant Union

With Grant Union sharpshooter Mitch Moulton going off for 24 points in the first half, Sherman coach Bill Blevins made a switch defensively. Enter Max Martin.

December 13, 2014 12:59 p.m. read more..

Redsides net first win

Starting the season with two consecutive losses did not sit right with the South Waco County Redsides. Friday night, they came out with a relentless fury using defense and balanced scoring to defeat Portland Lutheran 77-35 in a non-league boys’ basketball contest Friday in Portland.

December 13, 2014 12:59 p.m. read more..

TD man gets 30 years

PORTLAND (AP) — A 21-year-old man who shot and wounded a Portland police officer with an AR-15 rifle and killed the officer's K-9 partner last April has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

December 13, 2014 11:47 a.m. read more..

‘Wild’ delivers

Rare is the movie that delivers on the promise of a book, but “Wild,” the true story of a Portland woman’s hard-won reclamation of her shattered life, is such a film.

December 13, 2014 11:43 a.m. read more..

The Dalles still believes

Just because The Dalles girls’ basketball team is playing without all-state athlete Emily Bailey is no reason to believe the talent across the program isn’t just as formidable this year.

December 13, 2014 11:27 a.m. read more..

Heavenly Sleep

THE “RAMONA HARWOOD Christmas Carolers,” made up of fourth graders from Colonel Wright Elementary school, sing Silent Night, with hand motions, while caroling at the Columbia Gorge Senior Center in The Dalles during lunch Thursday, Dec. 12.

December 13, 2014 11:17 a.m. read more..

Thursday, December 11

Flights of fancy

SANTA PREPARES for takeoff in his hot air balloon in this Christmas display on Bridge street between 9th and 10th streets in The Dalles. Submit your Christmas photos by email, TDCphotos

December 11, 2014 2:21 p.m. read more..

Letter to editor: WWII history

To the editor: I share the surprise of Andretta Schellinger that the Chronicle, such a friend of our veterans, made no mention of the 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor. But I must gently correct the author of the wonderful history of military airplane nose art (From Knights to Skulls: The Cultural Evolution of Nose Artwork) when she writes “The attack on Dec. 7, 1941. was not only the largest single loss of life that the United States military suffered but also the start of the largest war in the modern era.”

December 11, 2014 2:13 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 10


TD can’t climb out of first-half hole

Barlow jumped out to a 15-4 lead in the opening quarter and slowly kept building on that lead until coming away with a 56-38 victory over The Dalles Tuesday in a non-league boys’ basketball game at Kurtz Gym in The Dalles.

December 10, 2014 1:30 p.m. read more..

CGCC holds Welding

Columbia Gorge Community College will hold an open house for its welding lab Dec. 16, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center Annex at The Dalles Campus, 400 East Scenic Drive.

December 10, 2014 1:25 p.m. read more..

College to offer basic electricity class

Columbia Gorge Community College is offering Basic Electricity for Maintenance Technicians beginning Jan. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center Renewable Energy Technology classroom and labs.

December 10, 2014 1:25 p.m. read more..

Head-on crash injures officer

A man drove on the wrong side of the street for several blocks before hitting a The Dalles police car nearly head-on at Sixth and Webber in an early morning crash last Saturday, Dec. 6.

December 10, 2014 noon read more..

Mirror image

STILL WATER reflects a small sailboat moored in the guest moorage area of The Dalles marina as the sun sets Tuesday evening.

December 10, 2014 11:53 a.m. read more..

Sherman boys surge past Pioneers

Since playing in the 1A state championship football game on Nov. 29, the Sherman Huskies had seven calendar days to try to work off the rust for the start of basketball.

December 10, 2014 11:48 a.m. read more..

Lady Redsides show grit in loss

The 2A Stanfield Tigers got off to a fast start and held on in the second half to secure a 45-35 win over South Wasco County Saturday in a girls’ basketball contest in Maupin.

December 10, 2014 11:47 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Pink mast on ship

To the editor: On this 60th Anniversary year of the Christmas Ships on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, there will be a new color on the mast of one ship: PINK. Owners, Chris and Denise Bouchers have outfitted their sailboat with the logo of the local non profit, PINK SISTAS.

December 10, 2014 9:25 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Lack of coverage

To the editor: Being that Today, Dec. 7, 2014, is the 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor, AND August was the 75th Anniversary of the start of World War II, I am shocked and honestly dismayed that with how many veterans we have in The Dalles there wasn’t specials in the newspapers.

December 10, 2014 9:23 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Taking care of youth

To the editor: We can’t see them, but they’re there — homeless children and youth in the Mid-Columbia area. They’re not sleeping under bridges or in the park. They are moving from place to place, taking their chances and paying ‘the price’ where ever they can find help.

December 10, 2014 9:22 a.m. read more..

Christmas at the library

The Dalles Wasco County public library will host a children’s puppet show and holiday movie Saturday, Nov. 29. Puppets begin at noon, with movie to follow. The puppet show is “Jingle Bell Rock” by Martin’s puppet theater, a new show for the holidays featuring Frosty the snowman and holiday music including Sleigh Ride, selections from the Nutcracker Suite and Jingle Bell Rock. There will be a magic show by Father Christmas, variety acts by Rudolph the Reindeer and the ever popular Punch and Judy. The show is family friendly, recommended for ages 3 and up. For more information on the show and movie, call the library at 541-296-2815.

December 10, 2014 9:13 a.m. read more..

Tagger sought

PURPLE PAINT with the letters “TRN” was sprayed last weekend on the interpretive sign at Rowena Crest and a nearby stone wall. A Facebook conversation was initiated about the possible identity of the tagger, believed to be a local teen, and that information was turned over to the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office.

December 10, 2014 9:09 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 9

Wasco sheriff seeks missing man

The Wasco County Sheriff's Office received a report of a missing man overdue from a hiking trip on Monday. The man is identified as Garren Kirk of Milwaukie. Kirk went camping near Frog Lake in Wasco County, and his vehicle was located by search and rescue groups. Kirk is believed to be equipped for the weather.

December 9, 2014 10:20 a.m. read more..

Saturday, December 6


Letter to the editor: Senior Ad

To the editor: Here’s a commercial I’d like to see: Seniors, do you find that you gain more pain while attempting to climb those stubborn steps? Would you prefer your days without this malaise? Then your home needs the new ‘See You Later Elevator Chair.”

December 6, 2014 2:14 p.m. read more..

Airport burglar held at gunpoint

Darren Lacock helped with Project ELFF Thursday night in Dallesport, where he’s a volunteer firefighter, and a few hours later, found himself holding a burglar at gunpoint at the regional airport.

December 6, 2014 1:57 p.m. read more..

Friday, December 5


School closures, delays, snow routes

Columbia Gorge Schools: Centerville Sch. Dist.: 3 Hours Late, No kindergarten, Buses on snow routes UPDATE Goldendale Sch. Dist.: Closed Columbia Gorge Schools: Centerville Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late, No kindergarten, Buses on snow routes Dufur Sch. Dist.: Closed UPDATE Columbia Gorge Schools: Klickitat Sch. Dist.: Busses on snow route, NO APPLETON AND WAHKIACUS ROUTE Columbia Gorge Schools: Centerville Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late, No kindergarten, Buses on snow routes Dufur Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late Sherman Co. Sch. Dist.: Closed. Information to follow later today regarding athletics. So. Wasco Co. Sch. Dist.: Closed Columbia Gorge Schools: Goldendale Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late

December 5, 2014 7:43 a.m. read more..

Thursday, December 4

Middle school game cancelled

The Dalles Middle School's Boys Basketball game against Welches has been canceled for today, December 4th. Practice at TDMS will be held instead.

December 4, 2014 1:58 p.m. read more..

Choir performs ‘Christmas Is...’

The Dalles Worship Choir is inviting community members to experience the “Christmas Is…” holiday celebration that takes place on four dates. The 10th annual performances begin Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in Calvary Baptist Church, 3350 Columbia View Dr., and continue at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec.7, at Covenant Christian Church, 2630 East 18th Street. On the following Friday, Dec. 12, the group will be at Gateway Presbyterian Church, 1111 Dry Hollow Road, at 7 p.m.

December 4, 2014 9:19 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Hospice support

To the editor: Heart of Hospice Foundation would like to thank all of the participating restaurants that made Dine Out for Hospice a successful community event. Many restaurants in the gorge participated, including: Casa El Mirador and Burgerville in The Dalles, and the Historic Blach Hotel in Dufur.

December 4, 2014 9:10 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Wonderful event

To the editor: Once again, I had the privilege of volunteering for the Salvation Army’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner. What a wonderful event this is for the community. I feel so blessed to be part of such a caring town. Thank you Major Tammy, ReAnn and all you wonderful people who made this happen. See you again next year.

December 4, 2014 9:07 a.m. read more..

Everyday cheapskate: Here is a plan to repay your credit card debt

Facing your debts can be depressing for several reasons. First, all the stuff that caused the debt is not so wonderful and new as it used to be. And the interest rates ... Yikes! But the worst, the all-time most horrible thing about facing debt is the realization that given the present rate of repayment, that monster is going to hang around and invade your life like a huge family of free-loading relatives, for a very long time. That’s the bad news.

December 4, 2014 9 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 3


District 21 schools closed Wednesday

North Wasco Co SD 21 Update: Wednesday, Dec 3, (6:32 a.m.) North Wasco County Schools will be closed due to inclement weather. The Dalles High School has canceled athletic events (home and away) and all practices Dec.r 3 due to inclement weather.

December 3, 2014 6:55 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 2


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