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..
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 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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
Does The Dalles have an identity? That’s what we all want to know. The symbol on official stationary at City Hall is “Hub of the Pacific Northwest.” Then there’s the Chamber motto of “Fun in the Sun.”December 24, 2014 6:16 a.m. read more..
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..
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 www.gorgewindsband.com.December 24, 2014 5:56 a.m. read more..
When it comes to the science of speech, it turns out birdbrains aren’t so simple. A Portland researcher and more than 200 colleagues across the globe recently finished a project establishing a family tree for the world’s birds.December 20, 2014 12:40 p.m. read more..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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 weDecember 16, 2014 4:28 p.m. read more..
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..
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..
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..
While only one person in Wasco County has reported getting the flu this year, health officials say they expect that number to rise around the beginning of the year.December 16, 2014 4:08 p.m. read more..
We have all read stories about cancer survivors who have beaten the odds and were inspired by their brush with death to live with even more purpose.December 13, 2014 1:11 p.m. read more..
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..
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..
Four wounded at Portland HSDecember 13, 2014 11:48 a.m. read more..
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..
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..
Duo puts out impressive effort in Oregon City tournamentDecember 10, 2014 11:44 a.m. read more..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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 LateDecember 5, 2014 7:43 a.m. read more..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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