Stories for February 2014


Friday, February 28

AstroGraph for February 28, 2014

In order to gain the most from new experiences, it’s imperative to release yourself from past disappointments or negative circumstances. Positivity, dedication and intensity are necessary to perform at your optimum level. With the right attitude, nothing can hold you back.

February 28, 2014 1:15 p.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Three money mistakes to avoid

I’m going to guess you’ve made a financial mistake or two in your life. Who hasn’t? For some of us, it was more than an occasional late fee or random urge to overspend that brought us to our financial knees. But I’m not talking about the kind of blunders that got us into trouble — we could list those in our sleep. Instead, I want to focus on the mistakes people make while they’re working their way back to financial health. Avoid these goofs to make 2014 a year you achieve financial progress!

February 28, 2014 1:13 p.m. read more..

Crowning Queen Katie

THE FORT DALLES Rodeo Association will crown its 2014 rodeo queen, Katie Surritt of Brush Prairie, Wash., at its annual banquet and queen’s coronation, Saturday, March 15.

February 28, 2014 12:03 p.m. read more..

Roubaix Cycling Race coming to the gorge

THE DALLES – With the coming spring brings warmer temperatures and the start of the cycling season. When the dust settled in 201,3 the inaugural Gorge Roubaix race in The Dalles ended up with 250 participants, so there is hope that the numbers could continue its upward climb.

February 28, 2014 11:53 a.m. read more..

Airlines may be experiencing pilot shortages

WASHINGTON (AP) — Regional airlines report difficulty over the past year in finding enough pilots to hire, but it isn’t clear whether there is a shortage of pilots, a government watchdog said in a report released Friday.

February 28, 2014 11:36 a.m. read more..

Thursday, February 27


Letter to the Editor: Walmart gone underground?

To the editor: OK, I have always been a supporter of Walmart in The Dalles. However, recently I have become increasingly frustrated with trying to contact them to try and find out if they still plan to build one here. I have exhausted everything on their site to find out. I get no response.

February 27, 2014 12:11 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: A pathetic arguement

Mr. Fischer, you have your own brand of religion that you preach quite often. Being an atheist you try to shove your beliefs down everyone’s throat expecting everyone to follow your teachings. You believe that there is no afterlife and try to back that up factually but the realization is, you don’t know nor does anyone else.

February 27, 2014 12:09 p.m. read more..

Leave Lee statue in D.C.; honor Hatfield in Salem

Last year Oregon lawmakers ended their session without passing a bill that would have put a statue of Mark Hatfield in the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Now the idea is back, and once again it should be allowed to die, this time for good.

February 27, 2014 12:02 p.m. read more..

Editorial: When is it OK for government to spy?

If you were looking for another editorial about the federal government combing through our emails and text messages, you’ll just have to wait for another day. Today, we look at our city government’s effort to spy on its citizens.

February 27, 2014 noon read more..

Talk focuses on military road

Dennis Birney of the Klickitat County Historical Society in Goldendale will present pictures and the history of the first north-south wagon road through Klickitat County Saturday, March 1, at the Original Wasco County Courthouse, 410 W. 2nd Place, The Dalles. This is the program that was postponed because of snow earlier in February.

February 27, 2014 11:57 a.m. read more..

Tribe dancers shine in Portland

The Dalles Wahtonka dance team competed in its first competition of the 2013-2014 campaign this past weekend and secured first place in the Portland Interscholastic League Invitational at Madison High School in Portland.

February 27, 2014 11:53 a.m. read more..

DA plot nets felon 20 years

An inmate who crafted a jailhouse plot to murder a public official and two in-laws was sentenced Wednesday to two decades in prison without any possibility of early release.

February 27, 2014 11:14 a.m. read more..

Avalanche deaths spike

SEATTLE (AP) — Skiers and snowboarders rejoiced when a series of storms dumped several feet of snow in the mountains across the West, after what had been a disappointing start for those seeking fresh powder in the backcountry.

February 27, 2014 11:12 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, February 26

AstroGraph for February 27, 2014

You will start fulfilling some of your dreams this year. The ability to see your efforts through will enable you to take on many new and interesting projects. Your concentration and intensity will bring you that much closer to your goals.

February 26, 2014 2:50 p.m. read more..

Behaviorists: Dogs feel no shame, despite look

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The next time you start shaking your finger and shouting “Shame on you!” because your dog chewed up your favorite fuzzy slippers, just remember that no matter how guilty your dog looks, it doesn’t know what your rant is about.

February 26, 2014 12:36 p.m. read more..

Connelly’s books are lifelong ambition

Lori Connelly, life-long Oregon resident and native of The Dalles, realized her life-long ambition of becoming a published author in the fall of 2013 after a hard-won battle against massive health problems.

February 26, 2014 11:47 a.m. read more..

PBS reporter has arm amputated

LOS ANGELES — PBS science correspondent Miles O’Brien said Tuesday his left arm was amputated above the elbow after an apparently minor injury put his life in jeopardy.

February 26, 2014 11:35 a.m. read more..

NW tribes oppose pot legalization

FERNDALE, Wash. (AP) — An organization representing 57 Northwest Indian tribes has announced its opposition to marijuana legalization, specifically in Alaska and Oregon.

February 26, 2014 11:29 a.m. read more..

Tour boat schedule available

The Union Street dock calendar is filling up fast for 2014 and this might be a good time to be thinking about how you can attract tour boat passengers to your place of business.

February 26, 2014 7:05 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, February 25


Not in the cards

Dufur loses Big Sky district title game to Condon-Wheeler; now focused on playoffs

February 25, 2014 2:10 p.m. read more..

Student chess enthusiasts compete

The Region 20 Chess Tournament, which was postponed due to adverse weather conditions earlier this month, was held at The Dalles Middle School on February 15th.

February 25, 2014 2:02 p.m. read more..

Oregon Mascot bill advances

SALEM (AP) — Oregon schools are one step closer to keeping Native American mascots under a bill that cleared the House Education committee Monday.

February 25, 2014 2 p.m. read more..

Obama tells Pentagon to plan for Afghan pullout

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has ordered the Pentagon to plan for a full American withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year should the Afghan government refuse to sign a security agreement with the U.S, the White House said Tuesday.

February 25, 2014 1:56 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: No consistency

After reading Bobbie Miller’s letter of Feb. 15, I have a few questions for her: First, were you equally as outraged about executive orders when Reagan signed 381 of them? Or when GWB signed 291 of them? Or is it just the 168 that our president has signed that you’re concerned about?

February 25, 2014 1:35 p.m. read more..

Study finds overdiagnosis of thyroid cancer

CHICAGO — A dramatic rise in thyroid cancer has resulted from overdiagnosis and treatment of tumors too small to ever cause harm, according to a study that found cases nearly tripled since 1975.

February 25, 2014 1:30 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for February 25, 2014

Concentrate your abilities on working toward a personal goal. Make good use of all the resources available to you, and don’t allow the pessimistic attitudes of others to dissuade you. Be on the alert for opportunities, and take full advantage of them when they appear.

February 25, 2014 1:30 p.m. read more..

Senior News: Find your way through the legal world

Don’t you wish the American legal system was simple, understandable, and inexpensive? But doesn’t it seem like the laws are becoming even more complex, and in the name of clarity and fairness more ambiguous and contradictory, to the point where you just want to scream “I give up!”

February 25, 2014 1:29 p.m. read more..

Fire destroys former motel at Biggs Junction

Fire destroyed a five-unit former motel at the far west end of Biggs Junction yesterday morning, Feb. 24, but all four residents escaped safely, and law officers helped them remove their belongings.

February 25, 2014 1:19 p.m. read more..

Saturday, February 22


Tribal killing suspect target of probe

ALTURAS, Calif. — The woman who police say killed three family members and a worker at the headquarters building for an Indian tribe that was evicting her and her son from its land was the target of a federal investigation into at least $50,000 in missing tribal funds.

February 22, 2014 5:52 p.m. read more..

Police: Oregon teens planned swastika attack

PORTLAND(AP) — Authorities say four Oregon teenagers accused of shooting a fellow high school student with a BB gun and carving a swastika into his forehead had spent an evening sketching out ideas for torturing him.

February 22, 2014 5:46 p.m. read more..

Race factors in execution

SEATTLE — Two years ago, when Washington’s Supreme Court was reviewing the death sentence assigned to a black man accused of raping and murdering a 65-year-old woman, Justice Charles Wiggins found himself troubled by numbers.

February 22, 2014 5:43 p.m. read more..

Editorial: China complicit in crimes against humanity

Former High Court judge Michael Kirby’s account of the “unspeakable atrocities” being committed in the North Korean gulags deserves better than the contemptuous response it has received from China, the one country with the leverage to compel the lunatic regime in Pyongyang to behave differently.

February 22, 2014 4:46 p.m. read more..

Today in history, Feb. 23

Today is Sunday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2014. There are 311 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 23, 1954, the first mass inoculation of schoolchildren against polio using the Salk vaccine began in Pittsburgh as some 5,000 students were vaccinated.

February 22, 2014 4:44 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Go cavalry!

To the editor: Not trying to beat an old dog to death, but there is one more reconsideration that I heard and cannot take credit for. I think it is great, a new beginning. How about Fort Dalles High School Cavalry? It displays our roots and no one that I know has this combination. Think about it.

February 22, 2014 4:38 p.m. read more..

States extend winter sturgeon season

CLACKAMAS — Anglers will have an additional 14 days of winter sturgeon fishing on the Columbia River between Bonneville and The Dalles dams this year under rules adopted today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington.

February 22, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..

Friday, February 21


Political changes come fast and furious in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — In a fast-moving day that could significantly shift Ukraine’s political destiny, opposition leaders signed a deal Friday with the country’s beleaguered president that calls for an early election, a new constitution and a new unity government.

February 21, 2014 1:26 p.m. read more..

Husky boys find iron unkind in loss

The Sherman Huskies were thrust into a meat grinder of a schedule in the final stretch of the season, winning five of their last six games to punch a Big Sky district playoff ticket.

February 21, 2014 1:20 p.m. read more..

Israeli demand sparks ‘Jewish state’ debate

JERUSALEM (AP) — Is Israel “the Jewish state”? The answer may seem as obvious as the Star of David on the Israeli flag. Yet the question is starting to complicate the ambitious U.S. effort to ram through a peace deal between the Palestinians and Israel.

February 21, 2014 1:02 p.m. read more..

Last Days pageant overcomes challenges

As recently as a few weeks ago, it was looking like the Last Days of Jesus Pageant might not happen this year, a first in its more than 35-year history. But God has provided, said pageant chair Marcus Morgan, and the event — recently beset by a lack of volunteers, money, venues and storage space — is still set to go on as planned.

February 21, 2014 12:58 p.m. read more..

Reynolds focuses on Rajneesh history

Oral historian Julie Reynolds will present a program, “Close Encounters: Wasco County Residents Remember the Rajneeshees,” Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Original Wasco County Courthouse, 410 W. 2nd Place, The Dalles. The program begins at 1:30 p.m.

February 21, 2014 12:54 p.m. read more..

Book battle is open to all

The rush of competition, the excitement of witnessing two opposing sides’ fight for dominance and their struggle to emerge victorious in the face of difficult odds always makes for a great show.

February 21, 2014 12:47 p.m. read more..

Oregon won’t defend gay marriage ban in lawsuit

PORTLAND — On March 12, 2004, the state of Oregon had a problem. Its most populous county was handing out marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and the state was unsure whether those actions were on solid legal footing.

February 21, 2014 12:41 p.m. read more..

Helping Hands

Students from St. Mary’s Academy volunteer at Mid-Columbia Senior Center Thursday.

February 21, 2014 12:40 p.m. read more..

Thursday, February 20

Under Construction

Work continues on the four-story, 80-room Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites being built just west of the Eagles Aerie Lodge on West Seventh Street

February 20, 2014 2:54 p.m. read more..

Ukraine death toll nears 100

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Fearing that a call for a truce was a ruse, protesters tossed firebombs and advanced upon police lines Thursday in Ukraine’s embattled capital. Government snipers shot back and the almost-medieval melee that ensued left at least 70 people dead and hundreds injured.

February 20, 2014 2:36 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Maybe in a million years

I consider myself blessed to be married to the same gorgeous woman for 61 years and having raised both sons and daughters, I have more than once been perplexed by the mysterious differences in the thought processes between males and females.

February 20, 2014 2:22 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Tipping point

I have been saying for some time that I believe The Dalles is at a “Tipping Point.” Welcome to 2014, a year in which many good things will happen. Because I am optimistic about the immediate future, I will be filing this summer for a second term as your mayor. Elections will occur November 2014.

February 20, 2014 2:19 p.m. read more..

Editorial: An independent lot

Oregonians tend to be an independent lot. Some years back a tourism campaign reflected that with a “things look different here” theme that focused on the state’s geographic diversity and natural beauty, but also implied that Oregonians pride themselves on thinking outside the box. That wasn’t mere boasting. In 1902, Oregon became the second state, behind South Dakota, to install an initiative and referendum system that allows citizens to make laws and undo laws passed by the Legislature.

February 20, 2014 2:17 p.m. read more..

Accident rates improving for older drivers

WASHINGTON — Safety researchers expressed concern a decade ago that traffic accidents would increase as the nation’s aging population swelled the number of older drivers on the road. Now, they say they’ve been proved wrong.

February 20, 2014 2:04 p.m. read more..

Primary filing deadline nears

The May 20, 2014 primary candidate filing deadline is approaching. Wasco County will have three office openings: county commissioner Position 1 (currently held by Scott Hege), county commissioner Position 3 (currently held by Rod Runyon) and county assessor (office is vacant).

February 20, 2014 1:58 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for February 21, 2014

Your popularity and reputation continue to grow. Others are drawn to your sincerity and enthusiasm. As a result, you will be involved in many diverse and interesting events. Your experience, participation and accomplishments will combine to make this an exciting and fulfilling year.

February 20, 2014 11:09 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: How a simple request turned into $1,000 savings

Dear Mary: In a recent column, a reader wrote saying it didn’t work to call her credit card company to ask them to lower her credit card’s interest rate. Your response reminded me that I had a 14.99 percent interest rate on a Visa card with a credit union to which I have belonged for 32 years.

February 20, 2014 11:05 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, February 19


1A basketball teams are eyeing state bids

From the start of summer ball to the past three months of preseason and league matchups, five local teams have put all their chips in the middle with hopes of earning a spot in the state hoops mix during district action starting Thursday at Hermiston High School.

February 19, 2014 12:24 p.m. read more..

Russia loses hockey bid for Olympic title

SOCHI, Russia — A Russian hockey team with immense expectations lost its shot at an Olympic title Wednesday at a Winter Games tempered by violence both in the host city and in nearby Ukraine.

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

Russian banya a treat at Sochi Olympics

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — “What’s the score?” asks Svetlana Fedorenko as she enters a bathhouse in the Caucasus Mountains with her husband and friends: The U.S.-Russia hockey game was on, and most of the country was glued to a television.

February 19, 2014 12:13 p.m. read more..

Minimum wage report puts Democrats on defensive

WASHINGTON — A report by Congress’ nonpartisan budget analysts seems to have thrown Democrats onto the defensive after it concluded that the party’s drive to boost the federal minimum wage could cost a half-million jobs by 2016.

February 19, 2014 12:08 p.m. read more..

Maryhill chalks up 300 awards

What wine goes best with platinum? The answer, apparently, is wine from Maryhill Winery, which tallied nearly 70 platinum, double gold or gold medals last year amid its record-breaking 300 2013 awards.

February 19, 2014 12:07 p.m. read more..

‘Spare’ some time to bowl for kids

HOOD RIVER — You don’t have to be an expert bowler to participate in Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge’s (BBBS) largest community fundraiser of the year. All you need is a little “spare” time.

February 19, 2014 11:59 a.m. read more..

Woman, dog rescued from sinkhole

A Portland fire official says a woman and her dog have been rescued unharmed after falling into a 20-foot-deep sinkhole that opened up in her backyard.

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

Pot dispensary bans might go up in smoke

SALEM — Oregon communities and counties would not be permitted to prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries under a bill unanimously passed Tuesday by the state Senate, even though nearly a dozen communities already have done so or are considering it.

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

AstroGraph for February 20, 2014

Your compassion and generosity will result in unexpected rewards this year. Your actions will be recognized by those in a position to enhance your prospects. Decisive action and determination on your part will serve to improve your reputation and status.

February 19, 2014 10:36 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: The secret in a great spaghetti sauce

Every week, reader tips arrive in my inbox and mailbox. Without fail, there’s always at least one that is so great, it makes me wonder why I didn’t think of it! Take today’s first tip for how to change homemade spaghetti sauce from ordinary to awesome. Who knew it could be this easy.

February 19, 2014 10:35 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, February 18


Ione boys pull away late at Dufur

With a chance to jump up to a No. 2 district seed with a win Saturday over Ione, the Dufur Rangers gave it all they had, but ended on the short end down the stretch in a 77-71 loss to the Cardinals in a non-league contest at Dufur. In the fourth quarter, Dufur was behind 57-48, but got to within a two-possession game twice with the ball, once at 74-70, but committed two turnovers in those moments to give the all back to Ione.

February 18, 2014 1:09 p.m. read more..

Dufur girls soar past Ione, 56-25

Since a pair of non-league losses at the beginning of the month, the No. 7-ranked Dufur Rangers have rattled off four consecutive victories by an average margin of 20.7 points to end the regular season.

February 18, 2014 1:08 p.m. read more..

SWC boys lose, but coach hopeful

Yes, the South Wasco County Redsides have lost three games in a row, but head coach Jim Hull has seen enough development and encouraging elements to feel confident his team can flip the switch in time for a deep playoff run.

February 18, 2014 1:07 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Protect religious freedom

To the editor: If we are to continue to enjoy the right to think, act upon and express our deepest beliefs according to the dictates of our own conscience — whether religious or non-religious — we must be prepared to support and protect the First Amendment of our Constitution with its guarantee of freedom of religion.

February 18, 2014 12:56 p.m. read more..

Quarterly hazardous waste events set for 2014

Free quarterly hazardous waste events for households and businesses within Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties are scheduled throughout the year. Friday events are held at Hood River Garbage Service, 3440 Guignard Drive, Hood River. Saturday events are held at The Dalles Disposal, 1317 West 1st Street, The Dalles.

February 18, 2014 12:46 p.m. read more..

Police-protestor clash turns deadly

BANGKOK (AP) — Gunbattles broke out Tuesday as hundreds of riot police made their strongest attempt to clear anti-government protest sites around Thailand’s capital, leaving at least four people dead and 64 others injured.

February 18, 2014 12:45 p.m. read more..

Older Americans are early health law winners

CHICAGO — For many older Americans who lost jobs during the recession, the quest for health care has been one obstacle after another. They’re unwanted by employers, rejected by insurers, struggling to cover rising medical costs and praying to reach Medicare age before a health crisis.

February 18, 2014 12:43 p.m. read more..

Spotlight shines on TDW senior

Recently awarded the distinction of being named The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Outstanding Youth of the Year, Aletta Maier definitely has a lot going for her.

February 18, 2014 12:40 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Clear out the toxins

Reporter Neita Cecil’s Feb. 14 story, “Waste role sparks county conflict,” no doubt leaves readers with a few questions. The main question? Why has one small function within the North Wasco Public Health become such a bone of contention?

February 18, 2014 12:18 p.m. read more..

Correction: Feb. 16 editorial

Correction: Feb. 16 editorial Discussion in a Feb. 16 editorial mentioned that Sherman County’s representative on the Household Hazardous Waste advisory committee would recommend his county pull out of the “program” if it were housed at Wasco County, instead of at North Central Public Health District. The program referred to was the hazardous waste program, not the overall public health program.

February 18, 2014 12:13 p.m. read more..

Farewell Festivities

THE DRILL HALL at The Dalles Armory was packed Feb. 15 for A Farewell to the Armory, a fundraising event for the Family Readiness Group and the Fort Dalles Fourth.

February 18, 2014 12:11 p.m. read more..

Ranchers gather at Maupin feast

Members of the North Central Livestock Association gathered in Maupin Saturday night for their second annual banquet and business meeting. The nonprofit organization of Sherman and Wasco County ranchers is headed by Keith Nantz, business partner for the Dillon Land and Cattle Company, which is headquartered in Dufur.

February 18, 2014 12:06 p.m. read more..

TD police investigate hit-and-run

The Dalles Police Department is investigating an injury hit-and-run crash that occurred on the night of Feb. 16 at about 6:20 p.m. Police officers were dispatched to the 500 block of West Ninth Street where a 78-year-old man was discovered to be the victim.

February 18, 2014 11:56 a.m. read more..

AstroGraph for February 19, 2014

Your employer or an important person will be impressed with your determination and commitment. Your leadership skills, versatility and accomplishments will bring greater recognition. Advancement can be yours this year if you concentrate on getting ahead. Welcome new opportunities, and you will succeed.

February 18, 2014 11:01 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: New grocery shopping attitude

1. Exercise patience. Instead of buying items when you run out, watch for bargain prices on products you want, and buy them when they are on sale. As you are able, buy enough to last for a couple of weeks or until that product goes on sale again (probably about 12 weeks). Ultimately, the goal is to only buy things when they are sale and never at full price.

February 18, 2014 11 a.m. read more..

Saturday, February 15


Nerdin’s 18 paces TDW boys

Zach Nerdin scored nine of his game-high 18 points in the fourth quarter and The Dalles Wahtonka added to a 31-27 halftime lead with runs of 10-8 and 18-14 for a 59-49 victory Friday in Columbia River Conference action over Hood River at Kurtz Gym.

February 15, 2014 2:17 p.m. read more..

Sherman can’t stop Horizon

For three quarters, the Sherman Huskies stayed right on task with No. 1-ranked Horizon Christian, but a 16-4 second-quarter run provided all of the cushion needed to propel the Hawks to their 19th consecutive win, 63-42, Friday night in a Big Sky boy’s contest in Hood River.

February 15, 2014 2:17 p.m. read more..

Guzman, Poirier lead Huskies

The Sherman Huskies secured the district No. 2 seed after using a strong first half to roll past Horizon Christian by a 39-22 count Friday in Big Sky conference girl’s basketball play in Hood River.

February 15, 2014 2:16 p.m. read more..

Dufur girls use top defense to garner a 38-25 triumph

MAUPIN – Alexa Macias netted 14 points, and the Dufur Ranger defense limited South Wasco County to one field goal in the final quarter to preserve a 38-25 win Friday in their Big Sky Conference game in Maupin. In all, the Redsides managed eight field goals, but just one each in the first and fourth quarters.

February 15, 2014 2:15 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Get involved

To the editor: Thank you so much for printing the article by Diana West entitled “Impeachment by laws, not men.” When will everyone wake up to what is happening to our wonderful nation? The news media does not cover much of what this president is doing to destroy our laws. He thinks he has executive power to take out his pen and sign into law, which he does not have the power to do.

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

Letter to the Editor: StRUT your stuff

To the editor: In your February 9 article on upcycling and recycling by Holly Morris, we missed a great opportunity to mention the StRUT program in The Dalles. That’s ‘Students Recycling Used Technology’. StRUT is a not for profit organization that provides technology education, resources, and recycling to schools across Oregon and Southern Washington.

February 15, 2014 1:29 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Councilor available

It has been over a year since I took the oath of office as The Dalles City Councilor Position 4. I have gained a considerable amount of knowledge regarding the workings of our local city government and I know that I have much more to learn. The experience to this date has been rewarding and I appreciate all the encouragement I have received from my supporters.

February 15, 2014 1:26 p.m. read more..

Extension Cord: Not all soils are created equal

Often as gardeners we think a lot about the plants that we grow above ground but very little about the soil that the plants grow in. It is only when our plants aren’t growing as well as they should that we start to think about the soil, but most of us don’t even know what to look for, let alone how to fix the problem.

February 15, 2014 1:22 p.m. read more..

Friday, February 14


Veteran's Corner: Women veterans may be eligible for benefits

Did you know the fastest growing segment of the veteran population is female? Women who are veterans are often unaware that they and their dependent children may be eligible for health care, compensation and benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

February 14, 2014 12:26 p.m. read more..

Port takes steps to remove ‘attractive nuisance’ deck

THE PORT of The Dalles is taking steps to remove an unauthorized, deck-like platform at Klindt Cove, they have deemed an attractive nuisance. After contacting various agencies, they do not believe it is a Native American fishing structure. Mark B. Gibson photo

February 14, 2014 12:23 p.m. read more..

Sherman County drug seizure is Oregon’s largest

The man drug enforcement officers believe responsible for transporting the largest cache of illegal drugs ever seized in Oregon pleaded not guilty in federal court Feb. 13. Salvador Martinez-Perez, 53, East Wenatchee, Wash., appeared before U.S. Magistrate Dennis J. Hubel on four charges of conspiracy and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.

February 14, 2014 12:18 p.m. read more..

Safety prompts Troutdale closure choice, says ODOT

The decision to close Interstate 84 at Troutdale rather than Cascade Locks was made over traffic concerns, said Dave Thompson, ODOT spokesperson. He explained that when I-84 is closed — during snow events, for example — truckers that are driving through often wait outside the closure area until conditions improve. ODOT did not want truckers to line up in Cascade Locks, he said, since there were comparatively fewer amenities available than in Troutdale.

February 14, 2014 12:08 p.m. read more..

Lady Huskies find a way to win

Katie Poirier scored a game-high 16 points, Brittney Orendorff added eight and the Sherman Huskies broke open a 7-2 lead after one quarter with a 30-12 run through the second and third quarters in a 44-28 win over Central Christian Thursday night in a Big Sky Conference girl’s hoops tussle at Sherman High School.

February 14, 2014 11:58 a.m. read more..

Bauer purchase aims to strengthen Bank

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. is buying the parent company of Eddie Bauer in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $825 million that will help strengthen its men’s wear business and diversify its offerings. The deal comes as Jos. A. Bank is being pursued by rival Men’s Wearhouse Inc.

February 14, 2014 11:51 a.m. read more..

Poll: Valentine bliss outweighs holiday dread

A new Associated Press-WE tv survey finds 66 percent of paired-off adults say their relationships are perfect or nearly so. Most are excited for Valentine’s Day and have a gift on their wish list for the holiday.

February 14, 2014 11:37 a.m. read more..

Thursday, February 13


Weathering the Weather

A flock of geese circle to land beyond a pair of buffalo silhouetted on a snow-dappled cliff along the access road of Schreiner Farms in Dallesport.

February 13, 2014 1:23 p.m. read more..

Schools prep for strike

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland school board has unanimously declared a state of emergency, a move that allows the schools superintendent to spend money on preparations for a strike, including hiring replacement teachers.

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

Washington lawmakers bring bridge debate to Oregon House

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The vigorous debate among southwest Washington lawmakers over the proposed Columbia River bridge-replacement project crossed the river Wednesday to an Oregon House committee that debated a plan to build the bridge without Washington’s money.

February 13, 2014 12:58 p.m. read more..

Washington coal terminal to be reviewed

Project review will consider impacts that extend well beyond the site, including global-warming effects from burning the exported coal in Asia and rail impacts as coal is shipped by train from the Rockies throughout the state.

February 13, 2014 12:57 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: 60: not so bad

I am hoping that I can use this forum to thank the many people who attended my recent birthday party at Spooky’s. I was showered with cards, gifts, and well wishes from many wonderful friends and family members.

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

Letter to the Editor: Doing their jobs

Last week I stepped out my front door at 6:03 a.m. and lo and behold my Oregonian paper deliverer had just stopped and he handed me my paper. I said, “Thank you so much” and he said, ‘just doing my job.”

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

Sinfonietta features Scandinavian Romance Feb. 14

Special for Valentine’s Day, the Columbia Gorge Sinfonietta he orchestra is presenting an evening of music called “Scandinavian Romance,” and it features compositions by Jean Sibelius, Oskar Bohme, and Georg Philipp Telemann.

February 13, 2014 12:39 p.m. read more..

Forum focuses on Civil War letters

Local author Katherine Arbon will present “Civil War Letters: Faith, Family, Freedom … and Blackberry Jam,” Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Original Wasco County Courthouse, 410 W. 2nd Place, The Dalles. The program begins at 1:30 p.m. Seating in the upstairs courtroom and downstairs sheriff’s office is limited. Arbon has consented to repeat the program later Saturday afternoon if there is an overflow crowd.

February 13, 2014 12:33 p.m. read more..

Corps sets locks closure

PORTLAND —The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will close navigation locks at dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers in March to conduct routine annual inspections, preventative maintenance and repairs to major lock systems like gates, valves, pumps and electrical gear. All eight navigation locks will close to recreational and commercial river traffic at 6 a.m. Saturday, March 1.

February 13, 2014 12:19 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, February 12

Mobile Vet Center comes to town

A licensed clinicial social worker from Salem will be in The Dalles Thursday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help veterans suffering from PTSD or other mental health issues. The Mobile Vet Center will be parked next to the Wasco County Veterans' Service Office, 201 Federal St., and people wanting more information can call 541-506-2502.

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

SMART hosts A Taste for Literacy

The Dalles Leadership Council of SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) will hold its annual funraiser for local programs, A Taste for Literacy, on Sunday, Feb. 23, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Sunshine Mill in The Dalles.

February 12, 2014 1:42 p.m. read more..

Word on the Streeet: Road workers bring a little sunshine

Bringing sunshine: Despite the gray that has been dominating our skies and the snow (quickly turning to slush) on our streets, The Dalles road crews brightened the days of local businesses this week by industriously making sure customers still have passable roads and places to park in the business districts.

February 12, 2014 1:11 p.m. read more..

OSU helps with ‘alpaca-lypse’

CORVALLIS (AP) — The last of about 175 alpacas found starving at a breeding operation in the Willamette Valley arrived Tuesday at Oregon State University.

February 12, 2014 1:08 p.m. read more..

All in a Day's Work

Maupin rancher Keith Nantz rides his horse “Dude” into the corral at the Oak Springs Road ranch and dismounts to begin a long day’s work in weather that hovers in the low 20s. On the chore list this day is marking three-month-old calves with the Dillon Land and Cattle Company brand.

February 12, 2014 12:11 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, February 11


GOP to advance ‘clean’ debt limit hike

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday that the House will vote this week to increase in the government’s borrowing cap without any add-ons demanded by Republicans.

February 11, 2014 12:43 p.m. read more..

Editorial: For lack of planning

Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management doesn’t have a good enough plan in place to assure the state is fully prepared to recover from a major disaster. An audit by the Oregon Secretary of State blamed insufficient planning and organizational problems.

February 11, 2014 12:36 p.m. read more..

Giant borer will take months to repair

SEATTLE (AP) — The contracting team hired to dig a highway tunnel under downtown Seattle told the Washington state Transportation Department on Monday evening that it will take months to fix broken seals on the world’s largest tunneling machine, the Transportation Department said.

February 11, 2014 12:19 p.m. read more..

Three deaths may be weather-related

BEND (AP) — A longtime forest advocate collapsed outside his Bend area home while shoveling snow, one of three storm-related deaths in central Oregon over the weekend, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday.

February 11, 2014 12:07 p.m. read more..

Senior News: It’s important to be prepared for a winter emergency

I hope you have dug out of the snow by the time you read this. But as I was shoveling snow — for the third time — my mind wondered back to the days of childhood when snow was a gift from the heavens. It provided children with a chance to build snow caves, play Capture the Flag, and drink hot chocolate with marshmallows instead of going to school.

February 11, 2014 11:53 a.m. read more..

Saturday, February 8


Reviewers blast wolf plan science

BILLINGS, Mont. — A proposal to lift federal protections for gray wolves across most of the U.S. suffered a significant setback Friday as an independent review panel said the government is relying on unsettled science to make its case. Federal wildlife officials want to remove the animals from the endangered species list across the Lower 48 states, except for a small population in the Southwest.

February 8, 2014 5:59 p.m. read more..

Today in History, Feb. 9

Today is Sunday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2014. There are 325 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Feb. 9, 1964, The Beatles made their first live American television appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” broadcast from New York on CBS. The G.I. Joe action figure was introduced at the American International Toy Fair in New York.

February 8, 2014 5:57 p.m. read more..

Looking Back

Looking Back on Feb. 9, from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle.

February 8, 2014 5:28 p.m. read more..

Rain and snow not enough to break Oregon’s drought

GRANTS PASS (AP) — The rain and snow falling across Oregon are far from enough to break the drought. Snowpack levels across most of the state Friday were less than half of normal, and the drought index was still severe to moderate. Dozens of sites in Southern Oregon showed the lowest snowpack since the 1940s, when records were first kept.

February 8, 2014 5:11 p.m. read more..

Guard: A tradition of service to community and their country

The tradition of citizen-soldiers in Oregon and in Wasco County dates back to before Oregon was even a territory. While Lewis and Clark were the first non-native military presence in the Columbia Gorge, in 1805-1806, the first company of volunteer “Oregon Rifles” organized in Oregon City in response to the 1847-48 Cayuse War, reached The Dalles Dec. 21, 1847 to establish Fort Lee to guard the Wascopam Mission and emigrant property.

February 8, 2014 5:09 p.m. read more..

Wyden: Tax overhaul takes top priority

Sen. Ron Wyden, the incoming chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said Friday his first priority in the job will be overhauling the nation’s tax system, which he called a “dysfunctional, rotten mess.” In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, Wyden said he was inspired by the bipartisan income tax changes of 1986, when former Oregon Republican Sen. Bob Packwood was Senate Finance chairman and Ronald Reagan was president.

February 8, 2014 11:48 a.m. read more..

Friday, February 7


Scam targets PUD customers

Northern Wasco County PUD is warning customers of telephone scams targeting local customers over the last week. The customers are reporting that they have received a phone call stating that their power service will be shut off unless they pay an amount either by wiring the money from Walmart or Rite-Aid or by paying by credit card.

February 7, 2014 12:21 p.m. read more..

Suspect in Clackamas County killing still at large

OREGON CITY (AP) — The Clackamas County sheriff’s office says a man suspected of fatally shooting a county road weighmaster remains at large Friday. A dispatcher says officers continue to look for 41-year-old Dirck Morgan White of Edgefield, Wash. He was wanted on an arrest warrant from Pierce County, Wash., for a weapons violation.

February 7, 2014 12:20 p.m. read more..

Western Oregon expects heavy snowfalls

PORTLAND — A second winter storm in two days is bearing down on Oregon and southwestern Washington, this one topped with ice that could make highways more treacherous in some areas and knock out electricity.

February 7, 2014 12:17 p.m. read more..

More snow expected tonight in gorge

The Dalles snow plows are on a 24-hour schedule as more snowy weather gets set to roll through the area tonight, while Wasco County plows were out before 4 a.m. on their first-day snow routes throughout the county.

February 7, 2014 11:49 a.m. read more..

Thursday, February 6

‘Lantern’ on the Hill

The Fort Dalles Readiness Center on the eastern edge of the campus at Columbia Gorge Community College will be lit up at night for the next two weeks as Hoffman Construction tests the electrical and lighting systems.

February 6, 2014 12:59 p.m. read more..

State needs a bridge partner

Gov. John Kitzhaber made a last-ditch appeal to Oregon legislative leaders this week, urging them to renew state funding that would allow construction of a new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River to begin. The governor is right about the need for a safer bridge capable of withstanding earthquakes, and he’s right about the existing bridge couplet becoming a pinch point for $40 billion in West Coast commerce. But he’s making his pitch to the wrong audience: Lawmakers in Olympia, not Salem, are the ones whose support is needed.

February 6, 2014 12:37 p.m. read more..

Companies try voluntary GMO labels

WASHINGTON — Large food companies are trying to head off state efforts to enact mandatory labeling of genetically modified ingredients by proposing new voluntary labels nationwide.

February 6, 2014 12:17 p.m. read more..

Expansion continues on TD wi-fi

By the end of April, 8.25 million square feet of free wi-fi coverage will be available through 77 access points in The Dalles and work continues to strengthen the system.

February 6, 2014 12:15 p.m. read more..

Wasco County to host Cycle Oregon stays

Wasco County communities have been chosen to host Cycle Oregon’s 2014 week-long ride as its starting and finishing location. The route was unveiled by Cycle Oregon last night at the Portland Art Museum. The Dalles, Dufur and Tygh Valley will all host overnight stays.

February 6, 2014 10:27 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, February 5

Word on the Street: Small touches matter in business

Not gone, just changed: The Dalles Academy of Hair has been a fixture here for decades and quite a few people noticed a change at that location last year. But the academy isn’t gone, it just has a new name, Teasers Hair Design, under the ownership of stylist Laurie White.

February 5, 2014 3:08 p.m. read more..

Labor board tries again to change union rules

WASHINGTON — Labor regulators are trying once again to streamline the process in which workers decide whether to join labor unions, a move sure to reignite the bitter debate between union advocates and employers that seek to discourage workers from unionizing.

February 5, 2014 3:06 p.m. read more..

Lawmakers seek Endangered Species Act overhaul

BILLINGS, Mont. — Republicans in Congress on Tuesday called for an overhaul to the Endangered Species Act to curtail environmentalists’ lawsuits and give more power to states, but experts say broad changes to one of the nation’s cornerstone environmental laws are unlikely given the pervasive partisan divide in Washington, D.C.

February 5, 2014 2:59 p.m. read more..

The Dalles native takes top DUII honors

People will drive when they should not do so, and Jake Ferrer is adept at catching them at it. Ferrer, a Hood River Police officer with less than three years’ experience, last month received the DUII Enforcement Officer of 2013 award from the county district attorney’s office “for his outstanding DUII enforcement efforts.” The award recognizes a law enforcement officer who demonstrated “exemplary service and is active in DUII enforcement in Hood River County.”

February 5, 2014 2:36 p.m. read more..

Bill Nye true to form in creation debate

PETERSBURG, Ky. — True to his passionate and animated TV persona, “Science Guy” Bill Nye tapped on the podium, threw up his hands and noted that science shows the Earth is “billions and billions” of years old in a debate at a Kentucky museum known for teaching that the planet’s age is only 6,000.

February 5, 2014 2:33 p.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for February 5, 2014

Size up your situation and figure out what you want. Do not slow down until you reach your goal. Use your desire and determination to get started, and the rest will fall into place. Stay focused and strive for the success you’ve been searching for.

February 5, 2014 10:38 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: People can use the very items being cast off by others

Every day, perfectly serviceable items find their way to landfills simply because they are no longer wanted or needed by their owners. And that’s a shame because there are so many people who could really use the very items being cast off by others. There’s a fabulous movement in this country that is matching up useable cast-offs with anxious users.

February 5, 2014 10:36 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, February 4


Lady Rangers lose to St. Paul

The Dufur Rangers have now lost four of their last five games after a pair of setbacks against Lowell and St. Paul in 1A girl’s basketball action over the weekend and Monday.

February 4, 2014 1:22 p.m. read more..

Huskies drop Griswold, 81-53

In the past 10 games, the Sherman Huskies have alternated wins and losses, going 5-5, but this next stretch on the slate will be a telltale sign of whether this group has the mettle to turn the corner and make a legitimate run into the playoffs.

February 4, 2014 1:20 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Answer is love

To the editor: In response to the letter blasting President Obama for trying to talk things out, striving for world peace and understanding: There is so much I find not only wrong but repellant, I just decided not to confuse the writer with facts as his mind is made up.

February 4, 2014 1:12 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Protection needed for Sevenmile

To the editor: I write to draw attention to a Wasco County Commission meeting scheduled for 9:30 a.m. this Wednesday, Feb. 5. The commission will consider whether or not to support a close vote by the Planning Commission to allow a rezone at the top of Sevenmile Hill, which would allow over 20 additional home sites. At least the commission will have the input from the agencies that was lacking at the Planning Commission meeting, that of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Land Conservation and Development and the Oregon Department of Forestry. They did not submit testimony because they were not notified of the Planning Commission hearing. They have submitted written testimony for the county commission meeting, which is not supportive of the re-zone.

February 4, 2014 1:10 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Grace under political pressure

The return of the Olympics every couple of years, winter or summer, is always an exciting time for those who love the spirit of competition, the grace, the speed and the power all on display.

February 4, 2014 1:01 p.m. read more..

Target data breach pits banks against retailers

WASHINGTON — Banks and big retailers are locked in a debate over the breach of consumer data that gripped Target Corp. during the holiday season. At issue: Which industry bears more responsibility for protecting consumers’ personal information?

February 4, 2014 1 p.m. read more..

FDA nonsmoking ads aim at teens

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is using ads that depict yellow teeth and wrinkled skin to show the nation’s at-risk youth the costs associated with cigarette smoking.

February 4, 2014 12:48 p.m. read more..

January weather was warmer than normal

Temperatures at The Dalles airport averaged warmer than normal during the month of January, according to preliminary data received by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton.

February 4, 2014 12:41 p.m. read more..

Wolf pack blamed for Oregon sheep kill

SALEM (AP) — An investigation by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has determined that a sheep found dead Jan. 30 in northeast Oregon was killed by members of the Imnaha wolf pack.

February 4, 2014 12:22 p.m. read more..

Oregon fish first ever off endangered list

GRANTS PASS (AP) — A tiny minnow that lives only in Oregon backwaters is the first fish ever taken off U.S. Endangered Species Act protection because it is no longer threatened with extinction.

February 4, 2014 12:17 p.m. read more..

Astro-Graph for February 4, 2014

Push a little harder and prepare to excel in the coming year. Interacting with others will help open windows of opportunity, allowing you to get the results you seek. To ensure your success, pick up new skills or information that will keep you ahead of the pack.

February 4, 2014 10:20 a.m. read more..

School Schedule changes

So. Wasco Co. Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late (Effective tomorrow - Tue Feb 4th) Dufur Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late, No preschool

February 4, 2014 4:54 a.m. read more..

Saturday, February 1


Letter to the editor: Obama devisive

To the editor: President Obama addressed the nation Jan. 28 with his State of the Union message. I did not waste my time listening to someone I no longer have faith in.

February 1, 2014 3:46 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Support stability

To the editor: Stable relationships are good for us all. Committed relationships not only promote public and economic health but more importantly enhance the mental health of our community as a whole.

February 1, 2014 3:44 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Towns to trails

To the editor: Gorge Towns to Trails: There has been much talk the previous few months concerning an expanded trail system in the Lyle area. Most of the conversations have focused on how an expanded trail system will affect private landowners as well as land being taken off of the tax rolls.

February 1, 2014 3:43 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Theft hurts

Theft hurts To the editor: On Monday, Jan. 20, I believe two young men stole an Official NFL No. 7 Michael Vicks Atlanta Falcon jersey from my store.

February 1, 2014 3:41 p.m. read more..

Looking back on Feb. 2

February 2 20 Years Ago-1994 The Port of the Dalles is changing and changing rapidly. And there’s no one who is feeling quite as good about it as Port of The Dalles Executive Director Scott Hege. Hege has been in the position for a few years, and said the growth process on Port property has been slow. But if the first month of 1994 is an indicator of what is to come, Hege will have his hands full for the rest of the year. Three separate structures are currently being built on Port property, and negotiations are in progress to bring in at least five others.

February 1, 2014 3:33 p.m. read more..

TDW shrugs off pesky Pendleton

Emily Bailey rattled off another double-double with 14 points and 12 steals to lead The Dalles Wahtonka to a 44-32 winner over Pendleton in Columbia River Conference play Friday night at Kurtz Gym in The Dalles. TDW jabbed away early in the game with outputs of 12-5 and 11-6 to lead 23-11 at the half.

February 1, 2014 3:28 p.m. read more..

Lady Rangers get past Sherman

The Dufur Rangers jumped out with a 16-8 lead through one quarter of play and rode that advantage to a 38-24 win over Sherman in Big Sky girl’s basketball play Friday night in Dufur.

February 1, 2014 3:12 p.m. read more..

TDW boys lose by 11 to Pendleton

The first-place Pendleton Buckaroos used 14 points from Joel Boozer and broke open a 26-20 halftime lead with a 30-25 run in the second half to post a 56-45 win Friday over The Dalles Wahtonka in Columbia River Conference boy’s play in Pendleton.

February 1, 2014 3:11 p.m. read more..

SWC too strong for Griswold

Travis Hayes continued his torrid shooting pace with seven 3-pointers for a team-high 23 points to lead No. 12 South Wasco County to a lopsided 95-29 romp over Griswold in Big Sky Conference boy’s hoops action Friday in Maupin.

February 1, 2014 3:09 p.m. read more..

Morris, Caldwell open up in Dufur’s win

The Sherman Huskies fell behind 20-9 after one quarter, and battled back to within four points late in the fourth quarter, but the Dufur Rangers hit some late shots and fought off the rally to preserve a 71-57 victory Friday in Big Sky Conference boy’s basketball play at Dufur High School.

February 1, 2014 3:08 p.m. read more..

Wash. bill would guarantee paid vacation

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Workers in Washington could be the first in the nation to be guaranteed paid vacation time under legislation being considered by state lawmakers. Democratic Rep. Gael Tarleton of Seattle, the prime sponsor of House Bill 2238, said the measure would require public and private employers with 25 or more employees to provide vacation leave for those who work 20 hours or more per week. It’s the first bill of its kind to be introduced in the Washington legislature, according to Tarleton.

February 1, 2014 1:58 p.m. read more..

Indonesia volcano erupts, kills at least 14

MOUNT SINABUNG, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian volcano that has been rumbling for months unleashed a major eruption Saturday, killing 14 people just a day after authorities allowed thousands of villagers who had been evacuated to return to its slopes, saying that activity was decreasing, officials said.

February 1, 2014 1:56 p.m. read more..

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