Stories for February 2014

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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.

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!

Ask Dr. K: Following paleo diet may require adding supplements

DEAR DOCTOR K: My daughter and several of her college friends are on the “paleo” diet. What is that? Is it healthy?

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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.

What's Happening from Feb. 28

Nonprofit events from Feb. 28, 2014.

Compassion Award Nominees announced

Dinner honors nominees March 6

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TDW boys pull off HR sweep

Seniors cap careers with 10 straight wins over rivals

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Local equestrians hit Redmond

TDW, Dufur and Sherman put up good numbers in season-opening event

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.

Lawmakers want more time on DUII legislation

SALEM (AP) — The Oregon Senate moved to delay a measure that would loosen the requirements for which drunken drivers must use ignition interlock devices.

Oregon Senate passes pair of gun bills

SALEM (AP) — Oregon prison guards are one step closer to winning authority to keep guns in their cars during the workday.

For the Record from Feb. 28

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Feb. 28, 2014.

Church news in brief, Feb. 27

Church news in brief.

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Surgeon takes skills to impoverished Guinea

Dr. Jeff Mathisen went to Africa the first time to spell a surgeon who needed to take a month off for training and some down time.

Wold news in brief, Feb. 28

World and national news in brief.

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.

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Powerful storm hits California

Ushers in new worries for state

Troubled state-run websites get health law fix

WASHINGTON (AP) — States that have experienced technical problems running their own health care enrollment websites are getting help from the Obama administration.

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Odor is key topic at Amerities permit event

Railroad tie plant is up for air discharge permit renewal

Community school is focus of barbecue

March 6 event is open to parents and potential students

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New Protectors

Grant money helps Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue add to staff

Library newsletter, calendar available

March calendar and newsletter to The Dalles Wasco County Library are now available for download as pdf documents.

Thursday, February 27

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In the Company of Excellence pdf online

In the Company of Excellence, a special publication of The Dalles Chronicle, is now available as a pdf online, and can be viewed and/or downloaded.

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Editorial cartoons from Feb. 27

Editorial cartoons from Feb. 27, 2014.

13 exposed to radiation at New Mexico plant

puncturing a canister, Farok Sharif, president of the Nuclear Waste Partnership, said Monday before a community meeting in Carlsbad.

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Arizona governor’s veto aimed at own party’s right

Veto slaps down anti-gay bill

Letter to the Editor: No vote for Hillary

To the editor: Did you see the front page headline of Time magazine titled “Can Hillary Be Stopped?” I say, tell the truth and Hillary won’t get started.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Reunion committee seeks class of 1964 members

Class of 1964 The Dalles High School reunion organizers hope to locate the following people in anticipation of their 50th reunion.

What's Happening from Feb. 27

Nonprofit events from Feb. 27, 2014.

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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.

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Tribe wrestlers all business heading to state

Linebarger, Morales and Waters go into tourney action unseeded

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No Groundhog Day performance

Dufur girl’s basketball team defeats Cove in state sub-round; one win from Baker

For the Record from Feb. 27

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Feb. 27, 2014.

Bill would gradually lower Wash. liquor prices

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Lawmakers introduced on Wednesday a measure that would gradually lower liquor sales taxes from 20.5 percent to 6.5 percent over eight years.

Oregon senate approves new public records exemption

SALEM (AP) — The Oregon Senate has voted to carve another hole in the state’s public records law.

Wolf tracks confirmed on east slopes of Mount Hood

GRANTS PASS — Oregon’s wolf population continues to grow and has spun off another pathfinder that made it to the Cascades.

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New food labels would highlight calories and sugar

WASHINGTON — Those “Nutrition Facts” labels that are plastered on nearly every food package found in grocery stores are getting a new look.

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Russia reportedly sheltering Ukraine’s president

Report: Russia is harboring Yanukovych

Mascot change process will go on

Multiple tribes in area would require complex negotiations.

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.

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.

States extend winter sturgeon season in Bonneville Pool

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – 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.

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.

Everyday Cheapskate: Know your cleaning products for safety and savings

Two women, different locations, same accident. Both women, using an ordinary commercial toilet-bowl cleaner, were not satisfied with the way it was removing stains. Each added household chlorine bleach and stirred with a brush.

Ask Dr. K: Non-surgical approach can relieve carpal tunnel pain

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have carpal tunnel syndrome. How can I relieve the discomfort without drugs or surgery?

Equestrian results

Equestrian results.

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Tribe skiers make jump into 5A state mix

Boys, girls gets 2nd; ratchet up five top-11 finishers

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Memorable weekend for swim team

Coach McKay talks state, senior legacy of Ou and Nelson, program future

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.

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Tiny houses help address homeless issue

Occupy Madison promotes houses as shelter alternative

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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.

What's Happening from Feb. 26

Nonprofit events from Feb. 26, 2014.

CGCC scholars program application period opens

Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) has just opened the gates for eligible high school students to apply for its best-kept secret: the Gorge Scholars program.

Word on the Street: Stay home and act like a weekender

All around you: In our heads, we know we live in a world-class tourist destination.

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Allstate welcomes new owners

Schwarzbach’s varied career brings him back home

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Window display: This is your brain on art

Bright splatter painting on a crisp white background spotlights the impact of art in a downtown storefront display window.

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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.

For the Record from Feb. 26

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Feb. 26, 2014.

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.

St. Vincent’s struggles

Social services could be affected

Rodeo association cancels parade

Hulit says declining interest is the reason

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Corps halts Lone Pine Islands access

Strong currents, frigid waters cited for closure of longstanding access area

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.

Tuesday, February 25

Dufur play-in game postponed

Dufur vs. Cove first round OSAA girls basketball playoff game postponed until tomorrow 2/26 beginning at 6:00 pm

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Eagle Indian trio chalks up state berths

Morales, Linebarger and Waters garner top-4 finishes

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Bad bounces catch up to beat South Wasco

It is rare that a team gets snake bitten two years in a row on last-second plays that ended a season.

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Not in the cards

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

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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.

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.

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.

For the Record from Feb. 25

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Feb. 25, 2014.

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Editorial cartoons from Feb. 25

Editorial cartoons from Feb. 25, 2014.

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Editorial: Hands above the table, please

Information is the currency of our era — and quite valuable currency it is today.

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?

What's Happening from Feb. 25

Nonprofit events from Feb. 25, 2014.

Last dry town in Conn. reconsiders

HARTFORD, Conn. — The last dry town in Connecticut is considering whether to give up on Prohibition.

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.

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.

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!”

Everyday Cheapskate: Simple menu rotation can help busy families cope

If money is leaking out of your household and you aren’t quite sure where it’s going, I have an idea: fast food.

Ask Dr. K: Exams catch disease early

DEAR DOCTOR K: How often should I have my eyes examined? What will the doctor check for during the exam?

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Rare disease cripples children in California

Any child showing a sudden onset of weakness in their limbs or symptoms of paralysis should be immediately seen by a doctor.

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Foundation rock reveals ‘41 time capsule

Contents reflect 1940s era

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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.

City eyes rate discount change for low income seniors, disabled

For more than a decade, the water and sewer rates of some low-income residents in The Dalles have remained frozen, making them up to 69 percent lower than the charge for other customers.

Extended street sweeping continues

The Dalles public works will begin extended street sweeping operations this week to recover the sanding rock used during recent icy weather.

Saturday, February 22

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Editorial cartoons from Feb. 23

Editorial cartoons from Feb. 23, 2014.

Extension Cord: FFA equipped to teach next productive generation

National FFA week was celebrated February 15-22, so this is good time to share the foundations of this youth organization, beginning with the FFA Creed. How many of you remember learning these lines in school?

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.

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.

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.

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Pendleton girls pull off overtime stunner

TDW has comeback bid falls short in 60-57 league loss

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Conlee plays hero in Tribe victory

Junior center sinks two free throws to lead Eagle Indians

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On the right path

Morales, Linebarger still alive in title bracket at 5A wrestling regional tournament

What's Happening from Feb. 23

What's Happening from Feb. 23, 2014

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Winter, spring brings seasonal waterfalls

I think my addiction to waterfalls began when I first saw the Upper and Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Editorial: Beijing and Washington need to compare notes on rhetoric

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will find himself more than welcome in Beijing if he is here to convey Washington’s commitment to a positive relationship, as the US Department of State put it.

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.

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.

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Ukraine protesters take Kiev; president says coup

Ex-Prime Minister freed

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.

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Looking back from Feb. 23

Looking back in The Chronicle at events and stories from Feb. 23.

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A Man of Many Lives

Finding a student just the right book remains particularly rewarding

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.

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Dufur rooster raises squawk on social media

Hearing set for Feb. 25 to determine Dallas’ fate

Friday, February 21

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Protestors wage internet war

Venezuela internet battles “crucial”

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.

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Redsides have season cut short

Team struggles offensively in season-ending district losses

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Sherman girls bounced from tournament

Team struggles offensively in season-ending district losses

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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.

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SWC finds groove in district opener

Ocacio goes for 33 points, as Redsides ride hot first half to a 68-45 victory

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.

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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.

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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.

What's Happening from Feb. 21

Nonprofit activities from Feb. 21, 2014.

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.

For the Record from Feb. 21

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Feb. 21, 2014.

Team focuses on regional housing

Officials: Housing is an economic barrier

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.

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Helping Hands

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

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Odor is on agenda for AmeriTies permit meeting

State has new process to deal with nuisances

Woman sentenced for identity theft

Ecke stole thousands from elderly TD man

QLife seeks public comment on internet access

QLife seeks public comment

Thursday, February 20

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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

Eagle Indians try to rebound

After Hermiston loss, team wants to get back on track

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Looking to overcome the long odds

TDW wrestlers have battled adversity on way to regional

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Tribe skiers locked and loaded

Both teams have two top-10 finishers to lead way to second-place outcomes

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France claims its first winter medal sweep

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — For the first time in Olympic history, France has swept the medals at a Winter Games event.

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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.

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Editorial cartoons from Feb. 20

Editorial cartoons from Feb. 20, 2014.

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.

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.

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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.

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Arts and entertainment from Feb. 20

Arts and entertainment events from Feb. 20, 2014.

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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.

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).

For the Record from Feb. 20

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Feb. 20, 2014.

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Trail charts 2014 path

Completion aimed at 2015

Nisley trains on cyber forensics

Course based on Secret Service training model

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.

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.

Ask Dr. K: Irritable bowel syndrome has many causes

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have irritable bowel syndrome. Can you explain what has caused it?

Wednesday, February 19

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Ducky Weather

Rain and snow melt soak Wasco County

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.

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Two for the road: Tribe duo to state

Erin Nelson and Ming Ou make name for themselves at weekend district meet

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Lincoln portrayer dies on president’s birthday

Brown looked like Lincoln, spontaneously joined events

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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.

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.

For the Record from Feb. 19

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Feb. 19, 2014.

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Downey’s rearrangement creates functional areas

Bedrooms and drapery will be on one side, upholstered furniture on the other

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.

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.

Los Angeles bishop kept altar boy list from police

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Los Angeles police were investigating allegations of child abuse by a Roman Catholic priest in 1988, they asked for a list of altar boys at the last parish where the priest worked.

CAST to hold auditions for 'Blackbird'

CAST will hold auditions for “Blackbird” by David Harrower and directed by Judie Hanel on Feb. 22 and 23 at 2 p.m.

What's Happening from Feb. 19

Nonprofit events from Feb. 19, 2014.

Discovery Center hosts Mardi Gras celebration Feb. 28

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is celebrating Mardi Gras Friday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.

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‘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.

Cover Oregon launches agent website

SALEM (AP) — More than four months late, Oregon’s troubled health insurance exchange is finally allowing some people to enroll online.

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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.

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.

New test aims at meeting state goals

Test would rely less on multiple-choice

Fairground marks a century

State bill will recognize era

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.

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.

Ask Dr. K: Progress in human genetics leads to better diagnosis

In yesterday’s column, a reader asked whether she should be tested for genes linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Today, I thought I’d give you my view on the larger question: Will studies of our genes change the practice of medicine and improve our lives?

Tuesday, February 18

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Editorial cartoons from Feb. 18

Editorial cartoons from Feb. 18, 2014.

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Huskies get last spot in big dance

Kaseberg scores 22, grabs 19 rebounds as Sherman defeats Dufur in Big Sky tiebreaker

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.

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.

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.

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South Wasco girls dominate Horizon

SWC boys lose to Horizon; girls team adds lopsided win

Letter to the Editor: Winning fight against coal

To the editor: Last week two significant events happened in the fight against coal exports through the Gorge.

Letter to the Editor: Priming the pump

To the editor: Since the minimum wage has once again become a popular topic of debate, here is something to consider:

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.

Letter to the Editor: Kind gentleman made our day

Our Tuesday lunch group had to meet on Friday because of the snow last week. We met at The Baldwin Saloon and because it was a “special day” (Valentine’s Day) we all had a drink to celebrate.

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Editorial: Life-changing literacy

Reading and comprehension skills are the building blocks to an effective eduction.

Employers sought for renewable energy job fair

Columbia Gorge Community College is hosting an annual Renewable Energy Technology (RET) Career Fair for enrolled students on April 4 from 10 a.m. to noon at The Dalles campus.

What's Happening from Feb. 18

Nonprofit events from Feb. 18, 2014.

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.

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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.

Senior News: Staying socially engaged is important for overall health

Staying socially engaged provides many benefits for your overall health and wellbeing: new relationships, feelings of accomplishment from learning new skills, the knowledge and information gained from others, and mental stimulation.

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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.

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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.

Wash. House passes drone surveillance bills

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The state House on Monday passed two bills that would restrict the use of drones and government surveillance in Washington state.

For the Record from Feb. 18

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Feb. 18, 2014.

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?

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.

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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.

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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.

House backs bill targeting technology failures

Measure intended as a message

Lawsuits could lead to changes at fish hatcheries

Critics argue against costly breeding plan

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.

Boeing picks Everett to build 777X wings

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Boeing says that it has picked Everett, Wash., as the site to build wings for its new 777X aircraft.

Port tackles wetland permit

More funding gained for work

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.

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.

Ask Dr. K: Genes aren’t necessarily predictors of Alzheimer’s disease

DEAR DOCTOR K: Alzheimer’s runs in my family. Will it help to get gene testing for this disease?

Saturday, February 15

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MRE’s holy grail: pizza that lasts for years

NATICK, Mass. — They call it the holy grail of ready-to-eat meals for soldiers: a pizza that can stay on the shelf for as long as three years and still remain good to eat.

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Haunted by a Murder

Emotions surface over child’s birthday

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Rangers gut out win over SWC

Caleb Morris sinks late free throw to give Dufur a 64-60 season-saving victory

What's Happening from Feb. 16

Nonprofit events from Feb. 16, 2014.

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Editorial cartoons from Feb. 16

Editorial cartoons from Feb. 16, 2014.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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Tips on winter mud rides in Central Oregon

Cycling on muddy winter trails can leave behind long-term damage

I-84 eastbound open to Cascade Locks; with video

Eastbound I-84 open to Cascade Locks, except to trucks and RVs. Cascade Locks to Hood River still closed.

Friday, February 14

Church news in brief, Feb. 14

Church news in brief, Feb. 14, 2014.

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Jepson retiring from ministry after 63 years

Dr. Julius Jepson, pastor at Life in Christ Center, is giving his last sermon Feb. 23, and will be retiring after 63 years in the ministry.

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.

What's Happening from Feb. 14

Nonprofit events from Feb. 14, 2014.

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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

Waste role sparks county conflict

Both Wasco County and public health want hazardous waste function

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.

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Interstate 84 eastbound closed at Troutdale

Interstate 84 eastbound will be closed at least through Monday

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.

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Brave souls fight snow for love of running

While facing top teams, Delaney sees title potential

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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.

Not done: Sherman boys extends win streak

Huskies shrug off slow start to cruise past Central, 60-21

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Wrestling for pride

After Thursday’s dual loss, short-handed TDW wrestling team prepares for regionals

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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.

For the Record from Feb. 14

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Feb. 14, 2014.

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Mammoth tusk largest to date

Scientists say fossil is the most intact found in area

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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.

Thursday, February 13

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Editorial cartoons from Feb. 13

Editorial cartoons from Feb. 13, 2014.

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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.

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Huge thermal plant opens

Mojave Desert houses largest solar operation in the world

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Huskies grab a rivalry win on senior night

Sherman in good position to secure No. 2 district seeding

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Sherman boys keeps district hopes alive

Backs against the wall, Huskies come out with 73-65 win over South Wasco

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.

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.

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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.

Letter to the Editor: Nice job in snow

An open letter to the City of The Dalles and Wasco County road departments: I am served by you both. Nice job on snow removal.

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.

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.”

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Editorial: Cast skeptical eye on record exemptions

It happens every time the Oregon Legislature meets: Someone enters a bill to slap another exemption or two onto the state’s open-records laws.

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.

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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.

Arts and entertainment from Feb. 13

Entertainment and art events from Feb. 13, 2014.

For the Record from Feb. 13

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Feb. 13, 2014.

Spatz proposes memorial walkway at viewpoint

The Dalles City Councilor Dan Spatz has come up with the idea to further honor veterans at Kelly Viewpoint while capitalizing on the scenic setting.

County rejects Sevenmile land plan

Neighbor objections play role

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Slide blocks interstate 84

Most traffic rerouted to Wash. Highway 14

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.

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.

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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.

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Oklahoma slips past Portland 98-95

Durant leads with 36 points

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Israel advances Jewish center

Plan for Arab neighborhood sparks protests

Judge: Warrant needed to check drug database

PORTLAND (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency must get a warrant before accessing Oregon’s pharmaceutical-monitoring database.

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Cold, humidity increase stroke risks

Temperature swings can also play a role

The Dalles author AJ Harmon releases last book of series

The Dalles contemporary romance author AJ Harmon has released “First Class Farewell,” the last installment of the First Class Novels Series.

What's Happening from Feb. 12

Nonprofit events from Feb. 12, 2014.

Mid-Columbia Habitat seeks partner family for Lyle house

HOOD RIVER – Mid-Columbia Habitat for Humanity is currently accepting applications from low-income applicants wanting to start on the path to ownership of a home to be built in Lyle.

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Mid-Columbia Habitat seeks partner family for Lyle house

HOOD RIVER – Mid-Columbia Habitat for Humanity is currently accepting applications from low-income applicants wanting to start on the path to ownership of a home to be built in Lyle.

For the Record from Feb. 12

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Feb. 12, 2014.

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Madsen takes on housing role

Mid-Columbia Housing Authority executive director sees regional challenges

Forum explores rural web work through access to broadband

Space limited for March talk

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.

Two killed, two hurt by avalanche in eastern Oregon

Low clouds and poor visibility grounded a rescue effort for the injured skiers late Tuesday night, Baker County Undersheriff Warren Thompson said. Two medics were with the man and woman.

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.

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Weathering the Storms

Fattening aids cattle survival during winter weather

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Moving cows is just the beginning

Before you can work with specific individual cows, you have to gather, identify and sort them.

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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.

Tuesday, February 11

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Editorial cartoons from Feb. 11

Editorial cartoons from Feb. 11, 2014.

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Sherman boys stay within striking distance

Team hits 8 of 10 free throws down stretch in win

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Big Sky basketball shuffle

Snowy, icy weather wreaks havoc on schedule, standings and playoff picture

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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.

Heart-warming messages etched in snow

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Huge messages left in the snow on the frozen Mississippi River are giving patients at St. Cloud Hospital a lift.

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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.

What's Happening from Feb. 11

Nonprofit events from Feb. 11, 2014.

Rep. John Huffman awarded Golden Apple

SALEM — Amid swirls of snow Feb. 4, Rep. John Huffman (R-The Dalles) accepted a Golden Apple Award on the front steps of the Oregon State Capitol.

Discovery Center wins $50K rebranding grant

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center has received a $50,000 grant from The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to support re-branding, the nonprofit organization announced.

US economy may be stuck in slow lane for long run

Weak reports on jobs raise doubts about 2014 growth

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Medford schools reopen amid strike

MEDFORD (AP) — Medford schools reopened today with substitutes in the classrooms for striking teachers.

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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.

AG urges restoring voting rights to ex-inmates

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday urged states to restore voting rights to former prison inmates, an issue he said primarily affects African-Americans.

For the Record from Feb. 11

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Feb. 11, 2014.

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.

Oregon eyes bills restricting e-cigarettes

SALEM — The Legislature was considering two bills that aim to keep so-called electronic cigarettes out of the hands of minors as they gain in popularity among Oregon teens.

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More storms roll into Washington State

SEATTLE (AP) — Forecasters say a series of Pacific storms are lined up to blow into Washington over the next several days.

Audit finds problems in Oregon disaster agency

Oregon’s emergency department may not be ready for a disaster

News gathering drones raise regulatory issues

HARTFORD, Conn. — As police responded to a deadly car crash, they noticed an increasingly familiar sight: a remote-controlled aircraft, equipped with a video camera, hovering over the wreckage.

City sets top 2014 goals

Council gives staff a work plan

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.

School schedule changes UPDATE

School schedule changes for Tuesday, Feb. 11

Two concerts, one lecture rescheduled

Pops and Novelty concert, Gothard Sisters concert and History Forum events rescheduled

Saturday, February 8

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Editorial cartoons from Feb. 9

Editorial cartoons from Feb. 9, 2014.

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A fantastic journey

The Dalles native Dennis Everts basks in glory of Seahawks’ rise to Super Bowl title

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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.

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.

Public meetings from Feb. 9

Public meeting schedule, from Feb. 9, 2014.

Looking Back

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

Washington Legislature eyes hemp production move

SPOKANE, Wash. — With recreational marijuana use now legal in Washington, state legislators are eyeing whether the state should also allow an industrial hemp industry.

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New trick helps Kotsenburg take first gold

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Sage Kotsenburg loves snowboarding for all its unexpected surprises. Winning the Olympic gold medal, for one.

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What’s for dinner? Farm bill has big impact

About 15 percent of farm bill money goes to farmers

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Extension Cord: Reduce your waste with upcycling, recycling

The United States is one of the largest consumers and wasters in the world. Each consumer contributes about 2,500 pounds of waste per year and of that waste, over half can be reduced, recycled or reused.

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Editorial: A confusing place to be healthy

The truth of the old adage “You are what you eat” has gained increasing credibility in our scientific age.

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.

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.

Say a Sweet Farewell to the Armory Feb. 15

The Dalles will celebrate A Sweet Farewell to the Armory with a dinner, dance and auctions at the armory on Saturday, Feb. 15, starting at 5 p.m.

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A tradition of citizen soldiers

The National Guard is moving out of its aging armory, but it will carry with it almost two centuries of tradition

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UN: More children dying in Afghan violence

Civilian casualties are up 14 percent

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.

Friday, February 7

Ask Dr. K: Breast enlargement in men is often reversible

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m a man. Why are my breasts suddenly getting bigger?

Everyday Cheapskate: Striving for conformity: the Diderot Effect

In her book, “The Overspent American,” Harvard economist Juliet Schor quotes an essay written by the 18th Century French philosopher, Denis Diderot, “Regrets on Parting with my Old Dressing Gown.”

CGCC cancels Saturday classes in The Dalles and Hood River

CGCC cancels Saturday classes in The Dalles and Hood River

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.

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.

For the Record from Feb. 7

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 7, 2014.

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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.

Smelt fishing returns on Columbia River

CLACKAMAS (ODFW) – After a three-year hiatus, smelt fishing is returning to the Columbia River and two of its tributaries.

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St. Patricks Day run scheduled

RUNNING ENTHUSIASTS still have a chance to test their skills in a Saturday event in The Dalles.

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Tribe wrestlers secure two wins in Pendleton

Linebarger, Bansch start streaks, as TDW loses 70-6

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T-Dub skiers rally for second place

Boys, girls net five top-16 finishes, as each run up the Mount Hood Ski League ranks

Church news in brief, Feb. 7

Church news in brief, from Feb. 7, 2014.

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Recovery class expands to include kids

An addiction recovery program at Covenant Christian Community Church is offering a second program aimed at children of those battling or in recovery from addictions.

Gorge Grown offers food leaders training

Gorge Grown Food Network (GGFN) is gearing up to launch their second implementation of a program that develops leadership abilities in its participants.

What's Happening from Feb. 7

What's Happening from Feb. 7, 2014.

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Registration opens for June 14 Gorge Ride

Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway have announced the eighth annual fundraising Gorge Ride, scheduled June 14, 2014.

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Russian bravado on stage at Sochi opener

Games give Russia chance to tell post-Soviet story

Dog owner to pay fine, restitution over livestock

Pens to receive modification

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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.

$10 million snow?

Moisture means money for dryland wheat ranchers in a particularly dry year

All Go Red for Women events cancelled

Organizers have cancelled all Go Red for Women events scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7 and 8.

Community weather cancellations UPDATED

Community weather cancellations

School weather closures

School weather closures

Thursday, February 6

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‘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.

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No. 7 Dufur gets cooking versus Horizon

Ghramm nets 10, as 11 players score in 49-28 win

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Rangers still making top gains

Dufur puts No. 1 Horizon Christian to the test in a 66-49 Big Sky Conference tussle

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Hagel orders ethics crackdown

Defense leader reacts to rash of scandals

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Editorial cartoons from Feb. 6

Editorial cartoons from Feb. 6, 2014

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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.

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Social media erupts over ‘Biggest Loser’

Confidence was key, says Frederickson

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Arts and entertainment from Feb. 6

Arts and entertainment from Feb. 6, 2014.

Go Red talk tonight, poker walk Friday cancelled

Officials from Mid-Columbia Medical Center have cancelled tonight’s heart disease talk and related wine-tasting originally planned for tonight at Water’s Edge, citing the snowy weather as the reason.

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Special Ed teachers: masters of creating curriculum

Teacher of the Year is first special ed teacher to win honor

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.

For the Record from Feb. 6

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Feb. 6, 2014.

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.

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Cycle Oregon to roll into Wasco County

The Dalles will serve as event start and finish

Go Red cancels some of events

Go Red heart awareness event is cancelling some of its activities tonight and tomorrow

North Wasco County School District to release students starting at 1 p.m. and 1:45

North Wasco County SD 21: NWC Schools will be releasing today, Feb 6th for Elementary at 1:00 PM and MS/HS at 1:45 PM UPDATE

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.

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.

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.

City plans street funding

City manager will present revenue plan

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T-Dub busts loose on winless Hood River

Defense holds Eagles to two field goals in the second half

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No. 4 Tribe recovers to drop HRV

Girl’s basketball team breaks open halftime lead with 28-7 run for a 54-21 victory

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.

For the Record, Feb. 5

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Feb. 5, 2014.

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Exam cheating scandal hits Navy nuclear force

About one-fifth of naval nuclear trainers are subject

Livestock Association hosts annual banquet

North Central Livestock Association (NCLA) hosts its second annual banquet and business meeting Saturday, Feb. 15, starting at 5:30 p.m., at The Imperial River Company in Maupin.

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Haynes joins vision practice

Optometrist treats all ages

Feeling good inside and out is Go Red theme

Events focus on heart health

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What's Happening from Feb. 5

Nonprofit events from Feb. 5, 2014.

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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.”

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.

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.

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.

Ask Dr. K: Prolonged fatigue can accompany mononucleosis

DEAR DOCTOR K: What is mononucleosis, and why is it called the “kissing disease”?

School schedule changes

Wednesday, Feb. 5:

Tuesday, February 4

States set Chinook seasons for the Columbia River

Seasons are based on a forecast of 227k chinook returning

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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.

Huskies start month in dominant fashion

Sherman girls have won seven of past eight contests

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.

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Ranger boys keep on rolling

Kortge, Caldwell bring inside presence for a combined 36 points in Dufur win

For the Record from Feb. 4

For the Record from Feb. 4, 2014.

Letter to the Editor: Thanks from a vet

To the editor: I would like to tell the people of The Dalles and all who read this just how grateful I am for the veteran clinic in The Dalles.

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.

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.

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Editorial cartoons from Feb. 4

Editorial cartoons from Feb. 4, 2014.

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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.

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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?

Senior News: Advice on how to beat those winter blues

Maybe it’s the weeks without seeing the sun or the chilly days cooped up inside, but it is easy to get down during these cold grey days of winter.

Oklahoma State displays researcher’s milk bottles

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Stanley Gilliland captured history in a bottle.

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Sugar tied to fatal heart woes; soda’s a culprit

CHICAGO — Could too much sugar be deadly? The biggest study of its kind suggests the answer is yes, at least when it comes to fatal heart problems.

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Students tap ‘flower power’

Volunteers nurture greenhouse plants in winter

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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.

What's Happening from Feb. 4

Nonprofit events from Feb. 4, 2014.

Series of family classes offered in Spanish

The Oregon Child Development Coalition is offering Opening Doors, a series of Spanish language family classes open to parents with children from birth to 5 years old.

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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.

Chamber rolls out ‘Cherry MARVELous’ theme

“Cherry MARVELous” will be the theme of the 35th annual Northwest Cherry Festival, The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce has announced.

Rezone eyed for Sevenmile

County hears request Feb. 5 involving 288 outlying acres

Teen takes knife to school

Student escorted off property

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.

Fireworks funding decision on hold

City will look for $20,000 during budget cycle

OSP reports no deaths, increase in DUII for Super Bowl 2014

Weekend yields no fatalities, but 18 more DUII arrests than 2013

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.

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.

Everyday Cheapskate: Some of the best gift ideas that won’t break the bank

Just when we thought that the season of gift-giving was over for another year, here comes the second gift-giving season: Spring.

Ask Dr. K: Different pain relievers might be cause of hearing loss

DEAR DOCTOR K: I saw my doctor for some problems with my hearing. Why did she want a detailed list of my medications?

School Schedule changes

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

Saturday, February 1

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Editorial cartoons from Feb. 2

Editorial cartoons from Feb. 2, 2014.

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Editorial: A compassionate, but imperfect solution

Fortunate are the people who in winter worry only about putting another blanket on the bed or paying a little extra on their power bill.

Cases may mean more than legal woes for Bieber

LOS ANGELES — Justin Bieber’s court cases on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border could complicate the star’s jet-setting ways as his troubles bring more legal scrutiny.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Public meetings, from Feb. 2

Public meetings, from Feb. 2, 2014.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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The building is just beginning

Columbia Gorge Basketball Academy bringing along 50 youths for the love of sport

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Gravel roads catch on with Oregon cyclists

Organizer posts GPS coordinates for unsanctioned bicycle rides

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Putting her heart into health

After a blocked artery led to surgery, Bonnie Sperry learned to embrace heart-healthy practices

Put your heart into...

Plan to eat heart healthy

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Port launches North Chenoweth

August set for completion

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.

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.