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Friday, January 31

Knox: ‘I will not willingly go’

SEATTLE (AP) — Amanda Knox said Friday she will fight the reinstated guilty verdict against her and an ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of a British roommate in Italy and vowed to “never go willingly” to face her fate in that country’s judicial system.

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World news in brief

World news in brief, Jan. 31, 2014.

JBLM adds new sensors for low-flying helos

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — The Army plans a $4.6 million system at Joint Base Lewis-McChord to help monitor helicopters that fly below 500 feet — under the radar.

For the Record from Jan. 31

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 31, 2014.

Wash. Senate introduces Dream Act version

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Leaders in the Washington state Senate on Thursday introduced a measure that expands college financial aid for students who are illegally in the country just weeks after the House passed a similar bill.

AstroGraph for January 31, 2014

You won’t need to take any idle time this year. You will be focused and prepared to meet every demand that you face. You will have no trouble achieving whatever it is that you set out to do. You will be highly organized, and your ideas will be well-defined and ready to be put into action. A financial upgrade is also very likely.

Everyday Cheapskate: Tips for simplifying to save time and money

When our lives get chaotic, we pay dearly in terms of stress and money. There are hundreds of things you can do to simplify your life. Here are seven to help you get started ... one a day for the next week.

Ask Dr. K: Heart failure often manageable, at times unpredictable

DEAR DOCTOR K: My doctor says I have heart failure. Are there symptoms I should be looking out for that would indicate my condition is getting worse?

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Reaching for the top

Dufur football team has six athletes recognized as all-state football recipients

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New windows will lower costs, make church cozier

As shepherds of a historic building, members of United Church of Christ Congregational have their hands full with ongoing maintenance requirements.

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What's Happening from Jan 30

Nonprofit events from Jan. 30, 2014.

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Survey searches for high-altitude carnivores in Cascades

PORTLAND — Between Washington’s Mount Adams and Highway 2 east of Seattle lies a swath of wilderness with little road access and lots of pristine habitat: a haven for rare, high-altitude predators.

NCRS extends deadline for stewardship program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has extended the deadline for new enrollments in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for fiscal year 2014.

New Mexico stirs up Super Bowl chile bet

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A friendly Super Bowl bet between the Seattle and Denver mayors is causing a stir in New Mexico.

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Auxiliary marks 80 years

Group organizes veteran events

Governor, legislators dig in on bridge

SALEM (AP) — The push for a new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River is headed toward a collision course in the Oregon Legislature.

Chicken gang makes a break

Neighbor complains over fowl deeds

Thursday, January 30

For the Record from Jan. 30

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 30, 2014.

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US economy grows 3.2 percent

Called an ‘encouraging sign’

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Tribe swim team sets high standards in La Grande

Allie Wood notches first and second in her top events

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TDW skiers cruise to top efforts at Mt. Hood

Three-shot cushion nets win in 38th annual Best Ball event

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Eagle Indians get four on Hermiston

Short-handed roster still has wrestlers fighting good fight for postseason berths

Lady Rangers lose in a foulfest

The No. 6-ranked Dufur Rangers were whistled for 25 fouls, which led to an 18 for 35 rate from the free throw line in City Christian’s 57-44 win in a non-league girl’s hoops tussle in Portland.

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Dufur boys split in Portland

Rangers use 15-6 run in third to win

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Editorial cartoons from Jan. 30

Editorial cartoons from Jan. 30, 2014.

Fireworks: An annual opportunity up in flames

Over the last generation, it has been bothersome to many that our community falls relatively silent on Independence Day.

Editorial: No one was in charge

The depth of incompetence in the development of Cover Oregon is breathtaking. We know that because of a Sunday investigative article in The Oregonian. Its headline “Plenty of warnings, none heeded” nailed the culture of amateurism that has plagued state government in its development of an online health insurance site.

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Geology launches history series

History talks run through February and highlight regional geology

Oscars’ green room gets winner’s touch

The Associated Press Who better than a five-time Oscar nominee and best-actress winner to help decorate the backstage green room at the Academy Awards?

Arts and Entertainment from Jan. 29

Arts and entertainment schedule from Jan. 30, 2014.

Court finds officer’s search unconstitutional

PORTLAND — For drivers in a traffic stop, the question from police is inevitable: “Is there anything in the vehicle that we should be concerned about?”

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Warming shelter schedule leaves some cold

Homeless struggle to keep warm when center closes

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Farm bill includes county payments

WASHINGTON — The farm bill moving toward approval in Congress includes a one-year extension of a federal program that compensates rural counties for federal lands they can’t tax. About 1,900 local governments — mostly in the West — received a total of $400 million last year under the program, known as Payment in Lieu of Taxes or PILT.

Chemical depot memorabilia heads to museum

PENDLETON (AP) — Memorabilia from the Umatilla Chemical Depot is headed to the Heritage Station Museum in Pendleton.

Center sees business growth

Director expects ‘14 action

Wednesday, January 29

Who’s buying wind power?

PENDLETON (AP) — The developer of a proposed wind farm in Eastern Oregon is trying to find regional utilities interested in buying the power.

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Agencies search for rural homeless in Oregon

Annual survey counts people on the street

House to vote on final version of Farm Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is rushing to complete work on a nearly $100 billion-a-year farm bill that would make small cuts to food stamps and continue generous subsidies for the nation’s farmers.

News from Main Street; Main Street gets plans rolling for 2014

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday and welcome to the New Year!

Word on the Street: Ready the shovels, the day has arrived

Long anticipated: Golden shovels will send dirt flying this Friday, Jan. 31, in celebration of the groundbreaking at the future North Chenoweth Industrial Business Park.

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Malcolm cooks Comfort Food To-Go

New service offers home-style meals for pick-up or delivery

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Tribe wrestlers finding a rhythm

Joe Linebarger, Eric Morales lead way with top-3 ouputs at River Elks Invite

Hayes leads SWC to 86-53 victory

With its latest matchup deadlocked at 30-apiece with a minute left in the opening half, the South Wasco County Redsides amped up their play for a 56-23 run in the final two quarters and changed enroute to an 86-53 win over No. 19 Umpqua Valley Christian in a boy’s basketball contest Tuesday night at St. Paul High School.

Sherman girls keep pace in West

The Sherman Huskies moved to within a game of first-place Dufur after getting a double-double from Katie Poirier, as a 17-6 third-quarter run helped the squad pull off a 49-34 win Tuesday in Big Sky Conference action in Arlington.

Lady Rangers lose big in Portland

The No. 6-ranked Dufur Rangers lost their second consecutive road game by double digits in a 57-44 setback Tuesday night to City Christian in non-league girl’s basketball play in Portland. The Rangers’ (13-4 overall, 7-1 league) have a chance to get back into a groove at 6 p.m. Friday with a league tussle at home versus second-place Sherman.

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Kaseberg has hot night in Husky road win

Junior sinks free throws to lead Sherman past Arlington

Bowl for Kid’s Sake 2014 Team Captain Kick-off

All Bowl for Kids’ Sake team captains and anyone interested in forming a team are invited to the team captain kick-off Monday, Feb. 3, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Pietro’s Pizza, Second and Cascade streets in Hood River.

What's Happening from Jan 29

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 29, 2014.

Art Center seeks Hispanic artists

The Dalles Art Center is seeking entries for its May juried art exhibit, Viva los Artistas.

For the Record from Jan. 29

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 29m 2014,

Fed expected to further trim bond buys

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve is expected Wednesday to further reduce its stimulus for the U.S. economy even though that prospect has unsettled global financial markets.

Officer shooting ruled justified

The Dalles Police Det. Jamie Carrico returned to work today after a Klickitat County coroner’s inquest ruled his 2013 fatal shooting of a rape suspect in Wishram was justifiable homicide.

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The Dalles singer heads to ‘The Voice’

Karaoke event leads to chance at stardom

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GOP: Obama needs us

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans swiftly and sharply rejected President Barack Obama’s vow to act on his own if lawmakers won’t help him create jobs and narrow the nation’s yawning income gap, insisting he’ll accomplish little in a divided government without them.

Headstone thief sentenced

A Sellwood man has pleaded guilty to stealing four headstones from a Dufur cemetery and using them to landscape his yard.

Feds used 'economic duress' to force Oregon farms to capitulatate, says judge

U.S. Department of Labor guilty of using ‘economic duress’ against two Oregon blueberry farms in 2012.

AstroGraph for January 29, 2014

Concentration will be the key if you want to meet your goals this year. You must not allow yourself to be distracted by other people or personal problems. Think carefully about your motivations and make pragmatic decisions that will lead to the highest rewards. It’s time to start putting yourself first instead of catering to the demands of everybody else.

Everyday Cheapskate: Got airline miles? Think fast before they expire!

If you willingly pay an annual fee for a credit card that earns air miles (most reward cards do come with a hefty price), you might want to re-think that decision. The problem is airlines are changing the rules to shorten the time before miles expire. Several years ago I learned this the hard way.

Ask Dr. K: Cardiac rehab involves more than exercise

DEAR DOCTOR K: My father recently had a heart attack. His doctor recommended cardiac rehab, but he refuses to go because he “already has a gym membership.” How important is cardiac rehab?

School closures and delays

Columbia Gorge Schools: Sherman Co. Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late

Tuesday, January 28

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Editorial cartoons from Jan. 28

Editorial cartoons from Jan. 28, 2014.

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Paying Respects

DAUN KING and Todd Klaviter of the Patriot Guard Riders, above, present flags along Fifth Street in front of the Wasco County Courthouse Jan. 25 as guests arrive for a celebration and remembrance of the life of Tim Lynn, Wasco County Assessor, who died Jan. 16, 2014, and was a Coast Guard veteran.

Tax advocate: Avoid health care tax surprises

WASHINGTON — It’s not too early to start thinking about the tax implications of health care reform.

Redsides open up scoring floodgates

South Wasco County head coach Jim Hull called Saturday’s lopsided home win over Central Christian important for the team’s psyche. With a goal of districts still on their minds, all of the games in league are extremely important.

Dufur uses its physical play in 55-41 win over Condon

Jake Kortge scored a game-high 22 points and the Dufur Rangers sank 8 of 11 free throws in the fourth quarter to help with a 55-41 win over Condon-Wheeler Saturday in a 1A Big Sky Conference tussle at Condon High School.

TDW girls rebounds with road winner

One night after suffering a 17-point setback against No. 3 Hermiston, No. 5 The Dalles Wahtonka got back to their winning ways with a 64-44 win Saturday over the 4A La Grande Tigers in a non-league girl’s hoops showdown at La Grande High School.

Condon works a win over Dufur

The No. 5-ranked Dufur Rangers could not find their groove Saturday, as the No. 1 and undefeated Condon-Wheeler Knights turned numerous turnovers into easy scoring chances for a 72-44 victory in Big Sky Conference girl’s hoops action in Condon.

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SWC blasts past Central Christian, 46-19

Roxanne O’Neal scored a season-high 16 points, Zoe Morelli added 10 and the South Wasco County Redside girl’s basketball team used the first three quarters to impose their will in a 46-19 blowout of Central Christian Saturday in Maupin.

Letter to the Editor: Riverhawk clear favorite

To the editor: Anyone who has been to a football or basketball game at the high school in the last 10 years will notice the words “Eagle Indians” are conspicuously absent from every cheer the student section uses. You will also notice the handmade signs say “Go T-dub” instead of “Go Eagle Indians” and that the mascot doesn’t usually show up anywhere in the annual hall decorating contest for homecoming. In short, the people who picked our last mascot utterly failed in their one job: To pick a symbol of pride for students to rally around, a shorthand for their allegiance to the school.

Letter to the Editor: Heart Truth

To the editor: Each year one of every three women die from heart disease or stroke compared to one in 30 from breast cancer.

Letter to the Editor: Missed the issues

To the editor: That’s right Jeffie, tax the so called rich and redistribute the wealth. Seems to me that has another name, Socialism.

Letter to the Editor: Above and beyond

To the editor: I recently had a very positive experience at a local business The Dalles Auto Parts store on 3rd street has won my business and my loyalty!

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Editorial: The state of our union

As President Barack Obama prepares to give his State of the Union address, the chief of state’s annual speech summing up the prior year and setting the agenda for the year to come, we are often left to wonder if the president’s perception of the national pulse in the beltway bears any resemblance to the pulse of life here in Wasco County.

Raceway Park offers training day March 15

GRASS VALLEY —Oregon Raceway Park will be hosting a combined training day for Turn Workers and High Performance Driving instructors, said park Operations Manager Bill Murray..

Super Bowl patrols aim for drunk drivers

The Wasco County Sheriff’s office will be conducting extra saturation patrols for Super Bowl weekend, Feb. 1 and Feb. 2.

What's Happening from Jan 28

Nonprofit events, from Jan. 28, 2014.

Obama targets minimum wage

WASHINGTON — Challenging lawmakers to help him create greater economic opportunity, President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address Tuesday to announce he’s raising the minimum wage for new federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour, underscoring a go-it-alone strategy in an election year critical to Democrats’ hopes for retaining Senate control.

Cows blamed for Germany explosion

BERLIN (AP) — A herd of dairy cows nearly lifted the roof off their barn in central Germany when methane released by the animals caused an explosion.

For the Record from Jan. 28

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

Willamette companies fined for illegal dumping of hazardous waste

Wasco County Landfill workers unknowingly handled the substance, which can catch fire if exposed to water.

Alternative school approved

Vocational training part of community school at Wahtonka

Account set up to help family

A family donation account has been established under the name “The family of Laura and Michael Correia” at Columbia State bank.

Senior News: Mid-Columbia offers many organizations for senior support

There are many organizations in the Mid-Columbia supporting older adults, but there are very few whose only mission is the health and wellbeing of older adults. One of those organizations is the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) operated under the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments serving a five county region: Wheeler, Gilliam, Sherman, Wasco and Hood River counties.

AstroGraph for January 28, 2014

You will be emotional, giving, understanding and admired by others this year. Your generous attitude will be enthusiastically reciprocated. You can develop stronger bonds with family members. You will have to learn to accept what you cannot change and stay positive even when things don’t work out as planned.

Everyday Cheapskate: Rules of thrift: reduce reuse recycle... remake!

Have I told you lately how much I enjoy it when you fill up my inbox with your clever tips, tricks and solutions? Well, I do. It allows me to take a guilt-free break now and then to sit back, ponder and wonder, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

Ask Dr. K: Febrile seizures in kids usually have no long-term effects

DEAR DOCTOR K: My 9-month-old daughter had a seizure last time she had a high fever. The pediatrician said it could happen again. What do I need to know?

Saturday, January 25

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Editorial cartoons from Jan. 26

Editorial cartoons from Jan. 26, 2014.

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A ‘big picture’ outlook

Cowboy Keith Nantz partnered with landowner John Dillon in 2008 to start the Dillon Land and Cattle Company, which is headquartered in Dufur.

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A Rancher’s Life

Cowboy honors timeless code

Huskies will way to win over Nixy

When all else fails, get the ball down low. That was mantra stated by the Sherman Huskies, as starting posts Katie Poirier and Janet Guzman combined for 23 points and 17 rebounds to lead their team to a 40-35 victory over Nixyaawii Friday in a Big Sky Conference girl’s basketball showdown in Moro.

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Revamped Lady Rangers stand strong

No. 5 Dufur uses defense to spur 54-35 Big Sky victory

Nixyaawii boys get tough road win

Once again, the Sherman Huskies had a tough test at home against Nixyaawii and played well enough to get the win, but the Golden Eagles broke free in the final quarter using a 23-11 run to grab a 62-49 victory Friday in Big Sky boy’s hoops play in Moro.

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Veteran Redsides battle past pesky Dufur

SWC seniors lead in boys 25-10 fourth-quarter outburst

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Cross-country skiing and dining are good partners

SUN VALLEY, Idaho (AP) — The really fun thing about cross-country skiing in Idaho’s mountains is that you have all the excuses you need to sit down to a hearty meal after getting off the trail. Nordic skiers can burn up to 700 calories skiing at a moderate pace during an hour’s trek, according to Snowlink.com.

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Hagel seeks root cause of nuke missile problems

WASHINGTON — In taking a deep look at trouble inside U.S. nuclear forces, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is searching for the root causes of recent Air Force missteps but also for ways to make the nuclear warrior’s job more attractive at a time when the military has turned its attention away from such weapons.

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Quake anniversary offers reminder

Sunday marks the anniversary of the great Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake that shook the Pacific Northwest on Jan. 26, 1700.

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‘49 patrol car bound for museum

Before the 1940s police used civilian cars without special equipment

Foes of Obama trade pacts mostly fellow Democrats

WASHINGTON — Debates on lowering trade barriers can turn Congress upside down for Democratic presidents promoting such legislation. Business-minded Republicans suddenly turn into allies and Democrats aligned with organized labor can become outspoken foes.

What's Happening from Jan. 26

Nonprofit events from Jan. 26, 2014.

Art Center celebrates still life painting

Still Life: A Moment in Time, beginning Feb. 7 at the Columbia Center for the Arts, celebrates the rich history of still life painting through contemporary artwork. Artists include: Aimee Erickson, Eric Jacobsen, Andy Nichols, Mark Nilsson, Cathleen Rehfeld, Sally Reichmuth, Bill Sharp, Susan Sutherland, and Za Vue. A show opening and artist reception is planned on Friday, Feb. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Get involved in your forest ‘backyard’

Forests are the backyard for many Oregonians, and as much a part of Oregon's identity as the Oregon Trail. These forests are managed by government agencies and private landowners to benefit Oregonians environmentally, economically, and socially.

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Editorial: Let the process work

Fifteen Oregon high schools that have proudly borne Native American mascots for decades, like ours here in The Dalles, are facing a tough and unasked-for job: Choose a new mascot that doesn’t reference Indians, Warriors, Braves, Chieftains or any other reference to the Native American race.

Looking back on Jan. 26

Jan. 26, from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle.

Public meetings, from Jan. 26

Public meetings from Jan. 26, 2014.

Wildfires blaze in Western Oregon

Unusually dry, windy conditions have triggered several wildfires in western Oregon.

What's Happening from Jan 24

Nonprofit events calendar from Jan. 24, 2014.

Influenza cases increase in gorge

Oregon is reporting widespread influenza and influenza-like illness. The state-wide report for outpatients seen for these types of illness is above the state’s seasonal average.

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Super Duper Bash

ACTS (ACCLAIMING CHRIST Through Sports) will once again be hosting its annual Super Duper Football Bash Sunday, Feb.2, with doors opening at 2:30 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 3350 Columbia View Drive. Cost is $5 per person or $15 per family.

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Nazarene church welcomes new pastor

The Dalles Church of the Nazarene welcomed a new pastor in December, Aaron Mednansky, a South Dakota native who left a small church there to come here.

Church news in brief

Church events in brief, from Jan. 24, 2014.

For the Record from Jan. 24

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 24, 2014.

Two bound for Klickitat Co. sheriff’s race

McComas cancels one sheriff candidate’s county contract

Jobs report shows gains

In December, Oregon's unemployment rate fell as more people were able to find jobs and there were fewer unemployed.

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Drought prompts red flag fire warnings in Oregon

GRANTS PASS — Oregon’s rainy reputation is being tested as dry grass and brush have prompted unprecedented red flag fire warnings in the southwestern corner of the state — a situation normally reserved for late summer.

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CGCC takes home Indoor crown

Team wins 8-5 over Milan to cap second season of program in The Dalles

Study to explore climate change impacts on Columbia River basin streamflows

University of Washington environmental engineers are launching a new study to try to understand how climate change will affect streamflow patterns in the Columbia River Basin.

NOAA report: Columbia fish plans are working

NOAA Fisheries Service says that a new biological opinion issued Jan. 17 confirms that its plan for improving salmon and steelhead survival through the Federal Columbia River Power System on the Columbia and Snake rivers is working, and efforts to rehabilitate habitat for the fish will indeed help dodge extinction for species listed under the Endangered Species Act.

Montana study Finds wolf predation contributes to lower weight gain in calves

A recent study by University of Montana faculty and graduate students found that wolf predation of cattle contributes to lower weight gain in calves on western Montana ranches. This leads to an economic loss several times higher than the direct reimbursement ranchers receive for a cow killed by wolves.

Columbia River smelt, sturgeon show recent increases

Recent trends seem to looking up for both species after years of roller coaster populations impacted by fishing and ocean and river conditions.

Friday, January 24

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Hermiston catches a huge 53-46 road win

Bulldogs build big lead and hold on in league opener

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Merkley focuses on job creation

Senator hopes policy changes will prompt return of manufacturers

Homeless count nears

New process may change tally

Astro-Graph for January 24, 2014

You can take risks without fear of failure in order to meet your goals. You will be sensitive, intuitive and focused in the year ahead. You are now ready to market your skills and ideas. Others will easily recognize the worth of your endeavors.

Everyday Cheapskate: You can use science to slash your home heating bill

Got big heating bills this winter, even though you keep the thermostat set at “Brrrrrr”? Science may be able to offer you a better and cheaper way to stay warm at home. But first, a few facts:

Ask Dr. K: Elevated eye pressure could indicate glaucoma

DEAR DOCTOR K: At my last appointment, my ophthalmologist mentioned something about elevated eye pressure. What could this mean?

Marine Zone wildlife viewing report, Jan 24

Winter gray whale migration The first gray whales of the winter migration are passing by the Oregon coast now. The peak of the migration occurs the last week of December or the first two weeks of January.

Thursday, January 23

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Syria talks peace in Switzerland

MONTREUX, Switzerland — Furiously divided from the start, representatives of Syrian President Bashar Assad and the rebellion against him threatened Wednesday to collapse a peace conference intended to lead them out of civil war.

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Editorial cartoons from Jan. 23

Editorial cartoons from Jan. 23, 2014.

Letter to the Editor: Postage increase

To the editor: For those who enjoy writing letters, I would remind them that the U.S. Postal Service will be raising their first class postage rates from 46 cents to 49 cents this Sunday, Jan. 26.

Letter to the Editor: Mascot kudos

To the editor: I just want to say that Jake Grossmiller hit the nail on the head. It is a no brainer. It should be The Dalles High School Eagles. After all, that covers the entire The Dalles community and, remember, we are, right now, The Dalles Indian Eagles.

Letter to the Editor: Eagles, please

To the editor: Jake Grossmiller, you have been reading my mind. The Dalles High School Eagles. It would be quite simple.

Editorial: Obama misses chance for real surveillance reforms

Given a golden opportunity to claim a legacy moment in his second term, President Barack Obama took a tentative step forward Friday, but he should have gone much further in rolling back some of the federal government’s broadest surveillance practices.

Editorial: West Coast in the right place on minimum wages

When it comes to the minimum wage, Oregon is in the right place. With our West Coast neighbors, we have the highest minimum wages in the nation. A large majority of economists agree that raising minimum wages is smart. Oregon voters made this decision in 2002 by ballot initiative.

Dufur boys drops Central

Entering one of the toughest parts of their schedule, the Dufur Rangers are hitting top stride with back-to-back standout offensive surges in lopsided wins over Central Christian.

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Tribe skiers are showing signs of promise

Holeman, Cordell get top-3 to lead teams to 2nd place

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Riders on the storm

TDW equestrian team brings largest class to the forefront for 2014 season

Arts and Entertainment from Jan. 23

Arts and entertainment schedule from Jan. 23, 2014.

Song adaptation spotlights coal impact

PORTLAND — Friends of the Columbia Gorge, in coordination with the Power Past Coal coalition and with volunteer participation of Portland-based Johnny Cash tribute band Counterfeit Cash, has released an online music video “Coal Train Blues.”

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‘Epic’ the Movie

“Epic” is the free family movie this Saturday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m., at Columbia Cinemas, 2727 W. 7th St. The weekly family films in January and February are brought to The Dalles through a collaboration with YouthThink. A donation of a nonperishable food item is requested. The main animated film characters are shown above.

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Obama targets college sexual assault epidemic

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama shone a light Wednesday on a college sexual assault epidemic that is often shrouded in secrecy, with victims fearing stigma, police poorly trained to investigate and universities reluctant to disclose the violence.

States weigh GMO label requirement

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — In the absence of federal regulation, states from Rhode Island to Hawaii are considering laws to require labels on food items containing genetically modified ingredients.

Pool plan wins planning commission approval

Demolition due in May or June

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School ‘beefs up’ students

Maupin rancher shares his skills with urban middle school students

Commuters lose bus stop to Spokane birds

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A bus stop in Spokane happens to be under a favorite perch for birds, and the droppings are so bad the Spokane Transit Authority has been forced to move the stop out of the drop zone. Riders say the sidewalk and bench under the power lines at the intersection of Green and Mission are filthy.

Wednesday, January 22

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Organization benefits young readers

Volunteers provide free books for kids

Illness in Oregon schools

BEAVERTON (AP) — A spokeswoman for a suburban Portland school district says the norovirus is believed to be responsible for sickening at least 100 students and several staff members at an elementary school.

Lynn service set for Saturday

A celebration and remembrance of life is set for Saturday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m., for Tim Lynn, Wasco County Assessor, who died Jan. 16, 2014, from complications of pneumonia.

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Kitchen, dinners, trips highlight super auction

Annual event arrives Feb. 1

High court rejects Haugen case

PORTLAND (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court declined Tuesday to consider the case of Oregon death row inmate Gary Haugen, who sought to force his own execution.

Removing barred owls easier than thought

GRANTS PASS — It turns out that the mechanics of shooting invasive barred owls to make room for threatened northern spotted owls are cheaper and easier than some people had imagined.

Wasco County heads to Sochi to warm athletes

Part of the circle: Jeannie and Dan Carver may still be home on Imperial Ranch when the winter Olympic games start in Sochi next month, but a part of them and their ranch will be making history in Russia as their wool dresses the athletes in their uniform sweaters and mittens.

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Chamber honors 2013 achievements

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Annual Banquet kicked off in style as it honored local “Home Grown Heroes.“ The banquet took place on Thursday, Jan. 16 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at The Dalles Civic Auditorium.

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Dr. Haley Hunt takes over local dentistry practice

Haley E. Hunt, DMD, has purchased the dental practice of Dr. William Guth, who retired at the end of December after 17 years in the community.

Mandela’s hidden secret

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A new, 9-meter (29.5-foot) sculpture of Nelson Mandela is billed as the biggest statue of the South African leader. It also has a tiny, barely visible quirk: a sculpted rabbit tucked inside one of the bronze ears. The bronze rabbit is about half the height of the ear canal.

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Avian flu sweeps across China

Migration could cause spreading

What's Happening from Jan 22

Upcoming nonprofit events.

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E.L. Doctorow and the life of the mind

NEW YORK — E.L. Doctorow has different ways of telling a story. He sometimes writes because he’s asked to — perhaps a commencement address for Brandeis University, a review for The New York Times of a Harriet Beecher Stowe biography or reflections on the U.S. Constitution, as requested by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

Manage hunger with wholesome foods

Whether you’re following a weight loss plan or simply maintaining healthy habits, finding foods that are nutritious sources of protein and promote satiety can help curb your urge to snack throughout the day.

For the Record from Jan. 22

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan 22, 2014.

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No. 1 Hawks wear down Redsides, 82-51

Horizon rides its 42-20 second-half run for victory

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Tough SWC defense foils Horizon

Redsides hold Hawks to season low in 47-21 win

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First-half deficit Sherman in loss

Austin Kaseberg and Max Martin combined for nine 3-points and 38 points, as the Sherman Huskies used runs of 25-11 and 24-6 in the opening half of their 77-45 blowout win over Trout Lake in boy’s basketball action at Sherman High School.

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Early surge fuels Sherman girls

Basketball is a game of adjustments. After Trout Lake struck first blood with a 14-10 run through first quarter of play, the Sherman Huskies made the proper moves on the hardwood and added some extra defensive intensity for a run of 19-5 in the second quarter on their way to a 50-36 victory Tuesday in non-league girl’s basketball play in Moro.

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Fire strikes two homes WITH VIDEO

Three structure fires kept Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue hopping Tuesday. Includes photo gallery, video.

Astro-Graph for January 22, 2014

You will finally be forced to make tough decisions that you have managed to avoid in the past. The only way to make progress will be to address any longstanding problems once and for all. You may not like change, but it will be necessary to accept it this year.

Everyday Cheapskate: The best kitchen gadget ever

I am so excited. Do you recall me telling you what a lousy cook my husband is? Well, thanks to today’s first tipster, he will not have to deal with sizzling skillets and burned grilled cheese ever again while I’m away traveling.

Ask Dr. K: Make your deli sandwich a healthy meal

DEAR DOCTOR K: A deli sandwich is my go-to lunch most days of the week. Any suggestions for making my sandwiches healthier?

Tuesday, January 21

Huskies bolster record with a win

Sherman gets 12 from Harrison in 44-30 triumph

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Dufur boys roll past Central

The Dufur Rangers put some pressure on South Wasco County and Sherman with a dominant road win Saturday at home against last-place Central Christian.

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Tribe swimmers taking next step

Athletes gain ground, but coach hopes best is yet to come in final stretches

For the Record from Jan. 21

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.

Indiana casino taxes falling faster than anticipated

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s casino tax revenues have fallen faster than expected over the past six months, plunging nearly 15 percent amid more out-of-state competition and lagging admissions as consumers try to shake off the aftereffects of the recession.

Letter to the Editor: Merkley meeting

To the editor: Word has come that U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley will be at a Town Hall meeting in The Dalles on Thursday morning, Jan. 23.

Letter to the Editor: Feed the good

To the editor: A Native American father taught his children about life with this legend: “A terrific fight is going on inside me between two wolves.

Letter to the Editor: Jarvin a "rare heart"

To the editor: The streets will be a bit empty with the passing of a much beloved member of our community. Jarvin Whitesell, 47, died Thursday, January 16, of natural causes. His cheerful, positive presence will be sorely missed. We have known Jarvin since 1981 when he came to us as a foster child at the age of 15. Jarvin’s ageless and indomitable spirit found joy in life, in many friendships, in silliness, and in the support of his community. He was a vital part of a network of smaller communities in The Dalles including Special Olympics swim team and The Dalles Senior Center where he tended the garden.

Letter to the Editor: Eagles a simple solution

There has been a lot of time wasted on anew name and mascot for the high school.

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Editorial cartoons from Jan. 21

Editorial cartoons from Jan. 21, 2014.

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Editorial:  A marker in a rigged game

The familiar adage, “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer” has taken on greater concern in the wake of the Great Recession.

What's Happening from Jan 21

Nonprofit events, from Jan. 21, 2014.

Foundation seeks philanthropy nominees

The Mid-Columbia Health Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2014 Tradition of Compassion Philanthropy Awards. Award recipients will be selected in four categories: Outstanding Volunteer, Outstanding Community Service Organization, Outstanding Philanthropist and Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation.

Kaseberg featured on OPB

Sherman County artist Cameron Kaseberg, now living in Redmond, will be featured Jan. 30 on Oregon Art Beat on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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Fire severly damages home on Chenowith Road

Firefighters extinguished a fire in the back of a house at 4509 Chenowith Road Tuesday morning.

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Oregon man excels in antiquarian books field

MCMINNVILLE (AP) — Phillip J. Pirages sells books from his home office off a country road beyond McMinnville. It’s not a high-traffic location, but then again you’re unlikely to be his customer unless you have several thousand dollars — maybe tens of thousands of dollars — to spend.

Mushrooms used to clean up urban streams

CORVALLIS (AP) — An environmental group is attempting to clean the waters in Corvallis’ Sequoia Creek — and potentially the Willamette River beyond it — using an unusual tool: mushrooms.

Huffman gears up for session

Legislature will consider large funding requests, privacy issues

Transit center coming soon

Commission approves permit for new building

Senior News: Socializing can help make physical activity more fun

We have all learned that physical activity is important.. But we have also learned - if it is all work and no play, it is no fun and we probably won’t continue for very long.

Comet-chasing probe signals Earth

BERLIN (AP) — Waking up after almost three years of hibernation, a comet-chasing spacecraft sent its first signal back to Earth on Monday, prompting cheers from scientists who hope to use it to land the first space lander onto a comet.

Disenrollment leaves Natives ‘culturally homeless’

PORTLAND— Mia Prickett’s ancestor was a leader of the Cascade Indians along the Columbia River and was one of the chiefs who signed an 1855 treaty that helped establish the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde in Oregon.

Ask Dr. K: Exercise is the best feel-good step you can take

DEAR DOCTOR K: When I’m tired, the last thing I want to do is exercise. But my wife says that exercising will actually boost my energy. Is she right?

Everday Cheapskate: When you need a burst of steam and a cup o’ joe

When it comes to making coffee and pressing clothes, you know already that there are two appliances that get a daily workout at my house — the coffeemaker and steam iron. Over the years, I’ve tested many brands, models and options. My conclusion is that, for these two items, price does not always indicate a superior product. I prefer what I call the best inexpensives.

Saturday, January 18

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Seeing through their eyes

Alexa Boldt helps Kenyan students share their world through "participatory photography."

Huskies girls drop Central Christian

Janet Guzman scored a game-high 15 points and senior point guard Andie Harrison reeled off nine to lead the Sherman Huskies to their second straight win, 41-16 Friday in a Big Sky West Division tussle in Redmond.

TDW outmanned against Reynolds

Still playing with a shortened roster, The Dalles Wahtonka boy’s basketball team ran into a tough test Friday in Reynolds against the Raiders in a 57-36 road loss.

Horizon too much for Dufur boys

The Dufur Rangers had the unenviable task of facing the No. 1-ranked Horizon Christian hawks in a battle of the Big Sky Conference leaders, but Horizon wound up being too much in the end for a 71-29 home win Friday in Hood River.

Huskies boys control matters in win

Playing against last-place Central Christian, the Sherman Huskies left nothing to chance Friday in taking a 54-39 road victory in Big Sky Conference West Division action in Redmond.

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Redsides cruise to get on winning track

Zoe Morelli had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds and the South Wasco County Redsides stopped their three-game losing streak with style in a 49-28 drubbing of Arlington Friday in a Big Sky Conference girl’s hoops showdown in Maupin.

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SWC runs rugged over Arlington

With many on team battling illness, Redsides find their groove in a 73-43 romp

Pacific Northwest new in brief, Jan. 18

State police seek diesel thieves Oregon State Police is seeking information and asking to speak to possible victims related to an investigation into the theft of diesel fuel in several central and eastern Oregon counties including Wasco. The thefts are suspected to have occurred between May 2012 and Jan. 2014.

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New Columbia fish plan is little changed

PORTLAND — The federal government’s management plan for protecting salmon and steelhead populations imperiled by federal dams in the Columbia River basin differs little from its earlier version and continues to rely heavily on habitat improvement. The court-ordered plan, known as a biological opinion, was released by NOAA Fisheries Service on Friday. Its various iterations have been litigated in court for more than two decades.

Cooking: a life skill that shouldn’t be overlooked

On a typical Wednesday, the smell of delicious food wafts into the hallways of The Dalles Wahtonka High School. The sounds vary from laughter and the chopping of vegetables to comments like, “Is this right?” and “Wow, it looks like a real muffin!” The smells and sounds are not coming from the cafeteria but from the Awesome Period class taught by Lori Stepper, Wasco County 4-H staff, and Leela Patel, Vista AmeriCorps Volunteer for Wasco County Public Health.

Public Meetings from Jan. 18, 2014

Public Meetings from Jan. 18, 2014

Today in History, Jan. 19

Today is Sunday, Jan. 19, the 19th day of 2014. There are 346 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 19, 1807, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was born in Westmoreland County, Va.

Looking Back, Jan. 18

Looking back at Jan. 18, in The Dalles Chronicle.

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Editorial cartoons from Jan. 18

Editorial cartoons from Jan. 18, 2014.

Editorial: Smoke and vapor

The U.S. Surgeon General’s report urging stronger action to reduce the tobacco epidemic comes as no real surprise.

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18 dead in funeral stampede

Tens of thousands gather to mourn the death of religious leader

China, Japan slug it out in the world’s press

WASHINGTON — China and Japan are engaged in a war of words that is lighting up editorial pages around the world as Beijing takes aim at a recent visit by Japan’s leader to a controversial war shrine and Tokyo answers back.

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Sing with local women’s chorus

Women who love to sing — in the shower, in the car or on stage — are invited to a special guest night hosted by Harmony of the Gorge chorus Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Hood River Valley Christian Church.

Flu cases strike the gorge

Cases of influenza have been reported to North Central Public Health District in recent weeks.

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W.Va. spill exposes a new risk to water from coal WITH VIDEO

WASHINGTON — The chemical spill that contaminated water for hundreds of thousands of West Virginians was just the latest and most high-profile case of coal sullying the nation’s waters.

When do nuclear missteps put security in jeopardy?

WASHINGTON — At what point do breakdowns in discipline put the country’s nuclear security in jeopardy? And when does a string of embarrassing episodes in arguably the military’s most sensitive mission become a pattern of failure?

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Friends in Deed

Neighbors and friends come together when farmer Doc Harmon suffers storm injury

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Skip's Trailhead: Find beauty and choices at Catherine Creek

It’s been a tough year to have much enthusiasm about going outside. For us that seldom happens, but this winter the skiing has been awful. On top of that, most days at lower elevations were nothing but dreary and the bald eagles were pretty much a no-show. Last Monday we hit the wall; we had to get out of the house or we would go nuts.

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Tribe wrestlers second in tournament WITH VIDEO

Team wins two of three at an all-day dual in The Dalles

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On her own level

TDW senior Emily Bailey nominated for 2014 McDonald’s All-American team

Proposed law would criminalize use of "Nazi" in Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli draft law that would criminalize the use of the word Nazi in most cases has sparked a debate on freedom of speech in a state that was founded out of the ashes of the Holocaust.

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What's Happening from Jan 17

Nonprofit activities schedule from Jan. 17

Columbia Center for the Arts hosts film series

Columbia Center for the Arts hosts the Mt. Hood Independent Film Series film, “Dar He: The Lynching of Emmett Till,” Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m.

United Way packets available through Feb. 11

The 2014 United Way of the Columbia Gorge (UWCG) Allocations Application Packets will be available through Feb. 11, from the United Way of the Columbia Gorge office.

Extension service offers camp counselor training

Free training for camp counselors is being offered to youths in grades seven to 12.

Pacific Northwest news in brief

TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) — Four lost hikers were safely escorted down a trail late Thursday night to Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge.

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California governor proclaims drought emergency

Record-dry year prompts declaration

For the Record from Jan. 17

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 17, 2014.

Senate easily passes $1.1 trillion budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill Thursday, easing the harshest effects of last year’s automatic budget cuts after tea party critics chastened by October’s partial shutdown mounted only a faint protest.

Church Directory

Church directory

Church news in brief, Jan 17

Church news in brief from Jan. 17, 2014.

Program has helped add to veterans’ compensation

Wasco County Veterans’ Service Officer Russell Jones told city officials Monday that $1.1 million in compensation had been awarded to former military personnel in 2013.

Vet program is model, says Runyon

The Dalles City Council learned Monday that local programs to serve veterans have become a “model” for the rest of the state, due largely to a high level of volunteerism.

Wasco County Assessor Tim Linn dies

Tim Linn, 56, Wasco County assessor, died Thursday, Jan. 16, from complications of pneumonia, according to a report from Wasco County Commissioner Rod Runyon.

Suicide attack on Afghan restaurant kills 21 WITH VIDEO

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban attack against a popular Kabul restaurant killed 21 people, officials said Saturday, in the deadliest attack against foreign civilians since the war began nearly 13 years ago.

Friday, January 17

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Monument base removal underway

The unfinished base of a proposed Lewis and Clark monument memorial in Thompson Park is being removed.

Thursday, January 16

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Wildfire stops at LA suburbs as winds die down, WITH VIDEO

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) ΓÇö Santa Ana winds that fanned a campfire into a wildfire that destroyed five homes and threatened foothill neighborhoods east of Los Angeles relented Thursday afternoon, halting the blaze in its tracks. WITH VIDEO

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Editorial cartoons from Jan. 16

Editorial cartoons from Jan. 16,m 2014.

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Offseason program looking for new leader

Training for Success has been active for past 3 years

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TDW swimmers rise up at invite

Allie Wood posts win, several others rack up quality times at Eagle Indian Meet

Letter to the Editor: Skating with buffalo

To the editor: Bob Carsner never roller skated in a buffalo herd, but he was always happy because he had a mind to.

Letter to the Editor: Kudos to caregivers

To the editor: Kudos to the volunteer Dallesport ambulance and fire department for your quick response to our home.

Letter to the Editor: to Jack’s Body Shop

To the editor: On Dec. 6, I had the bad fortune to wreck my car. I immediately took it to Jack’s Body Shop. They have done work in the past for me and I have always been pleased with their workmanship.

Letter to the Editor: Closer to who's home?

To the editor: (In regards to the) Letter to the Editor, “Closer to Home” I would like to ask Mr. Collier, Closer to who’s home?

Editorial: Protect privacy in Oregon

Should the police be able to look at your cellphone’s location, your Web browsing history, your email and your Facebook account without a warrant?

Editorial: Pot as a retail commodity? No way

We’ve not seen evidence that anyone plans to try to open a medical marijuana store in Baker County. But we agree with Baker City Police Chief Wyn Lohner that local elected officials should start thinking about the issue, and in particular about whether they want to restrict or outright ban such businesses.

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Afghanistan’s first female police chief starts job

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — She wears a black headscarf instead of a cap. But otherwise Col. Jamila Bayaz looks like any other district police chief in Afghanistan as she reviews checkpoints in the center of Kabul.

Arts and Entertainment from Jan. 16

Arts and entertainment from Jan. 16, 2014.

Wheat farms pay best in Washington

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Let’s say you’re looking for decent-paying farm work.

For the Record from Jan. 16

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 16, 2014.

ACLU, DEA spar over drug records

PORTLAND — The American Civil Liberties Union asked an Oregon federal court judge on Wednesday to review the constitutionality of the federal government’s use of warrantless subpoenas.

Coyote killing competition planned in Oregon

BEND (AP) — A coyote killing contest is scheduled this weekend in Eastern Oregon.

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Dreaming Green

January is a good time to pore over seed catalogs and get the garden ready for growing time

Stern words prompt Murdock border settlement

Lack of gorge accord could have led to appeals stretching out over years

County land applications rise

Wasco Co. saw 27-percent hike

Wednesday, January 15

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Right side of the rails

A yard engine prepares to back rail cars

TDW girls too much for Aloha

The Aloha Warriors tried to put some pressure on No. 6-ranked The Dalles Wahtonka, but the high-flying Eagle Indians had all the answers in a 59-50 win, their seventh in a row, Tuesday in non-league girl’s basketball play Tuesday in Beaverton.

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No. 1-ranked Horizon rushes past Sherman

Hawks get off to hot start on way to a 79-44 win

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Huskies impose will on Horizon

Sherman defense holds Hawks to three field goals in lopsided 47-11 victory

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Jewish heirs in dispute over art

Treasure trove was acquired by Nazis after forced sales

Carjacking fails for lack of gasoline

AUBURN, Wash. (AP) — If you’re looking for a vehicle to carjack, it’s probably best to avoid the ones already stopped along a major highway.

For the Record from Jan. 15

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 15, 2014

Transit center sees movement

A transit operation center is up for consideration at a City of The Dalles Planning Commission quasi judicial public hearing Thursday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m. at the City Hall council chambers.

Byrd wins at Summit

The Columbia Gorge was well-represented when hundreds of public and private leaders convened at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland Dec. 9 for the Oregon Business Summit, an annual event that helps define state policies for the coming year.

Fujiwara honored as athletic trainer

Wahtonka grad hopes to return to The Dalles to be near family

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The Chocolate Lab offers fine chocolates

Sunde Carroll offers gourmet, organic cacao and infused sea salts

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Warming up the community

First annual blanket drive brings in 50 blankets.

What's Happening from Jan 15

Events from Jan. 15, 2014.

‘The Perpetual Farm’ kicks off film series

Can we farm forever? That is the question producers of the documentary film “The Perpetual Farm” set out to discuss.

Foundation to host fundraising events

Columbia Gorge Gatherings, a series of fundraising and friend-raising social events, resume this year as benefits for the Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation endowment fund.

Obama likely to OK phone record changes

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is expected to endorse changes to the way the government collects millions of Americans’ phone records for possible future surveillance, but he’ll leave many of the specific adjustments for Congress to sort out, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the White House intelligence review.

Woman seeks half-million over pothole

PENDLETON (AP) — A Pendleton woman who says she sprained a wrist, an ankle and fell unconscious after tripping on potholes and asphalt piles in a city parking lot wants the city to pay her more than $550,000.

Students speak out on mascot

Views vary on what should represent local high school

Firework group seeks city aid

Councilor wants goal review

Astro-Graph for January 15, 2014

Stick to what you know, and avoid any sudden and inconsistent moves that could threaten your reputation. Conservative action and expertise will help you overcome opposition and accusations. Stand tall and proceed with confidence. Play the game of life to win.

Ask Dr. K: Sexually active women must find right birth control pill

DEAR DOCTOR K: I've recently become sexually active and I'm planning to go on the pill. But there are so many different types of birth control pills. Which one is right for me?

Everyday Cheapskate: How you can make a better fruit fly trap

In a recent column I showed you how to make a very effective fruit fly trap. I thought my trap was quite effective because I caught those flies that were driving me nuts. Then I got an email message from reader Betty, who offered a couple of improvements. I immediately upgraded my trap accordingly. So much better.

Tuesday, January 14

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Surround Sound

Cascade Singers on Sunday.

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Editorial cartoons from Jan. 14

Editorial cartoons from Jan. 14, 2014.

SWC girls dropped by Condon, 69-40

Facing the toughest part of its schedule, the South Wasco County girl’s basketball team is in the midst of a 2-9 stretch over the past month, last losing 69-40 Saturday in Big Sky Conference basketball play in Maupin.

Redside boys cruise past Condon

It was a tale of two halves, as South Wasco County erased a 29-22 halftime deficit with rallies of 37-3 and 31-7 to motor their way to an impressive 92-39 score to upend Condon-Wheeler in Big Sky boys hoops play in Condon.

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No. 6 Dufur adds lopsided win to the docket

Hot start leads to a 44-30 home win over Nixyaawii

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Rangers miss golden opportunity

Dufur outscored 8-4 in final four minutes of 54-50 loss

For the Record from Jan. 14

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

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Oregon trains begin running on Amtrack

ALBANY (AP) — Two new Amtrak trains the state of Oregon bought for more than $38 million with federal stimulus money have begun running between Eugene and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Senior News: Using your spare time to get creative and hands on

Life can be so serious. When we were younger we were focused on pursuing a career, raising a family, and for many putting their lives at risk serving our nation in Germany, Korea or Vietnam.

Democrats, some GOP officials back Idaho pre-K

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Democratic and some Republican advocates for state-supported preschool Monday intensified their push for a $1.4 million, five-school pilot program they hope will eventually open the door in Idaho to broader pre-kindergarten education.

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TDW rallies support for the Philippines

Students take charge to provide relief

Letter to the Editor: Get out and dance, guys!

To the editor: How about some joy, fun, happiness and an idea for great exercise?

Letter to the Editor: Stop donating trash

To the editor: People please stop donating your garbage to our secondhand stores.

Letter to the Editor: Closer to home?

To the editor: The U.S. economy has gone to heck in a handbasket, the national debt is out of control, unemployment is high and government spending and waste is ridiculous.

Letter to the Editor: Respect the Eagle

To the editor: I just read Dan Hansen’s letter in Sunday’s paper about changing the high school mascot. Isn’t it enough District 12 took over District 9 with a hostile takeover?

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Editorial: Budget deal buys a year of relief

Like making sausage, putting together a bipartisan federal spending bill isn’t a pretty sight.

What's Happening from Jan 14

What's Happening from Jan. 14, 2014.

School district seeks committee member

North Wasco County School District is recruiting one community member to serve on the budget committee for a two-year term expiring June 30, 2015.

Mentor for Success winter training Feb. 15

Mentor For Success is having its winter training session for new mentors on Feb. 15, and invites adults in the gorge area to learn more and consider volunteering to mentor an area teen.

Dozens of trade-offs in $1.1 trillion budget

Sales job is on for spending bill to cover govt. operations until fall

Oregon no longer dead last

State moves up list for health plan enrollment

A break for landowners?

Work group recommends changes to city policy

Astro-Graph for January 14, 2014

Progressive motion will get you where you want to go in the coming months. Expect emotional issues to be brought out into the open. Clear up any matter that is keeping you from getting what you want. Use emotional tactics to win personal battles.

Everyday Cheapskate: How to pull the plug on cable or satellite

Want to put a thousand bucks back into your wallet in the coming year? If you’re paying around $100 per month now, pulling that plug would more than do it and without leaving you high and dry for TV entertainment.

Ask Dr. K: Light helps overcome seasonal affective disorder

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have seasonal affective disorder so I dread the approach of winter. What can I do?

Saturday, January 11

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Crooked River Gorge: mesmerizing

CROOKED RIVER RANCH (AP) — A hike in the Central Oregon desert often requires some patience. It can take some time tromping through the sagebrush to reach the payoff. And sometimes the beauty of the desert is in the eye of the beholder.

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National and world news in brief

World and national news in brief

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Editorial cartoons from Jan. 12

Editorial cartoons from Jan. 12, 2014

Editorial: It may not be a tax problem

It’s a common complaint in today’s world: expenses grow faster than revenues.

Letter to the Editor: Master the garden

To the editor: Anyone driving past my home would not immediately say, “That is the yard of a Master Gardener.” In fact, taking a long look at my yard, one might be operating under a totally different set of assumptions!

Letter to the Editor: Safety first

To the editor: I just read Tonya Schroeder’s letter from Thursday and what keeps going through my mind is ...WOW.

Letter to the Editor: Inconveniance small price to pay

To the editor: I felt a need to respond to the letter published on Thursday that called the school district lazy for calling a two hour delay. As a parent of three teenagers, I can certainly understand how this can affect the workday, but the school district is responsible for all children, not just inconveniencing one parent.

Letter to the Editor: Not so lazy

To the editor: To the lady who was accusing the schools of being “lazy”: Many of the people working at the schools and other businesses can certainly sympathize with your inconvenience at not having a place for your child before you go to work - many of them are in the same boat.

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Spreading Christmas cheer

THE DALLES YOUTH of Heart of Hospice (YoHOH’s) made their annual Christmas outing visiting Hospice patients and were joined again this year by Santa.

What's Happening from Jan 12

What's Happening from Jan 12, 2014.

Women for Agriculture invites members

The newly formed Columbia Gorge chapter of Women for Agriculture (OWA) invites all local women who are involved with agriculture, farming or food systems in the gorge.

Project ELFF tops last years collections

Project ELFF topped last year’s collection of food for local food banks by almost 600 units in 2013 under its new commander, volunteer firefighter Cheyenne Heron, collecting a grand total of 27,466 units of food.

Extension Cord: What is Open Oregon Campus and what can it do?

Perhaps you have heard about it but are still wondering, “What is this ‘Open Campus’ and what can it do for me?” Open Campus is a new idea that is built upon the rich history of a program that you are probably familiar with: OSU Extension. Like Extension, the goal of Open Campus is to bring educational opportunities to people in all parts of our great state—not just those who can attend classes in Corvallis.

Public Meetings from Jan. 12, 2014

Public Meetings from Jan. 12, 2014

Looking Back, Jan. 12

Looking Back, Jan. 12

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History repeats itself at Sunshine Mill

1950s before and after shows how dingy a mill can get

Redsides lose tough one to Ione

South Wasco County fell behind by a game-high 16 points, staged a 32-24 run in the fourth quarter, but still ended up on the losing end against Dalton Hughes, Jailin Conboy and the Ione Cardinals by a 86-78 score Friday in Big Sky conference boy’s hoops play in Ione.

Ranger boys wallop Griswold

Bryson Caldwell scored 23 points, and Caleb Morris tacked on 13 to lead the No. 12-ranked Dufur Rangers to a 60-39 win Friday in Big Sky Conference boy’s basketball action in Helix.

Huskies hold on for victory

Kaseberg scores 27 to lead Sherman in road winner

SWC hits skids against Ione

The Ione Cardinals broke open a 12-6 halftime cushion with runs of 10-2 and 15-13 to defeat South Wasco County 37-21 in girl’s basketball play Friday in Ione.

Lady Rangers move past Griswold by 25

Alexa Macias scored 10 of her team-high 15 points in the first quarter, as the Dufur Rangers landed the knockout blow in the first eight minutes for a 16-2 lead as part of a 53-28 triumph over Griswold Friday night in Big Sky girl’s basketball play in Helix.

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Short-handed T-Dub battles tough

Several reserves contribute to 52-48 win over Parkrose

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Breathing New Life into Old Art

If you attended The Dalles High School anytime after 1946, you’re likely familiar with the collection of murals depicting Celilo Falls that have graced the library’s westernmost walls for almost 60 years.

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Former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon dies at age 85

JERUSALEM — Ariel Sharon, the hard-charging Israeli general and prime minister who was admired and hated for his battlefield exploits and ambitions to reshape the Middle East, died Saturday, eight years after a stroke left him in a coma from which he never awoke. He was 85.

Rock fall closes Multnomah Falls bridge

PORTLAND (AP) — A big rock has fallen on the Benson footbridge over Multnomah Falls, and the bridge and the trails at either end have been closed.

Ditch Cover Oregon? Republican lawmaker says yes

SALEM — A Republican state lawmaker who’s running for governor said Friday that he plans to introduce legislation to shut down Oregon’s troubled health insurance exchange.

Friday, January 10

"Beaver" dams aid fish restoration in John Day River drainage

Ecologists and biologists working in a tributary of the John Day River in northeast Oregon are encouraging the building of dams to restore degraded stream habitat – beaver dams, that is.

Ask Dr. K: Some foods pose choking threat

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have two young children. I know not to buy toys with small parts or keep coins within their reach. What other choking hazards should I be aware of?

Everyday Cheapskate: Who else could use a personal assistant?

Do you have any idea how much money you spend each month to feed your family? Even if you think you know, you may be shocked to learn the truth.

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Steep Quick-Step

Dusty Dodge trots his bike up the steepest portion of Fourth Street Grade

Economy ends 2013 on weak note

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added a scant 74,000 jobs in December, the fewest in three years. The disappointing figure ended 2013 on a weak note and raises questions about whether the job market can sustain its recent gains.

Church news in brief

Church news in brief, Jan 10, 2013.

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MMA documentary set for the big screen

Film based on life of Glena Avila opening at Slamdance

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Rolling Tribe nets sixth straight win

Defense reigns supreme in 55-25 drubbing of Dallas

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Greenslade Graduates

TIFFANY GREENSLADE graduated from Family Dependency Court program January 7.

What's Happening from Jan 10

What's Happening from Jan. 10, 2014.

OSU Extension Service offers pesticide workshop

The OSU Extension Service is offering a Pesticide Core and Pre-Exam workshop Wednesday, Jan. 22, beginning at 8 a.m. in the Columbia Gorge Community College Lecture Hall, third floor, Building 2.

Bagpipes, haggis part of toast to Robert Burns in Condon

Poetry of Scotland’s Robert Burns and the local Scottish heritage will be celebrated Saturday, Jan. 25, at the 17th annual Robert Burns Supper at Condon.

For the Record from Jan. 10

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 10, 2014.

Feds reject North Chenoweth grant

The Dalles is facing what could be a costly good news-bad news situation.

Inquest set in Klickitat County police shooting

Washington protocal requires inquest for all police shootings.

Portland man accused of stealing Dufur headstones

Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley said Thursday that a pending case involving the theft of headstones from four graves at a Dufur cemetery is a “first” for his career.

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Winds decapitate local KFC building

More high winds due tonight and through the weekend

Car stolen in Kennewick found in Florida

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — A car stolen from a Kennewick car dealership was recently found more than 2,500 miles away in Key West, Fla.

Robert Carsner viewing today

Robert J. Carsner, 72 a resident of The Dalles, Oregon died at home Monday, January 6, 2014. Viewing will be Friday, January 10, 2014 from 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Thursday, January 9

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Editorial cartoons from Jan. 9

Editorial cartoons from Jan. 9, 2014.

Roller girls are back in action

The Gorge Roller Girls are gearing up for their first bout of the 2014 season starting at 3 p.m. Sunday at Dufur High School.

TD to become wrestling Mecca

Program plays host to four teams in daylong tourney

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Riverside gymnasts go gold diggin’

Local group takes home multiple first-place medals

TDW girls throttle Franklin, 65-11

The Dalles Wahtonka had its second-highest scoring output along with its best defensive effort Friday night in a 54-point blowout of Franklin in a lopsided 5A battle in The Dalles. TDW’s defense held Franklin without a field goal for the first two quarters, and the offense reeled off scores of 25-1 and 16-1 to lead 41-2 at halftime.

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Missed shots haunt T-Dub in loss

Eagle Indians make just 14 of 28 from free throw line in 49-41 setback to Woodburn

Letter to the Editor: D21 far to lazy

To the editor: Are schools really getting that lazy? I cannot tell you how frustrating it is as a working parent that the school district here in The Dalles delays school for no reason.

Letter to the Editor: Loving the lights

To the editor: I just want to take a minute and say thank you to the city of The Dalles for the downtown Christmas lights.

Letter to the Editor: Great downtown

To the editor: During the holiday season, I had an opportunity to spend an afternoon shopping at some of the downtown stores.

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Editorial: Endangered Species Act needs revision

The U.S. just marked the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, a milestone that inspired Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Amelia Templeton to blog about some key ESA debates. These deserve to spur a thorough re-examination of a law that is both still valuable and seriously outdated.

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Forced abortion highlights abuses in China policy

BEIJING — When her mind is clear, Gong Qifeng can recall how she begged for mercy. Several people pinned her head, arms, knees and ankles to a hospital bed before driving a syringe of labor-inducing drugs into her stomach.

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Elementary art show scheduled

THE DALLES Art Center’s Wasco-Sherman County Elementary Art Show begins Jan. 14 and continues through Feb. 1.

Arts and Entertainment from Jan. 9

Arts and Entertainment from Jan. 9, 2013.

For the Record from Jan. 9

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 9, 2014.

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First Baby of 2014

MATTHEW SEAN Gorton, center, was born at 7:33 p.m. on New Year’s Day

French Senate seeks ban on free book delivery

PARIS — If the French Senate gets its way, retail giant Amazon and its online peers won’t be able to offer free book deliveries in France anymore.

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Local fan invited to Idol

The Dalles woman visits LA show set

Food companies cut calorie count

Industry totals from 2007-12 are more than four times their pledge

Obama ponders limiting NSA access to phone records

President expected to restrict agency’s spying

Kitzhaber to discuss health insurance enrollment

PORTLAND, (AP) — Gov. John Kitzhaber plans on Thursday to discuss the latest enrollment numbers for Oregon’s troubled health insurance exchange.

Astro-Graph for January 9, 2014

Build a solid base in the coming months. Focusing on what’s important to you, along with forming a solid plan for the future, will allow you room to coast through any excessive situations you face this year. You can have fun and be frugal.

Everyday Cheapskate: Miraculous solutions for two of life’s little problems

Dear Mary: A red rag somehow managed its way into a load of what used to be white clothes. How can I get the pink tint out of the clothes and return them to bright white? —Anne P., email

Ask Dr. K: C-reactive protein test offers evidence of heart disease

DEAR DOCTOR K: A few years ago my doctor told me that C-reactive protein was an important indicator of heart disease risk. At my last checkup, he didn’t mention it at all. Is it still considered important?

Dufur school delayed two hours

Columbia Gorge Schools: Dufur Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late

Wednesday, January 8

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Post season pickup

Curb those trees

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Eagle Indian grapplers hit mats for Don York Invite

Linebarger, Morales in fifth place to pace varsity squad

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T-Dub skiers get in Duck Dynasty mode

Team fares well in opener; takes home spirit award

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No. 13 Tribe annihilates Wilsonville

The Dalles Wahtonka freshman Iliana Telles scored a career-high 17 points, and senior Emily Bailey added five points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, seven blocks and seven steals to lead their No. 13-ranked varsity girl’s team to a season-high fifth consecutive win in a 63-35 drubbing over the Wilsonville Wildcats Tuesday night in non-league hoops play at Wilsonville High School.

Escaped prisoner returns

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Just how cold is it in Kentucky? Apparently cold enough for an escaped prisoner to decide to turn himself in.

School discipline under review

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is urging schools to abandon overly zealous discipline policies that civil rights advocates have long said lead to a school-to-prison pipeline that discriminates against minority students.

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Mother and Son Jammin' Fun planned

MOMS GET a chance to focus on their sons at the upcoming Mother-Son Jammin’ Fun event Friday, Jan. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Dalles Civic Auditorium.

What's Happening from Jan 8

What's Happening from Jan 8, 2013

Wholesale workshop scheduled for Jan. 20

The Wholesale Success Workshop is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 20, at the Rockford Grange, 4262 Barrett Drive in Hood River.

Library book group seeks readers

The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library book discussion group is seeking readers.

One killed, one injured in Klickitat County shooting

GOLDENDALE, Wash. (AP) — An apparent argument between two men ended with one dead and the other critically wounded in a shooting in the rural community of Cleveland in south-central Washington.

Business world was on the move in 2013

Was The Dalles economy on the upswing in 2013? A snapshot of all the moving and shaking of the year past might suggest yes.

For the Record from Jan. 8

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 8, 2013.

Tax limits increasingly hurt city budget

Compression bites revenues

Washington state faces prospect of too many pot growers

SEATTLE — Washington state could be facing a curious economics problem: too many pot growers.

Cover Oregon falls short

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon’s problem-plagued health insurance exchange has enrolled about 20,000 people in private coverage, far below original projections, according to new numbers released by Cover Oregon on Tuesday.

Astro-Graph for January 8, 2014

Improve your life by taking action on the ideas and plans you’ve long been mulling over. Nurture important relationships and pick up knowledge that will help position you for the future, personally and professionally. Discipline will pay off.

Everyday Cheapskate: A clever knit bit and more great reader tips

Today’s first tip is going to make my fellow hand knitters wonder, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Is this just the greatest idea ever? I couldn’t wait to share this and other clever tips with you today.

Ask Dr. K: Safety of e-cigarettes has yet to be proved

DEAR DOCTOR K: After smoking for more than 15 years, I finally quit eight months ago. But I still miss my cigarettes. I recently heard about electronic cigarettes. Are they safe?

Classes delayed today

Many local education organizations are on delayed schedules today.

Tuesday, January 7

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Cold Covering

Temperatures in Wasco County have begun to warm, but fog continues to freeze overnight in the foothills. For more cold weather photographs, visit the photographer's blog "Eye of the Storm-Gone mobile"

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Editorial cartoons from Jan. 7

Editorial cartoons from Jan. 7, 2014.

e-Reader classes offered

With gift-giving season just past, some local residents may have new Nooks, Kindles, Kobos or iPads they may not know quite enough about.

Medical Reserve Corps hosts blanket drive

The Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is hosting its First Annual Winter Blanket Drive. The items collected from this drive will be donated to The Warming Place in The Dalles. The MRC requests donations of blankets or any other warm items (e.g. gloves, mittens, coats) that are either new or gently used and clean. Community members can contribute to the drive in the following manner:

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Santa program draws hundreds downtown, say organizers

Over 350 children and their parents visited Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the old Griffith Automotive Showroom for the, Santa in the Downtown Saturdays last month put on by The Dalles Main Street Organization.

What's Happening from Jan. 7

What's Happening from Jan. 7, 2014.

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Captive Goodyear bosses freed at French site

Managers held captive by angry workers seeking bigger severance packages.

Chemical weapons removal from Syria begins

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The first batch of Syrian poison gas precursor chemicals was loaded onto a Danish cargo ship and taken out of the war-torn country Tuesday — a week later than initially planned, the United Nations announced.

Letter to the Editor: Giant thank you

To the editor: This letter is a giant thank you. The generosity of the people in The Dalles never fails to amaze me. Six people gave up part of their Christmas day to cook and serve patrons at Community Meals. They were Betsy, Jerry, Rita, Hilary, Linda, and Marvin.

Letter to the Editor: Thank you

To the editor: The Citizens Review Board would like to thank all those who donated books for our Christmas Book Drive. The book drive was a great success with 200-plus books being given as gifts to children in foster care of all ages.

Letter to the Editor: Employment vital

To the editor: In a December 27 New York Times article titled ‘The Fear Economy,” economist/columnist Paul Krugman discussed why corporate profits in 2013 soared to record highs, relative to GDP, despite lingering unemployment and weak economic growth. It was a wonderful insight into the workings of the labor market - and how conflicts of interest between wages and profits can play themselves out.

Letter to the Editor: Rattled rattlers?

To the editor: As a substitute teacher in our school district, knowing many of the kids like I do, here’s Mr. Smith’s two cents on our choices for a new mascot, offered from a radio announcer’s point of view:

Editorial: It’s not too late

The big season for promotion of flu vaccination is usually around September or October. That’s because health officials want to get ahead of any building problem.

Sandusky tries to get college pension back

Former coach seeks return of $4,900 per month in funds

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Second gay worker at Catholic school to marry

Second worker comes forward with same-sex wedding plans

Socialist sworn in as Seattle city council member

SEATTLE — A former community college professor who won a surprising citywide election was sworn in Monday as the first socialist City Council member in Seattle’s modern history.

Missing hiker, 71, found near Oregon’s Mount Hood

GOVERNMENT CAMP (AP) — The Clackamas County sheriff’s office says a 71-year-old hiker missing overnight near Oregon’s Mount Hood has been found in good condition.

Oregon governor’s mansion gets energy upgrades

SALEM (AP) — Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes has unveiled energy efficiency upgrades to Mahonia Hall, the governor’s official residence in Salem.

For the Record from Jan. 7

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 7, 2013.

US: 4 years of slowing health care costs

WASHINGTON — Even as his health care law divided the nation, President Barack Obama’s first term saw historically low growth in health costs, government experts said in a new report Monday.

Senior News: Passport to happiness calendar now available

The free 2014 Passport to Happiness Calendar is now available and if you don’t receive one in the mail in the next week, you can stop by the Center or OSU Extension office at CGCC and pick one up. And thanks to the suggestions from many folks, the 2014 calendar has a few changes to make it even better than 2013.

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Redsides get physical in 5-point victory

SWC scores a 10-1 rally in final 3:41 to defeat Sherman

Sunnyside too much for Husky boys

Sunnyside Christian broke open a 27-21 halftime lead with a 15-7 run in the third quarter and rode that cushion out to a 52-39 win Saturday in non-league boy’s hoops play in Moro. Still within shouting distance at the start of the second half, Sherman coach Bill Blevins said three early turnovers led to six consecutive points that put his squad in a 33-21 hole.

SWC boys loses tough OT road matchup

Through three quarters, South Wasco County built a big lead over Nixyaawii, but after playing a gritty four quarters 24 hours earlier at home against Sherman, the legs tired out, as Nixyaawii worked a 37-23 run in the final eight minutes and overtime in a 79-75 victory Saturday in Big Sky conference play in Mission.

Rangers boys claim third in tourney

The rising season showed this past weekend for the first place Dufur Rangers, as they went 2-1 at the 1A Hoops Classic Tournament this past weekend in Portland to secure third place.

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Classic battle goes to the wire

Sherman stages late comeback, but Redsides hold on for 71-68 home triumph

Portland hospitals report 7 flu deaths

The H1N1 virus is hitting hard enough to almost be pandemic

HR man jailed in shooting

HOOD RIVER— On Jan. 3 deputies were called to Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital to investigate a shooting that injured a local woman.

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TD featured in fishing show

‘Skullbound TV’ focuses on Columbia sturgeon

Forced medication of robbery suspect halted by court

Oreogn Supreme Court justices intervene in local armed robbery case

Police: Beware Windy River Gleaner checks

The Dalles Police Department has asked storeowners to be on the lookout for two checks that have been stolen from Windy River Gleaners, which the thief might attempt to cash.

Astro-Graph for January 7, 2014

The time has come to make decisions and act on them. Don’t be confused by what others do. You have to choose what works best for you and move forward. Simplicity and precision will make the difference when it comes to finding your comfort zone and, with it, success.

Everyday Cheapskate: How to make a simple fruit fly trap

Drosophila melano- gaster, the common fruit fly, and I go way back to my high school biology class and a unit on genetics. We raised fruit flies in little Petri dishes. Then we’d anesthetize them so we could look at them through the microscope to see how our genetic predictions sized up with the number and gender of babies born overnight. It was great fun.

Ask Dr. K: Non-drug strategies to ease pain for Cirrhosis

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have cirrhosis of the liver. I also get tension headaches. What pain reliever can I take for my tension headaches?

Sunday, January 5

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Plenty of outdoors options in Idaho in 2014

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — It’s fun to explore places in Idaho on a whim, but some of the best trips come with planning. Those backcountry getaways or extended river trips may need permits or partners.

Saturday, January 4

Letter to the Editor: Walden, Lincoln share woes

To the editor: “Four score and seven years ago…” so said America’s first and most famous Republican president, Abraham Lincoln. Both President Lincoln and Congressman Greg Walden have experienced similar woes.

Letter to the Editor: Not so snarky

To the editor: I was going to write a snarky remark about a recent letter. It was about the writer’s views of the failure of mankind and a vengeful Christian God.

Letter to the Editor: Fond memories

To the editor: Moved to The Dalles in 1958-1960 to work at the new Harvey Aluminum factory. Lived in a boarding house on Chenowith owned by the Richardsons. Finley Richardson ran the local bus.

Letter to the Editor: Go, Riverhawks!

To the editor: (Edited for length.) I recently read the choices that are being considered for The Dalles High mascot and was considering each for its merits.

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Editorial cartoons from Jan 5

Editorial cartoons from Jan 5, 2013.

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Editorial: A pretty big if

If opponents to the Affordable Care Act had put all of their efforts into it over the past six months, they couldn’t have tailor-made a more problem-ridden roll-out to national health care coverage than what we’ve seen over the past month and a half.

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Second half full of many highlights

Teams break records, blaze new trails and start surges in final part of ‘13

2013 a year of challenges: Peculiar, and heartbreaking

Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley is relieved to put 2013 in the rear view mirror due to the peculiar — and sometimes heartbreaking — resolution of several major cases.

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2013 a year of challenges: On the lighter side

Local news wasn’t always stern and serious. Sometimes it was fun or uplifting — or both.

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2013 a year of challenges: In the headlines

Some of the stories that dominated The Dalles Chronicle headlines in 2013.

What's Happening from Jan 5

What's Happening from Dec. 5, 2013.

Providing health care complicated in rural areas

FREEPORT, Fla. — In this rural part of the Panhandle, Christopher Mitchell finds few takers when he delivers his message about the importance of exploring insurance options under the federal health overhaul.

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December weather colder than normal

Temperatures at The Dalles airport averaged colder than normal during December, according to preliminary data from NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton.

Alternative seating helps students focus

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Introducing big, bouncy balls into a middle school classroom may seem like a prescription for pandemonium.

Friday, January 3

Astro-Graph for January 3, 2014

If you are not careful, indecisiveness will cause stagnation. Lack of confidence in your abilities may make you overly impressionable. Surround yourself with inspiring people who will reassure you that you're making good choices. This is the year to exorcise your demons and think positively.

Everyday Cheapskate: How you can make groceries last even longer

A recent column on the proper storage for fresh fruits and vegetables generated a lot of great reader feedback -- plus dozens of new tips and tricks to make all grocery items last longer. I love this stuff so much, I must admit to being slightly compulsive -- gathering, testing and assessing techniques. Here are a few of my new favorites:

Ask Dr. K: Here’s a simple solution for nosebleeds

DEAR DOCTOR K: My son suffers from occasional nosebleeds. What's the best way to stop a nosebleed? DEAR READER: Many people suffer from nosebleeds. I tend to get them this time of year when the air is cold and dry, as it irritates the normally warm, moist surfaces inside the nose.

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Americans imagine a future worse than today

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ask people to imagine American life in 2050, and you’ll get some dreary visions. Whether they foresee runaway technology or runaway government, rampant poverty or vanishing morality, a majority of Americans predict a future worse than today.

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A great first half for local athletes

Several players and coaches etch names in annals of sports history books

Gov’t: Birth control mandate should not be blocked

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says a Supreme Court justice should stop blocking the new health care law’s requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control.

Theatre Company schedules auditions for ‘Black Comedy’

Auditions are scheduled for “Black Comedy” presented by The Theater Company of The Dalles.

What's Happening from Jan 3

What's Happening from Jan. 3, 2013.

For the Record, Jan 3

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 3, 2013.

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Union workers rally at Boeing

Over past decade machinists received $600 per year COLA

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Four murals get new lighting in heart of downtown

The Dalles Mural Society celebrated new lighting installation under way Jan. 2 of some of the first murals commissioned for downtown The Dalles, four in all.

Iraqi troops battle al-Qaida

BAGHDAD — Under siege by government forces, al-Qaida militants tried to strengthen their hold on two of Iraq’s main Sunni cities Friday, telling residents that they were defending them against the Shiite-led government.

County considers taxing plan

Officials seek new funding source for roadwork

Robbery suspect medication starts

Defense attorney hopes high court will intervene in forcible drugging

Dalles police warn of Phone scam

The Dalles Police Department has issued a warning about two different scams involving MoneyPak greendot cards. These Paypal account cards can be purchased at most grocery and department stores and loaded with money for purchases on the internet.

Parking permit required at fifteen ODFW Wildlife Areas as of Jan. 1

SALEM, Ore.—As of Jan. 1, 2014, wildlife viewers, anglers, walkers and others headed to any of 15 ODFW Wildlife Areas are required to have a parking permit. Daily permits cost $7 and annual permits are $22.

Thursday, January 2

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TDW grapplers hit stage in Redmond

Team puts on a solid showing at Adrian Irwin Event

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Major draw for Gizzards run/walk

Dillard takes men’s 10k run; Ford is women’s champ

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Health campaign targets youth

System needs young participants

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Editorial cartoons from Jan. 2

Editorial cartoons from Jan. 2, 2013. `

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Editorial: Plain speaking on speech

Oregonians have valued free speech and nurtured a healthy, well-founded distrust for intrusive governmental restrictions since their state’s constitution was drafted in 1857.

Letter to the Editor: Rural Oregon endangered

Endangered: Over 70,000 acres range and farmland, wheat lands, wildlife habitat centered between Deschutes and John Day scenic rivers: raptors, eagles, hunting, Journey Through Time, Oregon scenic by-way, historic western towns Antelope and Shaniko. Get informed and speak out.

For the Record, Jan. 2

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 2, 2013.

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Bobbleheads honor Supreme Court justices

WASHINGTON (AP) — They are some of the rarest bobblehead dolls ever produced. They’re released erratically. They’re given away for free, not sold. And if you get a certificate to claim one, you have to redeem it at a Washington, DC, law office.

Body clock may be to blame for bedtime woes when tots fight sleep

WASHINGTON — “Just one more story, please?” ‘’I need a glass of water.” ‘’Mom, I can’t sleep!” When youngsters continually struggle to fall asleep at night, new research suggests maybe their body clock doesn’t match their bedtime. That doesn’t mean tots should be up at all hours.

Lawmaker seeks to save bees

PORTLAND (AP) — An Oregon lawmaker is seeking to restrict home gardeners’ use of some pesticides suspected of killing bees in Portland and other cities last summer.

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Museum celebrates silver ball revival

Couple share collection with other players

Sew for newborns

The Wasco County 4-H Leadership Club is issuing an open invitation to join them in sewing burp cloths for mothers of babies born at Mid-Columbia Medical Center.

Arts and entertainment calendar, Jan. 2

Arts and Entertainment calendar, Jan. 2, 2013.

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AP Poll: Americans expect better in 2014

About half of Americans expect 2014 to be a better year than 2013, according to the recent AP-Times Square New Year’s Eve poll. And judging by the typical questions pollsters use to measure the public mood, it doesn’t seem like it could be much worse.

The Dalles listed among 2014 Top Western Towns

Thousands of years of history play into top town designation

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Travels bring Byrne right back home

New CGCC employee provides research

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Passengers rescued from icebound Antarctic ship

Chinese helicopter pulls scientists, tourists off ship

Astro-Graph for January 2, 2013

Success can be yours if you're willing to go the distance. Don't let anyone stand in your way. Devote your energy to your own pursuits, and plan carefully. Stay focused. Your courage and integrity will be admired. Do whatever is necessary.

Everyday Cheapskate: What about those check cashing fees: are they legal?

Dear Mary: A friend repaid a personal loan of $900 by giving me his personal check, drawn on Bank of America. I took it to a local branch. They charged me $6 to cash it. Is this fee legal? Would it have been less had the check been for a smaller amount? — James, California

Ask Dr. K: Pregnancy with twins can be more challenging

DEAR DOCTOR K: I just found out I'm pregnant with twins. How will this pregnancy be different from my last one?