Friday, January 31
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.
World news in brief, Jan. 31, 2014.
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.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 31, 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Dufur football team has six athletes recognized as all-state football recipients
As shepherds of a historic building, members of United Church of Christ Congregational have their hands full with ongoing maintenance requirements.
Nonprofit events from Jan. 30, 2014.
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.
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.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A friendly Super Bowl bet between the Seattle and Denver mayors is causing a stir in New Mexico.
Group organizes veteran events
SALEM (AP) — The push for a new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River is headed toward a collision course in the Oregon Legislature.
Neighbor complains over fowl deeds
Thursday, January 30
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 30, 2014.
Called an ‘encouraging sign’
Allie Wood notches first and second in her top events
Three-shot cushion nets win in 38th annual Best Ball event
Short-handed roster still has wrestlers fighting good fight for postseason berths
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.
Rangers use 15-6 run in third to win
Editorial cartoons from Jan. 30, 2014.
Over the last generation, it has been bothersome to many that our community falls relatively silent on Independence Day.
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.
History talks run through February and highlight regional geology
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 schedule from Jan. 30, 2014.
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?”
Homeless struggle to keep warm when center closes
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.
PENDLETON (AP) — Memorabilia from the Umatilla Chemical Depot is headed to the Heritage Station Museum in Pendleton.
Director expects ‘14 action
Wednesday, January 29
PENDLETON (AP) — The developer of a proposed wind farm in Eastern Oregon is trying to find regional utilities interested in buying the power.
Annual survey counts people on the street
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.
I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday and welcome to the New Year!
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.
New service offers home-style meals for pick-up or delivery
Joe Linebarger, Eric Morales lead way with top-3 ouputs at River Elks Invite
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.
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.
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.
Junior sinks free throws to lead Sherman past Arlington
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.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 29, 2014.
The Dalles Art Center is seeking entries for its May juried art exhibit, Viva los Artistas.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 29m 2014,
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.
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.
Karaoke event leads to chance at stardom
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.
A Sellwood man has pleaded guilty to stealing four headstones from a Dufur cemetery and using them to landscape his yard.
U.S. Department of Labor guilty of using ‘economic duress’ against two Oregon blueberry farms in 2012.
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.
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.
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?
Columbia Gorge Schools: Sherman Co. Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late
Tuesday, January 28
Editorial cartoons from Jan. 28, 2014.
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.
WASHINGTON — It’s not too early to start thinking about the tax implications of health care reform.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To the editor: Each year one of every three women die from heart disease or stroke compared to one in 30 from breast cancer.
To the editor: That’s right Jeffie, tax the so called rich and redistribute the wealth. Seems to me that has another name, Socialism.
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!
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.
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..
The Wasco County Sheriff’s office will be conducting extra saturation patrols for Super Bowl weekend, Feb. 1 and Feb. 2.
Nonprofit events, from Jan. 28, 2014.
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.
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.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 28, 2014.
Wasco County Landfill workers unknowingly handled the substance, which can catch fire if exposed to water.
Vocational training part of community school at Wahtonka
A family donation account has been established under the name “The family of Laura and Michael Correia” at Columbia State bank.
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.
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.
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?”
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
Editorial cartoons from Jan. 26, 2014.
Cowboy Keith Nantz partnered with landowner John Dillon in 2008 to start the Dillon Land and Cattle Company, which is headquartered in Dufur.
Cowboy honors timeless code
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.
No. 5 Dufur uses defense to spur 54-35 Big Sky victory
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.
SWC seniors lead in boys 25-10 fourth-quarter outburst
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.
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.
Sunday marks the anniversary of the great Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake that shook the Pacific Northwest on Jan. 26, 1700.
Before the 1940s police used civilian cars without special equipment
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.
Nonprofit events from Jan. 26, 2014.
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.
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.
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.
Jan. 26, from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle.
Public meetings from Jan. 26, 2014.
Unusually dry, windy conditions have triggered several wildfires in western Oregon.
Nonprofit events calendar from Jan. 24, 2014.
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.
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.
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 events in brief, from Jan. 24, 2014.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 24, 2014.
McComas cancels one sheriff candidate’s county contract
In December, Oregon's unemployment rate fell as more people were able to find jobs and there were fewer unemployed.
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.
Team wins 8-5 over Milan to cap second season of program in The Dalles
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 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.
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.
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
Bulldogs build big lead and hold on in league opener
Senator hopes policy changes will prompt return of manufacturers
New process may change tally
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.
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:
DEAR DOCTOR K: At my last appointment, my ophthalmologist mentioned something about elevated eye pressure. What could this mean?
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
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.
Editorial cartoons from Jan. 23, 2014.
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.
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.
To the editor: Jake Grossmiller, you have been reading my mind. The Dalles High School Eagles. It would be quite simple.
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.
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.
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.
Holeman, Cordell get top-3 to lead teams to 2nd place
TDW equestrian team brings largest class to the forefront for 2014 season
Arts and entertainment schedule from Jan. 23, 2014.
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.”
“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.
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.
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.
Demolition due in May or June
Maupin rancher shares his skills with urban middle school students
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
Volunteers provide free books for kids
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.
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.
Annual event arrives Feb. 1
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Migration could cause spreading
Upcoming nonprofit events.
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.
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.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan 22, 2014.
Horizon rides its 42-20 second-half run for victory
Redsides hold Hawks to season low in 47-21 win
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.
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.
Three structure fires kept Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue hopping Tuesday. Includes photo gallery, video.
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.
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.
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
Sherman gets 12 from Harrison in 44-30 triumph
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.
Athletes gain ground, but coach hopes best is yet to come in final stretches
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There has been a lot of time wasted on anew name and mascot for the high school.
Editorial cartoons from Jan. 21, 2014.
The familiar adage, “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer” has taken on greater concern in the wake of the Great Recession.
Nonprofit events, from Jan. 21, 2014.
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.
Sherman County artist Cameron Kaseberg, now living in Redmond, will be featured Jan. 30 on Oregon Art Beat on Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Firefighters extinguished a fire in the back of a house at 4509 Chenowith Road Tuesday morning.
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.
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.
Legislature will consider large funding requests, privacy issues
Commission approves permit for new building
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
Alexa Boldt helps Kenyan students share their world through "participatory photography."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With many on team battling illness, Redsides find their groove in a 73-43 romp
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.
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.
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
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 at Jan. 18, in The Dalles Chronicle.
Editorial cartoons from Jan. 18, 2014.
The U.S. Surgeon General’s report urging stronger action to reduce the tobacco epidemic comes as no real surprise.
Tens of thousands gather to mourn the death of religious leader
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.
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.
Cases of influenza have been reported to North Central Public Health District in recent weeks.
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.
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?
Neighbors and friends come together when farmer Doc Harmon suffers storm injury
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.
Team wins two of three at an all-day dual in The Dalles
TDW senior Emily Bailey nominated for 2014 McDonald’s All-American team
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.
Nonprofit activities schedule from Jan. 17
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.
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.
Free training for camp counselors is being offered to youths in grades seven to 12.
TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) — Four lost hikers were safely escorted down a trail late Thursday night to Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge.
Record-dry year prompts declaration
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 17, 2014.
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 news in brief from Jan. 17, 2014.
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.
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.
Tim Linn, 56, Wasco County assessor, died Thursday, Jan. 16, from complications of pneumonia, according to a report from Wasco County Commissioner Rod Runyon.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ‚Äî 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
The unfinished base of a proposed Lewis and Clark monument memorial in Thompson Park is being removed.
Thursday, January 16
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
Editorial cartoons from Jan. 16,m 2014.
Training for Success has been active for past 3 years
Allie Wood posts win, several others rack up quality times at Eagle Indian Meet
To the editor: Bob Carsner never roller skated in a buffalo herd, but he was always happy because he had a mind to.
To the editor: Kudos to the volunteer Dallesport ambulance and fire department for your quick response to our home.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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, 2014.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Let’s say you’re looking for decent-paying farm work.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 16, 2014.
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.
BEND (AP) — A coyote killing contest is scheduled this weekend in Eastern Oregon.
January is a good time to pore over seed catalogs and get the garden ready for growing time
Lack of gorge accord could have led to appeals stretching out over years
Wasco Co. saw 27-percent hike
Wednesday, January 15
A yard engine prepares to back rail cars
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.
Hawks get off to hot start on way to a 79-44 win
Sherman defense holds Hawks to three field goals in lopsided 47-11 victory
Treasure trove was acquired by Nazis after forced sales
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.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 15, 2014
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.
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.
Wahtonka grad hopes to return to The Dalles to be near family
Sunde Carroll offers gourmet, organic cacao and infused sea salts
First annual blanket drive brings in 50 blankets.
Events from Jan. 15, 2014.
Can we farm forever? That is the question producers of the documentary film “The Perpetual Farm” set out to discuss.
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.
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.
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.
Views vary on what should represent local high school
Councilor wants goal review
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.
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?
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
Cascade Singers on Sunday.
Editorial cartoons from Jan. 14, 2014.
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.
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.
Hot start leads to a 44-30 home win over Nixyaawii
Dufur outscored 8-4 in final four minutes of 54-50 loss
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 14, 2014.
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.
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.
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.
Students take charge to provide relief
To the editor: How about some joy, fun, happiness and an idea for great exercise?
To the editor: People please stop donating your garbage to our secondhand stores.
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.
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?
Like making sausage, putting together a bipartisan federal spending bill isn’t a pretty sight.
What's Happening from Jan. 14, 2014.
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 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.
Sales job is on for spending bill to cover govt. operations until fall
State moves up list for health plan enrollment
Work group recommends changes to city policy
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.
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.
DEAR DOCTOR K: I have seasonal affective disorder so I dread the approach of winter. What can I do?
Saturday, January 11
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.
World and national news in brief
Editorial cartoons from Jan. 12, 2014
It’s a common complaint in today’s world: expenses grow faster than revenues.
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!
To the editor: I just read Tonya Schroeder’s letter from Thursday and what keeps going through my mind is ...WOW.
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.
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.
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, 2014.
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 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.
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
Looking Back, Jan. 12
1950s before and after shows how dingy a mill can get
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.
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.
Kaseberg scores 27 to lead Sherman in road winner
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.
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.
Several reserves contribute to 52-48 win over Parkrose
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
Dusty Dodge trots his bike up the steepest portion of Fourth Street Grade
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, Jan 10, 2013.
Film based on life of Glena Avila opening at Slamdance
Defense reigns supreme in 55-25 drubbing of Dallas
TIFFANY GREENSLADE graduated from Family Dependency Court program January 7.
What's Happening from Jan. 10, 2014.
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.
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.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 10, 2014.
The Dalles is facing what could be a costly good news-bad news situation.
Washington protocal requires inquest for all police shootings.
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.
More high winds due tonight and through the weekend
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 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
Editorial cartoons from Jan. 9, 2014.
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.
Program plays host to four teams in daylong tourney
Local group takes home multiple first-place medals
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.
Eagle Indians make just 14 of 28 from free throw line in 49-41 setback to Woodburn
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.
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.
To the editor: During the holiday season, I had an opportunity to spend an afternoon shopping at some of the downtown stores.
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.
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.
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, 2013.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 9, 2014.
MATTHEW SEAN Gorton, center, was born at 7:33 p.m. on New Year’s Day
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.
The Dalles woman visits LA show set
Industry totals from 2007-12 are more than four times their pledge
President expected to restrict agency’s spying
PORTLAND, (AP) — Gov. John Kitzhaber plans on Thursday to discuss the latest enrollment numbers for Oregon’s troubled health insurance exchange.
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.
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
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?
Columbia Gorge Schools: Dufur Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late
Wednesday, January 8
Curb those trees
Linebarger, Morales in fifth place to pace varsity squad
Team fares well in opener; takes home spirit award
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.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Just how cold is it in Kentucky? Apparently cold enough for an escaped prisoner to decide to turn himself in.
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.
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, 2013
The Wholesale Success Workshop is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 20, at the Rockford Grange, 4262 Barrett Drive in Hood River.
The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library book discussion group is seeking readers.
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.
Was The Dalles economy on the upswing in 2013? A snapshot of all the moving and shaking of the year past might suggest yes.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 8, 2013.
Compression bites revenues
SEATTLE — Washington state could be facing a curious economics problem: too many pot growers.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Many local education organizations are on delayed schedules today.
Tuesday, January 7
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"
Editorial cartoons from Jan. 7, 2014.
With gift-giving season just past, some local residents may have new Nooks, Kindles, Kobos or iPads they may not know quite enough about.
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:
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, 2014.
Managers held captive by angry workers seeking bigger severance packages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Former coach seeks return of $4,900 per month in funds
Second worker comes forward with same-sex wedding plans
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.
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.
SALEM (AP) — Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes has unveiled energy efficiency upgrades to Mahonia Hall, the governor’s official residence in Salem.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 7, 2013.
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.
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.
SWC scores a 10-1 rally in final 3:41 to defeat Sherman
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.
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.
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.
Sherman stages late comeback, but Redsides hold on for 71-68 home triumph
The H1N1 virus is hitting hard enough to almost be pandemic
HOOD RIVER— On Jan. 3 deputies were called to Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital to investigate a shooting that injured a local woman.
‘Skullbound TV’ focuses on Columbia sturgeon
Oreogn Supreme Court justices intervene in local armed robbery case
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Editorial cartoons from Jan 5, 2013.
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.
Teams break records, blaze new trails and start surges in final part of ‘13
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.
Local news wasn’t always stern and serious. Sometimes it was fun or uplifting — or both.
Some of the stories that dominated The Dalles Chronicle headlines in 2013.
What's Happening from Dec. 5, 2013.
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.
Temperatures at The Dalles airport averaged colder than normal during December, according to preliminary data from NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton.
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Introducing big, bouncy balls into a middle school classroom may seem like a prescription for pandemonium.
Friday, January 3
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.
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:
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.
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.
Several players and coaches etch names in annals of sports history books
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.
Auditions are scheduled for “Black Comedy” presented by The Theater Company of The Dalles.
What's Happening from Jan. 3, 2013.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 3, 2013.
Over past decade machinists received $600 per year COLA
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.
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.
Officials seek new funding source for roadwork
Defense attorney hopes high court will intervene in forcible drugging
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.
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
Team puts on a solid showing at Adrian Irwin Event
Dillard takes men’s 10k run; Ford is women’s champ
System needs young participants
Editorial cartoons from Jan. 2, 2013. `
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.
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.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Jan. 2, 2013.
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.
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.
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.
Couple share collection with other players
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, 2013.
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.
Thousands of years of history play into top town designation
New CGCC employee provides research
Chinese helicopter pulls scientists, tourists off ship
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.
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
DEAR DOCTOR K: I just found out I'm pregnant with twins. How will this pregnancy be different from my last one?