Stories for January 2014


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.

January 31, 2014 1:40 p.m. read more..

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.

January 31, 2014 1:34 p.m. read more..

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.

January 31, 2014 1:33 p.m. read more..

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.

January 31, 2014 1:07 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 30


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.

January 30, 2014 12:10 p.m. read more..

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.

January 30, 2014 11:43 a.m. read more..

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.

January 30, 2014 11:13 a.m. read more..

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.

January 29, 2014 12:21 p.m. read more..

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.

January 29, 2014 12:17 p.m. read more..

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.

January 29, 2014 12:02 p.m. read more..

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.

January 29, 2014 12:01 p.m. read more..

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.

January 29, 2014 noon read more..

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.

January 29, 2014 11:54 a.m. read more..

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.

January 29, 2014 11:43 a.m. read more..

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.

January 29, 2014 11:40 a.m. read more..

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.

January 29, 2014 11:33 a.m. read more..

Headstone thief sentenced

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

January 29, 2014 11:25 a.m. read more..

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.

January 29, 2014 10:21 a.m. read more..

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.

January 29, 2014 10:20 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 28


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.

January 28, 2014 2:42 p.m. read more..

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.

January 28, 2014 2:35 p.m. read more..

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.

January 28, 2014 2:33 p.m. read more..

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.

January 28, 2014 2:32 p.m. read more..

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.

January 28, 2014 2:30 p.m. read more..

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.

January 28, 2014 1:49 p.m. read more..

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..

January 28, 2014 1:45 p.m. read more..

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.

January 28, 2014 1:35 p.m. read more..

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.

January 28, 2014 1:32 p.m. read more..

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.

January 28, 2014 12:59 p.m. read more..

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.

January 28, 2014 12:56 p.m. read more..

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.

January 28, 2014 11:29 a.m. read more..

Saturday, January 25


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.

January 25, 2014 5:32 p.m. read more..

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.

January 25, 2014 5:10 p.m. read more..

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.

January 25, 2014 5:06 p.m. read more..

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

January 25, 2014 3:17 p.m. read more..

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.

January 25, 2014 3:11 p.m. read more..

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.

January 25, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

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.

January 25, 2014 2:27 p.m. read more..

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.

January 25, 2014 2:25 p.m. read more..

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.

January 25, 2014 2:21 p.m. read more..

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.

January 25, 2014 11 a.m. read more..

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.

January 25, 2014 10:59 a.m. read more..

Jobs report shows gains

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

January 25, 2014 10:43 a.m. read more..

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.

January 25, 2014 10:40 a.m. read more..

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.

January 25, 2014 7:47 a.m. read more..

Friday, January 24


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.

January 24, 2014 1:11 p.m. read more..

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.

January 24, 2014 9:15 a.m. read more..

Thursday, January 23

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.

January 23, 2014 12:47 p.m. read more..

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.

January 23, 2014 12:38 p.m. read more..

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.

January 23, 2014 12:37 p.m. read more..

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.

January 23, 2014 12:35 p.m. read more..

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.

January 23, 2014 12:33 p.m. read more..

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.

January 23, 2014 12:29 p.m. read more..

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.”

January 23, 2014 12:01 p.m. read more..

‘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.

January 23, 2014 11:59 a.m. read more..

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.

January 23, 2014 11:56 a.m. read more..

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.

January 23, 2014 11:53 a.m. read more..

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.

January 23, 2014 11:41 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 22


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.

January 22, 2014 2:33 p.m. read more..

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.

January 22, 2014 2:30 p.m. read more..

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.

January 22, 2014 2:16 p.m. read more..

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.

January 22, 2014 2:10 p.m. read more..

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.

January 22, 2014 2:07 p.m. read more..

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.

January 22, 2014 2:03 p.m. read more..

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.

January 22, 2014 1:43 p.m. read more..

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.

January 22, 2014 1:34 p.m. read more..

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.

January 22, 2014 1:30 p.m. read more..

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.

January 22, 2014 1:20 p.m. read more..

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.

January 22, 2014 1:05 p.m. read more..

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.

January 22, 2014 12:22 p.m. read more..

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.

January 22, 2014 12:21 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 21


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.

January 21, 2014 4:42 p.m. read more..

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.

January 21, 2014 4:32 p.m. read more..

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.

January 21, 2014 4:27 p.m. read more..

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.

January 21, 2014 4:16 p.m. read more..

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.

January 21, 2014 4:15 p.m. read more..

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.

January 21, 2014 2:54 p.m. read more..

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.

January 21, 2014 2:46 p.m. read more..

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.

January 21, 2014 2:39 p.m. read more..

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.

January 21, 2014 11:43 a.m. read more..

Saturday, January 18


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.

January 18, 2014 1:10 p.m. read more..

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

January 18, 2014 1:06 p.m. read more..

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.

January 18, 2014 12:52 p.m. read more..

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.

January 18, 2014 12:50 p.m. read more..

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.

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

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.

January 18, 2014 12:41 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Smoke and vapor

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

January 18, 2014 12:36 p.m. read more..

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.

January 18, 2014 12:26 p.m. read more..

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.

January 18, 2014 12:24 p.m. read more..

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?

January 18, 2014 12:10 p.m. read more..

Friends in Deed

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

January 18, 2014 12:09 p.m. read more..

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.

January 18, 2014 11:54 a.m. read more..

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.

January 18, 2014 11:18 a.m. read more..

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.

January 18, 2014 10:36 a.m. read more..

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.

January 18, 2014 10:32 a.m. read more..

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.

January 18, 2014 10:30 a.m. read more..

Friday, January 17

Thursday, January 16


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.

January 16, 2014 1:02 p.m. read more..

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.

January 16, 2014 12:57 p.m. read more..

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.

January 16, 2014 12:46 p.m. read more..

Dreaming Green

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

January 16, 2014 12:44 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 15


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.

January 15, 2014 1:42 p.m. read more..

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.

January 15, 2014 1:19 p.m. read more..

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.

January 15, 2014 1:17 p.m. read more..

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.

January 15, 2014 12:51 p.m. read more..

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.

January 15, 2014 12:50 p.m. read more..

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.

January 15, 2014 12:49 p.m. read more..

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.

January 15, 2014 11:15 a.m. read more..

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.

January 15, 2014 11:11 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 14


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.

January 14, 2014 2:18 p.m. read more..

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.

January 14, 2014 2:17 p.m. read more..

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.

January 14, 2014 2:04 p.m. read more..

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.

January 14, 2014 2:01 p.m. read more..

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.

January 14, 2014 1:48 p.m. read more..

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?

January 14, 2014 1:46 p.m. read more..

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.

January 14, 2014 1:34 p.m. read more..

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.

January 14, 2014 11:36 a.m. read more..

Saturday, January 11

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.

January 11, 2014 6:13 p.m. read more..

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!

January 11, 2014 5:59 p.m. read more..

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.

January 11, 2014 5:55 p.m. read more..

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.

January 11, 2014 5:53 p.m. read more..

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.

January 11, 2014 5:49 p.m. read more..

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.

January 11, 2014 5:45 p.m. read more..

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.

January 11, 2014 5:44 p.m. read more..

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.

January 11, 2014 5:39 p.m. read more..

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.

January 11, 2014 5:14 p.m. read more..

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.

January 11, 2014 5:13 p.m. read more..

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.

January 11, 2014 5:10 p.m. read more..

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.

January 11, 2014 5:09 p.m. read more..

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.

January 11, 2014 5:02 p.m. read more..

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.

January 11, 2014 4:51 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 10


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.

January 10, 2014 1:32 p.m. read more..

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.

January 10, 2014 5:08 a.m. read more..

Thursday, January 9


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.

January 9, 2014 12:05 p.m. read more..

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.

January 9, 2014 11:59 a.m. read more..

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.

January 9, 2014 11:51 a.m. read more..

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.

January 9, 2014 11:49 a.m. read more..

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.

January 9, 2014 11:15 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 8


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.

January 8, 2014 1:05 p.m. read more..

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.

January 8, 2014 1:02 p.m. read more..

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.

January 8, 2014 1:01 p.m. read more..

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.

January 8, 2014 12:37 p.m. read more..

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.

January 8, 2014 11 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 7

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-<a href="">Gone mobile</a>"

January 7, 2014 2:24 p.m. read more..

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.

January 7, 2014 2:15 p.m. read more..

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:

January 7, 2014 2:15 p.m. read more..

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.

January 7, 2014 1:51 p.m. read more..

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.

January 7, 2014 1:49 p.m. read more..

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.

January 7, 2014 1:48 p.m. read more..

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.

January 7, 2014 1:47 p.m. read more..

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:

January 7, 2014 1:46 p.m. read more..

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.

January 7, 2014 1:40 p.m. read more..

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.

January 7, 2014 1:26 p.m. read more..

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.

January 7, 2014 1:25 p.m. read more..

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.

January 7, 2014 1:14 p.m. read more..

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.

January 7, 2014 1:13 p.m. read more..

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.

January 7, 2014 1:12 p.m. read more..

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.

January 7, 2014 12:36 p.m. read more..

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.

January 7, 2014 11:39 a.m. read more..

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.

January 7, 2014 11:38 a.m. read more..

Sunday, January 5

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.

January 5, 2014 9:44 a.m. read more..

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.

January 4, 2014 6:34 p.m. read more..

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.

January 4, 2014 6:32 p.m. read more..

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.

January 4, 2014 6:31 p.m. read more..

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.

January 4, 2014 6:22 p.m. read more..

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.

January 4, 2014 5:12 p.m. read more..

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.

January 4, 2014 2:14 p.m. read more..

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.

January 3, 2014 1:25 p.m. read more..

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:

January 3, 2014 1:25 p.m. read more..

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.

January 3, 2014 1:23 p.m. read more..

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.

January 3, 2014 12:10 p.m. read more..

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.

January 3, 2014 11:48 a.m. read more..

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.

January 3, 2014 11:35 a.m. read more..

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.

January 3, 2014 11:30 a.m. read more..

Thursday, January 2


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.

January 2, 2014 12:34 p.m. read more..

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.

January 2, 2014 12:31 p.m. read more..

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.

January 2, 2014 12:26 p.m. read more..

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.

January 2, 2014 12:23 p.m. read more..

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.

January 2, 2014 12:22 p.m. read more..

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.

January 2, 2014 12:17 p.m. read more..

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.

January 2, 2014 12:15 p.m. read more..

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.

January 2, 2014 10:19 a.m. read more..

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