To the editor: I just finished reading a book written by a man who documented negative things we as a nation did to Israel. Every time we were negative, we had a bad weather issue: Katrina and Superstorm Sandy are only two of many. This makes me wonder about the million-plus acres of fires we are experiencing after we are rejoicing over pot issues and same-sex marriages.July 31, 2014 12:46 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I have been pondering a lot of questions. How can wolves be endangered when there are at least tens of thousands in existence? They’re not in my backyard (yet) so does that mean they’re endangered? Why would wolves maim so many sheep in the process of killing what they need to eat and what does wolf taste like anyway?July 31, 2014 12:39 p.m. read more..
John Babikian, foreign partner of James Martin, The Dalles wine-in-a-glass guy, settled out-of-court this month for $3,730,000 with the SEC (Securities & Exchange Commission). The Martin/Babikian partnership operated from the city-owned Sunshine Mill property, at 901 E. 2nd Street, The Dalles, property Martin has the option to buy once his substantial city loans are repaid.July 31, 2014 12:37 p.m. read more..
To the editor: As the Coordinator for The Dalles Main Street Program, I wanted to express my gratitude and appreciation for all the support we received for the Jammin’ July Street Fest earlier this month. It is incredible when an event such as this comes together through the hard work of many volunteers and support from local businesses, organizations, and individuals. Thank you very much!July 31, 2014 12:34 p.m. read more..
Put past unpleasantness behind you. Rehashing former mistakes or disappointments will sap the energy you need to move forward. Hard work and a positive attitude are the best tools to help you move forward. Live in the moment and aim to build a brighter future.July 31, 2014 11:19 a.m. read more..
Dear Mary: I sure hope you can help me. I’m at the end of my rope with the floor of our fiberglass shower. It’s stained and gross. I’ve wasted a lot of money on fiberglass cleaners but nothing works. I cannot afford to replace the shower, which is in excellent functional condition. Any suggestions? — Roy M., UtahJuly 31, 2014 11:19 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I cook with kosher salt, which doesn’t contain iodine. Am I getting enough iodine in my diet? Can I get iodine from other foods?July 31, 2014 11:17 a.m. read more..
BANDON — Proposed rules that would restrict smoking of tobacco products on the ocean shore recreation area will be open for public comment through Aug. 29. Comments will be taken by email and through a series of four public hearings in August.July 31, 2014 9:34 a.m. read more..
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Clark County sheriff has declined a request to escort state grain inspectors past picket lines in a long-running contract dispute between a Vancouver, Wash., grain terminal and a union.July 31, 2014 9:12 a.m. read more..
SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) — A 2-year-old voucher program that allowed homeless people to get free hot showers at the city pool in Seaside has come to an end because authorities are worried about risks to children and others who might be vulnerable.July 31, 2014 9 a.m. read more..
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Eugene twin brothers Jody and Jacky Allard have been returned from Colorado where they were arrested in May as fugitives. The two 42-year-olds were lodged Wednesday in the Lane County Jail on felony child pornography charges.July 31, 2014 8:40 a.m. read more..
A good wine needs time to mature and so does a good city.July 30, 2014 11:58 a.m. read more..
U.S. SEN. RON WYDEN, flanked by members of the Patriot Guard Riders, prepares to award USAF Lt. Colonel George Ruddell, seated with his wife Mavis, with the Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony at the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles July 26. See story on Ruddell, published in the Sunday, July 27, Chronicle. Mark B. Gibson photoJuly 30, 2014 11:53 a.m. read more..
EUGENE (AP) — A University of Oregon Police Department spokesman says the last of four missing Ethiopian athletes who went missing during the World Junior Championships has been found.July 30, 2014 11:44 a.m. read more..
NORTHERN WASCO County PUD is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible for damage to a utility pole at East 11th Street and Dry Hollow Road.July 30, 2014 11:43 a.m. read more..
Inactivity will be your downfall this year. Make a point to keep moving ahead until you reach your goals. If you surround yourself with reliable and supportive people, you will be able to fulfill your dreams and achieve your desires. Participation will make a difference.July 30, 2014 11:12 a.m. read more..
Sharing readers’ tips with you reminds me just how much we can teach each other. Just when I think I couldn’t possibly learn anything new, here comes another charming way to save time or money every day from readers just like you. You make opening my mail so much fun!July 30, 2014 11:12 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I have athlete’s foot. How can I get rid of it? And how can I make sure I don’t get it again?July 30, 2014 11:11 a.m. read more..
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week announced it has extended by 15 days the public comment period on a draft plan detailing possible alternatives to reduce predation by double-crested cormorants on juvenile salmon and steelhead that are listed under the Endangered Species Act.July 30, 2014 8:01 a.m. read more..
Upper Columbia River sockeye salmon that have amazed in recent years with record returns to the Okanogan River system now have more room to roam with new access to an area where potentially more fish can rear, and keep those adult returns strong.July 30, 2014 7:57 a.m. read more..
1.5 million Chinook salmon predicted to return to the mouth of the Columbia this year could set a modern record.July 30, 2014 7:49 a.m. read more..
From a solid pitching output by Dylon Jinkins in the first game, a heroic effort by injured ace Tyler Westin, to a semifinals comeback Saturday and an game-ending, state-title clinching acrobatic stab by catcher Denzel Arellano, there was nothing going to stop the 15U freight train known as The Dalles All Stars.July 29, 2014 5:22 p.m. read more..
BEIJING— A mob armed with knives rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed on Islamic militants, state media reported Tuesday.July 29, 2014 5:07 p.m. read more..
BOARDMAN — The largest power plant in Oregon, the Boardman Coal Plant, sat idle one day earlier this summer, “cold steel” in industry parlance, its dirty power no longer wanted on an electricity grid that is becoming greener.July 29, 2014 5:04 p.m. read more..
When you listen to an old favorite song, smell a certain perfume or browse through a picture album, are long-forgotten images and emotions triggered? That is nostalgia.July 29, 2014 5 p.m. read more..
To the editor: So, the city has been charging extremely high fees for our water and sewer, all the while stating, for almost 40 years, that the reason rates have been raised continuously over that time, is due to the need for upgrading the system, then placing the increases into the general fund, to use for other purposes.July 29, 2014 4:57 p.m. read more..
To the editor: What is happening to our state and nation? Forest fires so terrible and why? Well, we have not taken care of our resources. We had to protect the spotted owl, we couldn’t cut down our trees. We lost most of our lumber mills. Can’t have clear cuts, can’t even clear out the diseased trees.July 29, 2014 4:54 p.m. read more..
The Hood River County Library District and the Columbia Gorge Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute host Dr. Victor R. Baker from the University of Arizona for a presentation on Megafloods on Earth, Mars, and Beyond. The presentation will be in the Hood River Library Reading Room Saturday, Aug. 3 at 1 p.m.July 29, 2014 12:43 p.m. read more..
SHINGLE SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — A private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered efforts to attack the flames from the air, but firefighters made enough progress to allow most of the 1,200 people under evacuation orders to return home Monday.July 29, 2014 12:07 p.m. read more..
Don’t get so caught up in your daily routine that you lose sight of your goals. Re-establish your plans for the future and focus your energy on your talents and achievements. Be prepared to follow up on any opportunities that come your way.July 29, 2014 9:35 a.m. read more..
You know what irks me? Rebates. Take the vacuum cleaner for example. I bought it because with the $30 rebate, the final price beat all the competition. And I’ll admit I was quite proud of myself when I crammed the receipt and rebate form into my purse. The problem is I completely forgot about it.July 29, 2014 9:35 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. My doctor says my cancer is slow-growing and that we should just monitor it for now. Why not treat it right away?July 29, 2014 9:24 a.m. read more..
WASHINGTON — The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said “free-wheeling militia violence” prompted the move.July 26, 2014 6:10 p.m. read more..
To the editor: This is an open letter to our mayor and city council. I would like to see a feasibility study on the cost-benefit of mothballing Wicks Reservoir water treatment plant. I think the savings would be substantial. At present, our town isn’t using more than 6.5 million gallons per day, even during our driest, hottest days. That is why revenue projections aren’t being met, thus the yearly increases in our water rates.July 26, 2014 6:02 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I wrote this a year ago and it’s time to print it. The Dalles is the only town I have ever heard of that doesn’t want to allow yard sale signs. I think their rules are too anal. Some have said people who don’t pick up their signs after their sale should be fined. Why do we pay city employees to pick up signs during people’s sales, when they could pick them up afterward and issue a citation? That would generate money for the city.July 26, 2014 6 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I have lived in the Columbia River Gorgeous for almost five decades now. From the beginning I have been impressed with the quality of the medical personnel here. God has truly blessed this community with people who have an excellent vision of what needs to be done for our citizens to provide the best health care possible. With very few exceptions I have found these people to be professional, knowledgeable and compassionate.July 26, 2014 5:58 p.m. read more..
Children killed in Gaza, the ebola epidemic in Africa, armed conflicts across the globe, drug cartel violence in Central America, catastrophic plane crashes, children forced on long trecks to escape violence and poverty in their own lands, political corruption and influence-peddling — every day the news brings word of more tragedy and calamity around the world.July 26, 2014 5:56 p.m. read more..
The Associated Press Today is Sunday, July 27, the 208th day of 2014. There are 157 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 27, 1974, the House Judiciary Committee voted 27-11 to adopt the first of three articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon, charging he had personally engaged in a course of conduct designed to obstruct justice in the Watergate case. (In the days that followed, the Committee also adopted articles accusing Nixon of abuse of power and contempt of Congress.)July 26, 2014 5:46 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND (AP) — An Oregon woman says 86 members of her family have been disenrolled from an American Indian tribe that operates the state’s largest tribal casino, as leaders review the tribe’s rolls and enforce new membership requirements.July 26, 2014 5:12 p.m. read more..
Beware of the Summer Slide! Once upon a time, in the scorching days of July and August, kids would have to pour water on the scorching hot playground slide to avoid burns. Luckily, kids today have colorful, cooler, plastic slides, but kids today need to be wary of a different kind of “summer slide.”July 26, 2014 4:48 p.m. read more..
CORVALLIS. – As widespread interest in preserving local produce continues, the Oregon State University Extension Service will once again offer its summer food preservation and safety hotline for queries on proper canning techniques, safe recipes to follow and where to get pressure canner gauges tested in your area.July 26, 2014 4:41 p.m. read more..
Follow your instincts to a prosperous future. Plan a trip or redevelop an old goal or creative endeavor. People you encounter will be glad to lend you a helping hand on your journey upward. You are at a crossroads, and must prepare for new beginnings.July 25, 2014 12:27 p.m. read more..
In my perfect world there would be no credit scores. And while I do not believe that credit is necessarily evil, in that perfect world of mine, there would be no need for any of that because it would be, well ... perfect! Back to reality. There are myriad reasons we need to have good credit histories and excellent credit scores.July 25, 2014 12:26 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: My 7-year-old daughter suffers from allergies every spring and fall. What can I do?July 25, 2014 12:24 p.m. read more..
DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in some states — but the neighbors don't have to like it.July 25, 2014 12:07 p.m. read more..
Eight photos have been selected as winners of the Columbia Gorge Parenting Education Awareness photo contest.July 25, 2014 11:24 a.m. read more..
The apparent abduction, return and second abduction of a Labrador retriever has left her Sevenmile Hill owners at once stymied and distressed.July 25, 2014 11:15 a.m. read more..
State and federal fire authorities are spotting one to two small lightning fire starts every day since thunderstorms boomed through north central Oregon Wednesday, but they’ve been quickly extinguished.July 25, 2014 11:08 a.m. read more..
Wasco County winner aims for forensics careerJuly 25, 2014 11 a.m. read more..
To the editor: I have been a plumber in this community for over 50 years. I know we need to have good sewer and water systems and keep rates affordable for business and our citizens, particularly those on fixed incomes. In the recent Chronicle article, our city manager admitted that our water and sewer rates are “some of the highest in Oregon.” He failed to mention that these already high rates are scheduled to go even higher and higher over the next several years.July 24, 2014 11:54 a.m. read more..
To the editor: I offer a different comparison from your “Rates…” article. Just for illustration, I chose The Dalles, $0.00526 per gallon for the first 10,000 gallons. The next best price alternative is to purchase water from a grocery at $0.432 per pint or $3.42 per gallon.July 24, 2014 11:52 a.m. read more..
To the editor: In response to the “Where’s the Pride?” letter to the editor printed Tuesday, July 22, I would like to point out that keeping lawns lush and green throughout the summer season requires massive amounts of water — especially when it is as hot and dry outside as it has been. It is completely understandable that many folks are choosing to conserve water rather than to boast lush lawns nowadays, both for the sake of their pocketbooks and the environment.July 24, 2014 11:49 a.m. read more..
PORTLAND — Low-income Oregon residents were supposed to be big winners after the state expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul and created a new system to improve the care they received. But an Associated Press review shows that an unexpected rush of enrollees has strained the capacity of the revamped network that was endorsed as a potential national model, locking out some patients, forcing others to wait months for medical appointments and prompting a spike in emergency room visits, which state officials had been actively seeking to avoid.July 24, 2014 11:26 a.m. read more..
PORTLAND (AP) — The mystery of the dead honeybees in Clackamas County will take a little longer to solve. The Oregon Department of Agriculture says it collected dead bees from four locations to screen for pesticides, but has yet to test them because the lab is backed up with other projects. Agency spokesman Bruce Pokarney told the Statesman Journal newspaper that tests results might be ready within the next couple of weeks.July 24, 2014 11:13 a.m. read more..
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside, Palestinian officials said, as Israel pressed forward with its 17-day war against the territory's Hamas rulers.July 24, 2014 10:55 a.m. read more..
You have what it takes to move forward positively, but you are inclined to let self-doubt and insecurity stand between you and victory. Trust your intuition to help you discover trends that will help attract interest and attention to your ideas.July 24, 2014 9:55 a.m. read more..
Who doesn’t wince at the thought of throwing food in the garbage that is slightly past its prime? Take bread for instance. It’s no longer fresh. So what can you really do with leftover bread, rolls or baguettes that will turn them into something great, almost if by magic? Here’s the secret: Grilling, toasting, baking or frying will give bread a second yummy life. In fact, the following are all best when the bread is not fresh. You’ll be amazed.July 24, 2014 9:54 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I have poor vision that is making it more and more difficult for me to live independently. Are there tools that can help with my day-to-day activities?July 24, 2014 9:53 a.m. read more..
Button up that overcoat: It may only be July, but this is a good time to consider what can be done for a business or a home to keep the winter cold (and the summer heat, for that matter) at bay and power bills at a minimum.July 23, 2014 11:41 a.m. read more..
Your keen interest in helping others will come to the forefront this year. You will have to decide which among many possibilities will be the most effective and valuable. By developing a friendship with someone older, you will gain knowledge, expertise and profound perception.July 23, 2014 11:38 a.m. read more..
There’s just something satisfying about knowing how to make perfectly uniform meatballs, chocolate mousse or baked potatoes in half the time. Today I have a plethora of fun and easy kitchen tips that are sure to raise your kitchen IQ and make you smile at the same time.July 23, 2014 11:37 a.m. read more..
“The dinner table is set, the family is gathered… and everything just goes downhill from there.” That’s how Augustus Thomas, writer and director of After School Production’s latest summer one-act describes “Soap.”July 23, 2014 11:36 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I saw my doctor about a patch of rough, brown skin that I noticed on my upper arm. He said it is actinic keratosis and needs to be removed. Is it cancer? How will it be removed?July 23, 2014 11:35 a.m. read more..
The Shaniko Butte Fire received a quarter-inch of rain on Tuesday afternoon from a thunderstorm that also produced a powerful display of lightning and thunder. 900 strikes were detected on and near the Warm Springs Reservation. Firefighters will be on the lookout today and throughout the week for possible “sleeper” fires from lightning strikes that begin to show up when the fuels start drying out.July 23, 2014 7:47 a.m. read more..
HILLSBORO (AP) — There’s mischief afoot in one suburban Portland neighborhood, but police say it doesn’t involve the typical spray paint or broken windows. No, we’re talking pastry here — maple bars smeared on cars, doughnuts left atop windshield wipers, pastries littering a yard.July 22, 2014 1:15 p.m. read more..
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters and local authorities are heartened by weather forecasts that call for cooler temperatures and higher humidity as they battle a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles in Washington state and is the largest in state history.July 22, 2014 1:11 p.m. read more..
Do we always have to act our age? Do we really have to stop dressing up for Halloween, or drawing with watercolors and crayons? Or telling corny jokes we have all heard several times before (but still find amusing)? If you are 92, should you really climb under the house when your wife is afraid she will have to call 911 to pull you out? (I don’t think you really want to be the opening segment on the Channel 6 news: “Stubborn Geezer in over his head.”)July 22, 2014 1:08 p.m. read more..
To the editor: As an addict of early American history and author of historical western novels, I’ve been researching past culture and lifestyles of the local Native American tribes and clans. This led me to the Wish-Ham Tribal cemetery near Dallesport. Photographing some of the remarkably beautiful headstones, I was also perplexed by a large concrete slab fronting the westerly portion of the property.July 22, 2014 1:01 p.m. read more..
To the editor: What happened to The Dalles’ sense of pride? We are selling our parents’ home on East 11th Street. Even though it is for sale, we still water and mow the yard. With the extreme hot weather it is difficult, but not impossible. It only takes a small amount of time to weed and water.July 22, 2014 12:59 p.m. read more..
To the editor: The first annual community worship service/free barbeque held at Sorosis Park as part of the Ft. Dalles Days activities exceeded my expectations. I had hoped for an attendance of 200, but was amazed that over 300 attended both activities.July 22, 2014 12:58 p.m. read more..
To the editor: The Chronicle reprinted a typical editorial cartoon illustrating the popular media bias against firearms. The cartoon, using an extremely over simplified view of statistics, followed the agenda so popular with those oft-labeled “Liberals.”July 22, 2014 12:56 p.m. read more..
JERUSALEM — An Israeli soldier is missing following a deadly battle in the Gaza Strip, a defense official said Tuesday, as Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of locations along the coastal area and diplomatic efforts intensified to end the two week war that has killed more than 600 Palestinians and 29 Israelis.July 22, 2014 12:44 p.m. read more..
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court delivered a potentially serious setback to President Barack Obama’s health care law Tuesday, imperiling billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.July 22, 2014 12:26 p.m. read more..
You will find success if you think and act for yourself. You have what it takes to become successful, but you must be diligent regarding a tight budget. Finding new outlets for your skills will be rewarding and can result in added income.July 22, 2014 12:19 p.m. read more..
Air travel is not what it used to be. Having flown 1.5 million miles in the past 20 years, I’ve seen things go from enjoyable to downright challenging. I’ve had to learn a few lessons the hard way, but learn them I have. Because of the things I’ve witnessed on airplanes, in airports, taxis, subways and hotels, I’ve gone from being a passive passenger to a purpose-driven traveler.July 22, 2014 12:18 p.m. read more..
The Level 2 Notification for residences near Dant has been fully removed, as has the Level 1 Notification for residences along Road S-300 near Simnasho. Under the authority of the Wasco County Sheriff, residences in the Kaskella area will temporarily remain on a Level 1 Notification because of the recent burnout operation immediately to their west.July 22, 2014 8:50 a.m. read more..
Logging Unit Fires complex near Warm Springs, Highway 26 now at 7,328 acres. Updated information from Sunday, July 20.July 20, 2014 1:06 p.m. read more..
Public safety has been our primary priority during the Shaniko Butte Fire. While firefighting activities continue, danger to the river corridor has diminished significantly. We are pleased to announce that it is now safe to reopen the Deschutes River corridor, from Trout Creek to Long Bend, to rafting and other recreational activities, beginning tomorrow morning, Sunday, July 20, at 6:00 a.m. The rest of the river also remains open.July 20, 2014 12:33 p.m. read more..
WASHINGTON — Afghanistan’s disputed election and Iraq’s unraveling are giving members of Congress and U.S. allies in the region reason to think President Barack should rethink his decision to withdraw virtually all Americans troops from Afghanistan by the close of 2016.July 19, 2014 9:16 p.m. read more..
HRABOVE, Ukraine — Ukraine accused Russia on Saturday of helping separatist rebels destroy evidence at the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines plane shot down in rebel-held territory — a charge the rebels denied.July 19, 2014 9:15 p.m. read more..
The Dalles 14U All Stars picked up two more wins and secured one of the top-2 seeds heading into Saturday’s bracket round in Babe Ruth state tournament baseball play Friday at David Douglas High School in Portland.July 19, 2014 9:06 p.m. read more..
Nolan McCall hit a walk-off, two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning, as the Columbia Gorge ‘AAA’ Hustlers came back from a 7-6 deficit to defeat Champion Baseball 8-7 in a nine-inning American Legion baseball matchup Thursday at Quinton Street Ballpark.July 19, 2014 9:04 p.m. read more..
Friday night marked a shuffle fest in the standings, as two new leaders took the mantle in the steer wrestling and team roping events and Mike Sparks still has a lead in the bull riding division on the second-to-last evening of action at the 49th Rough and Wild Fort Dalles Rodeo at Milt Tumilson Arena.July 19, 2014 9:03 p.m. read more..
Congratulations to Doug Kirchhofer and Nolan Hare and all those citizens and volunteers who joined them in making this a fantastic Fourth of July celebration.July 19, 2014 8:48 p.m. read more..
Firefighting authorities Saturday morning reported good progress and 20 percent containment on the Shaniko Butte fire burning 15 miles north of Shaniko and near Maupin, according to Inciweb reports.July 19, 2014 8:33 p.m. read more..
The Dalles Chronicle captured seven news awards at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association annual conference in Salem Friday, including a first place in best sports story for “Honoring ‘the best of them all’,” about the late Al Morrison’s role in the sports community by Ray Rodriguez.July 19, 2014 7:45 p.m. read more..
PATEROS, Wash. — Residents strolled through the smoldering rubble of their neighborhoods, some wearing surgical masks to protect their lungs from the smoke and ash lingering in the air of the riverside community they call “Paterodise.”July 19, 2014 7:44 p.m. read more..
Residents of Maupin and greater south Wasco County told the Wasco County Board of Commissioners the cost of a proposed roads service district tax was too high and paying for it shouldn’t rest on rural and small-town shoulders alone.July 19, 2014 7:43 p.m. read more..
A friend of mine is the comptroller of a small corporation. As such, she is required to handle all aspects of that company’s finances including payroll. She takes the opportunity to figure and tweak the withholding from her own paycheck to reach her goal of neither owing taxes nor being due a refund on April 15.July 18, 2014 1:26 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: My son has a hepatitis C infection, based on a blood test. The doctor says he’s OK now, but could someday become seriously ill. I hear there are new treatments for hepatitis C. Is there reason for optimism?July 18, 2014 1:25 p.m. read more..
LONDON (AP) — To figure out why a Malaysian jetliner fell from the sky, investigators will use the wreckage of any missile found to determine where it came from and who fired it, experts said Friday. That may be easier said than done in the middle of a war zone.July 18, 2014 12:34 p.m. read more..
Going through everyday life brings its share of stress and anxiety, but yoga instructor Bert Wyatt has the perfect solution for those going through the ails with yoga classes every month with another free session scheduled from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Pure Yoga, owned by Shannon Red Cloud, located on 102 East 2nd Street in The Dalles.July 18, 2014 12:21 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND (AP) — Though he signed the document, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales says he’s not happy with the settlement that ended the city’s legal battle with police Capt. Mark Kruger. Back In 1999, Kruger posted a plaque in a city park that honored Nazi-era German soldiers.July 18, 2014 12:19 p.m. read more..
Hermiston study of sewer and water rates among cities of comparative size show The Dalles has highest "average" rates for sewer and water.July 18, 2014 12:01 p.m. read more..
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A large, wind-whipped wildfire in rural north-central Washington destroyed an estimated 100 homes, forced the evacuation of a small town and cut power to most of the scenic Methow Valley.July 18, 2014 11:22 a.m. read more..
Central Oregon – The Shaniko Butte Fire was very active on Wednesday, growing to approximately 18,000 acres – and the wind and fire never let up through the night. This morning the fire made a run toward the Lower Deschutes River near the small community of Dant, and the west edge of the river.July 18, 2014 8:42 a.m. read more..
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday lamented the latest round of U.S. sanctions against Russia, saying they will stalemate bilateral relations and hurt not only Russian but also American businesses.July 17, 2014 12:56 p.m. read more..
ZAMORA, Mexico— Relatives of youths rescued by police from a refuse-strewn group home where employees allegedly beat and raped residents are telling of how they tried to remove their loved ones, only to be met with demands for thousands of dollars for their release.July 17, 2014 12:54 p.m. read more..
To the editor: On behalf of all the families we have cared for and those who will come into our care in the future, we want to thank Maggie and Johna at Columbia Gorge Insurance for all the hard work they exerted last Friday on behalf of Providence Hospice of the Gorge Children’s Grief Groups.July 17, 2014 12:40 p.m. read more..
To the editor: (Edited for length.) About a year ago I decided I wouldn’t write to The Chronicle because, even though several citizens expressed agreement with my views, nothing changed at City Hall. Our leaders continue to be incapable of sorting out which projects are absolutely necessary from those that are truly needed but not absolutely necessary and those which simply would be nice.July 17, 2014 12:39 p.m. read more..
To the editor: (Edited for length.) In the summer of 1921, an incident occurred in the Hood River valley which attracted attention, making the front page of the Hood River News, the Portland Oregonian and a Boise Idaho newspaper.July 17, 2014 12:37 p.m. read more..
The University of Oregon’s inept, slow-motion initial response to a student’s allegations of sexual assault against three UO basketball players is part of a national pattern: Many U.S. colleges and universities fall short in how they investigate and resolve such claims.July 17, 2014 12:34 p.m. read more..
Put your best effort into your pursuits in order to rise above the competition. Refuse to let an unsettled situation curb your productivity. Focus on the positive, take the path of least resistance and find success in all of life’s detours.July 17, 2014 10:38 a.m. read more..
Dear Mary: I am recently married and my husband owes the IRS $23,000 in back taxes for tax year 2010. He agreed to an installment plan of $320 per month with the IRS.July 17, 2014 10:38 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: My doctor says I have “sick sinus syndrome.” What is it?July 17, 2014 10:37 a.m. read more..
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Residents of hundreds of homes were urged to evacuate Wednesday as a wind-driven central Washington wildfire raced through heavy timber, sending up a towering column of smoke. Residents of 860 homes have been told they should leave immediately, fire spokesman Rick Acosta said Wednesday night. A Chelan County emergency management spokeswoman said earlier that another 800 homes were less seriously threatened.July 17, 2014 7:44 a.m. read more..
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A highway through the Ochoco Mountains of central Oregon remains closed by a wildfire, but the threat to about 10 scattered homes and ranches eased. Fire officials said Wednesday the Bailey Butte fire — part of the Waterman Complex — had burned more than 2,000 acres west of Mitchell and was moving south into the Ochoco National Forest.July 17, 2014 7:41 a.m. read more..
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has issued an emergency declaration in response to wildfires. Kitzhaber's verbal declaration on Wednesday enables the Oregon National Guard to assist with firefighting as needed.July 17, 2014 7:32 a.m. read more..
WASHINGTON (AP) — In an election-year pitch to female voters, Democrats on Wednesday pressed for legislation that would restore free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies that object on religious grounds.July 16, 2014 12:08 p.m. read more..
EUGENE (AP) — Eugene police are investigating swastikas that were found painted onto mailboxes near a Jewish fraternity near the University of Oregon. The Register-Guard says the mailbox belongs to a neighboring apartment complex but directly faces the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.July 16, 2014 12:06 p.m. read more..
A prime example: When Oregon Department of Human Services wanted to recruit new adult foster home providers to meet the growing demand for these services, it’s no surpise they turned to Mary Alva of The Dalles. Alva has been in the business since 2000 and owns two local adult foster homes, Mary Alva Senior Class I and Mary Alva Senior Class II.July 16, 2014 11:54 a.m. read more..
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Insufficient route planning, a distracted pilot driver and an inadequate permitting process by the state of Washington all played a part in last year’s Interstate 5 bridge collapse north of Seattle, which sent two cars into a river below, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.July 16, 2014 11:40 a.m. read more..
It’s time to spread your wings and fly. Put your knowledge to good use by delving into new territories and taking advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Sticking to your normal routine will not help you achieve your desires. Don’t fear change.July 16, 2014 9:44 a.m. read more..
If you’ve ever stood in the supermarket wondering if paying more for chicken that is free-range, antibiotic-free, no hormones added, farm-raised, natural and organic makes you a better person, you are not alone. Recently, as I was doubting myself on my chicken choices, I decided to get to the bottom of what all of this really means. It’s not at all what I thought.July 16, 2014 9:41 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I am 71 years old. My LDL cholesterol is 160, but my HDL is 122. Does my high HDL cancel out concerns about my high LDL cholesterol?July 16, 2014 9:37 a.m. read more..
Your reluctance to admit defeat will be a boon this year. You can convince others to help you meet your objectives if you share your innovative ideas and are steadfast in your pursuits. The future looks bright — all you have to do is participate.July 15, 2014 1:40 p.m. read more..
NO MORE WEEDS. Some years ago we decided to set out 18 tomato plants and — wouldn’t you know it? — the area we chose for the garden was covered with millions of tiny weeds. Preparation of the soil appeared to be overwhelming. In a moment of amazing creativity, we decided to cover the area with an old piece of carpeting, weeds and all. We made 18 3-inch cross cuts, one for each plant. We lifted each cut, dug a hole beneath and set the plants. We had a very colorful tomato patch (the carpet was yellow), vigorous plant growth and gorgeous easy-to-harvest tomatoes. Even during dry months, our tomatoes grew and produced remarkable yields with hardly a weed. Since then we’ve used old carpeting for our strawberries, too. — Dolores B., IllinoisJuly 15, 2014 1:39 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m a man in my 60s. I had a heart attack a few months ago, and now I’m afraid to have sex. Is it too strenuous for my heart?July 15, 2014 1:38 p.m. read more..
Wheeler County Sheriff Chris Humphreys said late Monday night that the Bailey Butte fire has burned across about 800 acres in an area where the Ochoco National Forest meets rangeland. He says local fire departments are protecting homes and so far no residences have burned.July 15, 2014 12:53 p.m. read more..
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A typhoon slammed into the northeastern Philippines late Tuesday night, flooding low-lying villages, ripping off roofs and knocking down trees and electric posts in a disaster-prone region where tens of thousands of people fled to safety ahead of the deluge.July 15, 2014 12:47 p.m. read more..
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — An Egyptian truce proposal for the conflict in Gaza quickly unraveled Tuesday, after the Islamic militant Hamas rejected the plan, Gaza militants fired scores of rockets at Israel and Israel responded with more than a dozen air strikes.July 15, 2014 12:46 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Banning skateboarding on all city streets is impractical. The reckless actions of a few skaters should not mean that all skaters be banned from city streets. Portland’s City Ordinance 20.12.205 is an example of a safe alternative, allowing skaters and motorists to share the streets.July 15, 2014 12:16 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I just wanted to give a warning to anyone using their debit card at a drive up fast food restaurant. Don’t! Once you hand the card to someone at the pay window, and you can’t see what they are doing with it; it can be copied and used.July 15, 2014 12:13 p.m. read more..
To the editor: First a shout out to the committee that raised firework funds for our city and the businesses that contributed to this awesome occasion. Could this be a start up of rebuilding our city? I hope so, it was spectacular.July 15, 2014 12:11 p.m. read more..
Fort Dalles Days is officially in full swing this week, having kicked off (and we do mean kick) Friday evening with a chili cook-off at The Mint, followed by the big downtown shindig, Jammin’ July Street Fest July 12. Sweltering heat or not, this event always brings big crowds into downtown The Dalles with plenty of music, an old-fashioned shoot-out, some good-natured competition (via chalk and microphones) and plenty of food and libations.July 15, 2014 12:10 p.m. read more..
KERR Contractors is building a modernization project at the Biggs Junction Interchange, which will cause some rerouting at the interchange this week.July 15, 2014 12:02 p.m. read more..
SALEM — Wasco County’s Emerson Dell Farm, owned by Joanne Emerson Brewer, and Sherman County’s Fairview Ranch, owned by Larry Thompson and Janet Moulds, will be among those to be awarded Century Farm status in an annual awards ceremony at the Oregon State Fair this year.July 15, 2014 noon read more..
This past weekend’s lightning-sparked fires were a reminder that fire season is under way and also a good reminder to sign up for Wasco County’s citizen alert notifications.July 15, 2014 11:55 a.m. read more..
Oregon fire officials estimated that about 3,400 lightning strikes occurred across the region Sunday and started dozens of fires, mostly small but some sparked fires that are threatening homes on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.July 14, 2014 10:20 a.m. read more..
Crews from the Dallesport Fire Department extinguish a blaze between The Dalles Airport and Highway 14 Sunday afternoon. It was one of several fires started by a rash of lighning strikes in the area. <em>All photos Mark B. Gibson</em>July 13, 2014 10:22 p.m. read more..
Fire crews in Dallesport and Wishram worked to contain three fires Sunday afternoon, with both stations going to second alarm status. In Dallesport, lightning struck a power pole between The Dalles Airport and Highway 14, sparking a blaze that was spread quickly by strong winds. The White River Fire has burned approximately 570 acres of mixed conifer forests, oak woodland, and grass savannahs in the White River Canyon, 12 miles west of Tygh Valley. (The acreage change from the afternoon update of 750 acres is due to better mapping.) No structures are immediately threatened by the fire, but there are widely scattered homes, cabins, and other structures around the fire’s fringe. The nearest community is Pine Grove, approximately 2.5 miles south of the fire.July 13, 2014 9:53 p.m. read more..
Today is Sunday, July 13, the 194th day of 2014. There are 171 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 13, 1939, Frank Sinatra made his first commercial recording, “From the Bottom of My Heart” and “Melancholy Mood,” with Harry James and his Orchestra for the Brunswick label.July 12, 2014 3:59 p.m. read more..
Coffee at the DIG offers free summer gardening information hosted by knowledgeable community members at The Dalles Imagination Garden, Klindt Drive and Steelhead Way. Each half-hour seminar starts at 9 a.m. on Saturdays. The informational series continues with new topics July 19 and 26 and August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.July 12, 2014 2:57 p.m. read more..
This past Monday at 9:30 a.m. Jeremiah and Isaiah Godby left Oregon State University’s campus in Corvallis with much fanfare as they set off across the state of Oregon on foot.July 12, 2014 2:54 p.m. read more..
While the name James Lee Hansen probably doesn’t rise to the level of household word in every Columbia Gorge home, chances are you’ve seen at least some of his work.July 12, 2014 2:35 p.m. read more..
Cupcakes are all the rage these days for kids and adults! Sign your kids up for a free class on cupcake decorating, and they can come up with their own amazing, edible creations. Taught by 4-H mom, DeeAnn Ramos, the class will be held Friday, July 18 from 1pm to 3pm at the OSU Extension Office in Moro. Spots are limited, so call the Extension Office to register 541-565-3230.July 12, 2014 8:21 a.m. read more..
The effort to conserve greater sage-grouse and sagebrush habitat is a complicated process that encompasses 11 states, six federal agencies and numerous non-governmental groups.July 12, 2014 8:09 a.m. read more..
A new model analyzing how birds in western North America will respond to climate change suggests that for most species, regional warming is not as likely to influence population trends as will precipitation changes.July 12, 2014 8:06 a.m. read more..
Streams less than 30 meters from roads in the interior Columbia River basin have significantly less wood debris in the stream than those waterways greater than 60 meters from roads, reducing habitat and rearing quality for salmonids in those streams.July 12, 2014 8:02 a.m. read more..
With continuing strong counts at lower Columbia River hydro projects, Oregon and Washington officials decided this week to expand fishing opportunities for anglers and for both tribal and non-Indian commercial fishers on the mainstem Columbia River.July 12, 2014 7:55 a.m. read more..
The sockeye salmon tally this year at the lower Columbia River’s Bonneville Dam on Tuesday, July 8, set a record for any season since the construction of the dam was completed in 1938 and the counts began. Mid-summer sockeye spawners counted passing Bonneville through Tuesday totaled 526,367, and counting.July 12, 2014 7:48 a.m. read more..
Take a moment to review your past and present before pursuing the future. You have too much on your plate, and you must channel your energy in the direction that makes the most sense. Modify your schedule and remain focused on your dreams.July 11, 2014 2:36 p.m. read more..
I don’t really have a mailbag, but it would be fun if I did. What I do have is a file named ECMailbag. That’s where I save all of the questions and letters that you, my dear readers, send to me. I just don’t have the time to respond personally, so I love it when once each week I get to respond to your questions here.July 11, 2014 2:33 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I've recently been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. What causes it, and how is it treated?July 11, 2014 2:32 p.m. read more..
Saturday, The Dalles 15U Babe Ruth All Stars will take its first step toward a possible date with destiny at the World Series in Longview, Wash. from Aug. 20-27. In order to do so, the team, coached by Sean Herriges and assistants Mike Wilbur and Kenny Harris, will need to claim championships at state and regionals in successive weeks.July 11, 2014 11:44 a.m. read more..
CEO: Northwest offers opportunity in unmanned flightJuly 11, 2014 11:38 a.m. read more..
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian death toll from Israel’s massive air campaign in Gaza topped 100 people Friday as rockets fired by militants reached deeper into Israel — and for the first time in the fighting, struck from neighboring Lebanon.July 11, 2014 11:14 a.m. read more..
BAGHDAD — Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday, Iraq’s Oil Ministry said, the latest move in a deepening a dispute with the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Oil Ministry spokesman Assem Jihad denounced the takeover of the Bai Hassan and Kirkuk oil fields as “a violation to the constitution” and warned that it poses “a threat to national unity.” He said Kurdish troops moved in and expelled local workers from the two sites. The seizure of the fields could accelerate the unraveling of already worsening relations between the Kurdish autonomy zone in the north and Iraq’s central government. The spat is one of the ripple effects of the Sunni militant offensive that overran much of northern and western Iraq last month, plunging the country into its worst crisis since the last U.S. troops left in 2011.July 11, 2014 11:12 a.m. read more..
Ancient Cataclysmic Floods were the Ice Age Floods that preceded the Missoula Floods in the Pacific Northwest. Ancient Cataclysmic flooding initiated in the Early Pleistocene. Erika Medley and Scott Burns (Department of Geology, Portland State University) studied a total of 29 ancient cataclysmic flood sites, visiting all 14 previously studied ancient sites and four Missoula Flood quarries. They also found 11 new sites.July 11, 2014 11:03 a.m. read more..
Fort Dalles Days brings together 10 days of activities that will enlighten, entertain, excite and amuse. Toe-tapping music, Old West drama, a look beyond the pages of history, scrumptious food, old-time fun and heart-thumping rodeo action are waiting to fulfill all kinds of interests.July 11, 2014 10:18 a.m. read more..
A new beer and wine garden for Jammin’ July is planned near the Maison de Glace winery featuring wines from Maison, 15 Mile and Sunshine wineries. The Skyline Grill and Taco del Mar will have food trucks there and the Band Sucker Punch will play.July 11, 2014 10:09 a.m. read more..
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency request for the border crisis is too big and the House won't approve it, the chairman of the House committee that controls spending said Friday. "It's too much money. We don't need it," Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., told reporters.July 11, 2014 9:20 a.m. read more..
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Family members who escaped from a burning recreational vehicle in the Salem, Oregon, area say a grandfather went back into the burning camper to save two 11-year-old twin grandchildren. KPTV reports (http://is.gd/GzW8ub ) that Chris Laing is recovering in a Portland hospital from second- and third-degree burns to his arms and blisters on his head and feet.July 11, 2014 9:01 a.m. read more..
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man has reportedly died in an apartment fire in southeast Portland. KGW also reports (<a href="http://www.kgw.com/">http://www.kgw.com/</a> ) firefighters pulled a woman and child from another apartment early Friday.July 11, 2014 8:59 a.m. read more..
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration knew in advance that the British government would oversee destruction of a newspaper's hard drives containing leaked National Security Agency documents last year, newly declassified documents show.July 11, 2014 8:41 a.m. read more..
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russia rebels fired missiles Friday at government troops near the Russian border, killing at least 19 servicemen, Ukraine's Defense Ministry said, adding that four troops were killed in other clashes. President Petro Poroshenko summoned security officials in Kiev to discuss Friday's pre-dawn attack at a forward base in eastern Ukraine and declared that the perpetrators would be punished.July 11, 2014 8:38 a.m. read more..
To the editor: Your_letter: I recently phoned The Dalles Disposal and Hood River Garbage Service to enquire about small battery recycling (AAs, AAAs, Cs, Ds., etc.). I was told batteries are not recyclable and I should “just throw them in the garbage.” We have done some research and found that batteries are recyclable and there is an option for household battery recycling in Wasco, Sherman and Hood River counties.July 10, 2014 1:06 p.m. read more..
To the editor: The Supreme Court has made another chink in the armor of contraceptive opportunities for employees. They saw the Constitution one way, but the women judges, who also believe in our Constitution, saw the issue differently. Ironic that none of those men have been pregnant when they didn’t wish to be. It’s not a coincidence that the women were appointed by Democrat presidents.July 10, 2014 1:04 p.m. read more..
Sales of marijuana for recreational use began Tuesday in Washington state and the people who will manage a similar program in Oregon — assuming voters here approve recreational use of pot at the November election — would do well to pay attention to what’s been happening to our northern neighbor.July 10, 2014 12:59 p.m. read more..
MORO — Sherman County Historical Museum’s team has works from the archive collection to be displayed for July’s Sherman County Artist Series.July 10, 2014 12:47 p.m. read more..
WASHINGTON — A survey of colleges and universities finds a lack of coordination between many campuses and local law enforcement in handling sexual assaults, and that many schools have gone years without investigating such cases.July 10, 2014 12:33 p.m. read more..
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management earlier this year with the intention of accessing the files of tens of thousands of federal employees who had applied for top-secret security clearances, according to The New York Times.July 10, 2014 12:31 p.m. read more..
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — As a Google executive lay dying on his yacht, an upscale prostitute casually walks over him, picks up her clothes and heroin and swallows the last of a glass of wine before lowering the boat's blinds and walking back on the dock to shore, police say surveillance footage shows.July 10, 2014 9:58 a.m. read more..
WASHINGTON (AP) — Well-trained attackers executed the deadly dawn assault on a CIA complex in Benghazi, Libya, suggesting different perpetrators from those who penetrated the U.S. diplomatic mission the previous night, according to newly revealed testimony from top military commanders.July 10, 2014 9:55 a.m. read more..
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell blamed Obama administration policies Thursday for the sudden arrival of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors at the southern border and said the president's emergency spending request amounted to more of the same.July 10, 2014 8:59 a.m. read more..
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel dramatically escalated its aerial assault targeting hundreds of Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip Thursday as Palestinians reported the strikes also hit a home and a beachside cafe, raising the total number of people killed in this week's offensive to at least 85. Israel's missile defense system also once again intercepted rockets fired by militants at the country's two largest cities, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.July 10, 2014 8:50 a.m. read more..
MOSES LAKE, Wash. (AP) — Metal thieves are hitting some ranches and farms in Grant County. The sheriff's office says there have been five thefts recently of steel and aluminum livestock corral panels in the Moses Lake area.July 10, 2014 8:35 a.m. read more..
SEATTLE (AP) — Officials in Washington state are searching for the person who donated three human skulls to a thrift store in a Seattle suburb.July 10, 2014 8:33 a.m. read more..
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Legal pot means Portlandia is going to get to know "The Couv" a little better. Mayor Tim Leavitt cut a green ribbon outside Main Street Marijuana on Wednesday, opening the doors to the first recreational marijuana store in Vancouver. The city in southwest Washington is just a 10-mile drive from downtown Portland. Culturally, however, it is many miles apart, and Portlanders say they have little reason to cross the I-5 bridge to visit their suburban neighbors.July 10, 2014 8:28 a.m. read more..
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — About 12,000 air samples taken on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this year after more than three dozen workers reported being sickened by chemical vapors have failed to find a cause for the problem, Hanford officials said Wednesday.July 10, 2014 8:17 a.m. read more..
CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Recreational Chinook salmon fishermen will get an additional three weeks of fishing on the main stem Columbia river downstream of Bonneville Dam under rules adopted today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington.July 10, 2014 7:45 a.m. read more..
Exclusive tech turns radios into self-forming cell towersJuly 9, 2014 2:25 p.m. read more..
Hood River stormed back from a late deficit with seven runs in the top of the ninth inning and posted the final three outs to finalize a 15-13 comeback victory over The Fort Dalles ‘A’ Hustlers in nine innings Tuesday afternoon in American Legion baseball action at Quinton Street Ballpark in The Dalles.July 9, 2014 12:56 p.m. read more..
You know you’re from The Dalles if: What you’re talking about right now isn’t the state of affairs in the Middle East, the economy or the ebola outbreak in Africa, it’s team mascots. Quite a lively discussion is going on right now over at the “You know you’re from The Dalles if...” Facebook page in response to Victoria Osborne’s Chronicle article on the school board’s plan to decide on a logo for The Dalles High’s new mascot, the Riverhawks.July 9, 2014 12:48 p.m. read more..
“This is complicated,” said The Dalles City Councilor Tim McGlothlin about finding an affordable way to pay for street improvements tied to residential development. Members of the planning commission at the June 30 workshop knew exactly where McGlothlin’s was coming from with what might have been the understatement of the year.July 9, 2014 12:23 p.m. read more..
Officials hope the just-opened Community School, a year-round alternative school at the Wahtonka campus, eases problems neighbors near the high school have with young people hanging out in front of their homes all day.July 9, 2014 12:20 p.m. read more..
To the editor: If you want to raise a herd of cattle you don’t bring in a steer to service your heifers. That is my personal advice to Dave Berger of Lyle who sounds like he is tired of breathing Amerities toxic fumes.July 9, 2014 11:50 a.m. read more..
To the editor: We, all current or former Circuit Court judges of the Seventh Judicial District, applaud Governor John Kitzhaber’s selection of Karen Ostrye as the next Circuit Court judge for this district. We welcome Karen to the bench and fully support her in the November General election.July 9, 2014 11:48 a.m. read more..
To the editor: Thank you for your thoughtful editorial on July 1 (“The roar of promises”) about the Confluence Project’s Celilo Park art installation by Maya Lin. As the new executive director of the Confluence Project, I can tell you that community support is critical to the success of our work.July 9, 2014 11:44 a.m. read more..
If reactions around The Chronicle office are any indication, some North Wasco County School District board members were right to be concerned about the relatively abrupt manner in which a mascot option was brought before the board at its last meeting. Board members were given a single logo option to consider and asked to approve it at the same meeting. Understandably, board members had varying reactions to the proposed logo, just as the folks here at The Chronicle did.July 9, 2014 11:32 a.m. read more..
Holding on to your hard-earned money is a lot tougher these days. Just when it looks like the economy is recovering, it takes another hit from rising prices. Add to that personal financial emergencies and fewer work hours on the home front. All you can think about is how to shore up your cash. Embrace these simple changes and you just might see a boost in your bank account.July 9, 2014 11:27 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I sometimes have dark, strong-smelling urine. Should I be concerned?July 9, 2014 11:25 a.m. read more..
Al WYNN, owner of KODL Radio in The Dalles, hands out a certificate of appreciation and gift card for services to veteran David McGaughey at the Hometown Heroes segment of Fourth of July festivities. Mona Fox, operations manager, said the broadcast center wanted to honor the men and women who had defended America’s freedoms during the Independence Day celebration. She said local merchants came foward with generous donations for the 15 veterans who were present to accept awards, along with their families. Mark B. Gibson photoJuly 8, 2014 3:52 p.m. read more..
School board members postponed adopting a final mascot design until a review of current logo offerings and potential revisions can take place at the next District 21 meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. July 10 in the Wahtonka campus library. Board members expressed doubts about the design submitted for approval at the June 26 meeting and complaints about the process through which it had been selected.July 8, 2014 3:41 p.m. read more..
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military launched what could be a long-term offensive in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday, striking more than 100 sites and mobilizing troops for a possible ground invasion aimed at stopping a heavy barrage of rocket attacks against Israel.July 8, 2014 3:30 p.m. read more..
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah defiantly told thousands of supporters Monday that he will declare victory as he claimed massive fraud was responsible for preliminary results putting his rival in the lead. The United States, meanwhile, warned both camps against trying to seize power, saying international financial and security support was at stake.July 8, 2014 3:29 p.m. read more..
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — United Nations officials are pushing for many of the Central Americans fleeing to the U.S. to be treated as refugees displaced by armed conflict, a designation meant to increase pressure on the United States and Mexico to accept tens of thousands of people currently ineligible for asylum.July 8, 2014 3:28 p.m. read more..
On Saturday, June 21, during the annual Lion’s Award/Banquet at Sorosis Park, incoming Lion President Timothy McGlothlin was presented the Norman Ross Fellowship for Dedicated Humanitarian Service by current Lion President John Layson.July 8, 2014 3:22 p.m. read more..
WASCO COUNTY Commissioner Rod Runyon, right, receives a Governor’s Award and appointment to the Regional Solutions Advisory Committee signed by Governor John Kitzhaber and Secretary of State Kate Brown and was presented by Commission Chair Scott Hege. Contributed photoJuly 8, 2014 3:22 p.m. read more..
Through three games and three convincing wins, all fingers pointed towards the state tournament for The Dalles’ 11-12 Little League All Stars. However, TD lost on consecutive days to Bend North and Bend South, with the final setback coming Thursday in a 6-2 loss in District 5 playoff action at Field of Dreams in Hermiston.July 8, 2014 3:20 p.m. read more..
The Oregon Digital Newspaper Program Archives at the University of Oregon features digital scans of newspapers from The Dalles.July 3, 2014 5:25 p.m. read more..
Oregon might easily have joined Colorado and Washington state in voting to legalize marijuana two years ago. But the sponsors of Oregon’s legalization measure over-reached, presenting the voters with a proposal that crossed the line from legalization into advocacy. The initiative’s extreme language drove away the deep-pocketed national supporters who helped bankroll the marijuana legalization campaigns in Washington and Colorado, and Measure 80 won only 47 percent of the vote.July 3, 2014 2:34 p.m. read more..
SPOKANE, Wash.— Workers are preparing to enter one of the most dangerous rooms on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation — the site of a 1976 blast that exposed a technician to a massive dose of radiation, which led to him being nicknamed the “Atomic Man.”July 3, 2014 2:31 p.m. read more..
Summer: long days, singing birds, crowing roosters, mooing cows, baaing sheep, grunting pigs, lots of chores, gardening and outside activities including camping! Summer = 4-H = camps and the county fair. Some of my most heartwarming memories are of 4-H camp (including the 1½ hours in the bus singing camp songs on the way to camp, funny but I don’t remember anything about the trips home, zzz) and the county fair.July 3, 2014 2:29 p.m. read more..
Today is Sunday, July 6, the 187th day of 2014. There are 178 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 6, 1944, an estimated 168 people died in a fire that broke out during a performance in the main tent of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford, Connecticut. (Among the survivors was future actor Charles Nelson Reilly, then age 13.) On this date:July 3, 2014 2:23 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Our Declaration “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Thomas JeffersonJuly 3, 2014 12:27 p.m. read more..
Auditions for the musical version of “Little Shop of Horrors” by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, directed by Linda Beiter, will be at The Dalles Civic Auditorium, 323 E. Fourth St., on Wednesday, July 9 and Thursday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m.July 3, 2014 12:24 p.m. read more..
Artists of all ages and skill levels are invited to join in the second annual Chalk the Block event during this year‘s Jammin’ July Street Festival, Saturday, July 12, starting at 5 p.m.July 3, 2014 12:23 p.m. read more..
Dear Mary: Can you clarify expiration dates on food products? When it says “Sell By 8/01/14,” does that mean it has to be used or just sold by that date? Others show a date of say 2/01/16 on canned or packaged goods. Does that mean you need to use it by this date or what? Some canned or packaged products don’t seem to have any date that I can find. Why is that? I’m so confused! — Bob D.July 3, 2014 11:04 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: When I was diagnosed with diabetes, my doctor said I am now also at increased risk for heart disease. What’s the connection?July 3, 2014 11:03 a.m. read more..
Friday night around 10 p.m., no matter where you are, be sure your eyes are turned to The Dalles riverfront. After a long absence, fireworks are returning to town in a big way as the grand event of the day-long Fort Dalles Fourth celebration.July 2, 2014 1:50 p.m. read more..
KODL 99.1 FM will host its first Hometown Hero Celebration Friday, July 4, in downtown The Dalles. A full day of family fun is planned between First and Second streets in front of the Veterans Service Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities include music from Frank and April, and Martin and friends; The Columbia Gorge Belly Dancers; chicken barbecue, bouncy houses, henna tattoos and more.July 2, 2014 1:41 p.m. read more..
Events: (At Lewis and Clark Festival Park, unless otherwise noted) 7-9:30 a.m., ACTS pancake breakfast 8 a.m., Polehn Farms Rocket Run 10 a.m., Fort Dalles Fourth Parade (parade route) After parade until fireworks, Fort Dalles Fourth music festival and fun 11 a.m-3 p.m., KODL Hometown Heroes, Federal Street, north of Second 2 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars set up concessions for Sorosis Park viewing 10 p.m., fireworks on the riverJuly 2, 2014 1:40 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND — A Colorado construction firm will pay at least $20,000 in civil penalties for meal and rest period violations in a settlement with the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI), the agency has announced related to 2013-14 construction at the Google data center in The Dalles.July 2, 2014 12:11 p.m. read more..
Getting dirty: Anyone who ever felt the irresistible magnetic attraction between a dirt pile and a small, yellow dumptruck will get a chuckle out of what’s to be found on the lot at Ray Schultens Motors this week.July 2, 2014 12:04 p.m. read more..
Haley May of The Dalles enjoys the sunshine, a breeze off the river and a good book at Riverfront Park, where she took her kids to play and cool off Tuesday afternoon. High temperature in The Dalles Tuesday was 98 degrees. The weather is expected to remain clear but somewhat cooler throughout the rest of the week and for the Fourth of July holiday. Find weather information on page A2 and how to avoid heat illness in Word on the Street, page A4. Mark B. Gibson photoJuly 2, 2014 11:32 a.m. read more..
With the end of the 2013-2014 academic year, Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) is bidding “adieu” to two longtime members of its academic community.July 2, 2014 11:26 a.m. read more..
LONDON — DNA testing is taking a bite out of the Bigfoot legend. After scientists analyzed more than 30 hair samples reportedly left behind by Bigfoot and similar mythical beasts like the Himalayan Yeti, they found all of them came from more mundane creatures like bears, wolves, cows and raccoons.July 2, 2014 11:09 a.m. read more..
Sockeye season also re-opens in JulyJuly 1, 2014 8:26 p.m. read more..
RACERS WARM up with a practice run Saturday afternoon, June 28, as racing gets underway at the Maryhill Festival of Speed on Maryhill Loop Road. Downhill skateboarders and street lugers challenged the 2.2-mile, 22-corner course throughout the four-day festival, with final races Sunday. The festival also featured action sports exhibits, food and musical entertainment. Mark B. Gibson photoJuly 1, 2014 12:44 p.m. read more..
To the editor: This letter is in response to Bill Davis’ letter in The Dalles Chronicle, June 24. He asks if Caucasians would be angry if the Washington D.C. football team changed its name to the the Pale Faces. He then mentions ‘’thin skinned’’ and political correctness. I’m not sure why he did not write Washington Redskins.July 1, 2014 12:13 p.m. read more..
This will be a year of discovery. By embracing new concepts and ideas, you will grow emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Your thirst for knowledge will lead to many stimulating breakthroughs. Live in the moment and explore these new opportunities.July 1, 2014 12:11 p.m. read more..
With the price of beef skyrocketing, now more than ever, chicken is becoming the backbone of the frugal kitchen. And why not? Chicken is much less expensive than beef or pork, and useful down to the bones.July 1, 2014 12:11 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: My doctor has diagnosed me with chronic pancreatitis. Could this be related to my drinking? Can this condition be reversed? DEAR READER: Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas, the large gland that lies behind the stomach. (I’ve put an illustration of the pancreas on my website, AskDoctorK.com.)July 1, 2014 12:10 p.m. read more..
ELKHORN, Wis. — An Oregon teenager identified Monday as one of two women whose bodies were found in suitcases in Wisconsin had a hard time after giving up her son to his father, but she was turning her life around and had won a college scholarship before she disappeared, her foster mother said.July 1, 2014 12:08 p.m. read more..
Ever wonder where the water comes from to feed Hood River’s local orchards? The Hood River Watershed Group in joining with Middle Fork Irrigation District (MFID) and Farmers Conservation Alliance on a tour through one of the main irrigation districts in the Hood River Valley.July 1, 2014 12:01 p.m. read more..
Independence Day celebration schedule: 2:30 p.m. Car Show Registration 3 p.m. Parade from W end of 1st Street to Rufus Community Center 3:30 – 7:00 p.m. Activities at Rufus Community Center The Rowdy Referees – three shows. Safety Fair & Life Flight Art Show, Quilt Show, Car Show, Balloon Animals & Face Painting, Hula Hoop show, kids games, vendors and food Dusk – Fireworks by the Rocks!July 1, 2014 8:28 a.m. read more..
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