Stories for July 2014


Thursday, July 31


Letter to the editor: Divine judgment?

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..

Letter to the editor: Pondering questions

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..

Letter to the editor: More to follow?

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..

Letter to the editor: Thanks, fest folk

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..

Editorial: The economic elephant

If last week’s debate between incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber and challenger Dennis Richardson was any indication, we may be headed into a general election campaign that misses the forest as it concentrates on the trees.

July 31, 2014 12:33 p.m. read more..

Bands invited to apply for battle

Five bands will square off for a chance to win cash, prizes and professional exposure at the second annual Rivertap Battle of the Bands, Friday, Aug. 29. Organizers are taking applications now for the event.

July 31, 2014 11:29 a.m. read more..

AstroGraph for July 31, 2014

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..

Everyday Cheapskate: You need the big artillery to clean gross shower floor

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., Utah

July 31, 2014 11:19 a.m. read more..

Smoke ban is proposed for beaches in Oregon

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..

Free showers for homeless end at Seaside city pool

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 twins accused of child pornography jailed

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..

Wednesday, July 30


Honored service

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 photo

July 30, 2014 11:53 a.m. read more..

Silo delivery

A semi truck with a long load of harvested wheat is dwarfed by the huge metal silos at the Mid-Columbia Producers facility on the Columbia River in The Dalles as it pulls in to make a delivery.

July 30, 2014 11:39 a.m. read more..

AstroGraph for July 30, 2014

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..

Cheap dam fix brings ‘Incredible biological benefit'

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..

Tuesday, July 29


All-around beatdown

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..

The best view of the gorge

So far this hasn’t been the best year for Janet and me to put our kayak in the river and go for a nice easy float down the Columbia River.

July 29, 2014 5:14 p.m. read more..

China reports deadly attack

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..

Shuttering coal at home, sending it abroad

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..

Letter to the editor: Where did the money go?

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..

Letter to the editor: What’s happened?

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..

Editorial: What price a cure?

A new hepatitis C treatment that costs $1,000 per pill and its affect on Medicaid budgets is raising the scrutiny of a pair of U.S. senators, including Oregon’s Sen. Ron Wyden with good reason.

July 29, 2014 1:01 p.m. read more..

Megafloods will be featured Aug. 3

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..

Shaniko Days returns Aug. 2

Shaniko Days falls on the first Saturday of August, Aug. 2 this year. Most activities start on Saturday, however for the second year, Friday night is Movie Night.

July 29, 2014 12:40 p.m. read more..

Drone almost blocks California firefighting planes

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..

Carrico honored for heroism

Detective Jamie Carrico has received The Dalles Police Department Medal of Valor in recognition of actions to preserve public safety that put his own life in jeopardy last year.

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

City delays gas tax decision

The Dalles City Council agreed Monday to put off a decision about sending a gas tax proposal involving an increase of 3 cents per gallon to voters in November.

July 29, 2014 11:56 a.m. read more..

AstroGraph for July 29, 2014

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..

Everyday Cheapskate: Is it a rebate or rip off?

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..

Saturday, July 26


US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

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..

Letter to editor: Mothball Wicks?

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..

Letter to the Editor: Sign solution

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..

Letter to Editor: Excellent care

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..

Editorial: Finding perspective amid calamity

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..

Today in History, July 27

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..

Governor issues oil train review

PORTLAND (AP) — Gov. John Kitzhaber has released a state review of oil train safety that calls for an increase in state rail inspectors, more funding for training, and improved reporting and transparency.

July 26, 2014 5:13 p.m. read more..

Family faces tribal disenrollment

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..

City seeks commission volunteers

The City of The Dalles is seeking people interested in volunteering to serve on the city’s planning commission, urban renewal advisory committee, urban renewal budget committee and city budget committee.

July 26, 2014 4:49 p.m. read more..

Extension cord: Read to stop the summer slide

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..

OSU food preservation hotline open until Oct. 17

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..

A Fighting Ace

‘Courage, split-second thinking’ are among attributes of fighting aces like Ruddell

July 26, 2014 4:37 p.m. read more..

Friday, July 25

AstroGraph for July 25, 2014

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..

Everyday Cheapskate: Whether you like it or not, you need a good credit score

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..

Harvest Home Stretch

HARVEST ON the Kaser Diamond K farm east of The Dalles finishes up on a field overlooking the Columbia River near Biggs. The combine operator on the left is A.J. Mead and on the right is Ivan Petroff.

July 25, 2014 11:18 a.m. read more..

Thursday, July 24


Letter to the editor: Unanswered

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..

Letter to the editor: Good neighbor

To the editor: Thanks to my daughters, Dee Hill, Donna Smith and Loretta Commander this 94-year-old lady got to spend the night with my sister-in-law Donna Davis at the new Fairfield Inn.

July 24, 2014 11:53 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Cheaper then bottled water

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..

Letter to the editor: A big waste

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..

Columbia Arts celebrates the wild river gorge

Columbia Center for the Arts goes wild in August. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, “Art in the Wild” hits the Columbia River Gorge for the month of August and covers all things wild.

July 24, 2014 11:43 a.m. read more..

Feeding time

KALI SANDOZ, 8, of The Dalles entered this photo described as Elizabeth and Judah bottle-feeding a baby goat in The Dalles Chronicle’s Summer Youth Photo Contest.

July 24, 2014 11:39 a.m. read more..

Puddles in July

A pedestrian, his umbrella rolled up but ready, walks in front of the Civic Auditorium on Fourth Street in The Dalles.

July 24, 2014 11:34 a.m. read more..

Medicaid enrollees strain Oregon system

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..

Bee results awaited

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..

Jihadis destroy ancient mosque

BAGHDAD (AP) — Residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul say Islamic extremist militants have blown up a revered Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah.

July 24, 2014 10:57 a.m. read more..

Israeli fire hits UN facility in Gaza, killing 15

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..

AstroGraph for July 24, 2014

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..

Everyday Cheapskate: 7 fabulous ways to use up leftover bread

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..

Wednesday, July 23

Rodeo golf tourney a success

Many of the top names were on display last Friday for the Fort Dalles Rodeo Golf Tournament on a sunny afternoon at The Dalles Country Club.

July 23, 2014 11:52 a.m. read more..

AstroGraph for July 23, 2014

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..

Gorge panel seeks halt to oil trains

The gorge commission has asked for a moratorium on all new coal and oil transports through the gorge until a risk analysis is done and measures are in place to avoid derailments and provide mitigation should they occur.

July 23, 2014 11:27 a.m. read more..

Shaniko Butte Fire update; 75 percent contained

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..

Tuesday, July 22


Hillsboro hit by pastry prankster

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..

Raid targets pot grows on California tribal land

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — The Yurok tribe launched a large-scale raid Monday targeting illegal marijuana grows along the Klamath River that have threatened the reservation’s water supply and damaged its ecosystem.

July 22, 2014 1:12 p.m. read more..

Cooler weather aids crews fighting Washington fires

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..

Senior news: Being realistic isn't giving up

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..

Letter to the editor: Insult to tribes

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..

Letter to the editor: Have some pride

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..

Letter to the editor: Great turnout

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..

Letter to the editor: More to issue

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..

Israeli soldier missing as Gaza fighting rages on

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..

Jones scholarship focuses on sobriety

The Mid-Columbia Fellowship of Churches sponsors a unique scholarship, The Marvin D. Jones Memorial Scholarship, to be awarded to a graduating senior, an adult addict in recovery or a teen with addicted parents.

July 22, 2014 12:37 p.m. read more..

Suspect runs into police academy

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Police say a man who fled from a Mississippi traffic stop was apparently so focused on getting away he unknowingly ran into a law enforcement academy.

July 22, 2014 12:30 p.m. read more..

Obamacare hit by ruling, subsidies continue

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..

Progress made on five fires

Fire authorities on the Shaniko Butte Fire reported reduced danger to the Deschutes River corridor over the weekend and opened the river between Trout Creek and Long Bend about 10 miles south of Maupin.

July 22, 2014 12:26 p.m. read more..

Navarro arraigned for camp shooting

Juan Carlos Navarro, 20, was arraigned Monday in Wasco County Circuit Court for allegedly using a shotgun July 13 to injure one man at a Pleasant Ridge Road orchard camp and endangering two other people.

July 22, 2014 12:23 p.m. read more..

Rape suspect arrested

Esten Alton Mounsey, 39, was arrested Monday afternoon, July 21, at his home at 500 E. 14th St. on first-degree charges of rape and sodomy, according to Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley.

July 22, 2014 12:20 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for July 22, 2014

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..

Everyday Cheapskate: My four-ounce travel buddy

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..

Habitat groups merge

The region’s Habitat for Humanity groups are merging into one gorge-wide organization, following the hand-up-not-hand-out philosophy of the global organization.

July 22, 2014 12:09 p.m. read more..

Shaniko Butte fire update; fire activity minimal

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..

Sunday, July 20


Deschutes River reopened to rafting

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..

Saturday, July 19


Unease in Congress, region over Obama Afghan plan

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..

Babe Ruth 14U Stars net two wins to gain high seed

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..

McCall game-winner leads ‘AAA’ Hustlers

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..

Final slots coming down to the wire

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..

Letter to the editor: Mystified

To the editor: I’m mystified by Roz Luther’s letter of July 10 concerning the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby. She describes it as “another chink in the armor of contraceptive opportunities…” Huh?

July 19, 2014 8:46 p.m. read more..

Funds needed for school supplies

In an effort to help local children begin school this fall with necessary supplies, the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul are asking for donations to their back-to-school campaign.

July 19, 2014 8:41 p.m. read more..

Chronicle wins seven at state news event

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..

Damage from Washington wildfires ‘hard to believe’

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..

South County: Road proposal too costly

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..

Friday, July 18

Everyday Cheapskate: Tax refund: not a good thing

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..

AstroGraph for July 18, 2014

To see matters through, you'll need to take on only what you know you can handle. If you are rushed or pressured, you will lose focus and fall short of your goals. Your discipline must be as strong as your desire to reach the top.

July 18, 2014 1:25 p.m. read more..

Moro sends mission to Mexico

A group from Moro Presbyterian Church went on a mission to a poor migrant town in northern Mexico, where they helped in a variety of ways, from plumbing to painting to providing hygiene instruction.

July 18, 2014 12:35 p.m. read more..

Who is to blame? Crash investigators face struggle

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..

Locals take hold of yoga classes

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..

Settlement displeases Portland Mayor Hale

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..

Portland man dies in base jump

PORTLAND (AP) — Authorities say a 38-year-old man died when his parachute failed to deploy during a base jump from a 1,000-foot tower near Silverton.

July 18, 2014 12:18 p.m. read more..

Former police chief sues Prineville

PRINEVILLE AP) — A lawsuit contends that the National Guard officer who was fired from his position as Prineville’s police chief this week lost his job because he accepted an assignment to train troops in South Korea.

July 18, 2014 12:18 p.m. read more..

Smoke presents health dangers

As multiple fires continue to burn in the south Wasco County area, people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children, are advised to stay indoors.

July 18, 2014 11:24 a.m. read more..

Fires cause road, river closures

While many firefighting resources are being reallocated from the White River Fire, which is predicted for containment today, other fires continue to burn in the local area.

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

Shaniko Butte wildfire forces closure of Lower Deschutes

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..

Thursday, July 17


Putin: US sanctions hurt bilateral ties, US firms

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..

Families tell of horrors at raided Mexican shelter

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..

Letter to the editor: Chili event great

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..

Letter to the editor: No consideration

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..

Letter to the editor: Seeking descendants

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..

Editorial: Wake-up call on assaults

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..

Odell hosts Hood River County Fair

Entertainment, carnival rides and midway fun, exhibits, animals, tasty food and much more all are a part of the Hood River County Fair, returning Wednesday through Saturday, July 23 to 26.

July 17, 2014 12:31 p.m. read more..

Chronicle to stream governor debate

The Dalles Chronicle will stream the first 2014 Oregon governor’s debate between incumbent Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber and Republican challenger Dennis Richardson from Central Point.

July 17, 2014 12:17 p.m. read more..

Containment nears on White River Canyon fire

The White River Canyon Fire, which started Saturday afternoon, is expected to be 100 percent contained by Friday morning, according to Brian Ballou, information officer for the Oregon Department of Forestry.

July 17, 2014 12:07 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for July 17, 2014

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..

Winds fan Washington wildfire, threaten homes

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..

Multiple fires burn in Oregon

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..

Wednesday, July 16

Democrats press for free contraception for women

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..

Swastika put on Jewish mailbox

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..

Man admits aiming laser at planes

PORTLAND (AP) — A Portland man charged with aiming a laser beam at two commercial airliners flying toward Portland International Airport last fall has pleaded guilty in federal court.

July 16, 2014 12:06 p.m. read more..

SAIF returns $8.5 million to businesses

SALEM — Oregon businesses that participate in the Associated General Contractors (AGC)/SAIF Workers’ Compensation Program are receiving an $8.5 million retrospective return on their 2012-2013 plan year premium.

July 16, 2014 11:54 a.m. read more..

Word on the street: A growing need for adult care

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..

Exchange students seek host families

Visiting students, ages 15-18, from around the world including Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and Thailand are seeking host families in and around The Dalles for the upcoming 2014-2015 academic school year.

July 16, 2014 11:50 a.m. read more..

Mt. Adams hiking day set for Aug. 9

The annual Mt. Adams Hiking Day, sponsored by the non-profit Friends of Mount Adams, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9, featuring five hikes following trails of varying difficulty on four sides of the 235 square-mile mountain.

July 16, 2014 11:47 a.m. read more..

Review: Systematic errors led to Washington bridge collapse

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..

Chilling Out

Law enforcement officers join Cold Water Challenge to honor fallen colleagues

July 16, 2014 11:38 a.m. read more..

Noisy Gypsy removal backfires

BRUSSELS (AP) — A plan by a Belgian mayor to remove a group of Gypsies by playing loud music backfired when the camping cars stayed put and the children danced to the music.

July 16, 2014 11:35 a.m. read more..

Suspect arrested in camp shooting

The Wasco County Sheriff’s office, assisted by The Dalles City Police, arrested Juan Carlos Navarro, 20, in connection with an orchard camp shooting July 13 on Pleasant Ridge Road.

July 16, 2014 11:31 a.m. read more..

AstroGraph for July 16, 2014

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..

Everyday Cheapskate: Chicken labeling: prepare to be surprised

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..

Cherry Garcia for All

Ben and Jerry's rolls into The Dalles today (Wednesday, July 16) with free samples of Cherry Garcia at The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce between 10 and 11:30 a.m.

July 16, 2014 6:06 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, July 15

AstroGraph for July 15, 2014

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..

Everyday Cheapskate: Carpet the garden and other clever reader tips

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., Illinois

July 15, 2014 1:39 p.m. read more..

Northwest news in brief

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..

Typhoon slams into Philippines; thousands evacuate

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..

Egyptian truce plan unravels after new fighting

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..

Letter to the editor: Share the streets

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..

Letter to the editor: Kudos, Butch

To the editor: Butch Hert has done it again. This last weekend he put on an amazing baseball tournament for our 13-15 year old Babe Ruth players here in The Dalles.

July 15, 2014 12:14 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Caution with card

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..

Letter to the editor: Plenty to offer

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..

Editorial: Gathering at the river

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..

Two local farms to get Century Farm status

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.

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Monday, July 14

Lightning sparks mulitple fires in region

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..

Sunday, July 13

Photographs from the Dallesport Fire, July 13

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..

White River Fire held to 570 acres; lightning causes local fires

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..

Saturday, July 12

July 13 in history

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..

Letter to the editor: Than you, farmers

To the editor: On July 4, a fire brewed out of control on Weimer Ranch/Thompson Properties on Fivemile Road. The fire had burned up to 100 acres of this year’s wheat crop.

July 12, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: No vote for city

To the editor: (Edited for 400-word length limit.) Do you think our water and sewer rates are way too high and completely out of line with other eastern Oregon cities? If you believe this, you are right.

July 12, 2014 3:04 p.m. read more..

Coffee at the DIG

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..

Israeli bombing turns Gaza into ghost town

GAZA CITY, Gaza — It’s the holy month of Ramadan, when people throughout the Muslim world meet with friends and family, buy presents for loved ones and break a day-long fast each evening amid colorful street scenes.

July 12, 2014 2:46 p.m. read more..

Free Class on Cupcake Decorating, July 18 in Moro

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..

Friday, July 11

AstroGraph for July 11, 2014

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..

Everyday Cheapskate: Location for potato storage should be cool and dry

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..

15U Stars primed for district title

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..

Battle lines form over bladderpod

A group of farmers in Franklin County, Wash., are challenging U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s listing of the White Bluffs bladderpod as a threatened species – and asking for help from local citizens.

July 11, 2014 11:31 a.m. read more..

Over 100 killed in Gaza as rockets fall on Israel

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..

Iraqi Kurds take over two oil fields

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..

Talk centers on cataclysmic floods

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..

Jammin’ July brings a street full of fun July 12

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..

House chairman: $3.7 billion request 'too much'

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..

Grandpa rescues twins from Ore. RV fire

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 ( ) 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..

One reported killed in Portland apartment fire

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man has reportedly died in an apartment fire in southeast Portland. KGW also reports (<a href=""></a> ) firefighters pulled a woman and child from another apartment early Friday.

July 11, 2014 8:59 a.m. read more..

Northwest heat wave forecast into next week

Oregon is baking under the same heat with highs in the mid to upper 90s forecast in Portland, Salem and Eugene. Forecasters expect highs in eastern Oregon over 100. Some thunderstorms are possible Sunday.

July 11, 2014 8:50 a.m. read more..

US given heads up about newspaper data destruction

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..

19 Ukraine servicemen killed in rocket attack

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..

Thursday, July 10


Letter to the editor: Recycle your batteries

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..

Letter to the editor: Judicial irony

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..

Editorial: Marijuana: learn from Wash. mistakes

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..

OMSI show comes to library

Educators from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will be at The Dalles-Wasco County Library Saturday, July 12.

July 10, 2014 12:48 p.m. read more..

Veterans corner

The Wasco County Veterans Services Office is sponsoring an outreach booth at the Jammin’ July Street Fest, Saturday, July 12th, from 5 to 10 p.m.

July 10, 2014 12:47 p.m. read more..

Chinese hackers hit U.S. personnel

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..

Police: Prostitute left Google exec to die on boat

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..

Benghazi: Two days, two distinct attacks on Americans

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..

Coast Guard rescues 3 on Oregon coast

GARIBALDI, Ore. (AP) — When a 14-foot boat capsized in front of the Coast Guard's Tillamook Bay station at Garibaldi on the north Oregon coast, guardsmen swung into action, rescuing two children and one adult.

July 10, 2014 9:09 a.m. read more..

Prisoner convicted of second inmate attack

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — An inmate who told FBI agents he was "at war with the world" has been convicted a second time for attacks on other inmates at the federal prison in Yamhill County.

July 10, 2014 9:07 a.m. read more..

McConnell criticizes Obama border money request

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..

Israel escalates Gaza offensive, casualties mount

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..

Boeing seals $56B Emirates Airline order

NEW YORK (AP) — Boeing has finalized a $56 billion agreement to build 150 777X aircraft for Dubai's Emirates Airline. The order's value is based on list prices, which can vary greatly after negotiations.

July 10, 2014 8:39 a.m. read more..

Metal thefts hit Moses Lake farms, ranches

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..

Pot gives Oregonians a reason to visit neighbor

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..

Nuclear site workers test thousands of air samples

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..

States reopen Chinook salmon fishing below Bonneville

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..

Wednesday, July 9


Ft. Dalles loses 13-11 to HRV

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..

Word on the street: What’s in a logo? a team’s spirit

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..

Caution urged in river play

Ted Walker pool is closed for the summer in anticipation of replacing the aged pool, so some folks may be inclined to head to the river for a cooling dip.

July 9, 2014 12:24 p.m. read more..

City hears planning panel street ideas

“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..

Letter to the editor: Gutted environmental laws

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..

Letter to the editor: Welcome Judge Ostrye

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..

Letter to the editor: Support critical

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..

Editorial: A spirited celebration

Spectators weren’t disappointed in the outcome of the Fort Dalles Fourth celebration that brought liveliness to The Dalles on Independence Day for the first time in a long while.

July 9, 2014 11:37 a.m. read more..

Editorial: Don’t cut out the public

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..

AstroGraph for July 9, 2014

If you feel your life has become too hectic, slow down. Reflect on where you are and where you are headed. After all, your first obligation is to yourself, so do the things that make you happy. It’s your turn to shine.

July 9, 2014 11:28 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Many little changes that can help a family save big

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..

Tuesday, July 8

Man dies when struck by train

A man was struck and killed by an eastbound train early Saturday morning and The Dalles City Police are awaiting toxicology reports to see if he was under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.

July 8, 2014 3:59 p.m. read more..

Boehner visits gorge

One of the best kept secrets in the gorge was Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner’s visit July 2 to several locations.

July 8, 2014 3:56 p.m. read more..

Walden meets with ranchers

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden told ranchers from Wasco and Sherman counties July 3 that Oregon had been offered more wolves from Idaho.

July 8, 2014 3:55 p.m. read more..

Honoring Veterans

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 photo

July 8, 2014 3:52 p.m. read more..

D21 resumes logo talk

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..

World Briefly

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..

Election results under dispute

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..

UN pushes for migrant rights

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..

Lions honored with service awards

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..

Governor's Award

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 photo

July 8, 2014 3:22 p.m. read more..

12U Stars capture third place

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..

Saturday, July 5


Thursday, July 3


Editorial: One pot vote is plenty

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..

Feds to clean site of 1976 ‘Atomic Man’ accident

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..

Extension cord: Summertime 4-H brings camps, fair fun

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 in history, July 6

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..

Letter to the editor: Our declaration

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 Jefferson

July 3, 2014 12:27 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Laughing at ‘Tuna’

To the editor: Sunday afternoon, I attended the matinee performance of “Red, White and Tuna.” Dennis Morgan and Dave Owens were the only two cast members. Each did numerous parts. They were fabulous!

July 3, 2014 12:26 p.m. read more..

Auditions set for ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ musical

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..

Corporate ‘people’ gain

WASHINGTON — There may be more to that “we the people” notion than you thought. These are boom times for the concept of “corporate personhood.” Corporations are people?

July 3, 2014 12:11 p.m. read more..

Raffle car on display in Hood River

The 1967 mustang coupe being raffled by the Columbia Gorge Children’s Advocacy Center will be on display at the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum in Hood River until July 12.

July 3, 2014 12:02 p.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Confused when it comes to groceries and the dating game?

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..

AstroGraph for July 3, 2014

It’s time to get up and get moving. The time for pondering and procrastinating has ended. Go out and prove to the world that you are capable, intelligent and ready for success. Your biggest problem is your fear of failure.

July 3, 2014 11:03 a.m. read more..

Balch hosts bluegrass series

DUFUR – One of Oregon’s oldest hotels, the Historic Balch Hotel, built in 1907, hosts a summer bluegrass concert series on its picturesque grounds.

July 3, 2014 4:38 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, July 2

Fourth of July: Sorosis food and fun

The public is invited to view the 4th of July fireworks from one of the best viewing spots in The Dalles, Kelley Viewpoint. The VFW will have its concession trailer parked in the Veterans Monument parking lot.

July 2, 2014 1:51 p.m. read more..

Fourth of July: Coming attractions

Independence Day activities in The Dalles are only the opening act of a month full of summer fun. Fort Dalles Days gets under way Thursday, July 11, kicking off with a chili cook-off at the historic Mint Building.

July 2, 2014 1:50 p.m. read more..

Fourth of July: Pyromusical on the river

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..

Fourth of July: Hometown Heroes

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..

Fourth of July events

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 river

July 2, 2014 1:40 p.m. read more..

Google contractor fined

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..

A Cooler Place to Play

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 photo

July 2, 2014 11:32 a.m. read more..

July book group

The Third Thursday Book Group meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month upstairs in the magazine corner.

July 2, 2014 11:27 a.m. read more..

Play it safe on Fourth of July

Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue is encouraging residents to choose a safe Fourth of July celebration by attending the professional fireworks display.

July 2, 2014 11:19 a.m. read more..

Bigfoot hair? Not true, say scientists

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..

Lightning sparks fire worries

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon fire bosses are worried about this season’s drought conditions report an area of Southern Oregon where lightning touched off major fires last year got hit overnight.

July 2, 2014 11:04 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, July 1


A Festival of Speed

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 photo

July 1, 2014 12:44 p.m. read more..

Farm bill offers help for new farmers

DAVIS, Calif. — U.S. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden has announced the implementation of new Farm Bill measures and other policy changes to improve the financial security of new and beginning farmers and ranchers.

July 1, 2014 12:44 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: About respect

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..

AstroGraph for July 1, 2014

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..

Ask Dr. K: Stop drinking to prevent recurrence of pancreatitis

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,

July 1, 2014 12:10 p.m. read more..

Foster mom recalls Oregon woman whose body was found in suitcase

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..

Tour the Middle Fork Irrigation District

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..

Shaniko to celebrate sheep

The 8th Annual Shaniko Wool Gathering, Pioneer & Artisan Faire, July 12-13, 2014, celebrates the fiber industry of today and Shaniko’s place as Wool Capital of the World in the early 1900s.

July 1, 2014 8:41 a.m. read more..

Rufus July 4th celebrations scheduled

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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