Thursday, July 31
Editorial cartoons from July 31, 2014.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
The good, bad and the ugly of fantasy sports approaches
Riverhawk varsity coach announces training camp for boys on Aug. 10-14 in TD
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.
Arts and entertainment calendar from July 31, 2014.
Suffering in West Africa heightens
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.
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
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?
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 31, 2014.
Fire chief tracks down gear, equipment for rural station
Officials aim for uniform class standards
7-year-old Alyssa Whitwell makes the tough call when grandpa falls ill
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.
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.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Clark County sheriff's office says a woman shot and killed her boyfriend Tuesday night during a domestic dispute in Vancouver.
SALEM (AP) — Cuts in retiree benefits and investment returns that beat expectations have eased the pressure on rates that governments pay to finance public pensions in Oregon.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland City Council voted Wednesday to legalize short-term rentals in single-family homes, giving added legitimacy to rental websites such as Airbnb.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) An Oregon firefighter died in a fall while on a break from battling a wildfire in the southern Cascade Range, officials said.
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.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — With a 2-1 vote, Clark County commissioners have approved placing an advisory vote on November's ballot to gauge public interest on a third bridge over the Columbia River.
SILVERTON, Ore. (AP) — A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty Wednesday and was sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting a man in a Silverton home.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A federal agency said Wednesday it will release extra water into Northern California's Klamath and Trinity rivers once salmon start dying from drought-related disease, but not before.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Lane County jury has indicted a 42-year-old Eugene man on charges that he killed two acquaintances and set fire to their rural home at Creswell.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 32-year-old woman has been sentenced to five years of probation for helping a couple get rid of a victim's vehicle during a three-state killing spree.
BEND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities are searching for an 18-year-old man who was reported missing from a wilderness program in a remote area of Lake County in central Oregon.
MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) — It's been a week since 38-year-old Jennifer Huston of Dundee disappeared, and searchers are running out of leads.
BANKS, Oregon (AP) — A two-alarm fire has damaged the West Oregon Wood Products business in Banks, which makes pellets for wood stoves.
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.
The National Weather Service says highs will be in the 80s west of the Cascades and in the 90s and low 100s east of the Cascades.
The Charlie Brown Juggling Show will be at the Sherman County Public/School Library Tuesday, Aug. 5, 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, July 30
Youth football offers fun, excitement for local youths from third-through-sixth grades
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 30, 2014.
Maintenance is cheaper than repair, says owner
A good wine needs time to mature and so does a good city.
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
Nonprofit events calendar from July 30, 2014.
African Art from the Mary Johnston Collection will open Aug. 9 at Maryhill Museum of Art.
The third Thursday book group will be discussing “The Giver,” by Lois Lowry at its August meeting at 6:30 p.m. at The Dalles-Wasco County Library.
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.
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.
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.
Bonham was also an art community stalwart
Two public hearings on the proposed Wasco County road taxing district are set for Aug. 6 and Aug. 11 in The Dalles and Dufur respectively.
Council will wait to hear county roads plan
Organization will still fund local services
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.
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!
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?
Download August newsletter and van schedule for The Dalles Wasco County Public Library.
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.
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.
1.5 million Chinook salmon predicted to return to the mouth of the Columbia this year could set a modern record.
Tuesday, July 29
Editorial cartoons from July 29, 2014
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.
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.
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.
BEND (AP) — Tribal officials say they haven’t given up on the idea of an auto racing complex on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Central Oregon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CG ‘AAA’ Hustlers lose two in Super Regional tourney
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 29, 2014.
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.
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.
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.
Agency seeks more staff to fulfill mission
SALEM (AP) — A group testing West Coast waters for radiation from a damaged Japanese nuclear power plant says no evidence of contamination has been found in Oregon.
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.
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.
Resident was absent from home, lost everything to flames
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.
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.
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?
Saturday, July 26
Editorial cartoons from July 26, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Looking back on July 27 in Wasco County, from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle.
Alumni and current athletes play in 7-on-7 scrimmage
The Dalles 15U Babe Ruth Stars throttle both SRV squads on way to No. 1 seed
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.
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.
TWISP, Wash. (AP) — About 300 homes — twice as many as previously estimated — have burned in the largest recorded wildfire in Washington state history, a county sheriff said Friday.
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.
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.”
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.
‘Courage, split-second thinking’ are among attributes of fighting aces like Ruddell
Friday, July 25
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.
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.
DEAR DOCTOR K: My 7-year-old daughter suffers from allergies every spring and fall. What can I do?
DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in some states — but the neighbors don't have to like it.
Player safety is placed at the forefront of targeting, high hits
TD’s 15U Baseball team comes out swinging, pitching in two lopsided pool play wins
Nonprofit events calendar from July 25, 2014
UTC Aerospace Systems selected the Heart of Hospice Foundation as its quarterly charity from proceeds of the Hood to River Relay Race.
Eight photos have been selected as winners of the Columbia Gorge Parenting Education Awareness photo contest.
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.
The apparent abduction, return and second abduction of a Labrador retriever has left her Sevenmile Hill owners at once stymied and distressed.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 25, 2014.
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.
Wasco County winner aims for forensics career
Thursday, July 24
Editorial cartoons from July 24, 2014.
Legion squad ready to show heart at tourney in Dallas
Babe Ruth baseball team ready to take on all challengers at state event in Ontario
Not clear how many new starts may grow into large fires.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Oregon Department of Forestry’s annual report on timber production shows the need to increase logging on federal lands.
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.
Arts and entertainment calendar from July 24, 2014.
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.
A pedestrian, his umbrella rolled up but ready, walks in front of the Civic Auditorium on Fourth Street in The Dalles.
Esten Alton Mounsey, 39, of The Dalles will be represented in a rape and sexual assault case by Amy Lammers of the gorge firm Morris, Smith, Starns and Sullivan.
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.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from july 24, 2014.
Cougar has been ‘hanging out’ since July 16 sighting
Despite delay, deadline is still set at July 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Wednesday, July 23
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.
12U squad shows vast improvements in all phases for solid finish in Roseburg
Training can help with tourism and customer retention, says chamber head
The Chocolate Lab has reopened its store at 214 Washington St. after a temporary closure for remodeling and to get a second store up and running in Hood River.
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.
Nonprofit events calendar from July 23, 2014.
Tee it up, tap it in and try your luck at the Buck Brush Bramble Golf Tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 19, at The Dalles Country Club.
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.
The Arlington Community Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Annual Arlington Show ‘n’ Shine Car Show Saturday, July 26.
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.
“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.”
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?
New project aims to promote community literacy
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.
Flat fee would redeem operating costs
Authorities watch for lightning-sparked fires as fuel dries.
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.
Tuesday, July 22
Baseball team defeats Salem/Keizer 11-4 in finale
R.J. Hicks scores late run for first in bull riding; Casey Maddox is tops in saddle bronc
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.
Trayvon Bromell is making bold predictions for the junior world track championships this week.
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.
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.
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.”)
OSO, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of pieces of personal property have been recovered from the site of the March 22 mudslide near Oso.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 22, 2014.
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.
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.
To the editor: Wake up people! If you have a large dog in your neighborhood eating your household cats and killing or injuring your dog, you would have the animal removed.
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.
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.”
Editorial cartoons from July 22, 2014.
The 20th Habitat for Humanity house in The Dalles area is now under construction on East 12th Street.
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.
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.
PORTLAND (AP) — Gov. John Kitzhaber says he cleaned house after the Cover Oregon failure by removing three officials responsible for the botched health insurance website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DEAR DOCTOR K: As I’ve entered my 40s, the skin on my hands and face has started to change. What happens to our skin as we age?
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.
Currently 19 uncontained large wildfires are burning across Oregon and Washington, with 12 of the fires in Oregon. Large fires within ODF’s protection jurisdiction include:
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.
Sunday, July 20
Logging Unit Fires complex near Warm Springs, Highway 26 now at 7,328 acres. Updated information from Sunday, July 20.
Photographs from A Midsummers Night Dream at Maryhill Museum Saturday, July 19. Photos by Mark B. Gibson.
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.
Saturday, July 19
Editorial cartoon from July 20, 2014.
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.
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.
SALEM (AP) — Salem police say a Polk County, Oregon, sheriff’s sergeant has died in a traffic crash on state Highway 22.
ARLINGTON (AP) — Waste Management is doubling capacity at its landfill gas power plant south of Arlington, generating more energy for homes and businesses 260 miles away in Seattle.
Kustom Products sold defective Kiowa parts
SALEM — Republican state Rep. Dennis Richardson presented himself as the future and Gov. John Kitzhaber as the past as the two gubernatorial candidates met in their first debate Friday.
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.
Aspects also include changes to throwing and jumping
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.
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.
Today in history, July 20, 2014.
Looking back on July 20, from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle.
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.
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?
The numbers were there in stark black-and-white — evidence that City of The Dalles water and sewer rates have climbed far beyond those of Eastern Oregon cities of comparable size.
Nonprofit event calendar from July 20, 2014.
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.
Visitors to the upcoming open houses at Columbia Lutheran School (CLS) will see a familiar face, Mr. Doug Radliff.
The Dalles will be part of a national backpack giveaway campaign.
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.
Sam Cobb keeps track of every drop allocated from the Rock Creek Reservoir.
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.
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.”
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.
Friday, July 18
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
The Chalk the Block art contest handed out prizes in three age categories, plus a team category following the July 12 event, which was part of the Jammin’ July Street Fest.
Nonprofit events calendar from July 18
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.
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.
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.
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.
New map dials up hazard for Ore., 15 states
Hermiston study of sewer and water rates among cities of comparative size show The Dalles has highest "average" rates for sewer and water.
Mike Sparlus only bull rider to notch score on Thursday
Babe Ruth 14U All Stars rap out 54 hits, 50 runs in two pool play blowouts at state
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.
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.
GRANTS PASS — Two different lightning-sparked wildfires grew quickly in hot and dry conditions in central Oregon on Thursday, prompting evacuation alerts.
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.
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.
Thursday, July 17
Editorial cartoons from July 17, 2014
Gambling plea dismisses animal fighting charges
Council will review ballot language July 28
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Separatist rebels in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk have denied that they are responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane.
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.
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.
Berryrose nets a 2.1 in breakaway roping event during rodeo
Adult co-ed softball team caps successful season with 13-4 victory over Zim’s
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arts and entertainment calendar from July 17, 2014
The final weekend of Fort Dalles Days brings plenty of activities to appeal to a wide range of interests.
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.
A firefighter wets down the face of a garage and a partially burned fence in the 300 block of Sixth Street in Dallesport Wednesday afternoon.
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.
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.
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.
DEAR DOCTOR K: My doctor says I have “sick sinus syndrome.” What is it?
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, July 16
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.
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.
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.
Coach David Hough has top talent to display
Alejandra Pena named Miss Thunderbird at annual camp
Police, fire, medical and lottery report from July 16, 2014.
Folks who attend the Fort Dalles NPRA Pro Rodeo this week will want to have their minds focused on the action in Milt Tumilson Arena.
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.
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.
Nonprofit events calendar from July 16, 2014.
Longtime The Dalles librarian Sheila Dooley will retire Sept. 5 from the library district after 40 years of service, The Dalles City Manager Nolan Young announced recently.
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.
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.
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.
Law enforcement officers join Cold Water Challenge to honor fallen colleagues
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.
Barlow district sees eight fires
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Tuesday, July 15
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.
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
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?
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.
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council on Monday passed new rules regulating rideshare companies, allowing them to operate in the city without a limit on the number of cars.
NYSSA (AP) — In the third year of a drought, reservoirs in far Eastern Oregon are low.
PORTLAND (AP) — State officials set a goal of adding 10 percent more minority principals and school administrators by 2015
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.
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.
14U Babe Ruth squad has talent across the board
15U Babe Ruth team outscores opponents 39-1 in three wins for the title
Editorial cartoons from July 15, 2014.
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.
To the editor: Animal cruelty and neglect are serious, senseless crimes and almost always lead to child abuse or domestic violence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On July 11, the Klickitat County Sheriff’s office received a report of a body floating in the Klickitat River between the Fisher Hill Falls and the Columbia River.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 15, 2014.
Nonprofit events calendar from July 15, 2014.
KERR Contractors is building a modernization project at the Biggs Junction Interchange, which will cause some rerouting at the interchange this week.
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The familiar image of a battle-hardened member of the military smoking a cigarette may become a little less common.
Numerous calls were received by law enforcement officials over the weekend regarding dogs left unattended in vehicles during the latest slew of scorching hot summer days.
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.
White River Canyon blaze continues while others are quickly extinguished UPDATE July 15, 2014.
The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting Sunday evening at a labor camp on Pleasant Ridge Road.
Monday, July 14
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.
Photographs from the Jammin July Street Festival, July 11, 2014. All photographs by Mark B. Gibson
Photographs from King Midas and the Golden Touch, free play in the park July 11. Next performance, July 19, 11 a.m. at City Park in The Dalles, Fifth and Union Streets.
Sunday, 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. All photos Mark B. Gibson
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.
Saturday, July 12
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.
Looking back on July 13, in the archives of The Dalles Chronicle.
Public meeting schedule from July 13, 2014.
With summer weather and clear skies back again, I’ve been thinking about a timeless childhood question: Why is the sky blue?
Youth PGA squad takes control to beat HR by a 9-6 count
Charlie Remington wins 10k men’s race, Erin Ford tops in women’s 10k division
Editorial cartoons from July 13, 2014.
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.
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.
How desperate must conditions be for parents to send their young children off to make their way alone in an inhospitable world?
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.
Nonprofit events calendar from July 13, 2014.
Students looking to transfer to Eastern Oregon University are invited to a series of open house events this summer, with the first two occurring in July and August.
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.
The Dalles City Council will discuss a proposed ballot measure to increase the local gas tax from 3 to 6 cents on Monday, June 14, at city hall, 313 Court Street.
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.
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.
Central Washington blaze threatens 200 homes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, July 11
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.
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.
DEAR DOCTOR K: I've recently been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. What causes it, and how is it treated?
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.
12U softball team chalks up a 2-3 record at ASA Softball Tournament in Albany
CEO: Northwest offers opportunity in unmanned flight
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.
The final logo design for The Dalles High School Riverhawks was approved by the District 21 School Board July 10.
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.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 11, 2014.
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.
Nonprofit events calendar from July 11, 2014.
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.
Hood River — Hundreds of kiteboarders will “shred” the Columbia River for a good cause Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13.
Group travels grueling path seeking insight
The annual Fort Dalles Days Pro Rodeo returns to Milt Tumilson Arena, July 17 to 19, with more than 300 contestants expected to compete in the eight traditional events.
A prized possession from rodeos past is returning this year to the Fort Dalles Rodeo Association.
One thing is certain about Fort Dalles days, from year to year the 10-day celebration maintains most of its big, marquee events, but the activities that surround them evolve, grow and change.
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.
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.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is officially asking the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Would-be home sellers across the country are grappling with a once-in-a-lifetime problem: They have mortgage rates so absurdly low it would hurt them financially to sell.
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.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man has reportedly died in an apartment fire in southeast Portland. KGW also reports (http://www.kgw.com/ ) firefighters pulled a woman and child from another apartment early Friday.
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — The Congress is again considering legislation to expand the Oregon Caves National Monument nearly tenfold.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, July 10
Editorial cartoons from July 10, 2014.
Baseball, softball to see a few tweaks for 2015 season
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.
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.
To the editor: Today as I was at the dock admiring the Queen of the West cruise ship I couldn’t help but notice a small pickup parked where the tour buses park.
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.
High temperatures on the way; Six day forecast
Educators from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will be at The Dalles-Wasco County Library Saturday, July 12.
MORO — Sherman County Historical Museum’s team has works from the archive collection to be displayed for July’s Sherman County Artist Series.
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.
Arts and entertainment calendar from July 10, 2014.
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.
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.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 10, 2014.
Fisheries workers will try a new trapping technique on marina’s uninvited tenant
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Understanding how the state's public records and open meeting laws work is no longer an option for elected local officials in Washington. It's a requirement.
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.
SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed toughening the state's clean water rules by setting a fish-consumption rate that would be among the highest in the nation.
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.
SEATTLE (AP) — Officials in Washington state are searching for the person who donated three human skulls to a thrift store in a Seattle suburb.
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.
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.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Searchers have found a woman who was lost on a hike near Horsetail Falls in the Columbia River Gorge about 30 miles east of Portland.
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.
Wednesday, July 9
Exclusive tech turns radios into self-forming cell towers
Editorial cartoons from July 9, 2014.
Parents can sign kids up at TD camp from July 21-24
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.
Hustler baseball team has season cut short in 5-0 state play-in loss to Wilsonville
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.
Framing expert has spent a quarter century in the business
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 9, 2014.
Indigenous artists share insights with students
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.
“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.
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.
It may still be summer, but some young people are working for diplomas
Holds released on Columbia District vineyard
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.
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.
To the editor: In January, Department of Homeland Security solicited bids for vendor contracts to handle 65,000 unaccompanied alien children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DEAR DOCTOR K: I sometimes have dark, strong-smelling urine. Should I be concerned?
Tuesday, July 8
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.
Greg Walden serves as tour guide for top GOP leader
One of the best kept secrets in the gorge was Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner’s visit July 2 to several locations.
Wolves top list of subjects addressed at Dufur gathering
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden told ranchers from Wasco and Sherman counties July 3 that Oregon had been offered more wolves from Idaho.
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
School board could make decision on July 10
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.
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.
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.
Asks they be considered refugees
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.
The Dalles area June bridge report
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.
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
The Dalles baseball team loses semifinal contest 6-2 to Bend South
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.
Saturday, July 5
Fort Dalles Fourth celebrations, a photo gallery.
Crews from Mid Columbia Fire and Rescue and Dallesport fire stations quickly extinguished a brush fire on lower Mill Creek Saturday morning, July 5.
Thursday, July 3
The Oregon Digital Newspaper Program Archives at the University of Oregon features digital scans of newspapers from The Dalles.
Dinah-Moe-Hum and Kiwa Butte trails are now state scenic trails
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.
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.”
Public meetings calendar from July 5, 2014
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.
Ann Marie Guischer caps title season, top career as bigger challenges await at OIT
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:
Looking back at July 6, from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle.
SALEM (AP) — The man fired as leader of Oregon’s workers compensation agency after just three months on the job has filed notice that he plans to sue over his ouster.
Editorial cartoons from July 3, 2014
TD’s 11-12 in consolation after 8-6 loss to Bend No.
Two Little League squads net Wednesday at districts losses to squelch state hopes
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
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!
Nothing speaks to Americana and good old-fashioned patriotism like a small-town Independence Day celebration.
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.
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.
Arts and entertainment calendar from July 3, 2014.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 2, 2014.
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?
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.
Medal holders challenged to help military families
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.
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.
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?
DUFUR – One of Oregon’s oldest hotels, the Historic Balch Hotel, built in 1907, hosts a summer bluegrass concert series on its picturesque grounds.
Wednesday, July 2
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.
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.
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.
World War II staff sergeant was nicknamed ‘The Survivor’
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.
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
Round up the kids and head downtown because Fort Dalles Fourth has a day full of fun planned to celebrate Independence Day on Friday, July 4, centering on the Lewis and Clark Festival Park.
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.
Colorful, contemporary design greets guests at newest lodging
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.
Longview offense proves to be too much
Dufur basketball team playing top-flight hoops in off-season tournaments
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
Enjoy Family Fun Day at Fort Dalles Museum, Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free all day.
The Third Thursday Book Group meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month upstairs in the magazine corner.
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.
Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue is encouraging residents to choose a safe Fourth of July celebration by attending the professional fireworks display.
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.
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.
It isn’t enough to just advertise The Dalles as a good place to do business, there needs to be an active recruitment program, according to Nolan Young, city manager.
Japan research center accused of falsifying data
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from June 2, 2014.
Rain causes minimal damage to overall crop
Tuesday, July 1
Sockeye season also re-opens in July
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
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.
Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 1, 2014.
Legion team scores 34 runs in sweep over Prosser
The Dalles Little League All-Stars are putting up a tough fight in Hermiston
Editorial cartoons from July 1, 2014.
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.
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.
We can’t help being excited about the prospect of an art installation drawn from the mind of artist Maya Lin being located.
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.
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.)
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.
Cones become cash crop
Nonprofit events calendar from July 1, 2014.
The City of Rufus brings another year of Independence Day fun this Friday, July 4.
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.
PORTLAND — New mobile maps put the geology of Oregon’s volcanic peaks into the hands of hikers.
Retired Wasco County Extension Agent Ed Bonham may have left his working life behind, but he’s keeping his paintbrush close at hand.
Sherman County committee will decide if compensation is owed
With a report in hand saying its staffing should be at 25 employees, the Gorge Commission is fixing to go big when it makes its next budget requests to Oregon and Washington.
STERLING, Mass. (AP) — A rare Poitou (PWAH’-too) donkey has been born in Massachusetts.
First public hearing set for July
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.
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!