Stories for July 2014


Thursday, July 31

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Editorial cartoons from July 31

Editorial cartoons from July 31, 2014.

Letter to the editor: Divine judgment?

To the editor: I just finished reading a book written by a man who documented negative things we as a nation did to Israel. Every time we were negative, we had a bad weather issue: Katrina and Superstorm Sandy are only two of many. This makes me wonder about the million-plus acres of fires we are experiencing after we are rejoicing over pot issues and same-sex marriages.

Letter to the editor: Pondering questions

To the editor: I have been pondering a lot of questions. How can wolves be endangered when there are at least tens of thousands in existence? They’re not in my backyard (yet) so does that mean they’re endangered? Why would wolves maim so many sheep in the process of killing what they need to eat and what does wolf taste like anyway?

Letter to the editor: More to follow?

John Babikian, foreign partner of James Martin, The Dalles wine-in-a-glass guy, settled out-of-court this month for $3,730,000 with the SEC (Securities & Exchange Commission). The Martin/Babikian partnership operated from the city-owned Sunshine Mill property, at 901 E. 2nd Street, The Dalles, property Martin has the option to buy once his substantial city loans are repaid.

Letter to the editor: Thanks, fest folk

To the editor: As the Coordinator for The Dalles Main Street Program, I wanted to express my gratitude and appreciation for all the support we received for the Jammin’ July Street Fest earlier this month. It is incredible when an event such as this comes together through the hard work of many volunteers and support from local businesses, organizations, and individuals. Thank you very much!

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Editorial: The economic elephant

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

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One man caught up in his fantasy world

The good, bad and the ugly of fantasy sports approaches

Townsend breathing life into hoops

Riverhawk varsity coach announces training camp for boys on Aug. 10-14 in TD

Bands invited to apply for battle

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

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Arts and entertainment calendar, July 31

Arts and entertainment calendar from July 31, 2014.

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West Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths

Suffering in West Africa heightens

AstroGraph for July 31, 2014

Put past unpleasantness behind you. Rehashing former mistakes or disappointments will sap the energy you need to move forward. Hard work and a positive attitude are the best tools to help you move forward. Live in the moment and aim to build a brighter future.

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

Dear Mary: I sure hope you can help me. I’m at the end of my rope with the floor of our fiberglass shower. It’s stained and gross. I’ve wasted a lot of money on fiberglass cleaners but nothing works. I cannot afford to replace the shower, which is in excellent functional condition. Any suggestions? — Roy M., Utah

Ask Dr. K: A little about iodine and your thyroid gland

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?

For the record, July 31

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 31, 2014.

Antelope nets free emergency vehicles

Fire chief tracks down gear, equipment for rural station

D21 expands language arts

Officials aim for uniform class standards

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Grandpa’s Little Heroine

7-year-old Alyssa Whitwell makes the tough call when grandpa falls ill

Smoke ban is proposed for beaches in Oregon

BANDON — Proposed rules that would restrict smoking of tobacco products on the ocean shore recreation area will be open for public comment through Aug. 29. Comments will be taken by email and through a series of four public hearings in August.

Sheriff won't provide escorts in Wash. labor dispute

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.

Police: Clark Co. woman shoots, kills boyfriend

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.

Oregon public pension finances looking better

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 OKs Airbnb-type short-term rentals

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.

Oregon firefighter dies in fall while on break

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.

Free showers for homeless end at Seaside city pool

SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) — A 2-year-old voucher program that allowed homeless people to get free hot showers at the city pool in Seaside has come to an end because authorities are worried about risks to children and others who might be vulnerable.

Clark Co. to ask residents on 3rd Columbia bridge

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.

Man gets life in Silverton killing

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.

Salmon will only get more water if die-off starts

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.

Indictment details charges in fatal Creswell fire

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.

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Accessory in 2011 killing spree pleads guilty

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.

Ore. authorities search for missing man

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.

Searchers find no sign of missing Dundee woman

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) — It's been a week since 38-year-old Jennifer Huston of Dundee disappeared, and searchers are running out of leads.

Fire burns wood pellet business in Banks

BANKS, Oregon (AP) — A two-alarm fire has damaged the West Oregon Wood Products business in Banks, which makes pellets for wood stoves.

Eugene twins accused of child pornography jailed

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Eugene twin brothers Jody and Jacky Allard have been returned from Colorado where they were arrested in May as fugitives. The two 42-year-olds were lodged Wednesday in the Lane County Jail on felony child pornography charges.

Another week of heat forecast for Northwest

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 performs Aug. 5

The Charlie Brown Juggling Show will be at the Sherman County Public/School Library Tuesday, Aug. 5, 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, July 30

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Making a difference on the gridiron

Youth football offers fun, excitement for local youths from third-through-sixth grades

For the record, July 30

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 30, 2014.

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Adams Auto opens on W. 2nd

Maintenance is cheaper than repair, says owner

Word on the street: A new vintage for a vintage town

A good wine needs time to mature and so does a good city.

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Honored service

U.S. SEN. RON WYDEN, flanked by members of the Patriot Guard Riders, prepares to award USAF Lt. Colonel George Ruddell, seated with his wife Mavis, with the Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony at the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles July 26. See story on Ruddell, published in the Sunday, July 27, Chronicle. Mark B. Gibson photo

What's happening from July 30

Nonprofit events calendar from July 30, 2014.

Maryhill Museum features African art

African Art from the Mary Johnston Collection will open Aug. 9 at Maryhill Museum of Art.

Book group reads ‘The Giver’ in August

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.

Fourth missing Ethiopian athlete found in Washington

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.

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Driver sought over utility pole collision; $1,000 reward offered

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.

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Silo delivery

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

Longtime county agent Ed Bonham dies at 90

Bonham was also an art community stalwart

County sets two hearings for road taxing district

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.

City delays gas tax decision, meeting Aug. 14

Council will wait to hear county roads plan

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Lane Co. takes over thrift

Organization will still fund local services

AstroGraph for July 30, 2014

Inactivity will be your downfall this year. Make a point to keep moving ahead until you reach your goals. If you surround yourself with reliable and supportive people, you will be able to fulfill your dreams and achieve your desires. Participation will make a difference.

Everyday Cheapskate: A spice co-op that saves money and builds friendships

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!

Ask Dr. K: How you can treat and prevent athlete’s foot

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?

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Library newsletter and van schedule

Download August newsletter and van schedule for The Dalles Wasco County Public Library.

Comment period extended for plan to cull 16,000 cormorants from Columbia estuary

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.

Cheap dam fix brings ‘Incredible biological benefit'

Upper Columbia River sockeye salmon that have amazed in recent years with record returns to the Okanogan River system now have more room to roam with new access to an area where potentially more fish can rear, and keep those adult returns strong.

Columbia River fall salmon seasons kick off this Friday with Buoy 10 opener

1.5 million Chinook salmon predicted to return to the mouth of the Columbia this year could set a modern record.

Tuesday, July 29

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Editorial cartoons from July 29

Editorial cartoons from July 29, 2014

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All-around beatdown

From a solid pitching output by Dylon Jinkins in the first game, a heroic effort by injured ace Tyler Westin, to a semifinals comeback Saturday and an game-ending, state-title clinching acrobatic stab by catcher Denzel Arellano, there was nothing going to stop the 15U freight train known as The Dalles All Stars.

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The best view of the gorge

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

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China reports deadly attack

BEIJING— A mob armed with knives rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed on Islamic militants, state media reported Tuesday.

Tribal leaders say auto racing plan still alive

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.

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Shuttering coal at home, sending it abroad

BOARDMAN — The largest power plant in Oregon, the Boardman Coal Plant, sat idle one day earlier this summer, “cold steel” in industry parlance, its dirty power no longer wanted on an electricity grid that is becoming greener.

Senior news: Remembering the good ol’ days has benefits

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.

Letter to the editor: Where did the money go?

To the editor: So, the city has been charging extremely high fees for our water and sewer, all the while stating, for almost 40 years, that the reason rates have been raised continuously over that time, is due to the need for upgrading the system, then placing the increases into the general fund, to use for other purposes.

Letter to the editor: What’s happened?

To the editor: What is happening to our state and nation? Forest fires so terrible and why? Well, we have not taken care of our resources. We had to protect the spotted owl, we couldn’t cut down our trees. We lost most of our lumber mills. Can’t have clear cuts, can’t even clear out the diseased trees.

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Editorial: What price a cure?

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

Dream season is cut short

CG ‘AAA’ Hustlers lose two in Super Regional tourney

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For the record, July 29

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 29, 2014.

Megafloods will be featured Aug. 3

The Hood River County Library District and the Columbia Gorge Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute host Dr. Victor R. Baker from the University of Arizona for a presentation on Megafloods on Earth, Mars, and Beyond. The presentation will be in the Hood River Library Reading Room Saturday, Aug. 3 at 1 p.m.

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Shaniko Days returns Aug. 2

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

Drone almost blocks California firefighting planes

SHINGLE SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — A private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered efforts to attack the flames from the air, but firefighters made enough progress to allow most of the 1,200 people under evacuation orders to return home Monday.

Gorge panel mulls budget

Agency seeks more staff to fulfill mission

Group: no Fukushima radiation in Oregon

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.

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Carrico honored for heroism

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

City delays gas tax decision

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

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Summit home destroyed by fire

Resident was absent from home, lost everything to flames

AstroGraph for July 29, 2014

Don’t get so caught up in your daily routine that you lose sight of your goals. Re-establish your plans for the future and focus your energy on your talents and achievements. Be prepared to follow up on any opportunities that come your way.

Everyday Cheapskate: Is it a rebate or rip off?

You know what irks me? Rebates. Take the vacuum cleaner for example. I bought it because with the $30 rebate, the final price beat all the competition. And I’ll admit I was quite proud of myself when I crammed the receipt and rebate form into my purse. The problem is I completely forgot about it.

Ask Dr. K: Different cancers may need different treatments

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

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Editorial cartoons from July 26

Editorial cartoons from July 26, 2014

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US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

WASHINGTON — The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said “free-wheeling militia violence” prompted the move.

Letter to editor: Mothball Wicks?

To the editor: This is an open letter to our mayor and city council. I would like to see a feasibility study on the cost-benefit of mothballing Wicks Reservoir water treatment plant. I think the savings would be substantial. At present, our town isn’t using more than 6.5 million gallons per day, even during our driest, hottest days. That is why revenue projections aren’t being met, thus the yearly increases in our water rates.

Letter to the Editor: Sign solution

To the editor: I wrote this a year ago and it’s time to print it. The Dalles is the only town I have ever heard of that doesn’t want to allow yard sale signs. I think their rules are too anal. Some have said people who don’t pick up their signs after their sale should be fined. Why do we pay city employees to pick up signs during people’s sales, when they could pick them up afterward and issue a citation? That would generate money for the city.

Letter to Editor: Excellent care

To the editor: I have lived in the Columbia River Gorgeous for almost five decades now. From the beginning I have been impressed with the quality of the medical personnel here. God has truly blessed this community with people who have an excellent vision of what needs to be done for our citizens to provide the best health care possible. With very few exceptions I have found these people to be professional, knowledgeable and compassionate.

Editorial: Finding perspective amid calamity

Children killed in Gaza, the ebola epidemic in Africa, armed conflicts across the globe, drug cartel violence in Central America, catastrophic plane crashes, children forced on long trecks to escape violence and poverty in their own lands, political corruption and influence-peddling — every day the news brings word of more tragedy and calamity around the world.

Today in History, July 27

The Associated Press Today is Sunday, July 27, the 208th day of 2014. There are 157 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 27, 1974, the House Judiciary Committee voted 27-11 to adopt the first of three articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon, charging he had personally engaged in a course of conduct designed to obstruct justice in the Watergate case. (In the days that followed, the Committee also adopted articles accusing Nixon of abuse of power and contempt of Congress.)

Looking back on July 27

Looking back on July 27 in Wasco County, from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle.

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Riverhawks, Tribe clash for summer football

Alumni and current athletes play in 7-on-7 scrimmage

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Annihilation session continues

The Dalles 15U Babe Ruth Stars throttle both SRV squads on way to No. 1 seed

Governor issues oil train review

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

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Family faces tribal disenrollment

PORTLAND (AP) — An Oregon woman says 86 members of her family have been disenrolled from an American Indian tribe that operates the state’s largest tribal casino, as leaders review the tribe’s rolls and enforce new membership requirements.

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Sheriff: 300 homes burned in Washington wildfire

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.

City seeks commission volunteers

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

Extension cord: Read to stop the summer slide

Beware of the Summer Slide! Once upon a time, in the scorching days of July and August, kids would have to pour water on the scorching hot playground slide to avoid burns. Luckily, kids today have colorful, cooler, plastic slides, but kids today need to be wary of a different kind of “summer slide.”

OSU food preservation hotline open until Oct. 17

CORVALLIS. – As widespread interest in preserving local produce continues, the Oregon State University Extension Service will once again offer its summer food preservation and safety hotline for queries on proper canning techniques, safe recipes to follow and where to get pressure canner gauges tested in your area.

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A Fighting Ace

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

Friday, July 25

AstroGraph for July 25, 2014

Follow your instincts to a prosperous future. Plan a trip or redevelop an old goal or creative endeavor. People you encounter will be glad to lend you a helping hand on your journey upward. You are at a crossroads, and must prepare for new beginnings.

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

In my perfect world there would be no credit scores. And while I do not believe that credit is necessarily evil, in that perfect world of mine, there would be no need for any of that because it would be, well ... perfect! Back to reality. There are myriad reasons we need to have good credit histories and excellent credit scores.

Ask Dr. K: Arsenal of remedies can help children with allergies

DEAR DOCTOR K: My 7-year-old daughter suffers from allergies every spring and fall. What can I do?

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Pot may be legal, but homeowner agreements can ban

DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in some states — but the neighbors don't have to like it.

OSAA makes gridiron rule changes

Player safety is placed at the forefront of targeting, high hits

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Diamond sharks circling their prey

TD’s 15U Baseball team comes out swinging, pitching in two lopsided pool play wins

What's happening from July 25

Nonprofit events calendar from July 25, 2014

UTC Aerospace aids Heart of Hospice

UTC Aerospace Systems selected the Heart of Hospice Foundation as its quarterly charity from proceeds of the Hood to River Relay Race.

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Eight photos selected in parenting education contest

Eight photos have been selected as winners of the Columbia Gorge Parenting Education Awareness photo contest.

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Harvest Home Stretch

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

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Dog’s double disappearance raises questions of cruel theft

The apparent abduction, return and second abduction of a Labrador retriever has left her Sevenmile Hill owners at once stymied and distressed.

For the record, July 25

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 25, 2014.

Lightning caused small fires, quickly extinguished

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.

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Langer heads to Distinguished Young Women competition in Salem

Wasco County winner aims for forensics career

Thursday, July 24

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Editorial cartoons from July 24

Editorial cartoons from July 24, 2014.

‘AAA’ Hustlers prepped for Super Regional

Legion squad ready to show heart at tourney in Dallas

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15U All-Stars are on a mission

Babe Ruth baseball team ready to take on all challengers at state event in Ontario

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New lightning fires arise

Not clear how many new starts may grow into large fires.

Letter to the editor: Unanswered

To the editor: I have been a plumber in this community for over 50 years. I know we need to have good sewer and water systems and keep rates affordable for business and our citizens, particularly those on fixed incomes. In the recent Chronicle article, our city manager admitted that our water and sewer rates are “some of the highest in Oregon.” He failed to mention that these already high rates are scheduled to go even higher and higher over the next several years.

Letter to the editor: Good neighbor

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

Letter to the editor: Cheaper then bottled water

To the editor: I offer a different comparison from your “Rates…” article. Just for illustration, I chose The Dalles, $0.00526 per gallon for the first 10,000 gallons. The next best price alternative is to purchase water from a grocery at $0.432 per pint or $3.42 per gallon.

Letter to the editor: A big waste

To the editor: In response to the “Where’s the Pride?” letter to the editor printed Tuesday, July 22, I would like to point out that keeping lawns lush and green throughout the summer season requires massive amounts of water — especially when it is as hot and dry outside as it has been. It is completely understandable that many folks are choosing to conserve water rather than to boast lush lawns nowadays, both for the sake of their pocketbooks and the environment.

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Editorial: Feds effectively limit timber industry

The Oregon Department of Forestry’s annual report on timber production shows the need to increase logging on federal lands.

Columbia Arts celebrates the wild river gorge

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

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Arts and entertainment, July 24

Arts and entertainment calendar from July 24, 2014.

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Feeding time

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

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Puddles in July

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

Mounsey arraigned on Measure 11 charges

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.

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Medicaid enrollees strain Oregon system

PORTLAND — Low-income Oregon residents were supposed to be big winners after the state expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul and created a new system to improve the care they received. But an Associated Press review shows that an unexpected rush of enrollees has strained the capacity of the revamped network that was endorsed as a potential national model, locking out some patients, forcing others to wait months for medical appointments and prompting a spike in emergency room visits, which state officials had been actively seeking to avoid.

For the record, July 24

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from july 24, 2014.

Unwelcome guest lingers in Grass Valley area

Cougar has been ‘hanging out’ since July 16 sighting

Pool work gets under way

Despite delay, deadline is still set at July 2015

Bee results awaited

PORTLAND (AP) — The mystery of the dead honeybees in Clackamas County will take a little longer to solve. The Oregon Department of Agriculture says it collected dead bees from four locations to screen for pesticides, but has yet to test them because the lab is backed up with other projects. Agency spokesman Bruce Pokarney told the Statesman Journal newspaper that tests results might be ready within the next couple of weeks.

Jihadis destroy ancient mosque

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

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Israeli fire hits UN facility in Gaza, killing 15

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside, Palestinian officials said, as Israel pressed forward with its 17-day war against the territory's Hamas rulers.

AstroGraph for July 24, 2014

You have what it takes to move forward positively, but you are inclined to let self-doubt and insecurity stand between you and victory. Trust your intuition to help you discover trends that will help attract interest and attention to your ideas.

Everyday Cheapskate: 7 fabulous ways to use up leftover bread

Who doesn’t wince at the thought of throwing food in the garbage that is slightly past its prime? Take bread for instance. It’s no longer fresh. So what can you really do with leftover bread, rolls or baguettes that will turn them into something great, almost if by magic? Here’s the secret: Grilling, toasting, baking or frying will give bread a second yummy life. In fact, the following are all best when the bread is not fresh. You’ll be amazed.

Ask Dr. K: Optical and computer aids help those with poor vision

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

Rodeo golf tourney a success

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

Youth softball takes 4th at regional

12U squad shows vast improvements in all phases for solid finish in Roseburg

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Hospitality U aims for service

Training can help with tourism and customer retention, says chamber head

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Carroll reopens The Dalles’ Chocolate Lab shop

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.

Word on the street: Stay cool, stay warm and honor business

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.

What's happening from July 23

Nonprofit events calendar from July 23, 2014.

Buck Brush Bramble tees off August 19

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.

AstroGraph for July 23, 2014

Your keen interest in helping others will come to the forefront this year. You will have to decide which among many possibilities will be the most effective and valuable. By developing a friendship with someone older, you will gain knowledge, expertise and profound perception.

Arlington Chamber hosts annual car show July 26

The Arlington Community Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Annual Arlington Show ‘n’ Shine Car Show Saturday, July 26.

Everyday Cheapskate: Novel ideas to make cooking fun and rewarding

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.

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‘Soap,’ a one-act ‘tragicomedy’ premiers Thursday

“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.”

Ask Dr. K: Treatments for actinic keratosis rarely leave scars

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?

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Community School seeks books

New project aims to promote community literacy

Gorge panel seeks halt to oil trains

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

City considers ship docking fee

Flat fee would redeem operating costs

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Shaniko Butte fire sees rain gain

Authorities watch for lightning-sparked fires as fuel dries.

Shaniko Butte Fire update; 75 percent contained

The Shaniko Butte Fire received a quarter-inch of rain on Tuesday afternoon from a thunderstorm that also produced a powerful display of lightning and thunder. 900 strikes were detected on and near the Warm Springs Reservation. Firefighters will be on the lookout today and throughout the week for possible “sleeper” fires from lightning strikes that begin to show up when the fuels start drying out.

Tuesday, July 22

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TD Babe Ruth 14U All Stars take third place

Baseball team defeats Salem/Keizer 11-4 in finale

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Rodeo hits the final frontier

R.J. Hicks scores late run for first in bull riding; Casey Maddox is tops in saddle bronc

Hillsboro hit by pastry prankster

HILLSBORO (AP) — There’s mischief afoot in one suburban Portland neighborhood, but police say it doesn’t involve the typical spray paint or broken windows. No, we’re talking pastry here — maple bars smeared on cars, doughnuts left atop windshield wipers, pastries littering a yard.

Eugene hosts IAAF World Junior championships

Trayvon Bromell is making bold predictions for the junior world track championships this week.

Raid targets pot grows on California tribal land

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

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Cooler weather aids crews fighting Washington fires

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters and local authorities are heartened by weather forecasts that call for cooler temperatures and higher humidity as they battle a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles in Washington state and is the largest in state history.

Senior news: Being realistic isn't giving up

Do we always have to act our age? Do we really have to stop dressing up for Halloween, or drawing with watercolors and crayons? Or telling corny jokes we have all heard several times before (but still find amusing)? If you are 92, should you really climb under the house when your wife is afraid she will have to call 911 to pull you out? (I don’t think you really want to be the opening segment on the Channel 6 news: “Stubborn Geezer in over his head.”)

Personal items recovered from Oso mudslide

OSO, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of pieces of personal property have been recovered from the site of the March 22 mudslide near Oso.

For the record, July 22

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 22, 2014.

Letter to the editor: Insult to tribes

To the editor: As an addict of early American history and author of historical western novels, I’ve been researching past culture and lifestyles of the local Native American tribes and clans. This led me to the Wish-Ham Tribal cemetery near Dallesport. Photographing some of the remarkably beautiful headstones, I was also perplexed by a large concrete slab fronting the westerly portion of the property.

Letter to the editor: Have some pride

To the editor: What happened to The Dalles’ sense of pride? We are selling our parents’ home on East 11th Street. Even though it is for sale, we still water and mow the yard. With the extreme hot weather it is difficult, but not impossible. It only takes a small amount of time to weed and water.

Letter to the editor: Wake up about wolves

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.

Letter to the editor: Great turnout

To the editor: The first annual community worship service/free barbeque held at Sorosis Park as part of the Ft. Dalles Days activities exceeded my expectations. I had hoped for an attendance of 200, but was amazed that over 300 attended both activities.

Letter to the editor: More to issue

To the editor: The Chronicle reprinted a typical editorial cartoon illustrating the popular media bias against firearms. The cartoon, using an extremely over simplified view of statistics, followed the agenda so popular with those oft-labeled “Liberals.”

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Editorial cartoons from July 22

Editorial cartoons from July 22, 2014.

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Editorial: A Habitat landmark

The 20th Habitat for Humanity house in The Dalles area is now under construction on East 12th Street.

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Israeli soldier missing as Gaza fighting rages on

JERUSALEM — An Israeli soldier is missing following a deadly battle in the Gaza Strip, a defense official said Tuesday, as Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of locations along the coastal area and diplomatic efforts intensified to end the two week war that has killed more than 600 Palestinians and 29 Israelis.

Jones scholarship focuses on sobriety

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

Oregon paid $68,000 to fired Cover Oregon exec

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.

Suspect runs into police academy

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

Obamacare hit by ruling, subsidies continue

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court delivered a potentially serious setback to President Barack Obama’s health care law Tuesday, imperiling billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.

Progress made on five fires

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

Navarro arraigned for camp shooting

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

Rape suspect arrested

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

AstroGraph for July 22, 2014

You will find success if you think and act for yourself. You have what it takes to become successful, but you must be diligent regarding a tight budget. Finding new outlets for your skills will be rewarding and can result in added income.

Everyday Cheapskate: My four-ounce travel buddy

Air travel is not what it used to be. Having flown 1.5 million miles in the past 20 years, I’ve seen things go from enjoyable to downright challenging. I’ve had to learn a few lessons the hard way, but learn them I have. Because of the things I’ve witnessed on airplanes, in airports, taxis, subways and hotels, I’ve gone from being a passive passenger to a purpose-driven traveler.

Ask Dr. K: Skin damage caused by sun

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?

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Habitat groups merge

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

Oregon Dept. of Forestry statewide fire update

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:

Shaniko Butte fire update; fire activity minimal

The Level 2 Notification for residences near Dant has been fully removed, as has the Level 1 Notification for residences along Road S-300 near Simnasho. Under the authority of the Wasco County Sheriff, residences in the Kaskella area will temporarily remain on a Level 1 Notification because of the recent burnout operation immediately to their west.

Sunday, July 20

Evacuation levels increase in Warm Springs tribal areas

Logging Unit Fires complex near Warm Springs, Highway 26 now at 7,328 acres. Updated information from Sunday, July 20.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream, at Maryhill

Photographs from A Midsummers Night Dream at Maryhill Museum Saturday, July 19. Photos by Mark B. Gibson.

Deschutes River reopened to rafting

Public safety has been our primary priority during the Shaniko Butte Fire. While firefighting activities continue, danger to the river corridor has diminished significantly. We are pleased to announce that it is now safe to reopen the Deschutes River corridor, from Trout Creek to Long Bend, to rafting and other recreational activities, beginning tomorrow morning, Sunday, July 20, at 6:00 a.m. The rest of the river also remains open.

Saturday, July 19

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Editorial cartoon from July 20

Editorial cartoon from July 20, 2014.

Unease in Congress, region over Obama Afghan plan

WASHINGTON — Afghanistan’s disputed election and Iraq’s unraveling are giving members of Congress and U.S. allies in the region reason to think President Barack should rethink his decision to withdraw virtually all Americans troops from Afghanistan by the close of 2016.

Ukraine says Russia helping destroy crash evidence

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.

Polk County sheriff’s sgt. killed in crash

SALEM (AP) — Salem police say a Polk County, Oregon, sheriff’s sergeant has died in a traffic crash on state Highway 22.

Trash-to-electricity project to double capacity

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.

Oregon contractor pleads guilty to defrauding US

Kustom Products sold defective Kiowa parts

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Richardson, Kitzhaber debate before publishers

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.

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

The Dalles 14U All Stars picked up two more wins and secured one of the top-2 seeds heading into Saturday’s bracket round in Babe Ruth state tournament baseball play Friday at David Douglas High School in Portland.

Jewelry ban is lifted by OSAA

Aspects also include changes to throwing and jumping

McCall game-winner leads ‘AAA’ Hustlers

Nolan McCall hit a walk-off, two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning, as the Columbia Gorge ‘AAA’ Hustlers came back from a 7-6 deficit to defeat Champion Baseball 8-7 in a nine-inning American Legion baseball matchup Thursday at Quinton Street Ballpark.

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Final slots coming down to the wire

Friday night marked a shuffle fest in the standings, as two new leaders took the mantle in the steer wrestling and team roping events and Mike Sparks still has a lead in the bull riding division on the second-to-last evening of action at the 49th Rough and Wild Fort Dalles Rodeo at Milt Tumilson Arena.

Today in history, July 20

Today in history, July 20, 2014.

Looking back, July 20

Looking back on July 20, from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle.

Mayor's corner: Can-do attitude happening here in river city

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.

Letter to the editor: Mystified

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

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Editorial: Sharpen pencils, then we’ll talk

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.

What's happening from July 20

Nonprofit event calendar from July 20, 2014.

Funds needed for school supplies

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

Familiar faces at new school

Visitors to the upcoming open houses at Columbia Lutheran School (CLS) will see a familiar face, Mr. Doug Radliff.

Cellular Connection gives backpacks

The Dalles will be part of a national backpack giveaway campaign.

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Firefighters make progress on Shaniko Butte Fire and near Maupin

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.

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Ditch Walker: Water is gold, here

Sam Cobb keeps track of every drop allocated from the Rock Creek Reservoir.

Chronicle wins seven at state news event

The Dalles Chronicle captured seven news awards at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association annual conference in Salem Friday, including a first place in best sports story for “Honoring ‘the best of them all’,” about the late Al Morrison’s role in the sports community by Ray Rodriguez.

Damage from Washington wildfires ‘hard to believe’

PATEROS, Wash. — Residents strolled through the smoldering rubble of their neighborhoods, some wearing surgical masks to protect their lungs from the smoke and ash lingering in the air of the riverside community they call “Paterodise.”

South County: Road proposal too costly

Residents of Maupin and greater south Wasco County told the Wasco County Board of Commissioners the cost of a proposed roads service district tax was too high and paying for it shouldn’t rest on rural and small-town shoulders alone.

Friday, July 18

Everyday Cheapskate: Tax refund: not a good thing

A friend of mine is the comptroller of a small corporation. As such, she is required to handle all aspects of that company’s finances including payroll. She takes the opportunity to figure and tweak the withholding from her own paycheck to reach her goal of neither owing taxes nor being due a refund on April 15.

AstroGraph for July 18, 2014

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

Ask Dr. K: New treatments hold promise for those with Hepatitis C

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?

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Moro sends mission to Mexico

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

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Who is to blame? Crash investigators face struggle

LONDON (AP) — To figure out why a Malaysian jetliner fell from the sky, investigators will use the wreckage of any missile found to determine where it came from and who fired it, experts said Friday. That may be easier said than done in the middle of a war zone.

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Chalk the Block announces event winners

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.

What's happening from July 18

Nonprofit events calendar from July 18

Locals take hold of yoga classes

Going through everyday life brings its share of stress and anxiety, but yoga instructor Bert Wyatt has the perfect solution for those going through the ails with yoga classes every month with another free session scheduled from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Pure Yoga, owned by Shannon Red Cloud, located on 102 East 2nd Street in The Dalles.

Settlement displeases Portland Mayor Hale

PORTLAND (AP) — Though he signed the document, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales says he’s not happy with the settlement that ended the city’s legal battle with police Capt. Mark Kruger. Back In 1999, Kruger posted a plaque in a city park that honored Nazi-era German soldiers.

Portland man dies in base jump

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

Former police chief sues Prineville

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

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New map shows earthquake risk increase

New map dials up hazard for Ore., 15 states

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Study shows The Dalles has highest water and sewer rates in Eastern Oregon

Hermiston study of sewer and water rates among cities of comparative size show The Dalles has highest "average" rates for sewer and water.

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Cowboys are making every moment count

Mike Sparlus only bull rider to notch score on Thursday

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Off to a rousing start

Babe Ruth 14U All Stars rap out 54 hits, 50 runs in two pool play blowouts at state

Smoke presents health dangers

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

Massive wildfire burns homes, leads to evacuations

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.

More evacuations advised as Oregon wildfires grow

GRANTS PASS — Two different lightning-sparked wildfires grew quickly in hot and dry conditions in central Oregon on Thursday, prompting evacuation alerts.

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Fires cause road, river closures

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

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Shaniko Butte wildfire forces closure of Lower Deschutes

Central Oregon – The Shaniko Butte Fire was very active on Wednesday, growing to approximately 18,000 acres – and the wind and fire never let up through the night. This morning the fire made a run toward the Lower Deschutes River near the small community of Dant, and the west edge of the river.

Thursday, July 17

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Editorial cartoons from July 17

Editorial cartoons from July 17, 2014

Princess pleads on cockfighting

Gambling plea dismisses animal fighting charges

The Dalles prepares gas tax measure for ballot

Council will review ballot language July 28

Separatist rebels deny shooting down airliner

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.

Putin: US sanctions hurt bilateral ties, US firms

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday lamented the latest round of U.S. sanctions against Russia, saying they will stalemate bilateral relations and hurt not only Russian but also American businesses.

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Families tell of horrors at raided Mexican shelter

ZAMORA, Mexico— Relatives of youths rescued by police from a refuse-strewn group home where employees allegedly beat and raped residents are telling of how they tried to remove their loved ones, only to be met with demands for thousands of dollars for their release.

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Cowboys off to a flying start at slack event

Berryrose nets a 2.1 in breakaway roping event during rodeo

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Sandbaggers make it a four-peat

Adult co-ed softball team caps successful season with 13-4 victory over Zim’s

Letter to the editor: Chili event great

To the editor: On behalf of all the families we have cared for and those who will come into our care in the future, we want to thank Maggie and Johna at Columbia Gorge Insurance for all the hard work they exerted last Friday on behalf of Providence Hospice of the Gorge Children’s Grief Groups.

Letter to the editor: No consideration

To the editor: (Edited for length.) About a year ago I decided I wouldn’t write to The Chronicle because, even though several citizens expressed agreement with my views, nothing changed at City Hall. Our leaders continue to be incapable of sorting out which projects are absolutely necessary from those that are truly needed but not absolutely necessary and those which simply would be nice.

Letter to the editor: Seeking descendants

To the editor: (Edited for length.) In the summer of 1921, an incident occurred in the Hood River valley which attracted attention, making the front page of the Hood River News, the Portland Oregonian and a Boise Idaho newspaper.

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Editorial: Wake-up call on assaults

The University of Oregon’s inept, slow-motion initial response to a student’s allegations of sexual assault against three UO basketball players is part of a national pattern: Many U.S. colleges and universities fall short in how they investigate and resolve such claims.

Odell hosts Hood River County Fair

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

Arts and entertainment, July 17

Arts and entertainment calendar from July 17, 2014

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Fort Dalles Days weekend events

The final weekend of Fort Dalles Days brings plenty of activities to appeal to a wide range of interests.

Chronicle to stream governor debate

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

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Structure damaged in Dallesport fire

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.

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Containment nears on White River Canyon fire

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

AstroGraph for July 17, 2014

Put your best effort into your pursuits in order to rise above the competition. Refuse to let an unsettled situation curb your productivity. Focus on the positive, take the path of least resistance and find success in all of life’s detours.

Everyday Cheapskate: Divorce decree statement means nothing to the IRS

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.

Ask Dr. K: Pacemaker is treatment for damaged sinus node

DEAR DOCTOR K: My doctor says I have “sick sinus syndrome.” What is it?

Winds fan Washington wildfire, threaten homes

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Residents of hundreds of homes were urged to evacuate Wednesday as a wind-driven central Washington wildfire raced through heavy timber, sending up a towering column of smoke. Residents of 860 homes have been told they should leave immediately, fire spokesman Rick Acosta said Wednesday night. A Chelan County emergency management spokeswoman said earlier that another 800 homes were less seriously threatened.

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Multiple fires burn in Oregon

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A highway through the Ochoco Mountains of central Oregon remains closed by a wildfire, but the threat to about 10 scattered homes and ranches eased. Fire officials said Wednesday the Bailey Butte fire — part of the Waterman Complex — had burned more than 2,000 acres west of Mitchell and was moving south into the Ochoco National Forest.

Oregon governor John Kitzhaber declares fire emergency

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

Democrats press for free contraception for women

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an election-year pitch to female voters, Democrats on Wednesday pressed for legislation that would restore free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies that object on religious grounds.

Swastika put on Jewish mailbox

EUGENE (AP) — Eugene police are investigating swastikas that were found painted onto mailboxes near a Jewish fraternity near the University of Oregon. The Register-Guard says the mailbox belongs to a neighboring apartment complex but directly faces the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.

Man admits aiming laser at planes

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

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Babe Ruth 13U All Stars ready for the big stage

Coach David Hough has top talent to display

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TD Dance squad opens some eyes

Alejandra Pena named Miss Thunderbird at annual camp

For the record, July 16

Police, fire, medical and lottery report from July 16, 2014.

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CR Affordable Portables opens

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.

SAIF returns $8.5 million to businesses

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

Word on the street: A growing need for adult care

A prime example: When Oregon Department of Human Services wanted to recruit new adult foster home providers to meet the growing demand for these services, it’s no surpise they turned to Mary Alva of The Dalles. Alva has been in the business since 2000 and owns two local adult foster homes, Mary Alva Senior Class I and Mary Alva Senior Class II.

What's happening from July 16

Nonprofit events calendar from July 16, 2014.

Librarian announces September retirement

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.

Exchange students seek host families

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

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Mt. Adams hiking day set for Aug. 9

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

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Review: Systematic errors led to Washington bridge collapse

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Insufficient route planning, a distracted pilot driver and an inadequate permitting process by the state of Washington all played a part in last year’s Interstate 5 bridge collapse north of Seattle, which sent two cars into a river below, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.

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Chilling Out

Law enforcement officers join Cold Water Challenge to honor fallen colleagues

Noisy Gypsy removal backfires

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

Wildfire patrols continue

Barlow district sees eight fires

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Suspect arrested in camp shooting

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

AstroGraph for July 16, 2014

It’s time to spread your wings and fly. Put your knowledge to good use by delving into new territories and taking advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Sticking to your normal routine will not help you achieve your desires. Don’t fear change.

Everyday Cheapskate: Chicken labeling: prepare to be surprised

If you’ve ever stood in the supermarket wondering if paying more for chicken that is free-range, antibiotic-free, no hormones added, farm-raised, natural and organic makes you a better person, you are not alone. Recently, as I was doubting myself on my chicken choices, I decided to get to the bottom of what all of this really means. It’s not at all what I thought.

Ask Dr. K: Heart disease risk is not based on cholesterol alone

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?

Cherry Garcia for All

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

Tuesday, July 15

AstroGraph for July 15, 2014

Your reluctance to admit defeat will be a boon this year. You can convince others to help you meet your objectives if you share your innovative ideas and are steadfast in your pursuits. The future looks bright — all you have to do is participate.

Everyday Cheapskate: Carpet the garden and other clever reader tips

NO MORE WEEDS. Some years ago we decided to set out 18 tomato plants and — wouldn’t you know it? — the area we chose for the garden was covered with millions of tiny weeds. Preparation of the soil appeared to be overwhelming. In a moment of amazing creativity, we decided to cover the area with an old piece of carpeting, weeds and all. We made 18 3-inch cross cuts, one for each plant. We lifted each cut, dug a hole beneath and set the plants. We had a very colorful tomato patch (the carpet was yellow), vigorous plant growth and gorgeous easy-to-harvest tomatoes. Even during dry months, our tomatoes grew and produced remarkable yields with hardly a weed. Since then we’ve used old carpeting for our strawberries, too. — Dolores B., Illinois

Ask Dr. K: Heart attacks during sex are highly unlikely

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?

Northwest news in brief

Wheeler County Sheriff Chris Humphreys said late Monday night that the Bailey Butte fire has burned across about 800 acres in an area where the Ochoco National Forest meets rangeland. He says local fire departments are protecting homes and so far no residences have burned.

Seattle council enacts new rideshare car rules

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.

Drought causes irrigators to run short of water

NYSSA (AP) — In the third year of a drought, reservoirs in far Eastern Oregon are low.

Oregon nears goal for school minority hiring

PORTLAND (AP) — State officials set a goal of adding 10 percent more minority principals and school administrators by 2015

Typhoon slams into Philippines; thousands evacuate

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A typhoon slammed into the northeastern Philippines late Tuesday night, flooding low-lying villages, ripping off roofs and knocking down trees and electric posts in a disaster-prone region where tens of thousands of people fled to safety ahead of the deluge.

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Egyptian truce plan unravels after new fighting

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — An Egyptian truce proposal for the conflict in Gaza quickly unraveled Tuesday, after the Islamic militant Hamas rejected the plan, Gaza militants fired scores of rockets at Israel and Israel responded with more than a dozen air strikes.

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TD Stars poised to place a stamp on history

14U Babe Ruth squad has talent across the board

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TD attacks district like wild pirahna

15U Babe Ruth team outscores opponents 39-1 in three wins for the title

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Editorial cartoons from July 15

Editorial cartoons from July 15, 2014.

Letter to the editor: Share the streets

To the editor: Banning skateboarding on all city streets is impractical. The reckless actions of a few skaters should not mean that all skaters be banned from city streets. Portland’s City Ordinance 20.12.205 is an example of a safe alternative, allowing skaters and motorists to share the streets.

Letter to the editor: Report cruelty

To the editor: Animal cruelty and neglect are serious, senseless crimes and almost always lead to child abuse or domestic violence.

Letter to the editor: Kudos, Butch

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

Letter to the editor: Caution with card

To the editor: I just wanted to give a warning to anyone using their debit card at a drive up fast food restaurant. Don’t! Once you hand the card to someone at the pay window, and you can’t see what they are doing with it; it can be copied and used.

Letter to the editor: Plenty to offer

To the editor: First a shout out to the committee that raised firework funds for our city and the businesses that contributed to this awesome occasion. Could this be a start up of rebuilding our city? I hope so, it was spectacular.

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Editorial: Gathering at the river

Fort Dalles Days is officially in full swing this week, having kicked off (and we do mean kick) Friday evening with a chili cook-off at The Mint, followed by the big downtown shindig, Jammin’ July Street Fest July 12. Sweltering heat or not, this event always brings big crowds into downtown The Dalles with plenty of music, an old-fashioned shoot-out, some good-natured competition (via chalk and microphones) and plenty of food and libations.

Body of missing rafter found on Klickitat River

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.

For the record, July 15

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 15, 2014.

What's happening from July 15

Nonprofit events calendar from July 15, 2014.

Expect traffic delays at Biggs this week, 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

KERR Contractors is building a modernization project at the Biggs Junction Interchange, which will cause some rerouting at the interchange this week.

Two local farms to get Century Farm status

SALEM — Wasco County’s Emerson Dell Farm, owned by Joanne Emerson Brewer, and Sherman County’s Fairview Ranch, owned by Larry Thompson and Janet Moulds, will be among those to be awarded Century Farm status in an annual awards ceremony at the Oregon State Fair this year.

Military’s tobacco discount: Up in smoke

WASHINGTON (AP) — The familiar image of a battle-hardened member of the military smoking a cigarette may become a little less common.

Hot cars present a danger to pets left inside

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.

Emergency manager: Sign up now for emergency alerts

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.

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Lightning sparks regional fires

White River Canyon blaze continues while others are quickly extinguished UPDATE July 15, 2014.

Rural shooting injures one

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting Sunday evening at a labor camp on Pleasant Ridge Road.

Monday, July 14

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Lightning sparks mulitple fires in region

Oregon fire officials estimated that about 3,400 lightning strikes occurred across the region Sunday and started dozens of fires, mostly small but some sparked fires that are threatening homes on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.

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Photographs from Jammin July Street Festival

Photographs from the Jammin July Street Festival, July 11, 2014. All photographs by Mark B. Gibson

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Photographs from King Midas and the Golden Touch

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

Photographs from the Dallesport Fire, July 13

Crews from the Dallesport Fire Department extinguish a blaze between The Dalles Airport and Highway 14 Sunday afternoon. It was one of several fires started by a rash of lighning strikes in the area. All photos Mark B. Gibson

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

Fire crews in Dallesport and Wishram worked to contain three fires Sunday afternoon, with both stations going to second alarm status. In Dallesport, lightning struck a power pole between The Dalles Airport and Highway 14, sparking a blaze that was spread quickly by strong winds. The White River Fire has burned approximately 570 acres of mixed conifer forests, oak woodland, and grass savannahs in the White River Canyon, 12 miles west of Tygh Valley. (The acreage change from the afternoon update of 750 acres is due to better mapping.) No structures are immediately threatened by the fire, but there are widely scattered homes, cabins, and other structures around the fire’s fringe. The nearest community is Pine Grove, approximately 2.5 miles south of the fire.

Saturday, July 12

July 13 in history

Today is Sunday, July 13, the 194th day of 2014. There are 171 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 13, 1939, Frank Sinatra made his first commercial recording, “From the Bottom of My Heart” and “Melancholy Mood,” with Harry James and his Orchestra for the Brunswick label.

Looking back on July 13

Looking back on July 13, in the archives of The Dalles Chronicle.

Public meeting schedule from July 13

Public meeting schedule from July 13, 2014.

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Science corner: Why is the sky blue?

With summer weather and clear skies back again, I’ve been thinking about a timeless childhood question: Why is the sky blue?

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Klaas’ Eagle leads TD golfers

Youth PGA squad takes control to beat HR by a 9-6 count

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Harriers blast off at Rocket run

Charlie Remington wins 10k men’s race, Erin Ford tops in women’s 10k division

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Editorial cartoons from July 13

Editorial cartoons from July 13, 2014.

Letter to the editor: Than you, farmers

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

Letter to the editor: No vote for city

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

Editorial: Their lives, our problem

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

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.

What's happening from July 13

Nonprofit events calendar from July 13, 2014.

Eastern Oregon University hosts open houses

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.

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Extension cord: Runners set out from college to tout health

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.

Gas tax before The Dalles city council Monday

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.

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Israeli bombing turns Gaza into ghost town

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

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Hansen's View: Northwest modernist sculptor helped preserve gorge heritage

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.

Crews battle Washington fire

Central Washington blaze threatens 200 homes

Free Class on Cupcake Decorating, July 18 in Moro

Cupcakes are all the rage these days for kids and adults! Sign your kids up for a free class on cupcake decorating, and they can come up with their own amazing, edible creations. Taught by 4-H mom, DeeAnn Ramos, the class will be held Friday, July 18 from 1pm to 3pm at the OSU Extension Office in Moro. Spots are limited, so call the Extension Office to register 541-565-3230.

U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service launches sage-grouse website

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.

Rain, not temperatures, may be key to bird adaptation to climate change in Northweast

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.

Study examines how nearby roads reduce habitat, rearing quality for salmonids

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.

Plenty of sockeye for spawning grounds, bag limits go way up above Priest Rapids

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.

Sockeye run edging toward record-smashing 600,000 fish; Most headed for Okanogan Basin

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

AstroGraph for July 11, 2014

Take a moment to review your past and present before pursuing the future. You have too much on your plate, and you must channel your energy in the direction that makes the most sense. Modify your schedule and remain focused on your dreams.

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

I don’t really have a mailbag, but it would be fun if I did. What I do have is a file named ECMailbag. That’s where I save all of the questions and letters that you, my dear readers, send to me. I just don’t have the time to respond personally, so I love it when once each week I get to respond to your questions here.

Ask Dr. K: New knowledge can ease ulcerative colitis

DEAR DOCTOR K: I've recently been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. What causes it, and how is it treated?

15U Stars primed for district title

Saturday, The Dalles 15U Babe Ruth All Stars will take its first step toward a possible date with destiny at the World Series in Longview, Wash. from Aug. 20-27. In order to do so, the team, coached by Sean Herriges and assistants Mike Wilbur and Kenny Harris, will need to claim championships at state and regionals in successive weeks.

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Crush claws way to fifth at state

12U softball team chalks up a 2-3 record at ASA Softball Tournament in Albany

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Berry: In its infancy, UAV industry offers opportunity

CEO: Northwest offers opportunity in unmanned flight

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Battle lines form over bladderpod

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

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Board approves school logo

The final logo design for The Dalles High School Riverhawks was approved by the District 21 School Board July 10.

Over 100 killed in Gaza as rockets fall on Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian death toll from Israel’s massive air campaign in Gaza topped 100 people Friday as rockets fired by militants reached deeper into Israel — and for the first time in the fighting, struck from neighboring Lebanon.

For the record, July 11

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 11, 2014.

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Iraqi Kurds take over two oil fields

BAGHDAD — Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday, Iraq’s Oil Ministry said, the latest move in a deepening a dispute with the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Oil Ministry spokesman Assem Jihad denounced the takeover of the Bai Hassan and Kirkuk oil fields as “a violation to the constitution” and warned that it poses “a threat to national unity.” He said Kurdish troops moved in and expelled local workers from the two sites. The seizure of the fields could accelerate the unraveling of already worsening relations between the Kurdish autonomy zone in the north and Iraq’s central government. The spat is one of the ripple effects of the Sunni militant offensive that overran much of northern and western Iraq last month, plunging the country into its worst crisis since the last U.S. troops left in 2011.

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What's happening from July 11

Nonprofit events calendar from July 11, 2014.

Talk centers on cataclysmic floods

Ancient Cataclysmic Floods were the Ice Age Floods that preceded the Missoula Floods in the Pacific Northwest. Ancient Cataclysmic flooding initiated in the Early Pleistocene. Erika Medley and Scott Burns (Department of Geology, Portland State University) studied a total of 29 ancient cataclysmic flood sites, visiting all 14 previously studied ancient sites and four Missoula Flood quarries. They also found 11 new sites.

Kiteboarders ride for cancer this weekend

Hood River — Hundreds of kiteboarders will “shred” the Columbia River for a good cause Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13.

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Israel trip is life changing for visitors

Group travels grueling path seeking insight

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Get Rough and Wild at the Fort Dalles Pro Rodeo

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.

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A relic of rodeos past

A prized possession from rodeos past is returning this year to the Fort Dalles Rodeo Association.

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Fort Dalles Days brings 10 days full of fun

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.

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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.

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Jammin’ July brings a street full of fun July 12

A new beer and wine garden for Jammin’ July is planned near the Maison de Glace winery featuring wines from Maison, 15 Mile and Sunshine wineries. The Skyline Grill and Taco del Mar will have food trucks there and the Band Sucker Punch will play.

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House chairman: $3.7 billion request 'too much'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency request for the border crisis is too big and the House won't approve it, the chairman of the House committee that controls spending said Friday. "It's too much money. We don't need it," Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., told reporters.

Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones

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.

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Downside of low US mortgage rates? Less selling

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.

Grandpa rescues twins from Ore. RV fire

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Family members who escaped from a burning recreational vehicle in the Salem, Oregon, area say a grandfather went back into the burning camper to save two 11-year-old twin grandchildren. KPTV reports ( ) that Chris Laing is recovering in a Portland hospital from second- and third-degree burns to his arms and blisters on his head and feet.

One reported killed in Portland apartment fire

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

Oregon Caves expansion back before Congress

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — The Congress is again considering legislation to expand the Oregon Caves National Monument nearly tenfold.

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Northwest heat wave forecast into next week

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

US given heads up about newspaper data destruction

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration knew in advance that the British government would oversee destruction of a newspaper's hard drives containing leaked National Security Agency documents last year, newly declassified documents show.

19 Ukraine servicemen killed in rocket attack

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russia rebels fired missiles Friday at government troops near the Russian border, killing at least 19 servicemen, Ukraine's Defense Ministry said, adding that four troops were killed in other clashes. President Petro Poroshenko summoned security officials in Kiev to discuss Friday's pre-dawn attack at a forward base in eastern Ukraine and declared that the perpetrators would be punished.

Thursday, July 10

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Editorial cartoons from July 10

Editorial cartoons from July 10, 2014.

OSAA institutes spring rule changes

Baseball, softball to see a few tweaks for 2015 season

Letter to the editor: Recycle your batteries

To the editor: Your_letter: I recently phoned The Dalles Disposal and Hood River Garbage Service to enquire about small battery recycling (AAs, AAAs, Cs, Ds., etc.). I was told batteries are not recyclable and I should “just throw them in the garbage.” We have done some research and found that batteries are recyclable and there is an option for household battery recycling in Wasco, Sherman and Hood River counties.

Letter to the editor: Judicial irony

To the editor: The Supreme Court has made another chink in the armor of contraceptive opportunities for employees. They saw the Constitution one way, but the women judges, who also believe in our Constitution, saw the issue differently. Ironic that none of those men have been pregnant when they didn’t wish to be. It’s not a coincidence that the women were appointed by Democrat presidents.

Letter to the editor: Leave buses room

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.

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Editorial: Marijuana: learn from Wash. mistakes

Sales of marijuana for recreational use began Tuesday in Washington state and the people who will manage a similar program in Oregon — assuming voters here approve recreational use of pot at the November election — would do well to pay attention to what’s been happening to our northern neighbor.

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Made in the shade

High temperatures on the way; Six day forecast

OMSI show comes to library

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

Sherman Co. Historical Museum hosts art archive show

MORO — Sherman County Historical Museum’s team has works from the archive collection to be displayed for July’s Sherman County Artist Series.

Veterans corner

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

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Arts and entertainment calendar from July 10

Arts and entertainment calendar from July 10, 2014.

Survey: Campus sexual assaults not invetigated in two of five colleges

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.

Chinese hackers hit U.S. personnel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management earlier this year with the intention of accessing the files of tens of thousands of federal employees who had applied for top-secret security clearances, according to The New York Times.

For the record, July 10

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 10, 2014.

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Say ‘so long,’ Ray

Fisheries workers will try a new trapping technique on marina’s uninvited tenant

Police: Prostitute left Google exec to die on boat

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — As a Google executive lay dying on his yacht, an upscale prostitute casually walks over him, picks up her clothes and heroin and swallows the last of a glass of wine before lowering the boat's blinds and walking back on the dock to shore, police say surveillance footage shows.

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Benghazi: Two days, two distinct attacks on Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Well-trained attackers executed the deadly dawn assault on a CIA complex in Benghazi, Libya, suggesting different perpetrators from those who penetrated the U.S. diplomatic mission the previous night, according to newly revealed testimony from top military commanders.

Coast Guard rescues 3 on Oregon coast

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

Prisoner convicted of second inmate attack

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

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McConnell criticizes Obama border money request

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell blamed Obama administration policies Thursday for the sudden arrival of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors at the southern border and said the president's emergency spending request amounted to more of the same.

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Israel escalates Gaza offensive, casualties mount

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel dramatically escalated its aerial assault targeting hundreds of Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip Thursday as Palestinians reported the strikes also hit a home and a beachside cafe, raising the total number of people killed in this week's offensive to at least 85. Israel's missile defense system also once again intercepted rockets fired by militants at the country's two largest cities, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Public records training required in Washington

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.

Boeing seals $56B Emirates Airline order

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

Inslee submits ideas for new water-quality rules

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.

Metal thefts hit Moses Lake farms, ranches

MOSES LAKE, Wash. (AP) — Metal thieves are hitting some ranches and farms in Grant County. The sheriff's office says there have been five thefts recently of steel and aluminum livestock corral panels in the Moses Lake area.

Medical examiner: 3 skulls donated to thrift store

SEATTLE (AP) — Officials in Washington state are searching for the person who donated three human skulls to a thrift store in a Seattle suburb.

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Pot gives Oregonians a reason to visit neighbor

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Legal pot means Portlandia is going to get to know "The Couv" a little better. Mayor Tim Leavitt cut a green ribbon outside Main Street Marijuana on Wednesday, opening the doors to the first recreational marijuana store in Vancouver. The city in southwest Washington is just a 10-mile drive from downtown Portland. Culturally, however, it is many miles apart, and Portlanders say they have little reason to cross the I-5 bridge to visit their suburban neighbors.

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Nuclear site workers test thousands of air samples

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — About 12,000 air samples taken on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this year after more than three dozen workers reported being sickened by chemical vapors have failed to find a cause for the problem, Hanford officials said Wednesday.

Lost hiker in Columbia River Gorge found safe

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.

States reopen Chinook salmon fishing below Bonneville

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Recreational Chinook salmon fishermen will get an additional three weeks of fishing on the main stem Columbia river downstream of Bonneville Dam under rules adopted today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington.

Wednesday, July 9

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FLASH communication device aims to help wildland firefighters

Exclusive tech turns radios into self-forming cell towers

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Editorial cartoons from July 9

Editorial cartoons from July 9, 2014.

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Football fever to hit on full tilt

Parents can sign kids up at TD camp from July 21-24

Ft. Dalles loses 13-11 to HRV

Hood River stormed back from a late deficit with seven runs in the top of the ninth inning and posted the final three outs to finalize a 15-13 comeback victory over The Fort Dalles ‘A’ Hustlers in nine innings Tuesday afternoon in American Legion baseball action at Quinton Street Ballpark in The Dalles.

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Right through their grasp

Hustler baseball team has season cut short in 5-0 state play-in loss to Wilsonville

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

You know you’re from The Dalles if: What you’re talking about right now isn’t the state of affairs in the Middle East, the economy or the ebola outbreak in Africa, it’s team mascots. Quite a lively discussion is going on right now over at the “You know you’re from The Dalles if...” Facebook page in response to Victoria Osborne’s Chronicle article on the school board’s plan to decide on a logo for The Dalles High’s new mascot, the Riverhawks.

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Hiser celebrates silver year

Framing expert has spent a quarter century in the business

For the record, July 9

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 9, 2014.

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Art camp links ages, culture and tradition

Indigenous artists share insights with students

Caution urged in river play

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

City hears planning panel street ideas

“This is complicated,” said The Dalles City Councilor Tim M­­cGlothlin about finding an affordable way to pay for street improvements tied to residential development. Members of the planning commission at the June 30 workshop knew exactly where McGlothlin’s was coming from with what might have been the understatement of the year.

High school neighbors hope for end to youth loitering woes

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.

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Community school digs in

It may still be summer, but some young people are working for diplomas

SEC settles with Babikian

Holds released on Columbia District vineyard

Letter to the editor: Gutted environmental laws

To the editor: If you want to raise a herd of cattle you don’t bring in a steer to service your heifers. That is my personal advice to Dave Berger of Lyle who sounds like he is tired of breathing Amerities toxic fumes.

Letter to the editor: Welcome Judge Ostrye

To the editor: We, all current or former Circuit Court judges of the Seventh Judicial District, applaud Governor John Kitzhaber’s selection of Karen Ostrye as the next Circuit Court judge for this district. We welcome Karen to the bench and fully support her in the November General election.

Letter to the editor: Heartbreaking

To the editor: In January, Department of Homeland Security solicited bids for vendor contracts to handle 65,000 unaccompanied alien children.

Letter to the editor: Support critical

To the editor: Thank you for your thoughtful editorial on July 1 (“The roar of promises”) about the Confluence Project’s Celilo Park art installation by Maya Lin. As the new executive director of the Confluence Project, I can tell you that community support is critical to the success of our work.

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Editorial: A spirited celebration

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

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Editorial: Don’t cut out the public

If reactions around The Chronicle office are any indication, some North Wasco County School District board members were right to be concerned about the relatively abrupt manner in which a mascot option was brought before the board at its last meeting. Board members were given a single logo option to consider and asked to approve it at the same meeting. Understandably, board members had varying reactions to the proposed logo, just as the folks here at The Chronicle did.

AstroGraph for July 9, 2014

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

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

Holding on to your hard-earned money is a lot tougher these days. Just when it looks like the economy is recovering, it takes another hit from rising prices. Add to that personal financial emergencies and fewer work hours on the home front. All you can think about is how to shore up your cash. Embrace these simple changes and you just might see a boost in your bank account.

Ask Dr. K: Red or brown urine should be checked by doctor

DEAR DOCTOR K: I sometimes have dark, strong-smelling urine. Should I be concerned?

Tuesday, July 8

Man dies when struck by train

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

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Boehner visits gorge

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.

Walden meets with ranchers

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.

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Honoring Veterans

Al WYNN, owner of KODL Radio in The Dalles, hands out a certificate of appreciation and gift card for services to veteran David McGaughey at the Hometown Heroes segment of Fourth of July festivities. Mona Fox, operations manager, said the broadcast center wanted to honor the men and women who had defended America’s freedoms during the Independence Day celebration. She said local merchants came foward with generous donations for the 15 veterans who were present to accept awards, along with their families. Mark B. Gibson photo

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D21 resumes logo talk

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.

World Briefly

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Israeli military launched what could be a long-term offensive in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday, striking more than 100 sites and mobilizing troops for a possible ground invasion aimed at stopping a heavy barrage of rocket attacks against Israel.

Election results under dispute

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah defiantly told thousands of supporters Monday that he will declare victory as he claimed massive fraud was responsible for preliminary results putting his rival in the lead. The United States, meanwhile, warned both camps against trying to seize power, saying international financial and security support was at stake.

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UN pushes for migrant rights

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.

Bridge Report

The Dalles area June bridge report

Lions honored with service awards

On Saturday, June 21, during the annual Lion’s Award/Banquet at Sorosis Park, incoming Lion President Timothy McGlothlin was presented the Norman Ross Fellowship for Dedicated Humanitarian Service by current Lion President John Layson.

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Governor's Award

WASCO COUNTY Commissioner Rod Runyon, right, receives a Governor’s Award and appointment to the Regional Solutions Advisory Committee signed by Governor John Kitzhaber and Secretary of State Kate Brown and was presented by Commission Chair Scott Hege. Contributed photo

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12U Stars capture third place

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

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Fort Dalles Fourth in photographs

Fort Dalles Fourth celebrations, a photo gallery.

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Fire crews extinguish Mill Creek fire

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

Digital archive features historic newspapers from The Dalles

The Oregon Digital Newspaper Program Archives at the University of Oregon features digital scans of newspapers from The Dalles.

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Central Oregon ride with a view

Dinah-Moe-Hum and Kiwa Butte trails are now state scenic trails

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Editorial: One pot vote is plenty

Oregon might easily have joined Colorado and Washington state in voting to legalize marijuana two years ago. But the sponsors of Oregon’s legalization measure over-reached, presenting the voters with a proposal that crossed the line from legalization into advocacy. The initiative’s extreme language drove away the deep-pocketed national supporters who helped bankroll the marijuana legalization campaigns in Washington and Colorado, and Measure 80 won only 47 percent of the vote.

Feds to clean site of 1976 ‘Atomic Man’ accident

SPOKANE, Wash.— Workers are preparing to enter one of the most dangerous rooms on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation — the site of a 1976 blast that exposed a technician to a massive dose of radiation, which led to him being nicknamed the “Atomic Man.”

Public meetings calendar

Public meetings calendar from July 5, 2014

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

Summer: long days, singing birds, crowing roosters, mooing cows, baaing sheep, grunting pigs, lots of chores, gardening and outside activities including camping! Summer = 4-H = camps and the county fair. Some of my most heartwarming memories are of 4-H camp (including the 1½ hours in the bus singing camp songs on the way to camp, funny but I don’t remember anything about the trips home, zzz) and the county fair.

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Prepped, ready for a new stage

Ann Marie Guischer caps title season, top career as bigger challenges await at OIT

Today in history, July 6

Today is Sunday, July 6, the 187th day of 2014. There are 178 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 6, 1944, an estimated 168 people died in a fire that broke out during a performance in the main tent of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford, Connecticut. (Among the survivors was future actor Charles Nelson Reilly, then age 13.) On this date:

Looking back on July 6

Looking back at July 6, from the archives of The Dalles Chronicle.

Fired workers’ comp CEO plans to sue agency

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.

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Editorial cartoons from July 3

Editorial cartoons from July 3, 2014

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Stars need to win out

TD’s 11-12 in consolation after 8-6 loss to Bend No.

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Tough breaks end TD All Star runs

Two Little League squads net Wednesday at districts losses to squelch state hopes

Letter to the editor: Our declaration

To the editor: Our Declaration “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Thomas Jefferson

Letter to the editor: Laughing at ‘Tuna’

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

Editorial: Small town fun in a big way

Nothing speaks to Americana and good old-fashioned patriotism like a small-town Independence Day celebration.

Auditions set for ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ musical

Auditions for the musical version of “Little Shop of Horrors” by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, directed by Linda Beiter, will be at The Dalles Civic Auditorium, 323 E. Fourth St., on Wednesday, July 9 and Thursday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m.

Artists sought for Chalk the Block contest July 12

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

Arts and entertainment calendar from July 3, 2014.

For the record, July 3

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 2, 2014.

Corporate ‘people’ gain

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

Raffle car on display in Hood River

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

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Iraq vet seeks Purple Heart recipients

Medal holders challenged to help military families

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

Dear Mary: Can you clarify expiration dates on food products? When it says “Sell By 8/01/14,” does that mean it has to be used or just sold by that date? Others show a date of say 2/01/16 on canned or packaged goods. Does that mean you need to use it by this date or what? Some canned or packaged products don’t seem to have any date that I can find. Why is that? I’m so confused! — Bob D.

AstroGraph for July 3, 2014

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

Ask Dr. K: People with diabetes can lower risk of heart disease

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?

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Balch hosts bluegrass series

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

Wednesday, July 2

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Fourth of July: Sorosis food and fun

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

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Fourth of July: Coming attractions

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

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Fourth of July: Pyromusical on the river

Friday night around 10 p.m., no matter where you are, be sure your eyes are turned to The Dalles riverfront. After a long absence, fireworks are returning to town in a big way as the grand event of the day-long Fort Dalles Fourth celebration.

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Fourth of July: Lovett to lead parade

World War II staff sergeant was nicknamed ‘The Survivor’

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Fourth of July: Hometown Heroes

KODL 99.1 FM will host its first Hometown Hero Celebration Friday, July 4, in downtown The Dalles. A full day of family fun is planned between First and Second streets in front of the Veterans Service Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities include music from Frank and April, and Martin and friends; The Columbia Gorge Belly Dancers; chicken barbecue, bouncy houses, henna tattoos and more.

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Fourth of July events

Events: (At Lewis and Clark Festival Park, unless otherwise noted) 7-9:30 a.m., ACTS pancake breakfast 8 a.m., Polehn Farms Rocket Run 10 a.m., Fort Dalles Fourth Parade (parade route) After parade until fireworks, Fort Dalles Fourth music festival and fun 11 a.m-3 p.m., KODL Hometown Heroes, Federal Street, north of Second 2 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars set up concessions for Sorosis Park viewing 10 p.m., fireworks on the river

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Fourth of July: Festival Park featured in events

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.

Google contractor fined

PORTLAND — A Colorado construction firm will pay at least $20,000 in civil penalties for meal and rest period violations in a settlement with the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI), the agency has announced related to 2013-14 construction at the Google data center in The Dalles.

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Fairfield opens in The Dalles

Colorful, contemporary design greets guests at newest lodging

Word on the street: Toys and dirt piles get bigger with age

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.

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Hustlers swept in two

Longview offense proves to be too much

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Simmering in the summer heat

Dufur basketball team playing top-flight hoops in off-season tournaments

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A Cooler Place to Play

Haley May of The Dalles enjoys the sunshine, a breeze off the river and a good book at Riverfront Park, where she took her kids to play and cool off Tuesday afternoon. High temperature in The Dalles Tuesday was 98 degrees. The weather is expected to remain clear but somewhat cooler throughout the rest of the week and for the Fourth of July holiday. Find weather information on page A2 and how to avoid heat illness in Word on the Street, page A4. Mark B. Gibson photo

Fort Dalles Museum to host family fun

Enjoy Family Fun Day at Fort Dalles Museum, Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free all day.

July book group

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

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Maurer and Ewald retire after three decades at college

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.

Play it safe on Fourth of July

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

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Bigfoot hair? Not true, say scientists

LONDON — DNA testing is taking a bite out of the Bigfoot legend. After scientists analyzed more than 30 hair samples reportedly left behind by Bigfoot and similar mythical beasts like the Himalayan Yeti, they found all of them came from more mundane creatures like bears, wolves, cows and raccoons.

Lightning sparks fire worries

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

The Dalles contracts for business recruitment

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.

Scientists pull stem cell claims

Japan research center accused of falsifying data

For the record, June 2

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from June 2, 2014.

Cherries on boom track

Rain causes minimal damage to overall crop

Tuesday, July 1

Chinook fishing on lower Columbia re-opens for holiday weekend

Sockeye season also re-opens in July

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A Festival of Speed

RACERS WARM up with a practice run Saturday afternoon, June 28, as racing gets underway at the Maryhill Festival of Speed on Maryhill Loop Road. Downhill skateboarders and street lugers challenged the 2.2-mile, 22-corner course throughout the four-day festival, with final races Sunday. The festival also featured action sports exhibits, food and musical entertainment. Mark B. Gibson photo

Farm bill offers help for new farmers

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

For the record, July 1

Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from July 1, 2014.

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‘AAA’ Hustlers are hitting their summer stride

Legion team scores 34 runs in sweep over Prosser

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Marching through the deep pool

The Dalles Little League All-Stars are putting up a tough fight in Hermiston

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Editorial cartoons from July 1

Editorial cartoons from July 1, 2014.

Letter to the editor: About respect

To the editor: This letter is in response to Bill Davis’ letter in The Dalles Chronicle, June 24. He asks if Caucasians would be angry if the Washington D.C. football team changed its name to the the Pale Faces. He then mentions ‘’thin skinned’’ and political correctness. I’m not sure why he did not write Washington Redskins.

AstroGraph for July 1, 2014

This will be a year of discovery. By embracing new concepts and ideas, you will grow emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Your thirst for knowledge will lead to many stimulating breakthroughs. Live in the moment and explore these new opportunities.

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Editorial: The roar of promises

We can’t help being excited about the prospect of an art installation drawn from the mind of artist Maya Lin being located.

Everyday Cheapskate: Smart saving tastes like chicken

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.

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

DEAR DOCTOR K: My doctor has diagnosed me with chronic pancreatitis. Could this be related to my drinking? Can this condition be reversed? DEAR READER: Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas, the large gland that lies behind the stomach. (I’ve put an illustration of the pancreas on my website,

Foster mom recalls Oregon woman whose body was found in suitcase

ELKHORN, Wis. — An Oregon teenager identified Monday as one of two women whose bodies were found in suitcases in Wisconsin had a hard time after giving up her son to his father, but she was turning her life around and had won a college scholarship before she disappeared, her foster mother said.

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Dollars and fun in pine cones

Cones become cash crop

What's happening from July 1

Nonprofit events calendar from July 1, 2014.

City of Rufus hosts Fourth of July events

The City of Rufus brings another year of Independence Day fun this Friday, July 4.

Tour the Middle Fork Irrigation District

Ever wonder where the water comes from to feed Hood River’s local orchards? The Hood River Watershed Group in joining with Middle Fork Irrigation District (MFID) and Farmers Conservation Alliance on a tour through one of the main irrigation districts in the Hood River Valley.

Map app may boost hiking experience

PORTLAND — New mobile maps put the geology of Oregon’s volcanic peaks into the hands of hikers.

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Bonham views the world through watercolor

Retired Wasco County Extension Agent Ed Bonham may have left his working life behind, but he’s keeping his paintbrush close at hand.

Cow recovers from wolf attack in Umatilla

Sherman County committee will decide if compensation is owed

‘Big ask’ for Gorge Commission budget

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.

Rare donkey born in Mass.

STERLING, Mass. (AP) — A rare Poitou (PWAH’-too) donkey has been born in Massachusetts.

County moves on road plan

First public hearing set for July

Shaniko to celebrate sheep

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

Rufus July 4th celebrations scheduled

Independence Day celebration schedule: 2:30 p.m. Car Show Registration 3 p.m. Parade from W end of 1st Street to Rufus Community Center 3:30 – 7:00 p.m. Activities at Rufus Community Center The Rowdy Referees – three shows. Safety Fair & Life Flight Art Show, Quilt Show, Car Show, Balloon Animals & Face Painting, Hula Hoop show, kids games, vendors and food Dusk – Fireworks by the Rocks!


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