Stories for June 2014


Saturday, June 28


Letter to the editor: Wolf concerns

To the editor: I read Ms. Lutje’s letter Thursday and came away with grave concerns about her apparent ability to shrug off the concerns of area ranchers about wolf attacks. Not only did she question why the attack on a Sherman County rancher family’s cow was front page news, she sarcastically suggested that Maupin rancher Keith Nantz and others “help them practice some of the cowboy self-reliance.”

June 28, 2014 12:40 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: What’s in a name?

To the editor: A recent letter called opposition to the name of the Washington Redskins overly sensitive. He asked would others be insulted if the team were called “Pale Faces.” He seemed to think Redskins was only a physical description. No. Redskins is not and was not.

June 28, 2014 12:36 p.m. read more..

Editorial: The games go on

Presidential detractors are adding a tick mark to the win column this week after the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling saying Barack Obama overstepped his authority in deciding when the U.S. Senate was in recess and making recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board.

June 28, 2014 12:18 p.m. read more..

Triple Falls: A land time forgot

Oneonta Creek flows through a land that time forgot. Lush vegetation struggles with raw basaltic rock for growing room. Rich winter rains give birth to dozens of small streams meandering beneath a canopy of western cedar and vine maple.

June 28, 2014 12:12 p.m. read more..

Friday, June 27

AstroGraph for June 27, 2014

This will be a year of new beginnings, growth and prosperity. By adopting a can-do attitude, you will find that long-difficult goals will finally fall into place. Engaging in adventurous activities will introduce you to potential partners or employers.

June 27, 2014 12:17 p.m. read more..

TDHS valedictorian heading to El Salvador

Just weeks after graduating as valedictorian of The Dalles High School, Cole McDowell headed off to serve for two years in the El Salvador, San Salvador East Mission, for the Church of Jesus Crist of Latter-day Saints.

June 27, 2014 11:46 a.m. read more..

Meyer Trust provides $500,000 for Celilo Arc

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Meyer Memorial Trust has awarded a $500,000 capital grant to help build a walkway designed by renowned artist Maya Lin and modeled after the tribal fishing platforms at Celilo Park near The Dalles.

June 27, 2014 11:38 a.m. read more..

Pot advocates deliver petitions for Oregon ballot

SALEM — Sponsors of an initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana traveled to Salem on Thursday to turn in boxes stuffed with enough signed petitions to bring their total signatures to 145,000 — far more than are needed for the measure to qualify for the November ballot.

June 27, 2014 11:33 a.m. read more..

Dust buster

A water truck wets down a pile of gravel at Munson Paving in the Port of The Dalles Industrial Park in an effort to keep dust from being picked up by the summer wind. A sprinkler on top of the pile adds additional moisture.

June 27, 2014 11:29 a.m. read more..

Motorcycle fatalities surge in spring

SALEM (AP) — There have been 19 motorcycle fatalities so far this year in Oregon — more than twice the nine deaths last year in the same period through mid-June. The Oregon Department of Transportation says many of the fatal crashes are due to unsafe riding — speeding, following too close and abrupt lane changes.

June 27, 2014 11:29 a.m. read more..

Thursday, June 26


Letter to the editor: Great play place

To the editor: I love Sorosis Park because even when it’s crowded, the path around its perimeter never is. The layout seems to handle many people doing many things: walking, jogging, playing disc golf, enjoying the playground, barbecuing, celebrating birthdays, lovers lying about on the lawns, Little League baseball games, big league baseball games, soccer, sitting on benches watching the clouds play around Mt. Hood, or the river shimmer in the sun.

June 26, 2014 11:29 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Wolf hysteria at Chronicle

To the editor: I am writing this letter to let you know that I take great exception to the recent publication of a couple of articles — “County selects wolf panel” wherein I am misquoted, which then led to Mr. Nantz’ cheap shot in the article “Cow suffers attack from wolf.” Both of these articles were written by Ms. RaeLynn Ricarte.

June 26, 2014 11:28 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Call the DEQ

To the editor: Dear fellow citizens, if you have been affected by the chemical odors discharged by the Creosote Plant at the east end of The Dalles, as many of us have, please contact Oregon DEQ

June 26, 2014 11:25 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: The lucky ones

To the editor: Waiting for take-out at KFC, I chatted with a gentleman who had a prosthetic device as a right arm and an empty sleeve instead of a left arm. He told me when I asked that he had lost the limbs in 1968 during the Vietnam War. I told him that my husband fought I Korea and a brother in Iwo Jima, and said, “But they were luckier than you.” He said, Oh, I was lucky.”

June 26, 2014 11:24 a.m. read more..

AstroGraph for June 26, 2014

Don’t take chances with your future. Stick firmly to your plans and don’t be distracted by risky or uncertain developments. There may be some rough patches, but you will overcome them if you stay focused and determined. Success is within reach if you persevere.

June 26, 2014 11:07 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Kids take their cues from what they see and hear

If you speak English in your home, your kids are not likely to come out speaking Italian. Kids learn everything through observation and imitation. And they don’t miss a thing. Kids are shaped at the very beginning of life by the way their parents live. They are ever-attentive witnesses of grown-up behaviors. They take their cues from what they see and hear.

June 26, 2014 11:06 a.m. read more..

Walden to meet with ranchers

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., will discuss the challenges federal regulations pose for local cattlemen at a roundtable meeting Thursday, July 3, hosted by Keith Nantz, a Wasco County rancher who was recently elected chair of the National Young Cattlemen’s Committee.

June 26, 2014 11 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, June 25


The Wolf Effect: Will recolonization of wolves suppress coyote populations, boost red foxes?

Scientists have used coyote and red fox fur trapping records across North America to document how the presence of wolves influences the balance of smaller predators further down the food chain. From Alaska and Yukon to Nova Scotia and Maine, the researchers have demonstrated that a “wolf effect” exists, favoring red foxes where wolves are present and coyotes where wolves are absent.

June 25, 2014 9:36 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for June 25, 2014

Your attitude will determine how successful you will be this year. You have all the talent, tools and information that you need, but you will fall behind if you rely on the opinions of others. Have the confidence to take control and make decisions.

June 25, 2014 2:38 p.m. read more..

Ask Dr. K: Prevention is key to avoid developing dementia

DEAR DOCTOR K: What is vascular dementia? Can it be prevented? DEAR READER: The term “dementia” describes a serious impairment of mental function. It may include memory loss, confusion, personality changes and the dwindling ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. The second most common is vascular dementia.

June 25, 2014 2:37 p.m. read more..

Sasquatch celebrates winners

The 40th annual Sasquatch 4s Women’s Best Ball event was held June 20-22 at The Dalles Country Club. Before the golfers took to the course, “Sas,” the Sasquatch made a visit and posed for pictures with each of the teams.

June 25, 2014 11:27 a.m. read more..

Broadband site offers information

What’s happening with broadband internet in the gorge? This question, and many more, came to the Klickitat-Skamania Local Technology Planning Team when they started asking communities and businesses about how, where and why they are using the internet.

June 25, 2014 11:22 a.m. read more..

Judge refuses to dismiss terrorism conviction

PORTLAND (AP) — A federal judge has affirmed the legality of the U.S. government’s bulk collection of phone and email data from foreign nationals living outside the country — including their contact with U.S. citizens — in denying a man’s motion to dismiss his terrorism conviction.

June 25, 2014 11:14 a.m. read more..

Dog and Pony Show

Angellica LeMieux, 12, with her pony Smokey and Lacey Nails, 15, with her poodle Nails, pause in the shade of downtown The Dalles.

June 25, 2014 11:06 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, June 24

Egypt refuses pardon for journalists

CAIRO — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Tuesday rejected calls from the United States and other Western governments that he pardon or commute the sentences of three Al-Jazeera journalists who were handed heavy prison terms a day earlier in a court ruling that raised international outrage.

June 24, 2014 2:28 p.m. read more..

Collection highlights hydropower history

The Bonneville Power Administration Library has released a new collection of six BPA-produced films from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s that takes viewers on a cinematic journey into the early years of the Northwest hydroelectric power and transmission systems.

June 24, 2014 2:26 p.m. read more..

Cloud Cap Inn tours begin July 27

PARKDALE — In partnership with the Hood River Crag Rats Mountain Rescue Organization, the Hood River Ranger District will host free interpretive tours of the historic Cloud Cap Inn.

June 24, 2014 2:25 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Get over it

To the editor: If the Washington D.C. football team changed its name to the “Pale Faces” would Caucasians erupt in anger? Would they shed so many bitter tears they would need to wear galoshes?

June 24, 2014 2:19 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Inn on the way

To the editor: I am a semi shut-in at the age of 94 and living directly across the street from the new Marriott Fairfield Inn. I have had the enjoyment from day one of watching the building in progress. As of June 22, it appears it will soon be open for business

June 24, 2014 2:17 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Change is always coming

A glimpse of Diego Rivera’s 1930s “Detroit Industry” mural at right evokes the essence of the Motor City, right down to the layer of grime that comes along with being a hard-working manufacturing town.

June 24, 2014 2:13 p.m. read more..

Eyes in the Sky for fire

The Oregon Department of Forestry is equipping drone aircraft with video and infrared cameras and a GPS locator. It plans to use the helicopter this summer as another set of eyes on wildfires.

June 24, 2014 1:58 p.m. read more..

Investigators eye aircraft controls in accident

WASHINGTON — Increasingly complex automated aircraft controls designed to improve safety are instead creating new opportunities for error, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday at a hearing on the crash last year of Asiana Flight 214 in San Francisco.

June 24, 2014 1:53 p.m. read more..

Experts reveal police hacking methods

LONDON — Law enforcement agencies across the globe are taking a page out of the cybercriminal handbook, using targets’ own phones and computers to spy on them with methods traditionally associated with the world’s most malicious hackers, two computer security groups said Tuesday.

June 24, 2014 1:52 p.m. read more..

Riding in style

GAVIN ADAMS, 2, laughs with joy as he is drawn down the track at the Wahtonka campus by his mother Brandi Adams, left, and Cindi Vipperman during Relay for Life Saturday, June 21. They were walking for the Fred Meyer relay team.

June 24, 2014 1:50 p.m. read more..

Historic highway reopens

TROUTDALE, (AP) — The Oregon Transportation Department says it expects to reopen a section of the Historic Columbia River Highway today, June 24, nearly three weeks after the area was closed by a rockslide at Troutdale.

June 24, 2014 1:01 p.m. read more..

Saturday, June 21

La Importancia del consumo de Agua

Su cuerpo depende de agua para su supervivencia. ¿Sabía usted que el agua constituye más de la mitad de todo su peso corporal? Cada célula, tejido y órgano de su cuerpo necesita agua para funcionar correctamente. Por ejemplo, su cuerpo usa agua para mantener su temperatura, para remover productos de desecho y para lubricar las articulaciones.

June 21, 2014 1:45 p.m. read more..

Extension Corde: Drinking water is essential for good health

Your body depends on water for survival. Did you know that water makes up more than half of your body weight? Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to function correctly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste and lubricate joints.

June 21, 2014 1:44 p.m. read more..

Food safety a new frontier for legal pot

DENVER — The marijuana in those pot brownies isn’t the only thing that can potentially make consumers sick. The industry and regulators are taking a closer look at how pot-infused edibles are actually made.

June 21, 2014 12:12 p.m. read more..

Mustang drawing will aid children

Residents of Wasco and Hood River counties have the opportunity to win a classic car, help prevent child abuse and minimize trauma to young victims.

June 21, 2014 7:53 a.m. read more..

Friday, June 20

AstroGraph for June 20, 2014

You have a busy year ahead, but don’t try to change everything all at once. The variety of projects you want to undertake will overwhelm you if you aren’t careful. Be selective.

June 20, 2014 4:26 p.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Americans are not saving at a greater rate than ever

We Americans are bent on spending, and that is supposed to be a good thing. It drives our economy. When spending is down the outlook is bleak. When it’s up, economic-types are giddy with joy. And now it seems our spending is too much of a good thing because Americans on average are saving only a pittance, while more than half are saving nothing at all. In fact, those Americans are not saving at a greater rate than they have not saved in the past 74 years.

June 20, 2014 4:24 p.m. read more..

Skaters compete June 18

SKATE YOUR SKILLS competition will be Saturday, June 28, at 11 a.m. at the Ben Rockwell Memorial Skate Park, West Second and Mt. Hood streets, in The Dalles. DJ Zinker will provide entertainment. Hotdogs, pizza and drinks will be for sale. Entry fee is $5.

June 20, 2014 2:04 p.m. read more..

Mustang drawing will aid children

Residents of Wasco and Hood River counties have the opportunity to win a classic car, help prevent child abuse and minimize the trauma to young victims.

June 20, 2014 2:01 p.m. read more..

Starbucks scholarship program reviewed

NEW YORK (AP) — The scholarship portion of a new education program Starbucks is offering to help workers pay for an online degree consists of a discount from Arizona State University, not money from the chain.

June 20, 2014 1:51 p.m. read more..

Thursday, June 19


Editorial: No perfect solution to gun violence

Local officials are urging increased measures to make schools less vulnerable to intruders carrying guns. That’s a good idea, especially the recommendation of a school resource officer that districts in the area should standardize their emergency plans. But no one should get the idea that even the best precautions can guarantee everyone’s safety under all circumstances.

June 19, 2014 11:14 a.m. read more..

Letter top the editor: A professional response

To the editor: On Tuesday evening a fire started on the property immediately to the west of our home. Our heartfelt appreciation to the Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, Klickitat County #8 Dallesport/Murdock Fire Department, Wasco County Sheriff’s Office and The Dalles City Police for their quick response. Especially, the firefighters who not only worked to put down the fire next door but also patrolled our property for hot spots and extinguished those they found.

June 19, 2014 11:12 a.m. read more..

Relay for Life launches Saturday

Sid White Field will take on a festive air in the fight against cancer this Saturday and Sunday as the 24-hour Relay for Life event returns to The Dalles.

June 19, 2014 11:07 a.m. read more..

$1.8 million grant to study climate change impacts, upper Deschutes

The Department of the Interior announced Monday that the Bureau of Reclamation will make $1.8 million available for comprehensive water studies addressing climate change options to three western river basins, with the largest grant going to the upper Deschutes River basin in central Oregon.

June 19, 2014 7:48 a.m. read more..

Summer salmon fisheries scheduled; large sockeye return anticipated

Oregon and Washington fishery managers of Columbia River on Wednesday approved both tribal and non-Indian commercial fisheries for the early summer period, and laid out the ground rules for sport fisheries that are expected to target Chinook salmon and what is expected to be a bumper crops of sockeye salmon returning, for the most part, to the Okanogan River basin.

June 19, 2014 7:43 a.m. read more..

BPA's Columbia basin mitigation costs pegged at $682 million for 2013

The Bonneville Power Administration said it incurred $682.4 million in total fish and wildlife costs during fiscal year 2013, a total derived in great part by the need to buy and sell power and operate dams with the goal of improving salmon and steelhead passage up and down the federal Columbia/Snake River hydro system.

June 19, 2014 7:32 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, June 18

AstroGraph for June 18, 2014

Abandon the dead weight that is holding you back. Learn from past experience and set new goals. Identify what’s important to you and how you can use your skills to suit your dreams, hopes and wishes for the future. Positive action is the answer.

June 18, 2014 3:06 p.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: I’m so confused by all the different laundry detergents

Dear Cheapskate: My wife and I are having a disagreement. I want to lease a new car now because ours is old and paying for repairs is like flushing money down the drain. She wants to keep it until we can afford to buy a better car. I hate car trouble and think peace of mind is something to be considered. I’m sure we can afford the payment but she’s not. What should we do? — James R., Alabama

June 18, 2014 3:02 p.m. read more..

Celebrate Pioneer Days in Shaniko

Shaniko, once the largest inland world shipping center in the world, invites members of the public to make their own history June 21 and 22, at Shaniko’s Pioneer Days. Join in the celebration of pioneering and pioneers of the famous wool center and one of Oregon’s most active ghost towns.

June 18, 2014 12:19 p.m. read more..

CIA scrambles to get Iraq data

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA and other spy agencies are scrambling to close intelligence gaps as they seek ways to support possible military or covert action against the leaders of the al-Qaida-inspired militant group that has seized parts of Iraq and threatens Baghdad’s government.

June 18, 2014 12:04 p.m. read more..

Wildfire breaks out near Hood River

HOOD RIVER, (AP) — The Oregon Department of Forestry has responded to a wildfire that was reported about 3:45 a.m. Wednesday about 10 miles south of Hood River.

June 18, 2014 11:38 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, June 17


Nurses earn pins in traditional ceremony at CGCC

On June 12, 17 Columbia Gorge Community College nursing students transitioned into nursing graduates in front of their family, friends and instructors at the Ft. Dalles Readiness and Workforce Innovations Center.

June 17, 2014 12:11 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Find his killer

To the editor: The family of Scott Erlenbush is facing the second anniversary of his brutal murder in just a few months. They miss him in all aspects of life. Scotty was an important part of his family. He was a son, husband, brother, father, stepfather, uncle and nephew.

June 17, 2014 12:03 p.m. read more..

Governor names Ostrye new circuit court judge

Hood River attorney Karen Ostrye has been appointed by Governor John Kitzhaber to fill a vacancy on the Circuit Court for the Seventh Judicial District created by the retirement of Judge Paul Crowley.

June 17, 2014 10:55 a.m. read more..

Oregon moves toward Oracle suit

SALEM — Oregon issued legal demands for documents that could become evidence in a possible lawsuit against the developer of the state’s failed health insurance website, a solid indication it’s preparing for a civil case against technology giant Oracle Corp.

June 17, 2014 10:52 a.m. read more..

US forces move into Iraq with security mission

WASHINGTON — Nearly 300 American armed forces are being positioned in and around Iraq to help secure U.S. assets as President Barack Obama nears a decision on an array of options for combating fast-moving Islamic insurgents, including airstrikes or special forces.

June 17, 2014 10:40 a.m. read more..

Suspect arrested after standoff with SWAT team

BROOKINGS (AP) — The state police SWAT team was called in to arrest a suspect in a sexual assault case in Brookings after he barricaded himself in the back room of a house along U.S. Highway 101, claiming he had a gun and a hostage.

June 17, 2014 10:36 a.m. read more..

Saturday, June 14


Science corner: The problem with the fossil record

By the early 1800s, many scientists already recognized life on Earth was ancient, had changed over time, and fossils represented prehistoric extinct creatures. Evolution wasn’t a new idea, but understanding how it worked awaited Charles Darwin’s 1859 publication of “On the Origin of Species.”

June 14, 2014 5:23 p.m. read more..

Beekeeping classes set

OSU Master Gardener, John Ihle, will teach a beginning beekeeping class at the Parkdale Library on Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. and the Cascade Locks Library on Thursday, June 19 at 7 p.m.

June 14, 2014 5:18 p.m. read more..

Free Social Security

When selecting Social Security benefits, recipients must choose from dozens of options, regardless of age. A free Social Security workshop is being offered by financial planner Ryan Jensen of Jensen and Sons of Vancouver, Wash. This event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, at Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ at 1 NE Pioneer Place in White Salmon.

June 14, 2014 5:18 p.m. read more..

ICWA training offered

In 1978, Congress adopted the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) with the intent of actively promoting the continued viability of Indian nations, recognizing that a Tribe deprived of its children could never have a future.

June 14, 2014 5:17 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Life’s moments

To the editor: Last night, my wife came to me and reported that our dryer was not drying properly and was making a funny sound. Since it was 10 years old, I quickly suspected that a new dryer was in the offing, but decided to check it out anyway.

June 14, 2014 4:41 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Tyranny’s counter

To the editor: There are three points I want to elaborate on, regarding the recent court ruling on same-sex marriage in Oregon, as well as ideas for those who are discontent with the ruling.

June 14, 2014 4:39 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Gun control

To the editor: I don’t get it. We can spend millions of dollars and sacrifice hundreds of lives to combat terrorism from overseas, but we can’t manage sensible gun control right here at home.

June 14, 2014 4:38 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Iraq money

To the editor: I haven’t heard this point of view expressed much on the news, but whoever controls Iraq will control the money machine. It’s a very large money machine. The only people the controllers will need are those folks who will pump the oil. Everyone else can get out of the country; they only cost the regime.

June 14, 2014 4:34 p.m. read more..

editorial: Standing on a precipice

As the world watched the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) sweep through major cities in Iraq this week, the political fingerpointing in Washington, D.C., has already begun.

June 14, 2014 4:29 p.m. read more..

Friday, June 13

Federal proposal: Kill salmon-eating seabirds

PORTLAND (AP) — Federal officials are proposing to kill half the large colony of cormorants in the Columbia River estuary because the large black seabirds eat too many young salmon and steelhead.

June 13, 2014 2:21 p.m. read more..

Alleta Maier wins Ford Foundation scholarship

Already toting a backpack with a scowling red and purple Linfield College wildcat emblazoned across the front, after winning a prestigious Ford Foundation scholarship, Alleta Maier said she’s ready to “move on” with her life and pursue her passion for the sciences and sexual assault prevention in McMinnville.

June 13, 2014 2:05 p.m. read more..

Brazil sees rocky start to World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO — Firefighters in the World Cup city of Natal said they were concerned about some safety problems in the stadium set to host a World Cup match on Friday even as a bus strike in the city forced officials to scramble to find alternative transportation for some fans.

June 13, 2014 2:02 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for June 13, 2014

by Bernice Bede Osol New opportunities will be revealed through associations with influential individuals who recognize what you have to offer. Reality may exceed your expectations where career changes are concerned. Demonstrate your abilities and pursue your dreams. Change is upon you, so seize the day.

June 13, 2014 1:02 p.m. read more..

Thursday, June 12

US drone kills 13 in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD— Missiles from U.S. drones slammed into militant hideouts overnight in northwestern Pakistan, killing 13 suspected insurgents and marking the resumption of the CIA-led program after a nearly six-month break, officials said Thursday.

June 12, 2014 12:30 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Stop shooting cats

To the editor: Last night, our kitty, “Opie,” came into the house bleeding profusely from his eye and crying in pain. We called The Dalles Veterinary Hospital and Dr. Davidson agreed to meet us at the clinic. His examination later in the evening showed that “Opie” had been shot through his eye and the extent of the damage done was as yet undetermined, but the eye was destroyed.

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

Editorial: Good reasons not to join State of Jefferson

Voters in two Northern California counties have declined to join the thundering herd calling for the formation of a new “state of Jefferson,” proving that common sense has not entirely departed from the region. Meanwhile, most of the clamor for secession seems to be coming from south of the state line, meaning Southern Oregonians apparently understand the futility of a gesture that would leave them worse off than they are now.

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

Chili cook-off spices up Fort Dalles Days

Fort Dalles Days will enjoy a spicy kick-off this year with the launch of the first annual Chili Cook-off and Benefit on Friday, July 11, the Fort Dalles Days Steering Committee has announced.

June 12, 2014 12:12 p.m. read more..

Court: Teens deserve climate change hearing

EUGENE (AP) — Two Eugene teenagers who contend the state is failing to take adequate steps to stave off climate change deserve their day in court, the Oregon Court of Appeals said in a decision announced Wednesday.

June 12, 2014 12:04 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, June 11

CGCC graduation set for June 13, 3 p.m.

The Columbia Gorge Community College graduating class of 2013-14 will be the first to earn their diplomas under the college’s new independent accreditation — and the first honored at the “Beacon on the Hill” this Friday, June 13.

June 11, 2014 12:20 p.m. read more..

Risk of friendly fire long an element of war

WASHINGTON — The deaths of five Americans killed in a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan stand as a fresh reminder of the dangers of friendly fire, an element of war that is older than the nation.

June 11, 2014 12:13 p.m. read more..

Mystery surrounds Reynolds school shooting

TROUTDALE, Ore.— They stopped in fire lanes, on medians, in spaces so tight one man wedged his sedan between two cars and climbed out of his sun roof. They double-, triple- or quadruple-parked, spilling into driveways and crosswalks, disregarding every traffic law.

June 11, 2014 12:02 p.m. read more..

Word on the street: Kelsey takes skills to Cascade Motors

Heading west: A permanent fixture at 509 E. Second St. for more than 35 years, David Kelsey is taking his services as an auto mechanic to the west side of town. Kelsey worked at the East Second location through a variety of name changes from S&R Auto to Castle, to Alleyway and now Cornstone Auto.

June 11, 2014 11:55 a.m. read more..

Fire near Bend 40 percent contained

BEND (AP) — An evacuation order has been lifted for about 50 scattered rural homes in central Oregon as crews mop up a wildfire near Bend that has burned nearly 11 square miles, fire officials said late Tuesday.

June 11, 2014 11:46 a.m. read more..

AstroGraph for June 11, 2014

Let nothing stand in your way. Make whatever adjustments necessary to make your life more in accord with your personality and dreams. Convey your accomplishments to people who can help you establish a successful path. Show enthusiasm and self-confidence, and prepare yourself for a dynamic year.

June 11, 2014 10:54 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Load up on free ebooks for digital reader

If you’re confused by the world of digital books and eReaders, here’s a quick tutorial to get you up to speed: An “eBook reader,” also called an eBook device or eReader, is an electronic device that is designed primarily for the purpose of reading books and periodicals in a digital format, rather than flipping the paper pages of a book, newspaper or magazine. The most popular eReaders are Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes and Noble’s NOOK. Some smart phones such as the iPhone and Droid can also function as an eReader, as can your computer, whether that’s a PC or a Mac.

June 11, 2014 10:52 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, June 10

AstroGraph for June 10, 2014

Your professional dealings will suffer if you allow your personal life to interfere with your productivity. Deal with both equally, but do not mix business with pleasure. The key is to maintain a balance in your life if you want to be successful this year.

June 10, 2014 1:24 p.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Airfares and frequent flyer programs change rapidly

I travel a lot. I can’t claim to be an expert on how to earn, maintain and redeem frequent flyer miles, but I have learned a lot from those who are. First rule of air travel: When it comes to travel by any mode, especially air, do not assume anything. Always check the fare you are quoted, and then re-check.

June 10, 2014 1:23 p.m. read more..

Farewell Fun

The 2014 class from The Dalles Wahtonka High School gathered for the last time at Amotan Field Saturday.

June 10, 2014 1:04 p.m. read more..

Senior News: Enjoying the climb through your senior years

I came across this quote by Mitch Abom, journalist and writer best known for “Tuesdays with Morrie.” “It’s funny. I met a man once who did a lot of mountain climbing. I asked him which was harder, ascending or descending? He said without a doubt descending, because ascending you were so focused on reaching the top, you avoided mistakes. The backside of a mountain is a fight against human nature,” he said. “You have to care as much about yourself on the way down as you did on the way up.”

June 10, 2014 1 p.m. read more..

Google gives a lesson in Internet safety

About 600 students crowded onto gymnasium bleachers on June 5 to listen and learn five habits that could potentially teach them how to be safer online and help them to avoid threats like harassment and cyber bullying.

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

Letter to the editor: Rolling kindness

To the editor: On Sunday morning my family and I were making a trip to Condon for funeral arrangements. We were to meet at noon.. It was 10 am and we needed to stop at JCP to purchase burial clothing due to my mother in laws extreme weight loss. Three very nice women let us in early and assisted in picking out the right clothing.

June 10, 2014 12:44 p.m. read more..

24-7 classical radio

To the editor: As I go about my day, I find a number of people unaware of a classic music station available on our radios. For the past few years, AllClassical FM from Portland has been broadcasting on two frequencies for The Dalles area; 88.1 which we share with the Hood River area and through the Gorge to Cascade Locks and 96.3 which I myself prefer since it seems to receive the best reception in the downtown area as well as next to the larger stores on the west end. The station also broadcasts on the web from their web site

June 10, 2014 12:43 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Concert success

The Dalles-Wasco County Library Foundation would like to publicly thank the following people and entities for their help in making our recent library expansion project fundraiser a success: Dan and Crystal Ross of Silver Wire Productions, Tim Schechtel of the Mint, Rebecca Street Physical Therapy, Bob and Mary Hill, Cal Scott and Kathryn Claire.

June 10, 2014 12:41 p.m. read more..

Parenting class offered

Families First of The Next Door will host The Incredible Years, a parenting program for families with children ages 2 to 8 years old.

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

Oil train meeting set

HOOD RIVER — A public forum will address Oil Train Rail Traffic in the Columbia Gorge on Monday, June 16, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at Riverside Church, Fourth and State, Hood River.

June 10, 2014 12:28 p.m. read more..

New bereavement group makes three

Heart of Hospice is starting a second Hood River bereavement group for adults. Grief support groups are often portrayed as being depressing, boring, or too much to bear. In fact, support groups strive to be dynamic, supportive, and informative. Heart of Hospice offers three bereavement groups for adults.

June 10, 2014 12:25 p.m. read more..

Saturday, June 7


Letter to the editor: Constitution in crisis

To the editor: What happened on June 6 in 1944? Close to 160,000 Allied troops supported by 5,000 ships hit the beaches against Nazi Germany. By the end of that first day, known as D-Day, more than 9,000 Allied troops were dead or wounded. How sad I am that our young people of today have no idea of history and the sacrifice that saved America. A letter to the editor was published on June 3 from Kyle Van Cleave in response to a letter written by Jack Bartell on gay marriage and the fact that a judge does not have authority to declare same-sex marriages. When a state does a petition drive and the vote comes in against an issue, then it comes back and is overturned by one person — this is not the way our constitution and our laws are decided.

June 7, 2014 5:28 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Many questions, limited facts

The definitive facts in the case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, accused as a deserter and possible enemy collaborator by some of his former comrades and held for five years by the Taliban, may not come out until the full military investigation is completed — if ever. What passes for his story today has been jumped upon by political partisans and used as a bully pulpit to lash out at the president. Had Bergdahl not been recovered and died in captivity it is a veritable certainty that the same critics would be lashing out at the president under those circumstances, too.

June 7, 2014 5:18 p.m. read more..

Extension cord: Hooves and teeth mean greener pastures

I hope you have been reading the series in The Chronicle about ranching and farming lifestyles. The author writes from an admitted non-agricultural background and asks questions like any average American that is now four generations removed from the farm. So far she has focused on issues around ranching and, in particular, two ranchers, Keith and Mike, noting their lifestyles while sharing their frustrations at how their daily routines are being directed by others with limited understanding of issues it has taken them years to learn.

June 7, 2014 5:15 p.m. read more..

Youth photo contest returns

The Dalles Chronicle’s Summer Youth Photo Contest returns this year with opportunities to win prizes in three age categories up to age 18.

June 7, 2014 4:45 p.m. read more..

Ariz. rushes supplies to site holding migrant kids

PHOENIX — Angry about the federal government sending from Texas to Arizona immigrants who are in the country illegally, Arizona officials say they are rushing federal supplies to a makeshift holding center in the southern part of the state that’s housing hundreds of migrant children and is running low on the basics.

June 7, 2014 4:44 p.m. read more..

Friday, June 6


Seattle-based retailer restricts books

NEW YORK (AP) — J.K. Rowling’s publisher is laying off some employees amid a dispute with the industry’s biggest book seller. Hachette Book Group cites a “changing marketplace” for layoffs that will affect less than 3 percent of its staff.

June 6, 2014 1:08 p.m. read more..

College student disarmed Seattle gunman

SEATTLE (AP) — A lone gunman armed with a shotgun and knife opened fire Thursday in a building at a small Seattle university, fatally wounding one person before a student subdued him with pepper spray as he tried to reload, police said.

June 6, 2014 1:06 p.m. read more..

Former track and field stars making a big splash in collegiate ranks

NAMPA, Idaho – Following an outstanding season in track & field and in the classroom, Great Northwest Athletic Conference champions Andrew Curtis, Cody Henderson and Greyson Kilgore led the way for the Crusaders as nine NNU men were named to the GNAC's Academic All-Conference Team. WALNUT, Calif.– In a weekend dubbed "the greatest weekend of track and field in Pilot history" by men's head coach Rob Conner, the Portland Pilots made the most of their trip to Southern California.

June 6, 2014 12:54 p.m. read more..

States balk at keeping oil-train info from public

BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. railroads forced to turn over details of their volatile crude oil shipments are asking states to sign agreements not to disclose the information. But some states are refusing, saying Thursday that the information shouldn’t be kept from the public.

June 6, 2014 12:31 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for June 6, 2014

You will see significant improvements in your business dealings this year. Remarkable opportunities will become available as professionals and people of influence gravitate to you.

June 6, 2014 12:26 p.m. read more..

Thursday, June 5


Railroads seek to limit oil train info

SEATTLE (AP) — Two railroad companies want to prevent the public from getting ahold of details about oil shipments through Washington state, a disclosure the federal government ordered be given to state emergency managers in the wake of several oil train accidents.

June 5, 2014 2:18 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for June 5, 2014

Some hard choices will have to be made this year. You will encounter resistance at first, but once others take note of your direction, you will win them over. Your confidence will increase as your talents blossom. You will be victorious if you are determined to outmatch your competition.

June 5, 2014 2:09 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Warfighter

To the editor: I am contacting to inform you of the Warfighter movement. This is a movement that I am proud to be a part of. We stand here today united to end Warfighter discrimination and stop PTSD phobia.

June 5, 2014 1:58 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Fabulous fair

To the editor: I had the privilege to attend the Female and Fabulous Fair at Water’s Edge. What a wonderful event for the women of the community. The “Girl Talks” and the lectures were very informative. Breakfast was yummy. I also had a great massage thanks to Barbara Hicks, wine tasting and a cooking demonstration. All these events were free.

June 5, 2014 1:57 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Open meetings the right call on GMOs

The sun apparently will shine after all on the state task force appointed to study genetically modified crops, and that’s a good thing. Just as crops, GMO or non-GMO, need sunlight to grow, committees appointed to discuss public policy matters do their best work in the open.

June 5, 2014 1:54 p.m. read more..

Changes in state aid may be expanding wealth gap

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Lawmakers in many states have been trying to boost their post-recession economies by cutting income taxes, curbing aid to the long-term jobless or holding down the minimum wage. Some have pursued all of these steps.

June 5, 2014 1:08 p.m. read more..

Arlington Fishing Derby, Oregon Free Fishing Day & Spring Walapalooza, June 7

The Annual Arlington Fishing Derby is held in conjunction with Oregon’s Free Fishing Day, is Saturday, June 7. Fishing is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with fisherman of all ages after the biggest fish. Prizes are awarded to the winner in each of the following categories: 4 years and under – 5-8 years – 9-12 years – 13-17 years and Adult. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

June 5, 2014 7:12 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, June 4

Three days left to Bark

Only three days left to vote!! Let's blow it out of the water and show them The Dalles and its pets NEED this dog park! : Bark loud and OFTEN by visiting: or through Face Book at: That’s right, you can vote twice a day. Every day! Voting ends June 7th!

June 4, 2014 4:51 p.m. read more..

A Tournament of Tradition

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Breast Health for Strong Families Program, providing free mammograms to local women who qualify.

June 4, 2014 1:20 p.m. read more..

Northwest news in brief

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state sheriff has sent a memo to deputies telling them that sex on duty will not be tolerated.

June 4, 2014 1:10 p.m. read more..

County launches veteran help site

Wasco County Veterans’ Service Officer Russell Jones has launched a new website to help area military families learn more about the benefits their veteran has earned.

June 4, 2014 1:03 p.m. read more..

City positions up for election

Information packets are now available for citizens interested in running for the following positions: mayor, councilor at large, and councilors Position 1 (west district) and 2 (east district). The positions will be elected at the Nov. 4 general election.

June 4, 2014 1:02 p.m. read more..

Sasquatch tourney set for June 20-22

Three weeks from now, the action is expected to be fierce, as the Sasquatch 4s Ladies Tournament celebrates its 40th anniversary from June 20-22 at The Dalles Country Club.

June 4, 2014 12:41 p.m. read more..

Rorick House opens June 7

The Wasco County Historical Society announces the opening of the Rorick House for the summer season. The House will be open on Saturdays and Sundays in June, July and August, beginning June 7.

June 4, 2014 12:33 p.m. read more..

Word on the street: Saving with a slice

Help and have a slice: Big River Family Insurance will host a fundraiser for Relay for Life Saturday, June 7, in the Goodwill parking lot next to Starbucks from noon to 6 p.m.

June 4, 2014 12:26 p.m. read more..

Leaf extract gives blueberries longer life

CORVALLIS — An Oregon State University researcher has helped discover a substance in blueberry leaves – which are usually wasted – that can be added to berry coatings, extending their shelf life while adding antioxidants.

June 4, 2014 12:25 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for June 4, 2014

You are in a good position this year, but you could spoil your chances of success with negativity and anxiety. You have the knowledge and determination to achieve, but insecurities will weigh you down and hold you back. Strive to increase your self-confidence, and you will go far.

June 4, 2014 11:43 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: A bridal bargain spot and more great reader tips

WEDDING BARGAINS. When I worked in a bridal shop in Florida, we bought all of our jewelry, gloves, veils and most headpieces wholesale from Accessory Wholesale in New Orleans. To my surprise, they now have a website ( that is open to the public. For my own wedding, I bought all my bridesmaids jewelry sets, bracelets, my headpiece and my gloves and jewelry — all for about $100 including shipping. That site rocks! And I swear this is the same stuff we bought, put in our lit cases on black velvet and sold for 5 to 8 times the wholesale price. All salons do this. Accessories offer their greatest profit margin. Note: This is a wholesale company, so there is a minimum order requirement of $75. — Kelly B.

June 4, 2014 11:42 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, June 3


Letter to the editor: Two-year-old teens

To the editor: About the teens who are loitering the yards and street, why are they doing this? Trampling flowers in a flower bed — acting like 2-year-olds. They are just doing it for attention. Well, give them attention. Why should they get away with it?

June 3, 2014 2:57 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Right or wrong?

To the editor: Regarding Patricia Griffith’s letter published June 1, 2014, I agree with the content and spirit of the letter. It would also be worth considering the amounts that are donated by the wealthy to worthwhile efforts, such as the Schnitzer Concert Hall, OPB, Salvation Army and so on. It would be interesting to know how much is donated by the wealthy as a percentage of all donations.

June 3, 2014 2:55 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: City admin needs to go

To the editor: The May 30, article in The Chronicle concerning the 12th St. home owners who were being charged more than 200 percent interest by The City of The Dalles for an unpaid sewer improvement charge seems typical to me of the kind of government we have had in The Dalles since the arrival of City Manager, Nolan Young more than 15 years ago.

June 3, 2014 2:54 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Tax the users

To the editor: Requiring Wasco Co. property owners to finance the maintenance of our roads makes as much sense as asking those who have no property to do so. There is no debate about the need for a new revenue source for our roads. The question should be, how do we collect the revenue from those that use the roads?

June 3, 2014 2:53 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Religious blindness and bigotry

To the editor: In response to Jack Bartell’s letter about the overturning of the marriage law: I am saddened to know that such religious blindness, and bigotry, lives in our town. No person, organization, religion, or belief should ever be allowed to dictate what is and isn’t right for someone else.

June 3, 2014 2:52 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for June 3, 2014

Gear up to make the changes this year that will help you feel accomplished. Procrastinating is a waste of time, and waiting for things to happen or come to you will end in disappointment. You can improve your station in life significantly if you are proactive.

June 3, 2014 2:01 p.m. read more..

US to boost military presence in Europe

WARSAW, Poland (AP) —The United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe and at a cost of up to $1 billion, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, as tensions in the region simmer over Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine.

June 3, 2014 12:54 p.m. read more..

Seattle raises minimum wage; will others follow?

SEATTLE — Seattle activists celebrated a successful campaign to gradually increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 by calling for a national movement to close the income and opportunity gaps between rich and poor.

June 3, 2014 12:51 p.m. read more..

Sunday, June 1

Sea lions leave Bonneville Dam; impact well below high predation years

California and Steller sea lions that have in recent years congregated in springtime below the Columbia River’s Bonneville Dam to prey on passing salmon and steelhead, as well as white sturgeon and other fish species, have for the most part moved on to other business, according to U.S. Army Corp of Engineers researchers studying pinniped impacts on protected fish stocks.

June 1, 2014 7:55 a.m. read more..

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