Stories for March 2014


Saturday, March 29


NJ Gov. Christie on major push to shed scandal

TRENTON, N.J. — Republican Gov. Chris Christie has spent the past few days putting down traffic cones to separate himself from scandal. The usually garrulous governor and possible 2016 presidential contender had avoided news conferences and interviews for more than two months until Thursday, the day a report he commissioned cleared him of any involvement in the politically motivated plot to create huge traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge last year.

March 29, 2014 4:51 p.m. read more..

A revival of earlier grace

In the early part of last century Sam Hill and Samuel Lancaster had a vision for a road that would connect The Dalles to Troutdale. They didn’t want it to be just a road; they wanted their road to have all the grace and beauty of some of the new roads that were being built in Europe.

March 29, 2014 4:47 p.m. read more..

Men will 'get real' at Christian retreat April 4

Summit to Summit Men’s Ministry will host their annual Columbia Gorge Men’s Retreat starting Friday evening, April 4 and continuing through the weekend at Young Life’s Washington Family Ranch in southern Wasco County.

March 29, 2014 4:38 p.m. read more..

Help children and grandchildren love gardening

A couple of weeks ago I was outside pruning my roses when my three-year-old granddaughter asked if she could help. I told her that I was afraid that the thorns might poke her if she wasn’t wearing gloves. She promptly went into the house and got her woolen mittens. I gave her some very small loppers that we have and helped her to cut some small canes. She loved being able to help PaPa in the garden. Later that day her mother took her to the store and bought her some real garden gloves.

March 29, 2014 4:23 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Miracles here

To the editor: According to the TV news I saw on Tuesday evening, March 18, scientists have finally developed such telescopic instrumentation to have successfully viewed back into time to actually see some of the earliest moments of the space-time inflationary creation event they say happened 13.8 billion years ago.

March 29, 2014 4:12 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: In appreciation

To the editor: We would like to show our appreciation to The Chronicle and those of you who showed respect, not only by your words, but by your moment of silence at the beginning of the recent softball game in remembrance of Ed Edmo.

March 29, 2014 4:09 p.m. read more..

Oregon now has 22 licensed medical pot shops

SALEM (AP) — Twenty-two Oregon medical marijuana shops have now received state approval as Oregon continues to roll out its registry program. The Oregon Health Authority reported 14 more dispensaries had been approved by late Friday, on top of the eight approved last week.

March 29, 2014 3:51 p.m. read more..

Health law legacy eludes Obama as changes sink in

WASHINGTON — As a roller-coaster sign-up season winds down, President Barack Obama’s health care law has indeed managed to change the country. Americans are unlikely to go back to a time when people with medical problems could be denied coverage.

March 29, 2014 3:47 p.m. read more..

Sturgeon seasons, new spawning sanctuary established

Spawning sanctuary extends from The Dalles dam downstream 1.8 miles to the upstream end of the boat ramp at The Dalles Marina on the Oregon shore. All sturgeon fishing, including catch-and-release, will be prohibited in this area from May 1 to July 31.

March 29, 2014 11:19 a.m. read more..

Friday, March 28

AstroGraph for March 28, 2014

The more you speak about your plans, the better. The response you receive will help shape important decisions. Cast aside any doubts you may be feeling and plunge into positive forward motion. Be proactive to achieve the success you crave.

March 28, 2014 1:55 p.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: How to get financially confident starting now

For a good deal of my life I lived under a dark cloud of fear that I would end up financially destitute -- a bag lady. Studies reveal that I'm not the only one. Most of us have felt that way, not because we're broke, but because we lack confidence. That makes us timid, worried and financially insecure.

March 28, 2014 1:54 p.m. read more..

Hot glass

Glass blowing was the subject of a Northern Wasco County Park and Recreation District glass blowing event at Nichols Art Glass in The Dalles Wednesday afternoon.

March 28, 2014 12:35 p.m. read more..

Rangers run wild in tournament opener

Lane Turner went 3 for 3 with an RBI, and Bryson Caldwell scattered four hits and no earned runs with four strikeouts, as the No. 10-ranked Dufur Rangers posted a 12-1 mercy-ruled victory over Union Thursday at the Les Schwab Icebreaker Tournament in John Day.

March 28, 2014 12:32 p.m. read more..

TD golf sixth at annual invite

In evaluating his team’s effort at The Dalles Invitational Tournament, TD High School boy’s golf coach Kent Smith visualizes a significant improvement as the season progresses along.

March 28, 2014 12:31 p.m. read more..

Idaho adds mental health records to FBI gun check

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho has added mental health records to a national Federal Bureau of Investigations database, making it easier for background checks to discover if would-be gun owners have a history of mental illness.

March 28, 2014 11:53 a.m. read more..

Military looks at Guard misconduct

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Pentagon officials will conduct a federal investigation of allegations of sexual abuse by Alaska National Guard members, a spokeswoman for Gov. Sean Parnell said Thursday.

March 28, 2014 11:52 a.m. read more..

U.S. Forest Service announces events

The U.S. Forest Service in partnership with Columbia Center for the Arts is pleased to announce several events during the month of August in celebration of the Wilderness Act.

March 28, 2014 11:47 a.m. read more..

Columbia Gorge CASA Welcomes New Volunteers

HOOD RIVER — Columbia Gorge CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) recently welcomed its newest child advocates: Crystal Dickenson, Home Valley; Lisa Kidd and Michelle Mayfield, White Salmon; Rhonda Morrow, Fossil; Zipporah Underhill, The Dalles; and Norma Cordry, Hood River. They were sworn into duty by Circuit Judge Paul G. Crowley on March 20. These new advocates join a cadre of over 77,000 trained child advocates who serve more than 234,000 neglected and abused children nationwide.

March 28, 2014 11:45 a.m. read more..

Slide survivor tells of ‘wave’ of mud hitting home

DARRINGTON, Wash. — The roar of the hillside collapsing was so loud that Robin Youngblood thought an airplane had crashed. But when she looked out the window of her mobile home, all she saw was a wall of mud racing across her beloved river valley toward her home.

March 28, 2014 11:42 a.m. read more..

Thursday, March 27


Editorial: Uncovering Cover Oregon

Gov. John Kitzhaber said in a telephone interview Thursday that he’s ultimately responsible for the failures of Cover Oregon, the state’s online marketplace for private insurance under the Affordable Care Act. But an independent review released Thursday, he said, shows that the information he was getting about the Cover Oregon project was being filtered in ways that kept him mostly in the dark about the scope of the problems. Kitzhaber can’t avoid accountability, but now the governor needs to press for more information — and, possibly, legal action.

March 27, 2014 12:04 p.m. read more..

India is polio-free after 3 years with no new case

SHAHPARA, India— The scourge of polio ends in India with a lively 4-year-old girl, Rukhsar Khatoon, who became ill as a baby after her parents forgot to get her vaccinated. Her barely perceptible limp the only lingering sign of the disease, Rukhsar was the last person to contract polio in the nation of 1.2 billion people.

March 27, 2014 11:58 a.m. read more..

Home demolitions turn Detroit into blank canvas

DETROIT (AP) — The families of Detroit’s Brightmoor area are delighted that the day is finally approaching when bulldozers will arrive to level more of their neighborhood. After that, their community’s future will be like the cleared landscape — a blank canvas.

March 27, 2014 11:55 a.m. read more..

"Black Comedy" opens Friday, March 28

“Black Comedy,” the Theatre Company of The Dalles dinner theater production, will premier Friday, March 28. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., with performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. Evening performances continue March 29, April 4 and April 5. Matinees will be at 2 p.m. March 30 and April 6.

March 27, 2014 11:48 a.m. read more..

Mudslide recovery brings tears to searchers

DARRINGTON, Wash. — As firefighter Jeff McClelland uncovered a body on the moon-like surface that blankets what used to be the community of Oso, he soon realized that the search party had a close connection to the victim: The dead man’s son and brother were among the volunteers scouring the debris field.

March 27, 2014 11:41 a.m. read more..

Small quakes shake Mt. Hood

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon state geologists say they’ve been watching a recent swarm of small earthquakes on Mount Hood. KGW-TV reports the quakes started Sunday evening and have been occurring right beneath Government Camp.

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

AstroGraph for March 27, 2014

Past difficulties will give way to growth and achievement this year. You will discover a solution to an obstacle that has been standing in your way. The encouragement and support you receive from peers will inspire you to make the most of every opportunity.

March 27, 2014 11:01 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 26


HHS grants extra time to enroll for health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to avoid sending thousands away empty-handed, the Obama administration has announced that people who started applying for health insurance but aren’t able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time.

March 26, 2014 11:57 a.m. read more..

Revenue growth slows at Indian casinos

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Spending by gamblers slowed at U.S. Indian casinos in 2012, as revenue growth fell behind non-tribal casinos for the first time in nearly two decades, according to a report released Wednesday.

March 26, 2014 11:52 a.m. read more..

Acclaimed speakers appear at Leadercast

Gorge residents have the opportunity to access the knowledge and experience of nine internationally acclaimed leaders by attending Leadercast, a day-long event hosted by The Dalles Professional Women’s Alliance.

March 26, 2014 11:33 a.m. read more..

AstroGraph for March 26, 2014

Your ability to stick to your principles and focus on your goals will draw many people to your side. You’ll have little trouble convincing others to get on board with your plans this year. There will be many interesting developments on your journey to the top.

March 26, 2014 11:26 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 25


Robbery suspect wounded, arrested in Eugene

EUGENE — Passers-by helped subdue a man Saturday afternoon after he allegedly tried to rob an armored truck and was shot multiple times by one of the truck’s guards in front of the Albertsons supermarket at 55 Division Ave. in Eugene’s Santa Clara Square.

March 25, 2014 3:15 p.m. read more..

4-H program fosters future engineers

After finishing their classes for the day, a handful of students gather at The Dalles High School to work on projects designed to enhance their technology skills and learn how to build ROVs, or remotely operated vehicles.

March 25, 2014 3:09 p.m. read more..

Local student named bee semifinalist

Ruby Dosier, an eighth grader at St. Mary’s Academy, was recently notified by the National Geographic Society that she is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2014 Oregon State Geographic Bee.

March 25, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..

Chess teams compete at state

The Dalles Middle School chess team achieved victory over Ponderosa Middle School and Hepner Junior High School at the State Chess for Success competition in Portland on Friday, March 14.

March 25, 2014 3:04 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Wolf clarification

To the editor: There were some errors in the “Wolf Trouble” articles. In Oregon, wolves west of Hwys 395-78-95 remain protected by the federal Endangered Species Act, with the federal U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as the lead management agency.

March 25, 2014 2:59 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Register now

To the editor: My name is Russ Brown. I will be running for public office in the upcoming Nov. 5 election for The Dalles City Council. Although the election is several months away, this seemed a good time to remind people who are not registered to vote, to do so.

March 25, 2014 2:50 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Consenting adults

To the editor: I would like to thank Darlien France for pointing out to us all that the Republican party does not believe that all citizens should be afforded the same rights as guaranteed by our Constitution. (Letters March 20).

March 25, 2014 2:46 p.m. read more..

letter to the Editor: Puppet leader

To the editor: (Edited for length.) Scrolling through the past letters to the editor, I cannot help but notice all of the letters regarding Obama, good or bad, right or wrong, whether the media covers him responsibly. This is all a false dichotomy meant to distract and divide.

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

Editorial: What’s the county to do about What?

Imagine it: A four-day, 24-hour-a-day monster truck rally, or rodeo or even a music festival right at The Dalles’ front door, at say Riverfront Park, Quinton Street Ballpark or Kramer fields. How long would The Dalles residents tolerate such a thing, even if it meant millions in tourism dollars? How long would they stand for the roaring of engines, rowdy crowds roaming their neighborhoods at night and amplified music, all night, every night?

March 25, 2014 2:30 p.m. read more..

Obama expresses concern Russia moving on Ukraine

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — With no sign of Russia abandoning the Crimean Peninsula, President Barack Obama said Tuesday he’s concerned that Moscow will move deeper into Ukraine and warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that that would be a bad choice.

March 25, 2014 2:28 p.m. read more..

Community mourns loss of Edmo

The skies above the greater Columbia Gorge were a picturesque blue with nary a cloud in the sky, as baseball and softball teams hit the diamond to play the game they love Monday on the first day of spring break. The crowds were cheering, athletes were chanting and offering praise — a perfect backdrop of competitive athletics in its purest form. Just the way Eddie Edmo would have wanted it.

March 25, 2014 2:20 p.m. read more..

It’s gone.’ Community copes with deadly mudslide

OSO, Wash. — First there was a “whoosh.” Elaine Young said she thought it might be a chimney fire, a rush of air that lasted about 45 seconds. But when she stepped outside there was ominous silence. Something felt very, very wrong.

March 25, 2014 1:53 p.m. read more..

Justices divided over birth control coverage

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court seemed divided Tuesday over whether employers’ religious beliefs can free them from a part of the new health care law that requires that they provide coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge.

March 25, 2014 1:16 p.m. read more..

Hydrant flushing underway in TD

The City of The Dalles Public Works Department will be flushing fire hydrants over the next few weeks, starting at the top of the system and working down.

March 25, 2014 1:06 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for March 25, 2014

Your intuition will guide you in an exciting new direction this year. Added responsibilities will bring you greater recognition and acclaim. You will be rewarded for your leadership and integrity. The hopes and dreams for which you have been striving are coming within your reach.

March 25, 2014 11:05 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: More money in your pocket

Want to stop spending so much of your hard earned money on utility bills? Check out these clever gadgets that will keep more of your hard-earned money in your pocket — not your utility providers’ — year after year. Each of these projects can be completed in 15 minutes or less and requires no advanced skills or special equipment.

March 25, 2014 11:04 a.m. read more..

Saturday, March 22


Libya’s guns free-for-all fuels region’s turmoil

TRIPOLI, Libya — At the heart of the Libyan capital, the open-air Fish Market was once a place where residents went to buy everything from meat and seafood to clothes and pets. Now it’s Tripoli’s biggest arms market, with tables displaying pistols and assault rifles. Ask a vendor, and he can pull out bigger machine guns to sell for thousands of dollars.

March 22, 2014 3:56 p.m. read more..

Today in History, March 23

The Associated Press Today is Sunday, March 23, the 82nd day of 2014. There are 283 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 23, 1914, the first installment of “The Perils of Pauline,” the legendary silent film serial starring Pearl White, premiered at theaters in the greater New York City area, including movie houses in New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

March 22, 2014 3:47 p.m. read more..

Geocache hunt March 29

Geocaching is a big, outdoor, treasure hunt, and park rangers at The Dalles Lock and Dam invite the public to take part in an amazing race, geocache style, between 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29.

March 22, 2014 3:35 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Linthicum for congress

To the editor: Rep. Greg Walden rails against Obamacare yet votes to fund it. Rep. Walden votes against extending unemployment benefits which benefits mostly low and middle income workers while voting to give farm subsidies to very high income people who don’t even farm.

March 22, 2014 3:08 p.m. read more..

Editorial: End ‘boys will be boys’

The settlement deal resulting from the trial of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair on charges of sex assault is just the latest illustration of the need for judicial reform in a military where sex crimes are a rampant problem.

March 22, 2014 2:54 p.m. read more..

Save a life over spring break

Oregon State Police and Oregon Department of Transportation urge all drivers to drive safely and save lives during the spring break period, March 22-30.

March 22, 2014 2:53 p.m. read more..

Friday, March 21

Tribe girls rolls to easy track win

While The Dalles boys track team set the bar high on its side of the track, the girls followed suit with an impressive display in front of the home folks. They scored nine top-2 finishes for 153 points and an easy victory at the Mullen-Leavitt Invitational in The Dalles.

March 21, 2014 1:05 p.m. read more..

Gov. John Kitzhaber seeks Cover Oregon shake-up

SALEM — Oregon’s Gov. John Kitzhaber asked for a shake-up of Cover Oregon’s top leadership Thursday after an independent investigation found that state managers had repeatedly failed to heed reports about problems that prevented the online health insurance exchange from launching on time.

March 21, 2014 12:11 p.m. read more..

Crimea goes east, Ukraine goes west

BRUSSELS (AP) — Two signatures Friday on opposite sides of Europe deepened the divide between East and West, as the European Union pulled Ukraine closer into its orbit and Russia formally annexed Crimea.

March 21, 2014 12:02 p.m. read more..

Navajo woman family’s last link to monument land

WUPATKI NATIONAL MONUMENT, Ariz. — Before an expanse of grassland and pueblo ruins in northern Arizona was declared a national monument, it was home to hundreds of Navajos whose ancestors returned to settle the area after a forced march to an eastern New Mexico internment camp. Slowly, the Navajo families left Wupatki National Monument too, either voluntarily or under pressure by the National Park Service, which sought to eliminate private use of the public land it managed. Only one Navajo woman remains.

March 21, 2014 11:51 a.m. read more..

See the beauty of fungi in Hood River

Ascomycete fungi — which include morels and truffles — are among the most sought-after by mushroom enthusiasts and chefs. Local mycologist Michael Beug will be discussing these beautiful, complex, and oftentimes delicious members of the fungi kingdom on Sunday, March 23, at 2 p.m. at the Hood River Library. His talk will highlight his newly-published reference book, “Ascomycete Fungi of North America.”

March 21, 2014 11:36 a.m. read more..

Discovery Center offers Spring Break activities

A museum scavenger hunt and craft activities in the Kids Explorer room will be the special family fun activities during spring break weeks, March 22 through April 13, at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.

March 21, 2014 11:35 a.m. read more..

Sunday Chronicle corrections

Corrections The Sunday, March 16, the editorial incorrectly stated that attorneys from any of the counties in Oregon’s seventh judicial district can run to fill the slot being vacated by retiring Judge Paul Crowley of Hood River. In fact, ORS 3.041, Subsection 3, specifically excludes Wasco County attorneys. It specifies that two of the judges shall be residents or have principal offices in Wasco County and two in Hood River County. Attorneys from Gilliam, Sherman and Wheeler counties can run for any of the seats. The March 16 story, “Program aims to improve workforce readiness,” incorrectly stated that National Career Readiness Certificate assessments are being given to juniors and seniors at The Dalles High School. Parties are only in early discussions.

March 21, 2014 11:32 a.m. read more..

With health law, workers ponder the I-Quit option

CHICAGO — For uninsured people, the nation’s new health care law may offer an escape from worry about unexpected, astronomical medical bills. But for Stephanie Payne of St. Louis, who already had good insurance, the law could offer another kind of escape: the chance to quit her job.

March 21, 2014 11:30 a.m. read more..

Grant will fund meals to heal

The Dalles Meals on Wheels will be providing meals to another segment of the population with the help of a one-time grant, part of health care funding provided through the PacificSource Columbia Gorge Coordinated Care Organization.

March 21, 2014 11:28 a.m. read more..

AstroGraph for March 21, 2014

Don’t just think about it — take control of your destiny this year. Collaborative efforts will not offer the most beneficial opportunities. Have faith in your abilities and do what comes naturally. Step to the forefront, because it’s time to show the world what you have to offer.

March 21, 2014 10:32 a.m. read more..

Thursday, March 20

McCall, Bartells pace TD offense in win

Coming off a bitter late-inning loss Monday to Marist, The Dalles baseball team responded with aggression Wednesday using an 11-hit attack to post a lopsided 17-3 road baseball victory over Redmond.

March 20, 2014 1:29 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: A nasty smell

To the editor: Perhaps Pat Jones of Mosier needs to live a little closer to the Amerities plant (as should I) to see if the creosote odor is a good smell that’s good for the city of The Dalles.

March 20, 2014 1:06 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: State-controlled

To the editor: The state-controlled media is becoming famous for suspending reality when covering news of the White House. Do you ever wonder who is in charge? Wait! Don’t look over there. Ignore that man behind the oval office curtain. It’s not what you think. Just because the state-controlled media gets airborne when he says jump doesn’t mean we should jumpstart our brains then jump to conclusions.

March 20, 2014 1:04 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Not on Republican platform

To the editor: In response to the story concerning the GOP supporting gay marriage in The Chronicle on March 11, this is not true. The Republican platform does not endorse gay marriage. The Dorchester is not a Republican-sponsored event where this straw ballot occurred.

March 20, 2014 12:59 p.m. read more..

Editorial: A solid step

Typically, you don’t expect to see big-deal legislation during the course of one of the Oregon Legislature’s shorter sessions, such as the one that wrapped up earlier this month. With just 35 days to tackle a variety of business, these sessions are best suited to relatively minor budget adjustments and tweaks to fix smaller policy issues.

March 20, 2014 12:57 p.m. read more..

Anomalies sought in Seattle crash

SEATTLE — The challenge of determining what caused a fatal helicopter crash near the Space Needle that killed two men on board and burned a third on the ground is complicated by the fire that charred much of the wreckage, a federal investigator says.

March 20, 2014 12:53 p.m. read more..

NJ teen accused of gaining access to top of WTC

NEW YORK (AP) — A 16-year-old bypassed “inattentive” security in the middle of the night and climbed a ladder to the spire of 1 World Trade Center, the nation’s tallest building, where he apparently took pictures, authorities said Thursday.

March 20, 2014 12:33 p.m. read more..

Get on the hunt for spring break entertainment

A museum scavenger hunt and craft activities in the Kids Explorer room will be the special family fun activities during spring break weeks, March 22 through April 13, at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.

March 20, 2014 12:31 p.m. read more..

Hood River County sets pot dispensary hearing

The Hood River County Board of Commissioners will be seeking the public’s input next month on whether or not it should temporarily ban medical marijuana dispensaries from setting up shop in the county’s unincorporated areas.

March 20, 2014 12:20 p.m. read more..


Dorian Lovett parlays a love of animals into a summer at the zoo.

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

AstroGraph for March 20, 2014

Stick to proven methods in the year ahead. Your abilities and know-how will continue to bring you success. Don’t succumb to someone else’s strategy. Have the confidence to carefully pursue your goal; a risky move could erase your hard work. Aim to please, but stick to your game plan.

March 20, 2014 9:56 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 19

AstroGraph for March 19, 2014

You can make impressive strides in your career if you trade your dreams for realities. Don’t let any opportunity get away from you due to unpreparedness. Continue to improve your skills, and you will connect with people who can help you advance.

March 19, 2014 2:47 p.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Turning off the light can save

Just when I think I’ve heard every possible way to save time and money, I open my mail only to find new and clever ideas I’d never thought of. No doubt about it, I have the smartest readers in the world. (And good-looking, too!)

March 19, 2014 2:46 p.m. read more..

Word on the Street: Spring approaches, can you dig it?

Ground for the sowing: Carola Stepper of Cascade Acupuncture wants everyone to have a chance to grow fresh produce in good soil. Toward that end, she is offering plots in the community garden behind her 1712 E. 12th St. offices for seasonal lease, $20 for the season, plus a $10 refundable deposit.

March 19, 2014 11:46 a.m. read more..

Opportunity Connections celebrates 47 years in the gorge

Opportunity Connections will celebrate 47 years as an organization providing support services to people with disabilities in the Mid-Columbia with an anniversary dinner and dance, Friday, April 4, at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center in The Dalles.

March 19, 2014 11:44 a.m. read more..

High tech workers more in demand at lumber mills

ROSEBURG (AP) — Jobs in southern Oregon lumber mills go increasingly these days to people with college degrees, a change in a region where young people used to make a good living in the timber business right out of high school.

March 19, 2014 11:32 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 18


Letter to the Editor: Taking a stand

To the editor: I admire Nevaeh Gomez Barajas for taking a stand for her generation and speaking out on an issue that has frustrated youth in this area for a long time. Three siblings can be a lot of work for an eldest child, so having a place to go to enjoy being an 11-year-old is important for healthy development. I myself grew up in the Columbia Gorge area and came across the same frustration when I was that age.

March 18, 2014 2:51 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Thank you, basketball athletes

Now to my point, I would like to recognize and thank the girls and boys basketball teams for their great examples during each game and season just ended. They always played their best, gave it all they had and were at the top of sportsmanship conduct.

March 18, 2014 2:50 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Valid concerns about wolves

To the editor: Reading Ms. Lutje’s letter of 3/11/14, it‘s clear she has no idea of what‘s involved in getting a good steak to her table. She has a business far removed from ranching. Most cattle sold for slaughter in this part of the country are humanely killed, because inhumane treatment would affect the meat quality the ranchers try hard to insure so that we may all enjoy a good meal. Her idea of a pack of wolves running loose in ranch country is naive. Example: What would happen if she and her dog out for a walk met a pack of dogs, each weighing 100-150 pounds, who decided her dog was appetizing?

March 18, 2014 2:41 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Leverage our assets

As the United States worries that it is losing the global skills race, some states are proposing a no-tuition policy for expanding access to community college.

March 18, 2014 2:38 p.m. read more..

Two die in news helicopter crashes

SEATTLE — A news helicopter crashed into a city street near Seattle’s Space Needle on Tuesday, killing two people, critically injuring a person in a car on the ground and sending plumes of black smoke over the city during the morning rush hour.

March 18, 2014 2:34 p.m. read more..

Putin signs treaty to add Crimea to map of Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — With a sweep of his pen, President Vladimir Putin added Crimea to the map of Russia on Tuesday, describing the move as correcting past injustice and responding to what he called Western encroachment upon Russia’s vital interests.

March 18, 2014 2:31 p.m. read more..

Scotland ‘swithers’

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Scotland’s swithering “middle million” has Britain’s future in its hands.

March 18, 2014 2:29 p.m. read more..

Tygh Valley resident wins Telly Award

The Telly Awards has named Irl “Mike” Davis of Tygh Valley as a winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards for their piece titled Polly: The Mystery of Bonney’s Canyon from among 13,000 entries from all 50 states.

March 18, 2014 2:24 p.m. read more..

Stargazers to gather at Discovery Center

THE DALLES — Join amateur astronomer Jim White for an evening with the stars, at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, Saturday, March 29. The evening will start with a gourmet burger bar dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a Spring Stargazing presentation by Jim White at 7 p.m. If weather allows, there will be a telescope sky viewing at 7:30 p.m. White will talk about the upcoming lunar eclipse on April 14-15, planets, and other celestial events.

March 18, 2014 2:22 p.m. read more..

Study: Vaccine cuts pneumonia in elderly

TRENTON, N.J. — Pfizer Inc. said Wednesday that its blockbuster vaccine against pneumonia, blood and other infections met its goal of preventing illness in vulnerable elderly patients in a huge study required by U.S. regulators.

March 18, 2014 2:20 p.m. read more..

FDA approves electric headband

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it approved a nerve-stimulating headband as the first medical device to prevent migraine headaches.

March 18, 2014 2:19 p.m. read more..

St. Mary students celebrate Pi Day

St. Mary’s Academy eighth graders celebrate Pi Day on March 14 wearing T-shirts sporting the symbol for the mathmatical figure. Teachers said students also made time to eat delicious pies and play games to further mark the occassion. Contributed photo

March 18, 2014 2:18 p.m. read more..

Middle School mural completed

Officials at The Dalles Middle School recently announced that the mural project students have been working on for over two years has been completed and is on display in the main, upper level hallway.

March 18, 2014 2:15 p.m. read more..

OBOB tourney results revealed

Organizers of the regional Oregon Battle of the Books tournament, held at The Dalles Middle School on Saturday, March 15, say the competition’s results are officially in.

March 18, 2014 2:11 p.m. read more..

TD baseball loses home opener, 3-2

The Dalles battled back from a 2-1 deficit for one run in the bottom of the sixth inning, but Marist scored the eventual game-winner in the top of the seventh and hung on for a 3-2 victory Monday in a non-league hardball contest at Quinton Street Ballpark.

March 18, 2014 2:02 p.m. read more..

Missing man sought

The Dalles police are seeking the whereabouts of Travis D. Church, 23, a local resident last seen at his home on March 15. Church has been a reserve police officer with The Dalles Police Department for more than a year.

March 18, 2014 1:39 p.m. read more..

Outdoor group seeks area combat veterans

Combat veterans of all war eras are invited to “throw their name in the hat” for one of seven activities being sponsored this year by Outdoor Adventures for Military Heroes.

March 18, 2014 1:36 p.m. read more..

Waste vote under review

Whether Wasco County or the North Central Public Health District will oversee the Tri-County Household Hazardous Waste and Recycling Program is still undecided despite a unanimous vote last October of the Tri-County Hazardous Waste and Recycling steering committee to have Wasco County serve as its lead agency.

March 18, 2014 1:33 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for March 18, 2014

This will be a year of growth and creativity. You will find innovative ways to display your talents. Although there are some who will try to influence you to take a different path, believing in yourself and your abilities will be the key element to your success.

March 18, 2014 9:39 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Sneaky ways to save

Slip in without paying. Museum admissions can be pricey — $20 or more for an adult. But don’t sweat it. Many museums offer unadvertised free admission one day each month, and some have free evening hours on a designated day, too. Take the Chicago Children’s Museum where the first Monday of every month offers free admission for all kids ages 15 and younger. And every Thursday from 5-8 p.m., the museum is free to all. Admission to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City is free every Friday from 4-8 p.m. San Francisco’s Exploratorium is free on the first Wednesday of the month. Remarkably, the world-class St. Louis Zoo is free to all, all the time. Check any zoo or museum’s website or call to find out about free but unadvertised admission times.

March 18, 2014 9:38 a.m. read more..

Saturday, March 15


Letter to the Editor: Renters have rights to

To the editor: A single, asthmatic mother of three lived across the street. She told the landlord about skunks under the house, he refused to do anything. They moved, lived here and there with relatives. It was too disruptive to the kids. She came back. The first night back, the friend gets a call from the 6- year-old “Mom was coughing but now she’s not.” She had died of an asthma attack.

March 15, 2014 6 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Downtown is dying

To the editor: I recently I had the opportunity to hang out with an old friend. We decided to walk downtown The Dalles. We quickly learned that there is not much at all to do downtown.

March 15, 2014 5:58 p.m. read more..

Missing jet: Piracy would require special skills

To steal Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 out of midair would require a pilot who knew how to elude detection by both civilian and military radar. It would take a runway at least a mile long to land the wide-body jet, possibly in the dark, and a hangar big enough to hide it. All without being seen.

March 15, 2014 3:33 p.m. read more..

Honor student who sued parents returns home

ROSELAND, N.J. — The New Jersey honor student who sued to get her parents to support her after she moved out of their home has reunited with them, and the family is now asking for privacy.

March 15, 2014 3:21 p.m. read more..

Today in history, March 16 (WITH VIDEO)

Today is Sunday, March 16, the 75th day of 2014. There are 290 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 16, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson sent Congress the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 as part of his War on Poverty. (The measure was passed by Congress, and was signed by Johnson in August 1964.)

March 15, 2014 3:18 p.m. read more..

Judge orders fewer hatchery fish released

PORTLAND (AP) — A judge has ordered federal fish managers in Oregon to release fewer young salmon into the Sandy River this year to ensure that hatchery fish don’t harm wild fish — but has left other hatchery operations intact.

March 15, 2014 3:14 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Bad news, good news in circuit court

The bad news that Circuit Court Judge Paul Crowley plans to retire from the bench on July 1 was compounded this week when the filing deadline for candidacy on the May 20 primary election passed and no one had filed for his seat.

March 15, 2014 1:59 p.m. read more..

Small businesses can get Cover Oregon aid

SALEM (AP) — The Obama administration says Oregon small businesses can get tax credits under the federal health care law even though the state’s troubled health insurance exchange still hasn’t set up a small-business enrollment system.

March 15, 2014 1:55 p.m. read more..

Court rules for landowner in rails-to-trails dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday sided with a Wyoming property owner in a dispute over a bicycle trail that follows the route of an abandoned railroad, a decision that could force the government to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to compensate landowners.

March 15, 2014 1:53 p.m. read more..

Second Oregon wolf shot, killed by Idaho hunter

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A second GPS-collared wolf from Oregon has been killed by a hunter in Idaho. Idaho Fish and Game spokesman Mike Demick confirmed Thursday that the 2-year-old female known as OR-17 was shot March 2, about a week after leaving Oregon.

March 15, 2014 12:29 p.m. read more..

Idaho kills 23 wolves from helicopter in Lolo elk zone

Idaho Fish and Game estimates that last month's wolf control action in the Lolo elk zone cost approximately $30,000. The entire cost will be paid using license dollars paid by sportsmen and women. Fish and Game receives no state general tax dollars.

March 15, 2014 7:36 a.m. read more..

Smelt had dipnetters hitting 10-pound limits in short order

Fishery experts’ calculations of threatened eulachon (smelt) spawner returns to the Columbia River and lower river tributaries in 2014 are very much works in progress with test fishery sampling mostly completed. But ask almost any sea lion or seal, sea gull or human fisher and they’ll likely tell you the tiny, fat-filled fish species is having a rebound year.

March 15, 2014 7:24 a.m. read more..

Wolves increase in Washington

Gray wolves established four new packs and expanded their territory in the state over the past year, state wildlife managers told the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission at a public meeting Saturday (March 8).

March 15, 2014 7:17 a.m. read more..

Friday, March 14


FBI balks at pot background checks

SEATTLE — The FBI is refusing to run nationwide background checks on people applying to run legal marijuana businesses in Washington state, even though it has conducted similar checks in Colorado — a discrepancy that illustrates the quandary the Justice Department faces as it allows the states to experiment with regulating a drug that’s long been illegal under federal law.

March 14, 2014 2:03 p.m. read more..

Under pressure, Obama vows to examine deportations

WASHINGTON— With prospects for real immigration reform fading, President Barack Obama is yielding to pressure from some of his staunchest allies and looking for ways to act without Congress to ease the suffering caused by deportation.

March 14, 2014 2:02 p.m. read more..

Bethany Lutheran to launch new school

Bethany Lutheran Church in The Dalles is opening a new elementary school in fall 2014. Called Columbia Lutheran School, it will be housed within the church itself, in rooms that will soon be remodeled into sizeable classrooms, said Pastor Jesse Jacobsen.

March 14, 2014 1:58 p.m. read more..

Claire performs at Mint

Kathryn Claire performs for a pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebration Saturday, March 15th, at The Mint, 710 E. Second St. in The Dalles.

March 14, 2014 1:52 p.m. read more..

Nat’l Guard honors long-term supporters

Community members of The Dalles and Hood River were recognized March 9 for their long-term support of the Oregon National Guard and Family Readiness Group program at an appreciation luncheon.

March 14, 2014 1:49 p.m. read more..

No one files for Crowley seat

Presiding Judge Paul Crowley is retiring from the Oregon District 7 Circuit Court, which covers Wasco, Sherman, Hood River, Gilliam and Wheeler counties and no one has filed for the position, which was due to appear on the ballot this year.

March 14, 2014 1:17 p.m. read more..

Up a tree without a policy

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — Zeb Postelwait of Washington state always wanted to build a treehouse for his sons. He got the chance last summer after moving into a Wenatchee home with a big tree in the front yard. Two months later he received his first notice from the city to tear it down.

March 14, 2014 1 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for March 14, 2014

You will have to streamline your agenda this year. Although it’s exciting to have varied interests, you must narrow your focus to address the most important challenges. If you keep your commitments to a minimum, you will find it easier to reach your goals.

March 14, 2014 10:06 a.m. read more..

Thursday, March 13

Letter to the Editor: Mural season

To the editor: Spring has sprung (almost) and it’s time to get out and enjoy our beautiful city, so how about starting by joining the Dalles Mural Society. On Thursday night, March 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. we host Business After Hours at the La Cabana Restaurant on the corner of Second and Federal streets in historic downtown The Dalles. Not only will you sample some of LaCabana’s delicious food, drinks and desserts, you will also be given a guided tour of the four murals on the four corners of Second and Federal, if you wish. Plus view our framed murals at the restaurant.

March 13, 2014 7:35 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Duck helpers

To the editor: The Gorge Chapter of Ducks Unlimited recently held their 29th annual fundraising banquet at the Hood River Inn. The Gorge Chapter Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who attended the event for their support and participation.

March 13, 2014 7:33 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Beyond irritated

To the editor: The letter from the Mosier gentleman who told The Dalles residents to deal with tie plant odor (when he lives in an area unaffected by the smell of creosote) made me irritated. However, Ms. Jones’ rebuttal to Miss Barajas’ (an 11 year old girl) made me feel angry.

March 13, 2014 7:32 p.m. read more..

Editorial: We need a solution to sea lion problem

Sea lions are fascinating to observe. Along with other maritime attractions such as close encounters with enormous ocean-going ships, sea lions are one of the features that make the Astoria waterfront so compelling. Most people never get to see these things and are willing to travel a great distance for the chance. But there can certainly be too much of a good thing. At the East End Mooring Basin, sea lions have become a nuisance for most people who live in the immediate vicinity. It is difficult to imagine having to endure their noise and smell for very long. The fecal matter on mooring basin facilities and in surrounding waters must be a health concern on some level; pity the poor sailor who falls in.

March 13, 2014 7:24 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Delay Cover Oregon deadline

It surely came as no surprise that Cover Oregon is unlikely to fix its troubled website in time to meet the March 31 deadline by which nearly all Americans must obtain insurance under the federal health care reform law.

March 13, 2014 7:22 p.m. read more..

"Working" on stage

"Working" paints a vivid portrait of ironworkers, a waitress, a stone mason, a trucker, a housewife, a UPS driver and a teacher. The play continues with 7:30 performances March 14, 20 and 21. Matinees at 2 p.m. are March 15 and March 21. Tickets available at the door.

March 13, 2014 7:16 p.m. read more..

Seniors talk about journey

And just in a snap of a finger, time flies by. One of the most bittersweet parts of high school athletes is the four-year journey comes and goes with a snap of the fingers. Such is the case for eight seniors on The Dalles baseball squad.

March 13, 2014 6:56 p.m. read more..

Searchers scour rubble after gas explosion kills 7

WITH VIDEO NEW YORK— Rescuers working amid cold, gusty winds and billowing smoke pulled four additional bodies overnight from the rubble of two Manhattan apartment buildings, as the death toll rose Thursday to at least seven from a gas leak-triggered explosion that reduced the area to a pile of smashed bricks, splinters and mangled metal.

March 13, 2014 6:48 p.m. read more..

Hanford whistleblower probe ordered

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has asked its Office of Inspector General to investigate the recent firing of Hanford whistleblower Donna Busche.

March 13, 2014 6:33 p.m. read more..

Singers play St. Pat’s at St. Pete’s

Musicians young and old will join the Cascade Singers for “St. Pat’s at Old St. Pete’s,” the annual St. Patrick’s Day concert at St. Peter’s Landmark Monday, March 17, starting at 7 p.m.

March 13, 2014 6:19 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for March 13, 2014

It’s time to put your ideas and tried-and-true methods to work. Rely on experience and mix lessons from the past and present in order to come up with solid plans for the future. Being prepared and determined will help you rise to the top.

March 13, 2014 11:04 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 12


Word on the Street: The fleas are coming to town

OK, not actual fleas: Breezeway Boutique Antique Market is organizing a monthly flea market one Sunday a month during May, June, July and August in the parking lot area outside the shop’s back door. The first event is planned May 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to the public as sellers and buyers. “We’re limiting the spaces,” said co-owner Terry Lee. “It will be first-come, first-served in getting a space.”

March 12, 2014 2:02 p.m. read more..

Rockets barrage Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — Militants in the Gaza Strip fired at least 20 rockets Wednesday into southern Israel, sending civilians rushing into bomb shelters but causing no casualties in the largest barrage in months.

March 12, 2014 1:43 p.m. read more..

Senate investigation of CIA dogged by controversy

WASHINGTON— A marathon Senate investigation into allegations of CIA torture during the Bush-era war on terror is veering toward partisan political territory and possibly the federal courts after unusually pointed accusations against the spy agency, including potential criminal wrongdoing.

March 12, 2014 1:42 p.m. read more..

Local mentors presented volunteerism award

PORTLAND — Local youth mentors Gary Hesselink and Elsa Weiss of the Mid-Columbia District of the Cascade Pacific Council, Boy Scouts of America were presented the prestigious volunteerism award Feb. 27 at a special recognition ceremony in their honor.

March 12, 2014 1:23 p.m. read more..

River Road construction

Crestline Construction is performing road work during daylight hours in The Dalles on River Road, about one-quarter mile east of Interstate 84.

March 12, 2014 1:19 p.m. read more..

Missing Bend man sought

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance with locating 79 year old Richard Brownrigg. Richard left his NW Bend home around 7 am the morning of 3-10-14. He drove to a local business in the Old Mill District and was last seen leaving this location at approximately 8:20 am. Richard is believed to be driving a 2007 Black Ford F150 with personalized Oregon license plate “RIGGER.” The pick-up is lifted with tinted windows and has a silver tool-box in the bed of the truck. Richard is described as being 6 feet tall and about 190 lbs with white hair and blue eyes. Richard was last seen wearing an unknown colored button up shirt, blue jean pants and white tennis shoes. It is possible that the shirt he was wearing is blue with white vertical stripes.

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

Tuesday, March 11


Senior News: Spring brings new activities for seniors

Is it beginning to feel like spring? We are getting closer with the first day of spring, or the vernal equinox as they say in the more educated circles, arriving March 20. And just like flowers sprouting in the gardens, and ants climbing on the kitchen counters, the Mid-Columbia Senior Center is busy with activities.

March 11, 2014 9:21 p.m. read more..

Extension explores Portland gardens

Oregon State University Home Extension Services hosts the Mid-Columbia Family and Community Education Study Groups on the annual Spring Tour, Portland’s Glorious Gardens, Thursday, May 22.

March 11, 2014 9:19 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Much ado over a tiny rooster

The saga of Dallas the rooster and his boon companion, soon to be 6-year-old Ayla Macnab of Dufur, offers more than a few cautionary tales for the participants and the people who have been following the story longer than any social media sensation can rightfully expect.

March 11, 2014 8:59 p.m. read more..

Cougar kills Eugene goats

EUGENE (AP) — An Oregon wildlife biologist says a cougar was responsible for killing two goats and some chickens over three consecutive nights at a home near an 80-acre park in south Eugene.

March 11, 2014 8:54 p.m. read more..

St. Mary students take the stage

STUDENTS AT St. Mary's Academy will present the play Pinocchio Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. and Thursday at 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The free performances are in the school gymnasium. Above, Pinocchio (Conor Blari), seated, is greeted by a troupe of string puppets.

March 11, 2014 6:03 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for March 11, 2014

Your generosity could stand in the way of your success this year. While it’s an admirable pursuit, helping others with their problems will reduce the amount of time you spend on your own goals. You must learn to say no if you want to achieve your ambitions.

March 11, 2014 1 p.m. read more..

Ask Dr. K: How diabetes types differ

DEAR READER: Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are different diseases, but they share many things in common. Both types of diabetes are marked by elevated levels of blood glucose, or sugar. Type 2 diabetes, though, is much more common than Type 1 diabetes.

March 11, 2014 12:58 p.m. read more..

Saturday, March 8


West Albany drives for state triumph

Bulldogs withstand TDOne by one, players from The Dalles girl’s basketball team emerged from the locker room with their eyes reddened from tears of defeat. The season was over. The quest for a state site berth climbs to 13 years.’s comeback attempt to win 45-41 and earn Eugene trip

March 8, 2014 7:17 p.m. read more..

Extension Cord: They help us, now Pollinators need our help

It is easy to overlook the importance of some elements in our lives because they are always there and only after they are gone do we realize just how important that something was. It seems that we are at such a point. The realization that our entire food production system virtually rests on the backs of tiny insect species that are fast becoming endangered is mind boggling to say the least. This isn’t being alarmist. The ratio between available pollinator species and the number of crops needing pollination is increasingly out of balance.

March 8, 2014 7:07 p.m. read more..

Frustration high in Afghan women’s rights struggle

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In 2009, the United States gave Wazhma Frogh the International Woman of Courage award for her women’s rights activism in Afghanistan. Prominently displayed in Frogh’s office is a picture of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton granting her the award as First Lady Michelle Obama smiles, clapping by her side.

March 8, 2014 6:33 p.m. read more..

Hanford plans call for slow waste removal

The Department of Energy will start buying equipment and making other plans to remove radioactive sludge from a double-shell tank with a leak between its shells. But pumping of waste would start no sooner than March 2016, according to a new DOE plan.

March 8, 2014 6:31 p.m. read more..

Report faults oversight of foreign student program

WASHINGTON — The government is falling short in assessing the risks of a program that allows tens of thousands of foreign students to stay in the United States and work for close to 2 1/2 years, according to a newly released report from the Government Accountability Office.

March 8, 2014 6:27 p.m. read more..

Weather doesn’t freeze hiring

WASHINGTON — Last month’s harsh winter weather cut across the U.S. economy, closing factories, canceling flights and keeping shoppers home.

March 8, 2014 6:26 p.m. read more..

Today in History, March 9 WITH VIDEO

Today is Sunday, March 9, the 68th day of 2014. There are 297 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 9, 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court, in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, raised the standard for proving libel, unanimously ruling that public officials who charged they'd been defamed by the press concerning their official duties had to demonstrate "actual malice" on the part of the news organization in order to recover damages.

March 8, 2014 6:25 p.m. read more..

Oregon to review another IT project

PORTLAND — More than five months after Oregon’s botched health-insurance exchange failed to go live, concern is mounting for another, less visible state IT project that was built in conjunction with the exchange, using the same technology.

March 8, 2014 6:20 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Battle of the books

To the editor: The Dalles Middle School Commons will be the scene of literary drama Saturday morning March 15, and the community is invited to the Region 4 East Oregon Battle of the Books Tournament.

March 8, 2014 6:13 p.m. read more..

Editorial: More defenses needed

Whether dwelling in a cubicle farm or on the open range, stress can be a major contributor to adverse health issues. In human beings, it can contibute to heart trouble, weight gain, sleep deprivation, high blood pressure, anxiety and a host of other problems.

March 8, 2014 6:10 p.m. read more..

Timber suit demands more BLM logging

GRANTS PASS (AP) — Another timber industry lawsuit is demanding that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management increase logging on the so-called O&C lands of Western Oregon.

March 8, 2014 5:32 p.m. read more..

Friday, March 7

AstroGraph for March 7, 2014

Be authoritative and confident in your business dealings. Your skills, accomplishments and ideas have laid the foundation for a successful future. A casual approach could undo the image you have worked hard to establish.

March 7, 2014 1:29 p.m. read more..

Youth will learn gospel ‘grit’

What is gospel grit you might ask? It’s the very essence of the Bible, according to pastor and author Dr. Randy R. Butler, who recently released “Gospel Grit; What Jesus Showed Us and Told Us While Backpacking Through the Wilderness.”

March 7, 2014 1:07 p.m. read more..

Artist James Lee Hansen helps Maryhill celebrate

Maryhill Museum of Art opens Saturday, March 15, with several education programs to kick off the season. Join artist James Lee Hansen, one of the Pacific Northwest’s most lauded Modernist sculptors as he talks about his life and work. A members’

March 7, 2014 12:56 p.m. read more..

Royal Ann and Andy sought for festival court

Children ages 3 to 7 are eligible for the 2014 Children’s Northwest Cherry Festival Court’s Mr. Royal Andy and Miss Royal Ann contest. One boy will be chosen as Mr. Royal Andy and one girl as Miss Royal Ann for the youth court. To enter, take a photo of your child, 5-by-7 inches or smaller, to Rivermark Community Credit Union, 1240 W. Sixth St. and complete an application. Impromptu shots are the most popular. Deadline for entries is April 4. The photos will be displayed at Rivermark. Voting will run from April 7 through April 18. People from the community can come in and vote during that time. Winners will be contacted April 18 and publicly introduced at the Lip Sync Thursday, April 24. Winners will receive a gift from Rivermark, a gift certificate from J.C. Penney for an outfit for the festivities, and a special place to ride in the Cherry Festival Parade.

March 7, 2014 12:56 p.m. read more..

Prosecutors: General coerced captain into affair

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — With the Pentagon under increased scrutiny over revelations of rampant rape and sexual misconduct within the ranks, opening statements began Friday in a rare court-martial of an Army general — believed to be the most senior member of the U.S. military to face trial on sex assault charges.

March 7, 2014 12:50 p.m. read more..

Thursday, March 6


Bucks trip up Dufur in state opener

St. Paul storms bacIt was a tale of two halves. For the first two quarters, Dufur shot 50 percent and led by five points, but St. Paul clamped down in the final 16 minutes to hold the Rangers to 4 of 22 in a 25-11 run in a 42-33 first-round win Wednesday in OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab state girl’s hoops action in Baker.k from five-point halftime deficit to post a 42-33 victory

March 6, 2014 12:40 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: A good stink

To the editor: Wake up, America. The odor I smell from Amerities smells like money to me — family-supporting jobs, which we need badly in this country.

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

Letter to the Editor: Keep rural values

To the editor: Hats off to Stan Ashbrook’s letter with regards to Dallas, the little silky rooster in Dufur. I used to live in Dufur, in fact was just across the road from Stan’s place and would like to say that I loved every minute of every day living out there in the little rural community where agriculture and farming co-exist within the city limits of town. I now reside in Rufus of Sherman County where life is pretty much the same and every bit as enjoyable. Please remember: It’s not what you can do for Dufur, but what Dufur can do for you.

March 6, 2014 12:30 p.m. read more..

Elevator drive aims to boost senior center accessibility

Mid-Columbia Senior Center is seeking community funding to cover the cost of installing a much-needed elevator to their existing facilities at 112 West 9th Street, The Dalles. According to Senior Center board member and chairman of the elevator committee Joan Silver, the project is both “absolutely necessary” and one that has been in the works for a long time.

March 6, 2014 12:03 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, March 5

AstroGraph for March 5, 2014

Dedication and diligence are key components to success. Careful planning and fully exploiting every opportunity will pay off. Don’t allow minor setbacks to deter you. Hard work and a positive attitude will ensure that you reach your goals.

March 5, 2014 3 p.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Here it is ... another batch of really terrific reader tips

ONE HOT DATE. Our village does not offer garbage pickup as a municipal service, so residents can contract with whomever they desire. For years we paid about $25 per month for weekly pickup. Then a friend told us about a landfill 12 miles from our town that accepts bagged garbage for $1 per bag or just 50 cents for seniors. Because we recycle so much, we have very little true garbage. We drive to the landfill once every other week with our one bag and make it part of a day out doing errands and going out to lunch. After almost 30 years of marriage, we laughingly refer to this as a “hot date.” We kick ourselves when we think of how many years we paid so much for garbage pickup. — Carole C., New York

March 5, 2014 2:58 p.m. read more..

Guard Supporters

McDONALDS’S AND C.H. URNESS MOTORS were honored recently by the Oregon National Guard and Employer Support for Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for the support of the local Guard company, Alpha Company 3-116 Cavalry and the Family Readiness Group that supports Guard members and their families.

March 5, 2014 1:40 p.m. read more..

Pro-Russian group storms Ukrainian building

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators waving Russian flags have stormed a government building in Donetsk in the eastern Ukraine. The region is the home area of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled the country after massive protests in Kiev.

March 5, 2014 1:19 p.m. read more..

Budget targets superbugs

WASHINGTON — Sounding an alarm about the growing threat of superbugs, the Obama administration is proposing a jump in spending to fight antibiotic-resistant germs in hospitals. Infections that can withstand some of the best antibiotics already are killing more than 23,000 Americans a year, and some bacteria are becoming resistant to drugs of last resort, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

March 5, 2014 1:02 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, March 4

AstroGraph for March 4, 2014

Stand up for your rights and be forthright in stating your beliefs. Your intensity will encourage others to support your position. You will be challenged by many new opportunities and experiences in the year ahead. If you face them with conviction, you will succeed.

March 4, 2014 2:34 p.m. read more..

Mardi Gras now in full swing

NEW ORLEANS— A cold, gray day greeted revelers gathering Tuesday along parade routes as the Carnival season in New Orleans headed to a crest with the unabashed celebration of Mardi Gras.

March 4, 2014 1:18 p.m. read more..

Army general to face sex charges in court

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Once a rising star among the U.S. Army’s top battle commanders, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair is now fighting sexual assault charges that could land him life in a military prison if convicted.

March 4, 2014 1:15 p.m. read more..

Temperatures in February colder than normal

Temperatures at The Dalles airport averaged colder than normal during February, according to preliminary data from NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton. The average temperature was 36 degrees, 4 degrees below normal. High temperatures averaged 42.3 degrees, 5.5 degrees below normal. The highest was 57 degrees Feb. 17. Low temperatures averaged 29.6 degrees, 2.5 degrees below normal. The lowest was 8 degrees Feb. 7.

March 4, 2014 1:14 p.m. read more..

Dr. Suess celebrated

IN HONOR OF Dr. Seuss’ birthday, schools around the Mid-Columbia and around the world celebrate Read Across America Day Monday, March 3.

March 4, 2014 1:08 p.m. read more..

Semi truck crashes near Shaniko

A COMMERCIAL TRUCK driver sustained minor injuries March 2 after losing control of his truck on icy Highway 97 near Shaniko and rolling off the roadway.

March 4, 2014 1:04 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Might is not on Russia’s side

The United States and its allies are threatening to send Putin’s Russia back into the frostbite of Cold War-style sanctions, if the Russian president doesn’t back off his aggressive stance in Crimea.

March 4, 2014 12:56 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Knee-slapper

To the editor: Knee-slapping drama… you gotta love it! With the uprising of Dallas the Rooster, being potentially ejected from the city limits of Dufur, I felt moved to comment.

March 4, 2014 12:52 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Generous donor

To the editor: Last week, the TDWHS Drama Department received an anonymous donation of $2,500. First and foremost, on behalf of the entire department, we would like to extend our gratitude to whoever made this generous donation.

March 4, 2014 12:49 p.m. read more..

Oregon House delays bill on pot dispensary ban

SALEM (AP) — Oregonians began applying Monday for state permits to open medical marijuana dispensaries, even as the Legislature once again delayed voting on a bill that would grant local governments the power to forbid such shops.

March 4, 2014 11:50 a.m. read more..

Measures dropped in compromise

SALEM — Public employee unions and anti-union petitioners agreed Monday to a cease-fire on competing ballot measures, avoiding an expensive and bruising showdown between unions and business interests.

March 4, 2014 11:46 a.m. read more..

Senior News: Now is the time to do what you always wanted

Life can be broadly defined by three stages: the years preparing for work and family, when you were told what you had to do; followed by years of working and raising a family, when you did what you thought you should do. And now, this third chapter when you are no longer working, or at least working less, and watching your grandchildren grow, a time to do what you have always wanted to do, no longer constrained by time or self-imposed limitations.

March 4, 2014 11:45 a.m. read more..

Crack in a dam not a threat

EPHRATA, Wash. (AP) — A crack in a spillway pier at the Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River is a serious situation, but not a threat of downstream flooding even in a worst-case scenario, a spokesman for the Grant County Public Utility District said.

March 4, 2014 11:41 a.m. read more..

Saturday, March 1


Letter to the Editor: Parking problem

To the editor: I realize truck drivers get tired like everyone else and need rest. I also realize we don’t have very many places in town for them to park their trucks and get a meal or lodging. I just wish they wouldn’t park on West Seventh Street in front of the Tillicum Apartments.

March 1, 2014 12:30 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Where are the bike racks?

To the editor: We are fortunate in The Dalles to have a paved path along the Columbia River that can be used for bike riding. It’s beautiful, quiet, and big enough to share with walkers and the like. But there is something very vital that is missing in this town. Where are the bike racks?

March 1, 2014 12:29 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Something to do

To the editor: Hi, my name is Nevaeh Gomez Barajas. I’ve lived in The Dalles my whole life. I am eleven years old. I have three siblings. I go to Chenowith Elementary. I am in fifth grade. I have noticed that I have been telling my big sister that we have nothing in The Dalles like arcades, bowling alleys, or any fun stuff.

March 1, 2014 12:28 p.m. read more..

Ukraine: A Tale of Two Countries

DONETSK, Ukraine — In the afternoon, when the shift ends at the coal mine and the miners walk out into the cold past the old concrete statue of Lenin, they often head to a tiny corner store. There they’ll stand in the parking lot for a while, drinking little bottles of the vodka called “Truthful.”

March 1, 2014 12:23 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Interlocks save lives

As drunk driving prevention goes, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) are more like the grandmothers of the awareness movement. Those of a certain age may remember when impaired driving didn’t even appear in For the Record and such infractions were a matter for sweeping under the rug rather than community outrage.

March 1, 2014 11:54 a.m. read more..

Ski or snowshoe to cozy hut near Mount Rainier

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — You know what makes any adventure in the snow even better? A warm, cozy place to settle in at the end of the day. Bonus points if you don’t even have to leave the snow behind to find your haven.

March 1, 2014 11:50 a.m. read more..

California soaking brings little drought help

AZUSA, Calif. — A storm that brought some of the highest rainfall totals to the Los Angeles area in years, including eight inches on some mountains, was just the beginning of what the region needs to pull out of a major drought.

March 1, 2014 11:34 a.m. read more..

In game world change is constant

The computer gaming industry changes at such a rapid clip that it sees in just one year the equivalent of 10 years of change in other industries.

March 1, 2014 11:21 a.m. read more..

Feds, Oregon defend Sandy river hatchery plans

State salmon-steelhead hatchery management plans for northwest Oregon’s Sandy River basin are moving closer towards the goal of minimizing impacts on protected wild stocks and should be allowed to play out, according to legal briefs filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland.

March 1, 2014 8:26 a.m. read more..

Prototype lamprey passage structure installed at McNary Dam

Pacific lamprey migrating up the Columbia River will find their route past McNary Lock and Dam a bit easier to travel, thanks to a prototype lamprey-passage structure installed in the downstream end of the Oregon shore fish ladder, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials announced this week.

March 1, 2014 8:18 a.m. read more..


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