Stories for May 2014


Saturday, May 31


Uncommon Bonds

After nursing their late spouses through final days, Hank and Linda Brown met giving back

May 31, 2014 2:30 p.m. read more..

Food movements revive the art of preservation

Celebrations of Memorial Day this week called to mind a few food-related notions for me. Barbeques and potlucks reminded me of the importance of food safety — keeping hot foods hot, cold foods cold, and the importance of hand hygiene.

May 31, 2014 2:17 p.m. read more..

Today in history, June 1

Today is Sunday, June 1, the 152nd day of 2014. There are 213 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 1, 1914, U.S. Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels issued General Order 99 banning alcoholic beverages from Navy vessels, yards and stations, effective July 1, 1914. On this date: In 1533, Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, was crowned Queen Consort of England. In 1792, Kentucky became the 15th state of the union.

May 31, 2014 2:10 p.m. read more..

Oregon seeing sharp rise in syphilis, gonorrhea

SALEM (AP) — State health officials say they’re alarmed by increased numbers of syphilis and gonorrhea cases in Oregon. The Salem Statesman Journal reports that Oregon Health Authority figures show that early syphilis cases are at their highest levels since 1989.

May 31, 2014 2:04 p.m. read more..

Workers say cows mistreated at Northwest dairies

PORTLAND (AP) — A prominent Northwest dairy cooperative, Darigold Inc., may have allowed some member farms to milk cows that had injuries and infections in their udders, among other ailments, according to allegations made Friday by workers and the farmworker union.

May 31, 2014 2:03 p.m. read more..

Along the 101

Every once in a while, Janet and I get the itch to go on a multi-state road adventure. That means no motel reservations, no time tables, no fixed routes and no exact date to get back home. Often this also means no maps, just a general idea of what we want to see and experience. One thing we had talked about was to drive California Hwy 1 from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Neither one of us is sure where this idea came from. I suspect it started way back in the early 1970s when we lived for one year in Santa Rosa, California.

May 31, 2014 1:53 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Greedy for wealth

To the editor: In the Tuesday paper there was a news item and a guest commentary about the fact that the median CEO salary is now 10 million dollars, in an economy where most of us are facing stagnant wages, reduced benefits, and a rising cost of living.

May 31, 2014 1:43 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: What kind of life?

To the editor: I understand the city feels the need to update the discounts on water and sewage bills provided for those living in poverty, but I don’t think they realize what these increases will mean to the people affected.

May 31, 2014 1:41 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Outrage isn’t enough

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki may have resigned Friday amid an uproar of criticism about a plague of delays in getting needed services to veterans, but that doesn’t mean the problems will be solved any time soon — not unless both political parties in Congress agree to put the country’s money where its promises are.

May 31, 2014 1:37 p.m. read more..

Research develops genetic tools to aid In recovery of pacific lamprey in Columbia river basin

A set of 96 genetic markers, or single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), winnowed by Columbia River basin researchers from a list of 4,439 previously identified in Pacific lamprey could help give researchers insights into the lives and life influences faced by the diminished, but highly valued, fish species, according to a research paper made available last week online.

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

Friday, May 30


Oregon Trail Rally airs on NBC Sports June 1

PORTLAND — The spectacular scenery of The Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Hood and surrounding areas will be on display this weekend as The Oregon Trail Rally, held May 2-4, airs on NBC Sports Network this Sunday, June 1 at 3 pm PT.

May 30, 2014 1:13 p.m. read more..

Maryhill focuses on the art of chess

Celebrate the exhibition “Cardboard, Clay and Crayons: Chess Sets by Young Northwest Artists,” during a day-long program Saturday, June 7, exploring one of the world’s most fascinating games at Maryhill Museum of Art.

May 30, 2014 1:13 p.m. read more..

Tech yields water from manure

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A technology for extracting drinkable water from manure is on its way to commercial application this year, Michigan State University said Thursday.

May 30, 2014 12:47 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for May 30, 2014

Pay attention to your inner guide this year. You will be able to manage all of your projects in a confident and noteworthy manner if you follow your heart. Goals that you once believed to be impractical will become reachable. Believe in your abilities and forge ahead.

May 30, 2014 12:43 p.m. read more..

Living with ALS

arianne Sansour has ALS. It will eventually kill her, but she’s facing down her diagnosis with a deep faith, a wicked sense of humor and a bouyant attitude.

May 30, 2014 12:31 p.m. read more..

Bark for Your (dog) Park

The Dalles has been nominated to the third annual “Bark for Your Park” contest through June 7 by Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District employee Jennifer Botts. PetSafe invited all U.S. communities to participate in the third annual “Bark for Your Park” contest on May 7. One city will be awarded $100,000 to build a local dog park and four other pet passionate finalists will also receive $25,000.

May 30, 2014 8:14 a.m. read more..

Thursday, May 29


Lawmakers question Cover Oregon on back plans

SALEM — Oregon lawmakers on Wednesday urged state officials to look into backup plans in case Cover Oregon isn’t ready to use the federal government’s online health insurance enrollment system before the November deadline.

May 29, 2014 1:36 p.m. read more..

White and male, Google releases diversity data

SAN JOSE, Calif. — In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed how very white and male its workforce is — just 2 percent of its Googlers are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women.

May 29, 2014 1:32 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: We are stewards

We, as a state and communities, care for our environment. We locally have for generations undertaken caring for our streams and watersheds through our Soil Conservation District and others, with past and ongoing projects, monitoring our streams with designated watershed committees to improve fish habitat and improve water quality.

May 29, 2014 12:51 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Thankful

To the editor: On April 26, I was admitted to MCMC with a fractured left hip. I was dismissed on May 13. During this time, I was shown compassion and care from my surgeon, Dr. Petit, doctors Gornowicz, Nichols and Cook, also nurses, therapists and massagists. Thank you, Dr. Nichols, for issuing me a hospital pass on May 11 so I could join my family and friends at Spooky’s for Mother’s Day and my 93rd birthday. Thank you, my surrogate son, Bob Friel, for being with me daily during the day for support.

May 29, 2014 12:49 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Grateful to VA

To the editor: I returned from Iraq in 2005 damaged and between jobs. The Portland VA hospital was my first experience with the VA. I received superb medical and emotional care from people who cared. They treated me with respect. They counseled me when I was suicidal and traumatized. They gave me glasses when I needed that. They gave me medications and hospitalization when I needed them. They treated me better than my civilian medical people.

May 29, 2014 12:48 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Farmers find GMOs’ weak spot

Three states, starting with Oregon in 2002, have voted on ballot measures to require labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms. All of those initiatives failed. But on Tuesday, voters in Jackson and Josephine counties overwhelmingly approved measures to ban genetically modified crops altogether. The Rogue Valley has redrawn the battle lines in the fight over GMOs in a way that allows opponents to claim the high ground.

May 29, 2014 12:47 p.m. read more..

Poll: Money taboo on dating scene

WASHINGTON — In dating, money may be the biggest taboo. An Associated Press-WE tv poll finds that two-thirds of Americans think it’s tougher to talk money with your romantic partner than it is to talk sex. Three in 10 say sex is the harder conversation.

May 29, 2014 12:33 p.m. read more..

Deputies seek fugitive

A domestic violence incident Wednesday morning prompted a SWAT response to a residence outside The Dalles and led the Wasco County Sheriff’s office to seek, a fugitive, Kevin Anthony Jessie, 32, who is also the subject of a warrant in Douglas County.

May 29, 2014 12:22 p.m. read more..

AFS Farewell

An AFS farewell picnic was held at Sorosis Park Wednesday evening, May 28.

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

AstroGraph for May 29, 2014

The coming year will be a time of advancement. Your moneymaking ideas are sound, but following the proper channels will be necessary. Stick to a strict budget, and your situation will continue to improve, allowing you greater freedom to develop an idea or interest that can add to your income.

May 29, 2014 11:15 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Commonsense list: Be prepared, not scared

We get so many earthquakes in Southern California, we’re on first-name basis with the world-renown seismologist at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, Dr. Kate (Hutton). She's become a local icon, popping up on TV the minute we start to rock and roll, keeping us cool, calm and collected.

May 29, 2014 11:14 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 28


Two killed in weekend traffic

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon State Police say preliminary figures show two pedestrians were struck and killed over the Memorial Day weekend.

May 28, 2014 1:05 p.m. read more..

Cousins hits Tesla’s map

Cousins Country Inn will soon be the site of the only Tesla charging station in the gorge. Cousins has inked a deal with Tesla, said General Manager Addie Case.

May 28, 2014 1:03 p.m. read more..

Immigrant driver’s card campaign ramps up

SALEM — A coalition of groups in Oregon is preparing for what they say could be a hard-fought campaign to approve a ballot measure granting driving privileges to people who can’t prove they are legal residents of the U.S.

May 28, 2014 12:54 p.m. read more..

Dalles City Cyclery opens downtown

New on the job: Nancy Steers-Crist has joined Flagstone Senior Living as its new director. Like so many people in the field, her journey began with her grandmother. Steers-Crist has served seniors for many years in memory care, assisted living, independent living and hospice.

May 28, 2014 12:51 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for May 28, 2014

Follow the vision you’ve been harboring. Channel your intensity and make full use of your concentration and energy in order to progress this year. You will be perceptive when it comes to finding valuable opportunities. Success will be yours if you persevere.

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

Everyday Cheapskate: Here are some quick tips to slash the food bill

Food prices have increased so dramatically in recent years, a trip to the supermarket is enough to ruin your appetite. With food weighing in as the second biggest monthly expense for many families, we all need to find clever ways to save. I've got some great tips for driving those costs down.

May 28, 2014 12:11 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 27

Letter to the editor: Racist coverage

To the editor: It is my belief that the sorry coverage of the many boondoggles, mistakes and scandals of the Obama administration by the major media has been caused by the fear of being labeled racist.

May 27, 2014 5:39 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Thanks, Rotary

To the editor: Another Primary Election day has come and gone. Once again, Rotary volunteers staffed the ballot box in the street in front of the courthouse. Wasco County voters love their Rotarians and the convenience of not having to get out of their car to deliver their ballots to the county clerk’s office.

May 27, 2014 5:37 p.m. read more..

School district offers summer meals

While learning does not end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. North Wasco County School District 21’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) offers good, nutritious food that’s “in” when school is “out.” It was created to ensure that children could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to school lunch or breakfast.

May 27, 2014 5:30 p.m. read more..

Ladies Chorus to perform on Sunday

Mid-Columbia Community Choir Ladies Chorus will present a benefit concert June 1, at 4 p.m. in the Parkdale Community Church sanctuary at 4910 Baseline Road, Parkdale.

May 27, 2014 5:29 p.m. read more..

City utility rates increase for those in poverty

Residents of The Dalles living within federal poverty guidelines will see their combined water and sewer rates increase by $10.95 or $6.47 per month effective July 1, the amount of increase depending on which program they qualify for.

May 27, 2014 5:04 p.m. read more..

Sunday, May 25

May 25 in history

Today is Sunday, May 25, the 145th day of 2014. There are 220 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 25, 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, ordered the Virginia county to reopen its public schools, which officials had closed in an attempt to circumvent the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka public school desegregation ruling.

May 25, 2014 12:45 a.m. read more..

Friday, May 23

AstroGraph for May 23

Prove yourself a front-runner by stepping into the spotlight and becoming more conspicuous. Present your proposals to as many different clients and businesses as possible. Taking the initiative will boost your visibility and highlight your energy and talent. Don’t wait — you can change your future now.

May 23, 2014 4:42 p.m. read more..

Veterans LIVE Memorial Day

Every day is Memorial Day for a combat veteran who often struggle for years, if not a lifetime, to make sense of what happened in war, according to Dr. Pat Stone, a decorated Vietnam veteran.

May 23, 2014 4:10 p.m. read more..

Arizona firefighters work to protect communities from blaze

KACHINA VILLAGE, Ariz. — Hundreds of firefighters are working to protect communities from a wildfire chewing up a scenic Arizona canyon, but some business owners worry the blaze will keep customers away from the premier tourist area over the holiday weekend.

May 23, 2014 3:59 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Thanks

To the editor: I write to thank the Republican voters of the 2nd District who overwhelmingly put their trust in me as the party’s nominee for Congress. I deeply appreciate your support and pledge to continue working hard for policies that will grow jobs and improve our economy, bring down our nation’s debt and get America back on track.

May 23, 2014 3:29 p.m. read more..

Ground Zero: No ‘holiday,’ a day of sadness for those lost

Military families often seem to inhabit an alternate universe at this time in history. While most of America is excited about Memorial Day as a three-day “holiday,” it is a time of sadness for those of us who have sent sons and daughters, husbands and wives to war. Even if our loved one made it home alive, we all know families who were not so fortunate.

May 23, 2014 3:28 p.m. read more..

Editorial: They don’t need it. We do.

Pat Stone went to war in the steamy jungles of Vietnam almost four and a half decades ago, yet the sadness and horror of his combat experience remain fresh in his memories, emerging through the course of any average day.

May 23, 2014 3:22 p.m. read more..

US home sales at slower pace than 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of U.S. new homes recovered in April after slumping in the previous two months. But Americans are still buying new homes at a slower pace than they did a year ago.

May 23, 2014 3:11 p.m. read more..

Holiday road enforcement will see increases starting today

In the midst of the current “Click It or Ticket” campaign running through June 1, Oregon State Police, county sheriffs and local police agencies urge local and long distance travelers to be aware of increased enforcement efforts during the Memorial Day Holiday weekend.

May 23, 2014 12:12 p.m. read more..

Green and Hungry

DON’T BE SURPRISED to see dazed, pale and shuffling people around Saturday morning when zombies invade The Dalles. Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District will host its first Zombie Run starting at Sorosis Park. Registration starts on site at 8:30 a.m. and the family-friendly run will set out at 9.

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

Tinkle formally introduced at Oregon State

Wayne Tinkle promises to emphasize effort and attitude as Oregon State’s basketball coach. Tinkle comes to the Beavers from Montana, where he took the Grizzlies to the NCAA tournament three times during his eight years with the team. Montana finished below .500 only once during his tenure at his alma mater.

May 23, 2014 11:11 a.m. read more..

Oregon counties ban genetically modified crops

PORTLAND — Residents of southern Oregon’s agriculture-heavy Rogue Valley have voted to ban genetically modified crops from the area, setting up the next stage of a fight that has gained widespread attention.

May 23, 2014 11:09 a.m. read more..

Floozies need actors for melodrama

The Fort Dalles Floozies and Friends will perform a melodrama, “Double Crossed in The Dalles,” written by local author Linda Beiter, at The Dalles Civic Auditorium theater. The dates are July 18 and 19, with a matinee July 20. Auditions will be at the Civic theater on Friday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 31, at 10 a.m., and Sunday, June 1, at 1 p.m.

May 23, 2014 11:05 a.m. read more..

UN slams Vatican on sex abuse

GENEVA (AP) — A United Nations committee concluded Friday that the Vatican has effective worldwide control over bishops and priests who must comply with a U.N. anti-torture treaty.

May 23, 2014 10:54 a.m. read more..

Goldendale farmers' market up and running

Goldendale Farmers' Market is off to a strong start in the 2014 season with more vendors showing up every week. If you're a Goldendale local, or just heading out east this weekend, be sure to stop by Ekone Park and see what all the fuss is about.

May 23, 2014 6:50 a.m. read more..

Thursday, May 22


City solves riddle of ‘mystery pipe’

The city is now certain the home it thought was the source of E. coli being dumped out of a “mystery pipe” into Mill Creek is not the culprit, but rather the city’s sewer main is.

May 22, 2014 2 p.m. read more..

Welcome Home

Vietnam Veterans will receive special recognition at Memorial Day observance

May 22, 2014 1:50 p.m. read more..

13 Ukraine troops dead, over 30 wounded in attack

BLAHODATNE, Ukraine— Three days before Ukraine holds a key presidential vote, pro-Russia insurgents attacked a military checkpoint Thursday in eastern Ukraine, killing 13 troops in the deadliest raid yet in weeks of fighting, Ukraine’s leader said

May 22, 2014 1:37 p.m. read more..

US jobless aid applications rise

WASHINGTON —” The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, but remained at a low level that suggests hiring should remain steady.

May 22, 2014 12:56 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Losing our way

To the editor: A judge in Oregon has ruled that a constitutional vote of the people in 2004 is wrong and has proved the people voting 10 years ago were wrong. This judge has the qualifications to change our Constitution after 10 years. What other ones voted in over the years?

May 22, 2014 12:48 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Dismayed

To the editor: Throughout my childhood I was reminded by my grandfather (a retired Navy veteran) that one of the most important freedoms we have as an American citizen is the right to vote. Citizens have fought long and hard for that right and it is not to be taken lightly. Also that we should not complain about the laws we are required to follow unless we are willing to vote.

May 22, 2014 12:45 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Appreciation due

To the editor: Recently, I had the privilege of helping pass out “poppies” for people to wear to show support and honor to those who have or are now serving our nation (particularly those of the United States Military).

May 22, 2014 12:43 p.m. read more..

Lawyer: Punish Legislature over school funding

SEATTLE — The attorney representing a coalition of parents and education groups that sued the state over school funding told the Washington Supreme Court on Wednesday that it should hold the Legislature in contempt for not obeying its orders.

May 22, 2014 12:33 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 21


Classic cars, vendors welcome at Wasco May 26 events

Wasco Memorial Day Celebration committee invites car lovers to show their antique cars and trucks in the Memorial Day invitational car show, Monday, May 26, at Wasco’s shady Railroad Depot Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the annual Memorial Day celebration in downtown Wasco.

May 21, 2014 11:41 a.m. read more..

VA misconduct under fire

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to head off a growing furor over veterans’ health care, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that allegations of misconduct at VA hospitals are “dishonorable” and will be not be tolerated by his administration.

May 21, 2014 11:18 a.m. read more..

Stellar care

Bob Stone Freeway Autocenter was honored to be recognized by Subaru of America as the only dealership in the Portland District to receive the Subaru Stellar Care Award for the third year in a row.

May 21, 2014 11:10 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 20


Polls close tonight

Election polls will close at 8 p.m. tonight, May 20, and voters who did not receive a ballot, or have misplaced it, can come to the Wasco County Clerk’s office, 511 Washington Street, until closing to get it re-issued.

May 20, 2014 1:38 p.m. read more..

Health grant focuses on 'getting ready'

North Central Public Health District was recently notified that they will be awarded $14,000 from the Greater Oregon Chapter of the March of Dimes to launch “Healthy Women Get Ready” activities aimed at supporting women of reproductive age.

May 20, 2014 1:27 p.m. read more..

The Dalles woman wins recipe award

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Dalles home cook Laura Spencer-Whitacre’s Favorite Chocolate Mousse recipe has been awarded a blue ribbon at Just A Pinch Recipes, a recipe and coupon social network for home cooks at

May 20, 2014 1:24 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Aviation success

To the editor: I would like to thank all of the people who helped with the fundraiser for Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) that I did in geography class at Horizon Christian School.

May 20, 2014 1:15 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Solemn duty

To the editor: Thank you to everyone who attended my recent presentation at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on the World War 1 Unknown Soldier, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Sentinels who stand the eternal watch over his grave in Arlington National Cemetery.

May 20, 2014 1:14 p.m. read more..

TDHS band travels to perform at Disneyland

The Dalles High School band traveled to Disneyland on April 28 for a five-day stay, courtesy of the band’s recently reinvigorated booster organization, made up of parents and interested community members alike.

May 20, 2014 12:41 p.m. read more..

D21 rap rematch resolves controversy

North Wasco County School District libraries held a rap rematch between teachers and wordsmiths “Sequential” Seth Hedberg and “Linear” Ben Lin at The Dalles Middle School on May 14.

May 20, 2014 12:39 p.m. read more..

Monday, May 19

AstroGraph for May 20, 2014

Let your creative side loose this year. Don’t be deterred by the inevitable changes coming your way. Accept that some situations are beyond your control, and devote yourself to success. Believing in your abilities is the first step. Enjoy the moment and the ride.

May 19, 2014 2:09 p.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Here’s a simple solution for gross, smelly towels

If my inbox is any indicator of what’s going on in the world, and I believe it is, smelly towels are a growing problem for consumers — and for sure EC readers. And it’s a rather new problem, the result of modern things such as front-loading high-efficiency washing machines, detergents, fabric softeners and damp conditions. If you’ve noticed the gross smell of stinky, albeit appearing to be washed, dried and ready to go, perhaps you’ve also noticed that your towels have begun to repel rather than absorb water.

May 19, 2014 2 p.m. read more..

Saturday, May 17

5A track district

Columbia River Conference district track and field meet at Kennison Stadium in Hermiston.

May 17, 2014 6:24 p.m. read more..

Coming through in the clutch

Old veterans Lio Tunai, Katie Conklin and Yasmin Hill have made reservations for the 5A state track and field meet, with Tunai scoring top honors in the shotput and Hill posting first place in the long jump in the opening day of action Friday afternoon on a windy day at Kennison Stadium in Hermiston.

May 17, 2014 6:16 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Vote Bailey

To the editor: We have witnessed Bridget Bailey develop from the school girl to the savvy business woman. She is getting our vote for county commissioner and we believe she deserves yours.

May 17, 2014 6:14 p.m. read more..

GOP leaders block immigration measure

WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders intervened Friday to prevent a vote on immigration legislation, dealing a severe blow to election-year efforts to overhaul the dysfunctional system.

May 17, 2014 6:01 p.m. read more..

Ore. judge to make ruling Monday on gay marriage

PORTLAND — A federal judge says he’ll issue a decision next week on a constitutional challenge to Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane has notified attorneys that he’ll publish his decision at noon Monday.

May 17, 2014 5:59 p.m. read more..

Winds of change in the tropical Pacific

Oregon on average offers a mild climate, but we have plenty of regional variation. Traveling from the coast to Eastern Oregon can present a range of temperatures and weather conditions that can be striking at certain times.

May 17, 2014 5:53 p.m. read more..

A Working Pair

Slower pace and working with horses drew Carrie Swearingen to carriage driving

May 17, 2014 5:41 p.m. read more..

Jury: Exactly what the death penalty was intended for

EUGENE (AP) — A Lane County jury has agreed that a Eugene man who’s twice been convicted of killings should be executed. The jury reached its decision Thursday in the case of 58-year-old David Ray Taylor, convicted last week in the 2012 killing of Celestino Gutierrez.

May 17, 2014 5:28 p.m. read more..

Eastern Oregon horse roping event faces scrutiny

SALEM — Sheriff’s deputies and rodeo judges will be watching a horse roping competition this weekend in Eastern Oregon to see if cowboys comply with a new state law against intentionally tripping the animals. Meanwhile, animal rights activists both inside and outside the rodeo grounds will also be scrutinizing the event, which they’ve campaigned against.

May 17, 2014 5:27 p.m. read more..

Friday, May 16

Twin Tunnels brings out best in runners

The crowds were plentiful on a warm and sunny day at the start of the Mosier Twin Tunnel 3k, 5k and 12k Mother’s Day Run this past Sunday on Columbia River Highway in Hood River.

May 16, 2014 1:59 p.m. read more..

Indian opposition party heads for landslide win

NEW DELHI— Opposition leader Narendra Modi will be India’s next prime minister, winning the most decisive victory the country has seen in more than a quarter century and sweeping the long-dominant Congress party from power, partial results showed Friday.

May 16, 2014 1:53 p.m. read more..

Autism Behaviorial Consulting offers free presentation

Addressing Challenging Behaviors in the Home is the topic of a free presentation June 17 in The Dalles by Audra Jensen, director of Autism Behavioral Consulting. The presentation will be Tuesday, June 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Community College third floor lecture hall in Building 2.

May 16, 2014 1:35 p.m. read more..

Veteran's Corner: Hidden heroes

The Hidden and Mighty Heroes of Wasco County: The Rand Corporation and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation released a report last month entitled: “Hidden Heroes: America’s Military Caregivers.”

May 16, 2014 1:34 p.m. read more..

Walden: Scrutiny needed on species regulation

A federal agency’s proposal to list the White Bluffs bladderpod as a threatened species, despite evidence to the contrary, is an example of how grazing rights are being threatened on public lands, according to U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon.

May 16, 2014 1:08 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for May 16, 2014

You will find fulfillment this year. New romantic and professional opportunities will make for exciting times. Your approachable nature and creative talents will be greatly appreciated. Take an active part in building your dreams, hopes and wishes. Live, love and laugh.

May 16, 2014 11:34 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: With conscious spending you can have the things you love

Frugality. It’s a word that, for many people, screams deprivation and even poverty. I get letters from readers who say they’ve had it with trying to live below their means and never having anything they love. “What’s the point if all of this deprivation if it just makes me feel even more miserable?” was the way one woman closed her letter.

May 16, 2014 11:33 a.m. read more..

Thursday, May 15

Judge: Group can’t defend gay marriage ban

EUGENE (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a national group cannot defend Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage after the state attorney general refused to do so, paving the way for a ruling on the voter-approved ban that could come at any time.

May 15, 2014 2:21 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Make your home less inviting to wildfire

All the early signs are pointing to a hot and dry summer for the Pacific Northwest, and that means that prospects are good for an unusually hot wildfire season. In fact, the wildfire season already is rolling: We experienced fires in January — in January! — along the Oregon coast and in the Silverton area. Last month, the Sweet Home area experienced a couple of fires in slash piles that were quickly contained, but presented early-season challenges to firefighters.

May 15, 2014 1:28 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Great concert

To the editor: What a wonderful concert I attended last Sunday afternoon as the The Gorge Winds sponsored their annual Spring Concert at the Civic Auditorium. The Dalles is so fortunate to have such a wonderful asset in our community.

May 15, 2014 1:26 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Vote Runyon, Hege

To the editor: We in Wasco County are Privileged to have two commissioners of the caliber of Scott Hege and Rod Runyon. These men are dedicated. They are experienced. They are knowledgeable. They are capable. They are compassionate about the people’s needs in our county.

May 15, 2014 1:24 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Bailey enriches

To the editor: I recently had a home and studio built in The Dalles. This investment in the community has been enriched by meeting Bridget Bailey who is running for Wasco County Commissioner.

May 15, 2014 1:23 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Disappointed

To the editor: I am disappointed that you did not publish my photo or the interview we had while giving my opponents in the Democratic race for U.S. Representative 2nd District that privilege. You endorsed Frank Vulliet knowing that he had been suspended from practicing law while on the ballot for supreme court justice in Washington.

May 15, 2014 1:20 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Re-elect Hege

To the editor: Wasco County voters have the chance to re-elect a candidate with a solid background and fresh ideas. Re-electing Scott Hege to Wasco County commissioner Position 1 will keep jobs and economic development as a top priority for all of Wasco County.

May 15, 2014 12:42 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Support Bailey

To the editor: I support Bridget Bailey for County Commissioner because she fully demonstrates the intelligence and integrity to move the county commission toward innovative and creative solutions for many of the problems facing Wasco and other Oregon counties in our region.

May 15, 2014 12:41 p.m. read more..

Activist disputes accusation of fee gouging

The Center for Biological Diversity disputes the allegation by the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association and others that environmentalist groups are raking in billions from federal court battles.

May 15, 2014 12:28 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for May 15, 2014

Embrace opposition and the challenges it brings. Assume a leadership role and engage in activities that will help pump up your metabolism and get you ready for competition. High energy and good organizational skills will bring you the results you want mentally, physically and financially. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Don’t be caught short by an unexpected bill. Frivolous spending will cause added worry and stress. Keep your money in a safe place to reduce temptation.

May 15, 2014 9:33 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Here are some great cookbooks for kitchen newbies

Dear Mary: My young grandson is getting married soon, and neither he nor his fiance can cook. Could you please recommend a good all-purpose cookbook AND a microwave cookbook for newlyweds who will have a very tight and limited budget? I’m thinking this would be a useful and practical wedding gift. Thank you for your time in answering my question. It is appreciated. — Connie R.

May 15, 2014 9:28 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 14

Word on the street: Wheels go green tonight in Mosier

Green in Mosier: It’s fitting that Gorge Green Drinks comes to Mosier for National Bike Month. Situated squarely between the Mosier Twin Tunnels Trail and arguably the most scenic stretch of the Historic Columbia River Highway, it’s a resting spot for cyclists who may have started their journey in Hood River and are about ready to roll through the hills and dales of Mosier orchard country and the Rowena Loops on their way to The Dalles. Or vice versa.

May 14, 2014 5:01 p.m. read more..

Plays in the park series holds auditions

The Theatre Company of The Dalles and Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation are auditioning next week for the children’s classic “King Midas and the Golden Touch”. As part of the Free Plays in the park series, this is an audience participation play and calls for four actors ages 14 through adult.

May 14, 2014 4:53 p.m. read more..

TD baseball loses in Pendleton

TJ Hancock went 1 for 2 with a double and three RBIs, as the No. 7 Pendleton Buckaroos built a 10-4 lead through five innings and hung on for a 10-8 win Tuesday in varsity baseball play in Pendleton.

May 14, 2014 4:48 p.m. read more..

TD softball loses in Pendleton

Pendleton junior Tiah Grass slammed a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to invoke the mercy and give No. 3-ranked Pendleton a 12-2 home victory in a Columbia River Conference matchup at Steve Cary Field in Pendleton.

May 14, 2014 4:47 p.m. read more..

Telles grabs third to secure state bid

The Dalles freshman Iliana Telles cut down nine strokes off her opening day score with an 80 on the scorecards Tuesday afternoon for a 169 and third place in the individual standings to chalk up a state qualification at the Columbia River Conference district tournament in The Dalles.

May 14, 2014 4:46 p.m. read more..

County, city to discuss roads

Terms surrounding the County Roads Department’s proposed creation of a new taxingdistrict have yet to be finalized since Wasco County Commissioners agreed May 7 to postpone a decision until more discussion between the county and city governments can take place.

May 14, 2014 4:28 p.m. read more..

New Jersey man dies in climbing fall

HOOD RIVER — The Hood River County Sheriff's Office has identified the fallen climber on Mount Hood as 57-year-old Robert J. Cormier of Jersey City, N.J.. Cormier was a Catholic Priest in Jersey City.

May 14, 2014 4:25 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for May 14, 2014

This will be an eventful and exciting year for you. Follow your heart and stand firm regarding your goals. You can simplify things by refusing to let others complicate your plans. Determination, hard work and focus will get you where you want to go.

May 14, 2014 9:21 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Better than Starbucks, cheaper too

DIY FANCY COFFEE. I make my own great frozen coffee drinks, better than the ones that cost so much money. It all starts with frozen coffee cubes, which I make from the flavored coffee of my choice and freeze in ice cube trays. That's the secret. Most recipes call for adding things to cold coffee and then blending with ice. But the ice can water it down. By starting with frozen coffee, there's no need for ice to make the drink frozen. My favorite recipe is frozen coffee cubes, hazelnut or caramel syrup, chocolate milk or powder, light cream or milk and a little sugar (I like mine sweet). Blend until smooth. Yummy! I just keep a zip-type bag full of coffee cubes in my freezer. -- Lori

May 14, 2014 9:21 a.m. read more..

Spera is promoting change

Barney Spera knows it is unlikely that he will topple Republican Greg Walden from his Second Congressional District seat - but he is running to get his message out. "I decided to get involved in this election because I just got angry," said the Democrat from Ashland. "Money is power and power is money and I have no illusions about unseating Walden. But I would like to get a discussion going."

May 14, 2014 5:28 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 13


Moment of truth

The Dalles boys and girls golf teams are in action through one day of district tournament play

May 13, 2014 2:23 p.m. read more..

Guest comment: Reveal facts on rural mass gathering and fire

A few weeks ago I turned in an Oregon Public information Request to the Oregon Department of Forestry, The Dalles office. The purpose of the request was information regarding fire protection in the area of Wolf Run Road and the National Forest boundary. I also took the request in and explained it.

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

Letter to the editor: Write a teacher

To the editor: Under the heading of Random Acts that make the world a little better, please consider thanking a teacher with a letter. Spring is here, and the year has been long and difficult to explain to students, and every person inside a school wishes it was magically June already.

May 13, 2014 2:17 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Vote Runyon, Hege

To the editor: It is election time again in Wasco County and who better to vote for then true and tried candidates. I am voting for Rod Runyon and Scott Hege to serve another term as our County Commissioners.

May 13, 2014 2:16 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Vote Ferguson

To the editor: I am writing on behalf of Nora Ferguson regarding the position of County Commissioner position 1. I have gotten to know Nora quite well and can thoroughly vouch for her character and abilities. She has a pleasant and positive attitude and is a team player.

May 13, 2014 2:15 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Send Conger to US Senate ballot

The story of Jason Conger’s path from homelessness to Harvard Law School is one to inspire any young person with the idea that a good education and a powerful desire can make anything happen — as long as the people continue to support those opportunities.

May 13, 2014 2:10 p.m. read more..

Boer goat show set in Moro

The fifth annual Wild West Boer Goat Show in Moro is set for this Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18 hosted by aAprina Acres Boer Goats.

May 13, 2014 2:04 p.m. read more..

Mosier Fire District improves fire rating

Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO) informed the City of Mosier by a May 6 letter that Public Protection Classifications (PPC) have improved for both the City of Mosier and the rest of the Mosier Fire District.

May 13, 2014 2:04 p.m. read more..

Klindt’s offers writing workshops

As part of their Youth Fiction Festival, Klindt’s Booksellers and Stationers will be offering a quartet of writing workshops with featured authors. Courses last between 1½ and two hours.

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

Crack sealing of streets begins May 14

Crack sealing of streets by the City of The Dalles Public Works Department will begin Wednesday, May 14, in the downtown core area and progress to other locations throughout town over the summer months.

May 13, 2014 1:46 p.m. read more..

D21 budget allows for more staffers, books

An 11.66 percent increase in general fund revenues means North Wasco County School District will be able to restore several jobs and “do more with more for the first time in a long time,” said District Superintendent Candy Armstrong.

May 13, 2014 1:43 p.m. read more..

Monday, May 12

AstroGraph for May 13, 2014

Do a little soul-searching this year. You may have been limiting your prospects by relying too much on other people. Assert your independence. Take a tally of your achievements, accomplishments and ideas, and weed out anything that could inhibit your success.

May 12, 2014 11:50 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: How to store non-perishable food

Every household needs to have some amount of food in storage. How much food to store is an individual decision that depends on your financial resources, storage area and other factors. Ideally, you need enough to feed your family for six months, but start with shorter goals, like one week, then two weeks and then a month — some kind of incremental plan won’t bust the budget or throw you into panic buying that can easily lead to burnout and buyer’s remorse.

May 12, 2014 11:49 a.m. read more..

Sunday, May 11


TD golfers fourth at Big River

Freshman Iliana Telles carded an 84, Jennifer Bonham added a personal-best score and The Dalles girl’s golf team totaled a 388 for fourth place in the team standings in Thursday’s Hermiston Invitational at Big River Golf Course.

May 11, 2014 11:05 a.m. read more..

Saturday, May 10


Letter to the editor: Vote Bailey

To the editor: Bridget Bailey is the obvious choice for Wasco County Commissioner. Bridget’s legal, business and entrepreneurial background plus her years of being involved in our agricultural community gives her the qualifications to serve Wasco County as a commissioner.

May 10, 2014 11:17 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Richardson leads

To the editor: State Representative Dennis Richardson, Oregon gubernatorial candidate, is not a politician but rather a statesman exemplifying principled leadership on behalf of Oregon.

May 10, 2014 11:16 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Elect Ferguson

To the editor: As former Wasco County employees, we read with much interest the letter to the editor from Ed Hall, published in the Sunday, May 6, 2014, edition of The Dalles Chronicle. We have several friends who are current and former employees of Wasco County, and their feelings echo the sentiments indicated by Mr. Hall.

May 10, 2014 11:14 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Life saver

To the editor: I am a veteran and was stationed in the States during Vietnam. Here is my experience with the VA Hospitals/Clinics. I applied for VA health benefits in 2000.

May 10, 2014 11:13 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Teacher’s reward

To the editor: Yesterday as I sat in the front of my classroom taking attendance, a little first or second grade girl stood outside my classroom door waiting to be recognized by me. When I saw her, I motioned her into the room. She came toward my desk and as she reached it, she opened her tiny little hand and inside that hand there were two small broken pieces of a candy cane. She smiled and said, “These are for you,” And then, just as quietly as she entered the room, she walked back out.

May 10, 2014 11:12 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Spera for wages

To the editor: (Edited for length.) Last week marked a tremendous victory for workers, as Seattle mayor Ed Murray announced his plan to phase in a $15 an hour minimum wage for the city.

May 10, 2014 11:10 p.m. read more..

Sister Cities seeks community views

A longstanding sister city relationship between The Dalles and Ikeda-Miyoshi, Japan, has introduced new generations of students to cultural exchanges while building lasting bridges between these far-flung communities.

May 10, 2014 11:08 p.m. read more..

Health district tackles climate change

Over a period of two years, staff from North Central Public Health District participated with members of Oregon Health Authority and four other Oregon counties to focus on climate change in their respective regions and how it might affect the health of citizens.

May 10, 2014 11:07 p.m. read more..

Today in history, May 11

Today is Sunday, May 11, the 131st day of 2014. There are 234 days left in the year. This is Mother’s Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 11, 1944, during World War II, Allied forces launched a major offensive against Axis lines in Italy.

May 10, 2014 10:56 p.m. read more..

Pud closed Tuesday

PUD closure Northern Wasco County PUD office will be closed from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, to allow staff to meet on emergency preparedness.

May 10, 2014 10:54 p.m. read more..

The Gift of Music

After 26 years of freely sharing his time, expertise and passion for music, Greg Weast has decided to hang up his baton

May 10, 2014 8:50 p.m. read more..

Columbia Zone fishing report, May 10

Weekend Fishing Opportunities: Spring Chinook and shad fishing is open Friday, May 9 – Saturday, May 10 from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upstream to Rooster Rock, plus the banks only from Rooster Rock to Bonneville Dam. White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to The Dalles Dam, but remains an option for catch and release angling. Anglers are reminded that spawning sanctuaries take effect May 1 (see special regulations for details). Sturgeon retention is open in The Dalles and John Day pools until the respective guidelines are met. Sturgeon retention is open during February 1-July 31 from McNary Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border. Effective Friday June 13 – Saturday June 14 and Friday June 20 – Saturday June 21, the Bonneville Pool will be open to the retention of white sturgeon. Spring Chinook angling is open during March 16 – May 9, from Tower Island powerlines upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam, plus the banks between Bonneville and Tower Island powerlines. Walleye fishing was excellent in The Dalles Pool last week.

May 10, 2014 9:58 a.m. read more..

Northeast Zone fishing report, May 10

Weekend fishing opportunities Anglers have reported catching 20 fish limits of kokanee and large holdover rainbows at Wallowa Lake. There will be a free Family Fishing event at McNary Ponds on Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to noon. Rainbow trout were recently stocked in Tatone, Hatrock and McNary ponds, and continue to provide great early season action.

May 10, 2014 9:56 a.m. read more..

Southeast Zone fishing report, May 10

Weekend fishing opportunities: Largemouth bass fishing is picking up in Willow Valley Reservoir. Lake of the Woods was stocked recently and trout fishing should be good. The Wood River, one of the best brown trout fisheries in the state, is open for fishing.

May 10, 2014 9:50 a.m. read more..

Central Zone fishing report, May 10

CENTRAL ZONE FISHING This is a great time of year to find trout feeding on the surface of the lower Deschutes River. Trout fishing on Big Lava Lake has been good with reports of fish up to 18-inches. On Odell Lake, kokanee fishing has been good with 14 to 18-inch fish being caught.

May 10, 2014 9:31 a.m. read more..

Willamette Zone wildlife viewing report, May 10

Living with Beavers, Wed. May 21 ODFW and the North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council will host a presentation about living with beavers, featuring ODFW biologists Susan Barnes and Dave Stewart. The presentation will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Milwaukie Center, located at 5445 SE Kellogg Creek Dr., Milwaukie, Ore.

May 10, 2014 9:10 a.m. read more..

Willamette Zone fishing report, May 10

Weekend fishing opportunities: Trout season opened in many upper Willamette basin waterbodies on Saturday, April 26. Spring Chinook fishing continues on the Willamette River. Trout stocking is in full gear at locations throughout the Willamette Valley. Spring Chinook are now moving into the Clackamas River and should be showing up in the Sandy and Santiam systems anytime. The Molalla River is in good shape for steelhead fishing.

May 10, 2014 9:06 a.m. read more..

Friday, May 9


Tribe finishes with a bang

It was the type of finishing flurry The Dalles coach Andrew Hughes wanted for his varsity boy’s tennis team. Cole McDowell kept his winning streak going and the newly formed No. 1 doubles team of Griffin Martin and Christian Munoz added a dominant performance to lead the Eagle Indians to a resounding 9-0 victory Wednesday in league tennis action in Pendleton.

May 9, 2014 12:52 p.m. read more..

Changes made for upcoming hoops season

Players in marked lane spaces will be able to move into the lane when the ball is released by the free-throw shooter beginning with the 2014-15 high school basketball season. Previously, players could not release until the ball touched the ring or backboard or until the free throw ended.

May 9, 2014 12:48 p.m. read more..

Gadget menagerie training offered

Branches of Fort Vancouver Regional Library in Klickitat and Skamania counties will be offering Gadget Menagerie training on handheld devices for library staff and patrons in mid-May.

May 9, 2014 12:39 p.m. read more..

Foundation offers nursing scholarships

Mid-Columbia Health Foundation, the fundraising arm of Mid-Columbia Medical Center, is encouraging local students pursuing nursing degrees to apply for financial assistance available through several scholarship funds.

May 9, 2014 12:38 p.m. read more..

Crag Rats tackle rugged cliff in practice for calamity

Crag Rats clung to a jagged cliff worthy of their name Saturday afternoon. The scene was a 60-foot cliff in a former rock quarry just west of the Mark O. Hatfield Trailhead, with views of Mosier and the Columbia River. Rockfall — airborne geological debris — was part of the challenge as 20 volunteers with the mountain rescue group trained via the scenario of an injured climber needing assistance getting off the cliff face. “Denny,” a 180-pound training dummy on loan from Parkdale Fire Department, served as the victim.

May 9, 2014 12:22 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for May 9, 2014

Heightened awareness and creativity lie ahead for you this year. Children, friends, and lovers will all play a part in your trajectory. You can avoid jealousy and negative currents by being totally honest in your personal and professional endeavors. Be mindful of medical or physical difficulties.

May 9, 2014 10:56 a.m. read more..

Thursday, May 8


Dufur takes a one-run win

Round and round they went – Dufur and Riverside played close to the vest for 14 innings and the No. 3-ranked Rangers used the arms and bat of Bryson Caldwell to lead the way.

May 8, 2014 4:19 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Hege and Runyon

To the editor: I am encouraging everyone to vote for Rod Runyon and Scott Hege, each one finishing their first term as Wasco County commissioners. As mayor, I have had the opportunity to work with both and have observed how they attack problems with creativity and energy. Their open willingness to share ideas and to improve communications has been refreshing.

May 8, 2014 3:46 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Retain Runyon

To the editor: Regarding the upcoming primary election, I do not know or question the abilities of all the candidates for county commissioner; however, for the preceding three years I have had the opportunity to see Rod Runyon in various positions of action on behalf of the citizens and veterans of Wasco County and have not found him lacking in integrity or ability.

May 8, 2014 3:45 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Spring cleaning

To the editor: It’s time to shed some sunlight on Wasco County and do some spring cleaning by replacing the two incumbent do-nothing Commissioners who promise only more of the same. We need a change.

May 8, 2014 3:43 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Husband will refuse stipend

To the editor: It appears some people believe there would be a conflict of interest if my wife Bridget Bailey is elected Wasco County commissioner because I am the District Attorney in Wasco County. This is not accurate.

May 8, 2014 3:42 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Last Days wrap

To the editor: We concluded the 36th “The Last Days of Jesus” Easter pageant with our annual cast and crew celebration last Sunday. On behalf of this committee, we are again thankful and grateful first of all to Jesus Christ.

May 8, 2014 3:38 p.m. read more..

Gorge Winds Spring Concert May 11

Gorge Winds Concert Band will present its 2014 Spring Concert Sunday, May 11, at 2 p.m. in The Dalles Civic Auditorium. Special guest performer will be Corin Parker featuring Leonard Berstein’s “Rhapsody in Blue” on piano. Other works to be included are: “Along an English Countryside,” “Tuscola Mountain Celebration,” “Mancini Spectacular,” “Prelude and Fugue in G Minor” and a local trumpet trio playing Leroy Anderson’s famous “Bugler’s Holiday.” Co-conductors are Larry Loop and Nathan Parker. Concert admission is free, though donations are welcome.

May 8, 2014 3:25 p.m. read more..

Rapping teachers face off in 'epic' tie-breaker

Recently, the libraries of North Wasco County School District hosted the eighth annual poetry slam. As part of that event high school math teacher Linear Ben Lin competed against middle school history teacher Sequential Seth Hedberg in a no-holds barred Rap-Off. Sadly for both educators, the panel of three judges called it a tie, destroying bragging rights for both men.

May 8, 2014 3:21 p.m. read more..

Pipe investigation continues

A crew from the City of The Dalles Public Works Department puts away equipment around a hole dug in the middle of Wright Street, which runs parallel to Mill Creek on the south edge of the city. They dug the hole to find a mystery pipe that has been draining spring water contaminated with a high level of E. coli bacteria into Mill Creek. Previous scoping efforts traced the pipe 200 feet from its outfall into the middle of Wright Street, but then dead-ended. The red bag contains cloth contaminated by the outflow used to catch the dye. The pipe is reportedly half-full of sediment, making the job more difficult.

May 8, 2014 3:03 p.m. read more..

Health insurers just say no to pot

Patients who use medical marijuana for pain and other chronic symptoms can take an unwanted hit: Insurers don’t cover the treatment, which costs as much as $1,000 a month.

May 8, 2014 2:52 p.m. read more..

Richardson leads GOP field in governors race

SALEM — Republicans will vote in the coming weeks on a nominee for governor, but the race was really decided last month, when former state party chairman Allen Alley said he wouldn’t jump in the race.

May 8, 2014 2:37 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for May 8, 2014

Study and learning will provide you with lots of ideas. An intellectual outlook will improve your chances of snagging a leadership role. Intimate dealings with family, friends or neighbors will lead to an ideal partnership. Check out different philosophies and alter your life to suit your needs.

May 8, 2014 2:30 p.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: How you can safely get rid of those expired medications

Every day my email box loads up with messages — many of which contain questions from you, my dear EC readers. And if you’ve sent a message, you are aware by now that while I read my mail and keep it filed, I just do not have enough time in my days to answer every message personally. However, once each week I reach into that file and select questions I believe will have a wide appeal.

May 8, 2014 2:30 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 7

Huskies get draw with Riverside

The Sherman Huskies hit the court against Riverside and picked up three singles wins in a 3-3 tie with Riverside Tuesday in a pro-set varsity tennis match in Moro.

May 7, 2014 12:25 p.m. read more..

Career day brings the STEAM

The Gorge Technology Alliance (GTA) held its first STEAM Career Day for students in the region April 25 in The Dalles. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

May 7, 2014 12:13 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for May 7, 2014

It has never been more important to get everything in writing. Many good opportunities have been lost through a lack of communication. Document everything carefully. Keep confusion at bay and be crystal clear when conveying your needs and expectations in order to get good results.

May 7, 2014 11:39 a.m. read more..

Wind Challenge draws 100

One hundred high school and middle school students from across the Columbia Gorge competed in the 2014 Wind Challenge event May 3, racing against the clock to build the strongest, fastest wind turbines.

May 7, 2014 11:32 a.m. read more..

Russian troops pull back from Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has pulled back its troops from the Ukrainian border, Vladimir Putin told diplomats Wednesday as he urged insurgents in southeast Ukraine to postpone their planned referendum Sunday on autonomy.

May 7, 2014 11:26 a.m. read more..

Scientists urge delay in destroying smallpox

WASHINGTON — More than three decades after the eradication of smallpox, U.S. officials say it’s still not time to destroy the last known stockpiles of the virus behind one of history’s deadliest diseases.

May 7, 2014 11:24 a.m. read more..

Raptor tries to carry off dog

CASHMERE, Wash. (AP) — The owners of a small dog suspect an eagle or other large bird attempted to carry it away from their home near Cashmere.

May 7, 2014 11:15 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, May 6


Letter to the editor: Glad to be in The Dalles

To the editor: Dear Mr. DeFauw, Thank you to you and your wife for visiting our fair city. It appears that what you smelled during your visit triggered personal memories for you that overpowered your enjoyment of the “charm and beauty” of our “sunny town.” Many industries produce an odor — if they were to be systematically overregulated or made to go away it is certain that many creature comforts that are enjoyable where you live would be compromised or not exist at all. When was the last time you had a steak or hamburger or chicken tenders? (slaughterhouse) Bacon or ham? (hog ranch) Fried egg? (poultry farm).

May 6, 2014 2:04 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Fix Webber

To the editor: Thompson street and the intersection at 10th is just fine. But west 2nd and west 6th and Webber is not. The north and south turning lane lights need to be installed, before someone gets killed. Or is that what needs to happen? Fix it!

May 6, 2014 2:03 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Support Bailey

To the editor: We are privileged to have someone as qualified as Bridget Bailey running for the position of County Commissioner. It is not often that our community has an individual with her experience and education willing to serve.

May 6, 2014 2:01 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Elect Bailey

To the editor: I had the honor to serve the citizens of The Dalles as Mayor for almost 12 years and the privilege of working at Wasco County for 15 years.

May 6, 2014 1:59 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Mystery pipe: One thing is clear

The Dalles City Council and The Dalles public works department both deserve credit for the work they have done in trying to rectify issues related to the “mystery pipe” feeding E. coli-riddled water into Mill Creek.

May 6, 2014 1:44 p.m. read more..

Escaped girls interviewed in Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The girls in the school dorm could hear the sound of gunshots from a nearby town. So when armed men in uniforms burst in and promised to rescue them, at first they were relieved.

May 6, 2014 1:42 p.m. read more..

Ukraine tightens cordon around rebellious city

DONETSK, Ukraine— Ukrainian troops tightened a security cordon around a major insurgent-held eastern city Tuesday, but pro-Russia militia acted with impunity elsewhere in the turbulent region bordering Russia, surrounding a major Interior Ministry base.

May 6, 2014 1:38 p.m. read more..

Student launches plane rides for charity

As part of a school project, William Decker, a ninth grader from The Dalles who attends Horizon Christian School in Hood River, has arranged for a Kodiak bush plane to offer rides locally as a fundraiser for a Christian charity.

May 6, 2014 1:10 p.m. read more..

Billy Frank Jr., tribal fishing activist, dies

SEATTLE — From the time he was first arrested at the age of 14 for fishing near his home, Billy Frank Jr. was a fierce and tireless champion for salmon, tribal sovereignty and the right of Northwest tribes to fish in their traditional waters. Nearly 70 years of advocacy ended Monday when the Nisqually tribal elder died at his home near Olympia. He was 83.

May 6, 2014 12:59 p.m. read more..

Softball squad swept on the road

Hood River Valley pitcher Kayla Byers was her dominant self in the circle and the offense did the rest in a two-game sweep Saturday in a Columbia River Conference softball tussle in Hood River.

May 6, 2014 12:55 p.m. read more..

Report: WA tuition among fastest growing

SEATTLE — A national report shows tuition at Washington’s public universities increased more during the recession than in any state except Arizona, but still doesn’t approach the highest public university tuition in the nation.

May 6, 2014 12:49 p.m. read more..

Oregon governor performs CPR on woman

PORTLAND — Gov. John Kitzhaber performed CPR on an unconscious woman Monday evening in downtown Portland, assisting her until medics could arrive, say his spokeswoman and fire department spokesmen.

May 6, 2014 12:48 p.m. read more..

Yakima Basin canals could generate electricity

SELAH, Wash. (AP) — Farmers across the Yakima Basin depend on a network of canals to deliver water for their crops. Now, scientists believe the canals could provide another resource to the region: renewable energy.

May 6, 2014 12:45 p.m. read more..

Starfish disease found on Oregon coast

PORTLAND (AP) — A disease that has been killing starfish on the West Coast has been found in Oregon. Oregon Coast Aquarium divers at the entrance to Yaquina Bay on April 27 found starfish with “sea star wasting disease” that causes their arms to fall off and turn to goo.

May 6, 2014 12:34 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for May 6, 2014

Hidden assets and unsolicited financial aid will be welcome surprises this year. Consider investing in property or learning new skills. Family and friends will play a larger role in your life as well. If you keep the lines of communication open, you will be offered support, suggestions and hands-on assistance.

May 6, 2014 11:01 a.m. read more..

Saturday, May 3


Lácteos Nos hace bien al cuerpo

Durante décadas, en toda América, un golpe en la puerta significaba un amigo había llegado a visitar o, mejor aún, el lechero, haciendo sus entregas semanales.

May 3, 2014 4:25 p.m. read more..

Extension cord: Dairy provides vital nutrients for the body

For decades, all across America, a knock at the door meant either a friend had arrived to visit or, better yet, the milkman was there, bearing his weekly deliveries. Though home milk delivery — and the nostalgic glass bottles it came in — had largely disappeared by the 1960s, our thirst for the beverage (and the endless nutrients and creamy flavor it provides) remained strong. Many of us were raised drinking milk with every meal (thanks, mom and dad!), and we can probably recall our own favorite milk moments: pairing milk with a freshly baked cookie or a classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or, come winter, warming up with hot chocolate made with milk and topped with mini marshmallows.

May 3, 2014 4:23 p.m. read more..

Tunai, Hill set PRs, 2nd place in Gresham

The stakes were raised Friday for The Dalles track team while facing four 6A schools, nine 5A programs and a 3A Clatskanie in the Dean Nice Invitational Meet in Gresham. The Eagle Indians posted six top-5 finishes, as Yasmin Hill and senior Lio Tunai picked up the two best finishes for the day.

May 3, 2014 4:18 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Return incumbents

To the editor: The upcoming election involves incumbents that know what to do and how to get it done for our state and county. There are challengers that want their jobs, but I urge you not to vote for change when change is not what you need. The new folks want what the incumbent’s want and are doing already.

May 3, 2014 3:54 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Support Runyon

To the editor: I have known Rod Runyon, your Wasco County Commissioner, since the late 1960s and whatever his job, radio sportscaster, insurance, plus serving his community in so many different ways, his dedication to the task at hand has always astonished me; for instance, his faithful attendance to so many meetings county-wide.

May 3, 2014 3:53 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Support incumbents

To the editor: (Edited for length.) Integrated 3D Manufacturing would like to add its endorsement and support for Wasco County Commissioners Scott Hege, Rod Runyon, and Steve Kramer. As a newly located small business in The Port of The Dalles, we would like to share our job-creation success story and emphasize the critical role these commissioners played in recruiting and enabling the successful start-up of our business.

May 3, 2014 3:51 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Company toilet?

To the editor: I recently spent a few days with my wife visiting your sunny town. We saw some amazing wildflowers, had some good food and tasty beer, and stayed in a nice hotel.

May 3, 2014 3:49 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Support Bailey

To the editor: (Edited for length.) I support Bridget Bailey for Wasco County Commissioner. I have known her my entire life and she is an honest, hardworking and capable person.

May 3, 2014 3:47 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Honor the flag

To the editor: I was at the Cherry parade and have to say I am very disappointed in what I saw. The parade itself was wonderful as always, but the people to my right, left and across the street are what disappointed me. When the flag of our United States of America came down the street carried by the Wasco County Sheriff’s posse, I did not see anyone stand, put their hand over their heart or show any of the respect our flag is due.

May 3, 2014 3:46 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Distrust sitting commissioners

To the editor: (Edited for length.) As the friend of Wasco County employees, I felt I needed to express some concerns regarding the upcoming election. I have seen several letters to the editor endorsing the incumbents of the county commission; even the Chronicle’s editorial has supported both Rod Runyon and Scott Hege.

May 3, 2014 3:45 p.m. read more..

Editorial: A time to prepare, not panic

Wasco County this past week put an end to the possibility that a marijuana dispensary might be located here in the next year. The Dalles did the same earlier in the month, enacting a one-year ban — all the state has been willing to allow until the question of whether or not cities and counties can permanently ban the dispensaries is decided, most likely in court.

May 3, 2014 3:41 p.m. read more..

Caveats remain on job growth

WASHINGTON — Employers added a sizable 288,000 jobs in April. Hiring in February and March was better than first thought. The unemployment rate plunged to 6.3 percent from 6.7 percent. At first glance, Friday’s U.S. jobs report suggested that the agonizingly slow 5-year-old economic recovery had burst into a full sprint. Yet several cautionary signs emerged from the report, starting with that spectacular plunge in the unemployment rate.

May 3, 2014 3:36 p.m. read more..

Friday, May 2


Unitarian Universalists select Zimmerman

The Mid-Columbia Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has called the Rev. Judy Zimmerman to serve as its first “settled” minister — meaning she’ll be the first to reside in the area.

May 2, 2014 1:25 p.m. read more..

Vulliet seeks Congress ‘fix’

Charles “Frank” Vulliet, Sr., 72, felt called to run for the Second Congressional seat out of belief that issues at the federal level are so out of control that it is a prime time to replace incumbent Greg Walden.

May 2, 2014 1:14 p.m. read more..

Veterans sought for Adventure

Outdoor Adventures for Military Heroes has organized a variety of expeditions in 2014 for combat veterans from Wasco County who have sustained an injury in war – but people have not been signing up.

May 2, 2014 1:12 p.m. read more..

'Hot Stuff' by Gorge Stars

Bob Palmer dances disco to "Hot Stuff" during Dancing with the Gorge Stars Thursday night in The Dalles. He was partnered with professional dancer Jenn Berry. Palmer was awarded the "Mirror Ball Trophy."

May 2, 2014 1:06 p.m. read more..

West Second and Webber to close May 6

The intersection of West Second and Webber streets will be closed to all traffic Tuesday, May 6, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Dalles public works will be resurfacing the street from the intersection eastward. The closure will be complete, including emergency vehicles. Since Webber will be closed from West First to West Sixth, there will be no access to the freeway on-ramp, but vehicles eastbound on West Second will be allowed to turn onto Webber to reach West Sixth Street.

May 2, 2014 11:41 a.m. read more..

Thursday, May 1


AstroGraph for May 1, 2014

Nothing will be too difficult for you to take on this year. Your courage and insight will carry you to the finish line, and you’ll be able to overcome many obstacles and achieve your goals. Don’t waste time when you should be taking action.

May 1, 2014 2:21 p.m. read more..

Reaching return

The Dalles junior Christian Munoz returns a low shot during a singles match against Hood River Valley Wednesday in The Dalles.

May 1, 2014 1:12 p.m. read more..

‘Stand your ground’ laws put to test

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man is accused of setting a trap and blindly blasting a shotgun into his garage, killing a 17-year-old German exchange student. A Minnesota man is convicted of lying in wait in his basement for two teenagers and killing them during a break-in. The two recent cases take the “stand your ground” debate to a new level: Do laws that allow private citizens to protect their property also let them set a trap and wait for someone to kill?

May 1, 2014 1:09 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Leave Thompson St. alone

To the editor: I live on Thompson St. We moved to Thompson St. because of the rural feeling, nice people and less traffic. My neighbors have been hounded for years by the city. To pay for the new sewer, water lines, repaving and putting 19th St. through, my own cost for this would be $10,000 and the city would charge 5 percent if not paid in full.

May 1, 2014 11:23 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Sad downtown

To the editor: For lease, for rent, for sale, closed, shut. Has anyone noticed our downtown lately? Sadly, our historic downtown is decaying and drying up.

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

Letter to the Editor: Elect Ferguson

To the editor: Nora Ferguson will receive my vote for county commissioner. I’ve worked with Nora Ferguson for six years and had the opportunity to serve on the same board. Nora possesses all the qualities needed to be a great commissioner. She has integrity and is not intimidated by others.

May 1, 2014 11:19 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Vote Bailey

To the editor: As a Korean War veteran serving from June 1950 to Nov. 1953, I’m writing in support of my friend, Bridget Bailey. She is an attorney, supportive of veterans and supportive of the veterans’ service office. She is aware of the need for a local office in The Dalles to assist veterans.

May 1, 2014 11:18 a.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Support Runyon

To the editor: Election day will be here soon and I want to urge all veterans to step up and vote for the re-election of Rod Runyon as Wasco County Commissioner. He not only does everything in his official capacity to honor and care for all of us who have gone to war, his off time is spent standing a flag line as a member of the Patriot Guard Riders.

May 1, 2014 11:16 a.m. read more..

Dufur hosts plant sale

The Dufur Valley Garden Club hosts its annual plant and baked goods sale Saturday, May 3, starting at 9 a.m. at the St. Alphonses Catholic Hall, First and Church streets in Dufur. Shrubs, trees, perennials, tomato plants and more will be on sale.

May 1, 2014 11:03 a.m. read more..

Southern California wildfire 10 percent contained

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters battling a smoky blaze in the foothills east of Los Angeles took advantage of cooler early-morning conditions as they braced for the return of gusty winds that initially pushed the fire in the direction of more than 1,500 homes.

May 1, 2014 11:01 a.m. read more..

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