Stories for November 2014


Saturday, November 29

‘Big River’ offers fall adventure

NOTE: The Columbia River is a major river, with commercial traffic, rapid changes in flow and unpredictable weather. Boating the river may or may not be safe on any given day. Exploring a river the size of the Columbia is a daunting prospect for any paddler, and a region famous for its wind seems an unlikely haven for a canoeist. Even the Lewis and Clark expedition, having rested up a bit in The Dalles after crossing the plains, the Rocky Mountains and navigating Celilo Falls, were stalled for a time at what is now known as Crates Point because they were unable to make any headway against the stormy October wind. Only by leaving early the next morning were they able to round the point and proceed downriver.

November 29, 2014 11:22 a.m. read more..

Commentary: Help grieving, ill manage sadness during the holidays

We hear from all kinds of sources — the pulpit at church, the songs that we sing, the commercials and ads on the television and in magazines, even from each other – that this time of year is perfect to remember what we are thankful for in our lives. When a loved one is dying, or has died, that gratitude can be a little difficult to find. Finding that piece of gratitude, holding on to it, and then sharing it, is really a perfect way to help a grieving person manage the holidays.

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

Letter to the editor: Impressed with town

To the editor: My daughter and her family are here from Seattle. When we went out she stopped asking me who that was I was talking to when she realized I had no idea. She said “strangers don’t even look you in the eye up there.” But the thing that impressed them the most were the police. Anyone walking there was suspect, especially teens.

November 29, 2014 11:16 a.m. read more..

Editorial: State should form ‘joint’ committee

Despite the jokes it’s bound to elicit, the Oregon Legislature clearly needs a “joint” committee to deal with numerous issues headed for lawmakers in the wake of voters’ approval of recreational marijuana.

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

For the Love of Music

“You never know what a rehearsal is going to be or isn’t going to be, so we need to make the most of it,” said Larry Loop, co-conductor of Gorge Winds Concert Band, to musicians awaiting his direction.

November 29, 2014 10:49 a.m. read more..

Friday, November 28


Trail closure

The U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday that a landslide has led to the indefinite closure of Larch Mountain Trail No. 441 near Multnomah Falls Lodge from Benson Bridge to the junction of the No. 400 trail.

November 28, 2014 5:59 p.m. read more..

Heating help

Mid-Columbia Community Action Council’s heating assistance programs for low-income individuals and families will open to the public on Monday, Dec. 1.

November 28, 2014 5:51 p.m. read more..

Police step up parking patrols

The Dalles Police Department will be actively enforcing the downtown parking ordinance during the holiday season with an officer on foot patrol along designated areas of First through Fifth streets. “Most of the year, enforcement of this ordinance is complaint-driven but during the holiday season we actively enforce,” said Chief Jay Waterbury.

November 28, 2014 5:47 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, November 25


Google spoon steadies tremors

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon. But these spoons (don't call them spoogles) are a bit more than your basic utensil: Using hundreds of algorithms, they allow people with essential tremors and Parkinson's disease to eat without spilling.

November 25, 2014 3:50 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Jubilee solution

To the editor: Following the Lehman banking debacle of 2008, the government sponsored bailout of Too Big to Fail banks only created an illusion of recovery because the bailout did not stimulate the economy. Seventy percent of the economy is consumer-driven, thus consumer spending must increase.

November 25, 2014 3:40 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: No. 1 cancer killer

To the editor: Lung Force, led by the American Lung Association, is trying to get the message across to everyone, but particularly women since only one percent of women even think about lung cancer. This is what they have to say about lung cancer:

November 25, 2014 3:39 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Letter from Jesus

To the editor: This letter was written by an unknown author and I ask that you print it: “Dear Friend: How are You? I just had to send a note to tell you how much I care about you. I saw you yesterday as you were talking with your friends. I waited all day hoping you would want to talk with me, too. I gave you a sunset to close your day and a cool breeze to rest you – and I waited.

November 25, 2014 3:38 p.m. read more..

The Dalles raises $1.1M for cancer fight

Relay For Life of The Dalles has been given third place for the American Cancer Society Gordy fundraising per capita award. The award is presented to events that raise the most money per capita for various population sizes throughout the Great West division comprised of 12 states.

November 25, 2014 3:32 p.m. read more..

Saturday, November 22


Letter to the editor: Thank you Obama

To the editor: Good for you, Mr. President. I am not a Democrat but I am proud of my president! You did the right thing for our immigrants and America! I served as a pastor for many years and was so tired of the quibbling.

November 22, 2014 12:20 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Time for healing

To the editor: I read an article recently about the plight of Native Americans who live and fish on the Columbia River. Since this issue is of concern to all people of the Mid-Columbia, I thought I would share my views about it. By living on land that was taken from Native Americans, and by utilizing resources taken from that land, we are accessories-after-the fact of a colossal crime. The destruction of their culture and their identity as a people compounds that crime into the stratosphere.

November 22, 2014 12:19 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Use science

To the editor: Everyday when we travel in our cars, stay safe and warm in our homes, buy food at the store, or use medicine, we benefit from the knowledge that science has provided us.

November 22, 2014 12:18 p.m. read more..

Christmas tree permits available

SALEM (AP) — Sales of Christmas-tree permits for the Mount Hood National Forest are now available, and permits for the Willamette National Forest go on sale the day after Thanksgiving.

November 22, 2014 11:57 a.m. read more..

A Fight for Life

Cheree Gillette recently attended the funeral of a 34-year-old childhood friend who died of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. The loss of her friend particularly shook Gillette, because she herself had nearly died from the same illness early this year.

November 22, 2014 11:50 a.m. read more..

Campus closure plans suspended

The Columbia Gorge Community College board wants to revisit a planned closure of the Hood River campus — to offset a $1.6 million budget deficit — so those plans have been put on hold. That news was delivered Thursday afternoon by Dr. Frank Toda, president and chief executive officer of the college.

November 22, 2014 11:47 a.m. read more..

Light up the holidays

The Dalles Main Street invites volunteers to get into the spirit of the holiday season Tuesday, Nov. 25, by putting up white Christmas lights in the downtown blocks, starting at 7 a.m.

November 22, 2014 11:44 a.m. read more..

Friday, November 21


Three on Parks board under fire

In a busy meeting Wednesday night, the parks board first received a petition with 89 signatures seeking the reinstatement of Scott Green as director, then was told a recall effort would begin against the three members who voted for his ouster.

November 21, 2014 5:23 p.m. read more..

Sherlock Holmes finishes run Saturday

VAGABOND MADELEINE Morgan, left, is moved along by an Irish policeman in Thursday’s performance of Sherlock Holmes and the Portal of Time at The Dalles High School. Final performances are tonight, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and two performances Saturday, Nov. 22, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before the show.

November 21, 2014 5:19 p.m. read more..

Thursday, November 20

Sunny memory

THE METAL FISH on the Interstate 84 bridge at the west end of The Dalles are silhouetted against the rising sun in the days before winter weather moved in to shroud the area. Warmer weather is coming — but so is the rain — and a glimpse of the sun may still be days away.

November 20, 2014 3:15 p.m. read more..

Concussions treated head on

In the just-concluded fall sports season at The Dalles High School, 22 student athletes received concussions, officials say, well below the 35 that occurred last year.

November 20, 2014 3:11 p.m. read more..

Dr. K: Eye drops provide relief for swollen eyes

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have allergies, and my eyes are affected the most. They’re puffy, red and itchy. What can I do? DEAR READER: Pollens, animal dander, dust mites and mold: The same allergens that cause sneezing and an itchy nose and throat can trigger allergy symptoms that affect your eyes, too. If your eyes are red and itchy, you may also have tearing, mucous discharge and swelling of your conjunctiva (the inside of your eyelid). This constellation of symptoms is known as allergic conjunctivitis. It can be uncomfortable, but it is not a threat to vision.

November 20, 2014 3:07 p.m. read more..

Rangers trying to break through

With all of the hoopla and congratulations lobbed towards the Dufur Rangers after a semifinal football playoff win last week, as a group, they know the journey is far from over. Just two more wins will cap a memorable season.

November 20, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Thanks for smile

To the editor: On Monday, Nov. 17, Dutch Bros. had a huge sale. All drinks, all day, $1. Of course, the lines were very long. We all waited our turn, except for a truck load of young men who cut in front of four patiently waiting customers.

November 20, 2014 2:57 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Revival time

To the editor: If the majority of U.S. citizens wanted the House and the Senate to work with the president to repair and rehabilitate America’s decline brought on by “The Obama Nation,” Democrats would have been elected. And still the Commander-in-Chief doesn’t get it.

November 20, 2014 2:57 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Long donation list

To the editor: The Dalles truly is a great place to live and work. As the executive director of the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation I get to see, firsthand some of this city's best and brightest!

November 20, 2014 2:56 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Timber will have a role in economies

The New York Times ran a story in its Saturday editions about Sweet Home and the town’s attempts to redefine itself now that federal forests don’t produce nearly the level of timber that they have in the past. The story likely was of interest to the paper’s readers, but it probably didn’t tell Oregonians anything they don’t know.

November 20, 2014 2:53 p.m. read more..

Wash. to sue over tank vapors

SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington plans to sue the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor to protect workers from hazardous vapors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear site, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Wednesday.

November 20, 2014 2:45 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 19


Report on tribal youth urges action

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — American Indian and Alaska Native children are exposed to violence at rates higher than any other social group in the nation, according to a new report that urges creation of a new Native American affairs office, additional federal funding and other measures to combat the problem.

November 19, 2014 1:03 p.m. read more..

Travel in time with Sherlock Holmes

FINAL PERFORMANCES of The Dalles High School Theatre Department’s production of “Sherlock Holmes and the Portal of Time” are this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20, 21, and 22, with performances at 7:30 p.m. each evening, and a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. Pictured are Ian Webb and Murphy Goldsberry in a scene from the play, in which Sherlock Holmes goes back in time to stop Professor Moriarty from changing the outcome of WW II. Contributed photo

November 19, 2014 1:02 p.m. read more..

Camel’s visit draws The Dalles crowd

It’s not every day that a camel is seen on the streets of The Dalles, so the presence of “Calypso” on Monday drew plenty of attention from passing motorists. “I’ve seen them in zoos but this close is pretty cool,” said Rowan Hopkins, 13, who fed the camel a treat that earned instant friendship.

November 19, 2014 12:48 p.m. read more..

It’s Turkey Trot time

PORTLAND — The Oregon Zoo invites runners and walkers of all ages to its annual Turkey Trot on Thursday, Nov. 27.

November 19, 2014 12:47 p.m. read more..

Israel troops demolish home

JERUSALEM — Israel demolished the east Jerusalem home of a Palestinian who carried out a deadly October attack, just hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised strict security measures in the wake of a grisly synagogue assault a day earlier.

November 19, 2014 12:46 p.m. read more..

'This is my jail' case goes to trial

BALTIMORE — Inside the Baltimore City Detention Center, gang members used smuggled cellphones, dealt drugs and had sex with corrupt guards — several of whom they impregnated — who helped them as they ran operations of the Black Guerilla Family, according to court papers in a case alleging widespread corruption at the state-run facility.

November 19, 2014 12:44 p.m. read more..

Think Pink receives donation

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Griffith Motors owner David Griffith made a donation of $50 for every vehicle sold in the month of October.

November 19, 2014 12:41 p.m. read more..

Home construction fell last month

WASHINGTON — Construction of new homes fell slightly in October after a big surge in the previous month, but the weakness was largely driven by the volatile apartment sector.

November 19, 2014 12:38 p.m. read more..

Oregon adds 9,900 jobs in October

SALEM — Oregon employers went on a hiring spree this fall, adding nearly 10,000 jobs in October and producing the largest one-month gain in nearly two decades, the state Employment Department said Tuesday.

November 19, 2014 12:37 p.m. read more..

Ask Dr. K: Hookahs are not harmless, in spite of what teens think

DEAR DOCTOR K: You recently wrote about e-cigarettes not being safe for teens. What about hookahs? I don’t completely understand what they are. Are they OK for my teen? I think he might be smoking them. DEAR READER: A hookah is a water pipe that people use to smoke a specially made tobacco. Often the tobacco used in hookahs is flavored, which makes smoking it more attractive to some people.

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

Court asked to end GMO ban

MEDFORD (AP) — Two southern Oregon farms are asking a court to end Jackson County’s voter-approved ban on genetically modified crops or force the county to pay the farms $4.2 million.

November 19, 2014 12:16 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, November 18


Cold geese

A flock of geese explore the frozen shallows of the Columbia River.

November 18, 2014 1:59 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Fight global warming

To the editor: We, in Eastern Oregon, have a unique opportunity to affect the biggest threat to the future of our children and life around us: Global warming. We are all familiar with the scientists’ predictions.

November 18, 2014 1:48 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Two things to say

To the editor: After reading Donna Quick Polka’s letter, I have two things to say: 1) Your encyclopedia must be very old and 2) if you don’t like cannabis, don’t use it.

November 18, 2014 1:47 p.m. read more..

Helmets now commonplace on slopes

BEND (AP) — They come in nearly every color scheme imaginable, from camouflage to bright pink. Most skiers and snowboarders on the slopes are wearing them, and if you're not, well, you are not just reckless, you are . GASP! ... unfashionable. "Now I feel like if you go up to the mountain, it almost looks weird if you don't have one on," says Mikaela Costigan, accessories buyer for Powder House Ski & Snowboard in Bend.

November 18, 2014 12:46 p.m. read more..

Plan for Painted Hills wilderness wins broad support

BEND (AP) — A proposed federal wilderness area encircling Oregon's Painted Hills has won the backing of local leaders, but a lot more needs to happen for it to be created. The Wheeler County Court and the city of Mitchell recently voted to support the Sutton Mountain Wilderness. The federal designation of a wilderness, however, requires an act of Congress and approval by the president.

November 18, 2014 12:45 p.m. read more..

Study finds likely cause of starfish wasting disease

GRANTS PASS — Scientists have isolated a virus they are pretty sure is causing the mysterious disease that has killed millions of sea stars on the Pacific Coast from Southern California to Alaska by causing them to lose their limbs and eventually disintegrate into slime and piles of tiny bones.

November 18, 2014 12:42 p.m. read more..

Advocates sue over Lynx habitat

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates sued the federal government Monday after it declined to designate some areas in the West as critical habitat for the imperiled Canada lynx.

November 18, 2014 12:33 p.m. read more..

Saturday, November 15


Letter to the editor: Help for children

To the editor: I would like to thank the community for donating to the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) during Dry Hollow's 2014 trick or treat for UNICEF. This year we raised $705 for children in need. Your donations will be used for child protection, child survival, basic education and gender equality, emergencies and humanitarian action. Once again, thank you for donating!

November 15, 2014 12:17 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Support Green

To the editor: The Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District was wrong in firing Scott Green without cause. I'm asking everyone to show up at their next meeting on Wednesday November 19th at 5:30 p.m. at the Parks and Rec office, 114 Washington St. Please show up to support Scott, we need to make the board accountable for their actions.

November 15, 2014 12:16 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: America wins

To the editor: I did not expect President Obama to accept his and his Party’s trouncing in the mid-term election graciously or with respect. With his usual egoist attitude and normal arrogance he responded with threats to launch his concept of immigration reform and to renovate America to suit himself.

November 15, 2014 12:15 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Wrong choice

To the editor: Voters are told to vote, cast their ballot. It is their responsibility to do so but, without having studied the issues, they should stay home. For example, voting yes for the use of marijuana when they do not know the devastating results.

November 15, 2014 12:14 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Don’t trade Thanksgiving for bargains

Consumerism is starting to gobble up Thanksgiving Day and it is a sad trend for Americans to follow. Time with family and friends sharing thoughts of gratitude over a feast should not be traded for a holiday bargain.

November 15, 2014 11:47 a.m. read more..

Tacoma Art Museum opens expanded wing

TACOMA, Wash. — When Tacoma Art Museum throws open the doors to its new Haub Family Galleries wing next weekend after 11 months of construction, there will be a lot to celebrate beyond the first exhibit: "Art of the American West: The Haub Family Collection."

November 15, 2014 11:25 a.m. read more..

Wyden pushes to boost OR logging

GRANTS PASS — Sen. Ron Wyden moved forward Thursday on his plan to get two top-priority bills — one to implement Klamath Basin water agreements and the other to boost logging in Western Oregon — through the lame-duck session of Congress before Democrats lose their majority in the Senate.

November 15, 2014 11:21 a.m. read more..

Comet craft starts drilling

BERLIN (AP) — A European probe has begun drilling into a comet to collect scientific data, but mission controllers said Friday that battery issues may make it impossible — at least for now — to access that information.

November 15, 2014 11:20 a.m. read more..

Science corner: ­Encouraging news on Ozone Layer

This September the United Nations released an encouraging update on the status of the ozone layer and the ozone hole over Antarctica. Evidence of progress in reversing ozone depletion offers good environmental news and some interesting parallels with climate change.

November 15, 2014 11:18 a.m. read more..

Ask Dr. K: Statin guidelines recognize expanded benefits

DEAR DOCTOR K: My doctor never recommended statins to me, but he says there are new guidelines, and thinks that I should now start taking one. What do you think of the new statin guidelines? DEAR READER: The new guidelines make a lot of sense, because we’ve learned that statins have more effects on the body than just lowering cholesterol. Statins were developed after a Nobel Prize-winning discovery in the 1970s revealed how the body makes cholesterol. Most of the cholesterol in our body is made by our body, not consumed in our food. Statins slow the production of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by the body.

November 15, 2014 11:11 a.m. read more..

Clark college hosts open house Nov. 24

BINGEN, Wash. – Clark College will host an open house Nov. 24 at their new Bingen campus to introduce the 310 Larch Street facility and their winter 2015 class offerings to the communities of the Columbia River Gorge.

November 15, 2014 10:05 a.m. read more..

MCCED focuses on

Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), Washington State University and Gorge Grown Food Network are hosting a forum about the current and future state of the value-added food processing industry.

November 15, 2014 10:04 a.m. read more..

Friday, November 14


Waste plan unveiled

As promised, Wasco County Commissioner Steve Kramer presented a plan Wednesday, Nov. 12 for moving the hazardous waste and recycling program from the public health district to Wasco County. He presented the outline of the transition plan to the North Central Public Health District board of health at its meeting. It had few details, but did call for the Tri-County Hazardous Waste and Recycling Program to be relocated to the county by Jan. 1, 2015.

November 14, 2014 5:54 p.m. read more..

Thursday, November 13


Letter to the editor: Thank you voters

To the editor: Thank you! I wanted to take just a moment to sincerely say Thank You! Thank you to the citizens of Wasco County for my re-election to the County Commission. Thank you for your confidence and support that manifested itself in so many ways during this election cycle.

November 13, 2014 1:53 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Helping the homeless

To the editor: This letter is in response to the article in Friday’s Chronicle (Nov. 7) requesting volunteers for The Warming Place in The Dalles. We have volunteered at The Warming Place for four years and would like to simplify the process in the hope of allaying any apprehensions potential volunteers may have. We arrive at The Warming Place between 6:30-7 p.m. where the “guests” are waiting outside in the bitter cold and are grateful to be let in. The guests are always appreciative of our coming and often thank us. The most we have ever had is 12; the least, one.

November 13, 2014 1:52 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Young champions

I would like to take a moment and recognize the young men of The Dalles High Riverhawks football team. Though their season didn’t end in a play-off spot or a perfect record, each week these athletes took to the field and gave it their very best.

November 13, 2014 1:51 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Need cooperation

To the editor: To the voters of Mosier Fire District – As a property owner and fellow citizen of the Mosier Fire District I would like to remind voters of the following as they prepare to cast their votes in our upcoming recall election.

November 13, 2014 1:51 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Rotarian kudos

To the editor: As another general election has ended, once again our Rotary volunteers staffed the drive by ballot drop at the Fifth Street entrance to the courthouse.

November 13, 2014 1:50 p.m. read more..

Dufur prepped for Wallowa

Dufur head coach Jack Henderson is preaching to his football team that they need to be disciplined on every play.

November 13, 2014 12:13 p.m. read more..

Good behavior can stop beach smoking ban

Well, just when you thought you’d never have occasion to use the phrases “common sense” and “state government” in the same sentence, along comes a news item to show you that perhaps some hope remains.

November 13, 2014 10:48 a.m. read more..

Framing the world of beauty

Westwind Frame and Gallery owner Marty Hiser will be celebrating 25 years as a framer with a “Thank you” party Friday, Nov. 28, during the Starlight parade. “It's my customer appreciation night,” she explained.

November 13, 2014 9:45 a.m. read more..

Windermere helps ‘Share the Warmth’

Windermere offices in the Gorge is holding a “Share the Warmth” coat and blanket drive now through Dec. 17 Community members can help their neighbors in need by donating coats and blankets for children and adults. Donated items will be distributed to those in need by local charities in each community.

November 13, 2014 9:39 a.m. read more..

Ask Dr. K: Artificial sweeteners may not decrease calories

DEAR DOCTOR K: For 20 years, I’ve substituted artificial sweeteners for sugar in my coffee, and switched to diet soft drinks to avoid obesity and the diseases that overweight people are prone to, like Type 2 diabetes. Now I hear that new research says that’s a bad idea. What is going on? DEAR READER: Here’s what’s not confusing: More than a modest amount of sugar each day is not good for you. Nothing’s changed there.

November 13, 2014 9:38 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, November 11


Commentary: Life after combat is mired with unexpected challenges

I have been in the military for 18 years, with three deployments to the Middle East. I was in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1990-91. Then I was part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004-05 and Operation New Dawn (also in Iraq) in 2010-11. These tours of duty have caused multiple problems in my life – physically, emotionally, mentally and financially. America will always be the place that I love to call home but this country has taken a toll on me and many soldiers like me. Way too many problems for such little pay!

November 11, 2014 12:01 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Respect, honor first

To the editor: Today my husband and I went to KMart looking for a flag to display for Veteran's Day.... we were told they were on the end caps by the registers.. nowhere to be found replaced with Christmas stockings. My husband finally found an employee that told him per management orders they were placed in the stock room. He found one in the back room for us. What is wrong with this picture?

November 11, 2014 noon read more..

Folk duo Friday

LK DUO Small Potatoes returns to the Columbia River Gorge Friday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m. at The Dalles Art Center, 220 E. 4th St. Seats at the intimate venue must be reserved, contact, or Dan Ross at Columbia River Music downtown The Dalles.

November 11, 2014 11:51 a.m. read more..

Cold arrives

SEATTLE (AP) — The National Weather Service says Arctic air blowing into the Northwest on gusty winds Tuesday will drop temperatures below freezing in many locations.

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

The Dalles could attract pot grows

GRANTS PASS — It will be nearly two years before Oregonians can drop by the corner marijuana store to pick up some bud for the weekend, but growers are already gearing up to meet the increased demand of the coming Green Rush.

November 11, 2014 11:15 a.m. read more..

Saturday, November 8


Letter to the editor: Vote responsibly

To the editor: To Mosier Fire District Voters – We are currently being asked to vote in a special recall election. As members of the Mosier Community we would like to encourage each of you to make a careful and considered decision as you cast your vote.

November 8, 2014 4:02 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Honored to serve

To the editor: I want to thank all who have supported me in the past and present on the City Council and in all the other projects we have worked on together. We can truly be proud of all the accomplishments made over the past 25 years.

November 8, 2014 3:34 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: News conspiracy?

To the editor: How ironic is it that the person who hit the trick-or-treaters was only driving “impaired” until the elections were over. Then it was revealed that he was actually under the influence of marijuana. Who was the one to pull that string? Not releasing the facts until the measure to legalize pot was voted on — and approved.

November 8, 2014 3:34 p.m. read more..

Danger lurks in the Dawn

When Army Second Lieutenant Kenneth McKenzie stood watch in the jungles of Vietnam, he learned to dread the interval between night and dawn.

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

Dine out for Hospice Tuesday

The community is invited to dine out in the Columbia River gorge Tuesday, Nov. 11, for the benefit of the Heart of Hospice foundation. The fundraiser is in celebration of National Hospice Month.

November 8, 2014 12:09 p.m. read more..

Friday, November 7


Thursday, November 6


Letter to the editor: God is love

To the editor: Thanks for publishing Gary Fischer’s “Lies about evolution.” This convoluted mess of thought clearly illustrates what Romans 5:5 stays in God’s word The Bible.

November 6, 2014 1:56 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Hiding the truth

Hiding the truth To the editor: How ironic is it that the person who hit the trick-or-treaters was only driving “impaired” until the elections were over. Then it was revealed that he was actually under the influence of marijuana.

November 6, 2014 1:56 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Candy for all

To the editor: Being a business downtown, I look forward every year for the young Trick-or-Treaters. Every year I buy $100s of candy and enjoy every second. I was surprised to hear that the Chamber was gathering candy from the community to give to the businesses downtown to hand out.

November 6, 2014 1:41 p.m. read more..

Ask Dr. K: Human papillomavirus vaccine has proven benefits

DEAR DOCTOR K: My daughter’s pediatrician would like her to have the HPV vaccine. I’m not sure. Is there evidence the HPV vaccine has some real benefit? DEAR READER: Yes, there is evidence — overwhelming evidence. And with this vaccine, the benefit is not that it will reduce the risk of a short-lived illness, like the flu. This vaccine will reduce your daughter’s risk of getting a common and life-threatening cancer.

November 6, 2014 1:19 p.m. read more..

Ask Dr. K: Lower your risk of diabetic nephropathy

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have diabetes. My doctor says I’m at risk for diabetic nephropathy. What is that? What can I do to prevent it? DEAR READER: Diabetic nephropathy is kidney disease that is a complication of diabetes.

November 6, 2014 1:11 p.m. read more..

Local company first with new 3D printer

The i3D Manufacturing company, located in the Port of The Dalles, is the first company in North America to commission the new direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) machine known as an EOS M290.

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

Port industrial park nears completion

Sustainability and frugality have been key themes throughout construction of the Port of The Dalles’ newest industrial subdivision, which is nearing completion.

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

TD Hydrant flush

The City of The Dalles Public Works Department will be flushing fire hydrants in the downtown core area during the next two weeks.

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

Chronicle adds new reporter

The Dalles Chronicle has added a new reporter to its staff, with Brad Mosher taking over coverage of Wasco County and the Port of the Dalles.

November 6, 2014 12:56 p.m. read more..

Help for lower income families

Low income families and individuals are invited to request food and toys from The Dalles Community Christmas Assistance program. Applications will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. through Friday, Nov. 7, or 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Salvation Army, 623 E. Third Street.

November 6, 2014 6:38 a.m. read more..

Soccer seniors earn CRC status

Through the regular season, The Dalles Riverhawks soccer team enjoyed early success and endured some mid-season struggles, but still managed a postseason berth for first-year head coach Greg Burkart.

November 6, 2014 6:29 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, November 4


Women Learn to Build

Eighteen women turned out for the event in The Dalles. The pink shirts were donated by Sign Age of The Dalles, and coffee was donated by Holstein’s Coffee Co. of The Dalles.

November 4, 2014 6:21 p.m. read more..

Dr. K: Tips on helping your child through puberty

DEAR DOCTOR K: What should I expect when my daughter goes through puberty? How can I help her as she goes through these changes? DEAR READER: Full disclosure: I don’t have any personal or parental experience to tap into for this question. Experienced colleagues and friends always emphasize how important it is to discuss puberty with your daughter before these changes begin. She needs to know what to expect and also that these changes are perfectly normal. Otherwise, she might be frightened by the first signs of change, such as her first menstrual bleeding.

November 4, 2014 6:12 p.m. read more..

Senior news: Don’t fall for the Grandparent Scam

You receive a call from your grandson. He is in trouble in a foreign country and he needs your help, now! He sounds desperate and you want to help, so you send him a Western Union money order. And you never hear from him again or see your money.

November 4, 2014 6:11 p.m. read more..

Bob Stone set to retire

Bob Stone called a meeting for all staff at Freeway Autocenter on Friday afternoon, Oct. 31, and announced that he would be retiring from the business.

November 4, 2014 5:59 p.m. read more..

Saturday, November 1


Letter to the editor: Thank you for sharing

To the editor: We would like to extend our sincere "Thank you" to the many special friends who attended the Celebration Of Life service in honor of Malcolm 'Joe' Lafrenz that was held on Sept. 20th at Spooky's Pizza Parlor.

November 1, 2014 3:35 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Stop pontificating

To the editor: Apparently, The Dalles City Councilors Carolyn Wood, Bill Dick and Tim McGlothlin either don’t care, can’t read or failed to get the message in the Chronicle’s July 20th editorial on water and sewer rates: Sharpen pencils, then we’ll talk.

November 1, 2014 3:34 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Correct shortcomings

To the editor: A genuine thank you to the people of The Dalles, citizen landowners, public servants and elected personnel, who have supported our collective efforts to plow through the boulder-strewn pathway laid out in the past 15 years.

November 1, 2014 3:34 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Vote for Richardson

To the editor: Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a fresh, new governor in Oregon who has established himself as a leader in his district and statewide through his hard work in the Oregon legislature? Dennis Richardson has pledged to create a healthy business environment to provide jobs to get our economy moving.

November 1, 2014 3:33 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Unenforceable law

To the editor: Substance prohibition hasn’t worked since Adam and Eve took a bite of the forbidden fruit. If the fear of God wasn’t enough to keep them partaking, it seems awfully arrogant of a prohibitionist to think that somehow they can do what God Almighty could not.

November 1, 2014 3:32 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Disrespecting the will of the people

Watching cities scramble to approve a local sales tax on recreational marijuana even before voters decide if it should be legal is reminiscent of children diving for the goodies when the piñata breaks at a birthday party.

November 1, 2014 3:31 p.m. read more..

Halloween takes over The Dalles

Monsters were certainly in the park as dusk fell in City Park Halloween Night, not to mention downtown The Dalles as well. Here are some photographs from Friday.

November 1, 2014 3:30 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Pot is not healthy

To the editor: On ‘The Great Pot Debate’ televised Sunday morning, the reasons given to legalize pot were that it would be regulated ‘for adults’ (alcohol is?) and it would decriminalize the use of pot and control the quality. An advertisement by Washington’s King County Sheriff John Urquhart says drug arrests for DUII (driving under the influence of intoxicants) are down. Really? When the availability of drugs is up?

November 1, 2014 1:44 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: It’s an honor to serve

To the editor: I am running for re-election to city council. I have worked on councils that brought about the roundabout, the commercial dock, Lewis and Clark Festival Park, the Sunshine mill, vertical housing in commercial zones, maintenance and improvement of water and sewer systems, eased sidewalk and curb standards for rural areas and eliminated the “line drawn on the map” as a definition of “development,” thereby eliminating a burden of paying development fees and costs by property owners. In part, because of city investment into infrastructure, including water and sewer, our community recruited a significant water (and waste treatment), electric and fiber optic user/consumer, which has since expanded here.

November 1, 2014 1:43 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: What can we do?

To the editor: Comes on folks, this is our town, too. Some of you have been here longer than others, and some like myself and family left but returned to live out our lives here because we loved it and the people.

November 1, 2014 1:41 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Respecting a saint

To the editor: St. Vincent de Paul. I am not Catholic but have felt the need to defend this honored Saint. He is a real man that lived and died devoted to helping anyone in need of help.

November 1, 2014 1:40 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Thanks for cat food

To the editor: Catlink would like to thank Home At Last for the generous food donation. It will allow more of our resources to go to the spay and neuter of feral cats in the community.

November 1, 2014 1:39 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: No time to give care

To the editor: When you go to the doctor's office for a scheduled appointment you assume that your concerns will be noted and any solutions or changes will be documented and furthered on to the necessary parties.

November 1, 2014 1:38 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Farrell is experienced

To the editor: Tim Farrell for Judge. I have worked with Tim Farrell as a court-appointed defense attorney and have appreciated his thorough approach to resolving criminal cases for his clients.

November 1, 2014 1:35 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Disappointing choice

To the editor: Very, very disappointing to see your endorsement of Jeff Merkley. You are endorsing a guy who, to my knowledge, has never held anything but a public or government job yet he continues to drone on and on about his "blue collar" upbringing and "common man" persona.

November 1, 2014 1:35 p.m. read more..

Board views on termination of director

The Northern Wasco County Parks & Recreation District board voted to terminate the contract of its longtime executive director, Scott Green. Nikki Lesich, Catherine Whalen and Travis Dray voted in favor of terminating the contract, while Dean Dollarhide and Marcus Denney voted against it. Green said the close vote to terminate him after nine years on the job “raised a lot of eyebrows” in the parks district.

November 1, 2014 12:40 p.m. read more..

Petition started to get Green rehired

Local Realtor Dennis Morgan started circulating a petition Wednesday to get Scott Green’s job back as head of Northern Wasco County Parks & Recreation District.

November 1, 2014 12:38 p.m. read more..

Turn back clocks, test smoke alarms on Sunday

Sunday, Nov. 2, marks the end of Daylight Saving Time and serves as a good reminder for Oregonians to test their smoke alarms. The Office of State Fire Marshal is urging residents to test their smoke alarms before automatically changing the batteries.

November 1, 2014 12:26 p.m. read more..

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