LETTIE YOUNG, assistant director at The Dalles Art Center, shows off a necklace made by Loraine Bradshaw of Bingen, one of many pieces to be auctioned Saturday, Nov. 1, at 57th Annual Art Auction, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium, 323 E. 4th St. In the background is work in a variety of media, including ceramic, fiber art and pastels.October 29, 2014 5:29 p.m. read more..
Mayor believes move was politically driven Correction An article on city water rates Wednesday, Oct. 29, incorrectly stated The Dalles City Councilor Dan Spatz was not present for Monday’s discussion and vote on water rates. He was at the council meeting but not at the urban renewal meeting that followed. Spatz seconded the motion to halve a series of water rate hikes, beginning with the one in 2014.October 29, 2014 5:22 p.m. read more..
It is said laughter is the best medicine. Although it is not a cure for major depression, according to the Mayo Clinic website, laughter can improve your mood, relieve stress and pain, and increase personal satisfaction while stimulating your heart, lungs and muscles — and improving your immune system. Not bad for a couple of knock-knock jokes!October 28, 2014 2:48 p.m. read more..
To the editor: As I have come to know Commissioner Rod Runyon, I have found that he does not sit back and wait for things to happen. Commissioner Runyon is a pro-active and engaged public servant. Rod always contacts me to share how specific bills affect Wasco County.October 28, 2014 2:46 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I see many homeless people working at The Dollar Tree and one in particular deserves some recognition. I met Henry Cardinal a little over a year ago – but it was a long time before I realized he was homeless.October 28, 2014 2:45 p.m. read more..
To the editor: If you think your congressman should be bought and paid for by out of state money — voter for Greg Walden. If you think your congressman should put his personal religious beliefs and political party agenda before his constituents and Oregon — vote for Greg Walden. If you think the hugely profitable fossil fuel industry needs billions in tax payer subsidies and tax breaks — vote for Greg Walden.October 28, 2014 2:44 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I am supporting Bridget Bailey for county commissioner because Wasco County needs strong, vigorous leadership to provide for us and stimulate our economy. Bridget Bailey has the skills and background to be an excellent commissioner. The status-quo is not enough. More of the same is not the answer.October 28, 2014 2:42 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I would like to encourage citizens to take action about the creosote odor that occurs on a daily basis in our community. Almost every morning I wake up, look outside to a beautiful sunny day, open my door and then have to shut it to avoid the odor coming into my home. I live nowhere near the plant.October 28, 2014 2:41 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I am writing in support of Judge Karen Ostrye. I have worked in social services in the gorge for 16 years. I have witnessed Judge Ostrye, as an attorney, advocate for her clients with expertise, composure, fairness and compassion.October 28, 2014 2:40 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I would like to take a moment to thank Ian Corey, his family, and all of his Eagle Scout crew members for beautifying Dry Hollow School with the landscaping work they completed by the Dry Hollow reader board.October 28, 2014 2:39 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Oregon voters are deciding to regulate, legalize and tax marijuana in this election. I live just over the river here in Washington and while I don’t have a vote, I do have some perspective to offer if folks are open to it. We legalized and regulated marijuana two years ago.October 28, 2014 2:38 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND — Oregon health officials have designated six hospital systems as the go-to centers for treatment in case a person in the state is suspected of having Ebola or is diagnosed with the disease.October 28, 2014 2:34 p.m. read more..
ALBANY (AP) — In the wake of Thursday’s fatal crossover crash on Interstate 5 near Albany, the Oregon Department of Transportation hopes to begin construction on cable barriers through Linn County, and in Salem, in mid-November, according to an agency spokesman.October 28, 2014 2:33 p.m. read more..
THOUGH ACTUAL earth-moving is still a few days away, community representatives marked the beginning of construction of the new 50-meter Thompson Park Pool Monday, Oct. 27, with a ground breaking ceremony. Pictured, from left, are Wasco County Commissioner Scott Hege, The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence and Northern Wasco County Parks & Recreation District board members Travis Dray, Dean Dollarhide, Marcus Denny, Catherine Whalen, and Nikki Lesich.October 28, 2014 12:52 p.m. read more..
Well, Janet and I have done it again. We have wasted another summer wandering single lane forest service roads looking for the next greatest hiking trail. We have run into our share of road hogs who think they are driving in downtown Portland. We have pointed more than a few disoriented people in the right direction. That said, we have had another great year roaming the trails of the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood.October 25, 2014 4:09 p.m. read more..
To the editor: This is an open letter to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber: What are you thinking governor? I just learned that the state of Oregon, via the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department, is joining other plaintiffs in challenging the Northwest’s salmon recovery plan in federal court, seeking more spill at the federal dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.October 25, 2014 3:39 p.m. read more..
I challenge the people of Wasco County to think and read critically when considering advertisements, editorials and letters to the editor prior to an election.October 25, 2014 3:37 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I am writing to ask your readers to vote to retain Judge Karen Ostrye. As an employee of the courts, I had the opportunity to work with Karen Ostrye while she was a practicing lawyer. More recently, I have worked with Judge Ostrye in her role as a judge over Wasco County matters.October 25, 2014 3:34 p.m. read more..
Editor’s Fact Check: A letter published in the Oct. 23 edition of The Chronicle contained information that we felt should be investigated for accuracy. A question was raised over whether Wasco County Commissioner Rod Runyon had spent $15,000 to remodel new meeting space, $3,000 just on chairs.October 25, 2014 3:30 p.m. read more..
Miyoshi delegates stay locallyOctober 25, 2014 3:17 p.m. read more..
In what appears to be a recurring theme for The Dalles girl’s soccer team, No. 16-ranked Pendleton hit the back of the net in the opening 90 seconds of play and took hold of a 3-2 triumph in a Columbia River Conference matchup in Pendleton. “Three out of the last four games we have allowed a goal in the first 90 seconds, so that makes it difficult,” said TD head coach Colby Tonn.October 23, 2014 12:16 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I have served on the Wasco County Budget Committee for the last six years and would like to share my observations about Commissioner Rod Runyon. His primary concern after he got elected was to find new office space for him, initial estimates for remodeling were over $200,000. I reminded him in two different commission meetings that commissioner’s office remodel was not on any capital improvement list, not a priority, no money in the budget and frivolous.October 23, 2014 11:45 a.m. read more..
To the editor: Let’s talk about a perceived conflict versus a real conflict. There is a misguided perception that it would be a conflict of interest for Bridget Bailey to serve as a county commissioner because her husband is district attorney. It is very simple. Bridget will be a county employee and her husband is a state employee.October 23, 2014 11:43 a.m. read more..
To the editor: As party leaders we tend to disagree a lot, that’s the nature of politics these days. But this election cycle, there’s one idea that’s so bad we have no difficulty agreeing. Both Parties oppose Measure 90.October 23, 2014 11:41 a.m. read more..
The Dalles Chronicle Editorial Board is evenly split between political viewpoints and also includes Marilyn Roth, publisher. Following is a breakdown of our vote on two statewide measures that will be decided by Oregon voters Nov. 4. The remainder of the ballot issues, as well are our endorsement of state and federal candidates, will be addressed later this week.October 23, 2014 11:38 a.m. read more..
HOOD RIVER — Columbia Center for the Arts will present the third annual Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival in Hood River Nov. 7-9. Venues for the Film Festival include two theaters at Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River Hotel downstairs and Andrew’s Skylight Theater. The festival will feature a segment of 3D films –the only film festival in the PNW featuring 3D. In addition to showcasing national and worldwide films, the festival features local and NW filmmakers and is supported almost entirely by community volunteers and local businesses.October 23, 2014 11:37 a.m. read more..
In its Oct. 20 editorial, The Dalles Chronicle stated it could not overcome a concern that electing Bridget Bailey would muddy “the waters between the judicial and legislative branch” because we are married. This is unfounded. I work for neither the legislative nor judicial branch. The Chronicle knows this already: they have done extensive reporting and editorializing on my interactions with the judicial branch of government, and I do not work in the legislature. I am independent of both the legislative and judicial branches, and independent of Wasco County Commissioners. I would have been happy to remind anyone at the Chronicle of this, but no one called me.October 23, 2014 11:34 a.m. read more..
To the editor: Response to Laura (letter published Oct. 21) Hey kiddo that’s politics for you. Mr. Clark’s remarks are normal, that happens in the election crisis. To me politics is a vicious game centered on blasphemy, lewdness, indignity, mud-slinging and anything else one wants to call it just to get votes and I don’t buy it in the least.October 23, 2014 11:34 a.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: My doctor told me to check my blood pressure at home, but he didn’t give me many details. Could you provide some guidance? DEAR READER: Keeping your blood pressure in check is vital to maintaining heart health and preventing stroke. But the way most of us monitor our pressure — by trekking to the doctor’s office for occasional blood pressure checks — is far from ideal.October 23, 2014 9:26 a.m. read more..
The five-spined Ips bark beetle continues to rampage through Columbia Gorge-area ponderosa pines, killing many in a distinctive pattern of reddened tree tops. What’s expected for our pine trees? And is there any help for area homeowners with dying pines?October 23, 2014 9:12 a.m. read more..
To the editor: I do not know the lady who is running for county commissioner against incumbent Rod Runyon. I have heard she has a “Vision for Change” (see The Dalles Chronicle, 10-10-2014). To me that is very scary! Barack Obama’s platform was also centered on “change.”October 22, 2014 3:27 p.m. read more..
To the editor: As the election draws near, I hope our community will see the importance of each and every vote. We need to vote for strong leadership and we can find that leadership in Rod Runyon. I have known Rod since grade school at Joseph G. Wilson and on through graduation from The Dalles High School. He has always been dependable and a man of character.October 22, 2014 3:24 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I have lived here in The Dalles most of my life. I really enjoy the climate and the people. What I don’t like is the cost of living here. It seems odd that my water and sewer minimum is over $100. My brother lives in Central Point and his bill for the same service is $42.50. We must be the highest in the state. I have seen many people I know retire and move to a more affordable place to live. Which means the local money paid into their retirement is spent in another community, not in The Dalles.October 22, 2014 2:38 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I have lived here in The Dalles most of my life. I really enjoy the climate and the people. What I don’t like is the cost of living here. It seems odd that my water and sewer minimum is over $100. My brother lives in Central Point and his bill for the same service is $42.50. We must be the highest in the state. I have seen many people I know retire and move to a more affordable place to live. Which means the local money paid into their retirement is spent in another community, not in The Dalles.October 22, 2014 10:11 a.m. read more..
To the editor: It is unfortunate that there is such a broad misunderstanding of conflict of interest, and such a lack of understanding about the functions and responsibilities of county government, that these issues can be manipulated for use as campaign propaganda.October 22, 2014 10:10 a.m. read more..
To the editor: A vote for Carolyn Wood is a vote for intelligence, integrity and independence. Carolyn has worked hard for our community and is willing to continue working for us. At this time there are individuals who have made this a single-issue race and accused her of being solely responsible for our current water/sewer rates even though it would be impossible for a single member of council to do that.October 22, 2014 10:08 a.m. read more..
MEDFORD — In their sixth and final debate, Republican gubernatorial challenger state Rep. Dennis Richardson tried to turn up the heat on Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber, repeatedly using the word "corruption" in connection with a consulting business operated by Kitzhaber's fiancee.October 22, 2014 9:36 a.m. read more..
Maintenance on The Dalles Dam will lower the reservoir level below 71.5 feet on Thursday, Oct. 23. While the pool is low, the Port of Hood River plans to survey boat ramps to see if any repairs are needed. The water level will also be down on Friday and into Saturday.October 22, 2014 9:34 a.m. read more..
THE HARVEST Festival at Renken Farms drew big crowds Saturday with pumpkins, pony, tractor and wagon rides, face painting and hair coloring, live entertainment and more. Above, Ike O’Leary, 8, shifts an oversized pumpkin he is carrying to the family collection in the pumpkin patch. He is from Centerville, Wash. Renken Farms is a Century Farm established in 1863. They primarily grow sweet cherries. Many of the activities were provided by Small Wonders Preschool, a program by the Great ’n Small child development center serving MCMC employees and community members as space is available. They also offer before and after school care, holiday care and a camp program in the summer.October 22, 2014 6:16 a.m. read more..
To the editor: There is something wrong within our city government. Rather than progress and improvement, we seem to be steadily falling apart. What little construction growth there may be is consistently thwarted by excessive fees and inconsistent demands, which cause citizens to put projects on hold until something more sensible makes progress possible. Water and sewer rates are completely out of hand. Residential rates for water and sewer in Hermiston is $39.13. Ours is nearly triple at $104.72 per month.October 18, 2014 6:06 p.m. read more..
To the editor: During the 10 years I served on the Wasco County Court/Board of Commissioners I did not meet with my fellow commissioners outside regularly scheduled meetings nor did I travel throughout the county with either of them.October 18, 2014 6:01 p.m. read more..
The Dalles Chronicle Editorial Board is evenly split between political viewpoints and also includes Marilyn Roth, publisher. Following is a breakdown of our vote for endorsements in local races, as well some of our concerns and comments:October 18, 2014 5:54 p.m. read more..
Candidate forum Community members are invited to mark their calendar for Tuesday, Oct. 21 and attend a candidate’s forum sponsored by The Dalles Chamber of Commerce and Wasco County Farm Bureau. The forum begins with a meet-and-greet at 5:30 p.m., political discussion from 6 to 9 p.m. Location is the third floor of Building 2, Columbia Gorge Community College campus. Participants will include candidates from city and county races and information on state ballot issues.October 18, 2014 5:52 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I have a particular disease. A nearby medical school is recruiting people with my condition to participate in a research study. Should I volunteer? DEAR READER There are two good reasons to consider volunteering for a study: It might help you, and it might help others. In some types of studies, there also may be risks to you.October 18, 2014 12:44 p.m. read more..
The Gorge Fruit and Craft Fair arrives Saturday, Oct. 18, and continues through Sunday, Oct.19, at the Hood River County Fairgrounds, 3020 Wy’east Rd., near the community of Odell. The fruit and craft fair runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.October 18, 2014 12:35 p.m. read more..
Are you a pixie or a troll? Possibly a faun? Or even Sasquatch? Join all kinds of mythological creatures of the woodland realm on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Spring House Cellar, First and Cascade streets, in Hood River for the first annual SECRETS After-Dark Costume Ball.October 18, 2014 12:35 p.m. read more..
“Little Shop of Horrors,” directed by Linda Beiter, is a Theatre Company of The Dalles production. Performances are at The Dalles Civic Auditorium Oct. 17, 18, 25, 31 and Nov. 1. Doors open at 7, perfromance begins at 7:30 p.m. A matinee begins at 2 p.m. Oct. 25. Advance tickets are available at Klindt’s Book Sellers and Waucoma Bookstore and also at the door. Cost is $12 adults, $10 seniors (over 62) and $10 students.October 18, 2014 12:30 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I am a veteran so I know the amount of support we get from Rod Runyon, it is high. He does a very good job of supporting all of Wasco County. Also he makes the rounds and knows what is going on in the county and what is needed.October 16, 2014 5:23 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Should Rod Runyon get re-elected? Commissioner Runyon was the leading no vote on Commissioner Steve Kramer’s motion for county landowners to vote to assess their homes, ranches and farms $2.03 per thousand dollars of value to fund the Wasco County Road Department. City landowners who use or don’t use county roads were opted out of the vote by City officials. If you rent or lease anything in the county, your rent would have naturally increased as increases are nearly always passed on.October 16, 2014 5:20 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Mosier Fire Chief Appleton was fired by the fire board last Thursday. With that action, fire board members have gone beyond frugal to destructive and dangerous. There was no public discussion before that decision, no input sought from the volunteers who are Mosier Fire. The action taken is completely contrary to the highly qualified recommendations made by professionals in modern Fire/EMS to our board.October 16, 2014 5:18 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve heard so many conflicting opinions about whether or not to get screened for prostate cancer. Are there official guidelines? What do they recommend? DEAR READER: To say that prostate cancer screening has been controversial is an understatement. I spoke to my colleague Dr. Marc Garnick, clinical professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, to hear his thoughts.October 16, 2014 5:11 p.m. read more..
The Gorge Fruit and Craft Fair arrives Saturday, Oct. 18, and continues through Sunday, Oct.19, at the Hood River County Fairgrounds, 3020 Wy’east Rd., near the community of Odell. The fruit and craft fair runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.October 16, 2014 5:09 p.m. read more..
Wishram, Wash. — Jacob Williams Winery will celebrate the release of two new wines with a Harvest Party Saturday, Oct. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. at their tasting room located in Avery Park on Highway 14 in Wishram (3 Avery Rd), Wash.October 16, 2014 5:04 p.m. read more..
The Sherman County Historical Museum and Moro’s antique store, Moro Now and Then, are sponsors of a book signing with authors Rick Steber and Ava Wilson Saturday, Oct, 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 3p.m. at the Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro.October 16, 2014 5:03 p.m. read more..
While a fiction writer obviously has a lot of license to make things up, there’s still tons of research that goes into it, said author Ron Lovell, who will be at the Oct. 18 Northwest Authors Festival at Klindt’s Booksellers.October 16, 2014 5 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I caught my son and his friends smoking e-cigarettes. My son tells me I have no reason to worry, and that they’re safer than regular cigarettes. What exactly are e-cigarettes? Are they safe?October 15, 2014 5:08 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND — The parents of a Lincoln County girl who died last month of E. coli bacteria say public health officials suspect the 4-year-old was infected by droppings from the family's goat. But Rachel Profitt told The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/1w6ZXAW) lab tests have not been conclusive and the investigation continues into the death of her daughter Serena.October 15, 2014 5:07 p.m. read more..
Early this morning, deputies from the Hood County Sheriff's Office located the vehicle of a man named in an amber alert for a missing Vancouver, Wash., boy.October 15, 2014 5:03 p.m. read more..
Payments end, new programs implementedOctober 15, 2014 5:02 p.m. read more..
The John Day River Territory (JDRT), the regional tourism group working to support and grow the tourism industry in Gilliam, Grant, Sherman and Wheeler Counties, was recently awarded a Rural Business Enterprise Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.October 15, 2014 4:53 p.m. read more..
Business bits from The Dalles Chronicle.October 15, 2014 4:52 p.m. read more..
NEW YORK (AP) — Over and over, Kathy Gannon has re-lived the decisions that led to her close friend’s death — and almost her own — in Afghanistan.October 15, 2014 4:50 p.m. read more..
I have seen the future in The Dalles and it is fantastic. In early October, a fundraiser for our Main Street program was held at the soon to be renovated IOOF Building. Its facade will be restored to its original grandeur by a grant from Urban Renewal.October 14, 2014 12:49 p.m. read more..
DALLESPORT, Wash. (AP) — The state has fined the owners of a property near Dallesport more than $10,000 for burning tires and trash. Dennis and Robert Eiesland of Circle T Ranch Inc. have 30 days to pay the penalty or appeal to the state's Pollution Control Hearings Board. The Department of Ecology says a big fire on the property last March burned tires, garbage, plastic, PVC pipe and demolition debris. Officials say that when air quality inspectors responded, Dennis Eiesland admitted setting the fire, acknowledged he didn't have a permit and said he had no way to put it out.October 14, 2014 12:35 p.m. read more..
Columbia Riverkeeper recently announced results from the second phase of the group’s “Is Your Fish Toxic Study,” and Riverkeepr reports that the findings show “alarming levels” of heavy metals, toxic flame retardants, cancer-causing PCBs, and endocrine disrupting chemicals in Columbia River fish.October 14, 2014 12:34 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Time for a change. Considering the large increase in the city budget from $35 to $58 million and the recently knowledge of our city’s budget being $12 million over Hermiston’s convinced me to speak out. The water rates are a bone of contention in almost everyone’s conversation. Many people refuse to water their property at all for fear of exceeding their limit. Small business owners are feeling their rates are unfair also. Learning of the six year automatic increase already in place is further frustration. Those of us struggling to live on a fixed income in the private sector are alarmed. We won’t receive increases in retirement benefits that can compete with the increases in our service.October 14, 2014 12:31 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Kudos to The Chronicle for its recent article on City Councilor Carolyn Wood and challenger Taner Elliott. The article exposed important differences between the two candidates. Here is my take: Carolyn Wood, who makes her living managing properties, touts her over two decade’s experience, as the most important reason to vote for her. For experience, Wood has been on virtually every board in the county and has two stints on city council for a total of 12 years. She has city budget experience and has helped it grow from $35 million in 2007 to almost $58 million today.October 14, 2014 12:30 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I am writing to promote the re-election of Rod Runyon. I have known Rod for over 25 years as a coach and also as a fellow local insurance agent. More recently, I have become a friend and supporter for Rod. He is the perfect example of a community leader. I see him EVERYWHERE! He gives to the community every chance he can through volunteer work. He is a creature of service. We have all heard the phrase, “Time is money.” If that is truly the case, we are the richest county to have Rod Runyon as our county commissioner.October 14, 2014 12:24 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Back in 1999, I discovered my parent’s sewer bill (inside city limits) was $17.25 while mine (outside city limits) was $29.25. I called City of The Dalles to find out why. I was told that since I don’t pay city taxes, I would have to make up for it by paying more on the sewer bill. This has continued for years with ever increasing hikes.October 14, 2014 12:23 p.m. read more..
As a young man I stood on the side of the environmentalist. On a personal level, a healthy, vibrant natural environment was critical to my day-to-day happiness. I roamed the woods and creeks and fished the pond.October 14, 2014 12:20 p.m. read more..
SALEM — The Oregon Supreme Court hears oral arguments Tuesday on a lawsuit challenging legislative changes to the state pension system. Gov. John Kitzhaber and the Legislature last year reduced retirees’ annual cost of living increases. Public employees quickly appealed. For decades, pension checks have increased at a rate of 2 percent annually. The legislative action taken to reduce the system’s unfunded liability reduced the adjustment to 1.25 percent on benefit amounts up to $60,000 and 0.15 on benefits exceeding $60,000.October 14, 2014 11:39 a.m. read more..
Measure 91 would regulate and tax manufacture and distribution of marijuana in Oregon, for use by people age 21 and over. People over 21 could legally have four homegrown marijuana plants and eight ounces of usable marijuana at a given time, 16 ounces in solid form at a given time, and 72 ounces in liquid form for noncommercial purposes. They cannot have more than one ounce of usable marijuana in a public place. Possessing more than these amounts carries criminal penalties ranging from a felony to a violation, depending on the amount. Taxes raised will go to schools, drug treatment and police. It preserves current landlord-tenant rights and retains workplace drug-free laws. Two views on the measure: Pot should stay illegal" and "Prohibition should end."October 14, 2014 11:35 a.m. read more..
Crews open a garage door to attack a fire creating heavy black smoke to issue from inside a building in the 2000 block of West Second, adjacent to the Gorge Farm and Feed retail store, noon Saturday, Oct. 12. According to unconfirmed reports, the fire was contained to a vehicle inside the structure. Dallesport and Hood River provided mutual aid for the fire, and Second Street was temporarily closed.October 11, 2014 4:01 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Friends of Cross Country would like to thank everyone who made the second decennial Bob-A-Long such a success last Saturday — especially The Chronicle and Al Wynn for advertising, Breakaway Promotions for providing the music and helping with take down, Scott McMullen for organizing the T-shirts and everyone who participated either by walking, running, bobbing along, or simply sending a donation if unable to attend.October 11, 2014 3:39 p.m. read more..
Every afternoon on Halloween Day, downtown The Dalles undergoes a startling transformation. Hundreds of kids and their parents flood the streets sporting a tremendous variety of strange, beautiful, scary and weird costumes. For several hours, the downtown corridor is transformed from a quiet business district into a bustling metropolis of startling diversity.October 11, 2014 3:33 p.m. read more..
Ten community organizations will join together Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to put on the Afterschool Expo at The Dalles Middle School, a free night of hands-on activities for kids with food and door prizes for adults.October 11, 2014 3:25 p.m. read more..
Fall is a time of change and transition. The weather is gradually getting cooler, the leaves are beginning to change and students, young and old, are beginning a new school year.October 11, 2014 3:24 p.m. read more..
The money raised by The Dalles High School students will help The Pink Project, a local charity, bring comfort to women diagnosed with cancer. Doreen Koch of The Dalles, a breast cancer survivor and founder of Project Pink, said her group averages one new comfort bag a week, and has given out 200 in the last three years.October 11, 2014 3:22 p.m. read more..
Dear Mary: Thanks for your most informative recent column on poultry labeling. I have seen chicken in the supermarket that includes “enhanced” on their label. As nearly as I can figure this means pumping salty water into the meat. What is all this about? Thanks. — Mimi Dear Mimi: The USDA allows meat products to include solutions that deliver benefits such as adding moisture, tenderize meat or add flavor. However, such additives must be fully disclosed on the label, which you know because you have seen this. Turns out that a lot of our meat is enhanced. About 30 percent of poultry, 15 percent of beef and 90 percent of pork are injected with some kind of liquid solution before sale, according to the USDA, and it’s usually something high in sodium. According to the American Meat Institute, the solution pumps up the meat’s volume and can “replace the flavor and moisture loss that results from raising leaner animals or from potential overcooking.” What you figured is right on.October 9, 2014 3:45 p.m. read more..
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m a woman in my mid-50s. Lately I haven’t been able to become sexually aroused. What could be wrong? DEAR READER: Sex is complicated. You probably already know that. Sexual desire surely resides in the head, but other parts of the body can affect desire as well. In particular, the genital organs communicate with the brain.October 9, 2014 3:42 p.m. read more..
To the editor: The big corporations insist that GMOs are safe and healthy, but at the same time are spending millions of dollars to avoid mandatory labeling of all foods containing GMOs. Why are they so against labeling food as genetically modified if it is really safe?October 9, 2014 3:34 p.m. read more..
To the editor: My vote will be for Carolyn Wood for City Council. Why? She is the better qualified candidate. Carolyn has extensive experience in local government. She is hard-working, intelligent and honest. Also, she is from this area; she knows the history and she knows many of our citizens.October 9, 2014 3:33 p.m. read more..
To the editor: As a resident of Wasco County for more than 50 years, with the upcoming elections, I see the possibility of positive changes for the city and its future. We live in a unique area with some special conditions that differ from other towns. We are surrounded by state protected agricultural land and federally protected scenic areas, which puts limits on the maximum size of our town. As such, like many small towns and businesses throughout America, we must survive on a fixed income that remains fairly constant.October 9, 2014 3:32 p.m. read more..
To the editor: It’s clear we need some new blood on city council. It is time for this new blood because, despite the fact that we have the largest budget of any city in eastern Oregon, our streets are in dire need of repair. We have the highest water rates in eastern Oregon and our economic growth is definitely not brag-worthy.October 9, 2014 3:31 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Bridget Bailey has a vision for Wasco County, and it goes beyond just attending a lot of meetings to see what’s already going on. Bridget has the experience and education to take a broader vision for our county.October 9, 2014 3:30 p.m. read more..
To the editor: This is a response to the article on Oct. 7 about an irate parent becoming defensive and offensive to a person who photographed their son being obnoxious, breaking drug laws, and part of a crowd that used loud, and profane language.October 9, 2014 3:29 p.m. read more..
To the editor: Please vote for Judge Karen Ostyre for District Court Judge. I have worked with Judge Ostrye over the last 10 years in a variety of roles. I have been impressed with her ability to make thoughtful and rational judgments, her willingness to see and understand all sides of an issue, and her commitment to strong community as evidenced by her extensive volunteer work.October 9, 2014 3:26 p.m. read more..
‘Family Night Out’ celebrates family values displayed by hit T.V. Show, Duck Dynasty.October 9, 2014 3:22 p.m. read more..
THE ACTS Saturday Sports Program provides fun and healthy activities for youth in the Mid-Columbia area. Boys and girls are invited to play flag football Saturdays at The Dalles Middle School, 1100 East 12th Street. Players are taught basic skills for each sport and then spend the majority of time playing games.October 8, 2014 11:55 a.m. read more..
The second annual Harvest Octoberfest at St. Peter’s Catholic Church is set for this Sunday, Oct. 12, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The menu features authentic Germany food, including brats, kraut, goulash, red cabbage and German chocolate cake. A meal costs $15 for adults and $5 for children.October 8, 2014 11:48 a.m. read more..
I had a striking deja vu moment when I read today’s first reader tip. I don’t think I’d ever thought about it, but Roseanne’s tip brought back a memory of my grandfather doing this very thing on the big, black cast iron wood range that sat in my grandparents’ tiny kitchen in Potlatch, Idaho. The stove had a small door with a glass window to observe the fire burning inside. He would clean that door so my grandmother could see when she needed to add more wood to the stove. Sounds like something out of the dark ages, doesn’t it? For the record, I was a very, very young at the time.October 8, 2014 11:44 a.m. read more..
STOCKHOLM — Two Americans and a German scientist won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for finding ways to make microscopes more powerful than previously thought possible, allowing scientists to see how diseases develop inside the tiniest cells.October 8, 2014 11:35 a.m. read more..
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Same-sex couples who lined up to get married in Idaho and made plans to obtain wedding licenses in Las Vegas had their hopes dashed Wednesday after a U.S. Supreme Court justice temporarily blocked a lower-court ruling that declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada.October 8, 2014 11:24 a.m. read more..
The duo of Brett and Blake Evans combined for 19 carries and 260 yards and five touchdowns, as the No. 3-ranked Sherman Huskies scored 32 points in the opening quarter for a 68-18 victory Friday in a Big Sky Conference battle at Ione High School.October 7, 2014 3:05 p.m. read more..
President Barack Obama’s foreign policy of appeasement has made the world a much more dangerous place. After taking office by proclaiming America’s faults and weakness in a 2009 international tour, Obama began to greet each crisis with empty threats and promises.October 7, 2014 1:12 p.m. read more..
To the editor: We are writing to express our unconditional support of Karen Ostrye for judge in the 7th Judicial District. I have had the pleasure of knowing Ms. Ostrye professionally for a number of years, while practicing law in The Dalles.October 7, 2014 1:03 p.m. read more..
To the editor: I write this letter in support of Rod Runyon for county commissioner. His dedication to Wasco County and its tax payers, in my opinion, is fundamentally strong. However, just as important is his strong community involvement.October 7, 2014 1:03 p.m. read more..
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s competition authority on Tuesday opened an investigation into Amazon’s corporate income tax practices on suspicion the online retailer is benefiting from an illegal rebate to stash away most of its profits made in the 28-nation bloc.October 7, 2014 12:53 p.m. read more..
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Tuesday morning's rollover commercial truck crash along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 about twelve miles west of Arlington. As a precaution, the truck driver was taken to an area hospital for a medical evaluation and one lane is open while ODOT is on scene coordinating vehicle removal and guardrail damage assessment.October 7, 2014 9:30 a.m. read more..
GRANTS PASS — Citing a threat from rat poison used on illegal marijuana plantations, federal biologists on Monday proposed Endangered Species Act protection for West Coast populations of the fisher, a larger cousin of the weasel. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published notice in the Federal Register that it wants to list the fisher as a threatened species in Oregon, California and Washington.October 7, 2014 9:12 a.m. read more..
SHLAND (AP) — As Jeff LaLande picks through the old spark plugs, brakes and other debris where Klamath Junction used to be, he thinks about those who worked at this highway service station inundated 54 years ago by Emigrant Lake.October 7, 2014 9:01 a.m. read more..
GRANTS PASS. (AP) — A cave in Oregon’s high desert where archaeologists have found the earliest DNA evidence of human habitation in North America has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Paisley Five Mile Point Caves are part of a lava formation outside the community of Paisley in south-central Oregon.October 4, 2014 4:06 p.m. read more..
THREE FORKS, Mont. (AP) — Bill Goold vividly recalls his first trip to Madison Buffalo Jump State Park. He drove the gravel road south of Logan to the park’s entrance and hiked to the top of the limestone bluff that rises over the Madison River valley.October 4, 2014 4:02 p.m. read more..
HOOD RIVER — The USDA Forest Service, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area will implement night closure of the Sandy River Delta parking lot and access road beginning on the evening of Oct. 10. The parking lot and access roadOctober 4, 2014 3:56 p.m. read more..
A delicious mud pie, a good-luck rock, a friendly frog — just some of the types of goodies kids love to bring home. But these adorable gifts also can bring millions of germs with them.October 4, 2014 3:52 p.m. read more..
To the editor: As a council person I take the position very seriously. The primary responsibility of The Dalles City Council is to provide for the health and safety of the residents by providing a trained police force and maintaining the utility infrastructure and streets.October 4, 2014 3:33 p.m. read more..
To the editor: This is a very important year to make sure you are registered to vote and to find out more about our candidates. Will we continue to support those in office who love to spend money that we don’t have? We have a governor who wanted to go along with our president on health care. Do we have the figures of this financial failure? It is time for a change.October 4, 2014 3:32 p.m. read more..
Oregon State Police (OSP) confirmed the motorcycle operator involved in a Sept. 12 crash at an intersection on Highway 97 near Wasco in Sherman County has died. The OSP investigation is continuing and enforcement action is pending.October 4, 2014 3:23 p.m. read more..
BONNEVILLE DAM —Northwest salmon fishery managers have plenty to celebrate this fall: The region’s salmon runs shattered modern-day records this year, returning to the Columbia River Basin in the highest numbers since fish counting began at Bonneville Dam more than 75 years ago.October 4, 2014 3:20 p.m. read more..
Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) invites The Dalles area residents to share ideas about the future of Oregon’s services for seniors and people with disabilities Monday, Oct 6, at two locations: The Dalles Senior Center, 1112 West 9th Street, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and at Spooky’s Pizza Restaurant, 3320 West 6th Street in The Dalles, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.October 4, 2014 8:38 a.m. read more..
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Lois Pope, heiress to the National Enquirer fortune, was a Broadway singer in the 1960s when she vowed to do something to help disabled veterans. On Sunday, she’ll see that promise through with the opening of a Washington memorial she worked to get built.October 4, 2014 8 a.m. read more..
CORRECTION Lawsuits against Duane Francis and Diane Storby, two administrators at Mid-Columbia Medical Center, were dismissed before a settlement was reached this week between the hospital and four women who were sexually abused by a former anesthesiologist while they were sedated. The Chronicle incorrectly stated on Wednesday, Oct. 1, that lawsuits against Francis and Storby were part of the settlement.October 3, 2014 5:04 p.m. read more..
To the editor: NFL football player Adrian Peterson, who recently hit his 4-year-old with a stick, justified it by saying that his father raised him the same way. He claims that corporal punishment helped him turn out to be a successful football player. I believe Adrian has been successful because he was taught to work hard, not to give up, practice a lot, and play as a team.October 2, 2014 12:39 p.m. read more..
PORTLAND (AP) — An Oregon judge needed less than a half hour to dismiss a $100 million lawsuit filed by an imprisoned pimp who contended Nike should have included a consumer warning on the sneakers the man used to beat a prostitute’s customer.October 2, 2014 12:26 p.m. read more..
The Wasco County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse will host a ranch sorting clinic and competition Sunday, Oct. 19, at the Fort Dalles Riders Arena, 1023 Irving Street, The Dalles, with a clinic from 9 a.m. to noon and competition at 1:30 p.m.October 2, 2014 12:16 p.m. read more..
The trio of Tianna Ellis, Chloe Beeson and Kirsten Sorensen reeled off a combined eight kills, three aces and three digs and the No. 1-ranked Dufur volleyball team secured a three-game sweep over Sherman Tuesday in Big Sky Conference play at Dufur High School.October 1, 2014 2:09 p.m. read more..
In the game of soccer, any edge a team can gain through the course of the match proves beneficial in some regards.October 1, 2014 2:01 p.m. read more..
Are you a local non-profit organization searching for a grant opportunity? The Gorge Community Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit agencies serving the Columbia River Gorge area.October 1, 2014 1:56 p.m. read more..
Massage techniques can help reduce stress, improve healingOctober 1, 2014 1:39 p.m. read more..
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