Stories for October 2014


Wednesday, October 29


Art Auction Saturday

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..

Council halves water rate hikes

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..

Tuesday, October 28

Senior news: Laughter really can be the best medicine

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..

Letter to the editor: Runyon is an advocate

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..

Letter to the editor: Paying respects to vet

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..

Letter to the editor: Vote Christofferson

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..

Letter to the editor: Editorial blindly naive

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..

Letter to the editor: Stop creosote odors

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..

Letter to the editor: Ostrye is best choice

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..

Letter to the editor: Eagle scout thanks

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..

Letter to the editor: M91 reforms system

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..

Letter to the editor: Don’t believe hype

To the editor: Measure 92 has become the costliest ballot measure in Oregon history as it tops $11 million on spending by the opposition. Those who create pesticides and junk food rake in huge profits from GMO products.

October 28, 2014 2:37 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Avoid election blunder

To the editor: Since the husband and wife team, District Attorney Eric Nisley and Bridget Bailey, are involved in agriculture, it seems likely their county service would be limited to avoid a conflict of interest.

October 28, 2014 2:36 p.m. read more..

Fatal crash puts cable barriers on fast track

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..

Name a state trail

The Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) invites trail users to nominate additions to the state’s network of non-motorized trails.

October 28, 2014 2:28 p.m. read more..

The Pink Walk

MEMBERS OF THE Pink Project, a non-profit organization that provides comfort bags for breast cancer patients, took “The Pink Walk” Saturday to raise public awareness about breast cancer.

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

Digging in for the pool

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..

Oregon tests per-mile tax

SALEM (AP) — Oregon will test a new road tax option that would charge drivers for each mile they travel, instead of the tax now added when filling up at the pump.

October 28, 2014 12:41 p.m. read more..

Ballot count, Oct. 28

Wasco County Clerk Linda Brown reported Tuesday morning that 3,309 of the ballots sent to 13, 048 registered voters had been returned.

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

Saturday, October 25


Wandering forest roads on hunt for greatest hiking trail

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..

Letter to the editor: Challenge to Governor

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..

Letter to the editor: Voting matters

To the editor: Dear rural Oregon friends and neighbors, over many election cycles, I’ve listened to conservatives who didn’t cast a ballot complain “My vote doesn’t count so why bother?” Here’s why (your vote counts):

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

Letter to the editor: Retain Judge Ostrye

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..

Letter to the Editor: Editor fact check

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..

Editorial: Yes on Merkley, Richardson, Walden

The Dalles Chronicle Editorial Board is evenly split between political viewpoints and also includes Marilyn Roth, publisher. Following is our endorsement of state and federal candidates in contested races:

October 25, 2014 3:30 p.m. read more..

Rip City Mayor

THE DALLES MAYOR Steve Lawrence gets a warm greeting from Blaze the Trail Cat during a Portland Trailblazer Rip City flag raising event at the Lewis and Clark Festival Park in The Dalles Wednesday, Oct. 24.

October 25, 2014 3:28 p.m. read more..

Cockroach disrupts pest control meeting

CHICAGO (AP) — A cockroach embarrassed a Chicago official in charge of pest control when it took a stroll near him in full view of some aldermen, and its stunt just might have cost it and its buddies their lives.

October 25, 2014 3:21 p.m. read more..

Friday, October 24


Rip City Races

KAYLA CHOP, center, gets a high-five from Blaze the Trail Cat as she crosses the finish line in a trike race during a Portland Trailblazer Rip City event at the Wahtonka Campus of The Dalles High School Oct. 24.

October 24, 2014 3:39 p.m. read more..

Ostrye: Local support a plus

“I really like people, and I find their everyday problems, and the solutions to their problems, interesting,” said Judge Karen Ostrye, in describing her decision to pursue a vacancy in the Seventh Judicial District.

October 24, 2014 3:27 p.m. read more..

Join Pink Walk Sunday

The Pink Walk to raise public awareness about breast cancer, starts Saturday, Oct. 25, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter's Landmark, Third and Lincoln street.

October 24, 2014 3:24 p.m. read more..

Thursday, October 23

Lady Hawks nipped in Pendleton

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..

Letter to the editor: Runyon not a leader

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..

Letter to the editor: Ostrye supports youth

To the editor: We encourage you to vote for Judge Karen Ostrye this November. She was appointed by the governor in June of this year and will run to retain her position in the upcoming general election.

October 23, 2014 11:44 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Need transparency

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..

Letter to the editor: Parties oppose M90

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..

Editorial: M88 fixes system, M90 opens doors

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..

Mt. Hood Film festival returns Nov. 7, HR

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..

Commentary: Creating a conflict that does not exist

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..

Letter to the editor: Vicious political game

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..

Letter to the editor: M92 is about rights

To the editor: Millions of dollars are flooding into Oregon from out of state corporations trying to deny Oregonians the right to know if genetically modified (GM) crops are in the food we feed our families.

October 23, 2014 11:33 a.m. read more..

Study finds gorge commission at odds

A recent study of the Gorge Commission found the regional body is at deep odds over a number of significant points, but it is also, interestingly, the most collegial commission in memory.

October 23, 2014 11:29 a.m. read more..

Ask Dr. K: Home blood pressure monitor gives control

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..

Artisian Attic seeks vendors

Artists and antique dealers with an eye to quality are encouraged to investigate “The Artisan Attic” being established in the upstairs loft of “The whole ball of yarn” downtown The Dalles.

October 23, 2014 9:23 a.m. read more..

Planting Wheat

DIRECT SEEDING of winter wheat on the Rich Kortge farm in Columbia District just east of The Dalles was undertaken under marginal conditions in late September and early October when continuing dry weather made the ground more impermeable.

October 23, 2014 9:17 a.m. read more..

Fight beetles, save trees

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..

Wednesday, October 22


Letter to the editor: Get behind Runyon

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..

Letter to the editor: Every vote counts

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..

Letter to the editor

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..

Letter to the editor: Elect Elliott, Brown

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..

Letter to the editor: No conflict exists

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..

Letter to the editor: City needs Wood

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..

Oregon governor candidates meet in last debate

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..

Low water in Columbia Thursday

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..

Harvest Festival at Renken Farms

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..

Saturday, October 18


Letter to the editor: Focus on future

To the editor: Re-elect a really creative and dedicated Wasco County commissioner. With eyes focused on the future, Rod Runyon has made memorandums more easily available through the county website.

October 18, 2014 6:07 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Fix city council

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..

Letter to the editor: Time for Bailey

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..

Letter to the editor: Avoid conflict

To the editor: Picture the following scenario: District Attorney, Eric Nisley, a state employee, prepares an annual budget for his county department and county employees.

October 18, 2014 5:58 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Keep Runyon, elect Elliott and Brown

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

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..

Ask Dr. K: Volunteering for a study can help you and others

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..

TD soccer loses in Hermiston

Facing a Hermiston team sitting at last place in the Columbia River Conference, The Dalles girls’ soccer team could not gain an advantage taking a 2-1 setback Thursday in 5A varsity action at Hermiston High School.

October 18, 2014 12:41 p.m. read more..

HR fruit and craft fair returns Oct. 18-19

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..

Costume ball supports youth ecology program

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..

Be on the lookout for elk hoof disease

Hunters and others who spend time in the outdoors in northwest Oregon are asked to be on the lookout for elk hoof disease, a problem for southwest Washington’s elk that could also be affecting Oregon’s elk.

October 18, 2014 12:34 p.m. read more..

A "Little Shop of Horrors" opens

“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..

Car pursuit hits backyards

A wanted man crashed through multiple yards and fences Thursday night eluding police, who found him more than three hours later and arrested him on multiple charges – including the original warrant.

October 18, 2014 12:15 p.m. read more..

Thursday, October 16

Letter to the editor: Overdue change

To the editor: Considering the continuing large increases in the city budget year after year that is way out of control and most of the tax payers and rate payers cannot afford especially with this economy.

October 16, 2014 5:30 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Vote for change

To the editor: Had enough? Consider the past six years of the Obama administration. The first two years the Democrats controlled the Congress. That was two years of do-nothing politics.

October 16, 2014 5:25 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Proud of Elliott

To the editor: Here is why I am voting for Taner Elliott for city council. With Taner Elliott you will have someone who is one of us and understands the challenges we all face on a daily basis.

October 16, 2014 5:24 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Vet for Runyon

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..

Letter to the editor: Tighten belts

To the editor: Work is scarce. College graduates are jobless. Higher education is almost unreachable for struggling families. Life is no longer simple. Our costs keep increasing. Taxes soar.

October 16, 2014 5:22 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Republican time

To the editor: Let’s try something different when we vote. We have not had a Republican governor in 30 years and Greg Walden is our only representative in the U.S. government.

October 16, 2014 5:21 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Proven record

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..

Letter to the editor: Support chief

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..

Ask Dr. K: Test recommended only for men of a certain age

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..

Fruit and craft fair returns to HR Oct. 18-19

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 winery features new wines Oct. 18

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..

Authors visit Sherman County

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..

Even fiction writing requires research

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..

Wednesday, October 15


Goat droppings blamed for Oregon E. coli death

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 ( 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..

Regional group begins work with culinary and agri-tourism

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..

Picture deadline for veterans day

The Chronicle is now accepting photos of veterans for its annual Honor Your Hero section in observation of Veteran’s Day. The deadline to submit pictures of active-duty or former service personnel is 5 p.m. Oct. 31.

October 15, 2014 4:47 p.m. read more..

The Dalles arts town hall kicks off tour

Led by Executive Director Brian Rogers, the staff of the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust will hold 14 statewide town meetings to hear from Oregonians about arts and culture issues.

October 15, 2014 4:36 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, October 14


Commentary: Mayor sees future of TD as ‘fantastic’

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..

$10,000 fine levied for illegal burn near Dallesport

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..

Study finds ‘alarming levels’ of toxins in Columbia fish

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..

Letter to the editor: Alphabet as argument

To the editor: I can appreciate the simple beauty of Mr Winans’ letter in last Thursday’s Chronicle. It’s hard to limit yourself to a mere 20 words or so when expressing a complex opinion.

October 14, 2014 12:32 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Time for new players

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..

Letter to the editor: Control city spending

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..

Letter to the editor: Runyon is a leader

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..

Letter to the editor: Paying unfair rates

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..

Crosstalk: Striking a balance with federal rules

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..

Ore. court hears pension arguments

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..

Parrot trades languages

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A pet parrot that spoke with a British accent when it disappeared from its home four years ago has been reunited with its owner — and the bird now speaks Spanish.

October 14, 2014 11:38 a.m. read more..

M91 sparks spirited debate

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..

Sunday, October 12

Weekly recreation reports, Oct. 12

Weekend fishing opportunities and links to full Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife recreation reports for the Willamette, Central, Columbia, Northeast and Southeast zones.

October 12, 2014 8:02 a.m. read more..

Saturday, October 11


Structure fire closes West Second Street in The Dalles

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..

Letter to the editor: Support three

To the editor: In the next few weeks we will have the privilege and honor of selecting leaders for our state, county and city. This is a responsibility that is very important to me and one that I take very seriously.

October 11, 2014 3:39 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Event success

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..

Letter to the editor: Keep Runyon

To the editor: Why should I vote for a change when present commissioner Rod Runyon works well with the commissioners, who are all doing a good job?

October 11, 2014 3:38 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Honest, ethical

To the editor: I am writing in favor of a vote for Taner Elliott. I have known Taner and his extended family for years and know them all to be honest, ethical, hard working individuals.

October 11, 2014 3:35 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Common sense

To the editor: We appreciate the time and effort local citizens give to serve their community. Nevertheless, in view of the questionable decisions made by the City Council in the past few years, we feel it is time for change.

October 11, 2014 3:34 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Support downtown Halloween party

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..

Kootenai River projects beckon anglers

MOYIE SPRINGS, Idaho (AP) — A new public access on the Kootenai River at the Montana-Idaho border opens the door for anglers to sample recent trout fishery improvements.

October 11, 2014 3:30 p.m. read more..

Afterschool Expo offers free fun Oct. 10 at TDMS

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..

Pink Project gives comfort to women with cancer

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..

Thinking Pink at TDHS

The art classrooms at The Dalles High School are filled with 25 or so decorated bras, and other students are busily painting pink signs — all in an effort to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

October 11, 2014 3:18 p.m. read more..

Friday, October 10


Ranchers urge relocation of Wash. wolves

COLVILLE, Wash. — Ranchers in northeastern Washington offered a simple solution to keep wolves from killing their livestock: Pack up the predators and ship them to western Washington.

October 10, 2014 5:11 p.m. read more..

Domestic Violence vigil is Tuesday, Oct. 14

Community members are encouraged to recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month by joining a vigil at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, on the steps of the county courthouse, 511 Washington Street.

October 10, 2014 5:10 p.m. read more..

Gilding the Cross

A GOLD Leaf Restoration company works on the cross above Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in The Dalles. Mark B. Gibson photo

October 10, 2014 5:09 p.m. read more..

Thursday, October 9


Everyday Cheapskate: Chicken: pumped and plumped to look and taste better

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..

Ask Dr. K: Low sex drive improved with medication and therapy

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..

Letter to the editor: Suspect GMO backers

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..

Letter to the editor: Support Carolyn Wood

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..

Letter to the editor: For Runyon, Huffman

To the editor: I would like to thank and endorse Wasco County Commissioner Rod Runyun and Oregon Representative John E. Huffman. Thank you for the help with an issue in Washington State and good luck with this election.

October 9, 2014 3:33 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Change is beneficial

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..

Letter to the editor: City needs new faces

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..

Letter to the editor: Share Bailey’s vision

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..

Letter to the editor: Caution for parents

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..

Letter to the editor: Ostrye is impressive

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..

Wednesday, October 8

No. 1 Dufur hammers SWC

The No. 1 Dufur Rangers converted on 96 of 105 attempts for 35 kills in taking a three-game sweep over South Wasco County Tuesday evening in a Big Sky Conference volleyball match at Dufur High.

October 8, 2014 12:07 p.m. read more..

Healthy choices

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..

St. Peters Annual Octoberfest Oct. 12

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..

Everyday cheapskate: Cleaner for those fireplace doors

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..

3 win Nobel for super-zoom microscopes

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..

Lunar eclipse in Asia and the Americas

TOKYO (AP) — Evening viewers in much of Asia and early risers in parts of the Americas were treated to a stunning lunar eclipse on Wednesday, though clouds obscured it for some.

October 8, 2014 11:32 a.m. read more..

Beavers put to work restoring streams

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — In a heavily irrigated Washington valley where fish, crops and people often compete for water, biologists are turning to one of nature’s best engineers to help restore streams and salmon habitat.

October 8, 2014 11:28 a.m. read more..

Gay marriage hopes dashed by court order

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..

BPA sponsors youth contest

Registration is now open for the nation’s largest regional science bowl competition for middle and high school students.

October 8, 2014 11:18 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, October 7

Sherman keeps rolling

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..

Redsides drop Mitchell in four

Mere hours after going through Homecoming dance events, the South Wasco County Redsides hit the road for a Big Sky Conference match on the road in Mitchell and worked a four-game win over the Loggers Saturday in volleyball play.

October 7, 2014 3:04 p.m. read more..

Crosstalk: U.S. needs to rethink foreign policy

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..

Letter to the editor: Ostrye should win

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..

Letter to the editor: Rod is best choice

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..

Letter to the editor: Time to allow pot

To the editor: In response to Mr. Van Valkenburgh’s letter. His opinion on Measure 91 is the same closed-minded nonsense I’ve been hearing for 40 years, and it is been wrong for 40 years.

October 7, 2014 1:02 p.m. read more..

EU investigates Amazon’s tax practice

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..

Stranded fish to be rescued

BEND (AP) — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says it will rescue stranded fish in the upper Deschutes River, moving them from isolated pools to the main channel.

October 7, 2014 12:52 p.m. read more..

Potato truck crahes west of Arlington

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..

Fisher threatened by pot farm poison

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..

Saturday, October 4


Oregon cave containing human DNA dubbed historic

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..

Montana park has cultural, recreational riches

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..

Sandy River Delta closes nights

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 road

October 4, 2014 3:56 p.m. read more..

Eagle Creek salmon camera online

HOOD RIVER — Fisheries personnel have placed an underwater webcam in a salmon spawning pool of Eagle Creek, a tributary to the Columbia River west of Hood River, where Chinook and Coho gather prior to spawning.

October 4, 2014 3:55 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Taxpayer Champ

To the editor: Taner Elliott is a champion for the taxpayer. He’s an ambitious, go get ‘em kind of guy and is someone you can count on to stick up for us and fight the fights with city hall.

October 4, 2014 3:39 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Keep The Dalles moving

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..

Letter to the editor: Time for change

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..

Motorcyclist dies from MVA injuries

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..

Salmon returns at Bonneville break modern-day records

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..

Seniors and people with disabilities topic of meetings Oct. 6

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..

Wasco Derby names winners

The 8th Annual Wasco Salmon/Steelhead tournament enjoyed good fishing and perfect weather Sept. 27, with 18 fish turned in for the weigh-in.

October 4, 2014 8:35 a.m. read more..

DC memorial to be dedicated

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..

Handcuffed man escapes in Clark County

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Police in Clark County are still looking for a fugitive who escaped in handcuffs Thursday after he was helped out of a deputy’s patrol car.

October 4, 2014 7:57 a.m. read more..

Police seek painting stolen from Eugene

EUGENE — (AP) Eugene police detectives are attempting to find a stolen painting and reunite it with its owners, who transported the painting on its own paid-for airplane seat all the way from Vietnam.

October 4, 2014 7:55 a.m. read more..

Friday, October 3


Vets committee needs applicants

The Wasco County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants for the county’s Veterans Advisory Committee. The committee meets on the first Thursday of each month to address issues related to veterans.

October 3, 2014 5:05 p.m. read more..

Correction: Lawsuits against two MCMC adminstrators dismissed before settlement

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..

Thursday, October 2


Letter to the editor: Ostrey for judge

To the editor: In the recent bar poll, a survey of the preference for judicial candidates by attorneys in the 7th Judicial District, the overwhelming response was in favor of Judge Karen Ostrey.

October 2, 2014 12:40 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: No spanking

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..

Judge tosses sneaker warning suit

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..

Making hay while the sun shines

A FARMER KEEPS an eye on his hay rake as he turns over a cutting of alfalfa in a field along Mill Creek Road just west of The Dalles Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 1.

October 2, 2014 12:25 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, October 1

Dufur netters score sweep over Sherman

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..

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