Stories for September 2014


Tuesday, September 30


Letter to the editor: Hope in activism

To the editor: In response to the many who watched the PBS series "The Roosevelts," I wanted to discuss why FDR ended up rallying around progressive causes such as the minimum wage, union rights, Social Security and progressive taxation.

September 30, 2014 5:30 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Wildlife support

To the editor: I would like to give a BIG thank you to Jean at the Rowena Wildlife Clinic. I found an injured animal outside my house and had nowhere to take it. I couldn’t just leave it on the street. I have a sick pet in my house and no money to pay for veterinary care for any other animals. When I called Jean she just said “yes, I will help you.”

September 30, 2014 5:29 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Vote Richardson

To the editor: As you study the issues and ponder the candidates running for office in this November election, I invite you to seriously consider casting your vote for State Representative Dennis Richardson as our next governor of Oregon. A Vietnam veteran and graduate of the J. Reuben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University, Dennis Richardson settled in southern Oregon.

September 30, 2014 5:28 p.m. read more..

No. 2 Dufur starts off league with a sweep

The No. 2-ranked Dufur Rangers hit the court for the start of league Friday, and used a combined 13 kills, 11 aces and seven digs from senior standouts Taylor Darden and Montana Ferres in a three-game sweep on the road over Mitchell/Spray.

September 30, 2014 5:24 p.m. read more..

Apple truck catches fire on Interstate 84

A semi-trailer loaded with 42,000 pounds of apples destined for the east coast was heavily damaged Sept. 27 after it caught fire along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 about three miles east of The Dalles.

September 30, 2014 5:14 p.m. read more..

Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat

GRANTS PASS — Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday.

September 30, 2014 5:06 p.m. read more..

Idaho wolf, coyote hunting derby wants larger area

BOISE, Idaho — A group that overcame a court challenge last winter to hold a wolf- and coyote-shooting derby is seeking a permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to roughly double the area for a second event this winter.

September 30, 2014 12:16 p.m. read more..

Cycle Oregon leaves a wheel of wealth

Cycle Oregon rolled into The Dalles on September 5th, bringing more than 2,000 bike riders and a support crew. This organization relies heavily on host community volunteers for the multi-day event to run smoothly.

September 30, 2014 12:08 p.m. read more..

Saturday, September 27


Amid charges of racism, fired OLCC worker gets job back

PORTLAND (AP) — An arbiter has ordered the state of Oregon to give back a job to an African-American who accused co-workers of throwing “Heil Hitler” salutes and leaving a noose at his workstation in the state liquor agency’s warehouse, The Oregonian reported Friday.

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

Governor candidates clash over staff pay

SUNRIVER — Meeting his Republican challenger in their first televised debate Friday, Gov. John Kitzhaber forcefully rebutted a charge by state Rep. Dennis Richardson that the governor pays women on his staff less than men.

September 27, 2014 5:16 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Who’s fooling who?

To the editor: AG Holder cries WOLF every time someone critiques Obama’s handling, or lack thereof, of any issue. In his eyes Obama can do no wrong and any criticism of the president is racist.

September 27, 2014 4:37 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Great cause

To the editor: One of my sisters passed away from ALS on Christmas Eve 1999. It was a most difficult journey for all of us, but my sister Charlene remained the best of troopers, better than any of the rest of us.

September 27, 2014 4:36 p.m. read more..

Police: fired Oklahoma worker beheaded woman

OKLAHOMA CITY — A man fired from an Oklahoma food processing plant beheaded a woman with a knife and was attacking another worker when he was shot and wounded by a company official, police say.

September 27, 2014 4:24 p.m. read more..

White Salmon hosts honeybee event

The White Salmon Valley Community Library and Stevenson Grange 121 invite the public to join Melissa Elliot of Melissa Bees to learn about the importance of bees and other pollinators Saturday, Oct. 11 from 2 to 4:00 p.m. in the library’s Sprint/Baker Gallery.

September 27, 2014 4:20 p.m. read more..

Big science questions remain

Science has advanced in leaps and bounds over the last several centuries. Our knowledge about the cosmos, our planet and life on Earth increases almost daily.

September 27, 2014 4:18 p.m. read more..

Homecoming for Riverhawks

THE DALLES High School celebrated homecoming in style Friday, Sept. 26, with a traditional noise parade through downtown, pep rally and football game, where homecoming royalty were selected.

September 27, 2014 3:32 p.m. read more..

Friday, September 26


Snake found in rental car

KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — Police say two women opened the trunk of their rental car to retrieve their luggage and were greeted by a snake.

September 26, 2014 2:22 p.m. read more..

Time to Rock & Roll

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum presents the seventh annual “A Vintage Evening” with a Rock & Roll Sock Hop on Saturday, Oct. 4.

September 26, 2014 2:18 p.m. read more..

Taliban behead 12 people in remote Afghan province

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban beheaded 12 Afghan civilians, mostly family members of local policemen, in an assault that was part of a week-long offensive that has so far killed 60 people and wounded scores in a remote province in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Friday.

September 26, 2014 2:14 p.m. read more..

ROADWORK: Second Street closed Sunday

The eastbound lane of West Second Street will be closed to all traffic between Lincoln and Webber on Sunday, Sept. 28, from 6 a.m. to about 6:30 p.m. The City of The Dalles Public Works Department will conduct a pavement maintenance project to extend the life and improve the driving surface until a more extensive resurfacing can be done in the future.

September 26, 2014 2:10 p.m. read more..

Thursday, September 25


Letter to the editor: Two steps back

To the editor: I’ve been setting my recycle bin out on the top of my cement retaining wall for The Dalles Disposal to pick up since recycling started years ago. Recently, instead of putting it back, they have been tossing it in the street, close to the curb between two cars.

September 25, 2014 12:30 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Who was Colonel Wright?

To the editor: Located at 610 West 14th Street in The Dalles is the Colonel Wright School. Just who is this Colonel Wright and why do we have a school named after him? Colonel Wright was an officer in the United States Army. He was born in Norwich, Vermont and was a West Point graduate. During the time of his service in the Oregon territories, he engaged in making treaties with the Native American tribes of this area.

September 25, 2014 12:28 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: rein in spending

To the editor: I am happy to see our city manager cleared up the issue of the million-dollar transfer of ratepayers’ water and sewer money to the general fund. It is nice to know that the million dollars did not go into the “black hole” city government but was used to “buy” administrative support services from the folks who work in City Hall, like our city clerk, who makes $92,775 a year plus $42,222 in benefits for a grand total of $134,997. I feel much better now.

September 25, 2014 12:26 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Worthy role models

To the editor: I’ve just finished watching the seven-part series, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” produced by Ken Burns, which airs on Oregon Public Broadcasting this month.

September 25, 2014 12:24 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Paid sick leave long overdue

A coalition of activist organizations seeking to boost the minimum wage and require paid sick days for all workers has a better shot at the second goal, at least in Oregon.

September 25, 2014 12:20 p.m. read more..

Care facility gets a fresh face

EUGIYNIY CUTS a final stone to size as he finishes the day’s work remodeling the entry way at Columbia Basin Care Facility, which is undergoing extensive renovation, Wednesday evening Sept. 24. He and co-worker Vadim were facing an outside wall with stone, and are with GNM of Portland.

September 25, 2014 12:02 p.m. read more..

Coyotes target roaming cats in Bend

BEND (AP) — A Bend resident who lost her cat is now posting warnings to other pet owners about coyotes. The message from Leila Thompson gives the same advice as the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife: Don’t let your cats roam at night.

September 25, 2014 11:55 a.m. read more..

AstroGraph for September 25, 2014

Successful partnerships will be highlighted this year. Personal, business and professional collaborations will bring worthwhile returns. You will come out ahead if you rely on your intelligence and ingenuity, along with your ability to contribute to something that you feel passionate about.

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

Everyday Cheapskate: We’re living a minimalist life

Long time readers may recall a series of columns, Mary’s Big Remodel (, where I kept you up to date on the long and agonizing remodel of our home by my husband. What you may not know is that no sooner was the paint dry than we put the house up for sale. To our utter amazement it sold in about three hours. Yikes! We were only testing the water. But the offer was something we could not refuse.

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

Wednesday, September 24


Walden wins small Federation of Independent Business honor

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) has been named a “Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB). Walden received this award for his outstanding voting record in the U.S. House on behalf of Oregon small businesses.

September 24, 2014 1:34 p.m. read more..

Study: 95 percent of Oregonians now insured

PORTLAND — A new study shows 95 percent of Oregonians now have health insurance coverage, largely thanks to the state’s expansion of Medicaid to many previously ineligible low-income adults.

September 24, 2014 1:33 p.m. read more..

Oregon Wheat Foundation provides scholarships

Pendleton – The Oregon Wheat Foundation will provide up to 12 scholarships for high school seniors whose families are members of the Oregon Wheat Growers League. The scholarship is also open to students who work part-time for grower members. Students whose family members are employed by OWGL members are also eligible. The scholarship requirements include an essay on any topic related to the wheat industry and a summary of the student’s school and community involvement.

September 24, 2014 1:25 p.m. read more..

200 rally in HR on climate

About 200 people marched through downtown Hood River Sunday afternoon, chanting as part of a rally that was held to raise awareness about issues affecting climate change both globally and locally.

September 24, 2014 1:16 p.m. read more..

Courthouse vandalized

The Dalles police received a report of vandalism that apparently occurred the Sept. 21 at the Wasco County Courthouse at about 10:40 p.m., according to a police statement.

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

Chamber barbecue has new location

The annual membership barbecue hosted by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce will have a new location Thursday, Sept. 25, due to the prediction of rainy weather.

September 24, 2014 1:08 p.m. read more..

Walden town hall set in Sherman County

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) will host a town hall meeting Friday, Sept. 26, at 9 a.m. at the Steve Burnet Extension and Research Building in Moro at 66365 Lone Rock Rd.

September 24, 2014 1:07 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, September 23


SWC gets 2nd at Redside volleyball Tourney

Facing teams like Mitchell/Spray, Klickitat, Wash., Portland Waldorf and Condon-Wheeler, the South Wasco County Redsides picked up three consecutive wins and earned a spot in the title match, but ended up losing in three games to Condon-Wheeler for second place at the annual Redside Tournament Saturday in Maupin.

September 23, 2014 8:11 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Vote Bailey

To the editor: When I consider the scope of required skills, experience and background one would look for in a candidate for Wasco County Commissioner, it is clear that Bridget Bailey will bring an impressive resume’ to the County Board of Commissioners. In fact, we are fortunate to have a candidate of her competence seeking the office of Commissioner. Equally important is a candidate’s ability to listen and communicate effectively with constituents, staff, and prospective businesses.

September 23, 2014 6:11 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Pooled resources

To the editor: How quickly time passes. The kids are back to school again and we just had another successful “Back to School” project thanks to the efforts and resources of St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Salvation Army. Small towns are wonderful because we know enough to pool our resources and work together in order to accomplish great things.

September 23, 2014 6:10 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Dr. K wrong

To the editor: I’m sure Dr. K meant well and much of his information about Essential Tremor is correct and helpful. But the part he got wrong is very wrong. His comments are damaging to the spirit of those who struggle with ET, and misinforms those who are looking for answers to their shakes.

September 23, 2014 6:09 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: ALS Walk

To the editor: The Ice Bucket Challenge has taken our nation by storm, bringing much needed attention to A.L.S. (Lou Gherig’s Disease).

September 23, 2014 6:08 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Cutting the Gordian Knots

The Dalles City Council had a couple of opportunities at its Monday meeting to cause grief and strife in the life of local residents, and, to its credit, avoided doing so in both cases.

September 23, 2014 6:06 p.m. read more..

Poetry contest kicks off

The Oregon Poetry Association is sponsoring the seventeenth annual Oregon Student Poetry Contest. Tiel Aisha Ansari of Portland and Steve Jones of Corvallis are the 2015 student contest co-chairs.

September 23, 2014 6:01 p.m. read more..

City bans signs on corner

Politicians have until Friday to remove signs from the pie-shaped corner of West Fourth and West Third streets.

September 23, 2014 5:57 p.m. read more..

Pool bids out, demo Oct. 6

Officials hope demolition work will begin around Oct. 6 on the old pool, as the construction phase of building a new 50-meter pool finally gets underway.

September 23, 2014 5:54 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for September 23, 2014

Don’t take unnecessary risks. You will feel secure if you know that your health, financial and legal matters are being dealt with competently and on a regular basis. The new opportunities that you encounter as the year progresses will call for decisive and positive action, so don’t waffle.

September 23, 2014 10:50 a.m. read more..

Wildfire in Dufur Monday in mop-up

The Oregon Department of Forestry responded to a new fire in the area of Dufur Monday, Sept. 22. The fire is contained and in mop-up by local unit resources Tuesday morning, Sept. 23. The Jewel Road Fire was reported burning 7 miles west of Dufur in grass, brush and oak. Six engines, two crews, two helicopters and two bulldozers responded to the fire, which grew to 33 acres. The fire is now contained and in mop-up by local unit resources this morning.

September 23, 2014 10:33 a.m. read more..

Saturday, September 20


Extension cord: Art and agriculture in the same class

I recently attended parts of three county fairs and noticed in the art and photo competitions there were an awful lot of agricultural-based themes. Wow. Makes sense. There’s an old saying about “When agriculture begins, the other arts follow.”

September 20, 2014 9:04 p.m. read more..

Dog found in Ore. heads back to Pa.

PORTLAND — Gidget is going back to Pennsylvania. A Jack Russell terrier that somehow ended up in Oregon more than four months after she went missing from her home near Philadelphia will soon be flown back to the Keystone State.

September 20, 2014 8:50 p.m. read more..

Friday, September 19


Camp Morrow run scheduled

Camp Morrow run is scheduled The Camp Morrow 1k and 5k fundraiser run/walk is happening at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Pine Hollow Reservoir in Wamic. Cost is $25 with a shirt and $15 without a shirt for all participants in the 5k race. Costs are $5 for all runners in the 1k event.

September 19, 2014 1:55 p.m. read more..

Dufur swept by 2A Culver

Thursday night featured the No. 1 team in the 1A ranks Dufur battling it out versus No. 2 2A Culver in an inter-league showdown at Culver High School.

September 19, 2014 1:54 p.m. read more..

Moro book signing

Moro’s antique store Now and Then, together with the Sherman County Historical Museum, will be hosting a special book signing with two authors on Saturday, Oct. 18.

September 19, 2014 1:44 p.m. read more..

Youths charged in historic TD home fire

Two boys, ages 12 and 14, are slated to enter pleas Oct. 7 to charges of first-degree arson in a June fire that destroyed a partially burned historic home on West Fourth Street in The Dalles.

September 19, 2014 1:37 p.m. read more..

Rollover MVA north of Thompson Park

A VEHICLE pulling an open utility trailer crossed over the guardrail noon Thursday, Sept. 19, on eastbound I-84 and rolled down an embankment between the highway and the railway, ending up on its wheels in rocks and brush. The trailer remained wedged on top of the guardrail. At least two people were transported by medical personnel but were able to walk with assistance up the embankment to the highway shoulder. A fire was reported at the time of the accident, but no fire was apparent on arrival and the visible smoke originally reported was thought by field personnel to have been from the radiator of the vehicle, which appeared to be a complete loss. Accident was photographed from behind Hank's Auto Sales. Mark B. Gibson photo

September 19, 2014 1:23 p.m. read more..

Birds die after powder spill

The Dalles Transfer Station was evacuated and city public works staff kept on lockdown when a powder spill at the transfer station apparently killed some birds Thursday, Sept. 18.

September 19, 2014 1:20 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for September 19, 2014

Choose your companions wisely. If you are seen to be radical or controversial, you will discourage the attention of those you wish to impress. With the right amount of discipline, you will make the connections that will help you move forward with ease.

September 19, 2014 10:13 a.m. read more..

Thursday, September 18

There’s no time to rest

Local football teams use hard week of preparation for Friday night success for The Dalles, Sherman, Dufur and Maupin

September 18, 2014 2:04 p.m. read more..

Guided float explores White Salmon

A GUIDED float down the lower White Salmon River on Sunday, Sept. 21, provides participants with education about the breaching of Condit Dam in 2011 and the transformation that’s occurring after a century’s worth of silt, gravel, organic matter and water-drenched logs were unleashed through the drain hole.

September 18, 2014 1:54 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Reject status quo

To the editor: The day is coming in November when you can reject the current administration’s plan for the City of The Dalles. I feel rejection to the point of having a new group of leaders look at current plans and give a new take on whether this is a direction we should be going.

September 18, 2014 1:45 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Vote

To the editor: Another election is less than two months away and, again, I am asking residents to exercise their right to vote.

September 18, 2014 1:44 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Time for change

To the editor: I, Taner Elliott, am running to be your next city councilor. If you are ready for a change and looking for someone to slow your vastly increasing water and sewer rates then we see eye to eye.

September 18, 2014 1:41 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Wake up 1 percent

To the editor: Twenty years after the king and queen of France had their heads separated from their bodies, taxes were back at the same exorbitant rate and the workers dutifully paid.

September 18, 2014 1:40 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Cover Oregon should disband

It is a failure. Its name should be permanently retired, to rest among the annals of worst-executed state projects. Its remaining work should be transferred to the Oregon Health Authority or other state agencies, providing a fresh start.

September 18, 2014 1:38 p.m. read more..

Early morning sun

A CLIFF on the east side of Mill Creek is silhouetted against the morning sunrise Thursday, Sept. 18. By afternoon, spots traces of rain were felt as the hot weather of the past week moderates.

September 18, 2014 1:24 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for September 18, 2014

It’s time to take action. You know what you want, so stop wasting your energy and start turning your dream into a reality. Planning is useful, but only if you follow through. Stop waiting for someone else to do the work for you. Don’t stop until you reach your goal.

September 18, 2014 9:52 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, September 17

AstroGraph for September 17, 2014

It’s time to realize your potential. Keep your outlook realistic, and don’t spread yourself too thin. A focused approach, combined with your talent and determination, will help you make big strides toward your dreams, hopes and wishes. Keep your eye on the big picture.

September 17, 2014 2:44 p.m. read more..

Tribe netters win first match

It took four non-tournament matches, but The Dalles volleyball got on the winning side of the standings in a major way Tuesday with a four-game road triumph over Redmond.

September 17, 2014 12:37 p.m. read more..

Woman holds off thief, gives birth

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Police in Flint, Michigan, say a woman gave birth after she and her family captured a purse snatcher in a grocery store parking lot.

September 17, 2014 12:09 p.m. read more..

Poverty rate drops nationally

WASHINGTON — The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation’s economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for midterm elections.

September 17, 2014 12:03 p.m. read more..

Workshop focuses on energy

Energy and energy efficiency in commercial and residential buildings will be the topic of discussion at the All About Energy Forum Monday, Sept. 22, at The Dalles Civic Auditorium.

September 17, 2014 11:57 a.m. read more..

What's happening from Sept. 17

MOSIER MUSEUM: By popular demand, Mosier museum at the former legion hall just north of the post office will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sept. 20. Please contact Marilynn Gholston Shaw at if you have questions or wish to volunteer.

September 17, 2014 11:48 a.m. read more..

Brochure focuses on The Dalles history

In October 2012, the first-ever Reconnect to the River Festival was sponsored by The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce. The event was to celebrate the completion of the new city dock and the arrival of cruise ships to The Dalles.

September 17, 2014 11:47 a.m. read more..

Pot growers add demand on power grid

SEATTLE — As more marijuana producers move their plants indoors over the next two decades, the grow operations in Washington state are expected to need as much electricity each year as what a small Northwest city consumes, according to an energy forecast by regional power planners.

September 17, 2014 9:56 a.m. read more..

Oregon encourages voter registration

This month, the Oregon Secretary of State’s office will be mailing postcards to eligible voters across the state, offering them the opportunity to register to vote. The postcards will be sent to Oregonians who, according to county records, may be eligible to vote.

September 17, 2014 9:52 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, September 16


SWC netters lose two on the road

The South Wasco County Redsides were in action Saturday for a double dual against Country Christian and Trinity Lutheran and lost both matches while on the road in Bend.

September 16, 2014 2:34 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Volunteers needed

To the editor: Since 2010, The Dalles HOPE Warming Place has opened its doors to provide overnight shelter for those without the comfort of a place to stay during cold weather.

September 16, 2014 2:06 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Support Bailey

To the editor: I have known Bridget Bailey since my family moved here for my position at Farm Credit Service more than 30 years ago. Her family was very welcoming to my sons and we have remained friends with them since that time.

September 16, 2014 2:05 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Not what we want

To the editor: (Edited for content.) It’s one thing for an incumbent politician to oppose the challenger with ads, personal appearances and sound bites. It’s quite another to punish a challenger using the force of government.

September 16, 2014 2:04 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Retain Ostre

To the editor: It was a bittersweet moment for me when Governor Kitzhaber announced his decision to choose Karen Ostrye as our new Circuit Court Judge. I had been Karen’s legal assistant for more than 11 years and the decision meant she would be leaving our office.

September 16, 2014 2:03 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Dumping kittens is cruel

To the editor: This letter is addressed to the thoughtless individual that dumped kittens on the freeway between The Dalles and the Discovery Center. One was found soon after you dumped it, and it was in good shape.

September 16, 2014 2:01 p.m. read more..

Hydrant flush begins

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

September 16, 2014 1:47 p.m. read more..

Senior News: Lots of events at the senior center

I usually try to avoid being too focused on the Mid-Columbia Senior Center, but this week is going to be an exception because of these opportunities: Wednesday, Sept. 18: Passport to Happiness event from 1-2:30 p.m. Lauren Kraemer, OSU Extension Family and Community Health specialist, will demonstrate several healthy dishes.

September 16, 2014 1:45 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for September 16, 2014

Trust your instincts. You will tend to overanalyze your options, causing you to miss out on a great opportunity that could set the stage for a positive future. Think positively and get ready to take action. Do your best to avoid letting uncertainty lead to waffling.

September 16, 2014 10:03 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Showing up is hardest

Recently, I underwent that procedure no one my age likes to talk about. As much as I dreaded the exam, it was nothing compared to what I went through to get ready for it. Just seeing those words on the office door made me want to cut and run: Certified Financial Planner.

September 16, 2014 10:02 a.m. read more..

Sunday, September 14

Smoke from Mount Hood 36-pit fire will impact region


September 14, 2014 4:54 p.m. read more..

Saturday, September 13


Legal pot debate comes down to drug statistics

SALEM — After a week of growling at each other in the press, one of Oregon’s most outspoken district attorneys against marijuana legalization and the legalization-supporting congressman who represents the Portland area had their first chance Friday to trade barbs in person.

September 13, 2014 6:52 p.m. read more..

UO president search in chairman’s hands

EUGENE (AP) — The search for a new president of the University of Oregon will be a marked departure for the school, conducted largely in private and run largely by the chairman of the new board of trustees.

September 13, 2014 6:51 p.m. read more..

Cowboy’s memorial grows

PENDLETON (AP) — Let ‘er Buck, Tripper Rice. The young cowboy died seven years ago in a car accident, but family and friends continue to honor him during Pendleton Round-Up week.

September 13, 2014 6:47 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Chinook story error

To the editor: The article on the front page of The Chronicle Sept. 9 edition “Fall Chinook run breaks all records” was a copy of an article in the Hood River News last fall.

September 13, 2014 6:41 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Can’t afford Wood

To the editor: Our water rates just went up another 10 percent. If my math is correct, this makes a 28 percent increase since 2011. Thanks to our The Dalles City Council, water rates are scheduled to go up between 8 and 10 percent each September for the next six years for about a 60 percent increase.

September 13, 2014 6:40 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Supporting Green

To the editor: I am writing this letter to show my support for Mr. Scott Green. I have known Scott for many years and it has been my experience that he is a man of integrity and honor. In light of the current situation, I felt it imperative to express my sentiments.

September 13, 2014 6:39 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Special rules apply to election letters

Ready or not, we’re in the home stretch of the 2014 general election. Ballots will be sent out next month and voters are considering their choices. Since election letters are already beginning to appear in The Chronicle’s mailbox, we can expect this to be a competitive season.

September 13, 2014 6:23 p.m. read more..

Be ready: A three-day food supply is key

In the gorge, disaster comes at least once each year Get Ready event is Sept 20, at Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, 1400 W 8th St., The Dalles, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Red Cross will be joined by Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, CERT, Medical Reserve Corps, Lifeflight, Food Bank, OSU Extension Service and SERVPRO.

September 13, 2014 6:12 p.m. read more..

Adrian holds off Dufur

Playing at a neutral site at Imbler High School Friday, the Adrian Antelopes outscored Dufur 22-6 in the second half and held on to a 44-20 win in a non-league gridiron tilt.

September 13, 2014 5:51 p.m. read more..

Wasco area crash injures motorcyclist

Investigation by Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing into Friday afternoon's serious injury crash involving a motorcycle and van at an intersection on Highway 97 near Wasco in Sherman County.

September 13, 2014 5:24 p.m. read more..

Troopers seek help finding missing hikers

PORTLAND (AP) — Investigators hope hikers taking advantage of a warm weekend around Mount Hood will turn up clues to the disappearance of two Kentucky men who appear to have come to Oregon to camp but didn’t hit the trail.

September 13, 2014 5:23 p.m. read more..

Friday, September 12

Study: Salmon carcasses improve stream health

Of three conservation strategies, adding decaying salmon carcasses and the nutrients they provide to a stream is the most effective for promoting the production of wild juvenile Chinook salmon.

September 12, 2014 9:09 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for September 12, 2014

Put your life in order and get your ideas off the ground. An optimistic outlook will propel you in the right direction. Onlookers may not know how to deal with your enthusiasm, but the results will be proof that you’re on to something good.

September 12, 2014 4:36 p.m. read more..

TD soccer girls rolled by St. Helens, 6-1

The Dalles had enjoyed two wins to start the season, but the undefeated record came crashing down in a lopsided 6-1 loss to St. Helens in girl’s soccer play Thursday at St. Helens High School.

September 12, 2014 3:20 p.m. read more..

More than 5,000 dead in Central African Republic

GUEN, Central African Republic— More than 5,000 people have died in sectarian violence in Central African Republic since December, according to an Associated Press tally, suggesting that a U.N. peacekeeping mission approved months ago is coming too late for thousands.

September 12, 2014 3:04 p.m. read more..

Students rally for teacher who talks about faith

CANTON, Ga. (AP) — Students at a public high school outside Atlanta are rallying behind a teacher who says he’s standing up for his Christian beliefs and what he views as his right to talk about Jesus in the classroom.

September 12, 2014 3:01 p.m. read more..

Backpack food program grows

The backpack program, started over two years ago by First United Methodist Church to help feed homeless students for the weekend, is growing again.

September 12, 2014 2:56 p.m. read more..

Beer fest benefits Civic Auditorium

The Dalles Civic Auditorium Historic Preservation Committee is sponsoring the fourth annual Beer Fest on Saturday, Sept. 20, to benefit the restoration of the theatre.

September 12, 2014 2:51 p.m. read more..

Eugene demonstrators were improperly evicted

EUGENE (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Occupy Eugene demonstrators were improperly evicted two years ago from a downtown plaza, but not because a government agency had it in for that particular group of protesters.

September 12, 2014 2:50 p.m. read more..

House moves to block EPA rule

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., said Wednesday that House members have taken steps to stop “yet another regulatory overreach by a federal agency out of control, threatening jobs, threatening private property rights, threatening rural communities and threatening our way of life.”

September 12, 2014 2:28 p.m. read more..

Thursday, September 11

AstroGraph for September 11, 2014

Satisfy your needs. You will be faced with unfamiliar or unaccustomed events this year, which will require you to improvise as you move forward. Don’t sell yourself short by thinking someone else is better than you. Believe in your abilities, and you will prosper.

September 11, 2014 2:01 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Dems do potlucks, not campaign funds

To the editor: In a recent article concerning Greg Walden’s expenditures of campaign funds on food, his spokesman, Andrew Malcolm stated that the Walden committee’s expenditures on food were no different than those of other organizations, among them the Wasco County Democrats.

September 11, 2014 1:28 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Thank you

To the editor: It has been several weeks since the Rowena Fire. Many of us who live within the perimeter of the fire are still reflecting upon this experience and trying to put our lives and hearts back in order.

September 11, 2014 1:27 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Balance needed in stream rules

The Oregon Board of Forestry took another step last week in its effort to keep small and midsize streams cool enough to meet the state’s Protecting Cold Water standards. The board voted Wednesday to move forward with rule-making that will apply largely to streams on privately owned timberland. Fortunately, neither the board nor the Oregon Department of Forestry it oversees appears willing to rush the process.

September 11, 2014 1:13 p.m. read more..

Syria, Iran slam US strategy in fighting militants

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian and Iranian officials criticized the Obama administration on Thursday for excluding them from an international coalition coming together in the battle against the Islamic State group, while a state-run Syrian daily warned that unauthorized U.S. airstrikes on Syria may trigger the "first sparks of fire" in the region.

September 11, 2014 1:12 p.m. read more..

Free senior zoo visits

PORTLAND — Local seniors can reconnect with wildlife Tuesday, Sept. 16, during Senior Safari, a free day at the Oregon Zoo for anyone 65 or older.

September 11, 2014 12:46 p.m. read more..

$10M contest aims to revitalize rural towns

MINDEN, Nev. (AP) — A communications company and a satellite TV network are teaming up to offer $10 million in prize money to dozens of rural communities to help stimulate growth and revitalization in 27 states.

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

Wednesday, September 10

Record runs cross Bonneville Dam

Monday return largest single-day crossing since count began Portland, Ore. - Since Sunday, more than 180,354 adult fall Chinook have climbed the fish ladders at Bonneville Lock and Dam on their annual migration into the Columbia River Basin.

September 10, 2014 3:35 p.m. read more..

AstroGraph for September 10, 2014

Evaluate your past, present and plans for the future. Once you have considered everything, make the necessary adjustments that will help you accomplish your goals. You are the only one who can bring about these changes, so take charge and make things happen.

September 10, 2014 2:41 p.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Do it yourself and keep the change

One of the best ways to cut the cost of living is to learn how to do things you’re presenting paying others to do for you. That could be anything from pool cleaning to landscape maintenance and pest control. Just be wise. Research first, and learn from the best possible sources.

September 10, 2014 2:40 p.m. read more..

Greatest Need grants available to non-profits

The Area of Greatest Need Grant is available to non-profit programs and initiatives that improve health in the communities of Wasco, Hood River, Sherman, Klickitat, Wheeler and Gilliam Counties.

September 10, 2014 12:12 p.m. read more..

Donate blood in September

PORTLAND — Disasters can strike at any time, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help their communities prepare for emergencies by giving blood during National Preparedness Month.

September 10, 2014 12:05 p.m. read more..

Taking the ice bucket challenge

AS ALS sufferer Marianne Sansour, pictured in foreground, looks on, a group of 11 employees from Cousin’s Restaurant took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Monday, Sept. 8, in her honor.

September 10, 2014 12:04 p.m. read more..

Word on street: Cash and Carry: buy food, give food

Some for the food bank: Cash & Carry is in the midst of its third annual food drive, continuing through Sunday, Sept. 14. The store is issuing a special challenge to area restaurants this year: If five restaurants donate $500 each, Cash & Carry will donate $500.

September 10, 2014 11:46 a.m. read more..

Student project takes on dirty water

SALEM (AP) — Hurricanes, floods and tsunamis can pollute the water supply with bacteria and other contaminants, which can lead to illness for people who drink it.

September 10, 2014 11:41 a.m. read more..

Oregon students hold steady in state tests

SALEM (AP) — Amid a major push to boost high school graduation and college attendance, Oregon students held steady in proficiency in reading, writing, math and science, the scores on statewide tests show.

September 10, 2014 11:40 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, September 9

AstroGraph for September 9, 2014

Simplicity will be the key to your success this year. Don’t try to divide your time between too many projects or challenges. Maintain your discipline, and focus on what you can do, not what stands in your way. Getting upset at inconveniences will be a waste of time.

September 9, 2014 1:50 p.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Get back to school bargains

Most people aren’t paying attention in the middle of summer when stores like Office Depot and Staples go crazy nearly giving away school supplies with their one-cent sales. How can they do it? They’re willing to bet that most customers will grab up the bargains and then add a few full-priced items as well before they get to the checkout.

September 9, 2014 1:49 p.m. read more..

Ask Dr. K: Antidepressants and weight

DEAR DOCTOR K: My doctor thinks I could benefit from an antidepressant. But I’ve heard that antidepressants cause weight gain and I’m already overweight. Do any antidepressants cause less weight gain than others?

September 9, 2014 1:49 p.m. read more..

Cover Oregon scrambles to fix tax credit error

PORTLAND (AP) — Cover Oregon is trying to figure out how many people who enrolled in private health insurance plans may owe more tax money as a result of the exchange’s blunder in calculating federal tax credits. Executive Director Aaron Patnode said the exchange used the wrong formula to calculate credits for individuals and families with incomes between 139 and 400 percent of the federal poverty line.

September 9, 2014 12:44 p.m. read more..

Wyoming appeals Oregon’s denial of coal port

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming is appealing Oregon’s recent decision to deny an application to build a coal terminal at the Port of Morrow, on the Columbia River. Wyoming, the nation’s largest coal-producer, has been pressing for access to ports to export coal to Asia, but it has run into stiff opposition in the Northwest.

September 9, 2014 12:43 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Vote Ostrye

To the editor: My name is Kari Dell and I am the mother of an eighth grader who has been mentored by Judge Karen Ostrye since October of 2011. We met Karen through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program.

September 9, 2014 12:12 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Bridget understands roads

To the editor: No one doubts the Road Department Budget is in serious trouble. The commissioners acknowledged this when they appointed a committee to explore funding options. The committee spent many months preparing a report for the commissioners.

September 9, 2014 12:10 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Are you ok?

To the editor: When was the last time you asked someone if they were OK? A friend, neighbor, co-worker, family member, someone who seemed pretty down lately, lacking their usual demeanor? If we each did a little more asking and paying as much attention to one’s mental health as we do one’s physical ailments, we could reduce the high rate of suicide.

September 9, 2014 12:08 p.m. read more..

New disease confirmed in Roseburg deer population

ROSEBURG, Ore. – Tests have confirmed that deer in the Roseburg area are dying from Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD), a disease that has not been seen in deer in this area of Oregon before and is transmitted by gnats, which are abundant this year due to low water levels.

September 9, 2014 6:36 a.m. read more..

Saturday, September 6


Riverhawks learn from hard loss

At first glance, a 50-0 loss might seem catastrophic, but head coach Steve Sugg caught a first glimpse of the teams' potential, and what areas he and the coaching staff should pinpoint in the coming week of practice.

September 6, 2014 5:29 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Go, learn, get ready

On Saturday, Sept. 20, local emergency planners are hosting a Get Ready The Dalles event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue.

September 6, 2014 5:11 p.m. read more..

Clark College offers gorge CADD class

VANCOUVER, Wash. – On Sept. 27, Clark College will launch an associate of applied science degree in Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) entirely in the Columbia River Gorge.

September 6, 2014 5:06 p.m. read more..

Large Chinook run is on its way

UPDATE: In what may be a record day, 67,024 adult Chinook and 5,447 jack crossed Bonneville Dam on Sunday, Sept. 7. Another record? 67521 kings thru Bonneville on Monday, according to NW Sportsman magazine.

September 6, 2014 9:14 a.m. read more..

Friday, September 5


AstroGraph for September 5, 2014

It will be easy to stray from your original game plan. Do whatever it takes to stay on track. A friendly reminder and an incentive that will help you focus and maintain the discipline required to reach your goal will lead to a happy and prosperous year.

September 5, 2014 1:27 p.m. read more..

Comedian Joan Rivers dies at 81

Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.

September 5, 2014 1:11 p.m. read more..

Kiwanis celebrate with steak

PLATE LOADED, a woman heads toward the picnic tables at Sorosis Park while The Dalles Kiwanis Club members grill meat for their annual Steak Feed Thursday afternoon, Sept. 4.

September 5, 2014 12:31 p.m. read more..

Body of Alaska serial killer’s victim exhumed

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The remains of an unidentified victim of recently deceased Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen were being exhumed from an Anchorage gravesite, 30 years after her killer led authorities to her body near a lake north of the city.

September 5, 2014 12:23 p.m. read more..

Pool contract expected soon

A contract with the company that will replace Ted Walker Pool is still being negotiated, but the firm moved its construction trailer on site at Thompson Park in anticipation of a deal being inked soon to begin work on the Thompson Park Pool project.

September 5, 2014 12:20 p.m. read more..

Thursday, September 4

New from Cottonwood State Park

News from Cottonwood Canyon State Park ~ Cottonwood Park Ranger We have fallen behind on the blog—every time we tried to emerge from the weeds, it seems like we get pulled back down by the puncture vine. Or tangled by the Russian thistle. Or strangled by the Kochia.

September 4, 2014 7:32 p.m. read more..

Mount Hood has tiny quake

MOUNT HOOD (AP) — The U. S. Geological Survey recorded a small quake early Thursday at Mount Hood. The quake at 1:52 a.m. was a magnitude 2.6 at a depth of about two miles.

September 4, 2014 11:52 a.m. read more..

Forestry board eyes greater fish focus

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Board of Forestry has voted unanimously to keep moving forward on developing rules to making sure logging sites leave enough trees standing along salmon streams to keep the water shaded and cool.

September 4, 2014 11:44 a.m. read more..

Departments use technology to ID problem officers

LOS ANGELES — Police departments across the U.S. are using technology to try to identify problem officers before their misbehavior harms innocent people, embarrasses their employer, or invites a costly lawsuit — from citizens or the federal government.

September 4, 2014 11:16 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Dangerous grass

To the editor: There is a swatch of very tall grass east of the Charburger billboard which makes the path from the trail to Water’s Edge pretty much impassable. At any time, day or night, people bypass this stretch by clambering up the embankment when walking along the highway shoulder.

September 4, 2014 11:15 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Elect Ostrye

To the editor: I am writing this letter in support of retaining Karen Ostrye as Circuit Court Judge. Karen is dedicated to our community and supportive of its members, as demonstrated by her concern for issues relating to our youth. Karen has a real interest in helping people solve problems and guiding them toward becoming productive members of society.

September 4, 2014 11:13 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Little green ‘man’ missing

To the editor: A three-foot-tall green Safety Man with an orange flag is missing at Pomona Meadows. He has “15 MPH” printed on both sides. If you see him, please call police or return him to his home. Our safety man was securely placed in our front yard to remind everyone, including UPS and FedEx, that we live in a senior citizen park, we move very slowly and all drivers should do the same.

September 4, 2014 11:12 a.m. read more..

AstroGraph for September 4, 2014

Your popularity will grow if you offer help in good faith. Using your experience to shed light on situations will make a favorable impression on your colleagues this year. Your compassion, understanding and patience will win you valuable support and allies.

September 4, 2014 10:43 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, September 3


Obama says beheading videos won't intimidate US

TALLINN, Estonia— President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the United States will not be intimidated by Islamic State militants after the beheading of a second American journalist and will build a coalition to "degrade and destroy" the group.

September 3, 2014 11:28 a.m. read more..

Moving into contention

Sherman head coach Carrie Danchok has been counting down the days, hours and minutes before her varsity team can put its best foot forward for the start of the 2014 volleyball season.

September 3, 2014 11:24 a.m. read more..

Bank reinforces

In conjunction with Pres. Barack Obama’s administration, Wells Fargo announced it will join with other mortgage servicers in an initiative to help active-duty military mortgage customers.

September 3, 2014 11:17 a.m. read more..

Europe’s job market has strengths the US doesn’t

WASHINGTON — Compare unemployment rates, and America’s job market looks much stronger than Europe’s. The U.S. rate for August, being released Friday, is expected to be a near-normal 6.1 percent. In the 18 countries that use the euro currency, by contrast, it’s a collective 11.5 percent.

September 3, 2014 11:16 a.m. read more..


THE DALLES MIDDLE School student leader Nathan Nanez, center, gives thumbs up to a sixth grader during an orientation day for new students at the school Tuesday.

September 3, 2014 11:11 a.m. read more..

AstroGraph for September 3, 2014

Strive to be productive. Don’t downplay your feelings and opinions. Keep your goals in sight and don’t allow anyone or anything to sidetrack your progress. Your accomplishments will set you apart from your competitors this year.

September 3, 2014 11:09 a.m. read more..

Highway fires blamed on RV

BEND (AP) — The malfunction of a motor home’s exhaust system is blamed for igniting about 10 small brush fires along U.S. Highway 97 south of Bend.

September 3, 2014 11:08 a.m. read more..

Everyday Cheapskate: Ways to use this for that

Recently, as I was half way out the door, car keys in hand and on the way to the home improvement center, I remembered that I might already have what I needed. Cooking spray! That’s it. I’d heard that it just might work. It did, and quite perfectly, too. No more squeaks and I saved a trip and purchase, too.

September 3, 2014 11:07 a.m. read more..

Artists, writers head outside for Plein Air events

The 10th annual Plein Air show at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, which features painters and writers who work outdoors, features a quick draw event at the Hood River farmer’s market at Hood River Middle School Thursday afternoon.

September 3, 2014 8:18 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, September 2

AstroGraph for September 2, 2014

Protect what you have worked so hard to hold on to. Careful time management and the ability to delegate tasks will prevent you from becoming run-down. Keeping on top of your own ventures will be of paramount importance, so don't let others do the work for you.

September 2, 2014 3:19 p.m. read more..

Ask Dr. K: Cause of anovulation should be determined

DEAR DOCTOR K: I've always had infrequent periods, but I never thought much of it. My doctor recently used the word "anovulatory" to explain why I've had trouble getting pregnant. What does this mean? Could the two be connected?

September 2, 2014 3:17 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Other priorities

To the editor: (Edited for length.) City sees evolution in yard sale signs. I must say I disagree with the statement that it is a violation of traffic law to paint directional information on our vehicles. This is only partially correct.

September 2, 2014 1:40 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Outraged

To the editor: Sending armed forces halfway around the world to an unwinnable war against people that are “different,” race riots, killing black children with impunity, fire hoses, police dogs, guns drawn on unarmed protestors, police brutality, white on black murderers going free, show of military like force on home soil, on and on.

September 2, 2014 1:39 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Fact-challenged

To the editor: I have read The Dalles Chronicle for over 20 years and have found it to be a valuable community resource. The reporting is generally informative and insightful. However, after reading RaeLynn Ricarte’s recent series of articles on “Ranching Life” I am compelled to respond to some of the statements from Keith Nantz in the article “Water Dispute Boils” published on August 20, 2014.

September 2, 2014 1:37 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Compounding the problem

If you’re feeling a sense of déjà vu these days when reading The Chronicle it’s no surprise, at least where The Dalles City Council stories are concerned.

September 2, 2014 1:32 p.m. read more..

Six militants killed in US Somali strike

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Al-Shabab's top leader was in one of two vehicles hit Monday night by a U.S. military strike, a member of the Somali Islamic extremist group said Tuesday. The rebel commander would not say whether Ahmed Abdi Godane, the group's leader, was among the six militants killed.

September 2, 2014 1:31 p.m. read more..

Old St. Peter's Landmark is seeking volunteers

History lovers who are interested in becoming volunteer docents (tour guides). Docents typically serve one day per month for either four hours, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, or two hours 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

September 2, 2014 1:27 p.m. read more..

Kiwanas steak feed returns

The Dalles Kiwanis Club is warming up the grill for the annual Steak Feed this Thursday, Sept. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sorosis Park.

September 2, 2014 1:20 p.m. read more..

Fire duty vital for utility

Among the issues that may not make the headlines during a wildfire are how to keep the electrical power on, when to shut it off and who makes the call and does the work.

September 2, 2014 1:19 p.m. read more..


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