Stories for February 2015


Saturday, February 28


Letter to the editor: Gorge future

To the editor: In light of Darren Nichols’ resignation from his post as Executive Director of the Columbia River Gorge Commission, it’s important to recognize that Washington and Oregon can secure a healthy, sustainable future for the Columbia River Gorge as well as other areas in the Pacific Northwest, without having to sacrifice the growth to our vital transportation and trade industries. Environmental responsibility and expanding trade infrastructure can and should coexist.

February 28, 2015 10:52 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Educational projects

To the editor: My name is Faith Lindley and I am a sixth grade teacher in South Wasco. Currently there is a lot going on in education that seems to put a negative light on schools and what teachers are preparing their students for; however, I would like to see if there is a way you could help me share the good things that some teachers like myself are doing to help keep education engaging and purposeful for our students.

February 28, 2015 10:51 a.m. read more..

Friday, February 27


Grass Widow

A GRASS WIDOW flower blooms near Horsethief Butte south of Dallesport, Wash. The flowers are commonly among the first to bloom in the area, and are frequently seen in late January and early February.

February 27, 2015 11:18 a.m. read more..

St. Paul’s Chapel featured Saturday

St. Paul’s Chapel is the topic for the last of this year’s Regional History Forum programs at the Original Wasco County Courthouse. Rodger Nichols will present photos and stories that he and Julie Reynolds have prepared about the historic church. The program begins at 1:30 p.m. at the 1859 Original Courthouse, 410 W. 2nd Place, The Dalles.

February 27, 2015 11:14 a.m. read more..

Obama talks oil-train safety

Obama was interviewed by OR reporter PORTLAND (AP) — President Barack Obama said the federal government plans to strengthen regulations regarding oil train safety.

February 27, 2015 10:57 a.m. read more..

Editorial: New food guidelines may do damage

Recommendations from a panel reviewing food guidelines were released last week, and it’s just as we feared: The new recommendations take into account not just the health impacts of your diet but also the environmental impacts of your food choices.

February 27, 2015 6:53 a.m. read more..

Thursday, February 26

Letter to the editor: Bad behavior

To the editor: My daughter is a student at The Dalles Middle School. She was telling me about some of the very disrespectful kids in some of her classes.

February 26, 2015 4:11 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Thanks for help

To the editor: On Feb. 18, Mid-Columbia Health Foundation, the fundraising arm of Mid-Columbia Medical Center, had the pleasure of hosting a spaghetti feed for our “Level the Playing Field” project at The Dalles High School-Kurtz Gym. The Level the Playing Field project was created to provide upgrades to The Dalles High School weight room and wellness programs for District 21 staff. About 300 people came out to support the event.

February 26, 2015 4:09 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Let people win

To the editor: I have a question as to the development of the proposed Walmart Super Store planned for the city of The Dalles. I noticed that this much needed store has been blocked by “local citizens” or is it “local business” over the last six years or since 2009.

February 26, 2015 4:09 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Boiling frogs

To the editor: I always thought that was a funny story, the one about the boiling frog — put a frog in boiling water, he’ll jump out, but if you put him in cold water that is slowly heated, he will be cooked to death. And scientists have shown this to be true. That poor, foolish frog!

February 26, 2015 4:08 p.m. read more..

Theater show opens Friday

The Theatre Company of The Dalles presentation is directed by Scott Simmons. Polehn and Paulsen are lovers who meet in 1951 at a quaint coastal inn in Northern California. The catch? They are both happily married to other people. Since they don’t want to stop seeing each other, they agree to meet once every year at the same inn for a romantic weekend together.

February 26, 2015 4:01 p.m. read more..

Attacks chip away at US wealth, security

WASHINGTON — Saboteurs, spies and thieves are expanding their computer attacks against a vulnerable American Internet infrastructure, chipping away at U.S. wealth and security over time, according to the latest U.S. intelligence appraisal of the top dangers facing the country.

February 26, 2015 3:50 p.m. read more..

County revamps two departments

When the directors of Wasco County’s public works and planning departments almost simultaneously retired or moved, the idea of replacing them with one person was floated as a cost-saving measure.

February 26, 2015 3:47 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, February 25


Mystery Gadget

Mystery gadget The search for a photo to match the “Mystery Gadget” found in an old junk pile by Raleigh Dillon-Underhill of Dufur and published in the Chronicle on Feb. 11 remains elusive. The explanation that seems to best fit the circular metal band, with several arrow-shaped points of different sizes pointing in one direction, was offered by Russ Wilcox of The Dalles. He said the device was likely part of a tool to make wagon wheel hubs around the turn of the century. We have been unable to find a picture that would confirm that assessment. Glen Davidson of The Dalles guessed that the metal ring was attached to a wooden handle and used as a hand-operated drill. We have attempted to verify that use of the ring without success. Other residents suggested the metal piece was part of a Christmas tree stand and a whale harpoon. Anyone with information about this mystery is asked to call RaeLynn Ricarte at 541-506-4604 or email

February 25, 2015 4:54 p.m. read more..

State grant ups jail beds

The 50-bed limit for Wasco County at the regional jail has been a frustration for county law officials, but a state grant will help ease that burden — at least until the end of the fiscal year.

February 25, 2015 4:42 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, February 24


Sherman focused on the finish

HERMISTON – Still irked by a 48-47 loss to No. 1-ranked Horizon Christian in Saturday’s Big Sky conference district championship, the Sherman Huskies are poised to win two state sub-round games to make it back to Baker City in March.

February 24, 2015 2:33 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Common sense

To the editor: Regarding Connie Krummrich’s recent letter in the Chronicle: All of the common sense gun control measures are already on the books. All that remains are useless “feel good” measures that only restrict law-abiding citizens’ legal use of firearms.

February 24, 2015 2:26 p.m. read more..

Extension cord: Wasco County students rumble over robotics

In addition to The Dalles High School robotics students’ most recent success at the Oregon Robotics Tournament Outreach Program (ORTOP) Feb. 7, students from across Wasco County have been storming robotic challenges. Since December, students from 14 teams in The Dalles have been advancing through FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics tournaments. Dufur School District, South Wasco School District, and Mosier Community School also sent teams to local competitions.

February 24, 2015 2:19 p.m. read more..

Sunday, February 22

Saturday, February 21

No snow, but plenty of early wildflowers

Call it global warming. Call it climate change. Call it a whim of Mother Nature. But whatever name you give it this winter has been a disaster for the winter sports industries, wheat farmers and orchardists.

February 21, 2015 4:24 p.m. read more..

Pendleton girls drops TD 47-39

Pendleton girls drops TD 47-39 PENDLETON (AP)— The Pendleton Buckaroos surged past The Dalles in a wild fourth quarter to secure second place in the Columbia River Conference on Friday with a 47-39 win at Warberg Court.

February 21, 2015 4:20 p.m. read more..

Sherman defeats Dufur in semifinal

HERMISTON — Austin Kaseberg scored 11 of his game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter, as the Sherman Huskies out scored Dufur 17-9 in the final period to secure a 53-44 victory over Dufur in Big Sky Conference boys' basketball district play Friday night at Hermiston High School.

February 21, 2015 4:19 p.m. read more..

Horizon blows out SWC, 38-23

HERMISTON — Earlier in the year, the South Wasco County Redsides played a nip-and-tuck first half against top-ranked Horizon Christian only to lose by double digits in the end.

February 21, 2015 4:18 p.m. read more..

Letter to the Editor: Level the playing field

To the editor: The “Level the Playing Field” project is a coordinated effort between the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation, Mid-Columbia Medical Center and North Wasco County School District No. 21 to promote wellness for the students in our community. With studies showing Wasco County having a significant childhood obesity problem and the antiquated equipment of the school’s training facilities, MCMC saw a need that they could help meet.

February 21, 2015 3:52 p.m. read more..

Tentative contract reached for western ports

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Negotiators reached a tentative contract covering West Coast dockworkers, likely ending a protracted labor dispute that snarled international trade at seaports handling about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually.

February 21, 2015 3:40 p.m. read more..

Magill hooked by new hobby-b

The work is meticulous and requires precision placement of the cork handle, reel seat, end cap and guides, but Lane Magill finds building fishing rods to be a source of relaxation.

February 21, 2015 3:31 p.m. read more..

Friday, February 20


Mount Adams subject of Saturday history forum

“Time and Change on Mount Adams” is the title of the Regional History Forum presentation Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Original Wasco County Courthouse. The program begins at 1:30 p.m. in the historic courthouse, 410 W. 2nd Place, The Dalles.

February 20, 2015 2:49 p.m. read more..

Thursday, February 19

Bakitchen owner retires

Mike and Elaine Walch, husband and wife co-owners of Mike’s Bakitchen LLC, 216 Court St., have sold their bakery and will retire Feb. 25. Mike Walch has been baking goods in The Dalles and the Columbia River Gorge for 25 years. As owners of Mike’s Donuts and More LLC.

February 19, 2015 3:19 p.m. read more..

Riverhawks send six to state

HOOD RIVER – In his final season as The Dalles head swim coach, Scott McKay was beaming with excitement. He called this past Saturday’s exploits the most successful district meet he has been a part of.

February 19, 2015 3:15 p.m. read more..

‘Urgent’ scam

Some residents of The Dalles are receiving an “Urgent Notice” postcard informing them that they have $100 coming as an unclaimed reward.

February 19, 2015 3:10 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Goodbye Mike

To the editor: Community. Big events in one life can disrupt little routines in many others, in Community. Mike’s Bakitchen has been about the wonderful baked delicacies, but even more it’s been about a meeting place for coffee and conversation, Community.

February 19, 2015 2:55 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Don’t harm cats

To the editor: Kitten season is almost here. Are you ready? Do you have an unspayed female? Either a pet or perhaps a stray that you are feeding? Luckily, there are several organizations here locally that can help.

February 19, 2015 2:55 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Need gun safety

To the editor: I was extremely disappointed to read in The Chronicle that the Wasco County Commissioners are opposed to common sense gun control measures that are expected to be proposed in the Oregon Legislature.

February 19, 2015 2:54 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Waste of time

To the editor: I have found the letters about the oil trains and the city council fairly interesting. I just have one question, why is the city council wasting its time? Doesn’t it have more important, and useful, things to look into?

February 19, 2015 2:52 p.m. read more..

Editorial: ‘Upskirt’ bill needed, but it shouldn’t be

The following editorial ran Feb. 17 in the Albany Democrat-Herald regarding a photo privacy proposal in the Oregon Legislature: Now that at least some of the drama surrounding the governor’s office is starting to fade, we can expect the Legislature to work its way back to its normal early-session rhythms.

February 19, 2015 2:44 p.m. read more..

Health lawsuit still underway

The lawsuit filed against Wasco County asking that the Dec. 17 decision to leave the regional health district be voided will not be dropped yet, even though the county did rescind that vote Wednesday.

February 19, 2015 2:28 p.m. read more..

Senior News: The art of discovering your inner Van Gogh

Many of you may agree with Fran Lebowitz who said, “Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass.”

February 19, 2015 2:18 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, February 17


Injury accident Sunday near Warm Springs

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday morning's serious injury motorcycle crash that occurred at State Route 216 milepost 17 near Warm Springs.

February 17, 2015 7:14 a.m. read more..

Saturday, February 14


Commentary: Oregon at crossroads over hunting, fishing

As the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission introduced its three finalists for the vacant Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife director position in early February, the state's sportsmen were reminded again how important the chemistry of this commission is to Oregon hunters and wildlife. The governor will fill two vacancies on the commission this spring, and the selections, to be confirmed by the Oregon Senate, could radically alter the direction of Oregon's wildlife management — for better or worse.

February 14, 2015 11:47 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Rand was fraud

To the editor: In her last ’Crosstalk’ offering, Ms. Ricart chose to sing the praises of Ayn Rand. Rand became a darling of the Tea Party who embraced her pseudo philosophy which sought to justify the privilege of the wealthy and demonize not only the lazy, undeserving poor, but the working middle-classes as well.

February 14, 2015 11:46 a.m. read more..

Editorial: MCMC in ‘Catch-22’ due to fed program

What Mid-Columbia Medical Center and other hospitals in the same unfortunate position are going through right now belongs in the pages of a Kafka novel or Joseph Heller’s “Catch-22.” MCMC has very low infection rates. Effectively because of that, the hospital was penalized under a new federal program designed to improve patient safety. Yes, you read that right.

February 14, 2015 11:45 a.m. read more..

US government to help monarch butterfly

WASHINGTON — The federal government on Monday pledged $3.2 million to help save the monarch butterfly, the iconic orange-and-black butterfly that can migrate thousands of miles between the U.S. and Mexico each year. In recent years, the species has experienced a 90 percent decline in population, with the lowest recorded population occurring in 2013-2014. About $2 million will restore more than 200,000 acres of habitat from California to the Corn Belt, including more than 750 schoolyard habitats and pollinator gardens. The rest will be used to start a conservation fund — the first dedicated solely to monarchs — that will provide grants to farmers and other landowners to conserve habitat.

February 14, 2015 11:43 a.m. read more..

Lady Huskies lock in 3rd seed

Janet Guzman hit the eventual game-winning free throw with 18 seconds left in regulation and the Sherman Huskies made one final defensive stand to secure a 31-30 win Friday over Arlington in a girls’ hoops tilt in Arlington.

February 14, 2015 11:34 a.m. read more..

Sherman boys wallop Arlington by 19

Even on a tough shooting night, the No. 9-ranked Sherman Huskies won their way to a ninth win of the past 10 contests, scoring a 56-37 triumph over Arlington Friday night in a Big Sky boys’ basketball tussle at Arlington High School.

February 14, 2015 11:34 a.m. read more..

SWC girls steal comeback win

Looks like the South Wasco County Redsides are finding their stride right in a nick of time. The senior trio of Peggy Espeland, Roxanne O’Neal and Molly Foreaker combined for 12 of the team’s 16 fourth-quarter points, as the Lady Redsides erased a 20-11 halftime deficit by outscoring Ione 30-15 in the final 16 minutes for a 41-35 comeback win on senior night Friday in Maupin.

February 14, 2015 11:33 a.m. read more..

Subpoenas arrive as Oregon governor announces departure

SALEM (AP) — Just hours after Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his decision to resign, a subpoena arrived in a state office building confirming that federal agents are looking into the influence-peddling scandal that led to the abrupt end of a four-decade political career.

February 14, 2015 11:12 a.m. read more..

Governors in disgrace: Oregon's is one of many

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his resignation on Friday amid mounting questions and investigations into his fiancée, who was accused of using her position as first lady to enrich herself and benefit private consulting clients. Kitzhaber, 67, was elected to a historic fourth term as governor in November.

February 14, 2015 11:07 a.m. read more..

Timeline of ethics issues surrounding OR governor Kitzhaber

Just weeks after being sworn in for an unprecedented fourth term, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his resignation following allegations his fiancée used their relationship to win contracts for her consulting business and failed to report income on her taxes. Some key events leading to this point:

February 14, 2015 11:06 a.m. read more..

Briefly disguised

MEDFORD (AP) — Oregon State Police say two men have been arrested in a southern Oregon convenience store robbery in which the robbers' "hoods" were actually boxer brief-style underwear in a camouflage pattern.

February 14, 2015 11:02 a.m. read more..

Her favorite Valentine

After 65 years of marriage, Eva Johnson has no trouble getting the truth out of her husband Pete. When asked what attracted him to his soon-to-be wife, he began, “She had a job, money in the bank, a car...” A laughing glance from Eva, a gesture, he quickly sets the record straight. “It was kind of a falling in love thing, you know. Like everyone else,” he added. “I was the town drunk.”

February 14, 2015 11:01 a.m. read more..

TD looks to bursts through at 5A regionals

The 5A Special District 4 wrestling division is one of the toughest in the state, with Hermiston, Pendleton, Hood River Valley, Bend, Mountain View, Redmond, Ridgeview and Summit as just some of the heavy hitters.

February 14, 2015 10:52 a.m. read more..

Friday, February 13


Pool pour

CREWS POUR and smooth concrete Feb. 10 on what will become the bottom of the new swimming pool under construction at Thompson Park. The new pool is scheduled to open this summer.

February 13, 2015 6:04 a.m. read more..

Thursday, February 12


Morris leads No. 13 Dufur boys

Caleb Morris dropped 20 points and the No. 13-ranked Dufur Rangers hit Arlington strong in the opening 16 minutes for gains of 16-9 and 26-2 and rode that 42-11 halftime cushion all the way to a lopsided 59-29 tally Tuesday in Big Sky Conference boys’ basketball play at Arlington High School.

February 12, 2015 3:33 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Police videos should be made public

The following editorial was published Feb. 11 in the Albany Democrat-Herald: One of the more intriguing issues the Oregon Legislature will try to settle during this session involves the use of body cameras by police officers. In general, we think the body cameras are terrific – and it’s worth noting that two Linn County police agencies already have started using the cameras, with good results. Other law enforcement agencies throughout the mid-valley are taking a careful look at the cameras.

February 12, 2015 12:26 p.m. read more..

Ribbons for HAVEN

HAVEN of the Columbia River Gorge has hung orange ribbons along streets in The Dalles and Dufur to raise awareness about Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

February 12, 2015 12:24 p.m. read more..

Teacher fears young children

CINCINNATI — A retired teacher who sued a school district, saying administrators discriminated against her because of a phobia that makes her fear young children, lost her appeal in the federal case on Wednesday.

February 12, 2015 11:12 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, February 11


SWC girls stay on its playoff roll

Ally Muhleman and Allie Noland notched 11 points apiece, as the South Wasco County Redsides moved into the sixth and final district play-in slot with a 46-36 triumph over Mitchell-Spray Tuesday in a Big Sky Conference showdown at Mitchell High.

February 11, 2015 5:31 p.m. read more..

Huskies get win over Mitchell

Saturday in Moro, the Sherman Huskies broke open a 37-23 halftime lead with a 40-23 run in the final 16 minutes of play to post a 77-46 win over Mitchell-Spray.

February 11, 2015 5:28 p.m. read more..

Husky boys keep up top pace

Max Martin scored all 17 of his points in the second half, and the duo of Austin Kaseberg and Kyle Fields tacked on 16 points each to lead No. 9 Sherman to an 80-56 road win over Condon-Wheeler Tuesday at Condon High.

February 11, 2015 5:27 p.m. read more..

In-home care agency expands to TD

Helping Hands Home Care Northwest HHHC of Portland added a branch office in The Dalles in November, expanding their service area to include Wasco and Sherman counties as well as Hood River county. Company president Toby Forsberg said in a news release, “In a growth industry and with the demand we have seen throughout our service territory, it made perfect sense to add a branch in the growing communities of Hood River and The Dalles.

February 11, 2015 5:24 p.m. read more..

Native American art featured at Maryhill

GOLDENDALE – Maryhill Museum of Art opens its 75th Anniversary Season March 15 with the exhibition “American Indian Painting: Twentieth-century masters.” The landmark exhibition brings to the Columbia River Gorge a collection of 35 paintings of a type seldom — if ever — exhibited in the Pacific Northwest.

February 11, 2015 5:09 p.m. read more..

School leaders seek delay in test ratings

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon education leaders say they want a yearlong delay in rating schools based on a new set of tougher tests after the state’s teachers union raised objections.

February 11, 2015 5:07 p.m. read more..

Kitzhaber lawyers protest ethics probe

SALEM — Lawyers for Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancée are arguing that the Oregon Government Ethics Commission has no jurisdiction to investigate Cylvia Hayes, even though Kitzhaber spent months saying it was the appropriate agency to look into influence-peddling allegations.

February 11, 2015 5:06 p.m. read more..

Freeway construction underway

Traffic on Interstate 84 is now restricted to one lane in each direction for 3.8 miles within The Dalles city limits. Bob Townsend, assistant project manager for the Oregon Department of Transportation, said the orange barrels blocking off the east and west right lanes were put up Monday.

February 11, 2015 3:52 p.m. read more..

Wasco board shedules executive session Friday

Wasco County Board of Commissioners Executive Session Friday, February 13, 2015 8:00 a.m. 511 Washington Street, Suite 302 The Dalles, OR Pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(h) Consultation with counsel concerning legal rights and duties regarding threatened litigation.

February 11, 2015 1:39 p.m. read more..

Commentary: If you haven’t immunized your kids, please reconsider

Measles is a terrible disease. The recent measles outbreak, which likely started with one infected person at Disneyland, is now spreading through the West. Measles was nearly eradicated in the United States by 2000, almost wholly due to the effectiveness of the measles vaccine. However, over the past decade, the rates of measles immunizations have fallen. There are several reasons for this drop in immunization rates. Some parents have just not gotten around to getting immunizations for their kids and other parents have refused, due to fears of the side effects of vaccines. Many of those parents have noted that the benefit of measles vaccine is small when there is no measles around. I think the data is clear - vaccines are safe and effective. Concerns of autism have been thoroughly investigated and have found no relation.

February 11, 2015 5:21 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Cat burglar

To the editor: I must express my disappointment about the past few months with a certain “Cat Burglar” in my neighborhood. I help to take care of a veteran who lives with me and on Dec. 16, 2014, his companion cat that walked around the block with him went missing. Of course we thought he had just strayed away but a few weeks later another cat at the residence went missing, A week later another.

February 11, 2015 5:20 a.m. read more..

Letter to the editorial: Overview of society

To the editor: After 50 years of watching and listening to people from all over the world, I notice one thing: There are people who can deal with problems, people who can’t, and some that are border cases.

February 11, 2015 5:19 a.m. read more..

Senior news: Steps you can take to limit telemarketer calls

Do you still receive unsolicited calls from telemarketers trying to sell you something you don’t want or need, such as security systems, satellite television or a new remedy for diabetes? They are often scams but can also be calls from telemarketers representing Fortune 500 companies. And there are steps you can take to limit them.

February 11, 2015 5:14 a.m. read more..

Researchers explore shellfish die-off

In 2007, the owners of Whiskey Creek oyster hatchery on the Oregon coast lost almost all of their larvae — and had no idea why. The only clue was that the larval die-offs often occurred during intense upwelling events, when deep, acidic waters replace surface waters blown offshore.

February 11, 2015 5:11 a.m. read more..

Redside girls lose 55-26 to Condon

Deana Harris scored 23 points and Matney Jamieson poured in 14 to lead No. 4-ranked Condon-Wheeler to a 55-26 victory Saturday in a Big Sky Conference girls’ basketball tilt in Condon.

February 11, 2015 5:10 a.m. read more..

Defense reigns for Lady Rangers

HOOD RIVER – On a night when offense was tough to come by, the No. 13-ranked Dufur Rangers used its stifling defense to hold upset-minded Horizon Christian at bay. Down 15-12 at halftime, the Lady Rangers held Horizon Christian without a field goal for the final 18 minutes and used runs of 11-0 and 10-2 to score a 33-17 win Saturday in a Big Sky Conference matchup played in Hood River.

February 11, 2015 5:08 a.m. read more..

Poster art sought

The White Salmon Arts Council is holding its annual contest for a design to advertise the Art and Wine Fusion. The event will be held in White Salmon on July 25, and is a lively summer street fair featuring artists, local wineries, music and food.

February 11, 2015 4:59 a.m. read more..

Grapes mark third year of record yield

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The 2014 wine grape harvest in Washington totaled a record 227,000 tons, an 8 percent increase over the year before, the industry reported. Last year was the third record harvest in a row, and if the weather cooperates, the industry group Washington State Wine expects 2015 will be another top year, The Yakima Herald-Republic reported Tuesday.

February 11, 2015 4:59 a.m. read more..

Vaccination deadline nears

Oregon law requires that all children attending public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities, have up-to-date immunization documentation — or an exemption — to remain in school.

February 11, 2015 4:56 a.m. read more..

Saturday, February 7


Writers In Progress to host open mic at TD Art Center

The Dalles Art Center will host an open mic from 7 to 8 p.m. organized by Writers In Progress (WIP), a local writing group, on Friday, Feb. 27 at the center, 220 E. 4th St. The event will kick off with readings from two members of WIP, poetry by Lettie Young from her indie-published collection “Love Like Dead Skunk,” followed by Ted Bryant, author of “Sporting Chance” and “Silverdale One,” who will discuss the art of villanelle construction. The mic will then be open to the public for 3 to 5 minutes each until the end of the hour. Published members of WIP will be available to sign copies of their books.

February 7, 2015 3:17 p.m. read more..

Discovery Center Valentine’s event offers romantic night

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum presents “It Had To Be You!” Saturday, Feb. 14. This all-inclusive Valentine’s Day event includes dinner, drinks, dancing to live music by Portland’s Echo Park, and optional childcare. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 7:15 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, in The Dalles. Fall in love all over again with the sounds of Portland’s Echo Park serenading you through an unforgettable evening of drinks, dinner and dancing.

February 7, 2015 3:17 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Good movies... and bad

To the editor: I recently sent a letter to Columbia Cinemas, telling them a big “Thank you” for their cooperation with YouthThink to offer the free Saturday family movies. This is a great way to give families a fun activity together while benefiting the community with the canned food donations. So I wanted to thank Columbia Cinemas for supporting youth and families in this area.

February 7, 2015 3:12 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Respect for laws

To the editor: What’s wrong with this picture? If you illegally cross the border of North Korea, you’ll get 12 years of hard labor and you won’t be sending any money home to your family. If you illegally cross the Afghanistan border, you get shot, and you won’t be sending any money back to your family.

February 7, 2015 3:11 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Train safety

To the editor: Although I was unable to participate in The Dalles City Council’s decision of Jan. 26 calling for increased safety oversight of oil trains, I wish the record to note my support for this resolution.

February 7, 2015 3:10 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Too fast

To the editor: I am 13-years-old and I am concerned about the speeding on Thompson Street. I have two little brothers that like to play in the yard but they can’t because of the people driving so fast.

February 7, 2015 3:09 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Making music

To the editor: I am a recent participant in the Oregon all state band. I would just like to say, if you are in a local band, that working to all state band would be a great goal. It is a amazing experience where you can join others that take music seriously and create the most beautiful music.

February 7, 2015 3:08 p.m. read more..

Editorial: When being right is not a good thing

There are times when we get it right — and wish we hadn’t. The credibility problems now swirling around Gov. John Kitzhaber are one of those occasions. The Oregonian, the state’s largest newspaper that endorsed Kitzhaber just weeks ago, and in three other elections, took the rare stand this week of calling for his resignation.

February 7, 2015 3:05 p.m. read more..

Pope: US, Mexico border conditions 'inhumane'

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has decried the “inhuman” conditions facing migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and has encouraged communities there not to judge people by stereotypes but welcome migrants and work to end discrimination. Francis made the appeal in a letter to a Jesuit priest who helps organize Catholic teens in Nogales, Arizona, to support the Kino Border Initiative, which advocates a more humane solution to migration. The letter was dated Dec. 19 but was made public on Kino's website recently.

February 7, 2015 11:54 a.m. read more..

Oregon’s Horse Butte attracts winter bikers

BEND — To the west, the Cascade Range was obscured by a shroud of clouds. To the northeast, the Ochoco Mountains were specked with snow. Somewhere in between, I soaked in the afternoon sunshine as I cruised along the singletrack trails near Horse Butte.

February 7, 2015 11:50 a.m. read more..

Astoria boiler may be designated historic

ASTORIA (AP) — The old White Star Cannery boiler, a stark and solitary reminder of Astoria’s past, may get historic designation. The city’s Historic Landmarks Commission has filed an application to designate the property with the old boiler, a pile field and ballast rocks in the Columbia River west of Second Street as historic.

February 7, 2015 11:42 a.m. read more..

No. 13 Dufur girls push past Ione

Up by six points with two minutes and four seconds left in regulation, the No. 13-ranked Dufur Rangers hit 4 of 6 free throws and held Ione without a point down the stretch to take hold of a 38-28 victory Friday in a Big Sky Conference test at Dufur High School.

February 7, 2015 11:41 a.m. read more..

Kaseberg’s 31 vaults Husky boys

Ahead 39-28 at the half, the No. 9 Sherman Huskies used an early stretch of the third quarter with consecutive 3-poin baskets by Kyle Fields, Austin Kaseberg and Max Martin to start a 9-0 run that led to a 73-54 victory in their boys’ basketball matchup against South Wasco County Friday night in Maupin.

February 7, 2015 11:40 a.m. read more..

Friday, February 6


In or out? Portland debates return to anti-terror task force

PORTLAND — The state’s top federal prosecutor told Portland leaders they’re either in or out when it comes to participating in an FBI-led anti-terrorism task force. For those who heard U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall’s words at a public forum, the choice is an easy one.

February 6, 2015 4:42 p.m. read more..

History forum changes topic

Saturday’s Original Courthouse Regional History Forum presentation has been changed. Dave Wilson, who was scheduled to present a program about the Japanese community at the Mayerdale Estate, has cancelled and his presentation has not yet been rescheduled.

February 6, 2015 4:36 p.m. read more..

Injury crash, 10th and Mount Hood

RESCUE PERSONNEL from Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue check the driver of a vehicle before transport following a two-vehicle injury crash at West 10th and Mt. Hood streets Thursday morning. One driver ran a stop sign, striking another vehicle in the intersection. The driver that ran the stop sign was transported to the hospital.

February 6, 2015 4:34 p.m. read more..

IRS scams reported

The Dalles resident Christy Matson reported an IRS scam to the police department Thursday out of concern that other community members, especially seniors, might get caught in the fraudulent scheme. Matson had received a message on her home phone that a warrant had been issued for her arrest due to unpaid taxes. She was directed to call a number with a “703” prefix to make payments arrangements. A Chronicle reporter called the number provided by Matson and connected with a man who spoke broken English. When told that the call was about settling an IRS case, he put a “supervisor” on the line. That man hung up quickly when a reporter began asking questions.

February 6, 2015 4:31 p.m. read more..

Thursday, February 5


Wednesday, February 4


Dufur girls defeat SWC

Taylor Darden scored a game-high 20 points, as the Dufur Lady Rangers took control in the opening period with a 16-6 run and never looked back in scoring a 56-46 victory over South Wasco County Saturday in Big Sky Conference girls’ hops play in Maupin.

February 4, 2015 4:17 p.m. read more..

Country grabs 20-point win

Mollie Lewandowski and Miranda Halverson scored 14 points each to lead No. 3-ranked Country Christian to a 60-40 win over the Dufur Lady Rangers Monday in a non-league game played at Dufur High School.

February 4, 2015 4:17 p.m. read more..

Dufur boys battle with Country Christian

No. 3-ranked Country Christian broke open a one-point lead through one quarter with a 16-8 run in the second period to take hold of a 57-44 victory No. 9 Dufur Monday in a non-league boys’ basketball game at Dufur High School.

February 4, 2015 4:16 p.m. read more..

HRV scores home win over Hawks

HOOD RIVER – All the bounces that went The Dalles’ way last Friday in their upset win over Pendleton did not go their way Tuesday in the second half against Hood River Valley. After both teams fought to a 25-all halftime tie, the Eagles used runs of 15-6 and 22-18 in the second half to claim a 62-49 victory in a 5A Columbia River Conference contest played at Hood River Valley high School.

February 4, 2015 4:15 p.m. read more..

Hawks rain threes at Vannet Court

HOOD RIVER – Playing without the services of injured all-league center Olivia Starks, No. 12-ranked The Dalles will need a collaborative effort to dominate the competition. Brooke McCall and Iliana Telles combined for nine 3-pointers and 21 points apiece, and sophomore point guard Kailin Hoylman added two points, six steals and a career-high 13 assists to lead the Riverhawks to a 68-49 blowout of Hood River Valley Tuesday in a Columbia River Conference matchup at Vannet Court.

February 4, 2015 4:07 p.m. read more..

TD rolls out welcome mat for Sidell

Scott Sidell, general manager of the new Tonkin dealership in The Dalles, was surprised to have his check for dinner at the Baldwin Saloon picked up last week by a community member.

February 4, 2015 4:04 p.m. read more..

Play with clay at the Art Center

Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield will be teaching an individually structured, friendly open studio ceramics class over the course of eight weeks at The Dalles Art Center.

February 4, 2015 3:51 p.m. read more..

Second U of O student diagnosed with meningococcemia

EUGENE — Health officials in Lane County say a second University of Oregon student has been diagnosed with the potentially deadly bacterial blood infection that causes meningitis. County health spokesman Jason Davis said Tuesday that this student is also female. The Register-Guard reports that Davis says the young woman is in stable condition in a hospital elsewhere in Oregon.

February 4, 2015 3:48 p.m. read more..

Democrats advance class-action suit bill

SALEM — A state legislative panel on Tuesday advanced a measure changing the way Oregon handles class-action lawsuits, setting up a vote in the House that could come as soon as this week. The measure is a top priority for Democrats, who are using their expanded House and Senate majorities to quickly push through several measures that were blocked in earlier years.

February 4, 2015 3:46 p.m. read more..

US to destroy weapons cache

PUEBLO, Colo. — The United States is about to begin destroying its largest remaining stockpile of chemical-laden artillery shells, marking a milestone in the global campaign to eradicate a debilitating weapon that still creeps into modern wars.

February 4, 2015 3:45 p.m. read more..

Dustup at Dufur over playing time

Three men got into a fight in Dufur Tuesday night over how much playing time elementary school boys were getting on a basketball team, according to the Wasco County sheriff’s log. The mother of a player participating in the Dufur Parks and Recreation program had texted the coach earlier, saying her son wasn’t getting enough playing time.

February 4, 2015 3:43 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, February 3

Parks’ archive opens at Library of Congress

WASHINGTON — Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus, reflected later on how it felt to be treated less than equal and once feistily wrote of how tired she was of being "pushed around" — parts of her history long hidden away.

February 3, 2015 1:56 p.m. read more..

Senior duo leads Husky charge

Janet Guzman and Makenzie Blaylock scored 12 of the Sherman Huskies’ 20 points in the fourth quarter as part of a 20-13 run in a 45-35 girls’ basketball victory over Horizon Christian Saturday afternoon at Sherman High School.

February 3, 2015 1:47 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: ‘Blunderland’

To the editor: Although I’m not an author, I somehow feel compelled to compose a realistic children’s story that would reflect the ways, nature and mannerisms of our political figures in the nation’s capital. How the Congress and Senate achieve great goals by thoughtfully evaluating each bill that comes their way…and how the president presides over this satin-smooth scene. My title would be “Malice in Blunderland.”

February 3, 2015 1:41 p.m. read more..

Crosstalk: American Sniper sparks war debate

Hollywood should be getting a clue: five anti-war films bomb at the box office and American Sniper, a film that focuses on the sacrifices of a military family, is raking in big bucks and breaking records.

February 3, 2015 1:31 p.m. read more..

United Way accepting allocation applications

The United Way of the Columbia Gorge (UWCG) 2015 allocations application packets will be available through Feb. 12 from the United Way of the Columbia Gorge office. Any non-profit 501(c)(3) human service program addressing basic human needs in Hood River, Klickitat, Sherman, Skamania and Wasco Counties is welcome to apply. All applications must be completed and mailed to the UWCG office by Friday, Feb. 13.

February 3, 2015 1:24 p.m. read more..

Lonely snowman

A SNOWMAN, apparently made from plastic feed bags, stands in the mist and rain along Mill Creek Road just south of the Mill Creek grange. Warm temperatures this winter have made record low snow levels in the Cascade Mountains.

February 3, 2015 1:23 p.m. read more..

Health department: Measles vaccination rate case for concern

BEND (AP) — The vaccination rate for measles in Oregon has fallen low enough to cause a state public health official to worry about the spread of the highly infectious disease. The vaccination rate among toddlers has been falling in Oregon for 15 years as an increasing percentage of parents claim either religious or philosophical exemptions from state vaccination requirements.

February 3, 2015 1:20 p.m. read more..

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