Stories for January 2015


Saturday, January 31


Letter to the editor: Honesty thanked

To the editor: I wish to express my appreciation for the crowd at a recent ball game. I take tickets for the Sherman Huskies and try to be there an hour before game time.

January 31, 2015 5:57 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 30


After 150 years, Confederate submarine's hull revealed

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — A century and a half after it sank and a decade and a half after it was raised, scientists are finally getting a look at the hull of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley. The Hunley was the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship.

January 30, 2015 12:28 p.m. read more..

TD, Maupin selected for citizen science project

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — High schools and community colleges from 14 Oregon communities have been selected to participate in a five-year citizen science astronomy research project to study the outer solar system.

January 30, 2015 12:18 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 29

Dufur tandem earns high honors

Some of the biggest names in Dufur Ranger volleyball history have hoisted trophies, shared great moments and have been recognized with all-league and all-state awards. Dufur seniors Taylor Darden and Montana Ferres are a part of that esteemed group of athletes.

January 29, 2015 2:17 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Better coverage

To the editor: The Chronicle’s front-page story January 23 covering an interested person’s public records request concerning Wasco County’s decision to leave the North Central Public Health District was enlightening and truly newsworthy. However, one has to ask why it took an interested person’s effort to generate the Chronicle’s reporting of the records involved.

January 29, 2015 2:04 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Uniting Americans

To the editor: This morning, I thought about the State of the Union issues, and the congressional vs. presidential state of stalemate. I know a way to pass something through Congress that would also get the swift signature of the president… sort of get the “ball” of cooperation going.

January 29, 2015 2:03 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Clean up park

To the editor: I like to walk my little dog at the Lewis and Clark event site. The parks department does a great job during the summer at keeping the grass cut and the park clean.

January 29, 2015 2:02 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Look for the truth

To the editor: Who do you serve? Do you serve veterans? Do you serve patients? People? America? Your church? Money? Status? Service is a good thing; people who serve usually are better people.

January 29, 2015 2:01 p.m. read more..

Art center hosts watercolor show

THE DALLES ART Center will host the Watercolor Society of Oregon’s (WSO) traveling show March 5 to 30. There will be an Opening Reception on Thursday, March 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. This collection of 20 award-winning works was selected from the 80 works juried into WSO’s 47th Annual Transparent Media exhibition, and they feature some of the finest watercolor artists in Oregon. The Traveling Show toured Oregon for five months and closes at The Dalles. “We’re delighted to showcase this diverse selection of original transparent watercolors,” said Gallery director Carmen Toll. “This exhibit continues the Watercolor Society’s tradition of featuring a fascinating array of artwork that ranges from traditional themes to semi-abstract visions. Each artist demonstrates an advanced ability to interpret their subjects in dynamic designs with highly personalized color palettes and brush strokes.” The exhibition is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, Tuesday through Saturday.

January 29, 2015 1:56 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 28

Drive warms up TD with 125 blankets

The Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps held their second annual Blanket Drive Jan. 17 in downtown The Dalles. Volunteers collected about 125 blankets, as well as other items, for the Warming Place.

January 28, 2015 12:53 p.m. read more..

Human cargo from Syria

Aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tyr, The crew was about to dig into dinner when word of the "ghost ship" came through: a freighter hurtling out of control toward Italy with no crew — and hundreds of Syrians as cargo.

January 28, 2015 12:50 p.m. read more..

'No plan B' for Olympic sailing in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio de Janeiro Olympic organizers said Tuesday they have "no plan B" for the 2016 games' sailing competitions, despite a recent admission by the state's top environment official that it will be impossible to meet pledges to clean up the raw sewage- and trash-filled waters where the events are to be staged.

January 28, 2015 12:43 p.m. read more..

Pool progress

WORK HAS progressed at the new pool at Thompson Park, where walls have begun to take shape on the office and concessions building, seen at left. An elevated entry will connect the upper floor with the skatepark area above.

January 28, 2015 11:02 a.m. read more..

Support local wrestling team

The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence urges community members to attend the only home meet of The Dalles High School varsity wrestling team at 6 p.m. Thursday, in the gymnasium. Taking the mat in the match against Pendleton will be Joe Linebarger, a junior who is ranked third in state, along with nine other athletes. “Let’s show up and support them,” said Lawrence.

January 28, 2015 10:58 a.m. read more..

Injured skier takes steps

The Dalles skiing standout Maya Barnard-Davidson, who was seriously injured in a New Year’s Eve ski accident, could move soon to a rehab facility after nearly four weeks in the hospital.

January 28, 2015 10:57 a.m. read more..

Oregonians wait on Medicaid backlog

PORTLAND (AP) — About 43,000 low-income Oregonians are waiting for their Medicaid applications to be fully processed, state health officials say. The Oregon Health Authority says some of the applications came through the federal government’s portal and have been determined eligible for benefits but have not been entered in the state’s system; others are still incomplete and stuck in limbo.

January 28, 2015 10:55 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 27

Triangle Lake girls drop Huskies

The Sherman Lady Huskies fell behind by 23 points through three quarters and finished the final quarter with a 21-8 run, but could not complete the rally in a 50-40 girls’ basketball loss Saturday to Triangle Lake in a neutral site game played at Sisters High School.

January 27, 2015 5:52 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Missed coverage

To the editor: Tonya Brumley was recognized as Woman of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. The Chronicle’s coverage of this does not state her work nor her work with organizations.

January 27, 2015 5:42 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Vets deserve help

To the editor: This letter is in reply to Larry Bakken’s letter “Never Enough” on Jan 10: Mr. Bakken: I also served in the U.S. Navy (two Korean campaigns). You probably volunteered for military service, as I doubt that you were drafted against your wishes — as some were.

January 27, 2015 5:41 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Spell out problem

To the editor: I’m pretty perplexed here. We keep hearing that the public health office is doing an excellent job, there are no complaints and yet we are thinking of dropping our partners from Gilliam and Sherman Counties and restructuring? We are having an assessment/ evaluation done which will take time and money, we will have to purchase new equipment and we will lose money from the tri-county district…for what reason again?

January 27, 2015 5:40 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Theatre donation

To the editor: As you well know, theatre is an indispensable feature of our rich cultural landscape. At its best, theatre provokes deep thought and reflection, begging for acceptance and empathy.

January 27, 2015 5:39 p.m. read more..

Dufur boys have streak snapped

The No. 11-ranked Dufur Rangers salvaged a split this past Friday and Saturday, with a big win over Arlington and a loss Saturday afternoon to No. 3 Country Christian in boys’ hoops play.

January 27, 2015 5:35 p.m. read more..

Huskies take care of Triangle Lake

With a chance to get a final non-league workout in before the Big Sky Conference home stretch run, the No. 9-ranked Sherman Huskies took control of matters early and often for a dominant performance against Triangle Lake.

January 27, 2015 5:31 p.m. read more..

Plan for college

Parents of high school seniors who are wondering how to afford college, or adults who want to go back to school but are unsure how to make it work, are invited to an information night Wednesday, Jan. 28.

January 27, 2015 3:10 p.m. read more..

Go red events planned

Heart disease kills more women each year than all forms of cancer combined and organizers of the annual Go Red campaign have put together a variety of activities and programs to fight back.

January 27, 2015 3:06 p.m. read more..

Monday, January 26

Saturday, January 24

The eagles are back!

Hey, the bald eagles are back and their numbers are increasing daily. Oregon and the Columbia River Gorge are on the migration route for bald eagles from everywhere from Alaska, Yellowstone National Park, California and Arizona.

January 24, 2015 1:28 p.m. read more..

TD girls show spunk in loss to Hermiston

The Dalles girls’ basketball team fell behind 16-5 after one quarter and crept to within a four-point deficit late in the third quarter, but No. 1-ranked Hermiston slammed the door shut in the final period with a 15-5 run to work a 51-36 victory Friday in Columbia River Conference action at Hermiston High School.

January 24, 2015 1:19 p.m. read more..

Lady Huskies can’t contain CW

Playing against the No. 1 team in the state, there is not much margin for error. The Sherman Huskies fell behind 36-17 at the half and could not gain any ground down the stretch in taking a 56-35 loss to first-place Condon-Wheeler Friday in Big Sky conference girl’s hoops play in Moro.

January 24, 2015 1:17 p.m. read more..

Mitchell girls grab comeback win

MAUPIN – From the opening tip to the fourth quarter, the South Wasco County Redsides appeared to be in control of their home tilt versus Mitchell-Spray.

January 24, 2015 1:16 p.m. read more..

Pot-related poison control calls up in Wash., Colo.

SEATTLE — Marijuana-related calls to poison control centers in Washington and Colorado have spiked since the states began allowing legal sales last year, with an especially troubling increase in calls concerning young children.

January 24, 2015 12:50 p.m. read more..

Trial of Goldendale woman delayed

ASTORIA (AP) — The trial of a Washington state woman charged with drugging and killing her 2-year-old daughter at an Oregon coastal resort has been put off a year.

January 24, 2015 12:47 p.m. read more..

Greeks favor radical left before vote

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The winds of political change are coursing through austerity-weary Greece, but a financial whirlwind may lurk round the corner. Opinion polls ahead of Sunday’s closely-watched national election agree: The radical left opposition Syriza party, which has vowed to rewrite the terms of Greece’s international bailout, is poised to defeat Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ conservatives. To govern — in a historic first for the Greek left — it may need the backing of a smaller party, but most seem willing to oblige.

January 24, 2015 12:38 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Support for parks

To the editor: I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the community of The Dalles for extending their support during my recent tenure as the interim Executive Director for the Northern Wasco County Park and Recreation District.

January 24, 2015 12:35 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Protect our rights

To the editor: It is good that Martin Luther King Day is a national holiday. At least once a year America needs to be reminded of the work that great African American did for America. Too, America needs to be reminded of the progress in race relations that have been made … and the progress that remains to be made. Dr. King would be pleased that the president of America is a black man. He might not agree with all of the actions of that president, particularly the manipulated divisiveness brought on by the present administration, but he would see that some of his “dream” is finally being realized.

January 24, 2015 12:34 p.m. read more..

Mosier stories recalled Feb. 4

Join Mosier residents on Feb. 4 as they recall significant tales and events from Mosier’s past. Mosier is an entrepreneurial, welcoming town with a vast history unknown to many Gorge residents. Gorge Owned (GO!) invites you to learn about some of the dynamic people and stories that have helped shape the character and economy of this town, which today has a population of 430. Residents will use photos, videos and oral histories to explore Mosier’s most interesting tales from the past 100 years.

January 24, 2015 12:26 p.m. read more..

Life of Edward Curtis explored

The White Salmon Community Library invites participation in the Koobdooga program (A good book spelled backwards), by reading “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher” by Timothy Egan, which looks at the life and photographs of Edward Curtis.

January 24, 2015 12:26 p.m. read more..

Hands-on with Microsoft's hologram device

REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft didn't use skydivers or stunt cyclists to introduce what it hopes will be the next big leap in computing technology. Instead, with its new HoloLens headset, the company is offering real-world examples to show how you might use three-dimensional digital images — or holograms — in daily life.

January 24, 2015 7:59 a.m. read more..

Ask Dr. K: Addiction risk from painkillers is usually low

DEAR DOCTOR K: My doctor has prescribed prescription painkillers — opioids — for my severe back pain. They relieve my pain, but how can I reduce my risk of becoming hooked? DEAR READER: Simply being aware of the risk of addiction is a good first step in ensuring that you do not become addicted to prescription painkillers. I’ll explain a little bit about painkillers. Then I’ll describe some steps you can take to prevent addiction.

January 24, 2015 7:56 a.m. read more..

Renowned OSU Jesus scholar dies at 72

Marcus Borg, a professor emeritus from Oregon State University in religious studies and author of 21 books, died Wednesday of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in Portland. He was 72.

January 24, 2015 7:49 a.m. read more..

Ukraine rebel offensive looming

DONETSK, Ukraine — Signs emerged Friday pointing to a major offensive in eastern Ukraine by rebels fighting to break off from the rest of the country. A rebel leader said they will continue to fight and won't join further peace talks — but left unclear whether they would respect this week's agreement to pull back heavy weapons from the front line.

January 24, 2015 7:47 a.m. read more..

Health worker training course available free

The Nuestra Comunidad Sana, a program of The Next Door, is bringing Community Health Worker (CHW) training to the gorge region. Participants who complete the rigorous 90 hour course requirements are eligible for certification as CHWs in Oregon.

January 24, 2015 7:45 a.m. read more..

Senior Center awarded $1,500 grant

SPOKANE, Wash. – Northwest Farm Credit Services has awarded the Mid-Columbia Senior Center a $1,500 Northwest Farm Credit Services/CoBank Rural Community Grant Award.

January 24, 2015 7:43 a.m. read more..

Thursday, January 22


Portland agency to serve Wasco, Sherman and Hood River counties

A Portland based in-home care company has added a branch in Hood River, and will be serving The Dalles, Hood River and surrounding areas. Helping Hands Home Care NW president Toby Forsberg said in a press release, “In a growth industry with the demand we have seen throughout our service territory, it made sense to add a branch in the communities of Hood River and The Dalles.

January 22, 2015 4:07 p.m. read more..

Celebrating the ‘pioneers of our community’

A wagon outlined in lights, antique farm implements as table centerpieces and cowboy buffet style catering set the scene for The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce's 2015 Distinguished Citizens awards banquet honoring the "True Pioneers of our Time.”

January 22, 2015 3 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Veterans dinner

To the editor: Compliments to the Wahtonka Community School and the American Legion, at which lodge the school students presented a dinner last week that as free for veterans.

January 22, 2015 2:56 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Thanks for benefit

To the editor: I would like to extend my warmest appreciation to the Loyal Order of Moose lodge 2075 in The Dalles for hosting a benefit dinner for Friends of Girl Scouts last week. Thank you also to everyone who came out and purchased tickets and had a meal or donated time and funds.

January 22, 2015 2:55 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Don’t let fear rule

To the editor: After reading the letters to the editor regarding the tie plant, it becomes quite obvious that “fear” rules the thinking (It’s the What Ifs). It’s not “rocket science” to correct the problem!

January 22, 2015 2:54 p.m. read more..

Oregon’s unemployment rate drops to 6-year low

Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped from 7.0 percent in November to 6.7 percent in December, the lowest level since August 2008, right before the worst days of the financial crisis which led to the Great Recession.

January 22, 2015 2:42 p.m. read more..

Eagle watch Saturday

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park rangers host an eagle watch at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center Saturday, Jan. 24, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

January 22, 2015 2:33 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 21


Ninth-ranked Hawks pull off comeback

Down six points to start the fourth quarter, The Dalles stiffened up on defense and forged a rally of 21-8 to get past the Union, Wash. Titans by a 48-41 mark Saturday in a non-league girls’ basketball contest played in Vancouver, Wash.

January 21, 2015 3:06 p.m. read more..

Winter grazing

A cow grazes wheat stubble on a ridge above Old Dufur Road South, just off Highway 97 below Tygh Ridge.

January 21, 2015 2:50 p.m. read more..

Page change

The weekly Business page in The Chronicle has moved from Wednesday to Thursday. News editor Mark B. Gibson can be reached for stories at 541-506-4622 or via email at

January 21, 2015 2:46 p.m. read more..

Young artist awards

The Dalles Art Center has chosen the winners of the 2015 Sherman /Wasco County Elementary Art Exhibit. First place in the kindergarten to second grade category went to “Pottery” by Yuridia Ochoa, second place to Hannah Adams for “Alexis” and third to Abbygail Short for “A Self Portrait.”

January 21, 2015 2:41 p.m. read more..

Health district split proceeding

Kathy Schwartz, a former director of the then-Wasco-Sherman Health Department, has volunteered to help Wasco County as it prepares to leave the regional public health district. Schwartz, an RN with a master’s degree in public health administration, joined the department in 1991 and was its director from 1999 to 2007. She still works in health care locally.

January 21, 2015 2:40 p.m. read more..

Pot sales issues debated

The legalization of recreational marijuana by Oregon voters has state officials scrambling to figure out where pot should be sold and how to go about regulating, and taxing, transactions.

January 21, 2015 2:35 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 20

Letter to the editor: Park attack

To the editor: On the night of Jan. 16 my 17-year-old granddaughter’s friends were walking her home after dark when she told them to go ahead she wanted to stop at City Park to swing. She was rushed from behind and thrown face first onto the concrete. She smelled alcohol and liquid was thrown on her. A man sat on her back and tried to get a lighter going. She knew she was going to be burned alive. She was able to claw and wriggle free and ran the block home. She did not have alcohol ON HER it must have been his breath. Okay, do some second guessing, just remember she’s a kid.

January 20, 2015 2:24 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Obnoxious odor

To the editor: I am constantly amazed by people’s opinions in Letters to the Editor about the odor from the Amerities plant emitting that obnoxious odor that is very harmful to your health.

January 20, 2015 2:23 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Unproven risk

To the editor: In response to the letters of Mister's Nelson and Curley. I believe that you are the minority and the good people of The Dalles would NOT like to see people lose their jobs just because of an odor that offends you.

January 20, 2015 2:22 p.m. read more..

Miller, Darden pace Rangers

Taylor Darden tallied a season-high 21 points and Aimeelyn Miller added 11 of her own to lead the No. 14-ranked Dufur Lady Rangers, but No. 1 Condon-Wheeler had too many weapons to handle in jumping out to a 63-53 win Saturday in Big Sky girls’ play in Fossil.

January 20, 2015 2:12 p.m. read more..

SWC girls can’t finish comeback

Down 23-15 heading into the fourth quarter, the South Wasco County Redsides hit four field goals and went 3 for 7 from the line on their way to an 11-7 run, but could not get the bounces to go their way in a 30-26 loss to Ione in a Big Sky girls’ basketball road matchup Saturday. “We still need to work harder and play our game,” said SWC head coach Bill Mead.

January 20, 2015 2:10 p.m. read more..

Sherman girls drop Arlington

MORO – The trio of Meagan McKinney, Janet Guzman and Makenzie Blaylock combined for 33 points, as the Sherman Huskies posted their largest scoring output of the season in a 53-41 victory over Arlington in a Big Sky Conference girls’ basketball contest Saturday in Moro. In all, six players hit baskets and all 11 players contributed on both sides of the court.

January 20, 2015 2:07 p.m. read more..

Saturday, January 17


Letter to the editor: Sick from creosote

To the editor: I brought my family to The Dalles looking for opportunities and a sense of community. My husband found a job that he likes and my son is benefitting from his special education toddler group.

January 17, 2015 12:38 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Alarmed by article

To the editor: Dear Wasco County Board of Commissioners: The recent article in The Dalles Chronicle (12/20/14) and your concerns voiced regarding our public health director alarmed me. As a nurse practitioner working in our community, previously at One Community Health, and currently as clinician for the public health district, I have had the utmost respect for the experience, thoughtfulness and problem-solving abilities of our director, Teri Thalhofer.

January 17, 2015 12:37 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Invest more in colleges, schools

Four years ago, Gov. John Kitzhaber proposed the “40-40-20” goal to give Oregon a more skilled workforce. His vision was to attract high-tech firms and other businesses by offering them highly trained employees that could meet production needs.

January 17, 2015 12:29 p.m. read more..

Lady Rangers get past Sherman

DUFUR – When it comes down to executing in the pressure moments, both Dufur and Sherman were able to do some good things. But the reigning fourth-place state winners, the Lady Rangers, hit more baskets and made more free throws to escape with a 39-35 win over the Huskies Friday in a Big Sky girls’ basketball contest in Dufur.

January 17, 2015 12:06 p.m. read more..

Rangers stave off Sherman, 62-57

DUFUR – In the final moments of Friday’s Big Sky showdown between top-10 schools Dufur and Sherman, both teams slugged it out, with the tide turning at quick intervals throughout.

January 17, 2015 12:05 p.m. read more..

How many tests are enough?

WASHINGTON — Do students take too many tests? Given the complaints about a high-stakes testing culture in classrooms, some states are reviewing the quality and quantity of the tests their students take. Congress is getting into the act, too.

January 17, 2015 11:56 a.m. read more..

County payments fall

GRANTS PASS — The Obama administration is telling governors in 41 states how much money they are losing after Congress ended subsidies paid the past 20 years to counties that contain national forest land.

January 17, 2015 11:46 a.m. read more..

Growers struggle with Wash. pot glut

SEATTLE — Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn't have pot to sell. Prices were through the roof. Six months later, the equation has flipped, bringing serious growing pains to the new industry.

January 17, 2015 9 a.m. read more..

Friday, January 16

Chamber banquet

TONYA BRUMLEY above, speaks after being named the 2014 Woman of the Year at the 2015 The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizens award banquet Thursday night at the The Dalles Readiness Center. Other award winners were David Griffith, Man of the Year; John Shearer, Outstanding Ag Achievement; Andy Felderman, Outstanding Youth; Discover Rentals, Business of the Year and Fred Wendt, Volunteer of the Year.

January 16, 2015 12:49 p.m. read more..

US Postal Service eyes price hike

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday proposed slight increases for mailing postcards and international letters — but wants to leave first-class “Forever” stamps at their present 49 cents. Under a filing with the Postal Regulatory Commission, letters to international destinations would rise from $1.15 to $1.20. Postcards would rise from 34 cents to 35 cents.

January 16, 2015 12:47 p.m. read more..

Drought to persist in western states

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal agencies released a pair of forecasts showing dry conditions will persist in parts of the drought-stricken West, suggesting there won’t be enough snow to boost water supplies.

January 16, 2015 12:45 p.m. read more..

Ask Dr. K: Asthma plan will help during an emergency

DEAR DOCTOR K: My son was recently diagnosed with asthma. His doctor wants to put together an asthma “action plan.” What is that? DEAR READER: Asthma is a complicated and serious disease. It can behave differently from hour to hour and from day to day. A person with asthma needs a plan for what to do at each stage of the disease. I’ll describe the elements of the plan in a minute, but first a little background on asthma itself.

January 16, 2015 12:37 p.m. read more..

Fine-tuning the details

MORO – Midway through January, both Sherman and South Wasco County have aspirations of postseason play still in place.

January 16, 2015 12:29 p.m. read more..

Editorial: Free speech can carry a terrible price

We all received a reminder last week that free speech sometimes comes at a terrible cost. Twelve people at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo paid that price Jan 7 when gunmen attacked their Paris office and opened fire.

January 16, 2015 12:19 p.m. read more..

State leaders propose boost in education budget

SALEM — Oregon’s Democratic legislative leaders on Wednesday proposed a nearly $600 million increase in funding for primary and secondary schools during the next two-year budget cycle, but school officials said it still may not be enough to avoid cuts. The Legislature’s chief budget writers said they made education their top priority. Their $7.24 billion budget for K-12 schools would be an increase of 9 percent over current funding and 5 percent over Gov. John Kitzhaber’s proposal.

January 16, 2015 12:14 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 15


Iron workers brave perils on tower

PORTLAND (AP) — Stand on the roof of Portland and look down. Way down. You could die a dozen ways up here. You could slip off the open deck. You could fall down the elevator shaft. A gust of wind...a swinging beam... Cables no thicker than Bic pens run around the deck and keep you safe. Safe? In the distance, Mt. Hood feels about eye level.

January 15, 2015 12:08 p.m. read more..

Food banks gain from large salmon runs

CLACKAMAS — Banner runs of Pacific salmon helped feed thousands of Oregonians in 2014. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries donated more than 350,000 pounds of Chinook and coho salmon to food banks in communities across the state.

January 15, 2015 11:02 a.m. read more..

Ask Dr. K: The newer hearing aids are often invisible

DEAR DOCTOR K: After years of living with hearing loss, I am soon going to get my first hearing aid. Anything I should know ahead of time to be prepared? DEAR READER: The first thing many new users of hearing aids notice is that sounds seem strange. Think of how different your own voice sounds when you listen to a tape recording of yourself. You may also be more aware than ever before of your footsteps, your car’s motor, the sounds you make as you chew your food, and just about any other environmental noise. Many hearing aids can be adjusted to lower the volume of unwanted noise. But more important, with time, your brain will get better at tuning it out.

January 15, 2015 10:55 a.m. read more..

Huffman sworn in for fifth term

Representative John Huffman, R-The Dalles, was sworn in Monday for his fifth term as a member of the Oregon House and will represent House District 59 during the 78th Legislative Assembly.

January 15, 2015 10:20 a.m. read more..

Blanket drive Jan. 17

The Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps’ is hosting its second annual blanket drive. All items collected will be donated to The Warming Place in The Dalles, which provides shelter to the homeless when it becomes dangerous for them to be outdoors at night.

January 15, 2015 10:15 a.m. read more..

Ask Dr. K: Handling grief differs from person to person

DEAR DOCTOR K: My spouse passed away last year, and I am still grieving. Is this normal? DEAR READER: By coincidence, I’m writing this reply to your question on the 51st anniversary of my father’s death. He died very young. This is a sad day — at least for me, this grief never fully ends.

January 15, 2015 9:28 a.m. read more..

Senior news: Communication is key factor for better health outcomes

Do you remember when a visit to the doctor was for an easily diagnosed and treated ailment, such as measles, ear aches and sore throats? The visit was not for complex health issues, such as broken hips, knee replacements, urinary infections, fainting spells or heart problems? Life is so much more exciting these days!

January 15, 2015 9:27 a.m. read more..

Group acquires homestead on John Day River

PORTLAND (AP) — A conservation group has bought a second large ranch along the John Day River in Central Oregon that could eventually provide public access to a remote, scenic part of the state.

January 15, 2015 9:21 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 14


Astronauts flee US side of space station but no sign of leak

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — In a rare scare, astronauts fled the American side of the International Space Station on Wednesday after an alarm indicated a possible toxic leak. NASA later said there was no leak of ammonia coolant and a computer problem likely set off the false alarm.

January 14, 2015 2:17 p.m. read more..

Another wandering wolf in Cascades

GRANTS PASS — Another wandering wolf has found its way to the Cascades of southwestern Oregon, where OR-7 has established his pack after trekking thousands of miles in search of a mate.

January 14, 2015 1:03 p.m. read more..

City expands wi-fi area

The City of The Dalles is working with Google to improve performance of the free public wi-fi system and expand the service area.

January 14, 2015 12:53 p.m. read more..

Saturday, January 10


Letter to the editor: Support local stores

To the editor: As the Grand Prize winner for the 2014 Shop Local and Win campaign, put on by The Dalles Chamber of Commerce, I would like to thank Lisa Farquharson, her staff and the many participating merchants.

January 10, 2015 12:22 p.m. read more..

No. 9 Sherman drops hammer on Mitchell

Isaiah Coles scored 18 points and Max Martin tacked on 17 to lead No. 9-ranked Sherman to a 63-26 win over the Mitchell-Spray Loggers Friday night in a Big Sky boys’ basketball clash in Mitchell.

January 10, 2015 12:07 p.m. read more..

Zimmerman arrested on assault charge

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say George Zimmerman, whose acquittal of murdering an unarmed black teen sparked a national debate on race and self-defense laws, has been arrested on an aggravated assault charge.

January 10, 2015 11:59 a.m. read more..

Man accused of pie toss

CLACKAMAS — A sheriff's officer says a man accused of hurling a peach pie at a woman who refused to give him a cigarette has been arrested.

January 10, 2015 11:58 a.m. read more..

Two arrested in TD, charged with forgery

Two people were arrested in connection with a number of counterfeit $20 bills that were taken to several businesses in The Dalles in recent days, according to a press release from The Dalles Police Department.

January 10, 2015 11:57 a.m. read more..

Friday, January 9

Prayer vigil tonight (Friday) 7 p.m.

A community prayer vigil for Maya Barnard-Davidson, who was seriously injured in a New Year’s Eve skiing accident, is set for tonight, Friday Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at Gateway Presbyterian Church, 1111 Dry Hollow Rd. A story on her will appear in the Sunday Chronicle.

January 9, 2015 12:07 p.m. read more..

First baby of 2015 comes to town

Little Tayven Hunter Willett, all five pounds one ounce of him, came into the world at 2:11 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 2, making him the first baby born in 2015 at Mid-Columbia Medical Center.

January 9, 2015 11:56 a.m. read more..

Dr. K: Maintain healthy eating habits during menopause

DEAR DOCTOR K: Does menopause cause weight gain? DEAR READER: In the United States, women typically go through menopause between 47 and 59 years of age. And the average woman gains about one pound per year around the time of menopause. Not surprisingly, we tend to assume that menopause causes weight gain. Research suggests that there is no direct link between menopause and weight gain. But menopause may play an indirect role.

January 9, 2015 11:46 a.m. read more..

French police kill gunmen in twin attacks, free 16 hostages

PARIS — With explosions and gunfire, security forces ended a three-day terror rampage around Paris, killing the two al-Qaida-linked brothers who staged a murderous rampage at a satirical newspaper, and an associate who seized a kosher supermarket to try to help them escape.

January 9, 2015 11:26 a.m. read more..

Thursday, January 8

Letter to the editor: Don't adopt Cuba

To the editor: I am not in favor of adopting Cuba! M.D. Van Valkenburgh thinks it is a great place to go and maybe it is. I have never been there but I am very concerned about the future of this deal made by our president! What do we gain from this? What are the restrictions? What prevents Cuba from letting Russia in?

January 8, 2015 3:46 p.m. read more..

Letter to the editor: Turning things around

To the editor: Thank you for highlighting Samantha’s story in “Turning things around” (12/28/14). It’s inspiring to see her story in the paper and important to keep an awareness focused on the chronic shortage of foster parents in Hood River and Wasco counties.

January 8, 2015 3:45 p.m. read more..

Christmas Tree pickup Jan. 10

THE DALLES Disposal and The Dalles Lions Club are teaming up again this year to pick up spent Christmas trees Saturday, Jan. 10. Trees need to be on the curb by 8 a.m. If you are not at home, an envelope will be left at the door for donations. If not picked up by noon, call or text 541-980-4051 with location information. Donations can also be made with a new phone app, follow the link at

January 8, 2015 3:33 p.m. read more..

OSP finds wrecked vehicle at edge of waterway near Arlington

Oregon State Police responded Jan. 5 to a report of a male walking down the middle of the freeway about 10 miles east of Arlington. Troopers arrived about 6 a.m. but could not locate the subject. Several hours later, OSP dispatch received a report that a car was in the water near the same location.

January 8, 2015 6:07 a.m. read more..

SWC clipped by Culver girls

Stepping back on the hardwood after a stirring win Saturday at the Moda Center in Portland, the South Wasco County Redsides nearly added to their streak Tuesday, but wound up on the short end of a 26-20 loss to Culver in a non-league girls’ basketball game in Maupin. After allowing seven first-half field goals to Culver in the opening half, SWC clamped down and allowed just four over the final 16 minutes of play.

January 8, 2015 6:05 a.m. read more..

Horizon moves past Sherman

Mason Bloomster and Jared Davis combined for 47 points to lead No. 1-ranked Horizon Christian to a 71-56 win over No. 9 Sherman Tuesday in a Big Sky Conference boys’ hoops showdown in Hood River.

January 8, 2015 6:02 a.m. read more..

Hawks hang tough with Glencoe

Playing against a top-5 program in Glencoe with a limited bench, No. 13-ranked The Dalles Riverhawks came close to pulling off the home upset.

January 8, 2015 5:59 a.m. read more..

Senior News: Ten tips for a healthier life

Last week I shared twenty tips I’ve learned over the last eight years about aging well. I hope you found them useful, but I imagine some of you might have thought they were just a bunch of hooey. (Does anyone use the word “hooey” anymore besides myself and Dick Cheney?)

January 8, 2015 5:57 a.m. read more..

Ione surge sinks Sherman girls

The Ione girls’ basketball team went 18 of 25 on free throws and forced Sherman into more than 30 turnovers in a 44-39 comeback win Saturday in Ione.

January 8, 2015 5:43 a.m. read more..

Huskies put up big numbers versus Ione

In his first game of the season, senior post Austin Kaseberg scored 13 points to lead five Sherman players in double figures in an 86-37 romp over Ione in a Big Sky Conference boys’ basketball matchup Saturday in Ione.

January 8, 2015 5:42 a.m. read more..

Lady Redsides hammer Mitchell

Coming off a spirited four-point loss to defending champion Condon-Wheeler at the 1A Hoops Girls’ Basketball Classic, the Dufur Lady Rangers did not leave anything to chance in a 48-29 win over Mitchell-Spray this past Saturday at Spray High School.

January 8, 2015 5:40 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 7

Monday, January 5

Slow thaw

Shallow caves and overhangs on the hills west of Mill Creek were fronted by long icicles which were gradually melting over the weekend as warming temperatures began a slow thaw following weeks or freezing temperatures.

January 5, 2015 5:20 p.m. read more..

Saturday, January 3


Letter to the editor: Holiday joy

To the editor: We would like to thank all of the Parade Participants who didn’t let a little rain affect their Holiday Spirit! Thank you for sharing with our Community, your magical holiday lights, love and season’s joy!

January 3, 2015 12:32 p.m. read more..

Oath time Jan. 5

Wasco County Circuit Judge Janet Stauffer will administer oaths of office for recently re-elected Commissioners Rod Runyon, Position 3 and Scott Hege, Position 1, at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 5, in Courtroom 301 of the county courthouse, 511 Washington Street. Also taking the oath will be County Assessor Jill F. Amery and the public is invited to the ceremonies.

January 3, 2015 12:27 p.m. read more..

GOP focus: Cut deficit, don’t stumble

WASHINGTON — In the first Republican-dominated Congress to confront President Barack Obama, GOP leaders will focus on bolstering the economy and cutting the budget — and oh yes, avoiding self-inflicted calamities that make voters wonder if the party can govern competently.

January 3, 2015 12:26 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 2

2014 sees lots of success

One calendar year can create memories that last a lifetime. Whether it is a last-second shot, a clutch hit, a powerful touchdown or a personal record, the memories stand the test of time. Here are some highlights from the first half of 2014:

January 2, 2015 5:02 p.m. read more..

New Year party

SPORTING A BRIGHT yellow New Year’s hat, Bartender Eric Roch prepares and serves drinks at the Rivertap Pub downtown The Dalles as party goers prepare to usher in 2015 on New Year Eve.

January 2, 2015 5 p.m. read more..


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