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Two The Dalles council races to be contested

Bill Dick faces two challengers

Gorge Commission budget spurs protest

Budget request would restore some funding

AstroGraph for August 28, 2014

Be true to your beliefs, even if someone tries to persuade you to take a different route. You are capable of mastering any task you set your mind to. Follow through with plans that will further what’s most important to you. You will gain fulfillment from your accomplishments.

Everyday Cheapskate: I’m sharing some favorite letters from my readers

Dear Mary: I wanted to tell you the secret of sticking to a budget on our family vacation — something we’ve had a hard time achieving in the past. This year, we let our teenage daughter plan the vacation. Seems too simple. We told her the amount we had to spend beyond the cost of overnight accommodations. We told her she could spend the money any way she wanted. We could eat out every night or cook dinner in our kitchenette. She could spend it all on the boardwalk. My spendthrift daughter became Ms. Frugality. She wanted to parasail. So she had us eat every single meal in the room and spent less than $20 at the Boardwalk. We parasailed and had the best time ever. We came home with cash in our pockets. Best of all, we are enjoying the priceless accomplishment of teaching our child the value of money. — Madeline Dear Madeline: Wow, way to go! What a great idea, and I am so proud of your sweet daughter for accepting the challenge of such a big task. I’m going to predict that this event will stay with her for a lifetime and will begin to shape her money life. Never again will she think you have unlimited sources of money. She’s experienced how making good choices with a limited amount of money can result in positive outcomes. You gave her the opportunity to make her own independent financial decisions, and she scored. Please give her my heartfelt congratulations and a big frugal high five!

Ask Dr. K: Age-related changes can affect the GI tract

DEAR DOCTOR K: As I’ve entered my 70s, I’ve noticed that my eating and bowel habits have changed. Is this normal?

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Feds allow logging after huge California wildfire

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials say they tried to balance competing interests in a plan released Wednesday that allows loggers to remove trees killed in a massive central California wildfire last year, but environmentalists called it a travesty and threaten to sue.

FBI investigating reports of attacks on US banks

NEW YORK (AP) — The FBI said Wednesday it's working with the Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyberattacks against several U.S. financial institutions.

Wolf pack is 1 attack near limit for kill order

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — One of Oregon's wolf packs is one livestock attack away from becoming the first to be considered for a kill order under the state's unique rules.

2,100 Oregonians have to switch health coverage

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — About 2,100 Oregonians will have to re-enroll in health care because they were incorrectly enrolled either in Medicaid or in a commercial health plan by the state.

Port of Vancouver to lease railcars for crops

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Port of Vancouver has signed a deal to start hauling agricultural goods from North Dakota to the West Coast in rail cars that otherwise would come back empty after transporting supplies for the oil industry.

Two plead guilty to murder in informant killing

DALLAS, Ore. (AP) — Prosecutors in Polk County, Oregon, say two men have pleaded guilty to murder and been sentenced to life in prison for their roles in the kidnapping and killing of a police informant last December.

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Judge won't stop water for Klamath salmon

A federal judge Wednesday denied a request by irrigation suppliers in California's Central Valley to stop emergency water releases intended to help salmon hundreds of miles away in the Klamath Basin survive the drought.

AstroGraph for August 27, 2014

It’s time to pull together the knowledge and expertise you have acquired over the years and find a way to put it to good use. Let go of uncertainty and doubt, and trust in your skills. Any challenges can be conquered if you don’t let situations fester.

Everyday Cheapskate: Would you like to know the truth about extended warranties?

Recently I stopped into Toys “R” Us to get a little something for Eli. Yes; I am one of those grandmothers. We found the cutest toy shaving kit, just perfect for bath time. The price was under $10. At check out, and without missing a beat, the sales clerk inquired if I would like to add an extended warranty for just $4.79. Seriously. I laughed. She winced. I apologized, but really, I couldn’t help it.

Ask Dr. K: Is there a link between obesity and lack of sleep?

DEAR DOCTOR K: I recently saw a headline that said children who sleep less weigh more. Is that true? How much sleep should my preschooler and first-grader get each night?

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Fill the Boot raises over $10,000

Firefighters from Mid Columbia Fire and Rescue, Dallesport and Murdock fire departments raised $10,613 in "Fill the Boot" campaign Friday, Aug. 22.

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A huge chip on their shoulders

The Dalles football team has right attitude in place for a solid fall campaign

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HAVEN video wins national Telly award

Video spotlights community role

CGCC pursues tech center

College seeks $7.5M financial match

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Third doctor dies from Ebola

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as health workers tried to determine how a fourth scientist also contracted the disease before being evacuated to Europe.

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