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Bands invited to apply for battle

Five bands will square off for a chance to win cash, prizes and professional exposure at the second annual Rivertap Battle of the Bands, Friday, Aug. 29. Organizers are taking applications now for the event.

AstroGraph for July 31, 2014

Put past unpleasantness behind you. Rehashing former mistakes or disappointments will sap the energy you need to move forward. Hard work and a positive attitude are the best tools to help you move forward. Live in the moment and aim to build a brighter future.

Everyday Cheapskate: You need the big artillery to clean gross shower floor

Dear Mary: I sure hope you can help me. I’m at the end of my rope with the floor of our fiberglass shower. It’s stained and gross. I’ve wasted a lot of money on fiberglass cleaners but nothing works. I cannot afford to replace the shower, which is in excellent functional condition. Any suggestions? — Roy M., Utah

Ask Dr. K: A little about iodine and your thyroid gland

DEAR DOCTOR K: I cook with kosher salt, which doesn’t contain iodine. Am I getting enough iodine in my diet? Can I get iodine from other foods?

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Weekly recreation reports, July 31

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

The Charlie Brown Juggling Show performs Aug. 5

The Charlie Brown Juggling Show will be at the Sherman County Public/School Library Tuesday, Aug. 5, 11:00 a.m.

What's happening from July 30

Nonprofit events calendar from July 30, 2014.

Maryhill Museum features African art

African Art from the Mary Johnston Collection will open Aug. 9 at Maryhill Museum of Art.

Book group reads ‘The Giver’ in August

The third Thursday book group will be discussing “The Giver,” by Lois Lowry at its August meeting at 6:30 p.m. at The Dalles-Wasco County Library.

AstroGraph for July 30, 2014

Inactivity will be your downfall this year. Make a point to keep moving ahead until you reach your goals. If you surround yourself with reliable and supportive people, you will be able to fulfill your dreams and achieve your desires. Participation will make a difference.

Everyday Cheapskate: A spice co-op that saves money and builds friendships

Sharing readers’ tips with you reminds me just how much we can teach each other. Just when I think I couldn’t possibly learn anything new, here comes another charming way to save time or money every day from readers just like you. You make opening my mail so much fun!

Ask Dr. K: How you can treat and prevent athlete’s foot

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have athlete’s foot. How can I get rid of it? And how can I make sure I don’t get it again?

Comment period extended for plan to cull 16,000 cormorants from Columbia estuary

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week announced it has extended by 15 days the public comment period on a draft plan detailing possible alternatives to reduce predation by double-crested cormorants on juvenile salmon and steelhead that are listed under the Endangered Species Act.

Cheap dam fix brings ‘Incredible biological benefit'

Upper Columbia River sockeye salmon that have amazed in recent years with record returns to the Okanogan River system now have more room to roam with new access to an area where potentially more fish can rear, and keep those adult returns strong.

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