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Build resiliency, cope with stress

The response to stress is primarily determined by a person’s perception of an event, transition or problem, says Ann Farris, personal trainer and health coach at The Dalles Fitness and Court Club. Her quest is to help people find balance in their lives and build resiliency to manage stress.

‘Doc’ focuses on veterans

A Navy corpsman, known as “Doc” to the Marines he cared for, is returning to his hometown of The Dalles to take on the role of program director at the Oregon Veterans’ Home. “I’m really passionate about helping other vets so I bring a very positive attitude to this job,” said Michael Springston, a 2004 graduate of The Dalles High School.

Honoring those who build community

The Mid-Columbia Health Foundation has announced nominees for the 2017 Tradition of Compassion Philanthropy Awards to recognize people who donate their time and talents to build a healthy community.

Farmers face unpredictable year

There’s only one thing that area farmers know for certain about the upcoming growing season — nothing is going to be predictable this year. “It would be nice to have a crystal ball so we would know for sure what was going to happen but we don’t have that luxury,” said Steve Sugg, a Dufur cherry grower.

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Website offers greater access

Wasco County’s new website provides area residents with expanded access to online services and information, and is also intended to aid in economic development. “We’re really excited about launching it and I think people will find it a much better site,” said Lisa Gambee, county clerk, who worked with other department heads to come up with the new design and content.

Program keeps inmates out

A program to lower the number of inmates returning to the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities in The Dalles appears to be working, based on early results, says administrator Bryan Brandenburg.

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Editorial: Suicide — An uncomfortable topic

Suicide: An uncomfortable topic

DA considers cycle of death cases

Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley started 2017 with two death cases to handle, and added two more during the month of January.

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Keys to a big win

Brandon and Katie Kuehnl of The Dalles were recently given the “chance of a lifetime” by Ford Motor Company to get their finances in order and prepare for the future. “We were pretty shocked,” said Katie about learning they had won a sweepstakes prize of a new pickup and a hunting trip.

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Sa-BOT-age moves to a new level

Robotics team Sa-BOT-age won state as rookies in 2016 and is striving to go even further this year. “We are on track for a very successful season,” said Spencer Honald, a junior, gaining agreement from classmate Bill Burns.

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Bridging a political divide

A long cold winter is making it more difficult for people to cope with upheaval at the federal level as new President Donald Trump and other Republican leaders roll out dramatic policy changes that are drawing fire from millions of Democrats, says a professional counselor.

Police identify stabbing victim

The Dalles Police Chief Patrick Ashmore released the name of the victim in Thursday night’s fatal stabbing after the man’s relatives in the Seattle area had been notified about the alleged homicide. Nathaniel O. Preyapongpisan, 21, was pronounced dead Jan. 26 at 517 Liberty Street, a residence where he had reportedly been staying off and on with an unnamed female.

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Editorial: Media needs to change its ways

The world turned upside down for many Americans on Nov. 8 when GOP presidential candidate Donald J. Trump defied polls and the predictions of political pundits to take the White House. Media collusion with Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign was revealed by the Wikileaks email cache. That alliance destroyed any remaining defense that national news outlets were objective or principled; which was further evidenced by their turn from fawning coverage of the Obama administration to rabid hostility toward President Trump.

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A smoker’s boot camp

Elise Bailey started smoking at the age of 18 and tried for years without success to conquer the addiction. “Nothing worked — I even chewed (cessation) gum while I smoked, and I thought, ‘That can’t be good for me,’” she said. Lung diseases ran in her family, so Bailey knew it was vital to her health that she stop puffing a pack of cigarettes every day.

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Go Red for Women's Heart Health: Stats and facts about a ‘killer’

Hayli Eiesland is armed with dozens of facts and stats about why people should quit smoking for heart health and to prevent other major illnesses. She plans to share some of her information at the Go Red for Women’s Heart Health expo on Friday, Feb. 3, on the second floor of Water’s Edge, 551 Lone Pine Boulevard in The Dalles.

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Fatal stabbing in TD

A 21-year-old man from The Dalles was arrested early Friday morning for the fatal stabbing of an unidentified male victim.

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Work begins on ‘Uplifting’ project

The Uplifting Elevator project at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center has been eight years in the making and excavation finally began on Wednesday.

Register now for Go Red heart walk, run

Community members wanting to participate in the fifth annual walk/run that is part of the Go Red for Women’s Heart Health program in The Dalles need to pre-register by Monday to be guaranteed a t-shirt.

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Not for Sale

“Lolli needs to play” was recently posted by a juvenile girl from The Dalles on a Portland website advertising “escort services.” Nita Belles of Bend wasn’t surprised to see the ad from an underage girl in a rural community. She said labor and sex trafficking takes place everywhere, even though people tend to think of it as a “big city problem.”

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Chamber honors leaders

Despite difficult travel conditions, The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Distinguished Citizens Award Banquet was well attended Thursday evening. The event took place at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center and drew several hundred people who came to celebrate the achievements of eight community members.

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OR Guard helps with inauguration

Fifty members of an Oregon National Guard unit with a presence in the gorge travelled this week to Washington, D.C. to support the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.

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Surviving winter’s bite

Feeding wildlife in winter can negatively impact their success, says ODFW

Winter is a hard time of year for wildlife, but feeding deer can bring health problems that threaten their lives, said Jeremy Thompson, biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s office in The Dalles.

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Get ready for ice, flooding

Warming weather could result in power loss, ­travel hazards

Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill is asking residents to prepare ahead for freezing rain and flooding in the days ahead that could bring power outages. “Community resiliency is what we are after here,” said Magill. “We don’t want people to be panicked, we want them to be prepared.”

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Editorial: Winter wonderland is overrated

The Chronicle wants to recognize the men and women who responded to medical and traffic calls, kept the roads passable and helped both stranded motorists and the homeless during a very tough week.

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MINT starts year with arrests

The Mid-Columbia Interagency Narcotics Task Force ended 2016 and started the new year by executing search warrants that led to the arrest of three people.

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Driving in aftermath of winter storms

Since Christmas Eve, The Dalles Area Command of the Oregon State Police has assisted 202 stranded motorists and handled 184 reported crashes — 41 of which occurred within the past week.

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Ongoing storms challenge city crews

Workers kept scrambling to clear roadways

Every time Charles “Chuck” Patterson got his snow plow/sander working on one stretch of roadway Tuesday, there was a call from dispatch or The Dalles Public Works Department to help stranded motorists in another location. The scanner was filled with chatter about accidents and cars that were stuck in the snow.

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Wanted: Stuffed animals

Mid-Columbia Medical Center has run out of stuffed animals to provide to children undergoing treatment or visiting family members who are hospitalized.

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Contractor flies into win

Bill Ketchum landed a victory at Friday’s Dancing with the Gorge Stars competition by wearing his father’s United Airlines pilot uniform and soaring to the song “Come Fly with Me.”

State budget takes center stage

In October, Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, expressed concern that state officials would divert general fund dollars from veterans’ programs if Measure 96 was approved by voters on Nov. 8. He said that concern became reality when Gov. Kate Brown proposed a $10 million cut in regular funding for veteran services in her 2017-19 budget plan.

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Jail inmate dies

A 34-year-old inmate at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities was pronounced dead in the early morning hours of Jan. 2 after being found unresponsive in his cell. “We are investigating this as a natural death and not under suspicious circumstances,” said Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill.

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Gorge stars step up for show

Practices have been underway for three evenings for six local contestants in the 2017 Dancing with the Gorge Stars competition that takes place Friday evening.

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GOP leader in advisory role

Editor’s Note: This is the second of two stories with U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., about the transition of leadership and his role with a GOP-led White House and Congress: As the only Republican in the Oregon congressional delegation, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden has taken on a new role with a change in national leadership. “I’m in communication with the [Donald] Trump team about people seeking appoints to the administration,” he said. “I am giving advice to counsel and the vice president. That is an added responsibility that I am more than happy to take.”

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Walden wins powerful seat

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has been chosen to chair the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, where some of the biggest legislative battles associated with a major shift in leadership will start.

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Calendar showcases local farm

Tim Dahle, a local farmer who helped pioneer pedestrian orchards in Oregon, will be featured in the 2017 SAIF calendar for his growing techniques that eliminate the need for ladders, one of the leading causes of workplace injuries.

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Sisters for Life

They came from different biological families, but Ashley Almas and Tonya Flory bonded during their fight to escape nightmare childhoods and are now sisters for life.

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Account created for fire victims

People wanting to help a family who lost everything in a house fire Tuesday can contribute to a fund at Wells Fargo Bank, 400 E. Third St., in The Dalles.

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MCMC gifts kids

A group of doctors and staffers at Mid-Columbia Medical Center decided to help needy families as a holiday outreach and raised about $800 in about three weeks. The money was used to fill boxes with books — many donated by Klindt’s Booksellers — games, miscellaneous fun items and winter supplies, such as socks and gloves.

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Fire displaces family of five

Five members of a family, including an infant, lost everything Tuesday, Dec. 20, in a fire at the house they were renting in the 1900 Block of Dry Hollow Road in the Dalles.

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Battle of the Bulge

Remembering the largest, bloodiest conflict of WWII

The 72nd anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, the largest and bloodiest conflict in World War II in terms of U.S. casualties, was Dec. 16, and a local Army veteran recently took time to reflect on that historic time.

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Tonkin sale doesn’t affect TD

Many of the Ron Tonkin’s 21 dealerships have sold to a Spokane-based company, but not the automotive business in The Dalles, or several others. “Nothing is going to change locally,” said Steve Ross, general manager of the West Sixth Street business.

Toy drive to help kids in foster care

Taking care of foster kids is a mission that Tonya Flory takes seriously, having grown up in the state system herself. The thought of children not receiving a gift on Christmas — something she experienced — has led Flory to launch a last-minute toy drive called Operation Gorge Heart to make the holidays merrier for foster children.

‘Got Your Six’ throw party

The new band “Got Your Six” is throwing a Christmas party Dec. 22 at the Oregon Veterans’ Home that will include a buffet and holiday music, all at no charge.

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Dance contestants get pep talk

Six contestants in the upcoming 2017 Dancing with the Gorge Stars competition got advice Monday evening from past winners — and some who didn’t take home the Mirror Ball Trophy.

Agencies look at dam removal

Three federal agencies will take public comment in The Dalles tonight, Dec. 6, about the effect of 14 dams on air, water, land and wildlife along the Columbia and Snake rivers.

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Overcoming life’s hurdles

Special Olympics is far more than giving an intellectually disabled athlete the opportunity to win a medal; the program showcases the determination and strength of the human spirit.

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Keeping star light bright

Volunteers add a little extra shine to the local holiday season

Every holiday season for the past 24 years, a 40-foot star has shone on the west end of The Dalles, illuminating the night sky for motorists and area residents alike. The Fun Group knows that few people are thinking about the logistics involved in keeping the star lit, and that’s the way they want it to be.

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Turning a page for foster kids

A book drive for youth in foster care is now underway and the Wasco County Citizen Review Board is hoping to collect reading material for 200 children, pre-teens and teens.

Body recovered from Columbia

The body of a missing fishermen with ties to Wasco County was recovered Monday,Nov. 14, off the shoreline of Roosevelt, near the location the boat he was in capsized more than two weeks ago.

Youth plan gets boost

The Gorge Youth Center has received a donation of $111,000 to kick off its fundraising campaign that started this week.

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