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Cherry Festival event calendar

Cherry Festival includes new activities

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Tribe track fights it out in Portland

Just at the midway point of its 12-event spring slate, The Dalles track and field team has come out with consistent performances on the road and at home.

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Last Delivery

Retiring downtown mail carrier Dave Miller looks forward to what’s next

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Pulpit Rock Easter marks milestone

The 90th annual Pulpit Rock Easter sunrise service is set for Sunday, April 20, at 6:30 a.m.

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Foleys to lead 23rd annual Cherry Festival parade

Couple played a role in shaping The Dalles

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Editorial cartoons from April 17

Editorial cartoons from April 17, 2014.

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Editorial: Make your election letters count

Ready or not, we are back in the primary election season. Ballots will be going out around around the end of April and political letters are already flowing into the Chronicle editor’s inbox.

Letter to the editor: How many more?

To the editor: Just wondering how many more local downtown businesses will have to close before the city decides to take action? With nothing new coming in, I see a ghost town in our future.

Letter to the editor: Health burden

To the editor: Whereas my parents lived during and managed to survive through The Great Depression of the 1930s; my children will be (thanks be to this Great Depressing Obamacare program and its regulations to cut home health care by 14 percent over a four-year period) challenged with my survival when my body loses its functions and requires home care.

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    Cherry memories from Marilyn Ericksen

    My cherry memories are older than Jim Goff’s memories of Dalles cherries. (Could that be possible?) As a little girl we had cherries. We had trees in the yard that were remarkable. They had two kinds of cherries on each tree. The small orchard that was on the other end of the block had different kinds of trees in the orchard.

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    Cherry Festival origins stretch back to 1940

    The Northwest Cherry Festival story has several beginnings, including the 1979 launch of the modern festival. Some people trace its origins back to 1940, when Helen Spickerman of The Dalles was picked as Cherry Queen. She represented local growers with a full-fledged float in Portland’s Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade. But that auspicious beginning was not repeated the following year, and America’s entry into World War II after Pearl Harbor put the idea on hold.

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    Lifestyle Festival features new exhibits

    The annual Bicoastal Media/Guild Mortgage Company Home and Lifestyle Show will open its doors Friday, April 25, at 5 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium. The show continues Saturday, April 26, and Sunday April 27.

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    Bikers bring Teddy Bears along for the festival ride

    One thing about the Northwest Cherry Festival, it kind of makes a person feel all warm and fuzzy — especially if that person is a motorcycle rider.

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    On cows, boys and cameras

    I've been working recently on "A Rancher's Life," an ongoing series in the Chronicle, and as I listened to the bellowing cattle at a Maupin area ranch I was reminded of the very first roll of film I ever shot and developed. It was eighth grade, I was taking an ...

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    Gone mobile...

    I remember a newspaper cartoon I saw years ago, showing a "war correspondent" type photojournalist, rough and careworn, wearing a photo vest and holding out a tiny, goofy-looking cell phone. It was funny, the idea that someone with a cell phone could capture hard breaking news. I had it on ...

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    Happy hungry holidays!

    It's late November, and as food banks struggle to fill the gap created by a $5 billion monthly reduction in food stamps across the nation, the financial sector continues to swell and pulse under the stimulating hand of an $85 billion monthly handout, with stock markets reaching record highs and ...

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    Fall colors

    Leaves of a big leaf maple are brilliantly yellow along Mill Creek Road south of The Dalles, pictured here against the trunk of a ponderosa pine. Copyright Mark B. Gibson Big leaf maples are one of my favorite trees, with their, huge swooping buds in early spring, leafy umbrellas in ...

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    A new "War on Poverty"

    Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have passed a bill cutting billions of dollars in federal food assistance to the poor. As it is seems unlikely to become law, the cut is apparently meant as a policy statement: The Republican Party declares a new "War on Poverty." Specifically targeted ...

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    Larger than life

    A pair of mating crane flies hangs from a leaf above Mill Creek just south of The Dalles Insects are wonderful fun to photograph, and a summer creek is a great place to find them. I was standing on the bank when these two crane flies flew by, landing on ...

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