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Lead stories

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Ranchers gain ‘big wins’ in fed budget

Walden says $1M in wolf funding is one benefit

Senators vote no on spending bill

Walden said measure was a bipartisan compromise

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Hawks hit the mats in La Grande

Linebarger goes 3-1 to score second place; three others win at Muilenburg Classic

Arts and entertainment calendar

Arts and entertainment calendar from Dec. 18, 2014.

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Rat Rods: Vintage vehicles make rusty rides

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. (AP) — Peter Duvaloois' rat rods are way cooler than your car.

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Happy days for holiday sales locally

People are shopping locally, supporting TD businesses

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Editorial cartoons from Dec. 18

Editorial cartoons from Dec. 18, 2014

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Editorial: Drop costly state clean fuels program

The Oregon Legislature seems likely to give yet another lease on life to the Oregon Clean Fuels Program, even though its best option would be to simply kill it — and it has an easy way to do exactly that.

Letter to the editor: Christmas memory

To the editor: It was Christmas, 1945. WWII was over and my dad, Benjamin E. Veatch was a Marine aboard a ship docked in Shanghai harbor, China. He and fellow Marines were longing for home after serving their country. Dad was eager to get back to his young family in Mosier, Oregon.

Letter to the editor: A big thank you

To the editor: A very belated, nevertheless majorly huge thank you to Captain Ed Goodman, of The Dalles police, nameless passersby, two PUD young gentlemen who helped tremendously and took our dog to the vet while we were in the ER at MCMC, to the EMTs and all those others who helped when our vehicle went over the bank on Interstate 84.


    Clemency granted

    President Barack Obama has granted clemency to 20 people, including two from Oregon.

    Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

    BUTTE, Montana (AP) — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.

    For the record from Dec. 18

    Police, fire, medical and lottery reports from Dec. 18, 2014.

    Body of missing man found in Wasco County

    The remains of a Portland man were found Monday about one mile from his vehicle in Mosier and Wasco County Chief Deputy Lane Magill said there was no evidence of foul play. Magill said Joseph Sizemore, 42, had been reported missing by his family on Sept. 7.


Gorge Life

    Holiday fun

    Christmas is just around the corner and parents can add to the excitement of the season by taking their children to the “Santa in the Downtown” event on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. Community members are invited by The Dalles Main Street to have their picture taken with Santa, enjoy sleigh rides, sip hot chocolate, and savor baked goods while enjoying story time.

    County, health board at odds

    At an unusually candid meeting last month, blame flew both ways regarding a long stalemate over the status of the public health district and its relationship to Wasco County.

    Senior news: Don’t take for granted the simple joys of everyday life

    I’m not fond of these winter doldrums in The Dalles: grey overcast skies with a few days of sunshine, just to tease us that better days are ahead. And although I may not like them, I find these gloomy days are necessary, because without them I wouldn’t really appreciate the warm T-shirt days with blue skies. And isn’t that the way it is in our daily lives? All the challenges and difficulties, the missteps and losses, remind us not to take for granted the simple joys and comforts we can experience every precious day.

    One local flu case reported so far but more expected

    While only one person in Wasco County has reported getting the flu this year, health officials say they expect that number to rise around the beginning of the year.



Latest blogs

    Eye on the storm

    On bikes, boys and cameras

    My first camera was a simple, manual camera with a normal view, 55mm lens. It was cheap. I used it to photograph anything and everything. For a time I stuck with black and white film, and felt myself an artist. This bicycle is a good example of my work from ...

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    Corporate Ladders

    By the time I finished playing with this photograph, it bore such little resemblance to reality I decided to name it "Corporate Ladders" after that mythical instrument by which one is said to, by virtue of great effort and talent, improve one's career. Photo copyright Mark B. Gibson

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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 ...