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Wenatchee Flat: From horse racing to apples

By on March 27, 2021 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Wenatchee Flat: From horse racing to apples

By Rod Molzahn Philip Miller had a fine view.  His homestead was at the southwest corner of the Wenatchee Flat where the flat begins to climb into the foothills. He looked north across the flat with Burch Mountain in the … Continue reading

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Spilling watermelons across the nation

By on March 27, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Spilling watermelons across the nation

by Bill Landsborough I am a retired, long haul, owner-operator truck driver.  I have hauled every commodity known to man from pipe to onions, military tanks to dog food, smashed cars to logs for custom homes and everything in between.  … Continue reading

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See the value in the dark side emotions

By on March 27, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
See the value in the dark side emotions

“Don’t fight against negative emotions — it’s exhausting. Try to embrace them instead.” ― Anoir Ou-Chad, writer By June Darling I am listening to my husband, John, explain what would help him live more of the good life.  “Give me an … Continue reading

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Colon cancer: Not just for older people

By on March 27, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Colon cancer: Not just for older people

Editor’s note: March was the national Colorectal Cancer awareness month. By Jim Brown, M.D. I suspect most people if they think about colon cancer think it is something that primarily affects older people or seniors.  Not too long ago, popular … Continue reading

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American Goldfinch — a beauty of a state bird

By on March 27, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
American Goldfinch — a beauty of a state bird

By Bruce McCammon The American Goldfinch is one of the most common birds in our area.  This bright bird is easily seen and appreciated by everyone. You’ll see them high in trees, flying as an undulating group, or at feeders.  … Continue reading

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Dear Mr. Postman, send me a letter

By on March 27, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Dear Mr. Postman, send me a letter

By Mike Cassidy Editor I am at a children’s park watching my almost 2-year-old granddaughter fly down a blue plastic slide.  I take a picture at mid-slide point of her with a nervous smile on her face from enjoying the … Continue reading

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Omens for the ides of March

By on February 22, 2021 in Columnist with 2 Comments
Omens for the ides of March

By Susan Sampson When I turn the page on my wall calendar to March, it looks pretty bleak.  I see no national holidays or religious events to celebrate. Sometimes Easter falls in March, but not this year.  I do see … Continue reading

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Those Blair girls: An adventurous bunch

By on February 22, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Those Blair girls: An adventurous bunch

By Rod Molzahn George and Margaret Blair rolled into the Wenatchee Valley in October of 1883 with a four-horse team, Margaret’s 15-year-old son, Charles Davis, and a wagonload of little girls.  The gaggle of girls included 9-year-old Mary Irene (Mamie), … Continue reading

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Change of values, change to happiness

By on February 22, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Change of values, change to happiness

‘’I don’t know what to do! I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a school-boy. …. Whoop! Hallo!”  — Scrooge, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens By June … Continue reading

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Are ‘brain enhancers’ effective?

By on February 22, 2021 in Columnist with 2 Comments
Are ‘brain enhancers’ effective?

By Jim Brown, M.D. I am sure all of us have seen ads for so-called “brain or memory” enhancers like Prevagen hundreds of times on television.  I have been skeptical of these claims and concerned at how effective the manufacturers … Continue reading

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Varied Thrush: Making a bold statement

By on February 22, 2021 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Varied Thrush: Making a bold statement

By Bruce McCammon Globally, the thrush family contains 169 viable species; three other thrush species are now extinct.  Eight of the 169 species are commonly seen in north central Washington (American Robin, Hermit Thrush, Mountain Bluebird, Western Bluebird, Swainson’s Thrush, … Continue reading

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A home is a store house of memories

By on February 22, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
A home is a store house of memories

By Mike Cassidy Editor I smiled when the story on the featured home for this month came in, as it is the house on South Cleveland Street we owned in the 1990s. We had been looking for a house in … Continue reading

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My Valentine: No marshmallow, but a sweetie

By on January 25, 2021 in Columnist with 1 Comment
My Valentine: No marshmallow, but a sweetie

By Susan Sampson My husband is unusually blunt.  We met on a tourist scuba diving boat in Hawaii when I was a brand new diver. “When I see people flopping around in the water like that, I usually don’t get … Continue reading

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New white settlers had great needs but their pockets were empty

By on January 25, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
New white settlers had great needs but their pockets were empty

By Rod Molzahn The importance of neighbors was clear to the early settlers of north central Washington.  Sharing what you have with those who have need was a common trait that kept communities healthy. It could be physical labor, foodstuffs, … Continue reading

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Making a bid for better relationships

By on January 25, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Making a bid for better relationships

“Successful long-term relationships are created through small words, small gestures and small acts.”  — John Gottman By June Darling My husband, John, was totally engrossed in learning Portuguese when the phone rang. I could hear the voice of our 10-year-old … Continue reading

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Are viruses alive?

By on January 25, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Are viruses alive?

Questions and insights into an often misunderstood biologic entity By Jim Brown, M.D. Since this current pandemic arrived on our shores, I have wanted to know more about viruses.  The question as to whether or not viruses are “alive” is … Continue reading

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American Dipper: a swimming and singing songbird

By on January 25, 2021 in Columnist with 1 Comment
American Dipper: a swimming and singing songbird

By Bruce McCammon If you walk along a mountain stream almost anywhere in the western United States, you may see a uniformly gray bird standing on a rock near a riffle or rapid in the middle of the river.  The … Continue reading

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The first time… oops!

By on January 25, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
The first time… oops!

By Mike Cassidy Editor The story by June McCann this month about how she was in charge “for the first time” for an extended trailer trip struck a particular nerve with me. Often, “first times” are fraught with experiences that … Continue reading

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Hair-raising resolutions for the New Year

By on December 28, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Hair-raising resolutions for the New Year

By Susan Sampson My mother taught my siblings and me to observe two New Year’s Eve traditions.  First, we would leave a silver coin overnight on a windowsill facing in each direction. That would ensure that prosperity would flow to … Continue reading

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Ancient ancestors

By on December 28, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Ancient ancestors

Further research changes our thoughts about long ago people of the NW By Rod Molzahn The two most important archeological discoveries in Washington State were found by accident.  Neither the East Wenatchee Clovis cache nor the remains of “Kennewick Man” … Continue reading

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Set a better goal for a happier 2021

By on December 28, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Set a better goal for a happier 2021

By June Darling Some may have found 2020 useful in some way, but I am simply congratulating myself on staying alive.  I am ready — maybe you are too — to shift toward having a much better 2021.  How are … Continue reading

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Fighting muscle loss brought on by aging

By on December 28, 2020 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Fighting muscle loss brought on by aging

By Jim Brown, M.D. I suspect most of you readers have not heard of the condition known as sarcopenia. This term refers to the loss of muscle mass and strength that occurs with aging.  From the time we are born … Continue reading

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Ring-billed Gull: The distinctive bill tells the story

By on December 28, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Ring-billed Gull: The distinctive bill tells the story

By Bruce McCammon Let’s get the trivial, nit-picky item out of the way.  There are 20 species of gulls in the Northwest. None of them are seagulls.  The term “seagull” is a logical association for gulls since we see them … Continue reading

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Everything is beautiful and telling of mom joy

By on December 28, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Everything is beautiful and  telling of mom joy

By Mike Cassidy Editor We’re watching more escapist TV during this pandemic — a whole lot more. As the camera was panning over the brightly and distinctly painted homes backdropped by the Atlantic Ocean in St. John’s in Canada’s Newfoundland … Continue reading

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Christmas delayed

By on November 24, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Christmas delayed

By Darlene Matule One-thousand-nine-hundred-forty-five miles from the State of Washington, my husband Steve and I were forced to face our first-ever Christmas without family. It had been a tough year. But we had each other — and our dear miniature … Continue reading

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Diversified farming:

By on November 24, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Diversified farming:

Early orchardists made their bread and butter by planting veggies between trees By Rod Molzahn Before the Great Northern and upper Columbia steamboat trade, Ellensburg was the only market in reach for the fruit and vegetables grown by the earliest … Continue reading

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Fight chronic inflammation to live longer

By on November 24, 2020 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Fight chronic inflammation to live longer

By Jim Brown, M.D. We are all quite aware of acute inflammation whenever we injure ourselves, sprain an ankle, break a bone or cut ourselves.  This response is a protective one that plays a role in our body’s healing process.  … Continue reading

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Soar upward through acts of kindness

By on November 24, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Soar upward through acts of kindness

The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.  — Coretta Scott King By June Darling My husband, John, and I docked our boat in the marina at Kingston.  Chilled to the bone, … Continue reading

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White-crowned sparrows appear here in wintertime

By on November 24, 2020 in Columnist with 1 Comment
White-crowned sparrows appear here in wintertime

By Bruce McCammon When you see a mature White-crowned Sparrow, there is little doubt about how it got its name.  The bright white streak down the center of the top of its head is clearly evident and immediately catches your … Continue reading

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Smelling success in this new series

By on November 24, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Smelling success in this new series

By Mike Cassidy Editor In a previous journalism life, I owned and edited monthly business journals. We had all of the usual business stories — new companies coming to town, profiles of local business leaders, news of expansions — but … Continue reading

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