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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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Feasting for the holidays, revised

By on October 25, 2020 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Feasting for the holidays, revised

By Susan Sampson With winter holidays approaching, but with a pandemic still rampant and social isolation still de rigueur, I’m re-envisioning my plans for holiday feasts.  I don’t foresee a 22-pound golden-brown turkey presented to a crowd of relatives seated … Continue reading

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Ditch masters

By on October 25, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Ditch masters

Shotwell brothers often called upon to bring water to thirsty orchards By Rod Molzahn Mike Horan described the Wenatchee Valley of 1889 in a 1906 Christmas Edition of the Republic newspaper. “To begin with, there was all the sunshine you … Continue reading

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Enough of eating factory food

By on October 25, 2020 in Columnist with 2 Comments
Enough of eating factory food

So much of what is on packaging has no real meaning By Jim Brown, M.D. Dr. Not long ago Lynn and I were returning from southern California from our son’s home.  For several miles, we smelled a sickening stench and … Continue reading

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For this good advice, say ‘Thank you’

By on October 25, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
For this good advice, say ‘Thank you’

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.  — Meister [Johannes] Eckhart, German theologian, philosopher and mystic (1260 – 1328) By June Darling A few days ago, I wrote a … Continue reading

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I’m in luck: A Horned Lark in full display

By on October 25, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
I’m in luck: A Horned Lark in full display

By Bruce McCammon I saw my first Horned Lark when I visited the Columbia Wildlife Refuge with a friend many years ago.  Then, as a resident on the west side of the Cascades, the bird was new to me and … Continue reading

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Can there be any ‘Bests’ in 2020?

By on October 25, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Can there be any ‘Bests’ in 2020?

By Mike Cassidy Editor Oh my goodness. This is normally the time of year when we ask readers to share their stories about their best day of the year. We have received stories about truly memorable bucket-list trips, about the … Continue reading

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Language from the mouths of children

By on September 28, 2020 in Columnist with 1 Comment

By Lief Carlsen I’m no linguist. I speak English well enough, Spanish passably well, and German just a little. Nothing remarkable there.  But what I do have is a fascination for words, specifically with the way young children use them … Continue reading

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The West called and Guy Waring answered

By on September 28, 2020 in Columnist with 1 Comment
The West called and Guy Waring answered

By Rod Molzahn Laura Thompson lived with her husband, Fred, and their son, Roy, in a 12-foot by 16-foot one-room cabin on Wolf Creek in the upper Methow Valley.  In one of her written recollections of her early pioneer days, … Continue reading

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Even monkeys understand fairness

By on September 28, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Even monkeys understand fairness

These men ask for just the same thing, fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have.  — Abraham Lincoln By June Darling The grandkids are yelling out those dreaded words: “That’s … Continue reading

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Organics? Does it really matter?

By on September 28, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Organics? Does it really matter?

By Jim Brown, M.D. At one time “organic” food was primarily found in “health food stores,” which seemed to have a limited clientele as far as I could see.  Nowadays, nearly all supermarkets have “Organic” sections in their produce sections.  … Continue reading

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Look quickly, a Chukar won’t linger for long

By on September 28, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Look quickly, a Chukar won’t linger for long

By Bruce McCammon Your word of the month is “gallinaceous.”  An adjective, gallinaceous is used to describe a group of heavy-bodied terrestrial birds. Included in the group are pheasants, turkeys, grouse, quail and the subject of this month’s feature — … Continue reading

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Have you ever changed your mind?

By on September 28, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Have you ever changed your mind?

By Mike Cassidy Editor I’m having the first coffee of the day while gazing at the back half of a small farm that’s been in my family for nearly 90 years, and now belongs to my wife and me. Over … Continue reading

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Unexpected $$$

By on August 24, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Unexpected $$$

By Darlene Matule As a writer, I have to admit some of my best ideas come from surprising sources.  Like my husband… My Facebook likes include pretty shoes, Norwegian travel ideas, and Blue Bloods tidbits. Steve gets posts from Florida … Continue reading

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Dr. J.I. Pogue – Renaissance Man

By on August 24, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Dr. J.I. Pogue – Renaissance Man

By RodMolzahn In January of 1888, Dr. Joseph Pogue ordered apple tree whips from the Atlantic Nursery in Iowa.  They were shipped by train to Spokane then loaded on wagons for the trip across the Big Bend to Wilbur. They … Continue reading

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How you ‘see’ affects how you think

By on August 24, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
How you ‘see’ affects how you think

By June Darling Big philosophical questions whiz around in my brain — what is true, what is fair?  You might be wondering what prompts this deep state of pondering.  You might be assuming it is being provoked by the pandemic, … Continue reading

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Do unto others

By on August 24, 2020 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Do unto others

By Jim Brown, M.D. Many of you, I suspect like me, have been shocked or at least surprised by the racial divisiveness that has become more apparent in our country. I decided to share some of my thoughts and experiences … Continue reading

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Sage Thrasher — Their song goes on and on

By on August 24, 2020 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Sage Thrasher — Their song goes on and on

By Bruce McCammon In the summer, Sage Thrashers visit the shrub-steppe communities of north central Washington.  The Sage Thrasher is a robin-sized bird with a 12 to 13 inch wingspan.  Their back is a dull gray and the breast and … Continue reading

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Now, for something totally different

By on August 24, 2020 in Columnist, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Now, for something totally different

By Mike Cassidy Editor Last fall, when our one — and likely only — granddaughter was approaching six months old and her parents needed to go back to work, my wife, Donna, volunteered to babysit the tiny tot if her … Continue reading

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