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I’m talking, are you listening?

By on May 23, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
I’m talking, are you listening?

By G. Wayne Hawks Hello! Long time no talk.  How have you been? We’re pretty good this end. Like you, we’ve about had our fill of COVID!  So, I wanted to chat a little with you about communication. As you … Continue reading

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The children of Wagnersburg

By on May 23, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
The children of Wagnersburg

By Rod Molzahn In 1895, Ernst and Mary Wagner with all their belongings paddled a large raft from Orondo across the Columbia River and claimed a 320-acre homestead six miles below Entiat. They called it Wagnersburg.  Three children came with … Continue reading

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Driving ourselves out of a languishing rut

By on May 23, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Driving ourselves out of a languishing rut

If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it’s lethal.  — Paulo Coelho,  Brazilian writer By June Darling In the driveway sits a 2016 Dynamax Isata 24-foot Diesel class C motorhome.  We did not know we were looking for it … Continue reading

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Thoughts on universal healthcare

By on May 23, 2021 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Thoughts on universal healthcare

By Jim Brown, M.D. Since I retired many years ago, I have been very grateful I have Medicare.  In addition, I have a USAA medical supplement that costs my wife and me $227.63 monthly and is taken out of our … Continue reading

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Anna’s Hummingbird: Moving north, to our delight

By on May 23, 2021 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Anna’s Hummingbird: Moving north, to our delight

By Bruce McCammon Hummingbirds are amazing.  Everyone I know seems happy when they see one of these tiny birds hovering next to a fresh flower blossom.  Their fast wing-beats and quick motions easily catch our eyes as we watch them … Continue reading

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You hikers, get off my lawn

By on May 23, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
You hikers, get off my lawn

By Mike Cassidy Editor I’m a landowner — in truth, a pretty small acreage landowner in the bigger scheme of things  — but there are times when strangers appear to be veering towards my holdings, and a part of me … Continue reading

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Homage to the humble chicken house

By on April 25, 2021 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Homage to the humble chicken house

By Susan Sampson The annals of American architecture picture such treasures as Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello that you can see on the back of a nickel, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water house that straddles a waterfall, and Queen Anne-style cottages trimmed … Continue reading

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Building bridges to connect NCW

By on April 25, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Building bridges to connect NCW

By Rod Molzahn North central Washington is a land of flowing water. Rivers, streams and creeks flow through and from every valley and have sustained the people in them for thousands of years.  For all those years the rivers, streams … Continue reading

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We have all been in dark places

By on April 25, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
We have all been in dark places

“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths.”  — M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled By June Darling My husband, John, and I are still processing a car accident we had a few days … Continue reading

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Common diverticulosis can lead to pain

By on April 25, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Common diverticulosis can lead to pain

By Jim Brown, M.D. Diverticulosis of the colon is a relatively common condition.  In fact one half of people over age 60 have this condition. In most of them it is without symptoms.  This is a condition where small pea-sized … Continue reading

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Black-necked Stilt: An elegant bird

By on April 25, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Black-necked Stilt: An elegant bird

By Bruce McCammon April and May are peak times to see Black-necked Stilt in central Washington.  It is entirely possible that you will need to get in a car and drive to see these delicate, seasonal birds. I think that … Continue reading

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We cluck for chicken stories

By on April 25, 2021 in Columnist with 0 Comments
We cluck for chicken stories

By Mike Cassidy Editor I never knew chickens were so popular. Oh, I like to eat fried chicken and the eggs live hens produce, but beyond idly thinking that “someday” when I move to the farm in my dotage it … Continue reading

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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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