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Before you take that next drink…

By on December 22, 2019 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Before you take that next drink…

Alcohol in excess can speed aging, weaken our immune system By Jim Brown, M.D. Alcohol has a number of effects on our bodies as well as playing a significant role in our aging process.  In the recent decade, some articles … Continue reading

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Recipe for the good life in 2020

By on December 22, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Recipe for the good life in 2020

Maybe spend less time alone, laugh more, find happiness in the little things and stop glorifying being busy By June Darling In one direction 30 or so bodies jiggle, jump, and jive in water-aerobics. They are surrounded by 70 or … Continue reading

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Great Blue Heron: An echo of the prehistoric

By on December 22, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Great Blue Heron: An echo of the prehistoric

By Bruce McCammon You may have seen a Great Blue Heron standing patiently at water’s edge — hunting, sleeping, or posing.  You may see one or two flying overhead, legs dangling out the rear and the head pulled into the … Continue reading

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Merrily, life is but our dreams

By on December 22, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Merrily, life is but our dreams

By Mike Cassidy Editor The little diesel engine on our sailboat had quit a couple of hours ago, our sail sagged against the mast on this windless late afternoon, an emergency boat towing company we had called was busy on … Continue reading

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When I grow up

By on November 24, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
When I grow up

By Constance Nelson Bean “So, what do you want to be when you grow up?” was a common question for little girls growing up in the late 1930s and ’40s.  Many of us were asked such questions as young children. … Continue reading

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King Kennedy: What a showman!

By on November 24, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
King Kennedy: What a showman!

By Rod Molzahn Wheat harvest was in full swing on the Waterville Plateau.  The threshing machine had been shut down for a small repair and the crew took a break. With the trouble fixed, the crew boss ordered the driver … Continue reading

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My silent retreat; no news is good news

By on November 24, 2019 in Columnist, Uncategorized with 2 Comments
My silent retreat; no news is good news

By Jim Brown, M.D. Recently, I read an article by Deepak Chopra, MD, which struck a chord with me. He said, “We have sacrificed ourselves for our selfies.”  Our collective selfy, in which he was referring to our collective ego, … Continue reading

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Why helping others helps us, too

By on November 24, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Why helping others helps us, too

By June Darling “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”  — Dalai Lama  Over the holidays last year, we were visiting my older son, Hoby, and his family in Park City, Utah. Deep snow covered … Continue reading

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Cooper’s Hawk: Easily misidentified, yet distinctive

By on November 24, 2019 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Cooper’s Hawk: Easily misidentified, yet distinctive

By Bruce McCammon About this time of year, we start seeing a variety of hawks and other raptors in north central Washington.  Among them is the Cooper’s Hawk.  If you feed birds at your house there is a chance that … Continue reading

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Bringing up grandbaby

By on November 24, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Bringing up  grandbaby

By Mike Cassidy Editor My wife has taken on the full-time job of babysitting our six-month-old granddaughter as  her parents go back to work. (Oddly, when I first wrote the above sentence, it came out… “full-time joy of babysitting…” Would … Continue reading

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The Comeback Kid(s)

By on October 28, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
The Comeback Kid(s)

By Jim Brigleb Year 1993: My family moved to Wenatchee. Later, we moved away from Wenatchee in 2008. Now, we moved back to Wenatchee in 2019. Why? In locating to Wenatchee the first time, it followed a series of “cold … Continue reading

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Chil-co-sa-haskt — Last chief of the Entiats

By on October 28, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Chil-co-sa-haskt — Last chief of the Entiats

By Rod Molzahn Entiat Chief, Chilcosahaskt (no wonder white settlers called him Indian Silico), was willing to embrace most all of the Catholic doctrine he learned from Father Urban Grassi in 1874.  There was, however, one rule he could not … Continue reading

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Grateful people are happy people

By on October 28, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Grateful people are happy people

The trick is learning how to feel fortunate in this critical world By June Darling Years ago, I took a trip with a friend.  After we reached our destination and had dinner, she called her husband.  “Oh, honey, you would … Continue reading

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Ahhh, coffee… and it’s good for you, too

By on October 28, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Ahhh, coffee… and it’s good for you, too

By Jim Brown, M.D. People have been drinking coffee since the 15th Century.  Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages. In fact, the most popular drinks worldwide are water, coffee and tea. It is estimated that 1.6 billion … Continue reading

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Short road trip may be best to see a Prairie Falcon

By on October 28, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Short road trip may be best to see a Prairie Falcon

By Bruce McCammon It was snowing on Jan. 16, 2016 as we walked through Walla Walla Point Park in Wenatchee.  As newcomers to the area, this trail served as a close and pleasant way to get some exercise, meet people … Continue reading

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What was your best day in 2019?

By on October 28, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
What was your best day in 2019?

By Mike Cassidy Editor Yes, I realize 2019 has lots of fine days left, but we are starting to gather entries in our “Best Day of 2019” contest. We are looking for stories about days that popped in your life… … Continue reading

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TIPSY TALKS Learning unleashed at the Bushel & Bee

By on September 23, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
TIPSY TALKS Learning unleashed at the Bushel & Bee

By Jamie Howell Anthony Lubetski, 29, showed up drunk for the lecture, a little wobble in his step, soft edges where his words were beginning to blend ever so slightly into one another.  Now, that’s one thing if you’re a … Continue reading

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How to shake off negative thoughts

By on September 23, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
How to shake off negative thoughts

October was always the least dependable of months … full of ghosts and shadows. Joy Fielding, Canadian novelist By June Darling Anna, my six-year-old granddaughter had a great time at Lego camp this year.  The problem was she didn’t realize … Continue reading

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Deafness and ‘miracle’ of cochlear implants

By on September 23, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Deafness and ‘miracle’ of cochlear implants

How we hear seems like science fiction, overcoming hearing loss seems even more amazing By Jim Brown M.D. In the United States there are 10 million people who are hard of hearing and 1 million who are functionally deaf.  About … Continue reading

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Profits, pain and terror on the roads to the Okanogan

By on September 23, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Profits, pain and terror on the  roads to the Okanogan

By Rod Molzahn Colockum Pass –  spring 1888 “At that time the road along the plateau and the summit of the Ellensburg mountain road beggared description.  “The snow was of great depth, and for several miles the road was strewn … Continue reading

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Belted Kingfisher: Loud and proud

By on September 23, 2019 in Columnist with 2 Comments
Belted Kingfisher: Loud and proud

By Bruce McCammon Belted Kingfishers are blue-gray birds that are about the size of an American Robin.  For most of North America, this is the only Kingfisher we get to see. The southern Texas area is fortunate to add three … Continue reading

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Close to the eye, close to the heart

By on September 23, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Close to the eye, close to the heart

By Mike Cassidy Editor We have some sweet stories in this issue. And when I say “sweet,” I’m not using it colloquially, as when an athlete hits a home run, the fans might say, “Sweet!” or when a grandson takes … Continue reading

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Where’s the Beef? Or Mission Impossible Whopper

By on August 24, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Where’s the Beef? Or Mission Impossible Whopper

By Jamie Howell I grew up regarding red meat with a certain reverence. I was 22 years old, long-haired and a good 80 pounds lighter than I am today, out to travel the world with a guitar and a backpack … Continue reading

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Promises. Promises. Promises.

By on August 24, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Promises. Promises. Promises.

By Rod Molzahn As white Americans headed west to settle new lands, they were armed with the doctrine of “Manifest Destiny.”  They had the right to take, for their own, the ancestral lands of Native Americans with thousands of years … Continue reading

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Modern grandparents have much to teach — and learn — from the little ones

By on August 24, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Modern grandparents have much to teach — and learn — from the little ones

By June Darling When I was in my late 20s, Jimmy Carter declared that we should honor grandparents on Sept. 8. The day would be set aside to appreciate the joy and wisdom grandparents bring. I’m not sure Jimmy had … Continue reading

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Our story on why we are here

By on August 24, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Our story on why we are here

By Jim Brown, M.D. Over the years I was often asked, “How did you decide to settle in Wenatchee?”  Before deciding to move here, neither my wife nor I had ever been in the state of Washington. Growing up in … Continue reading

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A career saved by a simple sentence

By on August 24, 2019 in Columnist with 1 Comment
A career saved by a simple sentence

By Mike Cassidy Editor Somewhere in the last century, I landed my first non-farm job by working part-time at a small rural Western Washington daily newspaper, helping the sports editor cover high school and other local sports. This was a … Continue reading

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Northern Flicker: Hey, ladies, listen to my drum beat

By on August 24, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Northern Flicker: Hey, ladies, listen to my drum beat

By Bruce McCammon As we walked on the Apple Capital Loop Trail one spring, we heard what sounded like a jackhammer pounding on metal.  We’d heard variations of this before and knew that we’d soon see a Northern Flicker sitting … Continue reading

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Killdeer: Conspicuous, and yes, quite loud

By on July 29, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Killdeer: Conspicuous, and yes, quite loud

By Bruce McCammon Killdeer are tall, slender birds that are about the size of an American Robin.  They are a white and brown bird with a distinct double breast band.  They are commonly seen in many locations within north central … Continue reading

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Miss Amber Lou

By on July 29, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Miss Amber Lou

 By Constance Nelson Bean Shortly after I lost my husband, I realized how very quiet my home was each day. I found I was talking to myself, leaving the TV and music on far longer than I truly enjoyed.  I … Continue reading

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