As of Friday, March 9, 2018
Last week was totally strange.
First, there was a report of grass fire near Riverside on Tuesday.
Thursday brought buckets of snow to some portions of Okanogan Country.
Then Saturday we were hearing reports of a mudslide in Omak.
Wow. Mother Nature sure enjoys playing tricks on us.
Last week I was shocked to hear of the death of Spokane-area musician who died in a head-on collision on his way to a performance.
The Spokesman Review reported James “Rusty” Brown, 52, died after a southbound vehicle lost control on U.S. Highway 395. The vehicle hit the car carrying Brown and his wife, Annetta Chism, head-on around 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23.
Brown and Chism both were ejected from a 2004 Kia Spectra. Brown was pronounced dead at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane and Chism was injured, according to the state patrol.
Brown – the lead vocalists and bassist for the Texas Twister band – performed around the region a couple of times.
I first met him back in 2012 when he was playing music in Republic. He was one heck of a singer and songwriter. He will be missed.
On a happier note, have you heard about the autographed guitar raffle going on in Ferry County?
The Republic Eagles is hosting a raffle for a 1998 American Fender Stratocaster autographed by Ted Nugent. The sunburst guitar has Custom Shop Texas Special pickups. Proceeds will benefit the Republic Police Department for its K-9 fund. The Drawing will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Ferry County Fair.
Last Saturday I ventured down to Wenatchee to take in the 14th annual Washington State Nashville Country Star east quarter final.
There is sure a lot of talented high school singers around our region.
For a list of those advancing to the semi-finals (March 17 at Virginia Grainger Elementary School in Okanogan), click here.
Enough for this week!
Brock Hires is managing editor of The Chronicle. He can be reached at 509-826-1110 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.