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Staggs scores for NIC

Behymer also plays for Cardinals

Kara Staggs of Okanogan is tearing up the basketball ranks while playing for North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene.

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Neely departs coaching ranks

Highlight includes 1999 state crown

Longtime Okanogan coach Denny Neely announced last week he is retiring from coaching as of today.

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What’s the next big scientific proposal?

We will have to temper reactions when it arrives

In 1995 David Alt and Donald Hyndman published a book called “Northwest Exposures.” A fat (442 pages) book, it was a physical and historical geologic history of the Northwest states, including scraps of Montana and California and, once, I think, a piece of Utah along with Washington, Idaho and part of British Columbia.

‘Catching Fire’ reflects our excesses

More than a year ago, I stood in a long line to see “The Hunger Games” on opening night. This past weekend, I was surprised to be one of very few people arriving early to see “Catching Fire,” the next installment of the series written by Suzanne Collins.

I’m counting my blessings

This is the time of year where Americans count their blessings and acknowledge all the people, places and things they’re thankful for. It would seem a daunting task to most, but every year there’s some guy who tries to list all the things he’s truly thankful for.

Eau de bacon? No thanks

I like bacon, but I can’t say I’m obsessed with it.

Lion writes for The Times

Seattle publishes sophomore’s story

I was roaming the web when I noticed that Sam Thomsen, a sophomore at Liberty Bell High School, wrote a guest column for The Seattle Times. Thomsen’s column was titled “Crazy? Why the Mariners should sign Robinson Cano now.”

Book remembers movers and shakers

Rich Fewkes writes about his friends

Anyone who’s been around rodeo or listened to Tonasket car commercials on the radio the last few decades knows the homey and distinct voice of Rich Fewkes.

Pets can perceive more than we realize

Family dog once stopped a child from being hit by a moving vehicle

It is difficult to impossible to know how much animals perceive of our wishes and our circumstances. But it happens, and sometimes with startling results.

Photos tell more than you know

Are you one of those people who takes selfies and posts them to your Web page or Facebook? Do you use your cellphone to photograph your children and upload images for friends, family and others to see?

Wages vote creates buzz

I’m sure many people in Okanogan and Ferry counties are keeping an eye on statewide election results as the remaining close races are determined.

Remembering where we were when we heard

Kennedy death leaves many with a range of emotions

“Where were you when Kennedy was shot?” Everyone who’s in their mid-50s or older immediately knows the answer to that question.

Smith to be a Husker

Macen McLean to play at Pateros

Chandler Smith of Brewster signed a letter of intent Monday to play for the University of Nebraska women’s basketball team.

A View from the Sidelines - Doubt these stories

Fish tales flap at monthly meeting

It seems fish stories get more and more unbelievable as the years pass. Take Russian President Vladimir Putin, who this summer caught a record-setting pike in a remote Siberian region.

Pneumonia vaccines can save lives

Lab technicians show heroism in battling disease

The other day, while I was at my clinic (for something else), I was offered flu and pneumonia shots and accepted. In my family, pneumonia is a word that commands attention. My grandmother died of it when in her 30s, leaving, in addition to her husband, three children, the oldest of whom was 9.

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