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Reflecting on the North Cascades Highway

Longtime resident remembers first days of the route

There is something exciting about seeing something being built. Take, for example, the North Cascades Highway.

Spring brings recollection of flood years

During our period of joys and concerns in church on a recent Sunday, a young boy rejoiced: “The robins are back!”

‘Cascadia’ easily outlines local features

Book on local geology is a ‘delightful’ read

It was in 1972 that Bates McKee published his “Cascadia.” Not long after that, Bruce Wilson worked out of it in establishing the Okanogan County Historical Society Museum in Okanogan.

New technology erodes and rebuilds

More and more things done by machine today

We have considered erosion and its pervasive influence a long time. But there are short-time influences, too.

‘September Song’ prompted responses

Column gave us a peek into world of music

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about “September Song.” There have been two responses. They are from Mary Koch, writing from Holden Village up Lake Chelan, and from Dee Camp, here at The Chronicle.

Looking into Omak’s historical buildings

Old buildings include former Chronicle office

I don’t know what triggered this, but is there someone who can identify the oldest building in Omak that is still in use?

Don’t take readers completely by surprise

Look for plot hints in subtle foreshadowing

I can’t remember where I read this, high school or college, or the name of the writer nor the publication in which he wrote.

A day in the life of Grayson the cat

‘Full-time cat’ shares his story

Hi. Since this is the first time you have heard from me, let me introduce myself. Name: Grayson, known as Cat for short. Occupation: Full-time cat.

Inquiring minds lend to potters’ talents

Mistakes often turn to discoveries in various arts

The story begins a few millennia ago, from something I read some decades ago.

Illness treated differently now

Be grateful for vaccines, medicine

People’s attitudes toward spreading diseases have changed in the last century. When I was I was a child, if someone in a family came down with something contagious, the health department would post a sign on the front of their house, warning others to keep out. As I recall, the one for scarlet fever was in bright red.

Underground wonders astonish visitors

In several places in the United States there are caves that attract people to come and see these natural wonders. I have been to the Gardner Cave on the east edge of the state twice.

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Writers acknowledge the work of others

Books inform in laymen’s terms

I have been through my copy of Alt and Hyndman’s “Northwest Exposures” in an attempt to find a certain bit of knowledge but have run out of time.

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Holiday brings memories of critters

It has been a long time since I have heard the cry of the pika, a small member of the hare family. While the North Cascades Highway was being built, the roadbed was in, but not yet surfaced, as far as Lone Fir Campground. If you wanted to go farther up, you walked.

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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.

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.

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