Exploring the Okanogan

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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.

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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Scientists’ risks benefit us all

Research leads to greater knowledge of diseases, nature

There have been times when geologists and other scientists have undergone certain hazards to obtain the information they sought. Take, for instance, John Wesley Powell and his hazard of boating down the Grand Canyon with his company. They were warned of its perils, but lured by the information to be gained by such a traverse of the great river in its mighty canyon and what could be learned from seeing it close up.

Trees change through the seasons, years

Colors provide a rich backdrop

“This land is afforesting,” my husband told me more than once.

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Remembering holidays and traditions

Give gifts that last in the hearts of your loved ones

When I was a child, my family had a custom of letting each child specify one Christmas gift he or she wanted.

Charles Lyell’s research often questioned ‘known’ facts

Up to the time of Charles Lyell, born in England in 1797, there was general belief that the world was made in 4004 B.C.

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