Exploring the Okanogan


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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.

Locals fall into winter preparation ritual

Every year there are certain things that householders do as fall develops. Given the tendency of our climate to do things suddenly, sometimes it is hard to see a seasonal change appear.

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Cherish interactions with area’s wildlife

Story reveals a friendship between people and deer

There has been some mention of the greatest gift man can give. It has come up in connection with animals, too.

Erosion changes the landscape

What was highest was cut down; the lowest was raised

Somewhere in one of our old hymnals is the line: “The valleys shall be exalted, the lofty hills made low …”

Slides can vary from fun to terrifying

Word has many different meanings

The English language contains words that have multiple uses, and “slide” is one of them. Just now, one of those meanings is in the headlines, but let’s look at a number of them, beginning with the more innocent ones.

Frequency of recent storms is unusual

In our storms, rain follows lightning

When George Stewart wrote his book “Storm,” published in 1941, he named the storm Maria; the author stipulated that it should be with a long I (Mar-aye-uh).

Cats do more than control rodent levels

Exploring the Okanogan with Elizabeth Widel

Let us consider cats, specifically house cats. In an effort to be official about it, I dug out my “Encyclopedia Americana” and looked them up. There followed columns of information, more than I ever wanted to know.

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Advances in technology speeding up

Exploring the Okanogan Elizabeth Widel

Society has gone from typewriters to tiny computers

Nature doesn’t always give a warning

Concrete cellar protects family from twisters

My grandfather built the first frame house on the Nebraska prairie, and his daughter and son-in-law farmed in the same area.

‘Storm’ captures essence of weather

George Stewart book addresses impact on people

I can’t remember when I first heard of and read George Stewart’s book, “Storm.”

Landscape reveals clues of area’s past

Continental lands keep shifting even in the present day

I remember being impressed at the idea of our continent being slowly built by bits and pieces of continents being added to it.

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Science writer answers rock mysteries

Williams tracked down statistics of historic floods

Two weeks ago I raised the question of the argument over the source of water for creating the landforms in the channeled scablands in southeastern Washington.

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