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Color doesn’t matter — holiday is more than snow

Will we have a white Christmas in the Okanogan Valley? Well, that’s up to Mother Nature and, frankly, I don’t really care. As of Friday, when I wrote this, we had a little bit of snow and it was still falling, but the jury was still out for Christmas Day.

December 25, 2013 midnight read more..

Too busy to update?

Help is on the way for folks who feel obligated to comment on, “like” or repost every little scrap of minutiae that lands on their Facebook page. The folks at Google are seeking a patent for a program described as “automated generation of suggestions for personalized reactions in a social network,” the International Science Times website reports.

December 18, 2013 midnight read more..

Regiment weathers capture in war

As I was working on stories last week about Veterans Day, I had occasion to research the background of a Civil War veteran who’s buried in the old Riverview Cemetery near Omak.

November 13, 2013 midnight read more..

Is Thanksgiving forgotten?

Is Thanksgiving on its way to being a forgotten holiday, at least in the eyes of advertisers? Halloween is big, but Christmas is the 800-pound gorilla in the holiday room. At 12:39 a.m. Nov. 1, even before all the Halloween pranksters’ eggs had dried on cars, a Black Friday promotion from a major online retailer dropped into my email inbox.

November 6, 2013 midnight read more..

Beer headlines Oktoberfest

“Prost!” The German equivalent of “cheers,” accompanied by folks clinking beer steins together, rang out over and over again during the third and final weekend of Leavenworth’s Oktoberfest celebration.

October 23, 2013 midnight read more..

Ol’ Crimson flies above Huskies

I’ve been following, with some amusement, the controversy over Ol’ Crimson’s appearance on last Saturday’s “College GameDay” show on ESPN.

October 16, 2013 midnight read more..

Fall means (cough) smoke

Fall is upon us. That means, on certain days, smelly smoke is upon us. I’m not talking about smoke from prescribed burns. It’s the smoke from fireplaces and wood-burning stoves that really gets me going.

October 9, 2013 midnight read more..

Not ready for the cold

“Are you at your computer? Go to the Department of Transportation webcams and look at Mount Rainier,” said the voice on the phone.

October 2, 2013 midnight read more..

Let none go hungry

In our wealthy nation, it’s astounding that nearly 22 percent of children under 18 live in poverty and more than 16 million children live in households that struggle to put food on the table.

September 18, 2013 midnight read more..

Full moons tend to bring out the madness

Sometimes I just shake my head at some of the stuff that people report to the police. This stuff is so wacky it can’t be made up. It has to be true. Often, the odd ones are funny on the surface, but I have to keep reminding myself that they must have been serious to someone, since the cops got a call.

August 28, 2013 midnight read more..

Students stick to studies

Youngsters in Okanogan and Ferry counties are joining their counterparts all over the country in returning to classes in the next few weeks.

August 21, 2013 midnight read more..

A high-tech snub turns into a ‘phub’

The other day during lunch, I commented to my table mates about a couple sitting nearby. The two had their heads bowed, their eyes concentrating on their phone screens and their thumbs madly tapping out text messages. They were having lunch together, separately.

August 14, 2013 6 a.m. read more..

Folks can be clueless in dry conditions

Sometimes it’s hard to fathom how people can be so clueless in dry areas during the summer. While we haven’at hd a whole lot of human-caused fires locally so far this year, the potential certainly is there.

August 7, 2013 midnight read more..

T. rex remains a bad boy

I was happy to learn, for the sake of 5-year-old boys everywhere, that Tyrannosaurus rex remains the bad boy of the dinosaur world.

July 24, 2013 midnight read more..

Stash is still hidden

I have an addiction, but I’ve been able to suppress it for several years without the help of counseling or a 12-step program. Even so, I still have a “stash” in the house, hidden in drawers, plastic tubs, closets and boxes.

June 19, 2013 midnight read more..

Cat’s curiosity leads to sticky situation

Cats can get into the stickiest situations. Years ago, when I was in junior high or high school, our cat was a great trophy hunter. He’d catch birds, mice, moles, flying squirrels and, occasionally, a weasel.

June 5, 2013 midnight read more..

Shelves stay full

It’s yard sale season and even if we don’t manage to get it together enough to have a sale of our own, there should be no excuse for not contributing to someone else’s sale.

May 22, 2013 midnight read more..


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