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Dr. Bill Dienst | Aid to refugees is a moving target

When the mass migration to Europe via Greece and other destinations pinnacled a year or so ago, the world was caught off guard. Politicians in the USA and Europe and their client tyrants and renegades in the region had felt free up until this point to prosecute their endless wars in the Middle East. They have had minimal concern for the disastrous humanitarian consequences and the blowback that would result.
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Susan Ballinger | Leavenworth Ski Hill: Bursting with blooms and birds

The snow is long gone at Leavenworth Ski Hill where formerly white ski slopes are blanketed with green thickets and splashes of color. Each week in spring, a new wave of wildflowers come into bloom and several new species of migratory birds arrive back to their summer home and birdsong fills the air. Managed by the U.S. Forest Service and open to the public year-round, visitors find themselves just minutes from busy Highway 2, but miles away in spirit once they walk into the forest.
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Wendell George | The Wenatchi (P'Squosa) Territory

In the fall of 1980, Moses George rode on horseback through the NW part of the Wenatchi (P’Squosa) Territory. He and T.B. Charley, another tribal member, were asked by the U.S. Forest Service to look for areas that had previously grown huckleberries. They rode to the Chiwawa Ridge along Raging Creek from the Chiwawa River Road. Chiwawa Ridge is about 2,300 feet elevation with Twin Lakes of Raging Creek and School Lake to the north. Moses was on Dusty, a Forest Service horse, as he overlooked the valley.
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Josh Cozart | It comes full circle

Twenty one years ago, I joined the newly-formed Icicle Creek Youth Orchestra. I expected to meet other talented young musicians, push our musical limits together, and explore both classic and new compositions. What I didn’t expect was that this decision would remain part of me for decades.
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Betsy Steele | Mason bees: beneficial and harmless

The old gardening gloves had been turned partly inside out when I took them off. Brittle with overuse, they were hard to put right, so I left them on the outdoor table, planning to toss them in the trash. But the next day when I picked them up, a smallish black bee poked its head out of a finger opening, hesitated for a moment, and flew off.
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Grace Weber: 105 years of a remarkable woman

It’s not the years in a person’s life that matters, but rather the life in their years. Former Wenatchee World correspondent Grace Weber, however, will celebrate an abundance of both when she turns 105 on June 17th. That life includes horseback rider, bookkeeper, shipyard worker, farmer, wife and mother, musician, businesswoman, secretary, press photographer and journalist, delightfully portrayed in her memoir, All Those Hats published the year she turned 100.
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Kids & Nature Connections | Let it grow

Everyone who knows me well knows that I love growing food. I love talking about growing food, reading about growing food, planting and transplanting and eating the fruits of my labors. I even love — yep — weeding. Well, to an extent. As American writer Charles Dudley Warner said over 100 years ago, “Blessed be agriculture, if one does not have too much of it.” 
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Bill Dienst | Doctor meets refugee boat

David Eng, the Starfish Harbor Master in charge of refugee operations on Molyvos Harbor on the North coast of Lesbos, called me at 5:45 am. “There is a boat with about 100 refugees at sea being rescued by the Greek Coast guard. We need you to assemble your team and meet us in Molyvos Harbor in 20 minutes.”
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Darold Wax | Mansfield's flying farmers paid a price

Charles Lindbergh created an immediate sensation when his 33 hour solo flight across the Atlantic ended successfully outside Paris on May 21, 1927. He became an instant hero. First Paris mobs and then the entire world — from Bombay, India to Bogota, Columbia — erupted in celebration.  Man and machine — the Spirit of St. Louis — had triumphed in a dramatic demonstration of technology in service to humanity.
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Susan Ballinger | Popular walk-and-talk series underway in Wenatchee

Last Thursday evening, a group of 12 valley residents gathered at the Saddle Rock Trailhead to take a trip back into time. Chelan-Douglas Land Trust is offering a free, 10-week Thursday evening Walk-and-Talk series in the Wenatchee Foothills and Chris Rader was the third featured guest speaker on May 5. Chris is a local history researcher and writer, recently retired from the  Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. 
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Susan Sampson | What's that bird?

What’s that bird? The one on the feeder filled with seed is a goldfinch. That hovering predator is a kestrel, our smallest falcon. The tan bird with the black mask over its eyes is a cedar waxwing. Can you find the yellow warbler with the rippled red lines down its breast?