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Looking Out | Looking a sunflower in the face

These sunflowers are all volunteers. None of them sprouted from hand-planted seeds. Overfed finches dropped them as they scattered from our winter bird feeder. Or last year’s varieties, bent over and dragging at the end of summer, left some seeds on the ground, somehow avoiding nibbling by voles.
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Susan Sampson | Canning season

Canning food is old-fashioned! Never the less, it’s harvest time in home gardens, and home canners are streaming into the local hardware stores for pint and quart canning jars, jelly glasses, and lids and rings to seal them.
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Dave Bartholomew | Sustainable living tour announced

The Wenatchee Valley has much to be proud of. We are literally world famous for everything from fruit trees to beer fests. But there is another aspect of our valley, often out of view, that we should be equally proud of: people leading a healthy, sustainable life. There is even an event touting this, known as the Leavenworth Sustainable Living and Farming Tour.
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Dave Bartholomew | Stay connected with reality

In earlier columns I made the point that sustainability really is just another word for reality; that we don’t have a vote in what ultimately is sustainable. Reality will decide. Therefore, if we really want to be more sustainable, we must constantly strive to root our decisions in reality, not in our desires.
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Susan Ballinger | Wildfires affect on local landscape

Last summer on July 7, 2014, my husband and I landed in Fairbanks, Alaska, after a 10-day wilderness river trip. We turned on our cell phones and found text messages about a brush fire along Skyline Drive next to our home. Earlier that morning, our house-sitter loaded our car with dogs and musical instruments under a Level 3 evacuation order. Fortunately, skillful firefighters and a dozer driver plowed a fireline on the western flank that effectively stopped the flames along the top ridge of Saddle Rock City Park. We were ...
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Steve Wright | PUD water system delivers during an emergency

It was a harrowing 24 hours for residents of Wenatchee.  Starting the afternoon of June 28, an otherwise hot, lazy summer Sunday would soon turn into a frightening evening of survival. For Chelan PUD, it was a test of our ability to meet the needs of first responders for fighting major fires on two fronts. The question would be whether the investments made by the PUD in infrastructure  would be enough to keep a bad situation from getting worse.