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Hillary Schwirtlich | Go with the flow

It’s starting to get hot outside, which means families are flocking to rivers and lakes to beat the heat. When temperatures rise into the 80s, all my hikes end in places to swim. Spending time at the lake or river with your kids can be fun — and it can also help them improve their understanding of how the world works. So the next time your kids look like they’re searching for something to do, try some of these activities to help them learn more about rivers, lakes, and our ...
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Darold Wax | Mansfieldʼs beginnings: Memoir tells the story

1776 by most measures was a notable year in America. The Declaration of Independence alone made it so. Jeffersonʼs achievement, however, had been preceded by Thomas Paineʼs influential pamphlet “Common Sense”, which presented the case for independence. Marshaling the evidence in support of separation, Paine authored Americaʼs first best-seller.
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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.”