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Where’s the Beef? Or Mission Impossible Whopper

By on August 24, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Where’s the Beef? Or Mission Impossible Whopper

By Jamie Howell I grew up regarding red meat with a certain reverence. I was 22 years old, long-haired and a good 80 pounds lighter than I am today, out to travel the world with a guitar and a backpack … Continue reading

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Promises. Promises. Promises.

By on August 24, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Promises. Promises. Promises.

By Rod Molzahn As white Americans headed west to settle new lands, they were armed with the doctrine of “Manifest Destiny.”  They had the right to take, for their own, the ancestral lands of Native Americans with thousands of years … Continue reading

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Modern grandparents have much to teach — and learn — from the little ones

By on August 24, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Modern grandparents have much to teach — and learn — from the little ones

By June Darling When I was in my late 20s, Jimmy Carter declared that we should honor grandparents on Sept. 8. The day would be set aside to appreciate the joy and wisdom grandparents bring. I’m not sure Jimmy had … Continue reading

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Our story on why we are here

By on August 24, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Our story on why we are here

By Jim Brown, M.D. Over the years I was often asked, “How did you decide to settle in Wenatchee?”  Before deciding to move here, neither my wife nor I had ever been in the state of Washington. Growing up in … Continue reading

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A career saved by a simple sentence

By on August 24, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
A career saved by a simple sentence

By Mike Cassidy Editor Somewhere in the last century, I landed my first non-farm job by working part-time at a small rural Western Washington daily newspaper, helping the sports editor cover high school and other local sports. This was a … Continue reading

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Northern Flicker: Hey, ladies, listen to my drum beat

By on August 24, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Northern Flicker: Hey, ladies, listen to my drum beat

By Bruce McCammon As we walked on the Apple Capital Loop Trail one spring, we heard what sounded like a jackhammer pounding on metal.  We’d heard variations of this before and knew that we’d soon see a Northern Flicker sitting … Continue reading

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Killdeer: Conspicuous, and yes, quite loud

By on July 29, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Killdeer: Conspicuous, and yes, quite loud

By Bruce McCammon Killdeer are tall, slender birds that are about the size of an American Robin.  They are a white and brown bird with a distinct double breast band.  They are commonly seen in many locations within north central … Continue reading

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Miss Amber Lou

By on July 29, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Miss Amber Lou

 By Constance Nelson Bean Shortly after I lost my husband, I realized how very quiet my home was each day. I found I was talking to myself, leaving the TV and music on far longer than I truly enjoyed.  I … Continue reading

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N.N. Brown – Hotel man traveled far & wide

By on July 29, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
N.N. Brown – Hotel man traveled far & wide

By Rod Molzahn “Three meals and a bed, $1.25 – $2.00 a day.”  The Republic (the Wenatchee Daily World’s competitor) ran that advertisement in 1912 for the Elberta, Wenatchee’s finest hotel.  The Elberta was owned by Noah (N.N.) Brown and … Continue reading

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Learn to be brave to live a richer life

By on July 29, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Learn to be brave to live a richer life

By June Darling Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.  — Anais Nin People who are interested in living a full life rather than a shrink-wrapped one need to find a way to kick up their courage.  Changing … Continue reading

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A ‘wonder drug’ that’s FREE

By on July 29, 2019 in Columnist with 1 Comment
A ‘wonder drug’ that’s FREE

By Jim Brown, M.D. Recently I read an article extolling the medical benefits of walking. The Harvard author equated the benefits to that of a “wonder drug.”  I know I have promoted the health benefits of regular exercise, eating right, … Continue reading

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Friday night at Centennial Park

By on July 29, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Friday night at Centennial Park

By Mike Cassidy Editor Friday night, nothing to do, the wife suggests let’s go downtown and listen to music at Wenatchee Centennial park. When? Seven o’clock. What? By 7 p.m. I’ve perfectly fine with assuming the position in the comfy … Continue reading

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Osprey: An easy bird to watch in awe

By on June 25, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Osprey: An easy bird to watch in awe

By Bruce McCammon Bird migration is like a merry-go-round of seasonal treats.  Every month provides another sample of birds to observe in north central Washington. Spring and fall are the most substantial periods to see new birds as they pass … Continue reading

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Finding gold in the Superstition Mountains

By on June 25, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Finding gold in the Superstition Mountains

By Joe Anderson When I was 10 years old living in Mesa, Arizona, my dad would tell terrible tales of the Superstition Mountains and the fabled Lost Dutchman’s gold mine.  My father was a wonderful storyteller and encourager. He would … Continue reading

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The daring tale of first trans-Pacific flight

By on June 25, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
The daring tale of first trans-Pacific flight

By Rod Molzahn “I’m the last one alive that saw Pangborn and Herndon land.” That’s the claim of 94-year-old Jack Graybill.  KPQ had been broadcasting reports of Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon Jr.’s trans-Pacific flight since their takeoff from Japan … Continue reading

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Picnic on the 4th: Good for you & the USA

By on June 25, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Picnic on the 4th: Good for you & the USA

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics…”  — Erma … Continue reading

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Should you be taking probiotics?

By on June 25, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Should you be taking probiotics?

By Jim Brown, M.D. One of our readers asked me to write about probiotics.  Probiotics are live organisms, usually bacteria, similar to the beneficial microorganisms found in our lower intestinal tract.  Proponents of probiotics think they are useful in obtaining … Continue reading

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In hot water doing home repairs

By on June 25, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
In hot water doing home repairs

By Mike Cassidy Editor We stopped at Julia and Greg Scott’s home on a warm evening to catch a quick photo of the couple for our house of the month feature, starting on page 20. And then we got talking … Continue reading

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Wisdom from kindergartners

By on May 28, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Wisdom from kindergartners

By Pat Kanis-Wolfe When I inquired at the office, I was directed down the hall, first door on the left. I found the door quickly enough, but stopped before opening it. A mild panic started to consume me. I wasn’t … Continue reading

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Long Jim – last chief of the Chelans

By on May 28, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Long Jim – last chief of the Chelans

By Rod Molzahn Innomosecha (Rainbow Robe), Long Jim’s father, was chief of the Chelan people in 1855 when the Yakima treaties were signed but he did not attend the council.  Lahompt, a young Entiat, and Tecolekun, a P’squose, did attend. … Continue reading

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Get de-stressed: As easy as sitting outside

By on May 28, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Get de-stressed: As easy as sitting outside

By June Darling For several months I had relentless diarrhea. (Yes, embarrassing and possibly disgusting, but stick with me. I’m going somewhere with this.) The runs would go away and come back later.  Eventually, at my wits end, I went … Continue reading

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Adults need vaccinations, too

By on May 28, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Adults need vaccinations, too

By Jim Brown, M.D. Vaccinations to prevent various diseases are one of the great medical achievements in history. They not only have proven to be safe but also life saving.  Historically, vaccines were deemed “only for children,” however with the … Continue reading

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Winging in from afar: the Gray Catbird

By on May 28, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Winging in from afar: the Gray Catbird

By Bruce McCammon The birds we see in north central Washington during the summer months are different from those we see other times of year.  Migrating birds add variety and mystery to our bird-watching. I don’t know a single bird … Continue reading

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Contest: Why did you move here?

By on May 28, 2019 in Columnist with 1 Comment
Contest: Why did you move here?

By Mike Cassidy Editor My wife, Donna, was born in Wenatchee, so maybe it’s not fair to say “we moved here,” but we did… almost 35 years ago. We were living in a classic, older residential area of Seattle in … Continue reading

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Kacee, what have you been up to now?

By on April 22, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Kacee, what have you been up to now?

By Keith Kellogg I’m a dog lover. I have three in my house. At times they drive me crazy, but overall they bring me great comfort.  Often times I prefer dogs over people. Now don’t get me wrong, some of … Continue reading

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Mountain Bluebird: Teasing but beautiful

By on April 22, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Mountain Bluebird: Teasing but beautiful

By Bruce McCammon Ahhh, May. May is a peak month for birding in Washington.  We’ve watched the snow melt away, the roads dry, and the temperatures warm.  May is a great time to get out and explore the openness of … Continue reading

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A.B. Brender’s winding road to the Valley

By on April 22, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
A.B. Brender’s winding road to the Valley

By Rod Molzahn Most of the early settlers, 1880s and 1890s, who came to the Wenatchee Valley had other destinations in mind when they set out on their journey west.  A.B. Brender was no exception. He claimed and developed homesteads … Continue reading

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‘Gut instinct’ is backed by science

By on April 22, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
‘Gut instinct’ is backed by science

By Jim Brown, M.D. How often have you heard someone say their gut told them not to do something or on the other hand told them to do something?  I have heard people say for some decisions, they listen to … Continue reading

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What matters most in dying well

By on April 22, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
What matters most in dying well

The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.  — Epicurus By June Darling This Mothers’ Day, for the first time, I will have no living mother.  Though I get it, none of us gets out … Continue reading

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Wouldn’t it be fun if…

By on April 22, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Wouldn’t it be fun if…

By Mike Cassidy Editor I was in a waiting room — in an age before iPhones and the games you can play on them — when looking around for something to occupy the next few minutes I spotted a magazine … Continue reading

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