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The original Ferry County Fair PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dick Slagle   
Friday, 29 August 2014 06:35

In the several years following World War I, with automobiles becoming more common and roads being improved, local interest developed to create a county fair. After a fair board was set up, the first step was to find a site. The one selected was the flat above Granite Creek on the south edge of Republic now used by the local stock-car racing club. A horse-racing track was laid out, a large covered grandstand was built along with four exhibit buildings, and a track was graded and fenced.

 

 
Some fire lookouts still on the job PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brenda Starkey   
Friday, 29 August 2014 06:32

In the modern age of reconnaissance aircraft, lightning detection systems and GPS, the days of fire lookout towers seem to be limited, but there are those who feel lookouts still have advantages over technology.

The lookouts became part of the national scene around the same time as the National Forest Service came into being in 1905.

The subject of wildland fires was burned into the national consciousness in August 1910. It had been a dry spring and at one point some 4,000 soldiers were called out to battle fires. Then on Aug. 20 and 21, the northwest was ravaged by 60-mile-per-hour winds that spread small fires into an inferno that devastated millions of acres.

Official reports after the event said an estimated 1,736 fires burned more than three million acres. At least 85 people were killed in what became known as the Big Blowup. Small towns were completely destroyed and smoke reached New England. Soot made it as far as Greenland. Nationally, 1910 wildfires consumed more than 5 million acres.

Following the devastating fires of 1910, early fire detection became a priority within the Forest Service. Fire towers began to be built on national forests throughout the country.

 
Bidding adieu PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lisa McCullough   
Friday, 29 August 2014 06:26

I have two things to say this month.

First, it's "true confessions" time. I've had people in the past tell me that I'm so patient with my young children. I've heard comments like "you just have it all together." I've had some very supporting comments from people about my writing.

Well, there is something I need to clear up.

 
Bike route brings tourists through Republic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bill Chamberlin   
Friday, 29 August 2014 06:27

In 1972, midway on a bicycle trip from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, the idea came to them. Dan and Lys Burden and their friends Greg and June Siple would enlist bicycling enthusiasts from the United States and from around the world to pedal from Oregon to Virginia during the summer of 1976, as a celebration of the Bicentennial. Over 4,000 cyclists joined them for this "Bikecentennial," 2,000 of them bicycling clear across the continent.

Out of this very successful event came Adventure Cycling, an organization whose mission is “to inspire and empower people to travel by bicycle.” Starting with the original Bikecentennial route known as the TransAmerica Trail, Adventure Cycling has designated dozens of bicycling routes totaling over 40,000 miles. As each new route is added, Adventure Cycling creates detailed maps specifically for bicyclists, showing distances, elevation gain and loss and including information on campgrounds, bike shops, lodgings and restaurants along the route. In addition, Adventure Cycling offers guided bike tours and works with state agencies to help maintain the safest conditions for cyclists.

 
Pink eyes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. William A. Pellow   
Friday, 29 August 2014 06:24

“Pink eye” is a generic lay term that includes several different diseases. The medical term is “conjunctivitis,” which means an inflammation of the conjunctiva, or the “skin” of the eyeball. A bacterial or viral infection, injury, allergic reaction or one of many other diseases can cause it. The term “pink eye” is often used to mean viral conjunctivitis.

Viral conjunctivitis is often treated with an antibiotic, but antibiotics do not kill viruses. They kill bacteria. There still is no good treatment for the common cold because it is viral. A good broad-spectrum anti-viral medicine does not yet exist. If it did, then the dreaded Ebola virus of Africa would not be making headlines. So why do doctors treat a viral infection with an antibiotic?

 
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