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The Great Northern Railway in Republic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dick Slagle   
Friday, 27 February 2015 13:19

Over 30 years have gone by since we last heard the sounds of a railroad in Republic. Considering that it was such an important part of the life of the town, a look back is now in order. The Great Northern Railway was one of three major trans-continental railroads to build their lines along the northern border and into Spokane in the late 1800s. The other two were the Northern Pacific and the Milwaukee Railroad.

 

 
Throw away cabin fever: Swimming season is almost here PDF Print E-mail
Written by Baron Zahuranec   
Friday, 27 February 2015 13:17

We’ve possibly turned the corner on winter this year. Hopefully the worst is behind us, although with such a mild February there’s no telling how tricky March and April could be. Maybe last month was a mirage of spring, but it at least gave us a taste of the pleasant weather we are in store for eventually. Our worst enemy during winter, cabin fever, doesn’t have to be feared anymore.

With spring on our tails the sun is reaching a higher arc each day and our part of the world is slowly getting more and more sun. That means we’re in line for incremental warming trends into July although mid-summer still seems like a long way off. I’m looking forward to the mid-fifties of spring and just as we relish the sun’s warming rays on our skin, our local fish feel the same exact way. But, we aren’t in the total clear yet. There’s still ice lining the banks of some streams and some ponds and lakes still are iced over. Safety always needs to be in the back of your mind when fishing during the warming ice-off period.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2015 13:21
 
Pruning your home orchard PDF Print E-mail
Written by Twinflower Wilkie   
Friday, 27 February 2015 13:15

Sick of the endless slush and mud? Time to head south. Or... you could stay home and prune your fruit trees. It may not get you out of the mud, but at least it’ll get you out of the house.

You can prune most of the year, really, but usually pruning happens just when you might wish you were somewhere else (Reno, maybe?): during dormancy, when it’s still too chilly and wet to garden. This encourages healthy new growth as the sap begins to rise in the spring, and discourages disease organisms, which have little chance to spread in the low temperatures. Don’t prune at below 15 degrees Fahrenheit, though. That’s too cold, and might damage the exposed tissue. If you want to minimize new growth, prune later, after the tree begins to leaf out and the sap is subsiding. Don’t worry if a small amount of sap drips from the cuts, but if it’s excessive, switch to an earlier or an even later pruning time.

 

 
Low snow, but season not as dry as it seems PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brenda Starkey   
Friday, 27 February 2015 13:17

With what appears to be an early spring in the area, folks are guessing about what the summer and fall might hold. Some predict an active fire year.

Given the lack of snow pack in the mountains, the assumption might be that we haven’t had much moisture, but according to the National Weather Service, this is not the case. All of the Pacific Northwest mountains have received their normal precipitation since the beginning of what meteorologists call the water year—Oct. 1.

The local area is at 90 to 109 percent of the 1981-2020 average precipitation, according to information from the National Weather Service. But the local snow pack is around 77 percent of the 1981-2010 median.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2015 13:17
 
Meals on Wheels expands to Ferry County PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rural Resources Community Action   
Friday, 27 February 2015 13:13

When Nadine was released from the hospital after a knee replacement surgery, doctors were concerned about her nutritional needs being met. The hospital contacted Rural Resources, and she was added to its Meals on Wheels program, receiving healthy food delivered to her home while she recuperated.

As soon as she became able to do more on her own, she cancelled the Meals on Wheels and remarked how the service was such a great help to her. Later, when she was scheduled for replacement of her other knee, she called ahead of time—and was all set up to have meals delivered again as she recovered.

 

 
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