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The Republic-Colville Stage PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dick Slagle   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 15:14

The decade of the 1920s was a time of change in the United States and also in north Ferry County. It began with the ending of World War I, and it finished with the nation paralyzed by the Great Depression. However, the years in between were anything but dull. It was known as the “Jazz Age” and gave us Prohibition, bootleggers, radio, phonograph records, flappers, short skirts, and the Charleston; but most of all it brought us cars.

Primitive automobiles showed up in the country around 1910, and by 1920 they had become common; although they were mostly fabric-topped and open to the weather. However, change came quickly. The famous “Model T” gave way to the “Model A” which had a stick gearshift and windows.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 15:16
Outdoors: Progression of a fisherman: Working toward the next level PDF Print E-mail
Written by Baron Zahuranec   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 15:12

I once read in some outdoor publication that there are four levels of a fisherman. It’s a progression that works its course throughout one’s life, possibly culminating in the ultimate catch like Ahab’s Moby Dick.

The first level is just being able to catch a fish. More than likely it all starts on a nearby farm pond or a little stream just over the hill. Mom or dad or maybe grandpa or a close uncle will take the old rod out of the closet and hand it down to a youngster with small hands and big aspirations.


Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 15:14
Nature’s calendar PDF Print E-mail
Written by Twinflower Wilkie   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 15:07

A longtime local gardener advised me decades ago that the time to plant my gladiolas and dahlias is when the nearby aspens show their first hint of spring green. This method has worked well for me ever since.

Native Americans reputedly told the earliest European gardeners that the soil was warm enough to plant beans, corn and squash when they could comfortably sit naked upon the bare earth. This advice should hold true anywhere, even if it proves a bit tricky in practice. Leaving my personal experience on this matter aside, it makes sense to use natural occurrences to help us plan, plant, transplant and maintain our gardens.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 15:10
Eruption versus irruption PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ruth Daugherty   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 15:10

When thinking of an eruption what comes to mind? Most of us envision Mount Saint Helens with its steaming blown-off top. An eruption means to burst out like the outbreak of a volcano, war or disease. Did you know there is another type of irruption? This kind of irruption is a dramatic, irregular migration of large numbers of birds to areas where they aren’t typically found and possibly at a great distance from their normal ranges.


Spring kayaking on the Kettle PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cynthia Burr Larson   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 15:04

How blessed we are to live in such a beautiful place where on the second day of spring we can choose to ski, snowshoe, bike, jog or kayak right here in our backyard! This Friday was such a day for me even though my sedentary being said to herself, "I like dry and warm." But then my rational woman said, "It’s the beginning of the kayak season, you have fleece and a dry suit, the water is low, you’re not going to swim, it’s sunny out, so stop whining."



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