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Football and a war story PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dick Slagle   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 07:52

This photograph of the RHS football team was taken in October of 1936 at our last game of the season in Tonasket. With the approach of Veteran’s Day, I have been looking at this picture of these 18 young men and reflecting on the impact World War II had on the lives of some of them.

Three years after this photograph was taken, the war exploded in Europe on September 3, 1939. On December 7, 1941, the Pearl Harbor attack jerked the United States into the conflict.

Ted Olson, who grew up on the family ranch on Herron Creek, was killed in combat in France. His brother Arthur died in the Pacific when his Navy warship was sunk.

George Dragnich was the next to the youngest of the six Dragnich children who were all born on the family homestead near Republic. George served in the Air Force as a bomber pilot and was killed when his plane crashed in Japan.

Autumn's fishing expectations: What to expect from local fish PDF Print E-mail
Written by Baron Zahuranec   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 07:50

As the leaves are starting to turn colors up in the trees the fishing should be heating up with the cooling temperatures. After a fairly warm summer, with highs in the nineties for stretches of July and August, many of our local cool water fisheries became somewhat hot and subsequently went stagnant. Trout are cold blooded and prefer water that hasn't been baking in the sun all day. They become lethargic. Just like I am when I'm basking in the sun on a sandy beach. Other species react in the same manner. If the water is outside a fish's comfort zone then it turns static.

Since nighttime temps are in the thirties and forties now, waters are cooling down. Daytime highs in the low eighties and a lower angle of the sun don't heat the water up as quickly as it did in the heart if the summer. Fish start to become more active since the water is coming back to a reasonable state for aggressive eating.


Horsemanship: Correcting the bulging shoulder PDF Print E-mail
Written by Melinda Thomas   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 07:46

A “bulging shoulder” can be very frustrating to the rider, and if caught early on in your horse's training, can be an easy fix. But when a horse has been allowed to go a different direction than the way his head is turned, it can turn into a huge unwanted problem.

A bulging shoulder is defined as the rider asking the horse to turn a certain direction with the reins, but instead the horse falls through his shoulder and goes the opposite of the desired direction. For example, a rider might be turning the horse's head to the right, but the horse is drifting to the left.


The yak PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Orchard   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 07:48

Giant vultures sweep soundlessly across an azure sky, small herds of goa antelopes scramble up the mountainside, majestic Ibex stand atop rocky spires, their graceful horns curving in dark profiles against the pale mist.

This is Tibet. Cold and bleak and beautiful as you can imagine, the "roof of the world," home to some of the most rare and interesting animals.

Here the snow leopard pads silently from boulder to boulder, its pale amber eyes glittering; the water shrew paddles skillfully across mountain streams; the long-eared pika makes hay; the Tibetan hot-spring snake keeps warm in, well, obviously, hot-springs; and the wild yak seeks for that which it may impale.

Curlew fly rods reel in fish, TV producers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mary Masingale   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 07:44

A little-known resident of Malo has been quietly building bamboo fly rods that are in demand world-wide.

A.B. (known as Bruce) Herndon has been an avid fisherman most of his life. Growing up in Curlew, his parents owned and operated the Curlew Motel as well as a full-service auto repair shop.

Bruce and his twin brother, Lloyd, attended Curlew and Republic High Schools in the early 1970s.



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