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The Horse Era, Riverside, and Marcus PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dick Slagle   
Saturday, 25 April 2015 08:42

In today’s world with space travel and the Internet, we seem to be constantly in a period of transition. Looking at the first five years of Republic’s history—1896 to 1902—the era of horse-drawn stage coaches and freight wagons was ending but was not quite over.


Last Updated on Saturday, 25 April 2015 08:44
Thirty years in brown coming to close PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brenda Starkey   
Saturday, 25 April 2015 08:39

The familiar brown truck will continue bringing packages to our area next month, but UPS Rick won’t be driving it. He’s retiring in May after a 30-year career.

Rick Lybarger first worked for UPS on the Republic route as a Christmas helper in 1984. He completed 30 years with UPS in February, and has spent nearly 19 years delivering packages to the Republic area.


No problems? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. William A. Pellow   
Saturday, 25 April 2015 08:34

In an old candid camera sequence they took a vehicle that had its engine removed. With a big push and a slight downhill grade, a lady driver coasted into a repair shop. “Sir, my car just doesn’t seem to have much pep any more. Could you take a look at it and tell me what’s wrong?” You can imagine the reaction of the mechanic when he opens the hood to find no motor!

At times I have felt like that mechanic. I often have patients that come to me and sit down in my exam chair. I ask them to read the letters of the lowest and smallest line they can, only to discover that they can only read the top E. And they drove in to see me! How did they ever get a license?

Great expectations, changed: Flexibility can turn around any situation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Baron Zahuranec   
Saturday, 25 April 2015 08:37

“They’re not popping up here yet,” a friendly store clerk in Tonasket said. “This year has been weird. It seems like it should be warm enough out and they usually are popping up around the time the apple trees are blooming. You should try farther south.”

So it was told to my wife and I on a recent quest to locate some wild asparagus along the banks of the Okanogan River. We’d heard that fresh veggie and fruit stands down in Wenatchee had started to stock locally sourced asparagus, but that wasn’t the case on the other side of Wauconda Pass for us.


History, recreation abound on Lake Roosevelt PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bill Chamberlin   
Saturday, 25 April 2015 08:32

The 130 miles of the Columbia River between the present-day Coulee Cam and the Canadian border, once wild and swift-moving, has long been appreciated for its grandeur and natural beauty. Early European explorers, traders and surveyors who traveled down the river were extremely impressed by the scenery. Even though this stretch of river, now known as Lake Roosevelt, has since been dammed and the current stilled, the beauty remains. John Foster Fanning, long-time Ferry County resident, Commodore Emeritus of the Ricky Point Sail Club and veteran Lake Roosevelt sailor, summed it up well in his blog post:

"When cruising Lake Roosevelt a large portion of the eastern and northern shoreline is Colville Indian Reservation … The area is strikingly beautiful. Plunging valleys, mountain peaks, rolling meadows of pines, long sandy beaches and sparsely populated shorelines."



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