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The Big Republic Fire - 1899 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dick Slagle   
Monday, 03 November 2014 08:42

The year of 1898 must have been an exciting one for the new town of Republic. The news of the gold discoveries in Eureka Gulch had spread like magic through the western states drawing prospectors by the hundreds. Within the first two years, thousands of claims had been staked around the Republic area creating an enormous demand for supplies and services of all kinds.

At Riverside, the head of steamboat navigation on the Okanogan River, the Republic landing was overflowing with tons of goods waiting to be hauled over the mountains to Republic by heavy freight wagons drawn by large teams of horses. The same problem was taking place at Marcus, the rail head on the Columbia River near Kettle Falls.

Navy vet visits D.C. memorials PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brenda Starkey   
Monday, 03 November 2014 08:39

As Veterans Day approaches, a local World War II vet has new memories to ponder.

Bill Belling, who served in the South Pacific during the war, completed an honor flight trip to the nation’s capital Oct. 9 and visited many memorials.

A navy veteran, Belling said it was “a wonderful trip.”

He saw the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall and many other sights.

Belling said the trip was well organized, and despite dealing with the three-hour time difference, a great experience. Breakfast at 6 a.m. felt very much like breakfast at 3 a.m. to Belling.

He rode on one of three buses filled with veterans. Those conducting the tour offered wheel chairs to those veterans who requested one. They unloaded and reloaded everyone at each memorial.


Mind your Ps and Ks: Know your soil PDF Print E-mail
Written by Twinflower Wilkie   
Monday, 03 November 2014 08:35

With the garden season winding down, you may have begun to wonder how to ensure that the right amounts of the right nutrients are available to your crops next year. The good news is that your plants will tell you if they are happy by producing abundant, healthy crops. Signs of distress or low production require action. But before you pour on fertilizer, make sure soil deficiencies are really the issue. Over-fertilization brings its own problems, notably nitrates and phosphorus leaching into groundwater. And if there are nutrients that are deficient, which ones need replacing? Different ways of amending the soil will bring different results.

Soil testing, using a home testing kit, a soil meter, or a soil testing lab can help you determine your soil’s needs (see resources at the end of this article). You may want to perform a soil test if:

You are starting a new project and want to ensure new plants receive correct nutrients.

From Republic to border, volunteers hard at work PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bill Chamberlin   
Monday, 03 November 2014 08:37

Thanks to countless hours of volunteer work, successful grant writing and creative fundraising efforts, the 30-mile former rail bed stretching from Republic to Danville is evolving into a first-class recreational trail, providing a tremendous variety of opportunities for residents of Ferry County and visitors alike. The recent completion of trestle decking across Curlew Lake and the imminent resurfacing of several miles of trail along the lake have moved the county closer to achieving the goals it has set to complete the trail.

The development of a recreational trail along this former rail bed has taken place in two stages.

Taking the first steps toward macro photography PDF Print E-mail
Written by Baron Zahuranec   
Monday, 03 November 2014 08:33

There's lots of situations where a normal photo just won't capture what you're intending. Most of the pictures you take are from a distance: little Jimmy on stage at the yearly Christmas concert, a shot of the clouds and Kettle River as the sun sets and casts wonderful colors all around, or the patch of aspens that have turned bright gold as winter is coming.

Those shots can be fairly simple to compose and shoot. You'll take your camera or smart phone out of your pocket or purse, turn it on, line up the shot and press the shutter button. Straight to the point. But what happens when you want to capture a honey bee collecting pollen from your flower beds or a shot of a single chocolate chip cookie fresh out of the oven with a wisp of steam rising toward the ceiling?


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