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The Heroes Among Us by Ruth Harris

April 21, 2015

We have seen the statistics and have heard the facts. Child abuse happens. In every city and town there is a child being abused or neglected today. But, they are not without hope or solace. April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, a time set aside to face society’s failings and find solutions to the problem.

GUEST EDITORIAL We need a recreation center in Colville

February 3, 2015

‘As adults, our only goal should be to help inspire our youth, not protect our comfort zone out of fear and self-centered closed-mindedness.’

On Saturday, I attended my son’s AAU basketball game at Riverside Middle School.

Another Take By Chris Cowbrough

January 27, 2015

What was
Seattle thinking?

WTF.
What was the Seattle Seahawks “brain-trust” thinking (and I use the term loosely) when with 26 seconds left and a mere three feet from a second straight Super Bowl victory, a risky pass play was called?
Talk about the thrill of victory and the utter agony of defeat. Defeat snatched from the jaws of victory and I don’t feel so good myself.
Stunning. Inexplicable.
My stomach hasn’t churned with angst and despair like that since Colville High came up inches short of a Class 1A championship several weeks ago in the Tacoma Dome.

Sophie’s Choice: A holiday reminder

December 22, 2014

I. Me. Mine. No, this is not a Beatle’s song (though I bet it’s stuck in your head now). It’s just the subject that most of us are centered on, myself included. It’s an easy theme to get caught up in. We’re all making our way, wondering how we are going to keep doing so, second guessing ourselves, failing, trying again, etc.
Self-centeredness seems especially popular now, when you live in an age where we think posting photos of our dinner and broadcasting that we are going to the gym on social media are somehow newsworthy occurrences. But hey, everyone to his or her own news feed.

Sophie's Choice: I am a wuss

October 22, 2014

I am not a sissy la-la. Or at least, I like to think I am not. Having a nurse for a mother and being raised in a place where your playpen consisted of mud pits, I don’t get weirded out by blood and dirt. Snakes? I find them fascinating. Bugs? Pretty hardy critters themselves (the nuclear holocaust may wipe us off the map like a magic marker on a dry erase board, but cockroaches will live on). True, I don’t get excited at the prospect of running into one of those dog-sized rats I saw in Italy, but that’s why man created the .22.

Sophie's Choice: The readers have spoken!

October 17, 2014

I can’t lie, good readers, I was simultaneously delighted and a bit disappointed that the pitchforks and torches got left at home (or at least in the pick-up truck) at the last two Coffee with Sophie sessions. After all, it’s hard for a girl to get cute cardigans over Teflon body armor and not look like you are carrying around that extra bulk.

Is Stevens County at the end of its ‘wolf rope?’ by Chris Cowbrough

October 10, 2014

Several days ago, elected officials from Stevens County traveled to Pasco to sit in on a meeting of the nine-member Washington State Fish and Game Commission. Also in attendance at the meeting was Hunters-area farmers and sheep-herders, Dave and Julie Dashiell. Unless you’ve been living off the grid, you probably know that the Dashiell’s lost at least two-dozen dead sheep (confirmed) to wolves. The bigger story is that this long-time area family is still missing upwards of 300 sheep.

House Call - By Julie Crist

October 1, 2014

The next big thing: Konjac

SPEAKING OF SPORTS By Chris Cowbrough

September 10, 2014

A lot to talk about this week

The high school sports’ season(s) got underway with Friday Night Lights and Friday Afternoon Sunshine from outposts like Hunters and Inchelium—to Kettle Falls and Colville.
From my cheap seat, all I have to say is it’s about time.” As an unabashed sports fan of the mostly college and high school persuasion, I have been eagerly awaiting the start of high school sports. Yes, it tends to ratchet up my workload exponentially, but that’s okay. What else am I going to do? It’s all about being a good sport all ways and always being a good sport.

Sophie's Choice: Straight talk on the bi-way

April 16, 2014

Let’s talk about sexual orientation.
For those of you who I haven’t immediately lost to another section of the newspaper, thank you for staying with me. I mean no rudeness, crudeness, or offense. But we’re all adults, and I would like to write about an issue that has been nagging at me for a while now.

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