Ace pilots receive medals in D.C. ceremony

In today’s hi-tech world, fighter jets use computer-aided missiles to shoot down their targets.
     But not that long ago, steel-nerved fighter pilots earned the “ace” designation in aerial dogfights by downing enemy planes with skillful hand-eye coordination.
     Wednesday, a dwindling group of...

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Critics blast Col. Wright’s Spokane legacy

A U.S. Army colonel memorialized for what his critics call “slaughtering horses and hanging Indians” is under attack.
     Col. George Wright, after whom a fort, cemetery, and Spokane boulevard are named, subdued Inland Northwest tribes in two bloody 1858 battles. But some say he should not...

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Fees to increase Friday at Mt. Rainier, Crater Lake

Starting this Friday, it will cost you more to visit Mt. Rainier National Park.
     The current $15 car fee jumps to $20 May 22, with another $5 increase slated for May 2016. Campsite fees also rise to $20 this week.
     Rainier isn’t the only park raising its rates, which have remained steady at...

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Poll reveals concern over impacts of drought

When Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency yesterday, it confirmed concerns revealed in PEMCO's latest Northwest Poll.
     Our poll of 1,200 Washington and Oregon residents shows that 40% say they're either "very concerned" or "extremely concerned" about the lack of...

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SIFF Sasquatch thriller shot locally

If you’re among those who desperately seek Sasquatch, you’ll be delighted about a new movie that debuts May 24 at the Seattle International Film Festival.
     “Valley of the Sasquatch” is a thriller shot in Roslyn and Snoqualmie Pass. It draws from an account of Sasquatches attacking miners asleep...

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Cascade comes full circle as residents return

Seattle’s Cascade neighborhood has changed much in the past few decades, regaining its identity as a residential  community mixed with commerce.
     Archival photos contrast the “then and now” nature of Cascade.
     Around the time Washington gained statehood in 1889, homes popped up around the...

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Blaze proves the need for wildfire buffer zones

Wildfires burn with astounding heat, something I witnessed again yesterday.
     PEMCO partnered with Kittitas County Fire District 7 to stage a controlled burn east of Cle Elum. The objective: Demonstrate how quickly wildfire can spread on overgrown property.
     Yesterday's target was a...

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At-risk residents admit they're not prepared for wildfire

A wise person once said, "The best way to get something done is to begin."
     Or in the case of many Northwest homeowners, to finish.
     That's the upshot of our new PEMCO Poll, which reveals that 39% of those who live in wildfire-prone areas admit they haven't started or finished the most...

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Mystery mountain rhodie blooms again

There’s a renegade rhododendron in full bloom again in the mountains.
   I say “renegade” because it seems so out of place, growing at 1,800 feet elevation in the Cascades alongside I-90. If you look at the north side of westbound exit 42 for Tinkham Road, you’ll see it right now.
   I've long...

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Seattle traffic creates depressed persona

Seattle suffers from horrible traffic flow, and because of it, our collective persona has been diagnosed as depressed.
     That's according to Carol Poole, a psychotherapist and writer, in an April 29 Crosscut.com article.
     Poole notes Seattle's "wasp-waisted geography" and an inability to...

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