The Lost Villages of Lost Creek Lake

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 The Lost Villages of Lost Creek Lake The Ranches at the End of the Road – Part One Dennis Ellingson We are at the top of the grade in our journey, but you can look for the Laurelhurst sign if you travel up Highway 62. At the north end of the lake you will see…

LEt’s do lunch

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By Ralph McKechnie Of the Independent I spent one year of my life in Thailand, the menu there always included rice and veggies along with some meat.  That of course, was when we ate off the air base, which we tried to do as often as possible because the food was better than what we…

Herbs and Wild Edibles

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Herbs and Wild Edibles “Good Gourd!”   Dennis Ellingson Fact is at this time of year we tend to think of pumpkin in three ways; those fake pumpkin spice lattes that seem so popular, Jack-o-lanterns or pumpkin pie for the holidays. But there is so much more    

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Creepy Crawlies with Christy 101217 By Christy Pitto For The Independent   Don’t panic. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s meet this week’s Crawly, the Northwest Forest Scorpion (Uroctonus mordax). This Scorpion has been featured in Crawlies before, back in 2013, but is a crawly worth revisiting (see: “Don’t panic”). Yes,…

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A Mostly Twenty-Five Cent Sale By Lynn Leissler For the Independent Wow, I can fit two cars in the garage. Okay, that would be one full-sized car and one Hot Wheel. Note: my car always snugs inside, but there’s more space out there now. I finally hosted a long-threatened garage sale. Most items sat on…

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Senator Linthicum’s Newsletter

Power Corrupts This week I am in Washington, D.C. I, like yourselves have been shocked and horrified by the evil that was committed in Las Vegas a couple of days ago. However, I will not deal with the underlying issues, the control, politics, stability or religion that might shed insight into this tragedy.  

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By Ralph McKechnie Of the Independent Squash is one of my favorite veggies, it was always on the plate when we grew up in the 1950s.  I don’t have as much now as then, but I still love the taste and texture of a good squash.  My preferences are either the acorn squash or the…

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The Lost Villages of Lost Creek Lake

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 The Lost Villages of Lost Creek Lake The Long Loop Down and Up Dennis Ellingson We’ve crossed the old covered bridge, traveled through the west section of Laurelhurst State Park. This is an area that was first purchased and farmed by the Peyton family and a very large family.        

Around the House

I Love Lucy By Lynn Leissler For the Independent “It’s my turn,” I said. “No, it’s my turn,” declared John. Mom wasn’t home to enforce the sibling rotation in the butterfly chair we used for TV watching. Monday and Friday nights she worked in a downtown department store, leaving my older sister in charge.

Truth distorted

It always happens, the truth distorted and the press is mostly to blame for the distortion in the shooting in Las Vegas late Sunday Evening.  First, let’s be sensitive and practical.  It was the worst shooting (reportedly) in U. S. history.

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Creepy Crawlies with Christy 100517 By Christy Pitto For The Independent   “Save the Bees” is a phrase we see and hear a lot these days and 99% of the time it’s accompanied by a photo, sketch or caricature of a Honey Bee.