Category Archives: Environment

Untidy Beaches – An update on the medical waste wash-ups along New York and New Jersey beaches

By Bruce A. Smith An Insider’s Story of the Medical Waste Wash-Ups in New York during the Summer of 1988 and Current Update In the summer of 1988, the beaches of New York and New Jersey were hit with wash-ups … Continue reading

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Nisqually Land Trust expands river protection in Yelm

Special to the Mountain News, from the Nisqually Land Trust: May 23, 2017 Susan Callender The Land Trust recently added two more highly prized properties to its acquisitions along the Whitewater Reach of the Nisqually River, near Yelm, which is … Continue reading

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Azure Standard faces challenges in Oregon to its organic farming practices

By Bruce A. Smith Azure Standard, the world’s largest supplier of organic wheat and grains, has been accused of improper management of noxious weeds growing on some of its wheat fields located in Sherman County, Oregon. As a result, it … Continue reading

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Mail Call – from the “Stories from the Journey” collection

by Bruce A. Smith Taking the unfamiliar and unsolicited tabloid-sized newspaper out of my mail box, I skimmed through the first few pages until I hit an article about back-to-the-earth folks in Yelm, Washington. After reading their strident fanaticism regarding … Continue reading

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On Becoming a Hunter – another selection from the “Campfire Tales – True Stories Not Everyone Believes”

By Bruce A. Smith Of all the things I did when I had a so-called mid-life crisis, the craziest according to my ex-wife was not leaving her, selling my business, nor relocating to Yelm, Washington to join Ramtha’s School of … Continue reading

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Gottman and Beck Find a Bear in their Bed – from Campfire Tales: True Stories Not Everyone Believes

By Bruce A. Smith Gottman and Beck were two fourteen-year old guys that I traveled with on a cross-country Boy Scout trip in 1966. We journeyed to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico from our homes on Long Island, … Continue reading

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Graham Hill – how dangerous is Meridian Ave?

By Bruce A. Smith Although I was involved in a collision on Graham Hill that wrecked two vehicles out of the four involved, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) says that Meridian Ave / State Route 161 is not … Continue reading

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