Category Archives: Nature

Eclipse in Eatonville

By Bruce A. Smith Although I saw a very partial solar eclipse when I was a kid, I saw my first major solar eclipse today. I suppose for most people it was probably their first one, too. Here in Eatonville … Continue reading

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Public Health impacts stable as the smoke invasion enters its 2nd week

By Bruce A. Smith As our smoke-filled skies broached its second week, local health experts report that they haven’t seen any increase in respiratory distress. “Fortunately, we haven’t seen a uptick in 911 calls for breathing problems,” South Pierce Fire … Continue reading

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Smoke fills our skies as the heat scorches everything else

Bruce A. Smith Heavy clouds of smoke descended upon the Eatonville area on Tuesday, August 1, accompanying a severe heat wave. Temperatures have been in the 90s throughout the week, but more distressingly the heavy, gritty smoke has walloped many … Continue reading

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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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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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Mount Rainier National Park receives record number of wilderness camping requests for 2017 – halts all further advanced reservations for full-circuit Wonderland Trail trips

Editor’s Note: Mount Rainier National Park has been flooded with requests for back-country camping requests via their advanced reservation program. As a result, the park has issued the following press release to the Mountain News-WA and other media: **************************************************************** Mount … 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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