Category Archives: Science and Technology

Security questions abound on how a plane was stolen from Sea-Tac airport

By Bruce A. Smith Serious security questions have arisen in the wake of a commercial airliner being stolen from Sea-Tac on Friday evening, August 10. Richard Russell, a “ground services employee” of Horizon Air,  entered the cockpit of a twin-engine … Continue reading

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Recent commentaries on DB Cooper from Mountain News readers passes 1,000 posts

By Bruce A. Smith One of the fascinating – and troubling – aspects of the Internet is the need many users have to gossip. The draw of social media is a unique facet of modern life, and the criticisms and … Continue reading

Posted in DB Cooper, Science and Technology | 1,567 Comments

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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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

Posted in Business, Culture, Environment, Health, Nature, Politics, Science and Technology, Self Reliance, Spirituality | 11 Comments

Pierce College and Bethel School District bring higher education to Graham and neighboring communities

Addendum ~ Editor’s Note: Kate Burrows, the Communications and Public Relations Specialist for Pierce College has sent the Mountain News the following announcement concerning Pierce College classes in Graham. ************************************************************************* Starting January 2017, Pierce College will offer college courses at … Continue reading

Posted in Bethel News, Culture, Graham News, Kapowsin, Puyallup, Science and Technology | 3 Comments

Resistance – Why are we so polarized as a country, and what can we do about it?

By Bruce A. Smith The Trump election seems to have cracked open fissures within society. Not only are Red and Blue States divided with some talking secession, such as California, but non-protesting liberals are angry at other liberals for marching. … Continue reading

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Graham Self-Reliant group to deepen its discussion on earthquake preparedness

By Bruce A. Smith The Graham Self-Reliant Community will be taking a deeper look at regional and local earthquake preparation at its monthly meeting on September 7, 2016. In particular, area representatives will be discussing exactly what occurred during the … Continue reading

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