Category Archives: Self Reliance

WSDA to conduct Gypsy Moth spraying in parts of Graham

By Bruce A. Smith The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has announced that it will conduct a pesticide spraying program in selected neighborhoods in northern Graham to control a Gypsy Moth (GM) infestation. The spraying will commence in late … Continue reading

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Disaster preparedness seminar to be hosted by Pierce County

By Bruce A. Smith, and Special to the Mountain News-WA Pierce County, in conjunction with other regional emergency management agencies, is hosting a free workshop on earthquake preparedness. The event will be held at the Evergreen State College campus in … Continue reading

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An Open-Letter to Houston

By Bruce A. Smith I’ve had some burning questions about Hurricane Harvey, particularly the flooding in Houston that no one in the media is addressing. Yes, the storm and the rescue of thousands is important and is being told well. … 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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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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Lessons I’ve learned as a beachcleaner

Editor’s Note:  The following is a chapter from the forthcoming book: Retreat from the Sea, which explores how mankind is currently dealing with sea level rise and examines options for the future. By Bruce A. Smith I was once a … Continue reading

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SCHOOL’S OUT! OH, OH…WHAT TO DO ABOUT FOOD FOR KIDS DURING SUMMER?

~ Special to the Mountain News-WA by Paula Morris There are many after school programs in the Pierce County area that offer food and snacks to kids during the school year. But what happens when summer vacation starts? Carol Wright, … Continue reading

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