Great TV comes to Netflix: “Occupied,” and “Nobel”

By Bruce A. Smith

For those who like well-written dramatic TV series with excellent production values, I recommend two recent additions at Netflix: “Occupied,” and “Nobel.” Both are made by Norwegian TV outfits, and both are sub-titled. But English is used as the common language on screen when characters interact with non-Norwegians. It works, trust me. Continue reading

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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 April or early May, according to Mike Louisell, the Public Information Officer for the WSDA, and will consist of three aerial applications of a chemical pesticide known as BTK.

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Wauwepex – a tale of a scout camp and a young man – from “Stories from the Journey”

By Bruce A. Smith

Wauwepex was the Boy Scout camp that saved my life growing up. Or at least my soul. It was a place I loved – and still do – but it was also a place where I felt absolutely alive as a kid, and true to myself.

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GKCC to host 15th Annual EXPO

Special to the Mountain News:

The Graham-Kapowsin Community Council is hosting its 15th Annual EXPO in support of the dozens of community programs it administers, most notably a food service for children in the Bethel School District.

As in years past there will be a crafts fair and fun run, but this year the event moves to Frontier Park. Here are the details: Continue reading

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Local Dems to hold first-ever Spaghetti Feed in support of 8th CD Candidates

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Next weekend on Sunday, February 18 at the Elk Plain Grange in Spanaway, local Democrats are hosting the party’s first fundraising spaghetti feed in recent memory.

The driving force is their push to “Flip the 8th Congressional District” to blue as part of a nationwide effort to wrest control of the House of Representatives from the Republican Party. The current office holder, Dave Reichert, (R), is not seeking re-election, so the contest for his seat is intense. Continue reading

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Stories from the Journey launches at YouTube

By Bruce A. Smith

I am proud to announce the launch of my “Stories from the Journey” channel at YouTube. The first selection posted is titled: The Home Run, and it explores the deeper issues encountered after I hit a home run in a Little League game when I was ten. Continue reading

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8th Congressional District’s candidate’s forum in Graham a solid success for Democrats

By Bruce A. Smith

Five individuals seeking the Democratic nomination in the 8th Congressional District (8th – CD) gathered in Graham last week for an in-depth meet-and-greet.

The current congressman for the 8th CD, Republican Dave Reichert, is retiring. As a result, his seat is one of several dozen nationwide attracting attention in the possibility that the Democratic Party may be able to break the Republican hold on Congress. Nationally, the Democrats need to flip 24 seats to gain control of the House of Representatives, and the 8th WA CD is ripe for a switch. Due to the 8th’s demographics – liberal-leaning suburban Seattle areas in the northern parts of the district – the fate of the 8th will most likely be decided in the Republican stronghold of south Pierce County. Can the Democrats find a candidate who will appeal to enough moderate voters in south county to swing the tide?

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