On June 7th, 1913, Hudson Stuck, an Alaskan missionary, led the first successful ascent of Mt. McKinley, the highest point on the American continent at 20,320 feet.
Stuck, an accomplished amateur mountaineer was born in London in 1863. After moving to the United States, in 1905 he became Archdeacon of the Episcopal Church in Yukon, Alaska, where he was an admirer of Native Indian culture and traveled Alaska’s difficult terrain to preach to villagers and establish schools. Continue reading
The 12th annual Gorge Days celebration is taking place in North Bonneville, Washington, Friday and Saturday, July 8-9, 2016. Just 45 minutes east of Vancouver off of Highway 14, North Bonneville provides a magnificent setting in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. All events take place at or around North Bonneville City Park and the celebration is sponsored by the City of North Bonneville and organized by the Skamania County Chamber of Commerce.
The weekend kicks off on Friday morning with citywide garage sales that continue all day Saturday. Continue reading
Have you ever wondered what your police officers and county deputies do throughout the day and evening to protect you while you are at work or sleeping? Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office is presenting their 12th annual Citizens’ Police Academy in Wood Village City Hall so you can find out first-hand.
The program is open to adults over the age of 18 and, in the past, attendees over the age of 70 have attended. The students are a cross section of our community with several married couples attending. Continue reading
“Wisdom is the power to see behind a tree.” – old Indian chief
“Common sense is the widest understanding possible of the relationship of common things and our relationship to them.” – William Dempster Hoard (1836-1918)
A FARMER’S PHILOSOPHY. For the benefit of anyone who has never heard of this great man, I think this is a good time for a book review. “W.D.” – as he’s usually known around these parts – headquarters of his still-existing publishing enterprise, had no formal education beyond the age of fourteen, and graduated from farm hand door-to-door salesman. He was an unapologetic farmer by trade (as were several of our Presidents). “The Life of William Dempster Hoard” is the book, and what a life it was! Continue reading
Control is a wonderful thing – and for most of us, it is completely elusive. As someone with ongoing heart issues, and a much loved little dog with a severe health condition – I feel well qualified to speak on this subject. Having raised and adored small dogs for years, I have been lucky. Now, not so much. Continue reading
My father does not come from wealthy people. There was always a roof over his head, and he didn’t miss any meals, but it was hardscrabble at times, first as a toddler in Nebraska, then a young boy growing up in Casper, Wyoming. When my father’s father, Grandpa Fred, up and left for California, Dad came too, and there would seek his fortunes as an adult. Continue reading
Mark and Heather are fed up with their financial troubles–and with each other. Mark is an unemployed marketing agent who copes with his failures by bullying and ignoring his family. His insecurities are compounded by a fear that his wife has been unfaithful. Heather is a burned out loan officer who survives her tumultuous marriage by drinking too much. When Kitty, their quirky teenage daughter, convinces them that a reality TV show is their ticket out of hardship, the parents jump at it only to find later that having a camera in their faces 24-7 is no picnic. In fact, things go from bad to worse. Continue reading
O Bottle, I’m so glad to be rid of you.
When I first met you in my senior year of high school…I thought you were my friend
That first screwdriver Steve fixed at his dad’s bar was GREAT!
I had the BEST time at the dance.
Sober by the end. Perfect…NO IDEA WHAT I HAD BEEN MISSING. Continue reading
Lipizzaners Operation Cowboy: Part Two
In last month’s NWC, I wrote about how the Lipizzan horses of the Spanish Riding School were rescued from the Nazi captors by U.S. General George Patton’s Third Army’s 2nd Cavalry unit. This month’s article will cover a broader aspect of the history of the Lipizzan horses, particularly with regard to how they were impacted by the various wars in Europe during the past 500 years.
In 1572 the first Spanish Riding Hall was built, during the Austrian Empire, and is the oldest of its kind in the world. The Spanish Riding School, though located in Vienna, Austria, takes its name from the original Spanish heritage of its horses. Continue reading
May 7, 1945, was an important day by any measure.
For Gen. George S. Patton, it started early, with a call just after 4 a.m. from Gen. Omar Bradley, who said, “Ike just called me, George. The Germans have surrendered.” This was mixed news to Patton, who was convinced the war was ending too soon, leaving the Russians as a future threat and, in any case, leaving Patton, a man who lived to fight, without a war. “Peace is going to be hell on me,” he had complained to his wife, Beatrice, four days earlier.
The commander of Patton’s 2nd Cavalry Group, Col. Charles Hancock Reed, was with his unit in western Czechoslovakia, where they were forming a defensive line southwest of the large city of Pilsen. The 2nd Cavalry had been spearheading the Third Army’s advance, the deepest American penetration of the war. But as of 8 that morning, they and the rest of Patton’s Third Army had been ordered to “cease fire and stand fast.”
Peace was not on the mind of Col. Alois Podhajsky as he prepared for the most important day of his life. Podhajsky, a tall, aristocratic Austrian of extraordinary single-mindedness, was looking for a way to guarantee the safety of the riding school and horses he supervised as the Third Reich collapsed around him. Continue reading