Chambers Bay in University Place

In June 2015, Pierce County’s Chambers Bay Golf Course will join the ranks of such prestigious courses as Pebble Beach, Bethpage, Marion, and Pinehurst, among others. At these course, some of the greatest players ever to walk the links made U.S. Open history, and Chambers Bay is poised to become the next great field of champions. But unlike the other courses, whose golf history goes back generations, Chambers Bay is a newcomer to the sport…however there’s a lot more to it than just breathtaking views and unbeatable recreational opportunities.

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Pateros will rebuild. They’ve done it before.

Fire RefillAnd so have Brewster, Twisp, Malott, and Methow, just to name a few of the resilient communities within north-central Washington.

As the Carlton Complex of fires continues to ravage the dry, rolling hills along the Columbia and Okanogan Rivers between Wenatchee and Omak, it can be easy to succumb to the notion that all is lost forever in the wasteland that is still only 50-percent contained. However, these communities of stalwart, rural Washingtonians are accustomed to facing and overcoming challenges and depend on each other for survival. Read more »

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2014 Darwin Award winners from Washington

Darwin_EvolveI’m not sure if I’m happy or embarrassed about this designation, but a friend of mine forwarded me the list of the top six vote-getters for the 2014 Darwin Awards. If you don’t know what the Darwin Awards are, please visit their website and prepare to waste several hours reading through the page-turning impossible-but-true stories. In short, “the Darwin Awards commemorate individuals who protect our gene pool by making the ultimate sacrifice of their own lives: by eliminating themselves in an extraordinarily idiotic manner, thereby improving our species’ chance of long-term survival. In other words, they are cautionary tales about people who kill themselves in really stupid ways, and in doing so, significantly improve the gene pool by eliminating themselves from the human race.”

This year’s winners decided to attend a Metallica concert at The Gorge Amphitheater near George, Washington -  a concert venue with which any Washington native should be familiar. Having no tickets (but having had 18 beers between them), these two thought it would be easy to hop over the nine-foot fence and sneak into the show. What ensued can only be described as Darwinian. Read more »

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Remembering Bud Holland. He flew B-52s.

Bud HollandToday is June 24, 2014. It was on this date twenty years ago that my next-door neighbor crashed one of the biggest, most powerful aircraft ever built into a nuclear storage facility, leaving his kids fatherless and his wife a widow.

With more than 5,000 flight hours under his belt, U.S. Air Force Colonel Bud Holland took his last flight on this day in 1994. Read more »

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