Lacey’s future as bright as its past

We need volunteers with a passion for local history to fill two open positions on the Historical Commission, which provides leadership in raising awareness of Lacey’s history and preservation of local historic resources.

Time to finish what I start

Happy new year, and welcome to 2015! In the spirit of new beginnings, making resolutions and so forth, I thought I would share some of the blog posts from the last two years that didn’t quite make it to the publish stage. So let it be known that, from this day forward, I will finish every blog post I start – no matter the time or research involved, and no matter how much I procrastinate. That’s my 2015 resolution….so here

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2014 Darwin Award winners from Washington

I’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

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Around the state in 48 hours: Part 1

Everybody thought I was joking when I said I was taking a business trip from Olympia to Vancouver to Yakima to Spokane to Wenatchee to Everett to Bellevue to Tacoma and back to Olympia in two days. The itinerary I had laid out with Google Maps said it was a cinch and I’m the guy who enjoys driving around this beautiful state we call home. Well, I proved to everyone that it was possible…but I may now be paying

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Back on the writing wagon

Due mostly to a long, arduous and particularly unpleasant legislative session (sessions, really, since we had three this year), I’ve been unable to blog with any consistency since late 2012. I know that’s not an excuse but for someone who writes every day for a living, pretty much the last thing I want to do after writing for 10 hours is come home and write some more (even if it is about a subject I love!). However, much like

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Send to Kindle now an option at WOH!

You’ll now notice the “K” symbol at the bottom of our posts and pages. It’s a plugin that allows you to read the Washington, Our Home, blog on your Kindle device. As there are three Kindles in my household (one Fire and two readers), I’m excited to try it out! It’ll be great to be able to offer our content to Kindle users and I hope you find it useful as well. Please let us know in the comments

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My week with mutton chops

It was last Sunday night when I realized that I wanted to shave my beard. I’d been sporting it for nearly a year, since my foot surgery back in November 2010, and it had become my “look.” But I was getting tired of it, and because I had decided it was time to start working out daily and lose weight, part of my inspiration would be to lose the beard so I could visibly see the fruits of my

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The Washington Wife

Three men married wives from different states. The first man married a woman from Kansas. He told her that she was to do the dishes and house cleaning. It took a couple of days, but on the third day, he came home to see a clean house and dishes washed and put away. The second man married a woman from Ohio. He gave his wife orders that she was to do all the cleaning, dishes and the cooking. The

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My pledge to do more than just remember 9/11

Last night and this morning, my wife wanted to watch all the media coverage and specials of the 9/11 10-year anniversary. I watched alongside her and we talked about where we were, what we were doing and how we felt on that horrific day. But I felt like I didn’t want to remember…like I didn’t want to revisit those terrible events that happened a decade ago. I began to consider whether it was selfish of me to not want

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Family reunion in Moses Lake

Okay, not IN Moses Lake exactly, but right on the edge of it. It was our annual Ebel-Fenton-Campbell-Zandofsky (Hankins-Schab-Sherbahn) reunion and we held it at Pier 4 Sunrise Reports, a perfect spot for such an event. After last year’s reunion in Packwood – which many family members couldn’t attend due to distance – I worked with a few cousins to make sure we had it in more of a centrally located place. With family coming from Napakiak (Alaska), Ocean

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Fishing trip to Ferry County

I’d been looking forward to this trip since I was about 14, I just never knew it until this year. My dad goes on a fishing trip with his friend, Lyn Hartman, to Twin Lakes just about every year. And every year he asks me if I want to go. During the college years, I passed on the opportunity. During the starting-my-career years, I’d be too busy. During the years in Las Vegas, I’d be…we’ll say “otherwise occupied.” But

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Spontaneous trip to the Mounds of Mima

Cabin fever on a miserably rainy day forced us to leave the house on Sunday afternoon. With no dry playgrounds in the area and no money to spend, Kelly announced that she felt like going on a hike. Being that Washington is a place where a hiking trail is never more than a 30 minute drive, we did some quick looking online and decided to head south to the Mima Mounds, one of only three of its kind of

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Icons of Washington History

I took a tour of the new exhibit at the Washington State History Museum called “Icons of Washington History.” Pretty interesting tour…although it could have been a lot better. However I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Missed my second chance at Wauconda

SOLD: 1 tiny town, to Bothell couple, for $360,000 By Erik Lacitis, Seattle Times staff reporter WAUCONDA, Okanogan County This town has a gas pump, a restaurant, a small store, a four-bedroom house and its own ZIP code, 98859. And in a few weeks  after being listed for sale on eBay it’ll have new owners. It’s a story of the travails of selling property on the site, the winning bidder backing out and finally a couple stepping up who

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Lewiston-Clarkston in southeast Washington (and west-central Idaho)

My cousin-in-law, Aaron, is a lecturer at the University of Idaho in Moscow and frequently posts pictures of his family on Picasa. In reviewing the latest set of photos, I came across this beautiful shot of the Lewiston (Idaho) and Clarkston (Washington) valley at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers. There is a real beauty to southeast Washington that often goes unappreciated by people on the west side of the Cascades. Having spent nearly four years in

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Washington, my home

I hope to write about all the great things Washington has to offer…from it’s natural beauty to it’s storied political activity. I promise it won’t be all about politics, rather a vast array of all the great things life has to offer in the upper-left corner of the country. From our underdog sports teams to our small town way of life, I’ll hopefully be blogging on all the things that make our state the greatest in the lower 48.