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A North Fork fire experience

September 19, 2018 at 8:22 am

Saturday, August 11, 2018: Lightning punctuated local radio chatter as our neighbors tried to pinpoint strikes from the predicted dry storm. For now, darkness shrouded the forest as duff incubated the embers. Sunday morning, the smell of fr...

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Post fire thoughts

September 19, 2018 at 8:19 am

So far, so good. Nothing in this week’s weather, or in the seven-day forecast, has caused the fire danger to increase. Our fires are not dead out, but do not pose much of a threat to make a run.Even when they are dead out, there will be a l...

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North Fork appears safe from fires

September 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm

I am fully aware that the fire season is not officially over. We could still have some hot, windy weather and thunderstorms. Even so, I believe the Coal Ridge and Whale Butte fires, still not 100 percent contained or out, are no longer a th...

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Piddling for profit

September 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Editor’s note: George Ostrom is under the weather this week. We bring you this column from 1987...With all the emotional arguments and lawsuits currently taking place over mandatory drug testing, it had to happen. A lady in Detroit, Michiga...

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How to pay for huckleberries

September 04, 2018 at 8:40 pm

Editor’s note: George Ostrom is under the weather this week. We bring you this column from 2004...On August 19, half a dozen hiking friends went up to Snyder Lakes in search of the famous purple fruit. That is where we have most often found...

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Miscommunication

September 04, 2018 at 8:40 pm

So the other day I was talking to this guy and he said it must be pretty exciting to cover these fires and I said, with no great effect, “Nah, not so much.”I didn’t elaborate much, but wildfires don’t always harbor great memories for me.Let...

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Fire talk

August 29, 2018 at 7:49 am

So far so good. The Whale Buttes Fire continues to skunk around in heavy fuels. The old logging roads have been reopened and have created containment lines that almost surround the fire. Air attack has knocked down all risks, so far, of the...

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When women were scarce

August 29, 2018 at 7:43 am

Editor’s note: George Ostrom is under the weather this week. We bring you this column from 2010...An early Park photo shows four young men outside a log cabin with a large sign, “Wives Wanted.” One is identified as “Apgar,” for whom the vil...

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America says goodbye to John McCain

August 29, 2018 at 7:47 am

Albert Einstein once said, “Few are they who can think with their own minds and feel with their own hearts.” Senator John McCain was one of those few, and insightful Americans will miss him.It is my belief that the great man of these times...

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Optimistic about fires

August 22, 2018 at 8:11 am

Last week I was pretty critical about the USFS plan to “Box in” the Whale Buttes Fire with fire retardant delivered by helicopter.Turns out we were both right. The fire did break out of its box as I feared. However, it did not make a big ru...

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