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Athlete of the Week: Nicolette Parra

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: NICOLETTE PARRA McNary High School wrestler McNary sophomore Nicolette Parra finished second at the girls wrestling state qualifier at Thurston High School on Jan. 26-27. Parra’s weight class, 135, featured 47 girls from across the state. She advanced to the finals with five pins, three in the first period and two in the second. Sarah Conner, a USA Freestyle national champion, won the tournament. Parra will wrestle in the first OSAA-sanctioned girls state tournament on Feb. 16-17 in...

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Don Vowell to be missed

To the Editor: I am sorry to have read of the passing of Don Vowell. Over many years I have ‘consumed’ many of his Boxes of Soap. His thoughts and columns will be missed. My condolences to his family and friends. Bob Mitchell...

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Donald Stuart Vowell

January 17, 1949 – January 15, 2018 Don was born in Clarkston, Wash., to Raymond and Marcia Vowell.  As described by Don, he and his siblings, Chuck, Anita, and Elizabeth had an “Ozzie and Harriet” upbringing.  After a brief jaunt to Japan to play in a rock and roll band and a bit longer in Seattle to attend classes at UW, he moved to Spokane where he met his future bride, Nancy.  They moved to Unalaska, AK where he began his 32 year postal career.  Eventually they moved to Port Orchard, WA and on to Keizer, OR where they...

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Squeezing both sides in the Middle East

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS President Donald Trump wants to negotiate a “deal of the century” between Israelis and Palestinians like a high-rolling real-estate don. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week, Trump defended his decisions to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to withhold $65 million of $125 million to the U.N. Relief and Welfare Agency that provides care for Palestinians. Trump told reporters at a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that “the money is on the table.” The U.S., he said, gives “hundreds of millions of dollars” to the Palestinians, and “that money is on the table. Because why should we do that, as a country, if they’re doing nothing for us?” Former Secretary of State John Kerry, meanwhile, wants to negotiate like the British colonel played by Alec Guinness in Bridge on the River Kwai. The Israeli outlet Maariv reported Thursday that Kerry met with Hussein Agha, an ally of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in London. Kerry reportedly asked Agha to tell Abbas to “stay strong,” “play for time,” and not yield to Trump’s demands. He came across as more interested in protecting his rank than ending decades of strife, which was supposed to be his mission. It seems Kerry is so committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute that...

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Bundys open era of legal law breaking

By GENE H. McINTYRE I have read widely, as many an Oregonian have, about the long, arduous and dedicated work of several Americans that came before us and got our national monuments, refuges and parks established, it was with alarm that the events at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge unfolded two years ago.  Described as an armed, self-described militia group, protesting the sentencing of father-son ranchers in Burns, Oregon, for burning federal land, they seized control of the eastern Oregon refuge for 41 days. That group of outlaws substantially wrecked the buildings and equipment there and, besides protesting over the incarceration of father-son for criminal actions, clearly wanted to take our Refuge away from decades-long protection by the federal government as a sanctuary for bird and beast in order to declare the Refuge for personal use and personal profit from all manner of personal and private development.  Some of these people were already under law-breaking status by the federal government for tax evasion in the state of Nevada where, for all intents and purposes, they used federal land there as though their private property. Bundy family members and followers were brought to federal court in Oregon but had the charges against them dismissed as have had the federal charges against the father, Cliven Bundy, dismissed in Nevada.  These outcomes predict more trouble for all of us who want the federal lands set aside as sanctuaries for Americans to visit and view and essentially have now given Bundy look-alikes to believe they can do...

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