It’s the number conundrums

Sometimes (oftentimes) numbers don’t make sense ­— to me at least. Oh sure, two plus two equals four and numbers are unchangeable so they should follow logical standards. But they don’t. Therein lies the mystery.
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Farm bill renewal is on the horizon

Congress will write a new farm bill in 2018. Initiatives that support conservation, beginning farmers, local and regional markets, and rural businesses are up for debate.
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Medicaid clients see transition to ‘whole-person care’ on Jan. 1

From the Washington State Health Care Authority Beginning Jan. 1, Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) clients in the state’s North Central region (Chelan, Douglas, and Grant counties) will transition to a “whole-person” approach to care delivery. Services will be coordinated through a single health plan so that people receive the help they need for body and mind, including mental...
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Family ties are ‘imperfectly perfect’

Family: Flawed and fabulous, adoring and amusing, messy and magnificent, important and irreverent, loyal and loud and yay, it’s year-round.
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Rural mental health care must not be overlooked

The challenges that try rural communities in nearly all aspects of health care — greater travel distances, fewer providers, heightened health concerns, lower incomes — also stand in the way of the delivery of behavioral and mental health care services.
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Camas papermill may be harbinger

By Don C. Brunell The announced shutdown of the communications paper arm of Georgia Pacific’s Camas pulp and paper mill maybe the harbinger of what’s to come. Consumers are buying less paper, production costs are increasing, and competition is fiercer. GP will lay off as many as 300 workers next year when it shifts production of paper used for printers and copiers elsewhere. The southeastern...
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South Douglas CD chipping events help landowners

The South Douglas Conservation District held its second chipping event Nov. 14-15.
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Gratitudinally speaking during Thanksgiving

Gratitude is among us! ‘Tis the season for giving thanks. Let’s talk turkey.
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Celebrate local businesses on Nov. 25

Growing up, I would earn a quarter per chore — a quarter each for washing dishes, dusting, sweeping and more. I pocketed the quarters, hopped on my bike, and rode four blocks to the main thoroughfare in my town of 1,000.
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Lost in time without a calendar

Our family calendar is an information multi-tasker. Each year I purchase one with large monthly pages and ample, oversized daily squares so I have plenty of room to write the myriad of time-sensitive tidbits that decorate the pages and give meaning to our days, weeks, months and the year as a whole.
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