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Local Columns

Late season haunts

While much of pheasant country remains free and clear of snow cover at the moment, it’s likely that at some point in the back stretch of the season we’ll be looking at a white Christmas and a frosty finish to the upland hunting calendar. Even when there isn’t snow on the ground, these ...

I believe it’s out there

After all the bumps, bruises, scratches and itches that have accompanied me in my life, I still believe it’s out there. Just recently, I was flipping through some TV channels and came across Dolly Parton’s Christmas program and, I stopped flipping. Why? Well, it’s not about the glitz ...

Doe fever

The first morning of muzzleloader season arrived clear, cold, and calm. With just the faintest bit of dawn edging over the eastern hills, I ventured down to the southernmost stretch of a favorite piece of public access land and followed the flags along the hillside break to the final mark on my ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: If driving a commercial vehicle and stopped, what documents are needed to present to the trooper? Answer: I will list what is covered in a “level 1” inspection, done along with weight enforcement. North American Standard Inspection: An inspection that includes examination of ...

Cats and dogs

It’s no secret that our nation has become deeply divided. We are riven by profound emotions, feelings that are so strong that they have resulted in the installation of regrettable tattoos by numerous members on both sides of the chasm. This pervasive contentiousness can be boiled down to ...

Recycling, reducing, reusing

National Recycling month is coming to a close. This month we have talked about how the landfill works, how we are all part of the recycling process, and how companies are working hard to use those recyclables again in new packing or products. However, as a society as a whole, we all need to ...